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Getting to 'Art' of the matter at Empty Space

A new play opening at The Empty Space this weekend is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever had a heated argument about the merits (or lack thereof) of a movie, song, painting or any other work of art.

Directed by Tevin Joslen, "Art"  follows three friends after one buys an expensive and unusual piece of art. It sparks a discussion among the friends about what constitutes art, with their differing opinions threatening to destroy the friendship.

This weekend is also the last chance to catch Ovation Theatre's "1776," an all-female production with powerhouse performances, according to our review of the play. There is a little more time to catch "Singin' in the Rain" at Stars Theatre Restaurant, but with good word of mouth (and a positive review from The Californian) tickets are sure to go fast.

Out & about

Midwest Invitational Black Rodeo

After being told that black people don't rodeo, Kevin McKinney took on the challenge and proved his naysayers wrong. Friday, McKinney and other African American cowboys and cowgirls will compete at the Midwest Invitational Black Rodeo at the Kern County Fairgrounds. 

Central Valley Pet and Reptile Show

Slither in to the Central Valley Pet and Reptile Show this Saturday and Sunday at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Whether your ideal pet is furry, scaly or feathered, you're sure to find a friend here.

Jake Shimabukuro, "the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele"

Perhaps you've heard the ukulele played in cutesy covers by Instagram hipsters, but chances are you've never heard it the way Jake Shimabukuro plays it. You don't get the nickname "the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele" without the chops to back it up. You can experience his talents for yourself on Monday at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, as part of the Guitar Masters series.

Tiler Peck on Hulu

Want to support a hometown artist from the comfort of your couch? Check out "Ballet Now," a documentary on Bakersfield's own Tiler Peck, coming to Hulu on Friday. The film follows the New York City Ballet dancer as she produces a three-night dance series in Los Angeles, complete with 15 different performances. We've always known how special Peck is, and now so will streaming viewers everywhere.