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Win tickets to Heavy Weather 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 are giving away passes to this, the final week of the series’ run, which features the Central Valley Santana tribute Heavy Weather.

To enter to win passes to see the band, 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 ‘The Normal Heart’

StageWorks Fresno opens Larry Kramer’s searing play “The Normal Heart” Friday at the Fresno Art Museum’s Bonner Auditorium. With an acclaimed 2011 revival on Broadway and a star-studded HBO movie earlier this year, this is a hot title. Look for our 7 section cover story on Friday.

I’m giving away two pairs of tickets to any of this opening weekend’s performances. The show plays 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.  I’ll pick the winners randomly. To enter, leave a comment on this post answering this question: Have you been to a StageWorks Fresno production before? If so, what was your favorite?

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 ticket to Metalachi 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 everybody’s favorite metal + mariachi band Metalachi, who are no strangers to Fresno.

To enter to win passes to see the band, 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 The Madera Fair

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We are officially entering fair season, which means a slew of musicians will be passing through the area in the next two months. Coming up is the Madera District Fair, which kicks off Sept. 4, and features performances from War (what is good for?), Dwight Yoakam and Foreigner.

We’ll be giving away tickets to each show, starting with War, which plays Sept. 4. Yoakam plays Sept. 5 and Foreigner on Sept. 6.

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Win tickets to Allan Holdsworth

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The Painted Table hosted the first in a pair of live music events at its space in the Tower Theatre on Sunday (the pop-noir band Leftover Cuties performed).

This Sunday it hosts English jazz fusion guitarist/composer Allan Holdsworth. This is the guy that Frank Zappa once called “one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet.”

We have tickets to give away to a Beehive reader. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Tell us who you think is the most interesting guy on guitar on the planet (Joseph Andreoli from Giraffes? Giraffes! is pretty interesting to me).

The contest runs until noon Thursday. Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and be able to pick up tickets at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours.

Check out a video of Holdsworth (plus full contest rules) on the jump.

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Win tickets to Blu J’z 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 the local smooth jazz band The Blu J’z, which was featured on Friday as The Bee’s Artist You Should Know.

To enter to win passes to see the band, 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 Frampton’s Guitar Circus

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UPDATE:This show (and this contest) has been cancelled.

Peter Frampton may not the THE guitar God (that would be Eric Clapton, obviously), but the English guitarist/singer has earned his place among guitar royalty — based on his double live album “Frampton Comes Alive” alone.

Last year, Frampton launched his Guitar Circus, a touring showcase of some of the best rock and blues guitarist in the business. The 2014 tour features Frampton, along with bluesman Buddy Guy and a rotating list of surprise guests, like classic rock icon Randy Bachman (of Guess Who and BTO fame). Bachman will join Guy and Frampton when the tour stops at Visalia’s Oval Park Aug. 29.

We have a pair of tickets to give away to a Beehive reader. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Tell us who you would put on the guitar circus lineup. The contest runs until 5 p.m. Aug. 28. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email. So check yours if you enter.

You can check of a video of Frampton covering “Black Hole Sun,” on last year’s tour (plus read the complete contest rules) on the jump.

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Win tickets to Leftover Cuties

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The Painted Table is best known for its catering. You’ve no doubt seen the chefs (or their cuisine) out at events, including the Fresno Food Expo. They did cooking demonstrations all day.

The business also hosts events out of a space in the Tower Theatre complex. Those with long enough memories will remember it as the old Daily Planet space.

While the space is mostly reserved for special private parties, The Painted Table will open it up as a live music venue for pair of performers over the next two weekend. You can get all the needed info on The Painted Table’s Facebook page.

First up is the Los Angeles retro-jazz pop band Leftover Cuties, which plays The Painted Table on Sunday. If you are unfamiliar with Leftover Cuties by name, you may have heard its music. The band wrote and performed the theme song for the Showtime series “The Big C” and has songs featured in commercials for Hyundai and Samsung. The Samsung ad aired during the 2012 Olympics. Proceeds from the show will benefit Fresno’s NOCO dance collective.

We have tickets to give away to a Beehive reader. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Tell us what is the cutest thing you have ever seen. The contest runs until noon Thursday. Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and be able to pick up tickets at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours.

Check out a video of Leftover Cuties and get the complete concert rules on the jump.

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Win tickets to Sergio Martinez and the Silveradoz Band at Arte Americas

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 Hollister Tejano/country artist Sergio Martinez and the Silveradoz Band. 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 Trios Los Romance 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 trio (and longtime Nights in the Plaza performers) Trio Los Romance. 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 Queen, It’s a Kinda Magic

Queen has written more classic rock anthems than you’d even realize. Like, they have so many hits there are some you just forget about, unless you’re looking at the band’s greatest hits album, which there are two volumes of.

That’s how many anthems the band has.

That’s the wheelhouse for “Queen, It’s a Kinda Magic,” the touring Queen tribute that plays the Saroyan Theatre on Saturday. The show recreates the band at its iconic best — live and on stage.

We have tickets to Saturday night’s performance that we will give away to a few lucky readers. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. We want to know your favorite Queen songs (and why). Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email (so check your if you enter). These are physical tickets and must be picked up at the Fresno Bee office (1626 E St.) during business hours. The contest deadline is NOON, THURSDAY July 17.

Full contest rules on the jump.

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Win tickets to The Experience 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 July 25 and Sept. 26) for the rest of the series’ run. This week’s concert features Fresno all-star jazz group The Experience. 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 ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

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Edward Albee’s 1962 drama “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is a great American play — and, for the first time in more than 30 years, you’ll get a chance to see it in the Fresno area. The Artists’ Repertory Theatre production, directed by Brad Myers, opens Friday at the California Arts Academy’s Severance Theatre. I’m giving away two pairs of tickets to the opening weekend performances. If you win, you can choose between the 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday or 2 p.m. Sunday shows.

To enter, leave a comment on this post answering this question: What is your favorite Brad Myers-directed production from his long and illustrious tenure on the Fresno theater scene? (If you aren’t familiar enough with his body of work to answer, no worries: just say his “Assassins” at Fresno State, one of my favorites.)

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 noon 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 Las Cafeteras 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 July 4, 25 and Sept. 26) for the rest of the series’ run. This week’s concert features the Los Angeles Afro-Mexican indie- folk band Las Cafeteras. 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 Trio Moonlight 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 July 4, 25 and Sept. 26) for the rest of the series’ run. This week’s concert features the Los Angeles cumbiabilly (that’s cumbia and rockabilly) band Trio Moonlight (or Moonlight Trio). 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 Fresno Grizzlies

grizzThe Fresno Grizzlies kicked off the season with a home opener last weekend that included fireworks, a culinary creation called Grizzly Eggs and a win over Las Vegas. The team is back home Saturday for a four-day stint against Reno.

We’ve got ticket vouchers we’ll hand off to a lucky Beehiver. The vouchers can be redeemed at the box office for actual tickets (based on availability). Of course, you don’t have to use them this weekend. The tickets are good for any home game, excluding July 4. We’ll have more to give out as the season progresses.

To enter to win, leave a message in the comments section. Tell us what is your favorite part about going to the Chuck to watch the Grizzlies. The deadline for entry is noon Thursday. The winner will be chosen at random Thursday night and notified via email (so check your if you enter). These are physical vouchers, so the winner will need to come to The Fresno Bee office to claim them.

Full contest rules on the jump.

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Win tickets to Krush Groove

krushgrooveThe Krush Groove hi-hip showcase rolls into town Friday. The fifth annual event, started by Los Angeles radio station 93.5 KDAY, is heaven for fans of the old-school, with some of heaviest hitters of the ’90s, including Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Redman AND Method Man, DJ Quik and Too $hort, plus Daz and WC, Tha Eastsidaz, Jayo Felony and 2 II None.

Bone Thugs in particular, are no strangers to Fresno. The group was part of the similarly themed West Coast Fest last summer and lobbied to have that tour kick-off in Fresno. So, fans should be out in force.

We have tickets for a lucky Beehiver.
Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post. Tell us which Krush Groove artist ranks best, or tell us who should have been on the bill. Deadline to enter is 8 p.m. Thursday. Please enter only once. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email (so check yours Friday morning if you entered).

Full contest rules on the jump.

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Win tickets to: Strange Vine + Soft White Sixties tonight @ Fulton 55

strangeStrange Vine has a habit of setting up awesome local shows. When they play, you know you’ll be getting your money’s worth. So tonight’s show at Fulton 55 with San Francisco’s Soft White Sixties (plus Light Thieves and Planet Live in Houses) could be the music pick of the weekend.

You just have to start your weekend on a Thursday, is all.

The band has hooked us up with a couple tickets to pass along y’all Beehivers. To enter to win, just leave a comment on the post. Tell us who is your favorite rock-n-roll duo. This is a super-last minute, super-quick one. Deadline for entry is 3 p.m., today. Winners will be chosen by random and notified via email within the hour. So, check your email if you entered.

Check out the full rules and an awesome video from Kevin Figueroa on the jump.

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Win tickets to Dis/Orient/Ed Comedy

1296323Dis/Orient/Ed Comedy is the first-ever (mostly) all-female, all Asian-American comedy tour. The brainchild of Los Angeles comics Jenny Yang and Atsuko Okatsuka, the tour has played to sell-out crowds up and down the West Coast. It comes to Fresno, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tower Theatre. Featured comics include Yang, Okatsuka and Helen Hong.

Tickets for the show are available at the Tower Theatre box office or online at disorientedcomedy.com ($5 off if you use the coupon code “fresnobee”).

Of course, we have a pair of tickets for one lucky Beehiver. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post. Tell us who is your favorite comedienne. This is a quick one: Deadline is 5 p.m. tonight. Winners will be informed by email and will need to come down to The Bee’s front counter by 5 p.m. Friday to claim the tickets. Full rules plus videos of Yang and Hong on the jump.

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Win tickets to Lively Arts Foundation’s “The Nutcracker”

Little known fact: In my younger years, I served as a stage hand for a local production of “The Nutcracker.” Essentially, I made sure that the Christmas tree got wheeled on stage at the right time and that the floors were mopped between shows (lest the dancers slip or trip). So, I’ve seen the show a couple of times and can say that there are few things more quintessentially Christmas than this ballet.

The Lively Arts Foundation presents its version of the retelling of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” this Saturday and Sunday at the Saroyan Theatre. We have two tickets to give Saturday night’s performance for one lucky Beehiver. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what you think of as quintessential to the season. 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 ticket to: Adam Carolla live podcast

Adam_Carolla_podcastAdam Carolla is in the Guiness Book of World Records.

For podcasting. No joke.

Carolla hosts the most downloaded podcast of all time, which, technically, means since the early 2000s or so. Still, Carolla, best known for his TV (“The Man Show,” Crank Yankers”) and radio (“Loveline”) work, is podcast royalty. His show was downloaded 60 million times between ’09 and ’11.

Carolla will be taping an episode of his podcast live at the Tower Theatre, Dec. 8 and we have tickets to put a few lucky Beehivers in the audience. Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post. Tell us what is your favorite podcast and why. The contest ends 5 p.m. Friday. Winners will be chosen by random and notified via email. So check your email if you enter. One comment per person, please. Rules on the jump.

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Win tickets to: Back to Black + Gayle and the Bowties

flyerHaving the Amy Winehouse tribute Back To Black co-headline a show with ’50-60s R&B cover band Gayle and The Bowties is something that should have happened sooner, given both bands tread the same musical ground and both have a good following of fans. It is a show that people have been demanding, says Danielle Rondero, who plays the role of Winehouse in Back to Black.

And it’s happening 9 p.m. Saturday at Audie’s Olympic.

We’ve got a set of tickets to give away to one lucky Beehiver. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. Tell us who’s your favorite female vocalist and why. The contest will end 3 p.m., Friday. Winners will be chosen by random and notified via email. So check your email if you enter. One comment per person, please.

In the mean time, watch a couple videos of the bands (and check out the full rules) on the jump.

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Win tickets to ‘Mystic India’

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Looking for a happy Friday evening? I don’t think you’ll have to look farther than the Lively Arts Foundation’s presentation of “Mystic India,” a live Bollywood dance spectacular. This kind of music and dance just seems to bring out the smiles in audiences. Here’s a description:

Audiences can expect an explosion of colors and energy as they travel on a celebratory journey through Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat, and even through the progression of Bollywood films via a stunning visual display that fuses dance, theater, and spectacular special effects.

I’m giving away two pairs of tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Friday concert at the Saroyan Theatre. To enter, leave a comment on this post. (If you know something about Bollywood, feel free to share your favorite movies or dance styles.) Deadline is 7 p.m. today (Monday). One comment per person, please. I’ll be informing winners at about 7 p.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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UPDATE: You can win autographed ‘The Impossible’ poster

The two winners of the autographed posters are Bruce and Wilson. Thanks for your comments and keep an eye open for future contests.

ORIGINAL POST: “The Impossible” was scheduled to open in Fresno in early February but was moved up so that it opens here today. I put the movie on my list of the “Ten Best” films of 2012. Now, I want to know what you think.

Send me your short review of the movie and I will put you into a drawing to win one (1) of two (2) miniature movie posters for the film that’s been signed by the cast. That includes Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.

The movie may not be here for long but I will still give you some time. All review comments must be posted by Jan. 14. The winners will be notified and they will be able to pick up their poster at the Fresno Bee during normal working hours.

Here are the official rules:

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Win tickets to ‘Dreamgirls’

UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Steve! Thanks for playing everyone.

ORIGINAL POST: A visually reinvented national tour of “Dreamgirls” on Tuesday will make a stop at the Saroyan Theatre for a two-performance run — and the Beehive is giving away two tickets for opening night to a lucky reader.

I interviewed Charity Angel Dawson, who plays Effie White in the tour, for my cover story in Friday’s 7 section. She says the production has an updated visual look, including the use of LED screens. She calls it an “amped-up, modernized” version.

To enter the contest for the two tickets, leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite Effie from over the years. It could be an actress from the Broadway version, a local version or the movie. (If you can’t think of anyone, that’s OK — just say Jennifer Holliday. She’s the most obvious answer.)

Deadline to enter is 2 p.m. Monday. The winner will be chosen at random and notified via e-mail, so please leave a valid address. Only one entry per person, please. You’ll be able to pick up your tickets at the Saroyan’s Will Call window.

Complete rules are on the jump.

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