Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Tonight: A ‘Voice,’ King Tuff, yummy grub and Christmas Tree Lane

On this foggy Tuesday here are a few ways to wind down tonight:

  • Vicci Martinez of “The Voice” plays a free concert at The Standard as part of Y101′s Unplugged concert series. Local singer (and loyal Beehive commenter) Danielle Rondero opens. It’s free, 21-and-up only. Doors open at 4 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. You might wanna get there early to grab a spot. It’s first-come, first-serve.

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than seeing our local “Voice” contestant Rudy Parris in Visalia or ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro at the Tower Theatre.

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?

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Tonight: Catch a Germ, a country show or a party

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.


‘Twas only a matter of time: Gangnam Style, Fresno style

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.

Here in Fresno, party rap outfit 2Tallin’ — which is basically our version of LMFAO — has put an English spin on “Gangnam Style. The video, released last Thursday, has more than 11,000 views already. If you dig the 2Tallin’ sound, be sure to catch ‘em at The Standard one week from today.

Here’s a local dancer named The Kidd (aka Murphy Yang) who posted his own “Gangnam Style” dance on YouTube:

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Tonight: An ‘Idol’ cast-off, Christian rock, a downtown luau and more

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?


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Tonight: Idol’s Casey Abrams unplugs with Y101

“American Idol” alum Casey Abrams is the next emerging pop singer to visit Fresno for radio station Y101′s Unplugged concert series. It’s happening at 7 p.m. at The Standard. It’s a free show, but you gotta be 21 and seating is first-come, first-serve.Doors open at 4 p.m. Local singer (and loyal Beehive commenter) Danielle Rondero opens.


Check out the most recent Post No Bills for some more options for tonight.

Tonight: Vicci Martinez shares her ‘Voice’ with Fresno

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.”


If reggae is more your flavor, then you might dig this show tonight at Starline with Josh Heinrichs and Skillinjah.

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Fresno Tweeps: It’s time to get Wild


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:

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Great Fresno Tweetup 3: The Postgame

We’ve hit the final “send” on another fun Fresno Tweetup. Thanks to everyone who came out to The Great Fresno Tweetup 3 last night at Chukchansi Park. A good time was had by all, with a Grizzlies win, a big group of Tweeps, good prizes, an impromptu dance contest and a little planking. ABC-30 even came out and covered it.

Thanks to the Grizzlies for partnering with us once again, to The Standard, J-Live Entertainment, Fulton 55, Fireball Whiskey and Guadalarajara for prizes. And a big thanks to Bee photog Craig Kohlruss for setting up this most excellent photo booth to capture us Twitter goofs in all our glory:

Just FYI, folks, he does rent this out for events. Get more details at 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.

To-Do Tonight: Find your Summer Love


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.

So it’s fitting that this sunny Wednesday marks the start of “Summer Love,” a new weekly Wednesday gathering at The Standard from promoter Lewis Everk (he’s doing most of the events over at Rome Nightclub these days, but is apparently allowed to spread his wings).

“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.

To-Do Tonight: Gypsies, Cougars and Burning Bands


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.

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What did you do this weekend?

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!

Fres-Know: Fun, dirty and pissed off

LEADING OFF: Fun (the band) made up a song about Fresno recently. [YouTube]

GOOD READ: You following The Bee’s immigration series? You should be. [In Denial]

PISSED: In response, some are calling for a Boycott of The Bee. [Facebook]

SEMI-RELATED: Fresno State’s ASI prez admits he’s undocumented [The Collegian]

DID THEY JUST SAY FRESNO? That story is quickly going national. [Huffington Post]

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno is one of “dirtiest cities.” Duh. Poor air quality. [Yahoo!]

VOTE: Fresno Bully Rescue needs some love in this Pepsi contest. [Refresh Project]

NOMNOM: Cotton Candy-tinis? We’ll take four. [Fashionably Bombed]

WATCH THIS: Picture Fresno goes “behind the lens.” [Picture Fresno]

GO TO THIS: California Cougar Convention in Fresno this weekend. [Fresno Famous]

To-Do Tonight: Criss-crossing the city


  • Crossroads has a solid lineup for its weekly local rock night with Say Swear, Saints of Insanity and Synezra. Any other S bands out there they didn’t get tonight?
  • Up at The Standard, things are going hip-hop, as San Diego crew Outta Control performs a free show. Who doesn’t like free?
  • Back in the Tower, Starline Grill hosts singer/songwriter Merlinda Espinosa, who is an every-other-week fixture. It starts at 8 p.m. No cover. If you’ve been living under a rock, Starline is 21+ now.
  • 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.

To-Do Tonight: A Mad Tight Summer Jam of Fascination in your Inner Ear

It’s an interesting night in good ol’ Fresburg:

We got Cure tribute band Fascination Street jetting down from Seattle to play Audie’s, and the Inner Ear Poetry Jam celebrating its eight-year anniversary. The Standard hosts its Summer Jam and The Grizzlies have “Mad Tight 90s Night: The Remix” with Alfonso “Carlton Banks” Riberio. More details in the fliers below:

Also: If you’re headed out to Mad Tight ’90s Night, look for some Beehivers. We’re gonna be out there promoting our next one of these. FYI: You can start buying beer at 6:05 p.m.

To-Do Tonight: Twestival, City Jazz, Salsa, Buffalo, Catz, Xotica and more


It’s a very packed Thursday night around the ‘No. Where you gonna be?

I’ll be at Tokyo Garden reppin’ The Beehive at Fresno’s Twestival (read more about it here) where Patrick Contreras, Abigail Nolte and others will be performing.

Here’s a rundown of what else is happening:

Here are some visuals and a few other events:

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To-Do Tonight: Brad Paisley and a lot more

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Lots to do around the ‘Burg tonight, starting with country megastar Brad Paisley, who makes an appearance at Save Mart Center.

That’s where all the country fans will be tonight. Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore are also on the bill. Tickets — ranging from $26.75 to $57.75 — were still available at last glance.

If you go, come back and give us your review tonight or tomorrow.

There are lots of options this evening, including:

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More fundraisers for Haiti

UPDATE: As promised, here’s my column about the Rio Grills’ connection to humanitarian efforts in Haiti, as well as the Daily Grill’s fundraiser on Feb. 3.

Certainly, there are more local businesses and organizations helping out. After the jump is a list from the American Red Cross Central Valley. I’ll add more names as they come up.

Also keep tabs on Mike Oz, who’ll keep his own list of donations and benefit concerts from the Valley’s musicians.

ORIGINAL POST: The Standard could take a few lessons from this flier:

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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.)

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Speaking of inappropriate…

Wassabi is not the only restaurant raising questions of impropriety.

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.

But I can show you this:

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To-Do Tonight: Be Naughty

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.

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To-Do Tonight … and the week ahead

Happy Monday everybody — ’tis the start of another busy week of Fresno happenings. We start tonight with an unusually busy Monday night. There’s NYC band Golden Ghost stopping at Veni Vidi Vici tonight, Jersey hardcore band Mongoloids at CYC and Jazz Composers Orchestra, a concert of local jazz educators, at Roger Rocka’s.

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.

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