Scope out the Fuse Fest schedule

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The folks at the Fresno Urban Sound Experience (or, Fuse Fest) have unleashed the schedule for this this year’s festival, which is Friday and Saturday.

There are close to 50 bands playing our all-local, all-downtown music festival. It’s like the all-you-can-eat buffet of local music, so I hope you’re hungry, Fresno.

To get up to speed on all things Fuse Fest, check out the latest Flowing with Famous podcast or revisit this video. Then browse the list below and start your scheduling. Remember, tickets cost $15 per day or $20 for both.

Katey Sagal gets odd request

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Golden Globe Awards - Press Room.JPG Katey Sagal, who plays Gemma Teller Morrow on “Sons of Anarchy,” once was asked for an autograph while she was with her daughter at the DMV. A fan wanting an autograph’s no big shocker. Sagal was just surprised that she had been asked to sign the back of the fan’s parole officer’s card.

“He said he’d watched us in prison and he was really excited to meet me,” Sagal says.

The other weird encounter was when a fan had her and Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jackson Teller, write their names on his body. He walked away and came back 15 minutes later after he had their signatures tattooed into his skin.

Fans aren’t the only ones who have recognized how good Sagal is on the cable series. She picked up the Golden Globe this year as Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. She was nominated four times for a Golden Globe when she was on “Married with Children” but never won.

She’s hoping the show’s rabid fan base will grow this year. She’s not sure how much affect winning the Golden Globe will have on the series.

“It’s been a very nice compliment to get the Golden Globe. I think that more awareness from the show’s happened from Netflix more than winning the Golden Globe,” Sagal says. “We’ll see what kind of audience response we get to Season 4. I would like to think that any kind of notoriety we get will bring some more eyeballs. I just know for me personally it was really wonderful, so we’ll see if it brings more viewers. I don’t know.”

So far the ratings have been as much as 20% higher than last year.

THEATER REVIEW: Blue Man Group

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I approached my first Blue Man experience a little warily. I’d never seen a show, and what I’d absorbed from the popular culture made the whole concept seem a little overwrought and precious: blue-paint-slathered mimes playing the role of perpetually befuddled inquisitors, like aliens to Earth continually rediscovering all those wacky things humans do. (Um, you’ve already been here for a decade. Are you just slow?)

I’m happy to report that my view of the ubiquitous blue guys — whose creators have built an empire of Vegas and touring shows and a coming IMAX movie — was raised considerably after experiencing the opening performance at the Saroyan Theatre, the kick-off of a three-night run. Serving up a gregarious mishmash of physical comedy, pounding music, audience participation and dazzling stagecraft, this Blue Man Group touring show is a friendly, easy-going, laugh-filled spectacle. [Tickets]

Bee photos / Craig Kohlruss

Concert News: Rise Against, A Day to Remember & Awolnation rock Selland

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New Rock 104.1’s Christmas concert is bringing rock ‘n’ roll back to Selland Arena. The local rock station has announced a Dec. 10 “Nightmare Before Christmas” concert at the arena with Rise Against, A Day to Remember and Awolnation.

Tickets cost $39 and are on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. They’re available through Ticketmaster or at the Fresno Convention Center box office.

Just a little unsolicited opinion here: It’s nice to see a rock show at Selland Arena again. There was a time, a few years ago, that it was hosting bands such as My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy, who weren’t quite Save Mart Center-ready yet. Hopefully we see more like this — that seems like a good niche for Selland.

On TV tonight: ‘Glee’

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Film Review Glee The 3D Concert Movie.JPG “Glee” 8 p.m. KMPH (Channel 26.1): Has the shine gone from this series? The early ratings for this season haven’t been great and that comes on the heels of the 3D concert movie flopping at the box office. Then there was that debacle with saying certain popular cast members wouldn’t be coming back. Even the buzz on the Internet has been minimal.

If the show is in trouble, there’s a question of how much series creator Ryan Murphy will be able to help. His new series, “American Horror Story,” launches next week. It’s an ambitious project that’s going to need all of his energy if it is to survive.

In an effort to give “Glee” a spark, Idina Menzel returns tonight. This kind of stunt casting is getting a little old.

The episode does feature a couple of good musical numbers but there is a really feeling of – been there, done that – slipping into each new episode.

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