When it comes to Shakespeare in Kern County, you couldn't ask for a better guide than Randy Messick, the founder of the Kern Shakespeare Festival. So when he tells you that you will have a good time, say, at the production of "The Comedy of Errors," opening Thursday at the Shafter Ford Theat…
It's one last Rebel yell for the drama department at South High, which will end the school year with a one-night-only performance on Friday.
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…
When you think of Robin Hood stealing from the rich to give to the poor, you may not expect those poor souls dwelling in Rosedale but that's the case in Gaslight Melodrama's new production opening Friday. Of course, like many of the northwest theater's shows, "Robin Hood of Rosedale" evokes …
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."
While learning, young artists don't always get their due. But a show Friday at the Bakersfield Museum of Art will highlight the rising stars in the local art scene.
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.
Bakersfield is a bustling city but it's still got some of that small-town feel, which means audiences should be up for heading to Texas' third-smallest town for "Greater Tuna," which opens Friday at Stars West Comedy Theater.
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…
You’ll find a lot of things at the bottom of Lake Ming but the Gaslight Melodrama has dug a bit deeper, salvaging a mermaid from the murky depths for its new production.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
He’s an artist who taps into community pride in his work, and it’s the office devoted to advancing our local university: Call it a Bakersfield love-fest, squared.
The title "The Drowsy Chaperone" might sound a bit staid but the show opening Friday at Stars Theatre Restaurant is a fun and frolicsome experience, according to director Laurie Howlett.
The Chinese New Year is still about two weeks away, but the upcoming dance celebration couldn’t be more timely with a performance of “Playing in the Rain.”
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.
June Gaede tried her hand at many professions — short-order cook, private investigator, radio announcer, factory worker — but her joy and triumph was as an educator. Gaede, who died Saturday at age 86 due to complications from pneumonia, had a nearly 60-year career teaching in Kern County, i…
Christmas came early for Jennifer Sampson. The director who brought performance art to the Bakersfield Museum of Art with “Eurydice” in August has the green light for another show in April.
To keep it "fresh," many choreographers have updated Tchaikovsky's immortal "The Nutcracker" ballet. There's a hip-hop version, a 1950s update using modern dance choreography, a London production that resets the Christmas party into an orphanage straight out of Charles Dickens.
Thursday, artist David Vanderpool debuts his second solo exhibit in as many years at the Arts Council of Kern. You may have seen his art displayed at the Kern County Fair, where his drawings have won many awards over the years, but it was his work at Kern Valley and Corcoran state prisons th…