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Index Asleep at the Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Chris Vanderlei . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Gem of the Ocean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Arts Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Scott Cox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Brian Regan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30-31

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Here’s to being single together Popular event a different spin on Valentine’s Day BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor sdias@bakersfield.com

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or those without a valentine, Monday could be a lonely day — but not if Keith Barnes has anything to say about it. For the fourth year in a row, the hardworking owner of The Garden Spot is hosting the Good for the Heart Singles Only Dinner, which he guarantees will be a blast. With a hearty meal of Mama’s lemon chicken and roasted red potatoes to a potentially heart-warming speed dating session and other games to break the ice, we’d be inclined to agree. And the kicker? It’s all free. Of course you can’t just show up with your party hat on, ready for fun. Tickets are available by calling the restaurant. Barnes said after the initial year of first-come, first- served ticket distribution, he now parcels out tickets all the way up to Valentine’s Day, meaning procrastinators (or victims of pre-holiday breakups) still have a chance to go. For all the single ladies who like to travel in a pack, Barnes warned you can’t ask for tickets in bulk. To those who may be too shy to go on their own, he said, “They’re not going to be by themselves,” as the event is meant to encourage mingling and getting to know new people. The event starts at 6 p.m. with dinner, including the aforementioned chicken and potatoes (along with a side of asparagus) as well as the usual healthy and diverse salad bar. In previous years, Barnes has done the cooking but this year he’s enlisting some help, including an intern,

Fourth annual Good for the Heart Singles Only Dinner When: Dinner at 6 p.m., activities start at 6:30 p.m. Monday Where: The Garden Spot, 3320 Truxtun Ave. Cost: Free, but you need a ticket to attend. For a ticket, call 323-3236.

St. Valentine’s Day Celebration What: Pasta dinner and music by Dennis Wilson and The Arvizu Brothers When: Starts 5:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Elks Lodge, Antler Room, 1616 30th St. Cost: $15 Information: 323-7535

to come up with the desserts. After the meal, the fun really begins with a casual speed-dating session that Barnes said shouldn’t worry guests. He said the ones who initially tell him, “I don’t want to do that,” are often the ones who make a mad dash for the last remaining chairs. About half the people who attend end up participating, Barnes said, although it’s optional. The fun session has men rotating at three-minute intervals after chatting up a lady. Last year, the setup for the speed dating snaked through the restaurant, which may explain why live music is off the menu this time around. (Barnes also said that it was hard to hear the performers over the crowd.) If you want an easier way to break the ice, there are other games to keep people talking. One includes a variation on bingo that has participants seeking out people who meet the requirements on the paper,

such as having blue eyes or a birthday in August. The player who finds matches for the bingo card the fastest wins a prize. Another game involves handing out playing cards torn in half with participants seeking out their “other half.” All the activities are run by volunteers, including staffers and their family and friends, who Barnes said are eager to help. The event has certainly grown in popularity since its start in 2008. Created out of the desire to offer singles a fun and relaxed place to go for what Hallmark deems the most romantic day of the year, Barnes expected maybe 20 people at the first event. So he was surprised to find the “phone ringing off the hook” after the dinner was included in a Californian article about singles’ events. The event has remained a local favorite, and Barnes said people have called over the past two months to make sure the event was on for this year. Along with romance — Barnes said he heard from three couples who met last year — the dinner has fostered many friendships. Barnes said that a group of people who had met there have gathered again, planning a wine tasting with a chartered bus. Fun activities like these are something Barnes encourages and in which he participates. He said more singles events are planned, including a game night and speed dating. So for anyone who can’t make the dinner on Monday, there will be more fun and inexpensive opportunities for singles, something that Barnes said can be difficult to find locally. “We could use more events like this,” he said. To join the mailing list for upcoming singles events, e-mail gardenspot@att.net.

Valentine’s dance at the Elks Lodge No party gets wilder than an Elks party.

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Speed dating has many variations, but the goal is always the same — to try and link up compatible people.

Those guys are animals. And, as they do every year, the social organization is hosting a Valentine’s Day Celebration dance that everyone — Elk or not — can attend. Saturday’s big night starts at 7 p.m. with music by The Arvizu Brothers and Dennis Wilson in the Antler Room of the lodge, 1616 30th St. The cost is $15, including a pasta dinner, champagne toast and gifts for all attendees. Cathy Terhune, Lodge manager and a member herself (they began allowing women to join about 15 years ago), said 178 people attended last year, about 80 percent of them members. “But the other 20 percent usually become members after,” she said.

THERE’S STILL TIME TO MAKE THOSE DINNER RESERVATIONS! For all the gentlemen — you know who you are — who’ve known Valentine’s Day was fast approaching but still put off making plans, be warned: Time’s up. Luckily we did some of the legwork for you, checking with a few local favorites and finding out what’s on the menu. Read on, phone in hand, and book that meal! Popular romantic spot Valentien Restaurant and Wine Bar (3310 Truxtun Ave, Suite 160; 864-0397) has been booked for Saturday and Monday for some time, but has taken mercy on procrastinators by extending the Valentine’s Day experience to include Friday and Tuesday. With live music from Mauro Vizcarra, a festive ambience and offerings from the Valentine’s Day menu and other specials (like fresh salmon from Scotland), you’re sure to impress your sweetheart. Speaking of impressing, consider dining at The Petroleum Club (5060 California

Ave., #12; 324-6561), which offers a guest pass for those couples looking for a special meal with a view. Bookings were still available on Saturday and Monday (as of Tuesday) for the holiday dinner featuring fresh shucked oysters, pepper steak beef tenderloin, red velvet cake and more. Also making a splash is KC Steakhouse (2515 F St.,322-9910), which will blow up “thousands of balloons,” according to owner Charlotte Carter, to float above diners and feature live music (not usual on Mondays). The steakhouse, which is still taking reservations, will serve a menu of its top 15 entrees and a dessert of raspberries and boysenberries marinated in Grand Marnier and served with ice cream. You can feel the love at The Bistro (5105 California Ave., 862-7426) as well, which also has openings on Monday. With tempting dishes like crab croquettes and seared duck breast in a port wine-fig-

mint demi glace on the special menu, you should act quickly. Waiter Brian Fox did offer hope for even the most absentminded planners, saying that often there are spots that open up to accommodate guests of the Four Points by Sheraton and late arrivals. Hopefuls are encouraged to relax in the lounge and wait it out. Cafe Med (4809 Stockdale Highway, 8344433), another local favorite, has a couple of options. There are still openings available for the weekend and Monday with offerings featuring filet mignon on its own or with lobster or shrimp. Call ahead and have flowers or other treats on the table when you arrive. And if your plan is to have a romantic evening at home, the restaurant also offers those entrees as heat-and-serve dinners to go with all the fixings. Also celebrating this “weekend of love” is fine dining Mexican restaurant Red Pepper (2641 Oswell St., Suite G; 871-

5787). The northeast spot is offering a special menu from Friday to Monday which includes your choice of starter, one of three entrees —including crab enchiladas El Cortez — and Mexican chocolate flan for dessert. Red Pepper will spread the love all month long with a special pairing of late harvest dessert wines with special chocolate desserts, including the flan. Speaking of sweets, Moo Creamery (4885 Truxtun Ave., Suite B; 861-1130) has some lovely specials as well. Reservations are still open for a pre-fixe menu Monday with three courses, featuring desserts such as a sweet potato turnover with brown sugar ice cream and candied pecans. There are also entree and themed dessert options to go, but order by Saturday if you want to guarantee availability on the big day. — Stefani Dias, Californian assistant lifestyles editor


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Asleep at the Wheel, from left: David Miller, Eddie Rivers, Jason Roberts, Ray Benson, David Sanger, Elizabeth McQueen and Dan Walton. The band will perform at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace tonight.

Oddly enough, dedication to roots keeps band fresh BY MATT MUNOZ Bakotopia.com editor mmunoz@bakersfield.com

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rom the heat of Texas to the tropics of Hawaii, Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson keeps it swingin’ in his enviable position as one of the most high-profile purveyors of American roots music. Performing tonight at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, the 59-year-old singer/songwriter, prefers to keep his schedule busy while enjoying the comfort of the band’s latest tour stop, Honolulu. “I just got off the phone with Lyle Lovett. He’s in Milwaukee,” said Benson via cell phone. “I got the good gig this time.” Twenty studio albums in to an illustrious career of stretching the boundaries of country-western with the band’s signature mix of jump blues, rockabilly, Zydeco and more, the Grammy award-winning musician never expected this kind of run. “I started the band when I was 19. I thought we’d have a good 10 years, then open a music store. Forty-one years later, it’s kind of interesting how it all worked out,” he said. Drawn to traditionally flavored sounds, Benson says the band’s choice to follow their roots Americana style comes from a reverence for a timeless genre. “It’s all about American music from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. We’re playing music that was old when we started. It couldn’t go out of style, because it already was out of style. The main thing is, people wanting to

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hear this kind of music and being so passionate about it. We went, ‘wow,’ I guess we can keep doing this, ya know?” Old in tradition but rich in youthful popularity, if audiences are any indication, many fans come hungry for a hearty helping of authentic western swing. An Asleep at the Wheel show is no revival but a reminder of sounds that have helped keep generations in rhythm. “On the country side of things, it was Bakersfield’s own Buck Owens. Buck was like the progression from western swing. Buck was always a big influence on our music because it was a step between modern country music, honky-tonk music, and western swing. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard. On the jazz and swing side — Count Basie, Louis Jordan and his Timpani Five. We always felt there was place to do this,” Benson said. “We have elements of country music, but it isn’t your standard sound.” Naming off more influences, there is one name they’ve become synonymous with: Bob Wills. Considered the father of western swing, Wills and his Texas Playboys have provided limitless source material for musical tributes by Asleep at the Wheel. Joining some of his idols in honoring the pioneers of the sound, Benson says it’s more than

just about paying homage. “You got guys like Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, who set that kind of example before. I’ve always said, ‘You can’t have a strong tree if you don’t have roots.’” And though the country-pop leanings of current hit makers like Taylor Swift might seem to put them on a different tree altogether, Benson sees connections to legends of the genres. “I’ll pick five or six artists and you tell me what they all have in common, except that they’re all called country music. Let’s start with Buck Owens, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline, The Dixie Chicks. … The point is that there’s bluegrass, Cajun, honky-tonk, western swing. It’s all considered country music, but it’s different. None of them sound the same. Think about Elvis Presley. In 1956 and ’57, this was considered scandalous rock ‘n’ roll. If he was doing that today, it would probably be considered country music. Or, the Eagles — they’re a rock band, but today they’re more country- sounding than Taylor Swift. It’s all American music.” Personally invited to lead an all-star band for the massive concert and statue unveiling at the Crystal Palace with Garth Brooks and others in 2005, Benson says tonight’s return to Bakersfield will be everything fans expect and more. “We do a little bit of everything from the past and what we’re working on now. We do a whole section of Bob Wills stuff. I’ll probably do a Buck Owens song or two, because I loved the man and have great respect for him what he’s done for Bakersfield by building that place. Buck was quite a good businessman, but he didn’t build that place to make money.”

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uch has changed during the last two decades of renewal at the Fox Theater complex, but one constant has been gallery proprietor Chris Vanderlei, who treated his shop’s stretch of H Street less like a sidewalk and more like his own front porch. Surrounded by his art, he’d settle into a chair in front of the small gallery for hours at a time, greeting customers, shooting the breeze and watching downtown Bakersfield go by. But Vanderlei left the Fox earlier this month, shutting off the lights and leaving an empty storefront that once showcased a space jammed floor to ceiling with colorful western paintings, sculptures, lamps, furniture and other eclectic treasures. The reason for the move: His rent increased by $200 a month, from $450 to $650, and he simply couldn’t afford it. “You’re not supposed to raise rent in a recession,” Vanderlei said, “you’re supposed to lower it.” But Jim Darling, president of the Fox Foundation, which owns the retail space once occupied by Vanderlei, sees it differently. “He wouldn’t sign a new lease,” Darling said. “His lease was due in March and he’s never had a rent increase the whole time he was there. I guess I can’t speak for the previous (Fox Foundation) boards, but his rent should have gone up with inflation and everything else because $650 for a great space like that is a reasonable

Longtime Bakersfield gallery owner Chris Vanderlei recently moved out of his shop in the Fox Theater complex.

rent.” Vanderlei has moved part of his collection to his home and the rest to a building he owns at 903 18th St. He’s in the process of refurbishing a portion of the 2,500 square feet into a gallery and using the remainder for storage. His goal is to open in 30 days, though he acknowledged on Tuesday much still needs to be done to the 80something-year-old building. “I’m in limbo right now,” he said. “Every penny and every hour is spent trying to get the building ready.” Meanwhile, Vanderlei isn’t happy with how things went down at the Fox and said he’s felt pressure to leave for years, especially in the past when he raised concerns about some of the work done on the complex’s extensive restoration. The decision by the Fox a few years ago to plaster over a number of unique California tiles outside his gallery and a neighboring shop bothered Vanderlei. “Every time they’d do something like that, I’d say something like, ‘What idiot did that?’”

Darling said he never had a problem with Vanderlei. “He’s a great guy,” Darling said Tuesday. “Change is hard — I realize that, but we’re (the Fox Foundation) also faced with higher insurance premiums, property tax, overhead, and for him to never have an increase in this time, that was a great deal for him.” Vanderlei’s former neighbor Kelli Davis, who co-owns Fashionista at the Fox, was shocked at her friend’s decision to leave. “I loved him there,” Davis said. “It’s disappointing and sad. I felt secure to have him there. We see a lot of interesting stuff walk by.” Davis said she and her sister, Amy, are currently in negotiations with the Fox to renew their lease. The sisters moved to the complex from their first store on 21st Street about four years ago, anticipating that traffic from the theater and popular events like First Friday might translate into business for their store. But that hasn’t happened, they say. “Look around. There’s empty spots everywhere down here,” Davis said. “We’re trying to grow our downtown. When landlords don’t work with tenants, it’s hard. We stay for the love of downtown.” Vanderlei, too, is committed to downtown, even if his new location is a little farther east. “This is maybe the push it took for me to fix my warehouse,” Vanderlei said.


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Aunt Ester (Althea Williams) listens as Solly Two Kings (Hurshel Williams Jr.) makes a point in the Bakersfield Community Theatre production of “Gem of the Ocean.”

Black history, in person Play takes mystical look at culture, events BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing columnist

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know that Althea Williams is a fine actress. But I wondered how she could possibly turn herself into a 285-year-old woman for her role as Aunt Ester in “Gem of the Ocean.” Even with a wig of gray hair and expert makeup, I thought it would be a stretch for anyone, much less Williams, who is 48. But it made more sense to me when she explained the nature of the character she plays in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson that opens Friday at Bakersfield Community Theatre. “Ester isn’t physically 285; she’s really somewhere between 72 and 75,” Williams said. “The (figure) 285 represents the collective years of black history since the first slave ship came here in 1619. She embodies both the history and the wisdom of her race.” Set in 1904, the story unfolds as a troubled young man from Alabama named Citizen Barlow, played by Maceo Davis, comes to Ester hoping to find true freedom. Ester, the community healer who is also something of a mystic, sends Barlow on a magical journey across history so he can discover his own spiritual link to his culture and humanity. “She is a down-to-earth old lady,” Williams said of the character she plays. “People come to her for cleansing encounters — she washes souls.” Both Williams and Davis are seasoned performers. They appeared

Maceo Davis plays Citizen Barlow in “Gem of the Ocean.”

opposite each other in last season’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” and Williams gave a stellar solo performance as Sojourner Truth in 2009. One member of the cast, Hurshel Williams Jr., is a professional singer and actor. He’s also Althea Williams’ nephew. He has appeared in Southern California productions of several musicals, including “Monticello,” “Ragtime,” and “Raisin,” and has performed in Europe with the Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles. In “Gem,” Williams portrays Solly Two Kings, who was born into slavery and scouted for the Union Army. Also in the cast are Cheryl Robinson as Black Mary, a woman who is being trained to “carry on the trade” after Ester’s death; Edward French, as Rutherford, the only white person in the show; Michael King as Caesar Wilks; and Kenneth Whitchard as Eli. Williams is also the producer of the show, a show she sees as significant in a number of ways. First, she believes it’s as important for whites to learn about black history as it is for blacks to learn about the history of white people.

“There would not be one without the other,” she said. She also points out that BCT, now in its ninth decade of continuous performances, is the only theater in town doing a play to observe Black History Month. In fact, it has done so for three years in a row and maybe even longer. “There is no other theater in town doing this,” she said. “And I think it’s great that BCT, the oldest community theater in the state, is the only one celebrating black history.” The theater’s celebration begins two hours before curtain time Friday evening with soul food dinner prepared by B’s Red Buck Catering. Musical entertainment will be provided by Blue Mirror. Featured vocalists are Linda Enzingah Mackey and Wilson Mackey. There also will be a Black History display provided by B Moore Christian Books & Music. BCT’s production of “Gem” is linked to the “Harlem & Beyond” events coordinated by the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Kern County Library. Performances of the play continue through Feb. 26.

‘Gem of the Ocean’ When: 6 p.m. “soul food dinner” prior to 8 p.m. performance Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave. Admission: Show plus dinner, $30; performance only, $15; seniors and students, $12 Information: 831-8114

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Students dazzle at invitational gie, Brick’s fragile yet calculating wife. All three actors are wellknown to local audiences and have more than proved their worth in numerous shows at various theaters around town. Although the Pulitzer Prize-winning play was written in the mid20th century, the situations it presents are as real as they were more than 50 years ago. “This show deals with themes that are still prevalent today — mortality, sexuality, honesty and family,” Monroe said. “It’s a classic story that is still relevant and that’s a hard thing to find.”

‘Tin Roof’ boasts seasoned cast

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o see some fine examples of artwork by junior and senior high school students, make it a point to visit the Jones Gallery at Bakersfield College. A fascinating feature of this year’s “Panorama Invitational” is the variety of media used in paintings and sculptures in the exhibition. For example, Sa Scanlon, a student of Hank Washington at South High, employed an Impressionistic style and distinctive brush strokes for her oil painting “Colors of Venice.” In a statement accompanying her work, Scanlon said, “While painting this piece I used different techniques and created different textures to make it interesting. Out of all of my art pieces, I enjoyed painting this one the most.” To create a sensitive self-portrait, Savannah Olson of Independence High used conte crayon, which she said is a new medium for her. “I decided to use a close-up picture of me at the beach, because I usually draw people far away,” said Olson, a student of Dacey VanderWal. “It was a challenge for me to make every detail of my face proportionate.” Luke Boyd, a senior at Tehachapi High, used plaster for his piece, titled “Confusion,” which is based in part on the biblical story of Adam and Eve. “I wanted to try something I have never done before,” he said. “The plaster works well for the sculpture because

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“Colors of Venice” by Sa Scanlon of South High will be on display at the Panorama Invitational at Bakersfield College.

the rough texture is a reminder of the imperfections of humanity.” His teacher is Carol Horst. Curator Margaret Nowling said the art was chosen and submitted by art teachers at the participating schools. The “Panorama Invitational,” as it’s called, is an annual event. Other schools represented in the exhibit are: Bakersfield, Centennial, Garces, Foothill, Highland, Frontier, North, Liberty, Golden Valley, East and Vista West.

‘Cat’ at The Empty Space An emotionally charged drama like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” requires acting skills that are both powerful and sensitive. After checking the cast list for The Empty Space’s production of the Tennessee Williams’ classic, which opens Friday, I’d say director Jason Monroe has made excellent choices. Bob Kempf plays Big Daddy Pollit, the wealthy and just-plainmean patriarch of a family that is tearing itself apart. Jack Slider appears as his weak, alcoholic son, Brick, and Amy Hall portrays Mag-

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

grown from 33 to 54 members and is comprised of many Kern County music educators and local professional musicians. John W. Biller, who teaches instrumental music at Stockdale High School, is the artistic director. Sunday’s concert is part of the Fred and Beverly Dukes Memorial Concert Series, which is funded by an endowment from the Dukes’ estate.

New theater project “Impulse,” an independent theater group, is taking shape at Cal State Bakersfield and Justin Thompson is enthusiastic about its potential. The group, and its name, grew out of a production they sponsored in January at the university. “When we hosted ‘Alice’ by the 11th Hour, a theatre company out of San Francisco that started at a school, we felt urged to start our own, on an ‘impulse’ if you will,” Thompson said. “We are excited about our future. Wahoo’s, the oncampus restaurant and pub, has allowed us to advertise in their facility and also, since they have a stage, they have offered to let us perform and host things on their stage. All of this is coming to us and we have just started.” This Sunday the group will hold “The Impulse Project” outdoors on the plaza in front of the Dore Theatre. It’s a free-form kind of event that invites input from anyone in the community who would like to attend. “This project is going to be an original work where we bring together many people from CSUB — all majors and lifestyles,” Thompson said. “We’ll put their stories together and hopefully create a script out of it.” Impulse held its first production last Monday with a staged reading of Michael Mejia’s play “Feliz,” which has been selected as one of three plays to be read at the regional level of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Several of Mejia’s plays have been presented at CSUB and other local playhouses.

‘Zapatitos’ and ‘Zapatos’ A two-hour class for children at the Art Center on Saturday afternoon is linked to the upcoming Bakersfield Art Association gallery exhibit “Zapatos.” Since the class is for youngsters, teacher Chela Brehmer is calling it “Zapatitos,” or “little shoes.” “We will be observing Van Gogh’s shoes and create a unique painting of our own shoes,” said Brehmer, owner of Art Start. “The BAA has given me a small space to exhibit student artworks from this class,” she added. “A portion of my proceeds will be donated back to the BAA.” Class size is limited and reservations can be made at Brehmer’s website, kidsartstart.com.

Symphonic winds concert Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Thelonius Monk’s “Around Midnight” are among the selections to be played by the Bakersfield Winds at a free concert on Sunday at First Congregational Church. Also on the program are pieces by Richard Strauss, Gabriel Faure and Beethoven. Founded eight years ago, the group was launched by four musicians who wanted to organize a symphonic wind ensemble that would provide high quality concert band music to Bakersfield audiences, said the president, Rhonda Martin. Since its inception, the Bakersfield Winds has

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got a call recently from my friend Ed Bergoff, a musician of some notoriety. Ed has played with and written for more stars than I have space here to write. A few who leap immediately to mind are Garth Brooks, Wynonna, Billy Ray Cyrus and the late Gram Parsons. Ed told me that he was bringing a special guest along when he and his band, Salty Roux, play Fishlips next week. He knew I wasn’t going to let him off with the old “surprise special guest� bit, so he just gave it up: Albert Lee is coming to Bakersfield! Now, Ed and the boys are a great bunch of players, and I would’ve already been first in line for tickets to the show, but Albert Lee can take any band to a new level. Eric Clapton called Lee “the best guitar player in the world.� As accolades go, that one is tough to beat. Lee’s a British rocker who came to America, and, inspired by some of his favorite country artists, developed a unique and spectacular style of country guitar playing. He can play anything from rock to country to bluegrass, and has found success recording and playing with a number of diverse bands as a result. If you’ve seen the DVDs from Clapton’s “Crossroads� concerts, you’ve seen him jam with a bunch more genius guitarists. (By the way, if you don’t have those DVDs, get them.) Emmylou Harris said that her greatest achievement in this world was “playing in a band that had Albert Lee in it.� Listing the entire roster of collaborators Lee has played with would take days; the reason he is so widely respected and admired is his stunning versatility. I honestly wouldn’t have

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believed that we’d get a legend of his stature at a club the size of Fishlips, but I guess you just never know. This is a chance to see one of the undisputed all-time greats play up close in a great venue with great sound. The last time I got to see Albert play live, it was on a Jumbotron from a dis-

tance of what seemed like 70 miles. Suffice it to say that I secured my seats before writing this article. So thanks to Ed for the tip. Salty Roux (featuring Albert Lee) will take the Fishlips stage on 8 p.m. Feb. 17. If you are a fan of rock, country, bluegrass, or just great music in general, get your tickets now. This show will sell out in a hurry, and for good reason. Catch this living legend live while you can. As for me, negotiations are currently under way for me to play cowbell with the band. And by “negotiations,� I mean I am begging Ed to give me one chance to be onstage with Albert Lee. Stay tuned.

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he Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning at Bakersfield College is offering a class by professor emeritus Mita Dhariwal titled “Lives of Women,� which starts Tuesday. Dhariwal shares more about the class in an e-mail to The Californian: This class will introduce the lifestyles of women in three different cultures: Africa, India and China. Women’s experiences from childhood, adolescence, marriage, motherhood and compan-

ionship will be discussed. The impact of food choices, religion, ideals of beauty and correct behavior will be included. Also, the issues women are currently experiencing in making decisions and facing difficulties will be addressed. The class will help reflect upon the values of our own culture. It will give the enjoyment of films, guest speakers as well as the opportunity to sample the cuisine of different cultures.

Lives of Women What: Five sessions will explore women’s lives in different cultures. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8 and 15. Where: Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning at Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive.

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f Soulajar could do it, so can Hectic Films. Attempting to raise a whopping $15,000 to fund their latest endeavor, “Journey Man,” director Rickey Bird Jr., along with Bako author Nick Belardes, have their sights set on indie film glory. But with 14 days left of their 30-day goal via Internet entertainment site Kickstarter.com, it’s all or nothing. Bird and Belardes, who’ve worked together on past films, including 2010’s “The Lackey,” are no strangers to turning hype into money. This time the two decided to put the “crowd funding” concept to the test. Armed with nothing but a script and a production team, they put out a casting call. Once word got out, they discovered the old song and dance “You Oughta Be in Pictures” hasn’t lost any of its luster. “We don’t even have the money yet, but people are pounding on the doors to get in on this. They just want to be a part of a movie,” Belardes said. As reported in The Lowdown last September, local jazz funksters’ Soulajar successfully raised $10,000 in 45 days via entertainment website Kickstarter.com. The funding process works like this: Each artist must pitch a project to the website to be screened by a Kickstarter.com panel. Producing a 6-minute video with cast and crew pleading their case, the filmmakers successfully made it through the first round of the process. After being

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Local singer Jim Ranger made it to the Hollywood round of “American Idol” last year before being sent home.

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The filmmakers of “Journey Man,” from left: Rachel Montgomery, Nick Belardes and Rickey Bird Jr. of Hectic Films.

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approved, they set up an artist “pledge page,” where fans and supporters interact and donate money to “Journey Man.” Similar to a silent auction, each requested pledge amount is associated with prize packages ranging from “Guest Cameo,” “Free Movie Download,” to being listed as an “Executive Producer.” The artist can choose a window of one to 90 days to meet the pledge goal. If within that time frame the artist successfully reaches the goal, it’s

off to make some movie magic. If not, all pledges are dropped without penalty to artist or supporter. So who or what is “Journey Man?” “I saw this guy outside Target about a year ago,” recalled Belardes. “He was wearing a hat, button-down shorts, long tube socks, and sunglasses that looked like those Blue Blockers. I called Rickey and told him this guy looks like a character from a movie.” Belardes’ discovery was enough to inspire the story of “Journey Man,” about three military deserters who meet in the Iraqi desert during the U.S./Iraq war. Bound by their experiences in battle, each has a unique story interwoven with mysterious subplots, relationships, and a toy tow truck dragging character named Jimmy Wells, aka Journey Man. Sound bizarre? Welcome to the world of Hectic Films. Bird says they’ll find a way to keep any funds on stand-by,

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.

should they fall short of the $15,000. “Our ducks are in a row, we’re just waiting to reach at least a 10k mark.” Also on board for the journey is Bird’s girlfriend, Rachel Montgomery, who will be working as assistant director. “It’s kind of a challenge working with Hectic Films, but I’m used to the craziness of Hollywood,” said Montgomery, whose previous works include TV’s “Monk,” and the upcoming independently produced drama “Like Grains of Sand,” a short film that sounds loosely similar to that of “Journey Man. “You have to get used to it or you couldn’t do it.” Interested in donating? Visit Kickstarter.com and search for “Journey Man.” There, you can contribute everything from $1 to $5,000. Deadline is Feb. 24. Moral support is also accepted, via their Facebook fan page. “Rickey and I are both artists with the same dreams,” said Belardes. “Who doesn’t wanna work with people this confident?”

Ranger returning to ‘Idol’ In other Soulajar-related news, lead vocalist Jim Ranger is taking another shot at “American Idol” fame. In a video, the Bakersfieldbased singer talks about making it

past the first round of auditions — not in front of J-Lo, but on MySpace. Last February, Ranger made it to the Hollywood round before being sent home. This year, the musician, dad and youth worship leader at New Life Center is back, slimmed down and slicked up. While there’s no word on exactly when he’ll be back on the tube, Ranger did respond to an e-mail via his Facebook, saying he was in Arkansas until Friday. Knowing the fickleness of shows like “Idol,” I suggest you tune in every week so you don’t miss any action (the show airs Wednesdays and Thursdays). We’ll keep you posted. To see Jim’s latest video promo, visit Americanidol.com.

Matt’s pick Monty Byrom Band at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 9 p.m., Saturday, $5, 328-7560. After a successful January gig break from The Buckaroos, singer/songwriter Monty Byrom is back with another scorchin’ allstar band, this time featuring longtime Bonnie Raitt bassist and new Bako resident, Freebo. According to Byrom’s No. 1 fan — wife Joy — more than 100 people were turned away from her hubby’s last show at Buck’s. Don’t make the same mistake; call your reservations in early.


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ave you ever been at a gathering where someone says, “Hey, there’s somebody I want you to meet?” And maybe at the time you were feeling like you had already met all the people you ever needed to meet, but the person tugging you had other ideas? That scenario came to mind when I discovered that Sue Foley, a favorite of mine, had teamed up with a guy named Peter Karp, an artist I’d never heard of. As it turns out, it’s fortunate these two met. Though they come from two different music worlds, Foley and Karp formed a beautiful collaboration on last spring’s “He Said — She Said.” A great album. With 11 albums to her credit, we’ve long been fans of Foley, a blues singer and guitarist who made her way to Austin in 1989 at the age of 21 from her native Canada. So when Foley released her latest in March, we eagerly ordered it. We tore open the package and stopped dead in our tracks. “Whoa. What’s up with Sue, and what’s she doing with this guy we don’t know?” It made me recall my favorite 2006 album, “All the Road Running,” and what I first believed was an awkward pairing of Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler. But I came to love “All the Road Running,” which certainly set in motion the hugely successful subsequent release by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand.” Peter Karp was born in New Jersey and has already lived a life that book publishers dream of. His mom was passionate for the arts and took young Peter and his sister to see the Beatles twice and all the great big band, jazz, R&B, and British Invasion bands that came to New York in the ’60s. Peter’s dad was a World War II bomber pilot, whose military service moved the family to Alabama, where Peter was exposed to the blues music that all his previous music exposure was based on. In his teens, Peter joined what is described as an art-blues-punk band that scored a commercial hit. He left the band, married the lead singer, started a family, and spent several years doing films, commercials and working on records for a dizzying array of artists like Emile D’Antonio, Timothy Hutton, Tony Randall, Will Dixon, Richie Havens, the Jacksons, Don Henley and Jackson Browne. In 2000 Karp released the first of several albums. Things were going well until Peter’s wife was diagnosed with cancer, which took her life in 2009. Karp had met Foley at a blues festival in 2005, and they began a professional correspondence. Over time, Karp’s e-mails to her became an important sounding board as he dealt

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The Blues Women of Bakersfield, front row, from left: Tamera Mahan, Valerie Marin, Tracy Peoples, Deedra Patrick and Tim Stonelake. Back row, from left: Dennis Wilson, Kevin Mahan, Pat Frase and Joe Baiza.

BLUES WOMEN TO OPEN SHOW Friday night’s No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series features a very special Bakersfield music moment: The show begins with an opening set by the Blues Women of Bakersfield. It’s no secret that Bakersfield is loaded with talented artists who handle their business by day and pursue their passion by night. Tamera Mahan, who currently fronts local band Blonde Faith, is a gifted vocalist and has been a member of various Bakersfield bands since 1985. I first heard Tamera at the 2009 B-Town Blues Fest and took note. Along with her bandmates, husband Kevin Mahan and Tim Stonelake, with the illness and death of his wife. When it was time for him to re-enter public life, he and Foley decided to use their earlier correspondence as the basis for a collaborative and thematic album. The result is “He Said — She Said,” a wonderful and unique album by two great musicians and arrangers who sing about life and relationships from their individual perspectives and experiences — some you wish you had and others you hope you never do. Bruce and I were so bowled over by “He Said — She Said,” we immediately started working to make Friday’s show possible. We also ordered Karp’s 2007 release, “Shadows and Cracks,” to learn more about him. It comes right out of the same vein mined by Dylan and Mellencamp. Young kids do say the darndest things. And they will show you if a song is worthy. My sixth-grader Luke came home from school last week, and Karp’s album was on. Later that night it was quiet study time. “Well I’m runnin’…to meet my maker. And I can’t get there fast enough…from here,” sang Luke as he worked on his spelling. “Hey, you’re singing a Peter Karp song,” I said. “Isn’t that the guy coming next week?” Luke asked. “It will be interesting to see what he looks like. I showed him Karp’s photo on the CD cover. “Hmmm. He looks

Tamera opened a handful of our recent shows. Each time has been enjoyed by a duly impressed audience. During her mighty music career, Tamera became acquainted with other local lady vocalists Tracy Peoples of Del Mar Deluxe, Valerie Marin of Wild Blue Rose Band and Deedra Patrick of The Swamp Katz. A few years ago Tamera began looking for the right opportunity to do a joint project. The chance came up at a recent blues jam hosted by the Kern River Blues Society at Trout’s. The women and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry. — Pat Evans

like Johnny Depp.” “That’s funny,” I said. “You hear a song one time and it sticks in your head well enough for you to sing it a few hours later. You would think a musician like that would be pretty well known.” To which Luke replied: “Yeah, Dad, but he’s doing what he wants. And isn’t that enough? Money isn’t an instrument to people like Peter Karp. His guitar is the only instrument he needs.” Thanks, Luke, for focusing me on the big picture. This Valentine’s weekend we celebrate relationships. Our collaborative effort allows us to experience the unique collaboration of two wonderful artists. Beautifully appropriate! Pat Evans, who owns World Records downtown, is the founder of the No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series.

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omposing the perfect “Love Jam” isn’t easy. More than a set of hearttugging lyrics to woo the object of your affection, you need the right formula of silky soft melodies and poetry. This Friday’s Valentine’s Super Love Jam features eight acts, all of which have made lasting careers out of writing and performing baby-making grooves. Originally releasing their material in the ’60s on through the ’80s, these groups have made possible many special Valentine’s dedications from at least one of their signature tunes. Touching on everything from romance to the fragility of relationships, these are considered to be the original “old school love songs.” The Manhattans: Formed in 1962, Jersey City’s finest scored their first hit single with “Kiss and Say Goodbye” in ’76. They also won a Grammy in 1980 with “Shining Star.” The Intruders: Philadephia’s The Intruders taught boys to be gentlemen with their 1968 No. 1 hit, “Cowboys to Girls.” The Persuaders: The story of a tempestuous relationship, The Persuaders’ “Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” is a reminder of love’s tightrope. Covered by The Pretenders and Annie Lennox, you can’t beat the original. Gene Chandler: The opening chorus of 1962’s “Duke of Earl” is one of soul

music’s most instantly identifiable lyrics. Sampled and referenced by everyone from rappers’ Cypress Hill to Steely Dan, the song’s longevity is impressive. Thee Midniters: Pioneering the age of “brown-eyed soul,” East Los Angeles’ Thee Midniters helped Latin-ize the pop charts throughout the 1960s with covers of Cannibal & the Headhunters’ “Land of a Thousand Dances” and more. But what really drove their fans crazy, especially the girls, were the renditions of “That’s All,” and “The Town I Live In.” Tune-in Sunday nights to the Art Laboe dedication radio show and find out what I mean. Tierra: Like their East Los Angeles brethren, Thee Midniters, Tierra helped keep the heart of Latino soul beating after scoring a Top-20 hit with “Together.” Brothers Steve and Rudy Salas don’t always show up together onstage at every show. But when they do, it’s on. The Originals: Hailing from Motor City, the quartet scored in 1969 with the immortal “Baby, I’m for Real,” written by Marvin Gaye and his older sister, Anna. Filled with angelic strings, the lyrics are guaranteed to keep your lady from ever leaving. But just in case, they released “The Bells” as back-up. Eddie Holman: A single person’s anthem, “Hey There Lonely Girl,” is an invitation to finding new love. Still hitting those pitch-perfect falsetto notes in concert, singer Eddie Holman should help create some sparks among the newly dateable.

Regan’s observational jokes find ha-ha in the ho-hum BY MATT MUNOZ Bakotopia.com editor mmunoz@bakersfield.com

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onesty is the best comedy policy for Brian Regan. Using everyday life as a backdrop during his stand-up routine, the comedian’s everyman style has brought him acclaim from fans and peers alike. Taking the stage tonight at the Fox Theater, Regan says he doesn’t take too well to receiving praise for his “observational” comedy — much of which could be pulled from a dentist waiting room. “I wish I was that brilliant. But I’m only about one-tenth that brilliant. If I were in a room with 10 strangers, I would probably be able to make a routine out of only one of those people.” Preferring to shy away from fueling his ego with too many accolades, Regan’s resume certainly is something to brag about. Appearing in a series of popular Comedy Central specials, he’s also made appearances on both Conan and Letterman. Plus, he’s also had some of his works featured on movie screens across the nation, where they were viewed by thousands, if not millions of moviegoers. “I did these little shorts called “Concession Stand Comedy” for Coca-Cola that were shown before the movies started,” he said. “People would watch me act like a goof for a minute, then they’d watch De Niro act like a genius for an hour and a half.” Touching on everything from UPS service desks to Pop-Tarts toaster pastries and the potential for disaster accompanying them, Regan’s act is a natural combination of conversational and physical comedy style onstage ala Jim Carrey.

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When asked if he performs any backstage rituals before each show for good luck, Regan’s bizarre side emerged — if only for a joke or two. “I always roast a pig backstage before each show. OK, nothing that weird. But I do always retie my shoes. I hate the thought of prowling back and forth on stage with my shoes not tied,” he said. Hoping to avoid any trips in front of fans during tonight’s show, Regan’s latest quickfire observation comes courtesy of Egypt’s latest political unrest and of all things, Snookie from MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” “I hope the nation of Egypt can find peace soon. When I first saw the rock-throwing protesters in Egypt, I thought they were upset about ‘Jersey Shore.’”


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he Bakersfield Californian, Maya Cinemas and KC Steakhouse want to reward Kern's biggest movie buffs by offering prizes and a article on the winner in our Oscar contest. The Academy Awards telecast is Feb. 27. First place: $100 certificate to KC Steakhouse and 24 movie tickets to Maya Cinemas Second place: $50 certificate to KC Steakhouse and 16 movie tickets to Maya Cinemas Third place: $25 certificate to KC Steakhouse and 10 movie tickets to Maya Cinemas More prizes: 25 other contestants will win two-packs of Maya Cinemas tickets in a random drawing Ballots: Drop off at The Californian's downtown offices, 1707 Eye St., or at Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. Mail to The Bakersfield Californian/Oscar Contest, P.O. Bin 440, Bakersfield, CA, 93302 Deadline: All ballots must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 25 Rules: Employees of The Bakersfield Californian, Maya Cinemas, KC Steakhouse or any of their relatives or vendors are not eligible.

Mark one in each category Best picture

Best director

“127 Hours”

Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”

“Black Swan”

David Fincher, “The Social Network”

“The Fighter”

Tom Hooper, “The King's Speech”

“Inception”

David O. Russell, “The Fighter”

“The Kids Are All Right”

Joel and Ethan Coen, “True Grit”

“The King's Speech” e Social Network” “The

Best animated feature “How to Train Your Dragon”

“Toy Story 3”

“The Illusionist”

“True Grit”

“Toy Story 3”

“Winter’s Bone”

Best actor

Best foreign language film “Biutiful” (Mexico)

Javier Bardem, “Biutiful”

“Dogtooth” (Greece)

Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”

“In a Better World” (Denmark)

Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”

“Incendies” (Canada)

Colin Firth, “The King's Speech”

“Outside the Law” (Algeria)

James Franco, “127 Hours”

Best actress Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right” Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole” Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter's Bone”

Best screenplay (original) “Another Year” “The Fighter” “Inception” “The Kids Are All Right” “The King's Speech”

Natalie Portman, “Black Swan” Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Best screenplay (adapted) “127 Hours”

Best supporting actor

“The Social Network”

Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

“Toy Story 3”

John Hawkes, ”Winter's Bone”

“True Grit”

Jeremy Renner, “The Town”

“Winter's Bone”

Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right” Geoffrey Rush, “The King's Speech”

Best supporting actress

Best music (original score) “How to Train Your Dragon,” John Powell

Amy Adams, “The Fighter”

“Inception,” Hans Zimmer

Helena Bonham Carter, “The King's Speech”

“The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat

Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”

“127 Hours,” A.R. Rahman

Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”

“The Social Netw work,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Jackie Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Best music (original song) “Coming Home” from “Country Strong,” music and lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey “I See the Light” from “Tangled,” music by Alan Menken, lyric by Glenn Slater “If I Rise” from “127 Hours,” music by A.R. Rahman and lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” music and lyric by Randy Newman

Best cinematography “Black Swan,” Matthew Libatique “Inception,” Wally Pfister “The King's Speech,” Danny Cohen “The Social Network,” Jeff Cronenweth “True Grit,” Roger Deakins

Best documentary (feature) “Exit through the Gift Shop” “Gasland” “Restrepo” “Waste Land”

Best documentary (short subject) “Killing the Name” “Poster Girl” “Strangers No More” “Sun Come Up” “The Warriors of Qiugang”

Best film editing “Black Swan,” Andrew Weisblum “The Fighter,” Pamela Martin “The King’s Speech,” Tariq Anwar “127 Hours,” Jon Harris “The Social Network,” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Tie breaker Length of telecast, in minutes (guesses that exceed the running time will be disqualified). Minutes:


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Eye Street GO & DO Today Brian Regan, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $39.50 plus fee. vallitix.com or 322-5200. Asleep At The Wheel, 7 p.m., Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $15.50-$22.50. vallitix.com or call 322-5200. Cupcake Craze Contest for Teens, cupcakes will be provided and winner will receive a prize, 3:30 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Lake Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 8680770. CSUB 60 Plus Club, “TheMisSteppers,” clog dancing demonstration, 2 p.m., CSUB, Icardo Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-3211. Living History Day: Frontier Life in Kern County, costumed docent-led tours, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. $10 adults; $9 students (13-17)/seniors; $8 (6-12); $7 children 3 to 5; under 3 are free. 852-5000. “The Blind Side” Movie, 6 p.m., Beale Library, Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0745. College Planning Workshop, for students and parents, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. Free. 871-6318. The Lisa Project; a journey through the lives of children of abuse; 5 to 9 p.m. today and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, now through February, Bakersfield Heart Hospital, 3001 Sillect Ave. Visit thelisaproject.org or 246-4181. Totally 80's Dance Revue, 7 p.m. today through Saturday, Ridgeview High School, Auditorium, 8501 Stine Road. $6; $5 if you dress in 80's fashion. 398-3100. Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Columbus Estates, 3201 Columbus St. 871-3340 or 619-4153. Food & Wine Pairings, a CSUB Osher Lifelong Learning Institute course for ages 50 and above, 6 p.m., Urner’s Appliance Center, 4110 Wible Road. $60 members; $100 nonmembers. 654-2427. Intensely Interesting Lecture Series, learn more about artist Maynard Dixon’s exhibition with art expert and lecturer Abe Hays, owner of the collection, 6 p.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $5 nonmembers; free to members. bmoa.org or 323-7219. Mystery & Adventure Book Group, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Second annual Winter Wine Fest Fundraiser, for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; music, food pairings by Valentien, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. $35 advance; $40 at the door. 636-1305.

Friday Valentine’s Super Love Jam 2011, 8 p.m., Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $33.95 to

$45.70. ticketmaster.com or 800745-3000. Valentine Trail Rides, to Lockwood Valley region, 10 a.m. Friday through Monday, American Jousting Alliance Training Headquarters, 15568 Greenleaf Springs Road, Frazier Park. $50 per person; $60 sunset special. 2454000. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $15 adults; $10 students/seniors. 327-PLAY. No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series, Peter Karp and Sue Foley, 7 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, Ballroom, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $20-$25. 831-3100. Napoleon & Angela Carrasco, 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $30 to $60. vallitix.com or 322-5200. Everyday Sunday Concert, 7 p.m., Jesus Shack, indoor stage, 1326 30th St. $10 general admission; $25 VIP. jesusshack.com or call 324-0638. Faculty Recital, with Soo-Yeon Park Chang and guest Geeta Novotny, 7:30 p.m., CSUB, Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $4 students; CSUB students are free with ID. 654-3093. Music Night with Fox Elipsus, 7 p.m., Borders, 4980 Stockdale Highway. Free. 328-9800. Presentation of “The Gnome Project,” specially designed ceramic gnomes on display during, Friday through Sunday, Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. Free. 636-0490. Wine Bar Flight, the best of Syrah, 2008 Broken Stone, 2006 Alban Reva, 2007 Araujo Syrah, 2008 Denner Syrah and more, 4 p.m., Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. Tastes, $8 to $12. 633-WINE.

Saturday St. Valentine’s Day Celebration, social time and appetizers, 5:30 to 6 p.m., pasta dinner and music by Dennis Wilson, 6 to 7 p.m., music by The Arvizu Brothers and Dennis Wilson, 7 to 10:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, Antler Room, 1616 30th St. $15. Champagne toast and gift for all attendees. 323-7535. Valentine’s Day Craft Bazaar, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, East Hills Mall, Center Court, 3000 Mall View Road. 302-1878. Valentine’s Day Storytime & Party, enjoy treats and craft, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. The Mystic Roots Band, with Josh Fischel & Dub Seeds, 9 p.m., Fishlips, 1517 18th St. $10 plus fee. vallitix.com or 322-5200. Sporting Clays Shoot, warmup 8:30 a.m., shooting begins 9:30 a.m., Kern County Gun Club, 12450 Shotgun Road. $500 per team. 283-8880 or 324-6561. “Flintknapping,” with Gary Pickett, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $7 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children. 324-6350.

Parents’ Night Out, open to children 4 to 12, with pizza, ice cream, bounce house, crafts, games and more, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., YMCA of Kern County, 5880 District Blvd., #13. $15 per child. 837-9622. Kern Audubon Society, trip to the Panorama Vista Preserve for birdwatching. Meet in the parking lot at the gate (take Roberts Lane off Manor Drive and go east), 9 a.m. Bring water, binoculars and walking shoes. kernaudubonsociety.org or 8321820. Kern County Archaeology Society, monthly meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rusty’s Pizza, 6675 Ming Ave. 823-7120. Your Story: Research Your African-American History; ages 12 and up, 10 a.m. to noon, Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0745. Spanish Storytime, 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. “The Gnome Project,” face painting, kids coloring contest with special performances presented by The Spotlight Theatre, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. 636-0490. Yokuts Park Fun Run, practice racing and earn points, 7 a.m., Yokuts Park, Empire Drive off Truxtun Avenue. No fee. bakersfieldtrackclub.com or 2034196 or 391-7080.

Sunday Romantic Valentine Dinner, 5course meal, 5:30 p.m., Guild House, 1905 18th St. $50 per person. 325-5478. Bowling for Burn Survivors, with firefighters and Grossman Burn Center staff, noon to 3:30 p.m., AMF Southwest Lanes, 3610 Wible Road. 869-6138. The Bakersfield Winds, part of the Fred and Beverly Dukes Concert Series, 4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road. Free. 327-1609. United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Concert, 3 p.m., Tehachapi High School, gym, 801 Dennison Road, Tehachapi. Free. bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil. WWE Raw, 5 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $23.20 to $71.30. ticketmaster.com or 800745-3000.

THEATER “Gem of the Ocean,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave. $15 adults, $12 seniors/students/active military. 831-8114. “Shootout at Ethel’s Old Corral,” followed by the vaudeville revue “Bakersfield! Party City U.S.A.,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “The Night Time Show with Michael Armendariz,” variety show featuring guests from local

theater, music and comedy, 11 p.m. Friday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5. 327-7529. Adam McCabe’s Sketch Show, 11 p.m. Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5. 327-7529. Improv Comedy Show, 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. Major League Improv, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free but donations are accepted. 327-PLAY. Night Club Night at Stars Theatre, four sets, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $20. 325-6100.

ART “California Perspectives 2011” Student Art Exhibit, awards reception, guitar solo by Paul Cierley, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Younger Gallery (located in the Bank of America tower), 1430 Truxtun Ave., Suite 105. Free. 324-9000. “Space, Silence, Spirit: Maynard Dixon’s West/The Hays Collection,” “Marco Casentini: Grand Junction,” and “Uniquely Yours: Modern Architects in Bakersfield,” Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. bmoa.org, 323-7219. “Contextual,” Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St. 427-4900. All Media Class, by instructor Phyllis Oliver. Information or registration: pegolivert @ix.netcom.com or call 348-4717. Art classes, beginning watercolor, beginning drawing, advanced drawing and watercolor painters’ group, taught by Carol Bradshaw. bradshawartist@earthlink.net or 760-376-6604. Art Classes, stained glass, clay sculpture, oil painting, youth art and silver jewelry, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. For times and dates, call 327-7507. Beginning Oil Painting, with Glen Jelletich, classes held 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays. 399-3707 for information or to register. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Drawing, by Nina Landgraff. Call for information or to register. 304-7002. Free art classes, for home-school children, 11 a.m. Thursdays, Moore’s Art School, 837-1037. Native American Arts Association, meets to learn basketry, beadwork and more, 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, The Stockdale Moose Lodge, 905 Stine Road. 852-5050. The Art Shop Club, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. 322-0544, 589-7463 or 4965153. “Writing As a Spiritual Place,” part of the Art for Healing program, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday; “A Time to Write,” 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Mercy Art &

Spirituality Center, 2215 Truxtun Ave. 324-7070.

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

Classic Rock Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; The People’s Band, 9 p.m. Thursday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Mike Montano, 9 p.m. Friday; Sunday Snake Oil, 9 p.m. Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Stronghold, 8 p.m. Friday; The Usual Suspects, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Hot Rocks, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday; Strong Hold, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Crest Bar & Grill, inside Bakersfield RV Resort, 5025 Wible Road, 833-9998; Mike Montano, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Comedy Replay Sports Lounge & Grill, 4500 Buck Owens Blvd., 3243300; Comedy Hypnosis Show with Brian Parks, 8 p.m. Wednesday. $12.

Country Trouts & the Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700, offers karaoke, line dancing, West Coast Swing among other various activities. Call for times and days. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Still Kickin’, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Nightlife, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; Twang Bangers, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 328-7560; Monty Byrom & the Buckaroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Monty Byrom Band, 9 p.m. Saturday. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; live music & wine bar with Jason Badgley, along with 24 wines, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; live jazz & wine bar featuring Jazz Connection with Mark Meyer and Steve Eisen, along with 24 wines, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.


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Eye Street Intimate Theatre & Music Hall, 2030 19th St., 323-1976; Ron Christian and his Big Band, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

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. 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., 5899300; 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 1440 Weedpatch Highway, 633-1949; Karaoke King Show, all ages, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 366-3261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 8311413; 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 871-4140; 8:30 p.m. every other Friday. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. Saturday. Del Rio Cocktail Lounge, 5840 State Road, 393-0262; 8 p.m. every other Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; 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., 3987077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 392-1747; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; 9:30 p.m. Sundays. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 3973599; 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. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Tuesday. Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 328-7560; 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 3637200; 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, 8341611; 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, 8362700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 3270681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700; 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. Wednesday.

Tuesday 2/15

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

Condors vs. Victoria Salmon Kings, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Tickets: Rabobank box office, bakersfieldcondors.com or 324-7825. Friends of the Southwest Library Used Book Sale, members only, noon to 6 p.m.Tuesday; public sale, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (half-price day Saturday); noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday ($2.50 per bag of leftover books), Southwest Branch Library, 8301 Ming Ave. kerncountylibrary.org or call 868-0796. Meet, Greet & Eat, meet Kari Moore of Antinori Wines, 5 to 8 p.m., Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. $15 to taste all four wines; $10 for pasta bar and one salad. 633-WINE. Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, three to five miles, 7 p.m., meet at corner of highways 178 and 184. 872-2432 or 8738107. The Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow, bring gold, silver, antiques, rare collectibles, no appointments are needed to sell your items, no limit to the number of items that can be brought in, you will be paid on the spot, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, 5101 California Ave. Free. 217-726-7590. 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.

Rock

Thursday 2/17

Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday.

45th Annual Bob Elias Sports Hall of

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

Old School Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 366-3261; Savor with Valerie Rubin, 9 p.m. Saturday. 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

Songwriters The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 8311413; Chuck Seaton and Billy Russell’s Songwriter’s Showcase, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

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

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

Variety Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave., 323-1900: In the Mixx with DJ Noe G., Fridays. 21 & over only.

UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 2/14 Paint by Candlelight, includes chocolates, strawberries and sparking cider, 6 to 10 p.m., Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $20 per couple. bakersfield.colormemine.com or 664-7366. Recreational Swim Team, for ages 5 to 18, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive. Open enrollment. 395-4663. Roller Hockey Beginners Clinic, 6 to 6:45 p.m., Rollerama, 1004 34th St. $5. 327-7589. 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.

Fame, doors at 5:30 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. $40. Howdy, 747-5380. Bus Trip to Nethercutt Museum & Collection in Sylmar, a CSUB Osher Lifelong Learning Institute course for ages 50 and above, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., bus will leave CSUB, parking lot E, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $30 members; $55 nonmembers. 654-2427. “Road Scholar” Cult Classic Film, starring Andrei Codrescu, 6:30 p.m., CSUB, Student Union, Multipurpose Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Light refreshments. Salty Roux featuring Albert Lee, 8 p.m., Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $20. vallitix.com or 322-5200. The Lisa Project, hosted by a collaborative of community partners, take a journey through the lives of children plagued by abuse; 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, now through February, Bakersfield Heart Hospital, 3001 Sillect Ave. Visit thelisaproject.org or 246-4181. Way Back When Lecture, panel discussion on black entertainment, culture, sports, politics in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, with guest moderator Chris Reid from Kid ‘n Play, 6 to 8 p.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. bmoa.org or 323-7219.

Friday 2/18 25th annual Bakersfield Home & Garden Show, 1 to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. $7; 12 and under free; $3 parking. ggshows.com or 800-655-0655.


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