Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

You could go watch some dudes climb a rock. Or …

1. “Force Majeure
Another beautiful foreign film presented by Fresno Filmworks. This one’s a swede, an actual Swedish movie, not the kind we’re known for.

2. “Inherent Vice
The new film from the guy who did “Magnolia.”

3. Fatty Cakes “Live at the Kirby”
An in-store performance at Tower District Records.

4. Judy Collins
The inspiration for CSN’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” is as busy as ever.

5. Fresno Fuego v. SJ Earthquakes PDL
Pre-season kickoff for Fresno’s official soccer team. It’s a “friendly match” (quotes not mine).

For a full list of music-specific event, be sure to see this week’s BANDGEEEK roundup.

TONIGHT: Jimbo Mathus

Jimbo Mathus is an archive of southern musical styles. The Mississippi-born songwriter/guitarist was raised in a musical family and grew up playing those old folk, country and blues tunes.

“I’ve been studying on this since I was 8 years old,” says Mathus, whose band, the Tri-State Coalition, plays tonight at Fulton 55 with Southern Culture on the Skids.

“I’m just immersed in it.”

Mathus’ current album, “Dark Night of the Soul,” serves as a record of both that innate knowledge and of his career in music.

“It’s the natural progression of the stuff I’ve been doing my whole life. And I’ve been in the game for a minute,” he says.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

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1. Grizzlies home opener
For the Grizzly Eggs alone.

2. FresYes Fest
Tioga Sequoia’s annual bash. Five special releases, plus live music from Strange Vine. Also: It’s free.

3. House of Pendragon grand opening
Another craft-brew celebration. This one is across town. No word on whether there will be a shuttle running between the two. NOTE: That would be awesome.

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Slayer drummers Dave Lombardo in an alt-rock power trio with the bass player from War.

5. Mini Maker Faire
It’s maker’s month, people So, get to it.

7 picks for 7 days

Here’s this week’s 7 picks for 7 days, a list of things to do Today (Jan. 17) through Thursday (Jan. 23). This week’s choices includes celebrated musical theater, high-flying actions sports, beer tasting and live music.

7 picks for 7 days

October is full of things to do, including these 7 picks for Oct. 17-23. From a silent film at the historic downtown Warnors Theatre to Fresno State Football, a beer festival and a big-time rock concert, these are some of the best bets for your entertainment.

Post No Bills: Fresno Fliers for 2/1

Welcome to an all-new installment of Post No Bills — my final one at the helm. Thanks to the people who have contributed to Post No Bills over the years and the people who have enjoyed it and shared it with friends.

Without any further ado, look below for biggest gallery of local events on the Fresno web scene — concerts, club parties and community events. Need something to do? Then this is the place to look.

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Ten soon-to-be rejected taglines for Tim Tebow’s upcoming Fresno appearance

Tim Tebow is coming to Fresno for the inaugural Inspire Gala, according to reports out of KMPH this afternoon.

The popular but embattled quarterback — known for his steamy good looks, unorthodox throwing and strong Christian faith —  will be the star of the April 5 event at Fresno Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall. It’s a joint effort between Break the Barriers and Fresno Christian Schools. Tebow is reportedly getting paid $150,000 to appear. According to The Bee, tickets cost $150 and go on sale Feb. 19.

As we wait for Tebowmania to sweep through Fresno, we thought up 10 potential taglines that could swell interest among the masses. Something tell us organizers will pass, but what the heck, we’ll share with you.

*** Drumroll, please ***

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

After you read my “farewell” column from today’s Bee.

Latin R & B group Tierra, 40-year vets of the music biz, are a perfect fit for this oldies-leaning town. Fresno music lovers should gobble up their Saturday night show at Fulton 55. Also: My favorite show poster of the week. [More]

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Don’t miss out again: Color Me Rad coming back to Fresno

The most colorful 5K out there, Color Me Rad, has announced its return to Fresno — with registration starting today.

At Color Me Rad racers get hit with “color bombs” throughout the course and end up looking like a package of Skittles by the end. It’s a vibrant twist on 5Ks, a twist that’s made Color Me Rad quite popular. Spots for its Fresno debut, in September at Woodward Park, sold out largely in advance and were hard to come by on race day — with some people re-selling them like they were Justin Bieber concert tickets.

The 2013 Fresno installment is just around the corner, April 7. Registration (currently as low as $35) is open now.

To really get a sense for what Color Me Rad is about — and how much fun people seemed to have last time — check out this photo gallery from The Bee.

We help you plan your January

It’s a new year, and if your resolution is to get out and have more fun, then you might want to consult The Bee’s “Don’t Miss It” guide, which plans out the best of the month in pop culture and local events — from “Dreamgirls” and Steve Earle to Disney on Ice and “Downton Abbey.” Click the link below to look at the full-size calendar.

PDF: The Bee’s “Don’t Miss It” guide for January.

The Beehive’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

UPDATE: Bringing this back to the top since today’s the day. Have fun and be safe, y’all.

ORIGINAL POST: Now that Christmas has passed it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll ring in 2013. There’s a New Year’s Eve primer in today’s Bee, but for even more options, we offer this rundown of parties. Whether you’re looking for a nightclub with DJs and champagne or live music, skim through the offerings below. If you’ve got something to contribute, leave a comment or e-mail the flier to

Do This! The 2012 Fresno Synced Christmas Light Tour

All right, Christmas-light chasers, we’ve reached the time of the year where you’re hunting for colorful displays. Like in years past, we’ve put together a guide to houses that do something a little different — they create dancing lights shows set to music.

Inspired by that viral video turned Miller Lite, these tech-savvy homeowners add a different element to light-looking. Something beyond Christmas Tree Lane and Cindy Lane. This is more like a choose-your-own-adventure outing, where the family piles into the car and criss-crosses the city to watch these shows one at a time. There’s no official map or organization behind the displays. We’ve tracked the houses the past few years. But the light shows come and go, depending on the year. So feel free to send us updates! Look below for a Google Map.

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Tonight: 3 Doors Down, Daughtry and P.O.D., plus a new night for Jazz Hop

If you can’t find a live band in Fresno tonight, you’re looking in the wrong place.

Save Mart Center hosts a rock trifecta with 3 Doors Down, Daughtry and P.O.D. Be sure to check out my feature story on 3 Doors Down from last Friday’s Bee. I talk to guitarist Chris Henderson about the band’s “anonymous” fame. Tickets are still available. They cost $26.50-$46.50. Hit up Ticketmaster if you need some.

Fresno’s Jazz Hop — the monthly celebration of live jazz in dozens of venues — cuts itself from the ArtHop umbilical cord with a new second-Thursday-of-the-month calendar spot. Not much else has changed: still plenty of live music to see for free.

Says Jazz Hop coordinator Kate McKnight: “I’m seeking to highlight jazz music (and other genres) and the musicians by dedicating a night to hop just for music. ArtHop is so big now, and people couldn’t get around to see or experience all that they want to.” Tonight’s Jazz Hop is a bit smaller because of the holidays, she says. The schedule is below.

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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.

Tonight: Broncho gives you a reason to be social on a Monday night

If you dig two-minute-long, screw-everything punk/garage rock, go see Broncho tonight at Fulton 55. The Oklahoma band plays with two Fresno vets: It’ll Grow Back (a punk band that keeps things short and energetic) and Sparklejet (a power three-piece who keeps things loud and … ummm, loud). It’s a treat to see Sparklejet these days, let alone on a Monday night.

Below you can check out a cool Broncho cut called “I Don’t Really Want to be Social.” Gives you a good idea of what the band is about. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $5-7.

Mark your calendar: Holiday hijinks

Christmas event season is here. This weekend gives us a good start, with a few annual traditions: Christmas Tree Lane’s opening night and first walk night, the Clovis Christmas parade and Tubachristmas. Coming up, though, we’ve got a few holiday events that veer more toward the non-traditional crowd. If you you like Christmas bar hopping, made up “Seinfeld” holidays or ugly sweaters, then check out these three:

Watch Friday’s edition of The Bee for a full guide to Christmas events.

Tonight: Blimprov will make you laugh

If you haven’t seen Blimprov, you should. And you probably should do it tonight.

The improv comedy troupe — who you might remember from its sold-out run at this year’s Rogue Festival — is doing one of its biggest local shows to date at Fulton 55.

Why go tonight? Well, two Blimprov members are planning to move to L.A. soon, to give the fame thing a chance. So this might be their last Blimprov show. The departing Blimprovers are the ever-charming Marcos Hammer and the hilarious Magnus Chhan, who — apologies to the rest of Blimprov — has a knack for stealing the show.

If you miss this and everybody is talking tomorrow about how great it was, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Beehive guide to December entertainment

December is jam packed with local entertainment options you won’t want to miss. You can go to see lots of theater, check out Christmas concerts and live bands and even see a dragon, among other things. So check out our “Don’t Miss It” guide to December and start filling up your entertainment calendar. View the full PDF below.

PDF: The Bee’s “Don’t Miss It” entertainment guide for December.