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You can win tickets to 9 upcoming Summer Arts shows — including Diavolo

Summer Arts got off to a bouncy and good-hearted start Monday night with the antics of Bossy Flyer, a nimble duo that brought together acrobatics, mime, dance, a spray bottle of Clorox and lots of comedy in a fresh and invigorating performance. Taylor Casas and Cynthia Price, both Summer Arts instructors in the “Dynamic Partnering” course, offered a whimsical take on “The Odd Couple.”

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Bossy Flyer performed Monday.

One of the best things about them was their ability to be “small” in their performances when need be, from vocals to movements to comic double-takes — and then save the big gestures for the most impactful moments. (One of the reasons I often don’t connect with mimes is because I perceive so many of them to be constantly mugging and overacting.) Casas and Price show that subtlety can work wonders: the slightest flick of a wrist, the gentlest mumble, the smallest raise of an eyebrow, all of which can convey an intention with far more exactitude than being broad and brassy. Plus, their chemistry together is just fierce and funny. The show would be a hit at any fringe festival. (Indeed, they were the winner of the 2018 San Diego Fringe Outstanding Physical Arts Award.) Perhaps they will put Fresno’s Rogue Festival on their calendar?

Pictured above: The Diavolo dance company performs July 19, and you can win tickets. Photo: Summer Arts

The rest of Summer Arts unfolds in front of us like a great big picnic dinner just unveiled on the lawn. For the next four weeks, there are so many interesting lectures and performances to ponder. But that time will fly by. I encourage you to check out the calendar now and note which things you want to attend.

And to make things even easier, I’m giving away tickets to nine selected events. Most of the following events are $25 a ticket, so winning a pair is a pretty good deal. Remember that these ticket giveaways are open only to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review. (A free membership is available.) Details are below. To enter any of these giveaways, leave a comment on this post (and be sure to tell me which event you’re hoping for). You’re welcome to enter for multiple events, but be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.

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Here’s what you can win:

• 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, John Wright Theatre: a pair of tickets to Richard Carter and Daniel Keys’ painting lecture. (Daniel, if you recall, is the Fresno painter who has achieved great things in the art world; I wrote about him in March). Because of the tight turnaround, I’ll give these tickets away to the FIRST member who responds with a comment asking for them on this post.

• 7 p.m. Friday, July 5, John Wright Theatre: a pair of tickets to “Souls in Process: An Evening of Solo Plays” featuring Kayla Kearney and Robert Lee Hart. Entry deadline: 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. Leave a comment on this post asking for these tickets specifically.


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• 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Concert Hall: a pair of tickets to “An Evening of French Piano Music.” Artists include Jeffrey LaDeur, Gwendolyn Mok and Richard Shuster. Entry deadline: 10 a.m. Friday, July 5. Leave a comment on this post asking for these tickets specifically.

• 7 p.m. Monday, July 8, John Wright Theatre: a pair of tickets to “Swords and Shakespeare,” a combat presentation. Entry deadline: 2 p.m. Friday, July 5. Leave a comment on this post asking for these tickets specifically.

• 7 p.m. Monday, July 15, John Wright Theatre: a pair of tickets to Indira Pensado’s solo performance of “Crastchep,” which synthesizes dance, music and theater to create an abstract portrait of the soul. Entry deadline: 2 p.m. Friday, July 12. Leave a comment on this post asking for these tickets specifically.

• 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, John Wright Theatre: a pair of tickets to Diavolo, the renowned Los Angeles-based dance company. In 2017, Diavolo was one of the Top 10 contestants to reach the finale of “America’s Got Talent.” This performance is the most anticipated of the Summer Arts season. Entry deadline: 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 16. Leave a comment on this post asking for these tickets specifically.

• 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20: a pair of tickets to readings by authors Terese Marie Mailhot (“Heart Berries: A Memoir”) and Lidia Yuknavitch (“The Book of Joan”). Entry deadline: 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. Leave a comment on this post asking for these tickets specifically.

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You can win tickets to Natsuko Ohama’s solo show.

• 7 p.m. Monday, July 22: A pair of tickets to a solo performance by Natsuko Ohama of “Morgan O-Yuki Snow Fragrance,” a story centered on the famed geisha. Entry deadline: 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Leave a comment on this post asking for these tickets specifically.

• 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24: A pair of tickets to an Afro-Caribbean jazz concert featuring such artists seven-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos and multiple Grammy Award-winner Doug Beavers on trombone. Entry deadline: 2 p.m. Friday, July 19. Leave a comment on this post asking for these tickets specifically.

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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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Comments (21)

  • javier cabrera

    Hi Donald! Hope your summer is going amazing. I would like to request a pair of tickets to the 7 p.m. Friday, July 19 Diavolo show! What a treat to experience this! Thank you for your consideration.

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  • Jim Wilson

    Put me down for two for the Afro-Caribbean jazz concert on July 24. Thanks.

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  • Cleo Bauer

    A summer keyboard concert times 5 it sounds like—an Evening of French Piano music sounds just wonderful for a Sat nite

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  • Cleo Bauer

    Would love to experience Diavolo LIVE. Sounds wonderful

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  • Linda Ramirez

    Souls in Process sounds interesting to me.

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  • Linda Ramirez

    The July 22 Geisha story would be very cool.

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  • Helen Ashford

    Looking forward to this performance: Afro-Carribean Jazz concert on July 24th.

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  • Caty Perez

    I would love to attend Diavolo!

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  • Caty Perez

    We would love to attend Swords and Shakespeare!

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  • Steph

    Diavalo x 1,000,000!!

    When those dancers fling themselves as far as they can to certain death, only to be caught?

    Stunning.

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  • Edith Barnette

    The Afro-Caribbean jazz concert July 24 would be a real treat. I’d love to attend!

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  • Edith Barnette

    I’ve always admired the Japanese culture, and Natsuko Ohama’s geisha solo performance will be outstanding I’m sure. Tickets would be greatly appreciated and enjoyed!

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  • Jerry Palladino

    Hi Donald. I would appreciate a pair of tickets for the French Piano Music Recital on July 6 at 7:00 pm. Jerry Palladino.

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  • linda sward

    Hi Donald, I would like to try for to tickets to 3 quite different events : Diavolo Dance Co on 7/19 – – looks amazingly dynamic; Natsuko Ohama’s performance of a famed geisha on July 22; and the Afro-Caribbean Jazz concert on 7/24. Any [all!] look great!

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  • Gloria Burrola

    Afro-Caribbean Dance Concert! We would ❤️ love ❤️ to attend.

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  • Cleo Bauer

    Afro Caribbean Dance Concert–sounds to interesting to miss. We would love to see it!

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  • Cleo Bauer

    Would enjoy learning more about the Geisha culture by attending the performance.

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  • Janet Mills

    Thank you for the free ticket offer to see the CSU Summer Arts programs. I would appreciate a pair of tickets to see the Diavolo Dance Co.

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  • Sue

    I would love to win tickets to Diavolo on 7/19.

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  • Becky R

    Would greatly appreciate Diavolo tix!

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  • Phyllis

    Diavalo, please.

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