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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Winds ready to blow us away

    By Camille Gavin
    Wednesday, Nov 19 2014 05:15 PM

    Aside from the stirring music, one of the things I enjoy most about the Bakersfield Winds concerts are the moments when Ed Hughes sets aside his clarinet and picks up a microphone to give the audience a few tidbits of background information about each selection or its composer.

    "Ed brings a wonderful depth," said band spokesman Mitch Garcia, in a recent phone conversation. "He started doing it a few years back for some of the pieces but we thought it added so much to the concert that now he does it for every piece."

    For their concert on Monday evening the band has chosen music with an autumn theme with a nod to the holidays that are almost upon us.

    "One is the 'Chorale and Shaker Dance,'" Garcia said. "It's a standard for this time...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Art Association gets primo location

    The Bakersfield Art Association's Art Center is moving around the corner from where it is now, but it will still be in the downtown Arts District. In fact, the new place, at 1705 19th St., is in an even more prominent location in the...

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    Review: Funniest farce in many a 'Moon'

    If you're yearning to sit back, relax and revel in some comedic on-stage high jinx this weekend, consider taking in "Moon over Buffalo" at Stars. I laughed my way through last Sunday's performance. It's set in 1953, in Buffalo, N.Y., and...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Hair' still has some bounce to it

    In historic terms, the 1960s was an era when many young people were actively engaged in a counter-culture movement that questioned the status quo. Those who actually lived during that decade might define its elements as long-haired...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Magic will put you under spell

    Wrapped in the spirit of Halloween, Mark Price says the magic performance he and two long-time friends will do on Saturday at Stars is "triple tricky." Price, aka Gus Flamingo, calls it The Three Amigos of Magic, which he says will be an...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Turning 50? Let's put on a show!

    Some folks are reluctant to admit they've reached the half-century mark; Bruce Saathoff is the smiling exception. "I'm turning 50 on the 28th of October and people kept asking me, 'What do you want to do for your 50th?'" said the Stars...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Young actors find the Spotlight

    Professional photographer Melissa Brazeal has embarked on a new venture called the Acting Out Theatre Company, which is geared toward instruction for young people and performances of traditional as well as more hard-hitting plays. Her...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: A taste of Korea this weekend

    When I spoke with Eun-Ja Park, an organizer of this weekend's Korean Festival, she mentioned that one of the attractions will be dancing robots brought here by representatives of Bucheon, South Korea, Bakersfield's Sister City. Dancing...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Stars getting Doll-ed up

    What appeals to me about "Guys and Dolls" is the sing-able tunes and the colorful language created by Damon Runyon, the late New York sports columnist and short story writer. It's like this: All I have to do is write "If I Were a Bell,"...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Friedman makes return to stage

    Hal Friedman, known for his innovative approach to staging live theater, is debuting his latest venture, the Hot Spot Theatre Troupe, with "The Last Five Years" this weekend in downtown Bakersfield. "It's a very different kind of theatre...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Hairspray' takes on sticky subject of race

    Teens are well-represented in "Hairspray," the feel-good show about a pleasingly plump girl who becomes a TV star in the 1960s when the civil rights movement was at the forefront and dancing to the beat of rhythm and blues was wildly...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Series opens with a Celtic flair

    For the first of its five concerts of the 2014-15 season, the Dukes Concert Series will present a lively ensemble on Sunday that specializes in Celtic music. Banshee in the Kitchen, as the group is known, plays music that revolves around...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Life imitates art in musical

    Two famous paintings -- the "Mona Lisa" and "The Scream" come to life in a startling way in Adam Matthew Fernandez's original one-act musical this weekend at The Empty Space. Titled "The Art Gallery," it's about a young couple, Arthur...

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