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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Be back soon...

BakoArtistConnect is on holiday hiatus but will be returning in the new year. Bako look out--2010 is gonna ROCK!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

On Stage Now....

I hope you’re enjoying the rainy Bako weather. It certainly seems like a good time to curl up by a cat, enjoy a seasonal beverage and hope for a burn day to satisfy your craving for smoke-scented clothing. BUT….if instead, you feel like stretching your legs around town, perhaps in order to take in an art event or more, there are plenty of choices in all genres.

One holiday option is Christ Church of the Valley’s (CCV) 3rd Annual Christmas Wonder holiday celebration which benefits the Bakersfield Rescue Mission. Christmas Wonder’s theme this year is “An Island Christmas” so if you are longing for balmy summer days, you may wish to join CCV at 13701 Stockdale Highway each weekend night between 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Admission is only $5.00 and the event includes local performing groups, island singers, a dazzling light display, Christmas theater (including the Christmas Story featuring the music and lyrics of The Beatles (this I gotta see!), food, an art show, sand castle sculpture, cookies to decorate and more.

This entry I want to give you a listing of December’s theater options in Bakersfield. I am so proud to be able to share with you the diverse programs that each of these hard-working theaters have prepared. Yes, folks, this is Bakersfield…


Empty Space, 706 Oak St.
661 327-7529
“Hurry Up Santa” (Family friendly holiday show)
Fri/Sat 8pm
Sun 2pm
Admission: Donation (Suggested: $15/adults, $10/students, seniors
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime
“Annual Raunchy Sketch Comedy” (Adult comedy show)
Sat 11pm
Admission: $6.00
Doors open at 10:45 p.m.
Major League Improv (Family friendly comedy improve show)
Sat 6pm
FREE—Donations gladly accepted

The Gaslight Melodrama, 12748 Jomani Dr
661 587-3377
Gaslight’s Holiday Extravaganza & Holiday Vaudeville Revue
Tues-Sun through 12/23/09
Admission: $22/adults, children $20/Seniors (60+)
**Weekend performances appear to be sold-out (according to website) but some weeknights still available**

Bakersfield Community Theater, 2400 S Chester Ave
661 831-8114
“As Is” Directed by Billie Joe Fox (All but abandoned by friends and family, a man infected with AIDS is taken care of by his lover)
December 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8pm
December 6, 13 at 2pm
Admission: $15/General $12/Seniors, active military, students w/ID

Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St
661 634-0692
“Secret Garden” (Classic children’s tale brought to life)
December 11, 12, 18, 19, 26, January 1, 2 8pm
December 6, 13, 20, 27 2pm
Call for prices/reservations

Stars Theatre Restaurant, 1931 Chester Ave
661 325-6100
“The Honky Tonk Angel Holiday Spectacular”
December 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19
Thurs-Sat doors at 6:30pm
Sunday matinee doors at 12:30pm
Admission: Call for prices/reservations

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Homelessness, loss and isolation themes of exhibits at Bakersfield Museum of Art

December 10th, at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, a five-exhibit display on the themes of homelessness, loss and isolation begins.  More information on the GO.SEE.DO. sidebar and at http://www.bmoa.org/.