Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Best bets for a busy ArtHop


Tonight’s ArtHop promises to be a robust one, with lots of great options for art lovers. I offer my picks in today’s Life section. We didn’t have room in the print edition to use all the images we received, so here you get the whole colorful package:

The big 8-9: Chris Sorensen, whose sprawling studio bearing his name features dozens of artists, is still going strong, and his birthday has become an annual celebration of his artistic longevity. Sorensen marks his 89th year with an ArtHop party and exhibition that includes his recently completed, 81/2-foot tall “Camel,” along with other works he completed throughout the preceding year.

Poignant show: Also at the Sorensen Studio is a holdover photography exhibition from last month that has been getting a lot of buzz: Wendy Denton’s “Cancer Chronicles.” She writes in her artist’s statement: “When my husband Ken was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we pledged to be conscious and awake throughout the journey together. Through images, we captured feelings, ideas, sadness, humor, and outright fun along the way.”

In Denton’s photo “Letting Go,” her husband pulls an opened suitcase up a paved, woodsy outdoors incline toward a distant but unknown destination as various items (an old camera, a phonograph record, prescription pill bottles) spill out behind. The caption reads: “Free at last to let go of the baggage and encumbrances we pack away and drag around with us. A collection of random, unrelated objects that used to be important.”

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Five things you should do this weekend

See some holly-jolly holiday lights and then …

1001993_606250852756316_499193801_n1. Fugly Sweater Bike Party Ride
Group bicycle rides are fun and good for the overall transportation culture. The more drivers can see bicyclists riding safely (ie. in bike lanes, with traffic and WITH LIGHTS at night), the less inclined they will be to see us as one more burden in their daily commutes. So, Fresno’s Bike Party‘s December ride get a thumbs up from me without mentioning the ugly Christmas sweaters or Christmas Tree Lane tour. Note: The best was to see the lane is on a bicycle.

12-21_square2. Buy a Tioga-Sequoia growler
A growler of craft beer isn’t a gift for just anyone. For the right person however, Tioga-Sequoia‘s new stainless steel growler will make you a holiday hero. Especially if it’s filled with the brewer’s Rush Hour Breakfast Stout or Tropical IPA. Other new Tioga merch will be available too, including official T-shirts and 5 oz taster goblets.

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Podcast: Ozmosis #52

I’m biased, being that it’s my radio show and all, but I think this week’s installment of Ozmosis has some good music on it. Cold War Kids, Sir Sly, Swim Deep, Stone Foxes — just to name a few. Locals The Unbelievable are the Tioga-Sequoia “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week. If that all sounds tasty, then listen to the podcast below. Remember to catch new episodes of Ozmosis every Sunday night at 9 p.m. on New Rock 104.1.

Ozmosis #52 (01.20.13) by Mike Osegueda on Mixcloud

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Podcast: Ozmosis #33

Lots of great new music on the latest episode of Ozmosis — The XX, Two Door Cinema Club, Cat Power, The Divine Fits and Matt & Kim to name a few. Sea of Sound is the Tioga-Sequoia “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week and there’s music from three artists performing tonight — Nite Jewel (at Cellar Door), Camper Van Beethoven (at Fulton 55) and Ape Machine (at Audie’s Olympic).

If you listened to the show live on Sunday night, you’ll be happy to know there are a few more songs on the podcast for you to check out. Enjoy the podcast and tune in at 9 p.m. Sunday for a new episode of Ozmosis on New Rock 104.1.

If the above player gives you any grief, you can listen directly on Mixcloud.

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Podcast: Ozmosis #32 (Fuse Fest edition)

On this week’s Ozmosis podcast, we go ALL-LOCAL in support of this weekend’s Fresno Urban Sound Experience music festival — or you can call it Fuse Fest.

Two of the festival’s organizers, Josh (of Fresno Famous) and Mikey (from The Fresnan) join me. We also unveil the new sponsor of Ozmosis, Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co., and debut a new weekly feature, the “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week. Popping the cherry on that is Achievement House.

Enjoy the podcast below and tune in at 9 p.m. Sunday for a new episode of Ozmosis on New Rock 104.1.

If the above player gives you any grief, you can listen directly on Mixcloud.

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Your guide to eating & drinking this weekend


We all know this weekend is going to be hot. But did you also know it’s got a handful of notable food- and drink-related events you might want to check out. Here’s a look:

FIG FEST: The annual (and popular) Fig Fest is Saturday at Fresno State. The Bee had a nice piece Wednesday about the various uses of the fig. If that gets you motivated to taste some figs, then get all the event info and head out there.

ZOOFARI: Another popular annual event is Chaffee Zoo’s Ice Cream Zoofari. It’s a cool relief considering the expected temperatures. It’s happening Saturday night after the zoo closes and includes all you-can-eat ice cream, sherbet and frozen yogurt. More info here. This one sells out, so hurry if you want tickets.

VISALIA CRAFT BREW FEST: Visalia jumps into the beer festival game with the first Visalia Craft Brew Fest happening at Mooney Grove Park. It features close to three dozen breweries, including locals such as Tioga-Sequoia and Brewbakers and out-of-towners like Firestone Walker and Sudwerks. More info here.

HAVE LUNCH WITH JOE CROSS: Cross, a juicing advocate, healthy-living inspirer and star of the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” visits Fresno on Sunday. You can eat with him at a $50 gourmet vegan fund-raiser lunch at Organic Fresno and/or catch his free lecture at Liberty Theatre at 3:30 p.m. More here.

Beehive Birthday 7: Tomorrow! Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

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OK, guys. We’re a day away from Beehive Birthday 7 at Rotary Playland. I know it’s a soggy day today, but the forecast is clear for the party. Let’s all just keep our fingers crossed.

A few of the key details: The party runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. Rides are unlimited for everybody once you’re in. Keep reading for all the fun and Fresnocentric things we have planned and the long list of prizes you could win. We hope to see you there!

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[UPDATE] Beehive Birthday 7: Postponed

UPDATE: Sad news, y’all. We’re postponing tonight’s Beehive Birthday party. Mother Nature is not cooperating. And we want this party to be what we envisioned, so we’ll pick a new date and fill you guys in soon. Look for the ValleyWho winner to be announced, right here on the site, tonight.


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Fres-Know: Dog chow for people


BONE APPETIT: Fresno State’s Alumni Association’s new cookbook — featuring more than 500 entries from alumni and friends — gets the bad-pun award of the day. Never fear, it includes a recipe for TimeOut’s Dog Biscuits. [Fresno State]

KEEP VOTING: Don’t forget to vote for Kyle Lowe’s short video in Sony’s “Behind the Lens” competition, which Heather told you about last week. Fresno theater fans will enjoy these performances by Taylor Abels and Taylor Babcock. If Lowe wins, he and Fresno State will both score $20,000 video cameras. [Behind the Lens]

PAIN AND PROMISE: Last week an American Association of Museums report suggested most museums are hurting financially but are reporting increased attendance and educational programs. That’s certainly the case with the Fresno Art Museum, its director concurs. [Bee]

WHAT A COMBO: A new yogurt/grilled cheese shop named “The Big Swirl” opens across from Fresno State. But where’s the tomato soup? [Fresno Bites]

POUNDING THE STREETS: Intrepid reporter George Hostetter gives us an up-close look at the homeless encampment on G Street. In essence, he writes, it’s a tenement — not so different from the conditions of the 19th Century New York we read about in history books. [City Beat]

DRINK LOCAL: Famous Whitewater tells us a little more about the new Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company downtown. Next month it debuts the reworked Half-Dome variety. [Fresno Famous]

MIKE SCOTT WITH CURLS: You’ve got to hand it to a TV-news personality who’s willing to post an old pic from the ’70s on his blog. Check out the hair AND the shirt. [CBS47]


To-Do Tonight: The Wonder Years, spring break leis, booze news and more


Pop-punk band The Wonder Years makes a tour stop at Starline tonight. If you’re wondering how a band that plays mostly for the all-ages crowd is playing at now-over-21 Starline, I wondered that too.

Turns out that Starline is closing the bar for the night and letting the kids come in. The bar next door at Starline Grill will be open for any non-teens who happen to be into the band, or their tourmates Living with Lions and Make Do & Mend. But you can’t bring drinks back into the club.

Also of note: Co-headliners Fireworks have apparently dropped off the show. Tickets cost $13. More info.

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Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Other than seeing that little ol’ musical over at Saroyan Theatre …

Blues at the Muse in the third installment of the concert series at Fresno Art Museum that has brought us Rock the Muse and Jazz at the Muse. For the blues version, there are performances from Joe Walton and the West Fresno All-Stars giving us a taste of the west side’s blues legacy, plus Joel Pickford & The Hell Hounds, who will surely be raising hell. Money raised helps the museum. Advance tickets here.


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To-Do Tonight: Trey Tosh & local brew

It’s a “Local Celebration” at Eureka!Burger tonight, as Trey Tosh performs and Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. celebrates its first day of brewing at its now-functioning downtown location (on Broadway, right behind The Chuk)

There are specials on Tioga-Sequoia brews all night, and there’s no cover to see the popular Mr. Tosh (of Shiver Fox fame) get down on his guitar.


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Listen to your food


Here’s a bit of shameless self-promotion shout-out to The Flavors of the Valley, Fresno State’s radio show on KFSR 90.7 that’s all about local food. Seriously, folks, this show is worth a listen, and it’s not because of Beehive guests Mike Oz and myself.

If you read our stories, you’ve already learned a lot about blueberries, strawberries and tacos — which we talk about on Flavors. (Shows were last Sunday, April 25, and March 14).

So be sure to listen to the other featured folks. Here are the archives page, with links to all the MP3 files, and a little taste of what you’ll hear: