The Great Picture
A photo-historic landmark was captured by six artists when they transformed an abandoned Southern California F-18 jet hangar at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro base in Orange County into the world’s largest camera and took the world’s largest photograph. At 32×111 feet, the Guinness Book records holder is a panoramic view of the photographers’ station. And one great picture you sure don’t want to miss.
Sat, July 16 Thru Oct 8. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-3755; www.culvercenter.ucr.edu/exhibitions.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Relationships form and fizzle, and this story is no exception, as the musical details the life of a five-year marriage that breaks up . . . or perhaps finally comes together? Written by Jason Robert Brown. Part of Inland Stage’s 2011 Summer Repertory Festival. Directed by Kristofer James.
Opens Fri. Thru July 23. Esplanade Arts Center, 2181 W. Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto, (951) 600-7273 x100; www.inlandstage.org.
WILLY WONKA JR.
If you’ve seen the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, chances are you’ll already be quite familiar with the story and characters offered in this stage performance, based on the Roald Dahl’s children’s novel. (All you’ll have to do is make sure to use your “pure imagination.”) Directed by Sherri Jones.
Opens Sat. Thru July 31. The Grove Theatre, 276 E. 9th St., Upland, (909) 920-4343; www.grovetheatre.com.
SLEAZY RIDERS VS. TORQUE WENCHES
The Sleazy Riders are the “most recently formed team from the Inland Empire Derby Divas.” Now, if you’ve ever caught any of the Derby Divas in action, you can be assured that this is one tough roller derby team. Catch ’em as they attack the Torque Wenches. (Gotta love these names, eh?)
Sun, 6PM. $12. Cal Skate GT, 22080 Commerce Way, Grand Terrace, (866) 607-5283; www.calskategt.com.
Unplug that radar detector and crank up those guitars as the Riverside-based Speed Trap zooms its way across the stage with a mix of originals, plus familiar covers by famous Strat-wielding axemen like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. Get those ears pulled over with both blues and classic rock on a Monday night.
Mon, 9PM. Mission Tobacco Lounge, 3630 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 682-4427; www.missiontobaccolounge.com.
Long Beach-based trio Crystal Antlers will perform an in-store set and sign copies of their new sophomore album, Two-Way Mirror (which will be released via the Recreation Ltd. label) at Rhino Records in Claremont. The post-punk/garage rock act, which kicked off in 2006, released its debut LP Tentacles on veteran Chicago-based indie label Touch and Go in 2009.
Tues, 7PM. Rhino Records, 235 Yale Ave., Claremont, (909) 626-7774; www.rhinorecords.cc; crystalantlers.com.
ACOUSTIC WEDNESDAYS FEATURING JULIET
The Aloft Hotel is hosting live acoustic music performances every Wednesday as part of its Acoustic Wednesdays nights. This month, the nights feature Southern California-based singer-songwriter Juliet, whose “Freestyle Falala” segment of her act allows audience members to select topics of which Juliet spontaneously sings about. Curious? Check her site for the details!
Every Wed, 8PM. Aloft Hotel, 10480 4th St., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 484-2018; www.julietsmusic.com.