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“The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” at the B Street Theatre Family Series stars, from left, Anthony D’Juan, Atim Udoffia and Ure Egbuho. It continues through Feb. 23.

Sacramento Live: ‘The Conductor’ at B Street

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Harriet Tubman, often called Moses for all the slaves she led to freedom in the 1850s, was herself born a slave in 1820. Her name as a young woman was Araminta, and her owners called her Minty.

Playwright Jerry Montoya calls on these two parts of Tubman’s extraordinary life in creating a tense but child-friendly story about the abolitionist, “The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.” It premiered at the B Street Theatre’s Family Series in 2010 and is being reprised this month with a stellar cast, which Montoya directs.

Atim Udoffia (“Clybourne Park” at Capital Stage) stars as Harriet Tubman, with Ure Egbuho as Minty; the ensemble of Anthony D’Juan, Rick Kleber and Amy Kelly play a variety of roles.

Public performances of the Family Series production continue at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 23. At the B Street Theatre Family Series Stage, 2727 B St., Sacramento. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 children. Information: (916) 443-5300, www.bstreettheatre.org

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Hammond B 3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith has often been confused with Lonnie Liston Smith, also a top-notch progenitor of the organ jazz trio. Dr. Lonnie’s distinction (besides the strictly honorary prefix and his hear wear) is his singular sense of dynamics.

The good doctor and his close-knit trio (guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Jamire Williams) know how to patiently work an understated groove into simmering cauldron of steaming funk and then bring it all back down again – a learned art that Smith and his trio have mastered.

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Cabaret, Mondavi Center, Mrak Hall Drive, Davis; 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $32. Information: www.mondaviarts.org or (866) 754-2787.


The jazz saxophonist and composer Darius Babazadeh seems to be at the top his game. His elegant CD from last spring, “Endless Stars,” makes a short list of the best Sacramento-made recordings in any genre over the past several years.

Consisting of a dozen compositions including John Coltrane’s “Syeeda’s Flute Song,” Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Desafinado,” Blossom Dearie’s “Inside A Silent Tear” and Sam Rivers’ “Beatrice,” the album finds Babazadeh confident and in control as he recorded with Scott Collard on keyboards, Buca Necak on bass, and Rick Lotter on drums.

This same band, Bacolone, takes the stage at Beatnik Studios’ Third Thursday Jazz. It will likely stretch, but don’t expect anything other than thoughtful main-stream jazz economy.

7 p.m. Thursday at Beatnik Studios, 723 S St., Sacramento. Tickets are $10. Information at www.beatnik-studios.com or call (916) 400-4281.

Even more ‘Real’

Capital Stage’s production of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” starring John Pasha and Jamie Kale, has found a niche with audiences, and ticket demand has pushed the company to add four performances. The new shows are at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 1.

Capital Stage Theatre, 2215 J St., Sacramento. Regularly scheduled performances continue at 7 p.m. Wednesdays (no show Feb. 26), 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $26-$36. Information at (916) 995-5464, www.capstage.org

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