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Sarah Peterson-Camacho

Local Band Profile: The Tokes

IN THE February 17 ISSUE

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As Fresno band The Tokes approach their first full year of play, the trio (vocalist/guitarist Gabriel Ureno, bassist Christian “Dank Lord Trap God” Miller, and drummer Bryce Lowenthal) look back and look ahead.

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Persistence pays off—no one knows this better than Fresno band Sparklejet. The trio (vocalist-guitarist Victor Sotelo, drummer Wade Krause, and bassist Chris Estep) have been making and performing music as Sparklejet for over two decades, with five albums and a sixth on the way.

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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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Local Musician Profile: Gregor Ross

IN THE November 25 ISSUE

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It would be safe to say that country music runs in Gregor Ross’s blood—the Caruthers native’s musical heritage goes back several generations. A finalist for Cumulus Media’s Nash Next Country Challenge in 2016, Ross released his first EP, Turn Up the Noise, last year, and participated in KISS Country’s $5 Summer Concert series.

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by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho


October is a busy time of year for the 11th Hour Paranormal Research Society (PRS). Whether it’s a presentation on the paranormal at A Book Barn in Clovis or an appearance at Fresno’s Gaia Fest Fall 2017, the Halloween season keeps the members of PRS on their toes. Kings River Life caught up with member Kimi Lopez to get the scoop on the organization’s most active month.

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by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho


“So Far Away”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “Up on the Roof,” “Natural Woman”–all of these songs famously sprung from the pen of legendary singer/songwriter Carole King, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical charts her meteoric rise, from love-struck teen songwriter to world-renowned musician.

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ValleyPBS Celebrates 40 Years

IN THE July 22 ISSUE

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Downton Abbey, Sesame Street, Ken Burns—PBS is known for its wide variety of quality television programming, and ValleyPBS is no exception. And as the Valley’s local PBS affiliate celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, ValleyPBS CEO Phil Meyer sat down with Kings River Life to discuss the past, present, and future of Valley Public Television.

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by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho



Five years after its debut, the 1821 Gallery & Studios flourishes in Fresno’s Cultural Arts District, an ArtHop mainstay featuring both a commercial gallery and four working artists’ studios. Founder and owner Bruce Kalkowski, who designed and constructed the gallery, sat down with Kings River Life to discuss the Gallery, how it got its start, and the importance of art in the community.

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by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho


LitHop 2017, an annual literary festival founded last year by former Fresno Poet Laureate Lee Herrick as a fundraiser for the Fresno Arts Council’s poetry programs, kicked off last Saturday, April 29, in an array of venues around Fresno’s Tower District. Forty diverse readings spread out over five hours, featuring the work of more than 150 writers, explored themes of love, hate, sex, violence, politics, motherhood, cultural identity and heritage, and feminism.

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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.

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Local Band Q & A With Avenue 28

IN THE January 21 ISSUE

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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.

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The holiday spirit is alive and well at Clovis’s Woods Elementary School, which has been sponsoring a Giving Tree charity drive every December for over a decade. Woods parent Heather Devany gave Kings River Life the scoop on what the program is all about, and the Giving Tree’s impact on Woods Elementary and its surrounding community.

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Christmas at the Meux

IN THE November 26 ISSUE

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As the holidays beckon amid a swirl of falling leaves and sparkling frost, Fresno’s historic Meux Home Museum is gearing up for Christmas with its upcoming holiday tours and its annual Victorian Christmas Tea. Kings River Life spoke with Meux Home Museum president Quintin Hoskins about the Home and the holidays.

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The Gallows: Movie Review

IN THE October 22 ISSUE

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The students of Beatrice High School aim to bring back The Gallows, an ill-fated production that left student Charlie Grimille dead back in 1993. Spearheading the ambitious project are theatre darling Pfeifer (Pfeifer Brown) and her love-struck costar, jock-turned-thespian, Reese (Reese Mishler). But Reese’s obnoxious best friend Ryan (Ryan Shoos) and Ryan’s cheerleader girlfriend Cassidy (Cassidy Gifford) have other ideas—to destroy the set just for kicks, on the night before The Gallows is set to open.

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