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Pomona College October 2012 Events

The Hours by Michael Cunningham, who will give a reading at Pomona College on October 17, 2012.

The Hours by Michael Cunningham, who will give a reading at Pomona College on October 17, 2012.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, is sponsoring the following on-campus events. Each of these events is open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise noted.

Oct. 2

Performance: The Capitol Steps—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Auditorium (450 N. College Way, Claremont). The Capitol Steps, a musical and political satire troupe, began 30 years ago as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Capitol Steps has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their “Politics Takes a Holiday” radio specials. They have recorded 32 albums, most recently Take the Money and Run for President. Tickets are $10 for students; $15 for Pomona faculty and staff; $20 for Claremont Colleges staff; $28 and $35 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the box office by calling (909) 607-1139 or online.

Oct. 4

Art After Hours—5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live entertainment accompanies special “Art After Hours” events at the Pomona College Museum of Art.  Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Oct. 6

Concert: Violinist Jonathan Wright & Pianist Stephan Moss—8 p.m. Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Pomona College music faculty Jonathan Wright (violin) and Stephan Moss (piano) will perform three French sonatas: Gabriel Fauré's Sonata No 1, for Violin and Piano, op. 13, Albert Roussel's Sonata No 2, for Violin and Piano, op. 28 and César Franck's Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Oct. 7

Concert: Son Jarocho Music with Cambalache —3 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Cambalache, meaning exchange, is a Chicano-Jarocho group based in East Los Angeles. Founded in 2007 and led by César Castro (sonero, maestro and luthier from Veracruz, Mexico), Cambalache plays and promotes traditional son jarocho through performance, music workshops and educational demonstrations. In the spirit of the fandango, a traditional celebration of music and dance, Cambalache engages its audience through participatory performances at schools, universities, museums and music festivals. The music of Cambalache was featured on August 7, 2011, on NPR’s All Things Considered, which stated, “Son Jarocho has been popular in Los Angeles, going back to the 1950s with Ritchie Valens, then Los Lobos. Today, it’s a part of the regular soundtrack of Latino music in East L.A.” Contact (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu, or visit www.music.pomona.edu.

Oct. 10

Fall Faculty Lecture Series: “A Graph-Based Perspective on the World” with Tzu-Yi Chen—noon, Pomona College Frank Dining Hall Blue Room (260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Tzu-Yi Chen, Pomona College professor of computer science, will deliver a talk titled: “A Graph-Based Perspective on the World.” Contact: amy.crown@pomona.edu or sandra.fenton@pomona.edu.

Oct. 11

Lecture: "John Cage, Zen Buddhism and the Inner Life of Artists"—5 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Author and art critic Kay Larson will speak about her new book, Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists, which addresses the phenomenal importance of Zen Buddhism to John Cage’s life and to the artistic avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s.  Zen’s power to transform Cage’s troubled mind—by showing him his own enlightened nature—liberated Cage from an acute personal crisis that threatened everything he most deeply cared about in his life, his music, and his relationship with his life partner, Merce Cunningham.  Caught in a society that rejected his art, his politics, and his sexual orientation, Cage was transformed by Zen from an overlooked and marginal musician into the absolute epicenter of the avant-garde. Larson was associate editor at ARTnews, art critic for the Village Voice and art critic for New York Magazine for 14 years, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

Oct. 11

Art After Hours—5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live entertainment accompanies special Art After Hours events at the Pomona College Museum of Art.  Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Oct. 11-14

Theatre: Kinderstransport—Thurs., Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m., Pomona College Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Following one brave kinder’s life over a 40-year period, Kindertransportexplores the 1938-9 evacuation of young Jewish children, without their families, from Germany to safety in England.  Spared the horrors of the death camps, where many of their family members were exterminated, these children faced a new culture where they experienced great kindness, some indifference and occasional exploitation. Professor of Theatre Betty Bernhard is the director. There will be a special talk held after the Friday performance. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 faculty, staff, students and seniors. The box is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and one hour prior to curtain times. Contact: (909) 607-4375 or seaverboxoffice@pomona.edu.

Oct. 12

Pomona College Organic Farm Stand—4-6 p.m., Pomona College Smith Campus Center courtyard (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Students sell organic produce, herbal teas and essential oils grown on campus. Contact farm@pomona.edu.

Oct. 13 and Oct. 14

Concert: Pomona College Orchestra—Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Eric Lindholm, conductor, leads the Pomona College Orchestra with Pomona music faculty Cynthia Fogg, viola, and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano, as guest artists, performing: Wolf: Italian Serenade; Ravel: Piano Concerto in G; Cage: 4'33"; Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; Dvořák: Slavonic Dances Op. 72, Nos. 2 and 7. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Oct. 14

Founder's Day 125th Anniversary Celebration—1-7 p.m., Pomona College Marston Quad (College Ave., between Fourth and Sixth Streets, Claremont). The 125th anniversary of the founding of Pomona College will be celebrated with a community open house and birthday party. There will be dance and music performances, tours of buildings and science laboratories, demonstrations by faculty, special events at the Pomona College Museum of Art, and activities and entertainment (including a carousel) for all ages. This event celebrates not only the College’s anniversary but also the role played by the vast community of institutions and individuals, near and far, in the College’s founding, development and collective life. Students are blogging about Pomona life and their experiences at: http://voices.pomona.edu/. An online historical timeline will go live on this day. Contact: Don Pattison (909) 621-8430 or visit http://www.pomona.edu/125/.

Oct. 16

Artist Lecture: Charles Gaines—2:45 p.m., Pitzer College George C.S. Benson Auditorium (1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont). As part of the Pomona College Museum of Art’s In the Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines Selected Works From 1975-2012 exhibit, Charles Gaines will deliver a lecture at Pitzer College. This event is co-sponsored by Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College and Pomona College Museum of Art. Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit: http://www.pitzer.edu/offices/galleries/exhibitions-upcoming.asp or www.pomona.edu/museum.

Oct. 16

Sociology Lecture Series: “In Search of an Inclusive Approach to Carework”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Mary Romero, professor of justice studies and social inquiry at Arizona State University, will present "In Search of an Inclusive Approach to Carework." Her research focuses on the unequal distribution of reproductive labor as a paid commodity and its role in reproducing inequality among families. Embedded in feminist legal scholarship on caregiving, her research explores questions from a legal perspective. She is the recipient of the American Sociological Association, Race and Ethnic Minorities 2009 Founders Award for career excellence in scholarship and service and the 2004 Lee Founders Award for the Study of Social Problems for a career of activist scholarship, and is a former Carnegie Scholar. She is the author of The Maid's Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream (2011) and Maid in the U.S.A. (1992, re-published 2002). Contact: Gilda Ochoa (909) 607-2604 or gilda.ochoa@pomona.edu.

Oct. 17

Literary Series: Michael Cunningham—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank Hall Room 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours, Specimen Days and By Nightfall, will give a reading. Cunningham won the PEN/Faulkner Award for The Hours (1999) and has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a NEA Fellowship. He currently teaches creative writing at Yale University. Contact: nancy.jugan@pomona.edu.

Oct. 18

Art After Hours—5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live entertainment accompanies special Art After Hours events at the Pomona College Museum of Art.  Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

Oct. 19

Colloquium: Ruthie Gilmore on "Partition: Race, Prisons, and War"—noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Center (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Ruthie Gilmore is professor of geography in earth and environmental sciences at City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, associate director for the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and immediate past president of the American Studies Association. Gilmore has taught courses on race and ethnicity, economic geography and political geography. She will deliver a talk titled, “Partition: Race, Prisons and War.” Contact: (909) 607-3395 or victor.silverman@pomona.edu.

Oct. 25

Literary Series: Paul Muldoon—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank Hall Room 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Pulitzer-Prize winner Paul Muldoon, called “the most significant English-language poet born since WWII,” will give a reading of his work. Muldoon is poetry editor for The New Yorker, and has published more than 30 collections of poetry and is a professor of English at Princeton University. Contact: nancy.jugan@pomona.edu.

Oct. 25

Art After Hours—5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live entertainment accompanies special “Art After Hours” events at the Pomona College Museum of Art.  Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

Oct. 26

Pomona College Organic Farm Stand—4-6 p.m., Pomona College Smith Campus Center courtyard (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Students sell organic produce, herbal teas and essential oils grown on campus. Contact: farm@pomona.edu.

Oct. 26

Lecture: "The Question of Mughal Decline Revisited"--Hahn 101. Muzaffar Alam, professor of South Asian languages and civilizations (University of Chicago). author of The Crisis of Empire in Mughal North India (1986), will revisit the issues relating to the crisis of empire in Mughal India, exploring the politics and culture of the eighteenth-century world. Contact: arash.khazeni@pomona.edu.

Oct. 26

Concert: Cornucopia Baroque Ensemble—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). The Cornucopia Baroque Ensemble will perform 17th-century chamber music by German composers including Buxtehude and Pohle. The ensemble is comprised of Pomona College faculty and guest artists: Alfred Cramer and Andrew McIntosh (Baroque violins); Carolyn Beck (Baroque bassoon); Roger Lebow (viola da gamba); Jason Yoshida, (theorbo); and Graydon Beeks (harpsichord). Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Oct. 27

Pacific Basin Institute Lecture: “Inaka Genji and the Kabuki Theatre”—4 p.m., Scripps College Clark Humanities Museum (981 N. Amherst, Claremont). Sarah Thompson, curator of Japanese prints at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, will deliver a lecture on “Inaka Genji and the Kabuki Theatre” in conjunction with the exhibition, “The Full Story: Genji in 54 Chapters.” Co-sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute and the Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps College. Contact: (909) 607-8035 or visit www.pomona.edu/pbi.

Oct. 27

Pacific Basin Institute Exhibition: “Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints” —7-9 p.m., Scripps College Williamson Gallery (Eleventh St. and Columbia Ave., Claremont). The opening of the exhibition: “Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints.” Co-sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute and the Williamson Gallery at Scripps College. Contact: (909) 607-8035 or visit www.pomona.edu/pbi.

Oct. 27

Concert: Cage-O-Rama: A Centennial Celebration of Music—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Pomona College faculty and students will honor the music of John Cage in this centennial celebration. Performers include faculty members Karl and Margaret Kohn, piano; Gary Bovyer, clarinet; Theresa Dimond, percussion; Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano; and Eric Lindholm, conductor. They will be joined by music students Julia Austenfeld, Anne-Marie Giuca, Hannah Hudson and Emily Wasserman on piano. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Oct. 31

Fall Faculty Lecture Series: "Machine Project Presents!" with Mark Allen—noon, Pomona College Frank Dining Hall Blue Room (260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Pomona College Professor of Art Mark Allen will present a talk titled “Machine Project Presents!” Contact: amy.crown@pomona.edu or sandra.fenton@pomona.edu.

Oct. 31

Lecture: “Belonging to ‘Old Beijing’: Old Lady Gao's Story”
—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building Room 108 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Harriet Evans, professor of Chinese cultural studies and director of the Contemporary China Centre, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, University of Westminster, will tell the story of Old Lady Gao, using a subaltern woman's experience of Beijing's transformation in an analysis that links place, space, temporality and gender. Gao lived in a poor neighborhood of Beijing's 'south city' for seven decades until in 2011, aged 88, she had to move out when local demolition reached her home. Poor, illiterate and widowed, she had never left her neighborhood since she was 17. Evans records local Beijingers' memories of everyday life through decades of revolution and reform, and suggests that Old Lady Gao's identification as an 'old Beijinger' asserts not a nostalgic desire to cling to the places and spaces of a disappearing past, but a claim for recognition as a woman whose achievements in sustaining her family through long decades of hardship is inseparable from her sense of belonging to her neighborhood. Evans’ publications include The Subject of Gender: Daughters and Mothers in Urban China (2008) and Women and Sexuality in China: Dominant Discourses of Female Sexuality and Gender Since 1949 (1997). Contact: (909) 607-8035 or pbi@pomona.edu.

Oct. 31

Concert: Student Recitals—8:15 p.m. Pomona College Lyman Hall (Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont). From Bach to Barber, students in private lessons will perform from a wide array of musical literature. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Continuing Exhibitions

Sept. 4 - Dec. 16

Exhibition: John Cage: Zen Ox-Herding Pictures —Tues.-Sun., noon-5 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). John Cage: Zen Ox-Herding Pictures brings together 55 rarely seen watercolors created by Cage in 1988 at the Mountain Lake Workshop in Blacksburg, Virginia, revealing the powerful influence of Zen in his life and work. Cage (1912-1992) was a renowned composer, philosopher, writer and visual artist whose interest in East Asian and Indian philosophy led him to abandon intention, memory and personal taste to focus instead on process and chance in music, performance and visual art. Contact Rebecca McGrew at (909) 607-3558 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

Sept. 4 - Oct. 21

Exhibition: In the Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines Selected Works From 1975-2012 — Tues.-Sun., noon-5 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). In this exhibition, Charles Gaines investigates the relationships between aesthetic experience, political beliefs and the formation of meaning. His work during the last 40 years has typically employed systems and rule-based procedures to explore how we experience and derive meaning from art. Gaines is often linked with early Conceptual artists who came to prominence in the 1960s questioning subjectivity and traditional formal and material concerns. Contact Rebecca McGrew at (909) 607-3558, or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

Sept. 4 - Dec. 16

Exhibition: Marking/Remarking: Aerial Photographs by Marilyn Bridges — Tues.-Sun., noon-5 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Marking/Remarking: Aerial Photographs by Marilyn Bridges showcases the work of aerial photographer Marilyn Bridges. The photographs included in this exhibition examine marks left on the earth by ancient and modern civilizations as well as geologic processes, giving each mark equal weight through an impartial aerial view. Offering an alternative to the ancient-natural/modern-intrusive dichotomy, “Marking/Remarking” investigates the necessary cooperation between land and civilization as marks on the earth are made, erased and altered. From ancient geoglyphs to industrial farmland and impressive volcanoes, the photographs of Marilyn Bridges provide a different view of the earth, its history and our marks upon it. Contact: Rebecca McGrew (909) 607-3558; visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.