They may not have been punks before you were a punk (I know a lot of you have been in the game a long time), but as Sacramento’s Knockoffs celebrate 20 years in show business, I think we can at least agree they qualify as Second Wave punk OGs. The fellas (Tom H., Big Tom, Bobby, Danny) know how to put on a show, and they’re having a shindig over at Old Ironsides on Saturday. As the guys say, it’s just “5 lousy bucks.” Other bands who’ll be in the house helping celebrate are Bright Faces, Arts & Leisure, and Dr. Frank. The 21 and over “PUNCH AND PIE 2013 Featuring The Knockoffs 20th Anniversary Extravaganza!” starts at 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St., Sacramento. For information call (916) 443-9751or go to www.theoldironsides.com/.
Elementary, Dr. Watson
The London-based fictional “consulting detective” Sherlock Holmes, created by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, has become one the most popular characters of all time. Besides appearing in four novels and 56 short stories, Holmes has reportedly been dramatized by more than 70 actors in at least 200 films. There’s just something about the shrewd, slightly aloof, cocaine-using, forensic craftsman that captures the imagination. Writer Charles Marowitz’s play “Sherlock’s Last Case” revives memories of the detective’s greatest nemesis, Professor Moriarty. The Main Street Theatre Works production directed by Julie Anchor with Kevin Kirtlan as Holmes, Brandon Rapoza as Dr. Watson, Kelley Ogden as Liza Moriarty, and Scott Adams as Inspector Lestrade, runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 7 at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson. Tickets are $12-17.50. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Main Street Theatre suggests you bring picnic dinners, wine, jackets (for cool summer evenings), blanket, low-back chairs, and mosquito repellant. Access to the amphitheatre is from North Main Street. Call (209) 295-4499 or go to http://www.mstw.org for information.
The playwright Donald Margulies doesn’t get produced an awful lot here, but his work is usually complex, edgy and interesting if not always a barrel of laughs. Ovation Stage is producing his latest, which deals with journalists who been in Iraq and how they deal with world of Brooklyn after living in the war zone. Margulies has said he was trying “to capture a sense of the way we live now, to dramatize the things that thinking, feeling, moral people are thinking about and struggle with.” The Sacramento premiere production features Beth Edwards, James Andrews, Earl Victorine, and Amber Lucito. Maggie Adair Upton directs. At the Three Penny Theatre, 1723 25th St., Sacramento, R25 Arts Complex (25th and R Streets) Opening 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The production continues 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m Sundays through Sept. 15. Tickets are $15-18. For information call (916) 448-0312 or go to www.Ovationstage.com
Last Week End at the Lake
This weekend the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival closes its 1960s mod-influenced, rock ’n’ roll-based “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The performances at the Warren Edward Trepp Stage at Sand Harbor State Park always risk being upstaged by the natural beauty surrounding the venue, but go for the sights and the scenes. Producing artistic director Charles Fee directs Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, which centers on young lovers who get lost in the forest and the mischievous Puck. 7:30 p.m. through Sunday. Sand Harbor State Park, Incline Village, Nev. Tickets are $15 to 85. For information, www.laketahoeshakespeare.com or call (800) 747-4697.