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…
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.
Christmas has come early this year for fans of circus-style acts of daring. Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular will bring its high-flying theatrics to Mechanics Bank Theater on Nov. 14.
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.
Bakersfield City Ballet misses you, Bakersfield. And chances are you miss them too. Luckily the upcoming Pints En Pointe fundraiser is aiming to bring everyone together for an afternoon of dance and community support.
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.
Over the past year, we've all learned to connect remotely with the wonders of technology. But in the mid-20th century, good old-fashioned snail mail was still keeping people in touch. That low-tech relationship is at the heart of "Dear Anne, From Nina," being presented on Zoom through Bakers…
No dust has settled on the pointe shoes of Bakersfield-born ballerina Tiler Peck during this pandemic. Still, this week may be a record for the renowned dancer who has two projects launching online, including a livestream performance at the Fox Theater on Friday.
Artists should get all their ducks in a row: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking original artwork for its 2021-2022 California Duck Stamp Art Contest.
While many of us are well-acquainted with battling Zoom fatigue and other work-at-home technical issues, there's a more thrilling fight brewing in the digital realm. Cal State Bakersfield's is bringing "She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms" to your screens this weekend with battles, dancing an…
We’ve heard a lot of talk about the royals lately but what about the monarchies of Kern County? Gaslight Melodrama takes a fun fairy-tale approach to its latest show, “The Duchess of Delano,” which opens this weekend.
Consider an escape from everyday life with “Infinity Boundless,” a completely original piece from local troupe The CCircle that will be held outside Stars Playhouse in northwest Bakersfield.
Although its doors are still closed to the public, the Bakersfield Museum of Art remains fully engaged with the community. It will participate in Second Saturday this weekend, opening its sculpture garden to visitors and releasing the latest episode of its podcast.
If you've maxed out on streaming programming and aren't ready to pick up another book, take heart. Stories on the Sidewalk, a walking tour bringing Kern County's history to life, returns this month for two days of entertaining local tales in downtown Bakersfield.
As we head into warmer weather, thoughts of flowers spring to mind. The Bakersfield Art Association has blooms in abundance in its new show on display at its Art Center.
The Empty Space is inviting you to its drive-in but there’s no movie on the schedule. Instead the Oak Street theater is setting up an outdoor stage for a variety performance that people can enjoy from the comfort of their vehicle.
With local public art in bloom these days, it's a welcome addition for The Hub of Bakersfield's latest Cash for the Arts program, which will provide artists the chance to use their skills to beautify our community.
As we're all still processing life in a pandemic, leave it to the artists to create something beautiful as a result. The Bakersfield Art Association is featuring two artists who offer creative respites from the current day to day.
The pandemic may still keep local museums closed but it won’t stop art lovers. For its winter exhibitions, the Bakersfield Museum of Art will open them with its first-ever online premiere.
In a world with a lot of uncertainty and stress, it's a respite to find something a bit whimsical. Such is the case with Bubble Pop Gallery's current Le Fae Virtual Art Show, which runs through the month.
Coming off a year of Zoom meetings and constant digital updates, people may not want to turn to a screen to experience art. Yet it’s that inundation of information in a year packed with a pandemic, politics and protest that makes "Safetyfirst&Fantasies_BLOCKCHAIN" such a timely piece. Th…
With so much uncertainty in the world, who couldn't use a good laugh these days? The Gaslight Melodrama has that and more with its latest show, "The Good, The Bad & The Funny," which opens Friday.
Local community theaters now seem well-acquainted with the benefits and challenges of Zoom as a presenting platform. The Empty Space decided to make the best use of its talent for its latest production, "The Zoom Where It Happens," which will be performed this weekend.
Come this summer, the Outlets at Tejon won’t just be the place to go for fresh kicks and housewares. Bird Dog Arts, a new art experience, will challenge preconceived notions of a gallery space.
Community theater has looked very different over the last year. With virtually all shows since March moving online, it's been a challenge for local creatives.
The Panorama Invitational, which Bakersfield College has hosted for more than 15 years to highlight the work of young adults, was not another victim of the pandemic. This time around, it's an online exhibition with student works on display now through Jan. 29.
With some last-minute decisions left about stimulus checks, the second COVID-19 package is nearly ready to go, which includes among its many provisions the Save Our Stages bill, set to provide funding to a variety of cultural venues including museums.
Most of us are well-acquainted with the traditional tales of St. Nick, but The Empty Space has a fresh take on the jolly old elf with the upcoming "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus."
There are some definite challenges to presenting a theatrical show these days but Bakersfield Community Theatre has found at least one advantage, which it is putting to use for its latest, "It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play."
With an emphasis on buying local this year, shoppers have a great opportunity to find local treasures at The Empty Space's Holiday Boutique, which continues this weekend.
This holiday season looks a bit different but there are still some things we can count on. For local theater, that includes a holiday review from Stars Theatre Restaurant.
Although the BeeKay Theatre is not open for in-person plays, Tehachapi Community Theatre is ready and able to come to you virtually with its "The Not Late Night Telethon" on Friday.
Our sense of time may continue to be skewed but you can count on the Bakersfield Art Association having new art for the community to enjoy, whether in person or on social media.
Visions of sugar plums may dance in our heads, but it will be tea sandwiches and sweet treats in the takeout tea sets for the Bakersfield City Ballet's Nutcracker Tea on Dec. 12.
At the Gaslight Melodrama, the name of the show says it all: “Christmas Isn’t Cancelled.” Although its Holiday Extravaganza, like every event this year, will be a bit different: It will be the first local theatrical show taking place inside a theater since the shutdown.
In a year where nothing seems to have gone as expected, a play with complete flexibility sounds like just the right form of entertainment. Bakersfield College is presenting "Love and Information," a "theatrical kaleidoscope" on Zoom this week.