Famed violinist got start here

Famed violinist got start here

When the popular CBS Sunday Morning program introduced its show this past Sunday, not with Wynton Marsalas and his trumpet fanfare, but with that same fanfare on a violin, that was more exposure for a Ann Akiko Meyers, world-class violinist playing her Stradivarius, one of . . . Read Full Story >>

Photographer to speak  on seasons of Alaska

Photographer to speak on seasons of Alaska

The China Lake Photographic Society will hear a program about the changing seasons of Alaska on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The program will be presented by Tom Ganner, who has lived in Alaska since 2008. He will show photographs . . . Read Full Story >>

Amster exhibit opens this week

Amster exhibit opens this week

The Maturango Museum will present “Moods in Black and White and Color,” featuring the paintings of Ruth Amster and the photographs of Dolph Amster, in the Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery. The exhibit will open with a reception on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. Admission . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writers to hear from filmmaker

Robert Funke will discuss what makes it “Cheaper Than Ever to Be a Filmmaker: Filmmaking, Re-searching, and Learning the Craft” at the Thursday, Feb. 5, Ridge Writers meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. Relatively new to writing and filmmaking, Funke moved from . . . Read Full Story >>

Violin-piano duo to perform next week

Violin-piano duo to perform next week

The next performance in the Maturango Museum’s concert series will feature violinist Erica Ann MacArthur and pianist Helen Smoot-Butterbredt on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery. “Seats are limited to 60 each performance, so avoid disappointment and . . . Read Full Story >>

Szymanowski String Quartet to perform here

The Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society 2014-2015 concert series continues Monday, Feb. 2, with a performance by the world-renowned Szymanowski String Quartet. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church and will feature string quartets composed by Wolfgang A. Mozart, Franz . . . Read Full Story >>

Peter Pinto Scholarship available

The Desert Community Orchestra Association has announced that applications are now available for young musicians interested in the Peter Pinto Scholarship. Dr. Peter Pinto was a pediatrician at the Drummond Medical Group for many years and a longtime member and supporter of the orchestra, which . . . Read Full Story >>

Kirkpatrick shares "punch art" at High Desert Haven

Kirkpatrick shares "punch art" at High Desert Haven

Jack Kirkpatrick demonstrates his Russian Punch Needle art, a type of embroidery, He showed this talent to his fellow residents at High Desert Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Kirkpatrick, who turned 90 in Septem-ber, is one of many Haven residents who periodically share their talents . . . Read Full Story >>

Young authors to rewrite classics for contest

Young authors to rewrite classics for contest

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Any young reader who ever wished for a different fate for their favorite fairy-tale characters has an opportunity to bring those literary dreams to life with Ridge Writers’ “My Once Upon a Time” contest. “Local students are encouraged . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS ’Seussical’ coming soon

BHS ’Seussical’ coming soon

Burroughs High School drama teacher Tristan Kratz and the cast of “Seussical the Musical” excitedly peruse their new scripts for the spring production. The landmark production features a collaborative cast of elementary, middle and high school students. Watch for details about the whimsical tale of . . . Read Full Story >>

Robbie Rist and the Wrong Dots come to Fury’s

Robbie Rist and the Wrong Dots come to Fury’s

By LIDDY BUTLER News Review Correspondent A Los Angeles-based child-actor-turned-musician brought his talents to the high desert Saturday night for a unique audience-participation performance at Fury’s Bar. Wrong Dots front man Robbie Rist is remembered by many as Cousin Oliver, who was introduced in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Open Mic Night features ‘Beatlemania’ this Friday

On Friday, Jan. 23, the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will bring “Beatlemania” to its popular Open Mic Night series at the Historic USO Building. “All performers are being asked to feature at least one tune from the Fab Four in their musical . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber series to feature Felici Trio

Chamber series to feature Felici Trio

The Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society will present the Felici Piano Trio as the next offering in its concert series. The trio will perform “Turning Tides” — featuring the music of Mozart, Schoenberg and Tchaikov-sky — on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. in the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

DCOA launches Young Artist competition

The Desert Community Orchestra Association has launched its annual Young Artist competition, a program that gives local student musicians an opportunity to perform as guest soloists during the orchestra’s spring concert on May 2, 2015. Vocal and instrumental musicians age 22 and younger are invited . . . Read Full Story >>

Desert Artists League to meet Feb. 2

The Desert Artists League will meet Monday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Nazarene Church. Cheryl McDonald, an award-winning artist in watercolor, pencil-drawing and photography, will present the program. She will discuss drawing subject matter to create the basis for a painting in any . . . Read Full Story >>

Martin Luther King Day this Monday

Martin Luther King Day this Monday

Ridgecrest will join the many cities across the nation that will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Jan. 19, Pastor Sammie Allen will preside over a one-hour celebratory service at 11 a.m. at New Beginnings Baptist Church, 1465 Bowman . . . Read Full Story >>

Environmental coalition wants land use review

CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY — A coalition of environmental groups yesterday filed a formal request for the Bureau of Land Management’s state director to review the agency’s decision to allow exploratory drilling in biologically and culturally important areas in the El Paso Mountains of California’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum curators excited about new space

Museum curators excited about new space

MATURANGO MUSEUM — The current expansion of the Maturango Museum has its three curators excited about how that will heighten the cultural and educational resources for Indian Wells Valley residents and visitors. Archaeology Curator Alexander “Sandy” Rogers, History Curator Liz Babcock and Natural History Curator . . . Read Full Story >>

Program to feature birds, wildlife and scenery of Southern Mexico

By TIM LUDWICK, News Review Contributor The Kerncrest Audubon Society’s program for the month of January will include a presentation by Tim Ludwick, a biologist for the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. The presentation will be at the Maturango Museum, Thursday, Jan. 15, at . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest branch librarian retires after 36 years

Ridgecrest branch librarian retires after 36 years

By THERESA GOLDSTRAND News Review Correspondent Marsha Lloyd, who has served the public for more than 36 years at the Kern County Library, will close the book on her life’s work on Jan. 17. Lloyd, who is the branch supervisor in Ridgecrest, began working at . . . Read Full Story >>