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Donald’s weekend picks

Besides doing “The Time Warp” with the outstanding local production of “Rocky Horror” at the Severance Theatre …

1. LISTEN TO A GREAT PIANIST
Israeli-born pianist Alon Goldstein has performed with many of the great orchestras of the world — San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony, you name it — but he’s just as well known for his solo work. He’ll perform tonight at Fresno State as part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series. I had a terrific and fascinating phone conversation with Goldstein that I wrote up for Friday’s 7 section. If you’re interested in the mind of a classical pianist, check out his intriguing blog, which I reference in the story. [Details]

 

2. LET THE RIVER RUN IN ‘URINETOWN’
The College of the Sequoias production has just three performances left. Though I got a little picky in my review, there’s a lot to commend about this nicely staged production. Don’t let the title put you off! [Details]

 

3. GET A FLAVOR FOR LATINO MUSIC IN ‘AMERICAN SABOR’
Arte Américas hosts the traveling Smithsonian exhibition “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music,” which opens to the general public noon Saturday. One good reason for attending this weekend — which will include an “afternoon dance party” with DJ — is the chance to win free tickets to two upcoming special Arte concerts: “Latin Rock All-Star Revue,” featuring members of Malo, Tierra, War, Tower of Power, Manzo and Abel & the Prophets, 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Rainbow Ballroom; and “Latin Jazz Ambassadors: An All-Star Big Band,” featuring a group of musicians whose roots began in Fresno and are now working professionally in such jazz hot beds as New York and San Francisco, 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at Fulton 55. I give a rundown on the show in the cover story in Friday’s 7 section. [Details]

 

4. ATTEND A CHAMBER CONCERT
Two options for you: a concert Saturday night at the Unitarian Universalist Church featuring Fresno and foothill musicians; and a concert Sunday at the Memorial United Methodist Church featuring Janette Erickson, Laura Porter and Scott Hatfield. Pictured below are three of the musicians participating in the Unitarian concert: John Kilburn, guitar; Christel Biasell, soprano; and Barbara Ulman, piano. Five art songs composed by Ulman will be featured in the concert. [Details, 4th and 5th items]

 

5. ‘BEEHIVE’ OPENING WEEKEND
I haven’t seen the newest Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s, but I plan to this weekend. A seven-woman cast pays tribute to such artists as Connie Francis, Petula Clark, Leslie Gore, Diana Ross, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. [Details]

 

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