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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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Childish Gambino masterfully commentates on America in new video

Donald Glover is a multifaceted artist. There is no doubt about that. You can find him on FX’s “Atlanta,” which he stars in and writes for; as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming film “Solo: A Star Wars Story;” and let ...

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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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‘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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‘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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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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Book Talk: ‘I Almost Forgot About You’

My latest trip to Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago involved some quick thinking. I wanted to get in and out as fast as possible for two reasons: I wanted to get back home and out of the cold, ...

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‘HAZE’: Not your parents’ college movie

“HAZE” is not your typical movie about hazing. Sure, it may depict college life similarly to other college-themed movies, but what sets it apart is the exploration of choices in the lives of young adults. Inspired by research done by ...

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‘Jumanji’ sequel lacks nostalgia with its updated version of a family favorite

Being a ‘90s baby and a huge fan of the original “Jumanji,” I went into a screening of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” excited, but with low expectations. All I knew was that Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson was in it, ...

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Why these cruelty-free beauty products are my go-to

Some may think cruelty-free beauty products are expensive, don’t work well or smell funny. But, I am here to say, they are not any of those things. You’ll rarely find me in Ulta or Sephora looking for makeup because a ...

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Have you seen the ‘incredible’ surprise Disney just put out?

My eyes lit up as I watched that lowercase “i”  turn into Roman numeral number “ii”. And yes, it was totally “WICKED!” The teaser to the trailer that is 13 years in the making finally graced all Disney media platforms ...

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‘Happy Death Day’ brings nothing new to the party

Stop me if you’ve heard this plot line before: Protagonist relives the same day over and over, and in the process is able to self-analyze ‒ and eventually rediscover ‒ his or herself. It is a premise that has been ...

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Why Fresno is growling for Grizzly Fest

Two words come to mind when rock and roll, vibrating basslines, food trucks and graffiti art come together: Grizzly Fest. This year, the festival attracted thousands of music fans to Chukchansi Park for an evening of reggae, rock, rap and ...

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