Plenty of fun, entertaining weekend options in the 'City of Trees'
Friday, June 1
BUTTERFLIES AND BREWS Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members for Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Butterflies and Brews events, which kick off this evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and continue each Friday throughout June. Tickets include one drink. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. “Celebrating our local butterfly and beer species, these fun events will feature a different neighborhood craft brewery each evening at our California Butterfly Pavilion,” a press release read. “Unwind in the beautiful ambiance of the Garden with butterflies above and an excellent craft beer in hand,” Wine and other drinks will also be available. Each evening features a different craft brewery, including Claremont Crafts Ales and Last Name Brewing. More info is at rsabg.org.
FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with Dynamite Dawson and Hai Muradian at Laemmle plaza; Mike’s Guitar World at the chamber of commerce; fine singer-songwriter Mario Rojas (whose new record, “Lost Angelino” has been getting international airplay) and his band, Saturday Night Pink at Shelton Park; and the J. Grizz Band at city hall; Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
‘AMERICAN JUBILEE’ The Pomona Concert Band presents its annual free and open to the public spring concert, “An American Jubilee,” at 7:30 p.m. at Palomares Park Community Center, 499 E. Arrow Hwy., Pomona. The concert will feature American composers and melodies, and will be conducted by Linda W. Taylor and Jorge Garcia. Among the selections are An American Fanfare by Rick Kirby, O Magnum Mysterium by Morton Lauridson, Resplendent Glory by Rossano Gallante, Korean folk songs by John Barnes Chance, An American Elegy by Frank Ticheli, West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Music of Disneyland arranged by Jerry Brubaker, and National Fencibles by John Philip Sousa. The Pomona Concert Band was founded by G. Stanton Selby in 1947 as part of a Pomona American Legion Post. For information go to pomonaconcertband.org, email email@example.com, or call (626) 824-0001.
FREAKY FRIDAY Claremont High School Theatre’s season closing production—and California high school premiere—of a new musical adaptation of Freaky Friday continues at 7:30 p.m. tonight and 2 and 7:30 tomorrow at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. General admission tickets are $15, students and seniors are $10, and kids 12 and under pay $8. They are available at the box office or at chsheatre.cusd.claremont.edu. Based on the 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers, the new adaptation by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning writer Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, 13 Reasons Why) follows an overworked mother and her teenage daughter who magically swap bodies for 24 hours. More info is available at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu or (909) 624-9053, ext. 30463.
Saturday, June 2
PANCAKES WITH A COP Residents are invited to enjoy breakfast with the Claremont Police Department at “Pancakes with a Cop” from 8 to 11 a.m. Stop by Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., for pancakes, juice, coffee and conversation and to see police vehicles on display and games for the kids.
YOUTH ORCHESTRA STRING CONCERT Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra and Prelude String Ensemble host a free concert of classical, jazz and movie music at 3 p.m. at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Pieces include music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a tribute to Louis Armstrong, Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and more. For more information click over to claremontyouthsymphony.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLUES AND BREWS The ninth annual Claremont Craft Beer Walk takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Village, with live music in 15 locations and about participation from about 40 businesses. Tickets are $45 or $20 for designated drivers, and are available, along with more information, at claremontbluesandbrews.com, (909) 626-1147 or via email at email@example.com. Music, not all of it blues, apparently, will be provided by A Choired Taste, Amanda Castro Band, Amazing Tone Benders, Black Tongued Bells, Blues and Fries, Calypso Pirates, Claremont Voodoo Society, Guitar + 1, Hank’s Cadillac, Junk Welder, Larry and Rhonda Jackson/Small Town Magic, Marimba Tropical, Mohave Beach Band, Ron Kobayashi Trio and Toomstone. This event is 21 and over.
LET THERE BE MUSIC Windsong Southland Chorale hosts “Let There Be Music!” a preview concert for the group’s upcoming Austria and Czech Republic tour at 4 p.m., at Rock of the Foothills Lutheran Church, 4630 Wheeler Ave., La Verne. On the bill are selections from Bernstein, Brahms, Faure, Haydn, Lauridsen, Martin, Poulenc, Rutter and Vivaldi. Advance tickets are $15, $30 for families and $10 for students. All tickets are $20 at the door. Call (909) 983-9879 for reservations.
Sunday, June 3
COMICS AND 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.
BOOK RELEASE, ART SHOW Claremont resident Jen Rosen, an artist, musician and educator, has published a children’s book, Walks With the Wind Under Her Feet, and will host an opening reception and art show from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Claremont Heritage/Ginger Elliot Gallery, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The free and open to the public event will also feature an exhibition of Ms. Rosen’s paintings, and she will be signing copies of the 52-page Walks With the Wind Under Her Feet, which is geared toward early readers ages five to eight. The tome is also an audio book and has a downloadable soundtrack integrating Native American flute and drums, and a tribal song performed by the Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade. Ms. Rosen’s paintings are acrylic, clean-lined and colorful, with dreamlike, child-friendly imagery and a Native American feel. More info is at jenrosen.com or walkswiththewindunderherfeet.com.
CYMO CLOSES OUT SEASON Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra, conducted by Juan Felipe Molano, presents its free and open to the public season finale concert at 7 p.m. at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St. The soloists for the concert will be the CYMO Concerto Competition winners Srijan Satpathy playing the third movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and Emily Yang playing the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Other selections will include La Gazza Ladra Overture by Rossini, and Symphony No. 5 by Schostakovich. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For information call (909) 624-3614, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit cymo.org.