As the popularity of the current “Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nikolas Muray” exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum attests, the central San Joaquin Valley is in the midst of a notable Frida frenzy.
If you’re fascinated with the famed Mexican artist, the museum’s special family day could be perfect for you – and makes the top of my picks for the week.
Frida in the house
▪ The event: The museum’s “Frida Kahlo FAMily Day” features music from Merlinda Espinoza, dance from Ballet Folklorico Alta California, mariachi from Raoul Hernandez, a vignette from the play “Frida Vive” and events for kids, including Frida-inspired art projects, a treasure hunt and face painting. Plus: the day concludes with performance by Patrick Contreras and Omar Nare.
▪ The draw: The headline event is a Frida Look-A-Like Contest. It’s open to all ages. Prizes will be given for cutest, most authentic and most unique. Kahlo is as much a pop-culture sensation these days as an artistic figure, and there’s sure to be interest among fans in approximating her distinctive physical experience. Don’t forget that amid all the hoopla, that you’ll also a get a chance to see the museum’s Kahlo exhibition as well: a collection of photographs taken of the artist by one of her lovers.
▪ Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, Fresno Art Museum, 2233 N. First St. www.fresnoartmuseum.org, 559-441-4221. Final judging for the look-a-like contest is at 1:45 p.m. The event is free, thanks to the support of the Central Valley Foundation’s McClatchy Fresno Arts Endowment.
▪ The event: The Tulare County Symphony Orchestra, for its next concert, is focusing on talent close to home. “Locals Night” features three significant solos by orchestra members.
▪ The draw: Concertmaster Susan Doering will be featured on violin in Vittorio Monti’s “Czardas.” Principal trumpeter Cooper Walden will be the soloist on Franz Joseph Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra. And co-principal percussionist Michael Downing will be a highlight of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra. Rounding out the program is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
▪ Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Visalia Fox Theatre, 308 W. Main St., Visalia. www.tularecountysymphony.com, 559-732-8600. $30-$49.50.
▪ The event: Jackie Ryle and Elmo “Sonny” Romias combine artistic forces for a new exhibition titled “Inspirations” at The Brush and Easel Gallery.
▪ The draw: You’ve probably seen Ryle around town as a hard-core local arts supporter. She took up painting again recently after 50 years and was inspired in her works by such people and places as Steve Jobs, Edith Piaf and visits to Paris, New York and Tuscany. Romias exhibits wood carvings that were created in a process in which he would study a piece of driftwood or burl until he visualized an animal or bird. Pairing up two longtime Fresnans is a special touch.
▪ Details: An ArtHop reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 17. The show continues through April 5 at The Brush and Easel Gallery, 1476 W. Shaw Ave. www.brushandeasel.com, 559-269-5512.