The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival closes its summer season this weekend with three performances two of Luther Hanson's Italian opera- influenced "Julius Caesar" and one of Matt Miller's '70s disco extravaganza "Twelfth Night." The cast of "Twelfth Night" takes its last bows at 8 p.m. Saturday while "Julius Caesar" plays at 8 tonight and 6 p.m. Sunday.
Performances are in the William A. Carroll Amphitheatre, 3901 Land Park Drive in William Land Park, behind Fairytale Town, across from the Sacramento Zoo. Tickets: $15-$18. Information: (916) 558-2228 or www.sacramentoshakespeare.net
Locally based short story writer Jodi Angel has garnered accolades from across the country for her new collection of recently published stories, "You Only Get Letters From Jail." Esquire magazine calls it "one of the best books of the summer," saying, "Angel's voice is as singular and natural as they come, splintered and unvarnished, at times dripping with sweat and Schlitz." Angel's story "The Diving Reflex" from the new book will be featured at Stories on Stage, the reading series featuring regional actors and short fiction from established and emerging local authors with the writers present to introduce their work.
Angel's debut collection of short stories, "The History of Vegas," was named a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book and a Los Angeles Times Book Review Discovery in 2005. Angel's story "A Good Deuce" was noted as a Distinguished Story of 2011 in "The Best American Short Stories."
Also at Stories on Stage, actress Ruby Sketchley will read Deborah Meltvedt's "Revolution." Meltvedt's work recently received an honorable mention citation from the acclaimed short story publication Glimmer Train. Stories on Stage is the final Friday of every month at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St. Donation: $5; wine donations always welcome. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.; storiesonstagesacramento.wordpress.com
Wrack and roll
San Francisco-based Kyle Bruckmann brings his Wrack ensemble to Luna's Cafe for a Nebraska Monday set on Monday. The avant garde chamber jazz band's unusual instrumentation features Bruckmann on oboe and electronics, Jen Clare Paulson on viola, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Anton Hatwich on bass, Tim Daisy on drums, and often various horns.
Wrack moves easily between the structures of a modern classical music sensibility and the formlessness of free jazz. Also performing are Rent Romus' horn-based Lords of Outland. Sci-fi authors Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft and Philip K. Dick give the band inspiration. Luna's Cafe, 1414 16th St., Sacramento. 7:30 p.m.; $5-$20; call (916) 441-3931 or go to lunascafe.com for more information.
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