Come see for free: No admission at BMoA through March

Come see for free: No admission at BMoA through March
For its 60th anniversary year, the Bakersfield Museum of Art wants there to be no impediment for potential visitors, not even the $ 8 price of admission. And so with the help of several donors, everyone gets in free, at least through the end of March …
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He turns old books into new works of art
Mike Stilkey with “A Day Of Celebration,” created for a show at Bakersfield Museum of Art. Mike Stilkey uses stacks of old books as his canvases, making small portraits and giant sculptural installations. His 10-year retrospective at the Orange County …
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In New Rep's 'Mary,' a grieving mother who speaks for herself
But it's not an artist's duty to affirm the beliefs of the faithful, and in any case “The Testament of Mary'' is neither sensationalistic nor disrespectful to Mary. On the contrary, Toibin's overall moral seriousness is palpable, … by Jim Petosa and …
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SAG Awards: Statuettes are being cast and molded

SAG Awards: Statuettes are being cast and molded
BURBANK, CA – JANUARY 19: A view of the casting and molding process at the 22nd Annual SAG Awards The Casting of the SAG Awards Statuette at the American Fine Arts Foundry on January 19, 2016 in Burbank, California. 25650_002. (Photo by Mike …
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5 things to do in Utah Valley this weekend
Presented in the Pardoe Theatre in the Harris Fine Arts Center on campus, the intimate marionette show definitely brings a new life to a classic production, and will continue doing so this weekend! Don't miss out on your chance to see them live as a …
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Matt Damon says Hollywood must do more to support diversity

Matt Damon says Hollywood must do more to support diversity
Diversity has dominated the conversation around the Academy Awards since last week's nominations revealed a second consecutive year of all-white acting nominees. On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced sweeping …
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New music director knows the key to organ concert success
Karissa Lystrup is the new director of worship and music arts at St. John's Lutheran Church on Buena Vista Road. Lystrup, performing in her first Bakersfield concert on Jan. 22, says she is lucky to have landed a job as a music director so soon out of …
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What to Watch Thursday
He is a funnyman with artistic aspirations who has been honing his craft at the Académie de Clown Français in Paris (stage name: Renoir) before setbacks force him to retreat back home to Bakersfield, Calif., and the only job he can find — as a $ 4-an …
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Film Academy pledges to double female, minority membership

Film Academy pledges to double female, minority membership
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 51-member board of governors unanimously approved a series of reforms late Thursday to "begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition," Boone Isaacs said, following a weeklong …
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Uber expands transportation options with helicopters
It flew customers between Manhattan and the Hamptons. UberChopper was tested again this past summer at the Cannes Film Festival and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. These rides have previously cost between hundred of dollars and thousands of …
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Review: 'Baskets' Asks Just How Funny Comedy Needs to Be
“Baskets,” beginning Thursday on FX, is both a show about this conflict and an illustration of it. Created by three practitioners of alternative comedy — Zach Galifianakis (“Between Two Ferns”), Louis C. K. (“Louie”) and Jonathan Krisel (“Portlandia …
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Urban art to tour 10-plus county libraries

Urban art to tour 10-plus county libraries
Artists from Bakersfield, Fresno and Hollister created the one-of-a-kind pieces back in October during a Taste the Arts contest held in Visalia. While 8-foot-by-8-foot canvases were originally created at the event, small versions of the pieces are …
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Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. Talk FX Comedy 'Baskets,' Future of 'Louie'
But after an unsuccessful stint at a prestigious clown school in Paris, the only job he can find is with a local rodeo in Bakersfield. Galifianakis acknowledged on stage at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that he feels a pressure …
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Christina Sweet's departure a loss for arts scene

Christina Sweet's departure a loss for arts scene
“I started out my art career by showing at The Basement, owned by Deon Bell. There I met Nyoka Jameson and Jen Raven and joined BECA (Bakersfield Emerging Contemporary Artists). This was a nonprofit art group that facilitated events and support for …
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MerleFest names judges for songwriting contest
Based in Asheville, John Cloyd Miller was a first-place winner in the Austin contest in 2013 and a recipient of an artist fellowship for songwriting by the N.C. Arts Council that same year. He currently performs with his wife, Natalya Weinstein, as the …
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UCLA opens Pac-12 play 0-2
UCLA guard Isaac Hamilton shoots a step back jumper against Washington State forward Derrien King during the first half Sunday at Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State forward Josh Hawkinson scored 20 points …
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