On new episode of ‘The Munro Review on CMAC,’ a ‘Sweeney Todd’ duet. Plus: a new executive director for Arte Américas.

The latest episode of “The Munro Review on CMAC” is here, and it includes a lively interview with Joseph Ham and Phae Elfont, stars of the Visalia Players production of “Sweeney Todd.” (The show is in its final weekend, so it’s a perfect time to watch.)

You already met Elfont, who plays Mrs. Lovett, in an amusing Q&A interview a few weeks ago. And veteran theatergoers are familiar with Ham, who veers from his clean-cut image (I barely recognized him with his beard) as the title character. The pair sing a beautiful rendition of “My Friends” on the CMAC show.

Also on the episode: I have an interesting chat with Arianna Paz Chávez, the new executive director of Arte Américas. Big changes are in store for the cultural center thanks to a big grant from the state. We also talk about Arte’s exciting new exhibition, “Jose Montoya’s Resonant Valley.”

Here’s the episode:

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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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