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Let It Grow Fresno

IN THE April 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andCommunity,
andGoing Green,
andLorie Lewis Ham
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In honor of Earth Day, which is coming up on April 22, it seemed a perfect time to interview a new business involving plants that sprung up during the pandemic, Let It Grow Fresno. We interviewed one of the owners Kelly Brianne, who is also a local actor and is looking forward to getting back on stage once the pandemic is over. Her partner in the business, and in life, is Daniel Karkoska.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The pandemic has brought us many new ways of enjoying entertainment that we may not have been familiar with before 2020—Zoom shows, StageIt online concerts, online conferences, Virtual Rogue Festival, Facebook Live book launches, and more. The creativity and resilience of performers, both local and around the world, has not only been amazing but inspiring. Fresno musician Tony Imperatrice not only has performed online concerts, but he has also started his own YouTube show called Other Stages. We chatted with him this week to learn more.

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Mell’s Mutts: Lucky Vita

IN THE March 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
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by Elayne Gonzalez


We would like to tell you a story about a very special, and some will say, very lucky little girl. Vita is only about a year old and weighs maybe seven pounds now. She’s very young and small but oh boy, has she already lived an eventful life.

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by Terrance McArthur


The 2021 Fresno Rogue Festival has come and gone, it’s virtual shows departed, but I still have my memories…of food. Usually, I write about all the Tower District restaurants I go to during the festival. Instead, I picked up meals on the way home from work or threw something together at home. This episode of The Great Food Search will follow the journey of what I ate during Virtual Rogue 2021.

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by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


For as long as she can remember, Fresno musician and actress Rebecca Potts has been creating and performing her own music. And from appearing on Netflix to performing the National Anthem for the NFL, she’s not about to let the pandemic bring her down. Kings River Life recently spoke with Potts about her time on TV, the release of her first single, “Like Home,” and how the challenges of living through the pandemic have spurred her creativity to new heights.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently we had the opportunity to interview local performer, director, and Fresno State Professor Thomas-Whit Ellis. He is currently, Professor of Theatre and Department Chair of Africana Studies at FSU.

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by Terrance McArthur



Virtual Rogue Festival has one more weekend to enjoy some great shows virtually! Just like Rogue is different this year, we are posting our reviews differently this year–we won’t be posting them all together, though they will still be in groups. Here is our second group of reviews!

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by Wendy Hunter


Well, here we are again folks. Two months into the New Year and we have a new President, more wacky weather, and some yahoo named Gorilla Glue Girl. Yup, here we are. I was hoping for a more glorious and rose-filled start to 2021, but it’s been more like a lousy rain-soaked beginning. In our family, we’ve been hit with some health issues, which came screaming out of the blue like a flock of Wizard of Oz monkeys.

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Mell’s Mutts: Atticus

IN THE February 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Mell Garcia


Meet Atticus. This boy is so popular that he won first place in a local calendar contest, he has his own Instagram page, and he has a huge fan following! What makes the amazing boy stand out is not just his handsome smile, but Atticus had to have one of his legs amputated when he was only three weeks old.

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by Marc Gonzalez,
Jonathon Hogan, Ricardo Temores Jr., & Karina Balfour


UR Here Theater is thrilled to be officially opening as Fresno’s newest theater company at the 2021 Rogue Festival with Beyond the Backyard: UR Here for One-Acts. We are featuring three ten-minute one-act plays: 2B or Nah: Sexting Hamlet written by Donna Latham; Byzantine written by Tlaloc Rivas; and Every Creeping Thing written by David Beardsley.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


To Thine Own Self Be True: Gender, Sexuality and the Bard is the third virtual mainstage production of Fresno State’s University Theatre. It is written by William Shakespeare, and conceived and directed by Fresno State professor Brad Myers.

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by Les Kurkendaal,
Robin Rothman
& Donna Kay Yarborough



Les Kurkendaal- Barrett is bringing his brand new show The Real Black Swann, Confessions of America’s First Black Drag Queen to the Rogue Festival. This is a storytelling show about William Dorsey Swann, a former slave who threw drag balls in the 1800s. Kurkendaal-Barrett says, “I saw this story and I feel that this was a story that needed to be told. This man was ahead of his time.

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by Mark Nunis



I Sit On My Arse & Play Piano isn’t just the name of my Rogue Festival debut, it’s what I do for a living, almost every day for over twenty-five years. You see, I’m a professional piano bar entertainer. My show will be funny, a bit cheeky, and will include a collection of original songs and personal stories, like these…

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Rogue Festival Goes Virtual

IN THE February 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMallory Moad,
andRogue Festival
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by Mallory Moad



Well, here we are, nearing the end of what has been a very disruptive twelve months. We’ve all been faced with changes. Our workplaces, schools and social outlets have been turned inside out and backwards in order to remain functioning during the pandemic. But this year might be remembered as more than one of turmoil and loss. It could also go down in history as that time when the performing arts hijacked Zoom.

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