CALENDAR: Taste of Claremont, Zine Fest, Fair Trade Marketplace
Friday, April 24
FRIDAY NOON CONCERT Music of Rameau, Argento and Salzedo featuring harpists Mary Dropkin and Paul Baker. 12:15 p.m. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-3266.
LEVITT ON THE LAWN Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger Perla Batalla gained international attention as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen and performed with such well-known artists as k.d. lang and The Gypsy Kings before launching a solo career in 1993. The Los Angeles native infuses Latin rhythms with elements of blues and jazz. A food truck will be available to purchase food starting at 5:30 p.m. Picnic dinners are also welcome. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-9372.
RECITAL Pianist Matt Lam performs music of Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff. 7 p.m. Boone Recital Hall, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. (909) 607-3266.
IDYLLWILD TRIO Todo Pelev, Kurt Snyder and Doublas Ashcraft perform Brahms and Eric Ewazen with violin, horn and piano. Free admission with open seating—no tickets are required. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to the performance. 8 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 607-2671.
Saturday, April 25
CLAREMONT ZINE FEST An event that brings zinesters and zine-readers together. There will be tables with a variety of zines, live DJing and different workshops, such as button making and collaging. Even if you don’t know exactly what a zine is, come join us and learn about this amazing artform. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St., Claremont. (510) 967-4529.
ART An artist reception featuring new artwork by Kelly Bracamontes. Saturday, April 25 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On a Mission, 305 Yale Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-4810.
CALIFORNIA DROUGHT Rainmaker “Blue Thunder,” Shoshone native and founder of Earth Wisdom Foundation, will give a three-hour workshop on planetary grids and ending the California drought. An earth blessing ceremony will follow. All ages are welcome. 2 to 5 p.m. A $25 donation is suggested for Earth Wisdom Foundation. However, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. The Uncommon Good building is located behind Pacific Western Bank. 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 624-2813.
TASTE OF CLAREMONT The 16th annual Taste of Claremont held at the Claremont University Consortium will be another exciting event with over 800 people in attendance. The event features fine wine, craft beer and a taste of some of the best restaurants Claremont has to offer. Come enjoy the live music, dancing, raffle and art exhibition. Information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be found at tasteofclaremont.org or by emailing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For ages 21 and over. Presale tickets cost $65 and are available at tasteofclaremont.org or may be purchased at participating Claremont businesses during the month of April. Ticket price at the door is $75. 5 to 9 p.m. Claremont Consortium, 101 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-3023.
MUSIC FROM RUSSIA Music by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Free admission with open seating, no tickets. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. 8 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 607-2671.
Sunday, April 26
FAIR TRADE MARKETPLACE An artisan marketplace will bring fair trade products from around the world to our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Claremont for a fourth year. The event is co-sponsored by Fair Trade Los Angeles and Fair Trade Claremont. Offered are scarves, jewelry and silver from Thailand, metalwork and home décor from Haiti, soap and personal care products from Africa, jewelry and accessories from Ecuador, and many varieties of coffee and chocolate. All products come with the Fair Trade guarantee that artisans are fairly paid and working under safe conditions with sustainable, environmentally responsible practices. In addition, Fair Trade cooperatives use no abusive child labor and invest in local communities. Fair Trade Claremont has succeeded in gathering support to qualify Claremont as a Fair Trade Town and Our Lady of the Assumption as a Fair Trade Congregation, both nationally recognized designations. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All ages. Free to the public. Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-3596.
BALLET Beauty and the Beast is Inland Pacific Ballet’s newest original ballet creatively adapted from adventure-filled stories. Living at the edge of a mystical forest, Beauty is a young girl, pure of heart, whose father is accosted by a mysterious Beast after picking a single white rose from the Beast’s beloved garden. To save her father, Beauty offers herself in exchange for his freedom, and begins a journey of love and transformation for both herself and the Beast. With beautiful sets and costumes, and a magnificent sound collage of music, Beauty and the Beast is a visual feast that will delight audiences of all ages. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. 1 to 3 p.m. Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. (909) 607-1139. Visit ipballet.org for more show times and ticket information.
LECTURE Claremont McKenna College Public Talk: Indic Foundation’s Lecture Series. Rational and Experiential Foundations of Vedanta by Swami Nirvishesananda Tirtha. Free to the public. For ages 18 and over. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Bauer Center’s Pickford Auditorium, 500 E. Ninth St., Claremont. (909) 621-0783.
POETRY Featured readers for April are poets Jenny Factor and Frank Montesonti. As always, this poetry event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase. 2 to 4 p.m. Claremont Library, 208 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.
MUSIC Violinist Rachel V. Huang, cellist Roger Lebow and pianist Stephan Moss present music by Vitali, Tartini, Bach, Pugnani and Piston. 3 p.m. Boone Recital Hall, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. (909) 607-3266.
CONCERT Southern California's festival of music "between the keys" of the piano returns, featuring the Harvey Mudd College American Gamelan. 8 to 10 p.m. Free to the public. All ages. Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 621-8022.
Monday, April 27
DEMOCRATIC CLUB Dr. Shawki El-Zatmah will discuss the various repercussions in the countries of the Middle East as a result of the Arab Spring. All are welcome to attend.
A brief business meeting follows the program. Refreshments are served. 7 p.m. Pilgrim Place’s Porter Hall, 601 Mayflower Rd., Claremont. (909) 626-8122.
DRUMMING Joe Addington, director, leads the Pomona College Afro-Cuban Durmming Ensemble in soul-stirring rhythms from the Santería religion of the region and more. Free admission with open seating, no tickets. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. 8:15 p.m. Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-2671.
Tuesday, April 28
ISRAEL & PALESTINE “Two-State Solution Prospects” presented by professor Andy Winnick. The University Club. 11:30 a.m. $13 includes buffet lunch. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.
COMPUTER CLUB “Windows 7 Calculator,” presented by Harlan Anderson. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., with social time at 7 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Claremont Senior Computer Club. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. (909) 399-5488.
Wednesday, April 29
GOLD LINE OPEN HOUSE A community open house to learn the latest on the Gold Line station design, funding and more. Talk one-on-one with project representatives and station artist Joyce Kohl. There will be no formal presentation at the open house, so arrive any time between 6 and 8 p.m. The Foothill Gold Line from Azusa to Montclair is a 12.3-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line light rail system that currently runs between Pasadena and Los Angeles. The Azusa to Montclair extension will include six future station in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair, and is now undergoing advanced design to ready the project for ground breaking in 2017. 6 to 8 p.m. Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.
Thursday, April 30
POMONA COLLEGE ALUMNI When were you last on campus? Has it been 5, 10, 25 or even 50 years? However long it may have been, now is the time to start thinking about your return to Pomona College for a weekend with fellow Sagehens, current students and favorite faculty. Alumni Weekend will be held April 30 through May 3 with festivities including music performances, lectures and meals across campus. Visit pomona.edu/alumni/alumni-weekend for more information or call (909) 621-8110.
LOVE & JUSTICE IN AN AGE OF EMPIRE Omid Safi is a leading Muslim public intellectual. He is the director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, where he serves as a professor of Islamic Studies specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and Islamic spirituality. 7 p.m. Balch Auditorium on the corner of Tenth and Columbia. (909) 607-9372.
POMONA SPRING DANCE CONCERT On Fire! dynamic original dance works by Kim Gadlin, Cihtli Ocampo, John Pennington, Joseph Reynolds, Michael Szanyi and Tom Tsai. 8 p.m. Seaver Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. Visit pomona.edu/academics/departments/theatre for ticket information and additional show times. (909) 607-4375.
POMONA COLLEGE GLEE CLUB Conductor Donna M. Di Grazia leads the 33-member classical chamber ensemble in choral music by Byrd, Casals, Lauridsen, Palestrina, Whitacre and others from across the centuries. Free admission with open seating, no tickets. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. 8 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 607-2671.
Friday, May 1
DARING MINDS SPEAKER SERIES “Putting a Human Face on Prison” with panelists Bill Keller, Gabriel London and Professor Valorie Thomas. 9 to 10:15 p.m. Seaver Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8110.
FRIDAY NOON CONCERT SERIES Music of Haydn and Flaherty. 12:15 p.m. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-3266.
CLAREMONT ART WALK Visit Claremont galleries between 6 and 9 p.m. for artist receptions.
Saturday, May 2
GARDEN RUN “Zombie Apocalypse.” There’s been a zombie outbreak in the most peaceful and beautiful of urban landscapes. This is a 4K themed fun run through the winding paths of the garden with zombies in pursuit. Admission includes access to the zombie-infested garden—guests are free to run through as many times as they like—access to the base camp with festivities and the post-apocalypse after party with DJ and beer garden, runners packet with a free event shirt and an opportunity to win free beer (21 and over) or soft drink of choice for surviving the zombies with your flag belt. A percentage of the proceeds go to the garden itself and to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The Red Cross will be onsite with their bloodmobile to take your blood for a good cause. For ages 6 and over. Use code: COURIER to get $10 discount on regular registration, which is $45. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. (909) 605-6889.
CLAREMONT VILLAGE WALKING TOUR Tour the unique downtown Village area of Claremont with a Claremont Heritage guide. The two-hour walking tour includes historic Victorian, college and commercial buildings as well as the restored College Heights Lemon Packing House. $5 per person. Meet at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. at 10 a.m. (909) 621-0848.
ANTIQUARIAN FINE Some of the most beautiful, interesting, historical, fine, literary, whimsical, rare, autographed, artistic, elegant, collectible, strange—the most perfect books to be found in all of Claremont and beyond. FOCL Members will receive a 10 percent discount at checkout, for all books purchased on sale day. (Memberships available at checkout.) Credit cards welcome. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Claremont Library Meeting Room, 108 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-4902.
GYPSY SISTERS ART FAIRE A three-day art and craft sale by local artists with a wide variety of creatively made work. For all ages. Free to the public. Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-0995.
BALLROOM DANCE The Nationally Recognized CCBDC’s Annual Spring Concert returns with this year’s theme: “Icons of Music: Legends, Divas and Superstars.” This annual event is one of the largest shows of its kind in the country, showcasing over 100 dancers performing formation routines and solos in International Ballroom and Latin, Swing and Salsa pieces. Runs 90 minutes with intermission. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bridges Auditorium 450 N. College Way, Claremont.