The classic story of doo-wop, harmonies and coming back from the dead has hit Palm Desert. The Plaids, a squeaky-clean quartet from the 1950s, miss their shot at fame when they get hit by a tour bus carrying a group of Beatles fans. Luckily for the audience, the afterlife is merciful and sends the group back for one last performance.
Thru Jan. 26. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787. www.mccallumtheatre.com.
Everyone loves a good looking car, and Roadsters are no exception. Now in its 64th year, the GNRS show is still going strong with over 500 vehicles on display, but only one of them can be crowned “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.” Pinstriper artwork, live music, the Eighth Annual Grand Daddy Drive-In and more await all enthusiastic auto aficionados.
Thru Sun, Jan. 27. $20. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, (909) 623-3111; www.fairplex.com.
Sick of the club scene? Do you just want a drink somewhere stable and sane? Upland’s Black Watch Pub is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and they house a perfectly sane crowd. The first 100 guests will receive a free T-shirt but everyone can enjoy the live music and get a taste of the joint’s famous deep fried Hawaiian Roll Sliders. Friendly and comfy, this is the place where everybody knows your name.
Black Watch Pub, 497 N. Central Ave., Upland, (909) 981-6069; www.theblackwatchpub.com.
Contrary to popular belief, heavy metal can pack a punch backed up with a serious message—even if the message is ultimately about death. Enlightened by the concept that everyone is eventually going to die, Gojira informs audiences around the world of their impending doom with a devastating black metal massacre. Formed in 1996, this band has brought a range of hits with albums like From Mars to Sirius and The Way of All Flesh. It is impressive that the band finds time to write inspiring music considering its recent deal with the label Roadrunner, playing back-to-back shows and executing a multinational tour this year—the reason that Gojira has traveled all the way from France to the IE. Believe it or not, there is so much more than death and destruction putting Gojira all over the map . . . insane timing and technical breakdowns have become the band’s signature trademarks.
7pm. $18-20. Gojira with The Devin Townsend Project and The Atlas Moth at The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us.
’Tis the season for Claremont Graduate University art students to bring all of their best talents to the table. This week you can witness Dan Taulapapa McMullin’s “Paradise Maintenance Department” and Dominique Ovalle’s “Water Riot Territory” and while both are drastically different exhibits and styles, there’s plenty of artistic satisfaction to go around.
Thru Feb. 1. Claremont Graduate University, Claremont Colleges East, Peggy Phelps Galleries, 251 E. 10th St., Claremont, (909) 621-8071; www.cgu.edu/art.
How is “public space” created and what does it mean? A thing as mundane as that stop sign you pass by every day can take on a whole new meaning when artist Tannaz Farsi gets to it. Explore the language you think you know as the contemporary culture of everything from a rose to a globalized economy is turned into a speculative and subjective reality.
Opens Sat, Jan. 26. Thru March 22. Pitzer Art Galleries, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, (909) 621-8797; www.pitzer.edu/galleries.
All you need is a great reggae-rock band to get that exciting “natural high” on life as well as through the mid-week. Shortly when the band was born, Natural Heights became one of our proudest featured groups to be Band of the Week. Staying true to its roots, the band never misses an opportunity to play at one of the local venues that got it started.
9pm. Lake Alice Trading Co., 3616 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 686-7343; www.lakealicetradingco.com.