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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, November 3, 2011

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Index Nyceria ...................................................... 23 Gordon Lightfoot...................................... 24 Bakersfield Comic-Con ............................ 25 Arts Alive .................................................. 26 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz.............. 28 First Friday................................................ 29 New museum director ............................ 30 Calendar .............................................. 34-35


Does ‘Broadway’ hurt Bakersfield? Some say the enthusiasm generated from touring productions helps local theater, but critics say it’s just too hard to compete with the big boys BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


ome 20 years ago, the arrival of a show like “Cats,” was hailed as proof that Bakersfield “had arrived” as a market worthy of national notice. And while there are some who see the regular scheduling of professional productions that is known as “Broadway in Bakersfield” as a “rising tide,” there are at least some local performers who feel the tours come at a great cost. “That Broadway series has pretty well destroyed our Harvey (Auditorium) program,” said Bakersfield Music Theater producer Jim Fillbrandt. “In fact, we’ve had to alter the Harvey program so much it’s become feeble,” he said. Other local performing arts organizations might feel the indirect competition of the Broadway series for entertainment dollars. But BMT must go head to head with the series, as big Broad-

way musicals have been the BMT’s stock in trade since its inception as Starlight of Kern decades ago. In fact, both BMT and the Broadway series have one show in common on their schedules this season: “My Fair Lady.” Fillbrandt said competition from the professional shows is killing BMT. “When it comes to the Harvey Auditorium, why would you go (there) when you’ve already seen a professional production,” Fillbrandt said. Regardless of whether a production is professional, amateur or school-based, an organization must buy the performance rights to a show. Rights are generally held by a handful of New York-based companies, each of which have extensive libraries: TAMS-Witmark, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Samuel French are among the most important. Under licensing rules, a local production can have the rights unless a professional company is going to produce the same show, or even has an interest in it. Fillbrandt said BMT got lucky with “My Fair Lady.” “We bought the rights before the (blackout) window opened,” Fillbrandt said. Fillbrandt said conditions have changed;

If you saw this ...


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Stars Theatre’s recent production of “My Fair Lady” starred Bob Anderson as Henry Higgins, Ashten Smith as Eliza Doolittle and Brent Rochon as Col. Pickering.

Python to ‘South Pacific’: Season long on variety BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


hree giants of the Broadway musical repertoire, plus two modern classics, make up the 2011-12 series at the Rabobank Theater. This season’s lineup includes “My Fair Lady,” “South Pacific” and “Damn Yankees,” along with recent hits “Spamalot” and “Mamma Mia!” The series is produced and managed by Jam Theatricals out of Chicago, co-sponsored by Catholic Healthcare West. Monty Python fans are already used to the comedy troupe’s clever use of music, especially original songs, in their shows and films. Original Python Eric Idle “lovingly ripped off” characters, plot and gags from the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” added some satiric barbs about Broadway shows and came up with “Spa-

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Broadway in Bakersfield Where: Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. When: Season runs Nov. 16 to March 8 Tickets: Available at Ticketmaster, Rabobank Box office. Tickets available in five-show and four-show packages, $145 to $260, and individually, ranging from $25 to $55, depending on the show.

malot,” (Nov. 16) which is just as irreverent as its inspiration. Composed by Idle and long-time collaborator John du Prez, the show includes favorite scenes, such as “The Knights Who Say ‘Ni,’” “the killer rabbit,” and “The Tale of Brave Sir Robin,” while still searching for the Holy Grail. Please see 33


The touring production of “My Fair Lady,” will be presented at the Rabobank in January and stars Richard Springle as Col. Pickering, Aurora Florence as Eliza Doolittle and Gary Kimble as Henry Higgins.


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Band goes dark for haunting video Metal act Nyceria catches eye of industry heavy hitters BY MATT MUNOZ editor


ocal hard rockers Nyceria have always had big dreams of taking over the world, one riff at a time. Now with the release of their new music video, the Bakersfield quartet is moving another small step closer to fulfilling that goal with a boost from some reputable names in the industry. Filmed and directed by Ricardo Moreno of Silver Culture Pictures in Los Angeles, the video for the band’s song “Scathe” is a slickly produced music short that resembles anything they show on MTV or Fuse. It’s dark, disturbing and could easily be wedged between a “Headbangers Ball” rock block of Metallica videos. But the story behind how this group of friends ended up in the office of busy music producer Luigie Gonzalez, who helped spark the project, begins in the garages of Bakersfield eight years ago. Originally formed by brothers Aaron and Adam Crowell, along with buddy Matt House, Nyceria literally started from the ground up. They played no instruments and had no previous musical knowledge other than to claim as an influence their favorite band, locally grown Korn. Soon it was decided that Aaron would sing, Adam would sit behind the drums, while House thumped the bass. Wood-shedding daily, they became proficient enough to call themselves a band — or at least aboveaverage noise. During that time, future guitarist Alex Pennock had just arrived in Bakersfield, following his then-girlfriend from Idaho. After the relationship dissolved, Pennock was approached by the guys to join the group, rounding out the lineup. But after two years, just as they began to build a local buzz among young fans anywhere they could find a power outlet, they abruptly broke up. “That period apart really ate at me,” said Aaron. “Because I really can’t picture myself doing anything else than working with this band. This time if we were gonna do it, we agreed to keep going until we’d done it all.” “I hadn’t seen my family in years,” added Pennock. “If I hadn’t met these guys, I probably would have left a long time ago.”

‘... it’s really not that metal’ After setting aside their differences, the band began refining their rough edges into a solid rock outfit, heading into the studios before hounding local radio stations for some airplay even as formats began embracing a more indie alternative sound. “This town actually has a lot more metal fans than you think,” said Adam, “But if you listen to our stuff, it’s not really that metal. People just need labels sometimes and that sometimes hurts bands.” But Los Angeles music producer Luigie Gonzalez happened to be a fan of heavy metal and of Nyceria’s music in particular after being given a sampler of their music by colleague Mike Burns of entertainment


Eric Crowell appears in the video for “Scathe” by Nyceria.

Nyceria When: 9 tonight Where: Fishlips, 1517 18th St. Admission: Free Information: 324-2557

website A&R Select. Gonzalez took a listen to their original demos and decided to retool their entire sound. “Nyceria was a special case,” Gonzalez said. “I usually don’t work with bands that don’t have a label, but I had a feeling they were really trying to get out of the garage. They were spending every little dime that they had on studio time and promotion. They just wanted to become better and that’s something that I encourage a lot and why I chose to work with them,” Gonzalez said. Without a major budget, Gonzalez and the band entered his studio last October. “The first day was traumatizing,” said Pennock. “He listened to our album and said it sounded like (expletive.) What he did was simplify everything and fine tune what he liked.” A few months into the sessions, Gonzalez reached out to video director Ricardo Moreno to see about a possible treatment for a song of his choice. “He called with the guys in the room on speaker phone,” Moreno said. “Of course I’m going to say yes. He sent me all the songs, I listen to them and there was one that got my attention. The band had very little money, but the music Luigie produced impressed me. They were also very persistent and some of the nicest guys.”

The group met with Moreno to discuss the concept and location and then consulted Craigslist, which led them to an abandoned home used for film shoots. “I wanted to do something dark and surrealistic,” said Moreno of the $3,000 video. “I told them about the process and budget. We couldn’t do big set-ups or ideas. We just needed to represent what the song is about. That’s how we did it.” Joined by a makeup artist, plus friends and family, who helped with hauling equipment and catering, the bond shot “Scathe” in seven hours in the sweatiest of conditions. Starring not just all four members in performance mode, it also features Crowell’s kid brother Eric and friend Gordon “Stitch” Jackson as young and old versions of Aaron, who plays a lead role in the storyline. Using props taken from Moreno’s home, the video takes place in what resembles an isolated room with just a table, chair and small wooden box filled with random objects representing various stages of life. “The guys put everything into it with a lot of trust,” said Moreno a veteran of highprofile productions for Mexican artists Cristian Castro and Marco Antonio Solis, among others. “I put my work into it. When you take a project, you have to put 100 percent regardless of money. It was a good atmosphere.” “I was blown away the first time I saw the video,” said Crowell. “We wouldn’t change anything about it.” The video can currently be seen on YouTube and has been getting rave reviews from fans, many of whom are discovering the group for the first time. Both Gonzalez and Moreno plan on working again with


Nyceria pictured above from top left: Matt House, Adam Crowell, Alex Pennock and Aaron Crowell.

Nyceria in the future. “They’re very authentic and humble with a lot of integrity, and in this business you rarely get to work with bands like that,” Moreno said. The band has a few gigs lined up beginning with a show tonight at Fishlips. They’ll be heading south on Nov. 19 to play the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood. “People are itching for something new, and we’d like to give it to them,” Crowell said.


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This is his story, this is his song Rich imagery, detail enrich Lightfoot’s art BY MATT MUNOZ editor


here’s something about the music of Gordon Lightfoot. Penning songs about love, shipwrecks and distant lands, the gentleman with the gentle baritone vibrato dominated radio in the 1970s. For bell-bottom-wearing fans of his music, he had the perfect blend of poetry and romance. Heralded as one of the best singer-songwriters of that era, he’ll be performing hits like “Sundown,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and “If You Could Read My Mind,” to name a few, as he presents a retrospective of his illustrious career at the Fox Theater on Sunday. Starting out as a young troubadour in the pubs and coffeehouses of his native Canada, Lightfoot took off early in the folk rock movement. Today, at age 72, he’s still traveling, celebrating his long career, which includes more than 20 fulllengths albums. “I love to work. It’s that simple,” he said during a phone interview with The Californian. “The entire time I’ve been doing

Gordon Lightfoot When: 8 p.m. Sunday Where: Fox Theater, 2001 H St. Tickets: $30 to $55 Information: 324-1369 or

this I’ve been writing these songs. The recognition they receive is greatly appreciated.” Covered by everyone from Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley, who recorded a popular version of “Early Morning Rain,” he’s been both celebrated and parodied. “I never heard a cover that I didn’t like. The results are amazing but always interesting. I heard a cover of my song ‘Bitter Green’ by a 5-year-old, and it came out sounding like ‘Bitto Gween.’” When he’s not on the road, Lightfoot is a news junkie of sorts, listening to talk radio and catching up on world news. “It’s almost like osmosis. As you listen to the media, you’re absorbing and I feel a sense of urgency that I always take with me to the stage. I can feel it in the crowd here in Canada and down there in the States.” As for Sunday’s show, Lightfoot said Bakersfield fans will get a cross section of favorites.


Gordon Lightfoot appears at the Fox Theater on Sunday.

He also wanted acknowledge his admiration for one of his (and Bakersfield’s) personal favorites,

Buck Owens, before leaving the conversation. “I saw Buck at O’Keefe Center

in Toronto many years ago and that was one of the best shows I ever saw.”

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hen you think of Americana, comic books don’t necessarily come to mind. But those brief adventures are as American as apple pie and as threatened as the bald eagle, according to Steve Wyatt, founder of Bakersfield Comic-Con, which takes place Sunday at the DoubleTree Hotel. “We made the comic book a part of world culture ... but now, as Americans, we read less comics than the rest of the world.� Eager to get issues into the hands of fans young and old, Wyatt has organized a talented lineup for the fourth annual event, including the unlikely guest and former Go-Go Jane Wiedlin. How did Wyatt land the ’80s New Wave star and budding comic-book creator? “She’s a friend, and I’m pulling in a favor.� Also friends of Wyatt are guests Bill Morrison and Tone Rodriguez, who teamed with the musician-actress on her Image Comics space adventure “Lady Robotika.� (Morrison co-wrote and illustrated the title with Rodriguez.) Morrison, creative director for Bongo Comics, also landed Wiedlin a job writing a story for this year’s “The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror� book. Wyatt said there will be copies of the issue on hand for Wiedlin, Morrison and Rodriguez — who has drawn more “Treehouse� stories than any other artists — to sign. In its 17th year, the popular “Treehouse� collection will be on display in a slideshow run by Morrison that starts at 1 p.m. “He’s bringing a slideshow and two original covers, original art painting and original pages for people to look at,� Wyatt said. “After the slideshow, Jane, Tone and Bill will do a Q&A about whatever people want to ask.� If you can’t make the slideshow, the trio will be at the show throughout the day, answering questions and signing memorabilia, Wyatt said. Fans can also stop in to chat with other guests, including comic book artist/writers Scott Shaw, Stephanie Lesniak and Tony Fleecs and artists Mike Kazelah, Mike Hampton and Brandon Bracamonte. Take home more than memories courtesy of Kazelah or Hampton and Bracamonte (“Smash-Bang-Pulp�), who have produced two prints exclusively for Sunday’s event. The first 250 guests can choose a collage of Kazaleh’s work or an offering from Hampton and Bracamonte, which the artists will be happy to sign, Wyatt said. Along with the prints, there will be other giveaways — including free comics — as well as a charity raffle at 2 p.m. One raffle item is the latest issue of “The Incredible Hulk� with a

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cover designed exclusively for last weekend’s Long Beach Comic and Horror Con, which Wyatt attended as a vendor. He gathered the artists’ signatures on five copies of the “Hulk� issue for the raffle. Also up for grabs are original art from Kazelah and prints from Don Rosa, known for his work on Disney comics, especially Scrooge McDuck. Raffle tickets are $1 each and you must be present to win. Along with a raffle and guests, fans can try out the latest games, whether it’s cards or consoles. Two local video game stores will set up demos of popular titles, Wyatt said. “Otto’s Games and More and Extreme Games are taking up opposite ends of the lobby. People can walk up and play.� Paladins Game Castle will set up games of “Yu-Gi-Oh� and “Magic: The Gathering� for players of all levels. “All the demos are for the fans. If

you want to learn ‘Yu-Gi-Oh,’ you sit down at the table they give you the cards and let you play.� Wyatt also said there will be vendors offering a variety of comics. “There’s about 25 different vendors. I have a couple of dealers who deal in really expensive books. There are artists who have their own small books. A couple of guys have $1 books. ComicWise sells a lot of newer books and paperbacks. One guy will have nothing but sets. He also puts story arcs together.� So if you’re looking for rare “Action Comics,� a “Sandman� paperback, the “Teen Titans� run from the ’80s or a six-issue arc of “Spider-Man,� you should be able to find what you’re looking for Sunday. And if not, Wyatt, who along with promoting this event, two local anime shows and the San Jose Comics Festival also travels to shows as a vendor, can find it for you. “I live my life in the comic book world. I’ve been involved in comic books since I was 10, promoting since 1979,� said Wyatt, 47. And despite the industry’s pain, as fans struggle to keep up with weekly stacks of $3.99 issues, Wyatt said he keeps the local convention going because he loves it. “I’ve had a very fun life — that’s why I do it. I don’t really make money doing this. I made enough to take my guests to Famous Dave’s last year. “I’ll be taking them again this year.�

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Life lessons, tempered by racism Provocative play looks at Old South justice

GO & DO ‘A Lesson Before Dying’ When: 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Dore Theatre, Cal State Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10, $8, seniors and CSUB faculty/staff; $5 CSUB students with ID Information: 654-3150


n what may be a first at Cal State Bakersfield, Jessica Boles is acting as a student dramaturge for the theater arts department’s production of “A Lesson Before Dying.” The play, which opens this evening at the Dore Theatre, is set in Louisiana in the 1940s and Boles has researched racial issues of that time for her senior project. In doing so, she discovered a lot she hadn’t previously known about how that time and place, particularly the way the so-called Jim Crow laws, affected black people. “What surprised me was how little I understood about it,” said Boles. “It permeated every aspect of their lives — they (blacks) were considered lesser (people) and they were restricted in what they could do by white society.” Another eye-opener for the Stockdale High School graduate was learning how different life was at the time depicted in the play compared to what she has grown up with. “Having lived in California all my life,” she said, “I was surprised at how rich and varied the Louisiana culture is — and about the Creoles and the Cajun culture and how all those things blend together.” In her role as dramaturge, Boles also has explored the influence of various church denominations, music played on the radio, including noted blues singer-songwriter Cousin Joe, and even clothing commonly worn in the 1940s. She compiled everything into a research binder, which she shared with the cast of “A Lesson Before Dying.” “I love helping actors and designers to bring out what they need,” she said. “We had a company meeting and I gave them an overview of the time and place.” As for the “lesson” she’s learned from the play itself, Boles said: “Circumstances can be very cruel but you’ll always win if you stand up tall.” The play, adapted by Romulus Linney from a novel by Ernest J Gaines, is intended to

‘Mazatlan Doorways’ exhibit When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Where: BAA Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Admission: Free Information: 869-2320 PHOTO COURTESY OF MARIA-TANIA BECERRA

“A Lesson Before Dying” will be performed this week at Dore Theatre on the CSUB campus.

Review Read Camille Gavin’s take on “Wrinkles” page 32

proud of himself as a man; his final lesson of life. Romel Rose plays the part of the teacher; Alex Williams appears as Jefferson, the young man being executed; and Chery Robinson portrays Jefferson’s godmother. Maria-Tania Becerra is the director.


A work from the “Mazatlan Doorways” exhibit, opening Friday at the BAA Art Center.

be a companion piece to “The Other Wes Moore,” this year’s One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern selection. “Both touch on themes of responsibility, sacrifice, racial prejudice, and the vital importance of education,” said Mandy Rees, chairwoman of the CSUB theater department. “We selected this play because, first, it is a beautiful and poignant piece, and second, we wanted to complement and enrich the experience of reading ‘The Other Wes Moore.’” “A Lesson Before Dying” is about two black men who face racial inequality — one is a youngster sentenced to death for a murder to which he was a party but did not commit. The other is a school teacher who visits the boy in jail to help him learn to be

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An exhibit of Linda Brown’s monotypes opens Friday with a reception that includes live music at the Bakersfield Art Association’s Art Center gallery. Titled “Mazatlan Doorways — Symbols of Hope and Despair,” the artist’s inspiration for the artwork arose from the “many charming doorways” she observed on a trip to Mexico last spring. Brown said each piece in her show is a mixture of monotype and collage, which she creates using oil-based inks and found objects, such as stamps, labels and maps. The exhibit can be seen at the Art Center through Nov. 30.

Festival of one-acts Hungarian-born Klaudia Kovacs, an award-winning documentary filmmaker who spends 75 percent of her time in Bear Valley Springs, is pleased she was asked to be a director in this weekend’s third annual Tehachapi Playwrights Festival. “I’m grateful that they took me on,” she said. “I started out in theater — theater is my eternal love.” Seeking a more serene environment than Hollywood, where she

also has a residence, Kovacs chose Tehachapi for her second home about three months ago. She is co-producer, with producer-director George Adams, of “Panic Nation,” a film about immigration issues. In May, the film received the top award in the documentary category at the Mexico International Film Festival. “Panic Nation” has been broadcast on Telemundo and Univision. Kovacs, who came to the United States in the 1990s, said she has worked with Adams for 13 years. Currently she is writing a feature-length film. At the Tehachapi festival she will direct “Bill and Coo,” a comedy by Dan Roth. Kovacs says, “It’s about a couple who used to be a couple who meet by chance at a coffee shop.” Ruthanne Jennings of Tehachapi Community Theatre, sponsor of the event, provided information about the other plays to be performed this weekend. “Not Really Anything” by Doris Davis, takes you down the path of what labeling people can do. Tom Misuraca’s “No Problem” is a hilarious concept of a support group for perfect people. “Another Woman,” by Dorothy Gruett, concerns an interesting relationship between a chemistry major and an artist. “Independence Day,” by Rhea MacCallum, shows the audience a unique and touching overview of a relationship between a loving mother and daughter. Nance Crawford has written a “twisty turning” story about two elderly long-time friends who care for their deceased friend’s daughter in “How to Make a Red Hat.”

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‘Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’ When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Admission: $20 Information: 327-PLAY

Dave Shacklock’s “Safehouse,” is about an unlikely friendship between neighbors. “My Daughter, a Lawyer,” by Briana Haus, is a comical story about narcissistic parents encouraging their daughter to follow in their footsteps. “The Muse,” by Mark Fisher, explores the beauty of love long after the marriage vows are spoken. Each play runs about 10 minutes and all are shown in one performance at the BeeKay Theatre.

Shakespeare light Until now, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” has been presented only as a late night show at The Empty Space. On Saturday, the comedy will occupy the 8 p.m. slot. But for one night only and for a $20 admission price. That’s because it’s a fundraiser for an excellent cause — namely, the renovation of the theater’s restrooms. The 90-minute show features Amy Hall, Lorenzo Salazar and Matthew Borton, who is plucked from the audience during the show and performs under the name Tom Brewathon.


Thursday, November 3, 2011 The Bakersfield Californian

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A stitch in time gives her a quilt that’s fine


Chinese immigrant turns her life around with art BY CAMILLE GAVIN

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ehachapi resident Molly Hamilton-McNally’s entry into the expressive and intricate world of quilting was a little late — but just in the nick of time. Born in China, the then-widow learned the craft only six years ago as a therapeutic outlet, but has become something of a phenom, winning several awards for her work. Today she is in Houston to accept an award in a worldwide competition at the International Quilt Festival. She was notified last week that she had received an honorable mention in the Innovative AppliquĂŠ category for her intricate and colorful entry, “Everlasting Bouquet.â€? The festival’s theme is “A World of Beauty,â€? and that goes double for Hamilton-McNally, who says a whole new world opened up for her when a friend introduced her to the art of quilt making. At the time, she was still grieving for her first husband, Donald Hamilton, who had died of colon cancer in 2000, shortly after the couple had moved to Tehachapi. “I had breast cancer, no job, no children — I was a shadow of my husband,â€? she said. “I thought my American journey had ended.â€? A graduate of a Beijing university with a degree in accounting, she worked in that field for several years in China and Japan. In 1988, she came to the United States where she met and married Hamilton, whom she met through his secretary, who was Japanese. After Hamilton’s death she remained single until 2006 when she married David McNally, who lived in her neighborhood. They were introduced by their mutual cleaning lady. “I don’t drink, don’t go to bars, so it was hard to meet anybody,â€? she said. For about four years before her second marriage, Hamilton-McNally remained fairly isolated until, as she puts it, “A nice lady introduced me to the (quilt) guild.â€? Even though she didn’t know how to sew, a friend suggested she become involved in the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters. She enjoyed attending classes but had problems understanding what the teachers were saying. “I went to the classes,â€? she said, “but because my English was so bad I watched (what they did) over and over. I really concentrated.â€? After learning the basics, she

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Molly Hamilton-McNally received an honorable mention at the International Quilt Festival in the Innovative AppliquĂŠ category for her intricate and colorful entry, “Everlasting Bouquet.â€?

Molly Hamilton-McNally is in Houston today to accept an award in a worldwide competition at the International Quilt Festival.

became interested in the art of applique and began incorporating traditional Chinese designs into her work, a style she describes as “very colorful, with different shapes of flowers and very flowing.� Each piece is cut and sewn on by hand. She estimates it took 1,300 hours to complete “Everlasting Bouquet.� She collaborates with her friend Cindy Seitz-Krug, who does the quilting. “One day about two years ago, Molly approached me with the idea of

us putting our talents together and making a quilt to compete with,� Seitz-Krug said. “The first one we did we didn't actually plan together — it just sort of came about.� It must have come about well because they have won several national and international awards for that particular quilt. They worked together, however, right from the start with “Everlasting Bouquet,� the quilt entered in the Houston festival. “We both had a say in the colors and fabrics,� Seitz-Krug said. “But Molly designed the applique entirely on her own; I decided and designed the quilting motifs, background stitches and threads.� As of now, Hamilton-McNally's cancer is in remission and she teaches various quilting techniques in her home studio and at trunk shows in California and other states. She's pleased to be recognized as one of the 400 finalists in the Houston show, which attracts thousands of entries and offers a $2,500 prize for the quilt chosen best of show. Even so, she added, in a joking voice, “It’s a bummer� that she receives no money for her honorable mention, which technically is a fourth-place award.


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Son finds his way to Bakersfield British-based artist to perform here

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he British love California weather. And for singer/ songwriter Jon Byrne, the sun is welcome to follow him wherever he goes. Visiting family in Bakersfield for a week, the dapper artist plans to make the most of his stay while squeezing in a few local performances for his host city. “Back home, it’s raining and freezing,” he said while gazing up at the sky. “I wanna get as tanned as I possibly can.” Appearing tonight at the Irish Heritage Club and Sunday at The Gate, his brief stop will include a long overdue sit-down with his father — local bagpiper and author Robbie Byrne. “My dad’s done pretty well around here, hasn’t he? It takes a lot of talent to play music and write books.” Back home at his Ulverston residence, located in the Lake District of northwest England, Byrne hasn’t done too shabby himself. Standing tall and looking like he stepped from a London style rag, the 29-year-old multi-instrumentalist has opened for the likes of The Clash’s Mick Jones, The Buzzcocks and worked with Mike Joyce, drummer for The Smiths. For music fans, mere mention of those names will usually garner instant reaction, but not in Byrne’s case. He considers them more like neighbors. “It’s funny how these things happen, ya know. One day I’m busking on the street and next thing I’m playing in front


Singer-songwriter Jon Byrne will be performing in Bakersfield tonight and Sunday.

of 2,000 people opening for Mick Jones. Our island is about as big as some major American cities — you can run into people like that all the time.” Byrne admits not knowing everything about one of punk’s most revered groups, because for this melodious wordsmith, life drives his creativity, not icons. “I’m not that familiar with The Clash. It was well before my time, although The Beatles are my favorite band. A lot of my songs are based on everyday people from where I live and their stories.” On record, Byrne lives with a foot in the past and present throughout his latest independent release, “Forever Chasing that Feeling.” Produced by U.K. producer Andy Strange, Byrne’s voice sounds primed beyond his years.

Mixing some of the best elements of British folk rock of the past two decades with low-fi blues ala The Black Keys, much of his lyrics could be the script of a black comedy. He strums and jangles like a man possessed but can change gears in a second. “People listen to music you don’t have to think about nowadays. I’m not really impressed with pop music.” On “Living for the Life of Prison,” he tells the tale of a battered woman imprisoned for killing her abusive husband. While in prison, she experiences the freedom she never enjoyed on the outside — free cable TV, occasional romps with the guards, and no more bruises. “I’m glad it’s all gone now, I can live my life. Compared to the outside this place is heaven —

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.

pay-per-view, I got my satellite too …,” he sings. It’s twisted stuff, but Byrne’s delivery is so full of wit that he’ll have you singing along guilt-free after the first verse. “People always ask me why I write about other people’s lives and points of view. I do it because my life is pretty boring, really. I don’t like to be predictable.” He proved that three years ago while performing on a side stage at the massive Glastonbury Festival, where he took the mic for a brief three songs. Originally angering promoters with his snap appearance, he was named “Best New Artist” at the festival by organizers. “I was so exhausted that day, like a lion dying for meat in a cage. I play very aggressive sometimes to the point where I feel like I might kill myself while I’m playing. After those three songs, I was out. I’ve learned to pace myself since then.” If you’re wondering if Byrne

and his father will be reuniting onstage for a jam or two this week, bet on it. Jon, who was a member of the original O’Shebeen (the name of his dad’s duo) as a teen says he owes his dad a debt of gratitude. “For people that don’t know what it takes to play in bars and pubs — it can get really bad if you can’t handle it. My father is very regimented and would speak directly to me when I did something wrong onstage. I thank him for that discipline now.” Tonight’s show begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Irish Heritage Club is located at 3117 Chester Lane. Sunday’s all-ages show begins at 9:30 p.m. Opening acts are O’Shebeen and Shepherds Beard. Admission is $10. he Gate is located at 2010 O St. For more information call 3351595, or visit:

Matt’s pick D.I., Barstool Saints, Bedlam at The Dome, 2201 V Street., 7 p.m., Sunday, $12, 327-0190. Every proper punk rocker should have in his or her collection a copy of “Suburbia,” the classic 1984 teen rebellion flick about a gang of runaways living in an abandoned crash pad. By day they hassle with cops and packs of wild dogs; by night they hang out watching bands like Orange County legends D.I., who headline this old-school Sunday bill. Fronted by croaky original vocalist Casey Royer, it’s a rare chance to see these pioneers of all things mosh.


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“First Cup” by Jody Cheeseman, left, and “Cafe Latte” by Mimi Placencia are part of the “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” exhibit at Dagny’s for First Friday.

First Friday all about baring one’s sole BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor


e don’t officially gives thanks until the end of the month, but art lovers can express their gratitude now for the abundance of local creativity we have at November First Friday. Changes have been afoot for The Foundry, which opened in a spot next door to Dagny’s on 20th Street in August. The past few months have seen three shows, all while the space was undergoing remodeling. Foundry co-founder Christina Sweet said she’s eager to show off the work that’s been done during this month’s show, “Til Dusk,” a solo exhibit by Deon Bell. “We will have a few things to do to call it ‘finished,’ but we are much closer! The gallery now has two in-house offices, more hanging space and new flooring.” Despite the ongoing work, Sweet said show attendance has been good. “There has been a great turnout the last few months. We are overjoyed with the foot traffic. Sales are great as well. Our last show, ‘Fright Sights,’ sold five pieces. “Be sure to visit The Foundry to see our face-lift and amazing exhibit by Deon Bell. … It’s his first solo exhibit. Deon’s (work) is abstract in a style all his own. His lines are unpredictable and keep the eye interested. He tells a story in every piece.”

Style Your Sole Along with his “story-telling” at The Foundry, Bell will bare his “sole” along with nine other artists as part of the TOMS Style Your Sole event at Metro Galleries. Hosted by New Wine Church, which meets twice weekly at the gallery, this is the second event to celebrate art and collect shoes for children in need. New Wine partnered with Impact Streetwear (one of the places in town where you can buy TOMS shoes), which will be on site selling shoes. Whether purchased in advance (with a discount at Impact for those buying for the event) or that night, shoes can be decorated by

Some First Friday events “Til Dusk” 5 to 9 p.m., The Foundry, 1602 20th St. 340-4771. Second annual TOMS Style Your Sole 5 to 9 p.m., Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. 333-4024. “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” 6 to 8 p.m., Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 634-0806.

exhibiting artists, those specializing in tattoos or graffiti or by guests, according to New Wine pastor Chris Ferguson. Along with the decorating, there will be a silent auction of TOMS shoe art by Bell, Sweet, Doug Smith, Cassie Detheridge, Rachel Larsen, Nyoka Jameson, Faith Flores, Maria E. Gonzalez, Teresa Rubio and Nano Rubio. Proceeds from the event will benefit Global Family, an organization that combats human trafficking in India and Nepal.

‘Wake Up and Smell the Coffee’ What else is brewing downtown? The Bakersfield Art Association is hosting a show at Dagny’s with an appropriate coffee theme. Chairwoman Cindy Stiles, who is also one of the show’s artists, said the coffee shop is a great place for exhibits with a mix of artists. “It’s a nonthreatening place for emerging and other (established) artists. Some of us haven’t been painting all that long. The Dagny’s venue allows emerging artists to have a one-person show and a chance to see their best work assembled as a body of work and displayed in a public venue. It’s a great gift to us from the folks at Dagny’s.” The artists in this group show are BAA president Floyd Dillon, BAA Art Center manager Toni Lott, Karen King, Iva Fendrick, Jeanie Truitt, Norma Eaton, Jeanne Grant, Patti Doolittle, Marilyn Cameron, Elleta Abuliel, Jody Cheeseman and Mimi Placencia.

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Randall Hayes and his wife, Cathy Veitch-Hayes, pose in front of the Howell House at the Kern County Museum. Hayes has been appointed director of the museum, transitioning into the post in November. He currently is director of the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.

Pioneer Village idea drew new director History buff can’t wait to dig in at Kern Museum BY DIANNE HARDISTY Contributing writer


ould the Kern County Museum, which has struggled for years with declining attendance, actually attract 100,000 visitors in 90 days? The museum’s new director seems to think so — if the exhibitions are special enough to drum up interest and if the message catches on. And what would that new message be? “It’s more than just a museum.” Veteran museum director Randall Hayes has been appointed to head the cashstrapped Kern County institution, which was reconstituted earlier this year as a nonprofit organization. The county-owned museum includes Pioneer Village and the Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center on Chester Avenue. Hayes’ appointment was announced in September by the museum’s new foundation board. One of 65 candidates from

throughout the nation to apply for the position, Hayes currently is the director of the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. Hayes will assume his new duties with the Kern County Museum on a part-time basis this month. He and his wife, Cathy Veitch-Hayes, will complete their move to Bakersfield in early December. As Hayes prepares to take over the Kern County Museum, The Californian posed the following questions to him: What attracted you to the Kern County Museum? The major interest was in the Pioneer Village concept. Historical structures and architecture have always been one of my interests, having restored several historical houses. My formal education is in history. After more scrutiny, the unique role the museum plays in the community —as more than just a museum, more of an outdoor civic center, a place for people to gather for various reasons — was appealing, as was the foundation’s clear goal to elevate the museum to new heights. This made for a very easy decision. Please see 31

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You have said that you prefer “nonprofit” to “public” status for museums. Why? The term “nonprofit” basically refers to the private sector, as opposed to the public sector. And, yes, I do prefer private nonprofits to public. The reasons are simple. Private museums are governed by a boardcommission-trustees who are the eyes, ears and voice of the community in which the museum resides. They are usually selected for reasons directly related to the interests of the museum and its position in the community. Public institutions are usually governed by government officials with little to no direct accountability to the community. The most successful museums are those with stakeholders in the community, which they serve and are based on local support. Board members praised you for your “innovative ideas.” What are some of those ideas? I prefer to work on a team concept, knowing that a good idea can come from anywhere, if you’re listening. I also believe that the programs, exhibitions and education component should be interesting and relevant to the museum’s mission, community’s interests, and have public appeal. Museums sometimes tend to produce programs that interest staff, rather that what interests the general public. It is possible to do both and still make the experience fun and entertaining — “edutainment.” Another goal is to have programs/exhibitions/events that appeal to a broader segment of the community, not just those already engaged. Expand the audience base by providing those items that would be of interest to those not normally associated with the museum. You have said you will “reintroduce” the museum to the community. How? By “reintroduce” the museum I mean it will be much more visible — not to just me, the staff, board and volunteers. “Reintroduce” will take the museum’s message, programs and ideas to and from the community. The depth of the collections is immense. That should be utilized better. We will look at developing special temporary exhibitions to provide those experiences not currently available, and to develop education programs that will complement and supplement, but not compete with the schools. What have you identified as the museum’s strengths? The strengths are numerous. They include the collections, facilities and community support. But in every successful institution, the people are usually the greatest asset. I met with the staff briefly while [in Bakersfield last month] and from my experience, the knowledge, energy, excitement and talent I saw in their eyes tells me that no challenge will go unmet. What have you identified as the

Randall Hayes, new Kern County Museum director Age: 64 Spouse: Cathy Veitch-Hayes, an art, design and digital imaging instructor at New Mexico State University. Experience: Director of the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo since 2007. The museum complex includes the International Space Hall of Fame, the John P. Stapp Air and Space Park, and an IMAX theater. Before moving to New Mexico, he managed the INSIGHTS El Paso Science Center in Texas; the Durham Western Heritage Museum in Omaha, Neb.; the Brevard Museum of Art and Science in Melbourne, Fla.; and the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. museum’s weaknesses? The only major weakness I can see is the lack of “reference” by the staff. That means seeing, knowing and collaborating with other museums. When you see 100 exhibitions, you begin to know which are good and which are not. One goal is to have the staff professionally network with other institutions. Board members praised your fundraising abilities. How will you increase the museum’s resources? Fundraising is multi-faced animal. Before you can go out and solicit grants, sponsorships, gift, etc., the institution has to be worthy of them. I will begin with focusing on earned income — building programs and projects that demonstrate the public support through visitation, memberships, on-site sales, etc. Everyone likes a winner. When you can show that the community supports the museum, the rest will follow. You have worked at other museums. What was your biggest challenge? When I assumed the position in Omaha, the museum was housed in a 1929 art deco railroad station. The museum’s public image was bad. It was run down, dirty, mismanaged and detached. Over half of the building was closed for safety reasons. There was no air conditioning and only occasional heat. You name it, it didn’t work. But the building was an architectural gem waiting to be restored. The staff argument was that it was that way because they had no money. I took the position that they had no money because it looked like that. An ongoing “general field day” and the addition of new exhibitions turned the tide. In the next five years, we raised over $30 million to restore the entire building, which won several awards. The museum became the best attended museum in the Midwest. It was debt-free, with a growing endowment. It became one of first Smithsonian affiliates. Challenges are best faced head-on. Just roll up your sleeves and go to work.

‘CALIFORNIAN RADIO’ Tune in to “Californian Radio” today, as Eye Street Editor Jennifer Self welcomes Kathleen Schaffer, director of Bakersfield Music Theatre’s production of “Wrinkles,” which ends its song-filled run this weekend at the Harvey Auditorium. Self also will play host to singer/song-

writer Jon Byrne, who will be performing this week during a visit from his home in England (and just may be induced to sing a little something for listeners). Questions, comments, rants or raves? Call 842-KERN. The show airs from 9 to 10 a.m. today on KERN-AM 1180.



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Acting their age? Hardly BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer


alk about troupers — the cast of “Wrinkles” could outdo performers half their age. And that’s saying a lot when you consider the folks in the Bakersfield Music Theatre production range from 55 to 86. The matinee performance I saw Sunday at Harvey Auditorium was well-produced and surprisingly fastpaced given the 52 songs from about 25 different Broadway musicals that were sung. True, a couple of performances could have used a bit more polish but those were few and far between and in no way diminished the show as a whole. Overall, there’s a good balance between pathos and comedy, song and dance routines, as well as several longer scenes that showcase the skills of some fine actors. Among its strong points are the extraordinary number of outstanding singers, including Kathleen Shaffer, Sara Takii, Melinda Mejia, Joy Wright, Marilyn Daughtery, Mike James, Michael Hayward, Michael Izquierdo and Robert Schwartz. Each has a distinctive voice and presented meaningful interpretations of the songs they sang. An original show, “Wrinkles” takes place in The Twilight Home for Aging Thespians, where the residents decide to get together to put on a musical revue. It was inspired by a similar format done in Fresno in June. In the BMT production, four

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emcees — Dan Shaffer, Hank Webb, Jim Fillbrandt and Norman Maes — link the scenes together and also pitch a fistful of one-liners as they drift on and off stage. Most of the jokes, and even the parodies of a few songs, target the actors on stage as well as the mainly over-60 theater-goers. Here’s an example, courtesy of Fillbrandt: “I knew the romance was over when I drank champagne out of her slipper and choked on the Dr. Scholls’ inserts.” Irrepressible Bryan Kelly, wearing a variety of fanciful headgear, provides comic relief as he swaggers in and around the stage. He appears as a drunken professor and, clutching his ever-present flask, spouts phrases Shakespeare might have written but thankfully never did. Among the scenes I especially enjoyed were Bill Ryan’s dynamic reprise of Tevye from “Fiddler on the Roof,” a role he’s done before on the Harvey stage; Dan Marble’s portrayal of the wily Fagan from “Oliver”; and the comical yet poignant scene from “My Fair Lady,” done by Kathleen Shaffer, whose voice is as glorious as

ever, and her husband, Dan Shaffer. A gorgeously costumed dancing trio made up of Virginia Lenneman, Karen DeWalt and Ruth Goertz doing a piece from “Gypsy” was a crowdpleaser, as was a well-matched quartet wearing nuns’ habits that included Eunice Sears, Rene Cleek, Beverly Ragsdale and Melinda Mejia. Takii, Wright and Patricia Johnson were standouts in “The Lollipops Medley,” clad in pink poodle skirts and saddle shoes as they sang songs from “Hairspray” and other musicals of or inspired by the 1960s. Also pleasing were the FOGS (Four Old Guys Singing), a tuneful barbershop quartet comprised of Bob Cathaway, Stan Haymaker, Dave Fletcher and Jim Mahoney, who did songs from “The Music Man.” A five-piece band with the supertalented Char Gaines at the piano, did a masterful job of accompanying the singers, switching adroitly from one piece — and one tempo — to another. The show opens with the entire 42member cast doing an energetic rendition of “Another Opening, Another Show.” In the rousing finale, everyone is again onstage singing and dancing their way through “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Sunday is the third and final performance for “Wrinkles.” Even if you’re a long way from retirement age, I’m betting you’ll enjoy it. How can you not like all those singable, hummable show tunes?


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akersfield’s colleges are serving up a huge slab o’ jazz this weekend, including big band, small group, traditional tunes and music fresh off the press. Big band fans can get their fill of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Horace Silver and a rare Mary Lou Williams tune at the Bakersfield College jazz ensemble concert Friday evening at 8 p.m. “It’s kind of a nice retrospective,” said director Kris Tiner. “I don’t delve into the traditional that often, but I got a lot of great (music) readers this semester so I decided to go for it.” All of BC’s performing groups, including the jazz ensemble, are camping out in temporary quarters this year due to the remodeling of the performing arts building. Tiner said the jazz ensemble has had to make adjustments, such as shifting to a one-night-per-week rehearsal, and performing in FA 30, a recital hall, instead of the indoor theater. Nevertheless, Tiner said the program is thriving. “It’s really strong,” Tiner said. “I got

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a lot of new faces, which always worries me when I look at enrollment, but I was pleasantly surprised.” “They’re all really interested in learning the traditional stuff,” Tiner said. CSUB jazz director Jim Scully said he is using just the opposite to motivate his students. Four small student groups will perform at a Coffeehouse Concert on Saturday evening starting at 7:30 p.m. in the student union building. Scully said the bulk of the sets will

be made up of students’ original compositions. “I’ve refocused the students more on writing to keep it kind of current for the kids,” Scully said. Scully said students should learn how all music, regardless of genre, is connected. “So that while they’re creating it, they can see that all music is the same, it’s just the different instruments we use,” Scully said. CSUB has always had a strong tradition of small group jazz, which emphasizes improvisation. Like BC, Scully said the CSUB program is going very well, but has also had to make adjustments, especially after graduating a lot of students the past two years. “I’m trying to keep (the small group tradition) moving forward,” Scully said. “We had a big year last year; this year is a little smaller.” “It’s really a numbers game,” Scully said. Performing at CSUB include the group Colorblind and the CSUB Jazz Singers. Scully said he hopes the students will be able to record an album in December.


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rights used to be available once a show closed on Broadway. “Now it’s after every tire of every truck has stopped, if every tour has stopped running,” Fillbrandt said. Depending on the show, performance rights can cost thousands of dollars, making big-budget musicals a risky venture under the best of conditions. The Spotlight Theater is no stranger to financial hardship, but artistic director Jarred Clowes said he thinks the Broadway series is a good thing for the local performing community. “I always think the more opportunities there are for people to go to the theater, the more people will think about going to the theater,” Clowes said. But he is quick to point out that the Broadway in Bakersfield shows are not “national tours,” which play the largest cities for multiple performances and feature name actors; instead, they are “busand-truck” shows, which play one or two nights in mid-size cities. Clowes looks at these tours as an inducement for people to get out of the house, and once encouraged, they are more willing to check out local productions. “We actually advertise in (Broadway in Bakersfield) programs,” Clowes said. “It’s very good for us.” Rabobank acting general manager Ed Dorsey said he hopes the theater isn’t becoming “the big bad guy” in this situation, noting that Chicago-based Jam Theatricals books the tours.


Alan Jay Lerner’s and Frederick Loewe’s immortal “My Fair Lady” (Jan. 10) has been nicknamed “the perfect musical,” for its grand ensemble pieces, unforgettable hit songs and the masterful transformation of George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” about linguistic and confirmed bachelor Henry Higgins’ determination to transform Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and pass her off as a grand lady before English society. The musical, which debuted in 1956, made a star of the original Eliza, Julie Andrews, and revived the career of Rex Harrison as the first Henry Higgins, who not only won a Tony Award, but also an Oscar for the film version of the show. For its time, Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” (Jan. 24) was a daring show. A musical treatment of one of the stories from James Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific,” the musical recounts two romances, one between the mysterious middle-aged French plantation owner Emile Le Becque and his two racially mixed children, and Nellie Forbush, a young U.S. Navy nurse from Arkansas, and the other between Marine Lt. Joe Cable and an island girl, set against fighting in the Pacific theater of World War II. “South Pacific” also deals with the two Americans’ struggle to overcome their racial prejudices. Playwrights George Abbott and Douglass Wallop imagined “Faust” as farce, mixed it with major league baseball, and “Damn Yankees” (Feb. 20) was the result. Middle-aged Joe Boyd is willing to sell his soul for a “long ball hitter,” to help his losing team, the Washington Senators beat the “damn Yankees.” The Devil, named “Mr. Applegate,” suddenly appears and makes Joe a deal: he will become the

But he said he hopes that offering a Broadway series encourages people to pursue live entertainment. “All of us are working to get events to all of our venues and motivate people to get out and see all of the things in Bakersfield,” Dorsey said. “It gets people off their couches, away from the TVs, Xboxes, TiVos.” Dorsey said his personal observation is that residents are regularly attending gallery openings, First Fridays, shows and other events around town. Meanwhile, Fillbrandt said BMT is trying to adjust. In addition to “My Fair Lady,” BMT is offering an original musical comedy “Wrinkles,” about middle-aged life, along with “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” packaged for children, plus “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” “We’re trying to put on shows that are different from what they’re bringing in,” Fillbrandt. “We’ve dropped the price down to 20 bucks and we’re trying to appeal to different audiences.” Clowes said the Spotlight has also adapted to changing times. “We take a long time deciding what we’re going to do and when,” Clowes said. Currently, Spotlight is running “Sweeney Todd,” a dark story perfect for this time of year. “It’s doing very well,” Clowes said. “We’re spending less money and getting more for it.” young “Joe Hardy,” a great long ball hitter and help the Senators win — in exchange for his soul. The original 1955 production launched the careers of Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse. ABBA fans are responsible for the global hit that is “Mamma Mia!” (March 8). Hit songs by the Swedish pop quartet are the real stars of this comedy, which reunites a middle-aged woman and three former lovers, one whom is the father of her soonto-be-married daughter. Bakersfield has had a rocky history in attracting even a single touring show — let alone a series. Rabobank acting general manager Ed Dorsey remembers when the only show that came to Bakersfield was “Cats,” (which recently marked its seventh visit here). “It was the only show other than ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’ that had really come to Bakersfield as a national tour,” Dorsey said. “We had a partnership with Clear Channel, but then 9/11 happened,” Dorsey said. “We had ‘Les Miserables’ just a few weeks after that.” Dorsey said efforts to present touring shows were dormant for the next few years, but then Jam Theatricals experimented with “Lord of the Dance” for a single night, and sold out the house. “That sort of got their interest in the market and got us to where we are now,” Dorsey said. Dorsey said while the capacity of the Rabobank Theater is 3,000 people, only about 2,300 seats are available for sale, due to line-of-sight problems. “People would only be able to see 60 to 70 percent of the show,” Dorsey said. Dorsey said the remaining tickets sell well, with three-fourths of the shows in a series selling out.

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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, November 3, 2011

Eye Street GO&DO Today Nyceria, 9 p.m., Fishlips, 1517 18th St. Free. 324-2557. Bookseller’s Book Group, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, in the cafe, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. California Art Education State Conference, “Preserving the Arts Through Creativity and Advocacy,” with keynote speakers, 8 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. 626-264-2791. Bingo, warmups start at 5 p.m., with early birds at 6 p.m., regular games at 6:30 p.m., Volunteer Center of Kern County, 2801 F St. From $20 buy-in to “the works.” 395-9787

Friday Second annual Bakersfield Rescue “Mission Cup,” 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kern River Golf Course, 13020 Rudal Road. $85 includes entry fee, green fee, golf cart, token and lunch. 325-0863 or 472-5754. Annual Fall Holiday Bazaar, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Bakersfield Community House, 2020 R St. 327-8835 First Friday Downtown, featuring live music, art openings, specialty shops, galleries and boutiques, artists will set up their artwork, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Arts District. Email or 634-9598. FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “Meek’s Cutoff,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. or call 4280354. Guild House First Friday, with live music by Ken Fahsbender and Larry Peahl, appetizers, dessert and wine, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Guild House, 1905 18th St. 325-5478. $10. Paleo Digs at Ernst Quarries near Sharktooth Hill, eight hours of hunting per day, keep all teeth and fossils (some exceptions apply), Friday through Sunday, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $85 single day; $160 two-day; $225 three-day. Attendees must be members of the museum. 3246350. Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Series, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $15 to $60 plus fee. or 800-7453000. Laugh'n on the Links Comedy Show, with Chris Storin, Aaron Stewart and Igor Chichcowski, 8:30 p.m., The Links at River Lakes Ranch, 5201 River Lakes Drive. $10 in advanced; $15 at the door. 3332151.

Saturday 13th annual Star Light Masquerade Ball, social hour 6:30 p.m. dinner 7:30 p.m., Benz Corporate Office, 1401 Goodrick Drive, Tehachapi. $75 per person. 8226519.

14th 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, 4200 Empire Drive. $20 run registration fee. 636-1305. 15th annual Arts & Crafts Faire, with over 30 vendors, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3700 Union Ave. Free. 325-0929 29th Annual Bakersfield Police Memorial Run, 2k, 5k and 10 k races, registration at 6 a.m.; races begin 8 a.m., the Park at River Walk, 11200 Stockdale Highway. $25 advance by Nov. 3; $30 race day. or 326-3685. BC Football vs. Cerritos, 7 p.m., Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive. $3-$12 depending on area of seating. 395-4326 Certified Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St. CSUB Jazz Coffeehouse, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., CSUB, Student Union, Multipurpose Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $5 students/seniors, free to students with ID. 654-6142. Cubensis-Grateful Dead Tribute, 9 p.m., Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $10. 21 & over only. 324-2557. Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brimhall Square, 9500 Brimhall Road. First American Heroes Car Show, presented by Calvary Chapel Bakersfield; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beach Park, 3400 21st St. Free to spectators; $35 to enter car show. Proceeds benefit Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County. 760-793-3799. Fourth annual Holiday Craft Boutique, benefitting the 2012 Relay for Life; with over 30 vendors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, parking lot, 6501 Truxtun Ave. 3222206. From Sand & Gravel to Gold & Diamonds, Rocks, Minerals & Crystals in everyday life, presented by geologist Tim Elam, 3 to 4 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $7. 3246350. Garden Project Community Meeting, learn how to plant your own vegetable garden, 10 to noon a.m., St. Luke Anglican Church, 2730 Mall View Road. 332-3204. Holiday Decorating Workshop, create attractive focal points, 10 a.m. to noon, Beladagio, 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 705. Free. 829-2288. Just for Kids, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $7 adults; $5 students with ID, seniors; $4 for children under 18; 5 and under are free. Members are free. 324-6350 Kaiser Permanente Second annual Get Fit 5K Fun Run, health and fitness expo, rock wall, Bobo the Clown, activities for children, run begins at Medical Office Building, 8800 Ming Ave., and

goes through CSUB campus, registration 7 a.m., run from 9 a.m. to noon. $25. 334-2088. Monster Truck Spectacular, gates open at 5 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Grandstand, 1142 S. P St. $17 advance; $15 ages 3-12; $20 at the gate; $15 ages 3-12, free under age 2. or 322-5200. Used Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, 6501 Truxtun Ave. Books: hardbacks, $2; paperback, 50 cents. 862-7145. Work Like A Dog Day II, visitors can work, tour, and visit or adopt a dog, free pizza lunch served at noon, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., ALPHA Canine Sanctuary. or call 391-8212 for directions.

Sunday Bakersfield Comic-Con Comic Book & Fantasy, with dealers, door prizes, special guests and more, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $5 adults; free for children under 8. Gordon Lightfoot, 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $30-$55. or 322-5200. Psychobilly Mayhem Fest, featuring Devil Doll, Craic Haus and D.I., 2:30 to 11 p.m., The Dome, 2201 V St. $12 advance; $15 at the door; $8 kids 15 and under. 327-0190. Veterans Day Breakfast, 9 a.m., Kern Law Enforcement Association, 3417 Pegasus Drive. Free for Military Veterans and their families. 392-4430.

THEATER “A Lesson Before Dying,” Part of the “One Book One Bakersfield” community reading project, 8 p.m. today through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, CSUB, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10 adults; $8 seniors/faculty/staff; $5 students with ID. 654-3150. “Love, Sex and the IRS,” doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $45 to $55; show-only tickets $35; matinee $45 to $50. 325-6100. “Sweeney Todd,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $25; $22 students/seniors. 634-0692 or “The Phantom of the Melodrama,” followed by the vaudeville revue “Merry Olde England” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “Wrinkles,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield High School, in Harvey Auditorium, 1241 G St. $20 adults. 325-6100. Auditions, for “Marate Sade,” 10 to 1 p.m. Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 327-PLAY. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Ice House, 3401 Chester

Ave., Suite M. Adults: $5, children under 12 are $1. 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 Art Reception for “Mazatlan Doorways,” symbols of hope and despair, by artist Linda Brown, 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Free. 869-2320. Artists Reception of “Wake Up & Smell the Coffee,” group art show, 6 to 8 pm. Friday, Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 6340806. “Hands-On Perspective” Workshop, by Duane Anderson, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Art Classes, in drawing, watercolor, oils, color theory, for beginners and advanced, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Art for Healing program, classes that alleviate stress, resulting from illness or grief. All classes are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A Street. Visit mercybakersfield. org/art or to register, 632-5357. Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, offers youth art, clay sculpture, stained glass, and silver jewelry, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. For times and dates call 327-7507. The Art Shop Club, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. 322-0544, 5897463 or 496-5153. West High School student artwork on display, through November, The Dream Center & Coffee House, 1212 18th St. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 327-2402.

MUSIC Acoustic Kern River Brewing Company, 13415 Sierra Highway, Kernville, 760-376-2337; Slideways with Billy Russell, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Bluegrass Guthrie’s Alley Cat, 1525 Wall St., 324-6328; Grassoholics, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Classic Rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Ruby Street, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; No Limit, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Country Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; Buddy Alan Owens & the Buckaroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Still Kick’n, 7 p.m. Friday; Road Dawgs, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Dancing 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. Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

DJ Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; with DJ Casey Overstreet, 9 p.m. Fridays. Tam O'Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; DJ's Redeemed and So Fly, 8:30 p.m. Friday. 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; DJ James, 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Free. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; Deejay Redeemed, Deejay SoFly and more, 8:30 p.m. Friday. $5. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring local artists, along with 24 wines, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; featuring Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St., 4274900; Mauro and Rico Velazquez, 7 p.m. Thursday. The Nile, Jazz Music, 6 p.m. every Sunday. Cost $10 at 1721 19th St. 364-2620.

Karaoke B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays. Banacek’s Lounge, 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at 4601 State Road. 387-9224. Banacek’s Lounge, 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at 4601 State Road. 387-9224. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Cactus Valley, 6 to 10 p.m. every Thursday at 4215 Rosedale Highway. 633-1948.


Thursday, November 3, 2011 The Bakersfield Californian

Eye Street Cactus Valley Mexican Restaurant, 4215 Rosedale Highway, 633-1948; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday; beer pong and happy hour all day Sunday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. karaoke. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday at 4200 New Stine Road. 3975000. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. every Saturday. Corona’s Cantina, 9817 S. Union Ave., 3458463; 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Del Rio Cocktail Lounge, 5840 State Road, 393-0262; 8 p.m. every Saturday. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Le Corusse Rouge, 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 4647 White Lane. 834-1611. Lone Oak Inn, 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 10612 Rosedale Highway. 5890412. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 366-3261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Pour House, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 4041 Fruitvale Ave. 589-9300. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Rocket Shop Cafe, 8:30 p.m. to midnight every Saturday at 2000 S. Union Ave. 8324800. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 3987077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Sports & Spirits, 9 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday at 6633 Ming Ave. 398-7077. Sports & Spirits, 9 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday at 6633 Ming Ave. 398-7077. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; with Irish Monkey Entertainment, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Tejon Club, 6 to 10 p.m. every Saturday at 117 El Tejon Ave. 392-1747. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 3973599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. The Playhouse Lounge, 7 to 10 p.m. every Sunday at 2915 Taft Highway. 397-3599. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 8311413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. The Prime Cut, 9 p.m. every Friday at 9500 Brimhall Road. 831-1413. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 871-4140; 8:30 p.m. every other Friday. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 1440 Weedpatch Highway. 363-5102.

Latin/Salsa DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, 6331949; various levels, 3 to 9 p.m. every Sunday. $5 per person, per lesson.

Mariachi Camino Real Restaurant, 6 to 9 p.m. every Sunday at 3500 Truxtun Ave. 852-0493.

Music showcase The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 8311413; featuring local artists, 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday.

Oldies KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 322-9910; Jimmy Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Halls, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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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 Truce Band, 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

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Open Mic

Wed., 11/9 at 10 a.m. The Fort 915 N 10th St. Taft

Fishlips, 1517 18th St., 324-2557; Bakotopia Unplugged Open-Mic Night, 8 p.m., signups begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Open Mic. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Reggae/ska B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Mike Pinto, Big B and Dub Seed, 6 p.m. Saturday. $11.

Thur., 11/10 at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Clarion Hotel 3540 Rosedale Hwy. Bakersfield

Rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; The Aviators, 9 p.m. Friday. $5. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 3256864, Purple Haze tribute to Jimi Hendrix featuring Ralph Woodson, 9 p.m. Friday. $10. Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 633-1000, Dance Gavin Dance, 6 p.m. Thursday. $16. Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 633-1000; Millionaires, 6 to 11 p.m. Monday. $10. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday.

Top 40 DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111; 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Friday.

Thur.,11/17 at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Clarion Hotel 3540 Rosedale Hwy. Bakersfield



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Trivia night Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Chuy’s, 2500 New Stine Road, 833-3469; 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

Variety Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St., 427-4900; Sunday Funday with local bands, 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Elevation 406, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday.

UPCOMING Monday 11/7 Senior Discovery Days, for seniors 60 and older receive 50 percent off admission, 10 percent discount in the gift store, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. 872-2256. Volunteer Mentor Orientation, for Garden Pathways, 6 to 7 p.m., 3509 Union Ave. 633-9133.

Tuesday 11/8 “Should We Ration Health Care to the Elderly?,” lecture by Dr. David A. Goldstein, 7 p.m., Bakersfield College, Norman Levan Center, 1801 Panorama Drive. Free admission and free parking. 395-4339.

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