The clarinet is an instrument that doesn’t get much love from modern music: It isn’t featured in pop, it doesn’t get played too much in hip-hop and it’s rarely seen in rock bands. But it is one of the largest of the woodwind families. You can hear its full potential from some of the best as they show off their talents at this event.
Thurs, June 20-Sat, June 22. Pomona College, Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont, (909) 607-2671; www.claremontclarinetfestival.com.
It’s been over a year since we interviewed Throw the Goat as one of our esteemed local Band of the Week. Since then, this goat throwin’ punk-rock and metal band has showed no signs of slowing down. Join them on their home turf in the crisp, clean air of Idyllwild at one of the city’s most popular venues.
The Rustic Theater, 54290 N. Circle Dr., Idyllwild, (951) 659-2747; www.therustictheatre.com.
The motto “all for one and one for all” is a theme of justice and friendship; a literary quote that has spanned the ages through Alexandre Dumas’ 1844 novel The Three Musketeers. A poor, young nobleman named d’Artagnan begins his journey to Paris where he intends to apply and become one of the Musketeers of the Guard. He’s your typical well-meaning hero who begins with a bout of overconfidence, so much that he challenges and loses against a stronger, more experienced fighter on his way. He still reaches his destination and meets the famous Musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Proceeded by the politics of English and French royals, including the actions of main antagonist Cardinal Richelieu, the three musketeers and d’Artagnan must trust and fight alongside each other in order to prevail. They embody your typical hero-like attitude: fight for good, vanquish evil. To avoid showing these noble characters killing innumerable men on the stage (the novel has plenty of that), the LifeHouse Theater continues its role as a clean, family tale-telling venue. Not to forget the Theater’s renowned musical prowess which has led to the successful adaptations of Jane Eyre, Les Miserables and religious stories like Joseph! These simplified stories aim to include important life lessons, which introduce the entire family into the wonderful world of theater. And yes, you can bet that you’ll hear a catchy “All for One” song before the show is finished.
Thru June 30. Lifehouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands, (909) 335-3037; www.lifehousetheater.com.
The opportunity to participate in the sled hockey sport may be a huge rarity in itself, but the opportunity to try it for free with all amenities included is a once in a lifetime chain! Just bring your smile and positive attitude to The LA Kings Icetown in Riverside on June 23 and take part in the sporty festivities fit for anyone.
3:20pm-6:30pm. Icetown, 10540 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, (951) 637-3070; www.icetown.com.
Desperately looking for a reason to throw on your Santa hat a few months early? Or better yet, looking for a reason to do this with dozens of other Workaholics fans in the IE? Then there’s no better place to be than the Half-Christmas viewing party with good times on top of a holiday costume contest, Workaholics giveaways and ridiculous prizes.
8pm. $5. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; ontario.improv.com.
The art of synchronized swimming somehow borders the line between impressively physical sport and a mesmerizing art. Not many other activities can fulfill that job. A fun activity for the kids, as well as a great sight to see for the adults awaits at the USA Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships. Bring the whole family along and see how cool a backstroke can look.
Begins Fri, June 20. Thru June 29. 7am. Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside (951) 222-8000; www.riversideaquaticscomplex.com.
The Hip Kitty in Claremont is well known for its trendy environment, lively dance floor, smooth tunes and the fondue—you can’t forget the fondue! Be in the know by heading out to enjoy what the spot has to offer. Head over to lounge around to the soothing sounds of Dave Weaver & the Specials for a night.
Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue, 502 W. 1st St., Claremont, (909) 447-6700; www.hipkittyjazz.com.