Things to do May 16-22: Pirate fest, Norman Rockwell, Angry Samoans, Baths

The Fresno BeeMay 14, 2014 

A Pirate Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at Roeding Park.


A pirate's life

10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday / Roeding Park, 890 W. Belmont Ave. / $7-$10, kids younger than 5 admitted free / (559) 392-0965,

It's a battle of the open seas in the confines of Roeding Park — or a Renaissance fair with a swashbuckling twist. The two-day Fresno Pirate Festival offers stage entertainment, a pirate ship, a scavenger hunt for bones, cannons and more.

Rockwell featured at Fresno Art Museum

Through Aug. 24 / Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. First St. /, (559) 441-4221 / $5

An exhibition featuring lithographs of Norman Rockwell's work from the permanent collection headlines the next round of shows at the Fresno Art Museum.

The exhibition brings together lithographs from five portfolios produced by Rockwell and the Circle Gallery during the 1970s. Included are illustrations from "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

The other four exhibitions:

"Annette Corcoran: Fantastical Form." An avid bird watcher, the ceramic artist transforms teapots into the birds she observes.

"Ethan Russell: Best Seat in the House." Russell is the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who.

"Rock On … Photography of Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal and Jason DeBord." Lots of famous musicians and celebrities from the music scene (Coldplay, above).

"Wilderness: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act." Communities around the nation are celebrating this year. Fresno's contribution is this show from members of Spectrum Art Gallery.


7 p.m. Saturday / The Downtown Club, 2120 Kern St. / $75-$100 / (559) 265-4036,

Performance painter David Garibaldi returns to Fresno for the annual heARTbeat fundraiser, which supports arts education for students in Fresno County. Garibaldi, who was a finalist on the seventh season of "America's Got Talent," live-paints portraits of notable rock musicians. The event will feature the performance painter, plus dinner and a live auction.

Masterson at Fig Tree Gallery

Noon-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays / Fig Tree Gallery, 644 Van Ness Ave. / / (559) 485-0460 / Free

For the month of May, Fig Tree Gallery features several new clay works by ceramic artist and sculptor Garrett Masterson. The Reedley College art professor's new exhibition is titled "Barely a Whisper."Armenian festival

4 p.m. Friday / St. Paul Armenian Church, 3767 N. First St. / Free admission / (559) 226-6343,

Eat, drink, be merry and dance at St. Paul Armenian Church's Third Annual Armenian Festival. The event runs all evening and includes an Armenian cuisine demonstration, Armenian dance lessons and music from master oud player Richard Hagopian and his band. There will also be dinner (to eat on site or for pick up), home-baked chorag (a type of bread), katah (an Armenian croissant of sorts) and traditional Armenian coffee.

A night in the plaza

8 p.m. Friday / Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness / $10, $8 for members / (559) 266-2623,

Dance under the stars at Arte América's outdoor plaza as Ruben y La Nueva Onda kicks off the museum's summer concert series with its Conjunto/Tex-Mex songs from the Lone Star state.

The Nights in the Plaza series takes place at sunset each Friday through Sept. 19 and includes bands such as Trio Ellas, Los Cafeterias and The Experience.

Bully walk

10 a.m. Sunday / Woodward Park, 7775 Friant Road / $15, plus $5 park admission / (559) 276-7611,

Call it a dog day of summer. Fresno Bully Rescue hosts its bi-annual Bully Walk at Woodward Park. The 2-mile walk raises awareness for bully breeds (and more importantly, responsible dog ownership). After the walk, the dogs (and their owners) can stick around for the agility course, flyball demonstration and more. All dog breeds are welcome.

Get angry

8 p.m. Friday / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. / $10-$15 / (559) 412-7400,

The Angry Samoans are original punks.

Formed in Van Nuys in 1978, the band was part of the first wave of West Coast punk rock. They played fast, catchy songs that thumbed noses at the music business establishment. "Get Off the Air" famously called out Los Angeles DJ Rodney Bingenheimer and (according to punk lore, at least) got the Samoans banned from playing in the city for the first several years of its career.

Thirty-plus years later the band continues to play up and down California.

Manifest Destiny, a tribute to proto-punk band The Dictators, opens the show.

'Friday Night' on Wednesday

6 p.m. Wednesday / Bullfrogs Bar and Grill, 38743 Highway 99, Kingsburg / $10-$15 / (559) 897-5100,

You may not know Eric Paslay by name, but listen to country radio and chances are you've heard at least one of his songs.

The 31-year-old Texan has writing credits that include "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" by Jake Owen, "Even if it Breaks Your Heart" by Eli Young Band and "Angel Eyes" by Love and Theft. All three reached No. 1 on the country charts. He's also written songs for Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts.

The singer is also signed to EMI Records Nashville, where he has released four singles under his own name. The song "Friday Night" was No. 2 on the U.S. country airplay charts.

Paslay is on the final leg of the "Let It Ride" tour with Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett. The tour ends Sunday.


9:30 p.m. Thursday / Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia / $13-$15 / (559) 636-9463,

If you're kicking yourself for missing Los Angeles electronic musician Baths when he played Fresno in March, here's your chance at a redo.

Baths — real name Will Wiesenfeld — plays Visalia's Cellar Door on Thursday with Young Fathers and P. Morris.

Baths has earned across-the-board hipster accolades since his debut in 2010. That album, "Cerulean," was on the year-end best-of lists for music sites Pitchfork and The Onion's A.V. Club. His current single, "Ocean Death," was named Pitchfork's best new track.

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