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Cara Coronado @ Fresno Drag Festival

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  • Published: Wednesday, 29 August 2018 15:20
  • Written by Cara Coronado

Fresno's own Cara Coronado takes us on a tour of Fresno's first Drag Festival

Saturday: Fresno's First Drag Festival: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

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  • Published: Tuesday, 21 August 2018 00:00
  • Written by Jason Scott

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Purchase tickets in advance: general admission tickets ($25) or $30 at the door.

Please provide the following information when purchasing tickets: First, Last Name & Phone Number

ALL tickets will be available for pick up at WILL CALL.

 

The Runway

Runway Queens:
Avairrianna
Ariana Skye

Runway King:
Lez-he West

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Fresno's First Drag-Con: August 25th

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  • Published: Sunday, 22 July 2018 13:45
  • Written by Jason Scott

dragcon fresnoWill you be our FIRST Fresno DragCon Queen or King?

Have you wanted to be a Queen or King for the day?
We are looking for 3 people who would love to be transformed at our DragCon!

Once transformed you will walk down the Runway towards the stage and perform to win the title of Fresno’s FIRST DragCon Queen or King!

Purchase tickets in advance: general admission tickets ($25), VIP tickets ($75), (please note, VIP tickets are limited and will no longer be available for purchase at the door)

Please provide the following information when purchasing tickets: First, Last Name & Phone Number

ALL tickets will be available for pick up at WILL CALL.

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OUT on Stage - Tuesday

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  • Published: Friday, 20 July 2018 16:52
  • Written by Jason Scott

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Your first and only time to experience this in theaters! OUT On Stage is the absolutely hilarious and one-of-a-kind, originally produced comedy hosted by Zach Noe Towers - OUT Magazine’s “One of the 10 comedians to watch in 2018,” the comedian that Sarah Silverman calls, “So, SO, SO Funny”!

 

July 24th, 8PM at Regal Fresno Stadium 22, 250 Paseo Del Centro, Fresno

2018 Unison at Fresno Rainbow Pride Festival

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  • Published: Wednesday, 30 May 2018 15:24
  • Written by Jason Scott

Unison Tent at Fresno Pride Parade and Festival

Cinco De Mayo show

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  • Published: Tuesday, 01 May 2018 15:37
  • Written by Jason Scott

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Tacos!
Now that we have your attention, prepare yourself for amazing food and great entertainment. Our annual Cinco De Mayo show is right around the corner. Hosted by the talented Patricia de Leon - featuring your favorite local talent. All proceeds benefit the 2018 Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade and Festival (food provided by Tacos Marquitos!)

Doors open/dinner served 6:30pm-7:30pm $15 cover;
Show 8:00pm $10 cover.
An all ages event.

Falling in Love All Over Again

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  • Published: Sunday, 29 April 2018 14:46
  • Written by Brian T. Clark

tableWith an early Easter out of the way, I am ready to welcome Spring. It is the time of year when I find it increasingly hard to write as I stare out my window enjoying everything that is in full bloom. The bees and hummingbirds are fighting over the jasmine in the yard. The lilies and irises are popping up in the flowerbeds. It is the time of year that I fall deeply in love with my backyard all over again.

Is it really possible to fall in love with something all over again? Some people would say that you never really stopped loving it in the first place, but that you have just forgotten what it felt like.

Being married to the man of my dreams for over thirty years, I have found that what love feels like now has changed over the course of our several decades together. The butterflies fluttering in the belly stopped long ago. I no longer get tongue tied at the very sight of him when he walks into the room. These physical responses have been replaced with something else; an indelible sense of comfort that he knows I’m not perfect and yet he still loves me. He is the one person that slows me down, allows me to catch my breath, renews me. He is my soulmate.

These reassuring feelings of comfort happen over and over again. Just like in my yard, with the changing cycle of the seasons, the beauty is continually renewed and revealed in a multitude of ways and often takes me by surprise.

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The People's Victory: Free for a limited time

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  • Published: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:12
  • Written by Jason Scott

meusa book square v2 vBLimited time offer to receive free and discount copies of Marriage Equality USA's book, "The People's Victory," for you, your family, your friends, your local libraries and schools, your local PFLAG / GSA / etc. or anyone you like! 

Order discount paperback and hardcover copies. You may also download the free digital version for Kindle, iPad, Google Play, PDF and more at www.marriageequality.org/book.

WIN: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tickets – Oct 24 - 29

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  • Published: Saturday, 30 September 2017 07:22
  • Written by Jason Scott

Tickets start at only $29

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical comes to the Saroyan Theatre October 24 - 29, 2017
Ticketmaster is the official ticketing source for Broadway In Fresno and the Saroyan Theatre.

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll.  But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. 

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Michael Christopher Flores

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  • Published: Monday, 07 August 2017 10:10
  • Written by Sarah VanBindsbergen

Michael FloresArt is relevant in Fresno because this community needs it, the freedom to create is such a beautiful thing and sometimes it's all people have, I come from a community where training isn't likely because it's not practical to some people but passion I feel comes along way and a lot people I know have so much passion and heart to give to the arts, especially the younger generations. It's therapeutic for most of us.

A Fresno native may or may not realize the volume of art that is produced here, not to mention the artists who come out of Fresno and the surrounding areas. Some household names include Audra McDonald and Chris Colfer who have appeared onstage and onscreen, among several other talented individuals who call the Central Valley their home. Many artists start off young in capacities such as the Good Company Players Junior Company or at Bullard TALENT K-8 School. Some youth do theatre during high school and find a way to the community theatre stage. We see generations of artists come out of the valley in waves, going to schools known for their strength in the arts as well as artists who move to metropolitan areas to live their dream. Michael Flores, known as “Michael Christopher” as a choreographer, is a Madera native who has been a prolific part of theatre and the arts in the valley for the past few years, and is quickly growing a following through his artful and intellectual dance videos.

I have been involved in the arts in valley for only about 4 years, since I graduated high school in Madera. I had no idea what community theatre was because I only did the shows at my high school but when I graduated and discovered this community of people that loved the arts as much as I did I suddenly fell in love with the passion each person had toward theatre and performing. It wasn't until In The Heights at the Selma Arts Center where I had that chance to show what I can do creatively. I was trusted and I felt honored to put on a show so many people cared about.

While dance is Michael’s true passion, musical theatre and performance has given him a space to do and create what he loves. In addition to choreographing for the stage, Michael has also turned to the screen to market his work and share his art. A couple years ago, Michael began choreographing dances, then putting them into a short-film format to tell a story. Some videos are inspired by a piece of art, music, or pop culture, while others are modeled after politics and personal experience.    

The choreography videos are a personal thing to me if I am going through something emotionally I get through it by visually creating what's happening in my mind, I am in love with not just Dance but makeup, costumes, and pretty much anything with production value and I really try to make them a production because that's what I do… My favorite project I've worked on would have to be the Pacify Her Movement Piece which a lot people refer to as the "blue boy video" so many people related to the video which is truly best part! When you touch someone else through your work makes it a little more worth it. Most people don't know that the video was about me and a situation I was in, so when other people relate to the story it kinda makes me feel not so alone. Of course the actors and dancers were amazing emoting all of this, I seriously have some talented friends that make this all possible.

Flores has created a style and nuance through his work. Many of his pieces feature brightly colored paint and technical yet pedestrian choreography.  His work highlights local performers who are familiar to the Good Company Players, Stageworks Fresno, and Selma Arts Center stages, so the performers may be familiar to his audience as well. Michael’s pieces have not only created an extensive portfolio for his choreography projects, but also to highlight the talents of local performers and provide them with experience in the field. Despite the immense talent of himself and the performers that Michael works with, he constantly pushes his performers to improve and do better until his vision is achieved.

I feel like almost every choreographer and dancer should take an acting class. It's crucial in Dance, especially contemporary and lyrical where storytelling through the music is pivotal in the style. More depth needs to come out instead of having two emotions (happy and sad). A dancer is a story teller and acting is so important to me that I want to see the dancer go through all of the emotions the song,  putting them in with honesty and coming from a real genuine place. I try every time for my choreography to come from that place, real moments so that the audience can truly connect with your work. My biggest fear is being in-genuine.

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                Michael’s work has heart. There is depth behind all his projects whether they be a musical-theatre inspired piece or a personal soliloquy through dance. Michael’s projects are anything but in-genuine, and the valley needs to see more true art such as his.

                I would like to affect my community by promoting how we can be vulnerable and express our feelings through art, sometime being "strong" is touching when someone has overcome something and I think showing that struggle and making it empowering through art is beautiful.

Support the arts, love each other and be kind.

Keep up with Michael Christopher Flores on social media via Instagram @michaelchristopher17000 and on YouTube – Michael Christopher.

Review of The Full Monty

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  • Published: Saturday, 29 July 2017 16:01
  • Written by Jared Hanamaikai

StageWorks Fresno's production of The Full Monty has a lot to offer: great music, terrific singing voices, cute choreography, and pelvic thrusts. But what is most important was a network of love that transcended the boundaries of gay, straight, male, female, performer, and audience member. Today I heard some very unfortunate news, that Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington had committed suicide. In my opinion he was one of the best male vocalists of my generation. I went into this show feeling a little down and out, and looking for something. I wasn't sure what. I was like one of those emotional shoppers at the department store who was upset and unpredictable and not sure if I wanted flat front or pleated slacks. Only it wasn't slacks I was looking for. It was a man. Yes, I was looking for love in all the right places.

They grabbed my attention right away with a Chippendale dancer with a winning smile. Thank you for the tasty hors d'oeuvres, I thought. But where's the main course? It came as a two act 14 song musical that addressed themes of masculinity, insecurity, and ironically suicide. The suicidal character, who happened to be gay, was rescued from his car, that had a tube from the exhaust pipe coming through the window, by two straight best friends, Jerry and Dave, that he worked with. The first type of love we saw was unconditional. These two men showed him a type of friendship that would help him regardless if he was going to kill himself or choose to live. Finally having friends in his life, he chooses life over death. This was the character I fell in love with, Malcolm McGregor, played by Dominic Grijalva. Not only was he the best dancer and had strong vocal and acting technique. He was by all means the most excited of an extremely excited group of actors.

Notable were the songs performed by Jams Schott as Jerry Lukowski. His artistic choices in the form of jazzy vocal riffs really impressed me. Horse's song was a fun and testosterone filled eclectic celebration that reminded me of many of the great black men that have been in my life. I try to leave my personal biases out of the shows I watch. However in this space, the Clovis North HS Dan Pessano Theater, and on this day July 20, 2017, it was impossible. With such an intimate show, The Full Monty, we are uplifted by the love we have between husband and wife, father and son, friends and lovers. And once again I renew myself by saying like Malcolm, I choose life! I hope you do too. So gay guys, grab your best straight, and head over to see the Full Monty.

OITNB Season 5 Premiers June 9

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  • Published: Tuesday, 06 June 2017 17:05
  • Written by Jason Scott

One of the most-popular live-streamed TV series in history, Orange is the New Black, premieres its fifth season June 9, and it promises to be a roller-coaster ride.
Taryn Manning (Pennsatucky) was rumored to be leaving the cast but then denied those rumors. Lori Petty's Whitehill is on her way to the psych ward though Petty has said she will be appearing.
Orange is the New Black’s cast has grown exponentially since season one, from a story about Piper to a study on the diverse characters cooped up in Litchfield Penitentiary. The series stars Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Samira Wiley, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Netflix has repeatedly said Orange is the New Black is its most-watched original series. The series has backed up that claimed with numerous awards over its first three seasons, including 12 Emmy nominations and three wins for season one alone. Season two earned four Emmy nominations, with Uzo Aduba winning for best supporting actress in a drama.

Season four of Orange is the New Black left things on a pretty brutal cliffhanger. The inmates of Litchfield are rioting and Daya has retrieved a guard's gun and is pointing it directly at Officer Humphrey. It's a good bet that season five begins exactly at that point since the cliffhanger between seasons one and two was resolved nearly immediately.

Video: Fresno Rainbow Pride Parade 2017

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  • Published: Sunday, 04 June 2017 09:59
  • Written by Jason Scott
Please enjoy the entire Parade, video from LGBT Fresno:

INVITATION TO FRESNO RAINBOW PRIDE

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  • Published: Friday, 05 May 2017 13:39
  • Written by Jason Scott

Pride 2017
Attention Fresno Readers: take part in one of the largest community events of 2017! Join us for the annual Fresno Rainbow Pride event, scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd from 10AM to 3PM in Fresno’s historic Tower District. We encourage everyone to attend! Join community members from all over California’s Central Valley as they take part in the largest annual event in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) community. With a bounce house and kids’ area, and various food vendors, this is sure to be one of the most fun-filled events you will attend this year. All ages are welcome and we encourage you to invite all of your family and friends. This is a great way to personally show your support for all members of our community as we work to show inclusion in the Fresno area. Join us for this amazing community celebration as we honor our 27th anniversary. This is a beautiful testament to Fresno’s growing support for everyone in the community, and you can be part of it.

Fresno Rainbow Pride includes a parade, from 10AM to 11AM, through the heart of Fresno’s historic Tower District with various contingents who march in support of the LGBT+ culture and pride of the LGBT+ community. Among the organizations scheduled to march are Peace Fresno, Trans-E-Motion, the Fresno County Library, FAB, Bobby Salazar’s, the Fresno Democratic Women’s Club, and the St. Paul Catholic Newman Center. The festival portion, from 11AM to 3PM, will include food and merchandise vendors and informational booths along with a dynamic live entertainment tent. This is the perfect event for anyone looking for a good festival, safe space, and friendly people. Among the organizations scheduled to have a table during the festival are Positive Life, Fresno Stonewall Democrats, Wells Fargo, First Congregational Church of Fresno, Promesa Behavioral Health, Turning Point, Pink Panthers Movement Fresno, LGBT Fresno, and Planned Parenthood. Attendees can look forward to enjoying delicious food from our vendors including Erlinda’s Shaved Ice, and Jay’s Specialty Ice Cream.

Don’t forget to visit the entertainment booth to watch dynamic performances from local entertainers as well as visitors from out of town. Those expected to grace the stage are the Ray Moore Band, Priscilla McNamara, Camilla P. Davis, Sasha Allure and Deja Sky. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy both live bands, singers, and lip sync performances. At Pride, we like variety. Like with previous years, we will kick off the fun in the entertainment tent with a series of performances by the Raging Grannies, whose lyrics are as poignant as their personalities.

The theme this year is “One Step Starts A Movement” to show that we are a part of a movement and together we can be a powerful unified front. Your visible support during this special day helps us to build a stronger community in the Fresno area. More information can be found at fresnorainbowpride.com. We hope to see you there!

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA – May 16 - 17

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  • Published: Sunday, 23 April 2017 11:22
  • Written by Jason Scott

Tickets start at only $33

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA comes to the Saroyan Theatre May 16 - 17, 2017
Ticketmaster is the official ticketing source for Broadway In Fresno and the Saroyan Theatre.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.

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THE ILLUSIONISTS – April 26 - 27, 2017

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  • Published: Sunday, 26 March 2017 18:22
  • Written by Jason Scott

Tickets start at only $33

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Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Fresno, CA!
THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY comes to the Saroyan Theatre April 26 - 27, 2017

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing source for Broadway In Fresno and the Saroyan Theatre.

This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth.
THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.
This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

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The Christians - March 31-April 9

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  • Published: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 13:24
  • Written by Jason Scott

Tickets start at only $22
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By Lucas Hnath
Running Time:  90 minutes with no intermission

March 31 - April 9
Friday, March 31st @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 1st  @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinee, April 2nd @ 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 6th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 7th @ 7:30 p.m. *POST SHOW CABARET-10:00 P.M.
Saturday Matinee, April 8th  @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday Evening, April 8th  @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinee, April 9th @ 2:00 p.m.

Ten years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was a modest storefront. Now it houses thousands, with a coffee shop in the lobby and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs. Backed by a live choir, THE CHRISTIANS is both epic and unexpectedly intimate, an unflinching look at faith in America — and its power to unite or divide.       –A Fresno Premiere! 
Stage Works Fresno
The Fresno ART Museum-Bonner Auditorium
2233 North 1st Street, Fresno, CA 93703

There’s more to marriage than you think

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  • Published: Friday, 10 March 2017 13:50
  • Written by Terri Schlichenmeyer

The box was too small for a toaster.

There was no pony in there, no new car, not even a stuffed animal. The box was too small for all that, but it held so much more: dreams, ideas, happiness, congratulations! And if you’re lucky, your wise new fiance tucked “Before I Do” by Elizabeth F. Schwartz in the box with your beautiful engagement ring.

So you put a ring on it, made the proposal, and now you’ve got a wedding to plan. It’s all quite exciting, but slow down a minute. If you’ve grown up thinking that this day would never come, then you might not have thought about what marriage entails.

“LGBT people,” says Schwartz, “have not lived in a world with premarital guidance for LGBT couples. We have suffered systemic exclusion.”

Just because you can be married now is no reason that you should, she points out. Yes, you’re in love, and yes, you’ve been together forever but now’s the time to be sure you know exactly what you’re in for. That starts by asking yourselves a series of difficult but important questions.

Once you’ve gotten that (perhaps uncomfortable) part out of the way, be sure that any past relationships are completely and legally finished and “do not create confusion with multiple statuses with multiple people.” Know what paperwork you need in order to proceed, and what questions you’ll be asked as you’re filling it out.

This pre-wedding period is a good time to talk to a financial expert, a tax consultant, and a lawyer. Don’t trust word-of-mouth to protect your finances; the laws in your state may horrify you, if wedded bliss goes bust. Talk about debt: how much each of you has, and how you perceive it. Educate yourself on insurance coverage, asset protection, pre-nups, and estate planning.

And if all this preparation makes you start to think that maybe marriage isn’t such a good idea after all, Schwartz says it’s okay. There are valid reasons for not taking the plunge, and there are alternatives. One of them may be a much better fit for you.

Getting engaged is such an exciting time. Putting the brakes on everything isn’t the most romantic notion, but it’s maybe the most prudent. “Before I Do” explains why.

Though she says her advice in this book is appropriate for anyone, author Elizabeth F. Schwartz focuses more on gay and lesbian couples, as well as trans individuals and their prospective spouses. She does so, in part, because she feels that they’ve only seen marriage “on the fringes.”

That somewhat sets this book apart from the thousands of other wedding-planner books on bookshelves; what really makes it different, however, is that Schwartz admits her no-nonsense words may talk prospective brides and grooms out of having a wedding. Truth: Readers who might’ve somehow taken marriage lightly before will absolutely be convinced otherwise.

“Failure to plan has terrible consequences,” says Schwartz, and this book erases that omission. Read “Before I Do,” though, and rest assured that you can toast one another smarter.