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  1. TCM shakes up schedule for James Garner marathon

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Wednesday, Jul 23 2014 09:33 AM

    They don't make them like James Garner anymore, and Turner Classic Movies knows it. Which is why the basic cable channel will pre-empt its schedule to pay tribute to the late actor on Monday with the following festival of films:

    3 a.m.: "Toward the Unknown" 5: a.m.: "Shoot-out at Medicine Bend" 6:30 a.m.: "Grand Prix" 9:30 a.m.: "Cash McCall"

    11:15 a.m.: "The Wheeler Dealers" 1 p.m.: "Darby's Rangers" 3:15 p.m. "Mister Buddwing" 5 p.m.: "The Thrill of it All"

    7 p.m.: "The Americanization of Emily" 9 p.m.: "The Children's Hour" 11 p.m.: "Victor/Victoria" 1:30 a.m.: "Marlowe"

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    Love pop culture? It's your summer

    In a summer of transformers, guardians of the galaxy and outlanders, people have their pick of larger-than-life stories, many of which started on the page. Barnes & Noble has launched its own adventure with a Get Pop Cultured event,...

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    The Chew Review: Taco Bell formula decoded!

    I sat next to a Taco Bell corporate executive on a two-hour-plus flight this week and she shared some interesting nuggets about the company. She also confirmed for me something I've long believed about Taco Bell's menu development strategy...

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    Bakersfield film school reels them in

    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...

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    Wee ones may get a kick out of KidsFest

    Parents usually tell their children not to kick and punch, but that's kind of the point in martial arts class -- though it would be a mistake to think it's the only thing students learn. Master Earl Absher, owner and instructor at Order...

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    Bakersfield's Peck ties the knot

    Bakersfield native Tiler Peck was still ecstatic about her marriage to Robert Fairchild when I spoke to her by phone a few days after the couple returned from their honeymoon on the South Pacific island of Bora Bora. "It was fairy-tale,"...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Pythons together one last time

    For those of us who keep a lumberjack cosplay in the closet (just in case) and can recite the world's deadliest joke, there will be much rejoicing Sunday, when Monty Python's global funeral will be shown on silver screens around the...

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    Yes, play is about intimacy - but it's emotional

    What's in a name? Depending on the production -- in this case "In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)" -- there can be a lot hanging on that handle. But there is much more to the show opening Friday at The Empty Space than the risque...

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    Review: Upbeat 'Beehive' will have you grooving

    Talk about a high-energy show -- "Beehive" at Stars has it every step of the way and the audience at the Sunday matinee appeared to love every minute of it. And so did I. It makes me wish we could go back to the '60s when song lyrics told...

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    Dust Bowl legacy alive, well

    The Kern County Genealogical Society on Saturday will host a film screening it hopes gets guests in touch with some important local roots. "Dust Bowl Memories" includes interviews conducted in the 1990s with five people who lived at the...

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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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    SCOTT COX: Jack White gives 'em hell over cell

    It finally happened. A major music artist has spoken out about the noxious practice of cellphone use at concerts, and it's about time. The problem was addressed by no less an authority than Jack White, one of my favorites. He said in a...

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    SCOTT COX: Tuna - not fried fish - at Mossman's

    Frequent readers know that I've recently started up an outlaw bowling league on Thursdsay nights at Westchester Lanes. And once again, I'd like to invite everyone to come bowl with us. It's fun, it's air conditioned, and you can do it...

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