The Beehive Asks: Where are you watching the World Cup?



This year’s World Cup in South Africa isn’t kind to local night owls. Soccer matches are played in a time zone that’s nine hours ahead of ours, forcing Valley fans to get up early.

Local businesses don’t want you to miss out on the fun. My story describes seven of them that are extending hours or running World Cup specials. Read the story for details about each spot:

  • Red Zone Sports Grill
  • Press Box
  • The Mad Duck
  • Silver Dollar Hofbrau
  • Rio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Sports Zone Pizza & Grill
  • Trading Post Shopping Center

This list is by no means exhaustive, so tell us where you’re watching the World Cup. Will you sit in your pajamas at home? Or hit a bar or restaurant that’s not on the list?

Taste This: Ruby boysenberries



Wow. You really like your boysenberries.

My story about the Ruby boysenberry appeared in the paper yesterday, and shoppers from as far away as Morro Bay and Torrance drove to Kingsburg to buy some. Gayle Willems (a.k.a. the “Berry Lady”) says she couldn’t believe how many folks showed up at her Berry Lady Farm Store.

The store was so busy that a reader even called me to double-check the phone numbers. She says she kept getting a busy signal or a voicemail-is-full message.

Part of the attraction is nostalgia for all boysenberries, a fruit that slowly became a rarity in California. But the Ruby has other draws: a subtle sweetness and reddish color unusual in boysens. Plus, Willems and her family are the only farmers bringing this fruit to supermarkets.

All of these factors prompted me to include the Ruby boysenberry in my “Taste This” series, which highlights crops special to the Valley.

But if you want a taste, don’t wait. With temperatures poised to jump beyond 90 degrees — and advance orders gobbling up supply — Willems has revised her outlook for the Ruby. Instead of three weeks left in the season, there may only be one and a half. Details: (559) 897-0963 for store information. (559) 897-4605 to reserve Ruby boysenberries.

[photo credit: Mark Crosse, The Fresno Bee]

The Great Fresno Tweetup 2



The Beehive is happy to announce our next Tweetup — the sequel to last year’s Great Fresno Tweetup. And once again, we’re partnering with The Fresno Grizzlies for a night of beer, baseball and banter.

If you liked last year’s TGFT or our recent Wild Tweetup with Chaffee Zoo, you’ll definitely like this one.

It’s happening July 22, which is a Thirsty Thursday.

  • There will be a special $5 ticket available to local Tweeps. It included a $1 drink ticket good for your first $1 beer or soda.
  • You MUST message or DM the Grizzlies on Twitter (@fresnogrizzlies) and reserve a space for the game. There will be a special will-call table to pick up tickets. Oh, make sure you’re following @fresnobeehive too.

To-Do Tonight: Super Geek League


I’m thinking tonight’s appearance by Seattle’s Super Geek League is going to the wildest show that Fresno sees this year. They’re playing at Babylon [flier]. In my preview story in today’s Bee, I described it as “Cirque du Soleil … goes insane.” Read my Q & A with band leader Commander Tomorrow to see what I mean.

Also quiet entertaining were the litany of photos the band sent me. I’m posting a bunch here, because I think they give you a pretty good idea of what SGL is about.


Chowchilla’s Shaun Silva cleans up at the CMT Awards

Here’s another “Local Boy Done Good” story: Chowchilla native Shaun Silva took the director of the year honors at Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards, which celebrates the best videos in country music.

Silva’s body of work had already made him one of country music’s premiere directors (he’s done videos for the likes of Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney), but this award cements that. It’s his first win for this fan-voted award, though he’d been nominated previously, and his videos have won plenty of past CMT Awards.

His 2009 credits include: “Indian Summer” by Brooks & Dunn; “Out Last Night Out” and “I’m Alive” by Kenny Chesney; “Rain is a Good Thing” and “Do I” by Luke Bryan; “Here Comes Goodbye” and “Summer Nights” by Rascal Flatts; “Living For The Night” by George Strait; “Nightswimming/Joey” and “Keep You” by Sugarland. Outside of the country genre, he also did 3 Doors Down’s “Let Me Be Myself,”.

Here’s “Indian Summer,” which won duo video of the year as well, and was partially shot in Chowchilla:

On TV tonight: ‘So You Think You Can Dance: Meet the Top 11′


AsheleyG1_0748LYF_2[1].jpg “So You Think You Can Dance: Meet the Top 11,” 9 p.m. KMPH (Channel 26.1): Visalia native Ashley Galvan is one of the 11 finalists for season seven of the Fox competition series.
She joins Alexie Agdeppa, Billy Bell, Kent Boyd, Lauren Froderman, Robert Roldan, Jose Ruiz, Cristina Santana, Melinda Sullivan, Adéchiké Torbert and Alex Wong as contenders for the dance crown.

Tonight’s special showcases the finalists and the All-Stars dancing together in their own styles and genres, as well as in group numbers choreographed by Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall and Jason Gilkison.

The real competition begins June 16 when the Top 11 dance for the judges on the season’s first two-hour performance show. The finalists will work with their randomly selected all-star partner. After each Wednesday performance show, the phone lines will open for fans to vote.

Galvan’s been dancing since she was 3 and starred on the Nickelodeon variety series “Dance on Sunset.” She was one of six featured dancers on the show. Galvan also was one of the 30 principal dancers in the remake of the movie “Fame.”

Auditioning against a large group for “So You Think You Can Dance” was nothing new for Galvan. She outlasted 400 dancers who tried out for the featured dance roles in “Fame.”

Galvan has a passion for dance. In a 2008 interview with The Fresno Bee she said, “Wherever there is music, my friends and I love to dance.”

TV Note: San Joaquin native Nao Bustamante survived the first round of competition on the new Bravo competition show “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” She’s still in the running to win a gallery show and $100,00 in this new competition series.

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