California’s American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival is one of the largest Native American film festivals in the country, the three-day event takes opens Thursday, Feb. 20, and continues through Saturday, Feb. 22, at Pechanga Resort Casino.
The theme of the seventh annual CAIIFF is “seventh generation,” and it will feature full-length films and premieres, shorts and documentaries that have all feature Native and Indigenous stories. Directors, actors and producers will also be in attendance and there will be youth activities and Q&A sessions.
“This year’s festival comes at a time when Native issues have been thrust into a forefront of the collective conversation in North America,” Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., CAIIFF director, said in a press release. “This year’s festival highlights stories to teach the future Seventh Generation to maintain traditions and customs, resources and to stand up against injustice. We can expect depictions of these and of course, many fun and uplifting titles to be screened at the event this February.”
There are some free screenings, but tickets are $10 per day and are on sale now at www.pechanga.com or by calling (877) 711-2946.
Thursday, Feb. 20
River Springs Charter School Temecula and Murrieta Student Centers are teaming up to show “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” at 6 p.m. The movie focuses on the impact of screen time on teenagers and what parents can do to help students balance the real and digital worlds. Guests can RSVP at www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQx2X0BXgZg.
Springs Charter Schools Temecula Student Center is at 43040 Margarita Road in Temecula.
Friday, Feb. 21
An Edible Art Class – From Russia with Love hosted by Art By Inna Gallery will celebrate the famous Russian Mardi Gras – Maslenitsa. This event will feature a hands-on experience of learning the art of cooking, decorating and filling authentic Russian crepes with European Pastry Chef Oxana. The cost for the event is $75 and reservations are required. For more information, email email@example.com. Art By Inna Gallery is located at 39825 Alta Murrieta Drive, Unit B3, in Murrieta.
Pulp Vixen rocks Bel Vino Winery from 6-10 p.m. Bel Vino Winery is at 33515 Rancho California Road at Temecula.
Tony Suraci plays your favorite rock, alt-rock, and outlaw country songs from 8:30-11 p.m. at Devilicious Eatery, 28693 Old Town Front St., Suite 104, in Temecula
Kim Martin will perform at Stone Church Brewing from 7-10 p.m. Martin is a California country-rock artist. Her 2017 EP, “Old Southern Soul” is the culmination of a genuine heart with a fresh outlook on the country scene. It’s got that chilled California vibe intertwined with the grit of Southern rock. Stone Church Brewing – Temecula is at 28636 Old Town Front St.,, Suite 103, in Temecula.
Saturday, Feb. 22
The Leela Project will host the Foster Care Art Show that will showcase 30 pieces of artwork from boys in foster care from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The proceeds from the event will be given back to several foster care agencies in the surrounding areas. There will be wine, appetizers, raffles and other prizes at the event sponsored by and held at Falkner Winery, 40620 Calle Contento in Temecula. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $60 for VIP tickets.
Murrieta Historical Society President Jeffery Harmon will take visitors on a guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Murrieta from 2-4 p.m. Learn about the historic people and places in Murrieta. The tour begins and ends at the Murrieta Museum, 41810 Juniper St., in Murrieta. Tour duration is an hour and a half and the suggested donation is $5 per person, proceeds to benefit the museum. No restrooms will be available and the tour may be canceled due to rain.
The Craft House will host an open house sneak peek at the new studio. This portion of the event is free to the public and no reservation is required. They will also be offering a paint class to kick off the workshops and reservations are required. The open house will take place from 2-8 p.m. at 32123 Temecula Pkwy. in Temecula at Vail Headquarters. Tickets for the paint class are $35 and available for purchase at www.eventbrite.com.
Songbird Jemeia Hope will perform from noon to 4 p.m. at Masia de la Vinya Winery at 40230 De Portola Road in Temecula.
John Rankin will perform from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Baily’s Old Town at 28699 Old Town Front St. in Temecula.
Schubert and Song will be hosted by the California Chamber Orchestra featuring soprano Tasha Koontz for Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” based on poetry by James Agee. The program also includes Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 1, composed when he was just 16, as well as Gwyneth Walker’s “The Light of Three Mornings.”
The concert will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Gershwin Performing Arts Center, 24801 Monroe Ave., in Murrieta. Tickets are available at www.calchamberorchestra.org.
Valiant Watts and Sprung Monkey will perform live at The Boiler Room Temecula from 8-11:30 p.m. at 27911 Jefferson Ave. in Temecula.
Matt Fallesen and Hannah Freeman-Fallesen perform songs from “Willy Wonka,” “The Greatest Showman” and “A Star is Born” from 8-11 p.m. at Matt’s Magnificent Mardi Gras. There will be Cajun food, specialty drinks, a jazz combo, dancing and a performance by Katia Lopez, the belly dancer, sword balancer and a magician who performed on “America’s Got Talent.” A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit JDS Creative Academy, a not-for-profit organization. JDS Creative Academy is at 28069 Diaz Road, Suite D, E and F, in Temecula. Tickets are $55 for general admission, $99 for VIP tickets.
Celebrate Mardi Gras at O’Haras from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 15788 Grand Ave. in Lake Elsinore.
Sunday, Feb. 23
Jami Lula will perform live at the Center for Spiritual Living Temecula Valley at 12:30 p.m. Presale tickets are available at CSLTV for $15 or $20 on the day of the show. Center for Spiritual Living Temecula Valley is at 41831 McAlby Court, Suite D, in Murrieta.
A Painting Flower Pots class will be hosted by The Batter Up Bakery and is for ages 5-12, a parent must be present. Class is $15 per child. you must call or go into the bakery to register. Class will include all supplies, a cup of coffee and two drop cookies and is from 1-2 p.m. at the bakery located at 26490 Ynez Road, Suite K, in Temecula.
3 Mile Radius will perform from 1-4 p.m. at Somerset Winery, 37338 De Portola Road in Temecula.
OC3 will perform live from 1-4 p.m. at Lorimar Winery, 39990 Anza Road, in Temecula.
International pop-soul artist Lele Rose is a Washington-born singer, songwriter and pianist is best known for her deep smoky vocals and her superior classical piano chops. She will perform from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Cove Bar and Grill at 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Suite B1, in Murrieta.
Cabaret at The Merc’s Generation: Next will celebrate the next generation of musical theater songwriters. Performers by Gabrielle Adner, Enrique Duenas, Sydney Rose Hover, Renna Nightingale and Tyler Tafolla. Hosted by Drew Boudreau, the show will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25 to $30. Tickets at www.thebarnstagecompany.com or http://tickets.temeculatheater.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
There will be a Mardi Gras Carnival Party hosted by Grace Mellman Community Library in Temecula with fun games, a mask decorating craft, exciting music and New Orleans-style treats. The event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. is for teens grades 6-12. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit http://riverside.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=130532&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2020/02/01. The library is at 41000 County Center Drive in Temecula. Call (951) 296-3893.
Fat Tuesday at the Boiler Room features a beads contest, no cover and drink specials all night with Dj Revenue and Dj Caipo playing all club hits. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at The Boiler Room, 27911 Jefferson Ave. in Temecula.
Mardí Gras on Front Street features the Chris Fast Band and is hosted by Old Town Blues Club and Stone Church Brewing – Temecula. The event will take place from 6-11 p.m. at the Old Town Blues Club and Stone Church Brewing, 28636 Old Town Front St., Suite 101, in Temecula.
HAIRlarious Comedy presents Sebastian Cetina “The Matchmaker” in a performance starting at 8 p.m. at The Shamrock – Irish Pub and Eatery at 39252 Winchester Road, Suite 145, in Murrieta.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Temecula Strings in Concert is a free concert from very talented young musicians and is sponsored by the Friends of the Temecula Libraries. The concert is for all ages and space is limited. The show will begin at 4 p.m. at Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road in Temecula.
Payton Howie will perform live at Lorimar Loft from 4-7 p.m. at the Lorimar Old Town Wine Tasting Room at 42031 Main St., Suite C, in Temecula.
Thursday, Feb. 27
From 6-8 p.m., participate in the Batch Mead: Succulent Wreath Workshop hosted by Pretty Paints and create a twinkly succulent wreath while sipping on Batch Mead. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will select different varieties of succulents in shades of pink, greens and blue and designers can let their mind run wild. Wreaths, LED lights, all materials needed and step-by-step instruction is included. Space is limited. Cost is $65 per student and includes a flight, designed by Batch Mead for participants ages 21 and older. Batch Mead is at 42225 Remington Ave., Suite A25, in Temecula.
Black Market III will perform live at Old Town Blues Club at 7:30 p.m. at 28636 Old Town Front St., Suite 101, in Temecula.
Mike Paramore will headline at Pechanga Comedy Club with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. through March 1. Paramore’s natural ability to infuse everyday situations with energetic, uplifting humor, combined with a natural ability to put you at ease is key to his personal brand of comedy. Tickets are $18. Pechanga Comedy Club is at 45000 Pechanga Parkway in Temecula. Call (877) 711-2946 or visit www.pechanga.com.
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