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Katie Gilfoy’s “Amagertorv Study,” a depiction of a famous square in Copenhagen. Gilfoy is one of 10 artists whose work will be showcased in The Californian through June 16.
Where art, science collide Architecture student sets sights on enduring design BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor email@example.com
t may seem odd that Bakersfield — a city that wins faint, if any, praise for its contributions to architecture — would nurture a talent like Katie Gilfoy’s. But maybe that’s how it works sometimes: If the thing you’re seeking isn’t readily available, you just go out and find it. With zeal. And that’s what Gilfoy has done.
The architecture student has made pilgrimages to study some of the most stunning buildings in cities and countries that lead the world in design: Sweden, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Palma de Mallorca. But it was her time in Copenhagen, Denmark, that taught the Stockdale High grad that structures designed and constructed with vision, ambition and ingenuity become more than just places to live or work. They’re works of art. “Architecture is a way to explain a very literal idea through artistic representations that connect with an audience and evoke an emotional response — but unlike a pure work of art, a work of architecture eventual-
ly assumes a life of its own through daily connections and user relationships,” Gilfoy said. “An architect can never anticipate all of the uses his design will incite.” Though local architecture hasn’t been an inspiration (Gilfoy responded with a question mark to an email asking about her favorite Bakersfield building), she did receive invaluable training in her hometown that helped her launch her studies, first at Cal Poly SLO and now, as a masters of architecture student, at USC. “I came back to Bakersfield every summer to work for Ordiz-Melby Architects,” said Gilfoy, 23. “The OMA family gave me a wonderful opportunity to see firsthand
what goes into our local projects, and I am blessed to have worked alongside their team. “Bakersfield was a great place to grow up: I had access to an excellent education that prepared me well to succeed at the university level and beyond. Despite its significant growth, I always think of Bakersfield as having a wholesome, small-town mentality.” Gilfoy’s selection for Eye Gallery 2011 is one of several examples of how Bakersfield Museum of Art curator Vikki Cruz is trying to stretch the series artistically in its fifth year. The newspaper primarily has featured painters in the past, but a look at Gilfoy’s Please see GILFOY / 35
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Ken Marshall (also known as KUZZ radio’s Geoff Emery) from Texas Marshall’s BBQ at the 2010 Bakersfield competition. Marshall's company sells spices and sauces and he takes his barbecue to competitions throughout the country. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEITH VANDAM
Barbecue’s best and baddest square off Annual competition draws grillers from around the US BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer
Bakersfield’s Biggest Baddest Barbecue competition makes one want to rewrite “The Christmas Song” — “Tri-tip roasting on an open fire, spare ribs wafting to your nose.” The annual competition, now in its third year, will run Friday and Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds with 40 professional grilling teams scheduled to compete in four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder and brisket. “We had 54 teams last year, making us the biggest KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society)-sanctioned event on the West Coast,” said Kern chapter president and organizer Mike George. “But we’re up against two big events this year.” George said the Bakersfield event is offering $10,000 in prize money — more than double last year’s purse — but is competing with an event in Stockton and another in Las Vegas, which alone will offer $125,000 in prize money. “This professional barbecuing is serious stuff,” George said. “These teams will come in from all over the country for the one in Las Vegas.” Despite the competition, George said this year’s Bakersfield lineup will include many of the teams from last year, including the 2010 Grand Champion David Malone and
“The hardest thing about brisket is it’s extremely hard to cook. You slow cook it, you inject with stuff, you smoke it to death — everybody does it different. And then you pray at the end of 20 hours it comes out good.” — Mike George, organizer of Saturday’s Biggest Baddest Barbecue
his team “All Sauced Up” from Valencia; Reserve Champion Matt Dalton and his Left Coast Q team from Banning; and local grillers Chris Papion of Pappy’s Down South BBQ and Bill Brown of Bill’s Best BBQ, both of whom were top contenders in their categories. George said the organization will continue accepting late-entry grill teams until the event opens to the public at 5 p.m. on Friday. The entry fee for late-comers is $250. Proceeds from the event will support the Children’s Medical Center at Memorial Hospital and the Mendiburu Magic Foundation. “We never lose sight that it’s a fundraiser for two of our favorite charities,” George said. The Friday evening event is free and open to the public, with entertainment and a chance to see the teams setting up and preparing. Some teams will start cooking Friday evening, especially those participating in a separate tri-tip competition and those cooking brisket, which can take as long as 20 hours to prepare.
Saturday is a ticketed event that includes admission and two 2-ounce samples of any of the items cooked for the competition. George said additional 2-ounce samples of all items are available for $2 each. Certified judges review the entries according to a strict set of criteria covering taste, tenderness and appearance. The judges will present awards at 4 p.m. Saturday. George said that Californians have made their own judgment about what is best, preferring chicken and tri-tip to brisket, which is more a favorite in the Midwest and southeastern United States. “The hardest thing about brisket is it’s extremely hard to cook,” George said. “You slow cook it, you inject with stuff, you smoke it to death — everybody does it different. “And then you pray at the end of 20 hours it comes out good,” George said. Beef brisket comes from the breast section, usually beneath the first five ribs in beef cattle. Because this section supports a substantial percentage of the animal’s weight, it contains a lot of connective tis-
Bakersfield’s Biggest, Baddest Barbecue What: Evening entertainment, vendor/sponsor booths on Friday; Kid Zone, food tasting, vendor/sponsor booths, awards ceremony on Saturday When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P St. Admission: Free on Friday; $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under on Saturday Information: bakobbq.com or 3313900
sue. Brisket is probably best known in the form of corned beef, which is boiled into submission. A search of barbecue recipes for this stubborn cut of meat shows regional differences in sauce and seasonings, but always the need for slow cooking, anywhere from 10 to 20 hours, if the meat is to be tender enough to eat. One recipe, published by Texas Brothers Bar-Be-Que from Pottsboro, Texas, suggests prepping the meat with a dry rub of spices (they offer their own, proprietary brand, of course), then smoking the meat at 300 degrees for two hours. After that, wrap the meat in heavy-duty aluminum foil, and marinate the meat in beer brine — a cup of beer (your choice) and a handful of salt. Slow cook the wrapped meat for between six and eight hours at 275 degrees.
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Though the My Chemical Romance show at the Fox Theater Wednesday is sold out, we thought we’d give lucky fans a peek of what they’re in for — if they have tickets.What follows is a review of two shows at Starland Ballroom in New Jersey earlier this month. BY TRIS MCCALL
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My Chemical Romance has one of the most loyal fanbases in contemporary music. Other groups are punished for making minor sonic or stylistic alterations; the guys in MCR don’t worry about that. When Gerard Way tells his fans to dance, they dance. When he asks for a shout, he gets thousands of voices in unison. If his supporters have a regret, it’s that they lack an extra arm or two to throw in the air at his command. Listeners do this not because they feel bossed around by the flame-haired frontman, but because they love him and his four lovable-goofy mates (five if you count the synth player, and these days, you’ve kinda got to), and because they’re delighted that at least one modern combo is brave enough, or foolish enough, to shoot for classic rock status. Never mind that the classic rock era allegedly ended three decades ago. My Chemical Romance is banging on the walls of the canon, and the band has an army behind it. If “The Black Parade” ends up on Broadway in 15
years, alongside revivals of “Tommy” and “The Wall,” don’t be surprised. At the first of two sold-out shows at Starland Ballroom, My Chemical Romance was welcomed back to New Jersey with a chorus of screams worthy of Beatlemania (or at least Biebermania.) They were greeted with lunatic applause and whistles and serenaded with their own words. They received rapt attention, big smiles, teddy bears, hugs. Well, nobody actually hugged Gerard Way as far as I could see; the band does insist on that rock star separation between the audience and the performers. It’s part of the group’s oldschool mystique. But fans were certainly hugging each other. When MCR kicked down the front door of “Teenagers” and stomped through the protest number, it seriously looked from the balcony like crowdsurfers were riding on top of other crowdsurfers. Yes, a triple-layer cake of fans. Three levels of fans were all bouncing up and down like the floor of the Starland Ballroom was a gigantic trampoline. The soundmen were singing along. Security was singing along. If any birds landed on the top of the venue during the concert, I’d wager they were singing along, too. The band opened with a flamethrower version of “Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na,” made like Dead or Alive on the ’80s-disco “Planetary (Go),” slowed down the pace with the “Head on the Door”-era Cure sound of “Summertime,” and hammered away at the primal “DESTROYER.” The band aired older hits, too: “Welcome to the Black Parade,” of course,
but also a wild-eyed ride through “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” and a showtune singalong on “Mama,” just to name a few. My Chemical Romance now has so much terrific material that the band can skip a few hits and still deliver a high-energy, no-filler set that’s mercifully short on pyrotechnics. They certainly don’t have to worry about holding the audience’s attention. I don’t think anybody in the capacity crowd looked away from the stage for more than five seconds at any point during the hour-and-a-half concert. Recently, a self-appointed TV moralist who I won’t dignify by naming did MCR a favor by blasting the band on his show. His disapproval only confirmed what fans already know: any group that generates this much love is bound to be threatening to starched shirts and professional buzzkillers. My Chemical Romance is a subversive force because the band members actually have ideas of their own, and because when they give voice to teenage frustration, they do so with genuine compassion. Funny thing about young people — just like everybody else, all they really want is to be taken seriously. Those who still dismiss MCR as a whiny “emo” band of cutters don’t know what they’re talking about. These guys are craftsmen — many of their tunes could have come straight from the Brill Building — and they’ve created a body of work that’s going to stand for years after they hang up the guitars and go their separate ways. Which, hopefully, won’t be any time soon.
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Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Angelica (Penelope Cruz) search for the Fountain of Youth in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Check out a review of the movie in Eye Street Friday.
Avast! Find treasure for good cause Pirate-themed event benefits disabled kids BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer
If seeing “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” leaves you yearning to indulge your inner Jack Sparrow, or if you’re just in the mood for a day of great food and a swashbuckling good time, head over to the Society for Disabled Children’s second annual Pirates Treasure Hunt benefit and see if a pirate’s life is really for you. Saturday’s event, at the CSUB Alumni Park, consists of a full day’s worth of pirate-themed mayhem. The first half of the day, from noon to 3 p.m., offers a chance for junior pirates to test their sea legs through a variety of games and activities, including a treasure hunt, a marshmallow catapult, a “walk the plank” game and a rock wall climb. Tickets for the afternoon portion of the event are $7, and kids under 5 are free. The event’s evening activities run from 6 to 9 p.m. with plenty of activities for the slightly saltier and more seasoned sailors. Guests can hunt for their own treasures from the various vendors in the “Shop the Docks” area and battle it out bid-by-bid during a silent auction at the “Pirate’s Auction House.” Included in the $50 price for the evening portion is a dinner delicious enough to distract you from all your pillaging and plundering. The meal, prepared by Mossman’s Catering, will feature fish, “sinful potatoes,” corn on the cob and even a custom “pirate’s grog.” There will be music, so you can finish out the evening with a dance beneath the stars, if you’re not too busy using them to steer your ship
Pirates Treasure Hunt When: Noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday Where: CSUB Alumni Park, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $7 for day (noon to 3 p.m.), $50 for evening (6 to 9 p.m.); buy in advance or day of the event Information: 322-5595
toward more peaceful harbors. Patricia Henson, executive director for the Society for Disabled Children, is excited for the return of the Pirates Treasure Hunt. “We added some new activities this year,” said Henson. “We have some new games, some new food vendors and some new vendors for our ‘Shop the Docks’ area. We hope to see this grow year after year. “And of course we’re so excited the Kern County Pirates are joining us again this year. They’re such characters.” The Kern County Pirates/Privateers consists of a group of pirate enthusiasts dedicated to re-creating an accurate depiction of what life on the high seas would have been like 400 years ago. The pirates will be setting up their authentic pirate camp for both halves of the event, and, according to Henson, are the real stars of the show. But don’t expect to see these buccaneers wearing what you’re accustomed to seeing the stars of various pirate movies wearing on the big screen. “We’re more on the historical side of things,” said Kenny Mount, captain of the Kern County Pirates/Privateers. “For example, you always see big hairy pirates like Black Beard. That’s a big
misconception. Most pirates shaved their heads or cut all their hair off. It was just more sanitary that way. There weren’t really a lot of opportunities to wash your hair on a pirate ship.” But just because these pirates are aiming for accuracy doesn’t mean that they aren’t willing to have a good time. “For this event we kind of Hollywood-pirate it up a bit,” said Mount. “It isn’t really our forte, but we really wanted to help out the Society for Disabled Children. “For the kids’ part of the day, we put away a lot of the more historical things, but we’ll still have plenty of stuff for them to look at. We have a lot of games from our time period that we play with them — it’s kind of like a little carnival. We play a game called Nine Pins, which is like a bowling game, and there’s arm wrestling. You’ve gotta have arm wrestling if you’re a pirate.” The Kern County Pirates/Privateers will remain encamped for the evening part of the event as well, but they may venture out to help ensure guests are really getting into the pirate swing of things. In that spirit, Mount and his crew strongly encourage people to come dressed in their best pirate garb. “Anything goes,” said Mount. “Shred up some old sweat pants and tie a stripey scarf around your head. Who cares? It’s all in fun.” Henson created the Pirates Treasure Hunt in an attempt to come up with a fun, new way to help raise money for the Society for Disabled Children. As for the convenient timing of the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” film coming out the same weekend? “It was just a happy coincidence,” laughed Henson. “We picked the date for this event over a year ago. Although we are hoping it puts everyone in a piratey mood.”
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Northminster N orthminster P Presbyterian resbyterian C Church hurch 3700 Union Avenue (btwn 34th & Columbus) “We are called to love God and our neighbors.” 9:00 A.M. Traditional Worship 10:00 A.M. Coffee Fellowship 10:45 A.M. Sunday school for all ages 10:45 A.M. Contemporary Worship Excellent Childcare provided
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Eye Street Camille Gavin CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST
Classic Broadway with a twist CSUB’s ‘Chicago’ veers into own style
hat you’ll see on stage for the CSUB Theatrefest production of “Chicago” is quite different from what you might have seen in the Broadway version or locally in last year’s Bakersfield Music Theatre production. The Cal State Bakersfield show, which opens this evening for six performances, puts more emphasis on the vaudeville atmosphere of the “roaring ’20s.” Instead of a stark, box-like set, typically used for the musical, Chris Eicher has designed a set that embraces both the exterior and the interior of a theater of that era. Mandy Rees, the director, describes it as “quite an ambitious set” that includes, among other things, a turntable. “It will have a false marquee proscenium — all lighted up — with brick (columns) on each side to make it look like the outside of a theater,” she said. “And there’s a spiral staircase and multiple platforms which work well for how we’re doing it.” “Chicago” tells the story of two women on death row in a decidedly upbeat way, given such songs as “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle,” written by John Kander and Fred Webb. “I love the music,” Rees said. “It makes you want to move, and the lyrics are clever.”
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Jessica Boles plays the role of Roxie Hart along with several cast members during a dress rehearsal of “Chicago” at CSUB’s Dore Theatre.
She’s also drawn to another aspect of the show, which, in a sense, is a critique of society. “We often celebrate things in our society that we shouldn’t celebrate,” the director said. “Here, we’re celebrating criminals.” The Broadway version won six Tony Awards and the 2002 film starring Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly won the Best Picture Academy Award. Lorna Lynott plays Velma in the CSUB production, and Jessica Boles is Roxie. Each is in jail awaiting trial on a murder charge. As often happens, like it or not, their crimes have made them famous. Both seek even more fame while behind bars with the help of their attorney, played by Michael Mejia, and the warden, Alyssa Wiley. Miguel Torres appears as Roxie’s hapless husband, singing “Mr. Cellophane,” a melancholy refrain that’s almost a
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lullaby. CSUB does a musical once every three years. “Chicago” gives a large number of both theater and music students a chance to shine. There are 28 in the cast, 31 in the production crew and 15 in the orchestra. Rees said rehearsals began almost eight weeks ago. In addition to Eicher, who also did the lighting, the production team includes Peggy Sears, music director; Ron Christian, conductor; and Roger Upton, costume designer.
Storytellers called to The Porch If you can relate an interesting real-life story and — here’s the tricky party — tell it in five minutes or less in front of an audience, then The Porch Story Throw-down, which takes place this evening at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, is for you. David Gordon, BMoA’s assistant director, said the idea arose elsewhere and now is being done in many parts of the country. “As we all know, nonfiction is better than fiction,” he said, adding
that he looks upon each contribution as a “five-minute art piece.” Although The Porch has informal roots, the museum’s event is being done as a competition with a timekeeper who’ll make sure you observe the time limit by dinging a bell. A panel of three judges will pick the winner based on a point system. Tonight’s theme is “I couldn’t believe my eyes” and it must be in story form — no random thoughts or observations. Also, participants are not allowed to use notes or cards. “This is not for stand-up routines or improv — the story has to be something that really happened,” Gordon said. “It’s really fun — almost a social hour.” The event includes a no-host bar and snacks. This is the second in a series of events that will be held monthly. The first one, in April, drew an attendance of about 60, and Cher Pannell won that round. The contest will continue for about a year and will culminate in a run-off where all previous winners will compete for a final prize.
South students exhibit artwork I stopped by the Community Trust Credit Union — it’s opposite
the City’s Fire Station No. 1 in downtown Bakersfield — to take a look at a group of paintings done by advanced art students at South High School. Hank Washington is their teacher, and I am impressed with what these young artists have learned under his guidance. A key element in this collection of oils and acrylics is its vibrancy. For example, Catherine Ogas’ “City Sunset” shows a cluster of skyscrapers bathed in a brilliant red-gold light, contrasted in the foreground by cool green ferns and a stately row of slender palm trees dwarfed by the tall buildings. Italy’s bridges, canals and gondolas captured the interest of three of the artists, Justin Hileman, Uasa Scanland and Hayley Price. Although each has rendered a different scene, their individual paintings show a mastery of perspective and a keen sense of the way light and shadow effect the final result. Andrea Castro, Kathy Navarro and Kaila Watson also have pieces in the exhibit, which was cosponsored by the credit union and Arts Council of Kern. It will be on display through May 31.
Where: Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1903 R St.
GO & DO ‘Chicago’ When: 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday Where: Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10; $8 seniors, CSUB faculty and staff; $5, students. Note: Not recommended for children under age 13. Information: 654-3150
The Porch Story Throw-down When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. today
Admission: $5 Information: 323-7219
South High Advance Art Students Exhibit When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday Where: Community Trust Credit Union, 2100 H St. Admission: Free Information: 324-9000
Guitarist keeps roots firmly planted in pre-war blues sound BY PAT EVANS Contributing writer
For a series based on truly American roots music, it’s really fun to look forward to a young artist that is one of the most famous disciples of early blues, the “roots” of roots music, if you will. Eric Sardinas grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and as a 6-year-old, became hooked on the blues music of the 1920s and the artists most associated with it: Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Son House, Tampa Red and Blind Boy Fuller. Many guitarists of that era before amplification opted to play a resonator guitar
developed by John Dopyera in 1927 because it was much louder than a standard acoustic. Along with Johnny Winter, Derek Trucks and Taj Mahal, Eric Sardinas is one of the today’s most noteworthy resonator guitarists. Sardinas is touring in support of his fourth release and will astound anyone who thinks they know the boundaries of blues and how a guitar can be played. Opening Friday’s show are two aspiring local artists, pupils of local guitarist and teacher Bunky Spurling: Austyn Williams, a 15-year old BHS sophomore, and 10-year
old Annika Paterno. They will be followed by the Rick Berthod Band from down south. The seventh annual B-Town Blues Fest lineup will be announced at the Eric Sardinas show. Dwarf Rat, featuring Matt Sarad, will perform at World Records from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday to celebrate the blues fest ticket on sale. Pat Evans is owner of World Records — which just moved to a roomier location at 2815 F St., next to Village Grill. He’s also founder of the No Stinkin’s Service Charge Blues Series.
Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, plus opening performances by Rick Berthod Band, Austyn Williams and Annika Paterno When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court Admission: Reserved seats $25 and $20 Information: 831-3100 or shopworldrecords.com
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Nine-yearold Rose Barton sells her 44th cup of lemonade to Cameron Polson in 2009. Rose set up shop in front of A Head of Time salon. Money from the stand went to the Ronald McDonald House.
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A sweet, sweet Sunday Lemonade sales provide a treat and a biz lesson BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer
One of the classic remedies for the fast-approaching heat of a Bakersfield summer is a nice cool glass of lemonade. And on Sunday, hundreds of kids and teens will take to the sidewalks, parks and storefronts of Bakersfield to help satisfy that craving — and make a sizable profit while they’re at it. No, there hasn’t been a drastic decrease in the cost of lemons. The real cause for all this street-side entrepreneurial enthusiasm is “Lemonade Day Bakersfield,” and Sunday will mark the first time this nationwide event has come to our city. While ambitious young lemonade stand owners could always participate in Lemonade Day as individuals, Rabobank, the presenting sponsor of the event, in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County, decided to make Bakersfield one of the 33 official participating cities. Created by Houston entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Holthouse, Lemonade Day takes the fun summertime rite of building a lemonade stand and turns it into a creative way to teach kids how to start and run a successful business. “This is a really great learning opportunity for the kids,” said Maggie Cushine, resource development director for the Boys & Girls Club. “It teaches them budget planning, how to find investors, how to advertise their stands, even how to make healthy lemonade. We talk about sanitation, how to handle the food, how they need to wear gloves.”
Lemonade Day Bakersfield When: Sunday Where: Citywide Information or register: http://bakersfield.lemonadeday .org, or 325-3730
Lemonade Day Bakersfield is free (except for the cost of the lemonade and any other supplies) and open to anyone interested in participating. Once you register, you receive the official Lemonade Day “Entrepreneur Workbook, Youth Edition” as well as the “Caring Adult Guide,” which help both kids and their grownups understand not only how to set up their stands, but also how to make them as successful as possible. Both guides are incredibly detailed, and as you probably guessed, encourage kids to go well beyond simply sitting at a card table at the end of their driveway. It asks them to think about the things any good business owner would need to think about before setting up shop: What is the ideal location for my business? What should I name my business? How much money do I want to make? How much should my product cost if I want to make a profit? Also, since kids are allowed to keep all of the profits they make from their stands, they’re encouraged to think about the many different ways they can use their hard-earned money, such as saving it all for college or perhaps donating a portion of their proceeds to charity. While the guides do provide valuable tips, they also challenge the young entrepreneurs to dream big and to be as creative and innovative as
possible when it comes to marketing and selling their products. And one Bakersfield family has done just that. The Findley siblings — Hannah, 19, Lawrence, 16, and Jessica, 14 — joined together with three other kids to create the Lighthouse Lemonade Company. Not only did they create an official partnership agreement, they assigned titles and responsibilities to each member of their company, created a website and collected contributions from a variety of local sponsors. After calculating all of their initial costs, the Findleys decided they would need to charge $1 per cup of lemonade. But the young business owners aren’t keeping all the money for themselves: 50 percent of their proceeds will be donated to H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection, a local organization dedicated to providing resources and support to people with disabilities and/or special health care needs. In hopes of generating as many donations as possible, the Lighthouse Lemonade Company is pre-selling cups of lemonade through its website, http://lemonadeelixer.weebly.com. They will also hold a raffle at their stand, located at the Sam’s Club on Gosford Road at 4 p.m., and will sell homemade cupcakes and cookies. Although she’s incredibly proud, Brenda Findley is hardly surprised by all that her children and their business partners have accomplished. “I’m very happy with everything they’ve done, but I’m not all that surprised,” she said. “I think most children can accomplish this; they just need to be aware of the all the opportunities out there. It’s really not as difficult as they might think, especially when there are so many supportive people in community.”
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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, May 19, 2011
Eye Street The Lowdown with Matt Munoz
Rhythmm will make you move Musician at Fishlips; band has new faces Third Thursday is about get ultra funky tonight with the sounds of Rhythmm Epkins and his Mind, Body and Soul band at Fishlips. Led by busy multi-instrumentalist Rhythmm Epkins, the popular local rhythm and blues outfit has all the ingredients to keep the floor shaking. It’s also a rare opportunity to catch Epkins in a different role outside his full-time gig as drummer for ’80s reggae ska legends, The English Beat. “The band I have is really good. It’s all organic funk. It’s gonna be an old-school house party with some booty shaking music,” Epkins said. Known as one of the tightest session drummers in Bakersfield, Epkins is also one of the scene’s most versatile musicians, laying down a mean bass guitar, keyboards and vocals when duty calls. It’s a life lesson he says goes all the way back to his New York upbringing. “It depends on how you approach your career. I always keep myself busy playing different instruments in different groups. That’s what I’ve always done. My very first instrument was the recorder in elementary school. After they gave it to me and I played it, I was able to play all kinds of songs. The teacher noticed this and called my mom to see about enrolling me in a program for gifted students, but she couldn’t afford it.” That didn’t stop Lossie Mae Hamlin from nurturing
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.
her son’s gift. Hamlin, who also sang gospel in church throughout the South and in New York for years, took 7-year-old Rhythmm to check out a show by James Brown at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. From that moment on, life would get progressively funkier. “James would do two shows — one during the day for kids and one at night. I lived seven blocks from the Apollo. It was amazing. As soon as I saw his drummer, I told my mom I wanted to play drums. We went to Woolworth’s and got my first small kit. I would play in church and play on the piano any chance I got. Then she bought me a guitar. I wanted a bass, so I took two of the strings off and played it like a bass. I was so small it looked like one,” he recalled. “My mother always supported my music growing up.” Epkins would continue marching to the beat of his own drum into adulthood becoming a fulltime session and tour drummer. After a series of cross-country gigs with various cover bands, including former Bakersfield Red Lion lounge act Talk of the Town in the ’90s, he decided to make Bakersfield his permanent home. “I could tell you where every single Red Lion was on a map back then,” he laughed. One day while doing recording sessions in Santa Monica in 1997, a friend in a nearby studio gave
Epkins the heads up on drumming auditions being held by The English Beat. Still led by original vocalist Dave Wakeling, the band was no longer based in the UK. “They had a line of cats there auditioning,” he recalled. “I met Dave and started jamming with the bass player. Dave asked if I knew any of English Beat’s songs. I knew a little from my time in New York doing the alternative rock thing. I just played a little bit for him, he asked for my number and I left. It was another audition to me.” Three months later, Epkins said his phone began receiving regular messages from a mysterious foreigner. “When I got back from this tour, my brother said, ‘Some English dude keeps calling you.’ I assumed it might be Dave,” he laughed. “He hooked up a rehearsal in Santa Monica, and I played my first show with that same night.” “Being a touring artist, sometimes it’s overwhelming. I’ve done gigs where you walk off a stage in New York, get a police escort to the airport and hop on a plane headed to San Diego and you have to play that night,” he said. Tonight’s show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, $7 for couples. Fishlips: 1517 18th St.; 324-2557.
Cidona bounces back at Free 4 All Expect a new look and sound for Bakersfield band Cidona at the KRAB Free 4 All 4 at Bright House Networks Amphitheatre on Saturday. Stepping into the role of lead vocalist is Melissa Lucas, who replaces Karrisa Jackson. Also out of the lineup is keyboardist Elizabeth Reichelt. For remaining remembers Josiah Frazier, Brock Beeney and Mike Jamison, moving on was the band’s only option after Jackson quit in March and Reichelt slowly bowed out.
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.
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Bakersfield drummer Rhythmm Epkins performs tonight at Fishlips.
“Karissa had a different vision and was having second thoughts about the band, and Elizabeth is really busy with school and a lot of other things. The very next day after Karissa left, we contacted Melissa. At first she wasn’t into it, but she came to a practice and things just clicked,” said Frazier. “We wish Karissa and Elizabeth well.” Fresh from a stint on “American Idol,” where she made it in front of celebrity judges before being eliminated from the competition, Lucas admits she’s still settling into her new gig. “It’s been crazy, but a lot of fun. Two months after talking about ‘American Idol,’ I’m here. A lot of thought went into it. I’m getting used to it, but there’s a thrill in the challenge.” Lucas had previously auditioned for Cidona about a year and a half ago but was looking more for a lead role. Since joining, she’s already recorded with the band in Los Angeles and made her debut at last month’s Relay for Life. Now, with this Saturday’s massive Free 4 All in front of thousands of screaming teens, her introduction will be complete. “That’s the amazing part of it. It’s crazy doing the Free 4 All. I am stoked and excited,” she said. Beeney said longtime fans should have no problem embrac-
ing the band’s new direction. “Melissa has more attitude. She sings with a lot more passion for our sound. We’re back and better than ever. Expect a whole new Cidona.” Also appearing Saturday are Cold War Kids, Awolnation, The Limousines and The Epilogues. The all-ages event begins at 5 p.m. and is free to the public. Bright House Networks Amphitheatre is located at the Park at River Walk, 11200 Stockdale Highway. For more information visit krab.com or facebook.com/cidonamusic.
Matt’s pick Celebrity Poker Tournament at The Aviator Casino, 1225 Airport Drive, Delano, 7 tonight. $50. 721-7770. Even if you don’t gamble, MMA fans should plan on heading north to rub elbows with some of the sport’s biggest brawlers. Check out this lineup: UFC legends Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock, 2010 “Ultimate Fighter” winner Court McGee, current UFC contender Josh Koscheck and three-timer NFL Super Bowl champ Stephen Neal of the New England Patriots. All proceeds from the event go to support the CSUB wrestling program, which also helped shape the sporting careers of both Ortiz and Neal.
Thursday, May 19, 2011 The Bakersfield Californian
Third Thursday, new and improved Overwhelming turnout will mean more food vendors BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor email@example.com
Third Thursday is looking for a second chance to make a first impression. That’s not to say there wasn’t a substantial turnout for last month’s inaugural event or that the businesses around the Mill Creek area weren’t pleased by the activity. But Downtown Business Association president Cathy Butler said that, with some changes, tonight’s event should be more accommodating. That’s good news for anyone who attended last month and found the long food lines and congestion of people a bit off-putting. “We thought it would take people awhile to find us, but they found us! We didn’t realize how successful it would be,” Butler said. Addressing the food concerns, Butler said the number of vendors has been bumped up to 15 (from eight) and will include a variety of novelty foods, which many parents were seeking for their children. Along with crowd favorites Juicy Burger and Goose Loonies — which offered gyros and barbecue corn on the cob — this event will feature hot dogs, tamales, nachos, kettle corn, funnel cakes and mini doughnuts, Butler
Third Thursday When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today Where: Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets Information: 325-5892
said. If you’d like to keep the kids from a complete sugar meltdown (or just plan for healthier meals at home), tonight’s event coincides with the seasonal return of the farmers market at Mill Creek. Butler said it will be located at 21st and R streets in front of the lawn area at Bakersfield Community House. Healthier eating is just one way this Third Thursday fits the theme of “Get Fit — Have Fun” for the health and safety fair. Also on tap are free glucose and blood pressure screenings and a friendly contest between city and county workers, who will compete in relay races. Awards will be given for fittest team and best team spirit. Children can test their fitness skills on the park’s play equipment, rock-climbing wall or bounce houses, which return this month in a new spot further back from the cluster of vendors to open the layout. Other changes include relocating the Tribal Moon Rising Bellydance Troupe to a larger area and moving the singing students from Bakersfield Music Theatre, who will be be closer to the park now that some electri-
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Impressive attendance at the inaugural Third Thursday in April encouraged organizers to restructure the layout and add vendors based on feedback for the popular event.
cal issues have been resolved. To further open up the event even beyond the bounds of the park, Butler encouraged people to park toward central downtown and make their way up 18th or 19th streets, where businesses will be open later. Among those businesses with extended hours will be Emporium Western, which will again host its “Trout’s Boot Scoot n’ BBQ” with the Oildale bar’s house band — and more food. Butler said activities were dampened at the western store last month after the food vendor didn’t show. Martin’s Meats & Deli has stepped in and will be out barbecuing in the parking lot tonight. Butler also said she was working on having a fire truck in the lot to fit in with the safety theme. If you start at the store on 18th Street,
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wait in line and take a ride in the horsedrawn wagon to the activities at the park. If you decide to hoof it down to the park, consider a stop at any of the area restaurants like Mexicali, Mill Creek Bar and Grill, Too Fat Sandwich Shop or Goose Loonies, all of which were “ecstatic” over the turnout last month. Mexicali had to call in additional help that night, Butler said, and Mill Creek, which offered a $5 barbecue tri-tip plate and had Richie Perez performing, reported its “best day ever,” trumping even its grand opening after its expansion. Despite being overwhelmed by the success of last month’s event, Butler said that with the vendor additions and adjusted layout, people should come on out tonight and see what’s changed. “We’ve restructured and people will be pleasantly surprised.”
The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, May 19, 2011
Turning written word into visual art Library teaches teens how to rescue old books BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer
For book lovers, the idea of any book — even outdated ones — being sent to the Dumpster is unsavory. Fortunately, longtime librarian Heather Eddy is doing her part to not only save unwanted books, but turn them into something beautiful. Today at Beale Memorial Library, Eddy will lead her first-ever “Bookart: A Craft for Teens” class, which begins at 4 p.m.. Teens will learn how to create a beautiful work of art using nothing more than their hands, an unwanted book and a little patience. “We wanted to have something for the teens to do this summer, something they could learn relatively quickly,” Eddy said. “This class will allow them to see books in a new way and teach them something they can do with the books that they don’t need anymore.” Eddy, who has been taking care of books and library patrons at three different branches of the Kern County Library for nearly 10 years, discovered bookart, ironically enough, in the pages of a magazine. A passionate lover of books herself, Eddy took instantly to the idea of “giving a new life” to old unwanted books destined for significantly less happy endings. After making and selling her bookart professionally for three years, Eddy decided to create her bookart class to add to the Beale
Bookart: A Craft for Teens When: 4 to 5 p.m. today Where: Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Admission: Free Information: kerncountylibrary.org or 868-0701
Library’s extensive roster of free summer activities. “We’re aiming to attract teens who are anywhere from 12 to 18 years of age,” Eddy said. “Teenagers are a really underserved part of the population, so we’re always looking for things they will love to do. I really think this class will appeal to kids who are interested in recycling and who are interested in art. And at the end of the day, they’ll get to take home a beautiful work of art.” Using mostly old Reader’s Digest condensed books from the ’60s and ’70s, Eddy sculpts the interior pages of her books into delicate, cascading patterns by folding nearly every page in accordance with a specific series of steps. While there are an infinite number of patterns you can create, for this first class Eddy will begin by focusing on teaching kids how to create “very simple” patterns. If you’re interested in trying your hand at creating your own book art, there are a variety of places where you can find books for little to no money: thrift stores, yard sales — Eddy even recently rescued a stack of old
PHOTO COURTESY OF HEATHER EDDY
Heather Eddy, who creates sculptures out of old books, is a librarian by day and artist by night. She began dabbling in the artform in 2008 after reading a magazine article.
10,000-page dictionaries from the Dumpster. However, when it comes to picking a book, you really can’t judge an ideal bookart candidate by its cover. According to Eddy, what you’re really looking for is “good paper.” “The paper has to be flexible; it has to be able to hold a fold and not crack,” said Eddy. “I once tried to fold some old antique books with the most beautiful covers, but the pages were just too brittle.” While Eddy’s upcoming class targets teens, she insists that bookart can be enjoyed by anyone who is looking to spend
some quiet, relaxing time to themselves. “Anyone can do this. I love books, I love paper, I love art, and this is going to be so fun for kids. It’s fun for anybody. My 9-yearold daughter has even started learning how to make her own bookart. It’s meditative, it’s portable and largely free,” Eddy said. “It’s also durable,” she laughed. “I’ve dropped some of my books many times, and they’re all fine.” For more information about bookart and the Beale’s other upcoming classes and events, visit kerncountylibrary.org or Eddy welcomes you to contact her by calling the library at 868-0701.
Gear up for summer with home and leisure show BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer
Whether you prefer hitting the road or sticking close to home, the Bakersfield Recreation, Home and Leisure Show this weekend can answer all your questions and outfit you for your travels. The show, now in its seventh year, heads to the Kern County Fairgrounds this weekend. “I just love it,” said coordinator Tina Zimmermann. “I love getting out and talking to the vendors. I love seeing everyone and what they have set up this year. I also love watching all of the people come and go. It’s just a great time out there.” Zimmermann said the weekend before Memorial Day is the perfect time to put gearing up for summer on your todo list. “A lot of people will be spending time at home during the three-day weekend, maybe working on the house and hanging out with the family. We like to have this the weekend before so we can help get that ball rolling for you,” said Zimmermann. “Whether it’s a bathroom makeover or you just want to get the yard together, coming out to the show is a great way to start that honey-do list of the upgrades you want for your home.” If your plans for Memorial Day or the rest of the summer include escaping the humdrum of housework or an ambitious remodel, then head out to the fairgrounds for a
Bakersfield Home, Recreation and Leisure Show When: 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P St. Admission/parking: Free Information: 328-1410, kgfm.com or hot941.com
chance to see the latest in travel and summer fun. “We have everything out there. Spas and RVs will be on display. We even have automobiles. So if you want to get out of town and are looking for a way to do that, then come see what we have going on.” The Bakersfield Recreation, Home and Leisure Show features between 130 and 150 vendors with items for the yard like concrete, fencing, landscaping and even pest control. If you work up an appetite walking from vendor to vendor, the show has your stomach covered as well. “El Adobe Mexican restaurant will be out serving Mexican food and beer, of course. Then we have Al Richardson, who will be working the barbecue,” said Zimmermann. This is the first year Richardson will be working the coals for the show and Zimmermann said she couldn’t be happier.
“The Biggest Baddest Barbecue competition is taking place at the fairgrounds this weekend too. So everyone is going to be smelling all of that great barbecue and it will be good to have some of it at our show.” While many event coordinators would worry about splitting a venue, Zimmermann is looking forward to the company. “We are a free event and are looking forward to seeing everyone at the barbecue competition come over after they are done eating to see what we have.” Zimmermann, a sales representative for American General Media, is using her radio station family to help make the event more lively. Hot 94.1 Morning Show host “Romeo” will be out at the fairgrounds on Friday for a competition that’s bringing out the battle of the sexes. “Well, Romeo thinks he’s pretty good at grilling and usually men are the ones that do the barbecue, so he wanted to bring the women out,” said Zimmermann. Ten women who think they are handy with the coals will take on Romeo in the “So You Think You Can Grill Girls” competition. Romeo is known to ruffle the feathers of many women during his morning show and Zimmermann said the throwdown should be hot. “He’s been selecting the women from our listeners and we are going to find out if the women can be as good as the men are.”
Thursday, May 19, 2011 The Bakersfield Californian
Need a holiday? Make it Roman Symphony gala fundraiser offers chance for Italy trip BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer
Bakersfield Symphony fundraising director Mike Chertok says it’s unclear whether the orchestra will finish its 79th season in the black or in debt. He’s hoping results from a new event this Friday evening at the CSUB Amphitheater will decide in the orchestra’s favor. “It’s going to be close,” Chertok said. “We’re counting on raising some money from the gala.” The gala is “The Pines of Rome,” an event similar to what a number of nonprofit organizations have hosted: an evening under the stars, gourmet dinner and an opportunity drawing with a trip to Rome as the grand prize. Chertok said the BSO’s version is different, in that the event can demonstrate on the spot what the money raised will pay for. “We actually have a symphony orchestra,” Chertok said. “We decided, ‘Let’s make the fundraiser showcase the musicians.’” Chertok said various ensembles will perform throughout the evening, including a string quartet and a brass ensemble that will play excerpts from the symphonic poem that inspired the event: Ottorino Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome.” Fundraising for the orchestra had been the job of Symphony Associates, which hosted the annual Symphony Ball and Fashionata. Chertok said the group disbanded last fall. “They had run their course and decided it was time to disband,” which left the BSO with the big question of how to replace their primary fundraising events, Chertok said. “Every organization has to reinvent itself
‘The Pines of Rome’ What: Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra fundraising gala Where: CSUB Amphitheater, 9001 Stockdale Highway When: 6:30 p.m. social hour; 7:30 dinner Friday Admission: $85 per person. Opportunity drawing: $100 per ticket; available at the event or by calling the BSO office, 323-7928
and come up with new ideas,” he said. “We wanted an event that was less formal and would have broader appeal. “And we’ll showcase the symphony.” Chertok said the money from the event will be used for the “general support” of the orchestra. Over the last few years the orchestra has had to pare down its offerings to just the seven subscription concerts, the annual “Nutcracker” ballet and the Young People’s Concerts for Kern County schoolchildren. Events such as chamber music concerts, brown bag concerts, the Holiday Pops and New Directions concerts have been eliminated as donations and ticket sales have either stagnated or declined. Dinner will be prepared by students of the Bakersfield College culinary arts program, under the direction of chef Pat Coyle. In addition to the grand prize, Chertok said a second prize is a gold necklace made from a Roman coin. Chertok said he hopes the event will raise between $50,000 to $75,000, while making the case for the orchestra with local leadership. “It’s not about entertainment,” Chertok said. “It’s a statement about who we are as a people and a community. “We have a residential, professional symphony orchestra,” Chertok said.
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Kids can take their Monopoly skills to the bank at tourney Children as young as 4 are invited to learn the value of a dollar — quite a few dollars, actually — while participating in a Monopoly tournament Saturday. The grand prize in each age division: an Xbox 360. The event, sponsored by YMCA of Kern County, is hoping to cash in on a nationwide trend for such tournaments devoted to the iconic board game, said Clete Harper of the YMCA, which is still accepting vendor booths to the fundraiser. The four categories, broken down by age are: 4- to 8-year-olds (who will play an animated version on PlayStation); 9- to 12year-olds; 13- to 17-year olds; and 18 and older. Each round is 90 minutes, and all players
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Dance group steps it up with big title Hard work, fun inspires kids to aim for more BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer
People from all over travel to Las Vegas with hopes of winning big, and last month, PennPoint Dance Academy did just that. And its winnings are worth a lot more than a pile of plastic chips. Dancers from across the country filled the massive Cashman Center in Las Vegas in mid-April to compete in the Sharp International Las Vegas Nationals dance competition. Among them were 84 dancers from PennPoint Dance in Bakersfield. After two days of competing in various styles and age divisions, the group left with an impressive collection of first place trophies — enough to earn them the title “Grand Champions” of the competition for the second time. Among the competitors was Ephraim “EBaby” Penn, owner of PennPoint Dance Academy and instructor to the new national champions. While Penn is both excited and proud about winning such a large competition, he was more impressed with the hard work his students put in throughout the year. “I look at it as a big accomplishment,” Penn said. “But I tell the kids my whole motto is: As long as you give 100 percent and you have fun, the title doesn’t matter. Winning definitely makes the kids feel happier, and it’s refreshing to be grand champi-
PennPoint Dance Academy’s “Grand Finale Performance” When: 2 p.m. Saturday Where: Bakersfield City School District auditorium, 1300 Baker St. Admission: Free About PennPoint: The studio, at 606 18th St., can be reached at 324-5678. More information is available at pennpointdance.com. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
ons when you work so hard through the year to achieve it.” The fun of winning isn’t lost on Austynn Samarco, 7, and Linnea Cerda, 9. “It was really exciting when we won,” Samarco said. “I screamed and jumped up and down.” Samarco contributed to PennPoint’s Grand Champions title by taking first place for a hip-hop duet she learned only three weeks before the competition, and performed with Penn’s son, Devon. The girls, who have been attending PennPoint Dance for two years, both sing their instructor’s praises. “I love dancing for Mr. E-Baby,” said Cerda. “He makes us work hard, but since we’ve been practicing so hard, that’s how we won national champions. But it’s fun. It’s really fun to me, because you just get to dance all the time. And when you dance, you feel so happy.” Even though the Las Vegas Nationals
PennPoint Dance Academy earned the Grand Champions trophy in Las Vegas.
competition marks the end of the major competitions for the year, there are still plenty of opportunities to see the PennPoint dancers perform. The art and discipline of preparing for and performing in front of an audience are some of the many skills Penn feels his students should learn, so his students can often be found performing at many community events throughout the year, including the Kern County Fair and Condors games. “The kids really enjoy it,” Penn said. “It gives them something to work toward, and it motivates them to work harder when they’re learning to do the dances. It’s also good exposure — it teaches them discipline about being a performer, and being in front of an audience.” Up next for the academy is PennPoint’s “Grand Finale Performance” on Saturday.
The annual recital is the perfect opportunity for friends and family to see the dancers perform the routines they have worked all year to perfect. The students who competed in the Las Vegas competition will be performing their award-winning routines. The recital, at the Bakersfield City School District auditorium, is free and open to the public. As for Penn, he’s looking out for a lot more than the next competition title. “Me, being a performer and a dancer, I feel that the arts are really important for the community and the kids. Staying with dance kept me active in a positive direction. There are a lot of kids that are very talented. Dancing gives them an avenue to direct their focus, instead of them being out in the street and potentially doing something negative. It can really take them somewhere.”
BC conductor, composer headed to Ireland on Friday BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer
Making the connection between watching a cute romantic comedy and gaining international recognition for one’s work would seem to be a job for a chaotician, but Bakersfield College conductor and composer Ron Kean can tell you all about it. On Friday, Kean heads to Ireland with the North County Singers of Cuesta Community College to conduct three choral pieces he composed based on poems by William Butler Yeats. Kean will serve as composer-inresidence for the choir’s tour, which includes performances at Yeats’ home church in Sligo, a music festival in Belfast and a performance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh. Kean said he was invited by Cuesta College conductor Cassandra Tarantino, who commissioned him to write music for her choir in exchange for taking him on the Irish tour. But the journey began much more modestly, when Kean watched the 2005 film “Must Love Dogs,” and heard actor Christopher Plummer recite the Yeats poem “Brown Penny.” “I am not a quick composer; I take a long time,” Kean said. “But I was so inspired by
“I am not a quick composer; I take a long time. But I was so inspired by this I went to Russo’s bookstore and bought a book of Yeats’ poetry.” — Ron Kean, Bakersfield College conductor and composer
this I went to Russo’s bookstore and bought a book of Yeats’ poetry.” “That night I began composing,” Kean said. “It went pretty quickly.” Kean’s “Brown Penny” soon became a staple of the BC choirs’ repertoire and earned critical praise after it was published. But Kean wasn’t done with Yeats. In addition to “Brown Penny” Kean found two more poems to inspire him: “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” and “The Song of Wandering Aengus.” Kean’s compositions are titled “Only My Dream” and “’Til Time and Times are Done,” and share musical elements with the first song, creating a song cycle. “Every one of these three pieces is based on a perfect fifth (an interval of five pitches between two notes) and a half step down,” Kean said. “All three pieces have that little
germ in them.” Other Irish elements include the use of a bodhran, a type of Irish drum, and the insertion of a jig dance in “’Til Time and Times are Done.” William Butler Yeats was one of the great English-language poets and playwrights. A Nobel Prize winner, Yeats was also a founder and first chief playwright of the Irish Theater (later the Abbey Theater), a member of the Irish National Senate and a patriot who nevertheless protested the violence and hatred exhibited by his countrymen during the Nationalist movement. Known as a mystic, Yeats based much of his work on Celtic legends and imagery, as well as occultism. Kean said Yeats’ love poetry was influenced by the poet’s frustrating three-decade romance with Maude Gonne,
who was also an activist in the Nationalist movement. Kean said he picked these three poems because they had a positive character. “I had this thick volume of Yeats’ poetry,” Kean said. “You have to search high and low to find any poems that are lucky in love; most are pretty grim.” Kean said the tour was originally scheduled for last year but was canceled when the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupted, canceling all travel to Europe. Kean has met with other turbulence as he has tried to perform the song cycle. The set has become a staple of the BC choirs’ repertoire, have been published and have received considerable critical notice, including being featured at national American Choral Directors Association conferences, and being selected for performance by other colleges and universities. On the down side, a plan to perform the cycle in New York City in 2009 was cancelled because of the looming budget crisis, when BC employees were threatened with layoffs. “I just couldn’t in good conscience do allout fundraising to pay for that when people were losing their jobs,” Kean said.
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Eye Street GILFOY: Scandinavian beauty sparks student’s imagination CONTINUED FROM 24
Eye Gallery drawing of Amagertorv square in Copenhagen leaves no doubt that she’s an artist. “Architectural drawings inherently have something to say — they are both literal representations of a full-scale object or place, but they also are beautiful in the information the artist chooses to show,” Gilfoy said. “Architectural drawings are more moving than photorealistic representations because they don’t show everything: They let the viewer complete the story in their own imaginations.” More of our email exchange with Gilfoy: Do you consider architecture more an art or a science? It’s both. When you create a work of art, it’s one-to-one: The piece you create is your end result at full-scale. When you design a piece of architecture, the models and drawings you use are merely explanatory tools; they have a scale and a feeling, but they are representations of an imagined future full-scale building or installation. There is so much technical skill and understanding — environmental forces, structural and material properties, accessibility requirements, the list goes on — that must first be present before you can ever create a convincing representation of your intentions. Tell us about your Eye Gallery piece: I studied one of my favorite squares in Copenhagen, called Amagertorv (pronounced like “ah-mah-toh”). It’s one of the city’s oldest squares, close to the harbor and bordered on three sides by classic Danish rowhouse-style buildings. From my photographs and maps, I created a site plan,
Eye Gallery Sunday Where we see crumpled paper, Brent Eviston sees beauty.
About Eye Gallery Eye Gallery, a partnership of The Californian and the Bakersfield Museum of Art, is celebrating five years of bringing the works of dozens of local artists into the homes of our readers. Over the next several weeks, we will unveil truly distinctive pieces of art — drawings, paintings, photographs — and interviews with the 10 artists who created them. Then, on June 16, we will celebrate the artists at a reception at BMoA, where the public is invited to see the art up close. We’ll have more details as the date draws near, but mark your calendars now.
reconstructed a perspective view focused on Amagertorv’s iconic Stork Fountain, and unfolded the three elevations into a single panoramic strip. What impressed you so much about Copenhagen? I lived in the heart of the city, took Danish language courses and was fortunate enough to participate in several trips as part of my studies. I absolutely fell in love with Copenhagen, and not a day goes by that I don’t miss walking through the cobblestone streets, catching a train to run errands, and watching the snow blanket the countless towers rising up along the horizon. Favorite architect: Charles and Ray Eames. They dabbled in architecture, furniture design and filmmaking — their design legacy is a reflection of a joyful, inspired life. What style/era are you drawn to? Scandinavian design and Mid-Century Modern. What does your work say about you? I’m interested in the life between spaces.
Sample soul food at grand opening today
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Katie Gilfoy is pursuing her master’s degree in architecture at USC. Her Eye Gallery 2011 submission, titled “Amagertorv Study,” features a square in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied.
Mom n Dems grand opening When: 5 p.m. today Where: Mom n Dems, 1230 H St, Suite A Information: 368-1619
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Many Bakersfield business owners put their heart and soul into their work, and Sean Mackey is no exception. In his case, it’s soul food at new downtown eatery Mom n Dems, which is celebrating its grand opening this evening. Mackey, along with brother Marcus and parents Larkin and Crenel, opened the H Street restaurant in early March, specializing in gourmet-style soul and Southern dishes. Rich dishes are nothing new for Mackey, who’s also behind Mac n’ Cheeza, which catered to downtown’s lunch crowd. With the current focus on Mom n Dems, Mackey closed Mac n’ Cheeza’s L Street location this week with plans to reopen in the fall in the southwest, allowing the restaurant to stay open later and build a dinner crowd. Mom n Dems is already following that threemeal schedule, with breakfast on weekends and lunch and dinner. The restaurant serves barbecue
and vegan dishes as well as an assortment of po’boys — catfish, crawfish and shrimp. Po’boys like this “you can’t find anywhere else in Bakersfield,” Mackey said. Also unique to the menu is the deep-fried PB&J, made with grape jelly, then fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Indulge your sweet tooth further with a variety of desserts — “made from scratch and in-house by Mom” — including peach cobbler, sweet potato pie and cream cheese coconut pecan cake. You may be lucky enough to taste one of those desserts when the Mackeys dish up samples off the menu at the grand opening, which kicks off around 5 p.m. and runs until closing at 9. Live jazz will be performed by Stacy G. If you don’t get to sample any of the barbecue, those dishes are a must-order, Mackey said. “The ribs are great. We use a homemade barbecue sauce. They’re slow-cooked, falling off the bone.” He also recommends the brisket, available as a dinner plate or a sandwich.
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Hollywood will come calling Friday, but will you answer? That’s when extras are needed for an onlocation shoot for “Lost on Purpose.” The film, which has been shooting in and around Tulare County recently, moves to Cal State Bakersfield’s Icardo Center to film from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Friday. Would-be extras should dress casual, with an eye for color over black and white, but no logo clothes. Whether or not you make it on screen, stick around to support the university’s wrestling program at the Fight For Wrestling event, which kicks off at 5 p.m. The 10-bout mixed martial arts
Fight for Wrestling When: Doors open at 5 p.m., fights begin at 6 p.m. Friday Where: CSUB, Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $25 to $150 Information: vbotickets.com or www.facebook.com/ ffwbako
contest returns for a second year to to lend a financial hand to the Cal State Bakersfield wrestling program. This year’s event will feature CSUB alumni Brian Cobb, John Devine and Roberto Vargas as well as Doug Hunt from Taft on its card.
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Eye Street GO&DO Today Celebrity Poker Night (details on Page 30) Secured Gold Buyers, bring broken or unwanted gold, silver or platinum for a free appraisal, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday, Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Ave. 888-549-2878. SPCA Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, through May 28, near East Hills Mall, 3501 Mall View Road Suite 113. bakersfieldspca.org or 323-8353. Third Thursdays Faire (details on Page 31) Intermediate Guitar Class, 4 to 6 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0783. Kern County Mineral Society, meeting, 7:30 p.m., East Bakersfield Veterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Road. 834-3128. Bookcraft for Teens (details on Page 32)
Friday Bakersfield Home & Leisure Show (details on Page 32) Fight for Wrestling, with Brian “The Bandit” Cobb, Bryan Travers, John Devine and Roberto Vargas, doors at 5 p.m., fights at 6 p.m., CSUB Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $25 to $150. All proceeds benefit CSUB wrestling. vallitix.com, vbotickets.com. Led Zepagain, 9 p.m., Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $20 plus fee. vallitix.com or 322-5200. No Stinkin’ Service Charge Blues Series (details on Page 28) Precision Dance Center presents “Evacuate the Dance Floor,” 7 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. 324-1369. Third annual Bakersfield’s Biggest, Baddest Barbecue Championship (details on Page 25) “Walk Me Down the Aisle” Wedding Event, designer dresses, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 5420 California Ave. 324-1359.
Saturday Art Starts Kids Workshop, create mini desserts, for ages 7 and up, 3 to 5 p.m., Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $25. 342-6063. Book signing, with author William Thomas of “From Hell to High Waters,” 1 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 665-4686. (More in Friday’s Eye Street) CALM’s 28th Birthday Bash, wildlife presentations, activities for kids, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. Free w/specified food donations (call for details). Free for CALM
members. calmzoo.org or 8722256. Grace Bible Church, 5207 Young St., will have a Community Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Furniture, clothes, books and more. Details, 323-4722. Green Week Scene & Japan Relief Fundraiser, bands, information booths and more11 a.m. to 4 p.m., CSUB, Runner Park, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free; free parking. 654-2418. Kids Discover Music, classically trained musician performs and works with kids;11 a.m. to noon, Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 6654686. King of the Hills 5K Run/Walk, My Dream Ranch, 12838 State Highway, Glennville. 304-6534 or bakersfieldbladesfc.com. Monopoly Game Tournament (details on Page 33) Pirates Treasure Hunt (details on Page 27) Precision Dance Center presents “Paparazzi,” doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. 324-1369. Pyles Boys Camp Annual BarB-Q, with $15,000 in prizes and barbecue tri-tip; noon to 5 p.m., Kern River Golf Course picnic area. $15; kids under 12 free. 805-5766. Second annual Mental Health Fair, with free health screenings, resources, food, entertainment, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Good Samaritan Hospital, Southwest, 5201 White Lane. 215-7503. Street Soccer Tournament & Used Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, 6501 Truxtun Ave. $150 per team for soccer tournament. Books: hardbacks, $1; paperback, 25 cents. 862-7145. Watch & Wager, The Belmont Stakes, Saturday, Kern County Fairgrounds, Sports Pavilion, 1142 S. P St. $4; free parking. Must be 18 or older. 833-4929.
Sunday Evening in Tuscany, wine and cheese, dinner, entertainment, silent auctions, raffles, 4 p.m., Best Western Hill House, 700 Truxtun Ave. $50. Proceeds benefit Unicorn Gardens Youth Homes. 301-6797, 304-5284. U.S. Army Allstars Bowl, alumni allstars of Foothill High School and East Bakersfield High School, 3:30 to 6 p.m., Bakersfield College, Memorial Stadium, 1801 Panorama Drive. $10. 343-5635.
THEATER “Chicago,” (details on Page 28) “All Shook Up,” 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $45 to $55; show-only tickets $35; matinee $46 to $50. 3256100. “Back from the Future,” followed by the vaudeville revue “The Best Day Ever” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday,
Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. 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.Comedy. Late Night with David Ives, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5. 327PLAY. “Stage Door,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free but donations accepted. 327-PLAY. “The Producers,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $25; $22 students/seniors. 6340692 or thespotlighttheatre.com. Major League Improv, improvisational comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free but donations are accepted. 327-PLAY. Omnipresent Puppet Theatre, presents “Rumpelstiltskin,” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $6. 587-3377. “Dear Harvey,” 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $10. 327-PLAY.
ART Opening Reception for “Changing of The Guard,” 6 to 8 p.m. today, CSUB, Todd Madigan Gallery, 9001 Stockdale Highway. 654-2238. Monica Nelson works, through May 31, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. 327-7507. All Media Class, by instructor Phyllis Oliver, with color theory stressed. Email email@example.com or call 348-4717. Beginning watercolor, beginning drawing, advanced drawing and watercolor painters’ group, taught by Carol Bradshaw. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-376-6604. 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. Basic Beading & Wire Wrapping Workshop, with Susi Klassen, private instruction or by appointment, The Bead Hut, 610 18th St. 324-0975 or 706-6490. Beginning Oil Painting, with Glen Jelletich, classes 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays. Call 399-3707 for more information or to register. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Drawing, by Nina Landgraff. 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. 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. The Art Shop Club, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. 322-0544, 5897463 or 496-5153.
MUSIC Blues Kern River Blues Society Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. every third Saturday, Trout’s, 805 N. Chester Ave. 8727517. Blues. Sinaloa, 910 20th St., 327-5231; Glenda Robles & The Bandoleros, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $5. Classic Rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Latin Breeze, 8 p.m. Thursday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Sunday Snake Oil, 9 p.m. Friday. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; No Limit, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Swamp Katz, 8 p.m. Friday; Right Cross, 1 p.m. and Controlled Chaos, 8 p.m. Saturday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Usual Suspects, 9 p.m. Saturday.
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; John Hollins & Friends, 7 p.m. Friday; Two Timerz, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Dancing Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Folklorico Classes, advance dancers/performing group 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays; and beginners, all ages, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Fruitvale-Norris Park, 6221 Norris Road. $22 per month for beginners; $25 per month for advance dancers. 833-8790. Pairs and Spares Dance, 7:30 p.m. each Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5; $7 nonmembers. 399-3575 or 332-1537. 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. Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St., 634-9598; Kama Ruby and Ezekiel Victor, 8 p.m. Thursday. Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St., 4274900; Mauro and Rico Velazquez, 7 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. Jazz at the Nile, open to all jazz artists, bring your instrument, 6 p.m. every Sunday, The Nile Theater, 1721 19th St. $10. 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. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
Karaoke Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays.
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Eye Street Cactus Valley Mexican Restaurant, 4215 Rosedale Highway, 633-1948; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday; beer pong and happy hour all day Sunday. Cataldo’s 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 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., 871-
4140; 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, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Diana’s Pit Stop, 10807 Rosedale Highway, 587-8888; 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. 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. Best Western , 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; The Junction with host Mac Clanahan, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey,
3100 Camino Del Rio Court; 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; A to Z Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Magoo’s Pizza, 1129 Olive Drive, 399-7800; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar, 14 Monterey St., 869-1451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Ethel's Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday.
Latin/Salsa Latin Salsa Dancing, 8 p.m. Thursdays, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: Salsa dancing, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Mariachi Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; Mariachi Imperial, 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
Oldies KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 3229910; Jimmy Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Halls, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Wax On featuring DJ Mustache, 9 p.m. Friday. Old School Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 8311315; Lost Vinyl featuring Becky Aguilar, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 366-3261; “A Night to Remember” with Thee Midniters featuring Latin Breeze, Limited Edition, The Press, Los Moonlighting, noon to 11:30 p.m. Sunday. $20.
Open Mic Fishlips, 1517 18th St., 3242557; Bakotopia Unplugged Open-Mic Night, 8 p.m., sign-up sheet begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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; Vanity Avenue, 9 p.m. Friday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Sederra & Holy Beast, 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Sederra and Holy Beast, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Songwriters The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; Chuck Seaton and Billy Russell's Songwriter's Showcase, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
Top 40 DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 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. Chuy’s, 2500 New Stine Road, 833-3469; 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Variety Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; The People’s Band, 9 p.m. Thursday. Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Dance to Joe Loco, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 5/23 15th annual Valley Fever Benefit Golf Tournament, 11:30 a.m. registration and lunch; tournament will start at 1 p.m., Bakersfield Country Club, 4200 Country Club Drive. $150 per person. Proceeds benefit Valley Fever Vaccine Research. 393-7204. Tuesday 5/24 Job Fair, hosted by the Veterans’ Employment Committee and Career Services Center, 9 a.m. to noon, National Guard Armory Building, 2800 Gateway Ave. 325HIRE.
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