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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than taking the new downtown ice rink for a spin or watching the Veterans Day parade.

1. SWEDE IT UP
Swede Fest is bigger and better, back for its 10th installment Sunday. It’s happening at Tower Theatre, a dream realized for organizers of this quirky film festival.  It showcases low-budget parodies made by everyone from average joes to seasoned pros. Creativity, ingenuity and a sense of humor are king at Swede Fest, so you never know what you’re going to see. It’s free and open to movie lovers of all ages. For more on Swede Fest’s growth and rise to popularity, read this Q & A with the organizers. [More]

BONUS: It’s a big movie weekend at Tower Theatre, which hosts Fresno Filmworks screenings too. Tonight’s first-run movie is “Searching for Sugar Man,” which music fans oughta dig. It’s playing at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, Filmworks is showing the James Dean classic “East of Eden.” That’s before Swede Fest, beginning at 3 p.m. [More]

2. SWIM IN A SEA OF SOUND
From here on out, I’m tossing nothing but local music at you. We’ll start with Sea of Sound, a great new(ish) local rock band who is having its EP release party Saturday night at Kuppajoe. The band hits the sweet spot: mainstream enough to be popular and indie enough to be cool.  For more, read their Artist You Should Know profile in today’s Bee. And know this, kids, their show is all-ages. [More]

 3. KICK IT WITH KEENEY
Another local album release: rock singer Keeney has his long-awaited release party for “Happy Hour” tonight at Audie’s Olympic. You might recall he recently broke his leg and shelved things for a while. He’s good to go now and is looking to party tonight with Soul Intact, The Lions and Circles. Everybody who pays to get in gets a copy of Keeney’s album too. Rockin.’ [More]

4. SWING IT OLD SCHOOL
Fresno’s Old Tire Swingers play really old music with new energy. They’re an old-time string band who are road warriors, playing all over the country to tune of 150 shows so far this year. But they’re as likely to play with a bunch of punks bands as they are to play at a bluegrass festival. Saturday night, Old Tire Swingers play a big homecoming show at Hanford Fox Theatre, only its fifth local show ever. [More]

5. HELP PATRICK CONTRERAS FEED THE HUNGRY
Popular local violin player Patrick Contreras is having a benefit concert on Sunday at Fulton 55 aimed at feeding Fresno’s hungry. In what’s become a tradition for the quick-fiddlin’ musician, he’s raising money for Breaking Free Revival Center, which does food distribution twice a week to feed the hungry. [More]

ONE MORE JUST BECAUSE: Another Fresno Covers Fresno benefit concert at Tokyo Garden.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND? LEAVE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS AND/OR PLUGS IN THE COMMENTS.

Responses to "Five Things You Should Do This Weekend"

Craig Schartonfresnocraig says:

Ice skating downtown, pizza at Mattie’s, beer at Fresno Brewing Company, Bibi Bielat art show at 1821 Calaveras on Saturday night.

Here’s something else:

Sunday, there’s a memorial for Jeri (Shiva) Metzler, an old-school punk rockers and skater.

https://www.facebook.com/events/164870256970717/

Tiffany says:

Glad to see you made Swede Fest #1. It’s a great event and it’s free. You don’t come across that too often anymore.

JAK says:

Come see The Rocky Horror Show, Live! this weekend – Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm (our only matinee)! “Had the time of my life tonight” … “F-ing LOVED it!” … “a stellar experience” … “truly masterful and hella sexy” … Get your tickets for the most fun you’ll ever have for 22 bucks, at http://www.rockyhorrorfresno.com/ ;)

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