Happy Friday! We’re in for a wonderful weekend with clear skies, just a slight breeze a no precipitation. The Kids are back in school and we’re all getting back into the groove again.
We saw something deeply troubling yesterday. Something that shook us to the core. Now, we don’t want to alarm you and there’s absolutely no reason to panic. Don’t pull that vacuum bag of fall sweaters out of the attic yet. We’ve been searching for the words to say since we saw it and honestly we just can’t.
There’s no easy way to say this…
It’s kind of like Christmas decorations in the stores and it’s not yet even Halloween. Truth be told, it’s the marketing department’s fault. It’s always some marketing department to blame, right? Apparently, Dunkin’ moved their Pumpkin Spice launch up a few weeks and so the Venti Marketing Department at FiveBucks decided to not be out marketed.
Also worth noting… 20th year? That’s impressive! But, then we googled the Shamrock Shake from Micky D and surprise, the minty cool shake was introduced in 1970!
Friday – Tonight could go one of two ways. Are you more into Rock & Roll or more into Motown? If it’s Rock & Roll, we have to ask…
Do you believe in rock ‘n’ roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach us how to dance, real slow? See, you already know the words to the song. So Drive your Chevy to the Levee (ok, the Tower Theatre) and see Don Mclean do his thing. Get tickets HERE.
Now, if Motown is more your thing you have to go see Gladys Knight! No Pips, but the woman has won no fewer than 7 Grammy Awards! You know all the words to her show too! Sing along with us…
He’s leaving (leaving)
On that midnight train to Georgia (leaving on a midnight train)
Said he’s going back (going back to find)
To a simpler place and time (and when he takes that ride)
Oh yes, he is (guess who’s gonna sit right by his side)
Get your tickets to Gladys HERE
Don’t Forget: Saturday the FresYes Quiz goes live. Easy questions and this week we’re giving away a gift certificate to Eureka! Home of the FresYes Burger. (we’ll keep trying).
Saturday – there’s only one place to go after you get that first PSL of the season. That’s The Fulton Street Party. Natali just wrote about it on Thursday! The event starts at 4 PM and goes to 11. It’s downtown on Fulton between Mono and Merced. We’re starting out at the car show happening across Inyo from Tioga-Sequoia. Low riders, custom cars, and you know there might be a few exotics. Art on wheels.
We’ll probably grab a beer at TS but there’s also a beer garden at Mariposa Plaza to check out. There will be plenty of great food so we’ll have to scope out what looks best. As for the music… 70 performers / 13 stages? Are you kidding? One thing you must check out is the Silent Disco. It goes from 9 to 11 at the Hashtag Balance HQ. Check out the .pdf link below for all the info.
Download this very comprehensive 12 page guide HERE.
Serious question. Is it the “Fulton Street, Party” or the “Fulton, Street Party“? Which/where do you put the comma/emphasis?
For Sunday – to balance out all that partying – let’s add a little culture. How about a little Opera? No, we’re serious. The California Opera is doing Verdi’s “La Traviata”. It’s a great story. Unlike Don or Gladys, we can pretty much guarantee you won’t know the words to this one, but you’ll certainly recognize the music. We’ll help with the plot. Remember the movie “Pretty Woman” starring George Costanza? (and Julia Roberts and Richard Gere). That’s basically it! Well, close enough. If you’ve never seen an opera – this would be a great first!
You can find tickets HERE.
Did you know?
This opera uses voices ranging from the high of the soprano to the low of the bass. In this, our hero Violetta Valéry is a soprano, her friend Flora Bervoix is a mezzo-soprano (just a little bit lower). The male lead, Alfredo Germont needs to sing as a tenor while his father, Giorgio sings as a baritone – (once again, just a little lower). For the record, Luciano Pavarotti is a tenor and has played the part of Alfredo.
In opera, voices are grouped into seven main categories (from highest to lowest): soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, countertenor, tenor, baritone, and bass.
If an opera is too much of a stretch, a number of Fresno-area movie theaters will participate in National Cinema Day on Sunday, Aug. 27, offering all movies — in all formats and at all showtimes — for just $4. Watch our Instagram for details! Just know that you traded a classic opera for a Barbie. Can you live with that?
|Gladys Knight at the Saroyan|
|DON MCLEAN 50th Anniversary American Pie Tour|
|Fresno State Night at Old Town Clovis Farmers Market|
|Pharoahs of Visalia Cars and Coffee|
|Holes at The Crest|
|Vintage Faire Dog Dayz|
|Back to Skool Sneaker and Vintage Expo at Valdez Hall|
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Your Haiku of the Day
Chrome kisses the ground,
Hydraulics dance to the beat,
Urban art takes flight.