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Index Scary for Charity ...................................... 22 21st annual Fall Home Show .................... 23 Arts Alive .................................................. 24 K.C. Museum Halloween events .............. 25 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz.............. 26 Scott Cox .................................................. 27 Spook Out Cancer.................................... 28 Calendar .............................................. 31-33

Addicted to their art LA alt-rock icons come down mountain to Fox BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


iming has always been on the side of Jane’s Addiction. Beginning with their arrival in the mid-’80s against the backdrop of Hollywood’s glam metal scene, they bridged the gap as an alternative for those seeking intensified chaos as punk rock began to loosen its grip. In both their sound and image, the group embodied the state of the city’s burgeoning alt-rock movement with a combination of psychedelic flash and gothic artistry reflective of the dark urban underbelly of downtown Los Angeles. Singer Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Eric Avery were able to bring the intensity of their live show to the studio, producing a trio of the era’s most iconic recordings before abruptly calling quits in 1991. After a few years apart to pursue other endeavors (Farrell and Perkins formed Pornos for Pyros while Avery and Navarro formed Deconstruction), the group has remained close for a series of extended reunions, new recordings and tours, including their latest, which comes to the Fox on Tuesday. Drummer Stephen Perkins, 45, said the group’s guiding principles today are the same as always, which is why the bandmates have remained close through the years. “You don’t do it for the money,” he said during a phone interview

Jane’s Addiction When: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Fox Theater, 2001 H St. Admission: $37 to $57 Information: 324-1369 or

from his home in Southern California. “You know, Jane’s Addiction breaks up, people offer us a lot to stay together. We can’t. If we’re gonna fake it, it’s not real.” Jane’s Addiction came of age at a time when commercial radio relegated anything “cutting edge” to late night, and videos too hot for MTV were censored, as was the case with many of the band’s short-form videos, including “Mountain Song.” There’s also the issue of sustaining a music career in the digital age, something Perkins said he’s adapted to. “Nowadays the business is just so different. I mean, people are just giving music away. It’s almost insulting to charge people to buy it. There’s almost no reason for people to buy it, so what do you do? You put on a great show, and there’s no way to replace that. Of course, everyone films your show with a phone and puts it on YouTube, two hours after you get on stage. We’ve always had performances, but the work is that you can still do it and still be relevant.” Jane’s Addiction sprang from the ashes of Farrell’s original band, Psi Com, an experimental quartet that saw brief success in the underground. The band was named in honor of Farrell’s housePlease see BAND / 29


Jane’s Addiction appears Tuesday at the Fox Theater. Pictured above from left: Stephen Perkins, Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro.

Jane’s muse wasn’t Jane; it was Casey Bakersfield native reflects on her long romance with Perry Farrell


he’s known as the “Classic Girl,” written about in the Jane’s Addiction song of the same name and seen in countless images from the band’s early years. But what many fans don’t know is that Casey Niccoli also happens to be from Bakersfield. Niccoli dated Perry Farrell from 1982 to ’93, and through those years witnessed

first-hand the evolution of Jane’s Addiction as both girlfriend and creative muse. Currently living a quiet existence in Los Angeles, the reclusive Niccoli is reticent about looking back on her years around the band. “I’m actually trying to be more open to it,” said Niccoli, who attended Highland High, during a recent phone interview. “You know, I’m a little older now, a lot of time has passed. I’m secure. I always wanted the band to play my hometown, and here we are 20-something years later

and I have nothing to do with it.” Niccoli’s current lifestyle as a working mother is a far cry from the wild rock life she led alongside Farrell, whom she met in Hollywood a few years after following her then-boyfriend from Bakersfield to the big city. “I was 18, and I really wanted to move,” she recalled. “L.A. was so exciting to me. I had $250 to my name, packed up my car and moved to L.A. I felt like I belonged here. I got into the punk scene, and three Please see NICCOLI / 30


Casey Niccoli of Bakersfield and singer Perry Farrell are shown in a scene from the Jane’s Addiction video “Classic Girl.”


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Chance to ‘Voice’ your support Local vocalist on singing contest appears at Palace BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


t took only a few bars to convince singer Blake Shelton that Rudy Parris was still his voice of choice during last week’s battle round segment on NBC’s “The Voice.” After being chosen by Shelton to join his team of contestants during the blind auditions of the popular show earlier this month, Visalia singer Parris has been reveling in the extra attention he’s been receiving from the exposure. Parris has appeared at an autograph and picture signing, performed a public acoustic show, and now plans to bring down the house when he performs a free concert at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace on Friday. “Things are great,” said Parris, 46. “It’s been an amazing experience, that’s for sure. I went from just playing in clubs to the national stage in the blink of an eye. It was a fast transition. I’ve been playing in clubs for about 29 years, and then within a few months, it’s been on a whole other level. It’s been intense. I wish I had about five managers.” Parris’ televised battle round appearance last week against contestant Charlie Rey was edited down to an intro and a snippet of each singer performing a few bars of the pop hit “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter, followed by coach Shelton critiquing Rey’s shaky performance and ultimately picking Parris as the winner. Although he was unable to share too much information about his experience before heading into the next round, Parris took the opportunity to praise team leader Shelton.

Rudy Parris When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Admission: Free Information: 328-7560 or

“The thing about the Team Blake is that he is such a big heart and such a good person, that I think the other people in the competition that were big-hearted and good people gravitated towards him because of that fact. We all get along really good. There’s no drama between anyone. It’s incredible how a leader like that can attract the same kind of people as them.” So has sudden fame changed Parris? “The thing for me, I feel like the same person that I always was, but people are looking at me differently. That’s something that’s going to take getting used to. “There was a young lady, about 11 or 12. Her mother came up to me and said, ‘My daughter is your biggest fan. We saw you on “The Voice,” started following you on YouTube, know all your music, and really, really, like you. Can we take a picture with you?’ When I said hello to (the girl), she was shaking, and she started crying. I know that there’s certain people that I’ll meet in my life that’ll make me feel that way. I was just really touched that there was something that I do that touched that deeply, and it made me cry. That was an awesome experience.” Admittedly anxious for response from the public, Parris said he’s never shied away from comments about his appearances posted on all major social networks. “I’ve totally looked at all the comments on blogs, YouTube, I’ve Googled myself and am very grateful and fortunate that I’d say a good 90 percent of the reaction to me


Rudy Parris, a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” will be performing a free show at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace on Friday.

has been positive. I know some of the other contestants on the show haven’t been as fortunate, and I can understand when we talk and they’re upset.” Though he made it out of the blind auditions with a rootsy rendition of The Police hit “Every Breath You Take,” Parris said fans can look forward to more countryleaning fare on Friday when he takes the Crystal Palace stage for a full show. “I don’t get to play a lot of country music because there aren’t many venues and it isn’t as popular as it was in the ’90s when there was line-dancing and all that. So any chance I get to play country music, I’m stoked.

“At the Crystal Palace show, there’s not gonna be any rock — all country music with the exception of the ‘Every Breath You Take’ single. I’m gonna do some of my old favorites: Sammy Kershaw, Alan Jackson.” Parris added that, regardless of the outcome, he appreciates all the support he’s received and the life-changing experiences he feels blessed to have been given as a participant on “The Voice.” “It’s amazing, just what making the blind auditions has done for my life. If that’s all that happened, that’s all I needed.” “The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on KGET-TV, Channel 17.

Turner’s golden baritone sells out Fox Country singer the hottest ticket around BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


ountry troubadour Josh Turner has been traveling across America singing to one of the most loyal fan bases in the genre — so loyal, in fact, that his show Sunday at the Fox Theater has sold out. “I am on the road a lot though these days, so the fans can come see me anytime,” said Turner, 34, in an interview with The Californian. Not one to rest on his laurels — 5 million records sold, plus a slew of music industry awards

Josh Turner When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday (show is sold out) Where: Fox Theater, 2001 H St. Admission: $35 to $60 Information: 324-1369 or

— the “Long Black Train” singer follows a classic work ethic while out promoting his latest release, “Punching Bag” and his new live album, “Live Across America,” which showcases the energy of his concerts and features the culmination of the best of his performances recorded over the past four months. The live album, released

exclusively through Cracker Barrel, will be available for sale at Sunday’s show. It’s on that record that you can hear the greats who influenced Turner. “I grew up listening to all kinds of music except for heavy metal,” said the South Carolina native. “I have always leaned toward country and bluegrass music. My five main influences are Randy Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin, and Hank Williams.” To be placed in that company — as Turner was in 2007 when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry — has been a humbling experience, one he calls his greatest professional achievement. “Getting inducted into the

Opry was a dream come true. I was surprised at how early it happened in my career, but it’s been great because I’ve been part of other artists’ inductions, including Keith Urban’s, and it’s given me a lot of credibility.” Though Turner is pleased to be regarded as one of the top draws in country music today, he’s ambivalent about the current scene. “I think the country music scene is very fresh in that artists are always searching for that new sound, but at the same time I feel like we’ve lost sight of what country music is, with TV and the Internet, and so much emphasis being put on image. I think there’s an imbalance.”


Country singer Josh Turner appears Sunday at the Fox.


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Charity fun puts the aid in masquerade BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer


s parents browse for costumes for the little ones, they may want to keep an eye out for something in their size for the upcoming Scary for Charity, which has become a major party on the pre-Halloween circuit for grown-ups. “We try to create a club scene in the ballroom,” said public relations chairwoman Wendy Armijo. “It’s somewhere you can dance, eat, hobnob with your friends and feel a big party atmosphere. I think we have really achieved that feel." Armijo has been involved with Scary for Charity — scheduled for Oct. 27 — since its inception three years ago and is happy to provide a fun and safe atmosphere for the mature Halloween observer. That means drinks, food and a place for people to show off their skills at costuming. “The people that come to this event are in the 30-plus range and they come as couples in costume or in groups. Last year we had a group of people show up dressed like the band Kiss. We really want people to be creative and have a good time." Judges will be on hand awarding prizes in four categories: fun-

Scary for Charity When: 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 27 Where: Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Avenue Admission: $50. Available online at until Monday and at the Marriott Hotel until the night of the event Information:

niest, scariest, most original and best couple. It pays to be creative as a $100 cash prize and a trophy will be awarded to the top contestant in each category. From the costumes that dominate the dance floor to the treats that will be on hand, Armijo and her team have planned the evening in fine detail. “We have signature drinks like Candy Corn martinis and signature appetizers as well. Last year we had bloody meatballs, crunchy finger fries and slimy slider sandwiches. We’ll have all of that this year, too." To create a dark and ghoulish atmosphere it takes more than just costumes and refreshments. What normally is a bright and formal ballroom at the Marriott

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Hillary and Jim Luff are dressed as Fred and Wilma Flintstone for the annual Scary for Charity event.

orthodontics visits, Christmas presents and everything else that isn’t covered by government funds. It’s a lot that can slip through the cracks, and we want to give them support.” While the event has been supporting Kern Partnership since it began, this year the Jamison Center is on board as well. For Armijo it was a natural fit. “When children go to the Jamison Center, it is a time of need. We have been helping kids in foster care for years and for many of them their entrance into care starts with the Jamison Center. It just made sense.” Attendees will have plenty of chances to support the charities as Armijo and the Scary for Chari-

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ty sponsors have lined up silent auction items that include everything from an iPad to a four pack of tickets to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” But if you want to get in on the spooky action, Armijo suggests playing the role of the early bird. “Last year about half of the people who came bought their tickets at the door. We don’t have a lot left at this point, and you’ll want to grab them beforehand to make sure you get in.”

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Ready for home makeover? Show is for you BY GENE GARAYGORDOBIL Contributing writer


his weekend’s Fall Home Show at the Kern County Fairgrounds will focus primarily on maintaining your gardens through the fall and winter, while offering some holiday tips and ideas. Joaquin Rodriguez of G&G Productions manages the Bakersfield show, along with the company’s annual Home and Garden show in February, which focuses on home improvement, spring gardening and do-it-yourself efforts. “The October show has fewer landscapes and offers preventative maintenance for your gardens,” Rodriguez said. “We’ll have more seasonal decorations and holiday preparedness, along with the types of foods to serve and whatnot.” The show will feature 183 vendors, most of whom come from Kern County, though a few hail from the Fresno and Los Angeles areas, too. “The majority of attendees, 80 to 85 percent, are seeking some kind of product or service geared toward our show’s theme. “That’s not to say that you may

21st Annual Bakersfield Fall Home Show When: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 South P St. Admission: $7; $4 seniors (Friday only); children 12 and under free; $1 discount to every attendee who brings a nonperishable food item to the show. Information: or 800655-0655

have some people looking for a certain brand of chili they bought at a previous show — or some other type of cash-and-carry product,” Rodriguez said. The show is a great way for vendors to get the word out about their goods or services, he said. “For many of them, this is how they do their marketing,” Rodriguez said. “It is cheaper to go through us because they can target their specific audience.” Most attendees will be estab-

lished in their careers, own a home and are possibly looking to fix it up, he said. On hand will be contractors, interior designers and landscapers to assist them. Also available will be shows featuring Dale Edwards, “The Sultan of Sod,” and Lindsay Ono, “The Plant Professor.” The fall show will also feature — for the first time — two recreational vehicle dealers. To keep the young ones entertained, Murray Family Farms will provide its Pumpkin Fest and Apple Toss. The Pumpkin Fest will involve a small pumpkin patch, while the apple toss involves children tossing apples at scarecrows — all part of the Kid’s Korner, which includes bounce houses and two-story slides. For fish lovers, the event will feature the largest koi show in the state, hosted by the Bakersfield Koi and Water Society. There will be 30 water tanks set up in the exhibit area, with a best of show award, and kois will be available for adoption. Each day of the show will feature prize giveaways, Rodriguez said. On Friday and Saturday, a $1,500 cookware set will be given


Kelly Manzo of A Spice Above makes her pitch to a customer at the Bakersfield Fall Home Show in 2011.

away, and on Sunday, an Apple iPad will go home with a lucky winner. “Happy Hour” targets people getting off work Friday afternoon with an admission price break. From 4 to 7 p.m. attendees are admitted for $4, instead of the regular $7. No other discounts can be used during that time. Attendees bringing a nonperishable food item will receive $1

off admission all three days, as G&G Productions teams with the Golden Empire Gleaners. On Sunday, there will be a Public Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where attendees can see patrol cars, fire engines and other safety equipment and personnel from Kern County Sheriff’s Department, the Bakersfield Police Department and Bakersfield Fire Department.


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Revived art show a stunner Puppeteer re-creates ‘Hansel & Gretel’


o-curators Jesus Fidel and Susan Roussel have done a bang-up job showcasing the artistic talent of more than 25 women with a slightly ghoulish — but festive — Halloween theme. “Out of the Ashes,” as it’s called, opened Sunday inside and outside of The Empty Space. Numerous paintings and sculptures were being shown in the theater’s gallery, and about 20 vendors displaying hand-crafted items were stationed around the outer entrance. Circling the perimeter was a black-cloaked, 15-feet-tall puppet with stringy red hair and a green hooked nose protruding from its ceramic face. It was manned by Eric Lemons. “Jesus used 30 yards of fabric to make the costume,” Roussel said. “I sculpted the head.” If you missed the opening, don’t despair. The event will be repeated on Oct. 28. And the artwork can be seen this weekend in the gallery 30 minutes before the Empty’s current production of “Gorey Stories.” Now called “Out of the Ashes,” it’s an annual art exhibit that originated in 2006 as “Burn the Witch.” This year’s show presents a greater number of artists than any of the previous years. And, to me, the increase in participation is a vast improvement. Another plus is the transformation of the theater’s gallery, which also serves as its lobby. The cocurators have framed interior doors with columns of folded black fabric. The fabric is imprinted with tiny flying angels and tied back with thick golden cords. One wall is devoted to framed photos of each artist in Halloween-styled garb that were taken by Laurin K. Lee. A brief bio is mounted next to each picture. Several pieces of artwork caught my eye. Among them were Alison Beitzel’s “Candy,” a large, eerie portrait of a nurse with thin threads of blackened blood dripping from her eyes, nose, lips and fingertips; Stephanie Fidel’s “Mary-Kate & Ashley

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Brass quintet concert

When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday Where: Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive Admission: $6 Information: 587-3377

A group of local musicians known as Brass à la Carte will be featured on Sunday in the Dukes Memorial Concert series. Headed by trumpet player Michael Raney, it includes Glenn Bowles, on tuba; Ronald Christian, trombone; Sal Panelli, trumpet; and Michael Stone, euphonium. Since its formation in 1989, said Raney, the group has been active in performing for weddings, festive parties, church programs, live theater and concerts. Their planned program will consist primarily of works by 19th century American composers.

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Art and soccer

When: 4 p.m. Sunday Where: First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road Admission: Free Information: 327-1609

To some, art and soccer have little in common. But the sport has brought together a group of young Los Angeles artists — most are in their 30s — whose work is presently on display at the Todd Madigan Gallery at Cal State Bakersfield. “It’s sort of a tongue-in-cheek show — artists who play soccer,” said Joey Kotting, curator. “That’s the genesis of it.” Kotting explained that for the past three years, a group of artists, writers and curators have met on Sunday afternoons in a Los Angeles park to play the game. “They come together, not to exchange ideas and theses,” he said, “but to kick around a soccer ball, to exercise and sweat, to clear their heads of the past week’s activities and prepare for the week to come.” And with that in mind, a few hours before the opening reception last Sunday, the artists met a team of CSUB alumni assembled by Ken Taylor, the university’s soccer captain in 2011-12.And the outcome? “The alumni won,” said Alyssa Torres, with a rueful smile. Torres, who was on duty in the gallery the day I visited, is taking a course taught by Kotting that’s designed to train students to be curators. A continuation of the lighthearted nature of the pre-game activity is conveyed by the first thing you see upon entering the gallery. It’s a video of a film clip from a Monty Python movie showing a soccer match, Greeks vs. Germans. The bearded members of the Greek team wear flowing white togas; their opponents wear everything from lederhosen to 18th century courtiers dressed in fancy satin waistcoats edged with

When: noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 Where: The Empty Space Gallery, 706 Oak St. Admission: $5 Information: 703-8666

‘Hansel and Gretel’

Sunday @ 4 p.m. When: 1 to 6 p.m. today; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Todd Madigan Gallery, Cal State Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: Free Information: 654-2238

Olsen,” a framed molded plastic sculpture of a pregnant woman’s torso with two fetuses visible on the inside; a powerful pop-art rendition of the late Jimi Hendrix done by Audrey Jarvis; and Jessica McEuen’s “Joan,” a large painting of dozens of hands reaching upward as if trying to reach a faceless young woman whose head is outlined by a halo-like border of gold.

Puppet show at Gaslight Omnipresent Puppet Theater’s version of “Hansel and Gretel” is a comic re-creation of the timeless tale with just the right amount of scariness for children as young as 4. Two 45-minute shows will be staged on Saturday at the Gaslight Melodrama Theatre. Professional puppeteer Don Kruszka does a splendid job of voicing all the characters and connecting with the audience. I hope I’m not giving too much away, but my favorite part is seeing the witch get popped into the

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“Double Toe Rope, Netting,” by Kelly Barrie is one of the items that will be on display at the “Sunday @ 4” show at Todd Madigan Gallery on the CSUB campus.

lacy ruffles. The exhibit itself gives visitors a glimpse of what’s going on in contemporary art these days. And as Kotting says, it’s a way of creating a link between our community and people who previously knew nothing about Bakersfield. “They (artists) are all at different stages of their careers,” he said, “and all are quite successful in the United States and some around the world.” Their artwork at the Madigan shows a notable degree of individuality. It includes video, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance and installation art. For instance, on one wall is an HD digital animation centered by a simple line drawing of two birds having a conversation. At various intervals, and quite unexpectedly, colorful objects such as a bomb or a hatchet interrupt the peaceful scene by doing a nosedive from above. On another wall is an enormous print — 125-by-92 inches — by Kelly Barrie. It’s titled “Double Toe Rope, Netting.” The longer you look at it, the more the netting morphs into unusual shapes. Another very large piece is “Knight #5” by Karl Haendel. A pencil drawing on paper, it measures 102-by-81 inches. Two of the most colorful pieces are Adria Julia’s photos of individ-

“Knight #5” was created by Karl Haendel.

ual glass cases. One shows a collection of items, including a bust of Lenin, vodka bottles and a handsomely carved chess set. The exhibit can be seen through Nov. 10. Usual gallery hours are 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 15 p.m. on Saturday. The gallery is on the north side of the campus, adjacent to the Dore Theatre. A parking permit is required.


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Museum expands the fun for kids, parents

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ith its Safe Halloween trickor-treating-palooza already a tradition with droves of local families, the Kern County Museum decided that two days of the haunted holiday just wouldn’t do this year. So it’s expanding the mayhem to the weekend before by transforming the 10,000-square-foot oil exhibit into a haunted house. Volunteers will be suited up, the lights turned low and the sound effects pumped in as attendees have a chance to make their way through the creepy maze Oct. 26-29 and during Safe Halloween on Oct. 30-31. “We had to shut the entire exhibit down a week in advance to get it all put together, and we are really excited,” said Elizabeth Herrera, director of rentals and events at the museum. “It’s recommended for kids ages 7 and up because it’s a little scary. There is fog, strange lights, people dressed as zombies, and monsters jumping out and breathing down your neck.” One thing that hasn’t changed this year, Herrera said, is the mission of the museum to provide a safe environment for little ghouls and goblins in search of candy. No traffic, no creepy houses — just a spooktacular Halloween wonderland amid the museum’s historic attractions. “We have 41 trick-or-treat stations, local businesses sponsoring a building, which they decorate and then pass out candy to kids who attend,” Herrera said. “This year’s theme is Zombies and Monsters, and we will have people dressed up handing out candy on the grounds so the whole theme won’t seem that scary to the little ones.” New this year: The Neon Courtyard is housing a carnival that boasts a Ferris wheel, 30-foot inflatable slide and even an insect-eating contest for trick-or-treaters brave enough to open wide for the creepy-crawly offerings. A costume contest is in the works, along with a pumpkin-carving contest that Herrera said will take a little planning. “For the pumpkin-carving contest, you’ll need to carve at home and then bring the pumpkin to the museum in the days leading up to Safe Halloween. Then we do the judging on the 30th.”

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Bryson Inocencio and Jonni Pamplona took part in Safe Halloween at the Kern County Museum in 2011.

Kern County Museum Halloween events Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave.; or 868-8410 Safe Halloween 2012: 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31; $8 for kids and $6 for adults; available through or at the museum Haunted house: 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 through 29 and during Safe Halloween; $6 (free with admission to Safe Halloween).

The competition continues as the Safe Halloween team has devised a scavenger hunt for participants, with a four-pack of museum passes as the prize. “We give out clues as to where we have five whacky pumpkins hidden on the grounds. When they find them all, they just come back and tell us where they spotted them, and they can have the prize. It’s really about getting people excited about the museum and then getting them to come back.” For the younger attendees not quite ready for the a haunted house experience, the haunted wagon ride may be a better option. Taking place on the 30th, the wagon ride will tour

what Herrera calls the “back lot” of the museum grounds. It’s a calmer version of the haunted house, with decor suitable for a spooky ride through the woods. “It’s a horse-drawn wagon ride that will take you through a dark field. We have built a graveyard back there and will have scary sound effects. GET Bus also has their space back there and will have a haunted bus.” Herrera promised another surprise for both nights, but she didn’t want to give away too much. “I don’t want people to be expecting it. We want to catch them off guard. It won’t be happening at the very beginning, but as the kids get into the trick-or-treating, there will be some stuff over the loudspeaker. It’s somewhat of a show.” Attendance in recent years has been about 4,000 over both nights (hint for those who hate crowds: Halloween night draws far fewer families, Herrera said). “Trick-or-treating isn’t as safe as it used to be,” Herrera said. “At the museum there is one entrance and one exit, and it’s staffed all through the night with security on the grounds and in the parking lots. It’s really a lot of fun, and we want people to come out, stay at the museum enjoy themselves and not have to worry."

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East LA meets downtown Bako Las Cafeteras comes to On the Rocks


he East Los Angeles music scene has always been a barometer for roots music enthusiasts. Acts like the late Ritchie Valens, Chicano story-teller Lalo Guerrero, Thee Midniters and Los Lobos helped to establish a sound associated with the predominantly Hispanic area. Today, that amalgamation of cultures continues to be a source of more fulfilling expression among much of East Los Angeles’ youth with bands such as Ozomatli and Very Be Careful, which help bring the past to the present. Another leading voice pulling up the roots is Las Cafeteras, who make their Bakersfield debut at On the Rocks on Friday. Originating from weekly Mexican son jarocho jam sessions at the Eastside Cafe in the city of El Sereno seven years ago, the multi-instrumental septet uses traditional instruments and incorporates folkloric-inspired dancing. Band member Daniel French, who plays jarana guitar, said their music is part of the many influences beaming from the community’s multi-ethnic surroundings. Son jarocho music, which hails from the Veracruz region of Mexico, is a festive folk storytelling style that has been performed since Spanish colonial times. A predominantly guitar-driven sound, its heavy Caribbean influence has seen a rise in popularity among community activists as well as clubs around Southern California. “There’s definitely a lot of bands pulling


East Los Angeles world beat group Las Cafeteras appears with Mento Buru Friday at On the Rocks.

from relatives’ traditions, but remaking it with modern styles right now,” French said. “Mexican son jarocho on a surface level, you can participate without a whole lot of development as a musician. They’re mainly three-chord songs in the key of D, and it’s more about the storytelling, a fandango, a jam session, where you can just join in. It’s a style that’s developed on participation and community celebration. With our group, you’ll hear some hiphop, Native American influence, some cumbia, ska, things that we grew up listening to here.” The band also features French’s longtime friends Annette Torres, David Flores, Denise Carlos, Hector Flores, Jose Cano and Leah Rose Gallegos, all of whom share entertainment duties on stage. Their latest CD, titled “It’s Time,” will be available at the show and for download online at the end of the month through their website According to French, after the band’s recent shows opening for

singer Lila Downs, the CD sold out so fast they’ve already run through two pressings since its release in September. “One of the things that we share onstage is this African proverb that says, ‘If you can walk, you can dance, and if you can talk, you can sing.’ And then we add, ‘If you believe in yourself, you can do anything.’ And I think we want people to take the spirit of that and really feel loved and love themselves. We want people to experience pride, to be proud of who they are and where they come from, feel inspired that they can be in a different space that’s loving, interconnected, and able to take that home with them.” Friday’s showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $7. On the Rocks is located at 1517 18th St. 327-7625.

Munky comes home Korn purists had mixed feelings about the band’s risky foray into the electro world of dubstep music, which, had it not succeeded, would have been filed with some of rock history’s most epic fails. Not quite at the comical

Matt Munoz is editor of, a sister website of The Californian that devotes itself to promoting Bakersfield’s art scene. Matt’s column appears every Thursday in Eye Street.

level of Styx’s robot opera, “Kilroy Was Here,” but certainly enough to tarnish a well-aging discography. Now that Korn has put the wraps on that project unscathed, the gates are open for two members to continue taking new musical roads: singer Jonathan Davis has been actively pursuing more DJ gigs, recording and performing as his EDM alter-ego “J Devil,” while guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer has reassembled his experimental/industrial allstar band, Fear and the Nervous System, which appears Friday at B Ryder’s. Formed in 2008, the group also features Korn touring keyboardist Zac Baird, guitarist and vocalist Steve Krolikowski, bassist Tim Kelleher and drummer Elias Mallin, who, over the years, have collectively performed with 40 Seconds to Mars, Repeater, Hollywood Undead and Ke$ha, among others. According to the band’s official website, their self-titled debut was originally released exclusively through digital outlets a year ago, but after clicking links to iTunes and, I found that they’ve since been removed. I also found an April news update stating physical copies would be available in the coming months. Until that happens, you can download their Korn-ish single, “Choking Victim,” from their website for free and check out the accompanying creepy video at YouTube. Opening the show is Gemini Syndrome, featuring former Otep guitarist Aaron Nordstrom and Nyceria, Bakersfield’s hardestworking head bangers. Friday’s showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Show is all ages. B Ryder’s is located at 7401 White Lane. 397-7304 or

Upcoming shows You might want to keep these shows on your radar in the coming months: Ozomatli at B Ryder’s on Nov. 11, Steely Dan

tribute show at Sandrini’s on Nov. 17, the Original Wailers at Narducci’s on Nov. 20, The English Beat on Nov. 24 at B Ryder’s, the Dome’s farewell festival on Nov. 25 and a classic punk tribute show at Sandrini’s on Dec. 7.

Matt’s picks Rusted Root at Narducci’s, 621 E. 21st St., Wednesday, $20, 7 p.m. Here’s a blast from the blast. Pittsburgh hippie collective Rusted Root have been combining colorful jam band rhythms and world music since the ’90s, selling millions of albums and scoring some pretty heavy touring slots alongside everyone from Dave Matthews Band, Robert Plant, and headlining their own cavalcades of tie-dyed dance-a-thons. Like their spiritual brethren the Grateful Dead, they even boast their own set-list collections website for die-hard fans. The group’s biggest radio hit, “Send Me on My Way,” has been heard in the movie “Ice Age” and used as the theme song for a popular Israeli TV sitcom. You’ll sing, you’ll dance, you’ll raise spirits of the physical and supernatural kind. Also appearing: Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, Amity Flow. Pre-Halloween Bash at Riley’s Pub, 1523 19th St., Wednesday, $5, 9 p.m. This night marks one week until Halloween, and if you’re unable to party on the big night because of treat-or-treat mayhem with the wee ones, this show is worth finding a sitter for. Phantom Stranger, Inc. promoter Pat Spurlock, whom I’ve gotten to know over the years as the manager of Ridgecrest’s Bar Stool Saints, continues showing Bako a lot of indie love booking alternative rock acts, like the ones for Wednesday’s show: The Nature, Stockz & Blondz, Crooked Folk, and The Cretins (Ramones tribute). They’re all together for an evening of quality alternative rock at a very punk price: Free admission for those in costume.


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This Epcor 12-String — one of many guitars on display at a 2009 tribute at Trout’s — was made by Bill Gruggett in the 1960s. Gruggett died recently but his works of guitar art will live on.

Works of art made the best sound better I

’ve only known a few legitimate geniuses in my day, so obviously it’s a big deal when one of them passes away. I’ve read and heard a lot about the passing of Bill Gruggett, but I wanted to tell folks more about the art he left behind. I didn’t know Bill all that well. We met a few times over the years, either out and about or at his shop, where friends of mine were picking up their guitars. I always tried to mooch as many trips to Bill’s as I could, which is dumb, because he always said that I could stop by anytime. But for a guy who didn’t own a Gruggett guitar, hanging out at the shop was like walking around the Ferrari factory in Maranello when you don’t own a Ferrari. I was an interloper. And Gruggetts are very much the Ferraris of the guitar world, possessing both great beauty and world-class performance. Keep in mind that placing a Gruggett guitar in my feeble hands would be like giving my daughter a Ferrari. She would look cool putting around in it but have zero chance of scratching the surface of its potential. And I have played some Gruggetts, thanks to my musicians friends, like Monty Byrom, who plays one every time he’s on stage, and concert promoter Marc Lipco,

who has a couple. Guitarist and selfmade gazillionaire Stan Ellis has several (I have thought many times about an “Ocean’s 11”-style heist at Stan’s, but he’s too nice a guy). My son borrowed one from some friend of his, and it was at my house for months. I’d just sit on the couch strumming it like an idiot. The neck, the frets, the switches, the pickups, the tone — all of it dead-solid perfect. But perhaps the best thing about owning a Gruggett is that you know you have a one-of-a-kind instrument, a unique piece of artwork. That’s a big deal to a lot of musicians. Even if you ordered two identical guitars from Bill, and he built them back to back with the same parts, there would still be subtle differences, and if you didn’t notice them, well, you weren’t worthy of them to begin with. There are some fine guitar companies out there making some wonderful products, but they’re mostly built on assembly lines. The bodies come by on a conveyor belt, and the builder grabs the switches, wires, tuning knobs and whatnot out of a bin, and assembles the thing before moving on to the next one. Bill built your guitar with you in mind. The wood was

chosen for each specific project, as was the hardware, all fussed over at length by Bill to assure that that instrument was a perfect fit for you and your needs. I asked Monty if he had thought about hanging up his Gruggett after Bill passed, opting to preserve it for posterity. He said, and I quote: “Are you kidding me? Never.” Then, probably without even knowing he was quoting John Hiatt, he said exactly what Bill would’ve wanted to hear: “I’m gonna play this thing till the day I die.” Bill didn’t build guitars to be hung up and gazed upon. He built highperformance tone generators for players with enough soul to appreciate what they had. A good guitar should last your lifetime, and your kid’s too. So forget resale value: Play that thing till you, not it, just can’t go anymore. Just for kicks, I looked up Gruggett guitars on eBay. The average price is over 10 grand. And they’ll all be sold, too. I just hope they end up in the hands of folks who will play them, because that’s what the cat who built them wanted. Have a Gruggett that you haven’t played in years? Get it out, tune it up, plug it in and crank it to 11. I’m pretty sure that if you play it loud enough, Bill Gruggett will hear it. As for me, I need Brad Pitt’s contact info, and Stan Ellis’ alarm codes…


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Dress up — for a good cause Saturday costume fun raises funds to defeat blood cancer BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor


ou put all that hard work into a Halloween costume and usually have only one chance to shine. But if you want to get more boo for your buck and support a good cause, prepare to Spook Out Cancer on Saturday at Eagles Hall. The event is a Team in Training fundraiser organized by cousins Stephanie Salazar and Sarah Villalobos. The pair are training for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland in January and must each raise $2,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “This will actually be my second event with Team in Training and Sarah’s first,” Salazar wrote in an email. “I truly can’t describe the feeling of crossing the line knowing that, one, you’ve accomplished a half

Spook Out Cancer When: 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday Where: Eagles Hall, 1718 17th St. Admission: $15 Information: 243-6177

marathon — 13.1 miles; and two, not only did you just accomplish something that most people wouldn’t think to do, but you also raised money to help people affected by blood cancers.” Wanting to emphasize the “fun” in fundraiser, the pair opted for a costume party. “We understand that most people save their pennies around the holidays, so Halloween would be our best time to fund-raise. We thought, why not have a Halloween dance where we have a chance to reach our fundraising goal and allow everyone to have a great time?” The event will feature music from Latin Breeze and a guest DJ. A costume contest will be held, awarding

two movie tickets and a $30 gift card to Que Pasa for the best look. (Keep an eye out for the organizers: Salazar will be dressed as a Rubik’s Cube and Villalobos will go as a cop.) Even if you don’t win best costume, you have a shot at several raffle items, including a security camera, birdhouse, crocheted blanket and pillow set, 30-day passes to 24 Hour Fitness and Starbucks, wine and office accessory baskets. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5. Along with a no-host bar, there will be food to dig into, Salazar said. “It wouldn’t be a party without food. We will be selling plates of deeppit barbecue, rice and beans for $5.” Whether you call it a night after or party beyond the witching hour, Salazar said it will be fun for all. “It’s an event people can go to if the local bar/club scene isn’t their vibe or something you can go to before hitting all the bars. Pregame with us and get some use out of your costume. Come spook out cancer with us.”

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acramento-based electric guitarist Ross Hammond will challenge his audience on Sunday at Metro Galleries. In another concert produced by trumpeter Kris Tiner, Hammond, along with bassist Steuart Liebig and drummer Trevor

Anderies, will perform their brand of experimental, improvisational music that has been garnering a lot of attention in modern music circles, most recently for his album “Adored,” which Hammond recorded with a quartet that included frequent collaborator Vinny Golia. Hammond’s electric guitar work owes a huge debt to rock guitar heroes, but also to the avant-garde jazz innovators of the 1960s and even art music composers like Karlheinz Stockhausen, who began these types of musical experiments in the 1950s. Like most of those working in the current version of the genre, Hammond’s isn’t so much composed as “planned” — a framework is created based on a motive of a few notes, a chord progression, a spinoff of an existing composition, over and through which the performers are free to experiment and improvise. “I actually have a few sketches that I want the trio to try,” Hammond said. “I have some folk melodies and such that I hope to turn into improvisations.” In Hammond’s case, the result is a dense texture of individual musical voices, each with its own role to

Ross Hammond Trio, and Not Twice in concert When: 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. Admission: $5, available at the door.

play. This kind of music presents enormous challenges to the performers, not only in showing off their technique, but in creating some sense of group cohesion while exploring their respective roles. “Sometimes you don’t even write a sketch; sometimes you just talk it over, sometimes you just play,” Hammond said. The music also challenges the listener, who is not only journeying to new musical territory but has to sort out all of the activity presented by each of the performers. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s the nature of new music. At the very least, listeners will be impressed by the technical skill and improvisational imagination presented by this trio, as well as the range of emotional intensity and color. Opening the concert is a

performance by Tiner with a new group, Not Twice, which features Tiner on trumpet, and pianists Jordan Aguirre and Andrew Koeth on synthesizers. Tiner said the group came about as part of a summer project, during which he wrote some music based on compositions by jazz legends Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. “The idea was a very ambient music, a kind of textural exploration,” Tiner said. “What they’re doing as a backdrop to what I’m doing is (playing) very slowly shifting harmony,” Tiner said. “It gives me a very interesting space to play in.” Tiner has tied these concerts to a recording project under his label, Epigraph Records. The first album, released last year, has about sold out, and Tiner is looking for financial backing for a compilation recording, a multi-disc set drawing from several concerts. “It’s a long turn-out thing from the performing, to the editing, to the mastering, to the manufacturing,” he said. Tiner said he hopes to be able to produce an album a year.


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Make way for king of riffs Studio guitarist anything but anonymous when he plays BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


rammy-winning guitarist Laurence Juber, one of those anonymous session players who create indelible musical moments — a riff, a solo — that elevates a good recording to a classic, will close out the first season of the Guitar Masters Series at the Bell Tower Club next Thursday. Born in London, Juber Juber was part of the super band that won the firstever Grammy for best rock instrumental for the 1978 recording of “Rockestra Theme” by Paul McCartney and Wings. Juber came to McCartney’s attention in the mid-1970s thanks to Denny Laine, former lead singer for the Moody Blues and a cofounder of Wings. “I fit the suit,” Juber said. “I was versatile, I was sober, I was professional.” Juber said performing with a major band was a big leap from being a studio musician, but he couldn’t resist the opportunity.


mate, Jane Bainter. “The L.A. scene back in ’86, when we first started, it was all magical,” Perkins said. “Everyone I met touched me, and everything around I touched. It really was a great combination and chemistry with what we were doing, and people were hungry for it.” Perkins said the band’s early shows sometimes pushed the envelope beyond the boundaries of good taste, creating a circus of the surreal. “I remember our very first show, we had a corn dog booth. Behind it we put pornos, and we called it ‘Porn Dogs’ — little things to bring some kind of unusual flavor to the night, but at the same time about flaring up people’s ideas. “On the (Sunset) Strip there was a sense of fake danger with Motley Crue and bands like that. They were living crazy lives, but a lot of it was what they wore. They looked dangerous, but if you went downtown at 2 in the morning and to a Jane’s show, that was dangerous. That’s why the music sounded like that. What we were doing felt right.” They were creating a hybrid sound unlike anything Los Angeles had heard before, as musical peers like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone were carving out their own niches with the rowdy

“It wasn’t what I set out to do,” he said. “I had to think about it for a nanosecond. “But it was a deeply felt nanosecond.” After Wings disbanded, Juber moved to the United States, eventually settling in Los Angeles. While he still does some studio work, he focuses on his solo performing career and composing and recording his work. “The fingerstyle playing allows me to use my classical technique along with my jazz, blues and folk experience,” Juber said. The musician is exactly the kind of performer concert series sponsor Rick Kreiser looks for. “The people I like to bring aren’t really household names,” he said. “When you hear the name you either say, ‘Oh, wow!’, or ‘Who?’” “I had been listening to LJ for

about 10 to 12 years, watching him on TV. I asked myself, ‘I wonder if this cat tours?’” Juber, a respected music educator, will perform two 45-minute sets as well as visit a local school guitar class earlier in the day. Kreiser said the series has been a great success artistically and is growing enough to warrant a second season, despite failing to break even financially. “Actually, it’s losing money,” Kreiser said. “It’s like a nonprofit, except it’s worse.” Kreiser, who promotes the concerts via social media and a growing word-of-mouth network, said there are already several hundred patrons in his core audience, so he feels the series is heading in the right direction. “It’s kind of getting its own groove now, which is what I wanted,” Kreiser said. “It’s kind of a mission for me. Part of the success of the series has been its location: the Bell Tower Club, inside a remodeled church, with the ideal acoustics and atmosphere for a small, intimate performance by a soloist. “It’s a different enough deal; it’s not a bar,” said Kreiser, who is working on booking acts for the next season. “It’s a concert, so you pay attention.”

punk/funk crowds. “Me and Navarro were 17 and still deeply involved with liking flash playing on our instruments,” Perkins said. “We wanted to imitate our favorite players in Slayer, Metallica or whoever the guys who were fast and just showing off. Eric and Perry were more into Bauhaus, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen. Less thrash, more substance and song. So there was that marriage of what was happening outside in LA, also happening inside the band. It was like this metal/punk marriage, and we weren’t afraid to explore what we loved.” Their self-titled debut, with independent label Triple X, was recorded live at The Roxy in Hollywood. They signed with Warner Bros. the following year, giving them a bigger budget and the artistic backing of the label, which they took advantage of on two acclaimed releases: “Nothing’s Shocking” in 1988 and “Ritual de lo Habitual” two years later. But as they became successful, tensions festered. Following the end of the Lollapalooza tour of 1991, the bandmates parted ways to deal with issues of substance abuse and exhaustion. They re-formed in 1997 for the “Relapse” tour with Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on bass before packing it up for a few more years.

“The road just led us where we were,” Perkins said. “I think the business didn’t really get in the way. It helped us spread the art, like throwing a stone in a little pond and having a ripple effect.” When they’re not performing with Jane’s Addiction, both Farrell, 53, and Navarro, 45, have stayed busy in a variety of projects. Navarro can be seen on Spike TV’s “Ink Master” and in the current season of “Sons of Anarchy” on FX. Farrell and his wife, Etty Lau Farrell, were featured on the E! cable network show, “Married to Rock.” Former bassist Eric Avery tours with the band Garbage, while Perkins stays busy on the drums, doing what loves best. On bass for this tour is longtime collaborator Chris Chaney. When it comes to their live show, Perkins said anyone doubting the band’s impact will be amazed once the lights dim and the sparks fly. “I think today, the moment that Perry says, ‘3, 4,’ it’s just the same as it was in ’86. That’s the downbeat, that’s us, we’re a unit, and we believe it. We’re doing it. The music’s gotta stir the pot. That’s what I love about the band. There’s a sense of voodoo when we play. It’s dangerous, it’s unpredictable, the songs don’t sound the same night to night, and that’s OK, because that’s the unity.”

Guitar Masters Series presents Laurence Juber When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25; doors open 6:30 p.m.; hors d’oeuvres served Where: Bell Tower Club, 1200 Truxtun Ave. Admission: $30 Information: 204-7685 or email

HALLOWEEN-THEMED EVENTS Ongoing October Fun Fest, activities for children, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, now through Oct. 31, Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. $6.99 all ages; Saturday and Sunday, $10.99. Children 3 years & under free. 330-0100. Talladega Frights Scream Park, 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, now through Nov. 4; and 7 p.m. Oct. 31, 11811 Rosedale Highway, between Jewetta Ave. and Old Farm Road. $15 to $25. or Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch, cornfield maze, cornstalks, field trips, pumpkins, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, now through Oct. 31 (closes at 4 p.m. Oct. 31), Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch, 10747 Taft Highway, Bakersfield. 832-2332. Lantern Light Tour & Ghost Hunt, Oct. 19, 20, 26, 31, 8 to 10 p.m., Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Bodfish. $12 per person of all ages. 760-3795146. Halloween Crafts for Kids & Adults, for ages 5 to 12, Oct. 20, 1 to 3 p.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $25. Register at Boo at the Zoo, play games, enjoy a wildlife presentation, Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $9 adults; $7 seniors; children 12 and younger are free. or 8722256. October Classic Series, see the movie “Night of the Living Dead,” Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. 636-0484.

Oct. 26 The Darkside Halloween Bash, with the Goddamn Gallows, DJ Josex, Dead Ashling, costume contest, ghoulish drink specials, cash prizes, 7 p.m., Narducci’s Cafe, 622 E. 21 St. $10 advance; $12 at the door. Visit Bakersfield “Black Hole” Halloween Party, with The Hazmat Boyz, Latin Breeze, DJ Jerome, food, raffles, 7 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday, Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave. $5. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society kids club. 706-9294.

Oct. 27 Rockin’ for Relay Halloween Party, live music, raffles, door prizes, costume

contests, 6 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412. Halloween Spooktacular!, music by Members Only, drink specials, costume contest, 9 p.m., Narducci’s Cafe, 622 E. 21 St. $10; 21 & over only. 324-2961. B. Ryder’s Halloween Bash, with Big Sandy and His Fly Right Boys, Karling & the Kats, Lone Troubadors, costume contest, 8 p.m., B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane. $10 advance; $12 at the door. 21 & over only. 397-7304. Halloween Bash, music by Arvizu Brothers, drink specials, costume contest, 8 p.m. to midnight, Ethel’s Old Corral Cafe, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway. Overnight camping available. Free. 8737613. Halloween Bash, costume contest, live band, prizes, 9 p.m., Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane. Free. 325-2139. Iron Horse Halloween Party, DJ, drink specials, costume contest, 8 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave. Free. 831-1315. Scary for Charity Halloween Bash, hors d’oeuvres, DJ, costume contest, silent auction, raffle, 7 p.m. to midnight, Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Ave. $50. 21 & over only. Visit

Oct. 29 “Scary” Concert, hosted by American Guild of Organists; 7 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road. Free. 872-4733.

Oct. 30-31 Safe Halloween 2012, with trick or treat stations, costume contest, haunted house, food and beverages for sale, 5 to 9 p.m., Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. $6; $8 for children ages 3 to 12 that are trick-or-treating. or 868-8410.

Oct. 31 Halloween Comic Fest, free comics, giveaways, candy, costume contests, book signing by local comic artist Matt Adams, 3 to 6 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. Free. Visit or 665-4686. Halloween Bash, DJ, costume contest, drink specials, prizes, 9 p.m., Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane. Free. 3252139.


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Casey Niccoli, the muse of Perry Farrell in the early days of Jane’s Addiction, is a working mom who lives in Los Angeles, but she frequently visits family and friends in Bakersfield.

I just believed in him so much. He was so talented and so unique. He was a graphic artist when I met him. We both had day jobs. I would have loved him just as much had he not been in a band. We just clicked.” Niccoli, who is considering writing a book on her life’s adventures, hasn’t spoken with Farrell since their breakup but shared a few friendly words with guitarist Dave Navarro during a book signing in Los Angeles. “It’s always going to be a part of my life. I get tagged with videos on Face-

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Eye Street Go & Do Today Carrie Underwood, 7:30 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $41.50 to $61.50 plus fee. or 800-7453000. “Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine,” doors open at 7 p.m., begins at 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield College, Planetarium, Math and Science Building, room 112, 1801 Panorama Drive. $6.50; $4.50 students/seniors. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 395-4326. “How Much Does It Cost to Become President?,” questions such as how much money is too much in a campaign?, what should we know of the people who fund our politics?, will be answered by a panel with campaign finance expert Richard L. Hasen and political scientist Samuel L. Popkin, discussing the price of the presidency, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. Free. Visit A Presentation on California’s Water, presented by Jeanine Jones, California Department of Water resources’ interstate resources manager and drought preparedness manager, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $7 adults; $5 students w/ID. 324-6350. Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch, cornfield maze, cornstalks, field trips, pumpkins, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, now through Oct. 31 (closes at 4 p.m. Oct. 31), Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch, 10747 Taft Hwy., Bakersfield. Free. 832-2332. Culinary Arts Program Gourmet Meals, dinner 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, now until Nov. 29, Bakersfield College, Renegade Room, 1801 Panorama Drive. Dinners $12.95, lunches start at $8; take out meals available. 395-4441. Mango Street Poetry Slam, poem competition part of One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern series, art exhibit 7 p.m.; poetry slam 8 p.m., The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $10; $5 for competitors. 703-8666. October Classic Series, see the movie “Army of Darkness,” 7 p.m., Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. 636-0484. Talladega Frights Scream Park, 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, 11811 Rosedale Highway, between Jewetta Ave. and Old Farm Road. $15 to $25. or Kern County Mineral Society, meeting, 7:30 p.m., East Bakersfield Veterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Rd. 834-3128. Free Admission Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. 324-6350. Guitar Class, taught by John Gomez, for individuals or a group, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. Call 327-7507 for class details. 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.

Friday 13th annual Sporting Clays Tournament, check-in 7:15 to 7:45 a.m., trap shoot warm up 7:30 a.m., tournaments begins at 8 a.m., lunch 11:45 a.m., awards and raffle noon, Five Dogs Shooting Range, 20238 Woody Road. $100. Visit or 3259036.



Singer Carrie Underwood performs a free concert on the “Today” show held at Rockefeller Plaza in August. Carrie Underwood, 7:30 p.m. today, Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $41.50 to $61.50 plus fee. or 800-745-3000. 21st annual AAA Hot Rod Reunion, featuring vintage drag racing, hot rods and more, opens 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday, Famoso Raceway, 33559 Famoso Road, McFarland. One day tickets $25; children under 15 free when accompanied by paid adult. or 800-884-6472. 21st annual Fall Home Show, noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. $7; $4 senior day (Friday); Happy Hour Friday 4 to 7 p.m. all attendees pay $4 (Discount coupons, any and all special offers, Senior’s Day special, etc., cannot be used in conjunction with Happy Hour Friday pricing); children 12 and under are free. or 1-800-6550655. Prince Royce, 8 p.m., Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $25-$50 plus fee. or 800-745-3000. Animal Print/Coats/Cuddly Event, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield Discovery Shop, 5420 California Ave. 324-1359. Condors v. San Francisco Bulls, first 2,000 youth fans 12 and under will receive a set of Condors fathead stickers, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9-$27. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 324-7825. Paleo Digs at the Ernst Quarries, 8 hours of hunting per day, keep all teeth and fossils (some exceptions apply), Friday through Sunday, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $85 single day; $160 two-day; $225 three-day. Attendees must be members of the museum. 324-6350.

Saturday “Fall Entertaining” Workshop, learn ideas to create Fall tablescapes and samples fun food finds, 10 to 11 a.m., Beladagio, 9500 Brimhall Road, Ste. 705. Free. 8292288. “Out of the Darkness” Suicide Walk, check-in 7:45 a.m., walk starts at 9 a.m., Beach Park, 3400 21st St. Free. Email, visit or 818687-4055. Please see GO & DO / 32


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100th anniversary of Chinese School, at Confucius Church, Lion dancers, Kung Fu demonstration, Chinese Folk dancing, brush painting, calligraphy, Chinese fashion show, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Confucius Church, 2128 N St. Free. Email, or 322-5686. Dust Bowl Festival, featuring historical displays, educational materials, tours of historic buildings, food, entertainment and more, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunset School, 8301 Sunset Boulevard, Lamont. Free. Airstream Travel Trailer Rally, 1 to 3 p.m., Bakersfield R.V. Resort, 5025 Wible Road. Free. 833-9998. An Evening to Spook Out Cancer, Halloween costume party, 6 to 11 p.m., The Eagles Hall, 1718 17th St. $15. Benefitting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. No host bar. Bakersfield Green Thumb Garden Club, meeting, 9 a.m., Church of the Brethren, in the social hall, 327 A St. 393-3657. Boo at the Zoo, play games, enjoy a wildlife presentation, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $9 adults; $7 seniors; children 12 and younger are free. or 872-2256. Cat Adoptions, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointments, 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.; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brimhall Square, 9500 Brimhall Road; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, one block west on Hageman Road (Allen and Hageman Roads). Condors vs. San Francisco Bulls, characters from the Star Wars movies will meet fans, everyone will receive a Condors magnet schedule, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9-$27. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 3247825. Electronic Waste Recycling Event, 8 a.m. to noon, Stallion Springs Community Services District, 27800 Stallion Springs Drive, Tehahchapi. Free. or 8734011. Electronic Waste Recycling Event, bring unwanted electronic waste like TV’s, monitors, computers, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Kern & Tulare Counties, 2001 F St. Free. Email or 873-4011. Fall Bounty Cornucopia, learn the basics of design, care and handling of fresh flowers, 10 a.m., Log Cabin Florist, 800 19th St. $50. 327-8646. Fall Fiesta Time, food catered by El Pueblo Restaurant, entertainment, equestrian performance,



Dancers enjoy the festivities at the Dust Bowl Festival. Dust Bowl Festival, featuring historical displays, educational materials, tours of historic buildings, food, entertainment and more, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunset School, 8301 Sunset Boulevard, Lamont. Free. silent auction, bounce house, doors open at 4:30 p.m., show from 5 to 10 p.m., M.A.R.E. Facility, 18200 Johnson Road. $50 adults; $15 children under 12. 589-1877. Fiction Writing Workshop, “Rites of Passage”Writing Coming of Age Stories,” part of One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern series, 1 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0745. Halloween Crafts for Kids & Adults, for ages 5 to 12, 1 to 3 p.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $25. Register at Healthy Harvest Resource Fair, free flu shots for seniors 60 and up, community resources and information for caregivers, multiple business and social service agencies available to discuss your needs, 9 a.m. to noon, Kern County Aging and Adult Services, 5357 Truxtun Ave. Free. Visit Kern County Genealogical Society 2012 Workshop, with presentations and speakers, also research your family genealogy, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beale Library, auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. Kids’ Day, animal presentations, scavenger hunts, train rides to see the tigers, prizes, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Exotic Feline Breeding Compound Feline Conservation Center, 3718 60th Street West, Rosamond. $10 adults; $7 children (up to age 12). 256-3793. Lantern Light Tour & Ghost Hunt, 8 to 10 p.m., Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Bodfish. $12 per person of all ages. 760-379-5146. Mango Street Vignettes, dramatic readings and discussion, part of One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern series, 2 p.m., Tehachapi Branch Library, 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., suite A-400. Free. 822-4938. October Fun Fest, activities for children, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

and Sunday, 12:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. $6.99 all ages; Saturday and Sunday, $10.99. Children 3 years & under free. 330-0100. Olivia’s Second annual Heartober Gala, with raffle, 50/50, silent auction and music by Hi Groove Disciples of Love, 5 to 11 p.m., Elks Lodge, 1616 30th St. $35; $60 couple. 331-9157 or 9125323. Party on the Plaza, with games, food, give-aways and live music by Rockwell and The Blackboard Playboys, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Rabobank Arena, on the plaza, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Free. 325-5892. Ramon Ayala, 8 p.m., Rabobank Theater & Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $32 to $80 plus fee. or 800-7453000. Rodney Carrington, 8 p.m., Eagle Mountain Casino, 681 S. Tule Reservation Road, Porterville. $25 general; $35 reserved. Visit or 559-7886220.

Sunday 100th anniversary of Chinese School, singing, music, art displays, 2 to 5 p.m., OT Cookhouse, 205 N. 10th St., Taft. Free. Email, or 397-7484. 33rd annual Car Show & Fun Day, registration sign-in 8 a.m., Kern River Golf Course, picnic area, 13020 Rudal Road. Free to spectators; $30 vehicle registration. 345-6235 or 832-5625. Donations will be made to Bakersfield City Firefighters Burn Foundation, and M.A.R.E. Bakersfield Black Hole, come watch the Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, raffle at halftime, 1:15 p.m., Pizza Bob’s, 2100 Alta Vista Drive. 706-9294.

Bakersfield Raider Nation Club, come out and watch the games, 10 a.m., Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane. Bridal Show, noon to 3 p.m., Bakersfield Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Ave. $5 general in advance; $10 at the door; VIP $10 only sold in advance. 633-9200. Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kaiser Permanente, 8800 Ming Ave. 877-524-7373. Fifth annual Relay 4 Life Benefit Party, featuring The Bobby Santa Cruz Show, Arvizu Brothers, Limited Edition, Velorio, The Five, doors open at 1 p.m., Eagles Hall, 1718 17th St. $10, available at Front Porch Music, call 325-7161. Josh Turner, 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $30$65. or 322-5200. Local Chef Showdown at Haggin Oaks Farmers, come watch as local restaurant chef’s face off and display their talents as they prepare dishes made with fresh market produce, with a panel of celebrity judges will discuss each dish with the audience and award a winner, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kaiser Permanente, 8800 Ming Ave. Free. Participating restaurants includes The Padre, Narducci’s Cafe, J’s Place, and Grand Affairs (the Haggin Oaks Market chef). Ross Hammond & Trio, plus opening act Not Twice, 2 p.m., Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. $5. or 6349598.

THEATER “Gorey Stories” Play, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $15 general; $10 students/seniors. 327-PLAY. “Space Trek,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “The Unexpected Man,” 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5. 327-PLAY. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 p.m. Fridays, JC’s Place, 1901 Chester Ave. $5. 322-8209. Omnipresent Puppet Theater’s “Hansel and Gretel,” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $6. 587-3377.

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 St. Visit art or to register, 632-5357. Call to Artists for “Chairs & Stools” Exhibit, submission

deadline is October 22, $15 entry fee for Bakersfield Art Association members; $20 nonmembers. 8692320. Call to Artists: “Windows on Mango Street,” find an old antique window and paint, with no specific theme, on the backside of the window glass, transforming it into a hanging piece of art, submissions due between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Email or 703-8666. Exhibits on Display, “Out of Print: Altered Books,” “Christopher Stott: New Realism,” and “Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio,” now until Nov. 25, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. or 323-7219. Stained Glass Classes, six-week class, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. 327-7507. The Art Shop Club, a quiet place to paint, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. New members and guests welcome. Visit or 322-0544, 832-8845. Watercolor Workshop with Kathy Miller, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $35 members; $40 nonmembers. 8692320. Yuriko Tomita, featured artist for the month of October, Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 6340806.

MUSIC Blues Kern River Blues Society Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. every third Saturday, Trout’s, 805 N. Chester Ave. 8727517. The Bistro, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; A Black Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Classic rock Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; No Limit, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Blond Faith, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

Country Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Dancing 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. Please see GO & DO / 33


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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 Dr., 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. Pairs and Spares Dance, with Country George and the Western Edition, 7 p.m. Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $7; $9 nonmembers. 399-3575.

DJ 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 ’80s and ’90s music, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Saturday. 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; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. 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 instrumental 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. 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.

Karaoke Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays. 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. 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. 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. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; 9 p.m. Wednesday. Ellis Island Pizza Co., 3611 Stockdale Highway, 832-0750; karaoke contest, four $25 gift certificates will be given away, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. 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. 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., 8691451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. Pizzeria, 4200 Gosford Road, 397-1111; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Pour House, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 4041 Fruitvale Ave. 589-9300. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Replay Sports Lounge & Grill, 4500 Buck Owens Blvd., 3243300; 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. 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. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 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. every Wednesday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Syndicate Lounge, 1818 Eye St., 327-0070; with Alisa Spencer, 9 p.m. every Wednesday. 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. 3921747. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; 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. every Thursday. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. The Prime Cut, 9 p.m. every Friday at 9500 Brimhall Road. 8311413. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 8714140; 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. Friday, 1440 Weedpatch Highway. 363-5102. 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. 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, 633-1949; various levels, 3 to 9 p.m. every Sunday. $5 per person, per lesson.

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

Music showcase

Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, 633-1949; Prisoners of Love, 9 p.m. Friday. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; Versatil, 8:30 p.m. Friday; Rock-A-Mole, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $5 per night.

Open Mic Fiddlers Crossing, 206 East F St., Tehachapi, 823-9994; 7 p.m. Wednesdays. $5. Juliana’s Art Cafe, listen to local performing artists, guitar and saxophone players, 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 501 18th St. 327-7507. Free. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; musicians, spoken word, poets, comedians, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, On the Rocks, 1517 18th St. Free.

Rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Fear and the Nervous System, featuring James “Munky” Shaffer from Korn, 8 p.m. Friday. $15 advance; $17 at the door. All ages. rock. Narducci’s Cafe, 622 E. 21 St., 324-2961; Rusted Root, 7 p.m. Wednesday. $20. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday.

Ska/reggae On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; Mento Buru, DJ Mikey, 9 p.m. Friday. $5.

Soft rock Steak and Grape, 4420 Coffee Road, 588-9463; 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Free.

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. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; 8 to 10 p.m. Monday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

Variety Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., 872-2037, Joe Loco Duet, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Mike Montano Band, 1 to 5 p.m., and Mike Montano (solo), 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; featuring local artists, 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday.



Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch, cornfield maze, cornstalks, field trips, pumpkins, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, now through Oct. 31 (closes at 4 p.m. Oct. 31), Banducci’s Family Pumpkin Patch, 10747 Taft Hwy., Bakersfield. Free. 832-2332.

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

Old school DoubleTree Hotel, Club

Monday 10/29

“Scary” Concert, hosted by American Guild of Organists; 7 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road. Free. 8724733. October Fun Fest, activities for children, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. $6.99 all ages; Saturday and Sunday, $10.99. Children 3 years & under free. 330-0100.

Tuesday 10/23 Culinary Arts Program Gourmet Meals, dinner 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, now until Nov. 29, Bakersfield College, Renegade Room, 1801 Panorama Drive. Dinners $12.95, lunches start at $8; take out meals available. 395-4441. Jane’s Addiction, 8:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $37-$57. or 322-5200. Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, three to five miles, 7 p.m., meet at corner of Highways 178 and 184. 872-2432 or 873-8107.

Wednesday 10/24 “Ruby Sparks” Indie Film Fest, 7 p.m., Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. 636-0484. Death Penalty Event, with Jerry Givens, Ron McAndrew, who are touring on behalf of the Prop. 34 campaign, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, inside Chapel of First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road. Free. 664-4563. Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 to 6 p.m., one block west on Hageman Road (Allen and Hageman Roads). Indie Night Wednesdays, see the movie “Ruby Sparks,” 7 p.m., Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. 636-0484. Josh Thompson, 7 p.m., Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $15-$21 plus fee. or 322-5200.

Thursday 10/25 “The Night I Died At the Palace Theater,” 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Shafter High School, Performing Arts Center, 526 Mannel Ave., Shafter. $6 general; $5 seniors/students; $4 children under 10. 746-4961. “Tonight Is For You” Soiree’, hosted by African American Network of Kern County, 5:30 to 8 p.m., American Sound Recording Studios, 2231 R Street. $35; $40 at the door. 817-4183 or Art in the Afternoon: Draw your Home, part of the One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern series; learn various art techniques, expand your creativity, 4 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0745. Bakersfield Homeowner Workshop, learn how a home energy upgrade can help lower utility bills, protect the environment, improve home comfort, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Garces High School, 2800 Loma Linda Drive. Free. Register at

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