Ever take something life-changing for granted? The Claremont Heritage Foundation will help you discover a newfound appreciation in the film People in Glass Houses; you’ll never look at local homes the same way again. This movie shows us Joseph Eichler, the architect for modern homes. If you live in outside LA, you probably live in a house designed or influenced in design by the man himself.
7pm-9pm. Mudd Theater, 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont; www.claremontheritage.com.
Who says old people can’t rock? The average member of Styx is well over 60, but that doesn’t stop the band from playing just as epically as when it first recorded. Now without their controversial lead singer Dennis DeYoung, the group works more cohesively than before and the drama doesn’t spill out onstage. Enjoy “Come Sail Away” and “Mr. Roboto” with an older, wiser Styx.
8pm. $50-$75. Pechanga Resort and Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula, (951) 693-1819; www.pechanga.com.
An artist is born! A pair of them, actually, is making a debut as new members of the 57 Underground in Pomona’s Arts Colony. Lisa Brugger and Karen Duckles are being honored through this “Textures” show which will be open to the public. These two have differing styles and themes; Brugger using 3D art and acrylics, while Duckles’ work is more abstract and hands-on.
Thru Feb. 24. Gallery hours: Fri-Sun, 12pm-4pm. 57 Underground, 300-C, S. Thomas St., Pomona, (909) 397-0218; www.57underground.com.
Weezer fans will be delighted to be able to place the lyrics of the band’s hit song “El Scorcho”—“and then my heart stopped listening to Ciocio San, fall in love all over again”—once they see Madame Butterfly live. It’s a heart-wrenching love story about a Navy officer named B. F. Pinkerton (sound familiar, Weezer fans?) and his Japanese bride named Ciocio San whom he refers to as Butterfly. Sadly, the marriage is mainly used for convenience by Pinkerton until he can find a “proper” American woman. However all you really need to know is that this opera has two things going for it. First, it’s ranked No. 7 on the list of the most popular operas performed worldwide and second, it was brilliant enough to inspire a pretty sweet Weezer song.
7pm. $39-$69. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.
You’ll know a Maloney piece when you see one; his work is often a reflection of pop culture, machine forms and American icons (to name a few). Vibrant colors that vary in style and discipline allows Maloney to surpass any single form of presentation. Among works consisting of hanging scissors, sculptures and a rad surfboard with a muffler attached, each piece exhibits his spontaneous nature.
Thru Feb. 28. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. Heather James Fine Art, 45188 Portola Ave., Palm Desert; (760) 346-8926; www.heatherjames.com.
Time for the unique jingle of Bruce Jingles. That is his real name and as you can imagine, it was a blessing and a curse growing up in the tough neighborhoods of L.A. and El Monte. Instead of fighting, Jingles gained a reputation through comedy. His shows consist of personal experiences from “the comic book store to the local weed house and everything in-between.”
8pm. $12. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Circle, Ontario, (909) 484-5411; ontario.improv.com.
The Gift of Gab and DJ Chief Xcel are upon us. Never heard of these names before? Well they’re the artists that make up hip-hop duo Blackalicious. Xcel creates those classic beats while Gab spits the tongue-twisting and complex lyrics. It’s known for the underground success of “Swan Lake,” but more importantly for having positive lyrics mixed with quirky personas.
$15. The Barn, University Of California Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 827-2776; rside.ucr.edu.