A blog is born
New platform. Newer Donald.
Welcome to The Munro Review, where I cover arts, culture and other interesting stuff in the central San Joaquin Valley. I spent the last 16 years covering local arts and culture for The Fresno Bee. Now I’m ready to take my passion for the arts to the next level.
Based on questions you’ve been asking, here’s a quick rundown to start things off:
Q: What do you plan to cover on The Munro Review?
A: I’m going to offer a curated look at the local scene with a special emphasis on theater, classical music, visual art, dance, the literary arts and anything else that strikes my fancy. I believe that advance stories about upcoming events are an important part of arts coverage because they give audience members added context in terms of relating to and connecting with artistic events. I’ll be continuing to offer a critical voice through reviews, and I will cover local arts news. I’ll throw in coverage of some of my own interests, too, including travel and books, and will likely be unleashing some Fresno-centric commentary from time to time. All this is in the early stages, but I’m excited about the possibilities ahead.
Theatre Ventoux and the Woodward Shakespeare Festival thank you for your continued commitment to the arts and to our community.
Be seeing you.
Thank you Donald for continuing to bring Fresno and the Valley the best possible communication mode to keep the Fine and Performing Arts alive in our community. I will do my part and what ever it takes to share your word and method of getting this information to those interested, supporting or need to be made aware of The Arts in Fresno. You have my support and gratitude.
Awesome Donald! You are one classy guy!! So proud you will still be part of our community voice!!
Congratulations on your new adventure, Donald. So glad to see you’re ongoing commitment to the arts of Fresno. I look forward to continue reading your opinions.
I’m a long-distance Fresnan (central coast) but my heart is still in Fresno. A community can be measured by the quality and quantity of arts being created, and you have been a pivotal player in that scene. I think that you will be even better in your new platform(s). Sometimes institutions such as The Bee are clumsy in their transition to new ways of doing business, casting out riches in favor of glitter. Hurrah for the riches you bring to Fresno through your new publications.
Thank you, Donald, for doing so much to fortify the arts in our community!
Yes!!! Thank you, Donald. I will support and subscribe and anything else I can to support you and your coverage!!
Artists are dreamers and what society could be without dreamers.
I have always been a big fan of your fantastic writing and your indefatigable passion to illuminate the arts in the Central Valley and in your travels. As you begin this new avenue of opportunity I support and appreciate your efforts as you bring your uniquely talented voice to the Arts within this platform. May you enjoy much success and fulfillment as you begin this new venture.
I am happy to hear that you are continuing your wonderful contribution to the arts here in Fresno. I would like to be able to read your blog and send some information to you. Please tell us how to do that. Gratefully, Janette Erickson, Principal Flutist, Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra.
For all the grammar and spelling monitors out there, (or their?) I see I misspelled “your” on my previous comment. Totally an accident!
Congratulations, Donald! It’s great you will still be serving the arts in the region. Best of luck.
So…Facebook page liked, see first clicked, email list updated! Thank you, Donald, for all you have done and continue to do for arts and culture in the Valley. I’ll be a regular reader and help out any way I can.
This is such good news! Your reviews of New Wrinkles have made such a difference to our ticket sales. Please keep up the good work.
Donald, thank you for your thoughtful reporting at the Fresno Bee and for providing good reads and inspiration along with my morning coffee. Looking forward to following your blog and social media as you go ‘rogue’ with your sole/soul entrepreneurial approach to arts information sharing! Sincerely, Lori Clanton
Shame on the Bee for treating the arts as second class…small town thinking. So glad you are committed to one of Fresno’s greatest assets the arts. I subscribed, sent friend request and will be spreading the word.
Toni Massari McPherson
Way to flow Donald! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to read your blog.
Dearest Donald, When embarking our journey, I asked you, “Haven’t you ever had a Dream? “. Well, Here it is and I will support you in any manner, You are a jewel to all who are in the Arts and those who which to be informed about the Art scene. Much success and we will always be there for you. Thank you and BREAK A LEG !!!! ❤️
I always enjoy reading your reviews… You’re a gift to the Valley.
so happy to see this and so looking forward to the new you! Congratulations, Donald!
Lilia Gonzales Chavez
Great start, can’t wait to see how much you will continue to do for the arts.
Donald. As a cast member of New Wrinkles I have always appreciated you wholeheartedly support of our unique show and will miss your critiques in the Bee. But, it’s their loss more than it is for the Fresno community because of your decision to continue on your own. Please know that all of us in the New Wrinkles family will support you just as you have supported us for so many years. Let us know how we can help. Thank you, thank you!!
I wonder why I didn’t see anything from you on Orpheus.
Hi Pat, in my final arts picks story in The Bee, I managed to get in a shout-out for Orpheus: http://www.fresnobee.com/entertainment/performing-arts/donald-munro/article146931534.html. You can look forward to coverage here in the future. Thanks, Donald
Thanks, Donald! So glad you’re doing this.
Glad to see you doing your own online thing and keeping up the great local arts coverage. If I can ever lend any technical or social media help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Also, the copy editor in me wants you to know it’s “patreon” with an “a.”
Thanks, Jennifer. I am (and always have been) appreciative of copy editors. I’ve made the fix.
Glad to see you’re still covering the arts. You have many loyal readers and fans here at KFCF FM.
Hi, Don, Thank you for continuing your reviews of local arts events. I have followed your leads to great shows for years and, amazingly, agree with your reviews; how do you echo what’s in my head? Thanks again for offering tickets to the 2017 version of CMT’S “Annie!”