‘Dream’ cast lights up stage

‘Dream’ cast lights up stage

Adam Curry (left, front), Craig Bradley (right, front) and the rest of their thuggish ilk set this tavern scene for a rollicking song-and-dance number from Disney’s “Tangled” as part of the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s “Once Upon a Dream” variety show. The show opened last . . . Read Full Story >>

Singing Sands to present ‘Why We Sing’ Sept. 12

The Singing Sands Chorus of Sweet Adelines will present “Why We Sing” — a fun, uplifting program of barbershop-style music — on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church. A $5 donation per guest is requested. Children 12 and younger will . . . Read Full Story >>

Introducing ‘Alas de Liona’

Introducing ‘Alas de Liona’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Local Musician Alas Tarin, now going by the stage name “Alas de Liona,” has launched a fundraising campaign to record and release her debut album, “Lightning and Fire.” Tarin often performs locally and is a recognizable act by . . . Read Full Story >>

Mystery novelist to speak to Ridge Writers

Novelist Victoria Heckman will present “Setting as a Character,” at the Ridge Writers meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. Heckman has produced several mystery series, each one featuring a colorful backdrop that advances her story. She stages the first . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Meet the Author’ goes paranormal

The popular Ridge Writers “Read the Book Meet the Author” series takes a paranormal detour as part of September’s Weird Weekend. Jenna Elizabeth Johnson will speak at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at My Enchanted Cottage and Tea Rooms. Over tea and scones, she . . . Read Full Story >>

Mumford to appear at DAL

The Desert Artists’ League will meet Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene. Mike Mumford, a local steel-sculpture artist, will present the program. “Mike strives to create interior and exterior sculptural artworks that convey a feeling or message to the observer,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Artists’ League to meet Aug. 31

The Desert Artists’ League will meet Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene. Mike Mumford, a local steel-sculpture artist, will present the program. “Mike strives to create interior and exterior sculptural artworks that convey a feeling or message to the observer,” . . . Read Full Story >>

Sierra Academy to host dancing workshop

Sierra Academy of Dance is calling all local dancers to attend “an extraordinary dance experience” with dance instruc-tor, choreographer and coach Dennis Wayne, who will visit Ridgecrest to share his “Ballet to Broadway” expertise for a weeklong workshop from Saturday, Aug. 29, to Friday, Sept. . . . Read Full Story >>

USO ‘radio show’ set for Aug. 21

USO ‘radio show’ set for Aug. 21

By KATHRYN GARCIA News Review Correspondent The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert is kicking off the events celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Historic USO Building with “USO Tour, China Lake Show” by the Farris Family Players on Friday, Aug. 21. Guests will . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Dream’ castmembers surge  with pre-opening adrenalin

‘Dream’ castmembers surge with pre-opening adrenalin

By BILL BLANC News Review Contributor Opening night for “Once Upon A Dream” is two weeks away (Aug. 27), but its energetically rehearsing castmembers say that Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s scintillating, all-new variety show is already paying off for them. A third-RMES-show veteran, singer-dancer Chelsea . . . Read Full Story >>

RMES’s ‘Once Upon a Dream’ opens Aug. 27

RMES’s ‘Once Upon a Dream’ opens Aug. 27

By KATHRYN GARCIA News Review Correspondent The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society, a nonprofit organization that has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help keep performing arts education in local schools, is gearing up for opening night of its next variety show. “Once Upon a . . . Read Full Story >>

Historic USO Building plans 70th

Historic USO Building plans 70th

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert is planning a 70th-anniversary celebration of the Historic USO Building. The celebration will be divided into four distinct historical events, leading up to a weekend of festivities Oct. 15-18. “The USO buildings of that era provided a . . . Read Full Story >>

Weird Weekend brings storytelling challenge

This year’s Weird Weekend presented by Ridge Writers features a “Read the Book Meet the Author,” a crash course in Victorian séances, a weird storytelling challenge, dinner and a new Daniel Stallings interactive murder mystery. On Friday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. at My Enchanted . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum presents Hornyak exhibit

Museum presents Hornyak exhibit

The Maturango Museum will feature “home(less) and gardens” by Michael Hornyak through Sept. 29 in the Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery. The opening reception will be held Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m. Hornyak is from Los Angeles, where he works as a teacher, art docent, . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum to host lecture on ‘Art and Water Struggle at Mono Lake’

Museum to host lecture on ‘Art and Water Struggle at Mono Lake’

Elizabeth Kenneday will present “Art and the Water Struggle at Mono Lake” on Sunday, July 26, at 3 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. Kenneday began photographing at Mono Lake in 1980 after answering a call from the fledgling Mono Lake Committee to become a summer . . . Read Full Story >>

Singing Sands’ Sweet Adalines elect new officers

Singing Sands’ Sweet Adalines elect new officers

The Ridgecrest Singing Sands Chapter of Sweet Adelines International has elected new officers to its executive board. From left are Phyllis Stewart (stand-in proxy for President Pat Gooch), Vice President Georgia Klassen, Treasurer Sandy Pryor and Secretary Elizabeth Pomazal. The local women’s four-part harmony a . . . Read Full Story >>

’Out Country ’Tis of Thee’ program is July 4

’Out Country ’Tis of Thee’ program is July 4

Local youngsters enact the history of the United States through a lively number in “Our Country ’Tis of Thee.”?The popular patriotic musical returns to the community, thanks to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other supporters of the event. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Local artist to exhibit at Shakespeare festival

Local artist to exhibit at Shakespeare festival

Mike Mumford of RoadRunner Forge — a prominent local artist-blacksmith whose work can be seen all over town — has been selected to participate in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s “Adams Theatre Farewell Art Exhibit.” Pictured: “Shakespirit”?by Mike Mumford. -- Courtesy photo His artwork, “Shakespirit,” was . . . Read Full Story >>

Museum invites artists to Open Studio Tour

The Maturango Museum is seeking artists to participate in its annual Open Studio Tour, a two-day event that allows ticket-holders behind-the-scenes looks at the workspaces of local artists. Participant applications are due Aug. 15. “For those artists who have participated in the past, you know . . . Read Full Story >>

One more weekend for ’Lion in Winter’

One more weekend for ’Lion in Winter’

Heather Blanchard as Lady Alais Capet and Gabriel Gutierrez as King Philip II of France rehearse a scene for Community Light Opera and Theatre Association’s production of the Tony Award-winning play “The Lion in Winter.” Additional performances will be held June 19, 20, 26 and . . . Read Full Story >>