Veterans Day weekend is quiet compared to others on the calendar, but there’s still plenty of options in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Here are seven things you won’t want to miss this week.
2017 Fresno Film Festival – Fresno Filmworks hosts the film festival featuring eight feature-length movies from different countries.
The event includes special filmmaker appearances, social gatherings and Q&A discussions.
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The festival kicks off Friday night with a screening of “Django,” a French biographical drama about jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, with an opening night champagne reception to follow. Details: Friday through Saturday. Tower Theatre. $10, $8 seniors and students or $50 for a festival pass. 559-485-9050, fresnofilmworks.org/film/2017-fresno-film-festival.
Renaissance Faire – Join King Henry VIII and his queen and transport back to life in England in the 1540s at the 20th annual Kearney Park Renaissance Festival. Highlights include full-contact jousting at Battle of the Nations, complete with a battle pageant and cannon blasts; live music from The New Queen’s Ha’Penny Consort and a belly dancing performance by Banat Tanjora; arts and crafts and food and drinks from many vendors. Details: 10 a.m.-dusk Saturday and Sunday. Kearney Park. $15, $10 seniors and students. 559-392-0965, www.twofayreladies.com/KearneyParkRennFair.html.
‘Homage’ – The Fresno Philharmonic and music director Rei Hotoda pay homage to the veterans of the central San Joaquin Valley with a program of music about heroism in war featuring Beethoven’s popular “Symphony No. 5,” Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Bartok’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” with piano soloist Orion Weiss. Weiss has performed with major orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Details: 3 p.m. Sunday. Saroyan Theatre. $25-$79. 559-261-0600, www.fresnophil.org.
Holiday Spirit Weekend – Pick up your passport wine glass and take a journey along the Madera Wine Trail for samples of a wide variety of local wines at one of several participating wineries. Award-winning wines and new releases will be paired with specially chosen cheeses, fruit and chocolates. Enjoy live music and start your holiday shopping with vendors offering jewelry, clothing, jams and jellies. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Madera Wine Trail. $30, $25 advance. www.maderawinetrail.com.
Winter Jam – Christian music’s largest annual tour is set to return to the Valley with an all-star lineup featuring headliners Lecrae and Mac Powell from Third Day, with Building 429, Andy Mineo, Moriah Peters and others. Guest speaker is Mark Lee, best known as guitarist and founding member of Third Day and author of “Hurt Road.” Westover and Mallary Hope will kick things off at the pre-jam party. Details: 6 p.m. Sunday. Save Mart Center. $15. 559-278-3401, www.savemartcenter.com.
‘Behind the Czar’ – Russian composers are spotlighted at Sequoia Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Behind the Czar: Protest and Praise,” featuring Glinka’s “Ruslan and Ludmilla,” Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kije,” and “Polovtsian Dances” from “Prince Igor” by Borodin. Led by music director Bruce Kiesling, guest violinist Adam Millstein will perform two Tchaikovsky pieces with the orchestra, “Serenade melancolique” and “Valse-Scherzo.” A preview about the composers and music will begin at 6:45 p.m. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Visalia Fox Theatre. 559-732-8600, www.sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com.
Fight for Water 7 – The ESPN televised card features two undefeated super lightweights in the main event as Avenal native Jose Ramirez puts his WBC Super Continental Americas Super Lightweight title on the line against Mike Reed. Ramirez is a 2012 Olympian and with a victory against Reed, he gets a shot at the World Boxing Council’s 140-pound World Title against New York’s Amir Imam. Imam will face Johnny Garcia in Saturday’s co-main event. Details: 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Save Mart Center. $33-$150. 559-278-3401, www.savemartcenter.com.
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