The List: Art, jazz, Bach and annoyed grandparents are all part of the weekend

Welcome to The List, a curated offering of promising events for the weekend. Why stay at home with Netflix when there’s a whole world of local stuff to enjoy and support?

1. It’s a match for art and jazz

Organizers of “When Art Meets Jazz,” one of the Fresno Art Museum’s premier fundraisers of the year, have this to say to the potential for precipitation on Saturday: No worries! Rain or shine, indoors or out, the show will go on. There is a contingency plan in case of inclement weather.

You can read more about the event — described as “a total immersion of live art and music” — in my ticket giveaway post. (The contest, alas, has ended. Congratulations to winner Helen Ashford.) The short version is that a bunch of great artists will start with blank canvases and a bunch of great jazz musicians (including none other than Benjamin Boone, performing with former U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera), will play. You’ll be able to watch the process of artistic creation — and even bid for the finished artwork.

There’s no telling what masterpieces may be created.

If you go: 2-8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Fresno Art Museum. Tickets are $30 general, with children 10 and under free.

Bach Children's Choir

2. Bach plus joy

The name of the day is “Sing With Joy.” The four ensembles making up the Bach Children’s Choir, including the Bach Youth Chorale, will perform a spring concert.

If you go: 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, Fresno City College Auditorium. Tickets are $10; 12 and under free.

Kings Players

3. Grandson on a guilt trip

The Kings Players of Hanford embarks on a favorite community theater journey: “Over the River and Through the Woods,” a comedy by Joe DiPetrio.


Here’s the synopsis:

“Nick is a single guy from New Jersey who sees both sets of grandparents every Sunday for dinner until he tells them he’s been offered a job that will have him moving away. Thus begin schemes to keep Nick around – which includes bringing to dinner the lovely, single Caitlin O’Hare.”

The Hanford Sentinel has a preview story. So does Kings River Life. Louella Moreland directs.

If you go: Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, Kings Players, Temple Theatre, Hanford. Runs through June 9. Tickets are $12 online, $14 at door. 

4. Auditions

Two children’s theater companies hold auditions this weekend. What better way to entertain kids for the summer? Here are the flyers:


(The Shine! auditions are 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Big Picture Elementary Academy in the Tower District.)

And don’t forget …

The Selma Arts Center opens the thriller “Wait Until Dark.” (My preview story is coming shortly.)

Plus: It’s closing weekend for the Good Company Players production of “Hairspray.” The beat stops on Sunday.

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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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