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    BSO season opens on unique note with conductor search

    BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer
    Saturday, Sep 27 2014 07:38 PM

    The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra's search for a new conductor sounds like the premise of a television reality show, except this competition will be dignified and we won't be subjected to backstage catfights and tearful soliloquies.

    But that doesn't mean the process of narrowing down the six finalists won't lack drama or entertainment or that you -- the audience -- will be left out of the proceedings, as six finalists battle to be the one left standing at the end of a season of audition concerts. The first candidate will wield the baton when the season opens Saturday.

    "We just know there are two extremely important pieces to this (search)," said BSO president and CEO Bryan Burrow. "That of our audience and that of our musicians."

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    Bid on a hunk --for a good cause

    One guy had so much fun being oohed and ahhed over at last year's Boots & Bachelors auction that he wished he'd had the evening on his bucket list, just so that he could then cross it off. "One bachelor in particular said it was the night...

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    Inspiration for movie hosts screening at Maya

    Chess imparts a lot of life lessons -- guarding those you care about, devising an end game -- but the real value is simply in the playing, said an ex-convict who will be in Bakersfield Sunday to present an inspirational film about how he...


    HALLOWEEN 2014: CALM has case of the creepy crawlies

    Many kid-friendly Halloween events have candy and games, but only one can boast a menagerie of some creepy, crawling, slithering creatures. The California Living Museum is hosting the annual two-day Boo at the Zoo event. Along with...

  5. HALLOWEEN 2014: Local scary stories revealed in Mystery Tour

    Bakersfield might not be home to enigmas like Long Island's Amityville Horror, Roswell's UFOs or Scotland's Loch Ness Monster, but that doesn't mean there aren't any mysteries here. CASA of Kern County's upcoming "Roll-up, Roll-up for the...

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    HALLOWEEN 2014: Oildale gets in on fun with Trunk or Treat

    Oildale scary? Not with the spiffy streetscaping, new businesses and overall sense of revitalization providing a jolt of vigor to North Chester Avenue. But that doesn't mean north-of-the-river families don't like a little Halloween fun....

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    HALLOWEEN 2014: It's a dead man's party (for charity)

    If a real zombie outbreak hits, a crowded hotel won't be the best place to hide out. All it takes is one infected bellhop for the high rise to turn into a zombie zoo, with no hope of checking out unbitten. Fortunately, the "Zombie...

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    HALLOWEEN 2014: Families, fun and firebreathers, oh my!

    Perhaps the biggest treat awaiting guests of this year's Safe Halloween at Kern County Museum is that there are more treats than ever before. The annual family-friendly gathering is going bigger than ever with more stations and...

  9. HALLOWEEN 2014: Witch's brew for you at Rotary to-do

    Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary is trading poodle skirts and ponytails for bats and brooms for the group's annual October charity fundraiser. "It's the first time we've had an actual Halloween-themed fundraiser," said Jan Lemucchi,...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Stars getting Doll-ed up

    What appeals to me about "Guys and Dolls" is the sing-able tunes and the colorful language created by Damon Runyon, the late New York sports columnist and short story writer. It's like this: All I have to do is write "If I Were a Bell,"...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Singing the blues in Kernville

    This weekend, the small town of Kernville will be transformed into a kind of blues mecca, a nonstop boogie factory pumping out music on various stages spread throughout town. The community metamorphosis is courtesy of the fourth annual...

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    Student-teacher relationship blossoms into music between equals

    One of the consequences of a long career is that sometimes your past catches up with you. For CSUB music professor Doug Davis, that past comes in the form of a former student, CSUB music professor Jim Scully. Both professors will share the...

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    Catch Scarlett fever at showing of classic film

    Film historians consider 1939 the holy grail of American cinema, and one look at a partial list of the year's films makes it clear why: "The Wizard of Oz," "Stagecoach," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Wuthering Heights." But no film had... Daily Deal!

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