Free Fall Stage

“She Has a Name” features, from left, Bonnie Antignani, Supatchaya Sunpanich, Jeannette Baisch and Caitlyn Marie Wardell.

Sacramento live: In Folsom, Free Fall has a ‘Name’ to share

Published: Thursday, May. 29, 2014 - 10:00 am

The earnest young community theater-makers at Free Fall Stage are presenting the human-trafficking drama “She Has a Name.”

Canadian playwright Andrew Kooman’s 2010 drama centers on a lawyer trying to build a case against a Bangkok brothel allegedly importing young women to work there. Emma Eldridge directs, with Supatchaya Sunpanich and Chris Quandt leading the cast.

Free Fall performs at Victory Life Church, 800 Reading St., Folsom, though the group has no affiliation with the church beyond renting space there.

Tickets are $13-$16. Performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through June 21 and 4 p.m. Sunday and June 22. Victory Life Church, 800 Reading St., Folsom. Information at (916) 207-4420, www.freefallstage.com .

Bud Spangler tribute

The late drummer, producer and radio host Bud Spangler knew more about jazz than he could ever share, though he tried as hard as he could to give it all away.

Spangler, who died Jan. 16 at 75, was well known here for his fine quartet with trumpeter Tom Peron. The group released two albums, 1994’s “Interplay” and 1996’s “Dedication.” He was also a thoughtful, sensitive, Grammy-nominated producer who worked with such artists as Taylor Eigsti, Kenny Burrell and Cedar Walton.

In the Bay Area, he became well known on radio first on a Sunday night jazz show on KJAZ and later on “Sunday Night Suites” on KCSM. Spangler also helped create the concert series Jazz at Filoli in Woodside.

On Sunday at JB’s Jazz Lounge, Peron pays tribute to his friend and colleague with a memorial show featuring many of the area’s finest musicians, including Joe Gilman, John Wiitala, Scott Collard, Darius Babazadeh, Rick Lotter, Steve Homan and Kristen Miranda, all of whom shared stages with Spangler.

In a 1997 interview Spangler told jazz writer Andrew Gilbert how he and Peron were introduced by pianist Jessica Williams, who was living in Sacramento, “She called me and said, ‘Find us a gig in the Bay Area. I’ve got a trumpet player, and you’re just gonna fall in love with his playing.’ It turned out to be Tom Peron, who was then in his late teens. We hit it off immediately, both personally and musically, and we’ve been playing music together ever since.”

First set at 5 p.m. at JB’s Jazz Lounge, 1401 Arden Way (in the Clarion Hotel), Sacramento. Tickets are $5-$15. Reservations: (916) 723-5517 or vtlee54@gmail.com.

Closing time

Little Relics Boutique and Galleria is known for not only its eclectic and entertaining graphic art shows but also its good-time closing parties. This Saturday you get both with the closing of the “Tropical Buddhas, Flowers, Scooters and Sea Monsters” exhibit featuring work by Jay Spooner, Peter Wedel, Nicole Webber Roberts and Dan Wysuph.

6-9 p.m. Little Relics Boutique & Galleria, 908 21st St., Sacramento. (916) 716-2319, www.facebook.com/littlerelics.


Call The Bee’s Marcus Crowder, (916) 321-1120.

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