The mission of the Fresno Philharmonic is to present high quality, live orchestral music to audiences throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Inherent in this statement is a commitment to education and outreach, and a requirement that the mission be carried out in a financially responsible manner.
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.
Beneath the ultra-hip Tower Theatre’s neon-tube lighting, ultraviolet murals, and restored marquee, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks will unleash a set list of genre-spanning tunes, including his classics “I Scare Myself” and “Canned Music.” Lovingly dubbed as "folk jazz" by the savvy singer, Hicks' tunes effortlessly coalesce elements of swing, jazz, folk, and country in a melodious fusion of styles, resulting in dynamic live performances and confused back-up dancers. Shielded by sharp-dressed sensibility, Hicks injects refreshing touches of humor into his tunes, crooned in a laid-back fashion that's punctuated by his infamous onstage wit. Groupon customers can redeem their Groupons before the show or at the venue, but general-admission seats are first-come, first-served.
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.
The Roots & Boots Tour corrals three country stars—Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, and Sammy Kershaw—to perform acoustic versions of more than 40 Top 10 hits. After opening sets by local country duo Whisky Row and LA-area five-piece The Doo-Wah Riders, the headliners will light up the stage faster than a Shakespeare troupe wearing firefly chainmail. With hard-hitting songs such as “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” and a hobby as a competitive bodybuilder, Tippin has earned the nickname “Hillbilly Hercules.” Sammy Kershaw turns to his Louisiana upbringing to pepper singles such as "Cadillac Style” with Cajun-style vocals and to treat audience tongues to dabs of complimentary hot sauce. Grammy winner Joe Diffie will showcase his own repertoire of chart-toppers, including 1994’s “Pickup Man.”
Friday Night Live, a hybrid evening of stepping satisfaction, begins with a 50-minute beginner or intermediate/advanced ballroom-dance lesson led by BallroomLIVE's expert instructors. After repairing your pair of left feet, enjoy dinner and cocktails at 7:30 p.m., and then delve into dancing until 10 p.m. Use the night as a chance to implement freshly refined steps or to simply enjoy an active soiree with dance-minded minglers. For additional pre- or post-event education, check out today's feature deal for three group-dance lessons at BallroomLIVE.
In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.