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    'Dance Mom' diva keeping Bakersfield dancers on toes

    BY KELLY ARDIS Californian staff writer
    Monday, Apr 21 2014 05:41 PM

    Tough-love dance coach Abby Lee Miller, one of reality TV's most polarizing personalities, is bringing her unique teaching style to a Bakersfield dance studio.

    Taking a break from Lifetime's "Dance Moms," Miller is taking her spectacle on the road with a new spin-off series, "Abby's Studio Rescue," in which she'll help struggling studios around the country dance their way to competitive glory.

    Miller and her crew have been in town about a week shooting an episode that will feature dance instructor Ephraim "E-Baby" Penn, who owns PennPoint Dance Academy on 18th Street, and his students. The visit culminated in a performance Monday afternoon at the Fox Theater, where about 200 people lined up to get inside.

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    Guests treated like VIPs at luncheon

    Although the wait staff is top-billed, at the Celebrity Waiters Luncheon it's the attendees who are getting the star treatment. The popular fundraiser, put on by the Bakersfield Association for Retarded Citizens, is in its sixth year and...

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    Zuckerberg blazing her own trails

    Though she recently crossed off the top item on her bucket list -- at age 32 -- Randi Zuckerberg isn't the type to coast. As founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, editor in chief of a technology and lifestyle website and author of two...

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    Youth Connection off to races for Dinner at the Derby

    The Kentucky Derby won't be run until May 3 but Bakersfield's Youth Connection will be off to the races April 25 with its annual Dinner at the Derby fundraiser. The early date is no problem for the event, held at Seven Oaks Country Club....

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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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    SCOTT COX: Rude guests are going to cost us some shows

    I am fully aware that as I get older, the list of things that make me all crotchety is getting longer. But I've decided that I'm ready to cut a deal with the world: I promise to not care if you take your toddlers to the movies and let...

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    Car show fuels kids' wishes

    This weekend's Cruisin' for a Wish Classic Car Show is the kind of grass-roots help the Make-a-Wish Foundation counts on. "To have a group put on an event like this is so amazing," said Catherine Anspach, director of the Kern County...

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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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    MATT MUNOZ: Get up close and personal with Chris Shiflett

    Chris Shiflett's journey from arena rocker to honky-tonk rabble-rouser is about to come full circle. Following the release of his album of classic country covers, "All Hat and No Cattle," last year, the Foo Fighters guitarist performed to...

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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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