Boston Court’s Emerging Artists Series features Piano Spheres Satellite Artist James Rushford performing a reworking of Mompou’s “Musica Callada,” starting with a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. followed by the concert at 8 p.m. at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $10 general admission, free for students. Call (626) 683-6801 or visit bostoncourt.com.
The Evangenitals perform their genre-blending mix of alt-country, cow punk, klezmer and other influences, along with a few numbers by Do Something consisting of members of the Evangenitals at 8 p.m. at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $18. Call (626) 798-6236 for tickets and visit coffeegallery.com for information.
An 85th birthday salute to composer, conductor, pianist and jazz musician Lalo Schifrin starts at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, as guest conductor Chris Walden leads an all-star big band, with special guests celebrating Schifrin’s life and artistry. Tickets are $25 to $150. Call (818) 243-2539 or visit alextheatre.org.
The Leigh Purtill Ballet Company (leighpurtillballet.com) presents its new ballet, “Sweet Sorrow: A Zombie Ballet,” adapted by choreographer Purtill, continuing the story of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” following the couple’s death. It features dancing zombies, witches, vampires and lost souls, with performances at 4 and 7 p.m. at Lanterman Auditorium, 4491 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada Flintridge. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Visit zombieballet.com.
Dave Bossert discusses and signs “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons” at 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. It recounts the history of the cartoon, which was eventually replaced by the character of Mickey Mouse, and offers an in-depth look at Disney’s first major animated success. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com.
J.C. Hyke’s Songwriter Serenade features performances by Native Harrow, Randall Kirby, Tim Tedrow and Annette Conlon at 7 p.m. at Matt Denny’s Ale House, 145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Free. Visit jchyke.com.
Bobby Watson Rufusized features former Rufus bassist Bobby Watson, who’s also performed with the Pointer Sisters, Michael Jackson and Billy Preston, at 9 p.m. at The Rose, 245 E. Green St., Pasadena. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of the show. Call (888) 645-5006 or visit roseconcerts.com.
Catch a performance of the Pasadena Playhouse production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” starring Jane Kaczmarek, in the story of the fictional town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913, told through the everyday lives of its citizens, staged at 8 p.m. at 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $25 to $92. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit pasadenaplayhouse.org.