Things to do April 25-May 1: ArtHop, dark comedy, Ideaworks, Vintage Days

FresnoApril 23, 2014 

Anthony Jeselnik

NATALIE BRASINGTON

Capturing the artistic faces of Fresno

5-8 p.m. May 1 / Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St. / fresnoartscouncil.org / Free

One of the highlights of May's downtown ArtHop is an anticipated show from Micha Langer, a noted professional photographer who has been featured in five one-person shows at the Fresno Art Museum. Langer captured the faces of 21 artists from the Fresno area. The exhibit, sponsored by the Fresno Arts Council, will be on the second floor of City Hall through May 30. For more ArtHop venues, go to the arts council's website.

Dark comedy

7 p.m. Thursday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / $29.59 / (559) 485-9050, www.towertheatrefresno.com

Anthony Jeselnik started stand-up comedy as a foothold to a gig as a comedy writer. While the 35-year-old comic did eventually get a job writing for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," he became better known for his arrogant, almost villainous stand-up persona and his dark sense of humor. No topic is off limits.

His press reviews are full of words like "jerk" and "the devil." Of course, Jeselnik shakes off any such terms.

"I couldn't be less mean," he says. "I make people laugh for a living."

Read more on Jeselnik and his show at The Bee's entertainment blog, fresnobeehive.com.

An (idea) day in the park

1 p.m. Sunday, during Fresno Grizzlies' ball game / Grizzlies Stadium, 1800 Tulare Ave. / Free, with purchase of game ticket / Fresno Makers Month on Facebook

April is Maker's Month in Fresno. It's a time to celebrate those who create — whether it's crafts and handmade art, robots, steampunk and cosplay outfits, or custom forged "mutant" bicycles.

The Fresno Grizzlies honor makers with Fresno Ideaworks Day at Chukchansi Park. There will be high school robotics teams, the Lego robotics league, Nerdy Derby Races (so bring your cars) and a cardboard challenge.

Artist's reception for Arte's Paredes

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

Viviana Paredes uses organic materials and hand-blown glass in her exhibition "Navigating the Sacred," which is on display at Arte Américas through May 11 as part of the cultural center's "Viva La Muxer: Celebrating the Female Voice" group of shows. Paredes, a Bay Area native, is slated to be an artist-in-residence at San Francisco's de Young Museum. An artist's reception on Saturday will include a discussion about her influences and life experiences.

Vintage Days

10 a.m. today through Sunday / Fresno State campus / Free / (559) 278-2741, csufresno.edu/vintagedays

Fresno State holds the 40th Annual Vintage Days celebration, one of the university's oldest traditions and largest events. There will be food and games from student organizations, a crafts fair and a weekend's worth of live music and entertainment.

Community Chorus performs

2:30 p.m. Sunday / Shaghoian Concert Hall, 2770 E. International Ave. / fresnocommunitychorus.org, (559) 709-6245 / $21, $16 students and seniors

The Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale offers a powerful program for its final concert of the season: the famed Fauré Requiem and the sublime "Lux Aeterna" by Morten Lauridsen. Anna Hamre conducts.

One night stanzas

4 p.m. Saturday / Mia Cuppa Cafe, 620 E. Olive Ave. / Free / (559) 499-1844, or Inner Ear on Facebook

Inner Ear Poetry's One Night Stanza is a marathon of words. Twenty-five of Fresno's best and most active poets get a shot to read the one poem that represents their best work.

Featured poets include Corrinne Hales, Marisol Baca, Fresno poet laureate James Tyner and event organizers Bryan Medina and Michael Medrano.

These poets represent two factions of the local scene — the performance poets, who are versed in slam poetry and the "jams" that Inner Ear is known for, and the academic or "page" poets.

For more on One Night Stanza, including a full list of poets, got to The Bee's entertainment blog, fresnobeehive.com.

Party like Millionaires

8 p.m. Friday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / $12 / All ages / (559) 485-5356, numbskullshows.com

Millionaires — the stage name of sisters Melissa Marie and Allison Green — does in-your-face electro-rap songs with titles like "Drinks on Me," and "Just Got Paid, Let's Get Laid." The foul-mouthed duo earned a name for themselves with their attitudes. The group played the Warped Tour (and sold out their own headlining shows) before releasing an album.

Rodeo redneck crazy

7 p.m. Friday / Clovis Rodeo Grounds / $30 / (559) 299-5230, www.clovisrodeo.com

Tyler Farr represents the face, style and sound of current country music. It's an aesthetic that draws from country's rich traditions and mixes it with contemporary flash. It's fitting for Farr, who grew up at a time when Garth Brooks was huge — as was MC Hammer. He listened to both.

His debut release, which featured the top 10 single "Redneck Crazy," displays a classically trained voice and a bit of edge. That edge is the influence of Tyler's good friend, country rapper Colt Ford.

Kiss it with Dev

9 p.m. Thursday / Aldo's Nightclub, 617 Belmont Ave. / Free, space is limited / q97.com

Devin Star Tailes — better known as the electro-pop singer Dev — made a splash in 2012 with her debut album, "The Night the Sun Came Up." The one-time Old Navy employee had two multiplatinum hits and a music video with more than 53 million views.

Two years later, Dev is back with a new single, "Kiss It," featuring Sage the Gemini.

You can read more about Dev next week on The Bee's entertainment blog, fresnobeehive.com

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