Things to do June 23-29: 'New Wrinkles,' Vickie Winans, Grand Opry, Pollywog Crew

The Fresno BeeMay 21, 2014 

Gospel singer Vicki Winans

MARK LENNIHAN — AP

Confronting his cyber alter-ego

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday / Corridor 2122, 2122 Mono St. / corridor2122.com / Free

Christopher Lopez, an art professor at Willow International Center, is interested in what the future holds for us as social beings. His installation piece "It's About You," on view through Sunday, toys with the obsession that many of us have with Facebook and other social-media platforms with our "cyber alter egos" — which in Lopez's case bears a striking resemblance to Brad Pitt. The installation includes two LCD screens that "confront" each other in a one-sided conversation.

Says Lopez: "Many of us think we are exchanging true conversations through this media, but we are not experiencing the immediate psychological and physiological responses from the other person. It is easier to communicate through our cyber selves than our real selves. Therefore, the true self may later be replaced by the simulated self."

Vickie Winans

6 p.m. Friday / Fresno Memorial Auditorium, 2425 Fresno St. / $30 / (559) 284-7377, eventbright.com

Grammy-nominated vocalist — and gospel comedian — Vickie Winans headlines a benefit show for the Gospel Bowl Fresno Committee. The local nonprofit raises money for children's resource groups, including the Police Activities League (PAL), Sweet Nectar Society, Give a Kid a Wig and the Edison Babe Ruth League.

Peddling Memorial Day wares in Coarsegold

Noon-dusk Friday, 8 a.m.-dusk Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday / Coarsegold Historic Village, Highway 41 / coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com, (559) 683-3900 / Free

More than 100 vendors are setting up this Memorial Day weekend at the Coarsegold Historic Village for the annual Peddler's Fair. The fair features a wide range of products such as arts and crafts, interior décor, pet products, various collectibles, wood carvers, antiques and more.

'New Wrinkles' goes rock 'n' roll

May 29-June 15 / Fresno City College Theatre / newwrinklesfresno.com, (559) 442-8221 / $16

There's a lot that's new about "New Wrinkles," the popular musical revue featuring performers 55 and older. After last year's 25th anniversary celebration, the show kicks off its next quarter century with a new director: David Bonetto, a veteran "Wrinkles" choreographer. This year's show, "Rockin' Through the Ages," is an anthology of rock music from its origins to today. It will run for 15 performances.

Fresno Grand Opry

7 p.m. Saturday / Scottish Rite Center, 1455 L St. / $10-$15 / (559) 278-2598, kfsr.org

Fresno Grand Opry takes on the traditions of the original Grand Ole Opry in more than just name. The event — which happens several times each year as a benefit for the radio station KFSR — features local musicians playing their favorite traditional country (and western) tunes.

Saturday's event wraps up the station's spring pledge drive and features music from Cattie Ness and the Revenge, the Skyliners and Memphis Sons.

Comic crawl

7:30 p.m. Saturday / Livingstone's-Bank of America parking lot Wishon and Fern avenues / $5 wristbands / 21 + / Comic crawl 2014 on Facebook

Those wondering what happened to the Tower District's annual Star Wars Pub Crawl — traditionally celebrated around May 4 — can rest assured. You didn't miss it. The bar-hopping event, heavy on costume play, was moved back two weeks to coincide with National Geek Pride Day (May 25). This is now an all-encompassing geek party, so you can dress as any of your favorite superheroes, villains, sci-fi, horror-movie or action stars.

'Sixteen Candles' at Fashion Fair

5:30 p.m. Friday / Fashion Fair's Outdoor Plaza / fashionfairmall.com / free

Here's an economical way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend celebration: a free movie. "Sixteen Candles" will be screened as part of Fashion Fair Mall's "Movies on the Plaza" series. Arrive early for music by Christy Turpin. The mall will be screening a free movie every Friday night through June.

Pollywog Crew and Beastie Boys

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

Pollywog Crew is L.A.'s only ongoing Beastie Boys tribute and the band — three MCs and a DJ — doesn't take it lightly.

This isn't the frat-boy party-time Beastie Boys one might remember from the group's "Licensed to Ill" days. Pollywog Crew chooses to portray the band as it was later in its career.

"It was more true to the style of hip-hop we were doing on our own," says Dino Carrillo (D-Rock as he's known in the band).

They also choose to perform the songs not as carbon copies of Beastie Boys records, but more like what they would have done at their live shows. So you might hear the song "Root Down" done over a beat from Wu-Tang Clan, Carrillo says.

Beastie Boys stopped performing after the death of Adam Yauch in 2012.

Nickfest

1 p.m. Saturday / The Golden Restaurant parking lot at Fulton Avenue just south of Olive Avenue / $10 / all ages / (559) 497-8362, towerdistrict.org.

Nickfest is one of the big four when it comes to local music festivals. The daylong indie-rock event honors Nicholas Henebury, a local music enthusiast who died on Memorial Day weekend in 2007. The event features both local and out-of-town touring bands.

For its third year, there are nine bands including Fresno's Light Thieves and Sci-Fi Caper, plus the Chicago indie-rock group Owen and pedal-core band Tera Melos.

See the full lineup of bands by searching Nickfest on Facebook.

Gary Allan

7 p.m. Thursday / Tachi Palace outdoor pavilion, 17225 Jersey Ave. Lemoore / $30-$125 / (559) 924-7751, tachipalace.com

Gary Allan has close to two decades of country hits, and he has become a torchbearer for traditional country music, particularly the Bakersfield sound.

Since his debut in 1996, Allan has released nine studio albums (and a greatest hits album) and had 26 singles land on Billboard's Hot Country Charts. Four of those reached No. 1.

His latest album "Set You Free," was released last year.

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