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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, October 14, 2010

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Taft Oil Monument . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 31st Annual Car Show and Fun Day . . . . . . . . . . .21 Arts Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Dust Bowl Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 In the Mood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 The Make a Difference Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Oildorado concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30-31

Symphony’s season in one word? Allegro


Local cellist Aaron Conner will have to prove that he’s earned a place with the symphony this season.

Playing musical chairs A veteran violinist leaves symphony as a new cellist gears up for his debut


fter 48 years, violinist Jean Dodson has retired from the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. At the same time, when the curtain rises on the 79th season Saturday, the orchestra will welcome its newest member, 24-year-old cellist Aaron Conner. Dodson has some advice for the newcomer. “Learn your part,” she said. “(BSO conductor) John Farrer expects everyone to be prepared, even at the first rehearsal.” Dodson knows what she’s talking about. In her 48 years with the symphony, 35 were spent under Farrer’s baton. She also had a unique vantage point as associate concertmaster, the orchestra’s second-in-command. “Her job is to support me,” said concertmaster Rebecca Brooks, who has been in the orchestra for 46 years. “To be prepared with any orchestral solos in case anything happens to me.” Dodson said she never had to stand in for Brooks, but she did provide advice. “A lot of times we would talk over bowings (for the violin),” Dodson said. “We didn’t always agree, but we came to agreement.” Dodson joined the BSO when the orchestra — then known as the Kern Philharmonic — was conducted by Edouard Hurlimann. It was Hurlimann who paired Dodson as associate concertmaster with Brooks in 1964. Dodson said her decision to leave now was based on


While the people who worry about money remain “cautiously optimistic” about the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s 79th season, the people who worry about the music seem ready to take some risks. Organized under a theme of different aspects of music, its color, spirit, drama, theatricality, infinity and ingenuity, the season ties together familiar favorites, such as Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Brahms’ Academic Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, with pieces not often done locally, including works by Ravel, Stravinsky, Bartok, Ives, Korngold, Strauss and Franck. Felix Mendelssohn’s complete score of incidental music to Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will be performed in March, and Leopold Stokowski’s orchestral setting of J. S. Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor is on the April program. “I just put together programs, pieces that I think go together well,” said BSO conductor John Farrer. Farrer also said he takes into consideration more mundane realities such as programming pieces that use the same instrumentation so as to make the most of the musicians hired for each concert. He also pays attention to the keys of each piece, making sure the audience gets some variety. “I do think the ear becomes weary when too much of the music is in the same key,” Farrer said. The season will open Saturday with “The Colors of Music,” an exploration of how various composers have evoked different sonorities from the same orchestra instruments. The “Academic Festival Overture,” Johannes Brahms’ famous interweaving of student university songs, opens the program and explores the rich fullness of the orchestra. Maurice RavPlease see SEASON / 19

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Jean Dodson, right, is seen with Rebecca Brooks, another long-time member of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, in 2007. Dodson won’t be returning this season.

health concerns — the intense weeklong rehearsals for each concert had become too much for her. “It’s strenuous work, rehearsals,” Dodson said. “We do so much in one week.” “I’m sorry to see her retire,” Brooks said. “We always thought we’d sort of bow out together.” But bowing out is the last thing on the mind of new cellist ConPlease see SCAFFIDI / 19

What: The Colors of Music — “Academic Overture,” Johannes Brahms; “Alborado del Gracioso,” Maurice Ravel; “Firebird Suite,” Igor Stravinsky; Piano Concerto in G minor, Felix Mendelssohn. Guest soloist: Bonnie Bogle Farrer, pianist. When: 8 p.m. Jerome Kleinsasser will deliver a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. in the Potato Room at the theater. Where: Theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Admission: $34 to $50. Student tickets are half price. Available at the theater box office.


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Symphony treads carefully Rough economy puts arts organizations at risk


irector of development Michael Chertok has a sober assessment of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra’s financial outlook for the new season, which begins with the first subscription concert on Saturday. There is much to celebrate, but there are also trends to watch closely. “We finished the (last) year with a balanced budget, so we’re starting the year off in a good position,” said Chertok, who added that many donors have renewed their annual gifts, as have established corporate sponsors. But that’s not growth. “It is still very tough to attract new dollars,” Chertok said. “What is helping us is a very loyal group of donors, who come back to support us year after year.” There is more to the mixed picture. Season ticket sales are down slightly, which Chertok attributes to patrons’ inability to attend all the concerts they paid for. But the Young People’s concerts, provided for Kern County schoolchildren, are looking very healthy this year. “We expect to see 11-12,000 schoolchildren this year,” he said. There are some casualties this season. The Academic Decathlon concert, which prepares students from all over California for the music portion of the test, has been suspended. “It was a very expensive situation,” Chertok said. Orchestra operations manager Mary


el’s “Alborada del Gracioso” is the composer’s orchestral version of a 1910 piano work, and relies heavily on Spanish percussion instruments, pizzicato string technique and dramatic shifts in texture. Nothing could exploit orchestral color as much as Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Suite, as the orchestra depicts the ballet’s magical bird, a dance of enchanted princesses, an infernal dance and a lullaby, all tinted with Stravinsky’s flair for the exotic. Pianist Bonnie Bogle Farrer will perform the Piano Concert in G minor by Felix Mendelssohn. Farrer, who is the wife of the conductor, performs regularly with the BSO and with the Roswell Symphony and Santa Maria Philharmonic, also conducted by John Farrer. The pianist said Mendelssohn’s composition is a “perfect concerto.” “The first movement is very stormy, it’s in G minor,” Farrer said. “The second movement is like a song without words. The third movement is very happy, and is technically very showy.” Farrer said she grew up in a family of pianists in Littleton, N.H. At age 14, Farrer began studying at Juilliard, finishing at the top of her class and also earning a master’s degree. She has enjoyed a wellregarded performing and teaching career, including faculty posts at Birmingham-Southern College, Scripps College and Cal State Fullerton. — Susan Scaffidi

THE 79TH BAKERSFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT SEASON Saturday: The Colors of Music — “Academic Overture,” Johannes Brahms; “Alborado del Gracioso,” Maurice Ravel; “Firebird Suite,” Igor Stravinsky; Piano Concerto in G minor, Felix Mendelssohn. Guest soloist: Bonnie Bogle Farrer, pianist. Nov. 13: The Spirit of Music — “The Ruler of the Spirits,” Karl Maria von Weber; “Lincoln Portrait,” Aaron Copland; Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathetique”); Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky. Guest speaker: Congressman Kevin McCarthy. Dec. 10-12: “Nutcracker” Ballet, Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky. Feb. 5: The Drama of Music — Overture to “Nabucco,” Giuseppe Verdi; Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Ludwig van Beethoven; Violin Concerto in D Major, Wolfgang Korngold. Guest soloist: Judith

Moore added that the BSO has had to cancel its outreach concerts — performances in Delano, Arvin, Ridgecrest and other communities — as well as New Directions concerts and other smaller events. “We were really starting to build an audience in those communities,” said Moore, who pointed to the loss of support from the city of Bakersfield as a major factor in the cutbacks. “We have to use any extra to pay for the (Rabobank) auditorium,” she said.


ner, who will have to prove himself this season to earn a permanent spot with the orchestra. He’s already become a sort of and extended family member over the years, having studied with section player Norma Sexton and principal cellist Diane Malecki. Conner said he was accepted into the orchestra on his third try. “(Malecki) asked me how my audition went and I said it went much better than last time,” Conner said. “I felt much more relaxed.” “She said, ‘That’s why we let you in,’” Conner said. Conner also performs in the pit orchestra for Bakersfield Music Theater and at Bakersfield College, where he was a music major before switching to anthropology. According to orchestra manager Mary Moore, Conner starts his probationary year with his first performance Saturday. If he completes the year successfully, he will be assigned a specific chair in the section. “If a person is assigned a chair, it’s theirs until they decide to leave, or die,” Moore said of the “symphony system.” Giving up her chair was difficult for Dodson, who said she will continue to perform and to teach, but on a more relaxed schedule. “Musicians never really retire,” Dodson said. “There’s always something to do.” It won’t be easy to replace her, Farrer acknowledged. “One of the great things about the Bakersfield Symphony is that we have so many people who have served so long,” Farrer said. “They have learned all the skills of playing in

Ingolfsson, violinist. March 12: The Theatrical Magic of Music — “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” complete musical score, Felix Mendelssohn. Guest performers: CSUB Theater and Vocal Students, Bakersfield Masterworks Chorale. April 9: The Infinity of Music — Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, Johann Sebastian Bach, orchestral setting by Leopold Stokowski; “Don Juan,” Richard Strauss; “Totentanz,” Franz Liszt; Symphonic Variations, Cesar Franck. Guest soloist: Anton Nel, pianist. May 14: The Ingenuity of Music — Overture to “Cosi fan tutte,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “The Unanswered Question,” Charles Ives; “The Swan of Tuonelo,” Jean Sibelius; Romanian Folk Dances, Bela Bartok; Symphony No. 41 in C Major (“Jupiter”), Mozart.

The orchestra, which will reunite with Cody Bryant and The Riders of the Purple Sage, will make just one out-of-town appearance this season, to perform at the Taft Oildorado 100th Anniversary Celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday. That concert, which is being paid for by the City of Taft, will feature Aaron Copland’s ballet “Rodeo,” and a selection of western songs. Tickets for that concert, at the Taft Union High School Auditorium, are $10. — Susan Scaffidi

an orchestra. “(Dodson) and Rebecca Brooks simply played like one instrument,” Farrer said. “Once you have that kind of stability in the first stand, you really improve the chances you’ll have great ensemble playing in the entire violin section.” Brooks added that it will be important to find someone who can help maintain the sound of the section that she and Dodson had achieved. Farrer said he is looking for a lot. “First of all you assume the person is a highly skilled violinist,” Farrer said. “That’s the prerequisite.” “And you also have to show signs of leadership to be able to fill the role of the concertmaster if she can’t be there,” Farrer said. Farrer said three musicians have applied for the position, all current members of the orchestra: Donna Fraser, Julia Haney and Amy McGuire. Farrer described a different audition than the standard performing-fora-committee process. “Each one will play in the associate concertmaster chair during the 2010-2011 season,” Farrer said. “Once that’s done, I’ll make a decision.” This on-the-job audition will allow him and concertmaster Brooks to evaluate each of the candidates on a key factor: compatibility. “Obviously, it’s imperative that the two people sitting together at the first chair are compatible musically, violinistically and personality-wise,” Farrer said. “It’s possible to have it otherwise, but it’s certainly not an ideal situation.”


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Oil monument: ‘You’ll just be astounded’ BY DENNIS MCCALL Contributing writer


n effort that began more than four years ago to salute oil workers past and present has mushroomed into a stunning tribute that none of the organizers ever envisioned. That profound community pride will culminate Friday with the dedication of a 40-foot-tall, 13-ton, $1.2 million bronze monument that kicks off Oildorado Days in Taft. “When we started this I never thought it would ever be this grand,” said Vic Killingsworth, a longtime Taft resident who came up with the idea in an unlikely place. “I do some of my best thinking in the shower,” he said. “I was thinking about the 100th anniversary and how we need something really big to make the event truly memorable.” Thoughts turned to how hard his dad and grandfather and countless others worked in severe heat and in dangerous conditions. “They came here during rugged times from all parts of the country because they heard about black gold. I thought it would be a great thing to honor those men.” He bounced the idea off a few friends, and that led to formation of a committee in June 2006 to lay plans for a fundraiser. “There was a big buy-in early on,” said Carolyn Hosking, a retired bank executive and Taft College board member who is the treasurer of the Taft Oil Worker Monument committee. But they needed a big donor or two to step up. Accelerated Services kicked in the first big check: $50,000. Then Chevron gave $100,000, and the effort took off. “Those two donations gave credibility to the project,” Hosking said. That early success triggered optimism, but no one thought the milliondollar mark was reachable. (They actually finished with $1.2 million.) “When we started we thought we would be doing good to get $500,000,” Hosking said. “This has grown so much larger than anyone on the committee ever thought it would be. There is just so much pride in what people have accomplished with this.” Committee member Doug Keeler, editor of the Taft Midway Driller, believes the concept is what led to its success. “It was never about the money,” he said. “If we had said we wanted to raise $1 million, I think we would have fallen flat. When we just told people what we had planned to do to honor oil workers, it was just a million dollar idea. We obviously struck a chord with


Benjamin Victor, a Taft native and a graduate of Bakersfield's Foothill High School who now lives in Aberdeen, S.D., was the artist chosen to build Taft's Oil Worker Monument, which will be unveiled during the city’s centennial celebration. Here he appears with a clay and wood model.

Dedication of the Oil Worker Monument What: Event kicks off Oildorado Days When: 10 a.m. Friday Where: Sixth Street and Supply Row in Taft

everybody in the community and in the oil industry.” He admits, though, to being astounded by what the million bought — a bronze replica of a wooden oil derrick like the ones that dominated the westside landscape until about 50 years ago when wood gave way to much cheaper and smaller pumping units often called “grasshoppers.” “I never dreamed we would accomplish this,” he said. While the derrick and its accompanying bull wheel, calf wheel and walking beam — all crafted and bronzed at a machine shop in St. Louis, Mo. — is striking, the central element is three 8foot-tall oil workers. “You'll just be astounded when you see them,” said Charlie Beard, who owns General Production Service and has poured money, equipment, and manpower into the project. He is one of only a few people who have seen the three figures — a driller, a roustabout, and a tool dresser — before they are unveiled Friday. They are so detailed, he said, “standing in front of the roustabout, you'll swear that he is following you with his eyes.” The artist responsible for crafting

the monument is Benjamin Victor of South Dakota. He was born in Taft and moved to Bakersfield, where his parents still live. He is a graduate of Foothill High School. Those facts added to Victor's passion for the project. “The artist really wanted the monument in his hometown,” Hosking said, and that translated to a commission that was favorable and permitted a more elaborate finished product. The same is true with the machine shop creating the derrick — the 84year-old L.E. Sauer Machine Co. “The company doing the fabricating probably has taken a loss on this, but the way they have gotten so involved in the project has really made this happen,” Hosking said. “I think we are going to leave the citizens of Taft something they can be proud of now and into the future,” Killingsworth said, and pointed to another feature — hundreds of bricks being laid around the base of the derrick, which were purchased by people to honor individual oil workers. “Keep in mind that this is a living history,” he said. “It will keep growing as more bricks are added.”

More Oildorado Christian band Tenth Avenue North gets the festival started, 27 The West Kern Oil Museum lets the (saber-tooth) cat out of the bag. In Sunday’s Eye Street. For a complete list of Oildorado events, visit


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hen it comes to car shows in Bakersfield, this one is open to the four-wheeled masses. The 31st Annual Car Show and Fun Day takes place Sunday at the Kern River Golf Course and Lake Ming Picnic area. Homer Walker, vice president of the Chevy LTD’s of Bakersfield, which hosts the event, says if you have a car and you are proud of it come on out. “This is an open show so you’ll see anything from a PT Cruiser to a Corvette to a ’57 Chevy.” Walker and his wife, Geraldine, own a 1956 Chevy and have had it for about 10 years. He says when it comes to the color of the vehicle, he and his wife argue over whether it’s burgundy or metallic raspberry — but what they do know is owning a hot rod is a labor of love. “I built it from scratch and it took about three years to do. Back in high school I had a ’56 Chevy, so it was like getting my first car back.” Walker is looking forward to this weekend’s show because the event will be raising money for M.A.R.E and the Bakersfield Fire Fighter’s Burn Foundation. He points out that the venue can’t be beat as cars will be parked along the scenic backdrop of Lake Ming and the Kern River Golf Course. “Folks are coming all the way from San Diego to Northern California for the setting out there. It is great. The lake is nice and the fall colors are all turning.” Registration is $30 and can be paid the day of the event. A raffle will take place during the show. Prizes include a flat-screen TV, nuts and bolts bowl and even bicycles. The Bakersfield Fire Department will be out handling the tri-tip barbecue, which can be purchased for $10 a plate. Proceeds from lunch will benefit the Bakersfield Fire Fighter’s Burn Foundation. Chevy LTDs of Bakersfield President Ralph Renz says the venue will be full as more than 100 vehicles are expect-










31st annual Car Show and Fun Day presented by Chevy LTDs of Bakersfield When: 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday Where: Kern River Golf Course and Lake Ming Picnic Area Registration: $30 Information: 832-5625 or 3243745

ed to roll in on Sunday morning. “We usually try to limit our show to 150. I think the largest we’ve had is 165, but we’ve never turned anyone away.” With the Car Show and Fun Day open to all kinds of vehicles, Renz says there will be 14 classes that are awarded trophies.

“We’ll be awarding in the categories of ’55, ’56 and ’57 Chevys and Chevy trucks. “There will also be trophies given away for Camaros, El Caminos and Chevelles, post-’48 cars, pre-’49 cars, street rods, PT Cruisers and Mustangs. There will also be a wildcard class, so if your car doesn’t fit into any of those categories you can throw it in there.” As president of the club, Renz has a car with a history worthy of the owner: a 1955 Chevy Bel Air Hard Top that has been in his family since his wife’s aunt drove it off the lot brand new. “She bought it from Motor City Chevy the year before the company was purchased by 3-Way Chevrolet. It’s been handed down, kept mostly in garages and never been restored. It’s an all original Bakersfield car.”


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GO & DO Nancy Romero exhibit — opening reception


pon learning that someone is doing a take-off on Frankenstein I think about Mary Shelley, who created the evil character nearly two centuries ago. I suspect the novelist would be surprised to learn the creature she created is still alive and well — especially at Halloween time. In keeping with the season, Michael Prince of Gaslight Melodrama has taken a few pages from Shelley’s book and wrapped them around a scene from a Mel Brooks-Gene Wilder movie to write a new musical comedy titled “My Funny Frankenstein.” Prince’s script opens with a song and dance routine featuring Jay Stodder as “The Creature,” and Don Kruszka as Dr. Frankenstein. “We've kind of taken the ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ scene from ‘Young Frankenstein’ and let our story go from there — with a lot of embellishments from the original Frankenstein story,” said Prince who also is in the show, along with Ken Burdick and Coryn McBride. Set in the present day the plot concerns a duo that’s had a successful five-year run. But one half of the team is weary of being on the road all the time and wants to quit. “It's kind of a skewering of the egos involved in show business set within the world of Frankenstein,” Prince said. Looking at Prince’s “skewering egos” comment reminds me that Mary Shelley lived most of her life in the

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. today Where: Jones Gallery at Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive Admission: Free Information: 395-4674

‘Acting Up’ classes


At left are Michael Prince as Igor and Coryn McBride as Inga in “My Funny Frankenstein.” Ken Burdick, right, plays Inspector Spector.

shadow of her husband, the much more famous poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. An interesting bit of irony, perhaps.

The Empty Space unleashes horror James Kopp and David Rock who wrote “Geeks vs. Monsters” describe it as a horror comedy that contains harsh language, horrific violence, smoke, flashing lights and zombie mutilation, among other things. So if you’re a bit on the meek and mild side, consider yourself warned. Kopp and John Morrison direct the show, which opens Friday at The Empty Space and continue weekends through Oct. 30. No one under 13 will be admitted.

New exhibit at BC gallery An exhibit by Altadena artist Nancy Romero will open this evening with a reception at the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery at Bakersfield College. Romero will be in attendance, said David Koeth who heads the college’s art department. Titled “A Mid-Career Perspective,” the exhibit includes work

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the artist has done over the past 15 years. It ranges from paintings done in the 1990s that reflect life in a village in Oaxaca, Mexico, to more recent work that focuses on broader themes. Free parking during the reception is available in the lot on the north side of the gallery which is housed inside the campus library. Romero’s exhibit can be seen through Nov. 4. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Celtic duo in Tehachapi A performance by the duo of Willson & McKee on Saturday is the first in a series of fall concerts scheduled to appear at Fiddlers Crossing in Tehachapi. The principals, Ken Willson and Kim McKee, have been touring together for 20 years and have won a number of awards, said Deborah Hand, spokeswoman for the series. “They call it Rocky Mountain Celtic,” Hand said. “It’s what Celtic becomes when it settles comfortably for three generations in the West.” Each plays a number of different instruments, including hammered and mountain dulcimer, folk harp, accordion, guitar, bodhran, guitar and bouzouki. Other concerts scheduled for the series are “Jazz Night” with sax

Registration: Today through Wednesday Where: Stars School of Performing Arts, 1927 Eye St. Cost: $240 Information: 716-0316

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‘Geeks vs. Zombies’ When: 8 p.m. Friday and

player Mike Oliver on Oct. 23; David Nigel Lloyd, Oct. 29; “Americana,” with Ruth Ungar Merenda and Michael Merenda, Nov. 11; and Ed Miller, Scottish ballads, Nov. 13.

New classes at Stars school Registrations are being taken through Oct. 20 for “Acting Up” an eight-week after-school program of classes at Stars School of the Performing Arts. It will culminate with a “Showbiz Kids” Christmas show at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Stars Theatre, said Ken Fix, director of the school. Fix said the show will be based on the children’s picture book “The Polar Express,” and focuses primarily on acting. “This will be a little different


Kim McKee and Ken Willson will play at Fiddlers Crossing in Tehachapi on Saturday night. Saturday Where: The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Admission: Free, donations accepted Information: 327-PLAY

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than some of the shows we’ve done,” he said. “This is mostly acting with some music, including the song ‘Seeing is Believing’ and some traditional Christmas songs.” One of the purposes of the classes is give young people a foundation in performing and to prepare them for auditions. Many former students, Fix said, have gotten parts in shows produced by Stars and Bakersfield Music Theatre. Directors are Bethany LaHammer and Christine Foth. Cost per child for the series of classes is $240 with discounts for returning students or families that are enrolling more than one student. Scholarships are also available.


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The dust will never settle Bakersfield

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spirit of kinship knits together the stories of people who came here seeking a better life during the Dust Bowl era. Sharing stories, whether in written, oral or photographic form, is always a highlight of the annual Dust Bowl Days, which takes place Saturday at Sunset School in Lamont. Last year one of those who enjoyed hearing people tell about their experiences was Susan Shumaker, an associate producer with Florentine Films, the company founded by the great documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Burns’ credits include “The Civil War” and “The Tenth Inning,” his recent addendum to “Baseball,” the filmmaker’s masterful 1994 series on the sport. Burns sent Shumaker to the area last year to scout out interesting stories for an upcoming film that focuses on that pivotal time in history. “I met a lot of phenomenal people, all of whom had remarkable stories,” Shumaker said in a recent phone interview. “All of these folks deserve to be in the film.” Unfortunately, no one Shumaker interviewed was from the specific area in the Oklahoma-Texas panhandle designated for Burns’ documentary. Titled “The Dust Bowl,” the film is now in production and will be televised on PBS in the fall of 2012. “We did find some good folks, former migrants who had either worked in or passed through Kern County at one point,” she added, “but they are currently living elsewhere in Califor-









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nia.” One person who will be heard from in the film with a direct relationship to Kern County, however, is Sanora Babb. Shumaker said the Oklahoma native was an assistant to Tom Collins, the manager of the Sunset Camp and similar camps established by the Farm Security Administration in the San Joaquin Valley and Imperial County. A journalist and fiction writer, Babb later married Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe. She died in 2005 at age 98. Babb’s novel about a migrant family, “Whose Names Are Unknown,” was written in 1939 but did not appear in print until 2004 when it was published by the University of Oklahoma Press, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.

‘I’m a certified Okie’ This year’s festival starts at 8 a.m. with biscuits and gravy for breakfast, said Mack Wimbish, spokesman for

“I hoed cotton and picked cotton just like everybody else. It was a great migration and the work ethic is part of it. What you remember the most though is the relationships with other people.” — Former Kern County sheriff and Dust Bowl Days spokesman Mack Wimbish

the event. The former sheriff added with obvious pride, “I’m a certified Okie — I was born there.” Wimbish was 5 when his family came here in 1948. They settled in the Arvin area and he attended Sunset School. “I hoed cotton and picked cotton just like everybody else,” he said. “It was a great migration and the work ethic is part of it. What you remember the most though is the relationships with other people.” Various booths staffed by members of local nonprofit organizations will sell corn bread, chili beans, hot dogs, ice cream and other food items. Musical entertainment throughout the day includes two bands, featuring Jimmy Phillips and Tommy Hays. Both musicians were inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame on Oct. 3 in Rancho Cordova. Other programs on the schedule include square dancers with Jay Henderson calling; Gene Witham’s “Old West Showdown”; stories about Dust Bowl families told by Mike Martin; and games for children. A number of authors and historians who have written about the Dust Bowl era will be on hand to sign copies of their books, and tours of the original camp building will be given.

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NOT AN OKIE? FAKE IT WITH BISCUITS AND GRAVY RECIPE A plate of biscuits and gravy is a breakfast staple in Pat Rush’s kitchen. “I make them almost every day but not as often as my husband would like me to,” said the Arkansas native ,who came here in 1945. “He’d like me to make them twice a day.” Rush, 75, first learned to make biscuits as a child by helping her mother. “Mom would let us pinch off the biscuit dough,” she said, adding that after her marriage to Ray Rush, she picked up even more tips from her mother-in-law, an Oklahoman. Like a lot of people who’ve been cooking for a long time, Pat doesn’t rely on a written recipe. She was hesitant about offering a recipe, fearing that some people would blame her if

soda in a bowl. Mix well. 3. Slowly pour in about one cup of buttermilk, adding more if needed, until the mixture holds together easily but is not too thin. Dough should be a little sticky. 4. Before continuing, grease a small cookie sheet with oil or bacon drippings. 5. Spread three-fourths cup flour on a piece of foil Buttermilk biscuits or a white cloth and place Makes 10 to 12 large biscuits the dough on it. 2 cups self-rising flour* 6. Gently knead the dough until it holds A good-sized pinch of together. baking soda (about one7. Using your thumb and half teaspoon) forefingers, squeeze off 1 cup or more of two-inch-thick pieces and buttermilk place on the prepared Bacon drippings cookie sheet. (You can also 1. Preheat oven to 450 roll out the dough and use degrees. a cookie-cutter to shape 2. Place the flour and the biscuits.) the biscuits didn’t turn out just right. “I don’t measure anything,” she explained. “And there’s some things you just can’t tell people like how long to work the dough with your hands — you just know when it’s like it should be.” Nonetheless, here’s Pat Rush’s recipe for making biscuits “the easy way.”

8. Place each biscuit on the prepared cookie sheet. 9. Using a spoon, drizzle well the top of each biscuit with bacon drippings or oil. Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Serve with gravy. * If using regular flour, add about 1 tablespoon of baking powder.

White gravy Pat Rush says the secret to making good gravy is to be sure the grease is hot enough before you start stirring in the flour. You can use oil or shortening but she prefers bacon drippings. After grease and flour are mixed together, pour in homogenized milk a little bit at a time, constantly stirring the mixture. Add salt and pepper and serve hot over warm biscuits.

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Creep show at tattoo shop confusion about the show based on the name.” This year Jameson hopes to surpass last year’s inclusion of more than 50 artists, and accommodate an even larger crowd at the Spotlight on Nov. 6. “We’re happy to be back in a theater,” she says, referring to the show’s origins at The Empty Space. “It just keeps on getting bigger every year.” Interested artists have until Nov. 1 to submit their works. For more information contact Nyoka Jameson at 241-0278 or e-mail

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acred Gypsy Tattoo’s “Oh, The Horror!” art exhibit arises from the grave this Satur-

day. Bringing together some of the best area creations, the show is part of a series of ongoing exhibits at the downtown shop. Participating artist and resident Sacred Gypsy tattoo artist Gilbert Garcia, who appreciates all things macabre, cites his childhood for inspiring his beautifully “ghastly” works. “We were always watching horror movies on VHS as a kid growing up. When we watched all the good ones from the store, we’d check out the bad ones until we’d seen them all. I can’t remember when I started drawing monsters, I just always have.” A refined mixture of colors and twisted humor, Garcia’s steadyhanded art can also be found on many a skin canvas. Actively tattooing for more than three years, his appreciation for the female form is also evident should you take a peek inside his workspace. “I enjoy drawing women in different styles to keep it interesting. There’s much more lighting and shades involved in my work. I have to use my imagination a lot.” Art collectors may purchase most of the works on display, and most pieces do sell quickly. Plan on arriving early and make sure to strike up a conversation with the artists. Also performing at the event will be DJ Josex and Bakersfield electrorock band The

Pair of Outlaws hit the road PHOTO COURTESY OF GILBERT GARCIA

Gilbert Garcia’s interpretation of Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” His art will be on display at Sacred Gypsy Tattoo on Saturday.

Hollow. The all-ages exhibit starts at 8 p.m., and admission is $5. Sacred Gypsy Tattoo is located at 826 18th St. For more information, call 323-7179.

Viva ‘La Femme’ On the “outsider” art horizon is all-female art show “La Femme,” coming to the Spotlight Theatre on Nov. 6. Formerly known as “Burn The Witch,” the only thing different about the show is its new title. Show curator Nyoka Jameson, who also returns for the show’s fifth year, thought it was time for a change, after incidents of vandalism occurred at last year’s location. Sharing the space with various groups at the Metro Special Events facility in Westchester, some pieces were mysteriously removed and, in some cases, damaged. “People who didn’t know what ‘Burn The Witch’ was about, kept getting the wrong impression. This time, we wanted to bring a more positive image and avoid

Two members of local rockabilly troubadours The Iron Outlaws are hitting the road for a two-week trek. Opening for Ventura comedy country act Big Jugs, the tour will take them through Northern California, and into Oregon and Washington. “The band can’t go out, so we’re doing an acoustic set like Black Keys and White Stripes would,” said Outlaws’ drummer Cesareo Garasa who will be joined by guitarist/vocalist Danny Garone on the experimental outing. “We’re hoping to develop a circuit so we can take the whole band next time.” The tour kicks off tonight in Auburn and ends at B Ryder’s Bar in Bakersfield on Oct. 24, when they open for Germany’s Mad Sin.

Matt’s picks Ozomatli at Fishlips, 1517 18th St., at 8 p.m. tonight. $24. 324-2557. “If you don’t dance to this, you don’t dance,” should be the title of this show featuring East L.A.’s greatest band since Los Lobos. Many may remember them as the band from the Drew Barrymore movie “Never Been Kissed.” You know … the scene where she eats the “magic brownies” and jumps onstage? If you’ve ever taken part

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


Director Herk Harvey, left, pulls double-duty as the white-faced mystery man pursuing Mary, played by Candace Hilligoss, in the frightening 1962 classic “Carnival of Souls.”

in the Ozo experience, you know it’s gonna be hot. If this is your first time, be prepared to dance until you’re ready to be carried home. Bringing all the jams, including the immortal “Cut Chemist Suite,” “Cumbia de Los Muertos” and “After Party,” you’ll be a fan for life. “Carnival of Souls” screening at Caffeine Supreme, 20th and F streets, at 8 p.m. Friday, Free, 8734712. If Federico Fellini, Roger Corman and David Lynch decided to make a film together, it would have looked like 1962’s “Carnival of Souls.” Here’s the plot: Three girlfriends decide to participate in a friendly drag race across the city bridge. Bumped off the structure and plunging into the river, only one passenger survives. Swimming to the surface, the nightmare begins for “Mary.” Haunted by a ghoulish white-faced figure wherever she goes, the storyline’s jump from reality to imagination then leads to a bizarre climax. Filmed in Bakotopia Radio cohost Miranda Whitworth’s hometown of Salt Lake City, the movie’s organ music soundtrack also adds plenty of tension. BECA Group Art Exhibit 2 at Juliana’s Art Studio, 501 18th St.,

Bakotopia Radio 9 to 10 p.m. Sundays on 106.1 FM. KRAB Radio Hosts: Matt Munoz and Miranda Whitworth This Sunday: Interview with The Chamber's Dave Enloe Meet the creators of the Talladega Frights haunted attraction Local indie rock band The Rozzes perform live

at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. $5. 3277507. You don’t have to wait for First Friday to get an art fix like this. Paintings, sculpture, comedy, belly dancing and music? That’s how these wonder women roll. “This is a collection of our members’ best works from the past 12 months,” said BECA’s Faith Flores. Local comedians Dane Forst, Joe Alaniz and Ernesto Gomez keep the testosterone in check for the indiscriminate funny fan. Plus, the lovelies of Bahiyya Almas charm you into the evening, with some musical help from The John Valdez Project.


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Boogie on over to ‘Mood’ Tunes lifted spirits in 1940s; why not now? BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


o listen to the music of the 1940s, you might never guess that people of that time had just climbed out of a Great Depression only to land in a World War. The bouncy, energetic dance numbers and sentimental ballads characteristic of the time are revived this weekend by the national touring company of “In the Mood: A 1940’s Musical Revue” at the Fox Theater. “This is the music that lifted the mood of Americans,” said creator and producer Bud Forrest. Forrest said he created “In the Mood” 17 years ago with what was first a tribute to the Andrews Sisters, a popular singing trio who produced such hits as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” “I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time,” and many others. “No one could replicate the music of the sisters; their energy and sound was unique,” Forrest said. That effort connected Forrest to arranger and bandleader Vic Schoen, who directed the trio’s first big hits. Forrest collaborated with Schoen to write the big band arrangements for the “In the Mood” revue. Forrest said Schoen’s direct experience gives the show an authentic touch. “If not the exact arrangements, they’re still the real sound,” Forrest said. So what will you hear and see? It’s a trip-down-memory-lane experience with a non-stop hit parade of singing, Jitterbugging, and instrumental numbers, including the title song, Andrews Sisters hits, plus iconic hits from all the big bands, including Glenn Miller, the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Harry James and others. Vintage clothing and scenes round out the show. “It’s really a three-ring circus celebrating our American music, our American culture with a little of history thrown in,” Forrest said. “The hardest part of my job is deciding which (songs) to leave out,” Forrest said. While there is no plot to the show, Forrest said there is a clear theme of remembering the war effort as well as


“In the Mood: A 1940’s Musical Revue,” will be performed at Bakersfield’s Fox Theater on Saturday.

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the music. The show includes a tribute to veterans in the audience, as well as a re-enactment of the famous V-J Day photo of a sailor kissing a nurse when the end of the war was announced. “The Life Magazine photo (shot by journalist Alfred Eisenstaedt) is copyrighted,” Forrest said. “The photo we’re copying was actually taken by Navy Lt. Victor Jorgensen that was taken at the same time as the other photo.” “That photo is public domain because Jorgensen was in the military

and a government employee,” Forrest said. In addition to touring for 17 years, “In the Mood” has also received considerable recognition. The National Archives in Washington, D.C., included the revue as part of a 50th anniversary celebration of the end of World War II, and the show was part of the entertainment lineup during President Bill Clinton’s second inauguration celebration. The show has also toured in connection with the USO (United Service Organizations), a particularly fitting affiliation, as “music from home” in USO camp shows has been essential in keeping up morale for American servicemen and women since that organization’s founding in 1941. Forrest said he’s still amazed at the show’s success. “I just shake my head every morning and say ‘Why?’” Forrest said. “Obviously, the show has struck a chord with audiences.”

Artists sought for Food Bank fundraiser Calling all artists! The Community Action Partnership of Kern Food Bank needs your help for its Fill the Bowl fundraiser on Nov. 5. The group is seeking artists to design bowls that will be auctioned at next month’s event. You can purchase any bowl you like or get a free bowl from the partnership’s office, 300 19th St. (ask for Corinne, 8

a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday). Creativity is encouraged in your design, so use any tools or supplies you want. If you need supplies to use or to glaze your work, call 336-5236 ext. 160 to pick up a voucher for Color Me Mine in The Marketplace. Drop off your finished bowl by Friday, Oct. 29 (or Oct. 24 if you would

like the glazing and firing to be done for you) to the partnership’s office. The fundraiser with silent auction will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Farmacy inside the Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St. All of the proceeds will benefit the food bank. — Community Action Partnership of Kern media release


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obyMac, Third Day, Michael W. Smith, Jason Gray and Max Lucado want you to make a difference, and they’ll all be stopping by Rabobank Arena on Friday to show you how. The Make a Difference Tour was inspired by pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado’s upcoming book “Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference.” The book’s website states that its goal is to encourage readers to “live our lives in a way that the world will be glad we did” and help others in a way that will leave a legacy that lasts long after we’re gone. While in town for the tour, Toby will be stop by Barnes & Noble bookstore to do a signing of his new book “City on our Knees” and his CD “Tonight.” The performer also took the time to answer a few questions about a few of his favorite things: Do you have any must-do activities or must-stop places on the road? TM: “I love to find great Indian food, and I love from time to time finding little vintage shops along the way that have cool pieces of clothing.” He also explains that he is a coffee junkie saying, “I look for the local places that have a lot of flavor in many ways; the vibe of the place along with how the coffee tastes.” What’s the achievement you’re most proud of? TM: “My family. I have an amazing Jamaican wife and five Jamerican children. I would be remiss to say anything but that. I think it’s the most important thing in my life for sure.” He laughs and adds, “Of course winning five Grammys has been amazing, I can’t deny that. And watching my music go places I never thought it would and penetrate lives and hearts that I never imagined.” Do you have any pre-show rituals? TM: “My band and I get together and we pray together. Sometimes we’ll even have a Bible study together and just talk about our faith and encourage each other, but we always pray. Then usually I walk away from everybody and warm up my voice cause it’s kind of obnoxious.” He said warming up his voice generally means doing a little bit of yelling in a hallway somewhere. “I’ve written some songs doing that, where I’ve just been kind of yelling and it turns into a song on my record.” Any must-have items from craft services? TM: “Hummus. That’s a new one. Right now we have chocolate-covered


TobyMac will be part of the Make a Difference tour concert on Friday.

Make a Difference tour Featuring TobyMac, Third Day, Michael W. Smith, Jason Gray and Max Lucado When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Admission: $32.90 to $60.55, tickets are available for purchase on Book signing What: TobyMac will be signing copies of his new book “City on Our Knees” and CD “Tonight” When: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4001 California Ave. Admission: Free Note: Only the first 200 people will be guaranteed to meet Toby.

pretzels and red licorice. That’s backstage in our dressing room, and I think my band is really sick of those items.” Do you ever get stage fright nowadays? TM: “I anticipate the moment right before I get on stage and I always kind of rehearse the first few lines in my mind, even if I’ve done it 100 times. I’ve gotten up there and had a complete mental block before. So, yes. But I think you should get it, it means you’re alive and you’re still passion-

ate.” What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this? TM: “If I was a little bit taller I’d definitely want to play in the NBA or the NFL, I love sports. But I’m not (taller), so I’d probably be working with youth culture in some other capacity. Maybe a coach or something like that.” Any favorite Christian artists? TM: “I have some favorite artists that sort of ride the line too: Matt Kearny, Mute Math, Brandon Heath. House of Heroes in an exceptional rock band; Kirk Franklin is my boy.” What’s the song you’re most proud of? TM: “Made to Love.” I really like that song still. Even though it’s five years old I still like it when I hear it on the radio, I’m not like “Ahh what did I do?” And if I didn’t say “Jesus Freak” (with former group dc Talk) I’d probably be a fool. I’m proud to have written it with Mark.” Do you have anything in the works for after this tour that you’re excited about? TM: “I’m working on this Christmas song and it’s going to come out on iTunes (this) Christmas. The last Christmas song I did was six years ago. I’ve also got some great tours lined up. (After) this one it’s Winter Wonder Slam, then I’m touring in January and February with Brandon Heath and House of Heroes.”


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Christian groups kick off Oildorado Festival also books local bands; Eddie Money to play next week BY DENNIS MCCALL Contributing writer


usic will be a big part of Taft Oildorado Days, the 10-day celebration marking 100 years since the city was incorporated. Eddie Money will be in town Oct. 21 to headline a downtown street party, and a host of local bands will appear at several venues. Kicking off the celebration’s music is a concert Friday night in the Taft High football stadium featuring three popular contemporary Christian music groups. Headlining the event is the Dove Awardwinning progressive pop band Tenth Avenue North. Alternative pop-rock band Addison Road and acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Maher also will perform. “We’re looking forward to being in Taft,” said Tenth Avenue North drummer Jason Jamison last week in a phone interview as he sipped a latte before taking the stage for a performance in Jamestown, N.Y. Two performances in New York marked the midway point of the band’s 22-state, 35market tour that opened in Jacksonville, Fla. and will close at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. “The tour is going very well,” he said. “We’ve had lots of sold-out shows. We’re extremely grateful.” The tour promotes the band’s sophomore album, “The Light Meets the Dark.” Jamison describes the band’s sound at “acoustic rock with roots in ’90s rock. I have roots in ’70s rock, so there is that influence too.” The words, though, are paramount. “Our music is definitely lyric-driven,” he said. “We think of music as our trust to communicate the Gospel. We are passionate about what we do, and our lyrics are a very strong part of that. Lyrics have to communicate truth to our audience.” Lyrics definitely drive the band’s gospel message, Jamison said. “We want our audience to be encouraged by the Gospel,” he said. “We want them to walk away understanding that the decisions they’ve made, the mistakes they’ve made doesn’t define who you are. We want them to understand that God does that.” “The Light Meets the Dark” debuted No. 1 on the Nielsen Christian SoundScan chart and No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200.


Addison Road will be among the acts performing Friday at Taft Union High School.

The band’s No. 1 single “By Your Side” was named Song of the Year last April at the GMA Dove Award ceremony. Dallas, Tex.-based Addison Road, like Tenth Avenue North, debuted two years ago and was named Best New Artist. In June, the band released its sophomore album (“Stories”) produced by Grammynominated Chris Stevens. Matt Maher is a singer/songwriter/ recording artist/worship leader who last spring received six Dove Award nominations, including Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year. He has written songs that were recorded by such artists as Chris Tomlin, Bethany Dillon, Brenton Brown and Phillips, Craig & Dean. The concert is a collaboration of the Westside Christian Ministers Association and Jesus Shack.

Concert featuring Tenth Avenue North, Addison Road and Matt Maher When: 6:30 p.m. Friday; gates open at 5:30 p.m. Where: Taft Union High football stadium, 701 Seventh St. in Taft Tickets: $15 to $25; $10 for children under age 9 ; available at the Taft Oildorado store, 430 Main St., and online at


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just racing. In between events on Saturday and Sunday night is the Cacklefest, an ear-piercing exhibition that Valadez says is always a fan favorite. “They fire up all of the old dragsters from the ’50s and ’60s and parade them around the track. In the evening it’s such a neat show because you get to see all of these nitro flames flare up in the sky,” she says. While spectators are enjoying the sights from the grandstands, shoppers will be enjoying the deals at the top end of the track, where vendors selling everything from clothing and women’s accessories to car parts and collectors’ items will be open for business.

Valadez says if you own a hot rod and are looking for a special item, you should check out the swap meet. “It’s a great place to find stuff for the older cars and classic cars. It’s like one man’s trash is another’s treasure. You can find everything from racer’s helmets to collectors’ items that you can’t find anywhere else.” One person who doesn’t plan to miss out is Brandon Smith, a fan of classic cars and owner of a 1948 Dodge Business Coup. Smith says he has a busy weekend ahead of him with the kids’ soccer, but he’s making sure there will be time on Sunday to head out to Famoso for the collectors’ paradise. “I’m always looking for parts and different items to keep up my car,” he says. “I’m definitely heading out there for the swap meet. You can get some good parts out there and find those parts that you can’t tend to find other places.” Smith is also looking forward to his next favorite feature of the hot rod reunion — the classic and custom cars on display. “I love going to look at older cars and love going to any car shows and seeing what custom things people do,” Smith said. “I’ve actually already given my coup to my 12-year-old son, so it’s his and it’s a project for us. That means I can work on my own custom car eventually.”

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istory and hot rods collide for a three-day event hailing the glory days of drag racing. The 19th California Hot Rod Reunion hits the Auto Club Famoso Raceway starting Friday for a weekend of customs, classics, vendors and racing that is bringing the vintage cars out of the garage and putting vintage drivers back behind the steering wheel. Presented by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, the event will be a who’s who of old-time racing, according to museum public relations manager Monique Valadez. “It’s the reunion of all of these old drag racers and fans of the sport from the early days coming together and having fun at the track,” Valadez says. “There is a lot of history coming out of Famoso for the old-timers and the sport as well, so it’s just a great time for everyone.” The events kick off Friday morning with exhibition and qualifying runs for Nostalgia Funny Cars and Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragsters. The races run Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and pick up again Sunday morning with elimination rounds beginning at 10 a.m. But there’s more to the reunion than

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or two decades, M.A.R.E. Riding Center has offered children and adults with mobility restrictions the gift of freedom. The Diamonds to Denim 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday will showcase the program’s equestrians and honor all that M.A.R.E. has accomplished so far. “I like to call them exceptional equestrians,” says Executive Director Deborah Durken, when asked to describe her organization’s clientele. “We see kids with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, autism, hearing and visual impairments. Also, we do have some adults who have had strokes or traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries.” The gates open at M.A.R.E., a 12acre parcel west of Cal State Bakersfield, at 4 p.m. and the event will kick off with an equestrian show including dressage and reining riders, bridle-less riding and trick roping. Children who take part in the horseback riding programs offered through M.A.R.E. will also have a chance to show off their skills, skills

Diamonds to Denim 20th Anniversary Celebration What: 20th anniversary event for M.A.R.E. with an equestrian show, barbecue dinner, music, dancing, raffle and prizes When: 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday Where: M.A.R.E. Riding Center, 18200 Johnson Road Admission: $50; $15 for kids; family four-pack (two adult and two children), $115 To buy tickets or for more information: 589-1877 or

Durken says are not only fun to learn but have profound therapeutic benefits as well. “Our participants are able to experience the freedom of unencumbered mobility, increased postural stability, normalized muscle tone, low impact aerobic exercise, all leading to a improved health and a more active lifestyle,” she says. The evening continues with a barbecue dinner and performance by Rockwell’s Blackboard Playboys. Attendees are invited to dance and take part in games and a raffle with

prizes including a family four-pack of tickets to Disneyland. Durken says proceeds from the event will benefit the center, its participants and programs. Those programs include hippotherapy, in which the horse’s movements are used to stimulate a rider’s body, helping with posture. The sport riding program focuses on mastering basic equestrian and horsemanship skills while the vaulting program is described as “gymnastics on horseback,” increasing physical and cognitive skills. The fourth program, carriage driving, is designed for clients whose physical restrictions do not allow them to sit on a horse. Many of the same positive benefits that can be gained from horseback riding are also apparent when learning to drive a carriage, according to Durken says the physical benefits of therapeutic horseback riding are unlimited but it’s the emotional stimulation that keeps her exceptional equestrians coming back. “It’s really about regaining control and once they are in, they are in,” Durken says. “And they do it for as long as they can or as long as they want to!”


Thursday, October 14, 2010 The Bakersfield Californian

Eye Street Literary agent seeking new clients



Mike Aiken and his band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bright House Networks Amphitheatre.

Steel drums meet steel guitar Check out Mike Aiken’s show for ‘roots country with an ocean view’ BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer


f you think “roots country” is a brand of music best suited for backwoods bars and Southern taverns, guess again. Musician Mike Aiken says when it comes to playing classic Americana, he feels at home anywhere, even abroad. “For 20 years I have made my living off my music. I lived in Europe for several years, I have lived in the Caribbean and I’ve toured the United States several times over,” Aiken says. Now Aiken heads to Bright House Networks Amphitheatre Saturday in support of his latest album, “Hula Girl Highway,” and its new single, “Love You Tonight.” Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Aiken describes his sound as “roots country with an ocean view” and says his influences came from his early years working alongside cowboys in his family’s construction business. “The guys that did the roughing on the houses were all rodeo guys and they listened to full-time country. So I was listening to it from my early teens,” Aiken says. “Now, I’ve listened to everything — but when I started writing music, roots country is what I really came back to.” Aiken and his wife, Amy, live on a sailboat and have used their home as a means of transportation that opened up his style and sound to overseas ears. “My wife and I sailed over to Europe and I was just playing bars to keep us going on the boat. And I found out there was a huge market for country. And in Europe it’s not so much a pop country scene, but a roots country scene. And it’s huge, just huge. So we stayed out there for a couple of years.” Aiken enjoyed success in the European music market, hitting No. 1 on the Euro Indie Hot Disc charts a few years ago with his song “No Fishing Hole,” according to From Europe Aiken bounced back across the Atlantic, settling in the Caribbean

Mike Aiken When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10 Information: or

where he again found success in unlikely places — including a mountaintop in Antigua known as Shirley Heights, where every Sunday locals host what’s know as a jump-up and tourists and natives meet to shop and listen to music. Aiken says he would set up among the Caribbean and steel drum musicians, “and then there was me, this guy with an acoustic guitar and a straw cowboy hat playing roots country. Everybody loved it. If it was real music from the heart then it went over well.” Aiken believes anyone who listens to his music can get a real sense of his history and passion for travel. “I always like to be on the go. I’ve spent a lot of time all over and it really adds to my sound. A lot of my lyrical content refers back to this ocean theme. But really the music format is this roots country. So when I play with a full band, it has this Texas swing type sound to it, but I may actually be singing about Antigua.” Will the audience get a feel for what “Roots Country with an ocean view” is really all about? Aiken says there is no doubt the crowd will come away with a clear picture of what life is like for the sailing country singer. “Everyone involved wanted us to have a more intimate show. We are going to be scaled down to a three-piece band and do more of the story-telling side of my music.” Aiken will bring instruments into the performance that span the spectrum of the genre, including acoustic guitars, a lap steel guitar, mandolin and even a full bongo set. For a man who recorded his first album on a 1941 80-foot tugboat, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

he Writers of Kern will host literary agent Natalie Fischer as its guest speaker at 11 a.m. Saturday. Guests are welcome. Fischer, an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, is seeking new clients. Her specialty is commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture books to young adult/teen), romance (contemporary and historical), historical fiction, multicultural fiction, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy in YA or romance only, fairytale/legend spin-offs, and “beautiful dark” novels. She will also consider select memoir writings. “I am drawn to an open and positive attitude in an author, good grammar, and fantastical, engaging and sexy plots,” Fischer said. Fischer said her agency has worked

Writers of Kern monthly meeting When: 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday; checkin at 10:45 a.m. Where: Clarion Hotel, 3540 Rosedale Highway Admission: $10 Information:

with many best-selling authors, including Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Lisa See and Diane Mott Davidson in fiction, and Peter Irons, David Landes, Mike Davis, Chalmers Johnson and Susan Faludi in non-fiction. The Writers of Kern is a nonprofit local chapter of the California Writers Club.

COMING IN EYE STREET FRIDAY: Bakersfield is one of a select few cities to receive the buzzy new film “I Want Your Money,” which the Washington Post describes as “a callout to conservatives to bring back the days of former president Ronald Reagan that uses animated commanders in chief to get its point across.”

It features interviews with several conservatives, including Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. SUNDAY: This “grand old lady of a building” in downtown Bakersfield has a bit of a past. And it’s kind of spooky. Find out more — including why Herb Benham is considering hanging it up — this weekend.


The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, October 14, 2010

Eye Street GO&DO Today 32nd annual CSUB Athletics Fall BBQ, 5:30 to 9 p.m., CSUB, Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $25 presale; $30 at the door. CSUB students get a discount. or 654-3473. Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Justice, with faculty from the criminal justice department, noon to 1 p.m., CSUB, Student Union, Multipurpose Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. or 654-2680. Fall History Forum, with Dr. Gabriel Gutierrez, director of the Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americans, discussing the historical context of “Burro Genius,” 7 p.m., CSUB, Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-2166. “Beat Poetry? You Can’t Beat Poetry!,” for young adults, 3:30 p.m., Beale Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770. CSUB 60 Plus Club, with Camille Gavin giving a presentation on her book, “Dear Cora: A Personal History of Bakersfield’s Early Days,” 2 p.m., CSUB, Student Union, Multipurpose Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-3211. Fall Tour 2010 Ozomatli, 8 p.m., Fishlips, 1517 18th St. $24 plus fee; or 322-5200. Horse Show, Auction & Sale, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, Jimmy Rogers Arena/Grandstand. Free. 393-8471. Taft College First Annual Cougar Rib-Eye Cookout, 5 to 8 p.m., Taft College, 29 Emmons Park Drive, Taft. $20 adults; $10 students with ID. or 745-4894. Wine Gala, presented by National Association of Professional Mortgage Women, Bakersfield Association; with hors d’oeuvres from Luigi’s, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at private residence. $25 nonmembers, $20 members. Tickets, 703-2227. Talladega Frights Haunted Attraction, 7 p.m. today through Saturday, 11811 Rosedale Highway, between Jewetta Avenue and Old Farm Road., or 699-8633. The Chamber Haunted House, 7 p.m. today through Saturday, Sam Lynn Ballpark, 4009 Chester Ave. $10 The Chamber; $5 Alien Invasion; $14 combo ticket.

Friday Blake Shelton, with special guest, 8 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $25 to $53 plus fee. or 3225200. Book & Album Signing, with author and musician TobyMac of “City on Our Knees” and his “Tonight” album, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. WCMA presents Addison Road

& Tenth Avenue North, gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert begins at 6:30 p.m., Taft High School Auditorium, 701 Seventh St., Taft. $15 general; $25 VIP. 324-0638. World Vision Presents “Make A Difference Tour 2010,” with Jason Gray, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, TobyMac, 7 p.m., Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $24.50 to $49.50 plus fee. or call 800-745-3000. 19th annual Automobile Club of Southern California Hot Rod Reunion, opens 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday, Famoso Raceway, 33559 Famoso Road, McFarland. One-day tickets $20 Friday and Sunday; $25 Saturday. or 800-8846472. Art & Craft of Cover Design, with graphic artist Gene Stirm, 3:30 p.m., Beale Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0701. Book Discussion, on “Burro Genius,” hosted by Literary Kern, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. CSUB Men’s Soccer vs. San Jose State, 7 p.m., CSUB campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $4 to $10. 654-2583. Monty Byrom & the Buckaroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $5. or call 328-7560. The Seton Round Up Dinner & Fundraiser, for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church; with no-host bar, raffle, entertainment by Token Okies and more, 6 to 11 p.m., Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. 703-3915. Night at the Museum, creep through the halls on a flashlight guided tour, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $7 adults; $5 students. 324-6350. Oil worker monument dedication, 10 a.m. to noon, Rails to Trails, 531 Supply Row, Taft. or 745-4894. Oildorado Concert Series presents Grant Langston & The Supermodels, 9 p.m. to midnight, Oildorado Pavilion, 501 Supply Row, Taft. $5. or 745-4894. Preschool Children’s Storytime, with Camille Gavin on “How Roadrunner Got His Red Spots,” 10:30 a.m., Beale Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0701.

Saturday 2010 Concert Series, with Mike Aiken, 7 p.m., Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road. $10. or 800-7453000. In the Mood — 1940s Big Band Swing Revue, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $29 to $49 plus fee. or 322-5200. Schilhabel Strong Run, with a 5K and 1 mile walk, 9 a.m.,

Independence High School, 8801 Old River Road. $25 day of race. All proceeds benefit the Schilhabel family for Tyler’s medical expenses. schilhabelstrong. 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Run, 8 a.m., The Bridge Bible Church, 12225 Stockdale Highway. $25., or 3011011. Annual Dust Bowl Festival, featuring historical displays, tours, food, entertainment and more, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunset School, Sunset Boulevard, Weedpatch. Free. or 832-1299. Aspiranet “Murder Mystery” Fundraiser, drinks, dinner and a silent auction, 7 to 10 p.m., The Petroleum Club, 5060 California Ave., 2nd floor. $25 per person, $45 per couple. Proceeds will benefit Aspiranet. murdermystery or 323-1233. Bakersfield Diamond Divas vs. OC Rollergirls, Roller Derby, with Right Cross, doors open at 5:30 p.m., bout at 6 p.m., Skateland, 415 Ming Ave. $10 adults; $5 children and seniors. Proceeds benefit Bakersfield SPCA. 8315567. Bakersfield Green Thumb Garden Club, meeting with Richard Amaya on making wreaths for your garden, 9 a.m., Church of the Brethren, in the social hall, 327 A St. 393-3657. Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, presents “The Colors of Music,” 8 p.m., the theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $34 to $50; full-time students half price. or call 323-7928. Black Gold & Oildorado Pancake Breakfast, 6 to 11 a.m., Oildorado Pavilion, 501 Supply Row, Taft. $5. or 745-4894. Book Signing, with author John Hill of “Dreamer in the Fields: My Life as a Child Migrant Farm Worker,” noon to 4 p.m., Borders, 4980 Stockdale Highway. 3289800. Chamber of Commerce Roustabout Ball, with music by Cadillac Angeles, 6 p.m. to midnight, Oildorado Pavilion, 501 Supply Row, Taft. $50. or 745-4894. Nebraska Cornhuskers Booster Club to meet at Firehouse at 12:30 p.m. for the game against Texas. This is the “World Wide Red Out” so make sure and wear all red to support the team. 827-8719. Condors vs. Las Vegas Wranglers, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9 to $27 advance; $8 to $26 day of game. or 3247825. “Diamonds to Denim,” with a barbecue, dancing, music, equestrian show, raffle, 4 to 10 p.m., M.A.R.E. Facility, 18200 Johnson Road. $50 per person, $15 per child ages 12 and under. 5891877.

“Earthquakes in Kern County,” with geologist Tim Elam, 3 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. 3246350. Fourth annual NAMI Walk, creating awareness for mental illness, registration at 8 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m., goes until noon, The Park at Riverwalk, Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road. 301-3283. Good Neighbor Festival, with entertainment, food booths, children’s activities, community services, health care information, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1000 S. Owens St. 322-9874. Kern River Valley Hiking Club, this family hike is known as the annual Fall Colors hike, leave at 7 a.m. Bring lunch and 2 quarts of water. Dress appropriately. For directions, visit hiking or 747-5065 or 778-3453. KV Bike Park BMX Race, national bicycle league, signup begins at 3 p.m., race following shortly after, KV Bike Park, Kernville. $10 to race. or 760-223-6165. Meet & Greet Authors, with Brenda Williams, Jim Magwood, Sara Chloe Burns, Ray Friesen and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Beale Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 8680701. National Jet Boat Association Drag Boat Racing, NJBA Nationals, Saturday and Sunday, Lake Ming. or 714777-5081. Second annual Kick-Up Cancer Support Soccer Tournament, with food booths, music and children’s activities, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, parking lot, 6501 Truxtun Ave. $150 per team (Maximum 8 per team). Register, 862-7145. Star Party, with Kern Astronomical Society, 8 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. Members bring telescopes and spectators can view the stars. 631-2575. “Stories Yet to be Told,” 2 to 4 p.m., Beale Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770. Valley Fest, with food, games, children’s activities, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Linda Kissack Ball Park, at the intersection of Lake Isabella Blvd. and Elizabeth Norris Road, Lake Isabella. $5. 760-379-5236. Voter Registration Drive, for ages 18 to 30, with live music and open mic, 1 to 6 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Park, 1000 S. Owens St. 322-1930. WKOM Boomtown Days & Barbecue, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., West Kern Oil Museum, 1168 Wood St., Taft. Barbecue at 11 a.m. $10 adults; $6 children. or 745-4894. “Women’s Lives through Women’s Eyes,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beale Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770.

Writing the Novel, basics in publishing and writing, 3:30 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave.

Sunday Second annual Gospel Music Festival, featuring Natalie Grant, The Bryan Easter Band, St. John’s Evangelical Choir and more, gates open at 2 p.m., begins at 3 p.m., Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road. Free. or 852-7777. 31st annual Car Show & Fun Day, with prizes, games, 50/50 raffle, tri-tip barbecue available for purchase, sign-in from 8 to 11 a.m., Kern River Valley Golf Course, Lake Ming, picnic area. $25 preregistration by Oct. 1 for classic cars; $30 afterwards. 832-5625 or 324-3745. Bakersfield Symphony Concert with Cody Bryant and the Riders of Purple Sage, part of the Oildorado Days, 4 to 6 p.m., Taft Union High School, Auditorium, 701 Seventh St., Taft. or 745-4894. Carnales Unidos Car Club Show, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Carnival Lot, 1142 P St. $15 admission; $3 parking; children under 10 are free with paid adult. 378-3209. CSUB Men’s Soccer vs. Sacramento State, 1 p.m., CSUB campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $4 to $10. 654-2583. Fall Festival, with pumpkin patch, haunted house, tri-tip dinner, games, music, bounce house, book fair, raffle, dancing, 3 to 7 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 124 Columbus St. 323-3108. Kern Arts Council Presents Foster Campbell & Friends, part of the Oildorado Days, 10 a.m. to noon, Midway Amphitheater, Main and 6th St., Taft. or 745-4894. Kern Audubon Society, field trip to two private properties in Inyokern/Ridgecrest with guide Bob Barnes to observe desert birds and migrants, meet 7 a.m., Park ‘n’ Ride, Stockdale Highway. between Real Road and Highway 99. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, walking shoes, sunscreen and $10 for gas donation. or 832-1820. Tours of the Lopez House, with docent-led talks on local Latino history, 2 p.m., Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. $5. 852-5000.

THEATER “Deathtrap,” doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. today through Saturday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $50 to $55; show-only tickets $30. 325-6100. “My Funny Frankenstein,” followed by the Vaudville Revue “Love Bites and Vampires Suck,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $9 to $20. 587-3377.


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Eye Street “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $25 general; $22 students/seniors. 634-0692 or Major League Improv, improvisational comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free but donations are accepted. 327-PLAY.

ART BECA Group Art Exhibit 2 Opening Reception, with food, wine, belly dancing by Bahiyya Almas, stand-up comedy featuring Dane Forst, Joe Alaniz, Ernesto Gomez, Brian Ross, music by The John Valdez Project, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. $5. 327-7507. Exhibits on Display, The Ceramic Art of David Furman: “Forty Years in the Making: 2010-1970,” Pamela Hill Enticknap: “Currents,” and Eye Gallery: “Close to Home,” now on display until Nov. 21, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays. 323-7219. “The Compression of Time & Space” Art Exhibit, by Mike Heivly, on display now until Nov. 6, CSUB, Todd Madigan Gallery, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 654-2238.

Lengthwise Brewery, 6720 Schirra Court, 836-2537; Whiskey Galore, 8 p.m. Saturday.

Country Trouts & the Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700:, offers karaoke, line dancing, West Coast Swing among other various activities. Call for times and days. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Still Kickin’, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Twang Bangers, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; The Tex Pistols, 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $5; 21 and over only. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.


Kern River Blues Society Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. every third Saturday, Trout’s, 805 N. Chester Ave. 8727517.

Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. 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. Pairs and Spares Dance, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5; $7 nonmembers. 399-3575 or 332-1537. Country Dance, with music provided Jerri Arnold & Stars & Guitars, jam session, all artists welcome, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane. Dance classes, beginning West Coast swing, intermediate/ advanced West Coast swing with instructor Mimi Johanson, at 8214 Mossrock Drive. Call 330-9616 for details. Whirlaways Square Dance Club, with caller Rick Hampton, 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday, Veteran’s Hall, 400 W. Norris Road. or 398-3394

Classic rock


Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Really Big Midgets, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; Del Mar Deluxe, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; No Limit, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Divided Highway, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday. Crest Bar & Grill, inside Bakersfield RV Resort, 5025 Wible Road, 833-9998; Mike Montano, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Beatles Tribute, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; Ladies night with live DJ, 9 p.m. Thursdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Free. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Wax On with DJ Mustache, 9:30 p.m. Friday.

MUSIC Acoustic Kern River Brewing Company, 13415 Sierra Highway, Kernville, 760-376-2337; Mike Fleming, 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Celtic Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. F St., Tehachapi, 823-9994; Ken Willson and Kim McKee, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. $15.

Funk Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Dub Seeds, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Wine & Cheese Cellar, 695 Tucker Road., Suite C, Tehachapi, 822-6300; Richie Perez, 6:30 to

9:30 p.m. Friday. Live Jazz & Wine Bar, featuring Jazz Connection with Lawanda Smith and Steve Eisen, along with 24 wines, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and with Paul Cierley and Rick Lincoln, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. 633-WINE. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; live jazz and with Category 5, 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

Friday. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Tall, Dark and 90, 9 p.m. Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Big Dawg, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Mickey Avalon, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $29.50 including fees. All ages. Tickets at or 742-6306.


Rock remixes

Latin Salsa Dancing, 8 p.m. Thursdays, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; Son Tropical, 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774, Salsa dancing, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

“Rock It Fridays,” 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Friday, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111.

Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.



Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; Mariachi Imperial, 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Oldies KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 3229910; Jimmy Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Halls, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Old school Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; The Press featuring Benny and the Bunch, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Savor, featuring Valerie Rubin, 9 p.m. Saturday, Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178. 366-3261. The Bistro After Dark, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Old School Saturdays with Noe G, 10 p.m. every Saturday. Ladies free/$10 cover.

Open mic Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St., 324-2557; Songwriter’s night and Open Mic, 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

Ska B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Mento Buru with DJ Mikey at 9 p.m. Friday. $5; 21 and older.

Trivia night

Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave., 323-1900: In the Mixx with DJ Noe G., mixing all your feelgood music every Friday. 21 & over only. Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Dance to Joe Loco, duet every Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

UPCOMING Tuesday 10/19 Auditions for Moscow’s Ballet “Great Russian Nutcracker,” for ages 7 to 16, must have dance experience, 6 p.m., J&M Dance Center, 798 Tucker Road, Suite #6, Tehachapi. Must come dressed in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. 477-4449. Faire in the Park, with a farmers market, food booths, arts and crafts, entertainment, peddler’s faire, children’s corner and more, 5 to 8 p.m., Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets. 3255892.


Wednesday 10/20

Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 633-1000; The Higher, Acidic, doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday. $10 including fees. All ages. 742-6306. Narducci’s Cafe, 622 E. 21st St., 324-2961; Devil’s Brigade, Street Dogs, Flatfoot 56, Continental, doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday. $19 including fees. All ages. 742-6306. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Tall, Dark & 90, Ridiculous, 9 p.m. Thursday; Stab City, Ghetto Blaster, Barrio Tiger, 9 p.m. Wednesday. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Elevation 406, 9 p.m.

Kern Audubon Society, hosting a bird walk at Tule Elk Reserve. Take Stockdale Highway east 11⁄2 miles past Interstate 5 to the reserve. Park Ranger Bill Moffatt will lead the walk, 8 a.m. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, walking shoes, sunscreen. or 201-9279. “Quartetto Gelato,” presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 7:30 p.m., the theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $60 for seven concerts. or 205-8522 or 589-2478. Songwriters’ Showcase, hosted by Chuck Seaton and Billy Russell, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road. 831-1413.

Thursday 10/21 “Dawn of the Space Age,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield College, Planetarium, Math and Science Building, room 112, 1801 Panorama Drive. $6.50; $4.50 students/seniors. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 395-4326. “Disney on Ice” Let’s Celebrate, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, the theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $16-$45. or 800-7453000. Oildorado Street Party, with beer garden, food booths and performances, 5 p.m. to midnight: 5 to 7 p.m., Good Question; 8 to 8:30 p.m., comedian Darrin Carter; 8:30 to 10 p.m., Eddie Money; 10 p.m. to midnight, VJ, 500 Center St. (on Center between Fourth and Sixth streets), Taft. $5. or 745-4894. Posh Night at the Padre — Fall Alumni Mixer, a night of networking and giveaways for all Cal State Bakersfield alumni, 6 to 8 p.m., Padre Hotel, Prospect Room, 1702 18th St. $10 advance. Visit or tickets can be purchased at the door.

Friday 10/22 19th annual Fall Home Show, 1 to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P St. $7; $4 senior day (Friday) children 12 and under are free. or 1-800-655-0655. “Books with Beat,” for young adults, a playlist of book talks on the theme of music, 3:30 p.m., Beale Library, Lake Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770. FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “Afghan Star,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. or call 4280354. Greensky Bluegrass, with special guest Lucky Tubb, 8 p.m., Fishlips, 1517 18th St. $10 plus fee. or 322-5200.

Saturday 10/23 Alumni Football Game Taft vs. Bakersfield, 4 to 10 p.m., TUHS, Martin Memorial Stadium, Eighth and San Emidio streets, Taft. $8 tri-tip sandwiches and chips. or 745-4894. “Blast from the Past” Fundraiser, USO theme, doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., Woman’s Club, 2030 18th St. $25. 663-8408 or 325-7889. Boo-at-the-Zoo, come dressed in costume, with games, crafts and treats, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. Free for children 12 and younger and CALM members. or 872-2256. Oildorado Grand Parade, 10 a.m. to noon, begins at Sixth and Ash streets, then east on Center Street Grand Stand in front of Lincoln School, 810 Sixth St., Taft. or 745-4894.

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