The Renegade Rip

KG wrecks Bakersfield

Marcinda Coil

February 20, 2008

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With flutes, washboards and Kyle Gass, Trainwreck invited many fans at Fishlips Feb. 16. Though not likely to be heard on radio or MTV, Trainwreck creates music in a category of its own. The music is not mainstream. The members of the band are not mainstream. But both the band and their music are ideal for a bar in Bakersfield. Even conservatives could enjoy themselves. Everyone...

‘Jumper’ a lackadaisical foray into mediocre moviemaking

Omar Ramirez

February 20, 2008

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I attended the first "Jumper" screening at Edwards Cinema on Feb. 14. This movie can be labeled as an abomination, a desperate cry for help or a way to rebel against your parents. The plot line is stereotypical. Young hero with special powers is being targeted by an organization bent on destroying him and those like him. Somehow, the hero's special someone is captured and is...

Oildale Mexican restaurant too hot to handle

G Vega

February 20, 2008

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Si Senor Grill has a warm environment, literally. The first thing I noticed was that the outside of this restaurant had a cool feel in the air. Once I entered the restaurant itself, it was a little warm and uncomfortable. The Mexican theme of this restaurant was rather pleasant. Inside this building, the waitress took us to our seat and gave us our menus. Scanning the menu...

Come in or drive through Maui Pho

Crystal Roberts

February 6, 2008

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Maui Pho Fusion Barbecue Grill is a new "fastaurant" that catches your attention as you drive on busy Ming Avenue. I call it a "fastaurant" because the food can be purchased at the drive-thru like a fast-food restaurant, or eaten inside a nice interior. The food is cooked to order similar to a sit-down restaurant. The restaurant featured a very modern look, complete with a...

Supersize your awareness

Marcinda Coil

February 6, 2008

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Though it has existed for seven years, Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal" remains unforgettable by those who have read it and shocking for those who have yet to read it. In fact, "Fast Food Nation" and "Chew On This," both written by Schlosser, are the chosen books by the "One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern" program to be read and critically...

‘Cloverfield’ one big gimmick

Amber Troupe

February 6, 2008

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When I first started to watch the movie "Cloverfield," I thought to myself, am I in the right theater? It did start off slow. If you like science fiction movies, stay tuned. It took about 15 minutes for the action to start. The storyline was hard to understand and gave no tools to interpret it. The whole movie was a recording of the events leading up to Cloverfield, where aliens...

Blues guitarist Robben Ford gets picking at Doubletree Jan. 25

Nicholas Sparling

February 6, 2008

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The mood was audible from the DoubleTree Hotel ballroom on California Avenue Jan. 25, when it played host to Grammy-nominated blues guitarist Robben Ford and his band. The performance marked the 90th show put on by local music store World Records. Pat Evans, owner of World Records, was excited at the chance to bring Robben Ford back in Bakersfield. Evans said,"If you ever see...

Movie based on King novel has a coudy plot

Marcinda Coil

December 4, 2007

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Though "The Mist" provides plenty of action wrought on by mystical nature, "The Mist"'s plot unraveled by human nature conjures up feelings of sadness, anxiety, even a little humor, and leaves you wondering, "What would you do?" With all the detailed character sketches, "The Mist" is no doubt a movie long overdue. Finally, people can watch a new movie and feel every feeling...

Gas station sandwiches tasty, but bad service

Kyle Beall

December 4, 2007

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The sandwich I ordered at the Brookside Deli at 4700 Coffee Road was excellent, but unfortunately, the pleasantness of my dining experience ended there. For a deli located inside a gas station, I must admit that I found my work cut out for me, in trying to compare this gas station deli to other legitimate dining facilities. I decided to judge them on a similar scale to other...

Rock Rev. Horton Heat gets lucky

Chris Garza

December 4, 2007

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A bit devilish yet angelic at times, the seventh level of excellence is achieved on Reverend Horton Heat's album "Lucky 7." Jim Heath's chicken picking opens up the album with "Loco Gringo's Like to Party." It's a comical song about crazy men of the young and old age variance that like to drink and frolic about in trash cans, looking for a good time when they get that crazy...

New ‘Guitar Hero’ installment lets you slash it up with Slash

Kelly Ardis

December 4, 2007

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The obsession started almost a year ago at my best friend's sister's house on New Year's Eve. What began as a way to spend time with friends, shortly became a full-fledged addiction, one that was passed on to even more friends. I'm speaking, of course, about Guitar Hero, and I know I'm not alone. The addiction lives on with the game's third full installment, "Guitar Hero III:...

Two brothers struggle to survive in BC production

Kelly Ardis

December 4, 2007

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Bakersfield College's play "Topdog/Underdog," put on by the school's Performing Arts students, tells the story of two African-American brothers, Lincoln and Booth, played by Stefan Lambert and Dashawn Anton Robert Clark. When their parents left them as children, they had to struggle to make a living. At the start of the play, Booth is practicing "throwing cards," a skill that...

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