If there’s something that our mothers, fathers or teachers taught us at a young age it’s “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Too bad Lewis Black didn’t seem to get that memo—or maybe he did and he just doesn’t care. You see, if the phrase was a person, Black would just turn around and give it the finger. Known for his outrageously angry rants about religion, politics, history and just about any kinks he can find in our world today, Black always blatantly points them out. He’s a Grammy-winning standup comedian who will have you laughing uncontrollably at all the things you wish you could say but dare not to say out loud. Due to excessive anger, scrutiny and Black’s colorful choice of vocabulary, his upcoming show “Running On Empty” is strictly for 21 and over.
6:30pm. $30-$50. San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland, (909) 864-5050; www.sanmanuel.com.
There are two different types of events that happen during the holidays: it’s either a Christmas theme show or an event that provides an outlet for gift-buying. Craft addicts and shoppers alike will find that an event 40 years in the making results in massive gift potential. Nothing spreads the Christmas spirit better than an entire Fairplex grounds covered with vendors.
Thru Sun, Dec. 2. Fri, 9am-6pm. Sat, 10am-6pm. Sun, 10am-5pm. $9. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, (909) 623-3111; www.fairplex.com.
FALLING IN REVERSE
Music fans will rejoice with the anticipated arrival of any hardcore band in a sea of Inland Empire rock lovers. One of the best of the bunch is lead singer Ronnie Radke (once the lead singer of Escape the Fate) who created Falling in Reverse to keep his musical career going. “The Drug in Me is You” really means Radke is a hardcore musical drug in you.
Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, (877) 283-6976; www.foxpomona.com.
It’s not very often that Pomona sees an executive transvestite coming to town with this much fanfare, but if anyone deserves it, it’s Eddie Izzard. He’s one of the funniest comedians of the best several decades, so funny that he has been dubbed “the missing Python” by the original Monty Python group themselves. It’s a rare opportunity to catch this Brit live.
8pm. $38. Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College. 450 N. College Way, Claremont, (909) 621-8032; www.pomona.edu/administration/bridges-auditorium/index.aspx.
Claremont has been a piece of the IE since 1907, long before the rest of the inland cities fell into place. With the inspiration of the city’s rich history, the Claremont Heritage group plans to ring in the Christmas season with a capital campaign meeting. Following refreshments, you’ll get to see just how the group is “preserving the past, informing the present and influencing the future.”
5pm-7pm. RSVP Required. Historic Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 621-0848; www.claremontheritage.org.
Artist and rider Jeff Decker grew up with the influence of motorcycle culture since the ’60s so it’s no surprise that there’s a special place in his heart the unique Motorcycle Club cuts. In “Hell’s Union Motorcycle Club Cuts as American Folk Art,” nothing says “I love you, man” more than group vests with a themed cobra or skull on it.
Thru Dec. 6. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 12pm-5pm. UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside, (951) 784-3686; www.cmp.ucr.edu.
HOLIDAY COMEDY BENEFIT
Local comedy is the best and it can’t get better than the contributions of comedians Ahmed Ahmed, Laniea D, Leo Flowers, Joe Sib and Eileen Kallo as well as the thoughtful Funny 1440AM and Comedy for Causes. Stemming from all over the IE, these guys are gathering together to help out Inland Empire foster children as well as bring some Christmas cheer to your exhaustive work life.
7:30pm-11:30pm. $20 in advance. $25 at the door. Two-drink minimum. Marquee 15, 9022 Pulsar Ct. #H, Corona, (951) 200-4465; www.marquee15.com.