It’s the last week of the year, a perfect time for The Beehive to look back at our favorite moments of 2010.
We’ll have posts each day this week on different topics (our favorite Fresno additions, our favorite releases of the year, etc). We start today with our favorite events of the year.
Check out our picks, then leave your own in the comments.
HEATHER: My favorite event was Swedefest, parts 5 and 6. I submitted a video for each festival; the first was a parody of “Forrest Gump,” the second was “Raising Arizona.” Both films featured my brother James — we had a lot of fun filming them and then having an audience watch the fruits of our labor. And, of course, watching the other Swede entries is always a good time.
DONALD: For me, the event of the year was a simply amazing performance by Ballet Folklorico de Mexico in March. The dancing was so precise that it made the Rockettes look like school girls on a playground. But that precision didn’t create robotic tension, which I’ve occasionally experienced watching highly trained dance companies in which uniformity is valued above all. The Ballet Folklorico folks have heart and soul to the very depth of their movements, an exquisite and finely articulated grace that nevertheless still feels brash, proud and personal. I haven’t forgotten this performance all year.
MIKE OZ: I loved Fresno Urban Sound Experience 2010. Not just because of the music (what I heard was great, but I was tethered to the Beehive stage most of the night). What really stood out to me was the sense of community that was built that night. People hopping from venue to venue and giving us a thriving cultural arts district on a Saturday night. It was great — if only for one night. Here’s hoping in the future it’s not just a one-time feeling.
JOAN: My favorite event was Rachel Granillo winning Jif’s “Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest.” I loved seeing the community rally around this little girl. It was your online votes that earned her a spot in the finals. And Rachel’s classmates were very supportive; when she called them with the news, they erupted in cheers.
Of course, the $25,000 in scholarship money doesn’t hurt, but I get the feeling Rachel will appreciate the magnitude of that prize once she gets older. She was just thrilled to have fun with the other finalists in New York City. And she made a point of thanking people — including me — who publicized her entry. My message to Rachel: It was my pleasure.
KATHY: Seeing Muse in concert in Oakland was the most memorable and awesome event for me this year. It was by far one of the best rock shows I’ve ever seen. Though, I’m still bummed they never made a tour stop in Fresno.
YOUR TURN: Favorite event of 2010? Let’s hear ‘em.