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August 24th, 2012

JONNY WALKER'S "LAST CALL" — Mammoth Festival had it all: Wine, crowds and ... Kenny Loggins!

August 24, 2012

On my bike ride home Friday afternoon, I needed to find a wine tasting partner for the weekend. 

Mammoth Festival reigned in the rain

August 24, 2012

An unusual pattern has developed during this summer’s festival season.

The events start out under blue, beautiful skies, are interrupted by the usual thunderstorm and in the end, everyone has a fine time and goes home.

So it was last weekend when the Mammoth Festival opened with a wine walk in the Village on Friday night, and an evening of music at Sam’s Woodsite on Saturday.

The star, Kenny Loggins, was just about the only star anyone could see as he strode on stage, what with the last vestiges of that afternoon’s rain clouds moving off.

August 17th

Local author, former NY Times bestseller, at Booky Joint Sunday

August 17, 2012

Longtime Mammoth resident Bruce Torrence has a new book out, with a book signing at the Booky Joint scheduled for this weekend.

The book, “The Hollywood Canteen Where the Greatest Generation Danced with the Most Beautiful Girls in the World,” documents Torrence’s long relationship to the world of Hollywood, and most particularly, to the history of the famous canteen that served as a source of solace and entertainment for more than 3 million soldiers who were headed into the inferno of World War II.

The hills are alive, with the sound of ... Kenny

August 17, 2012

Had enough music in the woods yet?

That would be, “No.”

On the heels of Bluesapalooza two weekends ago and Latin music in the Village at the Margarita Festival (see P. 1), comes the Mammoth Festival—Wine, Music, Food & Art.

This is a Mammoth Mountain Ski Area event, and those people know how to put on a show.
It all began last night on the ski hill with a five-course “Winemaker Dinner” at Parallax, and then continues tonight (Friday) at the Village, with live music by Berel Alexander during the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation’s “Wine Walk.”

Fido & Me — An Ordinary Day

August 17, 2012

“What do we have on tap today?” Fido wanted to know.

August 13th

Fido & Me — Dog Days

August 13, 2012

“These are really called Dog Days?” Fido said.

“They are, but it’s not what you think,” I replied.

“I’m a dog! I don’t think. I guard, I feel, I bark, I sleep, I eat. But I do not think. I am a life-support system for biscuits and my water bowl. Everything after that is gravy.”

“Once again, you Big Red Lug, you are mixing your metaphors something awful, but that’s perfectly OK during the Dog Days of August.”

“Hey hey hey hey!” Fido yelped. “What will we do to celebrate?”

Jonny Walker's "Last Call" — Beer, Bluesapalooza, blues and my dad

August 13, 2012

I wandered through the labyrinth of trees at Sam’s Woodsite last weekend to the beat of the music.

August 10th

Beerfest/Bluesapalooza a smash hit

August 10, 2012

It’s hard to imagine anything can beat a four-day, blues-and-beer combination beneath the pines at high altitude in August.

But add some thunderous applause from Mother Nature herself, and thunderbolts thrown by Zeus from the mountaintops, what concertgoers had was an unmatched set list that literally shook concertgoers right out of Sam’s Woodsite last weekend.

The whole thing was delightful, of course, with veteran Blooza attendees saying it was Joyce and Sean Turner’s best production yet.

What's Up Up Here? Aug 10, 2012

August 10, 2012

We all had a great time at last weekend’s Beer Festival & Bluesapalooza, some more than others. The great R&B singer Bettye Lavette got through her first song, a cover of the George Jones tearjerker, “Choices,” reached for her water glass, then asked the crowd, “How long do you actually have to be here to be able to BREATHE?” …

Family oriented outdoor play tonight

August 10, 2012

As part of a National and State parks tour from California to Colorado, Rangeelay Theatre ensemble presents IN’Tents at 11 a.m. at Mono Lake Scenic Area Visitor Center and 4:30 p.m. Friday (tonight) at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, in the Forest Service Amphitheather.

IN‘Tents is a fun and educational family show. Through hilarious misadventures, park ranger Patricia Pinky and first time camper Chipotle learn how to camp, preserve, and enjoy their natural spaces.

The show is full of Chaplin-esque physical comedy.

Playhouse 395 Youth Theatre to hold Seussical, the Musical auditions

August 10, 2012

Playhouse 395 Community Theater will hold auditions for their youth production, Seussical the Musical, a musical production written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

Individual auditions will be scheduled throughout the morning of Aug. 25. Rehearsals will begin Aug. 27 and run through the performances scheduled for two weekends, Nov. 2 through Nov. 10.

All students in grades 6 through 12 with an interest in musical theatre are encouraged to try out. The Playhouse 395 workshop, auditions and the production of Seussical the Musical will be held at the Bishop High School Auditiorium.

Goodbye, Maestro

August 10, 2012

It would be natural to think Bogidar Avramov might feel a poignant tinge of melancholy this weekend.

Not so.

The creator and artistic director of the Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra, who will leave his post this season, bounced into the Mammoth Times offices the other day with his wife, Ilka, and their little poodle, Piccolo, showing nothing less than joy.

“Mammoth has been a part of our lives for over 40 years,” he said in his charming Austrian accent.

“We have seen it in its heyday and in its economic woes, but we believe in its future and we want to participate in it.

August 3rd

Oolation! singers at Mammoth Basin in free vocal concert

August 3, 2012

The Oolation! singers, a group of unique and powerful young singers from across the country who live in the mountains above the Mono Basin for two intense weeks of singing, percussion, and performance, bring their show to the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center this Sunday evening (Aug. 5).

It's one of those can't-miss shows, unique to the mountains, and it's free.

The show begins at 7 p.m. on the patio, and organizers say it would be a good idea to bring a seat or arrive early to get one.

Joe Louis Walker at Bluesapalooza

August 3, 2012

This weekend’s Bluesapalooza is so full of top-drawer talent that it is hard to just pull a single thing out of the hat and call it THE highlight.

But concertgoers at Sam’s Woodsite on Sunday would not be far off if they gave the nod to Joe Louis Walker.

Walker, now 62, is a journeyman’s journeyman in the blues world, but he shows no sign of slowing down.

Touring in support of his new record, “Hellfire,” Walker brings an eclectic mix of musical influences to the stage, from Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones on the rock ‘n’ roll end of the spectrum to hard-core blues on the other.

Fido & Me — Shed up!

August 3, 2012

“I’m all itchy and scratchy,” Fido said. He sat on his haunches, bent down a bit and scratched behind his ear.

“Wow, that’s a lot of fur that just flew off your neck, Old Boy,” I said. “Lemme take a look.”

There wasn’t anything that I could spot that was out of the ordinary.

“Fido, it’s shedding season, and I can make a lot of jokes out of that.”

“Such as?”

“You’re shed out of luck, for one. “

Fido made a little noise that sounded very much like a chuckle.

“Or,” said I, “You’re up shed creek without a paddle.”

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