Things to do May 9-15: Indy film, craft beer, jewelry, Orpheus, Asleep at the Wheel

FresnoMay 7, 2014 

"Cutie and the Boxer" will be show at Visalia Fox Theatre as part of its Independent Film Series.


Independent film

7:30 p.m. May 15 / The Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia / $6, $8 / (559) 625-1369,

The 2013 feature film "Cutie and the Boxer" wraps up this year's Visalia Fox Theatre's Independent Film Series.

Director Zachary Heinzerling takes a look at love, sacrifice and the creative spirit through an examination of the 40-year marriage of boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko. The documentary — that spans four decades — shows how Noriko pushes to become more than an artist's assistant.

Heinzerling was the winner of the best director honors at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film picked up an Academy Award nomination in the Best Documentary Feature.

Visalia Fox Theatre's Independent Film Series will announce a new lineup of films later this year.

Mom loves jewelry

4-7 p.m. Friday / Brush and Easel Gallery, 1476 W. Shaw Ave. /, (559) 269-5512 / Free

Looking for a last-minute Mother's Day gift? Seven talented jewelry artists will show off their creations at The Brush and Easel Gallery. Ron Covert, Janet Smith, Forrest Armstrong, Emily Johnsen, Melanie Schow, Ron Rice and Susan Milne will provide an eclectic array of art to wear.

Another Brush and Easel event: an exhibition by Kirk Cruz titled "Allowing Energy" will be featured for the North Fresno ArtHop on May 15 from 5-8 p.m. For more ArtHop possibilities, go to

Get crafty with your beer

2 p.m. Saturday / ApCal, 32749 Avenue 7, Madera / $30-$40, $10 designated driver tickets / (559) 674-9463,

Last year's Fresno Craft Beer Festival came under fire for not actually being in Fresno. It was held at ApCal winery, which is just over the city line in Madera. Organizers fixed that this year with a name change.

The Fresno-Madera Craft Beer Festival will have 45 breweries pouring more than 100 types of craft brew. It's an impressive list that includes Rogue Brewery, North Coast and Oskar Blues — as well as local faves like Tioga-Sequoia and Firestone.

Orpheus season finale

5 p.m. Sunday / Wahlberg Recital Hall, Fresno State /, (559) 908-1919 / $15, $5 students

For the last Orpheus chamber ensemble concert of the season, the inspiration is favorite Commedia dell' Arte characters. The program includes the world premiere of Brazilian composer Liduino Pitombeira's "Arlequim Solar." The work is freely based on Cecilia Meireles' poem "O Arlequim," which makes reference to a Harlequin made of sunlight. The concert features Teresa Beaman on flute, Jennifer Ostwalt on clarinet, John Morrice on violin, Boris Nixon on cello, Hatem Nadim on piano, Matthew Darling on percussion and Jack Fortner conducting.

A true art form

7 p.m. Saturday / Fresno Soap Co. Stage, Gallery & Theater, 1470 N. Van Ness Ave. / free

Scotch Wichmann, a performance artist who grew up in Fresno, will read from his novel "Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss And Do Things With Him" (Freakshow Books, $8.99). A book signing will follow.

The book is a caper comedy about two San Francisco performance artists who kidnap their billionaire boss and try to turn him into a performance artist.

"My novel is appropriately titled, and it was inspired by my 20-plus years as an experimental performer. The first performance I ever did involved snorting lines of shaved mouse fur, and I've been going ever since, performing at galleries, museums, colleges, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and many other venues," Wichmann says. His love of writing came from the summers the Hoover High grad spent reading at the Politi Branch Library.

Before leaving for Southern California, Wichmann worked as a radio announcer at Fresno's then-KKAM (AM 1340) station.

A world of music

7 p.m. today / Frank's Place, 1432 Fulton St. / $10 / (559) 264-2848,

It's international night as KFSR presents "A World of Music." The event, which benefits the radio station and kicks off its spring pledge drive, features the Brewhouse Polkateers, Celtic Alchemy and Lance Canales and the Flood.

Horror movie trivia night

7 p.m Wednesday / The Planning Mill, 514 E. Main St., Visalia / Free / Central Valley Horror Club on Facebook

So you can quote entire scenes from the original "Halloween" and you know the lyrics to the "Nightmare on Elm Street 3" theme song (bonus points for knowing it was by Dokken). Now, go put that knowledge to the test at Central Valley Horror Club's trivia/movie night. Bring your favorite collectible, toy or piece of horror memorabilia for a show-and-tell, then stick around for a free movie.

All ages are welcome, but the movies are probably not suitable for kids.

James Supercave

9:30 p.m. Friday / The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia / $7 / (559) 636-9463,

James Supercave is a Los Angeles buzz band with easy comparisons to Foster the People and MGMT. The four-piece band (none of the members are named James, oddly), are new to the scene and already earned a spot on tour with much-hyped indie bands like Future Islands and Warpaint. Fresno's piano-playing soul singer Omo kicks off the show. It's her Cellar Door debut.

Asleep at the Wheel

8 p.m. Saturday / The Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave/ / $35-$45 / (559) 485-9050,

Bob Wills is the king of Western Swing. Ray Benson is the crown prince. Since the early '70s, Benson has lead an impressive list of musicians in his Austin, Texas-based band, Asleep at the Wheel. The band has released 25 albums and won nine Grammys during its career. It is currently in the midst of a 40th anniversary tour and recently released a concert film and mini-documentary.

The boys are back in town (sort of)

7 p.m. Wednesday / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. / $16 in advance / (559) 412-7400,

Black Star Riders was formed from the remnants of Thin Lizzy. Or, at least the last incarnation of the '70s rock band, whose popular hits include "The Boys Are Back in Town" and "Jailbreak."

The band is a who's who of veteran rock musicians including Ricky Warwick and Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy; Damon Johnson, who played for Alice Cooper; Marco Mendoza, who played with Ted Nugent and Whitesnake; and Jimmy DeGrasso, who drummed for Alice Cooper, Megadeth and Y&T.

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