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Index Annual rabbit show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Laura Lollar Wolfe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 BHS Drumathon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Arts Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Jeff Dunham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Fundraising events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Levan Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30-31

Practice, practice, practice Rock Steady Studios to meet bands’ basic need BY MATT MUNOZ editor


ocal bands will finally have a place to woodshed their noise into music with the upcoming opening of Rock Steady Studios. Brought to life by partners Chris Sanchez and Myvan Huynh, the self-financed business was created to fill a void felt by Bakersfield musicians — a feeling Sanchez is all too familiar with. “I’ve been playing in bands for years around town, and the problem we always had was finding a place to rehearse,” he said. Sanchez’s frustration dates to his 1990s high school punk band, The Rumor, whose rehearsals had a reputation for keeping neighbors awake. “We always practiced at my friend’s garage, and even lined the walls with mattresses to sound-proof the place. The cops would still show up and tell us to turn it down every time.” Sanchez, who plays guitar and sings, eventually moved on to a different band, but the hassles and expense of rehearsal followed him. “We were paying almost $450 a month for an empty room, and things just didn’t work out. I think we were paying the building’s rent more than our own because it was way too expensive,” he said.

‘If you can’t find a job, you can make one, right?’ So Sanchez, a 2010 CSUB grad with a degree in public administration, came up with a resolution both to his constant quest for rehearsal space and a brand-new struggle that cropped up since graduation: finding work in today’s tough job market. “Chris was so busy looking for a job, but no one was hiring,” said Huynh, an accountant and 2008 CSUB graduate. “His only real work experience was in music, playing in bands. I suggested he try something out related to that.” Huynh’s suggestion sparked an immediate reaction from Sanchez. “The rehearsal studio idea was the first thing that popped into my head,” he said. “I didn’t have any structured plan, but if you can’t find a job, you can make one, right?” His preparation and research consisted of visiting various established Southern California rehearsal spots and taking notes. “You walk into some of these places and there are just rows of doors leading to different practice rooms. Bakersfield could totally use something like this,” he said. Brainstorming together, the friends decided a joint venture could potentially make things work, with some financial


Chris Sanchez and partner Myvan Huynh try out one of the new rehearsal rooms at their new business, Rock Steady Studios.

“We’re hoping to have a melting pot of metal heads hanging with country dudes, and reggae musicians. This place is for everybody.” — Chris Sanchez, co-owner of Rock Steady Studios

guidance by Huynh. Each kicked in $5,000 of their own money. “The trust was there between us, and even though I was working already, I was confident about this,” said Huynh. “It was all or nothing as far as we were concerned. This was our money and we didn’t want to deal with bankers.” Their initial search led them downtown, where they felt Rock Steady Studios would get the most traffic. “The rent was too high downtown, and there’s always some noise level and parking concerns from the landlords. Bands need space outside to load and unload gear,” Sanchez said. Their next stop was the southwest, home to countless lonely business plazas with suites to fill. There they found what they

consider an ideal location and reasonable rent. The partners moved in the first week of January, and with help from family in the construction business, they put in drywall, light fixtures and sound-proofing. “When we first came in, there was nothing but an office and a set of stairs here,” said Huynh. “We built most of this ourselves, but contracted things we needed help with.”

‘Plug ’n’ play best way to go’ Making the most of the available 2,000 square feet, which also includes an upstairs area, the studio offers five rooms to choose from. Varying in size, from small enough to fit one full drum kit to a fully staged set-up, each is personalized with names like “Schecter Room” and “Gibson Room,” after popular instrument brands. Inside each chamber, walls are adorned with posters of rock legends to help create the vibe. All rooms will boast PA systems, complete with microphones and cables, making it BYOI — bring your own instrument. “Plug ’n’ play is the best way to go,” said Sanchez. Pricing will depend on the needs of the artist, starting with a base rate of $20 to $25 an hour, according Sanchez and Huynh. The plan is to offer a variety of options to make things easy, rather than haggling over

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rates. “We will work with all the bands on this, because we know how crazy some schedules can be. We’ll make it accessible at just about any hour, as long as we’re contacted early enough. I compare it to eating at In-NOut, where you have three options you can change a little,” Sanchez smiled. Alcohol and smoking are prohibited. “We want parents to feel safe if their kids are here. Smoking is allowed outside, and we will have security cameras on the premises at all times,” said Huynh. In addition to the rehearsal spaces, the Rock Steady lounge waiting area is where bands can network and make connections while watching music videos on the bigscreen TV. The partners have already been fielding calls from interested bands. Sanchez envisions a socially rockin’ steady environment. “We’re hoping to have a melting pot of metal heads hanging with country dudes, and reggae musicians. This place is for everybody.”


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You’re nobody ’til some bunny loves you BY JENNIFER SELF

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Rabbits of all shapes, sizes and colors will be on display at the Kern County Fairgrounds Saturday for a show hosted by the Kern County Rabbit Breeders Association.

Annual Rabbit Show When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Building 3 at the Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. Admission: Free

breed it into our herd.” Saturday’s show will be a good opportunity for potential breeders to ask questions and purchase an animal. Some things to consider before buying and breeding, according to Owens: • Keep your rabbit out of the sun. Never forget, Owens said, that these are burrowing creatures that require a cool environment. She keeps her animals in a barn, but even if you keep them outside, make sure they’re shaded and comfortable in the summer, she said. “People give them to their kids for Easter and let them run around, but a half an hour later, they’re dead. They can stress out really, really fast.” • One rabbit per cage. “You don’t want to mix them because they will fight.” • Feed them rabbit pellets. Owens usu-

ally pays $15-$17 for a 50-pound bag. “The main thing is to not overfeed them — just like a human.” • Rabbits are prey for dogs, so it’s best to keep your pets apart. “If you have a big Flemish Giant and a small dog, you can maybe keep them together.” • Though there are dozens of varieties, Owens advises keeping it simple by having just one to three breeds at a time. • They love to play with toilet paper rolls. • On average, rabbits live seven to 10 years. “The eldest one in our barn is almost 9 years old,” Owens said. “People tend to think of them like goldfish, only living for a little while, but that’s not true.” For families that can’t resist taking a rabbit home this weekend, Owens said joining the local breeders club would be smart. Breeders meet once a month at the Greenacres Community Center in Rosedale to discuss health, feeding and showing tips, among other topics. Dues are $10 per family annually and members must first join the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

wrapped inside a taut, smart, wartime suspense thriller, this play is a fascinating, thought-provoking exploration of art and its meaning. Set in occupied France, Picasso is forced to either disavow three of his own paintings or see them burned as “degenerate art.” Desperate to avoid either outcome, Picasso must engage in a game of cat and mouse with Miss Fischer, a beautiful German cultural attache.

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f one bunny is cute, it probably would take some complicated Einsteinesque math equation to extrapolate how cute 700 to 800 bunnies are. “Cute” might not even cut it anymore. We’d probably need a new word for it. But this we know for sure: Bakersfield is about to get crazy cute when hundreds of cottontails start hopping down the bunny trail to the fairgrounds Saturday for the annual rabbit show hosted by the Kern County Rabbit Breeders Association. The public is welcome, and admission is free, as breeders from up and down the state compete for awards. And though it might be all about the “awwww” factor to the general animal lover and layman, it’s serious stuff for competitors. Competing for embroidered blankets, ribbons and fancy writing pens, breeders will have spent countless hours feeding and cleaning their animals in preparation for this week’s show, said Angela Owens, president of the Kern County rabbit group. Owens, who works at State Farm when she isn’t tending her animals, began raising rabbits when her now-grown daughters joined Future Farmers of America at Highland High School. At one time the family had more than 150 rabbits. “The hardest part of having that many was just the time — cleaning cages, feeding and watering for an hour and half each night and four to six hours cleaning cages every week,” said Owens, who remembers that it cost a couple of hundred dollars a month back then to keep the animals. “You definitely don’t get into it for making money.” That said, there will be a lot of buying and selling going on this weekend. Owens said rabbits suitable for pets will be available for purchase, from $10 to $25 on average. The real beauties, the show-quality breeds, will start from about $50 and go up to several hundreds of dollars. “The most we ever spent was $225,” Owens said. “He was a big stud for the breed by daughter was doing, Netherland dwarf. He was worth the money.” Though Owens has “really slowed down a lot” on her hobby since her daughters moved on, she occasionally buys an animal to add to her stock of mini rex rabbits, a favorite breed because their fur is like velvet and they’re small and good-natured. “There’s really no breed that’s psycho,” said Owens, who added that in all her years around rabbits, she’s been bitten only once. “We breed for a good temperament. If there’s one that’s aggressive, we will not

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fter serving more than a year as development officer for the Arts Council of Kern — and bringing in major gifts from new sponsors — Laura Lollar Wolfe is now the ACK’s interim executive director. At its meeting on Jan. 19, the nonprofit organization’s board officially confirmed Wolfe in the exec’s chair for a period of six months. A decision about changing her status from interim to permanent will be decided on or before June 30, the end of the council’s fiscal year. “We’ll see then how it works out for both of us,” Wolfe said. “That should give us enough time to decide.” The board wanted to act quickly, she said, so there wouldn’t be a vacuum after its formal acceptance of the resignation of the previous executive director, Jeanette Richardson Parks, at the same January meeting. Wolfe said her focus will be very similar to that carried out by of Parks — emphasizing relationship building, coalitions, fundraising, the Arts District and saving the arts for the next generation. “But my real mission, as well as the Arts Council’s, is getting the arts into the schools,” she said. “And with a new funding source we’ll be able to do it — and we’ll be able to pay the artists.” Wolfe described the “new funding source” as a sizeable gift but said she’s not at liberty at this time to provide any details about the amount of the gift or the name of the donor. “I can’t say because of the process and the person who’s coordinating this gift wanted to be anonymous,” she said. “I am certain we will get it within the next month or so and it’s driving our planning.” That planning includes the ACK’s partnership with Young Audiences, or YA, whose curriculum uses the arts to teach all subjects and includes imbedded assessments. YA is a national organization based in New York that has provided funding for the arts in Kern County for about 40 years. It’s interesting to note that Gretchen Reinecke Kimball, the ACK’s first president and chief organizer in 1976-77, was active in YA when she lived in Bakersfield. Now a resident of Belvedere in the Bay Area, Kimball is on YA’s national board of governors. In doing the ACK’s planning for the coming year, Wolfe said the council will use as a guideline the YA’s Arts for Learning and Literacy Program. A few months ago, Nicole Saint-John, ACK’s director of visual programs, helped train people who will implement the


Laura Lollar Wolfe is now the interim executive director of the Arts Council of Kern. She had previously served more than a year as development officer. Wolfe is standing next to the art work of Nicole Saint-John, the director of Visual Arts Programs for the Arts Council.

“We will be in on the design of everything — the public art, the restrooms, everything. And we will use teaching artists who will work with students in the Arvin schools.” — Laura Lollar Wolfe, interim executive director of the Arts Council of Kern

program with input from YA and the California Arts Council. The ACK currently has seven fulltime staff members. Its annual budget is $1 million and Wolfe says its reached that level mainly due to the efforts of her predecessor. “That $1 million budget is to Jeanette’s credit,” she said. “She’s really grown that over the 10 years she was here.” Cathy Butler, who’s also president of the Downtown Business Association, is president of the 17-member board. Other officers are Mary Amelia Cavazos-Reyna, treasurer, and Pamela Clement, treasurer. Wolfe, 49, is a native of Wasco and has a degree in communications from UC Santa Barbara. During her school years she studied vocal music and played the flute. “I grew up with the arts all around me — my parents are art collectors,” she said. “And having the arts in school influenced me so much.”

After holding various fundraising positions at UCSB, Loyola Law School and UC Irvine, she was hired in 1993 as Cal State Bakersfield’s assistant director of development, focusing on major gifts, and in 2003 was made assistant vice president of development. Wolfe left the position in August 2009 when the department was restructured under new leadership. The following month she joined the Arts Council as development officer in charge of year-end giving, special project funding for arts access, advocacy and education. In 2010 she brought in new funding from the California Table Grape Commission, Rabobank and Wells Fargo. Wolfe said it was the first time any of the three had been involved in ACK projects. Wolfe is pleased that the council is active countywide. It has given grants to organizations in four of the five supervisorial districts and has a contract with the city of Arvin in the planning and design of its new park. “We will be in on the design of everything — the public art, the restrooms, everything,” she said. “And we will use teaching artists who will work with students in the Arvin schools.” As for Bakersfield itself, the new director is enthusiastic about both the current and the future state of the arts in the city. “I think the (quality of the arts) is highly underestimated here,” she said. “There’s a vibrant culture; there’s so much talent and the city is planning to move ahead with the arts district.”


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The Bakersfield High School drum line will be holding a drum-a-thon and pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday.

Drumming up support Pancakes, drum-a-thon to raise travel funds BY MATT MUNOZ editor


lapjacks and drum sticks will be in abundance during the third annual BHS Drum line Pancake Breakfast and Drum-a-Thon on Saturday at Bakersfield High School. With enough “battering” power to keep listeners in step or consuming to the beat of their own sponsored drummer. BHS band director Randy Bennett says extra funding is needed more than ever. “Performing in a high school band drum line is considered an extracurricular activity nowadays, and the money just isn’t there anymore. It really comes down to schools giving us the opportunity to learn everything we want to learn, but if we’d like to go anywhere and show anybody, we have to raise money. That’s just the nature of the beast." To help with regular campaigns,

BHS Drumline Pancake Breakfast and Drum-a-Thon When: Pancake breakfast 8-11:00 a.m.; drum-a-thon 9-noon Saturday Where: Bakersfield High School cafeteria, 1241 G St. Admission: $5; $3 children 8 and under. Tickets can be purchased at door. Information:

band booster clubs are often organized to assist with raising funds. From ideas to volunteering, parents are the key, said Bennett who praised his army of supporters. “Booster clubs have been doing this for years, as far back as I can remember,” he said. “I can’t tell you how great their assistance is. Without the parents helping, we wouldn’t be able to have events such as this.” Hoping to raise enough funds to cover the estimated travel expenses for a planned trip to the upcoming

Union City drum competition in March, Bennett has set an early goal. “We have 28 kids. At $65 a kid, it equals to about $1,820 for that trip. That’s our pie in the sky,” he said. Feeling the squeeze hitting arts programs throughout the Kern High School District, Bennett says he’s found ways to keep the program strong, while trying to put a positive spin on the situation. “Performing is outside of the school realm, because of the way budgets are. We have to really work to make things happen. I think that’s kind of a good thing to teach kids these days.” Attendees can help out two ways: by purchasing a ticket to the event, which comes with a pancake breakfast, or by sponsoring a member of the drum line when the drum-off begins outside. “Anyone can sponsor one of the kids before they start their round, and we’ll accept any amount. You can watch and listen along with them or sit and watch from the comfort of the cafeteria behind the glass. That amount of drumming might be a little too much on the ears,” Bennett laughed.

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he Kern County Museum, a living monument to our region’s heritage, usually concerns itself with matters of the past. But following the announcement late last year that management of the Chester Avenue landmark is going to change, attention has shifted to the future. The public is invited to brainstorm ideas and help chart a course for the museum, whose property and col-

Save Kern County’s Museum What: Brainstorming session open to the public When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Where: Kern County Museum, Main Gallery, 3801 Chester Ave.

lections are owned by the county. The Kern County Superintendent of Schools is the current administrator but will turn over the reins of the

museum in June. But to whom? And will the museum’s mission, hours and attractions change? Mary Beth Garrison will facilitate the meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. at the museum. “Everyone involved is committed to keeping the museum open and making it financially strong, functional and educational,” said Beth Pandol, chairwoman of the Museum Authority Board and a member of the Museum Foundation Board.

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The big sound of big band Musical genre gets them jumpin’ every month


istening to live big band music is a rare treat at local venues and if you don’t mind frequent stops and starts, the Tuesday night rehearsal band at the Creative Arts Cafe is the place to be. Trombonist Ron Christian came up with the idea of both the band and the cafe, which is part of David Zent’s new Intimate Theatre & Music Hall. “David and I go back a long way — we’ve done various projects together,” Christian said. “At first I just stopped by to give him my support but we talked about this idea I’ve had in the back of my mind to do a showcase of music.” As a result, Christian is producing a series of always-on-Tuesday shows featuring various areas of the arts — poets, singer-songwriters, small groups of musicians, vocalists and even visual artists. The first Tuesday of the month is always big band night. Christian said the band rehearsals are open to the public but he does offer this note of caution: It is a rehearsal and so visitors shouldn’t expect a polished performance. He especially encourages students to attend because most have few opportunities to hear a big band. Christian, 52, graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1977. He played professionally for about 10 years in Los Angeles, went on tour with the Ray Charles Big Band, among others, and studied composing and arranging at a private school. Later, after returning home, he earned a degree in music from Cal State Bakersfield, and now works for the Kern County Waste Management Department. He also plays with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and is a member of Brass ala Carte, a local brass quartet. But he missed the


Trombonist and composer Ron Christian is the man behind the Creative Arts Cafe at the Intimate Theatre & Music Hall.

get-togethers professionals in L.A. and other large cities regularly have between scheduled appearances. “They call them rehearsal bands,” Christian said. “Musicians like them because that’s how you keep up your chops.” At the moment Christian’s Burnin’ Daylight Band is the resident group at the café. The group is preparing for a concert in April, using arrangements from a large collection Christian acquired from a jazz musician in Oregon. “I bring eight or 10 different charts each time,” he said. “They want to be challenged.” The band is made up of five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, plus piano, bass, drums and occasionally a guitar. A legendary western movie actor is the source for the band’s unusual name. “Burnin’ daylight is a John Wayne line, and by that he meant you’re just wasting time,” Christian said. “But all of us (musicians) have day jobs, so for us, I guess, this is night-owling.”

Opera at CSUB An annual operatic event that’s always a

treat takes place Friday evening courtesy of voice students at Cal State Bakersfield. This year’s program will be presented at the Dore Theatre and includes scenes from four operas and a musical. Peggy Sears, the director, said the mood for each one will be enhanced by scenery and lighting, and performers will be costumed. Soo-Yoen Chang, a new member of the university’s piano faculty, is the accompanist. The show opens with a scene from “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck, with Sara Hurley, Adrianna Medel and Elizabeth Provencio as Hansel, Gretel and the witch. Following this is a piece from Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in which Josh Shin, as Don Juan, tries his hand at wooing the maid Zerlina, played by Kristen Falls. Next, Sara Kean, Provencio and Nathan Baglyos do a spirited scene from “The Daughter of the Regiment” by Donizetti. And Almalinda Duran, Michael Redd, Robert Hamilton, Ingrid Borjas and Natosha Ramirez perform lead roles in several scenes from the same composer’s “Elixir of Love.” For the final scene, CSUB alumni Amanda Locke and Bryce Loo will perform two songs from “The Last Five Years,” an offBroadway musical written about 10 years ago.

Cat cloning at The Empty Space Unlikely though it may seem, “Kitty Kitty Kitty” is a play about a suicidal cat who keeps cloning himself in an attempt to find a companion and eventually finds love with a human family. The play, by Noah Haidle, opened last week at the The Empty Space and is part of the theater’s late-night series for adults only. Michelle Guerrero Tolley plays the original Kitty; Angela Hanawalt, Mike Bedard, David Lee Rock and Billie Joe Fox are the clones. Tyler Anglim and Juliana Paz portray the human element. Devin Purdy directs.

BMT arts school enrollment In addition to its “Acting Up” program, which starts Tuesday, the Bakersfield Music Theatre School of Performing Arts has added several new classes to its spring lineup. One is for singer-songwriters, taught by Ken Fix, director of the school. It’s meant to help for writers who do their own accompaniment to perfect their onstage perform-

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‘An Evening of Opera and Music Theatre Scenes’ When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: CSUB Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10; $4, students Information: 654-3093

‘Kitty Kitty Kitty’ When: 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Admission: $5 Information: 327-PLAY

BMT classes When: “Acting Up” class starts 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: BMT School of the Performing Arts, 1927 Eye St. Cost: $100 to $240 Information: 716-0316

ance. It begins on Feb. 5 and meets on Saturdays through March 26. Benjamin Scherger is the instructor for “Acting for Camera.” It meets on Wednesdays starting Feb. 9, continuing through March 30. And Bethany LaHammer will lead “Intro to Improv” on Saturdays, Feb. 5 through March 26. LaHammer and Christine Foth are the directors of “Acting Up, which will culminate in a performance of “Movie Star Mystery” on the stage of Stars Restaurant Theatre. Sign-ups for all classes are being taken now. Fees for each class vary, so contact the school at 716-0316 or visit for details.

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for his holiday parody song, “Jingle Bombs,” sung in the act by Dunham via Achmed, the comedian says pushing buttons can lead to laughter. “I heard a great comic say once that if you aren’t offending a couple of people here and there, you’re not pushing the envelope enough. I know there’s a fine line, but I feel that most folks have a good sense of humor and can take a joke. I’m always very suspicious when folks are ‘offended,’ because more

often than not, the ‘offended’ are offended for someone else, and aren’t any part of the group being picked on.” Having taken his act around the world numerous times, Dunham explained that not much of his material has been lost in translation. As the nation has caught on, so has the rest of the globe. “We’ve proved it on our European tours. Those people were just as enthusiastic and knew some of the jokes. When that happens, it is sobering,” he said. Eager to see where he and his band of puppet pals will head next, Dunham assures locals won’t be disappointed when he hits the stage. “We have a bunch of new material the folks in Bakersfield can look forward to. It will be a fun show.”






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COMING IN EYE Saturday: Valentine’s Day is coming soon, but there’s more than romance headed to town this February. From events for Black History Month tied to the local Harlem & Beyond celebration to Super Bowl parties and Whiskey Flat Days, you have plenty to keep your calendar full. Get the details in the Month Ahead calendar. Sunday: Dr. Temple Grandin, autism advocate and the subject of a Golden Globe-winning film, spoke to The Californian before a pair of upcoming appearances in




Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, holding one of his popular characters, Peanut, will appear Sunday at Rabobank Arena.





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unnyman Jeff Dunham is no dummy. Bringing his cast of wild characters to Rabobank Arena this Sunday, the ventriloquist and stand-up comedian continues filling venues worldwide. Looking back at his successes, the Dallas native is happy audiences are still in on the joke. “In my show I try and make fun of myself more than anyone, and I believe that we should all be able to laugh at ourselves,” he said. Honest words from the man who’s made a living being silly. “Like I always say, my show has no socially redeeming value whatsoever — you’re not going to learn anything. All you’re going to do is have a big goofy time and escape your problems for a while,” he added. Purchasing his first vinyl ventriloquist dummy as a kid in the ’60s, Dunham says puppets were pretty common in his neighborhood, unbeknownst to him until years later. “Everyone close to my age that I’ve talked to, especially guys for some reason, tell me that they had one too but they said they never could do it. It was just something that I thought was cool. I started doing book reports with it — I developed the skill. I easily got A’s on all my reports. It was just something that a little kid grasped on to — so I stuck with it.” In the tradition of famous vaudeville to Hollywood acts like Edgar Bergen and his puppet, Charlie McCarthy, and others synonymous with the stagecraft, Dunham has filled his own stable of popular sidekicks. From the grumpy antics of “Walter,” who “doesn’t give a damn,” to “Peanut,” the hyperactive “woozle,” they’re never short on voice-manipulated laughs. His stable includes the occasional controversial character — as in the case of “Achmed the Dead Terrorist.” Through the guise of the turban-wearing skeleton, Dunham pokes fun at the issue of suicide bombers. Known

Kern County — at an autism conference and before the Cattlemen’s Association. Grandin shared her thoughts on a range of subjects, including autistic children, the humane treatment of animals and her whirlwind introduction to Hollywood. Plus, we’ll share the inspiring tale of 20-year-old Justin Twisselman, whose autism diagnosis hasn’t prevented him from pitching in on JOHN EPPERSON / THE DENVER POST the family’s ranch, which Temple Grandin will speak at the 16th anstraddles Kern and San Luis nual Autism Awareness Conference. Obispo counties.

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B-movies with audience effects ‘Zombiefest’ event at Intimate Theatre


f you’re a movie history geek like me, the name William Castle should ring a bell. If it doesn’t, allow me to introduce to you this unsung hero of Bmovie history. Director William Castle helped usher in the era of movie gimmickry on unsuspecting audiences in the ’50s. Producing movies like “13 Ghosts,” “House on Haunted Hill” and “The Tingler,” each flick came with its own set of sensory experiences. With electric shocks to theater seats, flying inflatable skeletons and spooky voice-overs, he got the last laugh when those films were remade into big moneymakers. Now Castle’s legacy can once again be experienced at this Saturday’s “Zombiefest,” being held at The Intimate Theatre & Music Hall in Bakersfield. Presented by Bakersfield movie misfits Hectic Films, there will be plenty to scream or laugh about with the presentation of the 1968 George Romero classic “Night of the Living Dead,” in full “Zombierama.” “It’s gonna be a blast,” said Hectic Films’ Rickey Bird Jr. of the team’s venture into the world of virtual spookery. “We’re going to have mechanical zombies moving on either side of the screen that will move when a zombie shows up in the film, and air rigs that will pump air into the audience when a shotgun blast goes off onscreen.” Attendees can also expect fully costumed zombie actors roaming the theater in search of


See the 1968 horror classic “Night of The Living Dead” at Hectic Films’ “Zombiefest” on Saturday at the Intimate Theatre & Music Hall.

fresh victims (thought that’s still in experimental stages), so make sure to leave the kiddies at home. “Kids 8 and above should be OK. You might not wanna bring someone who gets startled easily either,” Bird laughed. Getting help from friend Nick Resinger and uncle Tim Bird on set construction, the trio has even more plans for future monthly editions of “Zombiefest,” with even more elaborate additions. “Just wait ’til you see the zombie puppet that will be hosting the show next month. It’ll be like the talking Abraham Lincoln thing at Disneyland, but with a zombie.” I doubt Honest Abe would approve of such a comparison, but we get the picture. Do they even have that attraction anymore? There will be two screenings, at 6 and 8 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes one bag of popcorn. The Intimate Theatre & Music Hall is located at 2030 19th St. For more information, call 323-1976.

Shake your Rumba Bongo Things have been getting pretty spicy downtown since the Padre introduced Rumba Bongo on Thursday nights at the hotel’s Prospect Lounge. A Latin dance night featuring free salsa dance lessons, plus live


Latin jazz group Kelulu — from left: Melanie Evans, Jorge Urbina, Alex Lopez, Jay Smith and Mike Montano — will perform tonight at the Padre Hotel.

music with local and out-of-town bands and DJs, should have party people on alert. “The turnouts have been great. It’s starting to pick up and getting better each week,” said Padre Entertainment Director Nunzio Urbina, who kicked off the club night in December. “There are a lot of clubs in the city, but most of them don’t cater to this particular demographic. The salsa dancing crowd is a very specialized audience. We want to create a hot spot for that crowd.” Tonight’s featured entertainment will be Bakersfield Latin jazz quintet Kelulu, also featuring Urbina on guitar. Joining him will be Mike Montano on bass; Alex Lopez, percussion; Jay Smith, keyboards; Melanie Evans, flute; and special guest saxophonist Ray Zepeda from Hermosa Beach. Originally a sextet, Kelulu has become known as one of the Padre’s house bands, helping to introduce Sangria Sundays, another of the hotel’s regularly

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scheduled music events. Preferring not to elaborate on the recent departure of vocalist Noel Hernandez, Urbina said they wish him the best as he pursues other musical endeavors. “We’re excited about what’s happening with the band at this time, and that’s our main focus.” Equally ecstatic is keyboardist Smith, whose also been heard as a regular performer at Bakotopia Unplugged Open Mic Nights, Wednesdays at Fishlips. “We’re actually taking a little bit of a break, but we’ll start again pretty soon. We’re going to take it back to square one,” he said of the CD debut the band hopes to release by the middle of the year. “We wanna take things in a different direction.” Echoing Smith on that note, Urbina admits that there will be some obvious change in some of the band’s sound without Hernandez, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost any of their power and creativity. If anything, he said it’s pumped new life into the band as they continue working in the studio. “The more we’re going through the tracks, adding things like guest

Bakotopia Unplugged Open Mic Night With host Matt Munoz When: 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays. Signups start at 7:30 p.m. Where: Fishlips, 1517 18th St. Information: 324-2557 or visit the Facebook page for updates.

artists, the better it sounds. We’re coming back as strong as we left off with even more elements added to the mix.” Performing a mixed repertoire of originals and salsa-fied jazz standards from Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Cuba and others at tonight’s show, Urbina said you don’t have to be a “salsero” to have a good time. “It’s a good blend for Bakersfield,” he said. “Ladies, bring your dancing shoes.” Rumba Bongo starts at 9 p.m. The Padre Hotel is located at 1702 18th St. For more information call 4274900. Find Kelulu online at


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Dining for a good cause




Californian assistant lifestyles editor


n a month beset by rain and fog, many of us feel like hibernating, but there are a number of organizations offering encouragement to live it up and help others in the process. First up is the Sterling Silver dinner on Saturday, organized by the Bakersfield College Foundation. This third annual event is an evening of culinary delights from the Playboy Mansion’s executive chef, William BloxsomCarter, as well as a special selection of wine from MadoroM Wines. The evening starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m., where students will be serving champagne and Bloxsom-Carter tempting items such as a pomegranate chicken and pesto-glazed brochettes. The five-course dinner will start with chicken consomme and continue with a roasted beet and arugula salad with Dungeness crab before the live auction is held. The foundation’s donor relations coordinator, Hannah Egland, said there are many exciting return items on the block this year, including a dinner for 10 prepared by BC chefs Pat Coyle and Suzanne Davis with wine selections by the foundation Executive Director Mike Stepanovich. Stepanovich will also select the wines for another auctioned dinner, this one at the Petroleum Club and hosted by restaurant executive chef Robert Alimirzaie. MadoroM Wines owners Andy and Marissa Amador have donated a private dinner and wine tasting with large format bottles (think 1.5 L) to auction. Along with the live event, there will be a silent auction offering items like wine glasses from Olcotts, a wine tasting on the Central Coast, a gift basket from Imbibe and prints from Californian photographer Casey Christie and former Californian photographer and BC instructor John Harte. After courses of stuffed California quail, a blue cheese plate and croissant bread pudding , Bloxsom-Carter will come out with his kitchen brigade — including chefs Coyle, Davis, Ray Ingram and Alex Gomez and the BC culinary arts students — to offer a behind-the-scenes take on dinner and to mingle with the guests. Showing off the students’ skills is at the heart of the event, which this year splits proceeds between the culinary arts program and the Renegade Fund, a resource that directs money to whatever projects need it. Egland said more than 60 students will be helping in the kitchen this year, along with those who prepared some dishes in advance this week.

Affair Extraordinaire Also on tap this weekend is a fivecourse dinner at the Guild House. Held three times a year, these fundraisers benefit the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, which also benefits from the house’s



“Mill Creek Park” is one of two custom gallery prints by former Californian photographer John Harte being auctioned at Bakersfield College Foundation’s Sterling Silver event on Saturday.

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Second annual Grand Hollywood Gala When: 6 p.m. to midnight Feb. 5 Where: The Petroleum Club, 5060 California Ave. Cost: $150 Information: 327-7827 CASEY CHRISTIE / THE CALIFORNIAN

gourmet lunches. President Robin Starr said the theme — Viva Mexico — is all-encompassing, from the Kern County Youth Mariachi Band welcoming guests on the patio to the south-of-the-borderinspired menu. Starting with a ceviche martini, the meal includes a jicama, orange and avocado salad; black bean soup; pork tenderloin served with sweet potato tamales; and a chocoflan. Reservations must be made by Friday. If you can’t make it this weekend, Starr said there will be a romantic Valentine’s dinner on Feb. 13 and the next extraordinary affair will be April 10.

Grand Hollywood Gala Speaking of extraordinary events, the American Cancer Society is hosting its annual Grand Hollywood Gala at the Petroleum Club on Feb. 5. With a date set before Valentine’s Day, the event will play up its love story theme with an opening reception of champagne and chocolate-covered

Californian photographer Casey Christie has donated one of his nature shots to the auction.

strawberries and a real-rose backdrop for those who want to commemorate the event with a photo. Valdophye Photography will offer 8-by-10 photos for purchase. A steak and salmon dinner will be served before the Chesterfield Kings open the floor for dancing later in the evening, according to Gladys Garcia, the society’s community services director. Also on tap are silent and live auctions with items ranging from the simple— sterling silver bracelet with heart beads from Stockdale Jewelers or four tickets to Jay Leno — to the elaborate — a seven-day trip to Cabo San Lucas with $900 airfare voucher or a shopping party at H. Walker for you and 30 friends, including a $500 gift certificate, appetizers and a full bar. Garcia said 230 people attended last year and she expects the turnout to be similar for the event this year.

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The Force is strong for this Trivia Night BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor

M Coming Saturday


Inside The Californian

Bakersfield’s premier city magazine is delivered on the last Saturday of every month. Inside this issue: It ‘Manners’ a lot Contributing community writer Lisa Kimble debuts her column to teach you a thing or two about manners and proper etiquette. This inaugural column offers advice on how to deal with kids (and adults) who are glued to their cell phones during inappropriate times. Single in Bakersfield With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we found 13 single people who are ready to mingle. Find out who these singles are as well as their dating deal-breakers, what they like to whip up in the kitchen and their idea of a perfect weekend.

Pets & their people Several well-known residents share their tales about their furry-tailed companions and what their relationships are like with those pets. Special Section: Finance This month, we help you learn how to downsize after retirement, how to select the right life insurance plan for you and your family and how to rebuild your credit, along with other advice to free you from financial fiascos. Also, read how three local businesses continue to succeed during troubled times.

os Eisley may be a wretched hive of scum and villainy, but Star Wars fans can throw caution to the wind at Fishlips this evening for a themed Trivia Night. Organized by the Active 20-30 Club — Golden Empire 1038, the event will allow participants to help a good cause while having a good time, according to Jennifer Angell, the club’s sergeant at arms. This is the third trivia event for the nonprofit organization and the first in a series of themed nights, which are slated to take place the last Thursday of the month at the downtown bar. The previous trivia events netted a combined $2,000 to assist in the club’s projects, like the Christmas Experience, a partnership with the men’s Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield to provide families with food, toys and clothes. Funds also support groups like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County and the Shafter Police Activities League. At the consensus of the local “Jedi council,” the women decided to kick off with a Star Wars theme, putting Angell and fellow member Sarah Well Huston in charge. For upcoming nights, one or two members will take turns suggesting a theme and running the show. Angell said Star Wars was a good choice because it’s something that a lot of people will know about. But don’t plan on impressing the ladies with your knowledge of midichlorians (microscopic life forms tied to the Force) or where Anakin and Padme first declare their love (while facing death in a Geonosian coliseum). This is old-school Star Wars, covering the original trilogy from

Trivia Night When: Doors open at 7 p.m., trivia at 8 tonight Where: Fishlips, 1517 18th St. Admission: $5

1977 to 1983. Teams of up to four players will battle it out in two rounds of 25 questions each (plus some bonus questions). Winning team members will be awarded the trilogy on DVD; the second-place finishers will walk away with board and card games; the thirdplace prize is a drink at the bar; and those in last place will console themselves with decks of cards. Having fun and helping people is all in a day’s work for the club. For women interested in becoming a part of this fun-loving organization, getting answers is simple. “All they have to do is talk to a member, and they will talk about the club all night long,” Angell said. For those who weren’t even younglings when the original films came out or those who plan to make the most of the themed drink specials from Fishlips co-owner Andrew Wilkins, there is still hope. Come in a Star Wars costume — no Jar Jar Binks or prequel characters allowed — for a “free” answer. You can also pay $5 for an answer. That free answer money will also enter you into a raffle for a selection of fun prizes, including an impressive liquor basket with wine, spirits and beer valued at $200. The items will be raffled off after the winners have been announced. But remember to let the wookiee win.

Ford’s westerns, painting classes on Levan schedule The Levan Institute at Bakersfield College has released its spring course descriptions. The institute’s mission is to offer enriching learning experiences to those 55 and over, though all adults are welcome. For more information, visit bakersfield or call 395-4431. Kathryn Butterfield-Davis, who will be teaching a film course, wrote in to let readers know more about her class and art courses being taught by her husband, Al Davis.

John Ford’s tribute to the Old West If you enjoy watching Western films and admire the work of legendary director John Ford, join us for five weeks of Ford’s landmark Western films and learn about his substantial contributions to that genre. We will be focusing on Ford and his unique way of portraying the old West beginning with “Stagecoach,” John Wayne’s first major movie. We will follow that film with one of Ford’s postwar cavalry trilogies, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.”Also included in our study are his masterpiece, “The Searchers;” his final trib-

ute to the Westerner, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” and his final Western film, “Cheyenne Autumn.” (40 seats available; 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1; at Fine Arts 30 at Bakersfield College; $70.)

Acrylic and watercolor painting Acrylic and watercolor techniques will be the focus of two classes taught by Al Davis. If this is your first time exposed to solving painting problems, you’ll get a foundation for developing painting skills on your own. All projects and techniques will be demonstrated so students can see how it is done as well as discussions and demonstrations on composition. The instructor will work with students at various skill levels individually. Each class is for five weeks. If you’d like to know more about the artist, you can see his work at (Painting-Beginning,Intermediate,and Advanced:14 seats available;6 to 9 p.m.Feb.3, 10,17,24 and March 3 in Fine Arts 8 at BC;$70. Watercolor Painting: 10 seats available; 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1 at Fine Arts 8 at BC; $70.)

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$35 to $60. 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. or March 6: 17th annual Christian Youth Film Festival, doors open at 6:30 p.m., call 322-5200. show at 7 p.m., $10. Feb. 10: Asleep At The Wheel, 7 p.m., or 323$15.50-$22.50. 9041. March 17: Darryl Worley, 7 p.m., $27.50Feb. March 11: Mariachi Festival, 7:30 $35.50. p.m., $40 to $75. April 27: Chris Young, 7 p.m., $23.50March 25-26: “The Measure of a Man” $31.50. film premiere, 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday. $10 Friday; $6 Saturday plus Fishlips Bar & Grill fee. 1517 18th St. or 322-5200. April 10: Bryan Adams Solo Acoustic Feb. 12: The Mystic Roots Band, with Concert, 8 p.m., $40 to $62. Josh Fischel & Dub Seeds, 9 p.m., $10 April 17: REO Speedwagon, 8 p.m., $39 plus fee. to $61. Kern County Fairgrounds May 5: Merle Haggard, 8 p.m., $35 to $85. 1142 S. P St. May 25: My Chemical Romance “Danger Jan. 30: Weddings 2011 Bridal Show, doors open at 11:30 a.m. for VIP; noon to Days World Contamination Tour”, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $35 plus 3 p.m. for general public, $10 general fee. admission; $15 VIP; $3 parking. or 633-9200. Rabobank Theater Feb. 18-20: 25th annual Bakersfield 1001 Truxtun Ave. Home & Garden Show, 1 to 7 p.m. Friday; or call 800-745-3000. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 Jan. 30: Jeff Dunham, doors open at 4 p.m. Sunday, $7; 12 and under free; $3 parking. or 800-655-0655. p.m., show at 5 p.m., $51.85. Feb. 11: Valentine’s Super Love Jam 2011, Feb. 25-27: 34th annual Central Valley 8 p.m., $33.95 to $45.70. Sportsmen Boat, RV & Outdoor Living Show, activities include displays and Feb: 13: WWE Raw, 5 p.m., $23.20 to presentation for all ages and outdoor $71.30. interests, kid’s trout pond, mobile bass Feb. 23: The Rat Pack is Back-Broadway bin, field dog training, wildlife display, in Bakersfield, 7:30 p.m., $25 to $45 plus archery and more; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday fee. and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24: “100 Years of Broadway,” $8 or $2 off regular admission w/canned food or non-perishable donation; children presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 7:30 p.m., $50 for 12 and under free. or 393four remaining concerts. 0793 or 800-725-0793. or 205-8522 or 5892478. Bakersfield Fox Theater Feb. 28: Harlem Globetrotters, 7 p.m., 2001 H St. or 322-5200. Feb. 10: Brian Regan, doors open at 6:30 $28.30-$120.45. p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., $39.50 plus fee. March 4-5: CIF State Basketball Championships, $35.55 to $80.55. Feb. 11: Napoleon & Angela Carrasco, 8 p.m., $30 to $60. March 31: The Pink Floyd Experience, 7:30 p.m., $25 to $48 plus fee. Feb. 23: Robin Trower, with special guest, 8 p.m., $20 to $30 plus fee. April 7: Fiddler on the Roof-Broadway in Bakersfield, 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Feb. 26: Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic, Feb. 26. doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.,

Western mountaineer focus of forum Biographer Robert C. Pavlik will discuss one of the most notable personalities of the mountain-climbing world as he reconstructs the life of legendary mountaineer Norman Clyde (1885-1972) at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Cal State Bakersfield. Pavlik is the featured speaker for the CSUB History Department’s January History Forum, which is free and open to the public. The subject of Pavlik’s recent book, “Norman Clyde: Legendary Mountaineer of California’s Sierra Nevada” made more than 130 first ascents throughout western North America and may have known the High Sierra better than even John Muir. In addition to exploring and pioneering, Clyde saved many lives by helping with mountain rescues. His 90-pound pack included an anvil for boot repair and books in Greek and Latin. “Known to his friends as ‘The Pack that Walks Like a Man,’ Norman Clyde was a gun-toting Classics scholar and teacher-turned-mountaineer who pio-

neered the exploration of the High Sierra in the early 20th century,” said CSUB associate professor of history Douglas W. Dodd. “Clyde led a colorful and exciting life and was one of California’s most prolific outdoor writers. Bob Pavlik’s book tells Clyde’s story and helps fix him firmly in California’s historical memory.” Pavlik is an environmental planner and historian for the California Department of Transportation. He lives in San Luis Obispo. His book is published by Heyday Books, a Berkeley-based nonprofit publisher of books on California history and culture. The CSUB History Forum will be held in the Albertson Room adjacent to the Doré Theatre. Refreshments will be served and Russo’s Books will sell copies of Pavlik’s book. Parking is $2 in Lots C and B. (See map at For more information, contact the CSUB History Department at 654-3079. — Cal State Bakersfield



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Eye Street GO&DO Today Central Valley Krush 10u girls fastpitch, needing pitchers and catchers for spring/summer, 559723-5195. Tall Hand Tied Vase Arrangement Design Class, 6:30 p.m., Log Cabin Florist, 800 19th St. $65. 327-8646.

Friday “An Evening of Opera and Music Theatre Scenes,” 7:30 p.m., CSUB, Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $4 students. 654-3093. Archaeology in Middle Egypt, a CSUB Osher Lifelong Learning Institute course for ages 50 and above, 4 to 6 p.m., CSUB, Business Development Center, Room 401C, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $5 members; $10 nonmembers. 6542427. Jammin’ Storytime for Preschoolers, 10:30 a.m., Beale Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 8680770. January History Forum, with biographer Robert C. Pavlik, discussing the life of mountaineer Norman Clyde, 3:30 p.m., CSUB, Doré Theatre, Albertson Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-3079. Kid’s Night Out Valentine’s Surprise, for ages 7 and up, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $25. or 664-7366. Paleo Digs 2011 at Sharktooth Hill, 8 hours of hunting per day, keep all teeth, Friday through Sunday, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $85 single day fossil hunt; $160 two day fossil excursion; $240 three day fossil safari. 324-6350. Wine Bar Flight, looking back at 2001 Cabernets, Egelhoff, Heitz Martha’s Vineyard, Karl Lawrence and more, 4 p.m., Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. Tastes, $8 to $12. 633-WINE. Wine Tasting, Spanish and Italian wines, appetizers, tapas, 5:30 p.m., Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway. 834-4433.

main lobby, 350 Calloway Drive. 871-3340 or 619-4153. Community Brainstorming Session, come bring ideas on how to make the museum thrive either through new events or activities, 10 a.m. to noon, Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. 8525000. CSUB Men’s Basketball, vs. Cal Poly, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $5-$25. or 654-BLUE. Flag Football Tournament, 4-on4, Saturday and Sunday, CSUB, soccer fields, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Registration forms available at Carl’s Jr. or call 324-0638. Grand Slam Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, for local Boy Scout troop 147, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Olive Knolls Church of the Nazarene, Cafeteria, 6201 Fruitvale Ave. $5 suggested donation. 304-1993. KV Bike Park BMX Race, national bicycle league, sign-up begins at 1 p.m., race at 2 p.m., KV Bike Park, Kernville. $10 to race. or 760-223-6165. Second annual BHS Drum-AThon & Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m., Bakersfield High School, cafeteria, 1241 G St. Tickets can be purchased at the door, $5 adults; $3 children 8 and under.



Annual Rabbit Show, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Building 3, 1142 S. P St. Admission is free and open to the public. 3453995. Bakersfield College Foundation presents Sterling Silver, An Evening with Playboy Mansion Executive Chef William BloxsomCarter & MadoroM Wines, with five-course dinner and specially selected wines; reception 6:30 p.m., Bakersfield College, John Collins Campus Center, 1801 Panorama Drive. $175 per person; $325 per couple; $1,000 for table of six. 395-4850. Bea’s Creative Corner, crafts, décor, vendors, refreshments, prizes and more, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Glenwood Gardens, building A,

“Affair Extraordinaire,” fivecourse gourmet meal, wine, take a tour of the house, 5 p.m., Guild House, 1905 18th St. $100 per person. 325-5478. Emerald Duo, part of the Fred and Beverly Dukes Concert Series, 4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road. Free. 327-1609. Jeff Dunham, doors open at 4 p.m., show at 5 p.m., Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $51.85. or call 800-745-3000. Weddings 2011 Bridal Show, doors open at 11:30 a.m. for VIP; noon to 3 p.m. for general public, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. $10 general admission; $15 VIP; $3 parking. or 633-9200.


Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, is shown with two of his minions in a scene from the 3-D CGI feature, “Despicable Me.”

GO & DO “Despicable Me” Movie Night, Friday at 6:30, Boys & Girls Club, 801 Niles St. 325-3730.

THEATER “Cabaret,” doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. today through Saturday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $50 to $55; show-only tickets $30. 325-6100. “Kitty Kitty Kitty,” 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5. 327-PLAY. “Shootout at Ethel’s Old Corral,” followed by the vaudeville revue “Bakersfield! Party City U.S.A.,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “The Princess Bride,” 8 p.m., Intimate Theatre & Music Hall, 2030 19th St. $15 per person; $25 for 2 adults; $10 children 12 and under. 323-1976. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; with high school students, 8 p.m. Sundays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. Adults: $5 on Saturdays, $3 on Sundays; children under 12 are $1 every day. 412-3CIA. Major League Improv, improvisational comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free but donations are accepted. 327-PLAY.

ART “Dine In, Take Out” Exhibit, by Jen Raven, on display now through January, The Foundry (formerly known as The Micro Gallery), 1700 Chester Ave. 301-3283. Exhibits on Display, “Space, Silence, Spirit: Maynard Dixon’s West/The Hays Collection,” “Marco Casentini: Grand Junction,” and “Uniquely Yours: Modern Architects in Bakersfield,” now until March 6, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. or 3237219. All Media Class, by instructor Phyllis Oliver, all media welcome, with color theory stressed. For more information or to register, email or call 348-4717.

Art classes, beginning watercolor, beginning drawing, advanced drawing and watercolor painters’ group, taught by Carol Bradshaw. Call or e-mail for details and enrollment. or 760-376-6604. Art Classes, stained glass, clay sculpture, oil painting, youth art and silver jewelry, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. For times and dates call 327-7507. Art for Healing program, of Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield has many unique classes that may help alleviate stress and anxiety resulting in illness, loss, grief or caring for another. All classes are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A St. Visit or to register, 324-7070. Basic Beading & Wire Wrapping Workshop, with Susi Klassen, private instruction or by appointment, The Bead Hut, 610 18th St. To schedule an appt., call 324-0975 or 706-6490. Beginning Oil Painting, with instructor Glen Jelletich, classes held 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays. Call 3993707 for more information or to register. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Drawing, by instructor Nina Landgraff, series of five twohour classes. Call for more information or to register. 3047002. Framing Clinic, with Toni Lott, for artists who want to frame their work, began April 7, running noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 2053488 for more information or to register. Free art classes, for home-school children, 11 a.m. Thursdays, Moore’s Art School, 837-1037. Nancy Merrick, featured artist for January, Bakersfield Mazda, 3201 Cattle Drive. 328-8000. Native American Arts Association, meets to learn basketry, beadwork and more, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, The Stockdale Moose Lodge, 905 Stine Road. 852-5050. The Art Center, 1817 Eye St., 8692320; offers a variety of painting and drawing classes. Call for details. The Art Shop Club, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. 322-0544, 5897463 or 496-5153.

MUSIC Blues The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; Electric Grease, 9 p.m. Saturday. $10.

Christian Gift Box, 1430 17th St., 633-1011; Josh & Randy, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Classic Rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Billy Russell Band, 9 p.m. Friday

and Saturday. Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; Shades of Grey, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Kern River Saloon, 20 Tobias St., Kernville, 760-376-4786; Left Coast Groovies, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; AKA, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; The Tony Ernst Band, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Usual Suspects, 1 to 5 p.m.; Blonde Faith 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Comedy Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; with high school students, 8 p.m. Sundays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. Adults: $5 on Saturdays, $3 on Sundays; children under 12 are $1 every day. 412-3CIA.

Country Trouts & the Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700:, offers karaoke, line dancing, West Coast Swing among other various activities. Call for times and days. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Four on the Floor, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; Noah Claunch & Oildale Drive, 9 p.m. Saturday. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Noah Claunch, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Cover Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; The People’s Band, 9 p.m. Thursday. covers.

Dancing Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Folklorico Classes, advance dancers/performing group 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays; and beginners, all ages, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Fruitvale-Norris Park, 6221 Norris Road. $22 per month for beginners; $25 per month for advance dancers. 833-8790 Mavericks Singles, ballroom and country dancing with music by Country George, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive. $6 member; $8 guest. 831-9241. Pairs and Spares Dance, 7:30 p.m. each Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5; $7 nonmembers. 399-3575 or 332-1537.


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Eye Street Country Dance, with music provided Jerri Arnold & Stars & Guitars, jam session, all artists welcome, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane. Dance classes, beginning west coast swing, intermediate/advanced west coast swing with instructor Mimi Johanson, at 8214 Mossrock Drive. Call 927-7001 for details. Whirlaways Square Dance Club, has workshops/classes every first, third, fourth and fifth Mondays, Park Stockdale Civic Assocation Community Center, 205 Rio Bravo Drive. or 398-3394. African Dance for Fitness, taught by national touring artists, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Su Studio Dance Academy, 1515 21st St. $5$7 per class. or 760917-3685. Dance Drill Classes, beginning belly dancing, 8 p.m. every Tuesday; advanced belly dancing, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Centre Stage Studio, 1710 Chester Ave. $5 drop in fee for beginning belly dancing; $15 for advanced belly dancing. Bring knee pads and yoga mat to advanced class. 323-5215.

DJ B. Ryder's Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; DJ Wyld One, 8 p.m. Thursday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; DJ James, 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Free. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; with DJ Casey Overstreet, 9 p.m. Fridays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; live jazz & wine bar featuring Kama Ruby, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, along with 24 wines, and featuring Jazz Connection with Mark Meyer and Steve Eisen, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Wine & Cheese Cellar, 695 Tucker Road., Suite C, Tehachapi, 822-6300; Richie Perez, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Intimate Theatre & Music Hall, 2030 19th St., 323-1976; Ron Christian and his Big Band, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

Karaoke Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge,


Bryn Rosander from Tehachapi High and Michael Wisehart, right, from Ridgeview High were among more than 500 Kern County high school students to participate in the 2009 “It’s a Grand Night for Music” at Rabobank Convention Center.

GO & DO “It’s a Grand Night for Music,” the annual showcase of Kern County’s finest high school musicians and singers with guest conductor for the orchestra John Koshak, Tuesday 7:30 p.m., Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $5 donation. 6364330. 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Cactus Valley Mexican Restaurant, 4215 Rosedale Highway, 633-1948; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday; beer pong and happy hour all day Sunday. Cataldo’s Pizza, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Pour House, 4041 Fruitvale Ave., 589-9300; 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; with Irish Monkey Entertainment, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 1440 Weedpatch Highway, 633-1949; Karaoke King Show, all ages, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Casa Lopez, 8001 Panama Road, Lamont, 845-1000; 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday (country) and Saturday (Spanish). Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 366-3261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. Del Rio Cocktail Lounge, 5840 State Road, 393-0262; 8 p.m. every other Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight

Saturdays. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; 9:30 p.m. Sundays. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. Schweitzer’s Pit Stop, 10807 Rosedale Highway, 587-8888; 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The Wrecking Yard, 9817 S. Union Ave., 827-9192; 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Pourhouse, 4041 Fruitvale Ave., 589-9300; 9 p.m. every Friday. Junction Lounge, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. every Saturday. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 8714140; 8:30 p.m. every other Friday, beginning this Friday. Grenadier, 1721 Columbus St., 871-1004; 9 p.m. every Sunday. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Tuesday. Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court; 8 p.m.

to midnight Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; A to Z Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Magoo’s Pizza, 1129 Olive Drive, 399-7800; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar, 14 Monterey St., 869-1451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Rusy's Pizza, 5430 Olive Drive, 392-1482; 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. B. Ryder's Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Tuesday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. Ethel's Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday.

Latin/Salsa Latin Salsa Dancing, 8 p.m. Thursdays, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; Son Tropical, 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: Salsa dancing, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Mariachi Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; Mariachi Imperial, 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

p.m. every Saturday. Ladies free/$10 cover.

Open Mic Fishlips, 1517 18th St., 324-2557; Bakotopia Unplugged Open-Mic Night, 8 p.m., sign-up sheet begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Rock Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Friday. B. Ryder's Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; The Barstool Saints, My Dirty X and Conspiracy Theory, 8 p.m. Friday. $5; 21 & over. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Big Dawg, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday.

Rockabilly Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Chris Laterzo and Buffalo Robe, 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Songwriters The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; Chuck Seaton and Billy Russell's Songwriter's Showcase, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Top 40 DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111; 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Friday.

Trivia night Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

Variety Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave., 323-1900: In the Mixx with DJ Noe G., Fridays. 21 & over only. Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Dance to Joe Loco, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Oldies KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 3229910; Jimmy Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Halls, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Old School Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. B. Ryder's Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Thee Majestics, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; Latin Breeze, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; Benny & The Bunches, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Bistro After Dark, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Old School Saturdays with Noe G, 10

UPCOMING EVENTS Tuesday 2/1 Kern Audubon Society, meeting with photographer Bob Steele discussing and showing photos of birds, wildlife, scenery in South Georgia Island, Antarctic Peninsula, 7 p.m., Kern County Superintendent of Schools, Room 1B, 1300 17th St. 322-7470.

Wednesday 2/2 Film Club, with Cody Meek, 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. First Wednesday at Bakersfield Museum of Art, with a presentation on We the People the 13th amendment, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. or 323-7219.

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