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. 

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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."