The holidays are over and all the fine art institutions in our City are back in business. Following are four events that we think you’ll enjoy.
Wed. Jan. 6, 7 p.m. – Free reading of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia at ANW
A Noise Within (ANW) presents a free, staged reading of Arcadia, directed by Stephen Rockwell. The reading will be preceded by a lecture from California Institute of Technology’s Dr. Julia Greer about the play, and she will then join the artists for a talk back with the audience after the reading.
Arcadia is a 1993 play by Tom Stoppard concerning the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty. Many critics have praised it as the finest play from one of the most significant contemporary playwrights in the English language. In 2006, the Royal Institution of Great Britain named it one of the best science-related works ever written.
This event is free of charge but reservations are suggested. RSVP via phone to 626-356-3100 x1. ANW is located at 3352 E Foothill Blvd.
Thur. Jan. 8, 6 p.m. – Free It’s a Mystery! event at Vroman’s Hasting Ranch Bookstore
The Sierra Madre Playhouse celebrates its upcoming production of Deathtrap, a mystery thriller, with a special free and fun event entitled It’s A Mystery! at Vroman’s Bookstore at Hastings Ranch.
Cast members of Deathtrap will be present to answer questions about the mysteries of 2016, assisted by fortune-telling devices including the classic Magic 8-Ball.
There will also be a mystery gift exchange. To participate, bring a wrapped gift (value 8 dollars or less, no perishables; If there’s something you wanted to “re-gift,” here’s a good opportunity for it). One mystery gift in this exchange will be a wrapped package containing two free tickets to Deathtrap, playing at Sierra Madre Playhouse from January 15 through February 20 (retail value: $60).
Mystery treats, hors d’oeuvres, and “Mystery Meat” (i.e. Spam, the original, edible kind) will be served.
Vroman’s Bookstore at Hastings Ranch is located at 3729 E. Foothill Blvd. (626) 351-0828.
Sat. Jan. 9, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Pasadena Symphony presents Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto at the Ambassador Auditorium
Beethoven composed his fifth and final piano concerto in 1809 during Napoleon’s invasion of Austria, when his hearing had deteriorated too far for him to perform it himself. The pinnacle of his piano concertos, the piece was coined the “Emperor” by Beethoven’s contemporaries for its powerful themes, bold melodies and overall grandeur.
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 South St. John Avenue. Tickets start at $35. There is general parking at $10 and valet parking on Green Street at $15. There will be a pre-concert discussion with Conductor Nicholas McGegan one hour before curtain and it is included with your ticket purchase.
Sat. Jan. 9, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sun. Jan. 10, 2 p.m. – An Evening with GROUCHO at the Pasadena Playhouse
Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx, AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO, in this fast-paced 90 hilarious minutes. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-lines, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spaulding” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.
Ticket prices range $25 to $60, available at PasadenaPlayhouse.org and (626) 356-7529. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue.