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Donald’s weekend picks

Once you’ve gone to the Christmas parade, of course …

1. ENJOY A RADIO PLAY
I don’t know what the ticket situation is for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” for the final two performances tonight and Saturday at Fresno State, but an email I received yesterday from the box office was encouraging people to buy beforehand and avoid long lines. I gave this charming production my highest recommendation. Here’s my review.

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2. A CHILD IS BORN
The Fresno Choral Artists celebrate the season with a holiday tradition: a concert version of Handel’s “Messiah” with an orchestra. The ensemble is teaming with University High School’s Chamber Singers, which will put more than 60 singers on stage. 4 p.m. Sunday, Palm Avenue Community Church, 222 E. Fountain Way. Here’s my advance from Friday’s 7 section.

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3. OPERA SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
For more than 20 years, opera singer Earl Meyers has been holding a Christmas concert for the community. “Music for the Holiday Season” includes a number of pieces sung by Meyers, a baritone who has performed on Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power” broadcasts. He’ll be accompanied by Alan Rea and Joy Gaje, along with flutist Cathi Graves-Tudman. Get there early: This concert is usually standing-room only. 4 p.m. Saturday, Fresno Westside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2750 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (559) 323-5835. Free.

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4. PARTY AT THE MUSEUM
Add a little culture to your holiday festivities at the Fresno Art Museum’s holiday party:

Join FAM on December 11, 2010 for a very special Holiday Party & Film Screening with hearty appetizers, delectable deserts, wines, holiday music by the Bullard High School Choir under the direction of Brad Feyma, and a screening of the documentary film, Child of Giants about the unorthodox family life of Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange.

The filmmakers Tom Ropelewski and Leslie Dixon will be on hand to discuss his work. Ropelewski’s work includes Look Who’s Talking, Madhouse, and Loverboy. Leslie Dixon’s work includes The Thomas Crown Affair, Pay It Forward, Hairspray, and Freaky Friday.

You’ll enjoy never before exhibited paintings and drawings from Maynard Dixon and photographs by Dorothea Lange.

Tickets on Sale Now $50.00 per person (includes food, wine and film).

December 11, 2010 at 6:00pm. Limited seating.

For ticket information and purchase call: (559) 441-4221

5. VISIT A GALLERY OR TWO
A prime candidate: the K-Jewel Art Gallery, 1415 Fulton St., which this month is featuring the intriguing work of Mark DeRaud, pictured below. Also, don’t miss the group shows at Gallery 25 and Fig Tree Gallery.

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Responses to "Donald’s weekend picks"

Pamela Dyer says:

Wait time at the box office can be as long as 10 minutes and don’t forget to come early to enjoy the pre-show.

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