Hi Friends and Neighbors -
Fall is only here in the Inland Empire for a little while, so make the best of it before the holiday shopping madness is here! Here are some great Inland Empire weekend events we’ve found to enjoy with friends and family before stuffing your face with turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie next week.
This week’s Inland Empire Weekend Fun Guide has plenty of holiday shopping events, concerts and more outings. Enjoy a calm, fun weekend before the holidays officially starts. :)
p.s. This week’s photo was shot at Dripp in Chino Hills
INLAND EMPIRE WEEKEND EVENTS
RIVERSIDE WEEKEND EVENTS
11/21-13, Theater – “Anne of Green Gables” performed by Gold Leaf Productions at the Riverside Women’s Club. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 presale, $14 at the door.
11/21-23, Theater – “Assassins” at The Box. Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Tickets are $42-55.
11/21, Boutique – Fall boutique at the Janet Goeske Senior Center from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Handmade gifts for sale.
11/21, Concert – Los Chilaqz at Mission Tobacco Lounge at 9 p.m. $7 cover for the 21 and over concert.
11/21, Concert – Slaves Against the Machine, a Rage Against The Machine tribute band performs at Romano’s Concert Lounge beginning at 10 p.m. Tickets are 10, reservations recommended.
11/21, Concert - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the 18 and over show.
11/22-23, Craft – Make it Take it holiday class at DragonMarsh. Classes include bathing crystals and tea and soap making on Saturday, Yule log decorating and ornaments from nature on Sunday. Price is $10 a class or three for $25, see website for details.
11/22, Concert – Britain’s finest Beatles tribute band performs at Romano’s Concert Lounge at 10 p.m. Tickets are 15.
11/22, Concert - The Riverside County Philharmonic performing a selection of holiday music. at the Fox Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $31-101 for the 7:30 p.m. concert.
11/23, Concert – Primus and the Chocolate Factory at the Fox Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 7p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39-59.
11/23, Concert – Sony Love and the Moon Parade, Angewish and more perform at Mission Tobacco Lounge beginning at 8 p.m. Free admission to the 21 and over show.
REDLANDS WEEKEND EVENTS
Now through 11/22, Anniversary - The Tartan restaurants celebrates its 50th anniversary with food specials and raffles for jewelry. $2 a raffle ticket, all proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors and Family Services. Photo booth Friday and Saturday.
11/22, Concert - The Redlands Symphony features Handel, Teleman and Mozart at the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel beginning at 8 p.m., Tickets are $15-60.
SAN BERNARDINO WEEKEND EVENTS
Now through 11/23, Theater - “The Three Musketeers continues at Cal State San Bernardino’s Barnes Theater In The Round Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12-15 adult, students are $6.
11/20-22, Concert – River Road at the Brandin’ Iron beginning at 9 p.m.
11/22, Motorcross – Practice on the track at Glen Helen Raceway beginning at 8 a.m. $25 per bike and rider.
CHINO HILLS AND CORONA WEEKEND EVENTS
11/21-22, Festival – RVN ’69 Vietnam-era immersive festival at Crossroads Riverview Park from 11 a.m.- midnight Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Reenactments, historians, air-soft gun play and nighttime dance party. Vietnam era costumes required. Tickets are $14.99-34.99, see website for details.
11/21, Tree Lighting – Tree lighting ceremony at The Shoppes At Chino Hills beginning at 6 p.m. First 2,000 get free Santa hats, ceremony begins at 7 p.m.
CLAREMONT WEEKEND EVENTS
11/20-22, Theater – “Spring Awakening” at Pomona College’s Seaver Theater. Performances are at 8 p.m., tickets are $5 for student, $10 general admission.
11/21 & 23, Concert - The Pomona College Band performs Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, free admission.
11/21-22, Comedy – Rene Garcia at Flapper’s Comedy Club. Performances are Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m., Sunday at 7 and 9 .p.m. Tickets are $20.
11/21, Concert – Little Faith at the Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue Lounge beginning at 8i p.m., $5 admission to the 21 and over event.
11/22, Concert - Piffaro the Renaissance Band performs at Bridges Hall of Music at Pomona College beginning at 8 p.m. Free admission.
11/23, Comedy – Family-friendly comedy Two-Milk Minimum series continues with Michael Rayner at 4:30 p.m. at Flapper’s Comedy Club.
POMONA WEEKEND EVENTS
Now through 12/19, weekends, Art Gallery - Artists For Art’s Sake: The Holiday Show at the Millard Sheets Art Center at the Fairplex. Gallery hours are 12-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday or by appointment. Free admission and parking, park at Gate 1.
11/21, Concert – Bastille with Ella Eyre and Grizfolk at the Fox Theater Pomona at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $37 at the door for the all-ages show.
11/21-22, Dental - Free dental clinic at the Fairplex beginning at 5 a.m. each day. Services include cleanings, extractions, dentures, education and support for continuing care. First come, first served, park at Gate 9 on White Ave.
11/21, Concert – Human Trafficking Awareness Concert at DBA Gallery 256 Winebar from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.. 10% of proceeds from drinks and 100% of donations benefit Coalition Organization Against Trafficking In Women.
11/22, Gardening - Landscaping class at the Pomona Library from 1-4 p.m. Class focuses on native plants and water usage. Free event, please RSVP as space is limited.
ONTARIO & RANCHO CUCAMONGA WEEKEND EVENTS
11/20-23, Theater – “Cabaret” at the Lewis Family Playhouse. $30 general admission, $28 senior. Thursday through Saturday performances at 7 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2 p,m.
11/21-23, Comedy – Joe Rogan at the Ontario Improv, 21 and over only, dress code enforced. . Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 9:15 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.
11/21, Comedy – Jay & Silent Bob Get Old Podcast at the Ontario Improv beginning at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25, 18 and over, dress code enforced.
11/22, Fitness – Bodacious Beauty Dance Fitness class at Ralph M. Lewis Park beginning at 8:30 a.m., Class begins the ‘BB Fit’ challenge, take measurement, exercise, chances to win prizes. $10 class fee.
11/22, Supercross - Endurocross at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30 for adults kids 2-12, $15-25, day of event ticket prices go up $2. Parking is $10 cash.
11/22, Expo - Women & Family Expo at the Ontario Convention Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendors demonstrating holiday gifts, products and services. Admission is $8 for adults, kids free. Parking is $9.
FONTANA WEEKEND EVENTS
11/22, Racing - Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience at the Auto Club Dragway. Ride along for $149-328, or drive yourself starting at $349. Register on the website.
11/23, Exotics racing – Exotics Racing at the Auto Club Speedway. Ride along in car of your choice or take a few laps in an exotic. $99 for ride-along experience, driving experiences begin at $199. See website for details and registration.
11/23, Racing - Import Face Off at the Auto Club Speedway from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m, registrations earlier Car show, test and tune, drag racer and burnout competitions. $20 spectator tickets, $17 with flyer. Car show and racing registration $35-50.
PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND EVENTS
11/22, Beer Festival - Props and Hops Craft Beer Festival at the Palm Springs Airport from 12-6 p.m. Vendors, live music, west coast breweries and vintage planes. Admission is $35 and includes glass and 8 tastings.
TEMECULA WEEKEND EVENTS
11/21-22, Dance – Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company performs at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 senior and groups of 15 or more, $15 student.
11/21, Concert – Oceans of Sand at Lorimar Winery beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
11/22, Party – Silver Anniversary Tea Party at the Temecula Valley Museum from 11 am.m-1 p.m. ‘High tea’ including tea, light refreshments and free small tea cup while supplies last. RSVP info on flyer.
By: Jamie Solis
Get ready to embark on an energizing journey that spans the last 50 years of rock music on Friday, November 28, 2014. Rock ‘n’ Remember at M15 Concert Bar & Grill in Corona is a night that brings together three SoCal cover bands who will play popular tunes from the last half-century of rock ‘n’ roll.
On Fri, Nov. 28th, Telesound will start the party off at 7p.m., playing your favorite songs from 1964 to the late ’70s. The Flux Capacitors plan on bringing you layers upon layers of the best ’80s music with a theatrical edge that only heightens the excitement, while Seduction hits the stage around 10:40p.m. playing more recent sounds from the 90s through today’s music. DJ FinitiK will help you bid the night farewell, welcoming the early morning with remixes that cater to an array of musical tastes.
We had the opportunity to chat with Brian Farr, Tyler McDonald and Ryan Silverberg of The Flux Capacitors to gain more insight into how this one-of-a-kind band infects fans with enthusiasm that is contagious. Neon waves of nostalgia seem to flood from the electric stage where The Flux Capacitors play the greatest accumulation of ’80s hits. For anyone who finds comfort and fun in reminiscing about the past, you’ll feel like you’re 17 again as you sing and dance along to a surprising cover like “Come on Eileen.” The Flux Capacitors create not only a musical atmosphere that will transport you back in time, but each show they take it up a notch by dressing as members from the ’80s trilogy, Back to the Future.
You have Tyler McDonald absolutely killing the vocals as Marty McFly, while Ryan Silverberg shreds the keyboard and sings backing vocals as George McFly. Brian Lanzarotto is on guitar dressed as Doc Brown with Brian Farr rocking the bass as Biff Tannen. Last, Lynn Greer keeps it consistent on drums while pulling off the Lorraine Baines McFly look.
Hilarious costumes and an actual DeLorean time machine are two great reasons to come see The Flux Capacitors, however it’s their raw talent that really gets fans on their feet night after night. The sounds echoing off the stage aren’t just expertly executed—often live tributes played by these guys are mistaken for original recordings. From performing in front of 20 people at their first show just one year ago, to playing for huge crowds of over 3,000 people more recently—we are eager to share exactly what is driving this musical force of excitement.
Q. What is the secret to your fast growing popularity?
Brian Farr: We found two things that people could relate to—’80s music and ’80s movies. Those two elements are really what drive this thing forward—we’re just the vehicle.
Ryan Silverberg: We didn’t intend to bring different components together to sort of find that fast-growing success that we’re experiencing, but it just all came together coincidentally. Our shows are much different than regular ’80s cover bands or any cover bands for that matter. We don’t just get on stage and play a song. We actually put on a show, and we really love to play this stuff, and we really love to sing this stuff, and we really love to give people what they’ve wanted.
Q. Which bands from the ’80s would you say are your personal favorites to tribute?
Tyler McDonald: Anyone who has talked to me longer than five minutes knows that I love Queen. I have come down from my obsession a little bit in the last year. The guys in the band have opened my ears up to a lot of other bands I wouldn’t have heard otherwise. I’m actually a product of the very late ’80s. I grew up in the ’90s, so I missed a lot of these integral songs. Anyway, I like Tears for Fears. Michael Jackson has always been one, more recently I’m started to really get into his stuff.
Ryan: We range from like 25 to 38. So, everyone’s got some core likes for their choices, and we agree on most of them. My personal perspective, and I’m sure I can speak for the other guys in the band—Tears for Fears, Oingo Boingo, I love Level 42, although we haven’t actually gotten to cover it. There really are so much. It would really be like a who’s who. We just love so much from the genre, and there really isn’t anything we can’t tackle, so our set lists are extremely varied per show.
Q. Rumor has it you guys play songs that aren’t typically played by other ’80s cover bands. What about your musical taste sets you apart?
Tyler: We played the Club Nokia show on Saturday. We played “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & the Waves. I don’t think anyone in that crowd was expecting that, because everyone started mosh pitting to that song. And I don’t think that has ever happened . . . and dare I say this probably never happened in the history of that song. I can probably say that it won’t happen again.
Ryan: Not just moshing, I will say we also had crowd-surfing to that song.
Q. What about your musical taste and live performances sets you apart from other bands in your same genre?
Brian: Our music is really tight, and we try to emulate the experience as if you are really seeing the band live. We don’t stick to one sub-genre of the 80s and try to surprise people with songs they love but don’t expect. Tyler is a great frontman and makes the live shows really entertaining for everyone. We also don’t use any backing tracks and create all the sounds live on stage, which is rare for ’80s cover bands these days.
Q. Tell us more about your goal to raise awareness and money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).
Tyler: It is really nice to support a cause, especially when that cause is so personal to so many people. I think with anything, just having everybody know that someone cares and someone else is aware of the trials, tribulations and pains they are going through is important. And that’s why I do it, just so people know that someone else cares about them.
Brian: We knew early on that we wanted to be connected to the non-profit world and partnering with MJFF just made sense given the BTTF shtick. Our guitarist’s grandmother also had PD so it hits close to home. Giving away guitars to raise money/awareness for PD is one of my favorite things that we do!
Ryan: At this point, we have given away six guitars. We raffle off the guitar that’s played at our show by our guitarist. We love having the opportunity and the ability to do it. It’s personal to us, it’s something we enjoy doing, and it’s something that we can do.
Q. What does the future hold for The Flux Capacitors?
Tyler: I feel like outer space is our limit now.
Ryan: We love where this is going, and we feel extremely lucky to be a part of it. I don’t really think there is a limit to where we’re going and what we’re doing.
Q. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Brian: Thank you for your support! We are happy to share this nostalgic art form with each and every one of you! Cheers.
Ryan: We would love to eventually see everybody at a show. Everyone has a really great time.
Tyler: Just tell them to bring their dancin’ shoes!
Don’t miss your chance to catch this awesome band live at Rock ‘n’ Remember at M15 Concert Lounge in Riverside on Fri, Nov. 28, brought to you by Kitchen Sink Productions. Doors open at 7 p.m. Ages 18 and over. Tickets are $25. Use promo code FLASHBACK for $5 off.
Dress up in some threads from your favorite era, and you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to see Smash Mouth on New Year’s Eve!
By: Jamie Solis
Downtown Claremont has an early evening vibe that creates a buzz of excitement and warmth in the streets—setting the mood for IEShineOn’s enjoyable experience at VOM FASS Claremont. More than a specialty grocery store located on First Street in the heart of the new village, VOM FASS carries only the best quality oils, wines, spirits, gifts and more. It is hands-down one of the most unique must-see shops we have encountered in the Inland Empire from their endless stock of unique cooking ingredients like Coffee Oil and Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar to original items like Pure Lavender Honey, Hot Pepper Vodka and Scotch whiskeys from all over Scotland. VOM FASS is the perfect destination for those with adventurous palates.
Aside from carrying tons of exclusive goods, VOM FASS also hosts some of the most sophisticated yet inviting events in Southern California. IEShineOn was privileged to attend the high-class event, Scotland Comes to Claremont. As we entered through the doors and into the establishment, the two friendly owners Denise and Kim instantly greeted us. They graciously invited us in to enjoy chef-prepared whisky-infused foods, fine whiskeys, wines and great people.
We were able to meet the Scotch Master Stewart Laing from Hunter Laing & Co., who traveled all the way from Glasgow, Scotland to spend a long weekend teaching classes in sunny California. Stewart Laing is a top-notch Scotch whiskey blender and bottler, and he works to supply only the finest tastes to VOM FASS. Given the opportunity to not only try Laing’s specialty whiskeys, but also to also enjoy his friendly personality and reputable knowledge was one-of-a-kind.
Among the five whiskeys that we personally tried, two absolutely stood out, and they happened to be those that were mixed by the Scotch Master Laing. They were the Mac Spey Malt Whisky Blend and Cragabus Scotch Islay Blended Scotch Whisky. Mac Spey was intense with an overpowering spicy and citrusy kick. The Cragabus was quite the opposite, with a heavy campfire aroma. As I lifted the glass to my nose and then finally tasted it, the heaviness of the smokey flavor completely took over. All these bold flavors and more were complimented with an assortment of decadent foods prepared by Eighteen 48.
From the various assortments of sweet and savory treats, our favorite taste was the meticulously prepared chocolate mousse. We made friends with the chef, and he surprised us by sending us home with mousse-to-go! The chef wasn’t the only acquaintance we made—upon leaving VOM FASS Claremont, we felt like we had just enjoyed the last three hours catching up with old friends while learning something new about whisky.
With expert pourers educating us on the various components of fine whisky, the chef taking time to share his culinary expertise and the friendly staff and owners at VOM FASS Claremont, we recommend stopping by this charming establishment for a taste of whatever excites your senses. If you would like to reserve your spot at one of their exclusive events, be sure to sign up for their newsletter. Events at VOM FASS Claremont are so desirable, they tend to sell out fast!