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    CESAREO GARASA: Take a walk on this laugh track

    By CESAREO GARASA, For The Californian
    Wednesday, Nov 19 2014 05:18 PM

    Bakersfield seems light years away from the cosmopolitan comedy clubs of Los Angeles and their two-drink minimum seating, but we'll be getting a taste with the arrival of the four-person "Walk of Shame" comedy tour arriving tonight at Trout's.

    Four Southern California comedians -- Jessica Michelle Singleton, 27, Becky Robinson, 24, Lisa Curry, 27, and Dana Moon, 27 (aka Dana Moonstein) -- will be hitting the road together with video camera in tow to record the madness for a potential docu-series.

    What's unique about the tour is the fact that it's four female comedians, not three guys and a token woman to mix it up. They are as ribald, and funny, as any other act out there, and with appearances on Comedy Central and years on the...

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    Youth Symphony touches roots

    The Bakersfield Youth Symphony will pay a musical tribute to the Dust Bowl migrants this weekend in the final event celebrating the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." Conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy, the student...

  3. CSUB, BC striking up the bands

    Students at both Cal State Bakersfield and Bakersfield College will present their jazz ensembles in concert over the next few days. Cal State students go first, with a slate of classic charts from the Count Basie orchestra, Lee Morgan,...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Winds ready to blow us away

    Aside from the stirring music, one of the things I enjoy most about the Bakersfield Winds concerts are the moments when Ed Hughes sets aside his clarinet and picks up a microphone to give the audience a few tidbits of background...

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    Upcoming concerts: Cosby, Chicago, Tritt and more

    Ticket Roundup Rabobank 1001 Truxtun Ave. ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. (Listed ticket prices do not include additional fees.) Monday: Disney's "Beauty & the Beast," 7:30 p.m. $32.50-$62.50. Nov. 22: PBR: Blue Def Velocity Tour, 7...

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    Mize documentary compelling

    The temptation to liken the life of Billy Mize to one of the melancholy country songs he wrote is a potent one -- except that no one would ever write anything so damned sad. Unthinkable family tragedies, one after another, medical...

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    Finalist not slacking with these pieces

    Let's hope the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra musicians are eating their Wheaties this week. At its concert Saturday, the orchestra will be working with Alejandro Gutierrez, the second of six conductors auditioning to become the BSO's new...

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    Second BSO finalist: He's not a one-man band

    Conductor Alejandro Gutierrez sees himself as a 21st century man. "In the 19th century, the soloist was the star; in the 20th century, the conductor was the star," Gutierrez said. "In the 21st century, I see it differently: It is not a...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Country stars' best pen pal

    How do you find new complexities in a story that's been told a thousand times? That's the question for all songwriters, as singer/songwriter Phil Vassar knows all too well. "Our challenge is to try to say something in a way that's never...

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    HERB BENHAM: Master Chorale promises stirring show

    You may think you've heard all the patriotic music a zillion times and if so, why would you want to buy a ticket to the Bakersfield Master Chorale's Faith and Freedom concert? You've heard it, sung it and dreamt it, right? That's what I...

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    Stuart delivers on big talk with fabulous show

    On the off chance that some soul wandered in from the lobby oblivious as to what was about to take place on the Fox Theater stage Saturday night, Marty Stuart offered a bold guarantee of what he and his band were about to deliver: A...

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    Museum open for altar-ations

    Death gets a bad rap this time of year: zombies want to eat your flesh, vampires want to bite your neck and ghosts want to scare the daylights out of you. But Dia de los Muertos -- which falls a couple of days after that other...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Taft concert is the Nest big thing

    When Truxton Mile came up with the idea of honoring its hometown of Taft with a concert, "we just figured we would ask the city to close the street, buy some kegs, charge a cover and call it a night," said vocalist Ryan Coulter. But it...

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