2011 HILTON HHONOR SKATE AMERICA
You don’t need to wait for the Olympics to see some magnificent ice figure skating. The first day of a long weekend including those limber and danger seeking ice skaters is happening right in Ontario. Whether you enjoy single performances or duos this weekend-long event will having you cheering when they finish those ridiculously quick spinning triple axels. Even if you’re not into figure skating, you gotta give them credit.
Thurs, Oct. 20-Sun, Oct. 23. 11AM. $150-$400. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com.
JAY GORDON & THE PENETRATORS
Previously listed as our very own Band of the Week, Jay Gordon and the Penetrators have been hard at work spreading the sound of Southern soul. With over 12 albums under his belt as well as being deemed the 2009 best guitarist at the South Bay Music Awards, Gordon’s reputation speaks for itself. If you haven’t checked this band out by now you’re long overdue for a rock and roll infused dose of classic blues.
Fri, Oct. 21. 9PM. Angels Roadhouse, 32464 Dunlap Blvd., Yucaipa, (909) 795-0665; www.myspace.com/angelsroadhouse.
POMONA AND FRIENDS
Pomona and Friends is a free music festival celebrating all things local. Bands like Phaxanation & the Dust Kickers and Gentle Matador were Bands of the Week in previous editions, and both will be performing amongst many other up-and-coming bands such as Haters United, The Lovely Bad Things and Bomb Makers. The event is sponsored by organizations like Switch, Robot Maintenance Records, The Noise Academy and more.
Sat, Oct. 22. 5PM. Pomona and Friends 2011 Arts/Music Festival, 226 S. Main St. and 296 W. 2nd St., Pomona; www.facebook.com/pages/Pomona-and-Friends/240880892610215.
HALLOWEEN DANCE SPECTACULAR
The IP Ballet brings to the IE its 17th season, cleverly using traditional horror stories such as Dracula and the dark inspiration and dance of the Black Swan from Swan Lake. No, you’re not going to see any controversial dances based on the events that occurred in the 2010 film Black Swan but the show will featuring two famous stories brought to life through dance.
Sun, Oct. 23. 1PM. $28-$38. Claremont College, Bridges Hall Of Music, 150 E. 4th St., Claremont, (909) 607-2671; music.pomona.edu; www.ipballet.org.
MAKING PINK LEMONADE
This month has been full of charitable causes and events but while many of those are fun we sometimes lose sight of the core reason behind that Corset Run or benefit dinner night evening. Debbie Cantwell, survivor of Breast Cancer and founder of the “Pink Daisy Project,” which has helped over 150 women survive and cope with breast cancer, will be delivering a truly inspiring story during her talk which is aptly named “Making Pink Lemonade out of Lemons.”
Mon, Oct. 24. 12PM. Scripps College, Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College, 345 E. 9th St., Claremont, (909) 607-9372; www.collegescalendar.com.
AURELIO MIGUEL BOCANEGRA
Comedians don’t often come from a strictly comedic background. Take Aurelio Bocanegra for instance: this is a man who not only dedicated his time to the U.S. Air Force but he has become a pretty popular up-and-coming comedian as well. With a comedy album in the works with New Wave Entertainment it would be pretty sweet to say you saw this comedian at the ol’ humble Improv before he became famous.
Tues, Oct. 25. 8PM. Improv, 4555 Mills Circle, Ontario Mills, Ontario, (909) 484-5411; www.improv.com.
Returning to Aztlan
Currently exhibiting at the dA Gallery is the “Returning to Aztlan ’11 Revisited,” a massive collection of Chicano inspired art. Paintings, sculptures and even music and dance will cover the walls of the gallery, showing true colors of Chicano history, passion and expressionism. Also available for viewing is the “Dia de los Muertos” exhibit, showing off the colorful tastes and designs that only a Day of the Dead festival can provide.
Thru Nov. 12. 12PM. dA Gallery Center for the Arts, 252-D S. Main St., Pomona, (909) 397-9716; www.dacenter.org.