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Donald’s weekend picks

Mike Oz gave you some great options, and I fall to my knees on a towel and praise the heavens that none of his picks involve 1) parolees; 2) hats; or 3) transmission of the H1N1 virus. Here are a few more weekend suggestions from the arts/culture side of the aisle:

LISTEN TO OPERA IN A MAGNIFICENT CHURCH: The Fresno Grand Opera’s annual “Opera on Van Ness” concert features “opera’s biggest hits along with the greatest of classical melodies sung by the Fresno Grand Opera Chorus and Soloists.” 5 p.m. Sunday, First Congregational Church, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. There’s a pre-performance Silent auction and reception at 4 p.m. presented in association with the church.

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CATCH A REEL PRIDE SPECIAL SCREENING: The folks at Reel Pride are holding a fund-raising screening of “Saving Marriage: One Vote That Changed The Nation Forever — The True Story of the Massachusetts Fight To Save Marriage Equality.” 7 p.m. Saturday, Starline Lounge. Advance reservations highly recommended. From the movie’s description:

Three years in the making, “Saving Marriage” is on the scene as one state grapples with a simple question: Should gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry? You’ll hear the personal stories of people that are shaping history. Career politicians who stand up to their constituents and follow their hearts. Seasoned lobbyists who see the holy grail of the gay rights movement suddenly within reach. And regular people thrust suddenly into the world of politics by an issue that could change their lives.

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ATTEND A CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT: The well-regarded Orpheus ensemble wraps up its season with a performance of the great Irish playwright and author Samuel Beckett’s radio play, “Words and Music,” a collaboration with the American composer Morton Feldman. 8 p.m. Saturday, Fresno State Concert Hall. Tickets are available at the door and online.

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SING A ROUND OF “TOMORROW”: Stage Door Children’s Theatre presents “Annie” at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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CHECK OUT AN ART GALLERY: Fig Tree Gallery presents the work of Manuel Vasaure in a show titled “Vertical & Horizontal Pieces.” The show includes life-sized to pedestal-sized sculpture created in a variety of materials including ceramics, wood, aluminum and plastics. Fig Tree is open noon-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays.

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Responses to "Donald’s weekend picks"

Stephen says:

Thanks for the Reel Pride love, Donald. It’s a fund-raiser, and we needs us some funds. $10 per person.

It’s also the perfect film for right now, what with Meet in the Middle and Day of Decision waiting on the Cali Supreme’s to decide on Prop 8′s status.

Funny thing, the film chronicles the gay/lesb fight for marriage rights in Massachusetts, and it mirrors California’s fight pretty much to a T. Local Mayor allows marriage, courts don’t back his move, High court allows it, constituents put a measure on the ballot, voters vote it down, Supreme Court rules, and then…?

Starline is a teensy movie venue, tho, so folks should get there early. Doors open at about 6:15 (and Starline is having full bar and food for those hungry/thirsty types).

If you haven’t seen a film there? You should. RP bought a screen for Starline and put it on the side wall, so everyone gets a good seat. Good experience if I do say so myself.