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These places get fright right Chamber offers 3-D thrills; expanded Talladega adds family fun to mayhem mix BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor firstname.lastname@example.org
alloween is coming, and there’s much more to be scared of than worrying if you and the kids will sweat the night away in your costumes. There are returning events as well as spooktacular new additions headed our way this October. In order to plan your month accordingly, we’ve got the details on what’s worth your time and money.
The Chamber Haunted House First up is local favorite The Chamber Haunted House and Alien Invasion at Sam Lynn Ball Park, which opens Oct. 8. Owner David Enloe started spooking up his own Westchester home in 2001 and expanded to a free-standing For a more frightfest in 2003. complete list of This year, the Halloween attraction pays events, please tribute to its turn to page 26. neighborhood roots with the haunted Westchester House, where a family of demons lord over minions who keep the place up for them. The Chamber, which Enloe describes as a “time machine that transports you to places in time,” also will revisit its roots with the zombie-filled Toxic Terror. A theme both at Enloe’s house and The Chamber’s first pro haunt year, Terror serves up a warehouse of flesh-eating creatures looking for new victims. The third frightening element is the Alien Invasion — “back for more abductions!” — a 3D maze (requiring glasses) set in space with planets, solar systems and “enough creatures to keep you on your toes.” Based on the positive response from last year, the maze has expanded and the vibrant DayGlo artwork is all new. Enloe says this will be the last year with aliens, although he hints “who knows what future invasions will bring.” Right now, the invasion has spread to the Kern County Fair, where Enloe and his crew have put the maze’s artwork on display, allowing guests to enjoy the art without being chased by aliens. Visitors can win tickets to The Chamber with a giveaways through the Facebook page for CC Productions, which puts on the event. Enloe, who was an actor for former local haunt Scream in the Dark and bought that production, says The Chamber is a labor of love for the dedicated crew of more than 50. Many of those involved in the production make a living
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Talladega Frights creators Michael Wilbur, left, and Adam Stubbs at a pivotal point in the corn maze — you can go left or you can go right. One will get you out — the other deeper in the corn!
in the field, from the CGI artist whose work can be seen in “Piranha 3D” and “Wizards of Waverly Place” to the lead makeup artist, who works for Academy Award-winning special effects artist Barney Burman. The attention to detail even goes to the music, which was composed specially for the production. With such a dedicated team, it’s no wonder that Enloe is talking about eventually moving to a bigger market. “We will never leave Bakersfield without a topnotch Halloween event, but The Chamber needs to spread its wings a bit,” Enloe says. “What’s in store for Bakersfield? Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of CC Productions. We have so many ideas for new mazes we will always keep people guessing what we are doing.”
Talladega Frights Another popular haunt, Talladega Frights, kicks off Friday at a new 20-acre location on Rosedale Highway, between Jewetta Avenue and Old Farm Road. This year, the boo-loved attraction not only offers spine-tingling scares but fun for the whole family with corn mazes and a pumpkin patch.
GO & DO The Chamber Haunted House When: 7 p.m. Oct. 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 Where: Sam Lynn Ball Park, 4009 Chester Ave. Admission: $10, Chamber; $5, Alien Invasion; $14, combo ticket for both. Information: chamberhaunt.com
Talladega Frights When: 7 p.m. Oct. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 Where: 11811 Rosedale Highway, between Jewetta Avenue and Old Farm Road. Admission: $15; $22, fast pass; $20, combo pass for haunt and corn maze (see below)
Walking through the gates, guests are still 100 feet away from the haunted house, allowing curious children the briefest glimpse of ghouls but nothing too scary, says Talladega co-owner Adam Stubbs.
Information: talladegafrights.com, facebook.com/TalladegaFrights or 6998633
Volvo Rents Corn Maze and Kern’s Best Pumpkin Patch When: Runs Oct. 1-31, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday Where: 11811 Rosedale Highway, between Jewetta Avenue and Old Farm Road. Admission: corn mazes: $9, adults; $5, kids 5 and up; free for kids 4 and under. Free admission to pumpkin patch. Information: norfun.org/html/cornmaze.html or 6998633
The pumpkin patch covers two-and-ahalf acres, with a selection of gourds offered at varying prices. After you’ve picked the perfect pumpkin, let the kids bounce off their energy at the inflatable playground offered by Amazing Bounce
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Eye Street (for a separate fee). For those looking to make memories, there will be multiple photo opportunities at hay bales set up around old farm equipment — including a corn planter and manure spreader, both more than 100 years old. If Mom or Dad actually want to be in the photo, there will be a photographer on hand for family portraits. And the pumpkin fun doesn’t end when you leave the site. During the last week of October, there will be a carving contest whereby people who’ve bought pumpkins bring in a photo of their carved-up masterpiece that will go up on a board, allowing attendees to vote for their favorite. A prize will be awarded to the top pick. Stick around for more adventure at the Volvo Rents Corn Maze, which spans nine acres. Although there will be spotlights up, Stubbs recommends bringing a flashlight to explore any of the three mazes because “it won’t be like daylight” and with corn stalks up to 10 feet high, it may be a bit much for small children. For the little ones, there is a basic maze they can explore with their parents. For older children, the two other mazes offer varying challenges: For F.S.I. (Farm Scene Investigation), would-be detectives are asked to discover which farm animal is responsible for the missing Farmer Joe,
gathering clues at six location scenes. With Checkpoint Rewards, maze-goers seek out 10 strategically placed checkpoints, which are each tied to a local sponsor and offer discounts and coupons for those businesses. Some of the deals include a $7 haircut from Great Clips, a Rollerama buy-one-get-one admission, and a free Monster Energy drink with a gas fill-up at Fastrip. Other sponsors offering discounts are Cataldo’s Pizzeria, Subway, Frosting Ink, Five-Star Pizza, A&W/Long John Silver’s, Pump It Up and Camelot Park. Thriftiness may thrill some, but for most it will be terror that brings them to the northwest attraction. The haunted house will be the same size as last year, but will take longer to walk through, up to 30 minutes, according to Stubbs. Everything is new this year, Stubbs says, although two themes will return: Drakemore Hotel and Hillbilly Hell. Last year, visitors to the hotel took an elevator to visit rooms, but this year they will get a peek at where the staff would work, including the kitchen and boiler room. When it comes to hillbillies, visitors will be able to explore different rooms in the home of the fearsome Heywoods as well as meet new family members. In previous years, the haunt’s production values have impressed many visitors, Stubbs says, leading to comparisons
to Disneyland. That sort of compliment is “a big pat on the back” for the team, which has taken the attraction to the next level with its latest theme, Rampart Street. Replacing the Green River Asylum and Black Sally’s abandoned mine, Rampart Street will puts guests face to face with a clan of New Orleans vampires. Stubbs says co-owner Mike Wilbur loves vampires and has wanted to make them a part of the event from the beginning. And although many of these creatures of the night appear like Victorian gentlefolk, these are far from the benign and beautiful Cullen clan of “Twilight,” and Stubbs promises plenty of crazy blood suckers. With the fresh blood of a new venue, Stubbs and Wilbur have an eye toward expanding the event in the future. After the event’s run, the fence is the only thing that can stay up at the site, which is being leased from the North of the River Recreation and Park District (the corn will be harvested at the end of the season). The pair are plotting to construct a permanent building that would eventually allow them to open at different times of the year, including Friday the 13th and spring break week. There’s even talk of expanding the season to last through the fall and into Christmas, with the addition of new themes and family-oriented activities.
Metro unleashes a monster for First Friday BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing columnist email@example.com
o kick off its fifth year in business, Metro Galleries is hosting a reception to open “Monsters & Gods,” an exhibit by Los Angeles-based artist Mike Tracy, who will be in attendance. The show, the highlight of October’s First Friday events downtown, represents a departure from Metro’s usual fare and is strongly surrealistic. Some might even call Tracy’s cartoon-like images grotesque. But they’re definitely thought-provoking. One image that shows up repeatedly looks like a freaked-out Mickey Mouse who’s having an especially bad day. That, perhaps, is because Tracy’s background includes a six-year stint as a production artist for Walt Disney Feature Animation and other film companies. We asked him to talk about how that background has influenced his present artwork. “For several years I struggled to keep images that might hearken to my animation experience out of my work,” he said in an email. “But I finally realized that this experience was part of me and so, as long as it came naturally, should be part of the work. For this reason my work has gotten somewhat ‘cartoony.’ “The Monster paintings started out as individual still life paintings of wind-up toys. I think I have probably painted something like 300 of them over the last 15 years. They have evolved into characters who, I think, express emotional states; anger, vulnerability, confusion, venality, sloth.” Tracy, 59, who teaches drawing and digital painting at the Art Institute of CaliforniaOrange County, said he keeps a personal sketchbook to jot down ideas and some of those ideas come from the print media.
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Paintings by Mike Tracy were set to be hung at Metro Galleries in Bakersfield on Monday in preparation for the show “Monsters and Gods,” which opens Friday.
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Don Martin reflects on the fifth anniversary of Metro Galleries — and tells us what’s coming — in next Thursday’s Eye Street.
“I will sometimes read the newspaper in the morning with a sketchbook at my side, recording and modifying the imagery that pops up and strikes a chord in my imagination,” he said. “Sometimes compositions or elements from those pages will inspire a painting.” Don Martin of Metro Galleries said there
are multiple pieces in Tracy’s exhibit, ranging in size from 8-by-8 inches to canvases as large as 48-by-60 inches. Also being featured are mosaics by Perry Hoffman of Santa Barbara, who won first place in the gallery’s recent Latin art show. Kama Ruby will entertain during the evening and appetizers from Mama Roomba will be served.
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Betsy and Pat Wadman are members of the local Porsche Club. They are photographed with the 1962 356 Porsche Cabriolet, left; 1973 911T Porsche Targa, center; and the 2006 Porsche Cayenne.
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hen it comes to driving a Porsche, it’s not about getting from point A to point B — it’s about the journey in between. At least that’s what a few collectors in Bakersfield will tell you when asked why they have decided to devote their free time to that particular brand of German engineering. This weekend, local car enthusiasts will have the chance to see firsthand what has been attracting Porsche lovers to the vehicle for decades when the 10th annual California Challenge Concours d’Elegance makes its way to the Kern County Museum. In a town where car clubs and car shows are dominated by domestic classics, low-riders or lifted trucks, the Concours d’Elegance brings Old World flavor and exotic style to the streets of Bakersfield. Even the name of the event puts this car show in a class all its own, according to event chairman Robert Watt. “Concours is a European term for showing a car and it’s a higher standard of showing,” Watt said. “You have to go to a judging school to become a judge. And this is just one of several events where people will show their cars and accumulate points towards awards at the end of the year.” Watt is not only event chairman but a member of the Golden Empire Region of the Porsche Club of America, having joined just over a year ago after purchasing a 2003 Carrera 4S. “Ever since I was a kid it was a dream of mine to have an amazing sports car and enjoy all kinds of sports cars,” Watt said. “But, there is something about the
10th annual California Challenge Concours d’Elegance When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Where: Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Admission: Regular museum admission rates apply, free for museum members. Registration fees: $55 for Concours judged; $35 Concours display Information: gem.pca.org
engineering of a Porsche. They are just an amazing car to drive.” Tim Jalving, sales manager of Porsche of Bakersfield, agrees with Watt, and during a test drive explained just how thrilling a Porsche can be. “These cars were made to race. That is why Porsche was started. These cars are powerful and are made to handle speeds that the majority of drivers would never dare to try,” Jalving said. (While Jalving was conservative with his handling of the 2010 Porsche 911, he did allow the car to hit the southbound lanes of Highway 99 at 75 miles an hour. The Porsche did not shudder or shake and rode as smoothly as if it were cruising at 25 through a school zone. ) Although newer Porsches will be on display at Concours d’Elegance, vintage models will be there too, and it’s the charm of those older cars that keep many collectors coming back. Bakersfield native Pat Wadman first slid behind the wheel of a Porsche at the age of 16, recalling: “It was a 1962 356 Cabriolet that my dad found out
in a field behind a guy’s barn. It had a flat tire and needed a little fixing up. I ended up cutting my teeth on that car. It’s where I learned to drive a clutch and I’ve been into Porsches ever since.” Wadman and his wife, Betsy, now own a 1973 Porsche 911T Targa they purchased from a family friend. The Wadmans are the car’s second owners and have named it Harvey after the man who originally purchased it. “We bought it eight years ago from an old friend of Betsy’s mom. My wife’s eyes lit up when she found out Harvey was for sale because we knew how well the car had been taken care of.” Wadman says he loves the look and the feel of a Porsche but there’s more to the vehicle than just a pretty face and a fast engine. “It’s about the history behind the car,” he said. “Back in the 1950s when Porsche was kind of new, a lot of people would pack their kids into their 356 Cabriolets and would drive out to Minter Field, where the kids would play and Dad would throw on a helmet and race all day. Then they would pack back in and go home. That was the beauty of the Porsche. They were durable enough and easy enough to work on that you could have that kind of fun and not worry about them breaking down.” Wadman is busily preparing for this weekend’s event and hopes other local Porsche owners are doing the same. “If you own a Porsche, we want to see your car,” he said. “All of the proceeds from the event benefit MARE Riding Center and displaying your car is just as easy as driving in that morning. So come on out!”
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akersfield Sound veterans Tommy Hays and Jimmy Phillips will find themselves in great company this weekend. The two musicians are being inducted into the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame. “I’m just dumfounded,” said drummer Phillips, 68. “To me it’s something you never know that this is going to happen to you.” “I was surprised when they first approached me,” said guitarist Hays, who will turn 81 during the four-day celebration. Hays and Phillips will be honored along with eight other musicians from around the United States and formally inducted on Sunday at the Machinists’ Hall in Rancho Cordova in the Greater Sacramento area. A nonprofit organization, the Western Swing Society was started in 1981 by musicians Loyd and Perry Jones. After Sunday’s ceremony, the Hall of Fame will grow to 607 musicians; Hays’ and Phillips’ names will be added to a list that includes past inductees Bob Wills, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Merle Haggard, Don, Fred and Rose Maddox, Billy Mize and Jimmy Thomason. Phillips said the Hall of Fame is an honor from his peers. “They nominate you and vote on it,” Phillips said. “You just don’t realize they’re even talking about you.” Hays, an Oklahoma native, said he got his first guitar when he was 10 and began playing for church services. His concept of the guitar changed while working as a projectionist in a movie theater in 1946, when he heard strange music from the film he was running. “I heard this solo guitar,” Hays said. “I didn’t even know a guitar could sound like that.” “It was Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers,” Hays said. By the time Hays was 22, he was living in Bakersfield, a regular performer on Billy Mize’s television show at night, holding down a day job and teaching 22 guitar students. Hays had started his own group, the Western Swingsters, and along with Buck Owens, the Maddox family members, Red Simpson, Billy Mize, Fuzzy Owen and the rest, helped create the brand of western music known as the Bakersfield Sound. “Back then, they weren’t calling it ‘The Bakersfield Sound,’” said Phillips, who explained the term was first used by Los Angeles-area record producers who hired Bakersfield musicians to record with major label country artists. Phillips’ career included several years with those major labels, including Capitol Records, RCA Victor and others in the late 1960s and early 1970s. “When they started calling, they said, ‘We want that Bakersfield Sound,’ and it just caught on,” Phillips said.
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Tommy Hays plays on stage in 2007 in Lamont at Sunset School during the annual Dustbowl Days Festival. He was playing with Tommy Hays and His Western Swingsters.
Phillips has performed regularly with Hays’ Western Swingsters since the 1960s. He is featured on a the band’s 2006 CD release, “60 Years of Western Swing.” Western Swing, also known as Texas Swing, can be traced back to the lower Great Plains states in the 1920s and 1930s. Pioneering musicians such as Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies and Leonard Slye (better known as Roy Rogers) and the Sons of the Pioneers were small bands that adapted the early forms of jazz, such as Dixieland, to the experience of the stillWild West. “If you were to draw a line right down the Mississippi, you’d have Eastern Swing on one side, and Western Swing on the other,” Phillips said. “The difference is you play a lot of the same songs but you use different instruments.” Phillips said Western Swing bands were typically smaller than their Eastern counterparts and included fiddles, acoustic and steel guitars along with more traditional swing band instruments. Band leader Donnell Clyde
“Spade” Cooley is credited with coining the term “Western Swing,” putting an end to labels such as “cowboy” and “hillbilly” music. After the festivities in Sacramento, Hays, Phillips and the Western Swingsters will host a Hall of Fame party at the Crystal Palace at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Hays noted some special guests will join the band, including fiddler Tim Johnson, guitarists Larry Petree and Monte Mills and other musicians. “I feel like my life’s come full circle,” Hays said. “I’m retired, I still play music.” “You get kind of down and draggy, you pick up a guitar and it all goes away,” Hays said.
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LA singer joins SoLuna at fair How about some French music? Oui
oLuna Ballet, a locally based Mexican folk ballet group, will feature a singer from Los Angeles who goes by the name of Anita in their performances this weekend at the Kern County Fair. From the time they started the group in 2005, the co-founders, twin brothers Manuel and Dario Fonseca, have taken pride in the fact theirs is a family business that includes their parents and other siblings. So it isn’t too surprising to learn that Anita, also known as Ana María Carmona de Verduzco, is the mother-in-law of Dario Fonseco. Born in 1943 in Uruapan, Michoacán, México, the vocalist began singing at an early age, Fonseca said. At age 15, she was crowned “Reina del 16 de Septiembre” (Queen of Mexican Independence Day) at a local festival and sang to the accompaniment of top mariachi musicians of the day. Anita was 33 when she and her husband, Manuel, and their six children moved to Los Angeles. Now she sings at seasonal festivals in Southern California and is a member of the choir at San Benedicto Catholic Church in Montebello. And just to add to the family connection, her two granddaughters, Celeste and Jazmin Fonseca, are members of SoLunita, the children’s segment of the main company. About 28 colorfully costumed dancers will perform this weekend, ranging in age from 5 to 67. Teaching and prac-
tice sessions are held in SoLuna’s studio in northwest Bakersfield.
Recital of French music A duet made up of Julia Lawson Haney, violin, and Soo-Yeon Park Chang, piano, will present a concert Friday evening in Cal State Bakersfield’s Dore Theater. Their program will focus on French music and will include selections by five composers: Messiaen, Poulenc, Debussy, Satie and Ravel. Haney is a member of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Chang is a piano instructor at CSUB.
Call for ‘Heroes’ artists Nicole Browning, one of the partners in The Foundry, has announced a call for artists to enter work in a juried exhibit with the theme, “Heroes.” The Foundry, 1700 Chester Ave., officially opens its doors on Monday with a daylong open house but the show, a benefit for the Wounded Heroes Fund, will be unveiled on Nov. 4, during the gallery’s grand opening. The new gallery will occupy a major portion of what is now JP Jennings Custom Picture Framing. Jennings has redesigned his original framing shop and will occupy only a portion of the space, Browning said. He will sublease the larger share of the space to the Foundry and also will be a partner in the new enterprise. “I will be chief curator for the gallery portion of the Foundry space,” said Browning, who has closed her Micro Gallery on Coffee Road. “And I’ll also have an office on location for my art consulting business.” Others involved in the new business are Alan Urquhart, a graphic designer and photographer, and artists Christina Sweet and Alan Willis.
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Dario Fonseca leads a dance lesson at a rehearsal of SoLunita, a folklorico for children.
Spotlight Junior, the new name
for Spotlight Theatre’s school of arts, is taking registrations now for students who would like to take part in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.” Classes will be held in a building on the east side of the theater that formerly housed the Dance Stop, said Hal Friedman, Spotlight’s general manager. This marks a change from last December when Spotlight temporarily moved its instructional activities to the Boys & Girls Club’s Armstrong Center on Niles Street. “The name has changed to Spotlight Junior,” Friedman said. “We’ve never closed our school. Our relationship with Boys and Girls Club is still intact but we’re doing everything here now.” Operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan are noted for being fast-paced, particularly the lyrics, but Fried-
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‘Santa’ at The Empty Auditions will be held on Saturday for “Hurry Up, Santa!” The Empty Space’s annual holiday romp about a Santa Claus who nearly gets derailed by an evil television anchor. An original comedy by Bob Kempf and Andy Philpot, it calls for all sorts of nutty characters including several varieties of elves, a toothless tooth fairy, and two space-monkeys called Jim-Jam and Glib-Glak-Zork. Amy Hall is the director. Five evening performances and two matinees will be presented Dec. 12 to 19.
‘Pirates’ on the horizon
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $10; students and seniors, $6 Information: 654-3150
‘Hurry Up Santa’ auditions When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
man is confident young performers will master “Pirates” with ease. “When I was in middle school my teacher was in the national company of Gilbert and Sullivan,” he said. “And since it’s all in the public domain, we did it all the time.” Tena Milburn is the director of “Pirates,” with musical direction by Kenneth Whitchard. Performances will be presented at Spotlight on Dec. 11 and 18. Twice-weekly rehearsals begin on Oct. 19. Registration fee is $350 plus a $50 costume fee. Future plans call for offering more classes in the performing arts as Spotlight did in the past. For the present, however, Friedman said he and co-director, Alex Neal, are taking things “one at a time.” For fees and class times, call Spotlight at 634-0692. Saturday Where: The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Information: 327-PLAY Open House When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday Where: The Foundry, 1700 Chester Ave. Admission: Free Information: 301-3283
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A Volkslauf participant traverses a rope near the end of the course in 2006.
They suffer, you watch BY ALLIE CASTRO Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
ure, this article can be for “all you pain-loving, mud-loving, exercise-loving runners and athletes of Bakersfield” (aka the Volkslauf runners of Bakersfield as they describe themselves on their Facebook page). But mostly it’s for the people who want to participate in the Volkslauf from their warm, dry positions as spectators. Though registration has come and gone, there is still plenty of opportunity to support the Volkslauf run, which benefits four local charities. And, really, what could be better than watching your friends slog through the mud and hurl themselves over 8-foot walls, while you kick back with a beverage and get some great photos? After a yearlong hiatus due to land lease and logistical problems, the Volkslauf mud run will be Saturday in its new location off Merle Haggard Drive. Competitors train for months for this grueling event, which can span either 5 or 10 kilometers and includes traditional Marine Corps obstacle-course elements such as walls, ditches, trenches and rope bridges. On the Facebook page used by coordinators to generate buzz and attract volunteers, one of the coordinators posted a picture of a newly designed obstacle, to which race director and former USMC drill instructor and Staff Sgt. Glen Pruett slyly responded: “You can’t keep letting the cat out of the bag like this. You’re going to scare runners off. OK, the sawdust is a little deep, but they’ll get through it all right, with a little help. We won’t put all that much water on it. Besides, once the water dries up, finding the bodies shouldn’t be hard at all.” Pruett also recruits the talents of designated “motivators” for the event. He says, “In the past we’ve had Marine Drill Instructors come from MCRD San Diego to “assist” in their special fashion … They do not assist as would a cheerleader but they do add that “special flair” to the course which can be found nowhere else.” Though participating might not be everyone’s cup of tea, spectators can share in the camaraderie and fun of the event. Pruett says that while the land-run part of the
Volkslauf Run When: 9 a.m. Saturday Where: Located on land best described as a half-mile north and east on Highway 65 from the intersection of 65 and 7th Standard Road/Merle Haggard Drive Admission: Free for spectators Information: volkslauf.com Run benefits CASA, our Ronald McDonald House, Kern County Toys for Tots and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Joaquin Valley.
course is not accessible to spectators, the obstacles are all visible. In fact, he says “The course has been redesigned this year to address this very issue.” He adds “The OCourse is built in a semi-circle. They cannot access the course, but they can, and do, walk beside it. It’s almost as much fun for the observers as it is for the runners.” Tents are provided to shade spectators, and refreshments are available for purchase. There will be a Junior Volkslauf course available for free to kids ages 4 and up. Pruett says this course is the mirror image of the adult course, just scaled back to match the age group’s ability. Of his favorite Volkslauf moment, Pruett says: “Undoubtedly my favorite was 2008, the last year we were at the Lerdo site. That was the year Cpl. Evan Morgan (double amputee Marine Iraq War vet) ran Volkslauf. The very fact he participated at all is beyond motivating. The fact he did so on his knuckles the last several hundred yards (because grit had gotten into his prosthetic leg sockets) sent me, and most of the crowd watching, over the edge. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, so to speak. Evan received a standing ovation from the crowd of several thousand spectators. He promises to return with a couple of his veteran amputee buddies this year and I’ve informed him neither his or his buddies money is good at Volkslauf. So far as I’m concerned, it’s ‘on the house.’” Pruett says he’s expecting more than 2,500 runners this year, about 10 times the number of participants in the inaugural run of 1997.
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he Halloween season is in gear, so let’s check out what treats await you in October. Country legend David Allen Coe is looking more like a member of the Addams Family lately, but the man still has “Itt.” Get it? One of more infamous “outlaw” country singer-songwriters of the ’70s and ’80s, his fans are true diehards. Among his more popular compositions is “Take This Job and Shove It,” a song that inspired a movie of the same name, and walkouts nationwide. That song also was a hit for the equally bizarre-looking Johnny Paycheck, who now resides in country music heaven. According to Coe’s personal rap sheet, his life is a tale of childhood reform schools and jail, starting at the age of 9. Depending on which music historian you believe, the 71-year-old was also rumored to have spent time on death row for killing an inmate during one of his prison stints. Scary stuff, considering today’s country artists sing about high school crushes and dead family pets. Tickets for Coe’s Oct. 6 concert at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. are available now for $35.50 to $25.50 at all Vallitix outlets, or by calling 3287560. Now, if we can only get Taylor Swift to duet on “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile”? Not the least bit scary is sexy soulsinger Keith Sweat, who
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plans on making ladies scream in delight at The Fox next Thursday, Oct. 7. Still sounding as smooth as he did on his 1987 debut album, Sweat’s musical catalog has aged well. His latest CD, “Ridin’ Solo,” continues in the same vein as his classics, “Twisted,” “I Want Her” and “Make It Last Forever.” Tickets range from $41 to $61 also available through Vallitix, or by calling the Fox box office at 324-1369. Younger, but with a much fouler vocabulary is rap rocker Mickey Avalon, who makes his return to B Ryder’s, 7401 White Lane on Oct. 17. Avalon, whose real name is Yeshe Perl, is known for his outrageous stage show and songs dealing with his days of drugs, alcohol and prostitution. While he definitely won’t be winning a Grammy anytime soon, he did live up to his hard partying reputation at the Bakersfield Rockin’ Roots Festival in June. Drunkenly loud and obnoxious, he drew one of the weekend’s bigger crowds with a bevy of scantily clad dancers onstage. Like his peers — pop star Ke$ha, electro punks 3OH!3, and
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Country music legend David Allen Coe will appear at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace on Oct. 6.
Oakland rapper Andre Nickatina — Avalon’s scene is bratty Hollywood party fare. Tickets for his upcoming all-ages show are $29.50. For more info, visit: timgardeapresents.com or call 3977304. Next week, I’ll have a review of this year’s Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, plus some info on one local band, appearing at Six Flags Magic Mountain during Fright Fest. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Matt’s picks Cidona and more at The Gate, 2010 O St., 7 p.m. Friday. $7. All
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.
ages. If you haven’t checked out the band’s cool new video for the song “Lost In Transit,” find it on YouTube. Better yet, catch this young band of talents who have one of the most energetic shows in Bako. Also appearing is singer-songwriter Alex Mitts who along with great original acoustic material has an amazing head of hair. Demand that Mitts’ perform his “Britney Spears medley.” You can tell him I told you to. “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” screening at Caffeine Supreme, 20th and F streets, at 8 p.m. Friday. Free. 873-4712. What happens when a mad scientist takes the decapitated head of his fiancée and keeps it alive on a platter with hopes to find a new
body? Not a whole lotta love, that’s for sure. Originally titled “The Black Door,” this 1959 B-movie also features a classic stripper catfight, with a jazzy soundtrack. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and prepare for some real First Friday “headutainment.” Viva Skaktoberfest at Fishlips, 1517 18th St., at 9 p.m. Saturday. $5. 324-2557. So, you haven’t had enough after the Bakersfield Oktoberfest? Head downtown and continue getting “Wunderbar” with help from Central Valley Latin rockers Vital, DJ Mikey, and ska funksters Mento Buru. Be prepared to raise some spirits and make the walls sweat. It’s better than Zumba!
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ave Alvin’s folk music roots are showing more these days. Returning Tuesday night to Fishlips, the guitarist and singer/songwriter, a legend in roots music circles, has a lot to share with fans. From his days as a young Downey guitar slinger braving the Hollywood punk scene with his band The Blasters to numerous guest spots and solo recordings, Alvin’s edge is sharper than ever. “I still play the same notes, some just louder than others,” he said via cell phone during a recent tour stop. “In the long run, it’s about the purity of the sound.” Not a fan of labels, he does refer to his own particular style as “folk,” but adds … “I have a pretty broad definition of what folk music is. Most people think it’s just acoustic guitar and Opry stages. That’s certainly part of it. But to me folk music is anything that comes out of traditional American music.” There’s no debating his thoughts on that subject either. Becoming one of the most respected artists of his generation, his influence is also steeped in Central Valley history. “My mom grew up in Reedley, so I kind of grew up hearing that Bakersfield and West Coast country sound.”
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The early days: What a Blast A friend to many of alternative rock’s early ’80s voices like Los Angeles’ X and bluesy/punk The Gun Club, two bands he also spent time making music with, Alvin still considers himself a fan. “It was great, because back in those days in the punk rock scene, we all looked out and hung out with each other. It wasn’t about making money. It was about being with your friends.” That rang true through much of Alvin’s early career playing alongside his brother, Phil, in The Blasters. While the band garnered a cult following, they never quite reached mainstream success. However, being able to tell stories of playing for pop impresario Dick Clark on “American Bandstand” in front of millions of TV viewers made the experience all worthwhile … from what he can remember. “It was so early in the morning that you really couldn’t appreciate how surreal it was,” he recalled. “One moment you’re standing next to Dick Clark, then later that afternoon about 5 o’clock, you’re like “Wow, I just did ‘American Bandstand’?” In 1986, Alvin left The Blasters and, like many of his peers, began to carve his own musical niche. He scored a Grammy in 2000 for his album, “Public Domain: Songs From The Wild
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Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Fishlips, 1517 18th St. Admission: $20 Information: 324-2557
A Buck Owens quote to live by But two of his most noteworthy projects are those associated with a pair of country music’s closest compadres — Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens. Covering Alvin’s “Long White Cadillacs,” a song originally written for The Blasters, Yoakam’s 1989 version was a shared artistic and financial hit. “Dwight and I were friends before he was a star, and I was very touched and honored by his recording. There were also a few nice checks that came with that.” Hired by pro audio magazine Mix to interview Buck Owens in Bakersfield in 2000, Alvin came to the Crystal Palace hoping for 30 minutes with the legend. What he ended up with was more than he had bargained for. “Buck was supposed to play the sec-
ond set of his show after our interview, but we ended up talking for over two and a half hours, and his band went on without him. We talked about everything, and he gave me one of the best quotes anyone has ever given me. It captured my concept of American music. He said, ‘Back in the old days, I couldn’t say this, but I can say it now … My two biggest influences musically were Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and Little Richard.’ “When he said that, I was like, ‘Buck, you’re OK.’” Today, the 54-year old is touring with his latest band, a group he handpicked based on what he still loves about his job — friendships. “These are all old friends from different projects, but some of them had never met each other.” Dubbed The Guilty Women, they are: Lisa Pankratz, drums; Cindy Cashdollar, guitar; Christy McWilson, vocals; and Sarah Brown, bass. All veterans and collectively one of the most gifted bands around, the group’s only offense is its extreme talent. “I needed a change, and to jar things up. I said, ‘I’m going to put together the best all-woman roots band ever.’ And I did.”
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Murray Family Farms OctoberFest 2010 Two different farm locations to feature corn mazes, spider maze, kiddy maze, petting zoo, hayride with free small pumpkin, ant farm, fun land, face painting, crafts, and food. Runs Oct. 1 to 31, noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. Monday to Friday: $7, adults; $5, children 12 and under. Saturday and Sunday: $10 per person. Free for children under 30 inches every day. 3300100. Movie in the Park with NOR Bring your whole family to the park for a free viewing of the PG-rated movie “Monster House.” Begins at dusk Oct. 8, Madison Grove Park, 10115 Norris Road. 392-2000. ‘My Funny Frankenstein’ Dr. Frankenstein and his creation “The Creature” have been touring the world as one of the most successful comedy songand-dance teams since Hope and Crosby. But The Creature has grown tired of the road and the good Doctor can’t understand why. Making matters worse is their evil manager, Frau Blah-Blah, who is intent on milking them for all that they’re worth. Runs Oct. 8 to Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Melodrama 12748 Jomani Drive. Adults, $20; seniors, $18; kids 12 and under, $9; students with valid ID, $9; Sunday matinee adults, $18. 587-3377. Night at the Museum Creep through the Buena Vista Museum’s exhibit halls with only flashlights to guide you. Families start tour through an area filled with African and Asian animals and Miocene fossils, then creep upstairs to the North American Animals and Dinosaurs area and end in the Weird Professor’s science lab in the basement. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16, Buena Vista Museum, 2018 Chester Ave. $7, adults; $5, students. Space is limited, call for reservations. 324-6350. ‘Geeks vs. Zombies’ Comedy-horror for audiences 16 and up about four zombie movieobsessed guys who manage to survive the
zombie apocalypse by using all of the tips they’ve picked up while watching every zombie movie ever made. 8 p.m. Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23 and 29, 8 p.m. and midnight Oct. 30; The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Pre-show Oct. 15 and 16, $6; suggested donation for other performances, $10. 327-7529. Fort Tejon Ghost Walk Old-fashioned historical games and activities, pumpkin carving, and bake sale. After dark candles are lit and patrons are escorted on a spooky tour of Fort Tejon’s hidden secrets. Onsite camping also available by reservation. 4 p.m. Oct. 16, 4201 Fort Tejon Road, Lebec. Ghost walk and a barbecue dinner, $15, adults; $8, kids. Ghost walk only: $10, adults; $5, kids. 323-3777428. Halloween Storytime Come dressed in your costume, hear “ScaredyCat Splat!” along with other stories read by Miss Olivia, enjoy some sweet treats, and make your own crafts such as your own Halloween mask, and more. 11 a.m. Oct. 23, Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. Free. 631-2575. NOR’s Halloween Fright Shop! Get your ghosts and goblins ready for the “witching hour” with this crafts class for kids ages 8-12. Kids will create some fun and spooky crafts for the big day! 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23, Greenacres Community Center 2014 Calloway Drive. $15 per child, preregistration online is encouraged. 392-2010. CALM’s Boo at the Zoo Play games, make crafts, see the animals, wildlife presentations, bounce house, food and beverages for sale. Costumes highly encouraged. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. Adults, $9; seniors, $7; free for CALM members and kids up to 12; $1 for bounce house. 872-2256. Murder at the Museum Wear your favorite costume and enjoy appetizers, dinner and dessert all catered by Chef Tye Bell. Try to unravel the clues and figure out who dunnit. Prizes will be given. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 29,
Buena Vista Museum, 2018 Chester Ave. $75; $65, museum members. Advance reservations required. 324-6350. Color Me Mine’s Halloween Party Paint by candlelight, Halloween edition! Event will feature spooky lighting, scary music and Halloween treats. Wear your costume for a free studio fee. Reservations are encouraged and guarantee two hours of table time. 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 29, Color Me Mine, 9000 Ming Ave. Free admission for those in costume. 664-7366. Halloween Lantern Light Tour These annual lantern light events explore the legends and eerie past of the Kern Valley and the historic buildings found at Silver City Ghost Town. In addition to the guided tours, nationally known paranormal researchers will be conducting live investigations each of the three nights. They will be sharing their techniques and any evidence they find with the public. 7:13 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 to 31, Silver City Ghost Town, 3829 Lake Isabella Blvd., Bodfish. $12. 760379-5146. Safe Halloween 2010 More than 30 local businesses will staff the decorated buildings of the museum to decorate their assigned building and provide kids with trick-ortreat stops. Event will also feature a school-type carnival with games, preschool area with readers, activities and games, costume contest, Halloween cartoons on the Haunted Drive-In screen, and food for purchase. All are encouraged to dress in their best costume. 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31, Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. $8. 8525020. ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ The Velvet Darkness cast will kick things off in the lobby with fun photo ops. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume to win exciting prizes and tickets to upcoming concerts. Check out your favorite Halloween characters with a meet-and-greet, then play your part during the with prop bags and lots of interaction during the film. Doors open at 10 p.m., pre-
show at 11:30, show starts at midnight Oct. 30, Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $10, must be 17 or older to attend. 324-1369. Boos & Blues Halloween Monster Mash Enjoy the sounds of The Blackboard Playboys and members of Kern River Blues Society for this 21and-over musical event. The Mash will also feature a costume contest, games, dancing and prizes. 7 p.m. Oct. 30, Trout’s & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave. $5. kernriverbluessociety@ gmail.com. Scary for Charity Halloween Party The largest 21-and-over Halloween party in Bakersfield will be hosted by local businesses to benefit Kern Partnership for Children and Families. Event will feature a costume contest, live music by Randy Emmett and The Sideshow, DJ Margo Saylor, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and dancing. Entertainment provided by lighting specialist, a dance troupe set to perform to "Thriller," stilt-walking monsters and more. 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30, DoubleTree Hotel 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. scaryforcharity.com. Annual Halloween Haunt Event will feature live entertainment provided by the Just Dave Band, midnight costume contest with cash prizes for best individual costume and best couple costume, and drink specials. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 30, Fishlips, 1517 18th St. $5. 324-2557. Walk MS 2010 This event with 1- and 3mile walks along the Kern River Bike Path will include a Halloween party route, finish line festivities, fantastic foods and a “best-dressed” contest. 7 a.m. check-in, Oct. 30, Yokuts Park, off Empire Drive. 1-800-344-4867. Harvest Fest Carnival games, inflatable bounce houses and slide, Trunk-or-treating and carnival-style food for sale. All are encouraged to dress in non-scary costumes. Admission is free. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th St. Free. 325-9419.
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Come hum as they strum Guitarists show off virtuosity at pair of shows
wo renowned guitarists are headed to Bakersfield this week. The music starts Saturday with award-winning guitarist Christopher Caliendo, who will bring his trio to Bright House Networks Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Caliendo specializes in upbeat classical performances with a Latin twist. Winner of both the Peabody Grant and the Heritage Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures, Caliendo was the first American artist to be Shawn commissioned by the Vatican. Accompanying his trio on the stage will be professional tango dancers. Tickets for the performance are $10; VIP dinner packages provided by Prime Cut are also available. Additionally, patrons can bring their own food and beverages to the amphitheater, and alcohol is permitted with the purchase of a $1 age-verification license. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 1-800-7453000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. On Tuesday, genre-hopping, continent-
GO & DO Christopher Caliendo at 7 p.m. Saturday; Bright House Networks Amphitheater; admission $10; tickets available all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Daryl Shawn at 7 p.m. Tuesday; Borders Books Cafe, 4980 Stockdale Highway; admission free
crossing guitarist Daryl Shawn makes his fourth appearance at Borders Books in Bakersfield at 7 p.m., spinning out an instrumental set developed over years on the road. This free evening concert is part of Shawn's fifth tour of 2010, a busy year during which he has traveled to 20 states and three Canadian provinces. On this date, he will be featuring tunes from a pair of upcoming full-length releases, one devoted to pieces he composed for five weddings (his second album of these works), the other sticking close to rock while utilizing techniques culled from flamenco, classical and new music. In addition to drawing from his large body of original tunes, Shawn has a taste for off-the-cuff interpretation, re-imagining familiar tunes that can range from Elvis to Jawbox. â€” Daryl Shawn media release
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Several Bakersfield teachers hope to get their colleagues involved in advocacy for the arts in school. From left: Yvonne Cavanagh, Bakersfield High; Shelley Juhl-O’Brien, West High; Angie Gia, Bakersfield City School District; and Michele Bilik, Bakersfield High.
Teacher to teacher: Let’s save art in school Organization hopes to galvanize advocacy BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing columnist
group of local teachers is finding new ways to strengthen art instruction in the schools through their membership in California Art Education Association, or CAEA. They’re inviting like-minded teachers to learn more about the statewide organization at a social gathering Wednesday evening at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. “It’s open to teachers at all levels,” said Shelley Juhl-O’Brien, one of four art teachers at West High School. “Right now with the budget cuts, elementary schools aren’t doing much in art and (CAEA) can show them how to introduce it to classes.” Workshops and mini-conferences are offered by the organization at both the district and state level. These include handson demonstrations and lesson plans. Juhl-O’Brien is president of the central district of CAEA, a nine-county area that covers a wide swath across the middle portion of California. She said her board is beginning now to plan for the state convention to be held in Bakersfield in November 2011. In addition to sharing ideas with other professionals, CAEA offers scholarships to students of members and engages in advocacy at the state level. Juhl-O’Brien said the greatest concern at the moment is a new bill, AB2446, which changes the visual arts requirements necessary for graduation from high school. As of this writing, the bill was on the governor’s desk, according to an e-mail from a state education department official. Today is the deadline for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign it. If the bill does become law, a high school could eliminate one art teacher and replace the position
California Art Education Association Social When: 6 p.m. Wednesday Where: Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. Admission: Free Information: E-mail Yvonne_cavanagh@khsd.k12.ca.us
with a certified technical educator who does not have a degree in art. “For example, someone who is an architect could be a CTE and teach a course like AutoCAD and students would get art credit for it,” she explained. AutoCAD is a multifaceted software program used in creating three-dimensional designs for various industries. “I’m not saying (technical education) is bad,” Juhl-O’Brien said. “I just think you need to learn the basics of design first — they’re the tools you need to build in other areas.” Even so, she feels a middle ground can be found where teachers who majored in visual art can work with individuals in fields that are more technical. “We’d like to work with them on this,” Juhl-O’Brien said. “We’re trying to build bridges, not burn them down.” As for scholarships, a local student received a big one just last spring. Andrew Frausto, a student of South High teacher Hank Washington, won a statewide CAEA competition that included a three-day trip to New York City and a visit to the Museum of Modern Art as well as other landmarks. Other local teachers who serve as officers in the district are Michelle Bilik, Angie Gia, and Yvonne Cavanagh. Although Juhl-O’Brien could not cite exact numbers, she estimates the district has about 70 members. Dues are $35 per year for first-time members.
Thursday, September 30, 2010 The Bakersfield Californian
COURTESY JUDY ALFTER AND CHERYL MESTMAKER
The Luigi’s family, from left: Timothy Lemucchi, Margaret Lemucchi, Sandra Valpredo, Gino Valpredo, Tonia Valpredo, Lanette Valpredo, Monte Valpredo, Monica Sacco and John Sacco.
A special Sunday treat BY MAUREEN BUSCHER-DANG Contributing writer
uigi’s will take to the streets around its restaurant and deli at 725 E. 19th St. to celebrate the business’s 100th anniversary on Sunday. Beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 6 p.m., the streets — blocked off to traffic — will be filled with more than 30 Italian vendors, including those who have prepared specialty foods exclusively for sampling. Local favorites, including Moo Creamery, Rosemary’s Ice Cream, Sweet Surrender, Pyrenees Bakery, Luigi’s Covenant Coffee, BTown Toffee, Aunt Mae’s Candies and Dewar’s, will be among the vendors offering treats. Dewar’s has produced a “spumoni chew” just for the anniversary. Luigi’s Italian wines, beers and spirits will be available, with seven wine booths featuring Luigi’s 100-Year Anniversary Proprietary Red and Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley. The afternoon will feature live entertainment, including the Shades of Gray, News Brothers and Good Question, as well as performances by jugglers, magicians and an Italian accordion player. A children’s corner will feature games and Italian crafts. For people looking for tradition, this event will be “oozing” with it. There will be grape stomping and a pasta-eating contest. Italian Lamborghini cars and Ducati
Luigi’s 100th Anniversary Celebration When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 Where: 725 E. 19th St., and surrounding streets Admission: $20, children 12 and under free Information: Visit shopluigis.com for details and to buy tickets.
motorcycles will be on display. Berchtold Equipment Co., a neighboring business that specializes in farm equipment sales, also is celebrating its 100th year of family ownership. The Berchtold family will offer tractor rides around the Luigi’s event. Admission to the celebration is $20. Children under 12 will get in for free. Go to shopluigis.com to buy advance tickets online. — Maureen Buscher-Dang is a Bakersfield public relations consultant. She is writing this on behalf of Luigi’s.
Coming Saturday The Lemucchi and Valpredo families have graciously agreed to share several of the recipes that keep Luigi’s fans coming back for more. Don’t miss Eye Street Saturday.
The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, September 30, 2010
Let the lederhosen lead the way to Oktoberfest BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH
ooking for a little German flavor in your own backyard? Head to Stramler Park Saturday for Bakersfield Oktoberfest. In the tradition of the Bavarian festival, it will be an afternoon of German beers, food and entertainment with a hometown feel. “We try to bring a little bit of flair from Munich, Germany, and infuse it with some local traditions as well with bringing in Lengthwise Brewery and other businesses here in Kern County,” said event chairman Kevin Harrer. Attendees paying general admission will have the chance to buy drink tickets for a wide array of traditional German beers from breweries such as Hofbrau, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, Spaten, Weihenstephaner and Konig Pilsner. Local beers will be on tap with
TODAY Kutless, 8 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Budweiser Pavilion, 1142 P St. Free with paid fair admission. 833-4900. “Oasis in Space,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield College, Planetarium, Math and Science Building, room 112, 1801 Panorama Drive. $6.50; $4.50 students/seniors. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 3954326.
Friday 10th annual Boots & Bachelor Auction, benefiting the Bakersfield Homeless Center, featuring 15 eligible bachelors, live and silent auction, no-host bar, 6:30 to 11 p.m., Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $65, includes dinner. Tickets available at Crystal Palace. 3785646. “Lace’n It Up For — Links for Life” kick off Breast Cancer Walk to kick off awareness month; registration 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at three locations: Liberty Bell (1415 Truxtun Ave.), the Park at River Walk (Stockdale Highway at Buena Vista), or Public Health Building, 1800 Mt. Vernon Ave.; lunch (for those who reserved it) to follow at the three locations. 322-5601. Guess Who, 8 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Budweiser Pavilion, 1142 P St. Free with paid fair admission. 833-4900. PRCA Rodeo, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Kern County Fairgrounds, Grandstand, 1142 P St. 833-4900. An Evening of French Music, with Julia Lawson Haney and SooYeon Park Chang, 7:30 p.m., CSUB, Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $10; $6 students/seniors/CSUB alumni and staff. Free for CSUB students with ID. 654-2156. Murray Family Farms’ OctoberFest 2010, featuring a spider maze, kiddy maze, hayride with free small pumpkin, ant farm, fun land, noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6
When: 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday Where: Stramler Park, 3805 Chester Ave. Admission: $5, in advance; $10, day of the event; VIP Party Packs are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Information: bakersfieldoktoberfest.com
special Oktoberfest blends from Lengthwise Brewery and BJ’s Brewhouse. If you’re looking for a one-stop shop ticketing experience, event co-chairman Cory Jenkins recommends the party-pack ticket, which gives you access to all of the beers, a meal ticket and souvenir beer stein. “It’s really the way to go if you want the most
p.m. Saturday and Sunday, now until Oct. 31, Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. $7 adults (Monday-Friday); $5 children 12 and under; free for children under 30 inches; $10 per person (Sat.-Sun.); free for children under 30 inches. murrayfamilyfarms.com or 3300100. Talladega Frights Haunted Attraction, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11811 Rosedale Highway. talladegafrights.com, facebook.com/TalladegaFrights or 699-8633. 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. Hectic Films presents “The Grip,” featuring independent and short films, 8 to 10 p.m., Caffeine Supreme, 2000 F St. caffeinesupreme.com or 321-9097. Luke 14 Dinner, presented by Joni and Friends Ministries, Bakersfield Chapter; 6 to 8 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3700 Union Ave. 900-9119. Pajamarama Storytime, for children up to age 12 can come hear stories and do crafts in their pajamas, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, children’s area, 4001 California Ave. Free. 631-2575. Wine Bar Flight, featuring the best of Syrah, 2004 Meyer family, 2007 Tensley Tierra Alta, 2006 Black Bart, 2005 Alban Reva and more, 4 p.m., Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. Tastes, $2 to $10. 633-WINE.
Saturday Beatlemajesty, 8 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Budweiser Pavilion, 1142 P St. Free with paid fair admission. 833-4900. Gospel Day, starting at noon. Kern County Fairgrounds, Frontier Stage, 1142 P St. 833-4900. Hypnotist Tina Marie, 6 and 9:45 p.m., Kern County
bang for your buck,” Jenkins said. Although Bakersfield Oktoberfest focuses on the traditional beers of Germany, there is more to the festival than an opportunity to quench your thirst. It’ll have your stomach smiling as well. “There will be lots of traditional German dishes, sausages, a pork roast dish and even a veggie burger. In addition to the beer, there will also be wine out there. So if you aren’t a fan of meats or beers there is still something out there for you,” Jenkins said. Additionally, organizers have brought in two traditional bands, Anton Schnitzel and the Merry Makers and The Raving Polka Band. And if you are in the mood for a little friendly competition, attendees can also take part in a few games, including a safe beer chug with nonalcoholic beer as well as stein-holding and stein-carrying contests. With Halloween just around the corner
Fairgrounds, Budweiser Pavilion, 1142 P St. Free with paid fair admission. 833-4900. 13th annual Bakersfield Interfaith Conference, 10 a.m., Bakersfield College, Fine Arts Auditorium, 1801 Panorama Drive. Free. 2010 Concert Series, with Christopher Caliendo, 7 p.m., Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road. $10, $25 for three-show package. Ticketmaster.com or all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000. 28th annual FACT Barbecue for the Birds, open house, 2 p.m.; dinner at 5 p.m., CSUB, Facility for Animal Care and Treatment, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $15; $10 students/seniors; $6 children 5-12. Reservations, 654-3167. Central Coast Wine Bus Tour, includes breakfast, gourmet lunch and a visit to wineries, 9:30 a.m., Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway. $95 per person. 8344433 or visit cafemedrestaurant.com. Bakersfield Oktoberfest, 3 to 10 p.m., Stramler Park, 3805 Chester Ave. $5 advance, $10 at the gate; “party pack” $35, $40 at the gate. Proceeds benefit M.A.R.E. Riding Center. bakersfieldoktoberfest.com. Tickets available at Ugly Duck Marketing, 1419 19th St. 327-3825. Seventh annual Walk to Defeat ALS, check-in at 8 a.m., walk begins at 9:30 a.m., The Park at River Walk, Stockdale Highway and Buena Vista Road. walk.alsala.org. Third annual “Ride 4 Youth” Benefit Motorcycle Ride, with a barbecue, raffle, giveaways, bike show, registration at 8:30 a.m., the 50-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m. and will end at Peacock Park, Valley Cycle & Motorsports, 3917 Buck Owens Blvd. $35 single rider, $50 for two. $10 for barbecue, children under 7 with a parent are free. yfcride4youth.com or 323-
attendees are encouraged to take advantage of newly opened costume shops and come ready to play in full traditional garb. “We want to see everyone out there dressed up. The guys can wear lederhosen and the women should be in their dirndls. That’s what will really make the day,” said Harrer, referring to the leather shorts and suspenders combination worn by German men and the corset and skirts worn by women. Bakersfield Oktoberfest isn’t just about a day of beer and entertainment: Net proceeds will benefit M.A.R.E. riding center. Jenkins said he and Harrer believe in its cause. “We have worked with M.A.R.E. for the past three years and it’s a great organization,” Jenkins said. “They take mentally and physically disabled children and put them on horses. It’s very therapeutic for them and really helps them out quite a bit and it’s a really great cause.”
9041. Volkslauf Run, 9 a.m., located a half mile north and east on Highway 65 from the intersection of 65 and 7th Standard Road/Merle Haggard Drive. Free for spectators. volkslauf.com. 10th annual California Challenge Concours d’Elegance, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Museum admission rates apply for spectators, museum members are free. 747-4416. Autumn Faire, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Patriots Park, 1600 New Stine Road. Free. villageartisans.org or 205-2923. Dangerous Boys Club, with Ryan Young, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, children’s area, 4001 California Ave. Free. 631-2575. Eighth annual Old Friends of Bakersfield Car Club “Fabulous Fifties Fun Car Show,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, Olive Knolls Church of the Nazarene, 6201 Fruitvale Ave. $35 entry fee. 703-4071 or 809-1500. 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. Kern River Valley Hiking Club; moderate hike explores Sunday Peak; leave at 7:30 a.m. from Chevron, junction of highways 178 and 184 (Weedpatch). Bring lunch and 2 quarts of water. Directions: lakeisabella.net/hiking or 747-5065 or 778-3453. Meet Your Neighbors Kick-Off Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets. Free. 322-7598. “Sharktooth Hill: A Kern County Fossil Treasure,” with geologist Tim Elam, 2 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $7 adults, $5 students/seniors, $4 child. 3246350.
Sunday Ninel Conde, 8 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Budweiser Pavilion, 1142 P St. Free with paid fair admission. 833-4900. Fiesta Rodeo, 6 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, Grandstand, 1142 P St. 833-4900. CSUB Women’s Soccer vs. Pepperdine, 7 p.m., CSUB campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $4 to $10. 654-2583. Mental Health Fair, with free health screenings, resources, food and entertainment, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Good Samaritan Hospital, 5201 White Lane. 215-7503.
THEATER 26th annual Kern Shakespeare Festival “As You Like It,” 8 p.m. Friday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 327-PLAY. “Deathtrap,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $50 to $55; show-only tickets $30; matinee shows are $45 and $50. 325-6100. Major League Improv, improvisational comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Free but donations are accepted. 327-PLAY.
ART Reception for Winners in the Arts Category, from the Kern County Fair, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. “Ebb and Flow Kern’s Vanishing Water” Art Exhibit, on display until Sunday, JP Jennings Gallery, 1700 Chester Ave. 323-1622. The ceramic art of David Furman: “Forty Years in the Making: 20101970,” Pamela Hill Enticknap: “Currents,” and Eye Gallery: “Close to Home,” on display until Nov. 21, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. TuesdayFriday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 323-7219.
Thursday, September 30, 2010 The Bakersfield Californian
Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; The People’s Band, 9 p.m. Thursday.; Kevin Seconds and Ted Leo, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Alternative Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St., 324-2557; Joey Romley & Friends, 9 p.m. Tuesdays.
Classic Rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Really Big Midgets, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. First Friday with Mike Montano, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at 19th and Eye streets. Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St., 324-2557; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Friday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; Sunday Snake Oil, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 3981300; Divided Highway, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 323-0053; The Usual Suspects, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 5896749; Ladies night with live DJ, 9 p.m. Thursdays; 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Free. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 3977304; 8 p.m. Thursday.
Lecture and presentation by photographer Brendan Bannon When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: The Norman Levan Center for the Humanities at Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive
Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday.
Latin/Salsa Latin Salsa Dancing, 8 p.m. Thursdays, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 3237111. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 8520493; Son Tropical, 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: Salsa dancing, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Live Jazz & Wine Bar, featuring Jazz Connection with Zanne Zarow and Mike Raney, along with 24 wines, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. 633-WINE. Chencho’s Bar & Grill, 2201 V St., 327-0190; Salsa Sundays, with a DJ, 3 to 10 p.m., salsa lessons are offered at 6 p.m. Sundays. $5 after 6 p.m.
Mariachi Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-
Admission and parking: Free Information: 395-4339 Discover more about Brendan Bannon at www. brendanbannon.com
0493; Mariachi Imperial, 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
Oldies KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 322-9910; Jimmy Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Halls, 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Old School The Bistro After Dark, 5105 California Ave., 3233905; Old School Saturdays with Noe G, 10 p.m. every Saturday. Ladies free/$10 cover.
Rock Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Friday.
Rock remixes “Rock It Fridays,” 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Friday, DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 323-7111.
UPCOMING EVENTS Tuesday 10/5 “Bel Mangiare,” dinner celebration of Via Arté, with an Italian feast of wine, food and an auction of Pamela Panattoni’s painting of Via Arté, cocktails at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., Little Italy, 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite M6. $100.
Wednesday 10/6 David Allan Coe, 7 p.m., Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $25.50 to $35.50 plus fee. vallitix.com or 322-5200. Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m., Kern County Department of Public Health, 1800 Mt. Vernon Ave. 868-0328. Film Club, with Cody Meek, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. First Wednesday, special events and refreshments, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $4 nonmembers. 323-7219. Songwriters’ Showcase, hosted by Chuck Seaton and Billy Russell, 7 p.m., The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road. 831-1413. “The 800-Mile Wall,” documentary, about the United States-Mexico border, 7 p.m. Wednesday, CSUB, Dorothy Donohue Hall, Room G102, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. 654-2191.
Friday 10/8 Book Signing, with author Carol Campodonica of “Crazy Animal Stories,” noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Borders, 4980 Stockdale Highway. 328-9800. CSUB Legends of Jazz Series Concert, featuring Jonathan Kreisberg Quartet, 8 p.m., CSUB, Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway.
A Grand Affair of the Heart, presented by San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation and the Arts Council of Kern; with dinner, silent and live auction, and 10 handcrafted hearts created by
FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “Babies,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. flics.org or call 428-0354. Hectic Films presents “The Grip,” featuring independent and short films, 8 to 10 p.m., Caffeine Supreme, 2000 F St. caffeinesupreme.com or 321-9097. Highway 99 Cruise N’ Show, with hundreds of cars and trucks, AA Fuel Dragsters, Big Foot monster truck, 1999 Indianapolis 500 Memorial Day Classic, treasure hunt, awards ceremony and more, begins 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, downtown. Free. hwy99cruise.com or 3213110. Inkdiction Magazine Tattoo & Body Art Expo, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, The Dome, 2201 V St. $25 per person; $35 two-day pass and can be purchased at Pain Is Beauty, 1518 18th St. kaboommagazine.com.
Rumba, Waltz, Two Step, Cha-Cha, Foxtrot, Mambo, Bolero
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (Enrollment Dates: Oct. 6 & Oct. 13)
$10.00 per couple Time: 10:15 - 11:45am
1622 19th St. (Downtown Bakersfield)
Cuers: Chuck & Mary Ryall Bakersfield Rounders
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$15 general; $12 seniors 60+, $8 students with ID, faculty, staff, alumni. 6542511.
Beginners Choreographed Ballroom - Round Dance Class
— David M. Koeth, chairman of the art department at Bakersfield College
Trouts & the Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700, offers karaoke, line dancing, West Coast swing among other activities. Call for times and days. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 8737613; Token Okies, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Road Dawgs, 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday; Valley Fever, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 322-8900; Iron Outlaws, The Big Jugs, 9:30 p.m. Friday; Country Club, 9 p.m. Wednesday. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 392-1747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
have appeared in Time magazine, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. He has taught photography and writing to children in Romania, Uganda, Yemen and Namibia and has taught workshops in photography to aid workers and journalists in Somalia and Kenya. Bannon will spend three days in Bakersfield, presenting to classes and to the public.
Photographer Brendan Bannon will present a lecture in Bakersfield on Wednesday, focusing primarily on his work in Africa. He also will complete a photo essay on Bakersfield, which he will present during the discussion. Bannon has spent the last five years working from his base in Nairobi, Kenya, covering life in Africa for the Daily Telegraph, The United Nations and international charity groups like Doctors without Borders and Care International. His images
local artists, 6 to 9 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. $150. 869-6570. CSUB Women’s Soccer vs. Fresno State, 7 p.m., CSUB campus, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $4 to $10. 654-2583. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Attitude group, 7 to 9 p.m., Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave. $3 adults; $1 for children under 13. 8324800. Keith Sweat, 8 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $35 to $55. vallitix.com or 3241369. “Wine for Dummies,” learn about food and wine parings, 6 to 8 p.m., Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway. $25, includes food and wine. 834-4433.
Photographer to present lecture on work in Africa
Proceeds benefit Bakersfield Museum of Art’s education programs. 323-7219. Christmas Tree Design Demonstration, 6:30 p.m., Log Cabin Florist, 800 19th St. 327-8646. Dave Alvin & The Guilty Band, 8 p.m., Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $20 plus fee; 21 & over only. vallitix.com or 322-5200. Faire in the Park, with a farmers market, food booths, arts and crafts, entertainment, peddler’s faire, children’s corner and more, 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R. 325-5892. Guitarist Daryl Shawn, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Borders, cafe, 4980 Stockdale Highway. 328-9800. Kern Audubon Society, meeting with Garry George, chapter network director for Audubon California, discussing “Kill Your Lawn!,” 7 p.m., Kern County Superintendent of Schools, 1300 17th St. 587-6323. Tommy Hays, and the Western Swingsters, music at 7:30 p.m., Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. buckowens.com; 328-7560.
Cherice Hatton, featured artist for September, Bakersfield Mazda, 3201 Cattle Drive. 328-8000. Roberta Jean Owen, featured artist for the month of September, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320.
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