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In all the openings of great new barbecue places in recent years in Bakersfield, we were remiss in not reporting on a promising new place in Oildale, Smitty’s Smokin’ Brisket & BBQ.

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Whether you've already dropped your New Year's resolutions or you're a late starter, it's still a good time to consider eating healthier. That could mean cutting calories, opting for more plant-based meals or choosing foods with natural health benefits.

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Disney is everywhere these days — superhero movies (Marvel Cinematic Universe), theme parks, a new streaming service (Disney Plus) — and now it's part of your local convention scene. Yet Sunday’s first-ever Mouse-Con Bakersfield is not about Disney’s dominance but rather its enduring legacy …

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The Gaslight Melodrama knows the winning formula — a rollicking show in which you cheer the hero(es) and boo the villain — but it's doing something a little different for its 100th show opening Friday.

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Monty Byrom has been doing a lot of new things in the past few years — performing with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Bakersfield College Chamber Singers are two examples — and now he is adding to the list with an intimate sit-down performance for the Dukes Memorial Concert Series th…

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Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. And that truth can make even stranger fiction. That’s certainly the case with “Grey Gardens,” opening Friday at Ovation Theatre. Based on the life of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,…

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I’ve enjoyed the recent brush of fame with my two or three degrees of separation from a famous person in my extended family. Wolf Cukier, the high school student who discovered the first “Tatooine” planet, TOI 1338b, in the TESS data, is my wife’s nephew. When we last saw him, he was in grad…

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In addition to reporting food news, I, like all humans, also eat. Often taking inspiration from the stories covered and restaurants previewed, I can be spotted out in the dining wild looking for the next great bite. Here's a look at what's been going on my plate lately.

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This winter, Esther Schlanger of Chabad of Bakersfield will offer "Judaism’s Gifts to the World," a new six-session course by the acclaimed Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), unearthing the Jewish roots of some of the most cherished values of Western civilization.

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It’s becoming pretty common now for food trucks to eventually morph into brick-and-mortar businesses, and northeast Bakersfield has one with Vatos Tacos Grill & Cantina.

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Street food before beer, never fear. Beer before street food, watch your attitude. That's just a friendly consideration before heading to Saturday's first-ever Bakersfield Street Food & Craft Beer Festival.

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Comedian W.C. Fields advised never to work with animals or children but those concerns of chaos or excessive cuteness are no problem for the directors of "Annie," opening this weekend at Stars Theatre Restaurant.

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Sol Y Luna has been in two locations in Bakersfield since they first opened downtown in 2013, and we’ve had mixed experiences. Loved the original (which closed in 2018), but when they opened a second in 2016 it was disorganized, unprofessionally operated and a distinct disappointment. More t…

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On the last Sunday of 2019, before Golden Empire Transit's generous offer of free rides on local bus lines during the month of December ran out, I hopped on a bus at the Downtown Transit Center and went to the Valley Plaza Mall.

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Flix debuts the second half of its 2019-20 season Friday night with some surprises up its sleeve, including a musical performance.

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There's a meme going around the Twittersphere asking people what the best seat is in a variety of situations, such as a New York City subway, popular restaurants and even House of Representatives chambers.

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Having already staged a number of intimate dramas and comedies, Stars Playhouse makes the case for another great season into 2020 with "Nuts," which opens Friday.

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Cubbies in the northwest has changed to Zeppo’s Pizza, going from Chicago-style deep dish to New York-style thin crust. While native New Yorkers like former Californian photographer John Harte may quibble with that, we found a lot to like during our visit.

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Happy New Year! In tonight’s sky, Venus is the brilliant evening star you see in the western sky. It will set almost three hours after sunset, so we will have plenty of time to enjoy its brilliance. The moon will be already up in the southeast as a waxing gibbous at sunset and get highest up…

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We saw a lot of lists at the end of 2019, but a new year doesn't mean we need to ditch the habit, right? This time around the list is from Apartment Guide on the top 10 cities for "taco lovers."

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John Jorgenson is not only a man of many talents; he’s a musician with many interests, possessing a rare kind of genius that makes him equally comfortable and capable of playing Buck Owens, Beatles riffs or jazz leads. Perhaps you’ve taken in one of his legendary gypsy jazz performances, or …