• BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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It was a sad day in February when David Dobbs, owner of Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant, said that the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival, which he helped found, was not coming back as it had been.

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Heading down a row of books to meet nine like-minded souls to discuss travel or criminal endeavors sounds like the start of a great novel. That's appropriate for fundraiser both benefitting and taking place in a library. 

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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For the record, vinyl is alive and well, in part thanks to events like Record Store Day. In its 11th year, the annual event is celebrated by stores around the world including our two local record stores, Going Underground and World Records.

  • By Felicia Hollaender For The Californian
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Those headed to Ridgeview High School this week should prepare to buckle up, straighten their seat, and get ready for take-off as the theater department takes you on the ride of your life with "Catch Me If You Can."

  • By PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Folks, we are in the midst of an explosion of moderately priced Asian fusion cuisine restaurants in Bakersfield, and the best of the bunch overall could be the humble ReMix Asian Kitchen in the River Walk Medical Plaza.

  • BY NICK STROBEL sdias@bakersfield.com
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Saturday is the first of 2018 free public star parties hosted by the Kern Astronomical Society. This year, KAS will “spread the wealth” for its star party experiences, hosting the public parties at three different locations through the summer. Saturday's star party will be at the Park at Riv…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Carbs plus carbs divided by an 80-plus-degree afternoon seems like an equation for disaster. But never underestimate the power of the mac. The Mac and Cheese Festival returns for the fifth year to Cal State Bakersfield, promising a day of pasta and generous pours of beer and wine.

  • BY CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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This Saturday marks the 11th annual international Record Store Day and our two prominent record stores, Going Underground and World Records, will offer their own perks to get music lovers out of bed that morning.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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With the motto "setting theater free," The Empty Space has set the bar high. So "Caligari," a new late-night show playing this weekend, should be no surprise for local audiences. But this immersive theater experience is unlike anything the Oak Street playhouse has put on the stage.

  • THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
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Country's hitmakers won't be the only award winners KUZZ listeners hear on the radio today. Two of the station's DJs took home an award at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards over the weekend.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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Latin trap sensation Bad Bunny will perform at Rabobank Arena Sept. 8 as part of his first North American tour, “La Nueva Religion.”

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Theatrically, there is an embarrassment of riches this weekend in Bakersfield. Three shows are opening at community theaters and Cal State Bakersfield is presenting its showcase of student playwrights and directors. That's in addition to two other shows already playing.

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It's not just the weather that's heating up. Second Saturday, the monthly gathering promoting businesses and activities downtown, is bringing a fresh lineup of fun, from blowouts to free yoga, movie screening and discounts galore.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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The dance shoes have been put on the shelf and the total is in for this year's Dancing at the Stars. The annual fundraiser for the downtown theater grossed about $51,000 this year. 

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Bakersfield will have to wait a little longer to "Get Down" with comedy at Rabobank. "The Comedy Get Down" tour, featuring Cedric "The Entertainer," Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and George Lopez, set to happen Friday has been pushed back to July 7.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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As the Kern River Blue Star Moms often say, their children volunteered for military service, but their families back home were drafted. Though they didn't sign up for the military life themselves, the women have accepted the duty of supporting the troops — and each other.

  • By Annis Cassells For The Californian
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Those who think writing children's books is a walk in the park should take a page from Barney Saltzberg. Just because the stories aren't complicated doesn't mean the process isn't sophisticated. The picture book author/illustrator will discuss his work with the Writers of Kern on Saturday.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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After about a year of planning and construction, new entertainment venue The BLVD is just about ready to open its doors and welcome the public. But there's just one more thing it needs to do first.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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We're not immune to Kern County's natural beauty but when it comes to depicting it we're not experts. That's why we call in the big artistic guns — whose tools are actually paintbrushes and pastels — for the annual Kern County Plein Air Festival.

  • BY KASEY MEREDITH kmeredith@bakersfield.com
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Prom, an unforgettable night for many teens, is around the corner. Prom isn't just another school dance. It's considered a rite of passage for teenagers on the verge of adulthood.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Who you gonna call this First Friday? If you're headed to Bubble Pop Gallery, one of the locations offering new exhibitions downtown, you might want to bust some ghosts. That's just some of the fun set for Friday.