Lots of noteworthy Fresno-centric events this week. Take a look and get out of the house:
DOWNTOWN FOR JAPAN: There’s a big ol’ local music show to help earthquake in relief on Thursday night at Fulton 55. The lineup is packed with top-notch local talent — Strange Vine and MoFo Party Band to name a couple — and all the money from the door goes to the Red Cross. Win all around.
EAT LOCAL: Two fun events for local foodies this Saturday — one honoring Fresno’s favorite slab of meat, the tri-tip, and another showing what our top chefs can do with local honey. The second annual Tri-Tip Cook-Off is put on TasteFresno and has amateur grillers serving up their best tri-tip, while the inaugural Bee My Honey Festival at Vineyard Farmer’s Market features chefs from Cracked Pepper, Max’s, Trelio and more making their best honey-inspired dishes.
CHRIS ROBINSON DOES VISALIA: Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson starts his monthly residency at The Cellar Door in Visalia on Wednesday, with his new band, Brotherhood, in tow. A few tickets are left at ticketweb.com — but act quick.
BIG HAT DAYS: It’s a Clovis tradition — wandering around the annual Big Hat Days festival gazing at various craft booths, drooling over food and trying not to bump into other people. This year’s Big Hat Days is Saturday and Sunday in Old Town Clovis.
FRESNO FILM FESTIVAL: Fresno Filmworks’ annual film festival is back for its seventh year this weekend at Tower Theatre. We gave you the deets a while back, but here’s a reminder and a chance to check out the festival’s promo video. Get more info, see the schedule, watch trailers and all that at fresnofilmfestival.com.
A JAZZY ROLLING STONE: Tim Ries, the saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, comes to Fresno for a Friday night jazz gig at Fulton 55. Read more about Ries’ “Rolling Stones Project,” which has contributions from Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and more. JazzFresno has a hand in this show. More details on their site.
THE RETURN OF DEBORA IYALL: Singer Debora Iyall is a Fresno native who found success in the 80s as part of the Bay Area new wave band Romeo Void. These days Iyall is still singing. She put out a new CD, “Stay Strong,” last year. She returns to Fresno for a gig at Audie’s Olympic on Saturday, bringing her nephew (and fellow former Fresnan) Dakota Iyall along with her.