Quick pick: Summer Arts, Session No. 2

The big idea: For a month, Fresno State host the annual CSU Summer Arts festival. The second of the two-week sessions kicks off today (Monday, July 16).

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The format: Read my Summer Arts overview post for a rundown. On almost every night of the week, you can attend a public performance or event featuring esteemed members of the Summer Arts faculty. The second session includes a number of literary readings from acclaimed writers. There’s also photography and TV news.

Highlight event: If you’re looking for the most crowd-pleasing Summer Arts performances, it’s a good bet to seek out the kick-off events for each two-week session. (All the Summer Arts students — who come from across the state and around the world — usually attend before they get too heavily involved in their own coursework.) This session the opening performance is “Stage Combat” (7 p.m. Monday, July 16, John Wright Theatre, $20). Guest artists Tony Carreiro, Collin Bressie and Nate Mitchell, all Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teachers, present a lecture detailing the ins and outs of stage combat choreography. They’ll demonstrate how they make everything look so real on stage and screen.

Other performances: Check out the Summer Arts calendar for details. My picks include poets Jasmine Mans and Yazmin Monet Watkins (7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, John Wright Theatre, $15); and TV journalist Bob Dotson (7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, John Wright Theatre, $15).


Don’t forget: The free student showcases at the end of the session (July 27 and 28). They’re a great way to connect with youthful creativity.

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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