A grand giveaway, but hurry: Win tickets to Fresno Art Museum’s ‘Grand Gatsby’ Saturday fundraiser

A quick thought experiment: If F. Scott Fitzgerald could rejoin the land of the living for one night on Saturday, would he rather: 1) stand in line to see the new “Avengers” movie; or 2) a win a pair of tickets to the Fresno Art Museum’s big fundraiser titled “The Grand Gatsby Speakeasy and Casino Night”? The event is 7-11 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

I don’t think there’s any question. Not only would Fitzgerald be intrigued by the obvious allusion to one of his celebrated novels, he’d also perk up at the thought of 1920s decor and gaming tables, silent movies in the Bonner Auditorium, specialty craft cocktails, craft beer from Full Circle Brewing Company, a cigar bar, light hors d’oeuvres from Mama Mia’s and Elbow Room, and musical entertainment with a 1920s flair, including singer Olga Bergstrom. (She’ll be wearing a slinky, jet-black and red silk flapper dress.) And, besides, if he really wants, Fitzgerald can catch “The Avengers” at a matinee.)

The museum will feature swanky 1920s decor. A highlight will be numerous Pop Laval photos and large posters of the period on display, giving a local flavor to the history.

Tickets to the event are $40, but I have a last-minute giveaway opportunity for you. You can win a pair of those tickets by entering. (And no worries if you don’t have a spare flapper dress hanging in your closet for last-minute social invites; dressing up is encouraged but not required.) The best part, of course, is that all proceeds go to the museum. If you’d rather make your attendance a sure thing rather than rely on Lady Luck, you can buy tickets right now. 

The contest is open only to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review. Tax-deductible memberships start at $5 a month, and you can make a one-time donation of as little as $3. (Paid memberships help keep the site running, and paid members get special members-only benefits. Please consider a paid membership in support of independent, local arts journalism.) A free membership option is available. For details on how to join, go to the Membership and Sponsorship page. No purchase, donation or membership is necessary to enter the ticket giveaway.

To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post (see below) answering this question: If you could visit any decade for just one night, what would it be? (Or if you’re too shy about telling us about your longtime fantasy of going back to 1973 so you can wear macrame sweater vests, just tell us why you’d like to attend.) The winner will be picked at random and notified by email. This is a very tight turnaround: The deadline is 9 p.m. Friday (in other words, tonight!) I’ll email the winner before midnight.


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Comments (8)

  • Benjamin Boone

    1930’s so I could hear classic Louis Armstrong and see my parents as kids….

  • Jennifer Earle

    Back to the 50’s. I am celebrating my 60th reunion this weekend. Since i graduated in 1959 we danced to 50’s music during High School. So, i can’t attend the Gatsby affair, but my granddaughter would love to go.


    I would to go back in time to the 20,s The Great Gatsby has always been my favorite book. I even named one of my cats Jordan. Also to have met Hemingway. Great fun.

  • Silvia Fisher

    I would love to back to the 50s and wear poodle skirts 😉

  • Cathy Dunlap

    I have always been fascinated with the era of Gatsby. I have loved the book since high school and I just watched the movie again last week. I would love to go!

  • Holly

    I would like to go back to the 40’s because why not?

  • Julie

    Art Deco is the best! The 1920’s

  • Edith Barnette

    The Gatsby Era—how fun! Read the book twice; would certainly enjoy the atmosphere and ambience of the evening. I think this would have been an interesting decade (20’s-early 30’s) to live in if one could hobnob with the affluent.


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