MAGICAL AFTERNOON

MAGICAL AFTERNOON

Presenting his magic show, “The Magic of Christopher Lopez,” at the Ridgecrest Branch Library June 27, Christopher Lopez amazes his audience with card tricks and other illusions. The show, free to the community, attracted an enthusiastic crowd. - Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Casino night tickets on sale now

Casino night tickets on sale now

The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets for its fund-raising Casino Night, to be held Saturday, July 12, from 6-10 p.m. at SpringHill?Suites. This year’s theme is “Special Agent 007.” The evening will feature food, prizes, games and more for $50 per person. For . . . Read Full Story >>

Spooner returns with words and music

Author and songwriter Nathan Spooner, Ridge Writers’ July speaker, will discuss “Why Bother to Write and Self Publish?” on Thursday, July 3, at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. In addition to being an author, Spooner produces music CDs and You Tube . . . Read Full Story >>

Red Rock hosts Texas author

Red Rock hosts Texas author

Paranormal romance author M.L. Stephens appers at Red Rock Books, having come all this way to sign copies of her latest book, “Bare Essentials.”?The writer’s appearance here was in response to the dedication of local fans, who helped Stephens get 1,000 “likes” on her Facebook . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Rent’ opens July 11

‘Rent’ opens July 11

In a dramatic scene from the Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s upcoming rock musical “Rent,” Maureen (Kellee Alverez) tries to convice Benny (Calvin Johnson) that the bohemian life is the best way to forget the troubles of life. In the background is Joanne (Sharon . . . Read Full Story >>

Randsburg to host Old West Days

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 Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for a booth space is $15 per nonfood . . . Read Full Story >>

Open Studio Tours is coming — meet the artists!

Linda Saholt

The 10th annual Maturango Museum Open Studio Tour fund raiser is set for Oct. 25 and 26. Artists are now applying to participate, and Museum Art Gallery Coordinator Andrea Pelch is setting up the event. Last year more than 30 artists participated, and this year’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Creative writing workshop is Saturday

Creative writing workshop is Saturday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Budding writers young and old will have a unique opportunity to hone their craft Saturday, June 28. Author Olga Garcia Echeverria will present a creative writing workshop at the Ridgecrest Branch Library from 2:30-4:30 p.m. This is Echeverria’s . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Help Our Fair’ concert set

Linda Saholt

The Desert Empire Fairgrounds will be the scene for a double show this July 4. First, the “Help Our Fair” concert, featuring the Steve Hill Band, starts at 5:30 p.m. in Sage Hall. At 9 p.m., the annual Community Fireworks Display begins, sponsored by the . . . Read Full Story >>

CLOTA presents RENT

CLOTA presents RENT

Roger Davis (played by Kevin Anderson) performs a scene with castmates from the musical “Rent.” The Community Light Opera Theater Association will host the the Tony-award-winning musical directed by Elena Vitale at CLOTA Center Stage. Tickets for all performances are on sale at Red Rock . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber Music concert is Friday

The RidgecresTrio will play Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. This concert is open to all. Admission is a suggested donation of $15. The RidgecresTrio members are Lee Alan Nolan on piano, Ian Rawson on cello and Christine Snipes on . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS Boosters ‘Movie Nights’ continue

The Burroughs High School Music Boosters will continue Family Movie Night fundraisers through October, featuring concessions and a movie under the stars. Booster volunteers are available starting at 6:30 p.m. to serve hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, candy, drinks and more to raise money for . . . Read Full Story >>

USO brings back Classic Movie Nights

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert is bringing back its Classic Movie Night summer tradition on Wednesdays at the Historic USO Building. The summerlong event kicks off June 11 and runs through Aug. 27, alternating between classic films and Walt Disney family favorites. . . . Read Full Story >>

Texas author coming to signing at Red Rock Books

Texas author coming to signing at Red Rock Books

Linda Saholt

It all started when a customer noticed that Red Rock Books carried a favorite author’s work. The customer contacted the author via Facebook, advising her that this independent bookstore in California carried her books. The author in turn advised that if her Facebook page got . . . Read Full Story >>

CHER to present ‘Murder’s in the Heir’

CHER to present ‘Murder’s in the Heir’

The Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest Theater Group will present “Murder’s in the Heir,” opening Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at RCA Church. The interactive murder mystery-comedy by Billy St. John is a game-of-Clue-turned-play for the family. “Almost every character in this hilarious mystery . . . Read Full Story >>

Joseph announces ‘amazing’ cast

Joseph announces ‘amazing’ cast

The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society has announced the cast for its next highly anticipated full-scale production, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which opens this fall. Producers of the show say they are excited to see the talent that came out for the sweeping Old . . . Read Full Story >>

Photo club to focus on wheels

Photo club to focus on wheels

The China Lake Photographic Society encourages members and guests to bring images of wheels of all kinds to share with the group for its Thursday, June 5, meeting at 7 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. “We are sure everyone’s imaginations will be quite active, and . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writer guest speaker puts Jack the Ripper on trial

Richard Brent Reed, Esq., not only imagined Jack the Ripper on trial. He also turned the concept into “The Trial of Jack the Ripper,” a play presented (and highly acclaimed!) at this year’s Dickens Festival in Riverside. Reed will talk about his project at the . . . Read Full Story >>

Speaker puts Jack the Ripper on trial

Richard Brent Reed, Esq., not only imagined Jack the Ripper on trial, but he also turned the concept into “The Trial of Jack the Ripper,” a highly acclaimed play presented at this year’s Dickens Festival in Riverside. Reed will talk about his project at the . . . Read Full Story >>

Local composer zeroes in on Kickstarter goal

Local composer zeroes in on Kickstarter goal

Rebecca Neipp

A project to finish the soundtrack for a sweeping documentary that captures the challenges facing intrepid athletes in the world’s most extreme locations is nearing its funding goal, thanks to a two-week campaign on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. “I am so humbled by the response,” said . . . Read Full Story >>