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One day last week I got an early start to work before sunrise. The eastern sky was clear and bright with the twilight flow of approaching sunrise and there, in the middle of the eastern sky, were the two brightest planets, Venus on the left and Jupiter on the right. If I had my glasses on, I…

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Sammy Hagar may not be able to "drive 55," but he can certainly drive 99, as in Highway 99 for his upcoming show at Rabobank Theater. The April 23 performance is part of his Full Circle Jam Tour.

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If ever there was a time to visit Shafter and see what our neighbors to the north are up to, it's next weekend, when the local creatives prepare to paint the town every color on the palette.

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Boots may be for walking, but if you're headed downtown for Saturday's walking tour, comfortable shoes are recommended. The two-hour walk in Eastchester's eastern-most reaches is the fifth and final in the series offered by Ken Hooper, president of the Kern County Historical Society.

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When it comes to food and fundraisers, the only way to make it better is to throw in some alliteration. So the first-ever Badges-BBQ-Brews, taking place Saturday at the Guild House, already has a lot going for it.

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As we gear up for the biggest show in awards season, many are bemoaning missing the Oscar-nominated films while they were in theaters. Luckily Regal is here to help with its annual Best Picture Film Festival kicking off Friday at its theaters including Regal Bakersfield Stadium 14.

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When watching a sitcom or play or reading a screenplay, have you ever asked how do they do that? Your opportunity to find out comes at Saturday's Writers of Kern meeting. Allan Katz, writer and producer of countless beloved television shows, movies and plays, will share many of his experienc…

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After bringing down the house at the Acoustic KRAB Christmas Show in December, Blue October has announced it will return for a show at the Fox Theater this summer. 

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From the small screen to the stage, the superheroes of "PJ Masks" are back in the all-new show “PJ Masks Live: Save The Day!” coming Tuesday to Rabobank Theater.

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Many children go through the terrible twos, wreaking havoc, but when it comes to businesses the two-year mark can be much sweeter. As Cafe Smitten nears its second anniversary, it has something very sweet to share with its customers: a plethora of pies.

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As we noted in the year-end Dining Guide, Sonder has continued to evolve in a positive direction since it first opened in 2017. We worried that despite its stylish interior and interesting menu its emphasis on games and casual seating in some places like couches might limit it to a millennia…

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In his best life, John Newton was an Anglican clergyman. Before that, he had been a captain on a slave ship transporting Africans owned by Great Britain across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World.

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Although bad weather knocked the wind out of the planned grand opening of Market on the Hill last weekend, the farmers market is ready to debut this Saturday in northeast Bakersfield.

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There’s going to be a whole lotta funny in Bakersfield during the next week, starting with comedian Nick Swardson at Temblor Brewing Co. Thursday and Friday evening.

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Students from the Panama-Buena Vista School District will demonstrate their musical abilities in the district’s 35th annual Music Makers concert this Thursday evening to celebrate an activity that extends well beyond making beautiful music.

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A little rain shouldn't deter anyone headed downtown for Second Saturday. And if it does, many of the activities are planned inside allowing people to sip, shop and stay dry. Here's a look at some of what's on tap.

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Although we continue to enjoy the arrival of new restaurants, like Aqui es Texcoco and Viceroy, the big local food headlines last month were on restaurant closures. This isn't the health inspection temporary situation but the shuttering of longtime businesses that helped form our culinary la…

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There is no other place like Luigi’s in Bakersfield. It’s deservedly a legend. There is a self-published paperback history book with lots of pictures available for $24.95 in the grocery/deli and it shows you how this place is always evolving into something that almost never disappoints.

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Nine is fine for East Bakersfield High School. On Feb. 9, it will induct the ninth class of Blade Hall of Fame, including athletes, business owners and more. The 10 honorees will be recognized at the ceremony at the Bakersfield Marriott.

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In recent astronomy news, we learned that asteroid impacts on the moon and Earth increased by a factor of 2.6 times about 290 million years ago. We don’t know why the rate picked up but it may have to do with the collision of two or more larger asteroids in the asteroid belt, which sent chun…

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The course of true love never did run smooth and, in the case of the theater, the narrative might not be linear. "The Last Five Years," opening Friday at The Empty Space, tells the story of two New Yorkers in two contrasting perspectives: one from the end of the pair's relationship and one f…

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Abby Bowles-Votaw has had a long history with Stars Theatre Restaurant, starting when she played an orphan in "Annie" at age 10 for the shows at the Harvey Auditorium. But for "Crazy For You," she stepped behind the scenes for the first time at Stars.

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Catching up with bands like Hate Drugs, which is releasing its new album “Tsunami Soul I” on Friday, reminds me why I enjoy the anticipation of the new release date reminder on my calendar, a feeling all music freaks will understand. However, these days it takes a special band to have that e…