Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Fres-Know: 13 links to start off 2013

COULD THIS BE HAPPENING FINALLY? Fresno Public Market. [Facebook]

WOOT: Fresnan wins national contest for cheeseburger recipe. [The Bee]

YUCK: 14 Valley men arrested in international child porn case. [The Bee]

WATCH THIS: The latest episode of “Nothing to Do.” [Gotta Love Fresno]

WATCH THIS TOO: Highlights and bloopers from CBS 47′s morning show. Hi Zara. [YouTube]

WHERE’S WALDO, ERR … ROLANDO? Witness against Fresno PD goes missing. [The Bee]

WORST SONG OF THE WEEK: “I’m From Fresno” by Karr Lokz & Boo Boo Tha Foo. [YouTube]

INSIGHTFUL YELPER OF THE WEEK: Little Caesars. Five stars. Will write more later. [Yelp]

YELP WISDOM OF THE WEEK: Don’t get fooled by Ruth’s Chris. [Yelp]

READ THIS: Year ahead in 2013 entertainment, from Bee features writers. [The Bee]

AND THIS: Stories to watch in 2013 in Fresno. [Fresno Famous]

LISTEN TO THIS: New Flowing with Famous podcast w/ Josh and Mikey. [Fresno Famous]

ABOVE PHOTO: From #Fresno Instagram of the Day collection. [Instagram]

Fres-Know: The ‘Scoopy for President’ edition

WATCH THIS: Latest episode of  “Nothing to Do.” [GottaLoveFresno]

NEWS: City Council votes down Mayor’s requested dough for downtown. [The Bee]

ENDORSED: Obama’s second term by The Bee’s editorial board. [The Bee]

CHECK THIS: Parker’s trip to the San Francisco Giants victory parade. [Storify]

THIS WEEKEND: Two Cities Marathon. Plan your church routes carefully, Northsiders. [The Bee]

VINTAGE: A look back at the 1939 Fresno State football jerseys. [Uni Watch]

WATCH THIS: New promo for next weekend’s Swede Fest. [YouTube]

PWNED: Fresno Teachers Association, by Bill McEwen [The Bee]

ANNOUNCED: Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals’ annual honorees, banquet. [FLYP]

FROM THE BLOGROLL: Livening up your Day of the Dead. [Fashionably Bombed]

‘Nothing To Do’ back for Season 2

“Nothing To Do” lives on. The web series, hosted by @Hootz (aka Anthony Taylor), was selected to run a second season on You might recall that at its launch, Gotta Love Fresno featured three local clip shows, one of which would be renewed.

The first episode of Season 2 debuted Tuesday. Like last year, I’ll be a regular on the show. This episode features Amy Querin from Fresno Dance Collective, a re-enactment of the The Great Bobblehead Fiasco of 2012â„¢ and a dramatic reading of a Yelp! review. In my segment, I’m talking about concerts in October and my main man Baby Oz makes a cameo.

In other Gotta Love Fresno news: “Street Scene,” the profile series from My Indie Nation, was also picked to continue. New episodes should be debuting soon. For now, though, you can watch Season 1 interviews with people such as Chris Daniel, Ryan C. Jones and Aaron Gomes.

PREVIOUSLY: 7Qs #10: Gotta Love Fresno

Fres-Know: Was Conan already here and we missed him?

STILL CAMPAINGING: Bring CoCo to Fresno: The video. [Gotta Love Fresno]

WATCH THIS: Patrick Contreras = Talent of the Week. [World Star Hip-Hop]

NEWS: Loren LeBeau pleads not guilty in vehicular manslaughter case. [The Bee]

R.I.P.: Derrel Ridenour, founder of Derrel’s Mini Storage. [The Bee]

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET: A Fresnocentric .gif blog. [Fresno Livin’]

GOOD READ: Profile of local web entrepreneur Rob Walling. [Frebbys]

WATCH THIS: Campaigning for a local b-boy’s legacy. [YouTube]

GO TO THIS: The Soulflower Group’s tribute to Def Jam Records. [Facebook]

LOOKIN’ GOOD: A website revitalized. [Downtown Fresno Partnership]

IT COULD BE YOURS: Lifted McDonald’s Cutlass with Gucci interior. [Craigslist]

CASTING CALL: Locals wanted for MTV’s “It Gets Better.” [Gay Central Valley]

LISTEN TO THIS: Fresno-based, streaming-everywhere shoegaze radio. [DKFM]

THIS WEEKEND: Fresno Covers Fresno. Read about it. [The Fresnan]

KICKSTART: New music from local band Achievement House. [Fresno Famous]

Tonight: Gotta Love Fresno’s booze battle


Creative Fresno’s Bartender Challenge is back and it’s a menage a trois of boozeslinging, as the three flagship shows from battle to bring in the bucks behind the bar.

The event pits Nothing to Do, See Saw Seen and Who Eats Brunch in an epic battle at Brick, which is the former Heroes, now all jazzed up.

Winners are decided by tips and money raised at the event goes to Creative Fresno’s mural project.

I’ve had the occasion of drink alcohol with gents from all of these programs and I can attest they are all fine imbibers — but it’ll be interesting to see whose can mix the best drink. Given the contestants, I’m guessing they’ve got something creative planned to get your money.

Beehive Birthday 7: Tomorrow! Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

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OK, guys. We’re a day away from Beehive Birthday 7 at Rotary Playland. I know it’s a soggy day today, but the forecast is clear for the party. Let’s all just keep our fingers crossed.

A few of the key details: The party runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. Rides are unlimited for everybody once you’re in. Keep reading for all the fun and Fresnocentric things we have planned and the long list of prizes you could win. We hope to see you there!

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7Qs #10: Gotta Love Fresno

At least week’s launch party for, I cornered some of the site’s content creators and asked them a very pressing question. To me at least.

Starring (in order): Anthony Taylor of Nothing To Do, Nicole Giordano-Ashjian of Street Scene, Roque Rodriguez and Bryan Harley of See Saw Seen, Cindy Wathen and David Kennedy of Blend, Roger and Bo of Who Eats Brunch, Alisa Manjarrez of A La Carte and a certain mayorly lady you might recognize.

PREVIOUSLY IN 7Qs: Rogue Festival | Keith’s BoxCar Cafe | Johnny Q | Parker | Fresno Brewing Co. | Fulton 55 | Dead in 60 Years | Travis Sheridan

Wish you were here: launch event

The Valley’s new online video portal — I wrote about previously here — got its official launch this morning at downtown eatery Brick. Mayor Ashley Swearengin introduced the new site and many of the local folks who create content for the site were there to mingle. The Bee’s John Walker was there too — to snap some photos. See his entire gallery here.


Check out for its new original web shows — including Nothing To Do, which I appear on each week.

Welcome to the Internet, Gotta Love Fresno


A new Fresno-centric web portal for videos launched this morning. It’s called Gotta Love Fresno ( and it’s backed by Comcast. Fresno is one of six cities in which Comcast launched similar sites as part of its Project Open Voice.

Much like YouTube, anybody can upload content to Gotta Love Fresno. Unlike YouTube, the folks behind Gotta Love Fresno invested in our local Internet community, commissioning new, original shows from some faces you’re probably familiar with. (Because it needs to be said: Kudos to Comcast to shelling out some money and getting behind some proven voices, instead of just recycling content.)

Gotta Love Fresno has three clip-style shows that’ll have new episodes weekly:

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