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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.

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.

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.

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.

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