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  1. Empty Space seeks art for its annual exhibit

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Dec 10 2014 04:06 PM

    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 last year, pairs the drawing of a youth with an adult artist who interprets the image into a work of fine art.

    Children 14 and under can submit a drawing, doodle or sketch created on an 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of paper. The piece should be simple, not a fully realized colorful work. All submissions must include a signed parental consent, which can be downloaded on The Empty Space's website (

    Entries are due Jan. 1 to the theater's gallery at 706 Oak St. Not all...

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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...

  4. 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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    Do you like classic rock? You'll love petroglyph fest

    When the mayor of Ridgecrest discusses the Native Americans who carved their art into thousands of rocks in the high desert millennia ago, he uses phrases like "dream culture" a lot. And so it's fitting that the idea of a petroglyph...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Behind the lens with Robert Bejil

    After establishing himself with local bands and models as one of the most trusted and creative photographers in town, Robert Bejil is broadening his focus with the release of an indie action western flick, "Retribution of the Wolf,"...

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    Moving visual tale about movement

    A dancer's emergence from an emotional trauma that nearly destroyed her life is told in a remarkable collection of concept photography done by Todd Powers. " 'Pas de Berlin' is a stunning visual narrative following the progress of a young...


    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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    HERB BENHAM: Getting away Scot free with my 'artwork'

    Art in Europe is everywhere -- from public sculptures hugging the banks of the Seine to the bridges of Paris and onto the stunning architecture along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. After one "Oh my God" moment after another, it's easy to get...

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    A chill, pre-holiday First Friday

    November First Friday, filled with art, music, food, comedy and film, offers a mellow starting point to the coming frenzy of the holiday season. But where to start? A guide for what's in store Friday. Visual arts The Bakersfield Art...

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    Museum open for altar-ations

    Death gets a bad rap this time of year: zombies want to eat your flesh, vampires want to bite your neck and ghosts want to scare the daylights out of you. But Dia de los Muertos -- which falls a couple of days after that other...

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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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