In a guest production at the Pasadena Playhouse, IAMA Theatre Company presents “American Hero,” with regular performances starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday and continuing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 21. It’s playwright Bess Wohl’s darkly comic celebration of the power of unity and teamwork to overcome adversity. “American Hero” is the story of three up-and-coming sandwich makers at a sub franchise, whose quest to attain the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, becoming unlikely allies in a post-recession world. Tickets are $40 for Friday’s opening, $30 thereafter.
The exhibition “Shiguchi: The Hidden Art of Japanese Joinery” showcases the work of architect, historian and preservationist Yoshihiro Takishita explores the intricate craft of the ancient joiner’s art, known as shiguchi on view Thursday through Nov. 4 during Gamble House hours of 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Unbound Productions presents its Wicked Lit series of plays, opening at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and continuing through Nov. 10. This year’s series is titled “The Chimes and the Corpse,” and each night features performances of two adapted works. One is “The Chimes: A Goblin Story,” adapted from a novella by the same name by Charles Dickens. The other is “Teig O’Kane and the Corpse” by Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm, adapted from the short story by Ernest Rhys. Each evening features performances at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 and up.
Dean Productions presents “The Tempest,” the classic Shakespeare comedy, opening at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and continuing through Oct. 20. Admission is free, but visit the website for reservations and the complete schedule.
The exhibition “Architects of a Golden Age: Highlights from The Huntington’s Southern California Architecture Collection” goes on view. It features some 20 original drawings and plans depicting elegant, powerful, whimsical and iconic buildings constructed between 1920 through 1940, during a time of architectural innovation, rapid growth and the arrival of new talent from around the country. It remains on view through Jan. 21.
The company presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” by Tom Stoppard, a comedy based on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” opening at 2 p.m. Sunday and continuing through Nov. 18. Tickets are $20 and up.
The fall term of the Masters Series, which embraces lifelong learning continues from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 13. Tuesday’s session features representatives of the Pasadena League of Women Voters offering unbiased, balanced explanations of upcoming bond issues on the November ballot. Cost is $15 for each session.
A free flu shot clinic for adults and children ages 9 and older, presented by the Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Department from 3 to 5 p.m.
College-bound students can attend a workshop on writing college admission essays and how to make them stand out from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
A free chair yoga class, to help improve balance, strength and confidence starts at 1 p.m.
Free films screen at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Wednesday’s film is “The Great Los Angeles Earthquake” (1990).
A free parent’s program, “Myth vs. Reality: Middle School Parent Panel” starts at 6:30 p.m.
Thelma Reyna discusses and signs “Reading the Tea Leaves After Trump” at 7 p.m.
Brad Colerick’s weekly singer-songwriter series presents Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan, with a special guest TBA at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $15 for table seating, available on the website.
The Playhouse presents “The Woman in Black,” based on Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost novella, adapted by the late playwright Stephen Mallatratt. It is the story of a man obsessed with the belief that his family has been cursed by a ghostly woman in black, and he tells his story to exorcise the fear that grips him. It opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continues at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays (no performance Oct. 18), 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 11. Tickets are $25 and up. In addition, special Halloween packages are available Oct. 30 and 31, including special seating, a free drink before the show and a haunted tour of the Playhouse following the performances. Prices for the Halloween package are $125 and up.
Dr. Greg Sanchez of Home Instead Senior Care discusses roles of various medical and non-medical professions and organizations that work together to support patient care, starting at 10 a.m.
The Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Department offers free flu shots from 3 to 5 p.m. In honor of National Disabilities Awareness Month, author Romy Wylie discusses the birth of a child with Down Syndrome and the death of another baby to cancer in her book, “Loving Andrew: A Fifty-Two Year Story of Down Syndrome” at 7 p.m.
Dr. Robert Chu offers information on complementary cancer therapies, including acupuncture, nutrition and exercise, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. tonight, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20. Free, but call for reservations.
Marie Miranda Cruz discusses and signs “Everlasting Nora” at 7 p.m.
The club’s meeting features an American Orchid Society webinar, “Green with Envy,” an exploration of green-colored species and ways to introduce the green spectrum into hybrids, starting at 7 p.m., free and open to the public.