While the under-21ers mourn Starline …
1. VISIT JAMAICA … WITHOUT LEAVING FRESNO
Fresno’s annual celebration of reggae music and Caribbean culture is this weekend. Jamaica My Weekend, now in its 13th year, is happening Sunday at the St. Therese Church Park. This year’s music lineup features a number of up-and-coming reggae acts: Luv Fyah, Arkaingelle, Malika Madremana, plus ska/reggae band The Whiskey Avengers. In addition to music, the festival will feature Caribbean food, vendors, a beer garden and more.
2. EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
Even if you didn’t win our free tickets, you should consider checking out this month’s Fresno Filmworks offering — “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” which is a film by mysterious street artist Banksy. People are saying great things about the movie, and Fresno is ahead of the curve on landing this. It shows at the Tower Theatre today at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for regular folk, or $8 for students/seniors.
3. JOIN THE ROLLER DERBY ASSAULT
It just feels like a good weekend for roller derby, right? Well, Central California Area Derby has its next bout on Saturday as Atomic Assault takes on the Port City Roller Girls from Stockton. It’s happening at the Skate Asylum downtown on H St. (Also: Great flier!)
4. HELP CLEAN UP FULTON MALL
Speaking of downtown: The Downtown Association has organized a volunteer clean-up day on the Fulton Mall. It’s happening Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m. With city budgets being tight, the maintenance crews on the mall have been cut. So it’s the Fulton Mall supporters are hoping this volunteer approach takes off. This will continue on the second Saturday of each month through the end of the year. As a bonus: Cafe Corazon is offering free coffee to helpers after the clean-up. On a related note, you should read George Hostetter’s blog post about picking up litter on the mall.
5. GO THE COOLEST 5TH GRADE REUNION EVER
Not many concerts have the kind of backstory that Saturday night’s show at Tokyo Garden does. Performing are Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, Bad Andy & the Sunburns and Los Angeles band Old Toy Trains. Their paths crossed for the first time many years ago. Jones, now a music teacher in Kingsburg, was once teaching music to fifth-graders at Canterbury Avenue School in Pacoima. In that fifth-grade class was Andrew Bunnell of the Sunburns and David Greening of Old Toy Train. We think they should all together and sing “It’s A Small World” on Saturday night.