Merced Arts Wrap for Aug. 15, 2014

Playhouse Merced annual gala

Playhouse Merced will hold its annual gala from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday outside the 510 Bistro in Bob Hart Square in downtown Merced. The gala will include a raffle with prizes and with a Vegas-style “A Night at the Sands” theme, with actors portraying figures from the Rat Pack, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. Tickets are $75 each; a table of eight is $750 and a table of eight VIPs is $1,000 (includes dinner, drink tokens, season flex passes and advertising in the gala program). Buy tickets at Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St. or by calling (209) 725-8587.

Country concert at Vista

Vista Ranch and Cellars is hosting a grand country concert 8 p.m. Aug. 23 with performer Jackson Michelson. The artist has performed with Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Collin Rave and other country stars. Admission is $15 general, and $22 for a premier ticket, which includes bar service. For tickets or information visit or call (209) 722-8200. Vista Ranch and Cellars is located at 7236 E. Highway 140.

McKenna Faith

Club Mercedes will present country music recording artist McKenna Faith at 8 p.m Aug. 22 at 569 W. Ninth St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Price is $10 per person, age 21 years and older. Food and beverage bar available. For tickets, call (209) 777-6750 or (209) 383-9906 after 4 p.m.

Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit

The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit is scheduled to perform 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at The Partisan, located at 432 W. Main St. in Merced. Admission is $10.

Merced Shakespearefest

Merced ShakespeareFest will present Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” on Sept. 6, 7, 13 and 14 in Applegate Park, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Sundays at 5 p.m. The play will also be shown at UC Merced Amphitheater on Sept. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. All shows are free to the public. For more information, call (209)723-3265 or go to

Fun events at Kewl Kats

Karaoke happens at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 p.m. Friday DJ/dancing; 9 p.m. Saturday live music. Kewl Kats is at 1111 Motel Drive in Merced. For details, call (209) 383-5395.

Arts Center exhibit

“Range: County Artists Across the Spectrum” runs through Sept. 19 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, at 645 W. Main St. in downtown Merced. The exhibit includes works by Natalie Porter, CHAA, the Enrichment Center and the 2014 Curator’s Award winners. For more information, visit

Live music at Star Club

Live music happens at the Star Club from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. today and Saturday, 1331 W. Main St., Merced. There is no cover charge. You must be at least 21 to enter.

Star Club jam session

A jam session is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Star Club, 1331 W. Main St., Merced.

There is no cover charge. You must be at least 21 to enter.

Foreverland in Merced

Foreverland, a 14-piece tribute band dedicated to the music of Michael Jackson, is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. Tickets went on sale Tuesday.


Kenny Rogers in Merced

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