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In addition to the celebration of the United States’ birthday, Saturday was also aphelion day, when Earth is farthest from the sun at a distance of 94.5 million miles. With all the fireworks that have been going on in my neighborhood and surrounding ones for the past month and a half, it loo…

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Although Lugnut Larry usually designs the playlist for his "Cruisin’ to the Oldies" radio show on KNZR solo, he might take a suggestion from a dedicated listener this week.

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With a new state order to shut down indoor dining for the next three weeks, what are Bakersfield restaurants doing? The ones lucky enough to have patio or open-air seating are sending customers outdoors.

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While live entertainment venues remain closed, local community theaters continue to find ways to reach their audience. On the heels of recent streaming presentations from Bakersfield Community Theatre and The Empty Space, Stars is getting in on the fun with the launch of "Dear Elizabeth" on Friday.

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Despite Gov. Gavin Newsom announcing Wednesday that Kern County is one of 19 in California that's being ordered to stop indoor activities in restaurants, movie theaters, zoos, family entertainment centers and museums, there is still a bastion for visual arts.

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Like most of us here in Bakersfield, I’m most familiar with Scott Cox’s voice. Sure, he’s also known for his random lively cowbell playing, but if you’ve been in earshot of a radio over the past 20 years, chances are you’ve heard Cox’s voice coming from it — usually on his morning radio prog…

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After three months of making the most of their home theaters, moviegoers can return to the real thing. Since California lifted the restriction on movie theaters June 12, these businesses have been hard at work meeting safety guidelines and training staff.

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Even as other forms of entertainment open up, we've still got some time until community theaters open their doors for shows. By no means does that mean these creative folks are wallowing; the team at Bakersfield Community Theatre is the first local venue to bring a performance to social medi…

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The month celebrating the LGBTQ community is almost over but there is still time to show your Pride. This June marks the 50th celebration of Pride, which began one year after the Stonewall riots in Manhattan.

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Another Bakersfield institution bit the dust earlier this year, the Lie-N Den serving its last open-faced chili burger and shutting down. At least it was a business decision and had nothing to do with the pandemic that we’re all sick of hearing about.

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“Your children shouldn't have to rummage through your personal items after you go, to discover the family legacy you left behind. Leaving a written legacy changes something inside of us, our children and grandchildren as we begin to truly feel a part of something greater than ourselves," say…

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Even as many Kern businesses reopen, theatrical venues remain closed, leaving children without a place to pursue their thespian dreams. Or does it? Proving the show must go on somehow, two youth programs are planning for virtual performances this summer.

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Local coffee drinkers will have another contender vying for their business later this summer with the arrival of Bakersfield's first Dutch Bros Coffee in northeast Bakersfield.

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It’s probably going to take a long time to see clearly what restaurant dining is going to be like over the next few years until the COVID-19 threat passes.

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The United States is now back to launching people into orbit from its own soil. Last weekend, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a Crew Dragon on top put NASA astronauts Robert (Bob) Behnken and Douglas (Doug) Hurley into orbit for a docking with the International Space Station several hours later.

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I have read more than one expert who contended that new restaurants are kind of like a Broadway show, that they need a “preview” period to work out the kinks before declaring themselves officially open. The only problem with that theory, of course, is that you’re paying real money as the res…

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Although the Bakersfield Art Association keeps its downtown art center closed for now, it continues to support its members with a virtual celebration of First Friday. Artist Elleta Abuliel's work is being featured on the BAA's social media along with more art from painter Sissy Ullmann, who …