Tony winner comes to Fresno
7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 / Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St. / $38.50-$62.50 / ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000
Alice Walker's beloved novel "The Color Purple" makes its Fresno theatrical debut when the national tour comes to town. Nominated for 11 Tony awards, the show's score includes influences of jazz, gospel and blues.
Dancing with fire
6-10 p.m. Dec. 4 / 2223 S. Van Ness Ave. / $20 / (559) 285-9662, fresnofireandmetal.org
Fresno Fire & Metal is celebrating its grand opening with a live demonstration by artists in glass and metalworking. The nonprofit educational facility offers fine and industrial arts with an emphasis on eco-friendly practices, including welding, sculpture and fire dancing. Scholarships are available to underprivileged youths.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 / Warnors Theatre, 1400 Fulton St. / $67.50-$127.50 / fresnograndopera.org, (559) 442-5699
"Chances Are" that if you're a Johnny Mathis fan, you've already heard about his elegant concert outing planned with the Fresno Grand Opera Orchestra. The famed crooner will present an evening of holiday favorites as well as Mathis classics. This appearance will be his first in Fresno since singing at the Hacienda Hotel in the early 1970s. His drummer, Joe Lizama, lives in Fresno.
Series comes to a close
5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 / Fresno State, McLane Hall 121 / free / cineculture.csufresno.edu
Fresno State's Cineculture Club ends its fall series today with the screening of "All About Dad." A 2009 film addressing the theme of family traditions. Following the viewing, filmmaker Mark Tran will discuss his movie.
The club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.
People Under the Stairs
9:30 p.m. Dec. 9 / The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia / $10 / (559) 636-9463
For a hip-hop duo that's never been on a major label, SoCal group People Under the Stairs sure do get around. They've managed to make an appearance on "The Simpsons" and perform at Abbey Road. And none of that is even rap stuff. They've been consistently releasing albums in the style of golden-era hip-hop since the late '90s.
Some folksy folk
7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 / Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave. / $15-$20 / (559) 431-3653
The latest concert offering from the Fresno Folklore Society is tonight's show with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. Fraser is a star fiddle player in his native Scotland, and Haas is his younger American cohort, who plays cello. Together, they've earned rave reviews. Tickets for their Fresno show cost $20 at the door, or $15 for students, seniors and folklore society members.
1 p.m. Dec. 4 / Louie Kee Market, 1041 Tulare St. / free / (559) 709-4455
After five months of work, community members have finished a mural that depicts young people, community pride and well-known Fresno landmarks. Several local groups contributed, including The Muralistics, The Know Youth Media and Youth for Christ. The unveiling will recognize participants and volunteers and feature a walking tour.
9:30 p.m. Dec. 4 / The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia / $5 / (559) 636-9463
Art-rock group French Miami, despite its name, is a San Francisco-bred band that now calls New York home. This on-the-rise trio has been lauded by Rolling Stone and stops in Visalia on Saturday night for a show. They're joined by Visalia surf/reggae/rock band Indosurf.
8 p.m. Dec. 3 / The Barnyard, 1416 Clovis Ave., Clovis / $5 / achievementhouse.tumblr.com
You know how some bands release CDs? Well, on-the-rise indie rock band Achievement House is going a different route with its new EP. The band is actually releasing a cassette. If you don't have a cassette player, you can also download a digital copy. No matter your format of choice, you can catch their release party tonight in Clovis with Brother Luke & The Comrades and Former Selves.
9 p.m. Dec. 3 / Starline, 833 E. Fern Ave. / $10 / starline1.com
Another local band celebrating a new release is Clouded Vision. The reggae/rock band is putting out a new acoustic CD, "The Pow Pow" and celebrating tonight at Starline. Also on the bill are B.Wash and The Radicalis.