Upcoming Acts at the Luther Burbank Center for Performing Arts


The Luther Burbank Center for Performing Arts might be the ultimate destination for great theater in the Santa Rosa. Whether you’re looking for musicals, theater productions, concerts, or conventions, you’re bound to find something you’ll love during this spring’s lineup. To see what’s coming up during these next few months, we’ve collaborated with Cheap Movers San Francisco to bring you the list below. This San Francisco-based company helps people find affordable San Francisco moving companies to service local and long distance moves. Whether you’re in Oakland or Santa Rosa, these guys can help you move for less!

You Got Older

Showcasing at the Left Edge Studio Theatre, this comedy/drama is for all ages and is perfect for a family outing. The storyline revolves around the character of Mae, who returns home to help her elderly father and gains a new perspective on life and love. Along with an important message about nurturing family and friends, the script is wry, witty, and tender hearted.

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

Based on the award-winning book by John Steptoe, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is an African retelling of the classic Cinderella story. The play chronicles a king’s search for his queen and the true measure of inner beauty with a thoughtful script and compelling music. With exciting special effects and wise narration, it’s a performance fit for all ages. Shows take place at the Person Theatre on the campus of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

The Press Democrat: Sonoma County Women in Conversation

For a night of stimulating conversation and debate, come and watch the Press Democrat: Sonoma County Women in Conversation. From political discussions, deign presentations, and issue briefings, audiences will get to experience the ideas and philosophies of many different influential leaders. Tickets are sold as a complete series with the event taking place at the East Auditorium.

From comedies to musicals to conventions, Luther Burbank has a packed schedule this spring.

From comedies to musicals to conventions, Luther Burbank has a packed schedule this spring.

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles

Featured at the Person Theatre, come and enjoy an homage to the influential English Invasion with this fun Beatles Tribute. With plenty of golden oldies and hit tunes, this is a performance that’s perfect for many different generations. And with multi-media entertainment that reinterprets the Beatle’s album and live concerts, music lovers are sure to have an exciting time at this one-of-a-kind show.

Hay Fever

This classic comedy by Noel Coward provides audiences with plenty of intrigues, drama, and hilarious family secrets throughout the night. With a witty script and lively shenanigans, Hay Fever is sure to keep you giggling and on the edge of your seat during the entire play performance. Featured at Carston Cabaret, get ready for a night filled with fun and belly laughs.

Anova Center for Education Presents: Autism in the Family

The Anova Center for Education is proud to present this informative conference on autism, which takes place at the Person Theatre. Along with many notable speakers, the event showcases Dr. Temple Grandin, who discusses the various struggles of coping with autism at home. With insight and advocacy, the conference aims to inform parents, family members, teachers, and others who contribute to a home environment how to live with compassion and wisdom.

Who Was Luther Burbank? About the Legend’s Life


Even as a child, most people could see that Luther Burbank was destined to become all that he is known for today: a renowned botanist and horticulturist, and an agricultural pioneer. Though his reputation as a scientist was less outstanding in his time, he became a legend in the field of botany and was deeply respected by those within the agriculture industry.

Early Life

Burbank was born on March 7, 1849, on a small farm in Lancaster, Massachusetts. As a little boy, Burbank loved playing hide in seek with honey bees and would even fashion whistles from willow sticks in his mother’s garden. As the 13th child of 18 children, Burbank spent his time working the farmland most of the year and attending school in the winter. He became fascinated by plants at a young age and would study Charles Darwin’s “Variation of Plants and Animals Under Domestication” at the city library.

Agricultural Success

After moving to Groton Junction, Massachusetts in 1871, Burbank purchased a plot of farmland at Lunenburg, where he developed the now famous Russet-Burbank potato. He then relocated to the sunny agricultural market of California in 1875 and settled at Santa Rosa with his family as he began his nursery career. He went on to develop nearly 800 new plant species without knowledge of genetic principals and with only his good sense of plant breeding to guide him.

Burbank is famously known for his development of the Russet-Burbank potato.

Burbank is famously known for his development of the Russet-Burbank potato.

Changing Beliefs

Burbank’s success with industry leaders and the American public continued for decades, and he even wrote a book on parenting called “The Training of the Human Plant.” However, when the Scopes Monkey Trial was held in 1925, Burbank began to acknowledge his atheist beliefs as he defended the theories of evolution. His expressed views created controversy between himself, and the public and other agriculturalists. He was quoted by the Freedom of Religion Foundation saying, “I do not believe what has been served to me to believe. I am a doubter, a questioner, a skeptic. When it can be proved to me that there is immortality, that there is resurrection beyond the gates of death, then will I believe. Until then, no.”

Burbank’s Death

Burbank died at the age of 77 on April 11, 1926. A flow of mail came to his family’s address following his death, with the public offering their many sympathies. An astounding 5,000 mourners came to pay their respects at Burbank’s burial at the Santa Rosa’s Doyle Park. Although he had different ideas that went against popular opinion, Burbank was still admired for his work in botany. As Denver jurist Ben Lindsey said at the funeral event, Burbank was “the bravest of the brave, the tenderest, loveliest flower in all the gardens of the world.” Burbank left such a lasting impression that when the funds were initially pulled together for a performing arts center in Sonoma County, the founders decided to name the center the Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center in honor of the renown California horticulturist. Though for a brief period the center went under the “Wells Fargo” name, it is has now reverted back to the original name of which we are all so fond.