• Everett Tracy, left, of T&T Truck & Crane Service goes over logistics with contractor Steve Moreland, center, and Jesus Salcido of  S&L Building. Tracy and Moreland will be instrumental in moving the 41-foot boxcar to the Kern County Museum on Wednesday. "This is history. You can't replace it," Tracy said.

    A moving story: How will they get Hag's boxcar to the museum?

    Some chain-link fencing, a few tree branches and assorted gas and power lines are just about all that’s left of the obstacles in a years-long effort to move Merle Haggard’s childhood home to the Kern County Museum. But the biggest impediment? “People, honestly.” That’s the prediction of Everett

  • Grammy-winning Spanish language performer Juanes, left, shakes hands with retired McFarland High School cross-country coach Jim White at the McFarland Christmas Parade in December. Juanes was in town to shoot a video for "Junto" for the Disney film "McFarland, USA."

    Juanes can't get enough of Kern County

    It may be a coincidence that Grammy Award-winning Latin artist Juanes has twice chosen to kick off a major tour in Bakersfield — but maybe not. It was in nearby McFarland that the Colombian superstar filmed the video for his single “Juntos” (Together), the theme song for Disney’s “McFarland, USA,”

  • The front of the newly-renovated Chain Cohn Stiles building.

    A new story for old building: Law firm's renovation complete

    To architecture aficionados, Chester and 18th is one of the best intersections in Bakersfield. On the northwest corner is the Sill Building, a marvel of the Modern style; directly across Chester is the Beaux Arts beauty rescued from a cocoon of stucco last year; the mid-century tower at the

  • Sushi Time server Hyewon Jhon is preparing to serve salmon sashimi at the restaurant on Coffee Road in Bakersfield. A new place in the northwest, Sushi Time offers a sense of joy in both the staff and the menu that will make it a worthy competitor to Love Sushi and Sushi Moon on that side of town. Though it’s new, it’s off to an impressive start in so many areas.

    PETE TITTL: Anytime is Sushi Time with fish this fresh

    It’s great when a sushi restaurant shows flair and imagination, particularly in the rolls and the names of the rolls. But what’s even more important, crucial really, is the freshness of the fish. Sushi Time, a new place in the northwest, has that part down pat, and there’s a sense of joy in both

  • Bakersfield OTR, which originated in Ohio, just added a location in Charlotte, N.C., bringing the chain's total restaurants to five. When will one come to the actual Bakersfeld?

    THE DISH: New Craft Tap House ready to pour it on

    Work is continuing at the old Garden Spot on Truxtun Avenue to create Craft Tap House, a brew pub offering no fewer than 50 craft beers with food. Partners on the project are Mike Miller, owner of Amestoy’s on the Hill; Imbibe owner Dave Dodd; Collin Reimer, co-owner of Prime Cut, J&M’s and

  • KERN'S PAST: Don't ask him how he grew that giant corn

    105 YEARS AGO Street sweepers still hold jobs: Members of the “Scouring Squadron” have not yet lost their jobs Unless some kind of more satisfactory street sweeper can be secured than the one that has been on trial for the last thirty days, the city of Bakersfield will continue with the method

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Tim Anthony, left) and Malcolm X (Brandon Richardson) as Malcolm X engage in a different kind of debate in a scene from "The Meeting," playing this weekend at The Empty Space.

    STEFANI DIAS: King vs. Malcolm X — can you imagine?

    Writers must take some liberties when turning real people into characters, especially when it comes to imagined scenarios. In “The Meeting,” playing this weekend at The Empty Space, playwright Jeff Stetson imagines a debate between civil rights activists Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • The debut CD by Bakersfield hip-hop duo King Midas Clique is available now.

    MATT MUNOZ: Hip-hop duo Midas going for the gold

    King Midas Clique, Bakersfield’s latest hip-hop collaboration, could only be the work of fate. The duo of Eddie Brock and Alec “Doc” Holliday were not plucked from the sea of local lyricists and beat makers; these are seasoned pros eager to get their self-titled debut to fans of the genre. “Well,

  • Izamar Olaguez as Princess Jasmine and Nicole Heasley as Belle are ready for Saturday's inaugural Princess Breakfast featuring costumed characters who will be mingling with children at Stars Theatre Restaurant, 1931 Chester Ave.

    Even princesses have to eat: Stars sets the table

    While some parents already treat their children like royalty, Stars Theatre Restaurant wants to guarantee the royal treatment at its first-ever Princess Breakfast on Saturday. This weekend’s gathering will be quite the fete for your princess or prince with appearances by more than a dozen iconic

  • Harry (Josh Lubatti) is transfixed by his love for Princess Tiffany (Alyssa Bonnano) in a scene from "The Princess of Pumpkin Center," which opens Friday at Gaslight Melodrama.

    Front and Pumpkin Center at Melodrama

    Pumpkin Center may be known for a few things — Buck’s Landscape Material and Pond Shop and Lino’s Mexican Cuisine — but being home to royalty? That sounds like a bit of a tall tale, which is just what Gaslight Melodrama is spinning this weekend in its new show, “The Princess of Pumpkin Center.”

  • Dwight Yoakam returns to Bakersfield Nov. 5.

    Look who's coming to town: The ticket roundup

    Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive. vallitix.com July 23: The California Guitar Trio, 7:30 p.m., $35; $18 students. Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Hwy. ticketmaster.com Sept. 18: Firefall, 8 p.m., $15. Oct. 1: Gary Allan, 7 p.m., $25-$55. Oct. 2: Hotel California-

  • The Asian elephants that have been an attraction at the Kern County Fair for 10 years will not return in 2015, the decision of the company's owner Kari Johnson, who cited threats of violence. "We had to fight so hard to bring elephants to the back fair and now we’re afraid to do it," Johnson said in an email to The Californian. "I’ve been telling people for months that the best opportunity to ride will be at the Kern County Fair."

    Activists claim victory over end to elephant rides at fair

    Years of bitter debate over whether elephants belong at the Kern County Fair ended Monday night when the attraction’s owners informed management they would not return this year, just three months after winning a contract extension from the fair board. Kari Johnson, co-owner of Have Trunk Will

  • Rosa Brothers Milk Co. will take its new lactose-free chocolate milk to the Fresno Food Expo next week. The event is open to the public July 23.

    THE DISH: Fresno winning in this food fight

    We’ve won many battles in the Bakersfield vs. Fresno war but the 559 has us beat on a couple of food fronts. The Fresno Food Expo, highlighting locally owned and based food companies in the San Joaquin Valley, is one. Although most of the show is marketed to retail, food service and export

  • Participants at the first Flux Fun Run in May 2014 run through waist-high foam at the Kern County Soccer Park. This Saturday Flux will hold its first Foam Rush 5K at the soccer park. “It’s not meant to be competitive,” organizer Paige Winchester said. “It’s just a place to have fun with family and friends and do something you haven’t done before. The majority walk.”

    Foaming at the mouth, at the knees, at the arms ...

    Bubbles, slides and squirt guns aren’t just for kids, and one local event is inviting runners of all ages and skill levels to join in the foamy fun. At the Foam Rush 5K Saturday, participants will walk, run and slide their way through a course at the Kern County Soccer Park. The event is put on by

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    NICK STROBEL: Venus, moon, Saturn still at top of the bill

    The moon, Venus and Saturn will be bright targets to see along with beautiful star clusters and nebulae July 25 at the free public star party hosted by the Kern Astronomical Society at Panorama Park. Observing will start soon after sunset and go to about 10 p.m., depending on foot traffic.

  • Kristyn Van Cleave was offered a membershp to the National Society of High School Scholars recently and has been dancing since she was 2. She also writes in her spare time and poses here with “Dreambreath,” her fantasy novel.

    Teen dancer / author / scholar never misses a step

    With a 4.0-plus grade point average, a packed dance schedule and a fantasy book trilogy in the works, calling Kristyn Van Cleave “busy” might be an understatement. The 16-year-old is about to start her senior year through the online California Virtual Academy, where she takes honors and

  • HERB BENHAM: LIfting my foot off the gas

    I have gas. I've had gas for 30 years. I've decided to get rid of gas. I'm talking about my gas barbecue, which has served us well but will soon serve us less. I'm switching to charcoal. Charcoal, oak, mesquite, almond, maybe olive. Wood or a forest-related product. This is no

  • Valentien server Gabby French was dressed as Marie Antoinette for Bastille Day, but stayed calm and didn't "lose her head" when the popular Bakersfield restaurant got busy.

    Viva la Valentien! Restaurant celebrating all week

    Call it a French kiss to Bakersfield: Every year, Valentien Restaurant & Wine Bar celebrates Bastille Day with special French menu items, but the real fun is in the Marie Antoinette-era costumes worn by staff and customers to celebrate the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. The