THREE-TIME PULITZER WINNER Claremont Graduate University welcomes Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist, bestselling author and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for a free discussion today of his new book, Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. Mr. Friedman’s talk takes place at 1 p.m. in the university’s Albrecht Auditorium.
Theater people are known for their ability to multitask. Company members at Ophelia’s Jump, however, are taking the word to new heights.
They’re preparing for their 2017 season while rehearsing their production of The Electric Baby, a darkly comic play they’ll perform December 9 through 18 at the Theatre Company Performing Arts Studio in Upland. They are also in the midst of an ambitious fundraiser, focused on getting Ophelia’s Jump a new theater. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
FREE NOONISH CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a concert at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. The concert features Rachel Huang from Scripps and Jonathan Wright from Pomona on violin, Cynthia R. Fogg from Pomona on viola and Tom Flaherty from Pomona on cello. The group will play Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.
If one is lucky, time can bring an artist a certain degree of gratitude, and the decades spent striving and careering can give way to a moment of quiet where one takes stock of one’s blessings. Dave Alvin, the “King of California,” is there.
“I am a very lucky guy,” the 61-year-old guitarist, singer and songwriter said.
JAPANESE PRINT EXHIBIT The exhibition “On Stage: Japanese Theater Prints and Costumes (Kabuki, Bunraku & Noh),” continues from noon to 5 p.m. today at Scripps College’s Williamson Gallery, 251 E. Eleventh St.. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Woodblock prints and vintage photographs as well as costumes and masks will be included in the exhibition, which runs through December 17. For more information, go to rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or call (909) 607-4690.
FAMILY BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Wild Birds Unlimited host a free family bird walk this morning from 8 to 9 a.m. “Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails,” a press release stated. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring bird guides or binoculars. Reservations are required via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PILGRIM PLACE FESTIVAL The 68th annual Pilgrim Place Festival takes place today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features crafts, jewelry, fabric creations, paintings, music, food and children’s activities, including the beloved “glue in,” where kids recycle all manner of household items into unique sculptures. More information is at pilgrimplace.org/pilgrim_place_festival.php. 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS TOMORROW It’s time to fall back, with daylight saving time ceding to standard time early tomorrow. Daylight saving time—often (incorrectly) called daylight savings time—will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6. Daylight saving time in the United States was not intended to benefit farmers, as many people think. In fact, the agriculture industry was deeply opposed to the time switch when it was first implemented on March 31, 1918.
NOONISH CONCERT SERIES Scripps College’s Friday “Noon” concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with “Opus Femina,” featuring Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty) on violin; Cynthia R. Fogg (Pomona faculty) on viola and Tatiana Thibodeaux (Scripps faculty) on piano. The group will perform the music of Rebecca Clarke, Leslie La Barre, and Dora Peja?evi? at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. More information is available at (909) 607-3266.
The legend of the Violent Femmes’ big break is a classic “Kid, I’m gonna make you a star” tale. It’s 1981, and Chrissie Hynde and the late James Honeyman-Scott happen upon the nascent Femmes busking on the street near the Oriental Theater in Milwaukee, where their band, The Pretenders, is playing that night.
The rockstars offer the upstart kids a slot on the big stage.
LET ME GO WILD Veteran folk punk band Violent Femmes headline a show at Pomona’s Fox Theater tonight. The Milwaukee-based group has been together since 1981, and released its ninth studio album, We Can Do Anything, earlier this year on PIAS Recordings. You can read up on the Femmes in a feature by Mick Rhodes on page 19 of this edition. The show begins at 9 p.m.
CGU WOMEN’S STUDIES TALK “The Next Wave: Effecting Change Through Applied Women’s Studies,” a conference and celebration of Claremont Graduate University’s pioneering women’s studies program takes place at 8:30 a.m. A day of panel discussions will highlight the career possibilities of a long list of AWS alumni participants. Keynote remarks will be delivered by entrepreneur and leadership and management expert Sarah Smith Orr. Albrecht Auditorium, 150 E. Tenth St. More information is at cgu.edu.
NOBEL LAUREATE AT PITZER Pitzer College’s MCSI Speaker Series continues at 11 a.m. today with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ouided Bouchamaoui. Ms. Bouchamaoui will speak via a videoconference in Benson Auditorium. More info is at pitzer.edu/mcsi or via email at email@example.com. 1050 N. Mills Ave.
It’s not quite the story of Lana Turner being discovered at Schwab’s, but it’s still kinda neat.
“The flute came to me in an odd way,” recalled award-winning Native American flautist Steven Rushingwind. “About 14 years ago I was a painter, living in Joshua Tree, and every time I’d finish a painting I’d always play my flute. It kind of gave it a little blessing.”