CALENDAR: Go Wild, Village Venture, concerts galore
LET ME GO WILD Veteran folk punk band Violent Femmes headline a show at Pomona’s Fox Theater tonight. The Milwaukee-based group has been together since 1981, and released its ninth studio album, We Can Do Anything, earlier this year on PIAS Recordings. You can read up on the Femmes in a feature by Mick Rhodes on page 19 of this edition. The show begins at 9 p.m., is all ages and tickets are $35. More information is at foxpomona. com/events/detail/317542. Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona.
ISLAM: BEYOND IDEOLOGY Pitzer College’s Benson Auditorium hosts “Recollection,” a free talk by Kamal Aljafari, Palestinian filmmaker and director, at 4:15 p.m. today. Mr. Aljafari is an award-winning filmmaker whose works include Recollection, Port of Memory and The Roof. This talk is part of Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry speaker series, “ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives.” More information is available at pitzer.edu/mcsi or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1050 Mills Ave.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE LINEUP Tonight’s Friday Nights Live music series features Dynamite Dawson at Laemmle Plaza; guitar-driven jazz with the Marc Weller Trio at Shelton Park; acoustic cover songs with the sweet harmonies of the J-Birds at the Chamber and Soundwave at city hall. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public and run from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 22
ORCHESTRA CONCERT TONIGHT The Claremont Concert Orchestra will play a free concert at 8 p.m. tonight at Garrison Theater, 241 E. Tenth St. Students of the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer and Scripps colleges will play Finlandia and Pelléas och Mélisande by Jean Sibelius and Zigeunerweisen (“Gypsy Airs”) by Pablo de Sarasate. The concert features violin soloist Ellie Taw (Scripps ’18). David Cubek conducts. The event repeats tomorrow, October 23 at 3 p.m.
IT’S VILLAGE VENTURE DAY See our special Village Venture edition for a full rundown of the day’s activities.
KOHN AT 90 AT BRIDGES HALL Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., is the site for a free 8 p.m. concert tonight, “Karl Kohn at 90.” Performing in this celebration of recently composed music by the Pomona College music department emeritus faculty member are cellists Tom Flaherty and Eric Lindholm, flutist Rachel Rudich, guitarist Jack Sanders and the Eclipse Quartet (Sarah Thornblade and Sara Parkins, violins; Alma Lisa Fernandez, viola; Maggie Parkins, cello). The musicians will join composer/pianist Mr. Kohn in a program of recent works. More information is at pomona.edu/events/ karl-kohn-90 or (909) 607-2671.
Sunday, October 23
POETRY READING Claremont Public Library’s Fourth Sundays reading series continues at 2 p.m. today with poets Patricia L. Scruggs and Andrea Carter Brown. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. Ms. Scruggs’ latest poetry collection, Forget the Moon, was published in 2015. Ms. Brown is the author of The Disheveled Bed and Brook & Rainbow, an award-winning chapbook. More information is available at claremontlibrary.org. Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave.
CONCERT TO CELEBRATE JEWISH LIFE IN POLAND Pomona’s Temple Beth Israel is the site of a gala concert at 4 p.m. today to celebrate renewal of Jewish life in Poland. The concert features Cantor David Wisnia, a 90-year-old Warsaw native and survivor of the Nazi horrors. Mr. Wisnia is one of the last living cantors to be trained by the great Jewish liturgical singers of pre-war Poland, Gershon Sirota and Moshe Kousevitsky. Cantor Wisnia will be joined by his grandson, Avi Wisnia, an award-winning composer, singer and performer. The program will also include contributions from two musical representatives of the Jewish renewal taking place today in Poland, cantorial soloists Rivka Iza Foremniak and Menachem Piotr Mirski of the Progressive Jewish Community, Beit Polska. Cantor Paul Buch of Temple Beth Israel will participate along with a special musical ensemble created for the occasion by musical director Neal Brostoff. A reception will follow the concert. Proceeds from the program will benefit Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland. Tickets, which range from $7.50 to $90, can be purchased at jewishpolandconcerttbi.eventbrite.com. More info is available at (909) 626-1277.
Monday, October 24
EXHIBIT OPENING AT POMONA COLLEGE An opening reception for Anthony Lepore and Samira Yamin’s exhibit at Pomona College’s Chan Gallery takes place today from noon to 2 p.m. Mr. Lepore and Ms. Yamin are visiting lecturers at Pomona College this fall. Mr. Lepore will be exhibiting photographs and a sound-based sculpture from a working bikini factory that his grandfather founded in 1970. His work is inspired by the gap between the invention of a uniquely Californian ideal of beauty and the reality of the working environment. Ms. Yamin also pulls from the medium of photography. In her works, she often cuts intricate patterns from Islamic architecture into war photographs from Time Magazine. She will show a large diptych from this series, Geometries, and a few smaller works. More information is at (909) 621-8079 or online at pomona.edu/academics/departments/art. Pomona College Art Department, Studio Art Hall, 370 Columbia Ave.
YOU CAN’T BEAT A WOMAN Claremont School of Theology’s Mudd Theater, 1325 N. College Ave., is the site for a talk by Ivy Nallammah Josiah titled, “You Can’t Beat a Woman: Violence at Home and Violence by the State.” The event is part of the14th annual Pat Reif Memorial Lecture and runs from 7 to 9 p.m. “Ms. Josian has been rebelling against pressure to act like a ‘proper’ Indian Malaysian woman locally, nationally and internationally for more than three decades,” a press release stated. More information is available by calling (909) 621-8612.
Tuesday, October 25
YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC Pomona College hosts musician, scientist and lecturer Lois Svard this morning for a free talk entitled “The Brain and Music: Study Smarter, Not Harder.” Lois Svard is known for her work in applying current neuroscience research to the study and performance of music. She has received critical acclaim for her performances and recordings of contemporary piano music. More information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2457. Seaver North Auditorium, 645 N. College Ave.
ISLAM SERIES CONTINUES Claremont’s Pitzer College presents “The New Arab Wars,” a talk by Marc Lynch, professor and director of the Project on Middle East Political Science at George Washington University at 4:15 p.m. today at Benson Auditorium. Mr. Lynch is a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and the director of the Project on Middle East Political Science. This talk is part of Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry speaker series, “ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives.” More information is available at pitzer.edu/mcsi or via email at email@example.com. 1050 Mills Ave.
YOUNG MUSICIANS IN CONCERT The Musicians’ Club of Pomona Valley presents its first event of the season at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Claremont United Methodist Church. Students will play winning pieces from the recent John Child Walker Music Competition. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served at the end of the program. Call (909) 931-3618 or go see walkermusiccompetition.org for more information. 211 W. Foothill Blvd.
CONFLICT?IN?SYRIA The University Club of Claremont will host a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. with a discussion of the historical, geopolitical, demographic and religious background behind the conflict in Syria, the current situation on the ground and the heavy toll of the violent war on its infrastructure and the lives of its people. Dr. Sam Mourani and Dr. Elias Tarakji, both Syrian expats and practicing physicians, will provide eyewitness accounts of the war in Syria. They will review the humanitarian crisis affecting the Syrians left in the country and the millions of refugees. They will also explore possibilities of where the conflict may be heading in the future. The event takes place in the Padua Room of Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
Wednesday, October 26
FREE SPEECH IN A DANGEROUS WORLD Pomona College presents a free lecture at 4 p.m. today, “Lived Experiences: Free Speech, Academic Freedom and Scholars at Risk in Turkey and Syria.” The talk at Rose Hills Theater in the Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., is the second installment of the “Free Speech in a Dangerous World” series features visiting scholars at risk in the Claremont Colleges community, including Eda Erdener, formerly an associate professor in the psychology department of the arts and science at Bingöl University in eastern Turkey and Adib Shaar, formerly dean of research and a faculty member at Mamoun University in Aleppo, Syria and visiting scholar at risk at Pomona College. More information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-7467. JAPANESE MASKED DRAMA Pomona College’s Seaver Theater hosts “Invitation to Noh: Traditional Masked Drama of Japan” at 8 p.m. this evening. The free event is a traditional Japanese musical drama, which is the oldest major theatre art in the world still regularly performed today. “Hagoromo (Celestial Feather Robe)” will be performed with masks and costumes by actors from the Kongo school in Kyoto, Japan. More information is at pomona.edu/theatre or (909) 607-3181. 300 E. Bonita Ave.
Thursday, October 27
WAR ON TERROR: 15 YEARS LATER Scripps College presents Michael Deutsch in a fascinating free talk today on the ins and outs of defending political activists in the age of terrorism. “The War on Terror: 15 Years Later: Representing and Defending Political Activists in US Courts in the Age of Terrorism” kicks off at 12:15 p.m. at Hampton Room, Malott Commons. Mr. Deutsch will discuss the emergence of federal and state terrorism laws, including sentencing enhancements, special court secrecy, security procedures and the use of grand jury inquisitions, which, according to a press release, target and criminalize political activists involved in international solidarity work and domestic protests and demonstrations. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/hi/2016-fall/public-talk-michael-deutsch or (909) 621-8237. 345 E. Ninth St.
Friday, October 28
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE WINDS UP Claremont’s Friday Nights Live music series winds up for the season tonight, with Beatles tribute band Fab 8 at Laemmle Plaza; Darby Ryan and Her Band at Shelton Park; Vinyl # at the Chamber; and Patrick Carrico Band at city hall. All Friday Nights Live performances run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Nights Live will be back the first Friday in May 2017.
NOONISH CONCERT SERIES CONTINUES Scripps College’s Friday “Noon” concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with “Opus Femina,” featuring Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty) on violin; Cynthia R. Fogg (Pomona faculty) on viola and Tatiana Thibodeaux (Scripps faculty) on piano. The group will perform the music of Rebecca Clarke, Leslie La Barre, and Dora Peja?evi? at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. More information is available at (909) 607-3266.
JAPANESE THEATER PRINTS Scripps College presents “The Who and Why of Japanese Theatre Prints,” a free lecture from 8 to 9:30 p.m. this evening with Professor Katherine Saltzman-Li, UC Santa Barbara. Ms. Saltzman-Li will explore the content and consumption of Japanese woodblock prints for the Kabuki and Noh theaters, with emphasis on the intentions of the actors, print producers and audiences responsible for their existence. More information is available at (909) 607-3397. Steele Hall, Room 101, Dartmouth Avenue and Eleventh Street.
CUTTING EDGE NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE Scripps College presents Ensemble Dal Niente in a free 8 p.m. concert tonight at Garrison Theater. “Adventurous and ambitious, Ensemble Dal Niente’s take on new music is redefining listeners’ aural experience and pushing the art form in unexpected directions,” according to a press release. The Chicago-based 13-musician ensemble will perform a punk-inspired, cutting-edge experimental program that celebrates four of the most innovative composers working today, including Deerhoof. More information is at scrippscollege.edu or by calling (909) 607-8508. Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St.
JAPANESE PRINT EXHIBIT OPENS TONIGHT The exhibition “On Stage: Japanese Theater Prints and Costumes (Kabuki, Bunraku & Noh),” opens tonight at Scripps College’s Williamson Gallery, 251 E. Eleventh St. An opening reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. and features live music and light refreshments. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Woodblock prints and vintage photographs as well as costumes and masks will be included in the exhibition, which runs through Dec. 17. Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku are types of theater—each distinct, all indispensable in the Japanese tradition of dramatic expression; the exhibit offers a rich, many-faceted view of late 19th c. to mid-20th c. theatrical performance in Japan. For more information go to rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or call (909) 607-4690.
FREE FALL FEST Oak Park Community Church in Claremont is hosting a free fall festival from 5 to 7 p.m. today with games, treats, a bounce house, face painting and more. The church is located at 616 S. Sycamore Ave. Call (909) 670-0130 for more info.
ELECTION LUNACY? MUSIC IS HERE TO HEAL Pomona College hosts “I’m Worried Now… But, I Won’t be Worried Long,” a free 8 p.m. concert tonight at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. Pianist Aron Kallay will “explore the tension and uncertainty of the presidential election with classical music for piano, synthesizer and retuned-keyboard,” a press release stated. Mr. Kallay, a Grammy-nominated pianist, is a familiar face to southern California contemporary music audiences. His concerts have been heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “dazzlingly played” and “exquisite…every sound sounded considered, alive worthy of our wonder.” More information is at pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.