‘Space Raiders’ invade this weekend

‘Space Raiders’ invade this weekend

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Desert Community Orchestra will take the stage Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds for its “Galactic Space Raiders” concert. The cosmic event features music from “Star Wars,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Holst’s “The Planets” suite, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Pauper’s Grave’ to open — literally

Ridge Writers and Master Mystery Productions will present “Pauper’s Grave,” a Gothic-themed interactive mystery tomorrow — Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. “A fog drapes over the village of Crow’s Killing, nestled in the English moors, and shifting shadows play tricks . . . Read Full Story >>

Music education — a profession and a passion

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer “If we are to know what it is to be human, we must study music and all the arts,” said Laura Olinger, Murray Middle School orchestra instructor and a prominent cellist in local and regional orchestras. Despite the . . . Read Full Story >>

HSUMD to host historian-photographer

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will host noted photographer and desert historian William Feller, who will present a program Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. on his new illustrated edition of Mary Austin’s classic “The Land of Little Rain.” Feller is a . . . Read Full Story >>

Three events for ‘Weird Weekend’

Ridge Writers will present Weird Weekend on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, with three events that spotlight the stranger side of the desert – aliens, lost gold mines, apparitions, Bigfoot sightings, objects moving when they shouldn’t and an assortment of eerie tales. On Friday, Sept. . . . Read Full Story >>

Pops concert features Galactic Space Raiders

Pops concert features Galactic Space Raiders

The Desert Community Orchestra is preparing it annual pops concert for Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Mesquite Hall at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. The theme for this year’s concert is the DCO Galactic Space Raiders. Music will include galactic-themed music from the movies such . . . Read Full Story >>

Incendio returns to Historic USO

In its tradition of bringing exciting and unique entertainment to Ridgecrest, the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert is proud to announce the return engagement of the “World Music” group, Incendio, on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. This . . . Read Full Story >>

Little Women opens Sept. 15

Little Women opens Sept. 15

Tickets are on sale now for the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s production, “Little Women: The Broadway Musical,” opening Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Parker Performing Arts Center. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, “Little Women” follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, . . . Read Full Story >>

Studio tour reception is Sept. 9

Studio tour reception is Sept. 9

Studio tour reception is Sept. 9 The Maturango Museum will host an reception Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in the museum gallery for participating artists in the upcoming Open Studio Tour. One work from each of the artists will be displayed thereafter through the . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Little Women’ musical opening soon

‘Little Women’ musical opening soon

The Ridgecrest Musical Enrich-ment Society is scheduled to perform “Little Women,” a musical based on the beloved Louisa May Alcott novel, next month at the Burroughs High School Performing Arts Center. As with all RMES productions, the show’s proceeds go toward bolstering performing arts education . . . Read Full Story >>

Frankenstein author Mary Shelley to visit — sort of

Actress Stevie Taken, a longtime favorite at the annual Riverside Dickens Festival for her portrayal of author Mary Shelley, brings her spot-on performance to Ridgecrest on Friday, Sept. 23, to launch Ridge Writers’ Weird Weekend. Beginning at 2 p.m. and remaining in character throughout, she . . . Read Full Story >>

Stallings to give workshop on‘designing dastardly deeds’

Daniel Stallings, mystery writer and founder of Master Mystery Productions, will present “Poisoned Pen: How to Design Dastardly Deeds, Puzzling Plots, and Meticulous Mysteries” for the Thursday, Sept. 1, Ridge Writers meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The interactive . . . Read Full Story >>

CLOTA to offer  ‘murder and a meal’

CLOTA to offer ‘murder and a meal’

The Community Light Opera and Theatre Association invites the community to its latest production “Café Murder,” a murder-mystery dinner theater by comedian, producer and educator Nathan Hartswick. The “murder and a meal” will be catered by Casey’s Steaks & BBQ, and the audience will get . . . Read Full Story >>

New performing arts studio registration opens

New performing arts studio registration opens

The newly launched Simplicity Performing Arts Studio has announced the opening of fall registration for instruction in ballet, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop and musical-theater-style dancing. Registration for fall and spring sessions will be held Friday, Aug. 19, and Thursday, Aug 25, from 5-7 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

CLOTA holds ‘Kindergarten’ tryouts

Community Light Opera and Theatre Association auditions for the musical “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” are under way and will continue through Sunday, July 31. The 1992 musical adaptation by Ernest Zulia is based on Robert Fulghum’s collection of essays. . . . Read Full Story >>

Missoula brings ‘Peter and Wendy’ to China Lake

Missoula Children’s Theatre will perform “Peter and Wendy” on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Paradise Community Center on base. Performances will be at 2 and 5:30 p.m. The company will hold youth auditions for the show on Aug. 1, 10 a.m., at Castle X Youth . . . Read Full Story >>

The (last) Last Garden Party

The (last) Last Garden Party

From left “The Last Garden Party” castmembers Monica Lorenz and Sebastian Lorenz, Bud Gates (winner from opening night) and wife Deb Gates, and castmembers Devanne Fredette, Daniel Stallings and Celese Sanders enjoy the ambiance of this interactive murder-mystery, praised by guests for its cleverness and . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writers to host Open Mic Night Aug. 4

Once a year, Ridge Writers, the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club, invites the public to read aloud from their own works on Open Mic Night. The popular event returns on Thursday, Aug. 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango seeks artists

-- Artists sought for exhibition -- The Maturango Museum is putting out a call to artists interested in exhibiting their work to the community. The museum hosts five solo or group exhibits each year. “Our new Coso Room is the perfect venue for your artistic . . . Read Full Story >>

First in series of murals painted at fairgrounds

First in series of murals painted at fairgrounds

Artist Scott Sayer paints a mural on the side of Sage Hall at Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Sayer, with the help of an anonymous contributor who helped him purchase the supplies, is launching what he hopes will be the first in a series of local murals . . . Read Full Story >>