‘Fresno Famoso’: Watch the debut of our real-time arts showcase at 7 p.m. Sunday

Yes, we’re all sheltering-and-placing, but the show can still go on. I’ve connected with three great people who have strong connections to the Fresno arts scene to help put together “Fresno Famoso,” a new, real-time arts showcase that will debut at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22 — yep, that’s tomorrow! It’ll be live on Facebook.

What can you expect? An eclectic lineup brought to you by Malcolm Sosa, Joshua Tehee, Teresa Flores and I. I’m responsible for one segment, and for the first episode — with the help of the Fools Collaborative — I’ve lined up some great guests:

Emma DenBesten, stellar musical-theater veteran (and the star of the Good Company Players production of “The King and I,” now on hiatus), will sing live for us.

• Jazz phenomenon Benjamin Boone will play for us and talk about his new album, “Joy,” which was released March 20.

Kyle Lowe, man of many talents, will perform on his guitar.

Other guests on the show will include folks from Inner Ear Poetry, along with Charles Montgomery, a world-class B-boy out of SE Fresno, and music historian Sean Slusser discussing Fresno hip hop culture. Plus: a special appearance by Amber Fargano of Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries!


Here’s a promo video (featuring intro music by Ultra Diamonds) we put together Saturday for Facebook and YouTube so you can get a taste:

My fellow producer Flores says it best: “It’s hard, sad, and uncharted out there right now. Lots of artists have lost their gigs and public performance venues. Fresno Famoso hopes to bring you some light while opening up a platform for artists to share their work, sell their art, merch and services and bring in donations.”

Where can you watch the show? Go to the Fresno Famoso Facebook page (or my Facebook page) for the live feed. We’ll also put the episode up on YouTube. See you Sunday at 7!

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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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