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by Lorie Lewis Ham


We at KRL feel it is important to support every segment of the local arts and entertainment communities, and this week we are interviewing Fresno artist Myrna Axt, an Assemblage & Mixed Media Artist, who was born and raised in Reedley.

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by Terrance McArthur


William Shakespeare, poet-playwright of the centuries, author of towering masterpieces like Hamlet, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus, King Lear.

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by Destiney Warren



Everyone loves Lion King. I mean it has everything: romance, adventure, plots against kings, and even a little family drama, all while being a cute Disney movie the whole family can enjoy. Children’s Musical Theaterworks takes Disney’s Lion King Jr and presents a musical that everyone can enjoy as well—whether you have a kid in the cast or not. My boyfriend and I didn’t know anyone in the show, and we still had a great night.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This weekend Shakespeare’s R & J will be on stage at Fresno Soap, presented by Curtain 5. Shakespeare’s R & J, is an adaptation by Joe Calarco, directed by J. Daniel Herring, Professor of Theatre Arts and Director of the Theatre Department at Fresno State University. We interviewed J. Daniel and the cast about the show.

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by Terrance McArthur


Carrie: The Musical moves you—and not because of her psychokinetic powers. The whole idea of a tuneful version of Stephen King’s breakthrough novel (and the Brian DePalma film adaptation that made Sissy Spacek a star) makes people go “Huh?” However, this remade version can grab a heart like the girl’s mind-controlled powers.

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Fresno Swing Dance

IN THE July 29 ISSUE

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by Mallory Moad




They say, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” and Chris Pluhar would agree. He’s one of the founders of Fresno Swing Dance, a casual, but close-knit, group of people who are committed to creating a community centered around swing dancing. Chris says, “Our goal is to get Fresno County dancing!” There are no membership dues and no auditions.

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by Jessica Ham



Unfortunately July was a slow month for video games. The summer tends to be slow as developers are busy making games for the holiday season. Summer is a big time for movies but not much for video games.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Fresno premiere of the musical The Fully Monty hit the stage this past weekend at the Dan Pessano Theater at Clovis North High School. I had seen the preview articles and saw the hype about “will they bare it all or won’t they” (something you will have to go to the show to find out), but I really had no idea what I was about to see on Saturday evening. The room was abuzz and one other patron said to me with a smile, I’m both excited and scared to see this–and I could relate.

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by Terrance McArthur


I first saw Camille Gaston on my computer, laughing a lot as Brandon Delsid’s sidekick on the Basically Brandon webcast. Then, I started noticing her onstage in supporting parts that attracted attention. She was Scuttle the Seagull in The Little Mermaid, the Witch in Big Fish in Selma, and the Acid Queen in The Who’s Tommy. Now, she takes center stage as Deloris Van Cartier in the Good Company Players production of Sister Act, and she commands attention in the role. Give it to her. She deserves it.

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ValleyPBS Celebrates 40 Years

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

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by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho


Downton Abbey, Sesame Street, Ken Burns—PBS is known for its wide variety of quality television programming, and ValleyPBS is no exception. And as the Valley’s local PBS affiliate celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, ValleyPBS CEO Phil Meyer sat down with Kings River Life to discuss the past, present, and future of Valley Public Television.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This past weekend saw the Central Valley premiere of the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, presented by Children’s Musical Theaterworks (CMT) in Fresno. I had never seen this show before, but now it is on my list as being one of my favorite shows.

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by Terrance McArthur


It all started with Solomon Naumovich Rabinowich (1859-1916), who wrote as Sholem Aleichem, a Yiddish phrase meaning “Peace be unto you.” He was known as “the Jewish Mark Twain,” but Mark Twain claimed to be “the American Sholem Aleichem.” Some of his stories were about a Russian Jewish milkman named Tevye, who had five daughters. In 1964, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick wrote songs for a script by Joseph Stein, and Fiddler on the Roof became a Broadway hit and a staple of community theatres. CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre presents it at the Mercedes Edwards Theater through July 22.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


We at KRL feel it is important to support the local arts and entertainment communities, this week we are interviewing Sanger wire artist Melanie Schow.

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Us & Them Presented By Fresno Soap

IN THE July 15 ISSUE

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by Cherylyn Smith


Prepare for the genesis of “reality theater.” Unlike reality TV, this genre is not “dumbed down,” as demonstrated in the original play Us & Them by Deshad Cato being presented through August 6 by the Fresno Soap Co. Instead, it raises our consciousness and offers us the insight we often lack in real-life situations. Ultimately, the audience is challenged to think, open up to experience, and change the status quo.

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