See the 'Talent' stars in person
7 p.m. Sunday / Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St. / agtlivetour.com / $29-$79
Headlining the Season 8 "America's Got Talent Live" tour is Kenichi Ebina, whose dance performances combine illusions, mime, special effects, sound, light and video. Additional tour participants include Collins Key, the 17-year-old magician; and Jimmy Rose, the U.S. Marine Corps veteran who learned to play guitar and write his own songs while serving in Iraq. For a 20% discount, try this ticket code: SAROYAN.
Sudz in the City
5:30 p.m. Friday / Fulton Mall, Fresno / $35-$40, $10-$15 for designated drivers / (559) 490-9966, downtownfresno.org
If you want banquet beer, go to a bowling alley. Sudz in the City is for beer drinkers with discerning tastes.
More than two dozen craft and micro-breweries will serve, including Dust Bowl, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Lost Coast and Stone. Tioga-Sequoia, Brewbakers, House of Pendragon and Full Circle Brewing Co. will represent local flavors. In all, more than 50 brews will be on tap.
There also will be live music from Motel Drive and The Experience, plus a Tioga-Sequoia sponsored talent show. The winner gets free beer for a year.
And because this is a responsible event, there are discount ticket prices for designated drivers.
'The Fight for Water'
6 p.m. Saturday / Tower Theatre, 815 E Olive Ave Fresno / Part of the Vina De Oro Fresno International Film Festival / (559) 492-7878, vinadeorofilmfestival.org
"The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle," chronicles the debate over agricultural water that took place on the west side of Fresno County in 2009. The documentary, which puts a human face on those affected by the fight, will close out this weekend's Vina de Oro Fresno International Film Festival at the Tower Theatre. The film also will screen at the Historic Fox Theater in Bakersfield, at the Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival, which runs Nov. 8-10.
1 p.m. Saturday / N. Friant Road at E. Alluvial Avenue / $35-$40, $15 for designated drivers / (559) 272-1411, www.idrinkwine.net
The annual Fall Wine Cornucopia puts big emphasis on the cornucopia part of its name. The event, in its ninth year, has an abundance of wine, but also food, locally grown produce, art, music, classic cars and more. So, along with wine and food pairings, you can do a grape tasting, see a grape stomp and watch an Iron Chef-style cooking competition and more.
3 and 7 p.m. Sunday / Fresno City College Theatre / fresnocommunityband.org, (559) 225-0225 / Free
For a candy lover, is there anything better than a sampler box? You might say the same thing about music lovers. The Fresno Community Concert Band presents "A Band Sampler," which offers a collection of samples of the sections of the band — brass, woodwinds and percussion alone and then all playing together. The program includes fanfares, serenades, marches and sonatas.
New dogs, new tricks
7 p.m. Wednesday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / towertheatrefresno.com, (559) 485-9050 / $15-$35
For five generations, a Popovich has been turning pets into stars. The Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre has been voted "Best family show in Las Vegas" and was a finalist on "America's Got Talent." The show features a cast of house cats, dogs, parrots — and even geese and mice.
Civil War Revisited
10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday / At Kearney Park, Fresno / $15, $8 for children, includes parking / (559) 441-0862, valleyhistory.org
In its 24 years, Fresno's annual Civil War Revisited has become one of the largest Civil War re-enactments in the nation. This year the event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, and there will be a twilight battle (with plenty of cannon fire).
There also will be an Agricultural Heritage Day, when visitors can experience what California's farm life was like at the time.
Alien Fashion Show
8 p.m. Friday / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. / $10-$12 / (559) 412-7400, fulton55.com
Alien Fashion Show was primed for success back in the 1990s, when swing music was all the rage. The band had a deal with Hollywood Records and played a run of dates as the support act for The Brian Setzer Orchestra on its "Dirty Boogie" tour.
When the swing crazed died down, so did the band, though the members — including local real estate agent Eldon Daetweiler — still reunites for a few shows every couple of years.
They play Friday night at Fulton 55 with local rockabilly bands Cattie Ness And the Revenge and Motel Drive. The show is part of the band's 2013 "Swing Kills" tour, which includes a show the following night at the famous Viper Room in Los Angeles.
9 p.m. Friday / Tokyo Garden, 1711 Fulton St. / $5 / (559) 549-3177, lovethecaptive.com
Jules Winnfield is the fictional character made famous by Samuel L. Jackson in the 1994 film "Pulp Fiction."
While The Jules Winnfield is an experimental music collective formulated on the streets of Butler Park in Fresno. The band plays '50s-style hard-bop jazz over hip-hop beats and stoner riffs. The band plays at Tokyo Garden with Naealma and Mr. Leonard.
A song for you
7:30 p.m. Thursday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / $34.50-$44.50 / (559) 485-9050, towertheatrefresno.com
Leon Russell is one of those rare musicians who has done it all. The singer — famous for his long white hair and beard — is notable as a solo artist. But he was also an accomplished session musician who played with everyone from The Byrds to Gary Lewis and the Playboys to Herb Alpert. He also wrote hit songs like "Everybody Loves a Clown."
Russell is in town Thursday playing at the Tower Theatre.