Now streaming: the September episode of ‘The Munro Review’

We focus on three big stories in the September episode of “The Munro Review” on CMAC: the official grand opening of Vernissage, a new gallery in the Fresno High area, on Sept. 14; the opening of “The Last 5 Years,” a StageWorks Fresno production, which runs Sept.7-16; and a sneak peek at the new look and membership/sponsorship structure for The Munro Review.

For our Vernissage story, producer Kyle Lowe and I went on location to explore this cozy new gallery and get to know Ma Ly, the owner. We also talked to Stephanie Ryan, who is the featured artist for the grand opening. Along with that event on Sept. 14, you’ll also be able to visit the new gallery at September Arthop on the 6th.

Our “Last 5 Years” coverage includes an in-studio interview with director Joel Abels, a Skype interview from New York with stars Taylor Abels Rodriguez and Daniel Abels Rodriguez, and also a special song performance from Taylor and Daniel that they recorded in Fresno after they arrived from New York. (The travel and taping schedules got complicated!)

Here are two bonus online features available that you won’t find in the regular 30-minute version of the show. One is an extended version of the Vernissage piece, including a longer interview with featured artist Stephanie Ryan and an interview with gallery instructor Diane Abbott:


And you get an extended version of Taylor and Daniel’s songs:

Finally, the third big story is about me. On Sept. 4, I’m debuting a redesign of the site that includes a new membership and sponsorship structure. Voluntary memberships will help support the site — and members will be the ones who get to enter my ticket giveaways. (There will be no paywall. I want the site to be free.) When you watch the show, you’ll get to see examples of pages of the new site.


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.

Comments (2)

  • Stephen

    I can’t wait to become a member and support you with this invaluable service you provide.

  • Jackie Ryle

    While I have thoroughly enjoyed all your shows, this is my favorite. Perhaps due to featuring some of my favorite artists in Fresno (and New York!) and also the new and fresh advent of your website and offering, new gallery and new StageWorks Fresno production. You so beautifully present the Fresno arts scene! Thank you, Donald


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