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Ballet Gala stars students

Local students from three dance schools come together for "Ballet Gala '09" in a showcase of classical and contemporary works. Participating schools are Shirley Winters Ballet, Severance Conservatory of Ballet and Northwest Studio for Ballet.

Supporting a good cause

7 p.m. Saturday / San Joaquin Suites Garden and Atrium, 1309 W. Shaw Ave. / $100 per couple / (559) 446-0522

The Chocolate and Art Affaire has two goals: to provide an elegant evening for mothers in the community and to raise money and awareness for the fight against domestic violence. Proceeds will benefit the Aesthetic View Institute, a leader in the Valley for prevention of domestic violence. The evening will include music, chocolates, local artwork and wine tasting.

Evening delight

5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday / Tower District / $15 / (559) 497-8362,

Taste & Toast of the Tower features more than 40 sampling locations and 15 local wineries throughout the Tower District. A variety of dishes includes tropical spinach salad, cheese cake, rice pudding and pastries, seafood quesadillas and beef stew. Wines and exotic teas also will also be served. Tickets include a map of all the sampling locations.

Past Pixie

9:30 p.m. Sunday / The Cellar Door, 101 S. Main St. / $10 /

Frank Black is best known as the frontman from iconic alt-rock band The Pixies, but it's his newest band that's bringing him to Visalia this weekend.

Black's new project is Grand Duchy, a rock band he heads with his wife, Violet Clark. The group's sound encompasses '80s-era pop and new wave while being lyrically playful and beat heavy.

The first Grand Duchy CD, "Petits Fours," was released in April.

'You're In' book-signing

5-7 p.m. today / Fig Garden Bookstore, 5084 N. Palm Ave. /

free / (559) 226-1845

Filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller made a splash at the Fresno Filmmakers Alliance conference last year when they talked about their adventures making "Touching Home" starring Ed Harris. Now they're back in Fresno to sign copies of their new book, "Either You're In Or You're In the Way," which tells the unlikely, scrappy story of how they got their movie made.

Fashion Style Lounge

6:30 p.m. today / EKO Marketing, 1118 N. Fulton St. / $5 / (559) 487-1091

Shopping, champagne and a DJ are all part of the Fashion Style Lounge.

The event brings together independent fashion and accessory designers and puts them in a loungelike atmosphere for an event that's part mixer and part shopping spree.

Add in some fresh tunes and champagne toasts, and you've got the makings of a cool night out.

Young musicians compete for awards

1 p.m. Sunday / Concert Hall and Wahlberg Recital Hall, Fresno State / free / (559) 278-2337,

On the lookout for fresh new musical talent? Live out the drama of intense competition as young area musicians vie for top billing at the 2009 Central Valley Youth Performance Awards Competition. The program is sponsored by Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts and the San Joaquin Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Tuesday: Avett Brothers

8 p.m. / Fox Hanford, 326 N. Irwin St., Hanford / $20 / (559) 584-7823

Folk-rock act The Avett Brothers just finished up a stint opening for the Dave Matthews Band.

Next stop: Hanford Fox Theatre, which they last played in 2007. The North Carolina band is headlining theaters around the country to prepare for their Rick Rubin- produced major-label debut album due this summer.

Thursday: Sierra Vista Mall concerts

6-9 p.m. / Sierra Vista Mall community park / free / (559) 299-0660

As part of its twice-monthly farmers market, Sierra Vista Mall will host live music.

It starts this Thursday with soul/blues band Papa Bear & Co. The series continues through June, breaks for July and August, then picks up for September and October.

On the schedule: Deja Blues (May 28), Pamela Henri and the Big Boss Band (June 11), MoFo Party Band (June 25), Pirate Radio (Sept. 10), 80 Degrees (Sept. 24), Super Lucky Catz and Slow Car Crash (Oct. 8) and Mr. Rude (Oct. 22).

Saturday: Stand-Up Dads

7 p.m. / Club One Casino, 1033 Van Ness Ave. / $25 / (559) 497-3000

Celebrate Mom by laughing at some dads. At least that's what the Four Stand-Up Dads are hoping you'll do.

The four comics -- Dan St. Paul, Kelly McDonald, Tim Bedore and Milt Abel -- play Club One Casino on Mother's Day Eve. It's an adults-only show.