Simply Dance to offer variety show, ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Simply Dance will present its spring variety show, “We Can Fly, We Can Fly, We Can Fly” on Thursday and Friday, June 4-5, at 6:30 p.m. at Old Town Theater, 215 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. “You can also join Dorothy and Toto for our trip to . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Opera Guild to present Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’

The Ridgecrest Opera Guild, under the direction of Gabriel R. Pazos, will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” sung in English, on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in the Cerro Coso Community College Lecture Center. “For one night only, the community can experience . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society issues casting call for ‘Dreams’

Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society issues casting call for ‘Dreams’

“The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society would disagree with Hamlet referring to May as a ‘little month,’” said an RMES spokesperson. “No, here in our valley, May is a big-opportunity month with auditions for ‘Dreams,’ RMES’s musical extravaganza set to premiere in late August-early September.” Continuing . . . Read Full Story >>

China Lake Museum Foundation auction is May 30

China Lake Museum Foundation auction is May 30

Artist Beth Allen (right) of Inyokern-based art gallery “Inyo Dreams” presents a dramatic rendition of Five Fingers to China Lake Museum Foundation President Alice Campbell. The foundation will auction off the painting, along with dozens of other prized items, at its May 30 dinner and . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS students featured at art shows

BHS students featured at art shows

The works of visual art students of Burroughs High School were celebrated this month in two venues. At the annual student show this week at Burroughs (pictured), students displayed and sold their work to benefit the Women’s Center-High Desert, National Alliance on Mental Illness and . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS concert to feature L.A. musicians

The Burroughs High School bands, including the Cadet, Symphonic, Jazz, Drumline and Marching bands, will present their spring concert on Wednesday, May 20, at the BHS Parker Performing Arts Center. The jazz band will feature Los Angeles jazz artists and producers Craig and Mary Durst, . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango offers residents a glimpse ‘behind the scenes’

Natural History Curator Maria C. Getusky of the Maturango Museum has relaunched her “Behind the Scenes” tour series, which offers residents an inside look at the local cultural center’s offerings. “This is your chance to get to see what goes on behind those mysterious closed . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Toy Stories’ ballet is this weekend

‘Toy Stories’ ballet is this weekend

This weekend, May 15 and 16, Sierra Academy of Dance will present its ballet rendition of Pixar’s “Toy Story.” Dancers ages 3 and older will portray Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, Mr. Potato Head and the rest of the gang in this comedic presentation. “I . . . Read Full Story >>

College choir ’Shows Off’ tomorrow night

College choir ’Shows Off’ tomorrow night

Cerro Coso Community College Choir will be “Showin’ Off” with a spring concert on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the college lecture center. The show-tune-themed concert will feature selections from “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “Les Miserables,” “The Fantastiks,” “Cinderella” and “Into the Woods.” The . . . Read Full Story >>

Jim Carr to speak on travel photography May 7

Jim Carr to speak on travel photography May 7

The public is invited to the next meeting of the China Lake Photographic Society to hear local photographer Jim Carr talk about travel photography, with a special emphasis on images of the southwestern states. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

Manzanar artifacts pulled from auction block

Manzanar artifacts pulled from auction block

By LIDDY BUTLER, News Review Correspondent Plans to auction off artifacts from the Manzanar National Historical Site north of Lone Pine were thwarted last week when the Manzanar Ad-Hoc Committee for the historical site and other groups and individuals joined forces and threatened to file . . . Read Full Story >>

Sanger wins photo contest

Sanger wins photo contest

Photographer Ken Sanger shows his winning entries in the Historical Society’s Wildflower Photo Contest held April 10-12 in the Historic USO Building. The winners were selected by popular vote, and despite stiff competition, Sanger pulled in the most votes for his “First of Spring – . . . Read Full Story >>

Young artist featured May 2

Young artist featured May 2

The Desert Community Or-chestra will present a concert entitled “A Touch of Class 2015” on Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the James Monroe Middle School gym. The community is invited to enjoy this concert which will feature Clare Hatter, the winner of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Monroe Band receives "superior" ratings at festival

Monroe Band receives "superior" ratings at festival

The James Monroe Concert Band, under the direction of Lisa Austin (at front right), participated in Band Festival at James Monroe Middle School on April 1. The students played three prepared pieces and sight-read a new piece that they had not prepared. Their performance received . . . Read Full Story >>

Artists League to host oil workshop

Artists League to host oil workshop

The Desert Artists League will hostt an oil workshop presented by Janice Kabala on Monday, May 4, noon-4 p.m., and Tuesday, May 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. She will also present a painting demonstration on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Church of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Sanger photo to be featured in Bodie 2016 calendar

Sanger photo to be featured in Bodie 2016 calendar

A still scene from an old church in Bodie, Calif. captured by Ken Sanger. The Board of Trustees of the Bodie Foundation recently voted for Sanger’s photo to appear in their 2016 calendar. -- Photo by Ken Sanger . . . Read Full Story >>

Suzuki Strings to perform ‘Music Around the World’

More than 50 young violinists, ages 4-18, will participate in the Ridgecrest Suzuki Strings’ 25th annual “Music Around the World” concert Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene. Students dressed in international costumes will perform memorized pieces representing 23 . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writers to meet author of ‘medieval noir’ mysteries

Acclaimed medieval noir mystery spellbinder Jeri Westerson will give two programs on Thursday, May 7. The first happens over tea and scones at My Enchanted Cottage and Tea Room. The second, entitled “The Writing Life: A Brief Look into What Every New Writer and Veteran . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Dragon Lady’ quilter to address local guild

Quilt designer, teacher and author Sharon Wilhite, who specializes in using innovative techniques, timesaving methods and technology to create spectacular quilts, will speak to the Hi Desert Quilt Guild at its May 7 meeting. Wilhite has designed quilts for Elizabeth’s Studio, Exclusively Quilters, Hoffman Fabrics, . . . Read Full Story >>

Art Guild spring show features variety of artists

Artists of unique crafts and fine arts will be featured at the Sierra Art Guild’s 2015 spring show this weekend. The free show will be held Friday, April 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the SpringHill Suites. The guild will host . . . Read Full Story >>