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contents d e c E M B E R 2 015 – J a n u a rY 2 016 • VO L U M E 8 , I S S UE 6
Welcome to the season!
his is a time when Riverside sparkles with twinkling holiday brightness as the downtown reinvents itself with a Main Street, America-style Festival of Lights, complete with skating, a Santa’s workshop, carriage rides and more. Even as a transformation takes place on the pedestrian mall, other transformations and celebrations are taking place elsewhere. In this issue:
Ron Hasse PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER
Don Sproul MANAGING EDITOR
Jerry Rice EDITOR
Jim Maurer V.P. SALES & MARKETING C O N T R I B U T I N G W R I T E R S & ED I TO R S
Amy Bentley, David Cohen, Elaine Lehman
George A. Paul, Canan Tasci
‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Mary Callahan grew up in Southern California then followed her dreams to New York and the stage. She’s par t of the ensemble cast of Woody Allen’s mobcomedy musical, playing at the Fox Performing Ar ts Center in January.
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Frank Perez, Eric Reed
Tom Paradis, Jack Storrusten SALES MANAGERS ADV E RT I S I N G S A L E S E X ECU T I V E S
Beyond the Boomers As the era of the boomers winds down, local ar ts and community nonprofits are looking to strengthen their connection with a younger community. From Web outreach to family-oriented engagement, the leaders of local organizations are adopting new strategies to foster growth, giving and connection with new and NextGen patrons. Also: How to help — Wish lists from local nonprofit agencies, Page 22.
A taste of France No need for a passpor t at Le Chat Noir. Jean-Pierre and Isabelle Serre transpor t diners to their homeland via plates that have depth, flavor and, most of all, authenticity. From a rich French onion soup to a finishing sweet Napoleon, the meals, like the menu, in this cozy French cafe are complete.
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Santa’s set lists What do today’s ar tists do when they get requests for holiday music? “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas” may evoke sentimental memories, but they just won’t do on today’s stage. Local ar tists explain their takes on seasonal set lists.
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An old-fashioned holiday celebration awaits during the Victorian Christmas Open House
Written by Keith Rivas
n the early 1890s, Riverside experienced a boom of unique sorts. Because of the explosion of the area’s citrus industry, the young outpost became nationally known, for a time, as the wealthiest city per capita in the United States. That rich history — which during the holidays often meant parties, sumptuous meals and elaborate decorations — is celebrated every December during the Victorian Christmas Open House. “On that day, the whole purpose is to take people back to 1890 Riverside and show them how wealthy people lived back then,” says Robin Whittington, a longtime volunteer who like many of the others staging the 37th annual event will be outfitted in the beautiful formal attire of the day. The Open House, which happens Dec. 13, will feature performances by caroling groups, musicians playing dulcimers and 6
bagpipes, and even a barbershop quartet; plus family friendly activities such as making holiday ornaments; and light refreshments will be served including cookies and hot-mulled cider. With about 70 docents in period dress, guests may feel as though they’ve been transported back in time to Riverside’s Victorian era. One of those in costume will be Jim Ferguson, portraying Father Christmas, an English personification of the holiday dating back centuries. Presented by Riverside Metropolitan Museum, the event takes place at Heritage House, a restored early 1890s mansion built in the Queen Anne style. It will be adorned inside and out with handmade decorations, boughs of greenery and mistletoe. Victorian Christmas Open House When: Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 Where: Heritage House, 8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside Cost: Free Details: Parking available on the street or across Magnolia from Heritage House. Info: www.riversideca.gov/museum/ heritagehouse/christmas-open.asp
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holiday events FESTIVAL OF TREES NOV. 24-29 – Hundreds of volunteers have turned Riverside Convention Center into a holiday wonderland for this fundraiser hosted by Riverside County Regional Medical Center Foundation. Proceeds benefit the hospital’s pediatric unit. Event closed Thanksgiving Day. Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St., Riverside; free; rcrmcfoundation.org
CANDLELIGHT CONCERT DEC. 4 – 68th annual holiday event, with La Sierra University’s chamber singers and chorale, orchestra, trombone choir and Vocal Ensemble United. Also includes a “Hallelujah” sing-along. La Sierra University Church, 11585 Pierce St., La Sierra, 7:30 p.m.; free; 951-354-7095; musicevents.lasierra.edu.
HOLIDAY MAGIC DEC 5 – Riverside County Philharmonic’s traditional holiday concert with seasonal favorites plus selections from Handel’s “Messiah.” Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 4 p.m.; $27-$97; 951-779-9800, www.thephilharmonic.org. HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING DEC. 5 – Santa arrives at Riverside Plaza in the Regal Riverside Plaza Stadium 16 Courtyard, with music and giveaways. Also, performances by local community groups. Riverside Plaza, 3639 Riverside Plaza Drive; 4-6 p.m.; free; 951-683-1066; shopriversideplaza.com. BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS DEC. 6 – Concert featuring the Masters of Harmony. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951-779-9800, www.riversidelive.com. Also: K-FROG’s Christmas at The Fox featuring Josh Turner, Dec. 8; Chris Tomlin Adore Christmas Tour with Crowder and Lauren Daigle, Dec. 17; “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Dec. 20.
HANUKKAH FESTIVAL DEC. 7 – 11th annual celebration features a grand Menorah lighting, music, arts and crafts, hot latkes, sufganiyot and hot cider. Everyone is welcome. Riverside County Historic Courthouse, 4050 Main St., Riverside; 6-8 p.m.; free; 951-222-2005; www.jewishriverside.com.
CARILLON RECITAL DEC. 12 – David Christensen, university carillonneur, rings in the holiday season via UC Riverside’s 48-bell carillon with a selection of traditional and popular music. 900 University Ave.; 3-4 p.m.; free admission, $5 parking permits at the information kiosk; events.ucr.edu.
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ DEC. 11-20 – Presentation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St.; 7 p.m. Dec. 11-12, 18-19; 2 p.m. Dec. 12-13, 19-20; 951-686-4030; www.riversidecommunityplayers.com.
‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL ON THE AIR’ DEC.18 – Adapted from the Charles Dickens classic, the beloved holiday work is retold in the style of a classic radio show complete with atmospheric live sound effects and wacky backstage antics. Presented by Riverside Repertory Theater. The Box at Fox Entertainment Plaza, 3635 Market St., Riverside; $20-$55; 951-680-1345; theboxriverside.com.
‘THE NUTCRACKER’ DEC. 12-13 – With a cast of 80 dancers, Inland Pacific Ballet brings the classic holiday story to life, featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Emily Baggarly, and Lauren Collett alternate in the role of Clara. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; Dec. 12 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.; $38 and up; www.ipballet.org.
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‘AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITOR’ DEC. 27 – Presented by Riverside Lyric Opera. The Box at the Fox Entertainment Plaza, 3635 Market St., Riverside; 4 and 7 p.m.; 951-781-9561; www.riversidelyricopera.org.
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TWELFTH NIGHT JAN. 2 – Old Riverside Foundation’s Victorian celebration features an elegant progressive dinner with wine and dessert. Event benefits historic preservation projects. Reservations required. $110 (if purchased by Nov. 30), $125 (if purchased Dec. 1-14) or $150 (if purchased Dec. 15-16); 951-683-2725; www.oldriverside.org.
Experience Christmas on Euclid ONTARIO TOWN SQUARE November 24
What are you thankful for? Presented by Unidos Por La Musica
Family Night Out - Holiday movies, vendors and more
Feliz Navidad Holiday Celebration with JON SECADA in a free community concert
Annual tree lighting event, Holiday movies, Santa Claus, vendors and more
December 18 Family Night Out – Holiday movies, vendors and more
Craft fair, reindeer games, snow play, horse drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, Spark of Love toy drive, Jim Curry presents A ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS Tribute to John Denver
December 19 L.A. FOLLIES HOLIDAY REVIEW Vendors, Santa Claus, and more Join the sing-a-long at the Jack Mercer Band Stand (Gazebo)
Navidad en El Barrio Presented by Unidos Por La Musica
Euclid Avenue Nativity Scenes Since 1958, the Historic nativity scenes displayed on the median of Euclid Avenue have been a long-standing Holiday tradition. The recently restored nativity scenes are on display from November 21 – January 2
December 12 & 19 Docent Tours – 10:00 am, 11:15 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:15 pm starting at the Jack Mercer Band Stand (Gazebo)
For more information: 800.455.5755 or visit ChristmasOnEuclid.com
Signature Events Powered By Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau:
RIVERSIDE NEW YEAR’S EVE DEC. 31 – Enjoy three floors of unforgettable entertainment, where your ticket includes open bar all night, buffet, casino games, and much more. Purchase tickets before Dec. 1 and receive an additional drink ticket and an extra 200 dollars in casino play money; 21 and older event. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; $85 per person or $150 per couple; www.riversideartmuseum.org/NYE2015.
FILM SCREENINGS THROUGH JAN. 23 – Domestic and foreign films: “Iris,” Dec. 4-5; “Control,” Dec. 11; “What We Do in the Shadows,” Dec. 18-19; “Girlhood,” Jan. 8-9; “The Look of Silence,” Jan. 15-16; “20,000 Days on Earth,” Jan. 23. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; culvercenter.ucr.edu. LAKE ALICE TRADING CO. THROUGH JAN. 30 – The Pac Men (‘80s tribute), Nov. 20; Runnin’ on Funk (classic rock/ funk), Nov. 21; Brewers of Grunge (‘90s rock), Nov. 25; Band of Brothers (classic rock), Nov. 27; Alyce Bowie (classic rock), Nov. 28; Johnny on the Spot (classic rock), Dec. 3; Skatterbrain (classic rock through today’s hits), Dec. 4; Eclipse (classic rock through today’s hits), Dec. 11-12; Gravity Guild (classic/ alternative rock), Dec. 18; Alyce Bowie (classic rock), Dec. 19; Driven (classic rock), Dec. 26; Dream Karaoke, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25; Factory Tuned Band (classic/country rock), Jan. 15; David Paul Band (classic rock through today’s hits), Jan. 16; Johnny on the Spot (classic rock), Jan. 22; Time Bomb (‘80s tribute), Jan. 23; Eclipse (classic rock through today’s hits), Jan. 29-30. 3616 University Ave., Riverside; 951-686-7343, www.lakealicetradingco.com. ‘PLEASURES AND TREASURES’ THROUGH JAN. 30 – Featuring the works of Aaron Siskind, who started in the 1930s as a member of the New York-based Film and Photo League. UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; artsblock.ucr.edu. Also: “D Hill: Trans,” through Dec. 28; “Flash: David Weldzius,” through March 5; “Second Wave,” through March 14; Emilio Santoyo: Snack Attack, Dec. 31-Feb. 8. ‘CHASING THE SUN’ THROUGH AUG. 7 – Photographs, taken from 1880-1930, show the early days of Riverside and the entrepreneurial spirit of the city’s pioneers. Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-826-5273; www.riversideca.gov/museum. Also: “Cahuilla Continuum,” “Discovery Days” and “Nature Lab,” all ongoing. TURKEY TROT NOV 26 – Inaugural event with a run/walk featuring 15k, 5k and mini-trot for kids through the streets of downtown Riverside. Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Blvd., Riverside; riversideturkeytrot.com ARTS WALK DEC. 3 – Browse more than 20 art galleries, studios and museums with exhibits in various art mediums. Special performances, poetry, theater, hands-on art activities, refreshments and more. Continues the first Thursday
CITRUS HERITAGE RUN JAN. 9 – Half marathon, 5K and 1 mile kids race through the orange groves and along streets nearby. California Citrus Historic State Park, 9401 Cleveland Ave., Riverside. citrusheritagerun.com.
CHEAP TRICK DEC. 16 – In concert. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951-779-9800, www.riversidelive.com. Also: Merle Haggard, Dec. 3; Kidz BOP Kids: Make Some Noise Tour, Dec. 4; Mythbusters: Jamie and Adam Unleashed, Dec. 7; “So You Think You Can Dance” Tour, Dec. 15; Rick Springfield, Dec. 19; Last Comic Standing, Dec. 28; Riverside County Philharmonic, “Sonic Glories from Vienna”Jan. 30. of every month. Downtown Riverside; 6-9 p.m.; 951-682-6737; www.riversideartswalk.com. KINETIC CONVERSATIONS DEC. 4-5 – Riverside City College’s annual faculty dance concert is an eclectic mix of choreography featuring new dance works in collaboration with student performers and guest artists. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-222-8100; www.performanceriverside.org. ALL-BACH CONCERT DEC. 10 – Concert of organ works composed by the Baroque master, J.S. Bach. Concert features local organist Abraham Fabella. All Saints Episcopal Church, 3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside; Donation; 909-800-9633. MACHINE HEAD DEC. 17 – In concert. Dec. 17, $22, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800; www.livenation.com, www.riversiderma.com. Also: Heads Down Eyes Up with Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three and Jordan Davis, Jan. 15; Holiday Hangover, with Strangelove, Joshua Tree, Planet Earth and Nowhere Fast (Duran Duran tribute), Jan. 16.
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‘DINNER WITH FRIENDS’ JAN. 29-FEB. 14 – Two couples, who have been friends for many years, are shown in different stages of their lives, ending with the present when they are confronted with one of the couples breaking up. Riverside Community Players, 4026 14th St., Riverside; 951-686-4030; riversidecommunityplayers.org. Also: Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee,” April 1-17; “The Murder Room,” May 20-June 5. LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL JAN. 30 – Celebration of the Asian cultural heritage with a parade, live performances, music, arts, cultural exhibits, health expo, teas, children’s village, food and fireworks. Downtown Riverside, Mission Avenue and Lemon Street; www.lunarfestriverside.com or www.apcasocal.org ‘BIG FISH’ FEB. 5-14 – New musical based on the acclaimed film by Tim Burton. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 951-222-8100; www.performanceriverside.org. Also: “Big River,” April 1-10; Off Broadway Play Series, May 11-15. RIVERSIDE DICKENS FESTIVAL FEB. 27-28 – Annual celebration of all things Dickens, with costumed characters portraying eminent Victorians and characters from his novels, musical acts and a themed marketplace. Admission is free, however there is a charge for some activities including Fezziwig’s Ball and the Trial of Jack the Ripper. Downtown Riverside; 951-781-3168; www.dickensfest.com. COTTON CLUB MUSICAL REVUE MARCH 5 – Music from the 1920s through ‘50s and dancing. Riverside Community Players Theater, 4026 14th St., Riverside; 951-781-9561; www.riversidelyricopera.org. DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET ONGOING – Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and more. Downtown, Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, Riverside; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; 951-826-2434.
‘Broadway’ & all that jazz
Dancer returns to SoCal with national tour of Woody Allen’s mob comedy Written by Amy Bentley
angsters, Jazz Age showgirls, flappers and other colorful characters will step out when the national tour of Woody Allen’s musical comedy “Bullets Over Broadway” comes to the Fox Performing Arts Center on Jan. 27. Based on the screenplay of the 1994 film by Allen and Douglas McGrath, the show tells the story of a struggling, young 1920s playwright who desperately needs financial backing for his next Broadway show. He receives an offer from a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend and is forced to cast the talentless girlfriend in the show to get it produced. “Bullets Over Broadway” features popular music from the Roaring ’20s, including “Tain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do” and “Let’s Misbehave,” and after making its Broadway debut in 2014 the show received six Tony Award nominations, including best musical and choreography. “It’s really the quintessential musical,” said Mary Callahan, 24, a New Yorkbased dancer and dance journalist who is a member of the touring cast’s ensemble. She says that audiences are delighted by the humor and pure spectacle of the show. “It has great music from the ’20s and ’30s that people can hum along to,” Callahan said. “You have this choreography that is just so exciting — the men dance with such strength and power, and the women are so elegant 12
and beautiful. The costumes are stunning. “The plot gives an interesting twist at the end,” she added. “There is a good question to this story — how much would you compromise your art for your life or your life for your art? That’s a good question for all of us.” Born in Santa Monica, Callahan mostly grew up in Los Altos in the Bay Area. She attended Scripps College for a couple of years to study writing, then took time off from school to move to New York and break into theater. She studied dance and finished college at New York University. But it was her experiences at Scripps, a small all-women’s college in Claremont, that helped her decide to pursue theater, dance and writing. “It was a really great two years for me
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to find my voice as a writer, a dancer and a thinker before being thrown into the cattle calls and this business in New York where it can be overwhelming,” said Callahan, who has danced for music videos, commercials, live concerts and fashion shows, and is making her first national stage tour with “Bullets Over Broadway.” “Being at Scripps was empowering. I feel like I found my voice there.” Bullets Over Broadway When: 7 p.m. Jan. 27 Where: Fox Performing Ar ts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside Tickets: $38.50-$71 Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday from noon-6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. Information: www.riversidelive.com Mary Callahan’s blog is at marylesliecallahan. wordpress.com
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Drew Oberjuerge, at age 5, during a visit to the Topsham Museum in England.
How local nonprofits are wooing new generations of patrons Written by Canan Tasci
rew Oberjuerge’s first memory of a museum was at age 5, standing in front of an exhibit at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London. Mesmerized by the elaborate dollhouse collection on display, she could barely contain her excitement.
“I had never seen anything like that. It was like a children’s book came alive,” she recalls. “I think it was how ornate and intricate the dollhouses were, there was a power in seeing the actual object that made it so special.” That love for history, culture, museums and detail encouraged Oberjuerge to study abroad in Italy, where she later found herself connected to Donatello’s wooden sculpture of Mary Magdalene in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence. Oberjuerge, now in her early 30s, shares that passion for arts and culture with practically everyone she meets — especially those her age and younger. As executive director of the Riverside Art Museum, she says it’s important to the future success of an institution that dates to the early 1950s. The RAM, much like other
nonprofits in Riverside and the rest of the country, has for years enjoyed the support of baby boomers who have volunteered as docents, board members and in other positions, plus contributed in many other ways. Financial donations were no doubt spurred thanks to their available wealth — boomers control as much as 70 percent of the nation’s disposable income, according to The American Alliance of Museums. Now, increasingly, the focus is turning to their children and determining how generous they will become. While Millennials may not yet have the financial resources of their parents, a generational shift in giving is already taking place. Museums and symphonies need to engage the community in new ways, says Oberjuerge. “People are looking for hands-on ways of connecting with art — making it
a social experience — and we have to adapt to that, which is a challenge in the 21st century.” For its part, the RAM is reaching younger by connecting with local colleges and universities to provide internships — with about 30 students a year volunteering from California Baptist and La Sierra universities, UC Riverside and Riverside City College. Additionally, exhibits, such as one in 2014 featuring Baby Tattoo Books, a publishing company for underground illustrators and writers, are programmed with the goal of bringing in younger audiences, along with activities that attract parents with children. While the Baby Tattoo exhibit was successful at achieving its goals, Oberjuerge says that art happens at all times of the day, adding that it’s important for the museum to stage events at times that fit into many
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“What we’re seeing is that the younger generation is concerned about recycling and sustainability,” she said. “So, one of the things we’re trying to do is educate people that historic preservation is a sustainable and green practice that makes sense environmentally, rather than tearing a building down.” That sermon actually is reaching younger people, she adds. “It’s not just about old people saving buildings, it’s about living and sustaining a community, and that’s not just for the wealthy,” McDoniel said. The organization has two major events during the year. The next one on the calendar is the Twelfth Night Celebration on Jan. 2. Highlighting Riverside’s historic neighborhoods, it’s a Victorian-themed Building to the future holiday happening where participants That type of gardening is exactly can either walk or take a horse-drawn what needs to happen to attractInn new 3252 Mission Ave • Downtown Riverside carriage to three faces, says Carol McDoniel, president 951.778.0611 • CafeSevilla.com vintage homes for a progressive dinner that includes and a 15-year member of Old Riverside appetizers, dinner and dessert. There’s Foundation, an organization that is also a self-guided tour through historic dedicated to the appreciation and homes that happens in May. preservation of buildings throughout Both events have been staged for Riverside and the Inland Empire. schedules. That was the idea behind last summer’s Art on Tap, which included interactive art projects, music and beer from local breweries — and was held from 9 p.m. to midnight. “We’re trying to create an environment that is happening and innovative, and we hope that energy starts with these types of events,” said Oberjuerge, who noted that 75 percent of the people who attended Art on Tap had never been to the RAM before. “We are seeing success, but it’s like mining for gold,” she added. “It takes a long time. You don’t see immediate results in this industry, but we are planting the seed.”
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Time for Three is known for performing a broad range of music, including works by composer Aaron Copland and rapper Kanye West. The trio joined The Phil for the symphony’s 50th season finale in 2010. PHOTO COURTESY RIVERSIDE COUNTY PHILHARMONIC
The Phil’s 23-member string section performed a concert in February featuring violin prodigy Hannah Kim at The Box. The smaller venue allowed the audience to have a much more intimate view of the musicians at work.
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The Arc of Riverside County 951-688-5141, www.arcriverside.org Wish list: Tech for Good donations — $5,000 to purchase new computers for clients to learn computer skills and tablets for clients who are in wheelchairs and can’t comfor tably fit under a desk. Adaptive Equipment — $6,500 to continue purchasing adaptive equipment to provide ways to increase mobility, independence and dignity. A 12-passenger van to provide transpor tation for adults with intellectual disabilities to their jobs and volunteer oppor tunities. PHOTO BY FR ANK PEREZ
Home builds, renovations and other projects by Habitat for Humanity Riverside bring out a variety of volunteers. Employees with Century 21 Experience in Alta Loma recently helped at a new home site in Riverside.
accepting applications for our #veteran build in #JurupaValley. Apply today!” read one recent tweet, along with a link to the application. “We especially love it when people share what they’re doing, because then their friends see it and say, ‘Oh man, I want to learn how to put in cabinets.’ And that makes them want to volunteer,” Michalak said. Like Habitat, The Community Foundation also actively uses social media, at times to help spread the word about scholarships the organization distributes, at other times to promote far-reaching events such as the 24-hour Give Big web-based donation campaign. Last year, Give Big Riverside County raised more than $400,000, helping 161 nonprofits in 28 area cities. This year, “We are using social media extensively with Give Big San Bernardino County, which will occur on Dec. 1, so that it aligns with a national philanthropic effort called Giving Tuesday in communities throughout the Jonathan Lorenzo United States on that Yorba day,” according to Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba, the foundation’s president and CEO. The primary purpose of these 24-hour 22
giving days is twofold, Yorba wrote in an email. First, participating nonprofits receive training and assistance with how to more effectively use social media to attract current and new donors to their institutions. Second, the giving day itself generates increased income for nonprofits through financial donations, which, since they are web-based, can come from donors who are local, regional, national and even international. With many charities either vying for attention or struggling for donations or volunteers, Michalak believes it’s important to develop new strategies to remain relevant in the future. “I think the biggest thing for nonprofits is to be open to options and partner up, because you never know what those can lead to,” she said. “Don’t be afraid, because if you don’t try it you’ll never know if it doesn’t work.” And, for Oberjuerge, who was born and raised in San Bernardino County, it was a dream come true to return to the area where she grew up, creating change and excitement at a museum she believes in. “A lot of life happens in this region and it’s an exciting place to be innovative because we’re off the path from other institutions,” she said. “We are able to do more things that are different because we are out here, we can be outside of the box.”
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Auxiliary of Riverside Community Hospital 951-788-3109, www.auxrch.org Wish list: Donations for the 90th anniversary celebration and scholarship fund, more adult retired volunteers, cer tified therapy dogs for the Pet Visitor Program, gift shop volunteers, knitters to knit caps for babies and quilts or fleece blankets. Children’s Fund 909-379-0000, www.childrensfundonline.org Wish list: Donations to the general fund or a specific program, such as the Celebration of Giving or the A. Gary Anderson Memorial Golf Classic; blankets, backpacks, lunch pails filled with nutritious snacks, bottles of water as well as gift cards for the Independent Living Program. Community Connect 951-686-4402, www.connectriverside.org Wish list: Volunteers to serve as 211 and HELP-line phone operators; in-kind donations of services, items or money. The Community Foundation 951-241-7777, www.thecommunityfoundation.net Wish list: Donations. Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery 951-522-6462, evergreen-cemetery.info Wish list: Volunteers, in-kind donations, planned giving. Fox Riverside Theater Foundation 951-826-5769, http://riversidefoxfoundation.org Wish list: “Own” the balcony at the Fox by filling it with kids via the
OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP Students at Broadway program (tickets are about $40 each and an annual sponsorship, which offers additional benefits, is $2,000). Donations to purchase tickets for senior center residents; a sell-out for the annual Red Carpet fundraiser during the BIG Hollywood awards show night (Feb. 28). Habitat for Humanity Riverside 951-787-6754, www.habitatriverside.org Wish list: Volunteers; donations of land, goods, services and money. Janet Goeske Foundation 951-351-8800, www.jgc4seniors.com Wish list: Gift cards (grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, retail stores) to spread “holiday cheer” throughout the year. Kiwanis Club of Uptown Riverside 951-682-9590, www.kiwanisuptownriverside.com Wish list: New members and donations. Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center 951-688-4340, www.petsadoption.org Wish list: Perla beds, easy-ups, laundry detergent, clay formula litter, gift cards (Petco, PetSmar t and Amazon), kitten milk replacer formula, nylabones, kong toys, cat traps for the trap-neuter-return program and newspapers. Meeting Seniors Needs Hotline (MSNH) 866-960-9261, www.msnhglobal.org Wish list: Hotline volunteers, sponsors for seniors, donations and grant writers. Michelle’s Place, Breast Cancer Resource Center 951-699-5455, www.michellesplace.org Wish list: Stamps, copy paper, ink toner for a Xerox Phaser 6180N PS (black, magenta, cyan, yellow), Stater Bros. gift cards, office cleaning service and carpet cleaning service. Mission Inn Foundation 951-781-8241, www.missioninnmuseum.org Wish list: Digital point-and-shoot cameras and memory cards for the Riverside Community Youth Program, iPads for exhibits, programming (check-in, mailing list sign-up, etc.), with a card swipe (for off-site sales such as books at events), community/youth programming space (not in the Mission Inn hotel), volunteers, donations.
Old Riverside Foundation 951-683-2725, www.oldriverside.org Wish list: Architectural salvage donations, a web-savvy volunteer to maintain the website, and more members. Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center 951-686-7273, www.rarcc.org Wish list: White copy paper (letter size, 20 pound), 2-inch 3-ring binders, journals (composition books), donations to purchase “Coping with Sexual Assault” booklets (each book is $2.50) and dark color sweatpants (mens, size large) to be put in survivor bags.
Riverside Land Conservancy 951-788-0670, www. riversidelandconservancy.org Wish list: Sign ups for the e-newsletter through the website and to join a volunteer event; donations for the Double Your Dollar Program grant challenge. Each dollar donated will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $20,000. The challenge continues through Dec. 15. Riverside Life Services 951-784-2422, www.riversidelifeservices.org Wish List: Hand-made blankets, baby wraps, baby bathtubs and donations of baby-related items up to 2T such as diapers, bottles and baby clothes.
Riverside Art Museum 951-684-7111, www.riversidear tmuseum.org Wish list: Por table sound system, bullhorn, projector, matt cutter, hammer drill for concrete installs, moving blankets, projector screen, acrylic paint, drawing paper, office supplies.
Riverside Meals on Wheels Inc. 951-683-7151, www.riversidemealsonwheels.org Wish list: Volunteers to help deliver meals; donations and gas cards; computers, business phones, miscellaneous office furniture (desk, chairs); insulated bags and coolers for delivering food, sponsorships for seniors who cannot afford meals, a company to donate services to create a website.
Riverside Community College District Foundation 951-222-8282, www.rccd.edu/foundation Wish list: Donations to suppor t various programs. Riverside Community Health Foundation 951-788-3471, rchf.org Wish list: Donations to The Pink Ribbon Thrift Shop (proceeds from the shop go toward the breast cancer Pink Ribbon Resource Center that offers free mammograms and other services to local residents). Donations to the foundation.
Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation 951-682-2753, www.rmccharity.org Wish list: Donations to the Anti-Bullying Institute, a free professional help and counseling service for children and families.
Riverside County Philharmonic 951-787-0251, www.thephilharmonic.org Wish list: Donations of new or gently used musical instruments (violins and violas, acoustic guitar) and new strings for the instruments. Donation of a new office chair (roller, high back), financial donations to help with community outreach programs.
The Salvation Army Riverside Corps. 951-784-4490, http://bit.ly/1HFe2jy Wish list: Volunteers for the after-school program (homework, team building music/ ar t), daily volunteers to help make lunch for the homeless, items for homeless (sweaters or jackets with hoods, socks, underwear, blankets and towels), nonperishable foods, toys and group volunteers for on-site projects.
Riverside County Regional Medical Center Foundation 951-486-4213, www.rcrmcfoundation.org Wish list: $15 gas cards for cancer patients who need help getting to and from their chemotherapy and radiation treatments, soft clothes in varying sizes for emergency depar tment patients who need garments to wear home, toys for pediatric patients 18 and younger.
UC Riverside Foundation 951-827-5611, www.ucr.edu/giving/ucr_ foundation.html Wish list: Donations to the UCR Fund, Guardian Scholars (to help those who age out of the foster care system), the Athletics Association Fund (for student athletes) and the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund (to help students have the chance for an education at UCR).
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Connaissez-vous cuisine Francais? They do at Le Chat Noir in downtown Riverside. Deliciously. La Noisettes d’Agneau de Chat Noir: Lamb loin in a lingonberry and gorgonzola sauce
Written by David Cohen • Photos by Eric Reed
think back to the days when Jean-Pierre and Isabelle Serre held sway over Le Rendez-Vous — he in the kitchen and she in the dining room — at a place that served classic French fare with a small wine list and an intimate feel. After selling that restaurant in northern San Bernardino, they took five years off while searching in their hometown of Riverside for a location for a new establishment. Voila! Le Chat Noir (“the black cat”) opened seven months ago in a space that formerly housed an Italian restaurant at the corner of Ninth and Market streets. It’s quite a cozy space with fresh flowers, French love songs playing unobtrusively in the background and the decor done in shades of silver, black and red. Sparkling cut glass chandeliers and black and red tablecloths complete the elegant ambiance along with a small wine storage area and a glass replica of the Eiffel Tower inside a tall glass vase. As the music from “Les Miserables” was playing in the background, I kept thinking that this would have made a great location for planning the French revolution. Images of cats in silhouette play a prominent role, as evidenced by artwork on the wall; the back of the booths and the front of the leather menu covers have an etched cat — very art nouveau, to say the least. Outside, there is dining underneath three large burgundy-hued awnings. The menu runs the gamut, from classic French dishes such as
sweetbreads and rack of lamb to lighter fare including sea bass Provencale and salad Nicoise. Jean-Pierre’s and Isabelle’s son, Emmanuel, is being groomed to take over when his parents retire. He currently serves as maitre d’ and primary owner. All of the serving staff are French and very professional. During a recent visit, we began with foie gras in a cherry reduction sauce. The rich, luxuriant mouth feel of the fattened liver was perfectly matched with a glass of Sauterne. French onion soup is one of my wife’s favorites, and this version did not disappoint. It was a dark, deeply flavored peppery broth and contained a generous amount of onions, crusty French bread and Gruyère cheese — very high quality. A modern take on escargots was done by stuffing them into mushroom caps and then drizzling them with a mild Roquefort sauce blended with olive oil and garlic. Since Jean-Pierre is from Beaune in Burgundy, we ordered a 2012 Chanson red burgundy to enjoy with our meal. The wine was served a bit too warm and we asked to have a wine cooler brought to the table. It would probably be advisable for the restaurant to purchase a wine cooler that keeps both red and whites at around 55 degrees, the optimal temperature for allowing the bouquet of both to fully express themselves. Moving to the entrees, the impeccably fresh sea bass Provencal, served atop a bed of risotto, was excellent. From the south of France, this sauce is redolent with the aromas of fresh herbs — thyme and basil — in a light wine/butter base.
Owner Jean-Pierre Serre, right, with his son, Emmanuel, at Le Chat Noir
The lamb rack was crusted with crushed pistachios and Dijon mustard. While a bit fatty, it was superb — rich in flavor and almost fork-tender. Jean-Pierre makes all of his desserts in-house, and no matter how sated you are, you must try a couple, even if you take them to go. The Napoleon is a multilayered tower of custard separated by flaky pastry crust and topped with white and black icing — perfect with a cup of French press coffee. An excellent alternative would be the coupe ardechoise — intensely flavored vanilla ice cream lathered with chestnut cream in a brandy sauce, making it a fitting ending to a high-caliber meal. It all was orchestrated with impeccable service at a restaurant with the ambiance of an upscale French cafe that could have been transported intact from the Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris.
Champignons farcis aux Escargots de Roquefort: Mushrooms stuffed with escargots and a Roquefort sauce
The fish fillet was served skin side down. The venison rack in a Bordelaise sauce was incredibly tender and creamy and begged to be picked up and gnawed on to remove every last meaty morsel. The Bordelaise is created from the French brown sauce made from veal stock and demi-glace. Red wine is then added and thickened by reduction, resulting in a rich robust preparation that stands up to the intense meatiness of the venison.
Le Chat Noir Where: 3790 Ninth St. (at Market), Riverside Hours: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday Details: Reservations strongly recommended on Friday and Saturday. Regular wine dinners available. Prices: $20-$35 for entrees; daily specials, par ticularly seafood entrees; $20 wine corkage Information: 951-786-9266; also on Facebook
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Seasonal set lists
Written by George A. Paul
atching a concert in December is often more memorable than other times of year because there’s the chance that a few holiday tunes will be slipped into the set. We asked musicians from Riverside and nearby which songs they tend to perform — if any — live during this period. What is your philosophy on doing Yuletide selections? Drew Shirley Switchfoot “We always like to carry along a little of the Christmas spirit, so we usually will add a song just for fun. We don’t play very many Christmas songs in our band — not because we don’t like them, it’s just we have a lot of original music and tend to focus on that.” Lisa Kekaula and Robert Vennum The BellRays, Bob and Lisa “We absolutely do. Christmas is a favorite of ours, as we have [a few] Christmas records [including] ‘Merry Christmas, Love The BellRays.’ They are mostly originals and a few covers.” Rod Piazza Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers “We very rarely do them.”
It’s beginning to sound at least a little like Christmas when local musicians perform this time of year Chris Thayer Big Papa & The TCB, Big Papa Trio, Chris Thayer Band “I have a few of my own holiday songs, actually, and it gives me a chance to change things up.” Which ones have you done? Shirley: “We wrote a song called Switchfoot Photo by Andy Barron
‘Evergreen.’ Sometimes, we will work up an arrangement of that one. It’s new to most people because it’s pretty deep in our catalog. What’s crazy is that we have nine albums and only one Christmas song.” BellRays: “The covers we play are ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ and ‘Back Door Santa.’ We have also done ‘Feliz Navidad’ as Bob and Lisa (acoustically).” Piazza: “ ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ by Charles Brown or our original, ‘No Pretty Presents.’ ” Thayer: Originals: “All I Want for Xmas (Is Love)” and “Christmas Blues.” Covers: “Back Door Santa,” “Run, Run Rudolph,” “Merry Christmas, Baby.” Any favorite(s) to perform live? Shirley: “ ‘Feliz Navidad.’ It always gets a good reaction from the crowd and gives [singer] Jon [Foreman] a chance to brush up on his Spanish.” BellRays: “Our originals, ‘Santa’s Got a Big Old Bag’ and ‘Merry Christmas,’ are two of our favorites.” Thayer: “The more swingin,’ rockin’ stuff.” Do you tend to change up the song arrangements or do them the traditional way? Shirley: “We [Continues on page 28]
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Let’s get this holiday ‘Party’ started Written by George A. Paul
eed a fresh and soulful soundtrack for your Christmas festivities? Then “It’s a Holiday Soul Party,” the first seasonal album from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on Daptone Records, is a solid choice. Riverside native and band member Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann) played bass, produced, engineered and mixed the songs. They were partially done at his Penrose Recorders studio downtown. Although Roth lives here with his family, the 11-piece group is still based in Brooklyn, where they’ve been putting out CDs since the early 2000s. Throughout “It’s a Holiday Soul Party,” the musicians delve into vintage R&B, funk sounds and beyond with stellar results. Half of the holiday selections are originals. Lead singer Jones and Roth
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always change up the arrangements to fit our live sound. Even on our own songs, we find that sometimes we need to change the arrangement from the record to fit the live setting. I think every band does that unless they are using (prerecorded) tracks, which we don’t.” BellRays: “We always want to make it our own, so we change it up.” Piazza: “We try to do it like the 28
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original arrangement.” Thayer: “We absolutely change the arrangements — almost without exception. I really don’t see the point of playing most songs unless you make them fit your own style. Otherwise, you may as well just put on your iPod and play that for the crowd.” Do you ever get audience requests for Christmas songs and play them on the spot?
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is set to sweeping violins and bolstered by punchy Dap-Kings horn lines that recall early Marvin Gaye. Drummer Homer Steinweiss contributed the groove-laden “Just Another Christmas Song,” which seamlessly incorporates classic song titles. Guitarist Binky Griptite offered up and handled vocals on “World of Love.” There’s even a treat for Jewish listeners — the upbeat “8 Days (of Hanukkah).” The jaunty “Big Bulbs” boasts a finger-snapping gypsy jazz vibe and gives Jones and the ladies’ smooth harmonies a chance to shine. Elsewhere, Jones and company deftly channel the old Ike & Tina Turner revue during their racing take on “White Christmas,” the lead singer does some impressive belting out amid a laid back, blues groove arrangement of “Silent Night” and the gleeful “Silver Bells” has classic 1960s girl group-style backing. All told, this is a “Party” worth attending. Shirley: “It’s rare that we get requests for Christmas songs but, hey, if you’re at a show sometime [during the season], yell one out, because our live show is just that — live. We really never know what Jon is going to do, but we are ready to follow.” Piazza: “We don’t really get requests for holiday songs.” Thayer: “We do occasionally get requests for our original Christmas songs.” BellRays: “As long as [fans] request ‘Santa’s Got a Big Old Bag,’ ‘Merry Christmas Baby,’ ‘Back Door Santa,’ etc., we will gladly play said request.” Upcoming shows BellRays — Dec. 11, The Observatory, Santa Ana; Dec. 12, Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside Big Papa & the TCB — Dec. 27, Festival of Lights, downtown Riverside Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers — Dec. 13, American Legion Hall, Riverside
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dec. 1-15 — Celebration of Giving, 27th annual toy donation drive presented by Children’s Fund. Drop-off locations to be announced. 909-379-0000; www.childrensfundonline.org.
Three Days of Shopping, Entertainment & Fun!
dec. 5 – Victorian Open House, with vendors offering items that will make unique gifts, a bake sale of holiday goodies, and an oppor tunity to socialize over tea, tea sandwiches and scones. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success Riverside, which helps provide professional attire, a network of suppor t and career development advice. 1781 Clear Creek Lane, Colton; 3-5 p.m.; $20 (purchase tickets prior to Dec. 4); riverside.dressforsuccess.org.
Fri. 9am-6pm; Sat. 10am-6pm Sunday 10am-5pm
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Shop hundreds of booths featuring original art, handmade crafts of jewelry, blown glass, ornaments, food, stoneware and more! Enjoy all-day stage and strolling entertainment, festival foods and children’s activities in the Kidzone. Kids under 12 FREE.
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Donate non-perishable food to Foothill Family Shelter and receive $2 off.
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Cannot be combined with other discounts.
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dec. 7 – Golf marathon, a fastpaced, 100 holes of golf played as a personal best-ball scramble. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and several prizes, including a hole-inone cash prize. Proceeds benefit
Mary S. Rober ts Pet Adoption Center programs. Victoria Country Club, 2521 Arroyo Drive, Riverside; 951-688-4340, ext. 305, www.petsadoption.com. Feb. 10 – 30th annual Valentine Desser t Auction. Proceeds benefit service projects selected by Soroptimist International of Riverside. Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St.; 11 a.m. registration, lunch at noon; soroptimistriverside.org. March 5 – Banquet for Life is the annual benefit for Riverside Life Services, which offers free medical care and counseling to pregnant women. Convention Center; 951-784-2422, www.riversidelifeservices.org. March 12 – Saturday of Service and the ninth annual Live Your Dream Conference, presented by Soroptimist International of Riverside. California Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; soroptimistriverside.org.
GOOD TIMES WET YOUR WHISTLE STEAKHOUSE
CELEBRATE AT CIELO HOLIDAYS 2015
festival of lights
Nights of delights
he historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa — always a must-visit for a great dining experience or overnight stay — is transformed this time of year into a holiday extravaganza featuring one of the largest light displays in the nation. Illuminated by nearly 4 million colorful lights, it’s a magical experience that attracts more than 250,000 visitors. This year, they’ll also enjoy more than 400 animated figures, elaborately decorated Christmas
trees, Dickens carolers, delicious holiday treats, live reindeer and appearances by Santa Claus. Steps away from the Mission Inn are horse-drawn carriage rides and on the Main Street pedestrian mall is ice skating and other family friendly activities. It all happens Nov. 27 to Jan. 2. Information: www.missioninn.com, www.riversideca.gov/fol – Jerry Rice
Photo courtesy The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
RIVERSIDE MEDICAL CLINIC
SIMPLIFIES HEALTH CARE FOR FAMILIES
Riverside Medical Clinic leads the area in providing families a single source for all of their health care needs. It starts with ensuring you have the right primary care physician. A physician and supporting staff who will work with you to maximize your well-being. Referrals to specialists are simple. Any lab work or imaging services that are needed can be accomplished right at Riverside Medical Clinic. Urgent care, pharmacy, and vision centers are also part of the offering. Riverside Medical Clinic, providing legendary care for over 80 years. For more info call: 951-782-3602 For Southern California Residents Call Toll Free at 844-550-5721 RiversideMedicalClinic.com
Published on Dec 18, 2015
This is the time of year when Riverside sparkles with twinkling holiday brightness for the Festival of Lights and other displays. It's also...