- $39 for one ticket to see Zoot Suit Riot (up to $78 value)
- When: Friday, May 16, at 8 p.m.
- Where: California Theatre of the Performing Arts
- Seating: rear orchestra or front balcony
- Ticket values include all fees.
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Zoot Suit Riot
Pachucos don’t dress drably. Decked out from head to heels in snazzy Fedoras, airplane wing-sized lapels, high-waisted pants, and slick spats, the zoot suit wearers of the early 1940s established a new brand of cool in America. To celebrate those dapper days, Zoot Suit Riot incites audiences with a theatrical big-band party that captures the essence of the post-WWII nightlife. Packed with revivalist hits such as Cherry Poppin’ Daddies’ “Zoot Suit Riot” and Royal Crown Revue’s “Hey! Pachuco!,” the performance gets audiences swinging, skipping, and lindy-hopping along, all while paying tribute to the cultural revolution that forever changed the nation.
California Theatre of the Performing Arts
A former vaudeville house and movie palace built in 1928, the California Theatre of the Performing Arts hearkens back to a bygone era with its majestic Wurlitzer organ, which is played during silent-film programs, and a time portal linked to the childhood home of Alexander Pantages. The theater’s deep-red stage curtains and ornate, vaulted ceilings also steep the senses in a vintage ambiance. Thanks to this comforting nostalgia, as well as the heartfelt scenes that unfold onstage, the space seems much cozier than a 1,718-seat auditorium has any right to.