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Win tickets to Prestige at Arte Americas Nights in the Plaza

nightsFresno’s summer days can be brutal. But our nights … our nights are so very lovely.

Which is why Arte Americas hosts a series of Friday-night concerts in it outdoor pavilion each summer. The Nights in the Plaza series features local and regional bands playing Latin lazz and mariachi, Brazilian, Son Jarocho and rockabilly.

We’ll be giving away passes each week (except Sept. 26) for the rest of the series’ run. This week’s concert features local R&B soul group Prestige. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Tell us your favorite way to spend a warm summer’s night in the Valley. The contest runs through noon Thursday. Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and be able to pick up the passes at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours. Passes are good for any concert night, but do not guarantee entry, so early arrival is suggested.

We’ll have a new contest up every Monday so keep checking back. Complete performer schedule and contest rules on the jump.

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Win tickets to Ballet Folklórico de México

When it comes to ballet folklorico, we’re talking here about the big leagues. Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez regularly performs at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. The company is on tour in California, and it’s returning to Fresno Aug. 8 in a performance sponsored by Arte Americas.

I have two tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance at the Saroyan Theatre to give away to a lucky Beehive reader. 

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us whether you’ve ever seen this world-famous company on its previous visits to Fresno — and why you’d like to win tickets. I’ll pick a winner at random.

Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Monday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winners by email on Monday at 5, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by 10 a.m. Tuesday, I reserve the right to pick another. If you’re the winner, you’ll need to pick up your tickets at the Bee’s front lobby. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to ‘The Mountaintop’

StageWorks Fresno on Friday opens a play that recently attracted a lot of attention when it appeared on Broadway in 2011: “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall. It’s a fictional account of the last night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, set in a Memphis motel room. It can be controversial to some because it presents King as a real person, not a saint. “It pushes some buttons, because people don’t want to recognize their heroes were not perfect, ” says director Joel C. Abels. (Coming Friday: excerpts from a Q&A session with Abels in the 7 section, and an extended interview on the Beehive.)

“The Mountaintop” plays at the Dan Pessano Theatre (on the campus of Clovis North High School) for just two weekends, through Aug. 3. And thanks to the Beehive, you have a chance to win a “four pack” of tickets to any of the opening weekend shows (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday). 

I’m giving away two of these four-packs, and I’ll pick the winners randomly. To enter, leave a comment on this post answering this question: If you’d had the chance to meet Martin Luther King, Jr., what would you have asked him? (If you’d prefer not to get philosophical, you can just tell us why you’d like to see the show.) 

Deadline to enter is 10 a.m. Friday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winners by email on Friday at 10, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by 2 p.m. Friday, I reserve the right to pick another. You’ll be able to pick up your tickets at the theater box office. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to ‘[title of show]‘ opening weekend

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It’s been four years since StageWorks Fresno kicked off its inaugural season with “[title of show],” the trippy musical about a group of friends creating a musical. Director Joel Abels returns with a faithful recreation of his 2010 hit production, which opens 8 p.m. Saturday at the Dan Pessano Theatre at the Clovis North performing arts complex. It continues through July 20.

If you haven’t noticed, the show’s opening coincides with the 4th of July weekend  – a pretty daring time to open a show. But think how great it will be to have an event to treat out-of-town visitors to once the fireworks are behind them. Or an outing for locals to escape to (I can attest to the crispness of the Clovis North air conditioning) instead of getting barbecued outside on a searing weekend.

We’re having our own 4th of July celebration at the Beehive: I’m making it even easier for readers to get to see “[title of show.]” I have two four-packs of tickets to give away to either the 8 p.m. Saturday or 2 p.m. Sunday show this opening weekend. To enter, leave a comment on this post answering this question: Would you rather be nine people’s favorite thing — or a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing? (Or, if you aren’t in a philosophical mood, tell us if you’d go see Paris Hilton in “The Apple Tree.” Or, if you’re sick of insider “[title of show]” references, tell us if you like Rice Krispie treats.)

Deadline to enter is 10 a.m. Friday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winners by email on Friday at 10, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by 2 p.m. Friday, I reserve the right to pick another. You’ll be able to pick up your tickets at the theater box office. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to Fresno Phil’s pipa concert

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If you haven’t yet experienced the Fresno Philharmonic performing in the Shaghoian Hall, it’s a pleasurable experience. You feel so much closer to the orchestra in the intimate Shaghoian space, and the acoustics are great.

The orchestra’s last Masterworks concert of the season will be performed three times at the Shaghoian: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Along with performances of Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8, the concert features a fascinating guest artist: the Chinese musician Wu Man, whom Fresno Phil executive director Stephen Wilson calls “a real superstar of world music”:

In addition to being a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, she was the 2013 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year, the first player of a non-Western instrument to win that recognition.  Her performance with us of Tan Dun’s Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa will be the first performance ever by the Fresno Philharmonic of music by a Chinese composer.  Tan Dun won the Academy Award for his score to the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and is also known for his music for the film “Hero” and the 2008 Bejing Olympics.

Wu Man is considered the premier player in the world of the pipa, a traditional Chinese lute. On the jump of this post, along with the rules of our giveaway, you can watch a YouTube video of her performing.

I have two pairs of tickets to give away to the opening night Friday concert.  To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us if you’ve ever heard a pipa performed live before. Deadline to enter is 9 a.m. Wednesday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winner by email on Wednesday by noon, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by Thursday morning, I reserve the right to pick another. These are paper tickets, so you’ll need to be able to come down to The Bee’s front counter by 5 p.m. Friday to pick them up. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to ‘Drood’ at COS

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A big musical at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia is always cause for celebration, and I’m particularly looking forward to “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” which opens Friday. I saw the original Broadway production many years ago and have always loved the music and plot, which cleverly retells Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Because Dickens died before solving the mystery for his readers, audiences at the musical get a chance at the end to vote for from among “five candidates for the undercover detective, seven candidates for the murderer, and a varying number of candidates who can be chosen as lovers,” Chris Mangels of COS tells me. He describes the production:

We always aim high when it comes to our production design, and this show is no different. The challenge of creating the world of an 1880 English Music Hall has been tackled by our four designers with an eye to honor the costumes and set pieces that a Victorian theatre company would utilize while maintaining some of the modern sensibilities that contemporary audiences have come to expect. We have created a brand new proscenium onstage to mimic the architectural styles that were popular in 1880′s London, and we utilize some very old-style drops and set pieces that hopefully feel like they have come out of storage in the Music Hall Royale. The dozens of costumes and wigs are also very period-specific and the actors are learning to perform the raucous musical numbers in the show while buried under corsets and layers of clothing. It has been a really wonderful challenge for all of us to tackle.

To kick off the play’s run, which goes for seven performances through March 23, I’m giving away two tickets to opening night (7:30 p.m. Friday).

To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post telling us if you think “Murder, She Wrote” will ever be turned into a Broadway musical.

Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winner by email on Thursday evening, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by Thursday morning, I reserve the right to pick another. You’ll be able to pick these tickets up at the box office. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to the Fresno Philharmonic’s Wagner concert

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The Fresno Philharmonic is going all-Wagner on Sunday, and I have four pairs of tickets to give away to Beehive readers. “Ride of the Valkyries: Wagner’s Greatest Hits” will feature selections from some of Wagner’s most beloved operas, including “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg,” “Rienzi,” “Gotterdammerung,” “Tannhauser,” “Lohengrin” and “Die Walkure.” The orchestra, under the baton of music director Theodore Kuchar, will be joined by the Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale and Fresno State Concert Choir, directed by Anna Hamre.

I have four pairs of tickets for the 2:30 p.m. Sunday performance to give away to Beehive readers.

To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post telling us if you’ve ever seen “Apocalypse Now” — and if you think the famous helicopter scene would have worked without Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” I’ll pick four winners, each of whom will win two tickets.

Deadline is 6 p.m. Wednesday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winner by email on Wednesday evening, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by Thursday morning, I reserve the right to pick another. These are paper tickets, so you’ll need to be able to come down to The Bee’s front counter by 5 p.m. Friday to pick them up. Rules are on the jump.

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Quick contest: Win tickets to Fresno Filmworks short Oscar films

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Thanks to Fresno Filmworks, you’ll get the chance on Thursday and Friday to see three separate programs of this year’s Oscar-nominated short films. I’m giving away a pair of tickets that can be used for any of the three programs. Here’s the schedule:

THURSDAY
5:30 p.m. animation
8:15 p.m. live action

FRIDAY
3:00 p.m. animation
5:45 p.m. live action
8:30 p.m. documentary

If you aren’t a winner, tickets to single programs cost $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors. A special $15 double-feature ticket is available for any two programs.

Here’s how this quickie contest works: I’ll give the tickets to the FIRST reader who responds to this post with a comment. These are paper tickets, so you’ll need to be able to come down to The Bee’s lobby to pick them up. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to ‘Cirque de la Symphonie’

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“Cirque de la Symphonie,” the traveling acrobatic troupe that teams up with orchestras across the country, is so popular in Fresno that it’s returning for a third time.

The Fresno Philharmonic concert  features aerial flyers, acrobats, and strongmen performing their routines to great classical music played by the orchestra. The program includes works by Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Copland and Bernstein.

Maestro Theodore Kuchar will conduct, though there isn’t any word on if he’ll dangle upside down over his podium while conducting Bizet.

I have two very good pairs of tickets (Orchestra section, rows Q and S) to give away to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. concert at the Saroyan Theatre.

To enter, leave a comment on this post answering this question: If you could have one Cirque “super talent” for a day, would you be 1) a strongman/woman contortionist; 2) a master juggler; or 3) an aerial fabric ballet wiz?

Deadline is 6 p.m. Wednesday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winner by email on Wednesday evening, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by Thursday morning, I reserve the right to pick another. (I want to make sure these tickets go to good use.) These are paper tickets, so you’ll need to be able to come down to The Bee’s front counter by 5 p.m. Friday to pick them up. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to ‘Literary Movements’

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The contemporary dance group Caris and Company is gearing up for its big 7 p.m. Saturday performance, a concert titled “Literary Movements,” at The Grand in downtown Fresno. The show is an ode to literature and writers.

We’ll be featuring an interview with artistic director Jasmin la Caris in Friday’s 7 section. In it she discusses some of the writers referenced in the show:

Maya Angelou’s poem “And Still I Rise” inspired me to create a solo about overcoming prejudice. Juana de Ibarbourou’s poem “La Higuera” (The Fig Tree) is about encouragement so I developed a piece that takes place in a ballet class. My Co-Artistic Director Danny Moua’s favorite book as a child was “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. His choreography follows the relationship between a young girl and a tree.

The Beehive is giving away two tickets to Saturday’s event. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling us why you’d like to see the show. If you’re so inclined, tell us what literary work you’d most like to see depicted in dance.

Deadline is 10 a.m. Thursday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winner by email on Thursday morning, so keep a watch on your inbox. You’ll be able to pick the tickets up at Will Call. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to hear Sarah Chang with the Fresno Phil

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The Fresno Philharmonic is officially marking its 60th anniversary in high style this weekend. The orchestra welcomes famed violinist Sarah Chang back as its big-deal guest artist. She’ll play the beautiful  Bruch Violin Concerto.

I have two orchestra seats (row Q) to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. performance at the Saroyan Theatre to give away to a lucky Beehive reader. To enter, leave a comment on this post wishing the orchestra a happy birthday — or telling us what you think the Fresno Philharmonic has meant to the city for all these years.

Deadline is 6 p.m. Wednesday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winner by email on Wednesday evening, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by Thursday morning, I reserve the right to pick another. (I want to make sure these tickets go to good use.) These are paper tickets, so you’ll need to be able to come down to The Bee’s front counter by 5 p.m. Friday to pick them up. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to Straight No Chaser

INS126349Before Pentatonix, there was Straight No Chaser. The male a cappella group was formed from students at Indiana University and made a name for itself with a cappella versions of contemporary pop songs. It was all very “Glee.”

The 10-member group is currently on tour in support of its second album, “Under the Influence,” which was released in May (there’s also a Christmas version). They will be in town performing 7 p.m. Sunday at the Saroyan Theatre. Singer songwriter (and contestant on season four of “The Voice”) Caroline Glaser opens the show. You can read our interview with Glaser in the paper on Friday.

We have two tickets to the show to give away to one lucky Beehiver. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post and tell us the song you’d like to hear done “a cappella.” Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday.

Please don’t enter more than once. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email Thursday night. So check your email if you entered. Reminder: Because there are physical tickets, you will need to pick them up at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. St.) during business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Complete rules on the jump.

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Win tickets to ‘A Year With Frog and Toad’

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StageWorks Fresno brings back the thoroughly charming “A Year With Frog and Toad” for the holiday season. It’s basically the same production from last year with two new (very talented) performers in supporting roles: Taylor Abels and Danielle Jorn. Returning cast members are Joel C. Abels as Toad, Brent Moser as Frog and Cody Bianchi as the memorable Snail. From my review of last year’s show:

“Frog and Toad,” directed with a knowing hand by J. Daniel Herring, is an important title in the evolution of the genre known as Theatre for Young Audiences. Originally staged by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, it ended up on Broadway in 2003, where it snagged a Tony nomination for Best Musical. With a cast of five adults, this family-friendly show works on several levels. It’s sure to tickle the fancy of young children, but there’s also a crisp adult appeal as it works through such themes as taking risks, trust, friendship and patience. Unlike many kid-friendly entertainments today that seem shrewdly calculated to appeal to both adults and children — all those DreamWorks and Disney movies that toss in an arch level of subtext to keep the parents from fidgeting — “Frog and Toad’s” appeal to all ages feels more organic.

The show opens Friday (Dec. 6) and runs through Dec. 22.

Here’s the giveaway: Two Beehive readers will each win two tickets to any performance in the run (with 24 hours notice). To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite soup for a cold winter night. Yes, soup. Toad loves soup. And isn’t this the perfect weather for such a question?

Deadline is 10 a.m. Friday.  Please don’t enter more than once. Check your email between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Friday to see if you won, because that’s how I’ll be notifying winners. Complete rules on the jump.

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Win tickets to Fresno Philharmonic’s ‘Home for the Holidays’

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When I was speaking to Stuart Malina, the guest conductor for the Fresno Philharmonic’s big annual holiday concert Saturday at the Saroyan Theatre, I asked him why he thought these types of events are so popular with audiences. His response: “Everyone has their holiday memories. In most cases, music has something to do with that.” (My advance interview with Malina is in Thursday’s Life section.)

Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that the orchestra’s annual concert is really popular. Which makes this a prime Beehive ticket giveaway. Two tickets to the 7:30 p.m. event will go to a lucky reader. The concert will have a little something for everyone, including  jaunty orchestral arrangements of popular secular holiday songs, big band vocals, sacred tunes and the Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale singing the Hallelujah Chorus.

To enter our contest, write a comment on this post telling us your favorite holiday song. Or, if you’re prefer to be contrarian, tell us your least favorite holiday song — the one you wouldn’t be so crazy about hearing at the concert.

Deadline for entry is 5 p.m. today (Thursday). Yes, that’s only three hour from now, so this is a quick turnaround contest. I’ll be picking our winner at random and notifying him or her by email. (So watch yours at about that time.) If you’re our winner, you’ll need to come down to The Bee’s front counter on Friday to pick up your tickets, so please don’t enter if you 1) don’t think you can check your email at 5 pm and 2) won’t be able to pick up your tickets in person. One comment per person. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to ‘Live and Let Die’

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UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners: Ron Elkins and Nu Vang.

ORIGINAL POST: Yes, we are awash in ticket giveaways this week on the Beehive. Which is good news for you, devoted readers. I just got my hands on two tickets to the Fresno Philharmonic’s pops concert “Live and Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartne,” which performs Saturday at the Saroyan Theatre. We’re featuring the concert, starring veteran McCartney performer Tony Kishman, in tomorrow’s 7 cover story.

To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you would do if you got the chance to meet the real Paul McCartney. Deadline is 6 p.m. today (Thursday). One comment per person, please. I’ll be informing winners after 6 via email, so check yours around that time. These are paper tickets, so if you’re the winner, you’ll have to pick up your tickets at The Bee’s front lobby on Friday. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ screening with Ted Neeley

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Ted Neeley, who played the title role in the 1973 film “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and who came to Fresno several times in the live stage version of the show, will be on hand for Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. screening of the movie at the Tower Theatre. Neeley is so firmly associated with the role — which he played into his late 60s on stage — that he’s sort of become the AARP version of the architect of Christianity, along the lines of “What Would Jesus Look Like on Social Security?” Also at the screening: Barry Dennen, who played Pontius Pilate.

Both will participate in a Q&A discussion before the screening and a “meet and greet” with the audience afterward. Tickets to the event are $15.

I’m giving away two pairs of tickets to Beehive readers. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite song from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Thursday. One comment per person, please. I’ll be informing winners at 10 a.m. via email, so check yours around that time. If you’re a winner, you’ll be able to pick your tickets up at Will Call. Rules are on the jump.

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Fair ticket giveaway: Skillet

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UPDATE: Congrats to winner Daniel lamas.

ORIGINAL POST: Next up in our Big Fresno Fair ticket giveaway series: two tickets to Skillet, which performs 7 p.m. Tuesday.

One winner will receive two passes to the fair and two tickets to the concert. You’ll need to come down to The Bee’s office at 1626 E Street to pick up your tickets. (Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

To win tickets to Skillet, leave a comment telling us why you’d like to see the group. One comment per person, please. I’ll pick the winner at random. The deadline for entry is 2 p.m. Monday. One entry per person. I’ll be informing winners by email Monday afternoon, so please check yours. Rules are on the jump.

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Fair ticket giveaway: Neil Sedaka

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UPDATE: Congratulations to winner Andy Oliver.

ORIGINAL POST: If my Mom lived in Fresno, she’d be putting on the serious maternal pressure to scoop up these tickets. Our ticket giveaway spree continues, this time for the 7 p.m. Monday Neil Sedaka concert at the Big Fresno Fair. We’re giving away two tickets plus two fair passes.

If you win, you’ll need to come down to The Bee’s office at 1626 E Street to pick up your tickets. (Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

To enter, leave a comment on this post. (Tell us your favorite Neil Sedaka song, if you’d like.) One comment per person, please. I’ll pick the winners at random.

The deadline for entry is 10 a.m. Friday. One entry per person. I’ll be informing winners by email Friday morning, so please check yours. Rules are on the jump.

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Fair ticket giveaway: Austin Mahone and Sean Kingston

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UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners: Nancy Lomelin for Sean Kingston, and Anita Vang for Austin Mahone.

ORIGINAL POST: Our ticket giveaway spree continues, this time for two separate concerts Saturday at the Big Fresno Fair. We’re giving away two tickets plus two fair passes to the 1 p.m. Austin Mahone show. And we’re giving two tickets and two fair passes to the 7 p.m. Sean Kingston show.

You’ll need to come down to The Bee’s office at 1626 E Street to pick up your tickets. (Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us which concert you’d like to see — or if either one is fine, indicate that. One comment per person, please. I’ll pick the winners at random.

The deadline for entry is 10 a.m. Thursday. One entry per person. I’ll be informing winners by email Thursday morning, so please check yours. Rules are on the jump.

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UPDATE: Win tickets to ‘The Price is Right’ Live

UPDATE: Congrats to Lisa Ovalle, who won tickets to tonight’s performance at the Saroyan.

As for the price of a rotary-dial phone, I like this response best:

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You are astute, Ray. But, sorry, no Bob Barker as host. Leading Wednesday’s festivities will be Todd Newton of E! News.

And, if you want to go with another approach regarding the price of a rotary-dial phone today: I found one on eBay for $49.95.

ORIGINAL POST: I admit I don’t get this concept at all: paying a top price of $66 (with Ticketmaster fees) to watch a live version of “The Price is Right.” But that’s what’s happening Wednesday at the Saroyan Theatre as part of the Broadway in Fresno series.

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Win tickets to ‘God of Carnage’

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UPDATE: Congratulations to winners Amy Scott and Kyle Gutierrez.

ORIGINAL POST: Yasmina Reza, the acclaimed French playwright, knows her away around conflict on the stage. (Her play “Art,” the catalog of a conflict about modern art between a trio of friends, manages to seethe even as it pokes acerbic fun.) So you can imagine “God of Carnage,” the new Reza play (and winner of the 2009 Tony for Best Play) being produced by StageWorks Fresno. When two upscale couples meet together to try to resolve a playground dispute between their 11-year-old boys, the fireworks begin.

I talk with Shannon Eizenga, who plays one of the mothers in the play, for a story in today’s 7 section.

This is a short run — only two weekends — so you’ll have to plan ahead or you’ll miss it. It opens tonight at the Fresno Art Museum.

Good news for Beehive readers: I have four tickets to give away for performances next weekend. I can offer two tickets to the 2 p.m Saturday Sept. 21 matinee and two tickets to the 8 p.m. Saturday Sept. 21 evening performance. To enter, leave a comment on the Beehive post answering this question: Did you ever have a fight on the playground, and if so, did your parents get involved? Include which performance you’d like to attend — or indicate both if you’re flexible.

I’ll pick the winners at random. The deadline for entry is 3 p.m. Monday. One entry per person. I’ll be informing winners by email Monday evening, so please check yours. If you win, you’ll be able to pick your tickets up at Will Call. Rules are on the jump.

Photo: Terry Lewis as Alan Raleigh, far left, tries to pull Shannah Estep, portraying Veronica Novak, center, from her husband Michael Novak, portrayed by Chris Carsten, right. Bee photo by Eric Paul Zamora.

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Win tickets to Fresno Filmworks’ ‘The Rep’

It’s sort of like art imitating life: Fresno Filmworks on Sunday is screening a documentary called “The Rep,” which is about the plight of repertory movie houses — the kind that show different older movies every night of the week — in the U.S. and Canada. That isn’t exactly the description of what Filmworks does, but the organization has been dabbling in showing classic movies along with its first-run indie/art-house fare, and I’m sure there will be a lot of interest among Filmworks supporters.

Posted above is a video of Fresno Filmworks board members Jefferson Beavers and John Moses interviewing Morgan White, director of “The Rep.”

After the 2 p.m. screening, a special event is planned:

Filmworks board members will host a small-group community conversationsession. Audience members will be invited to share their ideas for the artistic and financial future of Filmworks, The Tower Theatre, and the moviegoing experience in Fresno.

The giveaway: I have three pairs of tickets to give away to “The Rep.” One of the questions the film poses is this: In this day of DVDs in abundance and digital streaming in our living rooms, will audiences still turn out to watch older movies at small theaters? To enter the ticket giveaway, leave a comment on this post answering this question: If Fresno had a full-time rep cinema showing different older movies every night of the week, would you go?

Deadline is 5 p.m. today (Thursday). One entry per person. I’ll be informing winners by email Thursday night, so please check yours.

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Win a ticket to the Junior Company’s gala fundraiser

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UPDATE: Congrats to reader Julian Perez.

ORIGINAL POST: What better perk for Beehive readers than to offer a ticket to a sold-out event? That’s the situation with Wednesday night’s big Good Company Players’ Junior Company Foundation gala fundraiser at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. The event sold out long ago, but I have ONE ticket to give away to a lucky reader. It’s good both for the dinner and silent auction — which starts at 5 p.m. — and the performance, which begins at 7.

The evening of music and dance is  entirely directed and produced by current Junior Company members. There are special alumni guests as well, including Michael Willett (pictured in a publicity photo for his film “GBF”), Annie (Lundberg) Weldon, Joe Tomasini, Joel Abels, Jenny Myers, and Teresa Hasty Hoopes.

To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post telling us what you like most about the Junior Company. Deadline is 6 p.m. Tuesday (today). One entry per person. I’ll be informing winners by email Tuesday night, so please check yours.

Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to CenterStage’s ‘Joseph’

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Special to the Bee

There are only three more chances to catch the big CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre annual musical. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” directed by Scott Hancock, plays 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. (I’m planning to be at tonight’s performance.)

A bonus for Beehive readers: I’m giving away two tickets to Friday’s performance and two tickets to Saturday’s performance. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber song. In your comment, indicate which of the two performances you’d prefer to attend (or no preference). The deadline for entry is 9:30 a.m. Friday. One entry per person. I’ll be informing winners by email Friday morning, so please check it around 10 a.m. If you win, you’ll be able to pick your tickets at Will Call. Rules are on the jump.

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Win tickets to opening night of ‘New Wrinkles’

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UPDATE: Congratulations to winners Ben Sondheim, Evelyn Westling and Jim Henderson.

ORIGINAL POST: For 25 years, a stalwart group of older performers has anchored Fresno’s beloved “New Wrinkles.” This annual musical revue featuring performers ages 55 and older runs May 24-June 9. The show has been at Fresno City College since its inception in 1989. We’re preparing a 7 cover story for Friday on the show’s 25th anniversary. I took the pic at right of The Bee’s photo shoot with Geno Ventura, Lucy Del Real and Cynthia Dallas, the three cast members who have been in the show all 25 years.

We’re giving away tickets to Beehive readers. I have three pairs of tickets to give away:

One pair for opening night, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
One pair for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30.
One pair for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6.

To enter, leave a comment on this post. If you’d like, share with us in your post your favorite “New Wrinkles’ memory from the past 24 years. In your comment, indicate which of the three performances you’d prefer to attend (or no preference). The deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Wednesday. One entry per person. I’ll be informing winners by email Wednesday evening, please check at that time. If you win, you’ll be able to pick your tickets at Will Call. Rules are on the jump.

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