Pomona isn’t hibernating this winter. Over the next few months, an A-list actor, a comedian, activists and even a Martian (OK, sort of) will make appearances on campus. Here are eight great events to look forward to in chronological order:
1. Haiti on View
The Pomona College Museum of Art’s new exhibitions are “Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art,” a landmark survey of Haiti’s complex visual traditions from 1940 to the present, and “ The Shake of a Man in Fever: Haiti's February Revolution Through the Lens of Danny Lyon,” a series of photographs from the Museum’s permanent collection. On view from Jan. 19-May 15, the Museum is open Tuesdays-Sundays, from noon-5 p.m., and Thursdays from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.
2. Honoring a King
Pomona College will host The Claremont Colleges Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration in Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont), where Jamilah Lemieux, activist, columnist and editor at Ebony magazine, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. A day of service with volunteer opportunities available will be held in honor of King on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m.-noon.
3. Comic Relief
Emmy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated comedian David Cross, named by Comedy Central as one of the “Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time,” will present “Making America Great Again!” at Bridges Auditorium on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Cross is known for creating memorable TV characters, including the much-beloved role of Dr. Tobias Fünke on “Arrested Development” and writing and starring in “Mr. Show.” Tickets are $10 for 7C students and $20 general admission.
4. The Voice(s)
All ages are welcome to watch and listen to college a cappella groups from across California vie for the top spot at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Southwest Quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in Big Bridges. The top two placing groups will advance to the ICCA Southwest Semifinal. Tickets are $15 for students and children; $20 general admission.
5. Back to the Future.
Actor, activist and author Michael J. Fox will speak at Pomona in a free, ticketed event on Friday, Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Bridges Auditorium. Fox played the role of the lovable conservative Alex P. Keaton on NBC's "Family Ties" (1982-89), earning three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, and making him one of the country's most prominent actors. Among his extensive film and television work, Fox is also well known for the “Back to the Future” trilogy and his part on “Spin City.” The recipient of several lifetime achievement acting awards, most recently he has had a recurring role on CBS's “The Good Wife.”
After his public disclosure that he had early-onset Parkinson’s disease, Fox became an ardent advocate for increased research to find a cure, and started The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research —the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s drug development in the world.
Tickets will be available to the general public via the Bridges website beginning Feb. 1.
6. Alumni Music-Makers
Alumnipalooza is a music festival featuring—you guessed it—alumni. A special Bridges Hall of Music Centennial Celebration performance, it will be held on Friday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. The music of Debussy, Dietterich, Dutilleux, Fauré, Kohn, Purcell, Randall-Myers, Rossini and Stravinsky will be played from the stage by: Lucy Shelton ’65 and Hayden Eberhart ’07, sopranos; Katharine Rawdon ’82, flute; Lucas Harris ’96, plucked strings; Kathy Supové ’73 and Raj Bhimani ’82, pianos; Brendon Randall-Myers ’09, composer/guitar; and Noah Dietterich ’09, singer/songwriter.
7. A Film That's Out of This World
The blockbuster Golden Globe-winning film “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon and much buzzed about as an Oscar nomination fave, will be screened for free for the campus community and alumni on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in Bridges Auditorium. Special bonus feature: “Martian” Producer Aditya Sood ’97 will be in attendance for a Q&A session moderated by Pomona College Politics Professor David Menefee-Libey.
8. Criminal Justice Conference
A three-day symposium examining criminal justice in the U.S. will be held March 28-30, with daily panel discussions on related topics and a keynote address delivered on March 29 by lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson who is the author of Just Mercy, the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” Stevenson will speak on “American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference.” The symposium will conclude with a community organization networking event that will provide opportunities for the College community to engage with local/regional organizations working in the area of criminal justice. This ticketed talk is free, open to the public and will be held in Bridges Auditorium.