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July 27th, 2012

June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival in fourth year

July 27, 2012

The fourth annual June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival started yesterday (Thursday) and continues until July 29.

The festival features bands and a kids' camp, all in beautiful June Lake.

Events include a “Trout Town Jamboree,” a song writer’s showcase, an outdoors concert, a bluegrass bash, and a hangover pizza party (among other events).

Tickets range from $10-$20 for each event and proceeds help benefit the June Lake Loop Women’s Schoolarship Fund.

For more information, visit JuneLakeMusic.com.

July 20th

Johnny Winter finds his roots

July 20, 2012

Veteran bluesman Johnny Winter says he never wanted to be a rocker.

In spite of his 1970 best-selling rock album “Johnny Winter … And,” featuring his brother, Edgar, Winter said he always was and always will be true to his first love: the blues.

“I wasn’t really happy crossing over to rock ‘n’ roll,” he said in a telephone interview from Charlotte, N.C., where he was to perform that night.

“That was my manager’s idea. I’d rather not be doing it. At the time, the blues was kind of fading out, and he thought I should do more rock.

Fido & Me —Organic Fido

July 20, 2012

“Forgive me, Fido, but I really never thought about what you were doing back in there. I know it’s a spot you like, but I’ve never really followed you, except to holler at you for digging around in someone’s yard.”

Fido made that “pulled-a-fast-one” grin on his puss.

“Hey hey hey hey! Just look!”

Fido had dug some semi-straight furrows in the dirt. Not really dirt, actually, but Mammoth dirt. That is, some dirt, mostly pumice.

“What is this, Fido?”

“It is my ‘Field of Dreams.’”

Local photographers at Mountain Light exhibit

July 20, 2012

Sweeping panoramic vistas, evocative landscapes and cultural portraits are featured in a new guest artist exhibit at Mountain Light Gallery.

Showcasing images by Sierra photographers Vern Clevenger, Jim Stimson, Londie Padelsky, Jerry Dodrill and John Dittli, the exhibit resonates with each artist's passion for exploration and their individually distinctive dedication to living a life immersed amid natural beauty.

Sierra Classic Theatre presents Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

July 20, 2012

The players of the Sierra Classic Theatre will open s six-day run of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” beginning tonight at Sam’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.

July 13th

Violin Auction Wednesday at Music Festival

July 13, 2012

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 Unbound’s Fifth Annual Auction after the opening Mammoth Lakes Music Festival concert at the college, with opening bids beginning at $1,000.

Fido & Me — Guardian Angel

July 13, 2012

“Fido, what’s wrong?”

“I have never been so worn out in all my life!”

“But it was just an overnight!” I said. “Piece of cake, old man.”

“Yeah, well, so you say.”

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 I’d figured.

July 6th

Fido & Me —Ursus Familiarus

July 6, 2012

“I’m a BEAR!!!!”

 

June 29th

Fido & Me —Sleepless in Mammoth

June 29, 2012

“FIDO?!?!?!?”

“Here I am! Hey hey hey hey!”

Fido scampered on over, full of beans as usual.

“Fido, have you been messing with my email? I’m getting all kinds of strange email from people I don’t know, in places I’ve never been, and I just have a hunch you’re behind this.”

“I love email,” Fido said. “You can connect with anyone!”

“I know, Fido, but I don’t want to be connected with EVERYone. I can see there is a green, pine pollen dogpaw print on my keyboard.”

Fido sat (obediently, for once in his life) at my side. He grinned.

June 26th

RAW: Big art show next week, 60 artists to display their work

June 26, 2012

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.

June 22nd

Fido & Me —Orthodox Fido

June 22, 2012

“FIDO! DAG-NABBIT!”

“Chomp chomp chomp, slurp slurp chomp.”

“Egad, Fido, I can’t take you anywhere!”

By now Fido was licking the pavement.

“This,” he proclaimed, “is just the best time EVER! Hey, will you look at THAT?”

Fido eyeballed the baked beans.

“FIDO!” 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.

June 15th

Bluebird Imaging celebrates new location

June 15, 2012

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.

It’s a new venue for an established business—Bluebird Imaging has been around for six years, tucked away in the middle of the Industrial Park. In its current location, it’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.

Fido & Me —Dogapalooza

June 15, 2012

“I’m legal!” Fido yelped happily to no one in particular. “I’m legal, I’m a rabies-free Mutt from the Mountains and … do you happen to have a Pup-Peroni?”

Fido got up on his hind legs and did a little jig.

“Look! My tag is Royal Blue this year!”

The other dogs (and a few cats in crates) in the Mammoth Lakes Police Department parking lot expressed varying degrees of enthusiasm.

June 8th

And the band plays on

June 8, 2012

When the eleven boys of Cameron Yassaman’s advanced Mammoth High School band stop talking and start playing, something happens.

The joshing stops, the awkwardness of adolescence is gone. The sounds—silver and bronze, copper and gilt and fine—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 Monk’s decadent “Around Midnight.”

The roof rises one last time.

The music ends.

Silence.

Dubrovner thinks about the future of Mammoth theater

June 8, 2012

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.

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