1. GET DIRTY WITH ‘LES MIZ’
For today’s 7 cover story, I feature the Children’s Musical Theaterworks production of “Les Miserables.” Director Skyler Gray has decreed this production be as gritty as possible, and when I visited the set earlier this week, the young cast — most in the 16-20 range — was having fun getting as dirty as possible. The show opens today and continues through Aug. 13. Meanwhile, check out this gorgeous cover photo shot by Bee photographer Craig Kohlruss for 7:
2. ‘CENTRALISM’ AT GALLERY 25
When I walked into Gallery 25 last night for ArtHop, it was so crowded I actually was getting jostled while looking at the works. Talk about a crowd! Here are some pics:
The bottom pic is by Jon Bock and is one of my favorite works in the show. Has government gotten so broke that we’re going to have to end up renting manhole covers?
Gallery 25′s hours this weekend are noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
3. CALIFORNIA OPERA
The big production this weekend is California Opera’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” which is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mercedes Edwards Theatre in Clovis. (It’s free!) The mainstage production features a cast of more than 40 and a 12-piece orchestra. You can read more about the show at my earlier Beehive post. There are also two smaller-scale productions at the Fresno Art Museum this weekend: “Destination Deutschland” 7 p.m. today and “An Evening in Memory” 7 p.m. Saturday.
4. MORE THEATER
Mike Oz has already given a plug for the small musical “Glory Days,” which is in its closing weekend at The Voice Shop. A special event tonight is the Organic Theater Factory’s cabaret at 10 p.m. today following the performance. I devote part of my upcoming Sunday Spotlight column to “Glory Days” on Sunday, the day it closes.
And it’s the last weekend for “Skin Deep” at the 2nd Space Theatre. I’m betting tickets are getting scarce for this cheery summer hit.