A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
The theater is the best way to take in the classic sights and sounds of a Stephen Sondheim play. This particular story is about a middle-aged lawyer, his young wife and his former mistress (who happens to be a famous actress). It’s a riveting tale of lovers uniting, secrets being revealed and has a lot of waltzing by the characters.
Thru Sat, May 5. $20-$30. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.
AMANDA CASTRO BAND
Ready for the new face of jazz? This wonderful woman takes her Afro-Cuban roots and love of world music to create a show that is both fun and entertaining. She masterfully arranges lesser known songs from the 20s and 30s by taking elements from New Orleans blues, sultry Latin songs, straight jazz standards and her own distinct voice for a sound all her own.
6pm-9pm. Free. Claremont Public Plaza, 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.
UCR 909 DANCE
This hip-hop group from the 909 is passionate about one thing—dancing! The dedicated troupe spends months preparing to blow you away with some of the sickest dance moves they can think of. You’re in for a well-executed, tight knit and choreographed routine that will make you want to try it yourself . . . but you should just leave it to the professionals.
6pm. $20-$30. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 779-9800; www.foxriversidelive.com.
PLANES OF FAME AIRSHOW
Airplanes have come a long way since the Wright brothers and some of the coolest planes ever built are on display. Dedicated volunteers donate and maintain these planes to breathe new life into them. You can witness a fully functional P-51 Mustang soar through the sky once more or get up close and personal to a static MiG-21R Fishbed, just to name a few.
Also on Sat, May 4. $20. Planes of Fame Museum, 7000 Merrill Ave., #17, Chino, (909) 597-3722; www.planesoffame.org.
“LOOK WHO’S TALKING” SPEAKER SERIES
The latest in a series of speakers who present alternate viewpoints, this exhibition goes out with a bang by presenting Monique Saigal as the last speaker. This Professor Emeritus at Pomona College has lived an amazing life before teaching, surviving the Holocaust as a child; she interviewed the women of the French resistance against Nazi Occupation. Also, she’s trilingual and beyond awesome. Listen to her story in amazement.
6pm. Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org.
“AROUND THE WORLD IN FORTY PICTURES”
We know movies love to adapt books, but what about art exhibits? Jules Verne’s famous novel Around the World in Eighty Days finds new life as a series of photos bent on adapting the journey of hero Phineas Fogg as he circumnavigates the globe. Classic images blended with classic literature—what better way to celebrate the museum’s fortieth anniversary? Go have an adventure.
Opens Sat, May 4. Thru July 27. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, 12pm-5pm.
UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside, (951) 784-3686; www.cmp.ucr.edu.
DISNEY ON ICE: TREASURE TROVE
A treat for children and adults alike, the musical adventure of Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove has every Disney character you know and love. Starting with an introduction from your favorite classic Disney characters Donald Duck, Goofy, Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse, you’ll be taken on a journey into almost every Disney story that ever graced your youthful eyes—it’s the equivalent to a full blown Disney movie overdose. Catch all your favorites—the ice will glow red as Alice and the Madhatter greet the Queen of Hearts. Then, with Tinkerbell’s magical help, Peter Pan learns that he can fly! He uses his gravity-defying capabilities to travel to Captain Hook’s ship, where he and the pirates dance around until he finally gets his chance to approach the evil pirate—will he succeed and save his friends from the Captain? You’ll also get the king of all lions—Simba, who is far more interested in singing and dancing with Nala than paying attention to Rafiki. Your favorite dwarf miners will be there with the beautiful Snow White, whistling while they work. After this pale beauty eats the poison apple, will her prince charming find his way to wake her from the evil spell with a single kiss? Don’t miss as the ice is transformed into an underwater scene, where your favorite mermaid Ariel makes her presence known belting beautiful songs—before she loses her voice, that is. And don’t worry, all your other favorite princesses like Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Rapunzel, Pocahontas and Cinderella will also be gliding gracefully across the ice, sharing with you the familiar stories of your childhood.
Wed, May 8 thru Sun, May 12. $12-$65. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com.