August 20, 2014

Things to do Aug. 22-28: 'Bonnie & Clyde,' 'Finding Hope' film

Last chance for 'Bonnie & Clyde'

Last chance for 'Bonnie & Clyde'

7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and 23, 2 p.m. Aug. 24 / Ice House Theatre, 410 E. Race Ave., Visalia / $16, $8 students in advance, $20, $10 students at door

It's the final weekend for the central San Joaquin Valley premiere of "Bonnie & Clyde." Corey Ralston directs this Frank Wildhorn musical for the Visalia Community Players about the two famed Texas outlaws on the run during the Great Depression.

On the big screen

5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 / Tower Theatre, 815 E Olive Ave. / $10 for those 12 and up

There will be two screenings of "Finding Hope Now," the feature film shot in Fresno in 2009. The movie, made for about $200,000, is based on the local story of the Rev. Roger Minassian. He's portrayed in the film by Emmy award-winning actor Michael Badalucco, who is best known for playing Jimmy Berluti on "The Practice."

Minassian had a personal mission to save the lives of young people affected by Fresno gangs. As part of his work, Minassian founded Hope Now for Youth in 1993, an organization that has taken more than 1,800 gang kids off the streets of Fresno.

"Finding Hope Now" was released Aug. 19 on DVD.

Jewish Film Festival

7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 / Congregation Beit Shalom, 115 E. Paseo Ave., Visalia / free

A free screening of "When Jews Were Funny," a film from director Alan Zweig that stars Howie Mandel, Gilbert Gottfried and Rodney Dangerfield, will be shown as part of the Free Jewish Film Festival. Kosher hot dogs, popcorn and other foods will be available.

There is no charge for this event, but donations are appreciated — especially loose buttons for the "Social Action Project: A Holocaust Memorial." The memorial will be made entirely out of buttons. Almost half of the 6 million buttons needed have been collected.

End the summer with 'The Tempest'

Aug. 28-Sept. 20 / Woodward Shakespeare Festival Stage in Woodward Park / www.woodwardshakespeare.org, (559) 927-3485 / Free, but $10 reserved seats available; park's car-entrance fee applies

For its final production of the 2014 season, Woodward Shakespeare Festival is staging "The Tempest." In this magical tale of romance, vengeance and redemption, Rick Adamson plays the sorcerer Prospero, while Bridget Martin and Broderic Beard play the lovers Miranda and Ferdinand. Julie Ann Keller directs.

On the menu at Jewel fm Gallery

9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 29 / Jewel fm Gallery, 1415 Fulton St. / www.kjwl.com / Free

A trio of artists is featured at the Jewel fm Gallery, including well-known local chef Roy Harland, who has taken up painting. Like his cooking, many of his paintings are improvised. He's joined by mixed-media artist Brenda Allison and painter David Howard Martin.

Engelbert Humperdinck

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 / Tachi Palace, 17225 Jersey Ave., Lemoore / (866) 4PALACE, www.tachipalace.com / $35-$70

Engelbert Humperdinck took his stage name from the Austrian composer who wrote "Hansel and Gretel" and was a pop sensation in the 1960s with songs like "(Please) Release Me," "Spanish Eyes" and "Quando, Quando, Quando."

The English singer has managed to keep in front of new generations by not taking himself too seriously. This is the guy who recorded a song called "Lesbian Seagull" for the "Beavis and Butt-head Do America" movie.


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