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Stars Theatre Restaurant is preparing to send a sobering letter to patrons asking for donations through the end of the current season in February while disclosing the future of the venerable Bakersfield theater is uncertain beyond that point.

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With the holiday season upon us, even First Friday is caught up in the hustle and bustle. Here's a roundup of what's going on downtown.

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Holiday travel takes people all over the globe, so it's no surprise that the local theater community is taking audiences on an adventure for the holidays. From Depression-era West Texas to the North Pole and somewhere between here and heaven, this quartet of holiday productions are on the move.

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Saturday night may or may not be all right for fightin' but it should be a great night to see Elton John, who returns to Bakersfield on Saturday, March 18.

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Most musicians are all too familiar with the drudgery and drama that comes with being in a band. Toronto’s Mike Liorti, the 27-year-old multi-instrumentalist frontman of the group Rosedale, is definitely one of them. But he's found away around the compromises by finding the perfect bandmates…

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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The holiday season can feel like something of a roller coaster for a lot of us. With shopping for gifts, baking cookies and hitting up Christmas parties, it's like once December starts it doesn't slow down, so you might as well (figuratively) buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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With his big blond pompadour, and the big hollow-body guitars to match, Brian Setzer is probably one of the most recognizable musicians of his generation, both as the frontman of the legendary rockabilly trio the Stray Cats and as leader of his big band, which returns to the Fox Theater on D…

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While many of us have been spending the long weekend getting our house Christmas ready, at least one family can sit back and relax in the knowledge that their decorating work is already done. 

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Bryan Burrow, who once joked that he knew far more about country music than classical, is leaving as chief executive of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, ending a four-year tenure distinguished by an increase in attendance and revenue, a robust outreach to students and a highly publicized …

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There's never a shortage of things to do during the holiday season in Bakersfield, but even with all the events filling the next five weeks, it seems there's one that locals always make time for: Holiday Lights at CALM.

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Shortly before she graduated from USC five years ago, Marisa Johnson returned to Bakersfield to give a recital to let her hometown hear how she had grown as a singer. Now Johnson, 27, is coming home again to perform and to ask her hometown to support a cause. 

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The new year can't get here fast enough for country music fans: Rabobank Arena announced Monday that Blake Shelton, a bonafide superstar of the genre as well as coach of NBC's "The Voice," will perform Feb. 16, just a week after a three-night stand at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace by the legend…

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Four years ago, Californian photojournalist Felix Adamo joined three friends on an impromptu cross-country motorcycle trip in search of other places in the United States named Bakersfield. Hundreds of people followed the trip, named "Bakersfield to Bakersfield" on Facebook, while Adamo captu…

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Through a little holiday magic and a lot of hard work, the spooky Halloween Town and Talladega Frights have been transformed into Christmas Town, all in just a few short weeks.

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The head of the livestock office at the Kern County Fair confirmed Wednesday she authorized her staff to alter the weight of a pig on an official document, in defiance of the fair’s own rules, to allow a young exhibitor to sell the animal at the 2016 junior livestock auction.

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Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church is usually filled with music whenever its congregants are inside. What makes this weekend different is the amount of music and the reason for celebrating.

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For the unfamiliar — there might still be three of you — the night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest nights of the year for night life. Seriously, for revelers, it’s on par with New Year's Eve. How so? Let me count the ways.

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Along with the closing weekends of "The 39 Steps" at Stars and "Rock of Ages" at The Empty Space, theater-goers have a chance to check out two limited-engagement shows offered at Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield.

  • By JENNIFER SELF The Bakersfield Californian
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Dozens of invited guests and elected officials toured the Bakersfield Californian Foundation Research Center at Kern Pioneer Village on Thursday when a significant portion of the museum’s vast archives became more accessible to the public.

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For its third year, the Bacon and Craft Beer Festival decided it needed room to groove. So Saturday's event of local food vendors and craft breweries from all over California heads to the Park at River Walk. 

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When people talk about history, they expect to pore over old photos or records. But when it comes to grocery stores, you can hop in the car or walk over to Chester Lane Market. Historian John Codd notes it is part of Bakersfield’s living history.

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If you've been to Kern Pioneer Village recently and thought to yourself the place looks like a million bucks, you're lowballing it.

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Bakersfield loves its veterans, and the mural at the southeast corner of 20th and Eye streets is proof of that. But the painting, including the Statue of Liberty, Rosie the Riveter and soldiers at Iwo Jima, tells only part of the story. By the end of the year, the mural will pick up the rest…

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Veterans Day is a time to remember all who have served our country, in different wars, in different countries and in different arms of the military. But while the annual Veterans Day parade celebrates them all, it's the combat medics who will be singled out this year.

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For Veterans Day we honor those who have served our country and those in active duty. The good folks over at The Military Wallet — a personal finance website for military, veterans and their families — have compiled a list of Veterans Day dining deals and we have those along with some local …

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Bakersfield loves its chain restaurants so a rumor making the rounds that a TGI Fridays was heading to Valley Plaza Mall didn't seem far-fetched. But, alas, we'll have to continue to get our needs for loaded potato skins and sangria-ritas met elsewhere.

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For years now, the only silver foxes spotted at the corner of 18th and R have been the kind who forage for stiff drinks at Mexicali. But restaurateurs Rod and Julie Crawford are hoping to do for the old Silver Fox lounge what they’ve done for the Pyrenees Cafe: bring a beloved Bakersfield in…