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Bob Dylan expert to discuss folk icon's connection to the Blues

Bob Dylan expert to discuss folk icon's connection to the Blues

STOCKTON - On Feb. 23, author Michael Gray will discuss how the blues not only influenced famous singer Bob Dylan's lyrics and music structure, but continues to have a heavy influence on modern American folk music. Gray's lecture, titled "Bob Dylan and the Poetry of the Blues," will be held in the Janet Leigh Theatre on the University of Pacific's Stockton campus, and is free and open to the public.

During his nearly 50 years in the music business, Dylan has been labeled the "voice of a generation and "America's Troubadour." He often is described as a genius, a music sensation who seemed to appear nearly out of thin air after being selected by a Greek muse to write lyrics that will be discussed and studied for generations. And he is always labeled as a "folk" artist.

In truth, one does not have to look half-way around the world to find the roots of Dylan’s inspirations, says author Michael Gray.

Mexican Heritage Center presents 'La Adelita Awards'

STOCKTON - The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery will honor three local recipients of the second annual "La Adelita Recognition Awards," on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the facility located 30 East Acacia Street. The event will focus on community engagement, volunteerism and health advocacy.

Local nurse Mary Adame, church volunteer Henriettas Anguiano, and historian and curator Arlene Galindo, will be presented with the award given to women in the community, of Mexican descent, who have shown courage, strength and persistence throughout their lives.

"There are many fine candidates for Adelita Award. This year we strongly believe the recipients represent the definition of the Adelitas," said Connie Martinez, committee member.

Adame has been a health care provider for 44 years. She began as a nurse's aide and didn't stop working until earning a Master's Degree in Nursing.

UOP presents 'Foreclosure, USA' exhibit

UOP presents 'Foreclosure, USA' exhibit

STOCKTON - University of the Pacific's Reynolds Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of San Francisco-Bay Area photographer Kirk Crippen's Foreclosure, USA series about the housing foreclosure crisis here in Stockton. The exhibit runs from Jan. 18 - Feb. 18, with an opening reception on Jan. 21 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Crippens will give an "Artist's Talk" on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in the lecture hall adjacent to Reynolds Gallery, in the Jeannette Powell Art Center, Room 29.

The artist said he chose Stockton as the subject of his foreclosure series in 2009 when it became a center of the housing crisis in America.

"In the first quarter of 2009, one in every 27 housing units in the area received a foreclosure notice, against a national rate of about one in 159," said Crippens.

"America Back to Work" tour to stop in Stockton

STOCKTON - The "America Back to Work" national tour will visit the Stockton Big Valley Black Expo on March 5 and 6 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The job fair is free and open to the public from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The tour, a national effort to bring employment opportunities to Americans, will provide hands-on information, resources, interviews and advice to job seekers and employers.

The annual expo will also feature dozens of companies and experts available to help residents learn how to purchase a home, how to obtain a loan modification, find out what banks have to offer and even speak directly with legal authorities.

Workshops offering information on how to live a healthier lifestyly

For more information and to register a company's participation, call (209) 545-1249.

Mexican Heritage Center hosts 'Soul Healing: Curanderismo'

STOCKTON - Did you know an apple a day will prevent heart burn? Or that a single piece of clove may numb a toothache? The Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery is proud to present "Soul Healing: Curanderismo," an event providing information on herbal cleansing and natural healing, at 5:30 p.m. at the center located at 30 East Acacia Street. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Curanderismo derives from the Spanish word "curar," which means to heal. It is a magical knowledge and wisdom of a folk healing practice that views life as a whole -- mind, body and soul.

"The three connected is what creates life," said Ana Maria, who will faciliate the event and discuss her ancestral practice.

Maria is a local resident, born in Fresno, from Purepecha native ancestry, a tribe of Mexico and one of the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica.

Comedian Grant Lyon to perform at Empire Theater

Comedian Grant Lyon to perform at Empire Theater

STOCKTON - Comedian Grant Lyon will perform at Empire Theater, 1825 Pacific Avenue, on Friday, Feb. 11.

A former collegiate soccer player with UC Santa Cruz, Grant decided to pursue a career on stage instead of on the field. He was a featured performer at the Asheville Comedy Festival, winner of the Colorado Mile High Comedy Competition and finished second in the Ice House Comedy Competition. Grant also appeared in the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition and has opened for names like Bobby Lee and Robin Williams.

For more information about his performance in Stockton, contact Jim Oliver at 888-738-9996 ext.3.

Stockton Opera Association presents 'La boheme'

Stockton Opera Association presents 'La boheme'


STOCKTON - The Stockton Opera Association presents "La boheme" on Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Faye Spanos Concert hall on the University of Pacific campus.

"La boheme," Puccini's score of a beloved tale of struggling artists in Paris smitten by love, will feature Stockton Symphony's Maestro Peter Jaffe and UOP's James Heffner as producing stage director, with Magen Solomon chorus director and youth chorus director Joan Calonico.

For tickets, call the Pacific Box Office at (209) 946-2867 or visit www.go.pacific.edu/tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at Legacy Antiques and Interiors in Lincoln Center, located at 128 Lincoln Center in Stockton.