Claremont weekend: We found 14 fun things to do!
Friday, April 27
THE IMPLICATIONS OF BIOTECH Pomona College has an interesting free and open to the public early morning symposium happening today, “Viral Culture: How CRISPR Genome Editing is Reshaping Humanity and the Humanities,” at 8 a.m. in Rembrandt Hall, Room #104, 135 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. This daylong, interdisciplinary symposium gathers artists, art historians, scientists, literary scholars, social scientists and the general public to explore the societal implications of contemporary biomedical technology. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-7112.
FREE EUPHORIA Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues today with Quartet Euphoria performing a Haydn string quartet. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, kicks off at 12:15 p.m. with performers Rachel V. Huang (Scripps), violin; Jonathan Wright (Pomona), violin; Cynthia R. Fogg (Pomona), viola; Tom Flaherty (Pomona), cello. 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.
START IT UP Project ARTstART presents a free and open exhibition and art-making experience, StART It Up, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. StART It Up features high school students leading art-making activities for kids of all ages. The StART It Up exhibition, presented by the Claremont Museum of Art, will also be on view in the nearby Claremont Heritage Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center. The event continues tomorrow and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. More information is at claremontmuseum.org.
MEKLIT IN FREE CONCERT Scripps College’s super cool and always free Levitt on the Lawn concert series continues with a performance from Meklit, who brings a fusion of jazz and folk, filtered through her native Ethiopian musical lens, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bowling Green, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. “She sings of fragility, hope and self-empowerment, and exudes all three,” wrote the San Francico Chronicle. “What’s irresistible, above all, is her cradling, sensuous, gentle sound. She is stunning.” A Yale graduate who now calls San Francisco home, “her music is wry and exuberant,” a press release read. “One only need watch the video for ‘Kemekem [I Like Your Afro]’ to appreciate this subtle and mesmerizing songstress.” More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.
SENIORS SHOW AT SCRIPPS The 2018 Scripps College Senior Exhibition reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Williamson Gallery, 251 E. 11th St., Claremont. The free and open to the public opening of the Senior Art Show includes a reception with music and light refreshments. An annual exhibition of final thesis projects created by graduating studio art majors, the Senior Art Show is a cornerstone of the studio art major at Scripps. In addition to producing the works displayed, seniors conceptualize the show, install their pieces, write artist statements and design publicity for the exhibition. Works are displayed in the gallery through May 19. More info is at rcwg.scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-3397.
AERIAL CIRCUS SHOWCASE The Circus Studio offers a free show from its Claremont College students performing an aerial circus recital on silks, hoop and trapeze at 7 p.m. The studio is located inside the Claremont Packing House at 548 W. First St., Claremont. More info is at thecircusstudio.com or (909) 625-3333.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE SHOW Pomona College Jazz Ensemble caps off a day of stunningly diverse programming at the Claremont Colleges with a free and open to the public 8 p.m. performance at fabulous Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Director Barb Catlin leads the Pomona College Jazz Ensemble with world-renowned flutist, saxophonist and spoken word artist Katisse in a program of contemporary music and poetry. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.
Saturday, April 28
IT’S A ROCK, ROCK, ROCKABILLY BOOGIE Pitzer College’s 11th annual Rockabilly Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Mounds (Pellessier Mall), 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. The free, family-friendly event includes local and regional acts that borrow in varying degrees from the template established by 1950s originators such as Carl Perkins, the Burnettes and Elvis’ early Sun Records recordings. The event includes a variety of live music, a car show, vendors and food. The Honey Drops kick things off at 11 a.m., followed by Jasper Bones, Jonny Come Lately, The Wise Guys, The Altons, Tropa Magica, La Chamba, and then a mystery headliner from 6 to 7 p.m. More info is at (909) 621-8241, the Facebook event page, or Instagram.
GLEE IS GOOD If rockabilly isn’t your thing, the Pomona College Band will play a free show at 11 a.m. at the decidedly mellower Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Graydon Beeks, conductor, will lead the ensemble in a varied program that includes works by Bennett, Grainger, Loucks and Scheidt, plus a world premiere work by Karl Kohn and tuba soloist Stephen Klein featured on Michael Brand’s Four Temperaments. After the band concert, stick around Little Bridges for a free and open 1:30 p.m. performance by the Pomona College Glee Club, with Donna M. Di Grazia conducting. Ms. De Grazia will lead the ensemble in choral music from across the centuries. More info on both shows is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 907-2671.
EYRE FAIRE Claremont McKenna College’s 48th annual Eyre Faire, a free and open to the public event, takes place from noon to 3:30 p.m. at The Children’s School, 654 E. Sixth St. The day includes carnival games, a cakewalk, a mystery walk, food, a silent auction and more. More info is available by phone at (909) 621-8086.
CHORALE FUNDRAISER The Claremont Chorale hosts a fundraiser, “Casa Clements Art Tour,” from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Marcyn Del Clements, 412 Furman Drive, Claremont. Tickets are $20 and are available online at claremontchorale.org or at the door. Admission includes the art exhibit, music, and refreshments. Local artists exhibiting their work include Sumi Foley, Bill Gendron, Jennifer Guerra, Ivan Light, Joy McAllister, Kathy Talkington and Christine Yoshihara. Musicians performing all afternoon include guitarist Mike Boos, drummer Homero Chavez, and the Village Harp Ensemble from the Claremont Community School of Music. More info is at claremontchorale.org.
ORCHESTRA CONCERT The Claremont Concert Orchestra plays a free and open to the public concert at 8 p.m. at Garrison Theatre, Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont. The program includes Grieg, Piano Concerto and Borodin, Symphony No. 2, with visiting conductor Brian Stone and Sheena Hui on piano. The show repeats tomorrow at 3 p.m. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-3267.
Sunday, April 29
GERSHWIN, DEBUSSY, BEETH-OVEN The Claremont Symphony Orchestra celebrates spring with a free program of favorites from Claude Debussy, George Gershwin and some kid named Beethoven at 3:30 p.m. at Pomona College’s beautiful Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The concert opens with Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, one of the French composer’s most famous works. In a departure from its traditional presentation of classical music, the CSO turns to jazz with Rhapsody in Blue, featuring guest soloist Joel Clifft on piano. “Rhapsody” combines classical music traditions with jazz-influenced effects such as ragtime and Cuban dance rhythms. Mr. Clifft is director of keyboard studies at Azusa Pacific University and has performed with a variety of classical, jazz, theater, ballet and sacred music ensembles worldwide. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, which has been called “the very essence of dance,” which premiered in Vienna in 1813 to honor soldiers wounded while fighting Napoleon, will complete the program. The composer said of this work: “It is one of the happiest products of my poor talents.” More information is available at claremontso.org, or by calling (909) 596-5979.
THE BAND PLAYS ON The Pomona College Band plays a free and open 8 p.m. show at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Conductor Graydon Beeks will lead the ensemble in works by Bennett, Grainger, Loucks and Scheidt, plus a world premiere work by Karl Kohn, and tuba soloist Stephen Klein featured on Michael Brand’s Four Temperaments. More info is at pomona.edu/events or (909) 607-2671.