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Donald’s weekend picks

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Responses to "Donald’s weekend picks"

Ky says:

Who took over Steve Pepper’s role of the dad? He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

Anthony Taylor says:

Thank for the rec, Mr. Munro! For the record, the show stars Eric Estep, myself and Steve Olson.

Oaktown Girl says:

So happy to find this site! Well, I was intrigued about the play “Art” and went to the theatre’s website you posted to find their location. Guess what? It’s not listed. All they give you is a vague Google map with no address. What gives? Fortunately, someone answered the phone when I called to ask where the heck they are located.

C’mon, man! Cultural events shouldn’t be so inaccessible that it’s difficult to even find the freakin’ address!

Musical Theater Fan says:

I saw Hairspray last night and all I can say is WOW. I didn’t think it was possible but I enjoyed it even more than 2009. So much talent on that stage. I really recommend if you enjoy an amazing script, contagious music, great singing acting and dancing.

thefresnoguy says:

The Steve Pepper role as “Wilbur” is being played by a talented Rich Burt. The entire production is being dedicated to Steve Pepper.