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Sarah Peterson-Camacho

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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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.

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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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by Sarah Peterson


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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by Sarah Peterson


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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by Sarah Peterson


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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by Sarah Peterson


As an autumn chill haunts the October air, Broadway in Fresno’s Phantom of the Opera descends on the William Saroyan Theatre in all of its macabre grandeur.
With opulent revolving sets and sumptuous costumes in jewel tones, this lush production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running Broadway musical is a feast for the senses.

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Local Band Q & A With Call Me James

IN THE August 20 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson


Visalia’s Call Me James includes lead vocalist/guitarist Brendon Reese, bassist/vocalist Joaquin Ruiz, and drummer Chris Ramirez. They kicked off 2016 with a bang at Barmageddon in Tulare, and on July 21, released their self-titled debut, the digital EP Call Me James. Kings River Life caught up with Reese to get the scoop on how it all began.

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by Sarah Peterson


The summer is just heating up for Visalia’s country/rock maestro Brandon Pasion and his band (including drummer Pete Buotte, bassist Lenny Sciacca, guitarist Dwayne Janzen, and Travis Brooks on Dobro guitar, banjo, keys, and backup vocals) with the release of their debut EP All I Ever Want.

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by Sarah Peterson


With a slew of upcoming gigs that stretch out through the sizzling California summer, Fresno’s Erick Tyler rocks it like a veteran with bassist Adam Smith and drummer Gerardo Ortega. And even though he only started performing live last fall, Tyler has already made a name for himself in the Golden State with the release of his EP Stuck in the Middle earlier this spring.

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by Sarah Peterson


Since iconic Fresno eatery The Downtown Club reopened as The Republican last November, the historic building in downtown Fresno has gotten a new lease on life. Kings River Life sat down with Republican co-owner Kate McKnight to talk menus and venues ahead of the bar-and-grill’s new schedule starting May 2.

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Local Band Profile: The Crxssing

IN THE March 19 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson


Kings River Life caught up with Fresno rock band The Crxssing (including lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Tad Kent, bassist/backup vocalist Damon Paraguas, and drummer/backup vocalist Jesus Acevedo) to talk all things music, ahead of the release of their full-length album True North later this year.

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by Sarah Peterson


Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street tore up the stage Saturday, February 20, 2016, at downtown Fresno’s Saroyan Theatre in a frenzied whirl of greed, lust, insanity, and the occasional bucket of blood. Director and choreographer John de los Santos chose a muted palette of pewters and charcoals to set the tone of “Todd” leaving the stage in a wash of industrial gloom. The cast milled about in similar hues, evoking the grit and grime of London’s Fleet Street circa nineteenth century.

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by Sarah Peterson


The South Valley’s Ryan Dean and the Bricktops with vocalist/guitarist Ryan Dean, guitarist John Bell, bassist Mario Teixeira, and drummer Matt Hopson, are kicking off the New Year with their first Fresno show tonight (January 16) at Audie’s Olympic. Kings River Life caught up with Ryan Dean on the eve of the Audiepalooza 2016 All Star Western to discuss the band’s origins and their bright future ahead.

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by Sarah Peterson


Classic holiday tunes like “Santa, Baby” and “White Christmas” wafted through the cold, bright air, mingling with the mouth-watering aromas of Gerardo’s Tacos, Top Dogs, and the Meltdown Bistro.

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John Clifton Sings the Blues

IN THE November 21 ISSUE

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Fresno bluesman John Clifton has been performing both locally and internationally since the 1980s, and with his new album, “Let Yourself Go” (Rip Cat Records), which released last month, it’s safe to say he and his band (including guitarist Scott Abeta, drummer John Shafer, and his son, bassist Grant Clifton) won’t be slowing down any time soon.
Kings River Life caught up with the award-winning musician for a chat during his current tour in Poland.

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