Although movie theaters front-load their summer lineup with superheroes, the live version is offering a more enchanting experience. For the third year, Stars Theatre Restaurant is bringing back its Princess Breakfast on June 24 for two sessions of face time with the fairest and fiercest char…

Broadway standards are a hit for many reasons: great songs, choreography, stories that continue to resonate with audiences. But that doesn't mean you put them up on a shelf like a music theater award. Like all big targets, these musicals are ripe for parody, and that's what Stars plans to de…

The Bakersfield Museum of Art finds ways to add local touches to many of its exhibitions but for this summer offering, it’s very Kern County-focused. In addition to two ongoing displays, the exhibition opening Thursday features works from Tehachapi-based artist Tina Dille and the popular Vis…

Downtown Bakersfield is already home to a number of murals — "Three Guitars" on the east side of Front Porch Music on 19th Street, the veterans tribute at the southeast corner of 20th and Eye streets — but two new projects are getting their moment to shine.

Options for opera lovers in Bakersfield are limited. If watching the Met telecasts at Edwards isn't cutting it, head over to Liberty High School this weekend for the debut of "The Mikado."

What do you get when you combine America’s favorite pastime and musical comedy? You get "Damn Yankees," a modern retelling of the legend of Faust set in Washington, D.C, at the height of Major League Baseball’s popularity, opening Thursday at Ridgeview High.

Cal State Bakersfield’s School of Arts and Humanities has selected seniors Wilfredo Bravo and Julissa Cardenas as co-recipients of this year’s George Award, created in honor of the late George Ketterl, a beloved founding member of the CSUB art faculty and a prominent artist.

While some are celebrating Cinco de Mayo, folks headed downtown will find even more festivities centered on art for the monthly First Friday. Some will pay tribute to the holiday while others are all about the art. Along with dozen of artists and vendors set up along the Art Walk along 19th …

The Bakersfield Museum of Art is offering a Golden State opportunity for its Visual Arts Festival. Now through May 4, all California artists are eligible to submit works for the annual juried small works exhibition, which opens May 18. 

A tale of America's melting pot, immigrants striving to succeed, artists yearning to be accepted and a woman struggling under the yoke society has imposed. Opening Friday at Stars Theatre Restaurant, "Ragtime" is set at the turn of the 20th century but it's as relevant today, taking on race …

It was a banner weekend for Stars Theatre Restaurant — and for me, surprisingly for the same reason. As a result of the annual Dancing at the Stars competition, the theater beat its $50,000 goal, grossing an impressive $56,000 between ticket sales, online voting and bar and food sales.

April showers may bring May flowers but who wants to wait that long? Any sprinkles this First Friday will contribute to a blooming downtown arts scene, which this month includes a paint-out by visiting plein air artists.

A good theater scene takes bit of alchemy. Throw in a classic show with a fresh approach alongside a new production with a unique perspective and get a weekend of good options. The Empty Space and Bakersfield Community Theatre deliver this April with their respective productions of "Romeo an…

While our bad air certainly prompts health concerns, you won't hear a peep about it this time of year from David Gordon, executive director of the Arts Council of Kern. That's because the unique scenery helps provide some artistic inspiration for the this week's Kern County Plein Air Paintin…

Next week, the Arts Council of Kern will kick off the third annual Kern County Plein Air Festival. Seventeen artists will take part, including returning painter and Bakersfield native Keith Wicks. In advance of the festival, Wicks will be in town this weekend conducting a two-day oil/acrylic…

Stars Theatre Restaurant, which has struggled with debt and uncertainty for some time, has a new lease on life — in the form of a new lease — at the Chester Avenue venue it has occupied for nearly two decades.

Each month Ron Saylor brings magic to Bakersfield with his Celebrities of Magic series. But the veteran magician has another trick up his sleeve, helping conjure some big-screen magic with the upcoming film "Sleight" on which he served as consultant.

For the opening show of a season under development, Stars Theatre Restaurant was looking for a sure-fire hit. Enter "Always ... Patsy Cline," a rollicking honky-tonk of a musical that had a sold-out run in 2015 and returns to Stars this weekend.

Abstract art has often been misunderstood as viewers struggle to make sense of the works. Veteran art educator and artist Art Sherwyn will host an evening of abstract art Thursday at Bakersfield Racquet Club.

Spring starts later this month, but downtown is already blooming with a fresh crop of art and activities for First Friday. Here's a look at what's popping up.

Liberty High's theater department invites you to experience an unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsession with health, wealth and the commercialization of science in "Radium Girls."

Bakersfield has a robust theater scene, even when attendance doesn't always match the enthusiasm behind the scenes. And as Stars Dinner Theatre considers its next step, the theater community will welcome a new player to the local stage: Ovation Repertory Theatre.

Community is a place that has a feeling of fellowship, a place with people who have the same goals, interests and attitudes. That sense of community is evident at East Bakersfield High School and, more specifically, the East High theater department, which presents its production of "In the H…

Bakersfield College is leading the charge to shine a light for challenging times ahead. Thursday night it will present its own Ghost Light event, asking participants to bring a light source to shine in a show of inclusion.

Bakersfield's creativity will be on full display March 2 when ARTMIX returns to the Bakersfield Museum of Art. The annual spring event brings together the work of local mixologists, restaurants and artists for a night of fun and fundraising.

While a lot of discussion has taken place concerning Stars Theatre on Chester Avenue, the smaller rehearsal and performance space on Mosasco Street has been on the back burner. That's all about to change this weekend as the newly branded Stars West Comedy Theatre debuts its first show.

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.

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.

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 …

You better get moving: This is the last week to catch a glimpse of "Driven by Art," the public art project from the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Designed by local artists, 33 painted fiberglass trucks have been on display mostly in downtown Bakersfield (one is at The Marketplace) since September.

Let no one say the beginning of the new year lacked flair. With the holidays behind us, we can focus on getting back into the swing of things, namely enjoying the art, music and fun of First Friday. Here's a look on what's happening this week.