Because they’re better than going to R-rated movies.
1. SCORE A COMEDY KO
Saroyan Theatre has back-to-back comedy shows with two big headliners — Jerry Seinfeld tonight and Gabriel Iglesias on Saturday. I had some fun in today’s Bee doing the boxing-themed comparison of the two below. Text here. [Tickets]
2. MIX AND MINGLE
Let’s say your New Year’s Resolution is to meet more people or get more involved with the local community, a good place to start is today’s Creative Fresno blender. It’s the first of CF’s monthly blenders for 2012 — btw, they’re held on the first Friday of each month at a different local bar/restaurant — and this one offers a stellar view of the city from The Sky Room, the top-floor bar inside the downtown Holiday Inn. The blenders are free to attend. Drinks, however, will cost ya. 5-8 p.m.
3. RAKA THE HOUSE
The most eclectic option on the music calendar this week? Easy. That’s Los Rakas.
They’re a Panama-born, Bay Area-bred duo whose music is equal parts Jamaican dancehall, Latin dance music and Bay Area hip-hop. Catch them tonight at Fulton 55. You might wanna bring dancing shoes. [Tickets]
4. GROW SOME LOCAL ROCK TIES
Homegrown Fridays is a new weekly local music showcase from Thai Palms, New Rock 104.1 and promoter Art Silva. Its debuts tonight with Homebrew, This Planet, Prelude and Pawn. It’s free to attend, which is always nice.
5. POST UP AND SEE MODERN AMERICAN THEATRE
L.A. band Modern American Theatre stops in Fresno on Saturday night to play a gig at the small but swanky Lamp Post — newly re-opened under new management. If you’ve been wanting to check the place out, here’s a chance. And Modern American Theatre sounds good. The band has a fun indie pop vibe. 9 p.m. $5.