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Observations from a grumpy old man

  • MTV has ordered a new talk show to be hosted by “Jersey Shore” cast member Vinny Guadagnino. The series will feature Guadagnino talking to his guests in his family home in Staten Island, New York. Such are the limitations of having to wear an ankle monitor.
  • Some people are saying it isn’t right that the producers of the new — and very funny — cable series “Wedding Band” used the show’s star, Brian Austin Green, to get his wife, Megan Fox, to guest star on an episode. It’s hard to believe Green would be upset. If you were married to Fox wouldn’t you want to do anything to let the world know? It’s a shock that their wedding photos aren’t tattooed on his forehead.
  • Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, is going out of business. C’mon people! I did my best to keep the company going.
  • Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have broken up. No wait. They’re back together. Wait. It’s over. Wait. Who cares anymore? All the talk about their love life is worse than the gossip at a junior high dance.
  • TMZ is reporting Russell Brand accidentally crashed his SUV into a homeless man’s cart and then helped pick the mess. It’s not the first time Brand’s been involved with something that’s garbage.

To-Do Tonight: ArtHop, hip-hop and LOLs


Sooooo, you could stay home tonight and watch “Jersey Shore” (please, no), or you could get out and enjoy some local entertainment on this first Thursday of the first month of 2011.

Since it’s ArtHop tonight, that means you’re guaranteed some quality indie rock at Tokyo Garden. There’s Malcolm Sosa (the Rademacher frontman), Westerns and Grand Canopy.

According to The Fresnan: “If you’re wondering what Grand Canopy is, it’s a side project of sorts, featuring members of Fierce Creatures, Fay Wrays, Rademacher and Quiet Americans.” 9:30 p.m. $5. Very sparse details here.

Some more happenings below …

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

When you’re not watching the World Cup

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If you’re a clubgoer or reality TV addict, then the No. 1 choice of the weekend is simple — you wanna be at Tachi Palace in Lemoore for the “Jersey Shore” invasion.

Yep, Snooki and The Situation are gonna be at The Den on Saturday night.

So bust out the hair gel, get your spray tan proper and do whatever else you need to do to go Guido.

Admission costs $25 at the door, $20 in advance and it all starts at 8 p.m.

Are you rolling your eyes right now? OK, read on.

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To-Do Tonight: AfterArtHopping

Donald already filled you in on the all the ArtHop stops tonight. But, as you know, that’s only the first half of what’s one of the best nights of the month in Fresno. There’s plenty of places to be after ArtHop, such as:

It’s a Ms. Soulflower/DJ Bradley shindig, so expect a funky night of music. You know those top 40 nights? Yeah, opposite of that.


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To-Do Tonight: Help, we need flier relief

I’ll throw another recommendation toward the R + R + R benefit for Haiti tonight at Fajita Feista. After that, though, I’m sorry to say things kinda turn into a Worst Flier of the Week festival around town.

A Jersey Shore party? If you think that’s bad, wait ’til you see the flier for the G.I. Joe themed night. Army hoes? Me thinks Scarlett would not appreciate that. And then, there’s safari night gone wrong.

Please, Fresno, please go help Haiti instead.

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