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Donald’s weekend picks

If you thought last weekend was busy, wait till you see this one. Be sure to see our full coverage in Friday’s 7, including a roundup of classical music concerts.

1. SEE ‘ORDINARY DAYS’
It’s beautiful. There are only three performances left: 8 p.m. Friday; and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Director Anthony Taylor’s Q&A interview is here, and my review is here. [Details]

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2. CHRISTMAS ON VAN NESS
Fresno Grand Opera’s annual holiday tradition is a classy way to ring in the season. The two concerts (3 and 6 p.m. Saturday) feature the Fresno Grand Opera Chorus, Bach Children’s Choir and soloists. And you get to experience them all in the beautiful acoustics of the First Congregational Church. [Details]

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3. ENTER THE WORLD OF ‘THE ELEPHANT MAN’
Fresno State tackles the famous story of John Merrick in a production directed by J. Daniel Herring. The actor getting the juicy role is Dane Oliver.  You can read Herring’s Q&A interview here. Opening night is tonight. [Details]

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4. TAKE IN A CONCERT
There are a lot of them, many of them holiday-related, as I indicated above.  A couple of picks: the Fresno Choral Artists’ “A World of Christmas” concert (4 p.m. Saturday, details here); Fresno State’s “Seasons Greetings” concert (2:30 p.m. Sunday, details here); and Fresno City College’s 2012 Holiday Choral Festival (details below).

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5. DECEMBER’S A DRAG
International drag star Lady Bunny comes to the North Tower Circle 9 p.m. Saturday for her first Fresno appearance. [Details]

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6. EVEN MORE THEATER
It’s closing weekend for Fresno City College’s intriguing “Tape” (details here). And don’t forget the charming “A Year With Frog and Toad” from StageWorks Fresno (details here and my review here) and Children’s Musical Theaterworks’ “White Christmas” (details here), which I plan to see Friday night.

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