>> Fri/ 4/22
WE ARE NOT ALONE
Former UC Riverside Chancellor Tomas Rivera had inspired many through his life as an educator, administrator, poet, novelist and essayist. Written by Carlos Cortes and Juan Felipe Herrera, this special performance notes the struggles and achievements of Rivera’s life, featuring a range of music genres and styles, including taiko, jazz, chamber and hip-hop.
Fri, 6:30PM. Culver Center for the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-5570; creativewriting.ucr.edu.
>> Sat/ 4/23
We’re aware of the idea that classical music and the Inland Empire aren’t entirely synonymous. But thanks in large part to ensembles like the San Bernardino Symphony (conducted by the award-winning Carlo Ponti), such perceptions are changing. Now in their 10th season, this show features Gustav Mahler’s Symphony in D Major.
Sat, 8PM. $10-$55. California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino, (909) 885-5152; www.californiatheatre.net.
>> Sun/ 4/24
SAL & ISELA
Known for their Mexicanized American music (or is Americanized Mexican?), the duo of Sal & Isela are longtime Weekly faves, offering unique takes on both countries’ flavors and creating an established soundtrack for the region. The husband-and-wife pair has even wrote songs about the Inland Empire—when’s the last time you penned a tune about Riverside?
Sun, 4PM. Riverside Plaza, 3545 Central Ave., Riverside, (951) 683-1066; www.shopriversideplaza.com.
>> Mon/ 4/25
AFRO-CUBAN DRUMMING ENSEMBLE
Seeking a little more rhythm in your life? Chances are the Afro-Cuban Drumming Ensemble at Pomona College will be able to supply such rousing rudiments. Directed by Joe Addington, this show will also feature guest musicians Lazaro Galarraga and Lorenzo Penalver, plus dancing from Pedro Muneco Aguilar and Kati Hernandez.
Mon. 8:15PM. Pomona College, Thatcher Music Building – Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont, (909) 607-2671; music.pomona.edu/calendar.shtml.
>> Tues/ 4/26
Of course, the month of April plays host to Earth Day, and the timing couldn’t be better for this show about Mother Earth and saving the world. Featuring the artwork of Andrea Cruz, Cindy Mayoral, David Valdes Redrado, Elizabeth Preston, Eugenia Sevilla, Janine Lauder, Julia Kahn, Julia Martos De Azuaje and many more.
Thru April 30. Latino Art Museum, 281 S. Thomas St. #105, Pomona, (909) 620-6009; www.lamoa.net.
>> Weds/ 4/27
Cirque Du Soleil newest show, Quidam is currently touring the United States. This show follows a young lady, Zoe, as she ventures into the world of Quidam seeking to fill the void of her existence. Zoe’s adventure is filled with highly skilled acrobats, musicians and singers, nothing short of a Cirque performance.
Opens Wed. Thru May 1. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com, www.cirquedusoleil.com.
>> Thurs/ 4/28
THE NEW LIMB
Their Facebook page claims they’re from “Birdhouse, CA” and their interests include “tickle fights.” But, there’s one item noted by this fivesome that makes the most sense—it’s their single-word genre of “indierockfolkpopalternative.” Now that’s a succinctly summative description. Also on the bill are The Ambient Light, The Thing About Rivals and Duyusimi.
Thurs, April 28, 7PM. $10. The Wire, 247 N. 2nd Ave., Upland, (909) 985-9466; www.thewire247.com.