New music, art events coming to Diamond Valley Arts Center


Diamond Valley Arts Center announced their fall events, concerts and art exhibits recently.

Jimmy and Enrique, a world music acoustic duo, will perform Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. on the DVAC stage at 123 N. Harvard Street in Hemet.

Jimmy Patton and Enrique Platas are based out of San Diego and have been touring and recording for years individually and as a duo. The Latin and Middle Eastern-infused music of these two artists sounds like six people onstage. The colorful acoustic richness of the layers of sound transport the listener to another world.

Tickets prices are $20 for general admission, $15 for DVAC members and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

Saxophonist Craig Yancey will be onstage Sunday, Sept. 29, to present “The History of the Saxophone,” with the doors opening at 2 p.m. and the concert presentation starting at 2:30 p.m. See the DVAC website for ticket prices.

Yancey will take attendees from the inception of the saxophone, through its many reiterations, the musicians and styles these saxophones were used in and their influence on music. The saxophone has been a major influence in the development and the sound of music over the past century. Its masters and musical geniuses can be found throughout the decades influencing the texture of modern music. The presentation will include performance and interaction.

The art gallery show, “Return to the Garden,” by artist Rigo Rivas is open through Oct. 9 in the Diamond Valley Arts Center Culture Series.

Rivas was born in a small town, surrounded by forest, near “fincas,” or coffee plantations, and a beautiful lake called Coatepeque in El Salvador where he lived until 20 years old. Growing up in a large family, Rivas said he enjoyed many trips to visit relatives. Going to the beach, walking along the countryside, and roasting corn in the hills, all provided him with countless memories from which to paint.

Although the artist has taken art classes that utilized pastels and oil painting at the L.A. Community College, his preferred medium is fast-drying acrylic paint. Presently he exhibits his paintings regularly at the Latino Art Museum in Pomona.

The DVAC art gallery is always free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. It was founded in 2004. The nonprofit organization’s motto is “Advancing the Arts – Creating Community.”

Information and membership opportunity may be found at, by calling (951) 652-3822 or by emailing

Tony Ault can be reached by email at