There’s nothing better than a beautiful, funny female. Melissa Villasenor has made a name for herself on shows like America’s Got Talent and Family Guy—now she’s making her way to the IE to get us laughing with her unique stand-up comedy. Known for hilarious impressions and singing impersonations that litter her stage routine, Villasenor will certainly have you impressed and cracking up into the night.
8pm. Flappers Comedy Club, 532 W. 1st St., Unit 218, Claremont, (818) 845-9721; www.flapperscomedy.com.
DANCE FOR LIFE PALM SPRINGS
Dance is one of the world’s most profound forms of art, using the body as a tool to convey strong ideas and emotions with eloquence and grace. Years of training and dedication are required to make such a disciplined skill seem natural, allowing dancers to control their leaps and turns graciously. Teaching dancers throughout the country that the same passion and dedication associated with dance can be applied in all aspects of life, Dance for Life has encouraged companies to participate in its life-changing mission. Being the dominant art form it is, the world of dance has taken action to help raise awareness for AIDS and HIV. Since its inception in 1992, Dance for Life has raised four million dollars for Chicago’s HIV/AIDS community. Now in its third year, Dance for Life Palm Springs brings together renowned dance companies for a spectacular night of dance. As well as helping raise funds for HIV and AIDS, a portion of Dance for Life proceeds go to The Dancer’s Fund, a foundation built to assist dancers whose company participates in Dance for Life. Eligible dancers can receive scholarships, grants or financial assistance for life threatening medical conditions. This is a great foundation, helping mold the dreams of thousands of individuals across the country. Not only will this event dazzle you, it will inspire you to become passionate about helping people by making a difference in your life as well as others. (Victoria Banegas)
6pm. $95-$200. Annenberg Theater, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 325-4490;
First made famous on America’s Got Talent, this confident ventriloquist and all his friends are nothing short of extremely entertaining. His cast of puppets includes a Monty Carlo lounge singer named Winston, cowboy Waiter T. Airdale, Julius the soul singer and Vikki “The Cougar.” Don’t miss as this man of many talents (and puppets) brings the stage of Fantasy Springs to life!
8pm. $49-$89. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Dr., Indio, (760) 345-2450; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
All aboard! Railroad and model fans of all ages are welcome to come enjoy a day of fun at the San Bernardino County Museum with Train Days! Train and trolley models of all shapes and sizes will be winding their way around the museum, through miniature cities and beautiful country scenery. There will also be artifacts and fun activities throughout the weekend for the whole family.
9am. $5-$10. The San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Ln., Redlands, (909) 307-2669; www.sbcountymuseum.org.
BRINGING BACK THE BANDS
The Ontario/Chaffey Community Show Band is kicking off 2014 with this exciting concert. Directed by Dr. Gabe Petrocelli and Director Emeritus R. Jack Mercer, this concert features a ton of outstanding musicians. Vocal soloists Gabe and Angie LaRosa will be joining with trumpet soloists John Knapp and Douglas McKenna and dancer Frank Canzoneri, as well as many more extraordinary musicians. Old school standard jazz songs like “Yesterdays” and “Afternoon in August” will be performed, so don’t miss this great show.
7:30pm. Gardiner Spring Auditorium, Chaffey High School, 1245 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario, (909) 226-5748; www.showband.net.
LETTERS TO HARRIET TUBMAN
This performance will be inspirational and inspiring. Don’t miss your chance to soak up some important culture at the Paul Mores production of African American stories, lively songs and spirituals. Spirituals are generally Christian songs that were traditionally created by the enslaved African people in the U.S. These songs still demonstrate strength and hope in a community that is now being shared with the public.
6:30pm. Steelworkers’ Auditorium, 8437 Sierra Ave., Fontana, (909) 349-6979.
Feminism isn’t about hating men—its focus is to demand equality for all persons. A great way to do this is by examining and breaking down the stereotypes of groups that face discrimination. “Unruly” is an exhibit that presents the work of women artists who are challenging the parameters of feminine behavior by acting ways that may be perceived as weird and unruly. They do so with use of extreme violence, sexuality, humor and more.
10am-4pm. The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, 5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 652-6493; www.chaffey/edu/wignall.