ASHER HARTMAN: “HALFWAY TO VEGAS”
“Halfway to Vegas” isn’t your average art exhibition. Hartman, known for his work in the intersection of performance and theater brings to the Culver Center selected visual and film/video works. Three of his film/video pieces will be showcased, all of which were shot before, during and after Hartman’s transition from female to male. The exhibit on a whole sparks discussions about the ideals of masculinity.
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 12pm-5pm. $3. Free for students. UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, 3834 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-3755; www.culvercenter.ucr.edu.
Comedians are always present at the Improv, normally consisting of new comedians who are hilarious but also unknown. Every once in a while you get the opportunity to check out comedians who have been around for a while, not those newfangled young kids (although they’re hilarious, too). Davidson has been in the business since his impersonations on In Living Color, but he’s sticking to his guns with a night of hilarity.
Performing Thurs, Jan. 19-Sat, Jan. 21. 8pm and 10pm. $20. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; www.improv.com.
REMEMBERING THE LADIES
Toni Morrell is a famous singer who packs a powerful voice (you can see her belt out ridiculous sound on YouTube). In Remembering the Ladies, she’s singing voice-demanding songs from the most famous and well known leading ladies such as Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Reynolds and many more. This is for those who not only enjoy the vibrato of a professional female singer, but also want to pay tribute to the classics.
7:30pm. $25-$30. The Grove Theatre, 276 E. 9th St., Upland, (909) 920-4343; www.grovetheatre.com.
It might be a surprise to discover that the lead singer of Dashboard Confessional is still performing. Despite the band’s absence from the music scene (the last time DC released anything was a short EP in 2010) it seems that its slowly reviving fans by playing smaller venues such as this one. Carrabba will be bringing his sweet acoustic sound to a humbled venue near you (rather than traversing to crowded, large venues in LA).
With Barcelona. 6pm. $25-$28. The Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
This isn’t your average musical. Hell it’s not even your average Rocky Horror musical either. This rendition comes “With a twist” meaning the production director decided to change it up because now the play is going to take place in a 2012 post apocalypse. This play is notorious for audience participation, so don’t forget to purchase the necessary “props” before the show and add your well-paid piece of toast, or squirt gun to the performance.
Thru Jan. 23. The Esplanade Arts Center, 2181 W. Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto, (951) 600-7273; www.inlandstage.org.
CLASSICAL FLAMENCO GUITAR
There are some people who have quick fingers. Check out those kids texting like crazy or Guitar Hero fans, who speedily pressing the right colors. Out of this group, whose talent is a modern-day version of a quick draw, the quickest comes from the flamenco guitarists. With a bit of Spanish flare, Kevin Greenhaw is showing off his skills outside the Lewis Library.
5:30pm. Steelworkers’ Auditorium, Lewis Library and Technology Center, 8437 Sierra Ave., Fontana, (909) 428-8816; www.fontanarecreation.org.
“NO SECOND TROY”
There’s not going to be any literal treasure here. No the “Treasures of Troy,” which were originally unearthed by an archaeologist in late 1860 and then stolen by Russians during WWII, now sit in a museum somewhere in Russia. However these treasures have been remade by Liz Glynn for a different purpose. These items may not reflect the likeness of jewels, goblets, vases of the Homeric era but Glynn intends to reveal human agency and the potential for change.
Thru March 23. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri, 12pm-5pm. Pitzer Art Galleries, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, 909.621.8797; www.pitzer.edu/galleries.