• What: Second Saturday Art Night.

• When: Saturday, 5 p.m.

• Where: Washington Street, downtown Sonora.

• Admission: Free; cost for movie.

Info: 2ndsaturdayartnight.org

The 72nd consecutive Second Saturday Art Night will be held this weekend in downtown Sonora.

In addition to live music and art displays, this year’s second “After 8” event will feature an outdoor screening of the 1990 film “Back to the Future 3.”

Performing before the screening will be area musicians featured in the film, which was shot in Tuolumne County.

La Grange residents Chris Stevenson, also known as Prairie Flower, and her husband “Cactus Bob” Cole, were part of the Hill Valley Drifters — a group of musicians who backed ZZ Top in the classic time travel film. Her son, Michael P. Kennedy, will join them for live music before the movie.

Another local musician, Steve LaVine, who lived on the set and looked after it for years following production, will also share his experiences.

“Our part of ‘Back to the Future 3’ was the night-time carnival dance scene, which was filmed for about two weeks from dusk to dawn at the Red Hills movie set,” Stevenson said. “All the local extras parked at the Sonora fairgrounds in the late afternoon and were bussed to the site. Everyone went to wardrobe and makeup. We women were dressed in authentic 1880s dress, with corsets, shoes and stockings and bustles. It was quite a ritual to don all the finery in a small crowded trailer-dressing room. There must have been almost 100 extras and crew there in total.”

Everything was so secret, the extras didn’t even know ZZ Top was the featured band until they showed up on the set, Stevenson said.

“The soundtrack started and we all mimed to the recorded music track as the crew filmed the first scene, but when they yelled ‘cut’ and the sound stopped we kept on playing on our real instruments,” she said. “ZZ Top slowly turned around and stared. They were blown away that we were real musicians. We became instant friends.”

Stevenson said during a second night of filming, a camera broke down so the musicians staged an impromptu show, playing old Hank Williams tunes and Western-swing songs that Dusty Hill and Cactus Bob had thought of.

“At one point we looked down from the stage and the whole cast and crew, including Steven Spielberg who was there that day, were watching and applauding,” she said. “Several months later we got a letter from Billy Gibbons’ ranch with an invitation to come visit sometime. We never did!”

Spielberg served as one of the producers of the Robert Zemeckis-directed film.

The film will be shown outside behind the ReMax Sonora building, 207 S. Washington St.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the pre-movie concert, followed by the film at 8 p.m.

“We want this night to feel like you’ve gone to the drive-in movies,” said Laurie Lehmann, the event’s coordinator. “We’re planning a very fun family night with a pizza food cart, fresh popcorn, movie candy, and some real ‘Back to the Future 3’ surprises.”

Unlike the drive-in, however, there will also be a beer and wine bar.

Recommended donations to watch the film are $10 per person or $20 per family with all proceeds going toward Art Night’s 2016 Mountain Performers Fund — a grant program that offers financial assistance to area artists.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early with their own low-back chairs.

“We’ll have limited seating with first-come, first-served spots,” Lehmann said. “The early birds will be able to set up chairs before they go enjoy all of the great Art Night spots.”

This month’s Second Saturday attractions include:

Sonora Joe’s Coffee Shoppe welcomes Sandy Shoor for a night of classic folk music. A sideman who sang with the legendary folk musician Pete Seeger for many years, Shoor brings a performance steeped in the flavor of Americana roots music. “I love coming out to play,” he said. “First and foremost, it’s about sharing your music and encouraging others to join in. I learned that from Pete.”

Joan’s Boutique invites local favorites Keith Evans and The Red Hot Pickers for a night of top-notch Americana music. Evans is an instructor at Columbia College who enjoys playing with other local musicians as well as his own students.

Ventana Gallery will feature Turlock potter Jerry Barlow, who will showcase his new work through Sept. 18. Barlow has a 30-year history of exhibiting and selling his ware at shows and craft fairs all over northern California. His work is in the collections of University of the Pacific and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Seminary as well as in the homes of private collectors throughout the world. “We live in a throw-away world. The hallmark of our culture seems to be impermanence. We blow past things and anxiously look for something new to experience. And yet people cry out for things they can rely on. I want my work to have a timeless appearance, anchored in the past. I want it to have feeling of permanence and stability. That’s why I work in the C10 stoneware medium,” Barlow said. “For this show I have imagined an archaeological dig in California’s Central Valley uncovering pottery from a civilization never before seen, using a completely unknown language. The pots exhibit hieroglyphic-like markings telling about this ancient valley civilization.”

Downtown Shoes welcomes ukulele empress Peg Reza and the Blue Shoes Band. In addition to Tin Pan Alley fare and tunes from the 1930s and 40s, Reza commands an array of influences that include Hawaiian music, folk and pop.

Tradewinds will host folk-rock duet Dandelion. Guitarists and vocalists, Dawn Warfield and Rebecca Spaan, will offer up a diverse set of acoustic covers ranging from The Beatles to Neil Young along with a “grunge girl” twist on favorites from the 1990s, including Nirvana, as an added bonus.

Funky Junk welcomes veteran rock band Random Act. This power trio puts on a diverse display of classic and modern rock influences with a touch of the blues. The Rhythm Infuse duo is also slated to play.

Tar Flat features the Appalachian flavor of acoustic multi-instrumentalist Tyler Llloyd Emery, who will offer up a one-hour set from 6 to 7 p.m.

Aloft Art Gallery showcases Jeannie Philbin’s collage exhibit. “I collect pre-1970s papers, letters, music, recipes, books and stamps,” Philbin said. “I paint with paper. I color my vintage and Japanese papers and then I meticulously tear bits of these pieces of history and put them together.” Another local guest artist, Heinie Hartwig, will return for a seascape demonstration and auction.

Benjamin Fig features the unveiling of a new museum-quality mask by visual and literary artist Gwynn Popovac. Working with beads, sculpture, paint and poetic verse, Popovac creates multi-item pieces that present themselves as ethereal, mysterious and enlightening installations.

Kinart Gallery and Studio hosts an opening reception for the upcoming “Handmade Parade,” which is being planned for Oct. 1 in Jamestown. That event involves a performance parade in which area residents are invited to bring their creativity to life by making their own characters and costumed personas. At Kinart, Art Night strollers can see samples of paper mache characters made in preparation for the October event. For more information, visit tuolumnecountyarts.org or call (209) 532-2787.

Next month, a new location — the Yoga Loft — will participate in Second Saturday Art Night with live music by Keith Evans and The Red Hot Pickers. Other offerings include more live music and a costume party featuring both original and well-known comic book characters.

“We’re striving to involve the whole community in this monthly night to celebrate our creative spirit and to support our historic downtown,” said Art Night committee member Sarah Rogers-Nesper.

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