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Dynamic duo performing at ICA

October 13, 2011

Master guitarist Richard Smith and accomplished cellist Julie Adams are returning to the Eastern Sierra this fall for what is promised to be another rousing performance.
The dynamic duo has lit up the Inyo Council for the Arts stage more than once over the past several years, and has been invited back to perform Monday, Oct. 17 at ICA’s Bishop headquarters.
The concert is set to begin at 7 p.m.
According to the ICA, Smith and Adams make quite the pair, combining both passion for their craft and unrivaled talent.
Smith is a former wunderkind and widely acclaimed guitar virtuoso.

New season approaches for BCCA

August 3, 2011

A swing ensemble reminiscent of both the Andrew Sisters and ABBA … live marionette theater … dixieland jazz … a quartet of Russian cellists … and a group of vocalists who could put those kids on “Glee” to shame.
Those are the unique and once again wildly varied offerings being brought to local audiences by the non-profit Bishop Community Concerts Association, which announced its lineup this week for the upcoming 2011-12 concert season.
“Once again, we have a wonderful array of performers,” a BCCA spokesperson said.

Oompa, loompa doopity doo: ‘Willy Wonka Kids’ coming soon

June 24, 2011

When you’re a kid, candy is a dream: a fluffy white cloud of sugary joy.
For adults, candy is poison, a fat-filled brick of love handles, pimples and excessive flatulence.
But, “Willy Wonka Kids,” despite being a show about sugar-tooth delights, brings joy to adult and child alike. And the opportunity is comin’ round for the community (old and young) to experience two free productions of this delightful tale.

Laws Museum hosting Father’s Day concert

June 10, 2011

Dave Stamey, Peavine Pickers to perform on Sunday, June 19

Laws Railroad Museum is inviting the family to bring Dad out to the museum’s sprawling grounds this Father’s Day for some food, fun, fundraising and fine tunes.
Dave Stamey and the Peavine Pickers will be per¬forming the Fourth Annual Benefit Concert at Laws Railroad Museum on Sunday, June 19.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6 p.m, giving attendees just enough time to chow down on the delectable offerings of Michelle Denault Catering. On the menu: a tri-tip and ham dinner.

Singing Valentine’s available Monday

February 10, 2011

Bishop area residents will have the chance to give their sweethearts the gift of song this Valentine’s Day while contributing to a good cause at the same time.
The Sierra Stars Quartet of the High Sierra Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will be performing Singing Valentine’s on Monday, Feb. 14, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and again from 5-8 p.m. in the Bishop area.
Sweet Adelines International is a nonprofit music education association for women who sing four-part harmony in the barbershop style.

Spitzer returning to Bishop stage

January 13, 2011

She once made national headlines for traveling the highways and backroads of the U.S. and Canada with a Steinway grand piano in tow to perform for towns and villages with populations ranging from 50 to 250.
In addition to introducing some of the Northern Hemisphere’s most rural outposts to the beauty and joy of classical music, Laura Spitzer has performed at prestigious concert halls all over the globe.

45-piece Air Force ensemble set to perform in Lone Pine

January 13, 2011

It’s not every day that residents of the Eastern Sierra are afforded the opportunity to watch – and hear – world-class musicians perform at no cost to the public.
Local sponsors are making it possible for the prestigious and popular United States Air Force Band of the Golden West to hold a free concert Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Lone Pine High School Auditorium.
The concert band, a 45-piece ensemble from the Air Force Band of the Golden West, will perform a variety of music, including classical, big band, contemporary and patriotic arrangements.

Playhouse brings ‘Beauty’ to youth

November 18, 2010

In addition to preparing for this weekend’s swan song of “Beauty and the Beauty, Jr.,” Playhouse 395 is also recognizing local artistic talent.
The popular Bishop-based theater company offered its first-ever coloring contest recently as part of its Fall Youth Production, completing its two-weekend run this Friday and Saturday.
Playhouse 395 took various characters from the “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” production to a few area schools in our community for a visit, during which time coloring pages were distributed to the students.

Spellbinder Books celebrates 40 years in style

November 18, 2010

A cursory search into the history of bookselling in Bishop reveals local proprietors began making room on their shelves for literary merchandise in 1933.
A photo from this milestone year for bookworms across the Owens Valley shows the former bank building at the corner of Main and West Line streets – now the home of Mountain Light Gallery – subdivided into three storefronts, one of which is a bookstore.
Pinyon Books entered the scene in 1960, followed 10 years later by Patricia Rowbottom and Dorcas Birchum’s Spellbinder Books, now located right next door to that original bank building.

Acclaimed dancer, choreographer now teaching in Bishop

October 28, 2010

This September, Playhouse 395 welcomed back accomplished dancer and choreographer Dennis Wayne. The mountains are to thank for his annual sojourn back to the Owens Valley: After discovering the beauty of the Eastern Sierra a few years back, Wayne has called Mammoth Lakes home for part of each year and local dance enthusiasts are thrilled he has chosen this region to share his talent, skills and love of dance.

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