Claremont Performing Arts

Andy Dale is getting nostalgic.

“Who woulda thunk that this craft brewing industry would last that long and just get bigger and bigger through the years?” said Dale, co-owner of Upland’s Last Name Brewing, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a free, all-ages bash from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 28 at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland.

California Senator Anthony Portantino and actor Jason Alexander will be among the guests at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 27 as Beatrice Casagran, of Upland-based theater company Ophelia’s Jump, MCs a rally to support funding for SB1116, the Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund at The Antaeus Theater, 110 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205.

The intent of SB1116, which was passed September 29, 2022, is “to recognize the special circumstances and charitable nature of small nonprofit performing arts organizations while promoting job creation in the sector,” according to its text.

Between 1963 and 2020, just two directors have called the small corner office behind Claremont High’s Don F. Fruechte Theatre’s stage “home.” In 2021, Mohammed Mangrio became the third.

When 27-year CHS theater director Krista Elhai retired in 2021, she recommended Mangrio for the job. But with the 2021-22 theater schedule already in place, he spent most of that academic year managing a program he had no input in designing.

After a spate of recent cultural losses, including the Candlelight Pavilion, Rhino Records, and apparently, The Press, Claremont can finally put one in the win column: the Laemmle Claremont 5 theater will remain open … for now.

“Escrow has been cancelled,” Laemmle Theaters President and CEO Greg Laemmle told the Courier on Monday.

Laemmle Theatres President and CEO Greg Laemmle will discuss the future of the Laemmle Claremont 5 Theatre on Saturday, January 14 at a Q and A following a 1 p.m. screening of “Only in Theaters,” the new documentary about the long history and recent travails of the Los Angeles-based Laemmle arthouse chain.

Laemmle told the Courier on Monday that the theater, which had been on the market at $4.7 million for more than a year, will remain open through 2023. What will happen after that appears to be up to the community.

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

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.”

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.

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.

The public is invited to Inter Valley Health Plan’s virtual course, Oh, My Achin’ Bones, online at noon. “Join this discussion on the different types of arthritis, causes, and treatments as well as how to live easier with these painful conditions,” the event’s description read. To register, visit

Claremont Unified School District students are reminded that today is the deadline to submit their essay entry for the 32nd annual making change contest, which offers students an opportunity “to honor and remember all that these advocates of social change have done to transform our world for the better,” City Manager Adam Pirrie wrote in a news brief.

The second virtual stakeholder’s focus group meeting of Claremont will be held on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. via Zoom. The link for the meeting can be found on the city’s website.

Members of the Volta Drum Dance troupe perform the war-themed dance “Agbekor” on Monday during the Ghanaian, West African Music and Dance Ensemble at Bridges Hall of Music. The performance, […]