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CALENDAR: Music, student dance, calling all Santas, art book sale and more

Sunday, November 26

POST-HOLIDAY TRADITIONAL The Claremont Symphony Orchestra presents its annual post-Thanksgiving traditional, a free 3:30 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The orchestra will perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto—the first concerto for clarinet written by the famed composer—and the widely loved Sixth Symphony by Tchaikovsky, also known as “The Pathétique.” Coincidentally, both of these pieces were among the final compositions of these two renowned composers. Mozart wrote the Clarinet Concerto for his friend Anton Stadler, who popularized the basset clarinet, a lower-pitched cousin of the clarinet. Gary Bovyer, who will play it on a basset clarinet, is principal clarinetist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Orange County’s Mozart Classical Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale Sinfonia and the Santa Monica Symphony. The concerto has been called the most famous of wind concertos, with its “gentle peace and unassuming virtuosity.” There has been much speculation about Tchaikovsky’s intent in writing his sixth symphony, with suggestions that he was focused on his own declining health and personal problems. Many experts, however, dispute that characterization, quoting the composer as having called it “the best thing I have ever composed.” By replacing the traditional joyous climax with a slow, lamenting finale, Tchaikovsky created a new shape for the symphony. More information is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.

Monday, November 27

STATE TREASURER TO SPEAK John Chiang, California State Treasurer and candidate for governor, will speak at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s free and open 7 p.m. meeting at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Commons Room, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Mr. Chiang was previously elected as state controller and to the state board of equalization. In 2008, while controller, he defied then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s order to freeze state worker salaries. Refreshments will be served, and a business meeting will follow. More info is at claremontdems.org, (909) 632-1516, or via email at claremontdemocrats@yahoo.com.

FUME FUME TIME Pomona College’s Ghanaian, West African Music Ensemble, with Nani Agbeli directing, performs in a free 8 p.m. concert at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. Mr. Agbeli leads the ensemble in a performance of “Agbekor,” a post-war work that encompasses dance and music, blending tradition, history and “Fume Fume.” Joining the ensemble is Volta Drum Dance, a Ghanaian traditional group based in Santa Clarita. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert. More info is at pomona.edu/events. 

Tuesday, November 28

GIVING TUESDAY Support local charities today by shopping at various Claremont Village shops, which will donate a portion of their proceeds to directly benefit a local nonprofit as part of the hash tag, #givingtuesday. For a list of participating Village locations, go to claremontvillage.org.

UNIVERSITY CLUB The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The Latest Information on Social Security,” with guest speaker Teresa Campbell. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Ms. Campbell is a public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration. Ms. Campbell will cover aspects of the program, including enrollment, financial, medical, pharmaceutical and legal issues, and upcoming changes. Bring your questions for a lively question-and- answer period. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

MORE CONSPIRACY THEORIES Today’s offering from Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry’s free and open ongoing speaker series, “Conspiracy Theory-Conspiracy Fact: Understanding a Perplexing Social Phenomenon,” is Matthew R.X. Dentith, author of Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories and University of Bucharest post-doctoral fellow. The 4:15 p.m. talk, “Investigating Conspiracy Theories: The case for treating conspiracy theories seriously, even the (apparently) ridiculous ones,” takes place at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. For more information, go to pitzer.edu/mcsi.

IGNORANCE IS BLISS, LOVE IS BLIND Pomona College’s Ena Thompson Reading Room 108, Crookshank Hall, at 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont, offers “Ignorance in Times of Post-Truth,” with Renata Salecl. The free and open 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. lecture will examine cases when “ignorance is bliss” and when it is of help that love is blind. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-1496.

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB Claremont Senior Computer Club meets every Tuesday, with social time at 7 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:30, at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. Each meeting provides an opportunity for questions to the group’s club experts, and newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.

Wednesday, November 29

THEOPOLITICS ON THE DOCKET “Carceral Echnologies, Biblical Effects, US Theopolitics,” a free and open lecture from Pomona College Professor of Religious Studies Erin Runions, gets underway at noon at the Blue Room, Frank Dining Hall, 260 E. Bonita Ave, Claremont. More info is at (909) 621-8000.

INTUITION AND LEADERSHIP The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Intuition: What is It Really and What Role Should It Play in Your Leadership Toolkit?” with California State Senator Holly Mitchell. “Intuition is often credited as the secret sauce to effectiveness and success both in personal and professional settings,” a press release stated. “Is this true? If so, can it be learned or cultivated? Senator Mitchell, of California’s 30th senate district, believes that intuition is critical and should be an integral part of any leader’s toolkit.” First elected to the legislature in 2010, Senator Mitchell represents nearly one million residents in a district ranging from Century City to South Los Angeles, including Culver City, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw district, USC, downtown LA and a portion of Inglewood. A third-generation native Angeleno, she sits on the senate health committee; the joint committee on rules; the public safety committee; the labor and industrial relations committee and the insurance, banking and financial institutions committee. Frequently cited for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of children, families, the elderly and the disabled, Ms. Mitchell was named the 2017 Lois DeBerry Scholar by Women in Government Leadership, and this year received the first Willie L. Brown Jr. Advocacy Award from the California Black Lawyers Association. The National Conference of State Legislatures last summer elected her to its national executive committee. Her advocacy on behalf of the expansion of mental health services earned her the legislator-of-the-year award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness California. Senator Mitchell’s Athenaeum presentation is part of the “Behind the Veil: Women, Race, Leadership, and Social Change in the Nonprofit Sector” speaker series. BTV explores leadership models and perspectives by harnessing the power of first person narrative and storytelling by nonprofit CEOs on the front lines of social change. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Thursday, November 30

LEAGUE FOCUSES ON UNCOMMON GOOD Claremont League of Women Voters hosts two free and open monthly meetings and lectures, “Immigration: An Historical, Economic and Moral Perspective.” The first is at 9:30 a.m. at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, Building D, fourth floor, 875 Bonita Ave., Pomona, and features speaker Jesus Sanchez from Uncommon Good, a Claremont nonprofit that offers education, health and urban farm programs for low income students and families. The second takes place at 7 p.m. at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont. The speaker there will be Nancy Mintie, an attorney and founder and executive director of Uncommon Good. For more information, go to claremont.ca.lwvnet.org, call (909) 624-9457 or email league@claremont.ca.lwvnet.org.

FROM BOMBAY TOP BOOGIE DOWN BRONX The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “They Call Me Q,” with Qurrat Kadwani. Ms. Kadwani will perform her one-woman show, a story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between cultural pressure and wanting acceptance into the American culture. Along the journey, Ms. Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life, including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates and Indian and African-American friends. Ms. Kadwani is a graduate of Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of SUNY Geneseo. She is the founding artistic director of eyeBLINK (eyeblink.org). A frequent guest on television programs including Law and Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Mr. Robot, Falling Water, and more, she teaches monologue writing and performance workshops, monologue prep and audition prep classes. Her film credits include Antigone 5000, The Tailor, One Night Stand and Last Saturday with Morli, among others. Her one-woman show, They Call Me Q, played for seven months off-Broadway at New York’s St. Luke’s Theatre. In reviewing her show, the Village Voice said Ms. Kadwani “delivers a winning tale.” NY Theatre Guide wrote, “Filled with charm, humor and heart, They Call Me Q is comedic without seeming over the top, and thought provoking without being preachy.” More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

STUDENT DANCE AT POMONA “In the Works,” a concert of student dances, takes place at 8 p.m. at Pomona College’s Pendleton Dance Studio, 210 E. Second St., Claremont. General admission is $5, payable via cash or check, and tickets will be sold at the door. Reflecting a variety of contemporary dance styles, the program will feature in-progress dance works choreographed and performed by students. Several of the dances will be further developed as senior thesis projects in dance for the Scripps and Pomona spring dance concerts. The program will also include a performance by students participating in Ronit Ziv’s Repertory class. Ms. Ziv, a noted Israeli choreographer, is a Schusterman Visiting Artist-In-Residence with Scripps and Pomona Dance for fall 2017. Her residency is made possible by the support of the Israeli Institute. Doors will open a half hour before the performances. More info is at (909) 621-8176.

Friday, December 1

CALLING ALL SANTAS Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, at 730 Plymouth Rd., Claremont, hosts a free and open event, “Calling all Santas,” from 3 to 5 p.m. The show features Pilgrim Place residents’ collections of various interpretations of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas and Father Christmas. Live music from Michael Ryan and Ken Sunderland and holiday tea and cookies are also included. More information is available at (909) 399-5544.

CLASSICS FROM THE POMONA CHOIR Pomona College Choir, with visiting conductor David Rentz, plays a free and open 8 p.m. concert at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The Choir will offer a mixed program of classics and new music, with pieces from the 17th to 21st century. Among the selections are works by Betinis, Brown, Fauré, Guillaume, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Schütz, Spencer, Whitacre and others. The show repeats Sunday, December 3. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

Saturday, December 2

GREEN CREW TREE PLANTING Sustainable Claremont hosts another free and open Green Crew Tree Planting Event from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the corner of South College Ave. and Bryn Mawr Rd., Claremont, where there will be a short presentation and tree planting demonstration at 8:30 a.m. For more information and to RSVP, email greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

LIBRARY FINE ART BOOK SALE Claremont Public Library’s annual Holiday Fine Book Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 208 N. Harvard Ave. All purchases benefit Friends of the Claremont Library. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted, and Friends members receive 10 percent off all purchases. More information is at claremontlibrary.org.

TEA, BAKE SALE, KIDS’ PARTY The Rembrandt Club’s annual Holiday Tea, Bake Sale and Children’s Party takes place from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Seaver House, 305 N. College Ave., Claremont. The event features wassail, syllabub, an array of sweets and savories, crafting activities and treats for children, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1 to 2 p.m. for photos. Proceeds support The Rembrandt Club Summer Research Grant, which is presented annually to one or two Pomona College junior art students. Admission is $7 at the door, or $20 for four purchased in advance. Children age five and under are free. More info is at (909) 981-7245.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Theater Experience presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at 2 p.m. at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. Tickets are $24, with group discounts available. The cast is comprised of Claremont locals as well as actors who have taken part in the production since it was first mounted by Theater Experience in 1992. About 6,000 school children will attend the performance during the week prior. More info is at (909) 607-1139.

KINDRED NATURES OPENS Claremont Museum of Art hosts a free and open to the public reception for its latest show, Kindred Natures: Aldo Casanova and James Fuller, from 6 to 9 p.m. The museum is located at 200 W. First St. “Kindred Natures will reintroduce two highly respected and revered local artists,” a press release read. “For over 30 years each artist influenced generations of students while teaching at Scripps College, as well as maintaining active careers as exhibiting artists throughout the country. Sharing an affinity for the beauty of nature, this exhibition will highlight the kindred links between the sculptures of Aldo Casanova and the paintings of James Fuller.” The exhibition will remain open to March 25, 2018. For more information visit claremontmuseum.org.

CAROLS OLD AND NEW The Claremont Chorale presents “Carols Old and New: A Claremont Tradition,” at 7:30 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave. The concert repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 3. The Chorale’s 50th concert season features Robert Ray’s “Gospel Magnificat,” and “Panamanian Folk Carols,” as well as new works such as Ralph Manuel’s “Alleluia.” Tickets are $20 at the door. Discount tickets are available at claremontchorale.org, or from a member of the Chorale. For more information call (909) 239-8313 or email theclaremontchorale@gmail.com.