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Yosemite High Student Writes, Directs Melodrama

OAKHURST – J.R. Romero is a triple-threat. The Yosemite High School senior has been an actor at the iconic Golden Chain Theatre for 3 years, and now, Romero has written and will direct his own melodrama, with proceeds set to benefit the theater. Production of “Don’t Hiss Me Off,” written by Romero as his YHS Senior Project, is slated for ...

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High-Class Music In A Down-Home Setting

AHWAHNEE – If you’ve never been to a concert at Coolwater Ranch, it’s time to treat yourself to an evening of world-class music in a down-home yet elegant setting. Grammy-winning guitarist Mike Dowling will be performing at Coolwater on Saturday, Jan. 19. at 7 p.m. Dowling draws inspiration from American roots guitar. Bottleneck blues, vintage swing and ragtime are just ...

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Jean Butterfield Celebrates Her First CD

Acoustic Americana Folk-Grass: Butterfield holds two CD release parties this weekend OAKHURST – Multi-talented singer, songwriter and local musician Jean Butterfield has scheduled two events to mark the release of her first CD, Brothers In Time. Butterfield is a frequent and favorite performer in the mountain area, and has just been nominated as the 2013 Female Vocalist for the Northern ...

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Local Musicians Perform In Clovis

Three mountain area musicians are taking their show on the road, and joining three Fresno area musicians to present a concert of chamber music, from Mozart to the modern era. The concert is Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno. The group will be performing works by well-known composers, as well as new music by two mountain ...

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'Monster Soup' Plays One More Weekend

NORTH FORK — You still have a chance to catch Squirrel Cage Theatre’s “Monster Soup” this weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 & 3, at the North Fork Town Hall. Tim Kelly’s ghoulish hit is full of surprises. It’s the story of a family of ghouls being harassed by Lawyer Fleasom, the meanest man in Graveyard Corners. It’s a hilarious ...

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Coolwater Concerts Are A Labor Of Love

AHWAHNEE — When Robin Ralston moved to the mountains from the big city, there was only one thing she missed – an abundance of really great live music. “Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of fantastic musicians here,” says Ralston. “But I wanted to give our community the chance to enjoy some really top-notch players from around the ...

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Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Season Premier

MARIPOSA — If you didn’t know that Mariposa has a symphony orchestra, consider this your invitation to enjoy one of the best-kept secrets in the mountains. Mariposa is the actually the smallest town in the United States with its own symphony orchestra, and they have a fantastic show planned for their first performance of the season on Saturday, Oct. 20, ...

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Squirrel Cage Theatre Presents A 'Monster' Of A Show

Written by Robyn Flory “Monster Soup” Spends Halloween Week in North Fork Rehearsals are under way for this year’s Fall Follies, which will take place Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3, at the North Fork Town Hall. The evening will be full of surprises, and will end up with the play “Monster Soup.” This is a comedy written by Tim Kelly ...

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Gretchen Lee – From Garden To Gallery

For the past decade or so, Gretchen Lee’s gourds have taken her from garden to gallery. They begin as seeds scooped from last year’s projects and end as works of art. “It’s an organic process. That’s part of what I enjoy about using gourds I grow myself,” she says. Lee grows many varieties that inspire her carved, painted creations, from ...

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Artist Spotlight: Norma Rogers

Ahwahnee artist Norma Rogers knows it’s never too late to learn something new. After all, she enrolled in California State University, Fresno’s graduate art program at age 68, and earned a master’s degree at 73. Rogers says her artistic sensibilities were first awakened during her 1930s childhood in Michigan. The Great Depression had left her family with few resources for ...

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