Once you win that $15K diamond ring …
1. SEE SOME SWEDES
Saturday brings us the sixth installment of Fresno’s wacky, magical and homegrown Swede Fest. If you’re unfamiliar, “swedes” are short, low-budget remakes of popular movies made by anybody — from experienced filmmakers to people with Flip Cams. Two other big selling points: the event is free and it’s open to all ages. Below is a special swede that festival organizers Bryan and Roque made to promote their appearance on “Great Day” this week, and it’s a perfect example of what sweding is all about.
2. JOIN THE CREATIVE FRESNO BRIGADE
Creative Fresno never stops! This weekend brings two worthwhile events from the organization of creative professionals trying to push Fresno forward. First, is the monthly blender, which is happening at 5-8 p.m. today at the recently opened Swiggs Bar Sports at 1440 E. Shaw Ave. I, for one, have been dying to try this place. Then, on Saturday night, CF is behind “Sexy Cool,” a DJ event at Tokyo Garden with Ms. Soulflower. As her name suggests, she’ll have the place dripping in soul.
3. DON’T BE A DODO, SEE THE DODOS
The big concert pick of the weekend is in Visalia (big surprise, right?), where SF rock band The Dodos bring some three-piece indie rock punch. It’s is an all-ager at Howie & Son’s, starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Rademacher opens. Here’s a taste of The Dodos:
4. FIND YOUR POMEGRANATE TWIN
At ArtHop last night, a woman was raving to me about the Twin Pomegranate’s wine. Why am I telling you this? So you can taste it for yourself this weekend. Specifically, the Madera wine-maker is having a launch party Saturday for its new wines AND help find homes for local animals. It’s called Paws and “Paw”megranates, and Valley Animal Center is going to be there with eager adoptees. In addition, there’s appetizers, live music and a silent auction. It runs 2-6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased here.
5. SAMPLE SOME TUNES AT THE ZAMAR FEST
Sunday’s Zamar Music Festival promises a big bang for the buck, particularly for Christian rock lovers. There are seven bands — a mixture of local and touring — playing at 4 p.m. at Star Palace for a modest $10 price tag. Kiros and Children 18:3 head the list of touring bands while Mercy Fists leads the local line-up. It’s their CD release show as well.