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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Exhibiting artist to speak at BMoA

    By CAMILLE GAVIN, Contributing columnist
    Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 05:07 PM

    If you're looking for a cool and culturally rich place to entertain out-of-town guests, consider visiting the Bakersfield Museum of Art in Central Park.

    On Wednesday morning David Ligare, one of the artists whose work is now on display at the museum, will be the guest speaker for the monthly First Wednesday program.

    The artist's current exhibit, "River, Mountain, Sea," includes large-scale panoramic work as well as a selection of small-scale preparatory studies. His lecture titled, "Scenic Philosophy," will focus on landscape art techniques.

    Now known as a California contemporary realist painter, Ligare is a native of Oak Park, Ill., and attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His paintings are held by the Museum of...

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    REVIEW: 'Padre' a novel way to enjoy live theater

    Hearty laughter, exaggerated acting and general craziness are key elements in any melodrama and at the locally owned Gaslight Melodrama the fun starts the minute you walk in the door. Case in point: At last Friday's opening of "A Night at...

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    Well-traveled entertainer on terra firma

    Most travelers who have taken a cruise have a story to tell, but none that I've heard can equal Jason McClain's tale. The multi-talented entertainer's odyssey began two years ago on board a luxury cruise ship where fares range as high as...

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    Gaslight crew sets its sights on the Padre

    The folks over at Gaslight Melodrama are having fun with another local landmark: This time, they’ve taken aim at the Padre Hotel in downtown Bakersfield with “A Night at the Padre.” A release sent our way by the Melodrama offers a...

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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...

  7. 'Shrek the Musical' not same old song and dance

    A summer theater workshop "shows you that kids (and ogres!) can do incredible things," when "Shrek the Musical" hits the stage starting Saturday. Adapted from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, the musical tells the story of...

  8. Empty Space hits stage for fundraiser

    When it comes to fundraisers and theatricality, there is no better inspiration than Broadway. Taking a cue from The Great White Way, The Empty Space brings back its "The Role I Was(n't) Born to Play" this weekend. The show's creator,...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: 'Peter Pan' gets Disney touch

    Even though Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinkerbell sprang to life more than a century ago in the pages of a delightful fantasy by J.M. Barrie, they are still captivating today's children -- especially when the story gets the magical Disney touch,...

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    'Five Divas' who own the stage

    Imagine, if you will, a woman singing Tevye the fiddler's "If I Were a Rich Man," and you've got an idea of the gender switch planned for one segment of "The Five Divas" show this weekend at Stars. "We call it 'Broadway Backwards,'" said...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Set in '30s, 'The Women' still rings true today

    Clare Boothe Luce's "The Women" may have been written in 1936 but its themes seem to have withstood the test of time. After all, the play has had three Broadway revivals, the most recent in 2001, and in 2008 was made into a movie starring...

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    REVIEW: Music makes this 'Kiss' first rate

    With thoughts of the movie version of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" in my head, I confess I had doubts about the possibilities of turning such a dark story into a successful musical. Now, after seeing Stars' production of the stage show on...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: CSUB takes a shot at 'Hairspray'

    Cal State Bakersfield is set to present a lively musical about exuberant teens who love to dance, underscored by a theme of racial inequality. "Hairspray," opening Thursday at the Dore Theater, is set in Baltimore in 1962 when records...

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