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    Bakersfield film school reels them in

    BY CAMILLE GAVIN Contributing columnist
    Wednesday, Jul 16 2014 10:26 AM

    Filmmaker Dale Oprandy isn't kidding when he tells you, with great enthusiasm, what he sees in our city's future. "Part of our mission is to make Bakersfield the next Hollywood," he said with a broad smile, spreading his arms wide while seated in his office at Inclusion Films, in a building on 19th Street that once was the home of Sam Woo Laundry.

    "We've been doing just short films but we hope to do a feature (length) in a year or so," he went on. "We've got a complete studio setup here and there's a beautiful (outdoor) background here -- you've got everything, with oil wells you can make it look like Texas and the fields all around here look just like you're in the Midwest."

    Oprandy, the company's executive artistic director, moved...

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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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    Latination looking for artists

    Metro Galleries is putting out a call to artists for the sixth annual Latination juried art exhibition in September, the most anticipated First Friday of the year. Presented by Valley Republic Bank, Latination features artists, local and...

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    Artists appear ready to embrace First Friday fee

    More than a month away from the next First Friday, artists appear to be adjusting to the idea of new regulations governing the downtown arts festival. An informational meeting Monday held by the Arts Council of Kern, which is overseeing...

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    First Friday changes in air

    First Friday, the popular monthly arts festival, has become the victim of its own success, said its founder, prompting changes for the sidewalk artists who line the streets of downtown selling their wares. "What has happened, it got...

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    Art for family healing coming to Bakersfield

    When Carolina Alcala set out to create a piece of art for her friend Ronnie Veliz in 2010, she couldn't have foreseen how it would grow into a traveling exhibition portraying the lives of young members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

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    Bronies, actors and cosplay, oh my!

    Bak-Anime -- a local celebration of Japanese-style animation, comics and more -- is only one day this year, but it's getting a boost from some Pony power. Among the guest lineup Sunday at the Bakersfield Marriott are at least three...

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    Lifelong love is now business

    While many children collect comic books, how many of them grow up and decide to open their own comic book store, becoming the king of a nerd mecca filled with everything from comics, memorabilia, swords and shields, art, jewelry and more?...

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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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    Think it's worth something? Your chance to ask Wednesday

    Although you're not likely to have anything nearly as rare as Gauguin's recently discovered "Bouquet of Roses" -- expected to fetch upwards of $1.3 million at a Bonhams art auction in London next week -- the international auction house is...

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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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    Celeb photographer tells stories behind lens

    Not every girl granted access to the biggest names in rock 'n' roll goes backstage worried about apertures and shutter speeds. But Raeanne Rubenstein, camera in hand, wasn't about to squander the break bestowed by a friend who worked at...

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