Past Stories

She-Bold

A few years ago, when the robin’s egg blue of The Lovely Bones was everywhere you looked, you might have resented Alice Sebold . . . maybe just a teensy bit, anyway. If you weren’t one of the five million…


MAN OF THE YEAR!

 “Living these days is makin’ me nervous,” Ben Harper sings at the start of the title tune of his latest album, Both Sides of the Gun. And the guitarist and singer-songwriter isn’t alone. Like many ...


Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

At 2 a.m. one Sunday last year, Amanda’s cell phone started beeping. She turned the alarm off, grabbed her pillow and blanket and walked into the living room to her desktop computer, its CPU fan still humming. Perched on ...



NO LAUGHING MATTER

 The mouse with a brick. The round-headed kid. The bald and bearded guru in the bed-sheet robe. In their time, they’ve all urged us to take comics seriously. Now that comics garner book awards, big-time museum shows ...


GARAGE DAYS REVISITED

 Kids didn’t want PlayStations or iPods for Christmas in 1966; they wanted electric guitars. Forty years ago, rock & roll was more than just another niche commodity in the entertainment marketplace—it was p...


STRAIGHT OUTTA DAMASCUS

   Two years ago, we were sitting on the roof of a house in the old quarter of Damascus interviewing a manager of a local hip-hop band. It was a balmy autumn night, and all around us, people in the…



VanRossum’s Ghost

 Goodbadcorrupt.com is a strange and ugly little website, similar in appearance to those espousing such conspiracy theories as JFK being assassinated by the Freemasons, or 9/11 being the work of Jewish bankers and space re...


Know Your Neighbor

 A bad day, Vince MacDonald knows, is learning you’re a wanted man in Mexico. A  really bad day is hearing you’ve been convicted of a crime in Mexico.  All of which makes MacDonald wonder: Is that monste...


Big Boobs

Andi Campognone isn’t the type of woman who’ll have her vision compromised. She’s a staunch advocate of free artistic expression. As the associate director of the Riverside Art Museum, she lived at peace with ...



Colossus of Rhoads

 It’s been 24 years since that fateful day You were scooped up and taken away And there you would stay I still hear the music you played! As if it was just the other day   Your light shined bright…


Back to the Grindhouse

You’ll probably see Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse double-feature-within-a-feature this weekend, and if you’ve got a wicked streak, you’ll see it properly at a grimy midnight show or...


Greatest Hits

The extra buttock wrinkles, the carpal tunnel splints, the leaky roof, the freight trains constantly rolling by, the idiots a few doors down who insist on revving their deafening motorcycles whenever we’re trying to talk ...



COACHELLA ’07

Coachella time. Again. You know the drill by now, or at least you should—this is the eighth desert extravaganza since the fest’s 1999 birth, and this year the beast has ballooned to an exhausting three-day affair&md...


The Most Hated Man in Norco!

Yee-haw! If ‘en you think them there good folk over in Norco don’t know how to have a good time, you ain’t never seen ‘em on a field trip. Case in point: A group of Norco High choir students and…


Bring the Noise!

Another May, another post-Coachella depression. But why suffer the fallout over that overrated desert extravaganza when one of the better music fests is going off this weekend in way-closer-than-Indio Temecula? In just its thir...



“I Still Like Checking Out Broads!”

“Dude! You got water in my alcohol!” —Drunken sorority girl to drunken frat boy at the River Palms pool.    What I knew of Laughlin, I didn’t like. On my first visit here, my friend and I were...


Jazz Among the Clouds

High atop the San Bernardino mountains, you can hike, water ski, fish, or . . . listen to jazz. Real jazz in the tradition of Miles Davis, not that soft-core Kenny G crap, or the sickeningly saccharine Top 40 “smooth&rdqu...


The Huck Finn Jubilee

You may ask how Mark Twain, author of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, happened to travel to the desert. He didn’t. It’s just that the wooded meadows along the Mojave River in Victorville resembles M...



The Only Way To Fry

Summer in California brings to mind trips to the river, the beach, a road trip to Baja, a trip up PCH or maybe even a flight to the Islands. Rarely, if ever, do we conjure up Death Valley. And rarely…


Very Campy

Summer camp has long been a rite of passage for families. Back in the ‘70s, children got shipped off to some bug-infested wilderness far from civilization, where they learned to fish, hunt and canoe—all skills usefu...


Mozzamania!

 Steven Patrick Morrissey performs Wednesday at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Riverside, and it’s actually a pretty big deal—two nights later, he shifts from the intimate confines of the RMA to the vast ...



Code Red

Riverside resident Johnny Corina had a feeling he was being singled out for “special treatment” by the city’s code enforcement division. He and his family had lived in the house in the 2800 block of Westridge ...


Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Those impossibly populated, unceasingly vocal and oh-so-photogenic counties to the left of the Inland Empire may have their coastlines and piers, their Fashion Islands and Rodeo Drives, their Vladimir Guerreros and Kobe Bryants...


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Not Just Another Warped Tour

It might not seem like anything overly special—just another Vans Warped Tour stop in the list of over 40 cities across the nation—but believe it or not, Friday’s Pomona Fairplex date of the tour is mighty special for fest...