Dengue Fever has invented a new sound; the likes of which have never before existed in our music scene. Described as expressing “Cambodian garage rock, Afro Grooves and Neo-surf tunes” only begins to sum up this bundle of unique sound. With its newest album entitled Cannibal Courtship (2011), this band hopes to grab the attention of a few new fans when it performs at UCR today.
8pm. $20. UC Riverside, University Theatre, 900 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 827-4331; ucriversidepresents.ucr.edu.
A PIECE OF MY HEART
The Vietnam War is a scar on American history and one that left a few good men pretty messed up. Instead of taking a look into the eyes of a young soldier’s experience in Vietnam, you’ll follow the lives of six women (five nurses and a country singer) and how each one lived before their tour in Vietnam, after and how they coped with the horrors seen there.
8pm. $15. Thru May 20. Esplanade Arts Center, 2181 W. Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto, (951) 600-7273; www.inlandstage.org.
Yeah, you read that right. Mix the innocence of a promenade and Armegeddon and you get one of the last celebrations on Earth. Actually, it’s a concert featuring music from Hobo Jazz, Ninja Party, Eye Kizzer and The Wooden Leaves mixed with the cosplay of zombies, road warriors and other “survivors.” In other words it’s a costume party and there won’t be any high school prom-goers in sight.
8:30pm. $6. Back to the Grind, 3575 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 784-0800; www.back2thegrind.com.
Remember this alternative-rock boy band when it became a thing back in the early 2000s as it enrapt the naïve hearts of fans everywhere? Then the band broke up around 2004 and regrouped in 2009 (as many bands are wont to do) leading to a new album and tours. Now you can find them at Fantasy Springs where old fans will welcome Creed back to the stage with arms wide open.
8pm. $29-$69. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Special Events Center, 84245 Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio, (760) 342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
“STUDENT INVITATIONAL 2012”
There are plenty of people who want to express their talent outright here in the IE. However, not many get the chance. A group of students who went through rigorous training with Chaffey College instructors created professionally based pieces of art for your viewing pleasure. Didn’t you know that art isn’t just created by throwing a few buckets of paint on a blank canvas?
Thru May 17. Gallery hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-4pm. Sat, 12pm-4pm. Chaffey College, Wignall Museum, 5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 652-6492; www.chaffey.edu/wignallgallery.
“ALLUSIONS OF MODESTY”
It takes the simplest subject to recognize vast beauty of our world, especially in the case of art. For Leora Lutz, works of landscapes and themes of human significance are her aim in this exhibit. By taking influence from a few philosophical thinkers of the late 1800s and early 1900s, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and his often quotable material, she mixes poetry with her modern images.
Thru July 6. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Riverside Art Museum 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org.
ALL MY SONS
Partners Joe Keller and Herbert Deever once worked together during the war making airplane parts. However when they sold a few bad parts, resulting in a few men’s deaths, Deever went to prison and Keller left free with a ton of money. The play takes place later in the future but between an ever present feeling of guilt, a missing son and engagement of a couple between the families, there’s plenty of drama to go around.
7:30pm. $25-$30. Thru May 30. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 626-1254; www.candlelightpavilion.com.