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 >>

Charter school students send board member off in style

Charter school students send board member off in style

David Livianu directs children of Ridgecrest Charter School in a new song he wrote in honor of Boardmember Elsa Hennings, who is retiring this year. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Station Street kicks off band series

Station Street kicks off band series

Popular local band “Station Street” will kick off a summer music series at Xin Bowl Asian Bistro with a performance on Friday, May 11, from 6-10 p.m. “Station Street is an awesome band. They always put on a really good show,” said Traci Campbell, bar . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Becoming  Sand’ opens May 11

‘Becoming Sand’ opens May 11

Pictured: One of Janey Fritsche’s featured paintings in the upcoming exhibit. ------ The Maturango Museum invites the public to a reception in honor of Janey Fritsche’s “Becoming Sand” exhibit, which opens Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and runs through July 9. “Several years ago, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Music Around the World’ is May 11

‘Music Around the World’ is May 11

The Ridgecrest Suzuki Strings will present its annual “Music Around the World” concert Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene. Almost 40 violinists ages 5 through 19 will dress in international costumes and perform memorized pieces representing 24 countries. The . . . Read Full Story >>

’Samsara’ ballet opens May 11

’Samsara’ ballet opens May 11

Sierra Academy of Dance students rehearse for their coming performance of “Samsara.” Under the direction of Cate De Min and student Britney Brown (front, center), this “Bollywood Ballet” will be a “visual feast” for the audience, said a spokesperson. “It’s a colorful, exotic mixture of . . . Read Full Story >>

Simplicity to present ‘Snow Queen’

Simplicity Performing Arts Studio will present “The Snow Queen: A Story of Friendship,” on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, at 6:30 p.m. at Old Town Theater. “Come along on a journey with Gerda as she travels north, searching for her best friend,” said Laura Albert. . . . Read Full Story >>

Auditions open for children’s choir

Auditions for a local children’s choir will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 7-12 in the Kerr McGee Community Center. Children must arrive with their parents, prepared to perform one or two songs. Musical . . . Read Full Story >>

Rehearsals begin for patriotic pageant

“Our Country ’Tis of Thee,” a July 4 musical pageant celebrating the history of America, is gearing up for signups. Rehearsals will be held Thursdays in May from 4-5 p.m., and Monday through Thursday in June from 9-10 a.m. Parents may sign their children up . . . Read Full Story >>

Huck Finn musical ’Big River’ opens

Huck Finn musical ’Big River’ opens

Ashton Hess, Tim Duck and Jacob Masner enact a scene from “Big River,” the musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn.” The classic story of racism has been set in the 20th century to capture the existence of prejudice in modern societies, said Burroughs High . . . Read Full Story >>

Nolan bids ‘Adieu’ to Ridgecrest

Nolan bids ‘Adieu’ to Ridgecrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff writer Pianist Lee Alan Nolan is giving his farewell concert next weekend with two performances – Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church and Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. The concert, appropriately . . . Read Full Story >>

Cerro Coso band performs April 26

Cerro Coso band performs April 26

Cerro Coso Community College Band performs in a prior spring concert. This year’s offering will be presented Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parker Performing Arts Center of Burroughs High School. Under the direction of Debra Veit, local musicians will play works by . . . Read Full Story >>

Mumford wins state award

Mumford wins state award

Pictured: “Warrior Princess” by Mike Mumford ------ Local artist-blacksmith Mike Mumford won second place in the People’s Choice awards competition for the California Blacksmith Association’s spring gallery show, held in Placerville last weekend. His “Warrior Princess” piece earned distinction through popular vote out of more . . . Read Full Story >>

Maturango Museum to host Bryan Bowers Trio

Maturango Museum to host Bryan Bowers Trio

The Maturango Museum will host the Bryan Bowers Trio Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in the Coso Gallery. The trio was formed on a tour in California when Bryan Bowers, Geoff Goodhue and Anna Schaad Montgomery got together for a concert and a radio . . . Read Full Story >>

Rehearsals begin for patriotic pageant

“Our Country ’Tis of Thee,” a musical pageant celebrating the history of America presented July 4, is gearing up for rehearsals and signups. Rehearsals will be held Thursdays in May from 4-5 p.m., and Monday through Thursday in June from 9-10 a.m. Parents may sign . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on murder and the perfect wave

Pasadena author Timothy Burgess will reveal how “My Characters Made Me Do It” (subtitled “How My Characters Stole My Story and Took Me for an Unexpected Ride”) on Thursday, May 3, at the Ridge Writers 6:30 p.m. meeting at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. Admission is free, . . . Read Full Story >>