Meeting Claremont artist Helen Rae is a treat, but make no mistake, she is in the creation business to create, not to meet reporters. After a quick but cordial greeting this past week, the 76-year-old artist was back at it, chipping away at another strikingly vivid work in colored pencil and graphite.
LIVE MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE Claremont’s seasonal Friday Nights Live concert series is back, now with four stages of free live music. The annual outdoor concert series features a variety of rock, pop, country, jazz and orchestral ensembles.
COMMENCEMENT exercises begin today with Claremont Graduate University at 9 a.m., Pitzer College at 10 a.m., Keck Graduate Institute at 11 a.m., Claremont McKenna at 2 p.m. and Scripps at 5 p.m. To watch online, see last week’s story on claremont-courier.com for links to individual college websites. See a special COURIER video presentation Monday.
WRECKING CREW HITS THE SCREEN The eighth annual Claremont Film Festival continues today with a 7 p.m. special screening of the documentary The Wrecking Crew, followed by a Q and A with the filmmaker, Denny Tedesco. The Wrecking Crew focuses on the relatively small group of studio musicians who played the parts that sold the hits of the 1960s and early ‘70s.
The 8th Annual Claremont Film Festival is scheduled Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 8. Formerly known as the Claremont 5 Second Film Festival, the event is held at the Claremont Laemmle Theatre.
The curated show screens award winning films from throughout the world. Feature length offerings are included.
COLLEGE SENIOR ART EXHIBIT: Scripps and Claremont McKenna College 2016 senior art exhibit opens tonight at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery with a free artists’ reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show, “You Must Not Know,” features Scripps and CMC artists Noor Asif, Emily Wages, Chelsea Fusco, Chrysanna Daley, Jessica Jin, Grace Poole, Caroline Thomas and Tiffany Goncalves.
The sculpture painting “Thin Figure Rising” by artist James Hueter, has been acquired by The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino for their permanent collection of American Art. Mr. Hueter studied art at Pomona College and received his MFA at Claremont Graduate University.
IT’S KOHOUTEK TIME! The “40-something” annual (she politely declines to state her actual age, though sources tell the COURIER she was born in 1973) Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival takes place today at Pitzer College. The always free and always awesome Kohoutek gets underway at 3:30 p.m. with the COURIER’S hands-down favorite band name of the week, Quesadilla Centrifuge.
The Claremont High School Theatre Department will perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) on April 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Claremont High School’s Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s “Complete Works of William Shakespeare” presents all 37 works by the world’s most famous playwright in 97 minutes!
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT OPENS: The Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps College is the setting on April 18 for “Dody Weston Thompson: A Life in Words and Pictures,” an exhibit featuring 39 photographs by the artist, an important figure in the west coast photographic movement. Ms. Weston Thompson was an assistant and protégé of Edward Weston’s during the late 1940s.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Claremont artist Dan Van Clapp takes this saying literally, using castoffs to create “treasure” from his imagined expeditions that appear, quite honestly, real as can be.
“Bin-diving, thrift stores and people give me trash,” the artist said, explaining how he comes across his material.
SOCIAL SATIRE WITH URINETOWN Pomona College’s Seaver Theatre hosts the hit futuristic social comedy and musical satire Urinetown. Performances are $6 for students, staff, faculty and seniors; $11 for all others. Friday’s show begins at 8 p.m.