As I was picking up trash during a walk around my neighborhood, I thought about how I distinguished human-made trash from the natural debris of leaves, sticks, rocks, etc. and how my search was similar to the search for signals from extraterrestrial intelligent civilizations that want to mak…

It鈥檚 a magical July at Toasted and its sister restaurant After Hours. Through the end of the month, the Panama Lane location will host its Hogwarts celebration with special drinks and menu items perfect for muggles and wizards alike.

Move over, heat wave. There's a bigger danger on the streets of 鉴黄师app. A carnivorous plant returns to The Empty Space for "Little Shop of Horrors."

Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. If you plan on being in the L.A. area that day, consider a stop at聽bspokeLA, which is hosting a聽Thrifty Ice Cream's Sunday Social.

Locally, we have a number of festivals featuring food and beverages from local businesses including Village Fest, Greek Food Festival, Latino Food Festival Menudo and Pozole Cook-off, Brunch Fest, Michelada Madness, Fiesta Fest

Don鈥檛 let the heat get you down this weekend. Second Saturday has a number of activities earlier in the day and then inside so you don鈥檛 have to forgo the fun.

We may all feel a bit in need of rescuing this summer as we survive this current heat wave. The Gaslight Melodrama is ready for its hero role, offering a cool escape with 鈥淭he Princess of Pumpkin Center.鈥

Deedra Patrick has been a familiar name to local audiences as both a solo artist and as the frontwoman for acts like her 1980s top 40/new wave outfit Contraband, the L.A. heavy rock band DeTor Grey and, most recently, NeuTrick with keyboardist Chris Neufeld and Turquoise with Neufeld and gui…

Thursday was Earth's aphelion day, its farthest distance from the sun at 94.51 million miles. Did you feel the difference in the middle of summer? Probably not since our temperatures are determined by the angle of sunlight and the length of daylight instead of our distance from the sun.

Thursday is officially the big day but people have been celebrating the nation's birth in Kern County since Saturday.

Kern County, get ready to聽"Stomp, Wiggle, Clap & Tap." Along with being the name of a book featured in this year's Books in Motion program, that phrase serves as a call to action for would-be attendees.

There鈥檚 no denying this current heat wave 鈥 or everyone's desire to stay indoors. But if art inspires you to venture out, downtown 鉴黄师app has some spots with hot art and cooler temperatures.

At age 24, almost 50 years ago, I found myself at a spiritual crossroad. I had a strong belief system, but it had not been personally validated. I was missing a vital piece in my relationship with God.

On Tuesday, legendary rock band Heart announced it would be postponing all remaining shows for its Royal Flush Tour, which included a Dec. 12 stop at Mechanics Bank Arena.

Although we鈥檙e nearing the end of the official month of Pride, the celebrations are far from over. Along with Thursday's Art After Dark at the 鉴黄师app Museum of Art, the community will continue to gather with Saturday's "Love Should Be Fair" Pride Fair at 鉴黄师app College and more eve…

Things are heating up for Kern Dance Alliance this summer and for once, it has nothing to do with the weather. Hot off a Beautiful 鉴黄师app Award win, the organization also announced it received a grant for nearly $25,000 to continue its Taste of Dance program.

If you鈥檙e already planning for your holiday celebration next week, La Rosa Fruit Bars & Ice Cream is ready to help. On Saturday, it will host its big summer sale with special flavors and a discount to get you stocked up for the Fourth.

Revisit the magical evening in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash found themselves jamming at the Sun Records studio in "One Night in Memphis" at the Fox Theater.

In the world of local art, women are front and center this weekend with the debut of a new show highlighting female artists.

If you're not a morning person, you may wake up feeling like a bear coming out of hibernation. On July 7, embrace your ursine inclinations when Breakfast with the Bears returns to California Living Museum.

Since 2018, the local celebration of Pride month in June has culminated in the 鉴黄师app Museum of Art's Art After Dark.

It's a good week to be a Soda Crackers fan. The band with local ties, which recently released its debut single, will perform its last 鉴黄师app show of the summer on Saturday. And band leader Zane Adamo is also up for a Beautiful 鉴黄师app Award for his efforts to preserve the Bakersfiel…