Hey, local bands, the Big Fresno Fair wants you

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Attention local musicians: The Big Fresno Fair is doing its Local Performer Contest again and the deadline to enter is Friday, July 13. Six winners will ultimately play on the fair’s pavilion stage on Oct. 4.

If you’re interested, the first thing to do is go here and upload a video. They can be music videos, live performances or audio with still images. Videos must be less than 500mb and shorter than 10 minutes. Accepted video formats are MOV, AVI, MPEG or WMV.

After Friday’s submission deadline, online voting will decide who advances in the contest. The first round of voting is July 17-Aug. 6. The top 25 will move to the second round, Aug. 10-Sept. 4. The top six acts will then perform at the fair.

A few of the local acts already signed up include Patrick Contreras, Palm Kids, White Glove Service and PieceMakers.

Fres-Know: We’re hot — in more ways than one

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SURVEY SAYS: Fresno is third most romantic city for singles 50+. [WBIR]

GET YOUR FAN: Record temperatures a possibility this week. [The Bee]

REALLY? Website ranks Fresno seventh for “ideal” climate. [Camelot Climate]

MUGSHOT OF THE DAY: Suspected arsonist in Oakhurst. [KMPH]

CONGRATS: Local food blogger Pinch My Salt makes top 50 list. [Cision]

CHECK IT: Chris Colfer reads from his new children’s book. [EW]

OTHERWORLDLY: Fox News covers Fresno’s part in “UFO Triangle.” [Fox News]

MUSINGS FROM L.A.: Columnist visits Fresno, leaves some jabs. [Daily News]

RESPONSE: From The Business Journal’s Gabriel Dillard [TBJ]

WOOT: Local musician Niilo Smeds gets some GOOD press. [Fresno Famous]

LISTEN: Mega podcast combines three local podcasts. [The Fresnan]

BOO: Fire torches historic downtown Hanford building. [The Bee]

REVIEWED: The new Good Times Cafe in Clovis. [Fresno Bites]

HAPPENING: A Tweetup with the ladies of The Full Moxie. [TFM]

GET TO WORK: Third installment of local film challenge is coming. [The Germ]

DO THIS: Find the sights and sounds of Fresno for NPR. [Fresno Famous]

SOMETHING TO TRY: Beginning swing dance classes. [Fresno Swing Dance]

Local music releases of note: Fierce Creatures & Ryan Beatty

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Here’s info on two noteworthy — albeit in completely different worlds — upcoming local music releases:

FIERCE CREATURES
We know indie rock septet Fierce Creatures is releasing its much-anticipated full-length album soon. But now word comes down the band will do so with Brooklyn-based Paper Garden Records.

The album, “Catacomb Party,” is out Aug. 7 — a couple weeks after its Fulton Mall release party. That’s happening July 21 and it’s become quite the impressive free music festival.

Check out Paper Garden’s announcement for the album’s tracklist, the label’s praise for Fierce Creatures and more. You can pre-order the album digitally, on CD and vinyl through Bandcamp.

RYAN BEATTY
Sixteen-year-old pop singer Ryan Beatty announced this morning that his debut EP, “Because of You” will be out July 24. It’ll be a largely digital release via OcSkee Entertainment, the label of DJ Skee.

Celebuzz got the exclusive with Beatty — known for his early-Bieber-esque online following. He told the site: “This EP is kind of like a bridge into the album. I really want to get something out for the fans.”

You rate the look: 2012 Team USA Opening Ceremony Uniforms

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Today, Ralph Lauren unveiled the official Team USA Opening Ceremony Uniforms, which the company describes as embodying “the spirit of American athleticism and sportsmanship.” The 2012 Olympics start in London on July 27.

According to the new release, the uniforms feature “classic silhouettes in a timeless palette of navy and white with pops of red.” Much of the Olympic collection is also on sale to the public.

The women’s look includes a white blouse and fitted navy blazer, a cotton scarf with red, white and navy stripes and a knee-length skirt. The men’s look includes a white club-collar sport shirt, a red and navy tie, tailored double-breasted blazer and cuffed trousers.

So how do you rate this look? Is it a fashion win? Will these looks stand out during the opening ceremonies?

My opinion: The look is more dressy than sporty. My favorite piece is the women’s scarf, which is fun and youthful. I’d say they’re nice, but I don’t have a “wow” reaction.

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