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Grand Opening of UC Riverside’s Culver Center of the Arts

Please see attached two press releases regarding the grand opening of UC Riverside’s Culver Center of the Arts, located off-campus in downtown Riverside, and housed in a renovated 19th-century department store.

Two days of public events will kick off the grand opening celebration on Thursday, Oct. 7, with performances by Riverside community arts groups from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and a day of films on Friday, Oct. 8, featuring classic Hollywood and award-winning independent films screening from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Events both days will be free. Schedules for opening performances, screenings and exhibitions are available at (; click on “Gala Opening.”

The gala reception on Saturday, Oct. 9, will feature special entertainment and food from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person. The center will be closed to the public on that day. A downloadable order form is available online at ( For information call (951) 827-4290.

One press release discusses the architecture and its renovation. That architectural team was led by David H. Richards, principal of Harley Ellis Devereaux Corp. of Los Angeles and included Annie Chu and Michael Matteucci of Chu + Gooding Architects of Los Angeles, along with Taylor Louden, a historical architect based in Culver City.

The second press release discusses the inaugural programming, “ReCycle—Bike Culture in Southern California” and “Vehicles of Imagination.”

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