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When people think of California, most picture Southern California and the Bay Area. The “Other California,” our vast Central Valley, gets little attention, maybe because of its relatively sparse population, and, to many, it’s bland landscape. Fresno native Mark Arax’s sprawling new book The …

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At first glance, the 1953 Walt Disney animated movie “Peter Pan” and the 1984 cult classic “Repo Man” don’t appear to have much in common. One is a fantasy about an ageless imp flying through the night skies in turn-of-the-last-century London with three young friends in tow, chased by a pira…

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There is not much that can bridge the generational gap quite like The Beatles. While its original fans are now in their 60s and 70s, new fans are born every day. Their music might just be the one thing Baby Boomers and Millennials, Gen X and Gen Z, can generally agree on.  

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All is fair in love and war, but does that apply to a low-born man who learns he is eighth in line to an earldom and subsequently kills those family members standing in his way?

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Tonight the moon will be a gibbous phase, lighting up the sky for almost the entire night. By next Saturday it will be a waning crescent phase, not rising until well after midnight. That will be just perfect for the Dark Sky Festival at Sequoia and Kings Canyons National Parks, taking place …

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Pete Tittl reviews Goose Loonies Tap House this week. How is this Goose different? One key difference is it’s open seven days a week, unlike the other Goose which is closed two days. The walls have wood shiplap, a large American flag, exposed ventilation tubes, lots of TVs spread around, the…

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Dwight Yoakam always shows his love for Bakersfield. The country singer will return to the Fox Theater this fall, his second performance here in less than a year.

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Die-hard fans of the multi-platinum country artist, Garth Brooks, are in a frenzy to get tickets to the exclusive event ever since Brooks announced that Bakersfield would be the second of seven stops on his "Dive Bar" tour, where he'll play in smaller venues around the country.

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The restaurant business is a funny thing, sometimes the clientele is not influenced as much by great food and service but goofy things like how you can actually drive into the lot. I have an old friend who was taught long ago by someone from the Mossman family that it’s important to have a p…

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Nothing signals the start of summer in Bakersfield quite like those iconic blue shacks popping up around town. And when they start disappearing, we know that fall is officially upon us.

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You know it's been a hot Bakersfield summer when a forecast of 91 degrees on Saturday sounds pretty pleasant. It's the kind of temperature that makes venturing out of the comfort of the air-conditioned house a little more appealing.

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By the end of December, the holiday season is heading toward its close, but with a special event at the Rabobank Arena that day, we can make the most of those last few days.

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Times have been tough for table service breakfast spots in the Northeast in the past year. First Cindy’s closed after decades in business, and then Lumberjack put down the ax after opening the chain’s first Bakersfield restaurant on Mt. Vernon. All you really had was Marie Callender’s.

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The Kern Astronomical Society will be hosting a free public star party Saturday at Barnes & Noble (near California & Hwy 99). The moon will be three days past first quarter, so it will be a waxing gibbous high in the southern sky when the star party starts at around 8 p.m. The moon w…

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As we head into the final stretch of summer, the time to travel is now. That is, if the heat of July hasn't already sent you packing for the beach. But if there's no chance of taking a vacation this month, head to the Bakersfield Art Association's travel-themed exhibit for First Friday.

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The annual Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival will return to The Marketplace in October, and the time for artists to reach out to get involved is coming up much sooner.

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Garth Brooks will play at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace on the second stop of his upcoming Dive Bar Tour, the country singer announced Monday night on a streamed video on his Facebook page.

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When guitarists/singers Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald started Slightly Stoopid in 1994, they were out front of a second generation of bands that wanted to build on the reggae-rock sound that was starting to take hold thanks to the success of groups like Sublime, 311 and to a lesser extent,…