7 Things to do in the Valley Dec. 27-Jan. 2

December 25, 2013 


COL___ 101036_461 -- GEORGE LOPEZ - "George Lopez," the hit family comedy starring popular standup comedian George Lopez, moves to a new night and time -- Tuesdays (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) -- this fall on ABC. The series is from Bruce Helford, Deborah Oppenheimer and Robert Borden - all from ABC's long-running hit comedy series "The Drew Carey Show" - and actress/ producer Sandra Bullock ("Speed," "Two Weeks Notice"). "George Lopez" stars George Lopez as George, Constance Marie as Angie, Valente Rodgriguez as Ernie, Masiela Lusha as Carmen, Luis Armand Garcia as Max, Belita Moreno as Benny and Emiliano Diez as Vic Palmero. (ABC/ BOB SEBREE) GEORGE LOPEZ


Last chance for 'Serigrafia'

Through Sunday, Dec. 29 / Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness / www.arteamericas.org, (559) 266-2623 / Free

It's your last chance to see the touring "Serigrafia: A Traveling Exhibition of Communication through Printmaking" at Arte Américas. Seven curators compiled a selection of silkscreen prints representing the best in visual communication and artistry from California's Latino/Latina printmaking community.

Featured are veteran poster­makers such as Rene Castro, Linda Lucero, Malaquias Montoya and Xavier Viramontes, as well as emerging artists making waves today, including Melanie Cervantes and Daniel González.

George Lopez

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 / Saroyan Theatre, 730 M St. / $42.50, $52.50 / (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

George Lopez is no stranger to the Central Valley. He's played the area dozens of times in venues big and small — he's sold out the Save Mart Center more than once. When the comedian comes to the Saroyan Theatre today, it will be the first time in the area since 2011, though he was on the Central Coast at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in August.

Fresno Winter Jam

7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 / Selland Arena, Fresno / $27-$112 / (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

The Fresno Winter Jam represents generations of West Coast rap.

The concert features gangster rap icon (turned actor and beer spokesman) Ice Cube, co-headlining with weed-rap legends Cypress Hill.

Also on the bill are three of the genre's young upstarts — Sage the Gemini, and Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga, who released the single "Wait for a Minute" in October, with Justin Bieber.Party with the Gaslamp Society

7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 / Full Circle Brewing Co., 620 F. St. / $5 / (559) 264-6323, www.fullcirclebrewing.com

Steampunk is a subgenre science fiction that takes place in an alternate Victorian world of steam-drive computers and laser technology. Think Will Smith's 1999 film "Wild Wild West," only more European.

The Gaslamp Society is a loose coordination of those interested in furthering the steampunk in the Central California area. The group holds its Winter Holiday Party on Saturday.

Hmong Music Awards

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 / Rainbow Ballroom, 1725 Broadway St. / $20-$30 / (559) 264-6404, www.flavorus.com

The second annual Hmong Music Awards will honor musicians in nine categories, including traditional Hmong/Laos music, hard rock and hip-hop. Along with presentations, there will be a flashback '80s concert with performances from KZ, Destiny Band and Whyte Shadow.

A Seattle gallery exchange

5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 / Various downtown and Tower District locations / www.fresnoarthop.org / Free

Depending on the vagaries of the calendar, January ArtHop can be in danger of getting swallowed up in a holiday week. But that isn't dissuading local galleries from scheduling some intriguing shows. Gallery 25 is mounting an exchange show with Seattle's Shift gallery. Shift is an artist-run gallery that opened in 2004 in the renovated Tashiro-Kaplan arts complex. While Fresno patrons will get a glimpse of fresh artists, members of Gallery 25 will get the opportunity for Seattle exposure.

'Grapes' opens at 2nd Space

Jan. 2-Feb. 23 / 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive Ave. / www.gcplayers.com, (559) 266-0660 / $16, $15 students/seniors

Good Company Players revisits the classic John Steinbeck tale "The Grapes of Wrath." The 1988 play was adapted by Frank Galati from the classic novel and in 1990 won the Tony Award for best play.

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