As I search far and wide for the best movies and television shows to snuggle up with this fall season, I turned to another round of reader suggestions, which took me to countries and time periods I haven't had the chance to explore yet.
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.
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…
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…
The way the restaurant business is nowadays, the term “in flux” really should apply. Let’s take Eureka!, a restaurant we tried earlier in the summer figuring it had a patio, so it was likely to be open.
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.
For those who have turned drinking at home into an Olympic sport, consider this a training event. BevMo! is back with its 13th year of the famed "5-Cent Event."
Oktoberfest is canceled in Germany but Kern County residents can still enjoy some German-style beers and bites this week. Here are a few options.
For an event intended to bring men together for a good cause, it's tough to go solo but that's exactly what the local Distinguished Gentleman's Ride is focused on this year.
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.
With local movie theaters still closed, we're all unfortunately going to have to wait a little longer for those goosebumps that come when the lights dim and the movie starts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
One of Bakersfield's favorite lunchtime traditions changed with the times Tuesday, and fortunately for the people involved, a cool breeze blowing through downtown made the transition that much more pleasant.
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.
A major draw of the Kern County Fair for many is the variety of food, offered by visiting concessionaires and local organizations. This year's event is going partially online, and there has been talk of a drive-thru food event.
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.
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…
Leave it to local creatives to find a way to make things happen even during a pandemic. The Panorama Creative Music Summit has moved online for virtual performances running into December.
If you've been doing some spring/summer cleaning during this pandemic and found some old toys in your collection, it might be time to cash in.
While we're having to forgo many local traditions this year, it's wonderful to see one that's still happening. The Guild House in downtown Bakersfield is reopening for the season on Tuesday with adjusted hours and new options.
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.
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.
Tired of those boring Zoom meetings? Experience something more creative Thursday with a visiting artist lecture courtesy of Cal State Bakersfield.
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.
Lovers of fair food — and aren't we all — are still processing the news that this year will be different. While there is talk of some fair food events, the one you can put on your calendar now starts this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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…
One of the most rewarding aspects of covering local music isn’t just in discovering the sheer variety of it, but in the various ways that it’s distributed. Four bands have new releases out now or coming soon.
Along with an engaging marquee program promoting businesses and community efforts, the Fox Theater is also entertaining us with a streaming concert series.
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!
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.
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.