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The Bakersfield Californian Thursday, May 27, 2010

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Index Desert Rose Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Arts Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 The Lowdown with Matt Munoz . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Sonny Langley obituary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Kyle Gass and Trainwreck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Battle of the Salons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Bakersfield Masterworks Chorale . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28-29

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Fun do-gooders? Think pink Group gives to charity, has good time doing it BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer


ou know a Pink Lady when you see one. The vintage hair and makeup, ’50s-style clothing and pink jackets set them apart from the pack. But behind the lipstick and cuffed jeans is a group of women with a sense of sisterhood and responsibility to their community. The club began on Valentine’s Day 2008 when a group of friends decided to transform their weekly ladies night out into something more, said Paulette Engle, Pink Ladies president. “We would go out to put school and kids behind us. We wanted to relax and have fun but eventually we realized that a lot of us were really into charity work and we loved to help people. So we thought, let’s do this.” With help from mainstays of Bakersfield’s downtown scene, like Guthrie’s Alley Cat and Fishlips, the Pink Ladies have managed to raise hundreds of dollars and collect toys and coats for the Jamison Center and Bakersfield Homeless Center. If you think it sounds like a lot of work, Engle said you’re right. But being a Pink Lady is a lot of fun as well. “There are several bands that we like to see. We usually like to meet for brunch to talk about our charity events and we love to barbecue.” The Ladies also share a common taste in fashion, which tends to follow the rockabilly scene and lifestyle. High heels, tattoos and charity work? A perfect mix, Engle said. “We all have very old-fashioned values. We also love the style of the ’50s. We love the fashion, the music and the cars. It’s not dress up for us.” The Pink Ladies teamed up with local band 800 lb Gorilla for a charity event to benefit the Jamison Center in December. “We really like what the girls do,” said lead singer Steve Faughn. “They are a social club that helps local organizations. They have also come out to support our music and we love to do the same.” The are 29 members of the Pink Ladies, and the women have become a very tight-knit group, especially considering that new members are accepted only twice a


The Pink Ladies, a local club that blends socializing, a love of 1950s culture and charity work.

Pink Ladies Summer Shoe Drive

A sampling of other local women’s groups The Women’s Active 20/30 Club Golden Empire #1038

What: Accepting donations of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes to benefit the Bakersfield Homeless Center. When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Guthrie’s Alley Cat, 1525 Wall St. Alley

year. Engle said the club is looking for girls with good hearts who can get along with one another and care about their community. “I have said this a million times! I believe in quality over quantity,” Engle said. “I would rather have 20 dedicated girls than 50 who just want the jacket.” Christina Sweet is one of nine new inductees. She joined during the Pink Ladies’ latest initiation ceremony and said she first heard about the group over a Facebook post and got to know the members online. “I am an old soul and I love the retro style, so that’s what initially attracted me to the group. But after meeting them and talking to

Pink Ladies co-president Joanne McCain and president Paulette Engle.

Paulette I realized it was a sisterhood. That’s what I was looking for.” The Pink Ladies invite any women interested in joining to come out to events and see what the group is like in the flesh, but Engle said one rule is firm. “You have to be 21. With the amount of children’s charity work we do, I never want to see anyone in a jacket under the age of 21 with alcohol in their hand.”

Formed in 2006, this philanthropic organization is composed of female professionals in their 20s and 30s. Events organized by the group benefit several local children’s charities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County and M.A.R.E. The group meets twice a month for dinner and welcomes anyone interested in joining to attend a meeting. For more information on the group and meeting dates, go to

The Kern County Roller Girls This skater-owned-andoperated amateur roller derby league looks for members who are vibrant, motivated, willing to train hard and respect their teammates. KCR hosts bouts at Rollerama on 34th Street and travels to compete against other roller derby teams in Southern and

Central California. They’re looking for members who want to make friends and a difference in the community. Women ages 18 and older interested in joining are encouraged to attend practice. For more information, go to rgirls or e-mail kerncountyrollergirls@yahoo.c om.

The Cherry Bombs Created in 2008, this group bills itself as women who aren’t afraid to live outside the box. They represent everything from punk to pinup, goth to glam. The group has teamed up with the Bakersfield Burrito Project to help feed the homeless once a month in Central Park. There is an application process for becoming a member of The Cherry Bombs. Applications are reviewed once a month and can be found online at


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Desert Rose blooms again Band reunites for tour almost 20 years later BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer


fter topping the charts and winning awards for six years, the Desert Rose Band broke up. But after almost 20 years, the original members — Chris Hillman, John Jorgenson, Herb Pedersen, Steve Duncan, Bill Bryson and Jay Dee Maness — have started touring again, and Bakersfield is one of eight cities that will see them this year. From 1985 to 1991, the Desert Rose Band performed to commercial and critical success, earning Grammy and Country Music Association nominations and Academy of Country Music awards in the process. In 1991, players started splitting off into solo careers, and by 1994, the band was done. But in 2008, the band reunited for a few concerts, a project that proved successful enough to continue and even start work on a live album. The DRB will perform at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace this evening at 7. Guitarist John Jorgenson said all of the band members were either born or grew up in California, and cited several sources of the band’s sound, including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, The Maddox Brothers and Rose, as well as Norteno and Tex-Mex music. “We really considered ourselves as in the lineage of the California country sound, and were influenced by it,” Jorgenson said. The Desert Rose Band, in turn, has been credited with helping create the country rock sound, influencing the many performers who have continued in that genre. “We were very proud of that band,” Jorgenson said. “I know we had a lot of impact on young musicians.” All of the band members have enjoyed successful solo careers — Hillman, who was the original bassist for The Byrds before starting the DRB, was also a cofounder of The Flying Burrito Brothers with the late Gram Parsons, hailed by many as the father of country rock. All of the musicians are top studio players and have collaborated on several projects over the years.


The Desert Rose Band posed for this photo in 1987.

Desert Rose Band Where: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace When: 7 tonight Admission: $49.50 to $59.50. Available at or Crystal Palace box office 328-7560

Jorgenson has probably traveled farthest musically. Recognized three times by the Academy of Country Music as Guitarist of the Year, Jorgenson went on from The Hellecasters to Elton John’s guitarist for six years, and also became a top session player for dozens of recording artists. He is also a pioneer of the American “gypsy jazz” revival, so recognized for his playing in the style of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt that he actually portrayed Reinhardt in two films. Jorgenson has just returned from a European tour with his jazz quintet, getting ready for the upcoming Desert Rose Band tour. “This show that I’m doing in Bakersfield is kind of an alter-ego,” Jorgenson said.

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“The Desert Rose Band, that’s almost another part of my life.” The current part of Jorgenson’s life is dealing with Mother Nature. Jorgenson was delayed in Europe because of the upheaval caused by the Eyjafjallajokul volcano. When he returned to his home in Nashville, he found that many of his prized guitars had been destroyed in the recent Tennessee floods. “I actually lost probably a lot of my favorite stuff,” Jorgenson said. “It was all instruments including some historic stuff and things built especially for me.” Still, Jorgenson said he is “much luckier” than many people caught in the flooding. Jorgenson said despite their separate paths, the musicians were also longterm friends who still wanted to perform together. “That’s unusual for any group of people,” Jorgenson said. “Once you get over 50, things start happening. Or they don’t want to play.” “We said, ‘We can all still do this, so why not?’” Jorgenson said.


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or novices like me, the idea of holding auditions for five different shows during one four-hour session seems like a super-sized challenge for both the actors and the directors. Yet that’s what Spotlight Theatre intends to do on Saturday. And Brian Sivesind, the downtown theater’s associate artistic director, says it makes perfect sense to do this in preparation for the new season, which starts in August. “Sometimes all we need to see is that first audition,” he explained. “Other times we will have callbacks for individual shows or roles.” Here’s how it works: Five or six people are scheduled for each half-hour time slot, he said. Each comes in individually and presents a 90-second monologue and, if appropriate, 16 bars of a song. Several minutes are devoted to asking the participant a few questions so the directors can get to know them better. Some casting may be done at that time. One thing he’d like to emphasize is that brevity is vital. Sivesind, who has had plenty of experience in both acting and directing, says anyone who’s ever been on the other side of the audition table knows this is true. “It takes about 10 seconds for us to assess talent; the rest of the time we are just seeing the range the actor might possess, both with acting and singing,” he said. “For that reason, there is absolutely nothing to be gained from doing a long monologue.” Although he recognizes that an actor may feel he must “tell the whole story” in his monologue, that’s not what’s important. “A great monologue or song helps,” he said, “but more importantly we want to see something the actor or singer can do well that shows off his or her talents.” Even though a few roles have already been cast, Sivesind has a note of encouragement for anyone who has an interest in acting but is fearful about trying out. “We are always looking for exciting new talent, and that’s what these auditions are all about,” he said. “While not everyone can act, despite what some people might tell you, there are a plethora of people who can act but don’t. Those are the people we’re hoping to

GO & DO Auditions for Spotlight shows Where: Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St. When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday Information: 634-0692 or

‘Dear Harvey’ When: 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Admission: $5 Information: 327-PLAY

Sierra Arts & Crafts Festival Reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday Where: Odd Fellows Hall, 51 Tobias St., and Circle Park in Kernville Admission: Free Information: 760-379-2844

see at auditions.” Fall season shows being auditioned for on Saturday and the month in which each opens are: “Harvest Moon,” August; “The Drowsy Chaperone,” September; “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” October; and “Maggie,” November. Tryouts also are being held for “Dreamgirls,” set to open in July of 2011.

Late night at The Empty Space The folks at The Empty Space pride themselves on being a bit outside the norm compared to other theaters in town. Theirs is a bare-bones operation and that’s the way they like it, or so it seems. Admission is supposed to be free but sometimes it’s not and an easily spotted industrial-sized glass jar for donations sits on a table near the entrance. Depending on the occasion at hand, the lobby serves as a gathering place, an art gallery and the backstage area. Also lacking is a curtain in front of the stage, so you’ll have to use your imagination when I say the curtain is rising once again on the Empty’s rejuvenated series of late-night shows. Michael Pawloski is the newly appointed artistic director of the afterprime-time productions. He’s already announced his schedule for the next six months which includes “Pregnantville,” David Hare’s “Blue Room,” and “Late Night with Christopher Durang.” “I want to give people a different

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Michael Pawloski, director of “Dear Harvey,” poses with a photo of Harvey Milk.

taste of theater — things they haven’t seen before,” he said, adding that his choices range from controversy to sketch comedy, and from the absurd to experimental. Opening Friday is “Dear Harvey,” a play about Harvey Milk, the San Francisco gay activist murdered in 1978. Pawloski is the director. The play first was produced in 2009 in San Diego. The writer, Patricia Loughrey, based her script on interviews with people whose lives were influenced by Milk. The show includes music by Thomas Hodges and photos by Daniel Nicoletta, who worked in Milk’s camera shop. Half of the proceeds from the final performances on June 11 and 12 will be donated to the Bakersfield LGBTQ, a gay advocacy group.

Festival in Kernville If you’d like to get out of town this weekend — but not too far out — I suggest you head up the scenic Kern River Canyon for the Sierra Arts and Crafts Festival. More than 50 artists will show their work at the event, which begins with a reception Friday evening at the Odd Fellows Hall in Kernville and continues through Memorial Day. A number of workshops will be offered, including one that gives children an opportunity to create their own piece of art. Live music will be performed by Lester the Prodigy and other musicians throughout the weekend.

Tehachapi one-act submissions Karl Schuck of Tehachapi Community Theater asked me to remind writers that the deadline for submissions in the organization’s 2010 Playwrights Festival must be received by June 15. The festival features 10-minute plays. Those that win will be produced this fall at the BeeKay Theatre in Tehachapi. Residents of Kern and Los Angeles counties are eligible. For entry forms and guidelines, visit or send an e-mail to


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Packing the ’House Concert a hit; festival adds Good Charlotte


RAB’s Free 4 All III concert at Bright House Amphitheatre last Saturday was a literal party out of bounds, especially if you were looking for a place to park. Thousands of kids and cool parents willing to brave the teenage social scene packed out the lawn and rocked out until curfew. The scene was wild but peaceful in a way our local youth should be applauded for. In talking with some KRAB radio staffers throughout the evening, it was agreed they might need a bigger place to hold all the fans next year. BC’s Memorial Stadium, and CSUB’s outdoor amphitheater always comes up in conversation as possibilities, but even the latter might not be big enough. Promoter Tim Gardea gave me the latest news regarding this year’s Rockin’ Roots festival happening on June 4 and 5 at Stramler Park. Thankfully, there are no cancellations to report this week. Just added to Saturday’s lineup are All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, and pop punkers Good Charlotte featuring the Madden brothers, Joel and Benji. Known more recently for their tabloid trials via celebrity starlet flings and weightlifting photos, the Maddens have decided to get “back to their roots.” According to online sources, the band will have a new album out in the middle of summer. Ticket info at: This past Sunday afternoon, the Wall Street Alley and surrounding downtown areas were the scene of a “secret” movie filming. Local musician Chris Taylor of the band Dub Seeds who was on his way to morning breakfast decided to do a little drive-by reporting for us. “They were doing most of the filming on 19th and Eye,” said Taylor. “They decorated the Syndicate and Riley’s storefronts with graffiti-painted plywood to make it look really rough, plus newspaper all over the place. There were about 100 people in the production crew walking around, and it looked like they had two different scenes going on including a bus stop scene with a guy and a cane, and at one of the doorways where it was set up like a homeless person’s den.” Sounds like a cross between “Ghost World”


Concert-goers packed the Bright House Amphitheatre for the KRAB 4 All III.

Bakotopia Radio 9 to 10 p.m. Sundays on 106.1 FM. KRAB Radio Hosts: Matt Munoz and Miranda Whitworth This Sunday: Music preview of 2010 Rockin’ Roots Fest and interview with headliner Hollywood Undead. In-studio performance by local rising stars Cidona.

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Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees performs at the KRAB’s Free 4 All III.

and some ’80s music video if you ask me, but who knows? We’ll keep you posted. Thanks, Chris! Local band Cidona needs your help getting signed to MySpace Records through Toyota’s “Rock The Space II” online competition. Just visit their MySpace music page at: and check out drummer Josiah’s video posted on the right-side panel. He’ll give you instructions on how you can help their cause. Semi-finalists will be announced on June 17, so after you read my column — go directly to your computer and help spread the word.

Matt’s picks “Jukebox Legends” at The Empty Space, 706 Oak St., 8 p.m. Thursday to

Saturday, $10 to $15, 327-PLAY. At first I thought this was a rehashing of the Spotlight’s “History of Rock ’n’ Roll” series, but I was wrong. An interactive musical theater experience, audience members get to choose the songs performed like a living jukebox. Show director Thomas G. Robinson who can belt out a mean “Me and Mrs. Jones” on command knows his stuff, so you can bet things will be rockin’. OC Supertones at Jesus Shack, 1326 30th St., 6:30 p.m. Friday, $15 to $35, 324-0638. This cool all-ages show features the reunion of legendary Christian ska band the OC Supertones. Taking a break in 2005, the band has re-formed for 12 shows spreading the good word through the sounds of punk-infused Jamaican rhythms. Yes, there will be horns — just not the devilish kind. Silent Treatment at Fishlips, 1517 18th St., 9 p.m., Saturday, $5, 324-2557. Regular visitors from LA, Silent Treatment are true believers of the almighty rock riff. Road dogs who lose their shirts if the ladies get wild, these guys are a blast onstage and welldeserved of more local attention.

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e didn’t invent the Bakersfield Sound, but Sonny Langley sure loved it — and lived it — as an entertainer spreading the traditions of pure country music and as one of the best friends Merle Haggard ever had. Langley, with his family at his side and his own gospel recordings playing softly, died May 20 of stomach cancer at his central Bakersfield home. He was 75. “I had a lot of respect for Sonny as an entertainer but as a person also,” said singer and Bakersfield Sound performer Bobby Durham. “He worked many years ago with (country singer) Hank Snow. He was from the old school and was very close to myself, my wife — and Merle Haggard was very close to Sonny.” In fact, Langley’s last public performances were as the opening act for Haggard and the Strangers at a pair of shows at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in January. “He was sick and didn’t know if he was going to be able to make it, but he did and done a good job,” said Mildred Langley, who was married to the country singer for 19 “very happy years.” Haggard talked to Langley every day the past few weeks and saw his friend for the last time in April, when he swung by in his tour bus with his wife, son, several friends, his Bakersfield doctor — even Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood tagged along. “We were all sitting in this tiny little shack with cats jumping all over the place, but he was entertaining everybody,” said Ray McDonald, Haggard’s longtime friend and driver. “We had stopped on the way to a show in Winterhaven. He (Haggard) knew that would be the last time. Sonny didn’t complain, not one time. He was just entertaining the crowd, and we were all really immersed in Sonny.” Born in New Jersey, Langley showed early on that the 9-to-5 grind would never be his thing. He was an accomplished amateur boxer, a cowboy in Oklahoma and served in the Navy. He picked up his guitar when he got out of the service and never put it down. Future country hall-offamer Hank Snow saw Langley on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in the 1950s and offered him a job on the spot. After spending six years as a sideman for Snow, Langley played with Western music superstar Marty Robbins for a while before lighting out on his own. “He would be a bartender and


Sonny Langley worked with many country luminaries including Merle Haggard, Hank Snow and Marty Robbins.

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Merle Haggard, with his back to the camera, and Sonny Langley.

then get up and be the entertainment,” Mrs. Langley said. “About that time, he decided to give up drinking and never had a drink after that. He was drunk for 30 years because he thought entertainers had to be drunk. Then he thought, what am I doing here? I don’t even like that stuff.” He moved to Bakersfield in 1990 to be near his daughter and got a steady gig at the Econo Lodge on White Lane, where he met both his future wife and Haggard. The late Bill Woods, a legendary bandleader regarded

as the father of the Bakersfield Sound, had recommended that Haggard stop by the lounge and give Langley a listen. “Something just clicked between them and they became very good friends,” Mrs. Langley said. In addition to Langley’s passion for performing, he loved stray cats (“they would knock at the door when they wanted to come in,” Mrs. Langley joked) and boasted an estimable trove of classic country albums — as many as 8,000 — which his fami-

Many of Langley’s friends and fans turned up for a benefit concert for the performer earlier this month at Trout’s, where about $800 was raised to help his family with medical bills. “He left about an hour before the end of it,” said Tom Rockwell, interim president of Trout’s. “He was so sweet. The guy went around and shook hands and said, ‘Thank you, this means the world to me.’” Rockwell captured highlights of the event, which will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Sunday on his show “The Rockwell Opry,” on Bright House, Channel 21.

ly is trying to sell as a collection, said Pat Townsend, Langley’s stepdaughter. “He didn’t like the new country (music),” said Mrs. Langley. “He said it wasn’t country, it was bad rock ’n’ roll.” Friends and well-wishers, some from as far away as Nashville, have been calling nonstop to offer support and reminisce, Townsend said. “Merle said I should look in the

icebox and see if I needed any food, and he’d fill it up,” said Mrs. Langley. Speaking of Haggard, McDonald choked up a bit over the phone recalling how he broke the news of Langley’s passing to the music legend. “We told Merle and he paused for a while and he said, ‘I wonder where he’s at.’ Merle said he’s all right, he felt it.” Haggard then told McDonald and the singer’s son, Binion, about a dream Langley had just days before his death. “Sonny told him a man appeared at the foot of his bed. Merle said, ‘Did he speak to you?’ He said no, the man just stood there. Merle said, ‘What did he look like?’ He had a quilted coat with a hood on it — like in the Dolly Parton song ‘Coat of Many Colors.’ Merle asked him how long was he there, and Sonny said two minutes and then he was gone. It took a 17-year-old kid (Binion) to interpret it and he said, ‘Wasn’t Sonny a boxer?’ Merle said maybe it was his soul.” Langley’s memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Mission Family Mortuary, 531 California Ave. The public is welcome.

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Hold onto your mullets, your day of “wreckoning” is nigh! Musician/comedian Kyle Gass and his band Trainwreck are coming back to Bakersfield Sunday for a special Memorial Day weekend party at Fishlips. “We have a love affair with Bakersfield,” said Gass via telephone from his home in Southern California. “Or maybe it’s just near L.A.” Formed in 2003 as a side-project to Tenacious D, an acoustic duo he performs alongside with friend and comedian/actor Jack Black, Gass describes this group as a tribute to his heroes. “Trainwreck is Molly Hatchett meets Jethro Tull meets The Runaways,” he said of the band’s assorted influences and live show — which also features Gass on the flute. “I can’t escape the Tull comparison, but I happen to be a virtuoso recorder player too.” Performing onstage as his guitar/flute-slinging alter-ego “Klip Calhoun,” the rest of the current Trainwreck lineup includes — “Daryl Lee Donald” (Jason Reed), vocals and cowbell; “John Bartholomew Shredman” (John Konesky), electric guitar; “Boy Johnny” (John Spiker), bass; and “Dallas St. Bernard” (Nate Rothacker) on drums. “Klip Calhoun is the gentle matriarch,” he said of his vested, wig-wearing character. “I provide the love and support for the younger members. I serve as a mentor, but mainly a mascot … I’m just there to be seen.” Their latest CD “The Wreckoning” is a fair representation of the live Trainwreck experience. Songs like “Bothered & Hot,” “El Mustachio” and


Trainwreck will perform at Fishlips on Saturday.

Trainwreck with Band of Bigfoot, and Members Only When: 9 p.m. Sunday Where: Fishlips, 1517 18th St. Admission: $10 Information: 324-2557

“Brodeo” preach the band’s motto of “Wreck and Roll” till dawn. “Everyone should get it and prepare their minds,” he said. “For faces will be melted.” Opening the show will be local ’80s tribute band, Members Only, and L.A.’s Band of Bigfoot, who collectively perform in costume as the elusive mountain beasts. “They just kind of appeared,” said Gass of his first meeting with the furry

foursome, who also tour with the band. “I told them they should lose the outfits, because they gotta be hot and stinking up the bus.” Often asked whether Black will ever join the band onstage in Bakersfield, Gass is optimistic it may happen someday, but asks locals not to hold their breath. “He has appeared under the guise of “Tuffy Mc(expletive),” the meanest man in showbiz,” he said. “But it’s hard to be near him onstage, because he will rip you apart.” The upcoming Fishlips show marks Trainwreck’s sixth appearance in Bakersfield, and to show their appreciation, Gass and company have plenty of musical surprises in store. “We’ve been hard at work on some new tunes,” he said. “And we’re hoping to give fans a really rockin’ set.”

Actis Jazz Festival gears up tonight Some of Bakersfield’s best 13- and 14-year-old musicians will be on display this evening at the seventh annual Actis Jazz Festival. When the five junior-high jazz bands from the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District get together at O.J. Actis Junior High School, however, the music won’t all be jazz. Several genres of music are on tap, including pop, rock, blues, be-bop, funk, swing, Latin and traditional jazz. Admission is free. The festival started in 2003, when Steve Miniard started teaching at Actis. It is traditionally held during the last few weeks of school so that the students can continue playing

music, with a performance goal in mind, right up until June. “The festival is not a competition, nor is it graded,” Miniard said. “The festival is in existence because the students love to play and this event provides a venue.” The participating schools, in order of performance, are Stonecreek (6 p.m.), Warren (6:30 p.m.), Tevis (7 p.m.), Thompson (7:30 p.m.) and Actis (8 p.m.). The evening will conclude with a performance by members of the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, under the direction of Steve Eisen. (Visit bakersfieldjazz for more about that organization.)

Several students in this event have participated in the Kern County Honor Band and Kern County Honor Orchestra as well as the PBVUSD Strolling Strings. PBVUSD instrumental programs frequently receive superior ratings at California Music Educators Association-sponsored events. Actis is at 2400 Westholme Blvd., just off Ming Avenue, east of Ashe Road. All performances will be held in the Actis courtyard, with lawn seating, but in case of rain the festival will move indoors to the multipurpose room. Outside food is OK (no alcohol) and concession-stand food is available.


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Salon show provides teams a sweet escape

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s you may have realized from last week’s review of the first bout in Battle of the Salons, I am no hair expert. But I’m certified in sweets and gravitate toward gifts, so I thought I’d have some strong opinions on the second week of battles, centered on sweet treats and gift wrap. This week was a lot about the “extreme styling,” on which the most points depend. The battle kicked off with Atomic Kitten’s take on chocolate and strawberries: a tall model with larger-than-life strawberries, which may have been made of extensions, cascading down her long hair, carrying a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries that she shared with the judges. (This was not the only “giveaway” of the night. The show kicked off with a highenergy dance routine by girls from All Star Dance Academy, who, fitting with the theme, danced with oversized lollipop props and handed out suckers to the audience — thanks for the watermelon one! The Le Chic Spa models had gift boxes, some of which were given to the audience.) I think a lot of people were impressed by the strawberry gal, but I have to admit I was equally amazed by the next model, who represented a sweet treat gone wrong: the melting ice cream cone. Now the traditional, high-fashion models are usually all about the pout or the look that could be called “hot girl’s sense of entitlement,” but the past two weeks of this show have been refreshing because these women actually smile and look happy to look so good. This melted cone, though, sold me because she had a “reason” to look sort of put out, with her hair designed like an inverted cone, with a riot of curls standing in for chocolate ice cream, and streaks down her face and chest as if that ice cream had gotten the better of her. Maybe with ice cream on the brain, I also liked the cone look from Salon Salon. Instead of a dairy disaster, she had swirls of curls and actual waffle cones set in her ’do. The look extended to her makeup, which replicated another waffle cone across her face. Although one of the judges said he “liked the Kiss,” which was modeled after a Hershey’s Kiss with hanging zigzags of foils, I agree with one of the other judges in my support of the licorice look. If someone could fully represent a candy, she was it — with a head of braids, topped with Red Vines and tied off with Twizzlers. Next up was “le battle” between Le Mirage Hair & Nail and Le Chic Spa, dueling over gift wrap. Le Mirage offered themed gifts — wedding, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, party balloons — and then went a bit rogue with an impressive look called “Avatar.” This was no Tree of Life, but the model certainly had to stay lively to keep her hair from swatting someone who got too close (I also think she had to dip down at the start of the runway in order to protect the top of her beehive). Most of her hair was piled up high and then extensions wrapped in a bounty of white flowers flowed out like branches. That looked to be a cumbersome coif, but the model carried it off well. Le Chic started off its show by setting up

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Melted ice cream cone from Atomic Kitten.

its giant gift doors, which inspired show co-host Sean Faries to say he wanted his own set. This team had a cohesive look with models in black with pops of color introduced in strategically placed rhinestones. (Some may wear their hearts on their sleeve, but one model had hers residing in a lower position.) Colorful extensions and spray color also made the hair stand out. Another thing that played up the gift wrap theme was the curling ribbon effect on some of the styles. There wasn’t a hair out of place in the looks that featured welldefined loops. How did they do it? “It’s a secret,” one of the stylists told the judges. This bout got me thinking about the advantages of theme. I think it may be easier to style a look after a character rather than a concept. I applaud Le Chic and Le Mirage for presenting “gift wrap,” which may have taken more creative stretches than the previous week. Considering theme, I will be interested to see what the four competing salons come up with tonight with “industrial” and “mechanical.” Thinking a hard hat might be in order for this one.

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Battle of the Salons Battle of the Salons is a six-week competition in which 12 local salons face off in battles based on a different theme. Each week, two winners emerge to move on to the next round of competition until there are two vying for top salon. The top salon wins a $2,000 cash prize and a trophy. This week’s battles: La Dolce Vita vs. Curl Up & Dye (Theme: Industrial) Federico vs. Rendezvous (Theme: Mechanical) • Doors open at 7 p.m. for a one-hour social with no-host bar. Competition starts at 8. • Metro Gallery, 1604 19th St. Last week’s winners: Atomic Kitten and Le Chic Spa

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A little night music Auction, dinner benefit Masterworks Chorale BY SUSAN GUERARD Contributing writer

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The Bakersfield Masterworks Chorale will present Prelude to Summer, an evening of fine dining, auctions, raffles and musical selections on Saturday, June 5. Reservations are due Friday. This event is the only fundraiser for the Chorale, since ticket sales alone do not cover the cost of three concerts each year. The auction offers more than 70 items, including a Picnic for Two, which features an insulated denim wine caddy with an $80 bottle of 2005 Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon, a $100 gift certificate to Sugar Daddy’s, and a $100 gift certificate to Cafe Med. Also, there are two season tickets to the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, with a value of $520. The biggest-ticket item is 25 tons of landscape boulders donated by Granite Construction for a value of $850. Donations by the choir members include a beautiful quilt crafted by soprano Sally Earls, a handbeaded necklace by soprano Brenda Russell and Dessert of the Month for a year from alto M. Annette Bridgman. There will also be several raffle baskets donated by each section: Date Night by the sopranos, Pool Party by the altos and Gardener's Delight by the tenors and basses. The Chorale has been preparing for this concert since March, rehearsing for two hours every Tuesday in the choir room at Laurelglen Bible Church. The sopranos have had two additional rehearsals to fine-tune (no pun intended) the songs that require harmony within our section. The Chorale is under the direction of Phillip E. Witmer, with Sharon Simmons as the accompanist. Auditions are held twice a year. The music selected for the concert is very diverse, ranging from “Summertime” by George Gershwin to a Robert Shaw favorite, “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye.” Also included is the beautiful song from “Riverdance” by Bill Whelan called “Heart's Cry,” featuring a soprano solo by Prisca Torres. Another selection, “Choose Something like a Star,” is one of seven pieces written to a Robert Frost poem. The song has a recurring octave interval in the soprano part sustained over the accompaniment of the other choral


A handmade quilt by Sally Earls, along with this red rocker, will be among the items auctioned to benefit the Bakersfield Masters Chorale.

GO & DO What: Prelude to Summer conert and auction, presented by Masterworks Chorale When: 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m. June 5; reservations are due Friday Where: Liberty Hall, next to Hodel’s, 5917 Knudsen Drive Tickets: $45. Call 301-1417. No tickets will be sold at the door. Information:

parts. “Think On Me” arranged by James Mulholland, from Butler University, is not for the novice singer. The melodic structure tends to be haunting and

simple in the solo version. Mulholland expands this quite a bit in using harmonies and lengthening phrases and offering different kinds of accompaniment. It is one of those songs you leave the concert humming. The words are attributed to Mary Queen of Scots. In preparing for this number, there is a challenge in expanding the word “think.” We usually say “theenk” but that would not be a pleasant sound if held for four or five beats. As singers, we need to modify what we sing so that it is acceptable to the listener. I believe you will find it interesting to hear what we have done to accomplish that, without telling you the tricks of the trade. It is not an easy task. — Susan Guerard has been singing with the Chorale for 15 years. She is the chairwoman for this dinner concert.

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Eye Street GO & DO Today Desert Rose Band, 7 p.m., Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $49.50 to $59.50 plus fee. or 322-5200. 2010 Battle of the Salons, a competition between local salons who will be judged in a few categories, 7 p.m., Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St., with an after party to follow at the Padre Hotel, 1702 18th St. $10 general entry; $15 runway seating and can be purchased at Seventh annual Actis Jazz Festival, 6 p.m., Actis Jr. High, Multipurpose Room, 2400 Westholme Blvd. Free. 833-1250.

Friday Goldenaires Spring Concert, 7 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 900 Day Ave. Free; refreshments following concert. 397-7562. Monty Byrom & the Buckaroos, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. $5. or call 328-7560. Orange County Supertones Reunion Tour, 6:30 p.m., Jesus Shack, 1326 30th St. $12 to $35. or call 324-0638. Mile 124 Club, a catalyst for expression and reflection pointing to God, will have a freedomthemed photography night, music by Bryan Easter, Deedra Patrick and Right Hand Side, 7 to 10 p.m., Life Journey Christian Church, 4100 Easton Drive, Suite 6. 3213130. Wine Tasting, includes more than 20 different wines and appetizers, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway. $25 per person. 834-4433.

Saturday Bakersfield Music Now, featuring Deep Treble, Shontice, Aspen Dawn Skye and more, doors open at 7 p.m., Jerry’s Pizza, 1817 Chester Ave. $3 advance; $5 at the door. Proceeds Bakersfield Homeless Center. 326-1604. Pepe Aguilar, Latin music superstar, 8 p.m., theater at Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. $40 to $125. or call 800-7453000. Bakersfield Speedway, West Coast Sprints, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, Mini Dwarfs, gates open at 4:30 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m., Bakersfield Speedway, 5001 N. Chester Ave. $15; $5 ages 6-12; under 5 free. bakersfieldspeedway. com or call 393-3373. Bike Ride, for ladies, all levels, go at your own pace, 8 a.m., Finish Line Bicycles, 8850 Stockdale Highway. or 833-6268. Blueberry Pancakes, also take a wagon ride, visit the petting zoo, 8 to 11 a.m., at two locations: Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road and Highway 58; and 9557

Movie night Cinema Saturday, showing “Big Night” on the patio and featuring some of the Italian dishes highlighted in the film, starts 8 p.m. Saturday, Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160. 864-0397. Copus Road and Interstate 5. or 3300100. Certified Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, next to Golden State Mall, 3201 F St. Certified Organic Farmers Market, Artisan and Merchant Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, runs through December, Caffeine Supreme lawn area, corner of F and 20th streets. 805-0430. Cinema Saturday, showing “Big Night” on the patio and featuring some of the Italian dishes highlighted in the film, starts 8 p.m., Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1310 Truxtun Ave., Suite 160. 864-0397. Family Skate Night, 7 to 10 p.m. every Saturday, Rollerama West, 7850 Brimhall Road. $30 includes admission for four (two adults/two children), skate rental, one pizza and pitcher of soda. 589-7555. Pirate Treasure Hunt, hosted by The Society for Disabled Children, includes a treasure hunt for all ages; noon to 3 p.m., with dinner, live band, dancing, entertainment, silent auction for adults, from 6 to 9 p.m., CSUB, Alumni Park, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $7; children under 5 are free for the Treasure Hunt; $50 for adult festivities. Proceeds benefit programs and services by the Society. 322-5595. Frazier Mountain Renaissance Faire, with food, games, music and revelry, Saturday through Monday, Tait Ranch, 3344 Frazier Mountain Park Road, 31⁄2 west on Interstate 5, Frazier Park. Adults tickets online are $12.50, $15 at the door; children 10-17 online are $7.50, $10 at the door; adult all faire pass online is $50, children all faire pass online is $30. Children under 9 are free. or 444-8744. Free Clinic Workshops, Saturday classes: 10 to 11 a.m. “Interior Paint”; 11 a.m. to noon “Spring Planting: Veggie Garden”; 1 to 2 p.m. “Concrete Patch & Repair”; and Sunday class: 1 to 2 p.m. “Deck Installation & Repair”; Home Depot. or call 800-430-3376. Kern County European Travel Club will have a presentation and discussion on their first trip planned for late October for Greece/Turkey, call Jim Engel at 399-6507. Kern River Valley Hiking Club, Upper Kern River and optional Rincon Trail Loop Hike, leave at 7:30 a.m., from Chevron station and junction of highways 178 and 184 (Weedpatch Highway). Bring lunch and 2 quarts of water. Dress

appropriately. For directions, visit hiking or 7475065 or 778-3453. Memorial Run/Walk, 5K event, registration 6:15 to 7:15 a.m., race at 7:30 a.m., Yokuts Park, Empire Drive off Truxtun Avenue. Before May 26: $20, adults; $15, runners 17 and under. $25 day of race. 3220931 or Ridge Route Run Car Show, with food, music, arts and crafts, poker walk, 50/50 drawing and more, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in downtown Frazier Park. $25 entry fee. 2450150. St. Jude Dream Home, open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, now through June 20, in the Sydney Harbour community in southeast Bakersfield, 600 Bora Bora Lane. or 1-800-385-9134.

Sunday Spring Concert with CSUB Women’s Choir, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. $10; $6 students/seniors/ children, free for CSUB students w/ID. 6542279. Trainwreck, with Members Only, 8 p.m., Fishlips Bar & Grill, 1517 18th St. $10 plus fee. or 322-5200. Bakersfield Auto Swap Meet, with automotive parts and accessories, gates open at 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P St. Free. or 3997088.

THEATER “Jukebox Legends,” 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $15 adults; $10 seniors/students. 327PLAY. Superhero Girls Like Me!, 10week theater arts workshop for girls and boys ages 6 to 14, 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays through May 27, Stars School of Performing Arts, 1927 Eye St. $10 per week (or $100 for 10 sessions), plus onetime fee of $25 for costume and materials. 324-9000. “Dear Harvey,” 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $5. 327-PLAY. “The Full Monty,” doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; doors open at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Stars Dinner Theatre, 1931 Chester Ave. $45 to $55; show-only tickets $30. 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 All Media Class, by instructor Phyllis Oliver, all media welcome, with color theory stressed. For more information or to register, email or call 348-4717.

Art classes, beginning watercolor, beginning drawing, advanced drawing and watercolor painters’ group, taught by Carol Bradshaw. Call or e-mail for details and enrollment. or 760-376-6604. Arvin High School student artwork on display, through May, The Dream Center & Coffee House, 1212 18th St. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 3242402. Bakersfield Art Association, Gallery of Art, 1817 Eye St., 8722806; offers a variety of painting and drawing classes. Call for details. Basic Beading & Wire Wrapping Workshop, with Susi Klassen, private instruction or by appointment, The Bead Hut, 610 18th St. To schedule an appointment, call 324-0975 or 706-6490. Beginning Oil Painting, with instructor Glen Jelletich, classes held 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays. Call 399-3707 for more information or to register. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Drawing, by instructor Nina Landgraff, series of five two-hour classes. Call for more information or to register. 304-7002. Clay Sculpture Class, starts Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. Six-week class. Space limited, enroll now, 327-7507. Eleanor Clark, featured artist for the month of May, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center, 1817 Eye St. 869-2320. Framing Clinic, with Toni Lott, for artists who want to frame their work, starts April 7, running noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 205-3488 for more information or to register. Jim Bates, featured artist for May, Bakersfield Mazda, 3201 Cattle Drive. 328-8000. Native American Arts Association, meets to learn basketry, beadwork and more, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. 852-5050. Patti Doolittle, featured artist for May, Russo’s, 9000 Ming Ave. or 665-4686. Shirley Rowles, featured artist for the month of May, Dagny’s Coffee Co., 1600 20th St. 6340806. The Art Shop Club, 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Art Shop, 1221 20th St. All mediums. 322-0544, 5897463 or 496-5153. “Two Knights” Exhibit, on display until May 29, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. 3277507. “A Time to Write,” an Art for Healing program of Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Mercy Art and Spirituality Center, next to the

Mercy MRI building, Truxtun and A streets. Free. or to register, 324-7070. Bookmaking with Michelle Moode, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Surface Gallery, 1703 20th St. $40, materials included. 323-4090. Free art classes, for homeschool parents, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call to reserve your spot. Moore’s Art Studio, 10205 Hurlingham Drive. 588-7769. Stained Glass Lamps (Tiffany style), six-week class, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. Space limited, enroll now, 327-7507. Youth Clay Sculpture Class, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Juliana’s Art Studio & Gallery, 501 18th St. Six-week class. Space limited, enroll now, 327-7507.

MUSIC Acoustic Kern River Brewing Company, 13415 Sierra Highway, Kernville, 760-376-2337; Mike Fleming, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

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

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

Classic Rock The Tilted Kilt, 2900 Calloway Drive, 587-6563; No Limit, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; Mike Montano, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lone Oak Lounge, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; The Rockaholics, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; Clockwork, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday; The Tony Ernst Band, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Country Trouts & the Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 399-6700, offers karaoke, line dancing, West Coast Swing among other various activities. Call for times and days. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; Angels & Outlaws, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday; Nightlife, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday; Still Kickin’, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; Crossroads, 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Cover Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Chrisanova, 9 p.m. Thursday.


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Eye Street Dancing Joaquin Squares, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Rasmussen Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5. 324-1390, 325-3086 or 399-3658. Mavericks Squares, with caller Jay Henderson, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Wilson Road Veterans Hall, 1905 Wilson Road. 831-4651 or 589-0106. 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. Mavericks Singles, ballroom and country dancing with music by Country George, 6 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, Veteran’s Hall, 1905 Wilson Road. $6 member; $8 guest. 8319241. Pairs and Spares Dance, 7:30 p.m. each Friday, Rasmussen Senior Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane. $5; $7 nonmembers. 399-3575 or 332-1537. Country Dance, with music provided Jerri Arnold & Stars & Guitars, jam session, all artists welcome, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane. Scottish Country Dancing, with the Kern County Scottish Society, beginners welcome, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Norris Road Veterans Hall, upstairs, 400 W. Norris Road. 822-3998. Whirlaways Square Dance Club, with caller Rick Hampton, 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday, Norris Road Veteran’s Hall, 400 Norris Road. or 398-3394.

DJ Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; DJ, 9 p.m. Thursday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tailgaters, 900 Truxtun Ave., Suite 110, 322-9800; 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; DJ Mike, 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Funk Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Dub Seeds, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday.

Jazz Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Richie Perez, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Paul Perez (sax) and Groove Factor, 8 to 11 p.m. Thursdays; Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, 4140 Truxtun Ave., 633-WINE; Jazz Connection with Steve Eisen and Mark Meyer, 6 to 8 p.m. every Saturday.

Karaoke Bellvedere Cocktail Lounge, 3090 Brundage Lane, 325-2139; 9

Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Ethel’s Old Corral, 4310 Alfred Harrell Highway, 873-7613; 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday.



From left, Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon are shown in a scene from “Sex and the City 2.”

Check out Friday’s Eye Street for movie reviews You know our girls like to get the party started early: Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are already up on movie screens in “Sex and the City 2,” so check local listings and get your Manolos moving if you can’t wait. Or you could get the lowdown with the review in Friday’s Eye Street, along with articles on “Prince of Persia,” starring a buff and tough Jake Gyllenhaal and “La Mission,” with the always-fun-to-behold Benjamin Bratt. Ladies, start your engines. p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Cactus Valley Mexican Restaurant, 4215 Rosedale Highway, 633-1948; 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday; beer pong and happy hour all day with karaoke 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Don Perico Restaurant, 2660 Oswell St., Suite 133, 871-2001; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays. Pour House, 4041 Fruitvale Ave., 589-9300; 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Que Pasa Mexican Cafe, 9000 Ming Ave., 664-1400; 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays. T-Bones Steakhouse, 8020 District Blvd., 398-1300; 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday. The Wright Place, 2695-G Mount Vernon Ave., 872-8831, 8 p.m. every Thursday. Tomi’s Cowgirl Cafe, 1440 Weedpatch Highway, 633-1949; Karaoke King Show, all ages, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., 7 p.m. Thursdays. 21 and over. vinnys_bar. Banacek’s Lounge, 4601 State Road, 387-9224; 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Julie’s The Branding Iron Saloon, 1807 N. Chester Ave., 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday. Maria Bonita Mexican Restaurant, 10701 Highway 178, 366-3261, 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays. All ages. Muggs Pub and Eatery, 1306 Airport Drive, 393-2035; 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays. Del Rio Cocktail Lounge, 5840 State Road, 393-0262; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays. Rocket Shop Cafe, 2000 S. Union

Ave., 832-4800; 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Sports & Spirits, 6633 Ming Ave., 398-7077; 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Tejon Club, 117 El Tejon Ave., 3921747; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Camino Real Restaurant, 3500 Truxtun Ave., 852-0493; 9:30 p.m. Sundays. The Playhouse, 2915 Taft Highway; 397-3599; 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Schweitzer’s Pit Stop, 10807 Rosedale Highway, 587-8888; 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. The Tilted Kilt, 2900 Calloway Drive, 587-6563; 7:30 to 11 p.m. Mondays; and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays. The Wrecking Yard, 9817 S. Union Ave., 827-9192; 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; 8 p.m. Tuesday. Buck Owens Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., 3287560; 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Caltado’s Pizzeria, 6111 Niles St., 363-7200; 6:15 to 10:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; Wild West Entertainment, 8 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays. Lone Oak Inn, 10612 Rosedale Highway, 589-0412; 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. McMurphy’s Irish Pub & Sports Bar, 14 Monterey St., 869-1451; 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesdays. Round Table Pizza, 2060 White Lane, 836-2700; 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The Prime Cut, 9500 Brimhall Road, 831-1413; karaoke with host Ben Lara, 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Trouts & The Blackboard Stages, 805 N. Chester Ave., 3996700; 7 p.m. Mondays and

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

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

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

Old School Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: The Press featuring Dymond, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Bistro After Dark, 5105 California Ave., 323-3905; Old School Saturdays with Noe G, 10 p.m. every Saturday. Ladies free/$10 cover.

Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; Missing Autumn, 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Free.

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

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

Variety B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Roman and the Robbery, 9 p.m. Friday. Cafe Med, 4809 Stockdale Highway, 834-4433; Shades of Grey, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave., 323-1900: In the Mixx with DJ Noe G., mixing all your feelgood music every Friday. 21 and over only. Tam O’Shanter, 2345 Alta Vista, 324-6774: DJ Dymond, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Golden State Mall, 3201 F St., Dance to Joe Loco, duet every Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.


Vinny’s Bar & Grill, 2700 S. Union Ave., hosted by Robert Spalding, 7 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. vinnys_bar. Le Corusse Rouge, 4647 White Lane, 834-1611; DJ Ripee, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Friday.

Recreational Swim Team, yearround swim team, learn to develop swimming skills, strokes, techniques, abilities, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, McMurtrey Aquatic Center, 1325 Q St. $60 per month. or 8527430. Senior Discovery Days, each Monday for seniors 60 and older receive 50 percent off admission, 10 percent discount in the gift store, CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. 872-2256.


Tuesday 6/1

B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Vanity Avenue, 9 p.m. Friday.

Dog Obedience Class, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through June 8, Windsor Park, Howell and Windsor Park drives. $65 per eight-week session. Dogs must be at least 6 months old and have current vaccinations; handlers must be at least 16 years of age. 322-9874. Farmers market, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, now through November, Central Park at Mill Creek, 21st and R streets. Summer Reading Kickoff Party, taking place in the children’s section for first through sixth graders, with a scavenger hunt, treasure map making, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 4001 California Ave. 631-2575. Free Thinking Society, will have author and founding publisher Dr. Michael Shermer discussing his book, “Why People Believe Weird Things,” from 7 to 9 p.m., CSUB, Student Union, Multipurpose Room, 9001 Stockdale Highway. Free. E-mail csubfreethinking

Open Mic

Rock Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Friday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737 Meany Ave., Suite B5, 589-6749; rock DJ, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Free. B. Ryder’s Sports Bar & Grill, 7401 White Lane, 397-7304; Bob Wayne & the 357 String Band, 9 p.m. Saturday. Pyrenees Cafe, 601 Sumner, 3230053; Big Dawg, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Sandrini’s, 1918 Eye St., 3228900; Society’s Child, The Aviators, 9:30 p.m. Friday; Joey Romley, 9 p.m. Wednesday. Elevation Lounge, 818 Real Road, 325-6864; Elevation 406, 9 p.m. Saturday. Rockstarz Party Bar, 7737

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