Past Stories

SOUNDS LIKE RIVERSIDE FILM PREMIERE AND CONCERT

 Don’t be deceived by last week’s Weekly cover story on the locally-famous Empire garage bands of the 1960s, lest you think that era ended with Lyndon Johnson. Garage bands are perpetually forming in the IE, an...


THE MORENO VALLEY MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION

 We could sure use him now. Four years into a bloody, senseless war that has no end in sight, six years into a conservative regime that likes to give tax breaks to the rich while letting the middle class suffer,…


ONE SIZE FITS ALL

 Focusing on global child exploitation, One Size Fits All follows the lives of four kids under the strict laws of their oppressors in such places as a sweat shop in Indonesia, a sugar cane field in the Dominican Republic, ...



PAULA POUNDSTONE

 So she’s made some mistakes. Getting arrested for a DWI back in ‘01; lingering a decade or two too long in that ‘80s blazer-and-necktie look . . . hey, nobody’s saying Paula Poundstone is perfect. ...


THE RIVERSIDE DICKENS FESTIVAL

 Riverside is hardly the first place one thinks of when contemplating a festival dedicated to all things Charles Dickens, that 19th century creator of very large, very English novels—all cravats, meat pies, workhouse...


THE 2007 WESTERN REGIONAL LGBTQIA COLLEGE CONFERENCE

 Last year, UC Riverside was named by The Advocate as one of the country’s best colleges for gay and lesbian students, so it’s only fitting that this annual confab takes place right here in the IE. With an acti...



THE HORSEPAINTERS

 It’s not every day you hear soulful country-rock, but that’s exactly what you get from the Horsepainters. This SoCal band’s unusual but pristine sound and style is primarily the product of Dave Clucas, t...


THE RIVERSIDE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

People who don’t live here have no idea that the IE is home to a slew of terrific film fests. Hell, people who do live here have no clue, either. But between the larger, celeb-studded affairs like the Palm Springs…


OZOMATLI

 OZOMATLI Unless you’ve been living in cave somewhere, you know that Ozomatli is the most ethnically-diverse band in the universe. But to cop a phrase, it don’t a mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing, ...



INVISIBLE CHILDREN

 INVISIBLE CHILDREN This haunting political documentary starts off like Jackass and ends like Blair Witch. Three naive dudes with shaggy Southern Cali haircuts enter Uganda, knowing little about the extent of the country&...


THE PALM SPRINGS NATIVE AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

 Pop quiz: In what year was the first film written, directed and produced by Native Americans released? Not until 1998—wholly a century after the birth of film—and if that answer comes as an unnerving shock, th...


DIE HUNNS

Duane Peters, skateboard badass turned punk rock oracle, shouts with more caustic sneer, furious disgust and fuck-the-world disregard than it seems any normal human being could muster. It’s an approach burnished over the ...



UCR FESTIVAL OF WORLD MUSIC

 If you’re looking for something a bit more culturally-enriching than just shamrocks and green beer this St. Paddy’s Day, the third annual UCR Festival of World Music presents an exotic, aural feast with divers...


THE OLD SCHOOL REUNION II

 THE OLD SCHOOL REUNION II   Back when you were young and innocent, sexologists MC Rob Base and Candyman taught you about the birds and bees. Namely, that it takes two and involves huggin’ and tuggin’ and ...


THE PEG LEG SMITH LIAR’S CONTEST

 Thomas “Peg Leg” Smith, a mountain man from Kentucky notorious for his consumption of whiskey as well as wild exaggeration, struck out west to the California heartland in search of fame and gold. He barhopped ...



THE SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR

<p>Simultaneously familiar and other-worldly, the Soweto Gospel Choir is the right group performing at the right time. While so much of our fragile planet is being torn apart by social and political divisiveness, this glo...


THE BLASTERS

<p>For almost three decades, the Blasters have carried the torch for their own blistering style of "American Music," and the band’s driving force has always been its indescribably intense founder, singer-g...


DAVID SEDARIS

David Sedaris, the funniest homosexual American male French expatriate, is coming to the Inland Empire. Now, why would he be doing this? A bad booking agent? Who knows, but I can’t wait to hear him read his pieces in his...



THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN

The Jesus and Mary Chain exploded onto the early-‘80s scene with a riotous vengeance, dosing concert-goers with walls of feedback and noise like a smoggier, venomous Echo & the Bunnymen, or a punkier Bauhaus. Renowned...


BLOOD BROTHERS

After Minor Threat’s stripped-down, quarter-century-old brand of hardcore punk, it was tough to imagine the genre expanding much—screaming, guitars, drum blasts, and that’s pretty much it, right? Not if you&rs...


FERIA DE ABRIL FINE ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Each April since 1847, the Spanish denizens of Seville celebrate the tidings of spring with a week-long round-the-clock extravaganza of food, music, bullfighting and the arts. The festivities start midday, led by a circus of ca...



Crowded

Miss last week’s Weekly, where we went off about every single act playing this weekend’s Coachella fest, picking and panning (and sometimes flat-out insulting) till our ears went numb and our typing fingers got arth...


THE RIVERSIDE UKULELE LIBERATION FRONT

For too long, the ukulele has been both the court jester and the bastard stepchild of the musical instrument world, something to laugh at, scorn, and pick up a cheap plastic version of on the family trip to Honolulu. The…


REDLANDS SHAKESPEARE FEST

Burnt out from Coachella’s overwhelming temperatures, man-stink and sonic assaults? Then we’ve got the perfect counterbalance—something older and mellower, but with its own unique forms of mayhem: murder, dece...



TOM MORELLO, BEN HARPER AND THE CLAREMONT FOLK FEST

So Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello has unplugged and gone the solo folkie route, using the somewhat pompous guise of the Nightwatchman. Fair enough—god knows there wasn’t much room to express his politi...


RHINO FEST

As a Coachella first-timer two weekends ago, I thought it was great—but only to a point. There were no surprises or spontaneity from the bands, at least on Friday, the day I went. Instead, massive corporate promotions wer...


LOLA

I’ve never been impressed by one-name wonders—you know, those people who in an ego-fit decide a single word sums up their persona. However, LA-based artist Lola has caused me to rethink my bias. Born and raised in R...



THE CHEATIN’ KIND

If you want to play the honky tonks, you must be able to, as the fabled boogie-woogie piano man Moon Mullican observed, “make the beer bottles bounce on the table.” When hard-hitting Hollywood country rabble-rousers...