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CALENDAR: Pilgrim festival, film premiere, lectures, election

Friday, November 11

PILGRIM PLACE FESTIVAL The 68th annual Pilgrim Place Festival takes place today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features crafts, jewelry, fabric creations, paintings, music, food and children’s activities, including the beloved “glue in,” where kids recycle all manner of household items into unique sculptures. More information is at pilgrimplace.org/pilgrim_place_festival.php. 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle & Munch presents “Sharing Interests” from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Admission at the door is $10 (cash only), which includes appetizers and refreshments. RSVPs are required. The event is open to poeple 50 and over. To RSVP or for more info go to claremontrec.com or call (909) 399-5488.

IT’S NOON SOMEWHERE Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a concert at Balch Auditorium. Jonathan Wright (Pomona faculty), violin, and Stephan Moss (Pomona/Scripps staff accompanist), piano, will play the music of Debussy and Delius. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266. 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont.

FREE CONCERT The Pomona College Band, under the direction of Graydon Beeks, offers a program of eclectic band music at 8 p.m. tonight featuring selections from Bernstein, Gregson, Holst, Sondheim, Sousa and others. The show features clarinet soloist Gary Bovyer in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Concerto for Clarinet and Military Band” with guest conductor Karl Kohn. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 13. More information is at pomona.edu/events/pomona-college-band-3 or (909) 607-2671. Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St.


Saturday, November 12

PILGRIM PLACE FESTIVAL The Pilgrim Place Festival continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 625 Mayflower Rd. Information is at pilgrimplace.org.

NATIVE PEOPLE, NATIVE PLANTS Claremont Public Library hosts “Local Native People & Their Plants” at 10:30 a.m. today with speakers Barbara Drake (local Tongva elder) and Antonio Sanchez (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden), who will describe traditional and contemporary ways native people use plants found in the hills of Claremont. The free event is open to gardeners ages 14 and up and is co-sponsored by the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy and the Claremont Public Library. For more information, go to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902. 208 N. Harvard Ave.

JOHN YORK BENEFIT CONCERT Noted local musician and songwriter John York plays a 7 p.m. benefit concert tonight for the Prison Library Project. Mr. York was a member of legendary 1960s folk-rock band The Byrds. He also played and toured with the Sir Douglas Quintet, the Mamas and the Papas and Johnny Rivers. He has most recently recorded and toured with Barry McGuire along with his own band, The Jangle Brothers. Tickets for the show at Claremont Forum (586 W. First St.) are $12 in advance and are available at the venue, or $15 at the door. More information is at claremontforum.org, via email at claremontforum@gmail.com or by phone at (909) 626-3066.

FUNNY IN FARSI Claremont Public Library is the site for a free afternoon of storytelling and food event at 2 p.m. today. “Funny in Farsi: Come for a Little Taste” offers participants an afternoon of “the delicious world of Persian food, in connection with the On the Same Page community read by Firoozeh Dumas,” a press release stated. Information is available via email at friendsofclaremontlibrary@gmail.com. The public library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave.

A CAPELLA CONCERT Bridges Auditorium is the site tonight for the 21st annual SCAMFest, a free concert showcasing the best of collegiate a cappella music. More information is at pomona.edu/ events/scamfest-2016 or (909) 607-1139. The show runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. 450 N. College Way.

GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF COLLEGES Claremont Heritage hosts a guided walking tour of historic sites at the Claremont Colleges from 9:30 to noon today. The requested donation is $8, and reservations can be made at claremontheritage.org or by calling (909) 621-0848. Participants should meet before 9:30 a.m. at Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave.


Sunday, November 13

FILM PREMIERE Claremont Heritage will present the new documentary film Claremont Modern: The Convergence of Art + Architecture at Midcentury at 3 p.m. today at Garrison Theater, 231 E. Tenth St. Tickets are $20 in advance at claremontheritage.org or are $25 at the door. A discussion of the film with a wine reception will follow the screening. The one-hour documentary film is a companion piece to 2014’s “Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975,” by filmmaker Paul Bockhorst, in partnership with the Claremont Museum of Art. A veteran writer, producer and director, Mr. Bockhorst has produced dozens of programs that have appeared on PBS, NBC, ABC, Turner Broadcasting and the Disney Channel. He recently received an Honorary AIA Award for his many documentaries on art and architecture. More information is at claremontheritage.org.

POMONA COLLEGE BAND Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., hosts a 3 p.m. concert today with The Pomona College Band under the direction of Graydon Beeks. The band will play the music of Bernstein, Gregson, Holst, Sondheim, Sousa and others with clarinet soloist Gary Bovyer in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Concerto for Clarinet and Military Band, plus guest conductor Karl Kohn. More information is available at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.


 Monday, November 14

WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Pitzer College Student Senate presents a free 4 p.m. lecture at Benson Auditorium today entitled “The Presidential Election: What Happened and Why?” Thomas B. Edsall, a journalist and academic whose weekly opinion column appears in The New York Times, will be the guest speaker. Mr. Edsall covers American politics, inequality, campaign strategy and demographics for the Times. The talk is part of Pitzer Student Senate’s Mindful of the Future Speaker Series. More information is at pitweb.pitzer.edu/event/the-presidential-election-what-happened-and-why. Benson Auditorium is located at 1050 Mills Ave.

THE CAMPAIGN: GENDER AND SEXUALITY LECTURE, LUNCH Claremont McKenna College’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is the site for a free luncheon talk at 11:45 a.m. today. The lecture, “Gender and Sexuality on the Campaign Trail: Responses to the Presidential Election,” features panelists Andrew Busch, Emily Pears and Jean Schroedel. The talk is sponsored by CMC’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Sequence. “The panelists reflect on the role of masculinity, femininity and sexuality in the 2016 US presidential election,” a press release stated. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m., speakers at 12:15 p.m. Reservations are required for meals. For information, visit cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, call (909) 621-8244 or email  athenaeum@cmc.edu. Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, CMC, 385 E. Eighth St.

FROM STANDING ROCK TO OAXACA Scripps College’s scintillating free speaker series continues this evening with “From Standing Rock to Oaxaca: Six women in struggles for Turtle Island” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Balch Auditorium. More information is at (909) 621-8237. 1030 Columbia Ave.

KING LEAR ON THE DOCKET Brian Elerding, artistic director of Pasadena’s Ensemble Shakespeare Theater, will speak at 2 p.m. today about his adaptation of King Lear in a discussion entitled “Inspecting the Text: Discovering the Complexities of King Lear.” Light refreshments will be served at this free event. For more information, email Lucy Lynch at lucylynch@aol.com or call (909) 717-1109. Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave, Claremont.

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER Claremont McKenna College hosts a free dinner and lecture tonight at the Athenaeum, “What’s Happened to America’s Middle Class?” with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael A. Hiltzik. Mr. Hiltzik will offer his findings and views on “how the middle class gets squeezed by income inequality and unfair government tax benefits, among other factors,” a press release stated. Mr. Hiltzik is an author and 30-year journalist who writes a regular business column for the Los Angeles Times, where he has served as a financial and political writer, an investigative reporter, a technology writer and editor, and a foreign correspondent in Africa and Russia. Mr. Hiltzik authored Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex and Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century, which was a New York Times bestseller. Mr. Hiltzik received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry. Evening programs begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. The talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required for meals. Information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu. 385 E. Eighth St.


Tuesday, November 15

YALE PROFESSOR ON SAUDI ARABIA Pitzer College’s fascinating and free Munroe Center for Social Inquiry speaker series, “ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives,” continues today with “Crude Imaginations: Capitalism, Space and the Politics of History in Saudi Arabia.” Rosie Bsheer, assistant professor of history at Yale University, will speak at 4:15 p.m. at Benson Auditorium. Ms. Bsheer is an expert on the social and intellectual history of the modern Middle East and Ottoman Arabia. More information is available at pitzer.edu/mcsi or via email at mcsi@pitzer.edu. 1050 Mills Ave.

TAIWAN’S CHINA DILEMMA The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College hosts a free dinner program tonight, “Taiwan’s China Dilemma,” with guest speaker Syaru Shirley Lin. Ms. Lin will explore why deepening economic relations between Taiwan and China have led to a rise in Taiwanese identity and a backlash against globalization. Ms. Lin’s most recent book explores how Taiwan has become increasingly dependent on mainland China economically as its policies toward China have fluctuated between liberalization and restriction. Ms. Lin was previously a partner at Goldman Sachs, where she was responsible for private equity and venture capital investments in Asia. She is currently on the board of Goldman Sachs Asia Bank. Evening programs begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner at 6 p.m. The talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required for meals. Information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu. The Athenaeum is at 385 E. Eighth St.

FEMALE WRITERS A Conversation with Wendy Martin and Sharone Williams, authors of American Women Writers, takes place today from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Scripps College’s Denison Library, 1090 N. Columbia Ave. The free event will be followed by a book-signing. More information is available at colleges.claremont.edu/ifc/events/ifc-events or (909) 621-8274.

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. today to discuss “Recent Astronomical Observations from the South Pole” with guest speaker Dr. Jason Gallicchio. Dr. Gallicchio, assistant professor of physics at Harvey Mudd College, will present his latest astronomical research, including his photos from the South Pole. Padua Room, Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

“FRESH OFF THE BOAT” AUTHOR Scripps College presents a free talk at 6 p.m. today with Eddie Huang, a restaurateur, chef and author of the memoir Fresh Off the Boat, which became the basis for the eponymously titled first program on a major television network to feature an Asian-American family. For Mr. Huang, all this success raised a question: “How Chinese am I?” His quest to find the answer is at the heart of his latest memoir, Double Cup Love. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/events/scripps-presents-category/eddie-huang or (909) 607-8508. Garrison Theatre, 241 E. Tenth St.


Wednesday, November 16

AMERICAN AMNESIA Paul Pierson, professor of political science at UC Berkeley will discuss his latest book, American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper tonight at the Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College. Mr. Pierson’s lecture will focus on how “the extraordinary gains in prosperity over the past century relied upon a ‘mixed economy’ in which vigorous government played an essential role,” a press release stated. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the New York Review of Books. A reception is at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. The talk is at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required for meals. Information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu. 385 E. Eighth St.


Thursday, November 17

MEET THE WINEMAKER Venerable Village restaurant Pizza ‘N Such, 273 W Second St., hosts a “meet the winemaker” event this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Matt Villard of Paso Robles’ MCV Wines will be on hand to talk about his collection of wines, including three different Petite Sirah blends. Wine flights, etched MCV wine glasses and take-home pricing for bottles will be offered. Pizza ‘N Such is also offering gift cards for patrons that sign up for MCV wine club membership. More information is at pizzansuchclaremont.com or (909) 624-7214.

PORTER RANCH GAS LEAK Active Claremont holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the Santa Fe room of the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Robert Cruz, a spokesperson for the Gas Company, will present an update relating on the Porter Ranch situation. The public is invited to attend the free event. Call (909) 373-7907 for information.

COLLEGES FACULTY ON THE ELECTION A free talk, “Claremont Discourse: What just happened? Election 2016: A Panel Discussion and Review,” takes place from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. today. Faculty from various Claremont Colleges will review and discuss the election, including Jack Pitney (government, CMC); Jennifer Taw (government, CMC); Sean Flynn (economics, Scripps); Leo Flynn (professor emeritus of politics, Pomona); and N. Ann Davis (human relations and philosophy, Pomona). The talk will be moderated by William Ascher (government and economics, CMC) and is sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Library. Refreshments will be provided. More info is at libraries.claremont.edu/schedule/claremont_discourse or (909) 607-3303. Honnold/Mudd Library, 800 Dartmouth Ave.

SOLAR POWER TALK OVER A BEER This month’s Claremont Green Drinks gathering focuses on solar power. The “SolarUP Chat” takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., 204c. Food will be available from Buttercup Catering. More info is available via email at greendrinks@sustainableclaremont.org or at sustainableclaremont.org.

RACIAL INEQUALITY IN HEALTHCARE Harvey Mudd College will feature Dayna Matthew, author of Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in Health Care, at 7 p.m. tonight at Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd. Admission to this public lecture series is free. A dessert reception will follow. More information is at hmc.edu/calendar/nelson-speaker-series or (909) 607-0943.

HOUSE OF SPIRITS Caridad Svich’s The House of the Spirits will be performed at 8 p.m. tonight at Allen Studio Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Pomona College. The show, directed by Giovanni Ortega, repeats November 18 at 8 p.m., November 19 at 2 and 8 p.m. and November 20 at 2 p.m. Admission is $6 for students, staff, seniors and faculty and $11 for the general public. Information is at pomona.edu/theatre or (909) 607-4375.


Friday, November 18

FREE CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a concert at Balch Auditorium. Jacqueline Suzuki, violin; Cynthia Fogg (Pomona), viola; Tom Flaherty (Pomona), cello and Susan Svr?ek, piano, will perform  Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266. 1030 Columbia Ave.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT Pomona College Orchestra performs a free 8 p.m. concert tonight at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The orchestra, under the baton of Eric Lindholm, will play Messiaen’s Les Offrandes Oubliées, Strauss’s Don Juan, Op. 20, Ligeti’s Lontano and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34. The program repeats Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m.


Saturday, November 19

BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Wild Birds Unlimited host a free family bird walk this morning from 8 to 9 a.m. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bird guides or binoculars if possible. Reservations are required via email at info@rsabg.org. More info is at rsabg.org/bird-walks or (909) 625-8767. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave.