Concert assoc. kicks off youth series

Concert assoc. kicks off youth series

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Concert Association is hosting a performance from comedian and juggler Mark Nizer for it’s first Youth Entertainment Series performance on Sunday, March 24 at the Parker Performing Arts Center at Burroughs High School. “If . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Eat Cake’ to open at Amargosa

‘Eat Cake’ to open at Amargosa

Madame la Comtesse (played by Monica Lorenz) extols the virtues of morally blind aristocracy while Lady Chantilly (Rebecca Witherell) and The Marquis Mauvais (Jonathan Blair) look on — Courtesy photo ------ “Eat Cake,” the newest musical from Master Mystery Productions, will open Saturday, March 23, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Alice’ opens next weekend at CCCC

‘Alice’ opens next weekend at CCCC

Rebecca Neipp

Members of the cast of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” rehearse a number for the upcoming musical — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Local theatergoers are invited to shake off their worldly burdens next weekend when Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s Rising Stars present “Alice in Wonderland . . . Read Full Story >>

Moe’s Music holds ’Open jams’

Moe’s Music holds ’Open jams’

Dane Scharff performs covers and originals at Moe’s Music on Saturday, closing with a lively rendition of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.” Moe’s, located at 219 Balsam St., will hold its next public event on Saturday, March 9, with “Open Jam” starting at 4 p.m. For . . . Read Full Story >>

Mandelring returns to Ridgecrest

Mandelring returns to Ridgecrest

Members of the Manderling Quartet — Courtesy photo ------ The Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society presents the fifth concert of its 2018-19 concert series with a concert on Monday, March 11, with chamber music performed by the critically acclaimed Mandelring String Quartet. The concert will include . . . Read Full Story >>

Writer to explore surviving fiasco

Beverly Gray will go behind the scenes of writing her book about a landmark movie when she speaks about “Fiasco, and How to Survive It: The Genesis of ‘Seduced by Mrs. Robinson’” at the Thursday, March 7, Ridge Writers meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. in . . . Read Full Story >>

Orchestra to present ‘Coming Home’

Orchestra to present ‘Coming Home’

Members of the Desert Community Orchestra in a previous concert — News Review file photo ------ The Desert Community Orchestra will present its annual winter concert, titled “Coming Home,” on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church. Doors open at 6 . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinemas bring back Oscar nominees

Cinemas bring back Oscar nominees

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in a scene from “Green Book,” coming next week to Ridgecrest Cinemas. ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Oscar weekend is just around the corner — the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 24. And if . . . Read Full Story >>

Rising Stars to present ‘Wonderland’

Rising Stars to present ‘Wonderland’

Rebecca Neipp

Citlali Tellez as the Cheshire Cat, Susanna Meech as Small Alice and Lydia Washburn as the Queen of Hearts in costume for “Alice in Wonderland Jr" — Photo by Laura Austin ------ “When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing . . . Read Full Story >>

Pinto ensemble concert is Feb. 23

Pinto ensemble concert is Feb. 23

Some of the musicians in the Peter Pinto ensemble — Courtesy photo ------ The Peter Pinto Ensemble Concert will be presented Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. The performance is sponsored by the Desert Community Orchestra Association to raise money for . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Love Letters’ opens tonight at CLOTA

‘Love Letters’ opens tonight at CLOTA

The Community Light Opera and Theatre Association will present a fund-raising Reader’s Theater production of A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” opening tonight. The story centers on Andy and Melissa, who write letters to each other over the course of 50 years. “In their letters, they . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet the cast

Meet the cast

Six Alices in Wonderland? Yes, you read that right. To accommodate the outstanding level of talent, Marla Cosner decided to feature two separate casts for the upcoming production of “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” (see related story, this page). As many fans of the Lewis Carroll . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We Friends’  to perform  Sunday

‘We Friends’ to perform Sunday

Pictured from left are Catherine Douglas, Lynnette Wilson and Gary Fry — Courtesy photo ------ “We Friends” will perform Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Coso Gallery of Maturango Museum. “‘We Friends’ concerts have been a welcome mainstay in the Maturango Museum concert . . . Read Full Story >>

Local teen playwright debuts "Catastrophe at the Miner’s Diner"

Local teen playwright debuts "Catastrophe at the Miner’s Diner"

Kevin Anderson as Alastair Bloodstone, Aedre Gilbert as Amethyst, Ariel Meech as the Ru. B. and Kenny Anderson as Malachite will lead the cast of “Catastrophe at the Miner’s Diner or The Misdeeds of the Bloodstone Bandit,” the upcoming melodrama presented by the middle schoolers . . . Read Full Story >>

Neave Trio  to perform  Sunday

Neave Trio to perform Sunday

The Neave Trio will perform Sunday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. Anna Williams on violin, Mikhail Veselov on cello and Eri Nakamura on piano return to Ridgecrest to perform works by distinguished women composers spanning the Romantic through contemporary eras. Their . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Authorpreneurship’ and zombies

Ridge Writers will shine the spotlight on “Authorpreneurship: Writing, Publishing, Selling the Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” a program by Jonathan and Jynafer Yanez on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. Jonathan Yanez has authored more than a dozen . . . Read Full Story >>

Music teachers to present concert

Music teachers to present concert

From left are music teachers Bradley Douglas, Ellie King, Glenda Blackshaw, Anna Schaad Montgomery, Debra Veit, Sylvia Hillesland, Melanie McDonald, Melanie Litton, Joanne Freeman, Amber Petersen, Fran Rogers and Gary Fry — Courtesy photo ------ The High Desert Music Teachers Association will present its annual . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Alice in Wonderland’ auditions today

‘Alice in Wonderland’ auditions today

Annalise Ostash, Jason Ertl, Justin Bal and Alex Vargas, along with a colorfully attired chorus, perform a lively dance number from last year’s “Willy Wonka Jr." — Photo by Laura Austin ------ The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society will host auditions for “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum to host “City of Angels” quartet

Museum to host “City of Angels” quartet

The Maturango Museum concert series continues Saturday, Jan. 12, with a performance from the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet at 4 p.m. in the Coso Gallery. Performers include Bill Wilson on soprano sax, Sean Stackpoole on alto sax, Cynthia Swanson on tenor sax and Matt . . . Read Full Story >>

DCOA offers holiday tradition

DCOA offers holiday tradition

Members of the Desert Community Orchestra, Amber Petersen’s Holiday Choir and Lisa Austin’s students from the James Monroe Middle School Choir — all under the direction of festively clad conductor Robbie Martinez — bring favorite holiday tunes to an enthusiastic audience in last weekend’s “Christmas . . . Read Full Story >>