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Arts & Entertainment of all kinds in the San Joaquin Valley & beyond. Click on article titles to see full articles.

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Sharks and Jets. Street gangs. Turf war. Romeo & Juliet in the streets of New York City. “Tonight.” “Somewhere.” Mambo. Yep, it’s West Side Story, and it’s a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, playing through September 14.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



If you love big, old-fashioned musicals, you will want to go see CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s production of The Music Man.

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by Tom Sims


It started on a Friday afternoon. I was in charge of our grandson, Kaibian until time for Vacation Bible School.
I had an hour to use up and I happened to pass Aerosports Fresno.

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Anchor City, a Band of Four

IN THE July 19 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson



When a love of music is born in childhood, it has the tendency to stick around. And the members of Fresno’s alternative band Anchor City know a thing or two about this.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



One would expect a musical named after a beauty product to be silly and fluffy, and while the musical Hairspray is filled with a lot of fun, energy, and laughter, it also has an amazing message–this is why it is one of my favorite shows. Hairspray opened this past weekend at the Reedley Opera House, presented by the Reedley River City Theatre Co., and I must say they have definitely done this show justice!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This weekend Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened in Fresno, presented by Artists Repertory Theatre (ART). We took a moment to chat with the show’s director Brad Myers.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This weekend I saw [title of show] presented by StageWorks Fresno. StageWorks first produced this show as their debut show in Fresno a few years ago. I loved it then, and loved it now.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This Valley is filled with an amazing amount of creative talent and every now and then we like to give our readers a chance to get to know some of that talent offstage. This week we are profiling one of the younger actors in Fresno, Tyler Branco. You may have seen this 22-year-old actor’s wonderful performance as Shrek, in Shrek the Musical at Roger Rocka’s, and later this year you will get to see him there in West Side Story and Addam’s Family.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


We have families. We love them…and they drive us crazy. Isn’t that wonderful? Over the River and Through the Woods, a play by Joe DiPietro, is now onstage at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre. It’s about families. Isn’t that wonderful?

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


It comes across a black expanse fissured with jagged cracks of blood red, peopled with refugees from a Halloween Haunt and a martial arts studio. It is a violent, unsettling version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the first play in the Woodward Shakespeare Festival’s tenth season in Fresno’s Woodward Park.

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by Sarah Peterson



Imagine a nightclub on a Saturday night, packed to the rafters, the click of ice against glass faintly heard beneath the sound of the blues charging the air with its currents.
This is the realm of Fresno blues man A.C. Myles.

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by Nancy Holley




Zany and hilarious describes Moonlight and Magnolias, a delightful romp through the screen play rewrite of Gone with the Wind. Strange as it may seem, the production of Gone with the Wind so familiar to many of us almost did not happen. The original screen play was deemed too long and underwent several revisions. The original director was fired and replaced.

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Summertime Fun in the Valley

IN THE June 21 ISSUE

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by Kathy Eide Casas



Don’t let the sizzling days of summer drag you down. Cool adventures abound for all ages throughout the Central Valley.
Check out this little list of big things to do. We’ve included activities for kids, families and even for the adults! A few are date specific but other activities are ongoing all summer long. Be sure and check the accompanying contact info for dates, time and costs (where applicable).

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by Michelle Swift



Warnors Theatre in Fresno is giving Central Calley residents the opportunity to see this historic 1928 Movie Palace as it would have been decades ago, and take a step back in time for a night out in a bygone era. Your next opportunity to do so will be on June 26 at 7 p.m.

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