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Friday, August 31

‘I HAVE A DREAM’: HAVE WE MADE PROGRESS? This week marks the 55th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s profound “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered in 1963 to some 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Today the Pomona Valley chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is celebrating with a free and open to the public viewing and panel discussion of the historic speech from 6 to 8 p.m. at The African American Museum of Beginnings, 1460 E. Holt Ave., Pomona, entrance 3. More info is at naacp-pomona-valley.org or via email at info@naacp-pomona-valley.org.

SMALL TOWN MAGIC The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with Them Kool Kats at Laemmle plaza; Larry and Rhonda Jackson’s Small Town Magic at the chamber of commerce; Delta 88 at Shelton Park; and Random Spark at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More information is at claremontchamber.org.

MORE MAGIC, PLUS MENTALISM Magician Greg Van Holsbeck has a 8 p.m. show at the DoubleTree Claremont, 555 W. Foothill Blvd. Tickets are $20 to $30 and are available at gvmagic.com or eventbrite.com. The show includes magic, mind reading and coincidence. Each show is limited to 40 seats. More info is at gvmagic.com. 

VIDEO GAME PARTY Claremont’s Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s, at 500 W. Foothill Blvd., hosts a video game party from 6 to 10 p.m. The free and open to the public event includes a drawing for prizes. More info is available at robsgameparty.com, by phone at (909) 450-7415, or by email at rob@robtitus.com.

BUY IN TO WCKR SPGT The local Dadaist band/art collective known as Wckr Spgt, which is in the midst of a five year project, “The Great Wckr Spgt Buy-In,” is appearing for a free 10 p.m. show tonight at the Press, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont (see the COURIER’s full length online story at claremont-courier.com). The “Buy-In,” which explores the conceptual nature of joining, ” began in 2015 an extended performance piece, and includes live performances, individual workshops, musical releases, merchandise and other high-concept components. The “Buy-In” project will culminate in “The Great Wckr Spgt Sell-Out of 2020.” More information is at wckrspgt.com.


Saturday, September 1

VINTAGE MUSIC AT CMA The Claremont Museum of Art features Vintage Music with Mark and Patrick on the Depot plaza from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art Walk. The exhibition, Intersecting at the Edge: Karl Benjamin, Heather Gwen Martin and Eric Zammitt, will also be on view in the museum located in the historic Claremont Depot at 200 W. First Street. The duo of Mr. Herring and Mr. Langford is known for “its eye-popping virtuosity and its brand of tight, tasteful, sometimes edgy jazz,” a press release read. “As one CMA visitor said, ‘I came for the art, but stayed for the music.’” More info is at claremontmuseum.org. The full art walk schedule is on page 18 of this edition.


Sunday, September 2

GET SOME REST It’s Sunday, the day of rest, so why not start it in a restful way? Try this: take a stroll beneath the canopy through the Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue, between First and Bonita. Grab a coffee and check out the farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, live music, artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, gifts, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. It’s a solid bet you’ll be smiling when you’ve completed your stroll. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.


Monday, September 3

Q: WHEN ARE MONDAY CONCERTS OVER? A: The Answer closes out this year’s Concerts in the Park series at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Remember to bring blankets and low chairs. The Kiwanis Club provides a variety of food concessions, and dogs and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. The concerts resume next summer. For information call (909) 399-5490 or email specialevents@ci.claremont.ca.us.


Tuesday, September 4

PCMA OPENS TWO NEW EXHIBITS The Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Ave., Claremont, opens two concurrent exhibits today: Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart, and Hayv Kahraman: Project Series 52. Both shows will be on view through December 22, with public receptions taking place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. The reception will be preceded by a roundtable conversation with artist Nancy Buchanan, Hammer Museum chief curator Connie Butler, curator and writer Michael Ned Holte, art historian Jane McFadden, and artist Barbara T. Smith (Pomona College Class of 1953) at 2 p.m. in Lyman Hall, across from the museum. Ms. Kahraman’s public performance, Gendering Memories of Iraq: A Collective Performance, will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 11 on the Pomona campus (check pomona.edu/museum for specific location). For information visit, pomona.edu/museum or call (909) 621-8283.

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. More information is at cscclub.org.


Wednesday, September 5

THE SHAPE OF SOUND Michael Brewster: The Shape of Sound, Acoustic Sculptures and Sonic Drawings continues at Claremont Graduate University’s East and Peggy Phelps Galleries through September 28. A free and open to the public opening reception happens Sunday, September 9 from noon to 3 p.m. at the gallery, located at 251 E. 10th St., Claremont. Combining one of the late artist and CGU professor’s acoustic sculptures, one of his sonic drawings, and several of his rarely exhibited design plans, this show premieres the range of his aesthetic practice. Also included in the exhibition is a timeline illustrating Mr. Brewster’s connections to other artists and his importance to the history of the arts. More info is at (909) 621-8071.


Thursday, September 6

UN SALON LITTÉRAURE Crepes de Paris Claremont, at 510 W. First St., hosts its occasional Parisian-style literary salon and open mic event from 6 to 8 p.m. Folks are invited to share, read, perform or just listen. More info is at crepesdeparis.com, by phone at (818) 852-6429, or via email at extablisment@gmail.com.


Friday, September 7

A COUNTRY CALLED SYRIA Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, at 730 Plymouth Rd., Claremont, opens a traveling exhibit, “A Country Called Syria,” with a free and public open house from 5 to 7 p.m. “This exhibit is designed to humanize Syria, especially now in these times when the country is primarily being discussed in the context of war, terrorism, ISIS and the refugee crisis,” a press release read. “The exhibit will showcase historical and cultural treasures from Syria that many do not realize are key to the establishment of civilization worldwide.” The show runs through November 11. The museum is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information call (909) 399-5544.

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE The city’s free concert series Friday Nights Live continues with Doug Brooks and Friends at Laemmle plaza; Ana Maria de la Cruz at the chamber of commerce; MCL Band at Shelton Park; and Tomorrow’s Tessellations at city hall. Friday Nights Live runs from 6 to 9 p.m. through October. More information is at claremontchamber.org.


Saturday, September 8

WONDERFUL, TERRIFYING ART SHOW EXAMINES GUT BACTERIA The American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, opens a new exhibit, “Sara Parent Ramos: Jumble, Bunch, Grow,” with a free and open reception from 6 to 9 p.m. and an artist talk at 7. The exhibition runs through November 11. “They outnumber us, predate us, and can have a large impact on our functioning,” a press release read. “Over the past decade, new research has emerged shedding light on the influence of gut bacteria on our health, mood, behavior and feelings. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information see amoca.org or call (909) 865-3146.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY GETS ORGANIZED The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society presents guest speaker Pat Chavarria talking about organizing genealogy at its free and open 2 p.m. monthly meeting at the Pomona Public Library, 625 S. Garey Ave. “How many of us on January 1 each year say we are going to get organized?” a press release asked. “We do our closets, kitchen cabinets, garages, etc., but how many really think about organizing our genealogy research?”  This month, Ms. Chavarria will cover some ideas to help people get organized. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The PVGS has an extensive collection genealogical books and materials available at the Pomona Library. For information, call (909) 593-3041.