Last year, the terrific CSU Summer Arts program returned to Fresno State after a five-year absence. This July, you can once again enjoy world-class music, dance, and arts performances at the university.
CSU Summer Arts is an international summer arts program of master classes and a festival of the arts. During the day, students study alongside some of the greats in their fields and, at night, a public arts festival gives the community an opportunity to experience the amazing talent of guest artists.
Tickets to the festival went on sale Monday. Here are some of the performances you can expect to see:
• Spectrum Dance Theater, a dance company led by visionary Donald Byrd based out of Seattle, Washington, with regional and national significance (July 2 at 7 p.m.). Spectrum will present their newest work, H.R.3244 (a reference to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000), which explores the emotional response to human trafficking and draws parallels to historical black slavery in the United States.
• An Evening of Comedy, presents belly-aching laughter, satire, curiosity, and a wee bit of snarkiness with comics from stage and screen (July 7 at 7 p.m.). See Dave Razowsky, Amy Seeley, Mike Ross, and Rachel Hamilton at their best and at the top of their games.
• Stage Combat, a lecture detailing the ins and outs of stage combat choreography, and demonstrating how they make everything look so real on stage and screen (July 16 at 7 p.m.).
• Bob Dotson, former NBC National News correspondent and one of the most honored storytellers of our time, will host a lecture on storytelling (July 19 at 7 p.m.).
I love where I live, and I also love what I do. I'm lucky to be able to work in a profession in which I get to build relationships; one that has me meeting new people each and every day and helping them to build new lives in my beloved city. I'm lucky enough to work in a profession in which I can marry cutting-edge technologies and marketing techniques to good, old-fashioned, nose-to-the-grindstone work. I am lucky enough to work in a profession that allows me to work as an advocate for my clients; to use every tool at my disposal to get a job done well for them, and with as little stress and expense as possible.
I love my city. I love my job. One inspires my excellence for the other.
Fresno? I say FresYES