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The Cosies at StocktonCon

The Cosies at StocktonCon

The Cosies, California's only Red Carpet Cosplay Award Show at StocktonCon

Turlock catches the Pop Culture Convention bug

Turlock catches the Pop Culture Convention bug
How many Pop Culture Conventions are too many? That answer has not yet been answered yet and the fans in the 209 hope that it neve will. On February 4th at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, come out to the first annual Turlock Comic Con.    

The Cosies are coming

The Cosies are coming
Northern California Second Annual Cosplay Award Show returns January 7th to the Historic West Side Theatre in downtown Newman CA. The NorCal Cosies encompass a mini pop culture convention during the day along with a red-carpet cosplay awards show.  The Cosie-Con is Newman's own Pop-Culture Convention. There will be vendors, artists and special guests including Ava Kolker(American Horror Story/Girl Meets World) and James Weston(Matrix-Reloaded/Transformers Dark of the Moon.) Additionally, there will be panels on bullying, cosplaying, crafting and special performances by Spotlight Dance and Powers Dance and Choreography. There will be something for fans of comic books, cosplay, fantasy and science fiction. 

Beat Happy! Music 30 Years of D.I.Y. promoting

Beat Happy! Music 30 Years of D.I.Y. promoting

I have been booking and promoting Live Entertainment of all sorts for 30 years in the greater 209. Started out in Modesto as St Christopher Promotions later as Poison Free Promotions in Stockton and for the last 20 or so years as Beat Happy! Music

On December 9th you are all invited to come and celebrate this milestone at the Portal 1324 Coldwell Ave Modesto CA. Along with live music by Imminent Waves, there will be a special screening of  Nate Bergs' FLORADORA an independent film documenting the D.I.Y. Music of the San Joaquin Valley focused around a Fugazi show 25 years ago at a Knights of Columbus Hall. 

Mixed with found-VHS footage of Fugazi, Plaid Retina and Sharon Tate  along with new interviews from those who were at the epicentre, this production is something unique to not just this area but secondary markets all over the US. 

Central Valley Con

Central Valley Con

Modesto is quickly becoming the center of the 209 Pop Culture Community with 3 Annual Cons all taking place at the Modesto Centre Plaza. Central Valley Con brought to us by the Godfather of conventions Mike Millerick returns for it's Second Year on December 4th. 

2015 was the first year Modesto was host to "comic convention" and since that time it has become home to 3 Central Valley Con, Modesto Con, and Classic Comic Con. Add to these Colossus Con in Merced, Grape City Con in Lodi, Tracy Comic Con and the grandaddy of them all Stockton-Con and in the works Turlock Comic Con. Can the area sustain so many Conventions? Well the turnouts, for the most part, would suggest yes. 

Modesto area music awards celebrate 17 years

Modesto area music awards celebrate 17 years

Seventeen Years of Celebrating local Musicians, Comedians, and Venues; that is right the mamas turn 17 this year. Voting has gone live and all the #mamanees are hoping  you will choose them in their respective category. Everything from Alternative Rock to Jazz, Metal to Americana is represented in the Modesto Area Music Awards. Take a moment to go to www.modestoareamusic.com/vote and  check out all the #mamanees and vote for your favorites. Voting ends midnight October 9th. 

Railroad Museum calls for volunteers

Railroad Museum calls for volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy meeting people from all over the world?

California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering to help communicate and inspire others about the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush. A special, drop-in Volunteer Open House is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Stanford Gallery located at 111 I Street in Old Sacramento (next door to the California State Railroad Museum). Volunteer applications are being accepted now through July 1 and will be followed by an interview process.