Shave and a haircut — two bits? The going rate this First Friday is $20 for the third annual CSUB Hair Cut-A-Thon at the Blackboard Barbershop. That suggested donation will aid CSUB's student athletes in a fundraiser that's just part of the fun downtown Friday.

The 19th Street barbershop with a retro vibe is again on board for the fundraiser that pools all donations and tips to the scholarship fund aiding student athletes at Cal State Bakersfield.

Last year's event raised $4,000 and this year's goal is $5,000 for the fund and 250 haircuts.

Supporters can sit back in style, relaxing in one of nine vintage Koken President barber chairs — complete with dual ashtrays — and enjoy a "haircut deluxe": scissor cut, hot lather, straight razor and neck massage.

Named for the famous Blackboard honky-tonk on North Chester Avenue from the 1950s, the barbershop celebrating its third year in business streams classic country and '60s rock with walls adorned with photos of Bakersfield Sound legends.

Coming in before work or on your lunch break? Food and beverages will be offered all day, starting with doughnuts from Smith's Bakery, then a variety of pizzas from the Feghali brothers at Little Caesars Pizza. Those who come in closer to dinnertime can enjoy dishes from Sorella Restaurant, along with a choice of an ice-cold Coca-Cola or Dust Bowl Brewery beer (for those 21 and over).

Blackboard Barbershop, 1609 19th St., is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cultures collide at Bubble Pop

For this month's show, Bubble Pop Gallery sought out some unlikely combinations, asking artists to mix together characters and themes from TV, video games, films, comic and more. 

"Mash-Up Art Show was a challenge to get artists to use pop culture and mash up two realms, universes, worlds or styles to create something new and unique," gallery curator Ashleymarie Sey Lively wrote in an email." Remember when cartoons or shows would do cross over episodes? This challenge is a push to go beyond."

There are 17 artists featured in the show, with subjects including "The Legend of Zelda," "Lilo and Stitch," General Mills monster cereal characters, "The Simpsons" and more.

Artist Nate Parrish, who specializes in a mash-up art style, will be at the opening reception sharing his work and creating some on site. He will be joined by fellow artists Sey Lively, who will paint a "Stranger Things"/"Ghostbusters" mash-up, and Dean Rullan.

Adding to the fun is Rob Pad who will be running his Cartoon Mash-O-Matic, a converted sticker machine that mashes together two iconic cartoon characters to make a brand-new character. (For example, Spongebob Squarepants and Fred Flintstone mashed together to make a new character FredBob Squarestone.) The machine has more than 30 different designs and there is a 1 in 5 chance in getting the original watercolor sticker art.

A Girl Scout troop will be on hand selling cookies for those who need a sweet treat. 

For young art lovers, Sey Lively will offer a mash-up art class on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. Attendees from age 4 to 18 will be able to view the current show and participate in a lesson and project based on the theme.

Cost is $15 and tickets are available at the link through

The gallery will also be open from noon to 4 p.m. timed with the Fox Theater's free showing of "Back to the Future."

"We will be raffling off original artwork that you can win in their lobby," Sey Lively wrote. "We will be splitting the proceeds with The Fox Theater to help keep the historic downtown theater alive and running. They have been a huge supporter of ours and we are so grateful for their belief in this dream!"

Friday's reception is from 5 to 9 p.m. at Bubble Pop Gallery, 2007 H St.

Yay for YAM

It's an exciting night with the return of the Youth Art Month local exhibit, this time at the Bakersfield Art Association Art Center.

Sponsored by California Art Education Association, YAM recognizes the accomplishments of art education in schools K–12.

The show, which for years had been held at the now-closed Younger Gallery, is back downtown thanks to the art association.

"After not having a local exhibit last year we would like to thank BAA for stepping up to the task on short notice and in an very active gallery," wrote Vicki Smart, who is helping coordinate the show. "It’s a wonderful celebration of art education that is recognized both at the state and national level."

The exhibit features 69 works from nine high schools (Liberty, North, Stockdale, Golden Valley, Ridgeview, Bakersfield, East, Foothill and South) and two middle schools (Rosedale and Freedom).

Smart wrote, "Having the addition of two middle schools participating this year is a new direction for our local chapter that will provide supportive growth for an area of art education that has tragically been dwindled the past 15 years."

Also on display at the center is "Fruit of the Spirit" by Marcelo Rodriguez, who took inspiration from the letters of Apostle Paul. Each of the paintings in Rodriguez's collection feature grapevines representing the fruits — love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness or self-control — presented in the letters.

The self-taught artist also said his show is also meant to "honor those who work on the fields and recognize the beauty of the city of Bakersfield."

The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. with a CAEA presentation at 7 p.m. at the art center, 1607 19th St. The work will remain up through March 22.

Fruits and more at Dagny's 

The BAA is also hosting exhibits at Dagny's Coffee Co. Artist and nature lover Norma Eaton is the featured artist with her work on display reflecting her two passions.

The coffeehouse is also exhibiting the ongoing group show “Spring into Action" with art by Eaton, Iva Fendrick, Gigi Murray, Cheri Sperl, Marilyn Cameron, Karen King, Norma Neil, Ann Hutton, Linda Brown and Marsha Black.

The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dagny's, 1600 20th St.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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