Filipinx dance artist and activist Jay Carlon performed an excerpt from their work “Wake” at Scripps College’s Richardson Dance Studio on Nov. 8. “Wake” is a queer post-colonial reimagination of Bisaya rituals for grieving and healing, inspired by Filipinx traditions. Carlon, who sees dance as a tool for liberation, choreographed the piece as an exploration of individual and collective grief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Carlon envisions future performances in spaces designed for queer audiences, emphasizing the importance of creating a world that suits the needs of marginalized communities.
Keith LaMar has spent the last 30 years of his life on death row for a crime that evidence shows he did not commit. Since his conviction, LaMar has dedicated his life to criminal justice reform activism and education. His work has taken the form of starting book clubs at high schools, writing and autobiography, and co-writing a jazz album, “Freedom First” with pianist Albert Marquès.
On Oct. 7, Marquès was joined by Zack O’Farrill, Kazemde George, and Yosmel Montejo in the final performance of the Freedom First West Coast tour at Pomona’s Lyman Concert Hall. While the musicians performed on stage, LaMar called in to recite his original spoken word poetry from an Ohio prison.
Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka’s evening stand-up routine was hosted by Scripps Presents on September 21st, and she follows a long line of scholars, entertainers and writers that are hosted in Garrison Theater throughout the year. Fresh off her 2022 hit HBO special “The Intruder,” Okatsuka entered the stage to screeching applause from the audience.
On the night of September 7th, located at the Rosehill Theater on Pomona’s campus, improv troupe, Without a Box (WAB), performed to a full house a show titled, “WAB Rush”. With a Greek-life-inspired set of improv games, the troupe poked fun at the lack of sororities or fraternities in the 7Cs while getting the audience rolling on the floor laughing.
Studnet band Fischli’s Animals has made a name for themselves despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic and a founding member studying abroad.
Over Halloweekend, cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show returned to the 5Cs, generating large crowds and two memorable shows.
MuCo, Pomona College’s Musician’s Coalition, hosted a mini-music fest on Thursday to bring 5C students together and celebrate a shared love of music.
Student Kabuki theater troupe KabukiMa invites the Claremont community to learn about Japanese Kabuki theater this weekend through performances and an academic symposium.
“The Conference of the Birds” transported audiences across time and space with modern dancing and music set to the 12th century Sufi poem on March 27 and 28 at Scripps College’s Garrison Theater.
Without a Box blended humor, creativity and audience participation in its first improv performance of the semester, Without a Box of Chocolates, on Feb. 11.