French-flavored music to spice up concerts

“Impressionism and beyond!” is how concert pianist and local piano-guitar-banjo instructor Lee Alan Nolan characterizes “Sacre Bleu!” — his upcoming concert to be performed in two Ridgecrest churches. French-themed piano masterpieces will resonate Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church and . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Sweeney Todd’ opens on Center Stage

The Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s big-ticket item this year is its production of the Broadway musical thriller “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” directed by Joseph Hunter. The musical by Stephen Sond-heim won both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award . . . Read Full Story >>

Duo to open chamber music season

The Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society concert series opens on Sunday, Oct. 4, with chamber music performed by Evgeny Tonkha, cello, and Anna Drubich, piano. The concert, to be held at 4 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, will include the music of Claude Debussy, Robert Schumann, . . . Read Full Story >>

DAL to host wildlife artist

The Desert Artists League will host Rich Pelletreau, an accomplished wildlife artist from Weldon, at its Oct. 5 meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Nazarene Church. Pelletreau holds degrees from the Silvermine College of Art and the San Francisco Art Institute. He uses acrylics to paint . . . Read Full Story >>

’Pirates of China Lake’ visit Saturday

’Pirates of China Lake’ visit Saturday

Dr. Larry Cosner, pictured in his recent portrayal of the Modern Major General from “Pirates of Penzance,” will make a guest appearance at the Desert Community Orchestra’s Pops Concert tomorrow. The popular concert will featured pirate-themed music and will be held in Mesquite Hall at . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum auction raises more than $26K

Museum auction raises more than $26K

BIG DONOR, BIG BIDDER — Ron Spees (right) displays two works of art by Milt Burford (left) at the conclusion of the Maturango Museum’s successful dinner auction Saturday evening. Spees, who is one of the museum’s volunteer petroglyph tour guides, now has petroglyphs of his . . . Read Full Story >>

Black to discuss self-marketing for authors

Indie author and Ridge Writers member Julianne Di Blasi Black will share her 20 years of marketing and professional creative experience at the Ridge Writers meeting on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores Ave. Distilling down her . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango Museum dinner, auction is tomorrow

Maturango Museum dinner, auction is tomorrow

Larry Zabel’s “Paradise Dressed in White,” held by Maturango Museum Director Debbie Benson, will be among the items auctioned off at tomorrow night’s gala fundraiser for the museum. The dinner-auction will be held at the Kerr McGee Center, with doors opening at 5 p.m. For . . . Read Full Story >>

New original murder mystery dinner set for ‘Weird Weekend’

From the local playwright who brought you the sell-out murder mystery “Goodbye Hollywood” comes “Hello Out There,” another mystery this Saturday, Sept. 12, as part of Ridge Writers’ “Weird Weekend.” “It’s a unique interactive murder mystery dinner set in the Mojave Desert designed exclusively for . . . Read Full Story >>

Singing Sands presents ‘Why We Sing’ Saturday

The local Singing Sands Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present “Why We Sing” on Saturday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. The chorus is one of hundreds of chapters that make up the Sweet Adelines. “Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet Juli DiBlasi Black

By THERESA GOLDSTRAND, News Review Correspondent William Shakespeare once said, “The eyes are the windows to your soul.” Have you ever met someone whose eyes lead you into the mysterious realms of a creative soul? You may have encountered such a person in a dream . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Oz’ cast takes on beloved classic at BHS

In one of the Burroughs High School Performing Arts Department’s most ambitious undertakings to date, more than 130 elementary-, middle- and high-schoolers will bring to life the musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved children’s story, “The Wizard of Oz.” The cast was announced on . . . Read Full Story >>

Jayke Orvis to perform Sept. 13 at Fury’s sports bar

Jayke Orvis to perform Sept. 13 at Fury’s sports bar

Farmageddon Records will bring country-folk artist Jayke Orviz to Fury’s Sports Bar in Ridgecrest on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. “Due to high demand from California residents, we are pleased to announce an intimate and much-anticipated performance of Jayke Orvis,” said Farmageddon spokesperson Meana . . . Read Full Story >>

Closing weekend for ‘Once Upon a Dream’

Closing weekend for ‘Once Upon a Dream’

Megan Anderson, (standing, left) as Annie, sings about the hard-knock life with her orphan friends in a number from the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s musical variety show, which show continues this weekend with its final performances tonight and tomorrow night, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4 . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Dream’ cast lights up stage

‘Dream’ cast lights up stage

Adam Curry (left, front), Craig Bradley (right, front) and the rest of their thuggish ilk set this tavern scene for a rollicking song-and-dance number from Disney’s “Tangled” as part of the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s “Once Upon a Dream” variety show. The show opened last . . . Read Full Story >>

Singing Sands to present ‘Why We Sing’ Sept. 12

The Singing Sands Chorus of Sweet Adelines will present “Why We Sing” — a fun, uplifting program of barbershop-style music — on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church. A $5 donation per guest is requested. Children 12 and younger will . . . Read Full Story >>

Introducing ‘Alas de Liona’

Introducing ‘Alas de Liona’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Local Musician Alas Tarin, now going by the stage name “Alas de Liona,” has launched a fundraising campaign to record and release her debut album, “Lightning and Fire.” Tarin often performs locally and is a recognizable act by . . . Read Full Story >>

Mystery novelist to speak to Ridge Writers

Novelist Victoria Heckman will present “Setting as a Character,” at the Ridge Writers meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. Heckman has produced several mystery series, each one featuring a colorful backdrop that advances her story. She stages the first . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Meet the Author’ goes paranormal

The popular Ridge Writers “Read the Book Meet the Author” series takes a paranormal detour as part of September’s Weird Weekend. Jenna Elizabeth Johnson will speak at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at My Enchanted Cottage and Tea Rooms. Over tea and scones, she . . . Read Full Story >>

Mumford to appear at DAL

The Desert Artists’ League will meet Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene. Mike Mumford, a local steel-sculpture artist, will present the program. “Mike strives to create interior and exterior sculptural artworks that convey a feeling or message to the observer,” . . . Read Full Story >>