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Peace out, Beehive

Well, the day is here. My final Beehive post. I’ve written too much already about leaving The Bee, so I won’t do that again. You can read my final column from today’s Bee for the proper Fresno farewell.” For you Beehivers, I just want to leave you with an important video. This place and you readers have meant so much to me over the years. I’ll miss you. But be excellent.

Post No Bills: Fresno Fliers for 2/1

Welcome to an all-new installment of Post No Bills — my final one at the helm. Thanks to the people who have contributed to Post No Bills over the years and the people who have enjoyed it and shared it with friends.

Without any further ado, look below for biggest gallery of local events on the Fresno web scene — concerts, club parties and community events. Need something to do? Then this is the place to look.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Besides sneaking your way into that George Strait show that’s hella sold out.

1. GO SEE A SHOW AT FULTON 55
You can see another country legend (sorta!) — as Johnny Cash tribute Cash’d Out plays tonight. They’re legit — as in they can make Cash’s daughter cry. Then Saturday, S.F.’s Nicki Bluhm comes to play some fun folky music for you. She’s legit too. [More]

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Fres-Know: Did they just say Siabu?

CHECK THIS OUT: Chaffee Zoo Orangutan predicts Super Bowl champs. [ABC 30]

WOAH: Siabu is viralling, getting love all over the Internet, including … [Time]

AND THEN: This Bay Area blogger uses it as a chance to talk smack about us. [SF Weekly]

CONTEST: The Bee wants to see your best photos, Niner fans. [The Bee]

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno is the No. 2 energy-drink chugging city. [Marketing Daily]

LOSER OF THE WEEK: Fresno dude who gets 7 years in jail after 8th DUI. [The Bee]

WE’RE MOURNING: “No Suits, No Ties, No Lies” Guy’s car dealership. [The Bee]

WELCOME TO THE ‘NET: Downtown Fresno Partnership’s blog. [Downtown Fresno Blog]

KICKSTART: Two local mobile food operations. [TasteFresno]

YOU SHOULD BE READING: George Hostetter’s stories about walking the the city. [City Beat]

LISTEN TO THIS: Latest Flowing with Famous podcast. [Fresno Famous]

(DON’T) WATCH THIS: Happy Birthday video to some dude named Fresno. [YouTube]

VINTAGE: “Bobby Salazar” by Brian Kenney Fresno. [YouTube]

SPORTS: Fresno State’s Philip Thomas gets WashPost feature. [Washington Post]

Podcast: Ozmosis #53 (One-Year Anniversary Show)

Well, this is the last Ozmosis podcast you’ll find here on The Beehive. And it’s a good one. Here’s the one-year anniversary show, which includes lots of good music from Kate Nash, Free Energy, Christopher Owens and Jake Bugg, among others. Of local note: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister and Nicki Bluhm are featured (playing Fulton 55 on Thursday and Saturday, respectively), as are Sir Sly (Friday at The Cellar Door). You can also check out Born Betty, the “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week. Remember to catch new episodes of Ozmosis every Sunday night at 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1. For future podcasts, go to the Ozmosis blog.

Ozmosis – One-Year Anniversary Show (01.27.13) by Mike Osegueda on Mixcloud

Ten soon-to-be rejected taglines for Tim Tebow’s upcoming Fresno appearance

Tim Tebow is coming to Fresno for the inaugural Inspire Gala, according to reports out of KMPH this afternoon.

The popular but embattled quarterback — known for his steamy good looks, unorthodox throwing and strong Christian faith —  will be the star of the April 5 event at Fresno Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall. It’s a joint effort between Break the Barriers and Fresno Christian Schools. Tebow is reportedly getting paid $150,000 to appear. According to The Bee, tickets cost $150 and go on sale Feb. 19.

As we wait for Tebowmania to sweep through Fresno, we thought up 10 potential taglines that could swell interest among the masses. Something tell us organizers will pass, but what the heck, we’ll share with you.

*** Drumroll, please ***

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

After you read my “farewell” column from today’s Bee.

1. FIND YOUR LATIN R & B GROOVE AT FULTON 55
Latin R & B group Tierra, 40-year vets of the music biz, are a perfect fit for this oldies-leaning town. Fresno music lovers should gobble up their Saturday night show at Fulton 55. Also: My favorite show poster of the week. [More]

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Podcast: Ozmosis #52

I’m biased, being that it’s my radio show and all, but I think this week’s installment of Ozmosis has some good music on it. Cold War Kids, Sir Sly, Swim Deep, Stone Foxes — just to name a few. Locals The Unbelievable are the Tioga-Sequoia “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week. If that all sounds tasty, then listen to the podcast below. Remember to catch new episodes of Ozmosis every Sunday night at 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1.

Ozmosis #52 (01.20.13) by Mike Osegueda on Mixcloud

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Gif of the Day: the joy of Sloane Stephens

If you wanted to show someone what the emotive combination of surprise and joy looks like, you should show them this gif of Sloane Stephens, the 19-year-old rising star who is the talk of the tennis world after upsetting Serena Williams at the Australian Open on Tuesday. She looks so happy she’s about to jump out of her own body. (If the image doesn’t load for you, just go here).

What’s this doing on our Fresno blog, you ask? Well, Stephens lived here as a child before moving to Florida to pursue her tennis career. Congrats, Sloane, from us back here in Fresno.

[gif via @CJZero on Twitter]

Concert News: Vicente Fernandez’s Fresno farewell — now rescheduled

You might recall a few months back when Latin music icon Vicente Fernandez canceled the sold-out Fresno stop on his farewell tour because of health problems. Fans were sad, left to get refunds on thousands of tickets.

Well, now it’s time to start buying again.

Fernandez, seemingly in better health, will now perform at Selland Arena on April 12. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, costing $48, $70, $95, $150 and $175. In case you’re wondering: these are the same prices as the previous show. So just consider that a warm-up run. Tickets will go fast the second time around. Maybe even faster.

You can buy them at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or the Fresno Convention Center box office.

Concert News: A Day to Remember returns to Fresno

Rock band A Day to Remember — popular with the teenage/Warped Tour crowd — will roll back into Fresno on April 19, as part of a just-announced spring tour.

The all-ages show is at Rainbow Ballroom and also features Of Mice & Men and Issues. Tickets are on sale Friday and cost $28.50. Here’s a Facebook event link and the ticket page via Vallitix.

We’ve seen ADTR in Fresno numerous times over the years, the most recently at the New Rock 104.1 Nightmare Before Christmas concert at Selland Arena in December 2011. Before that, it was at the Rotary Amphitheater at Woodward Park in April 2011 and at Rainbow Ballroom in May 2010.

Like that previous Rainbow show, this one is being promoted by Numbskull Productions. Below is a video from the band’s Woodward Park appearance.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

While starting down the “20 ways to be a better Fresnan” checklist.

1. MAKE YOURSELF EXPENDABLE
Laid-back reggae/rockers The Expendables are playing what’s probably the biggest gig of the weekend, tonight at Fulton 55. If you like Slightly Stoopid, you’ll like them. We hear it’s closed to selling out. So don’t slack. [More]

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Local band Poor Man’s Poison wins $100,000 Texaco Country Showdown

Well, you can’t call Hanford band Poor Man’s Poison poor tonight. The Americana/folk/country group won first place and $100,000 at Texaco Country Showdown in Nashville.

The contest started with 50,000 contestants nationwide, with five regional winners duking out tonight in Nashville. Jewel hosted the competition, which eventually will be televised nationally. The country showdown has helped launch the careers of stars such as Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert.

A simple “They won” was the update on the band’s Facebook page, followed by this picture about 10 minutes later:

In a Q & A that published in today’s Fresno Bee, I asked bass player Dustin Medeiros what he thought winning would do for Poor Man’s Poison. His answer: “I’m not totally sure that winning or not will change our future.” Something tells me Poor Man’s Poison’s future just got a lot brighter.

[photo: Poor Man’s Poison’s Facebook]

Concert News: More country is a-comin’

We already got a Kenny Chesney concert announcement this week, now comes two — yes TWO — notable country acts coming to the Clovis Rodeo in April. Rising duo Love & Theft will perform April 25 (a Thursday night) and Dustin Lynch plays April 26 (Friday).

The Friday night concerts at the rodeo have long been a tradition, but you might recall last year, the rodeo added a Thursday night show. The first one, was a 180-degree turn, going pop with “American Idol” winner David Cook. This time, the rodeo is back in its country comfort zone.

Both concerts start after that night’s rodeo. Tickets are available now, costing $20-$30 per show, or $50 for both. Tickets also include admission to the rodeo. Get tickets at clovisrodeo.com. For you buy-in-person types, get the tickets at the rodeo grounds starting March 5.

If you’re looking for a live country trifecta, don’t forget about the recently-announced Dierks Bentley show at Table Mountain Casino, which is happening just a couple days later, on April 29. Tickets for that one cost $25-$45. They, however, are not on sale until March 18.

Fres-Know: Our fake girlfriend is in great health, thanks for asking

WATCH THIS: New tourism ad for Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau. [YouTube]

TRENDING: Fresno, thanks to CBS 47, is at forefront of “Teoing.” [Huffington Post]

NEWS: Deadline looms in fight about trash outsourcing. [The Bee]

TAKE THIS: Season-end survey for Fresno’s downtown ice rink. [SurveyMonkey]

VINTAGE: Flier of first shows from Fresno’s Cadillac Club. [Facebook]

THROWBACK JAM OF THE WEEK: “Fresneck” the song. [YouTube]

WTF FRESNO: “Homeless” man tosses urine container in office building. [The Bee]

GOOD NEWS: Valley home prices up in December. [News Blog]

NEW ON THE WEB: The “I Believe in Downtown Fresno” pledge. [ibelievefresno.org]

FACEBOOK FIGHT OF THE WEEK: About this ^^^ [Facebook]

DROP THAT CLASS: Fresno State lecturer — with crazy eyes — arrested. [The Bee]

READ THIS: The teacher’s reviews from his students. [Rate My Professor]

YELP REVIEW OF THE WEEK: Vegetarian review of Doghouse Grill. [Yelp]

Podcast: Ozmosis #51

Santigold, Ra Ra Riot, Atoms for Peace and Parquet Courts are among the artists you’ll hear on this week’s Ozmosis podcast. On the local level: We’ve got Ted Nunes/Richfield as the Tioga-Sequoia local artist of the week (catch ‘em Friday night in Visalia), and we’ve giving you a taste of Ash Reiter, who is at Audie’s Olympic on Saturday night. All that and more cool new music you don’t hear on the radio all the time. Listen to the podcast below and catch new episodes of Ozmosis every Sunday night at 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1.

Ozmosis #52 (01.13.13) by Mike Osegueda on Mixcloud

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Bye-bye, Beehive

I don’t know how to start this blog post, so I’ll just blurt out the news: I’m leaving.

For more than 10 years, I’ve been writing for The Bee, and for much of that, The Beehive too. At the end of month, I’m starting a new chapter. I’ve taken a job with Yahoo! Sports, where I’ll be writing about Major League Baseball for their Big League Stew blog. My last day with The Bee is Jan. 31.

It’s a somewhat foreseeable conclusion, I suppose. If you look back at my first days in Fresno — oh, June 2002, how fun you were — I was a fresh-out-of-school hire for The Bee, who had only written about sports. The bosses took a chance on me and gave me an entertainment gig. The executive editor at the time, Charlie Waters, made me promise I wouldn’t try to angle for a sports job withinin the first six months.

Turned out, I loved my entertainment gig and the opportunity it gave to explore Fresno and the Central Valley. Along the way, The Beehive was born. It wasn’t long before this place was my baby. I loved the blogging platform, the Beehive team, the fun we had and the community we built. It won’t be easy to say goodbye. Between writing the posts, officiating the comment wars and organizing the parties, I’ve put more time into this site than anything in my professional life.

Because you’re probably wondering: No, I’m not leaving Fresno. At least in the foreseeable future. I’ll still be here, enjoying the jewels of our community, going to shows, eating tacos and seeing many of you loyal blog readers out and about. My radio show, Ozmosis, will continue too.

I don’t know how to end this post either. So if you’re reading this, I’ll just say thank you.

Concert News: Kenny Chesney back in Fresno this summer

UPDATE: Save Mart Center just confirmed this. Tickets go on sale Feb. 8. Ticket prices still to come.

ORIGINAL POST: For all the star country singers who come to Fresno, one we don’t see too often is Kenny Chesney. He was last here in 2005.

Well, that’s changing. Today, Chesney announced a batch of new tour dates for 2013 and Fresno was on the list. He’ll be at Save Mart Center on July 24, according to his announcement.

The date hasn’t yet been confirmed by Save Mart Center. There are no ticketing details either. But we’ll update when all that stuff rolls in. Chesney’s announcement did say that Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves would open.

Concert News: Cold War Kids back in Visalia

We’ve got our first big indie rock show announcement of 2013. Cold War Kids are coming back to Visalia’s Cellar Door on Feb. 22.

The band was last there in 2010, and has been playing in Fresno since before it blew up and started playing Coachella and stuff. John Esquivel (whose Religious Appeal is co-promoting this one) recalls those days. As per usual, Sound N Vision Foundation is also behind this.

Tickets cost $15 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. You can get them online at Ticketweb, in Visalia at Velouria Records and The Cellar Door. Fresnans aren’t left on this one, either. You can get tickets at Cafe Corazon and SBI.

Check out my Concert Watch column from The Bee for more concert news, including some new bookings at Frank’s Place and Gordon Lightfoot in Hanford.

PREVIOUSLY: Wish you were here: Ghostface Killah & Cold War Kids

2012: The Beehive Year in Review

Yes, we’re halfway into the first month of 2013 — but I realized I forgot to do one of these Beehive Year in Review posts. I swear it’s the last looking-back-at-2012 post I’ll write. If I didn’t do this post, though, how would you know which contests you entered the most and which commenters are still in our “top 10?” See. You’re welcome.

So without further ado — unless you want me to drag this out another 14 days — here are the most read and most commented Beehive posts of 2012, along with our most prolific commenters.

Whether you’re on the list or not, thanks to everyone who participates in the site, either by reading and responding, sharing links with your friends or even grumbling to yourself about what we write. You’re all appreciated.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

While pondering a downtown public market.

1. HAVE AN UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
NYC hip-hop duo Camp Lo — famous for their stellar 1997 album, “Uptown Saturday Night” — are at Fulton 55 on Saturday as part of the anniversary tour for the album. It’s a cool gig, particularly if you’ve never seen “Luchini” pour from the sky. [More]

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Fres-Know: In your face, Fresno

OH SNAP: “Dunk of the year” last night at Save Mart Center. Against the ‘Dogs. [CBS Sports]

HOWEVER: Fresno State football an “early” top 20 for 2013. [USA Today]

GRRRRRR: Fresno fourth unhappiest city for workers. We’re pissed. [Career Bliss]

BALLIN’: Warren Buffet affiliate buys local real estate company. [The Bee]

NEWS: Man jumps to his death from California Hotel. [The Bee]

HEAD’S UP: Gonna be a cold weekend. Bundle up. [The Bee]

RYAN BEATTY FAME WATCH: Here he is performing for Billboard. [Billboard]

SPORTS: Tyler Bray — Kingsburgian and Tennessee QB —  declares for NFL draft. [The Bee]

WATNEY WATCH: Ex-KMPHer Heidi Watney debuted Wednesday on MLB Network. [MLB]

RADIO SCENE: New programming at Soft Rock 98.9 and KMJ. [The Bee]

GOOD READ: “The Grizzlies are ready for their close-up.” [MiLB]

FROM THE BLOGROLL: The Cured Ham on Iron Bird Cafe’s closure. [The Cured Ham]