The 18hundred in downtown Bakersfield has opened with about the same visual and culinary impact that the Padre Hotel and The Mark did when they started serving people.
Renovation of the old bank building on 18th Street and Chester Avenue has captivated downtown Bakersfield for years, as its stucco facade was removed and its original form was restored. Now, it's open as The 18hundred, a new restaurant that our food columnist Pete Tittl says is "a worthy ten…
For decades it was known as Car No. 10, an electric streetcar that carried unknown numbers of Bakersfield residents from one side of town to the other on steel rails that crisscrossed the burgeoning city.
Since 2011, Ron Saylor has been performing a unique kind of close-up magic in Bakersfield. Bringing award-winning magicians from around the world to town, the local magician has built a following for his Celebrities of Magic series, which will celebrate its 100th show on Monday.
Open mics serve a dual function. Their primary goal is to provide a forum for artists - beginner and otherwise - to test their wares and boundaries in a controlled environment to a mostly game audience.
Dads might not want a fancy brunch on Father's Day but that doesn't mean you can't take them out for a fun time on their special day.
Before finding her forever home, Indy wandered the streets, exploring town and making friends along the way. Now that she's settled in with her new family, she's ready for another adventure.
People undergo life-changing transformations all of the time, both for good and for ill. Few of those changes are documented for posterity in all of their agonizing, exhilarating glory.
It is so great not just to see locally owned restaurants thriving, but going strong to the second generation and beyond, like Luigi’s, Uricchio’s and Jake’s Tex Mex Café, which is celebrating its 33rd year after Skip Slayton turned the reins over to his daughter Sarah.
A couple of years ago, Stephan Jenkins, frontman of Third Eye Blind, announced that the group would no longer make full-length albums. It’s a thought that’s occurring to plenty of music acts these days, given the way the major label music industry emphasizes singles and how streaming encoura…
While kids look forward to summer all year long, parents have to wonder just what they're going to do to keep their children busy for three months.
As a threat to summer diets everywhere, Friday is National Doughnut Day and one local bakery is getting ready to serve up some truly unique creations.
As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied Forces’ invasion of Europe in northern France that would turn the course of World War II, it is important to note that there are very few veterans of that action — and the war entirely — left to remember the sacrifices made …
The 41st annual Playboy Jazz Festival will feel some extra Bakersfield bump when bassist Robin Bramlett hits the stage at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend.
Fires, earthquakes and destructive tidal waves aren't usually laughing matters, but camp it up in a theater as an homage to the disaster films of the 1970s and the audience is sure to have a good time, even if the characters are not.
"Star Wars" is already everywhere. More than 40 years after the release of "A New Hope," there are now three trilogy series, television shows, books, video games and more. What else could a fan want?
"Star Wars": Galaxy's Edge is officially open at Disneyland. From the Millennium Falcon ride and Oga's Cantina to food and souvenirs, the land is an immersive experience transporting guests to the remote planet of Batuu.
A reader who felt I was spending enough time praising the upscale Mexican places in town like Red Pepper, La Costa Mariscos and Nuestro Mexico thought I needed to visit a new hole in the wall on the east side, Mi Sinaloa.
The owners of Omnivore Recordings couldn’t have picked a better name for their independent record label. Scanning through their roster of artists and stable of releases is a treat. It’s simply bonkers in its diversity. Even the company’s motto alludes to the label’s voracious appetite for mu…
School might be winding down as summer draws near, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop. The Kern County Library branches have a lot going on the next few months to keep kids reading, active and engaged.
The Kern Dance Alliance is once again teaming up with the Kern County Library and Kern Literacy Council for a special program that combines the reading and dance.
Turn on Top 40 radio or MTV in the late ‘80s and the odds were about 100 percent, you’d hear songs and see videos from New Kids on the Block, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Naughty By Nature and Salt-N-Pepa.
Today is national hamburger day, who has the best burger in town? Is it the a cheeseburger with bacon at Woolworth's, Fresno burger at Eureka! or an off-the-menu altered burger at In-and-Out?
It's a good time to be eating in Bakersfield. Along with a strong crop of existing restaurants and food businesses, we have more opening or on the way this spring. So let's dive in.
Memorial Day brings with it a three-day weekend for most people, and while many have vacations planned, others find themselves wondering what to do for the holiday. For those staying in town, there are several events to explore to make every day count.
What does a theater do when looking at a dark weekend? If you're Ovation Theatre, you improvise — literally — with a night of comedy.
"Somebody Kill Me" isn't often a thought that comes to mind when talking weddings. But for fans of "The Wedding Singer," the 1998 Adam Sandler film turned musical, that's just the ticket. The tale of a beleaguered musician dumped at the altar heads to The Empty Space this weekend.
While the good weather lasts, it's time to get outside and run — or walk! The first weekend of June offers two chances to do so, and each has a sweet twist added, in case you need a little more motivation.
The stage is set for dozens of local contestants on a quest to be named Kern County's ultimate menudo and pozole chefs during the 21st annual Latino Food Festival Menudo and Pozole Cook-Off being held Sunday at the Kern County Museum.