How do you take an already classic comedy — William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer's Night Dream" — and twist it for more laughs? Set it along the Jersey Shore.
Running this week, South High's new fall theatrical production, "Axcess," explores the hustle and bustle of life at a college radio and television station.
When it comes to December theater, you can go with a dedicated holiday story or you can focus on a tale with themes indicative of the season. The Empty Space chose the latter with "Little Women The Musical," which opens Friday.
This season, everyone is celebrating their holiday traditions but this year is a special one for Kimberly Peaker-Lozano. The director is heading up the Stars production of "White Christmas," based on her favorite Christmas film.
Broadway is a great distance from Bakersfield but die-hard theater fans don't need a first-class plane ticket to get the dish on classic shows. A one-night-only event at a local theater is set to deliver the drama and delight of the New York theater district.
The happy and the tragic sides of love are presented this Thursday and Friday at CSUB's Dore Theatre, as the university's opera program presents two gems of the baroque opera repertoire.
Many claim it's the most wonderful time of the year, but for Michael Prince, it's a certainty. The artistic director at Gaslight Melodrama looks forward to putting on the theater's annual Holiday Extravaganza, which opens Friday.
In the midst of holiday shopping, take a break to appreciate some art — and maybe shop as well — at a pop-up shop at the Outlets at Tejon.
It's all for one and one for all this week at Garces Memorial High School. The student thespians are bringing their production of "The Three Musketeers" to the stage today and Thursday.
After the Halloween tricks this week, we're enjoying a real treat: cool fall weather. That makes the conditions just right for folks headed downtown for First Friday, which will bustle with art, food, music and fun. Here's a look at what's on tap.
For local audiences, it's not necessarily surprising if they haven't heard of a scheduled musical. When it comes to the slated director of said show, that's a different story.
"It's never too late to discover who you are and to surprise yourself." Those words, from Mariah Jordan, co-director of "Stop Kiss" at Bakersfield Community Theatre, are welcome ones for anyone long out of their twenties considering a change.
Let me preface this by saying I completely underestimated how physically exhausting art can be. As a spry, young individual, I left with no feeling in my knees at the end of my four-hour streak of chalk-arting.
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.