What’s that? A free festival for artsy environmental types and their kids who’re frustrated with the environmental damage caused by a complacent suburban lifestyle and therefore eager to change their wanton wasteful ways? The Riverside Peace Fest certainly targets a niche demographic. But this fest is equally tailored to children and their parents—as well as to non-procreating artsy environmental types—offering plenty for the youngsters to do while parents peruse booths that offer handmade fashion and art items while learning a bit about community service opportunities. What better way to realize that we don’t inherit the Earth from our parents but borrow it from our children than by creating a family-friendly environment where kids can glean tidbits about urban/guerilla gardening techniques while being encouraged about artistic expression and creativity? Kids can also wander the youth art exhibit, “A Sense Of Peace,” done up by Citrus Hills Middle School and the Worth Studio Artists, or join a music circle and create some improv tunes.
Although this event might sound kind of like the liberal alternative for groups like, say, The Boy Scouts Of America, there will be plenty of serious discussion by sponsors like peace/homeless activists Food Not Bombs and the Inland Empire Peace Alliance. The fest will also feature the twangy roots-rock of Riverside’s Hobo Jazz and the beat-matching skills of DJ Soap. The latter’s name may need to be dropped as often as possible for what’s sure to be a patchouli-soaked affair, and—as happens with all patchouli-soaked affairs—it’ll be totally hyper-cognizant. (Phil Fuller)
Second Annual Peace Fest at Riverside Plaza, Central Ave. between Magnolia Ave. and 91 Fwy, Riverside, (951) 683-1066; HYPERLINK "http://www.shopriversideplaza.com" www.shopriversideplaza.com; 1pm-6pm