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Life As We Know It?

John Martin Fisch (photo by Peter Phun) UCR’s The Immortality Project plans on spending three years tackling the ultimate mystery Can we live forever? Is there life after death? Is there really a way to know? There’s no do...


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The Brave One

Shirley Sherrod’s The Courage to Hope reveals the truth behind a racism-spurred firestorm Some days, you get a little bit of exercise. You hear a good story, and you pounce on it. You spin it to make it funny, bend…


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The Heartbreak Kids

Transitions of the Heart reveals the joy and pain behind a child’s sexual identity Your child constantly surprises you. Where did she learn that little habit she has? How did he figure out something you never showed him? What...



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Master of His Own Domain

Idyllwild native Casey Abrams goes with what his gut tells him “I tried to contact him once, and he didn’t respond, so I was kind of pissed,” laughs American Idol finalist Casey Abrams, whose preferred domain name was alr...


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Wise Up

Ceramist Patti Warashina takes satire and sensibility to a higher level On the top of my stove is Pennsylvania Dutch trivet with the image of an old man and little boy on it, with the bearded elder saying: “Ve get…


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Ace of Diamonds

For Jered Weaver there’s no price tag on happiness If things had gone a little differently last August, Los Angeles Angels ace pitcher Jered Weaver would be gearing up for an incredibly lucrative free agency come fall. His 15...



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Let’s Be Frank

Frank Langella’s memoirs include just enough gossip and tell-all tales Admit it. You’re kind of klutzy sometimes. And clumsy. That’s you, as pillows are tossed, furniture bumped, frames go askew, nerves are shattered and ...


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Hey Mikey, We Like You!

  Photo by Amy Bystedt “Comedy in the Art Colony” tickles our collective funny bone When Mikey McKernan graduated from high school, he told his parents he was going into comedy. “But you’re not funny,” they respond...


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Want to Ask A Mexican?

Dear Readers: Have we got a treat for you. If you’re a fan of Ask A Mexican this is one event you won’t want to miss. Gustavo Arellano, author of the Ask A Mexican column and editor at OC Weekly…



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Something to Chew On

Tyler Cowen An Economist Gets Lunch spells out the manifesto for a new food revolution The fridge was empty the other day. No milk, no OJ, no breakfast fixin‘s. You were out of bread, cereal, snacky stuff and lunchmeat. Ther...


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In the Trenches

The Absolutist’s exquisite prose details wartime tragedy . . . and love For some reason, you just can’t seem to let it go. It happened so many years before. You were a child then, really: old enough to know better,…


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The Laugh at the End of the Tunnel

Rapackiego Jozefa's Piramida Zwycistwa Victory Pyramis RAM’s “The Art of Humor” chronicles historical snarks and snipes that got us through the rough times When the Roberts Court handed down its 5-4 ruling on healthc...



Support Our Whale Warriors

You may know the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society through Animal Planet’s TV show Whale Wars, which follows the organization’s aggressive ongoing campaign to put an end to Japanese whaling in the southern ocean, and has br...


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Go West, Young (Wo)Man!

Peter Boag’s Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past examines girls who dressed like (cow)boys The outfit was beyond your budget. It was impractical, too, because you’d probably never wear it. It looked great on, it fit just ...


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Love is the Air

John Edward Svenson's Deep Sea Madonna “Exhibit Love” features a trio of artists and their personal passions In executive director Marcella Swett’s final “get” before she departs the dA Cente for the Arts she ent...



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The Native Spirit

Idyllwild Arts Academy dives into exploring different cultures in its summer program Teamwork has always been at the heart of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation’s Native American Arts summer program, which makes this year’s fest...


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DC Pro Tour’s Nyjah Huston Does What He Loves

For many of us growing up in the ’90s, a staple of our childhoods were the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games, allowing us to live the radical lives of professional skateboarders who could pull off insane tricks and stunts from…


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It’s No Schtick

Drew Carey is just a regular guy . . . a regular guy who just so happens to host one of the longest-running TV game shows No small part of Drew Carey’s success is that he is an everyman of…



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“Allusions of Modesty” Q&A Part II

Last week Leora Lutz gave us a quick look into her recent exhibit “Allusions of Modesty” on display at theRiversideArt Museum. Here Lutz dives deeper into the exhibits inspiration and concept. Can you tell us about your pie...


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Into the Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest revels in the ridiculousness of Victorian propriety We all have a little Bunburyist in us, and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a good reminder that honesty is the best policy o...


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Taking Comedy Beyond Race . . . and Obesity

Russell Peters attributes his modest beginnings like all comics of today to one source: the Internet. Yes, the (extremely) successful comedian from Canada has achieved international fame, probably because he caters to his audie...



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“Allusions of Modesty” Q&A Part I

Death is a humbling thing. And the closer to your heart it gets the more humbling it is. There’s no value in this thing we call “life” without death, it’s the yin and the yang, and at the end of…


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Doin‘ It Themselves

As you may have noticed we are revamping our site here at the Weekly. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get off your computer chairs and get your butts to the nearest coffee shop or record store and pick up…


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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...