Things to do Feb. 28-March 6: '39 Steps,' Chinese New Year, Y&T, new beer

The Fresno BeeFebruary 26, 2014 

Left to right, Teddy Maldonado, Kaichen McRae, Emily Pessano, James Sherrill, Billy Anderson and Tyler Branco in Good Company Players' "Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps." The production runs through April 19 at 2nd Space Theatre.


Six actors, dozens of roles in 'The 39 Steps'

Through April 19 / 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive Ave. /, (559) 266-0660 / $18, $15 students and seniors

If you're a hardcore Alfred Hitchcock fan — or just recognize the famous "Psycho" shower scene — you'll likely get a comic kick out of "The 39 Steps." The Good Company Players production, in its opening weekend, re-creates the 1935 film with just six actors playing all the roles.

Chinese New Year

10 a.m. Saturday / In Chinatown, F street between Kern and Tulare / Free / (559) 201-8696

Celebrate the Year of the Horse at the 14th Annual Chinese New Year Parade and Festival.

The event will feature lion-dance performance teams, floats, activities for kids, community outreach information, food vendors and more. Fresno State President Joseph Castro serves as the parade's grand marshal.

The event is hosted by Chinatown Revitalization Inc.

Get tapped

6 p.m. Friday / Peeve's Public House, 1243 Fulton Mall / Free / (559) 573-5735,

For lovers of IPA, Tioga Sequoia Brewing is unleashing the Tecumseh Imperial IPA. Craft brew fans will get their first taste of Tecumseh at Peeve's Public House during a tap-taker release party Friday. The event also serves as a happy hour for New Rock 104's Ozmosis radio show and will include prizes, music and more.

San Joaquin Valley Jazz

7:30 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday / The Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Ave. / $10-$20 / (559) 327-5474,

The San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival, founded in 1989 by the late Paul Shaghoian, has hosted some of the nation's top musicians and jazz educators, along with local musicians Brian Hamada, Craig VonBerg and John Lauffenburger.

The two-day festival includes educational clinics and performances from local school groups. Each evening ends with a special guest performance that is open to the public. This year, the Josh Nelson Discovery Band plays Friday night. The Alan Ferber Big Band plays Saturday.

'Interior Space' at ArtHop

5-8 p.m. March 6 / 1821 Calaveras St. /, (559) 233-9992 / Free

Adam Longatti's new landscape work is featured at 1821 Gallery & Studios during the month of March. The exhibition, titled "Interior Space," opens with a reception for ArtHop, the monthly open house of studios and galleries in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods. The show runs through March 29.

Faculty showcase

3 p.m. Sunday / Fresno State Concert Hall /, (559) 278-2654 / $15, $10 seniors and students

Talk about an impressive smorgasbord of music. The Fresno State music department's annual faculty showcase concert and reception includes the opportunity to hear 16 talented musicians performing solos and chamber works.

The event showcases a wide variety of styles, from traditional classical masterworks by Mendelssohn, Franck and Poulenc, to more contemporary works by living composers. Three are from Fresno State: Kenneth Froelich, Benjamin Boone and Brad Hufft.

Focus on women

March 5-May 11 / Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness Ave. /, (559) 266-2623 / Free

Arte Américas celebrates March's National Women's History Month with "Viva La Muxer: Celebrating the Female Creative Voice." The new slate of exhibitions, which opens Wednesday, includes photographs by Fresno State graduate Rosa Elena Alvarez and Oaxacan artist Itandehui F. Ortiz, and contemporary sculptures by Viviana Paredes, artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

An artists' reception will be held March 15.


7:30 p.m. Friday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / $32.50-$42.50 / (559) 485-9050,

If nothing else Y&T is consistent. For 40 years, the Oakland group has been making heavy metal rock 'n' roll. The band saw some commercial success in the mid-1980s with the single "Summertime Girls," but never had the notoriety of its hair-metal contemporaries like Motley Crue and Ratt.

The band is on tour celebrating its 40th anniversary and stops at the Tower Theatre tonight.

Bowling and Hype

9 p.m. Friday / Fulton 55, 857 Divisadero St. / $8-$10 / (559) 412-7400,

There are few local bands that have the enduring appeal of ska rockers Let's Go Bowling, which has been packing dance floors since the mid-1980s. The live hip-hop/jazz/soul group 40 Watt Hype would be one.

Put the two bands on the same bill and you're assured to get a packed house and a great night of live, local music. The bands play back to back at 9 p.m. Friday at Fulton 55.

Working up a Sweat

8 p.m. Saturday / Selland Arena / $40.50-$60.50 / (800) 745-3000,

Keith Sweat is an R&B innovator. His debut solo album sold 3 million copies and featured the track "I Want Her," which helped to usher in the era of New Jack Swing, a style defined by R&B vocals sung over hip-hop and dance-pop instrumentation.

Sweat is no stranger to Fresno. He's played here annually for the past three year, most recently at Woodward Park's Rotary Amphitheatre. He plays the Selland Arena Saturday.

BIG band music

8 p.m. Saturday / Audie's Olympic Tavern / 1426 N. Van Ness / $10 advance, $12 door

Mother Falcon is a big band — in the most literal sense. The Austin, Texas, group has more than a dozen members, all of whom have been classically trained. Together, they create a mixed-up combo of jazz, hip-hop and rock with cellos, accordions and horns. The band was recently featured on NPR's "Tiny Desk Concerts." Mother Falcon plays 8 p.m. Saturday at Audie's Olympic Tavern. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

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