Poppies won’t be festival’s blossom

first_imgThe headline entertainment will wrap up with a performance at 3:30 p.m. Sunday by Wayman Tisdale, who went from slams to jams, leaving a 12-year professional basketball career in the late 1990s to focus on music. Tisdale’s latest album, “Way Up,” is topping Billboard magazine’s contemporary jazz charts. Among the entertainment to be on hand both days is “The Mask Messenger,” a mix of monologue, physical comedy and theater that explores the artistic, cultural and psychological uses of masks. The performance is described as being at times outlandish, tender and humorous. The festival also will feature some animal encounters, including Frank the dog from the movie “Men In Black” and Mr. Bigglesworth, the feline companion of Dr. Evil in the movie “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” Other animal encounters include an exotic animal zoo, a mini aquarium and a bat cave featuring a live bat. Festivalgoers will be able to assist with a paint-by-numbers community mural titled “The Magical Garden.” “We hope we will have a beautiful piece of artwork we can display at other events,” said Laurie Butts, one of the event’s organizers. Other attractions planned include an aviation display; the Jest in Time Circus of Fools, featuring acrobatics of both people and dogs; an international market featuring food, music and dance of different countries and cultures; a children’s carnival; a collection of oversized and custom-designed motorcycles and vintage cars; a farmers market; and an arts and crafts fair featuring 200 vendors. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free. For information, visit the festival Web site at poppyfestival.com. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Headlining this year’s festival will be a pair of rock acts – Rare Earth and NineDays – on Saturday, and two jazz performers – Marion Meadows and Wayman Tisdale – on Sunday. “This is the bargain of the year,” said Lyle Norton, Lancaster’s director of parks, recreation and arts. “You can see top-name entertainment for the price of admission.” Rare Earth, known for such hits as “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate,” will perform at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Nine Days, a pop-rock band whose name refers to the amount of time band members were given to record their first album, is scheduled to perform at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Nine Days’ album “Maddening Crowd” went gold. Jazz, a festival staple, will be featured on “Smooth Jazz Sunday.” At 1:30 p.m. Sunday will be a performance by Marion Meadows, who has what one critic describes as “sweet and funky soprano sound,” on his saxophone. LANCASTER – Masks, a bat, a paint-by-numbers mural and, of course, smooth jazz will all be part of Lancaster’s upcoming California Poppy Festival. The festival will be held from 10a.m. to 6p.m. on both April 21 and April 22 at Lancaster City Park. The festival, now in its 16th year, draws about 60,000 visitors each year. This year, the flowers aren’t expected to be the stars of the festival because of the dry winter. But the show will go on. “The poppies will be celebrated whether they are here or not,” Mayor Henry Hearns said. last_img

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