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 >>

Students spend summer with Maturango

Students spend summer with Maturango

The Maturango Museum’s summer interns (clockwise from lower left) Kirsten Carroll, Levi Bayer, Kara Jones, Daisy Zajicek and Carol Blair are hard at work sorting thousands of the museum’s archaeological artifacts. The area college students will work through the summer before returning to their schools . . . Read Full Story >>

Native voice  rings out in ‘Choir  of the World’

Native voice rings out in ‘Choir of the World’

Among the chorus of voices called “Choir of the World” last week at the 70th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales was Ridgecrest native Andy Konopak. The Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir of California State University, Long Beach, under the direction of Jonathan Talberg, won . . . Read Full Story >>

Local son is ‘No. 1’

Local son is ‘No. 1’

Rebecca Neipp

While the Indian Wells Valley has seen its share of natives move on to great musical acclaim and achievement, the title for commercial success arguably goes to 1990 Burroughs High School graduate Mark Hoppus, who fronts the hugely popular California punk band Blink-182. The band’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango hosts Curtis photography exhibit

Maturango hosts Curtis photography exhibit

Maturango Museum History Intern Katie McClain shows her “Portraits of North American Indians”?exhibit, featuring the photography of Edward S. Curtis. A prominant photographer in Seattle in the early 1900s, Curtis became interested in Native American culture and spent most of the rest of his life . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum seeks artists for Open Studios

The Maturango Museum is now accepting applications, until Aug. 10, from local artists for its Open Studio Tour, scheduled for Oct. 15-16. Artists open their work spaces to offer tourgoers an inside glimpse into their creative process, as well as an opportunity to purchase their . . . Read Full Story >>

Homegrown thespians take  Moonlight Theater stage together

Homegrown thespians take Moonlight Theater stage together

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Every so often the local theater scene has an opportunity to nurture talent that ends up landing on a much bigger stage. But an upcoming San Diego production, not one but two of the Indian Wells Valley’s shining . . . Read Full Story >>

‘ARTifacts’ exhibit to open

The Maturango Museum will host a public reception Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. to honor the opening of an exhibit that showcases members’ artistic interpretations of curators’ items. According to Museum Director Debbie Benson, curators have each chosen artifacts from the accessioned collection and . . . Read Full Story >>

’Last Garden Party’ opens July 9

’Last Garden Party’ opens July 9

Performers in “Last Garden Party,” an interactive murder-mystery written by local author Daniel Stallings, prepare for their Saturday, July 9, opening at 7 p.m. at My Enchanted Cottage. Stallings said the story take guests to Victorian England for a midsummer garden tea party filled with . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum seeking artists for Open Studio Tour

The Maturango Museum is now accepting applications, until Aug. 10, from local artists for its Open Studio Tour, scheduled for Oct. 15-16. Artists open their work space to offer tourgoers an inside glimpse into their creative process, as well as an opportunity to purchase their . . . Read Full Story >>

Fourth of July pageant under way

Fourth of July pageant under way

“Are you looking for a wonderful and patriotic way to kick off the 4th of July?” If so, you are invited to attend “Our Country ’Tis of Thee” — a musical pageant written by Ruth Roberts and William Katz that presents the history of America . . . Read Full Story >>

Folias duo to perform  June 24 at Maturango

Folias duo to perform June 24 at Maturango

The Maturango Museum concert series concludes with a concert by Folias Flute and Guitar Duo in the Coso Gallery on Friday June 24, at 7:30 p.m. Flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron perform, compose, teach and are entrepreneurs from Grand Rapids, Mich. Together they . . . Read Full Story >>

HSUMD to host evening of enjoyment

HSUMD to host evening of enjoyment

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will wrap up the season with a free ice cream social, and a showing of a popular “Pictures of Us” video June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. “Solid Message … Strange Method” by . . . Read Full Story >>

’Summer Strings’ youth perform June 10

’Summer Strings’ youth perform June 10

Young instrumentalists participate in the week-long Summer Strings Chamber Ensemble Camp, which culminates June 10 in a concert at 6 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. The public is invited and admission is free. The music camp was organized and taught by violinist Erica MacArthur and . . . Read Full Story >>

RMES announces scholarship winners

RMES announces scholarship winners

Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society founding boardmember Christina Scrivner (center) presents checks to two of this year’s three winners. Andrew Christison (right) won the Fred Farris Memorial Scholarship for $500, Colum Marshall (left) won the 2016 Performance Scholarship for $350 and Rebecca Rumph (not pictured) won . . . Read Full Story >>

Book Binder returns to Historic USO

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will welcome back Singer-Songwriter-Storyteller Bluesman Roy Book Binder to the Joe Fox Auditorium Stage at the Historic USO Building Tuesday, June 14, for a special encore performance. Book Binder has been rambling around the world for the . . . Read Full Story >>

’Pollyanna’ opens July 9

’Pollyanna’ opens July 9

Amy Ertl poses in the titular role in Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest’s production of “Pollyanna.” Performances are Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10, at 6:30 p.m. with a Saturday, June 11, matinee at 1 p.m. The show will be held at Ridgecrest Calvary . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Little  Women’  auditions  begin June 2

‘Little Women’ auditions begin June 2

The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society will hold auditions for its fall musical, “Little Women,” beginning Thursday, June 2. The musical, based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name, “has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story . . . Read Full Story >>

Smashwords staffer to discuss e-book self-publishing

Smashwords staffer to discuss e-book self-publishing

Smashwords Marketing Direc-tor Jim Azevedo will present “A Jargon-free Introduction to Ebook Self-Publishing: How To Publish, Distribute and Sell Your Book” to Ridge Writers on Thursday, June 2, at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 6:30 p.m. The public is invited, and admission is free. Azevedo will explain . . . Read Full Story >>

Showtimes change for CHER's 'Pollyanna'

Showtimes change for CHER's 'Pollyanna'

Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest students are dressed up and ready to perform “Pollyanna,” opening June 9. Performances are Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10, at 6:30 p.m. with a Saturday, June 11, matinee at 1 p.m. The show will be held at Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>