• Gustavo Arellano, consulting producer of the new Fox animated comedy "Bordertown" will host a screening of the television show at Maya Cinemas on Nov. 30.

    Animated TV comedy 'Bordertown' gets pre-screening at Maya

    Fox’s two-minute trailer for “Bordertown,” its new animated TV series finally arriving in January, has all the bathroom jokes and no-nonsense barfing you'd expect from series executive producer Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy.” So does the series, a tale of Mexican-American relations in the

  • “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," will be the first movie shown in IMAX in Bakersfield, when it is released Dec. 17.

    Coming attractions: IMAX theater in Bakersfield

    When the Force awakens in Bakersfield next month, it will do so in IMAX, the immersive state-of-the-art movie-viewing experience that local film fans have had to trek to Los Angeles or Fresno to enjoy until now. Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza 16 will debut its IMAX auditorium with the Dec. 17

  • Big House harmonica player Sonny California blows soulful notes at a recent rehearsal. Two decades after the formation of Big House, the band is getting together again, albeit in a slightly altered lineup, for two anniversary shows Nov. 27 and 28 at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace.

    Burnin' the Big House down! Band reunites for anniversary

    It’s not that Bakersfield enjoys breaking the rules. It’s just that some rules are made to be broken. Buck and Merle did it in the ‘60s and ‘70s -- and in the late 1990s, Bakersfield-based Big House did it again when the band exploded on the scene with a style of “soul country” that rejected the

  • Big House at a recent rehearsal for the band's two-night stand at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace on Nov. 27 and 28. From left is lead singer Monty Byrom, Tanner Byrom on drums, and Chuck Seaton on guitar. “We’re excited about what we’re hearing,” said Seaton, who played on the band’s self-titled debut album in 1997 and most of the later recordings.

    Hey, Big House: Tell us the stories behind the songs

    They grew up in Bakersfield, steeped in country music, yet heavily influenced by the greatest rock, R&B and blues performers of the 20th century. It’s why the country songs written, recorded and performed by Bakersfield’s own Big House include distant echoes of Otis Redding, Al Green, Sonny

  • The second volume of Buck Owens recordings related to the singer's 2013 autobiography, "Buck 'Em!" by Randy Poe, was released Tuesday.

    You thought you knew Buck? Rare gems offer a new take

    It’s borderline blasphemous to say so, but it turns out Merle Haggard’s recording of his oft-covered classic “Today I Started Loving You Again” isn’t the best version there is. In fact, it isn’t even the best version to come out of Bakersfield. That honor belongs to Haggard’s one-time mentor Buck

  • This Iron Giant print by artist Nate Watson will be available to the first 500 attendees of Bakersfield Comic-Con on Sunday at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

    Bakersfield Comic-Con grows by leaps and bounds

    When it seems as if the industry has upped the comic book ante with a growing slate of heroic films and TV series, it makes sense that a comic book event would also hulk out a bit after eight years. Bakersfield Comic-Con’s move to the Kern County Fairgrounds this year means more room for

  • Kelsea Ballerini performs "Love Me Like You Mean It" on Nov. 4 during the 49th annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

    Need a Swift kick? Try icon's 'little sis,' Kelsea Ballerini

    Young country music fans in search of a replacement for Taylor I’m-a-Pop-Star-Now Swift have found one: Kelsea Ballerini, whose career has gone from nothing much to Swiftian proportions in just one year. And her biggest fan may be Swift herself. The superstar, who has referred to Ballerini as

  • Bakersfield singer Ambler Appleton appears at Wine Me Up on Wednesday.

    CESAREO GARASA: Give thanks for live music on eve of turkey day

    Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving, every bar and restaurant will be at full strength to accommodate the flood of visiting family and friends looking to enjoy Bakersfield’s nightlife. For those looking for live music, I have a couple of suggestions, two of which overlap musicians like a Venn

  • Kama Maccioli, who performs as Kama Ruby, has formed a new group, Mixology. For the group’s premiere performance, in Bakersfield on Tuesday, Maccioli will serve as vocalist along with Tiffany Carmel, a mezzo and San Diego Opera choir member, and Alicia Richardson, a soprano and member of the Guild Opera Company, which promotes arts education for children. Featured musicians are Doug Davis on piano, Glen Fong on bass and Mark Meyer on horns.

    STEFANI DIAS: 'Classical to country' duo aims to mix things up

    A new musical collaboration is mixing things up in Bakersfield, starting at the Italian Heritage Dante Association on Tuesday. Mixology, a group of strong and proficient vocalists and musicians, is the brainchild of Kama Maccioli (who performs as Kama Ruby) and Alicia Richardson. The pair met as

  • Compton Junior High comes bearing gifts at the Bakersfield Christmas Parade.

    Bakersfield Christmas Parade to be livestreamed on bakersfield.com

    The 2015 Bakersfield Christmas Parade’s live broadcast will return exclusively to bakersfield.com at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. This marks the 33rd year of the downtown parade and the second that it will be livestreamed via bakersfield.com. The parade starts on L Street and makes its way west on

  • Concert organization fears end may be near

    Without more support, one of Bakersfield’s oldest music organizations may not be around much longer. Bakersfield Community Concerts Association has been providing a season of concerts for 95 years — first as the Kern County Musical Association, founded in 1920, then as the Bakersfield Community

  • The Guild House will host tea on Saturday with two courses of sweet and savory dishes.

    Guild House invites you to afternoon tea

    If an afternoon of good conversation and good food for a good cause sounds like your cup of tea, make reservations for Saturday’s Guild House Tea. Tables are going fast for the special event that, like all Guild House functions, benefits the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, a

  • Zichron Ya'acov ("Jacob's Memorial"), founded in 1882, attract many tourists attracted to its picturesque setting and historic city center. Its restored main street of landmark buildings is the home of coffeehouses and boutique shops selling locally-made crafts, jewelry and antiques. It is located near the main coastal highway, about 20 miles south of Haifa.

    Shalom sounds like home to American visitor

    On a sunny, breezy morning, I sit contentedly on a chair from the balcony of my room overlooking the sea. There are several sailboats moving slowly in the breeze, motorboats further in the distance, an interesting bird flying around, perhaps trying to make friends with some of its 11th-floor

  • When Jim Braun, left, had the pro football and college football beats at The Californian during the 1980s and early 1990s, he often teamed up with longtime Californian sports columnist Larry Press. Former colleagues and still very good friends, their most recent rendezvous was a bit further than the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum or Rose Bowl. Braun, now wire editor and copy editor, and Press met in Herzliya, Israel, for lunch along with several other family members. They actually had been planning this trip for a few years.

    Modern Israel: Youthful among nations

    Of all the nations populating this earthly orb of ours, the State of Israel certainly could qualify as the most different, and unique. Modern Israel is youthful among nations, regarded by the rest of the world as in some sort of constant turmoil. It is young, muscular, bursting with energy and

  • "The Best of the Bakersfield Sound" Airs on SiriusXM on Nov 13, 14 and 15

    Countdown: 50 greatest recordings to come out of Bakersfield

    Scott B. Bomar and Randy Poe are hosting a countdown of the 50 greatest recordings to come out of Bakersfield this weekend on the Willie's Roadhouse station. And the two Los Angeles-area music writers are the right guys to do it. Poe, who channeled Buck Owens for the Bakersfield icon’s recent

  • The Scarves and Yoga Pants cocktails at Eureka puts you right in the holiday spirit with a pumpkin spiced simple syrup.

    Sugar, pumpkin spice and everything nice for Eureka! cocktail

    These days, you can’t turn over a leaf or go down a grocery store aisle without finding a pumpkin spice something. The fall-favorite flavoring has long gone beyond the Starbucks latte that put it on the must-list of every Ugg boot-wearing, Instagram-happy girl and guy in a beanie. So when the

  • PETE TITTL: Humble Mexican spot knows how to stand out from crowd

    We tagged the humble Chips & Salsa in southwest Bakersfield as a restaurant to watch when it debuted in 2014. But the restaurant business is tough and within the year it had closed for remodeling and an eventual rebirth, as El Milagro Grill & Cantina. Here’s another one to watch — or maybe