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    Tumbleweed Festival a show of pride

    BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI Contributing writer
    Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 06:05 PM

    The tumbleweed usually symbolizes dry, harsh conditions. But in Derby Acres, the tumbleweed is a symbol of pride and community, as the tiny westside town celebrates its sixth annual Tumbleweed Festival this weekend.

    As an event, the Tumbleweed Festival is comparable to all other such annual celebrations for something a community is famous for: whiskey, roses, poppies, garlic. There will be food, music, bounce houses, a horseshoe tournament, motorcycle run, barbecue and a tumbleweed-decorating contest, vendor booths and all the other attractions one expects to see at an outdoor festival. But for Derby Acres and all the other communities in the westside -- Taft, McKittrick, Ford City, Maricopa and the other "Acres" (Dusty and Valley) --...

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    Who says comedy isn't art?

    First Friday in Bakersfield usually means art of the physical variety, like a painting or handmade jewelry. But who's to say making people laugh isn't a form of art? First Friday Funnies is the latest addition to the monthly downtown...

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    Get a taste of gospel at brunch

    Lovers of gospel music and waffles, rejoice: The Arts Council of Kern will host a Gospel Brunch on Sunday at the Bell Tower Club. David Gordon, the arts council's executive director, said attendees should be ready for a rockin' good time...

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    Still rockin' into the night

    How do the rockers of 38 Special balance the nostalgia factor and the need that all musicians have to remain relevant? It sounds like guitarist Danny Chauncey has taken his cue from the band's most famous -- and definitely most...

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    CESAREO GARASA: Longing for the good old days

    Around 2003-04, Riley's Tavern eschewed its "no live music" policy and started letting bands (both local and out of town) perform on its dance floors. As either an audience member or a performer for a lot of these shows, I can attest that...

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    Kel Mitchell keeps his comedy clean and relevant

    Nearly everything Kel Mitchell says comes with an accompanying laugh. The easy-going attitude is contagious, and unlike other child stars, he's not resentful toward the shows (or catchphrases) that made him famous. The comedian, best...

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    CAMILLE GAVIN: Exhibiting artist to speak at BMoA

    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...

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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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    SCOTT COX: 3-D cool at movies, but meh at home

    After grappling with the decision to see the standard or 3-D showing of a movie at the theater, I now find that discussion permeating my home entertainment choices as well. We recently upgraded our TV to a 3-D model, and while I'll opt...

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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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    Violinist hits the right career notes

    Bakersfield-born violinist Paul Cartwright had dreamed since childhood that one day he would play with a major orchestra. Instead, Cartwright, 33, has become a first-call studio player, a respected jazz artist, and the "signature sound" of...

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    Nibbles & Bits: Does Imbibe have a wine deal for you

    Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant reports in its regular e-newsletter that the 2010 Silver Oak Alex Cab is being offered on a pre-sale basis through the end of July for $62 per bottle -- "the lowest price we could find in the nation." Imbibe...

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    HERB BENHAM: It's any porch in a storm for disloyal outdoor cats

    Our cat disappeared recently. Vanished. Left, as if she had met with a better offer. Blueberry is a porch cat, her world consisting of a green rocking chair, a flat cat scratcher, a soft bed, and a four-foot high porch wall from which to...

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