• BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Do you think that painting you picked up at a yard sale is really a treasure? What about that bracelet from Great-Grandma Ethel? Some experts will be coming to town to help you discern whether there's more than meets your shrewd eye for a valuation event at the Bakersfield Museum of Art on June 5.

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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When it comes to chain restaurants, there are some that stand out, rise above the rest, and often they’re smaller chains like Tahoe Joe’s or Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, which opened three years ago at Valley Plaza and has been packing them in ever since. The Long Beach-based family-owned…

  • By AL SANDRINI For The Californian
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When we remember President John F. Kennedy, often it is on the occasion of his assassination. Many aging baby boomers can tell you precisely where they were when they learned an assassin’s bullet felled a beloved president. But perhaps a more appropriate day to remember Kennedy is on his bir…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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The audience for your average batch of menudo might be some scattered relatives and friends (possibly hungover) or maybe a few dozen served in a restaurant. But the stakes are much bigger at the 20th annual Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Latino Food Festival and Menudo Cook-Off. Fo…

  • BY CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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Texas and Bakersfield have a lot in common. Not just with our respective oil and agriculture industries, but musically as well: a certain hardscrabble outsider’s perspective that's made our music — and musicians — better inclined to represent and dominate. We had Merle and Buck, they had Wil…

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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Get ready to make a splash this Memorial Day weekend as the city opens its 10 water spray parks for daily use and McMurtrey Aquatic Center holds its annual Operation Splash.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Deep in festival season, June should be a scorcher and we're not just talking about the weather. We already announced the Downtown Craft Beer Festival — formerly the Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival — on June 23 (but we'll have more on vendors below). Now comes news of a brand-new event at Ca…

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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Although the Shafter Colours Arts Festival stages most of its events in February, it has expanded further the past two years to bring related activities into the spring and .

  • THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
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Don't get stuck in the notion that summer camp is about bunking up in cabins or tents and trying your hand at archery. Robotics, basketball, musical theater and aviation skills are all options as well. From performing arts and sports to everything in between, Bakersfield offers an array of s…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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What can turn an ordinary night into something extraordinary? For some, a trip to the theater is just the trick, watching a show come together in dance and song. If you are one such thrill-seeker, Stars Theatre Restaurant has just the show for you with "Pippin."

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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Women continue to make great strides in our community, effecting change in local government and education, as well as the realms of fundraising and medicine. Six of those hard-working local women will be honored Saturday at the second annual ShePower Pink Gala.

  • BY ELIZABETH SANCHEZ esanchez@bakersfield.com
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Most can agree the dancing in Childish Gambino's "This is America" music video is incredible. And what makes the dancing even more amazing is that Devin and Trinity Penn, two local dancers, star in the video. To say they're talented would be an understatement.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Celebrating nine successful and would-be U.S. presidential assassins and their accomplices in a Stephen Sondheim musical, presented with an opening weekend carnival gala? There's only one place in town that's going down: The Empty Space.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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When writing the original musicals performed at Gaslight Melodrama, Michael Prince mines the local wealth of locations and cultural references. So in all these years, it's surprising that he's never taken the story to Buttonwillow. That all changes this weekend with the debut of "Buttonwillo…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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There are few things more authentic that life in a Bakersfield trailer park, but how blurred is the line when you throw a possible priceless artwork into the mix?

  • By NICK STROBEL For The Californian
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On Friday, the largest group of graduates (almost 1,000) walked across the stage at BC’s commencement. That’s about 300 more than the previous year and we also had the first baccalaureate degree graduates of any community college in California. Good things to celebrate!

  • BY CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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Herb Alpert has worn many hats over his successful — almost charmed — six-decade career. Going over the list of his accomplishments as both a musician and philanthropist reads like a laundry list of greatness. He's one of those rare artists with whom output and success are intimately intertw…

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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September will be filled with the smooth sounds of jazz thanks to Grammy-Award winning saxophonist Kenny G who will perform Sept. 20 at Spectrum Amphitheatre. Tickets go on sale Friday.

  • BY ELIZABETH SANCHEZ esanchez@bakersfield.com
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This week, much of the nation was abuzz discussing "This is America," the timely and cultural reference-packed music video from Childish Gambino. Amid the provocative narrative created by the rap alter ego of actor-comedian Donald Glover, a quintet of uniformed schoolchildren fiercely dance …

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Since Bakersfield is a last-minute town, when it comes to planning something for Mom, there are probably plenty of folks still weighing their options. She gave you life, so give her a day worth celebrating. There are brunches galore as well as some entertainment options to consider this week…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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With Mother's Day and graduations on deck, there are plenty of reasons to be shopping Saturday. Those looking for some gift ideas as well as some fun activities can head downtown for Second Saturday.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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School will be out this summer but some hard-working students have already put their best work forward for a new show, part of the exhibitions opening Thursday at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

  • BY CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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True to form, Neil Young and Crazy Horse's concerts at the Fox Theater on Saturday and Sunday were ragged, passionate and unexpected affairs. These two shows, and the previous three last week at Fresno's Warnor Theater, were billed as "unrehearsed." At times, that's exactly what it felt like…

  • BY HERB BENHAM hbenham@bakersfield.com
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When assigned to interview Judy Collins — who will perform in Bakersfield Sunday with Stephen Stills — I planned to tell her how much I enjoyed “The Circle Game.” Luckily, with two minutes to spare before our call, I realized that Joni Mitchell wrote that one.