Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

The 2016 season of Valley Writers Read features highlights from past broadcast years. Enjoy local authors reading original works of fiction and non-fiction every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.

January 6, 2016  James Benelli  “Carrier Approach” The story is about Lieutenant Amy Adams, just about ready to complete her final aviator exam by landing her plane on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.  A mid-air collision complicates matters.

Scott Lange and Nick Foster / http://www.darkskyphotography.com/

Imagine for a moment hiking the majestic John Muir trail in the High Sierra from Yosemite to Mount Whitney. Now imagine doing it in the middle of the night, with a load of sophisticated cameras, tripods and telescopes. That’s just what Scott Lange and Nick Foster did last summer, all in an effort to produce breathtaking long-exposure nighttime images of heavens and the landscape. 

Diana Aguilera / Valley Public Radio

Today marks the kickoff of “A Day With HIV” photo exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum. FM89’s Diana Aguilera visits the display.

The gallery shows 19 posters of people from around the nation that are living with HIV. It’s a snapshot of their lives and it's part of a campaign hoping to reduce the stigma related to HIV and AIDS.

Jena Adams with the Fresno County Department of Public Health helped organize this event.

Fresno Filmworks

The historic Tower Theatre will come alive with films from across the globe as the 2015 Fresno Film Festival opens November 13. The festival put together by Fresno Filmworks will feature eight programs with 21 short and feature-length movies from 21 different countries. There will also be special filmmaker appearances, Q&A panels and more.

Fresno Art Museum

 The Fresno Art Museum is known for featuring works by top artists, live events and more. But this Saturday you can add “recycling” to that list. It’s the 2015 edition of the high powered fashion show known for turning one person’s trash into another person’s haute coture. It’s called Trashique and the museum's Executive Director Michelle Ellis Pracy joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the event. 

Jeffrey Hess/KVPR

Jane Chu, the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts visited Fresno this week. She is traveling the country preparing to announce a new arts initiative. She spoke with Valley Public Radio's Jeffrey Hess about arts in the valley and beyond.

Courtesy of Steve Skibbie

Creative Fresno is on the hunt for murals. 

Murals outside of bars. Murals on random petroleum station walls. Murals in parks. 

Murals. Murals. Murals. 

The group recently began collecting data on murals throughout Fresno County in a project called the Digital Mural Map funded by the Fresno Regional Foundation. The project will feature photos of the murals and information about the artists on a mobile friendly website and later select murals will be featured in a photo book. The mural hunt will end in December and the website should be up and running in May, 2016.

For Fresno natives of a certain age, Al Radka, the Fulton Mall, Lesterburger and parties in "the figs" all are cultural touchstones that bring back memories of a simpler time. They're also the subject of a new book by journalist Steven H. Provost titled "Fresno Growing Up: A City Comes of Age: 1945-1985." From historic photos of long lost Fresno landmarks to stories about life in the 50's and 60's, the new book seeks to capture the essence of an era when so many baby boomers grew up.

Jim Choi and Chihiro Wimbush / Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm

  In the tiny community of Del Rey sits one of the nation's most acclaimed organic farms. The Masumoto family has been farming the land there for generations, and their heirloom peaches are sought after by the country's top chefs. But the Masumoto farm is also in transition, a transition of generations, as David "Mas" Masumoto's daughter Nikiko has returned home to work with her father and keep the farm alive for another generation. 

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story about how, during the Vietnam War, a Hmong family was lucky enough to get out of their homeland. The story describes how, for years, this Hmong family fled from soldiers, hid in jungles, crossed the Mekong River to Thailand, and finally emigrated to America. The story is by Joel Pickford and is read by Lor Lee.

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