Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Concert for the Earth

An Earth Day concert on Sunday, April 22, will fill Dorothy Ramon Learning Center’s Gathering Hall with a Celtic-inspired blend of voices and musical instruments.

Lionheart, a quartet weaving a tapestry of music including Celtic, world traditions, classical, pop, rock and originals, will perform “A Concert for the Earth,” from 3-5 p.m. at the Center’s San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians Gathering Hall, 127 N. San Gorgonio, Banning.

The quartet led by Giselle L. Marciszewski presents a sometimes driving, yet sometimes haunting soundscape, including acoustic 6- & 12-string guitars, classical guitar, baritone and soprano vocals, oboe, English horn, Irish pennywhistles, recorder, keyboard, double bass, electric bass and percussion. Marciszewski describes the planned concert as, “A musical journey through songs of traditions, of spirit, and of the mysteries all around us – with an eye toward the beauty of this planet, our home, and with intriguing inspiration (musical & otherwise) from the lands of the Celts.” 

Admission is $10. Fourth Sundays, a cross-cultural concert series every fourth Sunday, benefits Dorothy Ramon Learning Center’s nonprofit work to save and share Southern California’s Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts, according to organizers. Next on May 27 will be the smooth sounds of GG & The Jazzmasters.

Information: 951.849.7736

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bugs, Bugs, & More Bugs

Desert Scorpion from Palm Springs (Pat Murkland Photo)
Madagascar hissing cockroach (Pat Murkland Photo)

Collection of jewel scarab beetles from South America (Pat Murkland Photo)

Texas Vinagaroon (Pat Murkland Photo)
Bugs that crawl, hop, run, fly, and creep will dazzle ... or repulse you. Learn all about them and Native American stories and songs, too. Bug-fun activities! Join the biologists from Loma Linda University and their bug friends at the Learning Center's Second Saturday Sidewalk Storytelling program on Saturday, April 14, for family-friendly fun from 1-3 p.m., corner of Hays & San Gorgonio Avenue, Banning, CA. FREE.