CALENDAR: Big holiday entertainment week ahead!
Friday, September 1
GET YOUR FAIR ON Has all this heat left you with a hankerin’ for a nice, refreshing fried Twinkie? Well if so you’re in luck, because the 95th annual LA County Fair returns to Pomona Fairplex today from noon to midnight. Adult admission this year is $20 for weekends and $14 for weekdays. Kids ages 6-12 are $12 and $8, respectively, seniors age 60-plus are $15 and $10 and children 5 and under are free. A season pass is $30. Discounts are available at groupon.com, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Sprint stores. Additional discounts can be found by clicking on “Special Offers” at lacountyfair.com. Regular folks parking is $15; VIPs will pay $25 and valet service is $30. Alternatively, Metrolink is offering special weekend service for fair goers with additional savings on admission. Train riders can beat traffic and skip parking fees with a $10 weekend day pass on Saturdays or Sundays. A free shuttle will pick up Metrolink riders at the Fairplex station and take them to the yellow gate entrance. For details visit metrolinktrains.com/lacountyfair. Oh, and on a side note, if you want to see some weird fried food items from fairs around this great country of ours, check out mentalfloss.com and search “fair food.” You’re welcome.
ALL WE NEED IS MUSIC, SWEET MUSIC Claremont’s ongoing free summer/fall music series, Friday Nights Live, continues tonight with Silverados Unplugged at Laemmle plaza; Mohave Beach Band at the chamber of commerce; US 99 at Shelton Park; and Jack McCoy 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, September 2
MORE FREE MUSIC The Claremont Community School of Music’s Sunset Saturdays, a free and open to the public concert series, continues from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 951 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. DuselForty58 will perform a program of Gershwin and original music by Winston Raval for saxophone, strings and jazz trio. Email email@example.com for more info.
Sunday, September 3
SUNNY SUNDAY It’s going to be hot, hot, hot! If you’re like me and you’ll be spending the day indoors worshiping the great Willis Carrier, inventor of air conditioning, then you can stop reading now. If you’re cut from heartier stock and will be venturing outside, then I can recommend starting early at Claremont’s Artisans and Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Second Street, between Indian Hill and Yale. This weekly event features musicians, fruit and vegetable sellers, juice hawkers, cheese makers, booksellers, jewelry designers, booksellers and plant and flower farmers selling their wares. If you’re still feeling adventurous (and hydrated), stroll over to the Claremont Museum of Art at the Claremont Depot, 200 W. First St., for Free Family Day. The museum opens at noon and closes at 4 p.m. Part of the fun today will be ARTStation, which features high school students in CMA’s Project ARTstART leading visitors in creating folk-inspired art projects related to the museum’s current exhibition, “Dee Marcellus Cole and Carnival Seekers.” Go to claremontmuseum.org for more information.
Monday, September 4
MONDAY CONCERTS CONCLUDE Claremont’s Monday evening Concerts in the Park series ends for the season tonight with The Answer at Memorial Park band shell, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. Come early to stake out a spot on the lawn and don’t forget to bring a blanket or a low lawn chair and a picnic, or avail yourself to the food for sale from the Kiwanis Club of Claremont. Dogs and alcohol are prohibited. The series is co-sponsored by The City of Claremont and Kiwanis Club of Claremont with support from Claremont Lincoln University. Next year’s concert schedule will be announced in the spring. More information is at ci.claremont.ca.us.
Tuesday, September 5
UNIVERSITY CLUB TO DISCUSS NAPIER INITIATIVE The University Club of Claremont hosts a lunch and discussion at 11:30 a.m. with Joyce Yarborough and Dick Johnson, who will present a program on Pilgrim Place’s Napier Initiative Program. Now in its seventh year, the Napier Initiative has developed unique team-taught classes at the Claremont Colleges, enrolling college students and elders from the community to explore topics of social concern. The program also grants fellowships for students to pursue a variety of projects of their own invention that improve the lives of others. Ms. Yarborough and Mr. Johnson will share stories of the achievements of students in the Napier Initiative. Ms. Yarborough joined Pilgrim Place in 2006, where she is now vice president in charge of advancement. She is a graduate of Moray House College in Edinburgh, Scotland. She began her career as an ESL teacher for the British Voluntary Service Overseas, working in northern Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Mr. Johnson arrived at Pomona College in 1962 and since that time has rarely left Claremont. He earned a PhD from Claremont Graduate School in 1971, and is an emeritus professor of American History at Cal Poly Pomona. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
GUNS IN AMERICA EXHIBIT OPENS The University of La Verne opens a group art exhibition examining historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use and impact of guns in America. The show opens at noon in the university’s Campus Center, 2000 Second St. “Unloaded” includes Mel Chin’s “Cross of the Unforgiven,” consisting of eight AK-47 assault rifles configured in the shape of a Maltese cross, and Lauren Adams’ “Granny Smith and Wesson,” an upholstered stool with the pattern of handguns on its fabric. An artist lecture is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, September 14 with a reception to follow. The events are free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged. More info is at laverne.edu/lyceum.
JOURNALISTS EXPLORE CONSPIRACY THEORIES Claremont’s Pitzer College is back in business for the new school year, hosting the first of what promises to be many interesting, free and open to the public lectures. Today’s talk is Contemporary and Classic Conspiracy Theories: a Journalistic Perspective, with journalists Nick Schou and Ben Collins. The talk takes place from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at George Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., and will focus on conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact and understanding this perplexing social phenomenon. More info is at collegescalendar.org/index or (909) 607-7756.
Wednesday, September 6
CLAREMONT ART LECTURE Pitzer College and Claremont Heritage host a free lecture from 7 to 9 p.m., Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community, 1935-1975. The talk takes place at Avery Hall, Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., and is hosted by Paul Bockhorst. In the years following World War II, Claremont emerged as an important center of art and craft activity and architectural experimentation. “Led by artist and educator Millard Sheets, painters, sculptors, muralists, ceramists, woodworkers, enamel and mosaic artists devoted themselves to their creative pursuits with great imagination and energy, creating works that express the spirit and character of Midcentury Modernism in California,” a press release stated. This show chronicles the story of that artistic community. Several artists who were active in Claremont in the postwar period will share their memories of that time and place, including Betty Davenport Ford (ceramic sculptor), John Svenson (sculptor), James Strombotne (painter), Paul Darrow (collage artist), Harrison McIntosh (ceramic artist), Barbara Beretich (painter and sculptor) and Martha Longenecker (potter). More info is at claremontheritage.org.
Thursday, September 7
SEEING OROZCO THROUGH ASTROLOGY, PALMISTRY Pomona College hosts a Gallery Talk with artist Isa Carrillo and catalog essayist and art historian Mary Coffey from 7 to 9 p.m. at its Museum of Art, 330 N. College Ave. The pair will discuss Ms. Carrillo’s explorations of Orozco’s identity through the esoteric methods of astrology and palmistry. Ms. Carrillo will also offer private palm reading sessions. More info is at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 621-8283.
Friday, September 8
LEVITT ON THE LAWN RETURNS Scripps College’s super cool and super free concert series Levitt on the Lawn returns for the 2017-18 season with La Misa Negra at 6:30 p.m. at Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave. Claremont. “With an electrifying blend of 1950s- and ‘60s-style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music, this Oakland-based Latinx octet’s performances are suffused with horns, accordion and percussive panache,” a press release stated. “’La Misa Negra’ has been upending the Latin music genre, infusing tradition with outside musical influences and contemporary subject matter,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. The concert is part of an ongoing series supported by Levitt Foundation and Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch ‘74. Go to scrippscollege.edu/scrippspresents or call (909) 607-1870 for more info.
MINGLE, MUNCH Claremonters 50 and over are invited to join the Mingle and Munch social group as it celebrates the beginning of its third season with a live music from local country/bluegrass treasures Squeekin’ Wheels. The event also features adult beverages, appetizers and dessert and runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Garner House in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Admission is $15 (cash only) at the door. “Come help Claremont go country for the evening,” a press release stated. “Just listen or get up and dance. Having a good time is what we do!” Attendance is open to individuals and couples. RSVPs are required by noon, September 6 at (909) 399-5488 or claremontrec.com.
THERE’LL BE MUSIC EVERYWHERE Claremont’s free music series, Friday Nights Live, rolls on tonight with Dynamite Dawson at Laemmle plaza; Mario Rojas and Saturday Night Pink—who have a new record that is about to be released—at the chamber of commerce; the always stellar Blues Highway at Shelton Park; and Tin and Wire 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, September 9
WALKING IN LA The Claremont Library hosts a free 10:30 a.m. book chat and lecture, Loving LA the Low Carbon Way. Inspired by their own excursions and concerns for the environment, in 2015 Grace Moremen and Jacqueline Chase published Loving LA the Low Carbon Way: 24 Adventures in the City of Angels Via Public Transportation, a book chronicling the pair’s exploration of the City of Angeles sans car. They will talk about their adventures getting to and enjoying such iconic landmarks as the Watts Towers, La Brea Tar Pits, parks, museums and more. The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information call (909) 621-4902 or go to colapublib.org.
PONCE DE LEÓN, OROZCO, PROMETHEUS ON TAP Pomona College Museum of Art hosts a free and open to the public Gallery Talk with artist Rita Ponce de León and catalog essayist and scholar Daniel Garza Usabiaga from 4 to 5 p.m. The gallery is at 330 N. College Ave., Claremont. The pair will discuss Ms. Ponce de León’s new artwork, which engages José Clemente Orozco’s “Prometheus” mural through collective work sessions with Pomona College students. The event is followed from 5 to 7 p.m. by an opening reception for “Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco” 5 to 7 p.m. The show showcases Orozco’s mural “Prometheus” (1930) on the Pomona College campus and examines the multiple ways Orozco’s vision resonates with four artists working in Mexico today. Isa Carrillo, Adela Goldbard, Naomi Rincón-Gallardo and Ms. Ponce de León share Orozco’s interest in the relationships among history, justice, power, social protest and storytelling, yet approach these topics from their own 21-century sensibilities, according to a press release. More information on both events is at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 621-8283.
REVOLUTION AND RITUAL AT SCRIPPS Claremont’s Scripps College’s Williamson Gallery is the site for today’s opening reception for the exhibition, “Revolution and Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Castrejon, Graciela Iturbide and Tatiana Parcero” from 7 to 9 p.m. The gallery is located at 11th Street and Columbia Avenue. War, indigenous cultures and inner transformation ferment in this exhibition focusing on the works of three female Mexican photographers who explore and transform notions of Mexican identity in images that range from the documentary to the poetic. The event is preceded by a writers’ panel discussion from 1 to 2 p.m. at the college’s Humanities Auditorium; a tea from 2 to 3 p.m. at Scripps’ Margaret Fowler Garden, and an artists’ panel discussion back at the Humanities Auditorium from 3 to 4 p.m. Revolution and Ritual is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The exhibition runs through Jan. 7, 2018. More information is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-3397.