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Terrance V. Mc Arthur

by Terrance McArthur



A young girl sings about bluebirds flying over the rainbow, and you know there’s a twister just around the corner. The Wizard of Oz has landed at the Reedley Opera House for the River City Theatre Company, and it’s a smooth landing for everyone but the Wicked Witch of the East (By the way, kudos to director Joseph Ham for staging a ruby slipper transfer worthy of a David Copperfield magic special.).

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


If I had wings to fly…Better yet, if I had wings to eat. Hot wings, cold wings, buffalo wings…Who knew the arms of a chicken would become so popular?

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by Terrance McArthur



Did you ever get a Christmas present that was so good you wished you could get it next year, too? The Good Company Players just gave me that wish. A Christmas Story: the musical returns to Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through January 8, and what a Christmas present it is!

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There’s an old saying, “I like radio better than television because the pictures are better.” Radio was theatre that happened in your brain, not your eyes. The Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre recaptures that world of audio entertainment with It’s a Wonderful Life: a live radio play, performing through December 18.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur
& Marshall Ryan Maresca


They carry crossbows instead of service revolvers, and two moons shine down on the detectives in the streets of Maradaine, but An Import of Intrigue by Marshall Ryan Maresca is a police procedural with paranormal and steampunk rising.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Could there be parts of this world beyond what we know? Creatures we do not know about, the stuff of legends and rumor? Experiences beyond the normal, into the…paranormal?
Jeffrey Gonzalez explores that world with the Sanger Paranormal Society and his online (and sometimes on-the-air) show, Paranormal Central. Born in Sanger, Gonzalez had his first experience with the unexplained in the sixth grade: a UFO. “I knew it shouldn’t be floating,” he says. It looked like “a large beer can with lights.”

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Baseball, fairs, barbecues…Homes of the Hot Dog.
One of the great American comfort foods, I loved those frankfurters and wieners nestled in their buns, squiggles of mustard and ketchup making racing stripes along the meat. Today, the Great Food Search seeks hot dogs in the wilds of…Fresno?

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by Terrance McArthur



Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whacks,
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

What if Lizzie did kill her father and stepmother…but it was self-defense…because they attacked her…because they were ZOMBIES?

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by Terrance McArthur



Red Queen by Christina Henry is the second part of The Alice Chronicles, a twisted, paranormal, violent retelling of the Alice in Wonderland saga. Alice has escaped from a mental asylum with Hatcher, the Mad Hatter, who is an axe murderer. The Jabberwocky is trapped inside a tiny glass ball. The Cheshire Cat is an intrusive voice in Alice’s mind. Alice and Hatcher are looking for his daughter, who is somewhere in the east. They cross into barren, burned wastelands, villages that aren’t what they seem, and up a mountain, to deal with the Black King and the White Queen.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Parts of the Castillo family have been feeding Fresnans for decades, and one section of the clan is dishing it up at Castillo’s Mexican Restaurant in the Tower District, 568 E. Olive Ave.

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by Terrance McArthur



In the first place, the veil between New Orleans and the magical world beyond it ripped, and it took years of battle to close it, leaving the South shattered. The leftover Paranormals are confined to a district called Devil’s Isle by Agents of Containment, a cross between Homeland Security and the CDC, but leftover magic has infected Sensitives, who must control it, vent it, or turn into rampaging Wraiths in Chloe Neill’s second Devil’s Isle book, The Sight.

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If you say, “I’m going to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” some people will reply, “How far is Putnam County?” This month, it’s only as far as the Bonner Auditorium at Fresno Art Museum, where StageWorks Fresno is presenting the musical through September 18.

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Hanford-born Beth Cato became a personal favorite writer of mine with her steampunk-fantasy-romance-flavored Clockwork Dagger duology. She’s back with a new series, one that I hope will have more than two installments.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


It used to be that cupcakes were made by mom’s for class parties or mass-produced by the Hostess Company. Now, the cupcake has become a specialty niche, with shops specializing in the single-serving-size treats. This month, The Great Food Search has risked life and digestion to bring you samples of the Valley’s variety of micro-cakes.

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by Terrance McArthur



Take the episodic style of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, add the close quarters of Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, throw in pirates and politicians, and set it out in a not-always-friendly galaxy, and you have Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at the Woodward Shakespeare Festival is…
It’s like…
If you watch one of those food contests on TV where they give the chefs a strange set of ingredients and tell them to make something delicious, someone might tell the judges they have made a deconstructed dish, where the parts are disconnected and have to be mixed by the diner. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern is Tom Stoppard’s deconstructed Hamlet, pulling apart the Shakespeare masterwork and seeing what the audience will make of it.

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