CALENDAR: Wine Walk, Friday Nights Live, Grandparents day, bang the drums and more
Friday, September 8
SQUEEKIN’ WHEELS 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. Attendance is open to individuals and couples. RSVPs are required by noon, September 6 at (909) 399-5488 or claremontrec.com.
FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s free music series, Friday Nights Live, rolls on tonight with Dynamite Dawson at Laemmle plaza; pop, country and rock singer-songwriter Mario Rojas and Saturday Night Pink—who have a new record that is about to be released—at the chamber of commerce; A Choired Taste at Shelton Park; and scrappy chanteuse Adrienne Selina 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.
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. Go to scrippscollege.edu/scrippspresents or call (909) 607-1870 for more info.
Saturday, September 9
WINE WALK The annual Claremont Wine Walk takes place today from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Village. Tickets, if still available, can be purchased for $50 the day of the event. For more information, visit claremontwinewalk.com.
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, the La Brea Tar Pits and more. The library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For information call (909) 621-4902 or go to colapublib.org.
PONCE DE LEÓN, OROZCO, PROMETHEUS Pomona College Museum of Art hosts a free and 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. 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.” 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 21st century sensibilities, according to a press release. More information 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 focusing on the new book, Revolution and Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Castrejon, Graciela Iturbide and Tatiana Parcero from 7 to 9 p.m. The gallery is located at Eleventh St. and Columbia Ave., Claremont. 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 panel discussion from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Clark Humanities Museum, 1030 N. Columbia Ave.; a tea from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Margaret Fowler Garden, 1001 N. Amherst Ave. and a still another panel discussion back at the Clark Humanities Museum 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. More information is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-3397.
Sunday, September 10
NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY Claremont Place, at 120 W. San Jose Ave., kicks off National Assisted Living Week today with National Grandparent’s Day at 1 p.m. today. Kids, grandkids and great-grandkids are invited for a special ice cream sundae bar and social. At 10 a.m. tomorrow, September 11, guests can create a visual family tree with Henry, Claremont Place’s vibrant life director. Participants should bring a list of relatives and photographs, if available. For more info and to RSVP call (909) 447-5259 or go to claremontplace.com.
CLASSICAL CONCERT Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music hosts a free 3 p.m. concert with Celliola and Friends, the faculty ensemble of couple Cynthia Fogg (viola) and Tom Flaherty (cello). The group will include Karl Kohn, piano; Joti Rockwell, mandolin; Rachel Huang, violin; and others. The program features music by Flaherty, Kohn, Peter Van Zandt and Karen Walwyn. “Little Bridges” is at 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Monday, September 11
I JUST WANNA BANG ON THIS DRUM ALL DAY Grammy Award-nominated musician and educator Homero Chavez is currently enrolling students for percussion and drum set classes that are set to begin in early October. The classes take place in the multi-purpose room at Sycamore Elementary School, 225 W. Eighth St., Claremont. Drum Fun introduces students to the technique of playing drum set and hand drums from around the world. The classes are open to kids from kindergarten through sixth grade. More info is at homerodrums.com.
Tuesday, September 12
UNIVERSITY CLUB MEETING The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and discussion today, “A Journey to Central Asia” with Barbara Rugeley. Ms. Rugeley will present a photo slideshow focusing on her recent trip to Uzbekistan and four other countries of the former USSR, an area that was long closed to American tourists. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $15 meeting fee includes buffet lunch. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
SCRIPPS HOSTS AUTHOR JAC JEMC Scripps College’s Tuesday Noon series gets underway this year with a free and open to the public event, The Grip of It with Jac Jemc at 12:15 p.m. in the Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont. Novelist Ms. Jemc’s smart and uneasy page-turner is a ghost story set in the wilds of suburban America; at the book’s center is a couple whose domestic adventures take a decidedly hallucinatory and harrowing turn. “Shivery and smart,” commented Kirkus Reviews, “a book that brings the legacy of Henry James into the modern world with great effect.” Ms. Jemc has taught creative writing at Notre Dame and Lake Forest College. She will talk with Scripps’ Adam Novy. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/scrippspresents or (909) 607-1870.
SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Pitzer College hosts a fascinating talk on conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact: understanding a perplexing social phenomenon. Author and academic Kathryn Olmstead, from UC Davis, will present the talk “Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They’re Not Out to Get You: Anti-Government Conspiracy Theories in American History” from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. The free and public event takes place at George Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. More info is available at pitzer.edu/mcsi/fall-2017-conspiracy-theory or (909) 607-7756.
Wednesday, September 13
ENCOURAGING STARTUPS TALK The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free lecture at 5:30 p.m., “How Do You Evaluate and Encourage Start-ups?” with Steven N. Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan will talk about the framework he uses to evaluate start-ups and his related research on venture capital. More information is available at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GARDEN CLUB TALKS CITRUS Claremont Garden Club meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 600 Napier Rd., Claremont. Speaking this month is master gardener Maggie O’Neill, who grew up among her family’s Claremont citrus groves and owns the Lemon Blossom Heritage Farm. Her talk will include information about how to get the most from garden citrus trees and how citrus greening disease is likely to affect us. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments and exhibits begin at 6:30 p.m., with the talk at 7 p.m.. A raffle door prize takes place at meeting’s end. For more information go to sustainableclaremont.org, email email@example.com or call (909) 621-6381.
Thursday, September 14
MORALITY IN THE 21st CENTURY Claremont’s Scripps College presents a free and open to the public lecture with Kwama Anthony Appiah at 4:15 p.m. in the Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St. Philosopher and NYU professor Mr. Appiah has been a leader in scholarly research and public conversations on morality. With a focus that has ranged from cosmopolitanism to cultural literacy, he provides new perspective on the 21st century ethics of common humanity. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-1870.
THE MORALITY OF BIOGRAPHY The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free lecture at 5:30 p.m., “Compassion and Confession” with novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison. Ms. Jamison’s talk will focus on the moral complexities of writing about other peoples’ lives. She will discuss her experiences writing about a variety of subjects, including long distance runners, prison inmates, whale fanatics and medical patients, and the various ways she has purposefully and explicitly introduced subjectivity into these accounts of others’ lives. Ms. Jamison is the author of the novel, The Gin Closet, and a collection of essays, The Empathy Exams. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Believer. She is a columnist for The New York Times Book Review and an assistant professor at Columbia University. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 15
FRIDAY NIGHT’S LIVE Friday Nights Live, the city of Claremont’s free live music series, continues tonight with the charming folk and bluegrass of the High Strung Band at Laemmle plaza; the husband and wife team of Steve Sturgis and Stacey Rosen Sturgis and their band Soulshine 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 is at claremontchamber.org.
KIWANIS CLUB ROUTE 66 PARTY The Kiwanis Club of Claremont holds its ninth annual Route 66 Party at 6 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Tickets are $50 in advance at claremontkiwanis.org or $60 at the door. Go to the website or call (909) 621-2996 for more info.
VIOLIN SONATAS Pomona College’s Little Bridges, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, hosts a free 8 p.m. concert, Sensational Sonatas with Elbert Tsai and Jennie Jung. Pomona faculty member and pianist Ms. Jung joins up with guest violinist Mr. Tsai for a program of violin sonatas by Beethoven, Dvo?ák and Saint-Saëns. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Saturday, September 16
AREA POETS TO SPEAK, READ The annual Claremont Authors Collection Project will feature four Claremont poets from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the public library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Poets include Lucia Galloway, Frances Ruhlen McConnel and Mari Werner, who have been active in the library’s poetry series, Fourth Sundays. They will speak about poetry, read from their works and have books for sale. The Claremont Authors Collection is an ongoing project of the Friends of the Claremont Library to collect, catalog, maintain and make available to the community books that have been written by authors who live (or have lived) in Claremont. More info is available via email at email@example.com.
BOOK LAUNCH Claremont’s Packing House Wine Bar and Bistro, at 540 W. First St., hosts a free and open to the public book launch event for author Greg Fields’ new book, Arc of the Comet, from 3 to 6 p.m. The event includes food, wine and a book signing. “For the book’s very insecure author, it’s a new beginning, and there would be no better way to start down this amazing and unforeseen journey than in the company of friends and soon-to-be friends from the area that helped shape the novel,” Mr. Fields said in a press release. The work is published by Koehler Books. More info is at gregfields.net.
PLUNDER ME, BABY The American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, hosts a free opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. for Plunder Me, Baby, an exhibition by Kekuli Velarde. This is the first West Coast exhibition by the US-based Peruvian artist Ms. Velarde, who was born in Cusco in 1962 and moved to the US in 1988. The exhibition is part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, and will run through January 28, 2018. For more information go to amoca.org or call (909) 865-3146.