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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Index Third Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Winescapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Arts Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 History Lecture Series: Edwards AFB . . . . . . . . . .23 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Bluegrass service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Composers concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26-31

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Family’s sidewalk serenade 24th Street Cafe singers beloved by customers BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor jself@bakersfield.com

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es, they have some competition for the ears of their audience: deafening Harleys, buses, trucks and delivery vans roar by, not 10 feet from the sidewalk where the Patterson family entertains customers waiting for tables during the weekend rush at 24th Street Cafe — and this being the 24th Street Cafe, there’s always a rush. But thunderous as they are, no souped-up engine or enormous exhaust pipe is loud enough to drown out the angelic harmonies and acoustic guitars of Deryl Patterson and his teenage daughters, Latti and Breeia. Add to the experience the girls’ undeniable cowboyboot-wearing charm and Deryl’s affable banter, and it’s not a bad way to pass the time as your stomach rumbles for steak and eggs. On this particular Sunday, the only concession to the noise is occasioned by an especially shrill and insistent siren that pierces the pleasant morning, forcing Deryl to wait it out before picking up his jazzy rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon” where he left off. “One of the reasons busking on the street is so good for any performer is that it gets rid of the intimidation and shyness. The only thing that distracts me is the tuning,” says Deryl, as he takes a minute to get the upper hand on his fussy Martin guitar, before counting off “Streets of Bakersfield.” “We play everything — Charlie and Hank to Sammy and Frank.” True to his word, the trio drifts from pop standards to gospel to Motown to the Beatles, always doubling back to their true love: country and bluegrass. They play four hours straight (not counting bathroom breaks — these are teenage girls) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., no matter the weather. “As long as it’s not raining or blistering hot,” Deryl says, to which Latti fires back: “We do it when it’s blistering hot!” Breeia has the battle scars to back up her sister: “I got a heat rash last year.” Cafe owner Mark Huggs rewards the trio with a wellearned breakfast when they’re finished. “They’ve been here like three

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Lee Kirkorian taps out a beat while the Patterson family — from left, Breeia, Latti and Deryl — entertain customers outside the 24th Street Cafe. Busking on the street, as trucks and cars fly by, has taught the family to project. “We had small voices when we started,” Deryl says.

years now,” Huggs says. “No, this is our second year,” Deryl responds, “it just seems longer.” Whatever the timeframe, Huggs’ customers “love them, their personalities and voices.” And no regular proves that point with more gusto than Lee Krikorian, who slaps out a beat on his thighs to “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby.” “I play the knees better than the drums,” chuckles Krikorian, dining with friend and neighbor Carole Cadle.

‘Breeia makes people cry all the time’ Just a few chairs down, firsttime 24th Street diner Karen Brewer has a different reaction to the singing, as tears stream down her cheeks. “I lost my mom seven years ago and she played guitar,” says Brewer, seated with her husband, Jay, and their daughter Haley. “I

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haven’t heard guitar played like this since — this was her style, folk — and this hits home with me. You’re put in different places for different reasons and I guess that’s why I’m here today. Mom’s here today.” An emotional moment to be sure, but the family seems to bring that out in people. “That’s a weekly occurrence,” says Deryl, 55. “Breeia makes people cry all the time. They think she sounds like an angel, her singing and their harmonies.” At 15, Breeia’s voice — an instrument strong and true — was made for the country songs she prefers. A perfect counter-

Deryl Patterson’s motto: If you don’t win the crowd, get off the stage.

point is the more ethereal quality her older sister conveys. Dad seems to rely a little more on the guitar-playing of Latti, 18, who strums out a rhythm, backing up

Deryl’s guitar and expressive vocals. But when the girls blend their voices — a soaring, pure harmony that can be achieved Please see PAGE 19


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See musician on screen in ‘Water for Elephants’ With his dapper style — crisp shirt, starched slacks, patentleather lace-ups and jaunty fedora — Deryl Patterson looks like Central Casting’s idea of a typical 1930s musician. And come Friday, with the release of the major motion picture “Water for Elephants,” that’s precisely what he’ll be. Patterson was cast as a guitar player in the film’s speakeasy scene, a pivotal romantic moment between the characters played by stars Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. “Reese Witherspoon is a very gracious person,” Patterson said. “I’ve seen her a few times. I really never pay attention to performers on set when they’re in the moment because I want to give them their space, but she came over and Robert Pattinson came over and complimented us, the band.”

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Deryl Patterson portrays a guitar player in a speakeasy during a pivotal romantic moment of “Water for Elephants.”

dancing class when in walked none other than Sammy Davis Jr. “We were 20 minutes into ‘Shuffle off to Buffalo,’ practicing the time step and he lit up and danced his way over and when we finished our ba-dum-da-da-da-dum, he clapped and everyone there told us, the kids, what an honor it was to have Sammy Davis Jr. there. He said he was glad to see children tap-dancing.” From then on, Davis was a hero to Patterson. In fact, a conversation with the performer isn’t complete without a few Davis quotes thrown in, like this one: “Sammy used to say, ‘You gotta have a great beginning and good ending. If you get a great crowd, you got a great show. If you don’t have a good audience, you have a short show. If they’re with you, great. Otherwise get off the stage.’ In addition to his stage and screen work, Patterson has worked as producer, songwriter and performer in the recording business. He’s currently looking for an agent for his acting work. But one job at a time; for now he’s happy to see how much of his performance will make it into “Elephants.” “My daughters said they’ll be the first in line.”

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only by sisters — you see several pairs of eyes look up from the Sunday paper. “We had small voices when we started, but competing with the traffic makes one learn pretty quick,” says Deryl. Latti breaks into her favorite song, “I’ve Just Seen a Face” by the Beatles, as Huggs shouts “Torres, table for two.” Breeia takes the next one, “Tonight the Heartache’s on Me” by the Dixie Chicks. Though they’re young yet, neither girl sees it in her to make a career of music. Breeia: “I plan on being a radiologist.” Latti, with a barely suppressed eye-roll: “What?” Deryl: “She’ll change her mind.” Dad says the girls are too modest about their gifts, but he has witnessed the power they have on people. “A guy at Trout’s, he’s about 92 years old, and Breeia is singing ‘Walking After Midnight.’ ... And I hear him — I have daddy’s ear — he was saying how much he loved it and he got up and danced, and his wife said later that he hadn’t danced since ’82.”

‘I’m not Joe Jackson’ Flagging a little, Breeia sets her guitar on its stand as her sister and Dad go on without her. “It’s my break, I guess,” shrugs the Mira Monte High freshman. “I’m not playing all the time.” “I’m not Joe Jackson,” says Dad, quick to distinguish himself from the Jackson family patriarch, reputed to be a tyrant. “But if there wasn’t a Joe Jackson, there wouldn’t be a Jackson 5. I’m just glad they’re (his

Former TV news anchor Don Clark sings with Breeia, center, and Latti Patterson. Clark was so impressed with the family, he booked them to perform at his birthday.

daughters) not running in other directions at this age. Just as the crowd thins out, appetites sated with short stacks and sides of bacon, up walks former television anchor Don Clark in his Sunday best, just in time to sit in with the family on “I’ll Fly Away.” “Do you know ‘Farther Along,’” asks Clark, who softly sings a few verses. The old hymn isn’t in the family’s repertoire, so they split the difference as Clark joins them on Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya.” Clark has hired the trio for his 70th birthday bash in July, based on a tip by Tom Rockwell at Trout’s, one of many

dedicated supporters of the group. (As an aside, Clark mentions that he’s been hired as general manager of KERI 1410-AM Christian Radio, which he plans to rechristen “Radio for Jesus.” “At my age, this might be my last hurrah, and I’m putting it all on the line for the Lord.”) Clark waves goodbye as the girls blow kisses and offer hugs to departing guests. Though a born entertainer, Deryl says it’s not so much the playing as the bond he’s creating with his daughters that makes him love his weekly gig so much. “I had a chance to give something I love to them and see it reflected back.”

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Actually Pattinson was a little more interested in the Gibson L-3 Archtop Patterson was playing after the musician patiently explained to the oblivious crew that the instrument was vintage and worth anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000. To that point, they’d been leaning it against pianos and setting it on chairs. When Pattinson found out about the Gibson, he couldn’t help coming over to strum it. Patterson was impressed with how down to earth the “Twilight” superstar was, though paparazzi shadowed him everywhere and swarmed outside the Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where the speakeasy scene was shot. Though the release of “Elephants” is exciting for Patterson, it’s one credit among many on his resume: He’s had television parts on “The Unit,” “Judging Amy,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and appearances in several films, including the Mark Wahlberg version of “Planet of the Apes,” which ultimately led to Patterson’s move to Bakersfield, where his family migrated from Oklahoma and Texas in the 1940s. “This is where you learn to be humble and be patient. People in Bakersfield are so gracious.” Patterson, a single dad, brought his daughters up from Los Angeles awhile later after he purchased an investment property. Though he loves his new hometown, the performer acknowledged that growing up in L.A. gave him a first-class education in show business. He was in his first film — an extra, playing an Indian — at age 6. Then, when he was 7 or 8 he was taking a tap-

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hings are set to heat up downtown tonight, but you can keep cool in the shade as the inaugural Third Thursday kicks off at Central Park at Mill Creek. Trading the open space along Chester Avenue for the tree-lined Mill Creek, the event evolved from the Downtown Street Faires, held for 25 years along the city’s central business corridor. The move not only will offer attendees a respite from Bakersfield’s searing summer, but also an opportunity to explore another part of downtown, said David Gordon, Bakersfield Museum of Art’s assistant director. “People will get to know this side of downtown, see what it has to offer,” he said. Centering the events at the park also allows for activities at the adjacent art museum, which will be abuzz with events tonight. The main event is The Porch: Story Throwdown, which starts at 7 p.m. in the museum’s banquet room. The wine bar will be open at 5:30 p.m. in case any hopeful contestants are looking for some liquid courage. It will take a brave lot to “throwdown” as 10 people (chosen at random after dropping their names in a hat) will be called upon to share a story of their choosing, themed on a “first-ever” experience. Gordon is looking for real-life stories told from memory rather than a prepared performance or routine. There is a fiveminute limit, and a time-keeper will keep things running on schedule. Contestants will be ranked on a scale of 1 to 10 by a panel of three judges. Although Gordon is not one of the judges, he had some tips for success based on similar events he has seen in the past and on which the local contest is based. “Humor definitely hooks people in,” he said. Along with laughs, stories that pull at the heartstrings resonate with audiences, he said, referencing a story from a waitress (see example in box). Topics you should tread lightly with or steer clear of altogether are tragedy and death. Gordon recalled a story told of a tragic death: “It brought the mood of the place down. I wasn’t ready for that.” And no matter what you do, rambling is a huge no-no. Start with a hook at the beginning and make sure your story has a good ending, Gordon advised. “There is an art to it. Two people could tell you the same story. One could hook you in and the other would put you to sleep,” he said. Not knowing how adult the stories will be, the museum, which plans to hold these throwdowns over the next year, recommends that you not bring the kids.

Fun for the whole family Luckily, much of Third Thursday is geared toward the whole family with

THIRD THURSDAY Faire in the Park When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today Where: Central Park at Mill Creek, 19th to 21st streets Information: 325-5892

The Porch: Story Throwdown What: Storytellers will be selected to share true, spoken-word tales for a competition

Ready to throw down? To help would-be storytellers prepare for tonight’s main event, David Gordon recollects a story that he heard at a previous contest in Los Angeles: One story that really made me think was about a girl who went away to, like, Tennessee for the summer and waitressed at a Cracker Barrel. She waited on a couple that no one would wait on because they did not order much and would never tip. She never really talked to them as she served them the same order every Sunday night. They were obviously poor and a salt-of-theearth couple who she observed and grew to love and respect. The last Sunday shift before she was to return home she let the couple know that it had been a pleasure serving them and that she was headed back to her home state. The couple did not say anything and went to pay their usually $5.94 check. When she returned to the table they had left her the .06 cents change. She went back to the kitchen and cried. I did not do the story justice, but I loved it.

food, games and crafts. The museum will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt in its gardens. Gordon said there will likely be two hunts, one at 5:45 and another at 6:30 p.m., assisted by volunteers from the Kern County Network for Children. The eggs will be filled with goodies for children to find. Also at the museum, winners will be announced for the “Chester the Bunny” coloring contest, sponsored by The Californian. The park itself will host around 40 booths offering everything from barbecue and snacks to games and entertainment. If the kids are feeling antsy, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or limo cart, which will transport attendees around the area. One stop should be Emporium Western Store, which is hosting “Trout’s Boot Scoot ’n’ BBQ” in its parking lot. Co-owner Stephen Goldwater said the store, which is more than a century old, is teaming with the Oildale honky-tonk for a rollicking good time. Barbecue, arranged by the Downtown Business Association, will be served, including tri-tip.

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“They will have at least one customer,” Goldwater joked, saying he plans on having dinner on site. Keeping things lively will be Trout’s house band, performing in the lot and encouraging those without plates or purchases in their hands to get up and dance. Speaking of purchases, Goldwater said the store, like many others in the area, will be open later to accommodate the crowds. He also said there will be specials. Like many other businesses in the area, Goldwater is thrilled that the popular downtown event has set up shop in his neck of the woods. “I am excited to see how this works. (And) that they’re paying attention to this part of downtown. Being able to use the park will be good. Mill Creek is a little bit different area, which a lot of people haven’t seen,” he said. The hunger for new activity and fun will spread throughout the Mill Creek area and beyond with a variety of restaurant specials. If barbecue isn’t your top pick, check out specials like “Pasta by the Pool” at Pasta Fazool in the Best Western Hotel, tacos at Mexicali, sandwiches at Too Fat, gyros on the patio at Goose Loonies or enjoy a drink at Mill Creek Deli and Bar, which recently opened its expansion into what was formerly the Silver Fox.

For the art lovers If you’d like a glass of wine and some more mature pursuits, galleries will be open later, hosting an assortment of artists. The BMoA is currently showing four exhibits, which range from fabric arts and quilts to vibrant still-life works. Adobe Krow Archives on 18th Street will show the imaginative paintings of Zacatecano artist David Silva Herrera. Across the street at Juliana’s Art Studio and Gallery, are the works of Bill Ryan, Monica Nelson, Phyllis Oliver, Christine Anderson and Chella. The S Class Combo will provide music, and there will be refreshments. Other artists, including Bossanova Studios’ owner Johnny Ramos, will be displaying their work near the park from 17th to 19th streets. Ramos will also open his studio on 18th Street open during the event. Gordon said organizers are geared up for an exciting night for this first event. The goal, of course, is to generate interest to keep people engaged through the summer, with a health and safety theme in May, home and garden in June, Christmas in July and Hot August Nights. Along with First Fridays, the whole of downtown should be hopping. “We want people to come back.”


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ix-liter wine bottles artistically altered in almost every way imaginable are the big draw at the annual Winescapes event at Bakersfield Museum of Art next Thursday. Some 40 bottles will be sold at auction on at the museum, which also will feature a wine tasting, an array of food and other auction items. This is the fourth year of the event, and each year the bottles are increasingly creative, said Vikki Cruz, curator at the museum. “The artists never cease to amaze me with what they do using a bottle as the canvas,” she said. Winescapes is a major fundraising event for the Bakersfield Museum of Art, with proceeds going to various art education programs. Starting price for bottles in the silent auction is $60, and several bottles will be sold in the live auction. In the past, some bottles went for more than $1,000 each. Each bottle is unique and there is no theme provided for the artist. Bottle designs this year include ocean life, cars, chefs, Japan, Aquarius and skyscraper themes. First-time bottle artist Lauri Eaton of Marina del Rey picked an ocean theme based on her jewelry design firm, Sirene Designs. She lives on a boat and created the bottle, which includes a detailed clay octopus clinging to the top, during a rough storm at sea. “He was born on the ocean,” she said. The bottle is also adorned with shells from Catalina and a variety of jewels fashioned much like her jewelry creations — casual and with ocean influences.

Winescapes at Bakersfield Museum of Art When: 6 p.m. April 28 Where: Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. Admission: $40 per person, $75 per couple, $50 per person at the door, $500 for tables of eight Wineries: Rutherford Wine Co., Silkwood Wines, Graveyard Vineyards, Javadi Wines, Mercer Estates Winery Sponsors: Lou & Sheryl Barbich, Walker-Lewis Rents, Kaiser Permanente, Tejon Ranch, Penny Fulton

Bakersfield artist Nicole Saint-John focused on a city scene in designing her bottle. A combination of paint and collage, the bottle features urban skyscrapers dotted with origami bugs and one large bug made from a recycled tin can that sits at the top. She said it represents a contrast between nature and urban life. Return artist Saint-John said finding inspiration is not too difficult. “You have to come up with ideas all of the time when you are an artist. That's just part of the job description,” she said. West High School art teacher Shelley Juhl-O’Brien, who has designed two bottles before, chose an ocean theme, specifically designed with a buyer in mind. Juhl-O’Brien said an art collector bought her peacock-themed bottle last year, and this buyer also likes ocean themes, so she’s hoping her collage with an octopus on top entices this buyer again.

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Nicole Saint-John’s entry for this year’s Winescapes event.

Designing on the bottles is a challenge, she said because it requires the artist to work in a three-dimensional perspective rather than on a flat surface. “I really like it because it challenges me, and makes me a better teacher,” she said. “I have to problem-solve with it like I expect my students to problemsolve.” Winescapes will also feature the auction of a variety of high-end wines, trips, special event tickets and other items. — Beth Pandol is the marketing director at Bakersfield Museum of Art

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BC actors trek into ‘Wilderness’ thespians who prepared for the show by attending an eight-week workshop headed by Guinevere PH Dethlefson of Tonicism Productions. Her team of instructors includes Amy Hall, Cory Rickard and David Rock.

Empty Space preps for ‘Mulan Junior’

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ome individuals who see their families as far from perfect may dream of reshaping reality to reflect a happier nest of nurture. Famed American playwright Eugene O’Neill did just that in his comedy “Ah, Wilderness!” which opens on Wednesday at Bakersfield College. Director Jennifer Sampson recognizes the author’s purpose and has designed the show around the idea that it is O’Neill’s “dreamscape.” “This is the family he wishes he could have had; the doting mother, the wise father, the loving and rambunctious siblings,” she said. “I wanted, through the set, lights, and costumes to create the feel of remembrance, maybe for something that never happened, but could have.” To prepare for their performances Sampson asked her students to study O’Neill’s autobiographical “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” a heartwrenching tragedy, so they would have a full appreciation for the characters and the story. Set in 1906, “Ah, Wilderness!” takes place on the Fourth of July in a small Connecticut town. The cast will wear period costumes designed and supplied by Jenn Keller of Fantasy Frocks. Kevin Ganger designed the surrealistic set that merely suggests the structural outlines of a house by way of a roof and windows that seem to float above the characters. Much of the story focuses on the family’s

GO & DO ‘Disney’s Mulan Junior’ When: 5:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday Where: The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Admission: $10; $5, children. Information: 327-PLAY

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli of Veracruz Mexico When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Liberty High School Performing Arts Center, 925 Jewetta Ave. Admission: $15, in advance; $20 at the door Information: 587-0925

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Nick Ono appears in a scene from “Ah, Wilderness!”

soon-to-be 17-year-old son, Richard, played by Nick Ono, who is going through the agonies of growing up physically and emotionally. He is given to quoting poetry — the play’s title is a line from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam — and is in love with the girl next door, portrayed by Corina Gomez, whose father, played by William Castro, is adamantly opposed to their relationship. There are a number of stumbling blocks in Richard’s way, including a blind date with a young woman who turns out to be a prostitute, but overall what you see is a family that manages to work things out so that everybody is happy with the outcome. Or as Sampson puts it, “Of course, there is conflict and pathos in the play, but somehow we know it will work out all right in the end.” All but one of the cast members are students — some experienced, a few on their “first flight.” And this reflects Sampson’s desire to strengthen the BC drama department’s underpinnings. “I’m particularly proud that two

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

of our cast members have never done a play before,” she said. “I feel that, by casting all students (except for Rod Lester) I am working to educate and grow the department’s talent base. I’ve cast completely colorblind as well.” Lester and Catt Lopez play the parents, Nat and Essie Miller. Taking on the roles of the couple’s other children are Triandous Hobson, Conner Campbell and Christyna Martinez. Matt Mizell appears as the no-account uncle, and Amanda Santiago as Lily, a stereotypical old maid. Also in the cast are Amanda Duke, Steven Chase, Delmos Birdwell and Danny Bennett.

Chinese tale at Empty Space “Disney’s Mulan Jr.,” a stage adaptation of the animated movie “Mulan,” is being performed Friday and Saturday at The Empty Space. Based on an ancient Chinese poem, it tells the story of a young woman named Mulan who sets out on a dangerous adventure to save the emperor from an enemy attack. She is accompanied by Mushu, a dragon. It involves plenty of action along with dancing and songs. The cast is made up of young

‘Ah, Wilderness!’ PHOTO COURTESY OF ALBERTO GUADARRAMA

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli of Veracruz will perform Tuesday at Liberty High School.

Liberty club hosts Veracruz dancers On-the-spot instrumental music is one of the things that makes Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli of Veracruz a standout among other such troupes, says Felisa PatiñoGuadarrama, who teaches Spanish at Liberty High School. “What makes them more interesting is they have live music — a harp, guitars and drums — to accompany them instead of recordings,” she said. “That makes the music and the dancing a bit more exquisite.” The ensemble will give a onenight-only performance on Tuesday at Liberty. It is made of 12 dancers and five musicians, all wearing traditional costumes of the Veracruz region of Mexico. Their appearance here is sponsored by the on-campus MEChA Club, said Patino-Guadarrama, who acts as adviser to the group, which has about 30 members. “It’s an honor for me and my students to bring them here,” the

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teacher said, adding that the ballet, which has performed internationally, is now on its spring tour of the western United States. Her husband, Alberto Guadarrama, a professional photographer, has traveled with the group for several years. Although the traditions of Veracruz will be the ensemble’s main focus, it will open the show with dances that date back to the time of the Aztecs, the ancient culture that thrived in present-day Mexico more than six centuries ago. “Veracruz Jarocho,” a painting by popular local artist Alberto Herrera did for the high school, will also be on display. Patino-Guadarrama explained the title by saying, “Jarocho is the heart of the Veracruz region — that’s where ‘La Bamba’ is from.”


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The space shuttle Endeavour lands at Edwards Air Force Base in 2002.

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What: Installment of the Local History Lecture Series presented by Lt. Col. David Smith When: 11 a.m. Saturday Where: Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Admission: Free Information: 868-0770

deployment overseas. In 1949, what was then called Muroc Air Force Base was renamed Edwards AFB in honor of Capt. Glen Edwards, co-pilot on the YB-49 jet powered flying wing that crashed near the base on June 4, 1948. The Air Force Flight Test Center was established at Edwards AFB in 1951. In the decades that followed, Edwards AFB was the scene of daring aviation accomplishments that included setting speed and altitude records, some of which stand today. The base and the aviators who flew from its runways also transformed the way airplanes were designed, tested and produced. Edwards AFB has been on the cutting edge of the world’s aviation progress. But this legacy has come with a high price. Crude systems pushing the limits of performance and pilots’ endurance, combined with what the Air Force describes as an “informal approach to safety,” to produce a horrendous accident rate in the 1940s and 1950s. “The year 1948 was particularly tragic, as at least 13 fatalities were recorded,” according to the military’s account posted on the Edwards AFB website. One of those fatalities was Capt. Edwards, the base’s namesake. As aircraft systems and monitoring became more sophisticated, test pilots were no longer flying by the seat of

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their pants. Rather, they were required to be technologically as advanced as the machines they flew. Rockets, spaceships and stealth aircraft are among the advances perfected at Edwards AFB. “Edwards, its mission and people will likely be here a long, long time,” said Smith, who will discuss the base’s mission. “That huge lakebed out there is a primary reason. This lake, visible from the space shuttle, is a welcome safety zone to our pilots and programs. It is one of a kind. The airspace sanctuary we have allows for easy access to some of the highest and lowest points in the continental U.S., as well as forest, desert and close proximity to the sea. We can access conveniently any environment needed for any test being conducted.” But Smith stressed that the primary mission of Edwards Air Force Base is to support the “war fighter.” “We support the warrior,” he said. “Our war fighters are in harm’s way every day, and we must ensure they have the best possible ‘tools’ to support their mission. We test those tools and ensure they are ready for the war fighter.” On May 14, the library’s history series will feature retired Bakersfield College professor Jerry Ludeke, who will discuss the community college’s rich history, particularly the period between its opening in 1913 and its transformative years in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. On June 25, Chris Livingston, local history librarian at the Beale Memorial Library, will give tips on how library patrons and serious researchers can use an online database to search for historical articles that appeared on the pages of The Bakersfield Californian over the past 100 years. Each Saturday lecture will begin at 11 a.m. in the Tejon Room, a meeting room on the second floor of the Beale Memorial Library in downtown Bakersfield. There is no charge to attend.

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Good vibrations from surf duo Reunited local pair release inventive EP

Bakotopia Unplugged Open Mic Night With host Matt Munoz 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.

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t’s a really good time to be a Bakersfield band — again. I say this not only from experience, but also as a fan of the current local music scene. While it’s nothing compared to the ’90s golden age, when just about everyone and their mother was in a band, I’ve found some spots of light flickering on the downtown grid. Trust me when I tell you, I listen to every demo that crosses my desk. Not only that, but I’m on a mission for new sounds daily. The problem is, most of the bands have no recorded music. That’s why I’m excited to put the spotlight on Bakersfield indie-surf duo The Ease. Comprised of guitarist vocalist Jose Berlanga and drummer Sam Garcia, they wasted no time getting to the studio to produce a cool new five-song EP, “Not Now But Soon.” Not only that, they’re planning a wild CD release party concert at Sandrini’s on Saturday night. This isn’t my first run-in with Berlanga and Garcia, who also perform as their funky, electronica alter egos That That. Last year they dropped a three-song EP to rave reviews among hipsters and pseudo raver heads. Their song “Take It Off” was an infectious stylized dance number not previously heard before from any band from recent memory, and for That That local music fans rejoiced. “That That is the louder, crazy sibling, and The Ease is the loving, passionate one,” said the 22year-old Berlanga of both groups’

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Bakersfield band The Ease will be having a CD release party Saturday at Sandrini’s. Pictured from left are Jose Berlanga and Sam Garcia.

The Ease’s CD release party When: 10 p.m. Saturday Where: Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St. Admission: $5, which includes a free copy of “Not Now But Soon.” Opening guests are The Volume, along with DJs Xrysto and Noe G. Information: 322-8900.

symbiotic relationship. “It’s really just me getting reconnected with my musical past.” Berlanga recalled listening to his father’s collection of ’60s and ’70s doo-wop, surf and Latin records. Absorbing it during his teens, he began noodling around on guitar and keyboards performing regularly in church at the age of 15.

After taking a destructive detour into a life of alcohol dependency, he decided to enlist in the U.S. Air Force in 2007 as a last resort to clean up his act. “I did it as a dare,” admitted Berlanga. “But I wanted to get out of here. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. I was hoping people would just forget about me.”

Rising up the cool meter Surviving basic training and living on base, he joined the reserves and soon transferred to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. Living off base in nearby Berkeley, the freespirited surroundings of the Bay’s artistic community helped bring him back to the music. “I really like it there and wanted to be a part of what was going on,” he said. “There were DJs, electron-

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.

ic music, bands everywhere.” Making regular trips back to Bakersfield, Berlanga decided to try connecting with musicians looking to jam. Forming That That in mid-2009, Berlanga would continue making lengthy commutes during free weekends to practice and perform. Garcia, who had already been a member of ska reggae band Vanity Avenue and pop punkers News from the Paperboy, was looking for a new gig. Rising up the local cool meter, the group’s post-studio popularity on the live circuit also made way for friction between band members. Originally a quartet with Garcia on drums and Berlanga on keyboards, That That became a three-piece band with bassist Michael Aguilar and new drummer Tyler Patterson before ultimately falling apart six months after the release of their CD debut. Berlanga blames a combination of vices for the sudden breakup. “I took a break from everything, and needed to regroup,” he said. “I went home and started listening to stuff from my roots and just started writing again.”’ Garcia, who hadn’t heard from Berlanga after being fired months earlier, recalled getting a surprise call from his former bandmate one day with an offer to experiment with some new sounds. “I couldn’t believe it at first,” said Garcia of their initial conversation, “I had to see if this guy had changed as much as I did.” For Berlanga his choice to reconnect with Garcia was based on friendship as much as talent. “We’re more like brothers,” he

said. “Sam’s got a driving style, and he knows how to make the music spicy.” Rehearsing again, this time with Berlanga on guitar, their new sound wasn’t anything resembling That That. Influenced by his father’s library of vintage sounds, the guitarist’s new vision was headed for the beach. “It’s a retro surf sound to me,” said Berlanga. “Like The Beach Boys with a new-age spin.”

Sound ‘real raw, low-fi but not overdoing it’ Without tip-toeing around the obvious, The Ease’s formula owes as much to The White Stripes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs as it does to The Black Keys’ bare-bones approach. Berlanga’s reverb-rich guitar mixed with his signature vocal style and Garcia’s pulse pounding drumming make “Not Now But Soon” both a homage and healthy slice of hipster heaven. “We recorded it live and wanted it to sound like an old doo-wop record,” said Berlanga. “Real raw, low-fi but not overdoing it.” Opening with “How ’Bout It Again,” Berlanga’s wailing, hot vocal mix peeks out just enough to make an artistic point. Lyrics are always up to interpretation, but judging by some of the singer’s earlier works, relationships are a big topic and I’ll leave it at that. Segueing into “Lil Jiffy,” an instrumental that made me nostalgic for the old “Kids in the Hall” TV show, the surfy melody is a nice inclusion. “Oh, Me” is a catchy ’80s-style ditty with plenty of charm and the most obvious choice for a single. “Sweaters” is another strong track, with a bonus secret track, “Joey.” At just under 20 minutes, all five tracks blend seamlessly and should leave listeners wanting more. It’s a promising introduction for two well-matched artists. While the duo does have plans to throw a That That reunion show, both are first looking forward to Saturday’s gig as well as a fulllength release in June. “Bring your dancing shoes,” said Garcia.


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A bluegrass Good Friday Themes of loss in music fit mournful day BY ZACH PARRIS Contributing writer

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ood Friday is a day in which the life of the church and the sorrowful tenor of bluegrass resonate deeply. At Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Baker Street we will gather on Friday evening for a Bluegrass Good Friday service. Led by the Baker Street Sound we will use the genre to put words and music to our pains in the midst of Christ’s death. The liturgy will take us through the death of Jesus found in the gospel of John. The music will take us through some traditional and mournful bluegrass standards, as well as through a few selections from the Old Crow Medicine Show. Good Friday is a pivotal day in the calendar of the Christian church. On this day the church remembers and proclaims the Christ who gives his life in order to conquer death once and for all. Through liturgies in churches across Bakersfield and the world the Christian faithful will declare that even the pow-

WASHING OF THE FEET Beginning with Maundy Thursday (the Thursday of Holy Week), Christians around the world gather to celebrate the three days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At the very core of the Maundy Thursday service is Jesus’ commandment to the disciples to love one another as they gather for the last supper. With this commandment as a focal point, many different churches and traditions include in their services a ritual washing of the feet. Those gathered to begin their journey through the cross and on to the Easter dawn, make their way forward, take a seat, and have their feet ceremonially washed clean. The feet er of evil and death were forced to submit themselves to God as Christ reigned from the cross. It was my experience growing up in the long shadows of the Appalachian Mountains that moved me toward taking up the banjo and toward an appreciation of bluegrass music. And it is the very mountains themselves that have shaped bluegrass over the years. The lyrics of bluegrass songs have most often been marked by themes of loves lost, pained relation-

are washed, in a sense, to be prepared for the steps that lie ahead that lead to the Easter dawn. Pub(lic) Theology will gather in the afternoon today from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of L Street and Truxtun Avenue for feet washing. There we will have a chair and a basin filled with some warm water. There we will offer to serve, to put Christ’s commandment into action by offering to wash the feet of all who walk by. It is our hope that this washing of the feet might prepare all who walk by for the steps that lie ahead. Pub(lic) Washing of Feet, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today, L Street and Truxtun Avenue

ships, and hopelessness. These themes move from the environment in which this genre grew.

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hen they aren’t practicing, most music majors spend their time analyzing the works of the great composers. But at some point, musicians have got to come up with the goods themselves. Students from Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield will do just that at the annual Composers’ Concert at the Dore Theatre. “The act of creating new music is such a vital role to 21st century music students,” said Jim Scully, director of the Cal State side of the concert. “We can study the past only so much until it is our responsibility to make new sounds.” “So, these students are in different places in their development, but they are fighting the good fight by investigating sounds and writing them down for others to hear — and learn from,” Scully said. The composers’ concert began in 1995 at Bakersfield College under the director of Dr. John Gerhold. Gerhold said BC doesn’t have a large enough music program to offer composition as a separate class, which means a composers’ concert isn’t a required student activity. “We had to pay for the BC facilities,” Gerhold said. “Even though the students are in the theory class, it’s not a requirement for them to have a piece on the program.” Gerhold said the extra costs prompted him to work with Cal State

Student Composers' Concert When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Doré Theatre, CSUB campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10; $4 students; CSUB students with ID are free Information: 654-2511

to do a joint program starting in 2003. “It also allows us to create a strong tie with the music program at CSUB,” Gerhold said. “Just in general, our music department has a strong relationship with CSUB, which is not always the case with community colleges and four-year schools.” “Sometimes I think it’s just a matter of professional jealousy,” Gerhold said. Gerhold described the relationship between the schools in terms of the numbers. Gerhold estimated some 270 students have formally declared music as their academic interest, with about 70 of those students aggressively pursuing a degree. Gerhold said about 80 percent of any discipline, including music, will eventually transfer to Cal State Bakersfield, which currently has about 85 declared music majors. “What we really have between BC and Cal State are all the pieces of one really good music program spread between two campuses,” Gerhold said.

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Gerhold noted that California State Senate Bill 1440, which established the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, could improve those numbers. The bill, which goes into effect in the fall, seeks to fulfill the original intent of the higher education system in California, namely providing a seamless system from the community college to either the CSU or UC system, with the larger number of students coming into the four-year schools as community college transfers. Gerhold, who is the statewide community college leader for music curriculum, said the systems are working right now on a revision of lower division music curriculum to meet the new provisions of the law. What that could mean is more BC students transferring with an Associate of Arts degree to Cal State in less time. “We have six students who are graduating with an A.A. degree this year,” Gerhold said. “The talent pool is exceptional.” BC students participating in this year’s composer’s concert include Alexa Feldman, Shawn Fogel, Jesse Garcia, James Anderson and Michael Ware; Cal State composers include Fernando Montoya and Pete Crawford. Offerings for this year’s concert show a wide-range of musical interests from the students: a string quartet, music for solo clarinet, jazz ensemble pieces, a piece for solo marimba, another for percussion instruments, electronic music.

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Eye Street GO&DO Today CSUB Roadrunner Baseball vs. UC Riverside, 6 p.m. today and Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday, CSUB campus, Hardt Field, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $4 to $7. 654-2583. Ink Art Teens, bring a light colored shirt to create your own unique shirt, 4 to 5 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Lake Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. Kern County Mineral Society, meeting, 7:30 p.m., East Bakersfield Veterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Rd. 834-3128. Masters in Business Administration Information Session, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., CSUB, Dezember Leadership Development Center, Room 401C, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-2780. Novel Night Mixer, hosted by the United Way Emerging Leaders, collecting books for the Raising Reader program, 5:30 to 8 p.m., The Petroleum Club, 5060 California Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring at least two new kindergarten-level children's books. 834-1820. Third Thursdays Faire in the Park, entertainment, barbecue, arts and crafts, games, contests, farmer’s market, 5:30 p.m., Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets. 325-5892.

Friday Beginning Guitar Lesson, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Golden Living Center, 3601 San Dimas St. Reservations, 323-2894.

Bakersfield. Local History Lecture Series, with Lt. Col. David Smith discussing Kern County’s wild blue yonder stealth bombers, space shuttles, Blue Angels, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. Memoir Writing Workshop, guest author Olga Garcia Echeverria, 3 to 5 p.m., Southwest Branch Library, 8301 Ming Ave. Free. 664-7716. Paws to Read, build reading skills by sharing stories with a therapy dog, 11 a.m., Beale Memorial Library, Arkelian Children’s Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0745. Poetry Reading, 7 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. Free. 665-4686. 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.

Sunday Easter Brunch at Cafe Med, champagne Easter Sunday brunch carving station-rack of lamb, prime rib, ham, seafood barscrambled eggs and omelette station, chili verde, salad, pasta, chicken kabab, fillet tips, fajitas, crab enchiladas, fruits, desserts, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway. $29.95 per person; $12.95 children 12 and under. 8344433.

THEATER “My First Name,” 7 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $15. 634-0692 or thespotlighttheatre.com.

History Forum, with Erin Miller, explaining how William Penn’s faith contributed to the birth of American Society, 3:30 p.m, CSUB, Doré Theatre, Albertson Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-3079.

“As Seen on TV,” with magic, stand-up, skits and general mayhem, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $20. 303-1386.

Pretty Ricky Friendship & Unity Tour, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $21 to $44 plus fee. vallitix.com or 322-5200.

“Bedlam at Sam Lynn Ball Park,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377.

“Talk Radio,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave. $10. 8318114.

Future Has-Beens, subversive sketch comedy and music, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak Street. $5. 871-8088.

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Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. Adults: $5 on Friday and Saturdays, children under 12 are $1 every day. ciacomedy.com.

Annual Primavera Health Fair, health screenings, raffle, prizes, Medicare information, 8 a.m. to noon, Richard Prado Senior Center, 2101 Ridge Road. Free. 8680920. Feed It Forward Easter 2011, free Easter meal and Easter egg hunt, 2 to 5 p.m., The Dome, 2201 V St. 371-1587. Great Cloth Diaper Change, trying to set a world record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously, happening at over 400 locations worldwide, begins at 9 a.m. at two local locations: West Park Activity Center, 410 W. D St., Tehachapi; Ultimate Cheer Gym, 9412 Shellabarger Road,

“Talk Radio,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave. $10. 8318114. 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. Please see PAGE 28

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For Reservations Call 661.834-4433

All Media Class, by instructor Phyllis Oliver, all media welcome, with color theory stressed. For more information or to register, email pegolivert@ix.netcom.com or call 3484717. Art classes, beginning watercolor, beginning drawing, advanced drawing and watercolor painters’ group, taught by Carol Bradshaw. Call or email for details and enrollment. bradshawartist@earthlink.net or 760376-6604. 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. Art for Healing program, of Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield has many unique classes that may help alleviate stress and anxiety resulting in illness, loss, grief or caring for another. All classes are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A St. Visit mercybakersfield.org/art or to register, 324-7070. Basic Beading & Wire Wrapping Workshop, with Susi Klassen, private instruction or by appointment, The Bead Hut, 610 18th St. To schedule an appointment, call 324-0975 or 7066490. Beginning Oil Painting, with instructor Glen Jelletich, classes held 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays. Call 399-3707 for more information or to register. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Drawing, by instructor Nina Landgraff, series of five two-hour classes. Call for more information or to register. 304-7002. Framing Clinic, with Toni Lott, for

artists who want to frame their work, began April 7, running noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 205-3488 for more information or to register. 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 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. Thursday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. The Art Center, 1817 Eye St., 8692320; offers a variety of painting and drawing classes. Call for details. The Art Shop Club, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. 322-0544, 589-7463 or 496-5153.

Saturday.

Comedy Center for Improv Advancement, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M, 772-7426; with Christopher Lopez, 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday. $6. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Improv Tuesday - Live comedy with DJ after party, 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

Country

MUSIC

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; Wild Blue Rose, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Busted, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Acoustic

Dancing

Kern River Brewing Company, 13415 Sierra Highway, Kernville, 760376-2337; Mike Fleming and friends, 8 p.m. Friday.

Folklorico Classes, advance dancers/performing group 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays; and beginners, all ages, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, FruitvaleNorris Park, 6221 Norris Road. $22 per month for beginners; $25 per month for advance dancers. 833-8790. Mavericks Singles, ballroom and country dancing with music by Western Connection, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive. $6 member; $8 guest. 831-9241. 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.

Classic Rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Latin Breeze, 9 p.m. Thursday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Jpeg, 9 p.m. Friday. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 3246774: The Press, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Left Coast Groovies, 1 to 5 p.m.

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Spring Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt held in gardens at Bakersfield Museum of Art “Chester the Bunnyâ€? coloring Contest Sponsored by The Bakersfield Californian • BBQ’s • Games • Antiques • Entertainment • Crafts • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Mill Creek Art Walk 17th to 21st Street – 5:30pm – 8:30 pm

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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, has workshops/classes every first, third, fourth and fifth Mondays, Park Stockdale Civic Association Community Center, 205 Rio Bravo Drive. whirlaways.org or 213-3105. African Dance for Fitness, taught by national touring artists, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Su Studio Dance Academy, 1515 21st St. $5$7 per class. africandanceclasses.com or 760917-3685. Beginner Belly Dance Lessons, 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Centre Stage Studio, 1710 Chester Ave. 323-5215.

DJ Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; DJ James, 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Free. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; with DJ Casey Overstreet, 9 p.m. Fridays. 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.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; Richie Perez,

7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St., 4274900; Mauro Vizcarra, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring local artists, along with 24 wines, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; featuring Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 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; 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. Corona’s Cantina, 9817 S. Union Ave., 345-8463; 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays. 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. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020

Garces Memorial High School

2011 Summer School

Open to ALL Students Grades 5th - 12th 10 Unit Classes Approved by the Kern High School District June 6 - July 8 Algebra I, Algebra II, Art I, Chemistry, Economics, Government, English, Geometry, Honors Geometry, P.E., Spanish, US History, and World History

Week Long Sports Camps Ages 5 - 14 Session 1: July 11-14 Session 2: July 18-21

Swim Lessons Ages Six Months to Adult Session 1 - May 23 - June 2 Session 2 - June 6 - June 16 Session 3 - June 20 - June 30 Session 4 - July 5 - July 14 Session 5 - July 18 - July 28

Pre-AP Classes, Water Polo, Diving, Swimming, Ceramics, Knitting, ASL, and more! Visit www.garces.org or call 327-2578 for more information.

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. 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 Pourhouse, 4041 Fruitvale Ave., 589-9300; 9 p.m. every Friday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 8714140; 8:30 p.m. every other Friday. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. every Saturday. Del Rio Cocktail Lounge, 5840 State Road, 393-0262; 8 p.m. every 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. karaoke. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. k Please see PAGE 30

COMING IN EYE STREET

PHOTO COURTESY OF RITA SCOTT

From left to right, Albert Rice, Hugh Long, Tino Flores and manager Carl Scott at the Sam Lynn Ball Park concession stand in 1959. Friday: Not one but two potential blockbusters being released Friday will feature contributions from local musicians. First up is “Water for Elephants,” starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. Actor and musician Deryl Patterson plays a guitarist in the film’s speakeasy scene (turn to page 18 for more). But how does the rest of the movie stack up? Don’t miss the review. And though filmmaker Tyler Perry rarely plays along with film critics, refusing to screen his new releases early enough for review, his latest, “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” hits theaters Friday and will feature a song by Bakersfield duo Danny Wayne and Miles Labat. If you missed our story on the pair last week, head to Bakersfield.com before heading out to the theater. Saturday: Planning a hike

amid the ruins of a devastating wildfire might not sound appealing, but the scorched path left by the Bull Run Fire north of Kernville last July is teeming with life. With each step, your feet trudge through burned soil only to find a tiny flower poking through the barren ground, looking for light. Check out our guide to hiking the Bull Run trail. Sunday: OK, so home plate faces the setting sun. Get over it. If you fixate on Sam Lynn Ball Park’s unfortunate quirks, you miss the bigger picture. It’s been the human stories in the stands, even more than the play on the field, that have made the park a beloved Bakersfield institution. Readers and Californian sports writer Jeff Evans reminisce about the park on the occasion of its 70th anniversary.


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Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 392-1747; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. 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. 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. karaoke. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 8341611; A to Z Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Karaoke. 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.

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

Ethel's Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday.

Rock

KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 322-9910; Jimmy Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Halls, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; The Ease, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 633-1000; The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Make Do and Mend, Such Gold and Living with Lions, doors open 6 p.m. Thursday. $13. Tickets at tgptix.com or World Records, Wavelengths, Impact Streetwear, Outer Limits or Hoggz Surfshop. rock. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Sunday Snake Oil, 9 p.m. Friday. $3. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Good Question, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5. Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 633-1000; In This Moment, 6 p.m. Saturday. $16. Tickets at tgptix.com. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Hit the Switch, 9 p.m. Sunday; Holding on to Sound, 9 p.m. Monday.

Old School

Ska/reggae

Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 8341611; Savor featuring Valerie Rubin, 9 p.m. Saturday.

Sandrini's, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Mento Buru with Vanity Avenue, 9 p.m. Friday. $5.

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

Open Mic Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 633-1000;

Songwriters The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 8311413; Chuck Seaton and Billy Russell’s Songwriters’ Showcase featuring Ed Berghoff, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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

Trivia night Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St., 3242557; Disneyland theme hosted by Golden Empire Ladies Active 20-30 #1038, 7 p.m. Thursday. $5. 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 Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Dance to Joe Loco, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Crest Bar & Grill, inside Bakersfield RV Resort, 5025 Wible Road, 833-9998; Steve Woods, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 4/25

Everything you need to get your day started! Wake up with Tony In The Morning, weekdays from 5 a.m. - 9 a.m. All your soft rock favorites from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and Now,

CSUB Roadrunner Baseball vs. Kansas State, 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, CSUB campus, Hardt Field, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $4 to $7. 654-2583. The Blue Cranes, 6 to 8 p.m., CSUB, Music Building, Room 128, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-2511.

Tuesday 4/26 Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli, of Veracruz Mexico, 7 p.m., Liberty High School, Performing Arts Center, 925 Jewetta Ave. $15 pre-sale; $20 at the door. 587-0925 or 487-7519. Creative Corner Bazaar, featuring handmade items such as fabric art, kitchen

accessories, quilts, children’s items and more, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Villas at Scenic River, 4015 Scenic River Lane. 871-3340 or 619-4153. CSUB & BC Composers’ Concert, 7:30 p.m., CSUB, Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $4 students; CSUB students with ID are free. 654-2511. Free Childhood Immunization Clinic, no appointment necessary, immunization cards required, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Save Mart, parking lot, 2325 State Highway, Wasco. 869-6740. Angelica Sanchez Trio, along with The Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet, Greenlief and Kris Tiner, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Intimate Theatre & Music Hall, 2030 19th St. $5; free for children under 12. 205-1874. Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, three to five miles, 7 p.m., meet at corner of Highways 178 and 184. 872-2432 or 8738107. 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. 8680770.

Wednesday 4/27 “Ah Wilderness!,” 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield College, Indoor Theater, 1801 Panorama Drive. $5; $3 students/seniors. 395-4326. Chris Young, 7 p.m., Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $23.50$31.50. vallitix.com or call 322-5200. Community Reception, honoring individuals going beyond the call of duty to prevent child abuse, 3 to 5 p.m., Haven Counseling Center, 315 H Street. 327-4711. Dog Obedience Class, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through June 15, Windsor Park, 515 Windsor Park Drive. $65 per 8week session. Dogs must be at least 6 months old and have current vaccinations; handlers must be at least 16 years of age. 322-9874. Third annual Celebrity Waiter’s Luncheon, presented by BARC, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $40 per person. 834-2272 ext. 278.

Thursday 4/28 22nd annual Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference, keynote speaker Gloria Allred, opening speaker Jill Connor Browne and closing speaker Juliet Funt, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $90. Register online at bakersfieldwomen.org or email bakersfieldwomen@gmail.com. Bakersfield Raider Nation Relay for Life Draft Day Fundraiser, 5 to 9 p.m., Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane. 25% of food proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life. bakersfieldraidernationclub.com or 3407167. Darius Rucker, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $35 to $75 plus fee. vallitix.com or 3225200. Free Childhood Immunization Clinic, no appointment necessary, immunization cards required, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Apple Market, parking lot, 9710 Main St., Lamont. 869-6740. Read for Life Gala, reception and silent auction, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Bell Tower Club, 1200 Truxtun Ave. All proceeds benefit the Kern Adult Literacy Council. 324-3213. Please see PAGE 31


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“Talk Radio,” 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave. $10. 831-8114. Toddler Time, music, stories, nursery rhymes for children through 2-years-old, 11 to 11:30 a.m., Southwest Branch Library, 8301 Ming Ave. Free. 664-7716. “Winescapes,” 6 p.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $40 advance; $50 at the door. bmoa.org or call 323-7219.

Friday 4/29 35th annual Western Street Rod Nationals, National Street Rod Association, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. $14; $5 children; children 5 and under are free with adult; $3 parking; $12 for military personnel and seniors. 325-5051. AirBand concert, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Independence High School, Performing Arts Center, 8001 Old River Road. $10 at the door, $8 w/ASB sticker; $5 seniors, $4 children 5-11, children 4 and under are free. 381-8551. Apricot Lane Fashion Show, 7 to 9 p.m., Noriega House, 1325 Baker Street. 6339016. Bakersfield-Wakayama 50th Anniversary Concert, featuring Wakayama children’s choir, Highland High choir, Bakersfield College chorale, 7:30 p.m., Highland High School, 2900 Royal Scots Road. Free but donations are accepted. 3932972. “Bedlam at Sam Lynn Ball Park,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “Cats,” 8 p.m., the theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $30 to $52.50. ticketmaster.com or 800-7453000. CSUB Roadrunner Baseball vs. UC Irvine, 6 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, CSUB campus, Hardt Field, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $4 to $7. 654-2583. FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “The Last Station,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. flics.org or call 428-0354. Free Childhood Immunization Clinic, no appointment necessary, immunization cards required, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Orangewood Elementary School, 9600 Eucalyptus Drive. 869-6740. Intermediate Guitar Lesson, learn more guitar chords, stunning techniques, fingerpicking patterns and how to find songs online, 10 a.m. to noon, Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. Ninth annual Spring Social & Casino Night, presented by the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, dinner, raffle, dancing, silent auction, 6 to 11 p.m., Golden West Casino, 1001 S. Union Ave. $30. 633-5495.

SPCA Book Sale, preview night, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday ($10); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, now until May 28, near the old Michael’s store near East Hills Mall, 3501 Mall View Rd, Ste., 113. bakersfieldspca.org or 323-8353.

Saturday 4/30 Annual Barbecue & Auction, hosted by Alpha House Women’s Shelter, 5 to 9 p.m., Westside Recreation & Park District Auditorium, 500 Cascade Place, Taft. $10 adults; $5 ages 5 to 12. 763-4357. AT&T Golden Empire Telephone Pioneers Fourth annual Golf Tournament, noon, North Kern Golf Course, 17412 Quality Road. $85 per person, includes dinner. 549-1629 or vicki4pioneers@pacbell.net. Bakersfield Sister City 50th Anniversary Children’s Matsuri “Festival,” entertainment, Chinese lion dancers, Wakayama children’s choir, Taiko drummers, SoLuna folkoric ballet, arts, food vendors, activities for children, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets. 393-2972. Cedric “The Entertainer,” 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $42.50 to $55 plus fee. vallitix.com or 322-5200. Gardens of Bakersfield Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $20; tickets can be purchased at Flower Bar, E & B Natural Resources Corporation or on the day of the event. 8610290. “Hairspray,” 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield High School, in Harvey Auditorium, 1241 G St. $30-$35 adults; $15 students/children. 325-6100. Omnipresent Puppet Theatre, presents “Rumpelstiltskin,” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $6. 5873377. Open House, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Green Hotel, located at James Street and Central Avenue, Shafter. 746-6532. Sixth annual Tigers Tae Kwon Championship, 10 a.m., Wasco High School, 1900 7th St., Wasco. $8 adults; $4 children ages 4-11. 910-2354. Tejano Dance Puro Party, featuring Conjunto Los Ponchos, Los Unidos de Jose Ruiz, doors open at 6:30 p.m., Jaguar Restaurant & Club, 516 California Ave. $20 advance; $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit scholarships for Hispanic youth. 301-8051, 327-1095, 346-8703 or 332-0772. Uncle Kracker, 7 p.m., Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $34.50 to $44.50. vallitix.com or call 322-5200. Village Artisans Bella Mama Arts and Craft Fair, stationary, jewelry, tutus, purses, wood crafts and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Beach Park, 3400 21st St. 205-2923. Writing Workshop 101, 11 a.m., Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770.

CALLING ALL SUMMER CAMPS: WE WANT DETAILS Do you offer activities for children over the summer? Send us your information and we will run a free listing in The Californian. Information is due by April 22. Email your event to summercamps@bakersfield.com and include the following:

Name of camp; address of camp; contact information (phone number, email and website of organization); dates of all sessions being offered (beginning date through end date); registration deadline; theme; age range of participants; activities; cost.

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