It’s the early ’60s and the only thing that Tracy Turnblad wants to do is be seen dancing on TV, as part of the “Corny Collins Show.” But, she’s not the most popular girl, so attaining small-screen fame means using such skills to her advantage. Presented by Standing Room Only Productions.
Opens Thurs, July 7. Thru July 17. Victor Valley College, 18422 Bear Valley Rd., Victorville, (760) 245-4271 x2878; www.vvc.edu.
Harry Witherspoon’s inheritance from his rich uncle’s will promises several millions. But that handsome sum comes with very detailed instructions. Like, Harry has to take his dead uncle’s embalmed body on a week’s vacation to Monte Carlo. And if he’s unsuccessful, those millions go to his uncle’s dogs. Presented by the Riverside Community Players.
Opens Fri. Thru July 24. Riverside Community Players, 4026 14th St., Riverside, (951) 686-4030; www.riversidecommunityplayers.com.
ROCKSTAR MAYHEM FESTIVAL
Have a craving for a cacophony of heavy sounds? Then Rockstar Mayhem Festival’s army of ear-grinding bands is just what the doctor ordered. With hardcore/thrash outfit Unearth delivering a night of the living shred and Godsmack laying the smackdown, your ears will be ringing for days.
Mayhem Festival 2011 at the San Manuel Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Pkwy., San Bernardino; www.rockstarmayhemfest.com. Sat, July 9. 2:15PM. Tickets $75.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
You’ve watched it and read it—now’s time to see it. The Rudyard Kipling-penned classic has a new spin courtesy of an adaptation by Andrew Strachen. Jump through the jungles of India with this tale that has Mowgli learning the ways of life with his friends Baloo and Bagheera. Directed by Jeremy Yeo.
Opens Sat. Thru Aug. 14. Lifehouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands, (909) 335-3037; www.lifehousetheater.com.
ROGER WHITE/JOSH BLACKWELL
Contemporary art can be formed via a number of avenues. Roger White uses paintings (six new works here) featuring everyday objects including a dress shirt and a water filter. Josh Blackwell’s artistry is expressed via plastic bags, which he has transformed into colorful, embroidered hangings. Curated by James Bae.
Thru Sept. 22. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org.
As the July band for The Press’ Tuesday Night monthly residency series, The Sundowners are ready to emit some healthy UV rays into your musical night, as these Altadena-based indie rockers cast their sonic lightness via a formidable, retro-ish, blues-based psychedelic romp that’s rhythmic and rollin‘. Plus, their debut full-length was actually a double-album—talk about ambition!
Tues, 9:30PM. The Press Restaurant, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont, (909) 625-4808; www.thepressrestaurant.com.
THE ART OF CLAY
This biennial invitational and juried exhibit is open to artists who hold membership in recognized clay groups. Stefani Gruenberg is the special guest artist and the show’s judged by Vincent Suez. Art will be sold with proceeds benefitting the museum, the American Ceramic Society-Design Chapter organization and the artists.
Opens Sat. Thru July 30. American Museum of Ceramic Art, 340 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, (909) 865-3146; www.ceramicmuseum.org.