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Donald’s weekend picks

Besides, as Mike Oz put it in his own picks, hoping that no more local businesses close …

1. EXPERIENCE AN OPERA MARATHON
Everything about Berlioz’s vast “Les Troyens” is epic — including its length. The first installment of the year of the Metropolitan Opera’s popular Live in HD series clocks in at 5 hours, 45 minutes. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel and Dwayne Croft lead the cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. It screens at 9 a.m. Saturday at Edwards. Here’s the New York Times review of the production.

I still remember the time I saw Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and I swear it must have clocked in at close to six hours including two long intermissions. It’s kind of fun to just settle back and bask in a work of such length. [Details]

2. HAVE SOME RED VELVET CAKE
You can actually buy a piece for $1 (deal!) at intermission of the Good Company Players production of “The Red Velvet Cake War,” which is in its opening weekend at the 2nd Space Theatre. Here’s my interview with Jacquie Broach and Wendy Snyder-Crabtree in Friday’s 7 section. [Details]

 

3. VISIT THE CLARK CENTER
The second rotation of the exhibition “Near and Far: Landscapes by Japanese Artists” opens Sunday at the Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture with a lecture. This installment, titled “Idealization of Reality,” features depictions of existing landscapes, either in Japan or abroad, as interpreted by Japanese artists. The exhibition continues through April 20. Seats for the lecture, at 2 p.m., are limited, so it’s best to call ahead for a reservation. Below, Tani Bunchō’s “Scenery of Matsushima.” [Details]

 

4. ROUND 2 AT GALLERY 25
If you missed Gallery 25′s December exhibition titled “Winter Group,” no worries: You get another chance this month. The cooperative gallery continues the group show, which includes paintings, drawings, photography, digital imagery and mixed media, through Feb. 3. Below, Lylia Carr’s “Winter.” [Details]

 

5. LAST CHANCE FOR ‘SOUL CALLING’
Joel Pickford’s accomplished exhibition of photos examining the Hmong Diaspora closes Sunday at the Fresno Art Museum, along with “Threads of Life:  The Art of Houa Vang” and “Garden of Delight: Adornments by Arline Fisch,” pictured below. [Details]

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