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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, October 28, 2010

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“If you have a koi pond, you don’t need a psychiatrist and you can throw away your Prozac.” — Dan Reifka of his koi pond

On golden PONDS

A high-end filtration system is the key to growing large koi, like the ones seen here.

Tour lets you in on the Zen created by these serene backyard oases BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer


f a man’s home is his castle, then his backyard must be a sanctuary. That’s what the owners of Buck’s Landscape Materials and Pond Shop intend to show as they head out Nov. 6 on the 2010 Parade of Ponds, a citywide tour of the best private water features Bakersfield has to offer. Sales manager Michael Prestridge will be running the daylong event, which will ferry a busload of passengers from home to home in search of inspiration for their own private oasis. Prestridge said most of the people on last year’s tour had water features of their own and were looking for ideas on how to redo the pond or enhance it. “Ten to 12 ponds will be on the tour and we will see everything from the smallest of about 1,000 gallons to the largest, which is 35,000 gallons and one of the biggest ponds in California,” he said.

Rustic pond makes the great outdoors even greater On Saturday’s itinerary is a water feature consisting of dueling ponds owned by Jerry and Judy Barnett. Barnett is a construction superintendent who decided to take his love for the great outdoors and create his own private wilderness in his Rosedale backyard. “These are fully rustic forest ponds and the fish are just amazing,” Barnett said. “With the trees and shrubbery, the whole thing looks like it plucked from right out of the mountains.” Seated above ground and between 30 to 40 feet across, Barnett’s upper and lower ponds were created by sculptor and waterfall builder Harley Voss using concrete, railroad ties and granite boulders. Of Voss, Barnett says he looked long and hard for a man that could share his vision: “He is an artist, sculptor and a free-spirited guy. He is really good at what he does. Anyone can stack rocks up, but he was able to make it all look natural, like it was supposed to be there.”


Koi ponds featured on Buck’s Landscape Materials’ Parade of Ponds will range from 1,000 to 35,000 gallons.

In addition to the railroad ties, the upper pond is accented by a waterfall, while the lower pond showcases a poured concrete, eight-sided gazebo that stands like an island in the middle of the feature. The gazebo is accessible only by a bridge that arches from ground level over the boulders and across the pond. According to Barnett, the whole building process took about six months and a lot of elbow grease. He and Voss did the heavy lifting while wife Judy and her friends took care of the landscaping, which includes redwoods, pin oaks, an array of shrubs and several maple trees. Barnett estimates the mountain retreat set him back approximately $50,000 but it was worth every penny. “I don’t like to brag, but it’s just beautiful,” he said.

Bliss on a budget On the opposite end of the spectrum is a pond owned and built entirely by Dan ReifPlease see PAGE 19

Jerry Barnett, seen with his wife, Judy, is a construction superintendent who decided to use his love for the outdoors as inspiration for building his own private wilderness.


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ka. Eleven years ago he decided to devote a portion of his backyard to an Asian-inspired oasis without breaking the bank. “I did a lot of the work myself and as much of it as I could on a shoestring budget,” he said. “So it cost me about $4,000 to $5,000.” Reifka’s pond is approximately 20 feet across and holds about 1,200 gallons in addition to roughly a dozen koi fish. “I designed it a lot after what I saw when I traveled to Japan. I modeled it after the Japanese ponds. It’s a very Asian setting,” Reifka said. Reifka jokes that his pond, which sits next to his swimming pool and against his deck and a side of his home, makes him feel like a king in a somewhat highmaintenance castle. “I can sit in my house and look outside of my bedroom, and it’s like looking out at a moat, but the water bills are killing me!” You can’t have fish without food, a feature that is one of Reifka’s favorite parts of the pond experience and also one of the most entertaining. “I have a fish feeder that was made in Vietnam. It’s a box full of fish food and there is a string that hangs down off of it. The fish can pull on and it will release a handful of food at a time,” he said. While a backyard pond is a treat for the eyes, it can be a burden on the back. Barnett and his wife spend two full days a week taking care of their sizable operation, while Reifka’s small pond costs him a weekend a month — time, Reifka says, he has shaved after years of practice when it comes to changing the water and cleaning the filter. “I’ve gotten a lot of the bugs out over the years finding out the best way to


Jerry Barnett estimates his retreat cost about $50,000 — and a lot of his own sweat.

keep it maintained so it’s not so laborintensive,” he said. Both owners agree the hard work is worth the effort, especially when it comes to the peace of mind. “I may spend a few days a week working in the yard, but it’s therapy,” Barnett said. Reifka suggests those with a little stress in their life could benefit from fish in their yard. “Koi are very stress-relieving, just looking at them. If you have a Koi pond, you don’t need a psychiatrist and you can throw away your Prozac,” he said.

Parade of Ponds 2010 What: Bus tour of impressive local water features When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6 Starting point: Buck's Landscaping Materials and Pond Shop, 2600 Taft Highway Admission: $35; e-mail; a lunch of sandwiches, chips and drinks will be provided. Information: or 8363825

WANT TO MAKE A SPLASH WITH A POND OF YOUR OWN? START HERE There’s a lot to consider before digging a hole in your backyard and filling it with water and fish. But before you get down to brass tacks, there’s a question you need to ask yourself first: What kind of pond person are you? “It sounds very philosophical,” joked Michael Prestridge, sales manager of Buck’s Landscape Materials and Pond Shop. “Are you a koi or fish lover? Are you an avid water gardener, someone who likes to see plants growing in the pond? Or do you just want the sound of water running and the aesthetics?” The answer to those questions will dictate everything that follows and could save some money, he said. Buck’s — “in beautiful downtown Pumpkin Center,” Prestridge laughed — installs about 10 to 12 water features a year and regularly maintains about 50 ponds. Most of the homes featured on the Parade of Ponds are not clients of the business. We asked Prestridge where homeowners interested in installing a pond should start — and how much they can expect to shell out. “A couple of years ago, the do-it-yourself projects were about 50/50. Now, it’s growing because of the economy, and about 75 percent to 80 percent (of the projects) are do it yourself,” he said.

Location, location “A lot of people think, ‘I need it in the

back 40 of the yard.’ But when it’s in the back corner, you’re not going to visit it as much.” Prestridge recommends putting the feature closer to the home, even if it means re-landscaping. “(Planting) flowers and lawn is easy. The pond is the staple. It’s what’s going to draw you out; it’s where you’re going be.”

Design On the lower end, you can pick up a fountain at any local home-improvement or landscape store. Something more elaborate would require decisions on size and whether it will feature fish. If you’re using a contractor, bring pictures of what you like, ask to review a work portfolio or tour a customer’s home.

Filtration and maintenance There are two filtration systems: mechanical and biological. The mechanical filter is similar to a skimmer on a pool, which catches leaves and other debris. It takes about five minutes a week to clean, said Prestridge, who noted that the filter needs to be checked more often during the fall. The biological filter maintains bacterial levels, sits outside the pond and needs to be tended to about three times a year, said Prestridge, who added that most pond owners do the work themselves. For clients: “The average pond requires our attention about every other week, which includes cleaning filters or a full clean-out, which

means removing 100 percent of water, cleaning filters, trimming plants — all that mucky stuff,” he said.

Cost “The average customer, if they buy a pond, it’s about $1,800 to $1,900 to get started,” Prestridge said. “To maintain, and with plants and chemicals, they might spend $200. When you spend a little time with your pond, you become your own professional.”

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What not to do Don’t use concrete: “Concrete used to be a wide-known way of creating a membrane for water, yet a lot of people do not know that it’s porous and can crack and leak over time,” said Prestridge, who noted that much of the work the company does consists of repairing concrete ponds. “You try to add a filtration layer or drains, but you basically have to break it and start all over.” The most popular pond material is a rubber made by Firestone. Don’t go cheap: “It’s an investment — don’t buy it more than once.” — Jennifer Self, Californian lifestyles editor


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ine finalists are pouring their hearts into perfecting their dishes for this Saturday’s Eye Cook competition, The Californian’s annual quest to crown the area’s best amateur chef. But it all comes down to the palates and preferences of three judges when the kitchen heats up at Urner’s this weekend. Singer/guitarist Monty Byrom, Gimmee Some Sugar owner Stephanie Caughell and Merv Crist, owner of The Prime Cut, are all Eye Cook judging veterans and are ready to dish out the praise and the prizes. What are they looking for? We asked the judges for a little insight.

Monty Byrom Monty Byrom isn’t just hit a songwriter and music producer. “I’m an expert eater,” said the musician, now in his third year as an Eye Cook judge. “And I know what’s good.” Widely known for his hits as a solo artist and with his group Big House — in addition to regular gigs with the Buckaroos at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace — he also boasts a background in food service. “I was raised in restaurants and diners all my life. It’s in my blood. That’s also how my parents met and how my grandfather made a living his entire life.” Working over the years with everyone from Barbra Streisand to Travis Tritt, Byrom has eaten a lot of meals on the road. “I went to a restaurant in Denver once, and they had everything, and I mean everything. Gator, snake, owl … I didn’t eat any of it, although I have been known to eat gator if it’s cooked right. I love Cajun food extra, extra spicy.” But there’s nothing like home when it comes to good eats, says Byrom. “We have some of the finest restaurants on the planet right here in Bakersfield. We have better Mexican than anything in Los Angeles. Then you got Basque, Salvadoran, German ...” So with all this expertise, is he making chart topping dishes at home too? “I tell my wife every day, ‘You know I love you, ’cause I didn’t marry you for your cooking. She’s gonna be mad at that one,” he laughs. “I do all the cooking at home.”


Judges Merv Crist, Stephanie Caughell and Monty Byrom at Gimmee Some Sugar. The trio of returning judges have become pals through Eye Cook.

You, too, can win at Eye Cook! Door prizes: Cheer the finalists and be entered to win one of dozens of door prizes, including gift certificates from The Prime Cut, Gimmee Some Sugar, Condors tickets from The Californian and hundreds of dollars in goodies, courtesy of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. Finalist prizes: The Eye Cook champ will walk away with a $1,000 Urner’s gift card; runnersup will win $500 Urner’s gift cards; the other finalists will receive gift cards from Olcotts and the Padre Hotel. When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Where: Urner’s, 4110 Wible Road Admission: Free!

Stephanie Caughell Master cake baker and visionary Stephanie Caughell always lets her artsy side lead the way when it comes to new ideas. “Magazine and paper products are the biggest inspirations. Fashion, party invitations … We have a good time building a cake from those images.” Known as “Chef Stef” at her place of business, Gimmee Some Sugar in downtown Bakersfield, Caughell is known for making fashionable food statements. From cupcakes to elaborate sweets, first impressions are essential for this sweetheart of a chef. “I’ve always been into things that are artistic, like painting and cooking. I used to cook for family, making desserts. After awhile, I knew it was probably time to go into business.” Equally important to Caughell is

what her repeat customers expect: incomparably good taste and quality. But in order to find it, she relies on the palates of herself and her crew. “For me as a pastry chef owner, tasting and consuming is two different things. We’re expected to supply a quality product. We test a little of everything we make, but we literally can’t eat ourselves out of bakery.” Loving her job and all the coolness that comes with it, including being an Eye Cook judge, Caughell said her only moment of anxiety is during delivery. “Once we had a delivery to Taft, and it was like driving up and down through the streets of San Francisco. You have to keep your eyes on the cake to make sure it doesn’t move. Sometimes we’ll find ourselves begging to please get to the location safely.”

Merv Crist You can’t help but trust Merv Crist’s belief system on the subject of food. As a longtime purveyor of some of Bakersfield’s most popular barbecue and Southern-style delicacies at The Prime Cut, Crist’s “code” has worked out pretty well. The only judge who has been with Eye Cook since the contest began four years ago, his philosophy is also clear: Live up to the hype. “It should always hit the expectations of people, after describing it. It can be traditional or something new, but make sure everything’s thought out well. There have been some amazing dishes the past two years, so it’s obvious Bakersfield has some passionate cooks out there.” Hoping for some surprises at this year’s cook-off, he offers some words of wisdom for the nine finalists. “Cook with love, and make sure it’s the way you intended it to be when we try it.”


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Taft Domino’s delivers World record broken with nearly 7,000 pies BY STEFANI DIAS Assistant lifestyles editor

When it comes to Oildorado Days, Taft knows how to party — and work up a a world-record appetite while doing it. After first setting a Guinness World Record in 1975 for the world’s largest sandwich, the city made news again last weekend as the site for the most pizzas made in a 24-hour period. Bob Leikam, owner of the recordsetting Domino’s Pizza in Taft, said that, unlike the sandwich record, it’s not likely anyone will challenge the 6,838-pizza landmark anytime soon. “You’d have to reinvent the oven,” he said, crediting XLT Ovens and his three-oven setup for the staying power to churn out thousands of pies starting at 4 p.m. Friday and continuing until 4 p.m. Saturday. Leikam was also quick to praise the brains behind the plan: his wife, Tina, who was born and raised in Taft. Tina is the one who knew that the Oildorado celebration would be a great time for the Domino’s, open since 1986, to attempt a record feat. Another key reason boiled down to timing: Domino’s celebrated its 50th anniversary this year just as Taft turned 100. Tina didn’t just talk the talk; she pitched in 20 hours of work alongside her husband, who stayed on site and worked the 24-hour period, lying down for only an hour (though he didn’t sleep). The Leikams also enlisted their children — 13-year-old son Tanner and 14-year-old daughter Rhealee — to help the cause. When it comes to good ideas, it’s a case of like mother like daughter, with Rhealee suggesting the

By the numbers 6,838: number of pizzas the Taft Domino’s made in a 24-hour period to set a Guinness World Record 2,200: pounds of cheese used 1,100: pounds of pepperoni used 225: gallons of pizza sauce used 400: pizzas made per hour during peak times in a 24-hour period

Willy Wonka-style golden tickets, which were sold before the event and allowed people to advance to the front of the line for their pizzas. And that was a feat during peak times, when staffers were turning out 400 pizzas an hour and the line was out the door. Setting a record takes a mighty team, so Leikam enlisted 85 crew members who were up to the task, working shifts from two to 22 hours. The crew included current staff as well as many former crew members, including Richie Brown, who traveled from Phoenix, where he’s going to school. Also lending a helping hand was fellow Domino’s franchise owner Jamie Lopez and her husband, Marco, who drove up from Diamond Bar. Leikam said the Lopezes worked both days, resting only briefly in their van. Along with a dedicated team, Leikam relied on the support of his community to make the goal. The most out-of-the way order was for 100 pizzas distributed to the Boys & Girls Club of Bakersfield and the Jamison Center, which were delivered part of the way to Bakersfield. (Leikam said they’re not allowed to deliver to an area covered by another Domino’s.) Record orders in Taft included 890 pizzas called in for the Police Department and 650 pies ordered by the city

to feed the marching band after the Oildorado Grand Parade on Saturday. Helping to deliver those record orders was the “world’s largest pizza delivery bag,” designed by Adam’s Custom Upholstery, which Leikam said fit in the back of a pickup and held 200 pizzas. The delivery bag wasn’t certified by visiting Guinness rep Danny Girton Jr., but everything involving the pizza record was by the book. Leikam said requirements included a radio-controlled clock, two stopwatches, two video cameras, a digital camera and a logbook, which was signed by a doctor and Police Chief Ken McMinn. Also required was a Domino’s rep, who was on hand to verify that the crew met corporate standards. Leikam said they hit the required 5,000-pizza mark at 11:04 a.m. Saturday but kept ovens firing until 4 p.m. That plucky attitude had served them well around midnight that day when they threw a parking lot party with a performance by X-Statik. Also setting the light-hearted tone was Friday’s Pony Express-style pizza delivery (a nod to the last express delivery from San Francisco on Oct. 23, 1861), which made stops at The Historic Fort, Oildorado gift store and West Kern Oil Museum. Riders handed off pizzas to other riders and accepted wooden nickels for payment. (The horses might not have enjoyed the service as much as onlookers, as one horse stumbled, another kicked a driver’s car and a third head-butted Leikam.) Ornery animals aside, Leikam said the effort went smoothly, with only eight pizzas dropped. That’s not surprising with a dedicated crew and supportive community, which Leikam loves. As he tells it, “I’m not from here, but I got here as quick as I could.”

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Faire thee well downtown Village Artisans sale elaborately medieval

GO & DO Medieval Fair When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Where: Central Park, 19th and R streets Admission: Free Information: 205-2923


f things turn out the way Village Artisans hopes, visitors at this weekend’s Medieval Fair will feel as if they’re in the midst of a 15th century village. For one thing, all vendors — craftspeople as well as commercial sellers — are required to wear clothing typical of the period, said Linda Shorr, the organization’s treasurer. “We want everything to be as authentic as possible,” she said. “It’s not a medieval fair if you’re wearing blue jeans.” Even Central Park, where it will be held, has been dubbed the Shire of Wintermist by the planners. To add to the flavor, costumed Foothill High Shakespeare Festival students will perform on the brick area near the park’s rustic Mill Creek bridge. “They’ll put on a mini-play and there will be sword fights too,” she said. “Afterward, they’ll mingle with the crowd as village people.” Other entertainment includes a strolling magician, a storyteller, belly dancers and craftspeople showing how they create their particular artistry. Among the more unusual items to be sold are wood-carved children’s toys, jewelry made from old silverware and painted river rocks. Shorr’s particular specialty is embellished handbags and children’s clothing. Village Artisans member John Beard will be cooking turkey legs and corn-onthe-cob. And to

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Handbags made by Linda Shorr. Products like these will be for sale at the Medieval Faire this weekend.

quench your thirst, another vendor is offering old- fashioned sarsaparilla and root beer. A drawing for a number of different prizes will be held. A unique feature is a nest of “dragon eggs.” These particular eggs are made from papier mache and are about 12 inches in diameter, Shorr said. And inside each one is a gift certificate for a local restaurant. In sponsoring the fair in Central Park, the organization is reviving a tradition that has taken a long recess. Shorr said it’s been about 20 years since Village Artisans hosted one in the downtown park, which is part of the new Mill Creek project. In addition to providing a place for artists and craftspeople to show their skills, talents and products, Village Artisans uses part of its proceeds to help fund art experiences for schoolchildren. “In 2009, we gave $1,200 to various schools to help augment dwindling budgets that provide student supplies,” Shorr said. “We are an inclusive organization and

Camille Gavin’s “Arts Alive!” column appears on Thursday. Write to her via e-mail at

Mark Bagby will portray “Mark Twain: Never Irreverent” at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

for their next big event, Christmas Around the Corner, which will be held Nov. 12 to 14 at Dante Hall on Wilson Road.

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The Empty Cage Quartet will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Cal State Bakersfield. From left: Ivan Johnson, Jason Mears, Kris Tiner and Paul Kikuchi.

encourage community attendance and participation.” Others involved in coordinating this weekend’s fair are president Sherri King, Beverly Lott and Laura Lee. And as soon as it’s over, they’ll plunge into preparations

The Empty Cage Quartet’s free performance at Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday afternoon is a significant landmark in the group’s history, says trumpet player Kris Tiner. “Our very first tour in March 2003 we played in the Dore Theater,” Tiner recalled. “That was our first performance outside of L.A., actually — nice to be coming back to CSUB.” Their present California tour began on Oct. 27 with a residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. It ends on Tuesday with a performance at the Royal T Lounge in Culver City. In between they’ll be at the Oakwood School in North Hollywood. One thing I find fascinating about the group — other than its eclectic music — is the musicians’ ability to get together three or four times a year to tour different parts of the country, even though geographically they are thousands of miles apart. Or as Tiner puts it, “We’re very spread out now.”

When: 4 p.m. Sunday Where: Cal State Bakersfield CSUB Music Building Room 128, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: Free Information: 395-4240

‘Mark Twain: Never Irreverent’ With Mark Bagby When: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Where: Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1903 R St. Admission: $5; $4, seniors; free to members Information: 323-7219

Tiner, director of the jazz ensemble at Bakersfield College, is a local resident, but the others live elsewhere. Jason Mears, who plays saxophone and clarinet, is based in New York City; Paul Kikuchi, percussionist, is on the faculty at the Art Institute of Seattle; and bassist Ivan Johnson makes his home in Los Angeles. All four got to know one another in 2002 when they were students in the jazz program at California Institute for the Arts. Sunday’s concert will involve an hourlong performance followed by an interactive workshop in which CSUB student jazz musicians will be invited to explore compositional strategies, cueing techniques, and improvisational concepts that were utilized in the performance. Please see PAGE 23


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Lace up for fun and help beat MS Food and music highlight this year’s walk event


ou can help get us one step closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis by putting on your walking shoes and heading over to Yokuts Park on Saturday. That’s when 1,200 people — including Mayor Harvey Hall and Assemblywoman Jean Fuller — are expected to gather for Walk MS 2010, an event that is sure to scare up more excitement than most people expect at a fundraiser. With the Walk MS happening one day before Halloween, many festive surprises will be waiting for participants during opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m., at the one- or three-mile haunted trails along the Kern River Bike Path and at the finish line. Start the morning with a patriotic concert from Boy Scout Troop #484. Every participant will be treated with a medal and MS Walk T-shirt. At the finish line, there will a performance by No Limit along with food provided by Santa Barbara Pizza and Chicken, RJ’s and Chick-Fil-A. For those in attendance, there will be a Halloween costume contest, a chance to purchase tickets for great prizes in an opportunity drawing and a silent auction, which will include items such as a guitar autographed by country music star Clay Walker. Participants can still sign up to walk or donate at or at 321-9512. Eighty cents of every dollar raised will be spent on local programs and services to improve the quality of lives of people with MS and their families, along with research for better treatments and a cure. Individuals and teams have already been hard at work meeting fundraising goals and winning prizes before the walk. Bryn


Bagby as Twain Thanks to the volume of material written by Mark Twain, Bakersfield resident Mark Bagby has plenty to draw from when he portrays the famous author. On Wednesday at the Bakersfield Museum of art, Bagby’s topic will be “Mark Twain: Never Irreverent,� which of course is a tongue-in-cheek title since Twain once said he’s never irreverent “except to those things that are sacred to other people." The museum’s monthly First Wednesday programs are designed to appeal to seniors but are open to all ages.

‘Chair-ity’ for The Empty Space Michelle Guerrero Tolley has come up with a nifty way of raising money for The Empty Space by inviting artists to paint a chair to be sold to the highest bidder. “I was researching cool new fundraising ideas,� she explained, “A library in Dyersville, Iowa, held one last year and it was a huge success as well as a lot of fun for people to participate in and attend.� Although the theater’s silent auction and

MS Walk 2010 Hosted by the Southern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday Where: Yokuts Park, Empire Drive off Truxtun Avenue Information: or 3219512

Buecheler, of the team “Walking for Barb, Linda, and Sherry,� won an iPod in the Recruit a Friend challenge. Team Week winners include: Karen Wells, of “Kim’s Krew,� who won a Walk 2010 hat for personalizing her team’s Web page; and Stephanie Deveau, of “Inky-Dinky-Do,� who earned a limo-driven night on the town for raising the most money during the Sept. 20 Team Week. Fundraising Challenge winners, who raised the most money from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, are: Anita Mansfield, Caroline Hughes, Bruce Meier, Kelly Tomlinson, Mary Mendenhall, Melissa Larson,Michelle Gagner and Stephanie Deveau. MS limits mobility; the National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2009 alone, through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted more than $132 million to programs that enhanced more than 1 million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the society also invested nearly $36 million to support 375 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS NOW. To learn more about MS and the work of the National MS Society, visit — National MS Society Southern California Chapter news release

Christmas gift fair doesn’t start until Dec. 1, Monday is the deadline for registering to paint a chair, which you can do by e-mailing Tolley at As a further incentive, everyone who visits the theater during the three weeks preceding Christmas will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite chair. The artist who gets the most votes will receive a special prize. To find a suitable chair for the project, Tolley suggests going to thrift stores, yard sales and even searching near Dumpsters outside apartment buildings. So far about 25 individuals have signed up to donate a tricked-out chair. Tolley has yet to see a finished piece but her idea seems to have struck a creative chord. “I have heard lots of cool ideas — bedazzled chairs, story chairs, glitter chairs,� she said. “I’m very excited for drop-off day,� which is Dec. 1. Finding ways of raising money is especially important for the Oak Street theater, which relies upon voluntary donations for many of its productions and was founded with the goal of “setting theater free.�

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Musicians lend buddy a hand Fundraiser will help Younger Half alum BY MATT MUNOZ editor


f you remember The Younger Half, consider yourself “old school.” Popular for their flashy costumes and high-energy performances, the Victorville quintet was living life in the fast lane during the ‘80s. The band toured their way from the high desert all the way to Hawaii, and Bakersfield was one of the band’s top fan bases. Performing a virtual jukebox of Top 40 hits of the day, bandmates Jimmy Hinojos, bass; Victor Garcia, drums; Wayne Wright, keyboard; Juan Lopez, vocals; and Juan Rios always looked forward to returning to their “home away from home.” “We actually went to Bakersfield in 1978 and performed at Maison Jaussaud’s — now the site of Golden West Casino, for some years,” said Rios via telephone from his home in Victorville. “That was our first gig in the city, and we ended up making a lot of lifelong friends. We were known as a show band.” And put on a show they did. With groovy costumes and a Latino flair, their futuristic funkiness even scored them a scene in the 1984 breakdance comedy “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.” The casting was obvious: the Latin Band. “We had special FX, pyrotechnics. We opened for Midnight Starr, Cameo, Gladys Knight, Luther

Go to now and save money! Don’t have enough ducats to see Sublime with Rome and The Dirty Heads on Nov. 5 at Rabobank Convention Center? Head over to our website and find the contest link to enter to win a pair of free tickets. That's right, we said free! Stay tuned for my interview with Rome from Sublime next week. Vandross, and were very serious about it,” said Rios of his days as a 20-year-old guitarist. But as musical tastes change, so do personal plans. Band members switch occupations, and performances become infrequent. For Rios, the thought of quitting music and dancing never even crossed his mind. That is, until complications from diabetes entered the picture later in life, causing the amputation of his right leg in June of 2007. Rios’ insurance coverage helped him get the prosthetic leg he needed, but over time it became painful to wear, confining him to a wheelchair. To make matters worse his insurance would not cover any replacement prosthesis, which can run up to $10,000. When news of Rios’ situation spread, the musical friendships built during his Younger Half days began to resurface. In hopes of helping him get back in stride with a new prosthetic leg, a fundraiser has been organized for this Sunday at the Bakersfield Eagles Club, 1718 17th St., beginning at 2 p.m. Performing at the benefit concert are bands Latin Breeze, Truce, The Press, Reggie and The Mighty Statons from Fresno, plus a special appearance by Rios and members of the original Younger Half band. “Juan’s a good friend and we

wanted to help him out,” said longtime friend and co-organizer Michael Cancholla of Bakersfield. “I love his passion for music, and if you saw him with The Younger Half back in the day, you would know what I was talking about. Those were the days.” Rios was touched by the outpouring of support. “I have more reason to live today than I’ve had in the last three years. They showed me how much they valued my friendship, and I really appreciate it. I compare this leg to having an old ‘56 Chevy. I’m looking forward to having a Mercedes.” A $10 donation is requested at the event, and all proceeds will go toward helping Rios purchase a new prosthetic leg. For more information or to make a donation, call 324-9684.

In upcoming concert and contest news… This Tuesday at 6 p.m. Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., hosts a last-minute electro nightmare of a show with Brokencyde, A SkyLit Drive, Millionaires and others. Once a trio of potty-mouthed party girls who “DGAF,” OC’s Millionaires have since become a duo. Sister’s Melissa and Allison Greene have just released their new EP “Cash Only,” much to the delight of pubescent boys everywhere. Admission for the all-ages show is $16. For more info, visit or call Jerry’s at 633-1000. Tickets are currently on sale for Social Distortion with guests Lucero at the Kern County Fairgrounds on Jan. 24. Social D vocalist Mike Ness loves Bakersfield so much he’s joined the ranks of others who’ve written a song about our beloved city. The song was first performed live in 2006 and should make it on their new album, which will most likely sound like the last one. Tickets for

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.


The Younger Half in 1982, from left: Jimmy Hinojos, Juan Rios, Victor Garcia, Juan Lopez and Wayne Wright.

the upcoming concert cost a very un-punk rock $36, and can be purchased at World Records, Impact in the Valley Plaza, Outer Limits and more. For more info, visit

Matt’s Picks Just Dave Band at Fishlips, 1517 18th St., at 9 p.m. Saturday, $5, 324-2557. It’s hard keeping up with busy Bakersfield singer and killer harp player Dave “Trigger” Bernal. Bringing his band of funky ghouls for the annual downtown haunt, Bernal recently scored a gig producing VH-1’s “Don’t Forget The Lyrics.” I can’t stand that show, but a gig’s a gig and Dave is one talented mofo onstage. There’s also a big costume contest that evening, so plan accordingly before you make the evening rounds. “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at The Majestic Fox Theatre, 2001 H St., at 10 p.m. Saturday, $10, 324-1369. The classic 1975 film with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon returns for another year and just in time for fans of the annoyingly

fab TV show “Glee.” Local Rocky Horror troupe The Velvet Darkness are back for some pre-show festivities to get you prepped. The movie starts at midnight, so make sure you’ve had enough caffeine or energy drinks before you head over. Prop bags will be available for purchase to make sure you have all the right stuff to throw at each other. Try it, you’ll like it. Day of The Dead / Dia De Los Muertos Celebration at Golden State Mall, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, free, 345-5842. Every year on All Souls Day, the living gather to pray for and remember loved ones. Celebrated around the world with a variety of customs, it really is a “Dead Man’s Party.” Organized by Cruz “Cruzenator” Ramos with help from the Dolores Huerta Foundation, this year’s event will be the biggest yet. There will be an altar display, folkloric dancing, poetry readings, plus live music from Vanity Avenue, Mento Buru, and Velorio. It’s also free. Who could ask for more? Everybody’s coming, leave your body at the door.


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Gone but not forgotten Families honor late loved ones with artistic altars BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing columnist

For Marilyn Munoz, building a memorial altar on Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, has a dual purpose. One is to share memories of loved ones who have died; the other is to acquaint her three teenagers with traditions she grew up with in Guadalajara, Mexico. “It is to reflect on my past and what those people meant to me,” Munoz said. “And it’s a way of sharing my culture with my kids.” Her three teenagers are looking forward to helping make the altar the family will erect at Tuesday’s Altares de Familia at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. “They will ask me, ‘Is this the way you do it in Mexico?’ and I tell them it’s different but we try to do our best,” said Munoz, who is a health and social services coordinator at the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation’s Delano center. One difference is the location. Traditionally, families go to the cemetery and erect an altar at a loved one’s grave, but, for this event, the altars will be erected in the museum’s gardens. “The real thing is to bring lots of food for everyone to eat,” Munoz explained.” For those at the museum it’s more symbolic — we’ll have just a little bit of menudo, potatoes and flour tortillas.” This is the second time the Munoz family has participated in the museum event. Last year they honored Marilyn’s father; this year it will be her grandfather and several uncles. Everything will be placed on an 8-foot table that will have several tiers her husband, Jorge Munoz, is making out of fiberboard. Other items she plans to incorporate in the altar are religious items, such as a cross and a rosary, pictures of the deceased taken at a young age, a boom box with which to play their favorite CDs and fresh flowers. “The (flowers) I want to get are marigolds, a kind that are only grown


Participants in the Altares de Familia in 2009 incorporated in their altars skeletons and items that represented their loved ones who have died. do so by calling the museum or by downloading an application form at Altares de Familia The form also lists certain rules. For example, candles must be in When: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday candle holders and altars must be Where: Bakersfield Museum of made from wood, not cardboard. Art, 1930 R St. Entertainment includes the Kern Admission: Free County Youth Mariachi group, arts Information: 323-7219 and crafts by Crafts by Amistad and the museum art staff, dancing by Book-release reception COTLA Community Group, a cooking demonstration for kids by Chef MadWhen: 5 to 7 p.m. today die, art by Alberto Herrera, dancing by Where: The Foundry, 1700 Ballet Folklorico Mi Tierra, storyChester Ave. telling by representatives from Russo's Admission: $5 Books and Barnes & Noble, and food Information: vendors including Audrey's Cafe and or 301COTLA.. 3283 At 7:15 p.m., Jess Nieto of the Heritage of America Educational & CulDay of the Dead tural Foundation will also host an informational discussion about Dia de When: 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday los Muertos in the museum’s banquet Where: La Galeria, 1414 High St., room. Delano Setup begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The Information: 444-1564 general public can view the altars from 5 to 8 p.m. that evening. in Mexico,” she said. “Last year I got them from a lady in Modesto — I hope I can get them again.” Want to build an altar? The ancient holiday is celebrated in It’s not too late. several cultures, and has roots in the Call the museum or download an Aztec era where the spirits of the dead application form at were honored. Certain rules apply; for example, More than 20 altars will be on discandles must be in candle play at the museum, said Beth Pandol, holders and altars must be made marketing director. Other families from wood, not cardboard. interested in creating an altar can still

OTHER DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EVENTS The Foundry in downtown Bakersfield is hosting a photograph book-release party this evening. From a Foundry media release: Over the last 5 months, photographer Lindsey Kimball (Left Coast Design Studio), makeup artist Austin Ivey, and hairstylist Linsey Brown have transformed and photographed 20 models, all in Bakersfield locations. The result of the collaborative efforts is the book "Through the Lens of the Living: The

Dia de los Muertos Project." A live Muertos transformation will take place at the gallery as guests will be able to see makeup artist Austin Ivey at work. The $5 cover includes entry into the grand prize drawing of one Muertos photography shoot, which includes hair, makeup, and a print from the session. Winner will be drawn at random at the end of the reception. La Galeria in Delano will celebrate

Day of the Dead on Tuesday. From a La Galeria media release: La Galeria will celebrate Day of the Dead, a life tradition, remembering our favorite artists with an emphasis on Frida Kahlo. The event will feature art dedicated to artists like Kahlo, Rivera, Picasso, Dahli, and others. There will be art featuring abstract and contemporary artists, art raffles, children’s art, live music, wine and appetizers.

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Not-so-scary Halloween haunts BY STEFANI DIAS Assistant lifestyles editor

With fun and frights all week long, there’s plenty on our Halloween plates. One event that’s sure to be fun for the whole family is the Haunted House at Bakersfield Swim Club on Friday and Saturday. In its third year, the titular house is set up in the swim club’s building on Allen Road. Guests, who enter through the back of the building, are asked whether they want to be scared. Based on their answer, costumed staff will either leave them alone as they traverse the haunt or — as is the case with visiting teens — will surprise them with some scares. Even though the house may shock, the rest of the free event is geared for young attendees, according to swim school director and age group coach William Burrows. There will be a variety of free games like a balloon pop, ring around the skull, a memory game and more, with some small prizes awarded. While bounce houses are usually just for the kids, Burrows said the one at this event will be for all ages. “If I can go on it, it’s for everybody,” said the director, who really gets into the event. Having put together haunted houses since he was a child, Burrows said, “It’s like Christmas for me.” New this year is a photo booth. Fitting with the Old Farm theme of this year’s event, there will be hay bales and a backdrop set up for families to pose for a picture (shot on an instant camera) for $2. The site will be decorated to fit the theme and staff, dressed as farmers, cowboys and cowgirls, will get into the spirit. Those workers will toil into the witching hour Thursday to get everything set for Friday’s kickoff. Things should really get rolling Saturday, which Burrows said is the most-attended day, drawing more than 100 last year. Burrows hopes to top that this year. The club, which works with swimmers from 6 months to 18 years, organizes the annual event as a thank you to the community, providing an opportunity for a happy and safe Halloween celebration, Burrows said. The festivities are free, but guests can bring a canned food donation if they like. The club will drop off collections to a local organization that helps the needy before Thanksgiving, Burrows said.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS Here are some family-friendly gatherings. For more events, turn to Page 30.



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Murray Family Farms OctoberFest With corn mazes, petting zoo, hayride, fun land, face painting, crafts and food. Noon to 6 p.m. today and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. Today and

Friday: $7, adults; $5, children 12 and under. Saturday and Sunday: $10. Free for children under 30 inches every day. 330-0100. Talladega Frights 7 p.m. today through Sunday, 11811 Rosedale Highway, between Jewetta Avenue and Old Farm Road. or 699-8633. The Chamber Haunted House 7 p.m. today through Sunday, Sam Lynn Ballpark, 4009 Chester Ave. $10 The Chamber; $5 Alien Invasion; $14 combo ticket. “Geeks vs. Zombies” Four guys survive the zombie apocalypse by using all of the tips they've picked up while watching zombie movies. 8 p.m. today and Friday, 8 p.m. and midnight Saturday; The Empty Space, 706 Oak Suggested donation, $10. 327-7529.

Friday “My Funny Frankenstein” Dr. Frankenstein and his creation are a successful song-and-dance team, but The Creature has grown tired of the road. Runs through Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Melodrama 12748 Jomani Drive. Adults, $20; seniors, $18; kids 12 and under, $9; students with ID, $9; Sunday, adults, $18. 587-3377. Halloween Lantern Light Tour Explore the legends and eerie past of the Kern River Valley and the historic buildings found at Silver City Ghost Town. 7:13 and 8:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd., Bodfish. $12. 760379-5146.

Saturday Safe Halloween 2010 With trick-or-treat stops, carnival games, preschool area, costume contest, cartoons and food for purchase. 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. $8. 852-5020. Healthy Halloween Carnival with games, fitness contests, bounce house, face painting and raffle prizes. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kohl’s parking lot, 5385 Gosford Road. Trunk or Treat with trick or treating, music, games, costume contest and bounce house.5 to 8 p.m., along the North Chester frontage road north of Norris Road. Free. 332-2717. Haunted House With free games, bounce house and photo booth. 3 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Bakersfield Swim Club, 3311 Allen Road. 637-1403. Safe Halloween Trick-or-Treat With games, cake walk, food, raffle, laser tag, face painting. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Brimhall Square, 9500 Brimhall Road. Annual Bethel Day With bounce houses, relay races, puppet shows, youth choir, fun booths and more. 2 to 5:30 p.m.,

First Pentecostal Church, 1418 W. Columbus St. $7 wristbands for activity booths, tri-tip dinner for $6. 323-2851. Harvest Carnival With games, cake walk, prizes, costume contest and more. Noon to 4 p.m., Family Christian Fellowship, 2001 S. K St. Bring a canned donation of food for admission. 805-6365. Games and Goodies for Souls With a trunk or treat, petting zoo, face painting, laser car races, cake walk and more. 5 to 8 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road. 665-7815.

Sunday Harvest festivals Carnival games, inflatable bounce houses and slide, trunk-or-treating and food for sale. All are encouraged to dress in non-scary costumes. 5 to 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th St. Free. 325-9419. With kiddie rides, game booths, allages activities and free hot dogs for children 12 and under. 5 to 8 p.m., Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church, 7001 Auburn St. With a petting zoo, rock wall, cake walk, games, food, pony rides and more. 6 to 9 p.m., Celebration Church of the Northwest, 10011 Rosedale Highway. Free. 589-0786. With free pony rides, hay rides, face painting, carnival-style games, cake walk and more. 5 to 7:30 p.m., Crossover Church of Rosedale, 18210 Rosedale Highway. 589-5567. With a trunk or treat, candy, prizes, food and more. 6 to 8:30 p.m., The Oaks Community Church, 10200 Campus Park Drive. 663-3888. Family Fun Fest With music, carnival games, bounce houses, costume contest, tri-tip dinner and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Brimhall Road Assembly of God, 10700 Brimhall Road. 589-5254. Trunk or Treats With hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, games, bounce house and slide. 5 to 7 p.m., First Assembly of God, 4901 California Ave. Free. 327-8446. With hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, games, bounce house and slide. 5 to 7 p.m., First Assembly of God, 4901 California Ave. Free. 327-8446. 5 p.m., parking lot of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1900 Baker St. 3233355. Family Fun Night With games, rock-climbing wall, glow room, bounce houses, paintball shoot, food and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Olive Drive Church, 5500 Olive Drive. $2 per person. 393-8210. Trunk ‘n Treat With games, inflatables, food, baked goods and candy. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Olive Knolls Church, 6201 Fruitvale Ave. Barbecue steak sandwich dinners: $7.50 in advance or $10 at the event. $5 for unlimited fun on the inflatables. 399-3303.


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Film club to discuss the works of del Toro Director’s films rich with mix of fantasy and drama BY CODY MEEK Contributing writer


hen many people think of foreign films, they tend to think along the lines of a certain type of incomprehensible art film: movies so radically different from our Hollywood tradition that it becomes rather difficult to watch them. These films are the subject of frequent parody in pop culture (“Seinfeld’s” “Rochelle, Rochelle” — a young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk — comes immediately to Del Toro mind). Today, more than ever before, many foreign films borrow more heavily from our Hollywood productions and tend to look more like a movie made in Los Angeles that happens to be in a different language. Recently, Barnes & Noble film club discussed the Swedish film “Girl with a Dragon Tattoo,” based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, a film that so closely resembles an American film that it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch that it’s being adapted by director David Fincher for a U.S. release, due at the end of next year. In my mind, “Dragon Tattoo” is like a film version of the “CSI” TV show but with reporters and cyberpunks instead of police officers. The film did very well overseas and had a great

Film Club with Cody Meek What: Discussion of the films by director Guillermo del Toro When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. Information: 631-2575

reception here, filling the Fox Theater on the opening night of FLICS. Our next film club discussion topic is Guillermo del Toro, director of the popular “Hellboy” films, “Blade II” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” and producer of many others. The amount of energy he spends on his films is tremendous and can be seen all over the screen. One of my favorite scenes of the last few years is in “Hellboy 2,” when the titular hero and the rest of his team follow a trail to the troll market, a merchant city under the Brooklyn Bridge filled with all manner of monsters. Every creature and every inch of scenery inside is rendered with a love and detail that most films never see. Del Toro utilizes special effects of all kinds in a way that enhances his films, rather than just using CGI as a quick cheap solution. Even if you can’t make next week’s meeting, I recommend watching “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Of all of Del Toro’s movies, I believe it presents the best mix of fantasy and serious drama. — Cody Meek, co-founder of the film club, works at Barnes & Noble

‘Mystery Science’ crew back for evening of ‘Haunted’ riffs Bakersfield 6 schedules two viewings of 2008’s ‘Reckoning’


f “Paranormal Activity 2” and “Saw 3D” aren’t enough to scare you silly this Halloween weekend, two local theaters are offering something unique. Starplex Cinema’s Bakersfield 6 has scheduled two showings of 2008’s “Midnight Reckoning.” More about the movie, from “While trapped in a Twilight Zonish high desert environment, a hunted rock musician is forced to confront his whole past life when an eccentric prophet tells him he has one night left to live.” The film stars Bruce Michael Hall, Persia White and Tony Longo. And NCM Fathom and the stars of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” are hosting a haunted house party like none you’ve ever experienced tonight at Edwards Cinemas. RiffTrax’s own Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will be back for an evening of hilarious riffing on the horror classic “House on Haunted Hill.” The guys treat this Vincent Price classic to their sig-

RiffTrax presents ‘House on Haunted Hill’ When: 8 p.m. today Where: Edwards Cinemas, 9000 Ming Ave.

nature brand of rapid-fire comedy. Comedian Paul F. Tompkins will join the guys as a guest riffer on a classic, never-before-seen short. Movie theater audiences will receive free digital goodies after the event. The event will be broadcast at 8 tonight. Classic low-budget, horror B-film “House on Haunted Hill” features eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren and his fourth wife, Annabelle, who have invited guests to a haunted house party. The deal is, any guest who stays in the house for one night will win $10,000. The only problem: they’re all trapped inside with a bunch of ghosts, murderers, and other terrifying entities! Sound campy? That’s right! Let the riffing begin! — Information taken from media releases and

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Catch a ‘Clue’ — as in performances at Frontier


ith the season of mystery, scares and suspense, Frontier’s fall production of “Clue” is the perfect fit for Halloween. The cast offers a mixture of humor, dismay and apprehension as they scramble about trying to find out their evening’s mystery. “This show is full of action, literally, and is sure to keep the audience laughing and on their toes,” said Haley Sullivan, who plays Mrs. Peacock. The show takes place in an old mansion that is unfamiliar to its new guests. As the show progresses, the guests find out the true meaning of their dinner party and become determined to survive against all odds. Director Abby Friedman’s reason for bringing “Clue” to the Frontier stage was because she had watched the movie all the

“Clue” When: 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday Where: Frontier High School Performing Arts Center, 6401 Allen Road Admission: $6; $4 for students and children

time as a child and loved it. “I wanted to bring that love to my students,” Friedman said. The comedy is familiar and can be enjoyed by an audience of all ages. What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with a murder mystery? — Frontier High

Organ central: City’s first-class instruments land convention BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


akersfield will host a music convention in the summer of 2013 that enhances its reputation as a music town. Not a country music town — an organ music town. Bakersfield will be the site for the 2013 regional convention of the American Guild of Organists, a professional organization for organists with 20,000 members in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. Region 9, which includes Bakersfield, also covers much of the Western U.S., plus Hawaii, Australia and Taiwan. AGO member and convention organizer Phil Dodson said the AGO national committee approved the Kern County chapter's application to host the 2013 convention. “They make the decision based on the kind of instruments available for top-notch artists to play,” Dodson said. Dodson noted that Bakersfield is home to four widely different and unique instruments that make the city an ideal location for a convention of this type. What does Bakersfield have that would motivate people to cross the International Date Line to get here? “We have organs that range from the Baroque all the way to modern,” Dodson said. Dodson listed four instruments that should intrigue musicians. The AeolianSkinner organ at Olive Drive Church, originally built for Harvard University, is one of the largest pipe organs west of the Mississippi. St. Paul's Anglican Church at 17th and B streets boasts a classic English-style organ. “It's mellower, has more of a cathedral sound (than the Aeolian-Skinner),” Dodson said. Dodson said St. John's Lutheran Church on Buena Vista Road will have its Baroque organ ready to play by the time the conventioneers arrive. That organ has been in storage while the church builds a proper sanctuary for it.

“It's very much like hearing Bach playing the organ in 1740,” Dodson said. “It's all mechanical action. The only thing electric is the blower.” Conventioneers will also get to see the very latest in technology with the Austin/Rodgers custom four-manual pipe/digital hybrid, which uses the latest MIDI technology to add real-sounding instruments to traditional pipes. Bakersfield Convention and Visitors' Bureau marketing and sales specialist Chris Huot has already been working with Dodson to advise about available hotels, attractions and leisure activities, which AGO requires in the application. “As we get closer to the event, we'll start talking about specifics,” Huot said. “Coordinating after-hours entertainment, seeing they have literature, coordinating largegroup transportation.” “As much as they're into what they're here for, they're still looking for stuff to do that's outside of their agenda,” Huot said. Huot said conventioneers of all types are usually drawn to Basque restaurants, the antique rows, the Crystal Palace, the open terrain around the county and the “Black Gold” exhibit at the Kern County Museum. “We've actually had a lot of people who are unaware that Kern County has an oil industry,” Huot said. “That 'Black Gold' exhibit has been really an eye-opener for them.” Huot said part of his job will be to keep Dodson informed of new developments over the next three years. Dodson estimates some 300 people will attend the regional conference, which is expected to last four or five days. Huot acknowledges it’s not a large convention, but is welcome nevertheless, as conventioneers will run up hotel and restaurant tabs and buy gasoline and personal items, generating business and tax revenue. “Size doesn't matter,” Huot said. “They're still spending money; they're bringing new money into the economy and that's always good.”


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Eye Street GO&DO Today Signature Chefs Auction, food and wine tasting, silent auction 6 to 7:30 p.m., live auction and program from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. $100 per person; $1,000 for table of 10. Benefitting the March of Dimes. 369-1181. Proposition 19 Information Forum, with panel members, a question and answer session, 6 p.m., Bakersfield College, Fireside Room, Campus Center, 1801 Panorama Drive. Free. Katrina, 395-4022. Author Joe Mathews, discussing “Fixing California's Dysfunctional Government: Politics, Budgets and the Philosophy of Direct Democracy,” 3:30 p.m., CSUB, Student Union, Multipurpose Room, 9001 Stockdale Hwy. Free. 654-2022. Stand Up Comedy Open Mic Challenge, 8 to 10 p.m., Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave. $5. 633-1000. Tailgate & Tip-off Celebration, with free food and prizes followed by a slam dunk contest and the Blue-Gold intrasquad scrimmage, 5:30 p.m., CSUB, Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway. “Peace On Earth ... Begins at Home” Outreach, raising awareness against domestic violence, with guest speakers, ornament painting activity begins at 5:30 p.m., program from 6 to 7 p.m., University Square Building, 2000 K St. or 322-0931.

Friday An Evening of Art Song & Aria, 7:30 p.m., CSUB, Music Building, Room 127, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $6 alumni/staff/seniors; students free with ID; free to family. 654-2168. Condors vs. Stockton Thunder, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9 to $27 advance; $8 to $26 day of game. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the Box Office at Rabobank. or 324-7825. CSUB Men’s Soccer vs. Denver University, 5 p.m., CSUB campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $4 to $10. 654-2583. CSUB Women’s Soccer vs. Seattle, 7 p.m., CSUB campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $4 to $10. 654-2583. Book Signing, with author Carol Campodonica of “Crazy Animal Stories,” noon to 7 p.m., Borders, 4980 Stockdale Highway. 328-9800. Skating, 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Rollerama West, 7850 Brimhall Road. $6 per skater; $3 rental. 589-7555. Wine Bar Flight, with 18 wines, gourmet cheeses, microbrews and fine cigars, 4 p.m., Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. 633-WINE. Wine Tasting, includes different wines and appetizers, music by Jon Ranger and The Cougar Town Band, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Cafe Med,

4809 Stockdale Highway. $25 per person, $5 off if you come in costume. 834-4433.

Saturday 10th annual Ron Fontaine Memorial Dollars for Scholarship Run, to be used for students at Ridgeview, South and Stockdale high schools, 10K, 5K or 1 mile run/walk, run begins 8:30 a.m., CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $20 adults, $10 students. Email or visit A Revelation of Love Jazz & Blues Concert for the Homeless, hosted by Bakersfield Center for Spiritual Living; with free food, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1000 South Owens. To donate, sponsor or contribute, call 2152925. An Evening of Jazz & Original Music, featuring Lawanda Smith and her quartet with opening act by Jason Badgely, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Stars Theatre Restaurant, 1931 Chester Ave. $30; $25 for season ticket holders. 325-6100. Annual Holiday Bazaar, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bakersfield Community House, 2020 R Street. 327-8835. Condors vs. Alaska Aces, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9 to $27 advance; $8 to $26 day of game. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the Box Office at Rabobank. or 324-7825. Empty Cage Quartet Workshop & Performance, 4 p.m., CSUB, Music Building, Room 128, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-2511. Healthy Harvest Senior Fair, senior resource fair, blood pressure checks and other health screenings, 9 a.m. to noon, Kern County Aging and Adult Services, 5357 Truxtun Ave., in the parking lot. Free flu shots for seniors 60 and older while supplies last. 868-1000. Kern River Valley Hiking Club, this moderate-to-strenuous hike will explore Packsaddle Cave, north of Kernville, leave at 7:30 a.m. Saturday from Chevron, junction of highways 178 and 184 (Weedpatch). Bring lunch and 2 quarts of water. Dress appropriately. For directions, visit or 747-5065 or 7783453. KV Bike Park BMX Race, national bicycle league, sign-up begins at 3 p.m., race following shortly after, KV Bike Park, Kernville. $10 to race. or 760-223-6165. Medieval Faire in the Shire of WinterMist, with music, belly dancing, storytelling, Shakespearean plays, vendors, arts and crafts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets. Free. or 205-2923. North of the River Chamber of Commerce annual Car Show, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Beardsley School, 1001 Roberts Lane. 871-4555.

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STORE HOURS MONDAY-FRIDAY 10:00-6:00 SATURDAY 10:00-5:30 SUNDAY 11:00-5:00

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MS Walk 2010, hosted by the Southern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, featuring lunch, live entertainment and purchase tickets for prizes donated by local businesses, silent auction, 8:30 a.m., Yokuts Park, Empire Drive off Truxtun Avenue. or 321-9512.

Sunday Tehachapi Community Orchestra, presents music by Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 1,” Rossini’s “Italian in Algiers Overture” and with cellist Helen Newby from Oberlin Conservatory, 4 p.m., Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road, Tehachapi. 821-7511. CSUB Men’s Soccer vs. Air Force, 1 p.m., CSUB campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $4 to $10. 654-2583.

THEATER “Geeks Vs. Zombies,” doors open at 7:30 p.m. show at 8 p.m. today through Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Suggested donation $10 adults; $8 students/seniors. 327-PLAY. “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” 8 p.m. today through Saturday, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $25 general; $22 students/seniors. 634-0692 or “My Funny Frankenstein,” followed by the vaudeville 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. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement group, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. $5 adults; $1 for children under 12. 747-2220. 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 Dia de Los Muertos, with a photography book release party, models with Dia de Los Muertos makeup, appetizers, drinks, 6:30 to 9 p.m. today, The Foundry (formerly known as The Micro Gallery), 1700 Chester Ave. $5. 301-3283. “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. 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. TuesdayFriday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays. 323-7219. Cherice Hatton, featured artist for October and November, Bakersfield Mazda, 3201 Cattle Drive. 328-8000. Karen King, featured artist for October, Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. or 665-4686. All Media Class, by instructor Phyllis Oliver, all media welcome, with color theory stressed. For more information or

to register, 348-4717 or pegolivert@ix. Art classes, beginning watercolor, beginning drawing, advanced drawing and watercolor painters’ group, taught by Carol Bradshaw. Call or e-mail for details and enrollment. or 760376-6604. Art for Healing program, of Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield has many unique classes that may help alleviate stress and anxiety resulting in illness, loss, grief or caring for another. All classes are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun Avenue and A Street. Visit or to register, 324-7070. Basic Beading & Wire Wrapping Workshop, with Susi Klassen, private instruction or by appointment, The Bead Hut, 610 18th St. To schedule an appt., call 324-0975 or 706-6490. Beginning Oil Painting, with instructor Glen Jelletich, classes held 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays. Call 399-3707 for more information or to register. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Drawing, by instructor Nina Landgraff, series of five two-hour classes. Call for more information or to register. 304-7002. Framing Clinic, with Toni Lott, for artists who want to frame their work, began April 7, running noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 205-3488 for more information or to register. Native American Arts Association, meets to learn basketry, beadwork and more, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, The Stockdale Moose Lodge, 905 Stine Road. 852-5050. The Art Center, 1817 Eye St., 869-2320; offers a variety of painting and drawing classes. Call for details. The Art Shop Club, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. 322-0544, 589-7463 or 496-5153. Free art classes, for home-school parents, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call to reserve your spot. Moore’s Art Studio, 10205 Hurlingham Drive. 588-7769.

MUSIC Blues Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Smokin’ Guns, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday.

Classic rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Sunday Snake Oil, 9 p.m. Friday. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; Catch 22, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Mike Montano Band, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Divided Highway, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday. The Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; AKA, 9 p.m. Friday.

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. The Amazon Lounge, 2781 Calloway Drive., 496-5028; Evangenitals, 9 p.m. Saturday. $15; 21 & over only. 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. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 392-1747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Country rock. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Country Club, 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Dancing 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. each Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5; $7 nonmembers. 399-3575 or 332-1537 . Whirlaways Square Dance Club, with caller Rick Hampton, 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday, Veteran’s Hall, 400 W. Norris Road. or 3983394. Dance Drill Classes, beginning belly dancing, 8 p.m. every Tuesday; advanced belly dancing, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Centre Stage Studio, 1710 Chester Ave. $5 drop in fee for beginning belly dancing; $15 for advanced belly dancing. Bring knee pads and yoga mat to advanced class. 3235215.

DJ 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., 322-8900; The Mothership with DJ Mustache, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Jazz Connection, featuring Bakersfield’s best jazz musicians, 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St. Free. 444-0853. Wine & Cheese Cellar, 695 Tucker Road., Ste. C, Tehachapi, 822-6300; Richie Perez, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; Richie Perez, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Live Jazz & Wine Bar, featuring Jazz Connection with Mark Meyer, Paul Cierley and Rick Lincoln, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and with Paul Cierley, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, along with 24 wines, Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. 633-WINE. Please see PAGE 31

HALLOWEEN EVENTS Check out other events on Page 26.

Today DJ Michael Anthony’s Old School Halloween Dancing Party, 8 p.m. today, B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane. 21 and over only. 397-7304.

Friday Hectic Films presents “The Grip,” showing “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), 8 to 10 p.m., Caffeine Supreme, 2000 F St. or 321-9097. Murder at the Museum, a night of whodunit, dress up as your favorite character, includes appetizers, dinner, dessert and prizes, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $75 nonmembers; $65 members. 3246350.

Saturday “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” with costume contest, film screening with props and fun with Velvet Darkness cast, doors open at 10 p.m., preshow at 11:30, show starts at midnight, Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $10, must be 17 or older to attend. 324-1369. Boos & Blues Halloween Monster Mash, presented by Kern River Blues Society and Rockwell’s Trout’s; with a costume contest, dancing, jam, 7 p.m., Trout’s & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave. $5 at the door. 21 & over only. 3996700. Eagles Halloween Bash, with Thee Majestics, costume contest, 8 p.m. to midnight, Eagles Hall, 1718 17th St. $10. 747-1628. Halloween Bash, with music by Noah Claunch Mainstream band, prizes, drink specials, Jello shots, 7:30 p.m., Ethel’s Old Corral Cafe, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway. 873-7613. Halloween Party, with music by the Two Timers, food, raffle, prizes, first prize for best costume is a trip for two to Las Vegas (with paid airfare), 9 p.m., Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave. 831-1315. Halloween Party, with music by The Arvizu Brothers, begins at 7 p.m., Del Rio Cocktail Lounge, 5840 State Road. 393-0262. Halloween Party, with costume contest, Jello shots, music by AKA, 9 p.m., The Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway. 837-0250. Halloween Party, with DJ Casey Overstreet, 9 p.m., Banachek’s, 4601 State Road. 387-9224. Halloween Party, dinner at 5:30 p.m., dancing, 8:30 p.m., costume contest 11:30 p.m., Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista. $5 w/costume; $10 w/out. 324-6774. Nile Halloween Bash, costume contest with cash prizes, DJ Danny Boi, drink specials, 9 p.m., Nile Theater, 1721 19th St. $10; 21 and over only. 3633179. Scary for Charity, with a costume contest, live music by Randy Emmett and The Sideshow Band, DJ Margo Saylor, silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, dancing, 7 p.m. to midnight, DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. Tickets $50 and can be purchased online at or T-Bones Ranchouse Halloween Bash, featuring JB Bombs, prizes for best costume, 8 p.m., T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd. $5. 398-1300. Bellvedere Halloween Bash, with costume prizes, with music by The Beagles, drink specials, 8 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane. 325-2139.

Sunday Halloween Dance & Party, with appetizers for sale, Younger Half Band among others, costume optional, 2 to 10 p.m., Eagles Hall, 1718 17th St. $10. Benefitting amputee Juan Rios. 747-1628. Halloween Party, with Sonorous and Il Songo, 8 p.m., Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St. 322-8900.


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Dance classes, beginning west coast swing, intermediate/advanced west coast swing with instructor Mimi Johanson, at 8214 Mossrock Drive. Call 330-9616 for details. 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.

Karaoke Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Cactus Valley Mexican Restaurant, 4215 Rosedale Highway, 633-1948; 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday; beer pong and happy hour all day Sunday. Crossroads Pizzeria, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Pour House, 4041 Fruitvale Ave., 589-9300; 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Que T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; with Irish Monkey Entertainment, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8 p.m. every Thursday. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 1440 Weedpatch Highway, 633-1949; Karaoke King Show, all ages, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Pasa Mexican Cafe, 9000 Ming Ave., 664-1400; 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Casa Lopez, 8001 Panama Road, Lamont, 845-1000; 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday (country) and Saturday (Spanish). Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 366-3261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; 9:30 p.m. Sundays. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m.

Sundays. Schweitzer’s Pit Stop, 10807 Rosedale Highway, 587-8888; 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The Wrecking Yard, 9817 S. Union Ave., 827-9192; 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Tuesday. Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Wild West Entertainment, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Magoo’s Pizza, 1129 Olive Drive, 399-7800; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar, 14 Monterey St., 869-1451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 9 p.m. every Wednesday.

Latin/Salsa Latin Salsa Dancing, 8 p.m. Thursdays, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111. 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.

Mariachi 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 Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; The Press, 8:30 p.m. Friday. The Bistro After Dark, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Old School Saturdays with Noe G, 10 p.m. every Saturday. Ladies free/$10 cover.


Tuesday 11/2

Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; The People’s Band, 9 p.m. Thursday; The Aviators, 9:30 p.m. Friday. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Friday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; Big Dawg, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 633-1000; The Sleeping, Tides of Man, pmtoday, Just like Vinyl, Happy Body Slow Brain, doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Culinary Arts Program Gourmet Meals, by BC’s culinary students, dinner 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, lunch 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, now until Dec. 2, Bakersfield College, Renegade Room, 1801 Panorama Drive. Dinners $10.95 plus tax, lunches $7.50 plus tax; take-out meals available. Reservations required, 395-4441. Day of the Dead, with art raffles, children’s art, live music, wine, appetizers and more, 5 to 10 p.m., La Galeria, 1414 High St., Delano. 444-1564. Dia de Los Muertos 2010, with music by Mento Buru, Velorio, Vanity Avenue, poetry, art display, procession with the blessing of the altars, 6 to 10 p.m., Golden State Mall, 3201 F St. 345-5842. Kern Audubon Society, meeting on “A Glimpse at Peru” by Harry and Kathy Love, featuring photos of the Amazon rainforest, Lima, Cusco, Machu Pichu, birds and floral history and culture, 7 p.m., Kern County Superintendent of Schools, 1300 17th St. 322-7470.

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

Songwriters Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St., 324-2557; Songwriters’ night and Open Mic, 9 p.m. Tuesdays. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; Songwriters' Showcase, hosted by Chuck Seaton and Billy Russell, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

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

Variety Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; Two Timers, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 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. Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; John Ranger & the Cougar Town Band, 8 p.m. Saturday. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Noah Claunch and the Mainstream Band, 9 p.m. Saturday. Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Dance to Joe Loco, duet every Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 11/1 “Learn to Write from the Grave” Short Course, with Lisa Kimble and Dianne Hardisty, 6 to 9 p.m., Junior League of Bakersfield’s Community Center, 1928 19th St. $35, includes refreshments. To register, visit te. Seventh annual YMCA Golf Tournament, registration begins at 10:30 a.m., shotgun at noon, Bakersfield Country Club, 4200 Country Club Drive. $175 per person. Includes entry into all events, cart, lunch, dinner and awards. 703-5483 or 706-1878.

Wednesday 11/3 Bakersfield Raider Nation Rally, come join the Raiderettes, Voz, Tori, Natalie and Rachel, 5 to 9 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. 340-7167. Condors vs. Alaska Aces, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9 to $25 advance; $8 to $24 day of game. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at Rabobank. or 324-7825. Film Club, with Cody Meek, discussing films by director Guillermo del Toro, 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. First Wednesday, special events and refreshments, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $4 non members. 323-7219.

Thursday 11/4 2010 Herb Loken Hall of Fame, social 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., Bakersfield College, Campus Center, Cafeteria, 1801 Panorama Drive. $35 per person; $200 table of eight. Reservations, 395-4800. Bakersfield Community House Grand Re-Opening celebration, hosted by Junior League of Bakersfield, 5 to 8 p.m., Bakersfield Community House, 2020 R Street. $10. Reservations, 327-8835. Bookseller’s Book Group, 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble, in the cafe, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. CSUB Men’s Basketball, vs. Cal State East Bay, 7 p.m., CSUB, Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $5-$25. or 654-BLUE. Employers Training Resource Harvest Job Fair, 9 a.m. to noon, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. Free. 635-2714. Ladies Night, create a beautiful platter for holiday celebrations, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave.

$9.75 studio fee; plus platter. or 664-7366. “Tartuffe,” directed by Zoe Saba, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, CSUB, Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10, general; $8, seniors and faculty; $5 CSUB student with ID. 654-3150.

Friday 11/5 Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble’s Fall Concert, directed by Kris Tiner, 8 p.m., Bakersfield College, Indoor Theater, 1801 Panorama Drive. $8; $5 students/staff/seniors/military. 395-4240. 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. 634-9598. FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “Seraphine,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. or call 4280354. Hot Fest 2010, with Ludacris, New Boyz, Ray-J, Cali Swag District, Miguel, YG, Auburn, Far East Movement, Jermiah and more, 7:30 p.m., Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $28.30-$61.05 plus fee. or call 800-7453000. Sublime with Rome, with special guests The Dirty Heads, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $35 advance; $40 day of show plus fee. or call 800-7453000. The English Beat, with special guest, 8 p.m., Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $18 plus fee. or 322-5200. “Using Information Technology for Gaining Competitive Advantage” Seminar, presented by author and professor Dr. Hossein Bidgoli, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., CSUB, Dezember Leadership Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $275 if registered by Oct. 25; $325 after. Includes copy of MIS, breakfast, lunch, snack, certificate of participation. 654-2441. Wine Bar Flight, featuring Great Oregon Pinot Noir, 2007 Shea Wine Cellars, 2006 Cristom Sommers Reserve and more, 4 p.m., Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. Tastes, $3 to $9. 633-WINE.

Saturday 11/6 13th annual Walk To Cure Diabetes, 5k leisure walk to raise money and awareness, registration begins at 8 a.m., walk begins at 9:15 a.m., Yokuts Park, Empire Drive off Truxtun Extension. Free. 636-1305. 2010 Concert Series, with Woods Tea Company, 7 p.m., Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road. $10. Can be purchased at or all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000.

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