CALENDAR: Pilgrim festival, FOOT auction, Trump, music, poetry and more
Friday, November 10
PILGRIM PLACE FESTIVAL Pilgrim Place, 625 Mayflower Rd., will host its 69th annual Festival on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival features a craft fair, entertainment, food and children’s activities. Admission is free. Please note that pedestrian traffic in the area around Pilgrim Place (Indian Hill and Harrison) will be heavy, so please drive with caution. Pilgrim Place is a senior community for those who have spent their careers serving others through religious or charitable, non-profit organizations. All festival proceeds will benefit residents in financial need. More info, including a festival map, is at pilgrimplace.org.
TUBA! TUBA! TUBA! Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series gets started at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. This week’s concert is tuba concertos by Bernard Heiden and Robert Spillman, with Stephen Klein (Pomona), tuba, and Jennie Jung (Pomona), piano. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps’ and Pomona College’s music departments. Doors open at noon, and food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3266.
MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will celebrate autumn with a Harvest Festival from 6 to 8:30 pm this evening at The Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Entertainment includes salsa dancers and Bingo games. Admission at the door is $15 (cash only), which includes entertainment, appetizers and refreshments. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. RSVPs are required. For reservations call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.
POMONA BAND IN CONCERT The Pomona College Band, with Graydon Beeks conducting, plays two free 8 p.m. concerts tonight and tomorrow at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The band will perform music by Bennett, Grainger, Jacob, Nixon and others. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Saturday, November 11
PILGRIM FESTIVAL CONTINUES The Pilgrim Place Festival continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont. All festival proceeds will benefit residents in financial need.
HONORING OUR VETERANS Claremont’s annual Veterans Day celebration takes place at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The city and American Legion Keith Powell Post 78 host the annual ceremony, which will include comments from American Legion members, Claremont Mayor Larry Schroeder and various community members. For more information call (909) 399-5490.
POETRY READING Claremont Village Green’s monthly Open Words Poetry Reading takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at its Community Building, 630 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont. The free and open to the public reading is for poets or listeners. All types of poetry or prose are welcome. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook page.
SENIOR PIANO RECITAL Pomona College hosts a free senior recital at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The show features Alexander Woods on piano performing music by Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt and Rzewski. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Sunday, November 12
CLASP TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS The public is invited to help honor 12 years of student volunteers with Claremont After-School Programs (CLASP) from 3 to 5 p.m. at the home of Devorah Lieberman and Roger Auerbach, at 1105 N. College Ave., Claremont. The event will celebrate CLASP’s 12 years of providing afterschool tutoring to at-risk students in the Claremont Unified School District. Student volunteers from the Claremont Colleges, University of La Verne, the Webb Schools and Claremont High School will be honored for their work with CLASP students. Festivities will include gourmet food, wine and live entertainment. Guests will have the opportunity to win a wagon of fine wines through a drawing. Tickets are $75. For more information go to clasp4kids.org, or call (909) 204-0127. To make a reservation, send a $75 check to CLASP, 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, CA 91711.
SAINTS AND SOLDIERS The University of La Verne’s Kristallnacht Lecture series presents Bruce Henderson, a bestselling author of more than 20 nonfiction books, in a free 4 p.m. reading at La Fetra Lecture Hall, 1950 Third St., La Verne. Mr. Henderson’s latest, Saints and Soldiers, focuses on a group of German-born Jews known as the Ritchie Boys, army soldiers whose training in special interrogation techniques helped win World War II. The lecture series, held in partnership with the Jewish Federation, focuses on Jewish history and connects the past to today’s challenges. More information is available via email at email@example.com.
GAMELAN BAND IN TRIBUTE CONCERT Harvey Mudd College’s Concert Series presents a free concert, Lou Harrison: A Birthday Tribute, at 7 p.m. at the Shanahan Center, Harvey Mudd College, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The HMC American Gamelan performs works in honor of composer Mr. Harrison’s centennial. More info is at (909) 621-8022.
POMONA BAND IN CONCERT Pomona College Band plays a free and open to the public 8 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Graydon Beeks, conductor, leads the ensemble in a varied program that includes works by Bennett, Grainger, Jacob, Nixon and others. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Monday, November 13
ONE NATION AFTER TRUMP The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 11:45 a.m. lecture, “One Nation After Trump: The Challenge of Trump and Trumpism to Governance and Society,” with guest speaker Norman Ornstein, a longtime observer and analyst of American politics and the US Congress, who will share his perspective on this new political frontier and outline prospects for our country’s future. Mr. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies politics, elections and Congress. He is a co-host of AEI’s Election Watch series, a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic, a BBC News election analyst, and the chairman of the Campaign Legal Center. H has been published widely, including in Politico, The New York Times, NY Daily News, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. His books include the bestsellers One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, with E. J. Dionne and Thomas E. Mann. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
BACKSTORY IN ACTING The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley’s free and open November meeting gets underway at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont, and features guest speaker Kyle McGruther. Mr. McGruther recently portrayed Duke Vincentio in the Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s production of Measure for Measure. He will share his insights on developing a back story for characters in complex roles, such as, “How does the vision of the director influence his investigation?” and, “How do his perceptions affect his interactions with other cast members in their roles?” A stage, screen, and television performer, Mr. McGruther grew up in a military family, living on four continents and learning Japanese, French and Italian. His acting background includes a BA in music as well as training in role-playing, stage combat, clowning and horseback riding. Light refreshments will be served. More information is at (909) 717-1109 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ORIGINS OF MODERNITY The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. panel discussion, “Allegory, Enchantment and the Origins of Modernity: A Discussion,” with panelists Jason Crawford, John Farrell, Seth Lobis, Blandord Parker and Ellen Rentz. “What is modernity?” a press release asked. “Where are modernity’s points of origin? Where are its boundaries? And what lies beyond those boundaries? The CMC faculty panel will join Jason Crawford of Union University and author of Allegory and Enchantment: An Early Modern Poetics and Blanford Parker, author of The Triumph of Augustan Poetics for a lively discussion of how early modern English authors envisioned themselves breaking from the medieval. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at email@example.com.
A.I., AUSTEN and THE LAW The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Artificial Intelligence, Jane Austen, and the Law,” with guest speaker Apoorv Agarwal. Mr. Agarwal is an expert in artificial intelligence and natural language processing whose doctoral research focused on applying these technologies to the field of literature. He will address the question of whether artificial intelligence can augment our understanding of literature and change the practice of law. Mr. Agarwal received the IBM PhD Fellowship award in recognition of his work as first author on two separate patents for IBM’s Watson. In 2014, he was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program, which allowed him to lay the foundation for founding his company, Text IQ. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
Tuesday, November 14
GAMBLE HOUSE TALK The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The Gamble House,” with guest speaker Thomas Volz. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. The Gamble House—a famous landmark and internationally recognized architectural masterpiece in Pasadena—is a classic example of the “ultimate bungalow” from the American Arts and Crafts movement of the 20th century. Its history, architecture and visual splendor are the focus of this presentation. Mr. Volz, a retired engineer and project manager at the Parsons Corporation in Pasadena, has been a docent at the Gamble House since 2009. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
HOMOSEXUAL EXPERIENCES Claremont’s Pomona College hosts a free talk with artist and writer William E. Jones at 4:15 p.m. at Ena Thompson Reading Room 108, Crookshank Hall, 140 W. Sixth St. Mr. Jones will present material from True Homosexual Experiences, his biography of sexual outlaw Boyd McDonald, publisher of the queer proto-zine Straight to Hell. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-8358.
CONSPIRACY PANICS Pitzer College’s ongoing free and open speaker series, “Conspiracy Theory-Conspiracy Fact: Understanding a Perplexing Social Phenomenon,” continues today with a lecture from Jack Bratich, author of Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture, and associate professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University. The talk, “Trumpism, Mutually Assured Disqualification, and Communications Warfare” gets underway at 4:15 p.m. at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. For information click on pitzer.edu/mcsi or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHS THEATER FOOT AUCTION Claremont High School Theatre Department hosts its 22nd annual Friends of Our Theatre Auction at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 15 at the Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont. The event features a live auction. Claremont High’s musical theatre class will perform numbers from A Chorus Line between auction sessions. Dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Presale tickets are $7 and are available at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu. They are priced at $8 at the door. For information go to chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu or call (909) 624-9053, extension 30463.
PENGUINS AND GLOBAL WARMING The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Penguins, Antarctica and Global Warming,” with guest speaker Ron Naveen, president and founder of Oceanites, which sees and tracks climate change through an Antarctic lens. Oceanites is the only project monitoring the entire Antarctic Peninsula region—analyzing change across the warming Antarctic Peninsula and interpreting, translating and decoding why what happens in Antarctica affects all of us. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
THE LEGACY OF THE REFORMATION The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts another free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in the Age of Global Christianity,” with guest speaker Jonathan Strom, a professor of church history and associate dean of faculty and academic affairs at the Chandler School of Theology at Emory University. He will examine the legacy of the Reformation from several key perspectives including scripture, freedom, tolerance and the rise of global Protestantism and seek to contextualize this with the decline of confessional Protestantism in North America and the growth of Protestantism globally. Mr. Strom is author most recently of German Pietism and the Problem of Conversion and was co-editor of the new Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions. He has written widely on the clergy, lay religion and reform movements in post-Reformation Germany, and is the author/editor of three books, most recently Pietism and Community in Europe and North America, 1650-1850. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
WANNA TALK GHANA? The Pomona Valley Chapter of the United Nations hosts a free and open to the public lecture, “Ghana: In a New Direction,” with guest speaker Opoku Acheampong. Mr. Acheampong is a retired regional planner from Ghana and board member of Pomona Valley Chapter of UNA. The 7 p.m. talk takes place in Hahn Hall, Pomona College, 420 Harvard Ave., Claremont. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the United Nations Association of Pomona Valley and the Pomona College International Relations Program. More information is at pv.una-socal.org or (909) 625-9670.
CITIZEN SCIENCE Harvey Mudd College’s Distinguished Speaker Series continues with “Citizen Science with Kaberi Kar Gupta, Urban Slender Loris Project.” The free and open to the public talk takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Ms. Gupta is an interdisciplinary scientist and educator in both the US and India. More info is at hmc.edu/calendar or (909) 607-0943.
Wednesday, November 15
??LA TIMES ART WRITER Scripps College’s Fine Arts Foundation hosts a noon luncheon and 1:15 p.m. lecture focusing on artists Aldo Casanova and James Fuller in the Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont. The free lecture with longtime Los Angeles Times art writer Suzanne Muchnic and Mary Roberts begins at 1:15 p.m. Ms. Muchnic will present a personal remembrance of sculptor Mr. Casanova, an accomplished local artist who inspired decades of Scripps students. Ms. Roberts, the daughter of artist Mr. Fuller, will share her personal insights on the life and work of her father, and his friendship with fellow Scripps art faculty member Mr. Casanova. The cost of the luncheon is $25, and reservations can be made by sending a $25 check to Scripps College (memo: FAF), Box 1236, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont CA 91711. More info is available via email at email@example.com or by calling (909) 626-1386.
NO MÁS BEBÉS Pitzer College’s Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, is the site of a free and open 4 p.m. talk and film screening with Virginia Espino, filmmaker, historian and producer of No Más Bebés. The event includes a screening of the Emmy-nominated film about the sterilization of Mexican women at Los Angeles County Hospital. For more info email suyapa_portillo@ pitzer.edu.
AUTHOR, PUNK ROCK LEGEND Legendary punk rock vocalist and first-time author Keith Morris will read from and sign copies of his memoir, My Damage, in a free and open 7:30 p.m. event at Rhino Records, 235 Yale Ave., Claremont. Mr. Morris fronted the groundbreaking hardcore punk rock band Black Flag as well as the Circle Jerks and most recently, Off!, which he formed in 2010 with guitarist—and new Claremont resident—Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba. Mr. Morris’ book traces his childhood in the South Bay to his music career. More info is at rhinorecords.cc or (909) 626-7774.
Thursday, November 16
PULITZER WINNER ON AVEDON, BALDWIN AND CIVIL RIGHTS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Crime and Punishment: The Collaboration of Richard Avedon and James Baldwin,” with guest speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Hilton Als. Mr. Als started with The New Yorker in 1989, became a staff writer in 1994, theater critic in 2002, and lead theater critic in 2012. 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 Non-fiction, discusses various narratives of race and gender. In 2017, Mr. Als won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNITE?HERE Scripps College’s Humanities Institute hosts “The World at Our Doorsteps: Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity,” a free and open lecture from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Maria Elena Durazo, vice president of Unite Here International Union, which represents more than 270,000 hospitality workers in the US and Canada, will present a lecture covering the scope of immigration, civil rights, and diversity. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/hi or (909) 621-8237.
BEER, SUSTAINABILITY ON TAP The Claremont Chapter of Green Drinks International gets together for its monthly meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Claremont Craft Ales, 1401 N. Claremont Blvd. The monthly events focus on talking about sustainability and the environment over beer(s). New attendees receive a complimentary beverage, and all are welcome. More info is at sustainableclaremont.org.
NEW COP SHOP TALK Active Claremont holds its free and open to the public monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Center’s Santa Fe Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Claremont Police Chief Shelly Vander Veen and Claremont Finance Director Adam Pierre will report on the proposal for the city’s new police station. For information call (909) 373-7907.
Friday, November 17
QUARTET EUPHORIA Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series gets started at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. This week’s concert is Quartet Euphoria perform Beethoven’s Op. 59, No. 2 with Rachel V. Huang (Scripps faculty), violin; Jonathan Wright (Pomona faculty), violin; Cynthia R. Fogg (Pomona faculty), viola; Tom Flaherty (Pomona faculty), cello. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps’ and Pomona College’s music departments. Doors open at noon, and food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3266.
BERMAN, POMONA ORCHESTRA The Pomona College Orchestra, with Boris Berman on piano, conducted by Eric Lindholm, plays a free and open to the public concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, at 8 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. tomorrow. The program includes Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Russian-born pianist Mr. Berman is an internationally acclaimed pianist. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Saturday, November 18
BIRD WALK Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts a free family bird walk from 8 to 9 a.m. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family friendly walk along Garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guides you have and binoculars if you have them. It’s free, but reservations are required at rsabg.org/ bird-walks, (909) 625-8767, or via email at email@example.com.
TREE PLANTING Another free and open to the public Sustainable Claremont Green Crew Tree Planting event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. For information and to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.
GROW NATIVE Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., hosts a Grow Native Nursery Workshop, “Planting Habitats in Small Places,” from 10 to 11 a.m. “Learn how to use small spaces to replicate the habitats of centuries past,” a press release read. “We will showcase the development of, and how to maximize the square footage of, a plant community replication.” More information is at rsabg.org/nursery-calendar or (909) 625-8767.
CATCH A DREAM AT LIBRARY Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free 10:30 a.m. workshop offering kids a chance to make their own Native American dream catcher. Native American Rose Figueroa will show participants how to design and make their dream catcher. “Legend has it that at night, the hole in the center of the dream catcher lets good dreams pass; bad dreams are trapped in the web and are dispelled during first light of morning,” a press release read. Space is limited to 20 for this two-hour workshop. For information go to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.
LATIN DANCE Scripps College hosts a Latin dance performance from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 1030 Columbia Ave. The Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company will perform Latin dances in the courtyard, in front of the gallery, as part of the Getty LA/LA Regional Weekend celebration. Before they take the floor, company members will offer a salsa dance lesson to all visitors who want to give it a whirl. Light refreshments will be served. A visit to the Revolution and Ritual exhibition at the gallery, (open from noon to 5 p.m.), would be the perfect way to round out the afternoon. More info is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-8090.
STORYTELLING AT THE FOLK Claremont’s Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave., hosts “Tellabration” at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for this international night of storytelling. “We often assume that storytelling is only for children, but this ancient art form integrates stories and folk tales that appeal to adults as well,” a press release stated. More information is at folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.
PYROTECHNICS, ART COLLIDE Artist Adela Goldbard presents a pyrotechnics performance, “A World of Laughter, A World of Fears,” during the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Inland Cities regional weekend, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Bixby Plaza, which is adjacent to Pomona College’s Frary Dining Hall. “Using artisanal fabrication techniques and pyrotechnics, Ms. Goldbard creates, activates and destroys ephemeral sculptures to reference acts of political violence,” a press release stated. A reception will follow in Frary Dining Hall where the Prometheus mural may be viewed. More info is at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 621-8283.
SCRIPPS CHOIR Scripps College’s free and open fall choir concert, with music by Hildegard, Palestrina, Molly Ijames and Eric Whitacre, takes place at 8 p.m. at Garrison Theatre, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. Charles W. Kamm (Scripps/Joint Music faculty) is conductor, and John Gilmoure (Scripps staff accompanist), will play the piano. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3267.