Get a taste of the grand ol’ opera in its finest form with Riverside’s performance of the famous opera, La Bohème. This four-act opera written by Giacomo Puccini back in 1896 (Puccini was also the man behind Madame Butterfly) is a traditional Italian opera about young Bohemians in France. What more do you want than the vibrato of talented locals singing full-blown Italian?
Also playing Sat, June 30. 7pm. General Seating, $20. Reserved, $30. VIP, $45. Landis Performing Arts Center, Riverside Community College, 4800 Magnolia, Riverside, (951) 222-8100; www.landispac.com.
It begins! Summertime in the IE means that aside from the blistering hot days to come, local venues are beginning to start up annual summer concerts again. While all of the cities are providing some variation of entertainment, nothing can compare to the cooling atmosphere of the orange groves of Riverside where you relax to the tunes of jazz musicians. BYOLC: Bring your own lawn chair.
Free. California Citrus State Historic Park, 9400 Dufferin Ave., Riverside, (951) 780-6222; www.parks.ca.gov.
Are you a fan of the TV show Whale Wars? Has it inspired you to take to the seas and defend the creatures of the deep? Well, before you go off into the deep end, wade in the shallow waters near home and soak in some culture. The Sea No Evil art benefit is back for its fifth year and with it is returning guest speaker Captain Paul Watson. The event benefits the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, dedicated to preserving the ocean and saving the delicate ecosystem of the world. The actual art exhibit has well over dozens of different artists contributing, so you’re bound to find one painting you can bring home. It’s almost like actually saving the whales yourself!
6pm. Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside; www.seashepherdartshow.com.
If you’ve seen the billboards and advertisements lately then you know there’s a reason why this isn’t your ordinary Peter Pan musical. Talk about crazy, the inverse of gender roles in this childhood tale takes place with Cathy Rigby (famous for her gymnastics, actress and speaking abilities) who will be reprising her role as Peter Pan. At almost 60 years old, no one can tell her she can’t.
Also playing Fri and Sat. Fri, 8pm. Sat, 2pm and 8pm. Sun, 2pm. $52-$62. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 779-9800; www.foxriversidelive.com.
The SoCal league provides local minor-league baseball games every week until summer ends which means until then, there’s plenty of “’Merica’s pastime” to go around. This week you’ll find the mighty Lake Elsinore Storm on home turf playing against the Bakersfield Blaze, but making an especially memorable experience with end-game fireworks that will give you get that fuzzy patriotic feeling after their hopeful victory.
7:05pm. Storm Stadium “The Diamond,” 500 Diamond Dr., Lake Elsinore, (951) 245-4487; www.stormbaseball.com.
Constance Mallinson has a talent for large scale oil paintings and in them she strives to unleash new perspective. Imagine a painting larger than you of a wood-like creature that’s half humanoid and half made of nature-based items. While these images are described as “grotesque” they also exhibit the hybrid person through Mallinson’s eyes with use of leaves, twigs, grass and other decaying pieces of nature.
Thru July 28. Gallery hours: Tue-Sat, 12pm-5pm. Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside. (951) 827-3775; www.culvercenter.ucr.edu.
There’s going to be a ton of noise coming from the Fairplex this Wednesday. From huge monster trucks destroying everything in their path to Moto X Extreme and of course, the loud “kabooms” of patriotism . . . I mean fireworks. Twenty-six years in the making and this event is still one of the most popular IE Independence Day events, making it something you won’t want to miss.
5pm-10pm. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, (909) 623-3111; www.fairplex.com.