Things to do June 27-July 3: Hear a comedian, party with a national park, drink up in Hanford

June 25, 2014 

Margaret Cho from a stop on her "Mother" Tour.


Cho comedy time

8 p.m. Saturday / Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold / Tickets start at $20 /

Comedian Margaret Cho will take the stage at the casino's Outdoor Pavilion as part of her Mother tour. Although best known for her stand-up work, Cho is also a fashion designer, singer, author and actress. She has had roles in the feature films "Face/Off" and "17 Again" and was a cast member of the Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva."

The show is aimed at a mature audience.

Happy 150th birthday, Yosemite

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday / Oakhurst Community Park, 49074 Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst / / $1

Here's a chance to "thank" President Abraham Lincoln in person for signing the Yosemite Grant Act 150 years ago. The Yosemite Festival in Oakhurst on Saturday includes a grand entrance at noon by Lincoln and John Muir in an old wagon train. The festival includes a history center, vintage clothing exhibit, vendors, a food and beverage garden, and a stage featuring entertainment throughout the day.

New beginnings at 1821

5-8 p.m. July 3 / 1821 Gallery & Studios, 1821 Calaveras St. /, (559) 233-9992 / Free

Kit Colman, who specializes in landscape paintings, has returned to her hometown of Woodside after 24 years in Texas. With her new show, "Journeys," she wanted to "see the land as if for the first time."

It's one of dozens of openings at July's ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District areas. For more Art-Hop venues, go to

See Miss California crowned

7 p.m. Saturday / Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St. / / $43.90

Talk about being part of Fresno: For 22 years the Miss California Pageant has been held here. You can see the 52 young women in the event compete for the crown at Saturday's finals. The lineup includes Denise Barnes, the reigning Miss Fresno County.

It's criminal

2:30 p.m. Saturday / Starving Artists Bistro, 9447 N. Fort Washington / (559) 326-9897

Fresno's Jeff Robinson, who retired from the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, has written and published "Keeping the Secret" (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $12.99). He will sign copies of his novel and talk about his book and lifetime in law enforcement at Starving Artists Bistro in Fort Washington Square.

In "Keeping the Secret," Robinson draws on his own criminal cases to create a tale of intrigue featuring Sgt. Tom Hastings of the Eddy County, N.M., Sheriff's Department.

Toe tapping

6 p.m. Friday and Saturday / 32749 Avenue 7, Madera / (559) 674-9463

Two ApCal musical events are on tap this weekend:

Glen Delpit & the Subs, a staple in The Tower District, will play their Americana music tonight. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the music running from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free.

Midnight Run, a Journey tribute band, makes a return trip to take the stage from 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10.

Food is provided by Chase's Chop Shop. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. It's recommended that you bring a lawn chair, but VIP/reserved tables are available.

Drink up in Hanford

Through Saturday / Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, 15770 Tenth Ave., Hanford /, (559) 582-4915 / $5, $3 students

If you haven't yet caught "Kanpai: The Art of Drinking in Japan," on view at the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, you have two more days to raise a toast to the exhibit before it closes. The show includes the role of drink reflected in Japanese paintings and a selection of objects created by ceramic artists.

Devil's Brigade

8 p.m. tonight / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / $12, all ages / (559) 485-5356,

Devil's Brigade is the longtime side project of Bay Area punk legend Matt Freeman (of Rancid and Operation Ivy fame).

It's what he does when Rancid's not on the road.

The band, which features Rob Milucky on guitar and DJ Bonebrake (of the punk band X) on drums, has released several EPs and a self-titled full-length album that was released on Hellcat Records in 2010. The band plays tonight at Strummer's with Los Angeles ska-punkers Interrupters.

2nd II None

8 p.m. Saturday / Bottoms up Nightclub, 4113 W. Swift Ave. / $10 / (559) 704-7681,

When Compton rap-duo 2nd II None hit on the scene in the early '90s, they were known as West Coast's Run DMC and were part of a community of California rappers that included DJ Quik and AMG. The duo's self-titled debut was produced by Quik and earned the group a deal with Arista Records.

KK and Gangsta D have continued to release albums and mixtapes. Their greatest-hits record, "Infinite," was released in 2012.

2nd II None is fresh off a European tour and plays tonight at Bottom's Up Nightclub.

Feels like Aja Vu, again

7:30 p.m. Saturday / Tower Theatre, 815 East Olive Ave. / $32.50-$42.50 / (559) 485-9050,

If you've seen Steely Dan live, Aja Vu may be deja vu.

The San Francisco tribute act does the music of Steely Dan through the years — from "Reelin in the Years," to "Rikki Don't Lose That Number."

The band plays Saturday at the Tower Theatre in a tribute band double-header that includes the Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac act Stealing Nicks.

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