Art & Culture

Jazz in the Pines, Art Alliance of Idyllwild, Idyllwild Arts and other arts and entertainment, theatre, live music and visual arts coverage. The most comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar covering the Idyllwild area.

Droste and quintet wow summer concert crowd

With trumpeter Stan Watkins and vocalist Sherry Williams, the Keith Droste Quintet wowed the capacity crowd at its Thursday, Aug. 4 performance as part of Idyllwild Summer Concert Series. Keith Droste, on keyboard, along with Luther Hughes on bass and Sinclair Lott on drums played a medley of Broadway show tunes, old standards and jazz and pop selections.

Jazz icon Jeff Hamilton brings beat to jazz fest

Jeff Hamilton is famous for his hands, his power drumming, and how he deftly drives any ensemble fortunate enough to have him at the seat.

First ever Midsummer Music Festival a success

Many talented musicians played for hours Sunday during the first ever Midsummer Music Festival in Idyllwild at the Quiet Creek Inn. Proceeds from the event benefited the Earthwitness Foundation.

Santiago closes Idyllwild Authors Series

The tables were turned on Eduardo Santiago, Idyllwild resident and author of "Tomorrow They Will Kiss," Sunday when actress Karen Black interviewed him in the last of this year's Idyllwild Authors Series.

Lisa and her Kats storm Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines

Cajun fiddler Lisa Haley and her Zydekats arrives in Idyllwild with the force of a major weather front ...

Brian Cohen assumes Idyllwild Arts presidency

Brian D. Cohen became president of Idyllwild Arts Academy (IA) on July 1. One of his stated goals is to expand outreach to the...

Monarch reigns at Idyllwild Nature Center

Imagine being up close and personal with a butterfly! It’s all about the monarch during Idyllwild Nature Center’s Butterfly Daze, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m....

Idyllwild vintner’s cabernet franc wins competition

Chris Johnston has put Idyllwild on the wine map with his award-winning Middle Ridge varietals.

Idyllwild connection reunites old friends

Café Aroma served as a gathering place for a group of residents and friends originally from Idyllwild. Seated, from left, R.J. Owens and Gracie Everhart, Tracy Apple Rogers, Anna and Lynn Johnson, Reunion Coordinator Adrienne Hayden, Kim Payne and Kannyn MacRae.

Mountain Restaurant introduces “Improv Comedy Night”

The Hill’s elusive “Idyllbeast” and his lovely companion held center stage at Mountain Restaurant where they were “roasted” during the Mountain’s first “Improv Comedy Night,” slated to take place on Thursday evenings.