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Donald’s weekend picks

1. PHANTOM TIMES THREE
The “Three Phantoms in Concert” performance Saturday night at the Philharmonic features Craig Schulman, Mark Jacoby and Gary Mauer, all of whom have played the title role in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway and around the world. Here’s my advance story in Friday’s 7 section. I’ve heard this concert is virtually sold out, so if you want to go, you’d better start scraping for a ticket right now.

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2. GET UP CLOSE AT ARTE AMERICAS
As part of ArtHop last night, I stopped by the new Luis Toledo show at Arte Americas. It’s fascinating. His delicate watercolors — described as modern abstraction with a tone of romantic expressionism — are so intricate and complex that you need the provided magnifying class to properly peruse them. The show is paired with work from a gung-ho young Hanford artist, Saul Villegas.

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3. LEARN MORE ABOUT A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER

Spectrum Art Gallery is in the middle of opening weekend of its big Wynn Bullock traveling exhibition, featuring never-before-seen prints of the master photographer’s experiments with color abstractions. A program 7-9 pm. Friday includes a film about Bullock and a conversation with his daughter. Here’s more from Friday’s 7 section.

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4. BIG ART OPENING
The official public opening of “The Human Touch,” another touring exhibition, is 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Fresno Art Museum. I write about this show in Friday’s 7 cover story. You’ll get a chance to see works by such famed artists as Roy Lichtenstein, Nan Goldin and Chuck Close. Plus, there are three other exhibitions to peruse as well.

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5. ENJOY TRADITIONAL ARMENIAN MUSIC
The Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble, a top-notch local group, performs 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bullard High School. Mike Oz picked this group for this week’s “Artists You Should Know” feature in the 7 section.

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Responses to "Donald’s weekend picks"

Don Reinhold says:

Tickets are scarce. A handful have been donated back in today, or exchanged. We’ve added some extra seats behind the loge in the mezzanine and in the orchestra pit. These can be obtained only by calling the Box Office at 261-0600. The Box Office will be open Saturday beginning at 10am until about 2pm.

SMG officials have assured us that parking should be fine. Concertgoers are advised to allow extra time, and to use SMG/Radisson garage across the street from the Saroyan. Our friends over at ACE Parking have indicated that there should be some availability in the O Street garage behind the Saroyan as well.

It should be a fantastic evening. People are still talking about the Bravo Holiday show, and this will be equally good.

Don Reinhold
Executive Director
Fresno Philharmonic