Summer programs are keeping families busy but are the fruits of these activities just for them? Luckily, the efforts of hard-working younger thespians will be open to the public this weekend as three theater programs hold their performances.
Rickey Bird, the driving force behind Hectic Films, isn’t one to stay still or keep quiet. He's too busy balancing as many spinning plates as he can.
Wine lovers always have their favorites, and at an event on Friday, they can use their refined tastes to determine a winner as two wine regions go head to head.
After being diagnosed with what would turn out to be an inoperable, fatal brain tumor, Dan McGuire was asked by his wife, Amy, if he wanted to complete his bucket list in the time he had left.
Whether it's watching fireworks or resting a spell in a lawn chair waiting for the steaks to come off the grill, the Fourth of July is typically an outdoor holiday. So if you're really not interested in parting from the relief of air-conditioning, your options for holiday fun are usually limited.
While sometimes you want to get out and celebrate a holiday, there are plenty of reasons to chill this Fourth of July. If your home festivities include watching some television this weekend, we have some suggestions.
It wasn't clear what exactly happened in the disheveled crime scene: Two sets of footprints appeared to have fled beyond the caution tape, leaving behind a dazed stuffed panda next to a suspicious frog, with a smaller teddy bear nearby in a fossil's jaws. And whose lunch and crayons were sca…
Lori Wear, local curator of collections of the Kern County Museum, was presented with an Individual Award of Merit by the Conference of California Historical Societies at their annual meeting held June 21 through 23 in Roseville.
A person had to really, really enjoy chicken wings to venture out to the blazing Kern County Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon.
When the congregation of Olive Drive Church left the north Bakersfield street that gave it its name, it had to start from scratch, and not just by finding a new location. For the church's leaders, the next chapter of the congregation's long history also started with a new name and the chance…
There’s been a real buzz about a newish restaurant downtown — no news there — but what is news is it’s ensconced in a former gas station across from the post office.
It’s no surprise that when it comes to making summer more magical the Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be a bright star. On Friday, the attraction officially unveils its Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, a dazzling light display that pays tribute to the Potterverse’s four great houses.
Considering that some events were canceled due to the heat this week, promoters for Tainted Love, the ultimate 1980s cover group, want you to know they have you covered in terms of cool.
It's always a party at the downtown bar known as Tiki-Ko, but this Saturday there's a reason. The K Street bar is celebrating its first year in business with a daylong party with food, drink specials and more.
Bandleader Glenn Miller saw his band as an institution, something that would outlive him. Since his death 73 years ago on Dec. 15, 1944, Miller’s band has continued. Why? Because the band, at the insistence of the Glenn Miller estate, has kept its “signature sound.”
Bakersfield’s furry celebrity Tara the Hero Cat is heading for the TV screen tonight, when she appears in a new episode of “My Cat From Hell.”
The ultimate measure of a festival is how it handles feedback. And the Bakersfield Wing Festival, which returns for the second year on June 25, has come in strong.
Good writing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It does take “a village.” Novelist and Writers of Kern critique group coordinator Clarissa Kae will teach attendees to give and receive an in-depth, effective critique at the Writers of Kern meeting on Saturday.
Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria is an interesting regional chain that has moved to different locations around Bakersfield over the years. While the product is decent, the consistency of our experiences, especially service, has discouraged regular patronage.
Bakersfield bands, rappers and assorted talents, should take advantage of not one but two competing radio stations offering opportunities for local airplay.
Watching "The Walking Dead" and other zombie shows and movies has probably given a lot of us an overconfidence that we would be among the survivors should the undead arise with an insatiable hunger for human brains. But would we really?
This past Sunday morning, I interviewed Jay Beckenstein, a founding member of the legendary smooth jazz group Spyro Gyra. One thing I learned about him is, in the morning at least, he sounds a lot like actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein, famed for his gravelly voice.
Unless it’s Beyonce holding a press conference and scooping up free ice cream at Rosemary’s Family Creamery, it's rare to get your local television, radio and print together in one place on a Saturday night.
Although movie theaters front-load their summer lineup with superheroes, the live version is offering a more enchanting experience. For the third year, Stars Theatre Restaurant is bringing back its Princess Breakfast on June 24 for two sessions of face time with the fairest and fiercest char…
What promised to be the feel-good story of the summer — a movie chain invests $4 million to save a tired 1980s-era theater — became a suspense tale Tuesday when the company's request to sell alcohol ran into some script rewrites at a meeting of the city's Board of Zoning Adjustment.
The folks at Kern Dance Alliance believes that just about anything is possible through dance. The organization has already shown how dance can help with math through its SHINE for Girls program, and more recently it held a special danceABILITY session to prove disability doesn't have to stop…
We had a lovely run of springlike weather but summer is headed our way with a vengeance. You can always escape to the movie theater but an even cooler option is live theater, which is hustling this season with lively shows. Leave the exertions to the performers and sit back in the cool darkness.
As one of the city's best-known criminal defense attorneys, chairman of the Kern County Fair board and winner of a local dance competition, David A. Torres isn't afraid to put himself out there.
In 2015, the Bishops Committee for Ecumenical & Religious Affairs, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America published "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry & Eucharist." Specifically, it identifies 32 statements on which Luth…
Combining fun with learning is what the Kern County Museum does best, so it's no surprise local children were excited to be there for its summer day camp on Tuesday, touring the Black Gold oil exhibit before a quick game of Red Light, Green Light and then lunch.
Unlike a cosmo or Bud Light, when someone orders a Negroni you can expect they know their cocktails. And for those ordering them this week at Tiki-Ko, they know a bit more: that a portion from each cocktail sold will go to a good cause.
The first impression one gathers from singer Art Machuca is size. With his intimidating 6-foot-3 frame and thick black chest-length beard, he looks like a heavy-metal lumberjack.
Their intentions were right, but their plaque was wrong, so Al Price and his friend, members of a group that honors local pioneers, are personally footing the $680 cost to replace a memorial to Charles Pierce, the not-as-forgotten-as-we-thought city settler.
If the yoga doesn't perk you up, the coffee certainly will. That's the perk of the upcoming Coffee + Yoga event coming Saturday morning to Caffeine Supreme downtown.
Two for one is always a great deal — and it's even better when the cost is free. On Thursday, the Arts Council of Kern is opening an exhibition featuring the works of two artists: Aliza McCracken and RueDiaries.