’Famous Last Words’ is July 21

’Famous Last Words’ is July 21

Devanne Fredette (left) as Chloe Landis and Brianne Hardwick as Brooke Simon rehearse a scene from “Famous Last Words,” an interactive mystery play appearing Saturday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. Reservations can be made at Red Rock Books. — Photo by Daniel Stallings . . . Read Full Story >>

Whatevers, Zephyrs perform tonight

Whatevers, Zephyrs perform tonight

Pictured from left are (front) Sayer de Woadhyll, ClairAnn Herbert and Byron Heard, and (back) Rick E. Quinn, David Cheshire, Chuck Bolt and Tom “Krunchy” Rindt. — Courtesy photo ------ The members of the popular local band “The Whatevers” were looking for a different format . . . Read Full Story >>

Writers’ topic: using fiction with memoir

Amy E. Wallen will explore “Digging for the Truth in All Our Stories, or How to Get Fiction and Memoir to Play Nicely” at the Aug. 2 Ridge Writers meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m. The group will meet at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The public is . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Famous Last Words’ presented in July

‘Famous Last Words’ presented in July

Red Rock Books and Master Mystery Productions are teaming up once again, this time for “Famous Last Words,” an interactive book signing celebrating the release of author Daniel Stallings’ debut mystery novel, “Sunny Side Up,” on Saturday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. “Set in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writers host ‘Open Mic’ event

Ridge Writers will hold their annual Open Mic on Thursday, July 5. This event allows members of the public to share their original works. The group meets at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. All genres are welcome and appreciated, although each speaker is limited . . . Read Full Story >>

Robbers Roost-filmed "Black Girl Down" trailer hits YouTube

Robbers Roost-filmed "Black Girl Down" trailer hits YouTube

Bakersfield Writer-Director-Actor Mark Wayne has released the title of his action crime thriller miniseries – “Black Girl Down” – along with a trailer for an episode titled “First Rodeo” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky5I8gF60YQ). Crews have been hard at work filming, and some scenes, like the one pictured (featuring . . . Read Full Story >>

Alas de Liona kicks off summer return at Xin Bowl

Alas de Liona kicks off summer return at Xin Bowl

Alas de Liona will perform Thursday, June 28, from 6-9 p.m. at Xin Bowl Asian Bistro. The local singer-songwriter will make a return appearance in her hometown as part of Xin Bowl’s summertime acoustic music night series. — Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Pointillism exhibit opens Saturday

Pointillism exhibit opens Saturday

Marian Murdoch uses a technique called stippling to render a burro. — Courtesy photo ------ Maturango Museum will host an opening reception Saturday, June 23, from 3-5 p.m. for Marian Murdoch’s “Arid Points” exhibit in the Coso Gallery. “The exhibit features a variety of animals . . . Read Full Story >>

Russian dance master to teach here

Russian dance master to teach here

Sierra Academy of Dance is offering local ballet students a rare opportunity to study with Russian Dance Master Alexey Kulpin when he comes to Ridgecrest next week. Courses offered include Advanced Ballet on Monday, June 18, from 4;30-6 p.m.; Character Dance on Tuesday, June 19, . . . Read Full Story >>

Auditions set for new interactive mystery

Master Mystery Productions and Ridge Writers will hold auditions for a new interactive mystery on Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, from 5-7 p.m. “What Happens at Sundown,” set in the world of 1960s Hollywood, will be produced during Ridge Writers’ “Weird Weekend” in September. According . . . Read Full Story >>

CLOTA comedy "Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit" opens June 1

CLOTA comedy "Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit" opens June 1

Loralynn Chrostowski as Detective Cindy, (from left) Calvin Johnson as Pinocchio and Matt Zanardo as Officer Gold rehearse a scene for “Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit,” which opens tonight. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Light Opera and Theatre Association . . . Read Full Story >>

Folias Duo returns to Ridgecrest

Folias Duo returns to Ridgecrest

The Folias Flute and Guitar Duo will return to Ridgecrest Friday, June 8, with a performance at 7 p.m. in the Coso Gallery of the Maturango Museum. This program features original classical music works by this husband-and-wife duo, Carmen Maret on flute and Andrew Bergeron . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Night of Legends’ opens next week

‘Night of Legends’ opens next week

Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest will present “A Night of Legends,” bringing to life the popular stories of Robin Hood and Zorro, on June 7-9 at the Cornerstone Bible Church, 443 W. Inyokern Rd. Under the direction of Heather Weaver, CHER high schoolers, assisted by . . . Read Full Story >>

Writers to hear about ‘Living on the Edge’

Author Kim Steinhardt will give the Ridge Writers program on Thursday, June 7, 6:30 p.m., in the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church meeting room, 633 W. Las Flores Ave. He will share thought-provoking observations from a lifetime growing up along the California coast, including colorful personal anecdotes, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Law and Order’ comes to Ridgecrest

By BRIANNE HARDWICK News Review Contributor “In the criminal justice system…” We’ve all heard the beginning of the iconic show that has been on the airwaves for years. Starting June 1, the Community Light Opera and Theatre Association will be putting a fairy tale twist . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS students exhibit art work

BHS students exhibit art work

Burroughs High School Art Teacher Holly Hodgson (center) helps student display their art work for the department’s annual Student Art Show. This year’s exhibit was held in memory of BHS Art Teacher Ann-Marie Vargas, the driving force behind the annual show, who died in December. . . . Read Full Story >>

Hayes to hold art show, book signing

The writings and art work of Ofa Irvine Jallu (1907-97) will be on display Sunday, May 20, from 3-5 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. Local author Vivian Chepourkoff Hayes, Jallu’s daughter, has turned the work of her mother into a book. Hayes will be . . . Read Full Story >>

Dianne Tolliver returns for book signing

Dianne Tolliver returns for book signing

Dianne Butler Tolliver will return to Ridgecrest Tuesday, May 15, to sign her book “Living Through Troubled Times — Witnessing the Rainbow” at Red Rock Books from 4-7 p.m. Tolliver grew up in Ridgecrest and is a graduate of both Burroughs High School and Cerro . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Bollywood Ballet’ opens May 11

‘Bollywood Ballet’ opens May 11

Amy Ertl (center) and other Sierra Academy of Dance students rehearse for “Samsara.” — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Sierra Academy of Dance’s Indian-themed “Samsara: Bolly-wood Ballet” opens next weekend, May 11, at the Burroughs Parker Performing Arts . . . Read Full Story >>

Music fest raises more than $2K for orchestras

Music fest raises more than $2K for orchestras

Alas De Liona (pictured) was one of several acts that played to hundreds of concert goers at the MeloMania Entertainments’ second Annual Ridgecrest Music Festival last weekend at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. More than a dozen local bands and artists, along with fire spinners, face . . . Read Full Story >>