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TONIGHT: Feed our Future benefit w/Barry McGuire

Here is a crazy thought: More than 80% of students in Fresno Unified School District qualify for free school meals and for some it might be the only daily meal they get.

That means between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday, there are students who struggle to find food, says Jessica Nazaroff, who along with Shelby Dart started the nonprofit Feed our Future last march.

Each week, the pair provides bags of non-perishable, easily prepared food items to students at Addams Elementary. These are students with chronic food insecurity, Nazaroff says.

In less than a year, the program has grown from 50 students to 125 students.

Nazaroff would like to do more.

“I would love to see at at 300 by the end of the year,” she says.

To help the cause, Feed our Future is hosting a benefit concert, 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Tower Theatre.

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BANDGEEK: Comrades, Mad Caddies and the Ultimate Glow Experience


Right about now you may be looking to lock yourself up in full quarantine. Brave it out and get to one of these awesome concerts happening through the week. They are once again collected here in out weekly BANDGEEEEEK! roundup.

TONIGHT

  • The Long Black Veils.
    W/Lezayr. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $6-$8.

  • Ozmosis Happy Hour.
    W/Johnathan Sterling. At Tioga Sequoia Beer Garden. 6 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • Brother Love And The Breakups.
    At Full Circle Brewing Co. 8 p.m. $6.

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    BANDGEEK!: Prince, Presley and Roy Orbison

    While I am trying figure out whether to care about this whole deflate-gate thing (I also heard it referred to as the much funnier ball-gate), you’ll all be checking out one of the awesome concerts happening in town this week. Right? We’ve collated them again in out weekly BANDGEEEEEEK! roundup.

    TONIGHT

  • Fulton 55 4th Anniv. Party.
    W/The Purple Ones. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $13-$16. (Flier link)

  • Agent Orange.
    W/The Infirmities and Plot. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $10-$12. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Jordon Page.
    At Peeve’s. 8 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Tumbao.
    W/Menneo, Erika Nicole and Torres Castro. At Cellar Door Visalia. 9 p.m. $10. (Flier link)

  • Gristle.
    W/Wally Don’t Bite, Descend Factor and The Tripatronix. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $6.

  • Slow Season.
    W/Bitter Buffalo and Werebear. At Kelly’s Beach, Reedley. 9 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • Smoked Fish.
    Music at Gazebo Garden. 6 p.m. Free. All ages.

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    BANDGEEK: Haunted Summer, Mane Horse and Dictators NYC

    Sad to say, it’ll still be another 10 years (at least) before you’ll get to take high-speed rail anywhere to see a good show. That’s fine though, because there is plenty to see right here, right now. I’ve collected this week’s music options in another installment of BANDGEEEEEK!

    TONIGHT

  • The Notones.
    After Art-Hop party. At Peeve’s Public House. 9 p.m. Free.

  • Karen Marguth and David Aus.
    The Art of the Song. At Bloo Hookah Lounge. 7 p.m. Free. (Flier link)

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends.
    W/Brave City, Santa Mira and Brave At Last. At CYC. 7 p.m. $5. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Mane Horse.
    W/Stateless, Meet me in Montauk, Sleep Spindles, Cabin Fire and Chokeslam. At The Escape to Milf Mountain. 6 p.m. $2. (Flier link)

  • EZ Mark’s Honky Tonk.
    At Full circle Brewing Company. 5:30 p.m. Free.

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    BANDGEEK: Tribal Seeds, Riders in the Sky and the Fresno Holiday Jam

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    Lest you think a little storm should keep you trapped indoors, we have once again collection a week’s worth of musical happenings and present it here as your BANDGEEEEK round up.

    TONIGHT:

  • Shannon Ashley.
    W/Lou Umbra and The Tough Love. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $6-$8. (Flier link)

  • Tribal Seeds.
    W/Hirie and Wheeland Brothers. At Strummer’s. 7 p.m. Online tickets SOLD OUT.

  • Ultrasonic: A Book Launch.
    W/music from Iwanaga and Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries. At Peeve’s Public House. 7 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Paradox.
    W/Mutant Itch, Choas Tribe, Fiend, Inhuman and Battleshok. At CYC. 6 p.m. $5 donation. All ages. (Flier link)

  • Chris Play Guitar.
    Reunion show. W/Constellation Prize. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Lee Greenwood.
    W/Crystal Gayle. At Tachi Palace. 6 p.m. Tickets off sale. (Flier link)

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    BANDGEEK: Fab Four, Molotov and Dance Gavin Dance

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    We’ve hit the holiday season full on. Time management becomes critical, especially if you want to fit in a couple of live music events.

    Lucky for you, we’ve once again done the heavy lifting and collected them for you in our handy-dandy BANDGEEK roundup.

    TONIGHT:

  • The Jacktones.
    W/Jimmie O. At Fulton 55. 8:30 p.m. $6-$8. (Flier link)

  • Denitia and Sene.
    W/Gentle Jaime and Naelma. At Peeve’s Public House. 8:30 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Arthop at Studio Itz.
    W/Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries, Werebear, Santa Mira and Satellite Era. At Studio Itz. 7 p.m. Free. All ages. (Flier link)

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    Swedies: Swede Fest XIV

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    Fresno’s Swede Fest held its 14th installment over the weekend at the Tower Theatre and audiences were treated to some of the best entries of the festival’s run.

    The close-to-30 short film parodies offer some interesting interpretations of what it means to “swede.” Some stick with the tried-and-true cardboard- and duct-tape, lo-fi aesthetic, while others embrace digital technology as a tool for the form.

    While, it would be against Swede Fest ideals to judge the films, the Beehive has taken to offering its best-of-the-fest with the Swedies.

    All judging for this year’s awards was done by me, based on categories I chose and my knowledge of the form. Winners receive their names in this post (and forever in Google search) and the knowledge that they left me totally inspired.

    You can see all the entries at Swede Fest site.

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    BANDGEEK!: Like a Villain, Light Thieves and Mariachi El Bronx

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    Take a couple minutes to vote in The Fresno Bee’s People’s Choice Awards. Then. Check out one of these live music shows happening through next week. They are compiled again in The Beehive’s BANDGEEEK! roundup.

    TONIGHT:

  • The Oh Hellos.
    W/The Collection and The Gospel Whiskey Runners. At Radiant Church Visalia. 5 p.m. $12.50.

  • The Fast Money Tour 3.
    W/Turf Talk. At Fulton 55. 9 p.m. $10-$15. (Flier link)

  • Like A Villain.
    W/Dovves. At Peeve’s Public House. 9:30 p.m. Free. All ages.

  • Goodtime Boys.
    W/Lost Tribe, Vain and Valor, One Last Caress and Dependence. At CYC. 7 p.m. $6. All ages. (Flier link)

  • EZ Mark’s Honky Tonk.
    At Full Circle Brewing Co. 5:30 p.m. Free.

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    Win tickets to: Fresno Filmworks screening of “Levitated Mass”

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    Levitate Mass” (which Fresno Filmworks screens next Friday at the Tower Theatre) is a film about the enduring question of what makes art, art? The documentary, from filmmaker Doug Pray (“Art & Copy,” “Surfwise”), follows the literal journey of a 340-ton granite boulder as it becomes a conceptual “land sculpture.”

    Based on the trailer, the film will surely be a conversation starter. There will be discussion circle after the 5:30 p.m. showing with visiting filmmaker Katie McNeill, who was a co-producer on the film.

    We have a tickets to give away to a couple Beehive readers. To enter to win, leave a common on this post. Give us your definition of art. You have until noon Wednesday, Nov. 12. Winners will be chosen at random, notified via email (so check yours if you enter) and must be able to pick the tickets up at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. St.) during normal business hours.

    Watch the trailer (and get the complete contest rules) on the jump.

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    Call for entries: Swede Fest 14

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    Organizers of Fresno’s Swede Fest have opened submissions for the fourteenth edition of the low- or no-budget parody film festival, taking place 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Tower Theatre.

    The announcement comes just in time for Halloween, which means you may have your costuming done. That’s two birds with one stone.

    For consideration in the festival, films must be no longer than four minutes and suitable for all ages and entered by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 17.

    Swede Fest, is an internationally known festival loosely based on Michael Gondry’s 2008 film “Be Kind Rewind,” and spawned several satellite festivals on the East Coast. A “sweded” film is a summarized recreation of a popular movie. It takes the best (and often the worst) of Hollywood and combines it with the creativity and ingenuity of the biggest film fans. The results can be epic, as in the case of Dumb Drum’s series of scene-for-scene movie-trailer recreations.

    Swede Fest is free and open to all ages thanks to the generous sponsorship of Fresno Filmworks, The Tower Theatre and Geekwise Academy.

    Check out previous festival submissions.

    Win tickets to: Joni Morris’ Patsy Cline tribute

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    Before she died in a plane crash (at the age of 30), Patsy Cline had cemented for herself as one of most unique and inspiring voices in country (and pop) music.

    More than fifty years later, her voice (and music) continues to inspire artists like Joni Morris, who has been doing a tribute to Cline (and Connie Francis) for more than 20 years.

    Morris brings the After Midnight Band to the Tower Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday. We have tickets for a few lucky Beehive readers. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Who is your favorite country music voice? Male or female.

    This contest is a quick one. You have until 5 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 22). Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and must be able to pick up tickets at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours.

    Check out a video of Morris doing her favorite Cline songs on the jump.

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    Bandgeek: Humperdinck, Daniels and Doyle

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    Aside from not eating at Burger King (the tax thing may be the least of its offences), your schedule for the next seven days looks full up, especially if you are into any sort of live music. The choices are presented here in our weekly roundup known as BANDGEEEEK!

    TONIGHT:

  • EZ Mark’s Honky Tonk.
    A Sit-around jam. At Full Circle Brewing. 5:30 p.m. Free.

  • Engelbert Humperdinck.
    At Tachi Palace. 7:30 p.m. $35-$70.

  • Pacific Dub.
    W/ ONEoz. At Strummer’s. 8 p.m. $12. All ages. (Flier link)

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    Win tickets to Allan Holdsworth

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    The Painted Table hosted the first in a pair of live music events at its space in the Tower Theatre on Sunday (the pop-noir band Leftover Cuties performed).

    This Sunday it hosts English jazz fusion guitarist/composer Allan Holdsworth. This is the guy that Frank Zappa once called “one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet.”

    We have tickets to give away to a Beehive reader. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Tell us who you think is the most interesting guy on guitar on the planet (Joseph Andreoli from Giraffes? Giraffes! is pretty interesting to me).

    The contest runs until noon Thursday. Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and be able to pick up tickets at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours.

    Check out a video of Holdsworth (plus full contest rules) on the jump.

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    Bandgeek: Rascal Flatts, Man Man and D.R.I.

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    It’s Greek Fest weekend. So you’ll be busy dancing and eating and yelling Opa! There are also dozens of live, musical performances happening at the city’s bars, clubs and theater if that’s more your speed. Here’s you weekly BANDGEEK! list.

    TONIGHT

  • Ando Ehlers.
    Split 7 ” tour. SS Web and It’ll Grow Back. At Audie’s Olympic. 9 p.m. $5. (Flier link)

  • Fashawn.
    The Ecology listening party. At Strummer’s. 8:30 p.m. This show is sold out. (Flier link)

  • Built to Spill.
    W/Slam Dunk and The Warm Hair. At Cellar Door, Visalia. 8 p.m. $20. (Flier link)

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    Win tickets to Leftover Cuties

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    The Painted Table is best known for its catering. You’ve no doubt seen the chefs (or their cuisine) out at events, including the Fresno Food Expo. They did cooking demonstrations all day.

    The business also hosts events out of a space in the Tower Theatre complex. Those with long enough memories will remember it as the old Daily Planet space.

    While the space is mostly reserved for special private parties, The Painted Table will open it up as a live music venue for pair of performers over the next two weekend. You can get all the needed info on The Painted Table’s Facebook page.

    First up is the Los Angeles retro-jazz pop band Leftover Cuties, which plays The Painted Table on Sunday. If you are unfamiliar with Leftover Cuties by name, you may have heard its music. The band wrote and performed the theme song for the Showtime series “The Big C” and has songs featured in commercials for Hyundai and Samsung. The Samsung ad aired during the 2012 Olympics. Proceeds from the show will benefit Fresno’s NOCO dance collective.

    We have tickets to give away to a Beehive reader. To enter to win, leave a comment in this post. Tell us what is the cutest thing you have ever seen. The contest runs until noon Thursday. Winners will be chosen at random, notified by email and be able to pick up tickets at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. Street) during normal business hours.

    Check out a video of Leftover Cuties and get the complete concert rules on the jump.

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    Swedies: Swede Fest XIII awards

    SF13_Flyer_OL_FINALSwede Fest’s held its 13th installment last weekend at the Tower Theatre. While the semi-annual celebration of sweded films has never been keen on actual judging (it would pretty much go against everything the festival stands for), The Beehive has made it habit to hand out awards for what we see as the best of the fest.

    You can see all the entries at Swede Fest site.

    Winners receive their names in this post (great for the EPKs) and the knowledge that they left me (and probably the rest of the viewers) totally inspired.

    And the Swedies go to:

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    BANDGEEK!: Kat Jones, Natural Thrills and Pillar Point

    5-2-14-2You may want to steer clear of The Crossroads. But any of the area’s other bars/clubs/theaters are still fair game and most have something happening this weekend. Check their listings in our weekly music roundup known as BANDGEEEK!

    TONIGHT:

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    Bandgeek!: Bear Hands, the Brother Weiss and a tribute to Johnny Cash

    4-4-14While the majority of your friends are out watching “Wicked,” you’d rather be out at a bar somewhere, listening to some low-down dirty rock and roll. Or any of the dozen of other music options happening this weekend (and into next week). Here’s your music roundup known as BANDGEEEEEK!

    TONIGHT:

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    Bandgeek!: BATHS, Goldboot and The Reverend Horton Heat

    3-28-14If you can pull yourself away from following the Leland Yee story, you’ll find dozens of music events happening this weekend. We’ve compiled them here in another installment of our weekly music roundup BANDGEEEEEK!!

    TONIGHT:

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    Call for entries: Swede Fest 13

    Swede-02-01Swede Fest, the low- or no-budget parody film festival, has announced a call for submissions for Swede Fest 13, May 17 at the Tower Theatre.

    You have right around two months to put an entry together before the deadline, 11:59 p.m. May 12, but the first 20 entries get screened, so there’s benefit in getting yours in early. Films must be under 4 minutes suitable for all ages. Submission is free and open to the public (film makers of all ages are encouraged).

    To get a sense for the festival, here are some previous submissions.

    On a side note: This year, the Swede Fest coincides with Kingsburg’s annual Swedish Festival.

    Concert announcement: Asleep at the Wheel

    AsleepAtTheWheelIf Bob Wills was the King of Western Swing, Ray Benson is the crown prince. As the leader of the Austin, TX band Asleep at the Wheel, Benson has led an impressive list of musicians since the early 1970s. During that time, the band released 25 + album and won nine Grammy awards. It just released a 40th Anniversary concert film and mini-documentary and in the midst of a tour, that will bring them to the Tower Theatre May 10. Tickets to the show are $35-$45 and on sale now online and at the Tower Theatre box office.

    Watch of video the Asleep at the Wheel on the jump.

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    Bandgeek!: Strange Vine, New Politics and the Wailers

    2-21-14You could spend the weekend at home listening to DEVO on the old record player. Or, you could catch some live music at one of the dozens of events happening this week. Check it out in an all-new installment of our weekly roundup BANDGEEEEK!

    TONIGHT:

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    Win tickets to Dis/Orient/Ed Comedy

    1296323Dis/Orient/Ed Comedy is the first-ever (mostly) all-female, all Asian-American comedy tour. The brainchild of Los Angeles comics Jenny Yang and Atsuko Okatsuka, the tour has played to sell-out crowds up and down the West Coast. It comes to Fresno, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tower Theatre. Featured comics include Yang, Okatsuka and Helen Hong.

    Tickets for the show are available at the Tower Theatre box office or online at disorientedcomedy.com ($5 off if you use the coupon code “fresnobee”).

    Of course, we have a pair of tickets for one lucky Beehiver. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post. Tell us who is your favorite comedienne. This is a quick one: Deadline is 5 p.m. tonight. Winners will be informed by email and will need to come down to The Bee’s front counter by 5 p.m. Friday to claim the tickets. Full rules plus videos of Yang and Hong on the jump.

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    Win tickets to Trio Ellas

    triotemp3Trio Ellas doesn’t so much work against stereotypes as circumvents them, with a musical proficiency that allows the group (Suemy Gonzalez, Nelly Cortez and Stephanie Amaro) to space among mariachi artists like Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan to Mariachi El Bronx, while courting mainstream artists like Ben Gibbard and Lady Gaga.

    The Latin Grammy Award winning group plays Friday at the Tower Theatre and we have tickets to giveaway to Beehive readers. To enter, leave a comment on this post. Tell us why you’d like to see the group. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Please don’t enter more than once. Winners will be informed by email Wednesday evening and will need to come down to The Bee’s front counter by 5 p.m. Friday to claim the tickets. Full rules and a video of Trio Ellas on the jump.

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    Win ticket to: Adam Carolla live podcast

    Adam_Carolla_podcastAdam Carolla is in the Guiness Book of World Records.

    For podcasting. No joke.

    Carolla hosts the most downloaded podcast of all time, which, technically, means since the early 2000s or so. Still, Carolla, best known for his TV (“The Man Show,” Crank Yankers”) and radio (“Loveline”) work, is podcast royalty. His show was downloaded 60 million times between ’09 and ’11.

    Carolla will be taping an episode of his podcast live at the Tower Theatre, Dec. 8 and we have tickets to put a few lucky Beehivers in the audience. Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post. Tell us what is your favorite podcast and why. The contest ends 5 p.m. Friday. Winners will be chosen by random and notified via email. So check your email if you enter. One comment per person, please. Rules on the jump.

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