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Cocktails or coffee? Depending on your mood (and the day of the week), downtown Bakersfield has two fresh options opening in its burgeoning east quadrant. Already home to Mexicali, Goose Loonies, Too Fat, the eastern stretch of 18th Street welcomes a brand-new cafe and the return of a Bakers…

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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With New Year's Eve resolutions not too far in the distant past, I usually try to highlight at least one restaurant that features healthy options at this time of year. Fit Pantry is a great place for anyone hoping to kick-start a weight loss program or just eat better. 

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If you want a Bud Light with your movie, you'll still need to drink it at home for now. The Bakersfield City Council, asked to usher in a new trend in movie-going Wednesday, told a theater chain seeking to sell alcohol to reapply for a permit and come back for the sequel.

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They wanted to rename a street after Red Simpson, but the people who live on Hart Street in Oildale didn't want to go to the trouble of changing their addresses.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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That Disney park in Anaheim might tell one story of California, with its old Hollywood streets and glamorous facades, but for the nitty, gritty Golden State experience is Kernville's annual ode to the wild west.

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Valentine’s Day has passed but love is still in the air — at least in the literary sense — at the Kern County Library’s northeast branch. Today, the library will host a Literary Speed Dating event, the brainchild of branch supervisor Ariel Dyer. She organized a similar event at the Literary …

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Bakersfield jazz singer Gregory Porter earned his second gramophone trophy Sunday night at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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It’s pretty much impossible for me to dine in Taft without thinking of the late great Ollie’s, a chrome-plated diner on Kern Street that had a nice run specializing in the most amazing malts, shakes and burgers. We went there with the family enough to try almost everything on the menu. The l…

  • By CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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There was probably little evidence that a myth was in the making that night in 1980-something at Highland, but this would go down as a high school talent show for the ages: Two future arena-thumping rock stars competing alongside a preacher’s son who one day would win international acclaim f…

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As Valentine's Day swiftly approaches, love is in the air — even if it's being manufactured by businesses. In addition to Cafe Med's pre-Valentine's champagne brunch Sunday and sweetheart specials dinner on the big day, and dine-for-two deals at California Pizza Kitchen and Marie Callendar's…

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It was Debbie Perry's dream to open up a little eatery but her husband Mike admits he was the one who wasn't convinced it was a good idea. Mike a professional welder says he was busy chasing drilling rigs. When oil prices dropped Mike used his welding skills and a 750-gallon tank to build a …

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The three sold-out concerts by country music legend Willie Nelson scheduled this week at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace will not be rescheduled, according to Palace talent booker Jerry Hufford.

  • BY SUSAN SCAFFIDI For The Californian
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Alzheimer's disease became a reality in T. Paul Rosas' family several years ago when his mother-in-law began to exhibit the symptoms of dementia in the last year of her life. From that time on, Rosas, a church organist for most of his life, has used music to unite people affected by the disease.

  • By CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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As a movie and book buff, the combo of film noir and the Northeast Branch Library is one I can truly get behind. The Columbus Street library is hosting the series the second Thursday of every month; this month’s selection is the 1944 classic “Double Indemnity.” 

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An undisclosed illness has forced country music legend Willie Nelson to cancel his three shows this week at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. 

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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The Chamber of Commerce at Kern Pioneer Village is one of the first buildings visitors see, with its welcoming doors seeming to beckon them inside. But for years guests would have to keep walking right past the building to actually get to the grounds. Now, after years of work, guests can fin…

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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If you dine on sushi regularly, you know it can be hard on the pocketbook. Order one roll here, some sashimi, tempura and before you know it, you’re staring at a $60 tab, even without copious amounts of sake.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Things are rockin' at The Marketplace — and we're not talking about Johnny Garlic's. A new restaurant, Rockin' Crawfish, will be going in at the northwest corner of the shopping center in the space formerly home to Camille's Sidewalk Cafe, which closed late last year. It will be dining neigh…

  • By JENNIFER SELF jself@bakersfield.com
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Remember when the point of going to the movies was going to the movies? That notion is becoming nearly as obsolete as silent films, even in Bakersfield, where theaters are jumping on the nationwide trend of serving full meals and liquor to entice home-theater diehards to leave their couches,…

  • By MATT MUNOZ For The Californian
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Bakersfield dream pop chameleons Joseph and Jenny Andreotti are set to release their first full-length album, “Who Cares About Tomorrow,” this time as their latest incarnation, Fawns of Love.

  • By CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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Brian Regan isn’t just a comedian; he’s a comedian’s comedian. When superstars like Jerry Seinfeld and Jimmy Fallon say that Regan is one of their favorite stand-up comedians, you have to stop and take notice.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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For Chris Lopez, "Women Rule Magic" came about the same way many fun events do: finding an excuse to hang out with friends. And its scheduling — Feb. 10 at Elements Venue — was inspired by feedback the magician received about being able to provide a date-night experience.

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If love is in the air in February, downtown Bakersfield is sharing it with the arts this First Friday. Art, music, food, crafts — if you love it, someone's got it.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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With recreational marijuana use now legal in California, life as many know it is about to go up in smoke — figuratively, of course. Helping to navigate the whole new world of weed for local partakers is an event rolling into town this weekend. But before you light up, read on.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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If you’re not to judge a book by its cover, you should probably also refrain from judging a certain condo in southwest Bakersfield by its 1970s exterior. Inside, these units are larger than you’d guess, with high ceilings and spacious rooms. Prepare to be doubly gobsmacked if you happen to f…

  • By CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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I can’t think of a more appropriate name for a So-Cal punk rock supergroup than Implants. Featuring an all-star roster of players who have performed with Face to Face, Strung Out, Pulley, No Use for a Name, and Death by Stereo among others, the group plays a mix of in-your-face 1990s skate p…

  • By SUSAN SCAFFIDI For The Californian
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I walked into a bar, while waiting for a train — that sounds like the beginning of a country song, but it's the beginning of an interesting musical adventure last weekend in Bakersfield that demonstrates how devoted, creative and persistent so many of our Kern County-based musicians are in b…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Bakersfield as a city lands on a lot of lists, many of them bad. So it's a feather in our cap — or umbrella in our drink, as the case may be — when we end up being honored for something positive. We can thank Tiki-Ko, the happening bar on K Street, for the latest good mark when it landed on …

  • By CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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The goal of the founders of the Bakersfield Music Hall of fame is to put an "s" on "Bakersfield Sound" in celebration of all the musicians and genres nurtured in this city. 

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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It's time to find an ornate mask and fancy dress or suit because a masquerade party is coming up next weekend.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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In speaking of his own work, photographer Bob Kolbrener conveyed a sentiment shared by all three artists featured in the winter exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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For audiences who like a bit of illegality mixed into their theater, the late January offerings are right up your alley. Whether it's a bumbling family aiming to steal back the farm they've worked on for years or a pair of cool old ladies serving up a fatal cocktail to aged bachelors, crime …

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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When Lanora Frazier set out to make a quilt featuring all the presidents, Barack Obama had just been elected the 44th president of the United States. When she finally finished it, Obama was serving the last month of his term. She didn't intend for the project to stretch over the eight years …

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Over the past eight years, many, many chain restaurants have undergone rough times. Logan’s Roadhouse, having emerged from bankruptcy in November, is one such chain with a Bakersfield restaurant that is scrambling to survive.