It looks like the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter gets to tag along with the Perseverance rover for a while longer. All of the engineering flight tests turned out successfully, so the team is going to try out how to use Ingenuity for some scouting of the terrain up to 10 meters above the surface.

I’m often telling people here that they need to appreciate the interesting, locally owned restaurants we’re blessed with in Bakersfield, as those who leave town do miss our especially great Mexican restaurants and flourishing barbecue scene.

We've all had a lot to process over the last year and, for some, that effort has been a creative one. That's certainly the case for the graduating seniors from Cal State Bakersfield's Department of Art and Art History, whose work is currently on display in an exhibition at the Bakersfield Mu…

Good news for local theaters fans: The show is going on. Most of the community theaters have announced their plans for their latest seasons on the stage.

This summer, the Outlets at Tejon will welcome new tenant Bird Dog Arts, a new art space and gallery. In anticipation of that opening, the shopping center will host "Art at OAT," a series of interactive art walls.

With just days until Mother’s Day, here are some last-minute gift ideas, activities and dining options to consider.

Drunken noodles fans can delight in the news that Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar is back. Opening for dinner service Friday, the restaurant has already launched its Noodle Bar Express service at its new location at The Marketplace.

Art is a way for creatives to share their passions, which can include their memories and the causes they support. This month's exhibits and activities run the gamut with plenty to interest viewers.

It won't be another pandemic birthday for the California Living Museum, which is celebrating its 38th Birthday Bash on May 22, with festivities for all ages.

The weather’s not the only thing heating up downtown. Second Saturday events are coming in hot this weekend with gift ideas and activities for Mom.

Just named best local band in The Californian’s Best of Readers’ Choice Poll, Mento Buru is not resting on its laurels. The group has released “Renegade Sounds,” a three-song EP featuring new recordings of Bakersfield College’s iconic “Renegade Fight Song.”

For diners who require a soft drink with every meal, Pep's is the place. Pepsi has launched the first ever fast-beverage restaurant where your cola order informs the best pairing for your meal.

I’ve been a big fan of both Bootleggers, the original on Oak Street and the offspring that opened in the northwest over a year ago. Now a third restaurant from those owners, quite different, has opened in the southwest and it’s just as solid, although not the same type of place at all.

School’s still in session but many parents are already looking for how to occupy their children this summer. For budding artists, MAKE Bakersfield has just the thing: summer workshops exploring different methods of art for two different age groups.

You’ve still got some wiggle room, but the clock is counting down to Mother’s Day next weekend. If you want to show the mom on your list that you love her and the community, consider some of the ideas and events.

Bruce Munro: Light at Sensorio is already quite a draw in Paso Robles. The colorful outdoor art exhibition has drawn thousands to view its unique beauty. Now Kern residents have another reason to visit the Central Coast: a fundraiser for two local organizations.

You won't have a case of the Mondays this time around thanks to Wetzel’s Pretzels, which is offering guests a free pretzel for National Pretzel Day.

Looking for a berry good way to help a local organization? Then we’ve got the food fundraiser for you. Kern County Teen Challenge is back with a Spring Eats Curbside Drive-Thru featuring new items made with strawberries.

It’s clear that one day isn’t enough to focus on helping the planet and our community so Earth Day, which is Thursday, has become more of an Earth Week. Here are a few ways to get involved and celebrate locally.

Love comes in many forms and Shakespeare had a take on all of them. Bakersfield Community Theatre's upcoming virtual production "Crazy Love from Shakespeare" explores those fictional relationships.

Every pandemic birthday celebration hits a little bit different and such is the case for Shakespeare. The Empty Space, which plans a Shakespeare production each April in honor of the famed playwright, had to get more creative this year, launching "Bard in Your Yard."

Anyone who frequented downtown in the last 40 years or so might have been privy to the sight of an older man, usually wearing his wool-lined sherpa denim jacket, going from one bar to another through the entirety of the night. As far as I can tell, he did so every night. That was “Walking Ma…