Things to do July 18-24: Food Expo, youth choir, homer challenge, Chaplin's 'Modern Times'

The Fresno BeeJuly 16, 2014 

Fresno Food Expo


Fill 'er up at Food Expo

5-8 p.m. Thursday / Fresno Convention Center, 848 M St. / / $40 advance, $45 at door

In the mood to graze? The busy Fresno Food Expo, which kicks off Wednesday with a series of industry-related events, culminates in a big event open to the public. People can taste a wide range of locally produced food, wine, spirits and craft beer. At 6:15 p.m., the People's Choice Award winner will be announced.

Andre Bush concert canceled

A Fresno concert and workshop by jazz guitarist Andre Bush, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, has been canceled. The event was set to be held at The Voice Shop, 1296 N. Wishon Ave.

Youth choir shines a 'Light'

7 p.m. Saturday / Fresno City College Old Administration Building / / $10

The Fresno County Youth Choir presents its program "Shine a Light" at its final concert of the season.

The choir just finished an outreach tour to San Francisco, where it performed in venues ranging from homeless shelters in the heart of the Tenderloin to Grace Cathedral.

Hit it out of the park

8 a.m.-noon Sunday / Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare St. / (559) 320-2530, / $29, $59, $99

The Jose Canseco Home Run Challenge, which swings through town in August, is a childhood dream come true for some. The Fresno Grizzlies are hosting an open tryout Sunday at Chukchansi Park.

Registered participants will get 10 swings and the top three finalists in two categories (softball and baseball) will go up against Canseco prior to the Grizzlies' Aug. 12 game against Oklahoma City.

Bring your own bat. Balls and pitchers provided. All participants much pre-register.

Museum panel discussion about rock 'n' roll

1 p.m. Sunday / Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. First St. /, (559) 441-4221 / $10

If you've been meaning to see the Fresno Art Museum's three current exhibitions of rock 'n' roll photography but have been procrastinating, here's a great time to do it. A panel discussion at the museum includes photographers Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal and Jason DeBord, whose work is featured in the shows. Also on the panel: Fulton 55 general manager Tony Martin and Fresno State music professor Brad Hufft. The event will be followed by wine, appetizers and music from Rockville, a classic rock cover band.

"Modern Times" at Warnors

4 p.m. Saturday / Warnors Theatre, 1400 Fulton St. / (559) 264-2848, / $10

Downtown's Warnors Theatre is the place to see classic films on the big screen. On Thursday, it showed the classic "Wizard of Oz."

Saturday, it will show Charlie Chaplin's 1936 silent-film classic "Modern Times." Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Ronald McDonald House and Kiwanis Aktion Club.

Fans are encouraged to dress up for the Chaplin look-a-like contest prior to the film's start.

Opera Ambulante

7 p.m. Saturday / River Park, along Via del Rio / Free

Acoustically, a shopping center isn't the best place to watch opera. That's the idea behind Opera Ambulante — bring opera to out-of-the-box venues and thus, to a wider audience that may never experience the art form otherwise.

The flash-mob performance group, from Tijuana, Mexico, is presented by the Consulate of Mexico.

Crazy with Shwayze

8 p.m. Friday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / $16 / (559) 485-5356,

Shwayze is an underground rapper who broke into the business by hijacking the stage during someone else's concert and unloading some freestyle raps on the crowd. Shwayze earned a lot of buzz in 2008 for his first (and aptly named) single "Buzzin" and the follow-up "Corona and Lime."

Shwayze plays at Strummer's with the disco fusion pop band Carlton.

Final installment of Keeney Nation

7 p.m. tonight / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. / Free / (559) 412-7400,

Keeney Nation is a local coalition of like-minded musicians and bands helmed by the Keeney family. It's also the name of the family's annual gathering/music showcase, the fourth installment of which happens tonight at Fulton 55.

The free show features music from Soul Intact, Bob Watson, Speedogeezer, the Geoff Thurman Band and (of course) The Keeney Brothers band.

This is a birthday show for family patriarch Mike Keeney Sr., and it is being billed as the last Keeney Nation showcase.

Summer Sweat

8 p.m. Saturday / Selland Arena, 700 M St. / $40.50-$60.50 / (800) 745-3000,

At this point in his career, Keith Sweat splits his time between his two main gigs. During the week he hosts "The Keith Sweat Hotel," a popular adult contemporary radio show that's syndicated in 55 markets. On the weekends, he hits the stage performing the classic R&B that earned him a series of radio hits — and Soul Train's Lifetime Achievement Award last year.

Sweat plays Saturday at Selland Arena with R&B artists Al B. Sure and H-Town. This is Sweat's second concert in Fresno this year.

"It's an incredible experience," Sweat says. "They enjoy being entertained. They are amazing fans. They really show me love."

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