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Fresno Skateboard Salvage: The Art of Giving Back

By Dave Fountinelle | dave@fresnoflyer.com “Skating saved my life,” Rodney Rodriguez states matter-of-factly. “Growing up in Calwa, I saw the other kids in my neighborhood getting caught up in drugs, gangs, and criminal behavior, and…

Skye’s the Limit

By Dave Fountinelle | dave@fresnoflyer.com DeJa Skye began her drag career in 2011 at the age of 20. Inspired by the first seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” DeJa took an interest in Fresno’s local drag…

Pride Marches On

By Dave Fountinelle | dave@fresnoflyer.com Two years ago, Fresno Rainbow Pride turned 30. Unfortunately, the parade and festival were put on hold due to COVID lockdowns and restrictions on social gatherings. Instead, it was replaced…

Victory! (we hope.)Now what happens?

By Jaguar Bennett  | jaguarbennett@gmail.com The struggle for control of the Tower Theatre entered a new phase on April 21, as the Fresno City Council voted to buy the theater from its current owner, Laurence…

Masks for Dummies XXII

By I. smiley G. Calderón | smileygcalderon@gmail.com Dearest reader, about two years ago, we started this Masks for Dummies (MFD) ad hoc column series. We did that because we needed and truly wanted to do our part…

Cowboys of Color: How the Black Cowboy Helped…

By Dave Fountinelle | dave@fresnoflyer.com Few vocations are more ingrained into our culture and history than the American cowboy - the rugged, hard-working wrangler sitting atop his trusty horse under a dusty Stetson hat, driving…

Adventure Church is Suing the Tower Theatre. Can…

By Jaguar Bennett  | jaguarbennett@gmail.com When we last looked at the ongoing saga of Adventure Church’s quixotic attempt to plant a homophobic church in Fresno’s one gay neighborhood, the forces of righteousness had won a…