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Assassins, evil ranchers and trailer parks, oh my! What a week for local theater

It's a great weekend for local theater, with three new shows opening Friday. Fortunately, you have plenty of time to see them all, but we won't judge if you try to see all three right away.

At The Empty Space, check out "Assassins," a who's who of successful and would-be assassins of U.S. presidents, set in a purgatory carnival that has John Wilkes Booth. who killed President Lincoln, mingling with Sara Jane Moore and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who both tried to kill President Ford.

In the mood for something a little more light-hearted than assassination? Buttonwillow is finally getting the Gaslight Melodrama treatment in the theater's "Buttonwillow Blues." In it, beloved watering hole Momma's Place is in danger of being razed by a ranching empire looking to expand.

"Bakersfield Mist," playing at Stars West Comedy Theater, tells the story of trailer park-dwelling Maude, who claims she bought a Jackson Pollack painting for $5 at a thrift shop. Maude spars with art appraiser Lionel, trying to convince him the work of art is the real deal.

Out & about

Maya Cinemas Delano

Delano finally has a multiplex of its own with Thursday's opening of the new Maya Cinemas. The theater boasts state-of-the-art equipment that makes it the most technologically advanced in the country. All weekend long, guests can enjoy free popcorn and Eisenberg "big dog" hot dogs for $1.50. 

Museum birthdays

Fans of local museums will want to check out birthday celebrations this weekend at both the California Living Museum (on Saturday) and the Kern County Museum (on Sunday). CALM celebrates 35 years, while the museum celebrates 77. No gifts are required at either party — your presence is present enough.

Wouldn't it be nice to listen to some barbershop quartets?

There's a lot to love at Sunday's Golden Empire Chorus performance, and it's all right there in the name: "Beatles, Beach Boys and Barbershop." Expect impeccable harmonies and favorite songs from the two friendly rival bands. Just fight the urge to sing along.