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We live in interesting times. Especially when it comes to food. The days of food trucks serving gourmet fare have evolved into pop-ups and nomadic restaurants like Zepeda's Pizza and Me Gusta Tamales from Pacoima peddling their wares at Bakersfield farmers markets.

A lot of things happen in Hart Park but what about a hoedown? That’s the question at Gaslight Melodrama Theatre with its new show, “Hoedown in Hart Park.”

Don’t let the Italian dialogue and operatic-style music intimidate you. "The Light in the Piazza," opening this weekend at The Empty Space, speaks the international language of love.

Comedians love Bakersfield, but Kevin Hart really loves us. After performing two back-to-back shows Sunday at the Fox Theater, he's already signed on for two more performances on Feb. 4. 

Drownings on the Kern River are legendary, especially during Bakersfield summers when families are enticed to Hart Park to escape the heat. But in her new novel "Killer Kern," local writer Phyllis Wachob plunges the depths of this local concern and emerges with surprising twists in her fast-…

So-Cal Tamal & Churro Co. has been one of the stronger food trucks in Bakersfield, usually at the corner of Ashe Road and District Boulevard, specializing in fresh-fried churros and queso birria tacos as well as other "L.A. Style Street Food" as their logo declares.

Young performers prepare to head down the path of truth with the upcoming production of "Life School Musical" on Tuesday.

We all know the presidents but how much do we know the women who stood behind them? Bakersfield Community Theatre’s “Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” takes a look at three first ladies at a critical time for them in the White House.

It will be more than meets the eye for this month’s Second Saturday. Along with the usual activities, discounts and promotions among downtown businesses, there will be a special attraction: Obscura.

If The Empty Space's board has its way, this will be the last Schmempties awards for the theater. That's because Saturday's celebration, the second of its kind, is in recognition of a hybrid performance year affected by the pandemic.

Although event organizer Carlos Pena is known for putting on popular michelada festivals, he doesn't actually like the beer-based drink.

Bluegrass lovers have a reason to celebrate this week with the return of the Great 48 Jam. Organizers opted to make some changes recently to ensure the annual event will be as safe as possible.

Fresh off the sold-out run of Disney's "The Little Mermaid," director Frank Sierra is back at work casting for the upcoming "On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan," which will also run at Stars Theatre Restaurant.

Happy New Year! Tomorrow is perihelion day when Earth is closest to the sun. The Earth will be just 91,406,842 miles from the sun, which is 3.1 million miles closer than Earth will be at its farthest distance from the sun in early July at aphelion.

News of Herb Benham's retirement as full-time columnist generated a strong reaction among readers. Among the messages, reader Laurie Green not only wrote him a note but also penned a poem in his honor, recalling his past adventures and reminding everyone that he will still have a weekly colu…

There are times in life when you may have a craving for teppan grill food but don't have the time to sit through the chef stacking raw white onion rings up to resemble a volcano, pouring alcohol into it and lighting it on fire.

As schoolchildren (and some lucky adults with vacation time) dread the end of the holiday break, we have the very last holiday merriment to squeeze out of the season. 

After a nearly two-year gap since the last Sunday show in the Dukes Memorial Concert Series at First Congregational Church/UCC, the concert board is inaugurating its 2022 season on Sunday with a contemporary gospel event courtesy of The Crown of Life Praise Team.

We can all agree 2021 was not what we expected it to be, but at least when it comes to local arts and entertainment it was a pretty good year. Literally pretty in terms of all the art that popped up around Kern County.