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    Champion of arts, civic pride dies

    BY JENNIFER SELF The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Jan 30 2015 05:06 PM

    During her lifelong campaign to uplift and support, Jan Fulton found a lot of creative ways to do both: championing the city and its neighborhoods, promoting the arts, filling bellies with her famous Cambrian salad at the Spotlight Cafe. And if that failed? She'd rely on her endless reserves of cheer.

    Hers was a life fully and optimistically lived, but it came to an end just after midnight Friday when Fulton succumbed to the pancreatic cancer she'd been fighting for nearly two years. She was 66.

    "She died at home peacefully," said her husband, John Fulton. "It's been a grueling two- or three-week period. Everybody hated to lose her, but it ended the suffering she was going through."

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    The kids are all right

    MOJAVE DESERT -- Visitors never want for friends at The Sanctuary at Soledad Goats. Even a reporter toting nothing more captivating than a notebook and drawstrings from her jacket is treated like a rock star by the menagerie of dogs and...


    The Dish: Luigi's gets to heart of the matter

    Looking for a dining destination on Valentine's Day? Luigi's has put together an Italian wine dinner on that special day that includes Masi Italian wines from the Veneto Region of Italy. The event is hosted by Sara Klein from Kobrand Wines...

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    Playwright at home in new work

    No disrespect to the world's No. 1 hot dog chain, but Julie Taiwo Oni was glad to escape the clutches of its A-frame roof. Like any good artist, the Bakersfield-born playwright mined her teenage fear of a Wienerschnitzel future for her new...

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    Setting up a new silver screen

    The curtain is rising on exciting developments at The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County's Armstrong Youth Center. As work continues on the impressive 22,000-square-foot lot Backyard project, the center is adding a touch of creativity with...

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    An opera greatest hits package at CSUB

    It will be a few years before CSUB will present another full-length opera; in the meantime, students are learning their craft by performing in scenes from time-honored classics to daring new works. Current students will be joined by...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Meet the new Grant Langston

    It's the same venue only different, and he's the same artist -- but also kind of different: A slightly darker version of good-time roots country artist Grant Langston returns to Bakersfield on Saturday. Langston introduced himself to...

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    Not rock opera but rock AND opera for student

    Opera singer by day, rock singer by night. Courtney Sangis thinks that's her formula for success. Sangis, 19, studies music at CSUB, majoring in voice. That means she studies classical technique and repertoire -- the music of Bach and...

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    Boy-oh-Boyd: Singer on fire

    Call it kismet, country style: Playing in Bakersfield one day apart are reigning "Voice" champ Craig Wayne Boyd and Travis Tritt, one of Boyd's biggest musical influences. In fact, it was Boyd's rollicking version of "The Whiskey Ain't...

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    Program teaches preparedness

    If losing sight of a parent in a supermarket is traumatic, imagine the fear a child feels when lost in the wilderness, without an information desk and loudspeaker for help. How to stay safe in nature requires special knowledge, which the...

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    An oasis of art on east side

    While many in Bakersfield's arts community try to draw visitors to the downtown arts district, at least one group wants to bring the arts to unusual venues. After a 10-month hiatus, the Nexus Community Collaboration is opening a new...

  12. Noted guitarist to play

    The fifth season of Cal State Bakersfield's guitar arts concert series ends with a performance from Anton Baranov. The 2013 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition, Baranov will present his...

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    Cosby to Bakersfield fans: 'I'm far from finished'

    In a statement to local fans Monday, Bill Cosby said a scheduling conflict has forced him to postpone his Feb. 12 show at the Fox Theater but he offered a bold assurance he would to return to Bakersfield: “I’m far from finished.” A new...

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