College communities have often been hubs for artists to mingle with kindred spirits and test the waters of new crafts. Whether you are a novice behind the mic, or a veteran in the art of prose and poetry, Cal Poly Pomona is holding and open mic poetry extravaganza and would love your presence— or even better—your participation!
5:30pm. Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, 300 W. Second ST., Pomona, (909) 469-0080.
This exhibit preview party for “Portraits and Views: The Redlands Photographic Studio, 1987-1924” will take you back to a time when photographs were a luxury—before smart phones could document each and every moment of your life. Stop by to appreciate the vanished past of when photos printed on paper could only be obtained through a sitting at a professional’s studio.
5:30pm. Crossroads Gallery, San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Ln., Redlands, (909) 307-2669; www.sbcountymuseum.org.
Serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties, The Marcus Heart Foundation has dedicated its services to providing college tuition to high school graduates seeking a better future. Created in loving memory of PFC Marcus Allen Tynes of the U.S. Army, this foundation continues to expand its efforts by joining forces with Stansell Entertainment and presenting the three day “Give Love Tour.” This tour, along with the Family Fun Festival and Veteran’s Appreciation run, helps raise resources and awareness to assist active, deployed or wounded veterans, fallen heroes and their families. Featured at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, this mega concert will include artists like eight-time Grammy nominated, Ledisi with her jazz inspired vocals as well as funk master Frankie Beverly. In conjunction to another mega concert being held in San Diego, proceeds from these events will help feed homeless veterans on November 11, serving as a true Veteran’s Day celebration. Citizens of the Inland Empire and businesses are strongly encouraged to lend a helping hand in this event. Businesses can purchase ticket bundles which will be donated to veterans and their families, in exchange for advertisement and branding solutions. Volunteer applications are available on the “Give Love Tour” website making the process accessible and convenient. Celebrate Veteran’s Day graciously and give back to those who have fought hard to keep this country safe.
$39-$99. Citizens Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario. (909) 244-5500; www.givelovetour.com.
Honoring pigeon flyers around the world, the Wings of Hope Wall currently stands at the City of Hope Campus. This free benefit concert is being held to raise support for keeping this wall standing. A classic country music show will feature exciting live entertainment, including Leo J. Eiffert, Jr., Joe Eiffert, Kevin O’Neal, Michael Austin and many more. Don’t miss your chance to join in on the raffle, which profits will help keep the wall standing.
1pm-6pm. Wild West Arena, 32150 9th St., Winchester, (951) 926-4842.
If you’re looking for something to do with the little ones, consider a day out with classic story book familiar face, Thomas the Tank Engine. This event promises some pretty exclusive time with the endearing character and equally awesome friends. You’ll also be able to enjoy an onsite petting zoo for your little guy or gal to hang out with some living little creatures.
$16-$25. Orange Empire Railway Museum, 2201 S. A St., Perris, (951) 943-3020; www.oerm.org.
Eva & the Vagabond Tales come sporting more than a cool name—their soothing variety of folky, ‘50s-esque youth hymns is the perfect soundtrack for a night at The Hip Kitty. With the lights dim and mood just right, ride the waves of their cool tunes into uncharted territories. We’re sure with a name like that; new surroundings are a welcomed friend.
9pm. Hip Kitty Jazz & Fondue, 502 W. 1st St., Claremont, 909.447.6700; www.hipkittyjazz.com.
The percussion section of music collectives have found themselves referred to as the heart of the band on many occasions; I mean they do hold the rhythm, steady the cadence and keep the flow. You can get in to the groove for a mid-week stress reliever by making way to the Steelworkers Auditorium in Fontana for some a workshop devoted to rhythmic relief.
6:30pm. Steelworkers Auditorium, 8437 Sierra Ave., Fontana, (909) 428-8816; www.fontanarecreation.org.