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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend


You could stay home and watch TV. Or …

1. Walking with Dinosaurs
Because no one’s built Jurassic Park yet.

2. Comedy with a Teaze(r).
Or, comedy at Club One.

3. The Zoo
Or, at least Zoo Lights.

4. Tuba Christmas
This is self explanatory, really.

5. “In and Out of the Shadows
Fresno poet Gary Soto is also a playwright. Fresno City College stages his musical.

And a bonus five for live-music events. Because I can:

1. Molotov
2. Sponge
3. Dance Gavin Dance
4. Fab Four
5. Jurassic Christmas

For a full (if not complete) concert list, be sure to check out The Beehive’s weekly BANDGEEK post.

For holiday-specific ideas, check out this week’s 7 Magazine cover story.

Donald’s weekend picks

So many things to do, so little time … besides the following, be sure to check out our mammoth list of holiday-related concerts, plays and events …

Where can you get snowed on in Fresno? Best bet is Children’s Musical Theaterworks’ “White Christmas,” which opens Friday and continues through Dec. 15. This production is CMT’s annual community-theater offering with performers of all ages. Here’s a description from the company:

The beloved classic holiday movie comes to life onstage in this new musical sensation! Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, two iconic song-and-dance men, follow a sister act to Vermont, only to discover that the nearly-bankrupt lodge they were to perform at is owned by their former commanding general. White Christmas boasts such hits as “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” and “White Christmas” and is sure to be a Holiday treat for the whole family! All performances feature a “Snow Zone” in section “A” center seating audience members will be treated to a light snowfall. Directed by theater veteran Elizabeth Fiester, and featuring Nick Netzley, Dan Aldape, Heather Price, & Hannah Huyck. (Bee photo below by Craig Kohlruss) [Details]

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Larry Huck: a well-loved musician


Sad news for the Fresno music community this past week: Larry Huck, a former band director at Edison and McLane high schools and one of the founding members of the Fresno Community Concert Band, died last Friday. He was 80.

Huck, pictured above center, was one of the driving forces of the annual Tuba Christmas celebration held each year at Manchester Center mall.

The Bee’s Paula Lloyd had more about Huck’s career in a Wednesday story. From her story:

Former students and fellow musicians described Mr. Huck as a talented musician and teacher who both inspired and sought the best from his players.

“He had a huge shadow, and he cast it a long way, ” said Cathi Graves Tudman, a music teacher and piccolo player with the Fresno Philharmonic who was one of Mr. Huck’s students at McLane High School.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday (today) at Lisle Funeral Home. Graveside service is 11 a.m. Friday at Clovis Cemetery. There will be a gathering 11 a.m. Monday at Fort Washington Golf and Country Club.

On the jump, I’m reprinting a 2008 interview I conducted with Huck about his 19th consecutive year of conducting Tuba Christmas.

I know that as a music teacher, he had a big impact on countless students. If you’re one of them, leave a comment sharing a Larry Huck memory.

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