Head to the Fresno Art Museum for an exhibition that has been drawing crowds since opening in late January. “Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray” features approximately 50 portraits of the artist taken between 1937 and 1946. Hungarian-born Muray was more than just a photographer to Kahlo. He met her on a vacation to Mexico in 1931, and the encounter sparked an affair that continued on and off for a decade. Muray also is known for taking memorable pictures of athletes (Babe Ruth), movie stars (Marilyn Monroe) and authors (Langston Hughes). But he photographed Kahlo more than any other subject, and his intimate work connects viewers with Kahlo’s creative and restless presence. (2233 N. First St., Fresno; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; $5 for adults, children free; exhibition runs through May 1.)
West Portal Sidewalk Fine Arts Fair
What: The 28th annual West Portal Sidewalk Fine Arts and Crafts Fair wraps up Sunday, April 10, by showing off a city teeming with artistic talent. Works include regional photography, painting, ceramics and jewelry.
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When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10
Where: West Portal Avenue, between 15th and Ulloa avenues
What: Witness the Brompton Classic, a unique racing event held on foldable Brompton bikes and staged at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as part of the Sea Otter Classic biking event. Competitors are required to dress in business attire (“No visible Lycra allowed!”).
When: Race begins at 5 p.m. Friday, April 15
Where: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey Salinas Highway
Cost: $15 for a one-day pass to the Sea Otter Classic
County & Western Festival
What: Downtown Vacaville is set to host its third annual Cowtown Country and Western Festival Friday-Saturday, April 15-16. The event will feature live music from the Terry Sheets Band and other local performers, as well as dancers and plenty of vendors.
When: 5 to 9 p.m. April 15; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 16
Where: Town Square Plaza, downtown Vacaville
California Poppy Festival
What: Enjoy a two-day festival celebrating California’s beloved state flower. The annual California Poppy Festival will include music, art and food vendors – not to mention miles of poppy-blanketed hillside in the Antelope Valley.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17
Where: Lancaster City Park, 43011 N. 10th St.
Passport Wine Event
What: Enjoy what El Dorado County has to offer in terms of wine, cuisine and scenic exploration. The El Dorado Passport event allows participants to explore the Sierra foothills on a self-guided wine-tasting tour. The event is designed to offer a taste of the region’s natural beauty and wine selection.
When: Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17
Where: Locations throughout El Dorado County (for more information, visit website)