What if Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had hailed from California instead of Britain? Would the Rolling Stones songs have sounded more like The Beach Boys', sung in tight harmony and played on acoustic guitars?
The annual autumn migration of Turkey Vultures heading south through the Tehachapi Mountains is a well-known local phenomenon -- more than 30,000 of these giant birds pass through each September and October. Great swirling flocks of vultures, called "kettles" because their circling resembles the effect of stirring a big kettle, may number into the hundreds of birds and groups of these migrants often pause for the night in the Tehachapi area. Their grace on the wing and ungainly, hulking size while roosting makes for an unforgettable natural spectacle. But when do they head back north?
On his way to a successful career as a film and TV composer, Ernest Troost studied jazz guitar as well as classical music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After coming to Hollywood, he earned an Emmy Award and numerous Emmy nominations by composing scores for TV and Films, including the cult classic, 'Tremors,' and HBO and Hallmark Hall of Fame specials and movies. Troost also composed, arranged and produced two critically praised albums for singer Judy Collins.
Dr. Chuck Wall will be the guest speaker at Tehachapi Community Church during the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Feb. 23. He will speak about kindness, andmakes a compelling case to practice kindness to improve individual well-being in our community and our world.
Country Oaks Baptist Church is offering a new experience in the arts -- an exciting one of a kind dance production with classical and contemporary choreography, cutting edge multi-media, and passionate worship.
The 2014 Photo contest sponsored by Tehachapi Valley Arts Association was a huge success. With a total of 270 photos from the Tehachapi community, this was by far the largest photo contest we've ever had. The First Friday Photo Contest Reception was attended by over 300 visitors to Gallery 'N' Gifts where the contest will be on display until February 26. Proceeds from the event go towards high school scholarships and help fund the upcoming Tehachapi All Youth Art Contest in April. For more information call 661-822-6062, visit www.galleryngifts.com, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/galleryngifts.
If you haven't had the chance to catch Tehachapi Community Theatre's hit play at the Beekay, get over there this weekend before the Saints go marching out! Audiences are raving about this entertaining evening of comedy, drama, song and improv.
They have been called "Mother Nature's UFO's" and the skies over Tehachapi were filled with them on Wednesday, Feb. 12, prompting photographers to snap shots from many angles.
After curtain the call on the opening night of “A Company of Wayward Saints,” at the Beekay Theatre, a random group from the audience were interviewed and had nothing but raving accolades and kudos to say about the performance they had just seen.
When he was a boy, Ernest Troost's father would read aloud dark tales such as Coldridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Poe's "Raven." When he started writing songs, it's not surprising, then, that Troost would write story songs about gamblers, small-town dreamers, and murder.
I have written about two different top predator species that were once found in the Tehachapi Mountains, but have been extinct here for more than 125 years: California Grizzly Bears and Gray Wolves. Grizzlies were here in abundance -- they are the source of the names "Bear Valley" and "Bear Mountain" -- and wolves, while less plentiful, were nonetheless present and are the reason that the area around the Bakersfield National Cemetery is called "White Wolf." But there was another charismatic animal that was rare but was sighted here: the jaguar.
This First Friday the Tehachapi Museum will open two new exhibits.