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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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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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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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by Sarah Peterson


Three days before October’s Blood Moon lights up the night, zombies will be taking over Fresno’s Woodward Park for an entire day (Saturday, October 24, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.) of good old-fashioned bloody mayhem. A portion of the proceeds from Candles & Wine Productions’ Zombie Survival Crawl will benefit SmileTrain, an organization dedicated to helping children with cleft lip and palate.

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Tulare County Symphony: 2015-2016 Season

IN THE September 12 ISSUE

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Tulare County Symphony Orchestra delivers a double dose of Pops in the Park to kick off its 2015-2016 season, with last night’s Visalia concert in Oval Park and tonight’s at Zumwalt Park in Tulare.

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Local Musician Profile: John Pemberton

IN THE August 22 ISSUE

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Childhood dreams don’t always come to fruition, but for Fresno’s John Pemberton, they did. “I always wanted to be a musician,” says the country singer/songwriter/guitarist/drummer, “ever since I can remember. I have been singing since I was three, and performing since I was ten.”

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Fresno bluesman Glen Delpit has been making music and art for almost half a century. Kings River Life sat down with the artist and musician to discuss art, blues, and the creative process.

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In the thirty-seven years since its inception, Tulare’s Encore Theatre Company has evolved from a summer school program replacement, to the Tulare mainstay that it is today. After funding was cut for a Summer School Theater Program in 1978, teachers and parents who’d been involved in that program decided it was high time for Tulare to establish a permanent outlet for the dramatic arts. Thus the Encore Theatre Company was born.

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It’s been five years since Kings River Life first interviewed the members of Central Valley hard rock band Sounds & Sciences. Since then, not only has the group expanded (from four members to six), but so has their fan base.

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Founded in 1998, the Fresno Grand Opera has brought countless stories to the stage, in the form of operas and concerts that take months to stage and produce. KRL sat down with Fresno Grand Opera General Director Matthew Buckman for a behind-the-scenes look at how it all comes together.

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Your Hero Is A Villain No More

IN THE March 7 ISSUE

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Shakespeare would have said “parting is such sweet sorrow,” but for the members of Fresno metal band Your Hero is a Villain, that is not the case.
They plan to keep in touch.

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You could say that music is in his blood.
“I’ve always been around music,” says Geoff Thurman, lead vocalist and guitarist of Fresno’s The Geoff Thurman Band. “My father had a deep bass voice and my sisters were singers and piano students as children. I started singing when I was five years old.”

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As the Fresno Art Museum closes out 2014, it honors both its future and its past.
“We had a double celebration to commemorate both the holidays and our 65th birthday,” says Kristina Hornback, who has been Associate Curator at the Museum for almost three years.

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