Open Streets Event October 1st

by Edna Pedroza |  Graphic Designer | edna.o.pedroza@gmail.com

The Fresno County Bicycle Coalition is hosting CenCalVia Open Streets Event Sunday, October 1st. So, what is a CenCalVia Open Streets Event? Well, the concept of this movement started in Bogota Columbia in the 1970’s as Ciclovia (Spanish term for a cycleway, a permanent bike path or area closed off to automobiles). It was a way to bring a community together by getting folks out to play in a space closed off to vehicles so that cyclists, runners, skaters, and pedestrians could feel safe to be active and have fun in an otherwise hazardous area. Since that movement in Bogota, the open streets concept has been an event held all over the world, and many cities in the U.S. host these every year. Los Angeles hosts CicLAvia; San Francisco has Sunday Streets, San Jose with their ‘CalleSJ’ and your very own Fresno has CenCalVia.

Last year over 1,000 Fresno residents participated in the first-ever CenCalVia Open Streets Event. A one-mile stretch of road on Ventura Avenue, between First and Cedar Streets, was closed off to automobiles and it was where the community came together to bike, walk, dance and skate in a 4-hour pop-up park, open streets style event. This year FCBC is back to bring you this free, family-friendly and rad experience. You don’t want to miss out on this year’s CenCalVia. Save the date and come out Sunday, October 1st where Ventura Avenue will again be closed off to automobiles between First and Cedar Streets between 11a and 3p. For more information go to cencalvia.org or find the event on Facebook at Cencalvia Fresno.

Why CenCalVia is rad for Fresno:

Environmental ImpactCenCalvia supports environmental sustainability by encouraging residents to leave their vehicles behind and ride their bicycles, walk, or take a bus. CenCalVia also provides interactive information promoting environmental awareness about the “Heat Island Impact” and what they can do to improve the air quality in the San Joaquin Valley.

Economic Development – CenCalVia promotes economic development by bringing residents to commercial district areas. Whether in small towns or big cities, Open Streets events get residents out to have some fun and take notice of businesses that they did not previously patronize.

Public Health – CenCalVia will advance public health by promoting physical activity, addressing obesity and reducing health problems associated with the lack of exercise.  Open Streets events encourage families to “unplug” and enjoy physical activity and healthy eating together.  FCBC partnered with organizations like Oooobi Fresno, and Cultiva La Salud to promote nutrition and access to fresh, local produce that is convenient and affordable.

Social Justice – CenCalVia promotes social equity by implementing the event in a socioeconomically challenged neighborhood of Fresno and bringing people together from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, and demographic areas.

Visit www.cencalvia.org for more info.

Heart of Downtown

by Lisa Talley | lisa@fresnoflyer.com

A steady ‘click-clack’ of heels chirp across the 3rd floor of the Pacific Southwest Building as Sandra Chaires charges into the umpteenth hour of her shift. Her phone is buzzing with phone calls, emails, texts, social media alerts, and timers, but a member of the Workspace floor has a question. Chaires, with remarkable warmth and patience, stops mid-stride to address one of the many conundrums that occur throughout a typical day.

“I think my primary job overall is to make people happy,” Chaires says in all honesty. A hair second later, she also laughs in response to her statement, as if to feel the weight of that expectation and reflect on her own sanity in shouldering such a large responsibility.

Located in Downtown Fresno, the Pacific Southwest Building is 16 floors with four live venues: The Banker’s Ballroom, The Vault, Workspace, and The Lofts; complete with revolving events, numerous members and tenants complete with changing and ongoing needs, all while the entire building receives various degrees of reconstruction. Sandra is at the center of it all.

Sandra Chaires – Director Pacific Southwest Building

Like a network gateway, Chaires is the hub through which information passes and multiple tasks funneled. Each venue with every available phone number and email are routed directly to Sandra.

“I handle the lofts, anything to do with the tenants [along with] PR, marketing, showings, new contracts… Same goes for Workspace. The Ballroom and The Vault, I coordinate events, PR, marketing, scheduling… And I make sure all of them are tidy…” Chaires pauses, looking for a different word to accurately describe this thought, and with a smirk she finds it. “I make sure everything is ‘pretty.’”

It’s a lighthearted way to depict how the Pacific Southwest Building always seems to feel so inviting. Aside from the usual comforts of an always stocked bathroom, clean floors, and spotless windows, it’s a fresh pot of coffee every few hours on the Workspace floor. It’s hints of vanilla nestled in the confines of the elevators and hallways, and the knack for always remembering everyone’s name.

“We’re a business, and we can’t run a business without making sure everyone who comes to the building has a good experience,” says Chaires.

Although the grace of well-placed hospitality is a great way to ensure that a guest does have a good experience, the building handles some of that work by itself. Built in 1925, the Pacific Southwest Building has a charm that’s difficult to ignore. Original Cherrywood doors, the intricate art deco high-rise ceiling of the ballroom, open concept designs with exposed walls and ceilings on the redeveloped floors, and of course, the view.

Those who exhibit even the slightest fear of heights leave their dread behind and welcome the only thing left to take its place, awe. The tall, broad windows hold the city close to the viewer, seemingly close enough to touch. There’s something about engulfing so much of downtown at one time – bustling, growing, changing – that it makes the landscape feel all the more intimate. It instills a notion that there is a heart, not just in this city, but within the entire valley.

The impact of that view and the first impression it made is half of what sold Sandra Chaires into taking on her complex role some 2 ½ years ago. The other responsible half was the vision the Katchadourian brothers have for the building.

“I immediately fell in love with the view, and I was in love with the building. But not only that but [Sevak] talked about what the building could be and their plan for the future… [the brothers] believe in the potential and believe that we [the building] can be restored to our original glory,” shares Sandra.

Purchased in 2011 Serko and Sevak Katchadourian did a core evaluation of the building and decided it was going to be a mixed space – not just endless floors of offices – that would allow people to live, work, and play in the Pacific Southwest Building. The plan is to develop this over the course of 3 phases.

Phase 1 is available now and near completion with The Banker’s Ballroom, The Vault, and the newly incorporated Workspace. Each venue exists on their own floors with The Banker’s Ballroom on the first floor for events ranging from weddings and Quinceaneras to fundraisers and costume parties. Beneath the ballroom is, as Chaires puts it, the underused venue: The Vault. Smaller than the ballroom, The Vault is a more informal setting with a bar, pool table, foosball table, a small stage for a DJ or live band, and a mini-movie theater.

Formerly the Security Bank building, the Pacific Southwest Building has kept some things from its former life, like the giant bank vault. However, aside from the classic vault door, not much remains the same. Large, reclining leather seats fill most of the room facing a large flat screen TV. Speakers mounted on the surface of the walls, completing the theater. The Vault, too, is used for a variety of events from birthday parties and general events, to small weddings and receptions.

Workspace is the newest addition to the building that required an entire overhaul to the 3rd floor. In a nut shell, it’s a shared office environment where entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses can incubate without the hefty fees that often accompany individual commercial spaces. Those who utilize the floor for a small fee are referred to as ‘members,’ and members have access to things they normally wouldn’t if they were on their own. For starters, an office located in the Pacific Southwest Building, 24/7 finger-print access, and security cameras. But the real gem of Workspace is in the aesthetics. Wide open windows provide natural light, adjustable standing desks for healthier working situations, and décor handpicked for encouraging professionalism, productivity, and creativity. It’s also where you’ll find Sandra on most days, ready to tackle your questions.

Phase 2 of the building includes adding more lofts to the upper floors. Installed by Sandra King, the former owner of the building, the Katchadourian brothers plan to expand on her idea and dedicate more space for tenants. There are also plans to incorporate a café into the 2nd floor next to the Loft Salon.

Phase 3… well, that’s up to the people. Chaires elaborates by stating, “Yes, we are one building, but we’re mainly real estate. The goal is not to bring in our own businesses. We do have the Banker’s Ballroom, The Vault, The Lofts, and Workspace but that’s it. The vision is to make the building open to the public, where other people can come in and realize their own dream; be it a bar, restaurant, or other business.”

Also, according to Chaires, the Katchadourian brothers are one of very few investors in Fresno who is doing their investing 100% on their own dime. Reconstruction, development, it’s all taking place out of pocket without the assistance of grants or funds from the city or state. Sevak and Serko have enormous faith in Fresno, the kind usually only found in Fresnans, not bad for a couple of Angelinos. (that’s LA residents for you layman’s folk)

But the entire journey of the building and its successes aren’t owed to the Katchadourians alone. Chaires is the first to admit that the whole of the Pacific Southwest Building team plays a vital role in providing the momentum to furthering the forward progression of the building.

“We have a new guy, Victor, who just started maintenance. Sometimes, he gets frustrated saying ‘I’m just cleaning toilets all day.’ And I say ‘Victor; your job is just as important as mine.’ And I feel that way about all of us that run the Pacific Southwest Building.’ We couldn’t do our jobs without [each other],” she shares.

Without Michael Barry and Victor Marquez handling maintenance, Assistant Director – Madeline Loya, Building Manager – Charles Atikian, Construction Manager – Ray Quintero, the Construction Crew – Jason Shaffer, Ruben Delgado, and David Tucker, and the Event Staff – Renee Ballin and Kristopher Havlik, and the Director, Sandra Chaires, the Pacific Southwest Building would not have the same shot it does today in realizing its potential.

Even so, there’s still a long road ahead. The building is in a state of evolution, as it finds its new purpose in the center of downtown Fresno. The team is still learning how this is all going to work and where the building will fit with all the revitalization happening in downtown. They’ll need more foot traffic from the public to fully understand how to shape themselves. Anticipation is high for the Fulton Street Grand Opening on October 21st, where the building, of course, will be hosting 2 VIP parties.

“Craig Scharton of the Downtown Fresno Partnership once said that the Pacific Southwest Building is the heart of downtown. When the [Fulton] street opens, we’re going to start beating, and there won’t be any stopping us.”

Follow the Pacific Southwest Building on social media for upcoming events. For more information, visit www.pacificsouthwestbuilding.com

Facebook: @pacificsouthwestbuilding – Banker’s Ballroom: @bankersballroom – The Vault: @thevaultfresno – Workspace: @workspacefresno

Bike Life: Cycling & Menstruation… Who Cares?

by Edna Pedroza | Graphic Designer | edna.o.pedroza@gmail.com

Menstruation. Why is this such a taboo subject? Let’s face it, all women go through it, and they have been going through it since the beginning of time. It helps to ensure that the human race has a future, so why does menstruation have to be such an awkward conversation?

Let’s start with our young girls as an example (as relayed to me by my 13-year-old niece). Teenagers spend most of their days in a classroom and are required to ask for permission to use the restroom. Imagine what this means for a girl when a teacher says ‘no’ even after being told it’s a ‘Code Red’ situation. Her face flushed, her anxiety building, the ‘Crimson Tide’ rushing in as she eyes the exit – her only hope of saving herself from eternal embarrassment – blocked. What then? I don’t have children, so it’s hard for me to picture what parents do in these situations, but I would like to think I would tell my would-be daughter to “leave and take care of yourself anyway.” Being young is awkward enough, but throw in society’s dismissal of menstruation, and things get exponentially more awkward. In fact, being told ‘no’ after revealing something so intimate about yourself can be quite a blow. It’s enough to make a girl feel isolated, embarrassed, and for some, like a freak.

No woman should feel this way, young or old. Half the population endures the indomitable ‘Aunt Flo’ every month; it would be nice if we didn’t collectively treat it like some skeleton in the proverbial family closet. Women should feel more comfortable in taking care of themselves when they need to, without any feelings of shame or alienation. And it starts with talking about it without flinching, no matter where we are when it comes up.

Now, I’m not saying that we have to forget the graceful ‘time and place’ mantra. I mean, you wouldn’t start shouting about being on your rag and how you’re dealing with it in the middle of a graduate school thesis presentation, right? There just shouldn’t be any surprises if the topic comes up in conversation. It isn’t ‘gross’, ‘tactless’, or ‘irrelevant’. It’s nature at work, and it deserves emotional intelligence and respect.

So, in my quest to further the dialog of menstruation, I’ve tied the topic into cycling. (any chance I get bicycling on the radar is a win) I asked a couple of questions to a handful of people in my circle: what do you do to prepare for riding during your period? And, do you think the conversation of menstruation and bicycling is an important one to have? Why or why not? The following are the responses to those questions and some interesting historical feminine care facts.

Stacy Garr | Layton UT

Hmm, it’s been a while since I’ve had to think about that… While on my period, I would have had to make sure my ride was short enough to not need a bathroom break or at least bring the proper supplies and think about where I might find a restroom on my route. I do think the topic merits

a conversation as it impacts about 50% of the population, and anything that could make it more convenient to deal with would be awesome.

Layla Mohn | Fresno

To prepare, all I do is use the necessities (use a pad) and make sure to stay super hydrated before and during. I also believe that it’s good to get a good, energizing meal in beforehand. With the second question, I think there is a lot of people who think women can’t ride bicycles while on their period.

I believe that it should be empowering and shouldn’t be an excuse not to ride. I think it’s [an] important [conversation] to have with people who do not understand, but [those are] people who make too big of a deal about it.

Jezebelle Lopez | Fresno

Lol. I’m on birth control, so I don’t get my period. I was never biking while on it.

And I don’t think it should be an important topic to discuss. It’s like any other sport, you take care of the problem. I don’t think that people should actively try to talk about it. I don’t know. I’ve never really thought of it but hearing other people’s opinions could change mine.

Wendy W. Remley | Syracuse UT

If I’m going to be going for a bicycle ride while menstruating, I make sure that I wear dark colored shorts (easy because my cycling shorts are black).

But, I use a menstrual cup, so that simplifies a lot of the practical stuff. I would bring some wipes just in case I needed to empty the cup while on the ride.

Edna: Nice. I just heard of the Diva Cup – I hear it’s messy when changing.

Not really, no. I used the Diva for a while, but then switched to the Lily Compact. It doesn’t hold as much, but it’s more comfortable and folds up small. It’s not significantly more messy than an OB tampon.

Edna: I’ll have to try it.

Dusty Smith | Portland OR

If I’m on my period and going to cycle, I make sure to have panty liners in addition to tampons because they make me feel more protected. I keep Always Wet Wipes on hand to ensure complete cleanliness. If it’s a long ride I’ll check for stops at appropriate intervals. Funny story… I got super OCD about the subject as a teen because I wasn’t prepared for the added flow from activity and was also wearing white one day for a 20 mile ride. Needless to say, I learned young. Not every woman is as lucky (or unfortunate depending on the viewpoint) as I was to learn early.

Our bodies react to activity. You get your heart rate up while menstruating and you’re likely to have a mess you’re not prepared to deal with. On top of that, when cycling… there’s not really a worse feeling than being squishy with blood and still having to peddle another mile!

Felicia Rocha | Fresno

Ok cool, yea, I think it’s important. Especially for women who wear pads, I could see comfort being an issue as well as protection/leakage. Imagine heavy bleeding while on a long bike wearing a pad. I’m sure that would be present a few challenges.

I personally have never had to do anything specific to prepare to ride while on my period. I wear tampons and my periods are pretty short, not really heavy and only like two days so it’s never really been an issue for me personally.

Sarah Ruedas | Madera

I don’t ride. [But] yes, it’s important [to talk about]. Women should be informed of the options they have as far as meds to take for pain or discomfort, even taking into consideration PMS. Also, the options of feminine hygiene products to use while cycling.

Starr Christensen | Salt Lake City UT

I prepare by loading up on sanitary supplies. And wearing underwear that don’t dig (granny panties or boy short type) but that are still suitable for riding (usually I wear things that don’t get in the way but thongs don’t work on my period, so I have to find a middle ground somewhere) Sometimes, I’ll even go so far as to not use tampons the day or hours before a ride, just pads, because it seems to allow my menstrual cycle to discharge more… so that I won’t bleed quite so much on the ride.

I’ve never considered any conversation about menstruating and cycling. But I guess that may be because I view menstrual cycle downfalls and extra prep as necessary evils (for any sport or physical activity) I wish that weren’t the case.

Art. Science. Craft Beer.

411 Broadway Ales & Spirits talk Sour Beers, Brewing, and the Grand Opening.

by Lisa Talley

It’s hot. I mean slow-roasting-inside-an-oven-while-wearing-a-fur-coat hot. And to top it off, the humidity is packing a punch so heavy it’s hard enough to knock Mayweather onto the canvas. One of two roll-up doors is halfway open and the only breeze drifting through the place is the muggy breath escaping my nostrils. And as I stand, positively melting like the Wicked Witch of the West, I realize that in spite of it all, I’m smiling. The building of 411 Broadway is ripe with excitement.

Two massive Letina tanks flank the far wall, patio tables – waiting to be assembled – stack next to the tanks, and vintage wooden barrels huddle in the middle of the room. Sure, it’s bare-bones now, but come October 27th it’s going to be a full-fledged microbrewery and a longtime dream-come-true for Co-Founder, Joseph Soleno.

“I’ve been home brewing since I was a teenager. I got my foot in the door with a local brew pub scrubbing floors, cleaning filters, cleaning the tanks and learning the tricks of the trade,” shares Soleno.

The enthusiasm radiates through his smile. In fact, there may not have been single a moment Soleno didn’t grin ear-to-ear while talking about his new venture.  Even more, once I get him talking about the process of brewing he about loses me in the dust of palpable anticipation.

“We’re going to focus mainly on sour beers. A lot of that comes from bacteria naturally found in oak and micro-flora in the air so we’ll be using oak vessels for fermentation,” says Soleno.

If you had to reread that last paragraph, don’t worry, I’ll help fill in the blanks. Sour beers are a category of brews that express a sour or tart flavor. The brewing process for these types of beers typically uses some of the oldest methods in existence. Modern brewing techniques of today use sterile environments to reduce the risk of unwanted yeast strains. It’s important to most brewers to control every stage of the brewing process, but for Soleno, this is where he wants some variation. Sour beers achieve their unique flavors by allowing wild yeast to develop into the brew, and this is accomplished by utilizing open fermentation methods.

Soleno further explains, “The difference between a sour beer and a regular beer people are used to these days is that a regular beer uses a yeast strain called Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. You can actually get different varieties of this [to] produce different flavors but if you look at it under a microscope, it’s the same type of yeast. What we’ll be using is like a symbiotic type relationship between yeast and bacteria. We’ll be using the typical strain that regular breweries use but we’ll also be using different bacteria like Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, and a wild yeast strain called Brettanomyces. If you can balance all of these bacterias just right, you can come up with some really tasty beers.”

The two Letina tanks sitting in 411 Broadway Ales & Spirits are actually open top fermenter tanks. The floating lids allow the air to penetrate the brew so that micro-oxygenation can occur.

Letting go of some of the control in the brewing process is what makes open fermentation both exhilarating and unpredictable. Some brewers find the unpredictability risky and traditionally opt for a more predictable outcome. Joseph Soleno isn’t intimidated, on the contrary, he’s been working long and hard for this opportunity.

“As soon as I turned 21, I enrolled at UC Davis for their fermentation science program; I learned most of the art there. Afterward, I was picked up by Rogue Ales & Spirits in Oregon where I learned a lot about large-scale brewing. And then I did a stint at Dust Bowl, then went to Sequoia and now, Riley’s [Brewing Co],” he continued.

Soleno also has the support of his family who has taken up business with him in 411 Broadway Ales & Spirits. Daniel Soleno, Joseph’s father, will be taking on domestic and international sales. Joseph’s twin brother, Joshua, handles the graphic design and marketing with the help of Juan Martinez Jr. And Joseph, of course, maintains the title of resident Head Brewer.

Plans for a distillery are also in the works. However, because the paperwork is just as intensive as the that for the brewery, it’s still another 6 to 9 months in the making. Although part of the original plan for 411 Broadway, they found that the process could hold them in limbo for an additional year before getting the clearance to open. So, instead of making everyone wait, they opted to start with the brewery first and then incorporate the distillery later.

And do you know what they have planned for the distillery? Brace yourself. Absinthe and akvavit. Go big or go home, right? They also have plans for whiskey and non-aged spirits like gin and vodka. But you’ll have to keep in touch with them for the official launch dates on those.

The space inside 411 Broadway’s building will be largely dedicated to production due to the positive response they’ve already received. For the sit-down crowd, there is also a 4,000 sq ft space behind the building that will be used to establish a beer garden. The team is launching a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the last of the funds needed to finish renovations and decor. The campaign will offer rewards like a VIP invite to their soft opening one week before their grand opening. The Kickstarter campaign will be announced on their Facebook page as soon as it launches.

Parking has been a common question for the brewery; the team has been working with Fresno PD and the Downtown Fresno Partnership on the topic of safety. If that isn’t a confidence builder, then maybe free parking will be; there isn’t a meter in sight.

“Brewing is a lot of science, but a lot of it is actually art. The ability to express myself through brewing is pretty rewarding; then to have people try it and actually enjoy it, that’s what’s really gratifying,” Soleno shares. After all the years of cutting his teeth on scrubbing floors, cleaning tanks, and brewing for others, he’s ready to step out on his own with the support of his family and his original brews carving the path ahead.

Craft beer is a love affair. Between the drinkers and the makers, everyone can agree that the fandom is real. Get ready, because 411 Broadway Ales & Spirits is about to bring yet another unique and original experience to the Central Valley.

Follow 411 Broadway Ales & Spirits on Facebook @411BroadwayBrew for up to date information and details about their grand opening.

Downtown Fresno Ale Trail

In two years’ time, downtown Fresno’s craft beer scene has experienced momentous growth. Two established and flourishing breweries – Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. and Full Circle Brewing Co. – have cemented themselves as not only downtown anchors, but game-changers in the craft beer world.

Over the course of the next few months, three new breweries will open up in downtown Fresno – HOP PK, 411 Broadway Spirits & Ales, and Zack’s Brewing Company. These five breweries will form a community focused on advancing Fresno’s craft beer scene and expanding the newly-formed Brewery District. Encompassing downtown’s distinctive energy; these breweries represent a spirit you’ll find along Fresno’s streets, with flavors you can’t get anywhere else.

In March the Downtown Fresno Partnership (DFP) announced the Downtown Fresno Ale Trail as an experience completely unique to downtown Fresno. Designed for locals and visitors alike, the Ale Trail will be comprised of these five craft breweries, and will officially open this fall. So, grab a drinking buddy, maybe even a hiking buddy, and join in for this authentically Fresno activity.

Start by picking up a passport at one of the five breweries; visit each stop on the trail tracking your travels and collecting a stamp. Once you have them all, turn in your passport for a limited-edition Downtown Fresno Ale Trail prize.

And, if you can’t wait to test out the trail, catch a sneak peek at the Fulton Street Party, happening October 21. This event will feature a car cruise, exclusive pop-up shops, drink and food specials from Fulton restaurants, live music and street art, and the chance to meet the brewers and sample the beers of the Ale Trail. Head over to DFP’s Facebook page @DowntownFresno for more info on this event.

For more info about each of these breweries, and the opening of the Downtown Fresno Ale Trail, stay updated on all things brewing by following along on Facebook and Instagram @DowntownFresnoAleTrail.

Rogue Festival Sponsored “Seattle -> to -> Fresno”

Mini-Fringe Theater Event Returns to the Tower District for 4th Year.

Combining Fresno-based and out-of-town performers for a Rogue Festival-sponsored weekend of fringe theater.

[Fresno, CA] Returning for its fourth year, “Seattle to Fresno: Best of Fringe” offers an off-the-beaten-path alternative to theater entertainment in Fresno. Running September 8 – September 10 at Mia Studio and Gallery (behind The Revue), “Seattle to Fresno” offers six unique and original shows with 13 performances over just four days.

Sponsored by the Rogue Festival to bring first-class fringe theater performances to the Valley year-round, ‘Seattle to Fresno’ is curated by former Rogue producer Jayne Day and Seattle’s Minion Productions. Now in its fourth year, the “Seattle to Fresno” mini-festival hopes to produce first-class fringe theater presentations in Fresno on a regular basis.  Tickets are $10 per show. For information, visit seattletofresno.com, or purchase tickets at minion-productions.ticketleap.com, including a multi-show pass!

Our lineup includes four local shows and two visiting performers, including dance, storytelling, comedy, and magic!

Our lineup includes:

Wet-Wired for Weird (even wetter?)

By: Shane ‘Scurvy’ Spears


Saturday, September 9th, 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 10th, 7:00 pm

A delightfully acidic series of ill connected vignettes and passionate rants about kinky sex, internet culture, end times, true noir, and shameful thoughts; collected and curated with only one rule…..no segues: featuring the verbal machine gun misanthrope Shane “Scurvy” Spears, creator of hit shows We all hate you and Cap’n Scurvy’s Apocalypse Hoedown Revival.

Implausibly Delicious! – The Magic of Tim Mannix

By: Tim Mannix


Friday, September 8th, 5:30 pm;

Sunday, September 10th, 5:30 pm

Comedy Magician/Mentalist Tim Mannix returns to the Seattle-to-Fresno Mini Fringe with his latest show, Implausibly Delicious! Rated “H for hilarity, his stand-up comedy act is sure to tickle your funny bone. “Mannix treats every show like he’s on a huge network station. He cares about every detail and making sure the audience will have a good time!”

Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine

By: Alexandra Tiscareno & Fresno Dance Company


Friday, September 8th, 8:30 pm;

Saturday, September 9th, 10:00 pm

Sunday, September 10th, 8:30 pm

A dance piece on 3 themes:
Human Connection | Conformity | Wonder

In angsty political & social times, art is where we explore current ideas, express our voices and manifest hope. The lens through which we see our lives may change from hour to hour, day to day… sometimes our perceptions and patterns of thought extend throughout long seasons and lifetimes. But in this refreshing though experiment, we look at the world through different lenses and practice tolerance.syncopated, and complex.

Girl On A Bike

By: Nat Vickers


Friday, September 8th, 7:00 pm;

Saturday, September 9th, 5:30p m

A two-wheeled adventure of Canadian proportions! Girl On A Bike spins strange-but-true stories of characters from a ride across the country: from graveyard groundskeepers to wild west proprietors, and wanderers with secrets only fit for strangers. Girl On A Bike is a one-woman storytelling show that retraces a real-life bike ride across the Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver, uphill and against the wind the whole way.


By: Laura Splotch


Friday, September 8th, 10:00 pm;

Saturday, September 9th, 4:00 pm

The story of a dreamer beat down by life but keeps on dreaming about the big win…with scratchers. Barbie q is the queen of the trailer park and works hard – hard being the operative word here – at keeping that title. Maybe, just maybe, she will come out on top…

Robert’s Eternal Goldfish

By: Brad McEntire


Saturday, September 9th, 8:30 pm

Sunday, September 10th, 4:00 pm

In this solo show by Brad McEntire, the audience comes face to face with Mr. Robert J. Roberts. Roberts has a huge problem with people. All people. One day he becomes the unlikely custodian of a magical goldfish and Mr. Roberts’ misanthropic view of the world is seriously challenged.


Friday, Sept. 8th

5:30 pm – Implausibly Delicious!

7:00 pm – Girl On A Bike

8:30 pm – Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine

10:00 pm – Scratcher

Saturday, Sept. 9th

4:00 pm – Scratcher

5:30 pm – Girl On A Bike

7:00 pm – Wet-Wired for Weird (even wetter?)

8:30 pm – Robert’s Eternal Goldfish

10:00 pm – Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine

Sunday, Sept. 10th

4 pm – Robert’s Eternal Goldfish

5:30 pm – Implausibly Delicious!

7:00 pm – Wet-Wired for Weird (even wetter?)

8:30 pm – Nothing is Beautiful; Everything is Fine

Fresno Cactus & Succulent Society Club Show & Sale Announced for September

by Carole Grosch

Anyone who likes unusual plants will want to attend the Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society (FC&SS) annual Show & Sale the weekend of Sept. 9 & 10, 2017. It will be held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District (CVMD), 808 Fourth Street in Clovis. Hours for the event are Saturday, 9 am-6 pm, and Sunday, 9 am-4 pm. For the first time, there will be a judging of show plants. This is a very popular event where visitors have the opportunity to see some strange and exotic-looking plants. Admission is free, boxes are provided for purchases and club members are eager to provide assistance, answer questions and give growing tips and advice.

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