Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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Bakersfield sisters Hannah Tran (14 years old)  and Meghan (12 years old) brought their Chinese zither artistry to the Bonner Performing Arts Studio on Wednesday February 13 for a live broadcast of FM89's Young Artists Spotlight. Hear about this traditional Chinese instrument and enjoy the sounds of the Tran sisters on this broadcast from our 2013 Y.A.S. season.

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Gabriele Case reads her own story about a man named Raymond, a returning veteran from Afghanistan who faces his own challenges on the home front.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Bakersfield violinist Samuel Lang kicked off the 2013 season of Valley Public Radio's program Young Artists Spotlight with a moving performance of The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto by Chinese composers Chen Gang and He Zhanhao.


Production support for Young Artists Spotlight comes from Dr. Alice Martinson and Carole Sturgis.

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, former Fresno State teacher Liza Wieland reads her story, "Tommy Waddel", about a teenage girl who is attracted to a young boy. As the two of them become more enamored with each other, we learn how their relationship changes.

Matt Stuart

As violinist Elena Urioste tells it, when she was just two years old, she knew she wanted to be a violinist, after seeing Itzhak Perlman perform on a broadcast of Sesame Street. Now as a star artist in her own right, she travels the world sharing her musical gift with thousands, including here in Central California. 

This week on Valley Writers Read, Coarsegold author Evelyne Holingue reads her story titled "Welcome Home."  Living in the foothills presents many challenges, as Juliette and Natasha soon discover. Hear how a traffic accident takes a surprising turn for one foothill visitor. 

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, C.B. Mosher reads his story, "Sarampion." Hear how a doctor in Mexico is faced with the possibility of a serious epidemic of measles.

Valley author Jim Ashford reads his story, "Serengeti", about a wealthy and alcohol-loving man who spends thousands of dollars going on safari in Africa to hunt and shoot wild animals so they can be displayed in a trophy room. 

Reedley author Hope Nisly reads her own story,“Whack Her Good, Lord!" on this week's edition of Valey Writers Read. The story is about Ivanna, who in her youth comes down with an ear malignancy that the doctors can't cure.  We catch up with her in middle age.  At this juncture, we find her working in a restaurant where a religious group meets every week.  Somehow they find out about her hearing problem and try to help her by “laying on hands.” 

This week on Valley Writers Read, nationally recognized author and Fresno native Mark Arax reads his own story, "Big Valley." Arax describes much of our Central Valley -- its farms, cities, town, and neighborhoods. The story focuses primarily on agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley.   He even takes us down to the  popular agricultural fair in Tulare where they sell huge farm tractors for a quarter of a million dollars. 

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