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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, December 27, 2012

Eye Street Editor Jennifer Self | Phone 395-7434 | e-mail jself@bakersfield.com

Index Breakout artists of 2012 .......................... 18 Antique Show and Sale............................ 20 Scott Cox’s favorite concerts of 2012 ......21 Arts Alive .................................................. 22 Spotlight/Burrberry World Cafe.............. 23 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz ............ 24 New Year’s Eve ........................................ 25 Calendar .................................................. 30

Bakersfield’s year in culture Music, architecture top the list of 2012 accomplishments BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor jself@bakersfield.com

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ooking for Bakersfield’s proudest cultural achievement of 2012? Get in the car and head east. Like 2,000 miles east. After decades of perceived indifference, the capital of country music finally recognized its rowdy cousin, the Bakersfield Sound — a music born of equal parts jubilation and desperation by a remarkably gifted cadre of displaced musicians, many of them Okies, thrown together during the great westward migration. Though there are displays and collections of Bakersfield Sound memorabilia at several spots around town — Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, the Kern County Museum, Trout’s — no single location has ever housed so much history from the era as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The 5,000square-foot display includes a sweeping mural that beautifully tells the story of the Dust Bowl migration, troves of memorabilia, costumes, instruments and hightech displays, including a touchscreen feature that plays every top 10 hit ever recorded by Merle Haggard and Buck Owens (and that’s a lot). But the real power of the exhibition is that it bestows muchdeserved acclaim on the performers not named Haggard or Owens who gave the piercing sound forged in those loud barrooms an identity that has endured for decades. The exhibit will be up for another year, through December 2013. But even if most Bakersfield folks can’t make it back East, thousands of tourists from all over the world will have the opportunity to see the influence our city had — still has — on country music.

A ‘100-year building’ It’s not every day that a $28.5 million building goes up in Bakersfield. And it’s certainly not every day that one as architecturally significant as the new federal courthouse in the Mill Creek area of downtown is erected (just

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Ten-year-old Julia Cibettini from St. Louis tries one of the interactive displays at the Bakersfield Sound exhibit running through Dec. 31, 2013 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. The exhibit uses many multimedia displays to tell the story of the Bakersfield Sound.

look at some of the horrors built in the 60 years since the 1952 earthquake as proof of that). The modern gem on 19th Street — a marvel of green construction, state-of-the-art security and stunning design — opened in July. The U.S. General Services Administration awarded the contract to Rhode Island-based Gilbane Building Co. and NBBJ Architects, which has offices all over the world. With the elegant Bakersfield Museum of Art just to the west of it, the 33,400-square-foot building, divided between two stories of glass and steel, is the last and most spectacular piece of a once dilapidated area that has been transformed in recent years — starting with the rehabilitation of Mill Creek Park — into one of the

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The new federal courthouse is reflected in Mill Creek in this evening scene.

most stunning blocks in our city. Oregon artist Lucinda Parker, commissioned to create original

artwork for the courthouse, contributed five stunning abstract pieces that give the illusion of

water in our parched climate. (All that’s missing is a name. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 26


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Breakout talents of 2012 Eye Street staff selects artists who moved, entertained us

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hen it comes to standout moments, it’s often an actor or musician up on stage that comes to mind. But our local visual arts scene proved its might in 2012, producing The Californian’s pick for the year’s breakout talent, Christina Sweet. Colorful and often whimsical, Sweet’s work was hard to miss this year. From Mercy Hospital’s Art and Spirituality Center for the Autumn Art Fest to the Festival of Beers at Stramler Park and the Padre Hotel’s Farmacy Cafe for her “Hooves and Horns” exhibit, Sweet shared her art in a variety of community venues. Of course, she made the biggest splash at local galleries. After being named best new artist in 2011 for “Latination” at Metro Galleries, she was awarded first place this year in the popular exhibit, the centerpiece of the biggest First Friday event of the year. Along with the show at the Padre in October, she also mounted a second solo show, “Other Side of the Rainbow,” at The Empty Space Gallery in June. Discussing the “Rainbow” show, she described her painting process, honed over 23 years, as transportive: “When I paint, I can be in my own world.” For the full-time insurance broker, that world’s physical location is on 19th Street above The Foundry gallery, which she started with four other artists in 2010. Along with developing her own art, Sweet has helped encourage the careers of The Foundry’s 80-plus members through solo and group exhibits, and small art shows throughout the year. Those members rallied in February when the gallery, then located one block over on 20th Street, was vandalized. Sweet worked with members Jesus Fidel and Jen Raven on a fundraiser to replace the damaged front windows. Of the fundraising, Sweet said, “I am humbled by their efforts and appreciation for what The Foundry does for our local artists.” This year was a big one for Sweet, but that’s bound to continue into 2013 and beyond as one of her passions is supporting the local arts community. “Having the ability to surround myself with beautiful art and wonderful artists is far more rewarding than I ever dreamed.” — Stefani Dias, assistant lifestyles editor

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Christina Sweet, photographed at The Foundry art gallery, is Eye Street’s top talent of 2012.

husband, Eric Tolley, on a collection of light fixtures and home furnishings for “Light Living” in November, both at the theater’s gallery. As a writer she was equally prolific, taking on a hot topic in “The Bullied” in August, penning comedy sketches for “Stripped” with her group The Tuesdays in September, and paying homage to Poe in “Once Upon a Midnight Dreary” at Bakersfield Community Theatre in October. — Stefani Dias

Other theater standouts Bethany Rowlee is one of those allround performers who brings energy to everything she does. Her ability to sing, dance and act was expecially memorable in two decidedly different roles at Stars this year — as a 19th century con artist in “Oliver” in August and as a versatile 1960sera rock-and-roll star in “Shout!”

Theater: Michelle Guerrero

— Camille Gavin, arts columnist

From writing to directing to art, Michelle Guerrero was all over the local arts scene. It’s no wonder that the marketing director for The Empty Space started the year being named the most valuable person at the theater’s annual awards show. As a director, she took on “Herstory,” a collection of monologues by local women for V-Day in February, and teamed on late-night shows “Marat/Sade” in March and “The Unexpected Man” in November. Artistically, she held “Arboresque,” a solo show of paintings and tiny terrariums, and worked with

With her full-bodied voice, Detreice Palmer was dynamic as the Lady in Brown in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf” at Bakersfield Community Theatre. — Camille Gavin

Zachary Gonzales as Che in “Evita” was effective in carrying out the complex story line, giving a solid performance as the narrator/troubador in Stars’ production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. — Camille Gavin

PHOTO COURTESY OF JESSICA MONCRIEF

After playing 100-plus shows and the release of their second album, rock/reggae band Dub Seeds enjoyed a busy and creatively fulfilling 2012. From left: Chris Taylor, Gary Rink and Anthony “Gizmo” Rodriguez.

Actress Libby Letlow took a real handson approach to her career in 2012. After a turn as Madame de Volaneges in “Dangerous Liaisons” at the Spotlight Theatre, she stepped into her big local role at The Empty Space in May. As a creative force behind the theater’s spirited production of “Avenue Q,” Letlow made all the puppets and coached the puppeteers. The actress

moved to Los Angeles in August, continuing her puppetry work, teaching classes at the Puppet School and in the cast of the Doma Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of “Avenue Q,” which runs through February. — Stefani Dias

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Antique shows never get old BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH

Antique Show and Sale

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While many are looking ahead to 2013, organizers of one of the biggest antique shows of the year are hoping a few Kern residents are in the mood to look back. Way back. Mary Bryan, event producer of the Antique Show and Sale at the Kern County Fairgrounds this weekend, is looking forward to seeing young faces take a step back in time. “Things from the past that young people aren’t familiar with just excite them,” Bryan said. “You can’t sell a butter churn to an older person, but a younger person will take it home because of the novelty of it.” Kitchen items — like butter churns — and other household and yard tools are known as “primitives” in the antique world. Bryan said a good portion of the items up for grabs at the sale will be primitives and, although they may have been commonplace decades ago, they now hold a unique charm that she said can sometimes be hard to explain. “Wooden boxes and old trunks are very popular. Especially if they are in good condition. I don’t know why these certain things are so popular; it’s amazing what people look for.” Bryan has been working with antiques for decades, after her passion for Depression-era glass left her with enough inventory to go into business for herself. She opened her own shop in the mid-1970s and has spent the last 40 years following the ever-changing trends in collectibles. According to Bryan, what’s hot on the market now may not be next year, making it

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hard to predict the next big thing. “I think the antiques shows that are on TV right now have changed people. You look at these rusty bicycles that are really hot right now; it used to be you couldn’t give rust like that away without fixing it up first.” The same goes for jewelry. While vintage baubles have a history of being stable sellers, there are some pieces that won’t attract buyers. But, according to Bryan, some pieces have re-emerged as high-dollar items. “I remember there was a time when you couldn’t give a piece of Mexican jewelry away; you would have it forever. Now the stuff is going, and it’s going for big prices.” Many of the Mexican pieces that are catching the eyes of buyers are Taxco silver, a legendary jewelry brand that began in the 1920s. The chunky silver pieces, designed from silver mined from the mountains surrounding Taxco, Mexico, were primarily shipped to the United States, with popularity escalating in the 1970s. But interest in the Southwestern style isn’t limited to Taxco silver; Bryan said the popularity of Southwestern and Mexican items has increased across the board.

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Char Connell straightens her jewelry display at the 2011 Antique Show and Sale held at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

“These items are very popular right now. Native American jewelry, prints, pottery and rugs are really big. People are always looking for good pieces and there are a lot of fakes out there. But there are a lot of really good pieces, too.” Will the passion for Southwestern antiques stand the test of time? Bryan has

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Standing ovation for live shows From blues to country to classical, Kern had it all

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ell, it’s time to look back fondly on the year that was 2012. And, as always, the first batch of highlights that occur to me happened on concert stages around town. Here’s a fairly comprehensive list of what I saw and loved, in no particular order: My favorite concert of 2012 was definitely Merle Haggard at the Crystal Palace. I hadn’t seen Merle since he went through a few health problems, and I was hoping he was back to his old self. Not only was he looking and sounding great, we got to hang out for a little while after the show and catch up. He was in an excellent mood and obviously enjoying playing for people again. Plus, I got to hang out with my pals Ray McDonald and Monty Byrom, and I had better seats than Sheriff Youngblood. Score. Another big night at the Palace was when Eddie Money did a show for the Mended Little Hearts Foundation. The band they put together was top- shelf. It

was great to see Byrom, on guitar, get to showcase his skills on all those great Eddie Money songs. And Eddie was, well, money. It was a great night. The sheriff had better seats than I that time, but I didn’t pay to get in. Pat Evans from World Records brought us several great shows, starting with Tommy Castro at the DoubleTree. If you’re a fan of electric blues, you loved this show as much as I did. Later in the year, we had the B-Town Blues Festival at Cal State, always one of my favorite shows of the year. Coco Montoya was predictably excellent, as was Eric Sardinas, who plays slide guitar at ludicrous speed. But I really wanted to see Ana Popovic, whom I personally consider to be the finest female blues guitarist Serbia has ever produced. I’d never seen her play live, and I know that these days, engineers can make anybody sound good on a record. I was worried she’d be the Danica Patrick of the blues — all sex appeal and not much talent — but she brought plenty of both. Speaking of Cal State, the Bakersfield Jazz Festival provided a bunch of highlights, but saxophonist Maceo

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Merle Haggard performs to a full house at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace March 30. Parker stands out as the baddest cat on the stage this year. It’s an epic event, and we’re lucky to have it. The Fox featured Chris Isaak, Peter Frampton and ZZ Top. I’d never seen Isaak before, and really wasn’t a fan, but I was a believer by the end of the show. That guy can sing. Frampton did what Frampton does: helped us all relive those days when we wore

out our vinyl copies of “Frampton Comes Alive.� Dude still has all his skills intact, and he rocked the house with barely more hair than I have. And as for ZZ Top, well, they’re ZZ Top. I’ve seen them play in four different decades, and they just keep getting better. And they played a bunch of stuff from their new record, which is outstanding. The Bell Tower hosted Lau-

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rence Juber, who’s played with everyone from Al Stewart to Paul McCartney. He was stunningly good, and the acoustics in that place are beyond belief. And they had desserts! Juber was the third show in a series of three, but I missed Peppino D’Agostino and Doyle Dykes. I won’t miss another if they do it again. As far as you can get from the atmosphere of the Bell Tower is Julie’s Branding Iron out in Oildale. Whether it’s Tanner Byrom and Friends hosting Blues Night, or one of their Sunday cattle call shows — which bring in the best musicians our town has to offer — it’s always a great hang. I plan to go a lot more in the new year. You should, too. Not quite Oildale, but close, was Village Fest, and, as always, it had some truly great shows. Foster Campbell and Friends featured some of our most talented local musicians, and they had the crowd jumping with their old school R&B revue. And it had cowbell. I left that show just in time to catch a bit of Mento Buru. Those guys are always a blast to watch, but at this event they always seem to take it to 11. On the subject of outdoor festivals, we were lucky enough to catch Soulajar at the Tehachapi CONTINUED ON PAGE 23

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Dance your way into new year Venerable club invites all ages

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’m happy to report that Laf-ALot, a 79-year-old dance club that came close to disbanding three months ago, has doubled its membership and is celebrating with a New Year’s Eve party at the Town Hall in Kern City. Shari Fortino, president of LafA-Lot, tells me the membership has gone from 40 to about 80. “And what’s good about it is we’re getting a wide range of ages,” she said. “It used to be that nearly all of the members were over 70 — now we have three generations.” A party atmosphere will prevail with hors d’oeuvres, favors, tables lit with flameless candles and a free champagne toast at midnight. “Everyone dresses up,” she said. “It’s the ladies’ big chance to show off their pretty dresses, and a lot of the men wear tuxedoes.” Music will be provided by the Bakersfield Swingtime Orchestra, a six-piece group led by Steve Eisen. Fortino’s husband, Michael Smothers, an instrumentalist and singer, usually plays with the band but for the New Year’s party he’ll spend most of the evening on the dance floor. “Michael won’t be playing — he wants to dance with me,” she said. “But he’ll still sing — he’s the soloist.” During the band’s breaks, Fortino, who operates the Debonaire School of Ballroom Dance, will provide instruction for two dances. One will be a country line dance that requires no partners; the other is the 1920s-era Charleston. Membership is $45 a year but you don’t need to be a member to attend the New Year’s Eve celebration. The club also welcomes dancers — male and female — who are single.

Children’s art workshop Liz Sherwyn, education coordinator at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, has a positive approach to teaching art. And she’s wasting no time in getting started on the new year with a three-day

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workshop that begins on Wednesday. Her emphasis is on the process of “doing art,” rather than the finished product. “Art is about the process, and sometimes the process is just scribbling,” she said. “Once a person is able to give themselves a break and have fun, they are succeeding. And when they are having fun, they learn so much more.” The workshop is designed for children ages 6 to 12, but no matter the age, the key to “doing art” lies in allowing yourself the freedom to follow your instincts. “Children who have had little or no art instruction (and this goes for adults, too) just need to rid themselves of any expectations of what the product will be,” she said. “It's a very stressful thing to sit down and decide you are going to draw the perfect rep-

Camille Gavin’s “Arts Alive” column appears on Thursday. Write to her via e-mail at gavinarts@aol.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF LIZ SHERWYN

Children take a hands-on approach to education at the Children’s Art Workshops offered at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

resentation of something.” Museum instructors will introduce children to drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage. Students also will learn about famous artists and art techniques. Pre-registration is encouraged. The curriculum is designed to be a continuous experience. As the lessons progress day to day, the students will be completing projects they have previously started as well as building on what they have already learned. “Because of this, it will be difficult for a student to come in during the last two days and catch up,” Sherwyn said. “That being said, we will be happy to accept any students, even if they are unable to make it the first day. I'm sure they will still have a great time and learn about art.”

‘Side-by-Side’ Another program offered by the art museum has been expanded and is now open to children ages 3 to 8 accompanied by an adult. It’s called “Side-by-Side” and will meet the second Saturday of every month, starting on Jan. 12. The workshops are geared toward pre-kindergarteners and primary grade children. The projects are designed to be done again at home by the child and his or her parent or caregiver.

Art Center clay classes Byrd Tetzlaff is enthusiastic about showing others the art of

making objects from clay. “I love, love, love polymer clay,” she says. “It’s just the neatest thing in the world — it brings out the creativity in people who didn’t even know they were creative.” Newcomers, she said, don’t realize the possibilities of working with this kind of clay, a modeling medium that can be hardened in a home oven. It also comes in various colors. “You can paint with it, sculpt, make dolls, jewelry — it’s endless,” she said. “It really depends on what you’re interested in.” Tetzlaff will lead a series of five classes at the Art Center starting on Jan 3. It is designed for children as well as adults. “It’s literally for all ages and it’s ridiculously fun,” she said. “I admit I love to work with teenagers, though. We love to make monsters from outer space.” Class size is limited, and preregistration is necessary.

Portrait winner Jennifer Shrader was the winner of a portrait painting by Patti Doolittle valued at $900. The prize was offered in an opportunity drawing offered at the Bakersfield Art Association’s annual open house and Christmas party on Dec. 7. Kathy Schilling, who heads the fundraising committee, said about $600 was raised from ticket sales on the portrait. The money

will go into the BAA’s scholarship fund. A silent auction of art lessons and baskets filled with gift items brought in another $2,100. This will be put into the organization’s general fund to help with end-ofthe-year expenses.

Black History Month Looking ahead to Black History Month, Brenda Scobey is in the process of finalizing events for a monthlong observance that starts on Feb. 1 with a gospel concert by the Mighty Clouds of Joy. “This quartet is one of the oldest gospel singing groups still performing throughout the United States,” Scobey said in an email message. A retired librarian, she has organized African-American history programs annually for the past several years, including last year’s “Harlem and Beyond.” The 2013 observance will be based on a book by John Holway, titled “Red Tails: An Oral History of the Tuskegee Airmen.” The true story of black pilots who served in World War II, it was made into a film in 2012 starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Gerald McRaney. “Tuskegee airmen from the Los Angeles chapter will be guest speakers at the book discussion and final concert events,” Scobey said. “We hope to have some of them make school visits but the average age of the airmen is 92 years old.”


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Yogurt shop owners lease theater’s cafe The Spotlight Theatre is beginning to show signs of life — at least in the lobby area — with the expected opening of the Burrberry World Cafe in the next few weeks. Peggy Darling, president of the Spotlight board of directors, tells me the cafe has been leased to Pamela South, who formerly operated Burrberry Frozen Yogurt on 18th Street. “It’s only a block west from where I was before,” South said. “But that area of 19th Street is so different with the Metro Gallery, The Mark and all the quaint little shops around there.” South, who owns the business with her husband, Bruce South, a local attorney, said the menu at the new location will be expanded to include soups, sandwiches and coffee, featuring everything from the regular kind of coffee to cappuccino. “We’ll have a special salad every day,” she said. “My family background is German, so one of the things we’ll have is German potato salad and Bavarian sandwiches on a hard roll with ham, horseradish, a pickle and Colby cheese.” Of course, she’ll still offer frozen yogurt with a different flavor featured each day. “Peanut butter is my favorite,” she said. “And I like to put raspberry sauce on the top so it tastes more like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” South said her friend, “American Idol” finalist Amy Adams, suggested she take a look at the venue. In a telephone conversation, Adams said she has plans for opening a school at Spotlight that will focus on foster youth who must leave the program upon reaching age

18. South anticipates hiring some of the teens to work in the cafe. “I have a heart for working with foster youth, and Pam had the same idea,” Adams said. “I think mentoring kids with the arts is a great way to do it, and we’ll help them put on a show to show their talents.” Her vision is to bring in various celebrities she’s met in the entertainment industry to speak to the students. “I want to have professionals come in so the kids can learn about what they do,” she said. “Not just about what they do (as entertainers) but in the business sense, too.” For three years, Adams ran a program called Performance Partnerships at Garden Pathways. Its goal is to teach life skills to youngsters who have been in foster care, meaning basic things like paying bills and renting an apartment. Once the cafe gets under way, it will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and even later on First Fridays or when a show or event is going on in the theater. “I loved the shows at Spotlight, especially the Christmas shows,” South said. “I’m hoping the cafe will help it be open again.” Meanwhile, Darling said there won’t be any shows until March. Ron Steinman, who had a long and successful career as a producer and director of shows for Civic Light Opera — serves as treasurer on the Spotlight board of directors. “Ron has some great ideas, and he’s looking at shows we might do in March,” she said. “Right now what we need is some strong board members.” The present board, which includes Kathleen Faulkner, Sally Bylin, Lauren Franconi and Annette Bridgeman, has been involved for several years. “Our board is OK,” Darling said, “but what we need are more people who have certain skills, like public relations, or have connections with corporations that would be interested in being underwriters.”

COX: CONTINUED FROM 21 Food and Wine Festival, and they were the highlight of the evening, which is saying a lot when compared to the food, wine, and weather up there. Another huge highlight was Kinky Friedman at Prime Cut. When I was in Texas last year, I told Kinky that he should swing by Bakersfield if he went on tour in 2012. I was pleasantly surprised when he called me a few months ago and told me to find a venue for him. Not asked — told. A really neat bunch of people showed up to hear a true Texas legend sing songs and tell tales. A great addition to my concert calendar this year was a visit to the Bakersfield Symphony. I still haven’t gotten over how incredible an experience that was. From the music itself to the acoustics, it was a great evening. I’ll be back for more of that, and I hope to see you there. Another great violinist, one who has

never played with the symphony, but should, is my pal Charlie Daniels, who played a huge show at the fair this year. That old man loves his job, and it shows. He considers playing his music for people to be a real honor, and he loves playing here. We had a blast, and I discovered a drink called a “Lime-A-Rita.” Excellent summer concert beverage. If I had to pick the most sonically perfect event of the year, I’d have to go with the Band of Heathens at the Palace in August. I’ve seen them in several venues in many states, and I can’t think of a better band to see play live. Well, that’s the best of 2012 to the best of my recollection. I’m pretty sure that I forgot some stuff, and equally sure that I’ll be reminded all about it as soon as this goes to print. But here’s what I can say for sure: We are lucky to live in a town with a vibrant local music scene. And we should all resolve to get out and enjoy more of it in 2013.

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All over the map with local music alumni Josh Graham (guitar) and singer Rick Russell. A clever collage of country imagery from the opening track of “I Remember the Music,” on through “Dirt Road,” to the fun-loving spirit of “I Oughta Own this Bar” and “Cowboy Thing,” the duo received a hearty welcome back from fans during the Kern County Fair.

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the public domain archive of avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren projected behind them during performances. Speaking of jazz, I’d be remiss if I didn’t make mention of keyboardist Jay Smith’s bizarre freeform jazz trip into the unknown with his debut CD, “Unashamed Portrayal.” Previously reviewed by this writer as “raw, loose and at times exhausting,” in hindsight I feel that maybe I was a bit rough on Smith. I gave it a few more listens — this time, with jazz ears. As I told Smith myself, though I stand by the original review, after four full-length listens I have to commend him on his unflinching commitment to his concepts of jazz, which could be debated until we all turn “kind of blue.” Smith really grew on me this year, and if you haven’t heard this guy

play yet, make a point to find him. Taking a creative risk was local singer/songwriter Joel Jacob, who blessed us with a quietly released new praise and worship digital EP, titled “Here Comes the Light.” Joel never ceases to amaze me when he jumps into action, and if you enjoyed his last CD, “Makeshift Motive,” as much as I did, you’ll be right at home here. Highly recommended for those in need of a spiritual boost, whether you’re the churchgoing kind or not. There were also strong new debuts and releases from Choirs, Catastrophist, Crooked Folk and The Volume, all of whom kept the flame burning on the indie rock scene. Not to be outdone was the lone local country release, titled “Get Lucky” from Lucky Ned Pepper, featuring Smokin’ Armadillos

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Following a life-changing trip to Nashville’s Music Row this year, the wild-eyed good ol’ boys of Good Question changed their name to Truxton Mile and continued making their mark, filling up venues and restoring the country music faith with legions of Bakersfield and Taft fans. Forging ahead with their new identity, the group is now focused on putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited debut CD. Youthful reggae newcomers Amity Flow have also been a solid hit since their introduction this year, gaining exposure as the opening act on numerous local shows. They’ve got style and a vibe to match their easy-flowing, conscious grooves. After pushing their free demo at every show, they plan to give fans a full-length release by the early spring.

Cassadee Pope Among the many interviews I conducted this year, one of my favorites was with singer Cassadee Pope, whom the nation now knows as the season three winner of “The Voice” on NBC. Back in February, a few months before auditioning for the show, Pope was just another independent artist looking for a break, headed to, of all places, the Jerry’s Pizza basement. At the time of our conversation, Pope was sharing an apartment in Los Angeles with a number of other aspiring musicians — little money, but rich with ideas for a self-funded solo acoustic tour she hoped would keep her on the road for a year after her kickoff show at Jerry’s.

KSVG Radio Another big highlight to help this year end on a promising note was the arrival this month of local independent terrestrial radio station 89.7 FM KSVG “Savage Radio.” Since the launch two weeks ago, the founders have shown positive strides, keeping the flow of their “antiformat” format consistently entertaining. One moment I’m hearing Iggy Pop, and then Bakersfield band The Architecture, then it’s on to Jimmy Cliff and Let’s Go Bowling. As of now, their signal is heard best in the downtown area, but according to co-founder Jake Chavez, they should be expanding their broadcasting reach within a few months. Well, folks, that’s all for now as we put the lid on another great year of local music and art. It was a pleasure meeting all the new talent and hearing from those vets keeping the heartbeat of our scene pumping. Please keep sending me those demos and show announcements. Cheers to another great new year!

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t was a seriously eclectic year for new local music, with nearly all of this year’s independent releases standing uniquely on their own. A few were stronger than others, but, as I predicted, listeners were given a fruitful pick of standout offerings, beginning with Bakersfield alt-rock quartet Cidona, which kicked off the year in style with a thoroughly wellproduced, five-song EP, titled “Credulity.” Accompanied by a striking music video for their single “Falling,” a song about the struggles of addiction, vocalist Melissa Lucas proved her range of abilities on record as a passionate rock vocalist. As with many early releases, “Credulity” could have gone overlooked by the masses, but thanks to the group’s idea to treat fans to a new acoustic digital download-only release in October, Cidona reminded us of their youthful energy. This was also the year I was introduced to the music of Funeral Club, featuring the remarkable husband-and-wife team of Joseph and Jenny Andreotti. Haunting, dark and romantic, their music defied category on the local scene with a cool mix of Ennio Morricone spaghetti western sounds and vintage Euro-jazz elegance. The unconventional blend of Joseph’s parlor and baritone guitar, synthesizer and percussion, with Jenny’s ethereal vocals, also drew me to their live show, which featured vintage film clips taken from

“I’m starting from the ground up,” she told me during that interview, including a plan to shed the tomboy image she had as the lead singer of pop punk band Hey Monday. The Jerry’s show was sparsely attended, mostly by those who were fans of Pope’s former band. Fast forward to September, when Pope was introduced to the nation as a contestant on “The Voice,” along with singer Rudy Parris from Visalia, whom I also profiled a number of times. Together they made beautiful music on coach Blake Shelton’s team, but after weeks of competition, Pope would be crowned the winner, the youngest and the first female contestant to win on the show. Maybe Parris should have tried getting some of that lucky Jerry’s Pizza mojo before the competition.

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3, 2, 1 .... Where will you be at midnight? Something at every price and age for New Year’s Eve BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer

Looks like we survived that pesky apocalypse; now, let’s celebrate! Whether you’re bidding a fond farewell to 2012 or eagerly awaiting a fresh start in 2013, Kern County is offering up plenty of exciting ways to ring in the new year. Most places will provide a complimentary glass of champagne and a shower of confetti at midnight, but three popular Bakersfield establishments go a little further, Inside putting their own distinct spin on the tradiMore New tional New Year’s Eve Year’s Eve festivities. festivities If you’re eager to sing on Page 30. “Auld Lang Syne” with a bit of a country twang, look no farther than Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace. “We feel that the Crystal Palace is one of the premier attractions in the San Joaquin Valley, so coming here is the perfect way to ring in the new year,” said Buckaroo Jim Shaw. “We pay a lot of attention to detail here, so the entire experience is the best we can make it. Everybody’s gonna have a terrific time.” Since it opened in 1996, the Crystal Palace has been serving up a distinctly Bakersfield-style celebration, replete with good food, good music, and a whole lot of dancing. Bakersfield favorites Mento Buru and Stampede will perform a mixture of ska/rock/blues/country certain to keep your boots shuffling way past midnight. Also, in an attempt to accommodate those of us with budget-related resolutions, there are two ticket options this year: one with dinner, one without. The $80 ticket includes admission, some party favors, and a four-course meal, with choice of steak, stuffed chicken breast, prime rib or salmon. If you’re fine with munching on some of those lingering holiday leftovers before hitting the town, 44 bucks gets you the full Crystal Palace party experience for about half the price. For a truly unique way to kick off your 2013, check out Manny’s Tam O’Shanter for the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Even though it’s a bit of a mouthful, the concept is pretty straightforward: Throw on a mask and your glitziest party attire, then head over to this east Bakersfield restaurant for cocktails, dancing and a good time. “This is our second year doing this,” said owner Manny Mendez. “Last year it was very successful; people loved it. I think it’s something different for this area. It gives people the chance to dress up nice and go out and have a great time.” The ball begins at 8 p.m., and there will be no shortage of activities to keep you going until its conclusion at 1 a.m.: raffles, a costume contest, music provided by local artist Versatil, and lots of homemade

New Year’s Eve Party at the Crystal Palace When: Dinner 6 p.m.; 8:45 p.m. without dinner; 9 p.m. music; 1 a.m. party ends Where: Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Admission: $80 with dinner; $44 without dinner Information: 322-5200 or vallitix.com

Masquerade Ball When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Where: Manny’s Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista Drive Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door Information: 324-6774

Skateland’s New Year’s Eve Party When: 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Where: Skateland, 415 Ming Ave. Admission: $12, includes skate rental, noisemaker, and balloon Information: 831-5567

tamales. Each $25 ticket will include homemade chicken or jalapeño and cheese tamales. And then there’s the kids. Though New Year’s Eve typically is a time for adults to dance, drink, and be merry, for those who want to squeeze in one last solid evening of quality family time before the conclusion of the holiday season, Skateland’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the place to be. Not a drop of alcohol will be served, but the snack bar will be open, preparing Skateland’s signature “rink food” (hot dogs, Frito boats, sodas, etc.). Games will be played to keep you rolling all through the night, and more than 1,000 balloons will be dropped at midnight. “We’re safe, we’re contained, we’re kid friendly, we’re a family place and we’re family run,” said owner Natalie Fries, “so we’re a great place for families and kids of all ages to spend their New Year’s.”

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Rhonda Vincent & The Rage SPECIAL CONCERT Friday, January 4, 2013 Doors open: 7 p.m., Concert starts: 8 p.m. Double Tree Hotel Ballroom Tickets: $20. Tickets can be ordered for “will-call” or picked up at Goin Postal (661) 587-5222 • 11000 Brimhall Road, Bakersfield, CA

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CULTURE: CONTINUED FROM 18 “Earl Warren Federal Courthouse” sure has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?) Granted, the building was designed and constructed with federal stimulus dollars, to which most developers don’t have ready access. But wouldn’t it be something if architects and builders could see the courthouse — a “100-year building,” as its designers describe it — as the new bar to measure themselves against? Speaking of stunning structures, some buildings get such extreme makeovers that we owe their owners a debt of gratitude for putting in the effort — and money — to transform eyesores into show-stoppers. I’m thinking particularly of some spots downtown that caught my eye in the last year. Henley’s, the venerable camera shop on H Street, was updated and given a ton of sidewalk appeal; Muertos, a new restaurant opened by one of the co-owners of the defunct Fishlips, transformed a space in Wall Street Alley that had had one tenant after another in recent years; speaking of Fishlips, the owners of On the Rocks and Riverwalk Cafe did some major work to transform the legendary live music venue into a cool lounge and sandwich shop, brightening up the dingy facade while they were at it; the ugly vacant lot on the corner of 19th and H, bordered by the Padre Hotel and Front Porch Music, is undergoing and improvement, with murals due to be installed soon; and the biggest salute goes to the owners of The Mark restaurant, who spared no expense inside and outside the building on 19th and H. There’s a beautiful bar, tasteful decor and my favorite: a glittering sign that cuts through the haze of winter evenings, beckoning to diners with its cheerful glow.

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When President Obama came to Kern County in October to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, the occasion became more than an attempt to appeal to Latino voters (though the well-timed visit certainly couldn’t have hurt his reelection chances with that powerful voting bloc). What his appearance really signalled to Kern County and the rest of the country was that the farm labor movement — born in the fields of Kern County in the 1960s — has become something more than that in the American consciousness: a hardfought quest for social justice. With the federal designation, the Keene home of La Paz, where Chavez lived and is buried, will forevermore be a site of reflection and tribute. “Today, La Paz joins a long line of national monuments — stretching from the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon — monuments that tell the story of who we are as Americans,” said the president in his Oct. 8 address to an audience of 6,600.

Comings and goings It’s hard to say goodbye to faces we’ve grown accustomed to, especially when one of those faces is as sweet

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Willie Nelson played to a packed house at the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre in July. The city struck a deal with owners of a nearby vacant field to avoid a concert parking snafu.

as that of Lisa Krch, longtime anchor at KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News. Krch, who has declined several interview requests, left the station in recent weeks, a decision reportedly made by management. But judging by the community’s widespread affection for the newswoman — Krch she’s been the source of more than one discussion on talk radio, and her fans are making their feelings known all over social media — one wonders if her ouster could have been handled with a little more tact. The Bakersfield Museum of Art will say goodbye to executive director Bernie Herman early next year. Herman has been at the helm for eight years and, in the words of Susan Hersberger, chairwoman of the museum's board of directors: “He put the museum on firm financial footing. In today’s economy, when museums and symphonies across the country are struggling, we’re in an enviable position at the museum with the financial stability we enjoy.” The search for a new director is under way, and Herman has said he will stay on to help his successor get up to speed. The museum also lost assistant director and local artist David Gordon this year. Over at the Kern County Museum, respected NOR creative services director Roger Perez was named to succeed the odd, blink-and-youmissed-it tenure of museum Executive Director Randall Hayes. Doug Davis, father of the Bakersfield Jazz Festival, announced that the 2012 event would be his last as the main force behind the two-day concert, which has become a world-class affair over the years. The music educator/composer/author and his righthand woman (and wife), Adele, have signaled a willingness to help out, but Davis is eager to start his well-earned

retirement from CSUB. Bakersfield sax-man Paul Perez is handling the festival’s booking, as he did last year. Also retiring from the university is Peggy Sears, director of the Opera Workshop and voice studio. Bakersfield College will lose Sears’ husband, Ron Kean, director of choral studies. The new director of the Masterworks Chorale is CSUB educator Robert Provencio, who takes over from Phil Witmer.

Speaking of personnel changes ... The Arts Council of Kern has lost at least three key staffers in the last year. Laura Wolfe and Jill Egland left for other opportunities, and artist Nicole Saint-John was laid off earlier this month, which leaves the council with one full-timer, one part-timer and an executive director on medical leave. Times are as bleak as they’ve ever been for the nonprofit advocacy and education group, which has been around since 1977. Earlier this year, the council lost two huge contracts that accounted for half its budget, a tough blow for any organization. The council, under board president David Coffey, is looking at a number of survival strategies while it determines the way forward.

Spotlight off ... for now The Spotlight Theatre downtown halted productions indefinitely in May after nearly 14 years and 150 productions. Though theater education was offered over the summer, the 19th Street theater has been dark for most of the year while the board looks for underwriters (more on the Spotlight on Page 21).

A whole new ballgame The first clod of dirt won’t be turned until some time next year, and the most optimistic prediction for opening day isn’t until 2014, but just the announcement of a new baseball stadium/entertainment complex warrants mention, so ambitious and tanCONTINUED ON PAGE 27


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Cinderella (Carolyn Fox) and her prince (Bryce Rankins) contemplate the future in a scene from the Spotlight Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods” in January. The theater announced in May it was halting future productions until underwriters could be found. CULTURE: CONTINUED FROM 26 talizing is the $20 million project. Owners of the Bakersfield Blaze in November unveiled plans for a privately financed, 3,500-seat stadium that would become the first-phase centerpiece of the Bakersfield Commons mixed-use development project at Coffee and Brimhall roads. But even more exciting than the prospect of replacing the aging Sam Lynn Bal Park as home to the team is the possibility of outdoor concerts, a new movie theater, shopping and restaurants. Now that sounds fun. “The idea of this is to be more than just a baseball field,” oil executive and Blaze coowner Gene Voiland told The Californian in November. “We are putting together an entertainment complex.”

Sounds good to us After a pretty sleepy 2011, SMG, the company that books talent for the cityowned complex of entertainment venues, really got busy. Playing at the Rabobank were an impressive array of talents who appealed to a vast cross-section of music lovers: Barry Manilow, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Eric Church, Demi Lovato, Morissey and the late Jenni Rivera. Speaking of Rivera, SMG should be commended for deepening its commitment to providing diverse entertainment, booking top names in Spanishlanguage music like Joan Sebastian, Mana and Rivera (who reportedly was set to return in 2013 before the tragic December plane crash that claimed her life). Even more impressive: It seemed that SMG finally got a handle on how to use the wonderful Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, balancing successful spring/summer bookings like Firefall and a Rolling Stones tribute band with a local performance by the Bakersfield Symphony

Orchestra. SMG got it so right, in fact, that there was a small problem — albeit a good one — with the appearance of legend Willie Nelson. Knowing that parking at the Stockdale Highway venue would be tight, the city worked out a temporary fix, but if the amphitheatre continues to draw such talent (and let’s hope it does), a permanent solution will become necessary. Meanwhile, the team that brings acts to the Fox Theater continued to use the crown jewel of downtown to its fullest potential, even after the untimely death of Fox booking mastermind Danny Lipco in early 2012. Stopping by to fill seats were acts like Josh Turner, Jane’s Addiction, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and ZZ Top. Tom Rockwell of Trout’s is getting more involved in booking shows, both at the famed Oildale honky-tonk he runs as well as other venues, like the Fox and Sam Lynn Ball Park. This year alone, he featured Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker and the Little River Band. Some feared that after Fishlips closed a year ago, the interesting-but-not-arenaready acts booked at the venue would skip Bakersfield altogether. But B Ryder’s in the southwest is bringing back many of the Fishlips favorites, like Cash’d Out and Reverend Horton Heat, while booking other fresh talents we haven’t seen before. On the down side, all-ages concert venue the Dome announced it is closing its doors, though a series of concerts and raves — all purporting to be The Very Last One! — continues.

Bako shark takes a bow It’s no longer big news when Bakersfield is featured on national television. But the recent fuss over the megalodon that prowled the prehistoric ocean around these parts was pretty exciting and preCONTINUED ON PAGE 28


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Passages If you’ve ever seen a concert or play or have a tattoo you’re particularly fond of, chances are you owe a debt of gratitude to one or more of the following people who were integral to Bakersfield’s arts/entertainment scene: Danny Lipco was perhaps the most driven, successful concert promoter the city has ever seen. But he was more than that. When Lipco died in January at age 59, he left behind an entertainment empire, which included the ticketing agency Vallitix and the exclusive booking agency for the Fox Theater. Alfonzo Galindo Jr. was given the nickname “Naked Al” because he had no ink on his own body, an irony considering how prominent he would become in Bakersfield’s tattoo subculture as owner of Naked Al’s Tattoo on Eye Street. Galindo died in January at age 52, but the shop that bears his name is still leaving its mark. Maceo Davis, a versatile Bakersfield actor remembered by friends as “a ray of

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Danny Lipco, who brought hundreds of concerts to Bakersfield over the decades, died In January. He was 59.

sunshine” in the theater scene, died in July at age 34. Davis gave standout performances in a number of plays and musicals, including “Big River,” “A Woman Called Truth” and “The Rocky Horror Show.” Wendy Wayne had such a profound impact on the community that it would be impossible to list all the contributions she made. But in addition to her work in health care, with children and as a volunteer, she was a tireless supporter of the arts. Since her death in July at age 64, no First Friday, art opening or other cultural event has been the same without her beaming smile. Homer Joy wasn’t from Bakersfield, but

after penning the tune that would become the city’s anthem, no one will quibble if we make him an honorary citizen. Long before Joy died in September at age 67, “Streets of Bakersfield” had been cut by Buck Owens, but it wasn’t until Owens rerecorded the song with Dwight Yoakam in 1988 that it became the hit it should have been all along. Evan Bridwell, who as program director helped shape KUZZ into one of the major country radio stations in the country, died in September at age 59. During his astonishing 28-year career at the station, Bridwell weathered huge changes to the radio industry and country music, but KUZZ’s dominance in the local market has never faced a serious challenge. Bill Gruggett was to guitars what Picasso was to paint: a master. Though many feel Gruggett didn’t receive the recognition he deserved until recent years, collectors pay top dollar for his work now. The luthier worked for Bakersfield-based Mosrite during the guitar maker’s glory years before starting his own company. Though that venture folded, he pursued his craft for the rest of his life. Gruggett died at his Oildale home in October at age 75. Lenny Lang was well-known in music circles not just for his skill on the bass, but also for his compassion. At the time of his death in October at age 59, he was a counselor at the Bakersfield Rescue Mission. Karl Haas, guitarist and longtime music educator, both at Bakersfield College and Front Porch Music, died in December at age 66. In a 2010 interview with the Renegade Rip, the BC student newspaper, Haas

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Master luthier Bill Gruggett with a Gruggett Custom, a two-pickup electric guitar that sells for $2,300. It took Gruggett about three months to build each custom instrument.

reflected on what he loved about teaching: “Guitar class is … well, I’ll tell you that there was a guy who once got a speeding ticket on his way to school and I asked why. He said that he didn’t want to be late, and I said he could’ve been a few minutes late. He responded and said, ‘But this is my favorite class.’”

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Music: Dub Seeds Bakersfield reggae rock trio Dub Seeds were on a creative roll this year, with more than 100 live shows across the state and along the coast, not to mention the release of their second full-length CD, “Skunk Face,” just in time for summer. In addition to those milestones, band members Chris Taylor, Gary Rink and Anthony “Gizmo” Rodriguez dedicated themselves to expanding their presence on the Web, winning fan-voted slots on both the Sacramento Hemp Fest in August and the massive Cali Roots Festival in Monterey coming this spring with some of the biggest names in the genre. Capping off a stellar year, Taylor also just married his longtime girlfriend, Cynthia, and welcomed a new baby son, Elijah Robert. — Matt Munoz, entertainment writer

Other music standouts A multi-talented violinist, guitarist, trombonist and vocalist, 31-year-old Bakersfield native Paul Cartwright has been building his name in Hollywood circles for a few years now, scoring soundtrack work on hit shows like “The Walking Dead” and on Broadway. This year, he was seen on the road with Los Angeles pop burlesque troupe Totsy, as the opening act on guitarist Brian Setzer’s Christmas extravaganza. True to his roots, he made frequent trips back to Bakersfield to share his artistry with the hometown crowd, performing onstage with local Beatles tribute band The Abbey Roadies, among others. — Matt Munoz

After years of commuting between Bakersfield and Los Angeles, percussionist Louie Cruz Beltran had one of the biggest years of his career after releasing his starstudded new Latin jazz CD, “Paint the

Rhythm,” which helped propel him onto the playlists of jazz enthusiasts around the globe. That recognition also brought him to the attention of the prestigious Playboy Jazz Festival, which booked him to bring the sold-out Hollywood Bowl audience to their dancing feet. — Matt Munoz

Dance: Ephraim Penn Longtime Bakersfield dancer and instructor Ephraim Penn stepped into the national spotlight this year with an appearance on the “Today” show in October. Penn, who owns PennPoint Dance Academy in downtown Bakersfield, went on to win the “Show Us Your Moves” contest with his hip-hop freestyle dance explosion, in front of his biggest fan: son Devin, who was pulled from the crowd to do some poppin’ and lockin’ of his own. In an interview with The Californian in October, an exhilarated Penn, 35, said he was hoping the exposure would lead to other opportunities, but no matter what comes of it, students at his dance studio now know to listen up: their instructor’s still got it. — Jennifer Self, lifestyles editor

Another dance standout While it’s true that ballerina Tiler Peck hasn’t lived in Bakersfield in years, we proudly claim her as one of our own, largely because she’s never drifted far — in spirit, at least — from the town that shaped her. Each year seems to bring a new success for Peck, a principle dancer with the New York City Ballet, but she ended 2012 with her biggest honor yet: dancing a tribute to Russian-born ballerina Natalia Makarova at the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors and meeting the president, first lady and a slew of A-list celebrities, like David Letterman. — Jennifer Self


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Eye Street Go & Do Today “Christmas Around the World” Holiday Event, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Saturday, Timeless Furnishings, 1918 Chester Ave. $8 general; $7 seniors; $5 children; 5 and under are free; or $20 family of four. 326-0222. 10th annual Holiday Lights at CALM, open daily 5:30 to 9 p.m., now through Dec. 31, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $12 adults; $10 seniors and youth 3-17; $6 kids 3-12. 872-2256. Condors vs. Stockton Thunder, 7 p.m. today and Friday, Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $8 to $30. Tickets: Rabobank box office, bakersfieldcondors.com or 3247825. 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, warmups 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 Kwanzaa 2012 Celebration, African folktales, cultural poetry, refreshments, various vendors and more, 1 to 5 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1000 S. Owens St. Free. 319-7611.

Saturday “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. Antique Show & Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. $5. 559-638-2639. Christmas Tree Removal, For $10 the BHS Driller Drumline and Color Guard will come to your home and pick up your Christmas tree on Dec. 29 or Jan. 5. Visit www.drillerband.com/fundraising or call: 544-TREE (8733). For Dec. 29 pickup call by Dec. 23, for Jan. 5 pickup call by Dec. 30. Condors vs. Idaho Steel Heads, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $8 to $30. Tickets: Rabobank box office, bakersfieldcondors.com or 324-7825. Electronic Waste Recycling Event, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, The Bridge Bible Church, 12225 Stockdale Highway. Free. Details, email nlagness@yahoo.com or 8734011. Electronic Waste Recycling Event, 8 a.m. to noon, Flood Bakersfield Ministries, 3509 Union Ave. Free. Email nlagness@yahoo.com or 8734011. 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. 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. The Baka Boyz featuring Tyga, doors open at 3 p.m., show from 4 to 8 p.m., Rabobank Theater & Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $39.50-$125 plus fee. ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Sunday Bakersfield Raider Nation Club, come out and watch the games, 10 a.m., Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane. CSUB Men’s Basketball, vs. North Carolina, 4 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $5-$20. gorunners.com or 654-BLUE.

mediums. New members and guests welcome. Visit facebook.com/pages/art-shopclub or 322-0544, 832-8845.

MUSIC Classic rock The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; No Limit, 9 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Really Big Midgetz, 9 p.m. Friday; Juxebox, 9 p.m. Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; Mike Montano Band, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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

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Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 p.m. Fridays, JC’s Place, 1901 Chester Ave. $5. 322-8209.

Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Daliens, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Still Kickin’, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays. The Rustic Rail Saloon, 147 E. Norris Road, 393-0456, The Daliens; 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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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. Exhibits on Display, “Embracing Diverse Voices: 80 years of African American Art,” “You, Me, Them,” and “Texture of Place,” now through March 10, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. bmoa.org or 323-7219. Nicole Saint John, featured artist for the month of December, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. 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 Avenue and A Street. Visit mercybakersfield.org/art or to register, 632-5357. 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

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

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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. bakersfieldbellydance.biz. 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. Folklorico Classes, advance dancers/performing group 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays; and beginners, all ages, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Fruitvale-Norris Park, 6221 Norris Road. $22 per month for beginners; $25 per month for advance dancers. 833-8790. Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Drive, offers ballroom dance, East Coast swing (jitterbug) and Argentine Tango dance classes; $35, $45 for nonmembers. 322-5765 or 201-2105. Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658.

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 & ’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., 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. 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. Le Corusse Rouge, 8 p.m. every Tuesday at 4647 White Lane. 3465771. Lone Oak Inn, 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 10612 Rosedale Highway. 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, 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. 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; 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 to 9 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


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Eye Street p.m. Tuesdays. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 3987077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Syndicate Lounge, 1818 Eye St., 3270070; 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; 3973599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 8311413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 871-4140; 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. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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

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

Old School Tam O'Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; RockAMole Band, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5 each night.

Open mic Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. 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., 327-7625; musicians, spoken word, poets, comedians, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, On the Rocks, 1517 18th St. Free.

R&B Senor Pepe, 8450 Granite Falls Drive, 661588-0385, Rebecca Aguilar and Lost Vinyl, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Rock KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 322-9910; Jimmy Gaines, 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; Jimmy 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, 6331949; various levels, 3 to 9 p.m. every Sun-

day. $5 per person, per lesson.

Ska Soft rock Steak and Grape, 4420 Coffee Road, 5889463; 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, 833-3469; 7 p.m. every Tuesday. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 327-7625; 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., 872-2037, Joe Loco Duet, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Upcoming Events Tuesday 1/1 2013 Polar Bear Plunge, make an ice plunge into the activity pool, must be 7 or older, 11 a.m., McMurtrey Aquatic Center, 1325 Q St. $5 just to plunge; $25 for sweatshirt and plunge. 852-7430. 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 1/2 "Redemption: For Robbing the Dead" Movie, presented by Jim Burke Ford; 7 p.m., Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza, 2000 Wible Road. Free. Film Club, with Cody Meek, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. First Wednesday, special events and refreshments, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $4 nonmembers. 323-7219.

Thursday 1/3 Sixth annual “The Great 48-Hour Jam,” featuring four of California’s top Bluegrass bands, Thursday through Saturday, DoubleTree By Hilton Bakersfield, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $20. 589-8249.

Friday 1/4 First Friday Downtown, featuring live music, art openings, specialty shops, galleries and boutiques, artists will set up their artwork, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Downtown Arts District. Email don@themetrogalleries.com or info@themetrogalleries.com. Rhonda Vincent, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., DoubleTree By Hilton Bakersfield, Ballroom, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $20. Tickets can be ordered for “willcall” or picked up at Goin’ Postal, 11000 Brimhall Road. 587-5222. Wine & Beer Tasting, enjoy wine and beer tasting along with appetizers, 5 to 7 p.m., Steak and Grape Restaurant, 4420 Coffee Road, $20. 588-9463.

Saturday 1/5 “America's Next Top Model” Casting Call, females should be 5 feet, 7 inches tall and over, males should be 5 feet, 10 inches tall and over, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Valley Plaza, right by the Target wing, 2701 Ming Ave. Free. 832-2436.

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