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."
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.