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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, February 21, 2013

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Index BLUE art show opens .............................. 20 nXcaffe Coffee Club 1st anniversary ...... 20 Home & Garden Show .............................. 21 Arts Alive .................................................. 22 Lenten recitals.......................................... 23 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz ............ 24 Read Across Bakersfield .......................... 25 Calendar .............................................. 29-31

This Week’s Obsessions

I can’t stop thinking about ... Welcome to This Week’s Obsessions, a regular feature debuting today that touches on what has us buzzing in Eye Street. am in a nearly constant state of experimentation, especially when it comes to music. I listen to a lot of different stuff, most of which gets shoved aside so my brain can focus on the good stuff. Life’s too short not to. The system also works for movies, TV, websites, food — heck, everything. Here’s what I’ve latched onto currently: Reckless Kelly is

What are your current obsessions? Excited about a local band, event or concert? Is there a new book, record, band or TV show that you’re obsessed with? Share with our readers by emailing


coming to town Saturday for a show at the Crystal Palace. They are one of those bands that you have to see live to appreciate, and you should. They’re being joined on this tour by Micky & The Motorcars, so it will be pretty much a Braun brothers reunion

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show. There are four of them between the two bands, and I have to take them all golfing while they’re here. Since when do country-rock stars play golf? The old iPod has been utterly dominated this week by an album called “This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark.” Songwriter-wise, Guy is a giant walking among insects. One of the many reasons modern country music stinks is a profound lack of depth in the song department. This record has 30 of Clark’s best, sung by artists he’s influenced over the decades. Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Emmylou Harris, Robert Earl Keen: They all bring their own style to these amazing songs. This record will revive your interest in actual country music. It did for me. This record is so

Texas that the humidity will go up while you’re listening. On the tube, two new shows have captured my imagination, which is a pretty good trick considering that I’ve all but given up on TV. Not surprisingly, they’re both on FX. “The Americans” (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.) is about Russian spies living among us in the ’80s. In a world clogged up with vapid fake reality shows and cookie-cutter sitcoms, this show gives me the one thing I need: something different. The other new gem is “Legit.” Look, grafting a sitcom to a popular stand-up comic doesn’t always work, usually because networks water the shows down to the point where the essence of the comic is lost. But Jim Jeffries, the Australian star of the show, is insanely funny and FX did a great job of main-

taining the edge of his work. It’s on tonight at 10:30 p.m., right after “Archer,” which is still my favorite thing on TV. Finally, there’s a new Dewar’s chew, which is my new favorite thing in the world. Last year, Californian columnist Herb Benham and I settled the age-old argument of which flavor is best: peppermint and peanut butter, followed by almond, caramel and plain. Well, the new one is a game-changer. Dewar’s — teaming up with Tigerfight, a local organization dedicated to fighting leukemia and lymphoma — came up with the Tiger Chew (they start at $4.95 a box) to raise funds and awareness. It’s vanilla with a ribbon of orange, like a Creamsicle, only in taffy form. Never have we had a chance to eat something so good that we could feel so good about eating.

“I’ve seen a lot of bands just like Mumford & Sons who could have gotten the same lucky break they did. It really could have been anybody. Not to take anything from them, but it’s cool to see something apart from the norm get so big. It gives hope.” — Willy Braun of Reckless Kelly

Reckless Kelly stays on course Austin-based band brings its unique blend to Crystal Palace BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


n any given night, fans of all genres have the opportunity to choose from among upwards of 400 bands playing the bars, nightclubs and dives that have made the Austin music scene one of the most vibrant in the country. So to make a name for yourself among such competition is no small feat. Just ask members of Reckless Kelly, who have developed a rabid following of fans in their adopted hometown over the last two decades — and haven’t done too badly out on the road. Their latest foray from home brings them to Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace on Saturday, where the band will showcase a rich discography, including their latest release, “Good Luck & True Love.” The band is led by Cody Braun on fiddle and his brother and guitarist,

Reckless Kelly with Micky & The Motorcars When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Admission: $13.50 to $19.50 Information: 328-7560 or

Willy Braun, who took time during a recent phone interview to offer some insight on the Austin mystique, where Americana music is these days, the Australian outlaw who inspired the band’s name and more. Give us a brief tour of the Austin live scene. There’s a ton of music out here. You can go out and see country, rock ’n’ roll, hip-hop, blues, industrial, electronic, folk, soul, you name it. A lot of time you see that kind of diversity on the same bill. You can always find afternoon shows, but happy hour is usually when things start to kick off.

Your sound leans more toward traditional country, not so much the country jam psychedelia coming out of Austin. What influences are you pulling from? We grew up listening to Texas guys like Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, but we come from all sorts of different places. Our drummer, Jay Nazziola, grew up on the East Coast listening to a lot of The Police. We’re all huge Eagles fans. Our guitar player, David Abeyta, has bit of a jazz background. He went to Berklee School of Music in Boston. Cody and I grew up playing honkytonk. We all have a lot of similar records in our collections, but also a lot of diversity in there, too. We just throw it all together. Is there a lot competition among local bands? There’s a certain amount of competition, but plenty of opportunities for people to go play. If you’re willing to Please see RECKLESS / 27


Reckless Kelly appears Saturday at the Crystal Palace. Pictured from left: Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta and Jay Nazziola.


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Shafter’s Colour-ful weekend Festival features culture, entertainment of city BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer


lthough you might question what it has to do with art, the 5K Fun Run added to this year’s celebration of the arts in Shafter is perfectly in tune with the title of the event: Colours. All that’s required for the race is a $35 entrance fee, a white T-shirt and a good sense of humor. “We’re doing the 5K run where people will have colors thrown on them at various stations along the path,” said Larry Starrh, a founder of the event. “By the end of the run/walk their white shirts are multicolored, and it’s fun to do too.” Also new this year is Sounds at Brookside, a night of acoustic music at a local coffee house featuring contemporary Christian performer Topher Daniels, formerly the lead singer of the group Melee. And then there’s the 34-member Shafter Symphony making its first appearance at Colours, now is in its third year. “We started it last summer to see if there was support for (a symphony), and there was,” said conductor Stephen Penner. The orchestra will close the four-day event with a concert Sunday evening at the Fred L. Starrh Performing Arts Center at Shafter High School. Their program includes two pieces by Mozart, the Overture to “Don Giovanni” and “A Little Night Music”; “The Hebrides,” a tone poem by Mendelssohn; and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Like many people involved with Colours, Penner lives in Bakersfield but has a Shafter connection. He grew up in the city, which is about 20 miles northwest of downtown Bakersfield. Others, like Radon Fortenberry, who’s coordinating the visual art exhibit at the Veterans Hall, have lived in the area all their lives. “I was born within the city limits but now we live out in the country on 21⁄2 acres,” said the retired Shafter High School coach. Although not an artist himself, he and his wife, Judy, collect art and have many friends in the art community. The gallery will be open throughout the


The Shafter Symphony, at its first concert last June, will perform Sunday at the Fred L. Starrh Performing Arts Center in Shafter.

weekend, but the highlight is a $50-perperson wine tasting from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday where guests can mingle with the artists. Nancy Goehring selected the wines, which are from six different wineries. Sixteen artists have been invited to show their work, and Fortenberry anticipates there will be about 60 pieces in the exhibit. “At least half of the artists showing are from this area or close to it,” Fortenberry said. “Joaquin Patino, a teacher who mentored a lot of people will be here — I think he may bring some of his pottery.” Also expected to attend is Curt Maynard, a former Shafter High art teacher who now is a Bakersfield resident. “It’s a fairly diverse exhibit,” Fortenberry said. “Gary New, who used to be a set Please see COLOURS / 28


The tractor parade is a highlight of the annual arts festival in Shafter.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Colours Today through Sunday City of Shafter Ticket prices vary (see below) Information: 746-5001 or

‘Broadway in Shafter’ When: 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday Where: Fred L. Starrh Performing Arts Center, 526 Mannel Ave. Admission: Free

Community Chest Spaghetti Dinner

‘Peter Pan’

When: 5 to 7 p.m. today Where: Shafter Veterans Hall, 309 California Ave. Cost: $10

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday

‘Mark of Zorro’ (silent movie) When: 7:15 to 9 p.m. today Where: Congregational Bible Church, 430 E. Tulare Ave., Shafter Admission: $10; $5 students

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Where: Congregational Bible Church, 430 E. Tulare Ave. Admission: $10; $5 students

Wine Tasting & Meet the Artists When: 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Shafter Veterans Hall, 309 California Ave. Admission: $50

‘The Last Singing Cowboy’ When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Where: Congregational Bible Church, 430 E. Tulare Ave., Shafter Admission: $20; $10 students

‘Wild Oats’

Cost: $35

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday; 7 to 9: p.m. Saturday; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday Where: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 295 Beech Ave. Admission: $15; $5 students

Parade of Lights


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Mannel Park, Mannel Avenue between Lerdo Highway and Tulare Avenue When: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Fred L. Starrh Performing Arts Center, 526 Mannel Ave.

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inter has many of us feeling a bit blue, but a dose of “BLUE” might be just the thing to combat those seasonal doldrums. Susan Reep brings her collection of colorful travel photos to Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar starting Monday. The photographic exhibit emerged from a 2011 trip Reep took with her husband to Spain and Morocco. “She (my daughter) gave us a mission. When we took our trip to Morocco, my daughter said she’d like to put some photos from the blue family in her house. When you’re going to take hundreds of photos, possibly thousands, it’s nice to have something to narrow your focus.” Focusing on blue was easy for Reep based on her exotic surroundings. “It (blue) is a very Moroccan color. So much of the Moorish architecture and features highlight it.” The show’s 20 photos include a mix of classic and close-up shots displaying a range of subjects, from Gaudi architecture to tilework and manmade goods. “A lot of abstract patterns are in the photographs. A lot of tile, details from Moorish buildings, things from the Alcazar in Seville in Spain.”


“Blue is the Only Color” by Susan Reep, part of her show, “BLUE — Photos from Spain and Morocco,” which opens Monday.

‘BLUE — Photos of Spain and Morocco’ When: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday Where: Valentien Restaurant and Wine Bar, 3310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160 Information: 864-0397

For the display, Reep has paired each piece with a relevant quote. “I’ve matched them with quotes about the color blue and color in general that said something about the

work. That sort of viscerally seem to go with the photo.” Although she wouldn’t single out just one image — “How could I pick a favorite? I love them all!” — she said the collection highlights well-known sites and hidden wonders. “The juxtaposition of all the colors and shapes and different kinds of wares — the jewelry market, the produce market, leather market, meat market — everything you want to buy has its own area. Everything has its own place. That’s just visually so Please see BLUE / 29

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hile many see downtown Bakersfield as a hotbed of artistic activity, fewer may know that the arts are flourishing a few miles northeast. That’s where the nXcaffe Coffee Club & Art House will celebrate its first anniversary with a trio of events on Friday. The night will kick off with a musical showcase, hosted by Ezekiel Veloya Española, with performances by his group, 40Block, as well as Tim Davis, The Nah Almighty, Garage Island and Alone Family. After the showcase is On the Fly, a monthly open-mic event that will highlight folk pop duo Arizonity. For the artistically inclined, the night’s just getting started when the

‘nX Exhales: An Anniversary Celebration’ What: Musical performances, On The Fly open mic and Overnight Jubilee for artists When: Events start at 7 p.m., with jubilee at 11:30 p.m. Friday Where: nXcaffe Coffee Club & Art House, 2995 N. Baker St. Admission: Free Information: nxcaffecoffeeclub.arthouse.3 or 301-1362

Overnight Jubilee begins at 11:30 p.m. “It is a very new idea,” said nXcaffe owner LisaAnn LoBasso, of the all-night artistic collaborative effort. “Combining artists from all genres, collaborating and staying all night is the creative session. ... Artists of all types will create in new ways hopefully, crossing genres and working together with artists they


LisaAnn LoBasso, owner of nXcaffe CoffeeClub & ArtHouse, performs at The Grand (Poetry) Slam Carnival Hour in June.

know and also artists they have never worked with before. We are excited to see how this experience works out and encourages experimental work.” Artists ringing in the “nX-year” are expected to bring their brushes, pens and instruments to create through Please see NXCAFFE / 29


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Home projects on list? They’ll nail it at show Home & Garden showcase brings experts together BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer


efore those home improvement projects you were putting off until “after the holidays” get downgraded to “maybe next year,” head out to the Bakersfield Home & Garden Show this weekend for help. “Our show is your ticket to inspiration,” said Joaquin Rodriguez, general manager of G&G Productions, the company that hosts the event each year. “At our show, you don’t just show up and walk through aisles; you get to actually interact with the exhibitors. The people who come to our show are there for a reason — to get ideas and to get answers — and they’ll get them.” Now in its 27th year, the Bakersfield Home & Garden Show will once again bring more than 250 exhibitors and an estimated 20,000 visitors to the Kern County Fairgrounds. The diverse roster of vendors features business owners and craftsmen with the skills and equipment to tackle just about any repair or replacement job imaginable. Kitchens, bathrooms, windows, insulation, solar, stoves, pools, spas, beds and barbecues — if it can fit inside (or outside) of your home, it’s a good bet that there will be someone selling it. And many are prepared to provide on-the-spot estimates. “At our home show, the vendors you’re talking to are there for you,” Rodriguez said. “The vendors will do everything they can to ensure they can answer your questions in detail and, chances are, the person you’re talking to is an expert at what they do, which might not be the case at a regular home-improvement store.”

27th annual Bakersfield Home & Garden Show When: Noon-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P Street Admission: $7; kids 12 and under are free; $4 seniors (Friday only) Friday only, happy hour special: 4 to 7 p.m. all admission is $4. Information: or 800655-0655

In addition to the advice of the vendors, each day of the weekend-long event will feature a series of interactive, instructional seminars to help attendees understand how to really get their garden growing (if those silver bells and cockle shells don’t seem to be cutting it). Topics include: “Cake Decorating Techniques & How-To Floral Arrangements,” “The Annual Versus Perennial Debate,” “Fishing for the Perfect Koi,” “Proper Pot Culture” and more. The schedule of times, speakers and topics varies, so be sure to check the Home & Garden Show website to get each day’s lineup. If you need a break from all of the improvement advice, additional entertainment will be provided by singer Roger Martin. Also, the Bakersfield Koi and Water Gardening Society will be hosting a wine tasting, featuring wines from Schlossadler International Wines. Finally, for the kids, there will be a “kids corner,” featuring bounce houses and balloon artists. “When people show up, they’re going to enjoy themselves,” Rodriguez said. “There’s something for everybody at this show.”




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Theater ready to shine anew Spotlight nearly ready for relaunch

GO & DO ‘Slave Narratives’ When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave. Admission: $15; $12 seniors, students; free to children under 5 Information: 831-8114


hings are looking a little rosier for the reopening of the Spotlight Theatre in downtown Bakersfield. If all goes as planned, Spotlight will present “The Fantasticks” in May, under the direction of veteran local producer-director Ron Steinman, who’s also serving as treasurer of the nonprofit organization. Two factors have made it possible to do the show: a crew of energetic volunteers who are cleaning up the interior and backstage areas, and an anonymous underwriter who will fund the musical. A week ago, I was one of about a dozen guests whom board president Peggy Darling invited to tour the recently refurbished facility. It does look spiffier, especially the freshly painted basement, which is used mainly for rehearsals and classes. This below-ground–level area also has a brightly lit dressing room with a long mirror on one wall and a wooden pole for hanging costumes opposite. It’s painted a pleasant peach color. Darling is planning to tour other groups of interested people in the weeks to come. “I want everybody to see what we’ve done,” she said. “It really does look a lot better than it did a year ago.” Even so, more volunteers of the “worker-bee” category are needed to continue the restoration. Those who are interested should call board member Lauren Franconi at 589-4849. Spotlight has an impressive collection of costumes. Several of these elegant gowns can be seen on mannequins that have been placed on an ornamental balcony visible from the lobby area. On the night I visited, Annette Bridgeman spoke to the group from the lighted stage, which was adorned with a white multi-layered lace dress on a model that stood next to a delicatelooking Victorian chair upholstered with red velvet. In a con-

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The repurposed props room at the Spotlight Theatre used to be the men’s dressing room.

The dance room in the basement of the Spotlight Theatre is used mainly for rehearsals and classes.

versational manner Bridgeman recounted her experiences with Spotlight as a performer and a member of the board, right from the beginning almost 15 years ago. Bridgeman recalled how the 99-seat theater started out as a private business founded by Emily and Jacques Thiroux, and ultimately evolved into the nonprofit organization it is now. She also “tested” the audience’s memories of musicals by singing, a capella, a few measures from three or four shows. Just about all of us got the songs from “Oklahoma” and “Annie Get Your

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Gun,” but I doubt that anybody scored 100 percent. Darling said plans call for three more productions after “The Fantasticks” in a season that will extend through 2014. The shows are “Fiorello,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Ragtime.”

Black history at BCT In planning their observance of Black History Month at Bakersfield Community Theatre, Drew Hallum and Kenneth Whitchard put out an unusual casting call — unusual, that is, for a show that focuses on the lives of black people. “When I announced to the public on Facebook that ANYONE was allowed to audition, a few people were confused,” Hallum said in an email. “White peo-

ple can audition for a black play? Yes, I said; why, yes, they can.” Hallum went on to say that he and Whitchard had a certain vision about the style of the show. In other words, it was meant to celebrate black history, that these interviews and stories would be told, and skin color didn’t determine who read which monologues. “I was surprised and pleased to see the reactions from the (people) of Bakersfield toward this production,” he said, “and the message we were trying to get across.” As he and Whitchard anticipated, black as well as white actors will appear in “The Slave Narratives.” In addition to the producers, the cast includes Savannah Bush, Tim Fromm, Camie Comer, Abby Coggins, Karalee Webb, Malcolm Patterson and Jo Anne Coston. Material that will be read has been drawn from various published sources and represents recollections of people who were slaves themselves or had ancestors who were in bondage. Running time is about 90 minutes; the show will be performed this weekend only. A black-box style of theater is being used, so the stage essentially will be bare.

Harlem and Beyond Finale To wrap up this year’s Harlem and Beyond programs, a number of singers, musicians, writers and actors will join together for a final celebration on Saturday at Rising

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Fiddlers Crossing, 206 East F St., Tehachapi Admission: $15 Information: 823-9994

Star Baptist Church. Also on hand will be two former Tuskegee Airmen who are in their 80s: Buford Johnson, an airplane mechanic, and Rusty Burns, a fighter pilot. Both will talk about their experiences serving in the segregated Army Air Corps as it was called during World War II. Burns, 87, will show a PowerPoint presentation that relates the history of the Tuskegee Airmen in pictures, paintings and historic documents. “I’ve wanted to fly ever since I was 7 or 8 years old,” he said in a phone conversation. “Back then it was something to see a plane up in the sky, seeing it remain up there — that was exciting.” Although Burns graduated and got his pilot’s wings, he never flew in combat. “That was in March 1945 and we were supposed to be sent to the Pacific but the war was just about over,” he said. “Ours was the first (Tuskegee) class not to go overseas.” The training was tough and so were the circumstances, he recalled, adding that nothing was easy for blacks in those days. “The country was mired in segregation,” he said. “There was discrimination and (we were) trying to live up to the separate-butequal laws. It’s just in the last 3040 years that there’s been a movement toward civil rights.” After leaving the service, Burns Please see ARTS / 27


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Some music with your lunch? Noontime Lenten series kicks off at St. Paul’s today BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer


oday marks the beginning of a series of five noontime Lenten Recitals at St. Paul’s Anglican Parish. Over the years I’ve attended many such concerts at the church and I’ve found them to be a refreshing way to spend my lunch hour. Resident organist Sue Wagner said this is the 34th year the church has hosted the programs and even though they are offered during the weeks preceding Easter, the music isn’t necessarily liturgical. “We don’t restrict it too strictly to Lenten music,” she said. “This year we’ll have a variety of things.” And that’s especially true when you consider the program Jim Page, who’ll lead off the series, has chosen for his program. The resident organist at First Congregational Church will give solo performances of pieces that range from classical to ragtime. A versatile performer — in the 1970s he made his living as a pizza parlor piano player in Southern California — Page is well-known locally for his ability to play different styles of music on at least three different instruments.

Lenten Recitals When: 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. today, Feb. 28, March 7, 14 and 21 Where: St. Paul’s Anglican Parish, 2216 17th St. Admission: Free Information: 861-6020

“I play piano, organ and I’m harpist too,” he said during a recent phone conversation. “I like all of them equally but it’s a different type of like.” Page, 60, has had health problems in the last year or so but says he’s doing fairly well now. He recently retired from Greenfield School District, where he taught special education classes. His concert at St. Paul’s will begin with music for the organ by four different French composers: Alain, Widor, Gigout and Dupre. “I like the French composers; they write the best organ music overall,” he said. “They are very dramatic —three of the (pieces) I’m playing sound like the bats are coming out of the belfry.” These selections will be followed by music in a lighter, almost frolicsome vein: “Galop,” from “Moscow-Cheryemushky” by Dimitri Shostakovich and American composer John Williams’ ragtime-flavored “Cantina Band,” from “Star Wars.”

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Regarding the piece by Williams, Page said, “I’ve fixed it up so it sounds even more ragtime.” In case the audience indicates it would like to hear more, he’s also prepared to play Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” for an encore. Each recital is free and it’s OK

to bring your lunch and eat it while the program is in progress, Wagner said. Or you can buy a box lunch from the Women of St. Paul’s. Musicians scheduled to play in the succeeding four recitals of the series are: Feb. 28: Sue Wagner, organ; Elizabeth Kinney violin; Roxanne

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Not Marley’s reggae, but that’s OK their next record, “Automatic,” which they hope to have out when the timing’s right. “Having a reggae sound or being affiliated with the music, radio stations only want to put a certain number of those songs in rotation. We’re competing with Slightly Stoopid, 311 and bands like that that are reggae-ish. All those bands are competing for the same radio spots. We do draw better than a lot of bands, but that doesn’t guarantee radio play. We’re still a young band trying to find out our spot in the grand scheme of things and make our own space.” Tonight’s show kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17. All ages admitted. Also appearing are Passafire and Pacific Dub. B Ryder’s is located at 7401 White Lane. For more information, call 397-7304 or visit

Santa Barbara’s Iration playing at B Ryder’s

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Santa Barbara-based reggae band Iration will perform tonight at B Ryder’s.

with themes, ideas and sounds that are easy for people of all ages to be drawn to, not a politically charged Jamaican thing. Most of the kids listening now weren’t even born when the original Jamaican reggae was introduced, so it’s going to be hard for a lot of them to grab ahold of it and understand it.” Pueschel added the key to the genre’s appeal doesn’t have to be analyzed in order to be embraced. “Obviously, there are people like Bob Marley that have universal themes in their music, but I think our music and new bands that are coming out have modern themes and make reggae for everyday people. So it has the rhythms that everyone likes. We try to ride the line and make


New Jersey pop-rock quartet Reverse Order, from “America’s Got Talent” Season 7, appears Tuesday at the Spotlight Theatre.

music that is accessible, much like the punky reggae party days

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

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of London.” Iration’s 2010 single “Turn Around” became a minor hit, making regular rotation in the Southern California radio market. The group hopes to find similar success following the release of

Friday, April 26th

The California reggae scene has been heating up so much lately it’s hard to keep track of the influx of new acts making their debuts. For the members of Iration, who make their return to B Ryder’s tonight, working outside the confines of familiar twochord jammin’ is still what sets them apart from the pack. The band members, all friends originally from the Hawaiian islands, formed in 2004 after arriving separately two years earlier to attend college in the Santa Barbara area. After starting in the fertile college party scene of nearby Isla Vista, their grassroots popularity has helped them score some major gigs, including a killer spot on the Cypress Hill Smokeout and other major festivals. “It is really crazy how they keep popping up,” said vocalist and guitarist Micah Pueschel during a phone interview. “I can’t keep up with them, either. There’s a new band every day all over the country now.” The godfather for most bands of the genre today is Sublime, which blended Jamaican reggae’s easygoing styles with elements of punk, ska, rock and hip-hop. Sublime’s impact can still be heard in groups like The Dirty Heads, Pepper and others who make attempts at forging their own path but owe as much to the influential reggae/ska band as they do to Bob Marley. “I think that people just enjoy reggae music in general, but it’s a type of reggae

On Tuesday night, the Kern County Officer Down 999 Foundation will host a special concert fundraiser at the Spotlight Theatre featuring “America’s Got Talent” finalists Reverse Order. Before their successful run on season seven of the NBC talent competition, Reverse Order was just another struggling pop band from New Jersey. But after scoring millions of views on their YouTube channel for the song “Sing for Me Baby,” the group enjoyed maximum exposure in the tween pop music scene. Their song “Go” also scored a nomination at this year’s Grammy Awards for best vocal collaboration. According to the foundation’s official website, the Kern County 999 Foundation, founded in 2007, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to recognize and honor Kern County’s fallen peace officers and provide support to family members left behind. For more information visit Please see LOWDOWN / 28

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Turning kids loose on Dr. Seuss Free event aimed at making reading fun BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer


t’s a birthday party of epic proportions as families flock to downtown Bakersfield for a day centered around the love of reading. Read Across Bakersfield takes place Sunday at the Fox Theater kicking off a week of events celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association President Michelle Johnson is spearheading the party, which features outdoor fun and a free screening of the Universal Pictures hit “The Lorax.” She said Read Across Bakersfield is giving a shot in the arm to the national event. “We wanted to expand Read Across America and reach out to even more of the community. So we decided to take it to the Fox Theater and make it fun and interactive.” Read Across Bakersfield kicks off at 1 p.m. with a block party outside of the Fox. Face painters, a book walk, animals and bounce houses will be set up on the street for attendees to enjoy along with a special appearance by the Cat in the Hat.

Read Across Bakersfield When: Sunday; 1 p.m. block party; 2:30 p.m. The Lorax Where: Fox Theater, 2001 H St. Admission: Free, but tickets are required; available at the Fox box office Information: 324-1369 or

The event will move into the theater at 2:30, where celebrity readers Mike Hart and state Sen. Jean Fuller will take the stage to read to the audience. Johnson is looking forward to the story time and how the audience responds to the selections. “Mike Hart will be reading ‘I Love You Stinky Face.’ It’s a really cute story about a little boy asking his mother if she would love him even if he was a smelly skunk. It’s just a really fun book.” In addition to story time, Dr. Seuss characters Thing 1 and Thing 2 will be on hand to lead the audience in song and dance. Then the entire theater will take part in a serenade of “Happy Birthday” for the Cat in honor of what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 109th birthday.

Once the reading, dancing and singing are concludes, “The Lorax” film will begin. While the event is all about literacy, Johnson said screening the children’s movie as a way to cap off the afternoon just made sense. “We really wanted to show a movie that was about a well-known book, and it’s Dr. Seuss. We knew it would be a great opportunity to bring in reading and have fun activities for everyone while they are there.” As the president of the teachers association, Johnson knows first-hand the importance of literacy and is hoping Read Across Bakersfield will help dispel a recent study that has Bakersfield at the top of a list of least literate cities in the U.S. The study, by researchers from Central Connecticut State University, factored in a city’s population, number of libraries and book stores, education rates and how many people read newspapers. Johnson said the study caught her eye, and broke her heart. “I was reading the article and as it started to get to the least literate city, I was like, please, no, we can’t be number one. Can we at least be number five?” But Johnson is deter-



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Cydney Henderson, Lois Watson and Paula De La Riva got into the spirit of Read Across Bakersfield in 2012 by wearing hats that paid tribute to Dr. Seuss.

mined to do her part to help the city move away from the negative ranking. “It’s really a wakeup call, and we all need to work together. One person can’t remove us from that list; it’s going to take a group effort. Hopefully at some point we won’t be number one,

because this isn’t a good number one to be.” In the past, hundreds of attendees made their way to the Fox for the event, and with tickets to the block party and movie screening free of charge, Johnson sees no reason why the family friendly

event won’t grow this year. “Even if you can’t get a ticket, I still encourage everyone to come down. The tickets are free, so some people who have picked them up may not make it. We can find room and make space; we try not to turn anyone away.”


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Eye Street TICKET ROUNDUP Fox Theater 2001 H St. or 3225200. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Friday and Saturday: “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. March 23: Messy Marv “Hate Made Me Popular Tour,” 8 p.m. $30-$60. 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.) Feb. 23: Reckless Kelly, guest Micky & the Motorcars, 7 p.m. $13.50 to $19.50. March 5: Aaron Lewis, 7 p.m. $49.50-$55.50.

March 14: Casey James, 7 p.m. $15-$23. March 28: The Mavericks, 7 p.m. $45-$53.50. April 5: Blackberry Smoke, guest Drake White, 7 p.m. $11.50-$17.50. April 10: Tracy Lawrence, two shows: 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. $39.50-$48.50. April 11: Love & Theft, 7 p.m. $16.50-$22.50.

CSUB Amphitheater or call 322-5200. May 10-11: 27th annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival, 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday. Two-day combo $56.50; students $36.50; children under 12 free.

Narducci’s 622 E. 21 St., 324-2961. Visit Friday: The Chop Tops, 7 p.m. $10. All ages.

Rabobank Convention Center 1001 Truxtun Ave. or 800-7453000. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Friday and Saturday: CIF State Wrestling Championships, 9 a.m.

Friday and Saturday; 6 p.m. Saturday, $11-$25. March 11: “Shrek The Musical,” 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$55. March 10: New Directions Veterans Choir, presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 3 to 5 p.m. $60 for three remaining concerts. or 205-8522 or 589-2478. March 23: Jeff Dunham, 5 p.m. $42.50. April 4: “West Side Story,” 7:30 p.m. $37.50-$60. April 14: Jim Whitter starring in “Feeling Groovy,” presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 3 p.m. $40 for two remaining concerts. or 205-8522 or 589-2478. May 5: “Side Street Strutters,” presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 3 p.m. $80 for nine concerts. or 205-8522 or 589-2478. 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. June 26: Victoria Justice “Here’s 2 Us Summer Tour,” 7 p.m.


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$17.50-$53. July 13: Ramon Ayala, 8 p.m. $40-$80.

B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill 7401 White Lane. 397-7304. All ages shows. Today: Iration, 8 p.m. $16 advance; $18 at the door. March 9: The Reverend Horton Heat, 8 p.m. $20. March 16: Comedian Costaki Economopolis, 7:30 p.m. $13. or 322-5200.

Jerry’s Pizza 1817 Chester Ave., 633-1000. April 21: Senses Fail, Such Gold, Real Friends, Major League, 6 p.m. $18. All ages. Saturday. Visit

Eagle Mountain Casino 681 S. Tule Reservation Road, Porterville. or 559-788-6220. All shows 8 p.m. $25 general; $35 reserved. March 8: Rick Springfield. March 15: Paquita La del Barrio. April 5: Ramon Ayala.

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put in the time and the work, you won’t have any problem finding gigs. That kind of works itself out. After you formed the band in 1997, how long did it take you to finally perform outside of Austin? It took a couple years before we decided to finally take Reckless Kelly on the road. A guy like Dale Watson tours a lot, but when he’s in town always plays at the Continental on Monday nights. We tried doing that for a while, but our schedule was so sporadic and we were out of town so often that we did that residency thing all over for a while until we got too busy to keep it up. We used to do this thing called “Wicked Wednesdays,” where we’d play for two hours during happy hour at Stubb’s BBQ, then pack up our stuff and head over to another place called Babe’s and play for another four hours. We definitely got our feet wet during those years. Since the name Reckless Kelly was inspired by Australian bandit Ned Kelly, has the band ever thought about wearing the famous Ned Kelly body armor during shows as a costume? It’s come up, but we don’t know where we would get it. One time we dressed up for Halloween as rodeo clowns for a show in Houston. It was really hot that year and two songs into the set, we were sweating so bad we looked like a bunch of murdering cheerleaders. It was gross and just really uncomfortable, but the photos were pretty hilarious. What do you think of today’s poporiented country scene? We’re not huge fans of a lot of the Nashville stuff on radio. There’s a lot of good stuff coming out of Nashville that you won’t necessarily hear on mainstream radio anymore. We’re a little old school. There’s always a trend that happens in Nashville. One moment someone writes a song about a sailboat, it becomes a hit and next thing you know everyone is writing songs about sailboats or songs about fried chicken with the same producers and writing teams. It is what it is. I’m still waiting

for the path to changes towards more traditional country sounds, but I’ve been waiting for about 25 years now. What about today’s Americana scene crossing over into pop music? As wellversed musicians, do you find yourselves being critical over the purity of their music or can you just enjoy it because it’s catchy? It’s a little bit of both. I do enjoy some of it, but it caught on really fast. It’s funny. On one hand you have people talking about how great and original some of those groups are when they’re not really breaking any new ground. On the other hand, it is more traditional and honest, and there’s really good musicianship. The songwriting is really great, so both of those things you have to take into account. I’ve seen a lot of bands just like Mumford & Sons who could have gotten the same lucky break they did. It really could have been anybody. Not to take anything from them, but it’s cool to see something apart from the norm get so big. It gives hope. What about the influence of the Bakersfield Sound on your music? When I think of Bakersfield, I automatically think of Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam. Dwight wasn’t from Bakersfield, but he’s got that Southern California thing for sure. The 1986 crew of Dwight, Steve Earle, Roseanne Cash and Marty Stuart, all those guys made great records and we were listening to all of ’em. And Dwight was just so cool, kind of gave the finger to the standards of the industry at that point. Buck Owens was just so unique and so cool. Outside of a Willie Nelson or someone along those lines, I can’t think of anyone who has a sound to call their own that nobody’s ever been able to rip off. Will your Bakersfield show differ from a night in Austin? The Crystal Palace gives us a chance to be able to scale back the show a notch from the usual rock ’n’ roll. We can play a few more story songs, rather than blow faces off all night. It’ll be nice to play some different types of material.


operated a flight operation business based at the Compton Airport for about 20 years. Nowadays he doesn’t fly much. “I’m content to have survived 57 years of flying without a scratch,” he said. Then with laughter in his voice he added, “The only kind of planes I fly now are radio-controlled models like this one I’ve got right here on my desk.”

Hurley plays in Tehachapi Singer-songwriter James Hurley will perform a concert on Saturday at Fiddlers Crossing in Tehachapi. The acoustic guitarist describes his work as a blend of jazz, blues, rock, pop and folk music. His last appearance in Tehachapi was several years ago when he played at the now-defunct Mama Hillybeans. In biographical material provided by Fiddlers Crossing owner Debby Hand, Hurley says he loves songs with “stories I could get lost in.” As an example, he cited “the imagery of Merle Haggard singing, ‘First thing I remember knowin’ is a lonesome whistle blowin’ completely captured my imagination. I could listen and watch as the entire movie played inside my mind. I think


Singer-songwriter James Hurley will perform a concert on Saturday at Fiddlers Crossing in Tehachapi.

that’s when I figured out that you could say things in a song that can’t be expressed in language alone.”

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Eye Street Tuesday’s showtime is 7 p.m. Also appearing are local pop band Grant My Wishes and singer/ songwriter Dakota Drummond. Tickets are $30 and taxdeductible. Seating is limited. For more information, call promoter Bob Bender at 342-6119 or 3261140. The Spotlight Theatre is located at 1622 19th St.

post on the band’s official Facebook page the song will be released exclusively on 7-inch vinyl in the coming months. No word on whether they plan to release a full-length follow-up to last year’s EP debut “We All Need Closure.” In the meantime, you can catch the group live at Sandrini’s on March 16 with Redadare.

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Bakersfield residents unable to tune into independent terrestrial radio station 89.7 FM KSVG from their place of residence or car stereo can now listen online. KSVG currently broadcasts from a tiny downtown studio from noon to midnight, and features a revolving lineup of local on-air personalities and specialty shows suited for mostly the underground set. From goth to punk, reggae, rockabilly, hardcore and more, the station’s non-format format makes for an eclectic, but always entertaining garage mix. To begin listening, type in the following url: /ksvg.m3u, and within a few moments you should be prompted on how you’d like to receive the free stream. I tested it out using the iTunes and Windows default players, and both streams worked fine without interruption. For more information, visit

The Chop Tops at Narducci’s Café, 621 E. 21st St., 8 p.m. Friday, $10, 324-2961. Santa Cruz rockabilly faithful The Chop Tops have survived a record of five replacement bassists since their formation in 1995 in between long tours and studio recordings. They epitomize the hybrid country-punk sound and image and play every show as if it were their last night on earth. I’ve caught these guys during one of their many Bakersfield visits, and they don’t disappoint. The cozy retro vibe and vintage acoustics of Narducci’s make this show a perfect match made in psychobilly heaven. Also appearing: The Hellkatz, Loner Troubadour and the Rockabilly Rats. Newsboys at Olive Knolls Nazarene Church, 6201 Fruitvale Ave, 7:30 p.m. Saturday $25 to $65, 324-0638. The popularity of Christian rock music has changed a lot since its arrival in the ’80s, when it was considered too wild for worship. But as times changed, so has its quality for the better with hot-selling acts such as the Newsboys and others who incorporate a lot of the sounds heard on mainstream radio without sacri-


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Sons of Anarchy soundtrack collaborator Jake Smith, aka The White Buffalo, appears at B Ryder’s Saturday.

ficing their soulful message. From pop to alternative rock and heavy metal, the genre even boasts its own traveling Lollapalooza-like festivals. Newsboys’ latest release, “God’s Not Dead,” continues to be one of the group’s biggest-selling releases in their 16-album discography, mixing classic pop rock with strong sing-a-long melodies. Also appearing: Building 429, All Things New, Campbell. Expect a packed house at this revival. The White Buffalo at B Ryder’s, 7401 White Lane, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $10, all ages. Singer-songwriter Jake Smith, aka The White Buffalo, represents an authentic homage to the times

of hard-touring/hard-drinking artists who truly lived what they sang about. Seamlessly moving from heartfelt ballads to raucous bar songs, Smith sings with honesty and reflection with a live show that moves like a freight train. Everything about him is big, from his imposing physical size to his amazing vocal range and whiskey-drenched voice. Smith paints a touching picture, whether he stands alone or performs with his charismatic backing band. His music can be heard in regular rotation on the soundtrack to the FX television hit “Sons of Anarchy.” Also appearing: Joel Jacob, Mama’s Kitchin’. Highly recommended.

designer and art director in movies and television, is bringing models for certain scenes he’s done. It’s a hands-on thing; you can leaf through his portfolio and see some of his work.” Several stage performances will be presented throughout the weekend at three different venues. Students at Shafter High will present “Broadway in Shafter”; radio personality Dan Shaffer will star in “The Last Singing Cowboy,” a musical written by Larry Starrh; and Randy Messick will direct “Wild Oats,” a comedy written in the 18th century by Irish writer John O’Keeffe. Two silent movies will be shown: “The Mark of Zorro” and “Peter Pan.” Both will be shown at the Congregational Bible Church and will be accompanied by Robert Salisbury on the organ. One of the more unusual Clours events, the Parade of Lights, begins at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. In recognition of Shafter’s agricultural roots, a stream of brightly lit and colorfully decorated tractors and other types of farm equipment will gather on East Tulare Avenue and continue west to Mannel Park in the center of town. Starrh said one-half of the net proceeds will be used for scholarships and grants. Incidentally, if you’re wondering about the British spelling of the word, it’s because Starrh borrowed the idea from the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.


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the night, which will be capped by a morning share session at sunrise. (Attendees are asked to bring their own nap and snack items, although coffee will be provided.) Visual preparation has already begun on the space in advance of Friday’s festivities, LoBasso said. “We have been adding more Word Art in order to get ready for our celebration. Our front door is now covered with poetry. Also we added Graffiti Gazebo art in order to commemorate the one-year anniversary. ... And we have been constantly having build days, making progress on Project Fence!, our landmark art fence that is built out of primarily recycled materials.” The artistic celebration is merely the latest for the unique gathering spot that opened in February of last year. That’s when LoBasso, a local poet and artist, literally opened her North Baker Street home to the local arts scene, converting part of it into an informal salon modeled after A Gathering of the Tribes, a similar art group based in New York’s Lower East Side. Dividing her home into a clubhouse and personal space took some adjustment, but LoBasso feels that the nX has found its groove. “Overall it has been a transition that has been pretty smooth. In the first six months it was harder. If I was in a grumpy mood, I was careful to go around the community area so as not to bring my negative energy into the positive energy space of the nX. Luckily there are separate entrances. “It was difficult to learn to give up a great deal of privacy since, although I am a poet and an artist, I am still a very private person.” LoBasso was willing to sacrificing that personal space in order to provide a haven for artists and those who appreciate art. “The most exciting part of running the nX is seeing outside my own environment and needs and providing a community space for artists, making a space that other artists feel at home and welcome, where they make connections and bond with people that they wouldn’t have otherwise met.

“The nX is all about accessibility for the artists, on one level, but also for the public who wants to access the arts but sometimes might feel intimidated.” Each month, the nX sees about 80 to 100 visitors, a mix of artists and others. Along with four monthly anchor events — On the Fly and Speakeasy open-mic events, a monthly artists reception and guided meditation — the space is home to twice-weekly prenatal yoga and miscellaneous gatherings, such as Project Fence!, drumming circles sound therapy and poetry critique workshops. The nX hosts out-of-town artists passing through as well as local members who want to offer regularly scheduled activities or one-time events. “We are a no-red-tape venue for artists of all types.” That inclusiveness is key to LoBasso. “What is very important to me is keeping the nX accessible and not cliquey. We don’t want any artists to feel excluded or (deal with) unnecessary drama. Art of all genres and levels as well as all artists should be respected at the nX.” After this weekend’s celebration, it’s fullsteam ahead for more events. On March 8, the nX will host a reception for a “gone wild” art exhibit, organized by newly appointed curator Alexandra Ortiz; as well as the monthly Speakeasy and interactive video show by Sacramento-based duo Eli and the Sound Cult. Completing the fence and planning other permanent art projects is on the horizon as well as a possible second venue. “We have been in negotiation of expanding to a downtown location, but we are still in the planning phase.” LoBasso said she is also working on bolstering the volunteer base to help with outreach and networking. “We hope to spread the word of, not only our events, but also our commitment to the community, our mission and our funding needs.” Even with the growth so far, LoBasso said she is proud of what the community has created at the nX. “It has been exciting to watch our home, the unused formal space, transform and grow into this type of environment.”

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exciting.” Traversing Morocco’s medinas (open-air markets) was a trip back in time for Reep, who had served in the Peace Corps there from 1971 to 1973. “This was our first trip back. It was bigger and there was cellphone coverage everywhere, but so much was just the same. We felt instantly at home. We found our old house. The old cafe where we had cafe au lait and croissants every day.” Honoring the past is important to Reep, who plans to donate a portion of opening night proceeds to Honor Flight Kern County, which transports World War II veterans to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C. “My dad is a World War II veteran. He’s 94 now and he’s going on an honor flight in April. In the last few years, I’ve become very interested in veteran causes, and my daughter does a lot of work with veterans and on PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). I really believe in what they’re (Honor Flights) doing. Whatever we can do to honor the people who did so much for us, I’d like to be a part of even in this very small way.”

Inside this issue:


“This Happy Hour” by Susan Reep, part of her show, "BLUE — Photos from Spain and Morocco," which opens Monday.

Beyond the bike Our series on a local athlete continues, and closes, with a look at her purpose for cycling, and a look at the difficult road in preparing for the Race Across America.

Trees of Bakersfield What grows here, and what doesn’t? Learn planting tips, and what the favorites are in town for local arborists.

Historic homes Visit magnificently preserved historic homes throughout our local neighborhoods.

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Eye Street Go & Do Today “Bag It” documentary film, about environmental and health problems caused by plastics, discussion and refreshments to follow, 6 to 8 p.m., CSUB, Student Union, Multipurpose Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. February Classic Series, see the 1968 movie “Romeo and Juliet,” 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday, Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. 636-0484. Condors vs. Stockton Thunder, $1 hot dogs and half-price beer through the end of the first intermission, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $8 to $30. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 324-7825. Free Admission Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. 324-6350. Free Organ Recital, with Jim Page (more on Page 23) South Valley Sound Chorus Acapella Practice, 7 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 203 So. H St. or 346-6190. Bingo, regular games at 6:30 p.m., Volunteer Center, 2801 F St. From $20. 395-9787.

Friday 27th annual Bakersfield Home & Garden Show (more on Page 21). “nX Exhales: An Anniversary Celebration (more on Page 20). CSUB Guitar Arts, 7:30 p.m., CSUB, Music Building, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $5-$12. 654-3093. FLICS International Cinema Society: “Shun Li and the Poet,” 7:30 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. or 428-0354. Voice Recital, 7:30 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1900 Baker St. $10; $5 seniors/students; free for CSUB students with ID. 654-3093.

Saturday Fifth annual CSUB Geology Club Barbecue Dinner, raffle, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $20 advance for adults; $15 advance for students w/ID; $25 at the door; $12 kids 10 and under. Proceeds benefit CSUB and the museum. Email or 654-3274. Condors vs. Ontario Reign, first 2,000 fans 5-up receive a Condors cap, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $8 to $30. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 324-7825. CSUB Men’s Basketball, vs. Pacifica College, 7 p.m., CSUB, Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $5-$50. Electronic Waste Recycling Fundraiser: computer monitors, TVs, CPUs, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bakersfield Homeless Center, 1600 E. Truxtun Ave., and Alliance Outreach Office, 1921 19th St. Free. Email or


3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Touch Free, 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday. Crest Bar & Grill, inside Bakersfield RV Resort, 5025 Wible Road, 833-9998; Jim Robinson, 6 p.m. Saturday. Ellis Island Pizza Company, 3611 Stockdale Highway, 8320750; No Limit, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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


Matt Thompson and Jay Stodder appear in a scene from “The Good, The Bad & The Funny.” “The Good, The Bad & The Funny,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. 873-4011. Jeanette Rogers-Erickson Heart Walk 2013, registration 7 to 8:30 a.m., walk 9 a.m., Kern Valley Hospital Foundation, 3340 Erskine Creek Road, Lake Isabella. $10, includes lunch. 978-8712. Jr. Roller Derby Scrimmage Fundraiser, carnival games, food, band, prizes; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rollerama, 1004 34th St. $5; carnival tickets: 50 cent each. Independent Film Festival: “Hitchcock,” 10 a.m., Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. Kids Free Day, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. 872-2256. Mayor's Freeway Cleanup, meets prior to 9 a.m., Park & Ride lot on Stockdale Highway, west of Oak Street. Group will travel by bus/van to various cleanup locations. 326-3770. Monthly Writing Workshops: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0701. Pet Adoptions, cats from The Cat People, 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. $75, includes spay/neuter and vaccines. 7462140. Reckless Kelly (more on Page 18)

Sunday Sixth annual Read Across Bakersfield (more on Page 25).

THEATER “Herstory,” 11 p.m. Friday, Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5. 327-PLAY. “Spring Awakening,” 8 p.m. today through Saturday, Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $15; $10 students/seniors. 327-PLAY. “The Fisherman’s Wife,” presented by the Omnipresent Puppet

Theater; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $6. 587-3377. “The Good, The Bad & The Funny,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. “The Slave Narratives” (more on Page 22). “The Vagina Monologues,” benefitting VDay 2013, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $20. 327-PLAY. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 p.m. Fridays, JC’s Place, 1901 Chester Ave. $5. 322-8209. Major League Improv, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $10. 327-PLAY.

ART "BLUE — Photos of Spain and Morocco" (more on Page 20). Art Classes, in drawing, watercolor, oils, color theory, for beginners and advanced, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. 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. or 323-7219. 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.

MUSIC Classic rock The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; Odie Crabtree, 6 to 9 p.m. today. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge,

Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; Monty Byrom Band and the Buckeroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; The White Buffalo, Mama’s Kitchen, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. All ages. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays. The Lone Oak, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412, Night Life, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Trout’s & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; Red Simpson, 7 p.m. Monday. Free.

Country rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; The White Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $10; $12 at the door. All ages.

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, 323-7111; 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. Pairs and Spares Dance, with Country George and the Western Edition, 7 p.m., Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $7; $9 nonmembers. 399-3575.

Maverick’s Singles, with music by Steve Woods, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive. $7 member; $9 guest. 831-9241.

DJ Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; DJ Brian, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 3237111; 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. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; DJ Chuck One, 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday. Free. 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. Wine Me Up, 3900 Coffee Road, 588-8556, Mauro with Rico Velazquez and Jamie, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Free.

Karaoke Prime Cut's third annual Karaoke Contest, quarter finals, first 10 get to compete to qualify, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, with finals on March 22, The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road. 831-1413. 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.


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Eye Street Big Daddy Pizza, 6417 Ming Ave., 3967499; 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., 3637200; 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. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court; 323-7111, 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, 3256864; 9 p.m. Wednesday. 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, 8341611; 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. 589-9300. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; 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, 8362700; 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 p.m. Tuesdays. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 3987077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Syndicate Lounge, 1818 Eye St., 327-0070; with Alisa Spencer, 9 p.m. 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, 3270681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Junction Lounge, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.



Franco Zeffirelli directed the 1968 version of “Romeo and Juliet,” which stars Olivia Hussey as Juliet and Leonard Whiting as Romeo. February Classic Series, see the 1968 movie “Romeo and Juliet,” 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday, Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. 636-0484. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Playhouse Lounge, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 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. 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.

Old School Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday.

R&B Señor Pepe, 8450 Granite Falls Dr., 661588-0385, Rebecca Aguilar and Lost Vinyl, 7 to 10 p.m. today.

Rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Glam Cobra, 9:30 p.m. Friday. $5; 21 and older only. 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. Narducci’s Cafe, 622 E. 21 St., 324-2961; The Chop Tops, 7 p.m. Friday. $10. All ages. Visit On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 327-7625; Tanked, The Barstool Saints, Black Water Soul, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5. 21 & over only. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 8311413; No Time for Heroics, Redadare, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5. 21 & over only.


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