1. MEET THE FRESNO STATE TRIO
Fresno State music professors Andreas Werz, Limor Toren-Immerman and Thomas Loewenheim make up the new Fresno State Trio chamber group. They perform 8 p.m. Friday at the Fresno State Concert Hall as part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series. Here’s my story in Friday’s 7 section. (Bee photo by Eric Paul Zamora.) [Details]
2. MEET JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN
The noted essayist and journalist John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of the nonfiction books “Blood Horses” and “Pulphead” and contributing editor of Harper’s magazine, is the featured reader at the San Joaquin Literary Association WordFest event. He’ll be joined by poet Camille Dungy and author Davy Rothbart. A book signing will follow the readings. The event is 7 p.m. Saturday at Fresno State’s Alice Peters Auditorium.
3. PETER BUFFETT AT FRESNO CITY COLLEGE
Emmy Award-winning composer and author Peter Buffett, a son of financier Warren Buffett, will perform in “Life is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett.” Buffett is the author of the New York Times 2010 best-selling book, “Life is What You Make It.” Proceeds from this fundraising event will support and promote arts education programs at the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State, the State Center Community College District, the Fresno County Office of Education and University High School. The event is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Old Administration Building Auditorium at Fresno City College. Tickets are $45-100. [Details]
4. JOIN BOB AND BING ON THE BLOSSOM TRAIL
A new edition of Chuck Carson’s “Bob and Bing” show is paying tribute to the Blossom Trail. “Bob and Bing: Road to the Blossom Trail” stars Lynn Roberts as Bob Hope and Bob Pasch as Bing Crosby in this stage salute to old-style radio programs, complete with commercials. Proceeds benefit The Central California Veterans Home Support Foundation. Shows are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Theatre. Tickets are $25. Details: (559) 797-8155.
5. ‘THE HOBBIT’ IN MERCED
You saw the movie. Now’s your chance to see the stage adaptation of “The Hobbit” in a version adapted by Patricia Gray from the original book by J.R.R. Tolkien. It features many popular characters from the book including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Gollum, as well as dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls. Opening night is Friday, with performances through Feb. 17. [Details]