1. MORE ‘HAIRSPRAY,’ PLEASE
I haven’t yet seen this return engagement from Good Company Players — I’ll be there in the audience tonight at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater — but the original GCP production was a blast. Most of the principal cast members and director Fred Bologna return. The show is in its opening weekend. Here’s my Beehive interview with Ashley Wilkinson, who plays Tracy Turnblad. Pictured: Peter Allwine as Corny Collins.
2. YA-FEI CHUANG WITH THE FRESNO PHILHARMONIC
The orchestra’s music director, Theodore Kuchar, has high praise for Chuang, who is stepping in at the last minute to replace Lukas Vondracek as soloist with the Fresno Philharmonic. She’ll play the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, and the orchestra will play Bruckner’s 4th Symphony. Here’s my story in Friday’s 7 section.
3. SIKH EXHIBITION AT THE FRESNO ART MUSEUM
For the first time, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution travels to the Fresno Art Museum. I write about “Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab” in today’s cover story in 7.
4. JEWISH FILM SERIES
The film “Steel Toes” sounds intriguing: When a neo-Nazi white supremacist skinhead is accused of the brutal beating of an East Indian dishwasher, a liberal public defense attorney must struggle past his own preconceptions of the disturbed young man. This latest offering from the Fresno Jewish Film Series will feature Richard Novak, an Encino attorney who has represented numerous criminal defendants in death penalty proceedings, as a guest speaker before the film.
5. HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT ‘ART’
California Public Theater’s production of Yasmina Reza’s 1994 play “ART” features a solid cast: Eric Estep, Anthony Taylor and Steve Olson play three men whose friendship is tested when one purchases an expensive abstract painting. (Updated 1/20 to reflect Olson replacing Eric Orum). Taylor Stephenson directs the play, which opens tonight at The Voice Shop.