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  1. CSUB giving visual arts a much larger canvas

    BY CAMILLE GAVIN For The Californian
    Wednesday, Oct 22 2014 10:10 AM

    Back-to-back openings, both related to the making and viewing of art, will be held at Cal State Bakersfield on Friday. The first is the ribbon-cutting for the Visual Arts building, a $6 million structure located west of the Dore Theatre.

    The ceremony will be followed by a free reception to open the "Bakersfield Built" architectural exhibit in Todd Madigan Gallery, attached to the east side of the theater.

    Art students and faculty alike welcome the expanded space provided by the new structure, said Richard Collins, dean of the CSUB school of arts and humanities. Previously the art department occupied cramped quarters in a building in the center of campus, built nearly 50 years ago. The old structure will be refurbished for other uses.

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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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    Via Arte artists color for cause

    Liberty High School senior Isabel Luthi started Saturday at the Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival, took a few hours off to score three goals in a soccer game, then returned to help classmates finish their crisp late-Victorian-era...

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    Chalk it up to family togetherness

    "The family that chalks together, stays together" might not be an actual phrase that people say, but for the Tyack-Lacava clan, it's true. The Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival, an annual event put on by the Bakersfield Museum of...

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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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    First Friday heads west

    The heartbeat of First Friday originates from a one-block corridor of 19th Street, but a new gallery space just to the west is pumping some fresh blood into the monthly downtown event. Susan Ruppel hopes to coax people from the arts...

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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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    Artists: Take a chalk on the wild side

    The medium is chalk, the "canvas" is asphalt and the work is temporary, but the Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival provides "everlasting" memories to participants, said the organizer, who reports that 13 spots are still available to...

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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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    From two old friends, with love

    Two well-loved veterans of local theater, Nancy Arslan and Jim Fillbrandt, are lending their talents to "Love Letters," a funny but emotional play at Stars this weekend only. For Arslan, who's in her early 80s, part of the appeal is that...


    BMoA: You pick the art

    Normally the Bakersfield Museum of Art's 300-piece permanent collection is housed safely behind locked doors in a climate-controlled vault. But starting this evening, 12 of these treasures will go on display, in addition to two major...

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    Mexican photographer's career path just clicked

    If her parents had had their way, Yvonne Venegas would have pursued a career in music, the same path taken by her twin sister, Mexican pop star Julieta Venegas. But it was photography, her father's passion and profession, that beguiled...

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    Artists join forces to help raise money to feed Kern's hungry

    Several local artists have created work that relates to hunger and nutrition issues in Kern County for an event to benefit the Community Action Partnership of Kern food bank. Working in a variety of mediums, including photography, paint...

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