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CALENDAR: Free speech, birds walk, life and lemons, quilters

Friday, January 20

SPEECH ON CAMPUS ON FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS Pomona College’s fascinating Free Speech in a Dangerous World series continues this evening with Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge for Our Time. The free lecture begins at 4:30 at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., and concludes at 6 p.m. “In recent years, colleges and universities across the nation have experienced growing conflicts over the meaning of limits of academic freedom and of the right of free expression,” a press release stated. “These conflicts pose a serious challenge to the core mission of our nation’s institutions of higher learning. In this lecture, Professor Geoffrey R. Stone will explore the reasons for these conflicts and will offer thoughts on how colleges and universities should respond to them.” The lecture is part of Free Speech in a Dangerous World, a yearlong series exploring the relationship between free speech on campus and diversity and inclusion across disciplines and contexts. Presenting different viewpoints and global perspectives, the series examines the central goals of liberal education, including fostering difficult dialogues, academic freedom and promoting diversity and inclusive excellence. More information is at (909) 607-7467 or pomona.edu.

 

Saturday, January 21

FREE FAMILY BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the site this morning for a free family bird walk. The walk, from 8 to 9 a.m., is hosted and sponsored by Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited. The store’s Chris Verma will guide participants on the family-friendly stroll. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bird guides and/or binoculars if you have them. The event is free but reservations are required via email at info@rsabg.org. For more information go to rsabg.org/bird-walks.

BOMB MAKING CLASS AT GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the site this morning of a free workshop at its Grow Native Nursery, “Creating Seed Bombs,” from 10 to 11 a.m. this morning. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave. For more information go to rsabg.org.

GOYA’S WAR RECEPTION Pomona College Museum of Art presents a public reception for Goya’s War: Los Desastres de la Guerra from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening. The show includes the complete set of 80 etchings published as Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War) in 1863. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) etched the 80 plates that comprise the set in reaction to the horrors of the Napoleonic invasion of Spain and the political turmoil that followed. The museum is located at 330 N. College Ave., Claremont. For more information call (909) 621-8283 or visit pomona.edu/museum.

THE COSTS OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT Claremont Forum hosts Dr. Keramet Reiter at 7 p.m. tonight for a talk on solitary confinement in our prisons and the resulting social costs. The free lecture takes place at the Forum Bookshop, home of the Prison Library Project, 586 W. First St., Claremont (in the Packing House). Dr. Reiter is an Assistant Professor at UC Irvine’s School of Law and is a former attorney with the Prison Law Office, California’s nonprofit prison watchdog organization. Her new book, 23/7, focuses on California’s infamous Pelican Bay prison and the rise of longterm solitary confinement. The title refers to prisoners who spend 23 hours a day, seven days a week, “in featureless, windowless cells with no visitors or human contact, sometimes for years on end,” a press release stated. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. More information is at (909) 626-3066 or claremontforum.org.

SCRIPPS CERAMIC ANNUAL The 73rd Scripps College Ceramic Annual happens from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 251 E. Eleventh St. in Claremont. The theme of the exhibition is “a sense of place and play.” A 4 to 5 p.m. lecture on the exhibition at the Scripps Humanities Auditorium precedes the opening. More info is available at (909) 607-8090.

JEWISH, PALESTINIAN MUSIC FOR PEACE A unique combination of community faith groups and educational institutions have come together to present an inspirational musical event that has been called “a once in a lifetime experience sure to inspire and not soon forgotten” tonight at the Mudd Theater at the Claremont School of Theology. The show, “The Pursuit of Harmony,” is a collaboration between Michael Hunter Ochs, an award-winning Jewish American singer and songwriter from Nashville and Alaa Alshaham, a highly successful Palestinian Muslim songwriter and peace activist from the West Bank. Mr. Ochs and Mr. Alshaham began their collaboration in 2009, during Mr. Ochs’ first visit to the Middle East. “Although the two found harmony in their music and an increasing openness in their dialogue, they quickly realized that their historically divided people don’t know each other at all,” a press release stated. “They’ve been dedicated to changing this status quo ever since. In a world resonating with discord and distrust, ‘The Pursuit of Harmony’ is dedicated to developing not only meaningful contact between Jewish Americans and Palestinian Muslims, it’s increasingly focused on bringing together diverse groups no matter what divides them.” Sponsors include the Inland Valley Interfaith Working Group for Mideast Peace, Claremont School of Theology, Bayan Claremont, University of La Verne, Center of Lutheran Studies at CST, Claremont Interfaith Council, Upland Interfaith Council, Inland Valley Interfaith Network and Temple Beth Israel. Tickets are $15 and $7.50 for students and are available at pursuitofharmony0121.eventbrite.com or by calling (909) 542-8150. Limited tickets will also be available at the door.

 

Sunday, January 22

TRAUMATIC CHILDHOOD TO HEALTH ADULTOOHD The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area will host its January Food for Thought today from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Padua Room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., in Claremont. The featured speaker will be Mary Donnelly-Crocker, CEO of Young and Healthy in Pasadena. “Please join the League of Women Voters for an eye-opening discussion about how events experienced at young ages can have wide-reaching effects on our society,” a press release stated. Teachers are encouraged to attend. The cost is $45. For information go to claremont.ca.lwvnet.org or call (909) 624-9457.

Glatter-Goetz ORGAN CONCERT Claremont’s United Church of Christ will feature Dr. James F. Mellichamp, president of Piedmont College in Georgia, and Scott Anderson, Claremont Graduate University doctoral candidate, performing pieces on the church’s Glatter-Goetz 1998 pipe organ at 3 p.m. today at 233 W. Harrison Ave. A free-will offering will be accepted to support the church’s organ concert series. More information is available at (909) 626-1201.

 

Monday, January 23

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS Crossroads is looking for volunteers to help make lemonade every Tuesday morning between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The fun will start with harvesting the lemons donated from local fruit trees at 8 a.m. and then continue at a commercial kitchen in Upland to make the lemonade. The lemonade team will be drawn from college students, community volunteers, Crossroads women and Crossroads staff. Crossroads is conducting an orientation from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today at the Crossroads administration office, 250 W. First St., Suite 254, Claremont. RSVP to Vicki at (909) 626-7847.

THE SHOT HOLE BORER AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT Sustainable Claremont hosts a sustainability dialog from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight focusing on the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer and its impact on Claremont’s trees. The event is free and open to the public and will be held on the Pomona College campus, Hahn 101, 420 N. Harvard Ave. The discussion will be led by Dave Roger, Urban Forester with the city of Claremont. Participants are invited to find out how the city is responding to the pest and what you can do if the shot hole borer attacks your trees. The event is sponsored by Sustainable Claremont, the League of Women Voters, the Interfaith Sustainability Council and Pomona College. More info is available via email at coordinator@sustainableclaremont.org or online at sustainableclaremont.org.

 

Tuesday, January 24

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. today to discuss “Take the Train, the Metrolink Commuter Rail System” with Scott Johnson from Metrolink’s public affairs office. The meeting takes place in the Padua Room at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, January 25

PUBLISHING PANEL The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College hosts a free dinner and lecture tonight, “Publishing and Diversity: A Panel Discussion,” with panelists Camille Griep, Kima Jones, Rachel Kahan and Yi Shun Lai. Authors and CMC alumni Ms. Griep and Ms. Shun Lai will join executive editor Ms. Kahan of William Morrow and Company and book publicist Ms. Jones of Jack Jones Literary Arts for a panel discussion regarding the state of the book publishing industry and the representation of diverse voices and genres in the field. Ms. Griep is the author of Letters to Zell and New Charity Blues; she is also a senior editor at the Lascaux Review. Ms. Shun Lai is the author of Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu; she is also a literary editor at the Tahoma Literary Review and the Los Angeles Review. Along with publishing professionals Ms. Kahan and Ms. Jones, the evening will feature readings and a moderated conversation regarding the panelists’ recent experiences with publishing. 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. Information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or by email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu. The Ath is at 385 E. Eighth St.

 

Thursday, January 26

CHALLENGING DANCE Cal Poly Pomona’s University Theatre is the site for tonight’s Spatial Dance Scapes at 8 p.m. The theater is at 3801 W. Temple Ave, Building 25, Pomona. Spatial Dance Scapes is a night of dance theatre featuring seven narrative choreographies. “Each dance explores themes such as the environment, history, psychology, social justice, as well as the abstract,” a press release stated. “The culmination is an intimate dance experience that will challenge audiences on intellectual and emotional planes.” The production is directed by Gayle M. Fekete. The event repeats at 8 p.m. tomorrow, January 27 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students and seniors. For more information and tickets visit bit.ly/winterquarter or call (909) 869-3962.

 

Friday, January 27

THE QUILTERS Ophelia’s Jump presents The Quilters at 8 p.m. at the Theatre Company Performing Arts Studio, 1400 N. Benson Ave., Upland. Based on the narratives of real women, this celebration of American womanhood became a record-setting regional theater success before its presentations on Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival. Combining music, dance movement and scenes of vivid dramatic intensity, the play pays tribute to the courage and spirit of our nation’s pioneer women. Tickets are $20 to $25. The show repeats Saturday, January 28; Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. Two matinee performances will be offered on Sunday, January 29 and Sunday, February 5 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit opheliasjump.org or call (909) 380-2753.

SOLID Claremont’s soul stirrer, Solid Ray Woods, takes the stage at the Press tonight at 10 p.m. for a free show. Mr. Woods, a transplant from the California high desert, has been grooving and growing a local audience with his Raw Soul Revue for several years now. Mr. Woods’ act comes in several configurations, from solo with just his voice, his drums and a keyboard (he pulls it off somehow), to a full four-piece band. The Press is located at 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont. Come check it out for yourself and support local, homegrown music. More info is at thepressrestaurant.com.

 

Saturday, January 28

ART SALE Eight Claremont artists will be selling their work and art supplies at drastically reduced prices today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the corner of Harrison and Yale . This sale takes place once a year on the last Saturday of January. 

CONCERT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE The Claremont Symphony Orechestra begins the new year today with a Concert for Young People at 10:30 a.m. at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music. Three outstanding CYSO Concerto winners—Eisar Elgaoun, Allen Lin and Chloe Harsojo—will perform parts of concertos by Haydn, von Weber and Shostakovich. More information is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.

FUNNY IN FARSI Friends of the Claremont Library present “Funny in Farsi— Dutch Treat” from 1 to 3 p.m. today as Frans Vischer, author, illustrator and Disney animator, gives a talk about coming to the US from the Netherlands at age 11. A discussion of Firoozeh Dumas’ Claremont On the Same Page pick, Funny in Farsi will also take place while drinking fine tea and eating fortune cookies to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This event at the Claremont Library Meeting Room, 208 Harvard Ave., is free and open to the public. 

CELEBRATING SOUTHLAND ARTISTS Claremont Graduate University is hosting a public reception from 2 to 4 p.m. today celebrating a gift of 17 works of art from the collection of Stanley and Gail Hollander. The reception is at the university’s East and Peggy Phelps Galleries, 251 E. Tenth St., Claremont. The late Stanley Hollander, who supported emerging artists with his Los Angeles-based Hooper Projects, gifted these works by acclaimed Southern California artists to CGU before his death last year. The works will be part of a “working collection”—a permanent exhibit at the university that will also be used by students in CGU’s acclaimed MFA program to engage and inspire them as they develop their own artistic voices. No registration is required. For more information call (909) 621-8071.

ANDY WARHOL SHOW OPENS The Pomona College Museum of Art hosts a public reception tonight for “Now Screening: Andy Warhol Prints” from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition explores changes in technique and subject matter in Warhol’s screen prints and features a recent gift of seven prints from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as well as other Warhol works from the permanent collection. The exhibition will be on view through May 14 at the Claremont gallery, located at 330 N. College Ave. “American visual artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is synonymous with Pop Art,” a press release stated. “Warhol challenged the introspection of Abstract Expressionism to focus on the impact of popular visual culture. He brought the techniques and processes of commercial art, acquired in his early career as a commercial artist, into the realm of fine art. His subjects, as seen in this selection of prints, were drawn from contemporary life. The exhibition begins with Birmingham Race Riot (1964) and follows Warhol’s changing interests in subject matter and his experimentation with commercial processes.” For more information call (909) 621-8283 or visit pomona.edu/museum.