“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.
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.
“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.
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.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich discusses and signs “The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir” at 7 p.m.
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.
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 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.
Lauren Groff discusses and signs “Florida” at 7 p.m.
J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade presents McMains, Ric Taylor, Rob Silkensen and Jill Freeman starting at 7 p.m. No cover.
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 films screen at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Wednesday’s film is “Still Alice” (2014).
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit various local charities and student scholarships.
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.
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.