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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2007 10:00 pm

"A Pirate's Tale 2:Blood Treasure"in Lodi

The Changing Faces Theater Company of Lodi is presenting the sequel of "A Pirate's Tale" that was a success two years ago. Written by former Changing Faces student Michael Vinyard, "A Pirates Tale 2: Blood Treasure" is not as silly as the first, as Vinyard has captured the true essence of what it is like to be a pirate … or something like that. Directors Mike Bartram and Sabrina Wallis assure there will still be plenty of sword fighting, dancing and epic moments.

From assistant directing, lighting and set design to costuming and putting on a dinner show, this year's performance is done by students. Wallis, a theater student at San Joaquin Delta College, not only helped with stage managing, she also works on costuming and does acting through the intense program at Delta.

Since Bartram, artistic director and Lincoln High School teacher, started the theater company six years ago, they have performed productions such as "Peter's Gate" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

The 6-day event at Jessie's Grove Winery includes wine tasting, a how-to-be-a-pirate marketplace, dinner catered by Wholey Ravioli of Galt, dessert catered by Scooter's in Lodi, a pre-show featuring young (and old) company members and the main production.

DETAILS

When: July 19-21, 26-28 with dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Where: Jessie's Grove Winery, 1973 W. Turner Ave.

Tickets: $35. $20 show-only option July 19 and July 26.

Information: 570-2743

"Xclamation Music Festival" in Modesto

X Fest is returning this weekend to take over downtown Modesto for its annual arts and music celebration. Officials say the Xclamation Festival is unlike any other festival of its kind. It features up to 50 bands and performers on 8 separate stages and the world's largest outdoor disco that spans two city blocks. In its eighth year, the festival is expected to draw 15,000 music fans to see some of the best and most popular acts touring the country.

Today's headliners include Blue October, Digital Underground, DJ Dan, Y&T, Young MC, Powerman 5000, Stevie B, Pat Travers and Unauthorized Sublime featuring Q-Ball. The festival will also feature some of the best local artists, including Mama Winners Fallen Sleepless, Moonshine Bandits, Hollopoynt, Saucy Cocktail, Not 4 Nothin' and Jiggy.

DETAILS

When: 6 p.m. tonight

Where: Downtown Modesto, around 7th and H streets.

Tickets: $20

Information: http://www.xfestmodesto.com">http://www.xfestmodesto.com or http://www.myspace.com/xfest">http://www.myspace.com/xfest

- Compiled by LaurenNelson.

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