“Ragtime: The Musical” at the Pasadena Playhouse @ Pasadena Playhouse
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm

“Ragtime: The Musical” opens at 8 p.m. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, the American musical tells the story of fictional families at the turn of the 20th century who pursue the American dream. The fictional characters, pianist Coalhouse Walker, Jr., his child’s mother, Sarah, who has become part of a respected family, and Tateh, a Latvian immigrant, are eventually joined by various, real-life historical figures, including Booker T. Washington, J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White and others. David Lee directs. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through March 9. Tickets are $25 and up.

“Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited” Exhibition at USC Pacific Asia Museum @ USC Pacific Asia Museum
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm

The exhibition “Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited” celebrates the 30th anniversary of the contemporary artist’s first solo show held at the museum in 1989. He is celebrated as one of Japan’s leading contemporary print artists. It goes on view Friday and continues through July 14. In a related event, Conversations @ PAM features Kōkei discussing his creative inspirations and process, in conversation with exhibition curator Dr. Kendall Brown, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is included regular museum admission of $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors, free for children younger than 12, USC staff and students.

“The Servant of Two Masters” at Parson’s Nose @ Parson's Nose Theater
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm

Parson’s Nose Theater presents a preview of “The Servant of Two Masters, opening at 8 p.m. Saturday and continuing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through March 10. The play, by Carlo Goldini, known as “The Italian Molière,” is the farcical tale of Truffaldino, who takes on two masters in 1750 Venizia. The tale is filled with passion, murder and disguise. Tickets are $20 to $35.

“Celia Paul” Exhibition at The Huntington @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – Jul 8 @ 5:00 pm

The exhibition “Celia Paul” showcases paintings by the contemporary British artist, curated by critic Hilton Als, on view Saturday through July 8.

Nature Art Exhibition at Descanso Gardens @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm

The exhibition “Unusual Views” features works representing new ways of looking at nature, in a variety of genres and styles of artwork, by more than 82 artists, on view in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting Monday and continuing through June 9. Admission is included in regular Descanso admission of $9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children 5 to 12, free for ages 4 and younger.

“The Judas Kiss” at Boston Court @ Boston Court Pasadena
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm

The Theatre @ Boston Court presents the David Hare play, “The Judas Kiss,” the story of Oscar Wilde’s love for Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas in 1895 England, which led to Wilde’s imprisonment for two years on charges of homosexuality. It opens at 8 p.m. Friday and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 24. Tickets are $20 to $39.

“Othello” at A Noise Within @ A Noise Within
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm

The theater company presents Shakespeare’s classic, “Othello,” the tragic story of love thwarted, opening at 8 p.m. and continuing through April 28. Tickets are $25 and up.

Chair Yoga Class at Pasadena Senior Center @ Pasadena Senior Center
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm

A chair yoga class for seniors with mobility issues starts at 1 p.m.

Free Film, STEAM Activity at Central Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, guests are invited to an interactive story time, crafts and other activities, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Hastings Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch
Feb 20 @ 3:30 pm

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, guests are invited to an interactive story time, crafts and other activities, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Wine & Song Americana Singer/Songwriter Music Series @ Arroyo Seco Golf Course
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm

Brad Colerick’s weekly singer-songwriter series features Ernest Troost and Lisa Sanders at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission, $17 for table seating, available on the website.

Heart-Healthy Eating Discussion at Pasadena Senior Center @ Pasadena Senior Center
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am

Regal Medical Group representatives offer tips on heart-healthy eating, starting at 10 a.m.

Black History Month Poetry Readings at Lamanda Park Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

In a Black History Month event, the Rose City Poets celebrate past and present African-American poets who have impacted poetry, with readings starting at 7 p.m.

Book Release Event at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse @ Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

Author D.J. Williams appears for the pre-release launch of his new book, “The Auctioneer” at 7 p.m.

Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

Ari Seth Cohen discusses and signs “Advanced Love” at 7 p.m.

Jazz at the Blue Guitar @ Arroyo Seco Golf Course
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

The club at Arroyo Seco Golf Course presents Louie Cruz Beltran & His Latin Jazz Band at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, available on the website.

San Gabriel Valley Orchid Hobbyists Meeting @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm

The club meets at 7 p.m., with speaker Dylan Hannon, curator of the Conservatory and tropical collections at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens discussing his travels in Columbia. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Azusa Pacific University West Campus Theater Production @ Azusa Pacific University West Campus
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm

Azusa Pacific presents Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town,” opening at 7:30 p.m., continuing through March 3 in the Black Box Theater. Tickets are $17 for seniors, APU students and alumni, $20 general admission.

Odalisque Exhibition at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – Jun 17 @ 5:00 pm

An exhibition of paintings representing the odalisque, a Turkish chambermaid and court lady of the Ottoman sultan, goes on view Friday and continues through June 17.  Works include “Odalisque with Tambourine” (1916), “The Black Shawl” (1917), an untitled homage to Mademoiselle Catherine Viviano (1936) and “Nude on a Sofa” (1923), all by Henri Matisse, as well as several pieces by Jean-Frédéric Bazille, Achille-Jacques-Jean-Marie Devéria and Pablo Picasso.

Sierra Madre Playhouse “Stuart Little”Event @ Vroman's Hastings Ranch
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm

In advance of the March opening of its production “Stuart Little,” part of its Theater for Young Audiences series, the Playhouse invites guests to meet cast members and the director, as children from local elementary schools discuss their ideas for improving the world, from inventions to tackling global problems, starting at 6 p.m. A craft session and refreshments are included. Free.