‘Little Women’ musical opening soon

‘Little Women’ musical opening soon

The Ridgecrest Musical Enrich-ment Society is scheduled to perform “Little Women,” a musical based on the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel, next month at the Burroughs High School Performing Arts Center. As with all RMES productions, the show’s proceeds go toward bolstering performing arts education . . . Read Full Story >>

Frankenstein author Mary Shelley to visit — sort of

Actress Stevie Taken, a longtime favorite at the annual Riverside Dickens Festival for her portrayal of author Mary Shelley, brings her spot-on performance to Ridgecrest on Friday, Sept. 23, to launch Ridge Writers’ Weird Weekend. Beginning at 2 p.m. and remaining in character throughout, she . . . Read Full Story >>

Stallings to give workshop on‘designing dastardly deeds’

Daniel Stallings, mystery writer and founder of Master Mystery Productions, will present “Poisoned Pen: How to Design Dastardly Deeds, Puzzling Plots, and Meticulous Mysteries” for the Thursday, Sept. 1, Ridge Writers meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The interactive . . . Read Full Story >>

CLOTA to offer  ‘murder and a meal’

CLOTA to offer ‘murder and a meal’

The Community Light Opera and Theatre Association invites the community to its latest production “Café Murder,” a murder-mystery dinner theater by comedian, producer and educator Nathan Hartswick. The “murder and a meal” will be catered by Casey’s Steaks & BBQ, and the audience will get . . . Read Full Story >>

New performing arts studio registration opens

New performing arts studio registration opens

The newly launched Simplicity Performing Arts Studio has announced the opening of fall registration for instruction in ballet, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop and musical-theater-style dancing. Registration for fall and spring sessions will be held Friday, Aug. 19, and Thursday, Aug 25, from 5-7 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

CLOTA holds ‘Kindergarten’ tryouts

Community Light Opera and Theatre Association auditions for the musical “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” are under way and will continue through Sunday, July 31. The 1992 musical adaptation by Ernest Zulia is based on Robert Fulghum’s collection of essays. . . . Read Full Story >>

Missoula brings ‘Peter and Wendy’ to China Lake

Missoula Children’s Theatre will perform “Peter and Wendy” on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Paradise Community Center on base. Performances will be at 2 and 5:30 p.m. The company will hold youth auditions for the show on Aug. 1, 10 a.m., at Castle X Youth . . . Read Full Story >>

The (last) Last Garden Party

The (last) Last Garden Party

From left “The Last Garden Party” castmembers Monica Lorenz and Sebastian Lorenz, Bud Gates (winner from opening night) and wife Deb Gates, and castmembers Devanne Fredette, Daniel Stallings and Celese Sanders enjoy the ambiance of this interactive murder-mystery, praised by guests for its cleverness and . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writers to host Open Mic Night Aug. 4

Once a year, Ridge Writers, the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club, invites the public to read aloud from their own works on Open Mic Night. The popular event returns on Thursday, Aug. 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango seeks artists

-- Artists sought for exhibition -- The Maturango Museum is putting out a call to artists interested in exhibiting their work to the community. The museum hosts five solo or group exhibits each year. “Our new Coso Room is the perfect venue for your artistic . . . Read Full Story >>

First in series of murals painted at fairgrounds

First in series of murals painted at fairgrounds

Artist Scott Sayer paints a mural on the side of Sage Hall at Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Sayer, with the help of an anonymous contributor who helped him purchase the supplies, is launching what he hopes will be the first in a series of local murals . . . Read Full Story >>

Students spend summer with Maturango

Students spend summer with Maturango

The Maturango Museum’s summer interns (clockwise from lower left) Kirsten Carroll, Levi Bayer, Kara Jones, Daisy Zajicek and Carol Blair are hard at work sorting thousands of the museum’s archaeological artifacts. The area college students will work through the summer before returning to their schools . . . Read Full Story >>

Native voice  rings out in ‘Choir  of the World’

Native voice rings out in ‘Choir of the World’

Among the chorus of voices called “Choir of the World” last week at the 70th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales was Ridgecrest native Andy Konopak. The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir of California State University, Long Beach, under the direction of Jonathan Talberg, won . . . Read Full Story >>

Local son is ‘No. 1’

Local son is ‘No. 1’

Rebecca Neipp

While the Indian Wells Valley has seen its share of natives move on to great musical acclaim and achievement, the title for commercial success arguably goes to 1990 Burroughs High School graduate Mark Hoppus, who fronts the hugely popular California punk band Blink-182. The band’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango hosts Curtis photography exhibit

Maturango hosts Curtis photography exhibit

Maturango Museum History Intern Katie McClain shows her “Portraits of North American Indians”?exhibit, featuring the photography of Edward S. Curtis. A prominant photographer in Seattle in the early 1900s, Curtis became interested in Native American culture and spent most of the rest of his life . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum seeks artists for Open Studios

The Maturango Museum is now accepting applications, until Aug. 10, from local artists for its Open Studio Tour, scheduled for Oct. 15-16. Artists open their work spaces to offer tourgoers an inside glimpse into their creative process, as well as an opportunity to purchase their . . . Read Full Story >>

Homegrown thespians take  Moonlight Theater stage together

Homegrown thespians take Moonlight Theater stage together

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Every so often the local theater scene has an opportunity to nurture talent that ends up landing on a much bigger stage. But an upcoming San Diego production, not one but two of the Indian Wells Valley’s shining . . . Read Full Story >>

‘ARTifacts’ exhibit to open

The Maturango Museum will host a public reception Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. to honor the opening of an exhibit that showcases members’ artistic interpretations of curators’ items. According to Museum Director Debbie Benson, curators have each chosen artifacts from the accessioned collection and . . . Read Full Story >>

’Last Garden Party’ opens July 9

’Last Garden Party’ opens July 9

Performers in “Last Garden Party,” an interactive murder-mystery written by local author Daniel Stallings, prepare for their Saturday, July 9, opening at 7 p.m. at My Enchanted Cottage. Stallings said the story take guests to Victorian England for a midsummer garden tea party filled with . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum seeking artists for Open Studio Tour

The Maturango Museum is now accepting applications, until Aug. 10, from local artists for its Open Studio Tour, scheduled for Oct. 15-16. Artists open their work space to offer tourgoers an inside glimpse into their creative process, as well as an opportunity to purchase their . . . Read Full Story >>