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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, June 2, 2011

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Artist doodles the possibilities Andy Andersen’s work creates itself during ‘hours of binge drawing’ BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor


t’s not for nothing that Andy Andersen calls his work “doodling on steroids.” In the artist’s Eye Gallery piece alone, a careful look reveals a couple of faceless cherubs, a train, several denuded trees, a profusion of patterns — even the space shuttle is there in the center, blasting off. “The piece started with a vague idea and unveiled itself after many hours of binge drawing,” Anderson shared via our email chat. “There is no definite conclusion in mind, just infinite possibilities and improvised choice selections.” Andersen, 25, is one of 10 artists selected for Eye Gallery 2011, an art series sponsored by The Californian that is attempting something of a reboot in our fifth year. We looked far and wide for fresh perspectives and found several exciting young artists whose work we’re sharing with readers. All the art is for sale and will be on display at the Bakersfield Museum of Art starting June 16. Andersen, who is studying to be an art teacher, said the key to his work is that he doesn’t overthink it. He lets inspiration whisper in his ear and his pencil does the rest. More of our conversation with the Centennial High graduate, who works as a retoucher/graphic designer at Christian Hall Photography: Arts are being cut at schools all over these days. Are you afraid for your job prospects? Please see PAGE 26

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.


Andy Andersen’s Eye Gallery work is titled “Alpha and Omega.” What does the young artist’s work say about him? “That I am open to letting my mind run a little wild.”


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Buy yourself an axe to grind Metallica-signed guitar tops hot items up for bid at Scott Stock fundraiser

ABOUT OPERATION INTERDEPENDENCE Founded in 2001 by Albert R. Renteria, a Marine, Operation Interdependence is a national nonprofit organization that acts as a civilian-tomilitary delivery system, making it easy for Americans to contribute basic care items to deployed frontline military in Afghanistan and Iraq. The organization is able to produce each care package for $5. At $15 a Scott Stock ticket, you’ll already be sending some love to three soldiers in need. “You’d think that items like deodorant, mouthwash and toothpaste would be readily available but that’s not always the case,” Cox said. “Hard candies are really popular there to keep the dirt out of your mouth and for passing out to keep those kids loving Americans.”



aving a Metallica-autographed guitar won’t make you play like Kirk Hammett as you scratch out version 5,896 of “Enter Sandman” for friends and family. But owning that particular axe could make you the envy of every metal-lovin’ maniac in Bakersfield — and as a side benefit, the money you spend to buy it will keep troops in deodorant and mouthwash as they serve their country overseas. The ESP Metallica guitar is just one of several signed by giants of the instrument for Scott Stock, the annual party, now in its fifth year, hosted by radio personality Scott Cox and Fishlips Bar & Grill to support the troops. “This thing lends itself to being pretty rowdy. It’s the most fun night of entertainment and debauchery that happens in Bakersfield every year,” said Cox, never one for understatement. Fishlips’ partnership with Operation Interdependence, the group that delivers personal items to the troops, began in July 2006. With the endorsement of Cox, the restaurant decided to rename the event Scottstock two years later. Joining Cox as co-host at Saturday’s event will be Bakersfield Iraqi War veteran and former NFL defensive linemen Jeremy Staat. “Guys like him are why OI does what they do and why I wanna help them — people who are putting their lives on the line,” said Cox. “This organization has no overhead, no salaries. Everything goes towards these kids in Iraq.” Since 2007, Scott Stock has helped raise more than $78,000 for Operation Interdependence. This year they hope to bring that cumulative total to $100,000. On the entertainment side, local bands 1916, Buck Shot and Weapons of Mass Destruction will be setting the Fishlips stage ablaze with Celtic rock, country and blues. “There’s nothing subtle about these groups — all great musicians, and there will be lots of cowbell,” Cox predicted. “That’s why we didn’t book Yanni, Kenny G or anybody else that was gonna bring you down this year. It’s about making a lot of racket for the right cause.” But the main event — the thing that makes this particular party stand out from all others — are the guitars. This year’s collection includes a raffle of autographed models from country legend Merle Haggard, classic rockers REO Speedwagon, and blues masters Joe Bonamassa and Albert Lee. And included with the Lee guitar are two tickets to his June 16 show at the venue. After that, things are about to go up to 11. Diehard collectors will really be digging deep during the auction, which has the


KERN radio personality Scott Cox will be hosting the Fifth Annual Scott Stock fundraiser at Fishlips on Saturday. On stage with Cox are a bass signed by Gene Simmons of KISS, a Fender Squire signed by Merle Haggard, an Epiphone Les Paul to be signed by Joe Bonamassa and another Epiphone Junior signed by REO Speedwagon.

Fifth Annual Scott Stock When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Fishlips, 1517 18th St. Admission: $15 Information: 324-2557 or If you can’t go but would like to donate, write a check to Operation Interdependence and drop it by Fishlips.

autographed Metallica axe, a Warlock bass signed by Gene Simmons of KISS along with girlfriend and 1982 Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed, and a custom-painted “Budweiser Troop” guitar by Bakersfield artist Craig Fraser, which is signed by NASCAR racing champion Kevin Harvick.

Included with the Harvick package is a neon bar light donated by Advance Beverage. Fishlips owner Shawna Haddad-Byers, who affectionately referred to the behindthe-scenes work as “organized chaos,” said the efforts of OI are very dear to her heart as a mother and American. “I would be very proud if my son put on a uniform, but I do hope he never has to. I appreciate the men and women who take care of business. Every time we do a raffle, there’s always someone with a story to share about their child or someone they know being deployed.” And Byers is always on the lookout for more fodder for the auction. From touring bands who hit the club, to reaching out to somebody who knows somebody, she said she relies on a network of supporters and their tips.

In previous years Cox and crew have collected an all-star batch of heavy slingers, including BB King, Willie Nelson, Dick Dale, Korn, Ted Nugent, Kinky Friedman, Gary Hoey, Junior Brown, as well as NFL footballs from pro players Tom Brady, Steve Young, Stephen Neal and Joey Porter, among many others. “We’re always collecting guitars all year round, but we really start pushing come January a few months before,” she said. Cox said scoring this year’s Metallica guitar is by far one of his proudest moments. “I’ve never seen so many guys more pumped about helping the troops than Metallica. “They never sign anything, but they jumped on board for this right away. That Metallica ESP guitar is the holy grail of this thing. It’s the same model that James Hetfield plays. I think we have the greatest hits of guitars this year. These will be going over really well.” And although the legendary rockers are sincere, they do have one condition regarding winning their prized possession. “Metallica has a business guy that scours the Web. If they see this guitar up on eBay, those guys will personally hunt you down and do something very bad.” Cox said another of the evening’s popular prizes is sure to be the $5,000 in services from Bakersfield plastic surgeon Dr. Vip Dev up for grabs. Among the evening’s sponsors are Guitar Center, California Keyboards, Front Porch Music, and ZT Amplifiers, which will be providing amps for the performers as well as for the raffle. In the spirit of responsible partying, organizers will be offering free sober rides home, courtesy of Northwest Bakersfield Toyota Scion. Fishlips will also be accepting cash and check drop-off donations the day of the event. “Come on out and help these kids stuck in a really bad place. Bring lots and lots of money, have a beer, a Stevie Ray Vaughan from the menu and hang out with everybody,” Cox said.


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Artistic clan with a plan Family mounts own exhibit of artworks

Thicker than Water: A Family Art Show When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday


Where: Junior League of Bakersfield, 1928 19th St.

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hen you hear the phrase “it runs in the family,” it’s more often in reference to red hair or dimples than artistic skill. But that’s not the case for Alison Beitzell and her family, an eclectic collection of artists who will be showing their work at the Thicker than Water show on Friday. Although Beitzell has shown her paintings at galleries around town, she opted for something a little unconventional for this exhibit by hosting it at the Junior League Community Center on 19th Street. It was Beitzell’s aunt Toni Solano who suggested the venue after her daughter Sam had a show there. “She’s talked about it (a family show) for a long time. She’s always wanted to do something like this since there are so many artistic people in our family,” Beitzell said. And she’s not exaggerating. The lineup for this show reads more like a family reunion than an art exhibit. That’s to say nothing of the various mediums in which the

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family works, including sugar, paints and “junk.” With such a large collection of artists, it might seem like this would have been a difficult show to mount. But Beitzell said taking the initiative with the unconventional venue helped move things along. “It was awesome not having to wait around for someone to get back to you. (The show) was doit-yourself. It’s really easy with this many people, everyone doing their part.”

Paintings, kids’ art, ‘junk’ Beitzell will be showing portraits, but she is not the only painter of people in the bunch. Cousin Sam Solano also paints, although Beitzell said “our styles are really different,” describing Solano’s work as fun. A little outside of the ordinary, at least in Bakersfield galleries, is the

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Artists from Thicker Than Water: A Family Art Show, which will open at the Junior League Community Center Friday. Front, from left: Stella Beitzell, Selah Delgadillo and Parker Beitzell. Second row, from left: Jeff Beitzell, Toni Solano, Jessika Solano, Vanessa Tingley, Monique Robles and Jake Pritchard. Third row, from left: Alison Beitzell, Gary Pritchard, Ann Pritchard and Oscar Delgadillo.

work of Solano’s boyfriend, Chris Harned, who specializes in graffiti art. Like Solano, sister Vanessa Tingley will have paintings on display, which Beitzell described as cute depictions of subjects such as birds and lollipops. Beitzell’s brother Jake Pritchard takes a darker turn with his paint-

ings, which Beitzell said stem from his love of the macabre and horror movies. Speaking of the macabre, Pritchard’s girlfriend, Monique Robles, will present her Day of the Dead-stylized sugar skulls, which are resplendently jeweled and glittered. Another family artist who is sure

to turn some heads with his work is Beitzell’s father, Gary Pritchard. An engineer by trade, he’s exhibiting customized stainless-steel tractor stools. Pritchard’s son-in-law (and Beitzell’s husband), Jeff Beitzell, who uses the professional name FourEyes, is into customization Please see PAGE 19




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“How Her Garden Grows” by Barbara Reid, left, and “Vase #3” by Marlene Tatsuno are among the exhibits at the “Chronicles: Transitions Through Time” show at Metro Galleries.

Together ‘Through Time’ Trio of women collaborate on encore show for First Friday BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor


any things in life come down to connections, so it’s no surprise an artistic triumvirate of women is at the heart of the latest show at Metro Galleries. “Chronicles: Transitions Through Time,” which is Metro’s second all-woman show, opens with a reception for First Friday. “Chronicles” is the continued collaboration of artists Chris McKee, Claire Putney and Barbara Reid, whose work together began last year through the Artists Creating Community program. Started by the Arts Council of Kern, the program, which focuses on the principle that the arts can be used for hope and change, selects a social topic and nonprofit partner for each show. The trio teamed with another artist for two previous shows — “Ebb & Flow” (about the Kern River) in August and “ConTextual” (on literacy) in February — although this one is not affiliated with the Arts Council. This time, the women joined with artist Marlene Tatsuno on the exhibit, which is a narrative of experiences and encounters throughout time. Gallery owner Don Martin is donating 10 percent of opening night proceeds to the Women and Girls Fund of Kern County, a leadership initiative of the Kern Community Foundation. Martin said he donated more than $700 to the fund last year.

Comings and goings Holding its grand opening Friday is the Reiter Gallery, the creation of photographer Mitch Reiter. A native of Los Angeles, Reiter is “brand-new” to Bakersfield, having recently bought a home here with his wife and two children. “We love it here. It’s close-knit. We like the smaller community. We wanted to get out of crazy L.A. It was too congested, too hectic.” Reiter, who previously had a gallery in Venice where he exhibited his photos, said the new gallery on Chester

‘Chronicles: Transitions Through Time’ When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Where: Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. Information: 654-2511

Reiter Gallery grand opening When: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday Where: Reiter Gallery, 1914 Chester Ave. Information: 633-9447

Mike Barker When: Exhibit up through June Where: Farmacy at the Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St.

Avenue will show his work along with offerings from other local artists. For Friday’s installation, Reiter’s works will be shown along with the works of fellow Bakersfield Art Group members Deon Bell and Johnny Ramos, whose Bossanova Studios has shown Reiter’s photos. Works from local artist Jeremy White and Alex Castaneda of Los Angeles also will be on display. Reiter said he plans for new monthly installations timed with First Fridays. Upcoming plans include a greyscale themed exhibit with black-and-white photos and paintings and a car show. As one gallery arrives on Chester, another departs with the news that The Foundry will no longer operate out out of JP Jennings Custom Picture Framing. The artists’ club, which joined the space in October, will not have a show Friday and has put future exhibits on hold. Co-founder and artist Christina Sweet said they are looking for a spot in central downtown (possibly around 19th or 20th streets) or Mill Creek areas. She said the club will spend time locating a venue more suitable to host workshops and gallery exhibits independently. Looking back, Sweet said she is happy with the exhibits and the club’s goals.

“The Foundry’s intention has always been to be a club and to support artists in displaying and furthering themselves within the art community. We were blessed to have the opportunity to have a functional gallery to begin our journey.” If you’re interested in making contact with any of the artists, some exhibit their work independently on First Fridays, and Sweet said there are plans to revamp the club’s online gallery to display more members’ works. Visit

himself as a pinstriping pro. Along with canvases and a bowling pin, he will have a pinstriped skateboard on hand, which will be auctioned off to benefit Board for Snots, an organization that provides refurbished boards to underprivileged kids. Beitzell’s aunt Ann Pritchard is a standout not only for her stained glass work but also her unique family connection. She is the sister of Beitzell’s mother, Margie, and married to Beitzell’s father’s brother (have a headache yet?). And what some consider junk, others see as art — and junk. Beitzell describes her brother Josh Pritchard’s art as “junk sculpture,” metal works fused together. Oscar Delgadillo, boyfriend of Toni Solano’s daughter Jessika, is an emerging painter whose work will be on display. “He’s an amazing painter who will never admits he’s good but he’s absolutely amazing,” Beitzell said. Jessika Solano and the Beitzells’ niece Alexis Nyal will show off their photography skills with prints. Only 16, Nyal already has a scholarship to a photography school. Speaking of young artists, the children in the family are also getting in on the show, which Beitzell said is to be expected. “Coming from us, being in that environment, it’s natural for them to be expressing themselves in art. They live and breathe art; it’s just part of their lives.” The Beitzells’ children, Parker and Stella, will both be part of the show, with Parker taking after his uncle Josh with “junk” work. Beitzell said he works with a hammer and nails into wood and paints it, which “is pretty cool for a 7-year-old.” Josh’s children, Taylor and Wyatt, also will participate in the show along with Delgadillo’s daughter, Selah. Wrapping up the show is the family’s “witch doctor,” which is how Beitzell said her aunt Toni is referred. If something is amiss, Beitzell said the refrain is “ask the witch doctor; she’ll know.” The woman with “cures for everything” will represent the healing arts with sugar scrubs and natural organic shea butter.

Mike Barker at Farmacy Mike Barker has a secret. The wellestablished local artist has been creating beautiful pieces of art, crafted from epoxy-resin and spray enamel, since the late ’60s, but how he creates his masterpieces remains a secret. “It’s a technique that I have developed over the years,” he said. “It’s become my signature. It’s a style that I have not seen replicated anywhere else. And I’d like to keep it that way, for now. Maybe I’ll pass the process down to my son, but not yet.” Currently several pieces of his art can be seen on display and for sale inside the Padre Hotel’s Farmacy Cafe. Coincidentally, Barker spent many of his childhood afternoons hanging out in that location. “My dad used to own the two-story barber shop that was here many, many years ago,” he said. “I learned how to shine shoes here. I’d watch movies at the Fox Theater and then come over here and watch my dad work. This spot means a lot to me. Downtown really means a lot to me. I’m proud of its growth and love of the arts.” Having shown his work across the nation and in a handful of other countries, Barker remains humble. “I’m not the typical artist,” he said. “I’m a big burly guy. I guess you could say I’m a gentle giant. I love to talk about my work and hear what others think of it. This is my passion. Even if I never sold another piece I would continue to paint. I’d just have to find a big storage space.” Barker’s show will be at Farmacy through June. — Jason Gutierrez contributed to this report

The musical that will have you jumping out of your BLUE SUEDE SHOES!

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Art to tempt the taste buds ‘Just Desserts’ may make viewers hungry


nn Sullivan predicts those who visit the opening of “Just Desserts” Friday evening at the Art Center will find their taste buds demanding attention. “I think (visitors) are going to be hungry when they leave after seeing all that art,” said Sullivan, manager of the Bakersfield Art Association’s gallery. As the exhibit’s title suggests, most of the paintings portray sweet treats and several depict luscious delicacies whipped up at locally owned shops. BAA member Karen King explained a bit more about the subject matter, explaining that three businesses — Dewar’s, Café Beignet and Frosting, Ink — allowed artists to make sketches, take photographs or paint an onthe-spot canvas of their goods and premises. So what you’ll see are things like Jennifer Shrader’s acrylic painting of Dewar’s famous chews or Jeanie Truitt’s whimsical watercolor of Abe Lincoln eating a concoction at the historic ice cream and candy store. Representatives from each of the businesses are expected to attend the reception. Each will select one painting they feel best represents their product or their store and that painting will be displayed at their particular establishment for a month following the show. About 20 different paintings are in the exhibit, which will be up through June. King said not all of the artists followed the dessert theme. She, for instance, chose to do something different with humor and a cat. Wine, cookies and delicatessenstyle meats will be available during the reception. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Beale Park concerts begin Cyndi Hicks, band manager, confirmed there will be four consecutive Sunday concerts at Beale Park this summer. The first is this Sunday and the final program on


Among the works on display at the “Just Desserts” show are “Cupcakes,” left, by Michelle Stone and “Sweet Dreams” by Jennifer Shrader.


Jessica Boles took on the Roxie Hart role in the CSUB production of “Chicago” at Dore Theatre.

June 26 will be a pre-celebration of Independence Day featuring patriotic music. Doug Kelley, who’s also the music director at Frontier High School, will again be the conductor of the band. By the way, a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of listening to Kelley’s Frontier Jazz Band, which is blessed with some very talented young musicians.

‘Chicago’ a rousing success Speaking of talent, the Dore Theatre stage at Cal State Bakersfield was bursting with that rare ingredient for its production of the musical “Chicago.” If you weren’t able to get to any of the six performances — the show closed on schedule last Sunday — you

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missed an exciting presentation that sparkled with well-trained and gorgeously costumed dancers and singers. I saw the Friday night show, which played to a full house. It was an enthusiastic and appreciative audience, which included about 30 students from North High School. And I see that as a good thing. It’s my view that our local schools — at all levels — are where young people first gain a knowledge and love of the arts. Next time you see a play or a musical at one of our local theaters, check the bios in your program. I’m sure you’ll find that most of the performers are products of a school somewhere in Kern County.

Wolcott returns to North Dakota Taft College drama instructor Barry Wolcott has moved to North Dakota, where he once was an artist in residence for that state’s arts council. He still will be connected with the college, however, via “Introduction to Theatre,” an online course available for the upcoming fall and spring semesters. “I originated the class at Taft four years ago,” Wolcott said, “and got it accepted as a general education class acceptable for transfer to all state colleges and universities in California.” During his time here, Wolcott served as director of the Arts Council of Kern and wrote several plays that were produced at local venues. One, titled “Daryl,” was based on a true crime about a serial killer whose story Wolcott covered when he was a television newsman in Helena, Mont. Two of his poems appear in “A Sharp

GO & DO ‘Just Desserts’ opening reception When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Where: BAA Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Admission: Free Information: 869-2320

Municipal Band Concert When: 8 p.m. Sunday Where: Beale Park, Oleander Avenue and Dracena Street Admission: Free Information: 323-7928

Piece of Awesome,” a Taft College book published shortly before he left Bakersfield on May 23. As for his plans, Wolcott said, “I am sure that I will still be doing work within theater. I am still writing plays and hopefully will also be involved in live theatre as well.”

New season at The Empty Space Thanks to Bob Kempf, artistic director, here are some details about The Empty Space’s main stage productions for its new season, which starts in July. July 18-30: “The Wild Party,” a musical by Andrew Lippa, directed by Meg Calvillo and Genia Owens Aug. 19-27: Children’s Theatre workshop productions of “Camp Rock” and “Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective,” directed by Guinevere PH Dethlefson and the staff of Tonicism Productions. Sept. 9-24: “Blithe Spirit,” a comedy by Noel Coward, directed by Jennifer Sampson and Keely

Emery. Sept. 29-Oct. 8: “Faust,” by Goethe, a Bakersfield College production in conjunction with the Kern Shakespeare Festival and directed by Randy Messick. Oct. 21-30: “Geeks vs. Zombies,” written and directed by James Kopp and David Rock. Nov. 11-26: “Next Fall” by Geoffrey Naufft, directed by Kristina Saldana. Dec. 9- 23: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Brian Sivesind. Jan. 13-28: “Boy Gets Girl,” a suspenseful drama by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Michael Pawloski. Feb. 10-March 3: “HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,” directed by Bob Kempf. March 8-11: “The Vagina Monologues,” directed by Alison Martin. March 23-April 7: “Eat Your Heart Out,” wild comedy by Nick Hall, directed by Jason Monroe. April 20-May 5: “The Tempest,” Shakespeare’s magical final play, directed by Brian Sivesind. May 18-June 9: “[title of show]” — and, no, that’s not a misprint — hilarious musical comedy, directed by Kristina Saldana. June 22-July 7: “The Rainmaker,” classic American drama by N. Richard Nash, directed by Justin Thompson. July 20-Aug. 11: “Avenue Q,” hit Broadway musical comedy, director to be announced. The Empty Space, 706 Oak St., operates on a “free admission” basis so season tickets are not available but reservations can be made. For more information, call 327-7529.


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The (pow)wow factor at Indian event Celebration of heritage a family tradition

Opening: May 6th through June 25th

BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer


oin thousands of families, friends and supporters of Native American cultures and traditions this weekend at the 15th annual Standing Bear Powwow. The intertribal event, which begins at 5 p.m. Friday, is a three-day celebration featuring Native American dance, drumming and song in a variety of styles. It’s the perfect opportunity for people to learn about the diverse cultural practices of our country’s original inhabitants, passed down for generations, which are still very much alive in Kern County and throughout the rest of the country. Event coordinator Eugene, or “Gene,” Albitre, who has been in charge of organizing the powwow since its inception, is happy to be a part of an event that allows people of Native American descent to participate in and learn about their cultures, as well as give others the chance to be a part of something they may have otherwise only read about in books. “One thing I like to see are the families that come together and dance. There’s been times when I’ve had five generations all out there in the circle, all dancing together: grandma, great grandma, moms, daughters and granddaughters. It’s a good thing to see the family teaching and passing down the values, and the culture,” Albitre said. “I just hope people bring their kids, bring their families, and come out and enjoy. These people, who have come here to dance, they come from quite a distance: Sacramento and L.A., and the vendors are coming in from a distance, too. It’s a good opportunity for people to get a good visual; get the experience of the sounds, and of the music; to do something that’s different than reading a book and watching a TV. These are real, live people out here you can come out and talk to.” In addition to the circles of dancers, the Standing Bear Powwow will feature more than 60 vendors, some traveling from as far as Washington or Mexico, creating and selling a wide selection of handcrafted items. There will be exhibitors demonstrating basket weaving techniques, flintknapping, and teaching about traditional medicines. And, as with any good event, there will be plenty of food vendors, including two frybread booths. “You can’t see everything in a day,” said Albitre. “There’s so much going

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Mario Sanchez of Bakersfield waits for the grand entry event to start at the 2009 Standing Bear Pow Wow at Bakersfield College.

15th annual Standing Bear Powwow When: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Where: Bakersfield College, 1800 Panorama Drive Admission: $6; kids 10 and under free; tickets available at the event Information: 589-3181

on. There will be traditional silver and turquoise jewelry, people who sell books, people who specialize in genealogy, there’s so much stuff. We pull in a lot of different good vendors that bring in good arts. If you find a nice wooden flute, the person that

makes it is gonna be right there to tell you about it, show you how to use it; the whole shot.” As one of the larger powwows in Kern County, thousands of guests are eager to be a part of a celebration that has become a part of Bakersfield’s own history and tradition. “We get quite a few thousand people coming through. Sometimes we’ve got a line of 75 or 80 people just waiting for us to open up the door,” said Albitre. But even if you can’t make it out to Bakersfield College this weekend, you can still enjoy some of the sounds: “You can hear the powwow quite a ways,” Albitre added. “I get plenty of people who tell me that they look forward to just sitting out on their porch and listening to the music.”


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‘School’s out’ party at Stramler Rockin’ Roots festival invades this weekend


very year, it gets bigger and more monstrous than ever. I’m talking about the Rockin’ Roots festival about to invade Stramler Park this Friday and Saturday. Originally a strictly Jamaican reggae music fest of all things roots and culture during the ’90s, it has since morphed into one of the most chaotically fun “school’s out” parties of the year. Preceding the national Vans Warped Tour kicking off at the end of the month, Rockin’ Roots boasts an equally affordable bang for your buck without having to leave Bako. Here’s a preview of this weekend’s music lineup … Headlining Friday’s event will be A Day to Remember, Forever the Sickest Kids, and Anarbor, along with Bakersfield bands Cidona, Shilo, Fading out Silence and more. Since their Victory Records signing in 2006, Florida’s A Day to Remember have become one of the more popular bands to rise and maintain a loyal following despite changing tastes in the post-hardcore music fan set. Their latest release, “What Separates Me from You,” spawned three radio singles and was one of the more critically acclaimed indie releases of 2010. Texas pop punk sextet, Forever the Sickest Kids, along with having one of the cooler band names, will remind you of the best Blink-182 years. Writing similar 3-minute gems with crowd sing-a-long choruses and


Florida’s A Day to Remember will headline day one of Rockin’ Roots festival at Stramler Park on Friday.

relationship themes, they’re sure to be one of the evening’s biggest draws. Friday’s Rockin’ Roots pre-party starts at 2 p.m. at a designated area of Stramler before the flood gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday’s music lineup and schedule is so complex, it requires skilled navigation to decipher. Split into nine different stages, including a last-minute electronic dance stage addition, you have to pay close attention so as to not miss your favorite group. Headlining will be Sacramento rock experimentalists Dance Gavin Dance, who, like A Day to Remember, can simultaneously sing and scream. Also on the massive bill are Orange County party girls Millionaires, who return as a duo after losing third member Dani Artaud last year. Still dishing out fun Auto-Tune anthems in the vein of their nemesis, Ke$ha, the act has publicly rebuked the star for stealing their image.

To combat other copycats, Millionaire sisters’ Melissa Marie and Allison Green have upped their sexpot image with more than just the average innuendo, much to the delight of teenage boys everywhere. On the cleaner side of things, Jonas Brothers back-up band Ocean Grove will be making a surprising appearance at 5 p.m. Although the kid rumor mill will most likely be in full tilt about whether one of the JBs will show up, you’ll have to wait and see. Just don’t drag your feet. All sets, with the exception of the main stage acts, move quickly. According to promoter Tim Gardea, scheduling the high number of bands eager to jump on the bill is all about keeping up with current youth trends. “We start getting contacted as early as October by bands, and usually after Warped Tour ends. Kids hit us up and constantly tell us what’s going on, who they wanna see, and what’s still rele-

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.

vant. We just added an electronic dance stage, because that whole rave music thing is really happening.” One band that made this year’s cut just in time for high school finals is Bakersfield’s Alibi. Ready to spend the entire summer shredding to their heart’s content, lead vocalist Megan Vickery and guitarist Jordan Kraemer hope to capitalize on their Rockin’ Roots billing. “We’ve never played a huge music festival like this,”said Vickery. “We’re trying to build a bigger kid fan base.” Showboated around town opening for much older groups in local bars since forming in 2008, the band also organized their own showcase at Hollywood’s Whisky A Go Go with much success. Now that the novelty has begun to wear off, the group is ready to show they can rock with the big guns. “We’ve played a lot of bars,” laughed Kraemer, who, at 14, is the youngest of the band. “We’re pretty fun to watch as long as the crowd’s energetic. It’s our job to pump them up.” Along with a six-song demo of originals, mostly co-written by Vickery and Kraemer, the guitarist says their originality comes from each member’s eclectic offstage tastes. “I listen to mostly hip-hop. Eminem, Dr. Dre, Xhibit. You wouldn’t know that by looking at me when we play. Everyone in the band is like that. Our sound is like Quarterflash merging with Paramore.” Yes, he did say Quarterflash. And although they don’t have a saxophone slinging singer like their ’80s influence, Vickery, at 17, does recognize the fact she’s one of few female rockers in Bakersfield at any age. “That’s one of the things that sets us apart, but we have a really different sound, and I think more people will like it. That’s why we’re so excited to do the festival.” Alibi hits the Rockin’ Roots Bakotopia Stage at 5:20 p.m. Sat-

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.

urday. One of the best things about Rockin’ Roots isn’t always the music but band names. Check these out: The Rugged Spud, When Lambs Become Lions, We Sunk the Mayflower, Crowbar Massage, Endure the Beheading, Malice in the Eyes of Medusa, Animals As Leaders, to name just a few. My favorite has to be Kaptain Krunch and the Cereal Killers. Saturday’s gates open at noon. Two-day event tickets are $32 and are available at all local outlets. You can also buy discounted tickets directly from any of the bands performing for $25. A limited number of VIP passes will be available for $50 and include a special laminated parking pass, early entrance and special backstage-area access with some of the headliners. Stramler Park is located at 3805 Chester Ave. For more information, visit

Matt’s pick Inspector at La Nueva Movida, 212 E. 18th St., 8 p.m. Friday. $25. 322-8792. Mexico ska punkers’ Inspector are one of the busiest bands south of the border, still carrying the Two-Tone torch for bands like Madness and The Specials from the ’80s. They’ve got the horns, the suits, and plenty of dancing sounds that will have all the kids dancing to their heart’s content. This is a rare tour stop and shouldn’t be missed. Also appearing are guests Likhy2, Son Locuaz and Vital.


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here won’t be a shortage of flavorful fun during the Latino Food Festival and 13th annual Menudo Cook-off at the Kern County Fairgrounds on Sunday. Sponsored by the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the annual fundraiser has become one of the most anticipated community events of the year. From the preparations surrounding the competition to picking entertainment, organizers say they’re always looking for ways to turn up the heat. “An event like this takes months of preparation, and each year we try to make it bigger and better,” said chamber president Jay Tamsi. “We start planning six to eight months prior to the actual date.” The effort certainly seems to add to the turnout: Attendance this year is projected to surpass 5,000. “This is for the community,” he said. “We try adding new ideas such as entertainment to attract different age groups and link the generation gap.” At the center of event is the popular menudo cook-off, the fiercely competitive portion of the day that begins even before the crowds arrive. Arriving early in their vehicles with secret ingredients in tow, each contestant claims to have the prize-wining blend that makes their soup the best. Traditionally made from beef and pig tripe, along with hominy and a clear or chili base, menudo can be traced back to early Mesoamerica. Considered a “family food” meant to feed large groups of people, its popularity continues to reach beyond Latin communities. Also known to have hangoverrelieving properties, the look and taste of the menudo always varies. “Over the last four years chairing this event, I’ve seen red, green, even yellow soups,” Tamsi said. Participants are given strict rules to follow prior to the contest. Once they’re signed in and cooking flames are lit, local celebrity judges await their samples for tasting. “We are expecting between 50 and 70 contestants this year,” said Tamsi. “Over the years, we have received input from the judges and have adjusted the system with 10 judges this year. Kern County is competitive when it comes to food. Some have menudo recipes handed down from several generations, even brought in under a lock and key — no joke. Everyone wants bragging rights.” No one knows that exultant feeling better than last year’s winner, Gilbert Cadena, although he doesn’t mind you peeking over his shoulder. “I was raised on menudo, and I love

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Rosie Cruz adds the secret sauce as husband, Raymond, stirs the Cantina De Los Grandes menudo at the Latino Food Festival and 12th Annual Menudo Cook-off in 2010.

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it,” he said. “I used to watch my sisters make it and made changes according to what I thought would work for me. My style is no secret. Everyone watches me make it.” Cadena, who works by day as a house painter, gave a partial list of some of his favorite basic ingredients, but put one at the top of the list: garlic. And foodies don’t have to wait all year to try some of Cadena’s soup. He serves it up for free every Sunday during the NFL season at eastside watering hole, Stella’s Sandtrap. It’s a tradition he started a few years ago for friends and bar regulars. Naming his cook-off team “Tejano y El Gringo,” in reference to his Texan upbringing and Stella’s Sandtrap bar owner and team

sponsor Dearl Spreague, Cadena says he wouldn’t mind retaining his title. “I’m gonna try and win again.” For children in attendance, there will be Kids Camp, with face painting, bounce houses, rock climbing and more. The jaw-dropping jalapeno-eating contest also returns with some of the area’s strongest stomachs lining up to test their endurance. If menudo and extreme peppers are a little out of your palate range, there will be plenty of other food vendors and ice cold beverages to enjoy while you dance the afternoon away to live music by Mariachi San Marcos, Hind Site, local Latin ska band Mento Buru, funk legend Tierra and 2011 Grammy winner, Tejano music pioneer Little Joe Y La Familia. “We’d like to invite the community to come out, enjoy some culture, and share it with the whole family,” Tamsi said. The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is an organization that promotes Hispanic and minorityowned businesses. Founded in 1985, it now boasts more than 400 members and is affiliated with both the California and United States chambers of commerce.

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Educator leaves on a high note Under Herbst, district leader in music arts BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing columnist


tarnished silver trombone enclosed in a battered carrying case was Dennis Herbst’s first introduction, in 1954, to the world of making music. “It was old — probably from the 1920s — and it wasn’t in very good condition,” said Herbst, 67, who’s retiring after a 42-year career with the Panama-Buena Vista School District. “Somebody in the family gave (the trombone) to me,” he recalled. “My Uncle Vernon was the one who paid to get the slide back in working order.” That same uncle, Vernon Herbst and his wife, Dolores Herbst, will be among the many guests at the music educator’s retirement party on Saturday evening at Stockdale Country Club. “It will be an honor for me to have them there,” said Herbst. “Without the intervention of them, and my extended family, my sister and I would have ended up in foster care and I would never have gone to college.” Herbst, who was born in Inglewood, explained that when he was 9 or 10, he and his sister became wards of the court when their parents were unable to care for them. “We ended staying at a facility similar to the Jamison Center in downtown Los Angeles,” he said. “It was a year of being in limbo.” Ultimately, the siblings were raised by their grandparents who are now deceased.

‘I had never heard anything as wonderful as that before’ It was in fourth grade when Herbst first experienced the joy of music. “After lunch period every day, our teacher had us put our heads down on our desks to rest and he would put on a record,” Herbst said. “He played Richard Rodgers’ ‘Victory at Sea,’ and I had never heard anything as wonderful as that before.” Later, at Hawthorne High School, where his classmates included three of the Beach Boys, he learned the thrill of performing before an audience. “All these red, white and blue lights were reflected in the bell of my trombone, and there was a big audience out there,” he recalled. “It was so neat, like looking at a starry night in the desert when the sky is so clear.” At some point he realized the value of all he had learned, in the classroom as well as from being a team member, a participant in a


Dennis Herbst, center with his trombone, poses with the music staff of Panama-Buena Vista School District. Herbst is retiring after 42 years with the district. Beside Herbst, with the violin, is his successor, Amy McGuire.

musical aggregation. “I gained so much from it; it helped me steer a course through life,” he said. “I received a gift that I could give back.” Following his graduation from Pepperdine College in 1967, Herbst attended USC to study musicology and trombone. He then spent a short time in the publishing end of music, writing arrangements and doing studio work in Los Angeles. After marrying his wife, Susan, he soon realized that it wasn’t the kind of life he wanted to lead. He also realized he needed to get a steady job. “The lifestyle leaves a lot to be desired if you want to raise a family — they (producers) expect you to make a tremendous sacrifice on your personal life,” he said. “Staying up all night writing arrangements and then recording from 8 to 2 the next day wasn’t good.”

Panama-Buena Vista: ‘We are not the norm’ Not that everything was rosy in 1969 when he was hired to teach instrumental and vocal music in the Panama District, which had only four elementary schools and one junior high surrounded by, as he puts it, “nothing but fields and lots of spiders.” “There were plenty of days at Panama when I put my head down on my desk and said I don’t think I can do this,” he said. “But I had the support of some wonderful princi-

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pals who were icons of what a principal should be.” Things have changed a lot since then. Today the district has 16,800 students, 23 schools (18 elementary, five junior high) and 25 fulltime certificated music educators Like the district itself, the visual and performing arts program has flourished primarily due to Herbst’s leadership. He credits the late Bill Burton and Charles Jones, both of whom were respected music educators and administrators in other local districts, for their help and inspiration. Panama’s program is now considered one of the best, if not the best, in Kern County. Budget concerns have caused most districts in the county to cut arts programs to the bone. But not Panama-Buena Vista. “We are not the norm,” Herbst acknowledged in a previous interview. “Students in first through third grades are visited by a music specialist daily, and every student gets music (instruction) multiple

times a week.” Amy McGuire, who will assume his position as visual and performing arts coordinator, has high praise for her former boss. A violinist, she is co-director of the district’s 100-member “Strolling Strings” group and is a member of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. “He has mentored so many people in our community,” said McGuire, who came to Panama in 1995. “Personally, he’s been such a great mentor for me. In the last few years, as Dennis realized I wanted to be an administrator, he helped me to prepare for that role.” Keeping in touch with students and providing support to teachers in the classroom is something he’s always done, despite his responsibilities guiding the arts program. “He has a way of lightening the mood,” McGuire said. “He can walk in, sit down at the piano and do something funny — play a glissando or do some improvising. He chimes right in the kids, and they love it.”

Motivation: ‘The hardest part of the job’ Herbst calls that technique remembering the “fun factor” in teaching. But he agrees that trying to get students to do something they aren’t keen on doing isn’t always easy. “It took me maybe 10 years to learn that motivation is the hard-

est part of the job — it’s critical,” he said. “What you have to do is empower them, allow them to make decisions. And you have to care about children and listen to them — determine where they are, what’s happening in their lives, find out what the impediment is, then give them the tools to succeed.” Before he became an admiinistrator, setting up a student-run council made up of band members was one method he used to encourage young musicians to accept responsibility. “Everybody had a job — president, vice president, librarian and so on, all the way down the line,” Herbst said. “That empowered them to make decisions on what we did. They would talk about what they wanted to do, and I would listen to them.” On one occasion the council decided they wanted their band to enter a competition in Orange County and also take a side trip to Knott’s Berry Farm. It had never been done before and of course, there was no money in the district’s budget to finance it. “They raised the money for that trip all on their own,” Herbst said. “I was very proud of them and how they took care of everything. If you feel like you’re a part of something, you conduct yourself professionally and have high expectations of yourself.”

What’s next? Physics! All of this, and more, explains why he has been named Outstanding Music Educator of the Year by the Central Section of the California Music Educators Association. Somewhat surprisingly, one of his retirement plans includes pursuing the study of physics, which has long been one of his hobbies. “I love science and I enjoy reading physics books,” he said. “If I hadn’t gone into music I think I would have ended up in cosmology, the study of how nature works. But to get further into it I would have to go back and study math — current math, which is a lot different than when I was in school.” He’s had offers to do work in the field of music and is considering become more active in health and social issues that concern him. Right now though, he wants to stop and catch his breath, and spend more time with his family — two of his four children are still in college. For him, the main thing is to decide on a goal that is attainable. If there’s one thing Herbst is certain about, it’s his successor. “I feel good knowing I will be turning it over to someone who will be an excellent administrator — Amy McGuire.”


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A crescendo for CSUB music students Despite budget worries, program is strong BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


he CSUB music department is offering a full weekend of concerts to show off its students’ accomplishments for the academic year just ending, even as it looks to the academic year ahead with uncertainty. Starting Friday evening, the entire department is on display in the Dore Theater: The concert band begins the series with a concert of new and established works for wind ensemble; the jazz ensemble and jazz singers take over on Saturday evening; the chamber music program and the university’s choirs perform on Sunday; and the students from the voice program will give their recital Monday evening. Leo Sakamoto has conducted the Community Concert Band this year, replacing Doug Davis, who has been on leave. Sakamoto, who is completing his doctoral studies in conducting, will lead the ensemble in an ambitious program for wind ensemble, including works by current and rising-star American composers Robert W. Smith, Joshua Shank, Frank Ticheli, as well as music by Percy Grainger and Norman Dello Joio. Department chair Robert Provencio said while Sakamoto has been “filling in” this year, he nevertheless has worked hard to maintain — even raise — the musical standard with attention to detail and an attitude of perfectionism. “(The musicians) have really grown to embrace that,” Provencio said.

CSUB Concert Band When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Dore Theatre, Cal State Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10; $6 students; CSUB students with ID are free Information: 654-2511

Jazz fans will enjoy Saturday evening’s concert, featuring the jazz ensemble under the direction of Jim Scully, and the CSUB Jazz Singers, under the direction of Peggy Sears. The singers will take advantage of a recent workshop conducted by this year’s jazz festival performers New York Voices, and do a selection of their arrangements by Darmon Meader, including Duke Ellington’s “Cottontail,” George Gershwin’s “Lady, Be Good,” Harold Arlen’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and “Black Bird” by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. The jazz ensemble will perform arrangements by Gordon Goodwin, Thelonious Monk and Frank Mantooth, among others. The chamber music program has shown the most dramatic growth this year, and the wide-ranging program planned for Sunday afternoon is a good indication of how this program is developing. Co-director Joel Haney said there is music for guitar ensemble, percussion, string quartet, piano trio, brass quintet and even doublebass duo, and includes works by Franz Schubert, Alessandro Scarlatti, William Boyce, Wolfgang Mozart, Carl Maria von Weber and more. “I think the music being played is some of the best music we’ve had in the program,” Haney said. “And it’s being played

with a higher level of polish.” “I know I keep saying that every time, but it seems to be true,” Haney said. Haney said the program is benefiting from new and returning students, creating enough momentum to one day have a full chamber orchestra. But, Haney said there are barriers to that happening, starting with the darkening budget horizon. “We have to have faculty to lead this,” Haney said, noting that the current faculty is already assigned to capacity. “We’re reviewing options right now.” Provencio agrees that as far as student talent is concerned, things look bright for the music department next year, given the results of student auditions in February. “We have a marvelous, marvelous crop of incoming freshmen for next year,” Provencio said. The final concerts of the academic year belong to the singers. On Sunday, the University Singers and Chamber Singers will preview the music they will perform in New York City during their summer tour. Music includes selections from the African and African-American repertoires, including the Congolese music of Father Guido Haazen’s “Missa Luba.” Provencio said the choir will study African and African-American music this summer in New York with renowned clinician Dr. Andre’ Thomas of Florida State University, plus selections from the 20th century choral repertoire, including Benjamin Britten’s “Flower Songs,” and Dominick Argento’s “Peter Quince at the Clavier.” “They’re exploring some very sophisticated 20th century repertoire because they have evolved into an ensemble,” Provencio


CSUB music lecturer Jim Scully, with his son Aidan, plays his guitar. Scully will direct the CSUB jazz ensemble at Saturday’s show at Dore Theatre.

said. “It’s a sophisticated program, but the music is very accessible and can be enjoyed on many levels.” The returning and new students will begin their studies next fall in uncertain times, Provencio said, but the department is taking one thing as a given. “We’re planning for a reduction,” Provencio said. “A significant budget reduction.” “When state support goes down, the options are to raise outside money, raise student fees or you cut the budget,” Provencio said. “I’m quite certain all three things will happen.”

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Andy Andersen cites as his favorite artists Salvador Dali and R. Crumb. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16

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HEAR THE JOURNALISTS BEHIND THE HEADLINES Monday – Lois Henry Tuesday – John Arthur Wednesday – Lois Henry Thursday – Robert Price Friday – Richard Beene

I think to a certain degree everyone is afraid for his or her own job security. The art program at Centennial, for me, was perfect. Brian Stanton was the one who seriously got me interested in making art, and his projects forced me to think outside of my comfort zone and work outside of my medium of choice. I owe a lot of who I am as an artist to him. He caught me at a time in my life when my imagination was on the brink of running wild and extinction. This is why I want to teach high school, to foster creative thinking and help kids keep hold of their imaginations. Is being an artist as romantic as it’s often portrayed as being? I wish I could say making art is a romantic act stemming from childhood abandonment, substance abuse, and women problems. The truth is I am a product of an incredibly normal family. Art is about creativity and diligence. You want to become an art teacher. Have any local teachers inspired you? Shelley Juhl-O’Brien, Art Sherwyn, Brian Stanton and Linda Hyatt are all teachers who I plan on modeling my teaching after. Can art be taught to someone who has little talent?

Eye Gallery Sunday Now that he’s retired, Floyd Dillon can pursue his passion: art

Art can be taught to anyone who is willing to put in enough time to see results. Some people just take longer for the instruction to click. What were you trying to convey in your Eye Gallery piece, “Alpha and Omega”: I want to create artwork that retains its visual appeal. I want to make things that cannot simply be glanced over but delved into. I want the viewer to create their own conclusions and meaning. Describe the feeling you get when someone loves your art enough to purchase it: It feels good knowing someone will pay money for something that I am going to do regardless. The biggest critic of your work is ... I am the biggest critic of my art. When I finish a piece I am completely detached from it. I don’t really care to think about it and can only focus on new elements I could have added or how I could have made it better. I think this constant assessment pushes me to create better pieces.


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Today Concerts by The Fountain, soulful funk and groove with Soulajar, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff Party, scavenger hunt, games, prizes, make passports, 4 p.m., Barnes and Noble, children’s department, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Antelope Valley Youth Rodeo Association, accepting applications through June 15 for junior riders, event rodeo to be held on July 9 to 10 at Tejon Ranch. Visit or 760-868-8831. Bookseller’s Book Group, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, in the cafe, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575.

Friday Rockin’ Roots Festival 2011, with about 100 bands, food, drinks and vendors, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Stramler Park, 3805 Chester Ave. $30; available at World Records, Outer Limits, Going Underground, Impact Streetwear, Wavelengths, Stylz or 15th annual Standing Bear Powwow, Native American dancing, drumming, arts and crafts, food, demonstrations, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive. $6; children under 10 are free. 589-3181 or 589-8414. Laugh’n on the Links Comedy Show, with Thai Rivera and Joey Valenzuela, 8:30 p.m., The Links at River Lakes Ranch, 5201 River Lakes Drive. $10 in advanced; $15 at the door. 333-2151. Movies in the Park, presents “Open Season,” begins at dusk, Pin Oak Park, Park View Dr. and Mill Oak Run. 326-FUNN. Night Ghost Tour, called one of the most haunted sites in Kern County, hear about paranormal events and sightings, lantern light tour begins at 8:30 to 10 p.m., Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Boulevard, Bodfish. $12 per person of all ages. 760-379-5146. CSUB Concert Band, featuring compositions of guest composers Robert Smith, Joshua Shank, Ticheli, Grainger and Dello Joio, 7:30 p.m., CSUB, Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $6 students; CSUB students w/ID are free. 654-2511. Fantastic Friday Storytime, with Miss Olivia, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. First Friday Downtown, featuring live music, art openings, specialty shops, galleries and boutiques, artists will set up their artwork, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Arts District. 634-9598. Pajamarama Storytime, with Miss Olivia, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575.

Saturday Darren Gholston, 8 p.m., Nile Theater, 1721 19th St. $22. or 322-5200. Bakersfield Masterworks Choral “Spring in Bloom” Dinner Concert, doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m., Hodel’s Country Dining, Liberty Hall, 5917 Knudsen Drive. $50 per person. Tickets can only be purchased at advance. 324-8857. 2011 Kern County Senior Softball Game, 7 to 9 p.m., Mesa Marin Softball Complex, 10800 Kern Canyon Road. 831-6623.


Soulajar — from left, Greg Bettis, Ryan Fergon, Jim Ranger and Brian Boozer — plays tonight at The Marketplace. Concerts by The Fountain, soulful funk and groove with Soulajar, 7 to 9 tonight, The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Annual Scottstock 2011 Fundraiser, benefitting Operation Interdependence, 7:30 p.m., Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $15; 21 & over only. or 3242557. Bakersfield Breakfast Lions Sporting Clays Tournament, with steak lunch, live auction and raffle, check-in 7:30 a.m., tournament 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kern County Gun Club, 12450 Shotgun Road. $125 per person. Email or 7655818. CSUB Jazz Ensemble Concert, featuring the CSUB Jazz Singers, 8 p.m., CSUB, Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Hwy. $10; $6 seniors; free for students/staff/faculty/alumni. 654-3093. Dangerous Boys Club, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, children’s area, 4001 California Ave. Free. 631-2575. Electronic Waste Recycling Day, bring unwanted electronic items, 8 a.m. to noon, Golden Hills Community Service District, 21415 Reeves Street, Tehachapi. Free. Email or 369-9861. Free Adult CPR Training, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Also available: child/infant CPR, $25; first aid only, $25; child/infant CPR & first aid combined, $40, adult CPR certificates only, $5. or 324-6427. Free Health Screening, for those at risk for kidney disease, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Southeast Community Services Center, 1600 E. Belle Terrace. 800-747-5527. Garden Project Community Meeting, learn how to plant your own vegetable garden, 10 to noon a.m., St. Luke Anglican Church, 2730 Mall View Road. 332-3204. Genealogy Program, sponsored by Kern County Library and the Daughters of the American Revolution, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770. Healthy Living, workshop presenting simply and effective tools to assist in making healthier choices, 11 to 12:30 p.m., Natural Options, 2020 20th St. 327-4220. NADAC Agility Trial, hosted by Manzanita Agility Club from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, Carnival Lot, 1142 S. P St. Free; $3 parking. 609-5436. Ninth annual Riders-N-Rods Car, Truck, and Bike Show, with music, food, door prizes, vendors and more, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chuy’s, 8660 Rosedale Highway. 303-2632. Please see PAGE 30


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Sierra Club-Buena Vista Group Program & Brunch, with author and forest ranger William Tweed discussing “Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks,” 10 a.m., Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave. Program is free and brunch is optional for $7.60. 323-5569. St. Jude Dream Home, open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, now through June 12, in the Tiburon subdivision community in northwest Bakersfield, 14206 Sante Fe Court. or 1-800385-9134. Third annual Seton Golf Tournament, four man scramble, check-in 10 a.m., shotgun noon, The Links at River Lakes Ranch, 5201 River Lakes Drive. $150 per person; $600 team of four. Includes green fees, gift bag, Tshirt, contests and dinner; $25 dinner only. 378-5688 or 301-7717. Toddler Tales, for ages 3 to 5, hear stories about animals, visit CALM wildlife and make crafts, 11 a.m. to noon, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $5 advance, CALM members; $15 day of; $19 advance nonmembers, $29 day of. 872-2256.

Sunday 13th annual Latin Food Festival & Menudo Cook-Off, with food booths, live entertainment, vendor booths, children’s entertainment, jalapeño eating contest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Budweiser Pavilion, 1142 P St. $8 advance; $10 at the door; children 5 and under are free. visit or 633-5495. Beale Band Concert, performed by the Bakersfield Municipal Band, pre-concert show at 7:15 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Beale Park, Oleander Avenue between Dracena and Palm streets. Free. 326-FUNN. CSUB Chamber Music Concert, 2 p.m., CSUB, Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Hwy. $10; $6 students/seniors; CSUB student with ID are free. 654-2156. CSUB Spring Chamber Music Concert, 7 to 9 p.m., CSUB, Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $6 students/seniors/staff; CSUB students with ID are free. 654-2541. Annual Chicken Barbecue & Bazaar, games, prizes, noon to 5 p.m., Christ the King Catholic Church, 1701 Bedford Way. $15 adults, $5 children 12 and under. 391-4640.

THEATER “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

MOVIES IN THE PARK RETURNING The city’s movies in the park series is back for another summer, thanks to a donation from San Joaquin Community Hospital. The Bakersfield tradition provides families with free entertainment on Friday nights through August. Don’t forget to pack your picnic gear, lawn chairs and blankets. All movies begin at dusk. Call 326-3866 for information. June 3: “Open Season 3,” Pin Oak Park, Park View Drive and Mill Oak Run June 10: “Yogi Bear,” Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway June 17: “Shrek Forever After,” Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway June 24: “Monsters vs. Aliens,” Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway July 8: “Despicable Me,” Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway July 22: “Megamind,” Siemon Saturdays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. Adults: $5 on Friday and Saturdays, children under 12 are $1 every day. “The Demon’s Roommate,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $20; $15 students/seniors. 634-0692 or “The Night Time Show with Michael Armendariz,” special primetime show, with guests Porter Jamison, Matt Fredrickson and Maurice Pittman, 8 p.m. Friday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5. 327-7529. MLI Presents: Season Finales, Major League Improv comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free, but donations are accepted. 327-PLAY.

ART Art on Display, “Bridging Heaven & Earth: International Healing Art,” now through June 30, Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 665-4686. Art Reception for “Just Desserts,” with live music, desserts will be provided by Dewar’s Candy, Frosting Ink and Cafe Beignet, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Free. 8692320. Grand Opening of Art Gallery, of photographer Mitch Reiter, featuring artwork by Alex Castaneda, Jeremy White, Deon Bell, Mitch Reiter and Johnny Ramos, with wine and champagne, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Reiter Gallery, 1914 Chester Ave. Opening reception, for artist Richard Geissel, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday,


“Yogi Bear” will be shown on June 10 at Bright House Networks Amphitheatre as part of the movies in the park series. Park, Redlands Drive and Pasadena Street July 29: “Planet 51,” Jastro Park, 2900 Truxtun Avenue Aug. 5: “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Wilson Park, Wilson Road and Hughes Lane Aug. 12: “Up,” Silver Creek Park, 7011 Harris Road Aug. 19: “The Longshots,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1000 South Owens Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 634-0806. Thicker Than Water, a family art show, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Junior League of Bakersfield Community Center, 1928 19th St. Free. thickerthanwaterartshow. “Changing of The Guard” Exhibition, by graduating seniors, now on display through June 10, CSUB, Todd Madigan Gallery, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 654-2238. Watercolor Painting with Duane Anderson, 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. $120 for six classes; $25 per lesson. 8692320. All Media Class, by instructor Phyllis Oliver, all media welcome, with color theory stressed. For more information or to register, email or call 348-4717. Art classes, beginning watercolor, beginning drawing, advanced drawing and watercolor painters’ group, taught by Carol Bradshaw. Call or e-mail for details and enrollment. bradshawartist or 760-376-6604. Art Classes, stained glass, clay sculpture, oil painting, youth art and silver jewelry, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. For times and dates call 327-7507. Art for Healing program of Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield has many unique classes that may help alleviate stress and anxiety resulting in illness, loss, grief or caring for another. All classes are free but some suggest a donation

and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A St. Visit or to register, 324-7070. Basic Beading & Wire Wrapping Workshop, with Susi Klassen, private instruction or by appointment, The Bead Hut, 610 18th St. To schedule an appt., call 324-0975 or 706-6490. Beginning Oil Painting, with instructor Glen Jelletich, classes held 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays. Call 399-3707 for more information or to register. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Drawing, by instructor Nina Landgraff, series of five two-hour classes. Call for more information or to register. 304-7002. Framing Clinic, with Toni Lott, for artists who want to frame their work, began April 7, running noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 205-3488 for more information or to register. Free art classes, for homeschool children, 11 a.m. Thursdays, Moore’s Art School, 837-1037. Native American Arts Association, meets to learn basketry, beadwork and more, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, The Stockdale Moose Lodge, 905 Stine Road. 852-5050. The Art Center, 1817 Eye St., 869-2320; offers a variety of painting and drawing classes. Call for details. The Art Shop Club, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. 322-0544, 5897463 or 496-5153.

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

Classic Rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Usual Suspects, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; Too Shabby, 9 p.m. Friday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Elevation 406, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Comedy Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: Open mic, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. 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.

Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Arvizu Brothers, 7 p.m. Friday; Road Dawgs, 7 p.m. Saturday. 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. 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. 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. 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. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: DJ Frankie Perez in the mixx, 8 p.m. Friday. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St., 4274900; Mauro and Rico Velazquez, 7 p.m. Thursday; Kama Ruby and Company, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Please see PAGE 31


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Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; live music & wine bar 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; featuring Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. . Jazz at the Nile, open to all jazz artists, bring your instrument, 6 p.m. every Sunday, The Nile Theater, 1721 19th St. $10. 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. 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. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-


Top 40

Wednesday 6/8

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

Newcomers Club of Bakersfield Luncheon, guest speaker James Minyard, president of West Bakersfield Optimist Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hungry Hunter Restaurant, 3580 Rosedale Highway. 5878292.

Trivia night


A 1962 Chevy Impala was on display at the 2007 Riders-N-Rods Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show. Ninth annual Riders-N-Rods Car, Truck, and Bike Show, with music, food, door prizes, 0053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 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

vendors and more, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Chuy’s, 8660 Rosedale Highway. 303-2632.

p.m. every Wednesday. 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.


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 Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Dance to Joe Loco, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Crest Bar & Grill, inside Bakersfield RV Resort, 5025 Wible Road, 833-9998; Steve Woods, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.


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; Councilman, Sunday Snake Oil and Rock Steady, 9 p.m. Friday. 21 7 over only.

An Evening of Art Song & Aria, 7:30 p.m., CSUB, Music Building, Doré Theater, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $4 students. 6542168. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 to 10 p.m. every first Monday. $5 buy-in. $2 goes toward Relay for Life. pool tournament. Linda Larma Academe of Dance Recitals, 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $15 per day. 324-1369. Summer Day Camp, for ages 4 to 13, arts and crafts, music, games, sports, field trips and more, sessions run now through Aug. 19, YMCA of Kern County, 5880 District Blvd., #13. $25 per day per child; $15 half day. 8379622. Summer Day Camps, half day and full day sessions Monday through Friday, sessions begin June 6 and run through the week of Aug. 15, Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Visit or 852-5050. Summer Theatre Workshop, production of “Dear Edwina,” for ages 6 to 16, learn the fundamentals of acting, singing, dancing, performing, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., now through July 8, YMCA of Kern County, 5880 District Blvd., #13. $500 five-week program. 837-9622. Willy Wonka Junior Summer Camp, dance, acting, voice, production/staging, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, Boys & Girls Club, 801 Niles St. $30 per week. 8-week program. 325-3730.


Tuesday 6/7

Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Mento Buru, 9 p.m. Friday. $5.

Sesame Street Live! “Elmo’s Healthy Heroes,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $10-$23; limited number of $33 and $53 premium seats available. 852-7777 or

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.

Old School Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: The Press, 8 p.m. Saturday.

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


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

Thursday 6/9 63rd annual Glennville Roundup Rodeo, gates open at 11:30 a.m., rodeo begins at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, events held Thursday through Sunday, GMVA Rodeo Arena, located at Highway 155 and Pascoe Road, Glennville. $12 adults advance; $8 children 12 and under; $15 at the door for adults; $10 children 12 and under. ALPHA Canine Sanctuary Fundraiser, come out and purchase some pizza, gelato, beverages, with opportunity drawings, begins at 4 p.m., Red Brick Pizza, 9500 Brimhall Rd., Ste. 301. Percentage of sales from event will be donated to ALPHA. 391-8212 or for takeout, call 8291010. Concerts by The Fountain, high octane motown and rhythm and blues with Foster Campbell & Friends, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Premiere of new works by the Kern Film Workshop, 5:30 p.m., Jastro Park, 2900 Truxtun Ave. Free. Barbecue dinner available for $8; $5 KRC caregivers/free for clients. 324-9000. Read the Classics, for young readers ages 8 to 12, 4 p.m., now through Aug. 11, Barnes and Noble, children’s department, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Sounds of Ancient Mexico, 4 to 5 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, Auditorium, first floor, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770. “The Demon’s Roommate,” 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $25; $22 students/seniors. 634692 or

Friday 6/10 “American Snapshot,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $15; $10 students/seniors. 327-PLAY. Fantastic Friday Storytime, with Miss Olivia, 10 a.m., Barnes and Noble, 4001 California Ave. 6312575. Movies in the Park, presents “Yogi Bear,” begins at dusk, the Park at River Walk, Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road. 326-3866. Optimal Hospice CarePals Social, learn how you and your pet can brighten the lives of families affected by terminal illness, open to pet therapy teams, 2 to 4 p.m., Centennial Park, dog area, 400 Montclair Street. Email or 716-4000.

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