Bakotopia Magazine - Issue 48

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Feb. 19, 2009 collector\'s edition of Bakotopia Magazine, featuring Bakersfield native, Jonathan Davis of KORN in an exclusive new interview with Bakotopia Editor, Matt Munoz.

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Bakotopia Magazine - Issue 48

  1. 1. FREE February 19, 2009 - March 4, 2009 www.bakotopia.com
  2. 2. Fri., Feb. 20th Backup Johnny Sat., Feb. 21st Dub Seeds w/Mike Pinto Tues., Feb. 24th FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION MENTO BURU, SOULAJAR & JOEL JACOB 7p.m. / $7 Thurs., Feb. 26th Guerilla Radio Tribute to Rage Against The Machine Fri., Feb. 27th Elevation 406 Sat., Feb. 28th Grant Langston & The Supermodels w/ Buckshot Sun., Mar. 1st LuckyIAm Fri., Mar. 13th Iron Outlaws – 1916 – The Filthies Sat., Mar. 14th Bon Fire – Tribute to Early AC/DC Tue., Mar. 17th St. Pat’s Day w/Mento Buru & More Sat., Mar. 21st Big John Bates & The Voodoo Dollz Sat., Mar. 28th Trainwreck
  3. 3. E D I TO R ’ S N OT E BAKOTOPIA aise your hand if you need to be inspired. Waking up everyday to the daily grind, R STAFF there’s nothing like a bolt of creative enthusiasm to get you through the day. This EDITORIAL issue is all about that basic need for human success - inspiration. Olivia Garcia Publisher ogarcia@bakersfield.com 395-7487 On the cover we have our Bako homeboy Jonathan Davis, returning home to inject some Matt Muñoz Editor/Product Manager much needed life into our local music scene. mmunoz@bakersfield.com 395-7660 ‘93 was a golden year for bands in Bakersfield. Our city was looked upon as the next Gene Garaygordobil Managing Editor garaygordobil@bakersfield.com Seattle, and our boys from KORN hit it big. Teresa Adamo Associate Editor tadamo@bakersfield.com Pretty soon, fans dreaded their hair, sales of Adidas wear went through the roof and new ART music flooded the streets. KORN’s huge success was the stuff of dreams. Billy Simkins Designer bsimkins@bakersfield.com Jonathan’s success story could be yours too. Maybe not the same version, but his mes- ADVERTISING sage is clear - don’t give up. Photographer Mike Lopez was also at BRyder’s to capture the rare images of a relaxed rock god. Jaime De Los Santos Sales Manager jdelossantos@bakersfield.com 716-8632 Speaking with Jonathan about his travels from autopsies to arenas was amazing. David Alanis Sales Executive Thought you were a fan of his music? You're about to become a fan of the man. Gustavo Carrillo Sales Executive Don’t miss his big show on Feb. 26 at BRyder’s. Samantha Vilchis Sales Executive Mark Wells Sales Executive And it doesn’t end there. Famed street artist, Joey Krebs, who honed his skills right here in Bakersfield is coming home to do his first art OFFICE show since leaving for LA to become the artist for Rage Against The Marisol Sorto Office Administrator Machine. msorto@bakersfield.com 716-8640 Thanks to all of our contributors BAKOTOPIA 1522 18th St. Suite 310 and advertisers who Bakersfield, CA 93301 help keep us free for you and yours every week. Get well soon Chris R! Peace, Matt Muñoz, Bakotopia Editor Contribute your own articles/ BAKOTOPIA.COM stories/events. Upload photos. BAKOTOPIA 3
  4. 4. BAKOBIT from Bakotopia.com February 19, 2009 The Return of “El Fatom” Phantom street artist Joey Krebs is back in Bako on March 7-8 at The Basement Gallery. By Matt Munoz Krebs’ local connection doesn’t years were spent in Bakersfield dur- end with art - he’s also an avid sup- ing the late ‘80s to mid ‘90s. Bakotopia Editor porter of local wrestling. Also attending CSUB for a short Krebs was commissioned by CIF A time, Krebs gives credit to his men- ttencion all fans of thought-pro- Wrestling Sports Tournament Direc- tor and “adopted grandmother,” the voking street art and politico- tor, Alan Paradise, to create and late Ruth Heil Emerson for much of rockers Rage Against The design the 5th annual edition David his artistic development. Emerson Machine. Schultz Champion of Champions was also the founder of the Bakers- Former Bakersfield resident Memorial Trophy platter for this field Art Association. artist, also known as “El Fatom,” year’s “Most Outstanding Wrestler” Joey Krebs, will be the focus of an “Ruth was a really great person, at the 2009 tournament being held upcoming art show at The Base- and she taught me so much,” he at Rabobank Arena, March 6 and 7. ment Gallery, 1532 19th St., March said fondly. “It’s great that the wrestling tour- 7 and 8, running from 7 to 11 p.m. Above: Most art & music fans Deon Bell, 36, curator at The nament is going on at the same time on both nights. have seen Kreb’s work for Basement, looks forward to hosting as the art show,” said Krebs. Most popularly known for his work years on the cover of RATM’s Krebs’ work as a show of unity and Raised by a “strong Catholic” 1999 CD release used on the cover of Rage Against inspiration in the local underground Ecuadorean single mother of six in The Machine's 1999 CD, “The Battle also be Krebs’ first art-associated Southern California, Krebs’ younger art scene. of Los Angeles,” Krebs remains appearance in Bakersfield since active on the international art scene, moving away in the late '90s. as well as in his current home of Los “It came together in perfect tim- Angeles. ing,” said Krebs, 37, of the show. “I The March show, titled “Breaking developed my style from living in Ground,” will also feature more than Bakersfield. It's a very progressive community, and I mean that sincere- 35 different artists with a heavy ly. I really consider it my hometown.” focus on urban street styles. This will CASH FOR VIDEO GAMES At left and above: Artist Joey Krebs in true phantom form hides is identity, allowing his art to speak on a variety of topics including politics, pop culture, and anarchy. NO MONEY LEFT? Courtesy photos It’s time for you to get cash for those video games you don’t play anymore! We Specialize In: We fix scratched discs ( DVD, Video Games, CD ) Video Game System Repair Before • PSP • Xbox After • PS2 • X360 In as little as 6 months become experienced and licensed • PS3 using specialized Microdermabrasion, Galvanic & High Frequency equipment. Secure your future doing the latest professional facials, eye lashes, make-up and skin care. Specializing in the use of Jane Iredale Mineral Make-up Catch Gamestor Gil on: and Pevonia Botanica Spa products. We are nationally LOCATED IN THE EAST HILLS MALL accredited and offer financial aid to those who qualify. Mon- Fri 10-9 • Sat 10-7 • Sun 11-6 All work done by supervised students. Call (661) 871-7900 661.327.9784 2935 F Street • Bakersfield, CA 93301 Tuesday Mornings Live @ 9AM BAKOTOPIA 4
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  6. 6. BAKOBIT from Bakotopia.com February 19, 2009 AGENDA FEB. 23 Really Big Midgetz The Silence Club (also Sat.) w/ Il Sogno Jaime Elsewhere The Belvedere Silver Fox w/ Motionless in White 3090 Brundage Ln. 702 18th st. and more 9 p.m. / 21+ / 325-2139 9 p.m. / 21+ / 324-6972 WHAT’S ON IT The Dome 2201 V St. FEB. 21 Dub Seeds B = Highly recommended 5 p.m. / All Ages / w/ Mike Pinto Mento Buru LIVE! 322-5200 Fishlips BRyder’s FEB. 19 FEB. 20 1517 18th St. 7701 White Ln. Alisa’s Karaoke 9 p.m. / 21+ / 324-2557 9 p.m. / 21+ / $5 / (Every Mon. & Tues.) No Limit Powerman 5000 & more 397-7304 Riley’s Tavern BRyder’s / 7701 White Ln. The Dome The Mantors 1523 19th St. 9 p.m. / 21+ / 397-7304 2201 V St. The Dome Exotica at The Nile 9 p.m. / 21+ / 324-3268 6 p.m. / $15 / All Ages 2201 V St. The Nile Bar A Woman Called Truth 8 p.m. / All Ages / FEB. 24 B 1721 19th St. (also Sat.) Fatt Katt 327-0190 11 a.m. / 21+ / Bakersfield Community & The Von Zippers 4th Annual Fat Tuesday B 323 - 8575 Theater / 2400 S. Chester FEB. 22 Bash w/ Mento Buru, Buck’s Crystal Palace 8 p.m. / $10 - $12 / Soulajar, Joel Jacob LIVE! 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. CSUB Jazz Coffeehouse 322 -5200 Pennywise & more Fishlips / 1517 18th St. 8 p.m. / 21+ / Free / CSUB Student Union The Dome 7 p.m. / 21+ / 324-2557 328-7560 9001 Stockdale Hwy. Catch 22 (also Sat.) 2201 V St. $7 includes all you can eat 7:30 p.m. / $6 - $10 / The Lone Oak 5 p.m. / $23 / All Ages Cajun buffet & beads! Bakersfield JAM 654-2511 10612 Rosedale Hwy vs Austin Toros 9 p.m. / 21+ / 589-0412 A Woman Called Truth Mac’s Karaoke Bakersfield JAM 1001 Truxtun Ave. Bakersfield Community (Every Tues. & Wed.) vs Rio Grande Valley Vipers Shakin’ Street 7 p.m. / $5 - $20 / Theater The Junction 1001 Truxtun Ave. The Highland Inn 716 – 4526 2400 S. Chester 2620 Buck Owens Blvd. 8 p.m. / $5 - $20 / N. Chester & China Grade 4 p.m. / $10 - $12 / 8 p.m. / 21+ / 327-9651 716 – 4526 Loop / 9 p.m. / 21+ 322 -5200 Live Music • Pool Tables • Shuffleboard • Darts Video Games • Great Food • Drinks & More Feburar y 26, 2009 “A Night With Jonathan Davis” (Lead Singer Of Korn) Thur. Feb 5th Sunday Snake Oil -10pm Fri. Feb 6th Conspiracy Theory & My Dirty X - 9:30pm Sat. Feb 7th The Cogs - 9:30pm Feb 12th Strike 3 - 10pm Feb 13th Dub Seeds - 9:30pm Feb 14th The Filthies with special guest - 9:30pm $5 cover Feb 21st Mento Buru - Starts at 9:30pm $5 cover “A Night With Jonathan Davis” Ticket prices are $100-250. Meet and greet pass is an additional $35. Tickets available at BRyder’s Only. For more information and availability call (661) 397-7304 Open everyday for lunch & dinner (661) 397-7304 • 7701 White Lane (One block East of Gosford • Next to The Body Exchange) www.brydersbar.com www.myspace.com/brydersmusic BAKOTOPIA 6
  7. 7. BAKOBIT from Bakotopia.com February 19, 2009 A Woman Called Truth (also Sat.) FEB. 27 SPOTLIGHT Bakersfield Community Theater I Am Ghost & Blitzkid 2400 S. Chester Jerry’s Pizza 8 p.m. / $10 - $12 / 322 -5200 FEB. 26 1817 Chester Ave. 5 p.m. / $12 / All Ages / 633-1000 The Silence Club An Evening with… Sandrini’s Jonathan Davis of KORN The Sideshow Band (also B 1918 Eye St. Sat.) and The SFA’s! 9 p.m. / 21+ / 322-8900 The Belvedere BRyder’s 3090 Brundage Ln. The Moosehead Band (also Sat.) 9 p.m. / 21+ / 325-2139 7701 White Ln. Ethyl’s 4310 Alfred Harrell Hwy. $100 - up! Limited seating! Elevation 406 7 pm. / 21+ / Free Call: 397 – 7304 for info Fishlips 1517 18th St. FEB. 28 9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ The Heaters 7 p.m. / 322-5200 Grant Langston & The Supermodels Amestoy’s Guerilla Radio RATM tribute Fishlips / 1517 18th St. The Cogs 2303 River Blvd Fishlips B 9 p.m. / $5 / 21+ Amestoy’s 8 p.m. / 21+ / 871-2303 1517 18th St. 2303 River Blvd 8 p.m. / $10 / 21+ / 324-2557 MAR. 1 9 p.m. / 21+ / 871-2303 Neblina (LA Spanish rock) Luckyiam of Living Legends The Basement Audreye Sessions & more Art Attack! Fishlips / 1517 18th St. 1532 19th St. The Dome / 2201 V St. Live event w/artists & music 7 p.m. / $12 / 21+ / 324-2557 8 p.m. / All Ages / 859 – 1904 6 p.m. / $10 / All Ages POSH 1317 20th St. A Woman Called Truth 7 p.m. / $5 / All Ages /322 -5200 Karaoke FEB. 26 Bakersfield Community Theater The Belevedere 2400 S. Chester 3090 Brundage Ln. Jack Ingram 4 p.m. / $10 - $12 / 322 -5200 9 p.m. / 21+ / 325-2139 Buck’s Crystal Palace 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. BAKOTOPIA 7
  8. 8. FOR THE RECO Jonathan Davis returns to Bako with SFA to show he’s By Matt Munoz, Bakotopia Editor tat for quite some to be more than ju onathan Davis is coming home to “It’s awesome, raise hell again. sister’s enthusias But don’t get your holy water out ambitious event p just yet - this rock god isn’t as devil- hook-up standard ish as you think. this. I'll play in a g Shy, soft spoken, but with a youthful For hardcore fa friendliness more befitting of a new dad Davis’ pre-KORN than demon, Davis is rock’s reluctant coroner’s office, m prophet of rage - especially when he’s at music, etc … But home. er known stage s “I love Bakersfield,” said Davis, 38, of his Many locals we hometown during an afternoon visit at BRy- ing the legendary der’s, 7701 White Ln., where he’ll also be festival of ‘92 at t performing a rare intimate show on Thurs- grounds, when he day, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. “I like the people, another popular lo it’s grounding for me, and it’s my home.” Thorns. During on As the lead singer of one of this genera- songs, he was int der’s un-arena like confines. “I mean we tion’s most successful and influential rock lead Cradle vocal (KORN,) played small clubs, but a bar? Not bands - KORN, this will be Davis’ first When asked ab since ‘95”. show back in a venue this size in es then returns … The brainchild of Davis’ sister, Alyssa, over 14 years. “Man, I don’t re whose harbored plans to see her brother “Not since 1995,” he laughed with a hin performing back in his original musical habi- said of the BRy- rview athan Davis inte To hear full Jon 61 AN EVENING WI dcast, episode to Bakotunes Po listen JONATHAN DAVI es /blogs/bakotun w.bakotopia.com FEATURING THE ww Th ursday, Feb. 26 BRyder’s, 7701 Whit e 8 p.m. / 21+ Reserved tickets: $1 0 Meet & greet ticke ts Seats are limited BAKOTOPIA 8 Info: 397-7304
  9. 9. RD still got the love time, the show promises st a return home. said Davis proudly of his m to take on such an roject - even by family s. “I'm not too big to do arage. It’s about music.” ns, much is known about ife - his job at the county oving away to pursue what of the singer’s less- ghtings? re introduced to Davis dur- Radio Rain Dance music he Kern County Fair- took a guest spot with cal band, Cradle of e of the band’s final roduced to the crowd by ist, Ty Elam. out the show, Davis paus- member that,” he t of frustration. “When I CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE TH S SFA'S Ln. 0 & up available BAKOTOPIA 9
  10. 10. BAKOBIT from Bakotopia.com February 19, 2009 “All the crazy stuff that went on there, it was cool, There was Roger - the black, gay skinhead who had all these white skinheads with him. I was there the night he was throwing shovels at the windows. What was up with that?” - Jonathan Davis on nights at Bam Bam’s nightclub PHOTOS BY MICHAEL LOPEZ Above: Singer Jonathan Davis, whose been sober for 10 years, checks out the BRyder’s layout during a morning visit on Feb. 17 sound, fashion, and spokesperson light Zone revival TV-series, among “I’m bringing the whole SFA,” he for troubled youth after the death of others, Davis’ creative associations said. “Miles Moseley on upright bass was in Sex Art (his first local band), Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain in ‘94. Many have also evolved. (Gnarls Barkley, Lauren Hill), Zach then KORN, I really started feeling young fans looked to Davis to take up Former Oingo Boingo keyboardist “Horse” Baird on keyboards (KORN, like I had to live the rock star lifestyle the torch after Cobain’s tragic Richard Gibbs and Davis worked on Beck), Ray Luzier on drums (KORN, - or what I thought a rock star should demise. QOTD together, becoming close David Lee Roth), Shankar on violin be. I was doing every drug I could get “I didn’t want to be that person,” friends and colleagues during the (Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel), Shane my hands on. My role model was Jim he said. “I was medicated - a lot.” learning process. Gibson on guitar (KORN), and little Morrison (The Doors), so a lot of Feeling the weight, KORN achieved “Richard’s an amazing guy, he’s old me.” those memories are foggy.” multi-platinum success, due in part taught me so much and took me According to Davis, the live show But one of Davis’ fond recollec- to their masterful marketing plans under his wing,” he said of Gibbs. promises to be unlike anything you’d tions does include legendary ‘90s all keeping fans in the mix. “When you’re doing a score you’re expect and more. ages club, Bam Bams, originally “We embraced it early on,” said painting an emotional picture of “We’ll play a lot of QOTD stuff, located on the corner of 20th & M Davis of the band’s early use of tech- what’s going on. They hired us to do KORN songs I haven’t played in a streets in downtown. On any given nology to reach the world. “We were QOTD even before they shot the longtime, and a lot of covers,” he night the club was a packed mix of the first band to do a live band web- movie! We got the songs done and said. “It’s going to be very intimate - a alternative lifestyles, punks, mods, cast of any kind. We got featured in they shot the movie around the show you’ve never seen - because it’s gay and lesbian, but a place where TIME magazine, and used early songs.” in this setting. You never know what’s Davis and friends felt safe to be Quicktime video technology so fans Although the movie was a minor gonna happen - I might even pull out themselves. The club also played could look at us in the studio. I knew hit, the project was both a milestone some new s**t.” host to a cast of unusual regulars. it was going to be the new thing, so for Davis, and a sad reminder of the Hoping to reignite and inspire the “All the crazy stuff that went on we just kept on doing it.” short life of RnB singer Aaliyah Bakersfield music scene with some there, it was cool,” he said. “There And still does. Haughton who played the lead in the much need energy, the composer of was Roger - the black, gay skinhead At his new official website - film. The movie was released six “Freak On A Leash” and “Blind” who had all these white skinheads www.jdsfa.com - visitors are greeted months after her tragic death in a doesn’t rest on his laurels, unless with him. I was there the night he was by a video of Davis, as well as a real- plane crash over the Bahamas. maybe he’s at home. throwing shovels at the windows. time video stream from inside the Despite his relation to the movie, “It trips me out. I look back at all What was up with that?” singer’s home studio. Davis never got a chance to speak to the songs we’ve done - almost 200,” Moving to Huntington Beach in ‘93 “Kids have been watching me the actress throughout filming. he smiled. “But I don’t really slow to join future bandmates - James make my album the whole time. At “We had to talk ‘through’ people down that much to kick back and “Munky” Shaffer, Reginald “Fieldy” first I was just writing, so I left the because we were going to work think. I might croak.” Arvizu, Brian “Head” Welch, and sound on, but now that I’m recording, together,” he remembered. “When Nearby in the distance, Davis’ irre- David Silveria in the band Creep, he I have the sound off, otherwise she passed, her brother Rashad sistibly cute young sons, Zeppelin left the security of home. That’s they’re just gonna rip it and it’ll be came and lived with me for about four and Pirate, are being followed careful- where the real story begins. leaked everywhere,” he said. months to help him get over it, so I ly by Davis’ sister and friend Kym, “I could’ve easily just settled and For the uninitiated, the letters got close to the family. It was just dev- soon joining dad when our photo ses- eventually bought a house,” he ‘JDSFA’ are an acronym for the astating.” sion commences. explained of his choice to pursue his singer’s solo band - Jonathan Davis & Ready to sail the solo-course “I’m proud we put Bakersfield on musical dreams. “I gave all that up to the Simply F*****g Amazings. again while KORN takes a short the music map,” Davis said before go completely poor, even live under With a growing number of solo break from recording and touring - parting. “The Bakersfield Sound some stairs and barely scrape by - projects added to his impressive Davis is planning on bringing his all- but look where it got me.” thing with country had been going Creep became KORN and success resume - including 2002’s “Queen of star guns fully loaded to BRyder’s on long enough. It needed something began with the buzz of a new SoCal The Damned” soundtrack, the Twi- Feb. 26. different going on.” BAKOTOPIA 10
  11. 11. BAKOBIT from Bakotopia.com February 19, 2009 NAMM ‘09: a fan’s view Self-described fanatic heads to the annual wet dream of all things rock and technology By Jesse Rivera aka illasever, When I get there, I feel like a kid in a candy Bakotopia.com contributor store, walking around in awe of the massive scene. There are vendor booths all around with a list of W andering around the convention floor at names and times that their artists will be signing this year’s NAMM Show, on Jan. 17, at the autographs. The first booth that caught my eye was Anaheim Convention Center, I noticed three the REMO Drums booth that listed an 11:30 a.m. types of people - worker, hustler, fanatic. signing time for Stephen Perkins - drummer for Allow me to explain: Jane’s Addiction. I had just watched the “3 Days” 1) Worker: Company sales reps you could tell DVD about the ‘87 Jane’s “Relapse Tour,” so Jane’s were tired of fake smiling and hand shaking but was still fresh on my mind. were ready to turn it on in a second to sell some We got in line early and there were only two peo- product. ple ahead of us - a couple of super fans who had 2) Hustler: People from the bottom of the big way cooler Jane stories than us, so they deserved music industry food chain. These people were just to be first in line. Stephen was way cool and signed hustlin’ whatever it was they were there to sell, and an REMO drum head for me. After he signed it, I themselves in the process. mentioned to him how much I loved his band’s COURTESY PHOTO 3) Fanatic: I was one of them! music and he said to me, “It’s all coming back, too, Above: Jesse Rivera, in blue cap, poses with NAMM (National Association of Music Mer- this time with (bassist) Eric Avery.” Yes! The Jane’s Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, chants) is a group of international retailers of musi- Addiction reunion rumors are true - Stephen right, during the NAMM show on Jan. 17. cal instruments and accessories, who throw sea- Perkins himself confirmed them for me! long lines for the chance to snap a pic and get an sonal trade shows, giving companies a chance to autograph from some one of the many musicians There’s more! Visit www.bakotopia.com, and promote their latest products and give fans a doing the NAMM thing. The NAMM show lasts all search keywords ‘NAMM 2009’ for more chance to meet their musical idols - some in prime week (Jan. 14-18); however I was only there on Sat- adventures and pix with Jesse! form, others in washed-up mode. urday. Here’s how my day went. It might seem bor- I’m just a huge fan of music, so I just walked ing to some but it was a day I’ll never forget! around star struck all day long - not minding the www.nammshow.com BAKOTOPIA 11
  12. 12. BAKOBIT from Bakotopia.com Februaray 19, 2009 Carlos’ gift of life Local organ donor honored at the 2009 Rose Parade By Teresa Adamo of mind,” Ortiz’s twin sister, Carla Andrews, began Bakotopia.com contributor to write to the recipients who received her brother’s kidneys, liver and heart. O n New Year’s Day, Irma Boyar — like many Eventually, Andrews, along with Boyar and Ortiz’s other people — watched the grand tradition other sister, Michelle Berumen, were able to meet of the 2009 Rose Parade play out on live TV the recipient of Carlos’ heart in December 2007. from the comfort of her living room. “I was so glad to meet him. I felt in awe knowing She saw the scenes of floral-filled floats, march- that he/we helped. It proved to me that organ ing bands and the celebration associated with the donation is life for others,” said Boyar in an earlier annual event that revolves around the Rose Bowl interview with MÁS. college football game in Pasadena, Calif. — all joy- Ortiz’s family learned that the 62-year-old man, COURTESY PHOTO ful sights. who now has their son/brother’s heart, had been Above: The late, fun loving Carlos Ortiz Jr. Then, the Donate Life float entry came into view on the transplant list for quite some time and his strikes a pose in an undated photo. He is and a bittersweet mix of pride and loss overcame health was failing rapidly. remembered as a friend to many in Boyar because one of the thousands of rose After the transplant, the man was able to return Bakersfield. blooms on that float represented her son, Carlos to work and now enjoys a renewed life with his fam- Southern California parade, along with a certificate Ortiz Jr., 31, who died as a result of an early morn- ily, thankful for the ultimate gift he received from a and a rose pin. ing car accident in downtown Bakersfield May 7, young man from Bakersfield. “As I watched, I reached out and touched it (the 2006. Ortiz’s family chose to donate his organs. “That means a lot to us,” she said. “Just to image of the float on TV) and I cried,” she said. “I The family of the recipient who received Carlos’ know that Carlos, my son, lives on in someone who was grateful that the recipient had honored my son heart dedicated a bloom on the 2009 Donate Life needed this gift and is appreciative of it.” in this way.” float in Carlos’ memory. OneLegacy, a nonprofit Read the full story of Carlos incredible life Through OneLegacy, donor families and recipi- organ and tissue recovery agency, arranged for the giving journey at: www.bakotopia.com, ents may correspond anonymously with each other, gesture. Boyar received a notice from OneLegacy search keywords ‘Carlos 2009’. according to specified guidelines. To gain “peace that her son would be memorialized in the famous BAKOTOPIA 12
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  14. 14. It’s Mardi Gras! How many beads will you collect this year at Fishlips on Feb. 24? By Matt Muñoz, beginning of the Lenten sea- Of course, you don’t have stress, act a fool! Bakotopia.com Editor son - a period of spiritual fast- to be religious to know a good When Gumbeaux’s (now ing and sacrifice until Easter party when you see one - how Ruben’s Mexican restaurant) he most grande party to T Sunday, April 12 for the do you think “Girls Gone on Chester Avenue was open kick 2009 into gear is Catholic/Christian faithful. Wild” videos became popu- back in the day, it hosted the coming on Fat Tuesday, On Fat Tuesday or Mardi lar? Flash some skin, get rowdiest Fat Tuesday bash in Feb 24! Also known as Gras, revelers are allowed to some beads. Flash a little the city. Sure, local churches Mardi Gras - Bakotopia & indulge to their heart’s con- more than skin, get some threw their own party to keep Fishlips, 1517 18th St., have tent until the clock strikes beads. it proper, but judging by the once again teamed up to midnight - then it’s time to put While showing your pri- crowds - it was apparent that make it the quot;Fattestquot; yet. the demons of gluttony and vates for a chance at some religion took a back seat to There will be all-you-can- debauchery back cheap plastic from the rockin’ out. eat authentic Cajun cuisine into their some horny jock After Gumbeaux’s closed until it’s gone to plump you holes for may sound cheap their doors, Fishlips decided up, along with live music by a while. - it’s all in the to take up the daunting task Soulajar, Joel Jacob, and name of fun. of keeping the tradition going Mento Buru providing the Relieve after Hurricane Katrina hit the funky soundtrack. The party some city of New Orleans in 2005. kicks off at 7 p.m. and costs The first party in 2006 was only $7. such a crazy hit that it’s back The annual celebration, for a fourth year on Feb. 24! which has its roots in Catholi- Be there! cism, is usually associated with the city of New Orleans. Fat Tuesday 2009 But in states like Alabama February 24 and California and countries Fishlips, 1517 18th St. like Brazil and Italy, Mardi 7 p.m. (includes all you Gras is one of the biggest nights of the year for parties! can eat Cajun buffet) Following the rules of 21 & Over Only the tradition, Mardi 324 -2557 Gras is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, signaling the
  15. 15. BAKOBIT from Bakotopia.com February 19, 2009 Vive Le’ Woman This year’s V-DAY celebration pays tribute to those who inspire us - at Empty Space, Mar. 7 Fine. She’d bring rehearsal to me! Of course, there are still an awful I’m hoping that this exhibit will help By Jen Raven, And on it went. I eventually caved, of lot of people who don't know what V- generate more community interest in Bakotopia.com contributor course; it’s terribly difficult to stay in a DAY is; there are a lot of people V-DAY, here in Bakersfield, by involv- pissy mood around Julie. Her positive who’ve never even seen “The Vagina ing visual artists, as well as perform- A t about this time last year, I was energy is endlessly infectious; before Monologues” … the name alone ing artists. rehearsing for a part in “The long, I was caught up in her mission scares them off before they even let The theme of Muse is “the women Vagina Monologues,” and feel- to bring an incredibly diverse group of themselves experience it. And what a in our lives who inspire us.” I've ing pretty grumpy about it. women together, and create one of great show this is! What a great I’d just been through some rough the best productions of VM this town movement this is! It’s not just for the- asked each participating artist to cre- stuff in my personal life, and I mostly has ever seen (I know it’s true atre enthusiasts, people; this move- ate artwork especially for this exhibit, wanted to crawl into my cave and because the audience told us so!). ment is for all of us. And it’s not just in celebration of the strong women hide. I was certainly in no mood to Against my will (oddly enough!), I was for chicks, people; this cause is for who have changed each of their lives everyone. tackle a serious project like V-DAY; I empowered by this group of women, for the better. This is a very special I said to myself; there has to be a didn’t want to be social, or do any- and by this event. group of women and I know they will way to get more people in our com- thing creative, or experience any kind I’ve been a huge fan of the whole help me create a very special exhibit; munity involved. And I’ve set out to of personal growth, or any of that V-DAY movement ever since then, do just that with my new art project, happy crap. and not just because I had such a one you won’t want to miss. “Muse.” But, my dear friend, Julie Jordan- great time onstage. V-DAY is a global Please join us on Saturday, March Muse is to be a small, all-ladies Scott, had other plans for me. All of movement, and the good it does for 7, at The Empty Space Gallery, 706 group arts exhibit intended to compli- my excuses were swept aside. I was- women around the world (and right Oak Street, from 3 to 7 p.m. $3 at ment this year’s “Vagina Mono- n’t up to a large part? Fine, she’d tai- here at home!) is simply amazing. I the door gets you in! logues” at The Empty Space. Muse lor a small one, just for me. I didn’t am so proud to be a “Vagina” and I will be in the gallery, while the Vagi- have a ride? Fine. She’d pick me up. I intend to be an active member for the http://newsite.vday.org nas will strut their stuff on the stage. wasn’t up to going out for rehearsal? cause, every year, from now on. Do you have legal questions? Email us at greenelaw@arrival.net Rodrigo H., Bakersfield, California Q: I got pulled over and the police found a joint in my car. They gave me a ticket. What should I do? T r u s t w ort h y r e p r e s e n tat io n A: Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable as an infraction. You can only get a fine and not jail time. You could just take the fine and get it WE FIGHT FOR YOU! over with. The court or D.A. might also offer you a counseling program, which, if you complete it, would result in the dismissal of the charges. Or you could consult with a Public Defender or private attorney to see if your rights Family Law & Criminal Law were violated during the stop, which could result in the evidence being suppressed and the case dismissed. w w w. g r e e n e l aw of f ic e . n e t 900 Truxtun Ave. Suite 310 (661) 322-8892 Bakersfield, CA 93301 BAKOTOPIA 15
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