9 things to do Oct. 4-10: Bach, Oktoberfest, wine tasting, Jason Aldean

The Fresno BeeOctober 2, 2013 

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COL___ Country superstar Jason Aldean performs at the Boston Strong Concert: An Evening of Support and Celebration at the TD Garden on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Boston. (Photo by Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Invision/AP)

BIZUAYEHU TESFAYE — Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Invision/AP

'New Works'

Through Nov. 3 / Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave. / gallery25.org, (559) 264-4092 / Free

Jerrie Peters' "Climbing Whitney," an acrylic painting on wood, is one of the works featured in Gallery 25's new exhibition "New Works." For inspiration, Peters turned to landscapes photographed when traveling through the Grand Canyon and Mt. Whitney. The show also features new works by Lylia Forero Carr and Shannon Bickford.

Country star

7:30 p.m. Thursday / Save Mart Center / savemartcenter.com, (559) 347-3401 / $39.30-$74.60

Country music star Jason Aldean brings his "Night Train" tour to the Save Mart Center. He's hoping fans will "Take a Little Ride" to catch his Fresno show.

Special screening

4 p.m. Friday / Peters Education Center Auditorium, 5241 N. Maple Ave. / free / angela.price41@comcast.net

The 58-minute documentary "Where Should the Birds Fly?" is being shown at Fresno State as part of the Cineculture program.

It deals with the separate stories and shared experience of two women in Gaza.

The film director, Fida Qishta, will be on hand to discuss the project. The screening is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 4 p.m.Senior day at the fair

9 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday / The Big Fresno Fair / fresnofair.com / Free for seniors

If you're 62 and older, don't forget that Mondays are the days to enjoy The Big Fresno Fair for free. Gates open two hours early. The special Seniors' Lifestyle Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pavilion area will feature a variety of organizations focused on senior health, wellness and financial support.

Celebrate Bach

3 p.m. Sunday / 1st Congregational Church, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. / (559) 227-8489 / Free

Organist Scott Horton will perform a "Bachtober" concert featuring the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Included in the program: the Toccata in F, Concerto in A minor and the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

Oktoberfest

1-5 p.m. Sunday / behind the Tower Theatre, 815 E Olive Ave. / $30 / (559) 497-8362 / towerdistrict.org

Get your mug down to the Tower District this weekend when more than 60 different beers and wines will be available for sampling at the "Central Valley Craft Brewers Oktoberfest." These spirits are being presented by breweries and wineries from across California.

The $30 ticket not only lets you sample the beers and wine, it includes a meal ticket for a choice of one of four meals. Tickets are available at Sequoia Brewing Company, The Landmark, Livingstones, Das Bierhaus, the Tower Theatre box office, Grandmarie's Chicken Pie Shop, and Irene's Cafe or online at towerdistrict.org.

If you just want to enjoy the food and music, $10 designated driver tickets will be available at the door.

Wine in Old Town

5-8:30 p.m. Saturday / Pollasky between 4th and 5th Streets, Clovis / $25 / oldtownclovis.org

Stroll the streets of Old Town Clovis for an evening of wine tasting, food and music for The Old Town Clovis Wine Walk. More than 19 wineries will be in merchants' stores, providing tastings and information on their wines.

Tickets are $25 for one, $40 for two and $30 per person on the day of event. They are available at Hearts Delight, Fifth Street Antiques, Bear Creek Gifts in Old Town and at Dave Shivers State Farm Insurance at the Barnyard Center. You can also buy them online at oldtownclovis.org.

'From Up Here'

Through Oct. 12 / Fresno City College Theatre / fresnocitycollege.edu/boxofficetickets, (559) 442-8221 / $14, $12 students and seniors

Gabe Griffith, left, as Kenny, and Olivia Stemler, as Lauren, are in the cast of Fresno City College's production of Liz Flahive's "From Up Here." The contemporary comedy, which tackles the issue of violence in schools, is about a high school senior who has to publicly apologize to his entire high school because he brandished a gun at school the year before. Janine Christl directs.

Keeney Nation III

7 p.m. Saturday / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St., Fresno / Free / (559) 412-7400, fulton55.com

The Keeney family had originally planned its annual concert/showcase — known as Keeney Nation — for July, only to have the show canceled due to the death of one of its adopted members, David Ketcheside. The rescheduled Keeney Nation III is happening Saturday at Fulton 55 and will be dedicated to Ketcheside's family. The Keeney Brothers Band will be joined bye Geoff Thurman Band, Speedogeezer, Bob Watson and the Country Edition, Soul Intact and the Tri Tone Mafia.

Senses Fail

7:30 p.m. Saturday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave., Fresno / $14 / all ages / (559) 485-5356, numbskullshows.com

Senses Fail makes it habit to hit places like Fresno at least once every touring cycle. A lot of bands, especially those who have gained a level of mainstream success, ignore these smaller markets, says singer Buddy Nielsen.

Not his band.

"It's something we've always done," he says.

The band is best known for being part of the post-hardcore/emo scene of the early 2000s but gained a new generation of young fans after playing last year's Van Warped Tour. Senses Fail plays Strummer's on Saturday with For The Fallen Dreams, Expire and Being as an Ocean. 

 

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