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CALENDAR 9-day: Concerts galore, police bond, Rembrandt, green jobs, trees speak

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. The weekly concerts are a joint production of Scripps and the Pomona College Music Department. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

‘FINDING OUR WAY’ A new exhibition at Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, at 730 Plymouth Rd.,

Claremont, opens today. Finding Our Way: Travel and Navigation Through the Ages is open from 2 to 4 p.m. “How have people found their ways in the world throughout history?” a press release asked “Visit the ‘Finding Our Way: Travel and Navigation Through the Ages’ to learn about how people in different cultures and times have used print maps, navigational tools and more to explore the world.” The show is up through April 1. More info is at pilgrimplace.org/petterson_museum.php or (909) 399-5544.

Saturday, January 27

CSO CONCERT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE Claremont Symphony Orchestra’s free and open to the public concert for Young People gets underway at 10:30 a.m. at Bridges Hall of Music on the Pomona College campus, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The show includes dances from Swan Lake, the can-can and the waltz, and showcases the winners of the Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra annual concerto competition. This year’s winner is Jonathan Recomanta, who will perform the first movement and cadenza of Copland’s Clarinet Concert. More information is at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.

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

SUSTAINABILITY VS. THE CALIFORNIA DREAM The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area hosts its Food For Thought event, “Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream,” at 2 p.m. in the Padua Room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Admission is $35 for this LWV fundraiser. Char Miller, director of the W.M. Keck Environmental Analysis program at Pomona College, is the guest speaker. He is the author of On the Edge: Water, Immigration and the Politics in the Southwest. Light refreshments will be served. More info is at claremont.ca.lwvnet.org.

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 remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias, through in-depth descriptions of 47 native plants and their uses, lively narratives, and hundreds of vivid photographs. It connects the archaeological and historical record with living cultures and native plant specialists who share their wisdom for future generations. More info is at rsabg.org.

SPIRIT OF IRELAND CONCERT 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’s meeting house, 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. Noted for her radiant, crystalline voice and superb musicianship, Ms. Brandes brings her committed artistry to repertoire ranging from the 17th century to new works. She enjoys an active career in North America and abroad, performing at many of the world’s most distinguished festivals and concert series in programs spanning from recitals and chamber music to oratorio and opera. She will perform music by Debussy, Schoenberg, Schubert, Barbara White and Eric Moe. More info is at (909) 607-2671.

 

Sunday, January 28

GUITARMAGEDDON IN LA VERNE Acclaimed guitarist Muriel Anderson— the first female to win the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship—and University of La Verne music faculty member Michael Ryan play a free “Peace Through Music” concert from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school’s Morgan Auditorium, 1950 3rd Street, La Verne. The show features guitarists from Korea, Ukraine, Spain, Germany and Canada, as well as special guests from Peru and Austria, and an accompanying visual show. The concert is free, but voluntary donations go to Guitars in the Classroom, a nonprofit that trains and equips teachers to use music in their classrooms to enhance learning. More info is at (951) 295-1895 or (615) 691-0287.

LOCAL UN HOSTS NATIONAL REP Chris Whatley, Executive Director of The United Nations Association, USA, will speak at the Pomona Valley chapter’s annual dinner and meeting at Pilgrim Place’s Decker Hall, 625 Avery Rd., Claremont. A dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the free lecture begins at 6:30. Everyone attending the dinner is asked to bring $10 or a side dish, salad or dessert for six to eight people to share. The main course will be provided. Mr. Whatley’s talk is entitled, “The United Nations in 2018: Full Funding, Refugee Rights and Climate Action!” RSVP by calling (909) 625-9670 or emailing cmartin335@gmail.com. Mr. Whatley has led UNA’s national staff in Washington, DC and New York since 2013.

 

Monday, January 29

DEMS TO DISCUSS POLICE STATION BOND The Democratic Club of Claremont will meet at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed new Claremont police station bond measure. Speaking at the free and open to the public meeting will be Claremont Mayor Larry Schroeder, police chief Shelly Vander Veen, finance director Adam Pirre and Ed Reece, a leader of the committee spearheading the campaign in favor of the measure. The measure is to be on the June 5 ballot. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Napier Common Room, 660 Avery Rd., in Pilgrim Place. The public is invited. Refreshments are served.

FINNISH ARTIST Sasha Huber, a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, will give a free and open lecture from noon to 1:15 p.m. at Scripps College’s Boone Recital Hall, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont. Ms. Huber’s visit coincides with the inclusion of her work in the Getty Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibit, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, which is curated by Tatiana Flores from the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. Born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1975, Ms. Huber lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Her work is primarily concerned with the politics of memory and belonging, particularly in relation to colonial residue left in the environment. More info is at  sashahuber.com.

RACIAL BIAS IN POLICING The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Racial Bias and Discretion in Policing,” with guest speaker Jack Glaser, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. Mr. Glaser will describe the psychological science on intergroup bias that helps to explain racial disparities in police stops, searches, arrests and use of force, and the promise of changing the decision-making landscape in order to reduce disparities. Mr. Glaser received his PhD in psychology from Yale University in 1999 and joined the faculty at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy in 2000. IHe is also a principal investigator on the National Justice Database, funded by NSF and Google, and is the author of Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Racial Profiling. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, by calling (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

 

Tuesday, January 30

NOON LECTURE FROM TRANS ACTIVIST Scripps College’s Tuesday Noon lecture series continues with Jennicet Gutiérrez, a transgender activist from México, who will speak from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the Hampton Room, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. A founding member of La Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, she is best known for shedding light on the plight of transgender women in immigration detention centers through community building, organizing and education. Now living in Los Angeles, Ms. Gutiérrez visits Scripps to discuss her ongoing efforts to end deportation, incarceration, and the criminalization of immigrants and all people of color. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.

FIRST RESPONDERS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “First Responders: Women as Witnesses to Mass Violence,” with guest speaker Jo Scott-Coe. Making room for women’s voices, contends Ms. Scott-Coe, can expand and transform the narrative “canon” on mass violence. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

TRUMP’S “HUMANITY” The University Club of Claremont hosts a luncheon and discussion, “From Entrepreneur to President: The Remarkable Career of Donald J. Trump,” with guest speaker Ivan Light. 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. Light is a professor emeritus of sociology at UCLA. “Using conventional social science tools and publicly available information, Prof. Light introduces, develops and tries to explain some of the puzzling features of Donald Trump’s transition from business tycoon to president” a UC press release read. “The presentation is analytical, and not an evaluation of Trump’s politics, but the man himself.” Mr. Light holds a sociology degree from UC Berkeley and another from Harvard University in European history. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

Wednesday, January 31

DOCUMENTARIAN TALKS AUTHENTICITY The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “What Nonfiction Narratives Reveal,” with guest speaker Lynn Novick. Ms. Novick will discuss the creative process and the search for authenticity in her work, including her latest collaboration for PBS with Ken Burns, The Vietnam War, and her upcoming documentary, College Behind Bars. Ms. Novick is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her works include Prohibition, Baseball, Jazz, Frank Lloyd Wright and The War, a seven part, 15-hour exploration of ordinary Americans’ experiences in World War II. Ms. Novick is currently working on a two-part biography of Ernest Hemingway, co-directed by Mr. Burns and slated for completion in 2020, and College Behind Bars, a feature-length documentary about a group of men and women imprisoned in New York State for serious crimes, struggling to earn degrees in a rigorous liberal arts college program, the Bard Prison Initiative. Information is at cmc.edu/athenaeu/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.

PUSSYHAT Scripps College hosts a free lecture, “The Pussyhat Project: Krista Suh in Conversation,” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave. Following the 2016 presidential election, Ms. Suh cofounded the Pussyhat Project, which helped turn the Women’s Marches into a sea of pink-capped protestors. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.

 

Thursday, February 1

REMBRANDT CLUB The Rembrandt Club’s First Thursday Lecture and Tea takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Avenue, Claremont. The topic for the free and open to the public event is “Art for Living—Living for Art,” with guest speaker Rick Caughman. A graduate of Arts Center College of Design in Pasadena, Mr. Caughman has combined teaching and commercial art with his own creative work for more than 25 years. A tea and reception will follow at Seaver House. The event is free and open to the public. More information is at (909) 374-1491.

WHERE IS US FOREIGN POLICY HEADED? The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Where is US Foreign Policy Headed?” with guest speaker Stephen Walt. Mr. Walt, professor of international relations at Harvard University, will explore US foreign policy and argue that under Trump, it is likely to be an even more inept version of our recent follies. Mr. Walt previously taught at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, where he served as master of the social science collegiate division and deputy dean of social sciences. He has been a resident associate of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Walt is the author of The Origins of Alliances, which received the 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award, and Revolution and War, Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy. More info is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

 

Friday, February 2

BEETHOVEN AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday “Noon” Concert Series continues today with Trio Lykos performing Beethoven’s first trio. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., begins at 12:15 p.m. Beethoven, Trio in E-flat Major, Op.1, No. 1 features Rachel V. Huang (Scripps), violin; Roger Lebow, cello; Gayle Blankenburg (Pomona/Scripps), piano. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.

TEDXKGI Keck Graduate Institute hosts a lecture, TedxKGI, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Founders Room, 535 Watson Dr.. The cost is $20. Speakers will present thought-provoking and inspiring ideas. The event also features live presenters and recorded videos of previous speakers. More info is at tedxkgi.com or (909) 607-0896.

GREEN JOBS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Stepping Stones to Sustainability: The Landscape of Green Jobs,” with Lauren Faber O’Connor, chief sustainability officer for the city of Los Angeles. Ms. O’Connor will reflect on her experience working at the Environmental Defense Fund, the California EPA, and the US Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board, as well as discuss environmental careers at different levels of governance and in public and private sectors.  More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

ELECTRO ACOUSTIC MUSIC FEST Pomona College’s 26th annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electro Acoustic Music kicks off at 8 p.m. at Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave. The free, long running festival opens with a concert featuring contemporary ensemble The Eclipse Quartet. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.

 

Saturday, February 3

SPEAK FOR THE TREES Sustainable Claremont hosts a free Green Crew Grow Our Trees Walk the Town event from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet before 9 a.m. at Blaisdell Park, 440 S. College Ave., to engage residents in conversation about trees. Email greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, ext. 238.

BOOK SALE Pilgrim Place’s The Book Place hosts a special book sale from 9 to 11 a.m. at 625 Mayflower Rd., Claremont, The event features all varieties of gently- used books for sale. More info is at pilgrimplace.org.

CONTAINER GARDENING Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts “Container Gardening With California Native Plants” at 10 a.m. at its Claremont location, 1500 N. College Ave. The workshop is free with regular admission. More information is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.

FREE DJEMBE DRUM WORKSHOP Claremont Public Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave., holds a free and open to the public African Djembe Drum Workshop at 2 p.m. Participants will learn about African Djembe drumming at this hands-on workshop with master drummer Rozelle Woods. The Djembe Drum is a traditional African instrument used to promote mental, physical and spiritual wellness. More information is at colapublib.org or (909) 621-4902.

LOCAL NAACP HOSTS LATINO, LATINA GROUP The Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley and the Pomona Valley branch of the NAACP invite the community to a free open house from 2 to 5 p.m. The event takes place at the Solidarity Center at Indian Hill Village, Room 6, 1460 E. Holt Ave., Pomona. The program will feature Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval; Jeanette Ellis-Royston, president of the Pomona branch of the NAACP; Jose Calderon, president of Latino and Latina roundtable, and other community leaders. Musician and organizer Rosa Martha Zarate will play social movement songs from her recent recordings, and the youth choir from Macedonia Baptist Church will also perform. Snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information click on naacp-pomona-valley.org, email jrellisroyston1@verizon.net, or call (909) 764-7833. Additional information is at latinolatinaroundtable.org.

CYSO FREE CONCERT Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra presents a free 3:30 p.m. concert of classical, jazz and movie music at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Pieces include music from Raiders of the Lost Ark, selections from Porgy and Bess and The Nutcracker, poet Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia” and more. For more information go to claremontyouthsymphony.org or email  claremontyouthso@gmail.com.

FREE AERIAL CIRCUS SHOWS The Circus Studio, at 548 W. First St., Claremont, hosts two free, open to all-ages aerial circus shows. The first is from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and the second if from 8:30 to 9 p.m. This monthly event is part of Claremont Artwalk. The show is free but donations are accepted. More info is at thecircusstudio.com.