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Claremont Wine Walk, video game party, art exhibits, David Allen talks newspapers and more!

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

CLAREMONT WINE WALK Stroll through the Village during the 17th annual Claremont Village Wine Walk listening to live bands from 4 to 8 p.m. More than 40 stores are hosting wine and food tastes in their locations for guests to sample. Tickets are $45 for drinkers and $25 for designated drivers. Learn more from our friends at the Village Marketing Group by visiting claremontwinewalk.com.

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? You want to be able to find your information when you want it. 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.

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.

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. Among the multiplayer games are Drawful, which includes up to eight players drawing and the other players trying to guess what has been drawn; Fibbage, which also includes up to eight players testing their ability to lie creatively while making up definitions; Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with four players racing against each other; Pac Man Versus The World Famous Pac Man; Super Bomberman 2, a fast-paced strategy game best described as supercharged chess, with four players trying to blow each other up; and Wii Sports, which players using motion controls to bowl and play tennis. More info is available at robsgameparty.com, by phone at (909) 450-7415, or by email at rob@robtitus.com.

 

Sunday, September 9

RECEPTION FOR THE SHAPE OF SOUND Claremont Graduate University’s East and Peggy Phelps Galleries hosts a free public opening reception from noon to 3 p.m. for its ongoing exhibit, “Michael Brewster: The Shape of Sound, Acoustic Sculptures and Sonic Drawings.” The show continues through September 28. The gallery is 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 Mr. Brewster’s aesthetic practice. Also included in the exhibition is a timeline illustrating his connections to other artists and his importance to the history of the arts. More info is at (909) 621-8071.

 

Tuesday, September 11

DAVID ALLEN TALKS NEWSPAPERS The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Recent Books and News on Newspapers,” with guest speaker David Allen. 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. Allen is a longtime columnist for The Inland Daily Bulletin, and an author, humorist and restaurant critic. “Mr. Allen is watching the implosion of newspapers from the inside (It’s grim, but at least there’s air conditioning),” a press release read. “Could newspapers really go away? Is democracy in peril?” Mr. Allen got his start in newspapers in 1987 in Santa Rosa and has been with the Daily Bulletin since 1997. His previous books are Getting Started: Collected Columns from 1997-2000, and Pomona A to Z. He will read from his work, including his upcoming third book, On Track, which features columns from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Allen’s presentation will be preceded by a brief “9/11 Retrospective” by Larry Fox. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

 

 

Wednesday, September 12

SCRIPPS FAF TOURS ‘MEDITATION ON MATERIAL’ Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation presents a open to the public gallery tour and tea at 2 p.m. at Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, 251 E. 11th St., Claremont. The show is “John Mason: Meditation on Material.” The tour will be led by Kirk Delman, the Williamson’s collections manager and registrar. The event requires a paid reservation. “Los Angeles was the site of a ‘revolution in clay’ in which a small group of artists challenged the traditional focus on utilitarian ware to create sculptural forms,” a press release read. Luncheons and tours require a paid reservation. More info and a complete list of program dates and times can be found at alumnae.scrippscollege.edu/faf. To become a member, (909) 621-3516. Annual memberships are $40.

GARDEN CLUB FINDS PERFECT PARTNER The Claremont Garden Club hosts a free and open to the public lecture, “Perfect Partners: Gardening with Natives and All Sorts of Ediblesk,” with guest speaker Lili Singer at 6:30 p.m. at the Napier Center in Pilgrim Place, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. Ms. Singer is an award-winning horticulturist, educator, editor, garden writer and director of special projects at the Theodore Payne Foundation. She will discuss how to combine natives and   edibles in the home garden, why this partnership is so rewarding for both the gardener/chef and for wildlife, and which plants make the best companions. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing. The talk begins at 7. More information is at claremontgardenclub.org, (909) 621-6381 or via email at info@claremontgardenclub.org.

 

Thursday, September 13

GREIL MARCUS IN TOWN Writer, editor, cultural historian and critic Greil Marcus is in town tonight for a free lecture as part of Pomona College’s Fail Better series, which will continue throughout the year. Mr. Marcus will speak on “How Failure Makes History” at 7 p.m. at  Pomona’s Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. The talk will be followed by a book signing. An editor and critic over the past five decades for Rolling Stone, Creem, the Village Voice and Pitchfork, Mr. Marcus is the author of Mystery Train: Images of American in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music; Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th century; Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads; A New Literary History of America, co-editor with Werner Sollors; and nearly two dozen other books. More information is available at pomona.edu/events.

 

Friday, September 14

DEMS DISCUSS MIDTERMS The Democratic Club of Claremont resumes its Gar Byrum Distinguished Speaker Series with Merrill Ring at its noon luncheon and lecture at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Club issues committee chair Mr. Ring will lead a discussion on “the importance of the November election, the situation as it is now and the possibilities of attendees to do something,” a press release read. The monthly luncheon, open to the public, costs $17. The free lecture begins at 12:45 p.m. For information call (909) 626-8122 or email jackncarolee@verizon.net.

FRIDAY NOON CONCERTS ARE BACK Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series kicks off its 2019-2019 season today with music by Raymond Luedeke, Anthony Plog and Halsey Stevens. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, begins at 12:15 p.m. with performers Stephen Klein and Beth Mitchell, tubas, Jennie Jung, piano, and Gibb Schreffler, narrator. 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.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will celebrate its fourth anniversary with “An Evening in Italy” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Singers David Hood and Juliet Lapointe will entertain, and the event includes food, beverages and friendship. The event is open to persons age 50 and over. Admission is $15, payable at the time of reservation, which is required by noon Wednesday, September 12. For reservations or more info call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.

 

Saturday, September 15

DO YOGA, RAISE MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS You can do something good for your body, soul and somebody else as well this morning, as yoga in the park hosts a session at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The event will raise funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Cash or check donations are suggested. Yoga begins at 9 and lasts an hour. More info is available via email at kyla.mcilwee@cgu.edu.

RECEPTION FOR TWO PCMA EXHIBITS The Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Ave., Claremont hosts public receptions for two concurrent exhibits from 4 to 6 p.m. The shows, “Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart” and “Hayv Kahraman: Project Series 52” are on view through December 22. The reception will be preceded by a roundtable conversation in honor of Ms. Hafif and her legacy 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. Thursday, October 11 on the Pomona College campus (check pomona.edu/museum for specific location).

JAZZ LEGENDS ON KSPC The Claremont Colleges’ stalwart radio station KSPC 88.7 hosts a special program from 3 to 5 p.m. featuring five renowned jazz musicians being interviewed by retired station DJ Larry the Fox. The guests are Luther Hughes, bandleader and bassist; Ron Stout, trumpeter; Ron Eschete, seven-string guitarist; Bradley Young, keyboardist; and drummer Paul Kreibich. The fifth KSPC Jazz Roundtable will feature the musicians playing live, discussing their work and experiences, as well as some jazz jokes. The live jazz session is a first for Claremont’s beloved KSPC, aka, “The Space.” More info is at kspc.org.