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CALENDAR: Japan on stage, shop small, Giving Tuesday

Friday, November 25

JAPANESE PRINT EXHIBIT The exhibition “On Stage: Japanese Theater Prints and Costumes (Kabuki, Bunraku & Noh),” continues from noon to 5 p.m. today at Scripps College’s Williamson Gallery, 251 E. Eleventh St.. 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 December 17. For more information, go to rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or call (909) 607-4690.

Saturday, November 26

SHOP?SMALL Small Business Saturday is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a counterpart to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.” Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick-and-mortar businesses that are small and local. Kick off your holiday shopping at Claremont businesses today.

Sunday, November 27

POETRY READING TODAY Claremont Public Library’s Fourth Sundays reading series continues at 2 p.m. today at the Claremont Public Library with the annual “Poets About Town” open mic event. All are invited to come and share their poems. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. More information is available at claremontlibrary.org. 208 N. Harvard Ave.

SYMPHONIC MASTERWORKS IN FREE CONCERT Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s traditional free post-Thanksgiving concert takes place at 3:30 p.m. today at Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St.) with masterworks from two of the world’s best-loved composers. Pomona College music faculty member Roger Lebow will perform Antonín Dvo?ák’s cello concerto, which differs from other concertos in that it also features solos from many of the orchestra’s instrumentalists in addition to the cello passages. The concert continues CSO’s ongoing celebration of Beethoven by also presenting his Symphony No. 6, also known as the Pastoral Symphony. Details about CSO and the full season program are available at claremontso.org, by phone at (909) 596-5979 or via email at claremont.symphony.orchestra@gmail.com.

Monday, November 28

ARTISTS’ OPENING Pomona College’s Chan Gallery hosts its Junior Art Show today with an exhibition featuring works by junior art majors Olivia Campbell and Chris Harding. An opening reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibition will be up through December 7. More info is at pomona.edu/academics/departments/art/chan-gallery or (909) 621-8079. 370 Columbia Ave.

HIV-AIDS PROGRESS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College hosts a free dinner and lecture tonight in recognition of World Aids Day, “HIV-AIDS: 35 Years of Scientific Progress,” with guest lecturer Karl Haushalter. Dr. Haushalter will summarize the landmark discoveries in the history of HIV-AIDS research, how they have been implemented to save lives and the remaining challenges in addressing the HIV epidemic, including the search for a cure. As a biochemist, Dr. Haushalter will share insights into the development of antiretrovirals, which have transformed HIV infection from a terminal illness into a chronic, manageable medical condition. He is currently an associate professor of chemistry and biology and the associate dean of research and experiential learning at Harvey Mudd College, where he has been on the faculty since 2003. Dr. Haushalter serves on the board of directors of Foothill AIDS Project and holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the City of Hope National Medical Center, where he is a collaborator on an interdisciplinary project to develop a gene therapy approach to treating HIV-AIDS. Evening programs begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required for meals. More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu. 385 E. Eighth St.

WEST AFRICAN MUSIC ON TAP Pomona College’s West African Music Ensemble performs a free concert at 8 p.m. this evening at Lyman Hall in the Thatcher Music Building. Fans of African rhythms are invited to experience a program of the drumming and dance of West Africa under the direction of Nani Agbeli. More information is at pomona.edu/events/pomona-college-west-african-music-ensemble or (909) 607-2671. 340 N. College Ave.


Tuesday, November 29

GIVING TUESDAY Today is Giving Tuesday and 28 businesses in the Claremont Village are participating by donating a portion of their proceeds to local nonprofits. Guests will have the opportunity to visit an information table at each location and learn about the various causes and ways to volunteer in our community. By doing holiday shopping in the Village today customers will also be supporting local nonprofits. More information is at claremontvillage.org/giving-tuesday.

A DEEPER DIVE INTO ISLAM Pitzer College Munroe Center for Social Inquiry’s ongoing speaker series “ISLAM: Beyond Ideological Narratives” continues its run of fascinating programs at 4:15 p.m. today. The free talk, “Politics, Theology, and the Fate of Islamic Rationalist Disciplines” will feature guest speaker Asad Ahmed. Mr. Ahmed is an associate professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at UC Berkeley. He specializes in early Islamic social history and Islamic intellectual history. More information is available at pitzer.edu/mcsi. Benson Auditorium, 1050 Mills Ave.

US FOREIGN POLICY UNDER OBAMA, CLINTON, TRUMP The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum (385 E. Eighth St.) at Claremont McKenna College hosts a lecture tonight, “The Age of Trump and the Legacy of Obama and Clinton.” Mark Landler will discuss his new book, which explores the foreign policy approaches of Presidents Clinton and Obama, and will offer thoughts on what’s likely to change under a Trump presidency. Mr. Landler has covered American foreign policy for the New York Times since the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2008, first as diplomatic correspondent and since 2011 as White House correspondent. In 24 years at the Times, Mr. Landler has been the newspaper’s bureau chief in Hong Kong and Frankfurt, European economic correspondent, and a business reporter in New York. Evening programs begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required for meals. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. today to discuss  “Women Pilots Who Flew Planes Across the Country During WWII to Free Men for Battle” with a fascinating and accomplished guest speaker, Iris Cummings Critchell. Ms. Critchell is a lifelong pilot and instructor and one of just a handful of women still with us who flew planes for the United States during World War II. In 1961 she and her husband developed a special aeronautics program for the Bates Foundation for Aeronautical Education at Harvey Mudd College, where she is faculty emeritus. Her many honors include the Flight Instructors Hall of Fame, Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Flight Instructor of the Year 2000 and numerous awards from Harvey Mudd. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org. Padua Room, Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

STUDENT RECITAL AT SCRIPPS A free concert of recital performances by students of the Scripps College music department takes place at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Boone Recital Hall. More information is at (909) 607-3266. 241 E. Tenth St.

Thursday, December 1

MATA ORTIZ POTTERY EXHIBIT, SALE The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) hosts a free exhibition and sale today of Mata Ortiz ceramics as well as a hands-on workshop with Diego Valles. Mata Ortiz Pottery was first produced over 1,000 years ago in an area of Northern Mexico called Casas Grandes or Paquimé. At first, the pots were crude but evolved through trade with other cultures. The Paquimé culture peaked sometime in the 13th or 14th century and then disappeared for reasons that remain unknown. Mata Ortiz pottery is based on pre-Hispanic pottery found in and around the archeological site of Paquimé in the Mexican province of Chihuahua. It is named after the modern town of Mata Ortiz, which is near the site and where a man named Juan Quezada learned on his own to recreate this ancient pottery and then went on to update it. The success of the pottery, which is sold for its aesthetic rather than its utilitarian value, has brought the town of Mata Ortiz out of poverty, with most of its population earning income from the industry, directly or indirectly. Nearly 400 of the 1,200 inhabitants of Mata Ortiz are now producing pottery, slowly transforming the community from one of impoverishment to one of economic stability. Every stage of production of the pottery is done completely by hand. Raw clay and pigment for the pots and paints are collected from the rich deposits found in surrounding hills and valleys. The exhibition and sale of more than 40 Mata Ortiz potters’ works takes place today through December 4. AMOCA is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. More information is at amoca.org or (909) 865-3146. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona.

THE QURAN: FACT AND FICTION Scripps College’s Humanities Institute continues its thought provoking series “The War on Terror: 15 Years Later” tonight with “The Quran in the American Imagination” led by anthropologist Zareena Grewal. “The Quran is one of the most iconic objects in American debates about racial and religious tolerance,” a press release stated. “Is the Quran a ‘good book’? Is it like the Bible and other scriptures? Or is its message more violent, more misogynistic, more intolerant? Or is the danger in the power readers ascribe to the book?” Tracking the Quran’s social life as an American culture object, Ms. Grewal will provide a window into today’s culture wars. The 7 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/hi/2016-fall/public-lecture-zareena-grewal or (909) 621-8237. Garrison Theatre, 241 E. Tenth St.

CHINESE ARTIST’S FINAL LECTURE Claremont School of Theology invites the community to hear its artist-in-residence He Qi give his final lecture today as his residency comes to a close. The free 3  p.m. talk includes a discussion about the localization of Chinese Christian art history as well as an opportunity to view his artwork. Light refreshments will be served. For more information go to cst.edu or call (909) 447-6361. Butler Building 201, 1325 N. College Ave.

Friday, December 2

FREE CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a concert at Balch Auditorium. Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty), violin; Jonathan Wright (Pomona faculty), violin; Cynthia R. Fogg (Pomona faculty), viola; Tom Flaherty (Pomona faculty), cello, will play Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266. 1030 Columbia Ave.

CHOIR CONCERT Pomona College Choir will perform a free 8 p.m. concert tonight at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The choir, led by conductor Donna M. Di Grazia, will offer choral works by Tchaikovsky, Chesnokov, Gjeilo, Grieg, Sandström, Dvo?ák and others.  The program repeats Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m. More information is available at pomona.edu/events/pomona-college-choir-1 or (909) 607-2671.

Saturday, December 3

LIBRARY FINE BOOK SALE The Friends of the Claremont Library will hold its bi-annual Fine Book Sale today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Find highly discounted books including rare, old and first editions, fine early and later classics in nearly all academic fields (especially history and literature), a large number of autographed works, specialty printers and works finely illustrated,” a press release stated. Additionally, one autographed copy of each of the books featured at the recent Claremont Authors’ event will be available for sale. More information is available at claremontlibrary.org or via email at friendsofclaremontlibrary@gmail.com. The public library is at 208 Harvard Ave. 

FREE ADMISSION AT RSABG Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Free Admission Day runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. On the docket is “Grow Native Nursery Workshops: Creating Seed Bombs,” from 10 to 11 a.m. “Take back the land! Learn how to craft the art that is the seed bomb using beautiful California native wildflower seeds,” a press release stated. More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767. 1500 N. College Ave.

REMBRANDT CLUB HOLIDAY FEST The Rembrandt Club’s Holiday Tea, Bake Sale and Children’s Party takes place from noon to 2:30 p.m. today at Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave. The event features wassail, syllabub, sweets and savories, crafting activities, treats for children and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1 to 2 p.m. for photos. Proceeds support the Rembrandt Club Summer Research Grant, which is presented yearly to one or two Pomona College junior art students. Admission is $7 at the door or $20 for four tickets purchased in advance. Children 5 and under are free. More information is available by calling (909) 981-7245. 305 N. College Ave.