RMES ‘Joseph, Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ auditions April 24, 25, 26

Call it what you will—“heartwarming pop oratorio,” “delightful follow-up to Jesus Christ Superstar,” “one of the most popular family musicals of all time”—the beloved“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is coming to Ridgecrest. The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society invites local singers and actors to come . . . Read Full Story >>

Last chance to watch ‘Julius Caesar’ as ‘Julia Caesar’ at BHS

Last chance to watch ‘Julius Caesar’ as ‘Julia Caesar’ at BHS

Linda Saholt

Here’s a twist on a classic: Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” done as “Julia Caesar” — same lines, same plot, but with a nearly all-girl cast. “These ladies deserve to be seen,” said Tristan Kratz, director and drama teacher at Burroughs High School. She gave her cast . . . Read Full Story >>

Armstrong  is ‘unsung  heroine’

Armstrong is ‘unsung heroine’

Kathy Armstrong, charter member of the Singing Sands Chapter of Sweet Adelines, International, was honored with the distinction of being an “Unsung Heroine” recently during regional chorus and quartet competitions. The award is given to members nominated by their chapters for serving quietly without any . . . Read Full Story >>

Wildflower Festival arrives

Wildflower Festival arrives

Remember how fragrant sand verbena used to carpet the desert at this time of year? You can still enjoy lush clusters of this beautiful desert plant (as pictured) just to the west of the Ridgecrest landfill. While you’re at it, visit the multiple wildflower-themed events . . . Read Full Story >>

Follies "20th Century Fox Mambo"

Follies "20th Century Fox Mambo"

Debbie Corlett and company perform a lively rendition of the 20th Century Fox Mambo before one of the largest-ever audiences or the Community Unity Star Follies, presented by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. Community leaders dressed up to dance and lip sync to a variety . . . Read Full Story >>

Travel Column

Travel Column

By Donna McCrohan Rosenthal April means fabulous opportunities indoors and out. To build itineraries for adventures far and near, check out this month’s roundup of travel and transportation tips for short hops or longer trips around California. To the northwest in Oakland’s Jack London Square, . . . Read Full Story >>

Book review: Ridge Writers on Books

Book review: Ridge Writers on Books

My love of the remarkable “Call the Midwife” stories started a couple of years ago when I began watching the BBC series of the same name. Whether or not you’ve seen the series, you’ll find this book (340 pages, paperback, Penguin Books, 2012, $16.00) a . . . Read Full Story >>

Action photographer to speak

Action photographer to speak

The public is invited to the next meeting of the China Lake Photographic Society to hear Ken Sanger talk about action photography, with an emphasis on what he terms “rodeos, roping and riding.” An avid sports photographer for most of his life, Sanger will illustrate . . . Read Full Story >>

Suzuki Strings ‘Music Around the World’ concert

Suzuki Strings ‘Music Around the World’ concert

Ridgecrest Suzuki Strings, a group of more than 50 young violinists ages 3-20, will give their 24th annual “Music Around the World” concert on Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 571 N. Norma St. The students, dressed in international . . . Read Full Story >>

RCMS concludes series with Felici Trio ‘Three of a Kind’ concert

RCMS concludes series with Felici Trio ‘Three of a Kind’ concert

The Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society 2013-2014 concert series concludes with chamber music performed by the Felici Piano Trio. The concert, entitled “Three of a Kind,” will include music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gabriel Fauré, and Felix Men-delssohn-Bartholdy. The famed trio, residents of Mammoth Lakes, . . . Read Full Story >>

Mystery/suspense fiction superstar Anne Perry speaks in Ridgecrest

Anne Perry, with 30 million books in print, probably qualifies as the best-selling author to ever visit Ridgecrest. Her mysteries and detective fiction have won fans worldwide. She will discuss her novel “No Graves as Yet” over tea and scones at My Enchanted Cottage & . . . Read Full Story >>

“EARNEST” COMEDY TO CLOSE

“EARNEST” COMEDY TO CLOSE

Duplicitous man about town Jack “Earnest” Worthing pursues some hilarious schemes (above) in the Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s laugh-filled production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” set for its closing performances this weekend. Tickets for the two remaining performances of this . . . Read Full Story >>

Keeter Stuart to appear at Trona Centennial

Keeter Stuart to appear at Trona Centennial

APPEARING AT TRONA CENTENNIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL – Keeter Stuart, shown above, continues the lineage of his uncle, Stan Jones, who wrote “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” Stuart will be one of the musicians in the Trona Centennial Music Festival on Saturday, March 29, 7 p.m., . . . Read Full Story >>

Hansons rack up high scores at NCAA Division II championships

Hansons rack up high scores at NCAA Division II championships

Those swimming phenoms, the Hansons of Ridgecrest, racked up high scores last week throughout the National College Athletic Asso-ciation Division II Championships in Ge-neva, Ohio, The final day on Saturday found Mary and Joshua Hanson scoring even more points for the California Baptist University Lancer . . . Read Full Story >>

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Wildflowers welcome the official start of spring tomorrow. These bright yellow malacothrix glabrata, also known as “desert dandelions,” are native to the Mojave and other arid regions of the southwest and can be found across the Indian Wells Valley floor — thanks in part to . . . Read Full Story >>

’Importance of Being Earnest’ opens this weekend

’Importance of Being Earnest’ opens this weekend

YOU’RE NOT EARNEST? In a scene from “The Importance of Being Earnest,” idle young gentleman Algernon Moncrieff (Richard Wagner), right, refuses to believe that his best friend, Earnest (Calvin Johnson), is actually a man named John Worthing employing a false identity to escape social obligations.The . . . Read Full Story >>

Big Band X-Press dance set for March 15

Big Band X-Press dance set for March 15

Our valley’s cherished Big Band X-Press expects to offer more fun than a barrel of leprechauns at its 5th Annual Jim McLane Memorial Scholarship Dance this Saturday, March 15. A highlight of the 7:30-10:30 p.m. festivities at the Kerr-McGee Center will be an Irish melodies . . . Read Full Story >>

Concert pianist to dig into folk-classic roots

Concert pianist to dig into folk-classic roots

Concertgoers who have relished local pianist and piano/guitar/banjo instructor Lee Alan Nolan’s previous performances may well look forward to some intriguing insights that he plans to illustrate in Ethnomusiclassics, his concert scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the First Presbyterian Church, with a . . . Read Full Story >>

Waag to speak on pioneering photographer A. A. Forbes

Tim Waag, an enthusiast of local history, will speak to the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert about his latest research project, pioneer photographer A. A. Forbes. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at the Historic USO Building, . . . Read Full Story >>

Robbins wins ’Mr. BHS’

Robbins wins ’Mr. BHS’

Kyle Robbins (AKA?Mr. Baskin Robbins, hiding behind Mr. Tuxego) won the Mr. BHS pageant last weekend. The?Burroughs High School senior outscored his peers in evening wear, swimwear, interview and talent — where he delighted audiences with his piano performance. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>