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Pomona College November 2012 Events

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. 

Nov. 1

Rembrandt Club: First Thursday Lecture and Tea: “Sound & Space: Michael Brewster 1967-2012” —1:30 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Claremont Graduate University Art Professor Michael Brewster will showcase his four-decade career, culminating with his most recent installation in Chartres, France. Tea follows at Seaver House. Contact: (909) 625-5347.

Nov. 1

Art After Hours & Opening Reception: Project Series 44: The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses—5 p.m.-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave, Claremont). Artist, performer and composer Adam Overton will mark the launch of “The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses” (BESHT) with a brief, playful lecture in the spirit of John Cage. The lecture will locate BESHT’s mission within and beyond the work of Cage. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • Diction-for-Dollars Open-Mic—5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • “Cage Speak”: A lecture by Adam Overton and performance by G. Douglas Barrett—8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Diction-for-Dollars Open-Mic—10 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Contact:  (909) 607-7543 or justine.bae@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Nov. 1

Performance: Susan Suntree—7 p.m., Pomona College Allen Theatre (Seaver Theatre Complex, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Writer, performer and teacher Susan Suntree (East Los Angeles College) investigates the dynamics of science, art and spiritual philosophies as they engage contemporary life. Her current one-woman performance and forthcoming book, Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California, explores the prehistory and sacred geography of Los Angeles, where she lives. She founded FrogWorks, an eco-political street theater troupe, and is co-director of Earth Water Air Los Angeles, a giant puppet trek connecting and telling the story of endangered open spaces. Contact: Betty Bernhard: bbernhard@pomona.edu. 

Nov. 2

Oldenborg Colloquium: Igor Moiseev's Song and Dance Ensemble—noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Center (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Pomona College Professor of Theatre and Dance Anthony Shay will give a talk about Igor Moiseyev, a master of mass choreographies, who invented a new genre of dance - spectacularized folk dance based on the character dance of classical ballet. His company, known in the West as the Moiseyev Dance Company, revolutionized the way in which folk dance was used for political representation through spectacle and launched a world-wide movement of state-supported folk dance companies. Shay will discuss the history of the movement and the choreographic strategies that Igor Moiseyev used to achieve his goals. Contact: larissa.rudova@pomona.edu.

Nov. 2

Conference: “History, Her Stories: Germany from a Californian Perspective”—1:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building, Room 101 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). The conference “History, Her Stories: Germany from a Californian Perspective” will present four distinguished artists, storytellers and documentarians whose acclaimed film, radio and nonfiction literary work constitutes a cross-pollination between German and Californian experiences.  This conference will explore four mutually illuminating historical spotlights that range from childhood memories of the late 1930s (by authors Angela Thompson and Karin Finell) to reevaluations of German Democratic Republic history (by filmmakers Gabriele and Mark Hayes) to reflections on contemporary global and local concerns (by journalist Kerstin Zilm). Professor Ehrhard Bahr (UCLA) will moderate the first session (1:15 to 2:45); Professor Nele Hempel-Lamer (CSULB) will moderate the second session (3:45 to 5:15). The event is sponsored by Pomona College, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, Los Angeles. Contact: friederike.schwerin@pomona.edu or (909) 389-8200.

Nov. 3

Concert: “five conversations about two things”—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Aron Kallay, piano; Sakura Tsai, violin; and Yuri Inoo, percussion, will perform two new commissions, one by Tom Flaherty (Pomona College) and the other by Caroline Miller; The Question Mark's Black Ink by Bill Alves; Musica per Due by Joseph Koykkar; and Domus Aurea by Edmund Campion. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Nov. 6

The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses – Election Day Eternal Telethon—12 p.m.-5 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art

(330 N. College Ave., Claremont). The Eternal Telethon is an online, artist-run telethon whose goal is to raise funds to build a convalescent home for retired artists located at the Salton Sea by presenting a variety show featuring dozens of artists’ low-fi performances, including music, skits, lectures, rants and more. http://eternaltelethon.com. Contact:  (909) 607-7543 or justine.bae@pomona.edu, or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Nov. 8

Art After Hours & Third Coast Percussion—5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont).  Art After Hours begins at 5 p.m., and at 9 p.m Third Coast Percussion (TCP) will perform compositions by John Cage.  TCP, in-residence at the Pomona College Music Department, uses a wide array of percussion instruments to make music that is memorable, playful and profound.  Pieces performed will include Branches (1976), which uses cacti as instruments, and But what about the noise of crumpling paper? Contact (909) 607-7543 or justine.bae@pomona.edu, or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Nov. 10

Concert: Keys and Sticks—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Third Coast Percussion, with Pomona College music faculty members Theresa Dimond, percussion, and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano, will perform percussion and piano works by Bresnick and Cage. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Nov. 11

Concert: Third Coast Percussion—3 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont).  Third Coast Percussion members David Skidmore, Peter Martin, Robert Dillon and Owen Clayton Condon, who have introduced percussion music to chamber series across the country, will perform with an array of percussion instruments. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Nov. 14

Fall Faculty Lecture: “Zap! Pow! Bam! Superman Fights the Nazis”—noon, Pomona College Blue Room (Frank Dining Hall, 260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Pomona College Professor of Sociology Lynn Rapaport will speak. Contact: amy.crown@pomona.edu.

Nov. 14

Literary Series: Matthew Zapruder—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank Hall (Room 108. 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Poet Matthew Zapruder will give a reading of his work, which includes Come On All You Ghosts (2010), which was selected as one of 2010's top five poetry books by Publisher's Weekly. Contact: nancy.jugan@pomona.edu.

Nov. 14

Lecture by Martina Vandenberg '90—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Lecture to be given by Martina Vandenberg (American University Washington College of Law) on "Stories from the Front Lines: Combatting Human Trafficking in the United States." Contact: amy.crown@pomona.edu.

Nov. 14

Pomona Student Union: “The Great Recession: Perspectives on the Financial Crisis”—7 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center. 170 E. Sixth St). The event will examine the common causes behind financial crises throughout history, the unique aspects of this crisis, and whether it is possible for regulation to prevent future "black swan" events. Contact: christopher.waugh@pomona.edu.

Nov. 15

Art After Hours & The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses: Anna Mayer's “WORD THE WORD: Negative Sessions”—5 p.m.-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave, Claremont). Artist Anna Mayer will present “WORD THE WORD: Negative Sessions,” an ongoing series of projects intended to initiate and affirm the connections between exploration and language, consciousness and articulation. Negative Sessions is the fourth project in the WORD THE WORD series. The evening’s schedule is as follows:

  • Diction-for-Dollars Open-Mic — 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Anna Mayer’s WORD THE WORD: Negative Sessions — 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Diction-for-Dollars Open-Mic — 10 p.m. - 11p.m.

Contact:  (909) 607-7543 or justine.bae@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Nov. 15-18

Theatre: Ibsen’s A Doll’s House—Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m., Pomona College Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House set theatre in a new, modern direction, with its themes of change, independence and the struggle to become a full human being. In the play, the character Nora must mature by leaving comfortable illusions and lies of childhood dollhouses. Pomona College Professor of Theatre Leonard Pronko is the director. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 students, faculty, staff and seniors. To purchase tickets, call (909) 607-4375 or email seaverboxoffice@pomona.edu.

Nov. 16

Lecture & Performance: S. Bear Bergman's “Gathering Light Out of Darkness”—7 p.m., McAlister Center (919 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont). Writer and activist S. Bear Bergman brings “Gathering Light Out of Darkness,” a lyrical lecture/performance that connects the origin stories of Hanukkah and Transgender Day of Remembrance to the Claremont Colleges. This event is organized by The Queer Resource Center, Claremont Hillel, and the 7C Trans*, Genderqueer, and Gender Questioning. Contact: zschudson@gmail.com or (909) 607-7693.

Nov. 16

“China’s Early Modern Environment History”—3 p.m., Pomona College Pearsons Hall Room 101 (551 N. College Ave., Claremont). Historian Robert Marks (Whittier College) will present a lecture on China’s early modern environment history. Contact: syamashita@pomona.edu.

Nov. 16 & 18

Pomona College Band—8 p.m., Fri.; 3 p.m., Sun., Bridges Hall of Music. Graydon Beeks conducts the Pomona College Band and tuba soloist Stephen Klein. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Nov. 29

Art After Hours & The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses: “A Guided Meditation Marathon”—5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave, Claremont). “A Guided Meditation Marathon” will feature the uplifting, inspirational Zen slaps of several charismatic experimental artists and writers from Los Angeles: Johnnie JungleGuts, Mathew Timmons, and UNFO (The Unauthorized Narrative Freedom Organization), a.k.a. Amanda Ackerman & Harold Abramowitz. The evening schedule is as follows:

  • Diction-for-Dollars Open-Mic—5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • “A Guided Meditation Marathon”—8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Diction-for-Dollars Open-Mic—10 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Contact:  (909) 607-7543 or justine.bae@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Nov. 30

Symposium: Women in Wartime East Asia, 1937-1950—1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building Room 101 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont).  Three lectures will be delivered on the topic of “Women in Wartime East Asia, 1937-1950.”

  • Danke Li (Fairfield University) will speak on “Re-thinking Resistance: Ordinary Chinese Women’s Experiences in Chongqing, China during the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1938-1945,” featuring the stories of women who came from different social, economic and educational backgrounds and experienced the war in a variety of ways.
  • Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia) will deliver a talk on “Japanese Women as Creators and Targets of Propaganda: Kamishibai in the Fifteen Year War.” Kamishibai (literally “paper theatre”) was originally a form of street theatre for children, which was adapted during the war to carry government-sponsored messages to a wide variety of demographics, including soldiers, farmers, shopkeepers and neighborhood association members, and recruiting talented female script-writers and artists to create plays that would specifically target a feminine audience.
  • Lori Watt (Washington University) will discuss “From Pioneers to Repatriates: Women and the End of the Japanese Empire,” exploring how women experienced the dramatic transition from an empire at war to a nation under occupation in mid-20th century East Asia.

Contact: (909) 607-7467 or kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu or syamashita@pomona.edu.

Nov. 30 & Dec. 2

Pomona College Choir—8 p.m. Fri.; 3 p.m., Sun., Bridges Hall of Music. Donna Di Grazia conducts the Pomona College Choir. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Exhibitions

Pomona College Museum of Art hours: Tues.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Contact:  (909) 607-7543 or justine.bae@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Until Dec. 16

John Cage: Zen Ox-Herding Pictures —Pomona College Museum of Art. 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.

Until Dec. 16

Marking/Remarking: Aerial Photographs by Marilyn Bridges 

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.

Nov. 1-Dec. 16

“Project Series 44: The Bureau Of Experimental Speech And Holy Theses”  Adam Overton’s newest consortium, The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses (BESHT), is an experiment in public address, exploring the commingling of speech, authority and performance. Visitors will witness the artists, writers, performers and designers of BESHT engaging in various forms of rhetorical play, ranging from dictation to meditation to proclamation.