This week in entertainment: ‘Selena’ anniversary, CineCulture screening, ‘Native Son’

Award-winning producer Moctesuma Esparza will be at Fresno State on Wednesday for the anniversary of his film “Selena.” (

Mary-Denise to perform Tunes at Noon

Tunes At Noon will feature alternative pop-rock band Mary-Denise on Wednesday in The Pit. The event is free and open to the public. For questions or accommodations, contact Student Involvement: 559-278-2741.

Moctesuma Esparza to visit campus

Fresno State will honor award-winning producer Moctesuma Esparza on the 20th anniversary of his film “Selena” during a fundraiser celebration at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Maya Cinemas. Reservations for the private reception are $60 and include admission to a viewing of the film at 7 p.m. and movie treats. For reservations: Proceeds will support students of the Dream Success Center at Fresno State, known as Dreamers. Student tickets for just the film viewing are $6.

There will also be free festivities for the general public sponsored by Student Involvement from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Campus Pointe that will include dancing, a live singer, performances and a Selena look-a-like contest.

Prior to the 20th anniversary celebration, Esparza will take part in a lecture and Q&A in North Gym Room 118 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For more information on these events, contact Yvette Angeles at or 559-278-7137.

USU Night of Horror

USU Productions is hosting a “Night of Horror” on Thursday from 8 to 11 p.m. at the USU Balcony. The event is free, and there will be a tarot card reader, DJ, magician, caricaturist, costume contest, games and more. There will also be a Bulldog Bowl special at the bowling alley, which includes $1 games and free shoes. Students can get 50 percent off billiards with a valid Fresno State ID.

Two comedy shows coming to Save Mart Center

Two comedy shows have just been announced at the Save Mart Center. The first is “The Comedy Get Down,” happening on Dec. 29 at 8 p.m., which features comedians Cedric “The Entertainer;” Eddie Griffin; D.L. Hughley; and George Lopez. Ticket prices are $89.75, $65.75 and $49.75.

The second show is headlined by The Tenderloins, stars of truTV’s “Impractical Jokers,” and will take place on June 10, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $153 and $52.75.

Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the Save Mart Center box office.

CineCulture to screen ‘Nowhere to Hide’

CineCulture presents a screening of “Nowhere to Hide” with a discussion led by director and writer Zaradasht Ahmed on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium. The film runs for 86 minutes, is in Arabic with English subtitles and is free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

‘Native Son’ opens Friday

Fresno State University Theatre presents its second show of the 2017-2018 season, “Native Son,” by Nambi E. Kelley, adapted from the novel by Richard Wright, directed by Thomas Whit-Ellis. Opening night is Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre. The production will run Oct. 27 through Nov. 4. For specific times, dates and ticket prices, visit or contact the box office at 559-278-2216 or Due to adult language and themes, “Native Son” is intended for mature audiences only.

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