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Playhouse brings ‘Beauty’ to youth

November 18, 2010

In addition to preparing for this weekend’s swan song of “Beauty and the Beauty, Jr.,” Playhouse 395 is also recognizing local artistic talent.
The popular Bishop-based theater company offered its first-ever coloring contest recently as part of its Fall Youth Production, completing its two-weekend run this Friday and Saturday.
Playhouse 395 took various characters from the “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” production to a few area schools in our community for a visit, during which time coloring pages were distributed to the students.

Spellbinder Books celebrates 40 years in style

November 18, 2010

A cursory search into the history of bookselling in Bishop reveals local proprietors began making room on their shelves for literary merchandise in 1933.
A photo from this milestone year for bookworms across the Owens Valley shows the former bank building at the corner of Main and West Line streets – now the home of Mountain Light Gallery – subdivided into three storefronts, one of which is a bookstore.
Pinyon Books entered the scene in 1960, followed 10 years later by Patricia Rowbottom and Dorcas Birchum’s Spellbinder Books, now located right next door to that original bank building.

Acclaimed dancer, choreographer now teaching in Bishop

October 28, 2010

This September, Playhouse 395 welcomed back accomplished dancer and choreographer Dennis Wayne. The mountains are to thank for his annual sojourn back to the Owens Valley: After discovering the beauty of the Eastern Sierra a few years back, Wayne has called Mammoth Lakes home for part of each year and local dance enthusiasts are thrilled he has chosen this region to share his talent, skills and love of dance.

Orchestra and choir preparing for ‘Elijah’

October 28, 2010

Members of the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra and Choir are currently rehearsing for upcoming performances of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.”
The performances, presented by Cerro Coso College under the baton of the Felici Trio’s Brian Schuldt, will be held Friday, Nov. 19 at the Neighborhood Church in Bishop, and Saturday, Nov. 20 at St. Joseph’s Church in Mammoth Lakes. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Stephanie Everson is the choral director.

LP Oktoberfest to benefit Healthy Communities youth

October 21, 2010

Who doesn’t have time to enjoy the company of good friends along with good food, good wine, good beer, and to enjoy a good time while supporting a very good cause?
Let’s face it, any excuse is a good one for a party and the excuse for this one is Oktoberfest, which is originally a 16-day festival held each year in Munich, Germany, running from late September to early October.

Talbot wins Best of Show

October 14, 2010

Classic cars and vintage rides weren’t the only draw at the Tri-County Fairgrounds the weekend of Oct. 2-3.
Hundreds of residents and visitors also found beauty in watercolors, oils and pastels during the 12th Annual Altrusa Art Show and Sale, held to coincide with the Owens Valley Cruisers Fall Colors Car Show and the Laws Railroad Museum Choo-Choo Swap Meet.
Dozens of artists from the Eastern Sierra had their works on display and for sale, including 2010 featured artist Maryann Thomas.

‘Stolen Ranch’ a charming, informative look at Lubken Ranch lifestyle in 1926

October 7, 2010

Inyo Film Journal No. 196

Every Saturday night of the Lone Pine Film Festival, the organizers choose a special film to show as their Hallmark movie. This year, a real rarity, a silent film shot in and around the Lubken Ranch, is screening. It is called “Stolen Ranch” and stars a very charming and sweet cowboy actor named Fred Humes. After you have seen one of his smiles on the screen, you’ll see that the word “charming” is not an exaggeration.

Lowe and behold: international act coming to Owens Valley stage

September 30, 2010

As its first offering of the 2010-11 season, the Bishop Community Concert Association is bringing a veritable entertainment whirlwind to the local stage.
Bringing both tremendous talent and audience appeal, the nine-member, Branson, Mo.-based Lowe family is set to perform a unique blend of music, theater and dance at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Bishop Union High School Dorothy Joseph Auditorium.
While excited to be kicking off its concert season, the BCCA is particularly pleased to be doing so with The Lowe Family.

Local artist helping raise funds for Altrusa

September 30, 2010

Register Staff

Returning to the Tri-County Fairgrounds for the 12th consecutive year, Altrusa International of the Eastern Sierra’s Art Show and Sale is offering patrons more than one way to take home works by local artists.
“Below the Dam,” an original framed watercolor painting by 2009 featured artist Pat Crowther, will be raffled off during the annual event, being held Saturday and Sunday inside the fairgrounds’ Floriculture Building.
Crowther has generously donated the painting to help Altrusa raise funds for its various literacy-related community service projects.

Thomas taking center stage at Altrusa show

September 23, 2010

From the California State University system, to the studios of Disney’s Featured Animation Division, to the base of the Sierra Nevada, Maryann Thomas has spent her life nurturing a tremendous talent and passion for art.
She’ll be sharing her acclaimed watercolor works – many of them inspired by travels to far-flung locales or the views in her own backyard – with residents and visitors when Altrusa International of the Eastern Sierra highlights Thomas as the featured artist at this year’s Art Show and Sale on Oct. 2-3.

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