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Friday, September 22

THERE’LL BE MUSIC EVERYWHERE It’s Friday, and that means Claremont is abuzz with 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.” The cast includes Mr. Ford as Euridice and Shana Blake Hill at Pluto; Deejay Ovid, videographer Geoff Mark and sound production by Tony Livadas. More info is at pomona.edu/events/orfeus, iamorfeus.com or (909) 607-2671.

STATION TOUR Claremont city staff will provide a review of the proposed design of the new police department facility, as well as an overview of possible funding mechanisms from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the current station located at 570 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont.

Sunday, September 24

CHAMBER MUSIC Harvey Mudd College’s HMC Concert Series continues with a free 7 p.m. concert with Echo Mountain Chamber Project at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The show will feature new and classic chamber music for piano, violin and clarinet performed by clarinetist James Sullivan, violinist Sarah Thornblade and pianist Aron Kallay. More info is at hmc.edu/calendar or (909) 621-8922.

Monday, September 25

NOBEL LAUREATE AT ULV Today’s free and open to the public University of La Verne Living Peace Lecture features Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a leading advocate of Indian rights, co-founder of the United Republic of Guatemalan Opposition and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at Abraham Campus Center, 2000 Second St., La Verne. Ms. Tum has dedicated her life to promoting indigenous rights in Guatemala and across the Pacific Americas. More information is available vie email at lrojo@laverne.edu or by calling (909) 448-4408.

EDUCATION, ECONOMY OF SOUTH SUDAN The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Education and Economic Empowerment in South Sudan” with guest speaker Valentino Achak Deng. Mr. Deng, former Sudanese lost boy turned human rights and education activist, will highlight the educational and economic efforts underway in South Sudan to help counteract the impact of years of violence and conflict on a generation of youth. “How will the newest country in the world, given its minimal financial foundation and political instability, create economic success and financial resilience for its citizens?” a press release asked. Mr. Deng was born in southern Sudan (now South Sudan), in the village of Marial Bai. He fled in the late 1980s during the second Sudanese civil war, when his village was destroyed by murahaleen—the same type of militia currently terrorizing the Darfur region of Sudan. He spent nine years in Ethiopian and Kenyan refugee camps, where he worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a social advocate and reproductive health educator. In 2001, he resettled in Atlanta, Georgia. He has toured the United States speaking about his life in South Sudan, his experience as a refugee, and his collaboration with author Dave Eggers on What Is the What, the novelized version of Mr. Deng’s life story. As a leader in the South Sudanese diaspora, Mr. Deng advocates for the universal right to education. In 2006, He and Mr. Eggers established the VAD Foundation to help rebuild South Sudanese communities by increasing educational access, including vocational training, to promote youth economic empowerment. In 2015, he was appointed the minister of education for Northern Bahr el Ghazal, one of the 10 states in South Sudan that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011, and now oversees more than 800 state run schools in addition to the VAD Foundation private secondary schools. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

ASSEMBLYMAN HOLDEN AT DEMOCRATIC CLUB California Assembly member Chris Holden returns to Pilgrim Place at 7 p.m. to address the monthly meeting of the Claremont Democratic Club. The meeting takes place at the Napier Center, 660 Avery Road. Mr. Holden represents the 41st District, which includes Claremont. He currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy and the California Legislative Black Caucus. His committee assignments include Judiciary, Business and Professions; Communications and Conveyance; Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials; Regional Transportation;  and the Select Committee on “STEM” Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. More info is at pilgrimplace.org.

Tuesday, September 26

A CONFLUENCE OF INSTABILITY The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion today of “A Confluence of Instability” with guest speaker Bill Forti. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Mr. Forti will suggest that we are living in an unstable age never witnessed before in human history. “The current environment is caused by a confluence of rapid technologic change, the polarization of religion and moral perceptions, regional conflict and political, economic and financial instability,” a press release stated. “He will relate key points from what he learned from briefings at the Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Naval War College and Vandenberg Air Force Base, as well as a three-week trip to Rome, Kiev and Moscow in July and a ten-day trip to Beijing and Seoul in September.” Mr. Forti is a businessman and past president of the University Club. He has spoken to the club many times over the years about international issues. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

‘FRIENDLY LAYERS’ EXHIBIT OPENS Pomona College’s Studio Art Building is the site for today’s free and open to the public opening reception for “Friendly Layers: Mixed Advice on Graphic Design,” from noon to 2 p.m. The gallery is at 370 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. “Friendly Layers,” features works by Tiffanie Allen, Mark Woo, Rosten Morgan, Paul Swanlund and Gail Tran. The show explores the possibilities of graphic design as a vehicle for communication, speculative abstraction, and collaborative experimentation in image, pattern and type. Formats include posters, publications, video, animation, typography, wall vinyl and discarded paintings recycled into bags. More info is at pomona.edu or (909) 621-8079.

AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Scripps College hosts a free and open to the public 12:15 p.m. reading and discussion with author Danielle Allen in the Hampton Room, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The event focuses on Ms. Allen’s new book, Cuz, a memoir that reflects on the American criminal justice system. “With an investigative journalist’s tack, she explores how her cousin’s arrest for an attempted carjacking as a teenager began a complicated, 15-year year odyssey that contributed to his death at the age of 29,” a press release read. Ms. Allen is a political theorist and director of Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-1870.

DISCUSSION OF CONSPIRACY THEORIES, FACTS Pitzer College’s free and open to the public Munroe Center for Social Inquiry speaker series “Conspiracy Theory-Conspiracy Fact: Understanding a perplexing social phenomenon,” presents Lee Basham, South Texas College professor of philosophy in a free and open to the public talk, “Governing by Crisis: How Toxic Truths Subvert Mainstream Investigation.” The 4:15 p.m. discussion will be held at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. For more information go to pitzer.edu, call (909) 607-7756 or email mcsi@pitzer.edu.

CHINA’S CRONY CAPITALISM The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Documenting China’s Crony Capitalism: Why it Matters” with guest speaker Michael Forsythe. “Choking air pollution, poisoned soil, ghost cities and yawning income gaps:” a press release read. “The problems with China’s breakneck economic growth are well documented. But what is less known is how the confluence of money and unchecked power helped exacerbate them. Mr. Forsythe will examine the corruption that threatens to undermine the seven-decade rule of China’s communist party.” Mr. Forsythe is a reporter for the New York Times. In February 2017, he joined the newspaper’s investigative team in New York after working for three years in Hong Kong. For many years he has been focused on reporting on the confluence of money and politics in China, first for Bloomberg News, where he worked in Beijing and Washington, and then with the Times. He was the lead reporter for Bloomberg on its groundbreaking investigation in 2012 that documented the vast wealth accumulated by relatives of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Bloomberg’s website has been blocked in China since then and Bloomberg has removed the article from its own website. That article was part of a series that won the George Polk Award for international reporting as well as many other honors. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

AI ADS, ALGORITHMS AND VALUES Harvey Mudd College’s Annenberg Leadership and Management Speaker Series presents Ray Velez in a free and open to the public talk at 7 p.m. Mr. Velez, Chief Technology Officer for Razorfish, will speak at Drinkward Recital Hall, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont on “Marketing Experiences With Machine Learning—Fairness and Accuracy.” “A growing portion of company communication to customers depends on artificial intelligence and machine learning,” a press release stated. “Brands are heavily invested in technologies that automatically find consumers and dynamically create messages for those consumers, without human involvement. Programmatic technologies decide where to place ads, dynamic creative decides what that message looks like, cognitive and conversational technologies are starting to present a consumer ‘voice.’ Mr. Velez will consider the question: How do we provide the leadership to ensure that our messages and choices align with our values when algorithms decide who and what to message?” Mr. Velez manages Razorfish’s capabilities in web cross-platform technology architecture and development and oversees the technology community across the company. He is known widely for his ability to rethink and shape business organizations in a new age of customer empowerment. More info is at hmc.edu/annenberg or (909) 607-0943.

JAZZ CONCERT FOCUSES ON MERCER Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave, hosts a concert with jazz bassist and vocalist Kristin Korb at 7:30 p.m. A $20 donation is requested for admission. Ms. Korb will appear with her trio. She is on tour celebrating her eighth release, “Beyond the Moon,” which is inspired by celebrated American lyricist Johnny Mercer. Ms. Korb will include several of the late Mr. Mercer’s biggest hits as well as some unpublished, unfinished works. The show is presented by the California Jazz Arts Society. More info is available via email at dale175@aol.com.

Wednesday, September 27

PULITZER WINNER EYES BALDWIN, AVEDON COLLABORATION The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “’Nothing Personal’: The Collaboration of Richard Avedon and James Baldwin with Hilton Als.” Mr. Als is currently a theater critic for The New Yorker. “It is 1964, and the Civil Rights Act has just passed,” a press release stated. “Nothing Personal, a much anticipated photo-book that combined the talents of photographer Richard Avedon and writer James Baldwin, appears with much fanfare. But the major issue of the day—the struggle toward integration—is nowhere mentioned in it.” In his talk, Mr. Als will “explore the dimensions of this complicated, nearly dismissed work.” Mr. Als began contributing to The New Yorker in 1989, and joined the staff in 1994. He’s been the magazine’s theater critic since 2002, and has been lead theater critic since 2012. Before coming to The New Yorker, Mr. Als was a staff writer for The Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. He edited the catalogue for the 1994-95 Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art.” His most recent book, White Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014 and winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction, discusses various narratives of race and gender. Among numerous accolades, the New York Association of Black Journalists awarded Mr. Als first prize in both Magazine Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment in 1997. He was awarded a Guggenheim for creative writing in 2000 and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2002. In 2017, Mr. Als won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan and Smith College. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Thursday, September 28

HOW TO TAME A FOX, BUILD A DOG The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog” with guest speaker Lee Alan Dugatkin. “Imagine speeding up thousands of years of evolution into a few decades,” a press release stated. “Lee Alan Dugatkin will recount such a tale: In the depths of Siberia, Soviet scientists jump-started the effort to evolve foxes into dogs to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs and to witness, in real time, the process of domestication. Mr. Dugatikin, professor and university scholar in the department of biology at the University of Louisville, will tell a story of adventure, science, politics, and love that has propelled scientists isolated in Siberia to tame foxes and will take us inside this path-breaking experiment amid the brutal winters of Siberia to reveal how scientific history is made and continues to be made today.” Mr. Dugatkin has written several books, including 2017’s How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog (co-authored with Lyudmila Trut), Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose and The Altruism Equation. Mr. Dugatkin’s main areas of research interest are the evolution of social behavior and the history of science. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Friday, September 29

SCRIPPS’ NOONISH CONCERTS GET UNDERWAY This year’s Scripps College free Friday “Noon” Concert Series kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with a show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The concert, Mozart, Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, features Jacqueline Suzuki, violin; Cynthia Fogg (Pomona), viola; Tom Flaherty (Pomona), cello; and Susan Svr?ek, piano. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department. Doors open at noon, and food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3266.

IT’S FRIDAY: LET’S ROCK Friday Nights Live features the rock, country, folk and blues of Claremont Voodoo Society at Laemmle plaza; Lee Powers at the chamber of commerce; Doug Brooks and Friends at Shelton Park; and Falls Like Rain 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.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EATING MEAT The public is invited to a free and open to the public panel event at Claremont Graduate University focusing on cutting-edge research in the psychology of meat consumption. The talk takes place at 7 p.m. in Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. “Why is eating meat so essential to some people, and disgusting to others?” a press release asked. As part of a workshop about effective animal advocacy, the panel event will feature scholars Julia Hormes, Shiva Pauer, Jared Piazza and Matthew Ruby exploring “conflicted omnivores, the role of ambivalence, disgust and emotion regulation,” and more. For more information email nick.owchar@cgu.edu.

Saturday, September 30

AUTHORS READ, TALK AT RHINO Authors Allen Callaci and Peter Churches will be reading from their respective latest books, Heart Like a Starfish and Autobiography Without Words, at 4 p.m. at Rhino Records, 235 Yale Ave., Claremont. More info is at pelekinesis.com.

CHS CONCERT UNDER THE STARS Claremont High School’s Instrumental Music Program holds its annual free and open to the public Concert Under the Stars at 7 p.m., and this year attendees can brush up against television royalty while enjoying the show. The concert on the school’s football field will feature not only the El Roble Band and Orchestra, CHS String Orchestra, CHS Symphony Strings and the CHS Marching Band, but also the KIIT Car from the 1980s television show Knight Rider. The super advanced (for 1982 …) Pontiac Trans Am will be parked at the event for pictures while the CHS Band plays the show’s theme song. There might even be a special guest from the original show. Hasselhoff, anybody?!? Food and drink will be available for purchase. More info is at the Wolfpack Music Facebook page.

GRAMMY-NOMINATED PIANIST IN CONCERT Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, at 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, hosts a free 8 p.m. show with Grammy-nominated pianist, Genevieve Feiwen Lee. Ms. Lee will offer a program of music for piano and harpsichord by Claude Debussy and Sofia Gubaidulina, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre and Antoine Forqueray. Selections will include preludes from Debussy Book 1 and Gubaidulina’s Musical Toys. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

MEDICINAL PLANT WALK Join herbalist William Broen for a garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Please bring a hat, drinking water, walking shoes and a sack lunch or snack. The walk takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave. The fee is $20 for RSABG members; $25 for the public.

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