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.
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.
You may recall my recent column sharing people’s conflicting memories of a rumored Beach Boys appearance in Riverside circa 1962. That column prompted a bunch of emails from various folks, some of which also conflicted but some of which seemed to narrow down exactly what went on. One reader actually met two of the Beach Boys in the 1990s and asked them about it. I use the low-readership holiday weekend as an excuse to put this one out into the world as my Sunday column.
To update my column on artist Tiffany Brooks, I met up with her again on Wednesday as her deadline loomed for the enormous mural she’s painting in downtown Riverside. She had worked 21 days straight at that point. But she finished on schedule Friday and the hydraulic lift can be returned to the rental company. I tell that story in Sunday’s column.
Cellar Door Books is open — finally. The Riverside bookseller’s move proved far more complicated than expected. But the books, and the bookstore dog, made it through. I tell the story in my Wednesday column.
After writing about how the fledgling Beach Boys performed sets in such cities as Pomona, San Bernardino, Ontario, Hemet and Indio as they sought experience, I had to wonder why Riverside wasn’t on the list. I couldn’t find any documentation that the band ever played in the IE’s largest city, but a bunch of people remember having seen them. Unfortunately, if somewhat comically, they remember seeing them at five different venues. I write about these memories, overlapping or not, in my Wednesday column.
To work on a 110-foot-long mural in Riverside, artist Tiffany Brooks had to learn to operate a hydraulic boom lift that would transport her and her materials to the proper height. It will be the largest mural in the city when she’s done later this month. I visit with her and take a ride for Sunday’s column.
The Cheech, the Latino art museum in Riverside, marks its first anniversary this weekend. I attended Friday’s private event that kicked off a weekend of activities (which continue Sunday). The museum drew 131,000 its first year, well above projections. I offer an overview of the museum and its impact in my Sunday column.
The retired Press-Enterprise columnist (32 years on the job) has a memoir that focuses on his sideline and passion of music-making. He toted a trombone to his book talk Saturday. I was in the audience. Also: some humorously dispiriting comments are overheard at the book talk, and a farewell to a former colleague who died last month. Yes, it’s a newspaper column about newspapers (and columns).