Betcha haven’t seen this guy in a while. He may not be showing up much in comedy films anymore (his last big one was back in 2009; even prior to that you might remember Road House or Freddy Got Fingered), but he’s making a comeback. He’s been touring Pasadena, but will be making a stop at our local Improv venue to provide the IE with a few crazy ideas about how he sees the world.
Thurs, Dec. 15. 8pm. $22. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Circle, Ontario, (909) 484-5411; www.improv.com.
For the Record: John Hughes Holiday Road
It’s not every day that John Hughes’ most notorious ’80s films collide into one astounding Christmas musical. Think teen sensations like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink meets the holiday madness of Home Alone. It’s awesomeness with a side of insanity. Frolic with Broadway and Hollywood alums as they remember Hughes’ glorious holiday favorites and celebrate the loss of innocence, crazy family outings and pessimistic teenagers.
Fri, Dec. 16. 8pm. For the Record: John Hughes Holiday Road at Ace Hotel and Swim club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 325-9900; www.acehotel.com.
KRIS KRINGLE MYSTERY DINNER
Take a walk on the darker side of Christmas; not everything is all cookies and milk, you know. Some naughty killer decided to whack the “sled-honcho” at his birthday party. As a diner (or simply audience member if you prefer to be on your toes rather than distracted by tasty food) it’s your job to help unravel the mystery that has put a damper on the holidays.
Sat, Dec. 17. 6pm for dinner, 9pm without. $55. Fox Events Center, 123 Cajon St., Redlands, (909) 792-3888; www.foxeventcenter.com.
BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA
Listening to the radio during the holiday is great because we have free access to repeat songs from the last 50 years, but if you’re looking for a new way to jam out with a few freshly remade songs, you’re in luck. It might not be free, but you’re guaranteed to enjoy your special faves with the swing and blues tunes of the Brian Setzer Orchestra. What’s better than rock-infused Christmas songs? That’s right, nothing.
Sun, Dec. 18. 8pm. $61-$90. California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino, (909) 885-5152; www.californiatheatre.net.
DICKENS FESTIVAL BOOK READING
This is your one-month reminder that the Dickens Festival will be arriving soon after the New Year begins. If you can’t possible wait until then, try attending this book reading with a side of tea (hosted by the same group). It’s a big year for Charles Dickens; the guy would be celebrating his 200th birthday! Help commemorate that achievement in style while you ready yourself for a blast back to classics. No DeLorean needed.
Mon, Dec. 19. 2pm. $50. Riverside Marriott Hotel. 3400 Market St., Riverside, (951) 781-3168; www.dickensfest.com; www.riversidecvb.com.
“NIGHT AND DAY”
No, this doesn’t allude to the recent crappy film by Tom Cruise but to oil paintings by Lockwood de Forest, spanning between the years 1850-1932, that offer up a wide selection of landscapes. From American and western themes to Palm Springs desert images, all will be loaned from the artist’s estate and will be available for a limited time. The opening of this exhibit will mark the start of a touring gallery.
Tues, Dec. 20. 10am. $12.50. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 322-4800; www.psmuseum.org.
“THE WORKING WHITE HOUSE”
The White House is a prestigious household image of America’s long lasting past and now is your chance to see it all. The Smithsonian is bringing an exhibit to the IE featuring the famous building’s history, how it’s kept and all of the people who make it happen. Plus, how else would you get an inside look into the Oval Office? I’m sure no secret agents will let you in on a whim of curiosity.
Wed, Dec. 21. 12pm. Free. Museum of History and Art, Ontario, 225 S. Euclid Ave., Ontario, (909) 395-2510; www.ci.ontario.ca.us.