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    Setting up a new silver screen

    BY STEFANI DIAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Jan 28 2015 04:10 PM

    The curtain is rising on exciting developments at The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County's Armstrong Youth Center. As work continues on the impressive 22,000-square-foot lot Backyard project, the center is adding a touch of creativity with a massive outdoor mural that will set the scene for outdoor movie screenings.

    Last week, artist Al Mendez began work on the first phase of the mural -- a 22-foot-by-16-foot movie screen design -- made possible with a $1,500 Arts in the Community Grant from the Arts Council of Kern.

    Mendez said he and fellow artist Sebastian Muralles were approached last year after the duo won a Beautiful Bakersfield Award for their three-panel mural celebrating Bakersfield's guitar-making history.

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    An oasis of art on east side

    While many in Bakersfield's arts community try to draw visitors to the downtown arts district, at least one group wants to bring the arts to unusual venues. After a 10-month hiatus, the Nexus Community Collaboration is opening a new...

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    Who was that masked man? Find out at Bak-Anime

    If unsuspecting guests at the Bakersfield Marriott Hotel this weekend don't know what anime is, they're sure to have some idea by the time they leave. It will be impossible to miss the hundreds of fans of Japanese-style animation and...

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    Brush up your imagination

    The Bakersfield Museum of Art is taking a big risk this week -- opening three exhibits of abstract art simultaneously for its winter show. Why is it a risk? Because the organizers of the exhibition don't know what you're going to see....

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    Downtown dining, art meet at The Park

    Having lived around the country, artist Maia Cummins has a good reason for now calling Bakersfield home. "The people in Bakersfield are fabulous people. It's the people that keep me here." Cummins and six other artists plan to celebrate...

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    Travel world for art from comfort of local theater

    The exhibition "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" at New York's Museum of Modern Art is coming to the big screen for one day on Jan. 13. Locally, Edwards Bakersfield Stadium 14 will offer a 7 p.m. showing. Single-day virtual guided tours of...

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    First Friday: The same subject through different eyes

    Albeit low-key in the wake of the holiday season, January First Friday will usher in 2015 with two art openings and other continuing exhibits. The Bakersfield Art Association has poised itself for a year of change. Along with the Art...

  8. Culture, fun: We had a lot of both this year

    On the corner of 18th and Chester, behind a flimsy barrier of chain-link fencing, sits the most important architectural discovery in Bakersfield's recent history, our own Colosseum, a ruin and reminder of a more elegant time. She's coaxed...

  9. Empty Space seeks art for its annual exhibit

    Calling all budding Picassos or van Goghs: The Empty Space Gallery wants your sketches for its upcoming "Art Imitates Art IV." The exhibit, which ran for two years at The Foundry gallery downtown before moving to the Oak Street theater...

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    Lots to unwrap this First Friday

    With an art walk nearing capacity and six exhibitions, this month’s First Friday delivers a gift-wrapped evening for local art lovers. A rundown of events: ‘Landscapes’ Artist Katherine Young-Beck said don’t let the name of her show,...


    CAMILLE GAVIN: It's a rockin' Christmas -- and time to say goodbye

    Director Bruce Saathoff didn't specify exactly what he's planning for "Winter Wonderettes" but I'm guessing that not all of the action occurs onstage in the show that opens Friday at Stars. "There will be some audience participation," he...

  12. Chaos behind the scenes inspiration for 'Empty Christmas'

    All the world may be a stage but the average person doesn't usually see what goes on behind the scenes. This month, The Empty Space offers a comedic spin on the less-glamorous side of theater life with "A Very Empty Christmas." Co-written...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Winds ready to blow us away

    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...

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