by KRL Staff
Throughout the week we will be posting reviews here of Rogue shows! Check back several times a day! And then go out and enjoy the Rogue Festival! To check out our Rogue preview article & some Rogue performer preview articles go to our Arts & Entertainment section. We will also be posting some performer video interviews on our YouTube Channel. So far we have reviews of Joy Compactor, Tidal Surge, Dances to Heal the Soul, Poetry and Prose From Fresno State, Too Old To Be This Young, Delirium, The Magic of Elder, Discrete Packets of Song, My Cat Thinks It’s A Pig, The Wallaby Way, Joan of Sn’arc, Moonlight After Midnight, A Fatal Step, Thanks For Coming, Healing Stories, Chelsea > Blake, and Stalking Grace.
by Mallory Lutz
In our era of “fake news,” it is refreshening to find an online article that actually serves only to enlighten and educate its audience. New Hope for Motel Kids by Bianna Golodryga, Yahoo News and Finance Anchor, was a wonderful expose on families living in motels in the shadow of The Happiest Place on Earth. The piece spoke not of welfare cases, but rather, of families with two parents working full-time and still not being able to afford better housing. It spoke of entire families packed into single bed units. It spoke of living conditions so dire that motel management forbid the children to play outside in the parking lot. Most of all, it spoke to my heart.
by Sarah Peterson-Camacho
As he gears up for an appearance at the Tulare Sci-Fi Con 2017 the second weekend of March, Fresno filmmaker Matt Sconce (director of locally shot films Stricken, Firefall, and Altar) sat down with Kings River Life to discuss his latest project, a 10-episode sci-fi web series called SuperBlam.
by Doward Wilson
Tom Kirkman (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. On the night of the State of the Union address, he is named the Designated Survivor and is sequestered. When multiple explosions demolish the Capitol building, killing the President, Vice-President, all the other members of the Cabinet and every member of Congress, Tom is sworn in as the President. Moving swiftly to contain the damage and take control of the situation, Tom is surprised to find that the GOP also had a Designated Survivor in the person of Kimble Hookstraten (played by Virginia Madsen), a Republican Congresswoman.
by Gemma Wilcox
Gemma Wilcox returned literally just last week from her 91 year old maternal grandmother’s funeral in London, UK. This makes performing this show about her maternal lineage–where she plays her grandmother amongst many other characters and creatures–particularly pertinent, alive, and potent!
by L. Nicol Cabe,
Anna Sell, & Peter Aguero
I am a 90s kid. I get nostalgic about Ring Pops and Hammer-pants and grunge music and Goosebumps. But the 1990s were also a time of intense science reporting. I don’t think many people my age remember that, but some incredible discoveries were made that decade. We found the first exo-planet: a gas giant orbiting close to its star, so we saw its shadow. We also found a huge hole in the ozone layer above Australia.
by Nancy Holley
Wit, Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, is the next offering by the Visalia Players at the Ice House theatre. Wit, through its leading character Vivian Bearing, describes a journey of questioning a lifetime of decisions when there is literally no redemption from the path set. Fortunately, for most of us, if we take the time to reflect on our humanity or lack thereof, we have the opportunity to make changes in our lives.
by Blake Jones
Songs + guitars + a piece by Chopin that mixes Caribbean-style steel drums with the always odd, antique electronic instrument—the theremin. These are the elements of a musical variety show being put on by myself, Blake Jones, and my partners for this event—Jeff Bowman (ex-of The Wild Blue Yonder), Terry Barnes, and my daughter Chelsea Jones.
by Jerry Palladino
When I selected Cyrus Kinzel’s first comedy as one of four original works the Curtain 5 Theatre Group sponsored in 2014 Roosevelt School of the Arts Student Playwriting competition, I knew I had found a talented writer with a flair for articulate comic scripting and clever scenarios. Cyrus was a senior at Roosevelt.
by Jessica Ham
February has been a great month for video games–from a new console being announced to new games in famous series being released.
by Irma Herrera
“Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.”
This childhood rhyme is one the biggest lies we tell children. Name-calling certainly does hurt us, and this goes way beyond racial epithets. When our parents, siblings, friends, or teachers tell us we are inept, estupido, ugly, gordos…it leaves deep long-lasting hurts.
by Brendon Mustaciola
Husband. Father. Wrestler. Drill sergeant. Presidential candidate. Vampire. Non-smoker. Demidicus Rex, the new satirical slice of life from Andrew Champagne and Brendon Mustaciola, examines the lighter side of populist demagogues, modern mental illness, dysfunctional sixth marriages, the increasing disregard for public well being by the media, faith, terrorism, blood sucking, live impalement, and mother in laws. All in The Family, but with dementia.
by Lorie Lewis Ham
This week we interviewed the 2017 Rogue Festival Director, Heather Parish, who oversees the various aspects of the Festival’s operations. “I’m very lucky that there’s a great all-volunteer team of staff and managers helping everything along.”
by Redmond O. Colonies
Bending reality has been a recurring theme in my life. As an extrovert in the British school system, I used it to overcome the lack of understanding and to self validate. Later in life combining my love of sophisticated pranks, I created events that curved the everyday into questionable circumstances and folks perusing the possibility of parallel dimensions. Thus as a performer, I may step out of the bounds of time—have yet to do the same to space—but always very present. Very!
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?”