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There must be some truth to the adage “find something that works and stick with it.” In the case of "Christmas with The Cranktones," the annual benefit concert hosted by Guitar Masters, you can add “and kick it up a notch.” That’s just what is on tap for Thursday's show at Buck Owens’ Crysta…

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Even before Thanksgiving, people on social media were already posting photos of homes decked out for Christmas. Since not all of us are such eager decorating beavers, we may need to seek out some inspiration, a real-life Pinterest board. Luckily the Assistance League of Bakersfield is back t…

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For over a thousand years people of faith have used a variety of methods to keep track of their prayers. Whether knots in a rope, stones in a pouch, or beads on a string, the simple movement of one’s fingers while praying unites body, mind, and spirit in communion with God.

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A tale of a man trying to rally for his family while not falling prey to despair is relatable to audiences today as it was in 1946 when the film "It's a Wonderful Life" was released. Relive the classic holiday tale in the theatrical version opening Friday at The Empty Space. 

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Although "A Christmas Story" airs in a 24-hour marathon on TBS for Christmas Day, the story will really come to life starting Friday when the stage production opens at Stars Theatre Restaurant.

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For a story about keeping hope alive, it could have no better ambassador than Norman Colwell. The longtime local actor is starring as Kris Kringle in Bakersfield Community Theatre's "Miracle on 34th Street," which opens this weekend. 

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If you've ever wished you could be part of "Antiques Roadshow," you're in luck. A version is coming to you Monday by way of the Bakersfield Museum of Art with its special evaluation event with Witherell’s Auction House.

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Love opera but don't have the time or money to travel to a big-city opera house? The Cal State Bakersfield Opera Theatre has just the show for you with Friday's “An Evening of Opera Scenes."

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Sunday night will be a gorgeous view of three bright planets — Jupiter, Venus and Saturn — equally spaced low in the southwestern sky shortly after sunset with a thin waxing crescent moon peering down at the trio from the upper left. Jupiter continues to draw ever closer to the sun and will …

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More so that any other community theater, Ovation embraces the idea of going beyond theatrical productions. With concerts and comedy, the 19th Street venue hosts various forms of entertainment. This holiday season is no exception with “Rock’n Holiday,” opening Friday.

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When it comes to Christmas, Michael Prince is like a kid at the North Pole. So it's no tough assignment for the artistic director to write the Gaslight Holiday Extravaganza each year for the northwest theater.

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You know it's Christmastime in Bakersfield when we reach the weekend HolidayLights opens at California Living Museum. The popular annual event returns for the 17th year Saturday with all its 3 million-plus lights blazing.

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Regardless of whether you recognize or celebrate the holidays (or, originally, holy days) of the next few weeks, the holiday season is upon us. That means the movies, dedicated music channels, parades, decorations, commercials and what-have-you are out in full force for you to enjoy or avoid.

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Sometimes the biggest thing you want to give thanks for is having a place to celebrate Thanksgiving where you've guiltlessly left the cleanup to someone else. Here are some restaurants in town that are letting you off the hook for cooking and cleaning this holiday.

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With crowds of up to 20,000 expected, the Bakersfield Christmas Parade is headed downtown on Dec. 5. Regarded by many as the "official" start of the holiday season for Bakersfield, the event generates a lot of excitement early in the day, according to Greg Cronk, who heads up the Christmas P…

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The never-ending pasta bowl wrapped up its 2019 run but Olive Garden has something new to comfort diners. On Monday, the chain will bring back its oven-baked pastas after introducing the dishes last year. 

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Whether you're at home on the range or you just want to fit in with those who are, there's quite the experience coming up this weekend. The ninth annual Cowboy Marketplace, taking place at Rancho Rio Stables, features authentic western craftsmen and creatives.

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Once again, we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season and on the precipice of the night before Thanksgiving. The evening where friends and family reunite and go on about the town, with a significant number of those revelers secure in the knowledge that most of them will be able to…

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I just love the Bakersfield Winds. For 16 years, multiple generations of brass and woodwind players and percussionists have been rehearsing and performing not only for their own enjoyment, but to inspire others, or as the ensemble’s president, Scott Smith, explained it, “to be an inspiration…

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The viral sensation that planted an aquatic ear worm in children and parents' ears is now a fully immersive concert experience that's coming to Bakersfield. This brand-new "Baby Shark Live!" tour will stop at Mechanics Bank (formerly Rabobank) Theater on April 6.

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Willie Nelson just made a "Rainbow Connection" with Kasey Musgraves at the CMA Awards but he'll connect again with Bakersfield when he returns for a stop Jan. 4 at Mechanics Bank (formerly Rabobank) Arena.