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July 23, 2014

Things to do July 25-Aug. 1: Pole vaulters, 'Sharknado,' car show, Bleeding Through, Glen Delpit

Pole vaulting in Clovis

5:30 p.m. Friday / Farmers Market, Old Town Clovis / oldtownclovis.org / Free

Now here's a way to mix up your weekly procurement of fresh strawberries, designer hummus and corn on the cob at the Clovis Farmers Market: You can watch world-class athletes from across the country vie for the top spot at the North American Pole Vault Championships. Katy Negeotte (the defending event winner and a former NCAA Division II champion) and Melissa Gergel (a former NCAA D-I champ) are the top vaulters on the women's side, with Mike Arnold (the defending event champ) and Tyler Wallace the marquee attractions on the men's side.

Talk to the artist

2-4 p.m. Sunday / Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness Ave. / arteamericas.org, (559) 266-2623 / Free

Jeannette L. Herrera wants to know what you think about her work. Really. (She hates when people say something noncommittal, such as "Oh, it's interesting.") She'll be on hand for an artist's talk and question-and-answer session about her retrospective show at Arte Américas. You might find a lot to talk about: Her paintings in oil and acrylic are rowdy, funny, violent, tender, explosive and passionate. Fantastical creatures, Peruvian imagery, religious icons, sexual gyrations, unabashed nudity, street culture and personal trauma all swirl together into a colorful stew.

Double dose of 'Sharknado'

7 p.m. Wednesday / Pinot Wine Bar and Bistro, 805 E. Olive Ave. / Free / Fresno Zombie Society on Facebook

"Sharknado," which combined plot points from "Twister" and "Jaws," set a new standard for "so-bad-it's good." The network hopes to double down on the movie's popularity with the sequel, "Sharknado 2: The Second One," which premieres 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Fresno Zombie Society holds a double-feature viewing party for anyone who thinks they can stomach three hours of Tara Reid.

National dance day with IncrediBear

4-8 p.m. Saturday / John's Incredible Pizza, 7095 N. Cedar Ave. / Admission price / (559) 323-1111, johnspizza.com/danceday

National Dance Day is an annual celebration of moving your body to the beat — even if it's just the one in your head. The grass-roots campaign encourages dance-inspired events of all sorts and even has an official National Dance Day dance. John's Incredible Pizza will celebrate with hourly dance sessions led by its mascot, IncrediBear.

Last Kingsburg hurrah

8 p.m. July 31 / Sierra Street and 18th Avenue, Kingsburg / Search "Kingsburg Summer Band" on Facebook / Free

The Kingsburg Summer Band has been heating up Memorial Park with a rousing musical lineup every Thursday night this season. The band plays its final concert by welcoming vocalist Hanna York.

Shaver Lake Car Show

10 a.m. Saturday / Shaver Lake on Tollhouse Road / Free / (559) 640-7527, shaverlakecarshow.com

More than 150 classic, souped-up cars and trucks will make their way to Shaver Lake this weekend for the 14th annual Shaver Lake Car Show. Prizes will be awarded in more than two dozen categories, including best muscle car, best sound system, and youngest and oldest entrants.

Following the car show, there is a free concert from local country duo Whisky Row.

'Menopause' gets even hotter

2 p.m. Sunday / Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / towertheatrefresno.com, (559) 485-9050 / $53.50-$68.50

Last time the touring "Menopause The Musical" came to Fresno, it was in January 2013. Now it returns for a true July hot flash. In the show, built around parody lyrics of popular classic songs ("My Guy" becomes "My Thighs," for example), four women meet by chance at a department store lingerie sale. They make fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer "The Silent Passage."

Final shows for Bleeding Through

7 p.m. Friday / Strummer's, 833 E. Fern Ave. / $16 / All ages / (559) 485-5356, numbskullshows.com

Fans of the Orange County band Bleeding Through will want to catch
Friday night's show at Strummer's. It's one of their last.

The band, which gained popularity among the Ozzfest and Vans Warped Tour set with its hybrid metal/hardcore sound, is in the midst of its final West Coast tour. It all ends Aug. 3.

Bleeding Through has been on the road with Slayer, AFI and Marilyn Manson and has also been responsible for taking younger bands, like Every Time I Die and Between the Buried and Me, under its wing and out on tour.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

8 p.m. Friday / Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold / $35-$45 / (866) 794-6946, chukchansigold.com,

At 37 years old, Kenny Wayne Shepherd is two decades into a successful career as a blues rock musician. The Louisiana native first played on stage at 13 years old. By 16, he'd signed his first record deal and quickly gained national attention as the new face of contemporary blues.

Shepherd has since had five Grammy nominations, two Billboard Music Awards and won the Blues Foundation's Keeping The Blues Alive award. He's had six No. 1 blues albums and a string of mainstream rock singles.

His latest album, "Going Home," features fellow guitar icons Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes and Robert Randolph.

After the rain

7:30 p.m. Saturday / The Voice Shop, 1296 N. Wishon Ave. / $5 / (559) 222-7464, www.glendelpit.com

Glen Delpit has always looked at music as a labor of love. Though he and his band, The Subterraneans, have opened up for guys like Bo Diddley, Fabulous Thunderbirds and Booker T, Delpit has never pursued greater success.

The blues-influenced folk singer has never had a real record deal, instead self-releasing his albums when he has enough material (and money).

With his latest, "After the Rain," he took a hint from the digital and turned to the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. The album — his fifth solo album and ninth overall — was paid for with money raised through the campaign.

Delpit celebrates the release of the album with a show Saturday.

 

 

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