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Index Matt Maher .............................................. 26 This Week’s Obsessions .......................... 27 Arts Alive .................................................. 28 Jazz Fest lineup announced .................... 29 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz ............ 30 Jeff Dunham .............................................. 31 The Great Strides Walk .......................... 35 Calendar .............................................. 35-37

“I prayed about it and I just felt in my heart, now’s the time. It just made perfect sense.” — Brian “Head” Welch, who will reunite with Korn for several upcoming concerts

Korn reborn: Welch back Semi-reunion comes as old friends find common ground BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


rian “Head” Welch isn’t the same man he was eight years ago when his addictions and a spiritual crisis forced him to walk away from Korn at the pinnacle of the Bakersfieldbred band’s success. Then again, Korn isn’t entirely the same band it was in 2005. The edge and intensity — hallmarks of both the music and the band’s personal style — are still there, of course. But below the surface, where it counts, the remaining original members couldn’t be more different. Turns out that age and maturity have a way of mellowing even the most committed hellions. Which puts Welch on the same page with old friends Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, and Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu. And soon it will put them on the same stage. Welch, Davis and Arvizu have confirmed to The Californian that Korn will have its original guitar player back for a series of concerts that kick off in May. (So far, no Bakersfield dates have been announced.) “It’s kind of a weird situation, because we’re all doing it based on a trial thing,” said Welch, 42, during a recent phone interview. “Everyone is so humble now, everyone’s happy, there’s no drama at all. But at the same time, it’s been so long. We’re going in, and, if I’m free, we’re doing it as far as live shows.” Davis echoed his old friend’s sentiments: “Just gonna be playing some shows and doing what Korn does,” said Davis, also 42. “We’re looking forward to these shows with Brian and we think it’s gonna be awesome. He’s a completely different person, for the better. He’s full of life.”

Out with the old ... Welch’s reunion with his old friends is all the more remarkable


Korn has confirmed plans for a series of reunion shows this year. Pictured above from left: Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu, Ray Luzier, Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch.

considering the finality of his 2005 departure. To atone for what he considered grave sins committed as a rock star, he withdrew from former bandmates, friends, hangers-on — anyone who had anything to do with the hedonistic rock environment. “When I left, I was like, ‘I just wanna start over, I’m miserable, I’m not happy. I thought money and fame was everything.’ When I left and started focusing on my daughter, I thought, ‘That’s it, new life.’ Korn suffered additional turmoil in 2006 with the departure of original drummer David Silveira, who has been replaced by

Ray Luzier. Meanwhile, in 2007 Welch released a solo record and autobiography, both titled “Save Me from Myself.” “James (Shaffer) had reached out to me once or twice, but I was in this place where I just didn’t want to be connected with anybody from my old life for a while,” Welch recalled. “I feel bad that I didn’t reach back out to him, but I think he understands now that I had to go through the process. I’d lost touch with Jon (Davis) since after the last Korn tour in 2005, but I connected with him in 2006 when he was sick and he had to cancel those tour dates.”

A face-to-face meeting with Davis, the first since Welch left the group, came in 2011 when both were in Bakersfield. Davis was performing a solo show at B Ryder’s Bar and reached out to his old friend moments before the concert. “I hadn’t seen him since the last Korn tour,” Welch said. “He took me to the Korn studio in Bakersfield after my show and gave me the tour. He said, ‘We need you back, man.’ I was like, ‘Whoa, slow down, man. It’s great to see you.’ I was just so nervous. I’d always looked up to him as a singer. He’s Jonathan Davis, the quiet little guy I met before we

got famous. Just to hang out that night was surreal.” If the Bakersfield encounter was an ice-breaker, a 2012 YouTube clip showing Welch with the remaining members of Korn at a 2012 North Carolina music festival whipped fans into a reunion frenzy. Welch had intended to attend the Korn concert incognito with his daughter, Jeanne. “I thought things out first. First, I thought, ‘What if people try to get me to play a song? I just wanna go there and chill and not make a deal about that I’m there.’ I purposely didn’t tell anybody I Please see KORN / 34


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Members of the Imagine Ballet Company rehearse “It’s Not Impossible,” a contemporary ballet piece choreographed by Kristen Doolittle McLaughlin to music composed by Ben Sollee. From left are: Isabelle Guillory, Amy Cox, Tara Shearer, Chloe Davis and Austin Erwin.

Dancing with the real stars Ballet troupe hopes to draw new fans BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor


his week’s premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” drew 16.8 million viewers, proving that

America has a passion for dancing. In Bakersfield, Imagine Ballet Company aims to draw in some of those dance fans Saturday for its “Imagine That! 2013” performances at Doré Theatre. And although the ABC dance competition has some star power on its side,

that’s nothing compared to seeing a live performance, according to Imagine’s artistic director Kristen Doolittle McLaughlin. “I don’t think one can imagine the energy and awe that will come when you see these dancers perform. And there is also the pride Please see BALLET / 33

‘Imagine That! 2013’ When: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday Where: CSUB, Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway Admission: $16; $12 children and seniors Information: 703-0628 or 310-717-0625


Hannah Contois is all smiles as she performs a jump during rehearsal of “It’s Not Impossible” on Tuesday night at the Civic Dance Center.

Toss a caber or two at the Scottish Games Celebration of highlands culture at fairgrounds BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


ery strong people chucking tree trunks and big rocks isn’t your usual spectator sport, but it’s the heart of the 18th annual Scottish Gathering & Games this weekend at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Between 3,000 and 4,000 people are expected to attend this year’s games, sponsored by the Kern County Scottish Society. The games will include pipe and drum bands and Celtic music ensembles, food and craft vendors, “edutainment” demonstrations and other celebrations of Scottish culture and other Celtic cultures as well. “We include everybody else because it’s a small group,” said Tony Urzanqui, this year’s chieftain. “We’re a lot closer than we

18th annual Kern County Scottish Gathering & Games When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ceilidh 6 p.m. Saturday Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. Admission: $16, $13 seniors/students and military with ID, free for children 10 and under; $16 Ceilidh; $26 combo ticket; $3 parking. Buy tickets at World Records or at Information:

realize.” Urzanqui said the games are the society’s main fundraiser for the year and help cover the cost for other events, such as the Burns Dinner, the Celtic music festival and other cultural events. The centerpiece of the daylong event is Please see GAMES / 32


Drummers strike up the band during the opening ceremony for the Kern County Scottish Society’s Scottish Gathering & Games in 2012.


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hristian music singer-songwriter Matt Maher is making a stop in Bakersfield this evening to perform in a free concert at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Maher is currently touring in California, and St. Francis parish high school youth ministry leader Eileen Burrell said getting Maher to make a detour to Bakersfield was an unexpected break. Maher is a multi-award-winning composer and singer who came to national attention with his 2008 album “Empty and Beautiful,” and is probably best known for his songs “Your Grace is Enough,” “Turn Around” and current hit “Rise Up.” Burrell said, though impromptu, the concert fits into a plan to present several large-scale events to high school youth, and not just Catholics. “We’re just trying to build community,” Burrell said. “Youth ministry isn’t just its own entity — we’re trying to bring the entire Christian community together. “We’re trying to show (teens) the universal Church.” It was at just such a youth ministry type event that Maher found his own path as a musician. “I was kind of ushered into the ministry of leading music for church events for young people at an event called XLT (exalt),” Maher wrote in an email interview. “Ever since then, I started writing music informed and influenced by my faith.

Matt Maher When: 7 tonight Where: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 900 H St. Admission: Free Information: 327-4734

“Sometimes, what comes out of that experience is a love song and sometimes it's a worship song, or even one in the same,” Maher wrote. Msgr. Craig Harrison, pastor of St. Francis Church, said performers like Maher have a role in reaching young people. “Music is one of the ‘great communicators,’ especially to our youth,” Harrison wrote. “And artists like Matt Maher have a gift of not only bringing music but a message of faith and hope.” Maher takes his position as a communicator of faith very seriously. “My message to young people, and really to people of any age, is bloom where you are planted. Use the gifts God has given you and serve the people around you,” Maher wrote. “If God expands your platform broader than your own backyard, take it one day at a time. “We have the opportunity, and really the responsibility as believers, to influence people for Christ at every moment of our day, whether that's at a grocery store or at church on a Sunday morning. Be conscious of that and lean into it and watch what God does not only through you, but in


Matt Maher appears at 7 tonight at St. Francis of Assisi Church.

you.” Burrell said she is focusing on big events as a way of reaching a larger community. In September, Catholic parishes throughout the Kern-Inyo Deanery combined to present a daylong event at the Harvey Auditorium that attracted 1,400 teens in what Burrell said is now to become an annual event, and in March St. Francis hosted an “unplugged” event that attracted another 300 students. Burrell said another big concert is planned for April 12, featuring the Ike Ndolo Band, and summer activities are being planned as well. “We are really trying to work together because our resources work better together,” she said.









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f you’re ready to shake off the last of the winter blahs and get a bit creative — or support young creative minds — look no farther than the Bakersfield Museum of Art. In advance of the opening of its spring exhibition next Thursday, the museum is getting the word out about its efforts to support local art appreciation with a book drive and workshops. First up, BMoA has teamed with Russo’s Books to stock the library of Artie’s Studio, an interactive space where visitors can learn more about the artistic processes and materials used in the artwork on display at the museum. The wish list contains more than 160 children’s books about art and artists from da Vinci to Dali, with prices ranging from $6 to $30. View the list at Questions can be directed to BMoA educa-

BMoA workshops Children’s Spring Workshop, for ages 6 to 12, 8:30 a.m. to noon March 25 to 28. $85; $95, nonmembers. “Making Art” Workshops, two sessions: beginners, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, April 4 to May 16 (no class May 2); or advanced, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 2 to May 7. $150 per session; $165, nonmembers. All workshops take place at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. 323-7219.

tion coordinator Liz Sherwyn at Speaking of Sherwyns, Liz’s father, Art Sherwyn, will be offering a pair of “Making Art” Workshops at the muse-

um. The longtime teacher and artist will conduct two six-week sessions beginning in early April for those ages 15 and older. The beginning workshop will run Thursdays from April 4 to May 16, focusing on learning techniques and exploring creativity. More experienced students are invited to the workshop running Tuesdays from April 2 to May 7. Both sessions meet from 6 to 8 p.m. and cost $165 ($150 for museum members). Space is limited; call 323-7219 to register. Budding artists also have a chance to get in on the fun with next weekend’s Children’s Spring Workshop. Students ages 6 to 12 will be introduced to painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, collage and more under the watch of museum instructors. The session runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 25-28 and costs $95 ($85 for museum members).


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his week’s obsessions are all no-brainers. We have this new morning show called “First Look with Scott Cox,” and it’s been chewing up the bulk of my time lately. It’s a radio show on KERN AM 1180, and it’s broadcast in glorious high-def on We have breaking news, traffic, weather, exciting guests — you name it. A huge amount of work has gone into this thing by a lot of really smart people, and I hope everyone gives it a look/listen. It’s been a blast broadcasting with The Californian staff. Getting to work downtown again is a huge bonus. I love it down here. After work I can walk to Front Porch Music or Muerto’s. Check out “First Look” weekdays from 7 to 10 a.m. on your radio, computer or mobile device.

Low and SLO on Saturday I have the weekend entertainment tip of the century: Bob Schneider at SLO Brewing Company. Bob's work is difficult to describe. Simply put, he’s a force of

Speaking of ‘First Look’ ... Scott Cox and Californian entertainment reporter Matt Munoz will be talking music, Buck and the Crystal Palace with Jim Shaw, Buckaroo extraordinaire and an allaround smart and interesting guy, this morning during the last hour of the show, which airs from 7 to 10 a.m. on KERN-AM, 1180. Or, better yet, stream the live video simulcast of the program, in hi-def, at

nature. He writes truly brilliant songs and delivers them in a way that has made him a legend on the Austin music scene. Bob does it all: rock, country, blues — even a little rap thrown in when appropriate (and sometimes rap is appropriate, so quit snickering). I’ve never seen Bob in California, but this Saturday the good folks at SLO Brewing Company are changing all that. If you want to see a truly gifted artist who really knows how to work a crowd, I suggest you make the trip. If you have other plans, get his live CD/DVD set “Live at the

Scott Cox, who hosts a daily talk show on KERN-AM, 1180, is a regular contributor to the Eye Street section.


Monsignor Michael Braun visits the Dignity Health Studio to chat with “First Look” host Scott Cox and The Californian's Richard Beene about the selection of a new pope.

Paramount.” At a minimum, check out some of his live stuff on YouTube. It takes a ton of talent to stand out in Austin, and this guy has more than enough.

My weekly Disney plug I’ve been watching a lot of a show called “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” I know — I’m a little old for it, but my grandson is way into this show. I’ve recorded a few episodes on the DVR and

we watch it in the time between when he’s too tired to run around and when he falls asleep. Now that I’ve started watching it with Oliver, I’ve noticed how much he's learned. He can count to 10, and he knows the difference between a circle and a sphere. He’s learned a bunch of stuff that even if I’d wanted to teach him, I’d have no idea how to do it. Well, Mickey found a way. I don’t know how long Oliver will stay


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Melodrama goes Hollywood ‘Hooray’ features movie within play


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rtistic director and playwright Michael Prince’s “Hooray for Hollywood” is actually a show within a show. Or to be more specific, it’s a movie within a melodrama; it opens Friday at the Gaslight Melodrama. “Hooray” — the play, that is — is set in the Hollywood of the 1940s, a period that many film buffs refer to as the golden age of movies. Part of the story concerns the making of a motion picture titled “The Sun Also Sets.” And for me, knowing that this make-believe film involves an independent production company based right here in Bakersfield makes it even more exciting. As Prince explained, “We begin the second act with a filmed scene from that ‘movie’ — Rickey Bird and the folks at Hectic Films generously helped us with the filming and editing of it.” In addition, locally based musician Jeremy Robinson scored the music. “It looks like it’s right out of the ’40s,” Prince said. “It’s in black and white with a great film noirtype score.” The musical numbers reflect that era too, with many of the songs made popular by Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Prince, who’s written a number of yet-to-be-produced screenplays, is obviously in his element with this particular show. “I've always loved everything that has to do with Hollywood and the movies,” he said. “So this show has been particularly fun to put together.” Although one scene takes place on a soundstage, the action is centered in and around Hollywood, ranging from the offices of two evil studio bosses to the Hollywood Bar and Grill to the world premiere of “The Sun Also Sets” at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Then there’s the iconic Hollywood sign, shining its beacon of hope from the nearby hills. Prince plays one of the bad guys —Maury Mortenstone, the vice president of Big Picture Stu-

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Gaslight Melodrama & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive Admission: $23; $21 seniors; $12 students and children 12 and under Information: 587-3377

‘If the Shoe Fits’ When: 8:45 a.m.; 9:45 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. today Where: College Heights School, 2551 Sunny Lane Admission: Free Information: 631-5220

‘Finding Funders for Nonprofits’ When: 10 a.m. Friday Where: Beale Memorial Library, 701 Truxtun Ave. Admission: Free Information: 868-0760

Children’s Spring Workshop When: 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday Where: Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1830 R St. Cost: $85 members; $95 nonmembers Information: 323-7219

dios. Phil Beglin plays the other one, Sid Sinheart, president of the company. “I used to perform with Phil at the Bakersfield Community Theatre in the late ’90s and it’s been great having him come out of retirement to perform with us at the melodrama,” Prince said. “He's a real comedic talent.” Of course it wouldn’t be a melodrama without a love story between two young and naïve innocents. Those characters are aptly named Holly Do-Rightly from Smalltown, U.S.A., and Vincent Van Go-For-It from Shafter. The cast includes Jay Stodder, Matthew Thompson, Shawn Rader, Ali Dougherty, Coryn McBride, and Barb Stube-Mercado. “That’s Life,” a vaudeville revue written and directed by Warren Dobson follows the main stage show.

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Matthew Thompson and Jay Stodder appear in “Hooray for Hollywood.”

College Heights play A group of young — very young —thespians are presenting three performances of “If the Shoe Fits” today at College Heights Elementary School. Based on the title, I’m guessing the play involves either all kinds of footwear or a variety of feet — and maybe both. “It's a twist on the Cinderella story with fairy-tale characters appearing at random times during the story,” said Virginia Childres, who’s been serving as the school’s drama coach for the past 13 years. A total of 25 children are involved either as actors or as members of the tech crew. They range in age from 5 to 11. The script was written by Jennifer Payne, principal of Eissler Elementary and Isaac Childres, Virginia’s adult son who is in the process of finishing his doctorate in physics at Purdue University.

Harlem finale Harlem & Beyond coordinator Brenda Scobey says she’s in “recovery mode” after the successful finish to this year’s salute to Martin Luther King and black history month. “All of the events were fantastic but the Tuskegee Airmen really stole the show,” Scobey said. “They were awesome.” World War II veterans Buford Johnson and Rusty Burns were

both members of the all-black Army Air Corps squadron who trained in Tuskegee, Ala., and the stars of the closing event on Feb. 23 at Rising Star Baptist Church. “Rising Star was packed with standing-room only for the entire three- hour presentation,” she said. “At the end, the young teens surrounded the airmen with hugs, photo ops and lots more questions. It was amazingly wonderful to behold.”

offer money for your projects. On Friday, the Beale is offering “Finding Funders for Nonprofits.” It takes place in the Gates Computer Lab on the second floor. Instructors will guide you to an online database that lists hundreds of foundations. Even more important, they’ll help you narrow down the search to sources whose criteria are suitable for your particular project or organization.

Art for children

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Bakersfield Museum of Art is offering a four-day workshop for children ages 6 to 12 starting Monday. I’ve observed similar instruction programs the BMOA does and I’ve always been impressed with the quality of the instructors and their informal approach. It’s the kind of teaching that encourages creativity and makes learning fun. Museum instructors introduce children to various mediums and styles — painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and collage. Students also learn about famous artists and their different styles, as well as art techniques. And, of course, they get to do their own artwork as well.

Bakersfield College vocal music director Ron Kean was absolutely correct when he said the music of Eric Whitacre is difficult and the lyrics complex. I learned what he meant Sunday when I had the pleasure of hearing the BC Chamber Singers perform a portion of the composer’s music they’ll sing at Carnegie Hall in New York this Sunday. One piece I especially enjoyed — as did the overflow audience at First Congregational Church — is called “Cloudburst.” In addition to the well-trained singers’ voices, I was fascinated by the rhythmic percussion they created by snapping their fingers, clapping their hands, and stomping their feet. Their interpretation of the poem by Mexican poet Octavio Paz brought images of a fierce thunderstorm that subsides into a gentle patter of raindrops falling on a roof top.

Grants information If you’re a grant writer for a local arts organization, the Beale Memorial Library is a good place to go to research foundations that


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Lots of razzmatzz in this jazz CSUB announces diverse lineup for annual festival The Bakersfield Californian


he final list of acts has been announced for the Bakersfield Jazz Festival — the city’s premier annual music event — and with greats like Roy Ayers, Billy Vera and Avance hitting the stage, the lineup is one of the most exciting and diverse in the 27-year history of the event. Vibraphonist/vocalist Ayers, known as the godfather of neo-soul, anchors the first night of the show at 9:35 p.m. Friday. Veteran blue-eyed soul singer Billy Vera and his band precede Ayers at 8:05, when they will dig into the great American songbook for their repertoire. Local performer Robin Bramlett opens the evening at 7 p.m. with selections from her latest CD, “This Is My Life.” Accompanying Bramlett will be Bakersfield saxophonist Darren Gholston. The music takes an intermission overnight before resuming at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11 with the Kern County Honor

Health expo focusing on education THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

From nose to toes, from ears to rears, the human body — and how to keep it running — will be the focus of the Healthy Bakersfield Expo, presented by Dignity Health Hospitals on Saturday. More than 70 vendors representing a variety of health fields will be on hand at the event, which is free to the public. Several health screenings will be offered as well. “It is well received by the public as it’s a one-stop shop to find about all things healthy in Bakersfield,” said Mira Patel, marketing director at The Californian, one of the sponsors of the event. “It’s also a great way to spend the day with your children, all while educating them on wellness activities.” Several activities are specifically geared to children, including a 12:30 p.m. stage show by Ronald McDonald, photo opportunities with Curious George, and the Condors and CSUB Runner mascots will mingle with the crowd. In addition, the Kern

27th ANNUAL BAKERFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL When: May 10 and 11 Where: CSUB Amphitheatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway Tickets: Two-day passes $56.50; $36.50 students; children under 12 free; Friday only: $32.50; $22.50 students; Saturday only: $37.50; $25.50 students (prices do not reflect fees); contact Vallitix at 3225200 or

Friday, May 10 Gates open at 6 p.m. 7 p.m.: Robin Bramlett 8:05 p.m.: Billy Vera Big Band

Jazz Band. Also performing that day will be Colorblind, Rob Hutchinson, Clayton Cameron & the Jazz Explosion, Lao Tizer and the show-stoppers of the evening: Avance, made up of four bilingual singers, a horn section and one of the best rhythm sections on the West Coast. Avance fuses salsa, Puerto Rican, Cuban, New York and Colombian sounds.

Healthy Bakersfield Expo When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Where: Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Admission: Free Information: 395-7586

County Fire Department will display a fire engine and give tips on fire safety. “IDance will be on hand throughout the event,” Patel said. “Instructors will be available to teach your kids this great new interactive and fun exercise to get your children off the couch and moving.” For the grownups, representatives from a variety of health specialties will answer questions. Among the vendors are gyms, medical centers, health insurance companies, chiropractors, dentists, eye care experts, beauty professionals and medical colleges. The event, now in its fourth year, drew 1,250 last year. The expo runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Organizers note that some of the screenings being offered require that participants fast for at least two hours before the test. The expo is sponsored by Dignity Health Hospitals, The Bakersfield Californian, Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, GemCare and B Well Magazine.

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9:35 p.m.: Roy Ayers

Saturday, May 11 Gates open at 1 p.m. 2 p.m.: Kern County Honor Jazz Band 3:05 p.m.: Colorblind 4:05 p.m.: Rob Hutchinson 5:20 p.m.: Clayton Cameron & the Jazz Explosion 6:40 p.m.: Lao Tizer 8 p.m.: Avance 9:25 p.m.: Fireworks show 9:30 p.m.: Euge Groove

Fireworks follow Avance, and then it’s on to the last act of the festival: Euge Groove, whose “House of Groove” hit the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. Euge and his band will deliver contemporary funk/jazz grooves on a wide-ranging set, including radio hits and distinctive album tracks.


Euge Groove and his band will close out the 27th Annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival Saturday, May 11. Tickets are on sale now at all Vallitix outlets.

Who are the 20 to watch under 40? Magazine seeking nominations for community up-and-comers THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The folks who have arrived are easy to spot: the Merle Haggards, Mary K. Shells and Kevin McCarthys have left — are still leaving — their mark on Bakersfield. But what about the hungry up-and-comers who are just getting there? Those are the community residents Bakersfield Life hopes to feature in an upcoming issue of the lifestyle magazine, a sister publication of The Californian. Nominations are now being accepted for the feature, titled “20 Under 40 People to Watch,” and the community is encouraged to send suggestions. “Since the weekend, we've received 15 completed nomination forms submitted,” said Jorge Barrientos, assistant managing editor of the magazine. “They include owners of local companies, a superintendent of a school district, doctors and business managers. One of the nominees is Andrae Gonzales, who at 30 years old is the CEO of Stewards, Inc. in Bakersfield, founder of local nonprofits Faith in Action and Children First Campaign, and Bakersfield City School District trustee.” There is no limit on the number of nominations a person or company may submit, and the process is free. The dead-

line is 5 p.m. April 12. A selection committee will choose the top 20 from the field of nominees, whose stories and pictures will be featured in the July issue of the magazine, distributed in the June 29 edition of The Californian. To nominate, go to and click on the contest icon on the top right side of the page. Fill out the nomination form and submit online. “We plan to recognize each of the winners highlighted in the magazine during a special ceremony that will involve the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” Barrientos said.

Rules/eligibility Nominees must be between the ages of 18 and 40. You can nominate an employee of your firm, a colleague, relative or friend. You can even nominate yourself (the nominator isn’t made public). An independent group selected by Bakersfield Life magazine will judge the nominees based on the candidate's professional or academic experience, leadership skills and community service. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, April 12. Winners will be notified in June. Names will not be made public until the “20 Under 40” section is published on June 29. For more information, contact


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Local longboard fans on a roll Group’s first race was a huge success


espite some last-minute setbacks, last Saturday’s Homegrown Longboard River Ride and Push Race rolled on to major success. With 46 contestants from across Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Morro Bay, and even as far away as Colorado, the bustling scene during 9 a.m. registration at The HUB in Old Town Kern was anything but still. This was the first official event from Bakersfield’s Homegrown Longboards, which co-organized the race out of his garage workshop with help from close friends and family. Homegrown Longboards owner Jonathan “J.J.” Gomez, 26, recalled heading into the event with high hopes only to have them dashed when one of the original sponsors pulled out a few days before. Organizers discovered they hadn’t followed protocol in lining up a section of the Kern River Parkway Path, their original venue for the race. “Everybody assumes the bike path is for public use, which it is, but you still have to get the proper permits for these types of events. When we went over to look into things, the staff was cool with us, and offered to help us out and point us in the right direction.” Within a few hours of getting their applications paid for and approved on Friday, Gomez and crew notified those who had made their reservations for the race. “The


Some of the participants from the Homegrown Longboard Fun Run and Push Race pose near the Beach Park skate park on March 16.

response was more than I expected,” he said. “We weren’t about to call things off.” An hour after Saturday morning registration, participants gathered at the starting point. Along the way, spectators could be found cheering the riders to the finish line at Beach Park. “Some groups of cyclists pulled over and watched us race, and some others followed along, having some fun with this,” said Gomez. “There’s something about seeing that many longboards all together in one place. It’s pretty inspiring.” Everyone was given rousing applause after crossing the finish line Riders with energy left to expel joined in a caravan down 18th Street, through downtown, all the way to The HUB. There they were greeted by local bands Dub

Seeds, Woodrow, Leksure, Chase Steele and Reyes, who performed for a barbecue and awards ceremony. Winners presented with their handcrafted award plaques included: Nathan Hokit, 5; Jack Smith, 56; Breanna Martinez, 17; and Daniel Engel, 22. “We have our core group of followers, but this was our debut event and we wanted to make it great for everyone involved. We had some parents come up to us with their kids who said they read our story in the paper and brought the family out. That’s awesome.” While the overwhelming response was exciting, Gomez was most proud of the teamwork that went into making the event a success. “Anticipating the kind of reception we were going to get was the

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

hardest, most nerve-wracking part, and basically getting it into my head that anything you want can sometimes be a phone call or email away. I’m glad things turned out the way they did. We learned a lot.” Gomez said longboard enthusiasts can expect more events this summer, but for now, its back to the workshop for him and his Homegrown Longboard mates. “I’m still trying to catch my breath from this event,” Gomez laughed. “We have so many plans.” For more information on Homegrown Longboards, visit

Amestoy’s Chili Verde Cook-Off Spring is about to get spicy with the return of Amestoy’s Chili Verde Cook-Off on Sunday. I’ve been pleased to be a judge at both events in the past, and though my stomach might protest, I have agreed to return to the judging table again this year.

My secret: Watch the tortillas. Everyone has their favorite spice blends for the delicacy, traditionally made with chunks of pork shoulder meat and slow cooked in a green chili sauce of tomatillos, garlic, and jalapenos. From the salty to the bland, tongue-dissolving to the delicate, each combination of ingredients makes for an interesting AlkaSeltzer-relieving afternoon food adventure at the historic east Bakersfield bar and eatery. As of Wednesday, all spots for the competition were filled; however, there will be plenty of room to enjoy all the spicy festivities, including live music from Bakersfield reggae trio Dub Seeds. If you plan on attending, I recommend arriving early. There’s no rain in the forecast as they’ve had in the past, which will most likely pump up attendance. Sunday’s event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $10 and includes drink ticket and food samples. Parking is available on site and throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Amestoy’s is located at 2303 River Blvd. For more information, call 871-2303.

Matt’s picks El Tri at La Movida, 212 E. 21st St., 9 p.m., Friday, $40, 5789772. Known as los “Rolling Stones” de Mexico, El Tri head into their 45th year of non-stop roc en Espanol with fans so rabidly enthusiastic, even the Hell’s Angels at Altamont would be powerless against them. Guitarist and vocalist Alex Lora, 60, the self-proclaimed “Esclavo del rock and roll” (rock and roll slave), writes deeply personal songs with topics ranging from politics to poverty, and he takes fan requests for new material. Want a song written about the Pope, soccer, or even the plight of prostitution? Lora will deliver it live in a Mexican minute. Please see LOWDOWN / 31



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Puppet master: Dunham back Comedian gives voice to outrageous skits BY MATT MUNOZ Californian staff writer


t doesn’t take a dummy to see that Jeff Dunham is the king of his own comedy realm. After toiling in the comedy clubs of Los Angeles through the ’80s, Dunham scored a coveted appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1990, teeing off a successful stand-up career in ventriloquism that continues to be a hit with audiences. For his latest show, “Disorderly Conduct,” Dunham returns with his famed cast of naughty sidekicks, including: Bubba J, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the manic purple creature, Peanut, Walter the Grumpy Retiree, spicy pepper Jose Jalapeno, and Peanut’s own ventriloquist dummy Little Jeff, a mini-version of the comedian himself. On voice rest between shows,

Jeff Dunham When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Rabobank , 11200 Stockdale Highway Admission: $42.50 plus service charge Information: 852-7777 or

Dunham answered our interview questions via email. Why do you think your act resonates with audiences so strongly after all these years? I work hard at writing funny new material to keep the show fresh. One of my goals when performing is to make the audience forget about the fact that they’re watching a ventriloquist act, thus suspending disbelief, and enjoy the characters for who they are. Most folks when they talk to one of the characters and I in a close-up situation tend to immediately forget that it’s one guy doing all the talking. And, yes, that’s the ultimate compliment.

Everyone from a guy next door, to highly respected and experienced reporters or statesmen have been sucked into the confusion, and it’s always a big joke for any of their friends or colleagues standing nearby. Sound guys or radio jocks will almost regularly put a mic in the character’s face, forgetting for a moment or two that they’re a bit misguided. What do you think the late ventriloquist legend Edgar Bergen would say about your act? I would think he’d be proud of the fact that I’m trying to put a fresh patina on and old, tired and sad art and make it hip and fun again. Edgar Bergen was my main influence. He had the number one radio program, numerous films, and merchandise featuring his characters. He made Charlie and Mortimer American icons. What’s the biggest misconceptions about ventriloquism you’d like to get clarified? The ventriloquist must simply


Alt rockers What’s Eating Gilbert? featuring New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, pictured above, appear at Jerry’s Pizza on Saturday. LOWDOWN: CONTINUED FROM 30

What’s Eating Gilbert? At Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave., Saturday, $12, 633-1000. Not to be confused with the Johnny Depp film, New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert steps up to center stage with his solo project, What’s Eating Gilbert?, which hits the spring tour circuit after a rousing appearance at Austin’s SXSW festival. This endeavor joins a long list of creative detours for the 32-year-old musician, who has worked with everyone from pop rockers Fall Out Boy to hardcore misfits Shai Hulud, and has produced a number of alternative rock acts like H20. To the envy of fanboys everywhere, Gilbert is dating Paramore’s lead vocalist, Hayley Williams, since 2008, who has been known to make an occasional surprise onstage appearance with her man. Also appearing are Allison


Southern California underground rap legend MURS appears at B Ryder’s on Tuesday.

Weiss, Pentimento, Candy Hearts, Grant My Wishes. MURS at B Ryder’s, 7401 White Lane, 8 p.m., Tuesday, $15, 397-7304. The cult of MURS is something to see. Keeping it real for underground hip-hop fans, even after signing to a major label in 2008, rapper Nick Carter, aka MURS, loves his fans as much as they love him. During a previous Bakersfield visit, he gave fans all the hits, plus a Sublime cover of “Date Rape” that threw the audience into complete pandemonium. Go to and put in the search words “MURS Bakersfield” to see. Tuesday’s show also marks a stop on the latest “Road to Paid Dues” hip-hop tour that ends on March 30 in San Bernardino, the site of this year’s massive Paid Dues festival. Also appearing are rappers Prof and Fashawn. Highly recommended.


Comedian Jeff Dunham appears at Rabobank Arena on Saturday.

learn to imitate what a voice sounds like from far away, or from whatever distance the voice is supposed to be “thrown.” But learning ventriloquism for the purpose of performing with a “vent figure” requires no “distant” illusion, since the character is usually sitting right next to the ventriloquist.

Also, learning to speak without moving the lips is also learning to speak an entirely new way. Anyone can learn ventriloquism, and just like learning any skill, the dedication to accomplish the task is in direct correlation with the ability to learn. The more you practice, the better you are and the quicker you learn.


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the “heavy athletics,” referring to the heavy weights thrown by competitors in various weight classes. Scheduled events include the stone throw, weight for distance, the hammer throw and the iconic caber toss. Urzanqui said all competitors participate in all the categories, earning one point for first place, two points for second place, and additional points for subsequent standings. Low score wins. “Most of us know as athletes we’re not going to beat the other athletes,” Urzanqui said. “We’re just going for our personal best — trying to better our own scores.” But competitor Rich Wilson is hoping to win. A competitor for about six years, Wilson said he got serious after trying an event, thinking his regular weight-lifting training was enough to prepare him. “I was pretty humbled the first time out,” he said. Now Wilson competes in games around the state every month, with his best scores in the weight-for-distance event. “I’m one of the top 15 in the world in the lightweight class,” Wilson said. “My best with the 42-pound weight is 34 feet, and with the 28-pound weight, I’d say 52 feet.” Wilson said the lightweight

CLANS COME OUT FOR ANNUAL SCOTTISH GATHERING & GAMES This weekend’s Scottish games are more than a celebration of athletic competition. The event celebrates all things Scottish. This weekend’s event is also listed as a “gathering” of the clans, with some 20 clans expected to make a showing. “In years past we’ve had 40 clans,” said chieftain Tony Urzanqui. “We’re competing with the games in Phoenix this year.” Even with the competition, games marshal Marty Brownfield is expected somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 visitors and 20 to 30 competitors. When not watching the games, visitors can immerse themselves in Scottish culture, with 29 vendors offering food, crafts, clothing, class is for competitors weighing less than 200 pounds. Competitors in the heavyweight and professional-level classes average about 250 pounds. “No one’s inviting me for that,” he said. The heavy athletic games are entertaining feats of strength today, but served a very important role in Scotland in past centuries. The demonstration of strength was important both in

swords and shields. Brownfield said the society has added a demonstration of herding dogs to the entertainment lineup and has engaged a traveling storyteller, the Gypsy

Time Travelers, complete with wagon. The Gypsy Time Travelers are husband and wife team Michel Olson and Christy Horne — Horne tells the story and Olson, a blacksmith, “accompanies” the story by forging small metal objects at his anvil that are then given away to audience members. Brownfield said storytelling is essential to traditional Scottish culture. “A lot of people couldn’t read or write,” Brownfield said. “So the only way you could keep people up to date on history and events was through storytelling.” Music will be everywhere, including dance groups, pipe and drum bands and a who’swho of Celtic music groups on various stages throughout the

selecting the strongest warriors, and also as a way of intimidating potential enemies. “Instead of fighting battles, (Scottish clans) would compete in these games,” Brownfield said. “They prevented a lot of wars.” Clans resorted to using large rocks and tree trunks during the years of English rule, when the ability to carry traditional weapons was outlawed. “It gave the men a way of

preparing for battle without actually going to war,” Brownfield said. Competitors prepare for the games with regular training and practice. There are many manufacturers that serve the Scottish and Celtic market niche, making “implements” — as the athletic equipment is called — including weight-lifting attachments and exercise gear that mimics even the caber toss.


Banshee in the Kitchen will be among the performers at the Scottish Gathering & Games.


fairgrounds, including local favorites Banshee in the Kitchen and Whiskey Galore, along with visiting bands Brilliant Gypsies, Stand Easy, Kris Colt and the Black Rose Band, and the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles. Just when you think you’ve had a very full day, the Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) begins at 9 p.m. Brownfield explains that a Ceilidh is a party with music and dancing, and will feature Stand Easy, Brilliant Gypsies and Kris Colt and the Black Rose Band, and is open to families. “It’s a pretty good show,” Brownfield said. “It can be very formal and staid to just short of anarchy.” “Ours is somewhere in the middle.” “It requires a lot of strength, but a lot of technique, too,” Brownfield said. Wilson said he combines weight-training with field practice to prepare for competitions. “(Competing) gave me a lot of purpose in what I’m doing; I plan my workouts for the entire year,” Wilson said. “I’m training basically to throw things around. It gives me focus.” “And, it’s a blast.”


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Family and friends watch members of the Imagine Ballet Company rehearse. BALLET: CONTINUED FROM 25

that comes from seeing the youth of Bakersfield do something so spectacular.” The most recognizable piece on display Saturday will be the excerpts from “Romeo and Juliet.” Starring Austin Erwin as Romeo and Shelby Hagelstein as Juliet, the Act I scenes will include sword fighting and theatrical sets. Along with the classical piece, Imagine dancers will perform a mix of classical and contemporary works, including originals from Hagelstein and Kira Morris, Imagine senior students who are stepping into the choreographer role for the first time. “Two of the pieces (‘Les Poissons Desesperes (The Desperate Fish)’ and ‘Nostalgia’) are part of our emerging choreographer program, helping newer choreographers get some experience and some work to show later as they progress in their career.” McLaughlin, along with Alicia Angelini and Ann Conrad, choreographed the other Imagine pieces, including “It’s Not Impossible,” which will be performed in May at the Regional Dance America Pacific festival in Arizona. The piece was selected earlier in the year by a representative from the national organization of which Imagine is a member. “The adjudicator, Rosine Bena, who danced with the Stuttgart Ballet, told us she loved the energy of ‘It’s Not Impossible’ and said it was great choreography that the dancers executed well.” For the second year, Imagine has teamed with a guest dance company, inviting members of South Bay Ballet to perform two pieces in the show. McLaughlin said collaboration benefits the dancers and the audience. “The dancers are able to take a company class together, watch each other perform from a close vantage point and be inspired by each other’s work ethic and performance attitudes. It also brings the Bakersfield audience an opportunity for a bigger picture of dance and specifically the abili-

On For a sneak peek of “It’s Not Impossible,” check out our video at:

ties of the youth in dance.” Skills are on full display for “The Path,” which features Morris, Hagelstein and other Imagine dancers Hannah Contois, Amy Cox, Jordyn Frapwell, Isabelle Guillory, Kimberly Marquez, Samantha Palmer, Tara Shearer, Erica Ueberroth and Jenai Wilcox. “‘The Path’ highlights the technical ability of my dancers that work hard all year. ... It is a piece performed on pointe. The choreography has advanced turning sequences, toe hops on pointe shoes, and really fast movement. They have to maneuver on and off of their pointe shoes and move through space at a rapid speed while keeping the integrity of the feel of the piece.” “Imagine That!” is one of three annual local performances for Imagine, along with “The Nutcracker” and “Peter and the Wolf,” both performed with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. McLaughlin, who has been dancing since age 9, said she has seen an increase in local support for dance and the arts in general. “I think that everything has changed since I was a young dancer here in Bakersfield. Luckily I think we are growing together. I think more people are seeking out the arts in Bakersfield and we just have to point them in the right direction.” After last year’s successful show, McLaughlin hopes for an even-bigger reception this Saturday. “We had record crowds last year. Each performance filled up three-quarters of the Doré Theatre. As excited as we are about that, what we wouldn't give for a sold-out show! Come on, Bakersfield, let’s sell out a

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was going until the day before, so there would be no time to plan anything. When I got there, I was watching Evanescence, Five Finger Death Punch, all those bands and just having a good time with my daughter.” But Welch was approached by Korn’s tour manager about paying a visit to Shaffer’s tour bus. “Seven years was long enough,” Welch said. “I went and talked to him and hung out. Next thing you know, the band is like, ‘Hey, come out to the meet-andgreet.’ I ended up going and signing about 50 autographs with Korn. I was like, ‘How is this happening? All right cool, it’s nice to see you, I haven’t seen you in forever and now I’m signing autographs.’ It just felt like I was put back into that position and it was meant to be.” The band convinced Welch to sit in for a set-closing rendition of the band’s signature hit, “Blind,” sending the crowd into celebratory chaos. “I was trying to avoid it, because I just wanted to watch from the crowd,” Welch said. “I ended up sitting behind Fieldy’s amp watching the whole show, feeling all the love from the crowd. These are my brothers that I grew up with. I felt all those emotions. There were tears and it

just touched me more than I thought it would.” Davis had a similar reaction: “It’s hard to describe that,” he said of Welch’s surprise performance. “So many overwhelming emotions. It was awesome.” A month later, Shaffer called to let Welch know the door was open. “We talked for about an hour just about life,” Welch recalled. “Afterwards, he texted me and said, ‘I’m just glad to be talking to you again. It’s not about the music. If you don’t wanna do it, it’s all good.’ I actually told him, ‘I don’t think right now is the right time, but let me go think about it.’ I prayed about it and I just felt in my heart, now’s the time. It just made perfect sense.”

Grown-ups Now in their 40s, the core Korn trio have traded strippers, booze and drama for marriage and parenthood. Like Welch, bassist Arvizu, 43, is a born-again Christian. “What happens with friendships is that if you go through the good, the bad, and the ugly with people and you’re still in their lives, the relationship is always going to be there,” said Arvizu, speaking from his home in Southern California. “We don’t see each other as much as people

think. Brian lives in Nashville, Jonathan lives in Bakersfield, I live in Laguna. We’re all in different cities and we all have our own families.” Welch will be pulling double duty on Korn’s tour, thanks to the commitments he has to his own band, Love and Death, whose new album, “Between Here & Lost,” was released last month. “I have an obligation to this record label to tour with Love and Death, so I asked Korn if it would be possible that I can bring my other band on a couple dates. That way the label’s happy, I’m happy, everyone’s happy. They’re like, ‘OK, we’ll see if we can do that.’ So, we’re kind of going on a case-by-case right now and see how that pans out.” Both Korn and Love and Death will kick off their tours May 17 in Columbus, Ohio. Korn then plays the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Okla., before both bands launch a European tour. As for any potential clash between Welch’s spiritual beliefs and the nature of Korn’s dark lyrics, the guitarist said he’s not looking to compromise the group’s artistic integrity. “I’m not uptight but at the same time, if it passes a certain level where it’s going to where I have to talk to my daughter about stuff and my speaking engage-

ments, then we’ll talk about that. They’re totally cool with that. There are so many Korn songs in the catalog to choose from, there’s no way that I would ask anybody to change who they are. Love is the strongest thing there is and I love everyone just the way they are.” To ensure the love lasts, Arvizu said business matters will be left to the managers. He also took the opportunity to address whether a full reunion — with the return of drummer Silveira — is a possibility. “God only knows,” said Arvizu. “There have been so many times when people have said, ‘never,’ including myself. But I’ve read where Brian said, ‘I will 100 percent never come back to Korn, and he’s playing some shows with us.’... I don’t really see anything right now or today, but tomorrow’s a new day.”

Meanwhile ... The remaining members of Korn are commuting between studios in Oildale and Southern California, putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2011’s “The Path to Totality.” Arivzu offered a tantalizing tease of what to expect: “Right now, I will tell you this ... we’ve done something we’ve never done before. Normally if we

do a new Korn record, we’ll normally put 12 or 13 songs and that’s how many we make. This time we’ve made 20-plus songs, and we’ll put the best of what we have on there, whatever the numbers end up being. We have so many to choose from, I think it’s going to be a little extra special this time.” Arvizu said there are no plans at this point to invite Welch to the studio. “The only things we can confirm are the shows that we got,” he said. “When we’re really confirmed on something, that’s when we let the world know. We are confirmed to do these tour dates with him, it is going down and he will be there to rock out with Korn the way everybody remembers Korn.” Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Korn’s major label self-titled debut, which has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Any chance the celebration of that milestone and the spirit of reunification will reach Bakersfield? Welch, for one, wouldn’t mind. “To see restoration happening in this kind of way in my life with them is just very uplifting for me and I hope it’s for the Korn fans, too. I’m down with Bako. Always was, always will be.”


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Let’s stroll: Cystic fibrosis walkers lace up for benefit BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer


rganizers of the 5K Great Strides Walk hope to breathe life into the fight against cystic fibrosis when participants lace up their sneakers Saturday. Tiffany Kuehl is part of the team that helped revive the Bakersfield Great Strides Walk five years ago. She’s watched the event grow and evolve over the years and hopes this year’s activity will bring in $53,000 in donations to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “Years ago we had the walk in Bakersfield and different people organized it. But my friend and I started talking to the LA chapter and they thought it would be good to bring the walk back here. So the past five years has really been a jump-start.” The Great Strides walk will feature breakfast, lunch and a raffle with prizes that include gift certificates to everything from local restaurants to car-care businesses. Registration is free, but walkers are asked to make a donation to participate. Kuehl knows first-hand the devastation that cystic fibrosis can cause, having been diagnosed with the

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genetic disorder as a toddler. “Since I was a kid I have had to do breathing treatments, wear a vest that would vibrate to help get the mucus out of my lungs, take medicines to help digest my food, take special vitamins, I have had surgeries, I have been on oxygen and at one point I weighed 95 pounds.” Cystic fibrosis causes the build-up of sticky mucus in the lungs and digestive tracts and can lead to dangerous infections and the blockage of necessary enzymes that help digest food. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, children diagnosed with cystic fibrosis 60 years ago typically wouldn't live to attend elementary school. But Kuehl, married with a 9-yearold stepdaughter, is an example of what research has been able to do for CF sufferers.

“I help with the walk, I volunteer at school and help raise my daughter full time. My condition won't let me be consistent enough to really have a job, but I do a lot.” Kuehl’s extensive medical history is dotted with procedures and surgeries. She received a double lung transplant in 2009, just eight months after her wedding. Before the transplant, she was so ill she was forced to use oxygen, taking the tank with her everywhere, even to the church on her big day. “We asked the pharmaceutical company for as much tubing as they could give us, and my uncle just kept feeding the line down the aisle.” Four years later, Kuehl’s condition has improved. While she still undergoes breathing treatments and takes a variety of medications for digestion, the transplant and the diabetes she has developed are well under control. She keeps her head up, even joking about how she came to find herself living with the disease. “Both your parents have to carry the gene and then there’s a 25 percent chance their child could be born with cystic fibrosis. I guess I was just part of that lucky 25!”

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Go & Do Today “Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield College, Planetarium, Math and Science Building, room 112, 1801 Panorama Drive. $6.50; $4.50 students/seniors. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time, they will not be sold at the door. 395-4326. *SOLD OUT. Matt Maher, 7 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Church, 900 H St. Free. 3274734. A Night of Inspiration, keynote speaker Katie Adamson, 6 p.m., The Petroleum Club, 5060 California Avenue. $125 per person; $225 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at Rabobank branch locations, Kuka’s Folk Art. Visit or 328-9055. Fourth annual Taste of Hope Fundraiser, hosted by National Multiple Sclerosis Society; food by Frugatti’s, wine by Imbibe, live music, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave. $40. 3219512 ext. 66401. Free Organ Recital, with Eric Holderman, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., St. Paul’s Anglican Parish, 2216 17th Street. You may purchase a lunch from the church or you may bring your own. 861-6020. Greg & Steve Children’s Concert, 10 a.m. today and Friday, Valley Baptist Church, 4800 Fruitvale Ave. $7. 8615271 or 861-5208. Kern County Cattle Women’s “A

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Night at Buck Owens,” music by Bluetooth Cowboys, cocktails 5 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m., Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $150 (dinner for two people). Visit or email Kern County Mineral Society, meeting, 7:30 p.m., East Bakersfield Veterans Hall, 2101 Ridge Rd. 834-3128. Retro Series, see the movie “Roman Holiday,” 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday, Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6. 636-0484. South Valley Sound Chorus Acapella Practice Night, 7 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 203 South H St. Visit or 346-6190. Free Admission Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. 324-6350. Bingo, warmups start at 5 p.m., with early birds at 6 p.m., regular games at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, Volunteer Center of Kern County, 2801 F St. From $20 buy-in to “the works.” 395-9787.

Friday “Camp” Movie, inspired by true stories from camps for abused and neglected children; 6 p.m., Maya Cinemas, 1000 California Ave. $6-$9.50. 6360484. California Virtual Academies Open House, 2 to 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. Free. Visit

Condors vs. Las Vegas Wranglers, Mohawk Giveaway: the first 2,000 fans 17 und under, will receive a Condors mohawk, 7 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $8 to $30. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 324-7825. FLICS International Cinema Society, presents “Aftershock,” 7:30 p.m., Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $5. or call 428-0354. Meet-and-Greet Get-Together, with artist Wiktor Szostalo of Tree Hugger Project, 3 to 5 p.m., Sustenance 101, 1810 Eye St. Free. 333-0320.

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Saturday “Imagine That! 2013,” excerpt from “Romeo and Juliet” and contemporary ballet pieces, 2 and 7 p.m., CSUB, Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $16 adults; $12 children/seniors. 703-0628 or 310-717-0625. 18th annual Kern County Scottish Gathering & Games, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Ceilidh 6 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P St. $16; $13 seniors/students and military w/ID; $16 Ceilidh. Visit or 865-8890 or 203-4114. 5K Funfest: A Run/Walk for Kids with Special Needs, food, entertainment, community fair, 8 a.m., Yokuts Park, 4200 Empire Drive. $25 advance; $30 at the door. Kids 12 and under free 1K run. Visit, search for Funfest or Please see GO & DO / 36



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Bakersfield Speedway, Sprint Cars, American Stocks, Hobby Stocks, gates open at 4 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m., Bakersfield Speedway, 5001 N. Chester Ave. $15; $5 ages 6-12; under 5 free. or call 3933373. Book signing, with author J.L. Hammer of “Outmaneuvered,” 1 to 3 p.m., Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. 665-4686. CALM’s Spring Fling, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until March 30, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $9 adults; $7 seniors; children ages 312 are free with a paid adult admission. or 8722256. Condors Fighting Cancer Ninth Hockey-thon, marks the beginning of 24 hours of hockey play to benefit Links for Life; music, bounce houses, food available for purchase, 1 p.m. Saturday, San Joaquin Community Hospital Ice Sports Center, 1325 Q Street. 3225601. Easter Bunny Class, design a spring floral arrangement in a Easter Bunny container, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Log Cabin Florist, 800 19th St. $40. 327-8646. Great Strides Walk 2013, to help cure cystic fibrosis, check-in 9 to 10 a.m., begins at 10 a.m., the Park at River Walk, 11200 Stockdale Highway. or Tiffany at 204-3019. Healthy Bakersfield Expo, presented by Mercy & Memorial Hospitals, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rabobank Theater, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Free. 395-7586. Hoops Xtreme 2013, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Saturday and Sunday, old Mervyn’s parking lot, 4550 California Ave. $100 general per team; $125 recreational or competitive. Registration forms available at any Carl’s Jr. or Jesus Shack. or call 3240638. Houchin Blood Bank Open House, with tours, a “Mending Hearts” sculpture by Betty Younger, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a barbecue lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m., Houchin Blood Bank, 11515 Bolthouse Drive. Free. 323-4222. Jeff Dunham “Disorderly Conduct” Tour, doors open at 4 p.m., show at 5 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $42.50 plus fee. or 800-7453000. Messy Marv “Hate Made Me Popular Tour,” 8 p.m., Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $30-$60. or 322-5200. No Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament, 5 p.m., The Aviator Casino, 1225 Airport Drive, Delano. $60 includes dinner buffet; $20 re-buys and add-on. Proceeds benefit the Walk for Multiple Sclerosis Team. Email Paint & Decorate Birdhouses, for ages 5 to 12 with a parent or grandparent, 1 to 3 p.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $25 includes snack. Register at

Pet Adoptions, cats from The Cat People, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Petco, 8220 Rosedale Highway. $65 includes spay/neuter, vaccines and leukemia testing. 327-4706; pets from the Shafter Animal Shelter; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., PetSmart, 4100 Ming Ave. $75, includes spay/neuter and vaccines. 7462140. Texas Hold’em Tournament, registration 5 to 6 pm., begins at 6 p.m., Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, 2018 Chester Ave. $40 buy-in, $20 add on. Proceeds to benefit the museum. 324-6350. Underwater EGGStravaganza, for egg hunters 12 and under, of all swimming abilities, who will have the opportunity to collect weighted eggs and receive a goody for their efforts, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., McMurtrey Aquatic Center, 1325 Q St. $5 to hunt eggs; $10 for T-shirt. 852-7430. Vascular Screening, by a board certified specialist, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Heart & Vascular Center, 5020 Commerce Drive. Free. Visit or 324-4100. Vegetarian Cooking Class, two dishes will be cooked, sample the dishes, learn healthy tips, 10 a.m. to noon, AUM Physical Therapy & Yoga Center, 1002 Calloway Drive. $30. Reservations, visit, email or 588-4286. What’s Eating Gilbert, Allison Weiss, Pentimento, Candy Hearts, Grant My Wishes, 6 p.m., Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Avenue. $12. Visit or email

Sunday Condors vs. San Francisco Bulls, 29 Eyewitness News & KUZZ 107.9 Condors Fighting Cancer Hockey-Thon: this game will wrap up 24 straight hours of hockey, as the Condors look to raise money for Links for Life in the battle against breast cancer, 5 p.m., Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $8 to $30. Tickets: Rabobank box office, or 324-7825. Palm Sunday Pasta & Meatball Dinner, hosted by The Italian Catholic Federation, Branch 281; 4 to 7 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Parish Hall, 124 Columbus St. At the door, $10 adults; $5 children. Take out available. 872-1543.

THEATER “Hooray for Hollywood,” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $12 to $23. 587-3377. “South Pacific,” 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. Adults dinner/show: $54-$59; $38 show only; students dinner/show: $39; $23 show only. 325-6100. “If the Shoe Fits,” 8:45 a.m.; 9:45 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. today, College Heights School, 2551 Sunny Lane. Free. 631-5220. “Wit,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday,

The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $15 general; $10 students/seniors. 327PLAY. Improv Comedy Show, with Center For Improv Advancement, 8 p.m. Fridays, JC’s Place, 1901 Chester Ave. $5. 322-8209. Major League Improv, improvisational comedy show, appropriate for families, 6 p.m. Saturdays, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $10. 327-PLAY.

ART “Diva’s Dish & Design,” each class will feature a fabulous new project with new techniques and tools you’ll be able to use on your own projects in the studio, 6:30 p.m. today, Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $50. or 664-7366. “Divine Love” Soulful Exhibit, art, books, and greeting cards by artist Aliza McCracken, now until April 30, Moorea Banquet Centre, 8700 Swigert Court, Suite 109. Visit “Kids Night Out,” for ages 7 and up, paint and design a dinner plate, pizza, and games, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $28; $22 for additional siblings. or 6647366. “Paint Me A Story,” for toddlers and preschoolers, first we read the story and then you and your child complete a hand-print dinner plate project together, 10 a.m. Saturday, Color Me Mine at The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. $15. or 6647366. Art After School, for ages 6-12, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 R St. $70 members; $75 non-members per four week session. 323-7219 or Patti Doolittle, featured artist for the month of March, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. 327-PLAY. Art Classes, in drawing, watercolor, oils, color theory, for beginners and advanced, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Art Exhibit “Windows & Doors,” now on display through March, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Art for Healing program, classes that alleviate stress, resulting from illness, or grief. All classes are free but some suggest a donation and are held at Mercy Hospital, Truxtun Campus, Truxtun and A St. Visit art or to register, 632-5357. Meet-and-Greet Get-Together, with artist Wiktor Szostalo of Tree Hugger Project, 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sustenance 101, 1810 Eye St. Free. 333-0320. The Art Shop Club, a quiet place to paint, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. New members and guests welcome. 322-0544 or 832-8845.

Youth Art Contest Show, on display until March 23, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, upstairs, 1817 Eye St. Free. 869-2320.

MUSIC Alternative Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; The Next In Line, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Classic rock Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday; Lost Vinyl, 9 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. Chuy’s, 8660 Rosedale Highway; 587-5750; Diver Down band, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 100, 831-1413; Mr. Ricky, 9:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. $5.

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

Country Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Lil Gritty, 7 p.m. Friday; Nightlife, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Fiddlers Crossing, 06 E. F St., Tehachapi, 823-9994; Dave Stamey, two shows: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $20. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Vince Galindo, 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Trout’s & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; Red Simpson, 7 p.m. Monday; Steve Woods, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Free.

Dancing Beginner Belly Dance Lessons, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays, Centre Stage Studio, 1710 Chester Ave. 323-5215. $45 regular session; $65 combo session. Pairs and Spares Dance, with Still Kickin’, 7 p.m. Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $7; $9 nonmembers. 399-3575. DoubleTree Hotel, Club Odyssey, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court, 323-7111; learn Salsa, Cumbia, or West Coast Swing, 4 to 7 p.m. every Sunday. $5 per person, per lesson. 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. Greenacres Community Center, 2014 Calloway Dr., offers ballroom dance, East Coast swing (jitterbug) and Argentine Tango dance classes; $35, $45 for non-members. 322-5765 or 201-2105.

Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; two-step, west coast swing, line dance lessons, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays; west coast swing, 6 p.m. Fridays. $5. Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Mavericks Singles, ballroom and country dancing with music by Country George and his Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Drive. $7 member; $9 guest. 831-9241.

DJ Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; DJ Brian, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. 3237111; live in the mix: old school, 80’s, & 90’s music, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. every Saturday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; with DJ Chill in the Mixx, 5 p.m. every Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; DJ Chuck One, 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday. Free. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; DJ James, 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Free. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; with Meg, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Jam Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700; open jam session, 4 p.m. Sundays.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway., 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633WINE; live music & wine bar with featuring local artist and Jazz Connection, along with 24 wines, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. King Tut, 10606 Hageman Road; live Instrumental and vocal jazz, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Free. The Nile, Jazz Music, 6 p.m. every Sunday. Cost $10 at 1721 19th St. 364-2620. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Jazz Invasion, 9 to 10 p.m. every Saturday.

Karaoke Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Please see GO & DO / 37


Thursday, March 21, 2013 The Bakersfield Californian


Best Western, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; The Junction with host Mac Clanahan, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Big Daddy Pizza, 6417 Ming Ave., 396-7499; 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday; 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 4200 New Stine Road, 397-5000; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Cataldo’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Chateau Lounge, 2100 S. Chester Ave., 835-1550; 9 p.m. every Saturday. City Slickers, 1001 W. Tehachapi Blvd., 822-4939; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court; 3237111, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. El Torito Restaurant, 4646 California Ave., 395-3035, Karaoke with Irish Monkey Entertainment, 8 p.m. Saturdays. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; 9 p.m. Wednesday. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Iron Horse Saloon, 1821 S. Chester Ave., 831-1315; 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; A to Z Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at 10612

Rosedale Hwy. 589-0412. Long Branch Saloon, 907 N. Chester Ave., 399-8484; 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Magoo’s Pizza, 1129 Olive Drive, 399-7800; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 3663261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar, 14 Monterey St., 869-1451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. Pour House, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 4041 Fruitvale Ave. 589-9300. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Replay Sports Lounge & Grill, 4500 Buck Owens Blvd., 3243300; 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. Rocky’s Pizza & Arcade, 2858 Niles St., 873-1900; Joey Zaza’s Karaoke and Stuff, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Round Table Pizza, 4200 Gosford Road, 397-1111; 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Rusty’s Pizza, 5430 Olive Drive, 392-1482; 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Sky Bar and Lounge, 4208 Rosedale Highway, 633-1116, Karaoke with Ben Lara, 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays.

Around the World Of Wine

Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Syndicate Lounge, 1818 Eye St., 327-0070; with Alisa Spencer, 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Tejon Club, 6 to 10 p.m. every Saturday at 117 El Tejon Ave. 3921747. The Bull Shed Bar & Grill, at Hotel Rosedale, 2400 Camino Del Rio Court, 327-0681; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Junction Lounge, 2620 Buck Owens Blvd., 327-9651; 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Old River Monte Carlo, 9750 Taft Highway, 837-0250; 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Playhouse Lounge, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; hosted by Ed Loverr, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. The Regent, 2814 Niles St., 8714140; 8:30 p.m. Fridays. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1440 Weedpatch Highway. 363-5102. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 2701 Ming Ave., 832-5011; Al Garcia & the Rhythm Kings, 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday.

The Mint, 1207 19th St., 3254048; Manhattan Murder Mystery, Seasons, Cardoza, 9 p.m. Friday. Free. 21 & over only . Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., Candid Culture, Secret City Citizens, Stockz & Blondz, 9 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. $5.

Open mic


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

B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Mento Buru and DJ Mikey, 9 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. $5.

Road, 831-1413; featuring local artists, 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday.

Old School

On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; musicians, spoken word, poets, comedians, 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Free.




Trivia night

Señor Pepe, 8450 Granite Falls Dr., 661-588-0385, Rebecca Aguilar and Lost Vinyl, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

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. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; 8 to 10 p.m. Monday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Trivia Night with Dave Rezac, 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

KC Steakhouse, 2515 F St., 3229910; Jimmy Gaines, 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; Jimmy Gaines, Bobby O and Mike Hall, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., featuring Glenda Robles, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On the Rocks, 1517 18th St., 3277625; Acronycal, 9 p.m. Saturday to 1:30 a.m. Sunday. $5. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; live bands, 9 p.m. every Thursday. rock.

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

Music showcase The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall

Join us for this special evening of wine tasng & appezers from around the globe along with a raffle. Cost $60 per person Stars Theatre Restaurant 1931 Chester Avenue For ckets call

661.325.6100 Sponsored By:

benefiting Bakersfield Music Theatre & Stars Theatre Restaurant

The Bistro, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Brent Brown, 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays.

Variety Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., 872-2037, Joe Loco Duet, 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; The Blackboard Playboys, 8:30 p.m. Friday to 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Supporting the Jamison Center

Kern County Scottish Society presents 18th Annual


3rd Annual Fundraising Event

Sunday, March 24th 5:30pm—8:30pm

Steak and Grape, 4420 Coffee Road, 588-9463; 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Free.

B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Murs, Prof, Fashawn, 8 p.m. Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday. $15 advance, $17 at the door.



Soft rock

9am to 5pm

• Whiskey Galore New • Banshee In The Kitchen Location • Pipe On The Hob • Kris Colt & • Stand Easy The Black Rose Band • Brilliant Gypsies • Scottish Fiddlers of LA

Herding Dog Demonstration Heavy Athletics Food and Beverages Scottish Dancing Children’s Glen Storytelling Clan Tents Geneology



6PM to 10PM


Set on a tropical island during WWII, South Pacific tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. This show is a MUST SEE!!! March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

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