Remember those dang boy bands of the ’90s? Well bands like N’Sync and the Backstreet Boys take the cake in this genre but perhaps you recall the original boy band group New Edition. Thirty years later they’re getting back together (again) just so you can relive the boy-obsessed years of your youth. Give a good scream for a few well aged singers.
Thurs, Dec. 29. 6:30pm. $55-$75. San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland, (800) 359-2464; www.sanmanuel.com. Shows: 21+.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Take a journey into the life of George Bailey who has lived a good life, often putting others before himself. However upon the moment where he attempts to commit suicide, Clarence Oddbody (an angel earning his wings) shows George what life would be like in his hometown without him. If you need to start your new year off on the right foot then this is the best way to do it.
Fri, Dec. 30. 7:30pm. $14-$18. LifeHouse Theatre, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands, (909) 335-3037; www.lifehousetheater.com.
BIG BAND NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOWCASE
Nothing will remind you more of the rapidly approaching New Year than reminiscent music of the past. Think back to the 1930s when Big Band groups were popular, complete with big shiny brass instruments and the most jive and swingin‘ tunes in show biz. Don’t let your first memory of 2012 begin at a bar with a measly countdown-shout out; listen to the Blue Note Swing Orchestra “No Vacancy” play its heart out.
Sat, Dec. 31. 6pm. $99-$125. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 626-1254; www.candlelightpavilion.com.
TOY STORY 3 ON ICE
What’s better than watching Toy Story 3? Watching it on ice (seriously, add “on ice” to everything and it makes the event that much cooler). It takes a completely different cast of actors complete with professional ice
skating skills to pull off a show like this. Whether you’re a Toy Story fan or you want to share the story with your kids, this is your last chance to see the show.
Fri, Jan. 1. 6:30pm. $12-$70. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com.
THE PHOENIX EFFECT
One of our old “Band of the Week” buddies is showing up again to rock on with its sweet acoustic tunes. The show is free over at the Chick-fil-A in Ontario but as band member Chris Hamilton says “You should buy food, though! Who doesn’t like chicken!?” You know, eating more chicken and less red meat is a pretty great resolution alongside supporting our local bands.
Mon, Jan. 2. 6pm. Free. Chic-fil-A Ontario Mills Pkwy., 4350 Ontario, (909) 481-5730; www.chick-fil-a.com.
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So maybe some of your New Year’s resolutions are a bit farfetched. Winning the lottery? C’mon let’s help you find a more practical goal. Rick Klein, a representative of EarthSmart, will be speaking over at the San Bernardino County Museum about the dangers of plastic and how we can recycle to prevent debris from sitting in a sink hole, decomposing over a 1,000 year period (seriously).
Tues, Jan. 3. 7:30pm. Free. San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Ln., Redlands, (909) 307-2669; www.sangorgonio.sierraclub.org.
VISIONS OF THE INDIAN CANYONS
Try starting off the New Year with an attempt to see local beauty. This exhibit features photography taken of the Indian Canyons which consist of the Tahquitz, Andreas, Murray and Palm Canyons in the greater Palm Springs area. Not only do they remain in preserved beauty today, but they also provide historical evidence of local Indian tribes and their ancestors, all thanks to the Agua Caliente people who have preserved the area for to enjoy.
Wed, Jan. 4. 10am. Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, 219 South Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 778-1079; www.accmuseum.org.