While we’ve always had talented artists and organizations devoted to bringing the world of art alive for residents, historically, Bakersfield hasn’t been renowned for its art scene. But it’s all a matter of opinion and where you look. You might be pleasantly surprised at the success of The Bakersfield Museum of Art (BMoA), in all of its past incarnations, as the organization heads into its 60th year in 2016.
We ask a lot of people what they love about this town on a regular basis. Unsurprisingly, the most common answer we get is: the food. It’s with that spirit that we bring you this year’s Cheap Eats list, our compilation of great local Bakersfield restaurants (and the occasional food cart) that offer up big bites without charging big bucks, so you can explore more of the tastes your city has to offer.
That greatest of malt beverages, made from hops, barley, and wheat, has inspired many a president, author, and, yes, friend at the end of the bar, to sing its praises. Benjamin Franklin said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” And Australian writer Henry Lawson once said, “Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Here they are! This year’s swingin’, singin’, stylin’ singles! The guys and gals we’re featuring are working hard in their careers and working to help the community, and yes, sometimes they play to the beat of their own drums, but that’s why we think they’re so great—and deserve to be in the spotlight. So turn it up and rock out as you get to know this year’s rockin’ singles!
Downtown Bakersfield plays host to a variety of painters, jewelry makers, and musicians as part of the Arts Council of Kern’s First Friday ArtWalk.
Singer Rebecca Black isn’t the only one who looks forward to Friday (sing it with us now, “Friday, Friday”). But not all Fridays are the same. The first Friday of every month in Bakersfield is the best. Why? Easy.
We’re not just any city, this is JAM city!
The gleaming court is a perfect place to show off players’ A-game talents, like backdoor plays, slam dunks, and give-and-goes, and the blues and reds of the team logo painted right smack in the middle of the court really pop when the lights come on as the arena comes to life. But even though the brilliance of the court is impressive, the real center of attraction in Bakersfield’s Dignity Health Event Center is our hometown’s elite NBA Development League team, the Bakersfield Jam.