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ELECTRONIC SUPER HEROES AT FOX POMONA | EMBRACE THE LIGHT OF “ULTRAVIOLET” | DITCHIN’ TURKEY FOR TOFU


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Ascension will lift your spirits and get your body swaying . . . and it’s our band of the week!

news

Adventure Club is the true super hero of the EDM scene.

“ULTRAVIOLET” will sway you with intrigue and subtle light-based art during this year’s festival of lights.

OH THE HUMANITY

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film

Photo by Cedric Sequerra

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Photo by Nikolay Maslov, UCR ARTSblock

This holiday season, Hollywood is gifting violent and grotesque movie releases.

Photo by Ashley Bennett

CALENDAR

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HIGH AND MIGHTY

TOFURKY TIME

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Face it, everybody loves Christmas! And everyone will love the Candlelight Pavilion’s newest show, Because It’s Christmas too . . . Not to mention that the Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights will start up this week.

Breaking bread vegan-style at The Loving Hut.

Hashtag hashtag SELFIES.

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Cover design by Vidal Diaz Cover photo by Kimberly Johnson

Graffiti, Gogurt and having Bobby Moynihan’s hilarious babies . . . Yep. We just went there.

FINAL WORD

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Small, standalone mini-libraries are popping up all over the IE!

THE RUNDOWN

DONNING THE CAPE

RIVERSIDE’S ILLUMINATION DEDICATION

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The IE may have record numbers of poor, unemployed and hungry, but we’ve got heart and help.

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GIVE A BOOK, GET A BOOK

arts & culture

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MUSIC

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GIVE A LITTLE

06 | !Ask a Mexican! 12 | Dining Guide 26 | Planet Waves


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Local News

Food, Glorious Food The IE is no stranger to poverty and hunger, but we’ve got big-hearted organizations to help us stay full this holiday season By Alex Distefano

With the annual Thanksgiving holiday feast upon us, local food banks will step up and help to feed the area’s needy, which includes members of the homeless communities, low income senior citizens, veterans, the disabled and struggling families. This year, however, there will be more mouths to feed. Along with the stagnant economy and high rates of unemployment, the Inland Empire was unfortunately ranked first, among nation’s top 25 poorest metropolitan areas, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report that was released in September 2013. In that same report, figures from last year show 20.4 percent of San Bernardino County residents lived below the federal poverty line. The City of San Bernardino is hit especially hard, with the city filing for bankruptcy and a poverty rate of roughly 30 percent and an unemployment level at nearly 18 percent. According to local news reports, Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves the Inland Empire said that last year a whopping record of 30 million pounds of food was given out to IE residents in both San Bernardino and Riverside

counties. The food bank was formed in 1981 in Riverside, and today works with more than 400 local agencies and organizations to donate around 2.5 million pounds of food every month. The Press Enterprise reported the food bank’s lead director, 65-year old Daryl Brock, is retiring after more than three decades of helping fight hunger in the community. Brock told the Enterprise that there are roughly 800,000 people in the Inland Empire who live below the U.S. poverty line, including many women and children. He said that Second Harvest Food Bank feeds about 400,000 of these people, each month. Although his vacancy will leave a void at Second Harvest, the war on hunger, and ultimately, poverty must continue, and it will only see success if people work together at the local level, Brock said. “I could stay here forever, but it doesn’t do the program any good and doesn’t do our community any good. The bank needs new blood and fresh vision,” Brock said. Fortunately, there will also be a plethora of other non-profits, agencies and food banks all handing out food, or serving up holiday dinners this year to the needy families and hungry residents. In San Bernardino County, The Community

Action Partnership of San Bernardino County Food Bank will give away 14,000 turkeys to the areas low-income residents and families. “The holiday season is going to be a little bit brighter this year in San Bernardino County, thanks to the Community Action Partnership, and a grant by the Emergency Food Assistance Program,” said Patricia L. Nickols-Butler the organization’s CEO, in a recent San Bernardino Sun article. “This is one of the single largest holiday turkey distributions

in the agency’s history. The San Bernardino Sun also reported that the food bank has over 2,000 volunteers, and serves 78 cities, while helping 30,000 families every month, making it one of the largest food banks in the Inland Empire. IE For more information, or if you need assistance feeding your family this holiday season, please call The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County Food Bank, at (909) 723-1500.

Law & Disorder

Are you a true crime buff ? Then go to ieweekly.com every Friday and click on “The Watch Dog” under “News” for the latest cops ’n‘ robbers stuff. Publisher Jeremy Zachary Editor-In-Chief Evan Senn Entertainment Editor Ashley Bennett calendar editor Jamie Solis WEB editor Zachariah Weaver Art Director Steven Myrdahl Editorial Design DirectoR Tommy LaFleur Graphic Designer Vidal Diaz

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Editorial Contributors Gustavo Arellano, Alex Bradley Stacy Davies, Jasen Davis, Alex Distefano, Eric Francis, Bill Gerdes, Jeff Girod, S.A. Hawkins, Kimberly Johnson Robin Johnson, Carl Kozlowski, Robert Kreutzer, Michelle Lepori, Kevin Longrie, Dan MacIntosh, Molly McFly Will Morrison, Arrissia Owen, Kathryn Poindexter, Nancy Powell, Paul Rogers, James Saunders, Joy Shannon, Andrea Steedman, Terri Schlichenmeyer, Liquid Todd, Tamara Vallejos, Suzanne Walsh, Simon Weedn

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By alex bradley

Wednesday, November 20

WHAT DAY IS IT? HEY DO YOU KNOW WHAT DAY IT IS? YO YO GINA, WHAT DAY IS IT? HEY DARYL, YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS? WHAT IS IT? WHAT DAY IS IT? . . . hump day? HUMP DAAAAAY!

Thursday, November 21 Graffiti and Gogurt. BOOM.

Friday, November 22

“The Return of the Shred” took place last night, at Hurley International. Graffiti kings, Craola 2SHAE, Cat Cult, Brock 77, Madsteez and Plek had some major wall space at Hurley—along with 30-plus other amazing and inspiring graffiti artists. Craola’s paintings, designs, murals and graffiti works have gained him international notoriety, but he has also been important in the development of video games such as Tony Hawk 2x, Spiderman 2, Ultimate Spiderman and other projects at Activison, Mattel, Disney, Vans, Kid Robot, Epitaph and many more. “What started off as a ‘let’s paint’ on the weekends with some of my LA graffiti writer friends at Hurley in the back parking lot, has now turned into a museum of all

the top west coast graffiti writers,” said Hurley Art Director Jason Maloney. The influence of commercial design and illustrative characters are clear inspiration for Craola and for Maloney. Both artists have done extensive work for the Mouse monarchy of Disney. “The Return of the Shred” was a fun-filled, all ages event with free tshirts, snacks, kids and adults skating the hell out of the newly decorated park, and everyone hanging out with one another. Kids were just happy to have a beautiful new skate park, but the graff art nerds (like myself) were all stoked to have so many amazing and influential graff artists in one space. It is truly breathtaking—if you like graffiti or street art. Cat Cult, one of my faves—for obvious reasons— made me swoon hard. Ahh the glory of cats . . .

Saturday, November 23

Monday, November 25

Can we just take a moment to reflect on the James Franco and Seth Rogen parody video of Kanye West’s “Bound 3,” a shot-for-shot remake with Rogen topless in the Kardashian role of the original video. If you own or operate a Tumblr or live-journal entirely dedicated to worshipping Franco and Rogen or you write fanfiction about their Pineapple Express characters living happily ever after in love, this might be the video for you. West and Kardashian get parodied pretty regularly, but this is one of the best ever created.

Tuesday, November 26

Caturday, bitches.

Sunday, November 24

Hunger Gamer crazy with Josh Hutcherson as its host this week. But man, that kid is actually funny. “Girlfriends Talk Show” is one of my favorite skits, with Aidy and Cecily, and Josh makes a great awkward third wheel host. “Animal Hospital” and “Matchbox 3” are some of the best skits I’ve seen with cast members fully committing to their roles— and friggin nailin it! Hilarious. But nothing tops SNL’s regular poking fun of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, excellently delivered by Bobby Moynihan. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Bobby, I’d like to have your babies so that I may always have your hilariousness around me. Haim was the musical guest—not so sure about them musically, but I do know that I will be joining their entourage in order to become one of their besties. It’s a must. And then we can all live in a commune with multiple Bobby Moynihan babies. We can travel the world as a comedic troope family! . . . What? Too much?

Naturally, Saturday Night Live was going to go

Writing fan fiction about Rogen and Franco’s music video continuing on into a trashy romance novel. Don’t hate, playa. IE

BULLETIN A NEW KIND OF OPEN FIRE Brace yourselves, the cold desert nights of the IE are coming. Don’t give in to the temptation of using a house heater. Face it, it’s expensive to run. Many of the IE’s older homes still have fireplaces, and while using them provides the nostalgia of family gatherings and for some, chestnut roasting, they’re also old–fashioned and emitt damaging smoke that often cause health risks. Corona’s very own Earth’s Flame has recognized the region’s need for an improved fireplace system, and came up with a simple solution. The “Hybrid Clean Burn” has a specific design, aiming to help reducing fireplace emissions by up to 78 percent. In the cities of Chino, Ontario, Corona, San Bernardino, Riverside and Norco, there’s a new way to clean up our air (and at a unique local discount too, as per the South Coast Air Quality Management District). By replacing the old cast iron grate with a new stainless steel device, the amount of heat retained in the house is increased, along with the amount of carbon monoxide drastically decreased. According to a press release, the product can reduce emissions by 5.5 tons a year! If you’re curious to learn more about this interesting program, check out www.EarthsFlame.com. IE NOVEMBER 28 - december 4, 2013 | IEWEEKLY.com

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BY Gustavo Arellano

BY Chuck Shepherd

News of the

¡ASK A

MEXICAN! Dear Mexican: My father and mother were able to come over because after the “yellow scare” was over, the States didn’t seem to mind that Chinese were coming over here by the boat loads. Since my parents were given visas and green cards pretty easily, my father was able to get into school pretty easily. This seems to be pretty prevalent amongst the most of Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Indian populace (aka, the model minority groups). As a result, immigrants from China, Taiwan, Korea, and India have been able to get an education here and prosper. Additionally, many of these immigrants have a pride for their home country (as do Mexicans... unlike what most of the antiimmigration crowd thinks, you’re not the only ones who wave your home country’s flags around). This resulted in a lot of newly educated Chinese, Taiwanese, South Koreans, and Indians bringing skills and expertise back to their home country. This allowed the aforementioned countries to build up. And these countries have begun to pump out fewer immigrants since there are a great number of job opportunities, better education systems, and better living conditions overall (still a ways to go in China and India, but it’ll get there). So my point being: why doesn’t the U.S. grant a greater number of Mexicans green cards, visas, or college education? I mean, it would stop all the whiners from saying, “We’ll all be speaking Spanish soon.” I mean, seriously: if the States would allow more Mexicans in legally, then we’d have more Mexicans with actual opportunities in the States, which would mean Mexico would eventually benefit, and in turn would reduce the number of illegal immigrants coming in from Mexico. You’re a much better fact and statistics finder than I am (and you reach a lot more people than I do), so I was wondering if there is anyway you could let some of those wall-building

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whiners know that billions spent on letting Mexicans in and helping them succeed now (the illegals are a necessity anyways—New York would grind to a halt if the legal or illegal immigrants left) is a whole lot better in the long run than billions spent building a wall that doesn’t work then spending billions more to tear it down when we realize that the damn wall separates us from our neighbors and destroys ecosystems that keep America from turning into the Sahara. Baby of Immigrants (Doesn’t Really Matter if They are Legal or Illegal) Dear Chinita: Hear, hear all around. I’ll just note that the Right want to keep Mexicans pendejos, poor and illegal because it makes it that much easier to scapegoat and exploit them. You rarely hear Know Nothings go after Indians, for instance (who by far get the largest share of high-tech visas: 64 percent compared to Mexico’s puny 1.2 percent), because they’d go all Shiva on them with their money, education and ghost peppers. CONFIDENTIAL TO: The young student at Claremont McKenna College who approached me after my recent speech there to fret about family members not liking her because she’s not 100 percent Mexican. Don’t pay attention to the haters. I know that the Mexican part of you feels you’re obliged to hang out and respect family members because they’re familia. Screw that. NEVER surround yourself with people who obsess about racial cultural purity, because they’re the ones whose futures are doomed in this multicultural reality of ours— they’re going to end up whining as much as neo-Nazis. ALWAYS surround yourself with people who’ll celebrate your diverse background. Stand strong, breath deep, and repeat after me: ¡A LA CHINGADA CON HATERS! Ask the Mexican at themexican@ askamexican.net, be his fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @gustavoarellano or ask him a video question at youtube. com/askamexicano!

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LEAD STORY

FAMILY OF MAN The Marvels of Science: The notorious white separatist Craig Cobb is currently soliciting like-skinned people to move to his tiny town of Leith, N.D. (pop. 16), to create a deluxe Caucasian enclave, but at the urging of a black TV host submitted to a DNA test in November to “prove” his lineage—and turned up 14 percent black (“Sub-Saharan African”). He has vowed to try other DNA tests before confirming those results. Bobby Harper, previously Leith’s only black resident, was gleeful: “I knew there was one other black person in town.” (In midNovember, Cobb was charged, along with an associate, with seven counts of terrorism for walking menacingly through Leith wielding a long gun.)

GOVERNMENT IN ACTION

Recurring Theme: The Environmental Protection Agency, already revealed in June to have allowed a contractor to maintain taxpayer-funded “man caves” (TVs, appliances, couches, videos, etc.) hidden away in a Washington, D.C.-area warehouse, made the news again during the government shutdown in October when soup with a 1997 expiration date was found during the shutdown in an EPA employees’ refrigerator. Furthermore, in September, former high-level EPA executive John Beale pleaded guilty to defrauding the agency of $900,000 in salary, expenses and bonuses dating back to the 1990s by claiming work orders (including secret projects for the CIA) that no one at EPA appears ever to have tried to verify. In October, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro created a “Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness” to coordinate the welfare programs begun by the late President Hugo Chavez. Critics charged, however, that there is much to be unhappy about, given the country’s annual rate of inflation (near 50 percent), and an Associated Press dispatch quoted one critic who said she would be happy enough if only stores were not constantly out of milk and toilet paper. (Another skeptic said he looked forward to maybe a Vice Ministry of Beer). The U.S. government has engaged in some legendarily wasteful projects, but leaders in China’s Yungai village (pop. 3,683), in Hunan province, have surely raised the bar for epic squander after borrowing the equivalent of $2.4 million and building an impressive

seven-story government headquarters— but with 96 still-unlooked-out front windows because there is no activity beyond the first floor. According to an October London Daily Telegraph report, the only occupants are the village government’s eight employees. Though many people might agree with blind musician Stevie Wonder that it is “crazy” to let people like him carry guns, federal and state laws seem ambiguous, according to a lengthy analysis of Iowa’s supplied by the Des Moines Register in September. Some Iowa sheriffs believe that federal antidiscrimination law limits their discretion (though they can deny permits for lack of physical or mental ability to handle the gun). The National Federation of the Blind generally trusts its members never to use guns recklessly, a spokesman said, and blind Iowa activist Michael Barber emphasized his right. “(Y)ou take it out and point and shoot,” he said, “and I don’t necessarily think eyesight is necessary. . . . For me, the inspiration is just to see if I run into any difficulties.”

GREAT ART!

Leandro Granato, 27, said that he discovered, as a kid in Argentina, that liquids sucked up through his nose could then be squirted out of his eye— and an art career was born. News sites reported in October that Granato’s “eye paintings” of ink colors, splattered out as tears on canvas in various motifs (from up to 1 1/2 pints of ink each), are offered for sale at a top-end price of the equivalent of $2,400 each. (Huffington Post’s story also reminded readers that Chilean artist Carina Ubeda is another who uses her body functions as a medium—specifically, her menstrual blood, which she employed in the form of 90 used sanitary napkins arranged in a hoop featuring an apple, symbolizing ovulation. Her June show ran in Quillota, Chile.)

POLICE REPORT

Informal Georgia Sobriety Tests: Rachel Gossett blew a .216 alcohol reading in Loganville, Ga., in November, but that was probably a formality after an officer witnessed her attempt to put a cheeseburger from a Waffle Shop onto her foot as if it were a shoe. And Rashad Williams, 38, was charged with DUI in Atlanta in October after he crashed through the front of a Walgreens drugstore and then, according to a witness, calmly exited his vehicle (which was sticking halfway into the building) and resumed drinking next door at the Anchor Bar.

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Mini Libraries take the by Storm

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It’s the Little Things that Count By Kimberly Johnson

Little Free Libraries (LFL), also referred to as book exchanges, book trading posts and Noox (National bOOk eXchanges), have spent the last four years emerging from their humble beginnings on a Wisconsin home front, to transforming into quirky, internationally revered staples for communal literary enlightenment. They are essentially a grassroots effort geared toward providing accessibility to literature, offering in a way that provides the feeling of discovery, exclusivity and a sense of D.I.Y. quirk. By definition, a Little Free Library is a small structure containing a line-up of constantly changing books donated and shared by a community. While many businesses may have garnished “take a book, leave a book” shelves for years prior to the LFL project, their unique structure and emphasis on community involvement have made this trend a movement of its very own. One of the most unique aspects of Little Free Libraries lies within their artistry. As hand-crafted structures with definitive design elements, these operations are the brainchildern of book lovers that aim to engage the useful and adored reality of local creative thinkers. While they are commonly made of wood or some type of refurbished item such as small antique dressers, more adventurous libraries can be found in the shapes of rocket ships, made from recycled bicycle parts or even completely compiled of plexiglass with rotating shelves. The Inland Empire is home to a handful of these attractive Little Libraries, with official locations in Riverside, Idyllwild, Ontario, Palm Springs and several throughout the city of Redlands. In fact, Redlands resident and muralist Robb McDermott installed his own handcrafted Little Library in 2009, making it the first in the city as well as the first in the Inland Empire. McDermott decided to install his own LFL after making a trip to the Northeast where he was exposed to the trending culture of mini libraries. He was able to catch the first major moves of the Little Free Library movement, back when their official website resembled more of upstarting blog as opposed to the legitimized non-profit they are today. McDermott then

created a franchise version of this viral idea by refurbishing an old bookcase and handcarving accents into the frame. As an avid book lover, he had plenty of books to aid the cause. He filled the book case with items from his expansive library and officially set up shop. The artistic touches and vintage feel of the bookcase immediately began attracting community members with inquiring minds. Word of mouth began to spread McDermott ‘s project, and the phenomenon had officially been dispersed through the grapevine. The LFL trend became popularized in 2009 when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a wooden container resembling a miniature one room school house as a tribute to his mother, a teacher, who often spent her time intertwined in a novel or two. Bol then filled the container with a variety of books from his own collection, secured it to a post on his front lawn, and attached a sign reading “Free Books.” His friends and neighbors immediately latched on to the idea, wanting a Little Free Library of their own. Bol called upon Rick Brooks, an Outreach Program Manager from Madison, Wisconsin, who saw an opportunity to expand and create an enterprise utilizing the LFL’s unique existence. In 2010, the two began the official www.LittleFreeLibrary. org website. The early days of the website followed the first installations of LFLs, discussing their cause and outlining their appeal. The LFL Corporation later gained status as a non-profit in 2012, and became geared toward helping communities obtain their own Little Free Libraries while also hosting a growing database of LFLs worldwide. As the movement began taking shape, these carefully curated and visually NOVEMBER 28 - december 4, 2013 | IEWEEKLY.com

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appealing literary hubs began expanding internationally. By May of 2013, there were 7,000 Little Libraries across the globe. There are now locations in all 50 states as well as 40 countries word wide. In addition to their style, there are a few other key factors that set a LFL apart from just any pop-up library. Their permanency, their pickiness and their level of communal and social encouragement all aid in making their continuation distinctive. A pop-up library is an impromptu miniature library with an unpredictable and usually inconsistent shelf life. The opportunities for second or third visits are not always promised. However, with a public demand for them, LFLs are as permanent as their hosts want them to be. With an outpour of public appreciation, it would seem most locations aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. “I always knew that if I ever got to put up a Little Free Library, it wouldn’t be mine really, it would belong to the neighborhood,” said Elizabeth Slater, Redlands resident and LFL host. “I never anticipated how very rewarding and uplifting people’s gratitude and excitement would be. It’s just been a wonderful experience from day one.” Little Free Libraries are also critically curated to ensure a quality reading experience for audiences. Physically diminishing novels are often removed by hosts and exchanged for books that will survive one more train ride, one more semester of reading during class breaks and one more series of late night sessions, able to withstand another turning of the page and chapter read. Lastly, the camaraderie created between neighbors as a product of having a Little Library in your community is invaluable. It is an ideal opportunity to offer a useful neighborhood commodity. “I think that Little Free Libraries bring a sense of smallness and connectedness to a community,” said Slater. “I’m very passionate about libraries and reading, of course, but I also love the spirit of the Little Free Library organization—the belief that books are to be shared and that reading brings people and communities together; I wanted to be a part of that.” Elizabeth Slater has followed the trend from its inception in the Northeast to its expansion in the Inland Empire. “I always knew that once [my husband and I] bought a house [in Redlands] it wouldn’t be complete without a Little Free Library,” she said. “My husband surprised me with the library for my birthday two years ago. I was totally blown away—best birthday ever.” While Slater got undeniable joy from her husband’s offering, the simplicity and usefulness of the gift has already proven to aid her community as a whole. “My favorite story comes from a woman who told me that her elderly parents lived nearby and that they love to read—but because of their age—they couldn’t get around town as easily as they used to. She said that since I opened the library, they can easily walk to it for new books.” It’s the little things that prove to make a lasting impression for the individuals in admiration of this movement . UC Riverside grad students Kenny Ryan and Corrie Neighbors installed a Little Free Library in front of their Riverside residence in October of this year. To supplement their already open invitation for neighbors (and strangers) to stop by their home and rummage through their selection of books, they also threw in a community friendly bench while they were at it. Ryan and Neighbors’ LFL was the

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second in the city following The Riverside Womans Club installation in April of 2013. There are new installations implemented worldwide every single day. Lisa Lewis of Redlands is the latest to house an LFL in the IE. To commemorate the newest D.I.Y. book hub in town, Lewis threw a gathering and welcomed the neighborhood. “I invited neighbors and local friends to celebrate the launch of our little library— it seemed like a great reason for a little celebration. They all brought books to contribute and took home other books to read, so it jump-started the whole lending process. The woman who actually built the little library, Danielle Wallis, who’s a good friend and an accomplished artist, was there as well.” The community continues to flourish day by day as social media continues to shine an endearing spotlight on the culture. Sites like Tumblr and Pinterest have taken a particular liking to the phenomenon, gaining an impressive gallery of LFLs from every corner of the globe. On top of them being a fantastic commodity for adults and young adults, the function of a Little Free Library extends itself as an enticing way to attract new readers. “We had a trick-or-treater this year who said to [my husband and I] ‘I really like your book cupboard!’—so cute,” said Slater. This is one trend worth buying in to, probably because the audience doesn’t even have to buy in. Parents of young children can bypass due dates and late fees commonly involved with traditional libraries by bringing their little one to a local Little Library. As the idea maintains its community interest, locations of non-official Little Free Libraries have sprouted up out of the woodworks. Olive Avenue Market in Redlands has their own miniature community library that serves the same function as an LFL. Visitors can realistically come with the intentions of buying produce and leave with a poetry journal from Poe as well—it’s quite brilliant. In addition to official Little Free Libraries location throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, there are also many mini libraries spread throughout the surrounding cities. However, one of the worthwhile benefits of becoming an official member of the Little Free Library movement is the ease of accessibility for community members to find your library location. The site’s database uses an impressive global map with addresses, names and emails of LFL hosts pristinely intact. Little Free Libraries and their prominence in our community have proven to show the distinct correlation between what one commonality can do to aid in bringing a once separated community together. As Slater mentions, LFLs bring a sense of value to participant’s lives—for the host as well as the audience. “There’s a C.S. Lewis quote that I’ve always loved; he wrote ‘friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art . . . it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” That’s how I feel about the effect of libraries, and Little Free Libraries in particular: they give value to our lives.” To find out more about Little Free Libraries near you, visit www. littlefreelibrary.org. IE


Band of the week

MUSIC

Ascension

SUIT-UP Check out the heroes from the electronic dance band Adventure Club By Simon Weedn

MEMBERS: Kyle Hudson (lead vocals/guitar), Anthony Necerato (drums), Zach Dismukes (lead guitar) and Tim Chafin (backing vocals/bass). CITIES OF ORIGIN: Murrieta. KINDERED SPIRITS: Foo Fighters, MUSE, Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Sum 41 and Stone Temple Pilots. RECENT RELEASES: Perhaps I Wasn’t Clarified (Sept. 2013). WEBSITES: www.facebook.com/TheAscensionBand and www.youtube.com/TheBandAscension. FREQUENTS: Trevi Lanes (Lake Elsinore). Ascension is a young and talented band that hopes to rise to new heights with its unique contemporary hard rock. Front man Kyle Hudson and best friend Anthony Necerato started the band after they decided to jam together and found out they had a special connection. Kyle decided to take a shot at vocals, and after playing at some local open mics, they found guitarist Zach Dismukes. He jammed with the band for a couple months before becoming a permanent member. Then, after going through many potential bass players, the band finally found Tim Chafin at Kyle’s local church. When these four guys come together, there is a unique bond that meshes, and the creativity flows. After creating some original songs, the band took its music to the local scene, and people seem to be really excited about what they hear.

immature stance on life, and some of us actually realize how crappy this world is becoming. What are your goals for the band? Our goal is to move on to bigger and better shows so we can spread our music and message to the world. We would like to make a living off playing music/doing what we love. What was the BAND WARS in Temecula experience like and how did it go? The BAND WARS experience was great. We were able to perform with many other great local bands, and we were also fortunate enough to take home first place. We were awarded cash, studio time and other prizes.

How would you describe your sound to someone that’s never heard you before? We describe our music as a blending of Foo Fighters meets Soundgarden with a hint of Zeppelin, to make a completely original sound of our own.

What venues do you love to play in the IE? Do you have any upcoming shows? So far our favorite venue in the IE has been at the Storm Stadium for the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix. We have upcoming [shows] at Trevi Lanes [in] Lake Elsinore on Dec. 13 and 14. Tickets are $5 for both days, and the venue is all ages.

Would you care to explain the inspiration for the Perhaps I Wasn’t Clarified E.P.? The band has been inspired to make original music that is positive, yet hits home for many people, because it seems like today’s current music is taking a turn for the worst. We want to show people that not all young adults have an

What about the IE intrigues you? The IE intrigues us, because there are many small venues and events that support local music. Once you come together as a band in these parts, it’s really easy to get some good public exposure to test your music and get people’s reactions/constructive criticism. (Derek Obregon) IE

With the world of electronic dance music experiencing an international renaissance unseen since the mid-90s, trying to find the truly exceptional acts can be a daunting task. Luckily, Canadians Christian Srigley and Leighton James, better known as Adventure Club, will be rolling through Pomona’s Fox Theater to show residents of the Inland Empire why it’s rapidly becoming one of the best in the genre. While Adventure Club’s music is undeniably pop-y, hooky and very EDM, many might be surprised to know that the group’s foundations were laid in the several bands Christian and Leighton played in, prior to finding their love of dubstep. “Leighton and I had been in, I’d say probably, 10 bands together prior to Adventure Club,” says Christian. “So we put together a studio to save on recording costs and facilitate our writing process, and during that time we started hearing dubstep remixes of several hardcore bands we’d been listening to, and it kind of opened our eyes to that area of music.” With the seed planted and a small recording studio at their disposal, Christian and Leighton began, at first not so seriously, creating their own remixes and experimenting with the genre. However, once the team started sharing its work, as Christian explains, that’s when things started really heating up. “We started putting out the music we were making electronically on the side, almost jokingly, and it just got so much more of a reception than any of the bands we’d ever been in.” The duo’s music is loaded with many of the wild synth lines, digital effects, energy build-ups and drops that the dub-step side of EDM scene is known for. The pair also demonstrates an ear for melody and an attentiveness to actual song-crafting that many of their peers seem clueless about. Many of Adventure Club’s tunes

concentrate on weaving beautifully ornate, sonic textures and soundscapes around passionate vocal performances. All the while the group still delivers the hard driving, foot-stomping tempos that drive its fans into dancing frenzies. Another distinguishing aspect of Adventure Club’s style is its focus, thematically, on super heroes. This is something the band’s fans embrace by arriving in, sometimes, elaborate costumes. About the duo’s gravitation towards super heroes, Christian remarks, “Leighton and I both, myself especially, are pretty nerdy and the first music video we ever did, I just wanted to dress up like a super hero. So we made these costumes, put the Adventure Club logo on them, and made the helmets ourselves out of fiberglass. They were red and blue, so we started to just run with those colors and the super heroes theme, and every opportunity we had, we took to stick with that theme.” However, the group still recognizes the importance of its rock and roll roots and still applies many of the things learned from those days to the music it makes now. “The writing process and the skills we learned from years of writing have definitely helped out in Adventure Club.” As to be expected, the group’s most recent release, Calling All Heroes Part 1, continues on Adventure Club’s super hero path. The EP marks one of the duo’s first forays into writing and recording completely original EDM material, as much of its early success revolved around its remixing skills. Adventure Club wanted to demonstrate that it was something beyond a one-trickpony, pushing its sound into different directions and down new avenues. “We kind of did a lot of exploring, I guess,” says Christian. “We didn’t want to get type-cast into that one area of music because we like so much more and we play so much more stylistically when we’re performing.” The group enjoys collaborating with a diverse array of vocalists and the performance by Malaysian artist, Yuna, on the EP’s opening track, “Gold,” is a major stand out. Adventure Club builds such an incredible atmosphere of electronic textures around Yuna’s soft and ethereal, yet powerful voice, that one can easily lose themselves in the vast, vibey and rhythmically heavy song, “There are so many great vocalists out there, who aren’t in the EDM world, that it’s fun to try and find people who haven’t been introduced to the EDM culture and take their hand and do it together,” Christian explains. With so much going on for Adventure Club right now, and even more on the horizon, there’s little doubt that these Canadians are going to continue their upward ascent into the highest ranks of the EDM world. For any listener ready to answer its call, Adventure Club and its awesome electronic grooves are out there waiting to dazzle ears and rock bodies. IE Adventure Club, Fox Pomona, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, (909) 283-6976; www.foxpomona.com. Fri, Nov. 29. 8pm. $20-$40.

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ARTs & Culture

Dual Perspectives Any Which Way You See It By Jamie Solis

Intriguing artwork has a way of connecting you with an inanimate object, creating an experience that allows you to feel part of something universal. A light installation by Hiromi Takizawa entitled “ULTRAVIOLET” is an alluring medium that gives us the feeling we are melded with a piece of art that is actively improving upon our overall well-being. When you first approach this work by Takizawa, feelings of health and happiness are produced because it is aglow—as you bask in the illumination of this piece, you are reminded of how practices of light therapy convey the notion that light is therapeutic and beneficial. After all, the sun is a great

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source for our daily dose of precious Vitamin D. Purposefully placed facing the downtown pedestrian mall in the storefront window of UCR Culver Center of the Arts, this work is considered much more than just a sculpture—this installment conveys permanence beyond something that will be forgotten once it’s gone. The artist presents many merging themes of where she draws her inspiration, which range from the places she has called home to one specific period of art where dynamic light was given the freedom to roam in simple spaces. Not only is its placement within this hub of cultural excitement deliberate, but the time of year this work is being

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Photos by Nikolay Maslov, UCR ARTSblock

displayed is intentional as well. During these months, the days are shorter and the nights are long, giving “ULTRAVIOLET” a greater period of time to exude its bright beauty. This season also reminds Takizawa of the fall when she was living in her hometown of Nagano, Japan. As an artist who is intrigued by duality, Takizawa uses this piece as a vehicle to materialize the merging of her Japanese heritage with the intriguing and obscure encounters she has found in the Western hemisphere. The way she brings together this opposing partnership between the two different cultures is by creating more than one way the viewer to see “ULTRAVIOLET.” Demonstrating this conflicting relationship, you are given the option of witnessing her work from clashing perspectives—you may see how the illumination of the transparent cube varies dependent upon which space you secure for viewing it. Whether you’ve come to witness “ULTRAVIOLET” as the sun sets, or you happen to find yourself on the illuminated pathway as you head to the City of Riverside’s annual Festival of Lights, from the outside the exhibit, you’re viewing an installation that is a luminous sight—the transparent cube Takizawa designed conducts multicolored neon lights that illuminate its form. Vibrancy and shadows are broadcasted through the glass and out into the walkway that lies in front of the building it is projected from. Once you enter the modest building and walk around to the back of the installment, you get a completely rivaled

outlook as you’re forced to peer through a large window portal. What was a diffused wash of light is now represented only from its origins—stark and sharp color is glowing off the 12 neon rods that are responsible for generating this flush of pinks, greens, yellows, blues and crisp white. Hanging plants create a mural of shadows against the lightly illuminated space surrounding the rods, highlighting how different standpoints will result in a completely different representation of the same subject. This view shows that if you take a step beyond your initial reaction, and take a deeper look at any subject, relativity becomes evident and perspectives tend to shift. The way light moves and dances throughout a simple architectural place was clearly influential to Takizawa in the conception of this installation. It was during the minimalist light and space movement of the 1960s that these themes started to emerge in the art world. Allowing light and vibrant colors to create depth and texture within an otherwise simple environment was revolutionary, and pairing an abundance of brilliant light with personal themes, Takizawa embarks on a revolution all her own. Let yourself fall into the illusion Takizawa has created, and reflect on how one subject can look vastly different all depending upon where you’re standing. IE ULTRAVIOLET at Culver Center of the Arts, UCR ARTSblock, 3824 Main St., Riverside, (909) 827-4787; artsblock.ucr.edu. Thru Jan 4. $3.


FILM

Frightful fare The holiday releases of well-made but violent Homefront and Oldboy make little sense By Carl Kozlowski

CHINO

CINEMARK MOVIES 8 5546 Philadelphia St. (Chino Promenade) (909) 464-1203 www.cinemark.com

CHINO HILLS

HARKINS CHINO HILLS 18 3070 Chino Ave. (714) 996-4275 x.#121 or (909) 627-8010 www.harkinstheatres.com

CLAREMONT LAEMMLE CLAREMONT 5 450 West 2nd Street (909) 621-5500 www.laemmle.com

CORONA

EDWARDS CORONA CROSSINGS STADIUM 18 2650 Tuscany St. (I-15 & Cajalco Rd.) (800) FANDANGO [(800) 326-3264 x.1723#] or (951) 582-0872 www.regmovies.com DOS LAGOS STADIUM 2710 Lakeshore Dr. (877) 795-4410 www.phoenixtheatres.com/locdoslagos.asp

ONTARIO

AMC ONTARIO MILLS 30 4549 Mills Circle (909) 476-1234 www.amctheatres.com EDWARDS ONTARIO MOUNTAIN VILLAGE STADIUM 14 1575 N. Mountain Ave. (800) FANDANGO [(800) 326-3264 x.154#] or (909) 460-5312 www.regmovies.com EDWARDS ONTARIO STADIUM 22 & IMAX 4900 E. 4th St. (800) FANDANGO [(800) 326-3264 x.153#] or (909) 476-1525 www.regmovies.com

RANCHO CUCAMONGA

AMC VICTORIA GARDENS 12 12600 N. Main St. (909) 646-7250 www.amctheatres.com TERRA VISTA 6 10701 Town Center Dr. (909) 483-8373 www.tristonecinemas.com/terravista6

FONTANA

PERRIS

HEMET

REDLANDS

ULTRASTAR FONTANA 8 16741 Valley Blvd. (951) 341-5720 www.ultrastarmovies.com

HISTORIC HEMET THEATRE 216 E. Florida Ave. (951) 305-0159 www.historichemettheatre.com REGAL HEMET CINEMA 12 2369 W. Florida Ave. (951) 658-2939 www.regmovies.com

LA VERNE

EDWARDS LA VERNE STADIUM 12 1950 Foothill Blvd. (909) 392-4894 www.regmovies.com

PERRIS PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER 1688 N. Perris Blvd. (951) 940-9500 www.regencymovies.com

KRIKORIAN REDLANDS CINEMA 14 340 N. Eureka St. (909) 793-6393 www.kptmovies.com

RIALTO

Regency Rialto Stadium 8 300 W. Baseline Road (909) 877-3456 www.regencymovies.com

RIVERSIDE

AMC TYLER MALL 16 3775 Tyler Street (951) 359-3430 www.amctheaters.com

LAKE ELSINORE

EDWARDS JURUPA STADIUM 14 8032 Limonite Ave. (800) FANDANGO [(800) 326-3264 x.157#] or (951) 361-4823 www.regmovies.com

MIRA LOMA

MISSION GROVE THEATERS 18 121 E. Alessandro Blvd. (951) 789-8483 www.missiongrovetheaters.com

DIAMOND 8 CINEMAS 32260 Mission Trail (951) 245-4298 www.uecmovies.com

EASTVALE GATEWAY STADIUM 14 12285 Limonite Ave. (951) 361-9177 www.regmovies.com

MONTCLAIR

MISSION TIKI DRIVE-IN 10789 Ramona Ave. (909) 627-3564 or (909) 628-0511 www.missiontiki.com; www.myspace.com/ missiontiki

MORENO VALLEY HARKINS MORENO VALLEY 16 22350 Town Circle (951) 686-3456 x.#118 www.harkinstheatres.com TOWNGATE 8 12625 Frederick St. Ste. L (951)653-5500 www.regencymovies.com

MURRIETA

THE MOVIE EXPERIENCE 17 AT CALIFORNIA OAKS 41090 California Oaks Rd. (off the I-15) (951) 698-7800 www.themovieexperience.com

REGAL RIVERSIDE PLAZA STADIUM 16 3535 Central Ave. (800) FANDANGO [(800) 326-3264 x.1722#] or (951) 784-4600 www.regmovies.com UNIVERSITY VILLAGE CINEMAS 1201-A University Ave. (951) 784-4342 www.metrotheatres.com VAN BUREN CINEMA 3 DRIVE-IN 3035 Van Buren Blvd. (951) 688-2829

RUBIDOUX

RUBIDOUX DRIVE-IN 3770 Opal St. (951) 683-4455 www.rubidoux.icyspicy.com

SAN BERNARDINO STERLING 6 2373 Sterling Ave. (909) 864-1588 www.regencymovies.com

Remember when Thanksgiving weekend marked a great time for the whole family to gather around the TV to watch a network broadcast of a classic family movie like It’s a Wonderful Life to help kick off the most joyous season of the year? Remember how movie theaters had sunny comedies the whole family could enjoy together, like Planes Trains & Automobiles, after a turkey dinner? Good luck this year. Hollywood has inexplicably decided to foist upon us the following cinematic smorgasbord of choices: Hunger Games 2, featuring people killing each other for sport in a despotic future America; Delivery Man, which is a great movie but its plot about a guy who learns he donated enough sperm to produce over 500 kids isn’t exactly easy for grandma or little kids to handle; and Frozen, a 3D Disney cartoon that feels like an uninspired Pixar reject. And then there are the two winners. Homefront stars action hero Jason Statham and a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone that’s about a former undercover DEA agent who finds his retirement in the swamps of Louisiana disrupted by a feud with a local gang of meth-making bikers. Meanwhile, Oldboy is a Spike Lee-directed remake of a nasty cult-classic South Korean thriller about a man who is held prisoner for 20 years then seeks revenge while solving the mystery of who put him away. It’s extremely well-made, but it’s dark, brutal, has a graphically acrobatic sex scene and involves a series of final plot twists that give a whole new and disgusting meaning to close family relations. Let’s start with Homefront, which features Statham plays Phil Broker, who in keeping with Statham tradition, is extremely soft-spoken and even seemingly gentle until someone talks to him the wrong way, at which point he punches, kicks or hurls them into submission.

Broker quit the DEA after killing the son of a biker drug kingpin two years before and went into hiding to avoid revenge from his fellow gang members. But when his 10-yearold daughter opens a can of whoopass on a fat and stupid class bully in their backwoods town, the townspeople start to wonder what kind of dad knows how to teach his daughter such incredible fighting skills. Thus begins a surprisingly twisty and deviously fun story of escalating revenge between Statham and local meth kingpin James Franco, the Oscar-nominated actor whose presence is just one example of the fact this movie is way better than it has to be. Homefront is a great way for the adult guys in the family to get away from their own homefronts during the drawn-out holiday weekend. Oldboy, on the other hand, is an utterly baffling choice for a holiday release. As mentioned above, Josh Brolin stars as Joe Doucette, a hopelessly alcoholic cad who hits on a client’s wife after landing a major business deal and winds up wandering the streets of his city drunk out of his mind before approaching a mysterious Asian woman who’s been following him. He wakes up naked in a sparsely furnished room with only a Bible, a set of Encyclopedia Britannica and a TV that plays a bizarre mix of infomercials, old kung fu movies and a reality show about famous crimes to keep him occupied. He then learns from the TV show that he’s been accused of raping and murdering his ex-wife while their daughter was at home with them, and then disappearing from the authorities. He spends the next 20 years in that room, a time span that Lee conveys in riveting fashion using TV reports of the most famous incidents of the past two decades, including 9/11 and President Obama’s inauguration. He finally escapes and embarks on a quest to seek revenge on his captors and find his now-grown daughter. But things get really weird when a man with a highpitched European accent calls to tell him he has 48 hours to figure out who captured him and why, or his daughter is going to be killed by his mysterious nemesis. If he can solve the mystery and relate the answers in time, Joe will not only get his daughter back but also $20 million in diamonds and the satisfaction of seeing his captor commit suicide. Sounds like a real family charmer, doesn’t it? As director, Lee draws incredible performances from Brolin and Elizabeth Olson as a young social worker who offers to help him in his quest, and the complex script certainly should keep audiences riveted. But the big reveal of what’s actually going on is as disturbing as it gets, leaving audiences with a movie that’s akin to Seven and The Silence of the Lambs: a good flick but one that will leave you feeling awful about humanity afterwards. IE

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EATS

DINING GUIDE Photos by Ashley Bennett

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CLAREMONT

A LOVING THANKSGIVING Give turkeys a rest this holiday By Ashley Bennett

By this time you’ve probably already busted out the mashed potatoes, roasted turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. It’s all tradition holiday fare—but it gets old after a while. At least in my family, we’ve always done a potluck-style feast with the same food every year. The same potato salad, the same mashed potatoes and the same ol’ turkey (all expertly made of course, to avoid anyone in my family reading this from getting the wrong idea). Few restaurants (among those actually open on the holiday) offer anything better. If only there was a place open on Thanksgiving that offered something new—oh wait, there is. The Loving Hut is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Claremont that is not only open on the holiday, but it’s got a number of delicious alternatives. While you won’t find any boring old turkey here, there are plenty of unique flavors to explore. First of all, it’s important to note that I’m not vegetarian or vegan. I still enjoy a bite of a juicy burger, rack of ribs and delicious cheese. And I have nothing against turkey, but this year I wondered how those who choose to become a vegan or vegetarian, or who have special dietary restrictions, enjoy the holiday at all. I took a step back and wondered how Thanksgiving works for people with those special dietary restrictions (lactose intolerant, gluten-free etc.), and wandered into The Loving Hut. First, I tried the Crystal Rolls with Mixed Herbs. It was a great start, illustrating that typical “vegetarian” look of bright colors and plenty of veggies. Slices of apple, carrot, cabbage, zucchini and herbs were all stuffed together, wrapped in a single sheet of rice paper. While the rice paper is sticky to the touch, the real goal is to eat it all without it falling apart. One dip into the provided sweet and spicy Miso dipping sauce though and I was hooked. It wasn’t until my second roll did I even remember that there was tofu in there, an untraceable

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presence where flavors of the sweet lightorange sauce and all of those crunchy veggies take over. It may have been the most veggies I’ve eaten for weeks. My dining partner was even less experienced with vegetarian food than I was, but chose to order a semi-familiar looking dish called the Penne Pasta with cashew cheese sauce. In the mix was some healthy pasta and a few pieces of broccoli and imitation shrimp. Unlike the real thing, it was much firmer but still vaguely resembled the crustaceans in cooked form with a distinctive shrimpy taste. Together the dish worked well, covering every inch of the dish with a thin layer of cheesy deliciousness. I was very impressed with The Loving Hut’s Veggie Lasagna. It’s a medium-sized dish with multiple layers of unique flavor. One bite, passing through the Daiya Cheese (a magically special, dairy-free cheese), into the pasta and through a variety of cooked veggies, yielded a surprisingly tasty concoction. Sliced zucchini, crunchy onion, tender mushrooms, spinach, tomato and basil sauce and cashew ricotta added some major flavor. A huge kudos to whoever came up with that one. Currently the serving size is small but my mind whirled at the thought that it might be translated into a family-sized portion one day. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. The restaurant offers an extended list of healthy smoothies as well as dishes that range from re-worked fajitas, sandwiches and delicious pizzas. Could this be my new Thanksgiving tradition? The Loving Hut flips the world of hearty meats and mashed potatoes upside down, reinventing meals for those whose choices or dietary restrictions limit their Thanksgiving feast choices. It might not be close to what most define as “Thanksgiving food” but it’s a feast worth trying. If I am what I eat, I’d rather be a veggie wrap than a comatose turkey this year anyway. IE The Loving Hut, 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Ste 102A, Claremont, (909) 6211668; www.lovinghut.us/claremont. Thanksgiving hours: 11:30am-7:30pm. AE, D, MC, V.

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Aruffo’s ITALIAN CUISINE. Great Italian fare—what more can we say? 126 Yale Ave., 909.624.9624; www.aruffoisitaliancuisine.com. $$ THE BACK ABBEY. Check out this vast assortment of delicious burgers, bass, schnitzel and a massive selection of ale. 128 N. Oberlin Ave., 909.625.2642; www.thebackabbey.com. EUREKA! BURGER. Try a few layered burgers or salads with a massive selection of beer on tap. Dig in! 580 W. First St., 909.445.8875; www.eurekaburger.com. $$ EURO café. Portuguese cuisine (with daily specials) is this café’s specialty, plus superb sandwiches and salads. 546 E. Baseline Rd., 909.621.4666; www.eurocafeclaremont.com. Hip Kitty Jazz And Fondue. Come and enjoy an assortment of cheese, meat and vegetable fondues. 502 W. 1st St., 909.447.6700; www.hipkittyjazz.com. $$ INKA TRAILS. Small, intimate, with excellent food. Try out the Lima-styled fare and check out the Peruvian artwork. 1077 W. Foothill Blvd., 909.626.4426. www.inkatrailsrestaurant.com. $$ KiCKBACK JACK’S. This café scores big points on fantastic food and friendly staff. 701 S. Indian Hill Blvd., 909.482.1414; www.kickbackjacks.com. $ LA PAROLACCIA OSTERIA ITALIANA. Italian tastes from all angles, including seafood, pasta, desserts and more. 201 N. Indian Hill Blvd., 909.624.1516; www.laparolacciausa.com. $$ LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN. If the fancy, exotic name doesn’t tell you that you’ll be chowing down on some French fare, we’re not sure what will. 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., 909.625.1609; www.lepainquotidien.com. LOVING HUT CLAREMONT. Heaven for both vegans and healthy food seekers alike. 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Bldg. A-102, 909.621.1688; www. lovinghut.us/claremont_01. MONGOLIAN BARBEQUE. Grab a bowl, stuff it with vegetables and watch that greatness sizzle to perfection. Impressive eats. 970 W. Foothill Blvd., 909.624.4334. $ The Press RESTAURANT. Vegetarians and carnivores in the I.E. can finally get along. 129 Harvard Ave., 909.625.4808; www.thepressrestaurant.com. $ Tutti Mangia ITALIAN GRILL. Pasta, fish, specialties and a host of Italian treats to tickle the taste buds. 102 Harvard Ave., 909.625.4669; www. tuttimangia.com. $$ UNION ON YALE. Innovative dishes that will both delight your taste buds and satisfy your appetite. 232 Yale Ave., 909.833.5104; www.uniononyale. com. $$ Viva Madrid. Artistic and eclectic décor and the occasional flamenco band complement an extensive Spanish menu. 225 Yale Ave. #B, 909.624.5500. www.vivamadrid.com. $$. WALTER’S RESTAURANT. You won’t be able to predict the unique dishes in store for you here, especially when it comes to the variety of awesome brunch dishes. 310 N. Yale Ave., 909.624.2779; waltersrestaurant.biz.

CORONA ANTHONY’S PIZZA & PASTA. World’s greatest bread sticks, plus killer calzones and of course, the pizza’s always a pie perfecto! 13100 Magnolia Ave., 951.279.6960. $ ASAHI SUSHI. Here they’ve got plenty of tasty rolls and a pretty mean all-you-can-eat menu to boot. 420 N. McKinley St., Corona, 951.738.3000. CAFE SOLE. Pamper your body and your appetite with some healthy Mediterranean cuisine. Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, 25000 Glen Ivy Rd., Corona, 951.453.6489; www.glenivy.com/springs/ cuisine/cafe-sole. CHRONIC TACOS. Terrific Tacos, taquitos and some serious guac with a new attitude. 160 E. Ontario Ave., 951.278.2643; www.eatchronictacos.com. $. CHUCK WAGON CAFÉ. A vintage stop where large portions of crave-worthy comfort foods

reign supreme. 1070 E 6th St., 951.737.7162; $ CORKY’S KITCHEN AND BAKERY. Great prices and oh-so much better food than Denny’s with that fresh, homemade taste. 3811 Bedford Canyon Rd., Ste. 108, 951.735.3100; www.corkyskitchenandbakery.com. $ COUNTRY B.B.Q. This do-it-yourself BBQ is actually of Korean country origins. (And it’s just as great our Yankee finest.) 2276 Griffin Way #108, 951.734.8022. EDUARDO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT. It’s some good, old-fashioned, homespun Mexican food with heart and soul. 513 W. 6th St., 951.340.3722; www.eduardosmexicanrestaurant.com. EL CANGREJO NICE. Gourmet Mexican seafood isn’t as expensive as it sounds-and it’s delicious! 510 Hidden Valley Pkwy., Corona, 951.340.2280; www.elcangrejonice.com.GOODFELLAS CAFÉ. A Greek diner featuring some good American food in an Italian theme. 1090 Pomona Rd., 951.340.1130; www.myspace.com/ goodfellascafe. HACIENDA GUADALAJARA. This Mexican restaurant is one of the best we’ve ever had. It’s more on the subtle end, but far from boring. 1353 W. 6th St., 951.735.5946. HOT DOG SHOPPE. Tired of the same ol’? Have that time-tested frankfurter dished up in a number of new ways, including the Wonder Tiger, The Justin, Blue German, Angry Dave and Garden of Eden. 510 Hidden Valley Pkwy., 951.898-8702; www.thehotdogshoppe-corona.com. JIMMY’S DINER. It’s tried-true American at this place; classic hamburgers and fries with a big dose of the ’50s for retro ambience. Check out the Elvis mural. 160 E. Ontario Ave., 951.734.0800; www.jimmysdinercorona.com. LUNA MODERN MEXICAN KITCHEN. Mexican cuisine with twists beyond the standard of ordinary salsa and ceviche. 980 Montecito Dr., 951.735.8888; www.lunammk.com . KING’S FISH HOUSE. It’s definitely a cut above the standard fare corporate crustacean cuisine. Even the bisque rocks (lobster). 2530 Tuscany Rd., 951.284.7900; www.kingsfishhouse.com. MANTRA INDIAN CUISINE AND BANQUET. This Indian spot is perfect if your taste buds are looking for an adventure of spice and flavor. 480 N. Main St., Corona, 951.739.9401; www.mantraresturants.com. MI HABANA CUBAN RESTAURANT. It’s the place for quality Cuban eats with a minimum of flair. 712 N. Main St., 951.582.9005; www.mihabanacafe.com. MILL CREEK. You’ve got prime rib, you’ve got wraps, you’ve got grilled steak of all sorts… what more could you want? 103 n. Lincoln Ave., 951.808.0344; www.millcreekcorona.com. OGGI’S PIZZA & BREWING CO. Cleverly named pizzas, authentic Italian pastas and gut-busting appetizers satisfy all! 2363 California Ave. #105, 951.817.0748; www.oggis.com. $$ THE ORIGINAL TACO STOP. For extremely savory street tacos and lip-smacking horchata, The Original Taco Stop is an ideal destination for excellent meat-and-tortilla combinations. (Taco truck not required.) 161 N. McKinley St., 951.340.9088. THE PERUVIAN ROOM. Mouth-watering flavors of ceviche and saltados that you can thank the Incan gods for. 591 N. McKinley St., Suite 100B, 951.220.9006; www.peruvianroom.com. PHO ANAM. There’s no need to go to Little Saigon to get a good, hearty bowl of Pho now. 440 N. McKinley Ave., Ste 102, 951.735.2629. PHO LONG. Even when it’s not soup weather, the hot, steaming bowls of Vietnamese rice noodle goodness served up here are simply lick-yourbowl clean delicious. 127 N. McKinley St. #103, 951.340.0342. RA SUSHI. Japanese food for the younger, hipper set of folks in a stylish setting and signature rolls. 2785 Cabot Dr. #101, 951.277.7491; www.rasushi. com. RUMI’S RESTAURANT. A new Mediterranean joint has emerged in Corona and it’s ready to please with healthy kabobs and stews galore. 718 N. Main St., Suite 102, 951.898.5400; www.facebook. com/Rumis-Restaurant/193973620616857. SILVER DOLLAR PANCAKE HOUSE. Flapjacks of all kinds—plus a ton of other breakfast treats. 710 E. 6th St., 951.737.5977; www.silverdollarpancakehouse.com. THE STEAM HAUS GASTRO PUB. It’s got a handful of unique dishes and one well stocked bar; now all you need is a top hat and monocle to match the atmosphere. 2785 Cabot Dr., Ste 110, 951.277.7500; www.


DINING GUIDE steamhausgastropub.com. SUSHI KAWA SPORTS BAR & GRILL. Other sushi spots might be “meh” but this Japanese restaurant has a huge menu filled with unique and tasty treats. 469 Magnolia Ave., Ste. 101, 951.280.0398; www.sushikawasportsbar.webs. com. THAI STAR B.B.Q. Despite its strip mall location, this place’s yellow curry rocks taste buds like a more fancy-pants Thai dining establishment. 3848 McKinley St., 951.737.1638; www.thaistarcorona.com. TOM’S FARMS OLD FASHIONED HAMBURGERS. Bored of the daily burger grind? Try a Latin Burger, Tom’s Original 1/3 Pounder or the Jumbo Irish Nachos for new tastes. 23900 Temescal Canyon Rd., 951.277.4103; www.tomsfarms.com. $

LOMA LINDA A-Dong Restaurant II. Open Tuesday through Sunday at 11am for lunch and dinner. Wine menu is available. 25685 Redlands Blvd. #D, 909.796.8840. Angelo’s. Where to go when you want food quickly, without that fast food taste. 11275 Mountain View Ave. #D., 909.796.0080. $ Cha Cha’s Tacos. The prices are low and the tastiness is high. 26393 Redlands Blvd., 909.799.0011. $ Napoli Italian Restaurant. Huge portions are the rule in this classy, well-kept secret. 24960 Redlands Blvd., 909.796.3770; www.napoliitalian.com. $$ Ranu THAI. This is a small Thai restaurant with lunch specials under $6, making it a very busy place during lunchtime. 25655 Redlands Blvd. #I, 909.796.7650. $$

MONTCLAIR Bombay Bistro RESTAURANT & BAR. We wonder if the Bombay Bistro knows that Bombay is once again Mumbai? 8851 Central Ave. #E, 909.445.1455; www.bombaybistrobar.com. Tokyo Kitchen. This teppan grill Japanese steak house serves up killer steaks, and the veggie and tofu dish is pretty bangin’. 8851 Central Ave., 909.625.5588; www.tokyokitchenrestaurant.com.

ONTARIO BENTO BOX JAPANESE GRILL. A nostalgic lunch tray for adults? This menu will make you wish your high school had made food like this. 2910 S. Archibald Ave., Ste C, 909.923.2323; www. sushibentobox.com. $$ FUSIONS BAR & GRILL. Great grub options exist here, include the tasty fries, soups and, hey, 101 martinis, too! 3550 Porsche Way; www. facebook.com/pages/Fusions-Martini-Loungeand-Grill/173232196044371. New York Grill. Fancy pants people like to go here—NY steaks, Australian lobster tail, lamb and awesome desserts. 950 Ontario Mills Dr., 909.987.1928; www.newyorkgrill.com. $$$ Philly’s Best. Classic hoagies and big Philly cheese steaks, straight from “The City of Brotherly Love.” 4320 E. Mills Cir., 909.484.7433. $ Porter’s Prime Steakhouse. Open weekdays for lunch from 10am to 2pm and daily for dinner starting at 5:30pm. 222 N. Vineyard Ave., 909.418.4808. Rosa’s ITALIAN RESTAURANT. This restaurant serves food of all Italian regions and claims to be best in all their dishes. 425 N. Vineyard, 909.937.1220; www.rosasitalian.com. $$$ Royal Cut Restaurant. It’s ‘bout the beef, baby! Lunch and dinners are served here. 2345 S. Grove, 909.947.3322; www.royalcutrestaurant. com. TORO SUSHI. Delicious, affordable sushi in a modern atmosphere. 1520 N. Mountain Ave. #D, 909.983.8676; www.torosushi.com. Vince’s Spaghetti. Nearly anyone who grew up in Ontario has had family dinners at this inexpensive, authentic Italian eatery. 1206 W. Holt Blvd., 909.986.7074; www.vincesspaghettirestaurant. com.

POMONA BABYLON RESTAURANT & HOOKAH LOUNGE. If your world of food includes great stuff like labneh, tabouleh, fatayer and mhamara, this is the place for you. Oh, and the dinners are ter-

rific here, too. 205 E. 2nd St., 909.622.4444; www. babylon-restaurant.com. THE BURGER HOUSE. Previously known as 2nd on Second Street, this bistro-turned burger joint makes some pretty mean patties. 171 W. 2nd St., Pomona, 909.623.7620; www.theburgerhouse. net.CARNITAS DON JUAN. A seemingly ordinary Mexican meal with extraordinary tastes. 1382 W. Holt Ave.,909.620.7480. Coco Palm RESTAURANT. This Cuban-Spanish spot offers Cuban tamales, empanadas, tapas, paella, and an incredible array of meats and fish. 1600 Fairplex Dr., 909.469.1965; www.cocopalmrestaurant.com. $$ DAY-DAY & DUKE’S WAFFLEHOUSE. Partake in Day-Day’s great soul food cooking and have a glass of Kool-Aid to wash it down. 994 E. Holt Blvd., 909.622.3217; www.facebook.com/Dayday-N-Dukes-Wafflehouse. LOS JARRITOS. It might be Spartan on the inside, but it’s crammed full of flavor on the plates of this Mexican diner. 246 S. Towne Ave., 909.623.3888. MIX BOWL CAFÉ. It’s a mix of Asian goodies here, including Thai BBQ and other tastes. 1520 Indian Hill Blvd., 909.447.4401; www.mixbowlcafe.com. $ NEW YORK DELIGHT. What a delight it is to chomp down on a variety of deli sandwiches featuring fresh-cut meats, some of which actually hail from the Big Apple! 310 S. Thomas St., 909.868.6518; www.nydelight.com. Pho Ha Vietnamese Restaurant. This restaurant can seat 100, and their meals are often geared for two. 695 Indian Hill Blvd., 909.622.7578. $$ RAWKEN SUSHI. Get your fix of “Bro-sushi;” a few powerful rolls with spice that makes even tough men sweat. 135 E. 2nd St., 909.629.6800; www. rawkensushi.com. THE ROOKERY. Formerly known as Joey’s BBQ, this burger n’ beer joint is taking patty dining to a whole new level. 117 W. 2nd St., 909.815.5215; www.facebook.com/TheRookeryPomona.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA BRIGHT STAR THAI VEGAN CUISINE. Featuring some of the best non-chicken chicken you will ever eat. Full of veg-friendly delights. 9819 Foothill Blvd., 909.980.9797; www.brightstarvegan.com. CHINA POINT. Some say it’s the best Chinese food in the IE—and worth the wait. 9028 Archibald Ave., 909.466.8766. THE DELI. Top-notch sandwiches and burgers make this simply-named food stop “deli-ghtful.” 9671 Foothill Blvd., 909.989.8122. FARRELL’S ICE CREAM PARLOR. This place brings back all of your childhood memories of loud birthday celebration songs, tasty meals and the best dang selection of ice cream around. 10742 Foothill Blvd., 909.989.8777; www.farrelsusa.com. Felipe’s. Premium tequilas, tortillas made from scratch, and dishes like Chorizo con Papas and Chile Verde. 8017 Archibald Ave. #E, 909.484.2810; www.felipesonline.com. $ FLAMINGO PALMS. All the Cuban food your heart desires, including chicken, beef and pork plates. 9223 Archibald Ave. #H, 909.484.1177. HAANDI INDIAN CUISINE. Samosas, vindaloo, aloo tikki, pappadam—get ‘em all here! 7890 Haven Ave. #15-16, 909.581.1951; www.haandii.net. KABUKI. Don’t let the Victoria Gardens mall give you the “skeevs.” Here you’ll find great selection of sushi that is better than any food court dish. 12595 N. Mainstreet, 909.646.8555; www. kabukirestaurants.com. THE LAZY DOG RESTAURANT AND BAR. This is the place if you want good food for yourself or your canine companion. 11560 4th St., 909.987.4131; www.lazydogcafe.com. $$ LOCO CANTINA & GRILL. Traditional Mexican menu served up to 2am nightly. 11815 Foothill Blvd. #E, 909.980.5800; www.myspace.com/ lococantina&grill. Magic Lamp Inn. Offers American cuisine and is open Tuesday thru Friday for lunch, and Tuesday thru Sunday for dinner. 8189 Foothill Blvd., 909.981.8659; www.themagiclampinn.com. $$$ PAISANO RISTORANTE ITALIANO & BAR. Your goto place for deliciously cooked Italian cuisine. 12574 N. Main St. #3930, Rancho Cucamonga, 909.803.8777; www.paisanoristorante.com. TROPICA RESTAURANT AND BAR. Gourmet pizzas and pasta for cheap: the recipe for greatness. 11849 Foothill Blvd., 909.481.9500. Vince’s Spaghetti. Nearly anyone who grew up in Rancho Cucamonga has had family dinners at this inexpensive, authentic Italian eatery. 8241 Foothill Blvd., 909.981.1003; www.vincesspaghettiroute66.com.

REDLANDS CAPRICE café. Cal-Med cooking with a twist of Asian and Middle Eastern tastes thrown into the mix, and a great room to have a fantastic meal in. 104 E. State St., 909.793.8787, www. capricecafe.com. Citrone. An upscale establishment where you’ll find a pricier Italian menu and nice wine list. 328 Orange St., 909.793.6635; www.citroneresturant.com. $$ Cuca’s. Featuring daily specials, tacos, burritos, tamales, hamburgers and more. 527 E. State St., 909.335.9557. Location #2: 1752 Lugonia Ave., 909.389.1235; www.cucasmex.com. DHAT ISLAND. a caribbean dining delight that’s better than tasty (only open for take-out and catering on weekdays). 509 N. Eureka St., 909.792.1717; www.dhatisland.com. The Eating Room. Located in an old JC Penney’s warehouse filled with fake orange trees and a large collection of rooster statues. 107 E. Citrus, 909.792.5400; www.allmarthagreen. com. $ EUREKA! BURGER. Don’t let the exclamation point fool you, this place is anything but generic. 345 W. Pearl Ave. #130, 909.335.5700; www.eurekaburger.com. Farm Artisan Foods. The Farm presents only the finest artisan foods available, favoring items grown or produced locally. 22 E. State St., 909.792.1162; www.farmartisanfoods.com. $$$ JERSEY’S PIZZA. The beer selection kicks ass, as it features only the best stuff around. (Oh yeah, there’s pizza somewhere here, too!) 214 Orange St., 909.335.7076; www.jerseyspizza. com. Joe Greensleeves American Grill. Try the gnocchi, pork tenderloin or the signature appetizer, “the Greensleeve.” 220 N. Orange St., 909.792.6969; www.joegreensleevesrestaurant. com. $$$ Las Brasas. Las Brasas offers traditional Mexican dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 15 E. State St., 909.335.9866. $

Little Fisherman Seafoods. If you want fresher fish, you’ll have to pull it out of the water yourself. 1179 W. Redlands Blvd., 909.798.5998; www. littlefisherman.com. $$ MILL CREEK CATTLE COMPANY. Eat here for breakfast, lunch or dinner—everything has BBQ on it! 2087 Orange tree Ln., 909.798.5757; www. millcreekcattlecompany.com. NAAN CAFÉ. Spicy Indian cuisine (or non-spicy for wimps) made to order. 700 E. Redlands Blvd., R3, 909.307.3900; www.naancafe.com. OSCAR’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT. Home-styled Mexican belly fillers in a cozy, friendly atmosphere. (Plus, they don’t need toothpicks for their rellenos!) 19 N. 5th St., 909.792.8211. REDLANDS UNDERGROUND. This place has got all the great food and fantastic entertainment you could ever ask for. Just make sure you check operating hours before your night out! 19 E. Citrus Ave., Ste. 103, 909.798.1500; www.redlandsunderground.com. Royal Falconer British Pub. As close as you can get to a British pub without traveling to England. 106 Orange St., 909.307.8913; www. royalfalconer.com. $$ TACO VILLAGE. The tacos are good, but this place has one of the best chicken burritos we’ve ever had. 1711 W. Lugonia Ave., 909.307.1916. Tartan of Redlands. Tartan of Redlands has been a local landmark for decades and is popular with locals and visitors. 24 E. Redlands Blvd., 909.792.9919; www.tartanofredlands.com. $$

RIALTO Brothers Pizza. Serving many Italian dishes and pizza in a casual setting, this is the perfect place to take the family. 142 E. Foothill Blvd., 909.874.1987. $$ EL KIOSCO MEXICAN RESTAURANT. A family-run restaurant featuring fresh specialties, including camarones mojo de ajo and steak ranchero, amidst an assortment of classics. 916 S. Riverside Ave., 909.820.0198. $ SAL & LIMON GOURMET MEXICANO CANTINA.

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DINING GUIDE Hook yourself up with a delicious Sal & Limon Bowl, or step it up to the beefy Filete Cantinflas. A great Mexican food one-stop spot. 2019 N. Riverside Ave. #1, 909.877.2455. SUN SUN KITCHEN. Terrific Chinese take out that’s worth taking a look into. 2834 Rialto Ave., 909.875.2410. Taco Joe’s. Mixing traditional Mexican dishes with unique creations makes this a popular spot in Rialto. 1749 S. Riverside Ave., 909.877.1851. $ Western Maki. Casual dining/take-out Japanese restaurant that offers yummy sushi and teriyaki at reasonable prices. 535 S. Riverside Ave., 909.873.0613. $

RIVERSIDE 54 DEGREE’S AT DUANE’S. This wine bar’s servin’ up an assortment of tapas, too. 3649 Mission Inn Ave., 951.341.6767; www.missioninn.com. ANCHOS SOUTHWEST BAR & GRILL. Seriously Southwestern, as the bull horns will promise. 10773 Hole Ave., 951.352.0240; www.anchos.net. $$ ANTONE’S FOOD. Italian food featuring fresh baked bread, delicious grinders, pizzas and garlic bread, plus spaghetti and salads, too! 4125 Sunnyside Dr., 951.682.5900. $ ART’S BAR & GRILL. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials including lobster, steak and halibut on Friday, and prime rib on Saturday. Delicious food, great atmosphere, and right off the 91 at University. 3357 University Ave., 951.683.9520. BACK STREET RESTAURANT. Tucked away in a pretty little building, this place nails the lunch fare, especially the sandwiches. (And note, it’s only open on weekdays and only during lunch.) 3735 Nelson St., 951.683.6650; www.backstreetriverside.com. BANN THAI. A brand new Thai treat that tastes as nice in the mouth as the place looks with the eyes. 6461 Brockton Ave., 951.684.3381; www. bannthairiverside.com. BELLA TRATTORIA ITALIAN BISTRO. Fine Italian cuisine in a posh atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner. 3649 Mission Inn Ave., 951.784.0300; www. missioninn.com. $$ BEST THAI. In a hurry for some curry? Try this quick, quality, authentic stop. 1735 Spruce St. #F, 951.682.4256; www.bestthai-cuisine.com. $ BUSY CAFÉ. End your search for the best Chinese grub here! This family restaurant has some flavorpacked beef, chicken and pork dishes mixed with the best spicy sauces make it “to die for.” And don’t forget to calm down your flaring taste buds with some Boba Milk Tea. 1201 University Ave., #110A, 951.683.2228. Café Sevilla. Spanish fare, Tapas bar, the works. Also has dinner shows on weekends. In The Marketplace. 3252 Mission Inn Ave., 951.778.0611; www.cafesevilla.com. $$$ CHARLEY ROKK’S AUTHENTIC TEXAS BBQ. Your favorite home-style treats can be found here from macaroni and cheese to Cajun rice and all meaty treats in between; all in the name of deliciously homemade BBQ. 5145 Jurupa Ave., Ste. G-4, Riverside, 951.774.0039; www.CharleyRokksBBQ.com. COBBLESTONE BAKERY & DELI. Need a sandwich with an extra kick—or one that’s just extra thick? This place has the tastes and sizes to surprise. 8304 Limonite Ave., 951.685.6161; www.cobblestonebakery.com. CRESCENT JEWELL RESTAURANT & LOUNGE. The Southern-based specialties of salmon, gumbo and eggplant are mighty fine here—or so we’ve heard. 3597 Main St, 951.684.1000; www.crescentjewell.info. D’elia’s grinders. Remember when the grinder was a serious sandwich? If so, we’ve got a great trip back into memory lane. 2093 University Ave., 951.683.7380; www.deliasgrinders.com. $ DONA TIMOS la cascada MEXICAN GRILL. They’re doing God’s work when it comes to their tacos, enchiladas and burritos. 3635 University Ave., 951.684.8614. EL FOGON. A handful of Mexican dishes and little cow tongue to go with it. 765 Blaine St.,

951.782.8959. ELEPHANT THAI CUISINE. A great outdoor patio, sweet service and a few mentionable Thai dishes. Larb Salad, anyone? 3720 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.682.9300. FLABOB AIRPORT café. Some great grits and a bountiful breakfast surrounded by a timeless diner experience and some takeoffs and landings just outside. 4130 Mennes Ave. #207, 951.686.6660. THE GOLDEN OX. If you look carefully enough, you might find Flo from Mel’s Diner behind the counter. 6490 Magnolia Ave., 951.782.8922. GRAM’S MISSION B-B-Q PALACE. One of the top contenders for sheer smoked-for-hours deliciousness. 3527 Main St., 951.782.8219. $$ THE HIDEAWAY. Discover this dive bar and try a classic French Dip sandwich with subtly sweet au jus that will make your mouth water. 3700 Main St., Lower Level, Riverside, 951.686.0950; wwwmissiongalleriacafe.com. JAFANG’S PIZZA. For amazing pizza you won’t be able to turn down decorated dough-cooked creations like the “Whoa, Mama!” pizza; a supreme among supremes. Oh, and this joint also makes a mean turkey sandwich too. 1400 University Ave., 951.788.8880; www.jafangspizza.com. JERSEY BURGERS. As our reviewer notes, this place is the new spot for comfortable, clean fast food in the downtown area. Mmmm, burgers. 3940 University Ave., Riverside, 951.784.7660. Joe’s Bar and Grill. Fun and festive dining with live entertainment and American eats like burgers, dogs, steak, and chili. 10909 Magnolia Ave., 951.637.3931. $$ KILLARNEY’S PUB & GRILL. The eats here range from the Irish inspired to the pub-tastic! 3639 Riverside Plaza Dr. #532, 951.682.2933; www. killarneys.com/riverside. $$ KIM’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL. Make sure you sample Kim’s expertly prepared tacos—and some brews to go with them! 2994 Rubidoux Blvd., 951.686.2200. $$ LAKE ALICE TRADING CO. Here’s the high end of the bar food spectrum, featuring its famous Taco Tuesdays, plus sliders, burgers, salads, pizzas and plenty of appetizers, of course. 3616 University Ave., 951.686.7343; www.lakealicetradingco. com. LAS CAMPANAS. It’s the best star-gazing dining experience there is with the added bonus of a new chef and good eats. 3694 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.784.0300; www.missioninn.com. $$$ LITTLE GREEN ONIONS. A breakfast place that’s at its best when you stick with the basics. 6723 Brockton Ave., 951.328.1273. MAGNONE TRATTORIA. You won’t be able to deny this Italian joint the respect it deserves, especially after trying the Calamari Fritta. 1630 Spruce St., Riverside, 951.781.8840; www.magnonetrattoria.com. Mario’s Place. Business casual atmosphere, wine and ale varieties, and exquisite cuisine. 3646 Mission Inn Ave., 951.684.7755; www.mariosplace.com. $$$ Market Broiler. Open daily at 11am for lunch and dinner. Lunch is served until 3pm. The Market Broiler offers a children’s menu, senior’s discount and full bar. 3525 Merrill St., 951.276.9007; www. marketbroiler.com. MEDITERRANEAN PALACE. If kabobs, shawerma, falafels and baklava are near ‘n’ dear to your grumblin’ tummy, this menu’s worth your money (especially the afternoon buffet). 1223 University Ave. #130, 951.781.8900; www.mpgrillandcafe. com. MIJOS TACOS. Cheap eats are in abundance, as none of the Tex-Mex tastes here clock in at over ten bucks. 10203 Hole Ave., 951.358.0402. MISSION BURGERS. The thoroughly juicy burgers here are a mouthful (seriously, you will be warned by your server!) and our personal fave is the green pepper and onion-packed Canada Burger. 4606 Pine St., Riverside, 951.682.7272. $$ MONARK ASIAN BISTRO. Asian fusion cuisine that’s full of new (and familiar) flavors. 5225 Can-

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yon Crest Dr. #64, 951.683.1073; www.monarkasianbistro.com. NANAY GLORIA’S FILIPINO FAST FOOD. This place serves a familial and comforting “Mother’s” meal right down the street from UCR which makes it the perfect stop for starving students and anyone looking for a tasty meal for a cheap price. Fiesta Food Market, 1160 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, 951.977.8373; www.thefiestafoodmarket. com. $ NEW INDIA SWEETS & SPICES. It’s officially a grocery store specializing in Indian-based goods, but there’s plenty of curry-ready plates to be offered here, too. 1320 Blaine St. #ABC, 951.781.0560. $ NEW YORK PIZZA CO. If you’re missing that East Coast flavor, this place has that thin-crust appeal on lock. And try the pastrami sandwich, too. You’re welcome. 3570 Van Buren Blvd., 951.688.4000; www.newyorkpizzariverside.com. OASIS VEGETARIAN CAFÉ & BAKERY. This place is a veggie/vegan’s delight, featuring both American and Hispanic cuisine. Seeking meatless steak burgers or tacos? Look no further. 11550 Pierce St., 951.688.5423; www.oasisvegetarian. com. OISHII SUSHI & TERIYAKI. Get your mouth “sea deep in roll heaven,” as we like to say ‘round here. 6133 Magnolia Ave., 951.784.2550; www. myspace.com/oishiisushi. $$ Olivia’s Mexican Restaurant. Everything is made fresh daily and if you haven’t been here before, well, you’re missing out. 9447 Magnolia Ave., 951.689.2131; www.oliviasmexicanrestaurant.com. $ PHO Saigon. Pho is a clear broth soup served with thin noodles that can be vegetarian or filled with chicken, shrimp or beef—get your perfect setup right here. 1450 N. University Ave. #N, 951.369.0306. $ PHOOD ON MAIN. The odd spelling matches the acceptably weird vibe, but the delicious sandwiches are anything but odd. 3737 Main St. #100, 951.276.7111; www.phoodonmain.net. PROABITION. Experience the lavish living of the roaring ’20s in a bar with some damn good food and even better cocktails. 3597 Main St., Riverside, 951.222.2110; www.proabition.com. PUNJAB PALACE. Satisfy your hungering itch for spice with a few dishes that might empty your wallet but certainly fill your stomach. 1766 University Ave., Ste 102, Riverside, 951.686.9968; www. punjabpalacecuisineofindia.com. $$ PUPUSERIA MIGUELENAS. You may giggle at the name but a pupusa is a simple El Salvadorian dish of corn tortillas filled with your indulgence of both sweet and spicy toppings. 5310 Mission Blvd., 951.682.4054. $ RED HOT KITCHEN. Hey foodies, this new place has tastes to crave, including the pickled kimchi taco, an avocado and mango salad, and totally bomb jalapeno bombs. 1995 University Ave., 951.684.9800; www.rhkriverside.com. ROMANO’S CHICAGO PIZZARIA. Deep-dish Chicago style pizza that’s worth every bite. The Italian fare is terrific, too. 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., 951.781.0773; www.romanosrestaurants.com. ROYAL ORCHID THAI. Fast food Thai that thankfully doesn’t taste like fast food. 9791 Magnolia Ave., 951.354.6100. THE SALTED PIG. It’s name is the tip off that there’s plenty of pork to be had here. Don’t miss out on such items as the pork belly sandwich, the Really Good Burger (that’s the name!) or the bacon ice cream sandwich. 3700 12th St., 951.848.4020; www.saltedpigriverside.com. SIMPLE SIMON’S BAKERY & BISTRO. When it comes to the specialty sandwiches, this place serves terrific tastes between two pieces of bread. (We love the Italian Grinder and Croissant Club.) 3639 Main St., 951.369.6030. SMOKEY CANYON BBQ. Grab a whiff of hickory with these tasty, meaty dishes. 5225 Canyon Crest Dr. #9, 951.782.8808; www.smokeycanyon. com. $$ Templo Del Sol. What could be better than a bunch of meat, cheese, beans and veggies wrapped in a large flour tortilla? 1365 University Ave., 951.682.7047. YELLOW CHILI TAPAS KITCHEN AND BAR. This joint has opened a restaurant strictly to praise the art of the appetizer. 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Ste. # 42, 951.686.9400. ZACATECAS CAFÉ. This place dates back to 1963. That should tell you something about its great Mexican grub right there. 2472 University Ave.,

951.683.3939. ZORBA’S RESTAURANT. Deliciously traditional American burgers that you can wash down with a unique assortment of over fifty soda flavors. 450 Iowa Ave., 951.686.5830.

san bernardino Alfredo’s Pizza and Pasta. A classic Italian joint, right down to the red and white checkered tablecloths. 251 W. Base Line St., 909.885.0218; www.alfredospizzandpasta.com. The Castaway. Experience award winning cuisine and service, while taking in the fabulous mountain and valley views. 670 Kendall Dr., 909.881.1502; www.castawayrestaurant.com. $$$ Delhi Palace. All the greatest hits: tandoori chicken, lamb and naan. Check out the buffet, too! 2001 Diners Ct., 909.884.9966. $$ JACKPOT TASTY THAI-CHINESE FOOD. Tasty Thai cuisine that rolls the dice and pays out in delectable, authentic dividends. 2160 S. Waterman Ave. #C, 909. 824.1324. LE RENDE-VOUS GOURMET CUISINE. One of the last true French restaurants in the IE and yes, they’ve got escargot. 4775 N. Sierra Wy., San Bernardino, (909) 883-1231; www.LeRendezVousRestaurant.com. Los Portales. Mexican fare like mamacita used to make—over 100 dishes of it. 1313 N. Waterman Ave., 909.888.2544; www.losportales3.com. Lotus Garden. Styled like an authentic pagoda, this Chinese hotspot offers kung pao chicken, Singapore noodles and clay pot entrees. 111 E. Hospitality Ln., 909.381.6171. $ MARDI GRAS RESTAURANT. Yes, it’s the best Cajun and creole cuisine in the Inland Empire. Great breakfast, lunch and dinner served all day, seven days a week, with live jazz twice weekly. 201 N. E St., 909.884.5000. MITLA café. a long-standing institution in the city, with a menu of vintage Mexican restaurant selections in a family-owned location. 602 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., 909.888.0460; www.mitlacafe. com. $ SEASONS. This restaurant’s actually operated by the students of the Art Institutes’ Culinary Academy, featuring fine dining with great plates at great prices. 674 E. Brier Dr., 909.915.2170; www. artinstitutes.edu/inlandempire. SUNDOWNERS FAMILY RESTAURANT. Yes, it’s a family restaurant…discover the rest for yourself. 1131 S. E St., 909.884.3510. Surfer Joe’s. This laid-back eatery enjoys a loyal following who come in for the homemade pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. 251 E. Redlands Blvd., 909.824.5523. $

upland BLACK WATCH PUB. This place where “everybody knows your name” offers some bomb British dishes. 497 N. Central Ave., #B, Upland, 909.981.6069; www.theblackwatchpub.com. Bulldog Pub & Restaurant. British cuisine, you ask? Yes, it exists! The fish ‘n’ chips is always a terrific stomach pleaser. 1667 N. Mountain Ave. #117, 909.946.6614. $ Buffalo Inn. Totally quaint and rustic roadhouse-type joint with great burgers, outdoor seating and sometimes live music. 1814 W. Foothill Blvd., 909.981.5515. $ CONNAL’S BURGERS, SALADS AND SUBS. Deliciously retro flavors to matchy an equally old-school decor. 1227 W. 7th St., 909.982.2531; www.connals.com. GRAZIES ITALIAN RESTAURANT & SPORTS BAR. Mix classic Italian food with a sports bar atmosphere and you get a great time. 1615 N. Mountain Ave., 909.981.2924. $ Joey’s Western Steak-N-BAR-B-Q. Four words: fire pits and brewskies. Oh, and meat. That’s five. 1964 W. Foothill Blvd., 909.982.2128; www. joeysbbq.com. $$$ LIMERICKS TAVERN. Catch your favorite game on one of the many TVs at this tavern and enjoy some neat dishes like the Irish Nachos and Beerbattered Fish Sandwich. 1234 W. Foothill Blvd., 909.920.5630; www.facebook.com/limerickstavern. $$ THE LOCAL BAKERY AND CAFÉ. This homey treat spot reminds us more of the places outside our neck of the woods. 120 E. 9th St., 909.920.3458; www.thelocalbakerandcafe.com. LOVING HUT. Well-executed vegetarian grub that even surprises the meat-eaters! And don’t forget the desserts. 903-B W. Foothill Blvd., 909.982.3882; www.lovinghut.us/upland.


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THE ATTACK

As if surviving a suicide bombing that killed 19 people in a Tel Aviv restaurant is not traumatic enough, an Arab surgeon finds out his wife has been holding a dark secret from him. This disturbing film directed by Ziad Doueirim is about love, tragedy and loss. It will take you on a journey, causing you to question every last thing you thought you knew about love and human nature. 3pm & 7pm. Culver Center, UCR ARTSBlock, 3824 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-4787; artsblock.ucr.edu.

sun 12/01

HOLIDAY FOLLIES

fri 11/29

21st annual FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Put on your Christmas hat and don’t look away as the switch is flipped and millions (yes, millions) of tiny lights illuminate the night. As memorable as seeing the sunrise over the horizon, The Mission Inn Festival of Lights is an annual tradition, becoming bigger and better each year. After saving the Mission Inn from total annihilation in 1992, owners Duane and Kelly Roberts decided to gift the community with this winter celebration creating a wonderland of lights, puppetry and music. Santa Claus will make an appearance, as well as horse drawn carriage and the 12’x8’ manmade mistletoe guaranteed to get you a Christmas kiss. Other treats include freshly fallen snow, an extravagant Christmas tree in the hotel lobby and delicious holiday treats available at the legendary Casey’s Cupcakes located at the Inn. After visiting the festival of lights, holiday cheer continues outside of hotel grounds with iceskating, holiday themed vendors and family friendly live entertainment, all of which can been found throughout all of downtown Riverside. The “Switch-on Ceremony,” where the lights are turned on for the very first time, followed by and extravagant firework show! What better way to celebrate the holidays than enjoying this community wide celebration bringing joy and Christmas cheer to all. (Victoria Banegas).

Giving multi-tasking a new meaning, the wait staff at Center Stage not only serves your delectable meal for this holiday celebration, they become your entertainment as they jump on stage to sing and dance to some of your favorite Christmas classics. Enjoy a unique dinning experience accompanied by a fun and flavorful holiday revue for you and all your family. 2pm. Center Stage Theatre, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana, (909) 429-7469; www.centerstagefontana.com.

Thru Jan. 4. Mission Inn Hotel, 3649 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, (800) 678-8946; www.missioninn.com.

thu 11/28

BIG BEAR TURKEY TROT

Stay active this Thanksgiving with Big Bear’s first annual Turkey Trot. Runners are given the option to run a 3, 6 or 9-mile course, where they may be the lucky winner of a delicious turkey dinner at the finish line. First place gets a bird to take home for a family feast; other prizes can be won in the costume or pie-eating contest’s post race. 9am. Meadow Park, 41220 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake, (800) 424-4232; www.bigbearturkeytrot.com.

wed 12/04 GOLD RUSH COUNTRY

Performing top-40 country hits at various venues throughout Southern California, Gold Rush Country is always sure to get everyone dancing through the night. With both a male and female vocalist, this ensemble has a wide range of songs to choose from. With high energy and soul, Gold Rush Country is no doubt a great choice for a western inspired night at Toby’s. 9pm. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, 12635 N. Main St., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 922-8032; www.facebook.com/tobykeithsbarranchoca.

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mon 12/02

As a non-discriminate comedy organization who focuses primarily on finding acts who cause copious amounts of “explosive laughter,” Dynamite Comedy presents comedian Quinn Dahle. Working with the likes of Robin Williams and Dane Cook, Dahle is one of comedy’s best upand-coming comedians. Poking fun at most everything, Dahle is spontaneous with impeccable comedic timing and improv skills guaranteed to make you laugh. 8pm . $10. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mils Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; www.ontario.improv.com.

American Pianist Jeffrey Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations in this concert-plus-commentary style performance followed by an insightful Q&A. Siegel will discuss and perform legendary piano classics by artists such as Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart. As a world-renowned artist, Siegel is claimed to be “an artist who means every note he plays,” presenting audiences with a flawless arrangement of sets making this performance memorable. 7pm. $20-$35. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.

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MUSIC 135 EAST. Every Sun Sunday Slaughterhouse. Every Tues Rock Tuesdays feat. Live bands. 10pm. Every Wed Live hip-hop. 6pm. 135 2nd St., Pomona, 909.629.8100; www.135east. com. ALOFT HOTEL. Every Wed Acoustic Wednesdays. 8pm. 10480 4th St., Rancho Cucamonga, 909.484.2018; www.aloftontario-rc.com. BENJARONG. Every Fri-Sat Live Music. 1001 Park Ave., Redlands, 909.792.3235; www.thebenjarong.com. BLACKWATCH PUB. Fri Curtiss King. 497 N. Central Ave. #B, Upland, 909.981.6069; www.theblackwatchpub. com. BRANDIN IRON. Fri-Sat Justin Foutz. 320 S. E St., San Bernardino, 909.888.7388; www.brandinironsaloon.com. BRIDGES HALL OF MUSIC. Sun Russian Tableau. Mon Pomona College AfroCuban Ensemble. Wed Pomona College Sea Chanty and Maritime Music Ensemble. 150 E. 4th St., Claremont, 909.607.2671; music. pomona.edu. THE BULLDOG PUB. Every Thurs Bob Summers and His Quartet. Every Sun Bob Summers’ Open Mic Night. 4pm8pm. Shows: 21+. 1667 N. Mountain Ave., Upland, 909.946.6614. CADILLAC RANCH. Thurs Karaoke. 9pm Fri Merletallica. 9pm. Sat Southern Spirit. 9pm.. Mon Monday Nite Football Party. 5pm. 22581 Outer Hwy. 18, Apple Valley, 760.247.7060; www.cadillacranchav. com. CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK ARENA. Fri Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario,

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909.244.5500; www.cbbankarena.com. CLUB TRINIDAD. Every Mon and Tues Tomcats. 7pm-11pm. The Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760.969.1800. DAILY GRIND. Every 1st Fri Open Mic. 6pm-10pm. Every Sat Live Showcase. 2955 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, 951.352.7477; wwwdailybrewcrew. com. EMPIRE NIGHT CLUB & LOUNGE. Every 1st Sat Live bands feat. Nuke Mutant Promotions Rockabilly, Rock en Espanol and more. 9pm-2am. Every 2nd Fri La Nueva Cueva. 9pm2am. Every 2nd Sat Live Rockabilly & Phsycobillthescrubdaily.com y bands feat. Empire Ent. & Blue Jean Betty. 9pm-2am. Every 3rd Fri Noche De Bandas Y Conjuntos. 9pm-2am. Every 3rd Sat Live heavy metal bands feat. Wolf Attack. 9pm-2am. Every 4th Fri la Nueva Cueva. Every 4th Sat Live ska and reggae bands. 117 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario, 909.983.2849; www. empireloungeandnightclub.com. 21+. FLOUR FUSION. Every Fri Live Music. 7pm. 133 N. Main St., Lake Elsinore, 951.245.1166; www.flourfusion.com. FOX PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. Fri Riverside County Philharmonic “Holiday Magic.” 7pm. 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.779.9800; www. foxriversidelive.com. FOX THEATER. Fri Adventure Club; DVBBS; Dallas K; Hunter Siegel. 7pm. 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, 877.283.6976; www.foxpomona.com. THE GLASS HOUSE. Sat DJ Snake. 6pm. 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, 909.865.3802; www.theglasshouse.us. HANGAR 24 BREWERY. Every Wed Live Music. 6:30pm-9:30pm.1710 Sessums Dr., Redlands, 909.398.1400; www. hangar24brewery.com. HIP KITTY JAZZ AND FONDUE. Fri Griff Hamlin & The Circle City Horns. 8pm. Sat Big Joe & The Night Train. 8pm. 502 W. 1st St., Claremont, 909.447.6700; www. hipkittyjazz.com. LA CREPERIE. Every Fri-Sat Jazz Night. 7pm-10pm. 3968 Grand Ave., Chino, 909.342.6016; www.lacreperiecafe.net. MARDI GRAS RESTAURANT. Every Sat Jeff Chaz Blues Band. 7pm. 201 N. E St., San Bernardino, 909.884.5000; www. mardigras-restaurant.com. MARGARITAS RESTAURANT. Every Sun Live Music. 10:30am. 1000 E Tahquitz Canyon Rd., Palm Springs, 760.778.3500; www. margaritasrestaurant.net. MARIO’S PLACE. Every Fri & Sat Live Music. 10pm-1am. 3646 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.684.7755; www. mariosplace.com. MCCALLUM THEATRE, Fri-Sun Million Dollar Quartet. Fri, 8pm. Sat, 2pm & 8pm. Sun, 2pm & 7pm. Mon Popular Piano Classics. 7pm. 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, 760.340.2787. www. mccallumtheatre.com. MISSION TOBACCO LOUNGE. Fri Abstract Rude. Sat The Butchery Boys. 3630 University Ave.,

Riverside, 951.682.4427; www. missiontobaccolounge.com THE PALACE. Every 1st and 3rd Sun West Coast Sundays 9pm. 1276 W. 7th St., Upland, www.openmicbattle. eventbrite.com. PLUM HOUSE COFFEE CLUB. Every Fri, Sat & Tues Open Mic. Night. 6pm. 3882 12th St., Riverside, 951.784.1369; www. myspace.com/theplumhouse. RACKS BILLIARDS AND BOURBON. Sat J.Grizz Band. 9pm. 1650 E. Sixth St., Corona, 951.371.9738; facebook.com/ racksbilliardsandbourbon. REDLANDS UNDERGROUND. Every Mon Open mic night hosted by Shaina Turian. 9:30pm. 19 E. Citrus, Redlands, 909.798.1500; www. redlandsunderground.com. ROMANO’S CONCERT LOUNGE. Every Wed Open Mic Night. 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Riverside, 951.781.7662; www. theconcertlounge.com. SORREL BISTRO. Every First Fri Therapy feat. Live music and art. 41377 Margarita Rd., Suite F-108, Temecula, 951.296-3372; www.sorrelbistro.com. SPORTSWATCH BAR & GRILL. Every Fri Live music. 9pm. 27961 Highland Ave. #B, Highland, 909.280.3250; www. sportswatchbarandgrill.com. TOBY KEITH’S I LOVE THIS BAR & GRILL. Wed Gold Rush Country. 9pm. 12635 N. Main St., Rancho Cucamonga, 909.922.8032; www.facebook.com/ tobykeithsbarranchoca. THE UPSIDEDOWN BAR. Every Thurs Live reggae. Every Fri Live rock music. Every Sat 80s Night. 10555 Mills Ave., Montclair, 909.626.9091; www. upsidedownbar.com. 21+.

upcoming J.GRIZZ BAND, Oak Tree Lanes Sportsbar, Dec. 6. POMONA COLLEGE CHOIR, Bridges Hall of Music, Dec. 6. SOUTHERN SPIRIT, Cadillac Ranch, Dec. 6. THE TEN TENORS, McCallum Theatre, Dec. 6. LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA AND CHAMBER SINGERS, Fox Performing Arts Center, Dec. 7. POMONA COLLEGE ORCHESTRA, Bridges Hall of Music, Dec. 7. SOUTHERN SPIRIT, Cadillac Ranch, Dec. 7. THE TEN TENORS, McCallum Theatre, Dec. 7. MASTERS OF HARMONY, Fox Performing Arts Center, Dec. 8. MERLETALLICA, Cadillac Ranch, Dec. 8. POMONA COLLEGE ORCHESTRA, Bridges Hall of Music, Dec. 8. THE TEN TENORS, McCallum Theatre, Dec. 8. GIRI KUSUMA, Bridges Hall of Music, Dec. 9.

bars & lounges 2ND AVENUE SALOON & SPORTS BAR. Come on, rack ‘em up, right over here! There’s pizza, too. Sun-Thurs Free pool all day. Fri-Sat Free pool until 7pm. 271 N. 2nd Ave., Upland, 909.946.1750. 12TH FLOOR WINE BAR & COCKTAIL LOUNGE. We’ve been told that this Fantasy Springs location is picturesque. Just imagine what you can see from


the 12th floor! Fri Weekly Wine Down tastings. 7pm-9pm. $30. 84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio, 800.827.2946; www.fantasyspringsresort.com. 26 DEGREES. Cold beer, hot girls, great food, good times! Tues Ladies night. Wed & Thurs Karaoke. Happy hour, daily 3pm-7pm. 1535 E. Ontario Ave. #101, Corona, 951.734.1900. 135 EAST. This is the newest lounge bar on the block that not only has an extensive dining menu and plenty of musical events to choose from but you’re also confronted with one of the most difficult decisions: choosing from one of their 135 different martinis. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 3pm-7pm. 2 for 1 beers and well drinks. 1/2 off appetizers. 135 2nd St., Pomona, 909.629.8100; www.135east.com. 340 RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB. Every Fri-Sat 2-4-1 drinks 7pm-9pm. Every Sun All drinks 2-4-1, 7pm-9pm. Open drag contest hosted by Rupaul’s Drag Race All Star Raven, 9:30pm. TIGERHEAT presents LOUD! 340 S. Thomas St., Pomona, 909.865.9340; www.340nightclub.com. ALIBI EAST. The bar’s website states that it’s all new and even “industrial strength.” Sun Beer Bust. $1.50 domestic drafts, $1 tacos. 3pm-9pm. Mon “M” Madness Mondays. Any “m” drink for $5. Tues Karaoke. 9pm-1am. Wed Happy hour all day. Thurs $3-$4-$5 drafts and wells. Fri $2 domestic bottles. 9pm. 225 S. San Antonio Ave., Pomona, 909.623.9422; www.alibieast.com. ART’S BAR & GRILL. Over 50 varieties of cold beer, right here! Tues Taco Tuesdays, 75 cent tacos. 3357 University Ave., Riverside, 951.683.9520. BACK DOOR. Just a regular little ol’ bar with a juke, pool table, darts and Monday Night Football, if it’s on (and in season). 1250 E. Mission Blvd., Pomona, 909.622.6282. BACK TO THE GRIND. Every Tues Open mic music night. 7pm. 3575 University Ave., Riverside, 951.784.0800; www. back2thegrind.com. BAHAMA MAMAS SPORTS BAR. This place has it all with six pool tables, 14 flat screen TVs, a dance floor and an outdoor patio with entertainment every night. Every Mon Karaoke. Every Wed Live Open Mic Jam with The Tomcats. 7:30pm. Every Thurs Hip-hop. Every Fri-Sat Great Dance Music. Every Sun NFL Sunday Ticket. Every Day Happy Hour 3pm-7pm. 24801 Sunnymead Blvd., Moreno Valley, 951.485.0203. BARNACLES SPORTS BAR. They’ve got plenty of specialty drinks that will turn your calm evening of enjoying live music and good food into the night of your life! Happy Hour: 3pm-7pm. Every Tues and Thurs Karaoke. Every Wed Free jukebox. 6pm-9pm. 1936 Mentone Blvd., Mentone, 909.794.5851; www. barnaclessportsbar.com. BIG CHEESE PIZZA CO. Sun Swerve Sundays, $5 with student ID, $10 cover, $20 Vip patio. Ladies free before 10pm. 3397 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 888.784.0555; www.thebigcheesepiza. com. BLACK HORSE TAVERN. This recently remodeled Norco hangout has ten

beers on tap and daily lunch specials. Happy Hour food and drink specials Mon-Fri, 3pm-7pm; all day Sun. 1825 Hamner Ave. #A, Norco, 951.278.2771. BLACK WATCH PUB. An Upland staple featuring plenty of regulars and plenty of folks just there for the live music, which happens every weekend. Thurs Darts. Fri-Sat Live bands. 497-B N. Central Ave., Upland, 909.981.6069;

www.myspace.com/blackwatchpub. BLU BAR & GRILL. Located inside the Hilton Ontario Airport, this stop features a ton of drink specials, from drafts and wells to wines and much more. (There are food specials, too.) Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 4pm-6pm. 700 N. Haven Ave., Ontario, 909.980.0400. THE BOILER ROOM. Happy Hour, TuesSat, 7pm-10pm. 345 5th St., Redlands,

909.792.8855; www.theboilerroom.com. BOONDOCKS. It was the new bar in town. (That is, until the next one opened.) Thurs Karaoke. Fri Live bands. Sat Karaoke. Sun Open mic night. Tues Taco Tuesdays. Wed Industry night. 100 E. Harrison, Corona, 951.739.0646; www.myspace.com/ boondockscorona. BRANDIN’ IRON. California’s longest running honky-tonk, since 1969. Brassy,

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calendar classy authentic saloon and restaurant, with a huge maple dance floor to scoot your boots. 18+ unless otherwise noted. Thurs World Famous $1.50 U-Call-Its, $2.50 domestics. 5pm-2am. Fri Ladies Night. $1 drafts, $2.50 wells. 7pm-9pm.18+. Sat Dollar Saturday, $1 drafts, 2.50 wells. 6pm-2am. Tues $1 Taco Night. 6pm-1am. Wed College Night. No cover with college/military ID. 7pm-11pm. $1 Drafts, $2 Well Drinks, $2 longnecks. Happy Hour: Tues, 6pm-1am, Wed, 7pm3am, Thurs, 5pm-2am, Fri, 7pm-9pm, Sat, 6pm-9pm. 320 S. E St., San Bernardino, 909.888.7388; www.brandinironsaloon. com. THE BULLDOG PUB. Mon Comedy Night. Tues Pub Quiz. Wed Open Mic Night. Fri Karaoke. 9pm. 1667 Mountain Ave. #117, Upland, 909.946.6614. cACTUS CANTINA. Plenty of frozen specialty drinks to keep you coming back to their drink menu (there’s some good grub, too). Mon-Fri Food specials & happy hour. 3pm-6pm. 151 E. Alessandro Blvd., Riverside, 951.789.0211; www.cactuscantina.org. CADILLAC RANCH. Everything you could possibly want in a bar: karaoke, featured days; heck if you pay them they’ll even call a limo to come pick you up. Sat Karaoke Party. 9pm. Every Mon Football party 5pm. 22581 Outer Hwy. 18, Apple Valley, 760.247.7060; www.cadillacranchav.com. CANCUN BAR & GRILL. It’s a Dance club, fine dining and sports bar: Cancun Bar & Grill has it all! Daily food and drink specials. Not to mention the massive beer and liquor selection available. Thirty flat screens cover the walls with awesome surround sound. Plus free pool from 4pm -11pm. 801 Tri City Center Dr., Redlands. 909.798.5400. CAPRI LOUNGE. Just a nice local bar. Really. Ask them. We did. 1355 E. 4th St., Ontario, 909.984.5405. CARNAVAL NIGHTCLUB. You’re ideal club, completing your night of dancing and rockin music that tricks you into thinking you’re somewhere in Rio. 342 S. Thomas St., Pomona, 909.623.6600; www.carnavalclub.com. CASA 425. A gorgeous and rather

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hip hotel in the western half of Claremont’s Village, with a lovely lounge to boot. Sun-Thurs Happy hour with drink specials. 4pm-7pm. 425 W. 1st St., Claremont, 866.450.0425; www. casa425.com. CHAPARRAL LIVE ROOM. It’s no longer just another bar in a bowling alley, as the Live Room’s now a full-scale nightclub with a dance floor, pool tables, hi-def TVs, darts, nightly drink specials and food! Thurs, Sat & Sun Live music. Fri Karaoke. Wed Strike Lounge. 8pm. 400 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, 909.592.2772; www.chaparralliveroom. com. CHAPPIE’S. Its St. Patrick’s Day all year long at this lounge pub that doesn’t have pool tables but does have two golfing machines and dart boards. Live bands, occasionally. Thurs, Sat & Sun Live music. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 7am10am & 4pm-6pm. Mon & Tues Karaoke. Wed DJ. 229 E. Florida Ave., Hemet, 951.658.3410. CHARACTERS. Located in downtown Pomona’s Antique Row/Arts & Music Colony, this bar features pool tables, darts and live sports. There’s also live music and DJs in the outdoor patio. Thurs Ladies Night. Drink specials. FriSat Live bands. Sun Karaoke. 9pm. 276 E. 1st St., Pomona, 909.622.9070; www. characterspomona.com. CHERP’S COCKTAILS. Go here, if only to find out who or what Cherp is. Mon-Fri Happy Hour. 3pm-6pm. 8627 Sierra Ave., Fontana, 909.823.1234. CHULAS RESTAURANT & SPORTS BAR. Fri Karaoke. 9pm. Every 1st, 3rd & 5th Fri Funky Fridays. DJ/dancing. Top 40 hits. 401 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario, 909.391.1000; www.mtnchulas.com. CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK ARENA, Sun Cantares Corp Presenta Joan Sebastian; Ezequiel Pena. 7pm. 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario. 909.244.5500; www.cbbankarena.com CLOVER CLUB. Pool tables and all that usual bar stuff. Fri & Sat Karaoke. 8pm. 25570 Baseline St., San Bernardino, 909.884.8363. CORRAL BAR & GRILL. Dining, sports and all the UFC events your eyes can

handle! Mon-Fri Happy Hour. 3pm-7pm. 12345 S. Mountain Ave. #2, Chino, 909.613.5995. COYOTE BEACH. Featuring some of the best BBQ around, plus don’t miss the pool tables and air hockey. Open Tues-Sat, 4pm. Fri-Sat DJ Dance night. Tues Taco Tuesdays, $1 tacos. Tues & Wed Free pool. Wed Karaoke. 8pm. 835 N. Main St., Corona, 951.371.2225. DBA256 GALLERY.WINE BAR. Ritzy and sophisticated, this comfy wine bar doubles as an art gallery with rotating monthly exhibits. Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri Happy Hour. 3pm-6pm. Wine tasting daily. 6pm-9pm. 256 S. Main St., Pomona, 909.623.7600; www.dba256.com. DEMPSEY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL. As the flier says, it’s a whole new ball game in Corona. Big screen TVs are showing all your favorite teams. (We love the Clippers!) Thurs Ladies Night. Live DJs. Tues Comedy Night. Wed-Fri Live bands. Happy hour, 4pm-7pm. 511 N. Main St. #105, Corona, 951.270.0152; www.dempseyssportsbar.com. DUKE’S BAR & GRILL. Great food, flat screens, sports, music, dancing and more. Not to mention the intense Karaoke contests. Happy hour every day, 4pm-6pm. Every Wed Karaoke. 9pm. 3221 Iowa Ave., Riverside, 951.248.1143. ELGIN & FAGAN. Sun-Wed Free pool. 3pm-2am. Mon Guys Night. $2.50 domestic bottles for guys. 6pm-2am. Wed Ladies Night. $2.50 wells for ladies. 6pm-2am. Happy hour: daily, 3pm-6pm. 336 W. Highland Ave., San Bernardino, 909.883.8171. EMPIRE NIGHT CLUB & LOUNGE. The Empire knows what’s up! Cheap drinks, tasty finger foods, five TVs, free pool and free parking. Not to mention a pretty sweet sound system, dance floor and plenty of live music and DJs to go around! Happy hour: Mon-Sat 4pm-8pm. Half-off all beers & mix drinks. Every Mon Swag Promotions. 8pm-10pm. Open Mic 10pm-2am. 117 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario, 909.983.2849; www. empireloungeandnightclub.com. 21+. EVENTS BAR & GRILL. Tues Taco Tuesdays. Wed, Sat & Sun Drink specials. Happy hour, 11am-7pm. 16560 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, 951.352.2693. FINISH LINE BAR & GRILL. Let’s put the emphasis on sports with this sports bar and grill, featuring racing-themed memorabilia, fitting for its positioning somewhere between a horse racing track and a drag strip. Wagering, lotsa TVs and, of course, plenty of food and drink, too. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 5pm-7:30pm. Tues Taco Tuesdays. Wed Karaoke. 2201 N. White Ave., Gate 12, Pomona, 909.865.4154; www.fairplex. com/flsg. THE FLAMINGO. A staple of the Redlands bar scene—which, in the I.E., means that there are a few bars within walking distance of each other. The often-mistakenly-called Pink Flamingo is your classic neighborhood bar that’s been open for years. Tues Karaoke. 10pm. 338 Orange St., Redlands, 909.792.9917. FOX BAR & GRILL. A hotspot in downtown Pomona right next to the historic Fox Theater, featuring 36 flat screen TVs, live entertainment and all


sorts of good grub and daily specials. Happy Hour, Mon-Fri, 5pm-8pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-8pm. 333 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, 909.784.3671. GALLI’S RESTAURANT & BAR. This nice little place keeps it lively every day of the week. Sun & Tues Karaoke. 7pm. 6620 Carnelian St., Rancho Cucamonga, 909.941.1100; www.gallis. net. FRIAR TUCKS. Open for well over a decade, Tucks is all about supporting live music. From punk rock and reggae to drum & bass, the tunes are always bumpin’ in this Pomona landmark castle. Happy hour, 4pm-7pm. 540 E. Foothill Blvd., Pomona, 909.625.7265; www.myspace.com/friarsus. GRAZIANO’S SPORTS BAR. Sat Karaoke. 8pm. Mon-Fri Happy hour, 3pm-7pm. Wed Karaoke. 1615 Mountain Ave., Upland, 909.981.2924. THE GREEN FROG. Guess what? That’s right! Pool tables and a juke. Fri Live bands. Wed Comedy night. 27212 Baseline St., Highland, 909.864.6169. HANGAR 24 CRAFT BREWERY. Sick of not getting fresh beer? Well, folks, this is fresh beer, as in made right before your very own eyes. Pale Ale or an Orange Wheat, anyone? Tasting hours Mon-Fri, 11am-9pm. 1710 Sessums Dr., Redlands, 909.389.1400; www.hangar24brewery. com HARD HATS. They have your favorite game or race on the large screen satellite TVs, NFL Sunday Ticket, pool, games and an exclusive smoking room. Last Wed of every month Lingerie Party. You can get your beer from a chick in a bikini or lacy under-things. (Not sure if you have to wear the lingerie yourself.) 1950 S. Four Wheel Dr., Norco, 951.734.0276; www.clubzone. com. HAROLD’S SALOON. Hey, they got some of them pool tables here—and some chilly-willy beer! What more do you need? Just a life-sized pig in the corner. 3834 Megginson Ln., Riverside; 951.359.5261. HI-BROW. Probably one of the coolest “dive” bars anywhere because it actually hasn’t been overrun with poser Joe Cools, instead catering to the up-and-coming generation of hapless barflies. Open 365 days a year—which means you really don’t have to sit through an entire Christmas dinner with your relatives. 547 E. Foothill Blvd., Pomona, 909.626.9340. Hideaway. Oh, yeah. Pool, juke and some sweet, sweet sounds of Ernie the Mailman singin’ the Everly Brothers. Thurs Karaoke. 9pm. Sun Free pool. 32392 Mission Trail, Lake Elsinore, 951.245.4919. HIP KITTY JAZZ & FONDUE. A swanky little joint with great bar and a beautiful stage featuring live jazz most nights. Open Tues-Sun, 6:30pm-2am. 502 W. 1st St., Claremont, 909.447.6700; www. hipkittyjazz.com. THE HOOKUP. Neighborhoody gay bar with a juke, pool table and a restaurant in back. Thurs Pool tournament. 8pm. Sat-Sun Specials. 10am-2pm. Sun Beer Bust. 3pm-8pm. Wed Karaoke! 8pm. 1047 E. 2nd St., Pomona, 909.620.2844; www.hook-up.net.

JOE’S BAR & GRILL. “The fun flows from your head to your toes when you party at Joe’s.” I’m mad that I didn’t write that catchphrase myself. Thurs Family Karaoke Night. 7:30pm-11:30pm. Fri Rockin’ Karaoke Night. 10pm-2am. Sat Live bands. 10pm. Sun Champagne Brunch. 10am-2pm. Tues Taco Night. Wed Spaghetti Night. 10909 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, 951.637.3931. KEALOHA’S TASTE OF THE ISLANDS. This authentic Hawaiian restaurant is unlike any L&L Hawaiian Barbeque you’ve ever had. Not to mention their very own Mai Tai Lounge this features some neat drink specials. Mon Game Night. Tues Karaoke. 9pm. Wed Ladies Night feat. food and drink specials for the ladies. Mon-Sat Happy hour. 2pm-7pm. Late Night Happy hour. 9pm-close. Sun Happy hour. 2pm-6pm. 12206 Central Ave., Chino, 909.590.0604; www. kealohas.com. KELLY’S SPORTS BAR & BILLIARDS. Yep, they’ve got the sports, the pool table and some live music to rock the house, too. Have fun. Mon-Thurs Happy hour. 10pm-1am. Fri-Sat Karaoke. 5402 Philadelphia Ave., Chino, 909.591.8770. KICKS SPORTS PUB. All the sports and all the pub you’ve ever wanted, in the heart of downtown Fontana. Thurs Kamikazes. $1.50 all night. Fri-Sat Karaoke & drink specials. 9pm-1:45am. Sun Pool Tournament. 4pm. Tues Ladies Night. Shots $1 off. $6 pitchers. Wed Tequila Wednesdays. Happy hour, 10am-12pm, 5pm-7pm. 16788 Arrow Blvd., Fontana, 909.350.1160. KILLARNEY’S PUB AND GRILL, RIVERSIDE. Every Wed Geeks Who Drink Live Trivia. 3639 Riverside Plaza Dr. #532, Riverside, 951.682.2933; www.killarneys.com. KIM’S SPORTS BAR. Nearly a dozen beers on tap and over a hundred varieties of liquor for your drinkin’ pleasure. Plus, enough TVs to ensure no game goes missed. Happy hour daily, 3pm-7pm. Tues Karaoke. 9pm. Thurs Bike Night. 6pm. 2994 Rubidoux Blvd., Riverside, 951.686.2200. KNOCKERS SPORTS BAR. Don’tcha just love the name? Gotta have a little excitement with your drinks. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm. 5363 Arrow Hwy., Montclair, 909.445.0301. LAKE ALICE TRADING CO. “The Lake” has been around forever, and offers a sports bar scene with something for everyone: pinball, plasma screen TVs and live music. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm. Thurs Karaoke. 9pm. Fri-Sat Live bands. Mon Monday Night Football. Tues Taco Tuesday, beer pong, free pool. Wed Live bands. 3616 University Ave., Riverside, 951.686.7343; www. lakealicetradingco.com. LIAM’S IRISH PUB The local Cheers of Colton! Come down for live music, karaoke, comedy and their 38 beers on tap - and you have to at least try the Leprechaun Nuts! Sun, Mon & Thurs. Karaoke. Tues Comedy Night with $1 tacos and $3 Corona. Wed. Free pool. Everyday. Happy hour. 11am-6:30pm. Fri & Sat Live Entertainment. 1087 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., Colton, 909.422.9900; www.liamsirishpub.com. LIMERICKS TAVERN. This neat place sports cool wooden décor and about

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As Christmas comes around every year, we know to expect various yuletide events to celebrate our favorite holiday—from parades to Christmas light festivals, the possibilities are endless. This year, Claremont’s Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater offers up a fun, festive and classic way to celebrate the holiday with its original musical Because It’s Christmas. As the Inland Empire’s most prestigious dinner theater, Candlelight Pavilion’s Chef Juan concocts a unique and delicious meal to accompany each play during the holiday season, giving guests a savory array of dishes to choose from. With a great wait staff at the theater; guests are treated graciously from box office to seat. Because It’s Christmas is a one-of-a-kind holiday production being featured this year—with a heart-warming story accompanied by various festive songs, all performed by an exceptional cast. Children of the audience are encouraged to go up on stage to sing and dance along with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the rest of the gang. Festivities continue after the event, as the kids will have a chance to take sit on Santa’s lap, tell him what they wish for this year and get their photo taken. Guaranteed to be a heartwarming experience just in time for Christmas, young or old, this production will have you tapping your feet and feeling young at heart. (Victoria Banegas) IE Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 626-3296; www.candlelightpavilion.com.

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calendar 15 TVs! Try out some Irish Nachos and watch your favorite sport or well, watch multiple sports at the same time because you totally can. Happy Hour Mon-Fri, 3pm-6pm. 99 cent Draft when you buy one at regular price. 1234 West Foothill Blvd., Upland, 909.920.5630. LIT. It’s Fantasy Springs newest bar and lounge (formerly known as the “Fantasy Lounge”). Fri-Sat Live bands. 9pm. 84245 Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio, 760.342.5000; www. fantasyspringsresort.com. THE LOUNGE. The drink specials here start at 6 a.m. Yeah, what are you doing at that time of the morning anyways? Downing a glass of milk with your toast or something? Happy hour daily, 4pm-7pm. Sunday $2.50 Yager Shot. $4 Yager Bomb. Tues $1.75 Budlights. Every Thurs Karaoke. 9pm. 1125 W. 6th St., Corona, 951.808.9122; www.theloungebarcorona.com. LOUNGE 33. Legendary martinis, right here! (The Brooklyn Filthy Martini is sort of like the Amy Winehouse of cocktails—it might be a mess, but definitely worth a try.) Sun Karaoke. Mon-Thurs Happy hour. 4pm-7pm. 3639 Riverside Plaza Dr., Riverside, 951.784.4433; www.loungethirtythree. com. LULU’S HIDEOUT. Well, Little Lulu certainly has her ears full with karaoke seven nights a week! Yep, karaoke every day! Mon-Sat Happy hour. 4pm-7pm. 1958 W. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino, 909.884.3244. M15. Your one stop spot for one awesome mix of both cover and up and coming bands. Every Fri ’80s Night. $5 cover. $3 domestic drafts, $5 skinny girl margaritas, $3 gummy bear shots. Every Sun Sunday Night ComedI.E. $15. 1/2 off appetizers, $3 domestic drafts. 9022 Pulsar Ct. #H, Corona, 951.200.4465; www.

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m15concerts.com. MARIO’S PLACE. Northern Italian Cuisine, weekend music and specialty drinks? I’m in. Fri $4 Selected Craft Beers. 9pm. Sat Specialty Cocktail. Classic Rock and Funk music. $3 off each drink on list. 9pm. 3646 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.684.7755; www. mariosplace.com. MARQUIS COCKTAIL LOUNGE. The other happiest place on Earth, it’s the perfect hangout for a couple drinks and a fine dine. Booze ‘n’ meat… it’s what’s for dinner! Fri-Sat DJs & live music. 9pm. 1036 W. Highland Ave., San Bernardino, 909.882.9342. THE MAVERICK. If you’re at a saloon, and it’s in Norco, chances are you’re in the right spot for some country and western music action. Sun-Thurs Karaoke 8pm-2am. Fri-Sat Live music 9pm-2am. Tues-Thurs $1 tacos. Happy hour Sun-Sat, 2pm-7pm. 3841 Old Hamner, Norco. 951.734.6640. www. mavericksaloonnorco.com. MCALAN’S PUB & GRILL. Great food with bands and Top 40 playing weekends. Thurs Live music. 9pm. Tues Taco Tuesdays. Wed $5 Steak Night. 5pm. 6321 Haven Ave., Alta Loma, 909.484.7847. MENACE MOTORCYCLE BAR & GRILL. We’re wondering what the dudes who ride their 1200cc Harleys to this place think of our sputtering 49cc mopeds. (They’re probably cool with ‘em.) Well-known for their BBQ along the Ortega Highway. Thurs Karaoke 7pm. Fri-Sun Live music. 8pm. 15573 Grand Ave., Lake Elsinore, 951.609.0555; www. menacesportsbarandgrill.com. THE MENAGERIE. We heard this petite, gay dance club isn’t for old geezers anymore, as it was back in the ‘80s. Drag nights and ‘80s nights are part of the weekly fare. Mon Karaoke. 8pm. Drink specials Mon-Fri. 3581 University Ave., Riverside, 951.788.8000; www.

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clubmenagerie.com. MIGUEL’S CALIFORNIA MEXICAN COCINA & CANTINA. This family-owned joint actually has three locations and their margaritas are stuff of straight legend. 1920 Frontage Rd., Corona, 951.520.8911; www.miguelsrestaurant. com. MISSION TOBACCO LOUNGE. Offering live music seven nights a week, plus a world-class selection of cigars in a climate-controlled walk-in humidor, and a secluded smoking lounge. Of course, there’s a full bar with lunch and dinner menus, too. Thurs I Luv Dubstep, 1/2 price drinks from 10pm-1am. Tues $2 Tuesdays. $2 Well drinks. $2.50 Domestic drafts. Wed $7 PBR tall can and whiskey shot. Summertime happy hour every day, 11am-7pm, $3 domestics and wells, $4 imports, $5 top shelf liquor. “The Pre-Game,” every day, 8pm10pm. $2 domestic bottles, $3 wells. 3630 University Ave., Riverside, 951.682.4427; www.missiontobaccolounge.com. Morgan’s Tavern. Tues Free pool. Sun Drink specials. 4850 Tyler Ave., Riverside, 951.785.6775. MORONGO CASINO RESORT & SPA. You’ve already got a perfect gamblin’ spot in Cabazon, what more could you possibly want? Oh that’s right, the recent arrival of an amazing Mexican food restaurant called Tacos & Tequila. Drink up, pig out. $5 food and drink happy hour, 2pm-6pm & 9pmclose. every day. 49500 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, 800.252.4499; www. morongocasinoresort.com. MU RESTAURANT. Every Sat Electro Nights. 309 W. State St., Redlands, 909.798.7747; www.mumartini.com. THE MUSIC ROOM. Thurs & Sun Free pool. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 3pm-10pm. 4360 N. Sierra Way, San Bernardino, 909.883.6513. THE OFFICE SALOON. Originally known as Flashbacks, this place has taken a complete 360 with more flat screens added to the mix, including one 150 inch big screen and the added DIRECTV content. Not to mention the newly added stage, dance floor and weekend live music. Happy hour MonFri, 4pm-7pm. Drink specials. 123 N. E St., San Bernardino, 909.884.3088. OASIS NIGHT CLUB. Every Fri-Sat $3 drink specials. Entrance free until 9pm. Every Sun Drag Idol, 18+. Every Wed $3 U-Call-Its all night, $4 premiums. 50% off food menu 10pm-1am. 1386 E. Foothill Blvd., Upland, 909.920.9590; www. oasisnightclubupland.com. O’HARA’S COCKTAIL LOUNGE. So, we know this totally sounds like an Irish pub, but guess what? It’s just a regular ol’ bar! What the hell’s the world coming to? Thurs Karaoke. Mon Free pool. Wed Free darts. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 3pm-7pm. 15788 Grand Ave., Lake Elsinore, 951.678.3512. O’LEARY’S IRISH PUB. The luck of the Irish is here, with pool tables, darts, shuffleboard and sports viewing. 142 S. Riverside Dr., Rialto, 909.875.3717. OMOKASE. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 3pm-6pm; Sat, 8pm-close. 8220 Haven Ave. #102, Rancho Cucamonga, 909.941.4111; www.omokase.com.

PAPPY & HARRIET’S. Mon Ted Quinn’s Open Mic Night. 7pm. 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown, 760.365.5956; www.pappyandharriets. com. PEPE’S MEXICAN & AMERICAN RESTAURANT. Pepe’s has got all the right ingredients for a good time: sizzling hot Mexican dishes, live music and plenty of food and drink specials. You can’t deny the place its dues; the restaurant has been “having fun since 1971!” Every Fri Karaoke. Every Tues Taco Tuesdays. Every Wed MargaRITa Wednesdays. 31780 Railroad Canyon Rd., Canyon Lake, 951.244.7373; pepescanyonlake.com. PEPITO’S. Nothing says authentic Mexican food like a big screen TV and a pool table. But you can actually learn something here—each booth has two pictures that tell a story of Mexican life and history. Happy hour, Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm. 6539 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, 951.788.2652. PLAYERS BAR & GRILL. Players plays host to some of the best pool players in the nation before they head off to Vegas for the Nationals. If you think you’ve got game, show up for one of the tournaments. Free pool every day until 7pm. Fri-Sun Karaoke. 9pm. Mon-Fri Drink specials. 5pm-7pm. 11001 Central Ave., Ontario, 909.628.8495. RA SUSHI. Check out this great sushi stop, full with unique rolls to satisfying any sushi fan. Happy hour Mon-Sat, 3pm-7pm; Sun, 8pm-12pm. 2785 Cabot Dr., Corona, 951.277.7491; www.rasushi. com. 13925 City Center Dr., Chino Hills, 909.902.0044; www.rasushi.com. RACKS BILLIARDS AND BOURBON. Plenty of bands have been known to play at Racks. Additionally they have live DJs, beer pong, keno, six pool tables, dart boards, a dance floor, smoking room and all new food menu! Pluas, they show every NFL game of five big screens and 20 TVs. 1650 E. Sixth St., Corona, 951.371.9738; facebook. com/racksbilliardsandbourbon. RED FOX BAR. If you’re looking for a place to have a few drinks and hang out then this joint is perfect. With Thurs College Night, Drink Specials. Sun Free Pool. 10am-6pm. $3 Wells. $2.50 domestic beer. Tues Ladies Night, drink specials. Wed Free Pool. 10pa-6pm. Mon-Fri Drink Specials. 3142 N. E St., San Bernardino, 909.882.9337; www.facebook.com/ redfoxsb. REVOLUTION RESTAURANT & NIGHT LIFE. Restaurant’s open weekdays, 11am-7pm. Thurs $2 drafts, $5 teas, $4 Captains. Fri Buy two drinks and a meal, get second meal free. Mon $2 Dos Equis, $2 Bud Light, $4 Micheladas. Tues 50 cent tacos, $3 Mexican beers, $4 margaritas. Wed 25 cent wings, $3 bottled beers. Happy Hour: 11am7pm. 1327 W. Colton Ave., Redlands, 909.335.9700. THE RIVER LOUNGE. Sat Live music. Drink specials all night. $2 shots, $4 wells. 9608 Mission Blvd., Riverside, 951.685.5383. ROB KELLY’S AFTER FIVE COCKTAIL LOUNGE. Kelly’s got the pool, darts and juke to keep you satisfied. Thurs & Tues Karaoke. Wed Ladies night. 133 N.


Harvard St., Hemet, 951.652.5300. ROSCOE’S FAMOUS DELI. Every Tues Team Trivia. 8pm. Every Thurs Jukebox Thursday. 9pm. 14700 Pipeline Ave., Chino Hills, 909.597.3304; www. roscoesfamousdeli.com. ROYAL FALCONER BRITISH PUB. There’s the atmosphere: dark décor, long and stately bar and British memorabilia. There’s the food: Scottish eggs, bangers and mash, steak and kidney pie. And then there’s the beer: 20 different beers on tap and another 30 varieties in bottles. Bloody marvelous! Thurs Karaoke. 8pm. Tues LGBT Community & Supporters Night. 9pm. Happy hour Mon-Fri, 4pm-6pm. 106 Orange St., Redlands, 909.307.8913; www.royalfalconer.com. RUMORS. A beer and wine bar that proves you can still butcher Elvis songs without shooting tequila first. Fri-Sat Karaoke. 8:30pm. 1125 Calimesa Blvd., Calimesa, 909.795.4808. SADDLE SORE SALOON. Hey cowboy, this place’s one of Norco’s finest drink and dance spots. Happy hour daily, 3pm-6pm. 343 6th St., Norco, 951.272.8283; www.myspace.com/ saddlesoresaloon. SCREAMING CHICKEN SALOON. You better be a biker, or at least like them, when you check out this joint. We already give it our “coolest name ever” award. 18169 Cajon Blvd., San Bernardino, 909.880.0056. SHAMROCKS GRILLE & PUB. Feelin’ lucky? Try your Irish on for size over here. Tues, Fri & Sat Live entertainment. Mon Karaoke. Tues Taco Tuesday. Wed Luck of the Irish Drink Specials. 4020-B Chino Hills Pkwy., Chino Hills, 909.597.8333; www.myspace.com/ shamrocksbar. SIMPLICITEA. Your quaint little tea shop with every bit of relaxing herb drinks you can imagine. Every Sat 2-4-1 Student Night. 6pm-8pm. Excludes Merchandise. 7890 Haven Ave., Suite 11, Rancho Cucamonga, 909.917.8600; www.facebook.com/simplicitea. SKYFOX LOUNGE. You don’t have to drive to Hollywood to get that modern day club vibe, which is exactly the atmosphere that Sky Fox boasts. A short drive to Pomona and you’re living it up with professional DJs and an awesome club experience. Every Thurs Rock it! Awesome 80s, Indie, and Electro music. Every Fri Access Fridays with Hip-hop, Mash-ups, Electro. Every Sat Skyfox Saturdays feat. Top 40, Hip-hop, House. Dress Code strictly enforced. 345 Garey Ave., Pomona, 909.784.3674; www.skyfoxpomona. com. THE SPORTSMAN BAR. It’s one of our favorite stops when we’re rollin’ down Temescal Canyon. Knock back a cold one in style! Happy hour Mon-Fri, 3pm6pm. Smoking patio available. 21779 Temescal Cyn., Corona, 951.277.9786; www.facebook.com/pages/TheSportsman-Bar/115557245137996. SPORTSWATCH BAR & GRILL. Any bar with the words “sports” and “watch” in its name is bound to be the goto place for the communal viewing of American athletics. Paired with weekly deals of pizza and delicious

chicken wings, you’ve got everything you need to make each day feel like Super Bowl Sunday. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 3PM-6PM. Mon-Thurs, 10PMclose. Thurs $3.75 Pint Night, 3PM8PM. Three for $5 street tacos. Fri Live music. 9PM. Sat .65 cent wings, 11AM-5PM. Sun Recovery Sundays $4 Bloody Marys, champagne cocktails and michiladas. 27961 Highland Ave. #B, Highland, 909.280.3250; www. sportswatchbarandgrill.com. SUSHI KAWA. Innovative and refreshing rolls are something you tastebuds can’t help but crave. Add a few flat screens to the mix for entertainment value and you’ve got the best sushi bar ever. “Lady Bartenders” are certainly a plus, too. Happy hour: Everyday, 3pm-7pm. Sat Drink specials. $4 Well Drinks, $3 House Wine, $9.95 60oz Beer Pitcher. 469 Magnolia Ave., Ste. 101, Corona, 951.280.0398. TORO SUSHI BAR. Every 2nd Wed Way Back Wednesdays. Hosted by Money B. No cover. 9pm. 1520 N. Mountain Ave., Ontario, 909.983.8676; www. waybackwednesdays.net. VIP CLUB. This gay hot spot is not your grandma’s bar/nightclub. Open 3pm2am. Call for cover. 18+. Thurs, Sun & Tues Karaoke. 9pm-1am. 3673 Merrill Ave., Riverside, 951.784.2370; www.vipnightclub.com. VIVE TEQUILA LOUNGE AND NIGHTCLUB. If you seek a lounge for Mature guests then this might be what you’ve been searchin’ for. The ultimate meet spot for ladies 21 and older (and men 25 and older according to their site) is the perfect place to grab a uniquely mixed drink and meet someone new. There’s plenty of room for dancing and high ceilings that will make you feel like you’re partying it up somewhere in New York. Thurs-Sun Night Club Dancing. 184 W. Third St. Pomona, 909.622.2020; www. vivelounge.com. WATER WHEEL SALOON. Sun Happy hour all day. Mon Spin the Wheel, $1 Pizza Night and free pool. Tues $1 Taco Tuesday. Karaoke, 6:30pm. Wed $3 domestic beer and wells. Karaoke, 6:30pm. Happy hour: Mon-Fri, 2pm-6pm. 980 6th St., Norco, (951) 8984630; www.waterwheelnorco.com. THE WOODEN NICKEL. Great jukebox here. Mon Free pool all night. Tues $2.75 tall cans and 75 cent tacos. SunMon $2 Wieners. 842 Kendall Dr., San Bernardino, 909.883.4317. WOODY’S BAR & GRILL. Happy Hour Sun-Sat, 5pm-7pm. Fri & Sat Karaoke. 8pm-1am. 1528 W. Holt, Ontario. 909.984.2127. WORTHINGTON’S TAVERN. DJs spin here every night, there’s a full bar with lots of drink specials and a kitchen that stays open late servin’ up some specialty pizzas. Check out some of the live bands and burlesque shows, too. 3587 University Ave., Riverside, 951.779.9169; www.facebook.com/ worthingtonstavern. ZIGGI’S BAR. We used to love that Ziggy guy. No, not David Bowie, nor that baldheaded cartoon guy. This place loves to tout its “great neighborhood bar” experience.

XXXII Indio Powwow Fri, Nov. 29 – Sun, Dec. 1

After you’ve feasted on turkey and battled the crazy “Black Friday” shoppers, how about heading over to a powwow for a fun end to your Thanksgiving weekend? The Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will host the 32nd Annual Indio Powwow. This colorful celebration will bring together tribes from all across the United States and Canada. Historically, these gatherings were a social event for Native American tribes to come together to trade and honor their brave warriors, as well as an opportunity to thank Mother Nature for a plentiful harvest. However, this powwow is for native and non-native people alike—everyone is welcome to dance, shop and feast on traditional Native American foods. There will be traditional favorites such as fried bread and meats prepared over an open flame, as well as modern food carts. Feel free to get your holiday shopping done, with various vendors for Native American art, weavings and jewelry. Watch the Bird singers and the Grand Entry as all the dancers make a procession that will wind around the arena. This dance competition is equated with the Olympics for many tribes, as is it their prime opportunity to show off their skill and athleticism. There will even be an opportunity for non-Natives to join along and dance to along with the Natives to the beats of the drums. Admission is free, so anyone is welcome to join the festivities and share this special Native American tradition. (Dulce Balandran) IE Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Dr., Indio, (800) 827-2946. www.FantasySpringsResort.com.

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dance & djs 135 EAST. Every Fri Vertigo Fridays. Ladies get in free before 11pm. Every Sat DJ LSDanni; DJ Slim. 135 2nd St., Pomona, 909.629.8100; www.135east. com. 340 RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB. Every Fri-Sat Go-Go Dancers. Every Sun Open drag contest hosted by Rupaul’s Drag Race All Star Raven, 9:30pm. TIGERHEAT presents LOUD! 340 S. Thomas St., Pomona, 909.865.9340; www.340nightclub.com. ACE HOTEL. Every Fri DJ Sodality; Wildcat. 10pm. Every Sat DJ Odysey. 10pm. 701 E Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760.325.9900; www.acehotel. com/palmsprings. ALIBI EAST. Every Thurs Club 3-4-5. $6 cover, free before 9pm. Every Fri Slammed and Sexy Fridays. 9pm. Every Sat Sinful Saturdays. 9pm. 225 S. San Antonio Ave., Pomona, 909.623.9422; www.alibieast.com. AGUA CALIENTE CASINO. Every Fri-Sat DJ Dynamic Dave. 9pm. 32-250 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, 888.999.1995; www.hotwatercasino.com. ALOFT ONTARIO-RANCHO CUCAMONGA. Every Fri DJ Severe. 8pm. Every Mon-Wed Twilight. 5pm-7pm. Every Wed Uncorked and Unplugged.7pm. 10480 4th St., Rancho Cucamonga, 909.484.2018; www.aloftontario-rc.com. CANTON BISTRO. Every Fri Friday Night Heat. Top 40/remixes. Sat Social Saturdays. 21+. Electro/’80s/club mix. 10pm-2am. 9980 Alabama St., Redlands, 909.335.6688; www.myspace.com/ cantonbistro; www.cantonbistro.com. CHAPARRAL LIVE ROOM. Every Wed Strike Lounge DJ Mic Pro; guest DJs. 10pm. 400 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, 909.592.2772; www.chaparralliveroom. com. CHARACTERS. Every Thurs Vinyl Thursdays feat. AWOL-One; Roach; Gonzo. 9pm. 276 E. 1st St., Pomona, 909.622.9070; www.characterspomona. com.

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CITRUS CITY GRILLE. Every Sat Pulse Lounge feat. DJ ER. Top 40. Drink specials. 10pm. 2765 Lakeshore Dr., Corona, 951.277.2888; www. citruscitygrille.com. CORNER POCKET. Every Thurs Kaos Thursdays. Electronic. House. Top 40. 9pm. 40575 California Oaks Rd. #D1, Murrieta, 951.677.7155; www.myspace. com/cornerpocketmurrieta. COYOTE LOUNGE. Every Thurs Hip Hop Live. $10 before 10pm. $15 afterwards. 21+. Pomona Valley Mining Co., 1777 Gillette Rd., Pomona, 909.623.3515; www.facebook.com/Lounge.Coyote. DBA256 GALLERY WINE BAR. Every Sat DJ’s JB, Mike Styles, Gabe Real, Stryk One. 9pm. Every Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri Happy hour. 4pm-6pm. Every Tues Open Mic Night. 256 S. Main St., Pomona, 909.623.7600; www.dba256.com. EMPIRE NIGHT CLUB & LOUNGE. Every 1st Fri ’80s Discoteque feat. DJ Eser; Rock en Espanol, New Wave & KROQ FlashBacks feat. DJ Eser & DJ Lonz. Every Mon DJ Lonz mixing hip hop, house, techno and top ’40s. Every Wed Wet Wednesday feat. DJ Lonz. 117 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario, 909.983.2849; www. empireloungeandnightclub.com. 21+. FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO. Every Fri and Sat Live Dance Bands. 9pm. 84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio, 900.827.2946; www.fantasyspringsresort. com. FOX BAR & GRILL. Thurs-Sat Live DJs. 333 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, 909.784.3671. GOODFELLAS. Happy hour: 4pm-7pm. Every Wed-Sat Club Image with DJ CrazyGabe, DJ Jon Jon and DJ Effects. Every Sun Club Decades SIN Sundays. Drink specials. Music videos.DJ Johnny Holmez. 8034 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, 909.987.3005; www. myspace.com/goodfellasclub. IMAGINE THAT. Every Sat Celebrity Saturdays. Live R&B and jazz bands and DJs with old-school R&B. 8pm. $10 before 10pm. 965 Foothill Blvd., Upland, 951.833.6606, 909.264.1752. J. DEE’S LANDING. Every Thurs DJs. 340 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760.320.1758. KEALOHA’S TASTE OF THE ISLANDS. Every Fri -Sat Classic Rock and R&B from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. 9pm-close. 12206 Central Ave., Chino, 909.590.0604; www. kealohas.com. KICKS SPORTS PUB. Every Fri-Sat DJ. 9pm-1:45am. 16788 Arrow Blvd., Fontana, 909.350.1160. KILLARNEY’S PUB AND GRILL, TEMECULA. Every Tues DJ Twy; DJ Krim. 10pm. Every Fri DJ Krim. 10pm. Sat DJ Omry. 10pm. 32475 Highway 79 South G101, Temecula, 951.302.8338; www.killarneys. com. KILLARNEY’S PUB AND GRILL, RIVERSIDE. Every Tues College Night. DJ Twy and DJ Krim. Every Fri DJ Krim. 10pm. Every Sat Guest DJ. 10pm. 3639 Riverside Plaza Dr. Ste 532, Riverside, 951.682.2933; www. killarneys.com. MARGARITA BEACH. Every Tues Tilt Tuesdays. Every Thurs College Night. 50

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cent drafts 8pm-10pm. $2 U-Call-It shots all night. Every Fri $1 Drink Fridays. Every Sat 99.1 Saturdays. 1987 S. Diners Ct., San Bernardino, 909.890.9993; www. facebook.com/MargaritaBeach. MARIO’S PLACE. Every Thurs-Sat V26. DJs spin ‘80s and ‘90s alternative and classic rock. 9pm. 3646 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.684.7755; www. mariosplace.com. MEDITERRANEAN PALACE. Every Fri-Sat The Palace feat. DJ Assault. 9pm-2am. 1223 University Ave. #130, 951.781.8900, 951.525.2561; www.mpgrillandcafe. com. MISSION TOBACCO LOUNGE. Every Mon Liquid Lounge with DJ Salazam, trip hop/downtempo. 9pm. Every Tues Tall Can Tuesdays with Wido & Bane.and ADSR events. $5 tall cans, $3 well drinks. 9pm. Every Thurs F.A.T. Thursdays with DJ Nasty Nativ TOP 40/ hip-hop. $3 well drinks and domestics, $4 calls and imports, $5 long islands and AMFs. 9pm. 3630 University Ave., Riverside, 951.682.4427; www. missiontobaccolounge.com. OKAWA SUSHI LOUNGE. Every Fri DJs spin hip-hop, R&B, old school. Drink specials & sushi served all night. 9:30pm. 8158 Day Creek Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, 909.646.7658. PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO. Every Fri DJ Rico. 9pm. $20. 21+. 45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula, 951.770.7455; www. silkatpechanga.com. PEPE’S MEXICAN & AMERICAN RESTAURANT. Every Fri Live DJs. 31780 Railroad Canyon Rd., Canyon Lake, 951.244.7373; pepescanyonlake.com. PEPITO’S. Every Fri Club Jam Generator. Mod/soul/Brit-pop. Free before 10:30pm, $5 after. Every Sat Club Skandal. 18+. 6539 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, 951.788.2652; www.myspace.com/ pepitoscantina. RED FOX BAR. Every Thurs College Night with DJ Frog. 9pm. Every Fri-Sat DJ Vasco. 9pm. Every Tues Ladies Night. 3142 N. E St., San Bernardino, 909.882. 9337; www.facebook.com/redfoxsb. REVOLUTION RESTAURANT & NIGHT LIFE. Every Fri Club EVO. Hip-hop, R&B, techno, mash-ups, Top 40. Every Sat Team Fresh. Hip-hop/R&B. 1327 W. Colton Ave., Redlands, 909.335.9700; www.revolutionnight.com. RIVERSIDE PLAZA. Every Fri DJ Jon Smooth; Guest DJs. 7pm. 3545 Central Ave., Riverside, 951.683.1066; www. shopriversideplaza.com. ROSCOE’S FAMOUS DELI. Every Thurs DJ K. Ush. 10pm. 14700 Pipeline Ave., Chino Hills, 909.597.3304; www. roscoesfamousdeli.com. ROYAL FALCONER BRITISH PUB. Every Thurs Rollicking Good Fun. DJs. $2 drafts, $2 shots, $3 wells. 9pm. Every Sat Back to the ‘80s Night. ‘80s music. 106 Orange St., Redlands, 909.307.8913; www. royalfalconer.com. SAN MANUEL INDIAN BINGO AND CASINO. Every Thurs DJ Orbitz at the Pines. 10pm. Every Fri DJ Victor at the Pines. 10pm. Every Sat DJ Hi-tone at the Pines, Top 40. 10pm. 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland, 800.359.2464; www. sanmanuel.com. Shows: 21+. SKYFOX LOUNGE. Every Thurs Rock it! Awesome 80s, Indie, and Electro music.

Every Fri Access Fridays with Hip-hop, Mash-ups, Electro. Every Sat Skyfox Saturdays feat. Top 40, Hip-hop, House. Dress Code strictly enforced. 21+. 345 Garey Ave., Pomona, 909.784.3674; www.skyfoxpomona.com. STINGERS NIGHTCLUB. Every Friday Xotik Fridays brings you the Top 40, Hip-Hop and Mash ups. $2 Domestic Beer, $3 Import Beer and U-Call-Its Unitl 11pm. $5 Jagerbombs & LA Waters All Night. 194 W. Club Center Dr., San Bernardino, 909.475.7979. SPORTSWATCH BAR & GRILL. Every Sat Videopolis DJ’s Music and Videos. 9PM. 27961 Highland Ave. #B, Highland, 909.280.3250; www. sportswatchbarandgrill.com. SPOTLIGHT 29 CASINO. Every Thurs Throwback Thursday Dance Party where DJ Pee Wee spins favorites of all genres. 26-200 Harrison Pl., Coachella, 760.775.5566; www.spotlight29.com. TAP DADDY’S. Every Fri-Sat DJs. 2505 S. San Jacinto Ave., San Jacinto, 951.652.5686; www.myspace.com/ tapdaddysbar. TORO SUSHI. Every Sat DJ Primal. 9pm. 1520 N. Mountain Ave., Ontario, 909.983.8676; www. waybackwednesdays.net. TREVI ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. Every Thurs Club Illusion & The Playground. Hip-hop/funk/house/old school. Every Fri College Night Fridays. DJs. 32250 Mission Trl., Lake Elsinore, 951.674.6080; www.myspace.com/trevinightlife. THE VAULT MARTINI BAR. Every Thurs DJ Darcie. Every Fri DJ Jose V. 20 E. Vine St., Redlands, 909.798.2399. THE VIBE. Every Thurs Club Skittles. Hip-hop. Every Sat Club 7. Every Sun Sin Sunday. Every Tues $2 Totally ‘80s Tuesdays. $2 drink specials. 8pm. Every Wed Logikal Wednesdays. 1805 University Ave., Riverside, 951.788.0310; www.myspace.com/ thevibebarandgrill. VIP CLUB. Every Wed Dancing with DJ Darcie. 8pm. Thurs-Fri DJ Julie. 9pm. Sat DJ Darcie. 7:45pm. 21+. (Ages 18-20) $5 with free non-alcoholic drink ticket.) 9pm. 3673 Merrill Ave., Riverside, 951.784.2370; www.vip-nightclub.com.

theatre A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Will Ebenezer Scrooge get in the Christmas spirit? Come see this play and find out. Shows: Nov. 29, 30. Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29. Lifehouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands, 909.335.3037; www.lifehousetheater. com. BECAUSE IT’S CHRISTMAS. Get ready to fill the magic in the air that is Christmas Spirit. For 28 years The Candlelight Pavilion has been bringing you the best and most heartwarming Christmas stories, where even Santa joins in on stage. Opens Sat, Nov. 30. Shows: Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, 909.626.1254; www. candlelightpavilion.com. A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This classic tale will surely get you in the Holiday spirit— with Christmas cheer and presents for all. Shows: Nov. 29, 30. Dec. 6, 7, 8,


13, 14. Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Rd., Twentynine Palms, 760.361.4151; www. theatre29.org. DARLING YOU SLAY ME. The Gourmet Detective is a comical, musical, murder mystery dinner show theater. Come laugh, witness a crime and help solve the mystery. Your waiters, cocktail servers, and even the piano player will be suspect. Every Fri & Sat. The Avila Terrace Theatre, 3663 Main St., Riverside, www.avilaterrace.com. THE DINNER DETECTIVE. If you’ve always felt like you’d make a great Sherlock Homes, then head over to The Dinner Detective. You can help solve a funny murder case while enjoying a four-course plated dinner. Eat with caution, because anyone at your table could be the killer! Every Sat. The Doubletree by Hilton, 222 N. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, 909.937.0900. www. thedinnerdetective.com/sites/ontario. HOLIDAY FOLLIES. Opens Sun, Dec. 1. Shows: Dec. 8, 12, 15, 19, 21, 22, 29. Center Stage Theatre, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana, 909.429.7469; www. centerstagefontana.com. INTIMATE APPAREL. An African American seamstress may soon find the love that she dreams of. Shows: Nov. 29, 30. Dec. 1. Riverside Community Players, 4026 14th St., Riverside, 951.686.4030 www. riversidecommunityplayers.com.

performing arts THE AUREAU VISTA GRAND BALLROOM. Sat Groove Night. 6pm-7pm. 3840 Lemon St., Riverside, 800.870.6069. BRANDIN’ IRON. Every Thurs-Sun Dance Lessons. 7:30pm. 320 S. E St., San Bernardino, 909.888.7388; www. brandinironsaloon.com. CAFÉ SEVILLA. Every Fri The Art of Flamenco Dinner Show. 6:30pm. Every Sat Gypsy Fusion Dinner Show. 7:30pm. 3252 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.778.0611; www.cafesevilla.com. THE COLONY AT LOFT 204. Every Tues Beginning Belly Dance. 7pm-8pm. $10. Every Wed Intermediate Belly Dance. 7pm-8pm. $10. 532 W. First St., #204, Claremont Packing House, www. loft204.com. EMPIRE NIGHT CLUB & LOUNGE. Every Thurs Salsa and Cumbia Night. 9pm-2am. Every Sun Soul Line Dancing. 5pm-7pm. 117 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario, 909.983.2849; www. empireloungeandnightclub.com. 21+. MAVERICK SALOON. Every Fri Western Dance Lessons with LeeAnne. 6:45pm. 3841 Old Hamner, Norco, 951.734.6640; www.mavericksaloonnorco.com. MCCALLUM THEATRE. Sat – Sat, Nov. 16. International Dance Festival. 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, 760.340.2787; www.mccallumtheatre. com. MORONGO CASINO RESORT & SPA. Every Thurs-Sat CopyKatz Celebrity Revue. 8pm. Every Sun CopyKatz Celebrity Revue. 2pm. 49500 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, 800.252.4499; www. morongocasinoresort.com. TEQUIHUA FOUNDATION. Every Thurs The Telling by Koyote the Blind. 7:30pm. 3485 University Ave., Riverside, 951.686.3471; www.

tequihuafoundation.org. TOM’S FARMS. Every Sat-Sun Anthony the Magic. 12pm & 2pm. 23900 Temescal Canyon Rd., Corona, 951.277.4422; www.tomsfarms.com. WATER WHEEL SALOON. Every Thurs Line Dancing Lessons. 7pm. 980 6th St., Norco, (951) 898-4630; www. waterwheelnorco.com.

comedy FLAPPERS COMEDY CLUB. Fri-Sun Lisa Sundstedt. Fri, 8pm &10pm. Sat, 7pm & 9:30pm. Sun, 7pm. Sun Silly Sundays Open Mic. 9pm. Wed First Timer Funnies Pro/Am. 8pm. 532 W 1st St., Unit 218, Claremont, 818.845.9721; www. flapperscomedy.com. LIAM’S IRISH PUB. Every Tues Comedy Show hosted by Rick Rome & Just Mikey. 9:30pm. 1087 S. Mount Vernon Ave., Colton, 909.422.9900; www. myspace.com/liamscomedynight. THE MENAGERIE. Every 1st & 3rd Sun The New Legends of Comedy. 8pm. 3581 University Ave., Riverside, 951.788.8000; www.myspace.com/club_menagerie. MISSION TOBACCO LOUNGE. Every Sun Everybody Laffs Comedy Night. 3630 University Ave., Riverside, 951.682.4427; www.missiontobaccolounge.com. ONTARIO IMPROV. Fri-Sun Chris Porter. Fri, 8pm & 10:15pm. Sat, 7pm & 9:15pm. Sun, 7pm . Tues Dynamite Comedy Show Presents. 8pm. Wed Maranzio Vance. 8pm. 4555 Mills Cir., Ontario, 909.484.5411; ontario.improv. com. ROMANO’S. Every Thurs Free comedy. 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Riverside, 951.781.7662; www.theconcertlounge. com.

BARNES & NOBLE. Every Sat Saturday Storytime. 11am. Every Tues Pre-school story time. 10am. 27460 Lugonia Ave., Redlands, 909.793.4322. BACK TO THE GRIND. Every Mon R.U.P.O. poetry in the basement. 9pm. 3575 University Ave., Riverside, 951.784.0800; www.back2thegrind.com. CLAREMONT FORUM. Mon-Fri Package and prepare books for prisoners in the Prison Library Project. 10am-5pm. Every 2nd Tues Inland Valley Storytellers. Bring an 8-10 minute story to share or just listen. This gathering is for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. 7:30pm. Free (donations accepted). Every Mon Writer’s Workshop. Writing critiques. 6:30pm. 586 W. 1st St., Claremont, 909.626.3066; www.claremontforum.org or www.inlandstorytellers.org. CLAREMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY. Every Fri & Sat Preschool storytime. 11:30am. Every Wed Toddler story time. 10am. 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, 909.621.4902; www.colapublib.org/libs/claremont. HOWARD M. ROWE BRANCH LIBRARY. Every Thurs Storytime. 10:30am. 108 E. Marshall Blvd., San Bernardino, 909.883.3411. LIONLIKE MINDSTATE MOSAIC. Every 1st & 3rd Wed Open Mic. 9pm. $4. 5540 Schaefer Ave., Chino; www. lionlikemindstate.com. PLUM HOUSE COFFEE CLUB. Every Wed, Fri & Sat Art Walk & Open Mic. 7pm-11pm. 3882 12th St., Riverside, 951.784.1369; www.myspace.com/theplumhouse. RIVERSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Every Mon Story time. 10:30am. Every Tues Toddler’s

story time. 11:15am. Preschool story time. 10:30am. Every Wed Family story time. 10:30am. Story times, tales and tunes. 3:30pm. 3581 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.826.5201; www.rivlib.net. SAN BERNARDINO PUBLIC LIBRARY. Every Tues & Thurs Pre-school story time. 10:30am. Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. 6th St., San Bernardino, 909.381.8201; www.sbpl.org.

galleries & museums ARTISTS ON “A” STREET. No, it’s not artists on just a street, but a group of terrific visual talents displaying their wonderful creations for all to see in gorgeous downtown Upland. Sponsored by Cooper Regional History Museum, Cigar Exchange/Pacific Wine Merchants. Every last Sat, 11am4pm. 2nd Ave. & A St., Upland. Info: 909.946.6782, 909.985.8685. ART WORKS GALLERY. This gallery is the go-to spot for expanding your artistic horizons. Every week classes are offered, varying from watercolor, wire sculptures, fused glass frames and many more outlets of artistry. Classes occur weekly. 3741 6th St., Riverside, 951.683.1279; www.jtpfriends.org/blog/ art-works-gallery. BACK TO THE GRIND. T.A.P. Into the Artist. Once a month, Back to the Grind gives tattoo artists a place to show off all sorts of art, whether it’s arton-skin, sculptures or paintings. Sure there are plenty of galleries but these artists banded together to create a space where they can present their

sports ONTARIO REIGN VS. COLORADO. Nov. 30 & Sun, Dec. 1. Hockey is fun for a number of reasons—the competitiveness, the aggression and the athleticism are all great reasons to catch local team Ontario Reign as they clobber Colorado. Citizen’s Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, 909.244.5500; www.cbbankarena.com. FASTRACK RIDERS. Sat, Nov. 30-Dec.1. If you’re ready to see what you and your bike can do, then head over to this motorcycle racing school.. Auto Club Speedway, 9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana, 909.429.5000; www. autoclubspeedway.com.

poetry & Readings BACK TO THE GRIND. Every Fourth Thurs Floasis. 8pm-11pm. $3. 3575 University Ave., Riverside, 951.784.0800. BARNES & NOBLE. Every Wed Children’s story time. 11am. 5183 Montclair Plaza Ln., Montclair, 909.399.1966. BARNES & NOBLE. Every Thurs Children’s preschool story time. 11am. 11090 E. Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, 909.980.5586. BARNES & NOBLE. Every Thurs Children’s story time. 7pm. 2470 Tuscany St. #101, Corona, 951.735.0038. BARNES & NOBLE. Every Thurs Book Group. 7pm. Every Mon Children’s preschool story time. 10am. 3485 Tyler St., Riverside, 951.358.0899. NOVEMBER 28 - december 4, 2013 | IEWEEKLY.com

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calendar personal artistic endeavors. Every First Thurs. 6pm-1am. 3575 University Ave., Riverside, 951.784.0800; www. back2thegrind.com. CABOT’S PUEBLO MUSEUM. Come and learn about the story of Cabot Yerxa and his massive hand-built pueblo (on which he spent nearly a quartercentury building) at this museum, which is also home to a 43-foot tall Indian monument, carved out of a Sequoia Redwood that’s over 700 years old, better known as “Waokiye.” (It’s just one of 60 such sculptures in a series.) Open Tues-Sun, 9am-1pm. 616 E. Desert View Ave., Desert Hot Springs, 760.329.7610; www.cabotsmuseum. org. THE CENTER FOR WATER EDUCATION. A world-class museum and learning institution which depicts the past, present and future story of water, from its importance in SoCal, to its impact worldwide. 2325 Searl Pkwy., Hemet, 951.791.0990. CHAFFEY COMMUNITY MUSEUM OF ART. Color-Go-Round. Featuring water media work of Jan Wright, that come from the idea that color makes the world go round. Thru Dec. 22. Mythmakers The unique visions of Tammy Greenwood and John Greco come together in an extraordinary way. Thru Dec. 29. Ladies of the Museum. The feminine touch holds an important role in art of all kind, and that’s why the museum is celebrating all things woman by displaying various works from the female perspective. Thru Jan. 14. Salute! This annual reception features a variety of multimedia works submitted by members of the museum, all relevant to the theme Salute!Thru Jan. 26. 217 S. Lemon Ave., Ontario, 909.463.3733; www.ccaamuseum.org. CORONA ART ASSOCIATION. Every two months you can check out this art scene. See what the locals are up to! Thru Aug. 522 Corona Mall, Corona, 951.735.3226; www. coronaartassociation.org. CULVER CENTER AT UCR ARTSBLOCK, Ultraviolet: Light Installation. Presented in conjunction with the Festival of Lights in City of Riverside, this exhibit by Hiromi Takizawa observes the role of light in architectural and environmental spaces.Thru Jan. 4, 2014. 3824 Main St., Riverside, 951.827.4787; artsblock.ucr. edu. FERGUSON FINE ARTS AND DESIGN. A plethora of pictures, paintings and posters specializing in pin-up pieces. Be sure to check out the 2nd Sat Art Walk, 3pm-10pm. 181 W. 2nd St., Pomona, 909.620.7488; www.ffadgallery.com. GALLERY SOHO. Far Horizon. Local artists bring together multimedia of art that fits within the category of “Far Horizon.” Come see the different interpretations of this broad topic. Thru Dec. 6. 300 A So. Thomas St., Pomona, 909.469.1599; www.pvaa.net.

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LATINO ART MUSEUM. Johnny Nicoloro – Solo Show Using religious idols and imagery juxtaposed over modern images, Johnny Nicoloro gives a preview into his personal journey as a Latino. Opens Wed, Dec. 4. Thru Dec. 21. 281 S. Thomas St. #105, Pomona, 909.620.6009; www.lamoa.net. MALOOF FOUNDATION. Mexican Folk Art Weekend. With the holidays arriving, it’s perfect time to stock up on Mexican folk art, including some beautiful pottery, sculpture, copperware, jewelry and more. There will be a free fiesta lunch on Saturday from Cuca’s. Opens Sat, Nov. 30Dec. 1. 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma, 909.980.0412. MT. SAN JACINTO COLLEGE ART GALLERY. Sense and Sensibility II. Mixed media will be presented by various artists. Thru Dec. 12. Dorland Mountain Artist Colony Associate Artists Exhibition. Each artist in this series presents a series of works, as well as a statement a bout their connection with Dorland Mountain, the arts community and their work. Thru Dec. 13. 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, 951.487.3585; www.msjc.edu. MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART, ONTARIO. Guasti Mural Exhibition. Four murals, originally taken from the Guasti mansion can now be found in the museum’s Carlson Gallery. Here you can learn all about the history of Guasti and Norman Kennedy. Ongoing. Road Ways. Road signs haven’t really changed much; red signs mean stop and yellow means yield. But the open road holds many memories for all sorts of roadies. Here you can appreciate the signs that transport you to a different decade, and with it take a “trip” through local highway signs and beyond. Ongoing. 225 S. Euclid Ave., Ontario, 909.983.3198; www.ci.ontario. ca.us/index.cfm/1605. PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM. George Catlin’s American Buffalo. A collection of 40 paintings from the late 19th and early 20th century gives insight into the importance of buffalo in Native American life. Thru Dec. 29. Personalities and Identity in Photography and New Media. This exhibit features the power photography has had for over 100 years, as well as the representational qualities of new media in our modern age. Thru Jan. 31. Richard Diebenkorn The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966. Coined one of California’s finest 20th century artists, his work that explores the vivid and abstract landscapes of the Bay Area are guaranteed to be phenomenal. Thru Feb. 16. Ancient & Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Turning to the past to get inspiration for the future of their artistic heritage—that’s what artists Gunther Gerzo, Rufino Tamayo and Carlos Merida have done, merging the concepts of their lineage with a decidedly modern bend. Ongoing.

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101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs, 760.322.4800; www.psmuseum.org. PITZER ART GALLERIES. Glyphs: Acts of Inspiration. Ten international artists from the U.S., Europe and Africa demonstrate themes of identity, representation and visibility. Thru Dec. 5. Danielle Adair: On the Rocks in the Land. This documentary-performancevideo installation gives you insight of how a tourist experiences significant historical sites, including places like the US-Mexican Border and the Berlin Wall. Thru Dec. 6. 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, 909.621.8797; www.pitzer. edu/galleries. POMONA COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART. John Divola: As Far As I Could Get. As a professional photographer for over four decades, Divola has now incorporated painting and conceptual art with his photography, resulting in an exhibit that is one-ofa-kind. Thru Dec. 22. David Michalek: Figure Studies. Using high-speed HD video, David Michalek highlights the absolute beauty of the human form, by slowing five second clips of the human body in motion down to 10 minutes. Thru Dec. 22. Resonant Minds: Abstraction and Perception. Using a variety of works from the museum’s permanent collection, including lithography, paintings, woodcuts and more, this exhibit demonstrates how perception is key in art and abstraction. Thru Dec. 22. Krysten Cunningham: Ret, Scutch, Heckle. Playing off her acute awareness of the connection our bodies have with space and architecture, Cunningham uses a variety of materials to resonate with artistic, social and psychological relationships. Thru Dec. 22. 330 N College Ave., Claremont, 909.621.8283; www.pomona.edu/museum. RIVERSIDE ART MUSEUM. The Face of Hunger. This photography by Michael Nye documents the hunger epidemic that’s happening in America and how resilience helps conquer all. Thru Dec. 15. What’s “52” Got to Do With It? This is a personal story about the growth and fulfillment of Sue Mitchell’s life journey. She was born in ’52, has 52 favorite trees and just finished a 52 week art sabbatical. Thru Dec. 31. 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.684.7111; www. riversideartmuseum.org. RIVERSIDE CITY HALL. Please contact Buna Dorr for appointment. Mayor’s Ceremonial Room Exhibit. A bimonthly rotating art exhibit featuring twodimensional works by Riverside County artists. Call for schedule. 3900 Main St., Riverside, 951.680.1345; www. inlandarts.com. RIVERSIDE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM. John Muir and the Personal Experience of Nature. John Muir was a wilderness guy. Like a classic example of a frontiersman in America as expansionism had run its course, Muir grew to document and love the natural wildlife of various United States areas. The gallery focuses on special pieces from a traveling exhibit “Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy” from various renowned sources. Thru Jan.

19, 2014. Telling Riverside’s Story in 50 Objects. With Riverside’s extensive history there’s bound to be something unique to learn. For a single night, view 50 different objects that represent or document Riverside’s past, from mammoth molars to stage coach foot warmers. Thru January 4, 2015. Riverside Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside. Arts Walk. Held the 1st Thurs of every month. Tour the museum’s current exhibitions and view the performers. Each month is different. Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Riverside. Join the RMM for a docent-lead tour of historic downtown. Every Sat, 2pm. $5; children 12 and under, free. Call for reservations. 3580 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951.826.5273; www.riversideca.gov/ museum. SAM AND ALFREDA MALOOF FOUNDATION FOR ARTS AND CRAFTS. In Words and Wood. Curator Jason T. Butsch, Carnegie Museum of Art. This exhibition features the works of Bob Stocksdale and Ed Moulthrop. It’s a collection of woodturnings inspired by the curator and including the renown of gallery owner Sam Maloof, this grouping of amazing wooden pieces tells a story of the woodturning field. Every Thurs and Sat. 1, 2 and 3pm. Plein Air Painting in the Garden. Take a relaxing day off and watch talented artists set up shop in the Maloof Foundation garden where they will paint the gorgeous subject matter in its natural area. Every Thurs and Sat. 12pm-4pm. Maloof Foundation for the Arts and Crafts, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma, 909.980.0412; www. malooffoundation.org. SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MUSEUM, Portraits and Views. This exhibit will take you back to before smart phones allowed you to document every moment of you life instantaneously— back to the portraiture between 1897 and 1924. Crossroads Gallery, 2024 Orange Tree Ln., Redlands, 909.307.2669; www.sbcountymuseum. org. UCR/CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY. More American Photographs. The Great Depression was a trying time for Americans during the early years of the 20th century, and gazing at photographs in this collection that focus on the recovery from this time is reminiscent of the current economic situation Americans still face. Thru Jan. 11, 2014. 3824 Main St., Riverside, 951.784.3686; www.cmp. ucr.edu. WALLY PARKS NHRA MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM. Mooneyes. Car fans no doubt know about the history of classic cars and the people who engineered them. The NHRA is recognizing the great accomplishments and influence that Dean Moon has had on the automotive industry from his humble beginnings with dragsters to the use of his own shop to make the very first Shelby Cobra. A few of the famous Mooneye race cars will be available on display to showcase his ingenuity and unique insight to what a car should look like. Thru Jan.


Presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, the NHRA Museum celebrates the impact of motorsports on our culture. They collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret vehicles, autorelated stories and artifacts that represent our affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. Learn about hot rods, customs, racecars and speed records, as well as the West Coast’s role as the historic center for these cars’ past and present development. Prolong Twilight Cruise Night. Come and check out hundreds of classic hot rods, customs, and muscle cars as the Cruise Night brings out some of the finest street machinery in the area. In addition to these hot wheels, there’s a raffle, food (for purchase), museum exhibits and best of all, admission is free. Every First Wed, 4pm-8pm. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Fairplex Gate 1, Pomona, 909.622.2133; www.museum. nhra.com. THE WIRE. Check out the local art exhibit every Thurs from 7pm-9pm. 247 N. 2nd Ave., Upland; www.thewire247. com.

community announcements THE ATTACK. Following a traumatic suicide bombing, this Arab surgeon discovers a dark secret about his one any only—his wife. Fri, Nov. 2930. Culver Center, UCR ARTSBlock, 3824 Main St., Riverside, 951.827.4787; artsblock.ucr.edu. BIG BEAR TURKEY TROT. Get ahead of the game and burn some serious calories before you load up this Thanksgiving. The Big Bear Turkey Trot features three options of a three-mile, six-mile or nine-mile trot. Thurs, Nov. 29. Meadow Park, 41220 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake, 800.424.4232; www. bigbearturkeytrot.com. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS. There’s nothing like cuddling up with the family for a free movie screening. Every Thurs. Steelworker’s Auditorium, 8437 Sierra Ave., Fontana, 909.574.4500. HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE FOR CLIENTS OF AIDS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. Bring a new unwrapped gift at a value of $15 and that serves as admission to this event where beer, wine and holiday treats are provided. Unwrapped toys, pillows, blankets and more are suggested items for donation. Sun, Dec. 1. Trio Restaurant, 707 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, 760.325.8481. HOLIDAY UKULELE WORKSHOP. Learn five different holiday songs that you can share with your friends on the Ukulele. Sun, Dec. 1. Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave., Claremont, folkmusiccenter.com. HOUSE OF RUTH’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY STORE. Providing new toys and gifts to women and children affected by domestic violence, House of Ruth needs your donations of new unwrapped non-violent toys, cash, gift cards, etc. Thru Mon, Dec. 23. Donations can be delivered between 9a.m. to 5p.m. at House of Ruth Outreach Center, 599 N. Main

St., Pomona, 909.868.8021; www. houseofruthinc.org. NATURE WALKS. This quick 30 minute walk around the forest grounds led by a Discovery Center Naturalist will give you just enough time to really connect with nature. Every Sat & Sun Big Bear Discover Center, 40971 North Shore Dr., Big Bear Lake, 909.866.3437; www. sbnfa.org. NEIGHBORHOOD CAROLERS. Moreno Valley Mall is ringing in the season’s spirit with the Neighborhood Carolers. Get your shopping done early and enjoy the start of the holiday season. Thru Dec. 20. Moreno Valley Mall, 22500 Town Cir., Moreno Valley, 310.899.290. PALM SPRINGS OPEN AIR MARKET. The grand opening for this open air market will have vendors of all types for your shopping needs. Every Sat. thru April. The Spa Resort Casino, Downtown Palm Springs, 760.534.7968; www. palmspringsopenmarket.com. PROLONG TWILIGHT CRUISE, Whether you have a classic car, vintage car or a hot rod, you’re invited to take the Prolong Twilight Cruise with your family and friends. Be sure to bring along an unwrapped toy for less fortunate kids, as part of their annual Toy Drive. Wed, Dec. 4. NHRA Motorsports Museum, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Bldg. 3A, Pomona, 909.622.2133; museum.nhra. com. TIS THE SEASON AT VICTORIA GARDENS. Santa has arrived, as well as Dickens Carolers to make your Christmas shopping all the more festive. Thru Tues, Dec. 24. Victoria Gardens, 12505 N. Mainstreet, Rancho Cucamonga, www.victoriagardensie.com.

lectures & politics CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ACTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE (CCAEJ). There are people who want change, and then there are people who make change happen. Disgusted and frustrated that Riverside County officials continue to place warehouses, railyards and other diesel sources next to homes and schools, and allow new homes to be built next to the same type of facilities, CCAEJ took action by placing a billboard along Highway 60 at the entrance to Riverside County. Check out the CCAEJ Website and educate yourself about the health conditions in your area. PO BOX 33124, Jurupa Valley, 951.360.8451 or admin@ ccaej.org; www.ccaej.org. COMMISSION OF DISABILITIES. Every 2nd Mon Every group needs a committee; one that is dedicated to the well being of the group. In this case the Commission of Disabilities in Riverside is passionate in promoting awareness of both the group’s presence at Riverside City Hall as well as awareness of disabled people everywhere. The following quote, “The mission of the Commission of Disabilities is- to promote greater awareness of, respect for and total participation of individuals into all aspects of life” is the motto and goal of group’s support of disabled people in the Riverside community. It’s placement in the Riverside County City Council allows

them to keep a close eye on programs and policies in process especially concerning housing, employment and transportation. 6pm. Riverside City Hall, 5th Floor, 3900 Main St., Riverside, 951.826.5427; www.riversideca.gov/ cod. DEMOCRATIC LUNCHEON CLUB. Every Fri The Democratic Luncheon Club was formed in the ’30s and was reorganized as a chartered Democratic Club in 1993. Their popular, hour-long luncheons are a forum for progressive ideas and feature distinguished speakers such as U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. These members have fire in their bellies—in 2002 they got off their duffs and personally registered more than 240 Democrats. Politics and food go together so well. 12pm. Democratic Headquarters, 136 Carousel Mall (lower level, near the central glass elevator), San Bernardino, 909.882.5819 or mrkalvarez@aol.com; www.sbdems.com. DEMOCRATS OF GREATER RIVERSIDE. We didn’t believe it either—Riverside and Democrats? They always have something going on. Every 3rd Thurs General meeting, 7pm. Mexicali Grill, 1690 Spruce St., Riverside, 951.781.6682 or info@riversidedemocrats.org; www. riversidedemocrats.org. FOOD NOT BOMBS. Meets weekly at various locations. Protesting militarism and poverty by serving free vegetarian food to people in need, and in support of ongoing political organizing efforts. FNB believes that by giving away free food to people in need in public spaces, they directly dramatize the level of hunger in this country and the surplus of food being wasted. They also call attention to the failure of society to support those within it—choosing instead to fund the forces of war and violence. They are committed to the use of nonviolent direct action to change society. Thousands of meals are served each week by FNB groups in North America and Europe. Info: foodnotbombs909@yahoo.com; www. foodnotbombs.net. FRIDAY MORNING CLUB. Every Fri Come and listen to speakers, discuss Riverside Council Agenda items and other areas of concern to the city’s residents. Free and open to the public, with free parking, too. 10am. Janet

Goeske Senior/Disabled Center, 5257 Sierra St., Riverside, 951.351.8800; fridaymorningclub@yahoo.com; www. janetgoeskecenter.com. INLAND COUNTIES STONEWALL DEMOCRATS. Chartered Democratic club working within the Democratic Party to represent the LGBT—Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender— members of the community and their friends and supporters. They are proud members of the National Stonewall Democrats, who have the motto, “Pride in Our County; Pride in Our Party; Pride in Our Families.” PO BOX 9642, Redlands, 909.556.6818. INLAND EMPIRE DEBATING SOCIETY. “Debate is the heart of liberty.” So reads the I.E. Debating Society’s website. This nonprofit, non-partisan organization was developed in order to provide the citizens of the IE with accurate, thoroughly researched debates on all issues of the day, in order to stimulate more voter participation and—imagine this!—a more enlightened electorate. Members represent all sectors of life, including high school and college students, teachers, professors, lawyers, business folk, parents and retirees. Info: 909.887.4894, 909.825.7800; www. inlanddebates.com. INLAND EMPIRE FREETHINKERS. Every 1st Wed Come join Atheists United and the Center for Inquiry-West for some refreshing discussions. 7pm-9pm. Unitarian Church, 3657 Lemon St., Riverside; www.cfiwest.org/groups/inland.htm. INLAND EMPIRE LATINO LAWYERS ASSOCIATION. Legal clinic hours: Wed, 1pm-3:30pm. Clients also seen at—Lawrence Hutton Center, 660 Colton Ave., Colton, Mon, 1pm-3pm; DeAnza Community Center, 1405 S. Fern Ave., Ontario. 2nd Thurs of every month Needy folks can get counsel/ advice on family law, landlord/ tenant disputes, civil disputes (such as car accidents) and collections. These volunteer attorneys are like argument angels. For more than 20 years, IELLA’s mission, with the help of the United Way, has been to provide free legal services for the poor and underprivileged because too many people could not afford to hire an attorney, were not able to speak English, or could not read or

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Aries (March 20-April 19) The Sun’s recent ingress into Sagittarius will help you get your mind off of joint financial issues, emotional matters and power struggles and remind you that there is a world outside of all of that. This is likely to feel like moving to a higher elevation and seeing the whole landscape rather than the little cave you were hanging out in. Yet the landscape you will be looking at will give you a perspective that extends forward in time, so that you can see potential expressions of yourself in the future. The catch is that doing this very thing may make you long for the familiarity of your present time, location and emotional state. Plenty more would get done in the world if our greatest visions didn’t get mired in our unresolved insecurities. Taurus (April 19-May 20) Try not to be frustrated by what seem to be insurmountable obstacles. Your chart suggests that speaking honestly, listening with an open mind and moreover feeling where people you care about are coming from will melt those blocks or loft you over them. Many elements of human nature get in the way, the main one being a stubborn lack of flexibility that no longer serves you or your relationships. What you are really doing as you patiently move to a new place of sincere, actual communication with the people closest to you is to open up another realm of sharing with them. There is potential that you may have only considered and deemed impossible or too scary; in truth it is neither. Gemini (May 20-June 21) You know you’ve reached a limit on certain tendencies you have, especially needlessly clashing with authority. You can think of this as a distorted way of asserting your independence, when really all it does is compromise you and keep you boxed into the same set of feelings, ideas and practical limits that stunted your growth before. There’s a close relationship between this and any health-related issues you’ve been facing, which are likely to have a stress-related emotional component. You need to act, and to sustain that action, which also means understanding your relationship to the past. In short, you must replace the parent-child relationship with adult-adult relationships. That will take time, but it’s not impossible, and you can start now. Cancer (June 21-July 22) You may be looking right at who you want to connect with the most, yet not recognize them for who they are. People who have a more conservative appearance can be more adventurous, rebellious or even radical than you think, so this is an opportunity to pay attention and go beneath the surface. Who you are comes through to others more than you may imagine, even if you think you’re being inscrutable. If any contact with a new friend or erotic prospect goes in the direction of intellect—that is, talking and ideas, rather than in the direction of animal magnetism, I would count that as a good thing. The situation is not lacking for sexual energy, though what it does have going for it is a tendency to gravitate in the direction of meaning. Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) This month, you may feel like you have extra rooms added onto your house, ideas that have wings and an overall brighter outlook. The emotional bog that came along with the recent run of the Sun in Scorpio will begin to dry up and feel like something more workable, feeding your energy rather than draining it. You may still feel like there’s an aspect of yourself that is inside a glass box, and can only see the sky rather than actually fly up there. Rather than expanding outward, this is an invitation to expand inward. Think of it as a safe container rather than as something that is holding you in. If you encounter a limit, consider it a resource rather than something you have to resist. The first time this maneuver bears some excellent fruit, you will trust it more the next time. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) Hot, fiery Mars is continuing to make its way across your sign, though you seem to be getting a handle on how to work with this quality of energy. You’ve seen some of what happens when you lose your grip on your power tools. The first thing to do is remember that they are just that, and require that you handle them with skill, care and respect. For the next couple of weeks, you must be unusually self-regulated while not suppressing, or being afraid of, your own power. Work with a plan and a backup plan, follow basic safety and security protocols, and as Paul McCartney said, when you’ve got a job to do, you’ve got to do it well. Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) In order for your worst fears not to run away with you, you must question them every time you feel them. Consider how little of what you think will go horribly

wrong actually does. Very few houses burn down; cats rarely get caught in the garage; kids tend not to fall down the stairs and break their heads. Given all of this, most people respond by being reckless. So while you’re busy not believing that the worst will always happen, it’s essential that you not react in the other direction and assume that nothing could ever possibly go wrong. The wide, pragmatic middle ground is to focus your senses, use your awareness and use what you know. If you have a concern, use logic to assess its validity. If you have a problem, use logic to solve it. Remember that you do exist and that people care about you. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Your solar chart describes you working out a deep issue associated with maturity. It is not enough to act mature, or to convince others that you are. Rather, what is essential is that you make contact with the place in yourself where you have an authentic inner dialog. You are susceptible right now to being influenced by what others think, or what you fear their opinions might be, and this could easily go out of control, manifesting as a storm of selfcriticism. Other factors suggest that you may be feeling insecure, which is why I am suggesting you remain vigilant and thoughtful and don’t associate with negative people. Keep your communications meaningful, and over the next few days try to spend time only with people who are intelligent and emotionally grounded. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) Be not deceived by the unreal. Embrace what is true. It may take you a few days to figure out one from the other, so slow down and observe, listen and consider what you learn. Over the next week, the influences in your chart shift from idealism and denial to awakening. If you make the effort to be objective now, your awakening will be one of resplendent clarity rather than a shock. Therefore, make an effort to consider several sides of every equation, and most significantly, to stick to your most important goals rather than allowing yourself to be distracted by entertainment or diversion. If you’re getting mired in trivia, set it aside and go back to your top priorities. Keep at this for a while and you will be unstoppable. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) There seem to be two relationship situations or intimate encounters developing simultaneously. One has the sensation of you seeking someone who you admire but who is, at the moment, aloof and inaccessible. At the same time, someone is making an approach to you, though you may not feel like they’re up to your level. Relationships need to be about more than dreams and wishes. But you do have your standards—which I suggest you set aside until you really get to know whoever may be taking an active interest in you. Also, make sure you set a high priority on taking care of children and teenagers in your environment. Take a gentle approach, listen carefully and help when you can. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) There is a bit of information you need that will help you with your abundant responsibilities, and it’s coming straight to you. The problem is, you might decide it’s not important enough to act on or even to acknowledge. You may also believe you can get better news from someone else, and set out to shop for something you prefer. The news you want is what is accurate, so that you can address whatever circumstance you’re dealing with. I suggest you not allow yourself to be biased by fear or any form of negative expectation. Be bold and devote yourself to getting all of the facts; don’t stop until you’re satisfied that you actually understand the full scenario. Once you do that, you will discover another dimension to the situation that provides you with a whole set of alternatives you would not have found otherwise. Pay attention to the specifics. The details matter, a lot. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Push yourself, but do so gently. You’ve reached that time in the year when you feel the imperative to get things done, and the only thing that makes this year different is that you’re starting to grasp that you actually can achieve what you set out to do. You’ve been facing challenges the past few weeks that have only increased your desire to rise to the occasion, and have given you both determination and courage. Yet I suggest you disengage any emotions that may be driving you, and rather than push yourself, merely guide yourself in the direction you want to go, using your existing momentum and only adding minimal new energy. You may believe you would be setting aside your ambition and thus your dedication to your goals, though your astrology suggests that the opposite is true. You’re heading in the right direction, and have taken many of the right steps. What you will avoid is blowing yourself off course, or wasting energy sailing against the tide.

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write. Help them help you by calling or going to the website to schedule an appointment and to see what you need to bring with you for your meeting. 1pm-3:30pm. Administrative Office, Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2060 University Ave. #113, Riverside, 951.369.3009 or iellaaid@aol. com; www.iellaaid.org. INLAND EMPIRE MINORITY-LED RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT COALITION. Every 2nd Fri This coalition includes nonprofits, political and governmental agencies, business owners and individuals, who are all aiming to impart change in their communities. The coalition hosts monthly meetings and is open to any entity seeking to join, without a membership fee. Bring your fliers and information to share. 10:30am. Meetings at the New Hope Family Life Center, 1505 West Highland Ave, San Bernardino 92411. JEFFERY OWENS COMMUNITY CENTER. The mission of the JOCC is to “provide education, support and advocacy regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.” The center offers a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the Riverside and San Bernardino areas. 5198 Arlington Avenue #922, Riverside; www.jocc.org.

leisure ACTION ZIPLINE TOURS. Talk about building up your “wheeee!” factor: Touting themselves as the “first legal, permitted zipline tour company in Southern California,” Action sports nine ziplines, ranging from 120- to 820-feet long, a suspension bridge (with views of the Johnson Valley) and expertly guided tours. Whether you’re aiming for a nice, pleasant ride on a wire in the sky or the thrill-seeking, well, action that an open-air zipline can provide, Action’s likely got you covered—that is, if you’re at least 8 years of age and weigh at least 75 pounds. (And yes, they’ve got braking systems, just in case you need to hit pause for a moment.) Four tours daily. Action Zipline Tours, 41647 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear, 909.866.0390; www. actionziplinetours.com. BEAUTY BUBBLE SALON & MUSEUM. Location is a private home so please call for an appointment and directions. Jeff Hafler, an L.A. hairdresser who gave up on Hollyweird, owns the homestead house/salon and operates an awe-inspiring hair museum with treasures like a ‘70s mod Ken doll and an 1880s kerosene-heated curling iron. Get yourself a celebrity-worthy haircut in the desert or pay your $5 and check out some funky old-school beauty equipment. 5444 Moon Way, Wonder Valley, 760.835.9369; www.facebook. com/BeautyBubbleSalonAndMuseum. BELLA VISTA WINERY. This winery claims

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it was the first Temecula vineyard (around since 1968). Now for a little history lesson, courtesy of the Bella Vista Website: The Temecula wine region began developing in the mid-‘60s when the Kaiser Land Development Company purchased what was known as Vail Ranch in 1964, and began investing in and marketing the Temecula Valley. Horticulturalists were brought in to evaluate the area, and, along with avocados, the experts determined that wine vineyards were well suited for the valley. The cool moist air from the coast would settle in the Temecula Appellation in the evening and would burn off the following morning, perfect for grape growing. First planted in 1968, five acres of the original Bella Vista acres are still producing adjacent to the winery, which was built in 1978. Unlike gym socks, when it comes to wine, older can be so much better. 41220 Calle Contento, Temecula, 951.676.5250; http://bellavistawinery.com. BIG BEAR ALPINE ZOO. The Moonridge Animal Park arose from the ashes of forest fires in 1959 that devastated the natural ecosystem of the San Bernardino Mountains. Several injured animals were brought to safety for rehabilitation and a second chance at life in the wild. But for some, returning to the forest was not an option due to human imprinting or injuries that would compromise their survival. Enter the humane and dedicated folks at Moonridge, who created an Alpine zoo, where all the animals are native to our local mountains. Learn more about our furry, feathered and scaly friends through daily feeding tours, in the education center, or in the library. Say hi to the Grizzly! 43285 Goldmine Dr., Big Bear Lake, 909.878.4200; www. moonridgezoo.org. BIG BEAR DISCOVERY CENTER. Here it is: Your gateway to education and adventure in the San Bernardino Mountains. The center is an educational and informational portal set on helping you become a more responsible friend to the forest. You can pick up an adventure pass that gives you access to the local hiking and off-road trails, hiking and biking maps, camping info, or take a naturalistled interpretive program (wild flower tour, canoe tour, off-road tour, any sort of mountainous tour your heart desires!) or take in a concert under the stars. 40971 North Shore Dr., on Hwy. 38 one mile west of Stanfield Cutoff, Big Bear Lake, 909.866.3437; www. bigbeardiscoverycenter.com. CALICO EARLY MAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE. Tours ThursSun, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm; Wed, 1:30pm & 3:30pm. Nearly 12,000 stone tools—used for scraping, cutting, and gouging—have been excavated here. The apparent age of some of


these items (said to be as ancient as 200,000 years old) contradicts the dominant archaeological theory that humans populated North America only 13,000 years ago. Located 15 miles east of Barstow off I-15 in Yermo. From the Minneola Rd. exit, follow the signs north about two miles on graded dirt roads to the site. CALICO GHOST TOWN. Established in 1881, this ghost town is now California State Historic Landmark 782. It’s an authentic silver mining town that lives on as one of the few original mining camps of the Old West. Gunfight stunt shows have become a part of Calico’s everyday life, but the less adventuresome can pan for real gold, watch water roll uphill in Calico’s Mystery Shack or take a trip down into an actual mine where the air is thin, ceilings are low and evidence of laborintensive rock chipping is everywhere. Located 10 miles north of Barstow off I-15. Exit Ghost Town Rd., 760.254.2122. CANYON CREST WINERY. This will be your new go-to place for a wide selection of wines and a few fun events to boot. Temecula may be the IE center of our “Wine Country” but heck, Riverside is much closer to home for many and you don’t sacrifice quality by staying local. Canyon Crest Towne Centre, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, #7A, Riverside, 951.369.9463; www.canyoncrestwinery.com. CHERRY HILLS CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET. Year-round. Eat better and support your local farmers. Fri, 8am-1pm; Sun, 9am-1pm. 26834 Cherry Hills Blvd., Menifee; www. cafarmersmarkets.com. CHURON WINERY. This French-style chateau also offers the Inn at Churon Winery, a bed and breakfast perched on a hillside overlooking the vineyards. It’s the perfect solution if you plan on swallowing more than spitting. 33233 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, 951.694.9070; www. churonwinery.com. CLAREMONT FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET. Every Sun, 8am-1pm. Catch a lively walk through the Claremont Village each week surrounded by fresh vegetables, unique crafts and other greatness. Indian Hill and 2nd St., Claremont. DANZA DEL SOL WINERY. Previously owned by Bill Filsinger’s who was the first Southern California winery to grow and produce Gewurztraminer, a fantastic wine on the sweet side, in 2010 it was taken over by Robert Olson. Now the Winery is focused on wines with Mediterranean influence. 39050 De Portola Rd., Temecula, 951.302.6363; www. danzadelsolwinery.com. DESERT ART STUDIO. Open by appointment. Muralist and painter Chuck Caplinger’s “Oasis of Murals” is a studio and gallery exhibiting his semipsychedelic portraits, paintings and murals of the Southwest, located in his giant dome home near the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. He has a cool past. He started off as an illustrator for NASA in Houston, then moved to LA where he worked with Lonestar

Pictures and painted celebrity portraits. The award-winning Texas-born artist’s paintings hang in numerous galleries and museums, and his murals color much of California—see his site for desert art near you. Twentynine Palms, 760.361.2305; www.desertartstudio. com. DRIVETECH RACING SCHOOL. Call for schedule of classes and prices. Learn how to drive a high-powered NASCAR racecar in a controlled but demanding environment. The people of Drivetech want you to know this: More track time, more laps, more speed, more freedom on the track, passing encouraged, side-by-side driving, coaching by radio, warm up laps, and in-car video. But all you’ve gotta know from us is: “Days of Thunder.” California Speedway, 14611 Rancho Vista Dr., Fontana, 888.495.7223; www.drivetech.com. FALKNER WINERY. This award-winning winery believes “wine is truly the ‘spirit of the gods’ that embraces the essence of life itself and helps all of us not take things too seriously.” They also offer 10 different wines, group wine classes, a wine club, and wedding packages. Tasting room open 10am-5pm. Restaurant open 11:30am-3:30pm. 40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, 951.676.8231; www.falknerwinery.com. FENDER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. For those with kids who are about to rock, we salute you. And we present you with this incredibly awesome experience—professional caliber performing arts education and instruction to children, ages 7-17, through the Kids Rock Free Educational Program. This program provides free and low cost musical instruction education including piano, guitar, bass guitar, vocal performance, drums and combo band. Intrigued? Bring your school or group for a tour, including an inter-active demonstration, access to the exhibits and the visual arts gallery, and an optional scavenger hunt. 365 N. Main St., Corona, 951.735.2440; www.fendercenter.com. FLYING BEAR ZIP LINES. “I believe I can fly,” once sangeth R. Kelly, but never did he sing about zip linin’ his friendly face across gorgeous canyon scenery and through the tops of trees in Big Bear. And that’s where Flying Bear kicks in, offering five zip lines and an aerial platform that’s perched almost a hundred feet high. Two tours are offered, the “Black Bear” which takes about an hour-and-a-half and puts your ass flying down three different zip lines. And then there’s “The Grizzly” that’ll suspend your noggin’ across a canyon down five lines in around three hours’ time. The tours are guided by trained pros and offer some amazing views, but they’re not for everyone, as you must be at least 75 pounds, but no more than 250. Also, pregnant people and those with medical conditions are asked to consult with a medical provider before embarking on such an adventure. Open year round, everyday. Prices start around $65. At the top of Mill Creek Rd., Big Bear Lake, 909.866.3260; www.flyingbearziplines.

com. GALLEANO WINERY. Galleano winemaking spans five generations, remaining family-owned, and claims to be California’s largest producer of Cucamonga Valley wines. CantuGalleano Ranch complex is listed on the California and National Register of Historic Places. 4231 Wineville Rd., Mira Loma, 951.685.5376; www. galleanowinery.com. GLEN EDEN SUN CLUB. See website for prices. Glen Eden is known as Southern California’s premier nudist resort and RV park. Interested clothes-free parties might be happy to know that first-time visitors get in free (see their website for the coupon). Entertainment, dining and sports are all part of the offerings, including tennis, volleyball and swimming. 25999 Glen Eden Rd., Corona, 951.277.4650; www.gleneden. com. THE GLEN IVY CENTER. Seeking some alone time away from the every day buzz of standard city living? Here’s a retreat that’s offering a relaxed and spacious experience on sacred land with creeks, walking paths and organic orchards. Get away from the distractions! 25005 Glen Ivy Rd., Corona, 951.277.8701; www.glenivy. org. GRABER OLIVES. Tours available throughout the year. In the fall, visitors may view the many activities that center around the long and careful tradition of grading, curing and canning Graber olives. Can you think of a more romantic date? 315 E. 4th St., Ontario, 800.996.5483; www. graberolives.com. HADLEY FRUIT ORCHARDS. Open since 1931, Hadley’s offers dried fruits, nuts, and dates—they are famous for their rich and delicious date shakes. What I find most intriguing, however, is that they claim to be the originators of trail mix. Whoudathunk?! 48980 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, 800.854.5655; www. hadleyfruitorchards.com. HANGAR 18. So, you’re all about hangin’ tuff. Well, then, maybe you’re ready to pit yourself against the 10,000+ square feet of climbing at SoCal’s tallest climbing gym. Whether you’re a serious climber or just curious about trying it out for the first time, this gym is ideal for climbers of any age and ability level. Newly renovated with a massive party deck, additional bouldering space, gymnastic flooring, and two new killer crack climbs, Hangar 18 is the perfect location for birthday parties, school or church groups, scout troops, climbing camps, teambuilding events, or family outings. They also offer Kung Fu and Hatha Yoga classes for those whose life involves being a little more “grounded.” 256 E. Stowell St. #A, Upland, 909.931.5991; 6935 Arlington Ave., Riverside, 951.359.5040; www. climbhangar18.com. HIGH ADVENTURE. Open daily, yearround, weather permitting. Call for prices and to schedule classes. The Website says, “Often the question comes up... What is the difference between ‘hang gliding’ and

‘paragliding’?” High Adventure—a business run by husband-and-wife team Rob and Dianne McKenzie— offers USHPA certified, personalized instruction and service in both sports, out of Andy Jackson Airport. Go for both the tandem and the solo lessons for the complete experience. Best of all, they’ve won lots of safety awards. 4231 Sepulveda Ave., San Bernardino, 909.379.9095; www.flytandem.com. HIGH DESERT FARMERS MARKET. There’s not only a bounty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers, but also fun items like doggie treats, raw honey, kettle corn, stuffed olives, and so much more. Parking is free. 18422 Bear Valley Rd., Victorville, 760.247.3769; www. highdesertfarmersmarket.com. HIGH DESERT TEST SITES. See the website for more info and a timeline of exhibits. The High Desert Test Sites are a series of experimental art sites located along a stretch of desert communities including Pioneertown, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, 29 Palms and Wonder Valley. These sites provide alternative space for experimental works by both emerging and established artists. Most projects are meant to belong to no one and are intended to melt back into the landscape as new ones emerge, basically giving each piece its own chance to sink or swim. The goal is also to create an artistic community on a zero budget. Go to the Website to learn more about the group’s mission. It’s like Burning Man without the fire or repressed Silicon Valley thirtysomethings. From L.A., take the 10 east; exit on Hwy 62 (29 Palms Hwy) and head east toward 29 Palms; the sites are located between Yucca Valley and Wonder Valley. Info: www. highdeserttestsites.com. INLAND PARAFLITE INC. Call for packages and prices. California’s only year-round, full-time poweredparachute training center. There is so much to choose from—intro flights; the First Flight course where you go solo in the Powerchute Pegasus; and the full UFI course, which brings you to the level required to be endorsed to fly a PPC solo and puts you on a straight and level course to attain your own UFI rating. It sounds foreign to us, but it’s probably the coolest thing in the world to those who speak the language.

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calendar Located in Apple Valley. Info: 760.242.3359; www.paraplane.com. INTEGRATRON. Curious? Well, the Integratron is “an acoustically perfect tabernacle and energy machine sited on a powerful geomagnetic vortex in the magical Mojave Desert.” Yeah. Basically, in the ’50s, George Van Tessel got abducted by aliens and then returned in order to build this dome based on the design of Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials. Yeah. It was originally meant to be a rejuvenation and time machine, but today it is the only allwood, acoustically perfect sound chamber in the U.S. Check out the Website—tons of activities happen out there, such as concerts, sky watchers, spiritual meetings, school trips and so much more. But you definitely can’t miss the Sound Bath—a 30-minute sonic healing session. Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins gives it two thumbs up. Yeah. 2477 Belfield Blvd., Landers, 760.364.3126; www. integratron.com. JIM WALLACE SKYDIVING SCHOOL. Who in their right mind would want to jump from a perfectly good airplane at 13,000 feet? Chuck Norris, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, and a whole lotta other people with a lot less money, that’s who. Gail Sims and Jim Wallace know what they’re doing—they do movie stunts, hold world records, and help pansies like us to fall through the air with confidence and ease. 2091 Goetz Rd., Perris, 800.795.3483; www. jimwallaceskydiving.com. JOSEPH FILIPPI WINERY & VINEYARDS. You must go to the Website and read the history of this place—it’s worthy of a Brian Grazer film, starring Tom Hanks. They also allow you to select custom labels when you purchase wine, and make a point of offering non-alcoholic beverages to your designated driver. Oh, and their yummy wine wins heaps of awards. 12467 Baseline Rd., Rancho Cucamonga, 909.899.5755; www. josephfilippiwinery.com. JURUPA MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTER. A nonprofit Family-Oriented Learning Facility (or FOLF), featuring fun programs in archaeology, geology, paleontology and earth sciences. Their goal is to teach awareness and respect for the earth and its inhabitants through hands-on educational programs. They offer field trips, specialty classes, nature school classes and the Earth Science Museum, as well as the largest dinosaur egg collection in North America. 7621 Granite Hill Dr., Riverside, 951.685.5818; www.jmcc.us K1 SPEED ONTARIO. Who doesn’t love to drive their hearts out? Well, you can’t take tight turns and mash the throttle with glee when travelling on public roads (at least, we don’t advise

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you do that), but you can surely let ‘em rip once you’re behind the wheel at this top-notch indoor karting track. These high-performance electric karts run on two race tracks (which can be combined for special functions), featuring a high-grip asphalt surface, plus there’s enough space for birthday parties and meetings. Hook up with the Arrive and Drive package that allows folks to compete in a 14-lap race against friends or competitors for the fastest lap time. There’s even an adult racing league, just in case you’re looking to get serious about karting your non-minor heart out. Best of all, you won’t be seeing any flashing lights in your rear view mirror after flooring it. 5350 E. Ontario Mills Pkwy., Ontario, 909.980.0286; www.k1speed.com. THE KIMBERLY CREST HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR. Be sure to strap on your walking shoes if you opt for the daytime docent-led tour of the Kimberly Crest House, Carriage House exhibit and Gift Shop (surprise), along with a guided tour through the gardens and grounds. There is a lot to be said for the rejuvenating nature of a little beauty. And nature. Enjoy the terraced Italian gardens, orange groves, Koi ponds and the picturesque chateau with a French revival parlor complete with gilt furniture and silk damask wall coverings. The tour is approximately two hours. Visitors should expect to be on their feet for an extended period of time and have to navigate stairs as well as sloped lawns. Closed in Aug. Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Dr., Redlands, 909.792.2111; www.kimberlycrest.org. LEMON CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. This 10,000 square foot museum celebrates Corona’s past history as the “Lemon Capital of the World” during the 193040s. It sits at the center of the former Corona Lemon Company, which, at 2,000 acres, was believed to have been the largest single lemon ranch in California. The park now utilizes 11 historic buildings, houses and packing sheds as a sort of artist’s colony. Artistsin-residence include sculptors, painters, muralists, life-drawers, glass blowers, weavers and woodworkers. You can watch them work or take classes yourself. An operating beneficial bug farm is also on site as well as a quaint farmer’s market. Before you leave, make sure to stop by the small gift shop featuring “everything lemon.” Corona Heritage Park & Museum, 510 W. Foothill Pkwy., Corona, 951.898.0687; www.coronaheritage.org. LEONESSE CELLARS. The word Leonesse, meaning “village of dreams,” is the inspiration behind this winery’s quest to create world-class wines from the Temecula Valley (not to be confused with Field of Dreams, which is about world-class baseball players). They have won numerous awards, including one for “White Merlot,” which I have never heard of. Have yourself a taste


when you pop in for a tour of the enchanting grounds or to take in one of their popular concerts. 38311 De Portola Rd., Temecula, 951.302.7601; www.leonessecellars.com. MAURICE CAR’RIE WINERY. This winery, centered around a large Victorianstyle farmhouse nestled amidst rolling hills, was founded by Budd and Maurice C. Van Roekel in 1986. Today the winery is run by new owners Buddy and Cheri Linn. (Apparently you have to be named Bud to own this place.) The winery offers a pineapple-flavored champagne and a popular pinot noir, amongst other award-winning wines products. They also have a famous baked brie served in sourdough bread. 34225 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, 951.676.1711; www. mauricecarriewinery.com. MOTOCROSS VACATION. SoCal is the Mecca of the motocross industry. If your bag is heart-pumping adrenaline rides organized on your choice of five of the world’s top tracks, then check out one of MXV’s full service vacations. All packages include everything you need to enjoy the thrill of motocross: bikes, fuel, entry fees, pit set-up with support from friendly and knowledgeable staff, food, drinks, transportation, tours, training and more. And best of all, at the end of the day, they load up, clean, and prep the bikes for the next day of incredible riding. 31221 Saddleback Ln., Menifee, 909.772.8082; www.motocrossvacation. com. ORANGE EMPIRE RAILWAY MUSEUM. Wanna see big machinery? How’s about checking out a museum with a massive collection of railcars and locomotives? If this doesn’t tickle your high torque transportation fancy, then how’s about the fact that you, yes you, can actually get behind the wheel (well, there ain’t a wheel when we’re talking rails here, I suppose) of a locomotive and rent one for an hour! Access to the museum grounds is free, riding the trains costs $12 for adults and $8 children 5-11. Free for children under 5. Actually being able to operate a locomotive: $190 an hour. All aboard! 2201 S. A St., Perris, 951.657.2605 or 951.943.3020; www.oerm.org. PERRIS VALLEY SKYDIVING. Perris Valley Skydiving, the largest skydiving center in North America, offers so many ways for you to fall out of the sky, I can’t even begin to tell you. Spectators are welcome to recline on the grassy lawn and watch the parachutes play against the blue sky. But everyone can enjoy the 3,600 sq. ft. Bombshelter Bar and Grill, which contains a comprehensive collection of skydiving memorabilia, as well as num-nums. 2091 Goetz Rd., Perris, 800.832.8818; www.skydiveperris.com. PIONEERTOWN. Pioneertown was built in 1946 as a movie set for western movies. Productions shot at the site included Range Rider, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill Jr., The Gene Autry Show and Cisco Kid. Check out Pappy & Harriet’s (for drinkin’ ‘n’ rockin’), Pioneer Bowl (bowlin’ ‘n’ eatin’), Pioneertown Motel (sleep where the

stars slept), Historic Hayden Ranch (to really feel like a movie cowboy), and Rimrock Ranch Cabins (“The High Desert Getaway for Stressed-out City Dwellers”). If you’re there in the summer, weekends offer an Old West re-enactment. We have the feeling someone will be pushing up daisies. And since you’re there, be sure to stop into Pappy & Harriet’s for beers and blues, rock, alt-country and more. 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown; www.pioneertown.com. website doesn’t work PONTE WINERY. The Ponte family purchased this lush property over 20 years ago, but at first they sold their grapes to other wineries. They now proudly offer a full array of wines under their own label. Their new winemaker, Robert Cartwright, is a hands-on kind of guy available to answer your wine questions in the tasting room every Fri, 3pm-4pm. Cartwright’s education includes chemistry, environmental science and enology (the study of wine and the making of wine). Who knew there was so much science behind it? 35053 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, 951.694.8855; www. pontewinery.com. RANCHO SANTA ANA BOTANICAL GARDENS. California’s got an immensely diverse cross section of vegetation and plant life, and perhaps nowhere is that collection better represented than at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden. Situated near the heart of the Claremont Village and the prestigious colleges, this garden sports over 80 acres, featuring an incredible array of flowers, trees and brush, all with the backdrop of a majestic mountain range. Take a brisk walk and get your cardiovascular workout going, or just make it a slow stroll through the pathways that wind their way through the grounds. Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation to help keep the non-profit park in top form. 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, 909.625.8767; www.rsabg.org. REDLANDS MARKET NIGHT. Established in 1988, this certified farmers market is one of the most successful in Southern California. An atmosphere of lighted trees, brick sidewalks and historic buildings holds over 150 food and merchandise booths as well as downtown shopkeepers who stay open late. There are clowns, magicians, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painters and live music in every genre. Smoking and animals are not permitted, and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult after 8pm. Thurs, 6-9pm. Downtown Redlands, 909.798.7548; www. redlandsmarketnight.com. RILEY’S FARM. This farm has apples, raspberries, pears and sunflowers, amongst other crops. But that’s only the beginning. Why not check out the Colonial Farm Life Adventure, the Revolutionary War Adventure, or the Old Joe Homestead Tour. Or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, the Revolutionary War Overnight Adventure, dinner programs, and you-

pick fruit. Go online to find out what it’s all about. 12261 S. Oak Glen Rd., Oak Glen, 909.797.7534; www.rileysfarm. com. RIVERSIDE CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET. Bring lots of small bills and change. Good people would also bring their own bags. Year-round. Fri, 8:30am-12pm. 5261 Arlington Ave., Riverside; www. cafarmersmarkets.com. ROBERT RENZONI VINEYARDS AND WINERY. Nestled in a dozen acres in the southern portion of the Temecula Wine Country, this winery is the newest entry in the local batch of great grapes. However the owners aren’t new to the winemaking tradition, which has been part of the family for over a century. This father and son operation features a 4,000 square foot tasting room and production facility, and though they’ve just barely got their winery started, they’re already a featured wine in several restaurants. 37350 De Portola Rd., Temecula, 951.302.8466; www. robertrenzonivineyards.com. SAN BERNARDINO CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET. Tues, 5:30pm-9:30pm. Yearround. Ferris Hill Park, E. Highland Ave. at Valencia Ave., San Bernardino; www.cafarmersmarkets.com. SOUTH COAST WINERY RESORT AND SPA. Get away for a while and enjoy the holistic peace of this resort which features a winery, spa and restaurant. This relaxing location will bring down anyone’s stress level to a healthy low! 34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula. 951.587.9463; www. wineresort.com. STARDUST SKATING CENTER. Intro to Derby Skating with the Inland Empire Derby Divas happens every Sun, 10:30am. $5 admission. $2 skate rental. 2167 N. Lugo Ave., San Bernardino, 909.883.1103; www.myspace.com/ stardustskatingcenter. STATE STREET WINERY. This winery is one of the newest kids on the State Street block, but its offerings of Cran Chi Chi (fresh cranberry-infused Chainto) and Chilean Cabernet (dark and peppery notes) lend a refreshing departure to Downtown Redlands’ usual wine-anddine scene. Very “special” grape juice is the order of the day, and proprietor Janet Harter is there to make sure your tasting experience goes down smooth and refreshing. 404 E. State

St., Redlands, 909.798.4300; www. statestreetwineryredlands.com. SURFER DAVE’S HAUNTED THEATER. A walking tour through the historic Granada Theater in Ontario takes you back in time into the 1920s. Check out locations not generally open to the public and hear about all the famous folks that’ve made the place so special. Surfer Dave’s your host, telling you all about mystery and suspense that surrounds the location and there’s even talk of meeting “visitors from the other side.” Admission: $15. Call ahead for reservations. 303 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario, 909.292.8415; www. granadaghosttours.wordpress.com. TEMECULA OLD TOWN CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET. Sat, 8am-12pm. Yearround. 6th St. at Old Town Front St., Temecula;www.cafarmersmarkets. com. TEMECULA PROMENADE CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET. Wed, 9am-1pm. Yearround. Winchester Rd. at Ynez Rd., Temecula; www.cafamersmarkets. com. THORNTON WINERY. Opened in 1988, Thornton winery combines old world style with new world taste. Check out their multiple-award-winning restaurant, Café Champagne, the Champagne Jazz Series on the Mediterranean fountain terrace and their winery tours. Oh, and try their specialty—the sparkling wine champagne made with the Methode Champenoise. 32575 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, 951.699.0099; www.thorntonwine.com. THRESH|HOLD. Are you adventurous and want physical stimulation but hate the staleness of standard gyms? Head down to Riverside for a unique rock climbing experience that will get your heart pumpin’ and your muscles sore. Known as bouldering, this workout focuses on the strength of your body through bursts of energetic movements. And the routes, known as problems, require ingenuity and curiousness to explore the limits of your own body. (Don’t worry, there’s a crash pad and trained spotters to help you, might you slip a little.) They also offer yoga classes as well as themed events. Check out the calendar on their website. 2111 Iowa Ave. Unit A, Riverside, 951.742.8479; www.climbth.

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calendar com. TOM’S FARMS. With several restaurants on site (including a burger stand, Señor Tom’s Mexican food, a cheese and wine deli and their own pizzeria), a Sweet Shoppe, home furnishings and gifts, rides on an 19th --century, steampropelled train and the carousel, plus live music every weekend, this farm is a lot more than just dried fruit and nuts. Speaking of nuts, check out Anthony the Magic every Sat, 12pm & 2pm, for a half-hour show of doves, straightjackets, audience participation and large illusions with a lovely assistant. 23900 Temescal Canyon Rd., Corona, 951.277.4422; www.tomsfarms.com and www. anthonythemagic.com. UCR BOTANIC GARDENS. Gardens include Alder, Rose, Herb, Cactus, Iris, Lilac, Subtropical Fruit, South African, Boysie Day Baja, and many more. Other highlights are the Geodesic Lath Dome, hiking trails, and a pond that is home to turtles and koi. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all and suck up a little more oxygen. $2 suggested donation. UC Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside, 951.784.6962; www.botanicgardens.ucr.edu. WIND FARM TOURS. Tour site located at I-10 & Indian Ave. on N. Frontage Rd. (20th Ave.) 1 1/4 miles west. Call for reservations. Travel through a forest of gigantic wind turbines. Seriously, you know you want to.Call for tour reservations at 760.320.1365. THE WINE TAILOR. This newer winery resides in the oldest winery building in California (circa 1839). It’s the perfect place for a historical tour, a concert or a wedding. Newlyweds-to-be can go to the winery and actually make their own wine, complete with a personal label. Actually, anyone can do it because the Wine Tailor is a custom winery i.e. they buy their grapes rather than grow them, and can make small batches to order. Otherwise you can simply enjoy the winery’s award winning bottles. 8916 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, 909.481.5050; www.thewinetailor.com. YOGAM CENTER. This yoga center is a

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recent addition to the area, featuring classes and workshops for folks of all ages, including yoga for kids, mommy & me yoga, stress relief yoga (hey, we need that!) and introduction to meditation. 9720 Central Ave., Montclair, 909.625.1400; www. yogamcenter.org.

off road BIG PINE FLAT TRAIL. A 25-mile trail course gives off-roaders a great, leisurely ride through the scenic San Bernardino National Forest. Off Green Valley Lake Rd. in the San Bernardino Forest, San Bernardino. CACTUS FLATS. Perfect for camping and all-day riding. This self-contained area of the forest is a hot spot for offroad enthusiasts. A National Forest Adventure Pass is required before riding. Off Hwy. 18, east of Big Bear, 909.866.3437. GLEN HELEN RACEWAY. Besides being the home of professional racing in Southern California, Glen Helen has a three-mile Baja style racecourse, three dirt bike tracks and on-site camping. 18585 Verdemont Ranch Rd., San Bernardino, 909.880.3090; www.glenhelen.com. JOHNSON VALLEY. A perfect mix of dry lakebeds, flat desert and hilly terrain. Whatever kind of off-road vehicle you have, this is a great place to put it to use. Take Hwy. 247 and exit Old Woman Springs Rd., Barstow. LUCAS OIL MX PARK. Seemingly endless strips of dirt bike track that aims to be the leading motocross tracks in California. After all, they do put the rider first. 18700 Lake Perris Dr., Perris. 951.943.4535; www.lucasoil. mx.com. PERRIS RACEWAY. This professional racetrack is perfect for any age. With courses for younger children, to the large, motocross style tracks, the entire family can take a part of a great day of riding. Check the Website for dates and information. 1205 Burton Rd., Perris. 951.657.3091; www.perrisraceway.com.


BY jeff girod

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Word Strike a pose. “Selfie” has been chosen Word of the Year. Personally I was hoping for words like “twerk” or “jorts,” or even “mandaliers”—as in my “mandaliers” hang out of my “jorts” whenever I “twerk.” Oxford Dictionary wrote on its blog that it chose “selfie” because “it seems everyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet. If it’s good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.” If there are two people on earth who can probably get someone to hold a camera for a picture, it’s the president and the guy with the funny hat and God’s cell phone number. But I look forward to next year’s national spelling bee when some braniac is asked to spell “selfie.” Remember kids, “i” before “e.” Actually when it comes to selfies, it’s “I” before everybody. Selfie is defined by Oxford as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself . . . and uploaded to a social media website”—but you already knew that. Because we’ve all taken, seen, liked, commented, shared, mocked, and, yes, probably even secretly downloaded our share of selfies. Selfies have actually existed forever. Years ago, people called these photographs “mistakes” when they dropped their cameras or your grandparents were staring into the camera lens and checking for the flash. Seflies have only become socially acceptable since Facebook. But are selfie photos a good idea? Opinion is split. Most people say “no” while experts say, “f*ck no.” “People, other than very close friends and relatives, don’t seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of themselves,” said Dr. David Houghton, author of a Scottish study on social media. “Our research found that those who frequently post photographs on Facebook risk damaging real-life relationships.” Simply put, Dr. Houghton says that if you put yourself out there too much, everyone will think you’re a snooty red-assed peacock. Then again, isn’t that the whole point of social media? To be, well, social? Imagine Facebook as a big party. Sure, you don’t know everyone as well

as you should, but everyone seems to be having a good time and everyday it’s somebody’s birthday. And sure, in a festive mood like that, someone is bound to over share. Maybe somebody takes off their shirt, or somebody hits on the wrong person, or one of your relatives starts criticizing the president. At a party, things happen. The point is to keep it within the confines of the party atmosphere—and not take things solo with a selfie party-of-one. People want to celebrate with you, not stare at you like a monkey in a zoo. When you take a photo of yourself making a duck face over a plate of lasagna, or in your coach seat flying on Southwest, nobody on this or any other planet is saying, “Wow, that winner really has his life together.” In the mirror, the car, at the gym, the bathroom, in a changing room, pretending to be asleep, in a fox with a box, in a house with a mouse— hink twice before reaching for your smartphone. Anytime you’re alone, within arm’s reach of a smartphone, and you think, gee now would be an optimal time to post to Facebook or Twitter? It’s probably not a good idea. Nobody is saying you can’t post to Facebook or Twitter. That would be ridiculous. Just be way, way, way more interesting. And resist your natural urge to take and post a picture of your pitiful self holding a phone doing jack squat. Here’s an easy way to tell if your potential photo is a selfie: Are you the one taking the photo? Are you also in the photo? (See, we’re already off to a bad start.) Secondly, do a head count. If you’re the only one in the photo, you’d better be standing on top of Mount Everest. And from now on, start filling your aching need for love and acceptance the same way the rest of us fill it . . . through empty sex, fatty foods and alcohol. “Selfie” may be a new word, but “bourbon” has been in the dictionary forever. IE

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