Win tickets to see Kreayshawn

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UPDATE: Winners have been notified! Thanks for participating.

ORIGINAL POST: Kreayshawn visits Rome Nightclub next week for what’s looking like the biggest Fat Tuesday event in town. The Oakland-bred rapper had a hit both online and on the radio with her song, “Gucci Gucci” — which has something like 31 million YouTube views these days.

Known for her outrageous personality and questionable vocabulary, Kreayshawn should be nothing if not interesting to see perform live. I interviewed her the other day — the story is coming next week — and she said she might get drunk and flash Fresno.

If that sounds like you’re kinda party, you can buy tickets here. If you wanna try to win some, we can help with that too. We’ve got five pair of tickets we’re giving to Beehive readers. To enter the contest, leave a comment telling us what crazy rap name you’d give yourself. Deadline to enter is 10 a.m. Monday Tuesday. I’ll pick the winners at random and notify them via e-mail. So please leave a real address and please check it. Complete rules below.

Concert News: ‘Idol’ David Cook yee haws in Clovis

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“American Idol” winner David Cook is coming back to the Valley, but he’s not playing where you might expect.

Cook, it was announced today, will perform at the annual Clovis Rodeo.

Music isn’t new to the rodeo. It generally has a big country show on the Friday night of the rodeo’s run. This year, that’s already been announced as Justin Moore, who performs April 27.

Now the rodeo is doing something that it hasn’t done in recent memory — adding a pop concert. Cook will perform April 26, which is the rodeo’s first night. The music starts after that night’s rodeo, which features the PBR riders. Tickets are available now, cost $22 and include rodeo admission.

A local tradition: Reedley’s Fanny

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I’ve always had a soft spot for Reedley’s River City Theatre Company, which under the hard-working direction of Mark Norwood has become a staple of theater life in the South Valley. Norwood and his creative partner Darrell Devaurs have penned almost two dozen original musicals together, and since 2005 they’ve included a signature character common to them all: the larger than life Fanny Feastyoureyes.

The newest incarnation of Fanny — played from the start by town pharmacist Matt Wiebe — appears in “A Royal Fanny,” a musical comedy set in Elizabethan England that Norwood describes as “Queen meets Dr. Seuss meets Elton John meets ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ ” It opens today and continues through March 11 at the historic Reedley Opera House. I write about the show and the past lives of Fanny in Friday’s 7 cover story.

Norwood hopes he can draw theater fans from outside Reedley to this show, and in doing so he’s courting more the “Avenue Q”/”RENT” crowd than “Oklahoma” fans. A tip of the hat to him for that.

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From page to stage: Creating the costumes for ‘Yo, Vikings!’

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I’ve been following the progress of the new musical “Yo, Vikings!” — which will receive its West Coast premiere at Children’s Musical Theaterworks — on the Beehive for several months now. As opening night rapidly approaches March 2, the show’s production team has kicked into higher gear. Today we spend some time with Trina Short, the costume designer.

The musical is based on the popular book by Judy Schachner about a young girl with a vibrant imagination who stumbles upon a world of ancient Viking warriors. It’s been presented in workshop form and performed in a truncated version on the East Coast. The musical’s creative team, Sam Willmott and Marcus Stevens, who will be in Fresno for tech week, have added four new songs and expanded the show from 60 to 100 minutes for CMT’s March 2 premiere. Skyler Gray directs. For a detailed account of the progress of the show, check out CMT’s Tumblr.

We caught up with Short via email to chat about her contribution to the show.

Question: When you were reading the show through for the first time, what was the creative process like for you? Did you see fully formed costumes for each character in your mind? Or did you see something less specific than that?

Answer: The first time I read through the script, I was so caught up in the story and the characters, it was impossible NOT to imagine their costumes. During the next few days, I had a hard time concentrating on anything else until I could sit down and create some renderings for these larger-than-life vikings. The exciting (yet terrifying) thing about this show is that it has never been done before. These characters are going to be introduced for the very first time on our stage in costumes that I design and build!

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

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Lots to do this weekend. It’s hard to pick just five. A shout out is also due to local bands Poor Man’s Poison and Motel Drive for becoming the first local bands to sell out Hanford Fox Theatre for their Saturday night show.

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It’s Mardi Gras time! Sunday is the Tower District is Fresno’s annual parade. The rest of the afternoon should be filled with happenings in Fresno’s most happenin’ part of town. You can catch tunes at Audie’s Olympic (Dusty Buns will be out there too!) or party it up at Starline later in the night.

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Entertainment this weekend

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mil media weldon.JPG It looks like this will be a nice weekend as far as the weather is concerned. Should you decided to stay indoors, here are some entertainment options to consider.

TELEVISION

“Flying Home with Ronnie Paul,” 8 p.m. KSDI (Channel 33.2) and Comcast 200: Those of you old enough to remember local television personality Uncle Jimmy Weldon and Webster Webfoot can see what the pair have been up to when they appear on the local talk show. I didn’t live in Fresno when Weldon and the wise-quacking duck were on the children’s program that aired on Channel 47, then known as KJEO, at 9 a.m. weekdays throughout the ’60s. My first heard his work through the Hanna-Barbera cartoons where he was the voice of the pint-size duck Yakky Doodle.

DVD
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1″: The wedding of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) leads to a problem that could create a huge battle between vampires and werewolves. The first half is packed with as many emotional and contemplative moments as the brooding vampire, while the second half will have the kind of action that makes a werewolf howl. It’s a similar structure to the two halves of the final “Harry Potter” adaptation.

MOVIES
“This Means War”: The film is a breath of fresh air for the romantic comedy genre. It succeeds where so many others have failed because it blends a sweet and funny romance with a fun action story that doesn’t depend solely on the likability of the stars. Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon star.

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