Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Armen Bacon / Fresno State

Author Armen Bacon joins Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore to talk about her new collection of essays, "My Name Is Armen Volume 2: Outside The Lines." Published by Fresno State, the new book finds Bacon telling stories about her life and the people she has met in Central California. Bacon will be among the local authors participating in a special "Bookhop" event on Thursday December 1 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Fresno's Arte Americas.

Heyday Books / Fresno State

Illustrator and author Doug Hansen's work is immediately familiar to many Fresno area residents. For years Hansen worked as a staff illustrator for the Fresno Bee, producing a popular series on local landmarks and places throughout Central California. Now an art professor at Fresno State, Hansen has taken his love of illustrating California scenes into a new field - children's books. His newest, "California, The Magic Island" is a colorful trip through California mythology geography and...

Hey Day Books

Next Thursday Fresno art lovers will celebrate the city’s galleries and art spaces with the monthly first-Thursday event known as Art Hop. But lovers of the printed word will have another opportunity that night to meet some of the valley’s most insightful and talented authors at an event being billed as “Bookhop.” Among the authors who will be at Arte Americas for the event are David Mas Masumoto and Nikiko Masumoto. Together they have a new book about the generational transition now underway...

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Fresno is known for poetry. Perhaps it's because of unique hardships encountered here, but it's also thanks to poets like Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Philip Levine and others like current U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. The Fresno State Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing is celebrating another noteworthy poet and alumnus of Fresno State with a screening of the new documentary “A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet ." Larry Levis graduated from Fresno State in...

Curtain 5 Theatre Group

A Pulitzer prize winning play performed by local actors opens this week in Fresno. The Gin Game , written by D.L. Coburn and produced locally by Curtain 5 Theatre Group , runs Friday Nov. 11 through November 20 at the Fresno Art Museum. The Gin Game tells the story of two senior citizens at a nursing home that become friends and end up playing a lot of gin rummy together. The tragi-comedy details their relationship and eventually takes a darker turn as the friends try to humiliate each other....

Fresno Filmworks

Eight films from places around the globe will play this weekend at the Fresno Film Festival . Think Palestinian race car drivers, an adaption of Heidi and a documentary all about Yo-Yo Ma. The festival held at the historic Tower Theatre in Fresno runs from Nov. 11-13 and will include filmmaker appearances, social gatherings as well as Q&A discussions. Tickets for each film are $ 10 general and $8 for students and seniors. A festival passes cost $50 and can be purchased online or at the...

Image used courtesy of the Tejon Ranch

Twenty-five years ago this fall, the hills of Kern County became the focus of the international art community, with the temporary installation of over a thousand giant yellow umbrellas along the Grapevine. Now, two decades later, while the umbrellas are long gone, the event remains fresh in the minds of many. FM89’s Joe Moore brings us this report, which first aired on FM89 in 2011. Today a trip on Interstate 5 from the San Joaquin Valley up the hill to LA might be a rather mundane drive,...

This year the Tulare County Symphony is presenting a season inspired by folk songs and folk traditions from all over the world. The first concert of the season at the historic Visalia Fox Theatre is Saturday, and features music by composers Aaron Copland and Edgar Meyer. The concert is also an opportunity to hear the orchestra perform with its new orchestra shell which promises better acoustics for musicians and listeners alike. Conductor Bruce Kiesling joins us on Valley Edition to talk...

Chuck Moses / BSO / Stilian Kirov

It’s fall and that means the Valley’s performing arts organizations are gearing up for their new seasons, including the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra . Conductor and musical director Stilian Kirov is set to begin his second full season leading the BSO. And what a season it is, with acclaimed guest artists like Eunice Kim and Tomoki Sakata and acclaimed pieces like the Brahms Violin Concerto, Stravisky’s The Firebird and Beethoven’s 9 th Symphony. It all begins on Saturday with a concert...

Fresno Philharmonic

Over its history the Fresno Philharmonic has had only seven musical directors. Now the search is on to find the eighth. Over the next few months six candidates will visit the San Joaquin Valley to conduct interviews, masterclasses, and of course, perform with the orchestra at the William Saroyan Theatre. The Philharmonic's Executive Director Stephen Wilson joined us to talk about the candidates and the upcoming season.

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