Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

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]

Watch the World Series at Chukchansi Park

With the San Francisco Giants in the World Series beginning tonight, the Fresno Grizzlies are trying to capture the Hum Baby spirit of their big brothers. So if you can’t score World Series tickets but want to hang with the Giants fans, there are World Series watch parties at Chukchansi Park for every game except Game 3 (because the Fall Wine Cornucopia is happening that day). The watch parties are free to attend and are sure to bring back memories of Buster Posey in a Grizz uniform.

Predictions? Sorry, Giants fans, I’m going Detroit in 6.

To-Do Tonight: Eureka!Burger add live music to the menu

In addition to serving up gourmet burgers and a long menu of beers, Eureka!Burger is occasionally adding live music to its list of offerings. Case in point: Its Wednesday Night Live concert series that brings young guitar slinger Trey Tosh to Eureka! each Wednesday night in November. The music starts at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover.


While we’re on the subject of Eureka!Burger, it’s also hosting an event on Thursday that’s a mixture of indie rock and indie film. Two buzzy local bands — Fierce Creatures and Achievement House — are playing and Fresno FIlmworks is offering a “taste” of the next film it’s showing, “Soul Kitchen.”

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Congrats to the San Francisco Giants … and the Fresno Grizzlies

As you’ve surely heard by now, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series last night. This is how the people in S.F. are celebrating. Looks fun, no?

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Here in Fresno, there’s a lot of pride for the Giants win — even from an A’s fan such as myself, who couldn’t help but get lured into the Giants improbable run. I owe much of that to the Fresno Grizzlies, who gave me and thousands of others the chance to see this year’s World Series heroes before they captured the hearts of baseball fans nationwide.

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On TV tonight: ’2010 World Series’

NLDS Braves Giants Baseball.JPG “2010 World Series,” 4:57 p.m. KMPH (Channel 26.1): Tonight’s opening game in the series is being billed as one of the best pitching pairing in the history of the sport.

San Francisco Giants fans will be looking to Tim Lincecum (16-10) to come out the winner in that showdown with Cliff Lee (12-9) of the Texas Rangers.

The game doesn’t feature a lot of marquee names and that will have Fox officials watching the ratings. But, it doesn’t matter whether the players are longtime all-stars or spent the first few months of this season playing minor league baseball. It’s al about playing good baseball.

Giants fans are just looking to end the long streak without a World Series title that stretches back to 1954. Texas is on a quest to win its first World Series title.

That kind of motivation should make for a great series.

Entertainment this weekend

how to train your dragon.JPG There’s a lot of action to pick from when it comes to entertainment options this weekend.

“National League Championship Series,” 4:57 p.m. Saturday, KMPH (Channel 26.1): The San Francisco Giants will be looking to Tim Lincecum to get them off to a good start in this series versus Philadelphia. It won’t be easy as Roy Halladay will be on the mound for the Phillies.

“Red”: Bruce Willis plays a former black-ops agent who now spends his retirement thinking of ways to talk with a call-center operator, Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker), he likes. Their planned meeting goes bad when Moses and Ross go on the run when he becomes the target of an assassination attempt. “Red’ is a fun action comedy.

“How to Train Your Dragon”: An 11-year-old Viking must train a dragon in this animated adventure. Satisfying both kids and adults isn’t easy, but “How to Train Your Dragon” hits the mark with the right mix of silly and serious. Toss in dazzling computer-generated animation and a perfect score by composer John Powell, and this is the best work from DreamWorks animation since “Shrek” in 2001.

On TV tonight

Giants Dodgers Baseball.JPG “National League Division Series,” 4:37 p.m. WTBS: If you are a San Francisco Giants fan, now’s the time to start pretending to be sick so you can get home a little early to watch today’s game.

The Giants, who lead the best-of-five series 2-1, would clinch a spot in the National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies with a win over the Atlanta Braves. A loss by the Giants would set up a game five.

Madison Bumgarner, who spent a brief time with the Fresno Grizzlies, is scheduled to be on the mound for the Giants. Derek Lowe will start for the Braves. Lowe, who was on the mound in the first game of this NLDS, left the contest in the sixth inning.