Bestselling author to share insights

Bestselling author to share insights

Bestselling author Steven Rowley will share insights about “The Perils and Joys of Writing Autobiographical Fiction” at the Thursday, May 2, Ridge Writers meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. Rowley’s first novel, “Lily and the Octopus,” made a huge impression on . . . Read Full Story >>

Quilt Guild to meet May 2

The Hi Desert Quilt Guild will meet May 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Salvation Army, to highlight the “Bits and Pieces” friendship group. The diverse group of individuals has more than 170 years of combined experiences. Throughout the years members have . . . Read Full Story >>

’Princesses on Parade’ coming May 3-4

’Princesses on Parade’ coming May 3-4

Megan Anderson will portray Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” in the upcoming presentation of “Princesses on Parade” by Sierra Academy of Dance. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Burroughs High School Parker Performing Arts Center. Scores of . . . Read Full Story >>

Young artists highlight ‘Touch of Class’ May 4

Young artists highlight ‘Touch of Class’ May 4

The Desert Community Orchestra will feature winners of this year’s Young Artist competition at the “Touch of Class 2019” concert Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church. Claire Hatter, 22, will perform Violin Concerto Finale by Max Brunch. She is . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Foul Play’ auditions are April 26-27

Master Mystery Productions will host auditions for “a life-sized mystery board game we call ‘Foul Play,’ on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, from 5-7 p.m. at Red Rock Books. “We need and welcome actors of any level of experience to put on this show,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Music fest seeks additional sponsors

Music fest seeks additional sponsors

A fire spinner performs at last year’s music festival, which raised thousands for local music programs — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer “There’s something special and magical about music, that’s why I do this,” said MeloMania Entertainments founder . . . Read Full Story >>

Concert admission free to music students

Concert admission free to music students

INDIAN WELLS VALLEY CONCERT ASSOCIATION — The IWVCA is pleased to offer free admission for all music students in the valley to our upcoming concert by the world-renowned Italian Saxophone Quartet. “This will be the final U.S. appearance on a world tour that has seen . . . Read Full Story >>

Felici Piano Trio returns April 12

The Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society will close its concert season Friday, April 12, with a performance by the Felici Piano Trio at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The concert will include music by Joan Tower, Big Sky for Piano Trio; Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Sonata . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Music Around the World’ is April 5

‘Music Around the World’ is April 5

Suzuki Strings players shown from left are (front) Hannah DeMaris, Kenny Findley and Rebekah DeMaris; (back) Kellan Zissos, Lauren Zissos, Justine Mondragon and Shannon Findley. — Courtesy photo ------ Ridgecrest Suzuki Strings will present its annual “Music Around the World” concert Friday, April 5, at . . . Read Full Story >>

Third annual Ridgecrest  Music Fest approaches

Third annual Ridgecrest Music Fest approaches

MeloMania Entertainment’s third annual Ridgcrest Music Festival will be on April 13 at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds. All proceeds will be donated to the Monroe and Murray Middle School orchestra programs. The festival will feature live music from all-local groups from 11 a.m. to midnight. . . . Read Full Story >>

Froehner wins Peter Pinto scholarship

Froehner wins Peter Pinto scholarship

The Desert Community Orchestra Association has announced that violinist John Froehner is the winner of this year’s Peter Pinto Music Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to students planning to continue their musical studies privately or in college. Applicants are evaluated on their musical performance, . . . Read Full Story >>

DCOA names Young Artist winners

The Desert Community Orchestra Association announced winners from the Young Artist competition, which culminated after auditions last month. Jordan Walters on French horn and Clare Hatter on violin have been selected to perform with the orchestra during its final concert of the season on Saturday, . . . Read Full Story >>

High school artists invited to compete

High school artists invited to compete

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy invites high school students in the 23rd District to compete in the annual Congressional Art Competition, for which the theme is “An Artistic Discovery.” The deadline for submission is Monday, April 15. Each work of art must be an original . . . Read Full Story >>

Period murder-mystery-comedy "Eat Cake" opens

Period murder-mystery-comedy "Eat Cake" opens

Lady Chantilly (Rebecca Witherell) discusses sinister arrangements for the party held by her vain, flamboyant fiancé, the Marquis Mauvais (Jonathan Blair), in “Eat Cake,” the murder-mystery-comedy opening Saturday, March 23, at the Amargosa Opera House. The story of the latest Master Mystery Production by local . . . Read Full Story >>

Concert assoc. kicks off youth series

Concert assoc. kicks off youth series

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Concert Association is hosting a performance from comedian and juggler Mark Nizer for it’s first Youth Entertainment Series performance on Sunday, March 24 at the Parker Performing Arts Center at Burroughs High School. “If . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Eat Cake’ to open at Amargosa

‘Eat Cake’ to open at Amargosa

Madame la Comtesse (played by Monica Lorenz) extols the virtues of morally blind aristocracy while Lady Chantilly (Rebecca Witherell) and The Marquis Mauvais (Jonathan Blair) look on — Courtesy photo ------ “Eat Cake,” the newest musical from Master Mystery Productions, will open Saturday, March 23, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Alice’ opens next weekend at CCCC

‘Alice’ opens next weekend at CCCC

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Members of the cast of “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” rehearse a number for the upcoming musical — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Local theatergoers are invited to shake off their worldly burdens next weekend when Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society’s Rising Stars present “Alice in Wonderland . . . Read Full Story >>

Moe’s Music holds ’Open jams’

Moe’s Music holds ’Open jams’

Dane Scharff performs covers and originals at Moe’s Music on Saturday, closing with a lively rendition of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.” Moe’s, located at 219 Balsam St., will hold its next public event on Saturday, March 9, with “Open Jam” starting at 4 p.m. For . . . Read Full Story >>

Mandelring returns to Ridgecrest

Mandelring returns to Ridgecrest

Members of the Manderling Quartet — Courtesy photo ------ The Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society presents the fifth concert of its 2018-19 concert series with a concert on Monday, March 11, with chamber music performed by the critically acclaimed Mandelring String Quartet. The concert will include . . . Read Full Story >>

Writer to explore surviving fiasco

Beverly Gray will go behind the scenes of writing her book about a landmark movie when she speaks about “Fiasco, and How to Survive It: The Genesis of ‘Seduced by Mrs. Robinson’” at the Thursday, March 7, Ridge Writers meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. in . . . Read Full Story >>