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Ah, Baja: Guns, partial nudity taken in stride



The Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave., is home to the inaugural Kern County Nut Festival. The main focus of the event is food and beverages, and dozens of local businesses and nonprofits will be selling inventive, nut-centric creations.


e sat on the beach. I sat. My brother Derek, shaded by a half-ton Ford, lay, his head resting on a rolled-up towel. The bum. Two cars — a green Jeep and a small white truck — pulled off the dirt road behind us, raising plumes of Baja dust. The Jeep unloaded a plump young mother, her curly-haired daughter and a gray-haired woman carrying an infant. A man of medium height with black hair emerged slowly from the small truck. He carried a gun. A pistol. He wasn’t in a hurry. He didn’t have to be. He had a gun. We didn’t. The only people who should have been in a hurry were us. However, this being Baja, about 30 miles north of Cabo and a surf break called Fortunato, Derek continued to lie on his back in the warm white sand with his eyes closed, and I scoured the horizon looking for a set indicating that the waves had gone from small to less small. “Do we have company?” Derek asked. People pull onto the beach. That’s Baja. Baja is like Pismo a long time ago, with a desert behind it. “Just a guy carrying a gun,” I said. A gun, somebody else’s, focuses your mind. It brings clarity. Especially when the gun appears on a white Please see BENHAM / D2

First crack for Kern Inaugural event has it all and then some BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor


heryl Barbich has heard about every nut pun/joke/play-onwords imaginable and, she regrets to note, most have come from her own lips. The co-founder of Kern County’s inaugural Nut Festival can hardly string together two consecutive sentences without some sort of crack. At this point, she isn’t even aware she’s doing it. But pistachios, almonds and walnuts have consumed her life for more than a year now as she and a couple of dozen other community boosters have set out to put on an event so ambitious in scope, size and sheer pizzazz that it is rivaled in these parts only by the venerable Kern County Fair. “I’m about drained of nut puns,” said Barbich, exhaustion obvious in her voice during a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve been doing it since a year ago February, and I can’t even talk without doing one.” But the nut festival — five years in gestation — will finally emerge from its shell Saturday at the Kern County Museum. And, on paper at least, it sounds pretty amazing: The event, whose main focus is food and beverages, will feature dozens of local restaurants and nonprofits

Nutty hats


Nut Festival visitors are encouraged to bring hats decorated with a nutty theme, which must include almonds, pistachios or walnuts. Participants will meet at 2:30 p.m. inside the front entrance (Stramler Park) gate for a parade of Nutty Hats. Then at 3 p.m. on the Gazebo Stage, the Nutty Hats will be judged and prizes awarded.


selling inventive nut-centric creations from beer to haggis; several respected professional chefs, like Jeramy Brown from Valentien, will do live cooking demonstrations, and there’s a cookoff for amateur chefs. The family-fun quotient has been turned up to 10, with tons of ways to wear out the kids — bounce houses, pony rides, a train, cake walks, games and more. But the play is not restricted to the under-18 crowd: The Running of the Nuts race, which kicks off the action at 8 a.m., is just one of many adult-skewing contests and games. Several top Bakersfield bands have been booked to provide music on a half-dozen stages scattered throughout the museum and neighboring Stramler Park, where much activity will take place, after organizers long ago figured out that the museum’s 16 acres would most certainly not be enough to contain so many vendors, games, entertainers, demonstrations and visitors.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave.

Tickets Children 4 and under free; In advance: $10; $5 children 512; At the door: $12; $7 children 5-18. Tickets are available at the Kern County Museum, Valley Republic Bank, Farm Credit West, all Vallitix locations or

Parking All parking is free. The lots at the museum and nearby Valley Oaks Charter School are reserved for those with VIP passes. The closest public parking is available at Stramler Park, Sam Lynn Ball Park and on the street. Additional parking is available at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital (visitors will be shuttled back and forth to the museum). If you can’t get a space near the museum, free parking is available at the garage at 18th and Eye Streets downtown. GET is offering free bus rides to the museum on the following routes: the Chester Avenue route, running from North High in Oildale to Truxtun Avenue downtown; the Amtrak station stop; and the Memorial Hospital stop.

Getting in All adults who look 21 or older will be required to pres-

ent identification and wear a wristband even if they don’t intend to drink, due to the alcohol permit. Adults who don’t bring an ID will be turned away. The museum will enforce a dress code that bars visitors from “wearing clothing or paraphernalia indicating or signifying membership in a gang, including a motorcycle club.”

Money Currency will be exchanged for “nut bucks” ($1 equals 1 nut buck). Food and drink purchases can be made only with nut bucks, but other vendors will accept cash or credit cards. ATMs are scattered throughout the grounds, but one note: any unused nut bucks cannot be exchanged for cash, so plan carefully.

Security A private security firm as well as volunteer groups that work with the sheriff’s and Bakersfield police departments will patrol the festival and all parking areas.

Cool it Beyond advising visitors to dress for the warm weather, organizers will provide cooling systems throughout. The museum’s canopy of trees provides shade as well, and all the buildings will be open for touring and to offer a respite from the sun.

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At nut festival, food is the star Definitive guide gets stomachs rumbling There will be so many things to do at the Kern County Nut Festival (games! shopping! family fun!) that it might be easy to forget the main theme of the day: food. And that’s where The Californian’s handy-dandy guide to the edible — and drinkable — nutty delights being offered by dozens of local restaurants and nonprofits comes in handy. So sit back, plan your culinary quest and remember: Don’t you dare ask them to hold the nuts.

Tastries Bakery Festival menu: Oatmeal almond cookies (with cranberry, raisins or chocolate chips), two for $3; cherry almond and banana almond cupcakes, six for $12; banana nut and oatmeal banana nut muffins, six for $12; decorated cutout sugar cookies, $3 each; and almond brownies, $3 each. At Tastries Bakery, quality starts at the most basic level. The Rosedale shop prides itself on good core products. “We specialize in the creativity of the cake, but it’s a cake that tastes really good too,” said owner Cathy Miller. Please see FOOD / D8


The sugar cookies with frosting and almonds and walnuts at Tastries Bakery made in preparation for the Nut Festival.

These are Herb Benham’s opinions, and not necessarily The Californian’s. His column appears Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Call him at 395-7279 or write hbenham@bakersfield .com.

Dining Out

Bill Lee’s: Our mein squeeze for 75 years BY PETE TITTL Contributing columnist


recently ran across a fantastic book, “Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food” by Raymond Sokolov, who became restaurant critic for the New York Times in 1973. The title was drawn from the advice his predecessor gave him on how to do the job. Something to dish? What struck Do you have a tip, question me most about or recommendation on Bakthis fascinating ersfield restaurants, trends exploration of or food news in general? the revolutionEmail thedish@ ary changes in and your restaurants over input might wind up in a the years are his future column. theories on how and why we’re living in a golden age of restaurants in the United States. Don’t forget it wasn’t that long ago that sushi was a rarity, many thought Italian cuisine came from a Chef Boyardee can, and Chinese food was mostly chop suey. He traced the trend of new and different food choices to many reasons, but points in particular to an immigration bill passed in the 1960s that allowed a lot more Please see TITTL / D6


The Bakersfield Californian Sunday, June 9, 2013


Remember, no bride can include everyone Hi, Carolyn: My youngest sister is getting married in a few weeks. She’s the only child from my dad’s second marriage and the age difference between us is nearly two decades. I have two daughters, ages 15 and 8, who have been very excited for this wedding since my sister got engaged last winter. They ask me constantly if they’ll be in the wedding. Now, with two weeks to go until the wedding date and absolutely no contact from my sister, it’s pretty clear they won’t be involved. I just found out my two nieces, of similar ages to my girls, will have roles in the wedding party. My nieces live in the same town as my sister while we live out of state, so I’ve always known she’s closer to them than she has been to my girls, at least recently; my older daughter would still consider their relationship close. I’m certain she’s going to be heartbroken. I’m trying to decide two things: if (and how) to bring this inequity up to my sister, and how to break this news to my daughters in one of

those “life lessons� ways. This just seems to demonstrate a blatant favoritism for the other nieces. Part of me really wants her to know how her decision could potentially damage a family relationship. My protective Mama Bear tends to come out in these moments, and while I want to teach them to take the high road (attend the wedding, smile, no tantrums or passive-aggressive comments), I don’t want them to think they have to completely hide their feelings and make my sister think they’re OK with what’s happened when they’re not. — J. Mama Bear is a Drama Bear. I know how painful it is to be excluded. I know a parent can often struggle with a child’s (projected) pain more than the child does. I know family has a unique power to mess with one’s head, arguably rivaled only by wedding hierarchies. But, really. As primary shaper of your

children’s emotional center, you have a responsibility to keep things in perspective — and had one all along. When they asked “constantly,� you could have repeated doggedly: “Brides can’t say yes to everyone they love.� The local nieces are closer to the bride for an obvious and easily understood reason. Couples can’t include everyone. Wedding roles are not the last word on a person’s value to the couple; they’re a snapshot of that moment in time, to the extent that, 10 or 20 years out, it’s not uncommon for couples to have lost touch completely with some wedding party members. I could go on, but this is for you, not your girls; trotting out a series of reasons like this will sound like you’re protesting too much. For them, you need only this — “I’m sorry, I let Write to Carolyn at or chat with her online at noon Eastern time each Friday at

you get your hopes up� — followed by this: “No bride can include everyone she loves, so don’t take this as a sign she doesn’t care. It’ll ruin our good time only if we let it.� To your sister, you either say, “Hey, is there anything my girls can do for you? They’d be thrilled to help you somehow,� or you say nothing. Any attempt to set her straight — as in, insist your way of handling wedding parties (or people’s feelings) is superior to hers — “could potentially damage a family relationship.� Your daughters urgently need to see you demonstrate that life is long; that love is bigger than who gets to be a flower girl; and that “attend the wedding, smile� is easier (and a lot more pleasant) when you’ve dealt with your feelings, versus made a brave show of hiding them in the face of overstated pain. Hi, Carolyn: An ex-girlfriend recently contacted me out of the blue. I’ve been married for 21-plus years. She says she has some apologies to make to me, but, to be honest, I was not

exactly blameless in our breakup either, and I’m not certain she really has anything I would find it necessary to apologize to me for. I’m just very unsure how to proceed. Can you offer any advice? — Blast From the Past Dive right in, because out-ofthe-blue missives to long-married ex-loves never wreak any havoc. Either you’ve spent 21-plus years in aspic, or you’re aware that rekindled flames account for their own little growth industry amid advances in communications technology. You also probably know that if you felt no flicker of anything when she contacted you, then you probably already would have either responded to her innocently or ignored her without a whole lot of thought. Right? So, essentially because you asked me how to respond, my advice is either to accept the apology and end the communication there, or, if you’re not certain you can do that, not to respond at all. Think of all the new apologies you’ll pre-empt.

TV helped shaped how Tony Awards are perceived BY CHRIS JONES Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Ever since the first national TV broadcast in 1967 of the Tony Awards, then its 21st year, a delicate dance has been tapped out between the handing out of trophies for artistic theatrical worthiness and the entertainment of the ever-fickle folks at home. People in the theater business — rarely shrinking wallflowers — like to see their excellence recognized, and their producers pay millions for (in part) a few shining seconds before the cameras. But network executives, eyeing declining ratings, know full well that nothing turns off viewers faster than acceptance speeches for technical awards. Forget the rambling kudos for lighting some drama, they argue, and bring on the celebrity names

and splashy entertainment. Over the years, the TV network view has become more dominant, with the longstanding rule that only Tonynominated shows should get air time increasingly relaxed. Broadway producers have come to terms with the notion that the Tonys are not so much an award show as a commercial for the entire Broadway business — which grossed $1.14 billion during the so-so, just-completed season (and that was in New York alone). Total attendance was 11.4 million, but for hard-luck shows like “Scandalous,� “Chaplin� and “Hands on a Hardbody,� whatever share that was not going to the perennial blockbusters like “Wicked� and “The Lion King� was hardly enough. So what is the epicenter of this long-standing battle on


On TV The 2013 Tony Awards air at 8 tonight on CBS.

tonight’s Tony broadcast? The head-to-head battle between “Matilda� and “Kinky Boots�? Nope, “Motown.� The critically maligned jukebox musical celebrating the life and times of Berry Gordy and his legendary studios was mostly snubbed by the Tony nominators. But the public had a different view of “Motown the Musical,� packing the LuntFontanne Theatre and pushing weekly grosses into the sweet, seven-figure club. Announced earlier this week, the national tour will kick off at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre on April 22, 2014. So will “Motown� be the toast of the Tonys? Not possible. But will it be featured prominently on your TV screen? Signed, sealed and delivered. And predictions

for awards? Read on. Best musical: Conventional wisdom suggests that, widespread affection for “Kinky Boots� notwithstanding, “Matilda the Musical� will win the top award — as it should — with Peter Darling’s extraordinary choreography (no show has better encapsulated the movement of children) also enjoying just deserts. Best director: “Matilda� director Matthew Warchus, regarded as a little less than cuddly (which also could be said of this nonetheless extraordinarily artful, girlpower show) appears destined to lose to Diane Paulus, whose glorious, circus-encrusted revival of “Pippin� is, whatever else one might think of this show, simply the consummate “Pippin,� now and forever, amen. Its flaws are merely that of its material. “Pippin� is doing well at the box office, but not as well as “Motown.� Best leading actor in a

musical: Stark Sands, one of the stars of “Kinky Boots,� is likely to lose to Bertie Carvel of “Matilda,� the just favorite in the category. But Sands should be well pleased with the nomination; after a rough start in Chicago, he turned things around in spectacular fashion. Even if Billy Porter, Sands’ co-star and fellow nominee in the category, wins the Tony, this will still be a very good year for men in drag. Best leading actress in a musical: Patina Miller of “Pippin� looks like a good bet, although she has her detractors and there are those who prefer Laura Osnes, a bright spot in rags in the otherwise gloomy “Cinderella.� Best play: The 2012-13 season was not a banner year for new plays, which likely will allow “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,� by the very Tonyworthy Christopher Durang, to win. Great sentiment in favor of the late Nora

Ephron likely will not be enough to lift “Lucky Guy� to the winner’s spot. Best leading actor in a play: But it should be enough to lift up Tom Hanks for best actor in a play. Not that this fine, generous actor needs the help. Hanks’ popularity likely will scupper Tracy Letts’ chances for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?� Best revival of a play: “Virginia Woolf� as originally produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, has a very good shot at winning best revival over “Golden Boy,� as well it should. Even if Letts loses to Hanks, he’s having a banner year that might well end with his “August: Osage County� movie emerging as an Oscar favorite. Of course, those are just predictions. The one certainty of Sunday night is that CBS is hoping you’ll not be dancing in the streets, but on your couch.

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sand beach with a turquoise blue ocean. Last week, four of us flew to Cabo and then drove to the East Cape, which is on the Sea of Cortez side, for a surf trip. Now I get Baja. Get why people IRS, as in “I Run South.� Expatriates include Canadians, there, I suppose, to dry their frozen souls. “Is it a big gun?� Derek asked, still neither opening his eyes nor rolling over on his right side in order to see for himself. “Is it a big gun?� Guns are like bears. Even a small one is bigger than you want, especially when the bear is pawing your tent so you’ll tell him where you hid the watermelon slices. The expats (and the man carrying the pistol did not appear to be one), are a curious lot. Most have a story and some of the stories are

true. When they tell you where they are from, how they made a living and why they moved south, you almost believe them. Almost. Who did they divorce, disappoint or disinherit? Baja has a Wild West quality to it, and I don’t see the sheriff coming to town anytime soon to sort things out. “Do you think we ought to leave?� Derek asked, motionless as a corpse with moving lips. The man with the gun walked to the edge of the ocean, the waves no higher than his brown work boots. I wondered how far that gun could shoot. He was about 60 feet away, but, again, guns are like bears. Even when they are far away, they’re still closer than you want them to be. Baja is full of surprises. A couple days before, while driving on a rough, twisty

dirty road looking for surf, we pulled into Nine Palms, one of the most famous of the surf breaks. A beautiful young woman in her 20s with honey-colored hair walked around the back of a dark, dusty truck with a camper shell on it. She was topless. She looked at us and didn’t flinch. We didn’t flinch, but we didn’t leave either. Her boyfriend, a short muscular Hawaiian with his curly hair pulled back in a short pony tail, was close behind. Both arms were scarred from a motorcycle accident. He was friendly but you don’t leave that unattended. “That� was a memory. The guy with the pistol almost drove Ms. Honey-Color from my mind. “Derek, I have a question,� I said. “What?� “Would somebody shoot

you after they kissed a baby?� I asked. The man with the gun had walked back to the car and as he passed the grayhaired woman carrying the baby, kissed the tot on the top of the head. “I suppose if it was Tony Soprano, he might,� said Derek, still prone. I could understand why Derek was so relaxed. The moment you hit Mexico, you fall under its spell. Your bones turn to mush and your will disappears. The heat, pace and landscape — both ocean and desert — seem untameable. “He put the gun back in the car,� I said. A few minutes later, we slid the boards and paddles into the truck bed and headed south. Did we really see a gun? Who knows. In Baja. It’s hard to sort out the believe from the make-believe.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013 The Bakersfield Californian



HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Sunday, June 9, 2013:

BY JACQUELINE BIGAR syndicated columnist

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You will be experiencing a transition that won’t repeat itself for another 12 years. Use the positive vibes around you to add to a sense of warmth in the morning. Allow more of your dreams to come to the surface in a conversation. Tonight: A serious oneon-one talk happens. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★★★★ Lady Luck rides along with you in the morning. If you want to take a risk, take it. You might sense some intense feelings coming from a loved one. Understand that you cannot force others’ hands. Let them open up on their own. Tonight: Enjoy visiting with a neighbor. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★★ Do not push so hard to achieve your desires. Relax, and trust that your choices are correct and things will happen naturally at the right time. An older family member indirectly inspires you. Be willing to detach and learn from this person. Tonight: Make it an early night. CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★★ Your sensitivity emerges from taking on a new perspective. Reach out to someone you care about. Recognize what is happening with a loved one. This person might not mean to be vague; there is just a lot that he or she doesn’t want to share. Tonight: Follow your instincts. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★ Touch base with a family member who might need an upbeat

This year you are unusually fortunate, both personally and financially. Play it conservatively with money that is coming in, because good luck doesn’t last forever. You could be tempted to be a big spender. If you are single, you attract many potential sweeties. This year presents an interesting relationship. If you are attached, the two of you get into loving life together, which strengthens the bond that exists between you. Cancer often is emotional. Born Today: Actor Johnny Depp (1963), actor Michael J. Fox (1961), poker player David Williams (1980)

suggestion or an invitation to a ballgame or gettogether. This person often is reclusive, but he or she needs to be drawn out. Make a point to listen to what this individual has to share. Tonight: Not to be found! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★★ Have a discussion, even if it feels like it might not help. You have an opportunity to bring many different people together. Make calls to those at a distance in the afternoon. You are getting a sense of what lies ahead. Tonight: Return calls. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ★★★★★ Use the morning to assess an issue that you might not have been willing to see in its entirety. Do not hesitate to ask for more feedback, even if you feel as if someone has a bias. That doesn’t mean that he or she won’t have a good idea. Tonight: Invite an older relative to dinner. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ★★★★ Your selfconfidence comes through loud and clear, especially when dealing with a partner. You could be pushing this person away, whether or not it is intentional. Is this your goal? If it’s not, stop. Follow your intuition. Tonight: Let the party begin.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21) ★★★★ Others seek you out, which could be a pleasant change. You often express your high energy by reaching out to others. One-on-one relating adds to the trust that lies between you and a key person. Tonight: Opt for togetherness. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★ Getting up usually is an issue of selfdiscipline. Make it OK to break tradition and do what you want. Having a lazy morning gives you some time just for you. A close loved one comes forward and shares a secret or some good news. Tonight: Touch base with a friend. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ★★★★ Your playfulness might be particularly appealing to a child or loved one who often is withdrawn and refuses to open up. Allow yourself to be more childlike. By exploring this part of your personality, you’ll become reenergized. Tonight: Think Monday. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ★★★★ Make a point to take your time for a change. You simply do not need to keep extending yourself beyond your natural energy level. If you feel tired, pull back and take a nap. Tonight: A loved one’s suggestion makes you smile.

ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: I have been doing a lot of family-tree research and recently learned that my ancestors owned slaves from the early 18th century until the end of the Civil War, when my last slave-owning ancestor was shot in the head by Union troops. My problem is, one of my brothers married an African-American woman, and they have two young daughters. I am close to my brother and his wife, and I adore my mixed-race nieces, who identify as black. My family considers me the repository of ancestral information. What on earth do I tell them? I worry that it would be terribly difficult for them to learn that their ancestors were slave owners and fought on the side of the Confederacy. Family lore, as well as official records, indicates that my ancestors didn’t own many slaves and were not cruel people, but still. I can easily talk to my nieces about those European ancestors who never came to America, many of whom were members of the aristocracy. But I feel an obligation to tell the truth about all of their relatives if they should ask. How do I talk to them about this in a sensitive way? I know they eventually could find out on their own if they bother to search, because it’s in the public record. Most of all, I want my nieces to know how much we love them, that I find the family’s slavery past shameful, and that we are proud that our family has become more diverse. But it still doesn’t erase what happened. Please help. — K.C.

Dear K.C.:You are taking on more blame than necessary for your family’s past. Talk to your sister-in-law. Tell her what you discovered, and add what you told us — that you love your brother’s family and find your slavery past shameful. Should these nieces someday become interested in their family history, they will want this information, warts and all, and are entitled to have it. The most important thing is to reassure them of your love. Dear Annie: I work in a doctor’s office as a receptionist. I was with a customer (a salesman), and another receptionist was with a patient. At some point during this time, another patient apparently came in. I was away from the front desk to take the salesman where he needed to go. The patient who came in texted the doctor, saying she was ignored and his staff is incompetent and rude. Our office manager instructed us that we essentially are to push aside salesmen, drug reps, etc., in order to take care of the patient. I disagree. I was waiting on this salesman and believe I should stay with that person until I am finished. Who is right? — Etiquette Confused

Dear Confused: Your office manager. That salesperson was not a customer. He was there to sell you something. The “customer” is the patient, and the patient always comes first.

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DAILY BRIDGE CLUB “Did you make it to church this morning?” I asked Unlucky Louie. His family attends a nearby house of worship. “We had a visiting speaker,” Louie said. “They said he was the local bishop, but I doubt it. I watched him carefully, and he didn’t move diagonally a single time.” Bridge and chess have little in common, and only a few people have excelled at both games. Skill at bridge is more learned than intuitive, and bridge has the desirable elements of partnership and social interaction. I’ve often wished I could borrow a chess term — “resign” — when I faced an intractable problem in bidding or play. In fact, bridge has stolen bits of chess terminology. At today’s four hearts, South ruffs the third round of clubs and takes the

A-K of trumps. If both defenders followed, South would run the trumps. A defender with four or more spades plus four or more diamonds would be squeezed, and South would make an overtrick. As it is, West discards on the second trump, and South is at risk of going down. If he takes the queen of trumps and concedes a fourth trump, “rectifying the count” so a squeeze will operate, East will cash a club (and if East started with only three clubs, no squeeze would work anyway). Instead, declarer takes the queen of trumps and the A-K of diamonds and then the queen, ace and king of spades, discarding a diamond. At the 12th trick, he checkmates East by leading dummy’s last spade. Whether East ruffs or discards, South scores his last trump “en passant” for Source: Californian wire services his 10th trick.


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The Week Ahead Today 19th annual Voices of Inspiration, guests “Duck Dynasty” stars Phil, Miss Kay and Si Robertson, entertainment, raffle, auction, dinner, 5:30 p.m., CSUB, Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $150. 410-1010. Beale Band Concert, performed by the Bakersfield Municipal Band, pre-concert show at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Beale Park, 500 Oleander Ave. Free. 326-FUNN. Chamber Orchestra, 3 p.m., CSUB, Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $5 seniors/students; CSUB students with ID are free. 654-3093. CSUB Singers “A Song is Springing Up!”, 7 p.m., CSUB, Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10 adults; $5 seniors/students; CSUB students with ID are free. 6543093. Father’s Day Barbecue, 12:30 p.m., Carriage House Estates, 8200 Westwold Drive. Free. 663-8393. Greater World Gift, with jewelry, baskets, gift items from Third World countries; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road. 327-1609. Eckankar Worship Service, on making God an everyday reality in your life, 10 a.m., Enchanted Cottage, 30 H St. Free.

Monday Bakersfield Blaze vs. Visalia Rawhide, 7:45 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Sam Lynn Ballpark, 4009 Chester Ave. $7-$12. or 716-HITS. Brian Gillis in “Celebrities Of Magic,” part of Ron Saylor’s show, 7:30 p.m., Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $20. 587-3377. Driven to Dine, hosted by The Padre Hotel and Lincoln Motor Company; test drive a Lincoln vehicle and receive a three-course meal, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., The Padre Hotel, in the Belvedere Room, 1702 18th St. Free. 18 and over only. Reservations required, 427-4900. Kern County Rose Society Meeting, 7 p.m., Calvary Bible Church, 48 Manor St. 327-3228 “Bankruptcy,” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Kern County Law Library, 1415 Truxtun Ave. Free. or 8685320. Egyptian Art, for first- through third-graders, 4 to 6 p.m., Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $20 per class, includes materials. 869-2320 or 3300-2676. Lifeline CPR, pediatric, adult CPR and first aid certification course, Monday and Saturday classes, Childtime Learning Center, 9903 Camino Media. $45, includes twoyear certification. Registration, 3313868. Parent & Pee Wee Art Class, for ages 4 to 5, 2:30 p.m., Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $10, includes materials. 869-2320 or 330-2676. Grief Support for Adults, 2 to 3 p.m., Hoffmann Hospice, 6040 D Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. or 760-3794200. Mommy & Me Yoga Class, yoga poses for baby, parents, songs, and infant massage, 4 to 5 p.m., Bakersfield Yoga Space, 2611 F St. $8. 323-YOGA (9642).

Tuesday Clogging Classes, beginner 7:15 p.m., intermediate 8:15 p.m., advanced 9:15 p.m., Silvercreek Recreation Center, 7011 Harris Road. First class is free, $20 after. 322-3866. “How to Probate a Small Estate: The Ins and Outs, with Diane Dodds, Esq., 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Kern County Law Library, 1415 Truxtun Ave., 3rd Floor. Free. or 868-5320. Mind Mappers, business owners who want to being held accountable each week for what they will do, and writing down goals to accomplish more, 7 to 8 a.m., Fresno Pacific University, 11000 River Run Blvd. Free. Project Linus Community Blanket Day, we provide blankets for local children who are ill or traumatized, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Strawberry Patches, 6433 Ming Ave. or 589-1854. Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, three to five miles, 7 p.m., meet at corner of highways 178 and 184. 872-2432 or 873-8107. South Valley Sound Chorus Acapella Practice Night, 7 p.m., ClearView Baptist Church, 203 S. H St. or 3466190. Summer Children’s Art Camps, each camp will have a completed project such as paint a T-shirt, build a picture frame, make a journal, watercolor painting, make a clay ornament, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, biweekly through Aug. 9, Schilling Art Studio, 12426 Jomani Drive, Suite B. $90 per week. Supplies included. 587-4400. The Community Action Plan Public Hearing, provide comments and input regarding the Community Action Partnership of


From left, Jade Yang, Victoria Lusk, Mariah Bathe, Manuela TorresOrejuela and Ellie Sivesind in “Sweet Charity” at The Empty Space, which will hold gala performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Kern Draft 2014-15 Community Action Plan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Community Action Partnership of Kern, 300 19th. Free. or 336-5236 ext. 1152. “How to Probate a Small Estate,” 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Kern County Law Library, 1415 Truxtun Ave. Free. or 868-5320. Drawing & Painting Class, for seventh through 12th graders, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $20 per class, includes supplies. 8692320 or 330-2676. Painting on Skateboards Class, for seventh through 12th graders, 4 to 6 p.m., Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $80, includes supplies. 869-2320. or 330-2676. Preschool Storytime, for children 3 to 5 years, 11 a.m. to noon, Beale Library, Arkelian children’s room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770. Adoption Support Group, 6 to 8 p.m., Kern Bridges Youth Homes, 1351 Stine Road. Free. 444-3789. Bereaved Parents Meeting, for those who have lost a child at any age, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, room 6, 5 Real Road. Grief Support for Adults, 10 to 11 a.m., Hoffmann Hospice, Building 100, 8501 Brimhall Road. 410-1010. Kern County Sheriff’s Mounted Search & Rescue, volunteer meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, 1350 Norris Road. or 391-7659. Mopars of Bakersfield Club Meeting, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave. 3939743 NARFE Red, White, & Blue Picnic, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wilson Park, 2400 Wilson Road. Free. Retired Employees of Kern County, monthly meeting, 11:30 a.m., Veteran’s Hall, 400 Norris Road. 589-3744. Bakersfield Chapter of Children of Aging Parents, a support group for those caring for the elderly, 7 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Stine Road. Please call first, 831-1132. Barbershop Harmony Singers, meets 7 to 9 p.m., Rosewood Retirement Community, 1301 New Stine Road. Heart Centered Healing, with Tina Antonell, as she shows us how to heal ourselves by experiencing the presence of peace, grace, and ease, 2 to 3 p.m., Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, Chapel Room, 6501 Truxtun Ave. Free. Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, monthly 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th St. 8336489.

Wednesday BC Summer Basketball Camp, co-ed for ages 5 to 17, sharpen skills, improve reflexes, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive. $75. or 3954553. Certified Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot of James Street and Central Avenue, Shafter. Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants, 7 p.m., Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Free. 328-7560. Greater World Gift, with jewelry, baskets, gift items from Third World countries; 3 to 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road. 327-1609. Independent Film Festival, “The Company You Keep,” 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Saturday, Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. 636-0484. South Oswell Neighborhood Clean Up, meet at 5:45 p.m., at the southeast corner of South Oswell and Zephyr Lane. 549-0517. Tehachapi Car Club, dinner at 5:30 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tehachapi Moose Lodge, 123 W. F St., Tehachapi. 822-5092. Wine Wednesdays, featuring three wines, appetizers and food, music by Therese Muller, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar, 1534 19th St. $25. 325-1234.

Executive Business Roundtable Meeting, discuss general business trends and events, 7 a.m., J & M’s Cafe, 10801 Rosedale Highway. 808-0855. NAPMW Monthly Meeting, with Joe Muller will share the latest user-friendly tools for our smart phones and iPads to take your business to the next level, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Petroleum Club, 5060 California Ave. $20 members; $25 nonmembers. 342-1652. Fun with Watercolor, Pen & Ink Class, with Iva Fendrick, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $25 per class. 872-2332 or 303-5327. Personal Computer Coach, 30minute sessions, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. CPS Recovery, support meeting for those who have experienced intervention by child protection agencies, including false allegations of child abuse, 6 p.m., Southwest Library, Second floor, 8301 Ming Ave. 303-4831. LGBT Social Mixer, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Gay & Lesbian Center, 238 18th St., Suite 6. Free. South Oswell Neighborhood Clean Up, meet at 5:45 p.m., at the southeast corner of South Oswell and Zephyr Lane. 549-0517. Spanish Grief Support Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 1314 N. Oswell St. Free. 716-4000. United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Meeting, 7 p.m., United States Army Reserve Center, Wilkinson Hall, 4101 Chester Ave. 3333950. Brain Injury Association Support Group, for friends, family and others affected, 6 p.m., HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital, Education Room, 5001 Commerce Drive. 872-4903. Healing Hearts Grief Support, for parents who have lost children, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Hoffmann Hospice, Building 100, 8501 Brimhall Road. 410-1010.

Thursday “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory,” hosted by the Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield, 6 p.m., Bakersfield Community Theater, 2400 S. Chester Ave. $20. Proceeds to benefit Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield. or 3017506. “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. Adults dinner/show: $54-$59; $38 show only; students dinner/show: $39; $23 show only. 325-6100. Bingo, warmups at 5 p.m., early birds 6 p.m., regular games at 6:30 p.m., Volunteer Center of Kern County, 2801 F St. From $20 buy-in to “the works.” 395-9787. Concerts by The Fountain, with Foster Campbell & Friends, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Poetry Open Mic, featuring author Shamir Kali Griffin of “Identity in Shades,” others welcome to bring prose and poetry, signups begin at 6:20 p.m., readings begin at 6:30 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 6654686. “Home Buying 101” Workshop, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, 5001 Panama Lane. Free. or 833-7900. “Small Business Networking Breakfast,” registration 7:15 a.m., breakfast 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce, 1725 Eye St. $25 members; $50 nonmembers. or 327-4421. “Social Media at Work is no LOLing Matter,” 9 to 10:30 a.m., Worklogic HR Legal Solutions, 4029 Coffee Road. $45. or 588-8118. “Home Buying 101” Workshop, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, 5001 Panama Lane. Free. or 833-7900. Experimental Watercolor & Mixed Media Art Class, 9 a.m. to noon, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $25 per class. 869-2320 or 348-4717 or email

Independent Living for People with Disabilities, 2 p.m., Independent Living Center of Kern County, 5251 Office Park Drive, Suite 200. Free. 325-1063. Mystery and Adventure Book Group, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. Free. 631-2575. Tehachapi Toastmasters Club 8675, Tehachapi Toastmasters Club 8675 meets at 7 p.m., Church of Christ, 429 S. Mill St. 822-9008. Grief Support, for adults, 10 to 11 a.m.; for children and teens, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Hoffmann Hospice, Building 100, 8501 Brimhall Road. 410-1010. Life After Loss Support Group, six-week session for widows and widowers, 7 p.m., 6401 Truxtun Ave. Free. Email or 616-6430.

Friday “Sweet Charity,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $20, includes refreshments. 327-PLAY. MC Hammer, 8 p.m., Eagle Mountain Casino, 681 S. Tule Reservation Road, Porterville. $25; $35 reserved. Tickets, or 559-788-6220. Movies in the Park, presents “The Lorax,” begins at dusk, Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway. Free. 326-3866. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, and Cheap Trick, 7:30 p.m., Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $33 to $88. or call 800745-3000. Toddler Time!, for children 18 months to 2 years, with music, nursery rhymes, stories and play, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beale Library, Arkelian children’s room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770. Bakersfield Mineral Mites Meeting, for ages 18 and younger, those interested in rocks, minerals, fossils, etc., 6:40 p.m., East Bakersfield Veterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Road. 324-5907.

Saturday “Koran By Heart,” screening the HBO documentary and Tribeca Film Festival 2011 selection, 2 p.m., Ridgecrest Branch Library, 131 E. Las Flores Ave., Ridgecrest. Free. 760-384-5870. Bakersfield Speedway, Late Models, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, gates open at 4 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m., Bakersfield Speedway, 5001 N. Chester Ave. $15; $5 ages 6-12; under 5 free. or call 393-3373. Billy Mize & the Bakersfield Sound Fundraiser, dinner, poker, prizes, music, auction, Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound DVD (upon completion), 5 p.m., Aviator Casino, 1225 Airport Drive, Delano. $75. or 213346-9985. Book signing, with author Linda Bidabe of “No Ordinary Move,” 1 to 3 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. Free. 665-4686. Certified Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St. Lantern Light Tour & Ghost Hunt, 8 to 10:30 p.m., Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd., Bodfish. $12 per person of all



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ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 760-379-5146. Loving Your Natural Self Hair Show, hosted by Upside Productions; learn about the latest styles, from transitioning hair, protective styles, twist, barber cuts, weaves, locs, press and curls, kids’ styles, vendors, swag bag, hors d’oeuvres, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Ave. $25. Mystery Walk, learn the history of historic homes and their inhabitants, refreshments, souvenirs, prizes, 7:30 p.m., in downtown Tehachapi. $20. For ages 12 and up. Register with the Tehachapi Museum, 822-8152. NASCAR, Pro Late Models 100, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks, 6 p.m., Kern County Raceway Park, 13500 Raceway Blvd. $8-$45. Email or 835-1264. Nut Festival, food booths, agricultural exhibitions, entertainment, contests, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Advance $10 adults; $5 children; $12; $7 at the gate; children under 4 are free. or 8688400. Pet adoptions, cats from The Cat People, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Petco, 8220 Rosedale Highway. $65 includes spay/neuter, vaccines and leukemia testing. 327-4706; pets from the Shafter Animal Shelter; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., PetSmart, 4100 Ming Ave. $75, includes spay/neuter and vaccines. 746-2140. Pole Barn Movie Nights, watch “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” 6 p.m., Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. $8.99 for ages 4 and up; free for ages 3 and under. 330-0100. Rummage Sale, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Frontier High School, parking lot, 6401 Allen Road. Free. All proceeds benefit Frontier High School cheerleaders camp fund. Email Running of the Nuts: Nut Festival Run, one mile run/walk along the Kern River parkway bike trail behind Sam Lynn Ballpark, 8 a.m. Free. Snacks and drinks will be available. To register, call 324-7070. Sixth annual Tehachapi Chili Cookoff & Car Show, music, games, bounce house, beer garden, food, petting zoo, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Green and F streets, downtown Tehachapi. $10 for 10 chili tasting tickets. 822-6519. The Latin Comedy Jam, 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $15-$35. or 322-5200. Math Clinic, open to learners of all ages, 2 to 4 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Geology, Mining, and Petroleum Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. Perspective Drawing & Shadows Workshop, with Duane Anderson, for ages 13 and up, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an hour lunch break in between, The Foundry, 1608 19th St. $60. Bring your own materials. Reservations, email sweet@ Pine Needles, Gourds & Bling Class, with Dian Olmstead and Carol Laird, 9 to 11 a.m., Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $65 for three classes. Supplies included. 393-1579. Overeaters Anonymous Support Group, 11 a.m. to noon, St. Philip the Apostle Church, 7100 Stockdale Highway. Free.


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Diners seem to enjoy a noontime meal at Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks in Bakersfield. Bill Lee’s has been a Bakersfield favorite for many decades.

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Asians into the United States; with that influx came entrepreneurs bent on providing Americans with the true art of one of the world’s greatest cuisines. I bring this up as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of a Bakersfield institution, Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks downtown. The restaurant opened in 1938, before the war, before all the many changes that Sokolov wrote about. The Chinese food pioneer is still going strong, now in the third and fourth generation of family ownership. If you grew up in Bakersfield, odds are you were brought here by grandparents, perhaps for a birthday or special event. But if you don’t have the benefit of that familiar, emotional connection, what can be made of the place? It’s odd, idiosyncratic and somehow caught in the past — more than one decade you might say. The dining room, though redecorated over the years, is dark and looks like it would be the setting for a scene in “Pulp Fiction.” The bar is always hopping, especially at happy hour and on Fridays (when, wisely, management does not make happy hour prices available). This is the kind of place you either love or hate. It inspires extremes of emotions. And sometimes it may puzzle you. Why, for example, aren’t bamboo chopsticks automatically brought to the table instead of silverware at a restaurant with those eating utensils in the name? I started my investigation with reader W.L. Wasco, a lifelong Bakersfield resident, to get his ordering recommendation. He told me I needed to get “a secret dish available at this time of year — beef with asparagus. The late Judy Clausen introduced me to it. I think it’s the Jack Dalton special.” I was game. Unfortunately, our waitress told us they were out of asparagus on that night. Scratch that. I knew enough about their worldfamous Mai Tais (they like using the adjective “word famous” on the menu), so I ordered one ($6.50 in the dining room, $5 in the bar at happy hour). I’m a big fan of Mai Tais because I figure the use of fruit juices, in and of itself, is a healthy thing. Pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, rum and perhaps some grenadine syrup. The recipe does vary for this drink made famous by Trader Vic’s. Not sure what Bill Lee’s uses but some bitters or juices or something in the mix made it seem like medicine. It looked fantastic, in this brown mug with a face on it, a pineapple wedge on top and one of those paper umbrellas sticking out. Yes, it was strong, so I ordered a Flaming Zombie ($6.50), which I’d heard was even stronger. There was a mix of dark rum, light rum, exotic fruit juices like guava and more alcohol from apricot brandy. The flame comes from the shot of 151 rum poured over the top as it’s served. Our waitress asked if I wanted it lit, warning, “That will burn off the good stuff.” I needed

Kung pao chicken at Bill Lee’s eschews the peanuts usually found in the dish.


Artwork imported from China adds to the ambience at Bill Lee’s, which seems to exist in another time.

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Bill Lee’s is known for its Mai Tai, which is on the strong side, though you can’t beat its festive presentation.

to see the flames, especially because 151 rum to me tastes like turpentine. Burned off or not, this is a drink that could turn you into a zombie. You’ve been warned. The menu at Bill Lee’s has many items you just don’t see often, such as shrimp foo yong, sosso gai (hot chicken salad), pineapple chicken sticks, “coolie chow” and even a section of “American dishes” for those days when some people in this country were too timid to try ethnic foods. Denied the beef asparagus special, we opted for the Mongolian beef ($11.25) and the kung pao chicken ($10.50), as well as two appetizers, small spring roll ($6.75) and small paperwrapped chicken ($7.75). I love paper-wrapped chicken, but it’s been decades since I actually got it wrapped in paper instead of foil. I thought this was a pleasant, throwback touch, but then I realized why most

restaurants abandoned paper: It’s more work than the foil when peeling to get to the poultry. Still, I think the taste has a bit of punch, and the filling was mixed with water chestnuts, as it has been at some restaurants. I was a bit taken aback by the presence of pork in the spring rolls, which had a hint of curry in them that made them intriguing. I had assumed, based on the name, that we’d get a crunchy egg roll filled with vegetables. Bill Lee’s doesn’t do it like that. Seems like there should be an asterisk on the menu to warn trusting vegetarians, but maybe the regulars just know that. Our entrees, though heavy on the salty side, were different from what everybody else serves. My companion’s kung pao chicken had no peanuts, lots of onions, green peppers and peas in a brown sauce that seemed to be the all-purpose binding agent for a lot of the fare here. No red peppers that you have to sort out and not eat, and very little heat. Not bad, not wretched — probably the way they’ve been serving it for decades, keeping the regulars happy. My Mongolian beef was exceptionally tender, thinly

1203 18th St. 324-9441 Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Reservations recommended. Prices: Appetizers, $5.50 to $11.50; soup, $4.25 to $8.95; individual dinners, $9.25 to $17.50; familystyle dinners, $12.25 to $16.25 per person (two or more people); a la carte items, $8.25 to $17.95; child’s plate, $5.95. Payment: MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover accepted. Personal checks not accepted. Dress: Casual Amenities: Wheelchair accessible; full bar service; many vegetarian options Food: ★★ Atmosphere: ★★1⁄2 Service: ★★★ Value: ★★

Next week: The Bistro sliced and notable for a lot of green onions and just a hint of smokiness. For $1.50 extra I opted for the fried rice instead of the steamed, and it was minimally seasoned with bits of pork, carrot and peas. Doing it again, I’d stick with the steamed. The wine list is pretty minimal but prices are reasonable — my companion got a glass of Fetzer Chardonnay for only $4.75. They probably prefer to sell those zombies, flaming or non-flaming. I had expected to be treated with indifference or scorn as I was not a regular, but our waitress was most attentive and pleasant. Sometimes these established restaurants have veteran crews who know who’s been keeping the doors open all these years, and they save their A game for those folks. Not here. On a weekday night it was pretty busy, but the ample crew was working to keep folks happy. If you’ve never been, I’m not sure you can call yourself a Bakersfieldian until you go.


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Books Best-sellers Hardcover fiction 1. “Inferno,” by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $29.95) In Florence with a case of amnesia, Robert Langdon must find a destructive virus before it infects the world. 2. “And the Mountains Echoed,” by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead: $28.95) A father’s decision to give his 3-year-old daughter to a wealthy family in Kabul begins a 60-year Afghan history lesson. 3. “A Delicate Truth,” by John le Carre (Viking: $28.95) A botched covert operation involving the abduction of a terrorist is threatened to be exposed three years later. 4. “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green (Dutton: $17.99) Two teenagers fighting cancer fall in love. 5. “Life After Life,” by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur: $27.99) A woman is reborn into different versions of the same events in wartime Europe. 6. “The Woman Upstairs,” by Claire Messud (Knopf: $25.95) A teacher’s life is awakened by an enchanting Lebanese family. 7. “The Flamethrowers,” by Rachel Kushner (Scribner: $26.99) A young artist navigates turmoil in Manhattan and Italy during the late ’70s. 8. “Little Green,” by Walter Mosley (Doubleday: $29.95) Picking up where “Blonde Faith” left off, Detective Easy Rawlins navigates Los Angeles in the wake of the Watts riots and the Summer of Love. 9. “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio (Knopf: $15.99) The trials and triumphs of a 10year-old boy starting school for the first time. 10. “The Interestings,” by Meg Wolitzer (Riverhead: $27.95) The bond formed between six teenagers at an arts summer camp is explored through adulthood.

Hardcover nonfiction 1. “Eleven Rings,” by Phil Jackson (Penguin Press: $27.95) The “Zen master” coach of 11 NBA championships discusses leadership and managing Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. 2. “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls,” by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $27) The essayist’s recent collection of his life’s travails and travel tales. 3. “Lean In,” by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf: $24.95) The Facebook executive offers advice and observations on gender inequities in the professional world. 4. “My Greek Drama,” by Gianna Angelopoulos (Greenleaf: $26.95) One woman’s quest to lead her country’s campaign to host the 2004 Olympic Games.

5. “The Guns at Last Light,” by Rick Atkinson (Holt: $40) This final book in the liberation trilogy tells the story of the Allied battle for Western Europe during World War II starting with D-Day. 6. “I Could Pee on This,” by Francesco Marciuliano (Chronicle: $12.95) A quirky collection of feline poetry. 7. “Henri, Le Chat Noir,” by William Braden (Ten Speed Press: $12.99) A collection of photos, quotes and musings from an existential cat. 8. “Help, Thanks, Wow,” by Anne Lamott (Riverhead: $17.95) Three simple prayers to get through the tough times. 9. “The Outsider,” by Jimmy Connors (Harper: $28.99) The original bad boy of tennis recounts his turbulent life and career from his humble roots to winning eight Grand Slam titles. 10. “The One Thing,” by Gary Keller (Bard Press: $24.95) Getting more productivity from your work and life by focusing on one task at a time.

USA Today 1. “Inferno” by Dan Brown. Robert Langdon enters a mysterious world centered on Dante’s ‘Inferno’ while trying to retrace his past few days. Knopf/Doubleday. $29.95. 2. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. Multigenerational family saga with roots in a small Afghan village. Riverhead. $28.95. 3. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Classic: Ambition, love and betrayal in the 1920s. Scribner. $12.99. 4. “Sea Glass Island” by Sherryl Woods. Romance: Samantha teaches a guarded Afghanistan veteran to learn to love again. MIRA. $7.99. 5. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss’ advice on life is a favorite for graduations. Random House. $17. 6. “Deeply Odd” by Dean Koontz. Odd Thomas must save potential victims of crimes that have not yet occurred. Bantam. $28. 7. “A Wanted Man” by Lee Child. Ex-military cop Jack Reacher hitches a ride but soon discovers that the people who picked him up may be cold-blooded killers. Dell. $9.99. 8. “The Hit” by David Baldacci. Will Robie is called upon by the U.S. government to stop fellow assassin Jessica Reel, who is killing members of their own agency. Grand Central Publishing. $14.99. 9. “Zero Hour” by Clive Cussler, Graham Brown. The NUMA team must track down machines that are causing massive earthquakes. Putnam Adult. $28.95.

NOTE: Rankings for hardcover books are based on sales in Southern California as reported by selected book stores to the Los Angeles Times The USA Today best sellers were compiled from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.

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1. “Colonel Baker's Field: An American Pioneer Story” by Judy Salamacha & Sandy Mittelsteadt 2. “Inferno” by Dan Brown 3. “Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander” by Phil Robertson and Mark Schlabach 4. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth 5. “Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns” by Glenn Beck

1. “Inferno” by Dan Brown 2. “And The Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini 3. “Entwined With You: A Crossfire Novel” by Sylvia Day 4. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald 5. “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” by Max Brooks

Sidle up to these books this summer BY TOM BEER Newsday

Ready, set, read: Your summer book binge starts now. There are only 13 weeks until Labor Day, and there are lots of great novels to be devoured — mysteries, spy thrillers, family sagas and historical fiction. Here are 12 picks to get you started. “The Last Summer of the Camperdowns: A Novel,” by Elizabeth Kelly. Summer brings a hundred new novels set at the seashore, with requisite beach-towel-and-beachumbrella covers. But Elizabeth Kelly’s latest (follow-up to “Apologize, Apologize”) offers a quirkier variation: Set on Cape Cod in 1972, its 12-year-old narrator sports the improbable name of Riddle James Camperdown and witnesses a crime. (Liveright, June 3) “The Shining Girls,” by Lauren Beukes. Between Kate Atkinson’s “Life After Life” and Bee Ridgway’s “The River of No Return,” time-travel novels are hot this year. Now comes this tale about a time-traveling serial killer — creeped out yet? — and the woman who survives one of his attacks and begins to hunt him down. (Mulholland Books / Little, Brown; June 4) “Red Sparrow,” by Jason Matthews. This debut espionage thriller, set in Putin’s Russia, comes with advance praise from Vince Flynn and Nelson DeMille and boasts some impressive credentials: the author is a 33-year veteran of the C.I.A. “Red Sparrow” tracks two spies — a young American with a big new mission and a Russian “espionage courtesan” who is recruited by him. Expect a hall of mirrors where nothing is as it seems. (Scribner, June 4) “Crazy Rich Asians,” by Kevin Kwan. The Asian economic miracle deserves its own “Great Gatsby,” and that’s what Kevin Kwan’s debut novel promises to deliver. A satire of the superwealthy Chinese of Singapore (where the author grew up), “Crazy Rich Asians” lets the fur fly when the scion of one such dynasty brings home his American-born Chinese girlfriend. Should

satisfy your bling quotient for the summer. (Doubleday, June 11) “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” by Neil Gaiman. The versatile and wildly imaginative Gaiman has a devoted cult following for the comic series “Sandman,” novels such as “American Gods” and young adult tales such as “The Graveyard Book.” In his new novel for adults, a man returns to the site of his childhood home in England — where in his youth a lodger committed suicide in the family car, unleashing dark forces into their world. But the past may not be exactly as he remembers it. (William Morrow, June 18) “Sisterland,” by Curtis Sittenfeld. A new novel from the author of “Prep” and “American Wife” is cause for fireworks. “Sisterland” introduces twin sisters Kate and Vi who, as they grow up, come to realize they are psychic. While one accepts and pursues her supernatural ability, the other tries to build a conventional life in the suburbs. (Random House, June 25) “The Fire Witness,” by Lars Kepler. You’ll need a dark Swedish fix before the summer’s out, and the bestselling husband-and-wife team who write as Lars Kepler (“The Hypnotist,” “The Nightmare”) can set you up with their latest. In “The Fire Witness,” detective Joona Linna investigates a murder at a home for wayward girls — and a psychic medium may have the answers. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, July 2)

“Visitation Street,” by Ivy Pochoda. One of the first books from the new imprint launched by writer Dennis Lehane, “Visitation Street” is set in the waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. One July night a 15-year-old Catholic schoolgirl disappears after a raft trip in the harbor, and her best friend is found semiconscious in the weeds onshore. The mystery of what happened to them will roil the working-class neighborhood that is rapidly evolving as Brooklyn gentrifies. (Dennis Lehane Books / Ecco, July 9) “Lookaway, Lookaway,” by Wilton Barnhardt. A Southern matriarch named Jerene Jarvis Johnston fights to preserve her family name — and the family fortune — in this comic novel set in Charlotte, N.C., from the author of “Emma Who Saved My Life” and “Gospel.” There’s a cast of eccentric characters including Jerene’s husband, a failed politician turned Civil War re-enactor. (St. Martin’s, Aug. 20) “Night Film,” by Marisha Pessl. This dark treat for horror-movie fans comes from the author of “Special Topics in Calamity Physics.” The daughter of a cult-horrorfilm director (another recluse!) is found dead in an abandoned New York City warehouse, and an investigative journalist sets out to determine whether it was suicide or murder. And could the answer lie in her father’s sick imagined worlds? (Random House, Aug. 20)

“& Sons,” by David Gilbert. The second novel from the author of “The Normals” sounds like a highbrow literary Manhattan soap opera in the vein of Claire Messud’s “The Emperor’s Children,” and that’s high praise. “& Sons” opens with a funeral, where a J.D. Salinger-like recluse delivers the eulogy, and then unfolds the man’s complicated family and literary legacy. (Random House, July 23) “The Good Love Bird,” by James McBride. The author of “The Color of Water” and “The Miracle at St. Anna” returns with an offbeat historical novel, set before the Civil War, that follows the fortunes of an escaped slave who passes as a woman and joins abolitionist John Brown’s armed anti-slavery insurrection and is present at the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. (Riverhead, Aug. 20)

For lovers of nonfiction Summer isn’t just about light reading. Daniel James Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat” (Viking) is about the U.S. rowing team at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin; in “Walking With Jack” (Doubleday), Don J. Snyder trains a professional caddie for his golfer son; Joseph J. Ellis revisits the dramatic events of 1776 in “Revolutionary Summer” (Knopf); Robert Kolker ponders the unsolved mystery of the bodies found on Gilgo Beach in “Lost Girls” (Harper); Michael Paterniti learns all there is to know about a Spanish cheese in “The Telling Room” (Dial Press).

Author examines a nation in crisis ‘The Unwinding’ offers a sad, uplifting look at recent history BY HECTOR TOBAR Los Angeles Times

George Packer’s new nonfiction book, “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” has many of the qualities of an epic novel. Packer’s subject is the last 35 years of U.S. history, the decades that gave us the conservative “Contract With America,” an Internet boom and bust, two wars in Iraq and a Great Recession. They were the best of times, and they were worst of times, and in Packer’s able telling it’s as if Dickens himself were taking a first crack at fitting all that history into a book. Packer, a staff writer at the New Yorker, begins with a series of newsreel headlines in the fateful year of 1978 and follows the stories of several Americans to the present. It’s a book about all sorts of people, rich and poor, getting caught up in a constant storm of economic upheaval and social revolution. Everything around them is changing, and much that’s dear to them is being destroyed. Packer tells their stories in a thoroughly professional work of journalism that also happens to be more intimate and textured — and certainly more ambitious — than most contemporary works of U.S. fiction dare to be. “His mind filled with visions of a decadent kleptocracy in rapid decline,” Packer writes, describing the thoughts of one of the many people whose story he tells — in this case, Matthew Weidner, a small-time Florida attorney waging a solitary fight against the faceless corporate lenders foreclosing on overextended homeowners. The injustices Weidner sees in one Tampa courthouse anger him. In Packer’s hands, his rage becomes a long, dark soliloquy about the direction his country is headed: “America’s masses fed on

processed poison bought with a food stamp swipe card ... the banks in Gotham leeching the last drops of wealth out of the country, corporations unrestrained by any notion of the national interest, the system of “The Unwinding: property law in An Inner History of shambles. ...” the New America” The modern by George Packer U.S. isn’t quite a (Farrar, Straus and kleptocracy, but Giroux, 448 pages, it is a country $27) spinning out of control as its leaders embrace the notion that what’s good for Wall Street must be good for Main Street. In “The Unwinding,” Weidner is one of several people trying to keep career and family together through boom times and bad times. Packer’s other subjects include a Youngstown, Ohio, factory worker; a family on the verge of homelessness in Tampa; a gay, conservative Silicon Valley entrepreneur; and an idealistic lawyer whose earnestness takes him, fleetingly, to the highest circles of political power. Plenty of other writers have told the story of America’s economic decline. The late Pax Americana has produced reams of books in which authors use real people to tell anecdotes that illustrate this or that theory of our modernday malaise. What distinguishes “The Unwinding” is the fullness of Packer’s portraits, his willingness to show his subjects’ human desires and foibles, and to give each of his subjects a fully throated voice. Weidner, the real estate lawyer, is an NRA member and a libertarian. But after witnessing the outrages in civil court as powerful companies seek to

evict grandfathers from their homes, he pens a kind of manifesto that mimics the argument and tone of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail”: “Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of foreclosure to say ‘Wait,’” he writes. America’s decline, in Packer’s telling, isn’t the result of a conspiracy but rather the natural consequence of the collective, individualistic fever that’s taken hold of the nation’s psyche. It sweeps up Newt Gingrich at a young age, who transforms it into a series of simple and powerful ideas. “Whether he ever truly believed his own rhetoric, the generation he brought to power fervently did,” Packer writes of Gingrich’s rise to the speaker of the House. “He gave them mustard gas and they used it on every conceivable enemy, including him.” Oprah Winfrey gets swept up in it too, her megalomania rooted in a deeply seated sense of powerlessness: “She was so big she owned the letter O. ... Anyone allowed into her presence had to sign away freedom of speech for life.” Packer isn’t aiming to dissect America’s fall in “The Unwinding” as much as he’s trying to feel the emotional and personal truths the country’s fall has produced. A direct influence on the book is the novelist, John Dos Passos, whose U.S.A. trilogy described Americans struggling to hold on to their values in the first decades of the 20th century. What’s more, like a good novelist, Packer isn’t willing to fit people into types. Many of those portrayed in “The Unwinding” straddle the many divides of ideology and personal outlook that define these conflictive times, like Dean Price, the North Carolina convenience store owner who embraces the biofuel principle on business and environmental grounds, even though he knows the phrase “global warming” is anathema to most of his Southern friends and neighbors.


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FOOD: Cookies, cupcakes a natural fit for nut theme CONTINUED FROM D1

Miller and her team didn’t have to challenge themselves too much when it came to the menu — a mix of cookies, cupcakes, muffins and brownies highlighting almonds and walnuts. “When we knew (we were participating), we played around with the nuts. We added almonds to oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and we liked that. “We were using a brownie recipe that we liked (at the bakery). It encouraged us to use the almonds a bit more.” And good news for attendees who like what they try: The treats will continue to be offered at the shop, which opened in January. “We sell these on a regular basis. All of our oatmeal cookies are popular, probably because they’re a little healthier.” For those looking to indulge a bit more, the frosted sugar cookies — decorated like walnut trees, nuttopped ice creams cones and more — also display Tastries’ attention to detail. On the short list, Miller said everyone should try the cherry almond cupcakes and any of the trio of oatmeal almond cookies, which sell well at the shop. “Those I can’t keep long enough on the trays in here.” — Stefani Dias, assistant lifestyles editor

Delano Elks Lodge Festival menu: teriyaki sticks (pork or chicken), $3 each; Oriental rice pilaf, $5 for bowl; cran-walnut raisin salad with blue cheese, $5 for bowl; plate dinner, $12; toasted almond and pistachio martinis, $6 each. When it came to getting the Delano Elks Lodge on board, the nut festival committee had an in with a key member. Said Elks member Sixto Magno: “We joined through Andrew Pandol. He’s married to (festival cochairwoman) Beth. “He’s back there now, making octopus,” Magno said recently as the lodge prepared for its second annual Hawaiian feast with a hog on a spit and hand-rolled cigars. Magno said the 260-member lodge commits to at least 12 community events a year, from parking-lot barbecues to a steak fundraising dinner for Babe Ruth baseball uniforms. “Rib eye and scampi for baseball. You don’t get that very often at fraternal organizations,” said the member of 39 years. Magno, who takes pride in the lodge’s culinary prowess, developed the festival menu with member Scott Mejia with an eye on flavor and frugality. “We’re a nonprofit organization, so you hate to waste food. We figured the teriyaki sticks I can marinate and refrigerate those. I can cook to order.” Those teriyaki sticks, offered in pork or chicken, will be rolled in nuts and sauce. Accompanying them are Oriental rice pilaf and cran-walnut raisin salad with blue cheese. “That is a killer salad. And the Oriental rice pilaf. I’ve been doing that for years. Thought we’d put almonds in it.” The rice is first cooked in bacon grease (instead of butter), along with celery, green onion and red bell pepper. After it fluffs up with the addition of chicken broth, more of the vegetables are added at the end for crispness and flavor. Also on the menu are two martinis — pistachio and toasted almond — which Magno came up with after learning the Kern County Historical Society was handling all the soda and water concessions. “I asked them can we serve a liquor drink and they said it was no problem. Toasted almond martinis, I've been drinking those for years. They make a pistachio liqueur and said let’s go for that (for another martini).” With a location near some music and a pair of libations, Magno invites everyone to stop in. “Since we’ll have some drinks available, I hope everyone will come by. I thought about getting a bullhorn. I may still do that.” — SD

Baby Cake Donuts Festival menu: Fresh minidoughnuts with a variety of glazes and chopped walnut, almond and pistachio toppings ($2 for six, $4 for a dozen; or $10 for the Love Bucket, with 30-plus mini-doughnuts). Also serving low-calorie fruit sorbets, lemonade and iced tea. A sweet smell will fill the air at Baby Cake Donuts’ booth as its magical doughnut machine whips out thousands of tasty treats each hour. Owned by Monica and Tim Martin, Baby Cake Donuts traditionally offers fresh doughnuts coated in cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or an array of sauces like lemon,

More food! Covenant Coffee: Hot and iced coffee beverages, including a chocolate covered almond latte, $2-$4 Champs BBQ & Catering: Deep-pit beef or pulled pork sandwiches, comes with either a side of barbecue coleslaw or orzo pasta salad with pine nuts and beverage, $10.75 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream: Serving chunky monkey (banana ice cream with fudge chunks and walnuts), butter pecan, coconut seven layer bar (coconut with coconut and fudge flakes, walnuts and graham cracker and butterscotch swirls), banana peanut butter Greek frozen yogurt and New York super fudge crunch (chocolate with fudge chunks, pecans, walnuts and fudgecovered almonds); in a cup or a cone, one or two scoops, $3-$6 Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar: Poke lettuce wraps with duck or chicken, Thai coconut ice cream with toasted pistachios and Hawaiian bread Goose Loonies: Santorini salad (spinach, red onion, lamb, feta cheese, dried figs nuts and creamy balsamic dressing), lamb gyros, baklava Mimi’s Cafe: Carrot and raisin nut cupcakes and loaf bread Red Pepper: Relleno poblano with pistachios Hodel’s: Cinnamon rolls with nuts Rosedale Lions: Nut rolls Sources: Kern County Nut Festival, Bakersfield Life magazine, Californian staff

strawberry, caramel and chocolate. For the nut festival, Baby Cake will offer three additional items: chopped walnuts, pistachios and almonds. Monica Martin has high hopes for the caramel and almond combination. “We have been talking about adding stuff to the menu, different things for people to try on their doughnuts. If this works out, we could definitely start adding nuts all the time. Why not?” In addition to the doughnuts, Baby Cake will be offering lowcalorie fruit sorbets, iced tea and lemonade. But Martin said the real draw is the sight and smells of their work in action. “We pull people in with the smell. Then everyone from kids to adults will watch the machine. It drops the dough, cooks the doughnuts 20 seconds on each side, flips them and kicks them out. … We give samples, if you have never had one before. And then I think we have them hooked from there.” — Miranda Whitworth, lifestyles contributor


Roast duck with chopped pistachios will be served at the Kern County Nut Festival by Chef's Choice Noodle Bar.

And there will be no mistaking that this is a nutty beer. “Totally Nuts Almond ale is a lightly hopped blonde ale with a bold almond aroma and taste.” Interested beer connoisseurs should taste it while they can, as the brewery, which has a standard lineup of eight house and eight seasonal brews, may not make more. “We are not sure if we will serve the Totally Nuts almond ale at our locations after the nut festival. We will wait to see if the demand is there.” Given the space and time it takes the brewery to produce its concoctions, Lengthwise can only ferment seven beers at a time. The brewery likes to keep things interesting with collaborations like Kernwise with Kern River Brewing and signature sips for the recent Craft Beer Festival, Village Fest and its 15th anniversary in July, which will introduce a double IPA. “Lengthwise is working on several new beers. We currently have four new test brews on draft at the brewery. We have a lot of fun experimenting with new hop varieties on single keg dry hop batches.” — SD

Kern County Scottish Society JOHN HARTE / THE CALIFORNIAN

A jug of brew is prepared for a customer at Lengthwise Brewing Company. The brewery will unveil its Totally Nuts almond ale, made specifically for the event.

Lengthwise Festival menu: Totally Nuts almond ale; will also serve Centennial Ale, Harvest Moon Wheat, Double Cent Double IPA and Kern County Crude Porter. All $5 each. Although some vendors will be offering adult beverages, the only one specializing in them will be Lengthwise. And they will be special. Along with a selection of local favorites, the brewery will unveil its Totally Nuts almond ale, made specifically for the event. “The Totally Nuts almond ale came about when the Kern County Nut Festival was in the planning stages,” wrote Lengthwise coowner Jeff Williams in an email. “We prepared over a dozen different test batches of the almond beer before we submitted a sample to the nut fest committee. Some of the early batches had vanilla extract added at different concentrations along with higher and lower concentrations of almond extract.” The first taste excited the committee, which green-lit the brew, Williams said.

Festival menu: Haggis with pistachios, $2 for 1 oz., $5 for 3 oz. or $5 for a slider You might need a brave heart to try the fare at the Kern County Scottish Society’s booth. What’s on the menu? Pistachios ... with haggis. As expected, this is far from a traditional pairing, according to the society’s chieftain, David Stroud. Haggis is “normally served with neaps and tattys (turnips and potatoes) ... accompanied with near starvation.” The recipe for this twist on the Scottish classic was created specially for the festival through a “spectacularly successful” brainstorming session tapping into the “collective culinary envisionings of the KCSS board.” Stroud’s description of the concoction is not terribly reassuring to those who have never tasted the dish of sheep’s heart, intestines, liver, oatmeal and other ingredients, which is boiled inside the sheep's stomach. “It tastes otherworldly. Imagine Klingon gagh (made of serpent worms) served like finely ground hash. A little lambish with the accompaniment of delicious local pistachios. Incredible!” Stroud suggests you might stop by the booth after you’ve tried a few things: “If you have haggis, all else is table scraps.” — Patricia Rocha, lifestyles staff


Wool Growers will offer the classic green salad with almonds, blue cheese, and dried cranberries, the tomato salad and pickled tongue.

J&M’s Bar and Grill/ Village Grill Festival menu: cheese ravioli with pistachio pesto, vegetarian or with shrimp, $5-$10; amaretto sour, pistachio martini and margarita, $5 to $8 each. Longtime local businesses J&M’s Bar and Grill and Village Grill, both owned by Colins Rimer, are a natural addition to the inaugural festival. “I think the festival will bring good attention to Kern County. It’s their first time doing it, our first time participating. This is a work in progress, but we hope this will be a lasting thing,” said J&M’s manager Andrew Wilkins, who developed the menu for the booth. Wilkins will be serving cheese ravioli with a pistachio pesto cream sauce, with or without shrimp. Although not currently on either restaurant’s menu, the dish could be added if response is good. “We might hit a home run. This might be something we go forward with on a full-time basis.” Wilkins said the entree was easier to devise than the cocktails, which he was still tinkering with as of last week. “Our biggest thing is, with it being a nut festival, with them wanting to feature products from Kern County. With the alcohol, it’s been a bit difficult. There aren’t a whole lot of alcohols that are nutinfused. The pistachio is a very odd, distinctive flavor. Representing the almonds will be an amaretto sour, while pistachios will punch up a margarita and martini with a nut-crusted rim. Wilkins is sure that once the flavors are perfected, they’ll be worth a taste.

“We’re one of the few vendors that will be making cocktails. That it will be 100-and-something degrees (that day), it would be nice to have a margarita.” — SD

BARC Festival menu: Cinnamon-glazed cashews, almonds, pecans and peanuts, $4 per bag; popcorn, $2; and lemonade, $1 BARC is feeling the holiday spirit and it’s ready to celebrate a little Christmas in June. The organization will offer cinnamon-glazed cashews, almonds, pecans and peanuts, which project manager Michelle Garland said she knew would be a popular choice. “We just thought, ‘Wow, this is something that we already do.’ We use a lot of nuts that are local to Bakersfield, so what a great reason to bring them out, especially for this new event.” In addition to the glazed treats, BARC will be offering another nutthemed item. “We will have nutcrackers out there for sale that you can paint and we will also have ones that are already decorated that you can take with you. We will also have Art for Purpose pieces that are pottery items that have been created by our clients. We are kind of showing up with food and our gift shop.” Garland said BARC is happy to participate and being able to offer her organization’s holiday favorite in the summer is a bonus. “The nuts are just so fantastic. Every single one of them is so delicious, especially when they are hot. You can’t make them at home. It’s such a special treat.” — MW Please see FOOD / D9


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Roger Perez, executive director of the museum since November, has been all about nuts pretty much his entire seven-month tenure at the Chester Avenue landmark. “This is the biggest thing the museum has ever done,” Perez said. “Easily.”

Why not grapes or carrots? Kern County agriculture topped $5 billion in gross production value in 2011, the last year for which figures are available (the report for 2012 will be released later this month). There’s no doubt that nuts — particularly almonds, the No. 2 crop — play a big part in making the county an agricultural powerhouse, but what about other star performers like milk, grapes, citrus and carrots? “We could have done table grapes,” conceded co-organizer Beth Pandol. “But there are a small number of growers who grow table grapes. Nuts — almonds and pistachios — continue to be planted everywhere in Kern. Plus, the word ‘nut’ lends itself to lots of fun ideas.” Barbich noted that the many non-edible connotations the word nut evokes presented something of a risk. “Some people say, ‘They’re going to think we’re nuts in Bakersfield.’ And I’m like, good!” Though Bakersfieldians typically are defiant in the face of the superior attitudes directed our way by outsiders, that’s not the case here. One of the main reasons for the nut festival is to play nice with out-oftowners, enticing them to stay at our hotels, eat in our restaurants, gas up at our minimarts and generally give our economy a nice little kiss on the cheek. To that end, organizers have been advertising the festival in select markets around the state, thanks to a board of trade grant aimed at increasing tourism. But the first year? That’s mostly for locals, Barbich said, which is reflected in the reasonable admission prices and other costs to the public. “We’re selling bottled

The big reveal A pair of construction projects that have closed off the main entrance to the museum for months will be revealed to festival-goers. The Burke Memorial Plaza has been in the works for a decade. “It’s a phenomenal project and adds curb appeal to the museum,” said executive director Roger Perez. “You can now see into the museum from the street and from inside the museum, (and) for first time in a long time, you can see the clock tower, which is nice.” The 8,700-squarefoot plaza features pressed concrete, wrought-iron gates, planters and a new access ramp for wheelchairs. The Burke family donated $50,000 to the $200,000 project. Batey Gardens is located at the front of the museum, behind the Howell House. Gayle and Ben Batey donated the entire $200,000 for the first phase of what is envisioned as a park for events, walking and reflection. So far block walls, landscaping, sidewalks, fencing and gates have been completed on the 55,000-square-foot site, a parcel made available in a land swap with neighboring Valley Oaks Charter School. The park is accessible from outside the museum grounds, but Perez said that for now, anyway, access will be limited to paying museum customers.

water for a dollar,” Barbich noted. “We probably could have raised those prices but we wanted people to experience it first. Are we going to make money? Yes. Do I know how much? No. As I see the rental quotes come in and you’ve got trash, insurance, extra power — you’re going, ‘Oh, man, this is bigger than I thought.’” The festival has raised $180,000 in cash donations, and will keep all of the gate proceeds, plus 20 percent of the take from nonprofits and 25 percent from commercial vendors. The money will go to the foundation


Construction of Batey Gardens is under way at the Kern County Museum and will be completed in time for the nut festival on Saturday. The Batey family donated the $200,000 that made the first phase possible.

that runs the county-owned museum, and at least a portion will go into the kitty for next year’s festival. Speaking of 2014, organizers are keeping a binder of some of the suggestions that were discarded for the kickoff event, like hosting a soiree for VIPs the Friday night before and booking a celebrity chef for sheer drawing power. “There were so many ideas,” Barbich said. “We were going to get (Food Network star) Guy Fieri and pay him $25,000 and we’re like, ‘We can do that.’ And then it was $125,000 and first-class airfare, etc., and we’re like, ‘No thanks.’ But then we said, for the first year, let’s focus on making it a great day.” One casualty next year may be the walnut — an Gilberto De La Rosa works on the walkways for Batey Gardens. essential component in any iber of events like the Gilroy decent sundae or chocolateGarlic Festival and Savor the chip cookie but small potatoes in the pantheon of Kern Central Coast, which draw visitors from all over the nut crops. state. “As we were looking for “If the economy hadn’t support from pistachio and turned on us in 2008, we almond growers and related might have tried it then. providers, they have been Bakersfield is growing and extremely supportive and one of the things that came excited,” Barbich said. “But walnuts? We couldn’t up is that one of the strengths of our community find anybody. The California is a quirky sophistication. Walnut Commission wouldThe more people that come n’t even return a phone call. here, they bring diverse life So pecans may replace walexperiences into the comnuts next year.” munity. I don’t think we’re Barbich believes BakersAs the day warms up, Hector Medina, foreground, and losing our culture; we’re just Jorge Torres work on the walkway of Batey Gardens at the field is ready to support a adding on to it.” Kern County Museum. festival of the size and cal-

FOOD: Always Almonds will feature nine different flavors and community will be highlighted in the free samples available at the festival. “We wouldn’t be here without this community and we give back as much as we can,” he said. “We just love this little town.”


California Pizza Kitchen Festival menu: barbecue chicken, pepperoni, traditional cheese and pear and Gorgonzola pizzas ($8 to $10 each); field greens and Moroccan-spiced chicken salads ($6 each); will also serve flavored lemonades. Although part of a chain, California Pizza Kitchen has one up on the local restaurants participating in the festival: being No. 1. “We were the first restaurant to agree to join. … It’s a great way for us to put our name out there,” said manager Esteban Morales. There will be plenty to tempt fans of the restaurant, which is offering four pizzas: original barbecue chicken with smoked Gouda, red onions and cilantro; Bosc pear and Gorgonzola with sweet caramelized onions and hazelnuts, topped with field greens and Gorgonzola ranch; and the classics — cheese and pepperoni. On the lighter side, CPK will offer a field greens salad with Bosc pears, candied walnuts and Dijon balsamic vinaigrette; and a Moroccan-spiced chicken salad with roasted butternut squash, dates, avocado, toasted almonds, beets, chopped egg, cranberries and Champagne vinaigrette. The menu will include three flavors of lemonade — mango, peach and raspberry. And when it comes to why people should stop by, Morales kept his answer simple: “Because it’s epic.” — Ashley Zaragoza, lifestyles staff

Always Almonds Festival menu: nine flavors of almonds and pistachios, sold in small and large cones ($2.50 for 2.5 oz., $7 for 8 oz. or three 2.5 oz. cones), and small, medium and large trays ($8 for 9 oz., $12.99 for one pound, $24 for two pounds; three large trays for $60). When it comes to nuts, Always Almonds owner Ralph Prieto doesn’t mind bragging.

— PR

La Rosa Fruit Bars & Ice Cream


Dewar's has been a Bakersfield institution since 1909 and its chews have long been a customer favorite. Co-owner Mike Dewar said the almond and pistachio chews will take center stage to represent the nut community’s history at the festival.

“Our product is the reason for the event, to promote Kern County as the almond and pistachio capital of the world, and we can definitely showcase that,” he wrote in an email. As most vendors will highlight the nuts that make the region famous, Prieto said his booth will stand out with its selection. “We are the only company that truly has a variety of flavors when it comes to almonds and pistachios, nine flavors of each.” The vast selection includes standard roasted and salted to more exotic tastes like tequila, chilelemon, roasted garlic and chamoy (tamarind) flavors. The company also turns up the heat with habanero, jalapeno, hot wing and wasabi offerings. Along with online sales at, the business has a stand at East Hills Mall, open six days a week. — Estella Aguilar, lifestyles staff

Dewar’s Festival menu: almond and pistachio chews Dewar’s is bringing tiny bits of history with their classic taffy chews. Though their peanut butter chew is the most popular, coowner Mike Dewar said the almond and pistachio chews will take center stage to represent the nut community’s history with the town and Dewar’s. The almond chews, for instance, were created when local farmers asked for Christmas gifts for their employees and clients. Though the chews were being made only for the holiday season then, they are now sold year-round. “We’ve had this almond recipe for 15 years, and the pistachio we just started making in 2009 for our 100th anniversary,” Dewar said. “We’ve had some of the same suppliers for over 60 years, so the recipes haven’t changed.” This commitment to consistency

Festival menu: pistachio, vanilla chocolate almond, creamy walnut (and possibly chocolate cherry almond) ice cream bars; $1.50 each, or a $16 for a dozen, $24 for two dozen. Local favorite La Rosa Fruit Bars & Ice Cream is rolling out limitededition flavors for the festival. Along with their established pistachio bars, owner Norma Diaz said they also will serve vanilla chocolate almond, creamy walnut and maybe a chocolate cherry almond flavor. The company, which was founded in 1980, often takes part in community events. “Everyone loves our handmade fruit bars,” Diaz said. “We’ve made them the same way now for 33 years. We are a family business and are grateful for all of the support we’ve received through those years.” — PR

Bakersfield Homeless Center Festival menu: Banana walnut, lemon coconut almond and white chocolate pistachio scones, $1.50 each. Also serving iced tea. The Bakersfield Homeless Center is breaking out of its shell for this festival. The assorted scones being offered Saturday will mark the first time the center has sold products made in its busy kitchen. Carolann Wooton, the center’s external affairs manager, said it’s a little bit outside of their comfort zone but a step they have been wanting to take for some time. “We have a wonderful cook here that makes the most amazing scones. Typically she would make


La Rosa Fruit Bars & Ice Cream will sell an assortment of limited-edition nut flavors, along with their classic pistachio bar, at the Kern County Nut Festival.

them out of whatever we had here, and the staff and our clients just loved them. So we decided we would showcase them by selling them at the nut festival.” Adding almonds, walnuts and pistachios to the scones is a change made specifically for the event, which is the only place you’ll be able to get your hands on one. Wooton was happy to participate in the inaugural festival, seeing the center’s grand debut as a gateway to more opportunities. “We are always looking for ways to be entrepreneurs and put the profits back into helping our clients.” — MW

Johnny Rockets Festival menu: Rocket single cheeseburger, bacon cheddar burger and the smokehouse burger, all served with fries, $10-$11; almond and pistachio shakes, $6. When Johnny Rockets brings its traditional burgers and shakes to the festival, expect a bit of a twist: Burgers topped with cheddar, bacon or a smokehouse sauce of barbecue and ranch dressings will feed your carnivorous side, but the Please see FOOD / D10


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thick creamy shakes will be the standout dessert, showcasing the nuts of Kern County. General manager Lydia Oropeza said they’ll offer two kinds of shakes: almond, which features almond butter mixed into vanilla ice cream; and pistachio, made with the nuts and pistachio cream. While the almond concoction is new to the 1950s-inspired restaurant, Johnny Rockets has served the pistachio shake since last fall, just under a different name. “We named it after West High School because they were doing a fundraiser there and they asked for something special. So we made them a green shake.” The West High School fundraiser is just one of dozens of local fundraisers in which Johnny Rockets takes part. Its commitment to the community is a big part of what made the restaurant get involved in the nut festival. “I’m personally a festival fan,” Oropeza said. “When you go somewhere and there is a festival going on, there is so much life, crafts and things you don’t see at the mall or other regular places. A festival is where people bring their specialty items. We want to be a part of it and, because it’s the first one, we are going to be the pioneers.” Although the two shakes aren’t permanent fixtures on the menu, Oropeza promises even after the festival is over that Johnny Rockets will serve the shakes for a limited time.

special events officer for Advanced Center for Eyecare, as well as a festival committee member. “By joining forces, we (the eye centers) are able to offer the community a complete state-of-the-art facility with a multitude of services. We offer annual eye exams, eye doctors who manage eye disease, eye surgeries, low vision exams and services, independent living skills, computer technology, Braille, and white cane lessons.”

— MW

— EA

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Bakersfield High School Choir

Festival menu: Chocolate cake from Jakes’s Tex-Mex Cafe ($2 a slice) When it came to getting the word out about the new location for the Advanced Center for Eyecare and Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Linda Sullenger knew just how to draw folks to her nut festival booth — with chocolate cake from Jake’s Tex-Mex Cafe. “We think attendees will be flocking to our booth to buy a slice of Jake’s cake because it’s become a local favorite,” said Linda Sullenger, resource development and


Carnie Kettle Corn Inc. will sell its namesake product with or without peanuts at the Kern County Nut Festival.

satisfied. They are made in a minimuffin tin, so you could easily eat several and not feel guilty. “It’s the special way we put them together that sets them apart from other desserts. It took several attempts to reach the perfect combination of batter, dough, cooking time and temperature. The festival attendees will be hooked from their first bite!” You can wash the treat down with lemonade, pistachio liqueur or a pistachio cocktail, all to send the teens to perform in New York City next year. “It will be a life-changing experience for around 100 choir students to sing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.”

“Foundation ThinkAgain was a perfect fit for our support,” said Christiane Camou, one of the owners of Wool Growers. “My uncle, Danny Maitia, died of brain cancer three years ago, and we wanted to support such a wonderful cause that helps children. He especially loved children, so we know he is smiling down on us knowing we are helping little ones with brain cancer.” On the menu is pickled tongue and fresh tomato salad popular at Basque meals. Cooks pay a nod to the nut with a green salad, which includes almonds along with cranberries and blue cheese crumbles. “We normally do not have nuts on our salad, but developed this salad so we could be a part of the Nut Festival. We felt it was important to support agriculture in our community as they have supported us for 59 years. My grandmother, Mayie Maitia, was named agriculturist of the year by the Kern County Fair for her continued support of the industry.”

— EA

— EA

Wool Growers/Foundation ThinkAgain

Cafe Med


Cafe Med’s warm balsamic spinach salad with candied pecans will be sold at the Kern County Nut Festival. To make it easier for attendees to eat on the go, it will be served in homemade pita bread.

Festival menu: Brookies (brownie with a walnut chocolate chip cookie inside), $5 for half-dozen, $8 for dozen; lemonade, $1; pistachio liqueur, $5; pistachio cocktail, $10 The Bakersfield High School Choir Booster Club is so eager to raise enough funds to send its students to Carnegie Hall next spring that it’s willing to play on your weakness for sweets. Enter the “Brookie.” “Our Brookie is quite unique,” said Loraine Vasquez, booster club vice president. “Combining the best of both worlds with a brownie and chocolate chip cookie. Add some walnuts and your chocolate cravings are

Festival menu: green salad with almonds, cranberries and blue cheese crumbles, $7; fresh tomato salad with onion and bell pepper, $7; and pickled tongue, $15. When you think about Kern County food, nuts and Basque cuisine surely make the list, although not necessarily together. Wool Growers, along with Foundation ThinkAgain, is ready to mix two great tastes for a good cause.

Festival menu: Chicken spinach salad served in pita bread, $5. Cafe Med knows not to mess with a classic — at least not too much. For its booth, the restaurant is bringing one of its top menu items — chicken spinach salad — albeit a portable version. “It makes it easier to eat that way,” said spokeswoman Stacy Howard of serving the sweet and crisp menu favorite in pita bread. The serving features baby

spinach, grilled chicken breast, tomatoes, red onion, blue cheese, bacon and hard-boiled egg crumbles, warm balsamic vinaigrette dressing and candied pecans in a homemade pita. The item was chosen from the menu for the festival because of its candied pecans, which are made fresh daily. — PR

Carnie Kettle Corn Inc. Festival menu: Kettle corn with or without peanuts, $3-$7; corn dogs, $3; funnel cakes, $5-$6; shaved ice, $4; and fresh-squeezed lemonade, $4-$5. Kern County doesn’t grow peanuts, but in a festival surrounded by almonds, walnuts and pistachios, who’s going to begrudge some legumes? Carnie Kettle Corn owner Scott Hunsaker gave his signature treat a new spin with the addition of peanuts. “Kettle corn at events is typically always the same, so this will be an opportunity to try it with a small twist.” Hunsaker said the classic kettle corn will be served along with hand-dipped corn dogs, funnel cakes, shaved ice and freshsqueezed lemonade. The life of a food vendor usually requires a fair amount of travel, so Hunsaker is happy to support a Kern County event. “We have been participating in dozens of festivals all across California for past decade and are excited to have a local one to attend now.” — EA

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Expect more surprises on ‘Thrones’ season finale In light vein, Harris hosts Tony Awards BY CHUCK BARNEY Contra Costa Times

Don’t miss “Game of Thrones” finale — We’re still recovering from the brutal bloodbath of the so-called “Red Wedding.” So it hardly seems fair that Season 3 of this epic fantasy now rushes to a close. Of course, we have some burning questions: Will the remaining Starks be able to survive? Can the Lannisters retain their grip on the Iron Throne? And what will bratty Joffrey do next to tick us off? 9 tonight, HBO.

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Noah Wyle leads an intrepid band of alien fighters in “Falling Skies,” which debuts its third season tonight.

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nominations. 8 p.m., CBS. Tonight: We keep waiting for Chicken Little to show up on “Falling Skies.” Instead, all we get are aliens — or “skitters.” Season 3 begins tonight. 9 p.m., TNT. Monday: Season 2 of “Major Crimes” begins with the slaying of a high-profile filmmaker’s pregnant wife. Sounds like a job for Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) and her elite team of LA police detectives. The show debuts just before the premiere of “King & Maxwell.” 9 p.m., TNT. Monday: Step aside Jon Stewart. It’s time for John Oliver to take over “The Daily Show” as its regular host takes a three-month leave to direct a movie. At least the Brit has high ambitions: His goal is to get Queen Elizabeth as a guest. 11 p.m., Comedy Central.

Tuesday: Season 4 of “Pretty Little Liars” actually begins a few moments before the end of March’s cliffhanger as we learn what the girls saw in that trunk that was so shocking. The premiere of “Twisted,” a small-town murder mystery, immediately follows. 8 p.m., ABC Family. Wednesday: As Season 5 of “Royal Pains” opens, Hank (Mark Feuerstein) is antsy to return to work after spending the winter recuperating from brain surgery. His first patient is a woman whose fundraising efforts may be harming her health. 9 p.m., USA. Wednesday: It’s all about what dudes dig during “Guys Choice 2013. Among the offbeat categories: Holy Grail of Hot (“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke). 9 p.m., Spike TV.

Thursday: On “Pawn Stars,” the guys get a hot tip on a pair of punching bags once owned by boxing great Rocky Marciano. Naturally, this inspires Rick to show off his not-so-great boxing skills. 9 p.m., History. Friday: Season 2 of the Rat Packera drama “Magic City” begins with Ike (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) sitting in the clink on trumped-up murder charges. New to the cast are James Caan, Esai Morales, Jamie Harris and Sherilyn Fenn. 9 p.m., Starz. Saturday: On the “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks,” director Martin Scorsese leads a black-tie celebration of the comedy legend who gave us “Blazing Saddles,” Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers.” 9 p.m., TNT.

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Sexual violence pervasive on television Hardly a TV show goes by without an attack BY SARA SMITH The Kansas City Star

Evil men lurk in the shadows of most television worth watching. Pick up the remote, and you’ll soon find a woman being attacked. The choices are limited for those not seeking the very worst of human nature during their leisure time. Most successful dramas, from ABC to AMC to HBO, can’t resist the urge to throw in at least a threat of sexual violence. Our appetite for crime procedurals and savage worlds in turmoil is partly to blame. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” rips its stories from the plentiful real-life headlines, but even the women battling zombies are terrorized by their fellow survivors. Fans of “Criminal Minds” and “SVU” know what they’re getting — a weekly dose of bad guys taking aim at female targets. “The Killing” returned last week with the violent rape of a homeless teen. But even outside grim whodunits, too often men are reduced to predators and women their prey. The sheer number of rape tropes clogging the TV listings begs for scrutiny. Are these stories just honest attempts to depict a harsh reality, a result of lazy showrunners pushing the “edgy” button, or cynical pandering to a misogynistic audience? “Who’s gonna book a room in the Rape/Murder Motel?” — Norma Bates, “Bates Motel”

Sexual violence is how the sword-and-shield gangs on “Game of Thrones” celebrate a successful siege. But even far from battle, the threat exists on HBO’s critical darling whenever a woman or girl is isolated and outnumbered. Damsel-in-distress Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) was once rescued from rioters, only to be married against her will. King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) walked her down the aisle, then hissed, “Maybe I’ll pay you a visit tonight after my uncle passes out. How would you like that? You wouldn’t? That’s all right.”


Vera Farmiga, who plays Norma Bates in “Bates Motel,” was subject to a violent attack just minutes into the show’s first episode.

The idea of rape as an inevitability — or at least a constant threat — also gets trotted out often in the apocalyptic constructs of “Revolution,” “The Walking Dead” and “Battlestar Galactica.” The History channel’s scripted serial “The Vikings,” despite endless source material, has been more restrained with its carefully parsed scenes than most of the fictional worlds TV has created, which, to be fair, have not re-imagined human nature. “Sons of Anarchy,” FX’s drama about biker gangs, created a formidable female lead in Gemma (Katey Sagal) in its first season. Gemma was gang-raped at the beginning of Season 2, the attack depicted with an especially upsetting use of sound and tight closeups. Sagal’s award-winning performance as a survivor trying to cope while keeping her trauma a secret was revelatory, partly because Gemma was given more to do than the usual TV options. Sexual violence usually ends up making things worse for a female character. She can become frigid, or she can have lots of risky sex. She can become a drunk or a manhater, workaholic kickboxer or jittery pill-popper. She can obsessively seek revenge, maybe with the help of our male hero. Or, if she’s Norma Bates, she can fly off the handle. “Bates Motel” was only halfway through its pilot when Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) was stalked and attacked. It was a shocking scene that set many train

wrecks in motion. But Norma deserved better. The same show that handcuffed her to that table has since made her fascinating for other reasons. Like Veronica Mars and Dr. Melfi on “The Sopranos,” Norma Bates didn’t need to be raped to be interesting, but they threw it in there anyway. And don’t forget about the sex slaves in the basements all around town in this series. Rape is an easy, “gritty” way to instantly make a woman evil, motivated or crazy. It’s also an efficient way to establish a man’s place on the continuum from honorable to despicable.

Lucrezia’s husband forces himself on her on a regular basis. Even critical favorites use marital rape to flesh out characters. On “Homeland,” Brody (Emmy winner Damien Lewis) violates his wife in the pilot to establish just how screwed up he is. “Mad Men” fans are relieved that Joan (Christina Hendricks) is free of the creep they called “Dr. Rapist.” “Breaking Bad” toned down a chilling, much-discussed bedroom scene between Walter and Skylar White last season, but Walt had long ago tried to rape his wife in the kitchen. At least Skylar loathes her husband for it.

“When we make camp tonight, you’ll be raped. More than once. None of these fellows have ever been with a noblewoman. You’ll be wise not to resist. They’ll knock your teeth out.”

“She’s just in the next room. Why don’t you go in there and rape her? I’ll hold her arms down.”

— Jaime Lannister, “Game of Thrones”

Rape does a lot of heavy lifting in the fantasy genre. Even in realms where dragons lay waste to cities of slave masters, it epitomizes a special brand of evil. And men who don’t participate get a gold star. “Game of Thrones” villain Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) can claim no honor after killing the king he had sworn to protect. Even for this show, he’s detestable, the kind of guy who pushes little boys from tower windows. But events this season have created a redemptive arc for him. How can you tell the Kingslayer’s heart is melting? He actually exerts himself to prevent a gang rape. And despite his traveling companion Brienne (Gwendolyn Christie) having been established as a fierce warrior, she remained in danger from the same men for five episodes, with Jaime showing up one last time to yank her out of a literal bear pit before her captors could take turns attacking her. Shows based on medieval history back up HBO’s fantasy version. (Rewind time further to “Rome” or “Spartacus” and the examples become too depressing and explicit to list.) Why did Jane Rochford betray the Boleyns on “The Tudors”? Revenge for weddingnight brutality. On “The Borgias,”

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Soap operas, supposedly made for women, burst at the seams with sexual violence, some of it graphic. “General Hospital’s” Luke and Laura, that iconic meant-to-be couple, got together after he drunkenly raped her in 1978. In 2005, at least seven rapes were featured on “Passions,” which kept it up until it went off the air — a character named Fancy was raped, stalked, then raped again in just two months. Daytime soaps are in decline, but their faith in rape as a go-to storyline remains unshaken. Just ask Sam on “General Hospital” and Marty on “One Life to Live.” And prime-time soaps continued the tradition: “Private Practice” advertised its sweeps-week rape storyline in fall 2010 — and was rewarded with ratings and two more seasons. Soaps take things a disturbing step further than most shows, reforming attackers quickly back into leading men with slappedtogether excuses. After all, he was drunk/possessed/brainwashed/ his own evil twin/a different guy back then. Adolescent “Game of Thrones” heroine Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), her original age upped from 13 to 18 to make her sex scenes legal, was taken by force, sobbing, on her honeymoon. But Dany eventually falls in love with

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the nomadic warlord who bought her from her brother, making them the Luke and Laura of their fantasy realm. “Dennis, our bar is in south Philly in a scary alley ... might as well call it ‘Rape Bar.’” — Dee, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

Those who grow weary of seeing women brutalized might want to DVR some comedies instead, right? Maybe not. Hannah (Lena Dunham) finds out the hard way on “Girls” that date-rape jokes don’t belong in job interviews. Some contend that rape can never be funny. A lot of comedians disagree, from George Carlin (“Picture Porky Pig raping Elmer Fudd”) to Sarah Silverman (“I was raped by a doctor, which is so bittersweet for a Jewish girl”). Her celebrated contribution to “The Aristocrats” is also about rape. The nothing-sacred view leads otherwise-thoughtful comics to reflexively circle the wagons around their vile peers. Louis CK and Patton Oswalt fell into that trap last year after Daniel Tosh hatefully responded to a heckler, protesting a rape joke, by musing, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by, like, five guys right now? Like right now?” Tosh has a show on Comedy Central, also home to “The Jeselnik Offensive” and its barrage of raperelated material that is arguably more nuanced — and funny — than any of Tosh’s. Anthony Jeselnik’s latest one-hour special is titled “Caligula” for a reason. But when Comedy Central was preparing to roast Charlie Sheen, it refused to let Jeselnik verbally target Mike Tyson at the event ... for being an actual, real-life convicted rapist. If dramas could take more care before depicting rape as an inevitable fate for women, so can comedies. The “good” jokes about rape — and the funny ones — make us cringe at its awful realities. “Who’s going to complain about rape jokes?” Silverman challenges her fans. “Rape victims? They barely even report rape.”

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LOS ANGELES — After producing documentaries about the history of baseball, the Civil War, jazz and a variety of other topics, Ken Burns is turning his attention to cancer. Burns will be teaming up with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Emperor or All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.” The series, to air on PBS stations in the spring of 2015, will be directed by Barak Goodman of the New York-based documentary film production company Ark Media. In awarding “The Emperor of All Maladies” its 2011 prize for general nonfiction, the Pulitzer judges called the book “an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science.” Another fan is Sharon

Percy Rockefeller, who read the book while she was being treated for colorectal cancer. As it happens, Rockefeller is the chief executive of WETA, the public television and radio stations in Washington, D.C. She reached out to Burns and Mukherjee to get the documentary project going. “Cancer touches nearly everyone in this country,” Rockefeller said in a statement announcing the project. That includes Burns, who was only 3 when his mother, Lyla, was diagnosed with breast cancer. “There was never a time when I didnít know my mother was sick,” Burns said in an interview with KQED’s San Francisco Focus. Lyla Burns died when Ken was 11, and her passing fueled what became his obsession with the past. “My whole work was an attempt to make people long gone come back alive,” he said in

that interview. Mukherjeeís book also caught the attention of Laura Ziskin, who produced the films “Pretty Woman,” “As Good as It Gets” and the three-part “Spider-Man” series, among others. Ziskin was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and wanted to produce a documentary about the disease. She didnít get the chance before she died in 2011, but she did persuade Mukherjee to give the television and film rights for his book to Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), the cancer research and awareness group she helped found in 2008. In conjunction with the three-part, six-hour series, SU2C and WETA will launch a nationwide educational and outreach campaign to start a national conversation about the disease. The American Cancer Society and the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, will be part of that outreach effort.

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NEW YORK — Helen Fielding says the idea of trying to keep the plot of her third Bridget Jones novel a secret “frightens” her. But last week at BookExpo America, the British author appeared at a breakfast before hundreds of booksellers and dropped some hints about what she has in store for her comic “singleton” heroine come this fall. The title — “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy” — was inspired by the Dinah Washington version of the Noel Coward song, she said.

The world of Twitter, texting and the Internet play a role — can we assume Bridget’s diary now appears on Facebook? — and Fielding implied that Bridget’s biological clock is ticking. The ever-insecure Bridget, she suggested, will be dealing with the pressures women face to look like stars “on the red carpet,” or the “gap” between how we’re told we should be and “how we are inside.” Fielding, 55, told the crowd the new Bridget is a “fun” book and added, “I’m not trying to write social commentary.” But comedy, she said, “always comes from a place of truth.” Afterward, asked by USA

Today whether movie plans were in the works, Fielding said it’s a bit early because she hasn’t yet completed the novel (there’s no jacket yet, either). “I do think it would make a good movie,” she said. Would she like to see Renee Zellweger return in the role? She demurred, again suggesting it’s premature, but said, “Yes, she’s wonderful.” It has been 14 years since the last Bridget Jones novel, The Edge of Reason. Bridget first burst on the scene in 1996 in Bridget Jones’s Diary. “Mad About the Boy” will be published by Knopf on Oct. 15.

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A baby bison grazes as another gets some liquid refreshment from mom near Beaver Lake at Yellowstone Park. In addition to spectacular sites, visitors to national parks will enjoy healthier foods choices this summer.


The Panorama Trail is perhaps the most aptly named trail in Yosemite National Park. Walking downhill across the hillside, hikers can soak up views of Half Dome, Nevada Fall and the high country beyond.

Try these trails for little hike of heaven Yosemite’s Four-Mile Trail, Panorama Trail are pure bliss BY MAREK WARSZAWSKI

National parks make it healthy with new foods BY NANCI HELLMICH USA Today

Visitors to the national parks this summer will not only get a taste of nature, they’ll get a taste of healthier fare at the parks’ restaurants, snack bars and stores. The National Park Service has announced a new nationwide plan — the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program — to make certain all its parks offer healthy food and beverage choices. Some of the options: lentil soup, bison hot dogs, grass-fed beef, black-bean sliders, fish tacos, fresh tomato soup and produce from local farms. About 23 million people buy meals in national parks each year. “There’s no reason you should have to take a vacation from healthy eating when you’re on vacation,” said Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. The prices of the foods at parks are set so they “are affordable to all Americans,” he said. “Going outside to visit a national park has a lot of benefits,” Jarvis said. “You can spend time with your family. You can get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can learn about nature and American history. “You’re taking a walk to get a little exercise. You’re breathing fresh air, hearing the birds. It has physical and mental benefits. If you want to maximize that health benefit, we need to provide you an opportunity to eat healthy food.” But if you want a treat, don’t despair: The parks will continue offering long-time favorites such as hot dogs and ice cream. There will be plenty of choices out there, Jarvis said. The park service worked with the companies that supply foods and beverages to come up with new menu items and is encouraging companies to use locally grown and raised food when possible, Jarvis said. Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said, “Often times the parks are isolated so there may not be many other food venues nearby. You think of going to a park as a healthier vacation because you are hiking and walking around. But if the food isn’t healthy, you may come back one or two pounds heavier and never lose it.” Some parks have already worked on cleaning up their nutrition acts. Among the healthy options that are being offered: Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana uses Montana-grown lentils and split peas in soups, salads and some entrees, said Lu Harlow, Xanterra’s director of food and beverage at the park. She tries to buy locally as much as possible. “We buy lamb and grass-fed beef from several nearby ranches which use no growth hormones or antibiotics,” she said. “One of our challenges in all of this is that when some people are on vacation, they want to Please see FOOD / D16

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK uick, what’s the best dayhike in Yosemite Valley? OK, that’s a dumb question. Kind of like being asked to pick the best microbrewed pale ale or the best flavor of ice cream. They’re all good, but everyone has a favorite. For me, though, it’s still a pretty easy choice. If I’m going to visit Yosemite Valley in late spring or summer (and have to deal with all the traffic and hordes of tourists), it’s going to be for a hike you can’t do anywhere else. One with more knock-yoursocks-off views per footstep than any in the park, if not the world. This hike is so good, it can’t be contained by one trail. Combine the Four Mile Trail from the valley to Glacier Point and the Panorama Trail from Glacier Point back to the valley, and you get 13.8 miles of pure hiking bliss. Of course, you don’t have to hike both trails. Either is worthwhile by itself. But by combining them, you get the full experience without having to retrace your steps or arrange a shuttle. The key is getting an early start. Not only will you be able to find a parking spot at the trailhead, but also much of the Four Mile Trail will still be shaded. (When you’re climbing 3,200 feet in 4.6 miles, direct sun is not your friend.) Completed in 1872 by the same man — John Conway — who built the Yosemite Falls Trail, the Four Mile Trail begins under the imposing north face of Sentinel Dome and under cover of oaks, maples and laurels. It’s a steady climb, but the switchbacks are well-graded. With every step the views across the Valley of Yosemite Falls get better and better, each with a slightly different perspective. You can also peer down the Valley for interesting side profiles of Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks and mighty El Capitan. After three miles of steady climbing, the trail reaches the rim at Union Point (via a short spur) and breaks into sunlight. There are more switchbacks ahead, then a gradual climb through the forest to Glacier Point. Walking around Glacier Point can be kind of a shock because the crowds are so thick. But, hey, at least you can buy a sandwich and Gatorade. And most of the tourists disappear as soon as you head down the Panorama Trail. Never has a trail been more aptly named. The Panorama Trail makes an elegant traverse across a hillside with eye-popping views of Half Dome, Liberty Cap, Nevada Fall and Mount Starr King. Heading downhill, keep left at a signed junction and continue toward Illilouette Creek.


Those master Yosemite trail builders really outdid themselves with the Panorama Trail. This rock wall, seen on the switchbacking descent to the John Muir Trail, helps divert a creek from flowing across and eroding the trail.

Four-Mile Trail

Panorama Trail

Location: Yosemite National Park Length: 4.6 miles Difficulty: Strenuous from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point; easy in downhill direction Trailheads: Signed turnout along Southside Drive just past Sentinel Beach; arrive before 9 a.m. to ensure a spot. You can also take the El Capitan Shuttle (summer only) from Yosemite Village to stop E-5. For downhill hike, start at Glacier Point.

Location: Yosemite National Park Length: 9.2 miles Difficulty: Moderate from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley; strenuous in uphill direction Trailheads: Glacier Point (15.5 miles off Wawona Road/Highway 41 at Chinquapin). For uphill hike, start at Happy Isles Nature Center. Fees: $20 per vehicle, good for seven days Maps: USGS, Half Dome; Tom Harrison Maps, Yosemite High Country Details: or 209-3720200

The 370-foot Illilouette Fall can be heard from the trail but not seen because it is tucked so tightly into the canyon. To catch a glimpse, you’ll have to take a short spur trail. But be careful. A guardrail that used to be here gave way to a rockfall years ago. The trail continues downhill, crossing Illilouette Creek on a bridge, before climbing the ridge that separates the Illilouette drainage from the Merced River. Along the way you’ll pass Panorama Point (reached

via an unsigned spur trail), another airy perch that has been weakened by rockfall. As you continue climbing, the rounded hulk of Half Dome slowly starts to peak above the canopy. Step by step, it keeps getting bigger until you see the entire south face. About this time, you Please see YOSEMITE / D16


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Hiking the Panorama Trail from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley brings hikers closer and closer to Half Dome. It keeps getting bigger and bigger.

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reach a plateau and a trail junction. Stay left. From here, the views vanish for a while as the Panorama Trail makes a switchbacking descent to meet the John Muir Trail 0.2 miles from the top of Nevada Fall. You’re now about 3 miles from Yosemite Valley on the Muir Trail and a little less via the Mist Trail. Take the Muir Trail down. Your knees will thank you later. Upon reaching the valley floor, it’s still about three miles to the Four Mile Trail trailhead. If you’ve had enough hiking, take the Valley Shuttle to the Yosemite Lodge and stroll the final half-mile to your car by crossing the Merced River on the Swinging Bridge. What a hike.

The Four Mile Trail from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point begins at the trailhead along Southside Drive just past Sentinel Beach. Get there before 9 a.m. to ensure a parking spot, or you may have to take the shuttle.

FOOD: Salads, lighter meals abound salads such as a Mediterranean salad. “There has been a paradigm shift the past few years with people wanting and demanding healthier food and wanting to know where their food comes from,” said Matthew McTigue, executive chef at the Grand Canyon South Rim for Xanterra Parks and Resorts, which runs the concessions. Muir Woods in California has healthy sandwiches made foods such line-caught tuna and free-range, hormone-free chickens, said Keith Mahoney of Ortega

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National Parks, which does the concessions. Breads and muffins come from a nearby organic bakery. Muffins and scones cost about $2.95 to $4.95; sandwiches, $7.95; grilled cheese, $5.95; fresh tomato soup, $9.95. Yosemite National Park’s customers love fresh greens and tomatoes, said Robert Anderson, a chef who works for Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts. “You get in this grand surrounding, and you’re inspired to eat healthfully. You don’t want to eat chips; you want good fuel.”

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splurge,” Harlow said. “Our goal is to provide healthy options that guests want to splurge on. We continue to offer hot dogs and hamburgers, but we are offering bison hot dogs and grass-fed beef burgers. Visitors can still find a french fry, at least for now. Before long they may all be baked fries.” The food served at the Statue of Liberty (which reopens again July 4 after cleanup from Superstorm Sandy) was revamped last year to provide healthier food to visitors. The park now offers 15 meals under 550 calories and several under 300 calories. “What we tried to do is take everyday foods and make them healthier,” said Brad Hill, president of Evelyn Hill Inc., a family business that provides the food and beverages for the park. “People expect a cheeseburger, but our quarterpound cheeseburger has only 515 calories. It has lowfat cheese and oat-topped wheat bun, which tastes really great. We also offer a turkey burger and veggie burger.” Grand Canyon South Rim offers vegetarian options and serves vegetables or fruit as a substitute for french fries, including for kids’ meals. Among the healthy entrees: a garden vegetable pasta dish, healthy wraps made with veggies and lean protein; and entree

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