Bike event gets you on the road to fun


reviveyourbike2012.bmpNo more excuses. It’s time to dust off your bike and hit the streets on two wheels. To help get you on your way, I Bike Fresno is holding its annual Revive Your Bike event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Manchester Center parking lot (northeast corner of Blackstone Ave. and Shields).

The event kicks off the Million Mile Challenge that’s part of Bike Month in May. The Million Mile Challenge encourages people in Fresno to log their bicycle miles in May in an effort to collectively reach 1 million miles. In 2011, cyclists logged 142,743 miles.

Revive Your Bike in a free expo. Organizers encourage residents to bring their bikes — rusty chains, flat tire and all — for complimentary service and repair. Local bicycle shops and volunteers will repair the first 150 bikes for free. Bike registration is 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., limit one bike, per-person.

The ladies of NOtown: Professor Harmsworth



The hard-hitting, sharp-skating women of NOtown Roller Derby start their home season this weekend, squaring off against the High Country Hellcats (Sonora) in two Saturday night bouts at the Fresno Fairgrounds.

This week, we’ve been helping you get to know some of the team through our Ladies of NOtown series. This is the final installment, starring Professor Harmsworth. We already met Hurricane Huckaby, Spanky Sample, Pookie and Buggie Smalls, so if you missed any those, go read ‘em.

FYI: The winner of our ticket giveaway was Maribel. No more free tickets, but remember you can buy them in advance at and save a few bucks.

UPDATE: You can win tickets to see ‘The Avengers’

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Film-2012 Preview.JPGThe winners of the reserved seats to see “The Avengers,” randomly selected from all of the comments, are Daniel, Danny, Sarah, Andrea and Virginia. They not only get a pair of seats to the advance screening but pick up a goody bag of “Avengers” items.

We asked you to pick with Avenger you would call if you were in trouble. The majority of you selected Iron Man as he got 36% of the votes while Thor was second with 26% and The Hulk finished third with 15%.

Thanks to all who participated. Keep an eye on the Beehive as there will be more movie-related giveaways.

ORIGINAL POST: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Nick Fury and Hawkeye will be looking to beat up some box office records when
“The Avengers”
officially opens May 4. The film marks the opening of the summer movie season.
Loyal readers of the Beehive know we try to make the wait shorter. We have five pairs of tickets to see an advance screening of the film at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at the Edwards Fresno Stadium 22. You won’t have to wait in a long line or show up days in advance. If you win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is show up that evening and head to a reserved seat.

And, just to make the pot sweeter, as if that was necessary, we have a prize package – cap, T-shirt, buttons, etc. – for each of the five winners.

Here’s what you have to do. Send me a comment of which Avenger you would call if you were in serious trouble. A random drawing of those comments will determine the five winners.

Comments must be posted by 10 a.m. Friday, April 27. You will be notified if you are a winner.

Good luck. Avengers assemble!

The rules and regulations are below.

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend


In addition to the stuff we’ve already told you about: NOtown Roller Derby, Creative Fresno’s weekend events and the Fresno Film Festival.

Local music vet Michael Keeney was injured pretty bad in March in a skateboarding accident. He had a compound fracture and broke his leg in two places. Ouch! Tonight, the local music scene is chipping in to raise money for him with a big genre-jumping show at Fulton 55. Good cause aside, that’s a lot of good local music. Add the cause, and that’s a good way to spend $10. [Tickets]


Louise Mandrell: Welcome to Fresno

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You could say that today marks the first official day of Louise Mandrell’s long-term relationship with Fresno — and it’s clear she’s eager to win the city’s heart. Mandrell made headlines in December when she announced that she’ll play the title role in the Good Company Players production of “Calamity Jane,” which runs July 19-Sept. 16. This will be the first time in the company’s history that a “big name” will be brought in for a show.

The first round of auditions for the rest of the cast of “Calamity Jane” is Saturday, and as you can imagine, there’s a huge amount of interest among the local theater community. Mandrell flew in from Nashville in honor of the occasion, and this morning she embarked on a round of TV/radio appearances to drum up interest for the show. She was scheduled to meet with GCP’s designers, get a costume fitting and tour the space. This weekend, she’ll also get a tour of Fresno and see the two current GCP productions, “Grace & Glorie” at the 2nd Space Theatre and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at Roger Rocka’s, where “Calamity Jane” will be performed.

While she’s here, she’s also taking part Saturday morning in the Clovis Rodeo parade.

On Monday, Mandrell will attend the call-backs for the “Calamity Jane” auditions, where she’ll get the first chance to check out her onstage leading man, the character of Wild Bill Hickok. She’ll return to Nashville after that, but she’ll return soon for rehearsals and the nine-week run of the show.

I’ll be posting photos of Mandrell taken by GCP staff — and I plan to drop in at the callbacks to meet Mandrell in person. As the production approaches, I’ll be updating this special blog series.

Back to Fresno for a celebrated pianist


Pianist Ena Bronstein Barton lived for 14 years in Fresno from the late 1960s to the early 1980s — married to Philip Lorenz, she came with him to Fresno State — and she established a strong network of friends and students here. Now she returns for her first recital here since 1997 (3 p.m. Sunday, First Congregational Church).

I have an interview with her in Friday’s issue of 7. In it, I ask her about a photo I found on a website of Bronstein Barton, Lorenz and the famed Chilean-American pianist Claudio Arrau, widely considered to be among the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Here’s the photo:


Donald’s weekend picks

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I’ve already told you about “Master Class” at the Shaghoian Hall. And don’t forget it’s a big weekend for film fans with the Fresno Film Festival. With that said, I’m going to devote my picks this week exclusively to classical music opportunities, of which there are many!

The ensemble devotes a majority of pieces in its spring program to works written by late 20th-century composers. Among them: a lively original composition by local composer and accompanist Kevin Memley; and the world premiere of a popular Korean folk song arranged by Joungmin Sur, a Fresno State graduate student. Roy Klassen conducts. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, First Congregational Church.

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Entertainment this weekend


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“The Eighth Annual Fresno Film Festival,” tonight-Sunday, Tower Theatre: The three-day event includes five feature-length films, 16 shorts, live performances and appearances by filmmakers. The festival opens with the totally charming “The Fairy.”

“William & Kate: One Year Later,” 9 p.m. Saturday, The Learning Channel: The special marks the first anniversary of the royal couple by looking at the royal engagements and private moments that have kept Britain and the world enthralled. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been busy from hospital visits to rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars.

“Camelot”: The 45th anniversary of the film version of the Tony Award-winning stage production from Lerner and Loewe is being marked with the release of a special Blu-ray that includes 36 pages of photos, trivia and more. The wonderful musical, directed by Joshua Logan, based on T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King,” looks at the lives and loves of those during the reign of King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table. It’s a tale of honor, betrayal and duty.

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