Orchestra to kick off season with Pops Concert

The Desert Community Orches-tra will kick off its 2014-15 season with its annual Free Pops Concert on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. on the main stage of the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. “This annual outdoor event has become a Ridgecrest tradition and people of all . . . Read Full Story >>

Memory Lane ...

Memory Lane ...

Today most of us are never without our telephones — so this trip down Memory Lane is remarkably short when you consider that this photo of telephone operators absorbed in their work was taken only about 70 years ago. This switchboard was in Inyokern at . . . Read Full Story >>

Valuable  shamans  to be auctioned

Valuable shamans to be auctioned

Maturango Museum member Milt Burford has been working overtime to ensure that next Saturday’s fundraising dinner-auction will be a big success. Burford’s auth-entic steel interpretations of Coso Range petroglyph figures have always been popular auction items — and this year he has created and donated . . . Read Full Story >>

Big Band X-press performs this weekend

Big Band X-press performs this weekend

Members of the Big Band X-Press’s melodious brass section tune up for their Welcome Back dance this Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Historic USO Building. From 7:30-10:30 p.m. hepcats young and not-so-young can be chasin’ the blues away to Swing-Era favorites like “Band-stand Boogie” and . . . Read Full Story >>

Foggia, Veit to perform at museum

The Maturango Museum will open its annual concert series with Dr. Thomas Foggia performing Sept. 19 and 21 in a program entitled “Country-Western Meets Tango.” The concert will be held Friday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery. A Sunday, Sept. . . . Read Full Story >>

Two on Tap to perform here Monday

Two on Tap to perform here Monday

The Indian Wells Valley Concert Association will present “Two on Tap,” a singing, tap-dancing duo who will be bringing their theatrical performance to the local stage on Monday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parker Performing Arts Center. “This is a show not to . . . Read Full Story >>

Valuable shamans to be auctioned

Maturango Museum member Milt Burford has been working overtime to ensure that next Saturday’s fundraising dinner-auction will be a big success. Burford’s auth-entic steel interpretations of Coso Range petroglyph figures have always been popular auction items — and this year he has created and donated . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango Museum dinner Sept. 20

Maturango Museum dinner Sept. 20

Paula Herr, a docent and volunteer worker for the Maturango Museum, admires “To the Salt Tram,” a beautiful work by artist Fred Hartson that depicts the rugged road to the Saline Valley Salt Tram. This artistically enhanced photograph is one of many valuable items to . . . Read Full Story >>

Foggia, Voit to perform at museum

The Maturango Museum will open its 2014-15 concert series with Dr. Thomas Foggia, performing Sept. 19 and 21, in a program entitled “Country-Western Meets Tango.” The Friday, Sept. 19, performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery. A Sunday, Sept. 21, . . . Read Full Story >>

Weird stories sought for this weekend

Weird stories sought for this weekend

Weird Weekend’s two-day program at Ridgecrest’s Historic USO Building (230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd) includes, on Friday, a 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6:30 dinner ($18; $15 seniors, military) and the free Beverly Gray talk “Roger Corman: Cult Movie Icon and King of Weird,” rare film shorts . . . Read Full Story >>

"Joseph" still on for one more weekend

"Joseph" still on for one more weekend

Steven Farris as Joseph (right) and Dr. Larry Cosner as Jacob are joined onstage by sons and daughters of Israel during a scene in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” Audiences still have a chance to see the performance on Sept. 10, 12 and . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Joseph’ opens on stage of many colors

‘Joseph’ opens on stage of many colors

Tomorrow is opening night for the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s eagerly anticipated “Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat.” The bi-annual musical opens Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Parker Performing Arts Center, and is RMES’ major fund-raiser for supporting performing arts in local schools. “RMES is . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango Museum Open Studio Tours: Paula Caudil

By LINDA SAHOLT News Review correspondent For this year’s Maturango Museum Open Studio Tour, Paula Caudill will show off her newly completed pottery studio, where she creates not only functional pottery and ceramic sculpture but also beaded and copper jewelry. “It’s light and airy and . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango Museum Open Studio Tours: Jeremy Pecoff

By LINDA SAHOLT News Review correspondent This year’s spokesman for DART’s “Artists on the Edge” group is Jeremy Pecoff, shown working on his sculpture of a triceratops dinosaur. Artists on the Edge will participate in the Maturango Museum’s Open Studio Tour this year. The group . . . Read Full Story >>

Club to host compassionate portrait photographer

The China Lake Photographic Society will host Thomas Perkins at its Thursday, Sept. 4, meeting at 7 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. Perkins provides free portraits to families suffering still birth or early infant loss. He will show some of the images he produced after . . . Read Full Story >>

Old West Days set for Randsburg

Organizers of Randsburg’s 13th annual Old West Days & Bluegrass Jamboree are looking for artists, craftspeople, antique dealers and entrepreneurs to participate in the celebration, scheduled for Satur-day, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost for a booth space is $15 per nonfood business, which . . . Read Full Story >>

Feeling musical? Check out these CCCC offerings!

Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join the Cerro Coso Community College Choir. “Learn how to read music and sing in harmony with a diverse and dedicated group of singers just like you,” said Director Amber Farris-Petersen. The class meets from 6-9:10 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

Weird stories welcome at Historic USO

“This part of the Eastern Sierra has a rich and fascinating history and our mission is to make the public aware of and preserve it,” said Andrew Sound, program chair for Ridgecrest’s Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert. Nick Rogers, HSUMD Movie Programs chair, . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Drummond’s first ‘baby boy’

Dr. Drummond’s first ‘baby boy’

While on travel in Northern California, News Review contributing writer and editor Donna McCrohan Rosenthal had a serendipitous encounter with one of Dr. Drummond’s first local deliveries. The following account that touches IWV history is being shared for our readers’ enjoyment. By DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL . . . Read Full Story >>

A wartime  romance  that lasted

A wartime romance that lasted

By MICKEY STRANG Special to the News Review My husband, John Strang, and I were married on July 16, 1945, when I was 19 and he was the ripe old age of 22. How many couples can say they have spent nearly seven decades together? . . . Read Full Story >>