Local entertainment events for Sept. 20-26

The Fresno BeeSeptember 18, 2013 

Hot-air balloons are a signature feature of ClovisFest.


Celebrate Clovis

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday / Pollasky Avenue in Old Town Clovis / Free / (559) 299-7363, www.clovischamber.com

This weekend marks the 39th year of ClovisFest, a seasonal celebration of the Central Valley way of life. Visitors can expect 200 craft and commercial booths along Pollasky Avenue, along with food booths (everything from barbecue and Indian tacos to kettle corn and mini-donuts) and entertainment. On the side streets, look for wrestling and dancing, maybe even a roller derby girl or two. In the Budweiser beer garden will be live music from artists (mostly country).

Saturday morning you can catch the launching of hot air balloons at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds. Balloons lift off by 7 a.m.

The Scots invade

9 a.m. Saturday / Kearney Park, Fresno / $10-$14 / (559) 250-1758, scottishsociety.org

The 36th annual Scottish Highland Gathering & Games at Kearney Park will feature bagpipes and kilts, Scottish food, even a hammer-throw competition. There will be music from Celtic rockers Tempest and violinist Michael Mullins, a living history stage with re-enactments and Clan Row, for those looking to track their heritage.

World debut

Noon Saturday / Metro 4 Cinema, 123 E. Seventh St., Hanford / flashback.com/zenaida2013officialfilm / free

The short film "Zenaida," directed by 17-year-old University High School student Alec Cano, will have its premiere Saturday in Hanford.

The young filmmaker and his father, Stephen Cano, produced and wrote the film that tells multiple stories told against the backdrop of a civil war in El Salvador.

The movie was filmed at Sycamore Resort in Avila Beach. It features a cast of local actors. "Zenaida" has been submitted to several film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival.

Walk for wine at Fig Garden

5-8 p.m. Thursday / Fig Garden Village / brownpapertickets.com/event/431628 / $25, $40 for couple

Habitat for Humanity Fresno County and the merchants of Fig Garden Village are teaming up again this year for the Fourth Annual Fig Garden Village Wine Walk. You'll get a chance to sample wines from more than 25 California wineries and be treated to food pairings from restaurants in the center. Proceeds benefit Habit for Humanity.

'La Americana'

5:30 p.m. Friday / Peters Education Center Auditorium, Fresno State / cineculture.csufresno.edu / free

CineCulture will screen "La Americana," the 2008 film from director Nicholas Bruckman, at the Peters Education Center Auditorium as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

"La Americana" is the story of a woman who must leave her 9-year-old, who has suffered a life-threatening accident, behind while she makes the dangerous and illegal journey from Bolivia to the United States. She hopes to earn enough to save her daughter's life.

The film is 65 minutes and is in English and Spanish with English subtitles. Parking is not enforced in yellow and green lots after 4 p.m. Fridays.

A heavy metal benefit, sort of

8 p.m. Saturday / Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness / arteamericas.org, (559) 266-2623 / $10, free for children

Arte Américas was targeted recently by metal thieves. Funds that would have gone toward a new stage for the cultural center's plaza had to be used to repair and replace the pilfered copper and brass pipes. Now a fundraising concert hopes to cover some of the shortfall. Vocalist/percussionist Marivel Luna and the Revolution Band will provide a soundtrack of oldies-but-goodies, '70s funk, rancheras, country western, Latin rock, Tejano and R&B hits.

Will Mona get the chair?

Through Oct. 13 / Reedley Opera House, 1720 10th St., Reedley / reedleyrivercitytheatre.org, (559) 638-6500 / $20-$38

When Mona Mae Katt, the owner of the longest running juke joint in the state of Georgia, is accused of murdering her husband, she ends up the star of a wacky trial. Reedley's River City Theatre Company's musical comedy whodunit "The People Vs. Mona" is in its opening weekend.

Cowboy music

8 p.m. Friday / Frank's Place, 1432 Fulton St., Fresno / $15-$18 / (559) 264-2848, warnors.org

Lon Hannah and Terry Talbot are the dynamic duo of country music.

Hannah is known for his work with the Sons of the San Joaquin, which played at venues such as Carnegie Hall. Talbot founded the country band Mason Profit, and before that, made his name as a guitarist for artists such as Glen Campbell, Chad Mitchell and Sonny and Cher.

The duo plays Friday night at Frank's Place with guest Eva Scow on the mandolin. The Sons of the San Joaquin open the show.

Get hyped

7 p.m. Friday / Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness, Fresno / $8-$10 / (559) 266-2623, www.arteamericas.org

It is fitting that 40 Watt Hype closes out this year's Nights In the Plaza concert series at Arte Américas. The band's blend of hip-hop, reggae, salsa-merengue and funk is a perfect match for the venue and its mission. The show starts at dusk.


8 p.m. Wednesday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave., Fresno / $20 / (559) 485-5356 numbskullshows.com

If you are not familiar with the Lemonheads, it's OK. This is one of those highly influential bands that never got the mainstream success it deserved, even though it's been playing — in various configurations — since 1986.

The Lemonheads did see some success in 1990s college radio scene with it's album "It's a Shame About Ray," which was released on Atlantic Records.

This is one of four California shows for the band before it heads out on tour with Soul Asylum and Fountains of Wayne in October.


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