When it comes to viewing art on a college campus, it is frequently the work of students. But once in a while, on-campus galleries turn the tables and let the instructors shine.
On Thursday, Bakersfield College will open an exhibition of work by art faculty at its Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery. The show will feature a wide range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video and digital media in work representative of the breadth of skills available through the art department’s broad range of course offerings.
Exhibiting artists include Andrew Borrego, Cameron Brian, Jamee Eaton, Darrin Ekern, Glen Gustafson, Diego Gutierrez Monterrubio, Gina Herrera, Jeffrey Huston, David Koeth, Christopher Lessley, Armando Rubio, Adel Shafik, Kristopher Stallworth, Dacey Villarreal.
An artists' reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, located in the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library on the college’s main campus, 1801 Panorama Drive.
The show will remain on display through Oct. 13. Fall gallery hours are 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
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'The Woman in Black'
What do you do with your Halloween-friendly show when your theater already has something booked for October? You bring the spookiness into September.
"The Woman in Black" opens this weekend at The Empty Space. Director Michelle Guerrero said she's excited to bring this good solid ghost story to town.
"At the time the (2012) movie had come out, I thought it was one of the best ghost stories I had seen in a long time," she wrote in an email. "And the show has proved to be just as spooky as the movie, I still get goosebumps during the show at rehearsals."
The show, adapted by Stephen Malatratt based on Susan's Hill's novella, follows a lawyer Mr. Kipps, (played by Daniel Korth) who believes the titular specter has curse him and his family. He enlists an actor (Paul Sosa), who is skeptical but agrees to help him tell his story as a way to exorcise his fear. Of course, they both find more than they bargained for in the telling of the tale.
Guerrero said she most enjoys Korth's final monologue.
He "delivers his last speech with so much emotion that it brings tears to my eyes every night I watch it."
Overall, she hopes audience enjoy "a fun theater watching experience."
"It is a ghost story, and we have some tricks and scares in store for our audience, but it is also such a great story. I just hope they enjoy it."
“The Woman In Black” runs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sept. 22 and 23 at The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Suggested donation is $10-$15. Make reservations at esonline.org.
And the theater will keep you in the right holiday mood into next month when "Young Frankenstein: The Mel Brooks Musical" opens Oct. 13.
'Amy Adams and Friends'
In a weekend engagement, local singer and actress Amy Adams will again grace the stage at Stars Theatre Restaurant. And this time around, she's bringing her friends.
The performer, who garnered rave reviews in March reprising the title role in “Always ... Patsy Cline," will take on classic Broadway standards as well as some modern musical hits.
You have two chances to see “Amy Adams and Friends, The Best of Broadway”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Stars Theatre Restaurant, 1931 Chester Ave.
Tickets ($25-$69), which are selling fast for both shows, are available at bmtstars.com, by calling 325-6100, or at the theater's box office, open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.