May
24
Thu
Her Portmanteau @ Boston Court Performing Arts Center
May 24 – Jun 30 all-day
Her Portmanteau @ Boston Court Performing Arts Center | Pasadena | California | United States

“A moving and powerful corrective to the notion that what immigrants leave behind is always awful, and that what they find is worth the trip.” —The New York Times

Previews Begin – Thursday, May 24
Opening Night – Saturday, June 2
PUBlic Discourse Night – Thursday, June 7 (all tickets include a drink token for T. Boyle’s Pub; join us after the show!)
Community Matinée – Saturday, June 9 (all tickets for the 2pm performance are $5)

A family rifles through their literal and emotional baggage in this taut and poignant drama about relatives, legacy, and connection. This West Coast premiere, brilliantly penned by first generation Nigerian-American storyteller Mfoniso Udofia, chronicles the triumphs and struggles of a tenacious family matriarch and two daughters. The mother and one of her daughters have called the United States home for many years. And the other daughter’s arrival raises heart-wrenching questions about the power of place, family bonds, and how we define our relationships over space and time.

May
30
Wed
“Bordertown Now” at Pasadena Playhouse @ Pasadena Playhouse
May 30 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm

The Playhouse presents “Bordertown Now,” as Chicano/Latino political satire group Culture Clash revisits their hit, “Bordertwon” 20 years later. The story is an irreverent look at the people at the center of one of America’s most hot-button issues, immigration, and the walls that divide us. The production opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continues at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 24. Tickets are $25 and up.

Jun
16
Sat
Henry Moore Exhibition at the Huntington @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – Oct 1 @ 11:00 am
Henry Moore Exhibition at the Huntington @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens | San Marino | California | United States

“Spirit and Essence, Line and Form:” The Graphic Work of Henry Moore”, an exhibition of the surprising diversity of styles and subject matter in the graphic art of Henry Moore (1898—1986), the 20th century’s most prominent British sculptor, explores the interrelationship of shape and mass from his sculptural work put to work on paper. It goes on view Saturday and continues through Oct. 1.

Jun
18
Mon
Support Group for Young Adult Cancer Patients at Cancer Support Community @ Cancer Support Community
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Starting Monday, a new support group for young adult cancer patients and survivors meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. Free, but call for reservations.

Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich discusses and signs “The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir” at 7 p.m.

Jun
19
Tue
Dementia Friends Meeting at Pasadena Senior Center @ Pasadena Senior Center
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Visit a meeting of Dementia Friends and learn five key messages about the condition, develop action to help your community, from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees receive a Dementia Friend  pin and become a member of the global movement, developed in the UK.

World Rhythms World Music Concert Series at Descanso Gardens @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The annual World Rhythms world music concert series launches with a performance by Kátia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts from 6 to 7 p.m., continuing Tuesdays through July 24, included with Descanso admission of $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 5 to 12, free for those 4 and younger.

Trivia Tuesdays at One Colorado @ One Colorado
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Trivia Tuesdays invites guests to an action-packed, pop-culture fueled trivia session from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through June, staring with music from deejays.

Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm

Lauren Groff discusses and signs “Florida” at 7 p.m.

J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade @ Matt Denny's Ale House
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm

J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade presents McMains, Ric Taylor, Rob Silkensen and Jill Freeman starting at 7 p.m. No cover.

Jun
20
Wed
Free Admission Glendale Noon Concert @ Glendale City Church
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

The concert features pianist Frank Basile and violinist Jacqueline Suzuki performing works by Bach and Mozart from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m.

Free Film at Central Library @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm

Free films screen at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Wednesday’s film is “Still Alice” (2014).

Wine and Song Music Series @ Arroyo Seco Golf Course
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm
Wine and Song Music Series @ Arroyo Seco Golf Course | South Pasadena | California | United States

Brad Colerick’s weekly singer-songwriter series features Furious Seasons at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $15 for table seating, available on the website.

Summer Solstice Sound Bath at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Mary Frances Spencer hosts Summer Solstice Sound Bath, featuring crystal singing bowls and symphonic gongs for a tonal concert, starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Jun
21
Thu
Careers in Pasadena Tween Event at Central Library @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A tween STEAM event, “Careers in Pasadena: Parking Enforcement” helps kids discover the world of jobs in their home city from noon to 2 p.m.

Thursday Summer Fun at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday Summer Fun, for those with children age 4 to 10 presents “Summer Scene-o-rama,” as guests study scenes by Impressionist artists, then create a diorama of a summer scene using collage and window boxes from 1 to 3 p.m., included in museum admission of $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, free for members, students and those 18 and younger.

Children’s Poetry Workshop at Hastings Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch
Jun 21 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

A poetry workshop for kids age 5 to 12 with 12-year-old author Cassidy Kao runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call to sign up.

PFAR Charitable Foundation Charity Wine Tasting and Auction @ Private residence, Altadena
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors host a fundraising wine tasting from 5 to 9 p.m. at a private home in Altadena. The event includes a silent and live auction and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $50, available by phone, on the website or by emailing events@pfar.org. Proceeds benefit various local charities and student scholarships.

Descanso Gardens Music on the Main Concert @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The annual Music on the Main jazz concert series features Carey Frank from 6 to 7:30 p.m., included with Descanso admission of $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 5 to 12, free for those 4 and younger.

San Gabriel Valley Orchid Hobbyists Auction @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm

The club’s meeting includes its annual auction, starting with a preview at 6 p.m. followed by the auction at 7 p.m. Refreshments are included, and the event is open to the public.