Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

UPDATE: Win tickets to the Fresno premiere of ‘Parental Guidance’

The winners of the tickets to the advance screening of “Parental Guidance” have been selected.

They are: Doreen Nagle, bebe, Jennifer Caser, Luis Solis. Shaonmemdez, Zach, Jeff Pierce, Gaynell, Dwight Wilcox, Jeanne, Rose, Gwen, Shell, Pam, Nancy Castano, Barry Falke, Deborah Hamilton, denise, Frances, Ken Chavez, Jackie, Julita, Ryan, Mary Vaux, Erica Perez, Oscar, Janet Klise, Barb, Sandra Terrel, Christine, Joanne, Cisco Mendez, Susan T, Fresno Dan, Haley P, Emily Wedin, Lita, Angie Rosenthal, Joseph Rodriguez, Kris, Wes, Angela Whitney, Dan, Kristi, Kristen Petersen, Carrie, Sergio, Efren, Kim, Alexy, Raymond Gonzalez, Ron, Dixion Bainbridge, Frank, Edith, Dave, Chris, Jason Valasquez, Kristi, Terri, Julio, Monica, Kelly Nicholson, Paul Schlesinger, Wes, Leonor Villamueva, Kristen Wilson, Amanda Delgado, Ernie, Brian L. Baker, Charlie and Robert Lara.

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Taco Truck Throwdown 2: A mouth-watering recap


Are you still on a taco high? Last week’s Taco Truck Throwdown 2 was a huge success, so, first off, thanks to everyone who ate tacos, served tacos and spread the word.

Now that we’ve had a few days to digest all the data, The Beehive and our partners in this taco-munching extravaganza, The Fresno Grizzlies and, have all sorts of fun facts to share:

  • A total of 14,450 tacos were sold — that’s way up from 7,977 last year.

  • We had 13 trucks, from a variety of locales (Fresno, Sanger, Selma, Centerville, Fowler) and offered popular tacos like carne asada and al pastor, and the more avant garde, like Dusty Bun’s duck taco or Tako’s Spam taco.
  • The attendance at the Grizzlies game was 11,463, making it the fourth highest-attended game of the season and the fifth highest Thursday night game EVER for the Grizzlies. It’s also the 43rd highest attended Grizzlies game at Chukchansi Park.
  • That 11,463 figure was the highest attendance of the night in Minor League Baseball and even outdrew a pro game — the White Sox vs. Orioles in Baltimore.
  • A few other fun facts: 600 Taco Truck Throwdown T-shirts were sold, 125 #TacoTruckThrowdown pics were posted to Instagram and there were way too many Tweets to count.

Here’s some info on the winners, individual tacos sold and where you can find these vendors besides at Taco Truck Throwdown. Click the graphic below to enlarge.

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Taco Truck Throwdown 2: Everything you need to know


This year’s Taco Truck Throwdown 2 is Thursday (Aug. 30). So if you haven’t started your pre-TTT fast yet, I’m going to recommend you do that ASAP. This year’s event, organized by us and the Fresno Grizzlies, promises to be bigger and better than last year’s — which you might remember was a monster.

People will, no doubt, have questions though, so I put together this handy-dandy guide to all things Taco Truck Throwdown to help you prepare for the event.

Keep on reading. Then come out and fill your face will tacos at Chukchansi Park.

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Mark your calendar: Taco Truck Throwdown 2


People have been asking a lot lately, so it seems like a good time to stuff this yummy news down your face: Yes, Taco Truck Throwdown is returning for a second year. It’s happening Thursday, August 30 at Chukchansi Park.

We’ll still in the early planning phases, so I can’t tell you too much about what to expect beyond tacos, tacos and more tacos. You’ll recall that last year’s event had seven local taco trucks, serving up nearly 8,000 tacos.

All I can say for certain is we want it to be bigger, better and tastier. So if you know of a great taco truck that you’d like to see included this year, please leave a comment below or e-mail me info.

Video: The Great Fresno Tweetup 4

We had a great time last Thursday night at the #GreatFresnoTweetup, another of the local tweetups hosted by The Beehive and the Fresno Grizzlies. This slideshow does a good job of capturing the event — from the mingling local tweeps to our Amazing Race around the stadium (congrats to @CamHeathB and @Kris_Gee) and the always-fun photobooth brought to us by Craig Kohlruss Photography. (See all 200-something photobooth pics on our Facebook page).

Thanks to all who joined us, a big ol’ “you missed out” to the people who didn’t and, as always, a Beehive High-Five to everyone who worked hard to make this event a success. We’ll see ya at the next Beehive event, whatever it may be.

(btw, the song in the video is “California Feeling” by A B & The Sea, who just happen to be playing tonight at Fulton 55 with Tommy & The High Pilots.)

Great Fresno Tweetup: An update


We’re just a few days away from the Great Fresno Tweetup, our annual gathering of the Twittersphere with the Fresno Grizzlies. All the basic details were already announced, but here are a few cool updates:

  • On Tuesday afternoon, we’re having a downtown scavenger hunt (#DowntownScavengerHunt?) and the winner will get to throw out the first pitch at Thursday’s game. The first clue will come via Twitter, so watch @fresnobeehive and @fresnogrizzlies for that.
  • More fun: The Beehive is also hosting “Amazing Race — Tweetup Style” within the confines of Chukchansi Park. Space is limited to five teams of two. If you want to compete, let me know either by leaving a comment or tweeting me. It’ll start at 6:15 p.m.
  • Since Thursday is ArtHop and JazzHop, we’re adding a little bit of both our event. We’ll have live music from Patrick Contreras and art from Adam Valentino. Music starts at 6 p.m., when the gates open and beer sales start.
  • One thing to check out before the event is the debut of the Thursday Night Live concert series on the Fulton Mall, right outside the ballpark. MoFo Party Band is playing. It’s free and starts at 4:30 p.m.
  • Remember: To get on the list for the tweetup, RSVP to @fresnogrizzlies on Twitter.

Announcing: The Great Fresno Tweetup 4


Once again, The Beehive and the Fresno Grizzlies are happy to announce the annual convergence of the Fresno Twittersphere that we’ve dubbed The Great Fresno Tweetup.

It’s happening May 3 (that’s two weeks from today) at the Grizzlies game. The tweetup returns to the centerfield pool this year, which seemed to be a big hit two years ago. Expect the usual tweetup good time — a special $5 ticket with our very own $1 beer station (it’s Tecate Thristdays, ya know?), prizes and more.

Wanna go? If so RSVP to @fresnogrizzlies on Twitter. While you’re at it, be sure you’re following @fresnobeehive and @fresnobee too.

Watch our Twitter accounts for some pre-Tweetup fun — like a chance to throw out the first pitch. Oh, and be sure to tag all your Tweetup-related chatter with #GreatFresnoTweetup.

Save the Date: Beehive Birthday VII


The Beehive is 7 now. We had a birthday a while back. We didn’t make a big deal about it, so you didn’t notice. Besides, we both know what’s really important about our b-day — the party!

Today we’re happy to announce the details: We’re doing an after-hours shindig at Rotary Playland — open to adults and kids. There will be beer (gotta have beer at a Beehive bash, right?), rides, prizes, Scoopy and all the usual fun stuff that happens at our birthday party. There’s a $5 admission charge, but that gets you UNLIMITED rides. Yes, even the train. And kids? Well, they’re free if they’re 12 and under.

It’s happening Saturday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. And you know us, we’re going to have a bunch of fun Fresnocentric extras that will make this unlike any other time you’ve played at Playland.

One thing — tease, tease — that will play a prominent role in Beehive Birthday VII is an announcement we’re making this afternoon. So stay tuned for that and more updates on the fun we’re putting together for our annual Beehive bash! We hope you’ll join us.

Fresno Tweetup Goes Wild: the recap

A hearty thank you to everyone who helped us put together another fun Fresno Tweetup on Saturday night at Chaffee Zoo. It was our second Fresno Tweetup Goes Wild, but we also could have called it Fresno Tweetup Gets Sweaty. Heat aside, everybody seemed to have a great time, whether it was running around the zoo for our scavenger hunt, checking out Fierce Creatures playing in the Winged Wonders Amphitheatre or hopping in the photo booth.

We owe a big shout-out to Bee photog Craig Kohlruss for setting up the photo booth. FYI: You can hire him to bring the fun to your event. Get more details at If you want one of the pics, you can get them on our our Facebook page. Thanks also to our Scribble king, SW Parra, for his great caricatures.

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Fresno Tweeps: It’s time to get Wild


We’re a little bit more than 24 hours away from this year’s Fresno Tweetup Goes Wild 2, another of our local Twitter gatherings, this time invading Fresno Chaffee Zoo for an evening of animals, games, prizes, live music, beer and more.

We’ve already told you that Fierce Creatures are playing — and trust me, they’re worth the $5 admission price all by themselves. We’ve also got a number of prizes that are worth showing up for:

There’s still time RSVP to @FresnoZoo and/or @FresnoBeehive on Twitter. Just let us know you’re coming and you’ll be on the list. Not on Twitter? No problem. Fresno Tweeps can bring non-Twitter users with them and they get the same $5 ticket price. And remember, kids under 10 are free with adult admission.

Got questions about how everything works tomorrow? Read the FAQ below:

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

I’m soldiering through a taco throwdown hangover and have quite the busy day ahead, so please pardon my lack of full explanations on these. You don’t read the words anyway, you just look at the fliers, right? So here are the Five Things You Should Do This Weekend, in flier form … aside from, of course, stuffing your face.


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Fresno Tweetup Goes Wild … now with more Fierce Creatures


We thought Fresno Tweetup Goes Wild — our next big Fresno Tweetup happening Aug. 27 at Chaffee Zoo — could use a few more creatures. So we recruited one of our favorite Fresno bands to join us, Fierce Creatures.

There’s something just so fitting about Fierce Creatures playing at the zoo, isn’t there?

Wanna go? You still have time to RSVP on Twitter to @FresnoZoo and/or @FresnoBeehive. Just let us know you’re coming and you’ll be on the list. It costs $5 to get in to this excusive after-hours party with beer, games, prizes and, of course, Fierce Creatures. More info here.

Not on Twitter? No problem. Fresno Tweeps can bring non-Twitter users with them and they get the same $5 ticket price. Or just sign up and get an account. Be sure to follow @FresnoZoo, @FresnoBeehive and @FierceCreatures.

ALSO: Social Media Club Fresno is putting on an “Amazing Race” style competition within the Tweetup and is currently looking for four teams of two to compete. Interested? Hit ‘em up on Twitter.

What’s the best taco truck in the Valley?


Announcing the taco-tasting event the Valley has been waiting for: the Central California Taco Truck Throwdown.

OVERVIEW: The best taco truck in Central California will be crowned at a taste-off inside the gates of Chukchansi Park on Aug. 25. Carnivorous carne asada chasers can sample eight of the best traveling tacos that our Valley has to offer. And we sure have some good ones.

The event is brought to you by The Grizzlies, The Beehive and the upstart (an in-the-works site from myself, James of Taste Fresno and Floyd of Antilabs). This will be, to our knowledge at least, the first mobile food competition in the Central Valley. It’s also the Grizzlies’ final Thirsty Thursday of the season. Bring your appetite.

TACO TASTING SPECIFICS: If you’re an eager tortilla tasters, you’ll buy a flat-fee entry ticket that gets you into the Grizzlies game and procures you a punch-card allowing for one taco at each truck. At the end, you’ll cast a vote for the best overall taco. Ticketing details to be announced soon.

NOMINATIONS: We know some stellar taco trucks, but we don’t know them all. So we want to hear about your favorite spot. This is not just limited to Fresno, so if you know a great place in Parlier or Chowchilla or Selma, let us know. It just has to be a truck — not a restaurant or stand. Just a leave a comment with your nomination.

Fresno Tweetup Goes Wild — it’s back!


You had fun last year, we had fun last year, even the giraffes had fun last year, so it’s time we did a sequel. Once again, The Beehive and Chaffee Zoo are partnering for Fresno Tweetup Goes Wild, an after-hours party at the zoo where our local Twitter community can mix and mingle at a discounted price.

This year’s event is Saturday, August 27, from 5-8 p.m. Chaffee Zoo will be closed to the public, so it’s an exclusive event for the Fresno Twitter crew. Tickets will cost $5, and kids 10 and younger are free with their parent(s).

If you attended last year, and many of you did, you know it was a blast. There will be food, drinks, live music, and, of course, all kinds of games and prizes. Expect more details right here on The Beehive as the date gets closer.

A few notes on how the Tweetup will work:

  • You MUST message Chaffee Zoo (@fresnozoo) and/or The Beehive (@fresnobeehive) on Twitter to get on the list for $5 tickets.
  • You’ll pick up your tickets along with a nametag at the will-call table before the event. You can bring non-Tweeps with ya, but wouldn’t you rather just get them to join Twitter and add to our cool local Twitter community? Exactly.
  • The Zoo says all its usual animals will be out. We’ve got a few other fun things scheduled — like another Twitpic Scavenger Hunt and a variety of Tweetup Challenges for prizes.
  • Mark any and all Tweets about the event with the hashtag #wildfresno. And follow that hashtag for all the chatter about Fresno Tweetup Goes Wild.
  • If you’re not Twitter, you’ve got plenty of time to join and get into the swing of things. Be sure to follow @fresnobeehive and @fresnozoo first thing.

Great Fresno Tweetup 3: The Postgame

We’ve hit the final “send” on another fun Fresno Tweetup. Thanks to everyone who came out to The Great Fresno Tweetup 3 last night at Chukchansi Park. A good time was had by all, with a Grizzlies win, a big group of Tweeps, good prizes, an impromptu dance contest and a little planking. ABC-30 even came out and covered it.

Thanks to the Grizzlies for partnering with us once again, to The Standard, J-Live Entertainment, Fulton 55, Fireball Whiskey and Guadalarajara for prizes. And a big thanks to Bee photog Craig Kohlruss for setting up this most excellent photo booth to capture us Twitter goofs in all our glory:

Just FYI, folks, he does rent this out for events. Get more details at We’re also going to put all these photos on our Facebook page soon — so you can grab a specific photo there if you want to.

Big thanks to everyone who came out. We hope to see you again next time.

RSVP now for the Great Fresno Tweetup


We’re 10 days away from this year’s Great Fresno Tweetup 3, once again, a partnership between The Beehive and the Fresno Grizzlies. On June 16, we’ll turn the Grizzlies’ party deck into our own Tweetdeck, complete with our own $1 beer station, a photo booth, prizes and a chance to mingle with all your new BFFs from the local Twitterverse.

Want to come? Good. We want you there. Admission costs $5 and includes a ticket to the game and your first beer. Can’t beat that. You must RSVP on Twitter to get this special deal, so give @fresnogrizzlies a shout and let them know you’ll be there. While you’re at it, be sure you’re following @fresnobeehive and @fresnobee too.

Be sure to use and follow the hashtag #GreatFresnoTweetup to keep an eye on the chatter leading up to the event and find out about additional contests (first pitch, anybody?)

Save the date: The Great Fresno Tweetup 3

The first two were a blast, so expect tons of fun from The Great Fresno Tweetup 3, which we’ve scheduled for Thursday, June 16 with the Fresno Grizzlies.

Cheap baseball ($5 to get in), cheap beer (it’s a Thirsty Thursday) and the wonderful people from Fresno’s Twitter community — you won’t want to miss it. More details soon, but for now, put this on your calendar and start using the hashtag #GreatFresnoTweetup.


KRS-One speaks on hip-hop in Fresno

Hip-hop pioneer KRS-One was in town last week for a lecture and performance at Fresno State, then another performance two days later at Karma. His second show was the same night at the Beehive Birthday bash and he snuck in real quick to check out the party before his performance.

I talked to him for a bit, and asked him to give The Beehive a shout out (We forgive you for goofing on the URL, Blastmaster). He also talked a bit about Fresno hip-hop, mentioning some of our early ties to popping, and then references how Fresno isn’t exactly welcoming to hip-hop (more on that below).

As you might recall, only 150 people were allowed into KRS’ show at the university, leaving hundreds outside in the cold. Here’s a statement from Dr. T. Hasan Johnson, who teaches the hip-hop class in Fresno State’s Africana Studies Program and who organized the KRS-One visit and concerts. He explains a little bit about what happened at the performance and what he’s trying to accomplish within Fresno’s hip-hop community.

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Beehive Birthday VI: Photos & Thanks

Sorry, folks, that it took me a few days to get this posted. I took some time off after Thursday’s wonderful shindig and I’m back in the swing of things today. First up, here’s a slideshow showing all the fun we had at Beehive Birthday VI:

Thanks to Craig Kohlruss, Nick Gennock, Donald Munro, Kyle Lowe and Heather McLane for the photos. Thanks to Two Door Cinema Club for the song — even though I didn’t ask. Thanks also to Travis Sheridan, for proving his dedication to The Beehive with this Pecha Kucha salute to us:

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You rate the look: Travis Sheridan’s singlet

Travis Sheridan gave the Beehive bloggers a little ribbing, including my fashion posts, during his Pecha Kucha presentation at the birthday bash last night. At one point, while mocking the whole butt-drag controversy, he tore off a bathrobe to reveal this daring singlet. A gutsy fashion move? Or a moment he’ll regret for the rest of his life? (I mean really, Beyonce is probably the only human who actually looks good in one of these bodysuit getups.)

So I thought it would be fun to give the Beehive community the opportunity to critique his outfit. So what do you think? You rate the look:


Photo: Donald Munro

The Beehive & Sound N Vision Foundation present: Brother at Fulton 55


Love those great concerts that Sound N Vision Foundation puts on in Visalia? Wish it would do something in Fresno? Well, it is and it’s doing it with The Beehive.

The Beehive is proud of team with Sound N Vision for its first Fresno show — an April 22 date at Fulton 55 with rising UK rock band Brother and Fresno’s indie darlings Fierce Creatures.

This is the Fresno counterpart to our concert with SNV that brought Foster the People to Visalia in January.

These guys are really on their way up. They were on the cover of British music mag NME’s “New Stars of 2011″ issue They’ve got rockstar swagger, catchy cuts, a major-label deal and are about to come to the U.S. for the first time.

Brother’s debut album, — due in July — is being produced by famed producer Stephen Street (known for his work with Blur, Morrissey and others). They’re playing South by Southwest and a few other choice gigs. So we’ve lucky to have them in Fresno.

Check out their single “Darling Buds of May” below, which is a good display of their “gritpop” sound and will most likely get stuck in your head. Tickets are a mere $7. They’ll be on sale to the public soon, but we’re giving first dibs to Beehive readers. So go to Ticketweb and buy yours. I have a feeling this could end up being a big show, so don’t lag.

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You Review: Beehive Birthday VI

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We’re still a bit overwhelmed by last night’s Beehive Birthday bash. It was an amazing night with a great turnout — 455 people came through the door. We appreciate every last one of you. Thanks, Fresno!

It’s going to take some time to put together a full recap with photos and videos and whatnot (gimme the weekend, please?), but we at least wanted to thank everyone who was a part of the night, from the performers and vendors to the band and, of course, our wonderful hosts Fulton 55.

Just as a Friday morning talking point, we’re curious to hear what you loved about the party. Seeing Fulton 55 in action? The band? The art? Seeing Travis Sheridan strip down to a singlet in his Beehive Pecha Kucha presentation (buttdrag!)? KRS-One randomly showing up? Dueling food trucks set up outside the party? Mingling with cool Fresno people and great local organizations? Popping those delicious brownie shots? Caricatures and tattoos?

Likewise: Anything we could have done better? Any ideas or suggestions for next year?

Beehive Birthday VI: It’s almost upon us


We’re mere hours away from Beehive Birthday VI at Fulton 55, the new downtown concert venue at Fulton and Divisadero. It starts at 6 p.m. and is FREE to get in for the 21+.

We’ve worked hard on making it a great celebration of “All Things Fresno” and we hope you enjoy it. To get up to speed on what to expect, check out read this and this.

A few new things of note:

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