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    The Dish: Life a bowl of cherries - and blueberries - at Murray

    BY STEFANI DIAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Apr 24 2015 02:46 PM

    It's a bumper crop of good news over at Murray Family Farms. The business is still relishing its victory at last week's Macaroni & Cheese Festival, where its blueberry mac and cheesecake took first place in a public vote.

    Adam Reed, marketing and tourism manager for the farm, credits a positive attitude for the victory against more than 25 competitors, including runners-up Cafe Med and Catering Affairs.

    "It's the Murray Family experience. From the energy of the people at the booth to the fresh blueberries, the overall Murray Family experience is what we're good at."

    As for the recipe he helped develop, he said it was a natural fit for the farm known for its big red barn off Highway 58 at General Beale Road.

  2. PETE TITTL: Crystal Palace brunch is bucking the trend

    It's fascinating to watch what has happened to the Sunday brunch market in our fair city over the past 35 years. We once had a marketplace that, like Las Vegas, favored the lavish spreads. Many restaurants competed for the best-in-town...

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    The great outdoors: BC theater takes center stage

    All that's missing is fireworks. Bakersfield College is reopening its Outdoor Theater on Saturday evening in grand style, with singers and orchestra performing a crowd-pleasing and very symbolic music program. BC is calling the...

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    Billy Mize movie now available on DVD

    If you missed the two local screenings last year of the wonderful documentary "Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound," the film will be available digitally starting Tuesday, and orders for DVD copies can be placed at the movie's website....

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    Taking clean up a notch at Green Expo

    At some point between picking up the discarded Doritos bags, stained mattresses and fully loaded diapers while serving on the mayor's semimonthly volunteer crew, a thought occurred to Tom Burch about the city's litter problem: "Two...

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    Art show draws on Bakersfield

    You don't need an artist's eye to see the beauty in Kern County, but depicting that majesty in paint -- and on a deadline -- is best left to the professionals. Which is exactly what the Arts Council of Kern is doing this week for the...

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    Wild West comes alive with concert

    The short film that will introduce audience members to West High School's latest production was not filmed as it actually happened. The origin story might be light on facts but it should be heavy on fun and get guests ready for a night of...

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    Spring into Greek culture via food

    It's a good week to go Greek in Bakersfield. Along with some love for Athena's Greek Cafe and Bakery on the Food Network, local diners can get their fill of gyros, spanikopita and more at the annual Spring Greek Food Festival. An offshoot...

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    CESAREO GARASA: You're never too old to rock

    It's always assumed that rock music is a young man's game, but that's not necessarily true. If a musician sticks with it and maneuvers through the struggles and changes, his shelf life will expand exponentially. Yesterday's hard-rocking...

  10. Ensemble connects with human spirit

    In today's musical landscape, it's easy to forget that classical music was once the popular music of the times, and in a world dominated by smaller, more popular bands, large ensembles don't get the respect they deserve. For example: A...

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    Bako singer pens song for Merle: The lyrics

    In the expensive effort to move Merle Haggard's childhood home to the Kern County Museum, most fans are donating money, time or labor. But Theresa Spanke decided to offer up something a little more personal: a song. Download cards will be...

  12. Dance organization seeks members

    A new dance organization is launching next month, and local educators and dancers are encouraged to get involved. The Kern Dance Alliance, founded by local dance advocate Andrea Hansen, is launching May 1. The alliance is not a studio but a...

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    Fair board gives elephant rides two more years

    On a vote of 6 to 3, the Kern County Fair Board of Directors decided Monday to invite elephant rides back to the fair for two years, with the caveat that the attraction will be discontinued at the conclusion of the contract. An amendment...


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