‘American Assassin’ is the action movie we’ve been searching for

Watch your six because “American Assassin” is an unconventional thrill ride with epic fight scenes, big guns, fast cars and shameless characters around every corner. The screenplay, inspired by the novel by Vince Flynn, ditches the typically formulated action plot ...

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The Seeds make a stop in Fresno. Where were the hipsters?

In the late ‘60s, The Seeds were likened to The Rolling Stones by Muddy Waters and had the attention of Iggy Pop. Now, self-proclaimed as one of the most “iconic American rock bands,” The Seeds performed at The Tower Theatre ...

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Fresno Foodie: Ampersand Ice Cream

What’s the hype? Ampersand Ice Cream has been serving up handcrafted, small-batch ice cream year-round to the Central Valley for two years. Every ingredient Ampersand uses is locally-sourced, and makes for unique flavors like Lost Bread (Cajun French Toast), Enzo ...

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Bastille’s ‘Wild World’ album is perfect for our time

It’s a wild world out there, but luckily we have good music to make us feel better. That is exactly what British indie-pop band Bastille’s second album, “Wild World,” gives us. The album turned one year old Sept. 9 and, ...

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‘It’ humor ‘pales in comparison with the horror’

“It” does exactly what it was expected to do. It scares and it frightens. For many, it will induce nostalgia for the novel or original miniseries. However, for those new to the story, it may confuse. The film focuses on ...

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A decade of The Maine

In an age where it is not uncommon to see bands rise and fall within a few short years, alternative rock band The Maine has remained constant and has built a loyal fan base over the last 10 years. Formed ...

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SWMRS is making waves

SWMRS, pronounced “Swimmers,” is a punk rock band from Oakland that is taking over the punk scene with its fearless lyrics and unique sound. Members of SWMRS are lead vocalist and guitarist Cole Becker, lead guitarist Max Becker, bassist Seb ...

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Fresno Foodie: Quesadilla Gorilla

What’s the hype? Quesadilla Gorilla is serving gourmet quesadillas to the Central Valley and it is showing no sign of stopping anytime soon. The restaurant, which opened up its third location in July in downtown Fresno, offers unique combinations of ...

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The sounds of summer seventeen

It is no secret that 2017 has been a great year for music, and the songs that graced the airwaves this summer further reveal that.    Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been all over the radio with his song “Shape of ...

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Bad Suns gives shining performance at Strummer’s

The last time Los-Angeles-based rock band Bad Suns played in Fresno, their crowd was small. “The first time … we played to ten people and two stuffed cheeseburgers,” singer Chris Bowman said. “This feels good.” The band returned to Fresno ...

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Just another list book

College years can be some of the best years in a person’s life. Next to getting an education, the best thing about college is the memories made that can last long after walking across the stage at graduation. “The College ...

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Sexual assault and her ‘fight back’

I knew “We Believe You” was a difficult book to get through since it’s dedicated to stories of sexual assault on college campuses far and wide.Though the content was heavy, I can say it is one of the most rewarding ...

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Remembering the passengers of the fatal 1948 Los Gatos flight

  American Book Award-winning author Tim Z. Hernandez drew an audience of over 100 people to officially launch his novel “All They Will Call You” at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union on Jan. 27. The novel takes readers on an ...

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This book is killer

In his latest release, “California’s Deadliest Women,” author David Kulczyk presents a collection of 28 strange and shocking murder cases in California. From well-known murder cases that even I had heard of, to more obscure ones that I couldn’t believe ...

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‘Valley Fever’ is not that hot

I had high hopes for Katherine Taylor’s “Valley Fever.” I really did. While there were moments I was completely engrossed in what I was reading, a lot of the time everything ended up falling flat. Ingrid Palamede is our narrator, ...

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‘Furthermore’ is a captivating adventure

“Furthermore,” by New York Times best-selling author Tahereh Mafi, is a fairy-tale-like story that captures the reader from start to finish. Alice Alexis Queensmeadow was born without pigmentation—her skin is white, her hair is white, her eyes are a barely-there ...

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‘Carry On’ is original, relatable, magical

“Carry On” by New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell is a coming-of-age tale at its core that explores the topics you’d find most confusing as a teenager: school, love, loss, destiny and, of course, magic. Simon Snow, also known ...

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“The Graces” : An all too familiar story

With an exciting synopsis that seemed to promise magic and a mysterious and powerful family of witches, “The Graces” by Laure Eve ultimately fails in its attempts to capture and engage the reader, but succeeds in irritating the reader with ...

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