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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Index Herb Benham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Taste of Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Arts Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Beauty and the Beast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35-37

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True love: Mad about ‘Maggie’ Revival of local play sheds light on unlikely romance BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


n 1960, two local women wrote a musical about Bakersfield which was intended literally as a backyard entertainment. Over the next 50 years, “Maggie” has left an indelible mark on the city, and is gearing up for another production. Ann Agabashian was the piano accompanist for the 1960 edition of the “High Fever Follies” fundraiser for Memorial Hospital when she was introduced to writer and poet Barbara Gardner and asked to write some music for the show. “Howard Miller, who would become the director for Bakersfield Community Theater, was looking for local material for the show,” Agabashian said. Agabashian said the audience reaction to the local material was so strong it inspired a search for a local story that could be made into its own show. The search took Agabashian and Gardner to the Kern County Museum, where then-curator Frank Latta told them the story of Maggie Mooney and Lord Sholto George Douglas, who met in Bakersfield at the beginning of the oil boom and the birth of the cotton farming industry. Agabashian said once the book, lyrics and score were written, the two women decided to “put on a show.” “We thought, ‘Let’s treat this like a big party,’” Agabashian said. “So, with our friends, we decided to put this on in the backyard of one of our friends’ home in Old Stockdale.” Agabashian said someone wrote a review of the show for The Californian. “The following morning our phones were just ringing off the hook,” Agabashian said. “Everyone wanted to see it.” “The crowd was made up of people who were not that many generations away from the real characters (in the story),” Agabashian said. The backyard party turned into a weekly event. Agabashian said eventually they accepted donations from the audience and donated the money to build a theater. “Bakersfield Community Theater was built by ‘Maggie,’” Agabashian said. Longtime co-producer Phyllis Adams said “Maggie” was produced again for the community theater in the early 1970s, this time with a full orchestral arrangement, then restaged later that decade and in 1981 at the Civic Auditorium (currently the theater at Rabobank Convention Center). Agabashian said these later productions benefited the Chamber of Commerce. “‘Maggie’ provided seed money for the Chamber of Commerce building,” Agabashian said. A 1998 production to help celebrate the city’s centennial helped in the restoration of the Fox Theater. Adams said the current production will also benefit the Fox, while cele-


Rikk Cheshire, left, plays Lord Douglas and Tessa Ogles portrays Maggie in the Fox Theater production of “Maggie.”

Maggie Where: Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Admission: $25 For tickets and more information: Fox Theater box office, 324-1369 or

brating that theater’s 80th birthday. Adams said efforts to produce this latest version of “Maggie” involved an enormous campaign of fundraising and publicity, including a flood of posters around Bakersfield advertising the show. “We just had to contact all of our friends and all of our friends who knew ‘Maggie’ before,” Adams said. “It’s the new people to Bakersfield who didn’t know anything about it. We had to get the word out.” “Of course, I’m in love with the show, simply because it’s a sweet love story,” Adams said. “There’s no violence, no four-letter words, and it’s a true story.” Lord Sholto George Douglas was the third son of the Marquis of Queensberry. As a younger son of an English peer, Douglas had social rank but no fortune; the only way Douglas could maintain the lavish lifestyle in which he had been raised was either to marry a rich woman or strike it rich on his own. The United States, land of self-made million-

Rikk Cheshire plays Lord Douglas and Stephanie Jones plays Belle in “Maggie.”

aires, was an ideal place to do both. According to the June 1, 1895, edition of the San Francisco Call, Douglas met Maggie Mooney while she was performing as a singer in the Bakersfield “resort” known as the Bijou. Because of Douglas’ social standing, the newspaper devoted considerable space to the wedding, which had occurred the day before in San Jose. The paper also reports a number of obstacles the 22-year-old Douglas and 18-year-old Mooney faced in getting together, including a trumped-up arrest for insanity by those who wanted to prevent

the marriage. The couple were married for 25 years during which they lived in the Bay Area and in England. They had two sons, and Mooney continued her performing career during much of their married life. “Maggie” focuses on the Douglas-Mooney romance, as well as the competition for oil, land and Douglas himself among the local residents. The latest production is staged by Spotlight Theatre, and is directed by Hal Friedman, with choreography by Marvin Ramey. “Maggie” stars Tessa Ogles in the title role and Rikk Cheshire as Lord Douglas.


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Star of original ‘Maggie’? My dad F

or a child, watching one’s father on stage can be riveting, but when he bursts into song, riveting becomes thrilling. Almost 50 years later, this memory is as easy to conjure up as the ovation that followed it. Herb Benham Jr. was an amateur actor in Bakersfield and, over a 20-year-span, acted in more than a dozen plays, including “Guys and Dolls,” “Damn Yankees,” and “For the Love of Maggie.” My earliest memories of Dad on the stage are from his role as Lord Sholto Douglas, third son of the Marquis of Queensbury, in “Maggie." It was more than the best musical ever written about Bakersfield because that list is not long. Maggie was fun, corny and supremely local. “‘Maggie’ had some great numbers,” Dad said. “We thought we could take it on the road. There was a song about Tehachapi in it so Pete Cassidy and I drove to Tehachapi to pitch the town fathers on a performance. Half the City Council was in the bar. They looked up from their drinks and said, ‘What?’ We didn’t get turned down out of hand, but almost.” My memories of Lord Douglas had Dad wearing a top hat, tails and black dress shoes. When he got ready to sing, even if you could not remember the exact chronology of the songs, he had a way of gathering himself, pausing and then throwing his head back. You knew the song was coming, but the expanse of his voice and the quiet of the audience was impressive. Almost every family plays the what-if game, and for my father’s six children, it involved Hollywood, Broadway and Carnegie Hall. What if Dad had not joined the Marines during World War II, had not been a translator in the Pacific theater, had not come home to Santa Barbara, finished college in three years, married my mom, had six children and had to earn a living in the farming business to support his family? What if? What if he had gone straight to Hollywood or taken a train to New York and cast his lot on the boards, on the screen or in concert halls? We were kids, we were biased, but when he was on stage at the Harvey Auditorium, the BC amphitheater or Bakersfield Community Theater, we thought he was the best singer in the world. Dad would throw the full force of his personality and fury into a song. It was enough to both intimidate and inspire. I wasn’t sure I could sing like that (I couldn’t) but if I did, I wanted to step into a song like Federer does a backhand. “Maggie,” first performed in the backyard at Helmuth and Jutta Cords’ Old


Herb Benham Jr. and Shirley Rice as the leads in the original “Maggie” production.

Stockdale home in the early ’60s, made enough money to help build the Bakersfield Community Theater on South Chester. In 1964, Maggie was staged at the Civic Auditorium. Dad never went to Hollywood, but he sang at family gatherings at the dinner table or on special occasions. Even sunglasses didn’t help the guests when he serenaded my mother on her 80th birthday with “What a Wonderful World.”

These days, he is not quick to sing. If he only knew what it felt like to sit in the audience when he did. For those of his children who were old enough to remember, the musicals like “Maggie” launched a lifetime of love for show tunes and an appreciation of the human voice soaring above our heads. Dad never traveled to Hollywood, the Pantages or MGM. He didn’t have to. We went for him. These are Herb Benham’s opinions, and not necessarily The Californian’s. Call him at 3957279 or write hbenham@bakersfield .com.


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and swift-footed choreography, Saathoff said. “It’s fastpaced, sexy, and incredibly entertaining,” he said of the show’s lasting popularity. And “Chicago” has some impressive legs: Its revival is the sixth-longest running show on Broadway. Despite the endurance, Bakersfield has waited a long time for its “Cell Block Tango,” according to Saathoff. “We have been waiting literally for years for the rights to become available,” he said of mounting the show locally. Now that everything has come together, the director, who cited “All That Jazz” as his favorite number in this show, couldn’t be happier. “I am just so proud that Bakersfield Music Theatre could do it in such an amazing facility as Harvey Auditorium.”

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e had it coming, we had it coming, and if you don’t see it, you only have yourself to blame. What’s coming? The long-running musical “Chicago” gets the Bakersfield Music Theatre treatment for three performances starting Saturday. The musical tale of murder, greed and corruption in Prohibition-era Chicago has been entrancing audiences since it first hit Broadway in 1975. The show also inspired the 2002 Oscar-winning film starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger as the musical murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart. For those of you as jaded as a Chicago juror, wondering why you should catch this show if you’ve already seen the film, director Bruce Saathoff says it’s the local touch that sells this show. “There is still nothing that matches the excitement of live theater performed by people who live and work around you.” Though the local budget “doesn’t match that of Hollywood and its special effects,” Saathoff says that, compared to the film, the show has an equally amazing cast. That cast includes a mix of recognizable faces — like song-and-dance man Kevin Trueblood as slick lawyer Billy Flynn — and theater newcomers, including Leslie Yacopetti and Elizabeth MacKay, who both play residents of Murderess’ Row. Along with Trueblood, Saathoff said the leads Bethany Rowlee (Velma) and Erika Kern (Roxie) are set to “Razzle Dazzle” local audiences along with Jayde Stever as Matron “Mama” Morton and Dale Sheldon as Roxie’s beleaguered husband, Amos. Solid performances are bolstered by a sizzling score

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Kristi Larson is seen at the Taste of Home Cooking School at the theater at Rabobank Convention Center in 2009.

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ow do those food TV chefs whip up a sumptuous, perfectly synchronized five-course meal as they chat amiably with viewers, without so much as a hair or quip out of place? Editing and camera tricks. Life in a real cook’s kitchen doesn’t always go according to plan. Just ask Kristi Larson, culinary specialist with the Taste of Home Cooking School, which is headed to the theater at Rabobank Convention Center in Bakersfield on Tuesday. “The other day I was doing a show and a fly dropped into the soup before I was going to blend it. So that was exciting,” said Larson, who tours the program from city to city on the West Coast. “I took it out and I continued on with the recipe, but we didn’t hand it out. That’s the beauty of a live show. You never know what’s going to happen. Once I was doing a bundt cake and only half came out, so I frosted that part and handed it out.” But Larson believes it’s that realpeople approach to food — flies and all — that sets Taste of Home magazine apart from the crowded culinary competition. “Taste of Home is the largest cooking magazine in world. The recipes come from subscribers, are tested in our kitchens and published. We use common ingredients used time and time again and feature brands and recipes people are familiar with and want to make at home.” Something about that formula seems to resonate with local cooks: the Bakersfield stop of last year’s Taste of Home Cooking School drew the largest crowd — about 1,600 people — of any other ever on the West Coast, at least as far as Larson can remember. “You guys are No. 1.” This year’s program follows the agenda set last year: A vendor expo begins at 3 p.m., followed at 6 by the


Cookie Dough Truffles will be one of the dishes demonstrated this year at the Taste of Home Cooking School.

cooking show, hosted by local radio personality Rachel Legan. Larson will demonstrate 10 dishes in a program that lasts a little over two hours. Along the way, several door prizes will be handed out, food will be sampled and everyone will leave with a goodie bag. Some of the recipes, all new this year, come from the national sponsors of the program while others were drawn from Taste of Home cookbooks. The Apricot Beef Stir Fry, for example, was taken from the “Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook.” The other nine recipes are: Upside Down Banana French Toast; Buffalo Chex Mix; Bacon-Cheddar-Chive Scones; Ginger Carrot Soup; Chicken Balsamico; Cookie Dough Truffles; Sausage Stuffed Red Bell Peppers; Cornbread-Stuffed Turkey Breast; Apricot Beef Stir Fry; and French Cranberry Apple Pie. “Seven of the 10 will be done live,” Larson said. “We do the turkey breast in the morning and the apple pie because they take a while to cook. We do one batch of cookie dough truffles. Those are the favorite, I think — they’re my favorite. Larson, who has degrees in culinary arts and family and consumer science education (otherwise known as “home ec,” she cracked) said she’s

partial to sweets. A lemon nut twist recipe she demonstrated one year ranks among her favorites. She knows just how lucky she is to be able to have a career she’s passionate about. “My mom had gotten the magazine for years. She took me to a show in high school and I always was a fan. So when I left college, I got this job. It’s been my first and only job.” When Larson, based in Washington state, isn’t darting from show to show in her minivan, she’s testing recipes for the magazine. But it’s during her busy time — from Labor Day through Thanksgiving and then again from March to May in the spring — that she travels around, talking to the real cooks whose recipes her magazine publishes. So how does she account for what seems like a renewed passion for cooking? “Part of it is that people are more willing to be adventurous. It’s fun, for me at least, to experiment a little and make a new flavor combination and take an old recipe and make it new. The food networks and other shows are showing people it doesn’t have to be like how grandma made it.” Bakersfield is one of the last of 21 stops on this year’s West Coast fall tour. What can guests expect from the show? “We try to incorporate tips and tricks on how to do it at home or make it faster and we tell a few jokes here and there,” Larson said.

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comedy based on a delightful character created by Lois Lowry, a well-known children’s author, opens Friday at Bakersfield Community Theatre. Gooney Bird Greene, portrayed by Victoria Lusk, is one of those magical children whose unique style and personality has a positive effect on everyone around her. In the play, written by Kent Brown, Gooney Bird brings positive changes to the classroom of Mrs. Pidgeon, played by Joy Wheat, from the moment she enrolls as a new student. Gooney Bird’s imagination stimulates her fellow students, who begin to relate adventures of their own. Patricia Kerley, the director, has returned to the BCT Youth Theater after a hiatus of nearly 10 years. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was the last show she directed. “I was extremely active several years ago when my children were involved,” Kerley said. “And I was a little afraid I had forgotten everything I had ever known about how to put a show together, but I think I’m doing OK.” The cast includes about 17 actors, ranging in age from 4 to adult. “Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures” will have three more performances next weekend, Nov. 19 to 21.

‘Anne Frank’ at Empty Space Building on the success of last spring’s sold-out performances of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” The Empty Space is presenting six more performances of the

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; shows continue Nov. 19 to 21 Where: Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave. Admission: $12; $10, children Information: 831-8114

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The Frank family, clockwise from top left: Randy Messick and Julia Stansbury as parents Otto and Edith, Mariah Bathe as Anne and Amelia Egland as Margot, in The Empty Space’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

play based on the writings of a Jewish girl who was hidden by a Dutch family during World War II before being sent to a Nazi concentration camp where she died. Bob Kempf, the director, said the $15-per-ticket Sunday matinee will be followed by a reception where food and beverages will be served during a discussion with the cast about the show. Proceeds from the matinee will be given to the Anne Frank Center USA, a nonprofit organization that uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as tools to advance her legacy, to educate young people and communities about the consequences of intolerance, racism and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on mutual respect. Those appearing in the present production are the same as those who were in the previous shows. Mariah Bathe is cast as Anne Frank, Randy Messick and Julia Stansbury as her parents, and Amelia Egland

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Folk musicians Ruthy and Mike Merenda will perform tonight at Fiddlers Crossing in Tehachapi.

as Anne’s sister, Margot. Others in the cast are Amy Hall, Jason Monroe, Matthew Borton, Don McPherson, Alison Martin and Tim Fromm. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 to 20.

Guitar Arts Series Cal State Bakersfield music students featured in the “Music from the Academic Repertoire” concert on Monday include Iris Carrillo, Johnny Santiago and Todd Holiday. Also participating are Casey Gill, an alumni of the program, and music faculty members Jim Scully and Roger Allen Cope. The concert is the second in the Guitar Arts Series, which focuses on music for or related to the classical guitar, said Scully, director of the series. The program will include compositions by Dionisio Aguado, Fernando Sor, Matteo Carcassi, Napoleon Coste, Leo Brouwer, Andrew York and Scully.

BAA marks 66 years The Bakersfield Art Association has had its ups and downs over the years yet it still sails along. In fact, just last year it started a whole new chapter in its existence with the opening of its gallery and headquarters in the downtown arts dis-

trict. At their monthly meeting on Saturday members will celebrate their founding, which occurred on Nov. 13, 1944. Six speakers will recount the organization’s history. They include Shirley Rowles, Beverly Carrick, Lee Clark, Iva Fendrick, Fred Jacober and Kathy Miller. This should bring back memories for long-term members but for more recent members it will be very enlightening, said Kathy Schilling, the current president.

American Folk music concert Ruthy and Mike Merenda will present a concert this evening at Fiddlers Crossing in Tehachapi. Both perform rich vocal harmonies accompanied by banjo, guitar and fiddle, said Debby Hand, owner of the venue which is part of her store, Mountain Music. Ruthy, is the daughter of two well-known figures of the folk music world, fiddler Jay Ungar, composer of the haunting tune, “Ashokan Farewell,” and folk singer Lyn Hardy. Mike traces his musical roots to his hometown of Durham, N.H., where he was involved in the ska-punk and rock scene. Now based in Woodstock, N.Y., the couple’s most recent recording is “Million to One.”

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Admission: By donation on Friday and Saturday, $15 for Sunday matinee, a benefit for the Anne Frank Center USA. Information: 327-PLAY

‘Music from the Academic Repertoire’ When: 7:30 p.m. Monday Where: Cal State Bakersfield Music Building, Room 127 Admission: $12; $8, seniors; $6, students Information: 654-3093

‘History of the BAA’ When: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday Where: Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Admission: Free Information: 869-2320

The Merendas When: 7 p.m. today Where: Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. F St., Tehachapi Admission: $15 Information: 823-9994


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Ole! Jazz, Latin concerts spice up CSUB Singers, and University Singers, they will present an extensive collection of Latin standards, all performed in their native lanhe CSUB Department of Music will guages. Beginning with the carnival romp host back-to-back concerts with “Olele! Olala! Pega no ganze! Pega no American and Latin flavors this week- ganze,” by Brazilian composer Carlos Alberend at the Dore Theatre. to Pinto Fonseca, the fiesta theme will conOn Saturday, the CSUB Jazz Ensemble tinue with the lively to the spiritual. From under the direction of interim director Jim the complex rhythmic tongues of Bolivian Scully presents “Standards — New and Old,” folk to the tango styles of Argentina, the featuring classics from the history of Ameri- evening also boasts some eclectic seleccan jazz. Some of the evening's set-list will tions. One of the more obscure choices slatfeature new and original arrangements of ed for performance is the soul-stirring classics like Dizzy Gillespie's “Manteca” and freedom song “Bruca Manigua” by famed Herbie Hancock's “Chameleon.” Cuban composer Arsenio Rodriguez. Scully, who won the Best Composer Rodriguez, whose name is synonymous award at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz with the island's son story-telling song traFestival at UC Berkeley in 1998, will also be dition, helped popularize the sound in prebringing his original composition “This n' Castro Cuba during the '30s. Covered by That,” with trumpeter Mark Manda as feaeveryone from the Buena Vista Social Club tured soloist. Other concert highlights will to guitarist Marc Ribot, Rodriguez also include student soloists saxophonist Mat helped introduce brass and other woodWillis and newcomer Brent Williams on winds, broadening the scope of the style. trumpet. Closing out the show will be the 24-memThe following evening, the CSUB Singers ber CSUB University Singers with their renplan on spicing things up with their fall con- dition of Ariel Ramirez's ambitious “Misa cert titled “Ritmo Latino!” Presented in Criolla,” a folk mass based on the rhythms three groupings: Men's Choir, Chamber and traditions of Hispanic America.



CSUB Jazz Ensemble presents: “Standards — New and Old” When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: CSUB Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10 General Admission; $6 Students and Seniors; Free to students with valid CSUB ID

CSUB Singers presents: “Ritmo Latino!” When: 4 p.m. Sunday Where: CSUB Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10 General Admission; $6 Students and Seniors; Free to students with valid CSUB ID Information: 654-3093


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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, singer Marian Anderson, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, former Vice President Al Gore, journalist Walter Cronkite, and then-Sen. Barack Obama. How is McCarthy preparing for his turn as narrator? By listening to a recording by a frequent and recent narrator, actor James Earl Jones. “I don’t have the same commanding voice,” McCarthy said. “But I’m studying; I have to work out the timing.” The text of “Lincoln Portrait” deals primarily with the great crisis of Lincoln’s time — the Civil War and the underlying debate over slavery — and includes the president’s address to Congress in December 1862, the Lincoln-Douglas debate of October 1858, and the Gettysburg Address in November 1863. McCarthy said while the circumstances are different, Lincoln’s words still have relevance. “If you look at his writings and listen to his speeches: ‘The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew,’” McCarthy quoted.



ongressman Kevin McCarthy may be enjoying increasing stature in the House of Representatives, but he is a mere rookie as he joins the ranks of famous narrators of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” which will be performed by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra this weekend. Conductor Andre Kostelanetz and the Cincinnati Symphony premiered “Lincoln Portrait” on May 14, 1942. The work was conceived by Kostelanetz as part of a larger musical project to depict major American figures as a part of the war effort. Copland, one of the composers commissioned for the project, ultimately chose Abraham Lincoln, and set quotations from some of the 16th president’s speeches and writings to arrangements of American folk music as well as original musical material. A narrator is required to read Lincoln’s words during the performance. McCarthy said the BSO had asked him to participate in some way with the orchestra as his predecessor, Bill Thomas, had done. “Lincoln happens to be my favorite president,” McCarthy said. “So when I saw this on the schedule I said, ‘That’s the one I want to do.’” Since the premiere, the role of the narrator has been assumed by a long list of internationally known public figures, including actors Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda, poet Carl Sandburg, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, former

When: Lecture with Dr. Jerome Kleinsasser at 7 p.m., concert at 8 Saturday Where: Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Admission: $34 to $50; students half-price. Tickets available at the Rabobank box office, or Ticketmaster.



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“Here we are with the challenges America is facing,” McCarthy said. “It could apply to today.” The orchestra will also perform the Overture to Carl Maria McCarthy von Weber’s “The Ruler of the Spirits,” and Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathetique”) by Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky’s sixth and last symphony puzzled audiences at the time of its premiere in 1893 and engendered much speculation as to its meaning by music historians. The composer labored over the work from February through August of 1893, and wrote to several of his relatives and friends of his struggles to write the music. Ultimately, Tchaikovsky would regard this symphony as his best work, even if the orchestra that premiered it and the audience that heard it in October 1893 were not as receptive. The work is known for its dramatic, expressive emotional quality, which led many to assume there was a personal story behind it, and its final movement is slow and quite sad — a major departure from the energetic and usually positive quality expected in the concluding movement of a symphony. Speculation as to its underlying meaning was fueled by Tchaikovsky’s death from cholera just a month after the premiere. The composer had drunk unboiled water during an epidemic, leading many to wonder if he had committed suicide. The symphony stands as among the composer’s best music, along with his ballets, his fourth symphony and his famous piano concerto.



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Don’t stop the music My old teacher exemplifies benefits of arts in school


very time I’m asked about the importance of saving music education in public schools, one name always drops into the conversation: Mr. Heckmann. Lawrence Heckmann was my junior high and high school music director at Kern Avenue School and McFarland High School, from 1983 to ’85 — years I consider to be the most important of my musical upbringing. “Heckmann,” as we used to call him around school, was determined from day one. I can still see him now driving up in his Volvo, enthusiastically prepared every morning, sporting his brown corduroy jacket and tie. “It’s time to tune everyone, flutes first. Everyone quiet, please …,” he’d always say, before repeating the mantra a few times more. I sat in the saxophone section and not surprisingly used to contribute my share of goofing off. Did we ever test his patience? The man had to have nerves of steel to put up with us. Not only was our band room a former bus station/warehouse, but when you have a class comprised of high school, junior high and elementary students in the same band, you had to expect trouble. Tracing back memories of everything he accomplished during his brief time at the McFarland conductor’s stand no doubt took commitment. How could one man take a dying music program and turn it around the way he did? Seriously, before the inspirational dramatics of films like “Lean on Me,” or “Stand and Deliver,” there could easily have been a “Heckmann’s Havoc.” “I was jazzed about everything back then,” he said about his beginnings in the field. “It’s like folklore. It needs to be passed

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down so young teachers and students will learn.” Born and raised in Bakersfield, Heckmann is an alumnus of both East Bakersfield High and Bakersfield College. He also served in the U.S. Navy and attended the Navy School of Music. “My mom used to tell me, ‘Do what you enjoy doing in life.’ So, always listen to your parents,” he said. After getting his teaching credential in 1971 from Cal State Sonoma, he entered the work force as an elementary teacher in Petaluma. It was then he had his first experience with what would come to haunt the future of arts education starting in the late 1970s. “After Proposition 13 passed in ’78, there weren’t many new music positions available, even in Bakersfield. The cuts started happening slowly.” Landing a job at North Beardsley Elementary in Oildale for two years, he then took a position at Kern Avenue in McFarland, teaching remedial reading classes. Still not giving up on his dream to teach music, he seized the opportunity when a vacancy presented itself. “When I finally got it, the fear began setting in, but I’m the type of person that when I set my mind on something, I go full throttle, 100 percent, and expect perfection.” Confidence-building advice was always within reach from colleagues like longtime friend Ken Fahsbender and local instrument repair legend Joe Armas, among others. “Joe Armas and I used to talk all the time, and he never made me feel like I didn’t


Music teacher Lawrence Heckmann, who retired in 2005 after 35 years, worked with students from elementary school to high school all over Kern County.

know anything. Always remember: There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” Heckmann walked the walk daily about his big plans, beginning with a new music library and badly needed uniforms. I can remember marching my first year wearing a windbreaker and painter’s pants with sneakers. “My philosophy has always been goals up here,” he said, gesturing with his hand high in the air. “And expectations right along with it.” And so began the quest for brand-new uniforms, something our school hadn’t seen since the ’60s. Candy sales, car washes — everything went toward the cost, and after some strong support from parents, and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, we got our uniforms within a year. Contrary to popular belief, Heckmann seemed to have tapped into something

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.

many thought was only attainable through school sports. After that, the projects and practices kept rolling in: Concert Band, Pep Band, a new Jazz Band, Kern County Honor Band, not to mention music-rating festivals in Bakersfield, where we scored highly against all the biggest schools in the area. “I wanted to get you kids out of McFarland and introduce you to other cities. We were smaller than most at about 40 to 60 kids, but we never let that hold us back.” To avoid conflicts, Heckmann regularly went to bat with the school district to remind them that his students were receiving a quality music education. There were never broken bones or brain trauma from football injuries to discuss, just GPAs, which were always slightly higher than average. “The fine arts help support academics. It gives students discipline, focus, and an outlet to blow off some steam. You can’t do wholesale education without fine arts.” After campaigning to get a new band room built on the Kern Avenue campus during his second year, his hard work drew notice back in Bakersfield. Becoming assistant director of the Golden Empire Suns Youth Band, he would soon be recruited by the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District. It was a tough choice, but one he needed to make for his family in 1985. “Success can sometimes breed other people tugging at you. I felt I had reached my maximum potential at McFarland,” he said. “It was a career decision.” As sad as we were to see him go, Heckmann remained a mentor in my life for years to come. As a member of the Golden Empire Suns Youth Band for three consecutive summers, I’ve performed in half the country, even making it into Canada. There’s also the matter of the Bakersfield College Marching Band, CSUB Jazz Band, and forming my own group, Mento Buru, but that’s a whole other story. Lawrence Heckmann retired from teaching in 2005 after 35 years. He and his loving and very patient wife, Judy, currently live the quiet life as proud grandparents. Humble and always looking out for his fellow educators, he insisted on the final “coda.” “There have been a lot of teachers who’ve done the same, and they all deserve to be honored.”


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Reinvented production makes a one-night stop at Rabobank BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


he entertainment calendar is already packed in November, and on top of the pile is a national tour production of Disney’s smash musical “Beauty and the Beast.” The hit show makes a one-night stop at the Rabobank Theater at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Long considered Disney’s best musical, “Beauty and the Beast” not only made movie history by being the first (and only) animated feature to be nominated for best picture, but also created a sensation on Broadway. Using original material written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, the stage production included new material with Menken and Tim Rice, along with the book by Linda Woolverton. The original show premiered in April 1994 and ran for 5,464 performances in New York alone. Productions in London and other major venues were similarly successful, and the show remains a staple of the national tour repertoire. “Beauty and the Beast” is the story of a young prince punished for his haughty, unkind behavior by being turned into a hideous animal. He must remain that way until he can earn a woman’s love. All of his servants suffer from the same spell. Scottish actor Keith Kirkwood portrays Cogsworth in the show, the snooty butler who is turned into a clock. “It’s a lot of fun,” Kirkwood said. “I think I got off very lightly. All of the clocks before me had these huge, heavy costumes.” “Mine’s quite streamlined, sort of like a Victorian mantle clock,” Kirkwood said. “I can almost sit down.” A touring production of a big show must be portable — stage crews must be able to load the show in and out of a theater in a matter of hours — so high-end production values have to be cut back. Kirkwood said the change was actually an opportunity to make the touring production something different from the original. “For the original show, (the producers) said ‘we just want it to be the movie on stage,’” Kirkwood said. “The production team’s hands were tied.” Kirkwood said “Beauty and the Beast” was re-conceived for the tour by the original production team, with new material by Woolverton, who not only wrote the book for the stage production but also the original screenplay for the film. “Things they were never quite happy within the original production they were able to re-imagine,” Kirkwood said. “I think they’re really happy with it.” Kirkwood said one of the new themes in this production is a deeper look into the plight of the servants suffering under the Beast’s spell — for Kirkwood, looking at the Man behind


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Keith Kirkwood plays Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Broadway in Bakersfield’s “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” When: 7:30 p.m. Monday When: Theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Tickets: $30-$65. or 800-7453000.

the Clock. “We got the chance to explore the human side,” Kirkwood said. “They’re desperate for this spell to end.” Kirkwood said the touring production gives a clue as to why the servants are punished along with the prince. “It’s because they raised the boy to be this way,” Kirkwood said. “So they’re partly responsible.” “Beauty and the Beast” kicks off another “Broadway in Bakersfield” theater season, a collaboration between the Rabobank Theater and Jam Productions out of Chicago, which produces national tour seasons for 30 cities across the United States.

Rabobank spokesman Ed Dorsey said the relationship with Jam Productions is a second attempt at an annual national tour season. “We had ‘Les Miserables’ for a week at the theater right after 9/11 (in 2001),” Dorsey said. “The entire season did not do well.” Dorsey said the understandably poor season ended the partnership with then-sponsor Clear Channel, leading to a few years with no national productions at the theater. A couple of isolated shows with Jam Productions a few years later, such as “Lord of the Dance,” proved to be successful enough to justify another try. Now in its fifth year, the “Broadway in Bakersfield” season has survived the economic downturn. “Last season five out of seven shows were sold out,” Dorsey said. The rest of the “Broadway in Bakersfield” season includes the equally successful musical “Grease” on Jan. 24, 2011; “The Rat Pack is Back,” a re-creation of the Las Vegas shows by Frank Sinatra and his pals, on Feb. 23; and “Fiddler on the Roof” on April 7.


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Margie Butler, left, and Paul Espinoza with the band Golden Bough play at the 2009 Celtic Music Festival at the CSUB amphitheater.

Bagpipes and blarney: Celtic music rings out BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer


agpipes, men in kilts, bangers and Clan Inebriated — sound like a day for you? Then head out to Cal State Bakersfield Saturday for the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival. The daylong event features 12 hours of music, vendors, children’s activities and food ranging from traditional Bakersfield barbecue to traditional Celtic fare. David Stroud, chieftain of the Kern County Scottish Society, said there will be no shortage of activities at the event, but it is called a music festival for a reason. “There will be eight bands. Four are from Bakersfield and four are from out of the area. We will try to keep the breaks between bands down to 15 minutes only.” The lineup will include one of Bakersfield’s newest Celtic and bluegrass bands, World’s Tallest Leprechaun. They will be followed by Los Angeles area musicians Slugger O’Toole, who made an appearance at last year’s festival. Banshee in the Kitchen will be next on stage. The trio features local sirens Brenda Hunter, Jill England and Mary Tulin. Tempest will take the stage after the ladies are done and will bring their welltraveled sound to local ears. “Tempest is from the Bay Area and they are amazing. They have played all over the world and we’re lucky to have them,” Stroud said. Following Tempest will be local boys Whiskey Galore with California Celts, a band from Southern California, hot on their heels. The night ends in fitting fashion with two Bakersfield bands aimed at turning on the energy: 1916 and Wicked Tinkers. 1916 is known for its punk rock influence and use of traditional instruments. Walter Baldwin, drummer for 1916, said if you can’t catch them at the festival all you have to do is hit the road when the weather is nice. “We play all over California and are looking to perform out of the state,” he said. “We do Celtic music festivals, Irish fairs and Scottish Games. But we don’t do them in the

Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday Where: CSUB Amphitheatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $15, adults; $10, seniors; free for kids 10 and under Limited seating is available. Organizers suggest bringing blankets and chairs for use in the amphitheater area. Information:

winter — because who wants to throw a log in the winter.” The Wicked Tinkers is the final act and will end the festival with its high-energy stage performance, which includes bagpipes, Tapan and snare drums, Bronze Age horn and didgeridoos. In addition to music, the festival will include vendors selling Celtic jewelry and clothing, bounce houses and activities for children and, according to Stroud, a wide array of food. “We’ll have tri-tip and pulled pork, bangers, barbecued turkey legs and even crepes,” Stroud said. “As far as beverages go, Newcastle Brown Ale is a sponsor of the event, so beer and wine will be available.” Stroud said there are a couple of other special things going on during the festival’s activities. “There will be a Celtic wedding around 3 p.m. A couple wanted to have a Celtic wedding with a lot of kilts around, so they asked if they could do it out there.” In addition to the romance, there will be a large ceremony of another kind. Clan Inebriated, a Southern California organization that bills itself as a parody of the traditional Scottish clan system, will be holding a mass induction. But Stroud said not to be put off by the name. “Now inebriated doesn’t necessarily mean drunk; it means very ecstatic and happy,” he said.

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Friday “Maggie” (Read stories on Pages 24-25) Buddy Alan, & the Buckaroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. or call 328-7560. “Christmas Around the Corner,” with more than 30 vendors, noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Italian Heritage Hall, 4415 Wilson Road. Free. or 205-2923. Condors vs. Utah Grizzlies, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9-$27 advance; $8-$26 day of. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 324-7825. Fall Chamber Music Concert (Read story on Page 29) Nurse Practitioners Week, social time and refreshments 6:30 to 7 p.m., presenting “Diagnosis and Management of COPD for primary care providers,” 7:30 p.m., Highgrove Medical Building, conference room, 2701 Chester Ave. or 2040399. 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. Troll Bead Jewelry Trunk Show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Beladagio, 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 705. Free. 829-2288.

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Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC 5060 California Avenue, 11th Floor 661.327.8560

End-of-Life Care

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Are patients taken off service if they live longer than six months? No. Patients are continually evaluated by our team of medical professionals for hospice eligibility. As long as they meet hospice criteria they may remain on hospice indefinitely, though the average length of stay for Medicare beneficiaries is 83 days, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Beth Hoffmann Director of Operations & Founder Hoffmann Hospice

8501 Brimhall Road, Bldg. 100 Bakersfield, CA 93312 661-410-1010

Assisted Living

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What is the normal procedure for person with a DNR (do not resuscitate) order who is living in a residential care home? Do you respond and if so, how? Yes, of course we respond. Because weare not medical professionals-meaning licensed medical doctors--and not qualified to make medical decisions as to the resident’s condition, we are mandated to call 911 and present the DNR to the paramedic who responds. If the resident is in distress, it is the paramedic’s responsibility to transport the person to the hospital EVEN WITH THE DNR in place. The paramedics and hospital personnel will adhere to the person’s DNR specificationsbut will NOT withhold comfort measures. The caregivers at our residential care homes would contact the family of the resident so that they are aware and could be with their loved one at the hospital.

The Meadows 10702 Four Bears Lic # 157204176

Gables Residential Care LLC Corporate Office: 2029 21st Street Bakersfield, CA 93301• 661-631-2036


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Edith asks, “How long have you been advertising your care giving at the movies?” Our ad at REGAL movie theater at the Marketplace began Nov. 5 and will run before each movie for a month. Thank you for noticing and I hope you enjoyed the movie!. You can also see our ad right here every other Monday as well as throughout each day on KGET & KBAK TV. We are here to help anyone care for their loved one. When it matters most, count on us.

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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, November 11, 2010


Third annual Mick Asbury ALS Shootout 2010, with raffles, trophies, registration and breakfast at 8 a.m., Five Dogs Shooting Range, 20238 Woody Road. $100 includes breakfast, lunch and gift. or 303-8669. Unity in the Community Festival, with products and information from service and health care providers, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Unity Church, 1619 E St. 327-8614. Work Like A Dog Day, work, tour and visit, pizza served at noon, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., ALPHA Canine Sanctuary. or 391-8212 for directions. Yokuts Park Fun Run, 7 a.m., Yokuts Park, Empire Drive off Truxtun Avenue. bakersfieldtrack or 203-4196 or 391-7080.

Sunday Bakersfield Comic-Con, comic book and fantasy convention, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $5; $3 ages 8-16. CSUB Singers Concert “Ritmo Latino,” 4 p.m., CSUB, Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $6 students/faculty/seniors; CSUB students with ID are free. 654-3073. Ed Miller House Concert, 4 p.m. Call 324-9000 for location. Jenni Rivera, 6:30 p.m., Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $81.55-$108.15. 800-7453000 or

THEATER “Meshuggah-Nuns!,” doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. today through Saturday; doors open at 12:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $50 to $55; show-only tickets $30. 325-6100. “Gooney Bird Greene & Her True Life Adventures,” (Read story on Page 28) “My Funny Frankenstein,” followed by “Love Bites and Vampires Suck,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $9 to $20. 587-3377. “The Diary of Anne Frank,” (Read story on Page 28) Auditions, for “Kitty Kitty Kitty,” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 327-7529. “Chicago” (Read story on Page 26) Center For Improv Advancement show, 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 appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free but donations are accepted. 327-PLAY. Omnipresent Puppet Theatre, presents “Frankenstein’s Baby,” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $6. 5873377.

ART Phonetography II Reception, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 327-PLAY. On display, The Ceramic Art of David Furman: “Forty Years in the Making: 20101970,” Pamela Hill Enticknap: “Currents,” and Eye Gallery: “Close to Home,” 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. 323-7219. Aliza McCracken, featured artist and author, Bakersfield Center for Spiritual Living and The Martha Chapman Bookstore, 222 Eureka St., Sunday service 10:30 a.m., bookstore open: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3233109, Cherice Hatton, featured artist for November, Bakersfield Mazda, 3201 Cattle Drive. 328-8000.

MUSIC Acoustic Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 6331000; Ely Enns, Vanessa Andrea, Tall, Dark & 90, Gibbons and the Slut, Nothing Dared Nothing Gained, Silence Club, Missing Autumn, Tyler Heywood, Adam Fox and more, 7 p.m. Friday. $3 advance; $5 at the door. All proceeds benefit Bakersfield Homeless Shelter. 326-1604.

Blues B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Hot Taco, 9 p.m. today. Kern River Blues Society Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. every second Saturday, Trout’s, 805 N. Chester Ave. 872-7517.

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. 3993575 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. 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. 323-5215.

Classic Rock


B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Friday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Catch 22, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; Del Mar Deluxe, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; Mike Montano Band, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday; The Usual Suspects, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 3246774; The Press, 8:30 p.m. Friday; The Latin Breeze, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; No Limit, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Crest Bar & Grill, inside Bakersfield RV Resort, 5025 Wible Road, 833-9998; Mike Montano, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Divided Highway, 7:30 p.m. Friday; The Tony Ernst Band, 7:30 to 11:30 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., 322-8900; Beat Surrender with DJ Mustache, 9:30 p.m. Friday. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 3270681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Folk rock Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. F St., Tehachapi, 823-9994; Mike + Ruthy, 7 p.m. Thursday. $15.


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; Twang Bangers, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Still Kick’n, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; Noah Claunch & the Iron Outlaws, 9 p.m. Saturday. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 392-1747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

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. Padre Hotel, Prospect Room, 1702 18th St., 427-4900; with Richie Perez, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Live Jazz & Wine Bar, featuring Jazz Connection with Lawanda Smith and Steve Eisen, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; with Rick Lincoln and Mark Meyer, 7 to 9:30 p.m. next Saturday, Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. 633-WINE. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday.



Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658.

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


Please see PAGE 37

Special Olympics athletes ‘going for the gold’ BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer


he Kern County Fairgrounds will become a hotbed of competition Saturday as hundreds of athletes lace up their tennis shoes for the Special Olympics’ 38th annual Kern County Regional Floor Hockey Tournament. The tournament will feature six divisions of competitors with ages and ability levels spanning the spectrum, said Davida Murphy, regional manager for Special Olympics Southern California, Kern and Inyo Counties. “The youngest is 8 years old and the oldest is 66,” she said. “You will see players that can move quickly and may be able to drive cars to some that maybe live in group homes and can only walk the court.” Floor hockey is much like traditional hockey, only it’s not played on ice and the games are shorter. “Each game is about 45 minutes from start to finish. There are six players on the court at all times with one goalie, two defenders and three forwards,” Murphy said. Teams will be traveling from as far away as San Luis Obispo to take part in the tournament, which will vault attendees to the championships. “Everyone who takes part in this tournament will advance to the championships for all of Southern California,” Murphy said. “That’s happening in San Diego on Dec. 18 and 19. Everyone who competes has been invited to go down there, so it’s a great thing for everybody.” Murphy has worked with Special Olympics athletes for 10 years and witnessed firsthand how important an annual event like this one can be for the competitors and for those working to make the tournament happen. “It’s like a family reunion for everyone. We bring in officials from all over California, and the officials all get together, so it’s almost like a homecoming for the people that work the game,” she said. “A lot of the athletes don’t get to see each other throughout the year unless they are getting together for sports. We have teams coming over from San Luis Obispo and the Mojave Desert. The players get to say ‘hi’ and catch up, then they hit the court and it’s all about the game.” And make no mistake, Murphy warns spectators: While many of the competitors are friends off the court, when the whistle blows it’s another story. “They are very competitive. When our athletes get out there and play, they are going for the gold. They want to win,” she said. It’s also a rewarding experience for spectators who come to cheer on the competitors. Murphy said for those who have a loved one with a disability, this is a great way to see them at their best. “The family members are able to see their son or daughter or niece or nephew shine alongside their peers,” she said. “Sometimes people with intellectual disabilities don’t get the opportunity to do that.”

38th annual Kern County Regional Floor Hockey Tournament When: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P St., Building 3 Information: or 322-7598


Thursday, November 11, 2010 The Bakersfield Californian

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

Oldies KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 322-9910; 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. The Bistro After Dark, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Old School Saturdays with Noe G, 10 p.m. every Saturday. Ladies free/$10 cover.

Rock Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Sic Waiting, 9 p.m. Thursday; The Volume, 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Friday. Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., Postage Due, Hooker Spit, Driving Spirit, 9 p.m. Friday; Loner Troubadour, Midnight Sinners, Plasma Cannon, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5 per night; 21 and over. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; J Bombs, 9 p.m. Sunday. Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 6331000; The Rocket Summer, doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday. $16 including fees. All ages. Tickets at or World Records, Wavelengths, Impact Streetwear, Fatal Impact, Going Underground or 742-6306.

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.

Scottish folk Fiddlers Crossing, 206 E. F St., Tehachapi, 823-9994; Ed Miller, 7 p.m. Saturday. $15.

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

Trivia night Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

Variety Marriott Hotel at the Convention

Center, 801 Truxtun Ave., 323-1900: In the Mixx with DJ Noe G., mixing all your feel-good music every Friday. 21 & over only. Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Joe Loco, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays

UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 11/15 Third annual Golf Tournament, fourman scramble format, 10 a.m. registration; tee-off 11:30 a.m., Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave. $100 foursome. 302-4231 or 2017703. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — Broadway in Bakersfield (Read story on Page 31) Inaugural Guitar Art Series, (Read story on Page 28)

Tuesday 11/15 Taste of Home Cooking School, (Read story on Page 29)

Wednesday 11/17 Condors vs. Victoria Salmon, 10:30 a.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9 to $25 advance; $8 to $24 day of. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 324-7825. CSUB Men’s Basketball, vs. Southern Utah, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $5-$25. or 654-BLUE. “Just Another High School Play,” doors open at 6:30 p.m., begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Stockdale High School, 2800 Buena Vista Road. $8 adults; $7 students; $6 seniors/students with ASB sticker; $5 children under 12. 665-2800.

Thursday 11/18 Clock Tower Holidays: Wrapped Up in Giving, opening reception, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. $25 members; $30 nonmembers. 852-5000.

Friday 11/19 Condors vs. Las Vegas Wranglers, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9 to $27 advance; $8 to $26 day of. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 324-7825. CSUB Concert Band, featuring guest composers Ken Froelich and Adrienne Albert, 7:30 p.m., CSUB, Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $6 seniors; CSUB students with ID are free. 654-2293. Enchanted Forest, A Holiday Fantasy, benefits Advanced Center for Eye Care, with dinner, entertainment by Steve Woods, silent auction, bring an unwrapped toy, 6 p.m., Petroleum Club, 12th floor, 5060 California Ave. $100 by Nov. 12; $120 after. 204-7799. “Jezebel's Riot,” 6 to 9 p.m., Intimate Theatre & Music Hall, 2030 19th St. $10. 323-1976. Ladies No Limit Hold ’Em Satellite, with cocktail party, meet-and-greet with autographs, $30 buy-in Deepstacks tournament, 5 p.m. Friday; and brunch at noon, $125 buyin main event at 2:15 p.m., Golden West Casino, 1001 S. Union Ave. 3246936.

Lisa Lampanelli, 8 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $38.50 plus fee. or 322-5200.

Saturday 11/20 30th annual Festival of the Trees, hosted by the Bakersfield Woman’s Club, with lunch, fashion show, drawings, doors open at 9:30 a.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $50. 325-7889 or 325-6325. Bakersfield Green Thumb Garden Club, meeting with Brenda Luetger discussing “Culinary & Crafts with Lavendars,” 9 a.m., Church of the Brethren, in the social hall, 327 A St. 393-3657. Condors vs. Victoria Salmon, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9 to $27 advance; $8 to $26 day of. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 324-7825. Craft Fair, benefits National Guard, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., National Guard Armory Building, 2800 Gateway Ave. 599-4274. Derby Revolution of Bakersfield, doors open at 3:30 p.m., first bout DRB Privates vs. Silicon Valley Roller Girls at 4:30 p.m., DRB Militia vs. San Diego Derby Dolls at 7 p.m., Saunders Multi-Use Facility, 3300 Palm St. $10 presale; $12 at the door; $5 ages 6-12, seniors over 55. Tickets: brownpaper Fall Festival 5K Fun Run/Walk, benefiting the League of Dreams, registration 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., run at 8:30 a.m., the Park at River Walk, 11200 Stockdale Highway. $10 by Nov. 12; $15 after. 377-1700, ext. 1202. Family Harvest Celebration, with crafts and stories, 10 a.m. to noon, Beale Library, Arkelian Children’s Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770. FLICS International Cinema Society presents “Ajami,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. or call 428-0354. Gun Show & Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. $9; children 13 and under are free; $3 parking. 805-481-6726. “How to be an Archaelogist” Workshop, with Gary Pickett, 1 to 4 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. 324-6350. Kids Discover Music, classically trained musician performs, reads a story and teaches kids about the music and the instrument, 11 a.m. to noon, Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 6654686. Led Zepagain, a tribute to Led Zepplin, 9 p.m., Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $20 plus fee. or 322-5200. “Life of an Architect: Charles Biggar and the Building of Bakersfield,” 11 a.m., Beale Library, Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. 8680770. Magician Ron Saylor, 8 p.m., Intimate Theatre & Music Hall, 2030 19th St. $15. 323-1976. Wine Fest 2010, with premier wine vintners, food, silent and live auction, 7 to 11 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Building #2, 1142 S. P St. $60 per person; $1,000 for table of eight. or 3221671.



Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; Son Tropical, 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 3246774: Salsa dancing, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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