Easter is coming and Jesus will rise as miraculously as the Parkerhouse rolls coming out of the oven for your holiday supper. Of course, if you're not in the mood to cook, plenty of local restaurants and businesses will make sure your family is fed.
The axiom "the customer is always right" was never truer than at Amestoy's on the Hill. So when regular attendees of the annual Chile Verde Cook-off decried plans to move it away from the northeast bar, owner Mike Miller granted the event a stay.
With soggy hills and a chill in the air, it's not hard to imagine you're not in Bakersfield this week. The forecast has this storm subsiding by this weekend, which heralds the annual Kern County Scottish Games and Gathering, but organizers aren't worried.
The last two times “Glamour Fatale: Battle of the Salons" came to Bakersfield, it was a multi-week extravaganza of hair and beauty competition. For this year's contest, it's thrown down the glitzy gauntlet, packing a fierce contest into one evening of spectacle.
Bakersfield and Kern County is rich with a bounty of artists of all levels and interests. But it's a rare moment when you view an impressive show and find out the artist is still in grade school.
As a native Midwesterner, I’ve been to pretty much all the famous Chicago deep-dish pizza places, and seldom have I found such a product in Bakersfield. For a long time I was a fan of the Sicilian pizza served at Pizza Bob’s in various locations, but that was a Detroit-style product and ther…
The tale of the haves and have-nots is probably as old as time. But when you're talking high-society muckety-mucks versus simple country folks, that's Bakersfield, baby. The Gaslight Melodrama dramatizes this locally relevant story in "The Stockdale Social Club," which opens this weekend.
Pop-up shops are nothing new for Bakersfield but an impromptu gathering for unique doughnuts? Well, that's certainly a sweet surprise. The What Up Dough Experience, coming Saturday to the Stockdale Affairs Event Center, promises to be unlike any doughnut experience you've ever had.
A lot goes into naming an event. While you want something catchy, you also need to make sure it accurately represents the event. That's why ARTMIX at the Bakersfield Museum of Art is such a success. The annual gathering with a live off-the-wall art sale and unique cocktails mixed by some of …
George Wuerthner wears many hats: author, landscape photographer, ecologist, botanist and environmental advocate. The accomplished writer will discuss “Wilderness Under Siege” at a dinner Sunday sponsored by the Buena Vista Group, Bakersfield's local Sierra Club group.
Spring is here, with flowers in bloom and insects in the air. But if the acting bug has already struck, consider heading out to these theater auditions this week.
In the grand tradition of grand openings, Sully's at Stockdale and Coffee has been open for a few months. Of course, we're not going to let a little operation time get in the way of a celebration, which will take place Saturday at the new station in the Stockdale Centre complex.
It might seem like spring break came out of nowhere, thanks to an early Easter this year. If it caught your family by surprise and you haven't had the chance to plan what to do with the kids next week, we've got you covered with eight programs and activities. Your kids will have fun and you …
Indie-Americana chameleons The Avett Brothers are coming to the Rabobank Theater this Tuesday. Just in time for our collective recovery from the St. Patrick's Day-on-a-Saturday festivities. Seriously, even the rain wasn't enough to deter our nightlife regulars from getting their Irish on.
Despite the weather Bakersfield has been experiencing lately, spring break, with the promise of sunny, beachy locales, is right around the corner.
On a Friday morning in June, I am driving too fast on a freeway south. My daughter has been in jail since last night. The bail bondsman I call from my car answers on the first ring.
Singer-songwriter Jack White is ready to rock Bakersfield this summer. The musician added a Bakersfield stop to his tour, planning to play Rabobank Theater on Aug. 18.
Bakersfield is no stranger to combining fundraisers and food. As we've said before, the community's giving heart is as big as its insatiable appetite. With that in mind, here are some upcoming ways to give and grub.
Last Saturday, I attended a talk by a “numerical relativist” who told us about his group’s work on simulating Einstein’s general theory of relativity with supercomputers. The goal is to understand what happens when super-compact objects merge such as black holes and neutron stars. It was one…
For as long as she can remember, Judi Burns has made horses a part of her life. She's raised a few of her own, rode the hills near Cody, Wyo., and, if you look closely, her earlobes are adorned with dangling silver stallions.
Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy's mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. In between are those who don't play guitar, yet find solace in h…
St. Patrick's Day is already shaping up to be a lucky day for those who want to celebrate. Whether it's with a night out, a cooking class or some shopping, there's plenty going on this Saturday.
The modern build-your-own-meal style of that successful Mexican chain Chipotle has been successfully applied to a different cuisine at Sultans Mediterranean Grill on Allen Road.
When you head out to the theater to watch the blockbusters this summer, you'll have a couple more local options with Studio Movie Grill set to open April 12 and Maya Cinemas nearing completion on its Delano location.
Say what you will, but Bakersfield is a town that celebrates theater. From high school productions to our collection of community theaters, performers and crews are producing an impressive amount of drama (on stage and possibly off).
The real March Madness this weekend may well be on the courts of the Bakersfield Racquet Club Saturday when more than a hundred youngsters are expected for the annual Kids’ Day clinic, part of the week-long USTA Men’s Future Pro Tournament.
The West Coast Mennonite Men’s Chorus is a group of the people, by the people and for the people. No, there's no politics involved but there are a number of hard-working Americans ready to sing for a good cause Sunday at Laurelglen Bible Church.
For the fifth year, Blaze Pizza is celebrating Pi Day (3/14) with a discount deal. On Wednesday, diners can build their own pie for just $3.14, in honor of the mathematical constant of the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.
The Beatles sang about getting by with a little help from their friends but blues guitarist Walter Trout knows the value of friendship as well. The musician's latest album, "We're All in This Together," reads like a who's who of guitar greats, including Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales and Warren Haynes.
They can prepare for the running and they can try to study all the downtown businesses, but participants of the Bakersfield Amazing Race can never quite prepare for the silly and sometimes tricky challenges that will be thrown their way. But that's all part of the fun.
For the past four years, the Writers of Kern has deviated from the usual itinerary for its spring conference. For this special event, taking place Saturday, the local writers group has planned a day of activities, including guest speakers, a pitch contest, networking, book signings and more.
Legendary singer-songwriters Stephen Stills and Judy Collins have a storied past. From a tumultuous love affair, which spawned a hit song, to becoming friends and collaborators, the folk icons keep a vital piece of music history alive. They will take the stage together for the first time in …
St. Patrick's Day is nearly upon us and along with all the green beer and whiskey, some local spots are celebrating the holiday with some Irish-themed treats.
Tri-tip sandwich, chopped brisket sandwich, Dad's classic cheeseburger and more are served at Dad's BBQ and Catering located at 189 East Lerdo Highway in Shafter.
Awards season isn't over yet. Sure, the Academy has given out all its Oscars, typically marking the end, but there's still one more show, and anyone can attend.
The calendar still says winter, but spring cleaning has been in full swing at the Bakersfield Racquet Club for weeks. They have been retouching the paint and sprucing up the gardens, all in preparation to play host again for the fifth annual Bakersfield Tennis Open. As the U.S. Tennis Associ…
With a modern obsession with technology, it may confuse younger generations to understand the importance of the timeless inventions that helped pave the way for the iPhone, Fitbits, laptops and more.
Each year, local comic book fans look forward to the annual Bakersfield Comic Con, a gathering of special guests, panels, artists, vendors, cosplay and more. But every other year, those folks get another treat: the Bakersfield Mini Comic Con. The biennial gathering has all the good stuff exp…