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‘Fiddler on the Roof’

“Fiddler on the Roof” at Playhouse Merced plays Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for adults, $15-$22; seniors, $15-$20; students, $12; and children $10. Buy tickets at (209) 725-8587 or the box office at 452 West Main St., Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit Rated: A (All Ages).

Mercy Gulch Days

Mercy Gulch Days will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday. The three-day event celebrating Merced’s 125th birthday will be at Bob Hart Square at Canal and Main streets in downtown Merced. Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. there will be live music from Cottonwood Creek, Davy Crockett’s Revenge, It’s Just Us and Flashback. The 5K Blue Devil Dash begins 8 a.m. Sunday, as well as a 1K Blue Devil fun run for children. Sunday afternoon will include a Mexican Independence Day theme. For more information, go to

ShakespeareFest presents ‘Cymbeline’

Merced ShakespeareFest presents “Cymbeline” at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday in Applegate Park. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information call (209) 723-3265 or go to

T-PAP: The Public’s Art Project

The Public’s Art Project is looking for artists in grades K-12 to create works of art that inspire residents of Merced, while also beautifying the cityscape. For more information contact Adrian Mohammed at

Events at Kewl Kats

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

UC Merced exhibit

The UC Merced Art Gallery is featuring an exhibit with art by Karen Le Cocq through Oct. 3. A reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The gallery is in Room 106 of the campus’ Social Sciences and Management Building. UC Merced is at 5200 Lake Road.

Merced College exhibit

Merced College Art Gallery will present an exhibition of photography and digital art by a collective of art instructors from Fresno City College. The exhibition is titled “Perspectives,” and the artists include Greg Hubbard, Thom Halls, Carolyn DeAnda, Larry Krauter, E.Z. Smith, Lenna Winther-Saxe and Diana Baldrica. The exhibition will open Monday and continue to Oct. 2. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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.

Bands against bullying

The Atwater Police Activities League will sponsor a free concert from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 in Ralston Park. Performers include Lighthouse for the Blind, featuring Polo Jones, Mike Vanderhule and Rob Tracy. Additional bands include Monsters Rock, High Voltage, Banshees and Contagious. Guest vocalists from the Atwater Music Room are also scheduled to perform.

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. No cover charge. You must be at least 21 to enter.

Come dance

The city of Merced’s Recreation Department will be offering open dances from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19. This is not a dance lesson, but an opportunity for all dancers to come and practice their dance moves. Cost is $20 per person and pre-registration is required. Register at 678 W. 18th St. or call (209) 385-6298 for more information.

Open mike night

Singer Cheryl Lockett will be the featured artist at the American Legion’s open mike night, 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at 939 W. Main St. There is no cover charge. Lockett is scheduled to perform during the first hour. Other singers, musicians, poets and comedians are invited to take the mike afterward. Tri-tip sandwiches with potato salad will be available at $6 a plate. Proceeds support veterans programs. For more information, call (209) 658-2663.

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.