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Friday, September 14

DEMS SCRUTINIZE MIDTERMS, GRAB LUNCH 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,” according to a press release. The monthly luncheon, open to the public, costs $17. The lecture, which begins at 12:45 p.m., is free. 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 the 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. The event includes food and beverages and is open to persons age 50 and over. Admission is $15. For reservations or more info call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.


Saturday, September 15

THE EARLY BIRDS Amateur ornithologists are invited to a Free Family Bird Walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. this morning at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. Join Chris Verma of Claremont’s Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring any binoculars or bird guides they may have. The free walk is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. Reservations are required at rsabg.org/bird-walks, by phone at (909) 625-8767 or via email at info@rsabg.org.

DO YOGA, RAISE MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS You can do something good for your body, soul and somebody else this morning, as yoga in the park hosts a session at 9 a.m. in 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. More info is available via email at kyla.mcilwee@cgu.edu.

JAZZ 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. 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 session is a first for Claremont’s KSPC, aka, “The Space.” More info is at kspc.org.

RECEPTION FOR TWO PCMA EXHIBITS The Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Ave., 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 at 2 p.m. in Lyman Hall, across from the museum. For info, visit pomona.edu/museum or call (909) 621-8283.


Sunday, September 16

ART OF POP The Art of Pop show, celebrating pop culture artists and their creations, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Claremont Packing House, 532 W. First St., Claremont. Admission and parking are free. The event will feature and celebrate local artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and others actively producing work in the pop culture oeuvre. Go to the event page on Facebook for more information.

CELLIOLA Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont, hosts a free 3 p.m. concert with the duo Celliola, which includes Cynthia Fogg on viola and Tom Flaherty on cello. The duo will be joined by soprano Gwendolyn Lytle, bassist Scott Lehmkuhl, Joti Rockwell on  mandola, and pianists Karl Kohn and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, and organist William Peterson. They will perform music by William Appleton, Flaherty, Kohn, Eric Moe, Caroline Shaw and Jack Van Zandt. More information is at pomona.edu/events.


Monday, September 17

PILGRIMS BLOW OUT MUSIC, MOVIES Pilgrim Places hosts a massive close-out charity sale with thousands of sorted vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and good ol’ VHS tapes available at low prices from 3 to 7:30 p.m., with collectors and dealers invited to make offers. The sale repeats tomorrow, September 18, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Follow signs from Sixth Street and Berkeley Avenue to Mayflower Circle to find the sale. The collection is especially strong in classical, opera and world music, but also includes pop, jazz, swing and folk, as well as Hollywood movies and documentaries. Much of the vinyl is in excellent condition. The Pilgrim Place Festival will no longer include recordings. For information, email geneboutilier@gmail.com or call (909) 912-9999.

PITZER’S ANNUAL LECTURE SERIES BEGINS Each year, Pitzer College’s Munroe Center for Social Inquiry sponsors a free and open to the public themed speaker series at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. This year’s MCSI theme is “Perception in a Social World: Sensing Others and Seeing Ourselves.” The series kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy,” with guest speaker Siva Vaidhyanathan. Mr. Vaidhyanathan is Robertson professor of modern media studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. His op-ed on the same subject, “Why Facebook Will Never be Free of Fakes,” appeared in the September 5 edition of the New York Times. More info is available at pitzer.edu/event.

ATH IS BACK WITH ‘PHOTOGRAPHY FOR SOCIAL CHANGE’ The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., is back in business for the school year. The ambitiously curated, free and open to the public lecture series hosts its season launching talk, “Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change,” at 6:45 p.m. with guest speaker LaToya Ruby Frazier, a 2015 MacArthur Genius Award recipient. “Drawing from her book, The Notion of Family, as well as from works of art by Frederick Douglass, August Sander, Julia Margaret Cameron and Langston Hughes, she relates her conscious approach to photography, opens up more authentic ways to talk about family, inheritance and place, and celebrates the inspirational, transformative power of images,” a press release stated. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.


Tuesday, September 18

THE POWER OF MUSIC The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The Powerful Effect of Music on Our Community,” with guest speaker Gabe Petrocelli, conductor of the Ontario/Chaffey Community Show Band. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Gabe Petrocelli will emphasize that music is a powerful element of communication that transcends the use of the spoken word and thereby requires no translation,” a press release read. Mr. Petrocelli, a virtuoso pianist, has written nearly 150 arrangements for the Ontario/Chaffey Community Show Band and numerous others for high school bands and orchestras throughout Southern California. In 2011, he composed the score for a documentary film Mayberry Days. He has composed music for NBC-TV and has written musical arrangements for Hanson Publications. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

THE AI DELUSION The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “The AI Delusion,” with guest speaker Gary Smith. “Arguably the computer revolution may be even more life changing than the industrial revolution, and indeed many fear that super-intelligent machines will protect themselves by enslaving or even eliminating humans,” a press release read. “Gary Smith, professor of economics at Pomona College argues that the real danger however is not that computers are smarter than us, but that we think computers are smarter than us and therefore trust computers to make important decisions for us.” Mr. Smith is the Fletcher Jones professor of economics at Pomona College. He earned his PhD in economics from Yale University, where was an assistant professor for seven years. He has won two teaching awards and written (or co-authored) more than 80 academic papers and 13 books. His Standard Deviation: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics was a London Times book of the week and debunks a variety of dubious and misleading statistical practices. His most recent book, The AI Delusion, extols the value of human judgment in a world where big decisions are more frequently left to computers. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Scientific American and Forbes, among others. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.


Wednesday, September 19

A ‘POST RACIAL’ ERA The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Black Professionals in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era,” with guest speaker Adia Harvey Wingfield, professor of sociology at Washington University, will examine specifically how blacks in professional jobs navigate work in this new economy. Her research examines racial and gender inequality in professional occupations. Her most recent book is the award-winning No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.


Thursday, September 20

BEER AND SUSTAINABILITY Sustainable Claremont’s monthly meeting over beers, Claremont Green Drinks, happens from 6 to 8 p.m. at the city’s namesake brewery, Claremont Craft Ales, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., #204c. Guest speaker Lynn Fang will talk about how to compost and why it’s important. For information click over to sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

THE CASE FOR RATIONAL COMPASSION The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a another free 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion,” with guest speaker Paul Bloom. “Empathy, generally viewed as a universally desired trait, is actually one of the leading motivators of inequality and immorality in society,” said Yale University professor of psychology Mr. Bloom in a press release. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on morality, religion, fiction and art. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

TAP TAKEOVER Claremont Village’s beloved Italian joint, Pizza ‘N Such, hosts a tap takeover with Indie Brewing Company from 5 to 9 p.m. Beer lovers can sample the Los Angeles brewery’s offerings and get some free swag as well. More info is at pizzansuchclaremont.com.


Friday, September 21

PRIMAL NATURE OPENS AT CMA Claremont Museum of Art, 200 W. First St., opens a new show at noon today, “Primal Nature: Animalia by Women in Post-War Claremont.” “Animals, both real and fantastic, occupied an important place in artistic expression in mid-20th century Claremont,” a press release read. For information visit claremontmuseum.org.

FREE NOON CONCERT Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues with music by Sofia Gubaidulina (“Dancer on a Tightrope,” 1993) and Ravel (“Sonata,” 1927). The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., begins at 12:15 p.m. with performers Sarah Thornblade, violin and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.


Saturday, September 22

REFORESTATION Sustainable Claremont’s Green Crew will “walk the town” to educate the public from 9 a.m. to noon and volunteers are welcome to take part. Interested folks should meet before 9 at Higginbotham Park, 600 Mt. Carmel Dr. “Speak with neighbors about the free street trees and ask for their commitment to water trees,” a press release read. For information, visit sustainableclaremont.org or call (909) 625-8767, extension 238.

BALLOT PROS AND CONS The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area hosts a free and open to the public November 6 election pros and cons meeting at 10 a.m. in the Hughes Center’s Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Rd. Participants will hear about the 11 propositions on the state ballot and the League’s “Voting is your Voice” campaign. The Ruth Ordway Award will also be presented. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, visit lwvclaremontarea.org or call (909) 624-9457.

GHOST SIGHTING Eclectic roots veterans Marley’s Ghost return to Claremont for a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Folk Music Center, 220 Yale Ave. Tickets are $15 and are available at the store or the door. Marley’s Ghost’s rare combination of chops, imagination and wit has led to collaborations with well-known musical icons such as the late cowboy Jack Clement, as well as Marty Stuart, John Prine and Emmylou Harris. The band’s latest collaboration with producer/musician Larry Campbell—whose previously worked with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm, among others—resulted in its 11th album, The Woodstock Sessions, which was released in 2016. More info is at marleysghost.com or folkmusiccenter.com.