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Friday, November 23

BLACK FRIDAY Shoppers across the nation will fan out to big box stores today and jockey for position, sometimes with a little extra hip check or forearm shiv, in the contact sport that is Black Friday. For a chance at a discount flat screen TV or video game console, folks wake in the pre-dawn hours and schlep across town to go to retail war. It’s a new tradition, and one that isn’t without its critics. Luckily here in Claremont, Black Friday is just … Friday; instead of sweating it out at Target or Best Buy, we just sidle up at one of the great little (and big) coffee shops or bakeries in town and do a little old-fashioned nothing. Maybe we should call this Nothing Friday? Who’s with me?

Saturday, November 24

YOU IMBICILE! Fans of the jarringly violent physical comedy geniuses known as the Three Stooges can take a short drive west on the 210 Freeway today and celebrate with like-minded connoisseurs at the 21st annual Three Stooges Big Screen Event at Glendale’s Alex Theater, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. This years theme is “three,” and will feature 2 and 8 p.m. screenings of 1935’s Three Little Bears, Three Dumb Clucks (1937), Three Missing Links (1938), Three Sappy People (1939), Three Little Pirates (1946) and Three Dark Horses (1948). Tickets are $12 to $17 and are available at the box office or at alextheatre.org. The Stooges were active from 1922 up until 1970, and made 190 short films in that time, which have been airing constantly on TV since 1958, inspiring multiple generations to whack each other with two-by-fours and poke one another in the eyes, all for a guaranteed, albeit painful, laugh.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Head out to your favorite shops owned by your favorite Claremonters today. The Village will have some special deals and contests, and let us not forget our friends along the Foothill corridor. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping today in Claremont, because home is where the heart is.

Sunday, November 25

NATURE WALK AT BONELLI Frank G. Bonelli Park Nature Walks Join Pomona Valley Audubon Society today for a nature walk at Bonelli Park. Email warblerod@verizon.net or call (909) 599-6526 for time and directions. The easy two-hour walk for beginners and experts will make its way through a diverse habitat that includes greater roadrunner, cactus wren and California gnatcatcher, along with raptors and wintering waterfowl.

POETS ABOUT TOWN Fourth Sundays Poetry at the Claremont Library continues at 2 p.m. with the annual “Poets About Town,” an open mic reading at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont. Poets of all ages and all abilities are invited to read their work. Please bring two poems or two pages to share. The free and open event includes light refreshments. More info is available at facebook.com/fourthsundayspoetry.

JAZZY CROISSANT IN CONCERT Claremont’s free outdoor concert series Jazz at College Center features Eric Croissant performing from 2 to 5 p.m. on the patio next to Blue Fin Sushi and Teriyaki at 665 E. Foothill Blvd. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter.com or (909) 946-6967.

SYMPHONY’S THANKSGIVING CONCERT The Claremont Symphony Orchestra presents its traditional free and open to the public Thanksgiving concert at 3:30 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The orchestra will be under the baton of music director Robert Sage and will feature the work of Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel and Ernest Chausson. Brahms’ final symphony closes the concert, while two masterpieces for the violin open the program. Ravel’s Tzigane is a musically exotic composition inspired by “the Hungary of my dreams.” He also described the piece as one of “diabolical difficulty.” Another French composer, Ernest Chausson, wrote his best-known and most-loved work, Poème, for violin and orchestra. It is also notoriously difficult. Violin soloist Kevin Kumar, a Claremont native, is an active performer the world over, playing with symphony orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and studio sessions for film and TV scores. He is currently concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, which performs every summer throughout northern Germany. Locally, he is co-founder and co-artistic director of the Salastina Music Society, an organization dedicated to educating people about the joys of music. The November concert ends with Brahms’ sorrowful Fourth Symphony. The music in this work has been called some of the darkest and deepest of the 19th century. It has been characterized as a reflection of the composer’s resignation to the essential melancholy of the world. More information is available at claremontso.org or (909) 596-5979.

Monday, November 26

MANUFACTURING AN ‘ENTITLEMENT’ CRISIS Eric Nilsson will discuss “How to Manufacture an Entitlement Crisis: The Case of Social Security,” at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s free and open 7 p.m. meeting at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Center, 660 Avery Rd. Mr. Nilsson is professor and department chair of economics at California State University, San Bernardino. He has written extensively on wages, benefits, unions and labor relations in the United States. More info is available by calling (909) 626-8122.

Tuesday, November 27

LOST RANCHOS OF THE INLAND VALLEY The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “The Seven Lost Ranchos of Our Inland Valley,” with guest speaker Bob Smith, a retired professor, author, illustrator and musician. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. University Club member Mr. Smith will present a program about inland valley history. He will define the geographic area and describe the Mexican land grants—names many will recognize. He will also talk about life in the valley between the mission and citrus periods (the 1820s through the 1850s) and the characters involved. In an earlier discussion, Mr. Smith presented his first book of local history, Redefining the Inland Valley. He has now written and illustrated a new book, The Seven Lost Ranchos of Our Inland Valley. Mr. Smith guarantees everyone in the audience will learn at least one new fact about inland valley history. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and his master’s from Claremont Graduate University, and taught art at Chaffey College for 40 years. His work has been in solo art shows throughout the valley. He was named artist of the year by the Ontario Museum of History and Art and by the Chaffey Community Art Association and Museum. Mr. Smith has created architectural renderings for buildings throughout the valley, including at Cal Poly Pomona and CGU. He has also published calendars with his pen and ink renderings of historic buildings. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

SENIOR COMPUTER CLUB MEETS 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. More info is at cscclub.org.

Wednesday, November 28

ARCTIC ARMS RACE? Claremont’s Scripps College presents a free, open to the public talk, “Russia, NATO, and Securitization of the High North,” with professor Robert English, deputy director of the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Hampton Room, 1030 N Columbia Ave. “Mainstream US media and foreign policy pundits proclaim Russia’s growing threat to the Arctic,” a Scripps press release read. “Yet the actual military balance in the region is lopsided in favor of the US and NATO. A narrative of looming conflict risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.” More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events.

Thursday, November 29

INFORMATIONAL IGNORANCE Scripps College hosts another free and open public lecture with Charles W. Mills from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, at 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Mr. Mills, professor of philosophy at the CUNY graduate school, will deliver the final lecture in the fall semester for the Humanities Institute’s “Ignorance in the Age of Information” series. He is a distinguished professor of philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center and has previously taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern. He works in the general area of oppositional political theory, with a particular focus on race. He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and six books. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 621-8237.

Friday, November 30

ART SONGS AT NOON Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont, with art songs by composer Carlos Guastavino, sung by soprano Ursula Kleinecke (Pomona) and accompanied by Gayle Blankenburg (Pomona/Scripps). 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.

POMONA CHOIR SINGS 17th, 18th CENTURY MUSIC The Pomona College Choir brings the sounds of 17th- and 18th-century Latin America and Germany to Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., in a free and open 8 p.m. performance. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2. Conductor Donna M. Di Grazia will lead the 80-voice choir in performances of Bach’s, Magnificat, featuring Melissa Givens, soprano, and music from 17th-century Latin America by Araujo, Zumaya, Zéspedes, Fernandes and others. Joining the choir is a guest ensemble featuring period instrumentalists. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

Saturday, December 1

SIP AND SHOP FOR CHS In a benefit for Claremont High School’s class of 2019, boosters are hosting Sip and Shop, a local vendor holiday marketplace with complimentary mimosas, wine and hors d’oeuvres from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Claremont Women’s Club, 345 W. 12th St. The event will be 21 and over from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and open to all ages from 2 to 4 p.m. For information call (909) 908-4059 or email uplandcoldstone@yahoo.com.

JOY TO THE WORLD Tickets are $20 for Claremont Chorale’s 7:30 p.m. holiday concert, “Joy to the World,” at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 W. Harrison Ave. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2. The program brings together old and new with two works: Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, composed in 1960, which combines classical and 20th century elements; and John Rutter’s Joy To The World is a collection of traditional carols arranged and orchestrated in fresh ways. Discount tickets are available at claremontchorale.org or from a member of the Chorale. For information call (817) 726-3221 or email theclaremontchorale@gmail.com.

HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE VILLAGE All of December, the Village Marketing Group will sponsor afternoon holiday music in the Village. The series kicks off today with Nick Cassillas and Friends from noon to 2 p.m. and Mark Dzula from 2 to 4 p.m. in Laemmle Plaza; Cool Yule from noon to 3 p.m. at the chamber of commerce; and Inland Valley Repertory Theater (IVRT) carolers strolling the Village. For the full schedule of performers, see the COURIER’s Holiday Mag special in this edition or visit claremontevents.com.