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Famed troubadour at Spotlight Guitar, mandolin master set for intimate show Sunday BY PAT EVANS Contributing writer

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y brother Marty gets around — even some places he’d rather not get around to, since he’s a captain and career attorney in the U.S. Navy. Because of all the hip places Marty has lived — Baghdad aside — he’s been delighted to see John McCutcheon several times. The first time was a lark, but Marty was amazed and became a loyal fan. Me? Even though we’ve always stocked some McCutcheon titles, I’ve never listened to them, and I don’t recall ever selling any. But ever since our record store started putting on shows 15 years ago, Marty has been asking me when McCutcheon is coming to Bakersfield so I can crawl out from underneath my “rock.” Have you ever had this experience? You finally open your eyes to something amazing right underneath your nose? Well, last summer I finally looked into John McCutcheon: He’s widely regarded as the best player around of the hammered dulcimer and known as a master on guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle and piano. I listened to some songs and watched some live clips. Whoa! I’ve owned a record store for going on 29 years. How could I have been so oblivious? I contacted his agent and after being politely told that John’s California dates were already booked and that maybe we could get a date in 2012, I got the news a couple of weeks later that Jan. 9, 2011 was a possibility. The agent asked where John would play, and I told him about the Spotlight Theatre. “Ninety-nine seats?” came the astonished reply. “Ninety-nine seats for John McCutcheon? You’re kidding, right?” Since I do shows in Bakersfield, I’m used to this part. This is where I have to explain that, musically, Bakersfield is not really in California; it is surrounded by California. Yes, it’s Buck’s town and Merle’s town, with a rich music history. But unless a music group or artist had a radio hit in the ’60s or ’70s it’s not easy to get people to go. Then I made my case for the Spotlight Theatre. Sure, the Spotlight is way too small for a world-class musician who has toured the globe nearly four decades. But because of the incredible acoustics, views and intimacy of the Spotlight, John McCutcheon has his best chance of flooring folks and turning them into fans who will drag their friends to future, larger John McCutcheon shows. The agent contacted McCutcheon, who was touring Australia at the time, and John gave his approval for the date. John McCutcheon, born in Wisconsin in 1952, carries on the ancient traditions of the troubadour: to entertain, to inform, to revive, to engage and to encourage. His shows are fun and funny, but also enable the audience to consider past and present news from the perspective of the classic observer, in the tradition of Mark Twain, Will Rogers and Woody Guthrie. McCutcheon’s lyrics are often humorous, but also poignant and provocative as evidenced by his 1986 piece “Christmas in the Trenches,” which recounts an actual World

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John McCutcheon performs at the Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City, Kan., in 2007.

John McCutcheon with Tamera Mahan and Friends openings When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Spotlight Theater, 1622 19th St. Tickets: $25 and $20; 831-3100

War I temporary truce. An excerpt of the stirring lyrics from that song: “My name is Francis Tolliver. I come from Liverpool. Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school. To Belgium and to Flanders to Germany to here, I fought for King and country I love dear. “‘Twas Christmas in the trenches, where the frost so bitter hung. “The frozen fields of France were still, no Christmas song was sung. Our families back in England were toasting us that day, “their brave and glorious lads so far away. “I was lying with my messmate on the cold and rocky ground. “When across the lines of battle, came a most peculiar sound. “Says I,‘Now listen up, me boys!’ each soldier strained to hear, “as one young German voice sang out so clear. “‘He’s singing bloody well, you know!’ my partner says to me. “Soon one by one each German voice joined in in harmony. The cannons rested silent, the gas clouds rolled no more. As Christmas brought us respite from the war. “As soon as they were finished and a reverent pause was spent, “‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ struck up some lads from Kent. The next they sang was ‘Stille Nacht,’‘Tis ‘Silent Night’,” says I.

And in two tongues one song filled up that sky. “There’s someone coming towards us!," the front-line sentry cried. All sights were fixed on one lone figure coming from their side. His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shone on that plain so bright, as he bravely strode unarmed into the night. “Soon one by one on either side walked into No Man’s land. “With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand. “We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well. “And in a flare-lit soccer game we gave ’em hell. “We traded chocolates, cigarettes, and photographs from home, “these sons and fathers far away from families of their own.” McCutcheon’s latest album, “Passage,” was released in October and contains several songs dealing with recent news, as told from the perspective of the common man. I’ve enjoyed the album’s music and its refreshing, contemporary topics. I’m also impressed by the guest musicians and vocalists: Kathy Mattea, Suzy Bogguss, Tim and Mollie O’Brien and Stuart Duncan. The speaker in the album’s first song, “One More Day,” is a coal miner who survived last year’s Massey Mine explosion in West Virginia. I am very grateful that John McCutcheon is no longer in my blind spot. A wonderfully rich musical moment will happen this Sunday night as poet John McCutcheon and his staggering array of instruments appear on the Spotlight Theater stage. Be one of the lucky 99 to start your year on a high note. — Pat Evans owns World Records downtown and books and promotes concerts like this one.


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Index John McCutcheon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Talent contest at Maya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Arts Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Ultimate Bridal Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 “Grease” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24-27

Jammin’ in the morning, jammin’ in the evening, jammin’ at suppertime Bluegrass blowout starts tonight at DoubleTree Hotel BY MATT MUNOZ Bakotopia.com editor mmunoz@bakersfield.com

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ocal pickers shouldn’t plan on much rest this weekend. Back for four days of nonstop music beginning tonight at the DoubleTree Hotel, the Great 48 Hour Bluegrass Jam promises to test the endurance of every musician and listener in the house. Bakersfield bluegrass aficionado and co-organizer Kelvin Gregory, who has been helping oversee the event since its inception in 2008, did his best to describe the weekend gathering for those looking to expand their musical palate. Sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association, the event is free to the public. “There will be jamming in the halls, jamming in the rooms, jamming everywhere,” he said. “Walk in, introduce yourself and start jamming.” Bluegrass music has enjoyed a swell of popularity with mixed audiences over the past decade, thanks in part to popular films like 2000’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and young hip musicians who’ve helped the sound evolve. With roots dating back to the late 1930s, its combination of ragtime, country and jazz is usually traced to musician Bill Monroe, considered to be the “founding father” of bluegrass music. The genre’s distinct sound comes from the instrumentation of guitar, fiddle, stand-up bass, Dobro, banjo and mandolin. Introduced to many American households via musicians Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ opening theme for ’60s TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies,” the music has gone from the backwoods to Hollywood. No longer just thought of as “hillbilly” music, bluegrass has devoted followers in many cities across the country, including here in Bakersfield. “I wouldn’t say we have a robust scene like they do in Northern California, where the music is really happening, but I do consider it a blossoming scene,” Gregory said.

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Los Angeles-based bluegrass band The Brombies will be performing during the Great 48 Hour Bluegrass Jam tonight.

The Great 48 Hour Bluegrass Jam When: 7:30 tonight through Sunday Where: DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court Admission: Free for workshops and weekend concerts; Brombies concert tonight: $17.50 to $20 Information: 587-5222, 5898249 or cbaontheweb.org

“It was pretty much non-existent until about three years ago.” Encouraged to continue building on his love for the music, Gregory points to the enthusiasm of fans and musicians who wanted the event to carry on after the demise of another local bluegrass event, Supergrass. Originally held inside the Rabobank Convention Center in 2006 and 2007, its ending left fans with only one option: keep jamming.

“The last year Supergrass was held, it wasn’t a good financial success for the CBA,” said Gregory. “Out of that end, this event kind of sprang up. A lot of people just started showing up ready to play with people they’d met. Most of our musicians like to show up and jam music anyway, not go to shows.” Since then, Gregory has been helping fans keep abreast of current bluegrass music events through his free monthly newsletter. Watching their audiences grow over the past three years, Gregory is confident they’re here to stay. “We keep always doubling our attendance, from 35 to 40 people the first year, to 90 the following year. Now we’re expecting about 300 to 350 people over the weekend.” Ensuring a welcome atmosphere and activity for everyone in attendance, organizers have taken space and sound concerns into consideration. “The hotel has blocked off a sec-

tion of rooms towards the back to be used for the BGA. Our members will be staying in that area. They’ll be music everywhere,” Gregory said. “Strap your guitar on your shoulder and start walkin’. Introduce yourself and start jammin’.” In addition to plenty of serious playing time, a series of hourlong workshops will be held throughout the weekend, where attendees from beginning to advanced can get instruction from some of the best players in the scene. “It’s a great place to get up close and personal, plus ask questions about all the instruments, style and technique,” said Gregory. Kicking off the festivities tonight will be a “welcome” concert by Los Angeles-based band, The Brombies. Friday will make way for more arrivals and session playing, then on Saturday the real fun begins with the popular Band Scramble/Open Mic, where musicians will throw their name into a bucket associated with their

instrument before being paired up to perform together onstage later that evening. “It’s not hard to learn. I call it, ‘hillbilly jazz’ — very improvisational and free music to play, with not a lot of boundaries. It’s a very social music to play too,” said Gregory. Sunday will see a continuation of the marathon jam sessions with time to bid farewell until they meet again. Adding that the event encourages participation of every kind, from listening to performing, Gregory’s enthusiasm should convince the curious to attend. “Most people will jam all night until they hear the birds in the morning, and wear it as a badge of honor. They sleep until about 10 to 11 a.m. and start all over. I’ve turned a lot of people onto the music, but they really have no idea what to expect until they see it in person. They really enjoy it.” Admission is free to the public all weekend long, except for tonight’s concert with The Brombies.


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t’s with a strong potion of excitement, gratitude and disbelief that we look to Friday night for the 13th season and the 76th show of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series! This show, featuring one of the most renowned harmonica players of all time, plus a harmonica-playing vocalist whose star is on a steep trajectory, would make Matthias Hohner beam with pride since his name is synonymous with the instrument. Over the past 12 seasons, the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series has enjoyed the best harmonica players in the world. Including Rod Piazza, who toplines Friday’s show with his Mighty Flyers, there have been these masters of the instrument: Rick Estrin, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Kim Wilson, James Harman, Mark Wenner and Whiteboy James. Seeing those names all together, and remembering all those shows … it’s a bit of an overload for my memory! Since this show will feature two bands fronted by harmonica players, let’s take a moment to consider the instrument. The harmonica’s existence was first documented in Vienna, Austria, sometime around 1825. In 1857, Matthias Hohner, a clockmaker from southern Germany, became the first person to mass-produce harmonicas. Hohner sent some to his relatives in the United States, where harmonicas quickly became popular with soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Finally, here was an instrument that was inexpensive, small and portable. In an era where education was less common, the harmonica could be taken up by those who were not musically trained. President Lincoln is known to have kept a harmonica in his pocket. A harmonica is a series of adjoining chambers that each have a flat, rectangular piece, called a reed, fastened on one end of the chamber and loose on the other end. When air is blown or drawn through the chamber, the reed vibrates, producing a note. Sounds easy enough, but over the years I’ve seen many local harmonica players shaking their head as they watch those who make their living as masters and innovators of the instrument. Over their 30-year run, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have three times been named Band of the Year by the National Blues Society. Rod’s career stretches back to the ’60s when he studied Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and was mentored by George “Harmonica” Smith. Early on, Piazza was recognized as a leader of the West Coast Blues scene, which infused classic Chicago blues with elements of swing and jazz. Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have visited the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues series four times already, much to our

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Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers headline a show at the DoubleTree Hotel.

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delight. I had the pleasure of speaking by phone with Rod’s award-winning, MONSTER-piano-playing wife, Honey, last week. She said they have heard a lot about John Nemeth and have been looking forward to this chance to finally see him. As I already said, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have been at this a while and they are not about to be shown up. What was that line in the recent TV commercial? “When banks compete, you win” or something like that. Well, when bands compete, we win! John Nemeth rolls into town with a lot of momentum. After leaving his Boise home six years ago to tour and absorb the music that spoke to him, Nemeth has released his third album, “Name the Day!” and important folks are sitting up and taking notice. Elvin Bishop called our store last week to check in. When I told him that we had John Nemeth coming up, Elvin said, “You’re lucky to get him while you can afford him. I haven’t seen anyone with this much talent in many years. He’s gonna get huge!” Rick Estrin and the Nightcats are on break for a few weeks and their heavyweight guitarist, Norwegian Christoffer ‘Kid’ Andersen, is coming to town to join his buddy John Nemeth for the show. So it’s going to go like this: John Nemeth and his band are going to absolutely blow us away. Then Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers will come in breathing fire, determined to take back the show. Hohner would certainly be wideeyed at the spectacle. — Pat Evans is founder of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series.

NEMETH CD TOO CONVENTIONAL BY MATT MUNOZ Bakotopia.com editor mmunoz@bakersfield.com

CD Review: “Name The Day” — John Nemeth Blue-eyed soul singer John Nemeth could use some booze in his blues. The Bay Area transplant from Idaho who’s earned his stripes touring with the likes of blues guitarist Junior Watson and others, doesn’t bother straying far from the safety of rhythm ‘n’ blues 101 on his polished new CD, “Name The Day.” And that’s too bad. Nemeth’s pipes certainly have the strength and dynamic range of some of the best in the contemporary blues world. The problem: it’s too clean. Having heard my share of independently released blues CDs that trickle across my desk, Nemeth struck me as an artist suffering from an identity crisis. While he energetically funks it up like Otis Redding being backed by James Brown on “Breakin’ Free,” the CD’s opening track, I expected a lot of fire from a soulful holy man on a mission. Instead, the production makes it sound like one of those annoying Motown “tribute” CDs where things are so pitch-perfect and well-timed, it borders on bland. He can play his harp, but like most of the CD, I lost interest by track three. In the studio, Nemeth sounds more Michael Buble than BB King. Maybe next time he should try getting his hands dirty recording live at a dive bar with some rabid blues fans who don’t take kindly to the concept of “clean.” Let’s hope Bakersfield gets to see an edgier side to Nemeth when he hits the stage Friday night.


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In the result of a tie, the theater’s general manager, Maria Soto, will help decide the winner. Although this is the first musical contest for Maya, the theater hosted a birthday cake competition in honor of its first anniversary in July. (Keepsake Kakes was voted best for its neapolitan-flavored, movie theater-themed cake, complete with popcorn and soda.) Maya has also hosted a variety of community events, including collaborations with KRAB Radio and Russo’s Books. Next up for the theater in February is a fundraiser for Spotlight Theatre themed around the animated fantasy “Gnomeo and Juliet.” Artists from Bakersfield Emerging Contemporary Artists (which Jameson founded) will paint gnomes provided by Spotlight, which will then be auctioned to support the downtown theater. The gnomes will be on display at Maya on Feb. 11. Also in a bid to promote local artists, Jameson said she’s consulting the Arts Council of Kern for a movie-themed art contest. Winning art would be enlarged and displayed in the framed insets along the theater’s exterior in time for Maya’s second anniversary in July.

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Eye Street Camille Gavin CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST

Spotlight’s new jack-of-all-trades Steven Littles staying busy on, off the stage

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ne of the new faces at Spotlight Theatre is Steven Littles, an actor who, as a volunteer staff assistant, also handles a number of off-stage roles at the 19th Street playhouse. “I’m the point guy for everything and everybody,” Littles said. “One day I’m building sets, the next day I’m organizing a fundraiser or coordinating a meeting.” The 22-year-old Bakersfield native also appears in “Zanna, Don’t,” which opens this evening at Spotlight. And he’s one of two coordinators — Matt Swatzell is the other half of the team — of Spotlight Junior, the theater’s instructional arm. Littles, a theater major at Cal State Bakersfield, previously attended Fresno State. He returned here last year to learn more about theater management by way of an internship at Spotlight under the tutelage of Hal Friedman, general manager. “I’m basically the administrator for Spotlight Junior, in charge of taking enrollments,” he said. “Matt is the director of the music classes.” Instruction is open to ages 6 to adult. Classes begin on Jan. 22 and include advanced acting, vocal dynamics, vocal performance and dancing. As for his own acting resume, Littles played the part of Newt Lee in last spring’s “Parade” at Spotlight and in this season’s opening show, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” For the latter role he learned a new skill,

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A reception honoring artist Charlotte White will be held Friday at Dagny’s. White is well-known for her onlocation paintings of street scenes and local structures, including the Fox Theater, Padre Hotel and Guild House. She also is in charge of placing exhibits in businesses throughout the metropolitan area for artists affiliated with the Bakersfield Art Association.

When: 7 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. Admission: $25, $20 students Information: 634-0692

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Bakersfield native Steven Littles appears in “Zanna, Don’t,” which opens this evening at Spotlight Theatre.

tap dancing, courtesy of Marvin Ramey. He’s also set for a part in the theater’s summer production of “Dreamgirls.” “Zanna, Don’t,” is the first in this year’s Spotlight Series, which is designed for mature audiences. It’s set in a high school where homosexuality is the norm and anyone who’s heterosexual is looked down upon. Alex Neal is the director. The cast includes Perrin Swanson, Catt Lopez, Sarah Tilsch, Jerrod Von, Zach Gonzalez, Nick Ono, Tessa Ogles and Kayla Frare. Performances continue through Jan. 15.

Raven’s solo exhibit A reception opening a new exhibit by Jen Raven will be held this evening at The Foundry. Although her work has been exhibited in several local venues, this is the artist’s first solo exhibit. Raven, a self-taught fine artist, was raised a “military brat” who lived in four different parts of the

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United States and in Lago Patria, Italy, during her growing up years, according to art consultant Nicole Browning. She moved here in 1995 and attended Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield. Following the opening there will be no admission charge for viewing the exhibit during the Foundry’s usual business hours — 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday — until Jan. 28.

BAA reception for Carrick An exhibit of Beverly Carrick’s vibrantly colored landscapes, seascapes and desert scenes opens Friday at the Bakersfield Art Association’s Art Center. Carrick is a Bakersfield native who looked forward to a promising career as a ballerina until she was 12, when she lost one leg due to bone cancer. She redirected her passion into visual art as an adult. Her work has been shown at galleries in Monterey and other parts of California. Since returning to Bakersfield, she has become an active member of the local arts community. She will talk about how to subtly blend colors and other techniques

Former Bakersfield resident Deanna Devore, who now lives on the Central Coast, will be in town Saturday for a show at the Intimate Theatre & Music Hall. “Most people here will remember her as Deanna Johnson,” said theater owner David Zent. “She was one of the founders of the old Oildale melodrama.” Pianist Jim Barnett, with whom she often performs, will accompany her and Zent in a program of Broadway show tunes and cabaret songs. “Jim is one of those guys who can sit down at a piano and make it come alive like it’s breathing,” Zent said. Meanwhile, auditions are being held today through Wednesday for the Intimate’s next musical production, “The Princess Bride,” which will open on Feb. 4. Call the theater, 323-1976, to make an appointment.

Omnipresent’s African folk tale Master puppeteer Don Kruszka describes “A Tale of Two Sisters” as an African Cinderella story that is comical, touching and a lesson in kindness. It’s about two sisters, Naomi and Mara, one of whom is vain and greedy and determined to become a queen. Morning and afternoon performances are scheduled for Saturday at the Gaslight Theatre and also on Jan. 15 and 22.

‘Dine In, Take Out’ Opening reception: 5 to 9 p.m. today Admission: $5 Where: The Foundry, 1700 Chester Ave. Information: 301-3283

Beverly Carrick Retrospective Reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Where: BAA Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Admission: Free Information: 869-2320

Charlotte White exhibit Reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Where: Dagny’s, 1600 20th St. Admission: Free Information: 869-2320

Omnipresent Puppet Theatre’s ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’ When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday Where: Gaslight Melodrama & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive Admission: $6 Information: 587-3377

‘Broadway Classics’ When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Intimate Theatre & Music Hall, 2030 19th St. Admission: $10 Information: 323-1976


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Set wedding date with great care Consult wedding planner to avoid possible conflicts BY MAUREEN BUSCHER-DANG Contributing writer

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lanning the date for a wedding, family reunion or fundraising event is one of the most critical decisions you will make. The coming year contains lots of opportunities for date-related successes, as well as failures. Even a British royal couple had to wrestle with the 2011 calendar before finally settling on Friday, April 29, for their wedding at Westminster Abbey. Prince William and his fiancée, Kate Middleton, sought to avoid dates that conflicted with national events. The prince pushed for a date early in the year because he vowed to be married by the time he was 28. (He turns 29 on June 21.) Adding frosting to their wedding cake, so to speak, the date they selected is the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, whose name Middleton shares. Besides checking out local events with such groups as the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and Kern County Board of Trade, Kern County couples and others scheduling gatherings in 2011 can browse the Internet for advice on good and bad dates. Experienced planners and vendors for such services as food catering and flowers also have their eyes on the calendar and can steer wedding couples and others in the right direction. “Couples are smart to ask professionals for help in making important decisions, such as picking the date,” said Ann McCright, organizer of Sunday’s Ultimate Bridal Event at the Bakersfield Convention Center. “A false start, a bad decision can result in expensive changes and fewer choices, not to mention a disappointed bride.” McCright noted predictably “hot dates” in 2011 will include Friday, April 29, the date of the royal wedding. But a play on numbers also puts Saturday, Sept. 10 (9-10-11) and Friday, Nov. 11 (11-11-11) at the top of the “easy-toremember” date list. “Once the royal family announced the April wedding date, the calls started,” said Lisa Leopard, special events manager at Maloy O’Neill Vineyards in Paso Robles, who will be at the local event Sunday. “We’ve already had several inquiries for Sept. 10 and Nov. 11 too. I expect we will be booked for all of those dates very soon.” Some couples will use astrology to set their dates. For example, if the bride or groom is an Aries, the prediction is that on Sept. 28, “you’ll not only be the stars of your own day, you’ll also have beautifully written vows.” Some cultures, notably Chinese and Hindu, designate “auspicious wedding dates,” dates that will bring good fortune and luck. Check specific cultural

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Prince William and Kate Middleton appear at a November photo call to mark their engagement.

charts for guidance. As we round the corner into the new year, I became intrigued by the good and bad choices that loomed ahead. “Popular dates will always book fast, so it’s important to stay on top of it and book your venue first if you really want a special date,” advised Colleen Bauer, wedding coordinator and owner of Fairy Godmother. Once the venue is secured, Bauer suggests quickly booking vendors like the photographer, DJ, videographer and wedding coordinator, professionals who typically handle only one wedding per day. Most event planners will advise couples to avoid holiday dates, when people you invite would rather be someplace else. For 2011, these include Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 17), President’s Day (Feb. 21), Memorial Day (May 30), Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day (Sept. 5), Columbus Day (Oct. 10), Thanksgiving (Nov. 24), Christmas (Dec. 25) and New Year’s (Jan. 1). When holidays create threeday weekends, couples are advised against booking the entire weekend. Other holidays that may snag your event include Mother’s Day (May 8), Father’s Day (June 19) and Halloween (Oct. 31). There’s some debate over scheduling a wedding or event on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14). Although it is one of the most popular holidays for couples to tie the knot, it is also one of the most expensive because of the high demand. Various religious and cultural holidays, including Palm Sunday (April 17), Easter Sunday (April 24), Chinese New Year (Feb. 3), Passover (April 20), Ramadan (month-long, beginning Aug. 1), Yom Kippur (Oct. 8), Hanukkah (Dec. 21-28) and Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) may interfere with attendance. Heads up on scheduling your wedding on April 1, unless it’s OK that someday someone may claim it was a joke. You may want to avoid the dates of big sporting events, such as the Super Bowl (Feb. 6), the World Series (mid- to late October), the World Cup (June 11

Ultimate Bridal Event Local couples can get expert advice on topics ranging from setting their wedding date to cutting the cost of receptions and honeymoons at the Ultimate Bridal Event, co-sponsored by The Californian, on Sunday at the Bakersfield Convention Center. Under one roof, couples will find more than 100 experts, including photographers, florists, wedding planners and caterers, who can work with any budget. Doors to the event will open at noon, with displays and shows scheduled until 4 p.m. Go to ultimatebridalevent.com to register online for the event and prizes. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 bride, and $15 bride and groom. Tickets also will be sold at the door on Sunday. The highlight of the event will be a show featuring the latest in wedding fashions for each member of the bridal party. Accessories, hairstyles and make-up and flowers also will be on display. Attendees will register for a wide variety of prizes, with the grand prize being the $10,000 wedding trunk, packed with gifts from more than 100 wedding vendors. Every bride at Sunday’s event will receive a bag, with the first 200 brides to walk through the door receiving a “special” gift bag. Vendors’ booths also feature giveaways.

to July 11) and the Final Four (April 2 and April 4). If they show up at your event, sports fans will likely have their eyes on a television or radio buds stuck in their ears. Then there is a batch of “inconvenient” dates. These dates may include your mother’s birthday, or the date your grandfather died. Some also would shy away from scheduling a wedding or event on Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7) and Sept. 11. Planners warn against scheduling events on time-change weekends, when guests often show up an hour early or late. Daylight-saving time goes into effect on March 13 and Standard Time resumes on Nov. 6. Superstitious people may want to avoid Friday, May 13. Without considering astrological signs and culturally designated “auspicious days,” I plotted dates to avoid in 2011 and determined the most “open” month is July. Excluding the July 4 weekend, the month looks pretty free of conflicts. Of course, July is one of the hottest months in Bakersfield and you would pretty much fry if you wanted an outdoor wedding. August also is pretty open, unless you observe Ramadan and then you are back to July. But when it comes down to setting your wedding date, really only two people need to be satisfied — the bride and groom. After that, just do your best to accommodate the people you invite. — Maureen Buscher-Dang is a Bakersfield public relations consultant who, on one recent rainy day, started obsessing over her 2011 calendar. Some religious holiday observations she noted in this article actually begin on the eve of the date listed.

Bloopers just part of the wedding plan BY HILLARY HAENES Californian staff writer hhaenes@bakersfield.com

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o matter how long we spend planning our special fairytale wedding, there are some things beyond our control. That’s when it pays to have a little extra help. Local wedding coordinators Colleen Bauer of Fairy Godmother and Therese Dozier of My Sorted Affair have experienced a few matrimonial malfunctions in their time but helped the blushing brides and their loved ones laugh off the blunders. If the day doesn’t quite go as planned, one thing to consider is that these impromptu situations personalize your wedding day. You can look back on the memories and laugh; plus it makes for a great story to share. With that idea in mind, here are a few wedding day bloopers to make you smile. One wedding that stands out to Bauer was the large outdoor affair with a guest list of 275 at the Kern County Museum. The weather forecast called for a 7 percent chance of rain — which in Bakersfield most often means it’s not going to rain. But this time it did. Throughout the ceremony, Bauer watched as the black clouds kept moving in and eyed the DJ and the equipment. Just as the ceremony came to an end, the rain started. “It not only rained down, but it blew sideways. It poured right after the ceremony,” Bauer said. Being the “fairy godmother” she is known as, Bauer got the museum’s manager to allow the party inside a building to have the reception. As soon as the building was unlocked, everyone began helping haul the tables and equipment inside. Bauer got every man to help move centerpieces, knives and forks and the work was probably done within a half-hour. “When there’s a tragedy, everyone comes together. All vendors were protectors — we fixed it. When you meet with vendors, ask how they saved a wedding,” Bauer said. The best part about that particular blooper was that it didn’t upset the bride because she realized there was nothing to be done about the rain. Other wedding blunders Bauer shared included a wedding where the bride forgot to put on her garter. The DJ started pumping up the music and the bride looked to Bauer and whispered that she forgot to put it on, so Bauer had to run and get it. “The goal is to never acknowledge bloopers happen; they are funny things that happen behind the scenes,” Bauer said. After the wedding is over and she meets with the brides one last time, she gives them the option of letting them know what bloopers occurred. “Weddings can be crazy and chaotic and hopefully the bride will take any problem that arises with a sense of humor and a great attitude. For one wedding, the bride had a beautiful, intricate dress with 50 tiny buttons down her back. One of the bridesmaids even got a cramp in her fingers trying to button her up. The bride yelled for more reinforcements and at one point, three people were working on buttoning her up,” Dozier said. “Although she could have been a bridezilla, she made this tedious ordeal into a race for the three of them.” At another wedding, Dozier was sending everyone down the aisle and everything was going according to plan until the flower girl froze at the beginning of the aisle. She looked back at Dozier and asked what to do. Dozier ended up walking the flower girl down the aisle, holding her hand as she helped scatter petals on the ground.


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Eye Street The Lowdown with Matt Munoz

City’s own ‘late show’ prospers Host plays it for laughs at The Empty Space

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udging by my un-busy e-mail inbox, it looks like Bakersfield is more interested in hibernating for the winter. Could it be the post-holidays blues, or is everyone camped out at home in preparation for a big spring breakout? Just a few days into the new year, the only thing I’ve heard uttered among the natives is, “Social D. tickets onsale?” Yes they are, but I’m not ready to talk about that show just yet. Time to step into the first Lowdown of 2011…

Late-night comedy snack Comedian Michael Armendariz invite you to stay warm as in-studio guests of his late-night talk show, “The Nighttime Show,” happening this Friday at The Empty Space Theater. Now in its second season, Armendariz says growing up watching the antics of some of his TV heroes helped inspire his own late-night gabfest. “I grew up watching Letterman and Conan, and just thought it would be a great idea to somehow bring that format to Bakersfield and give local artists a new showcase in town.” Armendariz and co-host Jason Monroe are no strangers to the stage. Monroe, whose been seen performing in numerous local productions, also works as executive director at The Empty Space. Armendariz has been active since attending Garces High School in the mid’90s. Then in ’98,

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“The Nighttime Show” returns to The Empty Space this weekend. Pictured from left is co-host Jason Monroe, guest actor/comedian Adam McCabe and host Michael Armendariz.

he co-founded Bakersfield comedy troupe The Blacklist. “We were one of the early local groups to experiment with what would be classified as ‘alternative comedy,’ coming from other troupes like Kids In The Hall, The State and Upright Citizens Brigade,” he said. Debuting last August, the show was originally held the first Saturday night of every month. Now through July, they’ll be “broadcasting” the first night of every new play making its premiere, incorporating interviews with members of that particular evening’s cast, among other offbeat visitors. No TV required to enjoy — just make sure you keep a close eye on their programming schedule.

“This is a real ‘by the seat of your pants’ production,” Armendariz said. “Picture the best and quirkiest things you see on Conan. Our comedy is somewhat blue, but for the most part familyfriendly. Jason and I are both kind of ‘off.’ His background in improv and my background in sketch comedy allows us feed off each other in different ways.” There will also be musical guests like Bakersfield singer/ songwriter Vanessa Andrea, stopping by to perform this weekend. Previously mentioned in The Lowdown, she’s just one of many local musicians and comedians making appearances this season. “The state of late night TV is really disparate as opposed to

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

some years ago. There are way too many shows going on against each other. But, here I am adding to the mix,” Armendariz laughed. “Hopefully we’re adding something fresh enough and adding a local spin and adding to the local art scene.” If you think you’re “Nighttime Show” material, prospective guests and performers are asked to pitch themselves via e-mail at blacklisttheworld@mac.com. Friday night’s show begins at 11 p.m. after the 8 p.m. Empty Space production of “Touch.” Admission is $5. The Empty Space is located at 706 Oak St. Call 327-PLAY for more info.

Send me your suggestions January is just the beginning to what I anticipate to be a really happening year beginning with the usual round of Bakersfield festivals and more. I’m always on the

Bakotopia Unplugged Open Mic Night With hosts Matt Munoz and Pablo Alaniz When: 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays. Signups start at 7:30 p.m. Where: Fishlips, 1517 18th St. Information: 324-2557 or visit the Facebook page for updates.

hunt for cool news leads, so make sure you continue sending me some hot tips at mmunoz@bakersfield.com. We’ll be introducing some new features in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned to The Lowdown. Let’s make a point to think big and support your scene. How’s that for a New Year’s resolution? See you at the next show.


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‘Grease’ again the word Musical at Rabobank for one performance

“Grease” Presented by Broadway in Bakersfield When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Tickets: $33.45 to $61.05, available at the Rabobank box office, at Ticketmaster. com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Discounts are available for subscribers and groups of 20 or more by calling 852-7309.

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rease,” the rock ’n’ roll celebration of growin’ up, cruisin’ with friends and goin’ steady, is coming to the theater at Rabobank Convention Center for one performance only at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. And the new version of “Grease” features not only tunes like “Summer Nights” and “Greased Lightin’” from the original Broadway production, but songs from the 1978 film as well, including “Sandy,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Grease” and “You’re the One That I Want.” The most recognizable face in the touring production is that of Eddie Mekka, best remembered as Carmine Ragusa on the classic sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” who plays deejay Vince Fontaine. The character presides over the pivotal dance scene at fictional Rydell High, where the musical’s lovebirds Danny and Sandy hop, bop and hand jive before their romance temporarily hits the skids. “Grease” originated in Chicago

in 1971 before making its New York premiere off-Broadway the next year. After 128 sold-out performances, the show made the transition to Broadway, scoring seven Tony nominations and running for 3,388 performances, not counting the musical’s revivals. “Grease” hit the big screen in 1978, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the lead roles. The film produced one of the best-selling soundtracks in history and is among the highestgrossing movie musicals of all time. — Jam Theatricals media release

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earning doesn’t have to involve homework or tests. Through CSUB’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, older adults can enjoy a variety of courses designed to enrich and entertain. The winter 2011 schedule offers more courses than ever, including 14 main campus courses taught by CSUB professors, as well as 19 special interest classes taught by community members and an out-of-town trip. Courses center around such topics as health, technology, art, music, religion, literature, photography, history and more. “If you’ve been a little nervous about taking a college class, there is no need to be. OLLI is about fun,” said program coordinator Jennifer Patino. “As adults, we understand things better the more we are interested in them. The OLLI program has something for everyone.” OLLI is a membership-based program, although nonmembers are more than welcome to sign up for classes. Membership is $35 per year and includes a significant discount on classes. Most classes are $5 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

The OLLI program, which started at CSUB in 2003, is funded by a grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, which supports higher education and the arts for those aged 50 and over. Unless otherwise noted, the fee is $5 for OLLI members; $10 for nonmembers; the campus is located at 5001 Stockdale Highway. Call 654-2427 or visit csub.edu/olli to sign up. A sampling of classes offered: Taxes & You — taught by Fernando Chavez from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Business Development Center, Room 401C. Archaeology in Middle Egypt — taught by Dr. Robert Yohe from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in the Business Development Center, Room 401C. Food & Wine Pairings — from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 3, 10 and 17, at Urner’s Test Kitchen, 4110 Wible Road, Bakersfield. Appetizers from The Petroleum Club, main courses by Audrey’s Café, dessert from Gimmee Some Sugar, and beer and wine from Imbibe will complement each tasting. Fee is $60 for members and $100 for nonmembers. Create Your Own Mosaic Art — taught by Peggy Waldon of Gargoyle Glass from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in the Business Development Cen-

ter, Room 401C. Bus trip from CSUB to the Nethercutt Museum and Collection in Sylmar — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. The group will receive a private tour of the museum to see some of the less-viewed items in the rarities collection, which includes mechanical instruments, classic automobiles and antique furniture. Cost is $30 for OLLI members and $55 for nonmembers. Discovering the Kawaiisu Tribe of Kern County — taught by Horse Robinson from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Business Development Center, Room 401C. The Wild, Wild West Art Project — taught by Dr. Dianne Turner from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 5, in Education 121. Fee is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. A Journey Into the Blues — taught by Nat Dove from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in Science III Room 103. Fee is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Amazing Grace — The Nun’s Story — taught by Dr. Ken Ishida from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Business Development Center, Room 401C. The class will discuss meaningful aging based on studies of nuns. — Cal State Bakersfield media release

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Should I name my spouse or our family trust as the beneficiary on my IRA? Generally, you should name your spouse as a primary beneficiary. Your spouse can then take advantage of certain tax benefits not available to the trust as a beneficiary. Beneficiary designations can be complex and must be coordinated with your overall estate plan; therefore you should act on your attorney’s advice when designating beneficiaries.

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While visiting my mother over the holidays, I noticed that she isn’t taking her medications correctly, causing problems. How can you help her? Julie, if your mother wishes to remain at home, we have a wonderful, userfriendly unit by MedReady. This unit is a medication reminder that is programmed to alert your mother when it is time for her meds. MedReady can even notify you if she doesn’t respond to the reminder. Should your mother’s needs change, we have personal caregivers available 24 hours a day. Our employees are experienced in caring for people like your mother and are screened, bonded, insured, and specially trained to respond to your mother’s personality and interests. We match the person to the right caregiver so that everyone benefits-most of all, your mother.

Today The Great 48-Hour Bluegrass Jam, concert, jam and workshops, today through Saturday, DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $17.50 advance; $20 at the door for The Brombies concert; free workshops. 587-5222. Bookseller’s Book Group, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, in the cafe, 4001 California Ave. 6312575.

FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “MicMacs,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. flics.org or call 428-0354. No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers with John Nemeth featuring Kid Andersen, doors open at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, Ballroom, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $25-$30. 831-3100. Condors vs. Idaho Steelheads, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Prices range from $7 to $25 advance; $8 to $26 day of. Tickets: Rabobank box office, 324-7825 or bakersfieldcondors.com. Electronic Waste Recycling Event, bring your computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers and fax machines, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, CSUB (enter campus from Camino Media at the western entrance, southwest drive, and turn right into the dirt lot on the right), 9001 Stockdale Highway. 654-2581 or 654-6320.

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“La Fanciulla del West” Opera Concert Live Satellite Feed, provided by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, 10 a.m., Edwards Cinema, 9000 Ming Ave. $22 to $24. 663-3042. “Gold in Kern County,” presentation by geologist Tim Elam, 3 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $7 adults; $5 students/seniors; $4 children. 324-6350.

Local Talent Competition, 7 to 9 p.m., Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. Grand prize is a trip for two to Nashville. 6360490. Kern River Valley Hiking Club, trip to Delonegha Creek to Wooden Bench, leave at 7:15 a.m., from Chevron, junction of Highways 178 and 184 (Weedpatch). Bring lunch and 2 quarts of water. Dress appropriately. For directions, visit lakeisabella.net/hiking or 747-5065 or 7783453. Kings, Queens, Knights & Pawns, learn the game of chess, 2 to 4 p.m., Beale Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 8680770. Electronic Waste Recycling Event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kern City Civic Association, parking lot, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive. Free. 369-9861. KV Bike Park BMX Race, national bicycle league, signup begins at 1 p.m., race at 2 p.m., KV Bike Park, Kernville. $10 to race. kvbikepark.com or 760-223-6165. Read, Love, Share Book Series on “Historical Mysteries,” bring your favorite book and share why you love it, 11 a.m., Beale Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0745. Spanish Storytime, with Clara Castillo, 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Street Teams, opportunity to reach the hurting and needy parts of our community with food, love and prayer, 10:30 a.m., Jesus Shack, 1326 30th St. jesusshack.com or call 324-0638. Yokuts Park Fun Run, practice racing and earn points, 7 a.m., Yokuts Park, Empire Drive off Truxtun Avenue. No fee. bakersfieldtrackclub.com or 203-4196 or 391-7080.

Sunday The Ultimate Bridal Event, with more than 100 vendors, premiere wedding professionals will be on hand to assist you in planning your dream wedding, noon to 4 p.m., Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $8 to $15. 835-1305 or ultimatebridalevent.com. Please see PAGE 25

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Bakersfield’s Vyacheslav Trukhno tries to control the puck against Utah’s Tim Crowder (40) and Jason Fredricks in a November game. The Condors host the Idaho Steelheads on Friday and Saturday night at Rabobank Arena.

GO & DO Condors vs. Idaho Steelheads, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Prices range from $7 to $25 advance; $8 to $26 day of. Tickets: Rabobank box office, bakersfieldcondors.com or 324-7825.


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No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series, John McCutcheon, doors open at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m., Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $20 to $25. 831-3100. Eighth annual Empty Space Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., Stockdale Country Club, 7001 Stockdale Highway. $37, includes dinner. Deadline for reservations is Friday. 327-PLAY.

THEATER Omnipresent Puppet Theatre, presents “Tale of Two Sisters: An African Cinderella Story,” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $6. 587-3377. Broadway Classics, with pianist James Barnett and Deanna Delore and David Zent, 8 p.m. Saturday, Intimate Theatre & Music Hall, 2030 19th St. $10. 323-1976. Major League Improv, improvisational comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free but donations are accepted. 327PLAY. “Touch,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Cake and champagne celebration after Friday’s show. Free but donations are accepted. 327-PLAY. “The Nighttime Show with Michael Armendariz,” 11 p.m. Friday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5 (includes free admission for a friend). 327-PLAY. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; with high school students, 8 p.m. Sundays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. Adults: $5 on Saturdays, $3 on Sundays; children under 12 are $1 every day. 412-3CIA.

ART Opening reception, of “Dine In, Take Out,” by Jen Raven, appetizers, drinks, no-host bar, 5 to 9 p.m. today, The Foundry, 1700 Chester Ave. 301-3283. Opening reception, for Beverly Carrick, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Exhibits on display, “Space, Silence, Spirit: Maynard Dixon’s West/The Hays Collection,” “Marco Casentini: Grand Junction,” and “Uniquely Yours: Modern Architects in Bakersfield,” now until March 6, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. bmoa.org or 3237219. Nancy Merrick, featured artist for January, Bakersfield Mazda, 3201 Cattle Drive. 3288000. All Media Class, by instructor Phyllis Oliver, all media welcome, with color theory stressed. 348-4717 or pegolivert@ ix.netcom.com. Art classes, beginning watercolor, beginning drawing, advanced drawing and watercolor painters’ group, taught by Carol Bradshaw. or 760-376-6604 or bradshawartist@earthlink.net. Art Classes, stained glass, clay sculpture, oil painting, youth art and silver jewelry, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. 327-7507. Basic Beading & Wire Wrapping Workshop, with Susi Klassen, private instruction or by appointment, The Bead Hut, 610 18th St. 324-0975 or 706-6490. Beginning Oil Painting, with instructor Glen Jelletich, classes held 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays. 399-3707. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Drawing, by instructor Nina Landgraff,

GO & DO Kings, Queens, Knights & Pawns, learn the game of chess, 2 to 4 p.m., Beale Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770. series of five two-hour classes. 304-7002. Framing Clinic, with Toni Lott, for artists who want to frame their work, began April 7, running noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. 2053488. Native American Arts Association, meets to learn basketry, beadwork and more, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, The Stockdale Moose Lodge, 905 Stine Road. 852-5050. Preschool Hour, with music, stories, art with Jeannie Truitt, 10 to 11 a.m. today, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. The Art Center, 1817 Eye St., 869-2320; offers a variety of painting and drawing classes. Call for details. The Art Shop Club, 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. 322-0544, 589-7463 or 496-5153. Free art classes, for home-school parents, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call to reserve your spot. Moore’s Art Studio, 10205 Hurlingham Drive. 588-7769. “Live Your Best Life” Visioning for the New Year, part of the Art for Healing program, 9 a.m. to noon or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Mercy Art & Spirituality Center, 2215 Truxtun Ave. $10 donation suggested. 324-7070. Aliza McCracken, featured artist through January, Bakersfield Center for Spiritual Living and The Martha Chapman Bookstore, 222 Eureka St., bookstore open: 10 a.m, to 2 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 323-3109, alizamccracken.com.

MUSIC

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Lisa Lynne, harpist

Jeanette Richardson Parks

ARTini

With the Arts Council of Kern

Blues Kern River Blues Society Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Trout’s, 805 N. Chester Ave. 872-7517.

Classic rock Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; The Press, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Usual Suspects, 9 p.m. Friday. The Kern River Saloon, 20 Tobias St., Kernville, 760-376-4786; Left Coast Groovies, 8:30 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. Please see PAGE 26

JANUARY 16: House Concert featuring harpist Lisa Lynne JANUARY 20: A Farewell Tribute to Jeanette Richardson 10 years as Executive Director of the Arts Council of Kern and 20 years serving our community. FEBRUARY 3: Couples of Accomplishment Award Presentation to Hon. Robert Tafoya and Dr. Sandra Serrano FEBRUARY 11: Opening at the Younger Gallery APRIL 8: ARTini--we put the ART in Martini. A fundraising event in conjunction with the Kern County Museum

Celebration Information at 661/324-9000 or kernarts.org Main Office:

The Younger Gallery:

2000 K Street, Suite 110 661.324.9000 Tuesday through Friday 9-5pm

1430 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 105 Tuesday through Friday 11-2pm or by appointment


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Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; 9:30 p.m. Sundays. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. Schweitzer’s Pit Stop, 10807 Rosedale Highway, 587-8888; 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The Wrecking Yard, 9817 S. Union Ave., 827-9192; 7 to 10 p.m.

T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Usual Suspects, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; The Twang Bangers, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St., 4274900; Synergy, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Country Trouts & the Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700, offers karaoke, line dancing, West Coast Swing among other various activities. Call for times and days. Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 328-7560; Monty Byrom & the Buckaroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Cross Roads, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Valley Fever, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 392-1747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Dancing Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Folklorico Classes, advance dancers/performing group 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays; and beginners, all ages, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Fruitvale-Norris Park, 6221 Norris Road. $22 per month for beginners; $25 per month for advance dancers. 833-8790. Pairs and Spares Dance, 7:30 p.m. each Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5; $7 nonmembers. 399-3575 or 332-1537. 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 927-7001 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. whirlaways.org 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.

DJ B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; DJ Wyld One, 9 p.m. Thursday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; DJ James, 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Free.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Louie Marino jams at Trout’s while Merle Haggard watches his moves at the Kern River Blues Society event in January 2010.

GO & DO Kern River Blues Society Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Trout’s, 805 N. Chester Ave. 872-7517. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Aaron D, 9 p.m. Saturday.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; live jazz & wine bar featuring Jazz Connection with Mark Meyer and Steve Eisen, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Intimate Theatre & Music Hall, 2030 19th St., 323-1976; Ron Christian and his Big Band, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Karaoke Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Cactus Valley Mexican Restaurant, 4215 Rosedale Highway, 633-1948; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday; beer pong and happy hour all day Sunday. Cataldo’s Pizza, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Pour House, 4041 Fruitvale Ave., 589-9300; 9 p.m. Thursday

through Saturday. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 9000 Ming Ave., 664-1400; 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; with Irish Monkey Entertainment, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 1440 Weedpatch Highway, 633-1949; Karaoke King Show, all ages, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Casa Lopez, 8001 Panama Road, Lamont, 845-1000; 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday (country) and Saturday (Spanish). Dee & Jay’s Bar, 908 Brundage Lane, 325-5615; 8 p.m. to midnight every Friday. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 366-3261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.

B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Tuesday. Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court; 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Wild West Entertainment, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Magoo’s Pizza, 1129 Olive Drive, 399-7800; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar, 14 Monterey St., 869-1451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday.

Latin/salsa Latin Salsa Dancing, 8 p.m. Thursdays, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; Son Tropical, 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: Salsa dancing, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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

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

through Saturday.

Old school Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. The Bistro After Dark, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Old School Saturdays with Noe G, 10 p.m. every Saturday. Ladies free/$10 cover.

Open mic Fishlips, 1517 18th St., 324-2557; Bakotopia Unplugged Open-Mic Night, 8 p.m., signup begins at 7:30 p.m.

Rock Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; The Trading Company, 9 p.m. Thursday. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Good Question, 9 p.m. Friday; Rearview Mirror, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5 Friday. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Friday.

Songwriters The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; Chuck Seaton and Billy Russell’s Songwriter’s Showcase, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Top 40 DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 3237111; 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Fridays.

Trivia night Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; 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., Fridays. 21 & over only. Tam O'Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; The Latin Breeze and DJ Adam Gee, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Dance to Joe Loco, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 1/10 BCS College Football National Game, 5 p.m. Monday, B. Ryder's Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane. 397-7304. 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. 8722256. Please see PAGE 27


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Tuesday 1/11

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COMING IN EYE

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.

Grease-Broadway in Bakersfield, 7:30 p.m., theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $33.45 to $61.05. ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. Toddler Time, for children 18 months to 2 years, with music, nursery rhymes, stories and play, 11 a.m., Beale Library, Arkelian children’s library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770.

Guitar Art Series, with CSUB faculty member Roger Allen Cope, with chamber players from Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m., Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. $12; $8 seniors; $6 students. 654-2511.

Sunday 1/16 Fair Trade Store,items from Third World countries; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road. 327-1609.

P R E S E N T S

Wednesday 1/12 Franc D’Ambrosio’s “I’ll Be Seeing Youz,” presented by Bakersfield Community Concert Association, 7:30 p.m., the theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $60 for five concerts. bakersfieldcca.org or 205-8522 or 589-2478. Spring Organ Recitals, with T. Paul Rosas, lunch at noon, recital from 12:30 to 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th St. Lunch available for $6 before recital or feel free to bring your own lunch. 325-9419. Ladies Night, learn about bike repair and more, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Action Sports, 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 400. 833-4000.

Friday 1/14 “Cabaret,” doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Friday and 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. Condors vs. Alaska Aces, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $9 to $25 advance; $8 to $24 day of. Tickets: Rabobank box office, 324-7825 or bakersfieldcondors.com. Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show, 3 and 6 p.m., the theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $24.50-$51.50. ticketmaster.com or 800745-3000. FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “Everyone Else,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. flics.org or call 428-0354. Wine Bar Flight, featuring the wines of Charles Smith, 2007 Heart Syrah, 2007 Ovide, 2007 The Boy and more, 4 p.m., Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. Tastes, $3 to $14. 633-WINE.

Saturday 1/15 “Alice,” 8 p.m., CSUB, Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10 adults; $8

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Truxtun Towers Cafe owner Yvonne Torres holds two options at her eatery, the nachos chile verde, left, and the enchilada chile verde. Sunday: In the year gone by in Bakersfield’s restaurant scene, we gained Bob’s Big Boy but lost Wood’ys. A new establishment joined the ranks of the best of the best in white-tablecloth dining and several other rookies gave diners a reason to smile. It was also the year of calorie counts on menus and helpful discounts for appreciative customers. Don’t miss restaurant critic Pete Tittl’s 2010 Dining Guide Sunday to see if your favorite made the grade. Friday: Californian seniors; $5 students. 6543150. Condors vs. Ontario Reign, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Prices range from $7 to $25 advance; $8 to $26 day of. Tickets: Rabobank box office, 324-7825 or bakersfieldcondors.com.

contributing columnist Scott Cox tells us (as only Scott Cox can) why — blasphemy alert — the current version of the classic western “True Grit” is better than the original. Next Thursday: Come sail away with Californian music writer Matt Munoz, who scored an interview with a member of rock stalwarts Styx, which is set to play the Fox Jan. 19. So how do they get through all those Dennis DeYoung hits like “Renegade” and “Come Sail Away” without Dennis DeYoung? Matt will ask. Guitar Lessons: beginners, 10 a.m. to noon; intermediate, 2 to 4 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. CSUB Men’s Basketball, vs. Idaho, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $5-$25. gorunners.com or

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