Mother, should I trust the government? Ask them yourselves; they’re going to be fielding questions from the people. It seems like everyone will be there—the City Council Members, the City Manager and staff from the Fire, Park & Recreation, Police, Public Works and Library Departments. You can ask them about the future of Riverside or you can find out how to get involved locally. Or whatever’s cool.
6:30pm-8:30pm. Ysmael Villegas Community Center, 3091 Esperanza St., Riverside, (951) 351-6142; www.riversideca.gov/park_rec/center-villegas.asp.
He’s the undeniable grandfather of country music and he’s coming to Indio. Nelson has kept his uncanny sense of humor strong over a career of sixty-plus years and pioneered the subgenre of outlaw music. He’s also not afraid to buck the status quo amongst country stars and has a knack for speaking for the left. Regardless of your beliefs, you’ve got to see him live.
8pm. $39-$99. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio, (760) 342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
No musical is really as universal as The Sound of Music. Join Maria Rainer as she leaves the safety of her convent and becomes the newest governess to a large family of seven children whose father is the very stoic and widowed Captain Von Trapp. Things get complicated when the Captain’s fiancée arrives . . . oh, and it’s all taking place right before Austria succumbs to Hitler’s rule. Despite these darker undertones and circumstances that the Nazis bring out, this is one of the happiest and most uplifting theatrical plays out there with songs that have been immortalized as part of the American musical. This is the show that gave us “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” The question now is whether this story stands the test of time. Can the uplifting tale of romance, hope and defiance still appeal to a somewhat jaded and cynical 21st century audience?
Thru Sun, March 24. Various times. $53-$68. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont, (909) 626-1254; www.candlelightpavilion.com.
The future of classical music is in their hands, so this is your chance to embrace some good ol’ orchestrated culture. The musical students of Pomona College will be playing the best of Brahms, Kodaly and Shostakovich. Among them will be 2012 Concerto Champion Winner Ryan Luo, and they will be conducted by Proffessor Eric Lindholm, so expect them at their finest.
Also on Fri, March 1. 8pm. Pomona College, Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E 4th St., Claremont, (909) 607-2671; www.pomona.edu/academics/departments/music.
A professor of anthropology isn’t the textbook image of an artist, but everybody needs an outlet. Susan Ossman chooses to mimic the hanging of laundry in painted gestures—catching the dirty laundry of secrets that flows between the whispers of backyard fences as women hang their clothes out to dry. She also examines the overlooked small things in life that we sometimes take for granted.
Thru March 11. Gallery hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-4pm. Sun, 2pm-5pm. Brandstater Gallery, 4500 Riverwalk Pkwy., Riverside, (951) 785-2959; www.lasierra.edu.
One of the nation’s top comedians is bringing his signature and edgy style to our local stage. Big Mike Mitchell has come a long way, having overcome the tough road to the top with topics about life, love, marriage and race. This former felon got out of the business of hurting people and now just sticks to making people laugh.
8pm. $10-$12. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; ontario.improv.com.
Oh no, you dropped your favorite piece of ceramic pottery! The fragments are now nothing but scrap. That is until Barnaby Barford gets a hold of ‘em. Instead of looking at it as just another mess to clean up, he gives those broken shards life anew—using them into a short animated film made with stop-motion animation of the broken pieces.
Thru March 18. Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 12pm-5pm. American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, (909) 865-3146; www.ceramicmuseum.org.