My column about Ringo’s poorly attended concert in Ontario did not go over well with his fan base. Asks one irritated reader: “How many concerts has the author sold out?” I excerpt my mail and social media comments, and reply, in my Friday column. It’s rare that I get enough outraged reaction to fill a column, given my topics, but when I do, I love rounding it up like this. It’s a chance to challenge myself to come up with terse responses that are funny but not mean, or at least are less mean than the comments themselves.
Klatch Coffee started in Rancho Cucamonga 30 years ago (as Coffee Klatch — do you remember?). For its anniversary, I talk to the family behind the seven-shop chain to hear how they got started in 1993, before coffee was a thing and before people carried phones and laptops into coffeehouses with them. See what’s brewing (zing!) in my Wednesday column.
From the 500 artworks donated by Cheech Marin to his startup museum in Riverside, about 100 were on view for the first year. Now another 64 are on display, along with 22 holdovers, for the second-year show, “Cheech Collects: Anniversary Edition.” I walk through the exhibit with the curator and sit down with Marin for a chat. The results are in my Sunday column.
Here’s a little backstory: I interviewed Marin in mid-June at the museum’s anniversary event and wrote about the anniversary, intending to return to those notes for a follow-up on the show. It took longer than I intended, with interruptions for travel and a zillion other columns, but finally I pulled it off.
The volunteer group Friends of Mount Rubidoux, around since 1994, isn’t sure what its future may be, if any, as their goals have been accomplished. The last is that the documentary they commissioned to tell the mountain’s story is done and ready for its premiere on Sunday. I write about the film and about Friends in my Friday column.
One day when Ringo Starr is no longer with us, I’ll be able to say I saw him in Ontario once. I won’t be able to say it was very entertaining, but it was nice to be in the same room as him. Attendance was so light that not many will be able to say the same. My Wednesday column shares what it was like and offers some unsolicited advice.
People often tell me they like when I write about my Metrolink trips. This used to be a frequent topic but rarely is anymore. (I also don’t ride nearly as much as I used to.) When I was caught short for Sunday’s column, though, I decided on a whim to write about the jaunt I’d taken last weekend. Hope people like it.
For Friday’s column, I single out a routine Fontana City Council agenda item that might have passed unnoticed: a contract to demolish the former Slovene Hall. It was once a bustling place and its existence said a lot about the character of Fontana.
Items from the 1969-1987 record store chain, including the original sales counter with a hand-painted mural, are now on display at the Valley Relics Museum in Van Nuys. As a record store devotee, albeit one who missed out on Licorice Pizza, I visited over Labor Day weekend. I report my findings in my Wednesday column.
Riverside’s old Farm House Motel was a charming motor court that has been vacant and fenced off for 15 years. But it’s now the site of construction, as a local developer is converting it into a series of small shops and eateries. I check out the motel for my Sunday column.
Hoyt’s Ace Hardware in Rancho Cucamonga will be closing next month. The family has sold the property and is having a sale the next few weeks. Opened by S.M. Hoyt in Ontario in 1926, Hoyt’s moved to Rancho in 1979 and was a survivor among mom-and-pop hardware stores in the age of big-box retailers. Read about it in my Friday column.