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Index Brian Regan .............................................. 22 Homeless Art Show .................................. 23 Arts Alive .................................................. 24 Memphis Belle flights.............................. 25 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz.............. 26 Paint and All-Breed Horse Show.............. 27 Scott Cox ................................................ 30 Calendar .............................................. 34-35

Theater from the ‘Heart’ Beloved play balances the dark and light BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor


dultery, suicide, attempted murder, heartbreak, sisters, birthday desserts — all the makings of a great story. Those themes come together this weekend as The Empty Space opens its production of “Crimes of the Heart.” Director Bob Kempf describes the play as “a very funny and very touching look at three sisters who are each dealing with their own versions of heartbreak. When one of the sisters shoots her husband, the sisters have a hilarious (if uneasy) reunion.” That pistol-toting woman is Babe Magrath Botrelle, played by Ellie Sivesind. Fellow Empty Space veterans Cody Ganger and Amy Hall round out the Magrath sisters as wild child Meg and dutiful caretaker Lenny. If the story seems familiar, you may have seen the 1986 film starring Sissy Spacek, Jessica Lange and Diane Keaton. But Kempf

‘Crimes of the Heart’ When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; runs through April 27 Admission: $15; $10 students and seniors Where: The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Information: 327-PLAY

Also at The Empty Space ‘Kreative Allusions,” reception for artist John Kirkeby, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free.

came to the production untouched by any adaptations of Beth Henley’s play. “I have never seen the film or a stage production of ‘Crimes of the Heart,’ so I’m coming at it without any preconceptions! I am a fan of all three of those actresses, so I’ll probably watch it once we have closed.” Kempf is also a big fan of his lead actresses, who gelled in the roles, having performed together before in other Empty Space shows. “The ladies do have an existing Please see CRIMES / 32


The Magrath sisters — from left, Meg (Cody Ganger), Babe (Ellie Sivesind) and Lenny (Amy Hall) — appear in “Crimes of the Heart,” which opens Friday at The Empty Space.

Who’s average? White Band brings R&B heat to town BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


cotland was so immersed in soul and R&B in the mid1960s that if a visitor closed his eyes in a Glasgow club, he’d swear he’d been transported to Detroit or Muscle Shoals. Just ask Alan Gorrie, bassist for seminal ’70s funk outfit Average White Band, who recalls being mesmerized by the trance-like syncopation of American records from the likes of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, King Kurtis and others. Gorrie and his bandmates channeled those inspirations into some of AWB’s most potent grooves, including “Pick Up the Pieces,” “Cut the Cake” and “A Love of Your Own.” Bakersfield will get a chance to harness some of that energy into

Average White Band When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10, plus service charge Information: 852-7777 or

their dancing feet Saturday when the Average White Band appears at Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, kicking off the venue’s outdoor concert season. “It was pretty much the only music anyone ever went out dancing to,” said Gorrie, 66, describing the sights and sounds of the 1960s Glasgow music scene during a phone interview. “It was

Stax, Motown and Atlantic Records. Soul music was kind of the lifeblood of the Scottish music scene in the mid-to-late 1960s. If you didn’t play soul and R&B, you didn’t get many gigs.” Gorrie went into detail about musical tastes in Great Britain, which varied according to region. “London was all about the blues. The midlands were pure rock, things like Black Sabbath, Slade, and they still are to an extent, still stuck in that groove. Scotland has always been a soul country, because the background of Celtic music lends itself to the very idea of soul music.” Within a year of formation in 1972, the band became a sensation, attracting attention from the labels, after scoring a coveted spot on Eric Clapton’s comeback concert tour. Following their


Scottish funk legends Average White Band appear at Bright House Amphitheatre on Saturday.

American debut, “Show Your Hand,” the group’s self-titled sophomore album solidified its reputation as both a dance band and electrifying live act. Anchored by the hit single, “Pick Up the Pieces,” the album became a million-seller. Gorrie recalled the organic nature of the song, which became the group’s calling card, begin-

ning with a basic riff from guitarist Hamish Stuart. “Hamish got up one morning, started playing that upside-down kind of guitar riff, that skank soul that we threw. Then, drummer Robbie (McIntosh) joined them on drums. I got the bass out and we had the three of us playing the groove. Guitarist Onnie (McInPlease see BAND / 33


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Harmonica not just for the blues Virtuoso takes instrument to new heights with concerto BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI

INSIDE The Bakersfield Symphony tackles work of local composer, Page 29

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Did you know there are more than 60 concertos written for the harmonica? Harmonica virtuoso Roberto Bonfiglio will perform one of the most famous with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra this weekend. Bonfiglio, an American musician, is considered by critics worldwide to be the world’s greatest virtuoso of the harmonica. He has performed in major concert halls all over the world, worked with a stellar list of conductors and ensembles and is in that rare class of performer who has works written for him. Bonfiglio will perform Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra, a work that will force you to rethink your entire concept of the lowly harmonica. “(The composition) is certainly really, really melodic and gorgeous as a piece of music, which I really like,” Bonfiglio said. “Villa-Lobos had kind of his own voice. People can be really tonal and melodic without sounding like movie music — this sounds like Villa-Lobos.” Bonfiglio said Brazilian elements, such as the rhythms of carnival, can be heard throughout the work. “You’d be thinking of Brazilian rain forests, especially in the slow movement,” Bonfiglio said. BSO conductor John Farrer said Bon-

figlio has been contacting him for years about appearing with the BSO, and this seemed to be the year to engage him. “I said, ‘If we’re going to do this, let’s have this with a piece by a major composer,’” Farrer said. “I’ve played it over 400 times,” Bonfiglio said. “It is probably the most prominent concerto — there are probably 60 concertos for the harmonica.” Composers such as Ralph VaughanWilliams, Darius Milhaud, Alan Hovhannes, Robert Russell Bennett, Joaquin Rodrigo, Norman Dello-Joio, Arthur Benjamin and several others have all written large-scale works for the harmonica, exploring the many aspects of the instrument — single-notes, chords, chromaticism, vocal effects and many other qualities that make the harmonica versatile. Farrer said the Villa-Lobos concerto exploits the singing qualities of the harmonica. “It’s a very high, pure sound,” Farrer said. “Like a flute, even crystalline.” Bonfiglio said he began his career the way any self-respecting harmonica player would — by playing the blues. But his musical interests impelled him to New York City to study at the Mannes School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Please see BONFIGLIO / 29


Harmonica virtuoso Roberto Bonfiglio will perform with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

Ready. Set. Go get that $1,000 Clue-solving, easy tasks all it takes BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor



Costumed contestants vie to be the No. 1 team in races, like this one in San Antonio, Texas, put on by CitySolve Urban Race. The company consulted with Stewards Inc. for the Bakersfield Amazing Race, taking place Saturday.

hose headed downtown Saturday should expect to be surrounded by dozens of spirited and costumed people, running around and performing goofy physical feats for Bakersfield’s version of the Amazing Race. Not affiliated with the popular reality TV competition, the event is a chance for participants to test their problem-solving and physical challenge skills for a $1,000 prize. The fun kicks off at 11 a.m. with registration at Stewards Inc., the organization behind the fundraising event. “Andrae Gonzales, Stewards Inc. executive director, gave birth to the idea of doing a fundraiser for Stewards Inc. in the form of a race

Bakersfield Amazing Race What: Family-friendly scavenger hunt/obstacle course When: Registration 11 a.m., costume contest 11:30 a.m., race noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; awards ceremony to follow. Where: Starting line at Stewards Inc., 2211 H St. Cost: $45; $35 students (valid ID required) Information: 742-9124 or bakersfieldamazingrace. org

through the downtown area that is part scavenger hunt and part obstacle course,” said Gerald Cantu, the nonprofit’s chief programs officer and homeless advocate. Gonzales and his team researched similar races around the country, finally

THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? Gerald Cantu of Stewards Inc. couldn’t divulge any clues for the local race, but he offered a couple of sample clues from a similar race in Florida. 1. Finish the titles of these popular books. The boxed letters will spell a location. First word “J_☐ E E_R_” “L_TT_E W☐_E_” “_RI_E A_D P☐EJU_I_E” “T_E C_☐C_ER I_ _HE R_E”

consulting with Berkeleybased CitySolve Urban Race for the local competition to develop the race’s 12 clues and 12 challenges. As of Tuesday, there were more than 40 teams signed up and the race can accom-

“L__D _F T☐E FL_ES” Second word “T_E _R_A☐ _ _T_BY” “ _H_ D_ _IL WE_RS P_☐DA” “ _O K_L_ _ ☐_C_INGB_ _D” “L_ _E O_ ☐I” “_IF_ _ SH☐DE_ _F G_ _Y” 2. Decode this cryptogram for a location. (W=N and J=A) JOARLJW NGCAJEJPJWIJ Answers on Page 33

modate up to 75. Cantu said teams of two to four players can still register until 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the starting line. Before the race kicks off, teams have a chance at an Please see RACE / 33


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In world of comedy, he’s Mr. Clean Regan skips sitcom route for stand-up

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BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


hile most comedians enjoy getting their hands — and mouths — dirty, funnyman Brian Regan still prefers keeping it clean. But it’s proved to be a winning formula as Regan continues selling out venues across the nation with an act suited for any audience. Out on the road with a new routine in the tradition of his everyman style, Regan returns to the Fox on Sunday. “I found out, hey, you can make it as a stand-up without getting anything else,” said Regan, 55, during a phone interview. “I am kind of enjoying that kind of aspect of life right now.” Regan attributes his success to a number of basics in life, one being honesty. The other: avoiding the allure of TV fame. “Back in the day, it used to be that the sitcom was a kind of trophy for having a successful standup career or for having a unique perspective as a comedian. I got caught up in that for a while. There’s nothing wrong with getting a sitcom; it’s wonderful if you can get one. It used to be some-

thing you could hold up and say, ‘Look, I must be pretty good. They gave me my own TV show.’” Though he’s avoided the sitcom route, Regan has enjoyed some TV success with four selfproduced televised comedy stand-up specials, all of which made their way into rotation on Comedy Central. It’s a marketing strategy that he says allows him the best of both worlds. “I’ve produced CDs myself, which are available solely through the website. Once your production’s costs are taken care of, the rest is all yours. The downside to that is that you’re not necessarily bringing in any new fans. If you have a Comedy Central special, new eyeballs are going to see you. The plus side is that the artist is in control, but you always want new people to see your act.” Regan added while he’s committed to keeping his act clean, he recently tested some new material targeting a number of current hot-button issues, includ-















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isual art has the power to work in wonderful ways and five local artists — calling themselves “The Bridge” — are hoping their work will shine a light on the issue of homelessness. The periods between the words in the exhibit’s title, “Home. Street. Home” indicate the path and the desire for a homeless person. The art will be on display Wednesday at the opening of the Residences of West Columbus, a new affordable housing community. Before starting their work, the artists researched the topic by delving into statistics and contacting agencies involved with getting people off the streets. And for some, like filmmaker Fabian Vasquez Euresti, it was an eyeopening experience. “I learned many resources do exist, yet there is still a disconnect between those who can provide help, and those who need it,” he said. “That said, I also learned of folks who may not well respond to others' best efforts.” Euresti’s contributions to the exhibit include a 20-minute projection and three other pieces that will be shown on monitors. All are high-definition video loops in color. The artists’ chief source for information was the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, a network of public and private organizations working to put an end to homelessness in the county. Its fiscal sponsor is United Way of Kern County. One of the first officials the Bridge group contacted was Homeless Project Manager Louis Medina at the United Way’s Homeless Project. “I was surprised when the artists first approached me,” Medina said. “It’s unusual for anyone to come to us and say they would like to do a project to benefit homeless people.” Medina complimented the group on their willingness to spend time getting facts and statistics. “What I really laud them for is coming to our meetings, which are long and probably boring to them,” he said. “Especially Cynthia Hallstrom — she took all that data and turned it into a painting; that’s important because without data collection we can’t go to the federal government for


The work of Percy Watson, an artist who once was homeless.

“Home. Street. Home: Art for the Homeless’ Sake” When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday Where: The Residences at West Columbus, at 500 W. Columbus St. Admission: Free Information: 834-2734

money.” Stephen Pelz, executive director of the Housing Authority of Kern County, also was surprised but pleased to learn of the artists’ intentions. “What a brilliant idea … a perfect match to combine the celebration of a wonderful new resource in our community with an art show benefiting the homeless,” Pelz wrote in an email. “(I’m) impressed that these accomplished artists would share their time and resources for this cause.” Pelz’s agency was responsible for establishing the West Columbus complex, a 56-unit affordable housing project for low-income families, and also for foster youth who are transitioning into adulthood and independent living. Then, as a result of contacting

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, the Bridge artists invited Percy Watson, who used to be homeless himself, to join their group after seeing images of his work. “The show at the grand opening of the Residences on Columbus is the perfect place for to join us,” said Hallstrom. “His being given a home three years ago gave him the peace that allowed him to become prolific with his art — it is the story of what Home First, a program of the collaborative is all about.” Watson uses pastels and colored ink pens to produce fanciful urban landscapes that are somewhat based on his interactions with people and his environment, but that greatly come from his imagination. Other artists whose work is being shown are ceramic sculptor Eileen Ettinger; Claire Putney, assistant curator of the Bakersfield Museum of Art; and illustrator Louis Chavez. All pieces in the Home. Sweet. Home. exhibit are for sale. Medina said the artists will receive 50 percent of the purchase price; the Homeless Collaborative, 25 percent; and exhibit coordinator Nicole Saint-John, 25 percent. The exhibit will be shown again on May 3 at Sustenance 101 in downtown Bakersfield.

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How farce can they go at Stars? ‘Fox on Fairway’ akin to Marx Brothers film

GO & DO ‘Fox on the Fairway’ When: Dinner at 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; lunch at 1 p.m. show at 2 p.m. Sunday. Where: Stars Theatre Restaurant, 1931 Chester Ave. Admission: $47-$57; show only $30-$37 Information: 325-6100


irector Mark Price says he’s had exceptional luck in casting “Fox on the Fairway,” which opens Friday at Stars. “It’s more of a farce than a comedy,” he said. “Once you have actors who know (the acting) has to be overdone — and know how to do it — you’re set.” The play is notable for onstage activity by and between the various actors. “It’s kind of like a Marx Brothers movie,” the director said. “Lots of climbing on furniture and things like that.” Two of the cast members, Kevin McDonald and Kyle Gaines are newcomers to the Stars stage. But each has a decidedly different background. McDonald, a native of Montreal who has had a long professional career as a stand-up comedian and voice actor on animated films, just happened to show up at Stars for the “Fox” auditions. Or as Price puts it, “He just walked in off the street. Said he’s been out of the business for the last two years and just wanted to do something different — he’s wonderful to work with.” Gaines, on the other hand, is an East High student that Price “discovered” while attending “Noises Off,” one of the school’s productions. “I always like to see the high school shows — sometimes you meet someone and he’s just a natural,” the director said. “That’s Kyle.” Gaines, he added, plays the part of a much older man and is very athletic, which apparently is a plus in a farce of this kind. He plays opposite Kelci Lowry, who has appeared in many shows at Stars. Written by Ken Ludwig, author of “Lend Me a Tenor,” “Fox” was first produced in 2010. Its focal point is an outlandish bet the managers of two rival country clubs have made. One of the bettors has wagered his wife’s antique store, The Old Crock. The show involves a

‘The Five Divas’ When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Harvey Auditorium, 1341 G St. Admission: $30; $10 children 12 and under Information: 325-6100


Bingham (Kevin McDonald) and Pamela (Julie Gaines) look on helplessly as their key player goes to pieces on the 17th hole in a scene from “Fox on the Fairway” at Stars Theatre Restaurant.

golf tournament, which is heard but never seen. The game is reported offstage by Jeff Lemucchi as it progresses from hole to hole. Mark Prow and Jennie Babcock play Dickie and Muriel, a married couple, and Julianne Gaines, who in addition to being Kyle’s mother in real life, plays Pamela, a member of the Quail Valley Country Club’s board of directors. “It’s fun right out of the box,” Price said. “The couples get all mixed up, it turns into a hodgepodge and there’s lots of harmonious wailing.” Performances of “Fox on the Fairway” continue at Stars through April 27.

“Divas” at Harvey A group of five talented local singers will take the stage for two performances this weekend at Harvey Auditorium. Dubbed “The Five Divas,” each is a star in her own right. The cast and their signature roles are: Rosie Ayala (“Hairspray”), Brenda Baldwin (“Camelot”), Erika Kern (“Evita”), Jennifer Resolme (“Into the Woods”) and Bethany Rowlee (“Oliver”). “It’s a revue format,” said the director, Sheryl Cleveland. “I have tried to incorporate lots of humor as well as great musical moments.” The show is a mixture of

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When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road Admission: Free-will offering Information: 327-1609

bama. Since earning his master’s degree from Colorado State University at Fort Collins, he has performed at numerous churches throughout the United States, including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, the Washington National Cathedral and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. He also has recorded two CDs. His recital here will include works by Bach, Boëllmann, Herbert Howells, Max Reger, César Franck and Louis Vierne.


John Cannon performs Wednesday at First Congregational Church.

Broadway and contemporary songs along with some old standards. Although there is no story line, Cleveland is planning a segment titled “The role I’ll never have,” which requires a number of costume changes. In this particular series of scenes, each singer imagines she’s playing a part from her personal wish list of characters.

Organ concert A chance encounter during Vern and Melinda Hill’s vacation in Colorado last summer has led to a concert in Bakersfield by nationally known organist John Cannon. Hill, assistant vicar of Grace Episcopal Church, explained how it all came about.

“Melinda and I were visiting St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Estes Park, Colo.,” he said. “He (Cannon) was the organist and right from the prelude we realized we were listening to something really good. As an organist myself, I admired his technique, his enthusiasm — he’s just exciting to listen to.” The Hills spoke to Cannon after the service and as a result of their conversation, the organist offered to include a stop in Bakersfield on his 2013 West Coast tour. Grace, which was founded about five years ago, meets in the chapel of the First Congregational Church, so the concert is being jointly sponsored by the two congregations and will be presented in First Congregational’s sanctuary. Cannon, 35, is a native of Ala-

Walk for the Arts, an annual Arts Council of Kern event designed to help arts-related schools and organizations raise money for their programs, has been postponed until 2014. “It’s too big of a venture to do right now,” said Anthony Goss, vice president of the council. “We’ve put it on the back burner ’til next spring.” For the past several years, the one-day event, usually held on a Saturday in May, provided a map that took participants to various public and private art galleries and shops in downtown Bakersfield. It was enlivened by as many as 40 street musicians at stops along the way. Goss, who also heads the ACK’s events committee, said he’s been working with executive director Michael Millar and other board members in devising incentives to increase membership in the organization.


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Piece of flying history comes in for landing BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer


n opportunity to take a ride in a World War II bomber known as the Flying Fortress is coming our way Saturday, courtesy of the Memphis Belle Liberty Foundation. “This is not like turning the dusty old pages of a book — it’s absolutely hands-on history,” said Scott Maher, spokesman for the foundation which is based in Claremore, Okla. Flights on the aircraft dubbed the Memphis Belle are scheduled every hour on the hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day. Cost is $450 per person. Those who prefer to keep their feet on the tarmac can take a free tour of the interior of the aircraft starting at 2 p.m. Maher said even if you don’t make it to the Epic Jet Center, where it will land and take off from while it’s here, you might hear its distinctive sound. “It’s very loud,” he said in a recent phone conversation. “That’s because it has radial engines.” Now touring the West Coast for the first time, the plane is being displayed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Memphis Belle’s last mission. The main purpose of the tour, Maher said, is to educate people about World War II veterans and to remember those who did not make it home. During the war the B-17 saw service in every theater of operation, but was operated primarily by the 8th Air Force in Europe and participated in countless missions from bases in England, according to information provided by the foundation. A typical B-17 mission often lasted for more than eight hours and struck targets deep within enemy territory. Before each stop on its tour, the foundation attempts to locate crews that served on the B-17s. Maher said conversing with such veterans is a one of the best parts of his job. “These are men in their 80s and 90s,” he said. “They couldn’t tell you


The B-17 saw service in every theater of operation during World War II but was operated primarily by the 8th Air Force in Europe.

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what they had for breakfast this morning but they can tell you exactly what they did on a B-17.” One reason the aircraft came to be known as the Flying Fortress was its ability to take and withstand heavy combat damage. Maher said it was armed with .50 caliber machine guns — 13 in all — located in strategic locations throughout the plane. Those who visit can go to the various spots in the plane but getting into some of them might not be easy. As Maher said, “It certainly wasn’t built for creature comfort.” Although the plane that’s on display has Memphis Belle painted on its fuselage, it is not the original B-17 that bore the name a pilot gave it in honor of his girlfriend in Tennessee. “This is the one they restored in 1990 for the movie ‘The Memphis Belle,’” Maher said. “The real one is at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.” Nine passengers are allowed on each half-hour flight. The plane will fly over the area at an elevation of about 2,000 feet. Advance flight reservations are requested and can be made by calling Maher at 918-340-0243 or by writing him via email at

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hink you’ve got what it takes to recognize the best barbecue in town? Then Bakersfield’s Biggest Baddest BBQ needs you as a judge. The contest is next month (May 18), but if you’re interested in judging, Saturday is the day. That’s when a judging instructor from the Kansas City Barbecue Society, which sanctions the Bakersfield event, will grill would-be judges at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace. What should you bring? Along with

your appetite — you’ll be sampling pork, pork ribs, chicken and brisket — you must bring a completed judge’s application and class registration form at 2011-judges-entry-form. The cost is $90 for non-KCBS members ($50 for members), but that fee entitles you to a year’s membership in the barbecue organization, qualifying you to judge at other KCBS-sanctioned events. Space is limited, so call Mike George at 331-3900 by Friday to sign up.

KCBS-certified barbecue judges class When: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Cost: $90; $50 for existing KCBS members Registration: Must register by Friday at 331-3900. Fill out the forms at what/2011-judges-entry-form.

Don’t miss Jill Burdick, Bethany Rowley, Rosie Ayala, Jennifer Resolme and Tammy White as they grace the Harvey Stage and put on a show that is guaranteed to leave the audience wanting more. One Weekend Only! Sunday Matinee!


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Time to get your reggae on, mon The band will sell copies of their latest independent eightsong demo on Friday to help with tour costs. If they make it back in one piece, they plan to enter the studio to begin working on their first full-length CD. “Anything donated will really help: food, beer, munchies, toiletries,” said Whitmore. “Money too.” The band left our interview with a collective heart-tugging message. “All of our families are stoked and have been super supportive of us and our dreams. That is something that we are truly blessed with. We are so thankful to our families and friends. We really couldn’t do it without them. Much love.” Friday’s showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Also appearing are Vanity Avenue and Top Shelph. On the Rocks is located at 1517 18th St. For more information, call 327-7625 or visit

Amity Flow raising money for tour


he members of Bakersfield reggae rock quintet Amity Flow are a detail-oriented

lot. And for a reggae band that’s saying a lot, mon. Finishing up preparations before they set out on their first tour, it appears they have a handle on everything required to make it happen: transportation, gigs, lodging, gear, music, snacks, energy drinks, underwear and socks. And let’s not forget the money. Yes, money. Touring for any band at any level doesn’t come cheap. To help with the precious funds necessary for their first irie excursion, the guys have organized a tour fundraising show at On the Rocks on Friday. “Saving money for the tour has been tough. We’ve been saving money from shows for about two months now,” said Amity Flow vocalist Drew Thomas Peterson, 24. We hope that the tour will help us expose our sound, music and message to people throughout the country.” Great attitude, but let’s not joke around. The road can destroy even the tightest band of brothers. To help with that area, guitarist James Barron, 25, has offered his veteran services as official motor home shrink. “I have toured for music in the past, and although there are many challenges on the road, I think I can coach the rest of these dudes through it; 4,500 miles in two weeks is a rough stretch, but our passion for this music and message will definitely carry us through.” You read correctly. That’s quite an ambitious trek, and with gas prices higher than Bob Marley, the group is looking at some seriously green flying out of their pockets for fuel alone. “We will have the motor home to sleep in while we’re driving. Most show cities along the way include hotel rooms but some cities we have host families who will be opening their homes for us for the night,” Peterson said.


Bakersfield reggae quintet Amity Flow appears Friday at On the Rocks.

Aware of the expense and potential for disaster, the band rented a fully stocked RV from a national vehicle rental company, Cruise America, which guarantees replacement wheels in case of a breakdown. “Fortunately the motor home has a shower that we can use if we get to smelling funky,” said keyboardist Kevin Lundy, 27. “Our drummer Andrew (Whitmore) sounds like Sasquatch when he snores,” laughed bassist Patrick Griffith, 24. “We’ll probably make him sleep in the storage areas underneath or in the bathtub.” Peterson, always the optimist, envisions a true bonding experience. “I believe the traveling together and being cramped in a vehicle will bring us closer and help us develop even more chemistry. Amity Flow was offered a slot on the self-financed trek — dubbed the “Everybody Love Everybody Tour” — through a representative at Arizona-based entertainment company RPM Live and will be joined by fellow reggae acts Fortunate Youth, Inna Vision and The White Glove Service. The tour’s first show is in Fresno on April 17. The trek con-


Electro-pop sister duo Allison and Melissa Green, aka Millionaires, appear at Jerry’s Pizza Friday.

tinues up through Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Colorado and Arizona before ending in Las Vegas on April 28. The venues range from dives to intimate concert halls. But in case they end up in a “Bob’s Country Bunker” gig predicament like the Blues Brothers did in the film of the same name, Griffith says

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they’ve got that covered. “James is heavily influenced by Brad Paisley. I think he would be ultra inspired and we would tear that bar down.” On the topic of groupies, Peterson said faithfulness is a big part of the Amity Flow creed. “Patrick and James are the only ones with girlfriends, but they are pretty chill girls and have supported them about the tour. Patrick doesn’t have any game anyways, so his girl doesn’t need to be worried.”

Millionaires at Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., Friday, 7 p.m., $12, all ages, 633-1000. Orange County party girls and local faves Millionaires make their preRockin’ Roots return once again with a new CD, “Tonight,” destined for mothers’ do-not-play lists everywhere. Still dishing out fun Auto-Tune anthems in the vein of their nemesis, Ke$ha, the act has publicly rebuked the star for stealing their image. To combat other copycats, Millionaire sisters’ Melissa Marie and Allison Green have upped their sexpot stage shtick with more than just the average innuendo, much to the delight of teenage boys everywhere. Millionaires made their first Bakersfield appearance back in 2008, and whether you love them or hate them, they always throw a killer party. Also appearing are Ashland High, Beneath the Sun, Lancifer. Mike Bhone Retirement Jam at On the Rocks, 1517 18th Street, 4 p.m., Sunday, free, 3277625. If you attended Arvin, West, Wasco or Nueva high schools, veteran music instructor and musician Mike Bhone would like to see as many of his old students as possible as he hangs up his baton for good. Lots of great live music, reminiscing and great memories from one of our area’s most beloved music mentors. Former music students of Bhone’s are encouraged to bring their instrument for the extended jam session. Ear plugs not included.


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Unbridled passion for pretty horses Show demonstrates what animals can do BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Californian staff writer


When: 7:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, Jimmy Rogers Arena/Grandstand, 1142 P St. Admission: Free Registration and information:

a 5-year-old paint that will be competing in Western and English classes (the categories differ in styles of riding, equipment — even dress for the rider). Brown has been traveling the country with Electric Sensation and has high hopes for the horse, still early in his career. “He’s a fairly young horse and we keep adding to his resume. We just build and build and every year we do more and more.” Brown, who prefers to stay in California for horse shows, has gone as far as Oklahoma City and intends to head to Fort Worth, Texas, for the World Champion Paint Horse Show in November. That’s a long road from where Brown first started here in Kern County at the age of 8. “My father was a cattle rancher, so I was raised around horses, but I kinda took my own path. I took a break to go to school, get married and have children but now my kids are at an age where I can start showing again.” And the competition is not just for adults. Children between the ages of 5 and 10 will be able to participate in the Youth Walk Trot


Jerri Brown is seen with her horse, Electric Sensation.

with several amateur classes available, featuring riders 18 and under. Many of the events focus on skills like halter, reigning and showmanship to the overall beauty and performance of the horse and rider. However, more classic rodeo events will be on the schedule as well, and it’s those high-speed competitions that Shirley Brown is looking forward to featuring. “It’s going to be a fun weekend and I look forward to seeing a lot

of people out for the barrel races on Saturday night.” In addition to the rodeo events and other action, vendors will dot the landscape at the fairgrounds, offering everything from Westernstyle decor to clothing, jewelry and gear for horses. A silent auction is planned to benefit the Central California Youth Paint Club’s efforts to help young riders keep up the traditions their families have practiced for generations. For Jerri Brown, growing up

with horses and then competing was a natural fit, and while she may have taken a few years off to build a home and family, the pounding of hooves was never far away. “Once I didn’t show anymore I still had horses; my husband team ropes. I just didn’t have the time to devote to it and it is rather an expensive sport. So I never really got away from horses, but I wanted to get back to showing once I was in a place where I could really do it.”


t’s a carousel of colors, styles and breeds at the Kern County Fairgrounds as the Paint and All-Breed Horse Show gallops into Bakersfield for three days of sport and showmanship that’s all about the ponies. The event kicks off Friday as hundreds of horses and riders make their way to the Jimmy Rogers Arena to strut their stuff for top prizes. Presented by the Central California Paint Horse Club, the competition will feature several classes that showcase skill, appearance and responsiveness, not only for the horse but for the rider. Central California Paint Horse Club board member Shirley Brown is helping to organize the event and is looking forward to the displays of skill. “I have had paints since before they were called paints. They are very athletic, versatile horses that can do just about anything. One of our old stallions was called an all-around horse, and he did it all.” An all-around horse is important in the world of horse shows. It’s a culture that is highly competitive and expensive to participate in, so owning a one-trick pony is a disadvantage. Jerri Brown (no relation to Shirley) is the proud owner of an all-around horse. This weekend she’ll be riding Electric Sensation,

Paint and All-Breed Horse Show



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Vladimir Gorbach was the winner of the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.

Classical guitarist to strum his stuff present

Recital tonight is last of academic year at CSUB BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer




he story of classical guitarist Vladimir Gorbach follows the standard path for stellar talent: Start young and study hard. Win lots of international competitions. Record and go on tour. Come to Bakersfield to perform. The Russian guitarist, winner of the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition, continues his tour from the competition with a recital at CSUB this evening. Presented under the Guitar Arts Concert Series, Gorbach’s recital is the last in the series for this academic year. “Every year these concerts are just stunning,” said Jim Scully, director of the guitar program at CSUB. “It’s just mind-numbing to be this close to performers like this.” Gorbach’s recital program is a classic collection of guitar masterpieces, including works by Domenico Scarlatti, Mauro Giuliani, Dionisio Aguado and Astor Piazzola. Gorbach began studying guitar at age 11 in his home town of Novosibirsk, Russia, later completing his studies in Germany. Over the course of his career, Gorbach has won of the world’s most prestigious international competitions, the latest of which is annual Guitar Foundation of America competition, which includes a 50-city tour among the first-place prizes. The tour included Gorbach’s Carnegie Hall recital debut in February. “The GFA is the pre-eminent professional organization for guitarists in the United States, and by extension in the world,” Scully said. “Pretty much anybody who plays seriously or teaches seriously is a member of this organization.”

Guitar Arts Series presents Vladimir Gorbach in recital When: 7:30 tonight Where: CSUB Music Building, Room 127, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $12, ; $8 seniors 60+; $5 students with ID. Reservations: 654-2511

In February, Gorbach made his Carnegie Hall recital to critical acclaim, as part of the concert tour. Scully said these high-profile recitals are just one way the department is trying to reach potential students and continue to build the guitar program, along with the rest of the music program at CSUB. Scully said that events such as the Guitar Day, a newly formed guitar studio and a proposed guitar class for entry-level students are things that can be done even in tight budget times. “We’re doing outreach, but it’s a slow-go thing,” Scully said. “It takes a couple of years.” Compounding the lag time between outreach events and students enrolling in music courses is trying to do more with less, Scully said. “One of the difficulties with the budget is trying to schedule all of the ensembles we have and keeping them going,” Scully said. Scully said the music department is still small, and when an ensemble goes on hiatus — such as the CSUB Jazz Vocal Ensemble this year — it is difficult to get it back on in the schedule. Friday’s recital will be held in Room 127 of the music building. Seating is limited; Scully advises calling and reserving tickets. Overflow patrons will be seated after 7:15 after any reserve ticket holders fail to show.


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76 trombones? More like 332 at BCSD Music education thriving, winning national praise BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer

That the Bakersfield City School District more than doubled the number of student trombonists this year — adding 148 beginners to the 84 already in place — is impressive. And learning the number of instrumental musicians — not just trombonists — has increased by 54 percent since 2004 is equally so. Now to top it all off, the BCSD has received a Best Communities for Music Education award for 2013. It is one of only 307 districts nationwide to receive the recognition from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. Michael Stone, district coordinator of visual and performing arts, said this is the first time BCSD has received the award. “In one of the worst economic periods in history, our district has expanded student participation and the numbers continue to climb steadily,” Stone said. “So many communities have cut music, but BCSD has not.”

“In one of the worst economic periods in history, our district has expanded student participation and the numbers continue to climb steadily. So many communities have cut music, but BCSD has not.” — Michael Stone, district coordinator of visual and performing arts

The designation has no cash value, he added, but reflects the continuing support for the program on the part of administrators, faculty and the community as a whole. In addition to increased enrollment in music studies, Stone said a number of other factors or programs were cited by the selection panel, which was made up of a group of education researchers from the University of Kansas and the NAMM Foundation. One of those factors was the district’s innovative method for

encouraging students to play a particular instrument — a method that resulted in the previously mentioned splurge in trombonists. “We noticed that fewer students were (choosing to play) trombones,” Stone said. “So in October of 2012 we held a ‘Trombone Day’ at Sequoia Middle School.” It featured Robert Soto, a professional trombonist who teaches at Fullerton College and was sponsored by Nick Rail Music, a Bakersfield music store. Of course, it takes money to run and maintain a worthwhile instrumental and vocal music program, especially in a district that has 34 elementary and eight junior high or middle schools. Success in that area, Stone said, is due to the district’s budgetary support, which includes the salaries of 22 music-credentialed teachers, as well as an administrator to lead the music program. A teacher and student in the program have received recognition this year. Nick Olmos was named Elementary Music Specialist of the Year by the California Music Educators Association or CMEA and Nicholas Hernandez,

a Compton Junior High string bass player, auditioned for and was accepted into the California All-State Junior High Honor Orchestra. Rachel Hollis, a former BCSD student, is an example of one type of community support. She organized an online fundraiser called I’m With the Band, or “Rachel was one of my students when I was teaching at Chipman,” Stone said. “Her family helped set this up and it’s one of the many things I cherish.” Over the past three years the website has generated more than $60,000 to support the district’s music program. The district owns 3,556 musical instruments, assigned to various school sites and loaned to students who participate in the music program. A majority of the instruments were purchased in 2006 via a $1.7 million state grant. “The teacher at each school has a document that must be signed by the parents,” he said. “It’s the responsibility of the parents to pay for an instrument that is lost or stolen.” To encourage participation, students in fourth through sixth

Bakersfield composer to debut new work with BSO BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer

The Bakersfield Symphony is challenging itself with works the orchestra hasn’t played before. This weekend’s program will include Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol,” Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra with guest soloist Roberto Bonfiglio, and a new work by Doug Davis, which Davis will conduct. Called “Passion’s Glance Beyond,” Davis said this work was a journey into new musical territory for himself as well. “This piece is probably the most tonal I’ve ever written,” Davis said. “Because it starts with dissonance and then struggles to resolve itself — so the materials of the composition take shape around that.” Davis said the piece will begin with a “stab of dissonance” performed by a solo cello — which sets the trajectory of the rest of the work. “This part of the piece, like for most pieces, that first moment is psychologically important,” Davis said. Think the very opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and you’ll know what Davis means.

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Tickets: $34-$50; available at the Rabobank Theater box office, or at

Davis’ stab of dissonance is based on the intervals of a major seventh and a major third. Anyone who has heard Davis’ music over the decades will recognize this musical element as a defining characteristic of his, especially when he is at his most expressive. “As a composer, at some point you take a look at what you have done,” Davis said. “The hyperexpressivity of a major seventh and a major third — that became the leaping-off place for the composition.” Davis said the rest of the piece is like a tug-of-war between major and minor tonalities that some people could interpret as a conflict between the human condition and a “glimpse of purity beyond.” “In actuality, the extra-musical meaning doesn’t exist for me inside my creation of the music,”

Davis explained in his program notes. “All the meaning for me is in purely musical terms.” The concert will open with the “Capriccio Espagnol” and “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” works that demand virtuosity from every part of the orchestra. “Both Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakof were masters of orchestration, but they produced radically different sounds — they couldn’t be more different,” said conductor John Farrer. Rimsky-Korsakof wrote “Capriccio Espagnol” in 1887, at the height of Romantic composers’ interest in the “exotic” — especially folk music of other cultures. The Russian composer was especially interested in Spanish dances and “gypsy” music, and wrote this five-movement work not as an exercise in orchestration but as he put it, “a composition for orchestra.” Rimsky-Korsakof’s mastery of all things orchestral can be heard in the intense colors of the orchestra — the use of the harp, a full range of percussion instruments, guitar-like effects in the string sections and virtuosic passages for soloists throughout the orchestra. You would never know that Ravel originally wrote “Le

Tombeau de Couperin” as a piano suite, an hommage to the 18th century keyboard dance suite, including a prelude, a forlane, a rigaudon and a minuet. Ravel’s work was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I; when he completed the work in 1917, each movement of the suite became a memorial to a different friend who had died in military service. Like the “Capriccio Espagnol,” the Ravel piece imposes huge demands on the orchestra, especially on the woodwinds, and the oboe in particular. Surprisingly lively and cheerful for a post-war piece, Ravel was quoted as responding to critics by saying, “The dead are sad enough, in their eternal silence.” Completing the concert is the performance of Heitor VillaLobos’ Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra, with guest soloist Roberto Bonfiglio. Recognized internationally as the leading virtuoso of the harmonica, Bonfiglio has performed this concerto over 400 times, and has performed the world or U.S. premieres for several others. Concertgoers can get a preview of the music at the 7 p.m. lecture offered by Dr. Jerome Kleinsasser.

grades are introduced to the various instruments during the first two weeks of the school year. This is done by way of Music in Our Schools Week. The 45-minute program is presented by the district’s traveling music teachers — it’s educational and informative with a heavy emphasis on entertainment. In the past six years, the district has held annual “standards festivals,” which measure band and orchestra performance and provide clinics to help the groups improve, Stone said. During the festival, each band and orchestra performs for a group of expert judges, who take notes during the performance. “Afterward, during the clinic portion of the festival, the judges review their notes with the groups and offer ways to address the areas that need improvement,” Stone said. “Standards have improved over time and most ensembles earned excellent and superior ratings at this year’s festival.” So far this year, two schools, have received top ratings at state and regional festivals this year: College Heights Elementary orchestra and Chipman Junior High choirs.


“As a composer because they didn’t have a harmonica program,” Bonfiglio said. He studied with Cham-ber Huang, Andrew Lolya, Charles Wuorinen and Aaron Copland and supported himself as a studio musician. “I played every cat food and dog food commercial ever made,” Bonfiglio said. Technology put an end to Bonfiglio’s studio career — the Tina Turner recording of “What’s Love Got to Do With It” featured a harmonica performed on a synthesizer. “And all of us lost our gigs overnight,” said Bonfiglio, who landed on his feet with the 1986 world premiere of Henry Cowell’s harmonica concerto. “Ever since then I make my living playing harmonica concertos,” Bonfiglio said. “Which is nice, since I actually trained for that.” Despite the musical credentials, Bonfiglio said his performance is really family-friendly, since the harmonica is not an intimidating instrument because nearly everyone picks one up at one time or another. “It’s an American instrument,” Bonfiglio said. “A portable instrument for a pioneer people.” Bonfiglio said the harmonica also has a voice-like quality that gives it appeal. “There’s an emotional attachment to it that’s immediate.”


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My Merle Haggard signature guitar Autographs not my deal, but I finally had to ask


here are exactly two people I’ve asked for autographs. The first was pedal-steel great Lloyd Maines, whom I met last year at Gruene Hall in Texas. He signed my sweaty hat, which I still wear. The second was Merle Haggard, who signed my guitar a few months in the parking lot of Zingo’s. To clarify, I’ve never been shy about asking celebrities, including Merle, to sign various implements for other people. Years ago, we used to have a concert for my birthday at Fishlips. Great bands, food and giant champagne cakes from Smith's. The idea was to raise money for an outfit called Operation Interdependence, which sends care packages to troops serving overseas. So a few months before the first Scottstock (which I modestly dubbed the affair), I got invited by Ray McDonald — a mutual friend of mine and Merle’s — to go see the legend himself on his bus. I figured that an autographed guitar might just be a good way to raise money, so I took my trusty Fender Telecaster with me and

Only 50 Haggard tickets left! What: Merle Haggard concert When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Fox Theater, 2001 H St. Admission: $35-$85. or 322-5200.

told Merle what I’d planned to do with it. He thought it was a swell idea and signed it. We auctioned it for $4,500, which translates into a lot of love for the troops. I told Merle how much we'd raised, and he seemed genuinely tickled. And every Scottstock thereafter, Merle signed a guitar for us. Shawna Haddad-Byers — my Scottstock partner — had the great idea to expand on Merle's kindness and we started hitting up other musicians to sign guitars. By the time Fishlips closed in 2011, we'd raised more than $100,000. We got just about everyone in the act: Willie Nelson, Metallica, Gene Simmons,

Ted Nugent — you name ’em. Jerry Hufferd from the Crystal Palace even gave us a guitar signed by Buck. That was beyond cool. But what started with Merle didn’t end there. Anytime I needed a guitar signed for any cause, he was up for it. That wonderful old man has helped us raise countless dollars for military charities, the Ronald McDonald House, Relay for Life, the Mended Little Hearts Foundation, and on and on. (The record auction figure for one of Merle’s guitars, as far as I can remember, was $7,800 at — of all places — a charity arm-wrestling tournament in Oildale. So with all these guitars raising all this money, you'd think I’d have one of my own, and it was only recently that I got one. Ray called me, knowing that I’d asked for a few autographs for some fundraisers I was attending. He said they were stopping at Zingo’s to fuel up for a trip back East, and if I could meet them there, Merle would hook me up. I never thought I’d ever ask for an autograph for myself, but I took my guitar with me just in case. I even took the little Martin I’d bought for my grandson, leaving them in the car when I went on the bus. After Merle


Oliver Cox with the Martin guitar his dear old grandpa had Merle Haggard autograph.

signed my charity guitars, I told him that I’d brought my own. He seemed genuinely surprised that I’d never asked before. I fetched them from the car, and he happily signed both of them before they headed out. With my own signed guitar, I finally have a chance to see why all those folks paid all that dough for those Merle Haggard autographed guitars. It transformed a wooded box with steel strings

into a living piece of history. Sometimes I’ll listen to one of Merle's records and sit that guitar on the couch next to me and just look at it while absorb Merle’s musical genius. As for Oliver, well, he's 2. He has no idea what that writing is on his guitar, and he doesn’t care. But someday he'll be sitting on his couch, listening to his Merle records, and I hope he gets his Merle guitar out and plays along.


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Eye Street TICKET ROUNDUP Fox Theater 2001 H St. or 322-5200. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Saturday: Merle Haggard, 8 p.m. $35$85. Sunday: Brian Regan, 7 p.m. $37.50. April 26: Darius Rucker, 7 p.m. $35-$75. May 19: An Evening with Steve Miller, 7:30 p.m. $48-$88. May 22: Primus 3D, 8 p.m. $29-$47. July 12: Spank! A Fifty Shades Parody, 8 p.m. $35. Oct. 5: Country Roads: A John Denver Celebration, 8 p.m. $26-$69. Oct. 26: 3 Faces of the King: An American Legend, celebrate the music, life and legacy of Elvis Presley, 8 p.m. $26-$69.

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. or 322-5200. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Today: Love & Theft, 7 p.m. $16.50$22.50. April 18: Lucky Ned Pepper, 7 p.m. $14$20. April 27: Old Crew Medicine Show, 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$38.50. May 1: Dylan Scott, 7 p.m. Free. 3287560. May 8: Junior Brown, 7 p.m. $14.50$20.50. May 15: Cody Canada & The Departed, 7 p.m. $11.50-$14.50. May 22: The Farm, 7 p.m. Free. 3287560.

Knights of Columbus 719 W. Avenue M, Lancaster April 19: A Night with Joe Torry, 7:30 p.m. Friday. $35-$75. or 3225200.

CSUB Amphitheater 9001 Stockdale Highway 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.

Bright House Networks Amphitheater 11200 Stockdale Highway or all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000. Saturday: The Average White Band, 8 p.m. May 11: Hotel California: the Eagles Experience, 8 p.m. June 8: Rare Earth, 8 p.m. June 29: Air Supply, 7 p.m. $25 to $39. June 30: Summerland Tour 2013 featuring Everclear, with Live, Filter and Sponge, 7 p.m. $30-$48.

Rabobank Convention Center 1001 Truxtun Ave. or 800-745-3000. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Sunday: Jim Whitter starring in “Feeling Groovy,” presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 3 p.m. $40



Steve Miller performs at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Okla. on Sept. 28. He will appear on May 19 at the Fox Theater. for two remaining concerts. or 205-8522 or 589-2478. April 26: Festival Del Mariachi, 8 p.m. $30 to $105. May 4: Cinco de Mayo Bomb, 7:30 p.m. $35 to $50. 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 9: Miranda Lambert: Locked & ReLoaded Tour, featuring Dierks Bentlely, Randy Houser, Joanna Smith, 8 p.m. $27 to $51. 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 7: Theresa Caputo, 8 p.m. $33.75 to $83. June 14: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, 7:30 p.m. $33 to $88. June 19: Boz Scaggs & Michael McDonald, 7:30 p.m. $38 to $98 June 26: Victoria Justice “Here’s 2 Us Summer Tour,” 7 p.m. $17.50-$53. July 13: Ramon Ayala, 8 p.m. $40-$80.



Jerry’s Pizza 1817 Chester Ave., 633-1000. April 12: Millionaires, Ashland High (Trace Cyrus), Beneath the Sun, and Lancifer, 6 p.m. $12. Visit or email April 21: Senses Fail, Such Gold, Real Friends, Major League, 6 p.m. $18. All ages. Visit April 24: Bayside, Clouds Like Mountains, I’m Not Scotty, 6 p.m. $16. Visit or email

Eagle Mountain Casino 681 S. Tule Reservation Road, Porterville. or 559-788-6220. All shows 8 p.m. $25 general; $35 reserved. April 27: Gabriel Iglesias. May 17-18: Up in Smoke Tour, featuring Cheech & Chong, Tower of Power and War, 8:30 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday, $35 general; $45 reserved.

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‘Dreamcoat’ a dream production for school BY ALEXANDRA GOMEZ Contributing writer


he cast and crew of Bakersfield Christian High School will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, starting Friday. The musical tells the biblical story of Joseph in a fun and colorful way. The story, set in ancient-day Canaan, centers around Joseph, the favorite of 12 brothers, who received a coat of many colors as a sign of his father’s love. Joseph’s life is forever changed because of one act of jealously by his broth-

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday Where: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road Admission: $10; $7 students with ID and children under 18 Information: 410-7000

ers, and he is taken on an adventure with many twists and turns. Scott Neese, theater teacher

and director at BCHS, has decided to add his own spin on the musical this year. “With all the fun and infectious music, it doesn’t really have a point of view. There is no apparent reason for these people to be telling this story in this manner,” Neese explained. Because of that, Neese has created a backstory, starting the production in a museum, where Joseph’s coat is being displayed. “The museum actually comes to life and involves students in a way that they can comprehend and connect,” Neese said. In the original production, there is

only one narrator, but Neese has directed the musical to incorporate three narrators, who all act as tour guides in the museum. “The narrators are leading the audience into this world of Joseph’s life,” said senior Lindsay Book, one of the narrators. “We are three completely different people telling the same story.” The musical takes placed from the worship center at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Buena Vista Road in southwest Bakersfield. The arrangement allows the cast and crew to use the light, sound and video system of the church. The production includes many

volunteers, a six-person technical crew, 10 playing in the orchestra, 16 singing in the children’s choir and 22 high school actors. Senior Jake Wattenbarger, who plays the lead, said he has dreamed of playing Joseph since he watched the musical for the first time when he was 3 years old. “(Joseph) is the victim of everything that has happened to him,” Wattenbarger said. “I just try to embrace his emotions and feelings for what is going on in his life.” — Alexandra Gomez is a student at BCHS


Robots are no longer a thing of the future, but a thing of now. And a local group is organizing a robot party on Saturday to give local residents a glimpse of just what “now” looks like. “In honor of National Robotics Week, Bakersfield Robotics would like to bring awareness to the benefits of robots in society, in community and daily life,” Stephen Mears wrote in a message to The Californian. Bakersfield Robotics is a loose group of enthusiasts who hope to host several events and competitions throughout the year, said Kathryn Mears, who is helping her husband publicize Saturday’s party. Mrs. Mears said anyone can bring a robot to the event, though the group would appreciate prior notification to ensure



Oman Hollingsworth as LeFou, Gilbert Gonzalez as Monsieur D’Arque, and Trenton Slabach as Gaston in the Ridgeview High production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

‘Beauty’ in the eye of beholders of this musical BY THEIMUS D. ROBERSON Contributing writer


he Ridgeview High theater department is gearing up to present “Beauty and the Beast,” not just one of the most timeless stories ever told but also an amazing Broadway-style musical. The production includes 45 student cast members, nine backstage techs, and an orchestra of 30 students who have been rehearsing for eight weeks. Carissa Alexander portrays Belle; I am the Beast and, along with the rest of the cast, we are proud of the work we have accomplished. We also recruited

“Beauty and the Beast” When: 7 p.m. April 17, 18, 19 Where: Ridgeview Auditorium, 8501 Stine Road Admission: $8; $6 students with ID; $5 children ages 5 to 12 Information: 398-3100

Ridgeview graduate Natalia Mallory from “So You Think You Can Dance” to choreograph the show. —Theimus D. Roberson is a student at Ridgeview.

rapport, and it definitely grew stronger during the rehearsal process. Each one has great respect for the other, and they definitely support and rely on each other throughout the play.” The rest of the cast — Jenny Maddern, Brian Sivesind and Matthew Borton — proved equally delightful for Kempf to direct. “The easiest part was rehearsing. It was a pleasure every night. We all enjoy each other’s company very much and laughed a lot. I was confident in the actors’ abilities, and I could just let them go in rehearsal to create!” Having recently celebrated a decade living in Bakersfield and working with The Empty Space, Kempf said he’s been pleased with how the community has continued to sustain local arts. “I see community support of theater (and the other arts) continuing to grow. The Empty Space’s attendance for the last few years has been very strong, and I believe that comes from a concerted effort to present quality productions of both new and popular plays and musicals.”

‘Kreative Allusions’ Also on tap this weekend is the opening

Robot party When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday Where: University of La Verne, 1201 24th St., Suite D-200 Information: or 328-1430.

there is room. Already planned are robots from the Levan Institute of Bakersfield College, along with other demonstrations and displays. The public is welcome to peruse the technology, and admission is free. “The world is becoming more and more dependent on autonomous systems,” Mears wrote. “Whether we care or not, they are here and by the look of things, they aren’t leaving anytime soon.”

reception for “Kreative Allusions,” an art exhibit by John Kirkeby, who had a solo show at the gallery last year. Gallery curator Jesus Fidel describes Kirkeby’s latest show of treescapes as bold and unique. “The refreshing aspect of John’s work is that he just lets go and paints away for only himself with no regard. He doesn't feel the need to complement his art with a wild story to reflect what is on his canvas.” Painting since his late 20s and PHOTO COURTESY OF now retired, JESUS FIDEL Kirkeby said he “Seasons” by John likes to keep his Kirkeby is part of his art interesting. show, “Kreative Allu“My style has sions,” at The Empty evolved greatly, Space. and continues to evolve. I do not like to do the same things over and over. I think that by changing styles and subject matter it has allowed me to grow tremendously as an artist, and keeps my work fresher.”

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early victory with the costume contest at 11:30 a.m. With team names like Minions, Sole Mates, Covert Action, French Toast Mafia and Valley Fever, there’s no telling what the costumes will entail, but there is a $300 prize on the line. The winner will be selected by participants via a poll text, although Cantu did not have all the details as of Tuesday. Costumes are not required but highly encouraged, Cantu noted. At noon, teams will be given 12 clues, which, once solved, will lead them to 12 locations in downtown Bakersfield. Clues could include cryptograms and other word puzzles. (See accompanying box for samples.) Cantu said people shouldn’t worry about not being able to figure out the clues. “I would say they are moderate, in between moderate and easy. We don’t want to make it too challenging. We want the average contestant to be able to solve the clues.” Teams will need at least one smartphone per team, to help solve clues, map locations and photograph themselves completing challenges. Other requirements include $5 to purchase items for charity along the race route and a bag to carry them. Although strategy is up to each group, Cantu had a recommendation: “It would be prudent to solve all the clues up front.” Teams can head to locations in whatever order they choose. At each site, volunteers will be on hand to make sure they understand the physical challenge at each location. Although tight-lipped on most details, Cantu said the feats are similar to those seen on the TV show “Minute to Win It.” (For those not familiar with the NBC program, sample challenges have included balancing pastries on one’s forehead, stacking cards or cans and bouncing pingpong balls or coins into glasses.) Contestants must document the completion of each task with a smartphone photo that features everyone in the group

Answers 1. First word: North “Jane Eyre” “Little Women” “Pride and Prejudice” “The Catcher in the Rye” “Lord of the Flies” Second word: Tampa “The Great Gatsby” “The Devil Wears Prada” “To Kill A Mockingbird” “Life of Pi” “Fifty Shades of Grey” 2. African Extravaganza

to prevent the teams from dividing up and completing tasks separately, Cantu said. When the tasks are completed, teams will gather at the finish line at On the Rocks around 5 p.m. While waiting for the results, participants can rest and enjoy free hors d’ouevres, beverages and music. Awards will be given out at the ceremony, with the top three teams winning $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively. Proceeds from the event will support Stewards Inc.’s main mission, which is assisting those on disability or retirement incomes with managing their finances. “We ensure that their income is used toward housing, food, clothing, payment of utilities and bills and their comfort,” Cantu said. “We’re like their social workers. We encourage them to become financially independent. That’s our end goal.” With plans to make this the nonprofit’s annual fundraiser — replacing a clay shoot — Cantu said a lot of hard work and planning has gone into the race. But he looks forward to a great turnout for the inaugural race. “We suggest they come dressed in costumes, well-rested and ready to have fun!”


tyre) joined in on guitar with his rhythm stuff. Then Roger Ball, our arranger, took it overnight and came back with the horn line all written out the next day. It was literally done in 24 hours.” Gorrie pointed to a key moment in the song recorded by original sax player Malcolm “Molly” Duncan. “I always really liked Molly’s sax solo. It’s really gritty, earthy and unsophisticated. I’m a big lover of things that aren’t too polished and that sax solo just resonates with me. It’s kind of like a first take. Everybody contributed a lot equally to that song.” The group continued with a string of hits over the next two decades before going on a seven-year hiatus to pursue solo projects. Today, the groups maintains a year-round tour schedule with original members Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre, plus a group of longtime collaborators that includes former Tower of Power vocalist, Brent Carter. “We’ve got a lot of new dimensions with the band as well. The live performance is always what’s kept me going.” When asked to comment on the state of today’s soul and R&B music, Gorrie didn’t hold back. “I’m really tired of hearing music that now has no instrumentation on it. Even the vocals are machines. It’s human-free and it doesn’t make the hair on the back of

Win tickets to the concert Tune in to “First Look with Scott Cox” this morning for a chance to win tickets to the Average White Band concert Saturday. “First Look” airs from 7 to 10 a.m. on KERN-AM, 1180, or watch the live video stream at Your chance to win tickets is during the Eye Street hour from 9 to 10 a.m., when Assistant Lifestyles Editor Stefani Dias and entertainment reporter Matt Munoz run down all there is to do in town this weekend. Bakersfield band Amity Flow will stop by to do a song or two as well.

my neck stand up. That’s one of the yard sticks I’ve had all my life. To have come this far through all these wonderful musical developments, the roots of everything from New Orleans, through rock ’n’ roll, through soul, R&B, jazz, to end up with this. What an indictment of laziness. It had neither rhythm, nor blues. It’s something else and I won’t retract my statement.” Gorrie added Bakersfield needn’t worry about those concerns at Saturday’s performance. “Our fans will always get what they want, the history book, a fresh performance of all the hits and some surprises you won’t expect to hear. People can look forward to a great show Saturday night.”



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Eye Street Go & Do Today 22nd annual Relay for Life Survivor’s Reception, 4 to 6 p.m., St. Philip the Apostle Church, 7100 Stockdale Highway. California Writers Series presents Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout, 7 p.m., CSUB, Walter Stiern Library, Dezember Reading Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-6503. Classic Series, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday, Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. CSUB Guitar Arts Concert Series (more on Page 28). Love & Theft, guest Canaan Smith, 7 p.m., Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $16.50-$22.50. or 3225200. National Boys & Girls Club Week: Game of Life, for ages 13 to 18, food, music, carnival games, inflatable boxing, DJ, 4 to 7:30 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 801 Niles St. Free. Visit 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 Boys & Girls Club Ribbon Cutting, renovation of bathrooms, new check-in area, new cubbies, addition of a recording studio, 4 to 6 p.m., Boys & Girls Club, 801 Niles St. 325-3730. Circle of Friends 16th Year Celebration, presented by Jesus Shack, with hors d’oeuvres, live and silent action, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Moorea Banquet Centre, 8700 Swigert Court. $100. 324-0638. Millionaires, Ashland High (Trace Cyrus), Beneath the Sun, and Lancifer, 6 p.m., Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave. $12. Visit or email Paint & All-Breed Horse Show, (more on Page 27). Red & White Wine & Food Festival, 5 to 7 p.m., Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive. $50 advance; $60 at the gate. 3954800. Third annual Senior Walk, registration 9:30 a.m., walk 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a light lunch at 1:30 p.m., The Medicine Shoppe, parking lot, 5601 Auburn St. 871-8881.

Saturday “Dinosaurs!,” learn about T-Rex, Barney, Dino and Jurassic Park with geologist Tim Elam, 3 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science, 2018 Chester Ave. $7; $5 students/seniors; $4 children. 324-6350. “Fun Under the Son” Spring Car & Motorcycle Show, activities, drawings, food, music, 50/50 drawings, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Calvary Bible Church, 48 Manor St.,

COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS The Californian will salute students in our college-bound seniors issue in May. We need the student’s full name, photo, high school, name of college, submitter’s name and phone number (which will not be published). Email is preferred. Materials must be emailed, just below the bluffs. Free. Visit or 327-5921. “The Imaginators,” the story of three children and the power of imagination, 2 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0701. 2013 Concert Series, with The Average White Band (more on Page 20). 29th annual Hart Canyon Rendezvous, re-enactment of the pre1840 mountain man era, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Twin Oaks, Back Canyon Road, Caliente. $5 per car. or 835-1491. Bakersfield African Violet Club Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to noon, at residence 7405 Eliso Court. Proceeds to benefit club. Bakersfield Amazing Race 2013, (more on Page 21). Bakersfield Diamond Divas Roller Derby, double-header, bouting for autism; Diamond Diva RoughCuts vs. The Hooligans and Bakersfield Diamond Divas vs. The Rollin Roulettes, 5 p.m., Skateland, 415 Ming Ave. $10 adults advance; $12 adults; $5 children and seniors. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Autism Society ChapterKern Autism Network. Visit Bakersfield Koi & Water Garden Society Club, meets 10 to 11 a.m. Details, email Bakersfield Speedway, Late Models, Sport Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, gates open at 4 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m., Bakersfield Speedway, 5001 N. Chester Ave. $15; $5 ages 6-12; under 5 free. or call 393-3373. Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (more on Page 21). Book Signing, with authors Stephen Bass and George Ansolabehere of “The Basques of Kern County,” 11 a.m., Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0701. CASA Superhero Run, 10K, 5K, 2K run/walk; check-in 7 to 7:45 a.m., race begins 8 a.m., Rio Bravo Ranch, 15701 Highway 178. $20$30. Visit or 6312272. Democratic Women of Kern Meeting, Part 2: Karen Kidd will be discussing “Our Story as Women,” 9 a.m., The Garden Spot, 3320 Truxtun Ave. $5 members; free for guests. Visit

dropped off or postmarked by May 13. Photos will not be returned. Email; drop off at The Californian, 1707 Eye St.; or mail to College Bound Seniors, The Bakersfield Californian, P.O. Bin 440, Bakersfield, CA 93302. Free Electronic Waste Recycling Event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stockdale High School, 2800 Buena Vista Road. 873-4011. Grupo Folklorico “Escuelas Unidas,” “Festival Juvenil Primaveral,” guest performing group Grupo Folklorico Xalisco de Jalisco, and Grupo Folklorico Mi Tierra de Bakersfield, 6 p.m., East High School, 2200 Quincy St. $10 advance; $12 at the door. Tickets at Martin’s Meats, 801 21st St., or call 872-6067. Gun Show & Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, Building #3, 1142 S. P St. $9; children 13 and under are free; $3 parking. 805-481-6726. Kern County Teacher Job Fair, 8 a.m. to noon, University Square, 2000 K St. Must be fully credentialed or intern-eligible by August and can pre-register. 636-4750 or 636-4371. March for Babies, March of Dimes fundraiser, registration starts 8 a.m., march begins at 9 a.m., Liberty Park, 11225 Brimhall Road. or 599244-5777. Merle Haggard, (more on Page 30). National Boys & Girls Club Week: Spring Planting, volunteer to help with spring planting, 9 a.m. to noon, Boys & Girls Club, 801 Niles St. 325-3730. North High School Athletic Hall of Fame, social hour 5 p.m., inaugural dinner and ceremony 6 p.m., Garces High School, Monsignor Leddy Hall, 2800 Loma Linda Drive. $50. 805-7704 or 387-1779. 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. Relay for Life No Limit Hold’em Poker Tournament, 6 to 9 p.m., Aviator Casino, 1225 Airport Drive, Delano. $55 includes dinner buffet; $20 re-buys and add-ons. Benefitting Baker Hughes and Friends. 616-7887. Ridin’ N’ Rockin’ For Relay, benefitting American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; registration 10 a.m. at Bikersfield, 2622 Fairhaven Drive, ride leaves at 11 a.m., music, raffles, music, 1 to 4 p.m., Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell

Highway. Email Robot Party, (more on Page 32). Seniors Faire, with 50-plus vendors, drawings, prizes, lunch provided by In-N-Out Burger, music by the Goldenaires, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., across the street from First Assembly of God. Free. 327-8446. Spring Social Fashion Show & Luncheon, raffle, prizes, 11 a.m., The Petroleum Club, 5060 California Ave. $30. Visit or 324-2767. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10859, Rosedale & Ladies Auxiliary, 9:30 a.m., Norris Road Veterans Hall, 400 Norris Road. 588-5865. Wild West Day, celebrate the rich “Cowboy Culture” and history that exists in Kern County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. $10; $5 for children. 868-8400. Writers of Kern meeting, 10 a.m., Clarion Hotel, 3540 Rosedale Highway. $10. Visit

Sunday Book signing, with Steve Kennelly of “Five Steps to Great Hitting and Winning in Life,” 1 to 4 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. Brian Regan, (more on Page 22). Guild House “Affaire Extraordinaire” Dinner, five-course gourmet meal, 5 p.m., Guild House, 1905 18th St. $100 per person. 325-5478. Jim Whitter starring in “Feeling Groovy,” presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 3 p.m., Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $40 for two remaining concerts. or 205-8522 or 589-2478. Expo and Fashion Show, noon to 5 p.m., Bakersfield Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Ave. Free.

THEATER “Crimes of the Heart” (more on Page 20). “Follow Your Dreams” Musical Comedy, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Leo B. Hart Elementary School, multipurpose room, 9501 Ridge Oak Drive. $5 advance; $7 at the door. 664-1296. “Hooray for Hollywood,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “The Five Divas,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield High School, in Harvey Auditorium, 1241 G St. $30 adults; $10 children 12 & under. 325-6100. “The Fox on the Fairway,” (more on Page 24). “The Imaginators,” the story of three children and the power of imagination, 2 p.m. Saturday, Beale Memorial Library, Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 8680701.

Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 p.m. Fridays, JC’s Place, 1901 Chester Ave. $5. 322-8209. Major League Improv, improvisational comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $10. 327-PLAY. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,”(more on Page 32).

ART Perspective Drawing Class, with Jim Bates, 1 to 3 p.m. today, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $60 for three sessions. 869-2320. “Kreative Allusions” Artist Reception, for John Kirkeby, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free. 327-PLAY. Side by Side, for children ages 38, art projects, painting, sculpting and more, 10 to 11 a.m. every second Saturday, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $10 members; $15 non-members; children need to be accompanied by an adult. 323-7219 or Bakersfield Art Association Meeting, guest speaker Don Ambriz discussing and demonstrating calligraphy, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Free. 869-2320. Exhibits on Display, “Architectural Models, Drawings & Images by Randall Stout,” “Vacancy: Paintings by Matt Condron,” “the Whey (way) n: to center: Drawings by Amie T. Rangel,” and “Harry Wilson: The Museum Set,” now through June 9, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. or 323-7219. Art Classes, in drawing, watercolor, oils, color theory, for beginners and advanced, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Art for Healing program, classes that alleviate stress, resulting from illness, or grief. All classes are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A Street. Visit or to register, 632-5357. The Art Shop Club, a quiet place to paint, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. New members and guests welcome. 322-0544 or 832-8845.

MUSIC Acoustic The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; Blonde Faith, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Blues Kern River Blues Society Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Trout’s, 805 N. Chester Ave. 872-7517.


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Eye Street Wine Me Up, 3900 Coffee Road, Suite 2, 588-8556; Terry Huston, 6 p.m. Friday. Free.

Classic rock The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road; John Hollins band, 9:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. $5. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane; Mystic Red, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; CRS Riders, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. La Mina Cantina & Grill, 8020 District Blvd., 587-8777; Prisoners of Love, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; Blonde Faith, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sky Bar and Lounge, 4208 Rosedale Highway, 633-1116; Elevation 406, 10 p.m. Friday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 100, 831-1413; Odie Crabtree, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Comedy Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Improv Tuesday — Live comedy with DJ after party, 9 p.m. Tuesdays. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; 7:45 p.m. Thursday. $5.

Country Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; Monty Byrom and the Buckeroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; CRS Riders, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Drive, 392-2010; The Pals Band, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday (except the third Wednesday). Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane, 392-2030; The Pals Band, 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Trout’s & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; Red Simpson, 7 p.m. Monday; Steve Woods, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Free.

Dancing Pairs and Spares Dance, with Tony Ernst band, 7 p.m. Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $7; $9 nonmembers. 399-3575. 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. Mavericks Singles, ballroom and country dancing with music by Country George and his Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive. $7 member; $9 guest. 831-9241. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; two-step, West Coast swing, line dance lessons, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays; West Coast swing, 6 p.m. Fridays. $5.

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 & ’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, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Jam Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700; open jam session, 4 p.m. Sundays.

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; music by Keith and Linda Barbour, 6 to 8:30 p.m. today; Deedra Patrick and Chris Neufeld, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; Jim Robinso, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; Ken Bausano, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday; Joe’s Ten Revival, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. 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, 9000 Ming Ave., 6641400; Candace Freeman and Steve Eisen, 9 to 11:45 p.m. Saturday. 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. Fridays. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.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 p.m. Tuesday; 8 p.m. Friday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 Thursday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. 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; 3237111, 8 p.m. 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. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 p.m. Wednesday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 p.m. every Friday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; A to Z Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 10612 Rosedale Highway. 589-0412. 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., 869-1451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. 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. Pour House, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 4041 Fruitvale Ave. 589-9300. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. Saturdays. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays.

Rocky’s Pizza & Arcade, 2858 Niles St., 873-1900, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 p.m. Tuesday. Round Table Pizza, 4200 Gosford Road, 397-1111; 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Rusty’s Pizza, 5430 Olive Drive, 392-1482; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sky Bar and Lounge, 4208 Rosedale Highway, 633-1116, Karaoke with Ben Lara, 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Syndicate Lounge, 1818 Eye St., 327-0070; 9 p.m. Wednesday. Tejon Club, 6 t p.m. 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. Thursday. The Playhouse Lounge, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 p.m. Sundays. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; 9 p.m. Friday. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 8714140; 8:30 p.m. Fridays. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 7 p.m. Friday, 1440 Weedpatch Highway. 363-5102. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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

Open mic Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. F St., Tehachapi, 823-9994; 7 p.m. Wednesdays. $5. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; musicians, spoken word, poets, comedians, 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Poetry Open Mic, others welcome to bring prose and poetry; signups begin at 6:45 p.m., readings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 665-4686.

Reggae On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; Top Shelph, Vanity Avenue, Amity Flow, 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday. $5. B. Ryder's Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Vanity Avenue, 9 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. $5.

R&B Señor Pepe, 8450 Granite Falls

Drive, 661-588-0385, Rebecca Aguilar and Lost Vinyl, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Rock KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 3229910; 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. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; live music, 9 p.m. today; Not Perfect Humans, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5. 21 & over only. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. Thursday.

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

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

Trivia night Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Chuy’s, 2500 New Stine Road, 833-3469; 7 p.m. every Tuesday. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; 8 to 10 p.m. Monday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

UPCOMING EVENTS Wednesday 4/17 27th annual Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture, with author Kenneth Feinberg of “What is Life Worth?” and “Who Gets What?,” 7 p.m., CSUB, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-2555. Holocaust survivor Dorothy Greenstein discusses her survival, 7:30 p.m., Student Union, Multipurpose Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free admission and parking. Visit or 654-2138. Homeless Project Art Show, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., at residences at West Columbus, 500 W. Columbus St. 631-8500 ext. 2002. Independent Film Festival, see the movie “Amour,” 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Saturday, Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. 636-0484. Kern Photography Association, all skill levels welcome, 6 to 8 p.m., Henley’s Photo, 2000 H St. or 496-3723. League of Women Voters Luncheon Meeting, speaker Jonathan Parker, general manager of the Kern Water Bank Authority, 5:45 p.m., The Petroleum Club, 5060 California Ave. $25. Email or 634-3773. Red Cross New Volunteer Orientation, 6 to 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 5035 Gilmore Ave. Free. or 800-RedCross.

Eye Street Entertainment / 4 - 11 - 13  
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