Celebrate art downtown at M Street
3-6 p.m. Saturday / 1419 M St. / mstreetarts.com, (559) 438-8200 / Free
Downtown Fresno is getting a major new space for artists. The M Street Arts Complex, a Granville Homes project, celebrates its grand opening Saturday with "Spectacle, A Closer Look at Fresno," an exhibition highlighting the work of 13 contemporary artists. Visitors will get a first look at the complex, a collaboration between Granville and artists Christina Rea and Julia Woli Scott.
The renovated 10,000-square-foot building, on the site of an old auto parts store, includes galleries, studios and warehouse-style spaces. Grand-opening events include a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. followed by the unveiling of two public art installations: a sculpture by Brandon Greer and mural by Mauro Carrera. Artist Jason Bonilla will make prints and T-shirts on site, and the first 50 people to arrive will receive one of his limited-edition Spectacle exhibition posters.
An artists' reception will be held 6-8 p.m.
Soon it will be Christmas present
Through Dec. 22 / 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive Ave. / gcplayers.com, (559) 266-0660 / $16, $15 students and seniors
There's been a Scrooge sighting in the Tower District. Veteran actor Mark Norwood, known for his directing and acting prowess at Reedley's River City Theatre Company, returns to his Good Company Players roots playing Ebenezer Scrooge in the classic "A Christmas Carol." Max and Nicholle Debbas direct.
Comedy night, with a 'teaze'
8 p.m. Friday / Teazer World Tea Market, 2405 Capitol St. in the Galleria / Free / All ages / (559) 237-7037, teazerworldteamarket.com
Mo-town (Modesto) comes to No-town (Fresno) for Teazer World Tea Market's monthly comedy night. Headliners Chris Teicheira and Anthony Krayenhagen are both from Modesto, but the show is full of traveling comics. They include: Katie Nichole Eha (St. Louis), Micheal Minter (Riverside), Josey Trevizo (Los Angeles), Bruce Gray (Bakersfield), Ramon Baez (Firebaugh) and Marcus Miranda (Clovis).
A flea market at Fresno High
9 a.m. Saturday / Fresno High School, Echo and McKinley avenues, Fresno / Free / (559) 940-1515, Fresno High Flea on Facebook
Fresno High School begins a new monthly flea market starting Saturday.
The market will feature hand-made goods and vintage items, tag-sale stalls, baked goods and other treats. The Fresno High Flea is a joint effort between the Fresno High Tribal Council and the school's International Baccalaureate program. The event will be held on the first Saturday of the month, rain or shine, through May.
Horn lovers, take note
8 p.m. Wednesday / Fresno State Concert Hall / fresnostate.edu/artshum/music/concerts, (559) 278-2654 / $10, $5 seniors and students
Thanks to a research grant, Fresno State music professor Thomas Hiebert recently completed arranging songs by Mendelssohn for horn and piano. You'll get the opportunity to hear the songs, which will be published by Cimarron Music Press, at the university's faculty horn and trumpet recital. Also on the program: works by Mozart, J. Neruda, Arnold Cooke and Herbert Clarke. The recital will conclude with the Faculty Brass Quintet, which has not performed in several years.
4 p.m. Saturday / Fulton Mall, at the Clock Tower, with procession to Arte Americas / $1 for admission to the plaza / (559) 266-2623, arteamericas.org
'Tis the season to celebrate those who have passed. Arte Americas kicks off its 26th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration with themed arts/crafts activities, face-painting workshops, samba drummers and traditional Mexican dancers, all on the Fulton Mall. Meet at the Clock Tower.
At sundown, join a candlelight procession as it returns to Arte Americas' outdoor Plaza for the CalaGala — think Calaveras (the Spanish word for skulls) and the word "gala." Here you can see Aztec fire dancers, eat from food trucks and enjoy music from Latin funk rock band Force 'Em. Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the Dia de los Muertos event.
Fresno Collectors Expo
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday / University Square Hotel, 4961 N. Cedar / $3 general admission, $5 early bird at 9 a.m., free for veterans and their families / fresnocollectorsexpo.com
Scattered Comics has produced a comic book especially for this collectibles show featuring comic books, action figures and more.
Local media icon Dick Delgado is a celebrity guest. Delgado, nicknamed "The Lion" by radio legend Wolfman Jack, first went on the air at KGST (AM 1600) in 1961. His long local broadcast career, on radio and television, includes a gig with another legend, Al Radka, on "Theater 30."
A Hot August Night
8 p.m. Friday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / $32.50-$42.50 / (559) 485-9050, towertheatrefresno.com
Dean Colley plays Neil Diamond in Hot August Night, a tribute to the singer-songwriter who crafted so many karaoke hits. Backed by a top-notch band, Colley does Diamond's catalog of classics like "Cracklin' Rosie," "America" and "Song Sung Blue."
Westside blues party
8 p.m. Saturday / Frank's Place, 1432 Fulton St. / $10 / All ages / (559) 264-2848, warnors.org
Joe "Boy" Walton is one of a long list of musicians to come out of West Fresno's blues scene. He's been playing for coming on 50 years, and learned from The Tucker Brothers, who themselves had a long history on the scene.
Walton and his Starr Choice Band play Saturday at Frank's Place. It's being billed as a Westside blues party. Mr. Bluesman Bobby Brown opens the show.
The Parson Red Heads
9 p.m. Monday / Audie's Olympic Tavern, 1426 N. Van Ness Ave. / $6-$8 / (559) 233-3733, lovethecaptive.com
The Parson Red Heads trade on rich vocal harmonics that recall the best moments of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
The band was part of a community of musicians who grew up in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles before relocating to Portland. They play Monday at Audie's Olympic Tavern with fellow Portland band Mimicking Birds.