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An old saying tells us that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And that is why John Harmon is basking in flattery these days at the Bakersfield Airpark.

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With farm-to-table dining all the rage, it's no wonder that a garden-to-table event will draw some interest. But Toast + Taste the Season is a bit different, sourcing some of its menu from the Buena Vista Edible Schoolyard where it will take place Oct. 25.

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It's expected that you party hard when you turn 21, and Via Arte is no exception. The annual Italian street painting festival put on by the Bakersfield Museum of Art at The Marketplace is going big this year with more artists, more squares and an after-party.

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It's never easy when families meet for the first time but it's even worse when yours is creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and all together ooky. Guests have a front-row seat to the hilarious meeting when "The Addams Family" takes the stage this weekend at Ovation Theatre. 

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Along with putting on successful shows, a portion of the work at Stars Theatre Restaurant is fundraising. Since that effort is less of a soft-shoe and more of a kickball change, it requires some hoofing. That's where Startacular, taking place Saturday, comes in.

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I hate to use the word “curate” — it’s so overused these days — but it is the right word to use when speaking about Meridian Voices, and the music this choir performs.

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Author and screenwriter Nancy Ellen Dodd has a lot to say. In particular, she has a lot to say about crafting effective dialogue between characters when writing fiction.

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Despite its small size and low-profile location away from most of the action downtown, Nuestro Mexico continues to evolve as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Bakersfield, which is saying a lot.

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’Tis the season for parish expansion in Bakersfield: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church recently launched the second phase of its formal church building project that will eventually seat 1,500 people and become the biggest Catholic church in Kern County. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church broke ground…

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Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. That was the case with organizers of the annual Mac and Cheese Fest who, although they plan to continue the pasta party, were looking for something more encompassing. Thus the birth of Bakersfield Brunch Fest, which kicks off Saturday at Kern …

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Although a Halloween theme isn't necessary for every event in October, it does make them a bit more thrilling. The Cal State Bakersfield Alumni Association is ready to scare up some fun with its annual Party in the Park, taking place Oct. 18.

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Marie Callender's Restaurant & Bakery, located at 3801 California Ave., is set to reopen today. The restaurant will reopen under a new co-owner Bob LaRue. With the grand-reopening we want to know what's your favorite Marie Callender's pie?

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While the Guild House has been the scene of many a business lunch, bridge game, fashion show and shower, it's never been host to a tale of psychological terror. That is until this weekend, with the presentation of "The Turn of the Screw."

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The Count Basie Orchestra, the very same one that once counted such jazz luminaries as Lester Young, Billie Holiday, “Papa” Jo Jones, Sonny Payne, Thad Jones and the illustrious Count Basie himself in its collective, will perform at the Fox Theater this Saturday. 

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A feast satisfies the appetite, but a taste makes you hungry for more. That’s the idea behind Cal State Bakersfield’s sampler platter of theater scenes, visual art, music and more at the annual Taste of the Arts event on Sunday.

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Lzzy Hale was wondering if she had lost the magic. She was several months into songwriting for what eventually became the album “Vicious” by her band Halestorm and a moment of truth had arrived.

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Tickets are now on sale for the premiere showing of “Destination Mars: the New Frontier” at the William M. Thomas Planetarium on Oct. 16. In this 50th year anniversary of the first landing on the moon, “Destination Mars” presents the future of human exploration on Mars. If you would like to …

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The list of favorite foods at the annual Greek Food Festival is long — shish kebabs, lamb shank, gyros, spanikopita, tiropita, baklava, loukoumades, etc. — but one thing was missing until now: chicken. The protein will pack a spicy punch as a new addition at this weekend's festival at St. Ge…

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There are two go-to places for great scary stories: a campfire and the library. Those will combine for one spooky event coming up later this month.