Although the Shafter Colours Arts Festival stages most of its events in February, it has expanded further the past two years to bring related activities into the spring and .

When writing the original musicals performed at Gaslight Melodrama, Michael Prince mines the local wealth of locations and cultural references. So in all these years, it's surprising that he's never taken the story to Buttonwillow. That all changes this weekend with the debut of "Buttonwillo…

School will be out this summer but some hard-working students have already put their best work forward for a new show, part of the exhibitions opening Thursday at the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

April showers bring May flowers but when it comes to downtown Bakersfield, we're happy to see art in bloom this month. First Friday returns with a bumper crop of events.

Each month, the Bakersfield Museum of Art presents a new way to engage visitors to both experience the art on display and to take a creative journey beyond it. For Thursday's event, the cast and director of "Three Sisters," recently performed at The Empty Space, will bring the show to life i…

Bakersfield Christian High School invites you to be their guest for an enchanting musical rendition of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” While this may be a tale as old as time and a family favorite, the students puts a humorous and engaging twist on the Disney classic.

With the motto "setting theater free," The Empty Space has set the bar high. So "Caligari," a new late-night show playing this weekend, should be no surprise for local audiences. But this immersive theater experience is unlike anything the Oak Street playhouse has put on the stage.

Theatrically, there is an embarrassment of riches this weekend in Bakersfield. Three shows are opening at community theaters and Cal State Bakersfield is presenting its showcase of student playwrights and directors. That's in addition to two other shows already playing.

The dance shoes have been put on the shelf and the total is in for this year's Dancing at the Stars. The annual fundraiser for the downtown theater grossed about $51,000 this year. 

We're not immune to Kern County's natural beauty but when it comes to depicting it we're not experts. That's why we call in the big artistic guns — whose tools are actually paintbrushes and pastels — for the annual Kern County Plein Air Festival.

Who you gonna call this First Friday? If you're headed to Bubble Pop Gallery, one of the locations offering new exhibitions downtown, you might want to bust some ghosts. That's just some of the fun set for Friday.

Keep your eyes on the screen — this month's Art After Dark is going to be a bit different. In addition to being able to view all the current exhibitions on display, there will also be a video installation from students at Cal State Bakersfield in celebration of spring break.

The tale of the haves and have-nots is probably as old as time. But when you're talking high-society muckety-mucks versus simple country folks, that's Bakersfield, baby. The Gaslight Melodrama dramatizes this locally relevant story in "The Stockdale Social Club," which opens this weekend.

Say what you will, but Bakersfield is a town that celebrates theater. From high school productions to our collection of community theaters, performers and crews are producing an impressive amount of drama (on stage and possibly off).

Bakersfield's a good spot if you want to enjoy a concert or take in a theatrical production. But it's not every day you can head out to a show that feels like a rock concert. That's where Ovation Theatre comes in with its season closer, "Million Dollar Quartet."

Who hasn't wished they could throw off the shackles of everyday life by assuming a different persona and leading another life? Well, maybe not everyone, but the creative types out there have certainly indulged in some daydreaming. That is certainly the case for Oscar Wilde and his play, "The…

How do you spell victory? This time around it's F-R-O-N-T-I-E-R as the high school performs its version of the "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" this week.

March roars in like a lion, at least in terms of activity this First Friday. It's another busy gathering of art, music, food and fun downtown.

Stars Theatre Restaurant heads back down the Mississippi this weekend with the opening of ”Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." This is the third adaptation of the musical based on Mark Twain's tale of poor teen Huckleberry Finn and Jim, a slave who takes off with Finn down the ri…

More than two dozen performers looking for that one singular sensation will take to the stage of Stockdale High's theater Thursday for the opening of “A Chorus Line” High School Edition.

Over at South High School, they're not doing anything by half-measures. So when it came time to produce their last full-scale production of 2018 — "The Time-Traveling Love Paradox of Camp Punikaka in 4-D" — students and staff went all out with lasers, a sing-along, Girl Scouts and more.

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.

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…

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…

The new year continues to churn out new shows to help shake off the winter doldrums. Adding to the busy slate this weekend are two shows: "The Foreigner," a comedy at Bakersfield Community Theatre, and the mythic "Almost, Maine" at Stars West Comedy Theater.

The Industrial Revolution brought many innovations to Western civilization, not the least of which was how to market a more luxurious way of life. Through "Historic Posters from the Collection of Citizens Business Bank 1875 to 1950," guests of the Bakersfield Museum of Art will be able to se…

Sometimes Bakersfield gets a bad rap for what can be branded a small-town mentality. While our community is far more progressive than some give us credit for, it's worth noting that there can also be beauty in a simpler way of life. "The Music Man," which opens Friday at Stars, serves as a v…

For the first First Friday of 2018, everyone is shaking off the chill for a lively presentation of art, dining and entertainment. Here's a look at some of what's on tap.

While many children spend the last days of holiday vacation glued to electronic devices, the creative kids headed to the Bakersfield Museum of Art had a different pastime in mind. Those attending Wednesday's session of the Kids Winter Art Workshop explored the theme of "Nature and the Self,"…