Things to do July 11-17: ArtHop, flutes, 'Wizard of Oz,' dinosaurs, Strummer's anniversary

FresnoJuly 9, 2014 

“Untitled” by Thecla “Rose” Wheeler is being shown at Brush & Easel Gallery as part of ArtHop.


Wheeler at Brush and Easel

Through July 31 / Brush and Easel Gallery, 1476 W. Shaw Ave. /, (559) 269-5512 / Free

The work of Thecla "Rose" Wheeler, who died earlier this year, is featured this month at the Brush and Easel Gallery. She was an abstract painter who worked in acrylic, watercolors and mixed media. A reception for the north Fresno ArtHop will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday. You can find more ArtHop venues at

Lots of flutes

3 p.m. Saturday / Memorial United Methodist Church, 1726 Pollasky Ave., Clovis / (559) 299-4615 / Free

It's a flute lover's dream. La Forza, a flute choir organized by Janette Erickson, will give its second annual concert. The choir is made up of students and former students of Erickson, the principal flutist of the Fresno Philharmonic. Erickson and Nicola Iacovetti will share conducting duties. The program includes music by Bach, Kodaly, Faure, Respighi, Bloch, Bartok, Vivaldi, Liadov and Tchaikovsky. (Correction: Story updated 7/11/14 to correct date)

Fresno Collect-A-Con

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday / Piccadilly Inn Airport, 5115 E. McKinley Ave. / $1

The event will feature dealers in comics, toys, sports cards, action figures and other items. There will also be vendors who specialize in everything from "Star Wars" to "The Walking Dead."

With your admission, you are eligible to be part of the hourly door prizes that will be given out during the day.

For more information, call (559) 891-1673 or (209) 668-0821.

Dinosaurs invade Visalia

9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday / Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia / / $18, $16-$22 children, $16 seniors

One thing you can say about the big beasts in "Discover the Dinosaurs": Even they know when it's too hot to roam outdoors. The national touring exhibition, which sets up Saturday and Sunday at the Visalia Convention Center, is all indoors. Attractions include moving and nonmoving dinosaurs in scenes from various time periods, along with a Dino Dig, dinosaur rides and jumping and sliding on dinosaur inflatables.

Bee there

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday / Oakhurst Branch Library, 49044 Civic Circle, Oakhurst / free / (559) 683-4838

The Oakhurst Library is hosting a special event to discuss the fun and profit of beekeeping. Among those in attendance in connection with the Central Valley Beekeepers Association are John Bart, Anita Bart, Daren Hess and Bill Hillerman.

Hess has been keeping bees since 2008 and has 25 active hives in Kingsburg. The Barts are new to beekeeping, while Hillerman is a local beekeeper who sells his honey at various outlets in the mountain region under the name "Hillerman Family Honey."

Special 'Oz' screening

7 p.m. Thursday/ Warnors Theatre, 1400 Fulton St. / $5, $10 /

Dorothy, Toto and her Oz buddies will be off to see the wizard at the downtown theater with a special screening of "The Wizard of Oz." The screening offers a glimpse at what it was like going to the movies shortly after the theater was built in 1928.

Activities begin at 6 p.m. with a pipe organ concert by Dick Cencibaugh.

Tickets are $5 for individuals or $10 for a family. There's no limit on a family size. If you come dressed as a character from the tales of Oz, admission is free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

A reading by the river

7 p.m. Thursday / Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies, 11605 Old Friant Road /, (559) 248-8480 / Free

Margarita Engle, the Cuban-American author of "The Surrender Tree," was the first Latino to win the coveted Newberry Medal for children's literature. She will give a reading in the latest Respite by the River series, sponsored by the San Joaquin River Parkway Trust. You're encouraged to bring picnic dinner and a blanket. Wine and dessert is for sale, and Jeff Bowman plays Caribbean jazz.

Strummer's anniversary

1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / Free, all ages / (559) 485-5356,

It's been one year since investors took over The Starline, one of the Tower Districts most heralded and at times most-hated venues, and rechristened it as Strummer's.

Since then the venue has filled its calendar with a consistent lineup of mid-level touring punk, metal, indie and hip-hop acts — from Panic! At the Disco and Andrew W.K. to Jello Biafra and Andre Nickatina.

To mark the anniversary, the venue is holding a free, all ages party. More than 30 local and touring bands will play the two-day celebration, including Geezer (a tribute to Weezer), rockabilly band The Chop Tops and Fresno ska band King Sugar.

Tiny Ruins

8 p.m. Saturday / Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia / $7 / (559) 636-9463,

Formed as a solo project by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, New Zealand's Tiny Ruins does folksy, minimalist guitar music that will appeal to fans of Nick Drake. While the band continues to keep its native home base, it has spent the past three years touring Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe and the U.S. It has played opening slots for hot indie acts such as Beach House, Fleet Foxes and Calexico. The band is headlining a tour in support of its second album, "Brightly Painted One," which was released in May. Los Angeles singer BØRNS opens the show.

Sax in the City

8 p.m. Saturday / Tower Theatre, 915 E. Olive Ave. / $45-$65 / (559) 485-9050,

The Sax in the City tour pairs two of the busiest saxophone players in contemporary smooth jazz. The annual summer tour features Paul Taylor and Marion Meadows, who have 19 albums and more than 40 years in the biz.

Taylor's "Ladies' Choice" in '07 was No. 1 on the Billboard's Contemporary Jazz charts. Meadows has played and recorded with Eartha Kitt, The Temptations and Michael Bolton.

Fresno's own The Blu J'z open the show.

Music in Yosemite

2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday / Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa / / $20-$40

When the Yosemite Music Festival began, it was just a couple of bands set up on an old carpet spread under an oak tree. They played to a small group of friends.

Within a few years, that group had expanded, as did the number of bands that played. A stage was built under the tree, and a second stage was added a few years later when the festival grew big enough to require permits and port-a-potties.

More than a dozen years later, the annual music festival continues to bring bluegrass acts (and fans) from across the state to Mariposa — though the festival has moved from that initial patch of woods.

This weekend, it will take place at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. The move was a necessity after the Carsten fire threatened to shut down the festival last season.

More than 20 bands are scheduled for the two-day event, including The Easy Leaves, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and Green Machine from Visalia.


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