Caltech Theater presents A Wasted Evening of Tom Lehrer, featuring 23 songs by the Grand Step-Daddy of Musical Satire, performed by the Caltech community in a swift paced 75-minute cabaret of revelry and disdain.

This event will take place on Friday, January 27, 2017 in the Athenaeum West Patio on the Caltech campus from 7:30 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m.

Those that know Lehrer’s Vatican Rag, National Brotherhood Week and Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, will also chuckle at his send up of red scare paranoia of the 50’s in Who’s Next, and We Will All Go Together, only to be brought face to face with the politics of the present and what constitutes “politically correct” these days—especially in the enthusiastic rendition of I Wanna Go Back to Dixie.

No evening of Lehrer music would be complete at Caltech without the New Math and the classic Elements song. If you Lehrer around a lot, you know what we mean.

Prices are $5 for students and $25 general admission, and includes drinks and dessert. Tickets are to be purchased at

Cast includes: Peter Basch, Holly Bender, Jeremy Brouillet, Steve Collins, Allen Corcorran, Chandru (GG) Dhandapani, Peter Lefevre and Ashley Stroupe.

Director and arranger of songs, Brenda Varda, leads eight JPL engineers, Caltech graduate students, and alums into a rollicking one night only evening performance in the storied and fabulously appropriate Athenaeum on the Caltech campus.

Writer, musician, and performer Brenda Varda, the founder of Wordspace and Circle Readings in Los Angeles, combines her multiple skills and experience from a distinguished career in Los Angeles theater, including short and long plays, late-night cabarets, and lyrics & music.

“If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend… it will all have been worth the while.” – Tom Lehrer

I’ve always kind of considered him the J. D. Salinger of demented music. – “Weird Al” Yankovic.

For more information and for other booking opportunities please contact Brian Brophy, Director of Theater Arts Caltech at or (626) 395-3696.