Following the ghosts
Aug. 1 through Aug. 31 / Spectrum Art Gallery, 608 E. Olive Ave. / www.spectrumphotogallery.org, (559) 266-0691 / Free
For some, ghost towns can be places of great beauty and mystery. Photographer Richard Harrison dives into the subject with "Hard-Edged Hope," a new exhibition at Spectrum Art Gallery. For three years, Harrison documented ghost towns and areas of abandonment in the deserts of the Southwest.
Fast and furious
5-8 p.m. Aug. 7 / Chris Sorensen Studio, 2223 S. Van Ness Ave. / www.cmsartstudio.com / Free
John Sorensen has been a fan of race cars since the age of 2. Now he paints them. His new exhibition, "The Art of Speed," includes about 30 new pieces. You'll have a chance to view them at ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods.
Fifty shades of men
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 / Star Palace, 1420 Fulton St. / www.bigfootticket.com / $29-$84
Playing on the popularity of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" series (and the movie "Magic Mike," no doubt), the "Fifty Shades of Men" dance revue makes its return visit to Fresno. The male burlesque show, at the Star Palace tonight, features disrobing members of the 2010 Chippendales cast and enough six-packs to stock a bar.
Pre-show meet-and-greet and post-show after party tickets are available.
Melodrama in Oakhurst
Through Aug. 24 / Golden Chain Theatre, 42130 Highway 41, Oakhurst / www.goldenchaintheatre.org / $12, $10 seniors, $8 students, $6 children
You can tell that R. Eugene Jackson's play "A Golden Fleecing" is a melodrama just by the names of the leading characters: Sarah Sweetflower, Stanley Stoutheart, Sly Scavenger. Boo, hiss and cheer all you want at the Golden Chain Theatre in Oakhurst. This weekend there are performances 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.
Mutant Ninja Grizzlies?
7:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 / Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare St. / (559) 320-TIXS, www.fresnogrizzlies.com / $9-$39
The Fresno Grizzlies have a history of hosting an '80s-inspired promo night at least once a season. This season they pay homage to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The team will don special TMNT jerseys for Saturday's game (in four colors schemes, of course), which will be be auctioned off at the game. Special TMNT merchandise will also be available, including a set of four team ball caps. And, as a special prize, the first 2,000 entrants will receive TMNT lunch pails.
Rudy Parris live
7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 / Old Town Saloon, 450 Clovis Ave., Clovis / (559) 298-4662, www.oldtownsaloonclovis.com / Free
Rudy Parris looks to be the new voice of Bakersfield, which makes sense, given the Visalia native spent eight years in residency at Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, where he played alongside Owens himself.
Parris was thrust into the national spotlight in 2012, performing for Team Shelton (as in country singer Blake Shelton) on NBC's singing competition "The Voice." In March, he signed a deal with Warrior Records, an independent label based in Los Angeles that is home to artists like Eddie Money, Benny Mardones, Louis Prima Jr. and the Bombastic Meatbats.
Parris will play tonight at the Old Town Saloon in Clovis.
Party like its 1799
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 / College Community Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 5550 N. Fresno St. / (559) 901-1022, www.percfresno.com / $10
At Mrs. Park's Regency Rout you can party like it's 1799.
A rout is a term used to describe large, fashionable social gatherings of England's Regency period — the kind of refined English summer dances Jane Austen wrote about.
Mrs. Park's rout is a history lesson, with English country dancing (and lessons) done to live music from Evo Bluestein. Period costumes are encouraged; modern formal wear is acceptable.