Nothing like a little 21st century Hitchcock to ring in the New Year. This classic mystery is coming back to life at the Redlands Footlighters Theater to tantalize and shock audiences almost 60 years after it premiered on both stage and the big screen. Hitchcock’s tale weaves romance, betrayal, passion and homicide into a thriller that will stay with you long after the curtain closes.
Thru Jan. 27. Redlands Footlighters Theater, 1810 Barton Rd., Redlands, (909) 793-2909; www.redlandsfootlighters.org.
Every little thing Oslen does is magic, and that’s no exaggeration. A reality show semi-finalist from the Great White North, Oslen combines his two loves: sleights of hand and gorgeous dancing women. Although Siegfried and Roy are passé, this newcomer has a lot of promise and no shortage on style. A fun night out is guaranteed, though if you’re not quick the tickets will disappear.
Thru Jan. 12. Fri, 9pm. Sat, 7pm. $20-$35. Agua Caliente Casino, The Show, 32-250 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage, (888) 999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.
Death defying wire acts? Check. Mind-blowing special effects? Check. Fantastic bodybending performances that will make you question the limits of human physical ability? The Peking Acrobats performance is more like an exhibition of the amazing and must be seen to be believed. Who knew that defying gravity and logic could be so much fun?
3pm & 7pm. $22.50-$28. Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 477-2752; www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com.
Pack up the saddle and get ready for the sounds of the Old West to come alive again. A number of treasures from the great American composers will be played by the local San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra. Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo Selections,” Gail Kubik’s whimsical “Gerald McBoing Boing,” Silvestre Reveltas song “Homage to Garcia Lorca” and others will be played for your listening pleasure.
3pm. $20-$55. California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino, (909) 885-5152; www.californiatheatre.net.
Jeffrey Siegel’s “Keyboard Conversations” delves into classical music and the stories behind often-familiar compositions. You’ll recognize “Claire de Lune” is once you hear it, “Fireworks” is just sheer sound and Claude Debussy’s “The Isle of Joy” was written based on the composer’s love for a woman (who was not his wife) and the safe haven they found.
7pm. $20-$35. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.
The potential of artists is not limited by their physical mobility. In fact, self identified artists with disabilities have consistently proven to have limitless ability—their designs yield some of the most innovative techniques. “WHEELS UP: The Wheelchair as Artistic Vehicle” showcases five artists, and each one uses their wheelchair in a way specific to their personal journey and inspiration. Martin Vogel, became paralyzed from his chest down after his back was broken in a motorcycle collision. He did not let his T3 spinal cord injury discourage him, instead Vogel has pushed on to become a world champion wheelchair racer. While you can’t experience a day in these artists’ lives to understand their journey—you can appreciate their ability and success, and gain insight and respect.
Thru Feb. 21. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org.
History will come alive and you can be a part of it. See Abraham Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address in front of you, confederates, union soldiers and more. The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, and you can hear Frederick Douglas tell you all about it. Also, in association with Black History month, Martin Luther King will make an appearance. Well, at least their actors will.
Sat, Jan. 12-Wed, Jan. 16. Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. 6th St., San Bernardino, (909) 381-8238; www.sbpl.org.