Thru 9/22, You Are Breathing In It! Alternative Art Practices – Check out groundbreaking exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum. It is an investigation of alternative artistic processes in contemporary art, highlighting artists from: Riverside; Los Angeles; San Jose; Chicago; Tijuana, Mexico; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is definitely on my list of things to check out this Summer!
8/17, Bogart Friday Film Fest – Come see Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall in “Key Largo” at 7:30 p.m Friday at the Fox Performing Arts Center. The film festival will feature a different Bogie movie each week through August 17, 2012. Tickets start at $9.
SAN BERNARDINO AND REDLANDS
8/17, Redlands Summer Bowl Music Festival – This seasonal music series concludes Friday with a “Grand Finale” performance by the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. Admission is FREE and the show starts at 8:15 p.m. There will be a fireworks show after the concert.
8/17, Casino Night – San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce presents Casino Night with $2,500 grand prize! Entertainment, food, prizes and fun. Entry for grand prize drawing is $50 which also includes 4 tickets and a single ticket is $25.
8/18, Davi Sings Sinatra – Actor Robert Davi promote his album “Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance,” which includes Sinatra classics such as “All The Way,” “Summer Wind,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” by coming to the Soboba Casino. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $50.
8/18-8/19, Rock The Bells – Amazing hip hop acts gather at the National Orange Show (NOS) Events Center in San Bernardino (689 South E St) for a weekend of fantastic hip hop acts. Acts like Nas, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Atmosphere, Common, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Salt-n-Pepa and Naughty By Nature and more! $199 for a general admission two-day pass, $399 for a VIP two-day pass and $999 for a High Roller VIP pass. Parking, facility and charity fees are included in the price.
Thru 8/19, “The Sound of Music” - FINAL WEEKEND! Come alive at the LifeHouse Theater in Redlands for an amazing rendition of what is known as “The World’s Most Beloved Musical!” The show runs weekends through mid-August. Tickets start at $14 for adults and $7 for children 3-11. Youngsters under 3 are not admitted.
Thru 8/25, Redlands Theatre Festival - The 40th season of this amazing fest continues this weekend and features many amazing productions such as “Hot L Baltimore,” “Marvelous Wonderettes” and “Waiting for Godot.” Single performance tickets start at $20; season tickets start at $80.
8/17-8/19, 73rd Annual Grape Harvest Festival, California’s oldest grape fest is set for this weekend at the Epicenter parking lot in Rancho Cucamonga. Admission is $5.
8/17, Open Studio – Every Friday at Art Depot Gallery in Fontana there is a $3/participant open studio where you can learn different art techniques. This week students will learn about colors that are not on the basic color wheel, like neutral colors. Call to make an appointment 909-349-6975 (16822 Spring St. Fontana)
8/18, New Park Opening – Deleo Regional Sports Park in Temescal Valley has a grand opening party with kids fun zone, free food, and other festivities beginning at 2 p.m. The day will close with a showing of “The Lorax” at dusk. 25655 Santiago Canyon Road in unincorporated Riverside County between Corona and Lake Elsinore off Indian Truck Trail.
8/18, Rockin’ at Dos Lagos Concert Series – Tribute band Bostyx (Boston and Styx) takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday. The performance is FREE and held in the parking lot by TGI Fridays in Corona.
Thru 8/19, “Rabbit Hole” – Bring the older kids to this weekend’s performance of the “Rabbit Hole” at the Lewis Family Playhouse, a play based on the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning drama. Not recommended for children under 12 years old. Tickets are $14.
POMONA & CHINO VALLEY
8/17, Coffee & Food Pairing – Klatch Coffee will have a cupping event at their San Dimas and Rancho Cucamonga locations. Take your taste buds to a trip around the world when we cup coffees from different regions, paired with delicious food that go well together. $10/person. San Dimas – 8/17, 4 p.m. and Rancho 8/18, 1 p.m..
Thru 8/19, “Returning to Sin City” – LAST WEEKEND! Take a trip back to the 1950s and 1960s with this Vegas-style showroom performance at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont. Tickets start at $20; show starts at 7:30 p.m.
BIG BEAR & LAKE ARROWHEAD
8/18-8/19, Big Bear City Renaissance Faire – LAST WEEKEND! Take a trip back in time at Big Bear’s annual old time festival! Come visit the Shire in the mystical mountains this weekend and next! Tickets start at $15.
8/16-8/19, 13th Annual Big Bear Cowboy Gathering – Come the top cowboy entertainers in the industry this weekend at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $15.
8/16-8/19, 13th Annual Art on the Lake at the Marina Resort – Arts Council of Big Bear Valley holds its yearly fine arts festival this weekend. Admission is FREE! The Friday night opening reception is from 7-9 p.m. and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
8/17, Hot Summer Nights – This Summer-long event happens every Friday in Old Towne Temecula. Here’s the line up for this weekend’s “Party in the Park:” Fallbrook Orchestra Chamber at The Merc, Nitro Express at Town Square Park, Jolly Jump at park, Waylon Hicks Project at Baily’s Valley Winds at Tesoro and Dynamite Dave (balloon art) at Front & Main. All activities are free from 6-10 p.m.
8/17, Temecula Children’s Museum – Join Professor Pennypickle and Beaker at their workshop on Friday as they explore the art of making toys from paper! Tickets are $5 and an adult must accompany children. The Friday program runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
8/18, Lake Skinner Summer Event – RivCoParks is hosting a FREE event series that will take place out at Lake Skinner this summer. Come out on Saturday and enjoy Third Rail Blues from 6-8 p.m.
8/18, Shakespeare in the Vines – ‘Richard III’ will be performed at the fantastic Callaway Vineyards and Winery. Tickets sell out fast so don’t miss out! Gen. admission is $20.
Thru 8/19, “Phantom” - FINAL WEEKEND! Also based on Gaston Leroux’s novel, “Phantom” will be performed at the Old Town Temecula Theater with Thursday through Sunday performances only. Orchestra $33; Parterre $28; Balcony $25.
8/18-8/19, 3rd Annual Inland Empire Ho’olaule’a – This festival brings together the Hawaiian community and Pacific Islanders to share their unique traditions with the Inland Empire. 10-5 p.m. Free entrace!! Noble Creek Park, 650 W. Oak Valley Pkwy Beaumont.
8/18-8/19 & 8/25-8/26, Third Annual Sausage & Beer Festival – This fair will feature German and local beers, home-made sausages, entertainment, horse wagon tours, games for kids and more. Admission is FREE. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this and next weekend.
UP IN THE MOUNTAINS…
8/18 – Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” – Closing out the summer program will be the Festival Choir concert at 1 p.m. head to Idyllwild Arts. Head to the hills and make it an uber-relaxing weekend.