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    Entrepreneur busy as a bee

    BY JENNIFER SELF Californian lifestyles editor
    Wednesday, Sep 17 2014 04:05 PM

    When Stacia Guzzo became a convert to the grow-what-you-eat-and-eat-what-you-grow movement, she dreamed of rows of fresh produce, chickens and bee hives full of honey. But in the cramped apartment near Los Angeles International Airport that she shared with her husband, all she had room for were two heads of lettuce and a strawberry plant in containers on her windowsill -- hardly the agrarian paradise she had in mind.

    The apartment and big city would have to go, or, more to the point, the Guzzos would. "One day we were looking at different properties and dreaming -- wouldn't it be so interesting if we had more land and could grow more stuff," said Guzzo, 34, in an interview Tuesday. "And then my husband got a job at Edwards Air Force...

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    MATT MUNOZ: David J. as good as goth gets

    British goth rock pioneer David J. Haskins makes a rare visit to Bakersfield on Friday night, much to the delight of the children of the night. But don't expect a traveling cavalcade of caskets, crucifixes and hooded figures from the...

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    Have a horribly good time

    More than a month away from Halloween, you can scare up some early fun this Sunday at the first Heroes & Horror Con. Although the show, at the Bakersfield Marriott, has some things in common with other local pop culture conventions --...

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    It's a busy time for film lovers

    New York City gangs, singing lovestruck teenagers and a giant scaly monster are coming to Bakersfield. But don't run away in terror just yet. What with FLICS International Film Society having cranked up its 33rd season (read our preview...

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    They're all dressed up, ready to go

    The most important part of a drag performance isn't the hair, the make-up, the outfit or any one physical thing. The key ingredient to good drag is harder than all that: the ability to move an audience emotionally. That's according to De...

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    Speakeasy does it for pub crawl with '20s theme

    If you see women in beaded dresses with cloche hats and finger waves, or men in wide-lapeled suit jackets and bowler hats downtown Saturday, don't worry. You haven't bumped your noodle and fallen into a time-traveling coma. Probably. More...

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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...

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    Writer to address how to use the news to inspire fiction

    Suspense novelist Jim Magwood will be the featured speaker at a meeting of Writers of Kern on Saturday. Magwood is a stalker. Inspired by real-life events of trepidation, oddity, and mayhem, he tracks those storylines then weaves them...

  9. Film on farmworker plight out on DVD

    The documentary "The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle," which chronicles the human cost of the severe 2009 drought on communities in the Firebaugh area, is available on DVD. The film, which received best documentary honors at the...

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    Exotic cats come out to play, and you can watch

    A Rosamond conservation center devoted to helping endangered feline species invites the public to visit the compound Saturday evening to find out what wild cats do at night. The Exotic Feline Breeding Compound Feline Conservation Center...

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    The 2014 Kern County Fair: Start counting the minutes!

    Those planning to attend opening day of the Kern County Fair may be worried about Wednesday's high temperature -- forecast at the century mark -- but the heat is no problem at the Butterfly Attraction, new to the fair this year. "This is...

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    Food concessions: They live to serve

    With its pillars, Classical design and spacious seating, the food concession run by the Italian Heritage Dante Association is an elegant, shaded beacon among its squat neighbors, an inviting escape offering the promise of a breather, a...

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    Food, fun ... and dinosaurs at the Kern County Fair

    If crowds aren't your thing but DeMolay corn dogs are, you'll want to carefully plot your excursion -- or excursions -- to the Kern County Fair. Historically, Monday is pretty light and if you can manage to cool your jets until Day Two,...

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