FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER
Sure it’s nice to get together for a quiet, thankful dinner—except when families are crazy. Face it, yours is, too. Make Thanksgiving less of a hassle with free food and a performance by Hillbilly Reign. This event is a decade in the making, meaning that although it might be packed with people, Silverado Burgers knows exactly how to serve it up.
11am-3pm. Free. Silverado Burgers, 1091 6th St., Norco, (951) 808-1922.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Need a way to brighten up a otherwise hectic day of shopping on Black Friday? Witness the dazzling display of over three-and-a-half million lights illuminating the historic buildings of Downtown Riverside. The 20-year tradition will start up the holidays with its switch-on ceremony and the added fun of fireworks, an outdoor skating rink, live entertainment and holiday vendors for your enjoyment.
Thru Jan. 5. Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 784-0300; www.missioninn.com.
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY
It’s that wonderful time of year where the radio stations start playing the same music repeatedly and failing pop stars try to cash in on a last holiday album. But why suffer this season? If we have to listen to the same music, let’s put a little soul in it. The Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin‘ Holiday Party is bound to be amazing just based on the title alone. If you want to really feel the reason for the season, take comfort and joy to a whole new level and let loose to that sensational horn-driven sound. It’s the only fun way to get Josh Groban out of your head. The rest of them involve very percussive cranial maintenance.
8pm. $42.50-$53. Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 477-2775; www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com.
ROCK OF AGES
The hair spray and spandex of the ‘80s are making a comeback; well not permanently. At least for a few nights, Rock of Ages will bring a heaping helping of nostalgia to the stage. The music of Journey, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister and more will be the soundtrack to a choreographed love story about chasing your dreams on the famous Sunset Strip.
Opens Fri, Nov. 23. Thru Nov. 25. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.
NEW FOUND GLORY
Can you believe that the pop-punk band New Found Glory’s Sticks and Stones has been around for over 10 years? That’s a blow to the teen generation of the 2000s. Nonetheless, fans will be eager to know that the band is celebrating such a milestone with its Sticks and Stones 10-year Anniversary Tour, and is slated to perform the whole album . . . “My Friends Over You” included.
6:30pm. $29-$33. The Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us.
RAIDER CLAUS COMEDY
Comedy, charity and the Raider Nation? Even those die-hard Raider fans can take their names off of the naughty list by laughing their way onto the nice list at the “Raider Claus Comedy Show and Toy Drive” event. All you need is a $10 toy donation and preparedness for comedian Ralf Figueroa who will take care of the jokes for the night.
8pm. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Circle, Ontario, (909) 484-5411; www.ontario.improv.com.
THE FOUR PREPS
Get ready to take a trip back in time where the lingo was different and the music was melodic. While normally The Four Preps revisits great oldies like “Sh-boom” and “Unchained Melody,” it’s returning to give you some much-needed holiday spirit. Enjoy the sound of a few Christmas classics and a side-splitting audience involved rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
Thru Thurs, Nov. 29. $20. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 626-1254; www.candlelightpavilion.com.