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 >>

Fourth of July pageant under way

Fourth of July pageant under way

“Are you looking for a wonderful and patriotic way to kick off the 4th of July?” If so, you are invited to attend “Our Country ’Tis of Thee” — a musical pageant written by Ruth Roberts and William Katz that presents the history of America . . . Read Full Story >>

Folias duo to perform  June 24 at Maturango

Folias duo to perform June 24 at Maturango

The Maturango Museum concert series concludes with a concert by Folias Flute and Guitar Duo in the Coso Gallery on Friday June 24, at 7:30 p.m. Flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron perform, compose, teach and are entrepreneurs from Grand Rapids, Mich. Together they . . . Read Full Story >>

HSUMD to host evening of enjoyment

HSUMD to host evening of enjoyment

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will wrap up the season with a free ice cream social, and a showing of a popular “Pictures of Us” video June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. “Solid Message … Strange Method” by . . . Read Full Story >>

’Summer Strings’ youth perform June 10

’Summer Strings’ youth perform June 10

Young instrumentalists participate in the week-long Summer Strings Chamber Ensemble Camp, which culminates June 10 in a concert at 6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. The public is invited and admission is free. The music camp was organized and taught by violinist Erica MacArthur and . . . Read Full Story >>

RMES announces scholarship winners

RMES announces scholarship winners

Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society founding boardmember Christina Scrivner (center) presents checks to two of this year’s three winners. Andrew Christison (right) won the Fred Farris Memorial Scholarship for $500, Colum Marshall (left) won the 2016 Performance Scholarship for $350 and Rebecca Rumph (not pictured) won . . . Read Full Story >>

Book Binder returns to Historic USO

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will welcome back Singer-Songwriter-Storyteller Bluesman Roy Book Binder to the Joe Fox Auditorium Stage at the Historic USO Building Tuesday, June 14, for a special encore performance. Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the . . . Read Full Story >>

’Pollyanna’ opens July 9

’Pollyanna’ opens July 9

Amy Ertl poses in the titular role in Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest’s production of “Pollyanna.” 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 Calvary . . . Read Full Story >>

‘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 >>