If I was pressed to describe the food at Muertos Kitchen & Lounge, I’d use the phrase stylish bar food. The bar is usually set pretty low in bars for a decent meal. If it’s hot and preferably greasy, it’ll satisfy. The kitchen here has always aimed higher.
Have you listened to friends talk about their “bucket lists?” They roam the world checking off places to visit and experiences to have before they kick the bucket.
You may know her: the church lady (or gentleman) who gives her all to the church community. She volunteers with seemingly every ministry group. She is on multiple committees. She may even have a paid position with the church. She is everywhere. She is a pillar. She is a servant of God extrao…
Art is everywhere — even in a small fridge of fresh fruit juices. Those wondering about the connection should check out Thursday's Art After Dark at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.
For 20 years, the global activist movement V-Day has raised funds to end violence against women and girls. The fight continues this week with performances of "The Vagina Monologues" at Bakersfield Community Theatre.
Being a husband, a dad of four and playing drums for bands like Art and the Resistance has kept Jeremy Bridgman’s schedule full. Somehow, he found the time to add another prolific title to his growing resume: self-published author.
The Navy Band Sea Chanters is a chorus that does it all — patriotic songs, Broadway show tunes, opera selections and plenty of contemporary fare. Making their upcoming gig an even better night is its unbeatable cost of admission: free.
One of Bakersfield’s oldest performing ensembles has changed names, leadership and affiliation over the years, but still holds on to its reason for being.
While we're always fast to note when a new eatery or business opens, we don't always keep track of anniversaries. Two local spots will be hitting different milestones: Cafe Smitten turns one and Imbibe Wine & Spirits Merchant is celebrating a decade in Bakersfield.
Cal State Bakersfield alumni know how to take the tradition of homecoming games and turn it into an even greater celebration: by hosting a pre-game party across the street from campus.
Thursday was the first show of the William M. Thomas Planetarium’s spring lineup as “Black Holes” played to an audience eager to see a beautiful star field with the Goto Chronos projector and take a flight through the Milky Way into the supermassive black hole at the center. This coming Thur…
When The Mark Restaurant opened downtown back in 2012 it immediately set itself up as a competitor to The Padre for the King of Downtown in both elegance and culinary ambitions. The place had class, style and a kitchen that could do everything from meatloaf to a fine steak with panache.
Calling something a “soundtrack of your life” may be the most overworked phrase in music, but for many of us “Live from Laurel Canyon” may qualify. The show, scheduled for Feb. 22 at the Crystal Palace, courtesy of Rick Kreiser and Guitar Masters, “is a musical journey through the evolution …
For 361 days of the year, Kernville is a tranquil town of rubber-duck races, fishing and other outdoor fun. But for four days around Presidents Day, the town revisits its wild west past.
If pickleball is still America's fastest-growing sport, Bakersfield is completely in the game. After popping on the scene two years ago, the pastime has a new tournament, set to draw players from throughout California.
If the right side of the brain covers art awareness and the left is responsible for science and math comprehension, then these talented students at South High School are tapping their full potential. The teens created a series of work that makes up "Geometrix," on display now at The Empty Sp…
If you watched local dancer Jordan Nata'e Wandick on "So You Think You Can Dance" and couldn't wait to see her become a star, she's well on her way. But she needs some help.
Last week, the mainstage lineup for the 2018 Bakersfield Jazz Festival was released. Not through an official news release but a Facebook post from CSUB music educator and festival director Jim Scully.
You don't have to travel far to see a variety of birds out in nature. You might, however, need to wake up just a little early to see them.
Valley Oaks Charter School may not get the word out as easily as those in the Kern High School District that doesn't mean they want to operate in a bubble. Valley Oaks' students are hoping you'll head out for their performances of "Annie Play Will Do," a musical mashup playing this week at t…
For fiction writers and thriller enthusiasts who want to know about writing and publishing, they need look no further than L.J. Martin. Serving as the featured speaker at Saturday's Writers of Kern meeting, the author of 48 books, with 30 years of experience in publishing, has answers and re…
Bakersfield, be warned: This will be no regular taco Tuesday. You can still stuff your face at any taqueria in town but you should also step up your celebrating game. It's Mardi Gras and before we enter a season of repentance (or fear, as tax time nears), it's time to party like you don't ha…
Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love and The Californian wants to celebrate your love stories. We reached out to readers and asked for their sweet and memorable stories, and let's just say, they are pretty adorable. Here is how our readers found love.
What's love got to do with it? Plenty when it comes to a pair of upcoming events timed around Valentine's Day. Rather than head out to dinner, you and your sweetheart (or your ex, let's be inclusive) can check out these unique options.
Let's dispel an old adage: The stomach is not just the way to a man's heart. Any would-be gourmet is likely to be wooed by a well-appointed meal.
Valentine's Day is often portrayed as a whirlwind of candy, flowers, a nice dinner or weekend getaway. But behind all the gift, dining and travel possibilities, there should be one big element: love. For these local couples, teamwork makes the dream work — and that dream is maintaining a str…
For the first time since 1945, Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, a Christian day of atonement that marks the beginning of Lent, fall on the same date, Feb. 14. This has many Christian leaders and their congregants asking, "What do we do with a day centered on hearts, flowers and love, which…
What is a food without a national day? Would pizza taste as good if we didn't have a day to celebrate it? Of course, pizza is life, but that's besides the point. The pie's big day is Feb. 9 and, although not everybody will be celebrating, we have a few deals worth checking out.
The top reason this column can be useful to readers is introducing them to restaurants like Lino’s Mexican Cuisine in Pumpkin Center.
If you love to gamble but need to watch your wallet, an upcoming event is just for you. Best of all, the fun and games will help a good cause.
For those who want to see what's going on downtown but can't make it to a First Friday, Second Saturday has the solution. More of an all-day endeavor, folks can wander among businesses and vendors, taking part in activities and enjoying breakfast or lunch at any of a number of downtown spots.
When planning a theatrical season, many factors come into play. Gauging audience or performer interest, finding fresh material for the market or determining what works with existing resources.
Steven Sharp wasn’t one to crave the spotlight, or at least, not that much, but he definitely made it his life’s work to see that others managed to get theirs.
To quote Jimmy Rogers, the blues are “nothin’ but a good man feelin’ bad.” Well, the blues aren’t limited to just men, and in singer Janiva Magness’ case, the blues aren't limited to just feeling bad: They can also mean salvation.
For Curtis Cargill, his fondest childhood memories are of games and creative pursuits. Along with building with LEGOs, he gave his G.I. Joes and other action figures custom paint jobs and playing tabletop games with his older brother, Otto.
Want to be in a movie? Hot on the heels of filming at the Fox Theater for "Oildale" is news that a Hollywood production is looking for a few good extras.