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 .
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."
Celebrating nine successful and would-be U.S. presidential assassins and their accomplices in a Stephen Sondheim musical, presented with an opening weekend carnival gala? There's only one place in town that's going down: The Empty Space.
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…
There are few things more authentic that life in a Bakersfield trailer park, but how blurred is the line when you throw a possible priceless artwork into the mix?
Although chanteuse Effie lets erstwhile beau Curtis know "I am telling you I'm not going," you better plan to get going to Ovation Theatre for the premiere of "Dreamgirls"
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.
Liberty High School's theater department is back at it again with another show for Bakersfield, and the cast and crew have never been so excited to show their hard work.
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…
You don't need an act of God to facilitate inter-high school cooperation — but it doesn't hurt. But bringing together the theater departments of Highland and Garces Memorial high schools for a production of "Godspell" didn't really require any divine intervention.
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.
Those headed to Ridgeview High School this week should prepare to buckle up, straighten their seat, and get ready for take-off as the theater department takes you on the ride of your life with "Catch Me If You Can."
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.
Good news: The big "Dancing at the Stars" fundraiser at Stars Theatre Restaurant takes place this weekend. Bad news: Unless you already have tickets, you're going to miss it.
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.
Bakersfield and Kern County is rich with a bounty of artists of all levels and interests. But it's a rare moment when you view an impressive show and find out the artist is still in grade school.
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.
Spring is here, with flowers in bloom and insects in the air. But if the acting bug has already struck, consider heading out to these theater auditions this week.
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…
How do you spell victory? This time around it's F-R-O-N-T-I-E-R as the high school performs its version of the "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" this week.
Stars Theatre Restaurant heads back down the Mississippi this weekend with the opening of ”Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." This is the third adaptation of the musical based on Mark Twain's tale of poor teen Huckleberry Finn and Jim, a slave who takes off with Finn down the ri…
More than two dozen performers looking for that one singular sensation will take to the stage of Stockdale High's theater Thursday for the opening of “A Chorus Line” High School Edition.
Over at South High School, they're not doing anything by half-measures. So when it came time to produce their last full-scale production of 2018 — "The Time-Traveling Love Paradox of Camp Punikaka in 4-D" — students and staff went all out with lasers, a sing-along, Girl Scouts and more.
Art is everywhere — even in a small fridge of fresh fruit juices. Those wondering about the connection should check out Thursday's Art After Dark at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.
For 20 years, the global activist movement V-Day has raised funds to end violence against women and girls. The fight continues this week with performances of "The Vagina Monologues" at Bakersfield Community Theatre.
If the right side of the brain covers art awareness and the left is responsible for science and math comprehension, then these talented students at South High School are tapping their full potential. The teens created a series of work that makes up "Geometrix," on display now at The Empty Sp…
Valley Oaks Charter School may not get the word out as easily as those in the Kern High School District that doesn't mean they want to operate in a bubble. Valley Oaks' students are hoping you'll head out for their performances of "Annie Play Will Do," a musical mashup playing this week at t…
When planning a theatrical season, many factors come into play. Gauging audience or performer interest, finding fresh material for the market or determining what works with existing resources.
In a show about outlaws, it’s not surprising to find a bit of criminal activity. But that might be sad news for the gentleman of “Bonnie and Clyde,” since the ladies of this new Ovation Theatre production steal the show.
For more than 15 years, the Panorama Invitational Art Show has showcased the artwork of Kern County high school students. It returns to the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery at Bakersfield College with an opening reception on Thursday.
The new year continues to churn out new shows to help shake off the winter doldrums. Adding to the busy slate this weekend are two shows: "The Foreigner," a comedy at Bakersfield Community Theatre, and the mythic "Almost, Maine" at Stars West Comedy Theater.
Along with expecting to cheer for the hero and boo the villain, "Anything Goes in Arvin," the new show opening Friday at Gaslight Melodrama, has one other note: Everybody loves Steve.
The Industrial Revolution brought many innovations to Western civilization, not the least of which was how to market a more luxurious way of life. Through "Historic Posters from the Collection of Citizens Business Bank 1875 to 1950," guests of the Bakersfield Museum of Art will be able to se…
Sometimes Bakersfield gets a bad rap for what can be branded a small-town mentality. While our community is far more progressive than some give us credit for, it's worth noting that there can also be beauty in a simpler way of life. "The Music Man," which opens Friday at Stars, serves as a v…
Just as some wish they could celebrate Christmas all year long, Halloween is more my speed. That makes the recent announcement of the upcoming Cinema Macabre spring series at Beale Memorial Library even more exciting.
For the first First Friday of 2018, everyone is shaking off the chill for a lively presentation of art, dining and entertainment. Here's a look at some of what's on tap.
While many children spend the last days of holiday vacation glued to electronic devices, the creative kids headed to the Bakersfield Museum of Art had a different pastime in mind. Those attending Wednesday's session of the Kids Winter Art Workshop explored the theme of "Nature and the Self,"…
There's a lot going on this time of year but most of it has Santa, a tree, manger or some elves involved. Art lovers who are up for a little drive for adventure have a couple of options as we close out 2017.
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.