‘Ain’t I a  Woman’  plays Monday

‘Ain’t I a Woman’ plays Monday

The Core Ensemble will present the chamber-music theater work “Ain’t I a Woman!” on Monday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cerro Coso Community College Library. “Chamber music theater is unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative . . . Read Full Story >>

Battles returns to desert roots  to share secrets of his success

Battles returns to desert roots to share secrets of his success

Rebecca Neipp

“As authors, we are very fortunate to live in a time where we have more control over our careers than ever in the history of publishing.” Brett Battles returned to his hometown recently to deliver a presentation to a packed house of Ridge Writers and . . . Read Full Story >>

DCOA ’Les Potpourri’ concert is March 4

DCOA ’Les Potpourri’ concert is March 4

Anna Schaad on violin, Paul Decker on tuba and Holly Goodman on oboe are the featured performers in “Les Potpourri,” a concert presented by the Desert Community Orchestra on Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the James Monroe Middle School Gymnasium. The orchestra, under . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Bury Me in Paris’ opens in March at tea room

Master Mystery Productions and My Enchanted Cottage and Tea Room are teaming up for the third time to bring audiences a new interactive mystery and art show set in the glamorous world of 1920s Paris. “Bury Me in Paris” premieres Saturday, March 25, with additional . . . Read Full Story >>

Sweetheart Ball is Feb. 18

The Big Band X-Press is bringing back the swingin’ sounds of the ’30s and ’40s for its annual Sweetheart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 18. Whether you have a valentine or not, everyone is invited to dance and swing or just sit and listen, and enjoy . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Golden Bough’ returns March 8

‘Golden Bough’ returns March 8

The Indian Wells Valley Concert Association is pleased to bring back Golden Bough by popular demand on Wednesday, March 8. “Since their inception, Golden Bough has become a popular entertaining group and we are lucky enough to have them return to the Indian Wells Valley . . . Read Full Story >>

CHER presents ’The Paper Bag Bandit’

CHER presents ’The Paper Bag Bandit’

Naomi Meech as Diamond Dolly Rhinestone, Jason Ertle as Sludge Slyskull, Hope Thomas as Granny Nanny, Jacob Hayman as Mayor Rutledge, Grace Long as Darling Clementine Goodsort and Ethan Menzel as Buzz Saw are the heroes and villains of “The Paper Bag Bandit Rides Again,” . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Read the Book, Meet the Author’ returns

The popular Ridge Writers spring series “Read the Book, Meet the Author” returns on first Thursday afternoons this March, April and May, with three highly acclaimed authors. For each event, participants buy and read the featured title in advance so that they can discuss it . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Children in Art and Music’ will be Feb. 17

‘Children in Art and Music’ will be Feb. 17

The Maturango Museum will present “Children in Art and Music,” by Sergio Ramirez and Catherine Douglas on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Coso Gallery. Ramirez was born and raised in Mexico City. He received a bachelor of science in business administration from . . . Read Full Story >>

McDaniel to lead exercise at DAL meeting

The Desert Artists’ League will host an art program by Carolyn McDaniel at its Monday, Feb. 6, meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nazarene Church. “Attendees will be led through an exercise to draw figures in action,” said a DAL spokesperson. “It will be a . . . Read Full Story >>

Aladdin auditions to be held next week

By JEANETTE FRANCIS, News Review Correspodnent The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society is once again providing an opportunity for local youths to participate in a full-scale musical with its upcoming production of Aladdin KIDS. Directors invite local youngsters to attend an open audition Friday, Feb. 3. . . . Read Full Story >>

BHS grad Brett Battles  to address Ridge Writers

BHS grad Brett Battles to address Ridge Writers

Brett Battles, a graduate of Burroughs High School, will return to his home town to give the Ridge Writers program “Writing Independently Full-time” on Thursday, Feb. 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores Ave. An acclaimed thriller writer, he . . . Read Full Story >>

Two opportunities for young musicians

PINTO SCHOLARSHIP OFFERED The Desert Community Orchestra Association announced that applications for the Peter Pinto Memorial Music Scholarship are now available. The scholarship is available for high school graduates (as of June 2017) who are younger than 22 and plan to continue their musical education. . . . Read Full Story >>

Photography exhibit opening reception is Jan. 21

A photo of lenticular clouds over the Indian Wells Valley will be part of an upcoming photography exhibit in the Sylvia Winslow Gallery of the Maturango Museum. John Bur-meister, Irene and West Katzenstein, Raymond Kelso, Dave Kurdeka and Nick Panzer will display some of their . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum hosts  bristlecone  exhibit

Museum hosts bristlecone exhibit

The Maturango Museum is hosting “Bristlecones: A Living History,” featuring the work of John Aydelotte, from now through Feb. 27. A museum spokesperson described the exhibit as “an exploration of the ancients of the bristlecone pines and their environment in black-and-white photography and color images . . . Read Full Story >>

Sculpting workshop begins Jan. 16

Sculpting workshop begins Jan. 16

French ceramic artist Helene van Dongen practices her innovative sculptural design approach, which she will teach in Ridgecrest Jan. 16-23. To sign up for the workshop, hosted at Lois Hinman’s studio, call 760-375-8743. -- Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Helm to jump-start writers for the New Year

Widely published poet, short-story writer, and fantasy/science fiction novelist G. Lloyd Helm will talk to Ridge Writers sand members of the public about “The Process: How do I get the words on the paper?” Thursday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. For . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Academy of Dance presents ’The Nativity’

Amy Ertl (kneeling, center) as Mary, Britney Brown (left) as Gabriel and Kristen Jensen (right) as the guardian angel are pictured with the three- and four-year-old Ave Maria Angels, who will perform in “The Nativity,” presented by Sierra Academy of Dance on Friday and Saturday, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Dinner at 7’ to tell Christmas tale

Inyokern Baptist Church will present “Dinner at 7,” a Christmas story, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18, at 7 p.m. at its 6521 Plains Ave. location in Inyokern. “The story takes place around a tradition that the affluent Pennington family follows each Christmas Eve,” explained . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writers to host Dickens Tea Tuesday

The Ridge Writers are preparing for their third annual Dickens tea to kick off the holiday season in Victorian style. “Over delicious holiday tea and plum bread pudding, provided by My Enchanted Cottage, the Dickens Tea celebrates the author of noted Christmas tales and the . . . Read Full Story >>