Local events for the Week of June 21-27

FresnoJune 19, 2013 

"Wire art" by Evany Zirul is on display at Fig Tree Gallery.


Wire art

Noon-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through June 30 / Fig Tree Gallery, 644 Van Ness Ave. / www.figtreegallery.us, (559) 485-0460 / Free

Artist Evany Zirul's new exhibition "Life in Lines" uses wire in an intriguing, amusing and impressive way. Her welded recycled coat hanger dancers — which seem to float while still giving a sense of volume and solidity — are incredibly time-consuming, with hundreds of hours going into each piece. It's worth a stop by Fig Tree Gallery for a look.

A violin star in Visalia

3 p.m. Sunday, June 23 / Main Street Theatre, 307 E. Main St., Visalia / www.musicatthemain.org / $12

Visalia welcomes a rising violin star in the form of Nigel Armstrong. He made an impressive showing as a finalist at the 14th Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, where he was the highest-ranked American and won an award for best performance of a commissioned work for his energetic rendering of "Stomp" by composer John Corigliano. Armstrong also will perform in Three Rivers at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Three Rivers Community Presbyterian Church.

Girls on film

9 p.m. Friday, June 21 / Starline, 833 E. Fern Ave., Fresno / $15, $12 in advance / search Maverick Burlesque on Facebook

Maverick Burlesque Productions celebrates its favorite "girls on film" with a burlesque variety show 9 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Starline.

The night honors (or spoofs, and sometimes both) the women of movies and TV. Think Mae West and Laura Croft, Wonder Woman and the ladies from cult science-fiction show "Firefly."

It's burlesque, so there will be dancing. It's also a variety show, so you'll see video shorts from filmmaker Vince Cosentino and music from Matthew Embry. He'll be doing some show tunes and Cole Porter songs, to fit with the theme.

Dreaming a dream in Visalia

Through Sunday / College of the Sequoias Theatre, 915 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia / www.brownpapertickets.com, (800) 838-3006. $22.50 evenings, $18.50 matinees.

The new production of "Les Miserables" in Visalia features a mammoth cast of nearly 150. That's surely enough to storm a barricade. Edna Garabedian directs this League of Christian Actors production.

More laughs

7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 / Club One Casino, 1033 Van Ness Ave., Fresno / $15 / (559) 497-3000, www.clubonecasino.com

Los Angeles comedian Kevin Shea headlines the "Automatic Body Comedy Series," 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Club One Casino in downtown Fresno.

Shea has appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Tosh O.," "Down n Dirty with Jim Norton" and Comedy Central Premium Blend. He was also the winner of NBC's "Stand Up for Diversity" show.

Polynesian dance

Noon and 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22 / Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1235 O St., Fresno / $8, $7 in advance / (559) 248-0171

More than 100 dancers and musicians will take to the stage at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium for the annual Ho'ike. The event, a fundraiser for Hula 'Ohana of Fresno, will feature Polynesian dancing and Tahitian drumming.

Russell Peters is notorious

8 p.m. Saturday, June 22 / Warnors Theatre, 1400 Fulton St., Fresno / $49.50-$69.50 / (559) 264-2848

As a comedian, Russell Peters can't be short on material.

The 42-year-old Canadian is an Anglo-Indian by birth. Before becoming a comedian he was a hip-hop "junkie" and respected DJ.

In the past three years, he's been busy setting attendance records with his comedy shows. That's around the globe, in places such as the O2 Arena in London and the Acer Arena in Sydney. He sold out two shows in Dubai in 8 minutes, a feat unmatched even by the likes of Madonna. The comedian's Notorious world tour comes to the Warnors Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday.


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