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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Life imitates art in musical

    By Camille Gavin
    Wednesday, Aug 27 2014 04:24 PM

    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 (Justin Thompson) and Sylvia (Alexandra Mays), whose favorite pastime is visiting art museums.

    "The plot is very simple on the surface," Fernandez wrote in an email. "A couple walk into an art gallery, have an argument, and the art helps them move forward."

    Yet it's much more complex than that. Upon their arrival Arthur and Sylvia notice several changes in the collection and have opposing viewpoints on the new art. At this point, "Mona Lisa" (Leslie Thompson) and "The Scream" (Enrique Acosta) come to...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Artist maps out imagination

    In terms of the subjects for his artwork, Greg Hauss is eclectic, but his new exhibit at the Access Center has a single focus -- maps. On the surface, that may sound rather hum-drum but in Hauss' hands, cartography inspires detailed...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Stars Theatre playing 'Dirty'

    Director Joe Lowry gave me a rundown on what he's planning for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," the musical opening Friday at Stars. Like the 1988 film on which it's based -- the stars were Michael Caine and Steve Martin -- the show is set on...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Bet bottom dollar on 'Annie Jr.'

    "Annie Jr.," a shorter version of the popular musical based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip, is bound to chase your end-of-summer blues away with sing-able tunes like "Tomorrow." Eight-year-old Bella Stine has the lead role in...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Young actor ready to graduate to adult roles

    It seems to me that Kyle Gaines is a good example of the value of learning stagecraft at a young age and then continuing on that path throughout one's growing-up years. In a sense, his appearance as Donkey in "Shrek the Musical" this...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Beehive' revisits hair-raising '60s

    If "Beehive" sounds like an odd name for a musical, think bouffant hair styles of the 1960s. There's even a dance by that name written especially for the show, which opens Friday at Stars with the eight-member cast balancing top-heavy...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Still patriotic, even if a little late

    Pianist Warren Dobson's annual one-man show at the Gaslight Melodrama doesn't open until July 11, but he claims it still will have the zip-boom-bah flavor of Independence Day. "As it's happening after the Fourth of July, it's not quite...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Peter Pan' gets Disney touch

    Even though Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinkerbell sprang to life more than a century ago in the pages of a delightful fantasy by J.M. Barrie, they are still captivating today's children -- especially when the story gets the magical Disney touch,...

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    'Five Divas' who own the stage

    Imagine, if you will, a woman singing Tevye the fiddler's "If I Were a Rich Man," and you've got an idea of the gender switch planned for one segment of "The Five Divas" show this weekend at Stars. "We call it 'Broadway Backwards,'" said...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Arts Council on the right course

    Slow but steady stays the course could be the motto of David Gordon, who in May was appointed executive director of the Arts Council of Kern by the nonprofit's board of directors. As one who has criticized the council's actions and...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Write on! Summer workshops set

    Bilingual author Olga Garcia Echeverria is a hands-on teacher, says Maria Rutledge, supervisor of Beale Memorial Library. "When she gave a workshop at Southwest (Branch) a couple of years ago, she was very interactive," said the librarian...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Set in '30s, 'The Women' still rings true today

    Clare Boothe Luce's "The Women" may have been written in 1936 but its themes seem to have withstood the test of time. After all, the play has had three Broadway revivals, the most recent in 2001, and in 2008 was made into a movie starring...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Fund fuels students' art dreams

    Thanks to its newly established Einstein Scholarship Fund the Bakersfield Art Association is helping to support future generations of artists. At a recent meeting, the association awarded $1,000 each to Bakersfield College student Tatiana...

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