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FDR Media l November 18, 2023

Love Christmas music and want to see the world’s largest, holiday light maze and village? I’m beyond overjoyed to be selected for another season! I’m doing an 11 show music residency at Enchant San Jose @enchantsanjose join me and my all-star Bay Area band for the festivities at PayPal Park @paypalpark beginning Friday, 11/24/2023 through Friday, 11/29/2023. All ages. Live music, delicious food, crafts, ice skating, and fun for everyone! My heartfelt appreciation to Tanika Baptiste @tanikabaptiste , all of the  musicians who have joined me, and the Enchant family for their marvelous support! Don’t miss it! ⁣

Jeanette Harris’s First Annual “SaxySummer Night” feat. The Queens of Soul Jazz

FDR Media l May 17, 2023

Saturday July 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Prices: $35.00 – $65.00
815 E. Olive Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728
Phone: 559-485-9050

Jeanette Harris is the scintillating saxtress of soul jazz from Fresno, CA. This lady understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the solid platinum recipes for success. Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, and the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie’s final year of touring, Jeanette has weathered the fiercest challenges to bring the world her own brand of soulful healing vibes. Her CD “Summer Rain” made it all the way to #5 on the Smooth Jazz Billboard Chart and # 1 on the Smooth Jazz Indie Chart! Jeanette’s CD Chocolate Vibez showcases not only her amazing sax skills but also her song writing and producing skills. She is currently working on her 6th CD with J&M Records and will be featured on Tom Browne’s new single “Radio Vibes”.

Jeanette’s Website

Althea René gained musical inspiration from her father Dezie McCullers (one of Motown’s original Funk Brothers). She has since developed her creative style. Some regard her as a “master of her craft” and one of the world’s most exciting solo improvisational flutists. The multiplatinum and Grammy-nominated saxophonist Najee playfully refers to her as the “Maceo of the flute”.
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The Piano Lesson A co-production of Sankofa Theatre Company & The Gallo Center for The Arts

CvvNews l February 2023

March 3-5, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 1000 I St., Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 338-2100  Ten seasons ago, Sankofa Theatre Company got its start with this haunting and dramatic work in a co-production with the Gallo Center. Now Sankofa is bringing back The Piano Lesson, August Wilson’s second Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in celebration of its 10th anniversary as the region’s only African American theater company.

At the heart of the story stands the ornately carved upright piano that has been gathering dust in the parlor of Berniece Charles’ Pittsburg home. When Boy Willie, her exuberant brother, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that their family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell the antique piano for the cash needs to stake his future. Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of the history that is their family legacy. “The Piano Lesson is stupendous…rich and resonant,” said The Washington Post.

Carnegie Art Showcase To Open In July

CVV News l June 24, 2022

From more than 200 entries, jurors have selected 88 works — including art from 10 Merced County artists — that will be on display in the annual Carnegie Art Showcase exhibition taking place this summer at the Carnegie Arts Center in Downtown Turlock.
The juried exhibition is a celebration of artistic excellence, awarding a total of $2,350 in prize money.

The show will be on view in the CAC’s Ferrari Gallery from July 5 through Sept. 3, and a free public reception will take place on Friday, July 8, from 6-8 p.m.

Works in all media were submitted by artists from Northern and Central California. The final group selected for exhibition includes works by 54 artists representing 21 different communities. They include Merced artists: Linda Abbott, Amy Bultena, Katherine Crossley, Jennifer Fosgate, Kate Jackson, Carole Kamerer, Loren Lukens, Eddie O. Rodriguez; Atwater artist Christopher Viney; and Snelling artist Roberta Gray.

The exhibition is open to entries in all media, which this year include paintings, watercolors, drawings, stained glass, ceramics, wood, photographs, fiber arts, collage, mixed media, and digital works.

CAC Director Lisa McDermott says that the exhibition “represents the wide range of creativity that we find in the visual arts of this region. We are reaching more artists every year and seeing an increasing variety in the works we get to feature.”

She points to the selection of many established local artists for the show, as well as a number of artists who are appearing in the CAC galleries for the first time. “This is what makes the show unique and exciting every year,” she said.

Judges for the 2022 Art Showcase are:
Lauren Baines, Interim Director, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University
Richard Gomez, painter & faculty member in the Global Arts Studies Program, UC Merced
Jake Weigel, multi-disciplinary artist & sculptor, Art Department faculty member, CSU Stanislaus

The Carnegie Arts Center is located at 250 N. Broadway in Downtown Turlock. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: $7 general; $5 seniors/students; free for Carnegie members and children 12 & under. Website:

Central Valley Voice
Central Valley Voice
Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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