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San Francisco: An Evening with Distinguished Alumna Sandra Tsing Loh (BS '83)
Regular price $ 60.00

About the Event

The Caltech Alumni Association invites you to an evening with Distinguished Alumna Sandra Tsing Loh (BS '83), performing 

The Madwoman in the Volvo

In the throes of her own mid-life change, Loh wrote an essay for the Atlantic Monthly, which later became the basis for her memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones. She identified herself as someone who is from the “Triple M Generation—menopausal, middle-aged and a mother.” The New York Times selected Madwoman as one of the paper’s 100 Notable Books of 2014. Booklist called it “hilarious, comforting and enlightening.”

The memoir’s three-character stage adaptation is a bumper-car ride through mid-life madness, all sparked by an unlikely trip to Burning Man. 

  • 7:00 -7:45pm – Reception with light hors d'oeuvres
  • 8:00 - 9:30pm – The Madwoman in the Volvo - Run time: 90 minutes, no intermission
  • 9:30 - 10:30pm – A Conversation with Sandra Tsing Loh   

About Sandra Tsing Loh (BS ’83)

Sandra Tsing Loh is the author of six books. Her previous book, Mother on Fire, was inspired by her hit solo show about Los Angeles public education. During that time, she was named one of the 50 most influential comedians by Variety.

Her other solo shows include "Aliens in America" and "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp" (both off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre), "Sugar Plum Fairy" (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Rep), and "I Worry" (Kennedy Center, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Her short story, "My Father’s Chinese Wives," won a Pushcart Prize in 1996, and is also featured in the Norton Anthology of Modern Literature. Loh’s previous books include A Year in Van Nuys, Aliens in America, Depth Takes a Holiday, and a novel, If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now, which was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of 1998.


Loh has been a regular commentator on NPR’s "Morning Edition," and on PRI’s "This American Life" and “Marketplace”; currently, her weekly segment "The Loh Life"" is heard on KPCC. Loh’s education includes a BS in physics from the California Institute of Technology, an institution which granted her a Distinguished Alumna Award, its highest honor, and for whom she was the first alumna to give a now-famous commencement speech. Loh’s combining of her communication and science skills continue with her syndicated daily minute "The Loh Down on Science," which is heard weekly by 4 million people. Excerpts from her solo piano CD Pianovision has been heard on several NPR shows, and she also scored the music for the 1998 Oscar-winning documentary Breathing Lessons. A Pushcart Prize winner, MacDowell Fellow and three-time National Magazine Award nominee, she is a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly and adjunct professor of visual art and science communication at the University of California, Irvine.

Additional Details

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