Your first look at Fresno’s DSW, opening Thursday

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Shoe lovers, rejoice!

DSW, or Designer Shoe Warehouse, will open its Fresno store to shoppers tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 13) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store, at the Villaggio Shopping Center (official address is 7923 Blackstone Ave.), is 18,000 square feet and has 24,000 pairs of shoes. It is DSW’s first store in Fresno. It will open another Central Valley store in Modesto in October.
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What makes DSW special? DSW’s West Regional Manager Jim Mires says: “The convenience of our stores. The ways things are laid out, from heels to men’s. It’s a great environment to shop in.”

DSW is known for its selection and discount prices (I noticed a range of $50-$140) on designer shoes. During a tour of the store earlier today, I spotted a wide variety of style — boots, booties, flats, pumps, platforms, wedges — from designers such as Michael Kors, Guess, Jessica Simpson, Via Spiga, Steve Madden, Crown Vintage, Pink & Pepper, Converse, Vans, New Balance, Brooks and Nike.

Announcing: Ultimate Fair Food Feast-Off at The Big Fresno Fair

Hey, competitive-eating wannabes, this is for you! The Beehive and FresnoFamous.com are proud to announce the Ultimate Fair Food Feast-Off happening Oct. 10 at The Big Fresno Fair.

We’ve assembled a list of fair foods — some staples like corndogs and cinnamon rolls, some oddballs, nine things total — that five finalists will try to chow their way through. The fastest will win a pair of front-row tickets to see Weezer and a special trophy recognizing their gastrolific accomplishment.

Watch this:

Are you interested? If so, make a video showing us why you should be in the Ultimate Fair Food Feast-Off and post it here. You have until Sept. 30 to post your video. Starting Oct. 1, people will vote for their favorites and the top five vote-getters will earn a spot at the event.

Now go watch “Man vs. Food” and get inspired.

Tonight: Camper Van Beethoven

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Today, indie rock is pretty trendy and hip and, let’s face it, a tad bit mainstream. In 1985, that wasn’t the case. Back then a band like Camper Van Beethoven was a college rock favorite when it released “Take the Skinheads Bowling.”

These days, Camper Van Beethoven are considered indie rock pioneers. Alt-rock fans, also, have an attachment to the band because singer David Lowery went to form Cracker and guitarist David Immerglück eventually became a Counting Crow.

If you go back and listen to “Take the Skinheads Bowling,” it holds up nicely despite creeping up on 30 years old. See how it sounds live tonight at Fulton 55. Tickets cost $15-$18.

ELSEWHERE: As I mentioned in my podcast post, you can see stoner rock band Ape Machine at Audie’s Olympic or electro-pop singer Nite Jewel at The Cellar Door in Visalia.

Podcast: Ozmosis #33

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Lots of great new music on the latest episode of Ozmosis — The XX, Two Door Cinema Club, Cat Power, The Divine Fits and Matt & Kim to name a few. Sea of Sound is the Tioga-Sequoia “Drink Local, Listen Local” band of the week and there’s music from three artists performing tonight — Nite Jewel (at Cellar Door), Camper Van Beethoven (at Fulton 55) and Ape Machine (at Audie’s Olympic).

If you listened to the show live on Sunday night, you’ll be happy to know there are a few more songs on the podcast for you to check out. Enjoy the podcast and tune in at 9 p.m. Sunday for a new episode of Ozmosis on New Rock 104.1.


If the above player gives you any grief, you can listen directly on Mixcloud.

On TV tonight: ‘The X Factor’

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TV-X Factor-Voice Showdown.JPG “The X Factor,” 8 p.m. KMPH (Channel 26.1): The new season of the music competition series begins with two new judges — Britney Spears and Demi Lovato — joining Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid. The show has already been making headlines because former judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were sent packing. Look for Spears and Lovato to jump into their judging duties with great enthusiasm.

Now that the judges have been set, the attention can be turned to the musical hopefuls — both solo artists and groups — as they build toward the grand prize of a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

If “X Factor” isn’t enough musical competition for you, NBC has schedule another night of blind auditions on “The Voice.” That musical judging begins at 8 p.m. tonight on KSEE (Channel 24.1).

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