Claremont Arts & Entertainment News

Some 30 years ago, El Roble science teacher Joan Felsch, who was also this reporter’s mother, was fond of asking her seventh and eight grade students: “When you throw something away, where is away?” The question was intended to spark a discussion about waste, and to get her students thinking about what happens to the physical stuff we no longer need. Now a film called “Scrap,” screening this week at the Laemmle Claremont 5, explores that very topic on a more metaphysical and much larger scale.

Friday, November 11: At 11 a.m. in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., the City of Claremont and American Legion Keith Powell Post 78 will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony. For details visit

For a town known as “the City of Trees and Ph.Ds.,” Claremont’s greenspace lives up to its namesake and is a source of pride for longtime community members. Trees line our roads, sagebrush rims the San Gabriels, and the Claremont Colleges flaunt lush green quads. However, our easy access to thriving natural spaces is a double-edged sword. In a City of Trees, we’re susceptible to slipping into a false sense of water security — and Claremont’s emphasis on greenery doesn’t reflect the reality of California’s water crisis.

For the past 34 years, Marisa Nicely taught elementary students in the Claremont Unified School District. And though she retired a year ago, her passion for helping children has yet to cease. Now the author of “Ezer the Bagel: The Rescue,” the first in a new children’s book series, Nicely is hoping to continue to teach young ones.

The Craftsman style, popular from about 1900-1925, was derived from the English Arts and Crafts movement that emerged during the late Victorian period. The movement promoted handcrafted materials and simple detailing partly in a reaction against the elaborate, mass-produced ornamentation found on Victorian style homes at the turn-of-the century. It attempted to improve upon decorative design that the movement leaders believed to have been corrupted by industrialization. The movement was largely based on the writings of John Ruskin that influenced the leader of the movement in England, William Morris, an ardent socialist.  Emphasizing nature and simplicity of form, Morris attempted to unite all the arts in the decoration of the home.

On Saturday, October 29, composer Micah Huang will premiere an intensely personal musical work four years in the making at Claremont’s Scripps College, “American Dreams/Asian Nightmares.” Scripps Presents will host the free and open to the public 3 p.m. performance of the National Endowment of the Arts grant award winner at Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St., Claremont. Preregistration is required at by searching “American dreams.”

Heirs of the late Paul Darrow — a giant of Claremont art whose COURIER cartoons ran in these pages for 64 years — made a surprising discovery.

Last week, Martha Gonzalez got the go-ahead to talk about what is perhaps the ultimate “one-up” story to tell this year around her holiday table. No, the associate professor of Chicanx/Latinx Studies at Scripps College and lead singer of Chicanx band Quetzal didn’t win another Grammy, but the educator did enter another exclusive club. On October 12 the MacArthur Foundation awarded Gonzalez a 2022 MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes referred to as a “genius grant.” The prize comes with an $800,000 stipend.  

Over the last few years, 1999 Harvey Mudd alumna Stacy Levin traveled the circuit of theater industry jobs before finding her calling as an “intimacy director.” To those unfamiliar, an intimacy director or intimacy coordinator advises actors and directors in theater, live performance, television, and film, on best practices to address scenes of intimacy, simulated sex, and nudity safely and effectively. It’s a relatively new vocation.

When walking up to the home of Alan Jack, one can’t help but notice a large howling metal coyote with a big red nose poised on the front lawn. It’s an eye-catching work of art, especially at night when the nearby light casts a fierce silhouette on the house. The piece has been howling proudly in front of the Occidental Drive home since 2008.

After three decades and dozens of Claremont concerts, The Happy Crowd is hanging up their happy socks and calling it quits, going out with what promises to be an emotional final concert Thursday, August 11 at Memorial Park.  

The fifth Claremont Art Walk of 2022 will take place this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Our publisher, Peter Weinberger, sat down with Ryan Zimmerman on his podcast “The Claremont Life” to discuss local journalism in Claremont. In the episode, Peter talks about what it’s like […]

The Joslyn Center’s war and existentialism book club meets on the first Friday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom. March’s book of discussion is “The Stranger” by Albert Camus. Pre-registration is required by calling (909) 399-5488.

Friday morning art groups at the Claremont Joslyn Center meet on the center’s patio beginning at 9 a.m.