by Don Priest
Just over two years ago, a guy walked into a bar and says to his friends, “Let’s put on a show.” And like Spanky and Alfalfa in the old Our Gang movies, they all said, “Sure!” That’s how The Flower Tome Companion began. Then went on to be a smash hit at the 2015 Rogue Festival.
by Myque Franz
I don’t remember much about her; she was blond, my age, and from New York. This was both of our first time visiting Kansas City, and she could have no idea of the impact she made on my life.
She said, “Where are you from?”
by Doward Wildon,
Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho, Jessica Ham,
& Camille Minichino
The 2017 Oscars are nearly here! They will be airing on ABC on February 26 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. To celebrate, we are reviewing some of the movies nominated for Best Picture. Learn more about this year’s nominees on the Academy Awards website.
by Jaguar Bennett
How satisfied are you with your current job? Are you really earning your full potential, or are you, like most of us, just slaving and struggling, hoping that someday you’ll get that “big break?”
by Joshua Ryan Taylor
Last weekend Fresno Filmworks hosted a mini festival showing all of the Academy Award nominated short films. The festival was broken into three segments—live action, animation, and documentary—and shown at the Tower Theatre.
by Aaron J. Shay
The human brain is a story-machine. Our whole society is built around sharing, producing and consuming stories. Our species is a whole planet-wide story-factory.
When we catch up with old friends over a drink, we share the story of how we got from way back when to the here and now. When we are spending time with loved ones, we are recounting old stories, or maybe telling the story of how our day went.
by Sheryl Wall
A Dog’s Purpose is a new movie based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron. It is about a dog that is trying to find his purpose in life. He is reincarnated several times throughout the movie into various dogs and experiences life with new owners. The movie particularly focuses on his life as Bailey with a young boy named Ethan. He is a devoted dog to his owners in all of his lives and learns the meaning of life through his experiences where he helps his owners learn to love and find happiness.
by Terrance McArthur
A jukebox musical is a stage show put together from previously released material from a singer (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Musical), songwriter(s) (Mama Mia!—songs by ABBA), or era (Rock of Ages—80s glam rock). River City Theatre Company fills the Reedley Opera House with Ring of Fire: the Songs of Johnny Cash through February 26.
by Tony Imperatrice
So, what is it like to be a professional musician? What is it like growing up studying to be a classical pianist? Do parents ever really support there children’s life choices? And, what exactly IS a real job? I will explore these questions, and many more, in my new show I’m a Musician; Do you Want Fries with That. At each performance you will enjoy humorous stories from my many varied life experiences and you will get to hear and see me performing some amazing music.
by Sandra Murphy
Charlotte is the costumer for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company. It sounds like a peaceful job: sewing, repairing, and making sure costumes are ready for quick changes. Not so in real life. It’s hectic as this year it also involves a wedding. Once a year, the company performs for one night only as a fundraiser at Paula Van Dusen’s estate. This year her daughter, Belinda, is marrying Adrian, hardly her mother’s first choice as a husband.
by Doward Wilson
Kate Carlisle’s cozy four-book Fixer-Upper Mystery series is brought to life on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries television channel. Framed For Murder introduces us to Shannon Hughes who runs the family’s construction business which specializes in renovating the historic Victorian mansions found in Lighthouse Cove in Northern California.
by Kathleen Costa
Acorn-TV provides hundreds of the best programming options including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films, and some programs only available on ACORN-TV. Currently there is a free trial, but the regular monthly or annual subscription fees seem reasonable. With hours of commercial-free streaming enjoyment for the true fan of UK productions, you won’t be wondering, “What’s on tonight?”
by Terrance McArthur
Before his death in a 1935 airplane crash, Will Rogers was the original King of All Media: stage (vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies), his newspaper column, radio, and film (silent and talkie), a combination of Dave Barry, Jeff Foxworthy, and Stephen Colbert. Even though he died more than 80 years ago, many of his political and social jokes still ring true.
by Sarah Peterson-Camacho
Community is the name of the game for Merced’s Avenue 28, which is a relatively new band who came together in January of 2016—made up of vocalist/bassist/pianist Jay Wheeler, drummer Eric Beltran, and guitarist Nathan Ramirez. From the name of their band to the title of their debut EP, Neighborhood, this trio relishes the connection between music and audience.
by Terrance McArthur
Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote that, and Noel Coward borrowed it in 1941 for the title of his play Blithe Spirit. Now, Coward’s play is at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre through February 26.
An inauguration night performance of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche by Evan Holder and Andrew Hobgood will be staged by The Motley Fools at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Fresno this coming Friday evening.
by Lorie Lewis Ham
Another wonderful year of Valley theatre is behind us, and it is time again to take a look back. 2016 was filled with Valley premieres, musical classics, and amazing performances–too many to mention them all, but here are a few.
by Kathleen Costa
How can I get those popular shows from Australia, Canada, the UK? Sometimes, well after a show has run its course or lacks popularity to be picked up by major US markets, a program might be aired on cable or local PBS. However, there may be a better way…streaming. A new way to provide entertainment is through online subscription networks that provide a wide-range of programming options for a reasonable fee.