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Benefit/Fundraiser
2021 Annual Friends of the Fair Pre-Party Drive-Thru Dinner
The Merced County Fair Board, Friends of the Merced County Fair Board and Fair Management formally invite you to the 2021 Annual Friends of the Fair Pre-Party Drive-Thru Dinner in support of the Merced County Fairgrounds and its Livestock Programs! Purchase your $20 to-go dinner complete with: deep pit beef, beans, salad and a roll – plus tasty Fair treats like kettle corn and cotton candy – including corn dog appetizers while you wait in line! Only 300 tickets will be sold so don’t wait! Purchase your to-go dinner now and show your support! If you’re interested in supporting the Friends of the Merced County Fair dinner, please contact the fair office at (209) 722-1506.
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Multimedia
Alexander Valley Film Festival 2021
ALEXANDER VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES SEVENTH YEAR IN SPRING 2021 The ALEXANDER VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL (AVFF) will return in a virtual format in 2021! AVFF regularly showcases and hosts new and emerging talents from all over the world. AVFF2021 will be no different; it will simply take place online! Leveraging our virtual programming since the dawn of COVID, we will create opportunities for the community, students and adults alike, to meet, interact with, and learn from visiting artists. We will also offer deeply discounted tickets to students and neighbors in need so that no one will be turned away. AVFF features cutting-edge indie films – like 2018’s FREE SOLO and 2019’s PARASITE – and selections of diverse works from and about underrepresented artists and communities. We actively seek: socially conscious films that depict characters in the richness of their culture and identities; works from directors of color; Latinx-, LGBTQ+-, and female-driven narratives; and youth-oriented stories. The 2021 Festival will take place April 23-May 2 (Wed-Sun). This event is designed to bring films and experiences to Northern Sonoma County to which the community would otherwise not have access. 2021 STRUCTURE: Screenings, Q&As, panels and networking events will be conducted online. AVFF will partner with local restaurants, wineries, and distillers to provide unique pick-up events curated to amplify our films, community, and enjoyment of the weekend. Drive-in events will take place, weather permitting.
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Talks/Lectures
Armenian-American Sketches: An Evening with the Contributors
Zoom registration link: https://bit.ly/3fwjudQ Co-sponsored by: The Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State The Society for Armenian Studies Armenians began arriving to America in large numbers at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. They established themselves in communities throughout the United States, maintaining their Armenian culture, while also becoming acclimated to life in America. In Armenian-American Sketches, author Bedros Keljik brings to life this period in Armenian-American history. With keen observation Keljik provides the reader with an often-humorous insight into that life, with all of its sadness and joy, with the sense of community, and with the hard work and challenges faced by the immigrants. This is a book which will appeal to any reader who seeks to understand the immigrant experience in the United States. Armenian-American Sketches was published as Volume 11 in the Armenian Series of The Press at California State University Fresno.
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Gallery, Art Show, Painting, Drawings/Works on Paper, Museum
Arts Visalia Presents: Andrew Leventis and Kirk Maynard
In May, Arts Visalia showcases the works of two out-of-state artists: Andrew Leventis from North Carolina and Kirk Maynard from New Jersey. The alluring hyper-realistic paintings of Andrew Leventis examine the correlation between our food supply and our sense of well-being. Kirk Maynard’s oil pastel self-portraits are compelling introspections on how black bodies are perceived in America and Maynard’s personal experiences as a black man. The exhibition will be on display from May 5th through May 28th, 2021. Arts Visalia is open Wed. through Sat. from Noon-5:30.* We have a limited capacity and recommend that you schedule an appointment by calling 559-739-0905 or email artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net. If you are unable to come to the gallery in person we have created Virtual Gallery Tours that are available at www.artsvisalia.org/virtual-tours. Coming in June, Arts Visalia will be hosting a photography exhibition featuring the works of James Bonafé, Robert Farrel, and William Gerlach. Each photographer uses his own unique style to capture his perspective of the world around him. These stirring photos are not to be missed. Live orchids are back for The 20th Annual Orchid Sale, Arts Visalia’s biggest fundraiser! Starting May 1st through May 8th select from Phalaenopsis orchids while supplies last. We invite you to join in supporting Arts Visalia with your purchase of a $25.00 orchid. Arts Visalia is celebrating 25 years as the area’s premiere center for the visual arts. With the support of many throughout the years, we have fervently carried on the founders’ vision to create a permanent place to view the visual arts and provide art education in Visalia. We thank all of our supporters over the years. To support Arts Visalia and help carry on the vision visit www.artsvisalia.org/support-us. For questions or to schedule a visit, please call us at 559-739-0905 or email artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net. Follow us on facebook and instagram or visit our website at artsvisalia.org
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Art Show, Painting, Drawings/Works on Paper, Gallery
Arts Visalia Presents: Andrew Leventis and Kirk Maynard
In May, Arts Visalia showcases the works of two out-of-state artists: Andrew Leventis from North Carolina and Kirk Maynard from New Jersey. The alluring hyper-realistic paintings of Andrew Leventis examine the correlation between our food supply and our sense of well-being. Kirk Maynard’s oil pastel self-portraits are compelling introspections on how black bodies are perceived in America and Maynard’s personal experiences as a black man. Arts Visalia is open Wed. through Sat. from Noon-5:30.* We have a limited capacity and recommend that you schedule an appointment by calling 559-739-0905 or email artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net. If you are unable to come to the gallery in person we have created Virtual Gallery Tours that are available at www.artsvisalia.org/virtual-tours. Coming in June, Arts Visalia will be hosting a photography exhibition featuring the works of James Bonafé, Robert Farrel, and William Gerlach. Each photographer uses his own unique style to capture his perspective of the world around him. These stirring photos are not to be missed. Live orchids are back for The 20th Annual Orchid Sale, Arts Visalia’s biggest fundraiser! Starting May 1st through May 8th select from Phalaenopsis orchids while supplies last. We invite you to join in supporting Arts Visalia with your purchase of a $25.00 orchid. For questions or to schedule a visit, please call us at 559-739-0905 or email artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net. You can also follow us on facebook and instagram or visit our website at www.artsvisalia.org for more information, and updates. *Visit www.artsvisalia.org for updates and changes.
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Art Show, Art Talk, Drawings/Works on Paper, Painting, Gallery
Arts Visalia Presents: Jana Botkin-Still Here, and Seen & Unseen Extended Exhibition
In Gallery 2, Arts Visalia will have the drawings and paintings of Jana Botkin in her exhibition titled Still Here. As a life-long resident, Botkin uses her realism style to express her pride in Tulare County. She continually searches out the beauty of our county in the parts that make rural living so appealing. The exhibition will run from March 31st through April 30th, 2021. Seen and Unseen- Ricardo Favela Expressions of Chicano/a Art is extended through April! The exhibition honors the life and legacy of Chicano Artist Ricardo Favela and brings awareness to the region’s rich cultural diversity. Raised in Dinuba, Favela started his education at COS and later transferred to Sacramento State College. Favela’s commitment to the community and education guided him to help found the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF). This led to his engagement with the United Farm Workers Union (UFW), the Chicano cultural arts movement along with statewide and local civil rights and community empowerment. This exhibition celebrates how Favela used his artistic voice to reflect the Chicano experience. This incredibly popular exhibition honoring the life and legacy of Ricardo Favela will remain on display in our Main Gallery, until April 30th, 2021. Arts Visalia is open Wed. through Sat. from noon-5:30*. We have a limited capacity and recommend that you schedule an appointment by calling 559-739-0905 or email artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net. If you are unable to come to the gallery in person we have created Virtual Gallery Tours that are available at www.artsvisalia.org/virtual-tours. *Open Hours and appointment times subject to change. Visit www.artsvisalia.org for updates and changes.
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Art Show, Sculpture, Painting, Drawings/Works on Paper, Prints, printmaking
Arts Visalia Presents: Jana Botkin-Still Here, and Seen and Unseen Extended Exhibition
In Gallery 2, Arts Visalia will have the drawings and paintings of Jana Botkin in her exhibition titled Still Here. As a life-long resident, Botkin uses her realism style to express her pride in Tulare County. She continually searches out the beauty of our county in the parts that make rural living so appealing. The exhibition will run from March 31st through April 30th, 2021. Seen and Unseen- Ricardo Favela Expressions of Chicano/a Art is extended through April! The exhibition honors the life and legacy of Chicano Artist Ricardo Favela and brings awareness to the region’s rich cultural diversity. Raised in Dinuba, Favela started his education at COS and later transferred to Sacramento State College. Favela’s commitment to the community and education guided him to help found the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF).This incredibly popular exhibition honoring the life and legacy of Ricardo Favela will remain on display in our Main Gallery, until April 30th, 2021. Arts Visalia is open Wed. through Sat. from noon-5:30*. We have a limited capacity and recommend that you schedule an appointment by calling 559-739-0905 or email artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net. If you are unable to come to the gallery in person we have created Virtual Gallery Tours that are available at www.artsvisalia.org/virtual-tours. In May, Arts Visalia showcases the works of two out-of-state artists: Andrew Leventis from North Carolina and Kirk Maynard from New Jersey. The alluring hyper-realistic paintings of Andrew Leventis examine the correlation between our food supply and our sense of well-being. Kirk Maynard’s oil pastel self-portraits are compelling introspections on how black bodies are perceived in America and Maynard’s personalexperiences as a black man. The exhibition will be on display from May 5th through May 28th, 2021. Open Hours and appointment times subject to change. Visit www.artsvisalia.org for updates and changes.
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Jazz,Latin/Salsa
Banda MS
This 12-member brass-bassed group brings new energy to traditional Mexican music.
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Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop, Education
Be smoke free - Courage to Quit (Online)
Courage to Quit is an online, or telephoned, workshop using proven activities and tools to help people understand their own relationship with tobacco—and how to say good-bye to smoking for good. This 3-week program, led by Saint Agnes Respiratory Therapists, offers information, skills and support to help each attendee reach their smoke-free goals. BeHealthy@samc.com.
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Jazz
Brian Culbertson The XX Tour
Over the course of crafting a 20-album catalogue and architecting more than 30 Billboard No. 1 singles as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Brian Culbertson has charted his own unique course in music. Label him jazz and he makes a funk record. Call him an R&B artist and he drops an acoustic jazz trio collection. Brand him pop and he creates a 32-minute New Age opus. Present day brings his aptly titled “XX” album – those X’s are Roman numerals – finds Culbertson making a record unlike any of his previous releases because of its diversity. Recreating that cool sound live for fans is the best part as Culbertson and his band embark on The XX Tour, playing more than 70 concert dates. In addition to performing much of the new album, the set list includes cuts from Culbertson’s hit-filled songbook along with a segment showcasing songs from “Winter Stories,” an album released last fall that placed him in an acoustic jazz trio setting for the first time. Possessing style, panache and a savvy business mind capable of moving the needle in music and beyond, Culbertson founded and curates the annual Napa Valley and Chicago Jazz Getaways, which have attracted guests from all over the globe to experience his premier events.
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