BLACK BEAR & THE CHEYENNE AUTUMN BAND
Have you heard the tale of Black Bear & The Cheyenne Autumn Band? It all started before Corona was filled with cookie-cutter houses and commercialization; before people even considered moving here. Rich investors hired Native Americans to kill all of the black bears that inhabited the land so settlers would move in, and they managed to kill all . . . but one. Siblings Dani and Jonny Miller are the “Black Bear,” and they have banded together with some vintage-style artists for an authentic folk experience. It is real Americana, frontier-inspired negro-spiritual soul that’s perpetuated by a profound love of nature, Greek philosophy and transcendentalism. The most recent news from the band is that bass player Derrick “Black Bison” Harvey started a new job, drummer Mike “White Owl” Wilson went trekking in Southern Utah and Black Bear and Geneva “Black Rabbit” Miller went on a transcendentalist Mecca to Massachusetts. After the pilgrimage back east, “Black Bear” recorded a solo album called Winter Passing, and the first song, “Autumn Leaves Are Gatherin’,” is now out on TheGreatBlackBear.com (the bands new website). With every song from this raw and minimalist band, you can expect stellar lead vocals paired with perfectly balanced harmonies. You can hear the lonely sob of a harmonica speak up amidst the simple rhythms from some musicians that purposefully stray far away from cumbersome half-stacks and pedal boards. (Derek Obregon)
9:30pm. Eureka! Burger, 580 W. First St., Claremont, (909) 445-8875; www.eurekaburger.com.
THE ROB STALEY BAND
There’s nothing better than a good-looking cowboy to get us boot scootin’! Rob Staley, the lead singer and electric guitar player of The Rob Staley Band will be lighting up the stage of the Brandin’ Iron this weekend. This modern cowboy, complete with tattoos and fitted jeans, will be bringing you some great American country hits, so don’t miss this chance to get down and boogie!
Brandin’ Iron, 320 S. E St., San Bernardino, (909) 888-7388; www.brandinironsaloon.com.
MAYOR’S RACE, SWIM AND WELLNESS FESTIVAL
Health and wellness is a priority for the community of Palm Springs, this one-of-a-kind wellness festival is happening in order to bring awareness to and combat the growing obesity epidemic. Everyone is welcome to come and run, despite your ability—there is a 1K fun run for kids, as well as a 5K and 10-mile course for the experienced runners. There will be fitness activities to help warm up runners on the main stage, as well as a Swim Challenge at 1p.m.
8am. Wellness Park, Ruth Hardy Park and Swim at Sunrise Park Palm Springs, CA Corner of Via Miraleste and Tachevah, Palm Springs, www.yoursustainablecity.com.
“BLACK AND WHITE”
Providing monthly themes in which local artists are encouraged to interpret in whichever way their imagination takes them, Gallery SOHO has provided a place for amateur painters, photographers, sculptures and more to submit their various works for the public to enjoy and possibly purchase. This month’s theme “Black and White” is sure to bring a wide variety of fantastic works for you to critique, enjoy and even purchase.
11am-4pm. Gallery SOHO, 300 A. S. Thomas St., Pomona, (909) 469-1599; www.pvaa.net.
“BEATRIZ MEJIA-KRUMBEIN: I AM STILL AN ARTIST”
Don’t miss the public reception for the exhibit, “Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein: I Am Still An Artist.” As an art professor at La Sierra University, Beatriz Mejia-Krumbien is exhibiting large scale drawings, paintings, videos and three-dimensional works. For decades she has created pieces that speak to the viewer of the importance that social action holds in her life, and many works from throughout her artistic career that demonstrate this will be on display.
6pm-8pm. La Sierra’s Branstarter Gallery, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Pkwy., Riverside, (951) 785-2170; www.lasierra.edu.
THE PEKING ACROBATS
They first debuted in 1986, and since then The Peking Acrobats have absolutely redefined the breath-taking art form of Chinese acrobatics. Mastering the many complicated aspects of acrobatics, these individuals have mastered contortion, flexibility and control—all while doing so at heights you wouldn’t believe. As a fun event for the whole family, grab your kids, and get ready to be truly amazed.
7pm. $20-$45. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, (760) 340-2787. www.mccallumtheatre.com.
ONTARIO REIGN VS. STOCKTON
There’s no doubt that hockey is one of the best competitive sports to be a spectator at. Not only do these fearless teams have to demonstrate extreme athleticism while skating on the slippery ice, they’re also beating the crap out of each other in the process. Come root on Ontario’s only minor league hockey team, Ontario Reign, as they take on Stockton.
7pm. $5. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario, (909) 244-5500; www.cbbankarena.com.