Modern saxophonist Oliver Lake turns 70 this year and he's still making music at the forward edges of jazz. He'll be at Luna's Cafe at 7:30 p.m. Monday, performing solo and with the locally harvested Airstrike Quartet a band created for this show, with Ross Hammond on guitar, Mike Palmer on bass and Dax Compise on drums.
Lake is known for co-founding the much admired and even more imitated World Saxophone Quartet, yet his work from sitting in with Bill Laswell's groove-rock-oriented Material, as well as his tributes to Eric Dolphy, display a singular talent. His latest album is a big-band effort called "Wheels," released in May. Tickets for Lake at Luna's are $15, all ages. At 1414 16th St., Sacramento. Call (916) 441-3931 or go to lunascafe.com for more information.
Did you hear the one about the crystal meth addict? Well, Steven Strafford will tell it to you this weekend in his one-man show "Methtacular!" The Brooklyn-born actor and writer, who has appeared on stage locally at the Music Circus, has created a dark and funny cautionary tale about his three-year drug addiction (these solo shows don't come out of happy, well- adjusted lives, you know).
Strafford believes this type of intense storytelling goes best with songs and plenty of laughs. Written and performed by Strafford, directed by Adam Fitzgerald, with music direction by Grammy and two-time Emmy Award-winner John McDaniel, "Methtacular!" was favorably received in a New York run last fall. Graham Sobelman presents it here and provides the musical accompaniment. 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. At the William J Geery Theater, 2130 L St., Sacramento.
I met a Fool in the forest
"Men have died from time to time and worms have eaten them, but not for love."
So Rosalind may not have been Shakespeare's most romantic heroine or maybe she was just having a bad day when she uttered that particular speech but "As You Like It" remains a Bard go-to comedy, at least around these parts.
There are two productions of the philosophical, self- conscious story set primarily in the pastoral Forest of Arden, and both close after this weekend. The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble presents its "As You Like it" at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, 1 Garrod Drive, Davis. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$15. For information: (530) 802-0998 or www.shakespearedavis.com.
The West Sacramento Community Theater version of "As You Like It" also takes its final bow after Sunday's performance. The free show starts at 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Linden Park, 2775-2789 Linden Road., West Sacramento. There's lawn seating, so bring blankets, lawn chairs, food, etc. Donations are accepted to help kids attend acting camps.
The lady and her music
Virginia Ayers Dawson celebrates one of the most elegant, vibrant and honest performers of any time when she presents a tribute to the late, great Lena Horne. At JB's Lounge inside the Clarion Inn, 1401 Arden Way. Showtime is 5 p.m. Sunday and tickets are $10, $5 for kids 10 and under. Call (916) 723-5517 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Call The Bee's Call The Bee's Marcus Crowder, (916) 321-1120. Follow him on Twitter @marcuscrowder.