CALENDAR 9-day: Spiked Fridays, tangled vines, bird fest, concerts, music and more
Friday, March 2
BONIS CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues today with music by Melanie Bonis and Erwin Schulhoff. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with performers Rachel V. Huang (Scripps), violin and Stephan Moss (Pomona/Scripps), piano. Sponsored by the departments of music at Pomona and Scripps Colleges. Doors open at noon, and food is not permitted in the auditorium. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.
SPIKED FRIDAYS Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts Spiked Fridays in the Grove of Thorns, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. “Spiked plants make fabulous spiked drinks—get even with the plants that cause you pain and enjoy wicked cocktails made with spiny botanicals,” a Garden press release read. “Sip away in the Grove of Thorns, an installation of gigantic spines, prickles and thorns brilliantly lit on these magical evenings. The menu will include four cocktails representing the four epic houses of the Game of Thorns: Rosa, Agave, Cactaceae and Legume.” The event is $15 and includes live music, and one cocktail or beverage. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
A HAPPENING SCREENING, Q AND A Pitzer College hosts a free screening and Q and A with the director of the documentary film Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution at 6:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. Director James Redford will be on hand after the screening. Happening documents a colorful, personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits and makes communities stronger and healthier. The event is sponsored by Pitzer’s Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability. For information, visit pitzer.edu.
Saturday, March 3
TANGLED VINES Tangled Vines author Frances Dinkelspiel gives a free and open talk at 1 p.m. at Alexander Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. Learn how Ms. Dinkelspiel made it her mission to write this focused history of California winemaking. Books will be available for signing, and refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Claremont Library. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHOIRS, ORCHESTRA IN FREE CONCERT The Joint Music Program’s 2018 Spring Concerts series brings The Claremont Concert Choir, Treble Singers, and Orchestra, along with the Chaffey College Chamber Choir, for a free 8 p.m. concert at Garrison Theatre, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont. On the program is Haydn, Te Deum; Poulenc, Litanies à la vierge noire; and Sibelius, Symphony No. 1. Charles W. Kamm (Scripps/Joint Music faculty) and Brian Stone (Joint Music faculty) will conduct. More information is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3267.
Sunday, March 4
FAMILY BIRD FEST Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, hosts its Family Bird Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “During the year, over 150 different species of birds may visit the Garden,” a press release read. “How many will you see? Take the Migration Challenge, make avian art, pose with a live raptor and enjoy many other activities.” The festival, free with general admission, is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont and the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. More info is at rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767.
FREE CHAMBER MUSIC Spectacular Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, is the site for a free 3 p.m. chamber music concert with Pomona College music faculty. Performers include Connie Deeter (bass), Rachel Rudich (flute), Kenneth Foerch (saxophone), Carolyn Beck (bassoon), Phillip Keen (trombone), Stephen Klein (tuba), Mary Dropkin (harp), Jennie Jung and Gayle Blankenburg and Phillip Young (pianos). On the program is music by Bach, Bedard, Brahms, Burgos, Douglas, Stevens, von Weber and others. More info is at pomona.edu/events.
Monday, March 5
LEVERAGING YOUR TALENT The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “That Person in the Mirror: Leveraging YOUR Time, Talents and Assets to Make a Difference,” with guest speaker Judy Belk. In the keynote address for the first annual Women of Color Power and Purpose Forum, Ms. Belk, president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness), will share reflections on how her personal journey has been shaped by deeply held values and how informed choices have helped advance her career in the public and private sectors, including as the current leader of one of California’s largest health philanthropies. “She will share examples from her own experience that point to ways ‘You’ can make a difference,” a press release read. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
A WORLD FROM A SHEET OF PAPER Harvey Mudd College’s Michael E. Moody Lecture Series continues with “A World From a Sheet of Paper,” with guest speaker Tadashi Tokieda, from Stanford University. The free talk takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Shanahan Center, 320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. “Starting from just a sheet of paper, by folding, stacking, crumpling, sometimes tearing, we will explore a variety of phenomena, from a magic trick and geometry to elasticity and the traditional Japanese art of origami,” a press release read. Much of the talk will consist of table-top demos, which participants can try later with friends and family. Mr. Tokieda grew up as a painter in Japan and became a classical philologist in France before switching to mathematics (PhD, Princeton). Since last fall, he has been a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. For the 13 years prior, he was a director of studies in mathematics at Cambridge. No RSVP necessary. Refreshments will be served in Thomas-Garrett Plaza immediately following the talk. More info is at hmc.edu or (909) 621-8023.
CONSERVATISM AT A CROSSROADS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “American Conservatism at a Crossroads,” with guest speaker David Frum. “Under Donald Trump, American conservatism increasingly presents itself as authoritarian and ethnically chauvinist,” a press release read. “How has this happened? Why? Are hopes dead for a conservatism that is democratic, responsible and inclusive? David Frum, a former staffer to President George W. Bush, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of the New York Times bestseller Trumpocracy, will offer a vision of a better future for the American center-right.” Mr. Frum is a Canadian-American neoconservative political commentator. A speechwriter for President George W. Bush, he later became the author of the first “insider” book about the Bush presidency. Over the years, Mr. Frum has worked for Canadian and American publications, including the National Review and the Wall Street Journal. His first book, Dead Right, was published in 1994 and was hailed by the conservative right as an important piece of ideological literature for the conservative movement. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
Tuesday, March 6
TALK: THE VIETNAM DIASPORA Scripps College’s Tuesday Noon lecture series continues with “Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora,” with guest speaker Andrew Lam, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 345 E. Ninth St., Claremont. Former editor of New America Media and commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered, Mr. Lam has made his name as a journalist and a short fiction writer. His experiences as a Vietnamese refugee reverberate through his work, and characters who fled Vietnam and made new lives in California populate his imagination. Mr. Lam is the PEN Open Book Award-winning author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.
FREE JAZZ FROM ACROSS SPECTRUM Pomona College Jazz Combos, with Barb Catlin directing, presents a free afternoon concert of jazz from across the spectrum at 4:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave, Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu/events.
ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Jewish Discourse: Identity, Justice, and Religion,” with guest speaker Tal Becker. “Behind the leaders and negotiators in any conflict are the societies they represent,” a press release read. “While most discussions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict tend to focus on the policy issues in dispute, an unspoken but no less important dimension is the way in which the conflict is viewed and experienced within each community and in the context of its own self-understanding. Tal Becker, senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, will review the nature of Jewish discourse with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, both within and outside Israel, to illuminate the values, ideas, historical references, and narratives that shape this debate and offer a deeper perspective on the conflict and the challenges and opportunities associated with addressing it.” Mr. Becker is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem where he leads educational initiatives on Israel and the Jewish world. He was a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, senior policy advisor to Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, a lead negotiator and drafter in the Annapolis peace talks, director of the International Law Department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, counsel to Israel’s UN Mission in New York, and an international law expert for the Israel Defense Forces. He is the winner of the Rabin Peace Prize and the 2007 Guggenheim Prize for best international law book for Terrorism and the State. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
Wednesday, March 7
A MIDDLE EAST SOLUTION The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 5:30 p.m. lecture, “Divorce without Separation? Reimagining the Two-State Solution and Middle East Peace,” with guest speaker Omar Dajani. “The vision of ‘two states for two peoples’ has guided efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for decades,” a press release read. “Omar Dajani, professor of law at McGeorge School of Law and former legal adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team in the peace talks with Israel, will reflect on whether there are any good alternatives and whether it is possible to achieve peace in the holy land without separating the peoples who call it home.” More information is at cmc.edu/ athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
MODERN FICTION LIONS IN TALK The ongoing, fascinating and free Scripps Presents series continues from 6 to 7:15 p.m. with Ottessa Moshfegh and Colm Tóibín in conversation with Rachel Kushner at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. “When it comes to contemporary literary fiction’s literary lions, one needn’t look further than Colm Tóibín and Ottessa Moshfegh,” a press release read. “The former is the Irish-born, New York-based author of seven novels, including Brooklyn (on which the critically-acclaimed film starring Saoirse Ronan was based). The latter’s accolades include a PEN/Hemingway Award and nominations for the National Book Critics Circle and Man Booker Prize for her debut novel, Eileen. Together, the two will read from their works and discuss the craft of fiction with Scripps’ Mary Routt Chair of Writing, novelist Rachel Kushner.” This program is presented in partnership with the Mary Routt Chair of Writing. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.
Tuesday, March 8
PCMA HAS GRAB BAG OF ‘ART AFTER HOURS’ Art After Hours at the Pomona College Museum of Art, a free and open to the public event, takes place from 5 to 11 p.m. at the museum, 330 N. College Ave., Claremont. Art After Hours offers a variety of programming including live music concerts sponsored by KSPC 88.7 FM, lectures, panels, workshops, tours, film screenings and performances in conjunction with museum exhibitions and in partnership with student and academic groups across the campuses. More info is at pomona.edu/museum or (909) 621-8283.
Friday, March 9
DEMS MULL IMPACT OF GOP TAX CUTS The Democratic Club of Claremont’s Gar Byrum Distinguished Speakers Series presents Professor Linus Yamane of Pitzer College in a free 1 p.m. lecture, “The Impact of the GOP Tax Cuts,” at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The lecture is free and open to the public, but the noon luncheon is $17. Mr. Yamane’s research has focused on economics and Asian-American studies. Mr. Yamane has worked in industry and banking, and has taught at universities in the US and Japan. More information is at (909) 626-8122 or by email at email@example.com.
FREE CODING WORKSHOP AT LIBRARY Claremont Public Library hosts a free coding workshop, “Ozobots Teens!” at 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn to code with colors using high-tech miniature computer robots that support STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and connect the physical and digital worlds. The Claremont Library is located at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For information call (909) 621-4902 or visit colapublib.org.
MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The event, open to persons age 50 and over, includes a performance by the Irish Dimensions Dance Company and a limerick contest. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation) which includes entertainment, appetizers and refreshments. Reservations are required by noon Wednesday, March 7. For reservations, call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.
POMONA CONCERT BAND The Pomona Concert Band holds its annual free and open winter concert of solo and ensemble music, “Meet The Band,” at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy. The concert is sponsored by the city’s community services department. The band will be under the direction of musical director and conductor Linda W. Taylor, and assistant director Jorge Garcia. The master of ceremonies will be Pomona Mayor, Tim Sandoval. For more information go to pomonaconcertband.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (626) 824-0001.
Saturday, March 10
ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Community Services host an Arbor Day tree planting event from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blaisdell Park, 440 S. College Ave. The day includes a tree celebration, tree planting and education about urban forestry, sustainability, watering needs and more. For more information call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.
THE WOMEN OF THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION Claremont Public Library hosts a free and open to the public 2 p.m. discussion with Gloria Arjona, highlighting the important participation of soldaderas (women soldiers) in the Mexican Revolution, through corridos (period songs), photographs and anecdotes. The Library is at 208 N. Harvard Ave. For more information, call (909) 621-4902 or visit our colapublib.org.
CHORALE SINGS HANDEL’S MESSIAH The Claremont Chorale presents Handel’s Messiah, parts two and three, in concert at 3 p.m. at Pomona College’s beautiful Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Tickets are $20 at the door, or are available at a discount at claremontchorale.org, or from a member of the Chorale. The Claremont Chorale is an all-volunteer, SATB community ensemble, with 60 members from the Pomona Valley communities. The Chorale’s 50th anniversary concert will be held May 19. For information go to claremontchorale.org, email email@example.com, or call (909) 239-8313.
FAHRENHEIT 2018 AT AMOCA The American Museum of Ceramic Art’s new exhibit, Fahrenheit 2018, opens with a free and open to the public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. The biennial exhibition showcases 80 sculptural, functional, figurative and abstract works of ceramic art from the United States, Denmark, Brazil and France. The show is juried by renowned ceramic artist Patti Warashina. Ms. Warashina was born in in 1940 in Spokane, Washington. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degrees from the University of Washington in l964. While in college she studied with sculptors Robert Sperry, Harold Myers, Rudy Autio, Shoji and Shinsaku Hamada and Ruth Penington. Her influences include California funk, surrealism, and experimental West Coast ceramic sculpture from the 1950s and ‘60s. Her work is best known for satire, humor, and dream state figures, expressed through low fire polychrome ceramic material. More information is at amoca.org.
HUMAN FLOW FILM SCREENING Claremont Canopy, nonprofit recently formed to help Syrian refugees thrive in the community, will host a screening of the film Human Flow at Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theatre, 170 E. Sixth St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. Middle Eastern appetizers will be served. Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s documentary elucidates both the scale of the refugee crisis and its profound personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe. Claremont Canopy was formed by local residents Christy Anderson, Amy Barrett, Melissa Mason, Anna Stone and Jennifer Stark, who met working with a group associated with the Claremont Presbyterian Church that helped refugees arriving to Claremont. The group connects refugee families to people and organizations to create opportunists for learning and success. Claremont Canopy director Christy Anderson was recently named the recipient of this year’s 41st Assembly’s Woman of Distinction Award for the town of Claremont for her work helping local refugees.