Antelope Valley Arts
Antelope Valley Thespian's 2010 Season

With a second act that just sizzles with emotional intensity, the Antelope Valley Thespians presented a memorable performance in their Quartz Hill black box theatre space.

"Beyond a Reasonable Doubt", a two-act play concerning the nature of innocence, is the second production in the Antelope Valley Thespians' 2010 calendar.

Antelope Valley Thespians Perform "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt"
Neighborhood: Quartz Hill
Lancaster, CA 93536

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Crime & Punishment

Quartz Hill’s one and only theater group is presenting “Crime and Punishment” this month. Offering six shows in their Quartz Hill location, the Antelope Valley Thespians are kicking off their 2010 season in serious style with a play based on the classic novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

            Crime and Punishment, long considered a masterpiece of western literature, tells the story of the young scholar Roskolnikov who carries out a planned murder before he realizes what the moral and psychological consequences of his actions might be.

            With a diverse cast of characters and intense moments of suspense, the story explores Roskolnikov’s many ups and downs as he walks a tightrope of doubt and guilt. Will he be caught, arrested, punished?

            In this story, the crime is certain and it is the uncertainty of punishment that creates an atmosphere of tension and suspense pre-dating Hitchcock by a half-century.

            The Quartz Hill theater group has selected a theatrical adaption of the famous Russian novel as the first of three plays on the calendar for the Antelope Valley Thespians’ 2010 season. The season also includes "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" and "The Interrogation of Nathan Hale".

Read on: A brief an interview with the show's Director/Producer Nalin R.

Palmdale Painter Ricardo Cisneros is promoting two upcoming shows. Check out the announcement and some of his work at his myspace:

News of the Arts in the AV:
National & Local Poet Kay Ryan 
Kay Ryan, the current poet laureate of the United States of America and AVC graduate, recently returned to Antelope Valley college to give a reading of her poetry (December 8, 2009).

October 31, 2009-January 3, 2010
Four Antelope Valley Artists Under the Age of Forty at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery.
The aesthetic vision of four young Antelope Valley artists will be on view October 31, 2009–January 3, 2010, in the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery group exhibition “4<40” which opens on Friday, October 30th from 6-9 pm with a special art themed costume reception. “4<40” presents the works of four artists under the age of 40 who are living and creating artwork in the Antelope Valley. The exhibition represents a sampling of the variety of traditional and new media work being created by young and emerging artists and includes artwork by Sarah Donaldson, Larissa Nickel, Nicolas Shake and Laurel Jean Siler...

ArtsRoundUp: "Just Add Water" - Art Show in the Antelope Valley
Artists AJ Currado and Brenda Zeller: The café's latest show is calmly toned and surprisingly deep, as it boasts a wide variety of paintings from these two local artists.
...We had a chance to ask AJ Curaddo about the work of fellow painter Zellar. Currado notes that Zellar paints "scenes that look like memories". Adding that the works present "in each scene a strong focal point with rich, dark tones - like a good cup of coffee....

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Antelope Valley - When we talk about AV arts, what are we really talking about?

What is the art scene in the Antelope Valley?

            The most prevalent public art form in the Antelope Valley used to be music. Bands performed at the Cedar Centre in downtown Lancaster and, according to legend, they were loud.

            Today things have changed.

            The Lancaster Museum and Art Gallery is transitioning from a local history and children’s museum into a small scale, legitimate art museum. The LMAG promises to be the cornerstone of the “new Antelope Valley art scene”.

            In addition to the LMAG, downtown Lancaster boasts several galleries. The Cedar Centre for the arts houses a gallery as well as playing host to various summer arts programs and a weekly open mic night (Thursdays @8pm).

            On Lancaster Boulevard, the new Artists Lofts apartments are trying to attract artists to the area and offers a display space for their work in their Lofts Gallery. The gallery is not exclusive to residents, however, as the first several shows have demonstrated. The Lofts Gallery is interested in bringing life to the arts, bringing art to Lancaster, and bringing people to the art.

            The more traditional styles of Antelope Valley art are also present on Lancaster Boulevard with the Frame Shop showing many landscape works of local painters.

            In Quartz Hill, Sagebrush Café coffee & art house has brought in artists from Illinois and Oakland as well as giving space to local talent to show their work. The café is a prime example of artistic interest in action, with an eye and an ear to the impulses that have always informed art – space for conversation, atmosphere, society, and individuality.

            Also in Quartz Hill, a small gallery has opened in a shared storefront on 50th Street west.

            Rumor has it that in the Lakes area (Lake Elizabeth & Lake Hughes) another new gallery has opened up so that there are now two art galleries in the area.  

            The Antelope Valley has a college art gallery as well that functions more like a legitimate university gallery than a community college showcase. The director of the gallery, having taken over in 2009, seems to share an attitude with the LMAG’s new director which says, “We can bring real contemporary art to the Antelope Valley, foster the arts here. There is nothing to stop us.”

What is the Antelope Valley?

            The Antelope Valley is a wide, flat, windy valley north of Los Angeles. There are no antelope. There are hares, and coyotes if you look hard.

            The Antelope Valley is not part of the Los Angeles metropolitan constellation. Standing 60 miles away from LA in a wide-stance-crouch, the populated parts of the Antelope Valley begin with Palmdale, filling the southeastern section of the valley. Lancaster is just north of Palmdale and stretches westward a bit. And the towns of Rosamond, Mojave and Lake LA take up space in the north and eastern sections of the valley. To the west are Lake Elizabeth, Lake Hughes, and Leonna Valley.
            All tolled, nearly 500,000 people live in the Antelope Valley, many of them employed in the fields of Aerospace and Education, and an equal many employed in the greater Los Angeles metropolis. We call these people “commuters”. 

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