TEHACHAPI — It's that time of year when everyone heads for downtown Tehachapi to kick up their heels for three full days of Boots, Buckles and Spurs — this year's theme of the highly anticipated Tehachapi Mountain Festival.
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 …
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…
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.
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?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Perhaps that’s why so many successful authors find inspiration for their writing through vivid dreams, the beauty of nature or from the visual arts.
Bakersfield fans who have been hoping to meet actor and singer Drake Bell have "found a way" through a meet and greet event taking place Friday.
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 …
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
Just because Track House has closed doesn't mean the race is over. It's simply moved to a new location, complete with a new name. Now, local fun lovers can head to Captain Jack's for all their karting and arcade needs.
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.
The late summer heat may be beating down on Bakersfield, but thankfully there’s just enough new local music to keep tempers cooled and feet moving.
An explorer needs her backpack — just ask Dora. This weekend, Reading Cinemas is holding a backpack drive to make sure local kids have one when they head back to school this fall.
Need a little help developing your green thumb? Two horticulture classes will start later this month, via the University of California Extension.
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.
The movie theater experience of waiting in line for an hour to get tickets and hoping to get a good seat is a thing of the past thanks to online ticket purchases and reserved seating in various Bakersfield theaters.
Cake decorating is an art like no other that requires acute attention to detail, out of this world creativity and, of course, a sweet tooth. Bakersfield native Justin Salinas has all those under his apron.
Gone are the days of thinking of comic books as inferior reading material. At the Beale Memorial Library, comic books and graphic novels are a literary art form worth celebrating.
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.
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…
Award-winning films are made in California all the time but it's not often that one is made right here in Bakersfield, with a completely local cast and crew.
The ubiquity of tribute bands isn’t anything new and this weekend provides us with ample evidence that they’re not going away anytime soon. We have four different tribute events (!!) from a variety of different genres happening around town.
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.
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.
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.
Country music icon Garth Brooks proposed marriage to longtime girlfriend and music star Trisha Yearwood on stage Wednesday night.
Once a year, the Walldogs descend on a new town, armed to take the place over for a few days before leaving just as fast as they appeared, with the town never to be the same again.
P.F. Chang's, the popular Asian-themed restaurant chain, has invited Bakersfield residents to compete in its Freestyle Lettuce Wrap Contest for a chance at a $25,000 prize.
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,…
The Harry Potter series didn't spend a lot of time showing what art classes were like at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but it's possible they might have looked something like a special event that's happening downtown next week.