Tim Tebow is coming to Fresno for the inaugural Inspire Gala, according to reports out of KMPH this afternoon.
The popular but embattled quarterback — known for his steamy good looks, unorthodox throwing and strong Christian faith — will be the star of the April 5 event at Fresno Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall. It’s a joint effort between Break the Barriers and Fresno Christian Schools. Tebow is reportedly getting paid $150,000 to appear. According to The Bee, tickets cost $150 and go on sale Feb. 19.
As we wait for Tebowmania to sweep through Fresno, we thought up 10 potential taglines that could swell interest among the masses. Something tell us organizers will pass, but what the heck, we’ll share with you.
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When the Central California Ballet on Saturday opens its annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the Saroyan Theatre, all eyes will be on Ethan and Nikki White, finalists in Paula Abdul’s recent “Live to Dance” TV show, who are dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. (I interviewed Ethan White for a piece in Thursday’s Life section.)
But there will be another sure-fire crowd pleaser. In the traditional Russian dance, eight gymnasts from Break the Barriers of Fresno will perform. The organization is dedicated to bringing together people of various abilities into the able-bodied world of sports and arts. The participating dancers are members of the organization’s gymnastics team.
The eight dancers have been rehearsing with the rest of the nearly 100-member cast for the ballet, which will be performed 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Russian dance has some of the most rousing music in Tchaikovsky’s ballet. Diane Mosier, the ballet’s artistic director, says the gymnasts are ready to put on quite a show.
“They can hurl their bodies in the air in a very awesome manner,” she says.
In fact, some of their routine couldn’t be practiced in the ballet company’s rehearsal space at Fresno’s In the Spotlight Dance Center, which has a 10-foot clearance. They had to wait until they got into the actual theater.
“We couldn’t do everything because the ceiling wasn’t high enough,” Mosier says.