But one restaurateur wins the prize for most entertaining: Mike Cook at Trendy Pasta Company. When you go in there, you’ll likely be greeted loudly and flamboyantly by Cook, possibly in Italian. He’s not the only one working there — his wife Rosalie works the counter and co-owner Matthew McComas is usually hiding in the kitchen (but that’s McComas’ gorgeous artwork on the walls). But it’s Cook who’s in charge of making sure customers have a good time. If they like him — in addition to his food — they’re more likely to come back, he figures. You can get a glimpse of Cook’s goofy personality, including him pulling my leg a little, in the video below.
I’ve watched Jimmy Fallon for years on “Late Night,” so I easily followed him in his move as the new host of “The Tonight Show.” I have to say, he’s just killing it in his first few weeks. So many laughs and good times.
The female-fronted punk band is part of the Friendcore scene and plays the kind of noisey rock-and-roll that is right up my alley. Watch the video and if you like what you see/hear, check them out tonight at C.A.F.E. Infoshop.
I’m not surprised to wake up this morning to see social media still abuzz over the Miley Cyrus performance on the VMAs last night. It was definitely memorable. Reading the various posts has consumed me this morning. So I thought I would share links to some of the best posts I came across.
My brother shared this video (actually, Audi commercial “Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: “The Challenge” that was posted May 6 on YouTube) with me on Facebook and I just had to share it with you. It made this sci-fi girl happy. Plus, it gives me an excuse to tell everyone how much I loved “Star Trek Into Darkness.” It’s AWESOME! Beehiver Rick Bentley shares that enthusiasm, read his “A” review here. You can also watch video interviews with cast members Simon Pegg, John Cho and Alice Evehere. Enjoy.
There are several good entertainment choices for the weekend.
TELEVISION “Ask Obama Live: An MTV Interview with the President,” 5 p.m. MTV: As part of MTV’s “Power of 12” election campaign, President Barack Obama will address the concerns of young voters in this cable special. It should be interesting. Former President Bill Clinton was asked about his underwear during a similar event on the cable channel. Little did we know then the importance of that question. Please note that the “live” part of this program is only on the East Coast.
MOVIES “Cloud Atlas”:Not since “2001: A Space Odyssey” has a film come along that’s such a marvel of moviemaking and a frustrating test of comprehension as “Cloud Atlas.” The latest work by Andy and Lana Wachowski, the minds behind “The Matrix,” re-imagines the art of moviemaking by creating a product that finds cohesion in confusion, distinction in disorder and symmetry in asymmetry.
DVD “Alcatraz: The Complete Series”: The short-lived FOX series from J.J. Abrams looks at what happens when all of the guards and prisoners at the prison vanish, then begin reappearing years later. It’s “Lost” meets “Prison Break.” The series was canceled despite strong writing and acting after only 13 episodes. Sarah Jones portrays a strong hero, while Jorge Garcia offers just the right amount of humor to keep this show from being too dark. It also features the always reliable Sam Neill.
Fierce Creatures’ “Satan is a Vampire” is one of my favorite songs to come out of Fresno in the past few years. So I was happy to get a different take on the song from this animated video. It was made by The General Populus, a rapper and artist in town (also a good friend of mine).
He wasn’t commissioned by the band, Populus says, he just saw a story in the song and animated it. Pretty fresh, if you ask me.
Hey, y’all, Screamup Tweetup at Fright Night Scream Park is less than a week away. Are you scared already? It’s next Thursday, Oct. 21, featuring good peeps, spooky attractions and nice discounts to said attractions. There’s also a pre-party at Rio Grill with cheap drinks and free food. What’s not to like?
Did you ever notice that the name is a bit of a tongue-twister? Screamup Tweetup. Go ahead try to say it a few times fast. That’s what we asked people to do. Enjoy the results.
The original “Clash” was one of my favorite movies growing up. I don’t know if it was my childhood love affair with unicorns and flying horses, the mythology, the great campy fun or that the movie was on cable all the time, but I must have watched it more than a dozen times. I loved the Medusa part, in particular. And it’s the new Medusa, who looks WICKED!, that’s piqued my interest.
I’m still not sure about all these remakes, especially “Karate Kid” and “Red Dawn.” I mean, really, do we need to mess with these 80s jems? But I will at least keep an open mind (even if it means going against Mike Oz).
It was actually a lot more rambunctious than I expected. Some guy even walked past me throwing up the devil horns and yelling “Hardcore!” While, I wouldn’t go that far, there was some moshing and stage diving from audience members.
But Cage the Elephant were the stars of the show, playing a tight 50-minute set of songs off their self-titled debut album. That included their hit, “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.” Here are some videos, including one from opening act Morning Teleportation.
The quote of the night came from Rick Roddam, of 105.1 The Blaze, who said: “This is one of those shows that five years from now, 1,500 people will say they were at.”
About 250 people filled Visalia’s Cellar Door on Wednesday night to see Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan play an intimate show.
Corgan’s set was broken up into three parts: A folksy opening with Spirits in the Sky, the band he assembled for this six-city tour. An acoustic middle where most of the band left the stage. And an electric ending, where he was joined on guitar by Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers).