Claremont CALENDAR: Friday roars, art after hours, Motels rock
Friday, September 16
SCRIPPS’ NOONTIME CONCERT SERIES KICKS OFF Scripps College begins its yearly free Friday Noon Concert Series today with Trio Lykos performing Dvorak, Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, “Dumky.” The Trio consists of Scripps faculty member Rachel V. Huang on violin; Pomona College faculty Roger Lebow on cello and Pomona/Scripps faculty member Gayle Blankenburg on piano. This event is free and open to the public. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. More info is available at (909) 607-3266.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE ROARS, SOARS ON Friday Nights Live sports a lively lineup this evening: Darby Ryan at Laemmle Plaza; the Harmony Sisters and the Little Big Band at Shelton Park; the guitar heavy jazz of the Marc Weller Trio at the Chamber of Commerce patio; and Enigma Flux at city hall. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public and run from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 17
MOTELS IN ‘TOTAL CONTROL’ TONIGHT One of LA’s original new wave bands, Martha Davis and The Motels, will appear in concert tonight at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. Led by Ms. Davis with her sultry, operatic voice, the Motels have been recording, touring and performing in various incarnations since 1971. “Only the Lonely,” “Suddenly Last Summer” and “Total Control” are a few of the group’s hits. Tickets are $38-$45 and are available at lewisfamilyplayhouse.com, (909) 477-2752 or (877) 858-8422. Additional information is at themotels.com.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MEETING The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area will hold its fall opening meeting at 10 a.m. this morning in the Padua Room of Hughes Center, located at 1700 Danbury Rd. The event is free and open to the public. Speaking today will be Sam Wu of the Forest Service Technology and Development Center in San Dimas. Mr. Wu will cover the history of the center and its mission to create equipment to assist in fighting wildfires. He will also discuss predictions about future wildfire seasons. The League will have information available regarding upcoming voter registration events, candidate forums and pros and cons presentations on the ballot propositions for the upcoming November election. Light refreshments will be served. More information is at claremont.ca.lwvnet.org.
Sunday, September 18
SUNDAY MORNING GEM ALERT Music makers, fruit and vegetable sellers, juice hawkers, cheese makers, jewelry designers, flower farmers and other many other artisans will be doing their thing today at Claremont’s Sunday morning tradition, the Artisans and Farmers Market, will take place on Second Street, between Indian Hill Boulevard and Yale Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s a great way to chill out while taking in the smells and sounds of our small-town Sunday gem. Do it.
Monday, September 19
POETRY Anna Moschovakis, poet and author of “They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This,” will to read from her work in a free event today at Pomona College. The reading is open to the public and takes place from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Ena Thompson Reading Room 108, Crookshank Hall, 140 W. Sixth St. More information is at (909) 607-2212.
Tuesday, September 20
UNIV. OF CHICAGO SCHOLAR’S TERRORISM TALK Joseph Masco, professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, will present “Anticipatory States and Planetary Perils” at Scripps today as part of the college’s Humanities Institute’s fall 2016 program series “The War on Terror: 15 Years Later.” The event gets underway at 4:15 and is free and open to the public. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. More information can be had at scrippscollege.edu/hi or by calling (909) 621-8237.
ISLAM: BEYOND IDEOLOGICAL NARRATIVES Author and scholar Abbas Milani, an expert in US-Iran relations as well as Iranian cultural, political and security issues, will speak from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. today at Pitzer College’s George Benson Auditorium. Mr. Milani’s talk, “From Sayyid Qutb to Sayyed Khamenei: A Common Islamist Narrative Against Modernity,” is part of Pitzer’s MCSI Fall 2016 speaker series “ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives,” which will feature distinguished speakers—including last year’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate—discussing a wide variety of topics to help foster better understanding of the Islamic world. The event is free and open to the public. More information is at pitweb.pitzer.edu/mcsi or (909) 621-8219 or via email at email@example.com
PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO Pierre Englebert will speak tonight at 7 p.m. at Pomona College on “Lessons about Peace and Justice from the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Mr. Englebert is H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations at Pomona College. The program is jointly sponsored by the Office of International Initiatives, Pomona College and the United Nations Association, USA Pomona Valley Chapter. The lecture takes place in Room 101 of the Hahn Building at 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. More information is available at (909) 625-9670.
GREEN CONCERT Claremont Energy Challenge hosts the band Trapdoor Social tonight for “Our Energy Concert” from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sontag Greek Theatre on the Pomona College campus. The concert is organized by the Pomona College Environmental Analysis Department and Divest Pomona. The show will be powered only with solar panels with the aim “to create a space to envision a world powered by clean energy and to highlight the power individuals and communities have to create local, clean and just economies,” according to a press release. Trapdoor Social’s Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk met in an environmental program at Pomona College. The pair “bonded over a shared concern for the future of the planet,” according to the group’s website (trapdoorsocial.com). Representatives from Sustainable Claremont will be on hand so that attendees can learn more about the Claremont Energy Challenge and receive a free LED light bulb for signing up for the group’s email list. More information is available at claremontenergychallenge.net.
Wednesday, September 21
HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN JAPAN The first lecture of the new school year from Pomona College’s Pacific Basin Institute, “Relations of Suffering: Sticky Accounts in the Movement to Fight Human Trafficking to Japan” takes place at 4:15 p.m. today at the Hahn Building, 420 Harvard Ave. The talk is part of the college’s “Trafficking and its Discontents: Intimacy, Labor, and Migration in a Transnational World” series. More information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-7467.
COFFEE TALK Sustainable Claremont hosts a neighborhood coffee from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight. According to a press release, “Homeowners Stephanie and Jeff will share their experience retrofitting their home through Energy Upgrade California, and we will engage in a discussion led by Anne Bremer of Sustainable Claremont.” Ms. Bremer will discuss the the benefits of energy efficiency and Claremont’s bid to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. Refreshments will be served, and every household in attendance will receive a free LED light bulb. The event is sponsored by the city of Claremont, CHERP and Sustainable Claremont. More information is available at claremontenergychallenge.net.
Thursday, September 22
POMONA COLLEGE ART AFTER HOURS Art After Hours continues tonight at Pomona College. The ongoing series offers a variety of programming including live music concerts sponsored by KSPC 88.7 FM, lectures, panels, workshops, tours, film screenings and performances in conjunction with museum exhibitions and in partnership with student and academic groups across the Claremont College campuses. More information is at pomona.edu/museum/art-after-hours or (909) 621-8283.
KARL BENJAMIN EXHIBIT OPENING An opening reception for the exhibit “Close Values: The Legacy of Karl Benjamin” takes place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mt. San Antonio College’s Building 1B/Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. “Karl Benjamin’s art has become world renowned, as has his critical role in the emergence of southern California as a site of artistic ferment,” said essayist Peter Frank. “But Benjamin was less a public figure than a private one, always addressing himself to colleagues, friends and family rather than to any larger ‘art world.’” The exhibit is open through December 8. Information is at artgallery.mtsac.edu or (909) 274-4328 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Building 1B/Art Gallery is located at 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut.
Friday, September 23
SCRIPPS’ FRIDAY NOON CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues today with Alfred Cramer (Pomona College), violin; Albert Rice, clarinet; and Ji Yeon Song, piano. The trio will play a 1932 piece by Milhaud; Suite, Op. 157b and Khatchaturian, Trio. This event is open to the public. Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. More info is available at (909) 607-3266.
AND STILL MORE MUSIC Claremont’s Friday Nights Live series continues tonight with a diverse lineup of free shows around town, including Nick Casillas and Friends at Laemmle Plaza; Amazing Tone Benders at Shelton Park; award-winning Native American flautist Steve Rushingwind at the Chamber of the Commerce; and Falls Like Rain at city hall. Performances run from 6 to 9 p.m.
ACCLAIMED STRING QUARTET The London Independent called the Brentano String Quartet “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding.” Claremonters can judge for themselves this evening as the group performs a free 8 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., at Pomona College. The quartet includes Serena Canin and Mark Steinberg, violins; Misha Amory, viola; and Nina Lee, cello. The group became the resident string quartet at the Yale School of Music in fall 2014, succeeding the Tokyo Quartet. Information is at pomona.edu/events/ brentano-string-quartet or (909) 607-2671.
Saturday, September 24
CLAREMONT AUTHORS BOOK FAIRE The inaugural Claremont Authors Book Faire happens today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. The event features a host of notable Claremont writers, including Jill Benton (biography), Chris Rubel (fiction), Allen Callaci (memoir), Diana Linden (art history), Joel Harper (children’s literature), Joe Woodward (biography/local history), David Allen (local history), Monique Saigal Escudero (memoir), Paul Steinberg (environmental policy), Larry Dunlap (memoir) and Yi Shun Lai (fiction), who will be reading from and signing copies of their varied works. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Claremont Library in partnership with the Claremont Public Library. The faire includes an exhibit featuring several authors from the collection. Each of the authors participating in the faire is included in the Claremont Authors Collection, a special project of the Friends of the Claremont Library. Originally conceived by former Claremont mayor and local historian Judy Wright, the collection brings together the works of writers who have resided in Claremont or have a significant association with the city. The collection is permanently housed in the city’s public library. Claremont authors are encouraged to consider donating work to the collection. Donation guidelines are at claremontlibrary.org. More information is available at (909) 626-4166.