FIFTH INTER-AMERICAN BIENNIAL OF VIDEO ART
If you’re a video-phile (and admit it, you know you are) this is a one of a kind chance to see 20 short videos chosen from the massive collected at the “Inter-American Biennial of Video Art,” which was featured in Washington, D.C. last year. You should feel pretty special. Videos have been created by individuals from 13 additional nations and the showings will be followed by discussion with various speakers.
Thurs, Dec. 1. 7pm. Free, must reserve tickets early. Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside. (951) 827-3755; www.culvercenter.ucr.edu/film.
EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVERY TOLD (AND THEN SOME!)
Between shopping, work and other time-consuming activities you only have time for maybe a single holiday play. So if you’re going to choose one to celebrate the season with you might as well pick one that spans multiple stories. This particular play features three guys who act out in comedic nature the events of stories from tales beginning with A Christmas Carol all the way to The Grinch.
Fri, Dec. 2. Inland Stage Company, Esplanade Arts Center, 2181 W. Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto, (951) 600-7273; www.inlandstage.org.
Featuring a number of the university’s top professors, TEDxUCR, a student-organized event, generates discussions on what the TED organization deems “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The cast so far includes the likes of Dr. Robert Levine from Cal State Fresno, Dr. Lawrence Rosenblum from UC Riverside and Julie Simon, a professional dancer of Brazilian, Caribbean Latin and African styles.
Sat, Dec. 3. 9am-1pm. $7. TEDxUCR at UC Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 977-1449; www.engr.ucr.edu/~swe/TEDxUCR.
Last year it was Taylor Swift who graced the Brandin‘ Iron Saloon with her lovely presence. This year a new youngin‘ (a 20-year-old, in fact) will be giving the venue its highlight performance of the year. This kid may not be old enough to drink but he can sure pack a powerful country singing voice. He also has a significant track on the soundtrack for Footloose (2011).
Sun, Dec. 4. 6pm. $12. Brandin‘ Iron , 320 S. E St., San Bernardino, (909) 888-7388; www.brandinironsaloon.com. 18+.
ART GALLERY HOLIDAY SALE
Nothing says “I’m actually trying to find something unique for you for Christmas” like a hand-made item. In this case you can choose from jewelry, ceramics and ornaments among many other items (many of which can be as cheap as $10), which are all fashioned by IE inhabitants. And the best thing of all? Knowing you’re funding the MSJC Gallery’s current and future exhibitions.
Mon, Dec. 5. 10am. Mt. San Jacinto College, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, (951) 487-6752; www.msjc.edu.
KEEPIN’ IT REALITY
This will be quite the special comedy event featuring gorgeous gal and host, Gretchen Rossi. This family oriented, real-estate selling, handbag creating, Leukemia supporting OC Housewife has accomplished quite a bit and on this night, will be hosting an evening of comedians including Steve Trevino (a regular at The Improv), Christina Pazsitzky and Slade Smiley—a lineup that will not disappoint.
Tues, Dec. 6. 8pm. $20. The Improv, 4555 Mills Circle Dr., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; www.improv.com.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC OF MANHEIM STEAMROLLER
Christmas is never complete without a bit of modern takes on classic hits, especially when it comes to modernized tunes. Having popularized their own electronic hits (some of which can now be considered classics considering that the group has been creating annual Christmas albums since 1984!) So, check out those old and boring Christmas hits with a new flair and of course, your favorite radio tune: the techno based “Deck the Halls.” We love it too.
Wed, Dec. 7. 8pm. $38.50-$77.50. California Theatre, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino, (909) 885-5152; www.californiatheatre.net.