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South Pacific On Stage in Selma

IN THE April 9 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



If you’re looking for Some Enchanted Evening, go to the Selma Arts Center for South Pacific, that wonderful old Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

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Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher isn’t an heir to her second-cousin Edgar’s title (women can’t inherit Lordships; it’s the 1920s, and such things aren’t done), but she can be dragged in to the process of finding the next heir to her former-schoolteacher, butterfly-hunting relative, in Heirs of the Body: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery by Carola Dunn.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


The fish-out-of-water/stranger-in-a-strange-land character has always been a good starting point for fiction. Kay Kendall’s Desolation Row takes Austin Starr out of the water of Texas and drops her into the strange land of Toronto, because Austin’s draft-resisting husband (He doesn’t like being called a draft “dodger.”) brings her there during the Vietnam War era. The people celebrate Decoration Day instead of Veterans Day, women use the “washroom” instead of the “ladies room,” and the mailboxes are red (with a crown on them) instead of blue (with an eagle).

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Tarzan Jr. Presented by CMT

IN THE March 26 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Children’s Musical Theaterworks likes a challenge. Tarzan Jr., an adapted, simplified version of the Broadway musical, with book by David Henry Hwang, based on the Disney film with music and lyrics by Phil Collins, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1910 novel Tarzan of the Apes, is a challenge.

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Jensen Murphy was murdered thirty years ago, but she hasn’t seen much of the world. She’s been stuck in a time loop, reliving her last moments of terror, until a psychic named Amanda pulls her free. Jensen is grateful, but Amanda has her own agenda; she wants the girl to haunt a murderer in Only the Good Die Young, by Chris Marie Green.

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Movie Review

IN THE March 17 ISSUE

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Jay Ward and Bill Scott.
Those were magic names of my childhood, names responsible for Crusader Rabbit, Fractured Flickers, Hoppity Hooper, George of the Jungle, Super Chicken, Dudley Do-Right, Aesop & Son, Fractured Fairy Tales, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and…Mr. Peabody & Sherman. There have been movie attempts to recapture that magical style in the past (George came close), but now it’s time for Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a CGI-animated feature (also available in 3-D), directed by Rob (The Lion King) Minkoff.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


My wife and I are big fans of the mystery writings of Janet Quin-Harkin, known to her readers by the pen name of Rhys Bowen. From the Wales of Constable Evans, to the globe-hopping of the penniless Lady Georgie in the 1930’s, to the early 1900’s with Molly Murphy, we have followed every character, every word, fearing that the next book will sink into formula or lose that indefinable sparkle. City of Darkness and Light is the thirteenth Molly Murphy mystery. We’ll have to keep waiting for Bowen to falter, because this one is a corker!

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The last thing Hugo Marston wanted to do was act as babysitter to a French-hating US senator with aspirations to Oval offices, part of delicate negotiations over Caribbean territory, but the head of security for the US embassy in Paris didn’t have a choice, in Mark Pryor’s The Blood Promise, a twisting mystery with a touch of thrill and a good amount of kill.

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There are two books in Barb & J. C. Hendee’s twelfth Noble Dead horror-tinged fantasy A Wind in the Night, and they happen at the same time. One book involves a wild-haired sage named Wynn going to a remote castle with a vampire she really likes, an assassin-elf who doesn’t “assas” any more (and the she-sage used to really like him…but she is confused by changes in his character), a wolf-dog (who is Fay on the inside), and a “sageling” who doesn’t want to go back to the castle where he grew up.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



They say it wasn’t really a Rogue show. It wasn’t really a Rogue venue, just an ad in the program. It was only a one-night show, and it’s over. I don’t care! It’s my brother, and I want to tell you how good he was!

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Rogue Teaser Show Review

IN THE February 28 ISSUE

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They called it the Rogue Teaser Show at the Tower Theatre on Thursday night, and I didn’t think it was a tease as much as it was a treat! About 30 acts from the festival strutted their stuff on the stage, and there was everything from magic tricks to belly dancers to singers to comedy monologues. I’m going to tell you about some of the performers and groups that made me want to see them, and some old favorites of mine that are worth the time and the Rogue Bucks.

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George the Giant On Stage

IN THE February 27 ISSUE

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He swallows swords! He eats fire! He’s been on TV, in movies, and in The National Enquirer! He’s set Guinness World Records that nobody wants to break, he’s 7’3”, he’s a master of the sideshow arts, and he’s coming to Fresno for the Rogue Festival(this isn’t technically a Rogue show, but it is taking place in the same area as Rogue at the same time)! FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY…GEORGE “THE GIANT” Mc ARTHUR…my little brother. No, I’m not taller, just older!

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It stands next to Academy Avenue in Sanger’s Southgate Center. It was once a Perko’s. For a long time, it was Austin’s and for a short time, it was The Ranch House. Now it has a new name and a new lease on life: Restaurant La Haciendita Mexican Food. I’ll tell you the truth; I didn’t expect much from this place. In the past, it was a basic, unsurprising eatery with basic, unsurprising food. I was really, really wrong.

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The Main Street Theatre at 307 E. Main in Visalia has a wondrous ceiling curving over the audience, crisscrossed with a lattice of wooden beams. It’s a fitting home for The Enchanted Playhouse, a company enjoying its twenty-second season of plays geared to young audiences, and now Sleeping Beauty takes the Main Street stage.

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Iron Night By M.L Brennan

IN THE February 8 ISSUE

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When I read M. L. Brennan’s first Fortitude Scott paranormal novel, Generation V, I laughed at the misadventures of a fledgling vampire who was mistreated by friend and foe. I gasped at some mind-ripping action and I had a wonderful time discovering the author’s new look at vampire physiology and culture.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



2012: Reedley’s River City Theatre Company presented Legends, a tribute show of look-alike/sound-alike performers in blasts from the past that played the old Ed Sullivan Show on television. It was really good.
2013: RCTC presented Legends Too, another compilation of Sullivan performances. It was really good, too.
2014: You have one more weekend to get to the Reedley Opera House for RCTC’s Legends Viva Las Vegas. You don’t want to miss it!

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