Donald’s list: Weekend choices (June 2)

On my list for promising cultural weekend options:

Moment Musical

This top-notch Fresno chamber music group calls its concerts “Sunday Serenades,” and the description is fitting. There’s nothing quite like closing out a weekend with an afternoon spent in a contemplative (and cool) space listening to master musicians play great works.

Photograph of five musicians.

Quintet: Members of Moment Musical will perform Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor. Photo / Moment Musical

Moment Musical presents its fourth and final concert of the season Sunday, June 4, with a program highlighted by a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s intriguing Quintet in G minor for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and double bass. The piece, performed in six movements, is closely related to Prokofiev’s ballet “Trapèze.”

Also on the program: three very different duos by the Baroque composer Frederic Duvernoy (harp and horn), Beethoven (cello and piano), and early 20th century composer Theodor Findeisen (violin and double bass).


Details: 3 p.m. Sunday, June 4, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 50 E. Santa Ana Ave. Suggested donation: $10 single/ $20 family of three or more. A reception follows the concert. Call 559-439-1890 for information.

Hanford’s Kings Players


If frothy murder mysteries pull your trigger, consider the farce “Murder Me, Murder Me Not” at the Temple Theater in Hanford. Here’s a description of the plot from a Kings River Life preview story about the show:

The characters in this wacky puzzler include Randolph Gaston, who’s been murdered (or has he?); his grieving widow Geraldine (who may or may not be grieving…or a widow); Alice, the family maid who serves up a whole lot more than tea and crumpets, and Father Bentley, the parish priest, who seeks to bring comfort to the Widow Gaston……and also to Mary Ellen, the Gaston’s very friendly next-door neighbor. And everybody seems to want the deceased’s insurance money.

John Rabe directs.

Details: Opens 7:30 p.m. June 2, runs through June 26, Temple Theater, 514 E. Visalia St., Hanford. $12 if reserved at; $14 if purchased at the box office.

A special ‘Wizard of Oz’

Here’s an inclusive theatrical opportunity: a production of “The Wizard of Oz” presented in American Sign Language. The production features 30 to 50 cast members with students ranging from 6 to 18, according to a Channel 30 story. Half of the cast performs in sign, the other half are voice actors. The Ruby Slipper Performing Arts Academy, Vizual Voices American Sign Language Company, and The Fourth Wall Theater Company are all involved.

Details: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, L.J. Williams Theater, 1001 W. Main St., Visalia. $15 general, $20 reserved. Tickets at

KFCF bash

A few weeks ago I got the chance to join Janet Flores on her “Art Attack” show on KFCF 88.1 radio. So I told them I’d help get the word out about the station’s fundraising “Americana Festival” on Saturday at Engelmann Cellars.

The event features music groups Lance Canales & The Flood, The T-Sisters and Golden Grass. There will be food trucks, wine, beverages, KFCF swag and more. Proceeds benefit the KFCF News Stringer Fund.

Details: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 3, Engelmann Cellars, 3275 N. Rolinda Ave. $20, $5 children ages 12 and under. You can buy tickets at

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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