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AN EVENING OF ARMENIAN MUSIC
Right here in Fresno we have the much honored Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble, which travels the world playing traditional Armenian instruments. It’s a special event tonight for the ensemble because it has flown in noted New York musician John Tarpinian, who will perform on the oud (an 11-string lute). If you aren’t familiar with this music and are looking for an event outside your comfort zone, this could be it. I write about the concert in today’s 7 section.

MORE WEEKEND PICKS 

BARRY DOUGLAS PERFORMS: The acclaimed pianist, who won the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, is at the top of his career game. He plays with the world’s greatest orchestras, but he always makes time for solo piano recitals. That’s why he’s returning Sunday to the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series. In my interview with him in Friday’s 7 section, he talks about his project recording the complete solo piano works of Brahms. [Details]

BACK TO THE OLD WILD BLUE: Members of Fresno’s storied Wild Blue Yonder — a staple in the Tower District in the ’70s and ’80s — are coming together again. They reunited in September 2011 and in March. Now, they will play at the old Wild Blue nightclub, where the band was spawned. The site is now the Arena Nightclub. The special opener is Appasionata, which features Fresno’s Patrick Contreras and Steve Ono. [Details]

THE OSCARS: How can you miss them? My colleague Rick Bentley has an interview with host Seth MacFarlane in today’s 7 section cover story.

LAST WEEKEND: If you haven’t yet caught Good Company Players’ “The Red Velvet Cake War” at the 2nd Space Theatre [Details] or “Barefoot in the Park” at Kingsburg’s Draper Street Theatre [Details], it’s your last chance.

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