• BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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Most people could use a little good, clean fun in their lives, and rubber duckies certainly fit that bill. One or two can be sudsy entertainment in the bathtub but dunking 1,000 of them in the Kern River? That's when the real fun starts.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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People can spend hours online watching one TED Talk after another, taking in all kinds of insights provided by some of today's great thinkers. Next month, they can do just that but inside a downtown theater with others interested in a variety of topics.

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Word of mouth is doing good things for Shoyu Sushi, a great new restaurant in the northeast. Reader David Irvine tipped me off to the eatery, which opened in April across from BC’s Memorial Stadium in a shopping center that’s also home to a Mexican restaurant and a Tony’s Pizza.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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With Monday's total solar eclipse just days away, time is running out to get a pair of special glasses to view the phenomenon safely. Luckily, the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science and a few local libraries have you covered.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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If you'd like to attend the Women in Politics Luncheon, you'll have to act quickly: Thursday is the last chance to get tickets, and organizers believe the guest speaker will be one you won't want to miss.

  • By Annis Cassells For The Californian
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You’ve completed your manuscript and it’s published. But you’re not finished yet. In the current publishing climate, authors are expected to create their own marketing. Don't know where to start? Writer and editor Molly Jo Realy will share a “Marketing Mojo” presentation Saturday at the Writ…

  • By Father Joe Lawrence For The Californian
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It is often thought that Christianity and science are at odds with each other, especially in the debate over “creationism vs. evolution.” The problem with this debate is that it is a lot like what goes on at a public swimming pool — all the noise comes from the shallow end. 

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Who's the king of this jungle/savannah? In this case, it's a more good-natured rivalry than Mufasa and Scar as two youth theater groups put on productions of "Disney's The Lion King Jr." this weekend.

  • BY VALERIE SCHULTZ For The Californian
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My youngest daughter is engaged to be married. The wedding date is nearly a year away, but she is already making arrangements. I get it. She wants to know that things are handled, and I understand, because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. She and her fiancé have already secured the …

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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Rest assured, Aug. 21 will not be your average Monday. Sure, work or school are likely on the itinerary but so is the solar eclipse. The first total eclipse visible from the contiguous United States in 38 years, this spectacle of moon passing between the earth and the sun will be a sight to …

  • BY CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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This Saturday marks the 11th Buck Owens Birthday Bash at the Crystal Palace since his passing on March 25, 2006, and this year the powers-that-be are doing something a bit different than usual: They’re keeping it all in the family.

  • By JON HAMMOND For Tehachapi News
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One of the oldest continuous cultures in Europe is that of the Basques, a hardy people inhabiting the Pyrenees Mountains and valleys that straddle the border between Spain and France. Basques, many of them sheepherders, are well-represented in the history of Kern County and the Tehachapi Mou…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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In line with the popular stereotype of the tortured artist, suffering for their work, is the art supporter in August, who will suffer 100-plus-degree weather. Of course, First Friday does not have to be a burden. Some spots on the ArtWalk offer shade and all the galleries and venues are runn…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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On Aug. 7, northwest Bakersfield welcomes another restaurant to the neighborhood. Sonder will take over the space last home to The Prime Cut, nestled in the Brimhall Square shopping center along with Kan Pai, Sugar Twist Bakery, Victor's Mexican Grill and Caesar's Italian Delicatessen.

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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I think we are pretty much at a new height of excellence as far as Indian food goes in Bakersfield. There was a time when we had two options at best, and a few years ago Zaika opened on Ming Avenue and shook things up. Then the kitchen genius from Taj Mahal moved into an old buffet restauran…

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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It's hard to say if dueling pianos are having a resurgence in popularity or if Bakersfield is just now getting in on a longtime trend, but either way, now is a good time for local fans of the double-trouble, ivory-tickling experience.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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From Bakersfield, Africa can feel like a world away — or at least 8,700 miles, which is the distance from our town to the center of that continent. Luckily, you won't need an an international flight to get a glimpse into its cultures, thanks to a local African artifact exhibit happening next week.