Raunchy, insane and hilarious . . . all of these describe Craig Shoemaker and his ridiculous character “The Lovemaster.” The man is known for adopting a deep baritone and going all out with seduction based puns that will have you dropping your jaw. When not driving audiences crazy, his observational humor about family and travel is fairly gut busting but be warned—you’re just as ripe for ribbing as anybody else.
8pm & 10pm. $20-$22. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; ontario.improv.com.
Some might say that love needs no reason for the crazy things it makes people do, but how far is too far? Genesis P-Orridge takes the definition of love to an entirely new level that many wouldn’t dare venture to in this documentary film. The movie tells the story of an intense love that brought the two of them to want to look exactly like each other! P-Orridge started out as a male musician bringing gritty, real performance art to music for Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. One night, he met and fell in love with a beautiful dominatrix woman by the name of Lady Jane. Instead of having children, they wanted to consume each other to the point where they are no longer individuals anymore, so they decided to have surgery to make each other look like the other. The process was called “Creating the Pandrogyne” and it was aimed at becoming something that is beautiful in the eyes of the beholder. One thing’s for sure; it is a unique artistic expression of innate beauty and visual expression that will open up your eyes.
Also on Sat, March 16. 7pm. $10. Culver Center for the Arts, 3834 Main St., Riverside, (951) 827-5314, www.culvercenter.ucr.edu.
This Black Bear has the heart of America in its soul. The music is minimalistic and no half stacks will be found here; only guitars, piano, drums and a harmonica in between where the vocals and harmonies shine in. The band was destined to make music together after learning they were all thrift store junkies . . . and the indie folk sounds naturally ensued.
7pm. Flour Fusion, 133 N. Main St., Lake Elsinore, (951) 245-1166; www.flourfusion.com.
The greatest story ever told, or at the very least one of the oldest. Brush up on your Sunday school with a play about one of the biggest figures in the Old Testament. Watch David slay a giant with a pebble, make an enemy of a corrupt king and face the duties and struggles that come from being in charge . . . an epic to say the least.
Thru March 30. $14-$18. Lifehouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands, (909) 335-3037; www.lifehousetheater.com.
He can tell you the most beautiful stories with his unique ability and soulful voice. The man has 24 number one hits that include a few you might have heard of: “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “We’ve Got Tonight” and “I Can’t Unlove You.” This singer/songwriter primarily caters to a country crowd, but with over 120 million records sold, his songs spread through many genres.
8pm. $39-$99. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.
A lot of people get lost into the pages of history and unfortunately, that’s more often for women more than men. In honor of Women’s History Month, an art exhibit will be dedicated to highlighting the works of Chicanas and Latinas from the Inland Empire. Come and witness HERstory and the art she has created.
Thru March 29. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm. Sat, 11am-2pm. Division 9 Gallery, 3485 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 682-5990; www.division9gallery.com.
Yin and yang teaches us that nature can attract two things that seem opposite. It is derived from China, in the East, and what is more opposite from the East? The West. Not only geographically speaking, but when talking about values. Just as the ancient wisdom suggests, the two can live in harmony and find a way to showcase the art inspired by both worlds.
Opens Sat, March 9. Thru March 30. Gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 12pm-4pm. The dA Center for the Arts, 252-D S. Main St., Pomona, (909) 397-9716; www.dacenter.org.