Library to screen film series Saturday

KERN COUNTY LIBRARY — Every year, the Kern County Library branches participate in the One Book Project, tackling a topic designed to get our communities to discuss. The themes revolve around prison systems, incarceration, the effects of family and the community, prevention, and more. There . . . Read Full Story >>

Find out ‘What Happens at Sundown’

Find out ‘What Happens at Sundown’

“What Happens at Sundown” opens next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. “Welcome back to Hollywood!” said writer-director Daniel Stallings, who is bringing the newest chapter in the Tinseltown Saga to local audiences with the 20th offering from . . . Read Full Story >>

CLOTA announces auditions

The Community Light Opera and Theatre Association announced auditions for “The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays,” which will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15, from 6-8 p.m. at the CLOTA Center Stage. Production director Jenna Tamblyn has previously brought to local audiences . . . Read Full Story >>

DAL to host oil demo

Desert Artists’ League will meet Monday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene. Howard Rees will present an oil-painting demonstration. Rees will also present a workshop Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1 at Lois Himan Studio. The fee is $90 per member . . . Read Full Story >>

Studio to present ‘Marriage of Figaro’

Studio to present ‘Marriage of Figaro’

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Kevin La Brie, Britney Brown and David Hodgson (from left) rehearse a scene from “Marriage of Figaro,” which opens tomorrow — Photo by Laura Austin ------ One of Mozart’s most enduring operas will be brought to local audiences this weekend with the Ridgecrest Opera Workshop . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Love and War’ goes to Bakersfield

‘Love and War’ goes to Bakersfield

Bobby Steele, Zach Schiavone, Matt Kirk, Anthony Agostinacci, and Ryan Ines of “Love and War” perform at the Ridgecrest Music Festival earlier this year — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Platinum-certified rock band Alien Ant Farm can expect a healthy . . . Read Full Story >>

Alas de Liona performs here, Tehachapi

Alas de Liona performs here, Tehachapi

Home-grown singer-songwriter Alas de Liona will be making two regional appearances next week, starting with a performance on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6-9 p.m. at Xin Bowl Asian Bistro. “Xin Bowl is a great venue,” said De Liona. “There is such a supportive community in . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum to host ‘Alligator Margarita’

Museum to host ‘Alligator Margarita’

The Maturango Museum opens its 2018-19 concert series with “Alligator Margarita,” an evening of instrumental storytelling by violinist Anna Schaad Montgomery and guitarist Dr. Tom Foggia on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Coso Gallery. “Picture a swamp as the evening sun sinks . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Marriage of Figaro’ opens Sept. 1

‘Marriage of Figaro’ opens Sept. 1

“The Marriage of Figaro” will be presented Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church. According to director and Ridgecrest Opera Guild founder David Hodgson, the production is the culmination of training for ingenue . . . Read Full Story >>

Auditions set for latest mystery

Auditions set for latest mystery

Master Mystery Productions and Ridgecrest Community Theatre Troupe are partnering to hold auditions for a new interactive play “Mutiny on the Sea Witch,” a pirate’s treasure mystery set in the time of swashbuckling buccaneers. Auditions will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, from 5-7 . . . Read Full Story >>

Weird Weekend event approaches

Weird Weekend event approaches

One of Ridge Writers’ signature events, Weird Weekend will “celebrate the stranger side of the desert” on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22. All three of its components — the Indie Short Film Celebration, Weird Storytelling Competition and Daniel Stallings’ interactive murder mystery, “What Happens at . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango seeks Open Studio artists

The Maturango Museum is now accepting applications for slots on this year’s Open Studio Tour, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21. “The Open Studio Tour is a wonderful way to meet some of our local artists and see the amazing array of talent that . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Desert Hikes’ oil painting exhibit now open

The Maturango Museum is now exhibiting “Desert Hikes,” featuring the oil paintings of Warner Graves. “With my oils I seek to bridge traditional desert landscape painting with explorations in contemporary art,” said Warner. “As both an artist and an avid desert explorer, I often wonder . . . Read Full Story >>

’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 >>