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Index Boz Scaggs & Michael McDonald............ 24 Arts Alive .................................................. 25 ‘Man of Steel’ review .............................. 26 ‘This is the End’ review............................ 27 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz.............. 28 This Week’s Obsessions .......................... 29 Billy Mize movie fundraiser .................. 30 Calendar .............................................. 33-35
CHAPTER EIGHT: A dark turn And I won’t. There is no coming back. You deceived me while living and you insist on haunting me now. I despise being a widow, but I do not miss being your wife.
I learned to live alone by living with you. So it would be perfect — if you go chase them now. And stop this music. Your song is useless. Remember… we never danced.
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“Painting was always there for me when nothing else was. Like a best friend who readily listens quietly without judgments.” — Betty Leonor
Betty Leonor: Mistress of mood Stunning work takes story into wonderfully pulpy direction BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer email@example.com
ur Eye Gallery story — all shadows, mysterious figures and haunting music — has been flirting with darkness from the beginning, but the saga has finally gone full-tilt noir, and Betty Leonor was just the artist to do it. Conveying mood is a specialty of Leonor’s, evident in all her work, and she uses that gift to give Chapter Eight of the ongoing narrative a sense of regret and loss. Using her trademark warm palette and sensual eye, the artist jump-starts the plot by offering detailed imagery and text where prior artists offered only hints. Our protagonist is shown sitting on a bed, languidly smoking a cigarette as she studies newspaper clippings detailing the tragic end of a couple whose lives were a painful reminder of her own lost love. A wine bottle lies empty on the bed. “Trying to find a backbone to the story was the challenge,” said Leonor, who, like all the Eye Gallery artists, was given the opportunity to study the artwork and text up to her point in the series. “So when I noticed that I needed to urgently create a solid base for the story, I gathered all the writing, avoided looking at any of the pictures, and came up with something less familiar and more concrete.” Her analytical approach to the project makes sense, given Leonor’s field of study was business, not art. “Discipline, focus and determination to grow are key elements. Maybe I was fortunate to have attended school for business and not art, or perhaps it all adds up the same. Not having an art training has been my biggest battle, but I do see more and more trained artists struggle with the business end of it.” Born in New York, Leonor — of Dominican heritage — spent a lot of time overseas growing up, in places as far-flung as Santo Domingo and Spain. “I was not raised around art at all. I don’t even recall knowing there was such a thing as being an artist. I knew of creative careers like designers, interior decorators, architects, musicians, writers, but to paint was in the hobby category, like crocheting or horseback riding. As a child, I thought I was just a heavy dreamer, inclined to draw, simply because I needed a place to put all my dreams.” Over the last several years the representations of her dreams have been displayed on the walls of galleries across the western United States, including her first exhibition in Las Vegas and several one-woman shows here in Bakersfield, where Leonor
About Eye Gallery The annual art series is a partnership between The Californian and the Bakersfield Museum of Art whose purpose is to put the work of local artists in the spotlight. This year we asked 10 artists to collaborate on a story, in words and pictures. Each was given 96 hours, a canvas and all the work that had been produced to that point. The story will unfold in Eye Street every Thursday through June 27, when the museum will host a reception for the artists and unveil other exhibitions.
moved six years ago. She remembers selling her first painting in 1996, when she was a struggling single mother. The buyer, it turned out, was after more than her work. “I sold it to a man that wanted a chance to take me to dinner. He thought it clever to use the excuse of wanting to see my work and buy a painting. I was a single mom, going to school and working two jobs to make ends meet. That sale paid that month’s rent and I’ll never forget the joy and relief.” While she never obliged the man's offer for dinner, she did continue to paint and 12 years later found herself taking the plunge to become a full-time artist. During her first exhibition in 2008, a respected mentor advised Leonor that she needed formal training, forcing the artist back to the drawing board. “After being offended and in total denial for a little over a week, I went and did what he said, but my way. I bought every drawing book on the market and even read most. But I began faithfully drawing night and day. Today, five years later, I do know what he meant, and consider it one of the best pieces of advice ever given to me.” Explain process/technique on this piece: A good portion of the time was spent collecting the images that would make the background. I had to find newspaper clippings of a band, a crash, a good image of a woman that was the opposite from the one telling the story on the bed and different photos of the same man. Once found, I combined, edited, and sized everything with Photoshop into one background piece. This background was printed in archival digital paper and adhered with acrylic medium to the primed wood. I glazed the background several times and let it dry. Then came the painting part — I designed the room with different complementary light hues and gave it textures using different acrylic mediums and a palette knife. The woman in the bed, lamp, and the remaining the items were all painted traditional-style with a brush. I painted a mustache on all the images of the man. Those images were actually of the actor Gary Cooper.
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Born in New York, Betty Leonor — of Dominican heritage — spent a lot of time overseas growing up in places as far-flung as Santo Domingo and Spain.
Next week Artist Adel Shafik wonders about opening another door in Chapter Nine of our story.
When did you know art was your passion? There was no epiphany. Painting was always there for me when nothing else was. Like a best friend who readily listens quietly without judgments. Very intimate and personal. It never occurred to me to live without it and I didn’t begin painting for the sake of art; I began for the sake of me. So while some people paid a shrink, I just bought more canvas. What kind of art speaks to you? I have the most respect for realism. It isn’t easy and you get no breaks. I am
blown away by paintings that clearly show me the artist’s eye and how they can highlight subtly their subject, capture a mood and/or masterfully place brush strokes that seem effortless. What does your art say about you? Although I use my own life and personal experience as reference, it is the universal emotion that I try to capture and frame. I love when I hear someone say, “Oh my God! That can be me, I’ve been there,” or “That’s exactly how I feel.” I know then I have accomplished my goal. Beyond art, what else are you passionate about? I enjoy designing my own clothes and making them. Cooking my signature gourmet fusions is now a regular event in my home. Traveling to foreign countries has always been fascinating. Love books, so reading is on the list
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t’s a voice so unique and soulful that it has the power to take millions of baby boomers to the streets while triggering uncontrollable fits of laughter in the children of said baby boomers. But no one is happier than Michael “Yah Mo B There” McDonald that his baritone still has cultural currency as a popular punch line in comedies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Family Guy” and countless YouTube videos poking fun at his genre of music, affectionately dubbed “Yacht Rock.” “I think they’re great,” McDonald said. “I was introduced to those by my kids who love to laugh at me. They were much younger when they came out, and we also got a big kick out of the ‘Family Guy’ stuff and all that.” McDonald can be a good sport about the mockery because his success as a solo artist and in The Doobie Brothers is proof enough that his voice endures, as does that of his old friend Boz Scaggs. The two will play for Bakersfield audiences at Rabobank Theater June 19. McDonald and Scaggs are used to sharing a venue, most recently touring for a lengthy trek under the name Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, with Steely Dan keyboardist Donald Fagen. With the trio now broken down to a pair, McDonald, 61, said he looks forward to this go ’round. “This trip, we’ll have two separate bands. It’s always fun to play with Boz. There’s always been a kind of kindred spirit in our music and the era that we found some big success.” Both vocalists enjoyed most of their success in the 1970s and ’80s, McDonald as a pianist and vocalist for The Doobie Brothers and a vocalist for Steely Dan, Scaggs as a guitarist and sometimes lead singer for the Steve Miller Band. Looking back, McDonald said he was happy to play a background role until one day in 1975, following a studio playback with Steely Dan for the album “Katy Lied.” “I noticed I had something different when I sang ‘Bad Sneakers’ for that record. It was the first time I’d heard myself alone in a background capacity. Somehow my voice took on a sort of ethereal sound because of the timbre of it. Donald (Fagen) liked the sound a lot.” Scaggs, meanwhile, said he was
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Michael McDonald appears with Boz Scaggs at Rabobank Theater on Wednesday night.
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inspired to follow in the footsteps of blues guitar greats Freddie King, TBone Walker and B.B. King, talents whose determination pushed them to the stage night after night, fueling creative fires during long days of recording. And while today’s technology may help lighten the workload, said Scaggs, 69, there are other problems his musical forefathers couldn’t have imagined. “It’s an ever-changing thing,” Scaggs said. “It’s like our way of living has been pulled from under us, but it’s also a way to get our music out. What you try to do as an artist, you try to find an audience. As you find or expand an audience, you are able sustain what you do. As long as you
can do that, you can continue being an artist.” But Scaggs does have his limits when it comes to the modern age of social networking. “I think it’s fantastic how people are keeping up with each other,” he said. “I don’t do that, because I don’t have time. I’ve never sent a Tweet in my life, and I don’t even know what Facebook is. I just go make records with my friends and go out on tour. I know that’s over simplifying to some degree, but I just do it the way I’ve always done it.” With that in mind, Scaggs creates a set list for his shows that spans his long career. “We’ll be pulling music from ‘Silk Degrees,’ my new ‘Memphis’ album, plus a lot of the requests I get from fans. It’s all over the place.” McDonald, too, plans his concerts around meeting listeners’ expectations. “There are fans that like to hear stuff they haven’t heard in awhile or the ones who like a certain grouping of songs, which usually works with most audiences. The real trick is bringing out songs from the past and new ones to put in the show.”
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‘Steel’ just shy of being super Drama compelling, but action bogs things down BY CARY DARLING Fort Worth Star-Telegram
For its first half, “Man of Steel” is well on its way to superheromovie greatness. Dark, turbulent and not at all campy, it casts the young Clark Kent as a perennial outcast, a boy trapped between the wishes of his adoptive father, who demands he keep his strengths secret, a world that shuns him when he shows any evidence that he is different, and his gnawing desire to be who he really is. Using alienation as a theme is familiar to the comic-book world, of course. The “X-Men” and the “Dark Knight” sagas have trod this territory, but it’s new for the cinematic “Supermans,” at least to this degree. No surprise then that Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, the men behind the gloomy “Dark Knight” movies, co-wrote the story and Nolan co-produced. But it’s director Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen,” the “Dawn of the Dead” reboot), redeeming himself from the wretched steampunk shenanigans of “Sucker Punch,” who pulls it all together. His hellish vision of the planet Krypton in its end times — where Jor-El (Russell Crowe) sends his newborn son, Kal-El (later known as Clark Kent) into deep space to be raised on Earth — and Clark’s
‘Man of Steel’ ★★1⁄2 Cast: Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams Running time: 143 minutes Rated: PG-13
tortured road to manhood are ripe with despair. But then the constraints of being an estimated $225 million film, with all the weight of boxoffice expectations that number brings, begin to tie the filmmakers’ hands in bonds that not even Superman can break. By the end, “Man of Steel” has mutated into just another superhero action movie, with explosions galore and city buildings toppling like so many Legos. Lather, rinse, repeat. That’s too bad because, until the point where it turns into a routine exercise like “Thor,” “Man of Steel” has so much going for it. When we are introduced to the adult Clark (Henry Cavill, “The Tudors”), he lives a loner life, not revealing much of anything to anyone — unless his help is really needed, as when some workers have to be rescued from a collapsing rig in the middle of the ocean. But when an alien ship from Krypton is found buried near the Arctic — and the government as well as Lois Lane (Amy Adams), an investigative reporter for The Daily Planet, are trying to figure out what it is — Kent’s private life begins to unravel.
Henry Cavill, at Edwards Air Force Base in this studio shot, plays Superman in “Man of Steel.”
He is forced to make himself public when his dad’s nemesis from Krypton, General Zod (Michael Shannon), shows up looking for Kal-El. It seems that dear old Dad packed something besides his only son on that ship many years ago; he also sent along the seeds for all future generations of Kryptonians. Long story short: The diabolical Zod wants to terraform and repopulate Earth in the image of his dearly departed Krypton. Of course, Kal-El, aka Clark Kent (cleverly, the name “Superman” is only hinted at), can’t let that happen. And that’s when things begin to spiral into the ordinary as the future of Earth hinges on a battle between Zod
and his minions and Superman and his newfound government buddies, including Col. Nathan Hardy (Christopher Meloni), Gen. Swanwick (Harry Lennix) and scientist Emil Hamilton (Richard Schiff). “Man of Steel” is loaded with solid performances, starting with Cavill, who not only has the physical presence of someone with a giant “S” on his chest, but also brings the right amount of pathos and unease to the part of a man trying to find himself. (Dylan Sprayberry, who plays him as a teenager, is also quite good). Kevin Costner and Diane Lane are wonderfully sympathetic as Kal-El’s adoptive parents, who want to shield their son from the
It’s a bird, it’s a plane ... it’s Edwards AFB? THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
If buzz and anticipation are any indication, the new Superman is about to conquer the world. But first he had to survive Edwards Air Force Base. “Man of Steel,” which hits Bakersfield screens at 12:01 a.m. Friday, was shot on location at the east Kern military base in early 2012, said Joanie Haenelt, film liaison with the Board of Trade, which oversees filming in the county. “I think the reason is that Edwards is film friendly,” Haenelt said. “That’s why they get used quite a bit. You’ll see the fighter planes, and Edwards personnel actually were extras.” Though Haenelt noted that Warner Bros., the studio behind
the release, is typically “hushhush” about details of its projects (the film permit was pulled under the pseudonym “Autumn Frost”), the base is featured in trailers promoting the film. In one scene, Henry Cavill, the latest square-jawed stud to don the legendary red cape, is seen hovering heroically above as tanks and heavily armed soldiers take aim. “They present it as a military base,” she said. “They did special effects there too.” Production crews filmed for nine days at the base, and did 20 days of preparation work before that, pumping an estimated $2.3 million into the east Kern economy, Haenelt said. Film crews pay nothing to film in the county or at the base, but they do spend money on lodg-
ing, food, recreational activities and other needs. “Man of Steel” is the second of two recent popcorn flicks filmed partially in eastern Kern County. But unlike the disappointing “Hangover Part III,” which ended the men-behaving-badly franchise with a whimper, the reboot of the Superman saga is expected to soar. Meanwhile, Haenelt reported that no other potential blockbusters are being filmed in Kern at the moment, but there are a number of commercials and independent films being made. She said Kern averages about 20 productions a month, though March saw a surge with 40 film permits filed. The film commission reported $18.8 million in filming revenue in 2012, down
from $19 million in 2011. “We try to give film crews whatever they ask for, but there’s some things we just can’t do,” Haenelt said, using as an example the film “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp, set for release July 3. “They were looking for a desert with big river going through it. We tried, but we just couldn’t do it.” The most in-demand Kern locations include the wind turbines around Tehachapi, the desert landscape, Tejon Ranch and Willow Springs International Raceway in the Rosamond area. “We’re excited about the new race track,” said Haenelt, referring to Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield. “We’ll be promoting that.”
worst the world has to offer but realize they can’t keep him hidden away forever. For the always reliable Shannon (a critics’ favorite in films like “Take Shelter”), this could be a breakout role, while Adams’ Lois Lane sports a feisty independence. The special effects are impressive — especially a tornado that sweeps through Clark’s Kansas hometown — but as the climactic battles wear on, they become repetitive, and more adventurous viewers will feel that a big chance was lost. But in Hollywood’s real-world war for the hearts, minds and dollars of summer moviegoers, “Man of Steel” will no doubt be the winner.
Theater times All of Bakersfield’s first-run movie theaters will screen “Man of Steel” at or around 12:01 a.m. Friday. Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza 16 2000 Wible Road 2D: $8.50; $5.50 children (ages 3 to 11) and seniors (55 and older) 3D: $11; $8 children and seniors Edwards Bakersfield Stadium 14 9000 Ming Ave. 2D: $10.50; $7 children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (55 and older) 3D: $14; $10.50 children and seniors Maya Cinemas Bakersfield 14 2D: $10; $8 children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (60 and older) 3D: $13; $11 children and seniors Regency Theatres East Hills Mall 2D: $7; $5 children (up to age 11) and seniors (61 and older)
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Sophomoric, yes, but sophisticated too Beneath humor is screed against celeb narcissism BY ANN HORNADAY The Washington Post
The apocalyptic satire "This Is the End" was made for admirers of Seth Rogen and James Franco, who, the movie suggests, may be their own biggest fans. An alternately sly and wildly indulgent exercise in omni-referential humor, “This Is the End” is accidently true to its title: As both homage and send-up, it presents viewers with the ultra-meta image of a comedy genre eating its own tail. That genre, for the uninitiated, has been perfected by Rogen and Franco — along with "End" costars Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride — in films that brim with marijuana-fueled disquisitions, sophomoric sex jokes, graphic gross-outs and generous dollops of gratuitous violence. The epitome of the form was the 2008 stoner action comedy "Pineapple Express," which set out to prove that "stoner" and "action" aren’t mutually exclusive, but which instead nearly obliterated its exhilaratingly unhinged portrait of potobsessed layabouts with a third
act that exemplified overkill in every sense of the word. Those same excesses come into play in "This Is the End," which Rogen co-wrote with "Pineapple Express" writer Evan Goldberg, here making a game if uneven directorial debut. The premise of "This Is the End" is that everyone is playing themselves — a bunch of over-privileged young actors bro-ing out in L.A. when a sudden spate of earthquakes, fires and mysterious disappearances sends them into a panicked scrum of survivalist hoarding and eschatological speculation. Most of the action takes place in Franco’s bunker of a home, which he has decorated with his own paintings and where he stores props from his previous films, including the video recorder from "127 Hours." Thanks to that piece of serendipity, the men film themselves as the social order begins to break down and friendships suffer near-homicidal strain. The degree to which viewers enjoy "This Is the End" depends entirely on the degree to which they enjoy watching Rogen, Franco and their cohorts riff, bounce off and diss each other, often with the most unsavory sexual references at their disposal. Those improvisatory interludes
“This Is the End” ★★★ Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride Running time: 107 minutes Rated: R
often produce observantly absurdist humor, but they can also fall as flat as Robinson singing the line "Take yo’ panties off" for the upteenth time. "This Is the End" is such a scattershot, tonally unfocused grab bag — one minute the guys are playing soccer with a man’s bloody head, the next they’re making an antic DIY version of "Pineapple Express II" — that it virtually defies synopsis, let alone neat categorization. But beneath the gore, goofiness and anxiety posing as raunchy bravado, "This Is the End" actually possesses a genuine if simplistic point about actorly narcissism and spiritual bankruptcy. Franco is particularly self-lacerating, going along good-naturedly as his recent avant-garde pretensions and teasingly ambiguous sexual identity become punch lines. (Past flops are also fair game, whether the universally loathed misfire "Your Highness" or Rogen’s flat-line version of "The Green Hornet.") There’s even a moment — around the time Franco compares the Holy Trinity to Neapolitan ice cream — when "This Is the End" promises to lift viewers into flights of genuinely clever pop culture critique.
Bakersfield film raises tidy sum for nonprofit THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
If “David and Zach’s Quest to Sac” had been released by a Hollywood studio, the film’s opening weekend box-office receipts would have gotten somebody fired. But this is Bakersfield, not LA, and the film — which chronicles the heroic odyssey of a man and his son to bring attention to the disabled — is a runaway smash. “When all’s said and done, we will have made about $33,000 net profit for Kern Assistive Technology Center and were able to showcase what the agency is all about to folks who may otherwise have no idea,” said KATC board chairman Rob Meszaros, referring to the film’s premiere Saturday at the Fox Theater. “We had a near-sold out VIP party before the screening and another 300 or so guests for the movie premiere.” The $10,000 privately financed movie follows David Mensch, 52, who rode his motorized wheelchair from Bakersfield to Sacramento last year to protest proposed budget cuts that targeted programs like KATC. Mensch’s teenage son, Zach, rode his bike alongside his dad the entire route, and a film crew caught all the action. “David is kind of a selfless dude,” Meszaros said. “Since I
first learned that he wanted to do the quest more than a year ago, nothing was about him as much as it was about the larger cause of representing the ‘differentlyabled’ population and showing that anyone can do anything they set their mind and heart to.” If you missed the screening, Meszaros said “Quest” likely will be shown again at a Bakersfield film festival in the fall, and filmmaker Jeff Nachtigal intends to submit it to other festivals as well. Eventually the film will be available on DVD. Proceeds from the movie will go into KATC’s general fund to help the agency continue to serve its mission of helping people with disabilities live more independently through the use of technology, said Meszaros, who noted that another benefit of the movie was that it reached new audiences. “One of our challenges is we always seem to engage with the same audiences,” he said. “Like many nonprofits, it's been hard to get to the next level.” As for the quality of the movie itself? Meszaros offers his best Roger Ebert: “It was told flawlessly in my opinion. I think it definitely made the few hundred people in attendance feel good in their own way. I know it did me.”
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Making most of her big break Fate, and Benatar, smiled on singer When iconic rock vocalist Pat Benatar gave Brynn Marie a chance, the aspiring artist went out and hit it with her best shot every night. “I had the chance to open for Pat last summer in Oklahoma and was asked back again and again,” said the 28-year-old singer of landing the coveted gig that brings her to Rabobank Theater on Friday night, opening for Benatar and Cheap Trick. “Then one evening in February, I got a phone call for an offer to open this summer tour. I really owe it all to Pat, who really gave me a shot and told me to always stay true and to never give up.” Her latest EP, “Things Change,” showcases her blend of country and rock influences. “I’m inspired by artists who have taken risks, from Shania Twain, Faith Hill, the Beatles to Foo Fighters. There’s a little bit of everything. Country is my roots, and is always in my heart, but I’m a huge fan of rock and pop. I seemed to have blended all three unintentionally to create my own sound. I don’t wanna sound like anyone else, I just wanna be me.” Another way Brynn Marie has cultivated her fan base is through a strong online presence from her website, brynnmarie.com, where fans can follow her every move through a series of social networking links. “I’ve been singing for years, but being able to spread my music through the Internet is such a learning experi-
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PHOTO COURTESY OF SHAYLA RIVERA
Comedians Luke Torres, left, and Shayla Rivera appear at the Latino Comedy Jam at the Fox on Saturday.
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Country-rock singer songwriter Brynn Marie appears with Pat Benatar and Cheap Trick at Rabobank Theater on Friday.
“First Look” Catch Brynn Marie on “First Look with Scott Cox” Friday morning, where she’ll perform a couple of songs. On this morning’s show, Assistant Lifestyles Editor Stefani Dias will interview an organizer of the upcoming Nut Festival and give away tickets to Pat Benatar/Cheap Trick, Boz Scaggs/Michael McDonald and Air Supply. Go to bakersfield.com from 7 to 10 a.m. this morning to get in on the action.
ence to me. Social media is so important these days, almost everyone has a computer or a smartphone, and it lets you connect directly with fans and viceversa.” As she continues working toward her goal of reaching a
wider audience and having a commercial radio hit — her latest single, “Bandaid on a Bullet Hole” being a prime candidate — Brynn Marie is confident Bakersfield will enjoy her live stage show on Friday. “Every time I walk out on stage I put my whole heart out there. I like to take the audience on a ride with a high-energy set you can stomp your feet to.” Friday’s showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 to $88, plus service charges. Rabobank Theater is located at 1001 Truxtun Ave. For more information call 852-7777 or ticketmaster.com.
Latin Comedy Jam Saturday’s Latin Comedy Jam brings together six of today’s most prominent up-and-coming Latin comedians: Johnny Sanchez, Shayla Rivera, Ernie G, Luke Torres, Jerry Garcia and Dillon Garcia. According to Rivera,
Matt Munoz is editor of Bakotopia.com, a sister website of The Californian that devotes itself to promoting Bakersfield’s art scene. Matt’s column appears every Thursday in Eye Street.
who describes her style as nonpolitical, observational comedy, Bakersfield audiences should prepare to leave their real-life problems at the door. “Expect a show with very funny people who bring lots of varied perspectives to the stage according to their experiences. Hopefully lots of wet eyes and crotches,” she said. “My comedic influences come from all funny comedians, not just Latinos,” commented Jerry Garcia. “The Latino Comedy scene today I believe is making a huge comeback with a new wave of comics with an energy a lot of people haven’t experienced before.” Comedian Luke Torres says despite the straitjacket of political correctness, stereotypes continue to be a comic’s best source for material. Like it or not, audiences always laugh. “My material is about everything and everyone. If it can be labeled, I’m going to crack it open and expose its weaknesses. When you come to the show, expect to see controlled chaos. I say the things people want to say, but are worried what others might think.” Saturday’s showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.50 to $40.50. The
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Wayne ‘The Train’ at Trout’s This weekend Trout’s honkytonk in Oildale will be hosting a pair of shows straddling various subgenres of country music, with Wayne “The Train” Hancock on Saturday and Herrick on Sunday. Hancock, an Austin music vet, carries the torch for down-home Texas honkytonk music and a live show tailored for the Trout’s crowd. It’s twangy, sometimes jazzy, but always satisfying. Saturday’s showtime is 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are $10, or $12 at the door. Country quartet Herrick blend modern folk, rock and blues, keeping up with the current flavors popular back home in Nashville. Still touring on the independent circuit, they’ve amassed a huge following online and visit Bakersfield regularly. Check out their music and videos at herricklive.com. Sunday’s showtime is 3 p.m. Admission is free, with special barbecue lunch tickets available for $10. Trout’s is located at 805 N. Chester Ave. For more information, call 399-6700. Please see LOWDOWN / 29
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Eye Street This Week’s Obsessions
Chili and classic cars: You’re welcome, dad Tehachapi event features both pros and amateurs BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor firstname.lastname@example.org
From left, T Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King collaborated on a new multimedia rock opera called “The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.”
Dark and twisted? Right up my alley, brother T his week’s coolest thing, believe it or not, is an e-book. I think. I’m not really sure what those are, and I’ve never had one before. I’m an old-fashioned actual-book kind of guy. Here’s how it happened: I was watching “The Colbert Report” the other night, because I’d heard that one of his guests was T Bone Burnett — an amazing musician, songwriter and producer — who happens to be a huge deal in my estimation. So when he talks, I listen. Turns out he’s just finished a project with John Mellencamp and Stephen King. I had to know more. The story goes like this: John Mellencamp buys a cabin in Indiana, only to be told (after his check was cashed) that it was haunted. He learned the story about three young people who had tragically died many years before. So he wrote it into a musical 13 years ago, just for kicks. His agent convinces him to send it to master horror writer Stephen King, who loves it. King punches up the story and tells Mellencamp that he’s done all he can do with it and that they’d need more help with the music. Enter Burnett, who did what he does so well, fleshing out the songs and hiring an elite group of musicians to bring them to life. And now it’s an album, a touring musical, a novel, and an e-book called “The Ghost
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Brothers of Darkland County.” I knew I had to read it as soon as possible, so I borrowed my iPad from work and downloaded it. Sadly, the only way to experience the story with the music is on an iPad, unless you go see it live. If you’re a fan of those dark old Appalachian murder ballads by Ralph Stanley or the Louvin Brothers, you’ll get the vibe of this thing right away. And even if you’re not, it’s still exceptional. They had me on board with the story, but the list of artists who did the music are some of my favorites. Dave Alvin and his brother, Phil, who are amazing, play the brothers. Then there’s Ryan Bingham, Taj Mahal, Kris Kristofferson, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, and the great Elvis Costello, who plays the devil to absolute perfection. “The Ghosts of Darkland County” is the most fun I’ve had reading anything in a very long time. You go from page to page, and the songs are placed at the appropriate parts of the story. You just tap on the icon when you get to it, and it plays the song. And what a batch of songs. I recommend you listen through headphones, Please see OBSESSIONS / 31
Scott Cox is host of "First Look with Scott Cox," which airs from 7 to 10 a.m. weekdays at bakersfield.com and KERN-AM, 1180.
lthough there are plenty of activities vying for your attention this Father’s Day weekend, Tehachapi makes its case with red-hot chili, cool weather and even cooler cars at the sixth annual Tehachapi Chili Cookoff & Car Show. If last year is any indication, the event should draw a good crowd. “We were right at 4,500 (people),” said David Reed, project manager for Main Street Tehachapi. It’s a big event. It’s been pretty consistent.” “It’s a good day. We open everything up at 11, with (chili) tastings at 12:30 until it’s gone.” With at least 20 contestants in the professional, International Chili Society-sanctioned contest and 10 in the amateur division, chili will be plentiful for a plethora of 2 oz. samples. (Amateurs must make 15 gallons while pros make 5 gallons.) The IRS contestants compete in three categories — regular chili, chili verde and salsa — with prizes varying based on category ($500, $300 and $100 for chili; $300, $200 and $100 for chili verde; and $100 and two $50 prizes for salsa.) Along with the food contests, there will be a vintage car show run by the Tehachapi Car Club, music by classic rock act Denim and a bevy of kids’ activities. “We have a section for the kids — bounce house, kids games, face painting, rock wall,” said Laura Jenkins, promotions manager. “We want to make sure the par-
Sixth annual Tehachapi Chili Cookoff & Car Show When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Green and F streets, downtown Tehachapi Cost: $10 for 10 chili-tasting tickets Information: 822-6519
ents know that there are things for the kids. I try to establish a good portion dedicated to kids.” But chili isn’t all that’s on the menu, the organizer said. There will be hot dogs, chili dogs and chips from the Tehachapi Lions; bacon-wrapped hot dogs, Philly cheese steak, cheeseburgers, coleslaw, lemonade and more from The Sausage King; tri-tip, deep-pit sandwiches and chicken plates from Vantastic Sandwiches; and tacos, kettle corn, corn dogs, funnel cakes and shaved ice from assorted vendors. Like chili with a hint of chocolate, the event is a bit bittersweet: It marks one of the last activities put on by Main Street Tehachapi, a nonprofit started in 1999 to promote the city’s revitalization efforts. “We had received redevelopment money (from the city),” Jenkins said. “Once those dried up, we’ve been living on (event profits) for the last three years. “We made money on our event. The board has done an amazing job for the past couple of years. It’s just gotten more difficult. Sponsorships are difficult.” Jenkins said the board, which has already returned organization of Octoberfest to the bakery that originated it, will meet to discuss the future of other events like the cook-off, wine walks and the Starlight Ball. — Tehachapi News contributed to this report.
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Matt’s picks Inner Circle at B. Ryder’s, 7401 White Lane 8 p.m. Friday, $12 to $15, 397-7304. After carving out their niche back home in Jamaica in the late ’60s, reggae legends Inner Circle became one of the biggestselling acts of their genre with their massive hit song “Bad Boys,” which became the theme of Fox network’s long-running TV show, “Cops.” Their follow-up single, “Sweat (A La La La La Long),” proved to be another scorcher. To help preserve the island’s musical heritage, the band launched the “Saving the Reggae Music” campaign in 2010 with the aim of promoting traditional reggae music over the increasingly U.S.-influenced pop music coming out of Jamaica. Also appearing: Bakersfield reggae rock quintet Amity Flow and deejay Shag. Rockabilly Punk Night at Vinny’s Bar, 2700 S. Union Ave., Saturday, 9:30 p.m., $5. Bakersfield rockabilly die-hard Loner Troubadour along with his band, the Rockabilly Rat, join fellow roots rockers
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Reggae legends Inner Circle appear at B. Ryder’s on Friday.
the Pinebox Peddlers and the Barnyard Stompers on Saturday in the south Bakersfield neighborhood of Rexland Acres, where violating noise ordinances has never been an issue. Fans of The Cramps, Black Flag, Johnny Cash and The Misfits will enjoy this night at one of Bako’s only authentic roadside music dives.
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All in for poker tourney Proceeds to help complete film on Bakersfield Sound BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer
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hooting the footage is only part of the process involved in getting a film ready for distribution, says Joe Saunders, independent producer/director of “Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound.” “I looked at one of the two final cuts this morning,” Saunders said in a recent phone conversation. “I think we should have it ready to enter some film festivals this fall and have the Bakersfield premiere at the Fox Theater in 2014.” So what’s left to be done? Things like getting the music licensing, plus paying legal fees and post-production costs, all of which call for a bundle of money. And that’s the reason Saunders and his supporters are holding a $75-per-person dinner and no-limit poker tournament Saturday at the Aviator Casino in Delano.
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It includes a live auction led by “First Look” host Scott Cox, who also will act as master of ceremonies. “We have some amazing prizes to auction, donated from organizations like the Oakland Raiders and the Academy of Country Music, and several guitar makers,” he said. “The Kern County Sheriff’s Posse is selling tickets for us.” Tickets include poker chips and a DVD of “Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound” when it’s completed. Many longtime residents will remember Mize as a regular on local
television stations in the 1950s and ’60s before he moved to Los Angeles, where he appeared on the “Gene Autry Show” among other programs. Mize, who’s now in his early 80s, had a stroke about 20 years ago and only recently regained his speech and is working on his ability to sing again. Saunders, whose mother is Mize’s daughter, estimates his grandfather, who now lives in Tehachapi, logged about 7,000 hours of TV time. “Billy’s primary career was in television, so the footage for the story is all there,” he said in an earlier interview. “He was on Cousin Herb’s Trading Post and Buck (Owens) actually used to play lead guitar on Billy's show.” The filmmaker is eager to see the film reach fruition for reasons that are both personal and altruistic. “For personal reasons, it’s because he’s my grandfather, but (the film) isn’t just about him and the struggles he’s had,” Saunders said. “I’m also doing it to preserve the legacy of the Bakersfield Sound — a lot of people here aren’t aware of how it began.”
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‘As long as it has a good down beat,’ dancers ready BY PATRICIA ROCHA Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre Stage dancers, led by owner and instructor Pat Gosch, will perform in Sunday’s Beale Band concert preshow. The performers, whose ages range from 15 to “70-ish,” will perform tap and clogging routines that took about six months to learn. Gosh said there are some misunderstandings about the traditional
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folk dance, which makes it difficult to get dancers into clogging. “(Audiences) look at our performance and say, ‘That’s hard,’ and it’s not hard at all,” she said. “It’s pretty easy, much easier than other types of dance. It’s not as difficult as ballet,
jazz or tap by any means.” The versatile dance can be worked into many genres, she explained. “(We’ve clogged to) everything from bluegrass to hip-hop, contemporary music, country, of course,” she said. “We do ’50s, ’40s, ’30s, anything, as long as it has a good down beat.” The concert itself will consist of the Bakersfield Municipal band playing pieces such as “Stardust,” arranged by R.D Becker, “Gallop,” by Dmitri Shostakovich, and “First Suite in E flat” by Gustav Holst. The band will also play Glenn Miller classics, and the marches “High School Cadets” and “Liberty Bell” by John Philip Sousa.
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Cultural impact of icons to be celebrated at graduation THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The only diploma Merle Haggard ever earned was at the school of hard knocks. Until now. The celebrated poet of the common man and one of the city’s most distinguished sons will accept the highest honors Cal State Bakersfield can bestow: an honorary doctorate and the first doctor of fine arts in history.
The award will be presented Friday morning at the school of arts and humanities commencement ceremony, and the artist is expected to attend. Also being honored is the city’s other towering country music star, Buck Owens, who joins an elite list of honorees to receive the President’s Medal. He is the first to be so awarded posthumously, and his son, Buddy Alan Owens will accept the medal on his behalf. The ceremony is from 7 to 10 a.m. at the CSUB Amphitheatre, and is
open only to those lucky enough to have tickets. “We consider these honors as equivalent, although what will be bestowed is slightly different,” stated CSUB President Horace Mitchell. “Merle will receive an honorary doctorate. Buck would have received an honorary doctorate as well, except that the CSU system does not award the degree posthumously. “Instead, Buck will be awarded the President’s Medal, which is an honor of the highest magnitude an individual CSU campus can bestow.”
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because the soundtrack deserves better than tinny iPad speakers. You can buy the soundtrack separately, but I don’t know how much sense it would make without knowing the story. If you have an iPad, download this thing immediately; it’s creepy, it’s funny, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. And if you don’t have an iPad, buy one. Or at least get a job where they’ll let you take one home. This e-book thing could catch on in a big way.
Water workout In case you didn’t read about it earlier, I’ve lost some weight. About 43 pounds worth, as a matter of fact. Well my exercise plan, which involves lots of walking and a few minutes of daily cardio combined with intermittently lifting semi-heavy objects, ran into a wall recently. It turns out that my resolve to get in better shape goes right out the window when the temperature hits 100. So I went on the old Interwebs and found a bunch of exercises I can do in the pool. As it turns out, moving stuff filled with air underwater has the same effect as lifting weights! I went to the neighborhood Target and bought a couple of those plastic balls you see in big hoppers in the toy department. They’re crazy cheap and way more durable than beach balls. The whole project cost $6. Take that, multibillion-dollar-exercise-equipment industry. One of the exercises is called the “Otter Roll.” Basically, you take a ball, hold it in
front of you, and rotate in the water like you’re roasting on a spit. It looks goofy, but man does it work. The way I gauge the effectiveness of an exercise is by what hurts the next day, and after 20 minutes of otter rolls, not only do my abs and arms hurt, but now I’m afraid of otters. Those things are studs, apparently. The other piece of equipment I recommend is a grandson, preferably around 3 years old. He’ll want to ride on your back as you swim around the pool at his direction, going from leaf to other leaf to dead bug while he tells you to swim faster, like a pasty little Yoda slathered in slimy sunscreen, which only makes him hang on tighter. Do this exercise for half an hour, and you’ll either be stronger or dead. The cardio portion of the grandson workout comes when Oliver decides that he wants to jump off the diving board. At least he says he does. See, I have to be there to catch him when he jumps, so I have to tread water for about 15 minutes while he makes up his mind. I get to repeat this 300 to 400 times a day. At this rate I should drop another 20 pounds by the 4th of July. The best pool exercise I’ve found is where you get the jumbo Target plastic play ball and sit on top of it in the water. Seriously, you’ll look ridiculous doing it, but if you can stay on top of that thing for 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll be exhausted, so it must be doing something good. And the added benefit of family members throwing stuff at you while you do it must be some kind of fat-burning bonus.
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Chefs to make magic out of nuts Food the main event at Kern’s first Nut Festival THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
If the weather forecast can be believed, providence is already smiling on the first-ever Kern County Nut Festival this Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 80s and low 90s, good news for the team of respected chefs who will demonstrate what can be done with almonds, pistachios and walnuts beyond popping them raw into your mouth. The cooking demonstrations will take place at a pair of different areas, called the “Almond Shell” and “Pistachio Shell.”
Celebrity chefs Alex Gomez at 10:30 a.m.: Gomez is a chef at Bakersfield College in
charge of running the Food Service Department, which includes the cafeteria, catering, concessions and vending. Gomez attended culinary school in San Francisco at the California Culinary Academy. Betty Chicca at 11:15 a.m.: Chicca, a lifelong Bakersfield resident, received her “formal” training from Josephine Colombana, the bella cuoco (Italian for beautiful cook) who raised her and her two sisters in east Bakersfield. She is married to Jerry Chicca, an almond and pistachio grower, who owns and operates Chicca Twin Farms. She is a happy homemaker and mother of four. Steve Ruggenberg at 12:45 p.m.: After working from 1974-99 for the Golden Empire Transit District, Ruggenberg moved to the Napa Valley and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of
America at Greystone. There he applied himself to the art and science of baking. He works at Greystone to this day. Leonard Gentieu at 1:30 p.m.: Gentieu is an honors graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. He has worked at prestigious venues like the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, Maisson Jaussaud’s in Bakersfield and Stars Music Theater in Bakersfield. He is currently chef/owner of Papagallo Yacht Charter in Morro Bay and co-owner of Madagascar Spice & Trading Company, based in Bakersfield. Ray Ingram at 2:15 p.m.: A professional baker, Ingram moved to Bakersfield in 1988, working at Stockdale Country Club, Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Patrick’s Place, Kevin’s at the Loft, and the Holiday Inn Select. He has
Logos abound Instead of putting up a fireworks stand to raise money as they have in the past, members of The Empty Space are holding an art fundraiser. It’s a group exhibit called “Too Many Logos!” and it opens with a reception on Saturday afternoon at the theater. The exhibit’s title caused me to wonder if the theater was thinking about changing its logo, which is centered on a pair of slightly open doors. “No — we are not changing our logo,” said gallery director Jesus Fidel. “It was just a fun and creative art project we did with our actual logo, as a way to raise funds for our theater.” Participation was limited to members of the board, so the exhibit includes 20 acrylic paintings. Each is 11-by-14 inches
tional parking is available at Bakersfield Memorial 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Hospital (visitors will be at the Kern County Museshuttled back and forth to um, 3801 Chester Ave. the museum).
Tickets Children 4 and under free; In advance: $10; $5 children 5-12; At the door: $12; $7 children 5-18. Tickets are available at the Kern County Museum, Valley Republic Bank, Farm Credit West, all Vallitix locations or vallitix.rdln.com
If you can’t get a space near the museum, free parking is available at the garage at 18th and Eye Streets downtown. GET is offering free bus rides to the museum on the following routes: the Chester Avenue route, running from North High in Oildale to Truxtun Avenue downtown; the Amtrak station stop; and the Memorial Hospital stop.
due to the alcohol permit. Adults who don’t bring an ID will be turned away. The museum will enforce a dress code that bars visitors from “wearing clothing or paraphernalia indicating or signifying membership in a gang, including a motorcycle club.”
Currency will be exchanged for “nut bucks” ($1 equals 1 nut buck). Food and drink Parking purchases can be made only with nut bucks, but All parking is free. The other vendors will accept lots at the museum and cash or credit cards. nearby Valley Oaks CharGetting in ATMs are scattered ter School are reserved throughout the grounds, for those with VIP passes. All adults who look 21 or but one note: any unused The closest public parking older will be required to present identification and nut bucks cannot be is available at Stramler exchanged for cash, so wear a wristband even if Park, Sam Lynn Ball Park they don’t intend to drink, plan carefully. and on the street. Addi-
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leagues, played by Jade Yang, Victoria Lusk, Manuela Torres-Orejuela and Ellie Sivesind. Salazar describes the show as “very campy” and predicts audiences will be familiar with some of the songs, especially “Big Spender,” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” The vocals will be sung live to recorded instrumental music. Even though The Empty Space has a small stage, several dance numbers designed by Salazar with the assistance of Danielle Radon will be included. Legendary choreographer Bob Fosse created the dances for the original Broadway show. Admission to the gala opening on Friday is $20 and includes “desserts and libations.” Salazar said the theater is setting aside its usual free admission policy that evening to help cover part of the higher royalty costs for producing big musicals.
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Manga art workshop Local artist Crystal Appleton is introducing the basics of manga art to teens in a series of workshops at Beale Memorial Library that began the first week of June. “Each workshop can stand alone,” said Maria Rutledge, head librarian. “It’s not necessary to attend all of them.” The third session will be held on Friday afternoon in the library’s Tejon Room on the second floor. Two more are scheduled for 4 p.m. on June 21 and June 28. Manga is a style of art developed by Japanese artists and often used to create anime, a form of cartooning. Mechanical pencils and sheets of 11-by17-inch paper will be provided at no charge. The workshops are sponsored by Friends of the Kern County Library.
Mary Einstein scholarship PHOTO COURTESY OF JESUS FIDEL
“Instaspace” by Kristina Saldana will be among the works on displays at the “Too Many Logos” art exhibit at The Empty Space.
and incorporates The Empty Space’s logo. I found several of the images amusing, in particular Kristina Saldana’s “Instaspace,” in which a photo of the logo is emerging from a box camera reminiscent of the Polaroid. Then there’s Cody Ganger’s “The Empty Face,” a painting of a derby-hatted man whose face shows only the logo, and Jessica Burzlaff’s “Wake Me Up Before You Van Gogh,” which has a background similar to the famous artist’s “Starry Night.” Each painting is up for bid in a silent auction that ends at 10 p.m. on June 28. Minimum bid for the original paintings is $100; prints may be purchased for $20.
Local artist Iva Fendrick, who announced the establishment of the Mary Einstein Scholarship last Friday at the Art Center, shared an interesting story about how the scholarship came to be. It centers on a private home and some might call it a coincidence. Fendrick said the daughters of the late Mary Einstein approached her about donating their mother’s extensive pottery collection to the Bakersfield Art Association because they felt a kind of kinship with the artist. It seems that Anne, Paula and Evie Einstein — all three go by their birth names although two are married —grew up in the house where Iva and her husband Randy Fendrick now live. “At one time I was a potter, among other things,” Iva said. “I had a little kiln on the side porch, just as (their mother) did.” The women’s parents — Dr. Hans and
Mary Einstein — purchased the home, their first in Bakersfield, when they moved to the city in 1951. “Mary always had a passion for art,” Fendrick said. “In the 1960s, she began taking ceramic classes and private lessons from Victor Bracke, a well-known teacher at Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield College — about 15 pieces of his work are in the collection.” Following the couple’s divorce in 1969, Mary Einstein moved to Laguna Beach, where she became interested in making jewelry, an interest that continued until her death in 1981. Sales of the collection and other donations will fund the scholarship for college art students. To date, more than $500 has been raised. Select pieces from the collection are being displayed in a glass case at the Art Center, the BAA’s gallery at 1817 Eye St.
Father’s Day projects for kids Using craft kits, youngsters and their parents can make a model of a 1969 Corvette or an F-18 Fighter on Saturday at the Beale Memorial Library. “It’s a great family activity,” said Maria Rutledge, head librarian. “We also have eight adult volunteers to help the children.” Several volunteers are faculty members at either Cal State Bakersfield or Bakersfield College. Two back-to-back workshops will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, each designed for a different age group. The first group, for children 5 to 9, will make the fighter plane. The second group, for ages 9 and older, will make the Corvette starting at 3 p.m. The workshops are sponsored by the International Plastic Models Society.
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Eye Street Go & Do Today Concerts by The Fountain, high-octane Motown and rhythm & blues with Foster Campbell & Friends, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Poetry Open Mic, featuring author Shamir Kali Griffin of “Identity in Shades,” others welcome to bring prose and poetry, signups begin at 6:20 p.m., readings begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 665-4686.
Friday MC Hammer, 8 p.m., Eagle Mountain Casino, 681 S. Tule Reservation Road, Porterville. $25 general; $35 reserved. Tickets online at eaglemtncasino.com or 559-788-6220. Movies in the Park, presents “The Lorax,” begins at dusk, Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway. Free. 326-3866. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, and Cheap Trick, 7:30 p.m., Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $33 to $88. ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.
Saturday “Koran By Heart” Film, an HBO documentary and Tribeca Film Festival 2011 selection, 2 p.m., Ridgecrest Branch Library, 131 E. Las Flores Ave., Ridgecrest. Free. 760-384-5870. Bakersfield Speedway, Late Models, Hobby Stocks, American 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. bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 393-3373. Bakersfield Youth Symphony Concert, music by Saint-Saens, featuring soloists Anna and Kara McCoy, 4 p.m., Ridgeview High School, 8501 Stine Road. $10 adults; $5 students with ID. Billy Mize & the Bakersfield Sound Fundraiser, dinner, poker, prizes, music, auction, Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound DVD (upon completion), 5 p.m., Aviator Casino, 1225 Airport Drive, Delano. $75. Visit billymizemovie.com or 213-346-9985. Book Signing, with author Linda Bidabe of “No Ordinary Move,” 1 to 3 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. Free. 665-4686. Certified Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St. Lantern Light Tour & Ghost Hunt, 8 to 10:30 p.m., Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd., Bodfish. $12 per person of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 760-379-5146.
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served as the culinary instructor at Bakersfield Adult School and has worked in the kitchens of hotel casinos in Las Vegas. Darci Atkinson at 3 p.m.: A Bakersfield native, Atkinson started working with the Buena Vista Elementary Edible Schoolyard in February 2011. As the kitchen manager at the Edible Schoolyard, she teaches schoolchildren how to prepare the food they have grown in the garden as well as how to eat healthy and seasonal foods. She studied at the Culinary Institute at Greystone in St. Helena. Courtney Ghilarducci and Mai Giffard at 3:45 p.m.: Ghilarducci is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Pasadena and Giffard a grad-
Loving Your Natural Self Hair Show, hosted by Upside Productions; learn about the latest styles, from transitioning hair, protective styles, twist, barber cuts, weaves, locs, press and curls, kids’ styles, vendors, swag bag, hors d’oeuvres, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Ave. $25. Visit TheBak.com. Mystery Walk, learn the history of historic homes and their inhabitants, refreshments, souvenirs, prizes, 7:30 p.m., in downtown Tehachapi. $20. For ages 12 and up. Register with the Tehachapi Museum, 822-8152. NASCAR, Pro Late Models 100, Spec-Mods, Mini Stocks, 6 p.m., Kern County Raceway Park, 13500 Raceway Blvd. $8-$45. Email email@example.com or 835-1264. Nintendo Play It First Demonstration, fans can play the new Wii U games, 1 to 5 p.m., Best Buy, 8300 Rosedale Highway. Free. 587-0675. Nut Festival, food booths, agricultural exhibitions, entertainment, contests, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Advance $10 adults; $5 children; $12; $7 at the gate; children under 4 are free. Visit kcnutfest.com or 868-8400. Pet Adoptions, cats from The Cat People, 10 a.m. to 3 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. 746-2140. Pole Barn Movie Nights, watch “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” 6 p.m., Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. $8.99 for ages 4 and up; free for ages 3 and under. 330-0100. Rummage Sale, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Frontier High School, parking lot, 6401 Allen Road. Free. All proceeds benefit Frontier High School cheerleaders camp fund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Running of the Nuts: Nut Festival Run, one mile run/walk along the Kern River parkway bike trail behind Sam Lynn Ballpark, 8 a.m. Free. Snacks and drinks will be available. To register, call 324-7070. Sixth annual Tehachapi Chili Cookoff & Car Show, music, games, bounce house, beer garden, food, petting zoo, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Green and F streets, downtown Tehachapi. $10 for 10 chili tasting tickets. 822-6519. St. Jude Dream Home, open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 14604 Henderson Ave. stjudedreamhome.org or 1-800-385-9134. Please see GO & DO / 34
uate of The Art Institute of California. They met as co-workers, quickly became creative collaborators and took turns at two different jobs teaching and inspiring each other in different areas of baking, pastry, cooking and design. Jeramy Brown at 4:30 p.m.: Brown, owner and chef at Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar in Bakersfield, began his culinary career as a teen at his first job working with his grandmother at Chalet Basque. He also spent time living in Europe, culling much knowledge about food, beverage and service. Brown is pursuing his master sommelier title through the Court of Sommeliers. Chef bios adapted from information provided by the Kern County Nut Festival
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The Latin Comedy Jam, 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $15-$35. vallitix.com or 322-5200.
Sunday Beale Band Concert, performed by the Bakersfield Municipal Band, pre-concert show at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Beale Park, 500 Oleander Ave. Free. 326-FUNN. CALM’s Father’s Day Special, admission for all fathers and grandfathers is half price, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. You’ll have a chance to win a free CALM family membership. calmzoo.org or 872-2256. Civil War Battles & Reenactments, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Fort Tejon State Historic Park, off Interstate 5 just north of Lebec. $7 adults; $3 children; free for children under 6. Picnic lunch is recommended; park has no food concessions. Visit forttejon.org or 248-6692. Father’s Day Champagne Brunch, with Prime Rib with all the trimmings, with Ortega bay shrimp as a extra treat, breakfast, a champagne brunch, 10 a.m., The Elks Lodge, 1616 30th St. $12. 3234325. Father’s Day Painting Party, noon to 6 p.m., Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $20 for up to 6 family members, plus cost of items painted. Visit bakersfield.colormemine.com or 664-7366. Greater World Gift, with jewelry, baskets, gift items from Third World countries; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road. 327-1609.
THEATER “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory,” hosted by the Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield, 6 p.m. today, Bakersfield Community Theater, 2400 S. Chester Ave. $20. Proceeds to benefit Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield. Visit glcenterbak.org or 301-7506. “Cruisin’ Chester” The Musical, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. Adults dinner/show: $54-$59; $38 show only; students dinner/show: $39; $23 show only. 325-6100. “Sweet Charity,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $20. 327-PLAY. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 p.m. Fridays, JC’s Place, 1901 Chester Ave. $5. 322-8209. Major League Improv, improvisational comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $10. 327-PLAY.
ART “Too Many Logos” Fundraiser, silent art auction features The Empty Space Logo, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free. 327-PLAY. Art Classes, in drawing, watercolor, oils, color theory, for beginners and advanced, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Art Exhibit, by Joan MontanoGrant, now on display through June, 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 mercybakersfield. org/art or to register, 632-5357. Children’s Father’s Day Painting Class, for ages 4 to 12, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $20, includes materials. 869-2320 or 330-02676. Experimental Watercolor & Mixed Media Art Class, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $25 per class. 869-2320 or 348-4717 or email email@example.com. Perspective Drawing & Shadows Workshop, with Duane Anderson, for ages 13 and up, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with an hour lunch break in between, The Foundry, 1608 19th St. $60. Bring your own materials. Reservations, email sweet@bakersfieldfoundry. com. Pine Needles, Gourds & Bling Class, with Dian Olmstead and Carol Laird, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $65 for three classes. Supplies included. 3931579. 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 ’80s dance & UFC Fight B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; UFC 161, music to follow by Members Only, 6 p.m. Saturday. $10, includes dinner.
Americana Wine Me Up, 3900 Coffee Road, 588-8556; Terry Huston, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Blues Kern River Blues Society Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. every third Saturday, Trout’s, 805 N. Chester Ave. 8727517. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Glenda Robles and Bobby “O,” 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Classic rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Diver Down, 9 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Jacalito Grill, 10606 Hageman Road, 679-7920; Prisoners of Love, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; Diver Duo, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; The Aviators, 9 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; The John Hollins band, 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
Comedy Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Improv Tuesday - Live comedy with DJ after party, 9 p.m. Tuesdays.
Country Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; Buddy Alan Owens and the Buckaroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Nightlife, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane, 392-2030; The Pals Band, 10:30 a.m. to noon every Thursday. Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Drive, 392-2010; The Pals Band, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday. country. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Trout’s & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700; Wayne “the Train” Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Friday, $10 advance; $12 at the door; Herrick, 7 p.m. Sunday, free to all fathers, $10 barbecue; Herrick, 8 p.m. Monday, buy $10 barbecue and get in free.
Dancing Beginner Belly Dance Lessons, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Centre Stage Studio, 1710 Chester Ave. 323-5215. $45 regular session; $65 combo session. bakersfieldbellydance.biz. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, 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 ball-
room dance, East Coast swing (jitterbug) and Argentine Tango dance classes; $35, $45 for nonmembers. 322-5765 or 201-2105. Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Pairs and Spares Dance, 7:30 p.m. each Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5; $7 nonmembers. 399-3575 or 3321537. Studio 9 Dance, 4000 Easton Drive, Suite 9, 619-1003; basic West Coast swing, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, ballroom, country, two-step, 7 and 8 p.m. Thursdays. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700; 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 and ’90s music, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Saturday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; DJ Chuck One, 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday. Free. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Hip-hop B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Mayday, 8 p.m. Monday. $14 advance; $16 at the door. All ages.
Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633WINE; live music with Paul Cierley, Rick Lincoln, Zanne Zarow, 6 to 8:30 p.m. today; Lonely Ave., 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; Deedra Patrick and Chris Neufeld, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; Paul Cierley and Rick Lincoln, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday; Melissa Lucas and Chris Lawhon, 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 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 B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Thursday. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Best Western, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; The Junction with host Mac Clanahan, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Big Daddy Pizza, 6417 Ming Ave., 396-7499; 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday; 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. every Saturday. City Slickers, 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-4939; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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. to midnight Tuesdays. El Torito Restaurant, 4646 California Ave., 395-3035, Karaoke with Irish Monkey Entertainment, 8 p.m. Saturdays. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; 9 p.m. Wednesday. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; A to Z Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday; 9:30 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday. 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. Pour House, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 4041 Fruitvale Ave. 589-9300. Please see GO & DO / 35
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Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Replay Sports Lounge & Grill, 4500 Buck Owens Blvd., 3243300; 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Rocky’s Pizza & Arcade, 2858 Niles St., 873-1900; Joey Zaza’s Karaoke and Stuff, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Round Table Pizza, 4200 Gosford Road, 397-1111; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Rusty’s Pizza, 5430 Olive Drive, 392-1482; 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Sky Bar and Lounge, 4208 Rosedale Highway, 633-1116, Karaoke with Ben Lara, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Syndicate Lounge, 1818 Eye St., 327-0070; with Alisa Spencer, 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Tejon Club, 6 to 10 p.m. every Saturday at 117 El Tejon Ave. 3921747. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Junction Lounge, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Playhouse Lounge, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. The Pourhouse, 4041 Fruitvale Ave., 589-9300; 9 p.m. every Friday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight 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 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1440 Weedpatch Highway. 363-5102. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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, 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Free.
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.
Señor Pepe, 8450 Granite Falls Drive, 588-0385, Rebecca Aguilar and Lost Vinyl, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; Blonde Faith, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Variety Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., 872-2037, Joe Loco Duet, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; The Blackboard Playboys, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5 after 8 p.m.
Rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Inner Circle, Amity Flow, DJ Shag, 8 p.m. Friday. $12 advance; $15 at the door. All ages. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; English Revolver, 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. 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.
Camino Real Restaurant, 6 to 9 p.m. every Sunday at 3500 Truxtun Ave. 852-0493.
Music showcase The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; featuring local artists, 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday.
UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 6/17 Four Day Multi Media Camp "Color Week!" Monday through Thursday, Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $180; discount for multiple siblings. bakersfield.colormemine. com or 664-7366.
La Mina Cantina, 8020 District Blvd., 831-2777; Groove City, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday.
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