“What’s Wrong with people?” Sebastian Maniscalo asks his audiences. This Italian-American comedian has a way with speech when it comes to making fun of certain people. When admitting his confusion after seeing someone in a grocery store whip out a checkbook back in 2008, his facial expressions of shock are priceless. Of all the comedic genres out there, relatable comedy is indeed the best.
WEST SIDE STORY
Ah ridiculous young love at its peak; the original premise of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is placed in the mid-1950s featuring two feuding street gangs. Between the Jets and the Sharks (and a ton of famous tunes to go with their finger snapping dance scenes) who knows what lovers Tony and Maria will do. This is what happens when “YOLO” gets out of control.
7:30pm. $20-$25. Thru July 29. The Grove Theatre, 276 E. 9th St., Upland, (909) 920-4343; www.grovetheatre.com.
Hobbits and a mess of dwarfs can be found later this year but this kind of halfling-inspired band will be rocking out. Let the Dwarves and a couple other high energy bands shake you awake with quick chords and even faster doses of punk rock. For Rebellion, Slow Children and Narcoleptic Youth are also on the bill, but with the Dwarves front and center, come for the mosh pit, stay for the mayhem.
7pm. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Stinger’s Bar And Nightclub, 194 W. Club Center Dr., San Bernardino, (909) 872-0308.
THE LEMON LILY FESTIVAL
This week is all about native plants at the Idyllwild Nature Center. Between Saturday and Sunday, plant lovers can gather together to learn about the local lemon lilies, a vivid yellow flowered plant that isn’t quite endangered yet but is uncommon to find in the wild. The event wouldn’t be complete without the addition of bluegrass music alongside an art auction, native plant sale, crafts and nature walks.
9am-4pm. $20. Begins on Sat, July 21. Idyllwild Nature Center, 25225 Hwy. 243, Idyllwild, (951) 359-3106; www.lemonlilyfestival.com.
RINGLING BROTHERS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS
You just can’t keep the circus out of California. While the Ramos Bros. had to pack up and leave Corona, Ontario residents are going to get their chance at the big top this month when “The Greatest Show on Earth” stakes its claim at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. This year’s tour promises something a little different though: dragons. We don’t quite know how they’re going to pull off a show with one of the greatest and most temperamental of mythic beasts, but rest assured that it will be done with traditional bombast and grandeur.
12pm & 7:30pm. $12-$100. Citizen’s Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.ringling.com.
“QUARTERLY ARTIST SHOWCASE”
Steven Long grew up loving modern art and its interpretive nature. Inspired by this medium, he taught himself to paint (as the most talented artists always have the ability to do) which ultimately led to the opening of the Art Depot Gallery’s most recent “Quarterly Artist Showcase.” Uniquely though, Long implores viewers to look deeply into the painting to “both see and hear the music in each piece.”
Thru August 24. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm. Sat, 12pm-5pm. The Art Depot, 16822 Spring St., Fontana, (909) 349-6975.
“HAINES CIRKUT PANORAMAS”
Larger than your average 5 by 7 image, this collection features a good number of IE based panoramas taken between 1905 and 1940 by artist William Amos Haines (famous for his photography of many Californian Missions before they were influenced and changed by local cities). From Pomona to Palm Springs, every city here has beauty that people in LA just don’t understand. Plus we have less traffic too.
Thru Sept 22. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 12pm-5pm. UCR/California Museum Of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside, (951) 784-3686; www.cmp.ucr.edu.