Local events for the week of Nov. 16-22
Katt is out of the bag
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 / Save Mart Center / $45, $55 and $75 / (559) 347-3400, ticketmaster.com
Stand-up comic Katt Williams had a turbulent few years recently, with odd arrests and run-ins with fans. But you can’t have comedy without chaos, right?
Williams performs at Save Mart Center on Saturday night, and his show has been advertised with the tagline “Katt’s Back.” That might mean he’s back in the Valley, or he’s back in the form that made Williams (with his famous perm) one of comedy’s funniest guys in the last decade.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18 / Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center, 848 M St. / Free / fresnoclovisautoshow.com
The cars aren’t free, but looking at them is. A big change to this year’s annual Central California Auto Show is that admission is free for all ages all three days. That means you can freely gawk at the latest cars from major manufacturers, be wowed by exotic vehicles and even go on a few test drives.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 / Piccadilly Inn Airport, 5115 E. McKinley / $1 / (559) 891-1673 or (209) 668-0821
Those of you looking for holiday gifts for the sports or comic book fans in your life will able to check out a room full of items at “Collect-A-Con4.”
Vendors will sell comic books, toys, sports cards, nonsports cards, action figures, “Star Wars” memorabilia, die- cast cars, records and more. There will be free comics and cards with each admission, plus hourly door prizes.
Kids under the age of 12 get in free.
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 / Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Clovis / (559) 683-7227 / Free
Musicians from Fresno and the foothills will perform compositions by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, C.M. von Weber, John Kilburn and more in a special chamber-music concert. Fresno musicians (above) are David Lorey on flute, David Fox on cello and piano and mezzosoprano Jennifer Lewis. Also performing are John Kilburn on guitar, singer Christel Biasell and pianist Barbara Ulman, who will perform on piano.
Flute & Harp
5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 / Memorial United Methodist Church, 1726 Pollasky Ave., Clovis / (559) 299-4615 / $25
The chamber group Moment Musical celebrates Thanksgiving a little early with a church benefit concert. Featured musicians are Janette Erickson, Laura Porter and Scott Hatfield. Included on the program will be works by Debussy, Bach, Mozart, Pessard, Donjon and Bozza. The evocative “The Garden of Adonis,” by Hovhaness, and “Entrac’te,” by Ibert, both for flute and harp, will be featured.
Winter Jam returns
6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 / Save Mart Center / $10 / savemartcenter.com, (559) 347-3400
Ten acts, $10, no tickets. That’s the formula for Sunday’s Winter Jam at Save Mart Center.
This popular touring Christian rock show does two things especially well: It keeps things cost-effective and nixes tickets. You show up the day of the show, pay your $10, go in and have a seat.
This year’s Winter Jam tour is headlined by TobyMac with Red, Sidewalk Prophets, Jamie Grace and tour organizers Newsong also playing.
Doors open at 6 p.m., but you can count on dedicated fans lining up early for first crack at seats.
First carols of the season
3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 / University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Ave. / fresno.edu/department/music/events / Free
Here’s your chance to get into the Christmas spirit a little early. The latest in Fresno Pacific University’s annual “Lessons and Carols” concert series is titled “Arise Your Light Has Come,” and it includes choral music and Bible readings. The First Church Christian Academy Children’s Chorus joins university ensembles and local musicians. Admission is free but reservations are required due to the popularity of the event. Call (559) 453-2267 or email email@example.com.