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Geek Girl: Comic-Con goings-on and the new Wonder Woman

August 2, 2014

This week in the Geek World …
Comic-Con International: San Diego, known simply as Comic-Con, took place in, you guessed it, San Diego this past weekend, July 24-27. Despite humble beginnings, Comic-Con is now one of the biggest events of the year in geek culture and pop culture in general. Now no longer spotlighting comics, the convention has branched out to include TV shows, movies and video games, some connected to comics, others not.

Mammoth Music Festival starts three-week run

July 18, 2014

The Mammoth Lakes Music Festival starts this Wednesday, July 23 and continues through Aug. 8 at Cerro Coso College’s Mammoth campus with evening concerts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Violinist Rebecca Hang, and her husband, cellist Brian Schuldt, founded the music festival 12 years ago. Asked how she would describe the festival, Hang lightheartedly replied, “The World Cup of Chamber Music.”

Sounds of a Sierra Solstice

June 19, 2014

CruiseShip Volunteers and SR2 will both be performing for the first Sierra Solstice Celebration from 5-10 p.m. this Saturday at Mill Creek Station, nine miles north of Bishop off U.S. Highway 395. The venue is owned by Mary Lou Long and Roger Derryberry, who have put a lot of effort into turning it into a viable cultural center for the area, and both groups are excited to have the opportunity to perform on Mill Creek Station’s uniquely beautiful outdoor stage at the base of a historical rock quarry.

Local bands set tone for Sierra Solstice Celebration

June 13, 2014

Join local musical groups CruiseShip Volunteers and SR2 for the first Sierra Solstice Celebration next Saturday, June 21.
The event will be held from 5-10 p.m. at Mill Creek Station, 150 Mill Creek Rd. off U.S. Highway 395 about nine miles north of Bishop overlooking Round Valley.  

Open mic moves to Friday

June 12, 2014

The open mic sessions hosted every other Thursday at Black Sheep Coffee Roasters, 232 N. Main St., Bishop, have moved to every other Friday, beginning tomorrow, June 13.
Stop by from 6-8 p.m. for a beverage, including tap and bottled beer, and a bite to eat, and some imported and local talent on stage.

Inyo Film Journal No. 286: Existential terror in the desert

June 12, 2014

“Existential terror, in the case of Robert Harmon’s ‘The Hitcher’ (1986), means an unmotivated viciousness that’s as cryptic at the story’s end as it was in the beginning. The film, which owes a things or two to Steven Spielberg’s early ‘Duel,’ concerns the mysterious antagonism that springs up between two strangers who meet on the highway.” Thus begins Janet Maslin’s review for the New York Times which goes onto basically pan the movie. Other critics also generally wrote negatively about the film.

Inyo Film Journal No. 280: ‘Gerry’: Where in the world are we, whether watching or walking?

March 20, 2014

The landscapes used in “Gerry,” directed by Gus Van Sant, begin in Argentina, progress to many places in Death Valley, and end in Utah on a salt lake. There are two characters, friends, both named Gerry who take off for a hike and end up getting lost. They don’t talk too much in the rest of the film, and when they do they use a slang particular to their long friendship.
Mostly they walk, and walk and walk.

Last chance to catch ‘Oklahoma!’

March 20, 2014

Ron Valenzuela, as likable and gullible Will Parker, looks on as Cristian Herrera, playing the shifty but fun peddler Ali Hakim, dips Patti Cook as she portrays the hilarious Ado Annie in Playhouse 395’s current production of “Oklahoma!” There are three more chances to see local actors on stage in the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical: 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Dorothy Joseph Auditorium at Bishop Union High School. Tickets are available at the door one hour before the show. Theater doors open 30 minutes before the show.

Reno rock band performing Friday

March 13, 2014

Reno-based rock band The Kanes will be making a much-anticipated stop in Bishop this week on their Northwest Tour.
The trio, fresh on the success of their 2013 album “Black Magic,” will be performing a free, all-ages show at Raymond’s Deli tomorrow Friday, March 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and The Kanes perform at 8. Lena Graves will open.
“Black Magic” has received critical success, and was awarded Top Local Album of 2013 by the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Online reviews have been just as positive.

Read the full story in the Thursday, March 13, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

Artistic skills being explored at OV Camp 26

March 13, 2014

An airplane swooping down, a helicopter making a water drop on the ground, a bulldozer and men with hand tools ready to secure a line around the fire – where is all this shown?
These scenes and others are shown on an approximately 45-foot by 8-foot mural painted by two inmates on the wall in the cafeteria at CalFire Conservation Camp 26 in Round Valley. The camp is operated by the California Department of Corrections in cooperation with CalFire.

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