Column: Happy ending: Laemmle’s Claremont 5 won’t be sold

The president of the Laemmle chain of theaters says sale of the property has been called off. That’s good news. However, business needs to be stronger to sustain the theater, and he’s giving it a year to turn around. He’ll talk about this at an in-person event at the Claremont 5 after a 1 p.m. screening Saturday of the documentary “Only in Theaters.” I will host the Q&A! And I tell you more about the theater’s status in my Friday column.

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Column: ‘I’m the Sky’ shines light on Norma Tanega’s music

“I’m the Sky” is a new retrospective of the music of singer-songwriter Norma Tanega, a longtime Claremont resident who died in 2019. You may recall that I had an uncomfortable interview with the gnomic Tanega early that year. Also: a Riverside book fair, where I’ll have a table, is Sunday, and a journalist and San Bernardino native has died. All this is in my Sunday column.

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Column: Comic Mort Sahl made Claremont part of his routine

Mort Sahl, the comic who died Tuesday, was for a period a familiar sight in Claremont, where he spent two years lecturing at Claremont McKenna College. Also: writer Douglas Wolk will appear in Rancho Cucamonga next week to promote his book about Marvel Comics, and a founder of the folk group We Five, from Claremont, has died. Read all about it in my Friday column.

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