A scene from “Manchester by the Sea.”

UCR ArtsBlock has great upcoming film screenings.

Watch “Manchester by the Sea,” a story about a hardened handyman named Lee (Casey Affleck) who returns to his hometown in New England after the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler) to care for his 16-year-old nephew (Lucas Hedges), but his arrival also unearths his checkered past. Soon, Lee comes back into contact with his estranged wife (Michelle Williams) as he deals with life in his tight-knit former community.


  • Friday, March 24: 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25: 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25: 7 p.m.

Or watch “The Red Turtle” in April. Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, “The Red Turtle” recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.


  • Friday, April 7: 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8: 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8: 7 p.m.

View the full schedule of ArtsBlock screenings.

Recap: From Genomics to Harvest

The “Living the Promise Symposium: From Genomics to Harvest,” took place on March 17. The event explored the vast contributions UC Riverside is making to the basic science, cultivation, and production of plants and food.

The symposium was followed by a reception featuring a menu inspired by UCR’s food research. Among the items were: UCR avocado and arugula gazpacho shooter, prosciutto-wrapped UCR asparagus, fried calamari with UCR citrus aioli, and UCR black-eyed pea salad. You can watch the video on UCR’s YouTube channel.

The next Living the Promise symposium, Renewable Nature, is scheduled for April 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Botanic Gardens. Learn how UCR’s environmental, energy, and sustainable development research solutions are creating a healthier planet. Visit Living the Promise for more details.

Here is a slideshow recap of the “From Genomics to Harvest” event (photos by Michael J. Elderman):

Inland Empire Rental Market Trends Outpacing Coastal Areas


The Inland Empire’s robust residential rental market is outpacing neighboring coastal areas with less vacancy and greater or equal growth in rent prices, according to a new analysis released on March 15 by the School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

The region’s tight apartment supply and rapidly rising rents underscore the need for additional multifamily housing, say the report authors.

The Inland Empire’s regional affordability advantage is helping fuel homebuyer demand while low numbers of existing homes for sale and low levels of construction have depleted inventories, putting upward pressure on prices.

“The Inland Empire has seen consistent growth in economic activity and employment in recent years and with that growth have been population gains that are outpacing neighboring counties in Southern California and putting pressure on both the IE’s rental market and the market for owner-occupied homes,” said Robert Kleinhenz, executive director of research at the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development. “There is a genuine need for more housing across much of California, and nowhere is the severity of the situation more apparent than in the Inland Empire.”

Read more on the rental market in the Inland Empire.

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