A laughing matter
3 and 7 p.m. Saturday/ Warnors Theatre, 1400 Fulton St. / $3 individual, $8 family / www.warnors.org
The silence at the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts will be broken this weekend as the Silent Film Series gives way to the screening of four short films featuring The Three Stooges. The shorts include "Malice in the Palace," "The Brideless Groom," "Sing a Song of Six Pants" and "Disorder in the Court."
The doors will open one hour before the showing. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Stooge for a chance to win the costume contest.
The program will include a brief introduction from local self-proclaimed Three Stooges expert Stan Emerzian.
If you prefer a less vocal viewing, the Silent Film Series continues with the screening of "Pollyanna" (1920), "What Drink Did" (1909) and "The Narrow Road" (1912) on Feb. 20.
Van Arnam in Hanford
5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday / Kings Art Center, 605 N. Douty St., Hanford / www.kingsartcenter.org, (559) 584-1065 / Free
Barbara Van Arnam notes that humans always ask: "Why are we here?" The Fresno artist has spent years contemplating the stories that people in various cultures tell each other to answer that question. Her exhibition "Mythic Man: Nordic & African Stories," which opens Friday with an artist's reception at the Kings Art Center, uses works combined from two previous Gallery 25 shows. It's joined by the show "Fiber – Fabric – Thread" featuring contemporary quilts.
The Fetish Show
8 p.m. Saturday / Frank's Place, 1432 Fulton / $10 / 18-plus / (559) 264-2848 www.warnors.com
If the Valley Burlesque Society is dirty, it's playfully so. It was started in 2008 as a means of furthering the art of the burlesque, which is performed by women of all ages, shapes and sizes. The society offers dance classes and stages performances, such as this weekends' Fetish Show at Frank's Place at the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts.
Black History Month celebration
5-9 p.m. Saturday/ Golden Palace Banquet Hall, 2625 W. Vassar Ave./$100/ (559) 268-7102, www.aahcmsjv.org
The African-American Historical & Cultural Museum hosts the 2014 Black History Month Celebration. The event honors local trailblazers and unsung voices of African-Americans in the Valley. Ticket proceeds help keep the general operations of the museum going year-round.
Since 1993, the African-American Historical & Cultural Museum has been at 1857 Fulton St., housing both permanent and rotating displays about African-American history and culture in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Puck is L.A.-bound
7:30 p.m. Friday / College of the Sequoias Theatre, Visalia / (559) 730-3907 / $20, $10 students
One chance remains to see the psychedelic-tinged adaptation of the College of the Sequoias production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" before it heads to a prestigious theater festival. VIP tickets for $100 a pop are available for Friday night's performance, which is raising money for the production's February trip to the Los Angeles Theatre Center for the regional competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Frank and Garth
Through Feb. 9 / Reedley Opera House, 1720 10th St., Reedley / www.reedleyrivercitytheatre.org, (559) 638-6500 / $15-$36
For the latest incarnation of its popular "Legends" series, the Reedley River City Theatre Company is going to Las Vegas. The entertainers depicted in this "Legends" — all of whom headlined in Las Vegas — include Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Elton John and Garth Brooks.
5:30 p.m. Friday / Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center in the Student Recreation Center, Fresno State / Free / (559) 278-5702.
Fresno State's CineCulture film series continues this week with a showing of "The Great Dictator," Charlie Chaplin's 1940 comedy-drama. Following the film, a discussion will be led by Fresno State professor Dr. Steve Ross. CineCulture is a film series and an academic course in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism.
The on-campus screenings, followed by discussions, are free and open to the public on Fridays throughout the semester.
6 p.m. Friday / Audie's Olympic Tavern, 1426 Van Ness Ave. / $10 / (559) 233-3733, Audie's Olympic on Facebook
It's been seven years since Audie Pardon took over the Tower District bar/nightclub known as Club Fred and renamed it Audie's Olympic Tavern. Since then it's become a hub for local music and touring bands.
Pardon celebrates the anniversary with the last in a month's worth of mini-music festivals he's dubbed Audiepalooza 2014. Friday night's show is heavy on the rock with Style Like Revelators, The Red Coats, Banshee Bones, Blind Bison and Good Medicine. Local rockabilly band Motel Drive headlines the night.
7:30 p.m. Saturday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / $22-50-$37.50 / (559) 485-9050, www.towertheatrefresno.com
Trio Ellas doesn't so much work against stereotypes as circumvents them with a musical proficiency that allows the group (Suemy Gonzalez, Nelly Cortez and Stephanie Amaro) to share space with mariachi artists such as Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and Mariachi El Bronx while courting mainstream musicians such as Ben Gibbard and Lady Gaga.
The Latin Grammy Award winning group plays Friday at the Tower Theatre.
Michael Schenker Group
7 p.m. Wednesday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / $20 / (559) 485-5356, www.numbskullshows.com
German guitarist Michael Schenker may be best known for his stint playing with the English rock band UFO, or as an early member of Scorpions (not to be confused with his brother Rudolf Schenker, who also plays guitar in that band).
He has reunited with UFO on several occasions over the years, but he mostly plays with his solo project, the Michael Schenker Group. The band is at Strummer's on Wednesday night. Hollywood band Gundriver opens the show.