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August 17th, 2012

Fido & Me — An Ordinary Day

August 17, 2012

“What do we have on tap today?” Fido wanted to know.

August 13th

Fido & Me — Dog Days

August 13, 2012

“These are really called Dog Days?” Fido said.

“They are, but it’s not what you think,” I replied.

“I’m a dog! I don’t think. I guard, I feel, I bark, I sleep, I eat. But I do not think. I am a life-support system for biscuits and my water bowl. Everything after that is gravy.”

“Once again, you Big Red Lug, you are mixing your metaphors something awful, but that’s perfectly OK during the Dog Days of August.”

“Hey hey hey hey!” Fido yelped. “What will we do to celebrate?”

Jonny Walker's "Last Call" — Beer, Bluesapalooza, blues and my dad

August 13, 2012

I wandered through the labyrinth of trees at Sam’s Woodsite last weekend to the beat of the music.

August 10th

Beerfest/Bluesapalooza a smash hit

August 10, 2012

It’s hard to imagine anything can beat a four-day, blues-and-beer combination beneath the pines at high altitude in August.

But add some thunderous applause from Mother Nature herself, and thunderbolts thrown by Zeus from the mountaintops, what concertgoers had was an unmatched set list that literally shook concertgoers right out of Sam’s Woodsite last weekend.

The whole thing was delightful, of course, with veteran Blooza attendees saying it was Joyce and Sean Turner’s best production yet.

What's Up Up Here? Aug 10, 2012

August 10, 2012

We all had a great time at last weekend’s Beer Festival & Bluesapalooza, some more than others. The great R&B singer Bettye Lavette got through her first song, a cover of the George Jones tearjerker, “Choices,” reached for her water glass, then asked the crowd, “How long do you actually have to be here to be able to BREATHE?” …

Family oriented outdoor play tonight

August 10, 2012

As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents IN’Tents at 11 a.m. at Mono Lake Scenic Area Visitor Center and 4:30 p.m. Friday (tonight) at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, in the Forest Service Amphitheather.

IN‘Tents is a fun and educational family show. Through hilarious misadventures, park ranger Patricia Pinky and first time camper Chipotle learn how to camp, preserve, and enjoy their natural spaces.

The show is full of Chaplin-esque physical comedy.

Playhouse 395 Youth Theatre to hold Seussical, the Musical auditions

August 10, 2012

Playhouse 395 Community Theater will hold auditions for their youth production, Seussical the Musical, a musical production written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

Individual auditions will be scheduled throughout the morning of Aug. 25. Rehearsals will begin Aug. 27 and run through the performances scheduled for two weekends, Nov. 2 through Nov. 10.

All students in grades 6 through 12 with an interest in musical theatre are encouraged to try out. The Playhouse 395 workshop, auditions and the production of Seussical the Musical will be held at the Bishop High School Auditiorium.

Goodbye, Maestro

August 10, 2012

It would be natural to think Bogidar Avramov might feel a poignant tinge of melancholy this weekend.

Not so.

The creator and artistic director of the Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra, who will leave his post this season, bounced into the Mammoth Times offices the other day with his wife, Ilka, and their little poodle, Piccolo, showing nothing less than joy.

“Mammoth has been a part of our lives for over 40 years,” he said in his charming Austrian accent.

“We have seen it in its heyday and in its economic woes, but we believe in its future and we want to participate in it.

August 3rd

Oolation! singers at Mammoth Basin in free vocal concert

August 3, 2012

The Oolation! singers, a group of unique and powerful young singers from across the country who live in the mountains above the Mono Basin for two intense weeks of singing, percussion, and performance, bring their show to the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center this Sunday evening (Aug. 5).

It's one of those can't-miss shows, unique to the mountains, and it's free.

The show begins at 7 p.m. on the patio, and organizers say it would be a good idea to bring a seat or arrive early to get one.

Joe Louis Walker at Bluesapalooza

August 3, 2012

This weekend’s Bluesapalooza is so full of top-drawer talent that it is hard to just pull a single thing out of the hat and call it THE highlight.

But concertgoers at Sam’s Woodsite on Sunday would not be far off if they gave the nod to Joe Louis Walker.

Walker, now 62, is a journeyman’s journeyman in the blues world, but he shows no sign of slowing down.

Touring in support of his new record, “Hellfire,” Walker brings an eclectic mix of musical influences to the stage, from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones on the rock ‘n’ roll end of the spectrum to hard-core blues on the other.

Fido & Me — Shed up!

August 3, 2012

“I’m all itchy and scratchy,” Fido said. He sat on his haunches, bent down a bit and scratched behind his ear.

“Wow, that’s a lot of fur that just flew off your neck, Old Boy,” I said. “Lemme take a look.”

There wasn’t anything that I could spot that was out of the ordinary.

“Fido, it’s shedding season, and I can make a lot of jokes out of that.”

“Such as?”

“You’re shed out of luck, for one. “

Fido made a little noise that sounded very much like a chuckle.

“Or,” said I, “You’re up shed creek without a paddle.”

July 27th

Iconic bluesman Charlie Musselwhite comes to Mammoth's Bluesapalooza

July 27, 2012

It’s not often you can walk around Mammoth and rub elbows with a legend.

At least one who’s not running, skiing, snowboarding or dirt-biking.

Yet at this year’s Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesaplooza (Thursday through Sunday, next week), concert goers at Sam’s Woodsite can run smack into Charlie Musselwhite, and that’s about as close to legendary as it gets in the blues world.

Musselwhite, a native Mississippian with 30 solo albums, is touring in support of his new recording, “The Well.” It is a highly autobiographical collection of songs that won a Grammy nomination this year.

Fido & Me — Dignity

July 27, 2012

“Oy vey, am I scared!”

“Fido,” I said, “what in the world is going on? You’re speaking Yiddish.”

“Oy vey, am I scared!”

“That’s what you said. What’s got your goat? What’s the matter?”

Fido inched closer to my chair, almost right on top of my feet. Then I heard it. Way off in the distance (to my ears, anyway): thunder.

“Oy vey,” Fido said. “Am I scared! And I’m speaking Doggish, not Yiddish. An offshoot.”

Music Festival nearing its 2012 summer finale

July 27, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Music Festival enters its final week of concerts, featuring the Felici Piano Trio and distinguished guests at Cerro Coso College.

Tickets ($25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student) are available at the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes, at the door at 6:45 p.m. on concert nights or at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org.

Paiute Palace announces jackpot winner

July 27, 2012

The Paiute Palace Casino in Bishop announced its most recent jackpot winner, Jeanette S. of Bishop. She won $771,170 on one of the newly installed Godzilla slot machines.

According to casino officials, Jeanette is a regular customer. The casino’s Bill Macdonald was happy that a local regular customer won the huge prize.

The Paiute Palace Casino is owned and operated by the Bishop Paiute Tribe. For current casino promotions visit www.paiutepalace.com

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