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Index 16th annual Lowrider Nationals .............. 16 48 Hour Film Project ................................ 17 Arts Alive .................................................. 18 First Friday ................................................ 19 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz ............ 20 Women’s Equality Day.............................. 21 This Week’s Obsessions ........................ 22 Calendar .............................................. 26-27
Fjorged in Bakersfield Norwegian tribute band honored guests of annual Buck Bash BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
here’s been a noticeable change in rhythm to this year’s Buck Bash. Beginning with the absence of a major headlining act, the popular all-star musical event and birthday tribute to Owens has also been extended to two days, Aug. 9 and 10. Over the years, the event has pulled in sellout crowds featuring some of country music’s biggest acts, from Dwight Yoakam and Trace Adkins to Brad Paisley and Asleep at the Wheel, as well as rising star Joe Nichols. Few annual events stack up to its level of entertainment in celebration of Owens’ musical legacy, which may have some questioning the move to scale back the festivities. Fans needn’t worry, said Buckaroo keyboardist Jim Shaw, on whether the party will be anything short of the revelry from years past, with the spirit of Owens being the guest of honor at next weekend’s Buck Bash at the Crystal Palace. (Aug. 12 is the 84th anniversary of Owens’ birth.) “We decided to do something different,” said Shaw. “This is more of a real Buck tribute than having a big-name artist coming to do concert. Everyone is really going to enjoy it.” Appearing both evenings will be Buddy Alan Owens and the Buckaroos, along with Norwegian Buck Owens tribute band Bakersfield. “Lots of people love Buck and do his songs, but nothing like this.” Fronted by vocalist and guitarist Odd Lauritsen, the Bakersfield tribute is no ordinary homage to his idol but a detailed recreation of the group’s classic 1960s era with a stage show down to the flashy suits. “I love Buck Owens,” said Lauritsen, 50, during an interview from his home in Sarpsborg, Nor-
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Norwegian Buck Owens tribute band Bakersfield will be performing at this year’s Buck Bash at the Crystal Palace on Aug. 9 and 10.
Buck Bash When: 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10 Where: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Admission: $30 and $40 Information: 328-7560 or buckowens.com
way, located just outside of capital city of Oslo. “Ever since I was a little boy, my parents had a lot of his records and that music has been with me all these years.” The idea that Norway would be a hotbed for Owens’ music may surprise some, but not for Lauritsen, who, speaking with a thick accent, sounds like an authority
on all things Buck. “He was ahead of his time. He created something new. It was different from the Nashville sound. It was closer to what would be considered rock ’n’ roll back then. Here come these two guys with Telecasters, looking sharp, with a lot of treble in the guitar. That was something really different. His music is timeless.” Lauritsen added that while Owens had a huge fanbase in Europe, influencing artists such as The Beatles, Norway had its own version of Buckmania. “He was very popular in Norway and sold tons of records here in the ’60s. If you really look into it, Buck was probably one of the most popular and biggest-selling country artists in the world, and Please see BASH / 25 Odd Lauritsen meets his idol, Buck Owens, in Bakersfield in 2000.
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Tehachapi fest gets new name Savor the Flavor debuts Saturday as celebration of food, libations BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor email@example.com
s disconcerting as change may be, it can also be a catalyst for great opportunity. This year is the test for Savor the Flavor, formerly known as the Tehachapi Food and Wine Festival, which debuts Saturday. Kim Nixon, executive director for the Tehachapi Family Life Pregnancy Center, which organized the event, said the name change was key. “We renamed it (because) we wanted it to be identified as our event. Because we are a nonprofit and all the proceeds will benefit nonprofits. We wanted it to have a fresh look.” The name is just one of the new elements to this celebration of food, wine and craft beer. Biggest of all is the cap on attendance for the event, which last year drew 1,500. This year, the number was more than halved to 600 general admission and 50 VIP. “It is being downsized ... so we can do the event extremely well. We can provide our guests with a unique upscale event. “I think the flow will be a lot smoother. We have the same number of seats in years past, with several seating areas.” Seating will come in handy when it comes to the food. Along with food and beverage tastings from more than 30 vendors, dinner plates will be available from six vendors: Margaret’s Catering, P-Dubs Grille & Bar, J’s Place, Don Juan’s, Too Licious and Tacos Buenos. Admission to the event includes a ticket for one dinner and additional plates can be purchased for $5. Other food vendors include The Apple Shed, Padre Hotel, Linda’s Cakes ’n Things,
Savor the Flavor When: VIP gates open at 5:30 p.m., regular admission 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday Where: E and Green streets, downtown Tehachapi Admission: $60, $100 for VIP, $30 for designated drivers (includes food and coffee/tea); because of the limited number of tickets, it is recommended to buy in advance at savortheflavortehachapi.com
Veritas tapas & wine bar, King of Siam, Kasagiri and Fresh & Easy. Keeping things interesting on the imbibing side are Souza Family Vineyards, Tobin James Cellars, Opolo Vineyards, Indian Wells Brewery, Pear Valley Vineyards, LaZarre Wines, Tap It Brewing Co. and more. Along with the craft beers, guests who arrive earlier in the evening will be able to take part in judging the new home-brew competition. Nine contestants have been confirmed as of earlier this week. “The home brewers are doing a best-ofevent contest. All of the home brewers are bringing their creations, and, for the first hour and a half, anyone who would like to participate in the tasting and voting can come in and cast their vote.” Nixon said the winner, decided by votes, will be named at the event and receive a trophy. Along with the alcoholic beverages, Starbucks coffee and iced tea will be available in the pavillion area, run by the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council. The area will also host the silent auction, which Nixon said will include a weekend at Rankin Ranch, Trader Joe’s gift basket and items from participating wineries. VIPs will have access to all the vendors as well an exclusive area just for them,
Hundreds will head to Tehachapi on Saturday for Savor the Flavor, highlighting food, wine and craft beer from the town and beyond. Organized by the Tehachapi Family Life Pregnancy Center, the event replaces the annual Tehachapi Food and Wine Festival.
Nixon said. “They will have food that won’t be served anywhere else in the venue as well as wine and craft beers. Bernards/Colombo is the lounge sponsor. We will have a host and hostess and exclusive vendors have provided items just for the VIP area. Most are from Bakersfield — Cafe Med, Luigi's, Jake's Tex-Mex.” The VIP area will be located right across from the main stage, which will feature the Jim Scully jazz ensemble as the night’s only act. For those planning a safe night, the event has you covered. Designated driver tickets ($30) allow people not consuming alcohol to still enjoy the food and fun with
friends. And the Best Western Country Park and Holiday Inn Express are offering reduced room rates for that night. (Tell the motel that you’re attending the event to receive the discount.) Along with looking out for attendees, the event aims to support its community, with all proceeds going to local nonprofits. Along with the family center and economic council, beneficiaries include the Tehachapi Kiwanis’ high school scholarship fund, Tehachapi Youth Football and Tehachapi Valley Wrestling Club. “If we sell out, which is our goal and expectation, we will be raising about $25,000. We had great sponsorship support.”
The air is a little thinner, but the fun is thick Frazier Park festival a mountain of good times BY PATRICIA ROCHA Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
or five decades, Frazier Park has brought tradition and fun to its Fiesta Days, the community’s longest-running event. This year is no exception with thousands expected to “Get Your Kicks in 46” this weekend. From contests and carnival rides to vendors and bands, the three-day event is action-packed, according to Sabrina Stolting, secretary for the Mountain Mem-
46th annual Frazier Park Fiesta Days When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday Where: Monterey Trail Street and Park Drive, Frazier Park Admission: Free Information: 431-8260 or frazierfiestadays.com
ories Association, which puts on the event. “From jewelry to fashions, wind chimes to woodwork, handmade sandals to handmade candles, a lot of the items that can be found are homemade, one-of-akind items,” Stolting said in an
email interview. “Food ranges from Mexican to Thai, shaved ice to funnel cakes, sausages to burgers, and just about everything in between.” The event attracts 4,000 to 5,000 people each year with its familybased contests and activities, such as the fishing derby, pet show, horseshoe tournament, carnival rides and log-sawing contest. There will also be a battle of the bands and talent show, where the winners will be able to perform on the center stage on Sunday. Stolting, who was born and raised in Frazier Park and has participated in the potato sack races and the women’s horseshoe tournament, said the success of
the annual event is based in the community’s involvement. “The event is run by a board of volunteers who work year-round to come up with new and exciting events to try out to keep it interesting and new while still preserving the traditions of the event,” she said. “The community, both current residents and past, come out, support the bands, support their neighbors who are selling their handmade items, support the nonprofits looking for help, support the event. The community keeps the event alive.” Because of this lasting tradition, many attendees see the event as a reunion opportunity to catch up with residents of the
past and present. “It’s the one weekend every year you know you can meet up with old friends and have fun with the family,“ she said. The positive response to the event has even grown beyond the mountain community as well. “Over the past few years … we have gained an additional following of people who enjoy coming to the mountains where its cooler and they can enjoy a fun weekend,” she said. She anticipates guests will enjoy the overall experience of the weekend. “Expect a lot of excitement, but also the chance to sit in the grass, listen to a band and enjoy the atmosphere,” she said.
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Custom cars set to put in a bounce for their visitors Lowrider show returns to fairgrounds on Sunday BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer
his weekend at the Kern County Fairgrounds, the kids in the bounce house won’t be the only things hopping. On Sunday, Bakersfield’s annual Lowrider Nationals Car Show returns for its massive “Sweet 16” celebration. The largest urban car show in the country, Lowrider Nationals will showcase hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles that have been lifted, lowered and customized in ways that often defy imagination. Which is why, according to Rick Munoz, director of live events, these aren’t so much cars as they are mobile works of art. “What makes this different than a hot rod show or a classic car show,” Munoz said, “is that there, the goal is typically to restore cars to the way they originally looked. The biggest focus of the urban car scene is to make every car unique and to match your style. They’ll paint it bright colors, they’ll etch the name of the car in the window, and when they open everything up — it’s phenomenal; it’s like a transformer. It almost looks like a totally different car.” There are countless categories for contestants to enter, and cars for the
16th annual Lowrider Nationals Car Show When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. Cost: $25, or $16 with four cans of food; free for children 6 and under. Information: 818-671-4771
10,000 people who flock to the fairgrounds to see: Dubs (cars with at least 20-inch rims), Euros, Imports (think “The Fast and the Furious” style), VWs, Mini-trucks — the list goes on. And the prizes are nearly as glamorous as the cars on display; Lowrider Nationals awards the largest amount of total prize money of any urban car show ($25,000, with up to $1,000 for top winners), a seven-diamond, National Champion Super Bowl-style ring — and all the bragging rights that come with it. “The National Champion ring is another thing that makes us unique,” Munoz said. “I mean, trophies are nice and everything, but a ring — that’s something you can sport with you wherever you go.” For the less mechanically minded, there are plenty of other activities: concerts (Stacy-Q, The Mary Jane
Girls, Kurupt and more), a “Hot Model Contest,” and the hop contest, which is just what it sounds like: a battle to see which car can leap the highest off the ground. There are plenty of activities for the kids, including face painting, water slides and bounce houses, because, according to Munoz, for all its flash, urban car culture is also very focused on family. “This is definitely a family event,” he said. “A lot of people who build cars, have been building them for entire generations. When people bring their cars, the dads will bring their cars, the sons will bring their cars, and then they’ll bring their kids, and their grandchildren.” In keeping with the family-friendly, community-minded spirit, Munoz explained that with every Lowrider Nationals event, they try to find new ways to give back to the community. So for those who miss the tickets at their pre-sale price ($16 for the 16th anniversary), four cans or other nonperishable food items will drop the door price from $25, back down to $16. “It’s something we’re always trying to do — give back to the community here,” Munoz said. “Each year we get thousands of people from all over: Oxnard, Delano, Fresno, Los Angeles. But this show only happens once a year, and it only happens in Bakersfield.”
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Making movies in fast forward Competition entrants “I did one with my last year in have 2 days to create brother Nashville — it was BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer
s if writing, directing and producing a short film isn’t enough of a challenge, try doing the whole thing in only 48 hours. Yet that’s what Bakersfield attorney Clayton Campbell and his team hope to do this weekend as entrants in the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Project. “I did one with my brother last year in Nashville — it was three minutes too long but it was a good learning experience — and I thought it would be fun to do one here,” he said. “I like writing and telling stories so this is another outlet for that.” Although participants are encouraged to be creative, there are some pretty rigid guidelines. For instance, starting point is at
three minutes too long but it was a good learning experience — and I thought it would be fun to do one here.” — Clayton Campbell, Bakersfield attorney and 48 Hour Film Project entrant
7 p.m. Friday in Los Angeles and the filmmaking team must deliver a finished 4- to 7-minute film by 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Deliver it one minute late and your film won’t be considered; it also must be the required length, not a second more or less. “First you draw a genre out of a hat — last year ours was ‘period piece,’” Campbell said. “That was
hard to do because of the costumes, so we set it two centuries in advance with the author writing a story about today.” To get them started on their genre, each team gets a prop, a character and line that must be used in the film. Once the local filmmakers decide the story they want to tell, Campbell will start writing the script. Any team, regardless of skill level, is eligible to participate in the competition. The attorney has already assembled a cast of about seven local actors with the help of Danielle Radon. He also has most of the equipment he needs including three cameras as well as editing software. “We have an expanded variety of tools at work because my partner (Jesse Whitten) and I make our own commercials,” he said. “We’ll start shooting Friday night and hope by the end of the day on Saturday we’ll have the filming
done.” Running time for the film must include the title, screen credits and copyright notices for any music or stock footage used. “I used to work at a printing company and I learned a lot about graphic arts,” Campbell said. “So I can put in all the credits and things like that.” Once all that is done, he’ll send the film to his brother Ben Campbell, a sound engineer in Nashville who will add music and other sound effects to the movie. By midday Sunday when Campbell hopes to get the finished product back from his brother, he will transfer it to a disc and drive to L.A. to deliver the film to a designated theater by the 7:30 p.m. deadline. Films that meet all the requirements will be shown in a movie theater in Los Angeles within the next few weeks. Launched in 2001 in Washington, D.C., as a competition among friends by filmmakers
Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, The 48 Hour Film Project is now the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition according to its website. This year they anticipate that it will involve more than 60,000 people on six continents. In addition to Los Angeles, the 2013 tour will make stops in New York City, Johannesburg, Paris, Beijing, London, Mumbai and more than 100 other cities from March through October. In each city where the project is held, a panel of judges will select the “Best Film of the City.” Other awards usually given on the local level include those for directing, writing, cinematography, editing, acting, musical score, sound design and special effects. Grand prize on a global basis is $5,000 and screening of the winning film at the Cannes Film Festival in France and the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas.
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Ringing endorsement for group Japanese hand bell ensemble visits Bako
enell Mahoney, who’s a veteran hand bell ringer, has high praise for Kiriku, the Japanese ensemble that will perform this evening at St. John’s Lutheran Church. “Stunning, awesome, unbelievable complexity and technical brilliance ... simply superb.” Those are the words she used in an email to describe her feelings about Kiriku’s performance last Friday in Portland, Ore. At the time, the Bakersfield resident was attending a national seminar of the Handbell Musicians of America, and the Japanese ensemble was among the featured artists. And based on my own experience, I’d say Mahoney is a good judge of hand bell expertise. About a year ago, I had the pleasure of hearing the Rhapsody Ringers, a group that Mahoney leads, and it was fascinating to see the precision with which the musicians handled their particular collection of bells to produce lovely music. Kiriku, which was formed in Japan in 2004, has been described as a “design team” of hand bell music. One way it differs from other bell choirs is the number of musicians it employs. While it is common for a choir to need 10 to 12 members to play five octaves of bells, Kiriku’s ensemble plays six octaves with only six to eight members. Their repertoire includes religious, jazz, western popular music and traditional Japanese music. Currently, the group is on a tour of Oregon and California. “I believe St. John’s was selected for their concert location because it has been the host to our region’s ‘Spring Ring,’” said Mahoney. “First Congregational’s hand bell choir, the Rhapsody Ringers, are regular participants and soloists in that concert.” Dianne Bryant of St. John’s said the Spring Ring has been held at her church annually for the past 10 years. The next one is scheduled for April 5, 2014.
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Shelia Robinson and Cre Lebron appear in a scene from “Church Folks and the Things We Do.”
Wakayama student group
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Kiriku, the premier handbell ensemble from Japan, will visit Bakersfield today for a concert.
“Hand bell choirs from all over Kern County and beyond gather for one day, a Saturday, and practice the music as well as have workshops to help them learn more about hand bells,” Bryant said. “At the end of the day, we all put on a concert for the public.” Mahoney said the Kiriku concert will last about one hour with a short intermission to collect a free-will offering to offset the group’s travel expenses.
‘Church Folks’ at Stars For the second time in less than a year, “Church Folks and What We Do,” a locally written and produced play, will be presented on Sunday at Stars. “We sold out the first time last October so we’re doing two shows this time — one in the afternoon and one in the evening,” said Bakersfield native NaTesha Johnson, owner of
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Upside Productions. Billed as a Christian comedy, the play was written by Dejon “The Deacon” Jernagin, who formerly lived in Los Angeles but recently moved here. He also appears in the show. The story is about a congregation that’s been meeting in a rented gym and hopes to raise enough money to build a church. As ideas are being tossed around on how they can raise money, a new member with a questionable past tests their faith, commitment and dedication to doing the work of God. Though it’s not a musical, Johnson said the show does have scenes that feature live music performed R&B artists Cre Lebron and Stacey Lee. The cast is made up of local actors who represent a broad range of ages. It includes Dorothy Evans, Ernesto Gomez, Janell Turner, Keith Jones, Shelia Robinson, Kristan Dinkins, Anjela Dixon, Greg Tatum, Vina Jefferson, Fredlisha Copeland and Katherine Jordan.
A group of 24 students from Wakayama, Japan, will arrive here Friday for a six-day visit. And for their leader, Hidieaki Hayashi, it’s a return visit. Hayashi first came here in 1969 to attend Bakersfield College and got a nickname in the bargain. “It was during that visit that Adeline Frasch christened him ‘Henry’, when she had difficulty pronouncing his first name,” said Sue Stone, a past president of the Wakayama Sister City committee. Many longtime residents will recall Frasch as a cheerful, outgoing person who was extremely active in numerous community organizations during most of her long life. The study program was started by Dr. Nobutada Iwahashi, current president of Wakayama’s Sister City Affiliation Committee. His adult son Hideki Iwahashi is one of the chaperones for this year’s group. This is the 23rd time the local committee has hosted a summer group. While in Bakersfield, the current crop of Wakayama high school students — 21 girls and three boys — will be staying with host families who will introduce them to various historic and cultural sites in town and throughout the county. On Monday evening, they’ll all gather at Emerald Cove Park in northwest Bakersfield for a potluck and splash party. During the day on Tuesday the students will visit Murray Family Farms and that evening there will be a dinner at Chalet Basque honoring
GO & DO Kiriku concert When: 7:30 p.m. today Where: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road Admission: Free Information: 665-7815
‘Church Folks and the Things We Do’ When: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Stars Theatre Restaurant, 1931 Chester Ave. Admission: $15 to $25 Information: 325-6100
Wakayama Welcome Dinner When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Chalet Basque, 200 Oak St. Admission: $25 Information: 393-2972
Hayashi and Iwahashi, who also came here first as a member of a study group. On Wednesday the students will head to Southern California, where they will visit various tourist spots including Disneyland. “But their ‘study’ does not end there,” Stone said. “Each is required to write an essay about his or her experiences, and these essays are all bound together in an annual book called ‘My Friends.’”
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Take a ‘vacation’ downtown Watercolor works depict cooler locales BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor firstname.lastname@example.org
s summer winds down, many consider vacations to cooler locales. If your budget doesn’t allow that, head downtown Friday to artistically transport yourself to more pleasant climes. Opening at The Foundry, Duane Anderson’s “Watercolor Places” takes viewers on a trip with the artist. “I would call it (the show) an artistic interpretation of places that I’ve been, with a couple of exceptions,” Anderson said. “There are two paintings that are both from Bakersfield. I’ve been to Bakersfield before so I guess that counts,” joked the Tennessee transplant who’s lived here since 1968. Other, perhaps more scenic, destinations depicted in the show’s 14 watercolors include San Francisco, Redwood City, the Central Coast, Chicago, Utah and Prague. “It’s mostly scenes that captured my imagination in a way.” Two works that Anderson had hoped to include in The Foundry
First Friday “Watercolor Places,” art by Duane Anderson, 5 to 9 p.m., The Foundry, 1608 19th St. “On the Table,” group show, reception 6 to 8 p.m., Bakersfield Art Association’s Art Center, 1817 Eye St. “Steampunk’d,” the work of Crysco Nabisco, 5 to 9 p.m., Henley's Photo, 2000 H St. “Abstract Conversations,” 5 to 9 p.m., Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St.
show captured someone else’s imagination as well. “Since then (becoming a Foundry member), I joined the California Art Club. As a result of joining them, I had two paintings accepted at an exhibit down in L.A. (But) I was looking forward to those being a part of this show.” The two harbor scenes — one set in Gig Harbor, Wash., the other in Morro Bay — are part of “Waterscapes” at the Altadena Town & Country Club, up through mid-September. As for Anderson’s style, he said he honed it during his years of architectural illustration. “Most of the architecture firms know me by reputation for years
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“The Facial” by Duane Anderson is part of his exhibit, “Watercolor Places,” opening Friday at The Foundry.
of doing that. That’s really where I refined my skill. It has enabled me to become a fine artist.” Although now a professor of architecture at Bakersfield College, he stressed art is his passion. “That (educating) is my voca-
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‘Catfish’ has a tune to suit your mood Singer-songwriter has solo gig at J&M’s
hen people hit me up to inquire about acoustic music in Bakersfield, I usually start off my list with Dustin Meridith. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, his nickname, “Catfish,” just might. A fixture of the downtown scene with two decades of long nights of blues, beers and barroom tears under his belt, his music and voice have been heard at nearly every watering hole in Bakersfield. Dealing with a breakup? Thinking about quitting your job? Paid off your mortgage, or just plain want to get plowed? This scruffily refined ax man is guaranteed to have a song to suit your mood when he appears for a solo gig at J&M’s Bar & Grill on Saturday night. “I like groove period,” said Meridith, 36, on his preferred mode of musical communication. “Genre is a label given by critics. I prefer music that moves the soul, regardless of genre. That being said, Hendrix is god, and I love honky tonk being a son of Bakersfield.” Meridith’s introduction into the scene happened like most area musicians, jamming with high school buddies (one of
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Critically acclaimed Celtic music legends Golden Bough — from left, Kathy Sierra, Margie Butler and Paul Espinoza — will perform Saturday at American Sound Recordings studio.
whom was Chris Taylor of the band Dub Seeds, who gave him his nickname) before making the jump to any coffeehouse that would welcome them. “The first time I heard ‘Led Zeppelin I’ and the riff to ‘Good Times Bad Times,’ I knew I wanted to play guitar. For attitude, it was all Hendrix, he was the complete package.” While Meredith continued jamming with a number of loose impromptu jam outfits, a turning point for the musician happened with the opening of Fishlips bar downtown in 2002, where he performed solo weekly, nightly or whenever the venue was in need of an opening act. “There is something magical about connecting with your brothers and sisters of soul on
stage, that’s the high I always look for. Performing alone made me a better musician though and I highly recommend it.” From classic blues to country, rock, alternative and beyond, Meridith has a voice and guitar to fit the style. “For electric, I am known for my mid-90’s Hamer, which I worked all through high school washing dishes to buy. She’s my first wife, and will sustain for hours on end. For acoustic, I employ a Martin HD28 for the volume, bass response and sounds I became accustomed to, after listening to Johnny Cash as a young man.” You can also catch Meridith with a number of his other musical endeavors including blues rockers the WMD’eez, classic
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.
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Bakersfield singer-songwriter Dustin “Catfish” Meridith is set for a solo gig Saturday at J&M’s Bar and Grill.
country tribute Country Deluxe, and the 99’s featuring a collaboration with Bakersfield singer songwriter Jon Goodell. The 99’s will perform at On the Rocks on Aug. 9. “Finding musical chemistry is not as hard as finding personal chemistry. Bands are like one big funky married couple, and I’m lucky to play with the guys I perform with.” Saturday’s showtime is 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for the allages show. J&M’s Bar and Grill is located at 10801 Rosedale Highway. For more information, call 5893042.
Golden Bough at ASR Celtic music has always had a solid fan base among music traditionalists and renaissance faire couples, but in the mid ’90s, few expected the genre would ever compete with some of popular
music’s biggest artists. From Enya to The Corrs to The Chieftains and the inescapable “Riverdance,” sales went through the roof with major labels signing any artist adopting some form of Irish and Scottish musical hybrid as the foundation of their sound. Among those acts leading the independent Celtic music scene stateside was Modesto’s very own Golden Bough, which will make a rare Bakersfield appearance at American Sound Recording Studios on Saturday. Starting out as a duo in 1980, original members Paul Espinoza and Margie Butler recorded a series of critically acclaimed recordings with various studio lineups, while maintaining a busy live schedule on both sides of the Atlantic. Today, after more than three decades together, the Golden Bough trio of Espinoza, Butler Please see LOWDOWN / 25
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Eye Street Women march for the right to vote before the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The “Fashion Through History” Women’s Equality Day celebration will look back on many style eras. AP FILE
Times change, and so does women’s fashion Historical study weaves through crucial periods of Americana BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer
ow much history can one hemline hold? The League of Women Voters of Kern County aims to show just that with its “Fashion Through History” event on Sunday. Lifting the skirt on this mystery is Kathryn Clowes, a lifelong lover of history, fashion and theater who will spill social and political secrets of the past — and the styles made to match. Every year the league recognizes Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26), marking the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. This year led to a stylish twist, according to vice president Lynne Rosenstein. “This year, to celebrate, we wanted to do something interesting, but different from what we’ve always done in the past. Then we came up with the idea of fashion through history: Why do hemlines go up and down, why do women dress as they do, what social issues affect the clothes we wear?” Enter Clowes, founder of the Bakersfield Historical Costuming Society and former costume designer for Bakersfield College and the Spotlight Theatre, whose cedar chest is packed with vintage pieces worthy of hanging in a museum. (In fact, she did donate many pieces to the Kern County Museum.) For her presentation on Sunday, Clowes, also a talented seamstress, managed to stitch all of her passions together into one talk about fashion, history and the women who helped create them both. “The presentation itself is based on how fashion is a reflection of society from the 1900s to the 1950s,” Clowes said. “It’s incredible how much fashion changed during those 50 years. Think back to the 1900s. Then, women still wore restrictive corsets and petticoats, and by the 1950s, we had the traditional ’50s silhouette. They could wear skirts and pants, and even show some leg. That’s a big change. In fact, fashion hadn’t ever changed so rapidly before in all of history.”
‘Fashion Through History’ Women’s Equality Day celebration When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. Cost: $15; make reservations by calling the League of Women Voters at 634-3733 Information: 634-3733
The alterations the United States underwent throughout the periods Clowes will cover in her talk were rapid, dramatic and punctuated by booming highs — say, the short, decadent dresses of the 1920s, and some pretty significant lows. But women’s closets rolled right along with the punches, including two world wars and the economic collapse of the Great Depression. “I think one of the highlights for fashion would be the Edwardian lady; people might refer to that as the ‘Titanic era,’ from 1909 to 1913. Some of the lowlights would be the war period from about 1914 to 1919, and during the Great Depression, certainly. The 1930s were a little bit lost as far as the fashion goes. After the market crashed, people had to do the most with the least amount that they ever had. You didn’t throw away anything, you mended it; you turned it into something else. Skirts got a little bit longer, the general attitude was subdued — even the colors weren’t as vibrant.” Clowes will illustrate the stark differences among these early decades, as well as the restrained, no-nonsense looks of the 1940s (a nation, again at war, rationed its resources, and new dresses weren’t high on many women’s priority lists), to the fun, full-skirted frocks of the 1950s. To do this, she will enlist the help some models, each sporting actual antique threads from their respective decades. “This isn’t just a frivolous fashion show,” said Rosenstein. “Even though this program is going to be a lot of fun, because we’re seeing how women dressed through decades passed, we’re also going to learn a lot. I don’t think people usually give a lot of thought to how fashion has developed, and this is an opportunity to learn.”
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his has been a fantastic week, obsession-wise. I learned how to make something awesome on the cheap, found a great new place to hang out, and upgraded my home life considerably. Let’s start with booze. I was at an excellent bar in Texas last year, and the owner introduced me to flavored vodkas. I’m not a vodka fan in general (and don’t know why people need fruit in it, anyway), but as luck would have it I met the guy who owns the distillery that makes this stuff in New Braunfels. I asked him how the infusion process works and how they get the vodka to taste like different kinds of fruit. He explained it in that no-nonsense way that Texans have. He said they take vodka, put fruit in it, then take the fruit out and bottle it. OK. Some friends of mine were lamenting the low quality of the blueberry vodka they’d just bought, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I put about a cup of blueberries from Murray Family Farms into a liter of vodka. I shook the mixture three times a day, and kept it in a cool dark cabinet. Then, after a week, I poured it through some cheesecloth a few times and that was it. And man, was it better than the pre-packaged stuff. Try it yourself. It’s cheaper and better than most of the stuff you see at the store, and you can do it with most any kind of fruit. I’m working on a batch of raspberry right now. You can even mix fruits if you like. Best of all, you’ll feel like Martha Stewart, but with alcohol.
Good times at Wiki’s If you like to go out and eat and drink stuff that other people have prepared, go see the nice folks at Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill on Ming Avenue. We went to the movies last weekend, and afterward my wife said she wanted to go out to eat. Fine by me, but where? We heard about it from my buddy Mike, who used to run Outback. We got seated right away, which was a plus. The service is off the charts. It’s just crazy good. And the food was fantastic. I was actually mad that I hadn’t been there before. They even found a way to make Brussels sprouts taste good. No kidding. That’s all well and good, but the thing that got me was the patio. Mike invited us out there to listen to some live music, and that’s an invitation I never turn down. It was 100 outside, which was why we hadn’t ventured out there sooner, but once the sun went down, it got nice really quickly, and the mister system made it perfect. It’s a great place to hang out. I hope they book a bunch more
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bands in there. It’s a nice place for having a beverage and relaxing on a date or with friends. Check it out. This town needs more spots like it. It’s way out by Buena Vista, but the grub alone is worth the trip. I’m going back for a ribeye and, if Mike’s not there, I’m going to tell them I’m Pete Tittl.
A bathroom of one’s own Finally this week, I received the amazing gift of a bathroom. Not just any bathroom, but my very own bathroom. I haven’t had my own bathroom for about a quarter of a century, but when my daughter moved out, I got it by default. It’s a small room, but it’s a proper bathroom with a tub and everything. Best of all, it’s mancave-adjacent. See, before I got this gift, I had to shave downstairs in our tiny “half bath.” I get up really early, but my wife doesn’t, and I have to get ready for work without using the master bath. I don’t mind the downstairs bath so much, but it’s not in a convenient location, and I have to take a towel in there because it has guest towels, which are decorative and have never been touched by humans. Ever been at someone’s house and seen these things on the towel rack? I’m always afraid to touch them, and end up wiping my hands on my pants. Well, in my bathroom, I can use any towels I like, even the really old, really soft ugly ones that I like. And I can have a stack of car magazines in there too, and I don’t have to hide them when company comes over. Best of all, I have a permanent home for my shaving stuff and my toothbrush. It occurred to me while moving my stuff in there that I had only been in that bathroom once in the last 10 years, and that was to fix the toilet. I remember being terrified because that was my daughter’s bathroom, and it was messy and smelled weird. There were lots and lots of bottles of hair products. Now there are none. Now I have a bathroom that will be all mine until I die. I still prefer my big bath, with the big shower and tub, but my new one is a huge improvement in my lifestyle. That said, if Katie wants to come back home, I’ll clear my stuff out in five minutes.
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Bakersfield Rid Your Home of Rats NOW! EXPERT RODENT PROOFING If you have heard noises in your attic or in your walls, chances are it’s Rats! Rats can squeeze through the hole the size of a quarter. Due to imperfections in con-struction, rats can find their way into your attic or crawl space with ease. Cutting trees off the roof, setting traps, and even putting out poison are only Band-Aids. Some facts about Rats. According to the Center for Disease Control rats, their droppings and urine left behind can con-tribute to and cause allergies, asthma, bacterial diseases, hantavirus, they also carry mites and fleas. Rats can reach sexual maturity at only five weeks. A female rat is in heat every four to five days and she will produce six to thirteen rats per litter.
They’ve been in your home — well, at least this one — and now sharks are jumping to the big screen with “Sharknado” coming to a theater near you.
‘Sharknado’ to touch down on big screen Cheesy Syfy sensation gets midnight showing tonight BY CHRIS LEE Los Angeles Times
alk about jumping the shark. Tonight, Syfy’s surprise social media juggernaut “Sharknado” — a movie about a shark-spewing twister that devastates Los Angeles — is set to make the leap from basic cable to 40-foot movie screens. Presented by NCM Fathom Events and the Asylum, the over-the-top, made-for-TV eco-disaster flick will play for a special one-night-only midnight engagement at 200 theaters across the country, including Edwards Cinemas at The Marketplace. The schlocky B-movie (which stars “Beverly Hills 90210” alum Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as beach bums who combat the great whites and hammerheads carnivorously rampaging through the City of Angels) surfed a viral tide to national prominence when it first aired on Syfy on July 11.
‘Sharknado’ When: 12:05 tonight Where: Edwards Cinemas, 9000 Ming Ave. Cost: $12.50 Information: 663-3042
“Sharknado” logged a staggering 400,000 social media mentions and clocked a hefty 5,000 tweets per minute, according to the network’s calculations. The so-ridiculous-it’s-genius buzz didn’t translate into a ratings bonanza — with just 1.4 million viewers tuning in for its first airing — but it upped that number a bit with an encore showing that garnered 1.9 million viewers. (It will get another showing Saturday night during the channel’s “Sharkathon” programming block.) With those numbers, Syfy has already ordered a sequel with “Sharknado 2” set to air on the network next July.
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‘FIRST LOOK WITH SCOTT COX’ Join the Eye Street crew this morning as we discuss the Savor the Flavor food, wine and craft beer festival in Tehachapi. We’ll talk with Kim Nixon, executive director of the Tehachapi Family Life Pregnancy Center, which is organizing Saturday’s event, and give away some tickets.
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TICKET ROUNDUP 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. vallitix.com or 322-5200. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Today: Charlie Worsham, 7 p.m. Free. Aug. 9-10: Buck Owens’ Birthday Bash, 7 p.m. $30-$40. Aug. 15: Joel Crouse, 7 p.m. Free. Aug. 29: Phil Vassar, 7 p.m. $30.50-$38.50.
Sept. 20: Zendaya Sept. 21: Jo Dee Messina Sept. 22: Mickey Thomas Sept. 23: Los Lobos Sept. 24: The Four Tops Sept. 25: Dustin Lynch with Lucky Ned Pepper Sept. 26: Kutless Sept. 27: The Hollywood Stones Sept. 28: Lonestar Sept. 29: Banda la Costena, with special guest Ana Victoria, 7 p.m.
1001 Truxtun Ave.; events in the arena (unless otherwise noted). ticketmaster.com or 800-7453000. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Aug. 20: WWE Smackdown, 7 p.m. $15-$95. Aug. 24: Roller Derby for Ronald McDonald House, 5 p.m. $10$18. Sept. 5-8: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, show 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. $20-$75. Sept. 15: Gary Allan and Sheryl Crow “Free & Easy Tour,” guest Drake White, 7 p.m. $33-$73. Oct. 6: “The Four Preps,” presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 3 p.m. in the theater, $80 for eight concerts. bakersfieldcca.org or 2058522 or 589-2478. Oct. 19: Guns N' Hoses Charity Boxing, 6 p.m. $10-$35. Oct. 25: Vince Gill, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $35-$58. Nov. 1: Mike Epps, 7 p.m. in the theater, $44-$51. Nov. 3: “Golden Dragon Acrobats,” presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 3 p.m. in the theater, $80 for seven concerts. bakersfieldcca.org or 205-8522 or 589-2478. Dec. 8: “Eve Selis,” presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 3 p.m. in the theater, $80 for six concerts. bakersfieldcca.org or 205-8522 or 589-2478. Jan. 31: The Fresh Beat Band concert, 6:30 p.m. in the theater, $18 to $38.
2001 H St. vallitix.com or 3225200. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Aug. 24: Courtney Love, 8 p.m. $28-$48. Sept. 13: Anjelah Johnson, 8 p.m. $30.50. Sept. 14: Dru Hill with Case and H Town, 8 p.m. $28.50-$68.50. Sept. 21: Kenny Loggins, 7:30 p.m. $59.50-$99.50. 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. Nov. 11: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$175. Dec. 7: An Irish Christmas, 7:30 p.m. $26-$51. Dec. 10: The Black Crowes. No more information was available at press time.
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Kern County Fairgrounds 1142 S. P St., Budweiser Pavilion Concerts are free with Kern County Fair admission (unless noted). All shows at 8 p.m. (unless specified). Sept. 18: Uncle Kracker Sept. 18: Luis Miguel, $59-$149. Tickets available at Jalisco Jewelers or vallitix.com or 3225200. Sept. 19: REO Speedwagon
Kern County Museum 3801 Chester Ave. vallitix.com or 322-5200. Sept. 7: Village Fest 2013, 6 p.m. $65.
Outside The Box Film Festival vallitix.com or 322-5200. Nov. 8-10: 3 Day Festival Pass, 9 a.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday, Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $175; $90 students. Nov. 8: Panels & Workshops, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $25. Nov. 8: Feature Film Movie, 8 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $15; $7.50 students. Nov. 10: Closing Night Wrap Party, 9 p.m., The Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St. $100.
Eagle Mountain Casino 681 S. Tule Reservation Road, Porterville. eaglemtncasino.com or 559-788-6220. All shows 8 p.m. $25; $35 reserved, unless specified. Aug. 30: Trace Adkins, 9 p.m. $30-$40.
transparent watercolor runs together and blends. The happy accidents when the color blends that you didn’t intend. The unexpectedness of that. The granulation of the paper when the paint soaks down into the paper.” Along with painting, Anderson said he’s enthusiastic about how the local art scene has changed. “It’s exciting to see more and more artists from other areas moving to Bakersfield, that breeds a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. “I’m excited and encouraged by the growth of the arts scene in Bakersfield. I think First Friday has breathed a lot of life into that. It draws folks to downtown, more excitement and activity downtown, getting people to come to the galleries.”
‘On the Table’ Another art space aiming to draw people downtown Friday is the Bakersfield Art Association’s Art Center. This month’s group show, “On the Table,” focuses on still lifes, works that depict commonplace inanimate objects. “It’s (still life) a good learning tool because your subject doesn’t move,” said Cindy Stiles who organized the show as well as contributed a piece. “If you do it right, you have control over everything. Your subject, as long as it’s lit the same, is something you can come back to.” Other artists in the show are Lila Martin, Patti Doolittle, Linda Kahega, Toni Lott, Iva Fendrick, Norma Eaton, Karen King, Marilyn Cameron, Gena Hawk, Laura Mizrahi and Jodi Cheeseman. Stiles said she was impressed by the quality of the work in the show. “I think, for the most part, the artists really put their best foot forward. We have a lot of landscape artists. They really pushed themselves to explore a new area and produce some really nice work.” One of those artists is Doolittle, who painted an A&W root beer bottle with a glass and newspaper. “Patti's work is always beautiful. She never paints still life, but she’s just a good sport and she added a keychain that looks like Tweety Bird. I appreciate a little bit of humor in a painting now and then.” Next month is a show of sketches by Phyllis Oliver, but Stiles said more group shows are headed to the art center. In October, the winners from the Kern County Fair art competitions will be on display while the following month will highlight the 12 artists that are part of a BAA calendar of Kern County scenes. Stiles was also excited for a group show set for March, “Reigning Cats and Dogs,”
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Marilyn Cameron’s “The Little Goddess,” part of the “On the Table” exhibit opening Friday at the Bakersfield Art Association's Art Center.
which will have a call to artists in the late fall. “It’s totally open to interpretation. It’s an opportunity for people to paint their pets or animals that they love and admire.”
Ongoing exhibits and more Also under the BAA banner, works by David Gordon and a “Vacation” group show remain on display at Dagny’s Coffee Co. Photography by Crysco Nabisco, aka Chris Hendrickson, remains on display in Henley Photo’s gallery space. His “Steampunk’d” collection artfully depicts a grittier take on the genre celebrating the industrial movement. The summer exhibit continues at Metro Galleries with “Abstract Conversations,” a collection of works of Southern California-based artists Tina Bluefield and Moira Fain. Also on display will be assorted work from artists associated with the gallery, said Metro president Don Martin. The gallery will hold a reception with hors d'ouerves and no host bar by Mama Roomba and Keith Barbour performing. Martin also said that people can sneak a peek of the new Metro Lounge, which is set to be ready for next month’s big First Friday celebration. The jewel in September’s event is “Latination,” a juried show featuring works from Kern County, California and beyond.
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“The Builder,” with model Jessica McEuen, by Crysco Nabisco is one of his works in “Steampunk’d,” which is on display at the gallery space in Henley’s Photo.
Submissions are still being accepted for the show capturing the essence of all things Latin. The competition is open to adult artists as well as a new category for children ages 6 to 16. All children’s works will be displayed during opening night (Sept. 6) in the Metro’s newly expanded Eye Gallery. Four cash prizes will be given to artists in the categories of best in show, best new artist and first and second place. For information, guidelines and an entry form, artists should visit themetrogalleries.com. Entries are due Aug. 28.
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and Kathy Sierra continue perfecting a formula of Celtic harp, guitar, octavemandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, pennywhistle and bodhran instrumentation for audiences of all ages. “There was definitely a greater interest in Celtic music after ‘Riverdance,’” said Butler. “‘Braveheart’ also helped pique the interest in Scottish music and culture. The movie ‘Brave’ has brought a new wave of interest in Scottish and Celtic music and culture. We see this at festivals and Highland games. In Ireland and Scotland, the young musicians continue to breathe fresh
and new life into the music.” Over the course of their career, members of Golden Bough have collaborated with artists such as Linda Ronstadt, The Chieftains’ Derek Bell, as well as a recording with worldrenowned Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramsey, among others. “We had planned to make music our career, so we certainly hoped Golden Bough would keep going. Now it seems we can’t stop. We returned to Europe four years ago for our 30th anniversary and have returned annually since. We plan to keep this going until we just can’t lift an instrument anymore.” The band’s website at
goldenboughmusic.com is filled with information on the group, including the band’s arts and activism side promoting music in schools. The group makes regular appearances at public schools sharing their tradition with young audiences. “It’s unfortunate for the students, as they are not exposed to the same musical influence that we had when we were in school. That is why we feel dedicated to bringing live music into the schools.” Opening the show is veteran Bakersfield Celtic music quartet Banshee in the Kitchen, which will join Golden Bough for a few collaborations onstage. “We feel pretty honored
when other musicians approach us and tell us that we inspired them to start performing or get back into it. That’s one of the nice things about having been around for so long.” Saturday’s showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. American Sound Recording Studios is located at 2231 R St. For more information,
Matt’s pick Tanked and Crooked Folk at Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 9 p.m. Saturday. $5, 322-8900. If there’s ever a book written on Bakersfield punk rock in the ’90s, Active Ingrediants would certainly be deserving of their own chapter. After a few breaks and reunions,
members Scott Burton, Dennis Harrison and Jeremy Cravens have returned as Tanked, performing steadily at local watering holes just like the good ol’ days. They’ve also released a cool 7-inch vinyl, which can be picked up at the show. Check out a preview at reverbnation.com/ tankedband. Also appearing are local hooligans, Crooked Folk.
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I’m not saying that because I’m a fan. He came to Norway for the first time in 1969 and came back the next year. There were two shows and both shows were packed.” Lauritsen formed the idea to start the band in 1998 after years of playing country music in pubs, singing in his native language. During this time, Owens’ career was in a down gear with artists such as Garth Brooks and others ushering in the new country movement. Unaware that an Owens comeback was on the horizon, Lauritsen sprung into action following some inspiring news. “I heard this disc jockey in the late ’80s say that Buck Owens was back with this young rebel country musician named Dwight Yoakam, who’d been up to Bakersfield to pull ol’ Buck from the rocking chair. After I heard that, I went and started to find his records again.” It would be a few years before his project would come to fruition. But through a strange twist of fate, Lauritsen was given the chance of a lifetime to meet his idol in Bakersfield after assisting with a compilation of Owens’ hits in 1998. “EMI released a special collection, and I gave them a hand with some pictures. I told EMI that I had plans to go to Bakersfield and see Buck Owens one day. One day I got a call that the collection had reached platinum, and asked if I would go to Bakersfield and present him the award.” Lauritsen vividly recalls the 2000 trip. Fatigued and nervous after the 5,000-plusmile flight from Norway to Bakersfield, Lauritsen described watching the iconic musician who’d inspired him to pursue music enter with a swagger suited to his image. “I went to Jim Shaw’s office there, and after about 10 or 15 minutes, Buck walked in. It was one of the biggest moments of my life as a fan.” Extending his hand for a hearty Bakersfield welcome, Lauritsen said Owens’ greeting remains etched in his mind forever. “The first thing he asked was, ‘How’d you learn your English? I told him ‘Love’s Gonna Live Here,’ is the first song I
remembered. He took Jim Shaw’s red, white and blue guitar and started singing the song in his office. I started singing a few lines with him, then he stopped and said, ‘You come to the sound check tomorrow, rehearse the song and you can sing it later in the show.’” Three years later, Lauritsen met steel guitarist Steiner Schroder, who happened to be an old friend of late Buckaroo steel guitarist Tom Brumley. Well-versed in Brumley’s technique, Schroder was also instrumental in getting the band’s flashy, Nudie-inspired suits like those of the original Buckaroos. An airline pilot, Lauritsen found a tailor during a work trip to Bangkok who could make similar suits, which have been a big hit since the beginning. “That’s how that got started. Now there were two of us who could put together a full set of Owens songs, and by 2005 we had the suits and everything.” Rounding out the lineup is drummer Luis Borgli, bassist Hans-Petter Jahr and lead guitarist Terjie Schroder, who recently added the fiddle to the stage show that also includes Owens’ signature hits, and then some. “We like to play songs from his catalog before he was famous. Songs like ‘Under Your Spell Again’ and ‘Above and Beyond’ were more or less keys to success for him, about 26 to 30 songs.” “I’ve known Odd for many years,” said Shaw. “But I considered him more of a guitar player, until I heard him sing the first time. I didn’t realize he sounded so much like Buck. “Every now and then a little accent pops up, but he gave me goosebumps when I heard him, just blew me away. They’ve been working towards getting the right players for the group. Steiner is amazing on the steel. I just love them.” This marks Lauritsen’s third trip to the Crystal Palace and Bakersfield’s second full band performance after performing at the venue last year. “We’re really looking forward to coming back to Bakersfield,” said Lauritsen. “I don’t know anybody who sounds like this group with the visuals and all. It’s the real deal,” said Shaw. For more information on Bakersfield, visit the band’s website at bakersfield.dk.
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Eye Street Go & Do Today Charlie Worsham, 7 p.m., Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Free. 328-7560. Concerts by The Fountain, blues, rock, and oldies with the Mike Montano Band, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Kiriku concert, featuring musicians who perform on more than six octaves of hand bells and chimes with only 6 to 8 ringers, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road. Free but a freewill offering will be taken. velocitybells.org. “Sharknado” Midnight Showing, 12:05 a.m., Edwards Cinemas, 9000 Ming Ave. $12.50. 663-3042.
Friday 46th annual Frazier Park’s Fiesta Days, entertainment, family games, parade, fishing derby, horseshoe tournament, pet show and more, Friday through Sunday, Monterey Trail Street and Park Drive, Frazier Park. Free. Visit frazierfiestadays.com or 431-8260. Bakersfield Blaze vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sam Lynn Ballpark, 4009 Chester Ave. $7-$12. bakersfieldblaze.com or 716-HITS. First Friday Downtown, featuring live music, art openings, specialty shops, galleries and boutiques, artists will set up their artwork, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Arts District. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Movies in the Park, presents “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” begins at dusk, Siemon Park, 3300 Redlands Drive. Free. 326-3866. Under the Sea Family Fun Night, 6 to 9 p.m., McMurtrey Aquatic Center, 1325 Q St. $3 per person; $10 for groups of 4 to 6. 852-7430.
Saturday Bakersfield Speedway, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, gates open at 4 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m., Bakersfield Speedway, 5001 N. Chester Ave. $10; $5 ages 6-12; under 5 free. bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 393-3373. Family Day, 10 a.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. two adults and up to six children, admission only $20. 324-6350. Farmers’ Markets:, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St.; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Brimhall Square, 9500 Brimhall Road; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, Kaiser Permanente, 8800 Ming Ave.; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, in the parking lot of James St. and Central Ave., Shafter. Garden Project Community Meeting, learn how to plant your own vegetable garden, 10 a.m. to
noon, St. Luke Anglican Church, 2730 Mall View Road. 332-3204. Just for Kids, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $7 adults; $5 students w/ID, seniors; $4 for children under 18; 5 and under are free. Members are free. 324-6350. 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. Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Veterans Hall, 400 Norris Road. Email Oildalespay@gmail.com or 868-6989. $20 dogs or cats. NASCAR, Pro Late Models 100, CITGO Lubricants Late Models 50, Legends, Bandoleros, 6 p.m., Kern County Raceway Park, 13500 Raceway Boulevard. $8-$45. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 835-1264. 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. 7462140. Sierra Club Breakfast, with Rob Negrini, Ph.D., professor of geology at CSUB, presents “The Science behind Anthropogenic Global Warming” 8 a.m., Hodel’s, 5917 Knudsen Drive. $12. Reservations, 589-7796. Swap Meet, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Golden State Mall, 3201 F St. If interested in being a vendor, call Stephanie at 303-9951. Savor the Flavor, food from local restaurants and wineries, fine arts, chef demonstration, live music, VIP gates open at 5:30 p.m., regular admission 6 to 10 p.m., E and Green St., Tehachapi. $60 general; $100 VIP. Savortheflavortehachapi.com. Twilight at CALM, bring a picnic dinner and dine with the animals and enjoy them during their active dusk hours, 5 to 8 p.m., CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $9 adults; $7 seniors; $5 ages 3 to 12; children under 3 are free; CALM members are free. calmzoo.org or 872-2256.
Sunday 16th annual Lowrider Nationals, dubs, euros, imports, motorcycles, bicycles, hoppers, entertainment, hot model contest, bikini contest, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. $20 adults; children 6 and under are free. lowridernationals.com or 818-671-4771. Electronic Waste Recycling Event, 9 am. to 2 p.m., 8800 Ming Ave. Free. Email email@example.com or 873-4011.
Field Trip to Ronald Reagan Library, sponsored by Arts Council of Kern; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $100. Reservation deadline is today. 324-9000. Women’s Equality Day celebration, hosted by League of Women Voters of Kern County; “Fashion Through History,” presented by Kathryn Clowes, president of St. Henry’s Renaissance Guild, 2:30 p.m., Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. $15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 634-3773.
THEATER “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.,” hosted by The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County; 2 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Donald E. Suburu School, 7315 Harris Road. Free tonight only; $5 Friday and Saturday. 325-3730. “Rosedale,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “Stages,” 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sustenance 101: A Private Cooking Studio, 1810 Eye St. $15. Tickets at Brownpapertickets.com or at the studio. 805-2341691. “Church Folks and the Things We Do,” matinee 2:30 p.m., evening showing 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $15 matinee; $25 evening show. Visit facebook.com/UpsideProductions. 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 Artist Reception, for “On the Table” a multi-artist exhibit, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Bakersfield Art Association’s Art Center Gallery, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. First Friday at the Younger Gallery, view abstract contemporary art, refreshments, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, The Younger Gallery, 1430 Truxtun Ave., Suite 105. Free. Children’s Calligraphy Class, for grades seventh through twelfth, 4 to 6 p.m. today, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Free. 869-2320. $20, includes supplies. Email email@example.com. or 303-2372. 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. Art for Healing program, classes that alleviate stress, resulting from illness, or grief. All classes
are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A St. Visit mercybakersfield.org/ art or to register, 632-5357.
MUSIC Acoustic J & M's Bar and Grill, 10801 Rosedale Highway, 589-3042; Dustin "Catfish" Meridith, 8 p.m. Saturday.
Blues Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; Double Trouble featuring Tim Stonelake, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Glenda Robles and Bobby “O,” 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; English Revolver, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; Mystic Duo, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Classic rock Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Ben Lara and the Mission, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall, 831-1413; Power Play, 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
Classic soul The Mark Restaurant, 1623 19th St., 322-7655; Mr. Trimble and Unique Soul, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Comedy Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Improv Tuesday - Live comedy with DJ after party, 9 p.m. Tuesdays. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; 7:45 p.m. Thursday. $5. Visit facebook.com/ontherocksbakersfield.
Country Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Token Okies, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Road Dawgs, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday; Nightlife, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. 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 every Thursday . Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays. country Trout’s & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700; Red Simpson, 7 p.m. Monday; Steve Woods, 7 to 10
p.m. Tuesdays. Free.
Dancing West African Dance for Health and Fitness, 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Studio 9, 4000 Easton Drive., Ste. 9. $5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-917-3685. 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. Dancing Classes, Beginning Pole Fitness, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Beginning Belly Dancing, 6 p.m. Monday; Chair Dance Fitness, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Simply Irresistible Pole Fitness & Dance, 1420 19th St., Suite C. $45-$55. 444-0133. 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. Laf-A-Lot Dance Club, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive. $10 non members. 324-2231. Pairs and Spares Dance, music by Jerri Arnold and Ed Shelton, 7 p.m. Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $7; $9 nonmembers. 399-3575 or 6193859. 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., 3996700; two-step, West Coast swing, line dance lessons, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays; West Coast swing, 6 p.m. Fridays. $5. Whirlaways Square Dance Club, has workshops every first, third, fourth and fifth Mondays, Park Stockdale Civic Association Community Center, 205 Rio Bravo Drive. whirlaways.org or 2133105. square dancing.
DJ Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; DJ Brian, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday. Please see GO & D0 / 27
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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.
Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring local artist and Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633WINE; Richie Perez, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. 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. Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill, 11350 Ming Ave., 399-4547; Mauro, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Karaoke Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Best Western, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; The Junction with host Mac Clanahan, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Big Daddy Pizza, 6417 Ming Ave., 396-7499; 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday; 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. every Saturday. City Slickers, 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-4939; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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. karaoke. 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; 10 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. 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.
Latin Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill, 11350 Ming Ave., 399-4547; Mauro, Rico Velazquez, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Mariachi Camino Real Restaurant, 6 to 9 p.m. every Sunday at 3500 Truxtun Ave. 852-0493.
Music showcase The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; featuring local artists, 7 to 10 p.m. every 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, 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Free.
Reggae Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Mento Buru, The Natural Movement, DJ Mikey, 9 p.m. Friday. $5.
R&B Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; John Hollins band, 9 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Señor Pepe, 8450 Granite Falls Dr., 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 Glen-
da Robles, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; VanDalyn, Arizonity, New Era Anthem, 9 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday; Vanity Avenue, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5. 21 and over only. Riley’s Tavern, 1523 19th St.; The Burning of Rome, 8 p.m. Thursday. $7. Visit facebook.com/ rileysbakersfield.
872-2432 or 873-8107. Summer Children’s Art Camps, each camp will have a completed project such as paint a t-shirt, build a picture frame, make a journal, watercolor painting, make a clay ornament, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, Schilling Art Studio, 12426 Jomani Drive, Suite B. $90 per week. Supplies included. 587-4400.
Steak and Grape, 4420 Coffee Road, 588-9463; 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Free.
Independent Film Festival, see the movie “Kon-Tiki,” 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Saturday, Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. 636-0484.
Songwriters The Bistro, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Brent Brown, 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays.
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.
“Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” Film, explore the essence of art and the shared histories of western and Islamic societies, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. Concerts by The Fountain, jazz and blues with 3 Guys Playin’ the Blues, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave.
Crest Bar & Grill, inside Bakersfield RV Resort, 5025 Wible Road, 833-9998; Steve Woods, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 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.
“Fiddler on the Roof,” 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Bakersfield High School, inside Harvey Auditorium, 1241 G St. $10. 325-6100. “Rosedale,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. Buck Owens’ Birthday Bash, featuring “Bakersfield,” a Buck Owens tribute band from Norway, Buddy Alan Owens & the Buckaroos, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $30-$40 per night. vallitix.com or call 3225200. Health Fair Luau, health resource information, giveaways, food, entertainment, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lifehouse Parkview Health Services, 329 Real Road. Free. Visit lifehousehs.com. Movies in the Park, presents “Escape from Planet Earth,” begins at dusk, Jastro Park, 2900 Truxtun Ave. Free. 326-3866.
UPCOMING EVENTS Tuesday 8/06 Christian Businessmen’s Committee, luncheon with Carlos Baldovinos, chief executive of The Mission at Kern County, 11:45 a.m., Hodel’s Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Drive. $13. Reservations, 322-9502. Kid’s Summer Film Festival, see the movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $1. 636-0484. National Night Out, hot dog barbecue, face painting, demonstrations, vendor booths, resource information available, 6 to 8 p.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office, 1350 Norris Road. Free. 391-7460. Project Linus Community Blanket Day, we provide blankets for local children who are ill or traumatized, 9 a.m. to noon, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 316 A St. Visit projectlinusbakersfield.com or 589-1854. Reel Kids Summer Movie Series, see “Labyrinth,” 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Reading Cinemas-Valley Plaza 16, 2000 Wible Road. $1. 833-2230. Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, three to five miles, 7 p.m., meet at corner of highways 178 and 184.
Saturday 8/10 Annual Run to the Pines Car Show, antiques, street rods, classics, British classics, triumphs, Corvettes, Mustangs, 4x4s, motorcycles, food, begins at 9 a.m., awards 3 p.m., Pine Mountain Club Village Center,16300 Mil Potrero Highway, Pine Mountain Club. Free for spectators, $20 early car registration; $25 day of event. Visit pinemountainclub.net or 242-1996. 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