This week’s entertainment is competitive – as in the Beat Down poetry slam or a battle of the barbers at The Kings Fair.
Also, there’s a bunch of stuff to do. Here are seven choices as a primer.
The Beat Down Competitive Poetry Slam – For anyone who ever wondered how competitive poetry can get. Hosted by Fresno’s newest poet laureate. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Bitwise South Studium 700 Van Ness Ave. $5 to watch. $5 to slam. www.bitwiseindustries.com, search Inner Ear Poetry on Facebook.
Garth Guy – If this Garth Brooks tribute is half as good as the real deal, it’ll still be one-fourth better than most concerts you’ve seen. Details: 5 p.m. Friday. ApCal, 32749 Avenue 7, Madera. $15-$20. 559-674-9463, apcalwine.com
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‘Twelfth Night’ – Fresno does Shakespeare in the park without all the Trump rage. This is the first show of the 13th season of the Woodward Shakespeare Festival. Details: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through July 8. Woodward Park. Free, reserve seating available. 559-927-3485, www.woodwardshakespeare.org
The Kings Fair – The first country fair of the season has a Barber Battle Tournament. Also: country newcomer Jackson Michelson on Friday and War on Saturday night. Details: 5 p.m., through Sunday. Kings County Fairgrounds, 801 S. 10th Ave., Hanford. $6-$8. 559-584-3318, www.thekingsfair.com
Barrels, BBQ and Blues – The Tower District’s annual Father’s Day Blues Fest ain’t happening this year, sadly. But AC Myles will be at Englemann Cellar for those who need that blues fix. Details: Noon, Sunday. Engelmann Cellars, 3275 N. Rolinda Ave. (just north of Shields Avenue, west of Fresno). $13-$19 with barbecue buffet. All ages. 559-274-9463, www.engelmanncellars.com
Reeve Carney – If you don’t know the name, you might know the face from the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful,” or Fox’s remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” or Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” video. You might remember the music, too. Carney played with Jonny Lang at the Tower Theatre last year. Details: 8 p.m. Monday. Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave. $10, all ages. 559-485-5356, www.strummersclub.com
Brit Floyd – How great is Pink Floyd? Let’s put it this way; its tribute band is a million-dollar production that plays places like Red Rocks in Colorado. Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday. Saroyan Theatre. $49.50, $59.50. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com