With eclectic backgrounds in ballet, Scottish Highland dancing, and environmental law, California Arts Academy co-owners and directors Julie Ann Keller and Christopher Campbell bring their students their own distinctive expertise and worldviews. Backed by a cadre of instructors, the duo strives to create a space where kids can freely express themselves through gymnastics and musical theater and can elaborate tap-dance routines that summon the ghost of Fred Astaire. California Arts Academy was also named Favorite for Children's Dance Classes, Art Classes, and Live Theater by the readers of the Central California Parent Magazine 2012-2014. Not content to just offer classes, Keller and Campbell hold semiannual auditions for their performances.
Since 1998, The Voice Shop has paired students with seasoned music instructors for one-on-one lessons held in the center of Fresno's historic Tower District. Those instructors draw from a wide range of experience: some have recorded music for feature films and video games, and others sing alongside classical symphony orchestras. The school tailors lesson plans to fit each student's interests and will even provide recording services or help organize performances.
After finding that the Fresno area lacked a laid-back wine bar with affordable prices, Daniel Renteria decided to open his own. Pinot Wine Bar and Bistro made its debut in December 2011, offering a mellow spot for couples, coworkers, and groups of friends to sample wines and a selection of small plates. Described by Renteria as “an alternative to a sports bar,” the wine bar and bistro aims for an intimate, unhurried atmosphere free of blaring TVs and indoor fireworks displays.
Wielding his signature harmonica, delta-blues artist James Cotton has become a legend in blues circles, having started in the Muddy Waters Blues Band and since performed with B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and other renowned artists. Watch the mouth-harp-playing phenomenon soulfully jam to classic blues tunes, such as “Don’t Start Me Talking” and “Sweet Sixteen,” as well as material from his newest record, Giant. Local blues-rockers Deja Blues will open, playing tunes that pay tribute to every style of American blues, from Mississippi Delta to Chicago shuffle to robot blues-rock, which focuses on the loneliness of 0s and 1s.
Since 1982, Good Company Players has enticed audiences with its first-rate stage creations inside 2nd Space Theatre's cozy, intimate space. Groupon customers thirsty for drama can quench their pangs with a ticket to any of the upcoming three productions, beginning with Born Yesterday (running through June 12), a politically revved satire centered on a corrupt mobster and his capricious lady friend as they navigate ethical road cones in the nation’s capital. A woman’s daily struggles with her love life, pitch-perfect sister, and nagging inability to open pickle jars is lovingly chronicled in Skin Deep (June 16–August 7), while audiences can behold the flexing of the troupe’s dramatic physique in Stalag 17 (August 11–October 9)—a suspenseful tale situated in a WWII German prison camp. All three shows carry a PG rating, rendering them ideal entertainment for the whole family.
Named for the famed German soprano, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall pays homage to a wealth of musicians during its slate of concerts. Throughout the year, the USBC music venue welcomes gospel choirs and symphonies to its stage, as well as wind ensembles that double as the venue?s air conditioning system.