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Friday, September 11

DEMOCRATIC CLUB “Protecting and Expanding Social Security.” Ernie Powell will discuss the need to protect Social Security as a guaranteed social insurance program. He will also argue that Social Security ought to be expanded. Mr. Powell has experience as a public policy advocate and campaign consultant. The luncheon is the first following the Club’s summer recess. Cost of luncheon is $17. Program is free. All ages welcome. Luncheon is at noon with speaker at 1 p.m. Darvish Restaurant, 946 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 626-8122.

SOCIAL GROUP Many people nearing or in retirement find their social structure changing. Individuals or couples might find the need for new or more friends to travel with, walk with, dine with, go to the theater with, dance with, etc. “Mingle & Munch” will provide a pleasant Friday evening of music, refreshments and conversation to inspire new friendships. For ages 50 and over. Free and open to the public. 6 to 8 p.m. Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 399-5488.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Enjoy free live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m.


Saturday, September 12

THE COMMODORES One of the most iconic funk and soul bands to ever hit the music scene brings its signature hits to the Lewis Family Playhouse for a special one-night-only performance. 8 p.m. 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga. Tickets are $65 for general admission and  are available online at lewisfamilyplayhouse.com or through the box office at (909) 477-2752.


Sunday, September 13

CELLIOLA & FRIENDS Celliola members Cynthia Fogg, viola, and Tom Flaherty, cello, are joined by Peter Yates, guitar, Gwendolyn Lytle, soprano, and Joti Rockwell, mandolin, to perform music by Jason Barabba, Tom Flaherty, Forrest Pierce, Mark Winges and more. Free admission with open seating, no tickets. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to performance. 3 p.m. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. (909) 607-2671.


Monday, September 14

LECTURE Toshia Shaw is the founder of Purple W.I.N.G.S. (Women Inspiring Noble Girls Successfully), which seeks to demystify misconceptions about who is at risk for sexual violence. She transforms and inspires with her harrowing journey out of sex trafficking. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.


Tuesday, September 15

VACCINE DEVELOPMENT Speaker Dr. Joe Lyons. University Club program. 11:30 a.m. $13 includes buffet lunch. Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

OLDENBORG LUNCHEON COLLOQUIUM Grace Wang, associate professor of American studies from the University of California, Davis, will speak. This event will be held in the south side room in the Oldenborg Center. Arrive early. For information on other Fall 2015 OLC events, visit oldenborg.pomona.edu/ and click on “Speaker Series.” Students swipe and CUC faculty and staff may sign-in for Oldenborg Dining Hall access. Community members may attend at Oldenborg’s discretion and incur a charge. 12:15 p.m. For ages 18 and over. Free and open to the public. Pomona College-Oldenborg Center, 350 N. College Way. (909) 607-7467.

FILMLESS FESTIVALS Cindy Carter, a freelance translator, will be speaking. She is one of the founders of the literary website Paper Republic, and lived and worked in Beijing from 1996 to 2014. She is a translator of Chinese documentaries, feature film, fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with hundreds of translations to her name. Having studied Japanese and Chinese, she is now embarking on an attempt to learn Thai. Hahn 108. 4:15 p.m. Hahn Building, 420 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8934.

UNA-USA MONTHLY MEETING “Venezuela and Dilemmas of Oil-Dependent Nations.” Miguel Tinker Salas, historian, author and professor, will discuss the current problems of nations with oil-based economies as oil prices have fallen. The program is co-sponsored by the Office of International Initiatives at Pomona College and the Pomona Valley Chapter of UNA-USA. Refreshments are served. All ages welcome. Free to the public. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hahn Hall Room 101, 420 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 626-8122.

NELSON SPEAKER SERIES “Water: The Magic Molecule.” Without the remarkable properties of water, life as we understand it would be impossible. Michael Fayer will discuss the molecular nature of water and use this description to explore the unusual properties of bulk water. When confined in tiny pools containing from a few tens to a few thousands of water molecules, water behaves in different and interesting ways. Such nanoscopic water occurs in biology, geology, chemistry and technological applications. Mr. Fayer’s talk will offer insights into the unique physical and chemical properties of this substance we so frequently take for granted. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 607-0943.


Wednesday, September 16

FALL FACULTY LECTURE “A Tiny River That Built an Empire: The Santa Ana in the Marking of Market & State in Southern CA.” Heather Williams, professor of politics, will speak. Lunch is provided. For ages 18 and over. Free and open to the public. Noon. Frank Dining Hall, 260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8648.

SCRIPPS FINE ARTS FOUNDATION LECTURE & TEA Artist James Strombotne will speak about his many decades as a painter and his newly published book Strombotne - The Pursuit of Magic. Mr. Strombotne came to Claremont to study at Pomona College and received his MFA from the Claremont Graduate School in 1959. His paintings are explorations of his interior life in stark, strong images. After teaching at UC Riverside for 40 years, he retired in 2005 and continues to paint daily in his Anaheim studio. With over 75 one-man shows, his work is held in 30 major museums including MOMA, the Smithsonian, LACMA, the Hirshhorn and the Whitney. Scripps College's Hampton Room upstairs at the Mallott Commons. For age 12 and over. Free and open to the public. 2 to 4 p.m. Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (951) 201-9439.

FILM SCREENING PLUS Q&A As part of Ashé Africa there will be a film screening of The Creators, a South African documentary film produced and directed by Laura Gamse, followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public. 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. Rose Hills Theater at the Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. (909) 607-7391.

CONSCIENTIOUS PROJECTOR Conscientious Projector presents the documentary Broken on all Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions For Criminal Justice in the US. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. Claremont Forum, 586 W. First St., Claremont Packing House.


Thursday, September 17

PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM LECTURE “Psychoanalysis and Ethics” with speaker Jonathan Lear of the University of Chicago. 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For ages 18 and over. Pomona College’s Hahn Hall, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-2921.

CLAREMONT DISCOURSE “Build Your Own Constitution: A Discussion Panel in Recognition of Constitution Day.” 4:15 to 6 p.m. Honnold/Mudd Library, 800 Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-3986.

ARCHIVE Notions of the archive and archival science lend themselves to misreadings on objectivity and stasis. The humanities in the digital age often builds and builds upon archives, bringing together collaborators from many fields and backgrounds. Taylor is Digital Scholarship Librarian at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. George Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. (909) 607-8553.

MAYA WOMEN AS TARGETS “Gender Violence and the Guatemalan Genocide.” Victoria Sanford is professor and chair of anthropology and founding director of the Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies at Lehman College. A prolific author, her books include, among others, Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala and Tierra y Violencia en Guatemala. In 2012, she served as an invited expert witness on the Guatemalan genocide before Judge Santiago Pedraz in the Spanish National Court’s international genocide case against the Guatemalan generals. 6:45 to 8 p.m. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8244.

DEADLY SECRET OF THE LUSITANIA A book release party for Deadly Secret of the Lusitania by Claremont resident Ivan Light, featuring an eight-minute propaganda film from 1918, two sing-alongs of period music, author reading of two book passages, Q&A, Irish revolutionary and IWW songs and refreshments, with optional purchase of book at bargain price. The book is spy fiction that addresses the political cover-up in the United States that followed the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, and finally brought the United States into World War I. For age 14 and older. Free and open to the public. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.

DANGEROUS CONVERSATIONS Michael Brown, killed by Ferguson police on August 9, 2014, may be viewed as a casualty of a war originating over 500 years ago—a war to colonize, dispossess, enslave, deny rights of citizenship; a war to decolonize, repossess, emancipate, democratize. The Ferguson protests provide an occasion to meditate on the relationship between war, race, freedom and democracy, especially in light of several events: the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War; the 100th anniversary of World War I; the 50th anniversary of the Selma march; and the latest “Freedom Summer” of 2014—from the #BlackLivesMatter movement and anti-police violence protests to the war on Gaza. The lecture performs something of a political/historical autopsy on Mike Brown to reveal both the history of the racial regimes that ultimately left him dead in the streets for four and a half hours, but more importantly, reveal the alternative possibilities for creating democracy rooted in freedom, justice, and decolonization. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Scripps College’s Garrison Theatre, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8237.

CONTRA DANCE A cross between a ball attended by Jane Austen and a New England barn dance. Live music by Tom Sauber and Contraband (Laura Osborn, Steve Lewis), professional calling by Becky Nankivell and tons of free Trader Joe’s snacks. Everyone is welcome—guests don’t need any prior experience whatsoever and are not expected to bring a partner. Contra dancing is extremely easy to learn; it’s not about technical skills or competition, but rather about having fun, being active, and meeting new friends. All ages welcome. Free for Claremont Colleges students. $5 suggested donation for community members. 8 to 11 p.m. Scripps College’s Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. (603) 912-0477.


Friday, September 18

BOOK READING & SIGNING Gary Best will be reading passages from his two latest books. Tink’s Tank, his debut novel, is a story about a WW II B-17 crew in the air war over Europe and during their non-combat time in England; his second non-fiction book, Silent Invaders, Combat Gliders of the Second World War will also be discussed in connection with his invitation from the British Glider Pilot Regimental Association to accompany them on a memorial trip to Arnhem, The Netherlands. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave., Claremont. (626) 335-7781.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Enjoy free live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m.

FILM SCREENING Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground—and part graphic novel—Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put. Peter Galison will be available by Skype for a Q&A after the film. Running time is 80 min. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. (909) 607-7997.

MARIACHI DIVAS 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. (909) 621-8187.

NUCLEAR NATION PART 1 Screening of Nuclear Nation, Part 1, a documentary on the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, followed by Q&A with the director Atsushi Funahashi. For ages 18 and over. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. Smith Campus Center Rose Hills Theatre, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. (909) 621-8933.

GUMBY FEST GALA The Haugh Performing Arts Center is kicking of its season by participating in the opening of Gumby Fest 2015 with a unique blend of film and concert. The five members of the Hot Club play what’s known as Gypsy Jazz Swing against a backdrop of some of the earliest stop-motion animated films. For ages 5 and over. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $28 for students and seniors and $15 for ages 16 and under. 8 p.m. Haugh Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora. (626) 963-9411.


Saturday, September 19

LIVE MUSIC Modern gypsy swing band Gypsies and Judges. 10 p.m. The Press Restaurant, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont. (909) 625-4808.


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