Hills are alive, origami, John York, reminisce, half past Trump, music and more!
Friday, October 19
MATERIAL GIRLS XI ART EXHIBITION The Material Girls, aka Jan Wheatcroft and Helen Feller, who are in their 11th year together as an art partnership, open their latest show from 4 to 8 p.m. today at The Ginger Elliot Exhibit Center at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. On display will be quilts, tapestry weavings, wall constructions, assemblages, boxes, spirit dolls, and a few pair of hand-embroidered earrings. The show continues Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE With just one week left, the city’s free music series Friday Nights Live is about to call it a year. The seasonal series hosts live music from 6 to 9 p.m. at four locations in the Village. Final performances take place next Friday. Tonight’s lineup includes Dynamite Dawson at Laemmle plaza; Ana Maria de la Cruz at the chamber; Grateful Dead cover band Pride of Cucamonga at Shelton Park; and Honeybuckets at city hall. More info is at claremontchamber.org.
Saturday, October 20
ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, opens Origami in the Garden 2, an art exhibit of origami bronze, steel and aluminum sculptures at 8 a.m. The show, free with general admission, is making its Southern California debut at the Garden and continues through April 14, 2019. Origami in the Garden 2 is a series of large-scale metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the exhibition features installations, gallery works and the Box’s own compositions as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists. Sixteen original displays will be showcased throughout the Garden, including Flying Peace, Crane Unfolding, Nesting Pair, Conversation Peace, White Bison, Star Unfolding, Paper Navigator, Rising Peace, Botanical Peace, Duo, Painted Ponies, Who Saw Who, Seed Sower/Seed, Hero’s Horse, Emerging Peace and Folding Planes. Each of the sculptures in the collection originated with a single piece of folded paper created by some of the world’s most noted origami artists, including LaFosse, Johnson, Robert J. Lang and Te Jui Fu. To re-create each piece, Mr. Box pioneered a unique process of lost wax casting and fabrication to capture the delicate details of folded paper in museum-quality metals. Related family activities, lectures and workshops will accompany the exhibition, including an opening weekend celebration. General admission is $11 for adults and $7 for seniors age 65 or over, students with ID, children ages 3 to 12. Kids under 3 are free. For more information visit rsabg.org.
AN EVENING WITH JOHN YORK Local rock luminary John York plays an intimate Gelencser House Concert at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $15, and reservations and directions are available by calling (909) 374-2630 or emailing email@example.com. Mr. York is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist best known as a former member of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Byrds. He was also a member of the late Doug Sahm’s Sir Douglas Quintet and played with The Mamas and The Papas’ touring band. Up until last year he had been touring with Barry McGuire (“Eve of Destruction”). “John York is an authentic example of how one musician can carry a legacy of spirit, truth, compassion and wisdom that continues to grow through his musical expressions,” wrote Terry Roland of L.A Folk Works. “Not only has he survived the perilous rock and roll days of the sixties, he has thrived and transcended them.” More info is at gelencserhouseconcerts.com or johnyorkmusic.com.
Sunday, October 21
SILENT ‘PHANTOM’ GETS GLATTER-GOETZ TREATMENT Claremont United Church of Christ, Congregational, at 233 Harrison Ave., is screening the 1925 classic silent film Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, with live organ accompaniment by internationally renowned organist, David Briggs, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door for online at brownpapertickets.com. Kids under 10 are free. Mr. Briggs is among the most well regarded British improvisers. He will play the 1998 Glatter-Goetz/Rosales organ, with its 4,041 pipes, 77 ranks and 54 stops. It is 42.5 feet tall and weighs 28 tons. For more information call (909) 626-1201.
POETRY AT THE CIDER HOUSE Ironbark Ciderworks, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd, #107B, hosts a free and open to the public poetry reading from 5 to 7 p.m. Come early and sign up to read your poetry or other creative work or just come and listen. All types of poetry (or prose) are welcome. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Open Words Poetry Reading Facebook page.
Monday, October 22
REMINISCE WITH FRIENDS Local senior group Reminisce with Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The event is free and open to the public. “Join us for another great session of conversation and storytelling, focused on a variety of subjects about the lives of the group and other unique topics,” a press release read. “In our fourth session we talked about road trips and motorhomes,” said facilitator Peter Weinberger. “Space is limited, so come early and often!” Refreshments and treats will be served along with a free lunch at the center afterward.
MICHAEL BESCHLOSS DISCUSSES ‘PRESIDENTS OF WAR’ Claremont Graduate University’s Albrecht Auditorium, at 925 N. Dartmouth Ave., welcomes acclaimed presidential historian and NBC News and PBS Newshour contributor Michael Beschloss for a free and open to the public 1 to 2 p.m. discussion of his new book, Presidents of War, The Epic Story from 1807 to Modern Times. The author of the New York Times bestseller The Conquerors, Mr. Beschloss spent 10 years researching Presidents of War, which examines two troubled centuries of American leadership during times of war. A reception and book signing will follow from 2 to 4 p.m., and books will be available for purchase. The event is free, but reservations are required at https://bit.ly/2NPwqhR. More info is at cgu.edu/events.
Tuesday, October 23
UNIVERSITY CLUB TALKS HEALTH The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Physical Health for a Better and Longer Life,” with guest speakers Kirk and Annette Jones. Mr. Jones is head athletic trainer and associate professor of physical education at Pomona and Pitzer colleges. Mrs. Jones is a physical therapist and clinical coordinator at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare in Pomona. 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. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Chapman University and a master’s in physical education with emphasis on exercise physiology from Cal Poly Pomona. His research on the care and prevention of athletic injuries has been published in several journals. He has worked at Pomona and Pitzer colleges since 1980. His wife, Ms. Jones, is a physical therapist and clinical coordinator of the Urinary Dysfunction Center at Casa Colina. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
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 Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Meetings are held in the Weinberger Room. The long-running group meets weekly to discuss general information about computers, tablets and smart phones. Each meeting provides an opportunity for questions to the group’s club experts, and newcomers are always welcome. More information is at cscclub.org.
Wednesday, October 24
SCRIPPS PRESENTS HOSTS DOUBLEHEADER Scripps College’s ongoing Scripps Presents series has a doubleheader today. First, “Translating The Odyssey,” a free and open to the public 12:15 p.m. event, takes place in the Hampton Room, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont. First published in English around 1615, Homer’s The Odyssey has been foundational reading for generations. Four hundred and two years later, the first translation into English by a woman of this canonical text has made its way onto bookshelves. Emily Wilson, professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will read from her translation and discuss her approach to the project. At 6 p.m., the series continues with ZigZag’s Manoush Zomorodi in conversation at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave. When it comes to the social implications of technology, Ms. Zomorodi is obsessed. She is the co-founder of Stable Genius Productions, a media company with a mission to help people navigate personal and global change. It uses podcasts as a lab to test new ways journalists can educate, entertain, and inspire through narrative. Her current podcast, ZigZag, is a very personal program about the changing nature of capitalism and journalism. Rico Gagliano, of The Dinner Party Download and the workplace podcast Safe for Work, joins her for a conversation. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events.
SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Sustainability Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power,” with Julie Sze, professor of American Studies at UC Davis, who will discuss how social justice and sustainability connect, what sustainability actually means, and how to achieve it with justice. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at athenaeum@ cmc.edu.
Thursday, October 25
HALF PAST TRUMP The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 12:15 p.m. lecture, “Half Past Trump: The 2018 Midterm Elections,” with guest speaker Jack Pitney. Mr. Pitney, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, will offer an overview of the 2018 congressional and state elections and will consider the prospects for a shift in party balance in Congress, and the possible impact on public policy in 2018 and beyond. Mr. Pitney is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of American History and Politics at Claremont McKenna College where he teaches courses on congress, interest groups, political parties and mass media. A leading expert on the structure and practice of American politics, he is a widely published author or co-author of six books on American politics, including The Art of Political Warfare and The Politics of Autism: Navigating The Contested Spectrum. He is currently writing a book on the 1988 presidential campaign. Mr. Pitney is routinely featured on NPR and other television and radio programs. He received the CMC Presidential Award in 2013 and was named one of the 300 best professors in the United States by the Princeton Review in 2012. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at email@example.com.
LOCAL UN CELEBRATES HUMAN RIGHTS A celebration of the founding of the United Nations and honoring the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights takes place at 6 p.m. at the Smith Campus Center Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Reservations are required, and tickets are $20. United Nations Association Director of Educational Programs Troy Wolfe will speak, and local organizations promoting the articles of the declaration will be recognized. International students will provide music. The dinner theme is a taste of Thailand. The event sponsors are UNA-USA Pomona Valley, International Relations Program of Pomona College, GenUN of the Claremont Colleges, International Place, European Union Center at Scripps College, Pitzer College International Programs and Community Friends of International Students. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 625-9670. Folks can pay at the door or mail checks to UNA, 1015 N Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont CA, 91711.
MAKING CONSERVATISM GREAT AGAIN The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts still yet another free and open 6:45 p.m. lecture, “From Buckley to Trump: Making American Conservatism Great Again,” with guest speaker Charles Kesler, professor of government at CMC. His most recent book is I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Future of American Liberalism. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at email@example.com.
HOW FASCISM WORKS The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts still yet another free and open 6:45 p.m. lecture, “Fascist Politics,” with guest speaker Jason Stanley. “Fascism has a definite historical and conceptual structure that belies its use as a mere pejorative,” read an Ath press release. Mr. Stanley, professor of philosophy at Yale University and author of How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, will define fascist politics, address its history across time and place, its attractiveness and its victims. More info is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/ open-events, (909) 621-8244 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHAUN OF THE DEAD AT LNB Last Name Brewing, 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland, is getting in the Halloween spirit with a free screening of the beloved 2004 horror comedy Shaun of the Dead at 7 p.m. The British film is a humorous and violent homage to zombie movies, with a bloody romp through undead infested London streets. The brewery asks that customers “come on down, have a pint, and wait this all to blow over.” More information is at lastnamebrewing.com or (909) 579-0032.
Friday, October 26
TRIO LYKOS AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert Series continues with Trio Lykos: Rachel V. Huang, violin; Roger Lebow, cello and Gayle Blankenburg, piano; performs Villa Lobos’ Piano Trio No. 3. The show at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, kicks off at 12:15 p.m. More info is at collegescalendar.org or (909) 607-3266.
GOODBYE, FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE Claremont’s free live music series Friday Nights Live calls it a season tonight with the final night of live music throughout the Village from 6 to 9 p.m. The series goes out in style with local treasures Squeakin’ Wheels at Laemmle plaza; Tropical Marimba at the chamber of commerce; Beatles tribute band Fab 8 at Shelton Park; and Saloon #12 at city hall. More info is at claremontchamber.org. Friday Nights Live will be back next May. If you’re still itching for live music in the Village, check out The Press, The Junction or the Claremont Colleges for their upcoming shows.
Saturday, October 27
FALL PLANT SALE AT GARDEN Admission is free today for Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Grow Native Nursery fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Garden members are permitted early access to the sale at 8 a.m. The Garden is at 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont. The annual sales offer a diverse selection of California native plants at one of the largest Southern California gardens dedicated to native flora. Fall is regarded as planting season for California native plants, as the season ushers in cooler temperatures and wetter weather. The sale celebrates the planting season with favorites such as sage, manzanita and ceanothus species, as well as more than a dozen cultivars introduced by RSABG. The sale also features grapevine wreaths created and decorated by the Garden’s Native Designs organization, a group of volunteers that craft floral arrangements with plants grown at the Garden. Many of the native plants on sale are drought-tolerant and can be used in rebate programs, such as in landscaping plans for Metropolitan Water District’s Landscape Transformation Program. More information on that program is at socalwatersmart.com. For information about rebates, email email@example.com. For information about the sale, visit rsabg.org.
OPERA BOO! Pomona’s Repertory Opera Company kicks off its 15th season with the first of four themed concerts, Opera Boo!, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1751 N. Park Ave., Pomona. General admission tickets are $25; children, students and accompanying adults are free. The concert will present the music of witches, fairy tales and costumed intrigue. Some of the shows that will be represented are The Vampyr by Marschner, Sweeney Todd by Sondheim, Dido and Aeneas, Macbeth, The Masked Ball, and Faust. More info is at repoperaco.org or (909) 230-4949.
FREE ZOMBIE BAND SHOW (BRAIN DONATION REQUIRED) The 18th annual appearance of the ghoulish collective known as The Zombie Band hits the stage at 10 p.m. for a free show at the Press, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont. More information is at thepressrestaurant.com.
VILLAGE VENTURE The Village will be bustling today as the 37th annual Village Venture takes place rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Venture hosts more than 400 booths featuring arts and crafts, international food, a beer, cider and wine garden at Bonita and Harvard avenues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., live entertainment and a children’s Halloween costume parade at 9:30 a.m. Kids wishing to take part in the costume contest should assemble at 9:15 a.m. at Bonita Avenue and Fourth Street. Parking for the Venture is always dicey, as most Village streets are closed. Free shuttle service is provided from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with pick-up locations at Claremont Colleges Services at First Street and Mills Avenue; Taylor Hall at Scripps Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard; and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church at Bonita and Mountain Avenues. More info is at (909) 624-1681 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.