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July 20th, 2012
The players of the Sierra Classic Theatre will open s six-day run of William Shakespeareâ€™s â€śThe Tempest,â€ť beginning tonight at Samâ€™s Woodsite in Mammoth.
It is an audacious, if not tempestuous undertaking, directed by Lesley Bruns and performed under the trees at the venue.
The players ask for a $10 donation for those wishing to attend.
Although the theatre company will offer some chairs, the players ask members of the audience to bring their own chairs if they like, and a picnic.
The Sierra Music Festival opens this week at Cerro Coso College, with plenty of strings attached.
Actually, there are just four strings, but they are attached to a violin painted by Lady Jill Mueller and signed by Dave and Roma McCoy.
The instrument will be an item in Chamber Music Unboundâ€™s Fifth Annual Auction after the opening Mammoth Lakes Music Festival concert at the college, with opening bids beginning at $1,000.
â€śFido, whatâ€™s wrong?â€ť
â€śI have never been so worn out in all my life!â€ť
â€śBut it was just an overnight!â€ť I said. â€śPiece of cake, old man.â€ť
â€śYeah, well, so you say.â€ť
Fido walked to his dog bed and more or less dived into it, like a locomotive that has jumped the tracks. Nose first, cloud of dust, then silence. In no time, he was snoring.
As for me, I was a little tired after our first overnight in the mountains, but nothing out of the ordinary.
For Fido, though, his first overnight backpacking adventure was more of a strain than Iâ€™d figured.
â€śHere I am! Hey hey hey hey!â€ť
Fido scampered on over, full of beans as usual.
â€śFido, have you been messing with my email? Iâ€™m getting all kinds of strange email from people I donâ€™t know, in places Iâ€™ve never been, and I just have a hunch youâ€™re behind this.â€ť
â€śI love email,â€ť Fido said. â€śYou can connect with anyone!â€ť
â€śI know, Fido, but I donâ€™t want to be connected with EVERYone. I can see there is a green, pine pollen dogpaw print on my keyboard.â€ť
Fido sat (obediently, for once in his life) at my side. He grinned.
Mono Council for the Arts presents its 35th Annual Mammoth Celebrates the Arts Fine Arts and Contemporary Crafts Festival in the parking lot of Footloose Sports July 4-7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
â€śChomp chomp chomp, slurp slurp chomp.â€ť
â€śEgad, Fido, I canâ€™t take you anywhere!â€ť
By now Fido was licking the pavement.
â€śThis,â€ť he proclaimed, â€śis just the best time EVER! Hey, will you look at THAT?â€ť
Fido eyeballed the baked beans.
â€śFIDO!â€ť I said, and gave him a tug on his nose leash.
It was his first-ever pig roast. It might be his last-ever, too, unless he can get a grip, and I told him as much.
Local gallery Bluebird Imaging had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday evening. The gallery, owned and operated by husband-and-wife duo Kendra Knight and Aaron Horowitz, opened at its new location in the Mammoth Luxury Outlet Mall.
Itâ€™s a new venue for an established businessâ€”Bluebird Imaging has been around for six years, tucked away in the middle of the Industrial Park. In its current location, itâ€™s far easier for the public to track down (in Suite Q3 of the mall), directly adjacent to the Mono Council for the Arts gallery.
â€śIâ€™m legal!â€ť Fido yelped happily to no one in particular. â€śIâ€™m legal, Iâ€™m a rabies-free Mutt from the Mountains and â€¦ do you happen to have a Pup-Peroni?â€ť
Fido got up on his hind legs and did a little jig.
â€śLook! My tag is Royal Blue this year!â€ť
The other dogs (and a few cats in crates) in the Mammoth Lakes Police Department parking lot expressed varying degrees of enthusiasm.
When the eleven boys of Cameron Yassamanâ€™s advanced Mammoth High School band stop talking and start playing, something happens.
The joshing stops, the awkwardness of adolescence is gone. The soundsâ€”silver and bronze, copper and gilt and fineâ€”push the walls of the room back. The air gives way to music.
The music lifts and pulls and pushes and cajoles. The crowded, circular band room grows huge.
The boys are transformed, too.
The music rises, grows bold and rich and deep; Thelonius Monkâ€™s decadent â€śAround Midnight.â€ť
The roof rises one last time.
The music ends.
The Mammoth theater scene is on the up-and-up, says artistic director Shira Dubrovner.
All it needs is a vision, a business model and some way to capture and hold young people.
Easy to say, hard to do.
Dubrovner got a heavy taste of the challenges facing the theater last month at Directors Lab West in Pasadena, where she and other participants jammed a load of insight into eight days between May 19-26.
They also jammed nine plays in there, ranging from classical theater to highly experimental works by new artists and directors.
It’s always a big deal when the Sierra Summer Festival, in cooperation with Mammoth Gallery, opens its annual poster competition, and it’s open now.
“Golly, Fido, I thought you were going to come unglued there for a while.”
â€śHey Fido, why the long face?â€ť
Fido lay sprawled at my feet under my desk in the office.
â€śWhat in the world are you talking about?â€ť I said.
â€śEvery time I fall in love, Iâ€™m in it, then Iâ€™m out of it.â€ť
â€śDog breath, maybe?â€ť
â€śWell, yeah, I guess I can tell that. Let me riff through these press releases first, then weâ€™ll have a chat.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t want to chat.â€ť
â€śSomethingâ€™s got you way down in the hole, Fido. Lemme finish these up.â€ť
Thereâ€™s something funny about a mule that nobody tries to explain. Mules are not outlandish, hide-slapping, hee-haw hilariousâ€”although that kind of humor attends Mule Days more often than would be expected in dire economic times.
Mules provide the kind of mild amusement that curls one side of the mouth, an absorbing sort of sparkle that has demanded 43 annual repetitions of Mule Days, and expanded the celebration to an entire week of demonstrations (Mule Shoeingâ€¦), competitions (Log Skiddingâ€¦), and that old western standby, a Saturday night dance.