'20 Feet from Stardom'
5:30 and 8:30 p.m. today (Friday, Oct. 11) / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / fresnofilmworks.org / $10, $8 students and seniors
You know who never gets any glory? Back-up singers. "20 Feet from Stardom," an American music documentary, aims to change that. Filmmaker Morgan Neville focused on the talented women who have backed up some of the music industry's biggest stars. The movie is presented by Fresno Filmworks in its monthly offering.
'Windows and Walls'
1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 / Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave. / spectrumphotogallery.org, (559) 266-0691 / Free
Jeffrey David Nicholas' first exhibit in nearly 25 years, "Windows and Walls," is the sum of some 40 years of serious photographic pursuits. His work is for the most part nonrepresentational and is clearly influenced by the art world movements of Impressionism and Expressionism. An artists' reception for Nicholas and Tim Fleming, whose show "Black & White and Zen (from) All Over" is running concurrently through October, will be held Sunday.
A quest for wine
3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 / Wedgewood Banquet Center, 4584 W. Jacquelyn Ave. / $55, includes wine tastings / (559) 244-4925, www.fresnowinequest.com
It's a quest of the ages — to taste samples from 30 California wineries.
There will also be food and dessert, dancing and a silent auction, all to benefit The Arc of Fresno and Madera Counties.
It's called Fresno WineQuest for a reason. Wineries from across the state will be represented, including locals like Ramos Torres Winery, Ficklin Vineyards, Milla Vineyards, Fresno State and more.
8 p.m. today (Friday, Oct. 11) / Fresno State Concert Hall / fresnostate.edu/artshum/music/concerts/index / $15, $10 seniors, free for students
Composer Mark Applebaum, a Stanford University professor whose solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic and electroacoustic work has been performed throughout the world, culminates an artist-in-residence visit to Fresno State with a concert titled "Radical Excursions in Visual Music." The event is sponsored by Fresno New Music (formerly the Fresno New Music Festival) and Fresno State's Center for Creativity and the Arts.
East meets west
7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 / Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall / $20 / (559) 213-1909, chookasian.com
At first glance, it may seem like traditional Armenian music wouldn't have much in common with jazz. If you look closer, however, the two share similarities, including odd time signatures and rhythms.
Sunday's performance will showcase those similarities, as Chookasian's ensemble will be joined by the Clovis High School Jazz Band A. Each group will play a series of songs, before joining together for a collaborative piece, which will showcase another similarity in the two styles — improvisation.
Brains and beer
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 / Tower Theatre parking lot / $1 wristbands for entry and drink specials / Fresno Zombie Society on Facebook
You may see a zombie or two (or a hundred) dragging its body parts through Fresno's Tower District Saturday night. Don't freak out. Just tell yourself it's not real. It's the 4th Annual Zombie Crawl. More than a dozen bars, clubs and restaurants will participate in the event, offering music, drink specials, games and more. Who says the undead can't have a good time out on the town?
The Crafty Chica
6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 / Michaels, 255 W. Shaw Ave., Clovis / Free / (559) 324-8725
Kathy Cano-Murillo is not just a crafty chica. She's the Crafty Chica, an author, blogger and craft entrepreneur who has sold handmade "Chicano Pop Art" crafts to hundreds of retailers. She has hosted a podcast and Web series and created her own Crafty Chica product line, which includes new products based on Dia de los Muertos.
You can meet Cano-Murillo and sample the new products (and get a free glitter tattoo) when the Crafty Chica stops by the Clovis Michaels store Wednesday.
A stellar tribute
7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 / Frank's Place, 1432 Fulton St. / $10-$13 / All ages, with bar for 21-up / (559) 347-4881
Diehardz Music brings a night of alternative funk metal to Frank's Place, with Stellar: A Tribute to Incubus. Local rockers More Than Without, Hot Shade and Kinship open the show.
6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 / Babylon Club, 1064 Fulton St. / $20 in advance / (559) 495-0851, theartourage.com
Art Silva, the local promoter who most recently brought you Zombie Survival Laser Tag, teams up with the Fresno Zombie Society for "Quarantine Breached," an undead-themed rock show featuring Powerman 5000 and Green Jellÿ. The show is in conjunction with the 4th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl though the Tower District.
Party with Andrew W.K.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / All ages / $18 / (559) 485-5356, numbskullshows.com
Andrew W.K. is the self-proclaimed Party Messiah. Famous for his white jeans, bloody nose and singularly focused songs — "Party Hard," "It's Time to Party," etc. — the singer has, in recent years, become a self-help and motivational speaker.
W.K. plays Strummer's on Wednesday. The date is one in a set of solo show he's performing between gigs with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg.