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Tonight: Brew Bingo at Peeve’s Public House

1236062_540558375998859_422588061_nYou may recall a piece I wrote back in July on the rising popularity of bar games–specifically Brew Bingo. Brew Bingo is pretty much like it sounds. You take your grandma’s game of luck, mix in a few tasty alcoholic beverages and … BINGO! (to make that bad pun).

At the time I wrote the story there was a monthly game hosted at Fresno Brewing Company, the coffeehouse/bar down on the Fulton Mall. It was a successful weeknight event that drew a large and diverse (relatively speaking) crowd. Well, Fresno Brewing Company is gone, but the game will continue. Peeve’s Public House and Local Market, which took over the FBC space will host its first Brew Bingo, 8 p.m. tonight.

I mention this because it’s another opportunity to get a sneak peak at the place — it’s not open officially until Sept. 16 — and because I will be tonight’s guest caller, along with nonprofit-volunteer-master Hilary Malveaux from Creative Fresno, Friends of the Library. The grand prize for the night is a round of golf (and a cart!) for four at Airways Golf Club.

Peeve’s will open at 6 p.m. for the event. Game time is at 8 p.m. In case you missed it last time, here’s a quick video of some Brew Bingo action. I will not be wearing a mank.

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Tonight: A good time is brewing for you indie rock fans

There’s a quality all-ages concert tonight (on a Monday!) at Fresno Brewing Co. on the Fulton Mall featuring L.A. band SISU.

Here’s the hook: SISU is a side project of Sandra Vu, who plays drum in Dum Dum Girls, an indie rock band signed to the famed Sub Pop record label. In SISU, Vu plays with another Dum Dum Girl, keyboardist Jules Medeiros, as well as guitarist Ryan Wood, drummer Nathanael Keefer and bassist Chris Stevens. The band’s music is dreamy and sparse, with gentle vocals backed by electro beats.

SISU is joined by two new-ish local bands: Natural Thrills and Double Jump. More info here.

Podcast: Ozmosis #42

It’s time to “Elevate Your Taste” with a new installment of my podcast/radio show Ozmosis. This week’s show has new music from Toro Y Moi, Paul Banks, Foals and DRGN King, among others. Also featured: Sir Sly (playing Saturday night at The Cellar Door in Visalia) and local singer J.J. Brown, who just put out a Veterans Day benefit song.

I’m also gabbing plenty about Ozmosis Happy Hour #3, which is Thursday at Fresno Brewing Co. with a Tioga-Sequoia “Steal the Glass” night for Movember. I’ll also be DJing at Carthop on the Fulton Mall on Thursday, which runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Listen to the podcast below and catch new episodes of Ozmosis every Sunday night at 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1.

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Mobile food feast CArthop begins today

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Today Fresno welcomes another step forward in its growing mobile food culture. CArthop, a weekly gathering of mobile food vendors, debuts at 10 a.m. on the Fulton Mall. The event is a joint effort from Dusty Buns Bistro Bus and Fresno Brewing Co.

It’s not quite Fresno’s version of Off the Grid. Instead, CArthop focuses on local, organic food. There’s also live music and art, making it seem a bit like a smaller, food-focused version of the Catacomb Party that happened in July

Today’s vendors include Dusty Buns, of course, plus Casa De Tamales, Summertime Pies and Mattie’s Mobile Wood Fired Pizza. It’ll take place on the mall, outside Fresno Brewing Co., which is at 1243 Fulton Mall, just south of CVS.

The Bee’s Bethany Clough had a nice piece about CArthop in Wednesday’s paper. You can read the whole thing, but this part will tell you more about the motivation behind the event:

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

In addition to the concerts I already recommended.

1. FILL YOUR EARS WITH LOCAL MUSIC
Tonight is the kick off of an interesting campaign by the folks behind Fuse Fest. They’re starting a Fresno Covers Fresno compilation. In short, as the name suggests, it’ll be Fresno musicians covering the music of other Fresno musicians. Hope is for the comp to be done at this time next year. This Tokyo Garden show is the start of fund-raising efforts for Fresno Covers Fresno. [More]

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Tonight: ArtHop, Jazz Hop and hip-hop

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All we’re missing tonight is kangaroos, apparently.

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

While you listen to The Beastie Boys.

1. THE FORCE IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE
I’ve been talking about it for a while, but it’s finally here: The Star Wars Pub Crawl in the Tower District to celebrate May 4 (aka May the Fourth Be With You). Ten different bars are in, with signature drinks, games and contests. The whole thing starts at 7:30 p.m. with a gathering of Jedis, Sith, wookies, etc., in the parking lot behind Livingstone’s. Read my column from The Bee for more info. [Info]

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7Qs #4 at Fresno Brewing Co.

For the next in my 7Qs series, I cornered Ephiram Bosse to ask him questions about his recently opened Fulton Mall business, Fresno Brewing Co. It’s a coffee place with plans for beer in the coming months — hitting both ends of the brewing spectrum, ya know?

Fresno Brewing Co. takes over the place that used to house Milano, Come & Get It Chicken & Waffles, Mom & Pop’s and various others.

One update to something Bosse talks about in the video: Twee Boutique, the cool Tower District boutique, has opened a second location next to Fresno Brewing Co., in what sounds like it’s going to be a commune of cool stuff.

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