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June 8th, 2012

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.

Sierra Summer Festival opens poster competition

June 8, 2012


It’s always a big deal when the Sierra Summer Festival, in cooperation with Mammoth Gallery, opens its annual poster competition, and it’s open now.

Fido & Me — Mechanicsville

June 8, 2012


“Golly, Fido, I thought you were going to come unglued there for a while.”

June 1st

Fido and Me: Office Romance

June 1, 2012

“Hey Fido, why the long face?”

Fido lay sprawled at my feet under my desk in the office.

“Dumped again.”

“What in the world are you talking about?” I said.

“Every time I fall in love, I’m in it, then I’m out of it.”

“Dog breath, maybe?”

“I’m serious.”

“Well, yeah, I guess I can tell that. Let me riff through these press releases first, then we’ll have a chat.”

“I don’t want to chat.”

“Something’s got you way down in the hole, Fido. Lemme finish these up.”

There's something funny about a mule

June 1, 2012

There’s something funny about a mule that nobody tries to explain. Mules are not outlandish, hide-slapping, hee-haw hilarious—although that kind of humor attends Mule Days more often than would be expected in dire economic times.

Mules provide the kind of mild amusement that curls one side of the mouth, an absorbing sort of sparkle that has demanded 43 annual repetitions of Mule Days, and expanded the celebration to an entire week of demonstrations (Mule Shoeing…), competitions (Log Skidding…), and that old western standby, a Saturday night dance.

What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for June 1-7

June 1, 2012

Olympic hopeful Josh Cox has a music library of about 55,00 tunes, says he, but before a big race, there is only one: “I’ve listened to U2’s ‘Where Streets Have No Name’ before every race since 1989, the first line is my mantra.” For the curious, “I wanna run, I want to hide/I wanna tear down the walls/That hold me inside/I wanna reach out/And touch the flame/Where the streets have no name.” …

May 25th

Of ski boots and cactus spines

May 25, 2012

Local author David Page’s award-winning guidebook packs a surprise on every page

David Page is one of those true Mammoth iconoclasts. He’s a big-name writer and world traveler—living deep and quiet right here in our backyard. He’s written for national publications and media, including the Discovery Channel, Men's Journal, Skiing, Backcountry, The New York Times, Hemispheres—and for locally produced media, such as Eastside magazine.

Fido & Me — Dinner with the stars

May 25, 2012

Fido says we should have a “Fantasy Dinner Party.”

Grasseschi has new book on great hikes

May 25, 2012

There’s a new book about the Eastern Sierra, written by someone every Mammoth Times reader already knows.

May 18th

Mule Days on the Big Screen; film premiere set

May 18, 2012

 

Mules have not exactly been red-carpet material, but that may change next week when “Mule Days: The Documentary” premiers in Bishop during the annual hee-haw weekend.

Fido and Me – Scratch and Sniff

May 18, 2012

 

"I guess I'm just as much an artist as any other dog around here,"
Fido said. "But I'm missing out."

May 11th

Gurney's 'Love Letters' to open in Mammoth

May 11, 2012

 

“Love Letters,” a two-character play by A.R. Gurney, will open an extensive Eastern Sierra run next Friday, beginning at Edison Theatre in Mammoth.

Fido and Me – We're cycling!

May 11, 2012

 

“I’m Dog Armstrong! Pass the Hammer Gel!”

What's Up, Up Here? The news and gossip for May 11-17

May 11, 2012

 

First, to all the mothers out there: THANK YOU! ..

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