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Hot Cripple

Hogan Gorman’s Hot Cripple skewers the dilemma of being severely injured—without health insurance It seemed kind of silly at the time. You were expected to pay for something every month—something you might never need or u...


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Geeking out at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Sunday marked the last day of SoCal’s famous Renaissance-themed faire celebrating spring in its 50th year. Like nerds gravitating to Comic-Con, fans of medieval garb, fighting and ways of life take a month to attend the faire...


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Dancing for Dummies

Casebolt and Smith offer up a different kind of theatrical performance When it comes to dance, I’m essentially a knuckle-dragger who couldn’t tell you the first thing about jazz, contemporary or ants-in-the-pants dance. No ...



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American Cycle

For “Fast Freddie,” the AMGEN Tour finish through Big Bear is another chance to buck tradition As a cyclist, there are some obstacles you have to be careful about. The worst ones are those that nature provides. Constant uph...


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Shooting For the Stars

UCR’s science fiction symposium is prep work for a future degree You’ve got a college degree in science-fiction . . . so what the hell can you do with it? Plenty, if the folks behind UCR’s upcoming Science Fiction and...


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Project Style’s Nick Verreos Q&A

Some people have a knack for creating things from nothing. In the fashion world, these people often see style in the form of mismatching or old looks longing to be revived. Whatever the case may be, this upcoming event will&hel...



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Ready, Set, Go

Amgen Tour of California Kicks off Today Today marks the beginning of one of California’s biggest annual bicycle tours. This year’s Amgen Tour travels from Northern California all the way to the Inland Empire taking 16 team...


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The Courage to Remember

The Holocaust is the single most terrifying event of our past. While history is littered with major genocides, none of them compare to the suffering caused and murders committed by the Nazi party during World War II. It’s...


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Dangerous Liaisons

Kate Bornstein’s A Queer and Pleasant Danger spills the beans about being true to yourself You are a pretty tame human being. Oh, sure, you break out sometimes and go a little wild, but overall, you’re no threat to most&hel...



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A Day at the Races

UCR symposium looks at our post-LA Riots landscape to ask: Have we come a long way, baby? Has questions of black and white ever been, well, black and white? Likely not, but then race relations have never been easy. Enter…


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Return to Mango Street

An evening with Sandra Cisneros will be the highlight of UCR’s Tomás Rivera Conference Each year through a conference named in his honor, UC Riverside celebrates the legacy of Tomás Rivera, the Chicano author and poet who b...


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Indigenous Choreographers Residency Q&A Part II

Tonight marks the end of the Culver Center’s hosted project “Indigenous Choreographers Residency” with a performance at 7 p.m. Yesterday, we highlighted the project’s starting point with coordinator Jacqueline Shea Murp...



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Indigenous Choreographers Residency Q&A Part I

Last week, the Culver Center in downtown Riverside embarked on a journey to explore the interconnections and international dimensions of indigenous dance. In “Indigenous Choreographers Residency,” a research project coordin...


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Larger Than Life

Coachella promises bigger and better installations this year With Coachella’s combination of up-and-comers and all-star headliners, it makes sense the buzz leading up to the festival each year is all about the tunes. But once...


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Taste of the Tabloids

Hallie Fryd’s Scandalous spells out why being caught can be good for society It’s true what they say: one thing leads to another. You oversleep, so you’re late getting out the door. Because you’re late, you get stuck in...



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The Pokrasso Effect

The premiere printmaker and his colleagues energize RCC’s Quad Gallery The popularity of printmaking has been on the rise for the past several years—and with it a new generation of creators are exploring the multifaceted pr...


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Where There’s Smoke There’s . . .

Cheech and Chong return to the stage, where it all started C heech and Chong are on the road again, pissing off the straights while turning on everybody else with their marijuana-infused brand of subversive sketch comedy. When ...


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A Fighting Chance

When you were very small, there wasn’t much you wanted. Clean diapers, a cuddle, and food made the shortlist early-on. Stuffed animals were slowly added, then siblings, books, and anything you could climb on. By the time you ...



Consumption Junction

There’s a growing awareness in our nation, finally, regarding what we put in our mouths. From Oscar-nominated documentaries like Food, Inc., which reveals the horrifying effects of corporate farming (pesticides, inhumane ...


Gems & Germs

There’s nothing humorous about STDs—or germs of any sort, really—unless they’re place in the proper, comical context. For example, I Googled STD/germ “slogans” and was impressed by what peopl...


Family Ties

Writer Polly Frost mostly sits around in dirty pajamas tickling funny bones through her keyboard, but her family thinks she spends her days frequenting kinky orgies. “If you ever want your family to think you are goofing ...



“Uh-oh, Hot Dog!”

Bobby Lee is surprisingly eloquent when he talks about comedy. I’m interviewing him for his upcoming shows at the Ontario Improv on Feb. 2 to 4, and I’m struck by the fact there seem to be several Bobby Lee’s....


Dishing Up the Dirty

Curator and owner of the new Claremont Packing House artspace Cynde Miller had to explain the venue’s name to me—because, apparently, I am just that old now. Derived from “perma”—a slang term meani...


The Incredible Thinking Woman

9 to 5, the hugely-successful ’80s comedy starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton was on television the night before I interviewed Lily Tomlin. I’d forgotten what a zany flick it was and Tomlin is—as usual—hil...



Foul Play

It’s easy to talk to Bob Saget. He’s friendly, down-to-earth and unfailingly self-deprecating. It’s when you sit down later to try and transcribe the interview that you realize you’ve got your work cut out for you. The ...


Unlocking Your Inner Mandala

According to Redlands-based filmmaker Chris Pepino, part of the adventure of making movies is never knowing what project will come along next. That was certainly the case for his latest film, Inside the Perfect Circle, which ch...


Back in Old Wine Country

Forget Napa. Back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ontario was a winemaker’s paradise, overflowing with grapes. It was considered California’s largest wine growing and wine-producing district.   Much ...



The Rise and Fall of Big Boy

You always wanted to live large. Your closets are jammed with the finest designer threads available. You got bling and kicks that are the envy of your friends. Your wheels are crazy hot and your home is even hotter. You’re&...