Busy event week to entertain all ages in City of Trees
Friday, February 22
FINDING?DOROTHY Elizabeth Letts, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Horse: the Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped from the Nazis and the new novel, Finding Dorothy, will be speak at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 600 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. Refreshments will be served before the free and open to the public talk. For information call (909) 622-1373 or click on pilgrimchurchpomona.com.
JAPANESE MUSIC AT NOON Scripps College’s Friday Noon Concert features Pomona College faculty Rachel Rudich on shakuhachi, joined by Kozue Matsumoto on koto, in a program of music by Yokoyama Katsuya, Michio Miyagi and Katsutoshi Nagasawa—20th century Japanese composers. The jams kick off 12:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu.
Saturday, February 23
CHS CLASS OF 2021 FUNDRAISER Claremont High School class of 2021 parents and supporters are invited to a spaghetti dinner and student showcase from 4 to 8 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The event will feature a silent auction and raffle prizes. Presale tickets are $15 at claremontclassof2021.website, or $20 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the class of 2021’s grad night and parent dinner. Email the boosters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINDSONG CONCERT Windsong Southland Chorale presents the third concert of its 24th season at 4 p.m. at La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church, 1040 Baseline Ave., La Verne. The concert, “Spirit of Love, Spirit of Patriotism and Diversity,” is under the direction of Janet Harms. Presale general admission tickets, available by calling (909) 983-9879, are $15, students are $10, and families (parents with children under 18), are $30. Tickets at the door are $20.
Sunday, February 24
STOPLIGHT ROSES On the outs with your baby? Need a bouquet to go with that apology? There’s no finer place to try to make some headway in soothing that bruised heart than at Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Ave. between First and Bonita. It’s a chance to purchase some unique gifts, from farm fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, to artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey, nuts, cheeses, and yes, flowers. Grab a coffee and listen to some live music, but don’t dally, as your fate awaits. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.
SEE ‘BETWEEN THE PAGES’ Pilgrim Place’s Petterson Museum of International Art, 730 Plymouth Road, Claremont, hosts an opening reception for its new exhibit “Between the Pages” from 2 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Mixed media artist Chris Frausto will show her “Altered Books,” which utilize found objects, oddities, botanical paraphernalia and the unusual. Nearly 100 percent of the objects utilized in her art are found at estate sales, yard sales, thrift stores, or simply lying in the street. More info is at pilgrimplace.org or (909) 399-5500.
TAKE FIVE The laid back, super cool Jazz at College Center music series continues from 2 to 5 p.m. today with The Carl Schafer Quartet. The free afternoon concerts take place on the patio outside Blue Fin Sushi and Teriyaki, 665 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. More info is at jazzatcollegecenter or (909) 946-6967.
LA HARPTETTE LA Harptette, which aims to bring the beauty and versatility of the harp to a wider audience, returns to perform at Pomona College in a free and open to the public 3 p.m. show at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. The ensemble includes Southern California performers Paul Baker, Laura Griffin-Casey, Jillian Lopez and Mary Dropkin. They will perform a program of music by Ray Burkhart, Bruce Broughton, Alan Hovhaness and others. More info is at pomona.edu/events.
STRING ART Kids are invited to a free and open 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. string art session at the newly renovated Claremont Public Library, at 208 N. Harvard Ave. “Pick a design template and use nails and embroidery floss to create a unique piece of art,” a press release read. To learn more, visit @LACountyLibrary on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Still more info is available at lacountylibrary.org, via email at email@example.com, or by phone at (909) 621-4902.
TAKE A BREATH WITH JAZZ VESPERS Jazz Vespers present a free and open to the public 6 p.m. show with the Ron Kobayashi Trio with Rose Mallett at Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. “Maybe now and then we need to let go,” a press release read. “Life can feel like a white-knuckle affair, as we cling to hopes and expectations and shoulder our way through challenges and obstacles. But what if we just release our grip on the future and let go of the past, if even for a moment? This Jazz Vespers, with its poetry and music, gives us a glimpse of what’s possible when we take a breath, engage faith and make room for something fresh and new.” For more info, visit claremontpres.org.
Monday, February 25
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. Refreshments will be served along with a free lunch at the center afterward.
PROGRESSIVE YOUTH Pitzer College student Sienna Ross will give a free and open to the public talk, “The New Faces: The Role of Youth In The Progressive Movement Today,” at the Democratic Club of Claremont’s 7 p.m. meeting at Pilgrim Place’s Napier Commons, 660 Avery Rd.. The program is part of a series the Democratic Club is sponsoring to inform its members and the community about local progressive groups. Ms. Ross is part of the College Community Action Network, a grassroots activist group that pushes for political reform in Claremont and at the Colleges. Current projects include homelessness policy and mental health reform. She is a KSPC radio host, covering local politics and current events. She recently spent a month at a women’s shelter in Uzbekistan, expanding its international outreach and reporting on domestic violence. Light refreshments will be served. For information call (909) 626-8122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 26
CUSD’S MENTAL HEALTH OUTREACH The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Supporting Student Mental Health in the Claremont Unified School District,” with guest speakers Nancy Tresor Osgood, CUSD board and University Club member; district superintendent Jim Elsasser; and Lisa Banks-Toma, CUSD mental health coordinator. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. “Among other important aspects, the mental health of students can affect their own safety and the safety of every student in the school,” a press release read. “The three speakers are intimately involved with all aspects of the local school district’s mental health program, which seeks to implement a variety of initiatives, including the promotion, prevention, identification, intervention, and treatment of student mental health problems. These programs together promote wellbeing, resilience, and an availability to learn by providing services within the schools themselves, where children spend most of their day, thereby keeping the child in school. The continuum of programs has been built over the course of the past five years and continues to be a highlight of the Claremont Unified School District’s offerings.” Ms. Tresor Osgood received her BA from Pomona College and master’s from Claremont School of Theology. Mr. Elsasser earned both his BA and master’s from Azusa Pacific University and his EdD from USC. Ms. Banks-Toma earned her master’s in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.
THERE ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAN BEYONCÉ Scripps College hosts a free and open to the public talk, “Morgan Parker and Nicole Sealey: An Evening of Poetry,” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. Morgan Parker and Nicole Sealey mine the personal and political in their poetry, both reveling in and revealing the issues at the heart of contemporary life. Ms. Parker’s most recent collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, was hailed by The New Yorker as “exquisite poems [that] defy categorization,” while Essence magazine called Ms. Sealey “one of today’s most interesting poets…she steers us on a fantastic voyage through her infinitely brilliant mind.” The two read from their latest works, including Ms. Parker’s Magical Negro and Ms. Sealey’s Ordinary Beast. The event is presented in partnership with Red Hen Press. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.
Wednesday, February 27
BUTTIGIEG IN TOWN Scripps College hosts a discussion with Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay candidate for president of the United States. The free and open to the public talk runs from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. “Heartland politics: rather than a monolithic ‘flyover country,’ the midwestern voting public can be—as both parties learned during the last presidential election—stubbornly elusive,” a Scripps press release read. “Who better to make that point than an openly gay, millennial war veteran serving his second term as Democratic mayor in a rust belt state that Trump won by 20 percent?” Mr. Buttigieg, who was elected mayor of South Bend, Indiana, in 2011 at the age of 29, has been described by the Washington Post as “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of” and by the New York Times as “the perfect Democratic candidate.” He visits Scripps to discuss his new book, Shortest Way Home, which details his visionary work in South Bend and its implications for the future of America. Peter Hamby, political journalist and current head of news at Snapchat, joins him for a conversation. For tickets, visit scrippscollege.edu/events.
Thursday, February 28
POSITIVE THINKING MAKES US LESS HAPPY? Scripps Presents hosts another fascinating free and open to the public talk, “Girard Psychology Lecture: Iris Mauss,” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. “Mindfulness, self-care and ‘positive thinking’ are all touted as panaceas for negative emotions,” read a press release. But according to University of California, Berkeley, researcher Iris Mauss, if you’re feeling down, the self-imposed pressure to change your tune can actually make you feel even worse. Ms. Mauss visits to discuss scientific findings from her research in the field of emotion regulation. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events or (909) 607-8508.
PULITZER, TONY NOMINEE TACKLES RACE, CLASS Pomona College’s 2019 Payton Lecture with Anna Deveare Smith gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Bridges Auditorium, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. The free and open event will feature a screening of the film adaptation of Notes from the Field, which is rated TV-MA, followed by an in-depth conversation with its writer, Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Ms. Deveare Smith, and Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr. The HBO film looks at the school-to-prison pipeline and injustice and inequality in low-income communities. It tackles questions of race and class through first-person stories, drawing on the accounts of well-known figures like Rep. John Lewis, NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill, and activist Bree Newsome, as well as everyday people struggling in a broken system. Time magazine named it one of the top 10 plays of the year. In his New York Times review of Notes From the Field, Ben Brantley called Ms. Smith “the American theater’s most dynamic and sophisticated oral historian.” The Pomona College Board of Trustees endowed the John A. Payton ’73 Distinguished Lectureship in memory of John Payton’s life and influential career as a renowned civil rights attorney, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and a member of the Pomona College Board of Trustees, and in honor of David W. Oxtoby, ninth president of Pomona College. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets go to pomona.edu/events.
Friday, March 1
MUSIC AT NOON Scripps College’s Friday Noon Concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. with Francisco Castillo, oboe; Jamie Pedrini, flute; and Cindy Williams, piano, performing music by Bill Douglas, Alyssa Monnis, Ellen Macpherson and Castillo. The free show takes place at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu.
VIGIL FOR DISABLED MURDER VICTIMS As part of a nationwide day of mourning, disability rights advocates will be holding a 7 p.m. vigil at Pitzer College’s Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, to honor the lives of disabled people murdered by their families and caretakers. The group held its first day of mourning in 2012 as a response to the murder of George Hodgins, a 22-year-old man with autism from California, who was killed by his mother. Speaking at the event will be members of local disability communities and their allies. More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page at fbl.me/7cddom.
POMONA COLLEGE ORCHESTRA Pomona College Orchestra performs a free and open to the public concert at 8 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Conductor Eric Lindholm will be joined by Oliver Dubon on tuba, the 2018 concerto competition winner in Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3. More info is at pomona.edu/events.
Saturday, March 2
MAKE IT A CERAMICS WEEKEND The Claremont Museum of Art and Scripps Fine Arts Foundation present “Collecting Clay: A Conversation with Julie and David Armstrong with curator Rody N. López” at 4 p.m. in Scripps’ Balch Auditorium, 1030 N Columbia Ave. The program is held in conjunction with CMA’s current exhibition, “Living with Clay: The Julie and David Armstrong Collection.” As founders of the American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Armstrongs share a love of clay that is evident in their Claremont home and in their extraordinary collection. Visit the Claremont Museum of Art in the Depot at 200 W. First St. from noon to 4 p.m. to see the exhibition before the lecture, or take a look during Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition is on view through April 20. If you’d like to make it a weekend of ceramics, The 75th Scripps College Ceramic Annual, featuring works from the college’s renowned Marer Collection, is on view at nearby Scripps College Williamson Gallery at 251 E. 11th St. Also, The American Museum of Ceramic Art, 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the exhibition “Building a Collection.” More info is at claremontmuseum.org, scrippscollege.edu/events, or amoca.org.
CLAUDIA LENNEAR IN PICTURES, PERFORMANCE Claremont Heritage presents a free and open to the public reception for the photography exhibit “Claudia Lennear: a Story in Pictures, The Norman Seeff Sessions,” from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ginger Elliott Center at Garner House, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Claremont. The event includes a 7 p.m. acoustic performance from Ms. Lennear. At the height of her music career in the 1970s, local resident Ms. Lennear sang background vocals with rock, blues, soul and rhythm and blues royalty such as Ike and Tina Turner, Allen Toussaint, the Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, George Harrison, Elton John, Steven Stills, Taj Mahal and others. She was the muse for the Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” David Bowie’s “Lady Grinning Soul,” and the late Mr. Russell’s “She Smiles Like a River.” She was also the subject of a 1972 session with famed photographer Norman Seeff. The images for the exhibition were chosen by Ms. Lennear and Mr. Seeff from hundreds of photographs taken over that two-day period 47 years ago. Mr. Seeff, among other pursuits, is a successful rock photographer and album art designer. He has received multiple Grammy nominations for graphic design. His client list includes heavyweights and icons such as Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Steve Jobs, Steve Martin, John Huston, Martin Scorsese, Billy Wilder, Bob Fosse, wil.i.am, Tina Turner, Alicia Keys, and hundreds of others. For information email email@example.com, visit claremontheritage.org or call (909) 621-0848.
PULITZER WINNER IN CONVERSATION AT PITZER The Claremont On the Same Page community book this year is The Refugees by Viet Tranh Nguyen. The collection, set in America and Vietnam, consists of eight powerful short stories written over a period of 20 years. Pitzer College welcomes Mr. Nguyen, who won the Pulitzer Prize for the book, in a free and open to the public conversation with historian Mai Elliott at 2 p.m. at Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont. Ms. Elliott is a Claremont resident who spoke throughout Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s 2017 PBS series, The Vietnam War. Light refreshments will be served. More info is at pitzer.edu/events.
JUNIOR RECITAL AT LYMAN Pomona College hosts a free and open to the public 8 p.m. junior recital with pianist Sam Betanzos, a student of Genevieve Feiwen Lee, who will perform music by Bach, Barber, Ravel and Rzewski at Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu.