I happened upon a little project worth some ink: A long-lived community theater group is reviving its one-act play, “The Silver Dollar,” this weekend in Pomona. It’s about the Chicano Moratorium and the death of journalist Ruben Salazar and has been performed by the group, its originators, almost annually since 1980. That’s the subject of my Wednesday column.
After I wrote about demolition of the CLA Building at Cal Poly Pomona, readers, including alums, weighed in with their opinions. A few liked the CLA; most hated it. “Glad it’s gone,” one said. I write about the reaction, including support for the building from an architecture critic, in my Wednesday column.
Readers with long memories may recall a February 2020 column on a building in downtown Pomona last used for a restaurant, Benvenuti, that closed during Clinton’s first term and was vacant ever since. Since then the building was, wonder of wonders, renovated and reopened as a cigar lounge, said to be the largest in the state. And then, a fire (in the alley behind the business) did enough damage to close the business. I write about this highly unusual saga in my Sunday column.
Cal Poly Pomona’s CLA tower is in mid-demolition. We had a news article about it last spring, but now I take a whack at it (much like a wrecking ball?) in my Wednesday column. Gee, a Pomona column. Just like the old days.
In an annual ritual, I recount a few highlights, lowlights and observations from this year’s LA County Fair, which ends Monday, in my Sunday column.
The LA County Fair’s only direct link to its 1922 start: MacPherson’s Ice Cream, which still has a stand a century later. Its fourth-generation owner and I talk about its history (and resolve a mystery plaguing me for 20 years). It’s the subject of my Friday column.
This being the Los Angeles County Fair’s centennial, you might be wondering what the 1922 fair was like. I do my best to describe it based on newspaper stories, and make a few jokes about it too, in my Wednesday column.
Livestock competition at the LA County Fair ended in 2007. But now it’s back. (The fair’s centennial motto is, after all, “Back to Our Roots.”) I find out what it’s all about, and see some sheep, for my Friday column.
I preview the LA County Fair, which starts Thursday (can you believe it?) as the event shifts to cooler May from blistering September for its 100th anniversary. The theme: “Back to Our Roots.” Are you going? It’s the subject of my Wednesday column.
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.