Bakersfield’s Many Dimensions …

CSU Bakersfield Named One of 100 Most Affordable Universities in America

California State University Bakersfield has been named one of the Most Affordable Colleges by Best Value Schools, coming in at No. 6 in The 100 Most Affordable Universities in America 2018.

“When this ranking on affordability is paired with the No. 3 ranking for upward mobility of our students in a 2017 Equality of Opportunity Project report, it validates the commitment to access, affordability, quality and degree completion,” CSUB President Horace Mitchell, Ph.D., said. “CSU Bakersfield earns its top affordable college ranking with an astonishingly low-price tag of just over $6K per semester.”

 A “Feel-good” Weekend in Bakersfield

For a change of pace, a traveler known only as TF (who actually once lived here), wanted to take a homecoming journey. He chose the Padre Hotel as their base of operations for the weekend. Not exactly roughing it! They also valet-parked their car on arrival to fully experience what the downtown had to offer for food, nightlife and entertainment.

They were really surprised at the vibrant restaurant and arts scene just steps for the hotel. From coffee at Farmacia in the hotel, they moved on to Locale Farm-to-Table Eatery for lunch, which they raved about. Even his vegan wife found delectable items. Then onto the Brimstone Bar where they took in good music and an array of munchies and drinks. Other restaurant highlights included visits to Café Smitten, an up-and-coming restaurant in the Eastchester section. They particularly loved the signature Moroccan eggs dish—the owner’s favorite. Brief visits to Crash Bar and Guthrie’s Alley Cat Bar provided a glimpse into the vibrant downtown bar scene. TF exclaimed that Bakersfield was a “wonderful and totally unexpected treat” and that they’d return.

 32nd Bakersfield Jazz Festival 
at CSUB Amphitheater

This festival has become not only a Bakersfield tradition but, more importantly, an event that jazz musicians love to play. It will take place this year April 27th and 28th at CSUB Amphitheater.

Day one features three artists, headlined by the Lao Tizer Band with Eric Marienthal. The opening act is still being finalized. However, the Carl Allen Quintet showcases a gifted drummer and bandleader who has played and recorded with jazz’s best.

Saturday’s day two headliner, Panchos Sanchez, brings three decades of exposure to many musical styles including Latin jazz. Amina Figarova, originally from Azerbaijan, brings classical piano training to her love of jazz in the tradition of Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson. The Funky Knuckles, the pride of Dallas, are musicians and producers who have worked with some of the most respected jazz acts. The Dave Stryker Quartet with more than 28 CDs showcases Dave’s unique guitar style. Pat Matheny says Dave has one of the most joyous feels around. For more information, contact Jim Scully, director, 661.654.2511 (office) or 661.330.9304 (cell).