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Easter is on its way and along with that Easter bunny, you're on the hunt for a place for you and the loved ones to dine. Luckily there are plenty of local restaurants and businesses ready to feed everyone ... who has reservations.

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We live in a society that spends a lot of time, money and imagination creating and idolizing superheroes. Three or four blockbuster movies a year thrill us with the exploits of characters with superpowers fighting supervillains tearing through cities and countryside and, in some cases, destr…

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Bolstered by a good turnout to its block party, The Shoppes at Seven Oaks Business Park is gearing up for a monthly seasonal market kicking off Wednesday.

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Those who think Bakersfield is just another meat-and-potatoes town ought to think again. Along with all those omnivores, we have a growing number of people following a plant-based diet. Most of those folks are likely to show up hungry for the first-ever Vegan Fest, promising an assortment of…

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For many of us, innocence is a lack of guilt or sin that we’d probably agree is most sweetly expressed in the lives of newborns, children and even young adults. Too soon, though, this innocence seems to fade away in sensuality or victimization, and become further diluted in forms of naiveté,…

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Although many entertainment events promise to have something for everyone, not all can deliver. When it comes to theater, it's hard to beat Shakespeare, and "As You Like It," which opens this weekend at The Empty Space, is at the top of the list. 

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If you'd rather be hunting for a good time than eggs this weekend, check out the sixth annual Macaroni & Cheese Festival. It’s got all you want in a food event: plenty of vendors dishing gourmet samples, free-flowing beer, wine tasting and live music.

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In between all of the Easter, Earth Day and 420 celebrations, there are a variety of shows that are all vying for some spring break attention. Most can be found in The Californian, on Facebook or at kernevents.com. Our busy winter is over everywhere but HBO. The touring season has begun.

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After you've collected the recycling, picked up some litter on the side of the road or, maybe, planted a tree, you can finish your early Earth Day weekend with a comedy show.

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In another great confirmation of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, the first real image (not simulation) of a black hole was released on April 10. The discovery even made the front page of The Californian (well, the image did with details inside).

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Opened this week, Dot x Ott is a story about passion homegrown in Bakersfield soil. Combine a couple who saw a need for a grocery option downtown with a farmer thrilled to bring her locally grown produce to a receptive audience through a seasonally driven menu for a recipe for success.

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Take Back the Mic is all about giving a platform to and lifting up the voices of sexual assault survivors to empower them and help fight back against rape culture and sexual violence.

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It's that time of year again when a few notable local folks put on their dancing shoes for a good cause. Dancing at the Stars returns to the downtown theater this weekend with a new crop of performers and a brand-new alumni dance in celebration of its fifth year.

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Shawn James feels it’s his duty to leave everything he has on the stage when he performs. A few years ago at a festival in Germany in front of 3,000 people, James outdid himself in the leaving category.

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There's nothing terrible about the twos when it comes to Second Saturday. Celebrating its second anniversary, the movement has plenty on its plate for this weekend.

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Eating at the Guild House doesn’t just mean a good meal, though that is all but guaranteed. It's also about giving back to the community through the restaurant's dedicated support for the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic & Adult Behavioral Health.

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Local filmmakers Bobby Cloud and John F. Uranday have made an exorcism film that is unlike any audiences have seen before. But because they don't want to spoil their movie by sharing those specific details, you'll have to take their word for it — for now.

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All we are is dust in the wind, but until that fateful day comes, it's best to make the most of this life with some fun, like seeing rock band Kansas perform in Bakersfield.

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The two asteroid missions — NASA’s OSIRIS-REx exploring Bennu and JAXA’s (Japan) Hayabusa 2 exploring Ryugu — have both found their asteroid subject has a lot more boulders on its surface than were planned for by mission designers. Both missions will be bringing samples of their asteroid bac…

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Around this time of the year, Bakersfield weather hits its sweet spot. The cold is over, as is most of the rain, and the triple-digit heat we're dreading is, mercifully, not yet upon us.

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Everyone’s been enjoying the wildflowers so why not the artists? When the painters come to Kern County next week for the annual Kern County Plein Air Painting Festival, you can bet taking in the colorful flora will be on their to-paint list.