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Fido and Me – In which Fido contemplates Nietzsche and Keats

July 22, 2011

Fido rolled over on his side and let out a long breath.

“To live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher.”

“Whaa?” I says.

Fido repeated it.

“I’ve heard this before,” says I to Fido. Me, I was listening to the baseball game.

“It’s Friedrich Nietzsche,” says Fido.

“I can hardly believe my ears,” I says to him. “You buy that?”

“Dunno,” says Fido. “I’ll believe anything if there’s a biscuit in it.”

Fido and Me for July 15

July 15, 2011

Fido and I are playing checkers.

Most people think checkers is a kids' game, but checkers is more complicated than you'd think. Even more than that, checkers is a convivial game. It' not like chess. Chess is played by erudite and bloodthirsty combatants; Germany and France and all of that.

Fido is neither erudite nor bloodthirsty and checkers is the game for him.

Being a red dog, he always chooses the red pieces, so he gets the first move.

Fido and Me

July 10, 2011

I am trying to teach Fido baseball.

He’s doing pretty well since April, but he’s got a ways to go.

There is no set way to teach a dog baseball. For that matter, there’s no set way to teach a human, either. It’s an acquired thing, based on repetition.

“Wanna learn baseball?” I says to Fido as the season began. Snow was falling outside.

Fido says,”Hey Hey Hey Hey!”

So we began.

Food & Wine Experience of Blue Sky Fest offers best of both, and music, too

June 17, 2011

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

It’s a blue sky day.
In Mammoth that means mountains in clear relief against a cobalt sky, lakes and rivers that sparkle and rush.

And it’s Saturday: Day 2 of the Blue Sky Fest, spread out around and adjacent to the grounds of Cerro Coso College.

The newest facet of this festival is the Blue Sky Experience – a cooking competition; seminars on wine and food pairings, complete with demonstrations; 20 wineries pouring exquisite tastings; and a live auction – all wrapped up in music by City Folk, Strunz and Farah, Vance Gilbert and the Tito Puente, Jr. Orchestra.

Christian Fuller reaches his Mammoth endgame

May 6, 2011

Christian Fuller has been in town for only a year.

Yet, he has made a lasting impression on many.

He’s a runner. He has coached young runners and entered races.

He has also introduced chess to people who never had thought of the game before.

He enjoys talking about the similarities between chess and running, and how chess, because it teaches concentration, can improve running.

“It can also improve one’s math understanding and performance, as well as reading,” Fuller said.

And, it might be said to improve life skills.

Mammoth Lakes Repertory brings ‘Dial M for Murder’ to Edison Theatre for three-week run

March 26, 2011

Whodunit fans will have a thrilling murder mystery on their hands when the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre debuts “Dial M for Murder” at Edison Theatre on March 31.

Written by Frederick Knott and directed by Shira Dubrovner, Dial M enjoyed a long run on Broadway before it was transformed into the infamous Hitchcock thriller released by Warner Brothers in 1954.

Life on the (l)edge: Beau Bridges performs staged reading of 'K2' the play

March 18, 2011

A family affair, with nephew Marcel Lloyd and daughter Emily Bridges

Every climber has probably wondered, at some point in an ascent, what would happen if he were injured, stuck on a narrow ledge far from help.

That is the setting of the play “K2” by Patrick Meyers, which will have a staged reading at the Edison Theatre on Saturday, March 26.

Actors Beau Bridges and his nephew Marcel Lloyd portray two climbers, Harold and Taylor, who are stranded on an icy shelf at 27,000 feet up the world’s second highest mountain.

'Legend of Aahhh's' shows at Mammoth Lakes Arts Center

March 12, 2011

Greg Stump spotlights legendary filmmakers, skiers in new film

Ahhhh ... one of the sounds made when watching ski movies, whether evoked by incredible landscapes and vistas, or by skiers launching off improbable precipices to land far below in the snow.

Greg Stump’s “Legend of Aahhh’s” is a ski movie about ski movies, the people who made them and those who skied in them.

It will be screened at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center Saturday night, March 12.

California Guitar Trio on tap for Lone Pine Concert/Dinner

November 19, 2010

The Old West will meet the new frontier of guitar-driven live music; tradition will collide with innovation; and familiarity will make way for ground-breaking entertainment as one of the Eastern Sierra’s most popular fund raisers returns to Lone Pine.

“There is something very different and exciting about the music for this year’s Lone Pine Concert/Dinner in the Rocks,” Lone Pine Film History Museum spokesperson Chris Langley said earlier this week.

Enter the bassoon

November 12, 2010

Chamber Music Unbound concert features bassoon, flute

Anyone who grew up listening to Prokofiev’s tale, “Peter and the Wolf,” knows that the characters in the story are represented by musical instruments. The bassoon provides the deep, rich voice of the grandfather.

The bassoon is the featured instrument in Saturday night’s Chamber Music Unbound concert, titled “Fresh Air.”

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