Opera, classical music and booming voices! Yes, The New York Tenors are in town and they’re ready to enchant and delight the people of Palm Desert. See Daniel Rodriguez, Michael Amante and Andy Cooney come together and offer an evening of smooth music, polished vocal chords and a truly unforgettable evening. Book your night out now and don’t forget to dress for the occasion.
Thru Fri, Jan. 18. 8pm. $25-$75. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr, Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787. www.mccallumtheatre.com.
The world can’t be a better place unless we all make an effort to strive towards the common good. The 12th Annual Whitehead International Film Festival is designed just for that reason. It will show that people need to talk to and listen to others from all around the world. Films from Switzerland, Japan, Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Austria, France and more will be shown.
Thru Jan. 21. $5-$300. Claremont Graduate University, MUDD Theater, 251 E. 10th St., Claremont, (909) 447-2559; www.whiteheadfilmfestival.org.
Are you ready for the SMACKDOWN? The fight is coming to your doorstep this January, and the WWE is ready to bring on the pain. Modern day legends of the mat will be ready to square off like John Cena, The Miz, CM Punk and so many more. This is the perfect outing for anyone who enjoys big speeches, serious drama and lots and lots of intense combat. Even the audience is electric and their reactions bring you right into the heart of the foray. Fans have been relishing the antics of Vince McMahon and his cabal of cutting-edge musclemen for years (and the Divas are quite lovely as well). Heck, even Dwayne Johnson couldn’t resist coming back to the ring years after his departure and moniker-based career shift. If anything, this makes up for any poor Christmas presents you may have given, and nothing quite says “I love you” like watching sweaty men wrestle before an adoring, adamantly heterosexual crowd.
7:30pm. $15-$95.Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 East Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com.
In the movie industry, sequels kind of suck but when a reprisal of an already popular and successful comedy show brings itself back for a second tour, there’s no way it can stink, right? With a group of comedians described as the “Who’s Who” of the comedy world, this tour will bring comedians like Lavell Crawford and Earthquake to the stage where you will certainly “L” your “AO.”
7pm. $29-$89. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com.
Let the inspiration of equality, civil rights and the selfless acts of the famous Dr. King wash over you on his official birthday in style. MSJC’s 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will offer presentations on the day’s theme “Looking Back: The Early Life and Non-Violent Philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” an art contest and, of course—a full breakfast!
7:30am-11am. Free. RSVP required at (951) 487-3685. Mt. San Jacinto College, Library, 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, (951) 487-6752; www.msjc.edu.
It’s an ever-changing world we live in that can be hard to keep track of, especially in a place as diverse as Southern California. Locally trained artists try and examine the social, political and economic changes that shape the new world we live in. This opening night exhibit looks at the exciting experiment with unforeseen consequences that sometimes hurt others in a globalized art market.
Opens Tues, Jan. 22. Thru March 16. Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, 5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, 909.652.6492; www.chaffey.edu/wignallgallery.
Rare 19th century ceramic art is on display on loan from a pair of private collectors. While this collection has been on display for several months, it’s time at the museum is waning and will soon return to the home of Robert and Colette Wilson. Mettlach ceramics are famed worldwide and are instantly recognizable to anyone by name alone, especially this handful of uniquely European pieces.
Thru Jan. 27. American Museum Of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, (909) 865-3146; www.ceramicmuseum.org.