Things to do Feb. 14-20: Oscar shorts, Valentine jazz, The Germ films, Sally Struthers as Dolly

The Fresno BeeFebruary 12, 2014 

"Get A Horse!" is a short film nominated for an Academy Award. It and other nominees will be shown by Fresno Filmworks at Tower Theatre.


Oscar shorts

3, 5:45 and 8:30 p.m. Friday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / / $10, $8 students and seniors

Here's your chance to shine in those hard-to-pick categories in your work Oscar pool. Fresno Filmworks is offering three programs of nominated short films just weeks before the winners are announced. Friday's schedule:

3 p.m.: The animation category includes "Get a Horse!," in which Mickey Mouse and his friends enjoy a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.

5:45 p.m.: The live-action category includes "Helium," in which a dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called Helium, told to him by the hospital janitor.

8:30 p.m.: The documentary category includes "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life." At age 109, Alice Herz Sommer is the world's oldest pianist — and its oldest Holocaust survivor.

New show at new Brush gallery

Through Feb. 22 / 1476 W. Shaw Ave., (559) 269-5512 / Free

The newly opened Brush and Easel Gallery hosts the work of Cynthia (Scin Chapman) Manuszak. Her show "inside, outside," which opens today, will be marked by an artist's reception 5-8 p.m. Feb. 20 as part of the North Fresno ArtHop. For other participating venues, go to's jazz show

5:30 p.m. Saturday / Scottish Rite Center, 1455 L St. / $10 / (559) 278-2598,

Singer Karen Marguth and the Rich Severson Group team up for a Valentine's jazz show to benefit KFSR Radio. Marguth, a fixture on the local jazz scene, hosts a weekly radio show on the station. "The Vocal Hour" airs 2 p.m. Fridays at

Sally Struthers as Dolly

7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday / Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St. /, 800-745-3000 / $33-$58

There's a new Dolly in town. Sally Struthers, best known for her portrayal of Gloria in "All in the Family," is playing the title role in the touring production of the classic "Hello, Dolly!" It's the 50th anniversary of the Jerry Herman musical.

Laugh it up with Brian Regan

7:30 p.m. Sunday / Visalia Fox Theatre, 300 Main St., Visalia / $25-$47, (559) 625-1FOX (1369),

If you are anything like us, you'll remember Brian Regan from a Coke commercial that used to get constant play at local movie theaters. You may even be able to recite it by heart.

Regan brings his blend of physical humor and witty observational comedy to Visalia's Fox Theatre on Sunday.

Woodwinds in concert at Fresno Pacific

7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 / McDonald Hall Atrium, Fresno Pacific University /, (559) 453-2267 / $12, $8 seniors, $5 students

Give the woodwinds their due. You'll get that chance when the Winds of the San Joaquin woodwind ensemble performs. The concert is part of the Fresno Pacific University Pacific Artists Series.

The Germ viewing party

7 p.m. Thursday / Windsong Productions, 7676 N. Palm Ave. Suite 104 / Free with no-host bar and food truck /

The Germ short-film festival exists only as a creative outlet, a reason for local filmmakers (at all levels) to create. Filmmakers are given a "germ" as a spark to help them on the way.

The festival celebrates its eighth installment with a viewing party on Thursday. All submitted films are inspired by the 1980s, include a dance sequence and are a maximum of five minutes long.

Beatles love songs

8:30 p.m. Friday / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. / $8-$10 / (559) 412-7400,

A Beatles' love-song tribute is the perfect way to spend a Valentine's evening, seeing as the band did love songs better than just about any pop band in history.

Here, the Liverpool lads will be played by Fresno's faux four, the Beetles. This will be the 21st anniversary of the band, which features local musicians Nate Butler, Blake Jones, Tom Magill and Stan Schaffer.

Lynch Mob

7 p.m. Sunday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / $18 / (559) 485-5356,

George Lynch is a guitar hero.

Having gained notoriety in the '80s for his work with the rock band Dokken, his name is mentioned along guitar greats like Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhodes.

Though he is currently touring with his band Lynch Mob, which plays Sunday night at Strummer's, the guitarist is involved in no less than five musical projects, including KXM (with Doug Pinnick of King's X and Ray Luzier of Korn), the Infadels (with members of War and Cypress Hill) and Big Noise (with Sebastian Bach).

Super Love Jam

7:30 p.m. Saturday / Selland Arena, 700 M St. / $39.50-$51.55 / (800) 745-3000,

For lovers of the R&B soul sound, Mega 97.9 presents its Valentine's Super Love Jam. This annual event features a bill packed with throw-back R&B and soul acts. This year's lineup includes the Manhattans, Rose Royce, Blue Magic, The Chi-Lites, The Moments, Billy Paul, Sly Slick & Wicked, The Persuaders and the Duke of Earl himself, Gene Chandler.

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