• By Nick Strobel For The Californian
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Last week I was at a national planetarium conference in St. Louis. One of the invited talks was about the New Horizon mission to Pluto (and beyond!) by one of the scientists involved in mapping the minerals and ices on Pluto and Charon one of its moons. He shared many amazing pictures. Putti…

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Did you missed the fun and culture of the Greek Food Festival last weekend? Well, here's your second chance: This weekend St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church presents its annual Coptic Festival. The event offers two days of authentic Middle Eastern food along with church tours and an informat…

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Valley Plaza has a few tasty addition coming its way with a still-unnamed restaurant going up where the Sears Auto Center was and a Five Guys set to open inside the mall. Meanwhile something sweet is cooking near center court.

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The California Living Museum announced Wednesday that it has released a new mobile app to help visitors plan their trips to the zoo and stay informed about CALM's upcoming events.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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As hockey fans gear up for the Condors' home opener Thursday, there will be something even more exciting than what's on the ice (no offense to the team) going on at Rabobank Arena. The venue will debut its upgraded video board, new lounge, craft beer bar and new concessions featuring Chinese…

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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The labradoodle, the Maltipoo, the pomapoos — how can one keep them straight? As "designer" dogs give purebreds a run for their money, the poodle seems to be top dog when it comes to these fancy cross-breeds. One local boy with a fondness for the formal breed hopes to sort things out with hi…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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This is a banner weekend for the arts at Bakersfield's foundations of higher education. As Bakersfield College holds its first Panorama Creative Music Summit, Cal State Bakersfield is celebrating its own music program as well as art and theater at the annual Taste of the Arts on Sunday.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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If you've ever passed the St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church on White Lane and marveled at the beauty of its exterior, just wait until you get a look inside. This weekend, you can.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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If someone tells you they saw a work of art in a bar, it's more likely the start of a story about a night of partying hard than an actual bonafide painting. But that's about to change Sunday after Pyrenees Cafe hosts the first Artist Connection show. 

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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In its third year, the BYP Street Party sounds like any young professional's dream: a chance to socialize with like-minded individuals in a spruced-up alley with arcade games, music, food and adult beverages.

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Longtime KUZZ deejay Chris Conner has died at the age of 70, the radio station he called home for four decades reported Tuesday.

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Photographer Rob Perez was in the crowd Friday for Smash Mouth's show at the Kern County Fair. Along with some of his photos, he offered his take on the performance:

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With valley fever already on our minds after Monday's windy weather, we can look to the Bakersfield Condors to keep the conversation going. For the team's second game of the new season on Saturday, it is partnering with the Valley Fever Americas Foundation for a themed night.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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First Friday may be the best-known gathering for art downtown, but the Arts Council of Kern keeps the culture flowing through the month with its own exhibitions. Thursday marks the opening of a new show with work by artist Alex Gallardo (who is known as Alex G) and graphic artist Jesse Moreno.

  • BY KASEY MEREDITH kmeredith@bakersfield.com
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Cooler weather makes for optimal festival weather and for two church communities, St. George's Greek Orthodox Church and Sacred Heart Church, Sunday was a day full of festival fun. 

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Pumpkins might get all the attention in the fall, but apples are just as worthy of produce fame, even if they can't be carved up into jack-o-lanterns as easily. In Tehachapi, though, the apples get their due.

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Maybe it's a good thing dogs can't read, because if they found out about an upcoming event at Central Park at Mill Creek, you can bet they'd be impatiently waiting by the door, whining and ready to go hours before it starts.

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The Bakersfield Pride Festival is back this weekend for its 14th year of celebrating the local LGBTQ community.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Just when you thought the good folks at St. George Greek Orthodox Church were ready to rest on their well-earned laurels for the annual Greek Food Festival, they decide to spice it up. 

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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There are plenty of events vying for your attention Friday but for art lovers, downtown is still the place to be. Here's a roundup of First Friday events.

  • BY CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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The latest releases by The Bakersfield New Music Collective and San Fransisco-based, but Bakersfield-bred Conrad The Band couldn’t be more different stylistically, but their roots and spirits — and sometimes instrumentation — are deeply entrenched in Bakersfield’s fertile creative soil. Each…

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From coven meetings to cookie-baking, the bounty of fall and Halloween events abounds this month. Revelers of all ages have plenty to choose from — after planning their costume and hitting the school carnival. We highlighted a couple of new events and round up the rest so you plan your fun-p…

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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Before you diss teens as technophiles glued to their iPhones, consider the fact that the Harry Potter series is still sold in stores long after its original readers have grown up. There's a reason, too, why the young adult fiction market continues to produce thousands of new books each year,…

  • By LISA KIMBLE For The Californian
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It has been four years since volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center in east Bakersfield cooked up the idea to take the already highly successful barbecue fundraising model and use it to generate funds for the facility. That first year, no one knew what to expect.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Is vanilla too plain for you? Do you want more rocks in your rocky road? Then Moo Creamery has just the thing at its ninth annual Flavor Awards on Sunday. For the annual contest, the restaurant takes customer suggestions for new and unique flavors, which it narrows down to eight finalists. A…

  • By Jean Clark Morgan For The Californian
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Editor's note: During the summer of 1965, the Bakersfield College choir toured through nine countries in six weeks, becoming the first American choir to triumph at the Llangollen Eisteddfod International Musical Festival. Reuniting in 2015 for the 50th anniversary, former members drew the at…

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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Eureka! is not a restaurant that rests. It seems every few months they adapt to current food trends, change the menu, cut loose some items, embrace the new and different. Sure, there’s always excellent craft beers, whiskey, burgers and sandwiches — those never go away — but you never know wh…