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Madera officials get silly in pomegranate festival video promo

The Madera Pomegranate Festival is this weekend and once again, there’s a wacky video promoting it. This one is a parody of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” song.  If you were to add a subtitle to the video it would be “Madera elected officials prove they’re not stuffed shirts.” Seriously, you can see Mayor Robert Poythress dancing around in a fluffy pink coat, there’s skydiving with pomegranates and other shenanigans. City Councilman Donald Holley steals the show with his serious-faced dancing in a suit and tie. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Madera Municipal Airport. More details on that here.

Fres-Know: A natural thrill of linky proportions

WATCH THIS: Nice video/doc about local band Natural Thrills. [Dead in 60 Years]

NEWS: The future of Granite Park = wakeboarding and wall soccer? [The Bee]

REACTION: Fresno gun dealers see high demand for semi-automatic weapons. [The Bee]

DID THEY JUST SAY FRESNO? Yes, Adam Carolla on his podcast. [Ace on the House]

NECK TATTOO OF THE DAY: This dude, shot and killed by Fresno PD. [The Bee]

BOOKMARK THIS NOW: Madera Mugshots. Yessssssssss! [Madera Mugshots]

WHEN WILL IT END? Still even more Fresno Gangnam Style. [YouTube]

WATCH THIS: Parker prepares for end of days. [YouTube]

FROM THE BLOGROLL: Farewell to Fresno Foodie. [TasteFresno]

READ THIS: The Cured Ham’s week-long look back at Fresno food. [The Cured Ham]

IT’S OFFICIAL: Popular conservative talkers going to 96.7 FM / 1400 AM. [The Bee]

ALSO: ESPN 940 soon to be new home of Fresno State football, men’s hoops. [The Bee]

WOOT! Taco Truck Throwdown 2 gets Best Game Promotion honor. [GameOps.com]

KNOW THIS: The Giants’ World Series trophy is coming to the Valley. [The Bee]

(DON’T) LISTEN TO THIS: Mega-cast featuring local podcasters, me included. [Dorktown]

ANGRY YELP REVIEW OF THE WEEK: “The worst restaurant in the world.” [Yelp]

WTF FRESNO: Punch, kick, splish, splash. [YouTube]

LAST MINUTE: Unordinary gifts from local shops. [The Bee]

Fres-Know: Where sea lions and naked dudes are tolerated

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LOOK AT THAT: First sea lion at new Chaffee Zoo attraction. [The Bee]

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno 14th most tolerant city. Really?!? [The Atlantic Cities]

LOOK AT THIS: The new official visitor’s guide for Fresno/Clovis. [FCCVB]

WTF VISALIA: Naked man in street trying to talk to aliens. [KMPH]

CRAIGSLIST AD OF THE WEEK: Seeking experanced caergiver. [Craigslist]

ANGRY YELPER OF THE WEEK: Dude who hates Dog House Grill. [Yelp]

CLOSING: Clovis’ QN4U BBQ House, effective Sunday. [Biz Blog]

GOOD READ: Thoughts on the Fresno indie music scene. [Dead in 60 Years]

GOOD READ II: Profile on Fresno-based tech reporter. [Frebby Awards]

GOOD READ III: Crash victim leaves legacy of kindness. [The Bee]

GO TO THIS: Fresno Grizzlies farmgrown farmers market. [Grizzlies]

YUM: A look at the ice cream from Fresno State’s dairy. [The Bee]

WHAT’S GOING THERE? Yen Ching restaurant razed on Shaw. [Biz Blog]

IT CAME FROM MADERA: New web app for crowd-funding gifts. [WishBooklet]

ENTER: The $10,000 Rock at the Top battle of the bands. [Chukchansi]

VOTE: In Big Fresno Fair’s Local Performer Contest. [BFF]

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Or should it be 55 things you should do this weekend?

1. USHER IN FULTON 55
Is it any surprise Fulton 55 is No. 1 on the list? The new 500-capacity downtown concert venue opens tonight with current local music scene top dog Patrick Contreras and has its second show Saturday night with local ska legends Let’s Go Bowling (with help from King Sugar). If you need to get up to speed: Take a look inside Fulton 55 and read the story behind the new venue. Remember: The shows start earlier. Doors at 6 p.m. Music at 8 p.m. You can get tix online at fanfueled.com or in-person at Iron Bird Cafe and The Laundry Room. Online tix are sold out for tonight’s show, but there will be some available at the door. See ya there!

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WTF or FTW: Getting Figgy With It

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The Madera Fair starts today and runs through Sunday. This year, the fair’s slogan is “Getting Figgy With It,” an allusion to both this annoying Will Smith song and the bountiful figs from our area.

We love a good pun. Except for when we hate it. And with this one, we’re not totally sure. It’s memorable, so I guess that’s good. But it’s also pretty groan-worthy.

So we’ll let you, the fig-eating, fair-going public, decide this one. Weigh in on whether the slogan is awesome (FTW!) or super lame (WTF!). As you vote, keep in mind that the Madera Fair has a history of mixing songs and fruit — last year it was Grape Balls of Fire.

Voting Key:
WTF = What the [Fudgesicle], a.k.a. “What are you thinking?”
FTW = For the Win, a.k.a. “That idea is a victory for people everywhere.”