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LOCALS ONLY: The Sweet Taste of The Peripherals’ New “Home Brew”

Released on Aural Gravy Records, San Diego-based folk-rock band The Peripherals’  latest album, Declarations, reaches up to great places for lyric inspiration almost directly from Modest Mouse while their instruments shoot ...


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Painting by Joanna Nguyen Empire Tattoo Studio’s Second Annual Art Festival This weekend, Empire Tattoo Studio in Fontana is gearing up to show the community exactly how a tattoo parlor throws an art exhibition. We’re talk...


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PhotoBomb: Baby Tattooville

Riverside Art Museum’s latest opening reception for the long awaited annual Baby Tattooville exhibition took place last Friday evening, and boy, was it an occasion! A star-studded event filled with famous artists, celebri...



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LOCALS ONLY: Tic Tic Boom!’s New EP is Out With a Bang

The unvarying electro-pop melodies that many bands seem to cycle through, over and over these days, usually all sound the same. It usually replicates “Kids” by MGMT or “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit, which–don’t ge...


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Hangar 24′s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest

Weekend one has passed but there’s an entirely new day to celebrate all things Oktoberfest! Nothing beats going to Germany for this momentous beer-belly inducing occasion, but it’s all up to Hangar 24’s 3rd Annual Oktober...


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LOCALS ONLY: Album Review

Self described as ‘60s psychedelic rock meeting a modern indie tone, the Hemet-based band, Family of Light has really nailed down an out of this world sound on their latest full length album, Technicolor In Stereo. Piecing to...



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IEW PhotoBomb: Riverside Art Walk

The first week of every month, most cities come out and celebrate their creative  communities for Art Walk. Riverside celebrates First Thursday, and you better believe we were there, photobombing all over the place. Take a loo...


Pomona Art Walk: July

The Inland Empire is friggin hot in the summer! But that doesn’t deter people from celebrating their favorite event every month–Art Walk! Pomona may be a king among men–when it comes to art walk. With smiling ...


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Murder, Strip Parties Spell Bad News for Seven Adopted Kids

We’re going to give our usual snark and general refusal to take stuff seriously to actually . . . well . . . take something kind of seriously. We don’t think we’re taking an unusually strong stance when we say…



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Deputies Found Justified in Death of Man Following Foot Chase

June 2, 2010 was Jose Jesus Garcia’s unlucky day. That was the day the 38-year-old Las Vegas man ran from sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals. The deputies chasing him through the grounds of a Bloomington school had just a...


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Homicide Numbers Rise as SBPD Prepares to Cut (Lots of) Staff

The city of San Bernardino just can’t seem to catch a break these days. It’s no secret that the city’s having pretty profound financial problems. It is one of a handful of California cities seeking Chapter 9 bankruptcy pr...


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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...



Rios drops City Council Bid, Still Charged With a Bunch of Felonies

Here at “The Watch Dog,” our goal is to post a wide variety of crime stories from around the Inland Empire and not to continually draw stories from one area, over and over. That said, in the six weeks “The&hel...


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Former Upland Mayor’s Plea Deal Could’ve Been a Lot Worse . . . For Him

All Inland Empire cities whose mayor didn’t plead guilty to bribery, please step forward. Not so fast, Upland. The joke’s probably not funny to Upland residents (or, let’s be honest, anyone else) since they’re still dea...


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Russell Peters Sat, June 9 By Ashley Bennett Here we’ve got comedy neighbors in LA, we have the Flapper’s Comedy in Claremont and prestigious performances over at the Ontario Improv but best of all, we’ve got ...



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The Killings

SBPD deals with a city that’s become a war zone San Bernardino police are super glad May is over. Actually, it’s safe to say that pretty much anyone who lives in the city feels the same way. It’s because the…


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Upland Lemon Festival

Fri, April 27-Sun, April 29 “3 Days Where Lemon is King.” Does the city of Upland have a surplus of lemons? Why are those sour, drink-enhancing fruits being worshipped like Charlie Sheen on coke? This lemon festival invites...


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Beyond Wonderland 2012

Sat, March 17 If this is the next generation of music, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore (Does anyone watch Futurama?). But sincerely, if you fancy a cacophony of computer-generated, loud blurts of random bass sound...



Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution

The last thing one probably thinks of when breathing in the rolling hills and golden plateaus of the picturesque French countryside is cancer. Yet, in director Jean-Paul Jaud’s new documentary, cancer is exactly what&rsqu...


Say Anything (20th Anniversary Edition)

Just like legendary teen flicks Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Breakfast Club, Cameron Crowe’s late-’80s directorial debut has a cult following – but this one is mostly made up of guys...


Toi & Moi

Connoisseurs of French film can quite fairly claim some of the most cutting-edge cinema ever to be filmed within their critically acclaimed yet often snooty backyard. From Renoir’s La Grande Illusion through the works of ...



Il Divo

Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino’s stylish biopic on former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti is a brilliantly executed testament to the visual power of cinema: unless you’ve closely followed Italy’s pol...


Who is KK Downey?

Who is KK Downey? is a worthy satire. It is the rare comedy that is both scathingly sharp and on-target in its more subtle satirical moments, but capable of laying on the broad, stupid humor too. The guys responsible for…


They Killed Sister Dorothy

In 2005, Sister Dorothy Stang—a missionary from Dayton, Ohio—was brutally gunned down in the Brazilian rainforests she dedicated her life to protecting. Called the “Angel of the Amazon” by local farmers,...



The Story of Roxy Music: More Than This

“Imagine being a teenager and seeing aliens arrive on [singles chart TV show] Top of the Pops,” jokes Bono at the start of More Than This, an excellent hour-long documentary on Roxy Music that was originally broadca...


Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry

Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry is a kick ass documentary that pulls you into the life and times of legendary 20th century tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. It combines archival footage with interviews of promine...


Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

Lovers of documentary film will find more than a few gems in this documentary about documentaries from filmmaker Pepita Ferrari and the National Film Board of Canada. Putting the art form of “capturing reality” unde...



The Stepfather

Timed to coincide with the release of a remake starring Nip/Tuck’s Dylan Walsh, the original The Stepfather is finally out on DVD. The original had its theatrical run back in 1987 and is considered a cult classic—fa...