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  1. Cinertain back in business

    BY KELLY ARDIS The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Mar 26 2015 05:11 PM

    Full of hope, setbacks, disappointment and now a triumph, Cinertain's story could be fit for a movie. After nearly giving up on its fledgling drive-in theater two months ago, Cinertain recently announced a new partnership.

    Teaming up with the Bakersfield Blaze, Cinertain will kick off its summer season April 4 with "The Goonies," and 11 more drive-in events will follow through August. Cinertain will show movies when the team plays out of town.

    The traditional drive-in style events will be held in the Sam Lynn Ball Park parking lot. Like Cinertain's previous drive-in nights, admission after the April 4 soft opening will be $20 a carload. What movies will play those 11 other nights will be announced on Cinertain's Facebook page.

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    Stars show us their moves in dance contest

    Cue the coordinated outfits, smooth moves and toe-tapping beats: Although the trophy is not a mirror ball, 10 local celebrities will go for glory Saturday night in a "Dancing With the Stars"-style contest at Stars Theatre Restaurant....

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    CESAREO GARASA: In Bakersfield, outlaws are in

    In the last few years, our town has become a go-to destination to a new school of outlaw country groups that -- with their mix of bluegrass, metal, even gothic -- place as much emphasis on Black Flag as Hank Williams. In other words, they...

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    Soulful 'Sister Act' is second to nun

    If your most vivid memory from the 1992 comedy classic "Sister Act" is the triumphant moment when a choir of nuns transforms the Motown classic "My Guy" into a stirring declaration of faith, you might be disappointed in the stage version...

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    Hop to it with these Easter week events

    With spring break around the corner, parents are likely looking for activities to keep their kids entertained beyond TV and video games. Many local businesses and organizations think they have a solution. In addition to a bevy of church...


    Best of their breeds will (bow)wow you

    If every dog has its day, hundreds of canines are hoping that day comes this weekend at the Kern County Kennel Club's Back to Back All Breed Dog Shows, Obedience and Rally Trials. Or, more likely, it's their owners who are hoping for a...

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    HERB BENHAM: With Sue gone, it's crackers, cheese or whiskey for dinner

    Sue is gone for two weeks. My wife would rather be with her sweet grandson than her husband with the wrinkly neck. Go figure. I'm on my own, which includes providing my own meals. Prior to leaving, she pulled the ripcord on shopping. The...

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    HERB BENHAM: Tears of joy for my grandson

    "Andrew Hunter Oliver Jr. "Born 10 p.m. 3/14/15. "Healthy, nursing, loved." This was the message I sent to my parents, friends and family last Saturday night. I kept it brief. There will be room for superlatives later. Now I understand...

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    The Dish: A best burger contender

    A few years ago we launched a quest for the best burger in town, and a friend on Facebook nominated a new contender at Fred's Barbecue Factory. It's called Roberto's Special Burger and features two eight-ounce ground sirloin patties ($10...

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    High hopes for Cirque show at Rabobank

    Bakersfield, we have arrived. Amid the acrobatic scheduling feats that will bring Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Juanes to Rabobank Arena in coming weeks, Cirque Du Soleil makes its first local appearance with the touring show "Varekai,"...

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    Boxcar project remains on track

    Empty and mostly freed from the rooms added to its long, narrow frame, the Santa Fe boxcar that was Merle Haggard's first home is as ready as it ever will be to embark on its journey from Yosemite Street in Oildale to the Kern County...

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    Spring ballet: 'Something we've never seen done'

    Showing Bakersfield audiences a dance performance unlike anything they've seen before is a challenge the Imagine Ballet Company takes on every year for its annual spring showcase, Imagine That! This year, artistic director Kristen...

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    You're the judge of this musical

    It's got the trappings of a courtroom drama but when you throw in comedy and a cast of fairy-tale characters singing their arguments, chances are good someone will live happily ever after. That's to be expected when "The Big Bad Musical"...

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