Here’s a roundup of promising arts/culture picks for the weekend:
Simply put, this is one of the prime dance events of the year, and it’s thanks to the Lively Arts Foundation. The New York-based Ballet Hispánico is making a special “run-out” to the West Coast just for Fresno.
Plus: I’m giving away a pair of tickets to Saturday’s Saroyan Theatre performance to a lucky reader of The Munro Review. (Details on the giveaway are below.)
Diane Mosier, artistic director for Lively Arts, who prides herself on keeping up on the contemporary dance scene, has followed Ballet Hispánico for about six years.
“With their new Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the company is excellent,” she says. “I saw the company at the Joyce Theatre (known as a premier dance venue) in New York in April and was impressed with the repertory and the dancers.”
Here’s a description from the company:
This internationally renowned Latino dance company celebrates and explores the Latino heritage and its multiple Latin cultures through a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance reflecting America’s changing cultural landscape. With its legacy of captivating style, crisp technique and charismatic bravado, the company, under the leadership of Eduardo Vilaro is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual and historical essence of Latino cultures.
There will be works from three choreographers:
• In “Con Brazos Abiertos,” Michelle Manzanales explores iconic Mexican symbols that she was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas. (This one is Mosier’s favorite. “This dance speaks about racial identity in a very entertaining way,” she says.)
• Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa’s “Linea Recta” presents an intriguing aspect of flamenco: the conspicuous absence of physical contact between the dancers.
• And in Vilaro’s “Danzon,” Afro-Cuban social dance movements are fused with classical dance forms.
Overall, it will be a memorable evening, Mosier says. “It is enjoyable contemporary dance which the Fresno audience can easily connect with.”
Details: Ballet Hispánico, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, Saroyan Theatre. Tickets are $25-$62, with student discounts available.
Win tickets: I’m giving away a pair of tickets to Saturday’s performance of Ballet Hispánico. Here’s how you enter: Leave a comment on this post telling us if you’ve ever been to a Lively Arts Foundation production before. (Or, if you’re not sure, just say why you’d like to go to this performance.)
I’ll pick one winner at random. You’ll be able to pick up your tickets at Will Call. Deadline to enter is 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. I will email the winner on Friday evening.
Hello, Tiny Tim
If it’s the first weekend of November, it must be time for the kickoff of local Christmas theater. Good Company Players gets in on the act with its classic production of “A Christmas Carol,” now in its opening weekend. It runs through Dec. 23.
Noel Adams plays Scrooge. Dan Pessano directs. Somehow I think everything will turn out in the end.
I’ll be catching up with Adams soon to talk about ghostly visitations and such.
Details: Tickets are $20 general, $17 students and seniors.
And if that’s not enough pre-December Yuletide cheer for you, consider a road trip to Sonora’s mighty fine professional theater company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, for the opening weekend of the cheery musical “White Christmas.”
Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs. It’s playing at the Fallon House Theatre through Dec. 17. Jerry Lee directs.
Details: $37 general (adult and senior prices vary depending on day and time of performance), $20 children 17 and under.
And, keeping the holiday theme going until Santa’s reindeers run out of gas … Original photographs make great Christmas presents! Spectrum Art Gallery’s annual benefit event at Arte Américas includes a live and silent auction, food and beverages, and live music featuring the band Lisa’s Big Night Out.
Among the items available: an Ansel Adams print. This event is the primary annual fundraiser for Spectrum Art Gallery, a non-profit organization.
Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness Ave. The first live auction segment begins at 5. Tickets are $5.
Coro Solare, an ensemble of the Fresno Community Chorus, is in its second season as a daytime classical choir. It’s grown to more than 70 musicians, giving dedicated singers who’d rather rehearse during the day a musical outlet.
The group will perform Martini’s “Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina,” portions of Haydn’s “Little Organ Mass,” and Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine.” A professional string ensemble will provide accompaniment.
Anna Hamre conducts.
Details: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, College Community Church Mennonite Brethren, 2529 Willow Avenue, Clovis. Admission is free, and a goodwill offering will be taken.
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