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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.

Orchestra and choir preparing for ‘Elijah’

October 28, 2010

Members of the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra and Choir are currently rehearsing for upcoming performances of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.”
The performances, presented by Cerro Coso College under the baton of the Felici Trio’s Brian Schuldt, will be held Friday, Nov. 19 at the Neighborhood Church in Bishop, and Saturday, Nov. 20 at St. Joseph’s Church in Mammoth Lakes. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Stephanie Everson is the choral director.

LP Oktoberfest to benefit Healthy Communities youth

October 21, 2010

Who doesn’t have time to enjoy the company of good friends along with good food, good wine, good beer, and to enjoy a good time while supporting a very good cause?
Let’s face it, any excuse is a good one for a party and the excuse for this one is Oktoberfest, which is originally a 16-day festival held each year in Munich, Germany, running from late September to early October.

Talbot wins Best of Show

October 14, 2010

Classic cars and vintage rides weren’t the only draw at the Tri-County Fairgrounds the weekend of Oct. 2-3.
Hundreds of residents and visitors also found beauty in watercolors, oils and pastels during the 12th Annual Altrusa Art Show and Sale, held to coincide with the Owens Valley Cruisers Fall Colors Car Show and the Laws Railroad Museum Choo-Choo Swap Meet.
Dozens of artists from the Eastern Sierra had their works on display and for sale, including 2010 featured artist Maryann Thomas.

‘Stolen Ranch’ a charming, informative look at Lubken Ranch lifestyle in 1926

October 7, 2010

Inyo Film Journal No. 196

Every Saturday night of the Lone Pine Film Festival, the organizers choose a special film to show as their Hallmark movie. This year, a real rarity, a silent film shot in and around the Lubken Ranch, is screening. It is called “Stolen Ranch” and stars a very charming and sweet cowboy actor named Fred Humes. After you have seen one of his smiles on the screen, you’ll see that the word “charming” is not an exaggeration.

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