PERFORMING ARTS: Claremont theater listings
ALLEN THEATRE: Pomona College, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. 607-4375.
—April 11 through 14: Krunk Fu Battle Battle directed by Joyce Lu. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
BALCH AUDITORIUM: 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont. 607-2671.
—Friday, April 5: Friday Noon Concert featuring Danielle Ondarza (horn), Stephen Klein (tuba), Maria Perez Goodman (piano) and Jason Goodman (percussion). 12:15 p.m.
BRIDGES AUDITORIUM: 450 N. College Way, Pomona College. Box office hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 607-1139. Tickets may be purchased online at www.pomona.edu/bridges. Military discounts are available through box office for most shows.
—April 20 and 21: Inland Pacific Ballet's Cinderella is an enchanting version of the classic story featuring music of the famous waltz king, Johann Strauss. $29 to $39 with discounts for seniors and children. Two performances on Saturday, April 20 at 1 and 7 p.m. and one performance on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m.
—Sunday, May 12: Emmy-nominated political comedian Bill Maher, called “one of the establishment’s most entertaining critics” by The New York Times, will perform at Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium presented by AEG LIVE. Mr. Maher, who has garnered 23 Emmy nominations over 18 years, is the host of HBO’s television series Real Time, which features Maher’s funny, sociopolitical commentary and a roundtable of guests, including Arianna Huffington, Ben Affleck, Michael Moore and Robin Williams, among numerous others. He has described himself as a libertarian and “as a progressive, as a sane person.” Maher’s 2008 film Religulous (directed by Larry David), a satirical skewer of organized religion, is the seventh highest grossing documentary of all time. He is formerly the host of the Comedy Central and ABC late night talk show Politically Incorrect. Maher has written 4 bestsellers, most recently The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass (2012), Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect’s Greatest Hits (2010) and New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer (2005). His most recent HBO stand-up special was Bill Maher: But I’m Not Wrong (2010). Mr. Maher is a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC and HLN cable networks. Tickets cost $50.25 and $70.25, with additional online fees. Performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.pomona.edu/bridges or calling 607-1139.
BRIDGES HALL OF MUSIC: Pomona College, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. 607-2671.
—Sunday, March 17: The Claremont Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert titled “A United State Landscape.” Associate conductor, Ruth Charloff, will lead the symphony in a variety of contemporary pieces that reflect the history and culture of the United States. Featured in the program is “Souvenir de Porto Rico” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, the suite from the Hitchcock film Vertigo by Bernard Hermann, Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still, George Whitefield Chadwick’s “Jubilee” from Symphonic Sketches and selection from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. 3:30 p.m.
—Saturday, March 23: Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra presents “A Concert for Children” featuring music that tells a story with music wizard and maestro Roger Samuel including music by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saens and Copland. Come early to see and hear the instruments up close. Event features audience participation and prizes. 10:30 a.m. Admission is free. For information call 624-3614.
—Saturday, April 6: West African Music and Dance presented by the CalArts African Music and Dance Ensemble directed by Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole and Andrew Grueschow. The performance features traditional repertoire from the Ewe and Dagomba people of Ghana, Togo and Benin, West Africa.
CANDLELIGHT PAVILION: 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening shows: dinner at 6 p.m., performance at 8:15 p.m.; Sunday evening shows: dinner at 5 p.m., performance at 7:15 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees: lunch at 11 a.m., performance at 12:45 p.m. 626-1254, ext.1 or www.candlelightpavilion.com.
—Through March 24: The Sound of Music.
—March 29 through May 5: Sweet Charity.
SEAVER THEATRE COMPLEX: Pomona College, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont. The box office is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain times. Call 607-4375 or e-mail email@example.com.
—May 2 through 5: Pomona College Spring Dance Concert with artistic direction by Laurie Cameron. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
SYCAMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM: 225 W. Eighth St., Claremont.
—March 15 and 16: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee presented by the Claremont High School Theatre Department. 7:30 p.m.
LAEMMLE’S CLAREMONT 5 THEATRE: 450 W. Second St., Claremont. 621-5500 or visit www.laemmle.com for movie listings. General admission $11; students with ID $8.50; children under 12 $8; seniors 62+ $8; bargain price $8 on Monday through Friday for all shows prior to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays prior to 2 p.m.
—Now playing: Oz the Great and Powerful [PG], Emperor [PG13], Jack the Giant Slayer [PG13], Dead Man Down [R], Silver Linings Playbook [R].
—March 17 at 10 a.m. and 19 at 7:30 p.m.: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci [NR] from Teatro Alla Scala. Two brief operas in a double billing. Italian with English subtitles.
—March 24 at 10 a.m. and 26 at 7:30 p.m.: Tosca [NR] from London’s Royal Opera House. Italian with English subtitles.
—Thursday, March 28: Jesus Christ Superstar [G]. Now 40 years after its first release in 1973 this modern passion play re-imagined into the magnetic Broadway musical by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (with lyrics by Tim Rice) and immortalized into film by writer/director Norman Jewison, will be on Laemmle Theatre big screens for one night only, Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Set during the week leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus, the film uniquely explores the unasked question: Why did Judas betray Jesus? The film Jesus Christ Superstar travels the terrain of the seduction and challenges of destiny, celebrity, friendship, fear, love, passion, and our notions of success and failure. Both Ted Neely who portrayed Jesus and Carl Anderson who portrayed Judas (in the film as well as on Broadway) were both nominated for Golden Globe Awards for the searing insights they give into the heart and soul of these biblical figures. Released as a single in January 1971, "Superstar" made it to the top 15. A month later, Helen Reddy's version of "I Don't Know How To Love Him"—her first hit single—also reached the top 15. The recording of the same song from the original show album released as a single in April 1971, also made the top 30. The album spent close to 2 years on the charts, including 3 weeks at number one in 1971. Other number one albums that year included John Lennon's "Imagine," George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass," Janis Joplin's "Pearl," Carole King's "Tapestry," "Sticky Fingers" by The Rolling Stones, and "Four Way Street" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. All proceeds of the screening will benefit the Carl Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund. See www.AgapeLive.com and www.Laemmle.com for tickets. The late Carl Anderson is best known for his celebrated star performance as Judas in Jesus Christ, Superstar on Broadway, in the motion picture and on stages across the country while on tour. His role as the preacher in The Color Purple, his Emmy for Onstage LA, and performances with a host of outstanding artists including Nancy Wilson at Carnegie Hall, are also highlights in the life of this creative artist and openhearted man. Founded in 2004, Agape’s Carl Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to support students pursuing careers in the arts and now assists all Agape students seeking higher education.
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