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.

Comedian W.C. Fields once quipped, "Never work with children or animals." Whether it was due to their unpredictability or their ability to steal a scene, while some may agree with that adage, that's not the case at Ovation Theatre, which opens its production of "The Sound of Music" on Friday…

Both love and art have a transformative power, allowing the opportunity to connect and to change. Whether that's for the better or the worse is explored in "The Shape of Things," which opens today at Stars Playhouse.

It seems laughable to describe 90-degree days as a relief, but we're beating the heat however we can as summer wanes. That includes some cool activities like First Friday, which will feature art throughout downtown.

For its return to main-stage shows, The Empty Space decided to bare all — literally. "The Full Monty," which opens Friday, is the Oak Street theater’s first indoor production in 18 months.

Vehicle consignment and public art don’t seem like a natural pairing but don’t tell that to CarLotz, which just opened its Bakersfield hub with a beautiful new mural on the side of its building.

Ballerina Tiler Peck may have returned to New York, but she’s still keeping folks in her hometown entertained with her social media content. The latest have been videos under the hashtag #MondayMovieMoves, in which the Bakersfield native recreates some of the most recognized dance moments in film.

As summer winds down, local community theaters continue or are set to kick off their new seasons, bringing the joy of live entertainment back to the stage. Here's a rundown of what you can look forward to over the next few months.

If understanding the biases and expectations of identity in modern life is complicated for adults, it’s even more so for teenagers. Some creative students put pen (or brush or other tools) to their chosen medium to interpret those ideas for “Deconstructing the Lens: Selections from the Stude…

A play about robots presented on Zoom? We are definitely in the modern age, and you have a chance to take part. Auditions for Bakersfield College's production of "R.U.R." will take place on Aug. 5 and 6.

Feed me, Seymour! The hardworking team at East Bakersfield High School is ready to plant you in your seat for its production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” the school’s first live theatrical production since the shutdown.

Many in Bakersfield are flocking to movie theaters to enjoy some entertainment but live theater is offering the big screen a run for its money. After a 16-month break from mainstage shows, Stars Theatre Restaurant returns this weekend with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "A Grand Night for Singing."

The story of a group of impoverished artists struggling to find love and acceptance while in the midst of a pandemic could be ripped from the headlines today. It's also the premise of the wildly popular musical that will mark Ovation Theatre's return to live performances after shuttering las…

We're still a few weeks away from the official start of summer but as far as our weather is concerned, the heat is on. Of course, that means it's the season in which we find ourselves looking for fun activities that allow us to stay inside with the AC on. Luckily art lovers still have a chan…

We've all had a lot to process over the last year and, for some, that effort has been a creative one. That's certainly the case for the graduating seniors from Cal State Bakersfield's Department of Art and Art History, whose work is currently on display in an exhibition at the Bakersfield Mu…

Good news for local theaters fans: The show is going on. Most of the community theaters have announced their plans for their latest seasons on the stage.

Art is a way for creatives to share their passions, which can include their memories and the causes they support. This month's exhibits and activities run the gamut with plenty to interest viewers.

School’s still in session but many parents are already looking for how to occupy their children this summer. For budding artists, MAKE Bakersfield has just the thing: summer workshops exploring different methods of art for two different age groups.

Love comes in many forms and Shakespeare had a take on all of them. Bakersfield Community Theatre's upcoming virtual production "Crazy Love from Shakespeare" explores those fictional relationships.

Every pandemic birthday celebration hits a little bit different and such is the case for Shakespeare. The Empty Space, which plans a Shakespeare production each April in honor of the famed playwright, had to get more creative this year, launching "Bard in Your Yard."

Simply coming out of a trying year like 2020 may feel like accomplishment enough, but leave it to artists to go a step further. The Bakersfield Museum of Art's Visual Arts Festival, which debuts online Friday, highlights some of the creativity that sprung over the last year.

Based on the positive response to its Drive-In Live! last month, The Empty Space will host another socially distant outdoor performance in May. To fill out its roster, the show's coordinators are seeking performers of all kinds for the show.

The Hub of Bakersfield has certainly been busy the past few weeks. It has artists hard at work in Old Town Kern, just named other artists selected for another project and announced an upcoming virtual historical happy hour.