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A lot of things happen in Hart Park but what about a hoedown? That’s the question at Gaslight Melodrama Theatre with its new show, “Hoedown in Hart Park.”

Don’t let the Italian dialogue and operatic-style music intimidate you. "The Light in the Piazza," opening this weekend at The Empty Space, speaks the international language of love.

We all know the presidents but how much do we know the women who stood behind them? Bakersfield Community Theatre’s “Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” takes a look at three first ladies at a critical time for them in the White House.

If The Empty Space's board has its way, this will be the last Schmempties awards for the theater. That's because Saturday's celebration, the second of its kind, is in recognition of a hybrid performance year affected by the pandemic.

Fresh off the sold-out run of Disney's "The Little Mermaid," director Frank Sierra is back at work casting for the upcoming "On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan," which will also run at Stars Theatre Restaurant.

The holidays aren't the only reason to celebrate this month for Spotlight Dance Academy. The local dance organization is also recognizing more than 10 years in operation with its "Beautiful Memories and New Beginnings" performance on Wednesday.

If you haven’t had a chance to see "On the Edge: Los Angeles Art, 1970s — 1990s, from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family Collection" at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, take heart. The groundbreaking exhibition of artists who defined the L.A. art scene has been extended to run until April 2.

For decades, "The Nutcracker" has been a local holiday tradition. While audiences see the dancers’ hard work pay off on stage, they may not realize the skilled hours put in behind the scenes with busy hands. Each year, dozens of costumes must be repaired or replaced to prepare for the annual…

Age is just a number when it comes to the cast of Stars Theatre Restaurant's latest show. That's because everyone in "Wrinkles" is 55 or older.

Restaurants face so many challenges these days with staffing but do you ever think much about the actual staff? The back-of-house workers get their moment center stage in "My Mañana Comes," opening this weekend at Stars Playhouse.

Artist David Gordon aims to show viewers "Where Peace Lies" with his latest show, but the answer is simple: Pine Mountain Club. The small mountain town's Artworks Community Gallery is featuring the artist's work.

Each year, the Bakersfield Museum of Art concludes its season of Art After Dark with a surrealist masquerade. This week’s event is even more surreal thanks to the screening of “Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies” about the multimedia artist who was also a protege of Salvador Dali.

The Bakersfield Museum of Art announced the winners from this year's Via Arte Italian Street Painting Festival, which took place last weekend at The Marketplace.

College years can be tough on any young adult, but the challenges facing many first-generation students can be unique. Often the first in their families to pursue higher education, they balance the demands of family and heritage with courses and work. That journey is explored in the new show…

If the idea of heading out for a night of live theater fills you with joy, embrace the spirit and head to "Godspell," which opens Friday at Stars Theatre Restaurant. 

Even if the temperatures rise again this weekend, we’ve had a real taste of fall weather and we’re ready for it. Art is all around downtown Bakersfield for this First Friday. 

Like many fascinating stories, this one starts with two dynamic women. One a nexus of the California contemporary art scene and the other a passionate advocate for the arts in her hometown. Both are united by a desire to celebrate what defines the California art scene.

When monsters take the stage at Gaslight Melodrama this weekend, there’s no need to fear — they’re bringing the laughs. Just in time for the Halloween season, the theater presents “The Mummy Knows Best,” a comedic adventure of classic Universal monsters.

If anyone can find beauty and meaning in a time of uncertainty, it would surely be artists. Along with guiding burgeoning artists, instructors at Bakersfield College have found time to create their own works, which are on display now at the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery.

If you're not feeling OK these days, that's perfectly OK. And there are people and local programs ready to help. That's part of the message that Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services is sharing through its everGREEN mural project, which will have its first unveiling on Friday.