For Sunday’s column, I write about events in Riverside next weekend, both free: admission to or tours of 16 civic sites on Oct. 1, and a chance to meet writers on Inland Empire history, the Local History Book Fair, on Oct. 2. I’ll have a table at the latter. Details on both are in my column, naturally.
A UCR professor, Richard T. Rodriguez, DJs a weekly show, “Dr. Ricky on the Radio,” focused on 1980s British post-punk music. He’s also the author of a new book on the links between Latinos and this music from across the pond. I sit in as he DJs Thursday’s show, which he billed as a sort of soundtrack for his book, and write about it in my Sunday column.
A little Riverside history with a twist: The Golden State Theater was burning in 1990 while moviegoers a block away at the Fox were watching a movie with a scene in which a movie theater burns down. I tell the story of the Golden State and its unusual demise in my Sunday column.
Throngs turn out Saturday as The Cheech, the new museum in Riverside devoted to Chicano art, opens with an appearance by namesake Cheech Marin, live music, folklorico dancers and more. I was there to take it all in and turn it around for Sunday’s column.
The Mission Inn Foundation, which operates the tours at Riverside’s Mission Inn, has a serious training program for its docents, who are expected to know local history backward and forward. A new round of training is coming up. I write about what’s expected and about the questions guests ask in my Friday column.
Susan Straight’s acclaimed new novel, “Mecca,” is largely set in the Inland Empire and mentions dozens of cities, places and people, including the man who won a drawing last year to have his name included. I write about it in my Sunday column, which also has a “brIEfly” item from Pomona.
Here’s your chance to see “City Lights” and “Blood and Sand” with organ accompaniment. Also: the Pomona Concert Band’s 75th anniversary concert is Sunday, with me as emcee, and more about comics, including Avengers #101, all in my Friday column.
The sunrise service on Mount Rubidoux is back after two years off. I give a brief history of its unusual start in 1909 and ask the pastor what it’s like at the oldest continuous Easter sunrise service in the United States. Also: two trauma doctors from San Bernardino County’s public hospital are now also reserve police officers in Fontana, and the Joshua tree is part of a good news/bad news scenario, all in my (good?) Friday column.
I attended Tuesday’s Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting, my first, to hear a report on the children rescued from their abusive parents four years ago. The oral report was even more inconclusive than I’d feared. But it was worth my going to draw more attention to the investigation. Also, the public comment portion of the meeting, which had nothing to do with the Turpins, was a scream. I write about it in my Wednesday column.