We know it’s Super Bowl weekend, but man cannot survive on football alone. Offset the overly-marketed sporting event with some culture, some live music and some art this weekend and beyond.
Here’s a list of what’s happening in the coming days to get you off the couch:
Friday, Jan. 31
Sponsored by Elena Kern, the fourth annual Art For Youth program hosted by The Diamond Valley Arts Council encourages young artists to present their talents to the community. Organizers emphasize that this competition is different from other art competitions in that the accepted entries hang in a real gallery, giving the young artists an opportunity to display their work and learn how there can be a viable economy in the arts. The event takes place at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31; Saturday, Feb. 1, and Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Diamond Valley Arts Council is at 123 N. Harvard Street in Hemet.
Hosted by Painted Earth, Kids Paint Your Pet will teach children how to paint their own pets in this canvas class from 4-6 p.m. at the Menifee location, 30010 Haun Road, Suite 240, at Countryside Marketplace. For more information, visit www.paintedearthpottery.com.
Early entry submissions for Digifest Temecula can be submitted at noon at JDS Creative Academy, 28069 Diaz Road, Suites D, E and F, in Temecula. DigiFest brings together community, students, amateurs and professionals in the digital world to learn, engage and network digital creations in the following media forms: Short Film and Video (30 minutes or less), Animation, Fine Art and Illustration, Gaming, Website Design, Photography, Music. This year they announced their new category Podcasts & Vlogs. Digital entries can be narrative, documentary, marketing videos, web series, computer-developed media, graphic designs and comics. For more information, visit www.digifesttemecula.org.
Temecula Performing Arts Company will be holding open auditions for adults, teens and youth for the Tony Award-winning “Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda, the Musical’ starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, and continuing at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at 28780 Front Street in Temecula. The show will be performed May 8-17 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. For more information on the show, visit www.temeculaperformingarts.com and click on “auditions.” To sign up for an audition, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/805084daaad23a0f94-roald.
Grab a glass of wine and check out Monty Seward and Friends performing live from 6-10 p.m. with no cover charge at Bel Vino Winery, 33515 Rancho California Road in Temecula. Visit www.belvinowinery.com.
The Cove Bar and Grill will play host to the Bonneville 7 at the Cove from 8-11:30 p.m. at 40675 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Suite B1, in Murrieta.
Pretty Paints presents Vegan Night Paint and Sip for Autism at Q’s Tacos Restaurant, 27725 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 104, in Temecula. The event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. All experience levels welcome to come and learn new techniques from professional instructors as they paint some favorite vegan delights – avocados. Fifty percent of proceeds will go directly to Our Nicholas Foundation’s Autism and The Arts Initiative. This initiative creates the opportunity for children on the autism spectrum to attend art courses, summer camps and other creative outlets. The cost is $35 per person. Learn more at www.ournick.org/news/autismartsinitiative.
Gino and the Lone Gunmen will be rocking live at Blackbird Tavern in Old Town Temecula starting at 6 p.m. The band will be performing its vintage rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and more on the outdoor stage. Blackbird Tavern is at 41958 Fifth Street in Temecula.
The Shamrock – Irish Pub and Eatery will present Dueling Pianos from 8-11:30 p.m. There are few things better than two pianists going head to head running through a string of classic sing-along and dance-along tunes from every decade, where the audience gets to influence what they play. The concert is for ages 21 and older only and reservations can be made online at www.theshamrockirishpubandeatery.com/reservations. The Shamrock – Irish Pub and Eatery is at 39252 Winchester Road, Suite 145, in Murrieta.
Local favorites Electric Ash will bust out music from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s through today at Pitstop Pub in Menifee from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Pitstop Pub Sports Bar and Grill is at 26900 Newport Road, Suite 101, in Menifee.
Saturday, Feb. 1
Get out and walk with the Old Town Walking Tour presented by the Temecula Valley Museum. Tour guides share stories and events that bring Temecula’s past to life. The tour departs Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Temecula Valley Museum, located in the Sam Hicks Monument Park directly across from the weekly farmers market. Suggested donation is $5. Reserve your spot at www.temeculavalleymuseum.org/events/walking-tour.
Science Saturday: Science of Electricity is hosted by Western Science from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn about the science of electricity at Science Saturday with activities that will spark your imagination. Activities for Science Saturdays are free. There is an additional fee to enter the museum. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Western Science Center is at 2345 Searl Parkway, Building 2, in Hemet.
Jeff Johnson will perform live at Wine On A Dime starting at 5 p.m. at 28061 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 5, in Temecula.
American Patriot presented by the American Patriot Music Project will perform unplugged from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Somerset Winery, 37338 De Portola Road, in Temecula.
Rappers and rockers Crazy Town will take the stage at 6 p.m. at The Boiler Room Temecula, 27911 Jefferson Avenue, in Temecula. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of show for ages 21 and older only.
The 12 Girls Band will perform live at Pechanga Resort Casino starting at 8 p.m. as part of the band’s New Year U.S. Tour. Tickets start at $58 and are available by calling (626) 964-4747 or www.jadeticket.com. Pechanga Resort Casino is at 45000 Pechanga Parkway in Temecula.
Les Allen’s Rhythm Cartel will deliver live rock, country, blues, jazz and oldies from 9 p.m. to midnight at Anthony’s Lounge and Ristorante, 24630 Washington Avenue, Suite 100, in Murrieta.
The Gravity Guild will perform live at Ponderosa Bar and Grill from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 27126 Shadel Road in Menifee.
Sunday, Feb. 2
Europa Village presents Sunday Music with Brian Stodart, an accomplished pianist, guitarist and vocalist who delivers an eclectic yet familiar mix of the greatest singer-songwriters of the last four decades. Stodart will perform from 1-4 p.m. at Europa Village, 33475 La Serena Way, in Temecula.
Cabaret at The Merc returns with an exclusive look at some of the area’s brightest Rising Stars featuring the best up and coming talent singing some of the most exciting songs ever written. With songs from mainstream radio, Broadway and more; come see why the future of theater is in good hands starting at 7 p.m. Presented by The Barn Stage Company and Temecula Presents, tickets are $20 for reserved seating, $10 for students with identification at http://tickets.temeculatheater.org, at the theater box office or by calling (866) 653-8696. The Merc is at 42051 Main Street in Temecula.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Go see some live comedy at Comedy Night at HoBo’s Temecula from 7-9 p.m. featuring master of ceremonies Melissa Greenberg with special guest Christopher Keith Tyler and headliners Brian Dunkleman, the first host of “American Idol,” and “Stuttering John” Melendez of “The Howard Stern Show” and “Tonight Show.” A minimum food purchase of $10 is admission to the show at Hobo’s BBQ, 30590 Rancho California Road, in Temecula.
Thursday, Feb. 6
“Annie 2020” opens at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater at 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Temecula Valley Players, the musical is set in 1930s New York City, and Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie escapes to the wondrous world of New York City. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, she finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. The show will continue through Feb. 16 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street, in Temecula. Tickets are $12-$27 and available at http://tickets.temeculatheater.org or by calling (866) 653-8696 or at the theater’s box office.
Celso Salim and Darryl Carriere debut at the Old Town Blues Club at 7:30 p.m. Led by Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter Celso Salim, the Celso Salim Band presents a contemporary blues sound rooted in the past. With soulful and energetic performances, their music takes on many styles mixing deep blues with hints of soul, country, jazz and rock. Now releasing a new album titled “Mama’s Hometown,” Celso has established a solid career, becoming one of the busiest and most respected blues artists in Southern California. The Old Town Blues Club is at 28636 Old Town Front Street, Suite 101, in Temecula.
Jeff Pack can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.