Friday’s column starts off with high school theater news, as ’80s-lovin’ students (who didn’t have to live through the decade) prepare to stage “Xanadu,” the stage version of the 1980 movie musical, in Claremont. After that: five Culture Corner items and a Valley Vignette.
I attended Saturday’s event at Bridges Auditorium in Claremont to hear Jason Alexander be interviewed onstage for Pomona College’s Parents Weekend. He was pretty interesting, enough to merit a full column. Then again, I’m a “Seinfeld” fan. Above, Alexander and interviewer Carolyn Ratteray; photo by Jeff Hing/Pomona College.
Wednesday’s all-Claremont column leads off with news that the “Seinfeld” actor is coming to Bridges Auditorium Feb. 18 for a public talk about his career, then continues with 10 (!) more items from around town.
Wednesday’s column begins with a feature on Some Crust Bakery in Claremont. It’s been there 35 years but is part of a baking tradition at that address dating to 1916. After that is an anecdote from another iconic Village business, the Folk Music Center, and a Culture Corner item disguised as a Valley Vignette.
Above, the scene outside the bakery Tuesday morning; below, general manager Scott Feemster takes a look at what’s bakin’ inside the 1940s oven one day last month.
Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen’s death reminds me that some 20 years ago he was apparently a familiar sight in the Claremont Village. (He left about the time I moved there, alas.) Sunday’s column pays tribute through color gleaned from talking to a bunch of people who saw him or waited on him. Above and below are views of the window display in his honor at the Folk Music Center.
Larry Wilmore’s talk Wednesday night at Claremont’s Bridges Auditorium had a different edge than most had expected when they got their (free) tickets. Rather than celebrate Clinton’s assured victory, he and the audience mourned Trump’s win. The comic, who was raised in Pomona, made some good points, and got off some good lines, as captured in Friday’s column.
Comic Larry Wilmore is appearing in Claremont the day after the election to talk about it in front of an audience. I interviewed him by phone to ask about the campaign, the event and his childhood in Pomona for Sunday’s column.
Author Nicholson Baker had his own ideas of how education ought to be fixed, but he realized he was an impostor because he was coming at it from a theoretical angle. So he signed up as a substitute teacher. Promoting his book “Substitute,” he spoke in Claremont, a talk that leads off my Friday column. After that, I update my recent column on Ontario’s Meredith Property and add two short items.
Chet Jaeger is a Claremont fixture, moving there as a boy in 1931. He’s also leader of the band Night Blooming Jazzmen, which is playing its annual concert at Memorial Park in Claremont on Monday. Sunday’s column profiles him and the band.
Above, he blows a few notes for me in his yard. Be sure to watch the two videos attached to the column too.
In my first column since returning from vacation, I write about Claremont’s Independence Day parade and Speakers Corner, both quaintly homespun activities. Also: Culture Corner items and some notes on reminders of home during my vacation. All this in Wednesday’s column.