Back in October, The Calicos were featured as our Band of the Week. Not only were we impressed by its pure indie-rock awesome sound, but these guys were hell-bent on gaining as many gigs as possible. Don’t miss The Calicos at Eureka! Burger in Claremont where you’ll get to hear some catchy tunes while you dine. Also, we hear the restaurant has really good macaroni and cheese.
7pm. Free. Eureka! Burger, 580 W. First St., Claremont, (909) 445-8875; www.eurekaburger.com.
THE MUSIC MAN
This light-hearted comedic musical is an old classic that follows “Professor” Harold Hill. Living the life of a con man, he travels to Iowa to scam unsuspecting parents into giving him money as payment for teaching their kids to play musical instruments. These parents are pretty gullible. Little does he know that when he begins to pursue the affections of Marian, the town librarian, his life of scamming might be at an end.
Thru July 22. $20 Show only. Doors open at 6:45pm. Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 626-1254; www.candlelightpavilion.com.
Let’s face it: the 21st century has been disappointing. No jetpacks, no flying cars, and no robot butlers. Shame. However, there’s still some hope for you Jetsons fanatics yet. This weekend, the Space Age lives on with the aid of the Art Institute of California. The Fashion Empire is spreading once again, with this year’s theme reflecting a galactic Utopia. The students of the institute will be parading fashions so out of this world that Lady Gaga might have to raise an eyebrow. But unlike Lady Gaga, there’s a genuine method to their madness: the funds from this event will be used to create scholarships for students in their department. And of course, with a stellar after party following the show, how can you resist giving to a good cause? (Photos courtesy of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire)
6pm-10pm. $5-$20. The National Orange Show at the Renaissance Room, 690 S. Arrowhead Ave., Gate 9,
San Bernardino; www.utopiafashionshow2012.com.
HONORING GREAT BRITAIN
It seems like just yesterday we were wowed by over-the-top performances of China’s Olympic celebrations. Who knows if England is going to be able to top that later this year but the most we can do is familiarize ourselves with the musical history of Great Britain. The Claremont Symphony Orchestra will refresh your memory with music by Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Joseph Haydn.
3:30pm. Free. Pomona College, Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. 4th St., Claremont, (909) 607-2671; www.claremontso.org.
King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most prominent tragedies based on the greed of a king’s three daughters. Nearly Lear tells this story from the Fool’s point of view. While renowned actress Susanna Hamnett somehow performs all of these roles, an already familiar story will be renewed. Even if you’re not the biggest King Lear fan, no one can dislike Shakespeare’s ever-famous Fool characters.
1:30pm. $15. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.
“THERE IS NO EXCELLENT BEAUTY”
Jay Merryweather has a thing for beauty. While he describes his take on aesthetics in his catalog, the exhibition itself features still paintings of women. You’ll also find beauty within beauty with Merryweather’s photos taken of real women posing with his paintings. Beauty might be highly interpretive but his paintings are gorgeous and Merryweather has a true talent for painting that’s ready to be admired.
Opens Sat, June 9. Thru July 10. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri, 11am-7pm. Sat, 12pm-6pm. Bunny Gunner, 266 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 868-2808; www.bunnygunner.com.
“BIG FISH, SMALL POT V”
The American Museum of Ceramic Art is enjoying its new location which allows it to have not just one but two simultaneous exhibits. Check out “Big Fish, Small Pot V” and “KilnOpening.edu,” both of which are produced by a variety of students and teachers alike. The real question is: who doesn’t want to see a ceramic statue of a happy gorilla?
Thru June 30. Gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 12pm-5pm. American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, (909) 865-3146; www.ceramicmuseum.org.