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.
I promised recently to write about the day when John Muir visited Riverside and climbed Mount Rubidoux, and I have done so, in Wednesday’s column of slightly hysterical history.
I visit a Riverside institution for an exhibit on the Mission Inn owner’s peace efforts a century ago and am entranced by a wall of Post-Its on which people have tried to answer a question: What is standing in the way of peace? The answers are fascinating, sometimes sardonic, occasionally baffling. Also: more about the Mission Inn, an Upland museum, a boy’s knowledge of newspapers and wheelchair basketball’s local roots, all in my Friday column.
(Back from a short vacation, I really didn’t know what I might write about when I turned on my laptop Thursday morning. Then I remembered my notes and photos from two recent visits to the museum, unused so far, and that got me most of the way there.)
Riverside’s Mission Inn has a lot of art treasures for a hotel, many accumulated by its founder, a traveler and collector. And these treasures have to be cleaned and maintained. I talk to Scott Haskins, the art conservator who’s working on a couple of jobs there, including a Buddha figure and an intimate wedding chapel, for Sunday’s column.
Alice Miller Richardson has always been overshadowed by her brother Frank, the visionary behind Riverside’s Mission Inn, but she managed the hotel for 62 years. I talk to the author of a new biography of Alice, which attempts to give her her due, for my Wednesday column.
This completes a sort of one-two punch for Riverside readers. Sunday, Mount Rubidoux: bam! Wednesday, Mission Inn: pow!
Glenn Wenzel has been climbing Mount Rubidoux in Riverside for decades and has penned two books about it. “He is the ultimate source to go to for the history of the mountain,” a friend says. We climb it together for my Sunday column.
Architect Julia Morgan, who died in 1957, was born 150 years ago this month. She designed one building in the IE: Riverside’s YWCA, now the Riverside Art Museum. I take a tour and find out how the building came to be, which included standing up to Mission Inn owner Frank Miller, for Sunday’s column.
Have you heard about, or seen photos of, the new California Air Resources Board’s SoCal headquarters in Riverside? Its courtyard sculpture is of a gas station’s pumps in high decay, as if they’ve become fossils. It’s a thought-provoking look at our future. I visited for Sunday’s column.