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CALENDAR: Free concerts, lectures, Super Bowl party, dance class and more

Friday, January 31

RECITAL South African pianist Pieter Van Zyl will perform a solo recital with music by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Schubert-Solomon and van Wyk. 8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. For more information, contact concerts@pomona.edu or call (909) 607-2671 or visit www.music.pomona.edu.


Saturday, February 1

FESTIVAL OF CHAMPIONS Numerous dance teams from the southern California region including the Claremont High School Dance Team will participate in the Festival of Champions. Performances will include solos up through large teams, lyrical to hip-hop, as well as military and flag groups. Food and dance gear booths will be available for much of the day. $7 admission. 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Claremont High School Gymnasium, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.

FREE CONCERT Pomona College’s Department of Music presents Chatham Baroque, hailed as “one of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in a free concert titled “Banchetto Musicale” at 8 p.m. in Bridges Hall of Music, located at 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE “Banchetto Musicale with Chatham Baroque.” The early music ensemble Chatham Baroque is “one of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures” says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The evening’s repertoire will include Antonio Bertali's rich “Tausend Gülden” and a serenata by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, as well as sonatas from Heinrich Biber’s “Mensa Sonora,” Georg Muffat’s “Armonico Tributo” and Johann Hermann Schein’s “Banchetto Musicale.” Chatham Baroque members include Andrew Fouts, baroque violin; Dawn Posey, baroque violin; Kristen Linfante, baroque viola; Karina Schmitz, baroque viola; Patricia Halverson, violone; Adam Pearl, keyboard; Scott Pauley (Pomona ‘87) theorbo. 8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music, located at 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. For more information, visit www.chathambaroque.org or contact concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671 or visit www.music.pomona.edu.


Sunday, February 2

BIRD WATCHING Two hour walk with Pomona Valley Audubon Society at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. There is no charge to enter the garden with the Audubon group. Families are welcome. 8 a.m.

BENEFIT CONCERT As Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda swept through the Philippines in November, it quickly became known as the deadliest typhoon to hit Southeast Asia. Now, faculty and students in the Scripps College Music Department have rallied to organize “Remember, Rebuild, and Sustain: ‘Walang Iwanan,’” a benefit event to raise support for ongoing relief efforts. The benefit includes a workshop and a variety of musical programs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. All of these events are free and open to the public. At 12:30 p.m., Annie Cuevas, director of tourism of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, and Tony Olaes, chairman of Gawad Kalinga USA, will discuss Filipino history and culture and the aftermath of the typhoon and ensuing earthquake in Boone Hall of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 231 E. 10th St. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., two concurrent pre-concerts titled “Musicking that Matters” will take place in Boone Theater and in Pattison Courtyard located just outside of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center. These events will feature performances by students from The Claremont Colleges. The main benefit concert begins at 3 p.m. in Garrison Theater of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 231 E. 10th St. This event will feature students and faculty from the Scripps College Music Department and The Joint Music Program of Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer Colleges. Filipino, European and American repertoire will be performed. Audience donations will be collected at each performance. Proceeds will benefit Gawad Kalinga, a Filipino philanthropic organization dedicated to rebuilding communities. A limited number of guaranteed seats will be available for a pre-paid donation. Ticketing information is at www.scrippscollege.edu/Haiyan. The remaining 500 seats for this free event are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A capacity audience is expected. For more information, call the Scripps College Music Department at 909-607-3266.

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY Claremont Craft Ales will host a Super Bowl party from 1 to 6 p.m. featuring Pine Haven Café, serving pulled pork sliders, bacon-wrapped dogs, chili fries, wings and more. 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. #204c, Claremont.

LIVE JAZZ performance on the Blue Fin patio at 2 p.m. 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 946-1398.

FREE CONCERT “Taped Together,” music for violin, piano and electronics with Sarah Thornblade and Vicki Ray. 3 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont.


Monday, February 3

SUSTAINABILITY DIALOG “Our Sustainable Home.” Architect Michael Shea will show how he and Victoria made their Claremont home and garden more livable, more fulfilling, and less demanding of resources. Dialogue with the audience to follow. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Rm. 101, Hahn Building, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.


Tuesday, February 4

ISRAELI FOLK DANCE Five-week beginner’s Israeli folk dance class. Tuesdays from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. $25 for five sessions. Temple Beth Israel, 3033 Towne Ave., Pomona. (909) 921-7115.

COMPUTER CLUB Tips & Tricks. Presentations from club members on a variety of topics: ?Bob Scheffler (Speed Test),?Dave Wishart (Buy and Sell on EBay) and?Joy Huguley ( Make a Music CD). Claremont Senior Computer Club meets on Tuesday evenings at the Hughes Community Center at 1700 Danbury Road. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., but open for “social time” at 7 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome. Find more information on our website: http://cscclub.org.

EGYPT AND POLITICAL ISLAM Dr. Shawki El-Zatmah will speak about “The Future of Political Islam: the Case of Egypt”. Buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. for $12 or dessert and coffee for $6. The University Club meets Tuesdays at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.


Wednesday, February 5

THE ECONOMICS OF MILITANT EXTREMISM with speaker Laurence Iannaccone of the Institute for the Study of Religion and Chapman University and author of Divine Economy: Perspectives on the Market for Religion and The Economics of Religion. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. 8th St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.


Thursday February 6

LECTURE As part of Pomona College’s “Africa Initiative: Voices on Africa” series, political scientist Lise Rakner (University of Bergen and Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway) will present a talk titled, “Competition and Participation, But No Democracy: The Politics of Elections in Africa’s Feckless Regimes.” The lecture will be held at noon in Carnegie 109 (425 N. College Ave., Claremont). In her talk, Ms. Rakner will discuss how the majority of African regimes combine autocratic practices with formal democratic contestation and elections—creating nations in which power is contested but cannot be characterized as true democracies. Looking at Malawi in particular, Ms. Rakner will argue that in these “feckless pluralist regimes,” competitive elections and power alternation have not induced political leaders to carry out programs for development and change. Ms. Rakner’s areas of research are issues of democratization and human rights, economic reform, taxation, institutional change and international aid, with a particular emphasis on Southern and Eastern Africa. She has served as a consultant for the World Bank and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among other organizations.

REMBRANDT CLUB First Thursday lecture and tea event. Mark Allen, artist and educator, will talk about The Machine Project, an experimental and educational art space in Echo Park, of which he is founder and executive director. Tea follows at Seaver House. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Free and open to the public. (909) 981-7245.

REIMAGING FOOD IN ASIA & THE PACIFIC Krishnendu Ray (chair, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University) gives a lecture on “Rescuing Taste from the Nation: Indian Ocean Cuisine.” 4:15 p.m. in Hahn 101 or Hahn 108 (Pomona College, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), and will followed by a discussion and a reception.

LECTURE Scripps College presents “An Evening of Perspective” with author, columnist and political commentator Peggy Noonan as part of the 8th Annual Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program. Ms. Noonan will comment on current events at 7:30 p.m. in Garrison Theater of the Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 231 E. Tenth St. The event is free and open to the public. Ms. Noonan is a widely admired columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best-selling author of eight books on American politics, history, and culture. In 2008, the National Journal dubbed Noonan’s political column indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year, and Forbes magazine called her column “principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic.” Noonan’s essays have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television. Priority seating will be given to members of the Scripps community with their Scripps ID. All other seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about this event, contact the Office of Public Events at (909) 607-9372 or visit www.scrippscollege.edu/malott.

Friday, February 7

ANNUAL AUTHOR’S COFFEE to hear Maralys Wills, author of So You’re Seventy, So What and Rich Rebel’s Daughter. 10 a.m. Free event, open to the public. The Pilgrim Memorial Library, 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. 909-622-1373.


Saturday, February 8

FOOD FOR THOUGHT A community event hosted by League of Women Voters. Dr. Nigel Boyle will present “Global Education Moneyball: The Art of Winning Fulbrights.” Padua Hills Theatre, 4467 Padua Ave. Desserts from around the globe. 2 to 4 p.m. $30. Reserve by February 3 through Pay Pal (Donate button at www.claremont.ca.lwvnet.org) or by check to LWV of the Claremont Area, PO Box 1532, Claremont, CA 91711. Contact (909) 624-9457.

MUSIC FESTIVAL 22nd Annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electroacoustic Music. Festival director and Pomona College Professor of Music Tom Flaherty welcomes guest composers and performers to feature works that weave electronics into the tapestry of music. 8 p.m. Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Contact concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671 or visit www.music.pomona.edu.




Jenelle Rensch covers the calendar, arts and entertainment. Deadline: Thursday at 5 p.m., one week before publication. Include date, time, address, a contact phone number and fee for admission (if applicable). Email: calendar@claremont-courier.com. Fax: (909) 621-4072. Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205-B, Claremont, CA 91711. There is NO guarantee that items submitted will be published.