10 things to do through Nov. 28: Turkey Trot, Barton McLane, Santa history

The Fresno BeeNovember 20, 2013 

Barton MacLane


Barton MacLane film festival

6:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday / Madera Community College Center, Room AM 120, 30277 Avenue 12, Madera / free admission, parking and popcorn / (559) 675-4800, www.maderacenter.com

If Barton MacLane isn't Madera's most famous actor, he is for sure the most prolific, starring in more than 200 films and on television and Broadway. MacLane's career spanned 50 years and included roles in classics such as "Prison Break" (1938), "The Maltese Falcon" (1941, above) and "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948).

The films — along with MacLane's appearance in an episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" — will be shown as part of the Barton MacLane film festival, which starts Friday. The festival, presented by Dan Rivera and Stephen Barile, will feature MacLane's great-granddaughter Ginger Latimer.

Early joy to the world

3 and 7 p.m. Sunday / First Presbyterian Church, 1540 M St. / (559) 453-2267, events.fresno.edu / $10

At Fresno Pacific University, it's never too early for Christmas music. The university's music ensembles present "Let Heaven and Nature Sing! A Festival of Lessons & Carols."

Romantic Realism at K-Jewel

Through Nov. 28 / K-Jewel Art Gallery, 1415 Fulton St. / kjwl.com / free

Bill Wolfmann, the November artist for the K-Jewel Art Gallery, has a longtime devotion to Renaissance painting and to Romantic Realism. In 2010, he completed three commissioned paintings of Mother Scholastica for the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master convent.

Rock 'n' roll choir

7 p.m. Friday / K-Jewel, 1415 Fulton St. / $10 / 559-222-SING (7464), Hearts on Fire — Rock 'n' Roll Choir on Facebook

Hearts on Fire is a rock 'n' roll choir — think 20-plus voices singing classic rock 'n' roll tunes such as "Stand By Me," which the choir performed flash-mob style at ArtHop in August.

For its first formal performance, Hearts on Fire will be at the K-Jewel studios, 1415 Fulton St., accompanied by the Heart Burn Combo, Nate Butler, John Shafer, Roger Perry and Robert Paul. Tickets for the performance are $10 at the door.

Turkey trot, walk and run

8 a.m. Thursday / Mt. View Shelter Woodward Park / $25 before Nov. 23, $35, no day of registration / www.runsierra.org

Prep for turkey-day feasting with a quick run through Woodward Park at the 14th Annual Fresno Turkey Trot. The 5K run and 2-mile run/walk will benefit local high school cross country teams and Fresno families in need. Commemorative medals go to the first three runners in each age group for the 5K race. Awards will also be given for the best costumes and largest family group.

Origins of Santa

2:30 p.m. Sunday / Fresno State Concert Hall / fresnostate.edu/artshum/music / $10, $5 seniors and students

Even Santa has a back story. The Fresno State Concert Choir presents Benjamin Britten's "Saint Nicholas," his cantata about the famous bishop who lived in the first half of the 4th century. His personage developed into our "Santa Claus" and is the patron saint of Russia and Greece. Conductor Anna Hamre decided to present the work this year to honor Britten's 100th birthday. Performers include graduate student Aaron Burdick as St. Nicholas and members of the Bach Children's Choir.

Don't walk, dance

8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday / Lab School Theatre at Fresno State / $5 / (559) 278-7215, www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/theatrearts

The University Dance Theatre presents its 23rd semiannual dance production, featuring 16 student-choreographed numbers, with everything from high-energy hip-hop to emotional contemporary pieces.

The program is fully created and produced by students, down to the lighting and sound. This semester's program will feature a video from Kenneth Balint along with previous UDT dancers doing a special guest number.

Buy tickets in advance because previous performances have sold out.

A night for Big Sandy

9 p.m. Saturday / Audie's Olympic Tavern, 1426 Van Ness Ave. / $10 / (559) 233-3733, Audie's Olympic on Facebook

Robert "Big Sandy" Williams first played with his Fly-Rite Boys in a garage in Anaheim 25 years ago. Since then, the band has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles to play more than 3,000 live shows. It has also released 14 albums of rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, honky-tonk, rhythm and blues, soul and doo-wop — including "What A Dream It's Been," which was released on Cow Island Music in August. The band celebrates its silver anniversary at Audie's Olympic with Motel Drive and the Roger Perry Band.

Joan Sebastian and the dancing horses

7 p.m. Saturday / Selland Arena, 700 M St. / $55-$120 / (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com

Joan Sebastian has been a regular staple on the top-40 charts in Mexico since 1977. The singer/songwriter — and Grammy Award winner — is known for his mixture of Latin pop, ranchera and grupera music, which he performs on horseback. He brings his music — and horses — to the Selland Arena on Saturday.

Joining Sebastian for the show is Grammy-nominated Ezequiel. Ezequiel (Cheque) Peña also performs on horseback and is well-known for both mariachi and banda music.

Pitchfork's Best New Music winner

8 p.m. Wednesday / The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia / $10 / (559) 636-9463, snvfoundation.org

As a child, Julianna Barwick was fascinated with the human voice. She started singing a cappella at church, though she also spent time harmonizing with random sounds and making up songs. It makes sense when you hear her music — vocal fragments (often wordless and drenched in reverb) sung into a loop station, then layered into compositions that may be best referred to as "ambient."

The singer was named Pitchfork's "Best New Music" this year and her album "Nepenthe" landed her on a tour with Icelandic band Sigur Rós.


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