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CALENDAR 9-day: Contra dance, budding birders, ceramics, comic books, music and more!

Friday, January 19, 2018

CONTRA DANCE CONTRAversial, the contra dance club of the Claremont Colleges, invites the community to attend Claremont Contra Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at Edmunds Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. The event is free for Claremont Colleges students. A $5 donation is suggested for the general public?.? “Contra dance is an energetic, accessible, and enjoyable style of social folk dance,” a press release stated. “Essentially, one may think of it as making new friends and being active, set to music.” No prior experience is needed, and attendees need not bring a partner. For more info visit contraversial.weebly.com or email claremontcontra@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

BIRDY NUM NUM Budding birders are invited to a Free Family Bird Walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. this morning at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring any binoculars or bird guides they may have. The free walk is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. Reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at info@rsabg.org.

COLLEGES WALKING TOUR Claremont Heritage’s quarterly Claremont Colleges Guided Walking Tour takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8, and reservations are recommended at claremontheritage.org, (909) 621-0848, or via email at info@claremontheritage.org. These tours are conducted by Claremont Heritage, and focus on the Colleges’ history as well as historic and contemporary architecture. Participants can enjoy a stroll through the beautiful campuses while learning interesting facts about the Colleges and their unique architecture. Tourists should meet at Seaver House, 305 College Ave., Claremont, by 9:30 a.m.

BREWS AND BROS Ahead of the curve craft brewers Last Name Brewing hosts its fifth annual Brews and Bros Craft Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cable Airport, 1749 W. 13th St., Upland. Benefitting Claremont Education Foundation, the event features carnival entertainment, henna face painting, caricature artists, food trucks, cider, wine and beer from more than 40 breweries. General admission is $50, which includes unlimited pours and a keepsake glass; VIP tickets are $65, which includes unlimited rare beer hour from noon to 1 p.m., unlimited pours, a keepsake glass and preferred parking; designated drivers and guests under 21 pay $10, and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the brewery, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, or at brewsandbrosfest.com.

FREE LEATHER STAMP CLASS  The Claremont Public Library offers a free kids’ DIY Leather Tooling class at 2 p.m. “Try your hand at leather stamping, get creative and see what designs you can create in leather,” a press release stated. All materials will be supplied. The Library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information go to colapublib.org or call (909) 621-4902.

SCRIPPS CERAMIC ANNUAL The free and vividly creative 74th Scripps College Ceramic Annual takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. The focus of this years’ show is on artists who make work that speaks directly about their identity, roots, home and sense of belonging. Artists include Jennifer Datchuck, Christina Erives, Steven Young Lee, Roberto Lugo, Kyungmin Park, Zemer Peled and Roxanne Swentzell. Enjoy live music and light refreshments with the show. More info is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-3397.

RICK SHEA Singer, guitarist and songwriter Rick Shea brings his literate, acclaimed country music to Claremont tonight. He’ll appear alongside his band, The Losin’ End, at 7:30 p.m. at The Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave., Claremont. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door or the store. Mr. Shea’s “The Town Where I Live” is available at iTunes, Amazon and at rickshea.com. Visit claremont-courier.com to see the COURIER’s recent feature story on Mr. Shea. More information is at folkmusiccenter.com or (909) 624-2928.

 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

COMIC BOOKS & COLLECTIBLES The Packing House, at 532 W. First St., Claremont, is the site of the monthly free comic book and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event features comic book art demonstrations, comic books, collectibles, new and vintage comics, graphic novels and more. More info is available on the Facebook event page.

OPEN POETRY READING Claremont Village Green, at 630 W. Bonita Ave., hosts its free monthly open poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. in its community building. Writers of any type of poetry or prose are invited to come early and sign up to read or listen. For more information go to the Open Words Facebook page or email mari@mariwerner-tech.com.

PLANTS AS MEDICINE Curious amateur botanists can join experienced herbalist William Broen for an interactive California Medicinal Plant Walk and presentation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Tickets are $20 for Garden members and $25 for the general public. Participants will learn traditional and modern plant uses and the folklore of approximately 30 species. To buy tickets or for more info go to rsabg.org or call (909) 625-8767.

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

STUDENT ART EXHIBIT Claremont’s Pomona College hosts an opening reception for its Student Art Collection from noon to 2 p.m. at Studio Art Hall Room #123, 70 Columbia Ave. The show is open until 4 p.m. The artworks, collected by Pomona College Art Department and art faculty, will be exhibited through February 16 in the south space of Chan Gallery. Art includes collage, drawings, paintings, photographs and sculpture. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 621-8079.

CELEBRATING MLK AT THE ATH The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. 2018 MLK Commemorative Lecture with Jelani Cobb, staff writer at The New Yorker and professor of journalism at Columbia University. Mr. Cobb writes about race, politics and culture and the enormous complexity of race in America. In 2015, he received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, which combined “the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian.” He is also the recipient of the 2017 Walter Bernstein Award from the Writer’s Guild of America for his investigative series Policing the Police, which aired on PBS’s Frontline in 2016. He is the author of Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress and The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays. His forthcoming book is Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

PVHMC ON THE DOCKET The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion about Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center with guest speaker Chris Aldworth. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Mr. Aldworth is vice president of planning at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. In 2014 Pomona Valley Hospital was asked to join the Los Angeles County Trauma Center network, which greatly increases survival in severe emergencies. Mr. Aldworth will discuss the reasons why, the work needed to be done to become qualified, and the results we have seen since going live last spring. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

EDGAR HEAP OF BIRDS Edgar Heap of Birds, artist and activist, delivers Pitzer College’s Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture, “Influences, Mentors, Colleagues and Our Homage to this Earth” at 4:15 p.m. at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information go to pitzer.edu/event or email pitzer_galleries@pitzer.edu.

US-CUBA RELATIONSHIP EXAMINED The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “The Closest of Enemies: The United States and Cuba,” with guest speaker Lars Schoultz. His books include Human Rights and United States Policy Toward Latin America (1981), Beneath the United States: A History of US Policy Toward Latin America (1998), That Infernal Little Cuban Republic: The United States and the Cuban Revolution (2009), and In Their Own Best Interests: A History of the U.S. Effort to Improve Latin Americans (forthcoming, 2018). More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

TIG NOTARO AT GARRISON Scripps College’s Garrison Theater hosts Tig Notaro in a free 7 p.m. talk. A life-threatening intestinal disease, followed in quick succession by the death of her mother from a freak accident, a breakup, and a diagnosis of breast cancer was the one-two (three-four) punch that delivered Ms. Notaro to LA’s Largo at the Coronet stage with a routine that would launch a meteoric rise in the comedy world in 2012. Her Amazon show, One Mississippi, a semi-autobiographical dark, often hilarious reflection on identity, illness, love, and loss, debuted its second season this past fall with a storyline seemingly ripped straight from the #MeToo headlines. The show is sold out, but if you’re lucky enough to be holding a ticket, you’ll see Ms. Notaro sharing new material and reflecting on being a creator and woman in Hollywood. Garrison is at 1030 Dartmouth Ave., Claremont. More information is at scrippscollege.edu.

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, January 24, 2018

SOLVING ETHNIC DIVIDES WITH SLAM POETRY The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Spoken Word with Slam Poet Amal Kassir.” “Watching the news, it seems like ethnic divides are ever-deepening,” a press release read. “But how can we solve these complicated problems when each side lives in fear of the other? The answer is evident, argues Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir—it starts with, ‘What’s your name?’” Born in Denver, Colorado, Ms. Kassir comes from a “dinner table of tabouleh and meatloaf, a Syrian father and Iowan-German mother, the best meals of both worlds.” She hopes to take part in the global effort for literacy in war-struck areas and refugee camps, and runs a project called “More than Metaphors,” which focuses on the education initiative for displaced Syrian children. Ms. Kassir has performed on the TED stage and been featured on PBS NewsHour. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244, or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

COLLEGES AND SLAVERY This year’s Howard R. Bowen Lecture at Claremont Graduate University features Craig Steven Wilder, MIT professor and author of the acclaimed book Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. This annual free and open to the public lecture gets underway at 7 p.m. at Rose Hills Theatre, 170 E. Sixth St. To register, visit: http://bit.ly/2CVleuj. For more information, email nick.owchar@cgu.edu

 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

PCMA SPRING EXHIBIT, TALK Spring 2018 exhibitions at the Pomona College Museum of Art kick off at 4:15 p.m. with a free and open conversation with Phyllis Jackson and Lyle Ashton Harris, moderated by Todd Gray. The museum, located at 330 N. College Ave., will host a dynamic conversation in concert with the opening of the exhibitions “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs,” “tête-à-tête,” an installation curated by Ms. Thomas, and Pomona-curated “Establishing Justice.” An opening reception will follow in the courtyard until 8 p.m. More information is available at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 621-8283.

AUTHOR/JOURNALIST TO ASSESS COURT’S DOCKET The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Cases and Controversies: Pivotal Legal Questions of Our Times,” with guest speaker Jeffrey Toobin, a senior legal analyst for CNN, staff writer for The New Yorker, Supreme Court scholar and author, who will address issues fermenting in the US legal system, and the intricate judicial doctrine that shapes our legal, political and social lives. A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993, he has written articles on the Bernie Madoff scandal, the case of Roman Polanski, and profiles of Justices Clarence Thomas, Steve Breyer, John Paul Stevens and Chief Justice John Roberts. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

HAVE A BEER WITH THE GOOD, BAD, UGLY Last Name Brewing, at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, hosts Spaghetti Western Night, which includes a free 7 p.m. showing of Sergio Leone’s classic 1967 western, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The Big Easy Sandwiches will be cooking up spaghetti. More info is at lastnamebrewing.com.

 

Friday, January 26, 2018

NOONISH CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues at 12:15 p.m. today with a show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances with Phil Young and Jocelyn Chang on pianos. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

JAPANESE FLOWER ARRRANGING Claremont Public Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., hosts a free 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. class on Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Mari Prasad will discuss the history of Ikebana, an art dating back to the 7th century, and help participants create displays. All materials will be provided. The program is limited to 15 people on a first-come, first-served basis. More info is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.

AUTHOR TALK: KUMEYAAY ETHNOBOTANY Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, at 1500 N College Ave., Claremont, hosts Kumeyaay Ethnobotany, an author talk and book signing with Michael Wilken Robertson from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5. To register, visit rsabg.org/classes. Class capacity is limited, and pre-registration is recommended. Kumeyaay Ethnobotany explores the interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias. More info is at rsabg.org.

SPIRIT OF IRELAND The Cultural Arts Society of La Verne hosts Michael Ryan and Friends: Spirit of Ireland, a 7 p.m. evening of music, dance and songs at Hillcrest Retirement Community, 2705 Mountain View Dr., La Verne. The cost is $30 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Light refreshments will be served and parking is free. Tickets at the door or at livingathillcrest.org or (909) 392-4375.

THE SOPRANO Claremont’s Pomona College presents a free concert with soprano Christine Brandes and pianist Eric Moe, at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert. Ms. Brandes’ repertoire ranges from the 17th century to new works. She will perform music by Debussy, Schoenberg, Schubert, Barbara White and Eric Moe. More info is at (909) 607-2671.