10 things to do in the Valley Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Beatles tribute, Gooners, Tchaikovsky

The Fresno BeeSeptember 25, 2013 

Abbey Road, a Beatles tribute band, plays the Fox Theatre in Visalia on Friday night.

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Get back to yesterday

8 p.m. Friday / Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia / $20-$45 / (877) 435-9849

"In My Life" isn't the typical Beatles tribute show. It features music from the renowned Beatles tribute band Abbey Road, but it is played alongside narratives from Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Fans can hear music AND stories from pivotal moments in the band's career — its early days at Liverpool's Cavern Club, for example.

"In My Life" plays Friday at the Visalia Fox Theatre. The Redwood High School String Quartet will accompany the band.

Hernandez in Selma

6-8 p.m. Thursday / Selma Arts Center, 1935 High St., Selma / selmaarts.com / Free

Poet, novelist and performance artist Tim Z. Hernandez, winner of the 2006 American Book Award, will celebrate his new book, "Mañana Means Heaven," with a reading and signing at the Selma Arts Center. The book is the real-life story of Selma resident Bea Franco and her love affair with writer Jack Kerouac, who immortalized her as "the Mexican girl" in his classic "On the Road." On Oct. 4, Hernandez travels to the Fresno Art Museum for another reading and signing.

The Gooners

9:30 a.m. Saturday / Peeve's Public House and Local Market, 1243 Fulton St., Fresno / Free / (559) 281-9129

Just because American football rules the airwaves doesn't mean its fans should have all the fun. Especially now that Fresno has its own Arsenal America club, which gives fans of the Arsenal Football Club (that's a soccer team) a place to come together and watch games (er, matches). The club is hosting its first official watch party Saturday morning at Peeve's Public House.

Feed the hungry run

6:30 a.m. Sunday / Woodward Park / $15-$30 / (559) 498-6988, poverellohouse.org/5krun

The Poverello House celebrates 40 years of providing vital services to the poor, hungry and homeless with an inaugural Run to Feed the Hungry 5K Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast, Sunday at Woodward Park. There will be adult and children's 5K runs, along with 2K walks and 1/4 and 1/8-mile runs for younger children. Proceeds from the run benefit the Poverello House.

Deaf drama

3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / towertheatrefresno.com / $18.50-$30.50

"The Deafhood Monologues," a play by Ella Mae Lentz and directed by JAC Cook, has 20 scenes about deaf experiences and reflections delivered through poetry, stories and presentations in American Sign Language by seven deaf actors. English voiceover will be provided by local interpreters.

Tchaikovsky marathon

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday / Shaghoian Hall, 2770 E. International Ave. / fresnophil.org, (559) 261-0600 /$28-$75

Get ready for some Tchaikovsky. Guest artist Inon Barnatan joins the Fresno Philharmonic for the Tchaikvosky Piano Concert No. 2 in the orchestra's opening concerts of the season. Also on the all-Tchaikovsky program: the 1812 Overture, which should put a little bang in your weekend.

Last call for Automatic Body Comedy

7:30 p.m. Saturday / Club One Casino, 1033 Van Ness Ave. Fresno / Free / (559) 497-3000, livemusiccity.com

Comedian Tim Gaither closes out the Automatic Body Comedy Series 2013 season Saturday night at Club One Casino.

Gaither has headlined at major comedy clubs around the nation, is a regular at the Comedy and Magic Club and Laugh Factory in Southern California and recently taped a special that will air on Comedy Central.

This will be Gaither's first time in Fresno.

Bluegrass on the Kings River

3:45 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Sunday / The Grove Park, 14265 E. Goodfellow Ave., Sanger / $20-$30, $60 for a three-day pass / (559) 696-0382, cbaontheweb.org

A dozen bluegrass bands will be on hand this weekend for the Kings River Bluegrass Festival — three days of performances, music workshops and jam sessions.

Headliners Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands will be joined by The Central Valley Boys, Red Dog Ash, Bean Creek, Sagebrush, The Grasskickers, The Dim Lights, The Valley Oak Band, The Poor Valley Band, Uncle Ephus, Grassfire and The Kings River Gospelaires.

Free camp sites are available with purchase of a three-day ticket.

Fresno Fair opens concert series

7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday / The Paul Paul Theater at The Big Fresno Fair / $15-$25 / (559) 650-FAIR, www.fresnofair.com

Philadelphia R&B group Boyz II Men kick off this year's Table Mountain Concert Series at The Big Fresno Fair. The group, best known for a string of romantic ballads released in the 1990s, will play at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $20-$25.

Singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs takes the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday. Scaggs played with the Steve Miller Band on its first two albums before becoming a solo artist. He had a string of hits in the late 1970s. Tickets are $15-$20.

A blue guitar tour

8 p.m. Thursday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave., Fresno / $33.50-$48.50 / (559) 485-9050, towertheatrefresno.com

Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook is best known for playing "nouveau flamenco," a genre that combines elements of the traditional guitar style with jazz and world-music.

On his latest album "The Blue Guitar Sessions," Cook leaves that behind for a sound that is inspired by Adele's "21" and recorded on vintage microphone to mimic recordings from the Miles Davis era.

 

 

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