10 things to do through Nov. 21: Jo Koy, roller derby, Patrick Contreras, dining with artists

The Fresno BeeNovember 13, 2013 

Comedian Jo Koy will perform Nov. 14 at Saroyan Theatre.

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Jo to the world

8 p.m. Friday / Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St. / $32 / jokoy.com

When he's not appearing as a special guest on "Chelsea Lately," Jo Koy performs stand-up in sold-out clubs across the nation. The live dates have been mixed with appearances on national TV shows such as "The Joy Behar Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Last Call with Carson Daly," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Jamie Foxx: Laffapalooza." He's also been a headlining comedian at the Improv comedy club.

Koy started his comedy career at a Las Vegas coffee house but quickly found enough success that Variety magazine named him one of the "10 Comics to Watch" in 2007.

Artist paint-around

2 p.m. Saturday / A Sense of Place, 2003 N. Van Ness Blvd. / (559) 392-6775, www.asenseofplacefineart.com

A paint-around is pretty much what it sounds like. A group of artists pass their paintings around, sequentially adding to each other's work. It's painting as a spectator sport. Diane Breuer, Ginny Burdick (whose "Among the Trees" is shown above), Roberta Davis, Suzy Stach and LaVone Sterling will participate in an artist paint-around as part of the "Reflections and Shadows: Light In Motion" artists reception. Five paintings will be produced and auctioned off, with proceeds going to Valley Public Radio and the Fresno Aquarium Project.

A night of nights

8 p.m. Saturday / The Bankers Ballroom, 1058 Fulton Mall / $10 / brownpapertickets.com

Circus Et Cetera, a collective of Fresno's most talented riff-raffs, skallywags, ruffians, vagrants, gypsies, roustabouts, and scoundrels, teams up with NOCO, the Fresno Dance Collective, for a not-to-be-forgotten circus rave party. There will be aerial dance and circus acts, belly dancer and bearded ladies, a unicycle, juggling, music, magic, drinking, dancing and … fire.

Derby doubleheader

5 p.m. Saturday / Fresno Fairgrounds, Junior Exhibit Hall / $10-$12 / notownrollerderby.com

NOtown Roller Derby ends its fifth season with a doubleheader against the Derby Revolution from Bakersfield. Get there early to watch the Junior Roller Derby Association-sanctioned bout between The Bakersfield Jr Roller Derby and the SVRG Web Bruisers. The juniors are in town for a winter training camp, which prepares young skaters for competition on a national level.Bard none

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 21-23 / Ashley Auditorium, Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. / $10, $5 students and seniors / 453-5586, events.fresno.edu/.

William Shakespeare's "Cymbeline," which takes place in Wales, is based on legends of the early Celtic British King. As is the fancy of the Bard, this tale features separated lovers, a stern king, an evil stepmother, a loutish suitor and children stolen at birth. To bring all these characters to life, a dozen actors will don the clothes of 21 characters to tell this story of loss and reconciliation. All of the action will take place on a boat-shaped stage that symbolizes the search for wisdom and knowledge.

The student cast includes Laynee Roth as Imogen, Rayn Ruhl as Iachimo and Cory Wyse as Posthumus. Julia Reimer, associate professor of theater, is the director.

Dining with artists

6 p.m. Friday / Downtown Holiday Inn, Sky Room / $100 / (559) 237-9734 / diningwiththeartist.eventbrite.com

The Fresno Arts Council hosts its annual Dining with the Artist fundraiser. Guests engage in conversation with local artists about the arts while they enjoy a meal. There will also be live entertainment and auction items, which include an array of original art.

Huge drive-in

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday / Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center, 848 M St. / free / motortrendautoshows.com/fresno/

The 2014-Model Central California Auto Show will feature more than 250 of the newest car models along with test drives and an interactive Discovery Center Kids Zone. The event is designed to help auto shoppers research, compare and drive new models from current all-electric vehicles to the hottest 2014 models. Some of the new models on display will be the BMW i3, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Cadillac CTS Sedan, GMC Sierra, Acura RLX, Jeep Cherokee and FIAT 500L.

Those who attend will get a free subscription to Motor Trend Magazine.

Violin on fire, still

8 p.m. Friday / Frank's Place, 1432 Fulton St. / $10-$15, $20 for VIP and DVD / (559) 264-2848, warnors.org

Fresno rock violinist Patrick Contreras has been absent from the local scene as of late. He's been busy. "I've been playing more than ever. Just not in Fresno," says Contreras, who will be at Frank's Place tonight to celebrate the release of a new DVD.

Contreras has added to his rock-violin repertoire, experimenting with elements of hip-hop and electronic dance music. The DVD features some of this new material and live performances, along with a video he shot while on a trip to South Africa.

Keep it lit

8 p.m. Saturday / Tulare County Fairgrounds, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Tulare / $20 / (559) 759-3173, groovetickets.com

Roach Gigz made moves in the Bay Area hip-hop scene with the release of his "Roachy Balboa" mixtape in 2010. Pitchfork gave the recording a 7.7 (high marks for the music site) and called it "one of the most energetically fun rap records" released that year.

Since then, the rapper's output of music has been prolific. He's released a new project every six months, including two Roachy Balboa follow-up mixtapes. The latest installment, "Roachy Balboa III." was released in July and is the 2013 version of the original mixtape. "That was the point of it," says Roachy, who brings his Keep It Lit tour to the Tulare Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Hyphy artists The Jacka, Jay Stalin and Husulah fill out the show.

Read an extended interview with Roach Gigz at fresnobeehive.com.

Go anti-folk

8 p.m. Saturday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / $10 / All ages / (559) 485-5356, numbskullshows.com

Phoenix band Andrew Jackson Jihad exists at the intersection of punk-rock and folkish Americana. Its introspective, political lyricism and do-it-yourself ethos are played over acoustic guitars, mandolins, violins and horns to create a furious sound that's been dubbed "anti-folk." The band plays Saturday at Strummer's with The Gunshy.

Violin and Viola Festival Gala Concert

8 p.m. Saturday / Fresno State's Concert Hall / $15 general; $10 employee; $5 seniors and students / www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/music/concerts/

Fresno State's music department holds the Second Annual Violin and Viola Festival this weekend, which concludes with a Gala Concert on Saturday night featuring renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Festival Chamber Orchestra.

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