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

Index First Friday ................................................ 16 Kern County library used book sale ........ 17 Sarah Fanucchi.......................................... 18 Celebrities of Magic ................................ 18 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz ............ 20 Roller Derby for Heroes .......................... 21 ‘Katy Perry’ movie review ...................... 24 Calendar .............................................. 25-27

Just the manny for the job Bakersfield native gets big break with reality show BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor jself@bakersfield.com

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n his six years as a nanny, Shaun Sturz has come to the conclusion that kids are pretty much the same no matter where they live: They’re eating/sleeping/laughing/crying/diaper-filling imps brimming with pure, unfiltered id. But an 18-month-old with an iPad? That’s definitely more Beverly Hills than Bakersfield. And, as it happens, Sturz is an expert on both places, having grown up here, two hours north of the exclusive 90210 ZIP code where most of the families whose children he supervises live. But caring for the offspring of the rich and famous just may make Sturz himself a star: The Highland High graduate has been cast in “Beverly Hills Nannies,” a reality show that premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday on ABC Family. “I’m being a hustler, trying to work and this is a new experience,” said Sturz, 30, during a phone interview Tuesday. “People all through the years have asked me what I do, and hopefully this will give them insight.” Sturz got his start as a nanny when he was helping a friend do some work at the home of smooth-jazz musician Kenny G. The sax player noticed how well Sturz interacted with his children and offered him a job as the family nanny, or “manny,” as Sturz refers to himself. Sturz still works with the musician’s kids occasionally, but a different family is the focus for his segments of the reality show. “This is the best couple I could have been paired up with,” he said. “And the toddler, a girl, is so freaking cute. Today we’re going to do a little dance and song recital for her parents. We have to make everything over and beyond.” Sturz, whose parents and brother still live in Bakersfield, took a few more of our questions before running off to do a series of pickup shots.

‘Beverly Hills Nannies’ 9 p.m. Wednesday on ABC Family How did you get this gig? I hunted them down. I’ve had two other manny shows created around me before within three or four years and those never got picked up. I was referred to this production company from a manny. I became best friends with the main girl on the show, Kristin. I was the very first person years ago to get hooked up with them. I’m so excited for it to finally be on the air. There are going to be some shockers on the show, some drama. What kind of shockers? Are you a cross-dressing puppeteer or something? Well I’m not a puppeteer. People who knew me in Bakersfield will be shocked. What’s your real ambition in life? I had an “aha” moment when I was a manny for Kenny G. I decided I wanted to write a children’s book. I’ve been on a fourto five-year quest to get my book published. On the show I talk about being rejected and wanting to get a book deal. I want to be an author/illustrator because I want to live in a treehouse in Costa Rica or Nicaragua. I’m obsessed with the movie “Swiss Family Robinson.” I’m Swiss, so I was supposed to have a treehouse as a kid but my dad never built it, and I never let him live it down. So once I get the money, I will build it. Did you get paid for your appearance on the show? Yes. But I can’t say how much. Was it enough to build a treehouse in Costa Rica? No, I still dabble in the nanny ’hood, but I’m hoping once my first book sells it will be different. In the next couple of months, hopefully you’ll hear about a book deal. Beyond the obvious differences — wealth, power and the general fabulousness of their lives — are parents in Beverly Hills much different than parents in Bakersfield? I think they’re more the same than you would think. People still have to eat, sleep, go to school. The only difference is

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Shaun Sturz is featured on “Beverly Hills Nanny” on ABC Family.

money, and money allows you to have choices and have a manny. But more money, more problems. When people in the real world are out of work and losing their homes, how can people in Beverly Hills possibly have more problems because they’re too rich? Everyone wants something from them. Everybody wants to be their best friend, have them donate to their charity. You have to keep your close friends close in Beverly Hills because you have lots of friends if you have money. Are the kids spoiled beyond belief? I think for me, yes, because I know my parents worked and I would be rewarded for something and not just get a new bike because I wanted one. But with these parents, if the kid wants a new bike for the new bike color, they get it. But the kids are the nicest, sweetest kids and they’re really well-rounded. Do most Beverly Hills nannies use the job as a way to get access to powerful people so that they can further their Please see STURZ / 23

PHOTO COURTESY OF SHAUN STURZ

Sturz got his start as a male nanny when he was helping a friend do some work at the home of smooth-jazz musician Kenny G.


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Eye Street Camille Gavin CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST

Yes, ‘Grease’ is still the word Stars Theatre stages the popular musical

GO & DO ‘Grease’ When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Stars Restaurant Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. Admission: $50-$54; $30 students Information: 325-6100

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he Pink Ladies and the Burger Palace Boys of the fictional Rydell High will be strutting their stuff at Stars on Friday with the opening of “Grease.” Sheryl Cleveland, the director, says the show will be much more like the original 1971 musical than the 1978 film version, which starred John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. “The movie really focused on Danny and Sandy,” Cleveland said. “What we’re doing is very much of an ensemble show with golden opportunities for everyone to have their moments of shining.” Lead roles in the Stars production are played by Cody Garcia and Bethany Rowlee, with Shay Burke as the tough-talking Kenickie Murdock. Rosie Ayala has the part of Betty Rizzo, leader of the Pink Ladies. “We have quite a few newcomers and a lot of veterans,” Cleveland said. “There are 18 in the cast and their ages range from 15 to 40.” Char Gaines is vocal director and Kelci Lowry did the choreography. Kathi Lowry, Nichole Heasley, Jodi Mitchell and Sarah Torrente are in charge of costumes. The music will be played by a live band. “Grease,” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, is filled with songs and lively dance routines. The story is set in 1959 and involves teenage rebellion of that era, gang violence and pregnancy. It also includes onstage smoking but, said the director, cigarettes are fake so the audience doesn’t need to worry about inhaling tobacco smoke. Cleveland, who directed “Urinetown” last summer at Stars, teaches math at Golden Valley High School. She once aspired to be an actress, however, and took drama classes during her student years at Indiana University and at Ball State. “I realized that it was a great hobby but you can’t make much money unless

‘Playful Minds’ Opening reception: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Younger Gallery, 1340 Truxtun Ave. Admission: Free Information: 324-9000

PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER BECKMAN

Shay Burke, Frank Sierra, Bethany Rowlee, Rudy Hernandez, Cody Garcia appear in “Grease.”

PHOTO COURTESY OF ARTS COUNCIL OF KERN COUNTY

Yvonne Cavanagh submitted this work for “Playful Minds.”

you’re really famous,” she said. “So I started taking math classes.” She doesn’t regret her dramatic studies and still finds them useful. “Those acting classes are a big help in teaching math students,” she said.

Ceramics show A learning experience awaits visitors at Friday evening’s opening of “Playful Minds” at the Younger Gallery, the second annual Ceramic Artists of Kern County exhibition.

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

Nicole Saint-John of the Arts Council said there will be a functioning potter’s wheel provided by Dan Slayton of Cal State Bakersfield. Several Bakersfield High School students will demonstrate its use during the reception. “We also will display ceramic in its different stages from greenware to glaze-fired,” she added, “and we show the different techniques on wall posters.” One of the 15 artists exhibiting is Yvonne Cavanagh, who teaches ceramics at BHS. She’s also the winner of this year’s Beautiful Bakersfield award in the individual art category. “I was actually really surprised and humbled by winning the (award) since I was nominated

among a very talented group of people, Danny Lipco, Peggy Darling and Shari Fortino,” Cavanagh said in an email. “It is very rewarding to be recognized for making your hometown a better place.” In addition to being a ceramics teacher at BHS and her individual creativity, Cavanagh was saluted for bringing the state California Arts Educators Association annual meeting to Bakersfield last November. This is the second year the Arts Council has held an exhibit devoted to ceramics, and Cavanagh is pleased that it brings more awareness to this particular kind of art. “It is such an incredible medium with such versatility,” she said. “You can sculpt, paint, draw, throw on the wheel, create tiles and so much more with clay.” A graduate of BHS herself, Cavanagh said her initial enthusiasm about becoming a ceramicist began when she was a student there. “It was the class I took in high school from Kathy Kalson that led me to making ceramics my career,” she said. “And I am so grateful to my principal David Reese for keeping it alive and flourishing at Bakersfield High School.” By the way, Kalson is one of the artists exhibiting in “Playful Minds.” Cavanagh has a series of five vases in the show, which she cre-

ated on the wheel and then decorated with carving, lines and an addition of grog, a sand-like material to give added texture to the starbursts on the vases. “I let myself play with decoration while thinking about celebrations,” she said. “I gave them all a blue hue to create that sense of magic that comes with nighttime festivities.”

Latino Book Award Delano native Yolanda Espinosa Espinoza has been honored with a first place in Young Adult Nonfiction for her book, “El Caracol,” by the International Latino Book Awards. Espinoza, who taught social studies at Walter Stiern Middle School until her retirement in 2008, now lives in Bakersfield and spends part of the year in Rosarito, Mexico.She told me in a phone conversation that the book is based on the life of her father, the son of immigrant Mexican field workers who grew up working along with his family and living in labor camps in the San Joaquin Valley. At a young age he contracted tuberculosis and spent two years in a sanitarium in Springville before recovering from the disease. Espinoza explained the title of her book by saying “snail” is the English meaning of the Spanish word caracol. But for Spanishspeaking people, it is a metaphor for the twists and turns of life. Incidentally, I learned from checking the Latino Book Awards website that Pam Munoz Ryan, another author with local roots, was honored in two categories at the June 5 ceremony in New York City. Ryan won the Best Educational Children’s Book award written in English for “The Dreamer,” and Best Young Adult fiction in English or bilingual, for “El Sonador.”


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n the heels of the nation’s birthday, downtown will still be abuzz with all things American for its First Friday festivities. From patriotic landscapes and horses to Chicano pride, celebrate our country with artistic flair. There are few things more American than a family success story, and such is the case with Jorge Guillen, who opens his first solo show, “Chicano — In the Last Days of the 5th Sun,” at The Foundry Friday. The show is “completely personal. I’m attempting something that hasn’t been done in the family. It’s all having to do with my parents or things I experienced growing up.” Guillen’s 10 portraits serve as a who’s who of Latino figures. “I picked particular images of Chicano pop culture, and I consider it’s a collection of social consciousness for the masses.” Subjects include United Farm Workers leaders Dolores Huerta and Richard Chavez, and his centerpiece, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, which was a result of his work in last year’s “Latination” at Metro Galleries. “I picked that one to be the particular image, as I was sponsored by (Metro’s) Don Martin last year. I ran out of red (paint), ran out of bullets. I ran out of everything I needed. Pancho Villa was the fourth painting of four that I wasn’t able to do last year (for ‘Latination’).” The image is striking in its use of color. That boldness reflects Guillen’s efforts to focus on his art, both painting and poetry, which he had presented at Fishlips’ open mic events and now at Random Writers Workshop gatherings. “In ’05, I decided to completely focus on my art. I was painting ever since I was a kid, but (in 2005) it changed into a way of life.” That focus has paid off for the 30year-old artist, with a second place win for “Latination” in 2010 and a best in show for The Foundry’s “Trash to Treasure” exhibit earlier this year. “I used to beg people to hang my paintings in their house. Now I have my first solo show — hopefully not my last.” The Lamont artist said he hopes this show has special meaning for the next generation, whom he wants to inspire to express themselves. “It (the show) specifically references many things, but I want little kids to be proud that they’re from

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“Pancho Villa” by Jorge Guillen, part of “Chicano — In the Last Days of the 5th Sun,” which opens Friday at The Foundry.

First Friday “Chicano — In the Last Days of the 5th Sun,” work by Jorge Guillen, 5 to 9 p.m., The Foundry, 1602 20th St. “From Sea to Shining Sea,” 6 to 8 p.m. BAA Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Works by Marilyn Cameron, 6 to 8 p.m., Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St.

First Friday Tehachapi “The First 70” screenings, 5, 5:45, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m., Community Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 100 East E St.

McFarland, from Arvin, from Lamont. “You have to use your voice because if you don’t use your voice no one will listen to you.”

Bakersfield Art Association Over at the BAA Art Center, a group of artists united in one voice to express their patriotism for “From Sea to Shining Sea.” The works “reflect America from

coast to coast,” said Karen King, whose painting is included in the show. Other works include a small sculpture by Betty Younger; a red, white and blue horsehair basket by Carol Lair; and paintings by Charlotte White, Patti Doolittle, Jeanie Truitt, Floyd Dillon, Norma Eaton, Norma Savage, Margaret Stevens, Toni Lott, Coral Poole-Clark, Cindy Stiles, Iva Cross Fendrick, Kay Hall, Fred Jacober and Mary McWaters. Head from the Art Center to Dagny’s for a display of another allAmerican passion — horses — with works by Marilyn Cameron. The painter, whose grandfather was a horse trainer, started riding at the age of 3. Although she is retired and no longer rides, the 76-year-old artist said horses still inspire her. “I’m not unique in any way except I have a passion for horses. I always said when I’m retired and old, I’ll paint them. I love cats, too. I think they’re the next thing I’ll paint. “You like to paint things you love, that you care about. That’s why you paint, that’s why a musician plays — Please see FIRST FRIDAY / 23


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The Friends of the Kern County Libraries Used Book Sale at the Beale Memorial Library also offers videos and DVDs, as well as audio books recorded on CD or tape.

You won’t find a better deal on a book than here BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer gavinarts@aol.com

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hree times a year — March, July and October — the Friends of the Kern County Library puts on what may be the biggest used book sale in town. At one time it took place only in the Beale Library auditorium but it has grown considerably in recent years and now spills over into the entrance area. The July event gets under way on Wednesday and continues through July 14. By the way, the sale is not limited to books. It includes videos and DVDs, as well as audio books recorded on CD or tape. As in the past, everything sold at the Used Book Sale has been donated and all work is done by volunteers. I know this is true because I’m one of the many who’ve helped out over the past 10 years. The emphasis for the current sale is on cowboys and American Indians, and local and California history, although the selection as a whole covers a range of published items. A word of caution for newcomers: the first day, Wednesday, is open only to members of the Friends. But if you haven’t yet joined the organization, you can buy a one-year membership for $10. The following three days are open to the public at large. Best of all, on the final day everything is half price. Darleen Jehnsen, one of the coordinators for the sale, said the books are “very reasonably priced.” And that’s an understatement. I’ve seen customers pay anywhere from $3 to $10 for a handsome coffee-table volume filled with photographs that may have cost as much as $50 originally. On the whole, though, the prices are much less than that. Most of the adult paperbacks go for 50 cents and many of the books for teens and children go for as

Friends of the Kern County Library Used Book Sale When: 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday—members only;) 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 12; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 13; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 14 Where: Beale Library Auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Admission: Free Information: 868-0796

little of 10 cents. “All the monies made by the Friends go directly to the library for materials and summer programs at all the branches,” Jehnsen said. And it’s a significant amount. In the group’s March newsletter, Sherry Kelley, president, listed the items and projects for which the Friends plan to provide funding in the current fiscal year, 2012-13. “There will be $28,000 for circulating materials, which will include paperback books, audio books, and eBooks,” she said. “We will also fund $12,000 for two summer reading programs to be held at each of the Kern County Library branches; about $3,000 in programs for the Beale Memorial Library and money for other projects that will benefit all the branches.” Kelley noted that seven branches have no Friends groups and the Kern County Friends, which is based at Beale, allocates money to some of those to use as needed. Recently the Friends of the Kern County Library received a grant from the Bakersfield Californian Foundation, Kelley said. The grant is for $1,700 and will be used to purchase books on the library’s Amazon.com wish list. The public may also go to the Amazon.com website and purchase books for the library.


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Love of country — and mom Student wins congressional art contest and trip to Washington BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing writer gavinarts@aol.com

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arah Fanucchi didn’t have to search far for inspiration when she received an assignment called “Faces of War” for her South High art class: She just looked into the face of her mother, who was about the same age as Sarah when she enlisted in the Air Force 30 years ago. The acrylic painting now hangs in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., where it will be on display for one year. The 18-by-18-inch canvas — as patriotic as it is personal — is done in pop-art style and depicts her then-18-year-old mother, Carrie, proudly wearing her U.S. Air Force uniform. To create the picture, Sarah, now 19, used as a model a photograph taken when Carrie graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Sarah’s teacher, Hank Washington, suggested she enter the painting in an art contest. “I really didn’t know what it was for and I’d forgotten all about it,” Sarah said during a recent phone conversation. “Then all of a sudden, Mr. Washington called and said I won.” What she had won was first place in the Congressional Art Competition for the 20th Congressional District, according to a press release from Rep. Jim Costa, whose district includes part of Kern County. Her award included a trip to Washington, D.C., and a tour of the Capitol. Since 1982, the competition has honored the creative talents of thousands of high school students across the nation, the release said. Local competitions are voluntarily hosted by members of Congress in their home districts. In June, the winning artwork is sent to Washington, and winners

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South High art teacher Hank Washington helps student Sarah Fanucchi with a popart picture of her mother in her Air Force uniform.

PHOTO COURTESY OF REP. JIM COSTA

Sarah Fanucchi’s award-winning painting of her mother wearing her U.S. Air Force uniform now hangs in the U.S. Capitol building.

are invited to the Capitol for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Congressional reception. The competition receives more than 500 entries every year. On June 20, the day of her tour, Costa also honored Sarah in a statement he made on the floor of the House of Representatives. “It is just over a minute long and it was completely unexpected,” said Carrie Fanucchi, who, along with Sarah’s father, David Fanucchi, and brother Anthony Fanucchi, accompanied her to Washington. The Fanucchis were not present to hear the congressman make the statement but were able to see a video of it on YouTube. Here’s a portion of Costa’s tribute to Sarah. “As I welcome her and her family to Washington this week, I applaud Sarah’s

artistic feat, but her perseverance through her challenges is what I find most impressive about this young lady. The art and life she has created is something any parent or teacher can and should be proud of. “From a young age,” he continued, “Sarah struggled with reading and math. It was only when a high school teacher at Bakersfield’s South High School recognized her artistic talent that she became excited about school. After this, Sarah’s grades improved and she began to excel in the classroom.” During our conversation, Sarah expressed her gratitude for all of the teachers who supported her during her four years at South High. “Especially Mr. Washington, who taught me about art and Mr. (David) Bayne, the special ed counselor — he helped me get started in my freshman year,” she said. “I have dyslexia and I can do things, but it’s just a little harder.” This was Sarah’s first time in our nation’s capital and she obviously enjoyed it. “It was cool seeing all the things I’ve learned about in school,” she said, “like going to the National Gallery and seeing

Honoring the arts Congressman Kevin McCarthy also selected a winner from among the students who submitted artwork in the 22nd District, which he represents. Yasmine Suleiman, who will be a senior at Stockdale High School, under the direction of her art teacher, Linda Hyatt, created her piece, titled “Plight of Man,” using charcoal as her medium. Suleiman’s piece also will hang in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol for one year. The student and other winners in the district were honored at a reception at Metro Galleries in Bakersfield in May.

the painting of George Washington that Dolley Madison saved when the White House burned.” Sarah plans to attend Bakersfield College in the fall but won’t be able to take any art classes because they are impacted. Asked if she might eventually follow in her mother’s footsteps and join the military, Sarah laughed and said, “I don’t think I’m brave enough.”

Monday nights purely magical Off-night means cheaper shows, better talents BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer

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utside of the occasional fantasy novel or Channing Tatum movie, “magic” doesn’t really enter into the entertainment lives of most people. But Bakersfield magician Ron Saylor is out to change all of that. In 2009, Saylor teamed up with Gaslight Melodrama to host his monthly “Celebrities of Magic”

Ron Saylor’s Celebrities of Magic Presents: Rob Zabrecky When: Monday, 7:30 p.m. Where: The Gaslight Melodrama Cost: $20 per person Info: 587-3377

series, in hopes of allowing audiences to see some of the top performers the magical world has to

offer. “When I started this, I wasn’t even sure I could get anyone to come on a regular basis,” Saylor said. “I’m a regular performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and it has magic shows 365 days a year. But to try and bring that sort of a venue to Bakersfield — that’s a whole different ballgame. Now I’m to the point where I have magicians from all over the place calling me and asking to be a part of the show. At this moment, I’m booked solid with performers through July of 2013.”

Each “Celebrities of Magic” performance takes place on the second Monday of the month, or “Magic Mondays” as they’ve come to be known around the Melodrama. Typically, Monday nights aren’t exactly the most enchanting evenings in show business, but for Saylor and his performers, many of whom travel to Bakersfield from Los Angeles or Nevada, the combination has proved to be pretty … well, magical. “These acts that I’m bringing to Please see MAGIC / 23

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Rob Zabrecky headlines the Celebrities of Magic show on Monday night at The Gaslight Melodrama.


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Youth club gaining in mountain towns BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI

Heart of the Mountain, fundraiser for Boys and Girls Club Frazier Park

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sing funds from the state’s Department of Education, the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County has been able to help five times as many schoolaged children in the Frazier Park area than ever before. That’s something the club wants to celebrate. A little over six years ago, the mountain communities didn’t even have a Boys and Girls Club, something former town council president Linda MacKay was uncomfortable with. “I grew up in a rural community in Tulare County, and I’d seen a lot of kids fall through the cracks,” MacKay said. “In the rural communities, there isn’t a lot to do.” MacKay said she received a call from Bakersfield City Councilman David Couch, who was at the time a Boys and Girls Club board member. MacKay said she was told the club was trying to expand into other parts of the county and was asked if the mountain communities would be interested in having one. “I said ‘absolutely,’” MacKay said.

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The club was up and running by June 2006, offering afterschool programs in facilities rented from local churches. But that’s not where the program was going to stay. “It was our original intent to get (the after-school programs) on campus,” MacKay said. “It was more user-friendly, more comfortable for the parents because the kids didn’t have to be bused.” “In the past in the Frazier Park area we would serve less than 40 kids, less than 20 at one point,” said Maggie Cushine, resource development director for the club. “I know for a while it was a struggle to provide services to the kids because transportation was an issue,” said Cushine, who added the club applied for funds from the state DOE’s After School

Education and Safety program (ASES) to begin the campusbased program in Frazier Park. That strategy had been successful in school districts like Bakersfield City, Lamont, Arvin, Standard and Vineland. For Frazier Park, that money allowed 96 children to participate in club after-school programs during this past year, and approximately 40 are currently participating in the club’s summer program. “The kids get to go yearround,” Cushine said. During the school year, students received homework assistance and also participated in physical fitness and recreational activities that reinforced what they were learning in school. “It’s ‘disguised learning,’” Cushine said. “We work with the school district to keep track of what they’re learning in school and we coordinate with that.” “They’re learning stuff but they’re having fun doing it,” Cushine said. Even the summer program is school-focused. “We try to mitigate that summer learning loss by having activities that give that disguised learning,” Cushine said. The growth of the entire club in

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the last decade has been remarkable, from one club in east Bakersfield to three clubhouses (two in Bakersfield and one in Lamont) and 48 campus-based programs, including the most recent one at Frazier Park Elementary. According to the state Department of Education, the ASES program was created in 2002 with the voter-approved Proposition 49, which replaced the earlier Before and After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnership program. ASES funds partnerships between schools and

community resources to provide educational and enrichment programs to students. Boys and Girls Clubs offer programs in five core areas, including character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation. Donors and clients for the Boys and Girls Club will celebrate (and donate to) the club’s accomplishments at the annual Heart of the Mountain fundraiser dinner on July 14 at the Tejon Ranch Hacienda in Lebec.

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My bike, an iPod and a vacation Podcasts always a great relaxation tool

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few vacation days off from work for me usually involves sleeping in, watching movies, and taking a dent out of the ever-growing mountain of laundry building up in my closet. However, last week I decided rather than sleep all day and stink up my apartment, I should actually try and get some exercise in. The weather’s been fairly nice and with the bike trail so close, I threw on my most comfortable exercise wear, grabbed my old school, 160 Gb iPod, and hit the road for a few hours of clarity. I’m not one of those types of people who listen to techno while I work out, nor do I have carefully thought-out playlists with titles like, “Matt’s Jams,” “Clobberin’ Time” or “Namaste.” I’ve found there is no good way to tailor music playlists. Even the thought of it makes me exhausted. I’m not into criticizing local radio. They get enough of that, plus they’re powerless to change anything you hear on the dial anyway. So what do I do? I hit the road with archived radio podcasts downloaded free off the web. Among my favorite blasts from the not-so-recent past: the archived 2006–2009 “Jonesy’s Jukebox” shows hosted by Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. Originally broadcast afternoons on Indie 103.1 FM in Los Angeles, before the station headed to webonly streaming three years ago, it’s one of the best shows of its kind, especially for music geeks like myself. Jones has

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Former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones can be heard on “Jonesy’s Jukebox” on the Web.

been an Angeleno for years and can strike up a conversation with just about anyone he comes in contact with: Cheech & Chong, Duran Duran vocalist Simon Le Bon, Oasis, Eddie Money, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and many others who have been guests. One of the best interviews features comedian Jim Norton, who shares in detail his many uses for Craigslist personal ads. It’s blue, off-thecuff entertainment from Jones, who besides being a member of one of music’s most iconic punk bands, is quite the music historian. The only parts of the show missing are the musical segments. Jones has some eclectic tastes and always handpicked his favorites, which never follows any particular genre. If you’re a KROQ.com listener, you can still catch the new Jonesy’s Jukebox Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Those shows aren’t available to add to your iPod, but you can stream his music picks via their website. Another interesting podcast is “Lyrics Undercover,” also available for free at iTunes. In a lengthy series of 10-minute episodes, you can find out the song meanings behind everything from Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” to They Might be Giants’ “Birdhouse

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Tickets are on sale for an August 19 show by goth music icon Peter Murphy.

in Your Soul,” and Death Cab For Cuties’ “I Will Possess Your Heart.” Narrator Brian Ibbot of the Denver Post has an easygoing voice and shares a brief bio on the artist before chiming in bits of info about various lyrical passages. You can download episodes free on iTunes or subscribe at lyricsundercover.com. These are just two examples of what’s out there; there’s also the Kevin Smith Smodcast, the Adam Carolla podcast, etc. All free and legal to download for hours of listening. Not to sound like an Apple salesman, but if you don’t have iTunes yet, go download it — free.

Peter Murphy in Bako Tickets are currently on sale for an Aug. 19 concert featuring former Bauhaus lead vocalist and “Godfather of Goth,” Peter Murphy at On the Rocks. In the late ’70s through the ’80s, Bauhaus helped popularize the goth music and fashion movement in England, with gloomy lyrics and a dark, theatrical stage show. Their influence eventually made it to the U.S. and still resonates today where Bauhaus “vampire bat” T-shirts have become an essential part of teen wardrobes, and Murphy’s

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

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Reverend Horton Heat appears Tuesday at On The Rocks.

baritone voice style has become the standard for legions of imitators. Bauhaus released five albums over the course of its career in between breakups, and at one point even morphed into the group Love & Rockets. Since going solo, Murphy has never stopped performing and collaborating with artists such as Trent Reznor and even made a brief appearance in “Twilight: Eclipse” as, you guessed it, a vampire. Today at age 54 he sounds and looks even more authentically goth — if there is such thing. By far one of the more interesting Bakersfield concert bookings, let’s hope he can stand the August Bako heat. Also appearing are the Ours and DJ Josex. Advance tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the club or online at tgptix.com. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St. For more information call 327-7625.

Matt’s Picks Metalachi at B Ryder’s Bar, 7401 White Lane, 9 p.m., Friday, $10, 397-7304. These loco bandidos continue building a massive fan base as the only group of its kind, even garnering a blessing from their idols Anthrax, Motorhead and Slayer. Meshing Mexican mariachi music with the headbanging sound of heavy metal, the result is nothing short of bizarre. Onstage they

rock traditional mariachi outfits with wild makeup, covering classics by Metallica, Ozzy, Led Zeppelin, plus lots of extra cheesy covers from Europe, Poison and other hairy-fying acts from the ‘80s. According to the band, they were originally scorned by many of the longtime Los Angeles mariachi groups, who accused them of messing with tradition after forming last year. Don’t expect this loco train to stop anytime soon; they pack out every show. Opening is local country metal hybrid Black Water Soul. Reverend Horton Heat at On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 7 p.m., Tuesday, $23, 327-7625. Wild Texan Reverend Horton Heat to me is and will always be the king of modern-day rockabilly and its deranged cousin, psychobilly. I’ve seen the Rev at the Vans Warped Tour, The Hootenanny, and every dive bar up and down the West Coast. Every show has kicked, and he never disappoints. His 1994 CD “Liquor in the Front,” produced by Ministry’s Al Jourgenson, is still as fresh as it was the day I bought it. This year the Rev celebrates 25 years of music and is about to release an anniversary box set titled “25 to Life” that features a live concert CD and DVD, plus a documentary on the band. Also appearing are Supersuckers and Goddamn Gallows.


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Eye Street “We worked with Wounded Heroes last year as well. We always do a bout in July with a patriotic theme. Something to do with servicemen and women. We have several players and coaches with a military background.” — Christy Miller, Bakersfield teacher and Diamond Diva

Roller derby teams roll out extravaganza Fundraiser at Rabobank benefits Wounded Heroes BY GENE GARAYGORDOBIL Contributing writer

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ith names like Twisted Hippie and Devious Darling, you might think the brawling broads of Bakersfield roller derby are more about inflicting pain than easing it. But the ladies of Bakersfield Diamond Divas have a softer side, and the proof is in the many people they’ve helped through the years by donating all gate proceeds to worthy local causes. On Saturday they’re putting it all on the line for wounded veterans with a triple-header so fierce that they’re moving the whole shebang to Rabobank Arena, temporarily rolling out of Skateland, the usual venue for their bouts. Christy Miller, a Bakersfield teacher and Diamond Diva, is helping to organize what she said is the first-ever roller derby event at Rabobank Arena, a benefit for the Wounded Heroes Foundation. “We worked with Wounded Heroes last year as well,” Miller said. “We always do a bout in July with a patriotic theme. Something to do with servicemen and women. We have several players and coaches with a military background.” The Divas are an all-girl, flat-track roller derby team, with 30 to 40 members. They are in their fourth season and are hoping to take roller derby in a whole new direction. The group’s inspiration comes from 1940s pin-up girls, along with the idea that beauty is only skin deep. Sometimes, beneath all that glamour, a girl can have a dangerous undercurrent. The women come from many different career paths and walks of life, and are grateful for the outlet that helps them release their pentup aggression. Miller has been a Diva for about three years and carries the moniker the Nice One, and says — with a little sarcasm — the reason why, “is self-explanatory.” “Every time we have a bout, we play for a charity,” she said. “We get our name out there, and we also bring awareness to the worthy charities we work with.” The Wounded Heroes Foundation supports injured U.S. Armed Forces men and women serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. Unfortunately, traumatic injuries, including amputations, gunshot wounds, burns and blasts, force many of them into retirement. The foundation offers physical, emotional and financial help for these wounded heroes and their families. Its mission is simple: Pay tribute to these wounded

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heroes’ service by enhancing recovery wherever possible. Once extremely popular in the 1970s and ’80s, roller derby has made a comeback in recent years, Miller said, mostly as a women’s sport. “I think many people don’t know it exists in town, but we are getting the word out, slowly but surely,” she said. The Divas will take on Atomic Assault, while its sister team, the Rough Cuts, will play Rockin Rolla. The new men’s team, Slick City Rollerz, which Miller coaches, will take on NorCal. “We normally play at Skateland in Bakersfield, and we get up to 800 people attending our bouts,” she said. Having a bout at Rabobank Arena could top that, Miller said. “We are hoping to get between the 800 and 1,000 range.” Saturday’s bout will also mark the premiere of the Divas junior team, the Diamond City Minors, whose players are between the ages of 8 to 18-ish. “It’s cool, their growing up and feeding into the Diamond Divas,” said the Compton Junior High math teacher. “It also breeds the culture here.” Miller’s own path to roller derby started when she was young, though she was more interested in landing jumps than punches. “I’ve been skating artistically since I was 6, and my home rink was Skateland,” she said. “Growing up, I played a lot of basketball, some softball too.” Roller derby allows Miller to use her athletic side. “I’m able to mix it up and it can get pretty aggressive,” she said. “It’s fun.” She’s also gotten into coaching with the Divas’ new men’s team. “Here’s the thing, historically speaking: Men have always been part of roller derby when it started,” Miller said. “But when it came back, it was just a women’s sport, and men were pushed off to the side. “It really hasn’t taken hold for them yet,” she said. “Men get the feeling of not being embraced by those watching the sport, not being placed in the forefront.” People are slowing starting to come back to them. “It’s going to take time to win people over,” she said. “And I took over the men’s team as my own little project.”

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Coopers of the world should unite If only as role model for gay youth, they are definitely needed BY DAVID PATRICK STEARNS The Philadelphia Inquirer

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ournalists are supposed to be the ultimate Zeligs: We pop up at the right places with faces hidden by the shoulders and hairdos of the famous and powerful. We observe and report, always in the thick of things but never part of them. Journalists aren’t usually role models or public figures, aren’t elected officials, and don’t receive taxpayer money. Who cares which ones are gay? But Anderson Cooper, 45, the CNN star journalist who Monday came out as a gay man (to nobody’s surprise), is as much a TV personality and celebrity (the son of socialite Gloria Vanderbilt) as he is a journalist. Besides having his own nighttime broadcast and daytime talk show, his prerecorded voice narrated “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway. But after the “coming-outs” of Ricky Martin, former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, and, last year, another CNN anchor, Don Lemon, is this news? It is. Even in New York City. Even though the landscape changed dramatically since President Obama endorsed gay marriage.

Commentary Last weekend, when I bumped into an old Manhattan friend and told him how well he and his boyfriend looked these days, the reply was, “He’s not my boyfriend!” — and held up a wedding ring. Even before the advent of same-sex unions, Philadelphia was pretty relaxed on such matters. Two of the city’s culture moguls, Opera Company of Philadelphia’s general director David Devan and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s incoming music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, never came out because they were never “in.” From Day One, Devan introduced his male partner as quickly as he introduced himself. And even before Mayor Michael Nutter introduced Nézet-Séguin “and his partner Pierre” Tourville in front of City Hall, you knew what the story was: After all, the guy wasn’t legally married and has three cats. Now that it’s all out in the open, nobody talks about a gay takeover of the arts, but have seized upon something more novel by referring to “the Canadian mafia” (since both men are from there). Previously, celebrity outings were the solution to the lying and hiding that’s so unseemly and complicated. The public wants details on who is occupying brain space in its heads and resents information being withheld. Maybe they don’t have the

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right to such information, but they’re not wrong in wanting it. Even in scholarly circles. At the New York University musicology department (from which I graduated), obviously straight professors led entire

classes on whether Franz Schubert was gay. It’s a significant piece of the puzzle. But TV star T.R. Knight could have spoken for Schubert (who died in 1828) when he hoped that being gay “isn’t the most interesting part of me.” The new reason for coming out is less about personal convenience: With bullying, bashing, and gay-related teenage suicide statistics very much in the news, the Anderson Coopers of the world need to present themselves as people who found the light at the end of the tunnel that many men and women still go through as part of discovering that they’re minorities in the sexuality department. As in race issues, it’s a challenge that doesn’t go away. In the extended email Cooper wrote to gay commentator Andrew Sullivan — and published Monday in the Daily Beast — the most important words were “I love and am loved. In my opinion, the ability to love another person is one of God’s greatest gifts, and I thank God every day for enabling me to give and share love with the people in my life.” Maybe those words wouldn’t have stopped 18-year-old Tyler Clementi from jumping off a bridge in 2010 after his Rutgers University roommate spied on his same-sex intimacies with a webcam. But they certainly couldn’t hurt.


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the satisfaction.” Cameron, who also volunteers with Mastering Abilities Riding Equines (M.A.R.E.), said she’ll have 10 watercolors on display at the coffee shop.

First Friday Tehachapi It’s too far on horseback, but you can hop in the car and head to Tehachapi for its First Friday. With its own bustling downtown arts scene, the city offers art, entertainment and food once a month. Highlighting the July event is a screening of “The First 70,” a documentary of the 70 California state parks marked for closure this month. Presented by the Save Saddleback Committee (focused on preserving Saddleback Butte State Park east of Lancaster), the event will also include volunteers from Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park discussing the current status and plans for local sites slated for closure. State park interpreter Jean Rhyne, who helped create the Saddleback committee, said she was impressed by how the film turned out. “I have seen some of it, and I was really amazed by the dramatic scenery they captured, and the sincerity of their personal interviews with park staff,” she wrote in an email. “We remembered when they visited our park — it was a very small, casual filming operation that didn’t really draw our attention — so we were blown away when we saw the magnificent, professional product they made it into.”

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town, I couldn’t afford to bring them on a Friday or Saturday night because then the ticket prices would be four times the amount,” Saylor explained. “I’m bringing the performers on an off night to a theater on an off night, and it’s the perfect combination.” Tickets for each Celebrities of Magic performance are $20, which Saylor emphasized is far less than the $60 or $80 one might pay to see the magicians he recruits perform at another venue. In addition to keeping his prices low, Saylor prides himself on bringing to Bakersfield magicians who practice what he described as “high-caliber, kid-friendly, adult magic” — meaning you probably won’t see many tired old rabbits being pulled from hats. “There’s nothing cliché about these shows; none of these shows will you walk away from going, ‘I’ve seen that done somewhere before.’ These magicians are all the best of their breed.” All but one of the acts Saylor has line up are recognized as being full-time magical performers by the revered Magic Castle in

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other career goals? I never thought about that. All the nannies on the show do it because they honestly like kids. It shows that nannies can be fun and interesting and hot too, and not just old-school and boring. You do get contacts. They get to know you and they can help you. Kenny G said, “I’d never let my son play in my band just because he’s my son.” But he wrote the foreword for my book. I ask people for stuff. I’m not afraid.

Rhyne said the screening is vital “to bring attention to the reality of what is on the line. The closure status of our local parks is changing day to day, but overall we’re on a very slippery slope and we need the public’s support more than ever.” Some nearby parks in the film include Fort Tejon, whose student living history program was recently preserved through donations; Tule Elk State Reserve, in negotiations to stay open; and Red Rock Canyon and Tomo-Kahni, both staying open. Tehachapi galleries and museums also take part in First Friday. This month, CrossRoads Gallery (101 E. Tehachapi Blvd.) will showcase “Liquid Life,” with works from Helen McAllister, Suzan Christenson, Flo Sussell and NASA pilot Mark Pestana. Other featured artists include Allison Gray at Fiddlers Crossing (206 E. F St.), Geraldine Veatch and Tina Dille at Gallery ‘N’ Gifts (100 W. Tehachapi Blvd.), and Jessica Grant at The Back Street Gallery (106 W. Tehachapi Blvd.). The Tehachapi Museum (310 S. Green St.) will display a collection of Santa Clara Pueblo pottery that belonged to the late Betty Mead, a former publisher of the Tehachapi News. And the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum (101 W. Tehachapi Blvd.) is currently exhibiting vintage train timetables, Lionel’s Spirit of ’76 commemorative toy train set and pictures celebrating the depot’s second anniversary as a railroad museum. — Tehachapi News community reporter Shirley Given contributed to this report

Hollywood. Many magicians, including Saylor himself, begin their magical careers performing there, and this month’s featured act, Rob Zabrecky, is no exception. Zabrecky, described on his website as a “magical humorist,” is a relative newcomer to the magic world, meaning he’s only been doing it for the last decade or so. Zabrecky is a relative late-comer to the world of magic, having switched from his original career in music (he fronted a band in the ’90s called Possum Dixon). But last month, the Academy of Magical Arts gave Zabrecky its seal of approval, bestowing on him the title of “Stage Performer of the Year.” It’s sort of considered the Oscars of the magic world. Saylor, ever the secretive magician, hinted about what audiences can expect to see from Zabrecky, but wasn’t about to give away all of his colleague’s tricks: “When you think of Rob Zabrecky, kind of picture the Addams Family meets David Copperfield. In his show, there are surprises around every corner, but there’s also sort of a dark humor to it as well. It’s definitely more theatrical than your standard magic show.”

Are you afraid of how you might be portrayed on the show? Some reality stars complain of being the victims of unfair editing. I’m in charge of everything I do. I’m pretty confident that I’ll be a likable character. Hey, if I make Snooki’s paycheck, I’ll be OK. Say whatever you want! Do you want kids of your own? I want a few kids. But I want to stop nannying before I hate kids, or I’ll have to have a nanny of my own.

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Portrait of a pop star and her art Katy Perry surprisingly open about divorce in winning movie

‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ ★★1⁄2 Running time: 97 minutes Rated: PG-13

BY BILL GOODYKOONTZ Gannett Chief Film Critic

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’m not sure what I was expecting from “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” but I know it wasn’t this: a pleasant surprise. The documentary, directed by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, follows the massively popular pop star on her 2011 tour, and also uses old footage, some of it home movies, to chronicle her rise to stardom. In some respects it’s one big Katy Perry commercial, sure. But she is so engaging and accessible — her breakup with husband Russell Brand and her reaction to it is included here, certainly something she didn’t have to agree to include — and just so decent that it’s hard not to get caught up in the fuss. It doesn’t make her music any better, but it will give you a different perspective while you’re listening to it. And yes, you can just feel the last remaining bit of street cred seeping from your body as you acknowledge this — I saw the Clash live! — but who cares? Of course it’s not an unbiased perspective, but above all “Katy Perry: Part of Me” makes its star out to be someone deserving of the fame and fortune that’s come her way. The film begins with Perry’s massive Teenage Dreams tour, which would go on for nearly a year. It’s an impressive produc-

tion, as we see the now-standard timelapse montage of the crew building the stage at whatever arena she and the band are playing that night. Of course, with Perry, her look is as important as her music, so there are costume folks, makeup artists and more in tow. What’s impressive here is that most of them were with Perry before she got famous. Her loyalty to the people she’s known for a long time is a recurring theme in the film, and one of her more attractive qualities. We see old footage of her father, a Pentecostal minister, preaching, and learn from Perry and her sister that their upbringing was strictly religious — her sister never heard of Michael Jackson until she was 14 — and somewhat stifling. Perry began writing and singing Christian songs and made an album. But she also heard an Alanis Morissette album and realized that this was more in line with what she wanted to do. She left home for Los Angeles when she was 17. The typical music-business struggles followed, though in Perry’s case it seems more cruel than most, with labels signing her and trying to shape her into the latest

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Katy Perry appears in a scene from “Katy Perry: Part of Me.”

pop tart sensation. Perry writes songs so she resisted, getting dropped and resigned. We get a good sense of how hard she worked before anyone knew who she was. Her first big hit was “I Kissed a Girl,” and one of the movie’s highlights is watching the filmmakers discuss the song with her parents. (Perry’s father, by the way, seems by the looks of it to have changed his affiliation to the Church of the Aging Hipsters.) Her mother doesn’t much approve of the song, but she clearly is proud of her daughter and her success. We see Brand from time to time back stage, and throughout the grueling tour, whenever she has a few days off Perry flies to wherever he is to be with him. The disintegration of their relationship appears to happen somewhat suddenly, though her

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manager says it was a shock to everyone, that Perry hid it. This is when we see Perry at her most vulnerable, barely able to go onstage at one point before rallying to the occasion. Again, in a film like this, we see what the artist wants us to see (or will allow us to), but she shows a lot of resilience. None of this — including the elaborate 3D concert footage — is going to make you like songs such as “California Gurls,” ”Teenage Dream” and “Firework” any more or any less. Perry is an unapologetic pop star, and her music reflects that — it’s not for everyone. “Katy Perry: Part of Me” probably isn’t, either. But it presents Perry as a likable, hardworking artist, someone you root for, even if she’s not on your iPod.

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Eye Street Go & Do Today Maggie Rose, 7 p.m., Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Free. 3287560. Concerts by the Fountain, oldies, funk, latin, and country with Thee Majestics, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Recently Undisturbed Concert, 6:15 to 8:30 p.m., Covenant Coffee, 1700 N. Chester Ave. Free. 829-6737. Balloon Party with IncrediBear, part of the children’s Summer Reading Program, 4 to 5 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0750. Farmer’s Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Tehachapi Blvd. and Robinson St., in downtown Tehachapi. 822-6519. Grand Opening, with ribbon-cutting with NOR Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Covenant Coffee, 1700 N. Chester Ave. Free. 829-6737. Guitar Class, taught by Mark Albert, for individuals or a group, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. $25. call 578-4570 or 327-7507 for class details. Taft Certified Farmers Market, 5 to 8 p.m., 5th St. Plaza, Taft. 765-2165. Bingo, warm ups start at 5 p.m., with early birds at 6 p.m., regular games at 6:30 p.m., Volunteer Center of Kern County, 2801 F St. From $20 buy-in to “the works.” 395-9787. Bookseller’s Book Group, 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble, in the cafe, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575.

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Maggie Rose Maggie Rose, 7 p.m. today, Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Free. 328-7560.

Float-In Movie, watch “Dolphin Tale” on your raft, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., McMurtrey Aquatic Center, 1325 Q St. $3 person; $10 per group (up to 6 members). 852-7430. Chaparral in Concert, 1 to 3 p.m., Covenant Coffee House, 1700 N. Chester Ave. Free. 829-6737. Along the Beach: Family Story Time & Crafts, part of the children’s Summer Reading Program, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0750. 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. Email don@themetrogalleries.com or info@themetrogalleries.com. Wine & Beer Tasting, enjoy wine and beer tasting along with appetizers, 5 to 7 p.m., Steak and Grape Restaurant, 4420 Coffee Rd., $20. 588-9463.

Just for Kids, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $7 adults; $5 students w/ID, seniors; $4 for children under 18; 5 and under are free. Members are free. 3246350. Sierra Club-Buena Vista Group Program & Brunch, with hydrologist Robert Crewdson, Ph.D., discussing “Corruption, Abuse of Power, and How to Make Money in the Water Business,” 10 a.m., Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave. 833-1187 or 203-2619. Cat Adoptions, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointments, Petco, 8220 Rosedale Highway. $65 includes spay/neuter, vaccines and leukemia testing. 327-4706. Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brimhall Square, 9500 Brimhall Road. Kern Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Assistance, offers discount coupons to the public on the first Saturday of every month, 325-2589.

Saturday

Sunday

“Midnight in Paris” Cinema Saturday, begins at sundown, Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160. 8640397. Bakersfield Blaze vs. Lake Elsinore Storm, 7:45 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sam Lynn Ball Park, 4009 Chester Ave. $8-$12. bakersfieldblaze.com or 716-HITS. Roller Derby for Heroes, 5 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $18.45 to $27.60 (fees included). ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. Book Signing, with author Susan K. Boyd of “The Book of Bullies: How to Handle them Without Becoming One,” 1 to 3 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 665-4686. 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.

Latino Bridal & Quinceanera Expo, noon to 5 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Building #2, 1142 S. P St. Free admission and parking. 637-2323. Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kaiser Permanente, 8800 Ming Ave. 877-524-7373.

Friday

THEATER “The Wizard of Oz,” performed by BMT’s School of Performing Arts; 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Bakersfield High School, in Harvey Auditorium, 1241 G St. $10. 7160316. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. Adults: $5, children under 12 are $1. ciacomedy.com. Please see GO & DO / 26


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ART “From Sea To Shining Sea” Artist Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Free. 8692320. Exhibits on Display, Visual Arts Small Works Festival,” “Paintings by Dennis Ziemienski,” “L.A. te: Photographs of Los Angeles after Dark,” “Eye Gallery: A Day in the Life,” now through Aug. 26, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $5 adults; $4 seniors (65+); $2 students; children under 6 are free. 323-7219. Opening Reception, for artist Jim Bates, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Capital Real Estate Group, 1700 Chester Ave. Free. 869-2320. Opening Reception, for artist Marilyn Cameron, 6 to 8 pm. Friday, Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 634-0806. Opening Reception of “Playful Minds,” featuring ceramic artists of Kern County; no host bar, hors d’oeuvres, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Younger Gallery (located in the Bank of America tower), 1430 Truxtun Ave., Suite 105. 3249000. Stained Glass Classes, six-week class, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. $150. 327-7507. 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 Classes, in drawing, watercolor, oils, color theory, for beginners and advanced, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Art for Healing program, classes that alleviate stress, resulting from illness, or grief. All classes are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A St. Visit mercybaakersfield.org/ art or to register, 632-5357. Family Day, 10 a.m. Saturday, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. two adults and up to six children, admission only $20. 324-6350.

MUSIC Acoustic King Tut, 10606 Hageman Road; Ernie Lewis, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Free.

Blues KRBS Open Blues Jam, The Kern River Saloon, 20 Tobias St., Kernville, 760-376-4786; Kern River Blues Society Open Blues Jam, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Classic Rock T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Elevation 406, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday; Luckystiffs, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

King Tut, 10606 Hageman Road; live instrumental and vocal jazz, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Free. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Jazz Invasion, 9 to 10 p.m. every Saturday. Steak and Grape, 4420 Coffee Road, 588-9463; 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Free. The Nile, Jazz Music, 6 p.m. every Sunday. Cost $10 at 1721 19th St. 364-2620. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

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Nathan Gamble and Harry Connick Jr. appear in a scene from “Dolphin Tale.” Float-In Movie, watch “Dolphin Tale” on your raft, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, McMurtrey Aquatic Center, 1325 Q St. $3 person; $10 per group (up to 6 members). 852-7430. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; No Limit, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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

Country Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; Monty Byrom Band and the Buckeroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5. Ethel’s Old Corral Cafe, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Road Dawgs, 7 p.m. Saturday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

Dancing 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. Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Beginner Belly Dance Lessons, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Centre Stage Studio, 1710 Chester Ave. 323-5215. $45 regular session; $65 combo session. bakersfieldbellydance.biz. Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Dr., offers ballroom dance, East Coast swing (jitterbug) and Argentine Tango dance classes; $35, $45 for non-members. 322-5765 or 201-2105.

DJ Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; with DJ Casey Overstreet, 9 p.m. Fridays.

DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111; live in the mix: old school, ‘80s & ‘90s music, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Saturday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. Pairs and Spares Dance, with Jerri Arnold, Country George and Ed Shelton, 7 p.m. Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $7; $9 nonmembers. 399-3575. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; DJ James, 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Free. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; DJ Brian, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Fight & metal B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; UFC 148 fight, Meditated Assault, 6 p.m. Saturday. $10 includes dinner.

Heavy metal B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Metalachi, Black Water Soul, 9 p.m. Friday. $10.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Golden West Casino, 1001 S. Union Ave., 324-6936; Richie Perez, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Free. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring local artist and Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays. Banacek’s Lounge, 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at 4601 State Road. 387-9224. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. every Saturday. Corona’s Cantina, 9817 S. Union Ave., 345-8463; 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Lone Oak Inn, 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 10612 Rosedale Hwy. 589-0412. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 3663261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. Pour House, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 4041 Fruitvale Ave. 589-9300. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Tejon Club, 6 to 10 p.m. every Saturday at 117 El Tejon Ave. 3921747. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 871-

‘CALIFORNIAN RADIO’ Join the Eye Street crew of Jennifer Self, Stefani Dias and Matt Munoz this morning on “Californian Radio,” where we’ll be talking entertainment and giving away cool stuff, like: Four tickets to the Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo concert July 17, four tickets to Kellie Pickler on July 15 (both shows at Eagle Mountain Casino) and four tickets to the Reverend Horton Heat show at On the Rocks on Tuesday. “Californian Radio” airs from 9 to 10 a.m. on KERN-AM, 1180. Call 842-KERN. 4140; 8:30 p.m. every other Friday. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 1440 Weedpatch Hwy. 363-5102. Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., 496-2502, 7 p.m. Thursdays. 21 and over. Big Daddy Pizza, 6417 Ming Ave., 396-7499; 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday; 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. City Slickers, 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-4939; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court; 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; 9 p.m. Wednesday. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; A to Z Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 8 p.m. every Tuesday at 4647 White Lane. 3465771. Lone Oak Inn, 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 10612 Rosedale Hwy. 589-0412. 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. Pizzeria, 4200 Gosford Road, 397-1111; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Replay Sports Lounge & Grill, 4500 Buck Owens Blvd., 3243300; 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. Rocky’s Pizza & Arcade, 2858 Niles St., 873-1900; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Please see GO & DO / 27


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Round Table Pizza, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; The Junction with host Mac Clanahan, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Round Table Pizza, 4200 Gosford Road, 397-1111; 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Rusty’s Pizza, 5430 Olive Drive, 392-1482; 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Syndicate Lounge, 1818 Eye St., 327-0070; with Alisa Spencer, 9 p.m. every Wednesday. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Junction Lounge, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Wrecking Yard, 9817 S. Union Ave., 827-9192; 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 1440 Weedpatch Hwy. 3635102. 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.

Latin/Salsa DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, 633-1949; various levels, 3 to 9 p.m. every Sunday. $5 per person, per lesson.

Mariachi Camino Real Restaurant, 6 to 9 p.m. every Sunday at 3500 Truxtun Ave. 852-0493.

Music showcase The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; featuring local artists, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays.

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

Old school Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774; Los Moonlighterz, 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5 per night. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday.

Open Mic Fiddlers Crossing, 206 East F St., Tehachapi, 823-9994; 7 p.m. Wednesdays. $5.

Reggae/ska Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Mento Buru, DJ Mikey, 9:30 p.m. Friday. $5.

Rock On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277685; Adema, 7 p.m. Saturday, $10; Double Vision, Foreigner tribute band, 7 p.m. Saturday, $5. Tickets, 742-6306.

Wednesday 7/11

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Film Club, with Cody Meek, discussing “Prometheus” and “Alien Quadrilogy,” 7 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 4001 California Ave. 6312575. Friends of the Kern County Library Used Book Sale, members only, 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; public sale, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (half-price day Saturday), Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. kerncountylibrary.org or call 868-0796. K.C. Sheriff Search & Rescue, part of the children’s Summer Reading Program, 2 to 3 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0750.

Thursday 7/12 SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

Owen Wilson stars in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” “Midnight in Paris” Cinema Saturday, begins at sundown, Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160. 864-0397. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277685; Reverend Horton Heat, Supersuckers, The Goddamn Gallows, 7 p.m. Tuesday. $23. Tickets, 742-6306. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Travis Bylar, 9 p.m. Thursday.

Trivia night Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Chuy’s, 2500 New Stine Road, 833-3469; 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

UPCOMING EVENTS Monday 7/09 Horse Happy Horse Camp, for ages 8 to 17, learn about horses, grooming, horse care, riding lessons, begins every Monday, now to Aug. 24. $200 per child, per week, at Sioux City Ranch, 15101 Sunnybank Ave. 900-4880. Information Session, for Central California Connections Academy, a virtual public school, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 3625 Marriott Drive. Free. connectionsacademy.com or 800-382-6010. Kern County Rose Society Meeting, 7 p.m., Calvary Bible Church, 48 Manor St. 327-3228. Quaking Aspen Art Retreat, three days with artist and teacher Art Sherwyn and photographer Greg Iger, located in the southern Sequoias. $320. Email arts@artsherwyn.com or 8344396. Rob Zabrecky in “Celebrities Of Magic,” part of Ron Saylor’s show, 7:30 p.m., Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $20. 587-3377. See Me Learn Drawing Camp,

students will complete a drawing of Mario, Princess Peach, Shadow, Toad and Yoshi., 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, St. John’s Lutheran School, 4500 Buena Vista Road. $55. 949-923-5646. The Salvation Army Summer Day Camp, activities include field trips, arts & crafts, games, recreation, snacks, group learning, life lessons, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday, now through July 27, The Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 4417 Wilson Road. $25 per child/per week. Visit online at salvationarmybakersfield.org.

Tuesday 7/10 Let’s Talk! Book Discussion Group, on “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment” by Steve Harvey, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Bakersfield Senior Center, 530 4th St. 747-1465. Free. Luncheon for Retired State Employees, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2815 La Cresta Drive. Free. Reservations by Thursday, 695-4435 or 323-5569. Music Fest 2012, with Thee Majestics (old school), 7 to 8:30 p.m., Silver Creek Park, 7011 Harris Road. Free. 326-FUNN. Oildale Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m., now through August, northeast corner of N. Chester Ave. and Norris Road, Oildale. 868-3670. Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, three to five miles, 7 p.m., meet at corner of Highways 178 and 184. 872-2432 or 873-8107. Summer Movie Express, see “Kung Fu Panda 2” Tuesday; and “Rango” Wednesday, starts at 10 a.m. both days, Edwards Cinema, 9000 Ming Ave. $1. 663-3042. Toddler Summer Music Classes, 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, now through July 26, Harmony Road Music School, 5381 Truxtun Ave. $80. Visit harmonyroadbakersfield.com or 665-8828.

Bakersfield Deaf Senior Citizens Social Club, noon to 2 p.m., Don Perico Mexican Grill & Bar, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133. Email bobby93309@gmail.com Concerts by the Fountain, soulful funk and groove with Soulajar, 7 to 9 p.m., The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Farmer’s Market, 4 to 7 p.m., Tehachapi Blvd. and Robinson St., in downtown Tehachapi. 822-6519. Poetry Open Mic, featuring “A Sharp Piece of Awesome” poets and fiction writers; 7 to 8:30 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 6654686. Taft Certified Farmers Market, 5 to 8 p.m., 5th St. Plaza, Taft. 7652165. Teens Create Block Prints, part of the children’s Summer Reading Program, 4 to 5 p.m., Beale Library, Tejon Room. Free. 868-7770.

Friday 7/13 “8” The Play, presented by Bakersfield LGBTQ; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $25. 327-PLAY. Dream Big: Dream of D — Story Time & Crafts, part of the children’s Summer Reading Program, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0750. Friday Night Street Legals, test and tune, gates 7 p.m., run 8 p.m. to midnight, Famoso Raceway, 33559 Famoso Road, McFarland. $15; kids 12 and under are free. 399-5351 or 399-2210. Kellie Pickler, 9 p.m., Eagle Mountain Casino, 681 South Tule Reservation Road, Porterville. $20 general admission; $35 reserve. Tickets online at eaglemtncasino.com or 888-6950888. Movies in the Park, presents “Hop,” begins at dusk, Wilson Park, 2400 Wilson Road. Free. 3263866.

Saturday 07/14 “Amelie” Cinema Saturday, begins at sundown, Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160. 864-0397. “The Heart of the Mountain” Fundraiser, with gourmet dinner,

FAVORITE DISH What’s your gotta-have-it food craving at a local restaurant that you just can’t resist ordering? For Californian critic Pete Tittl, who has a favorite at nearly every restaurant he’s reviewed, some can’t-miss items include the burger at Benji’s, the chile verde at Red Pepper and the walnut shrimp at Great Castle. The Eye Street staff is working on a list of favorite menu items at local restaurants, and we need your help. Email us the name of the restaurant, the menu item and why it’s so good in 100 words, max. We need your phone number (which won’t be published) and full name. Email us at msorto@bakersfield.com by July 23. music and silent auction, 5 to 8 p.m., Tejon Ranch Hacienda, 491 Rochford Road, Lebec. $125. 3314741. Bakersfield Blaze vs. Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, 7:45 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sam Lynn Ballpark, 4009 Chester Ave. $8-$12. bakersfieldblaze.com or 716-HITS. Democratic Women of Kern, breakfast meeting, 9 a.m., Garden Spot, 3320 Truxtun Ave. $5 (661) 322-7411. Downtown Summer Wine & Beer Walk, enjoy tastings of wines & beers paired with appetizers, 5:30 to 9 p.m., downtown Tehachapi. $30 advance; $35 day of event. $5 for each ticket sold will be donated to Relay for Life. 822-6519. Kern Audubon Field Trip, to see summer birds such as Summer Tanager, at Kern River Preserve, with birder Bob Barnes, meet 6:30 a.m., at Mt. Vernon Albertson’s parking lot to carpool. Bring water, snacks, $10. Visit online kernaudubonsociety.org or 322-470. Movies in the Park, “Dolphin Tale,” begins at dusk, Emerald Cove Park, 4303 Patton Way. Free. 392-2000. Relay For Life Summer Bazaar, hosted Team G.E.E.K., many vendors, raffles, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. Free. Spine & Neck Educational Conference, presented by CedarsSinai’s Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Neurology; disorders and minimally invasive treatment options, featured speakers, sessions, check-in 7:30 a.m., conference 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Marriott Hotel, 801 Truxtun Ave. Free but reservations required. Visit online cedarssinai.edu/neuroptconf or 800-2332771. Summer Bazaar, craft show and sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. 3465870.

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