Author Archive: Monica Barber

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5 Questions with Jordan Waters

5 Questions with Jordan Waters

5 Questions with Jordan Waters by Monica Barber It’s a late afternoon and there’s a crowd in the living room at the Queen Bean Coffee House. Always positively engaging Jordan Waters greets everyone in the room with a smile and a warm hug before turning his attention to suggest we go outside for a sit down. With an ageless energy and passion, Jordan Waters has been playing music for more than […]

By December 6, 2016 Read More →
BargainView: Happy Xmas

BargainView: Happy Xmas

BargainView: Happy Xmas by Monica Barber So this is Christmas… Another year is over and what have you done? The barista calls my order as John Lennon croons the eternal question over the airwaves.  This morning as Ms M sips her Americano she wonders where the year has gone. The streets are littered with autumn […]

By December 1, 2016 Read More →
5 Questions with Modesto’s Salacious Wizard Cult

5 Questions with Modesto’s Salacious Wizard Cult

5 Questions with Modesto’s Salacious Wizard Cult by Monica Barber   Salacious Wizard Cult (SWC) is an anomaly among bands in the Modesto scene. While most young bands go for the loudest, the flashiest, and the hippest, this local duo opts for deliberate although quite-Technicolor-restraint over the typical bravado. The singer-songwriting duo is comprised of beat mastermind Stephen Cowdrey and vocalist Stephanie Aderholt. The idea for the SWC originated from a daydream […]

By November 1, 2016 Read More →
BargainView: Change of November

BargainView: Change of November

BargainView: Change of November by Monica Barber November brings the change of time, weather, and it definitely brings some serious cause for Ms. M to stay in and enjoy an intimate evening with a cup of hot chocolate and good company. While she prefers to stay in this time of year, there’s always a chance […]

By November 1, 2016 Read More →
Catching up with Summer Krafft: Poet, Performer and Community Advocate

Catching up with Summer Krafft: Poet, Performer and Community Advocate

Catching up with Summer Krafft: Poet, Performer and Community Advocate By Monica Barber Summer Krafft emerges from the street entrance of The Queen Bean Coffeehouse, walking with normal-human steadiness in her comfortable flats, greeting myself and then the employees by name, the appearance of an intimidating confidence melts away with the warmth of an disarming hug, endearing large eyes and the prominence of a huge smile. Graciously she apologizes for being […]

By October 18, 2016 Read More →
Bargain View: Haunting Change of Season

Bargain View: Haunting Change of Season

Bargain View: Haunting Change of Season by Monica Barber      It’s the first week of Fall and the weather feels like it. There’s an Autumn chill in the air this evening as the sun dips below the horizon. As the pink disappears and blackness envelops the sky, I find myself walking through Downtown Modesto […]

By October 1, 2016 Read More →
Community in Art

Community in Art

Community was the emphasis of the evening. An almost familial atmosphere could appropriately describe the reception for Entangled, a selected retrospective by Castillo and The Buddy System by Rob Fatal at the Art Space on Main, Thursday September 8th. Welcome to two impressive displays of installation art. Castillo and Fatal both discussed their contribution to […]

By September 19, 2016 Read More →
BargainView: Fall in love with Autumn

BargainView: Fall in love with Autumn

Fall in love with Autumn BargainView By Monica Barber Fall in love with the season of autumn! It’s a pretty amazing time of year where you can’t help but swoon at all the colors changing! Ms. M finds herself quietly enjoying a lavender lemonade while watching the leaves gently shake from an old oak tree. […]

By September 1, 2016 Read More →
BargainView August Heat

BargainView August Heat

The August heat rushes through like a herd of galloping horses… it’s completely unstoppable. This burst of fire scorches everything down to the leaves on the trees. The only thing it can’t scorch is your spirit and your wallet. Leave everything to Ms. M, because I’ve got a few ways you can stretch your dollar […]

By August 1, 2016 Read More →
BargainView

BargainView

BargainView By Monica Barber The August heat rushes through like a herd of galloping horses… it’s completely unstoppable. This burst of fire scorches everything down to the leaves on the trees. The only thing it can’t scorch is your spirit and your wallet. Leave everything to Ms. M because I’ve got a few ways you […]

By July 30, 2016 Read More →
BargainView Summer is Here!

BargainView Summer is Here!

Summer is Here! by Monica Barber The summer season is in full tilt with the temperatures on the rise, my lovelies. Ms. M has been occupied looking for anything cool to do or new to appreciate in the Modesto area. It’s always amazing how a little sunshine can put you in the mood for fun. […]

By July 1, 2016 Read More →
Josephine Johnson Comes Home to The Shire

Josephine Johnson Comes Home to The Shire

Josephine Johnson Comes Home to The Shire Josephine Johnson took out her ukulele from its case and began tuning by strumming. A normal thing to do before a show, for sure. But the singer wasn’t winding up backstage, she was warming up for her intimate show at The Shire on Saturday Night. She walked over, […]

By May 13, 2016 Read More →
BargainView: Taste of Turlock

BargainView: Taste of Turlock

Taste of Turlock by Monica Barber Stepping out of your comfort zone is a great way to promote change. Getting a new perspective by visiting a different city to taste what they have to offer is a bold approach to change. As Ms. M steps out of One Sixteen Bijou onto Main Street in Downtown […]

By April 25, 2016 Read More →
BargainView – Happy April

BargainView – Happy April

BargainView By Monica Barber Happy April! Between the warmer temperatures and beautiful days, there’s nothing foolish about taking the view of lovely flowers and the busy bees while walking your dogs in Downtown Modesto. After stopping to smell the flowers this morning, Ms. M realizes just how much she loves to spend her time enjoying […]

Bargain View March

Bargain View March

BargainView Spring is on the way! By Monica Barber Spring is on the way and the beauty of the season must be enjoyed. Ms. M finds herself enamored with the warm temperatures. As I watch the birds sing in the trees and sunbathe in fountains, I’m reminded of the simplicity of living and how easily […]

By March 2, 2016 Read More →