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Take a bite! Riverside celebrates Restaurant Week

Favorite spots for outdoor gigs

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TIME TO DINE Distinctive, flavorful and sumptuous — any of a host of adjectives can be applied to menu offerings from Riverside restaurants. This month something special: chefs are rolling out new dishes and highlighting some of their most popular fare for Restaurant Week, June 17-26.


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Amy Bentley, David Cohen, Brian Goff Elaine Lehman, George A. Paul Rick Sforza, Merrill Shindler

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Sarah Alvarado Frank Perez, Eric Reed

OPEN SKIES, GREAT GIGS Summer in the city? Take it outside and enjoy music in the night air. We asked local musicians to tell us about some of their favorite shows and venues.

Tom Paradis, Jack Storrusten SALES MANAGERS A DV E RT I S I N G S ALE S E X E C U T I V E S

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BETTER SLEEP ON IT Two UCR graduate students are working to put a new perspective on sleep — especially how it relates to disease and learning issues. To get the full download, attend their June 16 lecture at California Baptist University. But for a quick fix, check out their 10 steps to a better night’s rest.


A FAMILY STORY Brian Goff remembers his mother as bright, vibrant and full of life — that is before breast cancer struck and crippled her. It took her from her family before she was 38. For Brian, the Relay of Life is about his mom and fighting the disease so others can celebrate more bir thdays.


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Chef Daniel Hale at Law’s Restaurant

Also inside Calendar 6 Education: Robotics camp 22 Seen • UCR César E. Chávez Run/Walk 27 • Inland Empire March for Babies 27 • Walk to End Homelessness 28 • Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center Gala 29 Nonprofit calendar 28 Meet a Pokémon champ 30 On the cover The signature Jalapeño Bacon Burger at Lake Alice Trading Co. Photo by Eric Reed

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JOE JACKSON JUNE 19  –  In concert. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 951-779-9800,, concerts. Also: The Rides (Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg), June 5; Diana Reyes, July 9; Maks & Val, Aug. 12; Octonauts Live!, Sept. 23; Straight No Chaser, Oct. 16; Jethro Tull, Oct. 18. OLD-FASHIONED ICE CREAM SOCIAL JUNE 26  –  Celebrate Independence Day much as residents did in Victorian Riverside during

the 1890s, with games that were popular during that time, living history reenactments and old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream. Book-signings with local author Glenn Wenzel. Heritage House, 8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; free; noon to 4 p.m.; 951-826-5273; FIREWORKS JULY 4  –  Aerial fireworks show, presented by the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, in sync with a KOLA 99.9-FM broadcast. Above Mount

Rubidoux Park, 4706 Mount Rubidoux Drive, Riverside; 9 p.m.; 951-826-2000; FOUNDERS’ DAY JULY 4  –  “Little Miss Firecracker” pageant, music, family activities, food vendors, guided tours and a great vantage point to enjoy the fireworks at Mount Rubidoux. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets. Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, Pine and 14th streets, Riverside; 5-9:30 p.m.; $5 general, $3 ages 3-12; 951-522-6462;

‘SUPERSONIC PALETTE’ THROUGH OCT. 5  –  The art of flight by Mike Machat, with pieces from a variety of media all focused on one topic: flight. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111; Also: 54th annual Press-Enterprise Riverside County High School Art Show, through June 10.

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calendar FILM SCREENINGS THROUGH JUNE 24  –  “Theeb,” June 10-11; “The Seventh Fire,” June 17-18; “The Last Man on the Moon,” June 24-25. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; ‘FLASH: CAULEEN SMITH’ THROUGH JULY 2  –  An exhibition featuring “Crow Requiem” (2015), a video work by the Chicago-based artist. Culver Center of the Arts, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; Also: “Rotation 2015,” through June 24; “States of Incarceration,” through Aug. 6. ROMANO’S CONCERT LOUNGE THROUGH JULY 16  –  Red Not Chili Peppers (Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute), June 3; The Dickies with Guttermouth, The Maxies, Penetrators!, June 4; The Expanders, The Skints, June 7; Fast Times (1980s), June 10; Paradise City (Guns N Roses tribute), June 11; Metalachi, June 16; As You Were, RaDIUM, Fallen Union, June 17; Queen Nation (Queen tribute), June 18; Chuck Ragan, June 24; Club Metro Reunion, July 16. 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; 10:30 p.m.; 951-781-7662;


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‘CHASING THE SUN’ THROUGH JULY 20  –  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; Also: “Cahuilla Continuum,” Discovery Days and Nature Lab, all ongoing. LAKE ALICE TRADING CO. THROUGH JULY 30  –  ’80s Brigade (1980s rock, dance), June 3; Eclipse (classic, dance, today’s hits), June 4; David Paul Band (classic, dance, today’s hits), June 10; Gravity Guild (alternative, classic rock), June 11; Johnny on the Spot (classic rock), June 17; Band of Brothers (classic rock), June 18; Brewers of Grunge (alternative, rock), June 24; Pac Men (1980s rock, dance), June 25; The Arrangements (1960s-’90s), July 1; Runnin’ on Funk, July 2; Eclipse (classics to today’s hits), July 8-9; Johnny on the Spot (classics, ’80s rock), July 15; Gravity Guild (alternative and rock), July 16; Full Circle (rock), July 22; Driven (classic rock), July 23; Johnny & the Ravens (classics, dance, today’s hits), July 29; All In (classics to today’s rock), July 30. 3616 University Ave., Riverside, 951-686-7343, RIVERSIDE PLAZA THROUGH JULY 30  –  Renown (R&B-pop), June 4; Loneliest Casanova (eclectic soul),

June 11; Mike Isberto (urban folk), June 18; Our Found Freedom (spirit rock), June 25; Cara C String Duet (modern jazz), July 2; Addison Love & The Candleless Flames (youth rock), July 9; Under Pressure (kid-pop), July 23; Diamond (urban acoustic), July 30. 3639 Riverside Plaza Drive; 6-8 p.m.; free; 951-683-1066; ‘THE CHICAGO GIFT REVISITED’ THROUGH OCT. 1  –  Works from 22 Chicago-based photographers, donated to the UCR/California Museum of Photography in 1981, are on display for new exhibit. 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; Also: “Flash: Cauleen Smith,” through July 2; “States of Incarceration,” through April 6; “Rotation 2015,” through June 24, 2017. HELLYEAH JUNE 4  –  In concert with Escape the Fate, Sunflower Dead and Doll Skin. Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800;, Also: Leon Larregui, June 16; Damage Inc., June 17; Marisela, July 2; The Offspring, July 22; Julieta Venegas, July 29; Which One’s Pink (Pink Floyd tribute), Aug. 13. ‘RENT’ JUNE 10-26  –  Popular rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson and loosely based

ARTS WALK JULY 7  –  Browse more than 22 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 of every month. Downtown Riverside; 6-9 p.m.; 951-682-6737;

on the opera “La Boheme.” Presented by Riverside Repertory Theater. The Box at Fox Entertainment Plaza, 3635 Market St., Riverside; 951-300-8515; MOVIES IN THE PARK JUNE 10-JULY 30  –  Free family movies: “The Peanuts Movie,” June 10 at Arlington Heights Sports Park, June 11 at Ryan Bonaminio Park; “A Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” June 17 at Sycamore Highlands Park, June 18 at Taft Park; “Kung Fu Panda,” June 23 at Myra Linn Park, June 24 at Doty-Trust Park, June 25 at Hunter Hobby Park; “Hotel Transylvania 2,” July 8 at Arlington Heights, July 9 at Bonaminio Park; “Minions,” July 15 at Sycamore Highlands, July 16 at Taft Park; “Inside Out,” July 22 at Doty-Trust, July 23 at Hunter Hobby; “The Good Dinosaur,” July 29 at Villegas Park, July 30 at Lincoln Park. Arrive early and bring a picnic dinner. PERPETUAL MOTION STEAMPUNK BALL JUNE 11  –  Inaugural event featuring unusual period dances and steampunk-themed music, presented by the Riverside Dickens Festival. Adults 21 and older. American Legion Post 79 at Fairmont Park, 2601 Fairmount Blvd., Riverside; $33.33 in advance, $44.44 at the door; CLASSIC CAR SHOW JUNE 12  –  Monthly event, continues the second


Neon Nation will play top hits from the 1980s during a July 27 concert at Fairmount Park. CONCERTS IN THE PARK JUNE 15-AUG. 3  –  Wanted (Bon Jovi tribute), June 15; Chico Band (Latin), June 22; Swing Cats Big Band, June 29; Stone Soul (Motown), July 13; Southbound (classic rock), July 20; Neon Nation (1980s pop), July 27. Each concert begins with the Riverside Sings vocal competition. Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Blvd., Riverside; 6-9 p.m.; free; 951-826-2000; park_rec. Also: Bajo Cero (Latin old school funk), Aug. 3 at Villegas Park, 3091 Esperanza St., Riverside. Sunday of each month. Canyon Crest Towne Centre, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside; 1-4 p.m.; 951-686-1222;

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MOVIES ON MAIN JULY 7  –  Family-friendly movies, with live entertainment at 6 p.m., screenings at about 8 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets. Main Street pedestrian mall, between University and Mission Inn avenues, Riverside; free admission; 951-341-6550; ‘VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE’ JULY 15-31  –  Written by Christopher Durang, the comedy revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings. Riverside Community Players, 4026 14th St., Riverside; 951-686-4030; Also: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” July 15-31. RAT PACK MOVIE SERIES JULY 23-AUG. 20  –  “The Big Sleep,” July 23; “The Manchurian,” July 30; “From Here to Eternity,” Aug. 6. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 4 p.m.; 951-779-9800,

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The signature JalapeĂąo Bacon Burger at Lake Alice Trading Co. includes a thick, half-pound hamburger patty.


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Hawaiian Ahi Poke has sesame-ginger marinated ahi tuna with Asian sauce, edamame, green onion, avocado and fried wonton crackers at Lake Alice.

Tequila Chicken features a house sauce of hibiscus tea, garlic and tequila at Mezcal Cantina y Cocina.

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The city’s diverse dining scene will be on the menu during Restaurant Week Written by David Cohen Photos by Eric Reed


ith dozens of places participating in Riverside Restaurant Week, it may be a challenge for foodies to decide where to begin. Should it be the five-star restaurant downtown, the new hot spot near the mall that everyone’s talking about or the diner around the corner? It really doesn’t matter because with the annual promotion running June 17-26, there’s ample opportunity to visit several on your list. To help with decision-making, we’re showcasing what seven of the participating restaurants have planned. Some are highlighting items from the regular menu; others will be preparing out-of-the-ordinary fare specifically for Restaurant Week. There’s much to consider, so let’s get started. Enjoy! Cafe Sevilla Having just returned from Barcelona, I was happy to see that Sevilla will be showcasing the cuisine of Catalonia during Restaurant Week. Squid ink infused seafood paella will be prepared with bomba rice and Spanish saffron. The ink imparts a fresh flavor from the sea that accentuates the shellfish, which are mixed throughout. Also available will be cocas, a Catalonian flatbread in three versions: mushroom and fig with manchego cheese and fresh herbs; grilled asparagus with goat cheese; and short rib meat accompanied by pickled red onion, with bleu and manchego cheeses. Crema Catalana, a dessert, is prepared with macerated fresh berries, a chocolate/espresso cream and a carmelized crust. 3252 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-778-0611;

Marinated cod is grilled and served with onion garlic lime and cilantro over jasmine rice and blanched asparagus at ProAbition Whiskey Lounge & Kitchen.

ProAbition Whiskey Lounge & Kitchen Thanks to the creative culinary mind of Executive Chef Josh Brewster, you can always find something out of the ordinary here. Last year, for instance, a burger served on a glazed doughnut was a Restaurant Week highlight. This time around, the specials will include marinated cod june-july 2016 | | 


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Boston Dawgs from Maddilicioius Catering

and asparagus spears bathed in an onion/ garlic/lime sauce served over cilantro flecked jasmine rice and garnished with pineapple/mango salsa fresca — a variation of coastal Mexican fare. Also on the menu will be Luciano sliders, a blend of pepperoni, Italian sausage and Angus beef topped with melted provolone and herbed aioli on mini brioche buns. 3597 Main St.; 951-222-2110;

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Pastrami sandwich from Woodfire Cafe

Maddilicious Catering Operating at Worthington Tavern Steamhouse Kitchen, Maddilicious Catering offers authentic fare from the Italian North End area of Boston where the owners resided for many years. A Boston-themed box consists of three classic items: New England clam chowder topped with fried whole belly clams, Boston Hot “Dawg” (Hebrew National version) served in a buttered Boston flat bun with sweet pepper relish and whole

grain mustard; and a Boston cream pie cupcake. Also available is the Mediterranean/ Italian box consisting of a small Mediterranean salad, half of a North End sandwich (meatball, marinara, provolone and parmesan on an Italian roll) and a freshly made cannoli. These items should bring back nostalgic memories for Northeasterners of the best preserved Italian neighborhood in the country. 3595 University Ave.; 714-357-8955;

Woodfire Cafe Pastrami is made on the premises at the Woodfire Cafe, where the meat is cured for 2½ weeks, smoked for six hours and then steamed for another six hours. It’s rare to find restaurants that do it from scratch. Watch for it during Restaurant Week. Another dish worth searching out is the meat lovers pizza, consisting of Italian sausage, porchetta, meatballs and proscuitto, which is on the regular menu. 3965 Market St.; 951-465-5328;

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Cafe Sevilla’s Black Seafood Paella is made with saffron bomba rice from Spain and squid ink, which gives it a unique black color.


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Mezcal Cantina y Cocina Two off the regular menu items at Mezcal will be available: tequila chicken in a honey sauce also consisting

Ostrich medallions finished with a port wine demi-glace, left, and a thick buffalo burger at Law’s Restaurant

of hibiscus tea, garlic, ginger and silver tequila; as well as steak adobo crusted with herbs and grilled vegetables topped with a pasilla sauce and accompanied by black beans. As always, a wide selection of beers and tequilas are available. 3737 Main St.; 951-888-2240;

Lake Alice Trading Co. At Lake Alice, the Atomic Ghost Pepper wings and drumsticks are not for the fainthearted. It’s a blend of buffalo, habañero and ghost pepper sauces. Ask for copious amounts of ranch dressing to quench the fire! The restaurant also will be serving its signature Jalapeño Bacon Burger, with fried jalapeño peppers and onions, cream cheese, lettuce and tomato. It’s one of the top-selling items year-round at Lake Alice. Another item to consider is the Hawaiian ahi poke, marinated in a sesame ginger, sweet chile sauce and served with fresh edamame, green onions and fried wonton crackers.

medallions. These are approximately Olympic medal size rounds cooked medium rare and finished in a port wine demi-glace. They will be served with smoked gouda mashed potatoes, as well as matchstick leeks and carrots — an unusual and delicious array of ingredients. Also worth considering: tempura avocado slices with a ponzu dipping sauce and a two patty buffalo burger

with shoestring onions accompanied by a broccoli salad. 9640 Indiana Ave.; 951-354-7021; Riverside Restaurant Week What: Annual showcase of Rverside’s dining scene, featuring dozens of restaurants throughout the city When: June 17-26 Information: Social media: #DineRiverside

3616 University Ave.; 951-686-7343;

Law’s Restaurant Chef Daniel Hale and his team will be going all out to provide items not generally seen on Inland Empire menus, chief among them being ostrich

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Food photos: Make ’em drool Photos and text by Rick Sforza


ou’re sitting down to a great plate of food, a superior beer or nice glass of wine. And before you dive in, sticking a fork in the middle of that beautifully arraigned culinary delight … you pull out your phone to capture the moment. So why are you suddenly subjected to food shaming from your friends who’ve equated your “food porn” to a steaming plate of canned dog food? It can be very frustrating that your photos do not compare to that moment of real life. Given nothing really compares to our real-life moments, here are a few tips that can elevate your images to ones that leave your friends asking, “Where are you eating?!” • Take the photo with your phone’s native camera. Most often your camera’s own photos are better than any app you A Vietnamese BanhMi sandwich with grilled lemongrass beef and sweet potato fries from Watercress Vietnamese Bistro in Redlands. The photo was taken with an iPhone 5s.


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Crispy spring rolls from Watercress Vietnamese Bistro in Redlands. The photo was taken with an iPhone 5s and uploaded to Instagram using the Lux feature, Mayfair filter and minor adjustments to brightness and contrast.

might be using, and you’ll have the ability to adjust the exposure and point of focus. Also, you’ll have a copy or original photo you can always work from. • Look for natural light, e.g., preferable daylight and a large window. Restaurant lighting is often low and not conducive to great photos. In a pinch, use the candle that’s on your table but make sure the candle is not in the photo. • Don’t “zoom” your phone’s camera lens. The more you “zoom in” on a subject the less photo quality it will have. Instead, move your phone closer.

A cup of jasmine green tea from Watercress Vietnamese Bistro in Redlands. The photo was taken with an iPhone 5s.

• Clean the scene! Look for extraneous objects in your photo that could detract from the star of the show, which is your plate of food. Do consider other elements you could place to the side or background which may enhance the photo, e.g. your frosty glass of beer, wine, cool placemats, etc. The contrast of elements will help provide atmosphere. • Use filters on your app judiciously. Some apps will make your food look unappetizing because of the the color or lack thereof. Apps that apply contrast will help your plate look more appealing. • Discretion is the better part of valor! Don’t feel compelled to post the photo right away. Preview your photo, and if you wouldn’t eat what’s in the photo, don’t post it. • Lastly and most importantly, practice makes prefect. You’ll be surprised how quickly you become adept at good food photos from your phone. Maybe the restaurant will even repost your photo and start following you on Instgram! Rick Sforza is a photo editor and a photojournalist for the Southern California News Group. He also is a former military photojournalist with the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 4th Combat Camera Squadron.

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In praise of iced tea Written by Merrill Shindler

ne can understand certain culinary objects of desire — like durian fruit, sea urchin and hákarl — becoming fads among the foodies. They all involve a certain cachet, which implies that the consumer of these items is a cognoscenti sans pareil, a foodie of the first water, a personage who would rather eat a swan than a chicken any day of the week. And yet every foodie I know, without exception, myself included, come the good old summertime, lives on gallons and gallons of iced tea. Not some obscure bit of mixology, using ingredients that can’t even be found on the Internet. But iced tea, made very probably from a bag, prepared in bulk and endlessly refilled. We love our iced tea — to the very edge of madness. And really … why not? America is, simply speaking, afloat in iced tea. Last year, Americans consumed over 80 billion servings of tea, more than 3.6 billion gallons — 85 percent of which was imbibed iced. In the Deep South, that iced tea is drunk pre-sweetened. And I don’t just mean sweetened — I mean “would you like a little tea with your sugar?” sweetened. I don’t understand how the sweet tea drinkers of the Deep South manage to keep their teeth. And I’m not sure they do. For me, the sweetener that works best is artificial. Yes, I know how bad they’re supposed to be for you. But since I don’t 14 

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Last year, Americans consumed over 80 billion servings of tea, more than 3.6 billion gallons — 85 percent of which was imbibed iced. smoke, I figure it all evens out — you got to have at least one vice, right? Not long ago, seated at a beachfront restaurant at lunchtime, I did an iced tea count. Of 64 diners in the restaurant, 44 were drinking iced tea. Almost no one was drinking an alcoholic beverage, which also

says plenty in terms of what’s going on in Los Angeles’ drinking styles; there wasn’t a California Cooler in sight. And those iced teas weren’t Long Island Iced Teas — they were iced teas. In a decided minority were the drinkers of bubbly water, wine or Diet Coke. They were drinking iced tea, and lots of it.

There are some very exotic iced teas out there, some orange-colored and infused with the essence of passion fruit. The reasons would seem to be many, all good. On a hot day, iced tea is shockingly refreshing; that first one vanishes in nothing flat. Iced tea gives you a mild caffeine hit, though certainly nothing that’s going to make your hands shake (at least not until Red Bull introduces a high caffeine tea). In most restaurants, iced tea is served in a bottomless glass, which means it’s cost effective — you can drink all you want for the cost of a single glass. Iced tea is also virtually caloriefree, which certainly doesn’t hurt. And possibly, subconsciously, iced tea also looks a lot like a bourbon drink — you can pretend you’re drinking the hard stuff, when you’re drinking the softest of the soft. And remember, when we talk about iced tea foodie-style, chances are good we’re not talking about the instant stuff made by Lipton. There are some very exotic iced teas out there, some orange-colored and infused with the essence of passion fruit — so good, so citrusy/fruity/honeyish, that many drink it straight, unsweetened by either sugar or Sweet’N Low. Folks tend to drink so much, they find themselves making watery sloshing sounds when they stand up to leave. Other hot spots offer a selection of iced teas — traditional Earl Grey, astringent mint, orchidaceous (and very red) hibiscus, stinging lemon-ginger and artsy roasted barley, which tastes a bit like a steeped brown paper bag. I vote for the hibiscus and the lemon-ginger, flavors Celestial Seasonings would be proud of. But, in the case of some of our more stylish Asian eateries, a bit of care is called for. The iced tea at numerous Thai and Vietnamese restaurants run somewhat counter to the flow of history, for Thai iced tea is anything but low cal. On the other hand, it’s also absolutely irresistible — a sinful combination of strong oriental tea, cream, liquid sugar cane and ginger. Thai iced coffee is even more intense — the rush is so strong, it borders on the illegal. I suspect that too many are hazardous to your health. But what a way to go! Food writer and critic Merrill Shindler is editor of the Los Angeles Zagat Survey and host of the Feed Your Face show and podcast on KABC Radio. You can reach him at





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Honey and Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers perform at the Riverside County Historic Courthouse in 2001.

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As temperatures rise, musicians enjoy mixing it up under the sun and stars

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uring the summer, sizzling weather leads to more concerts staged at outdoor festivals, parks, beaches, picnics and other venues rather than arenas, theaters or nightclubs. We asked local musicians about the best places to play this time of year and about standout gigs of the past.

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What are your favorite venues to perform at during the summer in the Inland Empire?

Chelsea Brown Summer Twins “We always have fun playing at Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands. It’s nice because it’s partly outdoors and has a more casual vibe than a bar or another venue, so friends can come hang out and enjoy some music on a warm summer night.”

Matt Coleman ColeSlaw, Hobo Jazz “During the summer, some of my favorite shows have been the pool sessions at Harrah’s Rincon. The atmosphere is tangibly relaxed. “Being the musician, I’m working, but in that setting, it definitely has moments of feeling like a vacation. Also, weddings are always in abundance and the settings for those are always diverse and beautiful.”

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Andy Moran, left, Justine Brown, Michael Rey and Chelsea Brown of the Summer Twins

Brett Dawson Soul of the River “We have played Jamboree Days in Crestline three times (and will again on July 3). There are great fireworks over the lake afterwards. Another favorite outdoor place is the Vault in Redlands.”

Chris Thayer Big Papa and The TCB, Chris Thayer Band “The backyard party has again become a viable and often profitable option. To be totally honest, I’d rather play for free in a friend’s backyard than make the little bit of money that some clubs offer their bands, all the while making a killing off the local talent.” Do any particularly memorable outdoor shows come to mind?

J. Boykin Saxophonist “A Carnival cruise to Ensenada. I had a very participative crowd, which I love,

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because I could feel the energy as I tried my best to wow the crowd.”

Brett Dawson Soul of the River “One time, we had a super enthusiastic crowd. A guy mentioned that it was his birthday and that he played the drums. So we had him jump on the kit and we jammed (together). “Parties are always the best. You can get much looser and jam out, make up birthday songs and let aspiring rappers get up on the mic.”

Lisa Kekaula The BellRays “We played on Big Bear Street, at the Arrowhead Boys & Girls Club campsite, at the firepit. That was pretty unique. “Many years ago, on Main Street below the buildings between Spanky’s Café downtown and the thrift store, some mods put on a rally that I thought was gonna be a ‘no go.’ The venue was almost condemned, but they cleaned it up.

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Groove Session styles itself as a good old-fashioned rock band.

We were shocked when the place packed out. It was a nice surprise.”

Honey Piazza

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John Glenn Kunkel is the electronic artist known as The New Division.


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Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers “In July 2001, there was an evening with us and Etta James in front of the Riverside County Historic Courthouse. Rod did his solo bar walk playing on the courthouse steps. We were remembering that show when we were downtown in April for the Show and Go classic car show. “Reaching way back, Rod and his first band, The Mystics, played one of the teen dances on one of the downtown parking lot rooftops in 1964. They were called ‘rooftop dances.’ It was the first multi-

level parking lot in Riverside. It was packed with screaming teenagers just like we were.”

Manny Sanchez Groove Session “We recently played at a party for the Inland Empire Biking Alliance in Redlands with lots of people dancing. “A cool outdoor spot we played and are playing again in July is the Cooper Regional History Museum in Upland, which is a blast for us and for families. “Other extremely non-traditional places we’ve played would have to include the time we set up in the dirt, with a generator, at midnight in Austin, Texas, to a crowd of a couple hundred. EDM

festivals are always quite an experience, too.”

John Glenn Kunkel The New Division “I think the best non-traditional show we did was a gastropub in Sacramento called the LowBrau Bierhall. While it wasn’t entirely unconventional, we did play in the middle of a street and got some amazing sausages.”

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UC Riverside students Lauren Whitehurst, left, and Negin Sattari hold EEG caps used to monitor brain activity during sleep. The pair will be doing a lecture, “Sleep: Are you getting enough and do you know how it is affecting your life?” at California Baptist University.

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sleep Student researchers offer an eyes-wide-open assessment, and have tips on how to get more shut-eye


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aise your hand if you’ve ever stayed up way too late and woken up way too early — leaving you tired and cranky the rest of the day despite multiple cups of coffee. It’s a practice, especially if it becomes a habit, that could have serious health and safety implications, says Lauren Whitehurst, a graduate student at UC Riverside who is studying sleep and how it relates to health and learning issues.

“Lack of sleep is a problem that affects everyone in our constantly going society, from school-aged children to older adults,” she said, adding that people should take sleep and their health more seriously. “If you focus on that, you can potentially have a much better outcome in life.” Whitehurst, 27, and fellow UCR graduate student Negin Sattari, 31, will share their research and insights about sleep, including the relationship between a lack of sleep and certain diseases such as obesity and diabetes, during a June 16 lecture presented at California Baptist University by the Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation. Their presentation — “Sleep: Are you getting enough and do you know how it is affecting your life?” — is this year’s entry in the annual Dr. Herman H. Stone Memorial Lecture series. Sattari and Whitehurst, who live in Riverside, are studying sleep, memory and cognition as part of their work toward earning Ph.Ds in psychology from UCR. During their presentation, the researchers also will offer tips on ways to improve sleep. Sattari, who has a bachelor’s degree in computer science, is interested in memory and the benefits of sleep in adults. She is studying the effects of

female hormones on memory and cognition, noting that studies have tied a lack of sleep to being obese and/or depressed and having cardiovascular troubles. Whitehurst, who has a master’s degree in experimental psychology, is interested in sleep and promoting health and longevity. As part of her research into how people’s everyday lives impact their sleep, she is researching sleep among people who chronically use marijuana, how drugs like Ritalin affect sleep and learning, and how a person’s heart rate can impact learning and memory. On a personal level, Whitehurst says that she struggles with regularly getting enough shut-eye, but she always makes it a priority. “While I can admit that I don’t always follow my own advice, I will say that I do try to get at least seven hours of sleep every night,” she said. “I keep electronics out of my bedroom, so when I go to sleep I can really make sure that I am not tempted by a good TV show or a manuscript. “Good sleep makes me more productive, and even when I am tempted to sacrifice my sleep for productivity’s sake, I remind myself that I would be doing exactly the opposite!”

10 steps to better sleep • Stick to a constant sleep schedule. Go to sleep and wake up at about the same time daily, with only a 2-hour window for variation. • Adults 18-50 should have at least seven hours of sleep per day. • Expose yourself to bright light in the morning to tell your brain it’s time to wake up and get going. • Avoid large meals and exercise within 2-3 hours of bedtime. • Avoid caffeine after 3 p.m. • If you can’t sleep and are lying in bed awake, get up and do a light, nonstressful activity with low light. • Keep your bedroom quiet and peaceful. Have a comfor table bed and dark blinds for sleeping. • Turn off your cellphone when you go to sleep. • Avoid using electronics before bedtime as the blue light emitted by the screen can keep you awake. A special filter over the screen can dim the blue light in the display. • Don’t nap after 3 p.m. Late-afternoon naps can interfere with sleep. Sources: Negin Sattari and Lauren Whitehurst Dr. Herman H. Stone Memorial Lecture What: “Sleep: Are you getting enough and do you know how it is affecting your life?” When: June 16, from 6-8 p.m. Where: California Baptist University’s Innovators Auditorium, on the first floor of the School of Business, 8432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside Tickets: Admission is free. Information: To register call 951-682-2753 or visit

‘Lack of sleep is a problem that affects everyone in our constantly going society, from school-aged children to older adults.’

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Summer fun

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Written by Amy Bentley Photos by Frank Perez

s a child, Enoch Hwang, above, was fascinated with electronic gadgets and automated devices. As an adult, he turned his childhood passion into a career as a professor at La Sierra University, sharing his knowledge and skills with not just students but people of all ages.

This summer for the first time, Hwang will be expanding his reach as he teaches a Robotics Summer Camp at La Sierra that will show campers ages 9 and older how to do simple computer programming, electronics and analytical thinking. The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon June 13-24, also will feature a robotbuilding competition. “It’s been my passion to work with electronics and robotics, even when I was a kid,” said Hwang, chairman of La Sierra’s Computer Science Department. “When I was young, I liked to build automated little gadgets. Now I’m at a point where I know how to do it, so let me teach what I know.” Hwang says it’s important for kids to think logically. “They’ll learn simple computer programming concepts and then how to connect to simple external components like colored lights, sensors and a motor and be able to control the motor if it’s something that will move,” he said. Hwang’s interest in teaching robotics extends beyond the La Sierra campus. Besides leading a robotics club at La Sierra where college, high school and junior high school students (and even a retiree) interested in robotics meet regularly to build fun electronic gadgets, he also helps at Hillcrest High School in Riverside with the campus computer coding club. Campers don’t need previous robotics experience. To build the robots, they’ll be using a kit, which comes with an Arduino microcontroller board, USB cable, LED lights, buzzer, push button, sensors, motor and other components. “It’s easy to use for kids with no background (in robotics),” Hwang said. Robotics are immersed in many aspects of daily modern life, says Hwang, including through such items as garage-door openers, microwave ovens and traffic lights. “The list goes on and on. They are

‘The brains behind them is really the programmer or the computer engineer. Lots of employers are looking for these skills.’ really controlling our lives in a sense,” he said. For those items to become better and more user-friendly, it will require people who know how to program them, he says. “The brains behind them is really the programmer or the computer engineer. Lots of employers are looking for these skills,” Hwang said, adding that the camp is an effective way to get kids interested in robotics at a young age so they might pursue the field later in their educations. A report published by Business Insider in May 2015 predicted a $1.5 billion market for consumer and business robots by 2019.

Hwang earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1999 from UC Riverside, doing research in power optimization for microprocessor circuits. He teaches students how to design and work with microcontrollers, and he wrote a collegelevel textbook, “Digital Logic and Microprocessor Design with Interfacing.” The second edition will be released later this year. A recent project that Hwang has undertaken with his college students involves building a robotic arm that can be controlled from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection using a standard Web browser. From a Web page, students can control the movement of the arm, such as lifting it and turning it, to pick up metal balls and other items. Robotics Summer Camp When: June 13-24, 9 a.m. to noon Where: La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside Information: or email

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An expect ant mother, Sus an Goff, and her 3-y Fam ily ph otos co ur ear-old son , Brian, hea tes y Bri an Go ff holds. As Ralph Waldo d out into the world not Emerson once said, “W knowing what the future hat lies before us and wh what lies wit hin us.” at lies behind us are tin y matters compared to

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Written by Brian Goff

family O thing Why I support Relay for Life in raising money for the American Cancer Society


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ld family photos can tell so many stories, definitely a thousand words worth. One of my favorites is a picture of my mother, Susan Goff, and I in late spring or early summer of 1977. An expecting 27-year-old mother, with her 3-year-old son heading out for an adventure, complete with 1970s bell bottoms and my denim outfit Brian Goff with a butterfly collar. Brings out a smile every time. In just a couple of months she will give birth to her second child, a girl. In the following year, she will convince her husband to move the family away from the bleak winters in Ohio back to sunny Southern California. A family with a future so bright, well, just look at my shades. However my smile never lasts long. You see, I know the future. I know what happens next to this vibrant young woman in the prime of her life.


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from ing oranges SoCal. Pick y . nn ty su vi ti in ac r family Sunny times w as a regula ee tr rd ya the back

I know that in five quick years she will be diagnosed with breast cancer. A year after that she will undergo a double mastectomy in an attempt to rid her body of the cruel disease. The times that follow will be rough, cancer treatment can sometimes be just as taxing as the disease. But constant trips to see doctors don’t prevent her from attending every Little League game, school play and church service. And I know that nine years from when this photo was taken, the cancer will return with a vengeance, wrapping around her spine, relegating her to a wheelchair. A year later, the cancer will have spread and she will be confined to a bed on the

Ed and Sus an Goff, wit h their children, Betsy and Brian, sit for a por trait — the last fam ily photo taken before Sus an lost her bat tle wit h cancer.

fifth floor of Riverside Community Hospital. The more I look at this picture, the more my smile fades and my heart aches. I have to fight back the tears, because I know that this vibrant, 27-year-old mother of two will not live to see her 38th birthday. In the course of just a few years, everything can change. Cancer robbed my family of so much, so when I say I support Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, it’s more than a cause. It’s personal. Cancer affects us all. It tears apart lives and families without discrimination. Four years ago my sister and I joined a group of like-minded individuals raising money for the American Cancer Society. Funny how a group of people that you never would have crossed paths with can become your best friends. The bonding over the pain and misery of cancer can bring together people Our Relay for Life team, the Masked Maniacs, at the 2015 event, “Celebrating more birthdays” with a Batman birthday party. from all walks of life 26 

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and give them comfort and solace. It has been nearly 30 years, and in some ways I am still getting over the loss of my mother. Through my work with Relay for Life, I have found that sometimes just knowing that you are not alone can make all the difference in the world. I am now five years older than my mother was when she lost her battle with cancer. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly that this world can offer. If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that life is precious. Cancer tears at the very fabric of that notion. Relay for Life has a saying that they strive to “celebrate more birthdays.” So, year after year, we move forward in the search for a day without cancer, while keeping one eye on the past to remind us what got us here. I encourage all to celebrate life and help contribute to a better world. For more about my story and my team, visit our site and donate to the cause: Relay for Life of Riverside California School for the Deaf, 3044 Horace St., Riverside When: June 11, 9 a.m. Information: 800-227-2345


UC Riverside César E. Chávez Run/Walk 1

What started in 2002 as an event to further a message of service by a labor leader and civil rights activist, the 15th annual César E. Chávez Run/Walk recently drew hundreds of participants and supporters to UC Riverside for a 5K run/walk, community service fair, crafts and music. Proceeds raised will support student scholarships at UCR. 3



(1) Many of the 300 participants in the 5K run/walk (2) A member of the Danza Teocalli Tepeyolotl dance group (3) Estella Acuña, Assemblyman Jose Medina and Sabrina Cervantes (4) Greg Avila and Mar Steinfeld (5) Young participants with Scotty Highlander


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March for Babies More than 3,500 local residents came together recently for the annual Inland Empire March for Babies at Rancho Jurupa Park in Jurupa Valley. They raised more than $500,000, which will help the March of Dimes in its mission to fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 3





(1) Ricki Hill, left, Chris Huyett, Natalie Solis and Anabel Gamez (2) Doug Key and Renee Colarossi (3) Jessica, left, Brielle, Leena and Nick Martin (4) Kamdyn, left, and Andrew Bardos (5) Beth Melendez, left, Virginia Medina and Sarah Medina Photos by Jamie Durante Photography for March of Dimes

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Walk to End Homelessness

Raising funds for programs that help get people off the streets, the third annual Walk to End Homelessness recently brought members of nonprofit and social service organizations, faith-based institutions and others to Fairmount Park. Information:







(1) Efrain Garcia, left, Monica Rodrigues, Bellem Ureta, Barbara James, Paul Flores and Robert Suarez (2) Michael and Robyn Moore (3) Wanda and Terry Prossel (4) Damien O’Farrell, left, and Leonard Jarman (5) Lon Risley, left, Carol Lynch and Father John of All Saints Church (6) Mervyn Manalo, left, Emily Manalo, Carrie Harmon, Cindy Manalo and Matthew Manalo Ph o t o s by Fr a n k Pe r e z

sav e the date CHARITABLE EVENTS

June 13 — 24th annual A. Gary Anderson Memorial Golf Classic, to benefit efforts by Children’s Fund to help at-risk and abused children. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $6 million. Red Hill Country Club, 8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; 909-379-0000; July 15 — Food Truck Friday. Buy food truck grub in front of the Riverside Art Museum, then after you’re finished wander the galleries for free. 3245 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; July 16 — An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to benefit Teen Challenge. Benedict Castle, 5445 Chicago Ave., Riverside; 7-10:30 a.m.; 951-683-4241, July 17 — Dr. Sid’s Memorial Golf Classic, a benefit for The Unforgettables Foundation in honor of former board member, Dr. Sid Torres. Goose Creek Golf Club, 11418 68th St., Jurupa Valley; 951-735-3982;


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Aug. 27 — Gatsby Gala, the annual Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation dinner and auction. Live music by Phat Cat Swinger and dancing. Victoria Club, 2521 Arroyo Drive, Riverside; 6-10 p.m.; 951-682-2753; Sept. 24 — Walk for Recovery, presented by Teen Challenge. Hunter Hobby Park, 1400 Iowa Ave., Riverside; 8:30 a.m. check-in, walk starts at 9 a.m.; 951-683-4241;; Oct. 2 — Ninth annual Believe Walk, to celebrate and honor cancer survivors during an event that benefits Inland Empire organizations supporting cancer patients and their families. Online registration closes at 10,000 participants or Sept. 15, whichever occurs first. Downtown Redlands; Oct. 10 — SmartRiverside’s 10th annual charity golf tournament to support and expand the programs and services offered by the nonprofit. Victoria Club, 2521 Arroyo Drive,

Riverside; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 951-826-5441; Oct. 15 — Inland Empire Heart & Stroke Walk to benefit the American Heart Association, with a 3.1-mile walk/run and 1-mile optional survivor route. Rancho Jurupa Park, 4800 Crestmore Road, Jurupa Valley; registration 7 a.m., opening ceremonies 8:30 a.m., walk starts at 9 a.m.; 310-424-4174; November-December — End of the year giving campaign for for Riverside Life Services, a nonprofit that offers free medical care and counseling to pregnant women. The organization has helped more than 10,000 local women during the last four decades. 951-784-2422, December — Celebration of Giving, 28th annual toy donation drive presented by Children’s Fund. Drop-off locations to be announced. 909-379-0000;


RARCC Auction & Dinner Gala

About 375 attendees and volunteers, including emcee Dan Bernstein and auction hosts Colleen Williams and Paul Gill, contributed to the success of the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center’s 35th annual Auction & Dinner Gala, held recently at the Victoria Club. Proceeds will support the nonprofit’s services and community education programs, which are available throughout western Riverside County.












(1) Bob and Mary Hayes, left, Jody and Ed Mierau, Elliot Duchon and Roger Clark (2) Karen Holloway, left, Bud and Claudia Luppino (3) Mike and Katina Morey (4) Paul Gill, left, Colleen Williams and Dan Bernstein (5) Lindsey Banks and Larry McAdara (6) Wendel Tucker, left, and Cindy and Grover Trask (7) Ben Johnson, left, Chris and Kevin Jeffries (8) Hank Schiller, left, and Ron McCaskill (9) Jennifer and Sheriff Stanley Sniff (10) Chaun and Danyale Goldberg (11) Paula Ford, left, and Karen Russell (12) Janis Tucker, left, John Collins and Sue Rainey (13) Steve Kienle, left, and David Mitchell



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Austin Attaway with some of his Pokémon memorabilia.

Pokémon passion

leads to prizes Written by Amy Bentley


he stakes will be high when Austin Attaway competes at the Pokémon World Championships this summer: The winner receives $50,000 — enough to cover the cost of his college education. The 20-year-old Poly High graduate and Riverside City College student will be transferring to UC Riverside this fall to study psychology. But first, he is taking his hobby of playing the Pokémon trading card game to a new level. Earlier this year, he won the Nevada 30 

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state title, placed second in Hawaii and was fifth in a California regional tournament. Attaway advances to the Pokémon National Championships in July in Columbus, Ohio, with the Pokémon Company International covering his costs and giving him $1,000 to boot. At the event, he hopes to earn more points so he’ll be in a better position when he battles players from more than 30 countries at the world competition in San Francisco in August. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, a game with unique, fictional creatures that humans catch and train to

Photo by Eric Reed

battle each other for sport. With video and trading card games, movies, television shows, books, toys and more, Pokémon remains one of the world’s most successful and beloved fantasy franchises. Attaway grew up with Pokémon, playing the Game Boy and Nintendo video games as a child then taking up card games with a league in Colton. As a teen, he began playing the card game competitively, leading to many tournament victories. To win a match, players must knock out six of their opponent’s Pokémon cards. “It’s fun, it’s social and it’s a good way to meet people,” Attaway said. “It has the same spirit of appeal that anything has, like any other collectible or nerd-based thing.”

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