CALENDAR: Ireland, walking tour, Shakespeare club
Friday, January 6
CATCH THE SPIRIT OF IRELAND Michael Ryan returns to the Candlelight Pavilion with his annual Spirit of Ireland concert, an evening of song, music and dance. No meal is included, but there are beverages and desserts available for purchase. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Saturday, January 7 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call (909) 626-1254 or visit candlelightpavilion.com.
COMEDY OPEN HOUSE Second City Hollywood’s family-friendly and free open house happens today from 1 to 4 p.m., offering folks a look at all the funny coming from the LA branch of the venerable comedy troupe. Kids are welcome to this event at Second City’s small theater at 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, which includes performances, improv workshops, shows, food and prizes for all ages and experience levels. Youth improv is for ages 8 to 17, adult improv is for those 18 and older. More information is at secondcity.com.
Saturday, January 7
GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF CLAREMONT Claremont Heritage’s monthly guided walking tour of Claremont takes place today from 10 a.m. to noon. This month’s tour is of the Claremont Village. Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St. The cost is $5 per person and reservations are requested via phone at (909) 621-0848 or email at email@example.com. More info is at claremontheritage.org.
Sunday, January 8
CLAREMONT HERITAGE MEETING Claremont Heritage’s annual Members’ Meeting takes place today at Ginger Elliott Center at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The 1 to 2:30 p.m. meeting at Memorial Park is open to the public. More information is at claremontheritage.org or (909) 621-0848.
Monday, January 9
SHAKESPEARE CLUB The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley has invited guest lecturer Carolyn Ratteray for an interactive workshop at 2 p.m. today on how the pros “speak the speech trippingly.” Ms. Ratterray will focus on how to vocalize The Bard’s language. The meeting is free and open to the public and takes place at Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Ms. Ratteray is a resident artist at A Noise Within and has also been featured in Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid. She is an assistant professor of theater at Pomona College. Light refreshments will be served. More information is at (909) 621-9485.
Tuesday, January 10
CGU POETRY READING Claremont Graduate University is the site for a free and open to the public poetry reading tonight. CGU’s Kingsley & Kate Tufts poetry awards in association with the Ashbery Home School hosts Douglas Kearney and Carmen Gimenez-Smith from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Peggy Phelps and East Galleries, 251 E. Tenth St. More information is at (909) 621-8974.
UNIVERSITY CLUB LUNCH The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch today at Hughes Center to discuss “Earthquakes and You” with speaker Dr. Linda Reinen, geology department, Pomona College. “Does the recent flurry of earthquakes near the Salton Sea give us an indication of what we might expect in our area?” a press release asked. “Why are earthquake insurers reevaluating the possibility that a quake in our south fault could trigger a quake in a north fault leading to a very big quake?” Dr. Reinen earned a PhD from Brown University. She currently is an associate professor at Pomona College. As a scholar in structural geology, Dr. Reinen is an expert in the mechanics of fault systems and the potential for major earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault in southern California. Padua Room, Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
Wednesday, January 11
GARDEN CLUB MEETING, TALK Claremont Garden Club presents “Traditional and Modern Uses of California Native Edible and Medicinal Plants” at 6:30 p.m. this evening. Guest speaker William Broen will be featured in the free talk at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd. Mr. Broen, an “enthusiastic bioregional herbalist and educator, covering a diverse spectrum of plants and their uses, will inform us on how a plant’s defense mechanisms become meaningful to us and what we can tell about plants through our own senses,” a press release stated. “He will share their preferred habitats and growing conditions, toss in a bit of plant folklore, and welcome any questions on this favorite topic.” Exhibits, plant cuttings and refreshments are at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Broen speaks at 7 p.m. A door prize will be given away at closing. Enter Pilgrim Place from Sixth Street, bear left. Right onto Avery Road. Information is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (909) 621-6381.
CHOIR BRINGS BIEBER AND BASIE TO CLAREMONT Willamette University’s Winter Choir performs a free, open to the public concert at 7 p.m. tonight at Claremont United Church of Christ Congregational, 233 Harrison Ave. Guest performers include the Claremont High School band. The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. Selections by the Chamber Choir include William Mathias’ “Let the People Praise Thee, O God,” a song composed for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981, “Gloria” by Javier Busto and “Speak of Peace” by Allan Robert Petker. Vocal jazz ensemble Willamette Singers will perform “First Train Home” by Imogen Heap, “It’s Sandman” by William James “Count” Basie, “Kaleidoscope Heart” by Sara Bareilles, “Roller Coaster” by Justin Bieber and others. Goodwill donations are encouraged. More information is at willamette.edu.
Thursday, January 12
INSECURE ALEX Artists oftentimes project an air of invincibility and supreme confidence, which can mask an underlying layer of uncertainty and self-doubt. Or maybe that’s just me. Regardless, Pomona’s Acerogami bar, at 228 W. 2nd St., is hosting a touring band called Insecure Alex tonight. The venue’s website describes the group thusly: “Insecure Alex started in the summer of 2015. Their sound blends genres like Motown, hip-hop and rock and their live performance is one you won’t want to miss.” The show is at 9 p.m. and is a mere $5, so it won’t cost much to find out if this band is all hat and no cattle, are truly insecure, or perhaps making an ironic joke about their justifiably outsized egos. Please let us know! More information is at theglasshouse.us or (909) 865-3802.
Friday, January 13
BEAUTY, BEAST IN CLAREMONT Claremont’s longrunning dinner theater haven the Candlelight Pavilion opens its production of Beauty and the Beast tonight. The Pavilion is at 455 W. Foothill Blvd. Tickets and more information are available by calling the box office at (909) 626-1254, extension 1.
Saturday, January 14
SPIROGRAPH FUN The Claremont Library hosts a free Spirograph Fun event today from 2 to 3 p.m. Supplies will be included to make a picture and a greeting card. The event is open only to kids ages 11 to 18 and supplies are limited. The library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information, call (909) 621-4902 or visit colapublib.org.
EXHIBIT FOCUSES ON CLIMATE CHANGE The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) has opened a new exhibit by Joan Takayama-Ogawa entitled “Climate Change.” The show includes abstract figurative white coral reef sculptures and white lighting installations calling for the reversal of global warming. AMOCA is located at 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. Ms. Takayama-Ogawa’s work is part of the Renwick Gallery, The Smithsonian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and AMOCA. Call (909) 865-3146 or visit amoca.org for more information.