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Art Fiesta returns after 52 years

Brenna von den Benken Arts Editor Music and craft demonstrations filled the grounds of the Padua Hills Theatre last Sunday. The Claremont Museum of Art recreated the Padua Hills Art Fiesta for the first time in 52 years. The fiesta was an annual event produced by the Claremont artists from 1953 to 1959. This year, the outdoor art fair featured 20 invited artists showing their work, art demonstrations,... 

Concert Review: Beirut gets a taste of L.A.

Brenna von den Benken Arts Editor The repulsive smell of a blunt being passed around by four people sitting in front of me on the north terrace didn’t put a damper on the circus-like performance that was delivered by Beirut. The inconsistent sprinkles of rain in 66 degree weather at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the outdoor Greek Theatre added to the challenge of attempting to enjoy the night without any... 

‘It Happened at Pomona’ plays with viewers’ eyes

Brenna von den Benken Arts Editor Walking in between two blue glowing walls curved inwards and six inches closer than they appear to the eye could have been mistaken for being in a virtual videogame like Disney’s “Tron.” The only thing missing was Daft Punk’s electronic soundtrack to complete the “Tron” effect. Such was the experience of Tom Eatherton’s work, “Rise.” The Pomona College... 

Happenings

Open Auditions Auditions for the play “Red Noses” by Peter Barnes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday in Dailey Theater. Performances are scheduled from Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-11. For more information call 909-593-3511, ext. 4386. ‘American Dream’ The last chance to see Katherine Frey’s “Ameri­can Dream” exhibit is Oct. 7 in the Irene Carlson... 

Concert Review: The Horrors deliver a full house at the Glass House

Brenna von den Benken Arts Editor If you were deaf and relied solely on your vision, you may have mistaken the five-piece English-based band the Horrors for portraying witches dancing around a pot of boiling fog on stage for an early Halloween special at 7 p.m. Monday at the Glass House in Pomona. With slender, lanky cat-like bodies garnered in dainty crisp clothing, jumping around colorful stage lights,... 

International artists cover new ground

International artists cover new ground
Ruth Trotter, professor of art, is a Los Angeles based painter working in pictorial representation using references from architecture, landscape, media and psychology. Michael Frantz, professor of mathematics, asks about her acrylic abstract painting, “Curve.” The “Covering Ground” exhibition in Harris Art Gallery./photo by Denisse Leung Julian Burrell Staff Writer Brenna von den Benken Arts... 

FYF Festival rocks out L.A.

Brenna von den Benken Arts Editor Over 20,000 wayfarer sunglass-wearing punk and indie rockers gathered for an entire day’s worth of live music for the annual FYF Festival Saturday at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles. “Today is the best day of summer,” was the headlining phrase that flashed on widescreens and posters that hung all across the park, advertised by Altamont... 

West African music celebrates a culture

West African music celebrates a culture
Steve Biondo, music department coordinator, leads the West African Drum Ensemble during a concert Thursday in Morgan Auditorium. The students of the West African Drumming class of fall 2010 performed 12 songs. The songs displayed various traditions from the different regions of West Africa. / photo by Warren Bessant Brenna von den Benken Staff Writer The University of La Verne’s West African Drum... 

Concert celebrates the spring season

Concert celebrates the spring season
Charles Kamm conducts the Chamber Choir of the Claremont Colleges last Friday in the Balch Auditorium. Kamm has served as the Claremont Concert Choir conductor for the Joint Music Program since 2005. A tenor and countertenor, Kamm has performed throughout the United States and recorded with professional choirs such as the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir. / photo by Candice Salazar Brenna Von Den Benken Staff... 

L.A. Times Festival of Books promotes active readers

Brenna von den Benken Staff Writer The Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California celebrated the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, one of the Southland’s most cherished and engaging weekend celebrations, with its 16 anniversary on April 30 and May 1 at USC’s University Park Campus. Angelenos of all ages interested in famous authors, celebrity appearances, speaker panels, superstar... 
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