UPDATE: Win tickets to see ‘Thor’



UPDATE: The 10 winners have been randomly selected to see the early screening of “Thor” Tuesday night. The winners are Luis, Julio, Gabriel, Alex, cj1, Precious, bradley, Miguel, Patrick and Danielle.

Thank you to everyone who sent the very funny comments. Keep an eye on the Beehive for more movie screenings.

ORIGINAL POST: The summer movie season starts with thunder and lightning through the release of “Thor” on May 6.

The film, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, is based on the Marvel Comics series. Thor’s a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions rekindle an ancient war. That earns him banishment to Earth.

We want to give you a chance to get a jump on the summer season by giving away tickets to the 7:30 p.m. May 3 advance screening of the action movie.

Ten winners will get two reserved seats to see the early screening. These are reserved tickets, so you won’t be herded like cattle into that long line, but are guaranteed great, premium seats.

All you have to do to is leave a comment telling us what you would do if you had Thor’s hammer for one day. Knock down a wall? Drive one million nails? Hammer all over this land?

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The ten winners will be randomly selected from all of the commenters. You have until 1 p.m. Friday to enter.

Check out the pesky rules and regulations below.

Best ‘Jersey Shore’ spoof. Ever.

What happens when two cast members of the currently running Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” perform from the transcripts of reality show “Jersey Shore”? Hilarity.

Playbill.com has posted a five-part series featuring Santino Fontana and David Furras as “they ruminate on the insulting name Angelina, bananas and peaches, doctors and ‘hooking up.’ ” — all delivered in period-costume and style.

My favorite moment comes in the second part when Fontana, clad in his fastidious blue polka-dot bowtie and red striped shirt, declares: “I will f—in’ attack you like a squirrel monkey.”

If you get all the way to Part 5, there are even outtakes at the end.

Donald’s weekend picks


I’ve already told you on the blog about several weekend-pick-worthy events going on this weekend: the Fresno Philharmonic’s last Masterworks concert of the season (here’s my story in Friday’s issue of 7); the world premiere of the opera “The Sisters of Manzanar” at the Warnors Theatre with keynote speaker George Takei of “Star Trek” fame (another 7 story by me here); and the San Joaquin Chorale’s Saturday spring concert at the First Congregational Church.

Here are two more picks:


ORGAN A-PLENTY: The “8 Guys and a Doll Organ Concert” features — you guessed it — eight men and one woman playing the organ. Sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the concert is a benefit for the Fresno Pipe Organ Academy pre-collegiate scholarship of the Central California Youth Performance Awards Competition. Event organizer Laurell writes:

There are nine performers, counting Slaten Van Saun. Of the group, he is the oldest, yet newest to the organ and will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Four organists are collegiate level: Tyler Baker, Cactus Harris, Sheridan Haskell and Tyrell McKenzie.The four in high school are Luke Shrestha of Fowler High, Hannah Zentner from Kingsburg High, and Christopher Herrick and Ethan Peterson, both of University High.

They are all presenting their polished pieces in preparation either for competition, college entrance, church service or something else special. It is a culmination of their combined efforts in learning the pipe organ plus their individual talents that led the Fresno Pipe Organ Academy to invite them to perform.

The 3 p.m. Sunday concert is at the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, 280 W. Shaw Ave.

Frankie J gets serious about acting

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Frankie J _1.JPG Platinum-selling recording artists Frankie J makes his acting debut in the new mun2 offering “RPM Miami.” The pop star, whose hits include “The One” and “How To Deal,” will play a mechanic on TV’s first bilingual drama.

It’s a drama, but I don’t expect him to be all that serious. Asked if we was doing the show as a way to promote his music, Frankie J smiles and says, “But of course, of course. This is why I did it. No, I’m just playing with you.”

His serious response is that music has helped him to get into acting. He’s found acting a big change but will never get too far away from his musical career.

“It’s a whole ‘nother world for me. And, they’re allowing me to put some of the new music into this series,” says Frankie J. “You’ll definitely hear some Spanish songs, some English songs. Bilingual songs in the series as well. So this is going to be a very interesting journey for me and, I think, for all of us.”

You rate the look: Princess Kate’s wedding dress


UPDATE: I added a couple more photos.

There’s going to be a lot of talk dissecting every detail of the royal wedding. I can just imagine the debates over whether The Kiss was too short? What I care the most about is what people thought of Kate’s wedding dress. I thought she looked gorgeous and that the 1950s-inspired dress by Alexander McQueen suited her comfortable elegance. She looked like she felt good in what she was wearing, and to me, that is the most important thing. But I’m not sure the fashion world will see it as a victory because some are already saying the dress wasn’t very fashion forward.

What do you think? You rate the look.


Entertainment this weekend


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“Prom”: The feature film is aimed at a young audience but the themes are universal enough that anyone who went to a prom or wanted to go to a prom can relate. While the film’s central couple aren’t overly interesting, the supporting players are a lot of fun.

“20th Century: America at War”: The one-hour documentary series that Mike Wallace hosted in the ’90s has been packaged into DVD sets. This release includes 10 episodes that focus on American military actions. Archival footage is mixed with expert analysis from journalists, military leaders and historians to look at from how America got involved in military conflicts to the soldiers who survived the battles.

“Smallville,” 8 p.m. tonight, KFRE (Channel 59.1): There are only a few episodes of the series left and the transition of Clark Kent to Superman continues. The latest episode looks at what happens when Clark realizes there must be an escape portal from the prison area of the Phantom Zone.

The Beehive Interview: Roy Klassen of the San Joaquin Chorale

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In Friday’s 7 section I highlight the spring concert of Fresno Pacific University’s San Joaquin Chorale, which performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church. I caught up with conductor Roy Klassen via email to talk about the concert. Here’s the extended interview:

Question: How did you put this spring concert program together? Do you try for a wide variety of music?

I always seek for a variety of music from older, Renaissance pieces through 21st century choral compositions, including those of our accompanist, Kevin Memley. I’ve divided the Spring program into sacred and secular sections. The first, sacred, is all 20th century music and includes the William Mathias piece written for Prince Charles and Diana Spencer’s wedding in 1981. The second half (secular) begins with an homage to pieces written about the theme of ‘music’. We open with a madrigal by Gallus and end with an American Folk song arrangement by Ken Berg.

Win tickets to ‘The Sisters of Manzanar’ and ‘Star Trek’s’ George Takei



UPDATE: Our winner is Ilene Flores. Congrats!

ORIGINAL POST: Lots of giveaways this week on the Beehive. Here’s a prime one for opera fans. I have two tickets that will go to lucky reader for the 1:30 Sunday benefit performance (and world premiere) of California Opera’s “The Sisters of Manzanar” at the Warnors Theatre.

The opera, which I write about in Friday’s 7 section, is about the internment of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent in camps in World War II. It includes a pre-show by the Clovis Heiwa Taiko Drummers and a post-show keynote address by actor George Takei, who will talk about his family’s experiences in the camps.

To enter just leave a comment below. Deadline is 2 p.m. Friday. I’ll draw one winner at random and notify him or her by email. Please leave a real e-mail address, and please check it Friday afternoon, because if I can’t connect with the winner within a reasonable period of time, I’ll draw again. You’ll be able to pick tickets up at Will Call. You’re ineligible if you’ve won something in the past 30 days. Complete rules on the jump.

Pictured: Lori Rohrs, George Takata and Miwako Isano, all featured in “The Sisters of Manzanar.” (Eric Zamora / The Fresno Bee)

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