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After 12 years of performances, it's not surprising that young actors from Tonicism Productions are headed to college (or already there), including Josephine Dethlefson, daughter of the children's theater group founder, Guinevere PH Dethlefson.

Kneeling on asphalt to create chalk art would be a fool's errand now but cooler temperatures will return and with them the Via Arté Italian Street Painting Festival.

"Oh, the thinks you can think, if you're willing to try!" That's a sentiment Bakersfield College is feeling heading into the opening weekend of "Seussical."

Last month, the California Arts Council awarded more than $31 million for more than 1,100 grants supporting nonprofits throughout the state, including $163,600 divided among three in Kern County — Kern Dance Alliance, Arts Council of Kern and Creative Crossing Co-Create — in the first cycle …

Family is one of those tried and true themes in the theater world. Regardless of the setting or circumstances, narratives about how we navigate the world with (or in spite of) those we call family resonate with a wide audience.

We've seen plenty of depictions of men's locker room antics but young female athletes take center stage this week in "The Wolves," playing at Bakersfield College.

Identity is a recurring theme in art, with creators often depicting how they see their world or how they are portrayed within it. For its spring exhibitions, the Bakersfield Museum of Art explores this idea with three thought-provoking collections.

The Plein Air Painting Festival is in full swing this week but residents may not yet have had a chance to see artists at work. That changes Thursday when six of the seven painters will set up in downtown Bakersfield for an afternoon paint out.

Broadway is peppered with musicals but have you ever wondered about the first-ever musical? Historically, it's 1866's "The Black Crook," but "Something Rotten," opening this weekend at Ovation Theatre, proposes a comically different alternative.

It's more common to see Shakespeare's comedies or tragedies such as "Hamlet" or "Macbeth" take the stage before "Titus Andronicus." This not-often-produced tragedy brings its bloody tale of revenge to The Empty Space for just two weekends.

More so than family ties, friendships offer real insight into those who not only chose to forge a bond but to sustain it, sometimes for decades. Bakersfield Community Theatre explores the ties that bind in its new show "20th Century Blues."

The course of true love never did run smooth, especially if it blooms along the Panorama Bluffs. Gaslight Melodrama explores that possibility of romance in "Meet Me at The Bluffs."

If you missed your chance to see this phenomenal show recently at the local Ovation Theatre, or if you just want to see it again, head over to Centennial High School as the drama department presents the very popular musical "Into the Woods" this weekend.

Those who love theater — whether making it or simply enjoying it — can agree that sometimes a story finds you. One so riveting that you know it will play a role in the future. That was the case for director Cristina Goyeneche, who is bringing "Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life…

Although musical sensation Gloria Estefan initially struggled with her mother over her career, the actress playing her in the new Stars production "On Your Feet!" couldn't have had a more different experience.