Merced Arts Wrap for May 2

Teo Gonzalez

at Merced Theatre

Spanish language comedian Teo Gonzalez is scheduled to appear at the Merced Theatre at 9 p.m. Friday. The Merced Theatre is at 301 W. Main St. in downtown Merced. For more information, visit

Free Courthouse Park concert

The city of Merced will hold a free concert recognizing the city’s 125th anniversary from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in Courthouse Park. The headline acts include local blues favorite Mike Hammar and the Nails, Columbian musical group La Sonora Dinamita, De Mina Vazquez and Reno’s Buster Blue. The event will also feature a wide variety of local music acts, such as Cottonwood Creek.

For more information about the city’s 125th anniversary celebration, see the Facebook page titled “Celebrate Merced: Past, Present & Future.” You can also call the city manager’s office at (209) 385-6834, ext. 1, or email

Dance and fashion show

A multicultural dance and fashion show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Merced Theatre. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, the event will feature Hmong, Cambodian, Thai, Spanish and Portuguese dancing and fashion. Admission is $15. For more information, visit

‘Best Little Whorehouse

in Texas’ on stage

The musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” shows weekends through May 18 at Playhouse Merced.

Tickets are on sale now for Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 seniors, $12 students and $10 children.

Purchase tickets by calling (209) 725-8587, or visiting the box office at 452 W. Main St. in downtown Merced, Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m. The show is rated “M,” containing mature themes, situations and language, according to the press release.

Chris Doud, Bryan Jones

at The Partisan

Chris Doud of the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and Bryan Jones of Buster Blue are scheduled to perform 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Monday during “The Mondays” showcase at The Partisan, 432 W. Main St. in downtown Merced. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Open mic night

at Coffee Bandits

If you sing, write poetry, play an instrument, or all of the above, Coffee Bandits’ open mic night is the place to be heard and seen. Open mic night is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the cafe, 309 W. Main St. in downtown Merced.

Tribute to Johnny Cash

James Garner is scheduled to perform a tribute to Johnny Cash at 8 p.m. May 17 at the Merced Theatre. According to a press release, Garner and his band perform Cash’s music, combining it with historical accounts and personal anecdotes. Ticket prices start at $20 and can be purchased on the theater’s website, or by calling the box office at (209) 381-0500. The Merced Theatre box office, 307 W. Main St., is open Tuesday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

‘Secrets, Shields and Steel’

The anti-bully stage play “Secrets, Shields and Steel” is scheduled to be performed at 6 p.m. May 17 at El Capitan High, 100 Farmland Ave., in Merced. Admission is $5.

Kenny Rogers to perform at Merced Theatre

Country music legend Kenny Rogers is scheduled to perform at the Merced Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. For more information, visit