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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Index NOR Children’s Christmas Parade .......... 26 Turmoil at Arts Council of Kern .............. 27 New mural a tribute to guitar makers .... 28 Arts Alive .................................................. 29 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz ............ 30 Christmas membership suggestions .... 33 Screen Actors Guild nominations .......... 34 Calendar .............................................. 38-39

Diversity is show’s hallmark Winter exhibitions begin tonight at Museum of Art BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer


mbracing Diverse Voices,” the largest of the three collections in the Bakersfield Museum of Art’s winter exhibitions that open this evening, is well-named. In a way that is historic as well as artistic, it highlights the work of black artists over a period of 80 years. “The exhibit contains over 65 works by 30 artists, and explores the diversity of experience and expression among American artists of African descent through paintings, photography, sculpture, book arts and prints,” said Vikki Cruz, curator. It ranges in time from the 1920s, when photographer James Van Der Zee did portraits of ordinary residents as well as luminaries of Harlem to versatile Romare Bearden’scollages done in the mid-20th century, and the sculptures and prints of Elizabeth Catlett, the granddaughter of slaves, who died this year at age 96. Organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo, Mich., the exhibit will be on display through March 10, so it coincides with Black History Month. Cruz said that was another reason it was selected for the winter run of exhibits. Although the dates are yet to be set, a number of events related to the exhibit are planned during February, including a documentary video about African Americans. It will be played on Bright House Networks channel 300 and on YouTube and BMOA’s website. Also part of the winter exhibition is “You, Me, Them,” featuring the works of Mequitta Ahuja and Robert Pruitt. Both are contemporary artists of African descent whose work examines cultural identity through portraiture. A collage titled “Autocartographer III” is one of her newer pieces in the exhibit. It was made using acrylic, waxy chalk and oil on stamped, collaged paper. In an email message, Pruitt commented on one of his drawings, “Brother Going to Gliese 581C.” He created it using conte, charcoal and gold leaf on hand-dyed paper. “That drawing is similar to much of the work that I make in that it is about a type of escapism,” he said. “Gliese 581C is a planet in a system about 22 light years from Earth.” When it was discovered, it was believed it might be able to support life. Pruitt sees it as tool to imagine an alternate future. “It is difficult for us to imagine a world where race plays a different role in our consciousness, one where being black is not a deficient position,” he said. “Attempting to describe that world is almost like science fiction. Most of (my)


“The Old Rail" by William Wray is part of “Textures of Place,” one of the three exhibits opening today at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

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works are about looking toward this future.” The third part of the exhibition is “Textures of Place,” paintings by contemporary California artists John Cosby and William Wray. Both have exhibited at BMOA before but this the first time they have exhibited together. “The two are favorites among community members, so we decided to welcome them back for a two-man show,” Cruz said. “Both painters will exhibit a wide variety of California’s scenery, from expansive coastal shores to Bakersfield’s own backyard.” Cosby, Wray and Pruitt are all expected to be at tonight’s reception.

“Brother Going to Gliese 581C” is by Robert Pruitt, a contemporary artist of African descent whose work examines cultural identity through portraiture.

“The Builders” by Jacob Lawrence is part of “Embracing Diverse Voices,” one of three exhibits opening today at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.


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Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ takes the long route Middle-earth fantasy — part 1 — is slow-going BY BILL GOODYKOONTZ Gannett Chief Film Critic


do believe the worst is behind us.” That’s what Bilbo Baggins says at the end of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” as he surveys an expanse of land before him. Let’s hope he’s right. Because with few exceptions Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-earth is a long slog to nowhere. With “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, also based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s work, Jackson captured real magic. Yes, they were long movies, but there wasn’t a lot of complaining about meandering plot threads and tossed-off diversions. But now his decision to make the slimmer book “The Hobbit” into a three-part series is looking questionable, to put it charitably. Scary is another term. The film picks up a bit toward the end, but at 2 hours and 46 minutes, the end is a long way away. On the plus side, Jackson has left plenty of room for improvement. The story begins with a framing device, in which the older hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) is preparing for a party. A chat with

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his nephew, Frodo (Elijah Wood), gets Bilbo to thinking about a time, 60 years before, when he undertook a great adventure. And we are back in time, when Bilbo (now played by Martin Freeman), after a chat with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), gets an unexpected clump of visitors to his little abode. It’s a group of dwarves, seemingly intent on nothing more than eating him out of house and home. But then Gandalf arrives, followed by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), a warrior and heir to the kingdom of Erebor that was destroyed by the dragon Smaug, who also looted the kingdom’s coffers. Gandalf and Thorin want to travel to the Lonely Mountain, where Smaug resides, and reclaim what belongs to the dwarves.

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At this rate, they should arrive sometime in 2015. (There are sequels planned for 2013 and 2014, actually.) You shouldn’t be able to read a book faster than you can see it play out on-screen. To the chagrin of the others, Gandalf wants Bilbo to accompany them as the group burglar, even though Bilbo, a homebody, has never done that kind of work. But he reluctantly joins in, and they’re off. And off and off. Along the way they encounter many challenges, including trolls, goblins and stone giants. There are fights aplenty, and as you would expect, Jackson stages them expertly. Bilbo manages to win the respect of the others, first grudgingly and eventually wholeheartedly. Their journey is far, so much happens and then, by the end of


Martin Freeman, center, stars as Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

it, they are standing on a cliff, looking at the Lonely Mountain, which is still far away. Whew. It all just takes so long. A note about the look of the film: The version I saw was shot in 3-D, at 48 frames per second. That means it was shot at twice the normal speed. In theory, this means more than the usual amount of depth and clarity. In actual practice, it had a scattershot quality that often made chunks of the film look like a giant version of a hand-held video game. A sharp foreground image would be layered against a flat background (or sometimes vice versa). Not every theater has the capability to show the higher frame rate; you’ll miss nothing if you don’t have the option. For all this, there is one stop that proves worthwhile: When

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Bilbo runs into Gollum (Andy Serkis). There, some of the old magic reappears. The two stage a game of riddles, and, even with all of the effects and jaw-dropping sets (virtual and otherwise) and whatever else Jackson throws into the mix, this simple exchange is the best, most genuine scene in the movie. Plus, Gollum drops this ring and Bilbo takes it. Ah, but that leads to another story. One that Jackson told much better.

Totsy melds music, humor with burlesque flair BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


eing on Santa’s naughty list isn’t a bad thing for the members of Totsy. Accustomed to raising eyebrows during live performances, the Los Angeles-based pop burlesque ensemble is currently enjoying a sleigh ride across the nation as the opening act on guitarist Brian Setzer’s latest rockin’ big band “Christmas Rocks Extravaganza” tour, which makes a stop at the Fox Theater on Dec. 20. For Totsy founders Brett Boyett and Beth Curry, landing a gig of this magnitude was a score beyond their wildest dreams after a brief two years together and a few public performances. “We’re a baby band, so this is a huge opportunity for us,” said

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Curry during a phone interview. “We were like, ‘How are we going to make this work?’ Touring is so expensive. We said yes, which is the important word to say and we made it work after that.” From appearances, the eightpiece band could be pulled from a Tim Burton film with their stylized, circus chic outfits and humorous onstage swagger. It’s an image Curry said is meant for

fun while giving audiences an added boost to their senses. “I think people will automatically think, ‘Oh, this is a sexy show,’ but there’s such a light kind of energy around the band. It’s actually a perfect fit for this tour, and people have been responding very positively.” Boyett concurred, emphasizing Totsy is suitable for all ages. “We’ve definitely put the focus on the integrity of the music,” said Boyett. “It’s taken on a life of its own, the way I think a band should.” Rounding out the band are established session players including Bakersfield multiinstrumentalist Paul Cartwright, who’s been a colleague of Boyett’s for years. “Paul is phenomenal and I think people are blown away when they see him playing five


Totsy founders Brett Boyett, far left, and Beth Curry, third from right, have assembled a group of established session players that includes Bakersfield musician Paul Cartwright, center rear.

instruments, and all of them extremely well. He’s bit of a freak of nature. You don’t always come across a person with that kind of talent too often.”

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fter 40 years appearing at the NOR Children’s Christmas Parade, Santa will set a new tradition, breaking bread with paradegoers. And it’s only through holiday magic that the jolly old elf will be able to appear at the breakfast event and the parade in Oildale on Saturday morning. The decision to add the event at the North of the River Veterans Hall was an easy choice according to Lisa Walker, NOR recreation supervisor, who is in charge of this year’s parade. “They (VFW Post 10859) have been doing one at Greenacres Community Center for 20 years,” she said. “They asked if we would like one over here since they are now meeting over here. It’s a great opportunity for the community.” For $5 (free for children 2 and under), the meal includes pancakes, sausage and choice of beverage (orange juice, coffee or milk). There will be placemats for the kids to color, and a photo opportunity with Santa — don’t forget your camera! Walker said the event’s extended hours should make it possible for most parade participants to attend, whether before or after. “The parade is not usually that long. We try to keep it really quick, way less than an hour.”

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Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard will serve as the parade’s grand marshal. KERO-TV Channel 23’s Mike Hart is this year’s emcee, stepping in for longtime announcer Doug DeRoo, with whom he teamed last year. Roger Perez, former NOR marketing director who is now the executive director at the Kern County Museum, said in an interview Tuesday that he was reticent to ask DeRoo to volunteer again for a nonpaying assignment. DeRoo confirmed he hadn’t been contacted, but that he’ll be at the parade, which he has been part of since 1983. “I’ll be at Zorba’s at 8:30 if anybody needs me. I always show up at Zorba’s and eat pancakes on parade day.” DeRoo said the formula for the parade, which features no motorized vehicles, is simple:

“You can count on Country Canines (a dog drill team) and Helene’s Dance Academy. That’s the beauty of that parade. The recipe for it is kids, dogs and goats.” Animal groups and child performers are well-represented in the 60 groups set to march. About 2,000 people will take part, including marching bands, dance troupes, ropers, BMX riders and roller derby skaters. “We have several dog groups, lots of horses. KC the Bull — he encourages everybody. There will probably be more surprises; I haven’t finished reading over all the entries yet.” Having volunteered for 12 years and directing for three years, Walker said the parade runs smoothly thanks to all the work behind the scenes from a mix of 32 volunteers and staffers. “It’s a huge ordeal. It takes a lot of volunteers and paid staff — people signing them in, people to line them up, making sure you get everybody in the right order.” Coffee cart Rolling Bean will be on hand making coffee drinks at the parade staging area at North High for participants and attendees. After four decades, the Oildale event continues to be a big draw among residents. “It has a small-town appeal,” Walker said. “It’s the cutest parade on the planet.” DeRoo concurred, describing it as “really, truly homespun.” “It gives you a sense that Oildale is a community. The one thing they do best all year.”


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Arts Council hits turbulence Organization in crisis over leadership, fundraising


he executive director is on medical leave. A longtime leader in the organization resigned in September. And a staffer many credit with being essential to the program was laid off Tuesday. What’s going on at the Arts Council of Kern? Many in the arts community are stunned over the dismissal of Nicole Saint-John, a respected local artist who joined ACK in 2009 and has filled a variety of roles since she’s been there, including leadSaint-John ing the visual arts programs and working with young audiences. But the larger conversation for some time has been about the performance of Executive Director Michael Millar, who has been with the council since summer of last year. Millar is being treated for an unspecified medical condition but is expected to return, accord-

On Read Nicole Saint-John’s full statement to The Californian

ing to Arts Council board president David Coffey. At an emergency meeting of the board last week, Coffey was named interim director and given authority to implement any austerity measures he deems fit to shore up the organization, staggered by the economy and the loss of two contracts that accounted for half of the Arts Council’s budget. Coffey, who commented on Millar’s status during a conversation Tuesday, declined to address Saint-John’s dismissal, but board treasurer Jan Fulton said Wednesday the layoff was necessary. “I’ve always loved Nicole’s work, and I like what she’s done and I realize, sure, (her layoff) could be a concern to a degree. But I’m hoping people understand there was no ill intent on our part. We’re just trying to make the organization as strong as it can be.” As for the timing of the layoff, during Millar’s absence, Fulton said, “It could not wait. Our expenses are exceeding our funding. We have to show we’re being fiscally prudent.” Saint-John, who declined to speak about the issue Wednesday, sent The Californian a statement via email: “I was laid off by ACK board president David Coffey on Tuesday just prior to the morning staff meeting. He did not thank

me for my service or apologize for taking away my job. He told me that I had to evacuate my cubicle immediately. After I told him that was not possible because I rode my bicycle to work, he told me that Millar they would try to accommodate me and walked off. I was told that laying me off was the best of all available choices to serve the interests of the Arts Council. I was not given any severance pay.” Jill Egland, who left the Arts Council in September for a position at the United Way, still consults for the council and was saddened by the news of Saint-John’s dismissal. “Nicole being fired for austerity measures is paradoxically gutting the Arts Council of its ability to respond to its ‘access, advocacy and education’ mission. I think the real tragedy, though, occurred in July 2011, when the board took this out-oftowner — a really nice guy with strong connections to the L.A. music scene — and placed him in a job that required him to be someone he’s not.” Egland’s stinging assessment of Millar gets to the heart of two pervasive criticisms of him: He’s never become a true part of the community because he lives in Santa Clarita and that he hasn’t done enough to bring money into the council. But Fulton and Coffey reject that assessment. “It was never a condition of employment

What’s the Arts Council of Kern? The Arts Council is a nonprofit arts advocacy organization founded in 1977 whose mission is to increase access to the arts. In recent years, the council has become heavily involved in providing arts education in local schools. The council also sponsors art shows and performances, and awards grants to local organizations. Funding for the council comes from a variety of grants, gifts and contracts, both public and private. The county allocated $65,000 to the council for the current fiscal year.

to move here,” Coffey said Tuesday. “He’s raised awareness of the Arts Council. “Locally, it’s tough for anyone to assume that role and hit the ground with every contact you’d want. He’s done tremendous work with the board, with mission statements and strategic plans.” But Egland — who applied for the position that went to Millar — pointed out that Bakersfield is a town of connections. “Walking into a leadership position with community relationships in place is a huge plus,” Egland said. “It’s more than a huge plus. It’s really essential.” As for Millar’s fundraising abilities, longtime board member Margaret Lemucchi said: “Our funding probably could have been better over the last two years since he’s Please see ARTS / 33


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Sebastian Muralles adds color to a Mosrite guitar.


Al Mendez, left, and Sebastian Muralles are creating a mural celebrating guitars that were produced in Bakersfield by Mosrite, Gruggett and Hallmark. Commissioned by the Arts Council, the mural with have three 12-by-12 foot panels that will be installed on the east side wall of Front Porch Music, facing H Street.

Artists in tune with local history BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer

The artists use photographs as a guide to make sure they represent every detail of the guitars.

A new mural paying tribute to the history of Bakersfield guitar-making will be unveiled outside Front Porch Music early next year. “We’re really excited about this particular mural,” said Sebastian Muralles, 32. He and partner Al Mendez are working on the project in an unoccupied suite at the Bakersfield Ice House complex. The finished work will feature 25 Mosrite, Hallmark and Gruggett guitars. “A lot of people don’t know these brands started in Bakersfield,” Muralles said. A grant from the Arts Council of Kern is funding the project and the work of the two artists. “We have similar styles,” said Mendez, 54. “We’re still going through the process of picking guitars that were actually built and branded in Bakersfield. We exchanged some of them in the sketch to keep it

The steady hand of Al Mendez adds a highlight to a painting of a Mosrite guitar. Al Mendez adds detail to a Mosrite resonator guitar, part of a mural he and Sebastian Muralles are painting.

authentic.” Against a backdrop of golden hills and green orchards, the painting is a Dali-esque mix of various shapes and dreamy, floating images, including faceless male and females figures with guitars inside their body shape. “It’s like a dream,” said Muralles. “I thought of gui-

tars and music living inside of the people who play them, local agriculture, mountains.” The mural is being painted on three 12-foot-by-12foot panels, which will be assembled together on the exterior east wall of Front Porch Music at 19th and H streets, a space shared with the Padre Hotel.

The duo have a working deadline of Dec. 21 and a target installation date of Jan. 15. Mendez said he and Muralles aren’t taking shortcuts, adding that fans of these iconic guitars should be pleased with the tribute. “We’re going all out on the details of the guitars. They’re beautiful.”

A sketch shows how one of the three panels will look once it’s finished. The panels are 12-by-12 feet in size.


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ince its first performance in Bakersfield two years ago, LaQuette Milner has been polishing her play, “Da’ HipHop Wizzard of Oz.” Now she feels it’s ready for the big time. “I wanted it to be perfect; that’s why it took so long,” said the Cal State Bakersfield theater arts graduate. “The timing is finally right to travel to various theaters, so that (the play) can be brought to more audiences nationwide.” The final version will be presented on Saturday at the Dore Theatre at CSUB. A major improvement, she believes, was having the Milner music professionally recorded and edited in Los Angeles. “We do all the singing — we’re not just mouthing the words,” she said. “The music is groovy, very catchy; kids will walk out of the theater singing the music.” She refers to the show as a “dancial” because it features about 60 dances of various styles — ballet, tap, hip-hop and jazz. Running time is under two hours. Milner’s show is loosely based on the original “Wizard of Oz.” She plays Dorothy, a teenage girl who lives in Bakersfield and yearns to get out of town so she can follow her dreams. She faces opposition from friends and family, however. “It’s only when she gets swept away to this mysterious hip-hop infused Land of Oz that she’s able to able to build the confidence she needs to follow her dreams,” Milner said. She meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion, who travel with her to find the Great Wizzard of Oz. But he tells them he cannot grant their wishes until Dorothy kills Ms. Evilbean, the wicked witch of the Westside. To do this, they must battle the “police monkeys.” Unlike the film version, the monkeys are not airborne. “They wear masks and helmets with ‘police’ written on the front,” the playwright said. “But they don’t fly. “ And does Dorothy return home to Bakersfield after her adventure? “I leave it on a cliff,” Milner said. “She has to figure out how it ends, and so does the audience.” Several members of the cast are Bakersfield residents. The troupe practice and hold classes at Center Stage, a studio at 1710 Chester Ave. in downtown Bakersfield. Milner said the show will have

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performances in 2013 in Atlanta and Riverside. After graduation from Rialto High School in 1997, Milner, now 32, went to New York and attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Following that, she was a member of the national tour of Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats.” She has lived in Bakersfield since 2000. “Da’ Wizzard” is produced by LQ’s Productions, an extension of LQ’s Performing Arts Center, a nonprofit organization formed in 2004. Milner said the group’s purpose is to empower and enrich the Bakersfield community with an understanding and appreciation for the performing arts through educational classes, travel experience, intensive training, and performances that are informative and uplifting.

Santa at The Empty Space Bob Kempf has drummed up some surprises for this year’s “Hurry Up Santa” at The Empty Space. “The biggest change,” he said, “is that for the first time the evil news reporter is played by a woman, Claire Rock, which adds an interesting dynamic to the show.” Initially, Kempf thought switching the character’s gender would convey a softer touch. It didn’t turn out that way, however. “I thought perhaps a female in that part might be more sympathetic,” he said. “But Claire seems to relish the sinister aspects of the character, and that's fun to see.” Please see ARTS ALIVE / 36

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3 chances to rock the holidays Trio of shows promise to be wallet-friendly



The Growlers will headline the hipster rock cavalcade tonight at Elements Venue.

tage of a two-for-one admission deal before 6 p.m. Gardea will be collecting toys for the Bakersfield Homeless Center. Every unwrapped toy donation gets you a free beverage ticket. The Elements Venue is located at 3401 Chester Ave. For more information visit

Beat Surrender Anniversary On Friday night the post-dining dance floor at Sandrini’s will be the scene of some mad boogaloo shuffling when monthly funk, soul, and disco deejay night, Beat Surrender, returns to celebrate its fifth anniversary. Hosted by Bakersfield vinyl enthusiast Alex “Moustache” Rodriguez, Beat Surrender is held the second Friday of every month. It’s become one of the most popular destinations for

dancers and record junkies who enjoy kicking off the weekend with a shimmy shake. “We just want to promote a good time to good tunes you can’t hear anywhere else in Bakersfield,” said Rodriguez, 33, who by day trades and sells rare and vintage collectible records of all genres. “It’s also free to get in, so anyone can try it.” With an offer like that, how can anyone refuse? Over the years, I’ve attended many Beat Surrender nights, getting my groove on like nobody’s watching. Rodriguez knows his mixes, too, throwing down more than 80 classics a night from Vernon Garrett, Cold Blood, Marva Whitney, Ester Williams, James Brown, Spanky Wilson, Malo, and more. His music comes direct from crates lined up against the wall,

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Bakersfield deejay and promoter Alex Rodriguez hosts this month’s Beat Surrender.

and all the records are in nearpristine playing condition. “I thought it would last a couple months. I never expected it to make it to five years,” he said. “I’m just happy to see some of the same people there since day one.”

Rounding out this trio of Christmas shenanigans is the highly anticipated Krab Christmas show coming to the CSUB Dore Theatre on Monday. This year’s lineup couldn’t be more Bakersfield-centric. Topping the list are the Cali reggae dudes Dirty Heads, and Sublime with Rome’s Rome Ramirez, along with Baltimore pop punkers Ballyhoo, and Los Angeles dream pop act Blondfire. “This is our fourth Christmas Show, and like the Free 4 All in the summer, it’s our way of thanking our listeners for their continued support,” said Krab radio personality Danny Spanks. Blondfire vocalist Erica Driscoll, whose group is currently Please see LOWDOWN / 31

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hose worried about missing out on all the holiday show hoopla should pay close attention to a trio of shows guaranteed to be easy on the wallet. Let’s start with tonight’s hipster rock cavalcade headlined by Southern California quintet the Growlers at Elements Venue. This will be the group’s second visit this year after appearing at On the Rocks in the middle of the sweltering summer. According to some friends who attended that show, the band lived up to its live reputation as purveyors of “beach goth music,” a psychedelic blend of surf guitar, reverb vocals and bizarre poetics from vocalist Brooks Nielsen. The group’s upcoming CD, “Hung at Heart,” should please listeners who quickly jumped aboard the Growlers’ fun wagon since they formed five years ago, but also appeal to those looking to broaden their daily playlists. Check out some of the band’s previous recordings and creative homemade music videos on YouTube for a quick catch-up. As with all of promoter Tim Gardea’s shows, there are plenty of opening acts to enjoy or plug your ears and take a break from at the bar. Slated for this show are Sam Flax, the Burning of Rome, Western Medicine, Dr. DeVito, The Coriolis Effect, Chunrun. All bands are scheduled for 25- to 30minute sets, so be on your toes. Tonight’s show kicks off at 6 p.m. Tickets for the allages concert are $17.50 and available at the door. Ticket buyers can take advan-

In addition to the thousands of records in his home collection, Rodriguez said he has plenty available for public consumption, including a consignment deal at In Your Wildest Dreams vintage store in downtown. If that’s not hardcore enough, the curlylocked spinmeister also runs an independent music label through his website,, plus hosts ’80s deejay dance night, “Wax On,” held every third Friday at Sandrini’s. “I can’t remember the first record I bought; probably some punk seven-inch in 1994. The first vinyl record that really had a major impact on me was the Angel Hair seven-inch on Gravity records. I bought it in 1995. That record put me on the path, which led me to where I am now. Yes, I still have that exact copy. Let’s just say I own too many to ever listen to in my lifetime yet not enough to satisfy my vinyl addiction.” Also taking a turn at the tables this night will be deejays OMS, Octavious Sunflower and Biddhu. Beat Surrender spins off Friday beginning at 10 p.m. Admission is free. Sandrini’s is located at 1918 Eye St. For more information, call 322-8900.

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Stroke impairs hand of Merle’s former pianist BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor

Mark Yeary, an alumnus of Merle Haggard’s legendary band, The Strangers, is recovering from open-heart surgery and a stroke that has impaired the pianist’s right hand. But Yeary said in a telephone conversation Monday from his Tucson hospital room that doctors predict he will regain full use of his hand. “I’ve been able to move it all along,” said Yeary, 60. “It’s just the small motor skills, coordination. But the more I mess with it, the more it’s coming back. I catch myself doing something I couldn’t do yesterday.” Yeary is in Arizona playing in a Merle Haggard tribute act fronted by the legend’s son Marty and expects to be back for the New Year’s Eve show at the Paramount Theatre in Casa Grande, Ariz. “I’ve been playing for so long, I don’t really need to be 100 percent,” said Yeary, who still appears in local clubs during his frequent trips to Bakersfield. “The strength is the main thing. Playing the songs is no problem.” Yeary began experiencing chest pains the afternoon of Nov. 15 but performed a scheduled show with a different band he plays with that night, said his girlfriend, Leticia Mollers. “I picked him up from playing a show at 12:30 in the morning and from there we went to ER,” she said. It was during the Nov. 29 surgery, Mollers said, that doctors believe Yeary suffered the stroke, but the severity couldn’t be evaluated until he emerged from sedation days later. As for his rehabilitation, Yeary — who


Mark Yeary, former keyboard player for Merle Haggard, is seen in his home studio in 2003.

underwent open-heart surgery at age 7 because of a valve defect — has committed to eating better and giving up his beloved Pepsis. He’s already hard at work on his musical therapy, thanks to a small keyboard in his hospital room. “I was really lucky,” he said. Friends and fans have been calling, emailing and expressing concern on social networking sites, an outpouring that has astonished the couple. Even Merle Haggard, who hired Yeary just a couple of years after his graduation from East Bakersfield High, took the time to call and offer his encouragement. “He told me to hang in there — the usual stuff,” Yeary said.


on a busy promotional jaunt in support of their latest single, “Where the Kids Are,” says being on the road during the holidays is always a bit rough when you’re apart from family and friends, but says these shows are worth the benefits. “We’re either in a van, flying or carrying our gear. It’s fun and you gain more fans, but I’m looking forward to a little downtime before we go crazy next year.” Blondfire has been making waves on the indie charts since dropping “Where the Kids Are,” a catchy radio-worthy number oozing with the pop sweetness of early Cardigans and current Metric. On a scale from 1 to 10, I’d rate it a solid 8. “Everything has been so amazing. There are so many bands out there and to have people notice your music and take note of it is amazing to us. We just write stuff that we love, and have fun doing it. We’ve been working hard for a long time,” said Driscoll, who revealed the band’s new fulllength CD is being prepped for release soon. Asked what her Christmas gift wish would be, Driscoll’s original answer was modified through a direct message to me on Twitter just minutes after the end of our interview. “I want our song to keep rising on the

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charts, and a massage.” To score tickets to Monday’s free concert, radio listeners can tune in to 106.1 KRAB Radio to win, or visit the station’s website at for information on the text-to-win contest and special drawing for front row seats plus meet-andgreet. According to Spanks, only 484 lucky winners will be admitted to the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Monday; showtime is 6:30 p.m. The Dore Theatre is located on the CSUB campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway. For more information, call 3229929 or visit

Jackson Browne

Sunday, January 27th

Thursday January 31st


Coasters, Drifters & Platters

Saturday, February 2nd

Blondfire are one of four acts appearing at the KRAB Christmas Show at CSUB on Monday.

Christopher Titus

Brian Regan Sunday, April 14th

Sunday, March 17th

DARIUS RUCKER Friday, April 26th

Brian Setzer Thursday, December 20th



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Memberships make great presents Ticket packages available for many attractions THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Giving the gift of membership or season passes is a great idea for two reasons: The recipient gets to redeem that generous offering many times over, and the giver is supporting the museums, sports teams and other entertainment organizations that improve the quality of life in Kern County. Sounds good to us. HENRY A. BARRIOS / THE CALIFORNIAN


includes a Yokuts artifact display and full sabertooth cat skeleton. Annual memberships are $12.50, individual; $15, family; $250 per couple for a lifetime membership. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 1168 Wood St., Taft, 765-6664; Bakersfield Museum of Art The museum, an architectural piece of art itself, features four galleries showcasing national, international and local work at exhibits throughout the year. The museum also rents out its gardens for events and





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The only local zoo is home to a variety of native California plants, fossils, artifacts and animals, including the new desert bighorn sheep exhibit that opened last month. Along with the animals, the museum offers a well-stocked gift shop. Memberships range from $30 for individuals to $50 for families (up to two adults plus children). A holiday special offered through January allows purchase of one family membership at regular price and a second family membership for $25. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, (gift shop open 5:30 to 9 p.m. during Holiday Lights). 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway, 872-2256; Insect Lore’s Bugseum In 2009, Insect Lore, the “bugs by mail” company, opened a 2,500-square-foot Bugseum, a gift shop with educational exhibits featuring live butterflies, toads, ladybugs, scorpions and tarantulas. Along with hands-on interactive bug-discoveries at the free admission facility, children can bring the adventure home with any number of great gifts. From larvae and insect habitats to toys, DVDs and books, you’re sure to come away with something surprising to put under the tree. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 132 S. Beech St. in Shafter, 746-6047;



Kern County Museum Memberships range from $65 to $250 and include discount or advance tickets to museum events as well as free admission to ASTC Science-Technology Museums and Time Travelers Member Museums throughout the state. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3801 Chester Ave., 868-8400, West Kern Oil Museum Spread out over eight acres in Taft, the West Kern Oil Museum is run entirely by volunteers, is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting artifacts, books and equipment that tell the story of oil in California, particularly in west Kern County. That history

Bakersfield Museum of Art members can enjoy shows such as “Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons And Armor” that was on exhibit in the fall of 2011.

hosts classes and lectures. Memberships start at $20 (for seniors and full-time students), with $35 for individuals and a $100 supporter level, which covers two adults, any children under 17 and two guest passes. All members enjoy unlimited admission, invitation to openings, a subscription to the newsletter and a discount on gift items, classes and lectures. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1930 R St., 323-7219; Buena Vista Museum of Natural History It doesn’t take much for kids to unearth fun at this science museum that aims to preserve and display examples of local natural history. The facility offers educational activities and geology field trips. It’s also home to the Oh! Zone: A Science and Discovery Center that encourages children to learn via hands-on interaction. Memberships range from $15 to $75 for families (up to six members). Members enjoy unlimited admission, discounts on gift items and special events as well as free admission to CALM, Exotic Feline Breeding Compound Feline Conservation Center and Maturango Museum (during regular hours). Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 2018 Chester Ave., 324-6350; California Living Museum (CALM)


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Christy Noll, right, has Sheila Brown take a photo of her Tuesday as she poses for a picture next to the famous Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, which was parked near 24th and F streets. The big dog will be at Bakersfield area Albertsons this week.

Come out to see one hot ride If every dog has its day, then today is the day for the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. The 27-foot-long hot dog has made Kern County its latest stop on its cross-country tour. Fun events are planned with the southwest Hotdogger team, which will also dispense famous Oscar Mayer Wiener Whistles. They’re also offering a sneak peek inside the 76-year-old Wienermobile. Stops run today through Sunday at the following Albertsons:

Today 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 6045 Coffee Road


Boyett as a composer for TV and film. They decided to combine forces to create something unique based on their individual strengths. “I made all the costumes, and got really creative. I thought, ‘What if we start the show wearing weird muumuus and hats and kind of make it a strip tease?’ So, we’ve kind of kept that theme, but made it into more of a burlesque-style show.” Totsy’s latest CD, “Red Balloon,” is a fun representation of the group’s colorful gypsy jazz and vaudeville shtick, with Curry’s unique voice navigating through each of Curry’s Danny Elfman-inspired arrangements with dream-like ease. The group has also just released a new single, “Santa Likes Naughty Girls Too,” available through their website “We were trying to use as much organic instruments as possible, which is what we’ve done with using trombones, violins,


been in. Even with the recession, it could have been better. Some don’t see things improving if we stay on the course we’re on.” To right the course, the board is doing a variety of things, including initiating an external audit and exploring organizational and structural changes, according to board secretary Lynne Hall. But the real hit to funding came not from the recession but the unexpected loss of about $550,000 in contracts last winter, Fulton said. That figure represents nearly half of the council’s operating budget of

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a lot of classic instruments,” Boyett said. “We’ve assembled some really great musicians for this project.” This marks Setzer’s eighth year touring with his popular Christmas-themed trek that features a live presentation of material off the Stray Cats guitarist’s best-selling CDs, complete with all the glitzy production for which the festive road show is known. Those looking to buy tickets should do so quickly, as the Fox expects a sell-out. As for the members of Totsy, Curry said she and her bandmates are eager to bring some holiday cheer to Bakersfield. “We didn’t know what to expect on the road, but people of all ages come to the merch table — kids, older couples, 20year-olds. Everyone comes to the table and says, ‘This is so refreshing, I’ve never heard anything like it before. What do you call this?’ So, it feels good to be kind of on the forefront of a different sound. I think that’s the most rewarding feeling.”

$1.2 million. That blow has Egland and Lemucchi fearing for the future of the venerable organization, which has worked to promote the arts and artists, and educate schoolchildren since 1977. “I will say that the Arts Council plays a very vital role in the community,” Egland said. “Over the past decade, many counties lost their arts councils due to budget reasons, and Kern has always managed to keep going to find creative ways of addressing economic issues that face it. And it’ll be a great tragedy if the county loses its Arts Council.”


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‘Lincoln, ‘Les Mis’ dominate SAGs Maggie Smith scores four acting nods BY SUSAN KING AND RENE LYNCH Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Steven Spielberg’s historical biography “Lincoln,” the musical epic “Les Miserables” and the quirky romantic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” dominated the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations Wednesday morning, receiving four nominations apiece. “Lincoln” scored nominations in the lead actor category for Daniel DayLewis, supporting actress for Sally Field, supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones and best ensemble in a motion picture.

“Les Miserables,” which opens Christmas Day, earned nominations for lead actor Hugh Jackman, supporting actress Anne Hathaway, for best acting ensemble and best stunt ensemble. And “Silver Linings Playbook” picked up nominations for lead actor Bradley Cooper, actress Jennifer Lawrence, supporting actor Robert De Niro and best ensemble. Arguably the biggest winner of the day, however, was 77-year-old Maggie Smith. The two-time Oscar-winning British actress scored the most SAG nominations Wednesday — four in all. She picked up two nods —best supporting actress and ensemble — for the feature film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” She also picked up best supporting and ensemble nods for playing

the officious dowager in “Downton Abbey.” With the SAG nods, the three films and their stars are instantly positioned as front-runners in the race for Academy Award nominations and possibly Oscar gold. Also honored Wednesday with ensemble nominations were the casts from “Argo” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” “Argo” also received a nomination for supporting actor Alan Arkin. Also nominated in the lead actor category are John Hawkes for “The Sessions” and Denzel Washington for “Flight.” Notably missing from the list of nominees was Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master.” (Earlier this week, Please see SAG / 37


Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Abraham Lincoln in this scene from director Steven Spielberg's “Lincoln.”



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Cast members of “Hurry Up, Santa,” from left: Victoria Lusk, Kayleigh Peaker, Ron Warren, Matthew Borton, Jared Cantrell and Logan Haarsager. ARTS ALIVE: CONTINUED FROM 29

Kempf is the writer and director of the musical comedy, which has been performed periodically during the holiday season for about the last 10 years. The title gives you a hint about the plot. Basically, it’s about what happens when Santa oversleeps and puts a crimp in the traditional Christmas Eve deliveries, and the elves have to scramble to get things going. One of the highlights of this year’s show is when Santa's elves unexpectedly find themselves dancing to a popular song which turns out to be an international hit. “This also marks the third time that our second act revue is an installment of ‘The Jack Frost TV Variety’ show, a spoof of classic television holiday specials,” Kempf said. “This time we find the family of Jack Frost desperately trying to put on a show while Jack is in the hospital. However, it’s pretty hard to keep Jack, who considers himself a top showman, away from the proceedings.” It’s a large cast with more than 20 actors. Some are new to the show; others are veterans of past productions. Final performances of “Hurry Up, Santa” are scheduled for Dec. 21-23.


Professional sports Bakersfield Blaze Spring isn’t that far away for those with baseball fever. Available now, tickets can be bought in a Thursday, Friday or Saturday package (eight games, $58-$72 for all Thursdays but July 4; 11 games, $79 to $99 for Fridays or Saturdays) or weekend ($200 to $250) or full season ($350 to $450) packages, which vary by seating. Get kids in on the action with the Sunday Kid’s Club. For $5, kids 12 and under gain admission to every Sunday game. The team also offers a stocking stuffer for $20, which includes a Blaze adult T-shirt, used game baseball, four-pack of tickets to a 2013 Sunday game, limited-edition bobble head and a Kid’s Club membership (includes T-shirt). Games at Sam Lynn Ballpark, 4009 Chester Ave., 716-4487. Bakersfield Condors Although the season ends in March, you can get in on the hockey action with the Flex Plan ($100 to $175, varies by seating level), which includes 12 vouchers; a Holiday Four-Pack ($44 to $84) for four games

Valley fever benefit For the second year in a row, the New Life Center church will present a Christmas concert at Rabobank Theater benefitting the Valley Fever Foundation. And once again, it’s a family affair featuring Lydia Ranger, a well-known vocalist who is copastor of the church with her husband, James Ranger. Michelle Portillo, Lydia Ranger’s assistant, explained the singer’s personal interest in helping the foundation raise money. “Her husband had valley fever,” Portillo said. He’s recovered now but the couple want to raise money for the foundation, especially now that there’s been a cut in funding for research to find a vaccine for the disease. Admission to the concert is free but donations will be accepted. The show is also supported by several local businesses. Also appearing will be the Rangers’ sons, Jim and Jon Ranger — Jim, with his band, Lonely Avenue. Jim has tried out for “American Idol” and also fronts the band Soulajar, which will not be part of the show.

of your choice; or a Half-Plan ($194 to $445), which includes 18 games of your choice. Store at 1022 Truxtun Ave., 3246388;

Concert series Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra For more than 80 seasons, the symphony has hosted a variety of professional and well-known guest musicians. A membership will cover the season’s four remaining concerts — Feb. 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11 — for $117 to $173. Planning ahead, season tickets are available for the series starting next October for $175 to $260. 323-7928 or Bakersfield Community Concert Association Five concerts remain (Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 10, April 14, May 5) in the association’s season, available for $50. A smaller package allows you to attend the April 14 and May 5 shows for $40. And if it’s all or nothing, hold off until mid-April when next season’s pass will be on sale for $80 for nine concerts, starting with the May 5 show. 589-2478 or 205-8522,


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Eye Street The SAG Awards also honor performances in TV dramatic and comedy series, as well as movies and miniseries. There were very few surprises in the TV nominations. The casts of the dramas “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abby,” “Homeland” and “Mad Men” were honored with nominations. On the comedy side, there were six nominees due to a tie: “30 Rock,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie” and “The Office.” Competing for lead actor in a drama series are Steve Buscemi for “Boardwalk Empire,” Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad,” Jeff Daniels for “The Newsroom,” Jon Hamm for “Mad Men” and Damien Lewis for “Homeland.” Lead actress nominations went to Claire Danes for “Homeland,” Michelle Dockery for “Downton Abbey,” Jessica Lange for “American Horror Story: Asylum,” Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife,” and Smith for “Downton Abbey.” Vying for lead actor in a comedy series are Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock,” Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet for “Modern Family,” Louis C.K. for “Louie” and Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory.” In the lead actress in a comedy series, nominations went to Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie,” Tina Fey for “30 Rock,” Amy Poehler for “Parks & Recreation,” Sofia Vergara for “Modern Family” and Betty White for “Hot in Cleveland.” The 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards presentation is to be carried live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 27 from the Shrine Auditorium & Exposition Center in Los Angeles.


TICKET ROUNDUP Fox Theater 2001 H St. or 322-5200. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Saturday: Gloria Trevi, 8 p.m. $35 to $95. Dec. 20: Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks!, 8 p.m. $35-$75. Dec. 24: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, 2 p.m. $22.50$102. Jan. 19: “Hell and Mr. Fudge” Film, 7 p.m. $3. Jan. 27: Christopher Titus, 7:30 p.m. $25. Jan. 31: Jackson Browne, with opening act Sara Watkins, 8 p.m. $41-$162.50. Feb. 2: Clint Black, 8 p.m. $39.59-$59.50. Feb. 4: Styx, 8 p.m. $39 to $65. Feb. 15: Bill Crosby, 7:30 p.m. $44-84. March 1-2: “Menopause — The Musical,” 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, $45-$65 plus fees; $115 VIP. March 16: Sinbad, 8 p.m. $27-$47. March 17: Platters, Coasters & Drifters, 3 p.m. $26-$69.

April 13: Merle Haggard, 8 p.m. $35-$85. April 14: Brian Regan, 7 p.m. $37.50. April 26: Darius Rucker, 7 p.m. $35-$75.

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. or 322-5200. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Today: Uncle Kracker, 7 p.m. $26.50-$33.50. Dec. 26: X, with guests Jonny Two Bags, Salvation Town, 7 p.m. $18.50-$24.50. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Party 2012, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 9 p.m. with music by Mento Buru and Stampede. Dinner tickets w/show $75; show-only $40. Jan. 23: Josh Abbott Band, 7 p.m. $10. Jan. 24: Randy Rogers Band, 7:30 p.m. $15.50$23.50. Jan. 31: Thomas Rhett, 7 p.m. $14-$20.

Rabobank Convention Center 1001 Truxtun Ave. or 800745-3000. (Listed ticket prices do not

include additional fees.) Dec. 29: The Baka Boyz featuring Tyga, doors open at 3 p.m., show from 4 to 8 p.m. $39.50-$125. Jan. 14: “Cody Bryant with the Riders of the Purple Sage,” presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 7:30 p.m. $80 for five remaining concerts. or 205-8522 or 589-2478. Jan. 18-19: Monster X Tour, 7:30 p.m. $10$40. Feb. 11: Tom Rigney & Flambeau, presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 7:30 p.m. $60 for four remaining concerts. or 205-8522 or 589-2478. Feb. 14: Harlem Globetrotters, 7 p.m. $21$103. March 11: “Shrek The Musical,” 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$55. March 10: New Directions Veterans Choir, presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 7:30 p.m. $60 for three remaining concerts. or 205-8522 or 589-2478. March 23: Jeff Dun-

ham, 5 p.m. $42.50. April 4: “West Side Story,” 7:30 p.m. $37.50-$60. May 17: Juanes, 8 p.m. $27.50 to $73. June 4-5: Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing, 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday. $10 to $33.

B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane. 3977304. Friday: How the Grouch Stole Christmas Tour, featuring The Grouch and Eligh, Mister F.A.B., Prof, DJ Fresh, 8 p.m. $20 advance; $22 at the door. Visit

Eagle Mountain Casino 681 S. Tule Reservation Road, Porterville. or 559-788-6220. Jan. 25: The Warriors Cage, 8 p.m. $25 general; $35 reserved. Feb. 8: Intocable, 8 p.m. $25 general; $35 reserved. Feb. 9: Sylvia Browne, 8 p.m. $25 general; $35 reserved. March 8: Rick Springfield, 8 p.m. $25 general; $35 reserved.

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Eye Street Go & Do Today “The Hobbit” Midnight Showing: Gala & Line Party, costume and trivia contests, prizes, scavenger hunt, 6 p.m., Edwards Cinema, 9000 Ming Ave. 10th annual Holiday Lights at CALM, open daily 5:30 to 9 p.m., now through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Day), CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $12 adults; $10 seniors and youth 3-17; $6 kids 3-12. 872-2256. 7th annual “The Magical Forest,” presented by BARC; now through Dec. 23, with a Grinchmobile, The Giving Tree, photos with Santa, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, BARC Campus, 2240 S. Union Ave. $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 children; children 5 and under are free. or 71-MAGIC. Annual Service of Remembrance, 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, in the chapel, 9101 Kern Canyon Road. Free. 366-5766. Optimal Hospice Foundation Light Up A Life, 6 p.m., The Historic Fort, 915 N. 10th St., Taft. 716-8000. Red Cross New Volunteer Orientation, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., American Red Cross, Kern Chapter, 5035 Gilmore Ave. 324-6427. The Growlers, with The Burning of Rome, Western Medicine, Dr. DiVito, The Coriolis Effect, Chunrun, 7 p.m., Elements Venue, 3401 Chester Ave. $17.50. All ages. Visit Uncle Kracker, 7 p.m., Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $26.50-$33.50. or 322-5200. Visit with Santa, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Valley Plaza Mall, in JC Penney’s court, 2701 Ming Ave. 8322436. Bingo, warm ups start at 5 p.m., with early birds at 6 p.m., regular games at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, Volunteer Center of Kern County, 2801 F St. From $20 buyin to “the works.” 395-9787. Guitar Class, taught by John Gomez, for individuals or a group, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. Call 3277507 for class details.

Friday “How the Grouch Stole Christmas” Tour, featuring The Grouch and Eligh, Mister F.A.B., Prof, DJ Fresh, 8 p.m., B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane. $20 advance; $22 at the door. Visit or 397-7304. Christmas Concert, with Lydia Ranger, Lonely Avenue, 7 to 9 p.m., Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Free but donations will be accepted, benefitting Valley Fever America’s Foundation. Visit or 831-2727. Condors vs. Idaho Steelheads, the first 3,000 fans 5 and older, will receive a Condors 15th

‘Californian Radio’ Join Eye Street Editor Jennifer Self and Assistant Editor Stefani Dias this morning on “Californian Radio.” They will be joined by Jason Gutierrez, who handles marketing for the Bakersfield Museum of Art, to discuss the the trio of exhibits opening tonight. Listen in to win tickets to an advance screening of “The Guilt Trip,” starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, Monday at Edwards Cinemas. Other movie swag will be up for grabs as will a copy of “The Great American Hot Rod Explained.” The show airs from 9 to 10 a.m. on KERN AM, 1180. Comments or questions? Just call 842-KERN. anniversary flag, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $8 to $30. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 3247825. Covenant’s Fostering Hope Christmas Party, food and passing out gifts to foster children and former foster youth served by Covenant Community Services, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Valley Baptist Church, 4800 Fruitvale Ave. Free. 829-6999. FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “Boy,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. or call 4280354. Winter Playground, ice skating, Santa Claus, face painting and craft room, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, San Joaquin Community Hospital Ice Center of Bakersfield, 1325 Q St. $11. 852-7404.

Saturday 32nd annual Christmas Run & Christmas Parade, registration begins at 8:30 a.m., run begins at 10 a.m. with the annual Christmas parade following at 1 p.m., McFarland. 792-3187. 40th annual NOR Children’s Christmas Parade, “Winter Wonderland,” 10 a.m. at N. Chester Ave., in Oildale. 392-2060. “Decades of the Centennial” Tree Display, come see many decorated trees, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shafter Depot Museum, 150 Central Valley Highway, Shafter. 7464423. Bakersfield Keynotes Christmas Concert, 2 to 3 p.m., St. Luke Anglican Church, 2730 Mall View Road. $10; $5 children advance; $15; $7.50 at the door. 871-4221. Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10859 Rosedale & Ladies Auxiliary; 7 a.m. to noon, Norris Road Veterans Halls, 400 W. Norris Road. $5. Bring camera for photo with Santa. 588-5865.

Condors vs. San Francisco Bulls, meet Olympic medalists April Ross and Jen Kessy, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $8 to $30. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 3247825. CSUB Men’s Basketball, vs. La Verne, 7 p.m., CSUB, Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $5$20. or 654-BLUE. DSLR Photo Workshop, with Kevin Brian Toohey, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Hart Park. $89. Limited space. Visit Family Comedy Magic Show, presented by Chris Lopez, 2 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. Farmers’ Markets: 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., and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Allen and Hageman roads; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, Kaiser Permanente, 8800 Ming Ave. Gloria Trevi, 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $35 to $95 plus fee. or 322-5200. Holiday Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Minter Field Air Museum, 401 Vultee Ave., Shafter. 393-0291. Kern Audubon Society Field Trip, hike in the oak woodlands of Tejon Ranch, meet at 8 a.m., at the Park ‘n’ Ride, Stockdale Highway between Real Road and Highway 99. Bring binoculars, lunch, water. Free. Visit or 805-0232. Pet Adoptions, cats, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Petco, 8220 Rosedale Highway. $65 includes spay/neuter, vaccines and leukemia testing. 327-4706; pets from the Shafter Animal Shelter; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., PetSmart,4100 Ming Ave. $55, includes spay/neuter and vaccines. 746-2140. Seventh annual Christmas Joy Joy Ride, & Toy Run Car Show, live music, car show, parade, registration begins at 8:30 a.m., ride begins at 10:30 a.m., Sonic DriveIn, 1227 Olive Drive. 340-1002. Tune In & Tune Up Car CleanUp Event, if your vehicle fails the emissions test, you’ll receive a voucher for up to $500 in smog repairs, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. Free. Email or 1-800-806-2004.

Sunday Christmas Bears and Blankets Drive, to benefit every child housed through Alliance Against Family Violence and The Bakersfield Homeless Shelter, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Camelot Park, 1251 Oak St. Bakersfield “Black Hole,” Raiders vs. Kansas City game, DJ Sely Sal, 1:15 p.m., Pizza Bob’s,

2100 Alta Vista Dr. Free. 7069294. Bakersfield Raider Nation Club, come out and watch the games, 10 a.m., Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane. Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kaiser Permanente, 8800 Ming Ave. 877-524-7373.

THEATER “A Rosie Holiday,” 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $52$57, $37 for students; show only: $37, $22 for students. 325-6100. “Da’ Hip-Hop Wizzard of Oz,” 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, CSUB, Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Hwy. $10 adults advance; $5 children; $20 adults at the door; $10 children. Tickets can be purchased online at “Dude, Where’s My Sleigh?,” presented by Omnipresent Puppet Theatre; 10 a.m. Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $6. 587-3377. “Gaslight Holiday Extravaganza,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 5873377. “Hurry Up, Santa!,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $15; $10 students/seniors. 327PLAY. “R.A.T. Christmas Show,” 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5. 327PLAY. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 p.m. Fridays, JC’s Place, 1901 Chester Ave. $5. 322-8209.

ART Opening Reception, for “Embracing Diverse Voices: 80 years of African American Art,” “You, Me, Them,” and “Texture of Place,” 6 p.m. today, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. Free for members; $10 nonmembers. or 323-7219. 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. Artwork on Display, “West II” by Clayton Rippey, now through December, Cezanne Gallery, 420 H St. Free. 325-1336. Elleta Abuliel & Stella Mullins, featured artist for the month of December, Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 634-0806.

Nicole Saint John, featured artist for the month of December, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Stained Glass Classes, six-week class, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, 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.

MUSIC 80s dance B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Members Only, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5.

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

Classic rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Usual Suspects, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; No Limit, 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 Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; The Bluetooth Cowboys, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Still Kickin’, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. O’Hennings Bar, 1312 Airport Dr., Mugs “The Return,” 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Cover The Bistro, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Brent Brown, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

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. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, 633-1949; learn Salsa, Cumbia, or West Coast Swing, 4 to 7 p.m. every Sunday. $5 per person, per lesson. Please see GO & DO / 39


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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. 8338790. Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Dr., offers ballroom dance, East Coast swing (jitterbug) and Argentine Tango dance classes; $35, $45 for non-members. 3225765 or 201-2105. Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 3253086 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. 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 school, ’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. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; 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.

Best Western, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; The Junction with host Mac Clanahan, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. 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. El Torito Restaurant, 4646 California Ave., 395-3035, Karaoke with Irish Monkey Entertainment, 8 p.m. Saturdays. 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. Lone Oak Inn, 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 10612 Rosedale Hwy. 589-0412. Long Branch Saloon, 907 N. Chester Ave., 399-8484; 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Magoo’s Pizza, 1129 Olive Drive, 399-7800; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 366-3261, 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. Pour House, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 4041 Fruitvale Ave. 5899300. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Replay Sports Lounge & Grill, 4500 Buck Owens Blvd., 324-3300; 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; Joey Zaza’s Karaoke and Stuff, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. 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. Sky Bar and Lounge, 4208 Rosedale Highway, 633-1116, Karaoke with Ben Lara, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays. 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. 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, 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. 831-1413. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 8714140; 8:30 p.m. Fridays. 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. Trout’s & 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.

Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Hall, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., featuring Glenda Robles, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday.

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.

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

Songwriters The Bistro, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Brent Brown, 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays.

Trivia night Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Chuy’s, 2500 New Stine Road, 8333469; 7 p.m. every Tuesday. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; 8 to 10 p.m. Monday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

Variety Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., 8722037, Joe Loco Duet, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Mike Montano Band, 1 p.m. Saturday. Senor Pepe, 8450 Granite Falls Dr., 661-588-0385, Rebecca Aguilar and Lost Vinyl, 7 p.m. Thursday.



Monday 12/17

Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; Versatil, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5 per night. Camino Real Restaurant, 6 to 9 p.m. every Sunday at 3500 Truxtun Ave. 852-0493.

“Christmas Around the World” Holiday Event, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, now through Dec. 29 (excludes Dec. 2425), Timeless Furnishings, 1918 Chester Ave. $8 general; $7 seniors; $5 children; 5 and under are free; or $20 family of four. 326-0222.

Music showcase

Tuesday 12/18

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

Kern County Bridal Association Christmas Party, 6 to 9 p.m., The Links at Riverlakes Golf Course, 5201 Riverlakes Drive. $10; $15 non-member. Reservations, 633-9200. Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, three to five miles, 7 p.m., meet at corner of Highways 178 and 184. 8722432 or 873-8107.


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 KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 3229910; Jimmy Gaines, 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; Jimmy

Wednesday 12/19 22nd annual Christmas Dinner, hosted by the family who had owned Clay’s Restaurant on California Ave., 4 to 6 p.m., Downtown Ministry Center, 930 18th St. Free. 703-0610. Kern Photography Association, all skill levels welcome, 6 to 8 p.m., Henley’s Photo, 2000 H St. or 496-3723. League of Women Voters Meet-

ing, with guest Dr. Mimms, associate Vice President for the division of Enrollment Management at CSUB, discussing the demography of CSUB’s student population, recruitment, percentage of students on scholarships and loans, and the effects of the state budget on enrollment, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Guild House, 1905 18th St. $18. Visit Organ Recital Concert, featuring Dr. Joseph Sims, noon to 12:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th St. Free. 325-9419.

Thursday 12/20 “A Rosie Holiday,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $52-$57, $37 for students; show only: $37, $22 for students. 325-6100. 10th annual Holiday Lights at CALM, open daily 5:30 to 9 p.m., now through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Day), CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $12 adults; $10 seniors and youth 3-17; $6 kids 3-12. 8722256. 7th annual “The Magical Forest,” presented by BARC; now through Dec. 23, with a Grinchmobile, The Giving Tree, photos with Santa, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, BARC Campus, 2240 S. Union Ave. $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 children; children 5 and under are free. or 71-MAGIC. Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks!, 8 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $35-$75 plus fee. or 322-5200.

Friday 12/21 “Gaslight Holiday Extravaganza,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “Hurry Up, Santa!,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $15; $10 students/seniors. 327-PLAY. “R.A.T. Christmas Show,” 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5. 327-PLAY. Goldenaires Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 900 Day Ave. Free; refreshments following concert. 871-0927. Winter Playground, ice skating, Santa Claus, face painting and craft room, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, San Joaquin Community Hospital Ice Center of Bakersfield, 1325 Q St. $11. 852-7404.

Saturday 12/22 “Decades of the Centennial” Tree Display, come see many decorated trees, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shafter Depot Museum, 150 Central Valley Highway, Shafter. 746-4423. “Dude, Where’s My Sleigh?,” 1 and 4 p.m., The Beekay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi. $6. 8224037.

Sunday 12/23 Bakersfield “Black Hole,” Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers, 10 a.m. Sunday, Pizza Bob’s, 2100 Alta Dr. 706-9294.

Eye Street Entertainment / 12-13-12  
Eye Street Entertainment / 12-13-12  

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