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East Sierra (In-Person): Double the Talent, Double Exposures

June 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


 Ridge Writers president Daniel Stallings will interview Mark Pahuta and Liz Babcock about High Desert Double Exposure: A Photographic Retrospective of Ridgecrest and Its Neighbors for our Thursday, June 1, general meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores. Public welcome. No charge for admission. Published in 2020, Double Exposures quickly sold out two printings.

 Born in Los Angeles, Mark Pahuta received a B.A. in History at Humboldt State University and an M.F.A. in Cinema at the University of Southern California. A filmmaker and still photographer, he came here in 1976 and had a career of more than 40 years at the Film Branch and the Video Branch of the Technical Information Department and has many of his photographs in the permanent collections of the Maturango Museum. The museum has also published his audiovisual productions, “Between Two Worlds: Rock Art of the Cosos” and “Indian Wells Valley: Somewhere on the Edge of Nowhere,” and he has created numerous video productions for other organizations, including the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce.

 Michigan native Elizabeth Babcock received her B.A. in English Literature from Kalamazoo College and her Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Bakersfield. The mother of two children, she spent her China Lake career as a writer and manager and has authored Magnificent Mavericks, Volume 3 of the China Lake history series; The Historic USO: 70 Years at the Heart of Ridgecrest; and several other works on local people and history. After her retirement from the base, she transitioned to history curator at the Maturango Museum, writer for the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, and writer-copyeditor for the News Review newspaper.

 Expect an informative and eye-opening June 1 program and bring your friends!


June 1
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church
633 W. Las Flores
Ridgecrest, CA United States
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