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Donald’s weekend picks

Mike already has run down some great options. Here are a couple more:

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DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM ENSEMBLE

Direct from New York, this contemporary ballet company plans an eclectic program 7:30 p.m. today at the Saroyan Theatre. I write about DTOH’s rejuvenation in today’s 7 cover story.

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JOYCE YANG AT KEYBOARD CONCERTS

The 23-year-old pianist sensation returns to Fresno’s Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series at 8 p.m. today in a program that includes Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Vine’s Sonata No. 1 and four sonatas by Scarlatti. At $18 for a general admission ticket, what a deal! I write about Yang’s performance and several other classical-music events this weekend — including performances by local chamber groups Musica Viva and Moment Musical – in today’s issue of 7.

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AN AFTERNOON TO CELEBRATE THE CALIFORNIOS

Here’s a great event for history buffs: Arte Americas is sponsoring the screening of the documentary “Los Primeros — the First Vaqueros.” The event takes place 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Filmmakers Susan Jensen and Paul singer will be on hand to answer questions. And several special guests (including Ray Ordway of Madera, pictured above, and Jay Harney of Mariposa) who still practice Vaquero-style horsemanship will be there, too.

Admission is free. You can call to reserve at (559) 266-2623.

Responses to "Donald’s weekend picks"

Read George Warren’s review of Joyce Yang here.

Anne Betancourt says:

Dear Mr. Monroe

Friday nights performance of the Dance Theater of Harlem was excellent. The audience was enthusiastic, the technique of the dancers was superb and the choreagraphy and costumes was inovative and exciting. Why isnt there a review of it in the paper?

Were is the review of last weeks opera by the Fresno Grand Opera. The voices of the three main leads were among the best Fresno has heard and nothing was in a paper about their performances.

Having to use this computer/blog is a drag!