This weekends adventures are all performance based, from the Queen of Soul to a live version of To Kill a Mocking Bird, I’m giving you a list of the most affordable fun adventures around the city. I’m partnering with Goldstar to help keep you in the know and to keep you living your life-like it’s the weekend 7 days a week. Read more for all the deets.
“A Night With Janis Joplin”: A Rock Musical Event
The Pasadena Playhouse (Pasadena CA)
A Night With Janis Joplin is a blues-rock theatrical event that captures the legendary singer’s life and legacy with all of the live intensity of an actual Joplin concert. Mary Bridget Davies and Kacee Clanton will alternate as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll in performances that have audiences dancing in the aisles and critics raving. Featuring powerful musical numbers including “Cry Baby,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Summertime” and “Mercedes-Benz,” as well as a song Joplin never formally recorded, the show boasts a full band and cast who bring Joplin’s story to the stage along with some of her famous musical influences including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Davies reprises her role at the Pasadena Playhouse, with some shows performed by Clanton. Please see the event description for a schedule. * Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.
Jazz at Catalina Bar and Grill
Jazz Greats at the World-Famous Catalina Bar and Grill
Catalina Bar and Grill (Hollywood CA)
This Hollywood supper club hosts great live jazz and cabaret in a setting with Old World charm. Catalina has lived up to its slogan “Nothing But the Best in Jazz” by presenting a veritable who’s who of music legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Carmen McRae, Joe Henderson, Benny Carter, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman and vocalists like Melissa Manchester, Brenda Russell, Jane Monheit, Barbara Morrison and many more. * Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.
“The Vagina Monologues”
“The Vagina Monologues” Gives Comic Voice to the Female Experience
Cupcake Theater (Los Angeles CA)
Based on interviews conducted with women from all over the world, Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues is a hilarious and deeply poignant collection of stories that gives voice to a chorus of common experiences and feelings once considered taboo. The popular show, performed by a rotating cast of 26 actresses, manages to be feminist without being man-hating, entertaining without being trite, and political without being offensive. A portion of the proceeds from Cupcake Theater’s The Vagina Monologues will be donated to Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit benefiting battered women and children in Los Angeles. * Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.
Legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Continues Her Reign
Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles CA)
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” returns to Los Angeles for a one-night-only performance of her songbook gems. The musical and cultural icon has created an amazing legacy that spans six decades and her powerful, distinctive voice has influenced countless singers across generations. Franklin’s humble roots as a teenage gospel star gave way to a career that brought us classics like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think” and, of course, her anthem “Respect.” And this Grammy Legend who Rolling Stone ranked No. 1 on its list of “Greatest Singers of All Time” shows no signs of stopping. Just last year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer took on modern-day songbirds like Beyoncé, Adele and Alicia Keys with her covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. She’s performed for everyone from the Queen of England to President Obama, and now she brings her revered pipes to Microsoft Theater to perform for you. * Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.
“Little Shop of Horrors”: Broadway’s Sci-Fi Smash Musical
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center (Simi Valley CA)
It’s everyone’s favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story: Little Shop of Horrors. Take a musical journey through the streets of Skid Row to a struggling flower shop where a bloodthirsty plant from another world eagerly awaits its next victim. Full of delightfully demented humor, this long-running off-Broadway musical comedy is based on Roger Corman’s B-movie and was later turned into a Broadway show and an Academy Award-nominated film starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. Now, you can enjoy a night of goofy fun with doo-wop inspired songs like “Skid Row,” “Somewhere That’s Green,” and “Suddenly, Seymour” when Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the hugely entertaining Little Shop of Horrors. * Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” — Harper Lee’s Masterpiece on Stage
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga CA)
Although excitement, mystery and controversy surround the imminent release of Harper Lee’s new book — her first in six decades — one thing is certain: It will never replace To Kill a Mockingbird. For few perspectives on American society have been as perceptive or as poignant as that of young Scout Finch, the heroine of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel (Winesburg, Ohio), this moving play follows Scout’s journey as her father Atticus defends Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he did not commit. As the trial progresses, Scout and her brother Jem see their community divided over issues of justice and racism. See this stirring portrayal of both racial and family relations at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. * Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.
Corazon De Mariachi Dinner Show at iX Tapa Cantina
iX Tapa Cantina (Pasadena CA)
Enjoy a traditional Mexican three-course dinner while a live mariachi band performs on stage. Featuring a rotating lineup of some of the best mariachi groups in the country, the talented musicians will perform a thrilling one-hour show. Choose from shrimp enchiladas, carne asada and more from the iX Tapa kitchen, while you sip on a margarita or signature sangria available from the bar. A fine pairing of culture and cuisine, the Corazon De Mariachi dinner show will transport you from Old Town Pasadena to Old Mexico. Please see the description for menu options, which you can order upon arrival. * Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.
“ChicabaRENT”: A Jazzy, Sexy Mashup of “Chicago”, “Cabaret” and “Rent”
CAC Studios (Santa Monica CA)
From the creators of the sleeper hit of the season, Thénardier’s Inn: A Les Misérables Cabaret, comes an intoxicating new show. The recipe for this musical cocktail is a strong one. Take one part Chicago, one part Cabaret and one part RENT, mix them all the together and serve it up. You’ll be completely immersed in the sultry and sexy world of ChicabaRENT from the moment you enter the door. There you’ll find yourself living the bohemian lifestyle in the Kit Kat Klub, a world of drinks, dance and song. The show itself is a comical parade of sex, drugs, liquor, murder, jazz, art and love — all the things that make the world go ’round. * Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.
The E Spot Lounge (Studio City CA)
Jazz, Blues, R&B, Broadway & Cabaret at the E Spot Lounge
A long-time Valley favorite for jazz, blues and more, the E Spot Lounge is located above the famed Vitello’s Restaurant in Studio City. A hotspot for the best singer-songwriters, Broadway and cabaret acts, the lounge is a collaboration between Vitello’s and famed drummer, vocalist, producer and composer Sheila E. You’ll catch up-and-coming musicians and singers, well-established artists and legendary local, national and international talent as well. A full bar and a contemporary Italian menu complete the intimate venue’s fun, relaxed atmosphere. * Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.
Have a fabulous weekend, and if you drop into any of these shows come back and let me know what you thought!