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Claremont has the area’s most diverse dining scene, no doubt fueled in part by an international student body at The Claremont Colleges. Asia, Italy, Mexico, the Middle East, Peru, and Spain, all play key roles in the city’s restaurant landscape. Learn about some of Claremont’s most inspired global food destinations.

Al Amir

A crown signals your arrival at Al Amir, a Lebanese flatbread bakery in an Auto Center Drive strip mall that spun off from Abdallah Soueidan’s Little Arabia original. Soujouk is a particular standout, a crisp-edged disc sporting ground beef seasoned with crushed pepper and a seven-spice blend from Lebanon. Add egg and savory cow’s milk Akkawi cheese, which six-year Al Amir vet Charif rightly called “the bomb” Other interesting options include za’atar with dried thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, olive & vegetable oil; lahm-bajeen with ground beef, tomatoes, and onions; and tangy keshek with dried yogurt, onion, tomato, olive oil, spices, and chilies. 426 Auto Center Dr., 909.625.0500, www.alamirbakery.com

 

Elvira’s Grill

Oscar Torres has been in the restaurant business for 36 years and now runs Elvira’s Grill with wife Sandra in Claremont’s Old School House complex after expanding from Upland. They follow in the footsteps of his mom Elvira and father Fermin, who ran restaurants for years in the San Fernando Valley. Elvira’s Grill in Claremont features a peaked roof with exposed wood rafters, elaborate chandeliers, and patio with strings of lights and a water fountain. The menu cover promises the “finest foods of Mexico,” and you’ll find pan-regional crowd pleasers like chicken mole enchiladas, grilled red snapper a la Veracruzana, and silky house-made flan. Camarones a la diabla are a great introduction to their cuisine, with six large shrimp slathered in spicy salsa and served with seasoned rice, pinto beans topped with molten Monterey Jack, and flour or corn tortillas. 415 W. Foothill Blvd., 909.399.3300

 

Hi Family

Four students joined forces on their dream restaurant, a Sichuan-style Chinese restaurant called Hi Family in a northwest Claremont strip mall. The tiny space features grey blue walls lined with small planters, framed photo collages, and paintings of the owners: Liang, Lin, Jinghao, and Yang Wang. Los Chicken is their most popular hot pot, with other bubbling bowls starring beef brisket or duck stewed in beer. Some of their more adventurous dishes include beef lungs in chile sauce and griddled cooked ox tripe. Hot-N-Spicy Pot is a great way to sample a number of different ingredients of your choosing in a single bowl. We opted for shell-on shrimp and sliced pork chops with caramelized cauliflower, king oyster mushrooms, and lotus root slices. Specify mild, medium, or hot. If you choose a dish listed on the menu with a chile pepper, keep steamed white rice and ice water handy. 944 W. Foothill Blvd., 909.625.7494, www.hifamilyclaremont.com

 

Pollos Kikiryki

Enrique Roman Kina originally hails from Lima and opened his Peruvian restaurant in Peppertree Square in 1999. The name refers to the sound a chicken makes, and they do roast some stupendous birds in a wood-burning rotisserie. Kikiryki’s focused menu also includes comfort foods like lomo saltado, beef stir-fried with French fries, onions, and tomatoes; and chaufa, fluffy Chinese-Peruvian fried rice that’s especially good with shrimp. Anticuchos, perhaps Peru’s signature dish, are for more adventurous eaters. Grilled beef hearts are marinated in chilies, cumin, sugar, salt, and pepper and served with starchy choclo, potato, and the spicy green hot sauce, aji. Treats reside by the register, including cookie sandwiches alfajores filled with dulce de leche and dusted with powdered sugar, and vanilla custard cups called goloso. 344 S. Indian Hill Blvd., 909.624.1114

 

Sanamluang Thai Cuisine

A Thai Town classic called Sanamluang, one of L.A.’s longest running Thai restaurants, spawned this Claremont spinoff. They’re no longer connected, but this modern, standalone restaurant is still vital, and not just because of the sharp black and white murals of Thailand or elaborate wheel-in-wheel designs. Sanamluang serves several noodle dishes with lofty names, including heaven noodles, emperor’s noodles, and general’s noodles. Emperor’s Noodles are flat rice noodles scrambled with egg, squid, chicken, and shrimp, all blanketed with gravy. General’s noodles – egg noodles served dry or with soup – come piled with shrimp, BBQ pork, ground pork, and roast duck. Humble noodles like pad Thai and pad see iew are also well prepared. No matter what, ratchet up the pungency by spoon on chile flakes, chile sauce, or jalapeño infused vinegar. 710 S. Indian Hill Blvd., 909.621.0904, www.sanamluangclaremont.com

 

Tutti Mangia Italian Grill

Tutti Mangia is a high-end Italian restaurant on a Claremont Village corner with split-level dining room, floral carpet, and convex chandeliers. The family also owns Spaghetti Eddie’s and Eddie’s Eatery in town and has run this place since 1996. Pasta is a mix of imports and house-made pastas, with ravioli and sheet pastas like linguini and tagliatelle made in-house. Specialties from the grill include bistecca alla grigliata, marinated Prime skirt steak drizzled with Castelvetrano olive and pine nut chimichurri and plated with seasonal vegetable farro, which during our visit meant Brussels sprouts, carrots, turnips, and onions. No matter what, each check comes with almond chocolate biscotti. 102 Harvard Ave., 909.625.4669, 909.625.4669, www.tuttimangia.com

 

Uno Tre Otto

John Solana and Brad Owen, who also own The Back Abbey, replaced longtime Italian standby La Piccoletta with Uno Tre Otto. They raised the stakes by sourcing produce from Amy’s Farm in Ontario, buying sustainable meat and eggs, and using fresh-milled grain from Grist & Toll in Pasadena. “The little place in the alley” is patterned after a rustic Italian country abode, with a fresco on one side, ivy-lined wall on the other side, small covered patio, and homey stone and wood interior. The seasonal menu may include lentils de Puy strewn with crumbled house-made Italian sausage, tangy brightness, and spicy mizuna. During our visit, bucatini with good bite came dressed with a single diver scallop, sweet shrimp, brown butter, finely shredded butternut squash, and chive oil. Secondi include pollo al mattone, chicken cooked under a brick, and bistecca with seasonal veggies. Dessert is another moving target, but could involve chunks of brown butter roasted persimmon sweetened with honey, tart buttermilk ice cream, and shortbread crumble. 114 N. Indian Hill Blvd., 909.624.1373, www.onotreotto.com

 

The Upper House

The Upper House is a Chinese café in Peppertree Square strip mall. Students and locals alike fill 12 light wood tables beneath a word cloud on the white wall that shouts out key dishes, plus beverages like “Coffee” and “Affogato.” The menu combines Sichuan, Taiwanese and Singaporean dishes, but doesn’t practice fusion. Noteworthy cumin lamb comes tossed with scallions, green and red bell peppers. House-made wontons contain with shrimp and pork fillings and come garnished with spicy slurry, cilantro, and scallions and submerged in chile oil. Curry-stained Singapore-style rice vermicelli hosts an array of vegetables and proteins. For dessert, The Upper House sells boba milk tea and milk snow ice topped with red beans, green beans, custard, taro, and fruit. 352 S. Indian Hill Blvd., 909.621.1855

 

Viva Madrid!

Viva Madrid! is a Claremont Village classic that dates to 1998 and serves “Spanish small plates with big flavors.” Find the entrance down the hallway past a jewelry store and three wooden bull statues. The Madrid-inspired design includes a decorative tile bar, wood tables, high ceiling painted with a sky, and large chandelier. Popular dishes are marked with a sunburst, and staff favorites marked with a cross. Choose from more than 50 different tapas, plus paella and larger plates (entradas). Highlights include flaky halibut chunks simmered in herbed carrot sauce with white wine, garlic, and onion. They submerge a whole artichoke in a tangy sherry reduction with olive oil, garlic, and onion that’s thickened with breadcrumbs and sprinkled with crushed chili. They also serve slices of tortilla Española, a layered Spanish frittata baked with eggs, potatoes, onions, and parsley. To drink, Spanish wines from regions like Rioja and Tempranillo are popular. So is house-made sangria. 225 Yale Ave., 909.624.5500, www.vivamadrid.com

Visitors to the Los Angeles area looking for an escape from the big city will find Claremont, California, may remind them of an Eastern seaboard village with blocks of bustling, locally owned shops; or a small Midwestern railway town with its depot within walking distance of trendy restaurants and specialty food shops; or even a Southern community of tree-lined streets providing the ideal setting for a leisurely bicycle ride.

One of America’s top college towns, Claremont lies just 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Foodies can walk to nearly 60 international eateries in the Claremont Village and Claremont Packing House, or find additional dining and shopping along Historic Route 66. The James Turrell Skyspace at Pomona College, Folk Music Center, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater are among the local music and arts attractions. And guests seeking locally made craft beer and spirits will find Claremont Craft Ales, Ironbark Ciderworks and Citrus Grove Distillers appealing stops.

Claremont visitor events that can be part of a weekend getaway to the “City of Trees” in 2019 include these favorites:

April 13-21 – Wildflower Week at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden: The 86-acre garden hosts a bonanza of color, fragrance and beauty at this week-long celebration of California’s wildflowers featuring wild-collected species, annual displays, and an art exhibition. Admission: $10 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children.

April 27 – A Taste of Claremont: Enjoy Claremont’s finest cuisine, wine, and spirits at this fundraiser as local establishments dish up their very best. Tickets: $75.

May 13 – 11th Annual Claremont Film Festival: A curated presentation of shorts from around the world. Visit ClaremontFilmFest.com for information. Tickets: $15-40.

June 8 – Claremont Village Craft Beer Walk: Claremont Village businesses will serve as craft beer tasting and food sampling sites while entertainment rocks the Village at this 10th annual event.

July 11-21 – Midsummer Shakespeare Festival: Ophelia’s Jump Productions presents its fifth annual evening festival with “Pericles” and “Taming of the Shrew” performed in repertoire under the stars at the Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College. Picnicking with beer and wine is permitted at this outdoor venue. The festival includes pre-show entertainment, arts and crafts by Claremont businesses and organizations on Saturdays, and food and spirits options. Discover Claremont will once again offer a “Room and Bard” package for visitors that includes festival tickets, lawn chairs, and $50 in Claremont Chamber gift cards to secure a picnic meal for a memorable outdoor evening in Claremont. Visit DiscoverClaremont.com/specials for more information on the hotel specials; find festival tickets at OpheliasJump.org.

September 14 – Claremont Village Wine Walk: Claremont Village businesses will be serving wine and offering food tastings at more than 40 sites. Live music performances will be held throughout the Village.

October 26 – Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire: The region’s largest annual Arts & Crafts Fair. Get your holiday shopping done early as you walk the streets of the Claremont Village lined with over 400 booths selling unique art, original crafts, and apparel. This 38th annual street fair also features a food court, beer and wine garden, and local entertainment.

Claremont’s five hotel choices range from economy to upscale. Full-service options include the 14-acre DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont on Historic Route 66, and the boutique Hotel Casa 425 in the Claremont Village. Budget-minded tourists will find Claremont Lodge, Knights Inn Claremont, and Motel 6 Claremont along Interstate 10, each featuring outdoor pools. Pets are welcome at Motel 6 and Hotel Casa 425 with advance reservations.

Inviting nighttime entertainment for adult travelers includes dueling pianos at Piano Piano (at DoubleTree), dinner theater at the Candlelight Pavilion, local bands at various restaurants, and popular and arthouse movies at Laemmle’s Claremont 5.

From April 13 through April 21, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California, invites visitors to experience their backyard superbloom at the Garden’s Wildflower Week. Prepare for a bonanza of color, fragrance and beauty at this nine-day celebration of California’s wildflowers featuring wild-collected species, annual displays, an art exhibition and more.

Continuing a historic tradition spanning more than 70 years, Wildflower Week connects visitors to the beauty and value of California’s flowers by bringing blooms from remote wildlands and conservation sites directly to Garden guests. This year, annual displays and Garden venues have been transformed with cultivated annuals, including favorites like California poppies, baby-blue eyes, lupines and much more. In addition, the Garden is producing the inaugural The Art of the Wildflower exhibition, a group show featuring California artists focused on wildflowers and their work in direct relationship with the vivid blooms and fragrances of the Wildflower Show.

Wildflower Week Schedule of Events

Wildflower Happy Hour – April 13 | 5 pm – 7 pm: Celebrate the commencement of Wildflower Week and be one of the first to see the Wildflower Show and The Art of the Wildflower exhibition. Free with Garden admission. Limited to the first 200 guests. Enjoy inspire

d cocktails, craft beer and wine for an additional fee.

Wildflower Show – April 13, 14 & 15 | 10 am – 4 pm: Experience a curated display of hundreds of California wildflowers collected by Garden botanists from sites throughout Southern California. Garden members are granted early access to see the Wildflower Show on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at 8 am.

Native Designs Show – April 16 – 21 | 10 am – 4 pm: Native Designs, the Garden’s volunteer group of talented floral designers, grows and harvests California native plants for arrangements and displays. They produce arrangements for weddings, gatherings and many other events. This year, each Native Designer will showcase their own stylistic voice and selection of California native plants in an exhibition dedicated to their remarkable craft.

The Art of the Wildflower – All Week: This group exhibition brings together contemporary artists inspired by California’s diverse and remarkable wildflowers. A portion of artwork sales benefit Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and its California native plant mission.

Wildflower Trails – All Week: Discover Garden paths and venues transformed with wild color from beautiful California annuals and perennial plants.

Tram Tours – All Week | 1 pm: Delight in a guided tram tour through the Garden and learn about the colorful blooms and blossoms native to California. Approximately 45 minutes. $5 per person. Space is limited for tram tours.

Field Trip | Sand to Snow National Monument – April 20 | 8 am – 6 pm: Join Garden botanists and staff on a botanical adventure to the Sand to Snow National Monument and discover the beautiful blooming plants that inhabit this special place. Transportation and snacks are included in the cost of the field trip. Please bring a sack lunch, water, comfortable hiking shoes and sun protection. Space is limited. $75 Public | $60 Members.

About Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, promoting botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and scientific community about California’s native flora. The Garden is a living museum with curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants, some of which are rare or endangered. Spread across 86 acres in Claremont, California, the Garden is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The Garden displays about 2000 taxa of California plants and includes those native to the California Floristic Province.

A premiere art exhibit of origami sculptures in bronze, steel and aluminum sculptures is making its Southern California debut at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont on October 20th 2018 and continuing through April 14th, 2019. T he Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden officially welcomes Origami in the Garden², a series of large-scale metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Jennifer and Kevin Box, the exhibition will feature garden installations and gallery works featuring the Boxs’ 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 the following:  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 Origami in the Garden² collection originated with a single piece of folded paper created by some of the world’s most noted origami artists, including Tim Armijo, Michael G. LaFosse, Beth Johnson, Robert J. Lang,  and Te Jui Fu. To recreate each piece for Origami in the Garden², Kevin Box pioneered a unique process of lost wax casting and fabrication to capture the delicate details of folded paper in museum-quality metals.

“Origami presents a simple metaphor; we all start with a blank page and what we do with it is up to us,” said Kevin Box, creator of Origami in the Garden. “We created Origami in the Garden to inspire people with the possibilities of what can be created from one simple piece of paper.”

“We are excited to showcase Origami in the Garden², an outdoor sculpture exhibition of larger-than-life origami creations by Jennifer and Kevin Box,”  said David Bryant, Manager of Communications, Design and Exhibitions. “These incredible sculptures, many created in collaboration with world famous Origami artists, will transform our Garden’s landscapes and invite audiences to experience the evocative connections between art and nature. Originating in Japan and celebrated around the world, Origami synthesizes elements of art, science and natural themes in creating expressive works from single sheets of paper. The exhibition brings these concepts to life in the transportive beauty of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.” 

Origami in the Garden² is free with general admission. Related family activities, lectures and workshops will accompany the exhibition, including an opening weekend celebration on October 20th and 21st. For more information including the latest schedule of events please visit www.rsabg.org.

Official Event Schedule:

Friday, October 19: Exhibition Opening at the annual Majestic Oak Dinner. Our major donors will join us for a walking cocktail reception through the pieces of the collection and a seated dessert with a guest speaker to officially open the exhibit. 

Saturday, October 20: Public Opening of Origami in the Garden² with audio and docent led tours available. Public Opening of indoor gallery exhibition, Unfolded, and screening of the movie The Origami Revolution. 

October 2018 – March 2019: K-12 curriculum-consistent field trips led by RSABG’s highly trained Nature Interpreters include education about the Origami in the Garden exhibition. 

Sunday, November 11: First in the series of Second Sundays, sponsored by the City of Claremont’s Community-Based Organization Grant Program. RSABG is collaborating with Scripps College to present a public lecture to the Claremont community and a hands-on workshop with world-renowned origami artist Dr. Robert Lang. http://www.langorigami.com/ 

Friday, November 23: “Green Friday” offers free garden admission to all, encouraging families spending the Thanksgiving holiday together to explore the Origami in the Garden exhibition. 

Sundays, December 9, January 13, February 10 and March 10: Second Sundays series continues with free admission for Claremont residents. In collaboration with First Street Art Gallery, the Claremont Museum of Art and the Origami Folding Society of Los Angeles, RSABG will offer family programming appropriate for all ages. Behind the scenes tours of RSABG’s Seed House, Research areas, Library, Herbarium and Gardens will share RSABG’s rich resources with Garden guests. 

Sunday, March 10: Finale: Visit and public talk by Origami in the Garden² artists Kevin and Jennifer Box. 

Sunday, April 14: Exhibition Closes. 

Origami in the Garden² is a monumental sculpture exhibition created by American artists Jennifer and Kevin Box. Each sculpture is inspired by a blank piece of paper and has been transformed into museum quality metals by Kevin Box at his studio in Santa Fe, N.M. Individually, these enchanting sculptures inspire wonder and create broader connections to life and the world around us. Collectively, the exhibition tells the story of creativity and the art of making something out of nothing. The exhibition comes to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden after successful runs at Tucson Botanical Gardens and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For more information on artist Kevin Box, visit outsidetheboxstudio.com/about/bio.

Pomona College’s Department of Music announces its Fall 2018 concert season featuring an eclectic offering of music from a wide range of genres, eras and musical backgrounds. Special guests will complement performances by Pomona College’s faculty artists and student ensembles.

Tania Chen, Jon Leidecker, Thurston Moore, David Toop and Gino Robar will collaborate in a special performance – co-sponsored by The Claremont Colleges Library – of John Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano. This 60-plus minute work contains Cage’s envisioned elements, which include having the artists use technology to keep a piece “current, revealing and astounding.” This concert on Sept. 28 in Bridges Hall of Music, follows the release of a new recording by the same ensemble on Omnivore Recordings. The concert is free and ticketed.

October rewinds the clock with a period chamber ensemble, the world-class London Handel Players. In a program titled “To Play before the King,” they will present works by C.P.E. Bach, François Couperin, Handel, Domenico Scarlatti and others. Hailed for “consummate skill and musicianship,” (The New York Times) the ensemble comes to Bridges Hall of Music on Oct. 28.

Faculty recitals feature performances including duo Celliola (Cynthia Fogg, viola, and Tom Flaherty, cello) and Friends in works by living American composers on Sept. 16. The annual eclectic Chamber Music Extravaganza features many of the department’s performance faculty and members of some of Southern California’s top performing ensembles, including the LA Chamber Orchestra and Long Beach Symphony – in music by Babcock, Beethoven, Broughton, Henkel and others on Oct. 17. On Nov. 4, faculty members Melissa Givens, soprano; Gary Bovyer, clarinet; Maggie Parkins, cello; and Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Jennie Jung, piano; join in the world-wide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with Celebrating Bernstein at 100.

In addition to these performances, numerous student ensembles and faculty members will be offering a variety of concerts. Among them are the Pomona College Orchestra with pianist Lee performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, and the Pomona College Choir with soprano Givens in Bach’s Magnificat. Additionally, Pomona College faculty artists will be presented in the Friday at Noon series co-sponsored with Scripps College. More information is available at: pomona.edu/academics/departments/music/concert-calendar/friday-noon-concert-series.

The Pomona College Department of Music’s Fall 2018 printed season concert calendar is now available online at www.pomona.edu/music-calendar and can be picked up outside Thatcher Music Building on the campus of Pomona College. All the department’s offerings are free and open to the public.

 

Fall 2018 Schedule

Free admission to all performances and events • Tickets only required for the Sept. 28th concert

September

 Celliola and Friends
Celliola members Cynthia Fogg*, viola, and Tom Flaherty*, cello, with Gwendolyn Lytle*, soprano; Scott Lehmkuhl*, bass; Joti Rockwell*, mandola; Karl Kohn* and Genevieve Feiwen Lee*, pianos; William Peterson*, organ

3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by William Appleton ’14, Flaherty, Kohn, Eric Moe, Caroline Shaw and Jack Van Zandt

 

Spontaneity & Sound
Interactive workshop with Tania Chen

4:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

Discussion of the components of performance and their relationship to their instruments and sound making objects.

 

John Cage’s “Electronic Music for Piano”
Pianist Tania Chen, with Jon Leidecker,
Thurston Moore, David Toop and Gino Robair

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28

Bridges Hall of Music

A 60-plus minute piece created by this ensemble using technology and improvisation to make this a one-of-a-kind live performance.

Note: Free admission, tickets required | Online: pomona.edu/cage-at-claremont  | Phone: (909) 607-1193

 

October

Chamber Music Extravaganza
Performance faculty Carolyn Beck, bassoon; Gayle Blankenburg, piano; Francisco Castillo, oboe; Ken Foerch, alto saxophone; Jennie Jung, piano; Stephen Klein, tuba; Ursula Kleinecke, soprano; Maggie Parkins, cello; Jack Sanders, guitar;

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Babcock, Beethoven, Broughton, Carlevaro, Gianopoulos and Henkel

 

Pomona College Orchestra
with Eric Lindholm*, conductor

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14

Bridges Hall of Music

Copland: “Billy the Kid” suite
Thea Musgrave: “Rainbow”
Bernstein: “Symphonic Dances” from
West Side Story

 

London Handel Players in
To Play before the King
Adrian Butterfield, Baroque violin; Rachel Brown, Baroque flute and recorder; Katherine Sharman, Baroque cello; Silas Wollston, harpsichord

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by C.P.E. Bach, F. Couperin, Geminiani, Handel, Hellendaal, Quantz and D. Scarlatti.

 

Lecture/Demo with the London Handel Players
including dancers Mary Collins and Steven Player

4:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29

Bridges Hall of Music

 

November

Celebrating Bernstein at 100
Melissa Givens*, soprano’ Gary Bovyer*, clarinet; Maggie Parkins*, cello; Jennie Jung* and Genevieve Feiwen Lee*, pianos

3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Bridges Hall of Music

Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story for two pianos, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Meditation No. 3 from the Mass for cello and piano, “La bonne cuisine” for soprano and piano and more

 

Pomona College Band
with Graydon Beeks*, conductor

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16

3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18

Bridges Hall of Music

Music by Bennett, Bernstein, Grainger, Feliciano, Sousa and others

 

Pomona College Jazz Ensemble
Barb Catlin*, director

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

An afternoon of jazz favorites

 

Pomona College Choir:
Sounds of Latin American and
German Baroque

Donna M. Di Grazia*, conductor

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30

Bridges Hall of Music

Bach’s Magnificat, and music by Araujo, Zumaya, Fernandes, and others with soloists including Melissa Givens, soprano

December

 

Pomona College Choir:
Sounds of Latin American and
German Baroque

Donna M. Di Grazia*, conductor

3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2

Bridges Hall of Music

Bach’s Magnificat, and music by Araujo, Zumaya, Fernandes, and others with soloists including Melissa Givens, soprano

 

Pomona College
West African Music Ensemble
Nani Agbeli*, director

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3

Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

Featuring drumming and dance of West Africa

 

Pomona College Orchestra
Eric Lindholm*, conductor
Genevieve Feiwen Lee*, piano

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7

3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

Bridges Hall of Music

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with Ms. Lee
Stravinsky: Suite from “The Firebird” (1919)

 

Giri Kusuma
Pomona College Balinese Gamelan Ensemble
Nyoman Wenten*, music director and
Nanik Wenten, dance director

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10

Bridges Hall of Music

Traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance with guests

 

* Pomona College Department of Music faculty members

VENUES:

Thatcher Music Building – 340 N. College Ave, Claremont, 91711
Bridges Hall of Music – 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont 91711

 

 

Hotels in Claremont, California, are partnering with the town’s annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival to offer a “Room and Bard” package that includes festival tickets and gourmet treats to enjoy during the performance under the stars.

Midsummer Shakespeare Festival

The fifth annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival presented by Ophelia’s Jump Productions runs July 12-22, 2018, Thursday to Sunday evenings at the Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College. This year’s shows, performed in repertory, are Romeo and Juliet, performed in English and American Sign Language (July 13-15-19-21), and As You Like It (July 12-14-20-22).

The Discover Claremont “Room and Bard” package includes a comfortable guest room; two tickets to one performance; a selection of gourmet treats and a split of wine, packed in an insulated tote; and padded seats to borrow for the evening. The value of the two tickets, two chair rentals, picnic with split of wine, and take-home tote is $136. 

Reservations must be made by phoning the participating properties directly and requesting the “Room and Bard” package. The package is subject to availability at the following Claremont hotels:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont (909-626-2411), package rate begins at $190
  • Hotel Casa 425 (909-624-2272), package rate begins at $199
  • Claremont Lodge (909-626-5654)
  • Knights Inn Claremont (909-626-2431)
  • Motel 6 Claremont (909-621-4831), package rate begins at $100

Guests at DoubleTree will enjoy a picnic specially prepared by the hotel’s chef. Packing House Wines will provide wine and picnic options for guests of Hotel Casa 425, Claremont Lodge, Knights Inn and Motel 6.

For tickets and additional information about the Midsummer Shakespeare Festival, visit https://www.opheliasjump.org/

Claremont, located just 30 miles east of Los Angeles, is one of America’s top college towns. Visitor attractions include Grammy-winner Ben Harper’s Folk Music Center and Museum; the 86-acre Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden; restaurants and boutiques in the walkable Claremont Village; museums and public art at the Claremont Colleges; Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater; Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology; and the refurbished Claremont Packing House food and entertainment center. Find specials and visitor information here on DiscoverClaremont.com.

Ophelia’s Jump Productions presents their Annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival with ROMEO & JULIET: AN ASL LOVE STORY and AS YOU LIKE IT. The productions will run July 12-22, 2018 at Sontag Greek Theatre at Pomona College. The festival, co-sponsored by Pomona College, includes exhibits, arts and crafts by community businesses and organizations.

Claremont hotels will offer a special “Room and Bard” package that includes festival tickets, a picnic-for-two, and other benefits. Visit DiscoverClaremont.com/specials for hotel specials; find festival tickets at OpheliasJump.org or by calling 909-734-6565.

This year’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival celebrates diversity and inclusion with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, ROMEO & JULIET. First produced as a 45 minute version for LA Fringe Festival, the piece has been expanded to its full length and scope for the festival. Juliet and other members of her family are deaf. The rift that divides the lovers is cultural and linguistic, but their love transcends their families’ prejudices. The production will be double cast with both deaf and hearing actors. The aim is to make this timeless story accessible to all and to create a shared understanding and communal experience for all audience members. AS YOU LIKE IT incorporates the world of wrestling with humor and high energy. Both productions will take place under the stars at the beautiful Sontag Greek Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater renovated in 1997. The productions will be performed in repertory, alternating each night.

ABOUT ROMEO & JULIET
Capulet. Montague. Deaf. Hearing. Our identities tell the world who we are and shape how we interact with others. This modern production of Romeo and Juliet examines what can hap-pen when we choose to see certain groups as “other” or as our enemies, instead of finding commonality and community. Accessible to Deaf and hearing audiences in American Sign Lan-guage (ASL) and Shakespeare’s spoken English.

ABOUT AS YOU LIKE IT
Freedom to create is air to an artist – without it they would perish. But when every poet, musi-cian, comedian, and philosopher is exiled to the wilderness, and a vicious media baron re-places them with bloodsport, is art enough to survive on? Rosalind and her cousin Celia navi-gate the crazed world of wrestling, cross-dressing, and ennui-plagued men to find true love and true expression in this modern production of As You Like It.

In it’s fifth year, Ophelia’s Jump’s Midsummer Shakespeare Festival artfully presents tragedy and comedy under the stars in a beautiful outdoor setting. We invite you to bring your own picnic and don’t forget a small blanket or cushion for added comfort.

Weekend Festival

On Saturdays, arrive early and enjoy local musicians, artists, and crafts before settling in for an evening of timeless Shakespearean classics. Enjoy festival booths, crafts, and vendors starting at 5:30 p.m. Local restaurants and businesses will be offering special in-restaurant dining menus and selected take-out options to enjoy prior to all performances.

  • Title: ROMEO & JULIET: AN ASL LOVE STORY and AS YOU LIKE IT
  • Directors: Ophelia’s Jump Company Member Alexandra Easton (ROMEO & JULIET) and Founding Associate Artistic Director Caitlin Lopez (AS YOU LIKE IT)
  • Location: Sontag Greek Theatre, Pomona College, 300 East Bonita Ave., Claremont
    (located behind Seaver Theatre)
  • Opening: Thursday, July 12 (AS YOU LIKE IT) & Friday, July 13 (ROMEO & JULIET)
  • Regular Run: July 12-July 22, 2018

 Specific Show Schedule:

                        AS YOU LIKE IT – July 12, 14, 20, 22

                        ROMEO & JULIET – July 13, 15, 19, 21

Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 8 p.m

Ticket prices: $25 General Admission. Group tickets available, contact info@opheliasjump.org or call 909-734-6565 for info.

About Ophelia’s Jump

Ophelia’s Jump is a non-profit regional theatre company based in Claremont and performing in Claremont and Upland.  Ophelia’s Jump Productions was founded by artists and educators who believe that the purpose of theatre is to create unending conversations, spark imagination, incite conscience, and elicit a visceral response. Ophelia’s Jump aims to invigorate the creativity and intellect of the community by working with local emerging artists. Additional information available at opheliasjump.org

About Pomona College

Located in Claremont, California, Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona is known for its quality academic programs, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, a range of student research and leadership opportunities, and a strong commitment to the arts.

Claremont, California, located just 30 miles east of Los Angeles, is one of America’s top college towns. Teeming with tree-lined streets and stunning historical architecture, the city’s food scene, boutique shopping, bicycle-friendly streets and trails, and year-round calendar of events for all ages make it an ideal weekend getaway from “busy L.A.”

Some Claremont events in 2018 that are “worth the drive” – or a Metrolink ride to the Historic Claremont Depot – include:

March 17 – Claremont Pie Festival: A fun-filled day for pie lovers, featuring bakers and makers demonstrations, pie baking and pie eating contests, artisan vendor booths, classic car show, and more. Organized by I Like Pie Bake Shop.

April 28 – A Taste of Claremont: Enjoy Claremont’s finest cuisine, wine, and spirits at this fundraiser as local establishments dish up their very best.

April 28-July 29 – Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden: Housed in the 86-acre botanic garden, home to the largest collection of native California flora, visitors can walk among butterflies, caterpillars, and the California native plants they depend on for food and nectar.

May 17 – 10th Annual Claremont Film Festival: This event features the finest in documentaries and shorts from around the world. Visit ClaremontFilmFest.com for information.

May 19 – Claremont Folk Festival, presented by Folk Music Center: Located at the stunning Sontag Greek Theater at Pomona College, festival-goers will enjoy a full day of music, workshops, vendors, food and beverages, and more for the entire family. Visit FolkMusicCenter.com for tickets to this 34th annual event.

June – Butterflies and Brews at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden: Local musicians provide the soundtrack as guests walk among butterflies on Friday nights in June.

June 2 – Claremont Village Craft Beer Walk: Claremont Village businesses will serve as craft beer tasting and food sampling sites while entertainment rocks the Village at numerous locations.

July 12-22 – Midsummer Shakespeare Festival, presented by Ophelia’s Jump: Under the stars at Pomona College’s outdoor Sontag Greek Theater, Ophelia’s Jump will perform “As You Like It” and “Romeo & Juliet: An ASL Love Story” (performed in English and American Sign Language) in repertory. Claremont hotels will offer a special “Room and Bard” package that includes festival tickets, a picnic-for-two, and other benefits. Visit DiscoverClaremont.com/specials for hotel specials; find festival tickets at OpheliasJump.org .

September 8 – Claremont Village Wine Walk: Claremont Village businesses will be serving wine and offering food tastings. Live music performances will be held throughout the Village.

October 19 to April 2019 – Origami in the Garden: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will host this curated exhibition of pedestal-sized and larger sculptures, created by American artists Jennifer and Kevin Box and others, that tells the story of Origami in museum quality metals.

October 27 – Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire: Autumn’s largest arts & crafts fair in the Inland Empire. Get holiday shopping done early as you walk the streets of the Claremont Village lined with over 400 booths selling unique art, original crafts, and apparel. Stop by the food court for an array of international foods and entertainment, and the beer and wine garden to sample local brews.

Overnight visitors to Claremont can choose from a range of lodging. In the Claremont Village, the boutique Hotel Casa 425 features rooms that open onto a tranquil courtyard; on Historic Route 66, the resort-like DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont offers a large pool, perfect for cooling off during the summer. Both hotels feature uniquely styled rooms and top-notch dining. Budget-minded tourists will find Claremont Lodge, Knights Inn Claremont, and Motel 6 Claremont along Interstate 10, each featuring outdoor pools.

March 2018 – Inland Empire Magazine named several Claremont restaurants and hotels among its 2018 “Best of the Inland Empire” winners in February. The restaurants and hotels were chosen by Inland Empire magazine readers in more than a dozen categories.

Here are some of the top “Readers’ Choices” in Claremont:

Best Splurge Restaurant

Bardot

Best Place for a Business Lunch

The Orchard, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont

Best Italian Restaurant

Eddie’s Italian Eatery

Il Mattone Trattoria Italiana

Tutti Mangia

Best Mexican Restaurant

Casa Moreno

Espiau’s

Best Sandwich Shop

42nd Street Bagel Café

Best Burger

Eureka!

Best Dessert

Salted Caramel Custard with Butterscotch Cashew Popcorn, The Orchard, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont

Best Slice of Pie

I Like Pie Bake Shop

Best Coffee House

Augie’s Coffee House

Best Coffee Drink

Iced Caramel Latter, Augie’s Coffee House

Best Hotel

Casa 425 Hotel + Lounge

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont

 

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