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    Troupe goes into the woods

    BY STEFANI DIAS Californian assistant lifestyles editor
    Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 01:26 PM

    Fairy tales bring larger-than-life characters into existence, so it's no wonder The Empty Space went to epic lengths for its production of "Into the Woods."

    "It's a musical about telling stories, the stories we tell and how those stories can affect us," said director Brian Sivesind. "We took the storytelling and made it somewhat literal."

    When the show opens Friday, audiences will walk into an oversized bookshelf with volumes measuring 8 feet high and 4 feet wide. Given the scale of the set, Sivesind and crew were still hard at work building as of Monday.

    "(It's one of) those ideas that sounds great in theory. But I think it will be worth it. We wanted to raise the production value of this show."

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: BC students show their stuff

    I enjoy seeing college students' artwork, for the simple reason that it's often adventurous. Most are willing -- and I'm sure encouraged by their instructors -- to take chances, to create something new and different instead of relying on...

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    Working at different angles for The Apparat

    By definition, an apparat is an existing power structure, but The Apparat in Bakersfield is something a bit different. A collective of recent Cal State Bakersfield art grads, the group heads to its alma mater's Todd Madigan Gallery for a...

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    Gordon looks to reconnect Arts Council with community

    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....

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    Don of the 'dale honored

    You never know what you'll find by delving into old newspaper clippings -- for me it's an adventure that often leads to unexpected pleasures. Apparently Jan Gary feels the same way. Her research has turned into a reason to honor the man...

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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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    Art museum loses director -- again

    Just a year after being hired to run the Bakersfield Museum of Art -- a beacon of culture in a city often derided for having too little -- the executive director has tendered his resignation, effective June 1. Citing concerns over his...

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    Amgen jersey: Bako guy won the race!

    The Amgen Tour of California is still a month away, but the race already has its first winner: Bakersfield architect Larry Aronat, who created the winning design in the tour's Breakaway from Cancer jersey contest. Prevailing over a field...

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    GERALD HASLAM: 'Grapes of Wrath' taps into pride for this 'Oildale Okie'

    Seventy-five years ago the publication of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" had no impact on me, since I was only 2 years old. But when John Ford's 1940 movie based on Steinbeck's novel began to make second and third runs, I was one...

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    First Friday boasts a packed program

    After dispensing with the rain earlier this week, weather should be nice for April's First Friday. Entertainment options abound, from new art exhibits, musical and poetry performances to plenty of places to grab a bite. Hot venues On...

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    CSUB gamers are true players

    If your idea of gamer education is looking up a walk-through of "Titanfall" online, prepare for an awakening: It's Mario time Friday at the third annual CSUB Gamer Education Day as the voice of Nintendo's Super Mario heads up an evening of...

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    A fun day at BMoA, with strings attached

    The Bakersfield Museum of Art is making sure visitors get the most out of the current exhibition -- which has received raves -- by staging a puppet show and other family friendly events on Sunday. "The World on a String: Puppets, from the...

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    Buck and ballet? Only in Bakersfield

    Although many events bill themselves as offering "something for everybody," not all live up to that expectation. But from an opening number to get folks to turn off their cell phones to a show-stopping line-dancing tribute to Buck Owens,...

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