>> Fri/ 4/15
It’s the world premiere of this fresh new musical that’s based on the life of Jesus Christ. Though it has Biblical foundations, including lyrics from scripture, the production’s as current as they come, being billed as a contemporary rock opera, replete with an on-stage rock band. Written by Sammy Oriti.
Opens Fri. Thru May 1. The Grove Theatre, 276 E. 9th St., Upland, (909) 920-4343; www.grovetheatre.com.
>> Sat/ 4/16
RECORD STORE DAY
iTunes is cool—but it’s never quite like the pleasure of skulking through an indie record store, past the Passion Pit 7-inches and Beastie Boys posters, and right next to that super-rare Crass EP. Well then, the fourth annual Record Store Day is for you—a day when bands from Metallica to Wilco celebrate the art of music. Swing by Rhino Records or Mad Platter today for some one-day-only releases from killer bands.
Mad Platter, 1223 University Ave. #160, Riverside, (951) 328-1223; www.madplatter.cc; Rhino Records, 235 Yale Ave., Claremont, (909) 626-7774; www.rhinorecords.cc.
>> Sun/ 4/17
Send in the clowns—no, really, please do, along with the acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artists and, of course, the traditional big-top tent, as this traveling circus show celebrates decades of longevity by providing the real-deal circus experience, without having to use animals in the process. It’s family fun, old-school style.
Sun, 12:30PM, 3:30PM & 6:30PM. $15-$50. Ontario Mills Mall, 1 Ontario Mills Circle, Ontario, (877) 468-3861; www.circusvargas.org.
>> Mon/ 4/18
STUDENT INVITATIONAL 2011
This group of student creations was chosen by a jury of the faculty (these students are also part of a special honors program). The 34th annual installment of the Invitational features art by Donald Dreyer, Chris Hackworth, Rachel Hurton, Evert Munguia, Jaime Munoz, Rachel Alexis Parks, Jessica Pavone, Nicole Rodriguez and Cherie Savoie.
Opens Sat. Thru May 26. Chaffey College, Wignall Museum, 5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 652-6492; www.chaffey.edu/wignallgallery.
>> Tues/ 4/19
UCR MFA THESIS SHOW 2011
Is the school year ending already? Three graduating graduate students are showing their wares in this MFA Thesis Show at the newly-minted, off-campus-based Culver Center. Cameron Crone, Nathan Bockelman and David Gilbert will be displaying a mix of artwork, including photos, sculpture, video and performances.
Opens Tues. Thru May 7. University of California Riverside-Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside, (951) 82-3755; sweeney.ucr.edu.
>> Wednesday/ 4/20
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS 420 GANJA DAZE
The Kottonmouth Kings will be celebrating 420 along side Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Saigon and Potluck at the Fox Theater in Pomona. Besides expanding your lungs, the punk-hop group from Orange County will be dropping a new digital EP today called (wait for it) Legalize It.
Weds, 7PM. $25. Fox Theatre, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, (877) 283-6976; www.foxpomona.com.
>> Thurs/ 4/21
KING OF THE CAGE
Mixed Martial Arts and the Inland Empire snap together like Hulkamania and 1984. So it’s not surprising that another installment of the King of the Cage series is scheduled, featuring a number of bouts including Bobby Green vs. Dom O’Grady, Kenny McCorkell vs. Brandon Hunt and many more.
Thurs, April 21, 6:30PM. $40-$75. San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland, (800) 359-2464; www.sanmanuel.com.