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CALENDAR: Final holiday music in the Village, Taco Tuesday Village crawl, New Year's Eve hot spots

Friday, December 23

SPGT! Bona-fide local indie-rock legends Wckr Spgt bring their live show to The Press, 129 Harvard Ave., tonight at 10 p.m. in what is billed as “Wckr Spgt Hometown Holiday Show.” Every performance from Spgt brings something new and unique to the fore. The band is always up to something interesting and with the seemingly innocuous descriptor of “Hometown Holiday Show,” one can only guess as to the brainy shenanigans they will bring to The Press. The show is free and starts at 10 p.m. More info is at thepressrestaurant.com.

 

Saturday, December 24

FINAL HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE THIS SEASON Festive Sounds Saturdays concludes its December run today with Tim Rotolo playing holiday music on the piano at the Claremont Chamber office from 10 a.m. to noon. More info is available via email at claremontvillageinfo@gmail.com or online at claremontvillage.org.

FIDDLER SINGALONG Join Temple Beth Israel for a Fiddler on the Roof sing-a-long with Cantor Paul Buch at 7:30 p.m. at the Laemmle Claremont 5 Movie Theatre. Guests are invited to “Rock the Shtetl-songs, trivia and costumes” at this special celebration on the first night of Chanukah. Call the TBI Office at (909) 626-1277 for information.

Sunday, December 25

CHRISTMAS JAZZ ON THE PATIO The free weekly Jazz at College Center series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today. The concerts take place at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, in the patio in front of Blue Fin Sushi.

 

Monday, December 26

DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY The Day after Christmas is a public holiday in some states, including Kansas, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Government offices, educational institutions and many businesses are usually closed in these states. Claremont’s city offices are closed today as well.

 

Tuesday, December 27

IT’S RAINING TACOS! Had enough ham sandwiches, turkey pot pie, ham and eggs and turkey tortellini? We say cleanse the palate with tacos! The Claremont area sports several restaurants and bars that honor the ancient tradition of Taco Tuesday, wherein discounts are applied to the diminutive savory delicacies. Among them are Espiau’s at 109 Yale Ave.; Rincon Azteca at 586 E. Base Line Rd.; Casa Moreno, 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd. and our old favorite the Black Watch Pub at 497 N. Central Ave. in Upland.

 

Wednesday, December 28

HOLIDAY ZOO LIGHTS The Los Angeles County Zoo’s annual LA Zoo Lights event is happening nightly through January 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of a sleeping animal among the thousands of holiday lights adorning the zoo’s displays. The zoo is at 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles. Tickets are $14 for adults and $11 for children. More info is available at lazoolights.org or (323) 644-4200.

 

Thursday, December 29

THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR Looking for something fun to do with the kids over the school holiday? If your kids are like mine, they might be interested in a new exhibit at the California Science Center, “The Science Behind Pixar.” Technicians and artists will explain how Buzz Lightyear, Mike and Sully, Dory and Nemo made it to the big screen in this event, which runs every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 9 at CSC, located at 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles. The exhibit is co-organized by Pixar Animation Studios and Museum of Science, Boston. It includes eight interactive sections—Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets and Camera, Animation, Simulation, Lighting and Rendering. Pixar employees and cast members will also be on hand to provide information and answer questions. More info is at californiasciencecenter.org or (323) 724-3623.

 

Friday, December 30

ART MART Claremont hosts Art Mart today from 5 to 9 p.m. The free eclectic display and sale of local artisans’ wares happens monthly at the Packing House, 532 W. First St. Shopping, art classes and dining are all part of the fun. More information is available via email at audsandends.sa@gmail.com. 

 

Saturday, December 31

YAY! 2016 IS OVER! It’s the beginning of a new year, where all things are fresh and new and everything is possible. Thank God! If you’re looking to get out and maybe put 2016 behind you and hear some live music, the Black Watch Pub, at 497 N. Central Ave. in Upland, celebrates British New Year with Paddy’s Pig at 3 p.m. Jonny Come Lately brings its revved up garage/ska/ rockabilly to the Press Restaurant, 129 Harvard Ave., at 10 p.m. Both shows are free.

A?BIG?BAND?NEW?YEAR Big Band is back at the Candlelight Pavilion. From the classic crooning of The Blue Note Orchestra to the contemporary hits of Night Shift, celebrate a rich era of Big Band music while ringing in the New Year. Tickets are $99 for the main floor or $125 for the terrace. The Candlelight is at 455 W. Foothill Blvd. Visit candlelightpavilion.com for more information.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT WALTER’S Walter’s restaurant will host four full bars and three fire pits on its patios and indoor section for New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Two live DJs—Shanwow and Westcrackin—will play top 40, hip-hop and EDM. Drink specials and a photo booth will round out the night. Guys get in free before 10 p.m., $25 cover charge after that. Girls get in free before 11:30 p.m. with a $15 cover charge afterwards. Bottle service starts at $125 and includes entrance for four people. For information, email Dawoud at events@waltersrestaurant.com.