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Day one of Grizzly Fest was a success, don’t miss day two

Day one of Grizzly Fest served to further show that Fresno’s music and arts scene is growing, and people will show up to support it. My afternoon began with a shuttle to Woodward Park from Fresno State’s P20 parking lot. ...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda proves his genius (again) with ‘First Burn’

If you saw someone walking across campus toward The Bucket Tuesday afternoon with tears streaming down her face, it was probably me. On Monday, playwright and all-around incredible human being Lin-Manuel Miranda released “First Burn,” the latest installment of his ...

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‘Dirty Computer’ is a self-analyzing dream

Janelle Monáe is in love with the human spirit, more specifically, a liberated human spirit. A spirit free from oppressors and anyone pushing conformity. On her new album, “Dirty Computer,” she celebrates said spirit throughout the course of 14 tracks, ...

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Jack White’s ‘Boarding House Reach’ feels fresh and new

Weird, definitely weird. But good-weird. That would be one way to describe the new concept album, “Boarding House Reach,” by former White Stripes and The Raconteurs frontman Jack White. White is known for doing things his way, and that way ...

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You won’t want to talk during ‘A Quiet Place’

The dystopian movie trope has been far overplayed after “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent” and even “Maze Runner.” I thought I was done with apocalyptic films altogether. But then I saw “A Quiet Place,” and I, too, was drawn back into ...

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On ‘Golden Hour,’ Musgraves shines

In the liner notes of Kacey Musgraves’ third album, “Golden Hour,” the country songstress writes: “There are certain junctures that you can’t think your way through – you just have to feel. I found myself at one making this album.” ...

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‘The Director’ uncovers sexual abuse in the film industry

Sexual harassment and assault have plagued society seemingly since the beginning of time. The internet sensation of #MeToo has provided a platform and safe space for people to voice their stories and seek justice following abuse. The issues of sexual ...

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Taylor Swift put out another ‘Delicate’ music video. Why?

Taylor Swift debuted her music video for her latest single, “Delicate,” in March at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards – and I was disappointed. When she announced that she would be dropping another video for “Delicate,” I was kind of ...

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‘Ready Player One’: pop culture references and a lesson in living life offline

I had very low expectations for “Ready Player One,” mostly due to its trailer doing such a disservice to the plot. On the outside, it looked like a weak dystopian film that plays on the set of a virtual reality ...

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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ brings the wonder and imagination of childhood

I remember reading the book “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. I was in the fourth grade. I couldn’t tell you now what it was about even if I tried. Which is funny, because watching the newest movie adaptation ...

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Fresno Foodie: Meltdown Bistro

What’s the hype? Meltdown Bistro has become an integral part of Fresno’s ever-growing food truck community as it serves up its handcrafted melt sandwiches.   Meltdown Bistro specializes in its melts, but also has sliders, mac and cheese balls, tater ...

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Why ‘Black Panther’ is more than just a superhero movie

Released midway through Black History Month, Marvel’s “Black Panther” is more than just a box office shattering movie. It is a cultural phenomenon. The movie is an adaptation of the first black comic book superhero from 1966. Directed by Ryan ...

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‘The Hate U Give’ is a masterpiece

A #1 New York Times Bestseller. A William C. Morris Award for a debut author writing for teens. An Odyssey Award for excellence in audiobook production. A Printz honor. A Coretta Scott King Book Awards honor. A film adaptation. “The ...

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‘OMG, The Things I Learned in College’ offends and misrepresents modern college students

As a college student, I see the value in taking advantage of resources and getting involved in order to prepare myself for the “real world.” But after reading “OMG, The Things I Learned in College,” I felt inadequate, ill-represented and, ...

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Lambert lacks liveliness in Fresno

Miranda Lambert slowly walked onto the stage of the Save Mart Center as her band played, lacking much of the staging or choreography of other artists who have come to Fresno. It was a low-key entrance and set the tone ...

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Paisley performs hit after hit

Country music star Brad Paisley captivated the Save Mart Center Friday night on the second stop of his 2018 “Weekend Warrior” world tour. The night began at 7 p.m. sharp with opener Lindsay Ell, who was a nice addition to ...

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‘The Post’ reminds journalists, citizens of need for free press

It’s 1971. The Washington Post staff awaits the Supreme Court decision following New York Times, Co. v United States, where the Nixon administration took the Times and the Post to court for publication of the “Pentagon Papers.” Editorial writer Meg ...

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‘12 Strong’ shows the pride and pain of war

The hardest part about watching a movie based on or inspired by true events is the harsh reality of it. A part of me wants to shake my head, close my eyes and say, “That’s not real. It’s just a ...

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