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August 6, 2014

Things to do Aug. 8-14: Wayans brothers, Cal Opera, Fig Fest, Zoofari

Wayans Brothers Live

Wayans Brothers Live

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 / Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold / (866) 7-WIN-WIN / www.chukchansigold.com / $45-$55

Marlon Wayans started doing stand-up comedy as prep work for the role of Richard Pryor in a movie that was never made. "But I fell in love with stand up," says Wayans, who hosts the TBS competition series "Funniest Wins" and is currently in the midst of the Wayans Brothers Live stand-up tour.

The show stops tonight at Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.

"We're all doing stand up at the same time for the first time," Wayans says of his brothers, who join him on the tour.

Individually, the brothers are all successful comedians: Keenen Ivory Wayans was on the sketch-comedy show "Living Color" and is a judge on NBC's "Last Comic Standing"; Damon Wayans has been in both movies ("Major Payne") and on TV ("My Wife and Kids"); and Shawn and Marlon Wayans starred together in a slew of film spoofs, including "Scary Movie."

This is the first time the brothers are sharing the stage, Marlon Wayans says, and it's an exciting time for the family. "Some things you do for money. Some things you do for legacy. This is for legacy. This is for fun," he says.Mizell highlights final

Cal Opera weekend

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 / Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. 1st St. / (559) 225-6737 / Free

The California Opera Association's 2014 Piccolo Festivale concludes with a second weekend of events. A highlight is today's concert by soprano Suzanna Mizell, who will perform a concert titled "Triptych Turns of Love." Also on the weekend lineup: a Junior Company concert titled "A Mosaic of Music (2 p.m. Saturday) and an Asian-themed concert titled "Etchings of the East" (7 p.m. Saturday).A ruff idea

1-3 p.m. Saturday/ Whitie's Pets, 5215 N Blackstone Ave. / www.facebook.com/wayofadog?ref=hl

Joe Ozier will sign copies of his new book, "Shea's Lounge: The Story of a Runaway Dog that Found Her Forever Home" (AuthorHouse, $17.99) at Whitie's Pets. Ozier has been a writer since his early teens. He says "Shea's Lounge" is "a perfect book for children and families and dog shelters."

The book is based on actual events surrounding the discovery and adoption of a stray dog that had been living on the streets in Central Florida for at least two years.

Get figgy with it

9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 / Whole Foods Market, 650 W. Shaw Ave. / www.californiafigs.com/figfest14 / $10-$15 in advance

You can celebrate the fig Saturday at the 2014 Fig Fest, being held at Whole Foods Market. The event will feature local chefs, craft beer and wine, a live cooking demonstration, and music from Marie Wilson.

We all scream for Zoofari

6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 / Fresno Chaffee Zoo, 894 W. Belmont Ave. / (559) 498-5921 / www.fresnochaffeezoo.org / $12-$18

Fresno Chaffee Zoo's annual Ice Cream Zoofari is an all-you-can-eat fund-raiser, with an emphasis on fun. The event, in its 20th year, features unlimited servings of ice cream, sherbet, frozen yogurt, sundaes and smoothies, all with animal names (Rocky Toad, Mint Monkeys 'n Cream, Cockatoo Cookie Dough).

Spend an evening with the Juniors

7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 / Shaghoian Hall, 2770 E. International Ave. / www.cusd.com/tickets / $10-$30

The Junior Company Foundation is the nonprofit group that supports the talented young people who perform before Good Company Players shows at Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater. The group's annual fund-raiser this year is titled "Juniors Tribute: A Look Behind the Scenes." It was developed, directed, choreographed and performed by current company members and some featured alumni.

For the birds

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 / Oakhurst Branch Library, 49044 Civic Circle, Oakhurst / (559) 683-4838 / free

Audubon member John K. Cross will host a discussion, "Birds at our Beak and Caw," in the library's Community Room. Cross will describe the various ways that birds are found, identified and catalogued. The speaker has a doctorate in biology from the University of Arizona and taught in the Yosemite School District for two decades.

 

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