Riverside City Hall
Riverside City Hall

Singers, dancers, artists, scientists and robots will greet visitors to downtown Riverside on Thursday as the city hosts its annual “Long Night of Arts & Innovation.”

The event will get underway at 5 p.m. and wrap up about midnight on the Main Street pedestrian mall, between City Hall and the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.

“The Long Night showcases inland Southern California’s exceptional talent in the arts, science and technology,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “You will experience exhibits in which the science is so beautiful that it feels like art, and others in which the art is so technical it feels like science. You will hear music that will make your heart soar and see demonstrations of technology that will challenge and amaze you.”

The inaugural Long Night in 2012 featured  900 presentations, and some of the same attractions will be returning this week, according to organizers.

Operatic performances, synchronized dance routines, story readings, mathematics contests and mini plays are planned, and international eats will be available for sampling, along with a variety of tasty sweets.

The “Curious Kids Zone” will offer a range of activities for youths 10 and under.

Working professionals in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields will be on hand to answer questions and offer pointers to youths seeking STEM-oriented careers.

La Sierra University professor Enoch Hwang will give visitors an opportunity to get hands-on with a variety of robotic instruments, and UCR Professor Suveen Mathaudhu, from the Department of Mechanic Engineering, will deliver a lecture titled “The Science of Superheroes Explained!”

More information is available at www.longnightriverside.com .

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