With a first name as far reaching as the ocean, you would expect big things. Ocean Glapion is a comedian who’s originally from New Orleans and brings a tsunami of laughter to the stand-up comedy circuit of California. You may also have seen him as an actor in the Comedy Playground pilot, in match.com commercials and according to may he’s the nicest comedian you’ll ever meet.
8pm. $15. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; ontario.improv.com.
Ask any musician who their influences are and I guarantee you that Creedence Clearwater Revival is on that list. The band has done it all and embodies a classic rock ‘n’ roll sound that everyone enjoys. The original band is no more, but after surviving members played a few house parties and let a friend promote them—Creedence Clearwater Revisited is the next best thing.
8pm. $40.40-$95.35. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 779-9800; www.foxriversidelive.com.
A band that is titled The Dear Hunter is intriguing, but only lead singer Casey Crescenzo knows the truth behind its origin. Crescenzo created TDH as a side project to his post-hardcore band, The Receiving End of Sirens. TDH’s inception gave birth to songs that were everything but hardcore because they were originally meant to only be heard by friends who got a burned demo. People liked it, so Crescenzo became ambitious and decided to create a six-album story about the birth, life and abrupt death of a boy in the dawn of the 20th century known only as “The Dear Hunter.” Act 1: The Lake South, The River North, Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading and Act III: Life and Death chronicle this unique storyline beginning with a prostitute named Ms. Terri, the mother of The Dear Hunter. He grows up to fall in love with a prostitute later on (that relationship quickly dissolves) and he then tries to take on the identity of his half-brother that dies in battle after a chance encounter with his father. Someone tell Hollywood to get this guy an agent! Migrant is the latest album to come out and features the full bodied sounds of piano, guitars and a mini symphony of musicians that mixes slow ballads with up-tempo tracks. Will Acts IV, V and VI ever be completed? Only The Dear Hunter knows.
8pm. $15. The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us.
Relive your childhood days and prepare to once again be amazed by the circus. You will be enchanted by illusions from a magical warrior that will definitely make a believer out of you. The ringmaster not only directs your experience, he also sings with a melodious voice to guide you through it. Mystery, magic and music await you under the big top tent of Magikaria.
Thru 29. 1pm, 4pm & 7pm. $25-$65. Ontario Mills Mall, 1 Mills Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; www.circusvargas.com.
Living in SoCal is life in a melting pot—there are so many diverse cultures that tend to blend and bleed into each other. Pomona College is taking this concept and running with it by having its music department assemble its best under guest director Lyman Hall for a percussive event unlike what the college has seen or heard before. The best part? Admission is free!
8pm. Pomona College, Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, (909) 607-2671; music.pomona.edu/calendar.shtml.
Prolific fantasy writer Neil Gaiman once said, “When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art.” Bearing this in mind, you should see this art piece designed and focused around the theme of suicide prevention. Stacy Wexler created a multi-media project that evoked the framework of a depressed mind, with missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle symbolizing something aspects of different mental states.
Thru April 30. Gallery hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-4pm. Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery. 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, (951) 487-3585; www.msjc.edu.
Nobody can define a band as simply a single genre anymore. Take Maps & Atlases for instance. It’s been described as indie rock, experimental and even math rock (rhythmically complex music) leaving this Chicago-based band with plenty of intricate beats to entertain with. No matter what genre you consider it to be, this band puts on one hell of a show.
7pm. The Barn, University of California Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 827-2776; www.kucr.org.