• About 1,000 people attended the inaugural Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival in 2013 with about 500 more turning out last year.

    Craft Beer Festival: A bitter aftertaste

    Saturday’s third annual Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival closed on a bit of a sour note for some who attended the event at Cal State Bakersfield. And it wasn’t the kind of “good” sour you get from a bit of Brettanomyces in your brew. The festival, which heralded the arrival of craft beer on

  • LeAnn Rimes closed out the inaugural Rock & Country Music & Arts Festival on the Country stage at the Kern County Museum May 23.

    Rock & Country fest was great; here's how to make it better

    Even if his words hadn’t been enough to convey the message, there was no mistaking the weary tone: George Martin, less than a week removed from staging his first-ever music festival, is not at all sure there will be another. “Less than 50/50,” he said of the chances that the Bakersfield Rock &

  • Ray Scott headlines Saturday's Guys, Girls & Guitars Country Music Festival. Scott will take the stage at Stramler Park in Bakersfield at 10 p.m.

    Cheap but decent country festival? That's the ticket

    A week after a first-of-its-kind music festival at the Kern County Museum comes a first-of-its kind country music festival right next door. But there are a few differences, said Ada Denton of the two-day Guys, Girls & Guitars Country Music Festival, which kicks off Friday at Stramler Park.

  • Artist Walter Van Broekhuizen, from the Netherlands, shows the scaled design of what will be a full-size metal sculpture inspired by Darwin's "tree of life" for the CSUB campus. “"In his notebook, (Darwin) had '‘I think’' and a small drawing, just like an artist would do,”" van Broekhuizen said. “"That struck me. It was interesting to see an abstract, small drawing show a way of thinking.”"

    New 'tree' takes root at CSUB

    With a trunk and branches made of metal pipes welded together, the newest tree on the campus of CSUB won’t require any water and is unlikely to provide much shade. What it should provide, though, is intellectual stimulation, provoking thought as students go from class to class. Dutch artist

  • Alice Manning brings her show "Stronger than the Wind" to the Spotlight Theatre on Saturday.

    Into the 'Wind' together: A one-woman show at Spotlight

    While some performers worry audience members will leave before the show is over, Alice Manning is curious about how many will stick around after the curtain drops. “I think the most fulfilling thing I get is the audience feedback,” Manning said of “Stronger than the Wind,” her one-woman show

  • Some of the crew of The Empty Space theater board of directors, from left, Claire Rock, Ron Warren, Amy Hall, Kristina Saldana, Perrin Swanson, Ellie Sivesind and Bob Kempf.

    Empty Space hopes season will fill seats

    Setting theater free via social media, The Empty Space recently unveiled its summer/fall 2015 season on Facebook. Currently presenting the musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” which wraps its run with a 7 p.m. show Sunday, the theater’s upcoming shows run the gamut from children to Chekov. SPECIAL

  • The cast of Bakersfield Community Theatre's 2014 production of "Steel Magnolias." From left: Ronda Heath, Spencer Surratt, DeAnn Surratt and Laurie Howlett. The theater is hoping to raise funds and find a new home after a series of break-ins at its South Chester Avenue home.

    Bakersfield Community Theatre regrouping after break-ins

    As with any good theater troupe, the show will go on for Bakersfield Community Theatre. But after a devastating break-in recently, the board is working out where that show will take place. “We’re a gypsy theater again,” said Janice French, publicity and marketing director for BCT. “We’ll perform

  • Kern County independent filmmaker Fabian Euresti hosts “#Landscapes With Fabian” at NX Annex on May 30.

    MATT MUNOZ: Indy fest keeps it short and mostly sweet

    Those with a taste for independent films should make plans to attend the “#Landscapes With Fabian” at NX Annex on Saturday. Hosted by local filmmaker Fabian Euresti, 31, the evening will feature a screening of six short films, each produced with budgets as tight as their running time. “I think

  • Columnist Valerie Schultz

    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Bring love, mercy to others in jubilee year

    “The quality of mercy is not strain’d / It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven …” — “The Merchant of Venice,” act 4, scene 1, line 173 “It is mercy I desire, not sacrifice.” — Hosea 6:6 Pope Francis, in his uplifting way of knowing exactly what the Catholic Church needs, has recently

  • Masterworks Chorale director Robert Provencio is leading the chorus in a concert of 1960s tunes, which range from musical theater to folk to pop.

    Chorale makes '60s pop at concert

    Bakersfield Master Chorale has billed Saturday’s concert as a nod to the music of the ’60s, but it looks more like a full curtsy or deep bow. “The concert is really quite an eclectic mix,” said music director Robert Provencio in an email. “We’ve chosen music from pop, rock, musical theater,