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With the enthusiasm reserved only for recess, the students from Salinas Elementary School anxiously waited in the lobby of the Lewis Family Playhouse for the moment when they would experience one of their favorite story characters come to life in, “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.” And then we walked in.

The 21st Annual Foundation Gala benefiting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) is putting a new twist on a 20-year tradition, adding a benefit concert and celebrity guests to the program! Thirteen-year-old superstar, Jackie Evancho, will headline the themed event, “I’m Possible: Making the Impossible Possible,” along with the San Bernardino Symphony and special guest, Hugo Ramos, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. on Thursday, March 13. K-FROG’s Heather Froglear and actor Craig Bierko will serve as the celebrity emcees for the evening.

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There are few things that make people more uncomfortable than talking about race and marginalization. But do not fret dear reader, this article is not only about race and marginalization, but also about art as a means to explore and respond to these issues. The “Ebano” exhibit by Mexican photographer Nicolas Triedo at the National Orange Show Art Gallery in San Bernardino, is a celebration of African heritage in Mexico—a heritage, as Triedo eloquently stated, oft swept under the rug.

I have no problem professing that we have some of the most intriguing subcultures embedded in our society. It simply takes inquiring and inquisitive minds to stumble upon the waves that these countercultures are making. All-encompassing creative brand, Nerdpop, spear-headed by Redlands native Rob Mardis, is putting its mark on our small segment of the Inland Empire in colorful, quite loud, yet wholly creative ways.

CITY OF ONTARIO

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

MURAL DESIGN FOR ONTARIO TOWN SQUARE

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

Summary

The City of Ontario (“City”) hereby publishes this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to invite artists to submit sealed proposals to provide design services to the City, specifically, create a scaled rendering for a mural design (“Design”). The Design can be in various media, including drawing, painting, or photography, and must be scaled to the final dimensions of the mural – 6’ x 24’. The winning selection will be enlarged and printed onto 8” tiles, and then installed onto the back wall of the band shell that is being constructed in the new Ontario Town Square. The park is located in downtown Ontario, on historic Euclid Avenue. The deadline for submission of proposals is 4:00 p.m., March 7, 2014, via the City’s electronic bid management system. The artist selected by the City will be paid a flat fee of $5,000 for Design services as described in Attachment A – Scope of Work of the attached artist agreement (“Artist Agreement”).

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Unruly: un • ru • ly

– adjective

1. not submissive or conforming to rule; ungovernable; turbulent; intractable; refractory; lawless

Unruly is a new exhibit at the Wignall Museum at the Rancho Cucamonga Chaffey College campus, showcasing the work of ten deliberately disruptive American female artists. Curator Roman Stollenwerk describes their work, collectively, as “challeng[ing] the parameters of feminine behavior.” The artists’ geographies are as varied as the media in which they work: Nevadan Elizabeth Jackson's election-year street photography project of bound photos shares space with Southern California Jessica Wimbly's collection of mixed media commentary around issues of race and the art world. NY-based Rachel Mason's conceptual performance art is presented on a large screen that emphasizes its disruptiveness: “Wall,” which chronicles her nail-biting free-climb of the side of UCLA's Broad Art building (an act that got her temporarily expelled as an undergraduate). Miamian Antonia Wright's videos of her performance art grace yet another wall of the Wignall.

For over 5 years, the progressive works of creative literary journal, The Chaffey Review, have been at the forefront of truly noteworthy creative college endeavors. The internationally dispersed journal—containing evocative art and writing from contributors worldwide—has opened dialogues, exposed the taboo and addressed various subjects and themes that not only find relevance for the traditional college demographic, but for art enthusiasts of every age and creative capacity.

Somehow, the fearless participants of The Review find time in between their college careers and communal responsibilities to extend their energy outside of just the classroom expectations of English 35. In between making headlines for their controversial content— having been scrutinized and criticized for their apparently painfully poignant works—the Chaffey Review has found yet another outlet to further their activity in the arts.

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Years of friendship and a deep mutual love of music and humanity has been the impetus for a magnificent house and an artist residency program in Joshua Tree.

Lou Harrison, a major American composer of the twentieth century was also a talented musician, instrument builder, humanitarian and visionary. He had a long history of collaborations with dancers such as Jean Erdman, Merce Cunningham, and Jose Limón. “Lou [Harrison], in his life and in his music, was the first one in a very beautiful way to bring world music to western music sound,” said Eva Soltes, founder of the Harrison House Music & Arts residency program. “[Harrison] mastered Korean music, Chinese music and Indonesian music.”

RAFFMA, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino, will host a writing workshop for high school students.

The workshop, which will meet every Thursday for six weeks beginning Jan. 30, will use visual arts, featuring artwork on display at the museum and digital images of artworks, to practice and strengthen critical thinking and improve writing skills.

The writing exercises and assignments will be taught by Jerry Tivey and will take place in and out of the classroom with instructor and peer critiques in class.

The workshop will take place on Thursday evenings, Jan. 30-March 6, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at RAFFMA.

Citrus has played a big role in the formation of our Inland Empire communities. From Riverside to Corona, to Rialto and Redlands, our towns were built on those bittersweet fruits. It is only fitting then, that an organization such as the Wild Lemon Project helps build our burgeoning literary and artistic community.

Chances are, if you have attended an event around the Redlands and San Bernardino areas, the Wild Lemon Project was probably involved in some way--promoting, organizing, food, or bringing in poets, artists, and musicians. It is one of the many organizations that have been growing in what seems to be an artistic and literary renaissance in the Inland Empire.

The success of a society should not be judged, nor should it depend, solely on how well the cogs in the machine are running but instead on the amount of creativity, ingenuity, and dedication of its citizens. It is through the arts, and literature, that we can gauge how well those cogs are running and what needs to change to make the machine run better, or to abandon the machine altogether and start anew. This is true in every society, and in every city. Yes, even in San Bernardino.

In case you hadn’t noticed, we are in a recession, or at least were in recession. Art would seem superfluous, a luxury almost, in times like these, but when I sat down to speak with Dorothy and Ernest Garcia about the years that they have dedicated to arts and literature in San Bernardino, they encouraged a different perspective.

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