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Director hopes ‘Streetcar’ will wow audience

An American classic is getting an update at Fresno State. The University Theatre production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” will premiere May 4 at the John Wright Theatre. Written by playwright Tennessee Williams, the play first premiered in 1947 and ...

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On ‘Golden Hour,’ Musgraves shines

In the liner notes of Kacey Musgraves’ third album, “Golden Hour,” the country songstress writes: “There are certain junctures that you can’t think your way through – you just have to feel. I found myself at one making this album.” ...

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Art pieces by men behind bars inspire at downtown Fresno exhibit

Among the many galleries featured during ArtHop last Thursday, one had a unique tie to Fresno State – and prisoners. “Insider Art: Exploring the Arts within Prison Environments” held its opening night at the M Street Art Complex in downtown ...

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Freshman looks to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics

Marc Castro is a Fresno State kinesiology major with a secret. But he doesn’t hide it. Aside from being a student, Castro is an internationally-known boxer, with world championship titles to prove it. “My biggest accomplishments [are] winning the junior ...

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‘Lydia’ to premiere Friday, directed by Latinx theater professor

Kenia Morales lies still on a bare mattress on the floor of the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre. She breathes deeply and opens her eyes, with a look of shock on her face. “She touched me and I flew. Touched ...

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Contemporary Dance Ensemble to premiere ‘Epistêmê’

University Theatre at Fresno State is premiering “Epistêmê” on Friday. It is the eighth-annual spring production by the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. The show will run through Feb. 24 in the John Wright Theatre. “Epistêmê” is the product of the portable ...

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Don’t fear the ‘vagina,’ monologue performers say

As Ashley Juskalian sat in the Cross Cultural and Gender Center’s offices, she listened to cast members practice their monologues. Juskalian and many others are part of Fresno State’s 2018 production of “The Vagina Monologues,” a play written by Eve ...

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Lambert lacks liveliness in Fresno

Miranda Lambert slowly walked onto the stage of the Save Mart Center as her band played, lacking much of the staging or choreography of other artists who have come to Fresno. It was a low-key entrance and set the tone ...

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Concerto competition prepares students for life after college

Matthew Smoke sits in a small practice room upstairs in the Music Building at Fresno State, waiting for his turn to perform a viola concerto. Nearly a year of practice has come to this moment. Smoke is just one of ...

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Between the Lines: Fresno through the eyes of one artist

Penguins in tuxedos. Vintage jeans. Self-published comics. The Fresno Fair. Laika, the Soviet space dog. Penguins in tuxedos. Vintage jeans. Self-published comics. The Fresno Fair. Laika, the Soviet space dog. These subjects are not unrelated; they are all parts of “Bookends,” ...

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He is showcasing his passion where it began

Doug Hansen sits surrounded by his illustrations bound in books and hung on the concrete walls of his second floor office at the Conley Art building. The Fresno State art professor, illustrator and author is getting ready to showcase his ...

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Q&A with David Burkman, director of ‘HAZE’

Q: Can you give me a brief summary of “HAZE” and why you think Fresno State students should see it? A: “HAZE” started out just like any other movie: a movie that we hoped would be entertaining and thought-provoking and ...

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‘HAZE’: Not your parents’ college movie

“HAZE” is not your typical movie about hazing. Sure, it may depict college life similarly to other college-themed movies, but what sets it apart is the exploration of choices in the lives of young adults. Inspired by research done by ...

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Brush up on your Shakespeare for ‘Verona’

I’m going to be honest. I had no idea what was going on while viewing the latest production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” by Fresno State’s University Theatre. This adaptation, directed by Brad Meyers, takes one of William Shakespeare’s ...

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Why ‘Wonder’ appeals to all ages

Unlike other coming-of-age films, “Wonder” is different. While the film may center around the life of one character, its focus on the separate storylines of each person makes for an engaging watch that is relatable for viewers who can identify ...

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Experimental Theatre Company does murder mystery

While Halloween may have passed, the theatrical nature of the holiday lives on in “And Then There Were None.” The upcoming Fresno State Experimental Theatre Company’s production takes the celebrated novel by Agatha Christie and transforms it into an immersive ...

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‘Native Son’ is ‘disorienting, but purposefully so’

Fresno State’s University Theatre premiered “Native Son” last Friday in the Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre to a full audience eager to get immersed in Chicago’s cold winter of 1939. The play is an adaptation of the novel by African-American ...

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Take Back the Night: Sexual assault survivors gain courage

As the sun set over the Henry Madden Library Tuesday, male and female students huddled together, encircling the Free Speech Area. They were waiting for night to fall. Since the beginning of the semester, the Cross Cultural and Gender Center ...

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