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Through Her Eyes

A brief insight into local artist Naida Osline’s creative mind Confronted with the photography of Naida Osline, one may find themselves startled by the immediate intensity and mutually striking beauty surrounding her imagery....


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Unnatural Acts!

Scripps Ceramic Annual goes organically inorganic For some reason, every year I walk in to review the Scripps annual ceramic show—and that is every year—I’m once again shocked that it’s not filled with boring old tablew...


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Take a Seat at Modernism Week

Sitting Pretty in Palm Springs Since mankind has stood upright, we have been searching for a way to comfortably sit back down. Dating back to the Neolithic era of civilization, there have been simple chair-like usable sculpture...



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Worlds Colliding

Art and Activism at Pomona College On practically any given commute, the odds are high someone will spot a sticker of Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster plastered onto a car. Equally high are the odds someone will have a reaction:...


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Keeping Her Composure

Pitzer College showcases the power of spectacular feminist art with “Martha Wilson” Walking up to the Pitzer College Art Gallery, my senses tightened up with excitement. As I am momentarily blinded by the clean white space ...


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Mystery Machine

The truth is out there . . . and Matt Lamy’s Dead Strange tries to figure out where exactly Your entire life, it seems, runs on a need-to-know basis. Unfortunately, you’re always the last who needs to know. Something exciti...



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Ladies Choice

Print by Cynthia Garcia, photo by Megan Flanders Gender politics and the pursuit of paper underscore [PAPERSLUTS] printmaking show at CSUSB Art is adaptable. It can say anything. The medium and the message come together to ach...


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Fifty Shades of Black

The achievements of African Americans are chronicled in Black Firsts Long and slow. That’s how you’d describe every line you’ve ever stepped into. Don’t you hate that? You’re waiting in line and you see a chance to go...


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Dancing Its Way Into Our Hearts

Photo Joe Lampie Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company finds love in Palm Springs Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company will be gracing the Inland Empire with impactful and therapeutic dance programming and performance this week. Nickerson-Ro...



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Silver Lining

The Palm Springs International Film Festival offers up plenty of reel-ality The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in America, and as its 24th year anniversary coincides with The City ...


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That’s Pretty Grimm

Philip Pullman’s Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm sheds light on the dark side of bedtime stories Happily Ever After. Once upon a time, those were magic words to you. They tied up a bedtime story neat enough to lull…


Photo by Jonathan Becker

They Really Are After You!

Photo by Jonathan Becker Encyclopedia Paranoiaca teaches you that conspiracy theories are all around us—good luck! You didn’t sleep very well at all last night. Something was niggling at your brain and it was 2 a.m. before...



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Wedding Banned

The ups and downs of gay rights in the U.S. are detailed in Michael J. Klarman’s From the Closet to the Altar The rings are tucked safe in a box in your dresser drawer. Your finery hangs in the closet,…


Photos courtesy of Chino Community

Family Drama

Photos courtesy of Chino Community Chino Community Theatre’s Little Women delivers an intimate portray of Alcott’s touching story It may not star Santa or Scrooge, but the holiday production by Chino Community Theatre feat...


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Nick of Time

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus tells the true tale behind the ho-ho-ho Naughty or nice? Yep, you’ve been both this year. You’ve been nice because it’s the right thing to do, it gives you a warm-fuzzy, and you…



Photo by Morgan Tuff

Busy Bodies

Photo by Morgan Tuff A Disability History chronicles the history of “deviants” and “undesirables”—before the ADA “Can’t” is a word you can’t say. No, you’ve been raised knowing that anything’s possible. E...


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Bird on a Wire

To Kill a Mockingbird delves into the still-relevant issues of black and white The story was published in 1960, it’s set in the 1930s, but for Terre Gunkel, To Kill a Mockingbird screams “today.” Gunkel is the director of...


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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane . . . It’s a Taco?

A local team competes at Red Bull’s Flugtag this weekend Not many people can honestly say they’ve had a ride in a giant taco. Even fewer people can say that they’ve constructed a giant taco that flies. Scott Covey and...



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Life After Death

One doctor’s medical calamity leads him to the Great Beyond in Proof of Heaven Nobody packs a suitcase like you do. A weekend away? No problem. Cram everything you need in a tote and go. A two-week cruise? Again, no…


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A Legend is Corn

Kentucky’s marijuana underworld ends up going bust in The Cornbread Mafia Nobody likes a snitch. Nobody wants to hear the words “I’m telling!” because it ruins a good time. It halts the fun. It quashes camaraderie. Oka...


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Come One, Come All . . .

Cirque Du Soleil puts on another great show in the IE These performers fly through the air with the greatest of ease—and they’re now at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena as part of Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, one o...



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Costume Change

Photo by White Strobe Photography Beatrice Casagran is putting on a new hat—and a new theater company It’s been said, in advocacy of diversity in the workplace, that one can’t be what one can’t see. A similar idea can ...


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Beautiful Bummer

“When I’m Sixty-Four” wields a double-edged walker When Paul McCartney wrote his legendary, rooty-tooty tune, “When I’m Sixty-Four,” he was a mere 16 years old. McCartney was a prodigy, of course, a born music-maker...


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House of Art

By Douglas McCulloh David Leapman’s Contemporary Artist Space exhibits its second show From the street, David Leapman’s house looks like many of the other off-white stucco structures on the modest-yet-well-groomed block in...



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Mama Mia!

Jessica Valenti’s Why Have Kids? Questions the pros and cons of having ankle biters Your former classmate leads such an interesting life. She told you this summer about the trips she took recently: Aruba, Paris, Johannesburg,...


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Trick or Treatment?

Unaccountable advises ripping the veil of secrecy from the world of healthcare You’re trying hard not to be scared. You really weren’t surprised when the doctor said you needed an operation. It was kind of expected but let...


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Broadening a Vision

 “African American Visions” offers additional cultural perspective One of the most interesting things to view when surveying imagery of groups traditionally underrepresented in our culture are things we’ve never seen bef...



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On the Horizon

The new incarnation of Forza Horizon opens up the road to pure fun Every holiday season offers up a slew of anticipated games to desire but games aren’t cheap—a challenge to getting the five-plus titles that I so desperatel...