Sierra Madre celebrates Shakespeare in July and August with the annual Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival on select weekends through Aug. 18. The festival presents free, family-friendly performances of “Much Ado about Nothing,” performed by professional actors at 7:30 p.m. Guests may bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics.
The company presents the 1944 Betolt Brecht satirical comedy of love, war and justice, “Caucasian Chalk Circle,” opening at 8 p.m. tonight. It’s the story of a humble kitchen maid named Grusha, in the Caucasus Mountains of the nation of Georgia. She risks her life to rescue an abandoned baby from civil war. When the baby’s aristocratic mother returns to claim him, the social order of a violent, corrupt world is put on trial. It continues 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays through Aug. 26. Tickets are $35.
The exhibition “Air Land Sea,” a lithographic suite by William Crutchfield offers a rare look at the work created by Crutchfield and printed at the Tamarind Lithographic Workshop in 1970. It features trains, ships and airplanes all portrayed as overbuilt, fantastical and models of modernity. It goes on view Friday and continues through Nov. 4.
The festival’s final weekend offers free, professional performances of the classic, “Much Ado About Nothing,” starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Guests may bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Performances continue on Aug. 17 and 18.
A guided tour visits works of the Impressionists from 1 to 2 p.m. Teen Arts Academy invites kids to a sculpture workshop, as they investigate unique still lifes and sculptures in the collections, and make their own sculptures using found objects, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Odeum Guitar Duo explores the development of the golden age of guitar in Spain and Italy, performing examples of the compositional form in music known as the theme and variations, from 6 to 7 p.m. All are included in Norton Simon admission of $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, free for students, those 18 and under and members.
Retired JPL astrophysicist Timothy Thompson lectures on “Stellar Evolution and Origins of the Elements,” celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table. It starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, after which guests may view the sky through Mt. Wilson’s 100-inch telescope. Admission is $25.
One Colorado offers live music on Thursdays and Saturdays in August, starting with deejays at 6:30 p.m. followed by the music at 7 p.m. Saturday’s music is James Supercave, playing a mix of psych-rock with a pop sensibility. Free.
Bradfest III features headliners Jeff Dale & the South Woodlawners, Angel Town Combo, Jodi Siegel, the Salty Suites, the Dave Tull Trio, Raspin Stuwart and Brad Colerick and friends. Tickets are $25, available on the website. Family activities and games are included. An outdoor barbecue at the Arroyo Seco Grill, along with its regular menu, plus craft beer and wine specials are available for purchase. It starts at 7 p.m.
The summer series features My Generation with British Invasion tunes, at 7 p.m. Free.
A Noise Within presents its production of Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein,” adapted by Nick Dear, opening at 8 p.m. and continuing through Sept. 8. During the play’s run, a Mexican monster exhibit is on display in the lobby. Tickets are $25 and up.
Hollis Goodall, curator of Japanese art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, discusses “Ukiyo-e: Wood Block Prints of Japan, Their Stories and Meanings,” presenting the history and meanings attached to the art, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A suggested $20 is requested.
The Independent Writers of Southern California presents IWOSC Reads Its Own, as various members read their eclectic, eccentric and exemplary works, from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues, starting at 2 p.m.
The Playhouse District presents free jazz concerts from 5 to 7 p.m. Sundays in Vroman’s courtyard. Sunday’s concert features the Joe LoPiccolo Trio.
An LA Opera Talk discusses the works of Leonard Bernstein, starting at 1 p.m. The Center’s summer concert series presents the Susie Hansen Latin Band at 6 p.m. Free.
The Center’s summer concert series presents the Susie Hansen Latin Band at 6 p.m. Free.
Actor and activist George Takei discusses and signs his memoir, “They Called Us Enemy” at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, which includes a copy of the book. Call or visit the website for ticketing information.
Free films screen at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Wednesday’s film is “Akeelah and the Bee” (2006).
Brad Colerick’s weekly music series features Nathan McEuen and an artist TBA at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $17 for table seating.
Dr. David Kimble discusses urinary incontinence in older adults, starting at 10 a.m. A discussion of mediation and dispute resolution runs from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Call for an appointment.
Music on the Green features swing by Private Cat Radio from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free.