May is upon us, and while the school year is coming to a close and many theatrical seasons are finishing, some are just starting their summer seasons. Here is a listing of several artsy things that are happening around the Inland Empire this month.
May 2-June 1- One Body, Many Parts Art Exhibit
" Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." Ephesians 4:15-16) Paul exhorted the believers to grow the body of Christ, or the church, by maintaining, living, and doing the truth in love. Truth becomes hard if it is not softened by love; love becomes soft if it is not strengthened by truth. Olive Branch Community Church of Corona calls for two-dimensional images that express the meaning behind the above verses and/or answer these questions: How are you “growing the body of Christ” through your role as an artist? What part do you play? This art show is the kickoff event for a new gallery program at Olive Branch Community Church. For more about Olive Branch Community Church, please visit: http://www.olive-branch.org/.
Where: Olive Branch Community Church, 7702 El Cerrito Road, Corona, CA 92881-4295, Phone: 951.279.4477
Now through June 14- The "2009 Ontario Open Art Exhibition" is presented by the Museum of History and Art, Ontario, Associates. The "Open" occurs every other year. This juried exhibition provides an open venue for artists of the region. It also provides museum visitors with a broad perspective of current regional art.
Where: Museum of History and Art, 225 South Euclid Avenue Ontario, CA 91762
The museum is open Thursday-Sunday, 12-4 PM, and admission is free.
May 7-May 24- Redlands Shakespeare Festival. This year's "Season of Vengence" includes The Tempest, Hamlet, and Measure for Measure each weekend. For more information and directions, click here.
Where: The Redlands Bowl, admission is free.
May 9-June 14- Peter Pan at Lifehouse Theater. Join Wendy and her brothers on an amazing tour of Neverland sparked by the irrepressible Peter Pan. With the help of unpredictable Tinkerbell, mysterious Tiger Lilly, the impish Lost Boys, and the croc with a clock, Peter and Wendy lead a battle to thwart the evil plans of Captain Hook and his hilarious henchmen. A stunning new musical for all ages. For more information, click here.
Through May 17- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, it tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master win the girl next door. The show displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, many doors and cases of mistaken identity.
Where: Rialto Community Playhouse, 150 East San Bernardino Avenue Rialto, CA 92376. Tickets $12-$15. For more information call 909-873-8514.
Music and Dance
May 16-6th Annual Riverside International Drum, Mask, & Dance Festival
Indulge in world visual and performing arts, crafts, literature, clothing and foods! Enjoy live professional entertainment and local community talent. Find out WHO’s WHO among artists in the Inland Empire. There will be a 30-min open stage session. Sign-ups required one hour before festival starts. No Exceptions. Vendors, Artists, or Sponsors call (951)784-9662.
Where: White Park, 3936 Chestnut Street Riverside, CA 92501.
May 21-23 Celebrate Dance
An intriguing exhibition of dance, movement and performances by RCC Students.Where: Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. Shows start at 8 PM. For more information, call 951-222-8100
May 22-31- Peter Pan by Christian Arts Theater
CAT of Corona proudly presents the beloved musical, Peter Pan. This delightfully different, creatively wild production features all the favorite music like "I Won't Grow up" and "Neverland" but in a new fresh way. Show-stopping dance numbers and imaginative set design will bring a new perspective to an old favorite.
Where: Corona Civic Center, 815 West 6th Street Corona, CA 92879.
Tickets $11-$13. For more information and to purchase tickets online, click here.
Christian Rock Concert
May 26- Relient K, in concert with special guest Owl City & Runner Runner. 7pm.
Where: The Glasshouse, 200 W Second St., Pomona, $15 in advance, $17 at the door • ticketmaster.com. For more information, click here.
May 30- Christian Songwriters' Showcase. 4:30-6:30 at G.F.E. in the Albertson's Shopping Center on the corner of Baseline and Boulder in Highland. Free.