Lindley was never as well known as the plethora of names he played behind, who include Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine and Bruce Springsteen. Often called a musician’s musician, Lindley lived since 1976 in Claremont. He died in March, and in the absence of any other memorial service, the Folk Music Center hosted an open mic on Sunday that attracted local musicians, friends, admirers and some collaborators, including the first name mentioned above. I was in the audience and pleased to be there. I write about the event in my Friday column.
I’ll add that I never met Lindley and thus felt I had nothing to contribute earlier, although I did persuade our editors to run a wire-service obituary for him. But if there was a local event, I thought, that’s more up my alley. And so it came to pass.
The civil rights activist has called Claremont home for portions of her life, moving here with her three young children from Mississippi in 1964 after her husband, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, was assassinated. She graduated four years later from Pomona College. Recently she donated a portion of her archives to the college, which on Wednesday threw her a tribute at Bridges Auditorium for her gift and for her recent 90th birthday. I attended, along with hundreds of others, and write about it in my Sunday column.
A debut novel by a 72-year-old retired attorney takes place in Claremont and environs in 1970-72, when writer Orlando Davidson was living here and studying at Claremont Men’s College. The book starts with a campus bombing, inspired by an actual event, and goes from there as two law-enforcement friends look into the case, which isn’t what it seems. Along the way they drive real streets and eat at real restaurants, making the book a nostalgia kick for some as well as a mystery. I talk to Davidson for my Wednesday column. (If you saw in my recent Reading Log post that I read the book, then consider this a bonus.)
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.
The well-liked independent movie house in Claremont is in escrow but will continue operating for at minimum six months, Laemmle’s president says at a screening of “Only in Theaters.” I was there and write about the movie, the Q&A and more in my Wednesday column.
I voted in person Tuesday in Claremont and was surprised, but cheered, to find my vote center packed. Apparently not everyone is voting early or by mail. I observe the scene in my Wednesday column.
“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.
In my Wednesday column, I chat with Char Miller, an environmental studies professor at Pomona College who writes often about fires, forests, drought and other matters that are of increasing concern. He’s got a new, enjoyable book of essays, some of them with a Claremont focus.
I write a tribute to Video Paradiso, a video rental store that operated for 25 years in Claremont and was unique in the region in its focus on arthouse, independent and international films, in my Friday column. We weren’t worthy.
Rhino Records’ last day in Claremont is Sunday before its move later this summer to Montclair. There’s a sale all week with escalating discounts, by the way. I interview the owner, and reflect on this local institution’s survival in a changing world, in my Wednesday column, the last before vacation. See you July 3.