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Drake Bell Shows His Music Chops in Fresno

IN THE January 20 ISSUE

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by Steven Sanchez



On Wednesday, January 10, Drake Bell, the former actor and teen heartthrob from the Nickelodeon program The Drake and Josh Show, made his way to Fresno to perform a one-man acoustic set at Fulton 55. He is currently on tour in support of his recent four song EP, Honest.

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by Kathleen Costa


After almost a year of enjoying my membership with ACORN-TV, it is still a top streaming option. I have taken advantage of hundreds of the best programming including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films, and some programs only available on or original to Acorn-TV.

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Sense and Sensibility On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE January 17 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have seen many different versions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but I had never seen Sense and Sensibility until I went to the Good Company Players’ production at 2nd Space a couple of weeks ago.

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Look Back at Theatre in the Valley in 2017

IN THE January 13 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


It is that time of year again when we look back at the year of theatre that just ended–and 2017 was another amazing year in the Valley. There were way too many shows to mention them all, but here are several of the highlights!

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by Sandra Murphy
& Elizabeth Duncan



Charlotte Fairfax was born in England but now lives in the States. She’s a costume designer for The Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company. She, her Corgi Rupert, and her significant other Ray, a local police officer, share one of three bungalows on the grounds of a hotel where the plays are performed. This year, the theater company is lucky enough to have English actor Audrey Ashley as their star. Audrey’s sister, Maxine, acts as her dresser between scenes as well as her manager.

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Boys of Broadway Presented By the Visalia Players

IN THE January 10 ISSUE

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by Nancy Holley



Ring in the New Year with a creative experience at the Ice House Theatre as the Visalia Players presents Boys of Broadway,”a musical revue written and directed by Leeni Mitchell. Regulars at the Ice House will recall our box office smash opener for the 2015-16 season Broads of Broadway, also directed by Mitchell.

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by Kathleen Costa


In 2017 I reviewed over 150 marvelously entertaining books along with connecting with loads of talented and delightfully friendly authors. Set with the task of choosing my top favorites for the year has been a serious challenge since every single book, and a few television shows, have/has provided me with hours of entertainment and some inspiration…So, drum roll, please!

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by Trista Holmes


On December 5, 2017, the pathway for faith-based film was forever changed. A brilliant screenplay by Andrew Librizzi was released onto DVD, after having a run in select theaters throughout the United States and Canada in 2015. Beyond the Farthest Star sets the bar much higher for films with a Christian message. This film truly captivates the audience, both believer and non-believer, from the first breath of the first scene.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Drawing on a diverse array of music genres for inspiration, Lance Rodriguez began his musical journey at the age of eleven, and has been singing and playing guitar ever since. Kings River Life caught up with the Clovis native to discuss musical muses and the power of performance.

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by Coco Ihle


In the third week in October, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries premiered a delightful two-hour non-murder mystery called Darrow and Darrow. It apparently will be an ongoing series with the next episode premiering in January 2018.

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by Jessica Ham


2017 has been a great year for video games. Popular series have been reborn and game stories have become more in depth. The voice actor strike put a damper on the gaming industry this year, but it still managed to produce several brilliant games.

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze Coming to Fresno

IN THE December 13 ISSUE

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andTheatre
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by submitted



In 2005, at a Broadway industry conference in NYC, Neil Goldberg proposed to many theatre colleagues the concept of producing an affordable, family friendly holiday stage show that would be able to tour and perform virtually in every city throughout the United States. The idea was initially met with reluctance as audiences were deemed to be in the celebratory holiday spirit the months of November and December only, making both the investment and scale of any potential production a challenging business venture.

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Christmas Parades

IN THE December 9 ISSUE

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andArts & Entertainment,
andCommunity,
andMallory Moad
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by Mallory Moad




It’s Christmastime, and all over the Central San Joaquin Valley the season is being celebrated with parades. What could be easier? You just get a bunch of people, a few floats, and a marching band or two, and you’re good to go, right? Wrong! Behind every conglomeration of sights and sounds there are hours, days, weeks, and months of preparation and organization.

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by Terrance McArthur


Reedley’s River City Theatre Company has the perfect Christmas present for you. You don’t have to wrap it, and you can order it with dinner. Get yourself to Reedley to see a stage version of Miracle on 34th Street, based on the novelization of the 1947 screenplay.

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