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Donald’s weekend picks

1. JOURNEY TO THE KINGDOM OF SWEETS
For many people, it just isn’t Christmas until you’ve seen “The Nutcracker.” The Central California Ballet production features some top-notch professional talent in the leading roles, including Michaela DePrince and Taureen Green, both of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier; Aurora Frey (pictured) and David Beir, who play the Snow Queen and Snow Queen; and Courtney Boyd, who plays the Dewdrop. Don’t forget to check out my story about DePrince — she was an African orphan who became a star ballerina — in Thursday’s Life section. [Details]

 

2. SEE ‘THE HOBBIT’
Tolkien fans are excited this weekend, and they should be. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is a solid adaptation of the beloved book. Here’s my movie review.

 

3. LEARN ABOUT OAXACAN CULTURE
The Fresno Art Museum is hosting an intriguing gathering 5 p.m. Saturday. National award-winning local photographer Matt Black has been documenting the plight of a poor, isolated Oaxacan town named Santiago Mitlatongo in the Mixteca region of Mexico. A rare geological phenomenon called “slumping,” an outgrowth of the region’s rampant land erosion, destroyed the homes of the 1,500 residents who lived there. Fresno is home to about 250 of those people. Black will screen two short films he made about the disaster and exhibit photographs he’s taken of the region, a preview of a Fresno Art Museum show planned for 2014. The evening also includes speakers from the town and a presentation about Oaxacan migration and culture. Traditional Oaxacan food and handicrafts will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the town. [Details]

 

4. HOP ON OVER TO ‘FROG AND TOAD’
There are just four performances remaining of the delightful “A Year With Frog and Toad.” This charming musical, based on the children’s books by Arnold Lobel, is sure to tickle the fancy of young children, but there’s also a crisp adult appeal as it works through such themes as taking risks, trust, friendship and patience. Read my review here. [Details]

 

5. SUPPORT FILMWORKS
Do you love indie and foreign films? Fresno Filmworks, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the kinds of titles available in town, needs your support. This month’s selection is the French/German/Belgian drama “Chicken with Plums.” It plays 5 and 8 p.m. Friday at the Tower Theatre. [Details]

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