The circus comes to town
Through Sunday / Selland Arena, 700 M St. / (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com / $13-$85
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey isn't just any circus. It's the greatest show on earth, one that has been expertly crafted with more than 100 years in the business. This year's circus (with daily shows at Selland Arena through Sunday) is all new. The "Legends" show features some new performers, such as the The Thundering Cossack Warriors, and some spectacles from the past. There's also a unicorn, the legendary Pegasus and a woolly mammoth.
The cows come home
Through July 31 / Jewel fm Gallery, 1415 Fulton St. / kjwl.com / Free
No photoshopped bovines here.
Stan Grosz of Horn Photo, the featured artist at the Jewel fm Gallery, puts cows in the darndest places in his new photography exhibition. Grosz spent several months shooting a national dairy advertising campaign, picking iconic settings. "He had the cows trucked anywhere he was shooting," says gallery curator Karl Kallmann. "He brought cows out (and groomed them at the site) to the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite, etc. Incidentally, he and his crew were chased away from the Washington Monument by park rangers."
Monday-Aug. 29 / Jon Ginsburg Gallery, 410 E. Race Ave., Visalia / thecreativecenter-visalia.org / Free
In "Beauty Runs in the Family," the mother-daughter team of Milli and Lesli Pepper collaborate in an art exhibition at the Jon Ginsburg Gallery at Visalia's Creative Center. Milli, known for her watercolors, is a founding member of The Door Gallery in Fresno. Lesli does costume design and construction and works in collage, fabric design and architectural renderings.
Through July 13 / Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon Ave. / gcplayers.com, (559) 266-9494 / $37-$50
Even pirates get the night off for fireworks. But the charming cast of "The Pirates of Penzance" returns for a Saturday evening show and Sunday matinee on the Fourth of July weekend. The handsomely staged show will have you humming along with the pirate king.
Some hot concert fun
6 p.m. Saturday / African American Historical & Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley, 1857 Fulton St. / (559) 268-7102, aahcmsjv.webs.com / $10
The African American Historical & Cultural Museum continues its Hot Fun in the Summertime monthly concert series. This month's concert is a tribute to the blues. Concerts feature local and out-of-town performers and take place in the museum's park space across from the Iron Bird Lofts in downtown Fresno.
Say YES to 'Macbeth'
7:30 p.m. Wednesday / Woodward Shakespeare Festival Stage, Woodward Park / www.woodwardshakespeare.org / Free
The Youth Engage Shakespeare project, or YES, is a collaboration between the Woodward Shakespeare Festival and Fresno Pacific University for high school-age students. "Fate of the Guilty: Shattered Kingdom" is the result of these students studying "Macbeth," the current Woodward Shakespeare Festival show. The student production consists of scenes from the play plus original material.
'Sharknado' gets RiffTrax Live treatment
8 p.m. Thursday / Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 and IMAX, 250 Paseo del Centro / fathomevents.com/ $12.50
Syfy's "Sharknado" was an instant B-movie classic, the kind of film so bad that it screamed for snark-filled audience commentary — if only to distract from the plot, dialog and special effects.
The comedians of RiffTrax (you may remember them from the television show "Mystery Science Theater 3000") will have plenty of quips ready for a special screening of the film Thursday. The screening will run live commentary for the East Coast audience. Those of us on the West Coast will get a delayed broadcast.
"Sharknado 2," in which a tornado of sharks descends on New York City, will air July 30 on Syfy.
Don't be strangers
8:30 p.m. Saturday / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. / $5-$7 / (559) 412-7400, fulton55.com
San Diego reggae rock band Stranger takes its name from the fact its music falls a bit outside the norm. It's not strange, exactly, but the band, which formed while the members were students at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, has a multicultural diversity that comes with living so close to the most heavily traveled border crossing in the world.
Stranger was named San Diego's No. 1 Reggae Band and won the Best World Music category at the San Diego Music Awards in 2009.
Sea of Sound
8 p.m. Saturday / Peeve's Public House, 1243 Fulton Mall / Free, all ages / (559) 573-5735, lovethecaptive.com
Zach Schuh, Warren Whitehurst and Seth Jordan refer to Sea of Sound as a creative project between three friends.
It's also a band. The three have been playing together since 2012 and gained a local following for playing contemporary indie pop, a la Coldplay or Muse.
The band released an EP, "Criavia," last year, but just debuted some new material during a monthlong residency at Veni Vidi Vici. It will play some of those songs at this free show Saturday.
Local singer Omo opens.
7 p.m. Tuesday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / $22 / (559) 485-5356, numbskullshows.com
Oakland metal band Machine Head kicks off its nationwide "Killers and Kings" Tuesday night at Strummer's.
The Grammy-nominated band helped pioneer the new wave of American heavy metal in the early 2000s, along with the likes of Killswitch Engaged and Lamb of God.
The band's last record, "Unto the Locust," was released in 2011, but the group was signed to the record label Nuclear Blast last year and is working on a new album.
Label mates Anti-Mortem open the show.