CALENDAR: Route 66 party, jazz, sonatas, poets, climate change and much more
Friday, September 15
COUNTRY, BLUES AND ROCK TOO 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. 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. The evening includes a buffet dinner and dancing to the music of The Ravelers, as well as a casino, a silent auction with more than 50 theme baskets, a complimentary photo booth and a bingo parlor. Opportunity drawing tickets are $5 each, three for $10 or seven for $20, giving participants the chance to win a wide variety of prizes, among them a $500 certificate toward Southwest Airlines tickets, a case of wine and an Amazon Echo. Funds raised from this event will support community programs such as The Read Me pre-school reading program, the Claremont Educational Foundation, Best Bet Grants for teachers, Meals on Wheels, Shoes That Fit, high school scholarships, Special Olympics, AbilityFirst, Homeless Outreach with Hope Partners, Sustainable Claremont, partnering with the city of Claremont to produce the eight Monday Night Concerts in the Park and more. Tickets are $50 in advance at claremontkiwanis.org or $60 at the door. Go to the website of 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
LEAGUE TO DISCUSS AB 450 The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area meets at 10 a.m. to discuss the implications of the new California Voter’s Choice Act, (AB 450), which was passed in 2016. The act will soon change the way voters cast their ballots, including voting center changes, and new procedures regarding mail-in ballots and mail-in elections. The changes will be explained by Dean C. Logan, registrar of voters for Los Angeles County and Michael J. Scarpello, registrar for San Bernardino County. They will describe how this new law will work as it takes effect in 2018 or 2020, depending on county. The meeting takes place at the Padua Room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. More info is at claremont.ca.lwvnet.org.
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 Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. Poets include Lucia Galloway, whose chapbook, The Garlic Peelers, was co-winner of the Quill’s Edge Press 2014 poetry competition. Karen Greenbaum-Maya recently published The Book of Knots and their Untying, has published two chapbooks, and has been featured in a variety of publications. She turned to poetry after working 35 years as a clinical psychologist. Frances Ruhlen McConnel’s books include The Direction of Longing, White Birches, Black Water, and Gathering Light. She was a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside. Mari Werner has published her poems throughout the southland including in the Altadena Poetry Review and the Los Angeles Daily News. All of the poets have been active in the Claremont Library’s poetry series, Fourth Sundays, and will speak about poetry, read from their works and have books for sale. More info is available via email at email@example.com.
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.
Sunday, September 17
“THE SPACE” HOSTS ANNUAL EXPO Local college radio treasure KSPC hosts its annual CD and Record Expo, a one-day music sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Smith Campus Center Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. More than 25 vendors will be on hand selling new and used CDs, DVDs, posters and vinyl from all styles of music. Admission is $2 for the general public, Claremont College students get in free and parking is free for everyone. More info is at kspc.org/cd-record-expo.
GUITARISTS BRING PERFECTION, PASSION The Moller-Fraticelli Guitar Duo plays a free 3 p.m. concert at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The group—award-winning European guitarist Johannes Möller and Argentinean guitarist Laura Fraticelli—has been described as a unique fusion of Swedish perfection and Argentinean passion. “Their emotional playing style as well as their strong connection and stage presence make their performances unforgettable events,” a press release stated. The duo has performed throughout Europe, North and South America as well as on radio and television, and has recorded the works of Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) for the Naxos label. The duo’s Pomona College program will include selections by Mr. Mertz and Johannes Möller and a variety of Argentinean tangos. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
POETS, WRITERS: SHOW YOUR STUFF Claremont Village Green hosts its monthly free and open to the public Open Poetry Reading from 5 to 7 p.m. at its Community Building, 630 W. Bonita Ave. Poets should arrive early to sign up to read poems or other creative work. The public is invited to read or just listen and all types of poetry or prose are welcome. More information is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUCC DINNER, DISCUSSION OF US/INDIA SPIRITUAL TREKKING Claremont United Church of Christ, at 233 W. Harrison St., invites the community to its 6 p.m. fellowship dinner and discussion. Speaking on the topic of “From John Lennon to Mark Zuckerberg: Imaginings of India in American Counter/Culture” will be Amanda J. Lucia, associate professor of religious studies University of California Riverside. The event is catered by Euro Café, the cost is $20 and reservations can be made via email at email@example.com or by calling (860) 558-3124. Ms. Lucia is a co-director of the Institute for the Study of Immigration and Religion. Her current book project deconstructs the popular category of spirituality by investigating its construction and performance in yoga and transformational festivals. Her first book, Reflections of Amma: Devotees in a Global Embrace, investigated trans-nationalism and gender in a global guru movement. More info is available by clicking over to claremontucc.org, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (909) 626-1201.
Monday, September 18
THE FETTERS OF THE FRAMERS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free lecture at 5:30 p.m., “The Constitution as a Coup Against Public Opinion” with guest speaker Michael Klarman, professor of law at Harvard University. Mr. Klarman will discuss the ways in which the US Constitution was a more nationalizing and democracy-constraining document than most Americans anticipated; explain why the Philadelphia Convention did what it did; and how the Federalists managed to convince the country to ratify a constitution that constrained populist influence on the national government. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
Tuesday, September 19
UNIVERSITY CLUB HOSTS FAIR CHIEF The University Club of Claremont hosts a 11:30 a.m. luncheon and discussion of “The L.A. County Fair and the Future of the Fairplex” with guest speaker Miguel Santana, president and CEO of the Los Angeles County Fair Association. The event takes place at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. “Mr. Santana is the fifth president since the fair’s beginning in 1922. Known as a problem solver, Mr. Santana was brought in to lead the strategic planning and create the long-term future of the LA County Fair Association and the 500-acre Fairplex in Pomona in particular.” Prior to his current work, he was a deputy CEO for Los Angeles County, with oversight of the county’s social service departments, and later the city administrative officer for the city of Los Angeles. A $15 meeting fee includes buffet lunch. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
HAS THE INTERNET MADE US LESS ENGAGED? The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free lecture at 5:30 p.m., “New Media Models for Civic Engagement: From Marconi to Snapchat,” with guest speaker Tracy Westen. Mr. Westen founded and directed the Center for Governmental Studies and taught communications law and policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and at UCLA Law School for more than 30 years. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
PULITZER WINNER DÍAZ Pulitzer Prize–winning author Junot Díaz will give a free and open to the public talk at 6 p.m. at Scripps College’s Garrison Theater, 231 E. Tenth St., Claremont. The New York Times said “Junot Díaz has one of the most distinctive and magnetic voices in contemporary fiction: limber, streetwise, caffeinated and wonderfully eclectic.” The author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her visits Scripps to reflect on, among other things, the ways that literature and politics intersect. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-1870.
LOCALIZING CLIMATE CHANGE The Pomona Valley Chapter of United Nations Association-USA resumes its monthly free and open to the public speaker series with “A Look at the Paris Agreement and Local Climate Change Action: Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up,” with guest speaker Tanja Srebotnjak, a Hixon Professor of Sustainable Environmental Design at Claremont’s Harvey Mudd College. The program begins at 7 p.m. at a new venue this year, Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Ms. Srebotnjak has worked with the German environmental think tank Ecologic Institute and in the US with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (909) 625-9670.
Wednesday, September 20
CHRIS HOLDEN AT PILGRIM PLACE California Assembly member Chris Holden will present a free and open to the public 11 a.m. overview of Sacramento legislative matters to Pilgrim Place’s World Affairs Forum at Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont. Mr. Holden will return to Pilgrim Place September 25 for a 7 p.m. talk at Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd., at the monthly meeting of the Claremont Democratic Club. More info is at pilgrimplace.org.
SCRIPPS PHOTO EXHIBIT Claremont’s Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation presents a free and open exhibition, “Revolution and Ritual: Three Mexican Women Photographers” at 2 p.m. at Williamson Gallery, 251 E. 11th St. “War, indigenous cultures and inner transformation ferment in ‘Revolution and Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide and Tatiana Parcero,’” read a Scripps press release. More info is at alumnae.scrippscollege. edu/faf or (909) 626-1483.
Thursday, September 21
EMOJI PILLOW The Claremont Public Library hosts a free 3:30 p.m. class where kids can make a DIY emoji pillow. Participants will cut out shapes to make their emoji. No sewing is required. The class is recommended for kids 11 through 18. The Claremont Library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For information call (909) 621-4902 or visit our website at colapublib.org.
INSPIRING ETHIOPIAN SINGER IN FREE CONCERT Scripps College’s eclectic, fun and free Levitt on the Lawn concert series continues with Ethiopian born singer Meklit at 6:30 p.m. on the Bowling Green outdoor lawn. “She sings of fragility, hope and self-empowerment, and exudes all three,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle about Meklit. “What’s irresistible, above all, is her cradling, sensuous, gentle sound. She is stunning.” Meklit’s fusion of jazz and folk is filtered through her native Ethiopian musical lens. Sounds like a fun evening! More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-1870.
KNOTS, ROPE TRICKS AND MATH ON THE DOCKET Harvey Mudd College’s Shanahan Center is the site for the free and open to the public 7 p.m. lecture, “It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Becomes a Mathematician,” with guest speaker Allison Henrich. The Shanahan is at 302 Platt Blvd., Claremont. “Play is essential for human flourishing,” a press release stated. “Whether you are a poet or a scientist, a grandparent or a child, play can powerfully enrich your life. For mathematicians, play is essential for building intuition. The world of knots provides fertile ground for understanding these connections.” Ms. Henrich studies knots from a mathematical perspective and, inspired by conversations with Art Benjamin, she is beginning work on a book with Louis Kauffman on the mathematics of rope tricks. More info is at hmc.edu/mathematics/moody-lecture-series or (909) 621-8023.
AQMD REP TO SPEAK Active Claremont’s free and open monthly meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Rainbow Leung from the South Coast Air Quality Management District will present a program on updates and initiatives by the agency. More information is available by calling (909) 373-7907.
Friday, September 22
PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC It’s Friday, and that means Claremont is providing another night of live music in the Village. Tonight’s edition of Friday Nights Live features guitar driven jazz from the Marc Weller Combo at Laemmle plaza; Ed Zarate at the chamber of commerce; Talmadge 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, September 23
ORFEUS AT LITTLE BRIDGES Bridges Hall of Music hosts a free 8 p.m. performance of Grammy Award-winning Pomona-bred opera singer Nmon Ford’s Orfeus, which he wrote and produced. Billed as the world’s first house music opera, Orfeus is a mash-up of opera, house music, theater and film. It revisits the ancient Roman myth of Orpheus and Euridice, first introduced to the world in Ovid’s epic poem,
Metamorphoses. Mr. Ford returns to Pomona College from his recent performances of the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah last spring to bring his cutting-edge production. Little Bridges is at 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu/events/orfeus, iamorfeus.com or (909) 607-2671.