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What's in a name? Would an acoustic rock band by any other name sound as folksy? That's the question for Glitterfox, the acoustic rock duo of multi-instrumentalists Andrea Walker, 36, and Bakersfield native Solange Igoa, 27, formerly known as Bearcoon.

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"Cheese with maggots" reads like the start of an especially juicy restaurant inspection, but in Sardinia, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, it's a delicacy. Starting this weekend, you can check it for yourself — if you dare.

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I was slow to visit Crab in a Bag for this column because its location at 1641 Union Ave. seemed cursed to me. I’ve seen at least 10 different restaurants in that location over the years, including Blue Marlin, El Chiquilin, Baja Fish Shack, Jumpin’ Joe’s Fish Shack, La Lena Mexican Restaura…

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With all of his international acclaim and success, singer Gregory Porter could rightfully say all the world is his stage. But with the his upcoming benefit performance on Dec. 16 at the Fox Theater, he’s made a point to give back to the community he considers home.

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When some of the world’s best studio and touring musicians have a little time on their hands during Christmas break, interesting things are bound to happen. What better way to celebrate the 65th edition of Guitar Masters than to feature “Christmas with The Cranktones,” on Dec. 13, at Buck Ow…

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Talk about a coincidence: You're more likely to experience two full moons in a month (or a blue moon) than a First Friday and Second Saturday in the same week. But here we are in December with two days packed with activities downtown. And that means double the shopping opportunities for thos…

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The Empty Space is offering audience a holiday gift with the timeless musical "She Loves Me." Haven't heard of it? Perhaps you know "You've Got Mail" and "The Shop Around the Corner"; all three works derive from the same source material: the 1937 play "Parfumerie." 

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John Mueller, who plays Buddy Holly in the "Winter Dance Party" coming to the Fox Saturday evening, was performing in Kansas City several years ago when Niki Sullivan, one of Holly’s original band members in the Crickets, took Mueller aside.

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Even those with the greenest thumbs may need some guidance when it comes to pruning trees. The University of California Cooperative Extension office is here to help again with its annual fruit tree pruning demonstrations on Dec. 12 and 13.

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When it comes to a classic like "The Nutcracker," much of its popularity is in sticking with what's traditional, giving audiences a show they know they will enjoy. But as time goes on, some things just have to change. 

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When you're trying to make yourself exercise, it helps to have an accountability buddy to motivate you and, if necessary, talk you through it. Unlike other gym friends, though, goats won't judge if you need a cuddle break mid-yoga class.

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Take the chill off the holiday season with Liberty High School's production of the heart-warming play "Snow Angel."

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December in Bakersfield is always busy, but this Thursday evening, there's so much going on that those who want to avoid crowded roadways could use a warning.

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Ghostly visitors seem more appropriate for a show around Halloween but that's not the case when you're visiting Ebenezer Scrooge. The man who could out-grinch the Grinch is due for his seasonal comeuppance in Ovation Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol."

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The Mars InSight lander is now on Mars! Millions of people tuned in to the live webcast to catch the celebration and first pictures. In two to three months, the instruments will be deployed onto the surface after checking out all of the lander’s systems. In a couple of years, the Mars 2020 r…

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If you like your holiday fun with a fast tempo, prepare for "An Irish Christmas," coming to the Fox on Friday. The touring show features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers for a memorable night of music and dancing.

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It's ho-ho-ho and a bottle of rum this Tuesday when Tiki-Ko puts on a holiday fundraiser featuring some top-shelf spirits and syrups. The K Street bar has partnered with syrup maker BG Reynolds for a night of holiday cocktails to aid the Bakersfield Homeless Center.

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Bakersfield will have to wait a little longer to open one of its big presents, but HolidayLights will be brighter than ever when it returns to the California Living Museum on Nov. 30.

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Conversations about the dining room table can be awkward in real life but they've got nothing on the kind that take the stage this week at Cal State Bakersfield. Actors will take on many roles as they sit down for meals in the varied scenes of "The Dining Room" at the Dore Theatre starting T…

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The Coors Grandstand Arena has seen plenty of equines but maybe not a show like the Gala of the Royal Horses, which will include majestic performances by a variety of breeds.

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One of the perks of covering local events is the kick I get in finding the odd ones that merit attention; the ones that deserve to be noticed but may have slipped through the cracks. One such show is happening at Cal State Bakersfield's Doré Theatre on Dec. 8 featuring Steam Powered Giraffe.…

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The Californian takes a look back at Johnny Garlic's, the one-time popular restaurant at the Marketplace that has announced its closure. From its signature bowlas, busy lunch hours and Guy Fieri's signature burger -- Fieri sold his interest a couple of years ago -- the restaurant made its ma…

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Though cook-it-at-the table-yourself Korean restaurants are common in L.A., the few that have popped up here over the years in Bakersfield have not lasted. Probably because of what happened when I visited Kalbi King, the barbecue place and sushi bar that opened earlier this year in the old S…

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When the Sanrio store closed years ago at the Valley Plaza Mall, it seemed children (and those relieving their '80s childhoods) would have no recourse than picking up licensed gear from the nearby Target and Hot Topic across the mall. But Bakersfield is getting an early Christmas gift topped…

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Guests visiting the Haley home during next weekend's Chez Noel house tour won't have to guess at a theme or style that inspired the decor. They will be greeted with the answer right away.

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The future is female — even all the way up at the North Pole. But Mrs. Claus has to table her plans for a girls night in with BFFs Mrs. Easter Bunny, Mrs. Cupid and the Tooth Fairy when the evil Jack Frost kidnaps Santa and threatens to ruin Christmas in "Mrs. Claus Saves Christmas" at Gasli…

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Not everyone is headed for a turkey meal with the fam or a Friendsgiving feast with pals. Or maybe you and your loved ones want someone else to do the cooking (and cleanup). Rest assured, there are a number of places that will be open for Thanksgiving.