Venus is at "greatest eastern elongation" tonight, meaning it is at its farthest angular distance from the sun in our sky. It is also now close enough to us in its orbit that the geometry of its position with respect to the sun makes it appear as a crescent phase in binoculars or telescopes.

Professor Stafford Betty's latest novel, "The Womanpriest," describes the journey of a Catholic woman from youth in a southern American city to an undreamed of, seemingly impossible climax: election to the Seat of Peter in 2080 as the first-ever woman pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

In the past I've written about the days when Bakersfield was a barbecue desert. As in, options were so limited that when Famous Dave's opened on Rosedale Highway it was soon the top-grossing restaurant in the entire chain.

Raise a doughnut to The Salvation Army on Friday in celebration of National Doughnut Day. The charitable organization's Chicago location invented the tasty holiday in 1938, honoring volunteers who had served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I and raising funds for those hurt by the Gre…

The Empty Space kicks off its new season with a lively jukebox musical, "Head Over Heels," performed in its brand-new space.

For director Juan Quiñonez, the new production of "Torch Song," opening this weekend at Bakersfield Community Theatre, couldn't be more timely.

Noe Cisneros had just finished a cool plate of ceviche Sunday when he rounded a corner at the Kern County Fairgrounds, saw a line of people waiting for food and — without asking what was being served — added himself to it.

For her new special, "Lidia Celebrates America: Flavors that Define Us," which airs Tuesday on PBS, Lidia Bastianich shares the stories of five immigrant communities around the U.S. the best way she knows how: through food. 

Enjoy an evening of live music, local makers and artworks from creators of all ages for this First Friday.

When the Kern County Basque Festival, which takes place each year over Memorial Day weekend, approaches there's a buzz not only among the local Basque population but the overall community.

As Bakersfield enjoys the bright colors of spring foliage and an increased season of community events, it is only fitting that the latest exhibition opening at the Bakersfield Museum of Art reflect these ideas of color and community.

Tonight a very thin waxing crescent moon will be just above the western horizon at sunset. The following night, it will be to the lower left of Venus, close enough for both to just barely fit within the field of view of your binoculars. Before the sun sets, you can use the moon to pick out V…

You can start your day with a green juice — but do you really want to? For those looking for something a little more fun first thing in the morning, read on.

We've still got another month until summer officially starts but the heat is on, so let's crack a cold one and start celebrating.

May 21 is Stepmother's Day. It is the weekend after Mother's Day. An argument can be made that the two holidays should be combined. Whether you are a mother or stepmother, the rewards and challenges are similar.

If you've lived in Bakersfield for a few years, there is just an expectation that you will have visited some of our restaurant institutions, including but not limited to Luigi's, Wool Growers, Mama Tosca's, Frugatti's, Jake's Tex-Mex and Mexicali.

Head out on an expedition across raging seas, snow-covered mountains and the marigold bridge when "Disney On Ice presents Into The Magic" heads to Mechanics Bank Arena in October.

This year's Lightning in a Bottle festival is a landmark one as it celebrates its 20th anniversary (and its third year at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area).

If you decide to beat the heat this Saturday with a fresh juice from Nékter Juice Bar, you have a chance to win free juice for a year. The new location on Coffee Road will hold a grand opening event with a giveaway, discounted drinks and a great raffle.

Finding love at the bottom of a glass? Railing against government interference after a pint or two? Sidle up to this bar for a real melodrama when "Alley Cat: The Musical" opens this weekend at the Gaslight.

Fans of timeless jazz standards the likes of "All of Me," "Blue Skies" and Nat King Cole's wistful "Darn That Dream" will appreciate the artistry of Uptown Swing, a local eight-piece jazz combo set to perform Sunday at First Congregational Church.

There is a persistent myth that food that is good for your body cannot be tasty. This survives despite so many area restaurants like Locale and Smitten that disprove this on a daily basis.