arts http://kvpr.org en Fresno's Benjamin Boone Mixes Jazz With The Poetry Of Philip Levine http://kvpr.org/post/fresnos-benjamin-boone-mixes-jazz-poetry-philip-levine <p>Fresno jazz artist, educator and composer Benjamin Boone has embarked on a fascinating new musical journey: mixing his music with the poems of former Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine.&nbsp;</p><p>Levine, who is a longtime Fresno resident is among the nation's most revered poets. He's also a big jazz fan, dating back to his youth in Detroit. In fact, many of his poems reference jazz, including iconic stars like Clifford Brown and John Coltrane.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:31:41 +0000 Joe Moore 29252 at http://kvpr.org Fresno's Benjamin Boone Mixes Jazz With The Poetry Of Philip Levine Commentary: California Should Go 'Rogue' Like Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-california-should-go-rogue-fresno <p>I’m not talking about secession or flying Sarah Palin down from Alaska but about what may be the most important California arts event most Californians have never heard of: Fresno’s Rogue Festival. Founded more than a decade ago in the backyard of artist Marcel Nunis, the independent festival brings thousands of people from around the country and the world to Fresno the first two weekends of March for hundreds of performances in a dozen different venues. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:11:45 +0000 Joe Mathews 28651 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: California Should Go 'Rogue' Like Fresno New Downtown Arts Complex Brings Momentum to 'M Street' http://kvpr.org/post/new-downtown-arts-complex-brings-momentum-m-street <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the past decade, downtown Fresno's arts scene has blossomed with new galleries and studios, not to mention live-work lofts and an area filled with public art that's been dubbed the mural district.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:35:47 +0000 Joe Moore 24089 at http://kvpr.org New Downtown Arts Complex Brings Momentum to 'M Street' In Visalia, Pizza and Poetry Mix at Howie & Son's http://kvpr.org/post/visalia-pizza-and-poetry-mix-howie-sons <p>If you want to hear poetry on a Friday night in the San Joaquin Valley, stop by <a href="http://howieandsonspizzaparlor.com/">Howie &amp; Son’s Pizza Parlor</a> in Visalia.</p><p>You’ll find us in the back room, by the video game machines.</p><p>This isn’t your standard poetry reading. It’s poetry slam, the competitive art of performance poetry. We write our own verse and then deliver it, forcefully and in our own distinctive style.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 00:22:54 +0000 Michael Jasso - Zocalo Public Square 20524 at http://kvpr.org In Visalia, Pizza and Poetry Mix at Howie & Son's Selma's New Arts Center Makes A Bold Statement http://kvpr.org/post/selmas-new-arts-center-makes-bold-statement <p>The City of Selma opens the doors of its new Arts Center Wednesday evening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. And while the building's striking architecture is creating a buzz, its mission as a cultural center has captured the community's imagination. Valley Public Radio’s Joe Moore reports.</p><p class="p1">Dozens of painters, plasterers, and electricians were hard at work today in downtown Selma, putting the finishing touches on a new jewel in the city's downtown - the $2.5 million Selma Arts Center.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:53:29 +0000 Joe Moore 20394 at http://kvpr.org Selma's New Arts Center Makes A Bold Statement Philip Levine Named As America's New Poet Laureate http://kvpr.org/post/philip-levine-named-americas-new-poet-laureate America has a new poet laureate today, as the Library of Congress names Philip Levine in the one-year position. He will succeed W.S. Merwin in the post. Born in Detroit in 1928, Levine has used his poetry to examine blue-collar life, often embroidering everyday events with a sense of myth.<p><a href="http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-143.html">Announcing America's most prestigious poetry post</a> Wednesday, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington called Levine "one of America's great narrative poets. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 02:55:44 +0000 Bill Chappell 149 at http://kvpr.org Philip Levine Named As America's New Poet Laureate