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Index Kinky Friedman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 The Wiggles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Arts Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Brian Hooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Lowrider Nationals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Los Lonely Boys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30-31

Editor Jennifer Self | Phone 395-7434 | e-mail jself@bakersfield.com

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The Bakersfield Museum of Art is celebrating all things Western on Saturday at Go West Day.

Whoop it up for the West BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing columnist gavinarts@aol.com

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nyone who thinks art galleries are strictly for well-heeled snobs is in for a few surprises Saturday at Go West Day. The western-themed event at the Bakersfield Museum of Art has everything from ropin’ and ridin’ to telling tall tales, with sack races, a square dance and a whole lot of country music thrown in for everyone’s pleasure. Oh, and you might walk away with a new guitar, or a trip for the family — just two prizes of the many that will be given away. The price of admission? Just $1. Beth Pandol, marketing director, said the community-oriented program is something she and David Gordon, assistant museum director, have wanted to do for some time. The current Best of the West art exhibit presented the ideal opportunity.

GO WEST DAY ACTIVITIES Food: Pappy’s Down South Barbecue will sell tri-tip, chicken and hot links. Other vendors will sell potato salad, coleslaw, chili beans, beverages, ice cream and cookies. Music: Brian Lonbeck, Don Kidwell, Pat Bannister, Johnny Barnett, Annie Kidwell and T. Rockwell will perform, courtesy

Coming in Eye Street Saturday: The Kern County Museum has put together a list of Western-themed books for every age group to get folks into the Go West spirit. Sunday: Several Kern County families are included in a new book on California ranches. Find out more as we kick off a series on these proud clans and their contributions to our county and culture.

“One of our missions is to provide activities that relate to the art but goes beyond the art,” she said. “Things that people can come to and have a good time.” Pandol describes it as a “fun family day” and sees it as a way to

of Trout’s. Also roaming around with his guitar will be Scott Frederick of the Kern County Library. Dancing: Whirlaways Square Dance Club with perform, with caller Wes Clements. Theater: The Empty Space players will do a reading of a cowboy comedy.

attract people who have never visited the museum. “We hope that people who come to (the event) will see what we’re doing here,” she said. “Hopefully they’ll like it enough to come back.” All of the activities and displays — and there are more than you can shake a stick at — will take place either on the museum’s gated grounds at 19th and R streets, or inside the structure, which consists of four separate galleries, a couple of workrooms and a spacious banquet hall. Ranching and farming were the twin cornerstones of this area’s economy even before the boundaries of Kern County were officially established in 1866.

Some of those ranches are still in existence today, owned and operated by fifth and sixth generations of the families that staked the original claims. Go West Day puts the spotlight on that rich history with fine art, artifacts and activities. Local rancher John Hustead will be on horseback, mingling among the visitors. Cowboys Luke Chanley, Matt Johnston and Les Paul, who work on Sylvia Cattani’s ranch, will demonstrate roping techniques, and re-enacters dressed like cowboys will roam the shaded gardens, which stretch around the west and

south sides of the museum. Whirlaways Square Dance Club with perform inside the museum with caller Wes Clements. Eddie Pogue will be on hand to talk about his extensive collection of boots, spurs and saddles in the Dezember Gallery, which is just off the foyer. Outdoor activities include $2 pony rides for children age 8 or younger. Sack and stick horse races are for kids under age 12. Children can put their personal brand on a paper www.realdealbrazil.com

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ishlips has a full bill Tuesday night: a singer, an author, a cigar maker, an animal rescuer, a former candidate for governor of Texas. And they’re all named Kinky Friedman. Can’t quite place the name? Restassured: If you knew him, you wouldn’t forget him. With his spry wit and punchy — though practiced — one-liners, it’s easy to mistake Friedman for a Catskills comic (“I come from Texas, where the men are men and the emus are nervous.” Ba-da-bum!). But, just to keep things interesting, a free-wheeling conversation with the Texas rogue will take a few hairpin turns into serious territory (the sad state of the gulf coast and pet overpopulation are not laughing matters, after all.). Friedman ran for governor of Texas in 2006 and toyed with the idea again recently but aborted the campaign (“As Bob Dylan says, money doesn’t talk, it swears. I was leading polls but had no money.”) His political career, he’s decided, is over. “I’ve not been doing much music lately because of politics, but I’m getting back to it. Music might be a better way to purvey the truth than politics.” So what are we to make of a singer whose hits include “A--hole from El Paso” and “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore”? Well, he points out that he’s 65 (though he “reads on a 67-year-old’s level”) and he’s doing 15 shows in 15 days. “They may have to wheel me in on a gurney by the time I get to Bakersfield.” We tried to keep up in a quick chat with Friedman, who took our call Wednesday from an elevator in Seattle. Which direction was he headed? Up, of course. More of our chat: Ever been to Bakersfield? A long time ago, but I was just passing through. I didn’t stay. But I feel like I like Bakersfield. It has a cowboy country vibe. Are you little nervous to sing “A-hole from El Paso” in Merle Haggard country? Merle’s always liked that song. Buck gave us a hard time. He owned the publishing. If, heaven forbid, someone who reads this article wonders, “Who the hell is Kinky Friedman,” what would your one-line introduction be? I’m a cowboy who loves twolegged animals. I’m a musician, have been a politician, though I don’t like them very much. I say we should

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Kinky Friedman brings his “The Go West Young Kinky Tour” to Fishlips Bar & Grill on Tuesday night.

have two terms for all politicians: one in office and one in prison. I caught a snippet of your interview on Scott Cox’s radio show, where in typical Scott Cox fashion, he was extolling the genius of any dude who can play barstool country/blues in the state of Texas. You had, I felt a refreshing take, which amounted to: What’s so great about Texas musicians? Care to elaborate? Texas has produced great musical talent as compared to California or Florida. ... But the new crop of Texas musicians, they have one theme. They hate Nashville, but they’re all dying to go there. They all sound derivative to me. Take a musician like Barry Manilow. He writes songs that make you feel good for a short period of time. Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, they write songs that maybe make you think. And they might stay with you a lifetime. That’s the kind of thing I like to write. Most of the writing I do is between the lines. Art is anything that burns with its own heat, as Raymond Chandler said. (In Nashville) they lock ‘em in a room at 8:15 in the morning and tell ‘em to write a song. That’s not the way the great songs are written. You seem to have a bit of a complicated relationship with your home state of Texas, as exemplified in a song of yours, titled “F--You, Texas.” Where does that ambivalence come from? It’s not a backward state. It’s a biopolar state and could become very progressive overnight, could be transformational if an independent person like myself would become governor of the state. I would get rid of the death penalty. I apologize to Christians that you have to hear it from a Jew, but I

point out that’s not the first Jew you heard it from. What do you think of that Arizona immigration law? I’m all for it, for the people of Arizona. Some folks think it smacks of intolerance. It’s all political. The political parties are full of self-interest. Go to a Tea Party rally — those are (the people) who care about America, or Libertarians. They care about the Constitution. I’m getting really tired of the racism business and political correctness. When I played in Australia, they lauged at jokes that Americans would be too afraid to laugh at. Richard Pryor, George Carlin or Mel Brooks wouldn’t have made it in current environment. Obama: How’s he doing? Same as most people, I’m disappointed. The Gulf crisis: he missed the boat on that one, and that was a real chance for him. I wish he were half the leader as he was a candidate. I think of George Bush: What if his people had been on top of things with Katrina? If they flew him in and landed him on rooftop, he could have turned things around. With Katrina, Bush rested for six days and went to work on the seventh day. The perception for Obama has been exactly the same. I’m not sure he has the chops. I voted for him and won’t do it again. I really do think if musicians ran the world it would be a better place. We wouldn’t get a lot done in the morning, but we’d work late. You’ve worked for years in animal rescue. Our county kills in the neighborhood of a million stray animals a week. What should we do to control the animal population? It’s shameful about our culture that we kill a milllion stray animals. It’s a measure of your humanity how we treat animals, so that’s very much a Christ-like experience with a stray — human or animal — when you cross paths with one, what do you do? We kill them. (My organization) takes in stray and abused animals on death’s door. Go to utopiarescue.com. Money may buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail. What can we expect from your Fishlips set? I think the Kinky tour is sailing along well. It’s a mix of music and literary stuff, readings (Friedman has published 20 books). Politics. All of the above. Mostly music.

Kinky Friedman’s “The Go West Young Kinky Tour” When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. Admission: $25, plus fee. vallitix.com or 322-5200.


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Eye Street Ed Pogue began collecting Western gear in 1982. This saddle is part of his collection. Go West Day at the Bakersfield Museum of Art will put the spotlight on our rich Western history with fine art, artifacts and activities. Photo courtesy of Bakersfield Museum of Art

cow at the Kern County Cattlewomen’s booth. The organization also will provide information about the beef industry, and show a video about life on a cattle ranch. Russo’s Books and Barnes & Nobles each will have a display of western books for sale with 20 percent of the purchase price donated to the museum. Mike Russo said his store’s display will include a new book by the California Cattlewomen that includes the histories of 21 Kern County ranches. The Kern County Library will have a digital display of historic photos and do readings and storytelling related to local history. The library’s Scott Frederick will provide guitar music. The Empty Space players will do a reading of a cowboy comedy. Trout’s is providing music, featuring Brian Lonbeck, Don Kidwell, Pat Bannister, Johnny Barnett, Annie Kidwell and T. Rockwell. Personal stories from a project called “Going West: The Story of How our Family came to the Western U.S.,” will be on display in the museum’s banquet room. More than 40 submissions were received and many include photos, Pandol said. The Californian has published many of those accounts over the past several weeks, and will continue the series even after Saturday’s event. These fascinating family histories are also available on the museum’s web site, www.bmoa.org/stories As for food and drink, there should be plenty of both to choose from at the event. Pappy’s Down South Barbecue will offer

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Children ride high in the saddle at a birthday party. MaryAnn’s Country will charge $2 per pony ride for children 8 and under at Saturday’s event.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUNG’UNS $2 pony rides Sack and stick horse races “Branding” a paper cow with their own

tri-tip, chicken and hot links. Other vendors will have potato salad, coleslaw, chili beans, beverages, ice cream and cookies for sale, and families can enjoy their lunch in the garden area. A number of local businesses and organizations are collaborating with the art

personal brand Cowboys (both real and theatrical) Storytelling and readings

museum in putting on the event. Hosts for the day are The Californian and KERO-TV, Channel 23. Aera Energy LLC and Tejon Ranch also are sponsors. Everything is designed to connect in some way with the museum’s current western art exhibition.

COME PLAY AND YOU MAY WALK AWAY WITH A PRIZE, INCLUDING ... Everyone who enters the museum on Go West Day be entered into a drawing, said Beth Pandol, marketing director. Many local vendors have supplied prizes, including: A stay at the historic Rankin Ranch.

Ibanez acoustic guitar, with accessories, valued at $250, courtesy of Guitar Center Four Los Angeles Dodgers tickets, valued at $300, courtesy of The Californian $25 gift card for Emporium Western Store, which also

will give away: Tony Lama Boots custom boot bag; Justin Boot Co. thermos and dual mug set; Ariat Boot Co. fleece blanket and portfolio bag Three Bakersfield Marriott lunch certificates for two, valued at up to $30 Books, courtesy of Russo’s

Books and Barnes & Noble Recipes and beef promotional items from the Kern County Cattlewomen Two CALM family memberships, valued at $50 each Two Bakersfield Museum of Art family memberships, valued at $60 each


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et ready to jump, shake, and move it all around — The Wiggles are coming to town. Celebrating nearly 20 years of entertaining children around the world, Australia's silliest song and dance men are as popular as ever. Back on tour with a new show, The Wiggles Wiggly Circus at the Rabobank Convention Center Friday night, local preschoolers and parents should be prepared. “It's really a non-stop show from beginning to end,” said Wiggles member and keyboardist Jeff Fatt from his home in Sydney. “There's going to be circus elements including acrobatics, gymnastics and of course music.” Known as the “purple” Wiggle for the color of his shirt, Fatt will be joined by other Wiggle castmates including Murray Cook, red Wiggle; Anthony Field, blue Wiggle; and Sam Moran, yellow Wiggle. “I enjoy the physicality of it all, even though I'm getting up in years — it keeps me fairly young,” said the 57year-old of the fitness aspects of performing nightly. Formed in 1991, The Wiggles gained fame after a song the group recorded began circulating around their neck o' the bush. The song and accompanying video, intended to be a one-time project, helped the group become instant celebs amongst kids and parents. “We began performing a lot of regional shows and doing some suburban touring,” he remembers. “We weren't getting any TV airplay, but the huge word-of-mouth thing got around to lots of parents that we were doing something that the children really related to.” “Wiggling” back into history, Fatt, who is of Asian descent, remembers how the group's transformation from rockers to kid music phenoms evolved. “My brother and I used to perform in a rockabilly band together called The Roadmasters during the '80s, and Anthony used to come check us out. He was quite fascinated by the fact that there were two Asians in the band. It wasn't the sort of typical thing you saw in '80s Australia,” he said, laughing. Also working as a part-time sound engineer, Fatt soon began jamming with Field's band, The Cockroaches, becoming a full-time member. “We toured for about 10 years around Australia as The Cockroaches, and the style of music was not far from what The Wiggles do, in that it was very pop-based, very happy, sort of dance music. It wasn't a big stretch musically to what we're doing today.” Outgrowing The Cockroaches “pub band” status once The Wiggles con-

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The Wiggles, clockwise from top left, Murray Cook, Sam Moran, Anthony Field and Jeff Fatt, bring their Wiggly Circus to Bakersfield on Friday.

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cept caught on, Fatt and the group's original line-up began focusing on their new identities. Although the thought of entertaining children sounded like easy work, it took the keyboardist some getting used to. “Our first performance was very traumatic, very harrowing for me,” he laughed. “I'd never been in front of an audience of preschoolers. It was at a shopping center, and I had no idea what I was doing. I was behind the keyboard, handling the back-up tracks and had to interact with the children.” Soon the group decided to take Fatt's mild audience anxiety and develop it into the show. Known as the “sleepy one,” because of his affinity for napping on the job, his character soon had his own catch phrase with, “Wake up, Jeff!” “That's the easiest part of being a Wiggle … Sleeping.” Mixing education and entertainment, Field's background in childhood education was instrumental in developing a healthy formula when

writing material for an international audience. “It all really centers on when we ask ourselves, ‘What we do — what is in it for the child?’ The music is great in that regard, in that it makes it fun for the children. It's very engaging for any child in the world in that you don't have to have an understanding of English to be able to relate to it. We just try to make it good quality entertainment, or good quality learning disguised as entertainment.” Creating popular characters for the show including Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and others, their success has also attracted other major stars to the studio. “We've recorded with quite a few big names — John Fogerty of Creedance Clearwater Revival, Kylie Minogue, even Barry Williams (who played Greg Brady in ‘The Brady Bunch’). The key is that they are parents themselves. They're all so passionate about their children, that it's easy to convince them to do a song with us.” Preparing for their big U.S. tour, Fatt doesn't plan on sleeping much during The Wiggles’ latest excursion, and Friday’s Bakersfield audience shouldn't either. Be ready to “wiggle” up a storm. “Our shows are always filled with lots of surprises and always a hoot.”

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Spotlight mixes musicals, edgy fare S

potlight Theatre’s nine selections for its main stage 201011 season are an eclectic mix of cultural diversity and musical comedy. Its separate Spotlight Series, designed to appeal to mature audiences, has a total of five offerings. And the downtown theater is offering both packages at a buy one, get one free price. But the special price is available only through Aug. 8, said Alex Neal, marketing director. (For details, please see the accompanying box.) Last season was the first time Spotlight offered the two-for-one special. Neal said it went “pretty well” but did not have specific figures available when I talked to him a few days ago. Obviously, most theaters prefer to get as much money as possible up front. I’m sure it helps in allocating production costs. This year’s main playbill begins with “Harvest Moon,” a play about several generations of a MexicanAmerican farmworker’s family by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, and ends with “Dreamgirls,” a fictional retelling of the Supremes’ phenomenal rise to fame in the world of pop music. “Children of Eden,” a musical based on the biblical Book of Genesis, will be staged during the holiday season. And, as promised, “Hamlet,” considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, will be presented mid-season. Neal said the casts for many of the shows have already been chosen. However, additional auditions will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 21 for parts in five productions, including “Zanna, Don’t!,” a musical he’s directing. Written by Tom Acito and Alexander

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Book Jumpers “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday Color Me Mine at the Marketplace, 9000 Stockdale Highway Cost: $25 Information: 664-7366

‘Forgotten Journey’ with Timothy Lemucci 9:30 to 11 a.m., Wednesday Admission: $5, $4 nonmember seniors, free for members Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. Information: 323-7219

Dinelaris, it’s set in a “somewhere in the U.S.A. town” where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuality is an oddity. Other tryouts to be held are for “Children of Eden,” “Hamlet,” “Crazy for You,” a retro musical featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, and “Dreamgirls.” Hal Friedman is Spotlight’s artistic director, with Jarred

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

Book Jumpers at Color Me Mine gives children the opportunity to paint a pottery figure based on a character in a book. Tomorrow’s selection is “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.” Source for the books chosen for the series is a summer reading list supplied by the Panama-Buena Vista School District, said Kathy Hunt, shop owner. It’s designed for students in the third, fourth and fifth grades but children of any age can attend. Artist Chela Brehmer came up with the idea. Kids who attend the workshop are supposed to read the book beforehand and then take part in a discussion. But even if they haven’t, they still can come. “Mrs. Frisby” offers plenty of fuel for creative minds. The title character is a field mouse whose home is about to be plowed under by a farmer. She gets help from some educated rats who have escaped from a science lab. The book was inspired by research on mice and rats done at the National Institute of Mental Health, or NIMH. The book by Robert C. O’Brien was illustrated by Zena Bernstein. It won the 1971 Newbery Medal, the highest award in children’s literature.

Western wagon train film A film that fits in nicely with the current western exhibit at the Bakersfield Museum of Art will be shown in the facility’s banquet room on Wednesday morning. “Forgotten Journey,” a PBS-TV documentary, recounts the amazing story of the Stephens-Murphy party that made a 2,000 mile trip from Iowa to California in 1844. Local attorney Timothy Lemucci will be on hand to lead a discussion about local pioneers, including his great-grandmother who was a member of the wagon train. One of the principals, Elisha Stevens, settled in Kern County in the early 1860s. He is buried at Union Cemetery.

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Cast members at the Spotlight Theatre perform “Carousel” during the 2009 season. This year’s schedule kicks off Aug. 6.

SPOTLIGHT THEATRE LINEUP Spotlight Theatre has announced its productions for the 2010-11 season, along with the director for each one and the performance dates. A special promotion — buy one season ticket, get one free — is in effect through Aug. 8.

Main Stage Season ticket: $176, general, $160, students and seniors “Harvest Moon”; Maria-Tania Becerra; Aug. 6-21 “The Drowsy Chaperone”; Hal Friedman; Sept. 3-25 “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”; Jarred Clowes; Oct. 8-30 “Children of Eden”; Brian Sivesind; Nov. 19-Dec.19 “Crazy for You”; Friedman; Feb. 4-26 “Hamlet”; Sivesind; March 18April 9 “The Producers”; Jarred Clowes; April 29-May 28 “Dreamgirls”; Friedman and Marvin Ramey; June 17-July 16

Spotlight Series (recommended for age 18 and over) Season ticket: $60, general, $54, students and seniors “Zanna Don’t!”; Alex Neal; Jan. 6-15 “A Picasso”; Clowes; Jan. 21-29 “Curse of the Flightless”; Ian Swanson; March 4-12 “My First Time”; Neal; April 1423 “The Demon’s Roommate”; Bryan Maddern; June 3-11 “Oleanna”; Clowes; July 22-30 Also available: Combined package including all 14 shows, $236 general; $199 students and seniors.

For ticket deals: Box office hours, 11:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. today through Aug. 8 Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. Information: 634-0692 or visit www.thespotlighttheatre.com


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‘Crazy Heart’ singer to play Also check out new pin-up calendar at B Ryder’s

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’m a big fan of the movie “Crazy Heart,” starring Jeff Bridges, so I was even more pumped to find out that Ryan Bingham and The Dead Horses are coming to town on Sept. 12. Promoter Tim Gardea, who’s had Bingham on his wish list since finding out he dropped off the Country Throwdown Tour, scored the booking as soon as he became available. Part of the new breed of “outlaw country” artists, Bingham co-wrote the Oscar-winning tune “The Weary Kind” featured in the movie. He also had a few brief scenes in the film as the back-up band for Bridges’ character, Bad Blake. During the movie, Bingham can be seen singing and saving Bad Blake’s disastrous bowling alley concert. Bingham also has some local roots, having spent his early years in Bakersfield before moving to New Mexico. The band’s long-awaited new CD “Junky Star” is scheduled for release on Sept. 7. Tickets for the Sept. 12 show go on sale online at 10 a.m. Saturday at tgptix.com. Tickets will also be available at B Ryder’s and other outlets beginning Aug. 7. More info at timgardeapresents.com.

Pin-up calendar If you’re looking to spruce up the wall of your garage or office, head over to B Ryder’s on Saturday for the debut of Dollface Photography’s “2010-2011 Pin-Up Calendar.” Packed with a bevy of local beauties, Dollface Photography owner Jamie Meyer is pleased with the finished product and thinks you will be too. “It looks really good and all the girls look amazing,” she said of the 18-month calendar. “Each month has lots of bright colors and themes. All of the models are very photogenic and happy with how the shots came

Bakotopia Radio 9 to 10 p.m. Sundays on 106.1 FM. KRAB Radio Hosts: Matt Munoz and Miranda Whitworth This Sunday: Interview with Los Lonely Boys, appearing at the Fox on Wednesday. In-studio performance by Latin rockers Vital. Preview of Hed PE and Big B concert at B Ryder’s on Aug. 6.

out.” The calendar is a first-time project of this nature for Meyer, who also shoots events and models. Recalling the project’s planning stages, what sounded like fun became a challenge she was committed to seeing through to completion. “Scheduling all the girls and scenes was tough. Every month the girls have a different-themed background, and holidays needed to be matched up.” Inspired by classic pin-up photos of the ’40s, Meyer knew who would make perfect models — local girl groups who’ve adopted the retro pin-up fashion in everyday life. “We have members of The Pink Ladies, some BRCs, a few local roller derby girls and more. Nowadays everything is about pinups, tattoos and hot rods in Bakersfield. I just decided to get together a lot of hot girls who have the look.” Along for the ride, hairstylist Clair Perez assisted by providing all the dolled-up do’s for each model. Planning her schedule around her day gig at Bakersfield’s Curl Up & Dye salon, this was also Perez’s first calendar. Shooting at various locations, including the Majestic Fox Theater and Rosemary’s Family Creamery, Perez remembers a few sketchy moments. “The shoot at Union cemetery was hot and the ants kept biting us. Then helping one of the models up on the gravestone in her outfit wasn’t easy,” she laughed. “I’ve never done a calendar before, but I got be really creative and I’d do it again.” Meyer points out that while pin-up calendars have a reputation for being geared toward more adult eyes, there’s no need to

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Ryan Bingham co-wrote the Oscar-winning tune “The Weary Kind” featured in the movie “Crazy Heart.”

hide hers from the kids. “It’s very clean and classy, and there’s nothing inappropriate,” she said. “You can put it up at your home, garage or anywhere.” Saturday’s event at B Ryder’s begins at 8 p.m. with live music by The JBombs. Each calendar costs $20 and you can even have your favorite model sign it to your heart’s content. Only 300 calendars were printed, so get ’em while you can. To purchase through Dollface Photography, call 394-0176.

Matt’s picks Circa Survive at Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 7 p.m. Friday, $20, 633-1000. Philly’s post-hardcore heroes are heading back to the Jerry’s basement to feel, smell, and sweat out the glory of their early career. Weezer did it years ago, as did bands like Buckcherry and others. Maybe it’s owner Jerry Baranowksi’s mojo that lures them back to the pit, we’ll never know? By the

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

time you read this, tickets may be sold-out … Uh-oh. Lowrider Nationals at Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St., 11 a.m., Sunday, $5 to $25, 323-352-8384. Thirteen years of bringing the biggest collection of cars and crossover music acts to Bakersfield, the annual Lowrider Nationals keeps riding along. In addition to all the hot custom cars, hip-hop fans can check out the legendary rapper DJ Quik, Bako regulars Baby Bash, Junebug Slim, Brown Boy, and more. Make sure you have at least an 8G memory card in your camera for the “Hot Girl Contest” — you’ll know why on Sunday. Car Wash Fundraiser with The Pink Ladies, Iron Outlaws Country Club and Midnight Sinners, at B Ryder’s Bar, 7401 White Lane, 11 a.m. Sunday, $5, 397-7304. Get your car cleaned with The Pink Ladies and help support the Bakersfield Jamison Center. While rinsing your ride, you can kick back and check out the suburban hillbilly sounds of Country Club, who from what I hear have a superb female singer-songwriter in the group.


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Actor bringing it all back home BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing columnist

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aseball may have been Brian Hooks’ game in high school but once he got a taste of Hollywood he leaped into the world of films, television and theater in a big way. A centerfielder, he was all-area and all BB-league first team in his senior year at South High. All that changed a few years later when he was at CSU Northridge, studying to become a teacher. “I got a part in ‘Phat Beach,’ that was my first big break,” he said. “It was sort of a hip-hop thing — Hooks Doug Ellin, the creator of HBO’s ‘Entourage,’ produced it.” On Saturday local folks can see the Bakersfield native performing in person. Hooks is starring in a stage play, “Friends with Benefits,” that evening at the Fox Theater. “This will be the first time I’m coming home to perform and I’m excited,” he said, noting that his parents, Roy and Lillie Hooks live here and that normally he visits only on holidays. Since 1996 Hooks has produced and appeared in a number of independent movies — most recently, “I Do…I Did,” which was released last year. In 2008 he had a part in “Fool’s Gold,” with Matthew McConaughey. His TV credits include roles in such TV series as “Cracker,” “NYPD Blue,” “Moesha,” “ER” and “The Parkers.” However, live theater is something new for Hooks. And so is “Friends with Benefits.” The actor talked to me about the play in a

“Friends with Benefits” When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Fox Theater, 2001 H St. Tickets: $23.50-$42.50 Information: 322-5200

phone interview from his home in Los Angeles, a few days after its July 16 premiere in Savannah, Ga. Hooks said the show was received well there and he was looking forward to performing it next in Chicago, and then on to Fresno before coming here. “A buddy of mine, Barry Bowles, wrote it and directed it,” Hooks said. “We’ve been talking about doing this for a couple of years.” The impetus for doing it came from what Hooks sees as a trend in the popularity of stage plays written and produced by blacks. “African-American theater has been flourishing in the past decade,” Hooks said. “Especially with writers like Tyler Perry — he took it into orbit with ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman.’” Hooks said the Bowles’ show he’ll star in on Saturday is a comedy about five friends who get together at a homecoming weekend. “While they’re there, a whole lot of skeletons come out of the closet,” said the actor. “As they work out the issues, there’s comedy, drama and suspense. It’s an incredible play — it feels more like you’re watching a movie.” Keesha Sharp co-stars in the show. Others in the cast are Angell Conwell, Richard Gallion and Kiki Shepard.

A party for smarties at Fishlips BY MATT MUNOZ Bakotopia.com editor mmunoz@bakersfield.com

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ttention all trivia buffs: the Ladies Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield will be hosting Trivia Night tonight at Fishlips. Club President Meghan Holland invites all brainiacs to take the challenge and help raise money for local kids. “It’s a fun event we had great success with six months ago, and we encourage the public to participate.” Upon registering your four-member team, you will be assigned a table in the restaurant. The evening’s MC will begin asking a series of 25 questions from the Fishlips stage. Two rounds of questioning will be conducted with a break during the evening, to allow some “re-energizing.” “Some of our categories include history, pop culture, alcohol, pretty much anything goes,” said Holland. “We’ll also allow teams to buy answers if they’re having trouble. No one will be left out.” The Ladies Active 20-30 has been “active,” since 2006 in Bakersfield and according to Holland, is always looking for new recruits.

Ladies Active 20-30 Club Trivia Night When: 7 p.m. today Where: Fishlips, 1517 18th St. Admission: $5; 21 and over Information: 324-2557

Through events like these, she hopes to raise awareness about the group’s community involvement. “We’re not just a social club. We’re open to everybody. You have to love kids and volunteering.” All proceeds from tonight’s event will benefit local children’s charity Child Spree, an organization that helps kids with new school clothes and supplies. Holland hopes to surpass the number of children the club helped last year. “We took 246 children shopping to Kohl’s last year, but this time we’re aiming for 300.” Tickets for can be pre-purchased at Fishlips for $5, and walk-up registration is available until space runs out. “We’ve already sold quite a few tables, so everyone should get their teams together and sign up.”

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CSUB grads: Free beer? Here, here BY ALLIE CASTRO Californian staff writer acastro@bakersfield.com

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Patrons of the Iron Horse Saloon congregate on a recent Friday night. The big grand opening is on Saturday.

Raising this bar a notch Iron Horse opts for class over crass (but sass is OK) BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor jself@bakersfield.com

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his South Chester haunt’s old name, The Dive, pretty much said it all: Here was a place where neighborhood types, dedicated barflies and rough customers could congregate for a good time, a long time or to kill time. No more. A new owner has bought the bar, which earned much of its reputation (infamy? notoriety?) when it was known as the Players Lounge. The name’s been changed to the Iron Horse Saloon, there’s live music and everything’s been cleaned up with one purpose in mind: to draw a better class of drinker by keeping the riffraff out. But in case a few down-and-outers from the old days care to chance it, the sign posted behind the bar is there to make the point: “Liars, thieves and tweakers might be more comfortable somewhere else.” And though liars, thieves and tweakers might respectfully disagree, the changes — like a brisk shot of Jager — have revived the once-sleepy dive. Musicians, forever in search of venues willing to host their music, now have a place to plug in their amps and crank it up, and folks who prefer the spontaneity, soul and octane of live music to the mind-numbing din of the canned stuff, have another reason to head out on the weekend. Bill Connelly, who identified himself as a consultant for new owner Matt Brock, said the bar already is drawing more upscale customers (“all the bigwigs from Toyota come in and bring their wives”), but old-timers — the respectable ones at least — are sticking around as well.

Iron Horse Saloon patron Betty Martinez greets Time Eves, the drummer for the band Two Timers. The band is a regular act at the saloon.

“We've got a lot of musical talent in this town and they need a place to play,” Connelly said. “The whole town is known for country. Some of the younger people haven't even been exposed to the talent around here. We find the bands bring in the customers we want.” Still not convinced? Connelly said to picture several legendary Bakersfield watering holes, with the best parts of each sort of Frankenstein-ed together: “This is a combination of old school. If you took Cooter Brown’s, the Alley Cat and the old Suds Tavern and blended them together, you’d be looking at the concept we have here.” The Iron Horse is putting out the “Y’all come” welcome mat at Saturday’s grand opening. The party starts at noon and they’ll barbecue all day, or until the food runs out. Country rockers The Two-Timers will get toes tapping and Bud Light empties rattling at 1 p.m. The bar also will raffle off a trip to either Reno, Vegas, Laughlin or Tahoe. “Everyone’s happy with the way we cleaned the place up,” Connelly said. “All we get is compliments on how the place is ran. It’s good people looking for a good time.” But, and there’s no putting it delicate-

ly, what about the neighborhood? Is it safe? “Everybody kind of polices themselves,” Connelly said. “We don't think of ourselves as being in any worse part of town than Amestoy’s or Luigi’s or Pyrenee's or Narducci’s or Wool Growers.” Brian Hicks, who owns the Long Branch Saloon in Oildale and sold the south Bakersfield bar to Brock, seconds that assessment: “They’re good local, neighborhood guys,” Hicks said. “It gets a bad rap because of the income level and sophistication, but they have way more respect than the hoodlums downtown or at RJ’s (in the northwest).” Speaking of the Long Branch, Hicks offered an interesting bit of local lore: The Oildale mainstay, which dates to 1939, has the longest bar around — 60 feet. A plank that size can accommodate a lot of Rattlesnakes, the bar’s trademark drink, whose secret ingredient is Everclear (though surely the taste of Everclear would be hard to keep secret for long). “We open at 6 a.m. and stay open until 2,” Hicks said. “Everyone walks there and it’s a Cheers-type atmosphere. (The regulars) take care of each other, take each other to the hospital, cook for each each other, spend their holidays there. We’re open 365 days a year.” So what does Hicks think of the new high-end approach over at his old bar way down Chester Avenue? “I keep people out too.”

Iron Horse Saloon grand opening When: Starts at noon Saturday Where: Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave. Admission: Free Information: 831-1315

SUB’s brand-new Young Alumni Program certainly knows its target demographic. The group’s first-ever networking event — its first event ever, in fact — will take place at Lengthwise Brewing Co. Aug. 5, and will feature free beer (and a shot at a free mug if you’re one of the first 50 people), appetizers, and of course, networking. Different from the University’s Alumni Association, the Young Alumni Program is targeting CSUB alums who have graduated within the last 10 years. While older graduates are certainly welcome should they find themselves interested in one of the Young Alumni Program’s events, the group wants to focus specifically on recent graduates. But a different demographic isn’t the only thing the group is after. Organizers hope recent grads will get a little professional boost at the networking events. How does it work? Recent grads are sent invitations to events, where they will have the opportunity to have a drink and a few appetizers, and hand out business cards to other participants. Assistant director of the Young Alumni Program and CSUB graduate Morgan Essert says, “Our ultimate goal is to have everyone bring 10 business cards and to have it be a mix and mingle.” The take-away from the events can vary from person to person, says Essert. “Depending on where the person is in their life they (might) like to network for the purpose of finding a job, expanding their business, expanding their general knowledge, or just meeting new people and learning about what they do.” Organizers expect anywhere from 50 to 80 attendees, who will have the opportunity to meet the Young Alumni Program counsel as well as the governing board, which is composed of about 20 influential people in the community who have graduated from CSUB within the last 10 years. The group also aims to hold the quarterly events at a different local venue owned by a CSUB alum, with Lengthwise being no exception; owners Jeff Williams and Darin Schwicker are both graduates of CSUB. The group also wants to reward companies around town that specifically hire CSUB graduates. In addition to the networking, Essert says the group wants to “get people back engaged with the school (after) they’ve graduated.” The school has only 2,000 e-mail addresses of the 10,000 or so alumni who have graduated from the school in the last decade. But Essert said it won’t be all business and passing around business cards at the networking event. “I think that if they come, they would want to come again.”

CSUB Young Alumni networking mixer When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 Where: Lengthwise Brewing Co., 6720 Schirra Court


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Darion Williams, left, and his cousin, Lelend Williams, look at a customized three-wheeler at the 2006 Lowrider Nationals car show at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

Just how low can they go? Visit the Lowrider Nationals this weekend BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer

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ooking for the best of the best when it comes to custom car culture? The Lowrider Nationals’ 13th Annual Smokin Summer Slam 2010 rolls into the Kern County Fairgrounds on Sunday for an event that puts the country’s best car builders head to head (or bumper to bumper) for more than $20,000 in trophies and prize money. “When the Lowrider Magazine, Dub Magazine and Hot Import Nights Magazine car show tours are over, competitors come to us, and the season culminates in what we call the Super Bowl of car shows,” said festival producer Rick Munoz, who doesn’t seem to be exaggerating when it comes to the theme of the event, as prizes include diamond championship rings that rival those owned by football greats. In addition to hundreds of custom cars, attendees will see customized trucks, bicycles and motorcycles from builders around the country. Hoppers — cars outfitted with hydraulic systems that make them bounce and “hop” — also will be on display with a

Lowrider Nationals’ 13th Annual Smokin Summer Slam 2010 Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. Registration: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 6 to 10 a.m. Sunday Show: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Admission: $25; children ages 7 to 11, $5; children 6 and under free; lowridernationals.com

hop competition taking place in the fairgrounds grandstands. Munoz said if you want to see a cross section of American custom building as it stands today come to the Lowrider Nationals. “We have cars come from New York, Chicago, Miami and every state in the between. That’s not only the show cars but for the hopping contest as well. Cars from as far away as New York have won. Builders travel here because they see us as the premier urban car competition in the country.” Prizes will be awarded in several categories from championship car, truck, bike and motorcycle to specialty awards focusing on upholstery, hydraulics and even bike accessories. Vendors will be on site selling every-

thing from car club gear, food and beverages to items for your ride, whether it’s on two wheels or four. Julian Aguinaga is a member of Aztec Image Car Club who began fixing up cars when he was 18. It all started with his 1985 El Camino, which has been outfitted with custom paint, pinstriping, wood bedding and hydraulics. Aguinaga says there are two things that keep him coming back to this hometown car show. “You don’t have to travel far for a local show and the entertainment is great. They always bring some of the best acts in the country.” Among the entertainers whose beats will fill the Budweiser Pavilion are hiphop acts Bobby Bracken, Tino Cochino, DJ Quik and Baby Bash. While the shine of the automobiles, the sounds of the stage and spectacle of the hop contest may sit at the forefront of the event, Munoz said when it comes to car shows it’s the heritage of the culture that keeps enthusiasts coming and families together. “There is a real cultural pride that is instilled in the artwork on the cars. You will see everything from Latino cultural pride, African-American pride when it comes to history and music and pride in being an American. One of the most amazing trucks I saw was dedicated to the World Trade Centers and 9-11.”

ORGANIZERS STRESSING SECURITY AT THIS YEAR’S EVENT Considering the scale of Lowrider Nationals, which draws thousands of spectators and competitors, things sometimes get out of hand. A stabbing in 2008 forced the early closure of the event. But festival producer

Rick Munoz hopes to reassure attendees that Cruzin for Life Media, which puts on the event, is serious about providing security. “We have contracted the Sheriff’s Department to be there in full force.

We have augmented that with a private security firm as well. We have spared no expense in ensuring an incident like that never happens again. When it comes to violence we have a no-tolerance policy.”


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PHOTO COURTESY OF LOS LONELY BOYS

Los Lonely Boys, from left, Henry, Ringo and Jojo Garza, will perform Wednesday night at the Fox Theater.

Band to spice it up ‘Texican’ style Los Lonely Boys perform Wednesday at the Fox BY MATT MUNOZ Bakotopia.com editor mmunoz@bakersfield.com

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os Lonely Boys’ love for music extends from their brotherly bond. Appearing live at the Fox Theater on Wednesday at 8 p.m., these proud purveyors of “Texican rock ’n’ roll,” keep it in the family. “We share all of our accomplishments,” said bassist Jojo Garza via telephone during a tour stop in Massachusetts. “It comes with a lot of craziness, but a lot more love than most people are used to, even in their own families.” Growing up with brothers Henry, guitar; and Ringo, drums, in their hometown of San Angelo, Texas, their musical upbringing took them from bars to the big time after being discovered by country legend Willie Nelson. Scoring major label success in 2004 with their Grammy-winning hit, “Heaven,” their rags-to-riches tale also became the topic of a critically acclaimed 2007 documentary titled “Cornfields and Crossroads.” “It all happened so fast,” Garza said. “Seeing the whole country, meeting a lot of different people and seeing other parts of the world.” Producing more studio albums for Epic Records, including a set of holiday classics, they now rock on as independent artists with a new label and imprint, Lonely Tone

Los Lonely Boys with The Delgado Brothers When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Where: Fox Theater, 2001 H St. Admission: $25 to $45 Information: 324-1369

Records. “We’re still playing as much as ever. As far as how many people are at the shows — that’s a whole different thing, and where we’re playing too. But, we’re also making new fans left and right,” he said. “Believe it or not, we’re still playing about 200 to 250 days of the year.” Since releasing a six-song EP of cover songs titled “1969” last October, plans to finish a new full-length release were put on hold after Jojo was forced to stop performing in April. Developing lesions on his busy vocal cords, doctors told Jojo it was time to take a rest or risk losing his livelihood. “My progress is coming along,” he explained. “We were actually in the studio when the whole thing happened with my throat, so it’s going to take awhile to get back to that. I’m trying to sing as much as I can, trying to feel normal.” Looking forward to next week’s show at the Fox, Garza and his brothers promise fans all their hits with some added spice. “We’re gonna bring the music that we play, man. And pour some Texican sauce on Bakersfield,” he said, laughing.


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Eye Street GO & DO Today Concerts by The Fountain, blues with Fat Daddy Blues Band, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Adult Book Discussion, on “Eat, Pray, Love,” 11:15 a.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0745. Free Open Swim, at the following pools: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jefferson, McMurtrey Aquatic Center, 1 to 5 p.m., and Silver Creek, 1 to 4 p.m. 852-7430. Hooters “Summer Car Nights,” open to all car and truck enthusiasts, 6 to 8 p.m., Hooters, 4208 Rosedale Highway. 327-9711 ext. 242. “Make A Splash” Summer Reading Program, at all Kern County Libraries, through Saturday. kerncountylibrary.org. Ladies Active 20-30 Trivia Night, with raffle, 7 p.m., Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $5. Proceeds benefit local children’s charity Child Spree. Free Immunization Clinic, no appointment necessary, immunization cards required, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Apple Market, parking lot, 9710 Main St., Lamont. 869-6740.

Friday The Wiggles Wiggly Circus, 6:30 p.m., theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $10 to $75, plus fee. ticketmaster.com or call 800-7453000. Color Me Mine kids events: Book Jumpers Book Club, “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh,” with pottery painting and book club activities, 3 to 4:30 p.m. $25; and “Despicable” Kids’ Night Out, for ages 7 to 12, paint your own box or bank, with pizza, games, prizes, sundaes, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $25 ($19 for additional siblings). 664-7366 or bakersfield.colormemine.com. Wine Bar Flight, featuring Turley Zinfandels — 2008 Vintage, Dusi, Mead Ranch, Old Vine, Rattlesnake and more, 4 p.m., Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. Tastes, $4 to $6. 633-WINE.

Saturday “Go West Day,” with cowboys, music, food, storytelling, western arts and crafts, pony rides and more, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $1. bmoa.org or call 3237219. Barry Bowles’ Friends with Benefits: A Romantic Comedy Stageplay, starring Brian Hooks, doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $20.50 to $39.50 plus fee. vallitix.com or 324-1369. Bakersfield Speedway, Modifieds, American Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, California Lightning

Sprints, gates open at 4:30 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m., Bakersfield Speedway, 5001 N. Chester Ave. $10; $5 ages 6-12; under 5 free. bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 393-3373. Book signing, with author Ron and Brenda Brandon of “The Growing Place,” 1 to 3 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 6654686. Farmers markets: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Caffeine Supreme, on the lawn, corner of F and 20th streets. caffeinesupreme.com; 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St.; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brimhall Square, 9500 Brimhall Road; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., “Nuui Cunni” Native American Cultural Center, 2600 Highway 155, Lake Isabella. 760-549-0800. Family Skate Night, 7 to 10 p.m., Rollerama West, 7850 Brimhall Road. $30 includes admission for four (two adults/two children), skate rental, one pizza and pitcher of soda. 589-7555. Music Night, with Luann M. Paul who will be performing songs from her gospel album, “Colossians 3:16 Vol. 1,” 7 to 9 p.m., Borders, 4980 Stockdale Highway. 328-9800. Taryne Hallford Fundraiser, presented by KW Cares Bakersfield Inc., to cover testing costs for Hallford, who has dysautonomia. Yard sale 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., car wash 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Keller Williams/McMillin Homes parking lot, 5351 Olive Drive. $15 for raffle tickets or $25 for two, raffle will take place at noon. wesupporttaryne.com. Twilight at CALM, with a wildlife presentation, scavenger hunt, 5:30 to 8 p.m., CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. Regular admission prices apply; CALM members are free. calmzoo.org or 872-2256.

Sunday 13th annual Lowrider Nationals, featuring dubs, euros, imports, lowriders including motorcycles, bicycles and hoppers and more, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P St. $25 adults; children 7 to 11 are $5; children 6 and under are free. lowridernationals.com or 323-352-8384. Kern County Military Families United, for current military members, veterans, and immediate families only, with food and entertainment, 6 to 8 p.m., National Guard Armory Building, 2800 Gateway Ave. Free. 9787782. Bakersfield Rescue Mission Back to School Supply Drive, bring donations of school supplies to any of these locations, now through Aug. 10: KAXL 88.3 FM, 110 S. Montclair St., Suite 205; Hope Christian Store, 7850 White Lane or 3000 Mall View Road; Kern Security Systems, 2701 Fruitvale Ave.; Dream Maker Bath & Kitchen, 5880 District Blvd.; Marcy Parmley Farmers Insurance

Agency, 3612 Coffee Road; Bakersfield Rescue Mission, 816 E. 21st St.; Color Me Mine, 9000 Ming Ave.; and Account Control Technology Inc., 5531 Business Park South. 325-0863, ext. 219.

THEATER “Urinetown, the Musical,” doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. today through Saturday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $50 to $55; show-only tickets $30. 325-6100. “25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 327-PLAY. “Pregnantville History” Sketch Comedy, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 327-7529. “The Villain of Mystery Island,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $20 adults; $18 seniors; $9 children ages 12 and under Friday and Saturday; $18 adults; $9 students with ID on Sunday. 587-3377. Major League Improv, improvisational comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free but donations are accepted. 327-PLAY.

ART Exhibit on Display, “The Masterworks of Western Paintings,” “Best of the West: Bakersfield Collects,” and paintings by Aron Wiesenfeld, now on display until Aug. 22, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. bmoa.org or 323-7219. “Fashion Forward” Art Exhibit, by appointment only, on display until Aug. 5, The Micro Gallery, 6300 Coffee Road. 301-3283. “Beyond the Valley” Art Show, featuring artists Beverly Carrick, Elaine Collins, Sherry Dolan, Norma Eaton, Floyd Dillon, Lila Martin, Phyllis Oliver, Shirley Rowles and many more, now through Aug. 14, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 869-2320. “A Computer Blaze of Colors,” by Bill Tomlinson, on display until July 31, JP Jennings Gallery, 1700 Chester Ave. 323-1622. Leslie VoVilla, is the artist for July, The Curiosity Shop, at the Art Express, 1607 19th St. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 324-7112. Mary Lou Slinkard, featured artist for the month of July, Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 634-0806. Cherice Hatton, featured artist for July, Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. russosbooks.com or 665-4686. “On the Road Again,” group art show on display through August, Bakersfield Mazda, 3201 Cattle Drive. 328-8000. Submissions being accepted

for “Vessels” Visual Arts Small Works Festival, California artists are encouraged to enter their pieces in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or other media. Deadline for pieces is Aug. 10 and can be brought to Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St., or mailed. $35 for up to three entries. The opening reception with awards for “Vessels” is Sept. 9. bmoa.org or call 323-7219. All Media Class, by instructor Phyllis Oliver, all media welcome, with color theory stressed. For more information or to register, email pegolivert@ix.netcom.com or call 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@earthlink.net or 760-376-6604. Basic Beading & Wire Wrapping Workshop, with Susi Klassen, private instruction or by appointment, The Bead Hut, 610 18th St. 324-0975 or 706-6490. Beginning Oil Painting, with 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. Native American Arts Association, meets to learn basketry, beadwork and more, 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, The Stockdale Moose Lodge, 905 Stine Road. 852-5050. Summer Art Workshops, call Ron at 588-7769 or 837-1037. 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. Art for Healing programs, put on by Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield: “Creative Clay,” 1 to 4 p.m. today; “Express It!” — a program for teens ages 13-18, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday; and “A Taste of Art for Healing,” 2 to 4 p.m. and “The Rhythm of Life,” 4 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A streets. Free. mercybakersfield. org/art or to register, 324-7070. Free art classes, for homeschool parents, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call to reserve your spot. Moore’s Art Studio, 10205 Hurlingham Drive. 588-7769.

MUSIC Acoustic Kern River Brewing Company, 13415 Sierra Highway, Kernville, 760-376-2337; Mike Fleming, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Alternative Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St., 324-2557; Joey Romley & Friends, 9 p.m. Tuesdays.

Blues Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., jam session, 2 p.m. Sundays. 21 and over. myspace.com/vinnys_bar.

Classic rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Mike Montano Band, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; The BEAgles, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday.

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 Cafe, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Nightlife Band, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Valley Fever, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; Big Dawg, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Jerry Hobbs & The Country Rhythm Makers, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $7. 399-3573 or 332-1537. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; Noah Claunch & the Mainstream Band, 9 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. today, 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. Fridays, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5; $7 nonmembers. 399-3575 or 3321537. Country Dance, with music provided Jerri Arnold & Stars & Guitars, jam session, all artists welcome, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane. Dance classes, beginning West Coast swing, intermediate/ advanced West Coast swing with Mimi Johanson, 8214 Mossrock Drive. Call 330-9616 for details.


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Eye Street Scottish Country Dancing, with the Kern County Scottish Society, beginners welcome, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Norris Road Veterans Hall, upstairs, 400 W. Norris Road. 822-3998. Whirlaways Square Dance Club, with caller Rick Hampton, 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday, Veteran’s Hall, 400 W. Norris Road. whirlaways.org or 398-3394. Dance Drill Classes, beginning belly dancing, 8 p.m. every Tuesday; advanced belly dancing, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Centre Stage Studio, 1710 Chester Ave. $5 drop-in fee for beginning belly dancing; $15 for advanced belly dancing. Bring knee pads and yoga mat to advanced class. 323-5215.

DJ B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. today. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; 7 p.m. Thursdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Free. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: with DJ Escandalosa in the Mixx, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Jazz B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Jazz, R&B, Funk with Groove Factor, 8 to 11 p.m. today. Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Live Jazz & Wine Bar: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, featuring Jazz Connection featuring Zanne Zarow and Mark Meyer, along with 24 wines; and 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, featuring Jazz Connection with guitarist Paul Cierley, along with 24 wines, Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. 633WINE. Wine & Cheese Cellar, 695 Tucker Road, Suite C, Tehachapi, 822-6300; Richie Perez, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. 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 to 10 p.m. Thursday; beer pong and happy hour all day with karaoke 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Crossroads Pizzeria, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today.

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. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 9000 Ming Ave., 664-1400; 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8 p.m. Thursdays. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. Thursdays. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 1440 Weedpatch Highway, 633-1949; Karaoke King Show, all ages, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., 7 p.m. Thursdays. 21 and over. myspace.com/ vinnys_bar. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 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 Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; 9:30 p.m. Sundays. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Schweitzer’s Pit Stop, 10807 Rosedale Highway, 587-8888; 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The Wrecking Yard, 9817 S. Union Ave., 827-9192; 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Tuesday. Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Caltado’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Wild West Entertainment, 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 Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; karaoke with host Ben Lara, 8 p.m. Tuesdays. 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. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday.

Latin/salsa Latin Salsa Dancing, 8 p.m. Thursdays, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; Son Tropical, 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: Salsa dancing, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Chencho’s Bar & Grill, 2201 V St., 327-0190; Salsa Sundays, with a DJ, 3 to 10 p.m., salsa lessons are offered at 6 p.m. Sundays. $5 after 6 p.m.

Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., 742-6306; Circa Survive, with The Dear Hunter, O’Brother, doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, $20. Tickets online at tgptix.com or World Records, Outer Limits, Impact Streetwear. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Road Doggs, 9 p.m. Friday; J Bombs, 9 p.m. Saturday. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Friday.

Rockabilly B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 800 lb. Gorilla, The County Club, Sunday.

Rock remixes “Rock It Fridays,” 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Friday, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111.

Trivia night Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

Variety

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

Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave., 323-1900: In the Mixx with DJ Noe G., mixing all your feelgood music every Friday. 21 & over only. Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Dance to Joe Loco, duet every Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. ’80s Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Country Club, 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Oldies

UPCOMING EVENTS

KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 3229910; Jimmy Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Halls, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Monday 8/2

Mariachi

Old school Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; The Press featuring Benny and the Bunch, 8:30 p.m. Friday; Synergy featuring the best of Joey Zaza, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Bistro After Dark, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Old School Saturdays with Noe G, 10 p.m. every Saturday. Ladies free/$10 cover.

Open mic Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., hosted by Robert Spalding, 7 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. myspace.com/ vinnys_bar.

Rock Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; The Mentors with special guests, 9 p.m. today; Tribute to AC/DC featuring Shoot to Kill, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5 Thursday; $3 Friday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; The People’s Band, 9 p.m. today; 400 Blows, Black Sails Western Shores, Sic Waiting, Ridikule, 9:30 p.m. Friday. rock.

Recreational Swim Team, yearround swim team, learn to develop swimming skills, strokes, techniques, abilities, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, McMurtrey Aquatic Center, 1325 Q St. $60 per month. www.bakersfieldswim.us or 8527430. Recreational Swim Team, for ages 5 to 18, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive. Open enrollment. 395-4663. Senior Discovery Days, each Monday for seniors 60 and older receive 50 percent off admission, 10 percent discount in the gift store, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. 872-2256. Summer Camp, “Superhero Science — Kapow!” 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Half day: $115; $90, members. Full day: $200; $160 members. kcmuseum.org or 852-5050. Summer Day Camp, for ages 4 to 12, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, now until Aug. 20, Suburu School, 7315 Harris Road. $25 per day/per child. ymcaofkern.org or 837-9622.

Tuesday 8/3 Kinky Friedman “The Go West Young Kinky Tour,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $25 plus fee. vallitix.com or 322-5200. National Night Out, a crime/drug prevention event with presentation booths, career information, transportation exhibits and more from local safety and crime prevention units, 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Park Meadows Apartments, 840 Park Meadows Ave. #100. 393-9740. Farmers markets: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, now through November, Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets; and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through September, northeast corner of North Chester Avenue and Norris Road, Oildale. 8680328.

Wednesday 8/4 Los Lonely Boys, with special guest, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $29.50 to $49.50. vallitix.com or 324-1369. Songwriters’ Showcase, hosted by Chuck Seaton and Billy Russell, with guest Tonya Louise, 7 p.m., The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road. 831-1413. Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Kern County Department of Public Health, 1800 Mt. Vernon Ave. 868-0328. Film Club, with Cody Meek, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. First Wednesday, topic “The Forgotten Journey” with Timothy Lemucchi, special events and refreshments, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $4 nonmembers. 323-7219. Food & Wine Pairing Seminars, featuring six wines paired with a plate of small bites tied together for a delicious tasting theme, learn how food interacts with wine, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. $25 per person, per seminar. 633WINE.

Thursday 8/5 Bookseller’s Book Group, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, in the cafe, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Concerts by The Fountain, dixieland jazz with Southside Chicago Seven, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Attitude group, 7 to 9 p.m., Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave. $3 adults; $1 for children under 13. 832-4800. Networking Mixer, hosted by the CSUB Young Alumni Program, with appetizers, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Lengthwise Brewery, 6720 Schirra Court. First 50 people in attendance will get a free beer ticket & a Lengthwise pint glass. 654-2726. The Nappy Roots, with special guests, 9 p.m., Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $12 plus fee; 21 & over only. vallitix.com or 322-5200.

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