RETURNING TO SIN CITY
Nothing is quite the same as it was in the golden age of the city of Las Vegas. You might not have the time to drive out there but at the Candlelight Pavilion you have the chance to rediscover music of the ’50s and ’60s with the theatre’s very own cast of singers. Dinner, music and the ambiance of Vegas without the mass loss of money from your wallet.
7pm. Thru Aug. 19. $54-$68. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 626-1254; www.candlelightpavilion.com.
Smokey Robinson is 72 years old and somehow he’s still got the energy to tour for the sake of Motown. Unlike other music that becomes embarrassing to listen to as it ages (ehem, ’90s), this legendary member of The Miracles and renowned songwriter knows that the world needs more Motown revivals such as this one. There’s only so much we can stand of the radio nowadays.
8pm. $60-$90. Also on Saturday. Pechanga Resort and Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula, (951) 693-1819; www.pechanga.com.
BLUES FOR THE ZOO
Did you know that animals at the zoo can get a bad case of the blues? The animals at the Big Bear Rescue Zoo know about the frequent heartbreaks and heartaches of being down on your luck and needing a couple bucks to make it to the next day. Today, you can help support these rescued animals while enjoying a day of blues. Headlining the event is C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band accompanied by Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers, Alvin Youngblood Hart and more. Special room rates will also be available at host hotel Northwoods Resort.
1pm. $30. Swim Beach, 41220 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake, (909) 866-4607; www.moonridgezoo.org/BluesConcert.
THE UNTOLD STORY OF WILLIE BOY
Back in 1909 there was a huge dramatic event in Riverside County. Three people were killed and one wounded but somehow amidst the lack of facts over the years concerning the event, so many different versions gave birth to a myth. Now it’s come down to Ron House, award-winning playwright and author, and his version of the story: Swift Fox: The Untold Story of Willie Boy.
2pm. Also playing on Sat, Aug. 4. Riverside Community Players, 4026 14th St., Riverside, (951) 686-4030; www.riversidecommunityplayers.com.
TED QUINN’S OPEN MIC NIGHT
Most open mic nights don’t last long. Perhaps in some areas there aren’t many outgoing folk willing to belt out a decent rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” but for some reason over in Pioneertown this isn’t the case. In fact it’s so popular that even a few celebrities like Feist and Ke$ha have made appearances here. Even better, we heard that someone new might be appearing this Monday, too: you.
7pm. Pappy & Harriet’s, 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown, (760) 365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.
“THEY WOKE THE WORLD”
This is a living monument to the suffragist’s movement created by Ari Kletzky created to bring to life the suffragists of the past. “They woke the world: Grassroots Monument to Women’s Right to Vote” strives to live longer than just any average exhibit. The plan is that by 2020 (the 19th Amendment’s centennial anniversary) there will be enough female congress women honoring the monument and those that came to pass.
Thru Aug. 26. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org.
HOWLIN’ YOTE COMPETITION
Every summer in almost every city there are musical concerts here and there from Beaumont to Lake Elsinore. The last summer concert for San Bernardino will be a celebration of the “Greatest Inland Empire Artist.” CSUSB has chosen a few popular local artists like Shoppy, The Paper Crowns, 200 West, Dose of Adolescence and Kara Aubrey to compete. If you’re favorite artist wins you might be howling like a coyote, too.
Free. California State University San Bernardino, 5500 University Pkwy., San Bernardino, (909) 537-7360; arena.csusb.edu.