1. A TWIST ON ‘BEAUTY’
Leave it to director Joel Abels to come up with a fresh take on the oft-seen “Beauty and the Beast.” His new StageWorks Fresno show, which features a youth cast up to age 16, uses small “object” or tabletop puppets designed by Matthew McGee, pictured below. A tip: Get tickets early. This is a small venue. Read about the show in today’s 7 cover story.
2. FROLIC WITH SHAKESPEARE
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Woodward Shakespeare Festival’s production of “The Comedy of Errors” is not to be missed. Here’s my full review. The show runs through July 16, so you only have two weekends left.
3. FREE STUDENT CULMINATIONS
What’s better than paying for a ticket to see a great Summer Arts event? How about getting in free? It’s time for the student culminations at the end of the first half of the festival at Fresno State. The events serve as a way for students to showcase what they’ve learned in the last two weeks, and they’re often wonderful. (And did I mention free?) I run down the schedule in Friday’s issue of 7.
4. FRESNO FILMWORKS
If “Horrible Bosses” or “Transformers Part 62″ isn’t your idea of a great night at the movies, give Fresno Filmworks a try. Tonight only at the Tower Theatre, in the latest from the monthly series, is “Incendies,” a film that I describe as an “odd, sprawling film that keeps pulling you toward a conclusion that somehow, deep down, you know you don’t want to reach.” It plays 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Read my review in Friday’s issue of 7.