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Massive nightspot hopes to turn back clock to 1933

The owners of 1933, from left: Lynn Gudmundson, Jacob Cadena and Brian Myrick. They are at the bar inside the Prohibition Lounge and Nightclub. “You hear in Bakersfield all the time that there’s nothing to do, but there’s so much to do here,” Myrick said. “This place has got so much in it. I mean, it’s an afternoon, it’s a lunch, its a dinner, it’s a concert, it’s a club; there is so much here to do. We wanted it to be like that. It’s a destination.”

Tucked among the industrial warehouses, business offices and recycling centers off Coffee in northwest Bakersfield is a sprawling building complex that looks — at first glance — like a new state-of-the-art super-gym.

But as you approach, there are indications that all is not what it seems: loud conversation, bottles clanking, and laughter as thick as the smell of cigarette smoke coming from the back patio. The Budweiser banner at the entrance is a dead giveaway this is not a place for weights and ellipticals. It’s a bar. A really big bar.

The massive

Rainbow Voices Chorus, a community chorus spun off of Bakersfield LGBTQ, will perform their spring concert this weekend. "All About the Voice" is an a cappella concert where the chorus will sing old and new songs alike.

All about the voice, no accompaniment, for chorus

What does a chorus do when it can’t find an accompanist for its annual spring concert? Go a cappella, of course. “The show had to go on!” said Kathy Autwell, vice president of the Rainbow Voices Chorus, a community chorus born of local nonprofit Bakersfield LGBTQ. For its concert Saturday at the

Brian Dean, Steve Easterby and Keith Hough at a past Craft Beer Festival.

No duds in these suds: Craft Beer Festival ready to pour

Bakersfield is now home to many events catering to fans of craft brews but this weekend’s fourth annual Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival bills itself as the original. “There have always been beer events here,” said founder David Dobbs, “but we were the first craft beer festival.” And craft beer is

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