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Friday, August 5

DOGS OFF LEASH IN PUBLIC PLAZA Live music will be in the air again tonight as Claremont continues its Friday Night Live series with The Dogs at the public plaza (near Laemmle); Jack McCoy at the Claremont Chamber; Random Spark at city hall; and US 99 at Shelton Park. All performances are free and open to the public, and run from 6 to 9 p.m.

VAMPS AND VIXENS The city of Claremont’s Summer Film Series: Hollywood Vamps & Vixens of the 1930s continues this afternoon with a 12:30 p.m. screening of Barbara Stanwyck’s Baby Face at the Joslyn Senior Center. The 1933 pre-censorship code film was marketed at the time with the salacious tag line, “She had it and made it pay.” The film’s frank dialogue featuring open discussion of sex made it one of the most notorious works its era. Cultural film critic Stacy Davies will be on hand to provide insight into the provocative early work of Ms. Stanwyck, a prolific actress whose career spanned six decades and made her a grande dame of early cinema. Admission is $5, and pre-registration is encouraged. See claremontca.org or call (909) 399-5488 for information. 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont.


Saturday, August 6

TRIBUTE TO CLAREMONT ARTIST The late Claremont artist John Svenson’s work will be on display at an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening at Square i Gallery. After serving in World War II, Mr. Svenson attended Claremont Graduate School, studying art at Scripps and Pomona College. For many years he worked with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his career, Mr. Svenson produced more than 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and many public works in California and Alaska. His sculpture and metallic works are held in numerous national and international collections. Teacher Albert Stewart and mentor Paul Manship nominated Mr. Svenson to the National Sculpture Society in 1966 and he advanced to “fellow” in 1971. 110 Harvard Ave., Claremont. More information is at squareigallery.com or (909) 625-2533.

GUIDED VILLAGE WALKING TOUR Claremont Heritage representatives will lead a guided walking tour of the Claremont Village today from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person. Participants should meet up prior to 10 a.m. at the Claremont Depot, located at 200 W. First St. Reservations are preferred. Information is available at claremontheritage.org, (909) 621-0848 or via email at info@claremontheritage.org.

FIRST SATURDAY ART WALK takes place tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Packing House. See page 17 of this edition for a full description of exhibits.


Sunday, August 7

IT’S ASTRONOMICAL Astronomical Music brings its otherworldly jams to Claremont this Sunday as the free Jazz at College Center series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., on the patio in front of Blue Fin Sushi.

FEELIN’ KINDA SUNDAY Claremont’s free, fun and lovely Artisans and Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today along Second Street between Indian Hill Blvd. and Yale Ave. The market offers fresh flowers, living and cut, fruits, vegetables and herbs, artisan juices, cheeses and nuts, as well as art, jewelry, clothing, books, antiques and live music.

COMIC BOOKS Claremont’s Packing House is the site of a free comic books and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. The show features comic book art demonstrations, art dealers, new and vintage comic books, graphic novels, original art, prints, action figures, games, collectibles and signings with artists and writers. 532 W. First St. More information is at facebook.com/claremontpackinghousecomicbookshow.

BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts a Butterfly Release Party today. Participants can carry a California native butterfly from the Butterfly Pavilion and release it out into the Garden. The release begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until all butterflies have been released. The Pavilion is closed to regular visitation on the day of the release party. The cost is $5 to release one butterfly, with a limit of one per family or group. Admission to the butterfly exhibit is $3 in addition to the standard Garden admission of $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+) and students with a valid ID, $4 for children ages 3-12. Kids under 3 are free. 1500 N. College Blvd. More information is available at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.


Monday, August 8

DOG DAY AFTERNOON The city of Claremont and the Kiwanis Club’s annual free summer Concerts in the Park series continues tonight at Memorial Park band shell with local favorite The Dogs. The concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Food concessions including burgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, ice cream, popcorn, nachos, candy and drinks will be available. The full schedule is available at ci.claremont.ca.us, click through to Concerts in the Park. Memorial Park is located at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.


Tuesday, August 9

THE ART OF LIVING is a weekly meditation instruction that encourages participants to deepen their meditation and mindfulness practice. The session begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include discussion, breath work and a 20-minute silent sitting. Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Ave. Fee is $7. For information, call (909) 997-0761.


Thursday, August 11

NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S LOUNGE TRIO Claremont’s Cougar Estrada has been at it since he was 13, when he began playing drums in his father’s and uncle’s band, “The Estrada Brothers.” Since then, Mr. Estrada has a multitude of credits as a drummer, percussionist, pianist, writer and producer, including a 10-year stint as the touring and recording drummer for East Los Angeles’ Los Lobos. He appeared on many television programs, specials and concert tours as a Lobo, including a performance at the White House for President Barack Obama. The Lounge Trio, in which Mr. Estrada plays piano, will perform tonight at the Press from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. 129 Harvard Ave. Free. More information is at facebook.com/theloungetrio.

FOOD TRUCK THURSDAYS Put the frying pan away and join the Fairplex for dinner on Thursdays. Food trucks roll in every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the lower admin parking lot next to the NHRA Museum, bringing the trendiest dishes on four wheels. Stop by and stay or grab a bite to take home. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce at the Farmers Market. Free parking, free admission. Lower Administration Lot on McKinley Avenue, Gate 1.


Friday, August 12

VOODOO, BLUES, ETC. Free outdoor concerts abound again tonight at 6 p.m. as Claremont continues its Friday Night Live series with beloved local roots veterans Claremont Voodoo Society at the public plaza (near Laemmle); Blues and Fries, featuring Elizabeth Hangan, at the Chamber; Aubren Hinkernell at city hall; and Delta 88 at Shelton Park.


Saturday, August 13

AT HOME WITH MONSTERS Yes, we are first and foremost a Claremont-centric newspaper, but this doesn’t mean we don’t have our nose in the air sniffing for interesting things for you to do outside of “the bubble.” Case in point, Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s ongoing “At Home With Monsters” exhibit. Filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Cronos, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy) offers up a slice (no pun …he-he) of his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts and concept film art at this special show running through November 27. More information on the exhibit is at lacma.org. Tickets are required, and are free for LACMA members and their guests, and also for kids 17 and under. Non-member tickets are $25. Tickets are available at lacma.org or by calling LACMA’s ticket office at (323) 857-6010. A hint: all LA County residents, which includes Claremonters, are admitted to the museum free on weekdays after 3 p.m. LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.


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