January Happenings: Artistic Events in the Inland Empire

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Festival of Lights
The Riverside Festival of Lights is still going on through the beginning of January. Evening performances are as follows:

Thursday, January 1, Vic Moraga will be performing at 6:00 with his acoustic guitar.

Friday, January 2, country duo Charlie Ray and Linda Washington will perform at 6:00.

Saturday, January 3, Vic Moraga, acoustic guitar player, will perform at 2:00, Reid Park Dance Team/Little Mamas will dance beginning at 6:30, and country duo Charlie Ray and Linda Washington will perform at 7:00.

Sunday, January 4, Pan-Jammin!, a steel drum group, will perform at 2:00, Chazz the Magician will perform at 6:00, and Russell Currington will perform his pop classical show at 8:00.

To get to downtown Riverside’s Festival of Lights, take the 215 and exit University Avenue or Mission Inn (depending which direction you are traveling). If you exited on University, make a left. If you exited on Mission Inn, make a right. Park near the Mission Inn. For information, call (951) 826-5770. For parking, refer to the map below.

Mural Contest
Dream Dinners is sponsoring a “Love Your Heart” mural contest for elementary school classrooms. Entries must include the work of at least six students who have created a mural illustrating the benefits of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Dream Dinners provides the pre-sized murals measuring 6 feet X 30 inches to classrooms that are interested in participating. Contact Robin Mugiishi, the contest coordinator at 909-798-4626, or e-mail tricitycenterca@dreamdinners.com for more information. Entries must be finished and submitted before 1 pm on Saturday, January 31.

New Christy Minstrels
January 12- New Christy Minstrels will be performing at the MacCallum Theater in Palm Desert. With 5 original members and a Grammy, the New Christy Minstrels show no sign of slowing down. It has been more than 44 years since the group made their national television debut on “The Andy Williams Show.” Tickets for the January 12th performance run $20-$55. The show begins at 8:00 P.M. The theater is located at 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert. For tickets, go to the website at http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/calendar.php and click on the show you want.

2009 Lifehouse Theater Auditions:

January 13th 2009- auditions for Ecclesiastes: The Wisdom of King Solomon*
(non-musical production)

February 5th, 2009-auditions for The Hiding Place* (non-musical

March 5th, 2009- auditions for Peter Pan

April 16th, 2009- auditions for Zorro

June 4th, 2009-auditions for Little House on the Prairie

For more information on Lifehouse auditions or Lifehouse Theater, go to http://www.lifehousetheater.com/.

Hillside Arts Academy - Music Lessons
Up to January 15th- Hillside Arts Academy is enrolling for the Winter 2009 semester. The academy offers private music lessons for children and teens in all instrumental areas and voice (and hopes to open a drama department in the spring of 2009). Lessons have various fees depending on the instrument and instructor, but fees range from $18-$30 per half-hour lesson. There is a $25 application deposit that can be applied to the tuition. For questions, contact Harmony Bathauer at (909) 980-2191 ext. 15, or at harmonybathauer@gmail.com. This is a ministry extension of Hillside Community Church, located at 5354 Haven Ave. in Alta Loma. The website for Hillside Arts Academy is http://www.hillsideartsacademy.org/Site/Welcome.html.

Immanuel School of Worship Arts
Immanuel School of Worship Arts at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland is also enrolling for their spring semester. They provide lessons on drums, guitar, bass, piano, flute, violin, drama, and dance. If you are interested, you can look at their website: http://ibchighland.org/finearts.

George Winston Concert and juried art show
Saturday, January 10 at 7:00 P.M., multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist George Winston will be performing an evening of folk piano, R&B, New Orleans style, and stride piano at Crossroads Community Church in Corona. Tickets are $16 and the concert is festival seating. Crossroads is at 2331 Kellogg Ave. in Corona. Tickets can be purchased online at http://public.serviceu.com/ticketing/default.asp?orgID=1065. At the same event, Artistic License will host a juried art show. Guests are encouraged to bring a can of food for a local food bank. For more information on this concert and art show, call (951) 737-4664.

On January 18 at the MacCallum Theater in Palm Desert, Magnificat performs Alessandro Stradella’s farce opera Il Tresolo Tutore. This opera is a light-hearted comedy and a precursor to the opera buffa genre. Tickets are $40-$75. The theater is located at 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/calendar.php and click on the show you want.

Christian Songwriters Showcase
After our holiday hiatus, the monthly Christian Songwriters Showcase is back in action on Saturday, January 24th at 4:30 PM. The Showcase is held at GFE Coffee in the Albertsons Plaza, corner of Baseline and Boulder in Highland. Our performers in January will be Jillian Breaker, Justin Reid, Mark Anthony and The Scott Gordin Band. For directions and other information, contact Todd Jenkins at (909) 863-1000 or epistrophy@aol.com. We are always in need of artists for upcoming monthly showcases, so please contact Todd if you are interested in performing. We will sign you up to perform a half-hour set of all original music. Due to room and noise constraints, we prefer as small a setup as possible; one musician with an instrument is best, but we can accommodate three or four (no drum kits, only hand percussion).

For more in-depth information, click here.

Christian Rock Concert

First Christian Church of San Bernardino is hosting band Abandon Kansas on January 31. To hear samples of the band’s music, go to their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/abandonkansas. First Christian Church is located at 1001 N. Arrowhead in San Bernardino, and their phone number is (909) 885-6534.

January 30-31, the Smuin Ballet Company will be performing at 8:00 PM both nights at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. The late Michael Smuin was a Tony- and Emmy Award-winning choreographer. He was a principal dancer for both the American Ballet Theater, and later the San Francisco Ballet. You can see the company’s website at http://www.smuinballet.org/. His company lives on and is performing in the Inland Empire for two nights. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for Seniors, and $15 for students/youth. For more information, call 1-866-OLD-TOWN.

Travel to Guatemala
Want to check out some Central American art, up close and personal? Join the Deluxe Guatemala Discovery Tour on March 28-April 4. The $995 price includes round trip airfare from LAX, 7 nights at the deluxe Marriott Guatemala City Hotel, a daily brunch, and sightseeing tours. For more information, contact Bob Satterfield at (909) 881-5167.

Andes Music Concert
Aconcagua: Music from the Andes is scheduled for Friday, March 13th at 10:00 am and 11:15 at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts in San Bernardino. We are unsure of the price for their public performances (K-6 classes in San Bernardino can arrange to attend free performances), so please call well in advance to find out. For more information, contact Amy Ellison at Palm Avenue Elementary School, 909-880-6753.

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