NOCHES CON RITMO
Dancing has de-evolved quite a bit since the heyday of “couples” dancing, but a few styles still keep it alive. Latin dances for instance are the perfect way to groove with someone else and not worry about learning the precise movements or steps. Dress up in your best “business casual” clothing in hopes of learning a few good moves.
Dance instruction, 7pm. Live entertainment and open dancing, 8pm. $5. Center Stage Theatre, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana, (909) 429-7469; www.centerstagefontana.com.
9TH ANNUAL DAY OF THE DEAD
Unlike the typical fattening fun of tricks and treats on Halloween, once a year the spirits of those who have died are honored through altars and offerings via Mexican culture. Whether it’s your first time honoring a loved one’s passing or you’ve done it all your life, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. Make an altar, attend the procession in front of the Metropolitan Museum and celebrate both life and death.
6pm-9pm. Free. Division 9 Gallery, 3850 Lemon St., Riverside. (951) 965-4392; www.facebook.com/riversidedayofthedead.
Aziz Ansari delivers brand-new and wildly entertaining stand-up comedy every step of his Buried Alive tour. Known to engage audiences with his comedic genius, Ansari shares stories from his personal life that often include hooking up with white girls and meeting celebrities. Recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ansari made light of his difficult decision to stop eating Chick-fil-A, joking that while he’s “pro-gay-marriage,” he’s also “very pro-delicious-chicken-sandwich.” His tour proves that while he may be an accomplished actor, his funny bone genius isn’t exclusively scripted.
8pm. General admission, $39. CSUSB faculty and students, $28. Gold circle, $65. Coussoulis Arena, Cal State University of San Bernardino, 5500 University Pkwy., San Bernardino, (909) 537-7360; www.arena.csusb.edu.
PALM SPRINGS PRIDE FESTIVAL
If you’ve got pride then you know there’s no place you’d rather be this weekend. The Pride Festival is just the right amount of proud culture, whether attendees are gay or not. It’s also home to multiple stages offering up singers like Kimberly Caldwell, The Crystal Method and Onicks. Think of it like the exciting, more colorful show that Coachella wish it could be—plus the added parades.
Sat, Nov. 3-Sun, Nov. 4. 10am-6pm. $15-$65. Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, (760) 416-8711; www.pspride.org.
“1000 HOURS: MEASURING TIME”
Now that school is well underway, it’s time to check back on the MSJC art gallery that you’ve been missing all summer. Through the goals of A.R.T.E.R.Y. (Art, Recognition, Transition, Education, Reciprocation, Youth), this exhibition highlights the growing at-risk art programs for youth and its constant importance in everyone’s lives. C’mon, give a little support. What would you do without art?
Thru Nov. 21. Gallery hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-4pm. Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, (951) 487-3585; www.msjc.edu.
CANOEING THE ALASKA NORTH SLOPE
Imagine taking an entire month off not to take a vacation at a resort and rest easy but to take a month-long canoe trip. Brian Elliot just returned from such a feat in Alaska, witnessing caribou, grizzly bears, wolverine and much more. Check out Elliot’s lecture about the trip. Who knows, maybe his experience might actually make you want to get in tune with nature. You should probably start with short hikes though.
7:30pm. Free. San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Ln., Redlands, (909) 307-2669; www.sbcounty.gov/museum.
My friends, the first flooding of the 60 Freeway has occurred, courtesy of our first major rainstorm, meaning that the Californian winter is (sort of) on its way. This also marks the beginning of the hockey season and with it, the arrival of Ontario Reign. There’s nothing like the cool, crisp air of the indoor hockey arena to make a game against the San Francisco Bulls more exciting.
6pm. $10-$50. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com.