Some might say Kathy Gomez’s connection to Selena borders on the divine.
You know your event is good when it draws huge crowds without a whisper of promotion. And although the Basque Festival is full to bursting each year, newcomers are always welcome.
When photographer Ethan Russell toured twice with the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards said maybe 10 words to him the whole time.
Memorial Day weekend is nearly upon us and along with honoring those brave men and women who died in service to our country, we can celebrate the freedoms afforded to us to enjoy a three-day break. Whether you’re ready for a road trip or some rosé by the pool, here are some things to consider.
Bakersfield mourns the loss of another loved country music great: “Mel Ray” Lawrence, a third-generation musician. His grandmother and grandfather played in a gospel quartet in Arkansas. His grandmother was first cousin to Johnny Cash and, coincidentally, she grew up singing in Bonham and Sh…
If you ever thought a place as hot as Bakersfield in the summer could support its own water park, the people behind Slide Fest sure hope you're right.
The lake is full, the river high and vendors plentiful for this weekend's Sierra Arts & Crafts Festival in Kernville. For more than 50 years, the Kern River Valley Art Association has hosted its Sierra Arts & Crafts Festival on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends at Circle Park.
When it comes to Shakespeare in Kern County, you couldn't ask for a better guide than Randy Messick, the founder of the Kern Shakespeare Festival. So when he tells you that you will have a good time, say, at the production of "The Comedy of Errors," opening Thursday at the Shafter Ford Theat…
This year's Latino Food Festival and Menudo Cook-Off, taking place Sunday, has a lot going for it at its new venue at the Kern County Museum. There will now be three stages to accommodate a jam-packed musical lineup that includes Little Joe y La Familia and Evelyn “Champagne” King.
An annual fundraiser is looking for a few good men — not to contribute funds but rather fun. The Boots & Bachelor Auction, which benefits the Bakersfield Homeless Center, is seeking at least a dozen available men to flash a smile and sway some attendees to bid big bucks for a night out.
There are some connections you have to feel come from a higher power. And when Gary Icardo wants to talk barbecue with you, you know it's one of those moments.
The competition continues to heat up in the sushi niche of the Bakersfield restaurant market, and one of the places ramping up the heat in more ways than one is downtown’s newest Japanese restaurant, Yamato Sushi & Bar.
In celebration of the three C's — charity, country and craft (beer) — the Boots & Brew Country Music Festival returns for its second year Saturday at Temblor Brewing Co. The event honors fallen Bakersfield Police Officer David Nelson, who died in 2015 from injuries suffered during a vehi…
There are just a few places here in Kern County capable of taking visitors on a trip back in time: The Kern County Museum, where Pioneer Village is home to several old buildings restored to former glory, and the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History takes visitors way, way back with fossils …
Pizza and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why hasn't Bakersfield had an event devoted to this pairing before now? We won't need to wonder after Sunday when the first Pizza and Craft Beer Fest heads to Craft Tap House.
That car! That mustache! That laugh! For anyone over the age of 30, the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” is a part of our collective pop culture DNA.
People cruise Chester all the time, but it's been decades since they've done it the right way: on purpose, en masse, engines roaring, tires squealing.
How much does Lady Antebellum love Bakersfield? Enough to spend several days here next week to rehearse for the trio's upcoming world tour, which kicks off at Rabobank Arena on May 26.
Probably for as long as humans have made art, artists have formed loose communities born of their need for mutual support, inspiration and amusement. In the 1920s expatriates like Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso found that community in the Paris salon of the American writer Gertrude Stein…
In the latest example of being able to dine out for a good cause, it's time again for the Send a Kid to Camp lunch, put on by the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation. On Friday, city firefighters will stand in as servers, delivering bloomin' onions and lunches to diners at Outback Steakhouse.
Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages might seem worlds apart — or, more accurately, centuries apart — but who says the Spartans and the knights can't hang out together now, in the 21st century? One sure thing is the Kern County Fairgrounds won't exactly look modern-day this weekend.
It's one last Rebel yell for the drama department at South High, which will end the school year with a one-night-only performance on Friday.
No one was likely happier to learn that California's severe drought had ended than the Epilepsy Society of Kern County. After skipping their popular Mud Volleyball Tournament in 2015 because of conservation concerns, organizers have kept an eye on conditions. Last year, teams slogged merrily…
The Bakersfield Museum of Art finds ways to add local touches to many of its exhibitions but for this summer offering, it’s very Kern County-focused. In addition to two ongoing displays, the exhibition opening Thursday features works from Tehachapi-based artist Tina Dille and the popular Vis…
The Kern County Fair announced the slate of free concerts for this year's 12-day entertainment extravaganza, and it's a list replete with the four C's of the fair circuit: country, classic rock, Christian and contemporary.
Bakersfield Young Professionals will explore where local business and culture meet at the group's first-ever summit on Thursday at Elements Venue.
While there have been a number of changes to the annual KidsFest, which is coming Saturday to the Kern County Museum, it's all in service of making it a better family event.
When you think of Robin Hood stealing from the rich to give to the poor, you may not expect those poor souls dwelling in Rosedale but that's the case in Gaslight Melodrama's new production opening Friday. Of course, like many of the northwest theater's shows, "Robin Hood of Rosedale" evokes …
Last September, Jami Anderson and her two children faced every mother’s nightmare: They were hit by a drunken driver while heading home to Bakersfield from Pismo. Coming out of the accident with just some bumps and bruises, Anderson counted her blessings. She knew things could have been wors…
I could count on one hand the number of restaurants I’ve written about over the years in the space at 818 Real Road, near the Rodeway Inn bowling alley. Restaurants come and go at that spot, some before I can even visit. There’s a hotel there, so you’d figure you’d have something of a captiv…
We're deep in the season of graduations, hall of fame dinners and sports championships. Writers of Kern, the only professional writing club in the valley, has its own contribution to the local award scene — the WOK Honors Dinner — coming May 20 to Hodel’s. Club and community members will be …
Veteran jazz trumpeter Carl Saunders is known for his melodic phrasing, his seemingly effortless style and the rich tones he coaxes from his horn.
Downtown Bakersfield is already home to a number of murals — "Three Guitars" on the east side of Front Porch Music on 19th Street, the veterans tribute at the southeast corner of 20th and Eye streets — but two new projects are getting their moment to shine.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is regarded not only as one of Beethoven’s greatest compositions, but as one of the greatest pieces of music in the Western European tradition.
Robin Trower worships at the church of blues where fellow guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan have ascended to sainthood: the use of distortion, wah-wah and whammy bars to bend, fold and manipulate the strings on their Fender Stratocasters to make sounds both of this world and not.
Five and thriving — that’s how it is for the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival. Other brew events tap the city like a keg but this premier craft beer festival continues to reign at Cal State Bakersfield Amphitheater.
With one season left on his contract with the Bakersfield Symphony, conductor Stilian Kirov will add a third musical commitment to his busy repertoire this fall in accepting the baton at an orchestra outside Chicago.
Options for opera lovers in Bakersfield are limited. If watching the Met telecasts at Edwards isn't cutting it, head over to Liberty High School this weekend for the debut of "The Mikado."
Popcorn and theaters are a delightful duo, especially when watching a show at the Fox Theater. But if you've ever found yourself hungry for a little more and wished you'd eaten something ahead of time, one more downtown dining option could be coming and it will be a lot closer to the theater.
You can get Mom the finest jewelry, the most beautiful flowers and the most decadent chocolate but we’re guessing what she wants most for Mother’s Day is some quality time with her children — even better if those sons and daughters are picking up the check.