February Happenings

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This page has arts events happening in the Inland Empire.

Drama- Anna in the Tropics

February 1, and February 6-8 the Riverside Community Players are performing Nilo Cruz’ Anna in the Tropics. This play won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. It is set in 1929 in a Florida cigar factory, which employed “lectors” to educate and entertain their employees. Controversy arises when a new lector enters the factory and reads to the workers from Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. Tickets for the play are $15, and both evening and matinee performances are available. For more information, check out the website at http://www.riversidecommunityplayers.org/. To get to the Playhouse, take the 91 freeway and exit at 14th street. Head northwest for ½ mile until you come to the intersection of 14th and Magnolia. Go straight through the intersection and you will see the Riverside Community Players marquee about 100 feet ahead.

Drama- Lifehouse Theater

For ticket information, directions, or audition information, go to the Lifehouse website at http://www.lifehousetheater.com/ or call 909-335-3037, and dial 0 for general information.

Lifehouse audition schedule:
• The Hiding Place** February 5, 2009
• Peter Pan March 5, 2009
• Zorro April 16, 2009
• Little House on the Prairie June 4, 2009

Lifehouse show schedule in February:

Beauty and the Beast at Lifehouse Theater

(see contact information above)

Witness a timeless tale of true love and virtue as the beauty Rose discovers the heart within the Beast. This retelling of the well-known story emphasizes that it is not one’s outward appearance but what is inside that counts. Fun for all ages is found in this popular musical adaptation inspired by the classic French fairy tale. Friday and Saturday performances through February 15th.

Ecclesiastes: The Wisdom of King Solomon at Lifehouse Theater

(see contact information above)
A treasure trove of life’s secrets are explored as the wisdom of Ecclesiastes comes to life on stage. This unusual new stage experience promises to offer insights from and for the ages. Weekend performances, February 28 - March 15, 2009.

Drama- Peter Pan

February 1, 6, 7, and 8, Peter Pan at the Landis Performing Arts Center at 4800 Magnolia Ave in Riverside. Tickets $25-43. You can purchase tickets here: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=26887. For more information, call 951-222-8100.

Musical Theater- Into The Woods Jr.

Through February 14th on Fridays and Saturdays-- Into the Woods Jr., a family-friendly rewrite of the acclaimed Sondheim musical, will be performed at Theater 29 at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for seniors, and $12 general admission. For more information and for tickets, go to http://www.theatre29.com/ or call the box office at (760) 361-4151.

Cinema- Expelled

February 8 at 6:00 PM at Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church - See Ben Stein’s acclaimed movie Expelled, a documentary about the exclusion of intelligent design from school curricula. Cost is $1 and popcorn and bottled water will also be sold. For more information, call the church office at (951) 689-5700. The church is located at 8351 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside.

Music- We Five Folk Rock Revival

February 8- We Five Folk Rock Revival will be at the Chaffey High School Gardiner Spring Auditorium at 2:30. The band We Five are best known for their 1965 hit “You Were On My Mind.” Tickets are $15. The auditorium is located at 1245 N. Euclid Ave. in Ontario, CA. For more information, call (909) 987-6456.

Dance- Sleeping Beauty

February 9 at 8:00 P.M., the ballet Sleeping Beauty will be performed by the Russian National Ballet under the direction of legendary principal dancer Sergei Radchenko at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert. Tickets are $25-$75. The theater is located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert. For tickets, go to the website at http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/calendar.php and click on the show you want.

Band Music- RCH Band

February 12 at 4:30 the RCH Band will be performing in concert at The River Christian Reformed Church at 459 E. Highland Ave. in Redlands. For more information contact Jill Leonard at (909) 798-2221.

Auditions for Redlands Shakespeare Festival

February 21 and 22- Auditions for the Redlands Shakespeare Festival. Auditions consist of cold readings of scenes from the three plays to presented each season. No prepared monologues are required. Auditions will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, February 21, and Sunday, February 22, at Contemporary Club of Redlands, 173 S. Eureka St., Redlands, CA 92373. Redlands Shakespeare Festival is seeking 45 actors of any ethnicity, ages 16 and older, to play in the 2009 season. Performances will be held in repertory at the 6,000 seat Redlands Bowl outdoor amphitheater. For more information contact Steven Sabel, artistic director at (909) 335-7737. This year’s plays are The Tempest, Hamlet, and Measure for Measure, and the plays will be performed May 7-24 in repertory (a different play every night).

Dance-Celtic Legends

February 27-28- Pechanga in Temecula- Celtic Legends, under the direction of Riverdance’s Michael Londra, features some of the finest Irish dancers in the world. The show also features live musicians playing fiddles, pipes, accordion, whistles, and guitars. For more information, go to http://www.pechanga.com/entertainment/upcomingtheatricaldetail.asp?id=12 or call (951) 770-2507 or (909) 885-5152.

Christian Rock- Leeland

Leeland will be in concert for Beautiful Africa on March 19th at Crosspoint Church (6950 Edison Ave. in Chino). Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. Call (909) 606-9833 for more information. Beautiful Africa is an organization that provides medical care to abandoned and HIV-affected babies in Lesotho, Africa, a country where 23% of the population has HIV/AIDS and 56% of the population lives on less than $2 a day. This concert is raising money for Beautiful Africa. Purchase tickets and learn more at http://blog.www.beautifulafrica.org/leeland/

Christian Rock- Mark Anthony Band

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mark Anthony, who appeared at the January Christian Songwriters’ Showcase hosted by Artists’ Work B.e.n.c.h., has two performances in February with his band. On February 6th the group will perform at the Upper Room at Rialto Community Center, 214 N. Palm Ave. in Rialto (contact brandizzzle@aol.com for more information). And on February 25th Mark brings his unique jam-band sounds to the Cocky Bull, at 14180 Highway 295 in Victorville-(760) 241-6592.

Christian Songwriters' Showcase- February 28, sponsored by Artists Work B.e.n.c.h. For more infomation, click here.

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