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Index Battle of the Badges ................................ 20 Greater Bakersfield Green Expo .............. 21 Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra ............22 Rise Against ............................................ 22 Fun Under the Son Car Show .................. 23 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz ............ 24 Shakespeare and King James .................. 27 Calendar .............................................. 29-31

Ink (and memories) forever Tattoo event honors those who have battled cancer BY CHERYL PORTER Contributing writer


t all started in an Arizona ICU hospital room on Sept. 14, 2007. Ondria Chavaz, 17, had been diagnosed just eight days before with Anaplastic Astrocytoma Grade 3, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Now she lay dying, surrounded by loved ones singing “Amazing Grace” while her sister, Jenn Stuart, performed a final act of love. Stuart, now 27, carries that memory with her. “She would always ask me to rub her feet, even though I have a phobia about feet,” Stuart said. “That last day, I was scared; the only thing I could think to do was grab the lotion and rub her feet; she was paralyzed, so she couldn’t even feel it, but it brought her comfort.” At the time, comfort was all Stuart could offer her sister. But in 2011 she created Ink for a Cure to raise money for her first American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life team, as a tangible way to honor her sister’s memory and fight cancer. It was a great success, bringing in more than $3,000. This year, the second Annual Ink for a Cure fundraiser will be held Sunday at American Traditional Tattoo in central Bakersfield. When Stuart asked owner Cory Pierce, 29, about having it at his shop, he wholeheartedly agreed. “Cancer is something that’s been around long enough,” Pierce said. “Let’s put an end to it.” He and his staff will donate their time and materials, asking a $25 minimum donation for each tattoo of the iconic cancer awareness ribbon, which will be no bigger than a silver dollar. Stuart’s mom, Donna Wruck, 53, of Bakersfield, has helped her daughter to build Ink for a Cure. Last year, she honored daughter Ondria’s memory with a gold and gray cancer awareness ribbon tattoo on her arm, the gold and gray representing childhood cancer and brain cancer, respectively. She said she is looking forward to this year’s Relay for Life, knowing it will hold special meaning because it starts May 5, Ondria’s birthday. “It’s very emotional to be on the grounds at RFL,” Wruck said. “Everyone has a common pain. It’s real hard when you’re a mother; you’ve walked the floor with them as babies but you can’t change the fact that they have a terminal disease. Cancer has no respect; my daughter never smoked, did drugs, or anything … it just pounced on her.” Stuart’s Aunt, Betsy Campbell, 52, volunteered at last year’s fundraiser. She said it was inspiring to hear people’s stories of why they were getting certain tattoos. “They were so moved, touched and


Jenn Stuart, center left, is putting together a Relay for Life fundraising event at American Traditional Tattoo Parlor with a little help from her friends. Back row, from left, are: shop co-owner Patrick Talburt; primary shop owner Cory Pierce; shop co-owner Todd Wiskirchen; and Stephan Smith. Front row, from left, are Missy Wilson and Stuart's aunt, Elizabeth Campbell.

Ink for a Cure What: Cancer awareness ribbon tattoos will be given for a $25 donation. When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Where: American Traditional Tattoo, 1820 Brundage Lane Information: or call Jenn Stuart at 431-3865 or Cory Pierce at 873-4017.

grateful to honor their loved ones that way, and to have the money go to the American Cancer Society; I will work on Ink for a Cure for as long as I’m able,” Campbell said. Nannette Wilson, 54, of Bakersfield, got her tattoo to honor her father, Leon Buford, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2009. “There’s no better way to honor and remember a loved one that has died of cancer than with a tattoo,” Wilson said. “It’s permanent. And if the money raised from these tattoos contributes to bringing a cure for cancer, that’s awesome.” Besides tattoos, hair cuts will be offered this year for a modest donation, plus barbecue, face painting, ice cream, a prize raffle and a free bounce house for the kids.

Jenn Stuart got a cancer awareness ribbon tattoo at last year’s fundraiser.

The team’s goal is to raise at least $5,000. In addition to fundraising, Stuart has found two more ways to honor her sister’s memory. One is a tattoo on her arm of Ondria, forever young and beautiful. The other is Ondria’s namesake, Stuart’s 3year-old daughter. Stuart discovered she was pregnant on her 23rd birthday, just one month after her sister’s passing. She named the child Ondria Hope. Stuart now hopes Ink for a Cure will make a growing difference in the fight

against cancer and is grateful for all the help and support she’s received, especially from Cory Pierce and the other tattoo artists. “My family and I can’t tattoo people; without everyone’s help and donations, none of this would be possible,” Stuart said. This year’s Relay for Life will take place May 5 and 6 at Wingspoint at Airport and Merle Haggard drives. To learn more about Relay for Life, go to


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‘Evita’: Don’t keep your distance This is what’s possible with cooperation

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find it both encouraging and refreshing when certain members of the local theater community exhibit a spirit of cooperation, something I’ve been advocating for as long as I’ve been writing about the arts. And that’s a long, long time. My tenure at this newspaper, interrupted periodically by adventures into other realms, began in 1974. The example I have in mind is Stars’ production of “Evita,” which opens Friday evening, with Hal Friedman in the director’s seat. Friedman, of course, is more closely associated with Spotlight. He served as its artistic director for five years until his resignation last August. His current gig marks the first time he’s directed a show at Stars. “Things have gone supersmooth,” he said. “The transition hasn't been hard at all. It's been rather enjoyable, and the Stars staff has been so easy to work with and accepting.” Planning for the show began more than a year ago. That’s when Bruce Saathoff, Stars artistic director, asked Friedman to direct the musical, which is about Eva Peron, the wife of former Argentina dictator Juan Peron. “You can imagine my surprise when Bruce Saathoff called me,” he said. “We sat down and had a great talk about the vision of the show, directing style, etc., and decided it would be a good fit.” In addition to Friedman, several other Spotlight people are involved in “Evita.” For instance, Alex Neal, who has worn several different hats at Spotlight over the years — and still does, as far as I know — is playing Juan Peron. Marvin Ramey, who has been Spotlight’s chief choreographer for several years, is designing the dance numbers for the show. Erika Kern, who has starred in several recent productions for both Stars and Bakersfield Music Theatre, portrays Eva Peron. Zachary Gonzales is cast as Che Guevara; Nick Ono as Migaldi; Aryn Wilkins, the Mistress;

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After Juan Peron (Alex Neal) is arrested by his political enemies, Evita (Erika Kern) organizes a worker’s protest that results in Peron’s release in “Evita,” which opens Friday at Stars.

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Jennifer Sanchez’s “Down,” is a digital photo taken with a camera aimed from above at a few squares of a concrete sidewalk. It is among the works at tonight’s BC student art exhibit.

and Tessa Ogles is a featured soloist. Brock Christian handles the vocal and music duties in this powerful musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Friedman said it’s always been a dream of his to direct “Evita,” and thought he’d missed what might have been his only opportunity to do it when Spotlight dropped the musical from its schedule, replacing it with “Sunset Boulevard.” Recalling the situation, he said, “I was like, ‘Oh, bummer’ — that

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was probably my only chance to do it.” So he’s doubly pleased at being able to do the show at Stars. “It's been truly fantastic and it shows just how the theater community in Bakersfield can truly put aside differences and work together, when egos are checked,” he said. “I’ve gotten to do a dream show under fantastic conditions.”

Music informs visual art In ways we may not think about, one area of the arts often complements, and even energizes, another area. Such is the case with “Inspired by Music,” an exhibition sponsored by the Arts Council of Kern

This work by Art Sherwyn is among items that will be on display at the “Inspired by Music” show on Friday night at Younger Gallery.

that opens Friday at the Younger Gallery. What’s more, as you look at each painting on display, you can put on a set of headphones and listen to the music that inspired the artwork. “Each artist chose their own music,” said Nicole Saint-John, curator of the show, “which makes it so very interesting, because their choices created such a variety of styles presented.” Choices represent an array of styles and periods. Among them are Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”; a piece from Bela Bartok’s opera “Bluebeard’s Castle”; and several in a more contemporary vein — R&B, jazz and the opening theme of a popular tele-

vision show. There also will be live music, performed by the Zanne Zarow Jazz Trio. Zarow, a vocalist and drummer, will be joined by Jamael Dana Dean on piano and Glen Fong on bass. Artists participating in the exhibit are Brent Eviston, David Gordon, Alberto Herrera, Christine McKee, Gita Lloyd, Linda Osburn, Claire Putney, Barbara Reid, Bill Ryan, Art Sherwyn, Liz Sherwyn and Hank Washington.

Art by BC students Competition for the annual student art exhibit at Bakersfield College must have been pretty intense. Of the 227 pieces submitted only 71, about one-third of the total, were selected for inclusion, according to information provided by Amber Chiang, BC spokeswoman. The choices were made by Jesse Sugarman, who teaches art at Cal State Bakersfield. The show, which opens with a reception this evening, includes some unusual artwork. One that Please see GAVIN / 28


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id this year’s fighters blast “Eye of the Tiger” and down raw eggs before working the punching bag (or slabs of frozen meat)? Or did they ditch the “Rocky” cliches and go for a more recent boxing film’s workout regimen, maybe as seen in “The Fighter,” running for hours each day and practicing footwork and hand speed, as well as a wicked good Boston accent? One can only hope none of this year’s Battle of the Badges participants went for “Raging Bull” conditioning. That only ends in massive weight gain and sadly mumbling to yourself in the mirror about how you could have been a contenda’. Whatever they’re doing, it’s working. Bakersfield police Sgt. Chad Jackman said this group is in the best shape of any he’s trained for the event. “Battle of the Badges,” as the name implies, involves members of various law enforcement agencies going toe to toe in the ring. Jackman said the Bakersfield Fire Department is also participating this year. Carrying fire hoses must build muscle. There will be a dozen bouts Friday, each with three 2-minute rounds. The way it’s scored is each punch counts for a single point, no matter whether

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it’s a straight jab or a massive roundhouse punch. Jackman said training for most of the competitors began in November. They spend the first month and a half working on their balance and footwork, shadowboxing and watching how they move. “Surprisingly enough, the footwork is the hardest thing to learn,” Jackman said. There’s also running. A lot of running. Punching and moving for several minutes straight takes a lot out of a person, Jackman said. A fighter has to

be in excellent cardiovascular shape to last through a match. As for which movies realistically portray training, Jackman made a good point, particularly regarding the “Rocky” films: “The main thing is you can’t ‘montage’ train.” It’s one thing to watch Sylvester Stallone work out to a pulsing ’80s hard rock beat for three minutes and then be ready to face an equally ripped opponent. In the real world, training involves a lot of hard work over months. That soon became apparent to Bakersfield police officer Isaac Aleman when he began training. The 28year-old has remained in good shape from his wrestling days, but it took him a while to catch on to the skills needed for boxing, especially the footwork. “I don’t know that I’m completely used to it now,” Aleman said with a laugh. He’s planning on getting a lot of rest Friday. Since his bout is one of the last ones, he’s going to spend some time during the earlier fights getting used to the crowd and mentally preparing himself to step in the ring and face his opponent. Jackman believes Aleman and the others are ready. These men and women didn’t spend more than a third of a year pushing themselves to the limit and sweating buckets just to give up as the big moment arrives. “There are some real athletes here,” Jackman said. Not a palooka in the bunch.


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Green as a way of life — and art Expo expected to draw thousands BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor


ake a bowling ball, bicycle fork and some barbed wire and what do you get? A strikingly avant-garde lamp, crafted by a high school student who answered the challenge to turn junk into art. That premise, that there are many lives for things we throw away, is the guiding force behind the Greater Bakersfield Green Expo, which has earned both national acclaim and a dedicated local following since the first festival, just three years ago. “The two main focuses of the Green Expo is student education and public education,” said Ray Scott, administrator of Price Disposal and chairman of the expo. “The student education comes in the form of the recycled material art competition, and the public education comes from the 40 vendors that are there to give the public information on having a green sustainable life.” All that green information and art will be corralled inside a massive 14,400-square-foot tent at Yokuts Park starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Outside the tent will be several

Third Annual Greater Bakersfield Green Expo When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Yokuts Park, 4200 Empire Drive. Admission: Free Information: Facebook art contest: The top 50 submissions will be posted on the Greater Bakersfield Green Expo Facebook page. The student with the most “likes” will win an iPad. Voting starts at noon Saturday and ends at 11:59 p.m. April 24.

kid-friendly attractions, like games and a bounce house. But even before the expo, green-minded folks can get an early start by doing a little cleanup as part of the Keep Bakersfield Beautiful campaign. “We’ve got 8,500 people signed up in the cleanup all over the city,” Scott said. “There are 120 hot spots the city has penciled in.” Cleanup participants will meet at the park between 10 and 11 for a complimentary barbecue (a free T-shirt is thrown in to further sweeten the deal). Food is not available for spectators. Meanwhile, results of the art contest will be announced at a

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ceremony beginning around 11:30 a.m. The art, submitted by 125 Kern County high school students, will be judged by a panel of six art experts and six recycling professionals. “There is no cost to the student or school. The (trash) haulers are helping students, which is really the whole purpose,” said Scott, of the consortium of local refuse companies involved in the expo. “The student has to describe every piece of recycled material they use.” Big money is on the line for the students, who are judged in two categories: best presentation and best use of recycled material. In addition, there is the mayor’s award and a new Facebook contest. “Last year, a student walked away with $2,700,” Scott said. The students will be honored again when Scott selects 50 pieces for a reception at the Bakersfield Museum of Art on April 26. In addition, Scott takes 10 of the winning pieces to Sacramento for further exposure during a Keep California Beautiful press conference at the Capitol on Earth Day. “Students have sold their artwork,” he said. “Two years ago, up in Sacramento when I was displaying the work, an executive of CalRecycle wanted to buy a student’s work but it was already sold. It was a small tree made out


This lamp, made by Berklee Comstock from a bowling ball, bicycle fork and barbed wire, shows the initiative and creativity required of students in the Greater Bakersfield Green Expo art competition.

of broken beer bottles.” The event costs about $21,000 to run, and is funded by the six main refuse haulers in metropolitan Bakersfield, vendors fees and some public money. “Our first event was the Arvin Green Arts Festival in 2009. This is an outgrowth of that,” Scott said. “City and county waste officials came and said, ‘Ray, can we do

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If a classical Top 40 existed... ... these popular works would be on that list BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


udience approval is just as important in classical music as it is in popular music — the affection people have for a concert work is what ensures its survival. This weekend, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra will present three works that have stood the test of time, in large part because of their popular appeal. Opening the concert will be Samuel Barber’s Overture to the “School for Scandal,” written by the American composer while still a student at the Curtis Institute. Barber, who was known as a triple prodigy in voice, piano and composition, became one of the leading lights in American art music from the time his Overture was first performed in 1933, winning the Joseph H. Bearns prize from Columbia University that same year. Barber was inspired by Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s Restoration comedy “The School for Scandal,” capturing the brilliance of that play with its own brilliant orchestration and captivating melodies. The piece found immediate acceptance with critics and audiences alike, and brought Barber immediately to the fore of American composers. The orchestra will continue with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major. Another work to find immediate acceptance by critic and audience alike, even Beethoven acknowledged his seventh symphony to be one of his best compositions. The symphony premiered in 1811, and featured some of the finest and most famous musicians working at the time. While audience reaction

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was positive for the entire work, the audience was so captivated by the second movement that they demanded an instant encore. Proof of that movement’s enduring popularity can be found in its frequent stand-alone performances, including its inclusion in the 2010 film “The King’s Speech,” where it served as the dramatic underscoring of George VI’s climactic speech to the nation. Critics of the time and in succeeding generations have credited the symphony’s dance-like rhythms in all four movements as part of the composition’s allure — a feeling of spontaneity that captivates the audience. Composer Richard Wagner famously called this work “the apotheosis of dance,” meaning that the work somehow raised dance music to the level of the divine. That kind of transcendental nature is what makes some compositions stay with audiences, said BSO conductor John Farrer. “It’s a powerful work,” Farrer said of the Beethoven symphony. “I think it’s impossible to listen to that and not be affected by it.” Farrer noted that art music is subjected to all sorts of analyses of its form, harmonic and melodic structures, orchestration and other technical aspects, and while those elements are vital to a composition’s quality and success,

there is something more that happens in the hearing of a work that endures. “I don’t think that the typical listener is aware of (the technical aspects),” Farrer said. “There’s an ‘X’ factor, there’s something about those pieces that can’t be articulated.” Farrer said sometimes that “X” factor is the composer’s ability to express Truth — either a personal one or a universal one. “If you believe there are verities — these (truths) are embodied in these great works of art,” Farrer said. Rounding out the concert is another audience favorite, the Violin Concerto in D Major by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. Considered today one of the mainstays of the violin repertoire, Tchaikovsky had to overcome much resistance to the work when he wrote it is 1878 — even from his prospective soloists. Two violinists refused to play it, initially citing a need for revision and a concern for its acceptance; at the premiere of the full orchestral version in 1881, at least one critic lashed out at the work. Popular reaction, however, was very positive, and the concerto gained a world-wide audience over the next decades. German-born violinist Axel Strauss joins the symphony to perform the Tchaikovsky. Strauss, who is also a professor of violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, said he has been performing the Tchaikovsky since he was 16. “It has ravishing melodies, it has virtuosic passages, and almost balletic rhythms,” Strauss said, noting that one can hear similarities with Tchaikovsky's famous ballet music. Strauss acknowledged the concerto is difficult to play, especially as Tchaikovsky, who was not a violinist, didn't necessarily write what was best for the instrument.


German-born violinist Axel Strauss joins the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra to perform Violin Concerto in D Major by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky on Sunday night at Rabobank Arena.

Nevertheless, the concerto is special for him as a performer. “It's just one of those pieces that's just fun to play,” Strauss said. “It just comes down to that.” This is a return engagement for Strauss, who performed with the BSO last season. Strauss has enjoyed an extensive solo career

in Europe and the United States since his late teens, winning the famed Naumberg Violin Award in New York at age 17, along with several other competitive prizes, and is equally well regarded as a chamber music performer. He is a recording artist for the Naxos label.

Rise Against staying true to its message Band takes on causes such as animal rights, homophobia BY ALAN SCULLEY Contributing writer

When Rise Against’s latest CD, “Endgame,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard magazine album chart upon its release a year ago, it marked a new high water mark for the band and its second straight CD to open in the top five.

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Guitarist Zach Blair said that level of popularity is something that singer/guitarist Tim McIlrath and bassist Joe Principe

never envisioned when they formed Rise Against in 1999 in Chicago. And now the band’s spring headlining tour is, for the most part, visiting arenas, as is the case with Monday’s stop at the Rabobank. Blair said the band is now facing the questions of whether it can become too popular and how to stay true to its values and its lyrical messages as the temptations of money and fame beckon. “We want our band to get as big as possible,” said Blair, who joined McIlrath,

Principe and drummer Brandon Barnes in Rise Against in 2007. “I want as many people in the world to listen to Rise Against as we can because I believe in our message and because I believe in what we do and because I believe in our music. It’s up to us at that point to ask ourselves what we can do to preserve our integrity and to sort of preserve our image in the public eye. I want to be a band that still pisses people off, the populace. Please see RISE / 28

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Inflatable fun for the kids and automotive eye candy for the adults will be featured at the Fun Under the Son Spring Car & Motorcycle Show at Calvary Bible Church.

Church hosting car, motorcycle show Event intended to aid youth programs at Calvary Bible BY KIMBERLY WHITAKER Contributing writer


alvary Bible Church’s Fun Under the Son Spring Car & Motorcycle Show is about helping kids to win. Five years ago, when a small group of award-winning car show enthusiasts at Calvary Bible heard about the success rate of students in the S.A.Y. Yes! program, they wanted to know how they could help. Thus the idea of the first car show at the 35-acre campus was born. Melanie Russ, Calvary’s director of neighborhood ministries, is passionate about helping not only the students but their entire families. “S.A.Y. Yes! provides a safe and loving environment where students not only learn about the love of Jesus Christ but how to take that love and to grow into productive working citizens of our community.” Proceeds from the car show are used both for the program and to send each student to The Oaks, a Christian Camp, run through World Impact. Calvary’s program is open to qualifying Standard Elementary and Standard Middle School students. For the 19 organizing committee members, working on the 4th annual Fun Under the Son Car Show and getting to help the S.A.Y. Yes! kids have been rewarding. “We had no idea what to expect when we first started,” explained Dennis Thompson, retired Kern County fire chief. “There was so much to do. But this year our team has grown and the committee members take the lead in their departments and run with it. I am pleased at how we are able to help support the program and the work

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that is done to help the kids and their families.” In 2009, the first Fun Under the Son Car Show had 110 entries and brought in $10,000 to the S.A.Y. Yes! program. According to event coordinator Dan Vaughn, this year the committee is hoping to have 150 registered automobiles and motorcycles for the 22 judged classes and to raise at least $15,000. A favorite feature of the car show is the indoor climate-controlled slideshow featuring the winners’ vehicles as they receive their awards. Rizzo Photography will be on hand to take photos of all the entries, which include pre-1936 stock and modified, Corvettes, Mustangs, muscle cars, PT Cruisers, trucks and motorcycles. There will be plenty of free activities for the entire family, including a climbing wall, inflatable bouncers, train rides and facepainting. The first 150 children will receive a free goodie bag. Food vendors will serve up barbecue chicken or beef sandwiches, kettle corn, funnel cakes, corndogs, shaved ice and ice cream. Other vendor displays include window tinting, bikes, toys, jewelry and accessories, airbrushed T-shirts, kitchen products, facial treatments and candles. Drawings will be held for flat-screen TVs, among other items.



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he fast and rebellious world of hardcore music has a wild history of churning out some of punk rock’s most memorable acts as far back as the ’80s, with the likes of Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and Bad Brains to name a few. The shows were always a communal experience, where chaos ruled and getting bruised up was considered a badge of honor. Nearly 30 years later, new bands continue thrashing around the globe, drawing together a new generation of fans, both on a grassroots and mainstream level. Among those rising acts is Title Fight, who scored a major gig opening for fellow punk patriots Rise Against at the Rabobank on Monday. Lead vocalist and bassist Ned Russin, who, with his twin brother, Ben, formed Title Fight in 2003, said carrying the hardcore torch does mean some pressure, given the genre’s long road to acceptance. “To me, hardcore is a feeling, an attitude. Somebody who was around when this was all starting may say, ‘This isn’t what hardcore was to me,’ and that’s cool. It’s evolved, but we’re just doing what we wanna do and that’s what hardcore really is: doing what you wanna do on your own terms, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to be a part of it.” Like the forefathers of punk, Title Fight earned their stripes staging their own shows at the local rental hall in the band’s hometown of


Pennsylvania hardcore quartet Title Fight will open for Rise Against on Monday at Rabobank Theater.

Kingston, Pa., where Russin, 21, recalls finding his passion for the raggedly energetic sound. “I was 7 and I went to a benefit that my brother had helped organize. It was a bunch of local bands. It was one of those things where I knew it was different and weird. Nobody else was experiencing this the way I am, especially at such a young age. When I turned 13, we started Title Fight. It just went from something I listened to, to going to shows every weekend since then.” Russin described the suburban city of Kingston as a city similar to Bakersfield, where staying entertained required patience or a good old DIY effort. “A good show has always been with about 200 kids, put together by a teenage promoter. No big rock and roll clubs. The older guys started moving on, getting on with their lives and we kind of started taking over. It’s just a tight-knit community, run by

people who really like music. That’s how we’ve always grown up.” Spending most of their years touring, the band has released a collection of demos and 7-inch vinyl EPs, helping get their name established in the underground. Their first full-length CD, “Shed,” released last year, further pushed the band into new territory, making booking shows easier than before. But with that newfound recognition comes new obstacles, namely where they fit in with loyalists. “I think there’s a problem with the hardcore scene being split into so many subgenres: melodic, beatdown, post hardcore, and all these barriers being put up,” said Russin, adding that even he has a hard time following trends. “The thing is — people are trying to act like everyone is too different. That can be a problem.” Time will tell if hardcore ever reaches the radio heights of Mon-

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day’s headliners Rise Against, but in true punk fashion, Russin said it won’t hinder their collective drive. This summer, they’ll be a featured act on the Vans Warped Tour. “I think I worry about how people perceive us more than anything else. At the end of the day, we’re in charge of everything we do. People have these different perceptions of what selling out is, and I don’t think kids in the hardcore community have anything to worry about, unless there’s someone in it for all the wrong reasons. If nobody cares and nobody listens, then we’ll be just doing this on weekends. We just love playing music and that’s the main point for us.” Monday’s show starts at 7 p.m. Also appearing is A Day to Remember. All tickets are $33.50, plus service charge. Rabobank Theater is located at 1001 Truxtun Ave. For more information visit or call 852-7777.

Funeral Club has new EP Funeral Club, one of my favorite Bakersfield bands, have just released a new three-song EP titled, “Waves & Waves,” and will be celebrating with a special performance during this month’s “Heresy: Black Celebration Midnight Masquerade Ball” at Riley’s Backstage on Saturday. The CD features the songs “The Love of Lee,” “Shadows,” plus “Waves & Waves.” Like their previous offerings this is another collection of darkly romantic compositions written and performed by multi-instrumental husband and wife duo, Joseph and Jenny Andreotti. It complements last year’s full-length “In the Fire,” with some noticeable refinements, especially on the arrangement side. Heresy club night promoter and DJ Mike Fowler says the group’s live music addition adds a whole dimension to the event. “I saw them during an Indie Mash-Up event here and they really stood out. They were unlike anything I’ve heard in Bakersfield


Jenny and Joseph Andreotti of Funeral Club.

before. I got all their music and listen to it just about every day,” he said. “It goes perfect with our night.” Also spinning throughout the evening will be resident DJ Thad, plus visitors from the popular Los Angeles underground nightclub Club Terminal, offering the best of the ’80s to the present. This will be Fowler’s fifth Heresy event since debuting in December. He said local response has surpassed his expectations. According to the event’s flier, guests are encouraged to wear “Gothic, and dark alternative attire with Victorian beauty for our Masquerade Ball theme,” though there is no mandatory dress code. “People are still saying they’re surprised as I am that this is still going on in a public club. The vibe is different and welcoming. I’m glad about that,” he said. “It’s not the typical Bakersfield nightclub experience. This is just something a little different and they can expect darker music.” Saturday’s event begins at 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Riley’s Backstage is located at 1523 19th St. Copies of “Waves & Waves” will be sold at the show, and also available for download at iTunes. Visit the band at


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Narayan Desai was brought up in Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram.

Exploring memories of a lone peacemaker BY MADHVI RISHBUD

Narayan Desai visit

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ith so much strife in the world today — the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus the civil unrest in the Middle East — those who advocate peace may be tempted to ask themselves how the legendary humanitarian Mahatma Gandhi might have handled things. After all, before his assassination in 1948, Gandhi managed to accomplish what seemed unthinkable at the time: ousting the mighty British Empire from India through non-violent means. So what would Gandhi do today? That, among other topics, will be explored by one of the few people left who had the privilege of knowing him, the 88-year-old son of Gandhi’s personal secretary, who will be in Bakersfield for several events scheduled for Saturday through Monday. Narayan Desai was brought up in Gandhi’s ashram. The author and humanitarian has written several articles and more than 50 books in Gujarati, Hindi and English. He has received several awards for his work, including India’s prestigious Sahitya Academy Award for Literature and the UNESCO Award for Nonviolence and Tolerance. Desai now travels the world to share his

Who: Son of Mahadev Desai, Gandhi’s personal secretary When: Lecture 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, storytelling (in Hindi) 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday Where: Lecture in multipurpose room, Cal State Bakersfield, 9000 Stockdale Highway; storytelling at Chinmaya Mission, 1723 Country Breeze Place. Admission: Free Information: Contact Naina Patel at 333-7818, Harjit Deol at 319-4214 or Mina Patel at 205-9506.

personal memories of Gandhi. Following lectures at Stanford University and UC Berkeley, Desai will make an appearance this weekend at Cal State Bakersfield. The India Association of San Joaquin Valley will host Desai’s visit, which, in addition to the CSUB appearance, includes stops at the Hindu Temple of Kern County and the Chinmaya Mission in Bakersfield. — Madhavi Risbud is a member of the Ghandi Interfaith Committee

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Bakersfield Community House member Janie Alderete organizes clothing for this weekend’s fundraiser.

Rummage sale promises two-day shopping frenzy

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argain hunters with an eye for vintage goods should make plans to attend this weekend’s big rummage sale at Bakersfield Community House. Part of the senior activity center’s annual run of fundraisers, the two-day extravaganza is Friday and Saturday. According to Bakersfield Community House executive board member Jeanne Rice, it’s the organization’s most popular fundraiser by far, with all funds going to keep doors open and programs alive. “It’s a lot of work, but we look forward to it, as do our neighbors, who always come out and support us,� she said. Shoppers will find everything from slightly used men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry, kitchen ware, furniture, linens and dishes to electronics, DVDs and books. There’s also a special section called “Granny’s Attic,� featuring some higherend items such as Waterford crystal, and china from big brands Lenox and Wedgewood. All goods have been inspected for quality by Rice and her crew, and pricing will range from 10 cents to $25. Community House member Janie Alderete, who was busy organizing the clothing section on Tuesday, said only the top-quality items are put out on display. “When we get a donation that needs some cleaning, I’ll take it home and get it ready. If there’s a sweater with a big snag on it, we won’t sell it. All clothing has to be ready to wear.� To keep your taste buds satisfied while you shop, resident chefs will be selling hearty homemade sandwiches, cakes, pies and soft drinks in the building’s special tea room. “Our baked items are a big hit every year, and a lot of people come just for the sweets,� Rice said. The city-owned Community House building at Central Park by Mill Creek was built in 1958 by the Junior League of Bakersfield and is run as a nonprofit activity

Bakersfield Community House Rummage Sale When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: Bakersfield Community House, 2020 R St. Information: 327-8835

center for men and women 50 and older. During a tour of the multi-functional facility, Rice pointed out the library, card room and kitchen. The center operates solely on funds raised from events such as the rummage sale, and Rice hopes to see the building’s main hall empty of all donations by Saturday afternoon. “We have so much to sell. We need everyone to come on out,� she said. At present, the Bakersfield Community House has 200 members on its roster, with about 50 actively participating every week. All members are welcome to a variety of daily activities such as computer classes, sewing, crocheting, exercise, card games and more. Alderete recalled her first visit four years ago after a health issue forced her early retirement. Today she attends four times a week and volunteers whenever she can. “After I was given the OK, my doctor had recommended that I get out and interact with people. I saw they had sewing, dancing and bus trips,� she said. “I love it here. Everyone is so active.� All rummage sale donations come from Community House members. All unsold items will be donated to the Salvation Army and the Bakersfield Alliance Against Family Violence with the exception of specialized Granny’s Attic items, which will be resold at a future event. Rice added they hope to make the hall available for rent for weddings and private parties. Applications for membership are available on site. “This is a place to find friends,� Rice said. “We just want to be able to function. We’ve been dipping into our savings lately.�

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he many works of William Shakespeare as well as the King James Bible — both published in about the same time period, the late 15th and early 16th centuries — have shaped the English we speak, read and write today. And tonight, at the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities, that subject will be explored as part of the annual Reading the Classics series, with Bakersfield College drama professor Randy Messick as coordinator. As a way of explaining what will be covered, Messick posed this question during a recent phone interview. “What was it about that period in England, this particular niche of time that produced these two pillars of the English language?” He went on to say, “We can postulate on a number of answers. For instance it was a time of exploration. Discoveries were taking place in the world at that time and it brought an influx of stuff to England — foods, jewels, spices, dyes — things people had never seen before.” Shakespeare, as well as the group of more than 50 linguists and scholars King James I had charged with the task of writing a new translation of the Bible, would have known about these exciting new elements. It would seem natural to incorporate such things into their writing. Moreover, they would write in language familiar to those living at the time. “It was an infusion of richness that influenced the way people spoke and thought,” he said. “It had a tremendous impact.” Messick credits Jack Hernandez, executive director of the Levan Center, for suggesting the topic for the program. “Jack came up with the idea, I think, because of the 400th anniversary (in 2011)

Reading the Classics — King James Bible When: 7 p.m. today Where: Norman Levan Center for the Humanities, 1801 Panorama Drive Admission: Free Information: 395-8395

of the King James Bible and then gave it over to me,” Messick said. “I’ve enjoyed putting it together.” Another area to be discussed, the professor said, is how both Shakespeare and the King James Bible have contributed to the English we speak today. In presenting the program, Messick will be joined by two colleagues: Kim Chin, a member of the BC drama faculty, and Bob Kempf, artistic director of The Empty Space and co-founder, with Messick, of the Kern Shakespeare Festival. Part of it will be devoted to a comparison of a Shakespeare play with a selection from the Bible. For example, passages from “Romeo and Juliet,” compared to the biblical poem, “The Song of Songs,” also known as the “Song of Solomon.” Messick said he’s also planning to read a few sonnets in which the Bard makes fun of language. The program is expected to last about one hour and should not be considered a true dramatic performance, even though all three are experienced actors and directors. Also, the setting will be informal, with plenty of time allowed for questions and comments from the audience. Or, as Messick puts it, “Talk, perform, talk — it goes like that.” The Levan Center for the Humanities is on the north side of the BC campus, facing Panorama Drive. Parking is free.

Swedish guitarist to visit CSUB to close out series The CSUB Guitar Arts Series will host guitarist Johannes Möller, winner of the 2010 Guitar Foundation of America Concert Artist Competition, for a two-day residency on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. His visit will culminate with a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 19 at Cal State Bakersfield. The Swedish guitarist and composer has won acclaim throughout the world for his charismatic and soulful performances. After playing his first public concerts at the age of 13, his performances now total more than 500 and span Europe, Asia and the Americas. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the GFA Concert Artist Competition, considered by many to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world, resulting in a concert tour and a recording with the Naxos label. At the age of 12 as a self-taught composer, Möller experienced an outburst of cre-

ativity that resulted in a large quantity of pieces that were performed and recorded to great critical acclaim. A selection of these works was recorded on a CD with some of the top instrumentalists in Sweden when he was 14 years old. In his later teenage years, Möller continued composing, experimenting with various compositional styles and techniques. DobermanYppan has published a number of his works and such groups are now performing his pieces as the Eden-Stell Duo. The April 19 concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the CSUB Music Building, Room 127. Parking is free in Lots B and C. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors (60-plus) and $6 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the event, or reserved by calling 654-2511. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited to 85. — CSUB media release



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“And that’s a fine line because a lot of guys and a lot of people are picking up on this band because they hear a single on the radio.” The band’s issue-oriented lyrics — which advocate human and animal rights — have been a big part of the focus from the beginning. And the group’s outspoken nature hasn’t hurt its career. With its third CD, “Siren Song of the Counter Culture” (2004), the band moved up to major label DreamWorks Records (which was absorbed by Geffen Records shortly thereafter). Each subsequent CD since then — “The Suffer & The Witness” (2006), “Appeal to Reason” and now “Endgame” — has done better than the last, with “Endgame” now on its third single (“Satellite”) with plans being made to release a fourth single from the CD. The success has continued even though Rise Against didn’t tone down its message on “Endgame.” Although the band says it is not a concept album, there was an overriding question that helped inform some of the songs: If the world were to be destroyed today, would that necessarily be a bad thing? The CD also touches on several specific issues, with “Help Is on the Way,” addressing Hurricane Katrina and last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Another song, “Make It Stop (September’s Children),” takes a stand against homophobia, specifically lamenting the suicides of several gay teens. Despite the sensitivity that comes


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caught my eye is called “Calm in the Congo,” an intricate small-scale sculpture made out of paper by Ethelette Edwards. Another is Jennifer Sanchez’s “Down,” a digital photo taken with a camera aimed from above at a few squares of a concrete sidewalk. At the top of the image is a dog, its red tongue curled up toward its nose. In the lower left corner is a pair of bare feet —probably those of a young girl — clad in bejeweled sandals. The pup seems to be getting ready to get a taste of the girl’s brightly painted toenails. Other works in the show include a variety of media, including watercolors, charcoal and pencil. Following this evening’s reception, the exhibit can be seen during the gallery’s hours, 1 to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, through May 3.

Folkloric dance festival A celebration of traditional Mexican dances will be presented at the 26th annual “Festival Juvenil Primaveral” on Saturday evening at East High School.


Rise Against appears at Rabobank Arena on Monday.

with some issues Rise Against addresses, Blair said there is almost never disagreement over the lyrics McIlrath brings to the songs. “He’ll talk to everybody and go ‘Hey, this is what I was thinking. What do you guys think?’ He doesn’t want to misrepresent anyone,” Blair said. “But fortunately we’re a band that shares pretty common views, especially when it comes to politically (related issues) across the board.” What helps make the lyrical content palatable is the quality of Rise Against’s music. And “Endgame” is a typically rousing effort, as its songs almost without

A large number of dancers from Mexico and Los Angeles will perform as well as several local folkloric organizations, said festival director Sylvia Ochoa Guzman. A local resident, she also leads the sponsoring group, “Escuelas Unidas.” Among those featured on Saturday are Abraham Aldana Roman and Berenice Hinojosa, dance partners from Jalisco, Mexico. The couple is part of Grupo Xalisco de Jalisco, which is directed by Roman, a consultant for the festival. Guzman also provided information about two other groups, both based in east LA. Ballet Folklorico Mi Tierra, led by Alberto Tapi, consists of 25 dancers, ranging in age from 6 to 50. They will perform dances from San Luis Potosi and Huahuas de Puebla. And Ballet Folklorico Mixteco, with Julio Cesar Flores, director, has 65 dancers, ages 4 to 40. They will perform folkloric dancing from several areas of Mexico, including Chihuahua, Tamaulipas Norte, and Jalisco. Also part of the program SoLuna Ballet, led by Manuel Fonseca, and, Ballet Folklorico Mi Tierra de Bakersfield.

exception boast catchy vocal melodies and guitar lines and plenty of adrenalized punk energy and passion. “We try to visit every record with the set list, but as you consecutively put out records, it gets harder and harder to visit all of them,” Blair said. “It gets more and more difficult. And we’re also not the type of band that’s going to bowl over fans with the new record. I never liked that. When I’d go see a band and they would just play a bunch of songs off of the new record, and you’re not really familiar with the new record yet, it was always a pain.”


“Calm in the Congo,” an intricate small-scale sculpture made out of paper by Ethelette Edwards.

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Two-Day Red & White Wine & Food Festival, winemaker dinner 6:30 p.m. Thursday; seminar/panel discussion, 10 to 11 a.m., and grand tasting from more than 50 wineries, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive. $50-$125. 395-4800. 21st annual Relay for Life Survivor’s Reception, 4 to 6 p.m., St. Philip the Apostle Church, 7100 Stockdale Highway. 3261011. Bakersfield Community Concert Association presents “The International Tenors,” 7:30 p.m., the theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $30; includes two concerts. 589-2478. Bakersfield Deaf Senior Citizens Social Club, bring your favorite potluck food, games, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., East Bakersfield Veterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Road. $2 members. Email CSUB 60 Plus Club, guest author Doug Davis of “Gifts Given,” 2 p.m., CSUB, Icardo Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 6543211. Poetry Open Mic, featuring poet James Meetze; others are welcome to bring prose and poetry, sign-ups begin at 6:45 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 665-4686. Reading the Classics Presentation, (more on Page 27). Red Cross New Volunteer Orientation, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., American Red Cross, Kern Chapter, 5035 Gilmore Ave. 324-6427. 12th annual Summer Camp & Adventure Fair, for parents and families who wish to sign up their children for a summer enrichment program, or who have questions, 3 to 7 p.m., Westside Church of Christ gym, 7300 Stockdale Highway. Free. 8614939. Bingo, warm ups start at 5 p.m., with early birds at 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.

“Explore the Possibilities” Lecture, with Rob Gilbert, learn about spiritual selfworth, identity and freedom, 4 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. “Fun Under the Son” Spring Car and Motorcycle Show, (more on Page 23). “Rebel Without a Cause” Cinema Saturday, begins at sundown, Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160. 864-0397. 15th annual Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup, tree planting, 9 a.m., Yokuts Park, 4200 Empire Drive. 2012 Concert Series, with Karla Bonoff, 8 p.m., Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway. $10. or all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000. 2012 Great American Cleanup, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Yokuts Park, 4200 Empire Drive. Register at 326-3539 or email 28th Annual Hart Canyon Rendezvous, Hart Canyon Rendezvous near Twin Oaks, April 14 to 22. A 1740-1840 Rocky Mountain fur trade encampment with mountain man and colonial set-ups. Day visitors welcome April 15, 16, 20, 21, 8 a.m. to noon. Call 3937901 for details or visit HartCanyonRDV.Com. Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, presents “Three Concert Audience Favorites,” (More on Page 22). CASA of Kern County Rio Bravo Run, 10K, 5K and 2K run/walk, check-in 7 to 7:45 a.m., races begin at 8 a.m., Rio Bravo Ranch, 15701 Highway 178. $20-$35. or 631-2272. Cat Adoptions, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Petco, 8220 Rosedale Highway. $65 includes spay/neuter, vaccines and leukemia testing. 327-4706. Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brimhall Square, 9500 Brimhall Road. Craft Fair, vendors and artisans, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Royal Palms, 608 Clubhouse Drive, Gate 3. 869-1798 or 342-4763. Democratic Women of Kern, breakfast meeting, 9 a.m., Garden Spot, 3320 Truxtun Ave. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. 3227411. Free Electronic Waste Recycling Event, bring unwanted electronic items, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5305 Fairfax Road. Email or 873-4011. Greater Bakersfield Green Expo, with High School Recycled Material Arts Competition, 8 a.m., Yokuts Park, 4200 Empire Drive. Grupo Folklorico “Escuelas Unidas,” “Festival Juvenil Primaveral,” guest performing group Grupo Folklorico Mixteco, 6 p.m., East High School, 2200 Quincy St. $10 advance; $12 at the door. 872-6067. Jenni Rivera, 8 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $40.85 to $98.55. or 800-745-3000. Sugar Sugar, cabaret dance troupe, “The Right to Bare,” 8:30 p.m., The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $10. Email Talk on Legacy of Gandhi, (more on Page 25).

Friday 18th annual Battle of the Badges, (more on Page 20). 22nd Annual Dinner at the Derby Fundraiser, an evening of horse racing and Southern dining in the tradition of the derby. Silent and oral auction, 6:30 p.m., Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. $100; $175/couple. 619-3344. Annual Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Bakersfield Community House, 2020 R St. 327-8835. CSUB Music Department Spring Piano Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m., CSUB, Music Building, Room 127, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-2156. FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “The Princess of Montpensier,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. or call 428-0354. Lecture and Discussion, with Dr. Brad Asher, 3:30 p.m., CSUB, Walter Stiern Library, Dezember Reading Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. Paquita La del Barrio, 8 p.m., Eagle Mountain Casino, 681 S. Tule Reservation Road, Porterville. $20 general admission; $35 reserve. Tickets online at eaglemtncasino or 888-695-0888. Spoken Word & SLAM competition, noncompetitive, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free. 809-3784 or

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Unforgiven Rollergirls vs. San Fernando Valley, roller derby, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Rollerama, 1004 34th St. $10 adults advance; $12 at the door; $5 children; free for children under 5. Tickets online at event/230463. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10859, Rosedale & Ladies Auxiliary, 9:30 a.m., Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Drive. 588-5865. Water Safety Day, learn about water safety, pool safety, see CPR demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bakersfield Swimming Club, 3311 Allen Road. Free. 637-1403. Wine and Food Pairing Event, with opportunity baskets and a 50/50 raffle, 6 to 9 p.m., 1000 Mt. Lasson St. $25. Benefitting Camp KEEP Foundation. Yokuts Park Fun Run, practice racing and earn points, 7 a.m., Yokuts Park, Empire Drive off Truxtun Avenue. Free. or 203-4196 or 3917080.

Sunday Challenge For Homeless, for 18 and up, obstacle course, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Garces High School, 2800 Loma Linda Drive. $25. To register and sign up for a time, visit

THEATER “Go! Condors,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “Sleeping Beauty,” presented by Omnipresent Puppet Theater, 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m., Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $6 per person. Reservations, call 5873377. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. Adults: $5, children under 12 are $1. 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 Art Classes, in drawing, watercolor, oils, color theory, for beginners and advanced, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Art for Healing program, classes that alleviate stress resulting from illness or grief. All classes are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A Street. Visit or to register, 632-5357. Beginning Drawing Class, for high schoolers, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $15 per session. 869-2320.


Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 9000 Ming Ave., 664-1400; Mike Montano, 9 p.m. Saturday.

Comedy Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Improv Tuesday - Live comedy with DJ after party, 9 p.m. Tuesdays.



Karla Bonoff will appear on Saturday at Bright House Networks Amphitheatre. 2012 Concert Series, with Karla Bonoff, 8 p.m. Saturday, Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway. $10. or all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-7453000. Color Class, with Phyllis Oliver, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $100 for four classes or $25 per class. 8692320. Jeanie Truitt, featured artist for the month of April, Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 634-0806. Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, offers stained glass classes, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. For times and dates call 327-7507. 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 ’80s B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Members Only, 9 p.m. Friday; Glam Cobra, 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $5 each night. 21 and older only.

Acoustic Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. F St., Tehachapi, 823-9994; Juni Fisher, 7 p.m. Friday. $15. Kern River Brewing Company, 13415 Sierra Highway, Kernville, 760-376-2337; Mike Fleming and Ray Sadolsky, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Blues Kern River Blues Society Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. every second Saturday, Trout’s, 805 N. Chester Ave. 8727517.

Classic Rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; The Bad Boyz, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Usual Suspects, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Prisoners of Love, 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; Monty Byrom & the Buckeroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Noah Claunch, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Twang Bangers, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Dancing Bakersfield Rounders, ballroom (cued) transition class levels two and three, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, South Bakersfield Veteran’s Hall, 1905 Wilson Road. $10 per couple. 7477921. Beginner Belly Dance Lessons, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Centre Stage Studio, 1710 Chester Ave. 323-5215. $45 regular session; $65 combo session. 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. Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Drive, offers ballroom dance, East Coast swing (jitterbug) and Argentine Tango dance classes; $35, $45 for nonmembers. 322-5765 or 201-2105. Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Mavericks Singles, with music by Jerry Hobbs, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive. $7 member; $9 guest. 831-9241. Mavericks Singles, dancing with music by Jerry Hobbs and his Country Gentlemen, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive. $7 member; $9 guest. 831-9241. Pairs and Spares Dance, with CRS Riders, 7 p.m. Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $7; $9 nonmembers. 399-3575.

DJ Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; with DJ Casey Overstreet, 9 p.m. Fridays. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; DJ Brian, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111; live in the mix: old school, ’80s & ’90s music, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Saturday.

CALIFORNIAN RADIO Join Californian Lifestyles Editor Jennifer Self and entertainment reporter Matt Munoz this morning as we chat with the coordinator of the Greater Bakersfield Green Expo on Californian Radio. We’ll also give away tickets to the Rise Against concert Monday at Rabobank Arena. In memory of the late artist Thomas Kinkade, our listeners will have the opportunity to win a book of 20 classic prints of the artist’s work, ready for Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; DJ James, 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Free. 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; Mauro with guest Rico Velazquez and Pat Frase, 7 p.m. Thursday. Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring local artist and Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. King Tut, 10606 Hageman Road; live intrumental and vocal Jazz, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Free. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St., 4274900; Mauro, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Jazz Invasion, 9 to 10 p.m. every Saturday. The Nile, Jazz Music, 6 p.m. every Sunday. Cost $10 at 1721 19th St. 364-2620. Wine Me Up, 3900 Coffee Road, Suite 2, 588-8559; Mauro, Rico Velazquez and Pat Frase Congas, 7 p.m. Saturday.

Karaoke B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays. Banacek’s Lounge, 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at 4601 State Road. 387-9224. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Big Daddy Pizza, 6417 Ming Ave., 396-7499; 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday; 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday.

framing. Listen for your cue to call: 842KERN. The show airs from 9 to 10 a.m. on KERN-AM, 1180. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. every Saturday. City Slickers, 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-4939; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Corona’s Cantina, 9817 S. Union Ave., 345-8463; 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Del Rio Cocktail Lounge, 5840 State Road, 393-0262; 8 p.m. every Saturday. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court; 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; A to Z Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 10612 Rosedale Highway. 589-0412. Magoo’s Pizza, 1129 Olive Drive, 399-7800; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 3663261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar, 14 Monterey St., 869-1451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. Pizzeria, 4200 Gosford Road, 3971111; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Pour House, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 4041 Fruitvale Ave. 589-9300. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Replay Sports Lounge & Grill, 4500 Buck Owens Blvd., 3243300; 8, Wednesdays. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Please see GO & DO / 31


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Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. Rocky’s Pizza & Arcade, 2858 Niles St., 873-1900; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 3256864; 9 p.m. Wednesday. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 8362700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Round Table Pizza, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; The Junction with host Mac Clanahan, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Round Table Pizza, 4200 Gosford Road, 397-1111; 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Rusty’s Pizza, 5430 Olive Drive, 392-1482; 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 3987077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Syndicate Lounge, 1818 Eye St., 327-0070; with Alisa Spencer, 9 p.m. Wednesdays. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Tejon Club, 6 to 10 p.m. every Saturday at 117 El Tejon Ave. 392-1747. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 3270681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Junction Lounge, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 3973599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. The Playhouse Lounge, 7 to 10 p.m. every Sunday at 2915 Taft Highway. 397-3599. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 8311413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. The Prime Cut, 9 p.m. every Friday at 9500 Brimhall Road. 831-1413. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 871-4140; 8:30 p.m. every other Friday. The Wrecking Yard, 9817 S. Union Ave., 827-9192; 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 1440 Weedpatch Highway. 363-5102. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., 496-2502, 7 p.m. Thursdays. 21 and over.

Latin/salsa DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, 6331949; various levels, 3 to 9 p.m. every Sunday. $5 per person, per lesson.

Mariachi Camino Real Restaurant, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at 3500 Truxtun Ave. 852-0493.

Music showcase The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 8311413; featuring local artists, 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday.

Oldies KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 322-9910; Jimmy Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Halls, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.



James Dean appears in a scene from “Rebel Without a Cause.” “Rebel Without a Cause” Cinema Saturday, begins at sundown Saturday, Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160. 864-0397.

Old school Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Prisoners of Love, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; The Press, 8:30 p.m. Friday; Rock-A-Mole, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $5 per night. old school.

Open mic Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. F St., Tehachapi, 823-9994; 7 p.m. Wednesdays. $5.

Reggae/ska The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 8311413; Mento Buru, Karling Abbeygate, 9 p.m. Saturday. $7.

Rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Deedra Patrick, The Swamp Katz and Crooked Folk, 9 p.m. Thursday. $5. 21 and older only. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday.

Trivia night Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Chuy’s, 2500 New Stine Road, 833-3469; 7 p.m. every Tuesday. trivia night. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 4/16 Rise Against, A Day to Remember, 7 p.m., Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $44.40. or 800-745-3000. Second annual CSUB Golf Tournament, “Fore the Athletes,” noon to 7 p.m., Riverlakes Ranch Golf Course, 5201 Riverlakes Drive. $125 per person; $500 per team. Includes cart, shirt, boxed lunch, buffet dinner, team photo. All proceeds go to the CSUB Women’s Tennis program. 654-3081. Sixth annual Kern Kiwanis Golf Tournament, check-in 11 a.m., tee time at noon, Bakersfield Country Club, The Links at Riverlakes Golf Course, 5201 Riverlakes Drive. $125 per person. Benefitting Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House and other children charities. 246-9011.

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