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Rogue Reviews 2015

FROM THE March 1 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur
Joshua Taylor,
& Lorie Lewis Ham



Throughout the week we will be posting reviews of Rogue shows! Check back daily! So far you can find here reviews for Ashes, Check Please, Dancing in the Mist, Fallen, Shame the Devil and Pass the Nails, Spencer/Morris Group, Greatest Hits: 2004-2014, Victory for the Recycled Virgin, Boxcar Figaro, A Girl’s Guide to War, and Rites of Passage, Belly Dance Coalition of the San Joaquin Valley.

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Death of a Liar By M. C. Beaton

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



Poor Police Sergeant Hamish MacBeth. He’s a good police officer but his love life is just not working out. First there was the cold and distant Priscilla and then there was Elspeth, a really nice woman who Hamish thought was cheating on him. By the time he figured out his mistake, Elspeth had moved on. Now Christine, the medical examiner, is interested in Hamish. Unfortunately and typically, he’s attracted to a baker, Anka. She, however, is attracted to Hamish’s friend, Dick. It all gets convoluted but not nearly as complicated as a series of murders.

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The Cat House on the Kings “It’s All About That Spay, ‘Bout That Spay, …No Trouble”

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



The lack of a real winter here in the San Joaquin Valley has meant there was no winter “lull” this year. The kittens keep coming and, of course, some puppies, too. A Facebook plea, combined with a phone call to The Cat House, brought us volunteers to an apartment complex in Fresno. A feral mother cat was in distress, and during the attempts to trap her we discovered that the complex was overrun with (unfixed) cats. In our newsletter, due out next month, you can read all the details of the two mass spay days that Tammy Barker and her awesome crew of volunteers arranged and carried out. Ironically, the one mother cat we were originally called to the complex to help has eluded capture.

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Coming Attractions: March Comes In Like a Lion Edition

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier



While the East coast suffered with storm after storm, the Valley started heating up in mid-February. I took my reading out by the pool. Here’s a few titles roaring your way:
Just what we need on a frosty day: Ladle To the Grave, the latest Soup Lover’s Mystery. Lucky Jamieson is the owner of By the Spoonful in Snowflake, VT.

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The Liberation of Mary in Sherlock Holmes

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Kathleen Kaska



In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign of Four, Mary Morstan arrived on Holmes’s doorstep seeking help solving the mysterious disappearance of her father, Captain Arthur Morstan. Upon her entrance to 221B Baker Street, Watson described her as having a firm step and composed manner.

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Valley Parades-Mardi Gras in the Tower

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Mallory Moad



My name is Mallory Moad and I love parades. This year, 2015, I will be embracing my passion for pageantry by attending as many parades in the Central Valley as possible.

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The Great Food Search-BBQ, Todd’s Cookhouse BBQ

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


In the past, the Great Food Search has done theme articles, comparing pizzas, donuts, hot chocolate, Mexican restaurants, or soups. More recently, the articles have featured one restaurant at a time. Now, it seems, I have stumbled into writing a series of single-restaurant reviews on one theme: it started with a lighted sign in the night: Dickie’s. I have wandered into Barbecue Land.

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Fun Food Mysteries From Penguin/Kensington

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



Here are some more fun food mysteries from Penguin and Kensington-Town in a Sweet Pickle by B. B. Haywood, License to Dill by Mary Ellen Hughes, and Fry Me a Liver by Delia Rosen. Details on how to enter to win copies of all 3 of these books at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them.

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The Fresno County Blossom Trail Springs into Bloom

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Kathy Eide Casas



Welcome to the inspiring beauty that can only be found along the Fresno County Blossom Trail. This 60-mile stretch of nature at its finest showcases the blossoming stone fruit orchards, citrus groves, vineyards and historical points of interest.

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A Snitch in Time By Sunny Frazier: Review/Interview

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terrance McArthur



In fiction, snitches don’t last long. They come to bad ends repeatedly in mystery novels. Of course, many people don’t like snitches, even the law enforcement officers who use them, but they are useful. They make great murder victims.

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Just You Wait: A Grace Street Mystery By Jane Tesh

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Love is flowing through the house at 302 Grace Street, but unfortunately it’s not flowing very smoothly. Reluctant psychic Camden is marrying his fiancée Ellin in one month, but plans for the dresses, cake, and even number of bridesmaids remain unfinished. Ellin loves Camden, but she detests his career, friends, and current residence. In the meantime, private detective David continues to propose to his fellow boarder Kary, but their inability to communicate is standing in their way.

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Vacant By Alex Hughes

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Mary Anne Barker


Vacant is number four in the science fiction Mindspace Investigations series. The story takes place in the future in Atlanta, Georgia. There are people who have certain mental powers, and Adam is a telepath. Most of those who have developed powers like telepathy belong to the Guide, but Adam was thrown out for drug use.

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Alaskan Wilderness

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Karen Lewis SECTION

by Karen Lewis




Out of all the seasons we chose to go to Alaska it had to be one of the worst winters for snow ever. Here we were in the back of a car after being picked up from the airport in a blinding blizzard. The snow was piled up high at the sides of the road and some cars must have ran into problems and were stuck. We continued on our journey through the dazzling but heavy snow storm to the B&B where we were planning to stay for a while.

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The Road to High Street: Rogue 2015

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Andrew Potter



I perform a multimedia show, The Road to High Street, combining live storytelling, song and music with projected images and video on a big screen. It is based on my career as a juggler and street performer with partner Wheeler Cole in an act we called the High Street Circus.

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February Fever: A Murder by the Month Mystery By Jess Lourey

FROM THE February 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Since moving to Battle Lake, Minnesota, ten months ago, Mira James has alarmingly discovered at least one body every month, so she’s understandably more than a little on the edge. When her adorably perfect boyfriend Johnny leaves for a month-long internship at Portland State, Mira’s best friend Mrs. Berns declares it to be the perfect time to get out of Dodge before Mira’s death timer clicks on and she uncovers another murder.

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Rogue Teaser Show

FROM THE February 27 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


In a little more than 90 minutes, I saw bits and pieces of more than 30 shows that will be on the stages of the 2015 Rogue Festival around the Tower District and Downtown Fresno. Each taste of the Rogue was a two-minute tidbit, a morsel tempting the cultural taste buds. There was only one problem—this was only half of the Rogue roster. Between February 27 and March 7, how could you see more than 60 different shows spread across nine venues?
You can’t, unless you’re friends with a certain Dr. Brown and have the keys to his time-traveling DeLorean. Since you probably aren’t able to bend the space-time continuum, maybe I can suggest a few shows to see, based on what I saw at the Teaser show and the track record of some of the other acts.

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Still Shopping for God in Fresno: Rogue 2015

FROM THE February 25 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Erica Lann-Clark



I was born Jewish in Vienna, Austria, on the eve of the Nazi invasion and escaped with my parents. Austria was annexed into Germany in less than 2 days, and the Germans began immediately going after the Jews. Austria was home to 192,000 Jews in 1938 when the Germans invaded. 100,000 managed to leave by the end of 1939.

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Baby with the Bathwater Presented by Visalia Players

FROM THE February 25 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Nancy Holley




Christopher Durang’s Baby with the Bathwater demonstrates the truth of the proverb that one needs to be able to distinguish the important from the unimportant, particularly when parenting. “It’s absolutely hilarious,” notes Director Elicia Russell with excitement. “It is so far-fetched and yet realistic.

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