BEST PERFORMING ARTS VENUE
Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center
“For over twenty years, the Carpenter Center has sought to engage and enrich the lives of audiences throughout Southern California with vibrant, eclectic performances that are as diverse as our greater community,” says Executive Director Megan Kline Crockett. “We are delighted and honored to once again have been voted the Best Performing Arts Venue by Press-Telegram readers!”
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of experiencing a live performance, and each year Carpenter Performing Arts Center offers a captivating collection of exciting music, dance, comedy, and family shows. The new season kicks off in September with one of the most treasured icons in American comedy, Lily Tomlin, followed by James Garner’s Folsom at 50, which celebrates the life and music of Johnny Cash. American hero, astronaut Captain Scott Kelly shares stories from his year at the International Space Station in an out-of-this-world evening, and Paula Poundstone returns with her legendary ability to create humor on the spot!
The eclectically rousing lineup continues with truly something for everyone! From the popular return of Capitol Steps with its special brand of political song parody, to Cabaret favorite David Burnham, to an evening with the NPR host of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me Peter Sagal, to the breathtaking aerial grace and power of the ground-breaking Trinity Irish Dance Company, to family fun with the mechanical marvels of Cirque Mechanics. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Carpenter Center!