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    Gordon looks to reconnect Arts Council with community

    By Camille Gavin
    Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 03:25 PM

    As the newly appointed executive director of the Arts Council of Kern, David Gordon has a distinct advantage. He's a Bakersfield native, a respected visual artist and has been directly involved in several of the council's recent projects.

    Also, Gordon served as assistant director of the Bakersfield Museum of Art from 2001 to 2012. In a recent phone conversation, he talked about his desire to rebuild public confidence in the council after what he termed "a two-year speed bump" that ended last June with the resignation of Michael Millar, the previous director.

    "Compared to a year ago, we're in much better shape," Gordon said. "I want the Arts Council to be the supportive agent that helps artists get work."

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Not the same old song and dance at Stars

    Give yourself an extra-special treat and see Stars production of "Company." It's stylish, sophisticated, funny and the talented cast of 14 jells so well it's a company all its own. I saw last Sunday's performance and everything worked...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: In good 'Company' with Sondheim

    As written, "Company" sounds rather complicated, because the performers frequently appear on various parts of the stage -- a living room, a cocktail bar, the balcony of a penthouse -- and in groups of two or three. There's also plenty of...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: North High puts pride on display

    North High students and teachers in all areas of the arts are hosting their own version of First Friday on the school's campus. Visual art teacher Mary Bradford came up with the idea for the event as a way of letting people know the good...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Arts Council doles out grants

    A boost in the budget is as welcome to nonprofit groups as it is to individuals. Recently, 10 organizations got that sort of financial uplift as a result of grants approved by the Arts Council of Kern. Total amount of the grants given...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: CattleWomen round 'em up for fundraiser

    Raising cattle is undoubtedly the oldest continuing industry in our area; it was an active operation even before Kern was officially established as a county in 1866. And the descendants of many of those early ranchers -- especially the...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Give square dancing a whirl

    While it's fun to watch square dancing, it's even more fun if you try doing it yourself. And it's easy to learn, says Evelyn Glines, coordinator of this weekend's 48th annual Bakersfield Fiesta at the fairgrounds. "If you can walk, you...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Author keeps the story local

    For his latest book, "Local Color," Don Thompson has conjured up a fictional night watchman at the Kern County Museum to tell the tale. The Bakersfield native, who lives on a farm near Buttonwillow, will read passages from the book on...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: SF artists to show their stuff

    Scenes from their travels to places where life is less complicated inspire the work of Suhas Bhujbal and Siddharth Parasnis, although the work of each is distinctly his own. Recently I spoke by telephone to both artists about their work...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Crazy to cover Cline? Not Adams

    This year's Colours celebration -- the annual arts festival in Shafter -- is also the launch pad for the city's newest venue: the Ford Theater. Since this was the first I'd heard of it I asked Larry Starrh where it was and how it got its...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Ballroom dancing for Cinderellas and their fellas

    Lovers of ballroom dancing and big band music can satisfy both those tastes at a Valentine's Day dinner-dance at Stars on Friday. Well-known local percussionist Cyndi Hicks of Rusty's Pizza is sponsoring "Romance Under the Stars" and has...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Artist drawn to delicate Asian style

    For nearly 50 years Tony Oliver has harbored a desire to do the delicate art of Chinese brush painting, but it wasn't until 2004 that he became serious about learning how to do it. "I first saw it when I was overseas and fell in love with...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Mikado,' 'Figaro' highlight CSUB opera scenes

    Though she's technically retired, longtime Cal State Bakersfield voice teacher Peggy Sears is actively involved in "An Evening for Opera Scenes," which will have one performance only on Friday at the Dore Theater. "She is delighted to...

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