Wish Toad a Merry Christmas
7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday / Severance Theatre, 1401 N. Wishon Ave. stageworksfresno.com, (559) 289-6622. $23.50, $14 children
Jimmy Cosentino, left, greets Toad (Joel Abels) at the conclusion of StageWorks Fresno's "A Year With Frog and Toad." This charming musical, based on the beloved books by Arnold Lobel, is in the final weekend of its holiday run. (And check out the family-friendly evening start times.) After the show, audience members get the chance to meet their favorite characters.
Page honored at Fresno Art Museum
Through Jan. 5 / Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. First St. / fresnoartmuseum.org, (559) 441-4221 / $5
Don't try to label artist Ann Page. She begins with an idea and explores its variations and ramifications by "mixing and blurring methodologies that occur in drawing, sculpture, installations and digital technology," according to the catalog for her show "Selected Experiments" at the Fresno Art Museum. Page is the Fresno Art Museum Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist for 2013. Works in the show, from 1971-2012, range from early paper pieces to "Stacks and Stalks," sculptures that are partially produced with digital technology.
An Mmm-Mmm Christmas
8 p.m. Friday / Frank's Place, 1432 Fulton St. / $4 / All ages / (559) 264-2848, warnors.org
Nate Butler has been doing his annual Mmm-Mmm Christmas for 22 years. That's 22 years of holiday sing-alongs, tree-decorating (think construction-paper ornaments) and a showing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Every evening has ended with the Peanuts dance at midnight.
This year's show is open to all ages — something people have been begging Butler to do for years.
Hmong New Year celebration opens
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Jan. 1 / Big Fresno Fairgrounds, 1121 S. Chance Ave. / hmonginternational.org, (559) 487-1012 / $4
Looking for a fun activity the day after Christmas? Make your way to the Fresno Fairgrounds for the annual Hmong International New Year festivities, which kick off Thursday. The event includes lots of food, pageantry, vendors and cultural opportunities.
Nobel laureate at Arte
1 p.m. Friday / Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness / arteamericas.org, (559) 266-2623 / Free
Rigoberta Menchú Tum won the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples. She will sign books at Arte Américas as part of the 20th anniversary celebration for Centro Binacional Para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO). Menchú Tum, who ran for president of Guatemala in 2007 and 2011, is the keynote speaker at an event tonight at the Fresno Ballroom.
Christmas sweater party bike ride
8 p.m. Friday / Spokeasy Public House, 1472 N. Van Ness Ave. / Free and open to the public / www.fresnobikeparty.com
The Fresno Bike Party's monthly group ride takes your traditional ugly Christmas sweater party and puts it on two wheels. The bicycle ride, which kicks of at Spokeasy Public House in the Tower District, includes a tour of Christmas Tree Lane and a pit-stop at Cold Stone Creamery. Every level of rider is invited. Ugly sweaters are encouraged.
Lights are required.
Winter jazz jubilee
3 p.m. Sunday / Star Palace, 1400 Fulton St. / $10 suggested donation / (559) 264-2848, warnors.org, www.milestonesjazz.org/
The Milestone Youth Jazz Workshop is looking to develop a new generation of jazz musicians in the Valley. The program is open to any musician in the upper elementary grades through high school and is specifically targeted to kids who do not have access to jazz programs in their home schools.
Milestone currently has four youth groups, under the direction of local musicians like Eva Scow. Each will be performing at this weekend's Winter Jazz Jubilee, at Star Palace. This is a fundraiser for the organization.
Sons of the San Joaquin
3 p.m. Saturday / Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 W. Main St., Visalia / $19-$23 / (559) 625-1FOX, (877) 435-9849, www.foxvisalia.org
Sons of the San Joaquin — brothers Joe, Jack and Lon Hannah — do cowboy music the old-fashioned way, as in before the likes of George Jones, even. The band presents its interpretation of traditional cowboy music with a matinee performance of its Cowboy Christmas concert. The show is choreographed and features the Cowboy Christmas Orchestra. It is one of two Christmas shows the band did in the area this year.
All-star blues band
9 p.m. Fritay / Audie's Olympic Tavern, 1426 Van Ness / $5 / (559) 233-3733, Audie's Olympic on Facebook.
If you're a blues fan, you can consider this an early Christmas gift. It's a one-night-only mega jam-band collaboration, featuring John Clifton of the MoFo Party Band; local guitarist/singer Roger Perry and Jimmy Godfrey of the Visalia band Electric Grease. Also on the bill: local funk band The Sub Dudes and Bradley "the Dudeboy" Rogers.
A (Peter) White Christmas
8 p.m. Friday / The Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / $56-$71, (559) 485-9050, towertheatrefresno.com
Obviously, Peter White does an annual holiday tour. The wordplay must have been too good to pass up. The smooth-jazz guitarist is celebrating 10 years of his "Peter White Christmas" tour, which comes to the Tower Theatre 8 p.m. Friday, with guests Mindy Abair and Rick Braun. The holiday tour is tradition not only for White, but for the Tower Theatre, which has hosted it for the last seven years, give or take a year.