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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Index Hal Friedman ............................................ 21 Lovin’ Bakersfield .................................... 22 Ronnie Montrose ...................................... 23 Arts Alive .................................................. 24 Family Fun Day ........................................ 25 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz.............. 26 Chicano art .............................................. 27 Calendar .............................................. 29-33

“Artists are the most giving people I know — they want to share their vision with you.” — Latination judge Kim Jessup

Art through fresh set of eyes This year’s Latination uses non-pros as judges BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing columnist


ou’ve probably heard someone say, “I don’t know much about art but I know what I like when I see it.” That’s the kind of person Don Martin had in mind when he invited 12 non-artsy individuals to judge this year’s third annual Latination exhibition at Metro Galleries. Previously, the majority of the judges have been professional artists. “Artists tend to look for certain things,” Martin explained. “I wanted to see what non-artists would like best.” So it will be interesting to see what they choose, but we’ll have to wait until Friday’s opening to find out who gets the nod. Only three awards are given: Best of Show, and first and second place. I received a preview of Latination as well as the opportunity to chat with a few of the judges last week. Their initial reaction to the artwork was “Wow!” Ditto for me. The judges I talked to were Kim Jessup, who says her current occupation is “being a grandmother,” and radio personality Rachel Legan of KKXX-FM, 93.1 “I have a passion for art,” Legan said. And then, with a dramatic sweep of her arm as if to embrace the entire collection, she added, “I could buy all of it.” At the moment she was admiring three brilliantly colored portraits of Mexican patriots painted by local artist Jorge Guillen. “Look at those eyes, they are so intense,” Legan said, indicating a piece titled “Comandante Zapata.” “And it’s three-dimensional — I love all of those little things he puts on it, the little bullets — last year he used crayons.” The bullets are placed with military precision on an X-shaped belt strapped to the subject’s chest. The crayons she mentioned were what Guillen applied to a painting of a Mexican peasant he entered in 2010. Legan, and I’m sure many other judges, was having a hard time deciding which of the four paintings submitted by Alberto


Judge Kim Jessup studies a mosaic submitted for Latination, the annual September First Friday art exhibit at Metro Galleries.

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Herrera was her favorite. One that couldn’t be ignored was his “Angel of Fall,” a 3-by-5foot canvas that features a young woman — with wings on her back — carrying a basket of brown eggs as several fanciful chickens peck at the ground beneath her feet. Herrera has won Best of Show two years in a row. Jessup was intrigued with a new mosaic piece done by Perry Hoffman of Santa Barbara, who took first place in last year’s Latination. His current entry gives the impression of something you

might find in the patio of a Mexican hacienda. It’s studded with tiny ceramic figures and near the top is a small three-dimensional fountain-like sculpture in the shape of a woman’s face. “I love mosaics,” she said. “And I like this one because it tells a story; her eyes just pop out at you and you can see all the little things that are precious to her — this little house where she lives and the animals that she loves.” Although Jessup hadn’t made a decision about her choices when I spoke to her, she definitely plans to be at the reception. “I like to hear the artists talk


El Mirador, an acrylic by Linda Osburn, will be on display at Metro Galleries during the Latination juried art exhibit.

about their work,” she said. “Artists are the most giving peo-

ple I know — they want to share their vision with you.”


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Bowing out gracefully Spotlight artistic director leaves job, not theater

Friedman looks back

BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor


t was love for the stage that kept Hal Friedman at Spotlight Theatre for nine years. But it’s a deeper love — for his family — that has convinced him that the time had come to step down as executive/artistic director. Friedman’s last day as head of the downtown theater, a position he has held for five years, was Friday. But it’s not entirely accurate to say that he’s left. “I’m directing ‘Sweeney Todd’ now, so I’m there every night and when I get a job, whatever that may be, I’ll still be directing,” Friedman said over the phone Monday. “I’m scheduled to do stuff all the way through July, and these shows take months to put on, so I don’t really get a break.” Friedman wrestled with the decision to leave for about a year and had been discussing his intentions with both his staff and members of the Spotlight’s board of directors in recent weeks. The reason for his departure is simple: It’s tough to make a living in Bakersfield theater, where hours are long and financial rewards few. Friedman said he was paid about $1,800 a month after taxes but flatly denies a rumor making the rounds in theater circles that the Spotlight board had cut or eliminated his pay. “I have a third child coming in December,” said Friedman of the baby he’s expecting with wife Abby, who teachers theater at Frontier High. “As much as I love the theater, and it’s everything to me, and the Spotlight Theatre holds a special place in my heart, there comes a point when you feel you have to make a change in your life for the betterment of your family.” Both Friedman and Lynn Gillette, president of the Spotlight board for about three weeks, predict that no changes to the 11year-old theater will be obvious in the short term. The new season is under way and day-to-day operations will be overseen by Jarred Clowes and Alex Neal, Friedman’s right-hand men. Gillette said there are no immediate plans to fill Friedman’s position. “It’s not really a big impact because all three of them have been producing and doing a lot of the same things,” said Gillette, who has been involved with the Spotlight since its inception. “The board, which is made up of a lot of business folks in town, will take on more positions as far as the financial end of the Spotlight.” Friedman said the timing of his resignation and the emergence of what he calls a “stronger” board are coincidental. He praised the engagement and proactivity he sees in Gillette and the other board members, who will be stepping up efforts to secure underwriters and grants, as well as potentially offering more artistic input. “I’m just glad the Spotlight’s here,” said Friedman, 32. “It’s gone through regime changes, leadership changes and it survives. The reality is that if people are worried or whatever, there’s nothing to worry about. The theater will continue.”


Hal Friedman spent nine years working at Spotlight Theatre.

Clowes said he is prepared to take the baton from Friedman, though he acknowledged his friend’s shadow looms large. “I think Hal’s biggest contribution was a commitment to fix up our standards,” Clowes said. “When I came on board, there'd been several years of ups and downs and we decided the best way to combat that was to solidify our base, so we took on a lot of the responsibility of the theater ourselves. We wanted to reidentify what the Spotlight was going to be about, and Hal was a major part of that.” But the magnitude of the change is being felt beyond the Spotlight, one of five local theaters in town. Friedman’s departure has been the talk of the entire theatrical community all week, with friends and critics lighting up social networking sites with comments. The posts, which teeter from praise over his talent to personal attacks on his character, reveal not only the deep passions of those in theater, but also the rivalries among various Bakersfield playhouses and the bitter divisiveness that sometimes results. “I didn’t like to throw my power around, but there are going to be people who don’t like you,” said Friedman, who has directed shows at most of the theaters in town. “The difference, I think in community theater, any theater, is that in time you make decisions that are not popular to other people and they get angry. Because we’re dealing, myself included, with passionate, dramatic people, and feelings are strong.” Jason Monroe, who performs primarily at The Empty Space Theatre, dismissed the Facebook attacks as the sour grapes of a vocal minority. “I don’t think it’s unique to theater,” said Monroe, 34. “Any time someone else is in charge, someone knows how to do it better than them.” In fact, it was to foster goodwill in the theater community that Friedman joined forces with his former counterparts: Monroe, who until recently was executive director at The Empty Space, and Sheila

We asked Hal Friedman, who stepped down Friday as artistic director of the Spotlight Theatre, to assess his legacy. Audiences: “There were zero season ticket holders when I took over, and we increased that 200 percent,” Friedman said. “Our ticket sales each year have gone way up.” Talent: “The last Spotlight auditions had over 80 people. Most of the people who got the parts would be viewed as Stars (Theatre) actors. “People who started at the (Spotlight) school are now main stage performers. I’m proud of how far some of the students have come.” Equity: Friedman and the Spotlight are in year four of an ambitious five-year plan to achieve status as an Actors’ Equity theater, which would lend it increased professional respect and greater opportunity for local actors. “We’ve achieved most of our benchmarks,” said Friedman, which includes featuring Equity performers and plans for a performance in Los Angeles. But, ultimately, the decision of whether to continue to pursue Equity is up to the board, Friedman said. Shows: “We did ‘Parade,’ which was a very important show about racism. ... ‘Parade’ is one of the big ones. The fact that we were able to do the West Coast premiere of ‘Evil Dead’ and ‘High Fidelity’ was huge. “And I think of the upcoming shows, ‘Spring Awakening,’ ‘Next to Normal,’ ‘Ragtime,’ are important shows. Friedman also singled out “Dreamgirls,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and the Brian Sivisend-directed “Hamlet."

McClure of Bakersfield Community Theatre. They met regularly to discuss artistic matters and coordinate seasons to avoid duplicating shows. The trio even collaborated on a production of the Stephen Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music” at the Spotlight. “It was about trying to set a tone to the rest of the theater community,” Monroe said. Friedman is proud of what he accomplished with Monroe and McClure and hopes the alliance among the three theaters continues. Meanwhile, he’s getting used to his new status as “freelance” director and is hoping he will have the chance to put to use his New York University degree in film and television. “That’s my background, but I think my management skills are good and other skills you pick up through your life.” As for any regrets during his tenure at the Spotlight, Friedman demurred: “I’m not a regretter.” “I think you wish you could have made more money for the theater. You wish you could have hired more people or gotten more underwriters, achieved even bigger success with your shows. But you can’t really look back and regret. You did what you did.”


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ackroom bars and alleyways in cities across America whisper their secret histories. What were once centers for music and culture may not carry the same power today, but the memories remain and the legacies inspire. For those who were born and raised in Kern County, the history of the Bakersfield Sound and the country stars that rode the wave is common knowledge. Outsiders, though, have a very different view of our town and its influence on the rest of the world. “Bakersfield has this reputation for being no big deal,” said Stephanie Nicora co-founder of the music blog “It’s just this town you pass through when you’re driving to L.A.” But Nicora and her web-partner-incrime, Lindsey Trowbridge, are a different breed of outsiders. The women have been friends for more than five years, and, although Trowbridge is based out of San Francisco and Nicora is out of Los Angeles, the two have remained friends as they share a passion for music and its history. Hence, the launch of, a blog that chronicles their visits to cities with a musical history they feel need to be shared. The blog launched Friday with the debut entry detailing their trip to Bakersfield. Nicora said she picked the city as their first official stop because of her love for performer Red Simpson and the great musicians from Kern County that came after him. She, Trowbridge and friend Elizabeth McFadden arrived in town on a hot Saturday night in July. I escorted the ladies around town, and we made stops at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, Narducci’s, Sandrini’s, B. Ryder’s, Guthrie’s Alley Cat and The Mint. In our six hours on the scene that evening, we saw the Buckaroos, blues act Whiteboy James and The Express, the ska and Latin beats of Mento Buru, and Latin alt rock favorites Velorio. “It was amazing that there was so much going on that we couldn’t get to it all in one night. That’s what really impressed me about Bakersfield,” Nicora said. Not only were they impressed with the music itself, but Trowbridge and Nicora were impressed with the atmosphere in the downtown area. “You go to these California towns and you just find yourself in these strip malls and places like that. The time and care that’s been put into the venues that we went to was amazing. Sandrini’s and Narducci’s blew me away. It was like we were in some little place in North Beach in San Francisco; it wasn’t what I expected at all.”


Traveling music and culture bloggers, from left, Elizabeth McFadden, Stephanie Fryslie Nicora and Lindsey Trowbridge visit Bakersfield.

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In addition to their Saturday night out, the two took advantage of Bakersfield’s vintage shops, the Padre Hotel and the newly opened stage at Riley’s Tavern on Sunday. Their stay was rounded out Monday with a trip to Oildale, where they got a true taste of the Bakersfield Sound at Trout’s and The Blackboard Stages. As they traveled across the city, meeting bartenders and musicians who spanned the cultural divide, Nicora said they felt a real sense of community when it came to everyone involved. “Even going and talking to Rockwell at Trout’s, he’s a country music guy but the way he talked about the young musicians in town, it really seemed like he knew them and appreciated them. I got this sense that the music community in Bakersfield is a tight-knit family.” Beyond their love of music, the women started the project as an excuse to explore the American countryside. On their travels across the country, they realized each getaway had a common theme. “We hadn’t really seen a lot of this country so we’d pick random cities and would just go. After a couple of trips, we realized we were music traveling,” said Nicora. On the way will be an entry from Charlotte, N.C. once a thriving music recording mecca. Also coming up is a trip to Minneapolis, Minn., a thriving Latin music community. The pair hope that by shining the light on the country’s various musical centers, that they’ll revitalize interest among readers in their own hometowns. “Bakersfield is an amazing thing,” Nicora said. “The bars, the musicians and the people that go to the shows. It’s very precious. I know a lot of people are bummed out because they live

How did Bakersfield come off? A quick look at a new website that explores music scenes throughout the country reveals a fun — sometimes cringe-inducing — view of our city through the eyes of some adventurous out-oftowners up for a good time and new experiences (pickled cow tongue tastes just like beef Carpaccio. Who knew?). Some folks will quibble with whether the gals got a fact wrong here or there (the name is spelled Dwight Yoakam, ladies!). But it’s hard to grumble when Bakersfield has so clearly worked its charm on these newly minted converts to our fair city. From A couple cocktails down and off to the next stop. Narducci's Cafe is an Italian food joint specializing in Basque food. It’s named after Jimmy Narducci who still works there. Miranda explained that family names are still common in Bako. It is a town of "old money," with wealth acquired through blue collar means. “Everyone in Bakersfield has relatives from Oklahoma,” Miranda added. Bakersfield was populated by the dust bowl. And the Okies brought “Okie music,” which would eventually evolve into the Bakersfield Sound. This town's got farming, manufacturing and the oil fields. It’s really no wonder that the Working Man Blues style of country music flourished here. Bakersfieldians have a lot of pride in the community they built from hard labor and brow sweat, and they have love for the musicians that came up in their town.

in Bakersfield and think it isn’t that great. But what you have there is really special, and I hope people can appreciate it.”


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hat does a rock ’n’ roll guitar god like Ronnie Montrose do when he’s not laying down riffs of thunder? He goes fishing, of course. After nearly 40 years as a frontman and session wiz, the heavy rock guitarist is still making music and touring the world. Appearing Wednesday at the Fox Theater, he joins other ’70s veterans being rediscovered by fans via the Web and the ever-popular classic rock radio format. But for all the accolades he continues to be showered with for his musical innovations, this shredder is quite content living the simple life offstage. “David Bowie said in his song, ‘Changes’: ‘Look out you rock ’n’ rollers, don’t grow up and out of it.’ Guess what, David, you’re wrong. I’m happy to grow up and out of it,” said the 63-year-old from his cellphone aboard a fishing boat in Copperopolis, Calif., where he’s currently on vacation. “It’s something I’m very fortunate and blessed to be able to do, and I’m glad people like to hear me strum those six strings.” Starting out knee-deep in the mix of the Bay Area’s flourishing ’60s psychedelic music scene, a young Montrose was also signed to promoter Bill Graham’s Fillmore Records at the time with his first band, Sawbuck. But just before the release of their debut, he was recruited by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison to join him in the studio recording his landmark record “Tupelo Honey.” Following the success of that record, Montrose soon became one of the most sought-after session guitarists with the likes of the Edgar Winter Group, Boz Scaggs and Herbie Hancock before forming his own group, Montrose. Signed to Warner Bros. Records, the band released the album that would become a cornerstone of heavy rock, “Montrose.” Overlooked at the time of its release in ’73, today it’s revered as a rock masterpiece for introducing the world to a young vocalist by the name of Sammy Hagar. It’s also been credited with pioneering a new subgenre called “heavy metal,” a label he disagrees with. “I always shied away from the label of ‘heavy metal,’ because I considered Montrose heavy rock. Heavy metal to me is bands like Metallica and Megadeth in the ’80s. My heroes were Zeppelin, Free and Deep Purple. In my mind, because of my own sensibilities, and my — for lack of better terms — nomenclature and sematics, all of us, including Aerosmith, were not metal. It was all heavy rock.” After parting ways with Hagar, Montrose formed Gamma, a group that also incorporated the use of

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modern electric keyboards into their sound just before the dawn of MTV. In subsequent years, Montrose never stopped playing, releasing several solo records. Put in a YouTube search and you’re bound to find some vintage clips along with unusual tributes from musicians he’s influenced. But does he pay attention to his musical legacy streaming online for the world to see? “No, I don’t, but I get so much feedback from my fans who email me about what my music has done in their lives, and I get people who send me their tribute bands. I’m very flattered and honored that music I penned in my 20s, now some 40 years later, is still being listened to. That’s a great feeling to have — that they’ve stood the test of time.” Another question he’s frequently asked is whether he and former bandmate Sammy Hagar will ever reunite in the future. Montrose said he’s always up for tearing up “Bad Motor Scooter” and “Rock Candy” again with his old buddy, if time per-

mits. “There will never be any recording or touring in that sense, but Sammy and I still talk. He’s busy doing his thing and I’m doing mine. We may do a reunion show for fun, and literally at this point in our lives it would be just for fun. I’m sure there will come a day when Sammy and I will share a stage together and play some of the old songs.” After all the hits and deep album cuts next week, a guitar used during the show will be autographed by Montrose and donated for the Bakersfield Police Activities League’s “Hometown Heroes” dinner and auction. The event is set for Sept. 24 at the Petroleum Club. The donation is part of an ongoing program started by the guitarist and sponsors TonePros and Dean Markley for this year’s tour. “Every community has a lot of specific needs, but I want to keep it local in the communities that I come and play to. The idea is to get the biggest bang for the guitar that my friends help me give away. That’s what’s beautiful about this program.” Joining Montrose onstage will be drummer Steve Brown, bassist Dan McNair and vocalist Kevin Casey. “These three guys have grown into my goal. We’re killing it every time we go up on stage, and we have one mission: to leave everybody ecstatic that we give everyone 150 percent.”


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A bright idea at art gallery BAA hopes to improve lighting, facility


spoke to Floyd Dillon a few days ago to ask about his goals as president of the Bakersfield Art Association. He’s taken over the reins from Kathy Schilling, who held the position for four years and spearheaded the BAA’s move to downtown Bakersfield. First off, though, let me remind you to stop by the association’s Art Center Friday during the Arts District’s First Friday events. BAA member Shirley Rowles is the featured artist, and the free reception includes refreshments and live music. Now back to Dillon and what he hopes to achieve during his term of office. “I want to improve the facility to get more people to come in,” he said. “And I’d like to increase the amount of scholarships we give each year.” One improvement that’s already in the planning stages concerns changing the lighting system in the Art Center. “Fluorescent light is not good for displaying art,” he said. “We want to put in track lighting.” An electrician Dillon contacted has estimated the cost at about $3,500. Betty Younger gave the lighting fund a jump-start with a donation of $1,000. Since then, about $500 has been received from other donors and Dillon hopes the remainder will be supplied by a grant request the association has made. Regarding scholarships, the new president hopes to broaden the field of recipients in addition to providing larger amounts. “Last year we gave awards mostly to teachers of middle school art,” he said. “That’s fine but I would like to see more activity in assisting students at the college level.” Overall, he would like to increase the BAA’s exposure locally. “We want to provide a forum for local artists not only at the Art Center but at other venues about town and, of course,


“The Bridge of Langlois” by Jim Bates is one of the works the artist will have on display at his show at Dagny's on Friday. A subject of Van Gogh’s, the bridge also inspired Bates, who worked in pen and ink from a photo he took of the bridge while on vacation in the south of France in April.

we are doing that now,” he said. “We want to encourage art in the comm nity — it’s basically for the beautification of Bakersfield.” Dillon, a retired Air Force officer, took up oil painting in 1985 when his youngest child entered college. He and his wife moved to Bakersfield in 2005 from Albuquerque, N.M., but have lived in many different countries throughout his career. “I was born in Hawaii (because) my father was in the Navy,” he said. “Then when I was in the service we moved all over — Southeast Asia, Germany, Japan. My family had to put up with me.”

One of these, titled “The Bridge of Langlois,” is Bates’ finely detailed drawing of a scene painted by Van Gogh when the famous artist was living in Arles. A member of the Bakersfield Art Association, Bates retired as superintendent of the Lamont School District in 2006 after 34 years as an educator. Early in his career he taught art at Mountain View Middle School.

These eerie figures — Raven calls them characters — pop out of the eyes of a larger skull, which, in turn, springs from a replica of a food take-out carton. I was intrigued with similar examples when her work was shown at The Foundry last year. “I created the Mourners to express sorrow, pain or grieving at its most primal, at its most visceral level,” she says. “They are meant to be childlike in their execution in order to bring the viewer right to the heart of the emotions I hope to express.” Originally this series was done in crayon on paper but Raven has created several new acrylic paintings for the current exhibit. Some carry a message in the upper-right corner, such as “You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” Sounds like good advice to me.

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Jay Smith at the Padre “By Your Anger" by Jen Raven is one of her works that will be on display at The Empty Space for her exhibit, which opens Saturday.

Raven’s abstract art A reception at The Empty Space on Saturday will mark the opening of Jen Raven’s exhibit of unusual and distinctive abstract art. She refers to the small skulllike images in her paintings as “Mourners.”

Jim Bates art exhibit When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Where: Dagny’s Coffee Shop, 1600 20th St. Admission: Free Information: 869-2320

Jen Raven: Abstract Art What: Opening reception, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday When: The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Admission: Free Information: 327-PLAY

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Jazz violinist Patrick Contreras of Fresno will join Jay Smith and his trio for a show at the Padre Hotel's Prairie Fire lounge on Wednesday.


When: Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Where: BAA Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Admission: Free Information: 869-2320

Patrick Contreras and the Jay Smith Trio

New display at Dagny’s Jim Bates, an artist whose work has appeared in The Californian’s Eye Gallery, will be on hand to meet visitors Friday evening at Dagny’s. He plans to exhibit a selection of framed pen and ink drawings and several new paintings. Trains are a favorite subject for the artist, along with Bakersfield landmarks. Like many local artists, he’s also inspired by the Kern River. Currently, he’s working on a series that will showcase scenes of the river on its course from high in the Sierra to Gordon’s Ferry near Hart Park. In April of this year, however, he spent time in southern France and will probably display one or two pieces he did there.

GO & DO Shirley Rowles art exhibit

Jazz violinist Patrick Contreras of Fresno will join Jay Smith and his trio next Wednesday at the Padre Hotel’s Prairie Fire lounge. “It should be an energetic show,” said Smith, who plays piano, keyboard and synthesizer. “Patrick and I played a lot together in Fresno — this is almost like a reunion.” Smith, 27, a graduate of Fresno City College, now makes his home in Bakersfield. His trio includes Fernando Montoya on acoustic and electric bass, and drummer Jonathan Weinmann. He describes his style of music

as progressive although he does do a few jazz standards. “I’m more of the Miles Davis school — he said you should change every five years,” Smith said. “I’m not like Wynton Marsalas who thinks you should put (jazz) on a pedestal and never change it.” A composer as well as a performer, Smith expects to release a new album in October. Titled “Unashamed Portrayal,” it’s made up of music he’s written in the past as well as some new material. It includes his full band, which is made up of Grammy-nominated guitarist Andre Bush as well as Montoya, Weinmann, Chris Nguyen, Mark Manda, Armando Joe Vazquez, Jay Jay Hicks and Nunzio Urbina. Smith’s upcoming gig at the Padre is a switch from his usual Wednesday night venue at La Corusse Rouge. He also teaches at the White Lane restaurant from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and is a lead instructor in the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop.


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Bring family down to free fun day at park Pastor, wife created annual festival for community BY ASHLEY FISCHER Contributing writer


he next time you’re about to say, “Nothing in life is free,” think again. Because the fifth annual Family Fun Day at Stramler Park on Saturday is just that — free — and it includes a full day’s worth of activities, all for the low cost of simply showing up. Hosted by pastor Mike Salazar and his wife, Angelina, of Set Free Ministries, the event began as a small block party celebration located in the parking lot of their church, quickly outgrowing its original venue, and became the pair’s attempt to give a little back to the community by providing it with a whole lot of fun. “Actually, this is technically our sixth event, but we’re calling it the ‘Fifth Annual,’ because we’ve only been at Stramler Park for five years,” Salazar said. “The first one we did downtown, where our church is located, but we could already tell there wasn’t enough room. We tried it that first year, and every year it’s been a success — increasing in the number of people who come, and we’ve been increasing in the number things that we do. Every year it’s just been better and better, really.” This year, Salazar has ensured there will be no shortage of fun things for you and your family to do to ensure you get the most bang for your non-existent buck. There will be a car and motorcycle show, live music, a puppet show, a break-dancing competition, a raffle and more. And then there are the hot dogs. Lots and lots of hot dogs. “After that day, nobody wants to eat a hot dog for a while,” he laughed. “There’s too many hotdogs.” Last year, Salazar estimated that he and

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his group of hardworking volunteers cooked up enough of the donated dogs to feed nearly 3,000 hungry attendees, and that’s with people coming back for seconds, and sometimes even thirds. In addition to the standard hot dogs, Salazar and his group will be giving out punch, chips and ice cream. “We try to get people to donate the hot dogs, donate the water, donate the other things we need. If not, we buy it. Our church is not a mega-church, everyone chips in together and helps out, and if we come up short, we do a fundraiser.” Just as the name says, Family Fun Day is an event for all members of the family, and there are plenty of activities lined up for the younger members. There will be arts and crafts tables, a giant water slide, a tugof-war competition and a puppet show, presented by Kings Kids Puppets. “From noon to 1 we have the puppet show, and that’s always a big hit,” Salazar said. “The group puts on a show for us every year. They make their own puppets and they’re really lifelike. The shows usually focus on something that’s happening today, current events, that sort of thing. Sometimes, we have more adults over there watching than the kids.” So if you’re strapped for cash this weekend, or simply want to enjoy a day of sunshine, festivities, and free hot dogs, head out to Stramler Park and be a part of the church’s gift to the community. After all, there’s that other saying that goes, “The best things in life are free.”

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COMING IN EYE Friday: Whether you're interested in something serious or shark-related, there's something new for you at theaters this weekend. First off is “The Debt,” starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington. The film is a harrowing tale of two retired Mossad agents who receive shocking news about a decadesold mission that may have loose ends. From thrills to chills, “Apollo 18” will tempt horror fans with its story of the Apollo mission NASA doesn’t want you

to know about — the one with dangerous aliens. If you like your terror closer to home, check out “Shark Night 3D,” which pretty much tells you what you need to know in the title. And for some laughs with a darker edge, consider “Saving Private Perez,” described as “a dark, action-packed comedy about family, redemption and Mexico.” Saturday: Jan Petrini has weathered many changes in her life, but she's never lost her sense of style. Of course, she's found with age that's she willing to take more fashion risks. And she's found great spots to shop among the many local boutiques. Read more about her fashionableways in our My Style feature. Also on Saturday, Sherry Davis is back with advice on the furry friends in your life.

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The Architecture’s blueprint Indie rockers lay it out with new Ep


halk up this Friday’s CD release party at Sandrini’s for Bakersfield band The Architecture as another reason to celebrate the latest revival sweeping through Bakersfield’s burgeoning indie rock scene. Ready to put their new Ep, “Begin to Shake” into your hands, singer and guitarist Dane Forst described the debut release as a mix of interests and influences. “It almost sounds like a soundtrack. I’m not the most structured person. I just like to write what sounds good.” The Ep’s release is part of the quintet’s development plan that began with Forst and his original compositions, all of which make up “Begin to Shake.” Arriving in Bakersfield from Wisconsin years ago, he quickly found himself struggling with one of the common dilemmas facing artists. “When I first started this project, the scene was very splintered,” said Forst. “A lot of the musicians I spoke with had issues with other musicians and would refuse to work with certain people. It was disappointing, but I still found the environment in Bakersfield to be good for new music.” With little success at first, Forst made progress after meeting guitarist Jeremy Robinson, a musician who’d logged many miles in various bands. “We had the same influences, and I’d been playing in bands a longtime,” said Robinson, a classically trained pianist. After


Heavy metal mariachi act Metalachi performs tonight at Fishlips. PHOTO BY MICHAEL LEE

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finding Robinson, Forst decided to hit Craigslist to round out the band. “I put a list of the bands I was into and wrote if you’re looking to be in a Dave Matthews Band-type group, this is not for you. That really pissed people off for some reason,” he laughed. But it also helped attract the attention of another multi-instrumentalist, Johansen Ng, who was commuting to Los Angeles to perform with other bands on a variety of stringed and brass instruments. After reading Forst’s original ad, Ng was confident this was his ticket to a local gig. “I just showed up and jammed on a couple songs at first,” he said. “Then it just kept going.” Coincidentally, both Robinson

and Ng attended the same music program at Columbia Union College in Maryland at different times. “They were destined to be together,” Forst joked in a dramatic tone. Rounding out the group’s lineup with drummer Eddie Rodriguez and bassist Ryan Bright, they soon found their stride after some live shows late last year. Transforming Forst’s tunes from acoustic guitar struma-longs into indie pop gems was aided by Robinson’s experience. “To create a cohesive sound, we brought in our influences,” said Robinson of the material, most of which was written years before the band’s formation. “We were all on the same page as far as what we wanted it to sound like.” “Begin to Shake,” opens with the crescendo of “In Berlin,” an obvious nod to the many European influences heard throughout the release. The mood is similar to the ethereal multi-layered soundscapes of Iceland’s Sigur Rós. Both Ng and Robinson help bring out much of the record’s classical nuances while Rodriguez and Bright maintain a solid pulse. That feeling continues on stand-

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The Architecture appears Friday at Sandrini’s. From left: Dane Forst, Jeremy Robinson, Johansen Ng, Eddie Rodriguez and Ryan Bright.

out tracks “Delusional Creatures,” and “Julie Andrews Swordfish,” with some minor tempo changes. Forst’s vocals, while void of any striking emotion, remind me of classic ’80s art rock singers. Not quite Bryan Ferry — more like the subtle moodiness of The Ocean Blue and The Church. The project was recorded and produced entirely by the band with CD artwork by Forst, and mastered in New York by famed engineer Fred Kevorkian, known for his work with White Stripes and others. Overall, it’s a solid package that shows the band has a lot of promise. “We could’ve pieced together money to go to an outside studio and have someone dictate a lot of things, but we wanted to have complete artistic control,” said Forst. “We’re trying to create an experience and not just be a band. On the surface, our songs are moody and so our CD artwork reflects that. It’s a good marriage.” Everyone will receive a free copy of “Begin to Shake” with paid admission to the show. “Come and experience a band that is working as a unit and passionate about what they do.” And just like fellow local musical brethren The Ease, Choirs,

and others who are out there promoting one another in a collective effort to help encourage continued growth in the scene, Forst says he hopes the new CD will help inspire others. “If I wanted something bigger to come out of this, it’s that Bakersfield will open itself up more,” Robinson said. Friday’s show kicks off at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Opening will be The Volume and DJ Aaron D. Sandrini’s is at 1918 Eye St. 322-8900 or

Matt’s Pick Metalachi at Fishlips, 1517 18th St., today, 9 p.m., $10, 324-2557. Imagine Ozzy Osbourne moonlighting in Mexico and you have Metalachi. Billed as “The World’s First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band,” these loco bandidos have done the impossible. Meshing Mexican mariachi music with the headbanging sound of heavy metal, the result is nothing short of bizarre. Sporting traditional mariachi outfits with some spooky makeup, this group pulls it off and well — can’t say that about many musicians. Covering classics by Metallica, Led Zeppelin and more, it’s one musical desmadre.


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Posters of power Art from farmworker movement on display BY JENNIFER SELF Californian staff writer


self-described conservative with a trove of art from the farmworker movement? Somewhere, Cesar Chavez is either laughing or weeping. But the contradiction doesn’t seem as blatant after a conversation with the affable collector Craig Neville, owner of Henley’s Photo in downtown Bakersfield. It seems Neville, who for years worked as a labor contractor, takes the very narrow middle ground on what has been a bitter and protracted struggle between workers and growers. “My political views — I’m not strong that way,” he said over the phone Monday. “To me, the past is the past, and we all respect each other’s opinions, and I think there are beautiful pieces there that mean something to someone, and I think it’s time people have access to them.” Neville means what he says about access: The 60-odd pieces he’s been collecting over the last few years have been in storage until now. But Metro Galleries president Don Martin got wind of the art and persuaded Neville to display a few of the pieces at the gallery during First Friday tomorrow evening. “I've been researching the artists and the groups that created these posters and prints for the past few weeks,” Martin said. “Most were done at the height of the farm-labor movement and many of them are part of the fabric of the history of this community. “I'm not trying to make a political statement by showing these but rather encouraging the viewer to remember or learn about this era.” The subject matter of Neville’s collection — mostly posters and drawings — ranges from religious iconography to Chicano pride to anti-grower sloganeering to stirring calls to action directed at field workers. Depending on one’s political inclinations, some of the more provocative pieces could be dismissed as flame-throwing propaganda, created to mobilize public support for boycotts and other union action. But tying the art together into a cohesive collection are the overarching themes of social justice, empowerment and cultural identity. Neville estimates that most of the pieces were created in the 1960s and ’70s. He acquired many from a friend, whom he described as “being in the movement,” though he declined to give the man’s name out of respect for his privacy. Neville said much of

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the work bears the stamp of a Los Angeles art gallery, which he believes is a sign of its authenticity. For information on the other pieces, he consulted the reference guide “Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation.” “What they do is various people get together and analyze, review and kind of maintain the history of the Chicano movement as it pertains to the ’60s and ’70s,” said Neville, who noted that his collection contains works by noted Mexican-American artists Salvador Roberto Torres and Jose Montoya. The most current image, a poster made from a 2004 San Francisco billboard, depicts then-President George W. Bush with the word “LIAR” scrawled under the portrait (no hard feelings: Neville points out that he voted for Bush). But his favorite piece is probably the least political of all: a poster that features a little girl in a sweet water-


This poster, a protest against SunMaid, is part of an exhibit at Metro Galleries. Craig Neville jokes that he thinks it might be illegal to display the poster in Fresno County.

melon-print summer dress. “It would break my heart (to sell it) and, again, I don’t know if I’m parting with it all,” said Neville, who as of earlier this week hadn’t quite settled on which, if any, of the pieces will be offered for sale. “The big thing Friday night is putting it out there. I want to share this.”


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Couple mold art into show at Foundry BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor


atination at Metro Galleries may be the big event for September First Fridays, but it’s something Out of the Ordinary that’s making artistic waves over at The Foundry. The first show of husband and wife artists Michael and Susan Roussel, the Friday event will feature both traditional and quirky ceramics, which reflect the couple’s different styles. “I describe my work as sweetly dark ceramics resurrected from vintage molds and slightly altered,” Susan Roussel said. Some of those vintage molds date back to the 1950s, but Roussel uses those castings as a starting point for her more gothic works, which include pendants, brooches, one-of-a-kind figurines and functional pieces (like dishes). “I have a functional bowl covered with what I call ‘bad babies.’ It might be more to look at, but you could eat your cereal out of it if you like.” Roussel, 61, didn’t start out planning to focus on such unconventional pieces, which may seem

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more at home sold on the “black market” at Anaheim’s Bats Day Goth gathering than in Bakersfield. A former program coordinator for the Bakersfield Parks and Recreation Department, she got into ceramics seriously in 2003 when she traded the 9-to-5 for the “remodel from hell at home.” “I had been working on my ceramics, a ‘shabby chic’ style that I thought people would buy. (Amid the remodeling stress) then I just started making things that were dark, but adding humor to it. “I’m the old lady that should be painting seascapes, but I’m not.” What Roussel is creating are pieces that evoke her favorite holiday. “I like Halloween. Who says it has to be once a year?” Her love of the macabre is something she embraces both

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A vessel with luster glaze on lid handle is an example of Michael Roussel’s classic ceramic work, which will be on display at the Roussels’ show at The Foundry.

Ceramic doll and friends by Susan Roussel.

near (at shows like Burn the Witch and the upcoming Art Vs. Zombies) and far (the aforementioned Bats Day, known for its array of vendors and a culminating Goth trip to Disneyland). Although Roussel’s husband doesn’t share her passion for spooky ceramics, he is just as fired up about his art. After graduating from high school in 1967 with an award for

most outstanding student of the year, he attended Sacramento City College and Cal State Sacramento, majoring in art and ceramics. In the mid-’70s, he taught ceramics classes using a low-temperature firing technique. Later turning to building contracting (and long hours), Roussel returned to his art around 2000 with a fortuitous gift.

“He was a workaholic,” Susan Roussel said of her husband. “I bought a wheel for him and gave him three months to use it. Use it or lose it.” Roussel, 62, has stayed busy like his wife, hand-sculpting many pieces and employing Old World techniques, like Raku and horsehair firing, as well as creating his own glazes. Along with developing their own art, the Roussels enjoy sharing their creativity with the younger generation, whether it’s one of their six grandchildren or the at-risk youth Susan has taught in classes at home and elsewhere. Their styles may be different, but the Roussels thrive on that, Susan said. “Opposites attract. I’m selftaught, he’s trained. He helps me out in areas, and I help him out. We’re sharing ideas. I think that’s all good.” Even if those ideas are a bit outside of the box. “The weirder the better. You’re not doing your job if they don’t take a second glance.” “I enjoy what I do. If they smile, then I know I’m not freaking them out too much.”

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Eye Street GO & DO Today Bookseller’s Book Group, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, in the cafe, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Read the Classics, for young readers ages 8 to 12, 4 p.m., Barnes & Noble, children’s department, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575.

Friday Bakersfield Blaze vs. High Desert Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. Friday through Monday, Sam Lynn Ball Park, 4009 Chester Ave. $8$12.50 (Monday $1). or 716-HITS. CD Release Party, by The Architecture, 9 p.m., Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St. 21 & over only. 303-3945. Fantastic Friday Storytime, with Miss Olivia, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. First Friday Downtown, featuring live music, art openings, specialty shops, galleries and boutiques, artists will set up their artwork, 5 to 9 p.m., Downtown Arts District. 634-9598. Lantern Light Tour & Ghost Hunt, 9 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd., Bodfish. $12 per person of all ages. 760-3795146. My Only Vice: Vice Ganda, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $32 to $82. or 322-5200. Pajamarama Storytime, with Miss Olivia, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575.

Saturday Advanced Flintknapping Workshop, with Gary Pickett, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tehachapi Museum, 310 S. Green St. Workshop limited to 10 people. Bring gloves, safety glasses and wear long pants. Reservations needed, email or 822-8152. BC Football vs. LA Pierce, 7 p.m., Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive. $3-$12 depending on area of seating. 395-4326. Certified Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St. Dangerous Boys Club, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, children’s area, 4001 California Ave. Free. 631-2575. Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brimhall Square, 9500 Brimhall Road. Fifth annual End of Summer Family Fun Day, food, music, puppet show, guest speakers, door prizes, car and bike show, water slide, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stramler Park, 3805 Chester Ave. Free. 332-9297. 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. “History & Geology of the Grand Canyon,� with geologist Tim Elam, 3 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. 324-6350. Just for Kids, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $7 adults; $5 students with ID, seniors; $4 for children under 18; 5 and under are free. Members are free. 324-6350. Sierra Club-Buena Vista Group Program & Brunch, discussing “Growing Produce at Home,� 10 a.m., Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave. 323-5569. Teen Gaming, Wii Kinect, 3 to 5 p.m., Beale Memorial Library, auditorium, 701 Truxtun Ave. Free. 868-0770.

Wild West Show, with The Tombstone Law Dawgs Old West re-enactment gunfighter group, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd., Bodfish. $5.50 adults; $4.50 for children 12 and under, children 5 and under are free. 760-379-5146.

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Sunday Viva Mexico Festival, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Budweiser Pavilion, 1142 S. P St. Free. 327-9711.

ART Third annual “Latination� art exhibit opening, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. or 634-9598. Opening Reception for “The Abstract Works of Jen Raven,� entertainment, refreshments, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 327-PLAY. Roussel Roussel Out of the Ordinary, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, The Foundry, 1602 20th St. 301-3283. Opening Reception, for Betty Leonor, "A One Woman Exhibit," 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Reiter Gallery, 1914 Chester Ave. 862-0059. Art Show with Shirley Rowles, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. Free. 869-2320. Jim Bates, featured artist for the month of September, Dagny's Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 634-0806. All Media Class, by instructor Phyllis Oliver, all media welcome, with color theory stressed. For more information or to register, e-mail 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. or 760376-6604. Art for Healing program, of Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield has many unique classes that may help alleviate stress and anxiety resulting in illness, loss, grief or caring for another. All classes are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A Street. Visit art or to register, 632-5747. Basic Beading & Wire Wrapping Workshop, with Susi Klassen, private instruction or by appointment, The Bead Hut, 610 18th St. To schedule an appointment, call 3240975 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. “Connections,� an exhibition of works by artists participating in the visual arts festival, on display until Aug. 28, The Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays. 323-7219. Free art classes, for home-school children, 11 a.m. Thursdays, Moore’s Art School, 8371037. Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, offers youth art, clay sculpture, stained glass, silver jewelry, voice lessons, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. For times and dates call 327-7507. Please see 30

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Native American Arts Association, meets to learn basketry, beadwork and more, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, The Stockdale Moose Lodge, 905 Stine Road. 852-5050. The Art Center, 1817 Eye St., 8692320; 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, 589-7463 or 4965153.

THEATER Thursday “Seussical Jr. the Musical,� 7 p.m. today through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield Community Theater, 2400 S. Chester Ave. Pre-sale $10; $15 adults; $12 children. 831-8114. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave., Suite M. Adults: $5 on Friday and Saturdays, children under 12 are $1 every day. Comedy. “Rocky Horror Picture Show,� presented by The Velvet Darkness, doors open at 11 p.m., show at midnight Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $10. 327-PLAY. “The Show Must Go On,� followed by the vaudeville revue “Hot Summer Nights� 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 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.

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Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Dancing Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Folklorico Classes, advance dancers/performing group 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays; and beginners, all ages, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Fruitvale-Norris Park, 6221 Norris Road. $22 per month for beginners; $25 per month for advance dancers. 833-8790. Pairs and Spares Dance, with Red Simpson, 7 p.m. Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5; $7 nonmembers. 399-3575. Dance classes, beginning West Coast swing, intermediate/ advanced West Coast swing with instructor Mimi Johanson, at 8214 Mossrock Drive. Call 927-7001 for details. Whirlaways Square Dance Club, has workshops every first, third, fourth and fifth Mondays, Park Stockdale Civic Association Community Center, 205 Rio Bravo Drive. or 213-3105. African Dance for Fitness, taught by national touring artists, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Su Studio Dance Academy, 1515 21st St. $5-$7 per class. or 760-917-3685. Dancing. Beginner Belly Dance Lessons, 8 p.m. every Tuesday, Centre Stage Studio, 1710 Chester Ave. 323-5215. Dancing.

DJ Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; DJ James, 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Free. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; with DJ Casey Overstreet, 9 p.m. Fridays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 3246774; DJ’s Frankie and Blowskee, and Roule, 8:30 p.m. Friday; DJ’s Blowskee and Roule, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring local artists, along with 24 wines, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday; featuring Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Jazz at the Nile, open to all jazz artists, bring your instrument, 6 p.m. every Sunday, The Nile Theater, 1721 19th St. $10. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

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

Karaoke B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Bellvedere Idol Karaoke Contest, prizes for winners, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Cactus Valley Mexican Restaurant, 4215 Rosedale Highway, 633-1948; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday; beer pong and happy hour all day Sunday. Cataldo’s Pizza, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Pour House, 4041 Fruitvale Ave., 5899300; 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; with Irish Monkey Entertainment, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 1440 Weedpatch Highway, 633-1949; Karaoke King Show, all ages, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Corona’s Cantina, 9817 S. Union Ave., 345-8463; 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 366-3261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. The Pourhouse, 4041 Fruitvale Ave., 589-9300; 9 p.m. every Friday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 871-4140; 8:30 p.m. every other Friday. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. every Saturday. Del Rio Cocktail Lounge, 5840 State Road, 393-0262; 8 p.m. every Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Diana’s Pit Stop, 10807 Rosedale Highway, 587-8888; 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Please see 32

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Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. The Wrecking Yard, 9817 S. Union Ave., 827-9192; 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Best Western, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; The Junction with host Mac Clanahan, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 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.

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to midnight Tuesdays. Intimate Theatre & Music Hall, 2030 19th St., 323-1976; Ron Christian and his Big Band, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; A to Z Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Magoo’s Pizza, 1129 Olive Drive, 399-7800; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar, 14 Monterey St., 8691451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Ethel's Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday.

Latin/Salsa Latin Salsa Dancing, 8 p.m. Thursdays, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: Salsa dancing, 7:30 p.m.

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Fridays and Saturdays. DoubleTree Hotel, 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, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; Mariachi Imperial, 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

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

Old School Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701

Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday.

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

Rock B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Councilmen, The Aviators, 9 p.m. Thursday; Glam Cobra, 9 p.m. Friday; 2 Faded, 9 p.m. Saturday. $5 per night. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday. Please see 33


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Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; The Architecture, The Volume and DJ Aaron D, 9:30 p.m. Friday; Members Only, 9 p.m. Saturday; The Fake Boys, 9 p.m. Monday. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Alien Ant Farm, 6 p.m. Sunday.

Ska/reggae Brimstone Bar at The Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St., 472-4900. “LatinationTR3S Afterparty” with Mento Buru, Velorio, 9 p.m. Friday. Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant Valley Plaza, 9000 Ming Ave., 664-1400. Mento Buru, comedian Joe Alaniz, DJ Mickey Rock, 8 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Top 40 DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 3237111; 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Friday.

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

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

UPCOMING Monday 9/5 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.

Tuesday 9/6 Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes, three to five miles, 7 p.m., meet at corner of highways 178 and 184. 872-2432 or 873-8107. Toddler Time, for children 18 months to 2 years, with music, nursery rhymes, stories and play, 11 a.m., Beale Library, Arkelian children’s library, 701 Truxtun Ave. 868-0770.

Wednesday 9/7 “A Life at Risk?” Suicide Prevention Workshop, 8 to 10 a.m., University Square-Room US-1, 2000 K St, University SquareRoom US-1. Reservation deadline Sept. 2. 636-4488. Film Club, with Cody Meek, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. First Wednesday, special events and refreshments, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $4 non-members. 323-7219. Good Neighbor Day, local florist will be giving away over 20,000 roses, come pick up a dozen roses, keep one for yourself and give the rest away to others, beginning at 7 a.m., Log Cabin Florist, 800 19th St. 327-8646. Montrose, with Michael Lee Firkins, 8 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $19.50 to $25.50. or 322-5200. Stained Glass Class, six-week class, 6 to 8 p.m., Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. Space limited, enroll now, 327-7507.

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Thursday 9/8 Comedy Night with Chris Lopez, 8 p.m., The Ice House, 3401 Chester Ave. $6 adults; $1 children 12 and under. 412-3242. Mystery & Adventure Book Group, with host Marcia Stephens, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, in the cafe, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Read the Classics, for young readers ages 8 to 12, 4 p.m., Barnes & Noble, children’s department, 4001 California Ave. 6312575. Red Cross New Volunteer Orientation, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., American Red Cross, Kern Chapter, 5035 Gilmore Ave. 324-6427.

Friday 9/9 39th annual Greek Food Festival, Greek music, dancing, food, children’s fun zone, games, vendor’s marketplace and shopping areas, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, St. George Greek Orthodox, 401 Truxtun Ave. $5 adults; children under 12 are free. 325-8694. “A Fair Lady,” doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $45 to $55; show-only tickets $35; matinee $45 to $50. 325-6100. Dog Days of Summer Party, benefitting the AngelDogs Foundation, wine tasting, raffle, 3 p.m., Souza Family Vineyard, 26877 Cummings Valley Road, Tehachapi. 822-9233. Fantastic Friday Storytime, with Miss Olivia, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 6312575.

FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “La Prima Cosa Bella,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. or call 428-0354. Ninth annual Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County Golf Classic, four-person scramble, shotgun begins at 12:30 p.m., Rio Bravo Country Club, 15200 Casa Club Drive, Arvin. $125 per person; $500 per team. or 393-8871 ext. 18. “Real Women Have Curves,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. $25; $22 students/seniors. 634-0692 or “The Show Must Go On,” followed by the vaudeville revue “Hot Summer Nights” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “With Their Eyes,” 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield Community Theater, 2400 S. Chester Ave. $12 adults; $10 seniors/students/military. 8318114.

Saturday 9/10 2011 Concert Series, with Karla Bonoff, 8 p.m., Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway. $10. or all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-7453000. 2nd annual Community Recycling Day, drop off your unused electronic waste, shredding or new or gently used building materials, donate blood at the Houchin Blood Bank mobile van, all food purchases and recycling proceeds to benefit BARC, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kern

Schools Federal Credit Union, 9500 Ming Ave. or 8337900. 43rd annual Wasco Festival of Roses, parade, rose field tours, fun run, art show and faire, tennis tournament, rose show, golf tournament and more, 10 a.m. Wasco. or 758-2616. BC Football vs. Saddleback, 7 p.m., Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive. $3-$12 depending on area of seating. 395-4326. Book Signing, with author Nora McFarland of “Hot, Shot, and Bothered,” 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Certified Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St. Democratic Women of Kern, breakfast meeting with speaker and senator Michael Rubio, 9:30 a.m., Garden Spot, 3320 Truxtun Ave. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. 322-7411. Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brimhall Square, 9500 Brimhall Road. International Festival, celebrating all abilities, communities and cultures, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Yokuts Park, 4200 Empire Drive. 3289055 ext. 257. Model Train Club Open House, hosted by the Golden Empire Historical and Modeling Society, will display two large model railroads, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1534 19th St., entrance in alley. 331-6695. Project Linus Community Make A Blanket Day, bring scissors/sewing machine and accessories, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Church of Latter-day Saints, 5500 Fruitvale Ave. or 589-1854.

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