‘Little  Women’  auditions  begin June 2

‘Little Women’ auditions begin June 2

The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society will hold auditions for its fall musical, “Little Women,” beginning Thursday, June 2. The musical, based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name, “has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story . . . Read Full Story >>

Smashwords staffer to discuss e-book self-publishing

Smashwords staffer to discuss e-book self-publishing

Smashwords Marketing Direc-tor Jim Azevedo will present “A Jargon-free Introduction to Ebook Self-Publishing: How To Publish, Distribute and Sell Your Book” to Ridge Writers on Thursday, June 2, at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 6:30 p.m. The public is invited, and admission is free. Azevedo will explain . . . Read Full Story >>

Showtimes change for CHER's 'Pollyanna'

Showtimes change for CHER's 'Pollyanna'

Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest students are dressed up and ready to perform “Pollyanna,” opening June 9. Performances are Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10, at 6:30 p.m. with a Saturday, June 11, matinee at 1 p.m. The show will be held at Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Interactive murder mystery opens July 9

Master Mystery Productions, responsible for last year’s sold-out “Goodbye Hollywood,” is reuniting with My Enchanted Cottage and Tea Room to present “The Last Garden Party,” a Victorian-themed, interactive murder mystery tea. My Enchanted Cottage is renovating a new outdoor dining space, the Enchanted Garden, and . . . Read Full Story >>

CHER’s ’Pollyanna’ opens June 9

CHER’s ’Pollyanna’ opens June 9

Clockwise from left, Amy Ertl, Dylan Menzel, Holly Hill and Abby Voigt star as Pollyanna, Mr. John Pendleton, Nancy and Miss Polly Harrington in the Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest high school drama production of “Pollyanna.” Performances are Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, . . . Read Full Story >>

Simply Dance announces June shows

Simply Dance is pleased to announce two shows in June – the spring variety show “All You Need is Love” and the local dance studio’s presentation of “Snow White.” The variety show will be Wednesday and Thursday, June 1 and 2, at 6 p.m., followed . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS students show off art skills

BHS students show off art skills

Elaine LoPresti (front) and Rhonda Wendt admire artwork by Burrough High School art students on display in the BHS?multi-use room. Parents, students and other members of the community had the chance to peruse the original artwork during last week’s art show. -- Photo by Laura . . . Read Full Story >>

Martin Espino  performs May 13

Martin Espino performs May 13

The Maturango Museum concert series will feature Martin Espino on indigenous Mexican music in the Coso Gallery Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. The concert, entitled “Sounds of Ancient Mexico,” is an interactive program in which Espino motivates the audience of all ages to become . . . Read Full Story >>

Program on Virginia City featured at HSUMD dinner

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17, at the Historic USO Building. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30. A brief business meeting will follow the dinner, including election to . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Summer of Movie Magic’ begins

The popular Classic Movie Night series, presented on flex Wednesdays by the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert, for the last six years, continues to beam films from the Golden Age of Hollywood onto its Joe Fox Auditorium screen at the Historic USO Building. . . . Read Full Story >>

More than 100 musicians, fans turn out for Battle of the Bands

More than 100 musicians, fans turn out for Battle of the Bands

RayBand performs during Retro Records’ Battle of the Bands Saturday night. About ten bands participated, playing to more than 100 music fans who crowded the venue throughout the evening. The Barstool Saints won the competition, splitting the $250 prize pool with runner-up group Duendes. -- . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum to host Michael Maas exhibit

The Maturango Museum will feature artist Michael Maas in “Development of Themes: the Evolution of an Artist’s Work From Realistic Botanicals to Patterned Abstraction.” The opening reception will be held Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Coso Room. The event is free and . . . Read Full Story >>

Trio con Brio to perform

Trio con Brio to perform

The Trio con Brio Copenhagen will present “Beyond the Season” on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church as the next offering in the Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society’s concert season. The concert will feature piano trios by Shostakovich (No. 1 in . . . Read Full Story >>

Lee Nolan to play in concert May 7

Local musician Lee Alan Nolan presents his one-man-band concert “Across the Genre-ations” opening Saturday, May 7 at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The pianist/vocalist/guitarist/banjoist offers a centuries-spanning multigenre show of classical, bluegrass, rock and jazz music featuring pieces by George Frideric Handel, Franz Schubert, the Beatles, . . . Read Full Story >>

Artists’ group to host oil critique

The Desert Artists’ League will host Howard Rees as the speaker of its May 2 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene. “Rees’ favorite place to be is at the end of a paintbrush, whether it be in his studio in . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Academy’s ’Flowing Canvas’ opens Friday

Sierra Academy’s ’Flowing Canvas’ opens Friday

Celeste Hernandez, Emilia Menza, Olivia Cauley, Audrey Huyen, Abby Sweitzer, Alina Yoshizu, Isabela Ruggiero and Aurora Fillingham rehears for Sierra Academy of Dance’s “Flowing Canvas,” which opens tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Burroughs High School Parker Performing Arts Center. “Painted masterpieces will spring to . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum to host ‘Evolution of an Artist’ reception

The Maturango Museum will feature artist Michael Maas in “Development of Themes: the Evolution of an Artist’s Work from Realistic Botanicals to Patterned Abstraction.” The opening reception will be held Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. . . . Read Full Story >>

Russian men's a cappella ensemble to perform

Russian men's a cappella ensemble to perform

The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, an a capella group from Russia, will return to Ridgecrest for a performance on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church. The program will include sacred Russian music for the first half and popular Russian secular . . . Read Full Story >>

4th of July pageant auditions to begin May 5

“Our Country ’Tis of Thee,” a choral pageant of the history of America, is holding open signups on May 5 and May 12 from 4-5 p.m. at 501 N. Norma St. Be prepared to list any rehearsals that you must miss. A parent meeting will . . . Read Full Story >>

Wildflower photo contest winners announced

Wildflower photo contest winners announced

Carol Porter (right), contest coordinator for the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s annual wildflower photo contest, is pictured with the winners of this year’s competition (from left) 1st- place winner Chet Steele for his Desert Five-Spot, 2nd-place winner Ken Sanger for Chia and . . . Read Full Story >>