The widely known naturalist and conservationist John Muir inspired this exhibition because of his lifelong passion for plants. Muir’s fascination with nature is demonstrated through an array of historic images, journal pages, drawings and quotations at the exhibit “Nature’s Beloved Son.” If only everyone had a fascination and appreciation for nature that came close to that of Muir’s, the environment would be in much more capable hands.
12pm-4pm. Museum of History and Art, 225 S. Euclid Ave., Ontario, (909) 395-2510; www.ci.ontario.ca.us.
It’s a New Year, so you should try and start it out by listening to some killer punk rock music, especially if you haven’t delved in this genre of tunes before. The Goon’s Army show will do just the trick, with each member of this army—Lt. Hooligan, Pvt. Decay, Commander Paranoia, Major Castastrophe and the Goon—spreading destruction and chaos infused with lots of booze.
Mission Tobacco Lounge, 3630 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 682-4427; go2mtl.com.
Music, song and dance will take the stage at The Candlelight Pavilion for a weekend of all things Irish. Featuring Michael Ryan with an ensemble of skilled musicians and Irish dancers, the audience will enjoy a day full of traditional Irish culture. While a meal isn’t included with this performance, desserts and beverages will be available for purchase.
7pm. $20. The Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, (909) 626-1254; www.candlelightpavilion.com.
America’s favorite jazz masters will have you be-bopping to your favorite jams from Big Band to boogie. Charlie Shoemake Quintet is no exception—bringing you some of the richest variety of talented jazz musicians to grace the Inland Empire. Always armed with more than what you’d expect from the local zoo, get ready for a swingin’ good time at The Living Desert.
3pm. $30-$45. The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, (760) 346-5694; www.livingdesert.org.
Joe Zaldivar is an artist who has been diagnosed with autism, who has used his skills in both drawing and ceramic art to transform his everyday interests into innovative masterpieces. His portfolio has an array of portraits, landscapes and topographical recreations of some of America’s popular cities, reference his spirit of adventure. With his latest body of work, Zaldivar uses his tablet to find images on Google Maps; he then recreates them into obscure panoramas. These panoramic pieces evoke a distortion in time and space enhanced by his monochromatic color schemes and alternative canvas choices. With three-dimensional installations and wall hung pieces, this show will include his renditions of the corner of Hollywood and Vine, as well as the first Starbucks in Seattle, Washington. In this series, you will notice that Zaldivar does not miss a single detail in his drawings, from the interior design of the cars parked in the streets to advertised products in a Starbucks’ window. Self proclaimed as the First Street Gallery’s “most exciting artist to watch,” it is apparent that Zaldivar will continue to grow stronger as he relishes in his skills with relentless persistence and faith. The world is in his hands, both literally and figuratively, and the time has come for him to present it to the rest of us, filtered by his creativity and unique talents. (Victoria Banegas)
9:30am-5pm. First Street Gallery Art Center, 250 W. 1st St. #120, Claremont, (909) 626-5455; www.tierradelsol.org/programs/1st-street-gallery-art-center.
This Los Angeles based stand-up comedian was originally from the IE—Riverside to be exact. You may have seen him on Last Comic Standing or at a comedy club in Hollywood. Whether or not you’ve witnessed this funny guy in person, his act is so original and hilarious, it’s definitely worth the trip. He’ll undoubtedly be the most hilarious act you’ve seen all year.
8pm. $5. Ontario Improv, 4555 Mills Cir., Ontario, (909) 484-5411; ontario.improv.com.
There are great musicians hiding in each and every corner of the IE, just waiting to be discovered. If you think you might be the next big thing in music, “bring your axe and jam” at the Bahama Mamas Sports Bar! This cool atmosphere provides the perfect setting for your big debut. Not the musical type? You can still come by, enjoy a drink and watch the talent dominate the stage.
7:30pm. Bahama Mamas Sports Bar, 24801 Sunnymead Blvd., Moreno Valley, (951) 485-0203.