>> Thurs/ 4/28
CLAREMONT 5 SECOND FILM FESTIVAL
Don’t blink or else you might miss some of the films being displayed at this festival. This third installment of short films (some as succinct as five seconds; others are more conventional 15-minute shorts) features movies of all types, but brevity is the uniting factor here (with some award offerings, too!).
Thurs, April 28, 7PM. $15-$100. Laemmle Theatre, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, (909) 621-5500; www.5secondfilmfestival.com.
>> Fri/ 4/29
THE FAILURES, SLAB
Pomona-based punk greats and one-time Weekly Band of the Week The Failures are destined for success by returning (after a recent break) with a revised roster for this birthday gig. Stellar local punk vets Slab (also once a Band of the Week) are on the bill, as are the equally excellent Olympians and the Disgustingtons.
Fri, 9PM. $5. Characters, 276 E. 1st St., Pomona, (909) 622-9070; www.characterspomona.com.
>> Saturday/ 4/30
UCR SPRING SPLASH
Leaving behind Andre 3000 and OutKast in 2007, Big Boi transformed into Sir Lucious Left Foot for a solo career. This year, Big Boi makes his debut at this annual event. UCR’s Spring Splash is one of the largest events on the campus. General public tickets are limited. Students receive one free ticket.
Sat, 2PM-7PM. $15. UC Riverside, 1200 University Ave., Riverside (951) 827-4403; springsplash.ucr.edu.
>> Sun/ 4/30
MFA 2011 GRADUATING CLASS GROUP EXHIBITION
It’s time to turn those tassels—or perhaps, in this case, it’s time to finalize those canvases? This group display showcases the work of recent grads from the Claremont Graduate University’s fine arts grad program, and includes the creations from well over two dozen artists.
Opens Sun. Thru May 13. Claremont Graduate University, East/Peggy Phelps Galleries, 251 E. 10th St., Claremont, (909) 621-8071; www.cgu.edu.
>> Mon/ 5/2
THE ANNUAL STUDENT SHOW
If this show’s name is any indication, be ready to view the latest and greatest by Mt. San Jacinto College’s art students from this academic year, encompassing their San Jacinto, Menifee and Temecula-based campuses. Expect plenty of diverse projects here, including painting, sculpture, drawing, graphic design and more.
Opens Sat. Thru May 18. Mt. San Jacinto College, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, (951) 487-6752; www.msjc.edu.
>> Tues/ 5/3
OPEN MIC NIGHT
Think you’ve got a great poem or song, and want to share it with world…or at least those who’ll be in Riverside on Tuesday night? This open mic is part of a weekly showcase presented by the Regional Organization of the Creative Kind, which assists an assortment of awesome local talent. This session’s hosted by Justin DeSoucy.
Tues, 10PM. Worthington’s Tavern, 3587 University Ave., Riverside, 951.779.9169; www.riversiderock.com.
>> Wed/ 5/4
Oddly, our fondest memory of The Raveonettes was when they were featured in a TV commercial for K-Mart, of all places. (That, and the band’s name always sounds like you’re saying “Raisinets”—mmm!) These great Danes have warmed American indie rock hearts with darkened guitar-charged tracks for nearly a decade now. Opening up is Tamaryn.
Wed, 7:30PM. $15. The Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 86-3802; www.theglasshouse.us.