CALENDAR: Rock, blues, folk in the air, Hops with Pops
Friday, June 16
ROCK, BLUES, FOLK IN THE AIR Friday Nights Live, Claremont’s free, summer-long live music series continues tonight with Dynamite Dawson at Laemmle; Anamaria De La Cruz at the chamber; Pride of Cucamonga at Shelton Park; and Technopagan at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October 27.
HOLLYWOOD BLUES DESTROYERS The charmingly eclectic band from tinseltown, led by Skip Heller, makes its local debut at 9 p.m. at the Black Watch Pub, 497 N. Central Ave., Upland. The show is free. The Hollywood Blues Destroyers boast a wide repertoire, touching on country, 1960s soul, film music, jazz and Mexican trio music. The setlist includes original music by Mr. Heller and interesting interpretations of unexpected cover tunes. Also on the bill is some band called Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight, who will be doing their thing acoustic style tonight. More info is available at theblackwatchpub.com.
CLARINET FESTIVAL The 12th annual Claremont Clarinet Festival continues at Pomona College with “Clarinet Masterworks.” The free, open to the public concert takes place at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave. The festival concludes Saturday, June 17 with “Clarinet Matinee” at 2:30 at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The festival includes 10 solo clarinetists performing blockbusters of the clarinet repertoire. More info is at claremontclarinetfestival.com or (310) 464-7653.
Saturday, June 17
HOPS WITH POPS Last Name Brewing invites the community for a pre-Father’s Day 5K, kids’ run and pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Runners will receive an official race shirt, a bottle opener, a finisher medal and a free pancake breakfast and one complimentary Last Name Brewing post-race beer (Must be 21 or older). For information, including registration, go to hopswithpops5k.com. Use the discount code COURIER for $5 off. Last Name is at 2120 Porterfield, Upland. The event benefits the Upland Police Officers Association.
VINTAGE FLEA MARKET Fans of old stuff have a lot to choose from around Claremont. Oodles of thrift and antique stores dot the area, with a fantastic concentration at Pomona’s Antique Row. Every third Saturday the Claremont Vintage Flea Market takes place at the Packing House, 532 W. First St. The event, from noon to 5 p.m., is free and features local vendors offering interesting items. More info is at claremontpackinghouse.com.
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING Pilgrim Place is the site for a free screening of the documentary film, “Open Bethlehem” at 7 p.m. at Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont. Leila Sansour’s film follows her campaign to stop occupying Israeli forces encircling her hometown with a concrete wall. Ms. Sansour’s film follows her attempts to unite Christians, Muslims and Jews in their desire for free access to the Holy City. “One of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I have seen, about this unreported story,” The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw wrote in his review. For more information call (760) 641-4596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 18
HONOR THY FATHER It’s Father’s Day, and no matter which model dad you have—sporty, foodie, arty or mellow—Claremont has you, and him, covered. A few suggestions: For the fitness-minded dad, how about a nice hike at the Claremont Loop or the Thompson Creek Trail. Start early though, as temps are forecast to reach the mid-90s. If your dad digs the out-of-doors, but would rather stroll than hike, perhaps a trip to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, which is offering free admission to all dads and a gift to the first 200 through the gate is in order. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. If pop prefers a more gastronomic celebration, how about wine and cheese at Casa 425, a burger at Eureka or a pie at Pizza ‘N Such? If reflecting with like-minded creative types is his style, the Claremont Museum of Art, at 200 W. First Street, has on view “Tree Speak: Interpretations of the Rustlings.” One of the ol’ standbys is of course the movie and a popcorn option, where dad can chill out in the dark and yes, if he sees fit, take a nap. And kids, it’s his day, so you just go ahead and let him snore. The Laemmle has Wonder Woman showing, which should keep dad alert. The most important thing, of course, is to simply spend some time with the old guy. It’s really all we want, mostly. A donut wouldn’t hurt either. Or a beer.
JAZZ ON THE PATIO The wonderful free concert series Jazz at College Center continues today with a free Father’s Day show from 2 to 5 p.m. from Polyhedra at 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Sit outside and enjoy some sushi from Blue Fin or a caffeinated beverage from nearby Starbucks and tap your toes to the hep sounds the cats be layin’ down. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter.com.
Monday, June 19
DUSTBOWL REVIVAL Scripps College’s Levitt on the Lawn free concert series brings us the exuberantly diverse sound of The Dustbowl Revival from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Big, brassy and upbeat, The Dustbowl Revival’s vintage soul-meets-country blues has wooed critics and audiences alike. Named the best live band in Los Angeles by LA Weekly, this octet, replete with tuba, washboard, accordion, fiddle and mandolin, will perform in the ongoing series supported by Levitt Pavilions and Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch, ’74. More info is at scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-8508. See page 14 for a feature on the band.
Tuesday, June 20
UNDERSTANDING THE MIDDLE EAST The University Club of Claremont meets over lunch at 11:30 a.m. to discuss “Understanding the Middle East Conflict: Progress and Challenges” with guest speaker Ardi Rashidi-Kalhur. “Do the complicated issues of middle east conflict overwhelm and confuse you?” a University Club press release asked. “Have you wondered about human rights issues and ‘fake news’? This is a must-be-there presentation by a past president of the University Club who has served at every level of the United Nations Association. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is at universityclubofclaremont.org.
LOCAL UN CHAPTER TALKS TRUMP The Pomona Valley Chapter of UNA-USA invites local residents to a free talk, “The UN in the Time of Trump,” with guest speaker and UNA National Advocacy Chair, Mel Boynton. The lecture takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. The talk is part of the chapter’s monthly meeting. Mr. Boynton has held various leadership positions within UNA-USA and currently chairs the section that mobilizes the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. Refreshments will be served. More information is available at (909) 625-9670 or via email at email@example.com.
Wedensday, June 21
BUTTERFLIES AND BREWS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Butterflies and Brews continues from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn fun facts from butterfly experts and walk through the Garden’s butterfly exhibit while enjoying a cold beer, with local musicians providing the soundtrack. Tickets are $15 for the general public or $10 for Garden members, and include one California-brewed beer (or California grown wine). Additional beverages may be purchased. The event will take place each Wednesday in June, is open to guests age 21 and up, and ID is required. See rsabg.org for more info.
Thursday, June 22
POLICE HOST MEETING ON CLAREMONT CRIME The Claremont Police Department hosts a free and open to the public Citywide Neighborhood Watch meeting at 6 p.m. at the Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Road. The event is hosted by Claremont Police Commissioner Edgar Reece, who will provide an update on crime trends and provide crime prevention strategies. More information is at (909) 399-5409 or on the city’s website at ci.claremont.ca.us.
Friday, June 23
IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE, PLAY ON Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live rolls on tonight with Amazing Tone Benders at Laemmle plaza; Liz Hangan and Blues and Fries at the chamber of commerce; rock, country, blues and soul with Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight at Shelton Park; and Random Spark at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October 27. More info, including future lineups, is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, June 24
ART WALK FOCUSES ON GLASS WORKS Claremont’s Pilgrim Place hosts a free opening ceremony for “Spreading the Forest, The Miura Art Walk” at 3 p.m. The walk begins at Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd. “Discover 14 works of glass art as you weave your way through the tree-lined streets of Pilgrim Place,” a press release stated. “Enjoy how each piece catches the light, integrating beautifully with its natural environment.” The walk will end with light refreshments at the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, 730 Plymouth Rd. For information, call (909) 399-5511.