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Tom Petty tribute next up at HHT

<strong>Tom Petty tribute next up at HHT</strong>
Photo courtesy of Petty and the HeartshakersPetty and the Heartshakers are next to take the stage at HHT. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed Season one of the Tribute Mania Concert Series at the Historic Hemet Theatre (HHT) is drawing to a close this month with hundreds of new fans adding to the success of the valley’s new Community Arts Center. Last Saturday, The Rising was in town to perform their tribute to Bruce Springsteen to an auditorium of cheering fans. Although the crowd was the smallest of the season, the energy in the auditorium was electric and the dance floor filled from the first classic hit to the last. Tom (more…)
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Ramona season springs to life with the Spring Festival

<strong>Ramona season springs to life with the Spring Festival</strong>
Photos by Olivia Gildea/The Valley ChronicleThe fife and drum corps of Riley’s Farm in Glen Oak kick off the Spring Festival performances on Saturday with some 18th century songs. ■ By Olivia Gildea / Reporter Downtown Hemet celebrated its second-annual Spring Festival Saturday, April 7 with a day full of 1800s-era performances, vendors, and arts and crafts. The festival kicks off the traditional “Ramona” play season for the San Jacinto Valley, which will be boasting its 95th anniversary this year. While the festival is still in its early years, it had no problem drawing a crowd for its opening performances on Harvard Street. It all began with a drum roll as (more…)
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Ramona participates in the Swallows Day Parade

<strong>Ramona participates in the Swallows Day Parade</strong>
Photos courtesy of the Ramona BowlThe Ramona Pageant participating in San Juan Capistrano’s Swallows Day Parade on March 24. ■ The Ramona Bowl On March 24, the Ramona Pageant participated in the Swallows Day Parade in downtown San Juan Capistrano. The Swallows Day Parade is part of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas—or Festival of the Swallows—a celebration of the return of the migratory songbird to Mission San Juan Capistrano on St. Joseph’s Day. The fiesta lasts three months. The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association puts on the parade as well as the following fundraising and community activities: Taste of San Juan, Kids Pet Parade, El Presidenté Ball, the infamous Hoosegow Day (more…)
Arts & Culture, Entertainment

The Amorous Ambassador

<strong>The Amorous Ambassador</strong>
Photo by Rusty Strait/The Valley ChronicleMichael Parker’s “Amorous Ambassador” at the Ramona Hillside Players. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Another title for Michael Parker’s “Amorous Ambassador”—that recently played at the Ramona Hillside Players—could have been “A Romp at the Embassy” because there was as much time hitting the hay as tending to diplomatic duties. And a romp it was. When the ambassador, his wife, and daughter tell each other they have separate weekend plans away from their ambassadorial abode outside London, it seems as though each will be off to a happy holiday. But, the plot thickens forever after. Father and daughter have other plans, which they more or less (more…)
Arts & Culture, Entertainment

Tribute to Bruce Springsteen heads to HHT

<strong>Tribute to Bruce Springsteen heads to HHT</strong>
(c) Robert Silberblatt, RZ-ImagesThe Rising is a talented group of musicians with a passion for the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. ■ Susan Carrier / Contributed After last weekend’s tribute to Fleetwood Mac, only two events remain in season one of the Tribute Mania Concert Series at the Historic Hemet Theatre (HHT). The series has been highly successful for the HHT Foundation, filling the venue with cheering fans. On Saturday, April 14, the run continues with a tribute to Bruce Springsteen. Nicknamed ‘The Boss,’ Springsteen is best remembered for his poetic lyrics, distinctive voice and energetic stage performances. ‘The Boss’ recorded dozens of memorable classics, including “Dancing (more…)
Arts & Culture, Community, Entertainment

An Evening of Art 2018

<strong>An Evening of Art 2018</strong>
Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleBarbara Rivera brings heritage to life through oil painting. Over 200 artists showed off their work at the 14th Annual event of the Hemet Valley Art Association Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChroniclePart of art appreciation is bringing a few pieces home for your collection. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter It is often said that an artist puts their feelings into their work. This holds especially true for younger artists, as they try to find their way in an often unaware world. Those feelings were easily felt upstairs at the Hemet Public Library on Saturday, March 24. There, the library hosted the 14th annual “Evening (more…)
Arts & Culture, Entertainment

Jazzin’ it up at The Destination

<strong>Jazzin’ it up at The Destination</strong>
Photo by Gary FleenerGio Yepremian. ■ Matt McPherson / Columnist My usual beat is real estate, but once in a while I jump out of the box when something unusual takes place in the music world because music is my second love. I like nothing better than polishing up my sax and jamming the night away with my peers. This past Friday night was one of those times. The Destination Coffee Bar and Bistro in downtown Hemet became an evening of jazz with Gio and Friends, and what a night it was. Gio has some unusually talented friends whose musical acumen would take star billing in any club from New York (more…)
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The stars of Idyllwild Film Festival sit down to chat

<strong>The stars of Idyllwild Film Festival sit down to chat</strong>
Photos by Kyle Selby / The Valley ChronicleTop left to right: Festival director Stephen Savage, executive producer Trinity Houston and celebrity chairman Wolfgang Bodison. Bottom: Actresses and co-hosts Erika Christensen and Violet Spataro with Captain Leonard Purvis of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter The 2018 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema concluded with its awards ceremony Sunday, March 11. However, in the days preceding the event, I sat down with several of the filmmakers and actors to discuss their impressions of Idyllwild and their processes behind the camera. Check it out. Actress Erika Christensen (“Traffic,” “Parenthood,” “Ten Days in the Valley”) was invited to the festival (more…)
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Bob Seger fans pack the house at HHT

<strong>Bob Seger fans pack the house at HHT</strong>
Historic Hemet TheatreHundreds of Bob Seger fans packed the house to hear the Sam Morrison Band perform their “Turn The Page” Tribute. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed Pouring rain was no deterrent for the capacity crowd at the Historic Hemet Theatre on Saturday, March 10. Hundreds of Bob Seger fans packed the house to hear the Sam Morrison Band perform their “Turn The Page” Tribute. Through the years, the patrons at HHT have gained a reputation in the band community for their warmth and enthusiasm. This band had heard rumors about the cheering crowds in Hemet, but they were stunned to experience it for themselves. One band member exclaimed, “This (more…)
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DVAC scores another musical group

<strong>DVAC scores another musical group</strong>
Photos by Rusty Strait/The Valley ChronicleThe show opened with a couple of guitar solos from Nathan JKRock. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter The Diamond Valley Arts Center (DVAC), located in midtown Hemet in the Harvard District, can always be counted on to bring great entertainment to the stage on any given night. Saturday, March 3, was no exception. Eva and the Vagabonds turned out to be both musical and comedic as the occasion required, which it certainly did throughout the first half of their show. The performance opened with a couple of guitar solos from a blonde-headed young man named Nathan JKRock. I’m sure he will find his way (more…)