1. GO OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD AND HEAR THE MUSIC LIVE
Sometimes things just fall into place. Our esteemed artist for the 7 section, John Alvin, had already prepared our cover for the Fresno Philharmonic’s “Oz with Orchestra” performance when I interviewed conductor Theodore Kuchar for my cover story. When I asked Kuchar which parts of the film had particularly affected him over the years, the first thing he mentioned was the flying monkeys. I had to smile knowing this was our cover:
The Philharmonic performs two shows: 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday.
2. EXPERIENCE A CLASSIC PLAY FROM THE ’70s AT FRESNO STATE
The theater department is tackling Ntozake Shange’s classic “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.” The groundbreaking 1975 “choreopoem” is a collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by black women. It will be performed this weekend at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and continue its run Tuesday-next Saturday.
3. HEAR AN UP-AND-COMING BRAZILIAN PIANIST
Also at Fresno State, there’s an international flair to Friday’s latest installment of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series. Rising young star pianist Fabio Martino, who won last year’s Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition, is making Fresno one of his stops on his first concert tour of the United States. In Tuesday’s paper, I featured an interesting “interview” between Keyboard Concerts artistic director Andreas Werz — who was one of the jurors at the Rio de Janeiro competition — and Martino. The pianist performs 8 p.m. Friday at the Fresno State Concert Hall.
4. CATCH THE LAST WEEKEND OF ‘I LOVE YOU BECAUSE’
There are just three performances left of this California Public Theatre intimate musical at the Voice Shop: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Here’s my review.
5. SPEND ‘A WICKED NIGHT AT THE BALLET’
If you’re a dance fan, you won’t want to miss this impressive line-up 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Shaghoian Concert Hall. The Lively Arts Foundation fall concerts offers a mix of classical and contemporary ballet featuring dancers from the best companies in the Bay Area: Smuin Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and San Jose Ballet. The headlining performers: the entire Menlowe Ballet company, which was so impressive at January’s “Best of the Bay 2″ concert at the Saroyan Theatre. Here’s my complete rundown of the event from Friday’s 7 section.