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Five things you should do this weekend

Hopefully, we’ll get to play in the snow.

1.) Indie authors night
A grass-roots mini-book conference at Peeve’s Public House on the Fulton Mall. For self-published authors and/or local book fans, the event will have readings, signings and general literary-business discussions. Musician Glen Delpit (himself a huge book fan) will perform.

2.) Winter Dance Party
For fans of ’50s rock and roll. Or the movie “La Bamba.” The Winter Dance Party was the tour that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were on where they were killed in a plane crash in 1959 (and the music died). This Winter Dance Party, which plays tomorrow night at Visalia Fox Theatre, is a tribute to all three artists and features a Broadway star, a Vegas star and the Big Bopper’s son.

tumblr_mtag0vVcLv1sgktroo1_12803.) Narco Cultura
If you watched “Breaking Bad,” you’ll be hip to narco cultura, the pop-culture phenomenon where the Mexican drug cartels are seen as anti-heroes. It’s a very real thing and it’s documented in this film, which opens today Manchester Stadium 16. Thanks to Roque Rodriguez for the head’s up.

4.) Santa Con
The festive choice for the weekend. Presented by the Fresno Zombie Society, this is another pub-crawl dress-up. So, put on that ugly Christmas sweater or that itchy Santa beard (or antlers, red nose, stove-top hat, green tights, etc.) and get cheerful. Starts 7 p.m. Saturday in the Babylon parking lot.

5. and 6.) Talib Kweli (and/or Zion I)
Fresno has been riding a hip-hop high train for the past few months. Some masterful MCs have been coming through. That continues through next Tuesday when Jay Z brings his Magan Carter tour to the Save Mart Center. But before that there’s a duo of underground hip-hop shows worth note. Talib Kweli (Mos Def’s partner in Black Star) will do a one-off at Visalia’s Cellar Door tonight. He’s currently on tour with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. This is his night off. Oakland’s Zion I performs at Strummer’s on Saturday. The hip-hop duo has made Fresno a regular stop, and should have a good draw.

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