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Sarah Peterson-Camacho

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


A magic trick consists of three parts–the pledge (the set-up), the turn (the trick), and the prestige (the magic, where the unbelievable becomes believable)–but there’s also a certain nostalgia involved, for a time when anything seems possible. The same can be said of the Central Valley’s Prestige, a band that conjures the real magic that a stage magician’s trick can only imitate.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


As the month of October welcomes a colorful rush of falling leaves and shivery winds, the Halloween season springs to undead life in a slew of pumpkin patches, costume stores, and haunted attractions. And what better setting for an eerie adventure than the gothic beauty that is downtown Fresno’s Meux Home?

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


A trio of best friends have had the summer of their lives as Fresno’s Skate Punk band Boozer Boys (guitarist/vocalist Gabriel Ureno, bassist/vocalist Harrison Silva-Costa, and drummer Bryce Lowenthal) went on tour for the first time.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


When viewed from the air, the Central Valley spreads out like a jigsaw puzzle made up of grids of green and meandering blue stripes, but to Fresno artist Daniel Van Gerpen, the heart of the Valley can be seen from the sky.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho



For more than four decades, Allard’s Art has been a mainstay for Fresno’s vibrant arts scene, and General Manager Sheryl Johns has been onboard through it all. Here she discusses with Kings River Life the past, present, and future of Allard’s Art.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Edgar Allan Poe wrote of a portrait artist who could capture the soul of his subject inside the portrait itself, and Fresno portraitist Lynn Hock-Napoli is capable of the same—though not in the macabre sense.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


For more than a decade, Fresno photographer Sara Deasy has captured life’s myriad moments, celebrating her subjects’ journeys and milestones as the owner of DC Photography Studios.

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Local Musician Profile: Kat

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that music runs through Fresno native Katerina Aleksenko’s veins ? the artist known as Kat taught herself to play the guitar at the age of 13, and has since mastered a variety of musical styles, from pop to blues to rap.

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Local Band Profile: The Tokes

IN THE February 17 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


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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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


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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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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Local Musician Profile: Gregor Ross

IN THE November 25 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


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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by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho


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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