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Donald’s weekend picks

1. WATCH OUT FOR FLYING COWS
On Thursday on the Beehive I told you about opening night of “Spamalot.” Well, I attended the show last night — and while my review will come early next week, let’s just say I laughed so hard during the French Taunter scene that I almost choked on my Good Company water. (And there was even a gag directed at me, which I’m not going to share so as to ruin the moment, but let’s just say I’ve never been quite so personally surprised during a performance.) Check out my cover story in Friday’s 7. Also, Bee photographer Gary Kazanjian took a bunch of great photos, which he posted in an online gallery. “Spamalot” continues at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through March 17. [Details]

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2. LISTEN TO FRESNO STATE’S BEST MUSICIANS
Every year Fresno State’s music department hosts a gala fundraising concert featuring faculty members. This year, Thomas Loewenheim — who conducts the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra — pitched a new format. How about having faculty members perform with the department’s best student musicians? The result is a faculty-student collaboration 8 p.m. Friday in the Concert Hall. Check out my story in Friday’s 7 section. [Details]


3. SLOW DOWN FOR A SERENADE
The chamber group Moment Musical offers a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. The latest installment in the group’s Sunday Serenade series features works by Haydn, Faure and Ibert. The concert is 3 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Details: (559) 432-2473.


4. ‘DOUBT’ IN VISALIA
You probably saw the movie. But if you haven’t seen the stage production of “Doubt,” it’s one you won’t want to miss. The Visalia Community Players presents the John Patrick Shanley play at the Ice House Theatre through Feb. 3. Here’s James Wards’ story from the Visalia Times-Delta. For a video from Channel 24, click here. [Details]

5. LAST CHANCE FOR ‘AMERICAN SABOR’
Arte Americas winds up its run Sunday of the traveling Smithsonian exhibition “American Sabor.” One way to celebrate is Saturday’s “American Sabor: Remixed” with DJ Omé, 6-9 p.m. at Arte. Some details from the cultural center:

Omequetzal Lopez is a DJ who has come out of the Fresno DJ scene who is well-recognized in the San Francisco club scene.  She will be positioned alongside the exhibit’s centerpiece dancefloo and her set will include Tito Puente, Santana, Celia Cruz, Machito, Little Joe, Miami Sound Machine, Los Lobos, and Richie Valens and Los Tigres del Norte!   The event will highlight the  artistic talents of this Latina DJ and  there will be a NO REQUESTS policy since DJ Omé will using sound and rhythm as her color palette.   The idea is to witness her artistic mastery, dance if it moves you … or simply enjoy the music while sipping beer/wine/soda and hanging out with friends.

No tickets required, and the event is open to all ages. [Details]

Responses to "Donald’s weekend picks"

Patty says:

I heartily agree with Spamalot. Funny, funny show!

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