Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Can we get a Rick Bentley bobble head??!!

Stop what you’re doing and go vote in Fresno Grizzlies’ Fresno Famous Bobblhead Tournament.

Never mind the specific details of the March-madness style tourney, which pits Fresno pseudo celebrities (and some actual celebrities) in head-to-head match ups. Forget that it’s oddly similar to ValleyWho tournament the Beehive did in 2012.

All you need to know is that there’s a chance we may see a Rick Bentley bobblehead.

We need a Rick Bentley bobblehead.

Of course, Bentley has a tough road if he’s to be immortalized (the winner’s bobblehead will be given away to the first 1,500 fans at the Fresno Grizzlies’ Aug. 22 game.) He’s in a first-round bracket with former Beehiver Mike Oz (Fresno’s blogfather wouldn’t make a bad bobblehead either, now that I think about it). He would face Richard Kiel or William Saroyan in the second round. Either could easily end up in the final four.

Other interesting first-round match-ups include David Carr vs. Derrick Carr, Sheriff Mims vs. Police Chief Dyer and Fashawn vs. Cher. The first-round of voting runs through Sunday, so check out full list of nominees, then head over to the Grizzlies website to cast your vote.

TONIGHT: Ozmosis Happy Hour

Tioga Sequoia’s Beer Garden is what I’ve wanted in downtown for years. It’s a low-key spot where you can hangout and sample really solid craft beer without being overly saturated with hipsterness.

Also, its’ walking distance from where I live, which is a bonus and a half.

It’s good to hear that Mike Oz‘ monthly Ozmosis Happy Hour, which he does in conjunction with his radio show on New Rock 104, is taking up residence in the garden this year.

If you remember, the event had been jumping between different venues/bars around town. Having the Happy Hour at one spot gives it consistency, a struggle for lots of events around town. Each month will feature a rotating roster of live music, food trucks and other Fresno fare.

For January, local singer/songwriter Johnathan Sterling will be providing the entertainment. La Elegante will serves up tacos (arguably some of the best in town) and local crafter Janice Keith of Nola Love will be selling work — like a handy dandy beer caddy. It’s made of wood.

Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company will be pouring its new Belgian Quad Ale (which has me intrigued to no end). Also expect prizes and music from Mike Oz and the New Rock crew.

The whole thing kicks off at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.
There’s no charge to get in.

The next happy hour is set for Feb. 19.

Fres-Know: This guy thinks nobody lives here but tumbleweeds


Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), right, becomes the state senate’s leader in October. HECTOR AMEZCUA —

DIG AT THE VALLEY: “No one lives out there in the tumbleweeds,” says state Senate’s new leader about the Central Valley. [LA Times]

THROWDOWN: Mike Oz and Fresno Memes getting testy. [Facebook]

TOUCHY, TOUCHY: Chefs are free once again to get intimate with your food. [The Bee]

FLAMING HOT: Fresno firefighters have an Instagram and the fiery pics are amazing. [Instagram]

DREAMING: Henry Sr. asks why not have a SF-like farmers market in the Tower District? [Facebook]

HORRIFIC: Everyone is talking about the DUI crash that killed four, including two kids. [The Bee and The Bee]

WORLD CUP: America loses, but s’ok. Where to watch the games in Fresno. [The Bee]

TOIL AND TROUBLE: ‘Macbeth’ described as “brutish,” “a visceral punch,” and “exceedingly violent.” [The Beehive]

Where are Fresno’s best Christmas light displays?

GMK FXMASLIGHTS10(2)‘Tis the season. To go out in the freezing cold and see a city’s worth of Christmas light displays (OK, you can probably stay in your heated car for most of it). In past year’s, The Beehive has put together some handy-dandy lists so you can easily find the best spots in town. When Mike Oz left, he took some of that with him as institutional knowledge (although we still have his posts). But you Beehivers must have your own thoughts about which are the best? So, let’s hear it. We know the old standbys. Do they continue to shine (pun intended). Have you seen anyplace new this year? What’s the trend this season? Anything noticeable?

Tonight: Ozmosis Happy Hour

Tonight is the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s ArtHop, which means there is no shortage of things to do.

If you enjoy beer and music and awesome drive bars that serves tacos and giant burgers, you might want to dedicate a couple minutes to the Ozmosis Happy Hour, out at the Red Wave Inn. That’s over by Fresno State. There will be football on the TV (it’s the first game of the season or something). BUT: the real reason you should go is to get your hands on Tioga-Sequoia’s new Highway 99 Golden Ale beer glass, which is printed with the best brewery motto ever: “99 problems but a beer ain’t one.”

Happy hour kicks off at 6 p.m.

To do tonight: Taco Truck Throwdown III (UPDATE)

UPDATE:We now have a list of all the taco trucks participating in tonight’s event. If your favorite is not listed, make sure they contact the Grizzlies for next year. Also, congratulations to the Beehive’s taco-judge winner Angel Macias Jr. (du_ddah on Instagram).

If you’re still on the fence about going, here’s a video of the Grizzlie’s Sam Hansen talking about the Central Valley’s taco-truck culture and the motivation behind the throwdown.

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Fres-Know: Trampled by Wyoming

BIG STATES VS. SMALL: Fascinating, must-read piece about the constitutional clout small states have in the U.S. Senate, which some call the least democratic legislative chamber in any developed nation. Prime example: Fresno has about the same number of people as Wyoming but receives far less from the federal government. [New York Times]

JITTERY BABY: Famous former Beehiver-turned-national-sports-blogger sadly deals with bad Yo Gabba Gabba trip. [Twitter]

SHOWDOWN AT THE ORANGE COVE CORRAL: Local politics doesn’t get nastier, John Ellis writes. You can turn his Page A1 story into a drinking game: Take a swig every time Mayor Victor Lopez refers to himself in the 3rd person. [Bee]

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A letter from the new Mike Oz


For those following the count-down clock, we’ve hit the zero hour (to the chagrin of at least one user). Those following me over from my previous gig at Fresno Famous will need no introduction, but the rest of y’all probably want to know what I am about.

First off, I like lists. So:

  •  Downtown. When the Vagabond Lofts were built in 2006, I was the first to move in. Literally, the very first resident in the complex (OK, I had a roommate). I was what then-council member Henry T. Perea called an urban pioneer. I fully buy into the idea that a city is only as good as its downtown, and that Fresno can be (heck, it already is) a vibrant, cultural hot-spot. To that end, I’ll be keeping up with the city’s efforts to get people back to the urban core. For now, check out I Believe in Downtown Fresno. You don’t have to take the pledge, but you can at least get informed.
    To keep from being all north Fresno vs. south, I also have an affinity for Fig Garden Village and the Tower District and have no problem hanging out at River Park when I need to.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend …

And break out the shorts, it’s gonna get hot!

1. WELCOME KAT JONES HOME: The wonderful Kat Jones is back in Fresno, playing tonight at Kuppajoe. She’s off in Nashville trying to be a star nowadays, but we still remember her fondly. Sleepover Disaster and others are playing with her. Should be a good show.


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