The greatest love story that never was? Sweet Charity is a musical that defies musical conventions: the dancing is sensual and passionate, reality plays a major part in the story, and there is no such thing as an easy solution. It’s a classic in its own way and lends itself to a great night out with an old story that remains unique and resonant to this day.
Thru May 5. $59-$68. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 626-1254; www.candlelightpavilion.com.
Driving out to Anaheim or LA for overpriced food and lackluster results can be a drag. Why not watch a local sports team you can cheer for? The Inland Empire 66ers is your baseball team with five League Champion titles already under its belt. The team is about to take on the San Jose Giants on their turf and will make you feel right at home on the bleachers.
Thurs, April 18-Sat, April 20. 7:05pm. $6.90-$13.55. San Manuel Stadium, 280 S. “E” St., San Bernardino, (909) 888-9922; www.66ers.com.
Surrender to a captivating world where Fairy Godmothers and magic still exists, and revisit your favorite childhood tale Cinderella as a classic ballet paired with refreshing humor and magnificent costumes. Watch as poor Cinderella is forced to act as a servant to her evil stepmother and two silly step-sisters. With Prince Charming’s ball coming up, there seems to be no way for Cinderella to get dressed up in time for the occasion, that is until her beautiful Fairy Godmother comes along to transform her rags into an elaborate blue ball gown fit for a princess—all with help from the graceful dancing stars. Everything seems perfect as a dazzling gold carriage brings Cinderella to the ball to meet her Prince Charming, where she and the Prince fall in love instantly. Unfortunately, she must hurry home before the clock strikes midnight—with the chiming of the hour, the magic illusion wears off and she is transformed back into the plain maid she truly is. Cinderella rushes off from the prince to avoid revealing her real identity and leaves him with nothing but a sparkling glass slipper to remember her by. Will the slipper lead to their happily ever after? Don’t miss your favorite classic love story with a funny side—ensuring everyone in your family young and old has an enchanting good time.
Thru Sun, April 21. Sat, 1pm & 7pm. Sun, 1pm. $20-$38. Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont, (909) 607-1139; www.pomona.edu/bridges. Performances also at Lewis Family Playhouse May4-May 5.
Combine culture with an adorable cause? The Riverside Art Museum is hosting a pair of auctions (one live, one silent) to support homeless animals still living in shelters. Acclaimed silhouette and watercolor artist r. mike nichols will be contributing several special works to the auction to further help the cause. This event will still be plenty of fun with live music, hors d’oeuvres, sprits and more.
4pm-7pm. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org.
Japandroids could very well be the most energetic two-piece band you will ever have the chance to see live. It takes a maximal approach to music by getting more sound than should be humanly possible from only one guitar, one drum set and two vocalizers. Every subgenre of rock ‘n’ roll is shamelessly exploited by this duo of do-it-yourself rockers.
7pm. $18. The Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us.
Comedy is a world that’s made up mostly of men, but if you think woman can’t come in and take the reins, you must not get out much. The ladies are invading the Improv as the good, the bad and the fugly show their pretty faces. Gayla Johnson, Jessica Marchant and Cher will come out swinging with comedy that’s only suitable for the discerning adult.
8pm. $12. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; ontario.improv.com.
100 years ago the federal income tax started. While it began as simple means to pay off debts from war, taxes have become a burden of the people. The Riverside County Libertarian Party is out to educate fellow citizens through its live forum “The Burden of Government after 100 Years—Can We Get Relief?” that will shed some light on the history of income tax and why we still pay it today.
7pm-9pm. Free admission. Free parking across from the book shop. Renaissance Book Shop, 3772 Elizabeth St., Riverside, (951) 369-8843; www.renbook.com.