’Out Country ’Tis of Thee’ program is July 4

’Out Country ’Tis of Thee’ program is July 4

Local youngsters enact the history of the United States through a lively number in “Our Country ’Tis of Thee.”?The popular patriotic musical returns to the community, thanks to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other supporters of the event. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Local artist to exhibit at Shakespeare festival

Local artist to exhibit at Shakespeare festival

Mike Mumford of RoadRunner Forge — a prominent local artist-blacksmith whose work can be seen all over town — has been selected to participate in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s “Adams Theatre Farewell Art Exhibit.” Pictured: “Shakespirit”?by Mike Mumford. -- Courtesy photo His artwork, “Shakespirit,” was . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum invites artists to Open Studio Tour

The Maturango Museum is seeking artists to participate in its annual Open Studio Tour, a two-day event that allows ticket-holders behind-the-scenes looks at the workspaces of local artists. Participant applications are due Aug. 15. “For those artists who have participated in the past, you know . . . Read Full Story >>

One more weekend for ’Lion in Winter’

One more weekend for ’Lion in Winter’

Heather Blanchard as Lady Alais Capet and Gabriel Gutierrez as King Philip II of France rehearse a scene for Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s production of the Tony Award-winning play “The Lion in Winter.” Additional performances will be held June 19, 20, 26 and . . . Read Full Story >>

Guitarist returns to local stage

Guitarist returns to local stage

Guitarist Ryan Ayers will return to the Historic USO Building Saturday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert is bringing Ayers to help raise funds for the group’s 70th anniversary celebration, planned for October. “Mr. Ayers is a talented solo . . . Read Full Story >>

Petroglyph designs featured in  new book by museum press

Petroglyph designs featured in new book by museum press

Just in time for a summer craft project or an entertaining educational experience, the Maturango Museum Press is offering a new book featuring the many fascinating design styles and patterns of Native American rock art. “A Study of the Coso Patterned Body Anthropomorphs” by Caroline . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Lion in Winter’ opens this weekend

‘Lion in Winter’ opens this weekend

James Goldman’s dramatic comedy “The Lion in Winter” opened Friday, June 12 at Community Light Opera and Theatre Association Center Stage, 1425 N. Inyo St. Directed by Barbara Roberts, the play tells the story of King Henry II of England and his estranged wife, Eleanor . . . Read Full Story >>

Classic movies offer family fun

By LIDDY BUTLER News Review Correspondent Some of the best-kept secrets in local, affordable family entertainment are the free movie screenings by the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert every Wednesday night at the Historic USO Building. “We’ve got a whole lot of Disney . . . Read Full Story >>

Professor Benson returns to the studio

Professor Benson returns to the studio

By NATALIE J. DORRELL Cerro Coso Community College While longtime Cerro Coso Community College art professor and local ceramic artist Dick Benson is stepping away from his everyday teaching duties after more than 25 years in the classroom, he is not retiring from his art. . . . Read Full Story >>

Area 51.5 Ukulele Club seeks new members

Area 51.5 Ukulele Club seeks new members

By LIDDY BUTLER News Review Correspondent Thursday-evening diners at Johns Pizza are in for an extra treat. While they enjoy their meals, the lilting sounds of ukulele strumming and voices singing can be heard coming from the back room. This would be the Area 51.5 . . . Read Full Story >>

Book Binder returns to IWV

Book Binder returns to IWV

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will welcome singer-songwriter-storyteller-bluesman Roy Book Binder back to the Joe Fox Auditorium at the Historic USO Building on Thursday, June 18, at 8 p.m. for a special encore performance. Book Binder has been rambling around the world . . . Read Full Story >>

Dance showcase continues

Simply Dance’s spring variety show, “We Can Fly, We Can Fly, We Can Fly” continues tonight, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Old Town Theater, 215 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. “You can also join Dorothy and Toto for our trip to Oz,” invited a spokesperson, who . . . Read Full Story >>

CLOTA presents ‘Lion in Winter’

The Community Light Opera and Theatre Association will present James Goldman’s drama, “The Lion in Winter,” this June as its summer show of CLOTA’s 50th Anniversary season. The show opens June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at CLOTA Center Stage, 1425 N. Inyo St. Directed by . . . Read Full Story >>

Exhibit features 395-inspired art

Exhibit features 395-inspired art

The Maturango Museum will hold its opening reception Friday, June 12, for featured artist Erik Holland, whose exhibit “Highway 395 Roadtrip” will be on display this month at the museum. The reception begins at 7 p.m. The event is admission free and open to the . . . Read Full Story >>

George Washington drama has first weekend

George Washington drama has first weekend

From left, Caedmon Meech, Nick Harper, Austin von Schlemmer and Solomon Meech reenact a revolutionary war scene from “George Washington, the Unyielding Hero.” The Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest staged opening night Thursday at RCA Church. Subsequent performances are June 5, 11 and 12 at . . . Read Full Story >>

"Magic Flute" is tonight only

"Magic Flute" is tonight only

Guild presents ‘Magic Flute’ The Ridgecrest Opera Guild, under the direction of Gabriel R. Pazos, will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” sung in English, on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. “For one night only, the community can experience . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Opera Guild to present Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’

The Ridgecrest Opera Guild, under the direction of Gabriel R. Pazos, will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” sung in English, on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. “For one night only, the community can experience Mozart’s masterpiece,” said a . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS musicians represent exemplary VAPA distinction

BHS musicians represent exemplary VAPA distinction

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson (right) poses with Burroughs High School Orchestra Instructor Mark Hatter (second from right), and students (from left) Charles Ward, Ryan McKinney, Katherine McClain, Sidney Marler, Matt Wong and Khaleel Snook. As representatives of one of three schools in Kern, . . . Read Full Story >>

Simply Dance to offer variety show, ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Simply Dance will present its spring variety show, “We Can Fly, We Can Fly, We Can Fly” on Thursday and Friday, June 4-5, at 6:30 p.m. at Old Town Theater, 215 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. “You can also join Dorothy and Toto for our trip to . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society issues casting call for ‘Dreams’

Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society issues casting call for ‘Dreams’

“The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society would disagree with Hamlet referring to May as a ‘little month,’” said an RMES spokesperson. “No, here in our valley, May is a big-opportunity month with auditions for ‘Dreams,’ RMES’s musical extravaganza set to premiere in late August-early September.” Continuing . . . Read Full Story >>