Sometimes you connect with the world created by a fictional work, relating to the characters or their story in a way that makes you want to linger there. And while we might not want to perform a number in the rain (especially after gentlemanly relinquishing our umbrella to a passerby), there…

If you checked your patriotic spirit after your last errant firework scared dogs through the neighborhood, it's time for a new proposal. Rather than "piddle, twiddle, and resolve," solve the problem of what to do this weekend by heading to Ovation to catch "1776" before its run ends.

What is art? The answers are myriad, never more so than when the show in question is called "Art." The play, opening Friday for a four-show run at The Empty Space, is going to give it a go.

It's been hot and sunny for days now but there's rain in the forecast for downtown Bakersfield this week. At least by way of Chester Avenue, where Stars Theatre Restaurant debuts its production of "Singin' in the Rain."

It's not uncommon for actors to bond during a show's run, forging friendships that last beyond the final curtain call. But it's not often that the performers get a chance to get the band back together for another show. Luckily, Ovation Theatre is all about making dreams happen this Friday wi…

Bakersfield is ready to give Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room a run for its money this First Friday. Although there will be no animatronic birds, Bubble Pop Gallery will host its own epic “Tiki Bubble Beach Party” art show.

It's been more than 240 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but we don't seem as far removed from the concerns of that instrumental period in U.S. history — a land in upheaval, delegates looking for a way to establish and uphold freedom in their country.

Many headed into their golden years are content to just remember the good ol' days of being footloose and fancy free, but for a batch of dedicated performers the fun is just beginning. Stars Theatre Restaurant returns this weekend with its popular annual presentation of "Wrinkles," a variety…

Rock music is nothing new when it comes to musicals, but if you're looking for the glam-rock concert feel with theater seating, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is ready to rock at The Empty Space.

Good comedy, like show planning, often comes down to timing. In the case of LOL Comedy Night, Ovation Theatre's first-ever standup comedy show taking place Saturday, it was the best of both worlds. 

A master entertainer is preparing to take the stage Monday as part of the “Celebrities of Magic” series. Magician Kenrick “Ice” McDonald will perform at Gaslight Melodrama as part of the monthly series curated by local magician Ron Saylor.

Did you miss the reception for “Superhero Art Show” at Bubble Pop Gallery for First Friday? Take heart, art lovers. The work is now on display at Temblor Brewing Co. The work, featuring amazing characters from the Marvel Universe and beyond, will remain up through the month in the main dining area.

What's better than a fancy breakfast with a chance to meet a pack of princesses and princes? How about being able to hang out for the whole morning? This year's Princess Breakfast at Stars Theatre Restaurant, taking place June 10, brings the star power of the characters for a more interactiv…

Not all heroes wear masks but some artists might this First Friday. Among the exhibits opening for the monthly gathering is the Super Hero Art Show at Bubble Pop Gallery. Characters from the Marvel Universe and beyond will be featured on the walls of the H Street pop-up gallery.

The Bakersfield Museum of Art is known for stepping up its game to draw in visitors with events celebrating the arts and the community. This Thursday it's a literal step as the museum incorporates dance into its monthly Art After Dark gathering.

Do you think that painting you picked up at a yard sale is really a treasure? What about that bracelet from Great-Grandma Ethel? Some experts will be coming to town to help you discern whether there's more than meets your shrewd eye for a valuation event at the Bakersfield Museum of Art on June 5.

What can turn an ordinary night into something extraordinary? For some, a trip to the theater is just the trick, watching a show come together in dance and song. If you are one such thrill-seeker, Stars Theatre Restaurant has just the show for you with “Pippin.”

Although the Shafter Colours Arts Festival stages most of its events in February, it has expanded further the past two years to bring related activities into the spring and .

When writing the original musicals performed at Gaslight Melodrama, Michael Prince mines the local wealth of locations and cultural references. So in all these years, it's surprising that he's never taken the story to Buttonwillow. That all changes this weekend with the debut of "Buttonwillo…

School will be out this summer but some hard-working students have already put their best work forward for a new show, part of the exhibitions opening Thursday at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

April showers bring May flowers but when it comes to downtown Bakersfield, we're happy to see art in bloom this month. First Friday returns with a bumper crop of events.

Each month, the Bakersfield Museum of Art presents a new way to engage visitors to both experience the art on display and to take a creative journey beyond it. For Thursday's event, the cast and director of "Three Sisters," recently performed at The Empty Space, will bring the show to life i…

Bakersfield Christian High School invites you to be their guest for an enchanting musical rendition of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” While this may be a tale as old as time and a family favorite, the students puts a humorous and engaging twist on the Disney classic.

With the motto "setting theater free," The Empty Space has set the bar high. So "Caligari," a new late-night show playing this weekend, should be no surprise for local audiences. But this immersive theater experience is unlike anything the Oak Street playhouse has put on the stage.

Theatrically, there is an embarrassment of riches this weekend in Bakersfield. Three shows are opening at community theaters and Cal State Bakersfield is presenting its showcase of student playwrights and directors. That's in addition to two other shows already playing.

The dance shoes have been put on the shelf and the total is in for this year's Dancing at the Stars. The annual fundraiser for the downtown theater grossed about $51,000 this year. 

We're not immune to Kern County's natural beauty but when it comes to depicting it we're not experts. That's why we call in the big artistic guns — whose tools are actually paintbrushes and pastels — for the annual Kern County Plein Air Festival.

Who you gonna call this First Friday? If you're headed to Bubble Pop Gallery, one of the locations offering new exhibitions downtown, you might want to bust some ghosts. That's just some of the fun set for Friday.

Keep your eyes on the screen — this month's Art After Dark is going to be a bit different. In addition to being able to view all the current exhibitions on display, there will also be a video installation from students at Cal State Bakersfield in celebration of spring break.

The tale of the haves and have-nots is probably as old as time. But when you're talking high-society muckety-mucks versus simple country folks, that's Bakersfield, baby. The Gaslight Melodrama dramatizes this locally relevant story in "The Stockdale Social Club," which opens this weekend.

Say what you will, but Bakersfield is a town that celebrates theater. From high school productions to our collection of community theaters, performers and crews are producing an impressive amount of drama (on stage and possibly off).

Bakersfield's a good spot if you want to enjoy a concert or take in a theatrical production. But it's not every day you can head out to a show that feels like a rock concert. That's where Ovation Theatre comes in with its season closer, "Million Dollar Quartet."

Who hasn't wished they could throw off the shackles of everyday life by assuming a different persona and leading another life? Well, maybe not everyone, but the creative types out there have certainly indulged in some daydreaming. That is certainly the case for Oscar Wilde and his play, "The…