My arts picks are varied this week: a landscape artist veers toward the abstract; “Dolly” is back in town; the annual senior extravaganza known as “New Wrinkles” is rapidly approaching; and a stellar pianist with local roots offers a solo concert. Relish these options.
The draw: Jelmini has long been inspired by the Valley’s landscapes and agriculture, and fans of her work are familiar with her more traditionally realistic depictions of our environs. Lately, though, she’s been moving more toward abstraction. And she’s taken on a new perspective: thinking of things from an aerial perspective. Looking down at the agricultural patchwork of fields, she likes “the shapes of things, and I have fun,” she says.
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Look for: “California Spring,” which depicts a view of mustard fields and California poppies, a blaze of brightness. Jelmini is fascinated by color and loves to play around with it. “It’s fun to say the sky isn’t always blue. Sometimes it’s green. Or orange. Or purple.”
Details: Through June 12, 1821 Gallery & Studios, 1821 Calaveras St. www.1821gallery.com, 559-233-9992. Free.
She’s back again
The event: The classic musical “Hello, Dolly!” returns for an extended Good Company Players run. This is the fourth production of “Dolly” in the company’s history. Steve Souza makes his solo directing debut.
The draw: Janet Glaudé, the GCP veteran whose rousing voice has uplifted many productions over the years, plays the title role of the irrepressible Dolly Levi, the most famed matchmaker of New York. I’m looking forward to Glaudé’s take on the character.
Details: Opens Thursday, May 19, and runs through July 17 at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, 1226 N. Wishon Ave. www.gcplayers.com, 559-266-9494. $32-$59.
The event: Pianist Michael Delfin presents a concert featuring works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Domenico Scarlatti and other noteworthy composers.
The draw: Delfin, a Fresno native, is a familiar name in the local classical music community, and as he’s pursued his education, he’s returned often for concerts. He recently completed graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Delfín has soloed for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and numerous festivals across the country, in addition to capturing more than a dozen top prizes in international, national, and state competitions.
The event: For the 28th year, Fresno’s senior musical revue show featuring performers ages 55 and older opens.
The draw: This year’s theme is “A Salute to the Silver Screen.” The 16-performance run will feature a large cast in a variety of Hollywood-themed numbers from the tones of Judy Garland and Fred Astaire to the humor of Mel Brooks. David Bonetto directs.
Details: Opens Thursday, May 26, with an event for “donors, sponsors and friends” of the production. Performances are May 27-June 12 at the Fresno City College Theatre. www.newwrinklesfresno.com, 559-442-8221. $16.