Kern Charter Service dots Bakersfield skies with the majestic flight patterns of a large fleet of Cessna aircraft, giving aspiring pilots instant access to a bird's-eye view of awesome sightscapes and jungle-gym-shaped cumulus clouds. During a 40-minute discovery flight, a certified flight instructor will sit shotgun as you take the controls of the plane, fulfilling Top Gun-fueled fantasies of escaping earthly bonds and finding equal footing with the wind. The flight instructor will guide you through the necessities of piloting, ensuring safety and stability at all times. Kern's top-tier training is matched by its fleet, which currently consists of four Cessna 172s, deemed reliable and maneuverable enough to help first-time flyers avoid skydiving ex-presidents and wayward Frisbees.
A local institution for more than 40 years, Bakersfield Music Theatre pulls in patrons with a schedule of major Broadway musicals and other songful spectacles. Stop by on October 8 for a one-night-only performance of Direct from Vegas: Frank Sinatra, featuring Gary Corsello crooning un-remixed versions of Sinatra classics such as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Come Fly With Me” to the orchestral accompaniment of five full-sized musicians. The hit musical Chicago (November 13, 14, and 20) follows the exploits of a pair of femme fatales driven to murder by the stiff breezes of the Windy City, while "This and That: A Night of Song and Dance" (February 26) combines the mouth-powered melodies of Bakersfield Music Theatre with the legendary leggery of the Civic Dance Center. Hairspray (April 30, May 1, and May 7) caps the season with the tuneful tale of a teenage dance queen whose fancy footwork and well-kempt coiffure help her to defeat her enemies, the Philadelphia Eagles.
• For $100, your child will receive a Sylvan Skills Assessment (up to a $125 value), registration (a $50 value), and four one-hour tutoring sessions (up to a $160 value) at Sylvan Learning in Visalia (up to a $335 total value). • For $100, your child will receive a Sylvan Skills Assessment (up to a $125 value), registration (a $50 value), and four one-hour tutoring sessions (up to a $160 value) at Sylvan Learning in Hanford (up to a $335 total value). As a nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning helps kids catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school with a personalized tutoring approach for students of all ages. During the initial visit, children will partake in a Sylvan Skills Assessment, which highlights any trouble spots and serves as a base line for future progress. Scholars will then traverse four tailored tutoring sessions, which cover topics such as math, reading, mind reading, writing, and study skills. Sylvan issues regular progress reports, providing parents with a comprehensive look into their children's ongoing sessions and progress in pronouncing quinoa. Sylvan's hours are flexible; call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Inspirational public intellectual Dr. Cornel West shares his reverent and unflinching insight into matters of democracy, justice, and love in an empowering keynote speech to West Hills College Lemoore. A proponent of progressive politics and an ironclad siren for social righteousness, Dr. West has become an icon with his gift of impassioned and skillful communication, bestselling novels such as Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and countless television and radio appearances, all of which portray his quick wit and unflappable moral vision. Dr. West graduated magna cum laude from Harvard after obtaining two bachelor's degrees in three years and shaming Doogie Howser, and today tirelessly inspires audiences while maintaining his position as Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. Grammy-winning singer Lady Tramaine Hawkins and powerhouse crooner Bob Rawleigh bring sweet and stirring gospel music to the through-provoking revival, followed by a soul-food dinner and a dance.
Once a costumer for TV shows including House and Weeds, Tami Macala switched careers midstream when she discovered the art of creating mosaics, according to a Santa Barbara Sentinel profile. She started mosaicking everything from fireplaces to fountains to other, lesser mosaics, eventually landing high-profile projects at the Florida Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Arby’s restaurants.
After more than a decade of working as a professional mosaic artist, Tami opened the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art (SBSMA). At the school, Tami and guest artists from near and far teach how to trick out tables with colorful shingles, coax gently luminous Mexican smalti into intricate patterns, or fuse glass for even more complex designs. Students can pick up tools and tiles at the SBSMA supply store and drop by during lab hours to work on independent projects.
Raptors of Rock, Hollywood Crisis, and Trip Aces might not be household names yet, but they’re rising stars in Santa Barbara. That’s thanks to Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy, which specializes in helping talented, dedicated young musicians form their own rock bands and ensembles. Under the guidance of expert musicians and instructors, groups spend time rehearsing tunes, refining their collective playing skills, and developing pithy responses to journalists’ questions. The academy likewise encourages students to hone their individual talents during weekly private lessons in instruments such as guitar, drums, and voice. Once the band starts gelling, SBYMA schedules gigs at various venues, including multi-band showcases. For budding musicians interested in a less intensive commitment, the academy also hosts six-week sessions and summer programs.