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Donald’s Top 20 Cultural Events of 2013


Here’s my Sunday column. What do you think?

UPDATE: In abbreviated form, my Top 20 events:

1. Inon Barnatan, Fresno Philharmonic.
2. Constantine Pappas in “The Barber of Seville,” California Opera.
3. “Breakthrough,” Fresno Art Museum.
4. The ensemble cast of Fresno State’s “Clybourne Park.”
5. Josh Montgomery’s choreography in “A Chorus Line.”
6. Kurt Fitzpatrick’s “Cathedral City,” Rogue Festival.
7. National tour of “Dreamgirls.”
8. Jeremy Denk, Keyboard Concerts.9.
9. “Double Vision: Images in Fabric,” 1821 Gallery & Studios.
10. Mark Applebaum, Fresno New Music festival.
11. Mozart Requiem, Fresno Philharmonic.
12. The 40th anniversary of Good Company Players.
13. Sara Gettelfinger in “Grey Gardens.”
14. Terry Lewis in “I Am My Own Wife.”
15. M Street Arts Complex.
16. “New Wrinkles Turns Silver,” Fresno City College.
17. Danielle Jorn and Leslie Martin in a scathing site-specific production of ” ‘Night, Mother,” Organic Theater Factory.
18. Francisco Vargas’ work in the Arte Américas exhibition “Nothing Wasted.”
19. “Soft as Animal,” Fresno Dance Collective.
20. Fred Bologna’s direction of “Young Frankenstein,” Good Company Players.

On the jump: I asked Facebook friends to share some of their suggestions for my list.


When I opened up the floor on Facebook, I received lots of great suggestions, many of which (alas) didn’t make my list. Among them:

  • Children’s Musical Theaterworks’ “Beauty and the Beast”
  • CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
  • StageWorks Fresno’s “Les Miserables”
  • StageWorks Fresno’s “God of Carnage”
  • Danzantes Unidos Festival, which drew more than 1,000 dancers to Fresno in the spring
  • Fresno State’s “Our Town”
  • Fresno Reel Pride
  • The Artist Paint-Around at A Sense Of Place and the Fresno Art Hub
  • Fresno Community Concert Band’s October concerts “A Band Sampler” and their annual holiday concert “Sleigh Bells Ring”
  • Alan Ross show, Spectrum Art Gallery
  • Jessupalooza send-off event for Bryan and Edie Jessup
  • FCC Jazz Composers Orchestra concerts
  • Fresno Community Chorus: two Magnificats
  • Reedley’s River City Theatre Company’s “Les Miserables”


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