CHECK THIS OUT: Chaffee Zoo Orangutan predicts Super Bowl champs. [ ABC 30]
WOAH: Siabu is viralling, getting love all over the Internet, including … [ Time]
AND THEN: This Bay Area blogger uses it as a chance to talk smack about us. [ SF Weekly]
CONTEST: The Bee wants to see your best photos, Niner fans. [ The Bee]
SURVEY SAYS: Fresno is the No. 2 energy-drink chugging city. [ Marketing Daily]
LOSER OF THE WEEK: Fresno dude who gets 7 years in jail after 8th DUI. [ The Bee]
WE’RE MOURNING: “No Suits, No Ties, No Lies” Guy’s car dealership. [ The Bee]
WELCOME TO THE ‘NET: Downtown Fresno Partnership’s blog. [ Downtown Fresno Blog]
KICKSTART: Two local mobile food operations. [ TasteFresno]
YOU SHOULD BE READING: George Hostetter’s stories about walking the the city. [ City Beat]
LISTEN TO THIS: Latest Flowing with Famous podcast. [ Fresno Famous]
(DON’T) WATCH THIS: Happy Birthday video to some dude named Fresno. [ YouTube]
VINTAGE: “Bobby Salazar” by Brian Kenney Fresno. [ YouTube]
SPORTS: Fresno State’s Philip Thomas gets WashPost feature. [ Washington Post]
WATCH THIS: Season 2 premiere of foodie web show “What’s Good Fresno?” [ YouTube]
THIS AGAIN: Mayor fighting to outsource trash disposal. [ The Bee]
FROM THE BLOGROLL: Making your store-bought turkey feel inadequate. [ TasteFresno]
GOOD READ: Find handmade local gifts this holiday season. [ The Bee]
WELCOME TO THE INTERNET: A new Fresno podcast about craft beer. [ Perfect Pour]
LISTEN TO THIS: New “Flowing with Famous” podcast. [ Fresno Famous]
UPCOMING: Zoo Lights begins this weekend at Chaffee Zoo. [ The Bee]
YELP REVIEW OF THE WEEK: “It’s great, but … ” [ Yelp]
SPORTS: Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas finalist for national award. [ The Bee]
WATCH THIS: Must-watch high-school football video. [ Sports Buzz]
TWEET OF THE WEEK: Well played, Visalia Fox Theatre. [ Twitter]
KICKSTART: Organic Fresno Market. [ Kickstarter]
LOCAL REACTION: To today’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare. [ The Bee]
CHIME IN: What’s your take on today’s ruling? [ Opinion Talk]
BLOGGINGS: Decision is business as usual. [ Business Journal]
EEK: Fresno 99th out of 100 in economic recovery. [ The Bee]
NEWS: Pro soccer match sets attendance record at The Chuk. [ The Bee]
SPORTS: Fresno Grizzlies players make Triple A all-star team. [ The Bee]
CROWDSOURCING: A list of Fresno fireworks stands. [ Nerd Family Things]
KICKSTART: A local guy’s Burning Man project. [ Kickstarter]
HELP: Local businesses like Longbox.fm get $250K. [ Mission Small Business]
GET FAMILIAR: With Joe Taylor, playing Fresno this weekend. [ Fresno Famous]
REVIEWED: Doughnuts2Go in the Tower District. [ Good Bad Fresno]
SAVE THE DATE: For Visalia’s first craft beer fest. [ Visalia Beer Fest]
[photo: Associated Press, totally 'shopped -- poorly too]
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It’s about time we start talking about this year’s
Fresno Urban Sound Experience — or simply, F.U.S.E. Fest, which is, believe it or not, right around the corner.
For the unfamiliar: the festival is a
celebration of Fresno’s local music scene, with dozens of bands playing at a various downtown venues for one all-you-can-listen-to ticket price.
A few more bits of info to get you salivating:
DATES: Yes, that’s dates, as in plural. This year, the festival expands to two days — Sept. 30 (a Friday) and Oct. 1 (a Saturday). This is year No. 4 for the festival, so it’s nice to see it growing at a steady pace.
VENUES: On Friday, the festival announced its venues, and it’s more obvious why they’re splitting into two nights. There are two clusters of venues separated by a big chunk of downtown. Organizers figured it’s best to have one day with Chukchansi Park-vicinity venues and another with the Mural District venues. That schedules out to Club One Casino, Karma, Joe’s Steakhouse and Heroes on Sept. 30 and Fulton 55, Tokyo Garden, the African-American Museum’s outdoor stage on Oct. 1. Iron Bird Cafe was supposed to be a venue –we’ll have to see what happens with that.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Once again this year, the F.U.S.E. folks have set up a Kickstarter campaign to support the festival. Like last year, there are a number of rewards for people who donate — from exclusive festival swag to big corporate sponsorships. They have a goal of $4,444 (it being the fourth year and all) to be reached in 44 days. More in the video below.
previous Beehive posts, many people around here are proponents of Fresno developing a more dynamic mobile cuisine scene. Now, chef Martin Franco (formerly of Pangea, among other local restaurants) is hoping Fresnans will put their money where their appetites are. Specifically, he’s looking to locals for help Kickstarting his new culinary endeavor — a food cart he’s calling Taste Kitchen.
Kickstarter (as Creative Fresno and Blake Jones did), Franco is hoping to raise $4,000 in the next month. Donors receive incentives ranging from a hearty thanks ($1) to a free salad or side ($10) all the way to a private meal for four and your own sandwich ($1,000). Here’s Franco explaining more with the help of the some mouth-watering visuals:
WATCH THIS: Relay race + Robertito’s = RoboRun [ Dead in 60 Years]
BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE: Glee/Clovis kid Chris Colfer turns 21 on Friday [ YouTube]
YAY FRESNO: Fresno rapper Fashawn on hip-hop megafest Rock the Bells [ RTB]
READ THIS: Guide to budget and family friendly summer fun [ The Thinking Blonde]
LOOK AT THIS: Local radio station picks “Hottest Baby’s Mommas” in town [ The Beat]
GOOD QUESTION: Can Fresno/Madera be the next booming wine area? [ CBS 47]
REVIEW: Fresno Bites takes a bite out of Regina’s Native Cafe [ Fresno Bites]
BLOGGINGS: Are the times changin’ in Fresno? [ What Fresno Wants]
LISTEN: To free music from local indie supergroup Grand Canopy [ The Fresnan]
BLOGGINGS: KickStarter can make your dreams come true. Sorta [ Fresno Famous]
DRINK THIS: Unveiling the Strawberry Pie Daiquiri [ Fashionably Bombed]
BLOGGINGS A critical look at service in Fresno restaurants [ TasteFresno]
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Obviously, I’m a big supporter of Fresno’s local music scene. So one of the things that makes me most optimistic about the scene here in the
Fresno Urban Sound Experience festival. It showcases local musicians of all genres, seeks to unify our local scene — and brings people downtown to do.
On this very blog three years ago, I
complained that Fresno didn’t have its own big downtown music festival like Modesto and Visalia. So since a group of local people went out and made one for us, I feel a certain obligation to support it.
This year, as the Fresno Urban Sound Experience enters its third year (
save the date for Oct. 23), the festival organizers have put together a campaign on Kickstarter to raise $2,500 for the festival in a month. I wrote in my column this week that we should try to help them meet their goal. But I’m willing to take it one step further.
I’m starting my own incentive program here on The Beehive. If you contribute money to the festival, you’ll get something from me in return. It’s a bit silly — but fun at the same time.
Here’s how it will work:
If you contribute $10,
I’ll write a haiku in your honor. If you contribute $15,
I’ll draw a picture in MS Paint for you. (I got a D in art, btw) If you contribute $20,
I’ll record a video shout-out to you. If you contribute $50+,
I’ll do all three. If someone wants to pony up, $100
I’ll think of something else fun. (A Fresno taco tour, perhaps?)