‘Hooray for Hollywood’ is Sept. 28

‘Hooray for Hollywood’ is Sept. 28

The Desert Community Orchestra will present its annual pops concert, “Hooray for Hollywood,” on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Desert Valley Community Complex at Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Doors open for seating starting at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs . . . Read Full Story >>

Hotlanta comes to Ridgecrest

Hotlanta comes to Ridgecrest

The Indian Wells Valley Concert Association will continue its season Friday, Sept. 20, with an open-air concert by “Hotlanta” at 6 p.m. at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. The six-piece band from Atlanta, Ga., features clarinet, coronet, trombone, tuba banjo and drums. “They bring to life . . . Read Full Story >>

’Close Encounters of the Hairy Kind’ debuts Sept. 27

’Close Encounters of the Hairy Kind’ debuts Sept. 27

Jonathan Blair and Janis Kunz rehearse a scene from “Close Encounters of the Hairy Kind,” which opens Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. Watch next week’s edition for details. — Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Swain to bring to life author Mary Austin

Swain to bring to life author Mary Austin

The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert will feature a program about famed Owens Valley author Mary Hunter Austin at its Tuesday, Sept. 17, meeting at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. Gail Swain, an actor-teacher-costume designer-corporate trainer, will portray Austin in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Open Studio exhibit opens

The Maturango Museum will launch its exhibit for artists participating in the upcoming Open Studio Tour with a reception on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2-5 p.m. The Open Studio Tour, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., allows members . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Newsies’ ignite CCCC stage

‘Newsies’ ignite CCCC stage

Rebecca Neipp

“Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society productions always have ambitious dance numbers, and ‘Newsies’ is no exception!” said Cate DeMin, artistic director of Sierra Academy of Dance and choreographer for the upcoming production of “Newsies: The Broadway Musical.” “Our first run-through [on Tuesday night] was terribly professional . . . Read Full Story >>

Reception set for Kurdeka exhibit

Reception set for Kurdeka exhibit

The Maturango Museum will host a reception for Dave Kurdeka, photographer of the “Faces of Southeast Asia” exhibit, on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. “Southeast Asia is an area rich in geographic and cultural diversity, and as such, is a photographer’s dream,” said Kurdeka. . . . Read Full Story >>

Sean Stackpoole Jazz Quartet to perform

Sean Stackpoole Jazz Quartet to perform

The Sean Stackpoole Jazz Quartet will perform Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. Tickets are $20 general admission. Visit shop.maturango.org for additional information. — Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Virtuoso violinist to perform here

Virtuoso violinist to perform here

The Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society will bring world-renowned violinist Midori to Ridgecrest on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Immanuel Christian School Chapel (201 W. Graaf Ave.). “From beginning her career as a child prodigy to becoming a venerable master of the violin, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Rising  Stars’  move to  big stage

‘Rising Stars’ move to big stage

Rebecca Neipp

“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic … music, dance, painting and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” — William Bennett, former Secretary of Education After four years of providing a venue for . . . Read Full Story >>

‘No Exit’ opens Saturday

The Ridgecrest Community Theatre Troupe will open “No Exit” by Jean Paul Sartre on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ship 4084. “‘No Exit’ centers around three damned souls who are brought to the same room in Hell, and . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridge Writers explore serial saga

Julianna and Linda Crisalli will present “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to an Ending” for Ridge Writers on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The public is invited, and admission is free. This past April, the Tehachapi Loop newspaper . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVCA  series opens  Aug. 24

IWVCA series opens Aug. 24

“Have you ever met a talking dog? Get ready — you will have the opportunity to do just that on Saturday, Aug. 24,” invited a member of the IWV Concert Association, which is hosting Todd Oliver and Irving the Talking Dog in two local performances. . . . Read Full Story >>

Rindt & Friends opens tomorrow

Rindt & Friends opens tomorrow

Rebecca Neipp

New music, and one encore piece, will be on the program for Patrick Rindt & Friends, to be presented this weekend on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church. For this second collaboration of Rindt & Friends, . . . Read Full Story >>

Cellist to join ‘Rindt & Friends’

Cellist to join ‘Rindt & Friends’

Rebecca Neipp

San Francisco-based cellist Beth Vandervennet will be making her local debut in the upcoming Patrick Rindt & Friends concert, but her connection to the Rindt family goes back much farther. Beth performed alongside Patrick in the world premier of his Sonata in C Major for . . . Read Full Story >>

Darcy returns for ‘Rindt & Friends’

Darcy returns for ‘Rindt & Friends’

Rebecca Neipp

Two notable members of the musical Rindt family will collaborate once again for the next Patrick Rindt & Friends concert on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18, at the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church. Patrick, a local virtuoso-pianist-turned-composer, will be performing at the concert with three other . . . Read Full Story >>

Small stage draws big talent

Small stage draws big talent

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society has made a name for itself over the last decade for bringing quality entertainment to local audiences, offering youngsters a chance to perform and pouring upwards of $160,000 into the coffers of performing arts education. But an unsung benefit is offering . . . Read Full Story >>

Rindt and Hodgson reunite

Rindt and Hodgson reunite

Rebecca Neipp

The upcoming Patrick Rindt & Friends concert will reunite the talents of Rindt, a noted pianist and burgeoning composer, and his longtime friend David Hodgson, an accomplished opera singer. “Singing Patrick’s music is exciting. It’s exciting to learn, and it’s even more exciting that I . . . Read Full Story >>

’Foul Play’ continues through Aug. 10

’Foul Play’ continues through Aug. 10

Iris Royale (portrayed by Lexi Phillips) is unnerved by the unusual party thrown by King in “Foul Play,” a Clue-inspired mystery to be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Red Rock Books. The final performance will be held Aug. 10. Tickets are at . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Lenore Nevermore’ tryouts set

Auditions for “Lenore Nevermore” will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, at 6:30 p.m. at Red Rock Books. The upcoming performance will be the first touring production of the Master Mystery Productions partnership with Ridge Writers and Amargosa Opera House. “We need and welcome . . . Read Full Story >>