There are plenty of events taking place in the central San Joaquin Valley this week for the whole family.
Here are seven things you won’t want to miss.
Ice Cube – Born O’Shea Jackson Sr., the rapper and songwriter had his big break in the late 1980s as part of the controversial group N.W.A. He left the group at the height of their fame to record several successful solo albums. Following his departure from the group, the rapper also found success as an actor with roles in “Boyz in the Hood,” “Friday” and “Barbershop.” He is considered one of the founding artists of gangster rap and one of the best MCs of all time and will perform his hits like “It Was a Good Day” and “Check Yo Self.” Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Big Fresno Fairgrounds. $35-$45, $12 for fair admission. 559-650-3247, www.fresnofair.com.
Little Shop of Horrors – StageWorks Fresno produces the musical that’s been a hit on Broadway and the big screen. Terry Lewis plays Seymour Krelborn, the meek floral assistant who names a new breed of plant, similar to a venus flytrap, “Audrey II,” after his coworker crush. After the plant fails to thrive, Seymour accidentally discovers Audrey II needs blood to survive. When the real Audrey’s boyfriend goes missing, she and Seymour are free to live their lives together, until he realizes Audrey II will strike again. Details: 7:30 p.m. Opens Friday. Fresno Art Museum’s Bonner Theatre. $22-$25. 559-289-6622, stageworksfresno.com.
Craft Brew Fest – The Big Fresno Fair’s first craft beer festival takes place in the infield during Saturday’s horse races. Enjoy a day of horse racing with a spectacular view and beer from over 30 craft breweries, music, lawn games, food trucks and horse betting stations. Name-dropping some of the breweries: Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, House of Pendragon, Guinness, Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Mad Duck Brewing and Full Circle Brewing. Details: 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Big Fresno Fairgrounds. $45-$50. 559-650-3247, www.fresnofair.com/craft-brew-fest.
Sequoia Symphony Orchestra – Formerly known as the Tulare County Symphony, the newly named orchestra presents its first Masterworks concert of the season titled “October is for Lovers,” focusing on some of the great love stories seen on stage and screen. Pieces include Mendelssohn’s overture from “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A minor, ” Strauss’ “Don Juan” and Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet (Suite 2).” Ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-concert preview by music director Bruce Kiesling at 6:45 p.m. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Visalia Fox Theatre $22-$45. 559-732-8600, www.sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com.
Old Town Clovis Wine Walk – Sip and taste your way through downtown Clovis sampling wines from all over California, while local restaurants whip up their most delicious dishes. Details: 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Old Town Clovis. $35. www.oldtownclovis.org.
PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue – Bring the little ones for the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. Plot twist! – Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found, so PAW Patrol comes to the rescue. Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Details: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sellend Arena. $22-$68, free to ages 2 and under sitting on an adult’s lap. 559-445-8100, www.fresnoconventioncenter.com.
Theresa Caputo – The medium who is best known for her hit TLC show “Long Island Medium” gives live audience readings. She shares her own life stories, explains how her gift works, delivers healing messages to audience members and gives comfort to people knowing that their loved ones are still with them – albeit in a different way. She lets her spirit guide her through the audience, ensuring everyone in the venue has an opportunity for a close-up and hands-on experience. Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Selland Arena. $39.75-$89.75. 559-445-8100, www.fresnoconventioncenter.com.
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