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In a way, there is something very zen about Via Arte. Like elaborate sand mandalas that are immediately swept away after completion, there is an impermanence to the chalk art created at The Marketplace each year. But, like the Buddhist tradition, there is also an exquisite fragile beauty in …

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In the classic tale of Jekyll and Hyde, two distinct personalities clash, to the ruin of all involved. But when it comes to putting together a theatrical production — like “Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical,” opening Friday at Ovation Theatre — it's all about harmony.

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When it comes to local theater, especially Stars, it's go big or go home. That's why the Chester Avenue theater is hosting "Startacular" on Saturday, a benefit for the BMT/Stars organization and its mission to provide quality theatre and arts education in Kern County.

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When it comes to well-known characters on a bike, a few spring to mind: Elliott from "E.T.", the kids from "Stranger Things," Pee-Wee on his eponymous big adventure, the kid from that "Paperboy" video game or, alternately, the time-traveling characters from the comic "Paper Girls."

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Don't be koi — there's plenty to see at this weekend's Bakersfield Fall Home Show. That includes the decorative fish, as well as home decor, electronics, specialty items and even collectibles at the Old Time Peddler's Faire, also taking place at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

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There's tough and then there's Okie tough. That applies not only to the descendants of the migrant workers who headed west from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Missouri, seeking opportunity during the Great Depression, but also to those who tell their tales.

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The Kern-Kaweah Chapter Sierra Club welcomes Dr. Chad Hanson, a research ecologist with the John Muir Project of the Earth Island Institute in Big Bear City, as the guest speaker at its fall dinner Saturday at Rice Bowl.

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She sounded like Janis when she picked up the phone. That’s a good start. Had Mary Bridget Davies, who plays Janis Joplin in the Broadway musical “A Night With Janis Joplin,” headed to the Fox Theater Oct. 26, woken up from a tequila-soaked sleep, lit a Camel and filled her lungs down to her…

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The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Newby, will perform Oct. 28 with a concert of classic and contemporary works.

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Pet owners often wish they could talk to their pets, whether to gauge their general health or needs, or just to know what makes them tick. While most of these conversations don't go very far, that's not the case for Teresa Adamo and Indy, the family dog.

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With a slight chill in the evening air, it's a great time to enjoy events outdoors. All Seated in a Barn is ready to go this weekend with its Music Under the Stars event on Saturday.

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Craig Luther, who has lived in Tehachapi about 20 years, has authored multiple books, taken trips to Germany and Russia and met with World War II veterans who fought on the Eastern Front in Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union.

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On Oct. 21, Monsignor Craig F. Harrison and St. Francis of Assisi Church will host The International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles. In a spirit of community and promotion of interfaith communication, everyone is invited.

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Although Bakersfield has a developing sense of style, it's nowhere near other cities, who can commit to an entire fashion week. So for now, we have Bakersfield Fashion Weekend, a new event that debuts Friday. 

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Venturing frequently from their home bases of Santa Barbara and Bakersfield, alt-rock trio Arlington understands the power (and sacrifice) of commuting. Formed out of the ashes of their former outfits — False Puppet and Hello Friday — members Tyler Benko (lead vocals, guitar), Channing Peake…

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Havana nights are expected to be hot and the Cal State Bakersfield Alumni Association is ready to deliver the goods for its annual Party in the Park on Oct. 19. 

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For those who have a tough time getting their friends or significant other out for a night or music, visual art or theater, Cal State Bakersfield has the answer. Its annual Taste of the Arts, taking place Sunday.

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it's not uncommon to stand in awe of the work on display at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. But it's not often you can move to the next phase of amazement by having a chance to learn from the talented artist herself.

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When Charlotte White was depicting the scenes laid out before her on the streets of Paris, the plein air artist gained many admirers. Some even wanted to buy the works on the spot. While flattered, she had her eyes on the prize: an exhibition of her work.

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As with all Halloween fun, the Spooktacular Art Show from Bubble Pop Gallery cannot be contained to just one day. After its debut last week at its First Friday pop-up at the Fox Theater, the show has moved to Temblor Brewing Co.

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Partying downtown is nothing new for young professionals in Bakersfield but once a year, they have a chance to really get down in the streets with the Downtown Street Party. Taking place Friday, the gathering will offer live entertainment, food trucks, beers, games and a chance to socialize …

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What's the hottest First Friday of the year? It's the one featuring Latination, the popular exhibition celebrating Hispanic culture hosted by Metro Galleries. Thankfully, despite the hot ticket, guests should be able to keep cool downtown thanks to this fall weather.

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Over the next few weeks, the William M. Thomas Planetarium will upgrade its all-dome Spitz SciDome system. The new system, which will have 16 times the number of pixels on the dome for much sharper images, will put on quite the presentation with the ever-popular upcoming “Black Holes" show. …

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While the topics of creation and evolution can make emotions rise instantly, I unemotionally suggest that the debate concerning creation by an infinite creator God as revealed in the Bible versus human evolution through millions of years is quite personal to your life. It is more than just a…