A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Bargains at every corner, red and green decorations flooding department store aisles no matter where you turn—let’s face it—Santa Clause is coming to town. There’s no better way to celebrate the impending holiday than seeing this modern take on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Performed as a musical comedy, this quirky twist brings the holiday cheer and helps you forget about your extensive Christmas list.
Thru Dec. 14. Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Rd., Twentynine Palms, (760) 361-4151; www.theatre29.org.
CEE LO GREEN
Cee Lo Green is known for a number of hit singles blasted on radio stations worldwide, including “Forget You,” which was nominated for five Grammy Awards in 2011, as well as being a coach on TV show, The Voice. Considering he is an extremely busy singer, songwriter, record producer, rapper, actor and more—we’ll think you’re “Crazy.”
Crazy if you miss Cee Lo Green while he’s in the IE.
9pm. Agua Caliente Casino, 32-250 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, (888) 999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.
PALM SPRINGS CITY CHALLENGE
Grab a friend or participate solo in the City Challenge Urban Race in Palm Springs. Being an athlete is NOT required—you can walk, run, skip—however it takes you to reach each of the exciting puzzles, riddles and clues that lead you through 12 destinations in 13 miles. Learn some history about the city while competing to win medals and prizes.
12pm. $50-$100. Dickie O’Neal’s Family Irish Pub & Restaurant, 2155 N. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, (760) 325-2600; www.dickieoneal.com.
Nothing is better than 12 professional chefs and bakers, as well as a few local chefs, getting together to compete for the number one spot. The Fantasy Cupcake Challenge is a competition featuring hard working individuals—but you don’t have to be competitor to enjoy the fruit of their labors. In fact you literally get a taste of their hard work in the form of samples.
Sun, Nov. 18. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio, (760) 342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Imagine going through life, worried that disclosing your sexuality to friends and family could result in them disowning you. In his award-winning autobiographical solo performance Blood Fruit, Majd Murad uses humor and language to involve the audience in his personal journey of coming out of the closet. He hopes his work will inspire his audience sharing, “I believe from our deepest vulnerabilities we can find our deepest strengths.”
8pm. Free. University Theatre, Theatre Lab, 900 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 827-3245; www.events.ucr.edu.
Edward Beardsley has made his mark on Southern California not only because of one awesome last name but also as a professor at UCR, Dean of Arts at UCR, founder of the UCR/California Museum of Photography and cover artist of Alice Cooper’s first album. Now you can check out an arrangement in honor of his past works with “Ecce Homo: The Paintings of Edward Beardsley.”
Thru Dec. 14. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 12pm-5pm. Sweeney Art Gallery, 3800 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-3755; www.sweeney.ucr.edu.
>> DOSE OF ADOLESCENCE
Dose of Adolescence has a fresh dose of ideas for you to think about. It is not your typical punk band because it believes in the total opposite of anarchy and it’s on a mission to make the world a better place. Ever since the tragic loss of a former band member in 2006, DofA performs to keep his memory alive. The talent is certainly obvious when you hear a song, but the added heart that these musicians possess is an incredibly rare thing to come by.
DofA would love for some help supporting the charity H.A.N.D.S. on International (a group who helps out those in need) by supporting the band at Localpalooza. This contest, put on by X103.9, has 10 local bands competing for a spot on the Merry Meltdown Christmas show to share the stage with the Dirty Heads, Anberlin and Sick Puppies.
$10. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com.