Seven things to do in the Fresno area this week

January 22, 2014 

Garcia to visit Fresno exhibition

2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 / Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness /, (559) 266-2623 / Free

Artist Sal Garcia returns to his Fresno roots in an artist's reception for the exhibition of his screen prints, collage and digital graphics that have been on display at Arte Américas. Garcia is a favorite of musician Carlos Santana, who has dozens of Garcia's works in his private collection. Santana selected a piece by Garcia to be the artwork for his album "Ceremony: Remixes and Memories." The Arte Américas exhibition continues through Feb. 9.

Improving improvisation

7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 / Washington Academic Middle School Theater, 1705 10th St., Sanger / (559) 709-3075 / $15, $7 children and students

Doug Goodkin is a proponent of Orff Schulwerk, an approach to music and movement education created by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman.

On Saturday afternoon, Goodkin and the group The Pentatonics will work with students from the Sanger High Jazz Band and the Washington Academic Middle School Jazz Band using body percussion, movement, singing and games to improve swing and improvisation skills. The 7 p.m. public concert will feature the professionals and students from the afternoon session.

Tower Beer Run

1-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 / Tower District / $1 donation per beer sample /

The Tower Beer Run is a brew-tasting marathon (though you don't really have to run). Participants will get official race bibs and numbers, along with a 4-ounce tasting glass. Then, they follow the race route to local Tower establishments where they can buy beer samples for a cost of $1. About two dozen businesses will participate.

Try your hand at the organ

1-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 / Warnors Theatre, 1400 Fulton St. / / Free

It's one thing to sit and listen to someone else play music. But getting to experience it hands-on is invaluable. If you're between the ages of 6 and 17, you'll the chance to play such instruments as a massive four-keyboard theater organ, a grand piano on stage, violin, trumpet, trombone, flute, guitar or clarinet. Free lessons are available. At 3 p.m., professional musicians will offer demonstrations.

The event is sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Music for Love.

Disney on Ice

7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 through Feb. 3; there are additional 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. shows on Feb. 1 and 2 / Selland Arena, 700 M St. / $20-$57 / (800) 745-3000,

Disney On Ice presents "Rockin' Ever After," a rock-and-roll music showcase with some of Disney's favorite princesses including Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle. New to the show is Merida, from the film "Brave."

Angry pursuit of happiness

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / $29-$39 / 485-9050,

Christopher Titus proves anything can be funny — custody battles, mental illness, family suicides, heart attacks, domestic abuse. The stand-up comic is best known as the star, executive producer and co-creator of his FOX TV comedy that focused on his dysfunctional relationship with his dad. Titus brings an all-new stand-up act to the Tower Theatre on Saturday.

Sweet cravings: A book signing

5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 / Whole Foods Market, Fresno, 650 West Shaw Ave. / Free / (559) 241-0300,

Kyra Bussanich is a three-time winner of "Cupcake Wars" on The Food Network. Her recipes are exclusively gluten-free, and her new book "Sweet Cravings" showcases 50 recipes — everything from Cherry White Chocolate Scones and Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes to Mexican Chocolate Baked Alaska.

She will hold a book signing at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Whole Foods Market.

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