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City on the move Walt Disney famously said that Disneyland will never be completed. Perhaps it’s the same story for the city of riverside, which continues to evolve through major projects and initiatives — including two that are debuting this spring.






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now they’re Cookin’ the Inland Empire Derby Divas are some tough cookies who make a mean bowl of chili. their recipe won first place at Arlington business Par tnership’s Chili Cook-off & Car/ Cycle Show last year, and they’re returning in May to take on all comers.

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Sound deCiSion restaurateur gary romano has taken his act downtown, where his latest establishment is serving a full menu of Italian food in a new street-level restaurant and music in the councer t lounge upstairs.

Also inside Go & Do: riverside Airshow 6 Calendar: Ar ts and enter tainment 8 Movies: riverside International Film Festival 21 Taste: health’s Kitchen 26 Home: She sheds offer a backyard escape 28 Seen/nonprofits State of the City 34 riverside Downtown Par tnership Meeting and Awards 36 red Dress Fashion Show 38 go red for Women 39 Nonprofit calendar 39 4 |  | spring 2017

on the cover Katie Sarenana, left, Amber Parrish, Ada Andrade, Vanessa Cor tez and, in the foreground, Sarah Atkins are among the Inland Empire Derby Divas set to defend their chili cook-off title at the Chili Cook-off & Car/Cycle Show. Photo by Eric reed CONNECT!

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High-flying fun Soaring entertainment prepares to take flight for the 25th annual Riverside Airshow Written by Amy Bentley


wenty-five years ago, neighbors were waging a publicity campaign to shut down riverside Municipal airport. today, nobody’s talking about closing a general aviation facility that’s popular with both business and pleasure pilots and also hosts one of the inland empire’s biggest one-day events: the riverside airshow. on april 1, the 25th annual edition is expected to attract 90,000 spectators who will watch pilots perform thrilling aerial stunts, skydivers and, on the ground, inspect antique and military planes — including Boeing’s giant C-17 globemaster iii — plus helicopters, classic vehicles and community group exhibits. it’s a family oriented affair (no alcohol is served) that’s more popular than ever, much to the delight of its coordinator, thomas Miller, a riverside attorney, pilot, former Marine air wing mechanic and former airport commissioner who gave flight to the air show idea as a way to counter airport critics. “we started it as a community event, and it’s always been a family event,” said Miller, adding that some 500 volunteers make it possible. “we are

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going above and beyond in every area this year. it will indeed be a very special air show, and we’ve got something for everybody out there on that ramp.” this year’s show will feature new acts and old favorites. it will kick off with the Just in time skydivers jumping from 12,000 feet and landing at the airport to the star spangled Banner. vicky Benzing, a Bay area resident who will perform a nostalgic flying routine in her 1940 Boeing stearman, is one of the new additions to this year’s lineup. flying has been a lifelong hobby for Benzing, who enjoyed a successful career in the silicon valley tech industry before leaving the corporate world to pursue her passion for flying. Piloting a large biplane once used as a military trainer, she calls her routine “vintage barnstorming” with lots of sweeping, dramatic maneuvers, loops, rolls and figure eights. “those maneuvers would have been what cadets would have learned to fly in world war ii,” said Benzing, adding that her performance produces a lot of noise and smoke. “Plus, it’s a girl flying it, and it’s a giant airplane.” People get an up close look at the C-17 globemaster. Photo By terry Pierson

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Riverside Airshow the lineup includes... U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane tours and an afternoon takeoff KC-135 Stratotanker flyby featuring the large refueling tanker Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Truck vehicle outfitted with two jet engines T-34 Mentor Julie Clark leads a patriotic routine Pitts Muscle S-1-11B Jon Melby performs in a highly modified aerobatic bi-plane Extra 300 Chuck Coleman flies one of the most powerful and maneuverable planes for aerobatics Pitts S-1 spencer suderman flies a biplane dubbed “Meteor Pitts” T6 Texan War dog-1882 John Collver flies a rebuilt world war ii warbird

Vicky Benzing performs a corkscrew manuever. Photo Courtesy airshow ProDuCtions

Also on tap… • Pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., hosted by the air show committee as an event fundraiser. • Car show with more than 200 vehicles • K-9 and helicopter demonstrations by the riverside Police Depar tment When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., april 1 Where: riverside airpor t, 6951 flight road Tickets: free admission Information: spring 2017 |  | 7

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‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’ APRIL 21-23, 28-30 – Classic tale presented by Riverside Children’s Theatre. Arlington High School, 2951 Jackson, Riverside; VINTAGE HOME TOUR MAY 20 – Old Riverside Foundation’s annual tour of beautiful homes, representing different architectural styles

from Riverside’s past. Tickets available starting April 5 at A to Z Printing, Mission Galleria, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, Riverside’s Courtyard Marriott. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $20 in advance, $22 the day of the tour; 951-509-7682;

FLOWER SHOW AND GARDEN TOUR APRIL 8-9 – 70th annual event, with a tour of six private gardens. Flower show at the Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Ave., Riverside; 1-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; home garden tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days; $10 in advance, $12 day of show; 951-777-0746;

WEST COAST THUNDER MAY 29 – Memorial Day Bike Run through Riverside. Bikers congregate at Riverside HarleyDavidson, where there’s a ceremony shortly before 9 a.m., then leave at 9:11 a.m. for Riverside National Cemetery, then travel to Soboba Casino for a concert by Eli Young Band. Riverside Harley-Davidson, 7688 Indiana Ave.; Soboba Casino, 23333 Soboba Road, San Jacinto; 951-785-0100;,


GRAHAM NASH APRIL 7 – In concert. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, 7 p.m.; 951-779-9800, Also: MercyMe, April 30; Todrick Hall Presents: Straight Outta Oz, May 5; Lewis Black, May 11; La Doble Moral El Musical, May 14; Robin Trower, May 18; Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, May 26; Julianne and Derek Hough, June 15.

calendar MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM THROUGH APRIL 19 – Badfish, April 1; Jeezy, April 4; Yurida, April 6; Breaking Benjamin, April 19. 3485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800; ‘PAPEL CHICANO DOS’ THROUGH MAY 7 – Works from the collection of Cheech Marin. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-684-7111; Also: “Trabajamos/We Work: Photographs by David Bacon,” through April 11; Beyond Science Fiction,” through May 25. ‘STREET PHOTOGRAPHY’ THROUGH MAY 20 – Works from museum’s collection. California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; Also: “Rotation 2015” and “Flash: Archana Vikram,” through June 24; “Laurie Brown: Earth Edges,” through July 1; “Michael Lesy: Looking Backward, through July 15. FILM SCREENINGS THROUGH JUNE 17 – “The Red Turtle,” April 7-8; “Paterson,” April 14-15; 8 |  | spring 2017

“The Salesman,” April 29; “Toni Erdmann,” May 5-6; “La La Land,” June 2-3; “The Eagle Huntress,” June 16-17. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside; 951-827-4787; ‘THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE’ MARCH 31-APRIL 9 – Musical romp through the Jazz Age. Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; $29-$50; 951-222-8100; ‘APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH’ MARCH 31-APRIL 16 – Agatha Christie drama about guests at a Jerusalem hotel, including a domineering stepmother who winds up dead. Riverside Community Players, 4026 14th St., Riverside; $16; 951-686-4030; Also: “Deathtrap,” May 19-June 4. SPRING PLANT SALE APRIL 1-2 – Thousands of plants in more than 600 varieties will be available for purchase, including drought-tolerant and California natives, plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and plants that are suitable for cut flowers.

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens, 900 University Ave.; opens 11:30 a.m. each day; 951-784-6962; Also: Kids’ Adventure in the Gardens, April 8; Wildlands Conservancy’s “Artist’s palette” Garden, April 22. ARTS WALK APRIL 6 – 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; INTER-TRIBAL POW WOW APRIL 15 – Highlights include grand entry, gourd dancing, arts & crafts and food. Ira Hayes Stadium, Sherman Indian High School and Museum, 9010 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; 951-276-6325; RIVERSIDE ART MARKET APRIL 22 – Artist and craft booths, face-painting, children’s activities, demonstrations of glass-blowing,


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calendar print-making and painting, pop-up restaurants and food trucks highlight this fourth-annual event. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 951-684-7111; 951-201-8173;

TAMALE FESTIVAL APRIL 22 – Experience and celebrate the region’s rich Latino heritage through delicious food, lively music, fun and entertainment during this fifth annual event. Beer garden. Proceeds help preserve and restore the Trujillo adobe, a settlement that pre-dates the city of Riverside. White Park, 3936 Chestnut St., Riverside; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 951-235-3586; on Facebook at Riverside PHOTO By KURT MILLER Tamale Festival.

‘RAMONA’ APRIL 22-MAY 7 – The story of early California is based on the 1884 novel by Helen Hunt Jackson. It’s the longest-running outdoor play in the United States and features a cast of more than 300. Weekend performances 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre, 27400 Ramona Bowl Road, Hemet; SHOW & GO MAY 5-6 – Car show featuring 1,000-plus classic cars cruising and parked along the streets in downtown Riverside near the Main Street pedestrian mall. Wayne’s Engine Cruise, 6-10 p.m. Friday; car show and cruise all day Saturday, with an afternoon trophy presentation. Presented by Riverside East Rotary and The Old Farts Association. Free admission; 951-276-3670;

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RIVERSIDE MASTER CHORALE MAY 7 – World of Music. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside; 3 p.m.; $15; JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION JUNE 3 – Annual family oriented festival with

entertainment by local talent, health and community information booths, historical presentations, food and refreshments. Boardwell Park/Stratton Community Center, 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riverside; noon-6 p.m.; 951-826-5355;

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IvERSIdE continues to be a work in progress. The massive Riverside Renaissance public works initiative, which wrapped up in 2011, and multiple projects since then — both capital improvements and new programs, such as UC Riverside’s School of Medicine — are transforming the city. Consider: • The expansion of the 91 Freeway through downtown, which last year added a carpool lane in each direction along with ramp improvements and other work, is part of a 30-year, $2 billion effort to improve freeways and public transit in Riverside and Orange counties. • The century-old Imperial Hardware building, which has been vacant for years, is being turned into a six-story structure with loft apartments and ground-level shops and space for a restaurant or cafe. It’s one of several housing projects that eventually will bring thousands of new residents downtown. • Riverside City College’s Centennial Plaza downtown and UCR’s on-campus School of Medicine have added a wealth of educational opportunities in a variety of fields. The Raincross City already is one of the major engines driving Inland Empire’s economic output, which is roughly on par with Baltimore or Pittsburgh, according to Christopher Thornberg, director of the Center for Economic Forecasting at UCR’s School of Business Administration. 12 |  | spring 2017

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The Raincross city is home to several new projects and initiatives. here’s a closer look at four of the biggest.

91 Freeway ▲ A $248 million project to widen a six-mile segment of the busy thoroughfare through downtown Riverside was completed about a year ago. Work continues in the Corona area where two new toll lanes and one regular lane were expected to open in March.

▲ Centennial Plaza Riverside City College opened its $80 million downtown center for ar ts and education last March on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the school. The facility is home to the Coil School for the Ar ts and the RCC Culinary Academy. UC Riverside school of medicine Launched to address a shor tage of health care professionals in the Inland Empire, the school welcomed its first class of 50 medical students in 2013. The program has ongoing par tnerships with area hospitals, including Riverside Community Hospital.

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“This is an enormous economy, yet people don’t recognize that, they don’t see that,” he said. “The reason is while there is a massive amount of economic activity, it’s completely dispersed. It’s an enormous region, and all of this economic activity is spread out in all sorts of little spots.” Most urban areas, Thornberg says, have an urban core — something the Inland Empire lacks. But Riverside, along with Ontario, are the two cities he believes are best suited to fill that role. “As big as this economy is, if it really wants to grow up and be what it can be, you’ve got to think toward the development of these urban cores,” he said. Ontario is a candidate thanks to the international airport, especially now that local officials have regained control of the once fast-growing facility after years of litigation and negotiation with Los Angeles World Airports. The hope is that with upgrades to the terminal and other improvements, coupled with a renewed

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infrastructure projects, add it all up and you see the investments I would consider to be steps toward exactly the kind of urban development necessary in Riverside to give it its center hub that will ultimately link all of these little nodes of economic activity,” Thornberg said. With that, here’s a closer look at two major projects debuting in Riverside this spring: Riverside Community Hospital expansion In an effort to address a need for more patient beds and doctors in the Inland Empire, Riverside Community Hospital is about to open the signature piece in its $400 million-plus multi-year expansion project — a seven-story, 260,000-squarefoot tower with 105 private patient rooms. The structure also will open up space for four new operating rooms, including one for transcatheter aortic valve replacement to benefit heart disease

patients, and it will facilitate the expansion of the emergency department and other services. “There’s been a building program in mind for a long time, probably about 20 years,” said Dan Bowers, the hospital’s chief operating officer. “In order to expand our programs and services, we had no option but to build another tower to accommodate growth that we’ve seen — particularly during the last five to seven years when we’ve seen exponential growth.” The expansion effort is not limited to the new tower. During the last few years, the hospital has opened a three floor, 60,000-square-foot medical office building; and a five-level, 1,060-space parking garage. Not as immediately noticeable, perhaps, were a seismic retrofit and cosmetic upgrades to the older hospital tower, which opened in 1965. Besides the new structures, Riverside Community Hospital has been building up medical services it offers the million-plus

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residents in the region. One area of emphasis has been neuro-interventional radiology, which offers minimally invasive treatment for stroke patients and those with brain aneurysms or other issues. The hospital, which has been a primary stroke center since 2014, is on track to become the first comprehensive stroke center in Riverside County by year’s end. And, through its partnership with UCR, medical students who have been accepted into residency programs will be starting their work at the hospital in 2018. In a sense, the expansion effort means that Riverside Community Hospital, which was established in 1901, will be able to operate more like a regional medical center, says CJ Lee, vice president of business development. “We still want to keep the community feel,” he added. “That’s all about connections with patients, physicians and having a wonderful medical community, but at the same time being able to offer leading, cutting-edge services that haven’t been available to patients in this area. “It’s a very exciting time to see such

The process to design, get the necessary approvals and construct the new arena California Baptist took two and a half to three years. The University Arena arena’s architectural style will reflect the When Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, the California Mission Revival theme already established Baptist University president, first came in other buildings on campus. to the private school 23 years ago, there Ellis and other administrators, including were 808 students on a 59½-acre campus. coaches and CBU Athletic Director Today, CBU’s enrollment tops 9,100, and Micah Parker, toured arenas in several the facility spans 160 acres. states to collect ideas they could bring A new 5,000-plus seat arena opening back to Riverside. on campus this spring will be the latest The arena isn’t the only recent addition university expansion. The new facility will to the campus, as CBU continues to be welcome addition to a college that long expand to accommodate enrollment ago outgrew the 1970s-era Van Dyne growth. The Yeager Center, a music Gymnasium, which only accommodates building, and a business building all have 1,100 for sports events with optional floor come online, and work started in seating capacity for an additional 300 December on a College of Engineering guests. building, which has a completion target “The new arena has been dreamed of summer 2018. about for more than a decade,” Ellis said. But for this spring, the new arena gets Scheduled for completion in April, the the campus spotlight, much to the delight grand opening is set for 1 p.m. May 4, of Ellis and others who worked for years with speakers, a ribbon-cutting ceremony to make it a reality. and tours. The annual faculty and staff Said Ellis, “We’re very excited banquet is the first event scheduled for to welcome this significant addition the new space. to our campus.” growth on this campus.”

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he Inland empIre derby divas are some seriously tough ladies — just ask Vanessa Cortez, who has been skating with the team for five years. If you’re going to take up this rowdy contact sport, be prepared for hard hits, bruises and maybe a broken bone, says Cortez, who has suffered a few concussions and a fractured nose, but is not about to hang up her skates. “It hasn’t stopped me yet. It’s really addicting,” she said. Welcome to the modern world of roller derby, a competitive sport that was popular in the 1950s and is enjoying a revival in the Inland empire. Formed in 2006, the divas are part of the Inland empire premiere Women’s Flat Track roller derby league.

Spectators see action-packed games where fast-moving skaters battle for the win, sometimes crashing into each other in a no-holds-barred bout. Cortez, 34, is known in the derby world as “K.O.K.O. Brown” (“K.O.” being short for “knockout”). “my alter ego is a boxer,” she said, adding that players skate for fun, friendship and exercise. “The way I describe it is, it’s cheaper than therapy and anger management. It makes me a nicer person,” Cortez joked. “This is my ‘me’ time.” heather Jimenez, who goes by “Vi-Vicious” in the rink, joined the divas about a year ago. “I was just hooked,” said the 29-year-old, who works in human resources at Kaiser permanente in riverside. “It was this sense of family,

community and camaraderie that was a good feeling. empowerment of women was the biggest thing and also being accepting of all sizes and all ages. I felt that this was where I need to be. “It’s a whole world,” she continued. “You have roller derby friends and skate park friends. I go trail skating. The husbands are friends. We are a volunteer-run league, and we are always recruiting. everything we do is to help each other as a team.” Bouts are highly competitive. “When you are out there playing on the track, it’s war. We are not friends,” Cortez said. “But once the game is over, we have an after-party and give awards to each other.” The divas — with 30-35 members of all skill levels — come from many walks of life, including nurses, teachers

The Inland Empire Derby Divas go all-out during a practice at Cal Skate in Grand Terrace. At left, Katie Sarenana (“Moonshineher”) and Vanessa Cortez (“K.O.K.O. Brown”) square off over a bowl of chili. The team looks forward to defending last year’s chili cook-off title.

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and stay-at-home moms. Cortez is a sports coordinator for the city of Fontana. To join the team, skaters must be 18 or older. Currently, the youngest member is 20 while the oldest is in her late 40s. The league offers a “fresh meat” program for beginners who take a physical skills test and a written test before being cleared to skate with the team. None of the Divas are paid to be on Chili plus cars and cycles Award-winning chili is only one aspect of the Arlington Business Par tnership’s 15th annual Chili Cook-off & Car/Cycle Show. Nearly 200 cars, most of them pre-1975 vintages, and a variety of choppers and street bikes will be on display along Magnolia Avenue in the Arlington Village area. The cars and cycles par t of the event is organized by the Rickshaws of Riverside (, which was founded in 1958 and currently has about 80 members. Three members of the car

the team, and, in fact, they are each charged $50 in monthly dues to practice twice a week at Cal Skate in Grand Terrace. They also cover their own equipment, travel and other expenses, so fundraisers often are in order. Last year, a nice payday for the team came during the Arlington Business Partnership’s annual Chili Cook-off & Car/ Cycle Show. Using a chili recipe created club will be checking out all of the vehicles and presenting 11 trophies, including one for Best of Show. “It’s a fun community event,” says Mike Noreikas, vice president of the Rickshaws. Chili Cook-off & Car/Cycle Show When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27 Where: Arlington Village, Magnolia Avenue between Jackson Street and Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside Cost: Free admission; $5 for 6 chili tastings Information: 951-509-1100,

by former teammate Caroline Szlukier, the Divas won the community chili cookoff — and a $1,000 cash prize. Szlukier has since moved to Portland, but the Divas will be returning for the 15th annual event on May 27 to defend their title. Cortez is enthusiastic about a repeat cook-off victory. How good is the chili? “Come out and taste it,” she says.





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early 100 features, shorts and documentaries — selected from 500 entries — will unspool during the 15th annual riverside International film festival, april 21-30 at the Box in downtown riverside. “the selections will address conflict of cultures, the human situation worldwide and the best of local filmmakers,” said Nancy Douglas, rIff director of programming. Noteworthy screenings will include the Ie-centric “love in Moreno Valley,” what Douglas described as a “convincing portrait of contemporary teens”; “Baby,” which revolves around a girl about to age out of foster care who gets involved in dog racing; and “special unit,” a police comedy about detectives. Other films include entries from science fiction, horror, history and documentary genres (the doc “american Veteran” spotlights a quadriplegic veteran from Murrieta). festival alumni have gone on to do great things, said Jim Buchholz, rIff president. Notably, Denis Villeneuve’s “Next floor,” a nine-minute short that takes place entirely around a dining table, won the festival’s jury prize in 2012. this year, Villeneuve was up for an Oscar for directing “arrival,” a best picture nominee. the event is not just about movies. Honorees will include Bill Miller, the former Corona mayor, author and tV executive who founded Nashville’s Johnny Cash Museum and helped bring a smaller Cash exhibition to Corona’s fender Museum during the 2000s.

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insecure Alex plays to a full house at Romano’s in downtown Riverside. At left, fans wait outside before the start of the concert.


he live music scene in downtown Riverside has a new player — Romano’s. in January, restaurateur Gary Romano opened his fourth inland empire pizzeria/italian restaurant in a historic 13,000-square-foot space on university Avenue that originally served as a carriage repair shop in the 1890s. most recently, it was a sports bar and eatery, D-Dogs, which closed in December 2015. now completely remodeled with a street-level restaurant boasting bigscreen Tvs and framed photos of chicago sports stars, Romano’s also has a nearly 500-seat concert lounge upstairs with a full bar and an outdoor patio that allows nighttime views of the city lights. it has a separate entrance from the restaurant, accessible by stairs or elevator. When the opportunity arose to expand his business and open a larger

concert venue than the one at his canyon crest location, Romano says he definitely wanted to explore it. “so much has changed downtown in the last five years,” he added. “There’s a lot of really positive things going on with the Fox [Performing Arts center], the municipal [Auditorium] and other places opening up.” Of course, the area has plenty of other entertainment options. For example, a short walk up the street from Romano’s are a pair of live music stalwarts, lake Alice Trading co. and mission Tobacco lounge, which have long been known for showcasing local and regional talent. For Romano, the new locale provides a chance to do live music better and “on another level” than what he could stage at canyon crest. having a showroom “that’s autonomous to itself means we’re not transforming the restaurant into a [concert] venue like we did for

so many years. i’m proud of what we did there, but it was a lot of work. We definitely outgrew it.” having dedicated areas for each of its missions — meals and music — is already paying dividends, Romano says, because the shows can now start 90 minutes to two hours earlier than they did at the canyon crest location, which remains open and is now just a pizzeria-restaurant. “i didn’t want to chase diners out too early,” Romano said. “i built my business on diners and didn’t want to disenfranchise them. now, people can sit downstairs, eat dinner and have no idea the show’s going on upstairs.” On a recent saturday night, a soldout performance by The english Beat attracted fans who patiently stood in a long line that snaked past Back to the Grind. After the doors opened, eager concertgoers headed upstairs and, once inside, they encountered a spacious floor area (more than double spring 2017 |  | 23

Singer Mark Vasquez and Alex Endonino from the band Insecure Alex Singer Mark Vasquez and Alex Endonino from the band Insecure Alex

the size of the one at Canyon Crest) the size by of red the one at Canyon Crest) framed curtains, a bar and tables framed by red curtains, a bar and tables lined up against two red brick walls. lined upmay against two the red tables brick walls. Guests reserve in advance. Guests may reserve the tables in advance. Inland Empire-based rock/soul group Inland Empire-based rock/soul group Insecure Alex was the warm-up act. The Insecure Alex was the warm-up act. The stage elevation allowed decent sightlines stage elevation allowed decent sightlines from everywhere on the floor, and the from onwell, the floor, the soundeverywhere reverberated just asand it did sound reverberated well, just as it did when the place filled up later that night when theEnglish place Beat. filled up later that night for The forOver The the English Beat. years, Romano’s Canyon Overhosted the years, Canyon Crest otherRomano’s Eighties alternative/ Crest hosted other alternative/ pop hitmakers such Eighties as the Tom Tom pop hitmakers such as the Tom Club, ABC, Wang Chung, David Tom J, Club, ABC,Cy Wang Chung, David — J, The Fixx’s Curnin and Berlin The Cy Curnin andappear Berlin — acts Fixx’s that generally don’t acts that generally don’t appear



Romano’s has a full bar in the concert lounge, which is upstairs from the restaurant. Romano’s has a full bar in the concert lounge, which is upstairs from the restaurant.

elsewhere in Riverside. elsewhere Riverside. Musiciansinwho play the new Romano’s Musicians who play amenities the new Romano’s have much improved compared have much was improved amenities compared with what previously available. with what waspulling previously available. “No more up a trailer for the “Noroom,” more pulling up said. a trailer for have the green Romano “They green room,” Romano said. “They have an entertainers’ suite with a bathroom an entertainers’ bathroom right behind the suite stage.with Theafacilities are right behind the stage. The facilities are better; the stage is bigger; we expanded better; the stageasis far bigger; we expanded the production, as lights and sound. the as far as lightstoand sound. Theproduction, room is more conducive what The room is more conducive to what they’re doing.” they’re doing.” English Beat leader Dave Wakeling, English Beat leader Dave Wakeling, who made regular appearances at who made regular appearances Canyon Crest, was impressed. at Canyon wasup impressed. “It hasCrest, been set with the audience “It has been set up with and the musicians in mind,”the he audience said. and the musicians in mind,” he said.

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The rooftop patio at Romano’s offers a place to enjoy the night air and socialize. The rooftop patio at Romano’s offers a place to enjoy the night air and socialize. & Company (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute), the bar afterwards. I think it’s working & Company (Lynyrd Skynyrd April 15; Assor ted Jelly Beanstribute), with the bar afterwards. I think it’s working well for everybody.” April 15; Assor ted Jelly Beans with The Maxies, April 21; Ultimate Stones well for everybody.” The Maxies, April 21; Ultimate Stones Tribute, April 22; Ecno, April 28; Romano’s Downtown — Chicago Tribute, 22; Ecno, April 28; Manntis, April May 20 Pizzeria & Downtown Concert Lounge Romano’s — Chicago Manntis, May 951-780-6000, 20 Information: Where: 3557 University Ave., Riverside Pizzeria & Concert Lounge Information: 951-780-6000, Upcoming shows: Somewhere Thru Time Where: 3557 University Ave., Riverside www.theconcer, (Iron Maiden tribute), March 31;Thru Southbound Upcoming shows: Somewhere Time www.theconcer, (Iron Maiden tribute), March 31; Southbound

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f you’vE not had the opportunity to eat farm-fresh produce that is only offered in-season, meat that is free-range or chicken raised cage-free (both of which are antibiotic-, steroid- and hormonefree), then you will find the food at health’s Kitchen in Riverside a distinct revelation. owned by Robin Meadows and Joseph Guiliano, the recipes were created by Meadows. and if you thought lettuce doesn’t have much taste, it’s an entirely different experience when picked fresh from the farm. vegetables and fruits are only offered when in-season, and Meadows personally selects farm-fresh produce every morning from such places as corona farms and sage Mountain as well as farm-fresh eggs from Gone straw farms. heirloom tomatoes were available well into December this past year. hanger steaks come from Niman Ranch in Northern california. Green lettuces — bursting with vitality — are good enough to eat without dressing. in the winter, fruit preserves made from summer’s bounty are served. unpasteurized raw cheddar often is difficult to find, but it’s a mainstay on the menu here. before health’s Kitchen opened, the space was a wellness center and prior to that a cannabis club, but you don’t need the thc high to enjoy hyper-local produce in all its splendor. the decor has an industrial/farm feel to it and decorating the walls are photographs by a local professional photographer taken around the Riverside area.

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kobe burger. Who knew that meatless burgers could taste so good? During a recent visit, we also sampled half an order of a power green salad comprised of shredded green cabbage, chopped broccoli, green onions, avocado and kale sprinkled with spicy crispy chickpeas all tossed together in a lime vinaigrette. We added a filet of melt-in-your-mouth silky salmon as a protein. the fish is harvested from the icy, pure waters of northwestern canada — and it’s always fresh, never frozen. Do try the coconut rice pilaf cooked with coconut oil and the house smoked salmon protein plate. the salmon is cold smoked and accompanied by raw white cheddar, raw almonds, mixed

greens, olive oil, himalayan pink sea salt and a lemon wedge along with housemade crackers. the peach rooibos tea and the coconut green tea, both from chado tea Room, are outstanding and, don’t miss the addictively good flax seed crackers made with brown rice flour and pink sea salt. finish with a 65 percent dark chocolate cake blended with coconut oil, oat flour, olive oil and apple cider vinegar to pair with a glass of the Paso Robles red blend wine consisting of syrah, grenache and mourvèdre. Not only is the food delicious, but you’ll feel energized after eating farm raised and grown protein and produce. Health’s Kitchen Where: 10120 indiana ave. (in tyler village), Riverside Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tuesday-friday, and 9 a.m. to noon for breakfast and noon to 9 p.m. for lunch and dinner saturdaysunday Prices: $11-$15.50 sandwiches, $8.50$13.25 salads (add a protein option with chicken, tofu, salmon or steak for an additional $2.50-$6.25) $16.50-$21.50 entrees. $5 corkage. Notes: beer and wine, kids menu and take-out are available. Weekend breakfast items include tofu chilaquiles, lox benedict and buckwheat pancakes with banana butter. Information: 951-525-1778,

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n case you haven’t heard, one of the hottest design and outdoor entertaining options is a comforting solitude-inducing structure usually decorated with pillows, plants, lounge chairs and mood lighting. These spaces resemble playhouses, but that’s where the similarity ends. These sheds serve the very grown-up purpose of offering an oasis for relaxation without leaving the comfort of home. “she shed. Hen Hut. Lady Lair. call it what you want, the newest iteration of a woman’s private space is looking more and more like a small but splendid room built in the backyard,’’ said author erika Kotite of the just released, “she sheds: a Room of Your Own’’ (cool springs Press). The one-time editor of Romantic Homes and now Huntington Beach resident said she wanted to spotlight the sheds and the possibilities they present, but also wanted to talk a little about the owners by sharing their stories. “The she shed is a small structure big enough to fit a woman and her creative pursuits,’’ she said. “Many are

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Mixed-media artist Jenny Karp created a comfortable yet functional space with both a beachy vibe and the downhome feel of a ranch. The many windows and doors allow in lots of bright, natural light.

transformed utility sheds that have been modified to become places where women can create and be beautiful in.” Some are used for potting and gardening. Others are studios for quilters, artists and photographers. And still others are simply places where a woman can escape from daily concerns for a few minutes. They are located in backyards in faroff lands such as England and Australia and in coastal communities in Florida and Southern California and more. “Many profiled in my book brought the sheds out of the hidden corner and made it a focal point. Some liked to 30 |  | spring 2017

match the look of their homes; others just went a bit wild. “But they fit into the overall garden and landscape. Everything you do in the garden has a form and a function including a she shed.” Sheds have a good/bad reputation. They can be creepy, and they can be dreamy, Kotite says. “It all depends on how you use it. She sheds tip it more toward the dreamy. As women, we have been juggling a million things for a long time and many of us have decided we want a little space of our own,’’ she said. The mom, the wife, the gardener, the author — whatever roles they

occupy, the unifying factor is the desire for a place of their own. The why, though, is interesting. Some examples from the book: • Shirlie Kemp of Herfordshire, England, wanted a she shed when she was a little girl, only she knew it as a Wendy House (a British term for a playhouse). Her father constructed one for her, complete with leaded windows. In 2010, she built her own, decorating it in a shabby chic style. Today it’s the site of garden parties, iced lemonade on the porch and her photography studio. • Allie Reider of Santa Barbara wanted to retain the character and






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Paige Morse left her full-time job to start her own business. Her La Casita shed is a styling/photography studio and a comfortably decorated sleeping cottage.

rustic charm of the family’s chicken farm, so she built her “hen hut” next to the coop, matching its design and personality. • Samantha Journey’s Santa Barbara shed reflects the city’s heritage and cultural influences, particularly pertaining to the Mission de Santa Barbara. At a price of $25,000, the Spanish-style abode is one of the more expensive creations featured in the book, but the owner couldn’t be happier. • Lori Doubet, also of Santa Barbara, wanted her own little cabin so she decided to design and build one, complete with a rural weather vane on the roof. 32 |  | spring 2017

• Dominique Lobjois of De Bilt Inc., a residential home builder/developer in the South Bay, created her first she shed pretty much on a whim. “I wanted to build a small structure with some old windows and an old cool door that was taken out of the house I was remodeling. At first it was going to be a storage shed, but then I saw how adorable it was. “It became my potting shed, then it became a gym and finally it was where I set up my drafting table to do my drawings,’’ she said. What started as a small project produced a truly calm place for her work.

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“No phone or computer. I did have music and a beautiful view of my garden and fountain. I sold the house a few years back, and I think the new owners turned it into a wine cellar/ tasting room.” Photos of that shed have gotten more than 10,000 saves on Houzz. Lobjois now is busy on a new project in El Segundo, unfortunately there’s no she shed involved. Depending on the design, a she shed is an affordable build. A basic utility shed with some alterations and updates can easily become a sanctuary. Whether you’re turning

an old gardening shed into a hideaway or building one from scratch (check city building codes), decide on the structure’s purpose. Is it for gardening, reading, a hobby or just hanging out? Kotite includes a section on whether one should restore an old shed or build a new one. She even includes a step-by-step guide, complete with photos, to help make the process easier. Whichever route you choose, she says remember to have fun. Go to town decorating it by giving it a fresh coat of paint and arranging personal items where you want, after all it’s your space.


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State of the City Address

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Riverside Downtown Partnership recently hosted its 30th annual meeting and awards ceremony at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Honorees included Live Nation, Riverside Community College District and the Riverside Police Foundation. Michael Mihelich was named the Roy Hord Volunteer of the Year.






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seen “Rewarding Healthy Lifestyles” was the theme of the Red Dress Fashion Show, which recently brought more than 750 attendees to the Riverside Convention Center. The eighth annual event, hosted by Riverside Community Hospital, also included a health expo and featured guest speaker Monica Brant, a fitness celebrity and good-health advocate. 4

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furnishings from around the world, the inn contains dozens of stories — some of them mysterious, even to those who know the place best. Mission inn Museum docents such as sally Beaty, who leads tours, still get questions to which they don’t have answers and stumble across previously

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Year: Built about 1931. Description: The chapel includes Tiffany stained glass windows and an altar screen of carved cedar covered in gold. Back story: Because of Miller’s reputation as a collector, he heard about the altarpiece, created in the 1700s by miners in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Miller bought it, sight unseen, for $5,000 and it arrived in Riverside in pieces with no instructions to reassemble it.

Buddha statue

Year: Created in the 1800s. Bought for the inn in 1925. Description: A 73-inch-high figure covered in blackand-red lacquer and gold leaf. Back story: The statue can be seen in the 1975 movie “The Wild Par ty,” starring James Coco and Raquel Welch and filmed in Riverside. An oft-told story claims the buddha survived an ear thquake that destroyed the Japanese temple in which it resided, but local historians say there’s no evidence to suppor t the tale.


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Alhambra Court and Carmel Dome

Year: The dome was completed in 1911. The cour t and adjacent suites were built in 1921. Description: A rooftop terrace and suite topped with a terra cotta dome Backstory: Cutouts in the dome provide long-distance views, including one of Mount Rubidoux that let hotel staff know guests were coming back from Easter sunrise service and would want brunch. The cour tyard was used for tennis and roller skating in the 1920s. After Miller’s grandchildren sold the hotel in 1956, the new owner modernized the place and auctioned off hundreds of pieces of ar t and ar tifacts, Beaty said. A few paintings were later found by the nonprofit Friends of the Mission Inn, who bought them back for display in the hotel. Other items may never be found.

Anton clock with characters

Millstone from Rubidoux grist mill

Year: Circa 1846. Description: The old grinding stone is one of two embedded in brickwork along the inn’s Orange Street side. Back story: Miller collected many pieces of decor and ar tifacts for the Inn on his world travels, but he also included objects from closer to home. The millstones were repor tedly from the area’s first grist mill, established by Louis Robidoux in the mid-1800s. Continued from page 40

of the hotel’s early resident macaws bit the finger of a visiting Albert Einstein. And during a 1909 stay, President William Howard Taft was offended by Miller’s gesture of providing a sturdier, custom-made chair that could handle the bulky commander-in-chief. But not everyone has heard that Miller planned hotel additions that were never built, including a replica of Sevilla, Spain’s Giralda bell tower, at the corner of 42 |  | spring 2017


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Orange Street and Mission Inn Avenue. The Mission Inn Foundation, which keeps archives and runs the museum, has a committee dedicated to researching hotel history. Some of its discoveries are shared with the public through tours, including ones that will focus on the inn’s art collection the first Saturday of each month through August and another one that highlights photography on April 22 and 30. Information at

Year: The original clock face was made in 1709 in Nuremberg, Germany. The figures that appear underneath were added in 1953. Description: A replica of the clock face overlooks the Inn’s Spanish wing. A set of four characters below — explorer Juan Bautista de Anza, Father Junipero Serra, St. Francis of Assisi, and a California Indian accompanied by a bear — were designed to rotate so a different one shows every 15 minutes. Back story: Miller’s daughter, Allis Miller Hutchings, had the idea to add the rotating characters. Worried that the addition wouldn’t be completed before she died, hotel employees dressed up as the figures to demonstrate the finished clock for their mistress.


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