8 Days – Choice Events for the week of 04.20–04.27
The Rose presents comedian, actor, speaker, art collector, counterculture icon and author Cheech Marin sharing stories from his new memoir, “Cheech Is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong!” He will take questions from the audience and sign copies of the book. Doors open at 5 p.m. A VIP reception starts at 7 p.m. and the main event starts at 8 p.m. at 245 E. Green St., Pasadena. Tickets are $39 to $150. Call (888) 645-5006 or visit roseconcerts.com.
Catch a performance of “A Wrinkle in Time” at 8 p.m. at Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre before it closes Saturday. This is the story of three young people battling an evil force in order to rescue a scientist held captive on a distant planet. Tickets are $30 general admission, $27 for seniors, $22.50 for students age 13 to 20, $17 for youth 12 and younger. Call (626) 355-4318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with featured artists Kathryn Mueller, soprano, Suzanna Guzmán, mezzo-soprano, Paul Appleby, tenor, Justin Hopkins, bass and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, starting at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are $27 and up. Call (213) 622-7001 or visit laco.org.
A South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival preview party features cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and music by Shelby Cosgreve, Taylor Plenn, Redd Carter, Kelly Kidd, Aaron & Jane, Daniel Szabo, Brad Colerick and others starting at 4:30 p.m. at Craft Hill, 424 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena. Tickets are $60. Visit theeclectic.rocks.
Jeff Guinn discusses and signs “The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the People’s Temple” at 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. It explores the tragic story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre, the largest murder-suicide in American history. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com.
J.C. Hyke’s Songwriter Serenade features Karen Tobin, Wumbloozo, Severin Browne and Shanna O’Brien at 7 p.m. at Matt Denny’s Ale House, 145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Free. Visit jchyke.com.
Taste of Downtown Glendale invites guests to stroll along Brand Boulevard tasting food and wine from top Glendale restaurants from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. between Lexington Drive and Colorado Street, Glendale. Tickets are $35 for food, $45 for food and wine, $75 for VIP tickets, $15 for children 6 to 9, free for those 5 and younger. Proceeds benefit Glendale Arts and Glendale Healthy Kids. Visit tasteofdowntownglendale.com.
Storyteller Ty Fance presents his “Off My Head” show, featuring real life, irreverent, funny and heartfelt stories, with storyteller and actor Dan Tirman, storyteller and director Patricia Willson and storytellers and writers Marcielle Brandler and Vicki Juditz at 7:30 p.m. at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $10, available at offmyhead.bpt.me or at the door.