"Avarice in Ambrosia"

"Avarice in Ambrosia"

Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest students put on a dinner theater performance of “Avarice in Ambrosia” at Crossroads Community Church last weekend. The audience cheered the old-west melodrama’s hero, fawned over the leading lady, hissed and threw popcorn at the mustache-twirling villain and was treated . . . Read Full Story >>

Carpenters tribute set for Feb. 23

“Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters” will appear Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Parker Performing Arts Center at Burroughs High School. The concert, presented by the IWV Concert Association, is a tribute to the music of Richard and Karen Carpenter . . . Read Full Story >>

Peter Pinto Ensemble Concert is Feb. 19

Peter Pinto Ensemble Concert is Feb. 19

The Peter Pinto Ensemble Concert, sponsored by the Desert Community Orchestra Association, will be held Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. This concert is a fundraiser for the Peter Pinto Memorial Music Scholarship. Ensembles for the concert include: a woodwind quintet, . . . Read Full Story >>

Whatevers, Zephyrs to perform Sat.

The Historic USO Building will host a night of musical revelry on Saturday, Feb. 6, when two beloved local bands perform starting at 7 p.m. The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will host “The Antique Zephyrs” and “The Whatevers” in the Joe Fox . . . Read Full Story >>

College to host ‘Of Ebony Embers’

College to host ‘Of Ebony Embers’

Cerro Coso Community College will host the Core Ensemble in the Chamber Music Theatre performance “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renais-sance” on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the college library. “Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format created by the . . . Read Full Story >>

Local children cast in beloved  Disney musical ‘Aristocats’

Local children cast in beloved Disney musical ‘Aristocats’

The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society has announced its first all-children production, Disney’s “Aristocats KIDS,” which will open Thursday, March 10, at the Burroughs High School cafeteria. RMES, the local organization that presented sold-out performances of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Avarice in Ambrosia’ melodrama

‘Avarice in Ambrosia’ melodrama

The Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest present their Jr. High Melodrama and Dinner Theater “Avarice in Ambrosia (or, Oil Be with You in Apple Blossom Time).” Following up last year’s campy and pun-riddled “Pony Expresso (or, The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt),” this old-timey . . . Read Full Story >>

'Indie' author to speak here

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson will speak about “How I Became a (Semi) Successful Indie Author” at the Feb. 4 Ridge Writers meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. She will talk about YA (Young Adult) books and what she has done to . . . Read Full Story >>

Young Artist competition opens

The Desert Community Orchestra Association is launching its annual Young Artist competition, a program that will give local student musicians an opportunity to perform as guest soloists during the orchestra’s spring concert on April 30, 2016. Vocal and instrumental musicians age 22 and younger are . . . Read Full Story >>

Opera guild to present ‘Prima Voce’

Opera guild to present ‘Prima Voce’

The Ridgecrest Opera Guild, under the direction of David Hodgson, will present “Prima Voce” in celebration of its third anniversary. A combination of professional and guild singers, accompanied on piano by Lee Alan Nolan, will perform Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30, at 7 p.m. at . . . Read Full Story >>

Desert Artists’ League to meet Feb. 1

The Desert Artists’ League will host Roland Lee as its guest speaker-demonstrator at its Feb. 1 meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene. “He is nationally known for his tranparent watercolors of the southwest landscape, the pioneer west and rural Europe,” said a . . . Read Full Story >>

Delphi trio to perform Jan. 25

Delphi trio to perform Jan. 25

The Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society will host the Delphi Piano Trio Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The concert, entitled “Les Français,” will include piano trios composed by Camille Saint-Saéns (Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Opus 92), Gabrille Fauré . . . Read Full Story >>

Music teachers to give concert

Music teachers to give concert

The High Desert Music Teachers Association will hold its annual concert tonight, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Coso Gallery of the Maturango Museum. The concert, entitled Musical Memories, will contain music by Lora Aborn, Glenda Austin, Georges Bizet, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Ricky . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum to present ‘Fragile’ exhibit

Museum to present ‘Fragile’ exhibit

The Maturango Museum will present “Fragile,” a multimedia exhibit of painting, sculpture and video by Tamar Assaf that explores the human influence on the world. The opening reception will be held Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. in the Coso Room. The exhibit focuses on . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum to present Adler retrospective

Museum to present Adler retrospective

The Maturango Museum will open the “Mary Adler Retrospective” with a reception on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. Gallery coordinator Andrea Pelch said that the exhibit will be held in the Sylvia Winslow Gallery and will honor Adler, who will be moving away soon. . . . Read Full Story >>

BBX Winter Ball is Jan. 23

The holidays are behind us, but winter is still young and the Big Band X-Press Winter Dance will honor that presence on Saturday, Jan. 23. BBX invites the community to swing to the tunes of the 1930s and ‘40s at the Historic USO Building. Free . . . Read Full Story >>

Local author to hold book signings

Local author to hold book signings

Rebecca Neipp

A local marketing-professional-turned-novelist will unveil the first book in his Red Mill Series triology this weekend at two Saturday book-signings — the first from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Red Rock Books, and the second from 2-5 p.m. at Bread of Life Bookstore. “Bill . . . Read Full Story >>

Author of hi-tech thriller to visit Dec. 19

Author of hi-tech thriller to visit Dec. 19

Thomas J. J. Starr, author of “Virtual Vengeance,” will be at Red Rock Books Saturday, Dec. 19 from 1-3 p.m. to sign copies of his novel about artificial intelligence and to discuss the book’s theme—the impact of technology on society. “The hi-tech adventure tells the . . . Read Full Story >>

Simply Dance to present ‘Nutcracker’ ballet

Simply Dance will present the classic holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 17-19, at 6 p.m. in the Old Town Theater on Ridgecrest Boulevard. “Embrace the holiday spirit and enjoy the magic with the whole family,” invited a spokesperson. The production will feature . . . Read Full Story >>

Dancers complete Cecchetti exams with high marks

Dancers complete Cecchetti exams with high marks

Rachel Wetzel, Sasha Podell and Brooklyn Frank, Level 1 dancers at Sierra Academy of Dance, complete their first Cecchetti USA Classical Ballet Exam session. Fourteen dancers, ages 6-14, traveled to Fullerton in October for the exam. All students received high marks. For information on classes, . . . Read Full Story >>