1. DO SOMETHING HALLOWEEN-ISH
With that unfortunate Halloween-falling-on-a-Wednesday thing, this weekend promises to be full of slutty nurses roaming your neighborhood bar. We’ll be back with a full rundown of Halloween happenings, but here are a few top options. The party at The Standard is pretty big each year. King Sugar‘s Eureka Burger show makes the list off the flier alone — but they’ve got cool ska flavors too. And who doesn’t want to parade their dog around the Tower District?
Because your weekend often starts early on Thursdays, here’s a rundown of some places you might want to go tonight, if you’re looking to party, hear some music, be surrounded by creativity. One top pick is The Germ, a community film event happening at 7 p.m. at Windsong Productions. It’s a good place to get your creative juices flowing by watching films made by local folks — from novices to pros. More events in the fliers below. Click ‘em to enlarge.
Judging from “SNL” and what I see on morning news shows, it seems like the viral video sensation “Gangnam Style” — a song from Korean rapper Psy with more than 220 million YouTube views — has now trickled down to the mainstream. So don’t be surprised when your mom asks you about it next week.
Hey, Thursday, how’s it going? Busy, you say? Well, of course, you’re Thursday. What’s going on? Wow. Two Christian rock shows? Well, Jesus must love us today. Oh, and Kristy Lee Cook from “American Idol” fame at The Standard? I’m sure some people will enjoy that. A big ol’ frat party? A Michael Jackson tribute? And some comedy too? Well, Thursday, you go on with your bad self.
Yeah, yeah, I’ll post some fliers for you. You’re welcome. Tell Friday I miss him, will ya?
Singer Vicci Martinez, who finished third on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice,” is in Fresno tonight, playing another of radio station Y101′s “Unplugged” concerts. It’s happening at The Standard at 7 p.m. and is free for folks 21-and-up. But it’s first come, first serve and doors open at 4:30 p.m. For what it’s worth: I’d recommend not moseying in at 7:30 p.m. and expecting to have a spot.
Since “The Voice,” Martinez signed a recording with with Cee-Lo (her coach on the show) and is about to release her major-label debut album. The first single is “Come Along.”
We’re a little bit more than 24 hours away from this year’s Fresno Tweetup Goes Wild 2, another of our local Twitter gatherings, this time invading Fresno Chaffee Zoo for an evening of animals, games, prizes, live music, beer and more.
We’ve already told you that Fierce Creatures are playing — and trust me, they’re worth the $5 admission price all by themselves. We’ve also got a number of prizes that are worth showing up for:
There’s still time RSVP to @FresnoZoo and/or @FresnoBeehive on Twitter. Just let us know you’re coming and you’ll be on the list. Not on Twitter? No problem. Fresno Tweeps can bring non-Twitter users with them and they get the same $5 ticket price. And remember, kids under 10 are free with adult admission.
Got questions about how everything works tomorrow? Read the FAQ below:
Just FYI, folks, he does rent this out for events. Get more details at photoboothfresno.com. We’re also going to put all these photos on our Facebook page soon — so you can grab a specific photo there if you want to.
Big thanks to everyone who came out. We hope to see you again next time.
It’s finally starting to look and feel like summer around Fresno. Not that we’re complaining the temperatures haven’t reached their usual sweltering levels. You just can’t really start rolling out the summer parties when Mother Nature still insists on making it rain.
“Summer Love” is a relaxed affair — meaning you can get away with flip-flops, hats and such. It’s also free to get in, which is always a plus. Providing the music is DJ L.E.O., who is staying busy with brand new weekly events at Rome and Eureka!Burger in addition to this.
Looking for a live music adventure tonight? Then head over to Full Circle Brewing Co. in Chinatown, where Portland band The Underscore Orkestra makes a tour stop. The band plays gypsy jazz and swing, mixed with Eastern European folk music (balkan, klezmer). That translates into a live show that includes a belly dancer, an accordion and more.
Sounds a little different, no? The band comes with a co-sign from excellent Fresno flamenco band Cerro Negro, who is opening the show. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $10.
I didn’t do too awfully much this weekend. A play-by-play would be a bit tedious. So you guys are going to have to carry this one. Did you ….
See Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Warnors Theatre? I’ve heard it was a make-it-or-break-it show for the Fulton Street Project. We’ve already got conflicting comments about crowd size. Any first-hand accounts? Was the band good?
Chase cougars? The California Cougar Convention was at The Standard on Saturday night, and Miss Cougar California was chosen from the herd. Anybody go? Was it cool? Or absolutely ridiculous? Any Fresno lads have a taxidermy cougar head mounted on their wall this Monday morning (figuratively speaking)?
Go into hiding, Fresno State football fan? The ‘Dogs got walloped on national TV by Boise State, 51-0. We wouldn’t blame you if you drank the weekend away after that one. The Niners fans understand.
Anything else of note? Good entertainment? Yummy food? Let’s hear it!
It’s not downtown ArtHop tonight, but Tokyo Garden still has something happening. It’s launched a new Thursday night open mic comedy night hosted by Terry Michaels. It starts at 9 p.m. We’re guessing it’s not gonna be on the first Thursday of the month, though. Or else, the hipsters won’t be laughing.
ORIGINAL POST:The Standard could take a few lessons from this flier:
What I like about this one: It focuses more on the relief efforts than the entertainment. This flier explicitly tells guests they don’t have to stay for dinner — or even cocktails — to donate. They simply can talk to the on-site Red Cross rep (Karen Chisum) and take off.
If folks do stay for the evening, they should talk to Britney Hatch, a co-owner of the Rio Grills in Clovis and Visalia. Hatch tells some horrific stories about her eight months as a volunteer in Port-au-Prince orphanages. She also says her aunt adopted eight Haitian boys because of the experience.
(I’ll have more details about Hatch, and her strong ties to Haiti, in an upcoming column.)
A reader sent me this yesterday: “And you thought Wassabi’s plastic urinal splash guard of a woman’s mouth might be considered by some to be in poor taste? Now we have a local watering hole pimping booze and hot wings under the guise of relief for thousands of Haiti’s dead and wounded.”
I can’t tell you if that urinal’s red lips are made of plastic — and I have no desire to get close enough to check.
It’s the naughtiest night of the year in Fresno, apparently. Over at The Standard, it’s the Rock Naughty party. It’s billed as “Fresno’s most exclusive holiday event,” which means that somebody’s got a list and they’re checking it twice, we think. KSEE 24 is a part of this also. So we’re excited to see how naughty Alex Delgado is going to get.
On the other side of town, Aldo’s is hosting the Naughty Vixens party. We don’t have a whole lot say about that, except we’re curious what “free gift” the first 100 ladies will get.
After that, you can see a full rundown of happenings for the week ahead — including who’s playing Indie Tuesday at Starline, how The Standard is getting naughty on Wednesday and what radio station is taking over Palomino’s on Thursday nights.