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  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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If I was pressed to describe the food at Muertos Kitchen & Lounge, I’d use the phrase stylish bar food. The bar is usually set pretty low in bars for a decent meal. If it’s hot and preferably greasy, it’ll satisfy. The kitchen here has always aimed higher.

  • BY VALERIE SCHULTZ For The Californian
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You may know her: the church lady (or gentleman) who gives her all to the church community. She volunteers with seemingly every ministry group. She is on multiple committees. She may even have a paid position with the church. She is everywhere. She is a pillar. She is a servant of God extrao…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Art is everywhere — even in a small fridge of fresh fruit juices. Those wondering about the connection should check out Thursday's Art After Dark at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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For 20 years, the global activist movement V-Day has raised funds to end violence against women and girls. The fight continues this week with performances of "The Vagina Monologues" at Bakersfield Community Theatre.

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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The Navy Band Sea Chanters is a chorus that does it all — patriotic songs, Broadway show tunes, opera selections and plenty of contemporary fare. Making their upcoming gig an even better night is its unbeatable cost of admission: free.

  • BY NICK STROBEL For The Californian
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Thursday was the first show of the William M. Thomas Planetarium’s spring lineup as “Black Holes” played to an audience eager to see a beautiful star field with the Goto Chronos projector and take a flight through the Milky Way into the supermassive black hole at the center. This coming Thur…

  • BY PETE TITTL For The Californian
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When The Mark Restaurant opened downtown back in 2012 it immediately set itself up as a competitor to The Padre for the King of Downtown in both elegance and culinary ambitions. The place had class, style and a kitchen that could do everything from meatloaf to a fine steak with panache.

  • BY HERB BENHAM hbenham@bakersfield.com
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Calling something a “soundtrack of your life” may be the most overworked phrase in music, but for many of us “Live from Laurel Canyon” may qualify. The show, scheduled for Feb. 22 at the Crystal Palace, courtesy of Rick Kreiser and Guitar Masters, “is a musical journey through the evolution …

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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For 361 days of the year, Kernville is a tranquil town of rubber-duck races, fishing and other outdoor fun. But for four days around Presidents Day, the town revisits its wild west past.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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If pickleball is still America's fastest-growing sport, Bakersfield is completely in the game. After popping on the scene two years ago, the pastime has a new tournament, set to draw players from throughout California.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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If the right side of the brain covers art awareness and the left is responsible for science and math comprehension, then these talented students at South High School are tapping their full potential. The teens created a series of work that makes up "Geometrix," on display now at The Empty Sp…

  • BY KELLY ARDIS kardis@bakersfield.com
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If you watched local dancer Jordan Nata'e Wandick on "So You Think You Can Dance" and couldn't wait to see her become a star, she's well on her way. But she needs some help. 

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Valley Oaks Charter School may not get the word out as easily as those in the Kern High School District that doesn't mean they want to operate in a bubble. Valley Oaks' students are hoping you'll head out for their performances of "Annie Play Will Do," a musical mashup playing this week at t…

  • BY ANNIS CASSELLS For The Californian
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For fiction writers and thriller enthusiasts who want to know about writing and publishing, they need look no further than L.J. Martin. Serving as the featured speaker at Saturday's Writers of Kern meeting, the author of 48 books, with 30 years of experience in publishing, has answers and re…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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Bakersfield, be warned: This will be no regular taco Tuesday. You can still stuff your face at any taqueria in town but you should also step up your celebrating game. It's Mardi Gras and before we enter a season of repentance (or fear, as tax time nears), it's time to party like you don't ha…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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What's love got to do with it? Plenty when it comes to a pair of upcoming events timed around Valentine's Day. Rather than head out to dinner, you and your sweetheart (or your ex, let's be inclusive) can check out these unique options.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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Valentine's Day is often portrayed as a whirlwind of candy, flowers, a nice dinner or weekend getaway. But behind all the gift, dining and travel possibilities, there should be one big element: love. For these local couples, teamwork makes the dream work — and that dream is maintaining a str…

  • BY KRISTIE COONS For The Californian
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For the first time since 1945, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, a Christian day of atonement that marks the beginning of Lent, fall on the same date, Feb. 14. This has many Christian leaders and their congregants asking, "What do we do with a day centered on hearts, flowers and love, which…

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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What is a food without a national day? Would pizza taste as good if we didn't have a day to celebrate it? Of course, pizza is life, but that's besides the point. The pie's big day is Feb. 9 and, although not everybody will be celebrating, we have a few deals worth checking out.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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For those who want to see what's going on downtown but can't make it to a First Friday, Second Saturday has the solution. More of an all-day endeavor, folks can wander among businesses and vendors, taking part in activities and enjoying breakfast or lunch at any of a number of downtown spots.

  • BY STEFANI DIAS sdias@bakersfield.com
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When planning a theatrical season, many factors come into play. Gauging audience or performer interest, finding fresh material for the market or determining what works with existing resources.

  • BY CESAREO GARASA For The Californian
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To quote Jimmy Rogers, the blues are “nothin’ but a good man feelin’ bad.” Well, the blues aren’t limited to just men, and in singer Janiva Magness’ case, the blues aren't limited to just feeling bad: They can also mean salvation.

  • By KASEY MEREDITH kmeredith@bakersfield.com
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For Curtis Cargill, his fondest childhood memories are of games and creative pursuits. Along with building with LEGOs, he gave his G.I. Joes and other action figures custom paint jobs and playing tabletop games with his older brother, Otto.