Things to do June 6-12: Shel Silverstein, Fresno mural, pride parade, zombie run

The Fresno BeeJune 4, 2014 

"Coalescence," a show by photographer Mark Bosch, is at Spectrum Gallery.


'Coalescence' at Spectrum

Through June 29 / Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave. /, (559) 266-0691 / Free

In his new show "Coalescence," photographer Mark Bosch displays images he took in the United States, the Czech Republic, Spain, Hungary and Italy. Bosch is drawn to architectural, street, cityscape and abstract images.

At Selma show, no kids allowed

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday / Selma Arts Center, 1935 High St., Selma / $15 / (559) 891-2238,,

Shel Silverstein might be best known for his children's books, including "The Giving Tree," but he had a more risqué side as well. "An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein" consists of 10 comedic sketches "that reveal the darker and hilarious side of adulthood." Pictured: Karen Hitch and Bryan DeBaets in "One Tennis Shoe." Audience members must be 18 and older to attend. The production at the Selma Arts Center is directed by Juan L. Guzmán.

Cars and art

9 a.m. Saturday / the Arthouse, 1612 H St. / Free and open to all ages /

Call it the art of cars — classic cars, that is, along with motorcycles and trucks. The Arthouse (a collective warehouse/art space in downtown) hosts its inaugural Car Show/Art Show, featuring a variety of classic autos and local art. The event (staged in conjunction with Thursday's ArtHop) also will feature food trucks (Yummy's and Taco Boy) and entertainment by DJ Slik Ric.

Fresno mural unveiled

10 a.m. Saturday / Pacific Publishing Building, 1315 Van Ness Ave. / Free /,

Muralist FranCisco Vargas' latest work is a landmark tribute to Fresno.

The 125-foot mural spells out the city's name in block letters in what looks to be a giant postage stamp. Each of the letters contains images of famous citizens and area destinations.

You'll recognize William Saroyan, Cesar Chavez, Half Dome and Fresno City Hall.

It's a fun game, trying to name some of the rest.

While the mural has been visible during creation, it gets an official unveiling Saturday. The event, hosted by the Downtown Fresno Partnership, will feature music from the Santana tribute band Heavy Weather and beverages provided by Creative Fresno.

Lots of 'Noises' at Playhouse Merced

Through June 22 / Playhouse Merced, 452 W. Main St., Merced /, (209) 725-8587 / $10-$22

Looking for a fast, fun time at the theater? "Noises Off" is one of the best-known farces around. Playhouse Merced opens the slapstick title about a director trying to corral his dysfunctional cast into a semblance of a proper play for a three-weekend run. Dusty Guthier directs.

Mud and blood and zombies … RUN!

8 a.m. Saturday / Hobb's Grove, 14265 E. Goodfellow Ave., Sanger / $28-$64; prices go up the day of the race /

According to some online questionnaire, you'd only survive six months of the zombie apocalypse. Improve those odds at this weekend's Mud 'n' Blood Zombie Run, a fun-filled 5K obstacle course through the zombie-infested countryside.

Consider it training.

Don't worry, the zombies aren't real and the obstacles can be skipped if you're willing to live with the shame.

There is also a special kids run for those under 13. This is the second year for the zombie-themed race.

Rainbow Pride parade and festival

10 a.m. Saturday / Olive and Wishon avenues in Fresno's Tower District / $5 for festival entrance; parade is free / (559) 486-3464,

Fresno Rainbow Pride has been hosting its annual pride parade in the Tower District for close to a quarter century.

In that time, the celebration has become one of the biggest gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) community events in the central Valley.

Certainly, it's the most elaborate in organization and presentation. Last year, more than 50 participants put together floats for the event.

Following the parade is the annual Pride Festival, which features food and drinks, vendors and entertainment. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fulton Street. Entrance is $5.

The Chapin Sisters

9 p.m. Friday / Audie's Olympic Tavern, 1426 N. Van Ness Ave. / $7 / (559) 233-3733, Audie's Olympic on Facebook

The Chapin Sisters (Abigail and Lily) occupy a musical landscape first settled by other sibling singers such as the Everly Brothers (and the Louvin Brothers before them). It's folksy Americana that revolves around a duo of acoustic guitars and some brilliant vocal harmonies.

The sisters are nieces to '70s singer- songwriter Harry Chapin and first gained attention for their stripped-down cover of the Britney Spears tune "Toxic."

Their Fresno appearance is a windfall for fans. It's one of just three California dates for the sisters, who live in New York but have family ties to Fresno. They played the Claremont Folk Festival last weekend.

Get fierce again

8 p.m. Saturday / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. / $10 / (559) 412-7400, www.fulton

Before Fierce Creatures went on hiatus last year, the indie-rock collective (there are seven official members) was on the short list for the most popular bands in town.

It was the first local band to sell out Fulton 55. Its debut album, "I Mostri Feroci," was a hit with independent music blogs and earned Fierce Creatures a spot at Austin's South by Southwest festival. Its follow-up, "Catacomb Party," and the accompanying release party on the Fulton Mall spawned its own downtown music festival.

The band's reunion show Saturday, with Light Thieves and Conversation, is sure to be packed.

Follow the (Paul Collins) beat

7 p.m. Tuesday / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. / $8-$12 / (559) 412-7400, www.fulton

Paul Collins is the king of power pop, that genre of gangly guitar riffs and catchy choruses that was inspired by the Beatles and Byrds and popularized in the 1980s by bands such as The Knack.

Collins (and his band, The Beat) never had the commercial success of The Knack, or Collins' good friend Eddie Money, but the singer/guitar player has been an underground fixture of power pop since the late '70s. The Beat has toured with everyone from The Police and Eddie Money to Huey Lewis. Currently, it is in the midst of a nationwide DIY tour, which stops at Fulton 55 on Tuesday.

Fresno's own Poplord opens the show along with indie-rockers Sparklejet.

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