7 p.m. Thursday / Warnors Theatre, 1499 Fulton St. / $3 and $8 / www.warnors.org
The monthly "Return of Silent Films" series at the Warnors Theatre continues with the screening of "The General" (1926, above), "The Iron Mule" (1925) and "The Great Train Robbery" (1912) Thursday night. The series launched in September as a way to showcase the historic theater and introduce a new audience to silent movies.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with a Train Conductor Costume Contest to be held from 6-6:45 p.m. The silent film screenings will feature accompaniment by Dan Moreno.
Tickets are $3 for individuals and $8 for a family. There are no limits to how many members are in a family.
Sound of music
7 p.m. Saturday / Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave. / $8/ www.fresnojewishfilm.org
"Orchestra of Exiles," the next offering in the Fresno Jewish Film Series, looks at the formation of the Palestine Philharmonic by Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman with musicians exiled by the Nazis during the '30s. The film is by Academy Award-nominated director Josh Aronson.
In connection with the screening, the TBI Stage Door Deli West will serve a casual dinner prior to the film. All food profits will go directly to the Fresno Jewish Film Series. For more information or to make a reservation for the $7 meal being offered, call (559) 439-9638 or send an email to KASSEL9638@gmail.com.
What money can't buy
10:30 a.m. Wednesday / William Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St. / $25, $50 for lunch with speaker / (559) 444-2180, www.valleytownhall.com
Michael Sandel has been called "one of the most popular teachers in the world." The best-selling author and lecturer at Harvard has thousands of students eager to discuss the big questions of modern political life.
Here he discusses the moral limits of free markets and what role the markets should play in a democratic society.
Globetrotters Fans Rule tour
7 p.m. Thursday / Save Mart Center, Fresno / $21-$103 / (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
The Harlem Globetrotters have been doing their schtick for so long it's hard to remember that it started as an actual exhibition basketball team.
They were funny, yes, but they could play. During its 85-year career, the team upped the ante on the comedy, theatrics and outrageous game play and became a pop-culture phenomenon with players like Wilt Chamberlain and Meadowlark Lemon. The team had its own Saturday morning cartoon. The Globetrotters brings Fans Rule tour to the Save Mart Center on Thursday.
11 a.m. Sunday / Paul Shaghoian Memorial Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Ave. / Free / (559) 261-0611, www.fresnophil.org
Fourteen musicians will compete before a panel of judges, including Fresno Philharmonic music director Theodore Kuchar, at the Young Artist Concerto Competition.
The competition, open to those under 22 years old, offers cash prizes and a chance to perform a concerto with the Fresno Philharmonic under the direction of Kuchar at its concert May 4 at the Saroyan Theatre.
Laugh it up
7:30 p.m. Wednesday / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. / $10 / (559) 412-7400, www.fulton 55.com
After graduating from Fresno State last May, Jarred Kiel made a bold career move. He threw away everything he learned and started doing comedy. Which means he's playing everywhere that will have him — including the Comedy Store, Lovitz Comedy Club and the Westside Comedy Theatre in Santa Monica, where he's an intern. Yup, a comedy intern seems to be a thing.
Kiel plays Wednesday at Fulton 55 with Reza Agari, Erikka Innes and Matt Pharr.
A comedy this month
5:30 p.m. Thursday through March 16 / Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon Ave. / (559) 266-9494 or www.gcplayers.com
The Good Company Players will be taking a trip back in time to present "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The musical — featuring a score by Steven Sondheim — follows the exploits of a slave named Pseudolus who tries to win his freedom by helping his young master in the ways of romance.
The production has a special place in the repertory company's history: It was its first performance on June 26, 1973, in the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fresno.
A Lot Like Birds
7 p.m. Friday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / $12 / All ages / (559) 485-5356, www.numbskullshows.com
Musically, there's nothing off limits for the experimental rock band A Lot Like Birds. Except maybe standard song structure. The band thinks nothing of incorporating saxophone, violin, even a harp, in its music. Its latest album even incorporates elements of the spoken word. But you won't hear the typical verse-chorus-verse structure. The Sacramento six-piece band plays tonight at Strummer's with Sianvar (members of Dance Gavin Dance and Hail The Sun), Stolas, The Venetia Fair, Corsair and The Horse I Rode.
The music of Santana
7:30 p.m. Saturday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / $32.50-$42.50 / (559) 485-9050, www.towertheatrefresno.com
Caravanserai is No. 1 on the list of bands paying tribute to the music of Carlos Santana — at least in a Google search. The Bay Area band, named for Santana's fourth studio album, plays Saturday at the Tower Theatre. Caravanserai re-creates (to exacting standards) material from throughout the legendary guitarist's career. You'll hear "Oye Como Va." You'll also hear "Smooth." Journey tribute Midnight Run opens the show.
Songs from the basement
7:30 p.m. Wednesday / Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 Main St., Visalia / $30-$60 / (559) 625-1FOX (1369), www.foxvisalia.org
For its latest tour, Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down had the idea to do something they'd never done before: perform acoustic versions of their songs — including the 2,000 hit "Kryptonite." This would be a show of the hits, plus some rarities and songs that they'd never played live before. What's more, they would play small, intimate venues and set the stage like a basement practice space, complete with couches. They'd invite VIP guest right on stage with them. The "Songs from the Basement Tour" stops in Visalia Wednesday at the Fox Theatre. The band released a greatest hits collection in 2012, which featured three new songs, including "One Light."
Proceeds from the show will benefit the Visalia Rescue Mission.
Organist featured in Keyboard Concerts
3 p.m. Sunday / Fresno State Concert Hall / keyboardconcerts.com, (559) 278-2337 / $18, $12 seniors, $5 students
Concert organist Jung-A Lee is the next guest artist in the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts series. Her program includes works by Wammes, Mootz, Vivaldi and J.S. Bach. Her appearance is co-sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley Chapter, American Guild of Organists and the Central California Korean Historical Society.