We often hear back from readers — with both good and bad news — and it's far preferable when it's positive. So it was a welcome email this week from Doris Duquette, who has proven herself both a friend (actually capital F Friend) of the Kern County Library as well as local theater.
Most opportunities to support the arts in Bakersfield are on a smaller scale — an exhibition opening, art walk or festival. But when you're gathering more than 400 artists to create work at the same time, you can only be talking about Via Arte.
Bakersfield College will pause for some "Reflection" on Thursday. The college's Wylie & May Louise Jones Gallery will host the opening reception for the exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Aaron Farley and Joshua Schaedel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tech week is crunch time for any theatrical production. The week leading up to a show's opening is full of dress rehearsals and last-minute adjustments. But director Jennifer Sampson is really putting the pressure on for her "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," which debuts Friday at Rabobank T…
Bette Midler is bringing down the house with the Tony-winning revival of "Hello, Dolly!" on but you don't have to venture down the Great White Way to enjoy the matchmaker's tale. Stars Theatre Restaurant is putting on its Sunday clothes for its take on the classic musical.
Local author and artist Aliza McCracken will serve as guest speaker at the Ladies of the Lord (LOL) meeting on Saturday. The mission of the women's ministry at St. Philip's Church is to provide spiritual nourishment, companionship and support to women.
We're still more than a week out from the start of October but some of us are already in a Halloween state of mind. That includes Gaslight Melodrama, which opens its seasonally appropriate “Dracula's Big Adventure" on Friday.
When it comes to viewing art on a college campus, it is frequently the work of students. But once in a while, on-campus galleries turn the tables and let the instructors shine.
Opening Thursday, the fall exhibition at the Bakersfield Museum of Art can be viewed as a study of nature. The three shows — Astrid Preston's "Poetics of Nature," Javier Carrillo's "Nuestros Ojos" and Gwynn Murrill's "Early Wood Sculptures 1968-1985" — explore our different senses of environ…
Every September, the only thing hotter than the forecast is the downtown arts scene. The ninth First Friday of the year is always billed as the biggest draw, with hundreds filling the downtown arts district for a number of art exhibits and activities.
For a show about the pursuing the American Dream, it seems fitting that its directors are equally passionate about the material. Of course, the outcome for the production of "Of Mice and Men," opening Friday at The Empty Space, is likely to be much more uplifting than the fates of the show's…
They may sing about how "It's Raining Men," but for Stars' production of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical," it's a more disco-fied deluge: glitter.
Who's the king of this jungle/savannah? In this case, it's a more good-natured rivalry than Mufasa and Scar as two youth theater groups put on productions of "Disney's The Lion King Jr." this weekend.
Although First Friday is city's the largest downtown gathering for art, the Arts Council has its own packed lineup Thursday with two artists displaying their work at the Access Center Gallery and a book signing by a third artist.
A background in dance is paying off for performer Erica Lynn, who deftly stepped into the starring role of "Legally Blonde," opening at Friday at Ovation Theatre.
In line with the popular stereotype of the tortured artist, suffering for their work, is the art supporter in August, who will suffer 100-plus-degree weather. Of course, First Friday does not have to be a burden. Some spots on the ArtWalk offer shade and all the galleries and venues are runn…
It's not often everyday folks find themselves in a serendipitous moment but in the life of an artist it's far more likely. That's just what happened to Diego Gutierrez Monterrubio, who recently launched a new line of apparel with VIDA design collaborative out of San Francisco.
Where do ideas come from? That'a a pretty open-ended question, especially when put to creative types like Michael Prince, artistic director for the Gaslight Melodrama. So when asked about his inspiration for his latest show, "Once Upon a Time in Taft," which debuts Friday, he went for the la…
Summer brings a lot of mindless entertainment at the box office but local theatergoers are in for a treat with the local debut of "If/Then" at The Empty Space.
Golden Age Hollywood musicals often began with the crazy statement, "Hey! Let's put on a show!" and the rest of the story would revolve around getting that show ready to open.
Bakersfield College is not the only group venturing into the dark forest. It's a wish come true for local theatergoers that Bakersfield Youth Fine Arts Academy and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County also debuts its production of "Into the Woods" this weekend.
Perhaps the only thing hotter than the weather this month is the downtown arts scene. So why should a 103-degree forecast dissuade anyone from all the fun to be had at First Friday?
It’s rare that a play can move you to tears after multiple readings, but “She Kills Monsters,” one of two productions the Tonicism youth theatre troupe will perform this summer, is a coming-of-age story of depth and power, dealing with profound loss on the road to discovery and acceptance.
Summer programs are keeping families busy but are the fruits of these activities just for them? Luckily, the efforts of hard-working younger thespians will be open to the public this weekend as three theater programs hold their performances.
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…
We had a lovely run of springlike weather but summer is headed our way with a vengeance. You can always escape to the movie theater but an even cooler option is live theater, which is hustling this season with lively shows. Leave the exertions to the performers and sit back in the cool darkness.
Two for one is always a great deal — and it's even better when the cost is free. On Thursday, the Arts Council of Kern is opening an exhibition featuring the works of two artists: Aliza McCracken and RueDiaries.
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 new Ovation Theatre company wants to make a good — and lasting — first impression as it opens its inaugural season Friday night.
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."