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1. THE MANY FACES OF ‘I AM MY OWN WIFE’
We’ve done a lot of 7 cover stories in my day, but you’ve never seen a center spread like this: 40 photos of one actor, all with different expressions. Forty is the number of characters — some substantial, some conveyed in just a glance — that Terry Lewis plays in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. (Bee artist John Alvin did the design.) I had an opportunity to interview playwright Doug Wright in advance of the StageWorks Fresno production, which opens tonight. [Details]

2. FRESNO CHORAL ARTISTS
Several guest musical groups join with the accomplished Fresno Choral Artists, which celebrates its 25th anniversary season 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, with “A Musical Ethnic Fusion: Music from around the Globe.” Guest artistic director Zachary D. Durlam will lead the ensemble in choral settings of folk songs from Slovakia, Korea, and Norway as well as new compositions based on Islamic and Australian aboriginal chants. Brahms’ Liebeslieder waltzes round out the program. [Details]

3. OFF TO CARNEGIE HALL
Members of the Fresno City College Wind Ensemble kick off their big trip to New York’s Carnegie Hall with a hometown sendoff. After raising $100,000 for the trip, the ensemble is kicking off its tour Saturday, April 6, with a free “Carnegie Send Off” hometown concert. The 3 p.m. program in the college’s Old Administration Building Auditorium will feature the 55 musicians making the trip. They leave Sunday morning. [Details]

4. DO JANE AUSTEN PROUD
Quick: Do you know what a “rout” is? Though it sounds like something you’d find in a complicated Martha Stewart recipe — or would need to get removed at your podiatrist — rest assured. In 19th century Regency England, it was a term for a dignified party. You have the chance to participate in a Jane Austen-style English country dance at “Mrs. Park’s Rout.” The evening includes dancing, live music by Evo Bluestein and a chance to experience a taste of a bygone era. Period costumes are admired but not required. Who knows? Maybe you’ll meet your Miss Bennet or Mr. Darcy there. [Details]

5 . CELLO AND PIANO
Accomplished cellist David Requiro and pianist Jennie Jung will be featured in weekend concerts in Three Rivers and Visalia. In 2008, Requiro won the prestigious Naumberg Prize for cello. He and Jung will play 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Three Rivers Presbyterian Church, 43410 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, as part of the Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute Winter Concert Series. On Sunday, April 7, the pair will perform 3 p.m. at the Main Street Theatre, 307 E. Main St., Visalia. [Details]

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