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There’s an unabashed optimism to the self-titled debut by ALL YOURS, the “musical passion project” by songwriter Jason Ford Turner and producer Nick Rucker. There’s also an inescapable familiarity to it as well.

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Mars is now visible earlier in the evening, first appearing at about 8:45 p.m. on the eastern edge of the dim constellation Pisces. Almost straight above Mars and Pisces will be the Great Square of Pegasus. To the left of Pegasus is Andromeda with the closest large galaxy to us, the Andromed…

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Rosh Hashana (Friday eve through Sunday) marks the creation of Adam and Eve, the beginning of the human story. The Zohar (1:221b) relates that upon being created, Adam said to the various creatures around him, “join me in accepting God as our king.” On this anniversary each year, we react to…

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In a pandemic that may have inspired some less-than-healthy dining choices, there may be some sweet relief. Sweet Beast Desserts opens Friday in the Frugatti's Plaza shopping center.

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It's been tough lately to get out and enjoy nature. First with blistering summer heat then the poor air quality from the wildfires. Thankfully, as so many events have done this year, there is a virtual nature outing this Saturday.

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Author Leslie Budewitz loves good food, cooking, mystery stories and life in the Northwest. She has combined these passions into the creation of two cozy mystery series, the Spice Shop mysteries, set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and the Food Lovers’ Village mysteries, set in northwest Montana.

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In a year of canceled and postponed events, California Living Museum has given Bakersfield an early Christmas present. The popular HolidayLights at CALM will take place this year as drive-thru experience.

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While many events have been forced to cancel this year, it seems art will triumph — at least while safely outdoors. Bakersfield Museum of Art announced its Via Arté Italian Street Painting event will take place next month at The Marketplace. 

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Stakes are high these days but at Bakersfield Community Theatre, Life and Death literally take the virtual stage in “The Game."

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Admit it: We've all been watching a lot of television and movies these days. As we sort through lists of recommendations, we have a local one coming out Friday with Flix at Home. 

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Art can be an outlet for healing for both the creator and the observer. With this in mind, Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services has teamed once again with local art group Creative Crossing for a community project.

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During the beginning of his interview with actor, comedian, producer and director Brian Hooks, Zylo Hefferan, the host of the “Contrast Uncut” podcast, quotes Denzel Washington: “You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it,” then asks Hooks to explain what that qu…

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Mars is now getting better positioned for evening observations of its enlarging disk as Earth catches up to it for a close encounter in October. As we get closer, more detail is visible in our telescopes.

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Every spring I enjoy planting my vegetable garden in our backyard — preparing the soil and deciding what to grow for the season ahead. Gardening is a spiritual exercise where my plans and the labor of my hands intersect with the providence of God.

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Still on my patio tour, I had to visit New Vintage Grill because someone on social media said the misting system on their patio was so great during our hot summer weather that it felt like the temperature was 20 to 30 degrees cooler. That’s like a dip in the pool without the annoying wet hai…

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month and this year the American Library Association is featuring Wonder Woman as the ambassador. There couldn't be a better figure to also encourage Kern County residents to take part in the One Book Project, which launches this month with female-empowered themes.

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Although there is no First Friday fanfare, the Bakersfield Art Association reopened its Art Center this week with limited capacity. Art lovers have an option to see the new shows at the center and at Dagny's Coffee Co. in person or online this month.

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Sometimes I think about what cool things movies have that I wish were available in real life. A few that come to mind are magic, constantly being surrounded by gorgeous people, things somehow always working out and people breaking out into coordinated song and dance randomly.

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Yes, patios have been exploding in parking lots all over town since indoor dining was once again a victim of the pandemic. But I’m hard-pressed to think of a place that’s done it better than Temblor Brewing Co.

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This pandemic has proved that people can get creative when the need arises, whether it was home projects or ways to entertain the family. While many are focused again on more everyday pursuits, there's still a place for go-getters to keep using those creative muscles: downtown Bakersfield.

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As we all look for ways to connect remotely, painter Alexandro Zamora is using his art. A solo exhibition of his work is the latest show on display in The Empty Space's virtual gallery.

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Usually as summer draws to a close, the Bakersfield Museum of Art takes visitors to its sculpture garden for a musical evening as part of its Art After Dark program. With the pandemic forcing everyone to revise their plans, organizers decided to keep the focus on music for a roundtable discu…

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A trend I've noticed with myself the last few months is that I tend to watch a lot of dramas. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I seriously need to lighten up a little bit!

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With a new state order to shut down indoor dining for the next three weeks, what are Bakersfield restaurants doing? The ones lucky enough to have patio or open-air seating are sending customers outdoors.

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There’s been a lot of bad news this year, including the postponement or cancellation of popular events. Even as we agree large public gatherings are not a good idea right now, it doesn’t mean it’s any easier to stomach an empty social calendar.