Things to do June 13-19: Comedy, jazz, 'Macbeth,' Italian jewels, Sesame Street Live

The Fresno BeeJune 11, 2014 

Comedian Dillon Garcia

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Packin' them in for comedy

8 and 10 p.m. Thursday / Press Box 2, 1785 E. Herndon Ave., Clovis / $20 / (559) 760-1798, Official Dillon Garcia on Facebook

Dillon Garcia isn't bragging by calling his comedy show The Fire Marshall Tour. He's really drawn crowds large enough to get the fire marshal called.

There's more than a good chance that when he performs Thursday at the Press Box 2 it will be sold out. Luckily, you have two chances to see the 23-year-old comic, who has opened for the likes of Nick Swardson, Dave Chappelle and Gabriel Iglesias.

Italian jewel

Through June 27 / K-Jewel Art Gallery, 1415 Fulton St. / kjwl.com / Free

Bruno Pegoretti brings an international flair to his show at the K-Jewel Art Gallery. The artist, who divides his time between Fresno and Bologna, Italy, is known for his technique of impasto, in which the paint is laid on thickly enough to see the brushstrokes. He paints from above, with the canvas on the floor.

Summer blood

June 19-July 12 / WSF Stage in Woodward Park / woodwardshakespeare.org, (559) 927-3485 / Free, but $10 reserved seats available; park's car-entrance fee applies

The Woodward Shakespeare Festival opens its 10th anniversary season with "Macbeth," directed by Greg Taber, who also plays the title role. The cast features Kate McKnight as Lady Macbeth and Jay Parks as Banquo. The play will be performed Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

On the museum menu

6-9 p.m. Saturday / Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. 1st St. / fresnoartmuseum.org, (559) 441-4221 / $20 in advance, $25 day of event

The 17th annual Men Who Cook event at the Fresno Art Museum features men from across the Valley offering delectable dishes. After you eat your fill, you'll be able to vote for your favorite chef.

Sesame Street Live

6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday / Save Mart Center / $17-$57 / (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com

Sesame Street Live's "Make a Friend" show teaches one simple lesson: We are more alike than different.

So, when Elmo, Grover and Abby Cadabby welcome Chamki to the street (she's new and from India), it's a celebration of the universal fun of friendship and sharing our cultural similarities. Like, we all want to sing, dance and eat cookies.

Avila at Brush and Easel

5-8 p.m. Thursday / Brush and Easel Gallery, 1476 W. Shaw Ave. / brushandeasel.com, (559) 269-5512 / Free

Oil painter Connie Avila's soft palette and loosely arranged brushstrokes help bring the rolling hills or a grove of trees alive. Her new exhibition, "Romantic Impressions," will be featured in a north Fresno ArtHop reception June 19 at the Brush and Easel Gallery. The exhibition opens today and continues through June 24.

Summer jazz

7 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday / Bullard High School theater, 5445 N. Palm Ave. / $12-$18 or $22-$32 for both nights / (559) 304-6924, milestonesjazz.org

A pair of jazz luminaries will perform at the Milestones Summer Jazz Concert Series. The series presented by Jazz Fresno will feature the Billy Hart and Bob Mintzer quartets.

Hart, who plays Tuesday, has been a drummer for more than 50 years, working with the likes of Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis.

This is a rare opportunity to see the quartet. It's one of just seven U.S. dates for the band.

Mintzer, whose quartet plays Wednesday, is a saxophonist and leader of a Grammy-winning big band. He's also a 20-year member of the Grammy-winning band Yellowjackets and the director of jazz studies at USC.

Dig some Graves

7 p.m. Friday / The Crossroads Nightclub, 3315 N. Cedar Ave. / $10 / (559) 233-6900, livemusiccity.com

Michael Graves carved a space for himself in the late '90s punk and metal scenes as the skeleton-faced singer in the second incarnation of the Misfits. He recorded two albums with the band before departing on a solo career.

He's since released more than a dozen albums of his own punkish metal and acoustic rock, including "Wanderer," which came out this month.

Graves plays at The Crossroads.

Marina V + Astrid Plane

8 p.m. Friday / Frank's Place, 1432 Fulton St. / $10-$15 / (559) 264-2848, warnors.org

Marina V has built a career out of fan funding. Everything, from her albums to many of her performances, has been paid for, money-up-front, by her fans.

Currently, the Russian-born singer is in the midst of her first coast-to-coast tour, which stops at Frank's Place.

Marina is no stranger to the city. She's played here regularly over the past decade and built a strong fan base that includes singer Astrid Plane, who opens the show. Plane was in the '80s band Animotion.

Father's Day Blues Festival

2 p.m. Sunday / St. Therese Lawn (Floradora and Maroa avenues) / $10 / (559) 497-8362, towerdistrict.org

Johnny Rawls has some stamina.

The Mississippi soul singer is a road warrior, touring the country in his car, "old school," he says. "I went on tour in 1969, and I haven't come off since," says Rawls, who plays close to 230 dates each year.

He headlines the fourth annual Tower District Father's Day Blues Festival this weekend.

Rawls also has released an album a year for the last decade and is working with soul singer Otis Clay on "Soul Brothers," to be released this year. That means writing while he's on the road and fitting in studio time whenever he can. "It's all scheduling," Rawls says.

Rawls will be joined at the festival by local favorites the Roger Perry Band, Burke, Miller & Burke and Bad Boys Zydeco.

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