Besides wishing Chris Sorensen a happy birthday, of course …
1. GET ‘AWAKENED’
Lots of excitement over “Spring Awakening” at the Fresno Memorial Auditorium. I’ll be there tonight for opening. The show runs through July 7. We give the production a big splash in today’s issue of 7:
2. ‘OCCUPY’ FILM FESTIVAL
To mark the “Occupy Zeitgeist” exhibition at Gallery 25, now in its final weekend, organizers are holding a free film festival. The event mostly features political remixes, projects that use existing footage to make a political point. It also includes a screening of the feature-length documentary “American Autumn” by Dennis Trainor Jr., which includes footage and interviews from every major Occupy site in the United States. It premiered in New York earlier this week. Rick Bentley has a rundown on the festival in today’s issue of 7.
3. LAST WEEKEND FOR ‘MERRY WIVES’
Just two more chances to see Falstaff get his comeuppance in the Woodward Shakespeare Festival production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Here’s my review. Pictured below: Pat Smith as Sir Hugh, Jack Lawson as Page, Michael Peterson as Shallow and bottom, Chaim Harrell as Slender.
4. MIDSUMMER NIGHT OF DANCE
The local dance organization BailaFresno turned to Cirque du Soleil as inspiration for its “Masquerade,” described as a “midsummer night extravaganza of dance, dinner, fantasy and entertainment.” It starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Holy Trinity Armenian Church Social Hall, 2226 Ventura St. BailaFresno was founded by Franco Peraza, who has taught dance in major cities, including New York, but who has returned to his roots to teach dance in Fresno. Franco created the “The Dance Closet” at BallroomLIVE, where dancers will find “a unique treasure trove of ball gowns, Latin gowns, evening gowns, and practice wear.” The Dance Closet also houses an eclectic collection of handmade “Masquerade Masks” crafted by Franco, pictured below.
5. HEATHER ANDERSON AT FIG TREE GALLERY
Another “Last Weekend” pick: Heather Anderson’s “Wild Water” show at Fig Tree Gallery. It continues through Sunday.