CALENDAR: Drum circle, speaking for trees, bird stroll, music
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. The free event is sponsored by The Ena Thompson Lectureship, Department of History, Pomona College. 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. 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.
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 plus framed poetry by Beth Benjamin. The show was organized by Rebecca Hamm and will remain on view through July 23. More info is at claremontmuseum.org.
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. A dessert reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $20. More information and tickets are available at pattilinskytbi.eventbrite.com or (909) 626-1277.
MOJAVE TRIO Pomona College is the site for a free concert from the Mojave Trio 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. Members of the trio are Sara Parkins, violin; Maggie Parkins, cello and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Sunday, April 2
FREE GUIDED BIRDING STROLL Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, is the site for a free beginner’s bird walk from 8 to 9 a.m. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring bird guide books and binoculars, if available. Limited loaner binoculars may be available to use during the walk. The event is sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. More information and reservations are at rsabg.org/bird-walks or (909) 625-8767.
LIGHT AND DARK IN SONG Pomona College presents Chiaroscuro: Light and Dark in Art Song, a free concert with Melissa Givens at 3 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The Grammy award winning soprano Ms. Givens will be joined by pianist Shannon Hesse in a program including music by Bolcom, Haydn, Martucci, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Purcell and Strauss. For more info go to pomona.edu/events or call (909) 607-2671.
AVANT GARDE PIANIST Harvey Mudd College hosts a free concert with pianist Sarah Cahill at 8 p.m. at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Ms. Cahill, called “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times, celebrates the centennial of composer Lou Harrison with rarely heard works by him and his circle. For more info go to hmc.edu/calendar or call (909) 621-8022.
Monday, April 3
PROLIFIC POET Scripps College presents Seeing With Your Life: A Poetry Reading with Ed Pavli? from noon to 1 p.m. The free event takes place at the school’s Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave. Mr. Pavli? is the author of seven collections of poems and two critical books. His most recent works include Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners, Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno and Visiting Hours at the Color Line. His next books are a collection of poems, Live at the Bitter End: A Trial by Opera and Another Kind of Madness, a novel set on the south side of Chicago/coastal Kenya and tuned to the sound of Chaka Khan. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.
CHESS AND CHECKERS AT THE LIBRARY The Claremont Public Library invites local kids on their spring break to drop by today, tomorrow and Wednesday at 2 p.m. to play chess and checkers. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Refreshments will be served. The library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information, call (909) 621-4902 or visit colapublib.org.
Tuesday, April 4
HISTORY OF THE BACK YARD FENCE The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “The Rise and Spread of Backyard Fencing in Southern California: Creating the Landscape of Our Changing Sense of Community” with guest speaker Denise Spooner, retired history teacher, California State University, Fullerton. “Besides a sprinkler system, is there anything more ubiquitous in the residential landscape of southern California than the fences that surround our backyards?” a press release asked. In this talk, Ms. Spooner will share her research on the history of backyard fencing and how it reflected the changing nature of community in the years between 1880 and 1940. Ms. Spooner currently works on historic preservation projects as a member of Claremont Heritage’s Preservation Issues Committee. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
CONSERVATION IN ARCHEOLOGY Scripps Colleges hosts a free lecture, Assessment of Significance and Decision Making in Object Conservation, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Hampton Room at Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont. The talk is by Ellen Pearlstein, associate professor, UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials. More info is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-3397.
STANDARDIZING SOUND Pomona College hosts a free lecture, Listening to Nature: Standardizing Soundscapes and Imagined Ecologies, 1900-1945 from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Rembrandt Hall, 135 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. “How did the changing soundscape inform scientists’ and then the public’s understanding of the environment?” a press release asked. The talk focuses on two examples from the first half of the 20th century—the standardization of bird song representation via music notation in the United States and ideas about the sounds of extinction in Germany—to show the central importance of the soundscape in environmental thought. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 621-8155.
MOTHERHOOD, SEXUALITY, GENDER AND FAMILY Claremont’s Scripps College hosts Maggie Nelson and Sarah Manguso in conversation from 6 to 7 p.m. at Garrison Theatre, 241 E. 10th St. Ms. Nelson and Ms. Manguso will take on complex issues of gender, sexuality, family and mothering in this free lecture by deploying forms and styles equal parts poetry and essay. The event is free but RSVPs are required. To RSVP or for more info, go to scrippscollege.edu/events or call (909) 607-8508.
THE MORAL DILEMMA OF VIETNAM Pomona College’s Crookshank Hall, 140 E. Sixth St., is the site of a free 7 p.m. screening of the documentary film The Draft and the Vietnam Generation. The 49-minute film weaves together the stories of folks from diverse backgrounds who faced the moral dilemma of being drafted to fight in a war they opposed. By exploring this critical period of American history through the eyes of young people who rejected war, the documentary presents an intimate understanding of why so many defied their government and how resistance to the draft helped fuel the largest peace movement in American history. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-3395.
SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB MEETS Claremont Senior Computer Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., with social time beginning at 7. Tonight’s guest speaker is Steve Yoss, who will be presenting information on current and future technology. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, April 5
ARTIST LECTURE, DEMONSTRATION Catherine Bebout will offer a free lecture and demonstration from noon to 1 p.m. at Scripps College’s Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Ms. Bebout is Scripps’ BA/BFA director and area printmaking, papermaking and book arts in the department of art and design. She had a solo exhibition sponsored by the US Consulate at the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai that traveled to the Lalit Kala Akademi, Madras and the Ruchika Gallery in Goa. Her work is included in public and private collections such as the New York Public Library, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Muse’ Royal des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. An art demo (stenciling and monoprint) takes place April 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lang Studio. More information is at (909) 607-3628.
FREEDOM ISN’T FREE, ACADEMICALLY Pomona College’s ongoing and fabulous Free Speech in a Dangerous World series continues with Academic Freedom Isn’t Free: Christian Professor in Hijab meets Evangelical Litmus Test. The free talk takes place at 4:30 p.m. at Rose Hills Theater, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. “In the contemporary landscape, academic freedom is as costly as the ivory of the tower that scholars inhabit,” a press release stated. “This talk will explore the real costs inherent in peddling unconventional pedagogies and activism in academia via the lens of the speaker’s embodied solidarity with women in the hijab.” More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-7467.
ACCLAIMED ARTIST Claremont Heritage’s First Wednesday Speaker/Film Series continues from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pitzer College’s Benson Theater, 1050 N. Mills Ave. The free talk and Q and A with artist Phillip K. Smith III will be followed by a reception. Mr. Smith will examine five of his recent large-scale, temporary installations including the internationally-renowned Lucid Stead in Joshua Tree and Reflection Field and Portals, both of which debuted at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. His most recent large-scale installation, The Circle of Land and Sky, can be viewed through April 30 at Desert X 2017, an international contemporary art exhibition in the Coachella Valley that focuses on environmental, social and cultural conditions of the 21st century. The artist and his works have been featured in numerous publications, including Art in America, Architectural Digest, the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Hyperallergic, Chris Van Ueffelen’s book 500 x Art in Public, and Henry M. Sayre’s textbook A World of Art. More info is at claremontheritage.org.
PUBLIC EDUCATION IN POST-ELECTION AMERICA The public is invited to attend a panel discussion, “What Lies Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities for K-12 Education,” featuring Claremont Graduate University alumni who have taken leadership roles in several southland public school districts. This event, at 7 p.m. in Albrecht Auditorium, 925 Dartmouth Ave., serves as the 21st Sally Loyd Casanova Distinguished Alumni Lecture hosted by CGU’s School of Educational Studies. The event is free, but registration is required at 2017-casanova-lecture.eventbrite.com to reserve a seat. The public is also welcome to attend a reception prior to the event at 6:30 p.m. Panelists include Downey Unified Superintendent John A. Garcia, Romoland Unified Superintendent Julie A. Vitale, Montebello Unified Interim Superintendent Anthony J. Martinez and Hacienda-La Puente Unified Curriculum Director Helene Cunningham. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday, April 6
A POEM FOR LUNCH Pitzer College’s Literary Series presents a free poetry reading by Ashaki M. Jackson from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at McConnell Center, 1050 N. Mills Avenue. Ms. Jackson is an applied social psychologist, program evaluator and poet who works with youth through research, evaluation and creative writing mentoring. She is a Cave Canem and VONA alumna who serves on the VIDA: Women In Literary Arts board. The author of two poetry collections, Surveillance (Writ Large Press) and Language Lesson (MIEL), Ms. Jackson lives in Los Angeles. More info is at pitweb.pitzer.edu or (909) 621-8219.
ADDRESSING CREATIVITY The Rembrandt Club’s First Thursday Lecture and Tea takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave. The topic this month is Sketched in Stone: Inspiration and Creativity, and features artist Dawn Myers. A tea and reception will follow at Seaver House. More information is available by calling (909) 374-1491.
ALTARED NATURE Pitzer College professor Paul Faulstich, PhD, presents a free lecture, Altared Nature: Wildlife, Art and Ecophilosophy, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Mr. Faulstich will present his photo and video documentation of wildlife in the local foothills and introduce us to environmental art based on his research. The cost is $15 for the public or $10 for Garden members and students with ID. More info at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
HEADY BORDER ISSUES Scripps College presents Resurgence in Spaces of Impunity: Indigenous and Latinx Perspectives from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. Margo Tamez will present on The Return and Resurgence of the Nde’ Monster Slayer and the 4th Arrow After and Beyond the Wall. Also on the panel is Rosa-Linda Fregoso, who will discuss The Art of Witness: Wandering with the Detained-Disappeared. This event is present by the Scripps College Humanities Institute. More info is at scrippscollege.edu or (909) 621-8237.
OROZCO’S LEGACY Pomona College’s Lincoln Building, 647 N. College Way, Claremont, hosts Creative Liberties: Orozco’s Legacy in Cold War Mexico, an Orozco in Focus lecture by Jennifer Josten, from 7 to 8 p.m. The free talk will be followed by a reception in front of Orozco’s Prometheus mural in Frary Dining Hall. More info is at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 607-7543.
Friday, April 7
DIGITAL HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE TRUMP ERA The Honnold/Mudd Library and Claremont University Consortium presents the DH Spring Symposium: Critical Digital Humanities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event, at 800 Dartmouth Ave., will explore “the intersections between activism, social justice, and the Digital Humanities in the vein of Paulo Freire and bell hooks,” said a press release. This event, co-sponsored with The Claremont Colleges Library Dean’s Action Committee on Diversity and Inclusivity, celebrates the work of southern California scholars who are using DH tools and methods to advance social justice with their students. It also offers ideas for those who are interested in engaging in similar work. Keynote speakers Patty Ahn, assistant professor of communication at UC San Diego, and Bergis Jules, university and political papers archivist at UC Riverside, will present on courses that focus on social media responses to the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency and the Doc Now project, respectively. More info is available at dh.libraries.claremont.edu or by calling (909) 607-0894.
IMMIGRATION REFORM CONFERENCE The seventh annual Collegiate Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIR) conference takes place at Pomona College from 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. The event, at Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont, is $35 and is hosted by Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and Success (IDEAS) at the Claremont Colleges. This will be a two-day event with the goal of bringing together college students, organizations, activists, scholars and other members of the national pro-immigrant rights community. For tickets, registration and info go to pomona.edu/events or call (909) 607-3615.
CLASSICAL PIANO CONCERT Pomona College hosts its junior recital with Sophia Sun at 9 p.m. in Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Ms. Sun, a pianist, performs music by Albéniz, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Granados, Griffes and Janá?ek. The event is free and open to the public. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Saturday, April 8
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Claremont McKenna College hosts the 39th annual International Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at the Quadrangle, 888 Columbia Ave. The free and public festival is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year at the Claremont Colleges. The day can be spent sampling authentic international cuisine and enjoying performances of music and dance from around the world by both student and professional artists. The festival is family-friendly and open to the entire Claremont community. More info is at iplace.claremont.edu or (909) 607-4571.
FAITH AND HOPE AT PILGRIM PLACE Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center hosts Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose Mary Sean Hodges in showing the artwork of parolees in Faith and Hope Art Show: Beyond Prison Walls. The free show at 660 Avery Rd., Claremont, is open from 1 to 3:45 p.m., with a panel discussion with the artists at 4 p.m. The exhibition will close with snacks and a discussion from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information call (909) 399-5573.
JUNIOR PIANO RECITALS Pomona College hosts two junior piano recitals. The first, with Sarah Yaghmaee (Scripps ‘18), is at 4 p.m. at Boone Recital Hall, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. The second is with Alexander Woods at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Avenue. Ms. Yaghmaee will perform works by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff and Mr. Woods will present music by D. Scarlatti, Haydn, Chaminade and Dutilleux. More info is available at collegescalendar.org/index.
PUNK ROCK BENEFIT SHOW Noted area musicians team up at 8 p.m. at the Black Watch Pub, 497 N. Central Avenue, Upland, to benefit the House of Ruth. The show, A Tribute to CBGB, will highlight the music of several 1977-era New York bands that were at the vanguard of East Coast punk rock. Among the music featured will be selections from legendary punks Patti Smith, Blondie, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Television and others. There is no cover, but House of Ruth will have a booth onsite with information on its charitable works and will be accepting donations. The Pub will also donate a portion of the night’s receipts to HOR. More information is at theblackwatchpub.com, houseofruthinc.org or at the Facebook event page.