Don't wait for the weekend to indulge in a night of groundbreaking music and theater. The producers of the upcoming documentary “?…?but can she play?” have teamed up with the Pasadena Playhouse for a courtyard jazz fest featuring all-female jazz band The Brina Simon Trio, followed by a performance of Kiss Me, Kate starring Emmy winner Wayne Brady and Merle Dandridge. Part of the specially priced mezzanine tickets for Cole Porter's musical will benefit the production of “?…?but can she play?,” a long-overdue documentary about female jazz trailblazers. Despite an uprising of aspiring jazzwomen, they've been underrepresented in the media, at festivals and on radio airtime. By highlighting brilliant female musical renegades such as Tia Fuller, Claire Daly, Aubrey Logan, Hailey Niswanger and Grace Kelly, who at 22 just released her ninth album, “?…?but can she play?” hopes to answer that question once and for all: Yes, she can. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena; Wed., Sept. 24, concert at 7 p.m., Kiss Me, Kate at 8 p.m.; $75. (626) 356-7529,

Wed., Sept. 24, 7 p.m., 2014
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