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CALENDAR: Homeland Security, herb walk, art show, Baroque

Friday, March 24

HOMELAND SECURITY AT HOME Claremont McKenna College hosts a lecture today, “Homeland Security at the Local Level: A Public Policy Conference,” from 8 a.m. to noon at McKenna Auditorium, 390 E. Ninth St. The Inland Empire Center for Economics and Public Policy at CMC is hosting the conference on the role of local governments in the fight against terrorism. The cost is $75 per person or $325 for groups of five. The event will feature 100-120 local public safety officials, elected officials, business leaders and Claremont students and faculty. Eli Owen, Deputy Commander of the State Threat Assessment Center of the California Office of Emergency Services, is the keynote speaker and the Hon. Norma Torres will give concluding remarks. The conference program will also include two panels, one on local prevention of and preparation for terrorist incidents and another on local response with an emphasis on lessons learned from the 2015 San Bernardino attack. More info is at inlandempirecenter.org or (909) 607-7572.

READ A POEM, GET A BOOK Claremont Graduate University hosts a poetry giveaway and open reading from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, 831 N. Dartmouth Ave. “Read a poem, get a free book,” a press release stated. The event is sponsored by Claremont Graduate University’s Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards and Foothill: A Journal of Poetry. More info is at the Facebook event or (909) 621-8974.

CONTRA DANCE The contra dance club of the Claremont Colleges, invites Claremont community members of all ages to attend its March dance from 8 to 11 p.m. The dance features live music by the High Strung String Band and instruction/calling by Ginger Alberti. The event takes place at Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus, 150 E. Fourth Street. The event is free for Claremont College students; A $5 donation is suggested for all others.? Free parking is available nearby at Sumner Hall. “Contra dance is an energetic, accessible and enjoyable style of social folk dance,” a press release stated. “Essentially, one may think of it as making new friends and being active, set to music.” No prior experience is needed. Attendees do not need to bring a partner and the recommended dress is a comfortable outfit and shoes without too much grip. For more information visit contraversial.weebly.com or email claremontcontra@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, March 25

TREE-PLANTING EVENT Claremont’s “Making a Difference” free tree planting event happens from 8 a.m. to noon at June Vail Park, Grand Avenue and Bluefield Drive. This is the celebration of Claremont’s annual reforestation program hosted by community services and Sustainable Claremont. There will be a short presentation and tree-planting demonstration at 8 a.m., after which groups will be paired with city staff and assigned street trees to be planted in the general area of the park. For information, email Sustainable Claremont at greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org.

SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE Claremont McKenna College hosts the South Asian Studies Association’s 11th anniversary Conference at 8:30 a.m. today and 9 a.m. tomorrow. The event includes the presentation of more than 50 scholarly papers within 20 individual panel sessions and three major plenary sessions. Speakers at SASA 2017 include leading South Asian specialists from universities and colleges from across North America, Asia and Europe. A special afternoon plenary session will feature Claremont McKenna College President Hiram Chodosh, author of the 2016 book Uniform Civil Code of India: A Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse. Dr. Chodosh’s co-author, professor Shimon Shetreet of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will travel from Israel to discuss the book. The Saturday evening awards banquet will feature a keynote address from India Consul General Ambassador V. Ashok, who will discuss the evolving Indian economy, demonetization and the forthcoming introduction of the country’s first goods and services tax. For information or registration go to sasia.org.

MEDICINAL HERB WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts a medicinal plants of California herb walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Join experienced herbalist William Broen for an interactive garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California,” a press release stated. Participants will learn both traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore. Please bring a hat, sack lunch or snack and a water bottle. The cost is $20 for RSABG members or $25 for the general public. More info is at rsabg.org/community-education or (909) 625-8767.

MILLARD SHEETS BUS TOUR “In the Public Eye: Bus Tour of Millard Sheets’ Public Art” takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ontario Museum of History and Art, 225 S. Euclid Ave., Ontario. The cost is $18. Millard Sheets created numerous art installations for public spaces in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, as well as nationwide. Participants will take a bus tour of the former studio of Millard Sheets in Claremont and locations in the surrounding region, led by Claremont Heritage. The event begins at the Ontario Museum of History and Art. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For reservations, call (909) 395-2510.

CONCERT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE Pomona College is the site for a unique free concert as actors will portray Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Leonard Bernstein and the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra will play music from these composers and more. The show starts at 10:30 a.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The concert features actors William Christian, Michael Layne and Jeff Richards with maestro Juan Felipe Molano and the CYMO. The concert is free and open to kids of all ages, with audience participation and prizes for everyone. Come early to see and hear the instruments up-close. Doors open at 10 a.m.  For information call (909) 624-3614.

MUSEUM FUNDRAISER Art Work Studio presents “A Brush with a Past,” a fundraiser to benefit the Claremont Museum of Art. This event features more than 35 artists’ used brushes for sale or silent auction as collectible memorabilia. The brushes will be on view at Bunny Gunner Gallery, 203 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, beginning with a reception today from 1 to 3 p.m. The brushes will remain on view and for bidding through 5 p.m. on March 29. The event is in conjunction with the current exhibition See Me Rabbit, featuring paintings and assemblages by Anne Seltzer. Brushes from past Claremont artists Karl Benjamin, Lucette Bourdin, Crispin Gonzales, Sam Maloof, Harrison McIntosh, Millard Sheets, Paul Soldner, Martha Underwood, Michael Woodcock and Milford Zornes will be available by silent auction. Brushes from current artists Rose Ash, Barbara Beretich, Dee Marcellus Cole, Steve Comba, Paul Darrow, Father Bill, Jeff Faust, Betty Davenport Ford, Rebecca Hamm, James Hueter, Aleta Jacobsen, Karen Karlsson, Jacqueline Knell, Gina Lawson, Andree Mahoney, Sioux Bally Maloof, Joy McAllister, Sylvia Megerdichian, Katie Selke, Anne Seltzer, Tom Skelly, Jeanne Steffan, James Strombotne, Juan Thorp, Chris Toovey, Gerogette Unis and Maureen Wheeler will be on sale as well. For information call (909) 624-8424.

CLAREMONT MANOR ART SHOW Claremont Manor, at 650 Harrison Ave., is the site for an opening reception from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for its third annual art exhibit. The show highlights the work of some 25 resident artists in painting, ceramics, wood turning, sculpture, weaving, pottery, quilting, costume jewelry, metal working and more. Parking is available in guest spots or on adjacent streets. The show continues Sunday, March 26 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.. For information, call (909) 626-1227, extension 6127 or email thamlin@frontporch.net.

RACIAL INEQUALITY WITH CHRIS HAYES MSNBC host and author Chris Hayes takes part in a discussion of his new book, A Colony in a Nation, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Scripps College’s Garrison Theatre, 241 E. 10th St.. The event is free but RSVPs are required at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508. Mr. Hayes will be joined in conversation by Scripps politics faculty Vanessa Tyson. Mr. Hayes is the host of All In with Chris Hayes  on MSNBC and an editor-at-large at The Nation. Ms. Tyson is an assistant professor of politics at Scripps College. Her latest book is Twists of Fate: Multiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.

 

Sunday, March 26

BAROQUE CHAMBER CONCERT Bridges Hall of Music hosts a free Baroque chamber music concert at 3 p.m. The show features Aki Nishiguchi, Baroque oboe; Carolyn Beck, Baroque bassoon; Roger Lebow, Baroque cello; Jason Yoshida, theorbo and Graydon Beeks on the harpsichord playing music by Handel and others. The ensemble was established in 2008 by colleagues in the Pomona College Music Department with the goal of exploring lesser-known byways of Baroque chamber music. The group typically gives one to two concerts each year. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

 

Monday, March 27

TALKING “MOSKVARIUM” Pomona College’s Lebus Court, 145 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont, hosts “Model Moskvarium,” a free 4:15 p.m. presentation by Juliet Koss, associate professor of art history at Scripps College. In an article in the Soviet newspaper Pravda in 1932, Sergei Tret’iakov proposed the construction of a new building for Moscow. It would be a “Moskvarium,” a word conflating Moscow and planetarium and within it a giant, constantly changing architectural model would depict the historical, present-day and future city of Moscow. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2221.

EVERYDAY FATEFULNESS Pomona College hosts “Mapping the Fatefulness in Everyday Life” at 4:15 p.m. in the Hahn Building, 420 Harvard Ave. The free lecture features Alice Goffman, an ethnographer who writes about inequality, cities and social interaction. Her book On the Run describes young men growing up as suspects and fugitives in segregated black neighborhoods torn apart by intensive policing and targeted imprisonment. pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-3027.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB Char Miller will speak at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s 7 p.m. meeting at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 625 Mayflower Rd. Mr. Miller is the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. The topic is sustainability and “the Trump affect on the not-so-golden state.” More info is at (909) 973-9730.

 

Tuesday, March 28

AGRARIAN HISTORY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA James Scott will speak on “Against the Grain: A Deep History of the First Agrarian States of Southeast Asia” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theater, 170 E. Sixth St. Mr. Scott’s free lecture will focus on the agrarian and ecological history of Southeast Asia and the Irrawaddy River Delta in Myanmar. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 621-8939.

UNIVERSITY CLUB LUNCH The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “The Bernard Field Station: Local and Regional Resource for Ecological Literacy” with guest speaker Dr. Wallace “Marty” Meyer. Dr. Meyer is the director of the Robert J. Bernard Field Station and an assistant professor of biology at Pomona College. He will discuss various ways the field station is being used, and show how the knowledge generated is contributing to a better understanding of how to protect biodiversity and critical ecosystem functions throughout the region. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.

RACE AND COSMOPOLITANISM Claremont’s Scripps College’s Tuesday Noon series continues today with “Our Mutual LA Suburban Pasts: Race and Cosmopolitanism in Greater Los Angeles.” The event at Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., gets underway at 12:15 p.m. and concludes at 1:30. Scripps professor of American studies Wendy Cheng will address the development of a distinct multiracial identity grounded in working- and middle-class, suburban spaces and how the formative histories and lived experiences of residents of multiracial suburbs enrich our understanding of racial formation. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 621-8237.

LAUDED POET TO READ Pitzer College’s Literary Series continues with a poetry reading with Ari Banias at 4:15 p.m. at the Broad Center, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. Mr. Banias is the author of Anybody and a chapbook, What’s Personal is Being Here With All of You. His poems appear in American Poetry Review, Boston Review and as part of the exhibition Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He is the recipient of the 2014 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, among other awards. More info is available at 5ccreativewriting.wordpress.com or (909) 607-3489.

BIG TALK ON NANOTECHNOLOGY Harvey Mudd College’s Annenberg Leadership and Management Speaker Series continues today with Hector Ruiz speaking from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Mr. Ruiz is the founder and chairman of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions Inc. He has been a luminary in the field of technology for nearly three decades, and is an accomplished engineer, corporate strategist and chief executive, spending more than two decades at Motorola. More info is at hmc.edu/annenberg or (909) 607-0943.

 

Wednesday, March 29

HOW TO BAKE PI Scripps College hosts the cleverly titled free lecture, “How to Bake Pi with Eugenia Cheng” from 6 to 7 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave. In her book,  How to Bake Pi, Ms. Cheng uses recipes for treats like chocolate brownies as an entry point to understanding what math is. She visits Scripps to reflect on the joy of bringing math to the masses and the experience of being a woman in STEM. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 621-8237.

NIEBUHR DOCUMENTARY SCREENS Claremont School of Theology’s Mudd Theater hosts a at 6:30 p.m. screening of Martin Doblmeier’s latest documentary, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, followed by a Q and A with the filmmaker. The film explores the life and impact of the author of the Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr. The theater is located at 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont. The film is directed, written and narrated by Mr. Doblmeier, the creator of dozens of award-winning films on faith. Rich in archival material, the documentary features interviews with former President Carter, Cornel West, Andrew Young, David Brooks, Susannah Heschel, and a host of internationally recognized historians and theologians. Presidents from Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter have credited his impact on their thinking, as have Senator John McCain, historians, theologians, political thinkers, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who cited Mr. Niebuhr in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Mr. Niebuhr’s books, Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932), The Nature and Destiny of Man (1941–43) and The Irony of American History (1952), continue to influence theological and political thinking. For information, visit cst.edu.

 

Thursday, March 30

LECTURE ON THE INDIGENOUS STRUGGLE A free talk, “We Are Not Red Indians (We Might All Be Red Indians): Anticolonial Sovereignty Across the Borders of Time, Place and Sentiment,” takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Scripps College’s Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave. Columbia professor of anthropology, award-winning author and Kahnawake Mohawk scholar Audra Simpson uses this point of comparison to reflect upon “the deep specificity and global illegibility of indigenous struggle and life in the face of death and dispossession in North America,” a press release stated. More information is at scrippscollege.edu or (909) 621-8237.

NOTABLE EARLY CLAREMONT WOMEN David Shearer, executive director of Claremont Heritage, will present a free talk at 6:30 p.m. on some of the most influential women of early Claremont. The lecture takes place at the Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Based on Judy Wright’s book, Claremont Women 1887-1950: They Created a Culture, the presentation will focus on some of the city’s most important and interesting women in public and community life, education, the arts and culture. For information go to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.

MATH AND LOTTERY SCAMS Harvey Mudd College’s Moody Lecture series presents “Identifying Lottery Scams Using Mathematics and Public Lottery Data” with Skip Garibaldi, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Mr. Garibaldi will tell the story of how a journalist, two mathematicians and a statistician teamed up and used mathematics to identify people who were using the lottery as an adjunct to their illicit activities. The analysis combined old and new mathematics with on-the-ground detective work. The resulting series of journal and newspaper articles led to arrests and changes in state policy and contributed to the resignation of the head of the Florida lottery. Mr. Garibaldi is a mathematician known for his work on algebraic groups, especially exceptional groups such as E8; the book, Cohomological Invariants in Galois Cohomology, with Alexander Merkurjev and Jean-Pierre Serre; and his work on lotteries, which led to changes in policy and arrests. Call (909) 621-8023 for information.

 

Friday, March 31

NAING AND SAING WAING In what we can only assume is a far distant antecedent of the charming, um, pungent and hippie-laden Venice drum circle, Pomona College hosts “Kyaw Kyaw Naing and the Saing Waing: The Drum Circle of Burma” at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. Kyaw Kyaw Naing is a Burmese classical musician and a master of the saing waing or pat waing, a unique drum circle instrument that is a legacy of Burmese court culture and Buddhist folk traditions. More information is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-3075.

 

Saturday, April 1

POETRY IN THE GARDEN Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts “Garden of Verses: Poetry Day in the Garden,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free with regular admission or membership at RSABG, located at 1500 N. College Ave. “California poets will welcome the season and National Poetry Month by sharing poems that celebrate our garden, all gardens, nature and the environment of this fragile earth and out into limitless space,” a press release stated. “Come and stroll the garden’s paths anytime throughout the event time to enjoy the art of the spoken word performed by poets in the garden.” Some of the poets set to read are Nancy Wing, Rebecca Bauman, Andrea Carter Brown, Mary Fitzpatrick and many others. More info at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

A ONE-WOMAN MUSICAL The Brenda Rosenfeld Scholars Series presents “A Cabaret Evening with Singer/Comedienne Patti Linsky” at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 3033 Towne Ave., Pomona. Ms. Linsky will perform her one-woman musical “Altar Ego,” which draws on her life experiences and uses satire and humor to recount her difficult years following a life-threatening illness. The show includes original songs, “clever new lyrics to standards, tongue-in-cheek humor and audaciously delicious verve—it is a memoir in song that Patti shares like a hidden treasure, told through the lens of a woman who went through a near-death experience and came out on the other side, transformed,” a TBI press release stated. A dessert reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $20. Tickets are available at pattilinskytbi.eventbrite.com or by calling (909) 626-1277.

THE MOJAVE TRIO IN CONCERT Pomona College is the site for a free concert from the Mojave Trio. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The Mojave Trio is dedicated to presenting a wide variety of classical music from the standard repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries to new works. The program includes music by Schumann, Shostakovich and others. The ensemble has performed on the Sundays Live radio broadcast from Bing Theater at the LA County Museum of Art. Members of the trio are: Sara Parkins, violin; Maggie Parkins, cello; and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano. More information is at pomona.edu/events or by calling (909) 607-2671.

I SPEAK FOR THE TREES The Claremont Museum of Art’s new exhibition, “Tree Speak: Interpretations of the Rustlings,” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 200 W. First St. A CMA press release explained the show will present visual interpretations “which ascend from the concept or image of trees and leaves in nature.” It will include a survey of Claremont’s long history as the City of Trees and will feature artists living in the city’s urban forest who have found their voices in nature, including  Steve Comba, Jeff Faust, Athena H. Hahn, Amy Maloof, Barbara Schenck, Steve Schenck, Christopher Toovey, Georgette Unis, Dan Van Clapp and Jane Park Wells. Poet Beth Benjamin will read. The show was organized by Rebecca Hamm and will remain on view through July 23. More information is on the CMA website at claremontmuseum.org.

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