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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, June 23, 2011

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These teams can play dirty It’s more about mud than volleyball here, but that’s OK BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor


n mud volleyball, finding a way to keep your shoes on is every bit as important as a perfect pass or spectacular spike. “That shoe is going to come off,” said Doug Valdez, an office volunteer at the Epilepsy Society of Kern County, which runs the annual event. “I can vouch for that.” Valdez, himself a former player, coordinates the tournament, now in its 19th year. In that time, he’s seen players resort to some pretty elaborate methods to keep hold of their shoes and socks, most of them involving duct tape. Others give in and go commando — no shoes at all — while the old pros opt for waterproof footwear. But whatever your personal preference, Valedez does offer one key piece of advice: “Don’t wear your best new tennis shoes.” Things are expected to get “muddy and gruddy” — the slogan of this year’s tournament — when the dirt adjacent to Stramler Park is transformed into a huge mud bath Saturday. It takes Rain for Rent, which donates its services, three days and an estimated 25,000 gallons of water to get the muck just right. As of Monday, Valdez said 85 teams had signed on for the community slip and slide, including last year’s winner, the Scallywags. “The tournament is scheduled on my calendar way in advance,” said Scallywags player Nathan Ives, an engineer at Chevron. “The two years I didn’t play, I went on a family vacation out of state and the other time I went to Mexico to play in a sand tournament. I look forward to it every year, spending the day with your friends and the social part.” Ives, 52, acknowledged

Tuesday that the six members of his team are pretty serious about volleyball — all play at least once a week. But the mud tournament isn’t really about competition, he said, because all are welcome, no matter their skill set. After all, the mud and water have a way of leveling the playing field. “What happens is that in the morning it’s such a big mix of players that everyone is having fun,” Ives said. “Towards the end, there’s alcohol involved, and all of the sudden (the competitors) want to call a rule that hasn’t been called all day, or something isn’t fair and they’ll go home if they lose. You’ll get some squabbles, but it’s usually just good fun.” Players must be at least 18, and each team consists of six to 10 players, two of whom must be women. The games last at least 30 minutes and the first team to 15 — with a lead of at least two points — wins. Teams that lose two games are eliminated. All the rules of volleyball apply. Mostly. “Commonly, the rules are not enforced like regular volleyball rules. Don’t expect to have a game called like a referee would do it,” said Ives, who said that players from other teams are enlisted to call the games. “You’ve got a ball that’s wet and muddy, and you can’t control it like a nice clean indoor ball. “We like to try to enforce the rule that keeps people from touching the net. If you keep them from touching the net, you keep them from getting under the net and falling on you.” Another factor that keeps players on their toes — or their backs — is that conditions vary on the 16 courts because the grounds are sloped a bit, making one end more watery than the other. In the center, it’s pretty much a mud pit. “We prefer to play in the mud,” Ives said. “The water can be knee-deep, but the mud is only 6 inches deep. It’s easier to pull your foot out and take a step.” And though the players try to stay upright, it makes for


Rick Hikson of the team Dirty H smacks the ball toward the Bakersfield Fire Department’s team during the 2010 Mud Volleyball Tournament.

19th annual Mud Volleyball Tournament When: Gates open at 7:30 a.m., play begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Teams may register the day of the tournament. Where: Stramler Park, 3805 Chester Ave. Cost: $375 per team; free to spectators Information: or call 634-9810.

pretty good viewing when gravity and goo land their one-two punch, Valdez said. “There are some courts full of water, and they go diving and water goes all over, especially if the player is extra large.” Valdez remembers only two players whose injuries were serious enough to prevent them from continuing. And, surprisingly, it’s not the mud or water — or even the falls — that present the biggest hazard, Ives and Valdez said. It’s the rocks,

those sharp little devils lying in wait for the unwary player. Hall Ambulance donates emergency medical personnel for just those eventualities, Valdez noted. As for game strategy,the muck, rocks and mess pretty much render that a moot point, Ives said. He and his team do try to stay as clean as possible in the early rounds, when play isn’t as strenuous. It isn’t terribly pleasant to be caked in mud all day, he said, though showers are available. “Physically, it’s not as competitive as playing two games in an indoor tournament,” Ives said. “But you’re all out. It’s 7 in the morning until 7 in the evening. You’re burnt for the day.” But it isn’t the level of play that draws Ives anyway. He sees old friends and watches the other games when he’s not playing. Plus, knowing that the money is helping the epilepsy group puts the competition in perspective. “All you get is a medal. If you lose and you don’t get the medal, OK, you’re out the medal.”

TIPS FROM THE CHAMP Nathan Ives, whose team has won the tournament several times, agreed to give newcomers some help with preparation: Shoes: “Don’t use duct tape — it does not work. I get water shoes that have a loop in the back on the heel and tie a string through that loop around my ankle. It keeps the shoe on all day,” said Ives, whose feet problems forced him to find a shoe solution after he played barefoot the first 15 years of the tournament. “Going barefoot is fine, but you’re going to have stickers and cuts from the little rocks.” Clothes: “Whatever you wear, throw it away. It’s not washable. It’s going to still be brown when you’re done. I usually wear a hat, not during play, but there’s a lot of time in between. There’s no shade around where they’re playing. “I do recommend that everyone wear sunglasses (during play) to keep the mud out of their eyes.” Pace yourself: Alcohol is available, but Ives no longer partakes. “I have in the past and if I do and I lose, I feel guilty. It’s such a long day — I’ll just drink water.” The game plan: “We don’t play near at the level we usually do (at other tournaments). The strategy is different. Instead of getting the third hit to kill the ball, you’re better off getting it over the net and letting them make a mistake. “You can settle most disputes by saying, ‘Let’s do a replay.’”


Thursday, June 23, 2011 The Bakersfield Californian

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Still in a funk — thankfully The Bar-Kays are the original soul survivors BY MATT MUNOZ editor


till laying down grooves for a new generation of fans, legendary funk and soul band The Bar-Kays are eager to show they haven't lost their wild side. Retirement is not in the cards for the Memphis-based group,which backed some of the most popular acts of the ’60s before riding their way to the top of the R&B charts. “We've never stopped performing,” said lead vocalist Larry Dodson in an interview to promote the band’s concert in Bakersfield Saturday. “If we aren't in the States, we are overseas. We keep a lot of young minds around us so new ideas stay cool. Our fans are getting younger, being introduced to our music via the Internet.” Although known as a staple of the 1970s “Soul Train” era of afros and bell bottoms, The Bar-Kays’ place in music history begins in 1966 at the legendary Stax Records in Memphis. “The city was full of music. All of those entertainers performed in Memphis. Even though there were some tragic times racially after the riots, it was just a lot of good music coming out. That kind of cohesiveness and camaraderie was going on between white and black folks because we were all playing together.”

‘We were the bad boys of Stax’ Recording on tracks for label acts Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, The Staples Singers and Otis Redding to name a few, The Bar-Kays scored their own hit single with the instrumental “Soul Finger” in 1967. That same year, tragedy would befall the young band when a plane carrying Redding and the original Bar-Kays crashed, killing all but trumpeter Ben Cauley. Bassist James Alexander, who had taken another flight, re-formed the band a year later as primarily an instrumental group. But it was with the addition of new lead vocalist Dodson that The Bar-Kays would hit their stride. “They were our town heroes. I was in a group called The Temprees at that time. We were like the local doo-wop guys. I was 19 and asked to be the front man for my idols. I was scared to death. I didn't think I could do it,” recalled Dodson. But do it they did, and big. Transforming from suited sidemen to far-out funkateers with over-the-top outfits and a vibe suited to fit the times, they soon became live music's hottest ticket. “We were the bad boys of Stax. We weren't the guys singin' ‘Hold On, I'm Comin',’ or ‘Knock On Wood.’ We wanted to create another kind of music. Quite honestly, I think everybody thought we were crazy. We got used to being on the cutting edge and having the rest of the nation following us,” Dodson said. “We had a lot of big records and were declared 'the ultimate party band.' We had smoke, fire, snakes, lights. … Coming to a Bar-Kays show was a


The Bar-Kays — from left: Anthony Gentry, Ezra Williams, Larry Dodson, Mike Anderson, James Alexander, Bryan Nesbitt, Archie Love and Darrel Stanley — will perform Saturday at The Nile.

The Bar-Kays When: 9 p.m. Saturday Where: The Nile, 1721 19th St. Admission: $30 Information: 322-5200 or

really big deal.” Some of the band's most memorable live footage was shot in 1972 at an all-star concert at the Los Angeles Coliseum to commemorate the 1965 Watts riots. That performance, captured in “Wattstax” — regarded as a classic of the concert film genre — shows Dodson, Alexander and their newly revamped group strutting in top form. “Our set was 20 minutes, but what they used in the movie was about 12 to 13 minutes. Everyone did that concert for free. Nobody got any money. Al Bell, who was then the president of Stax, said, 'Let's go do something to quiet the riots down and make it affordable.' It only cost $1 to get in. We came just to do the concert. The Hollywood filmmakers realized they'd better capture this, and it just became an iconic movie.” “Wattstax” helped launch the group onto the charts throughout the latter part of the decade and into the '80s with a string of club and radio hits including, “Holy Ghost,” “Move Your Boogie Body,” “Hit & Run,” and “Freak Show on the Dance Floor,” among others. Today the group is preparing to release a new CD, “The Mack is Back,” in July. The CD


The Bar-Kays were one of the featured acts in the 1973 concert film “Wattstax.”

features guest spots by fellow icons George Clinton, rapper Doug E. Fresh, as well as Oscar-winning hip-hop group, Three 6 Mafia. “We keep young folks around us to make sure our demographic don't start becoming senior citizens,” laughed Dodson, who, at 60, said he can still light up a stage with or without his boa constrictor. “I feel like I can do everything I used to do. I ain't got it like Alice Cooper though. The last time I tried to bring my snakes, they took three of them away from me at

the airport and I didn't get them back for three weeks.” Like their Motown Records peers, The Funk Brothers, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, Dodson expects his group will get their own invitation soon. But until that day arrives, there's still plenty of time to funk around. “I sense that we're very close to stuff like that happening because we're still around. It would be an incredible honor for us to be inducted, and I think one day we will. I think we've accomplished a lot.”


The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, June 23, 2011

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Imperial stallions know all the moves Majestic Lipizzaners return to Bakersfield

When: 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday Where: Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Admission: $24.50 to $29.50, plus service fee Information: 800-745-3000 or

BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer


he Lipizzaner is a horse of war, nobility and beauty, with a bloodline that goes back for centuries and training that takes years to master. This Sunday the history of this majestic breed goes on display as the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions head to Rabobank Arena for a show billed as educational, entertaining and a true work of art. Gary Lashinsky has been producing the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions shows for 40 years and says it’s one that will not disappoint. “You don’t have to be an equestrian to enjoy the horses. It’s amazing to see them jump, kick out and leap. It’s exciting.” The history of the Lipizzaners goes back hundreds of years to Austria when the Habsburg dynasty brought Spanish Andalusian horses to what is now Lipica in Slovenia for breeding. Six different bloodlines were created and, through those lines, a breed of strong and agile horse was born.

attendees a look at the stylized dressage riding and a lesson on what Lipazzaners are known for, “Airs Above the Ground.” The Airs are a series of acrobatic steps that take years of training for a horse to master. They include movements where the Lipizzaner balances on its hind legs at certain angles, jumps or kicks out. These movements were originally designed to be use during combat. The jumps, balancing acts and leaps were a way for a rider to protect himself on the frontlines, using the horse’s movements as a way to dodge or shield an attack. Although the Lipizzaners were originally bred to be used in combat, it was actually combat that led to their near extinction. The horses, always under the watchful eye of the Austrian monarchy, were relocated several times over the last two centuries. Whether the bloodlines were being protected from Napoleon’s advancing armies or riding schools were evacuated due to nearby air raids, the heritage of the animals has always been protected. But the Lipizzaner line may not have survived World War II if it weren’t for American Gen. George S. Patton. Patton, a horse enthusiast and an Olympic equestrian

World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions

The Lipizzaners were used in combat with special training designed to protect the rider in saddle. But the stallions were also used by nobility in the popular and exclusive riding schools of Europe. Lashinsky’s Lipizzaners come from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. He and his staff work day and night to maintain the high quality of training. Based in Florida, Lashinsky stables and breeds about 40 Lipizzaners. His touring show features 12 to 14 of his best horses. “It takes a long time to train these kind of horses. They are stallions, tough guys. They want to do what they want to do.” The training may be highly technical but it comes alive in choreographed dance numbers for spectators. The show gives

rider, was asked by the head of the Spanish Riding School in the spring of 1945 to protect the horses, which were taking refuge at St. Martins, Austria. In the meantime the remaining Lipizzaners had been rounded up across Europe by Nazi forces and were stabled in Hostau, Czechoslovakia, with 400 Allied prisoners of war. The soldiers and the animals, in the path of the Soviet army, were at great risk. Patton’s forces took control of the Hostau facility and through “Operation Cowboy” freed the Allied prisoners and then rode, trucked and herded 1,200 horses nearly 35 miles back over the German border. It wasn’t until 1955 that the Lipizzaners from the Spanish Riding School were finally able to returned to Vienna.


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Riders and their horses perform the classical steps of four during a performance of the Lipizzaner Stallions in Bakersfield.














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Lashinsky learned about the horses because several of the breed were stabled near his father’s office while he was growing up. Though he worked in the entertainment business promoting rock concerts early in his career, he returned to his passion for the animals. “In 1964 I went and saw the Spanish Riding School horses and I fell in love with them and their history. We decided to create an American tour. We produced it and now we take our horses all over the world.” It seems like a strange transition from the world of rock music to the world of horses, but Lashinsky says he never looked back. “I like rock ’n’ roll, but I like horses better. They are easier to deal with than rock stars.”

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Silver City Ghost Town has been the site of numerous film and video shoots since 1990 including use by Warner Chappell Music, A&E, The History Channel's This Week in History and a Nissan commercial.

Learn the ghostly history of the West Paranormal enthusiasts offer tours of ghost town


ant to boast of seeing a ghost? On a mission to view an apparition? The Silver City Ghost Town up the Kern River Canyon is where things go bump in the night, and the folks in charge there are hoping visitors are up for a little paranormal activity on July 1, when a Lantern Light Tour is scheduled. The tour begins at 9 p.m. and will be guided by Silver City Ghost Town curator/director J. Paul Corlew, who will recount many eerie legends of the valley and focus on the controversial paranormal events and sightings that have reportedly occurred at Silver City. Over the last 40 years the ghost town has been the location of dozens of alleged sightings of ghostly apparitions by visitors and staff alike. In recent years Silver City has appeared on several television and web programs devoted to the paranormal, and profiles of the town have appeared in several publications. “We have conducted many popular night tours of the site over the last 20 years or so,” Corlew said. “Usually, these night tours are conducted during the Halloween season, but weather is so unpredictable then we thought we would offer some night tours over the warmer months as well this year. It’s been great.” The July 1 event will feature Lake Isabella Paranormal Society. Founding member Kathy Owen and family will speak to the crowd and present a slide show from previous investigations, both on site and in the surrounding area. Her group was the first to investigate Silver City Ghost Town in 2006. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet members of the Old West re-enactor

Lantern Light Tour When: 9 to 10:30 p.m. July 1 Where: Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Bodfish Admission: $12 Information: 760-379-5146;

group Tombstone Law Dawgs, who will be dressed in 1880s-era attire. The group will also appear at Silver City during Independence Day weekend, on July 2 and 3, for Wild West shows at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. They will re-enact the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, plus other skits. Hundreds of photos taken over the years show balls of light, often called orbs, that many believe are evidence of spirits at the ghost. This phenomenon occurs most often inside of the old Isabella jail and occasionally the church (from Scovern Hot Springs) and the Appalatea-Burlando house, according to Corlew. “I have taken many, many photos myself that show these luminosities, and visitors often report them as well. Some even appear to have faces in them. There are many theories about what they are, from angels to magnetic fields to spirits from a bygone era,” he said. All proceeds generated from the tour will be used in the continued preservation and renovation of the historic Kern Valley buildings at Silver City. The most famous of the buildings is the circa 1860s Apalatea/Burlando house, where much of the reported poltergeist activity has occurred over the years. The tours are adultoriented, though children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Information provided by a Silver City Ghost Town media release


The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, June 23, 2011

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Everybody in the pool for family luau Swim trunks required, but leis are optional

Luau Family Fun Night When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Where: McMurtrey Aquatic Center, 1325 Q St. Admission: $3 per person or $10 for groups of four to six Information: 852-7430 or

BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer

If you and your family are looking for a cool way to beat the heat this weekend, grab some shades and a surfboard or maybe your favorite grass skirt and say “Aloha!” to McMurtrey Aquatic Center's Luau Family Fun Night on Friday. Island attire is not required for this first of two Family Fun Nights this year; however, guests are encouraged to grab a lei (or maybe a coconut bra, for the slightly more daring), and get into the spirit of the evening's chosen theme. But don't forget your suit or trunks; proper swimming attire is required at all times at McMurtrey. “We've been offering Family Fun Nights for about five years,” said Jeanette Beck, a recreation specialist for the Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department. “We saw that there was a need for working families to have activities to do together on a Friday night, so we thought it would be nice to open up our facility during the evening hours.” Event coordinators have planned a variety of special, themed activities for guests of all ages to enjoy, with the objective of drawing folks well past the open swim hours of 1 to 5 p.m. every day. In addition to the “zero-depth” beach-entry activity pool, the facility boasts an Olympic-sized pool. “This Family Fun Night is going to include all luau-themed activities,” said Beck. “We'll have a hula-hoop contest, a limbo competition, potato sack races, a lei-toss, and lots of picture opportunities. We open up both of our pools for all of our Family Fun Nights. Also, the diving boards will be open, and we'll have basketball hoops in the water — all things that we don't offer during our normal recreational swim hours.”

Even though “fun” is definitely the main order of the evening, ensuring that kids and their families know how to make a splash and safely enjoy the water this summer is a top priority for everyone at McMurtrey. According to David Stricker, McMurtrey's recreation supervisor, and the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children 5 and under. With that in mind, Stricker offered some tips to help keep your family safe this summer (see sidebar). McMurtrey also offers swimming lessons for both kids and adults of all ages. The summer season is split into four 10day sessions, beginning in June, and ending in August. With the second session beginning on Monday, Luau Family Fun Night is the perfect opportunity to sign up yourself or your budding doggy-paddler for a swim class, or just pick up some information about McMurtrey's many other special classes and programs. “We really feel that swimming is a life skill, and swim lessons are a valuable way to make sure your child will be safe around water,” said Beck. “Also, bringing your children to Family Fun Night or our other summer activities is a wonderful, fun opportunity to provide them with an education about how to be safe around water, and around the pool.” The second family event is Pirate’s Cove Family Fun Night is on July 22. For more information, call 852-7430 or visit

STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER McMurtrey recreation supervisor David Stricker had these tips for safe water play, which he shares with the whole family. “We tell these rules to both kids and their parents, because we want parents to be able to reinforce them with their kids.” 1. Swim with a buddy. 2. Be cool, follow the rules. 3. Look before you leap. (“Always be sure to choose safe places to swim and

dive. You need to check the depth if you want to know they're safe.”) 4. Reach or throw, don't go. (“We want kids to find safe ways to rescue someone in trouble — they should reach with something or throw in a flotation device — don't go in themselves.”) 5. Don't just pack it, wear a jacket. (“Always make sure your kids have lifejackets if you're out on a boat this summer, or if you're near the water.”)

Camille Gavin is on vacation. Her “Arts Alive” column will return on July 7.


Jessica Cranshaw (Cherylanne Farley) collapses on stage after being poisoned. Find out “whodunit” in “Curtains,” opening Friday at Stars.

Get a peek behind ‘Curtains’ BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor


t’s a night of murder, mystery and music as Stars Dinner Theatre raises its “Curtains” this weekend. The tale of a Boston police officer investigating the death of the lead actress in a critically panned musical is one that’s perfect for the local theater, said the show’s director Bruce Saathoff. “The show, with music and lyrics by the famous duo, (John) Kander and (Fred) Ebb pays hilarious tribute to musical theater of old while adding a new twist.” A bit of something old and something new also factors in how Stars selects its shows. “We are striving to create a season that blends the best of the old with the best of the new. With eight Tony nominations, ‘Curtains,’ clearly represents the best of recent shows.” And although this is a relatively new show —it debuted in Los Angeles in 2006 — Saathoff said it’s not necessarily wellknown and he’s excited to bring it to Bakersfield. “I think it's always great to see a new show. I think that most people haven't seen or heard of ‘Curtains’ even though it got its start in L.A. and starred David Hyde Pierce.” Taking the “Frasier” star’s role as Lt. Frank Cioffi is Joe Lowry, recently seen in Stars’ production of the Elvis Presleythemed musical “All Shook Up.” Like that production, “Curtains” is also a family affair with Lowry’s daughter Kelci Lowry as a dancer in the musical’s show within a show, “Robbin Hood of the Old West.” Saathoff said Lowry is charming as the investigator (and musical theater fan) who finds more than he’s bargained for while unraveling the mystery behind the ill-fated production. Another cast standout is Jennifer Resolme as Georgia Hendricks, a songwriter working with her ex-husband (played by Cody Garcia) who finds herself cast in the star role after the untimely death of Jessica Cranshaw (Cherylanne Farley).

‘Curtains’ When: Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; doors open at 12:30 p.m., show at 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. Admission: $45 to $55; show-only tickets $35; matinee $46 to $50 Information: 325-6100

“The ever-amazing Jennifer Resolme makes me melt every time she opens her mouth to sing,” Saathoff said. Her skills shine in the Act 1 closer, “Thataway!” an ensemble number that Saathoff said sticks in his head the most. “It's full of energy, a great set and costumes, and showcases the talent of our lovely leading lady.” Although “Curtains” centers around the death of a less-than-gifted actress, this production is packed with local talent, including Joslyn Jarrett-Skelton and Norman Colwell as married producers Carmen and Sidney Bernstein, Zach Quiroz as choreographer Bobby Pepper and Mark Price as the flamboyant director Christopher Belling. The talent extends behind the scenes with the show’s designers, who scaled down “Curtains” for the Stars stage. “The real challenge with production is taking a big musical and paring it down to fit a smaller stage. Having numbers from the show within the show (‘Robbin Hood’) in the show created unique challenges for our design team of Cory McCall and Gabe Urena. But they have more than mastered that challenge.” With summer in swing, Saathoff said that the show, which he’d give a PG rating, “certainly would entertain older children with a knack for musical theater.” Regardless of season, Saathoff said this is a show that shouldn’t be missed. “It’s a very good show with lots of comedy and great music, which makes it perfect for any slot.”


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eel as though you’re in the movie! Let on-screen explosions jolt you! Erase the line between fantasy and reality! Remember when film quality alone was enough to lure movie fans to theaters? That notion, it turns out, is as quaint as the days of $5 popcorn and 2-D summer blockbusters. These days, you’ve got to have a gimmick and the latest — seats that move along with the action on screen — has come to Maya Cinemas in Bakersfield. About 700 people have ponied up for the D-box seats since late May, when the technology hit town, according to Nyoka Jameson, assistant manager at Maya. “We’ve had a really positive feedback,” Jameson said. “It’s been really popular.” Maya installed 20 of the seats in a single theater and has been rotating the movies that get the D-box treatment. The first to use the technology in Bakersfield was the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, and “Cars 2” will open in the D-box theater on Friday. But at a budget-busting $18 a seat, how much does this Rumble Pak technology really add? I was to find out for myself Tuesday morning, when my editor dispatched me to the downtown theater to catch the 11:10 showing of “Super 8,” the alien-invasion blockbuster. The concept is pretty simple: The D-box company creates a program called a “motion code” for certain movies, and syncs it up with the action. So if an explosion occurs on screen, the whole seat shakes. A car rolling across the screen will cause the seat to rumble, first to the left, then, as the car passes the camera, to the center and then to the right of the seat. When firecrackers go off, the seat emits tiny jolts, timed precisely to each individual burst. Ensconced on my D-box throne, I was eager to be moved — literally — by the experience. And, frankly, I just wasn’t. In fairness, “Super 8” might not be the best example of the technology, though it cer-

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The D-box technology creates a program called a “motion code” for certain movies, and syncs it up with the action. So if an explosion occurs on screen, as in this scene from “Super 8,” the whole seat shakes.

“The one thing I liked were the crash sequences. They made me jump; I probably wouldn’t have without the seat.” — Sarah Tweedy, who saw “Super 8’ while sitting in a seat with the new Dbox technology.

tainly sounds on paper like it would be. The movie is a delightful adolescent romp through an alien-infested 1970s Ohio town, where four preteens outsmart the U.S. military and save the day. Action-packed, yes. But for a summer popcorn movie, it’s also dialogue-packed and a bit short on explosions. The timing of the jolts was impeccable, and it was clear that some lonely programmer spent days timing each jolt on screen to a corresponding seat movement. One scene saw our adolescent geniuses driving (illegally) on a bumpy road, and each bump they hit gave a simultaneous shake of my seat. For a few moments, at least, I was immersed. How frustrating then to see this technique applied so unevenly. Long stretches of film would go by, plenty in which the D-box would have had a subtle but real effect, with nary a tremor. Then, the inevitable explosion, and I was reminded of the $18 seat in which I sat. I would estimate only 40 percent of the scenes in the

movie made active use of the D-box. The one definite benefit of these seats consists of shocking the audience. “Super 8,” and many movies like it, rely on startling their viewers to heighten tension. A door slams, a car crashes, or an iron bar suddenly falls from the sky. Here is where the D-box shines. Playing off the loud and sudden bursts of sound, the seat gives a terrifying lurch, greatly heightening one’s surprise and, thus, immersion. Are the tickets worth it? The two movie-goers with whom I shared the theater (and the D-box row) thought not. “The seat only moved a few times!” John Nance complained. “It enhanced the experience, sure, but only in parts.” His friend, Sarah Tweedy, agreed, saying that the D-box would be better suited to “a more action-oriented movie.” “The one thing I liked were the crash sequences,” Tweedy said. “They made me jump; I probably wouldn’t have without the seat.” Both Nance and Tweedy were disappointed with the inert D-box through long stretches of movie. “You know, they really made it seem a whole lot more like the seats would be shaking through the whole movie,” Tweedy said. Nance was disappointed enough that he asked for — and received — a refund. “These seats were way too expensive,” he said. “They’re not as comfortable as the regular seats. When you’re paying 18 dollars, you really expect more of an experience.” Indeed.


The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, June 23, 2011

Eye Street The Lowdown with Matt Munoz

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...with some Purple Haze creeping in


ust when you thought your post-graduation party days were over, along comes Grad Blast. Billed as a “concert geared to celebrate those that have graduated in 2011, whether it be high school, junior high, vocational school, college or university,” it looks like promoters have just about fished the R&B and hip-hop well dry for talent. Luckily for Bakersfield, they'll all be at Stramler Park on Sunday. Here's a minipreview on what you can expect during our balmy 98-degree weekend. Headlining will be Latin hiphopper Baby Bash, who always draws a big local crowd and may very well be an adopted son of the Central Valley. Originally from the city of Vallejo, his 2003 major label debut “The Smokin’ Nephew” not only scored him his first hit with “Suga Suga,” but helped make him one of the West Coast rap scene's most instantly recognizable stars. His latest CD, “Bashtown,” is filled with more “boom-clap” cruisin' anthems and dance floor burners. Bash is also joined by plenty of guests throughout the disc, including fellow Bay Area gangsta rap legend E-40. Mind your ears, the girls will be screaming. Co-headlining earlier in the line-up will be Lil Wayne protégé and reality TV star, Cory Gunz. Critically acclaimed for his works as a rising emcee, his star

Purple Haze


Guitarist Ralph Woodson brings his “Purple Haze” Jimi Hendrix Tribute to Fishlips on Friday night.

power has definitely been elevated with help from actor Nick Cannon, who helped oversee and star in MTV's “Son of a Gun.” Building a reputation via the underground mix-tape circuit, Gunz has yet to release his first full-length effort. Until then, you can check out his latest single, “Struggle,” out now. To make room for all the tightly squeezed talents, there will be two stages featuring celebrity DJs like Bakersfield's hardest working spin

meister, DJ Damage. Plus, plenty of hip-hop hurray from artists — Tino Cochino, Decadez, Samoan Irok, One Hunned, The Rej3ctz and more. Fortunately for concertgoers, there won't be much set changing going on, with the exception of a few turntables and Mac books to keep it flowing. Bring your sun screen, and don't forget your summertime bling-bling. Tickets for Sunday's show are $20 in advance or $30 at the gate.

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

As critical as I've been in the past regarding tribute bands, I'm going out on a limb and recommending you check out Jimi Hendrix tribute act Purple Haze at Fishlips on Friday night. This group actually has everything going for them. Not only do they dress the part and sound like Hendrix's groups — The Experience and Band of Gypsys — but guitarist and vocalist Ralph Woodson is no joke onstage. According to his resume, Woodson has logged in tour miles with reggae's The Mighty Diamonds, Hugh Masekela side project Hedzoli Sounds, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, and has opened for just about every Bay Area biggie including Tower of Power. Woodson's also been called upon when Hendrix historians are looking for a live example of the late guitarist's technique, which, even with today's technology, is still no easy feat to reproduce. Videos of the group's live performance are available at his website, It's the next best thing to being at the Fillmore East on New Year's Eve in 1970. Friday's show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Fishlips is located at 1517 18th St. For more information, visit or call 324-2557.

Open Mic Night The scene at Bakotopia Unplugged Open Mic Night Wednesdays at Fishlips has continued growing beyond anything we could have imagined. It's been nine big months since our debut and each week it's been a mixed scene of musicians, poets and comedians. Some of our recent standouts include comedian Ben Oliver, who last week gave us some hilarious tales from his day gig as a baby sitter, followed by his rendition of “The Aristocrats.” If

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.

you're unfamiliar with the joke, go to YouTube and look it up. But I warn you, you'll either be highly amused or deeply offended. We've also had out-of-town visits from Frazier Park's Mama's Kitchen, touring country crooner Ian Jones from Seattle, even “Don't Forget the Lyrics” producer Dave Bernal, who debuted a set of newly penned material with help from Bako drummer Bruce Milburn and guitarist Power Morcillo. Poet and musician Evan Jones, who shows up regularly with an emotional set of spoken word depending on his mood, also changes it up to sing a few songs with his trusty acoustic guitar. If you're lucky, you might also catch a hot set by keyboardist Therese Muller and the “godfather” of downtown troubadours, Chris Carton. A cool addition since May has been live stage recording offered by AUM Studios' Brian Boozer. For a small fee, you can have your performance recorded, mixed, edited and in your hands in just a couple of days. There isn't a cooler Wednesday night scene in Bakersfield and if you haven't made your way over yet — quit wasting time and join us if you please.

Must-see shows And finally, add these shows to your upcoming “go to” list: On June 30, Jerry's Pizza will be hosting post-hardcore veterans Thursday. Also, I’ll have a preview of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour, which hits the Ventura Fairgrounds on July 3. Stay tuned and cool this weekend!


Thursday, June 23, 2011 The Bakersfield Californian

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Terry & ’s Charlotte

Life’s a cabaret for singer Homecoming gig set for classically trained talent BY MATT MUNOZ editor


akersfield singer-songwriter Emily Nicholas will be bringing her trio, Emily Danger, for a two-night stand at The Empty Space on Friday and Saturday night. Nicholas, who now makes her home in Queens, N.Y., has been performing only a few shows with her new group, but after creating a buzz in her Manhattan stomping grounds, she decided it was time to bring it on home to friends and family. “We’ve only done three shows, but it just kind of evolved,” said Nicholas via cellphone. “Our sound is pretty unique.” A veteran of various Bakersfield theater companies since her youth, the energetic vocalist could be seen and heard gracing productions from Stars to the Melodrama. After graduation from Bakersfield High School in 2002, Nicholas decided it was time to pursue her passion in the Big Apple. Attending the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, she received her master’s degree in classical voice in 2010, all the while adapting to the fast pace of New York. “I always felt like I belonged in a bigger city. I am lucky to have such a great home base,” she said. “My family has always been supportive of my musical goals and I’ve had every type musical education you can get. It all just felt very natural for me to be here. It’s actually more of a supportive music community than you’d expect. The competition is there, but not cut-


Emily Danger — from left: Emily Nicholas, Ryan Nearhoff, Bryan Langlotz — will perform Friday and Saturday at The Empty Space.

throat.” Raised on a steady diet of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Carole King, her classically trained voice owes as much to the troubadours of her parents music collection as it does to the soul of Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. Strong enough to fill a concert hall, she can switch the mood of her musical repertoire to fit a small club effortlessly with help from guitarist Ryan Nearhoff and drummer Bryan Langlotz. “After we played Radiohead’s ‘Lucky’ the first time together, we were like, ‘yeah.’ Everything just vibed together really well. I call our music dark cabaret, because of my classical training. It’s a great group to hang out with.”

Making their debut in March after Nicholas’ residency at New York’s legendary Duplex Cabaret Theater, the three decided to name themselves after the singer’s karaoke bar alter-ego. “I started doing a lot of karaoke when I came to New York,” she said. “A friend of mine who was the bartender used to introduce me as ‘Emily Danger.’ It comes from James Bond — ‘danger is my middle name.’ Everyone at grad school would call me that when they’d see me in the hall. We did a poll with all our friends and it just kind of stuck.” This weekend Nicholas will be performing a set of both originals and reworked covers from Tom Waits and Bjork, among others. “I have 12 songs of my own mixed in with lesser-known material most won’t be used to hearing coming from an operatic girl like me,” she said. Nicholas added that the success of the group’s March debut has led to a string of July dates back at the Duplex. There are also plans to head into the studio, following an important date on her calendar. “I'm getting married in September, so I’m gonna do that before we start recording.” Filling in for drummer Bryan Langlotz on both nights will be Bakersfield drummer Brian Boozer from local band Soulajar.

Emily Danger When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: The Empty Space, 706 Oak Street Admission: $20 Information: 327-7529 or

A little dab of crab will do ya That’s the theory behind CSUB benefit BY JENNIFER BURGER Contributing writer


ver the years, CSUB Athletics has become famous for its semi-annual barbecues. Now, the fundraiser menu is expanding, adding a bit of surf to the turf. The inaugural Crab Fest 2011 takes place Saturday at Noble Park. There will be crab, there will be bibs, and there will be wet naps. There will also be beer tasting from 11 domestic breweries featuring a selection of IPA, porters, pale ales and summer brews. But back to the main course. Event organizers are ordering in pre-cooked and cracked Dungeness crab on ice, by way of Pacific Seafood. The Ore-

Crab Fest 2011 When: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday Where: Noble Park, 700 S. P St. Admission: $50 Information: 654-3473 or

gon-based company prides itself on its sustainable fishing practices and supplies the Western U.S. with all the makings for crab and cioppino feeds. The Dungeness crab will be served with melted butter and cocktail sauce, along with pasta, salad and sourdough rolls. The meal tops off with cupcakes by local company Flair, owned by CSUB alum April Nuckles. Proceeds from Crab Fest 2011 will benefit Kern County Shrine Club and Masonic Charities, as well as the CSUB Student-Athlete Scholarship

Fund. The partnering charities are providing the venue and a crew of volunteers. CSUB student-athletes will also be helping out. The plan is to make Crab Fest an annual event that adds to the appetite of CSUB Athletics’ community of supporters, said event coordinator Mark Mayes. “When the Spring Barbecue started 39 years ago, 300 people attended. Now we get 3,000. So we’re starting this out as a first-time event and hopefully we will grow it as time goes on,” he said. Door prizes include a flat-screen TV, a resort stay, theme park tickets, golf packages, dining gift certificates and more. Tickets are $50 per person at or by calling Mark Mayes at 654-3473. — Jennifer Burger is the public affairs coordinator at Cal State Bakersfield.

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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, June 23, 2011

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It’s back to school for adults OLLI, Levan centers announce courses THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN


ummer is known for vacations and relaxing, but there’s no reason not to keep learning. This time it’s the adults brushing up on their skills with classes at CSUB’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. And if you’re booked until fall, Bakersfield College’s Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning has you covered then. This month, OLLI is heading into full session, offering courses to the community for summer fun. From foreign languages to crocheting and spiritualism, the variety of classes is sure to interest anyone. Instructors include CSUB students, emeriti faculty, and community members. CSUB alum Nick Belardes is returning to teach classes on photography, poetry and drawing. Communications student Phillip Barnett, who blogs about the NBA for ESPN, is teaching a course on the history of basketball. Business graduate Wendy Cruz, a native of Mexico, is teaching a course on “Basic Spanish for Tourists.” “Having students teach an OLLI class is a great way for the generations to interact and learn from each other,” said program coordinator Jennifer Patino. “But any

How to enroll For the complete OLLI summer schedule and to register, visit or call 654-2441. Information and enrollment on Levan’s fall schedule will be available July 1 at levaninstitute.

community member may be an instructor for OLLI, no teaching experience required — just a love for sharing what they know.” Community members don’t have to be over age 50 to participate — they just have to be interested in learning something new, Patino said. Classes range from one-day workshops to weekly sessions. There will also be a one-day field trip on July 28 to the Getty Villa in Malibu. Annual membership to OLLI is $35 and includes a large discount on classes (most classes are $5 for members and $25 for nonmembers) as well as access to the Walter Stiern Library, eligibility to purchase a pass to the Student Recreation Center, and more. If membership in OLLI grows to 500, the program could secure a $1 million endowment. Classes this summer include: Photo Journey: Taking Photos that Matter, how to use your camera as an extension of your


Ray Ingram, pastry chef at the Petroleum Club, assists Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning students in a recent dessert and pastry-making class. Ingram will teach his baking class again for the Levan Institute this fall.

experience. Instructor: Nick Belardes, author and artist; 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, June 25 to July 30. Illuminated Lines: Exploring Your Inner Poet, discuss contemporary poetry and write your own poems. Instructor: Nick Belardes;

4 to 6 p.m. Saturdays, June 25 to July 30. History of Basketball Through the Ages, a fun historical analysis of how basketball has developed. Instructor: Phillip Barnett, ESPN blogger; 6 to 8 p.m.


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8 p.m. Thursdays, June 30 to Aug. 4. Talk Like an Egyptian, learn to speak the Arabic dialect of Egypt to enjoy your tourist visit. Instructor: Mohamed Younes; 10 a.m. to noon July 6 and 20. Crocheting for Fun, learn a new skill and relaxing hobby; materials provided. Instructor: Linda Phillips; 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, July 8 to 29. Ancient Techniques to Fuel the Fires of Transformation, learn various Shamanic techniques to maximize human abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem solving. Instructor: Dr. Jane Granskog, CSUB professor emeritus of anthropology; 9 a.m. to noon July 9 and 16. Drawing and Doodling, learn basic drawing skills, how to imagine, and how to “properly” doodle. Instructor: Nick Belardes; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6, 13 and 20. Read One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern, get a jump on this year’s community read of “The Other Wes Moore” and participate in a book discussion. Facilitator: Jennifer Patino, OLLI coordinator; 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 11 and 18 (free of charge). Field trip to The Getty Villa, Malibu, July 28 bus trip to museum with private tour and time to explore. Board the Orange Belt Bus at 7 a.m. in Parking Lot E at CSUB. Explore the Villa at your own pace; private tour at 3:15 p.m. Return time is 6 p.m.

Levan Institute Discovering the mysteries of “CSI crime detection,” chasing ghosts in downtown Bakersfield and learning to bake elaborate pastries are among the many adventures that can be found in the Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning’s fall schedule of classes. The Bakersfield College institute for “boomer and beyond” students will begin enrolling students July 1 for classes that will begin in September. Go to to learn more about the classes and to sign up. “The goal is to offer classes ranging from one-evening lectures and tours to offering series of skills-building classes,” said Robert Allison, the institute’s director. “Classes are designed to appeal to the serious student, as well as the person looking for an interest-

COMING SUNDAY In the spirit of helping our readers have a blast this Fourth of July, The Californian will present our 2011 fireworks buyers guide. Every new stateapproved fountain was put to the test along with select returning items to help the patriotic consumer get the most bang for his buck. Also, meet some local nonprofits that are depending on the sale of fireworks to light a fire under their budgets for the coming year.

ing hobby or adventure.” The institute’s popular photography classes, which fill up quickly, include beginning digital photography, Adobe Photoshop Elements, video photography, high dynamic range photography, photo book making and landscape photography. Also popular with Levan Institute students are the many wine classes, which this fall will include a study of the influence of soil and growing conditions on winemaking, as well as a focus on French and Italian wines. New to the lineup is a “Boomer Choir,” where students will learn and practice selections from the choral repertoire. Prior experience is helpful, but not required to enroll in this class. After 10 sessions, the group will give a public performance. Dr. Tom Larwood, a longtime local physician and member of the Levan Institute’s advisory board, is arranging a series of evening lectures on medical issues ranging from treatment breakthroughs to politics. Local physicians and medical experts will be featured presenters. Art classes, including a new one that focuses on drawing animals, are among the institute’s fall offerings. Also students will find classes on personal finance, social media, philosophy and women’s studies. For those interested in learning a craft, classes on soapmaking and woodcarving are offered. Learning to write and having books and articles published are the focus of several courses, including one taught by Californian columnist Herb Benham. For people interested in having a “moving experience,” classes in ballroom and social dancing, golf, Tai Chi and yoga are offered. The Levan Institute is offering 40 classes in the fall. Class descriptions and signup information will be available July 1 at, or by calling the Levan Institute office at 3954431 to request a copy of a printed schedule. Copies also can be found in various Bakersfield locations, including the public libraries. Levan Institute courses are funded by student enrollment fees and an endowment from Bakersfield physician Dr. Norman Levan.



The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, June 23, 2011

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Eye Street GO&DO Today Concerts by The Fountain, with the Mike Montano Band, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Bakersfield Blaze vs. Modesto Nuts, 7:45 p.m. today through Sunday, Sam Lynn Ballpark, 4009 Chester Ave. $8-$12.50. or 716-HITS. Children’s Summer Reading Program “One World, Many Stories,” Wild Child Bubble Adventure, 4 to 5 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. Read the Classics, for readers ages 8 to 12, 4 p.m. Thursdays, now through Aug. 11, Barnes & Noble, children’s department, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. 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.


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a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Tait Ranch, 3344 Frazier Mountain Park Road, Frazier Park. $7.50 adults, $5 children 10-17, $5 seniors (65 and older), free for children under 9. or 444-8744. Kern River Valley Hiking Club, Jerkey Trailhead to Little Kern River Bridge hike, leave at 6:30 a.m., from Mesa Marin Chevron, corner of Highways 178 and 184. For details: or 7475065 or 778-3453. Kids at the Table, with chef Robin Noble, 2 to 3 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 8680770. Kids Free Day, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. 872-2256. Lap Dog Entertainment presents Girl Fight Oil Wrestling, music by DJ NemOcis, 7 p.m., The Dome, 2201 V St. $15. 327-0190, 809-6572 or 932-2858. Local History Lecture Series, on exploring your family tree and searching past editions of The Californian, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. “Oliver!” Cinema Saturday, sundown, Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1310 Truxtun. 864-0397. Summer Crafting for a Cure Event, hosted by Kern County Probation Department’s Relay for Life team, vendors, raffle drawings, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., East Bakersfield Veterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Road. Free. 868-7478. The Bar-Kays (more on Page 19)

Bakersfield Northwest Baseball AllStars Poker Tournament, dinner 6:30 p.m., tournament 7:30 p.m., Golden West Casino, 1001 S. Union Ave. $60 includes dinner. 599-8930. Emily Nicholas (more on Page 23). Family Fun Night, Luau Night (more on Page 22) Fantastic Friday Storytime, with Miss Olivia, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Gaming Day, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. Kid’s Night Out “Cars,” for ages 7 and up, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $25. or 664-7366. Movies in the Park, presents “Monsters vs. Aliens,” dusk, Park at River Walk, Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road. 326-3866. North American Animals: Stories & Crafts, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0750. Purple Haze (more on Page 24) Wine Tasting, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway. $25. 834-4433.

Beale Band Concert, Bakersfield Municipal Band, pre-concert show at 7:15 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Beale Park, 500 Oleander Ave. Free. 326-FUNN. GradBlast (more on Page 24) Health Fair, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P St. Free admission and parking. 327-9711. Kern County-Central Valley Amateur Radio Club, nationwide contest, all local amateur radio operators and interested people invited, 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday, College Park, 2515 Church Ave. World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions (more on Page 20).



19th annual Mud Volleyball Tournament (more on Page 18) Central & Southern California Regional Ford Falcon Car Show, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. $10 adults; $9 seniors/students (13-17); $8 students (6-12); $7 (3-5); children under 3 and members are free. or 852-5000. Central Coast Wine Bus Tour, includes breakfast, gourmet lunch and a visit to wineries, 9 a.m., Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway. $95 per person. 834-4433 or visit Certified Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St. CSU Bakersfield Athletics presents Crabfest 2011 (more on Page 25) Derby Revolution of Bakersfield vs. Sin City Cal Derby Vixens, roller derby, 5:30 p.m., Saunders Park, 3300 Palm St. $10 at; $12 at gate; $5 seniors/children. 706-0984. Frazier Mountain Renaissance Faire, with food, games, music, and revelry, 10

“Back from the Future,” followed by “The Best Day Ever” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “Curtains” (more on Page 22). “Dreamgirls,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $20; $15 students/seniors. 634-0692 or 24th Annual BCT One Act Play Festival, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave. $15; $12 seniors, active military and students with ID. 831-8114. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. $5, children under 12, $1. Major League Improv, improv comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Donations accepted. 327-PLAY.


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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, June 23, 2011

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Bakersfield Winds feeling patriotic Music of America theme for concert BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


he Bakersfield Winds concert band will try to evoke an American “home-town” feeling as it celebrates the upcoming Independence Day holiday Monday evening. “This is our first time to do a patriotic concert,” said band president Rhonda Martin. “It’s kind of new territory for us, so it’s exciting for us.” Martin said the program will include traditional patriotic music, starting with the “StarSpangled Banner,” and continuing with John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “National Emblem” marches, as well as a tribute to all of the armed forces. “We are planning to recognize our veterans during the concert,” Martin said. Martin said the music director, John Biller, the band conductor at Stockdale High School, selected the music for the concert. “We pretty much give him free rein,” Martin said. “John is a very thoughtful person — he’s very interested in the flow of the concert.” “I wanted (the concert) to be patriotic and I also wanted to have an ‘Americana’ feel to it, a ‘home-town’ feel,” Biller said. Biller said the program also includes music from American composers, including Michael Giacchino’s score from the Disney-Pixar film “Up”; Richard Rodgers score to “Victory at Sea”; Leroy Anderson’s “Trumpeter’s Lullaby,” featuring soloist Michael Raney; a tribute to jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman; and an arrangement of the hymn “Abide with Me,” to commemorate soldiers fallen in battle. “We have done some ‘Americana’ concerts and in the past — we’ve pulled some of the things together from those concerts for this concert.” The Bakersfield Winds is comprised of more than 50 professional musicians, music educators and advanced amateurs. Former president Scott Smith said the band is a true civic ensemble. “Up and down the state there are more and more free-standing groups,” Smith said. “They are not part of a college or university.” Concert bands can trace

Bakersfield Winds Patriotic concert When: 7:30 p.m. Monday Where: Olive Drive Church, 5500 Olive Drive Admission: Free, though a $5 donation suggested

their origins from both the wind ensembles that graced the royal courts of Europe and played the music of the great composers, and military bands that accompanied armies into battle and in review for their commanders. The American tradition of the concert band reached its first great expression with the fame of the United States Marine Band under the direction of John Philip Sousa, playing the composer’s famous marches along with other patriotic songs. For much of the 19th century, the repertoire for the concert band was largely marches and arrangements of music originally written for symphony orchestras. “For a long time, the orchestra musicians were the ‘legitimate’ musicians and that stuff you did in the park band was fun and happy,” Biller said. “And you mostly played orchestra transcriptions.” In the 20th century, many composers, including Gustav Holst, Igor Stravinsky, Percy Grainger, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arnold Schoenberg, Paul Hindemith and others, occasionally wrote pieces specifically for wind ensemble or concert band. Biller said by the latter half of the 20th century, many composers began to specialize in writing for winds only. “The interesting thing about the concert band is that it’s given composers a whole new medium to work with,” Biller said. “The timbres, the colors, and percussion, which is very important to the concert band.” Biller said interest in concert band music keeps growing, especially as it seems attractive to school-aged musicians. “I think maybe because orchestral music was seen as ‘older’ music and kinds coming in want to play more modernsounding music,” Biller said. Smith said the concert, which is sponsored by Hodel’s, is free, however a suggested donation of $5 would be accepted. “The message is, ‘Please come,’” Smith said.




“High Sierra Mustangs,” by Jenn Williams, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 327-PLAY. “Bridging Heaven & Earth: International Healing Art,” Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 665-4686. “Just Desserts,” Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. “Connections,” an exhibition of works by artists participating in the visual arts festival. The Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3237219. Richard Geissel, Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 634-0806.

Movies in the Park, presents “Monsters vs. Aliens,” begins at dusk Friday, the Park at River Walk, Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road. 326-3866.

MUSIC Blues Sinaloa, 910 20th St., 327-5231; Glenda Robles & The Bandoleros, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $5.

Classic rock Banacek's Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; Usual Suspects, 9 p.m. Saturday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Billy Russell Band, 9 p.m. Friday; The Fog, 9 p.m. Saturday. Crest Bar & Grill, inside Bakersfield RV Resort, 5025 Wible Road, 833-9998; Mike Montano, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Comedy Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Improv Tuesday — Live comedy with DJ after party, 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

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. Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 328-7560; Monty Byrom & the Buckaroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Monty Byrom and the Buckaroos with special guest Bradley Gaskin, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $5 per night. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Open Range, 7 p.m. Friday; Arvizu Brothers, 7 p.m. Saturday; Valley Fever 3 p.m. Sunday. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

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

Mavericks Singles, ballroom and country dancing with music by Lost Highway, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive. $6 member; $8 guest. 8319241. Pairs and Spares Dance, with Country George, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5; $7 nonmembers. 399-3575. Intro to Square Dancing, with Whirlaways Square Dance Club, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Park Stockdale Civic Association Community Center, 205 Rio Bravo Drive. or 213-3105. Dance classes, beginning west coast swing, intermediate/ advanced West Coast swing with instructor Mimi Johanson, at 8214 Mossrock Drive. 927-7001. Whirlaways Square Dance Club, has workshops/classes every first, third, fourth and fifth Mondays, Park Stockdale Civic Association Community Center, 205 Rio Bravo Drive. 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. 760-917-3685 or 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. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; The Mothership, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring local artist Mike Montano, along with 24 wines, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; featuring Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St., 4274900; Kama Ruby and Company, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.

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., 633WINE; 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. Padre Hotel, Prairie Fire, 1702 18th St., 427-4900; Jazz & Martinis, 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

Karaoke B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays. 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 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. Please see PAGE 31


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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. Ethel's Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. 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. 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., 3637200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court; 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 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, 3997800; 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., 399-6700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. B. Ryder's Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Tuesday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays.

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, 3246774: Salsa dancing, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Aldo’s Night Club, 1900 Union Ave., 324-2536; Grupo Niche, Salsa Solution, DJ Adrian Gonzalez, DJ Xtraordinair, DJ G’Rock, 8 p.m. Saturday. $35. Tickets can be purchased at Si Senor Grill, Loma Linda Restaurant, Latino’s Beauty Salon, Sally’s Flowers (Delano). DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, 633-1949; various levels, 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays. $5 per person, per lesson.

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

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

Old school Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 3246774: The Press, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

Rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Rule of Thumb, 9 p.m. Thursday. 21 & over. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. Thursdays. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; DC Fallout and Holy Beast, 9:30 p.m. today. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Rear View Mirror, 9 p.m. Friday. Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., Dilana, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $15 advance; $22 at the door. 599-5172. Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 6331000, Psychostick, 7 p.m. Sunday.

$75 plus $25 deposit. 837-9622. “In the Garden” Summer Workshop, for ages 6 and up, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $145. 664-7366 or bakersfield.colormemine. com. Joey Porter Celebrity Golf Tournament, check in 11 a.m., shotgun at noon, Bakersfield Country Club, 4200 Country Club Drive. $250 per person; $1,000 foursome. 8342272 ext. 278. Senior Discovery Days, those 60 and older receive half off admission, 10 percent discount in the gift store, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. 872-2256.

Get Hooked: Crochet, 5 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770. Toddler Time, for children 18 months to 2 years, with music, nursery rhymes, stories and play, 11 a.m., Beale Library, Arkelian children’s library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770.

Wednesday 6/29 Digging for Dinosaurs, part of the children’s summer reading program, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 8680750.

Thursday 6/30

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

Top 40

Friday 7/1

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

Bakersfield Blaze vs. Inland Empire 66’ers, 7:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sam Lynn Ballpark, 4009 Chester Ave. $8-$12.50. or 716-HITS. Favorite Fairy Tales from Around the World, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0750. First Friday, featuring live music, art openings, galleries and boutiques, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Arts District. 6349598. Radio Benefit Show, presented by KSVG 89.7 FM Savage Radio, 9:30 p.m., Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St. 322-8900. Teen Gaming, Wii Kinect, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 8680750.

B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Mento Buru and DJ Frankie P, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5.


Trivia night Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Chuy’s, 2500 New Stine Road, 8333469; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

Variety Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Dance to Joe Loco, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 6/27 The Bakersfield Winds Concert, (more on Page 28) Disney Musical Revue Summer Workshop, featuring songs from “Aladdin,” “Brother Bear,” “Beauty and the Beast” and more; for ages 6 to 16, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., now through July 20, YMCA of Kern County, 5880 District Blvd., #13.


Tuesday 6/28

Amanda Perez and the Jacka, 7 p.m., Nile Theater, 1721 19th St. $15; $25 VIP. 408-595-6815, 559-991-5940 or 559-736-8697. Concerts by The Fountain, with Thee Majestics, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Stories from Eastern Hemisphere, 4 to 5 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770. 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.



Saturday 7/2 Certified Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St. Dangerous Boys Club, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, children’s area, 4001 California Ave. Free. 631-2575.

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