Unbound Productions, creators of Wicked Lit, bring immersive mystery theatre to the Santa Anita Train Depot, on the grounds of Los Angeles County Arboretum
MYSTERY LIT: Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective
by Jonathan Josephson
directed by Paul Millet
a mash-up of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Red-Headed League,” and “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches”
The games are afoot! Audiences will physically follow 25 characters through a literary labyrinth of mysterious clues and misdirection in a story that features Sherlockian mainstays, new characters, and a host of theatrical surprises! Inspired by three classic stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes, Sherlock and The Consulting Detective will delight newbies to the mystery genre as well as Sherlock Holmes super-fans.
This is a moving show! Be prepared to stand and move around a lot throughout the evening. Running time is approximately 2 hours.
Santa Anita Train Depot
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
159 S. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(Do not go to the main entrance of the Arboretum! Instead, travel to the first light south of the main Arboretum entrance, and turn westward into the parking lot)
At 7 p.m., Bill Owen of the JPL discusses the total eclipse of the sun that will occur on Aug. 21, the first one visible in the continental United States in almost 40 years. The eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track across the country from Oregon to South Carolina.
The Santa Catalina Anime Club invites teens to view the latest anime at 4 p.m.
The Tween Book Club for kids age 9 to 12 meets to read great books and make new friends at 4:30 p.m. Call to sign up.
David Sedaris discusses and signs “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977—2002) at 6 p.m.
Dr. Dawn Hills presents an interactive discussion program on ways regular exercise can boost the immune system for breast cancer survivors and help reduce the risk of recurrence, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free, but call for reservations.
Do a Double Take
Everyday objects? Look again! We see so many shapes every day, but what happens when we put these shapes together? After taking a peek at the sculptures in the Interstitial exhibition to spot hidden shapes, return to the Project Room to listen to stories about the things that shape and fill our world. Then shape individual creations—bend and fold simple strings, pipe cleaners, and pieces of paper, and watch new shapes emerge!
Wee Read: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires and So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban
Recommended for children ages 2-5. Caregivers must accompany children.
Museum open to Wee-Read participants only.
Presented as part of our PMCA 1234 monthly programming.
NO RSVP REQUIRED.
Free films screen at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Wednesday’s film is “Living Proof” (2008).
The Pasadena Group of the Sierra Club hosts an easy, three-mile hike in the Arroyo Seco. Guests meet at 6:45 p.m. at the trailhead next to San Pasqual stables. Free.
Don Winslow discusses and signs “The Force” at 7 p.m.
These two talented young singer-songwriters have likely never met, although they both grew up in Pennsylvania. Amy Sue Berlin is now based in Austin, TX and Mary Scholz has relocated to Los Angeles. They are both writing wonderful, heartfelt songs and racking up the troubadour miles delighting audiences around the country. It will be good to see there paths intersect at Wine & Song. Amy Sue will be joined by Kendra Kinsey on Ukulele and harmony vocals. Mary Scholz will be joined by Zachary Ross on electric guitar.
Showtime is 7pm. $15 table seating, $10 general admission. Arroyo Seco Grill has food, wine, and full bar. Or bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Pitch ‘n putt golf happens at 5pm for anyone interested. Always a good time and takes about 75 action-packed minutes.
The Pasadena Fire Department presents a program on disaster preparedness at 10 a.m.
Tweens are invited to create something cute, using conductive thread, batteries and lights at 4:30 p.m., with all supplies provided. Guests of all ages are invited to design their own “Moana” photo and enjoy a screening of the film from 5 to 7 p.m.
The annual Music on the Main jazz series features Kathleen Grace from 6 to 7:30 p.m., included with Descanso admission of $9 general, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 5 to 12, free for those younger than 5.
The Alzheimer’s Association presents a program on the 10 signs of the disease, starting with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 7 p.m.
Visit the Mission Playhouse June 29th at 6:30pm to enjoy the first of three talented and entertaining ensembles who bring Jazz Nights to the Playhouse from June through August!
The series begins with The Kelly Che Band who bring a “unique jazz sound shaped through a diverse cross section perspective of world music traditions” (lacountyarts.org). Their eclectic sound reflects influences from Cole Porter to the Beatles; from Brazilian melodies to Korean folk. Kelly is a classically trained singer and musician and former local radio DJ from Seoul, South Korea.
Joining Kelly for this performance are notable LA jazz musicians Joe Rotondi (Piano), Edward Resto (Bass), Ramon Stagnaro (Guitar), and Walter Rodriguez (Drums). Joe Rotondi has toured with Linda Ronstadt, Vikki Carr, and Herb Albert. He can be heard on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Edward Resto has toured, shared the stage, and recorded for artists including Paul Simon, Tito Puente, Dizzy Guillespie, Carlos Santana, Celia Cruz, and Shakira. Guitarist Ramon Stagnaro has recorded for Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Ricky Martin, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, and many others. Walter Rodriguez, a protégé of percussionist Alex Acuña, plays a variety of world music percussion instruments including congas, timbales, and tabla.
Jazz Nights continue with Louie Cruz Beltran and his Jazz Ensemble on July 20th and The Dale Fielder Quartet featuring Dale Fielder on sax with Jane Getz on piano and guest vocalist Rita Edmond on August 10th. All free concerts begin at 6:30pm. Jazz Nights are a part of San Gabriel’s Summer Nights series and the Mission Playhouse Community Engagement program, Engage! Learn more about the performances by calling (626) 308-2865 or visiting missionplayhouse.org.
Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert season launches with a children’s performance by the Bob Baker Marionettes at 7 p.m.
Jeff Dale and Jeff Stone were born and raised on the south side of Chicago and have been the best of friends since they were 7 years old. Before they could shave, they were exposed to the music and live performances of Hound Dog Taylor, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Koko Taylor. Jeff Dale got his start fronting the award-winning Blue Wave Band and playing with Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, Etta James and many other blues greats. His current band, the South Woodlawners, have generated accolades from around the world. Most recently, he produced a DVD of the last recorded show by David “Honeyboy” Edwards, hailed as a priceless, historical treasure. Jeff Stone won a WC Handy Award and his artistry in backing Chicago blues giant Charlie Love and the Rev KM Williams has kept him a blues festival regular. His “3 Faces of the Blues” CD was awarded the 2011 Best Blues Album of the Year, from American Blues News Magazine. The two Jeffs have finally fused their musical talent on “The Southside Lives” and we’ll be celebrating the release of their new CD which is a collection of original Jeff Dale tunes. Adjacent to the Blue Guitar room is the Arroyo Seco Grill which has food, wine, and full bar. Or you can bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Showtime is 7:30pm, doors open 30 minutes prior.
An early bird session of this weekend’s Cactus and Succulent Society America’s annual show and sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is included in Huntington admission of $23 for adults weekdays, $25 weekends, $19 for seniors and students weekdays, $21 weekends, $10 for youth 4 to 11 weekdays and weekends, free for children younger than 4.
Bestselling author Lisa See will be at the garden for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a special presentation of her new novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.
This is a special fundraiser for the garden. Enjoy the evening for $50 per person including a copy of the book which the author will sign at the event.
Recently released, the book is the tale of a Chinese family whose life in a remote village re- volves around the farming of tea. When one of the girls has a baby out of wedlock and puts her up for adoption, it sets in motion a story that explores culture, tradition, and the bonds between mothers and daughters, themes that are familiar to readers of Lee’s earlier best-selling books: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, Peony in Love, and Dreams of Joy.
Meet Lisa See and support the garden. Space is limited so reserve soon on the Programs and Reservations page of the website. Street parling prohibited, complimentary valet parking will be provided.