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July 27th, 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 âTrout Town Jamboree,â a song writerâs 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 Womenâs Schoolarship Fund.
For more information, visit JuneLakeMusic.com.
Veteran bluesman Johnny Winter says he never wanted to be a rocker.
In spite of his 1970 best-selling rock album âJohnny Winter âŠ And,â featuring his brother, Edgar, Winter said he always was and always will be true to his first love: the blues.
âI wasnât really happy crossing over to rock ânâ roll,â he said in a telephone interview from Charlotte, N.C., where he was to perform that night.
âThat was my managerâs idea. Iâd rather not be doing it. At the time, the blues was kind of fading out, and he thought I should do more rock.
âForgive me, Fido, but I really never thought about what you were doing back in there. I know itâs a spot you like, but Iâve never really followed you, except to holler at you for digging around in someoneâs yard.â
Fido made that âpulled-a-fast-oneâ grin on his puss.
âHey hey hey hey! Just look!â
Fido had dug some semi-straight furrows in the dirt. Not really dirt, actually, but Mammoth dirt. That is, some dirt, mostly pumice.
âWhat is this, Fido?â
âIt is my âField of Dreams.ââ
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.
The players of the Sierra Classic Theatre will open s six-day run of William Shakespeareâs âThe Tempest,â beginning tonight at Samâs 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 Unboundâs Fifth Annual Auction after the opening Mammoth Lakes Music Festival concert at the college, with opening bids beginning at $1,000.
âFido, whatâs wrong?â
âI have never been so worn out in all my life!â
âBut it was just an overnight!â I said. âPiece of cake, old man.â
âYeah, well, so you say.â
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 Iâd figured.
âHere I am! Hey hey hey hey!â
Fido scampered on over, full of beans as usual.
âFido, have you been messing with my email? Iâm getting all kinds of strange email from people I donât know, in places Iâve never been, and I just have a hunch youâre behind this.â
âI love email,â Fido said. âYou can connect with anyone!â
âI know, Fido, but I donât want to be connected with EVERYone. I can see there is a green, pine pollen dogpaw print on my keyboard.â
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.
âChomp chomp chomp, slurp slurp chomp.â
âEgad, Fido, I canât take you anywhere!â
By now Fido was licking the pavement.
âThis,â he proclaimed, âis just the best time EVER! Hey, will you look at THAT?â
Fido eyeballed the baked beans.
âFIDO!â 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.
Itâs a new venue for an established businessâBluebird Imaging has been around for six years, tucked away in the middle of the Industrial Park. In its current location, itâs far easier for the public to track down (in Suite Q3 of the mall), directly adjacent to the Mono Council for the Arts gallery.
âIâm legal!â Fido yelped happily to no one in particular. âIâm legal, Iâm a rabies-free Mutt from the Mountains and âŠ do you happen to have a Pup-Peroni?â
Fido got up on his hind legs and did a little jig.
âLook! My tag is Royal Blue this year!â
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 Yassamanâs advanced Mammoth High School band stop talking and start playing, something happens.
The joshing stops, the awkwardness of adolescence is gone. The soundsâsilver and bronze, copper and gilt and fineâpush 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 Monkâs decadent âAround Midnight.â
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.