“Keep it Shady,” that’s the motto for this self-proclaimed folk-stompin‘ skiffle-grass band. Although we aren’t really sure what skiffle-grass means, the music is much akin to that of upbeat folk and bluegrass. And it couldn’t be paired up any better than with the laid back atmosphere of Pappy’s. Sit down, grab a beer and stomp your foot for a skiffle-good time.
7:30pm. Pappy & Harriet’s, 53688 Pioneertown Rd., Pioneertown, (760) 365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.
It’s that time of year again when Pablo Francisco pays the IE a visit with a set list of great impersonations. The only thing this off-the-wall comedian loves to do more than that is to tear pop-culture a new one and ask us why we feel the need to obsess over the crazy world we live in today.
$25. Thurs, Feb. 21-Sun, Feb. 24. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Cir., Ontario, (909) 484.5411; ontario.improv.com.
Rock stars may be a trend of the past if this guy has anything to say about it. He trades in the glamorized and bulky guitars for the smaller and underappreciated ukulele. It’s an instrument that many people associate strictly with the Hawaiian Islands but lately it’s been gaining popularity; its soothing sound mastered by a ukulele virtuoso will relax even the most stressed-out individual.
7:30pm. Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 N. E St., San Bernardino, (909) 885-5152; www.sturgescenter.org.
King George II has got it rough; he’s having some trouble controlling and protecting his kids. His daughter refuses to wed any eligible bachelors and his son can’t keep an eye off a princess who is already betrothed. It’s an uncomplicated, traditional tale set in medieval era without all the cynicism and bite of modern day comedies.
Thru Feb. 24. Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm. $8-$30. Heartland Players, 33994 Avenue E, Yucaipa, (909) 801-1942; www.heartlandplayers.org.
Real men wear kilts, or at least the really confident ones do. “The Black Watch and Band of the Welsh Guards” are the finest representation of honor, tradition and bagpipes the UK has to offer and well-known for playing for the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. You’ll get a glimpse of the guards’ ceremonies and all the skills at this performance.
McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.
Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme. Many of you grew up with the story of the intrepid Belle and her romance with a cursed prince that only has slight overtones of Stockholm syndrome . . . Nevertheless, this musical production adds to the story, keeping true to the original intention and enhancing it with new scenes and songs. You’re already humming the theme, aren’t you?
Thru March 3. California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th St., San Bernardino, (909) 885-5152; www.californiatheatre.net.
Art and progressiveness have always been entwined, one fighting or working with the other. The Riverside Art Museum’s latest exhibit, “Eco Art: Graphic Design for a Change,” is no exception to this ideal. One-hundred posters created by select international artists are displayed, each of them of them calling for environmental awareness. These posters have been brought together under Poster Territory, a global initiative that is taking root in Riverside and will soon spread to other museums across the world. All are invited to examine and discuss these works and debate the practicality of the nature of this exhibit. Anyone looking for a new perspective on California’s sustainability and future should expand their horizons by giving this exhibit a good look.
Thru March 28. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org.