Lorie Lewis Ham

Q&A with Local Actor Chris Giese

by Lorie Lewis Ham

KRL has always enjoyed shining the spotlight on local creators—whether they are singers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, artists, writers, or actors. This week we are chatting with local actor Chris Giese who has been seen on the stage with Reedley’s River City Theatre Co. many times, as well as at Hobb’s Grove every Halloween, and in several indie movies. Born in Dinuba, Chris now lives in Fresno.

Next to Normal On Stage at the Selma Arts Center

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Lately, we have seen a lot of shows on the darker side—we started off with Sweeney Todd in Visalia, then The Bad Seed at 2nd Space, and now Next to Normal in Selma. While all three shows are wonderful and wonderfully done, Next to Normal is the one among them that is most likely to strike a chord with many because of its realistic portrayal of mental illness. It is also the most likely to have you reaching for the tissues.

ARGONAUTIKA: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts on Stage at COS

by Lorie Lewis Ham

This Thursday, April 27, a new show opens at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Their Performing Arts department will be presenting a play called ARGONAUTIKA: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts. This one will be unique as it will be co-directed with some of the students at COS, together with Chris Mangels who is a Professor of Theatre and Cinema Arts as well as the Resident Scenic Designer, Fight Choreographer, and one of the two Resident Directors. We took a moment to chat with Chris and some of the students involved.

Alchemist Coffee Lab: A New Place For Coffee in the Tower District

by Lorie Lewis Ham

I really enjoy finding new places to share with our readers, especially coffee shops! During the Rogue Festival in March, I discovered that a new coffee shop had opened up in a familiar location in the Tower District. Alchemist Coffee Lab has taken over the location where Hi-Top coffee used to be, just down the street from Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater on Wishon. After trying their delicious hot mocha, I decided to reach out to learn more and recently chatted with owner Hamzeh Mahmoud.

Rogue Festival Reviews: Every Good Story Ends With One/Benjamin’s Passion/Bully Love

by Lorie Lewis Ham

I am not exaggerating when I say that I would pay to watch Martin Dockery read a phone book—he is just that good! (for those who don’t know what a phone book is, it was a book where you could find people’s names and phone numbers back before the internet) When I saw he was going to be at this year’s Rogue Festival I knew I had to be there. During the pandemic, Martin performed many stories on YouTube and I caught as many of them as I could—now I was finally going to be able to see him again in person.

Rogue Festival Reviews: The Jester of All Maladies/Inhibitionist(!)/Fringe Factor/A Steel Drum, a Melodica and a Graphic Novel Walk Into a Bar

by Lorie Lewis Ham, Terrance McArthur
& Mallory Moad

The Rogue Festival is here! Here are more of our Rogue Festival show reviews! There will be many more to come! We also have several Rogue Performer Preview articles that have been going up over the last few weeks.



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