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June 4, 2023(1 event)

1:30 pm: Conversations at the Culver with Riverside Author Dan Bernstein

June 4, 2023

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Conversations at the Culver with Riverside Author Dan Bernstein

1:30-3:00 PM

Inlandia Institute and UCR Arts Present

Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

3834 Main Street, Riverside


On Sunday, June 4, Riverside Press-Enterprise columnist and author Dan Bernstein will join Inlandia and UCR ARTS for “Conversations at the Culver” to discuss his latest book, He Kept His Day Job: Fanfare for the Common Musician. The program will begin at 1:30 PM at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main Street, in downtown Riverside.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and signing.

He Kept His Day Job, described by one reviewer as a “love letter” disguised as a memoir, takes readers on a musical joy ride through bumpy, challenging and exhilarating terrain: the hate-to-practice years, “frightfully flat” solo contests, high school bands, and orchestras, Stanford’s purported “marching band,” an adult community college jazz band, a perfect-chemistry brass quintet, an assisted-living center in Oregon and a Riverside hospital’s ICU and oncology units where Bernstein played for patients and harried staff. This is where the idea for this book was born. Though just one small story, this “Fanfare for the Common Musician” is meant to be contagious, inspiring young musicians to keep playing and adults, particularly those with day jobs, to take their instruments, tap shoes and paint brushes out of the attic and fall in love all over again.


Dan Bernstein got his first blat out of a trombone when he was in fourth grade. Now in his seventies, the retired newspaper columnist who lives in Riverside, California, is still playing his ax – still for little or no money at all.

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June 17, 2023(1 event)

1:00 pm: Juneteenth Celebration and Blacklandia Anthology Launch

June 17, 2023

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Juneteenth Celebration and Blacklandia Anthology Launch

at Fairmount Park near the Bandshell

2601 Fairmount Blvd, Riverside 92501


Please join Inlandia Institute and Blacklandia on Saturday, June 17, for the 2023 Juneteenth Celebration at Fairmount Park! The event runs from 1:00-6:00 PM with vendors, food, booths, and more – including the Blacklandia Anthology launch! Anthology contributors are scheduled to read at 3:00 on the bandstand. You won’t want to miss this special time of sharing stories from the Black Experience – from everyday experiences to activism, from change agents to excellence. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day. The Emancipation Proclamation became effective on January 1, 1863 – but it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that freedom came to enslaved people in the Confederate state of Texas. It was then that 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay and announced that more than 250,000 enslaved Black people were free by executive decree. The day became known as “Juneteenth.” Long celebrated in the African American community, Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021 when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law – thanks to the hard work of Opal Lee, Lula Briggs Galloway, and others.


Blacklandia anthology submissions opened on May 8, 2022, in honor of Ahmaud Arbery's birthday, and closed on October 7, 2022, in honor of Opal Lee's birthday. Ms. Lee is known as the "Grandmother of Juneteenth."


This is a free community event and all are invited to attend. Join us!


Anthology editor Romaine Washington, M. Ed., is the author of “Purgatory Has an Address” (Bamboo Dart Press), available April 15th, and “Sirens in Her Belly” (Jamii Publications). She has been published in a wide variety of anthologies and periodicals, including Inlandia Institute’s “San Bernardino Singing” anthology and “Cholla Needles 32, 36 and 39.”


Ms. Washington is a fellow of The Watering Hole, South Carolina, and the Inland Area Writing Project at the University of California, Riverside. She has been a public school educator for over twenty years, and has developed a social justice curriculum available for free on her website: The proud mother of two sons, Romaine Washington is a native Californian from San Bernardino who currently resides in the Inland Empire.


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