It’s been a busy week on the retail front, with lots of highly anticipated stores announcing they’re coming, and at least one that said it’s leaving. Here’s the rundown.
Closing:Fresh & Easy announced Monday that it’s closing all three of its stores in Fresno and Clovis by April 3. The sales have already started at the stores (and are apparently quite crazy). It’s an end to the grand experiment of bringing a British-style, small-format grocer to the U.S. — at least in the Fresno area. The retailer never quite found its niche. The company lives on under a new American owner, and stores in Reedley and Lemoore will remain open.
One Fresh & Easy store that closed in recent years has been converted to a Grocery Outlet downtown and the one on Cedar Avenue near Shields Avenue is on track to become a library. It’s a little too early to tell what will happen to the two stores that are closing in Fresno and one in Clovis. Any ideas?
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I realized today that Timmy T. was conspicuously absent from the Grizzlies Fresno Famous Bobblehead contest (round of 16 voting ends 5 p.m. tonight). I say conspicuously, because Timmy T. (real name Timothy Torres) was born and raised in Fresno and was particularly famous for a quick moment in 1991 with his song “One More Try,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
On this very day, in fact.
We haven’t mentioned Timmy T. much of the Beehive lately, but he was of particular interest on the site for awhile, especially after rappers Fashawn and Omar Aura gave “One More Try” this awesome (and Fresnocentric) makeover in 2012.
Having a No. 1 single is no small feat, especially one with such a damn catchy chorus. So, my hats off and respect to Timmy T. Click through the jump to see a video of the original track.
You might want to get downtown for that $10 cup of coffee you’ve always dreamed of. Let that fuel you through the rest of the week, which is chock full of live music. Here is your weekly collated list. It’s another BANDGEEEEEK!
If you were super excited that Iggy Azalea would be in town for her “Great Escape Tour” in a little more than a month — prepare for disappointment.
The tour has been postponed. It will now kick off Sept. 18 in San Diego before stopping at the Save Mart Center, Sept. 20. Tickets will honored for the rescheduled dates, though shows in Baltimore, Las Vegas and Sacramento will not be rescheduled.
Opening acts for the rescheduled dates have yet to be announced, either. Originally, Nick Jonas and Tinashé were scheduled to play.
According to a release from the Save Mart Center, the tour was rescheduled “to accommodate for creative team availability and tour production plans …”
“It is extremely important to Iggy that she delivers the show she envisaged to share with her fans and that requires more time in development.”
Azalea was easily one of the biggest pop stars of 2014. Her single “Fancy” broke all sorts of airplay records and was the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. It was Billboard’s 2014 Song of the Summer, iTunes Best Song of 2014, the year’s most-streamed song on Spotify and the most-watched video on VEVO (and also a parody hit for Weird Al). Azalea was nominated for (but did not win) four Grammy Awards this year, including best new artist, best rap album, record of the year and best pop duo/group performance.
Rescheduling a tour like this seems like a major undertaking, though some news outlets saw it coming. And Azalea’s management seems to have taken over her Instagram account, which leaves one to wonder, “what’s up with Iggy?”
UPDATE: Heads up: The Australian Bee Gees March 12 date at the Saroyan Theatre has been canceled. No word from promoters as to why the show was canceled or if the rest of the show’s tour will be affected. Ticket refunds will be available at point-of-purchase locations, or through Ticketmaster beginning Monday, March 9.
Answer that in the comments section of this post and you’ll be entered to win tickets to see The Australian Bee Gees (a tribute to the brothers Gibb).
The multimedia touring concert show stops 7:30 p.m. March 12 at the Saroyan Theatre. The Beehive will give away several pairs of tickets this week (and next week, too. So stayed tuned). You have until 5 p.m. Friday March 6 to enter this round of the contest. Winners will be notified by email and must be able to pick the tickets up at the Fresno Bee office (1626 E. St.) during normal business hours.
While the Bee Gees (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb) are most often linked to disco (thank you “Saturday Night Fever”), the Australian-by-way-of-England group formed in 1958 and already had a successful career in the rock scene in the late ’60s. That success continued well into the 2000s with the deaths of Maurice (in 2003) and Robin (in 2012). Today, the band ranks among the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Elvis and Michael Jackson as one of the best-selling recording artist of all time. They are part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more than 2,500 artists have recorded covers of their songs.
The Australian Bee Gees celebrate the band’s full career, playing selections from its early days (“To Love Somebody”), the disco era (“Stayin’ Alive”) and beyond. The band also does a weekend residency at the Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas.
Watch a trailer for the show (and get the complete contest rules) on the jump.
Pictured: Rogue Street signs popped up on Olive Avenue this year. Photo credit: Bethany Clough.
One thing that’s caught some attention this year are the street signs that have popped up around the Tower. The signs point the direction to the various Rogue venues. They’re cool frankly, and people are talking about them. Bethany Clough snapped this photo and says “I’ve heard Fresno Ideaworks gets the credit for the signs, but haven’t been able to identify who specifically made them. One Instagram user, @chaubui7, had this to say about them: ‘We should keep such signs permanently around town — They pique your interest and would be great for tourism.’ ”
I feel like all I write about lately is barbecue restaurants opening. Here’s one more. The latest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens in Clovis Thursday in a former Blockbuster at Herndon and Fowler avenues near Vons. This is the small, quick-service Texas-style barbecue joint (that means no tri-tip) that also has restaurants in the El Paseo shopping center, Tulare, Hanford, Visalia and Porterville.
In what Dickey’s folks are calling a “three day party,” they’ll be gift card giveaways on Thursday, a visit from “Mr. Dickey” as they call the chairman on Friday complete with $2 pulled pork sandwiches (that’s one at right), and more giveaways on Saturday.
If you’re burned out on Dickey’s, here’s some other happening barbecue restaurants in town:
Today is the release of the Danny Trejo’s straight-to-DVD-film “VANish.” The film, which Screen Rant calls “Reservoir Dogs” meets “Buried,” is the debut from writer/director Bryan Bockbrader and takes place completely inside a kidnapper’s van (which you could probably surmise from the name).
Of local note: the film’s opening sequence features music from electronic musician/singer/producer Sahab. Click through the jump to see a quick video from the film screening earlier this month.
You’ll remember Sahab released his second album “Kittysiclosis,” in November. The guys over at the Spanspek blog compared it to Kanye West’s “808s” and “Heartbreak.”
You can catch the singer next Thursday (March 5) at Audie’s Olympic Tavern with guests Mike G and Left Brain (of Odd Future fame). It’ll be a Sahabratory Experience.
Tailspin Tommy’s Aerodrome Eatery has closed — but maybe not for long. The little cafe at Chandler Airport where you could eat a burger and watch small planes land and take off closed Friday. The owners, who both have full-time jobs outside the restaurant, said the restaurant rarely paid for itself and they ended up paying bills out of their own pockets. Once the staff — including the purple-haired worker who had a sweet goodbye on Facebook — got other jobs, they decided with a heavy heart to close it.
But, they are close to finalizing a deal with an owner-operator who may have an easier time keeping the place afloat. I’ll keep you updated on that. The restaurant has been Tailspin Tommy’s for about three years, but a restaurant much longer than that.
One of Fresno’s quirkiest and most-loved stores is closing, but there’s news of a lots of openings in the works too. Here’s a rundown on what’s happening the shopping and eating world in Fresno and Clovis.
Closing: Kwirkworld. The River Park store known for novelties such as stick-on hipster mustaches and socks that say “bacon” is closing. Owner Kirk Psenner is returning to selling real estate. He said Wednesday: “When I look at the economic picture, it’s the difference between just skating by and going back to my passion that I was hugely successful at.” You can see the full story here and read the announcement Kwirkworld posted on its Facebook page here. The store will close sometime in March and is already having a sale.
Possibly opening:Hobby Lobby. The craft retailer that makes headlines for other things confirmed it is looking to open in Fresno. “We are actively looking for a location in Fresno but nothing has been signed as of yet,” says spokesman Vince Parker of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.
You may want to travel some this weekend, while the gas is still cheap. Or, you can just take your car to one (or more) of the awesome concerts happening through the week. Here’s a handy-dandy compiled list for you. Here’s your BANDGEEEEEK!
W/ Barry McGuire, Terry Talbot, Steph Stoltenberg, Eva Scow, Ray Haney, Carl Deese, Jimmy McCartey, Roger Perry and the Terry Talbot Student Band. At Tower Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $18.50-$53.50. (Flier link)
Here is a crazy thought: More than 80% of students in Fresno Unified School District qualify for free school meals and for some it might be the only daily meal they get.
That means between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday, there are students who struggle to find food, says Jessica Nazaroff, who along with Shelby Dart started the nonprofit Feed our Future last march.
Each week, the pair provides bags of non-perishable, easily prepared food items to students at Addams Elementary. These are students with chronic food insecurity, Nazaroff says.
In less than a year, the program has grown from 50 students to 125 students.
Nazaroff would like to do more.
“I would love to see at at 300 by the end of the year,” she says.
“Ultrasonic,” the latest book from Fresno author Steven Church, is a divergent collection of essays tied together by the theme of sound.
It’s the pop of a racquetball on a concrete wall, of heavy metal music used as torture. It’s the tap-tapping of trapped miners and ultrasonic whir and hiss of his baby daughter, developing in her mother’s womb.
Individually, the stories are ruminations on Fresno and fatherhood, on etymology and death.
And Elvis. What would it be like to play racquetball with the King?
As a whole, the collection is the synthesis of Church’s creative process; “The the kind of rabbit hole Church tumbles down while researching his work,” as I wrote in a feature on the author when the book was released in December.
Church will read from and sign copies of his book, 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Alice Peters Auditorium, at Fresno State, where Church teaches and is the founding editor of “The Normal School” literary magazine. The event is part of 2015 Reading Series, which is presented by The MFA Program in Creative Writing and the Fresno Poets’ Association. It is free and open to the pubic.
Right about now you may be looking to lock yourself up in full quarantine. Brave it out and get to one of these awesome concerts happening through the week. They are once again collected here in out weekly BANDGEEEEEK! roundup.
Pete Salazar doesn’t label himself as a “promoter,” even though his company, Diehardz Music, has been booking and promoting live music in Fresno for more than a half decade.
“We are fans of pop-culture, music, movie, sports and selling collectibles,” Salazar says.
Along with concerts, his team helps with band merchandising and printing and created the biannual Rock N Shop indoor mall show.
Diehardz celebrates its seventh anniversary on Saturday with Stellar, a tribute to Incubus, plus locals Amorata, Days Under Authority and Rise the Ruler. We emailed with Salazar, just to get nostalgic.