TMR members: Win tickets to ‘This Is Our Youth,’ ‘Hot Flashes: The Musical’ and ‘Sunday Night Live’

I have a bunch of tickets to give away.

Which is a great thing, right? It means that the cultural scene is humming along, thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine and hard-working arts organizations.

Here are my giveaways.

Keyboard Concerts (Oct. 15)

The next Keyboard Concerts performance (7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15) features Israeli born pianist Ran Dank, who returns to the series together with his wife, Korean born pianist Soyeon Kate Lee. Both are prize winners at numerous prestigious competitions. The concert is sponsored by the Friends of Anita Shanahan in honor of her 102nd birthday. I’m giving away a pair of tickets. Deadline to enter: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.

California Opera’s ‘Norma’ (Oct. 17)

Edna Garabedian’s company is returning after a pandemic absence, this time featuring the classic Bellini opera “Norma” (2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17) at the California Arts Academy (North Blackstone location). Jamie Bonetto stars in the title role, with Todd Wilander, a Metropolitan Opera tenor, appearing as Pollione. With a live chamber ensemble and a troupe of dancers, the intimate production seats just 100 in the audience. I’m giving away a pair of tickets. Deadline to enter: 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.

‘A Scotch, Brew and Art Affair’ (Oct. 17)

The Edward O. Lund Foundation offers its annual fundraiser that raises money for art students at Fresno State. The event (4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17) at Campus Pointe) includes fine Scotch, fine beer and fine art — all loves of Ed Lund, who passed away several years ago — all wrapped up into a festive atmosphere that includes appetizers from Mad Duck Brewery. I’m giving away three pairs of tickets, so your chances of winning are increased. Deadline to enter: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.


‘CATS’ (Oct. 26)

Broadway in Fresno returns! “CATS,” the first production of the post-vaccine era, opens Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Saroyan Theatre — and you can be there on opening night. I’m giving away a pair of tickets to opening night. Deadline to enter: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20.

‘This is Our Youth’ (Oct. 29)

Fresno State’s Brad Myers directs Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed “This is Our Youth,” ranked one of “The 25 Best American Plays of the last 25 Years” by The New York Times. It opens Oct. 29 and runs through Nov. 6. I’m giving away a pair of tickets to any performance. Deadline to enter: 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25.

‘Hot Flashes: The Musical’ (Oct. 29)

Yes, there is a musical for everything, including hot flashes. The Visalia Players is turning up the temperature with this musical revue about an all-female rock band going through the “second half of life.” It opens Oct. 29 and runs through Nov. 21. I’m giving away a pair of tickets to any performance. Deadline to enter: Monday, Oct. 25.

‘Sunday Night Live’ (Oct. 31)

You don’t want to miss the next Good Company Players evening romp (7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.) Yes, there will be candy and a costume contest, along with music and improv comedy from Brunch, GCP’s improvisation troupe. I’m giving away a pair of tickets. Deadline to enter: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.

How to enter

Here are the ground rules:

Ticket giveaways are open only to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review. A free basic membership is available, and paid memberships start at $5 a month. (You can always opt for a one-time donation of as little as $3.) I love signing up new free members, but even better is adding members who are willing to financially support local arts journalism. It’s the only way this site can thrive. Memberships and donations are tax-deductible; The Munro Review is a non-profit site under the fiscal sponsorship of the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). To become a member, click here.

To enter, tell me which production(s) you’re hoping for by leaving a comment. You’ll find the comment field near the bottom of the page (just past my bio). Note the deadlines; they differ for each event. You’re welcome to enter for multiple events.

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 (21)

  • Cleo Bauer

    It is so great to be back to live performances!! Thank you for letting us know. Philharmonic has been fantastic!! Love what Rei is doing to bring new experiences and composers to us!

    I would like to win tix to Keyboard Concert Oct. 15, or CATS Oct 26.
    Couldn’t figure out how enter except with this comment box 🙂

    • Iris Badillo

      Yeah for live events being back!! My husband and I would love to attend “A SCOTCH, BREW AND ART AFFAIR”.

  • Alice J Pierson-Knapp

    Would love to see CATS.
    Thank you!

  • Robert Boro

    Thank you Donald for the wonderful write-up…. spot on…. as always. I truly appreciate you taking the time to honor Anita Shanahan who has been a patron of the arts for decades.

  • I’m so happy to have live events coming back!
    My husband is a big Scotch fan. We visited a bunch of distilleries when we visited Scotland in 2017 and early 2020, just before Covid shut down the world. I’d love to take him to the Scotch, Brew, and Art event.

  • Karina C Balfour

    I’ve seen three shows in the past couple of weeks and am back in rehearsals for another- so thrilled that the arts are back! It’d be great to win tickets to the Scotch, Brew & Art Event and/or This is Our Youth at FSU.

  • Courtney E Bautista

    So happy to see the return of live events, and I would love to see CATS!

  • Ernie G

    Very exciting! I’d love to attend Sunday Night Live

  • Terrance V Mc Arthur

    Cats, Hot Flashes, and/or Sunday Night Live, if you please.

  • Kevin Conorich

    CATS is one of my son’s favorite musicals. So excited for Broadway to be back

  • Kevin Conorich

    Am I going to enter for multiple events? Oh yes! Hot Flashes sounds like a lot of fun

  • Kevin Conorich

    This is Our Youth and this is me hoping to win

  • Kaila Igasan

    I’d love to see CATS!! I’m so excited to start seeing live productions again!

  • Iris Badillo

    I would love to see “CATS” too 🙂

  • Lisa Maria Boyles

    Hi Donald. We are interested in the A SCOTCH, BREW AND ART AFFAIR.” So glad to see your giveaways, signaling a return of in-person arts events.

  • julie

    Would love to take my niece to CATS!

  • Sally Hoagland

    We would enjoy Sunday Night Live on October 31.

  • Cheryl & Gunnar

    Hi Donald, thanks for (re) opening the season with a bang! We’d love to enter for Cats tickets – hope we made the deadline! 😻😻

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  • Caty

    I’d love to see Cats or Sunday Night Live!

  • Lisa Ovalle

    I would love to win tickets for THIS IS OUR YOUTH. Seems like a great play.


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