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by James Garcia Jr.



So you say you’ve never heard of Jamie Cullum? Perhaps you have, but just don’t recall just where? Did you see Clint Eastwood’s powerful 2008 film, Gran Torino? Cullum did the equally moving and Golden Globe Best Original Song nominated title track from the film. If he still is unknown to you, he may very well be doing the best work out there that you have yet to hear.

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California 37 by Train: CD Review

IN THE May 26 ISSUE

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by James Garcia Jr.



One of my favorite bands, Train, just came out with a new album, entitled: California 37. It doesn’t rank up there with important works like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, the first Boston album or Prince’s Purple Rain, but for Train fans like myself, it’s just what that proverbial doctor ordered, and I have been listening to it steadily since its release.

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by James Garcia Jr.



This spring, Kingsburg High School will be doing a production of the classic musical Bye Bye Birdie. The stage musical is a satire on American society set in the late 1950s and inspired by the Army draft notice given famously to Elvis Presley in 1957.

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by KRL Staff


Over the next six days KRL is going to review several movies with Oscar nominations, including most of those nominated for best picture. So enjoy our Oscar countdown and please share with us your thoughts on who you think should win in the comment section! Instead of a brand new post for each movie–we will be adding a new movie to this post every night so be sure and come back right here every evening to see what we’ve added.

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by James Garcia Jr.



Before I get started, perhaps I should lay all of my cards out on the table. I have been listening to the band Van Halen for most of my life. I loved the band when Diamond David Lee Roth was manning the microphone; was incredulous when he decided to leave the band and chase Hollywood; politely ignored them when they momentarily paired up with Gary Cherone (a wonderful vocalist with his band Extreme, including the brilliant Three Sides to Every Story, but was a terrible choice for Van Halen);

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by James Garcia Jr.



If you are a reader, whether you worry about the closing of the “brick and mortar” stores, champion the proliferation of the e-book or stand somewhere in between, I think we could all agree that these are some exciting times to live in. This is especially true for fiction. Finding great stories to be transported away by or brilliant new authors to discover should be easier now than ever before.

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by James Garcia Jr.



If you have spent any time on Facebook at all, you may have seen some promotion from a restaurant in Fresno called Eureka Burger. Quite amusingly, they post a definition for themselves on their website. It displays the word Eureka, offers the pronunciation and adds that it is an interjection. It goes on to list the word’s definition: 1) Used as an exclamation of triumph at a discovery; 2) The enlightening burger experience, accompanied by fresh ingredients, craft beer and rock n’ roll. Recently, my wife and I visited the establishment and we can report that it is exactly this.

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by James Garcia Jr.



This past summer, the small film Lex had its premiere at The Regency Theaters in Pasadena. It went on to win the Best Short Film at the Action on Film International Film Festival. The film was co-written by Stefanie Halstead, former Dinuba Raisin Queen and current owner of Dance Dolls Dance School, with locations in both Kingsburg and Dinuba.

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by James Garcia Jr.



This fall’s theater production at Kingsburg High School is the William Shakespeare classic, Romeo & Juliet. The classic tragedy is the story of two young lovers whose deaths end up uniting their feuding families. Whether this version of the tale leans closer to Director Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film than the Famous Bard’s original, we will have to wait for the curtain to rise.

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Black Cats

IN THE October 22 ISSUE

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by James Garcia Jr.




When I was young, my family adopted a black kitten. We didn’t have it very long. As I recall, we thought at the time that some neighborhood children had kicked it. Whatever happened, the animal did not survive the experience. My father is a retired Kingsburg Police Lieutenant and heard stories of black cats being thrown into churches. He recalled one story in particular where a black cat had been thrown into someone’s back yard during a party, in order to elicit some negative reaction.

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by James Garcia Jr.




In the six years that my family and I have been attending Kingsburg Community Church, we have had a few different Worship Leaders. All have been very good, but little did I know how special our current leader was. He wears many different hats: Music Teacher, Choral Director, Composer, Musician, Recording Engineer and Producer to name but a few.

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by James Garcia Jr.



There is a great new attraction in Kingsburg, and if you are anything like me and have heard something about this already, you might have come away with the wrong impression. I know that I did. You may have seen a post on Facebook; or heard some talk about a new bar, loud live music or a “hotspot” being on the river at a place called “Bullfrogs”. If so, allow me to tell you that it is those things, but only if you want it to be.

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by James Garcia Jr.



When one thinks of the kind of Chief of Police their town should have, characteristics such as competence, trust, dedication and honor come to mind. In Kingsburg, some may be surprised to realize that we are represented by those traits and more.

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by James Garcia Jr.



Being a new writer myself, I have tried to offer my support for others who are in similar circumstances. Although I don’t read as often as I would like due to time constraints, I have recently read a few of these books. Today, I would like very much to tell you about one of these, a fantastic book, entitled: Menopause in Manhattan. There are no vampires in this one, nor are there werewolves, ghouls or serial killers of any kind. Instead, there are simply men and “women of a certain age”.

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by James Garcia Jr.



It was very sweet to see two dear friends of mine in Kingsburg this past Thursday evening. I met Bill and Margaret Nicholls when I was a teenager working at the Swedish Mill Restaurant in town. They used to come two to three times a week from their home in Clovis, and we became fast friends. Although the Mill has been closed for well over a decade, something continues to bring them back to town for six weeks during the summer. What could it be that draws a couple that is well into their eighties to our small town?

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by James Garcia Jr.



In January of 2010, Artistic Director and driving force, Lissa Engstrom, founded The E & e Performing Arts Center in Kingsburg. One of its intents was to bring theater and instill a love of performing into the community, which was home to her and her husband, Corey.

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by James Garcia Jr.



Ever wonder how the Kingsburg Swedish Festival got its start? As stated in the official Chamber of Commerce pamphlet from this year’s Festival, in 1924, a group of women from the Concordia Lutheran Church presented a mid-summer festival for residents of the Concordia Home, a retirement home located near the present Kingsburg Hospital.

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by James Garcia Jr.




I first met brother and sister, Nicholas and Kara McIntyre, in Reedley, California, where we attended Community Christian Fellowship Church together. As often happens, life intervened and my family and I began attending church near our home in Kingsburg. However, I “bumped” into both of them once again on Facebook as they began doing PR for the band that they had put together, The Autumn Lo.

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Kingsburg Car Show

IN THE April 6 ISSUE

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by James Garcia Jr.



Saturday, April 16, 2011, the 17th Annual Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce Car Show will descend upon Draper Street and nearly all of downtown Kingsburg. Sponsored by the Selma Auto Mall, the event will bring pre-1972 automobiles to the community.

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by James Garcia Jr.




Whether they fully realize it yet or not remains to be seen, but Kingsburg High School (KHS) students have just experienced a dream come true. On March 4, 2011, myself and fifty-eight others, including forty-six members of the KHS Wind Ensemble, boarded a school bus and traveled to San Francisco International Airport. Our destination was New York City and the world-renowned Carnegie Hall.

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by James Garcia Jr.


Saturday, March 19, 2011, the Kingsburg Gun Club is teaming up with the Kingsburg Cancer Volunteers for a fundraiser which will benefit both the Volunteer organization as well as the Craycroft Cancer Center at Valley Children’s Hospital.

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by KRL Staff


Over the next six days KRL is going to review the 10 Oscar nominated movies–one a day. Yes I know that doesn’t add up to 10, however we have already reviewed four of them and we will be re-posting those here as well! So enjoy our Oscar countdown and please share with us your thoughts on who you think should win in the comment section! Instead of a brand new post for each movie–we will be adding a new movie to this post every night so be sure and come back right here every evening to see what we’ve added.

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