Artsy Fartsy

Posted December 3, 2009 in Feature Story

While the rest of your friends are tearing it up on dirt bikes and kicking off a marathon session of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, you opt for the more refined, velvet-lined pleasures in life. Being a culture hound ain’t easy, but finding you a gift is . . . 

Inland Empire DVD

From the streets of London to Mulholland Drive, David Lynch’s works could stuff even the deepest stocking and what better way to fill the oversized Santa socks of your culture-obsessed loved one than a copy of 2006’s Inland Empire? So, maybe the movie isn’t about Riverside or San Bernardino counties and, sure, maybe most of it was filmed in Poland, but would we really want to live in a David Lynch film? And you really can’t help but to agree with Lynch when he said, “I like the word ‘Inland’ and I like the word ‘Empire.’” If Lynch is a bit too serious but you still need something for the flick-phile, try the Kobe Doin‘ Work DVD or the Kevin Smith 3-Movie Collection on Blu-ray featuring Clerks, Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Buy or order these DVDs at Video Paradiso, 330 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, (909) 626-1171;


Cinderella Tickets

We all love alternative takes on our favorite childhood stories, but MainStreet Theatre Company’s Cinderella directed by Mark Rucker with music and lyrics by David Coleman at the Lewis Family Playhouse offers, not one, but two stories of whimsy: Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. This adventure pitches the White Rabbit into a land of singing mice and while the Queen may still be wicked, the Rabbit could probably take a break from all those mad tea parties to dabble in insensible footwear. Take that Disney!
Cinderella at Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 477-2752; $8-$16.50. Performances Jan. 29-Feb. 13.


Color Me Mine Mug

Just because your art always ends up looking like you made it with your feet while talking on a cell phone and wearing a blindfold, doesn’t mean it can’t compete with the art made by first-graders hanging on the fridge of so many proud mothers—call it abstract. This year give the gift that keeps on giving and create a personalized mug at the local Color Me Mine. You never know your mug could give her that shock—err, kick—she needs to wake up every morning.
Color Me Mine, 5225 Canyon Crest Dr. Set. 3, Riverside, (951) 684-2645; $22-$26.


TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation Tickets

Fusing jazz, hip-hop, spoken word and Japanese drumming pyrotechnics into one theatrical production, (re) generation is the perfect way to spend a night out. Forget Cirque du Soleil and the Blue Man Group, this is a modern take on interpreted performance with a cultural twist. It could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience—and it’s for only one day at UCR’s University Theatre.
UC Riverside University Theatre, 900 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 827-4331; $36. Jan. 15, 8PM.


Bunny Gunner Framing

Frame or reframe that wedding picture you’ve been meaning to and relive the memories with your loved one in a new artsy fashion at Bunny Gunner. From contemporary to old fashioned to straight up professional, you can frame or reframe any image for laughs, smiles or tears. Or perhaps give her an empty frame and suggest making new memories.
Bunny Gunner Art Services, 266 W. Second Street, Pomona, (909) 868-2808; Frame prices vary by size and style.


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