Got a passion for metal on metal action? Then there may be some euphoria awaiting you at the L.A. County Fair. You’ll want to buckle up for this—suspense and chaos go hand and hand with this brutal pastime. Stop in for the Demolition Derby and see some of the biggest, most badass trucks play adult bumper cars for 90 minutes straight.
7:30pm. $19.50-$32.75. L.A. County Fair, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, (909) 623-3111; www.lacountyfair.com.
Redland’s funk jam band The Fingers will be celebrating the release of their new album in style. Adoringly titled, The Fingers: We Love You Too, the record is sure to be a psychedelic fusion of The Fingers at their best. Join them in kicking up some dirt this weekend at The Fox Theatre in Redlands. Tickets on sale now; Get ‘em while they’re hot!
7pm. Fox Event Center, 123 Cajon St., Redlands, (909) 792-3888; foxeventcenter.com.
That wonderful time of year is here, with beer and polka and reason to cheer! What is the magical word we’re looking for? . . . Oktoberfest! This year’s festivities will have everything you want, including authentic polka bands, German games and contests, food trucks and most importantly—beer. The 3rd Annual Hangar 24 Oktoberfest is split into two weekends, and the first weekend already kicked off with polka band Rheinlanders. The upcoming second weekend is your last chance to enjoy Hangar 24’s tasty stock, while several food trucks are on hand to help curb that growling appetite. Baby’s Badass Burgers, WTF Pizza, Chomp Chomp Nation, Tornado Potatoe, Me So Hungry and many more delicious treats can be sampled throughout the day. There will be an optional BeerFest, giving patrons a chance to sample some of the 30 breweries that will be on hand. There will of course be Hangar 24 beer, but if you want the authentic and outlandish beers, you have to upgrade to the BeerFest pass. Oak Hills Brewing Co., Brew Rebellion, Lost Coast Brewery, IE Brewing Co., Packinghouse Brewing Co., Speakeasy, Wild Donkey Brewing Co. and many more will have plenty of suds for your taste buds. Get dressed in your beer garden best, grab your stein and lederhosen, and prepare for a frothy good time. (Derek Obregon)
11am. $5-$60. Sylvan Park, 601 N. University St., Redlands; www.hangar24brewery.com.
Some of the most gut-busting skits of Chappelle Show history have included this quick witted jokester—but Donnell Rawlings is much more than five minute skit success. This man has been everywhere from MTV to USA.
7pm. $15. M15 Concerts, 9022 Pulsar Ct., Corona, (951) 200-4465; m15concerts.com.
A dreamy name like Phosphorescent could easily belong to a rustic band of folk playing brothers. Take out the band of brothers notion and input singer and songwriter Matthew Huock, and you’ve got the right idea. Picking up steam around the nation for his southern sound, he’s now made way to So-Cal to share his one man band with us Westerners.
7Pm. $18. The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us.
George Catlin was one painter with specific curiosity in the early 19th century. The series, “George Catlin’s American Buffalo,” is constructed from 29 paintings focusing on buffalo and their integration into Native American life, as we as 11 full length portraits of the Plains Indians themselves. Join the Palm Springs Art Museum as they showcase these nearly 200 year old segments of history.
Opens Oct. 1. Thru Dec. 29. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 322-4800; www.psmuseum.org.
ROMEO AND JULIET
We’re all familiar with the famous tale of two star-crossed lovers who are willing to do anything to keep their undying love for one another alive. Although we all know how this tragic love story ends, the beautiful enactment of Romeo and Juliet at the Candlelight Pavilion will keep you on the edge of your seat, as if you’re seeing it for the first time.
7:30pm. Candlelight Pavilion, 455 Foothill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 859-1878; www.ivrt.org.