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COURIER Calendar: Friday, August 26 through September 3

Friday, August 26

JACKSON BROWNE Tickets go on sale this morning for an October 5 solo acoustic show with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician, singer and songwriter Jackson Browne, to benefit Claremont’s Folk Music Center. Tickets for the Bridges Auditorium concert will be available at 10 a.m. at the venue box office at 333 N. College Way, online at pomona.edu/bridges or at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Avenue. More information is at jacksonbrowne.com.

DYNAMITE LIVE MUSIC Claremont’s seasonal free outdoor concert series Friday Night Live rolls on tonight with Dynamite Dawson at the public plaza [near Laemmle]; Adrienne Selina at Claremont Chamber; Mike’s Guitar World at city hall and Brooks and Sons at Shelton Park. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public, and run from 6 to 9 p.m. Also playing around town tonight for the bargain price of free is local Martinez sister-fronted act Funk’d Martini at 10 p.m. at the Press, 129 Harvard Ave.

 

Saturday, August 27

FREE PIANO RECITAL French Canadian pianist and Claremont Graduate University student Andree-Ann Deschenes brings the unique rhythm and passion of Latin classical music to Claremont today in a free recital. The pianist’s latest record, “Milhaud and Ginastera” was released August 2. Percussionist Anita Garay will accompany Ms. Deschenes. The show begins at 5 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1700 N. Towne Ave. Donations for the artists will be accepted. More information is at aadpiano.com.

BENEFIT SHOW Last Name Brewing is the site of a benefit show today featuring local indie rock legends Wckr Spgt and Refrigerator, as well as a set from Mr. P and Freedom Rock. The event benefits Claremont resident Scott Quackenbos, who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The show begins at 5 p.m., with live music running from 6 to 9 p.m. The night will include raffles for donated prizes, drink specials and other fundraising shenanigans. Proceeds from the show will help Mr. Quackenbos in defraying his significant medical expenses. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page [search “to benefit the mighty Scott Quackenbos”] or at lastnamebrewing.com. Last Name is at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland.

DEMOCRATIC HQ KICKOFF PARTY The Inland Communities Democratic HQ holds a campaign kick-off party today from 4 to 6 p.m., with elected officials, candidates and party leaders on hand at its Pomona office. Its offices, at 3115 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, are now open Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. Yard signs, t-shirts, bumper stickers and buttons are available. The group serves eastern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County. More information is available at its Facebook page [search “inland dems hq pac”], via email at gerecke@surfside.net or (909) 626-2858.

 

Sunday, August 28

POETRY: FOOD FOR YOUR HEART The August installment of Claremont Public Library’s Fourth Sundays poetry reading series gets underway at 2 p.m. today. Poets Patty Seyburn and Jose Hernandez Diaz will read. The event is free and open to the public. Ms. Seyburn’s fourth collection of poems, Perfecta, was published by What Books Press in 2014. Her third book, Hilarity, won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press.  Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, Poetry, New England Review and Boston Review. She won a 2011 Pushcart Prize for her poem, “The Case for Free Will,” published in Arroyo Literary Review. Mr. Diaz’s poetry appears in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Gigantic Sequins, Green Mountains Review, Huizache, The Journal, Los Angeles Review and other journals. He has served as an editor for Floricanto Press and Lunch Ticket. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue. More information is available at claremontlibrary.org.

TREASURES UNVEILED TODAY The Williamson Gallery at Scripps College opens the exhibit, Treasures from the Scripps Collectors’ Circle, 2012-2015, today. The show runs through October 16. Vibrant contemporary prints such as Scripps alumna Alison Saar’s Snake Man, will share the stage with 18th century Japanese paintings. Works by activists and icons such as Barbara Morgan, Tatiana Parcero and Thomas Moran will be displayed side-by-side. An opening reception  with live music and refreshments is set for September 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Among the pieces purchased by the circle that will be exhibited are ceramics by Richard Shaw and Steve Heinemann; paintings by Phil Dike, Susan Hertel and Millard Sheets; photographs by Dorothea Lange, Michael Kenna, Lucienne Bloch and Herman Leonard; and prints by Samella Lewis, Alison Saar and Romare Bearden. Gallery  hours during exhibitions are Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Williamson Gallery, Scripps College Campus, Columbia Ave. and Eleventh Street. More information is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu.

 

Monday, August 29

I SPEAK FOR THE TREES Claremont’s Urban Forester, Dave Roger, leads a sustainability dialog tonight. “Claremont’s Urban Forest: A Community Treasure” gets underway at 7 p.m. at Pomona College. “Claremont values its urban forest, and our trees take care of us,” Mr. Roger said. “We have enjoyed the beauty, shade and clean air our urban forest has provided for over 100 years. Currently our trees are challenged by drought, new diseases and invasive insects.” The Hahn Building, Room 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave. More information is at sustainableclaremont.org.

DIXIELAND JAZZ IN THE PARK 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 Dixieland jazz band the Night Blooming Jazzmen. 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. Memorial Park is at 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.

 

Tuesday, August 30

NATIVE AMERICAN EXHIBIT OPENS The Pomona College Museum of Art presents “Rose B. Simpson: Ground” today, a free exhibition integrating Simpson’s clay sculptures with Pomona College’s collection of Native American Art. Artist and curator Simpson explores complex issues surrounding the past, present, and future of Native America, including contemporary native identity and cultural survival. An opening reception with live music and refreshments is scheduled September 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. The museum is located at 330 N. College Ave., Claremont. Information is at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 621-8283.

 

Wednesday, August 31

MENOPAUSE HELP Pomona Valley Hospital’s Claremont location holds a free talk this evening on effective methods of dealing with menopause. The program, titled “Hot August Nights...and days and everything else menopause,” is hosted by Nicole Oliver, MD, OB/GYN and begins at 6:30 p.m. Pomona Valley Health Center, 1601 N. Monte Vista Avenue. More information is at pvhmc.org or (909) 865-9858.

 

Thursday, September 1

HOW BIRDS HOOK UP Pomona Valley Audubon Society will hold its monthly membership meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the Hughes Center in Claremont. The meeting is free and open to the public and will begin with a bird identification session, followed by refreshments and a short business meeting. Christopher J. Clark, faculty member at UC Riverside, will present a program entitled “Singing with Feathers: the fabulous courtship of woodstars and other ‘bee’ hummingbirds.” Dr. Clark has traveled throughout North, Central and South America to study various species of hummingbird. His particular focus has been courtship displays that males produce for females. Dr. Clark will play some of the more fantastic displays he has recorded and will tell stories about doing research in Brazil, Cuba and Guatemala. He will also describe some of the more interesting aspects of how feathers have evolved to generate sound. 1700 Danbury Drive. More information is at pomonavalleyaudubon.org.

YOUNG ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS TODAY Auditions begin today for musicians hoping to join the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra CYMO) or the Claremont Young Musicians Intermezzo Orchestra for the 2016-2017 seasons. Musicians ages 10 through 20 who play string, woodwind, brass or percussion instruments are invited to audition. Auditions are open through September 18. For a spot on the audition list or more information call (909) 624-3614, email rjscymo@aol.com or visit the CYMO website at cymo.org.

 

Friday, September 2

LIVE MUSIC AROUND TOWN Claremont’s free outdoor concert series Friday Night Live rolls on tonight with the Baba Elefante Trio at Village Square Public Plaza [Laemmle Plaza]; the engaged and engaging Steve and Stacy at Claremont Chamber Patio; Slinker at City Hall Plaza and the Mike Taylor Band at Shelton Park. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public, and run from 6 to 9 p.m.

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS Inland Pacific Ballet holds auditions today and tomorrow for all children’s roles for its annual production of The Nutcracker. The auditions will be held at IPB’s studios, located at 5050 Arrow Highway in Montclair. There is a $20 audition fee and additional production and rehearsal fees for those who are offered a role. Complete audition information is available at ipballet.org. Call Jill Voznick at (909) 482-1590 or email jill@ipballet.org for more information.

 

Saturday, September 3

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

 

—Mick Rhodes

mickrhodes@claremont-courier.com