There are some exciting events lined up for this week in Pasadena. We don’t want you to miss them!
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “Streetball Crew: Book Two Stealing the Game” book signing at Vroman’s.
The famous ex-basketball player will be signing copies of his latest book Streetball Crew: Book Two Stealing the Game at Vroman’s at 6 p.m. This is a book signing only. No tickets are necessary to stand in line but the bookstore’ staff will be checking Vroman’s receipts to ensure purchase of at least one copy of this book. The line for this event will begin outside by the bookstore’s back entrance. The author can personalize his written greetings but will not sign memorabilia. Photos from the line are ok but there will be no posed photos. He will not sign paperback copies of other books. Vroman’s Bookstore is located at 695 E. Colorado Boulevard.
PROPERTIES OF SILENCE and POST-SILENCE at The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse.
PROPERTIES OF SILENCE is a one-hour play set in Phoenix, Arizona, that centers around a contemporary couple who meet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a real-life revered poet, playwright, scientist, philosopher, and feminist who lived in the 17th century. The play explores the struggle humans go through to maintain and honor their inner voices.
Each performance is paired with POST-SILENCE, a sequence of poetry readings, performances, panels and discussions that will pay tribute to Sor Juana. On Saturday Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. (opening night) Red Hen Press will present poets Eloise Klein Healy (first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, 2012), Jessica Piazza and Terry Wolverton. On Sunday Mar. 1 at 2 p.m. the performance will be followed by a panel discussion led by Mama’s Hot Tamales and Mama’s Merging Markets founder Sandi Romero and Los Angeles County Arts Commission director of communications and marketing director Leticia Rhi Buckley.
PROPERTIES OF SILENCE and POST-SILENCE will run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through March 29. The Carrie Hamilton Theatre is at The Pasadena Playhouse (second floor) at 39 S. El Molino Avenue. For reservations call (626) 396-0920 or visit http://www.aboutpd.org.
FIGARO at A Noise Within
FIGARO, an adaptation by Charles Morey of Beaumarchais’ THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, will open in repertory at A Noise Within on Sunday Mar. 1 at 2 p.m. This play, the sequel to THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, originally passed censorship in 1781 but was soon banned for being performed. The ban was lifted in 1784 and the play was quite popular, even with aristocratic audiences. The play’s denunciation of aristocratic privilege foreshadowed the French Revolution.
This engagement of FIGARO includes a pre-performance symposium on Mar. 4 at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion of the play. There is a Pay What You Can performance on Mar. 5 at 7:30 p.m. These tickets will go on sale at the box office window on Mar. 5 at 2 p.m. and will be sold on a cash-only basis based on availability; limit of two tickets per person.
FIGARO will perform through May 10. Regular tickets start at $40. Student rush with ID an hour before each performance is $20. See http://www.anoisewithin.org or call (626) 356-3100 ext 1. The theater is located at 3352 East Foothill Boulevard.
Photo: Rose Portillo as Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz – credit Theresa Chavez