It’s Fourth of July weekend, so your plans will likely involve sparkle and bang (and more sparkles and louder bangs).
Here are seven other things to add to the mix.
Dog and Butterfly – Lizann Warner is the go-to fill-in for Ann Wilson. Here, she portrays the Heart singer in a full-on costumed tribute to the late-’70s rock group. You will hear “Barracuda,” but probably not “Stairway to Heaven.” Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Tower Theatre, 815 East Olive Ave. $29-$39. 559-485-9050, www.towertheatrefresno.com
Ghost – This Swedish metal band is fronted by a face-painted Satanic priest, so the stories of disgruntled former members shouldn’t be that shocking. You can catch the band at an arena somewhere opening for Iron Maiden, or here at a packed ballroom in downtown Fresno. The hardcore heshers will do both. Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Rainbow Ballroom, 1725 Broadway St. $30. All ages. numbskullprod.com/events
American Celebration – There is a multi-layered amount of fun happening here. Aside from Sangria and barbecue and rolled ice cream, there’s live Dixieland Jazz (with free swing dance lessons), skywatching with the Central Valley Astronomers and former Bee artist SW Parra doing cartoon caricatures. Details: 6 p.m. Friday. Moravia Wines, 3620 N Bishop Ave. $5. 559-843-2140, www.moraviawines.com
Fresno Fuego vs. San Francisco City FC – To quote the squad, “The Chuk, the Chuk, the Chuk is on fire. We don’t need no water, let the Fresno Fuego burn.” Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare St. $6-$11. 559-320-8497, www.fresnofuego.com
Fres-Shred Fest – A dozen local and regional metal bands with names like Cyborg Octopus and Evisceration congregate at Full Circle Brewing Company. It will be brutal. Details: 6 p.m. Friday. Full Circle Brewing Company, 620 F. St. $10-$15. All ages. RAD Music on Facebook
David Sánchez and Friends – This week’s Summer Arts pick is for fans of Latin jazz performed by top-rate musicians. (Sánchez is a Grammy winner.) The rest of the Summer Arts lineup is also worth checking out. Details: 7 p.m. July 5. Concert Hall at Fresno State. $15-$20. 559-278-2216, blogs.calstate.edu/summerarts