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Geek Girl: Endings and Beginnings

August 23, 2014

Without further ado, this week in the geek world …At the Edinburgh International Literary Festival, author George R.R. Martin revealed that some fans have correctly guessed the ending to his “A Song of Ice and Fire”(Game of Thrones)series. I’m pretty sure this means that my theory that the entire saga is a dream of Bob Newhart’s will prove totally correct … For those of you who are Harry Potter fans, JK Rowling has released new info on pottermore.com about periphery character Celestina Warbeck, a jazz singer popular with Mrs. Weasley’s age group.

‘Batman’ backs down and the Terminator returns

August 13, 2014

Hello everybody! The long national nightmare is over: the New Geek Girl Column is here!

Geek Girl: 'Guardians' rules at box office and on iTunes

August 8, 2014

Before I begin, I would like to thank everyone for the positive feedback I and The Inyo Register have received for my inaugural column. I’d also like to address the piece of fan mail I got: Thanks for the compli-ments, Mom. I’ll be out to fix your computer tomorrow. This week in the Geek World …

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.

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