Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture

Hemet Quest honoring culture and tradition to foster belonging

<strong>Hemet Quest honoring culture and tradition to foster belonging</strong>
Photos courtesy of Hemet River Springs Quest Student CenterStudents and parents share their artistic recreations. ■ By Jennifer Martin / Contributed River Springs Hemet Quest TK-6 hosted a Paint and Snack Night recently with art teacher Linda Collins and local artist Barbara Rivera. Following a month of studying the magnificent art of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her many contributions to understanding aspects of mental health, empathy, and Mexican culture, families spent an evening recreating her art. Uniting the community is a driving force of the River Springs Hemet Quest Student Center. While the community is diverse, the school works to unite it by understanding various aspects of the whole, and then (more…)
Arts & Culture, Community

Strait On: America’s changing lifestyles, Part 9: Bye bye sad sack, hello new world

<strong>Strait On: America’s changing lifestyles,  Part 9: Bye bye sad sack, hello new world</strong>
Photo source: WikipediaWhile the country felt secure that we were safe and at peace, that feeling was shattered when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Happy birthday 2000. May the 1900s rest in peace. That was the hope and prayer of every peace loving being on earth, and never more important than to residents of the USA. We had endured a century of wars that seemed to happen on a ratio of every ten or twenty years since the Spanish-American War of 1898. Just when it was starting to feel like peace We might have known that if something could go wrong (more…)
Arts & Culture, Entertainment

Marshall Hawkins jazz ensemble rocks downtown

<strong>Marshall Hawkins jazz ensemble rocks downtown</strong>
To celebrate Black History Month, the Diamond Valley Arts Council wows patrons with the world-renowned Seahawk Mojo band Photo by Melissa Diaz Hernandez/The Valley ChronicleMarshall Hawkins led his seven-piece jazz ensemble Sunday night at the Diamond Valley Arts Center. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter The rafters rocked, the walls trembled, and a packed house toe-tapped to the best jazz this town has ever listened to. To celebrate Black History Month, the Diamond Valley Arts Council brought world renowned bass player, Marshall Hawkins and his Seahawk Mojo seven-piece jazz ensemble to the Diamond Valley Arts Center on Harvard Street in downtown Hemet Sunday night, Feb. 18. It may have been billed (more…)
Arts & Culture, Entertainment

Free show at Derby’s features blues guitarist

<strong>Free show at Derby’s features blues guitarist</strong>
Mark Noel Miller headlines lineup of local talent Photo courtesy of the artistMark Noel Miller creates a unique blues sound on the guitar reminiscent of a bygone era. ■ Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Fans of bluegrass and folk music who would drive half a day to hear the flawless plucking of a banjo or 12-string guitar have a treat in store this weekend at Hemet’s own Derby’s Bar and Grill. Saturday, Feb. 24, Derby’s is featuring a performance by Mark Noel Miller, a guitar player whose lightning finger picking turns the steel string guitar into a virtual banjo. Miller won first place last spring at the annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle (more…)
Arts & Culture

Heroes in color: From pages to film

<strong>Heroes in color: From pages to film</strong>
“‘Black Panther’ and other comic book adaptations pave the way for representation in film” Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Marvel ComicsBlack Panther made his comic book debut in 1966. The character’s first solo movie debuts Feb. 16, 2018. 20th Century Fox/Marvel ComicsStorm made her comic book debut in 1975. She has been portrayed by Halle Berry and Alexandra Shipp respectively. Warner Bros. TV/DC ComicsCyborg made his comic book debut in 1980. He most recently made his big screen debut in 2017’s Justice League. ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter The highly anticipated Black Panther film not only debuts during Black History Month, but during a Superhero Renaissance that has legions of fans (more…)
Arts & Culture

Things you may not know about President Abraham Lincoln

E■ Metro service ach February, Americans celebrate the birthdays of two of the more influential presidents in United States history. Presidents Day is observed on or near the birthdate of America’s first president, George Washington. However, Presidents Day also celebrates the life of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States who was born on Feb. 12. As millions of people prepare to celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln, celebrants can consider the following interesting tidbits about this incredibly influential man, courtesy of Factslides, Constitution Daily and the History Channel. Lincoln practiced law, but he did not have a formal law degree. He only had about 18 months of schooling (more…)
Arts & Culture

“Hot Rails”

■ By Rob Lindquist / Contributed Out of some nonexistent past, Perhaps the creosote, Heated by a desert sun, Circling in wind devils. Off railroad ties, Half buried in the sand. Out on the desert, The rusty rails Creak and ping. A high sun raises up noises From another time; Sounds of worn and Polished rims of endless Wheels that bucked and chucked Through the Joshua trees, Banged over stumpy bridges Across white sand river beds: Wheels of iron Rolling east and west, Clicking loudly over the joints, Shaking the mountains, Waking slinky day-sleepers Under red rocks; Walking old spikes out of black wood. And they talk to each other, the (more…)
Arts & Culture

Strings anyone?

<strong>Strings anyone?</strong>
HCCA’s mission is to cultivate in the citizens of Hemet and its surrounding area an interest in good music Photo by Peter OdercransThere are still two concerts left this season in the Hemet Community Concert Association series. ■ By Ann Smith / The Valley Chronicle A well kept secret in the Hemet area is the Hemet Community Concert Association (HCCA). Hemet has a wealth of musical talent, from high school bands and programs to various nonprofits offering a wide range of music from jazz to Americana and bluegrass with a rare and welcome latin concert. Anna Ancheta’s “Musica!” program is an opportunity for young string players to hone their skills. According (more…)
Arts & Culture, Entertainment

America’s changing lifestyles: Part 6—War, then scandal

<strong>America’s changing lifestyles: Part 6—War, then scandal</strong>
The Vietnam War changed the country’s character in numerous ways Photo source: Wikimedia CommonsJimmy Carter and Mayor Richard J. Daley at the Illinois State Democratic Convention. ■ Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter The 1968 Republican National Convention in early August preceded the Democratic fiasco in Chicago by three weeks. However, in some ways it was an omen of things to come. Out of California came Ronald Reagan who, with Nelson Rockefeller of New York, plotted to block Nixon’s nomination. Of course they were unsuccessful; Reagan would have his day down the road. A group of Black civil rights activists plotted to usurp the convention. Thousands of fliers were passed out in (more…)
Arts & Culture

Let’s celebrate Black History Month

<strong>Let’s celebrate Black History Month</strong>
Voice Online, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, U.S. House of RepresentativesThe Congressional Black Caucus, 1971. ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor The Valley Chronicle decided to kick off Black History Month by honoring the Congressional Black Caucus, the late-great Hugh Masekela and Dr. Mae Jemison. According to, “President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to ‘seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”’ Every president since Ford has designated February as Black History Month. The Congressional Black Caucus The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) took a steadfast stand of “no” on (more…)