PREPARING FOR THE “BIG ONE”
Much of California is split between the Pacific and North American plates which grind at each other’s borders. One of these days we’re going to get a much more severe quake due to these slow collisions. Because this is more likely to happen than a zombie apocalypse, learn about quakes now and how you can be prepared for disaster from Kathleen Springer, senior curator of geological sciences at the San Bernardino County Museum.
Thurs, Jan. 5. 6pm. Free, RSVP required. Canyon Lake Lodge, 32200 Canyon Club Dr., Canyon Lake, (951) 244-8230.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never heard of the town of Almost. What does matter is that you’re ready to embark on a one-night adventure where the people of this fantasy town experience a very peculiar evening. Needless to say this romantic comedy takes place during single night encounters concerning love discovered and love lost, much like a modern rendition of the classic Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Fri, Jan. 6. $12. 7:30pm. 27402 Ramona Bowl Rd., Hemet, (951) 658-5300; www.ramonahillsideplayers.org.
CABLE AIRSHOW AND CAR SHOW
The Cable Airshow and Car Show, hosted by Cable Airport in Upland, will feature a number of aerobatics performing stunts we would only attempt in an enclosed, synthetic simulation of skydiving. But not only is this a display of death-rejecting feats (including Rob Harrison, “The Tumbling Bear”) in flight, but also an exhibition of airplanes and historic automobiles.
Sat, Jan. 7 thru Sun. Jan. 8. 8am-4pm. $5-$7. Free for children under five. Cable Airport, 1749 W. 13th St., Upland, (909) 982-6021; www.cableairport.com.
All things Victorian can be seen at the Dickens Festival this weekend which celebrates Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, a man whose stories still remain popular today. Thus, Riversidians and literary fans alike decided to group together and create an annual festival honoring the Victorian era. You might see Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells and even Oscar Wilde impersonators complete with plenty of literary readings.
Sun, Jan. 8. 9:45am. Free. Riverside Convention Center, 3443 Orange St., Riverside, (951) 781-3168; www.dickensfest.com.
Washi is the word for traditional Japanese paper and with the goal of giving an older culture’s form of communication a new life, famed Japanese artist Kyoko Ibe takes washi paper (mainly handmade paper and handwritten documents), recycles them and creates artistic murals. You’ll find that these pieces speak of tranquility within the quiet and light colors mixed with subtle grays.
Mon, Jan. 9. 10pm. Heather James Fine Art, 45188 Portola Ave., Palm Desert; (760) 346-8926; www.heatherjames.com.
Contagious Comedy with Romarick
You may recognize him on iTunes podcasting along side fellow comedian Jeff Garcia. This time Romarick (B1) Anderson takes his comedy to the stage in Ontario for a live solo show. Beside Garcia, Romarick has opened for for big name headliners like Mark Curry, Ralphie May, Pablo Francisco, Eddie Griffin, Nick Cannon, Mitch Fatel, Gary Owen, Willie Barcenna and more. With the mixture of clever and goofy, his comedy portrays the average Western American Life with a twist.
Tues, Jan. 10, 8pm. The Improv, 4555 Mills Cir., Onatrio Mills, Ontario, (909) 484-5411; www.improv.com.
Curator Margaret Matthews-Berenson has finished up her sift through the depths of Riverside Art Museum collection. Her exhibition “In-Print: Five Centuries of Prints and Multiples” showcases works of print through scattered timelines, spanning from the 16th to 19th century. Alongside some of these pieces are the writings of students who have participated in the Creative Writing Internship Program, producing several personal works to accompany the art.
Wed, Jan. 11. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org.