BCCA: Concert - Alina Kiryayeva to Perform In Bishop, CA on January 31, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (January 10, 2016) – Alina Kiryayeva has captured the attention of audiences and critics around the world with her “crystal clarity” (Imperial Valley Press).  She will present a program of classic piano favorites. The Bishop Community Concerts Association has worked tirelessly since 1947 to bring great entertainment to the community.

In addition to that as part of their ongoing commitment to support arts education in the community, the Bishop Community Concerts Association will also sponsor a student outreach performance by Alina Kiryayeva for local youth. For more information please call The Sound Shoppe at 760-873-5991, or visit the association website at http://bishopcca.org/

“…Ms. Kiryayeva has the instrument at her command…” 
-Mid Hudson Times, New York, NY

Alina Kiryayeva is a native of Ukraine.  She performed her first solo recital at age eight, and solo debut with an orchestra at eleven. She was the First Prize winner of the Senigallia International Competition, Italy.  Ms. Kiryayeva has also claimed top prizes in several international piano competitions in the United States, including the Grace Welsh International Competition, and the California Young Artist International Competition.  Kiryayeva has toured Ukraine, Russia, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Japan and the United States. She has performed with the Kharkov State Philharmonic and State Opera Theatre OrchestrasThe Imperial Valley Symphony Orchestra and the New York Symphonic Ensemble Orchestra. Kiryayeva released a solo piano album in 2013 entitled “Sonatas.” The album was featured on 150th broadcast of "Women in Music" on CKWR Radio in Ontario, Canada.  Click here to view a video on Alina Kiryayeva

The Bishop Community Concerts Association has been presenting internationally acclaimed artists to the community since 1947.  This all-volunteer nonprofit organization is committed to enriching the cultural life of the Eastern Sierra through live performances.  Thanks to the generosity of Patrons and Sponsors, these concerts can be offered at affordable, family friendly prices. 

Live On Stage, Inc. provides excellent, affordable, entertainment attractions and support services to an American community of concert presenters.  View a video about Live On Stage.  

When: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 (7:00 p.m.)
Bishop Union High School - Dorothy Joseph Auditorium
Tickets:  $25 adults / $10 students. 
Click here for the official Bishop Community Concerts Association

“SQUEEZE MY CANS” to be Performed in Mammoth, Jan 14-15


WHEN:           Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m.

WHERE:         Edison Theatre; 100 College Parkway

COST:             $20/$18 ($22 at the door—no exceptions)

BUY TICKETSwww.MammothLakesRepertoryTheatre.org

Mammoth Lakes, Calif. – Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre (MLRT) and Artistic Director Shira Dubrovner announce the special limited engagement of “Squeeze My Cans.” This entertaining, engaging and enlightening story plays at the Edison Theatre for one weekend only, Jan. 14 and 15.  The Church of Scientology had actress Cathy Schenkelberg for 14 years of her young, adult life. It took another five years for her to escape in the face of harassing phone calls, midnight knocks on her door by “outreach” staffers, an expensive custody battle, and social rejection. In her original solo show, Schenkelberg shares a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of this strangely hilarious and unbelievably horrifying story of loss, isolation, manipulation, and the relentless power of survival through persistence and humor.

This show is more than an audition to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend; it is a trip down a volcanic rabbit hole where the carrot labeled “spiritual freedom” eerily transformed into a bit of an alien concept. “I’m lucky to be here and healthy,” Schenkelberg said. Her introduction to the cult was innocent enough. “Many of the people who went as far as I did in the Church, lost everything: family, friends, homes, bank accounts, identities and their actual lives.”

From the third grade Schenkelberg loved performing and sang at clubs, on cruise ships, and on stages all over Chicago. What found success in voice-over work with campaigns for Sears, Kohl's, Applebee’s, SC Johnson, and feminine hygiene ads. In recent years she’s played Madame Thenardier in Les Miz; Violet/Zuzu in It's a Wonderful Life; and Sue Ellen in Honky Tonk Angels at Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, where Dubrovner first saw her perform.

“I was so impressed with Cathy’s acting,” Dubrovner said, “that when she approached me about this show, I accepted it sight unseen as I know what a terrific performer she is.” 

The Chicago Reader said, "Her brutally honest story comes through loud and clear" and Splash Magazine said, “Extremely impressive feat; this production is highly recommended."

Tickets are available online at www.MammothLakesRepertoryTheatre.org for $20 general admission, $18 for seniors and students, or $22 at the door (sorry, no discounts). This production is suitable for children ages 13 and above.

For more information about the season visit the theatre’s website at MammothLakesRepertoryTheatre.org.


Picketing at Main and Yaney, Noon, Dec 19

Update (Dec 20,2016): The group organizing who turned out to be an assorted collection of county workers was AFSCME.

(This article was originally posted Dec 19,2016 1:36)

As I was going to lunch today at the Roadhouse, I saw a picket line on the sidewalk bordering the former KMart parking lot. The signs (which for the most part could not be read from across the street) included "CONTRACT NOW" and "17 DON'T PAY RENT". Patrons in the restaurant were asking one another if anyone recognized the group, but no one seemed to know what was being demanded or protested. I took two photos as I waited for my food. 

There were possibly a dozen people picketing, many in warm coats, which were later shed to show a few people with green shirts and white lettering on the front. A few media sources arrived on the scene and took photos of the picketers, then spoke to them as they broke up and stacked their signs in neat rows along the parking lot fence line. 

The event couldn't have been more than forty-five minutes since I had arrived and by then, was dispersing--some of the participants got into their cars and left, while others walked to the Taco Bell. I finished my lunch and hurried across the street to talk with one of the few remaining picketers. She seemed to be the organizer of the event as she was loading signs into her car and talking with another woman; when I approached her and identified myself as being from Blogging Bishop, I was immediately informed that she could not talk to me, due to being "in negotiations" and that she had intentionally not sent out a press release. I then asked if I could have her organization name so that I knew what to write for this blog post, but she refused and covered up the front of her shirt, which had the group's name on the front. Being fairly confused at this point, I asked for any information and was told that I would be contacted at a later date. 

If there is anyone who can provide more information (anonymously or off the record is fine!), Blogging Bishop would be very appreciative of it. You can leave a comment on this post or email us at bloggingbishop@gmail.com

MLK Jr. Community Volunteer Day

Saturday, January 14 from 9:00am - 12:30pm

Meet at the Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center (2300 W. Line St. in Bishop)

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, join local Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Members at Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) and the Bishop Paiute Tribe for a volunteer day to protect a treasured cultural resource: Rattlesnake Village. Located on the Volcanic Tablelands near Bishop, Rattlesnake Village is a prehistoric occupation site that features more than 42 rock features. Alongside Greg Haverstock, Archaeologist from the Bureau of Land Management, you'll see and learn more about this incredible site as you remove trash, pull weeds, and help protect this special place for future generations. For details and to sign up, contact Indigo Johnson, ESLT AmeriCorps Member and Education Coordinator, at indigo@eslt.org or call (760) 873-4554.