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CALENDAR: Noonish concerts, Zombie band, comedy

Friday, October 28

NOONISH CONCERT SERIES 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.

CHOCOLATE BINGO: NO, NOT A BAND NAME Inter Valley Health Plan in Claremont hosts Chocolate Bingo at 1 p.m. today. The free event is part of IVHP’s “Real Connections Village,” and will be hosted by a community senior services representative, who will lead participants on a new twist on an old game. 601 Monte Vista Ave., Suite 275.

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 of the Commerce and Patrick Carrico Band at city hall. All Friday Nights Live performances are free and open to the public and run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Nights Live will be back the first Friday in May 2017.

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, University of California 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, Claremont.


Saturday, October 29

CUTTING EDGE 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 (909) 607-8508. Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St.

ZOMBIE BAND WANTS BRAINS The Zombie Band lurches to the stage at 10 p.m. tonight at the Press for its 16th annual free “concert,” which is actually just a ploy to harvest human brains. The band performs a macabre selection of hypnotizing rock, punk and new wave cover tunes designed to lull patrons into a state of musical euphoria, making the harvesting that much easier. The undead include Jim Carlson on guitar; Joe Atman, keys; Josh Rodriguez, bass; Derek Smith, drums; Darin Brown, vocals, and Carl Bunch on lead guitar. Freshly deceased guests include Melissa Moultrie and Ed Tessier on vocals and Aaron on more bloody guitar. More information is at thepressrestaurant.com. 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont.

ZOMBIE THEMED BOOK SIGNING The Claremont Forum Bookshop hosts local author Ro Ruffalo from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight for a reading and signing of her new book, Deeply Flawed: The Zombie Apocalypse. More information is at claremontforum.org/bookstore-2 or roruffalo.com. Claremont Packing House, 586 W. First St.

JAPANESE PRINT EXHIBIT OPENing The exhibition “On Stage: Japanese Theater Prints and Costumes (Kabuki, Bunraku & Noh),” opens tonight at Scripps College’s Williamson Gallery, 251 E. 11th St.. An opening reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. and features live music and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. Woodblock prints, vintage photographs, and costumes and masks will be included in the exhibition, which runs through December 17. For more information go to rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or call (909) 607-4690.

ELECTION LUNACY? MUSIC IS HERE TO HEAL Pomona College hosts “I’m Worried Now…But, I Won’t be Worried Long,” a free concert tonight at 8 p.m. 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. More information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.


Sunday, October 30

SISTER ACT Pomona College hosts the Jung Trio, comprised of sisters Jennie (piano), Ellen (violin) and Julie (cello) Jung, will play at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., at 3 p.m. The trio will perform music by Beethoven, Pärt and Schubert in their Bridges Hall of Music debut. More information is at pomona.edu/events/ jung-trio or (909) 607-2671.

PÉTANQUE GAME Claremont Pétanque’s fall and winter hours begin today with games starting at 2 p.m. at Larkin Park. The French boule game takes place every Sunday, is free and open to anyone 18 and over. More information is at claremontpetanque.org or (909) 399-5488. 660 N. Mountain Ave.


Monday, October 31

CLAREMONT’S SPOOKTACULAR The city’s annual free Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. at Claremont Train Depot, and Village business will once again hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. The Depot will host free games for children and a variety of entertainers will roam the Village. The Depot is at 200 W. First St.

SAFE AND SPOOKY FAMILY FUN Claremont United Church of Christ hosts a Halloween trick-or-treat event today from 5 to 6:30 p.m., including spooky haunted pipe organ music and scary décor in its sanctuary. All trick-or-treaters are welcome to this safe and festive Halloween event at 233 W. Harrison Ave. More information is available at (909) 626-1201.


Tuesday, November 1

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. today to discuss the true identity of Jack the Ripper. Simon Daryl Wood is the author of Deconstructing Jack: the Secret History of the Whitechapel Murders. The book has won several awards, including Book of the Year at the 2015 Jack the Ripper Conference in Nottingham, England. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org. Padua Room, Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

THE WAR ON TERROR: 15 YEARS LATER Scripps College’s Humanities Institute’s Fall 2016 speaker series, “The War on Terror: 15 Years Later” continues today with a free talk from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., “How Islamist Intellectuals, Activists and Militants Have Responded Differently to the West.” Scripps professor of politics Sumita Pahwa will explain how groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and the Islamic state have viewed western policy through the lens of local religious politics to mobilize Islamist militancy over three generations. More information is at scrippscollege.edu or (909) 621-8237. Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont.

FUTILITY IN IRAQ Pitzer College’s ongoing series “Islam: Beyond Ideological Narratives” hosts Dr. Abbas Kadhim today, speaking on “Zero-Sum Reconciliation: The Futile Efforts of Forging a Common Future in Iraq.” Dr. Kadhim is a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University and president of the Institute of Shia Studies in Washington, DC. His research interests focus on Iraq, Iran, the Persian Gulf and Islam. The free event takes place at George Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. More information is at pitweb.pitzer.edu or (909) 621-8219.

PHOTOPHYSICAL PROPERTIES Scripps College’s Williamson Gallery presents “Art-CSI: Photophysical properties of pigments as fingerprint markers in archaeological forensics” tonight at Boone Recital Hall. The free lecture by Dr. Ioanna Kakoulli takes place from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. More info is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-3397. Boone Recital Hall, 241 E. 10 St.

COMEDY FUNDRAISER Claremont nonprofit Children’s Foundation of America partners with Ontario’s Improv Comedy Club tonight to host a fundraiser benefiting abused, abandoned and neglected youth living in the local foster care system. Funny 4 A Reason 9 includes CFOA Executive Director Cher Ofstedahl. The show starts at 8 p.m. and is open to patrons 18 and over. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance through eventbrite.com. More information is at (909) 426-0773 or childrensfoundationofamerica.org. 4555 Mills Circle, Ontario.


Wednesday, November 2

FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC The Claremont Senior Program’s fall information fair and flu shot clinic takes place today from 9 a.m. to noon at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Free flu shots will be offered in partnership with the LA County Department of Public Health. The event is open to the public. More information is at (909) 399-5488.

HARLEM’S NUMBERS RACKET Pomona College’s Africana Studies Lecture series presents LaShawn Harris from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. today. The title of the lecture is “Madame Queen of Policy: Stephanie St. Clair, Harlem’s Numbers Racket & Community Advocacy.” Ms. Harris is assistant professor in the department of history at Michigan State University. The free event is sponsored by Africana Studies. More information is at cuc.claremont.edu/africana or (909) 607-3070. Edmunds Building, 185 E. Sixth St.


WHOSE JUSTICE? Pomona College hosts the third lecture today from the Pacific Basin Institute: “Whose Justice?: Anti-Trafficking Initiatives in the Time of Black Lives Matter” at 4:15 p.m. in the Hahn Building. The free talk is part of the “Trafficking and its Discontents: Intimacy, Labor and Migration in a Transnational World” series. More information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-7467. 420 Harvard Ave.


Thursday, November 3

INVENTING LANGUAGE: THEN AND NOW Pitzer College hosts a free talk from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. today on the art of language invention. David J. Peterson will discuss the art of “conlanging,” or language creation. “The intentional invention of language is a practice which goes back to the 12th century, though due to the popularity of shows and films that make use of created languages (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” James Cameron’s “Avatar” the CW’s “The 100,” etc.), the craft has become more visible than ever,” a press release stated. Highlighting some of his work in TV and film, Mr. Peterson will explicate what precisely is required to create a realistic, naturalistic language. More information is at (909) 621-8219. George Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave.

REMBRANDT CLUB The Rembrandt Club hosts its monthly free and open to the public lecture and tea from 1:30 to 3 p.m. this afternoon at Lyman Hall, in the Thatcher Music Building on the Pomona College campus. Today’s talk is on “The Art of Reading: Exploring a Painting by Eastman Johnson,” a features a lecture by Francis Pohl, PhD, professor of art history and humanities at Pomona College. Tea and reception follows at Seaver House. More info is available via phone at (909) 912-2961. 340 N. College Ave.

RADICAL STORYTELLING AT HARVEY MUDD The Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., is the site tonight for an interesting and free spoken word/performance art event, “Gómez-Peña Unplugged: A brand new spoken-word monologue by el Mad Mex.” The 7 p.m. show is part of Harvey Mudd College’s Nelson Distinguished Speaker Series. Guillermo Gómez-Peña is an artist, writer, activist and educator. In his latest solo work, “El border brujo,” Mr. Gómez-Peña draws from his 30-year-old “living archive” and combines new and classical performance material to present a unique perspective on the immediate future of the Americas. His self-styled “imaginary activism” invokes performance art as a form of radical democracy and citizenship. Mr. Gómez-Peña is director of the international performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. More information is at hmc.edu/calendar/nelson-speaker-series or (909) 607-0943. 


Friday, November 4

NOON CONCERT AT 12:15 Scripps College’s wonderful and free Friday Noon Concert Series continues, inexplicably, at 12:15 p.m. today with the Sforzando Brass Quintet at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. The quintet includes Angela Romero and Joe Ferruzzo, trumpets; Nathan Board, horn; Brent Anderson, trombone and Stephen Klein (Pomona College) on tuba. The group will perform “Music for Brass, Sacred and Profane” by George Walker. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.


Saturday, November 5

LIBRARY DEBUTS NEW TEEN AREA Claremont Public Library invites the public to visit its new teen area today, with free “swag bags” to the first 50 kids ages 11 to 18. The library, located at 208 N. Harvard Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers will be on-hand to tell visitors all about teen services at the library. Library staff note that this is a great time to drop in with a parent or guardian and get a library card, too. The new area was underwritten by The Friends of the Claremont Library. More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.  

PIANOS CASCADING AT POMONA COLLEGE Bridges Hall of Music hosts “A Cascade of Pianos” tonight, a free 8 p.m. concert with six pianists playing Steve Reich’s minimalist piece “Six Pianos” (1973) and works by Barber, Bernstein, Meredith, Monk and more. Musicians include Pomona College’s piano faculty: Genevieve Feiwen Lee, Aron Kallay, Jennie Jung, Gayle Blankenburg, Ming Tsu and Philip Young. More information is at pomona.edu/events/cascade-pianos or (909) 607-2671. Little Bridges is located at 150 E. Fourth St.

KOREAN FOLK ART An opening reception for Sharon Kim’s show “DOL The First Born” takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at Square i Gallery, 110 Harvard Ave., in the Village. Ms. Kim is a Los Angeles-based artist who was born in Korea. “She uses western painting techniques we are all familiar with, then she amplifies them by adding symbols from Minhwa (Korean folk art) meant to bless the viewers,” a press release stated. More information is at squareigallery.com or (909) 625-2533.


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