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1. SAY GOODBYE TO ‘ROCKY’
If you haven’t yet seen the Artists’ Repertory Theatre production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” what are you thinking? It’s a great evening. Here’s my review. There are two more performances: 8 p.m. today and Saturday.  [Details]

 

2. CELEBRATE ‘THE NUTCRACKER’
The annual holiday tradition, presented by the Valley Performing Arts Council, features the Sacramento Ballet and 125 local dancers. It plays 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Be on the lookout for Chloe Soto, pictured below center, whom I featured in a story in Tuesday’s Life section. [Details]

 

3. HANG OUT WITH THE RYAN FAMILY
At Corridor 2122, artist Stephanie Ryan’s intimate exhibition “Family Gathering” continues through Sunday. Ryan painted from old family photos, focusing on her interest in the psychodynamics of the family. She writes in her artist statement:

But more to the point, my interest is in the stories that families tell themselves and others, and in the contrast between the public face and the private face. I am interested in the ghosts that walk in all of us; the secrets that family members keep from one another or refuse to acknowledge; the stories that are revised, shifted, changed, modified as they are told and retold around the table, especially during the holidays.

Ryan says “this is definitely one of my most cohesive and well-received exhibitions I have had in Fresno.” Below, her work “A Night Out.”

 

4. FOR UNTO US,  A CHANCE TO SING
Talk about another holiday tradition: the 36th annual Messiah sing-along is expected to attract up to 700 singers and listeners to the 1st Presbyterian Church. Here’s your chance to perform those solos you’ve always dreamed of starring in — with other singers, of course. The event is 3 p.m. Sunday. [Details]

 

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