Things to May 2-8: 'Gay Marriage,' food trucks, Carlos Mencia, Kat Jones

The Fresno BeeApril 30, 2014 

"Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays," a touring production, comes to Unitarian Universalist Church in Fresno on Saturday night.


'The Gay Marriage Plays'

7:30 p.m. Saturday / Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Clovis / / $15, $10 youth

In "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays," a sterling list of acclaimed playwrights — including Doug Wright, Mo Gaffney, Wendy MacLeod, Moises Kaufman and Neil LaBute — offer short plays on the subject. The San Francisco-based New Conservatory Theatre Center is bringing the touring production to Fresno. The event is a fundraiser for the Fresno LGBT Center and Gay Central Valley.

Pea detector

Through May 25 / Reedley Opera House, 1720 10th St, Reedley /, (559) 638-6500 / $15-$36

Would you be able to detect a legume beneath your Sealy Posturepedic? Reedley's River City Theatre Company presents the classic Broadway musical "Once Upon a Mattress," a respinning of the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea."

Final Fresno High flea

10 a.m. Saturday / Fresno High School, McKinley and Echo avenues / free to attend / search Fresnohighflea on Facebook

The Fresno High Flea is dictated by the school's graduation and summer break schedule. So this is the last chance to catch the monthly neighborhood event — which features handmade goods, vintage, tag-sale and food items — before it ends for the season.

It will start again next school year.

Rods on the Bluff

6 p.m. Friday / Park Place shopping center at Palm and Ness avenues / $5 to show cars /

Fresno's Hot Rod Coalition brings another summer of Rods on the Bluff to the Park Place shopping center. This monthly event, which kicked off in April, is a gathering place for hot-rod owners and car enthusiasts. More than 500 custom hot rods are on display each month. Rollout time is 5 p.m. The showcase runs on first Fridays through October.

The winners are …

Noon, 5 p.m. Saturday / Tower Theatre, 815 E Olive Ave. / / Free

The first Fresno Bee Student Film Festival awards — The Scoopys — will be presented in the categories of Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Music Video, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary, Best Performance, Best Editing, Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best In Show.

Screenings of the films start at noon, with the awards ceremony slated for 5 p.m.

High school students were invited to showcase their cinematic talents by entering their original videos in the festival. The videos were judged on originality, design and the use of a reference to The Fresno Bee.

Carlos Mencia

8 p.m. Friday / William Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St. / $37.50 / (800) 745-3000,

Carlos Mencia learned that success comes with criticism. In other words: "Haters gonna hate."

Even at the peak of his game — playing to sell-out crowds and starring in his own Comedy Central TV show —Maxim magazine named the comedian as the 12th worst comic of all time.

In the past few years, Mencia has moved back to his comic roots, playing smaller comedy clubs and theaters.

Food trucks and farm fare

11 a.m. Sunday / San Joaquin River Parkway River Center, 11605 Old Friant Road / free / (559) 248-8480,

Fresno's food (and food truck) culture will be on display at the annual Food Trucks and Farm Fare event at the San Joaquin River Parkway River Center.

Eight food trucks — serving everything from Korean barbecue to fresh-made pies and pizza — will be on site, along with local artist, the band Old Blue and a presentation from Fresno Wildlife Rehab.

New this year is a used-gear sale with camping and exercise equipment, canoes and more.

Kat Jones returns

7 p.m. Friday / Mia Cuppa Caffe, 620 E. Olive Ave. / $5 suggested donation / (559) 499-1844,

It's been a few years since Kat Jones was part of the close-knit scene of local indie-rock musicians. But the Portland-based singer kept her connections and makes it back home a few times each year.

This time around she plays with Brother Luke, Swimming In Paint and Dovves.

ApCal Battle of the Bands

Noon, Saturday / ApCal, 32749 Avenue 7, Madera / $10-$12 / (559) 674-9463 (WINE),

Madera's ApCal winery continues its run of Saturday music festivals with a battle of the (cover) bands. Seven local groups will play their favorite classic rock covers for a panel of three judges — and the audience favor. The winner will perform an encore set at the end of the evening.

Tim McGraw tour

7 p.m. Thursday / Save Mart Center / $39.50- $72.50 / (800) 745-3000,

Tim McGraw kicks off his "Sundown Heaven Town," tour Thursday night at Save Mart Center.

McGraw, who's "Sundown Heaven Town" runs through Sept. 16, is one of the genre's biggest names. He's had three consecutive No. 1 hits and received seven Academy of Country Music Awards nominations, won three Grammys, 15 ACM Awards, 14 CMA Awards and 10 AMAs.

Country rising stars Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope join him on the tour.

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