Dude, hot rods. Hot rods racing each other. If you need more motivation, ponder this: it’s the season opener. New cars and drivers are at the ready to show off the latest moves, tricks and engines. The Pomona track is one of the smoothest and best surfaces out there, someone might just break a record before your very eyes.
Thru Feb. 17. $25-$130. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, (909) 623-3111; www.fairplex.com.
The peaceful serenity of the desert is about to be broken by a war . . . a war of the minimalist yet soulful-punk sounds of The Cold War Kids. It’s a band that has come a long way since its start, playing in a small apartment in Fullerton. That perfect combination of four friends enjoying late nights full of drinking and music keeps producing quality songs from TCWK. The powerful vocals of Nathan Willett echo messages about life issues; the changes that happen when going through marriage, long tours, relationships and watching your friends go in different directions. 8pm. $15. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown, (760) 365-5956. www.pappyandharriets.com.
Any reason to go to one of Pomona’s trendiest bars is a good one and WCRK SPGT is no exception. The Claremont natives are back and playing some of the most experimental music played this side of the 57. These guys were indie rock before indie rock was even a thing. Be prepared for a night of Dadaism, punk rock and lo-fi that might end with a free cassette.
DBA 256 Gallery.Wine Bar, 256 S. Main St., Pomona, (909) 623-7600; www.dba256.com.
Here comes the bridal wear! If those bells are in your future (or you’re an enthusiast who likes to indulge in fantasy planning) there’s no better time than now to see what you can get for your big day. The best planners are putting their finest work on display to make sure that every couple gets their fairy tale ending. Make it one to remember.
10am-4pm. $10. Pechanga Resort and Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula, (951) 693-1819; www.pechanga.com.
Basketball never wasn’t as entertaining until the Globetrotters came around. The tricks they do and shots they make will put a smile on even the most serious of faces. Be a part of the action by joining the famed team on the court 30 minutes before the game! Better yet, choose the craziest rules for the team to follow posted on the Globetrotters website.
2pm. $17-$130. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com.
“Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” Bet that’s something you never would’ve expected Picasso to say (but he did). This new art exhibit brings together young and old artists as they abandon the tradition of creating art themselves to use existing images, signs and cultural symbols in a new way. It’s all recognizable, but when viewed through the individual artist, will have a completely different story.
Thru June 6. Gallery hours: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 322-4800; www.psmuseum.org.
Plays can be void of surprise endings sometimes but Born Yesterday is a Broadway play with an interesting twist. A rich and shady junk dealer brings his showgirl mistress to the big city. She may be a looker, but her ignorance costs the businessman dearly. The dealer hires a journalist to educate her, but that only makes her more aware of stopping her boyfriend’s bad-business practices.
7:30pm. Wednesdays thru March 6. $25. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 626-3296; www.ivrt.org.