Local entertainment events for Aug. 23-29

The Fresno BeeAugust 21, 2013 

The cast of "Dog Sees God"

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High school and 'Peanuts' collide in 'Dog Sees God'

8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday / The Voice Shop, 1296 N. Wishon Ave. / dogseesgodfresno.brownpapertickets.com / $10

What happens when Charlie Brown is all grown up? In the dark comedy "Dog Sees God," which plays this weekend only at The Voice Shop, real-world issues have infiltrated the cheery world of the "Peanuts" gang. For one thing, "CB" is mourning the death of his dog, who died of rabies after eating a little yellow bird. (Poor Woodstock.) And "Van," who presumably is Linus, is still a philosopher — but also a stoner. (Bert V. Royal's script changes the names of the beloved "Peanuts" characters, but it isn't hard to figure out.) Miguel A. Gastelum directs the show, which contains adult language and themes. For a special Beehive photo post about CB and how he and his world have changed in the world of the play, go to fresnobeehive.com.

An artistic journey

Through Aug. 28 / Chris Sorensen Studio, 2223 S. Van Ness / cmsartstudio.com / Free

Mixed media socio-political artist Brandon Jacobs' exhibition "Revisited" features three years of work. The strikingly large works seem to glow from within and reflect the artist's way back into life after recovering from addiction to methamphetamine. Jacobs has been clean now nearly five years. The pieces are created from reclaimed materials and often include found objects. The Valley Cats meow

7 p.m. today / Engelmann Cellars, 275 North Rolinda, Fresno / free entry / (559) 274-WINE, www.engelmanncellars.com

It's a wine-tasting dance party at Engelmann Cellars, with The Valley Cats.

The Valley Cats play chart-topping hits and classic party tunes — the songs you know by heart and catch yourself singing along to in the grocery store. So, pack up a pincic, take a blanket (or lawn chairs) and enjoy an evening of dancing as the sun sets at Engelmann Cellars.

Strawberry Music Festival part 2

Update, Aug. 23: The festival has been canceled because of the Rim Fire.

Thursday through Labor Day weekend / Camp Mather in Yosemite / one-day tickets starting at $65 / (209) 984-8630, www.strawberrymusic.com/

The Strawberry Music Festival occurs twice a year — over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends — at Camp Mather in Yosemite. The outdoor festival is four days of music and camping on 350 acres that include a lake and extensive hiking trails.

The fall festival, which starts on Thursday, features headline musicians Patty Griffin, the Del McCoury Band, Hot Buttered Rum and the Mavericks.'Caesar' in the park

8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Sept. 14 / WSF Stage in Woodward Park / woodwardshakespeare.org, (559) 927-3485 / Free, but $10 reserved seats available; park's car-entrance fee applies

Director Erica Riggs updates the new Woodward Shakespeare Festival production of "Julius Caesar" to the early 1960s, a time of social and political upheaval. The play asks such questions as: Does immense popularity feed ambition? Does ambition breed a tyrant? What makes for good government?

Music for the murals

9 p.m. Saturday / Tokyo Garden, 1711 Fulton St. / creativefresno.com / $5

Local bands Light Thieves and Sci-Fi Caper take the stage Saturday at Tokyo Garden — and for a good cause. Proceeds from the evening go to the Creative Fresno Mural Project.Make music your business

3 p.m. Sunday / Frank's Place 1432 Fulton St., Fresno / Free / (559) 264-2848, warnors.org

Christopher Knab is a music industry veteran. His book, "Music is Your Business," in its fourth edition, is a no-nonsense look at what it takes to make it in the music business.

Knab will in Fresno on Sunday for a free seminar and Q&A that organizers say will "empower you to market and promote your music, whether you're an experienced performer or just starting out." This is a free event presented by DieHardz Music, Onomuse Productions and the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts.

9 p.m. Saturday / Tokyo Garden, 1711 Fulton St. / creativefresno.com / $5

Local bands Light Thieves and Sci-Fi Caper take the stage Saturday at Tokyo Garden — and for a good cause. Proceeds from the evening go to the Creative Fresno Mural Project.Make music your business

3 p.m. Sunday / Frank's Place 1432 Fulton St., Fresno / Free / (559) 264-2848, warnors.org

Christopher Knab is a music industry veteran. His book, "Music is Your Business," in its fourth edition, is a no-nonsense look at what it takes to make it in the music business.

Knab will in Fresno on Sunday for a free seminar and Q&A that organizers say will "empower you to market and promote your music, whether you're an experienced performer or just starting out." This is a free event presented by DieHardz Music, Onomuse Productions and the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts.

Flag plays Black Flag

8 p.m. Friday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave., Fresno / $25 / all ages / (559) 485-5356, numbskullshows.com

If you were to put together the ultimate Black Flag tribute, it might look like Flag — seeing as the band features several of Black Flag's members (notably singer Keith Morris and bassist Chuck Dukowski).

Flag, which also features Dez Cadena (Misfits), Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton (from the Descendents), bills itself as "playing the music of Black Flag," the icon of the 1980s Los Angeles hardcore punk scene. It is currently involved in an ongoing legal battle with Black Flag's original guitarist, Greg Ginn. Earlier this month, Ginn filed for an injunction against the tour.

Flag plays Friday night at Strummer's with Oxnard band Stop Breathing and locals It'll Grow Back.

Funked up rock

8 p.m. Friday / Frank's Place, 1423 Fulton St., Fresno / $5 / all ages / (559) 264-2848, warnors.org

HR7 is one of those bands that's been on the scene awhile, but it keeps a low profile. It pops up every couple of years to play a show or two. The funk-rock seven-piece band started in 2006. Its members were all students of the music department at Fresno State. It quickly gained a reputation for its live performances. The band plays at Frank's Place with Ante Up.

The Voice + two

7 p.m. Saturday / ApCal, 32749 Ave. 7, Madera / $10 / (559) 674-9463, apcalwine.com

When the Rudy Parris Band plays Saturday night at Madera' ApCal winery it will be one of those "see-him-while-you can" events. It's been awhile since the Visalia native (who you may have seen last year on the NBC singing competition "The Voice") has played in the area. When he did (at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield and the Cellar Door in Visalia) both shows sold out.

It will be awhile before he plays here again.

Parris can only hint at what he's got in store in the next few months, but suffice it to say, he's about to get real busy.

Opening the show will be singer/songwriter Joe Taylor and David Rasner, who is well known for singing and playing bass in the tribute band, The Police Experience.

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