Arts & Culture

University of Redlands students are first to write the Feast of Lights ‘masterwork’

Since the annual University of Redlands Feast of Lights was conceived in 1947, this musical portrait of the birth of Christ has been renowned for its artistry— the music, the costumes, the tableaux, the candlelight — as well as for its hopeful, joyous spirit. This year’s performance is even more exceptional, as the composers of the show’s musical centerpiece are U of R music composition majors Jamison Stevens ’22 and Timothy Cunningham ’22. A handful of students have written music for the Feast of Lights before, but Stevens and Cunningham, who are also members of U of R’s Chapel Singers, are the first ever to have composed the central “masterwork.” The idea came to Stevens after he witnessed his first Feast of Lights in 2018; he was so inspired he immediately went to Cunningham and suggested writing a piece for it. Cunningham’s response? “Is that even allowed?” When the students proposed the idea to their composition professor, Antony Suter, however, he was supportive. Suter says, “Taking on that big of a project is generally not something that would be prudent for a couple of first-year…

Colton Area Museum speaker Nick Cataldo to present “The Legendary Earp Clan”

On Saturday, November 9 at 2:30 p.m., the Colton Area Museum Association (CAMA) guest speaker program will feature well-known author and historian Mr. Nick Cataldo. A native of Somerville, New Jersey, Cataldo has made San Bernardino, California, his home since 1966. Cataldo has been a member of the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society – having served as President, editor of its publications and program chairman since 1980. He also serves on the San Bernardino Historic Preservation Commission. His presentation will focus on The Legendary Earp Clan in Southern California. “The story of Wyatt Earp lives on in books, movies, and even a 1950’s television series,” Cataldo noted.   “The focus has always been on his ‘lawman’ escapades in Tombstone, Arizona. The truth is, he lived in Tombstone just a little over two years, and what is not well-known is that the entire family spent most of their time in Southern California.  The Legendary Earp Clan in Southern California is the seldom-mentioned story of the family’s many years living there.” Community residents and visitors are invited to attend this on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., in the CAMA…

Holidays come early to San Bernardino

Two Grammy Award winning artists will be featured in the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra annual holiday concert, but this year’s performance will be a bit earlier than usual. A full month earlier, in fact. “As renters of the California Theatre, we are subject to the availability of the venue,” said Symphony Executive Director Dr. Anne Viricel. “So last year when we found December wasn’t available to us, we decided to expand the concept of holidays outside those that generally occur in that month.” The result was an eclectic blend of beloved music from Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. And within this repertoire decision process came a holiday gift for all: featured performances by Broadway vocal legend Jennifer Holliday and virtuoso cellist Lynn Harrell. “Can you imagine a more exciting start to the holiday season?” asked Symphony Board President Dean McVay. “We are thrilled to be able to give this gift to the people of the Inland Empire and we hope the entire community will join us for this history making concert!” So, on November 16 at 7:30 p.m., the California Theatre will…

Sinfonia Mexicana to present Dia de los Muertos – Celebration of Life concert

Sinfonia Mexicana will present its annual “Dia de los Muertos – Celebration of Life” concert, an event that honors the legacy of those who have gone before us on Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:30 p.m., at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 N. E St., San Bernardino, CA, 92410.  The doors will open at 2:00 p.m. There will be entertainment by the renowned Mariachi Internacional de Mexico de Francisco J. Jara, of Pancho Villa Restaurant in Fontana fame, who is recognized for its interpretations of traditional mariachi.  Ballet Folklorico Cultural de San Bernardino, under the direction of Gloria Chavez, will perform traditional folklorico dances in their regional costumes that are sure to please. The Mariachi Youth Academy students will showcase their musicianship with their interpretations of mariachi songs that celebrate the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos.  Academy founder Tony Bocanegra stated, “The music will touch the hearts and minds of the audience.” You don’t want to miss this celebration that is sure to delight with artistic displays – it promises to be a culturally rich and interactive experience for the entire family.  Buy…

Grizzly Bear exhibit opens at the San Bernardino County Museum

Over the centuries, the relationship that Californians have had with the grizzly bear is one of dualities – expressed in fear and fascination. Although extinct in the state since the early 20th century, the grizzly has long been a central character in California’s history. Illuminating the story of the grizzly is the exhibition “Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” which opens at the San Bernardino County Museum today, Oct. 1, and runs through Nov 24. Scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once lived in California, perhaps the densest population of brown bears on the continent. The California grizzly possessed characteristics that we hold dear: independence, adaptability, resourcefulness, intelligence, and strong maternal care. However, through increased human settlement, loss of habitat, and hunting, nature and development clashed, and the seeming incompatibility resulted in misguided, intolerant, and violent means of eradicating the animal in the state. By the early 1900s the California grizzly had vanished and could only be seen on the state flag. Although the loss of the California grizzly was a tragic lesson, we are not too late to save other threatened and…

Recognizing California Native American Day

A guest Op-Ed by Assemblymember James C. Ramos People often me say there are three things, that once attained, can never be taken from you: your culture, spirituality, and education. It is the pride that I have in my Native American heritage that compels me to celebrate my culture, as well as the diverse cultures of tribes throughout California. Earlier in August, my Assembly colleagues joined me to commemorate the fourth Friday of September as California Native American Day, to celebrate California’s First People. For more than two decades the California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference has occurred during the fourth week of September, with a special evening event on Friday to celebrate California Native American Day. I founded the conference with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to bring together Native American Tribes all throughout California with the goal of educating elementary students on the culture and history of Native Americans. It’s held at the Santos Manuel Student Union on the campus of California State University San Bernardino to accommodate for the many students that attend each day. We teach the students Native American…

Music Changing Lives to host 4th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game to benefit youth music, art programs

Music Changing Lives, (MCL) will host their 4th annual “Ball 4 A Cause,” a celebrity basketball game to support their music and arts program for local youth. The game will take place at the Redlands Community Center, located at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. Redlands, CA 92374 on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 12pm-4pm. This exciting event will include an incredible half-time show with live performances, special guests, studio tours, raffles and activities for the entire family. Red carpet festivities and media interviews take place from 12pm-1pm and guests are encouraged to arrive early.  Hitting the court and the stage is hot new artist El-Jay, who will be performing his hit single, “My Bae Remix” featuring Shorty Mack. El-Jay won the Hollywood Music Media Award for Best Rap/Hiphop for his “My Bae Remix” single with 41 million streams.  He performed at the 2019 Spotlight China Awards and his new hit single “Special” is hitting top 40 Radio. Other incredible talent hitting the court is actor, model, celebrity host  and former pro basketball player, Newton Mayenge; celebrity host/TV personality Latricia Renee; and LA radio personality ‘Jay Q’.…

San Bernardino Valley College instructor wins Best Indie Feature at LA Film Awards

Malik Stalbert, a computer science and information technology professor at SBVC, is also an actor, producer, director, martial arts and tennis instructor, and entrepreneur, where he runs a tech business and is building a gaming company.  “In one way or another, I have been teaching most of my life,” said Stalbert. “Teaching and movie making is about the same things – to transfer information.”  Stalbert has acted in several television shows and movies and recently starred in and produced the film “Derelict,” an action-filled drama about a mysterious entity stealing human souls in Los Angeles. In May, “Derelict” won Best Indie Feature at the Los Angeles Film Awards. While the movie had a modest budget and crew, Stalbert and team “created something that beat out other films that did have large budgets and known actors.” “With our teamwork and drive, we made our own way,” Stalbert added. The post San Bernardino Valley College instructor wins Best Indie Feature at LA Film Awards appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

San Bernardino Symphony to open 91st Season September 14

The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra will open their 91st performance season September 14 under the baton of Maestro Anthony Parnther. The award-winning Maestro made his debut appearance with the San Bernardino Symphony in October 2017 to conduct Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony as the first of ten conductor candidates. The resulting performance evoked the most rousing and lengthy standing ovation heard in the California Theatre in years with Parnther remaining an audience favorite throughout the search process. Now, with the Maestro firmly under contract, the Symphony’s opening concert portends to eclipse previous records with one of the most challenging pieces of music in the neoclassical repertoire, Carl Orff’s soaring and dramatic Carmina Burana. Described as ‘total theatre’ where music, words and movement work together in producing an overwhelming effect, Orff’s masterpiece combines classical Greek tragedy and Italian Baroque musical theatre to create what the composer described as a “scenic cantata.” Based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanae cantoribus et choris cantandae comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis (“Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses  to be sung together with instruments and magical…

Garcia Center for the Arts hosts inaugural Cosmic Comic Fest

The Garcia Center of the Arts held its first-ever Cosmic Comic Fest in San Bernardino this past Saturday, Aug. 24. With the help from Comics Plus donating over 3,500 comic books, the event had much to show for in hopes of gaining more exposure for the arts within the community. Fans of all ages attended the free event that featured special guests that included Joe Krejci, illustrator for Red Bubble publication, and Phil Yeh, local writer for Uncle Jam Quarterly. Gil Botello who was helped facilitate the event mentioned, “This is the first annual for the community… to see if there is a pull, possible growth.” Generating fandom was the goal of the event, one that can bring the city together while being fun while exposing the culture of superheroes to everyone. The event also brought creativity as some showed up in cosplay fully embracing the innovative culture of comic fandom. All who were in attendance were given the opportunity to participate in the virtual reality experience courtesy of Comics Plus as well. Exposure is what this event aimed for; former Mayor Judith Valles making…

St. John Bosco Mission to hold 78th Annual Mi Ranchito Fiesta

By Angela L. Espinoza de Vargas Tamales!  Burritos!!  Raspados!!!  You can almost hear the church vendors proudly identify their booth for the upcoming 78th annual Mi Ranchito Fiesta on Saturday, August 24th at the Historic St. John Bosco Mission. “As a church community, we’ve been preparing for several months by gathering the children and youth to fold, cut, and open colorful paper flowers.  Ladies of the Prayer Group have been extremely busy helping with the flowers, preparing tamales, and sewing neck-cooler wraps,” said Henrietta Chavez, Fiesta Chair. The fiesta grounds will feature many booths of foods, beverages, games and a country store.  Decorations include sombreros, zarapes, pinatas, and colorful flowers to mimic fiestas of days gone by.  Pit bar-b-que will also be available along with hot dogs, tacos, fruit bowls, cool fruit drinks, and a beer garden.  For the children’s enjoyment, there will be several game booths and prizes. Entertainment has been carefully planned and includes all-day music by DJ Greg P, and a performance by Folklorico Cultural from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. under the direction of Gloria Chavez will once again take place.  The…

The Inland Empire gets snubbed when it comes to arts and culture

An Op-Ed by San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington, and Jim Rawitsch, executive director of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Craft It’s not that our region doesn’t have an assortment of museums and cultural offerings. From two Smithsonian-affiliates (the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts in Rancho Cucamonga and the Museum of Riverside) to the interactive San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands and the historic Fox Theater in downtown Riverside, we have a plethora of high-quality arts.  We are also home to many historical sites (the Mission Inn in Riverside, the Agua Mansa Cemetery in Colton, the John Rains house in Rancho Cucamonga, the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater in Hemet and long stretches of Route 66) as well as a trove of Native American history and culture. No, the Inland Empire—for that matter most of inland California—gets snubbed on public funding to support these vital institutions and landmarks. This should be the year to change that. The state budget gave arts funding a significant boost in the 2019-20 budget— from $18 million last year…

Comic Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman at the Feldheym Central Library

The Feldheym Central Library will present Comic Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman & Friends as the final program for the annual summer reading program. This free show will be in the Bing Wong Auditorium at the Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. 6th Street on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 3 PM. Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman does showsthat are famous for being fast-moving, with a BIG cast of high-visual wooden and puppet characters plus his famous lip sync number where Joe “throws” his voice into volunteers.  All of his shows are packed with laughs, quick segments, and character interaction.The audience will learn trade secrets of ventriloquism and puppetry. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the San Bernardino Public Library. For more information call 909.381.8235 or 909-887.4494 or visit www.sbpl.org or www.facebook.com/SBPLfriends/ The post Comic Ventriloquist Joe Gandelman at the Feldheym Central Library appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Michelle Gonzalez and Brutus Chieftan featured readers of Literature on the Lawn

Treat the child of your heart to some soft-serve tender-loving poetry and waves of laugh-provoking wit at Riverside’s Literature on the Lawn! The lyrically uplifting Michelle Gonzalez and say-it-like-it-is Brutus Chieftan are sure to leave you satisfied, August 1, 7 pm at the Riverside Public Library, located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside. Michelle Gonzalez is an educator and writer who has lived in Riverside most of her life. She currently teaches at the Riverside Adult School. As an author of four chapbooks of poetry, she mostly writes about the challenges of life and love. Her poetry is also filled with other themes, such as home and family. Michelle received her MFA in Creative Writing from National University in 2010. Prior to that, she received a BA degree in English from UCR. She has long been a part of the Inlandia Institute’s writing workshops. Michelle has also enjoyed facilitating local workshops in her community. Her books of poetry include Morning in the House by the Field, Afternoon in the Park by the Lake, Evening in the Patio by the Hill, and Wild Chrysanthemum. “Coming often without / paper or…

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