Some promising options for a busy weekend:
‘Walk in Peace’This sounds like a beautiful event: The choirs of Fresno State and Fresno City College collaborate on the concert “Walk in Peace,” which celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King and Black History Month. Fresno State’s Cari Earnhart and Fresno City’s Julie Dana conduct. Guest artists include Mike Dana, Richard Giddens and members of the Fresno State Jazz Ensemble. If you’re a fan of choral music, this is a chance to hear two strong collegiate music programs for the price of one! Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, Fresno State Concert Hall. Tickets are $5.
‘King Lear’Just three performances of the Shakespeare classic remain in Theatre Ventoux’s run. This taut adaptation, directed by Broderic Beard and starring Greg Taber in the title role, runs just 105 minutes including intermission.
One of this weekend’s big events is “The Big Tell” film contest (doors open 6 p.m., films start at 7, Friday, Oct. 20, Warnors Theater, 1400 Fulton St., Fresno). You’ll get the chance to see 10 winning short films that celebrate life in the central San Joaquin Valley, all screened in a festival format in a big movie theater -- and complete with a red carpet. The event is free. Tickets are not required, but you're encouraged to RSVP by registering here. [caption id="attachment_6785" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Filmmaker Troy Ruff, whose work in "The Big Tell" is titled "59 Days of Code," at work on another project. Photo / Central Valley Community Foundation[/caption] Here’s a rundown: The idea: This is the inaugural “Big Tell” event, and it represents the Central Valley Community Foundation’s first major investment in the art of filmmaking. (One of the missions of the foundation is supporting the arts through grants.) “We have so many talented filmmakers in the Valley that we wanted to support them,” says Gretchen Moore, the foundation’s director of community engagement.