I’m chiming in with three more picks to add to Mike’s roundup of recommended weekend events: Fresno Grand Opera’s “Rigoletto,” Gallery 25′s “Screenings and Happenings,” and the Fresno Community Concert Band’s “Super Concert IV.” Here’s the rundown:
Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. at the Saroyan Theatre. Click here for my Spotlight column about the production.
Added bonus: In a pre-performance lecture, Fresno State music prof Anthony Radford will offer insights on the story, composer and historical background. He’ll speak at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday. His lecture is free with opera admission.
SCREENINGS AND HAPPENINGS
- He’s putting the emphasis on multimedia.
- He’s making strong political statements about such hot-button issues as health care and generational inequities along with delving into more esoteric discussions, including the role of illusion and deception in art.
- And he’s elevating to exhibition status one of his preferred techniques, the “remix” video, in which artists collide different pop culture visual sources (think the Obama-McCain TV debates combined with judges’ comments from “So You Think You Can Dance”) to make provocative new meanings.
Lyons will screen his new film, “Goodbye Victoria,” 6 p.m. Friday evening. From noon-4 p.m. Saturday, a traveling photo show about health-care reform will be exhibited, one example of which is shown above. And at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, a variety of “political remix” will be screened. Here’s one of Lyons’ own remix offerings:
SUPER CONCERT IV
I have to admit that I don’t really understand the concept behind this year’s “Super Concert” by the Fresno Community Concert Band, because it isn’t happening on Super Bowl weekend. Oh well. It’s still a good opportunity to hear this fine local ensemble. The concert is 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Fresno City College Theatre. More details here.