Sacramento Live: Railroad Earth’s Halloween Ball rolls back into Placerville

Since the popular new grass jam band Railroad Earth took its name from Jack Kerouac’s short story “October in the Railroad Earth,” it’s fitting the group hosts a truly October holiday celebration.

The Hangtown Halloween Ball featuring Railroad Earth will take place Thursday through Oct. 27 at El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. The band plays all four nights of the music and arts festival, but there will be more than 40 sets of music from 28 artists including Galactic (pictured), The Pimps of Joytime, Arden Park Roots and The Nibblers.

Of course there’s so much more than music at the festival: Some daily highlights are Friday’s Pumpkin Carving with Power Tools in the Zen Garden hosted by John Skehan of Railroad Earth, who’ll play some acoustic bouzouki music before showing off his carving techniques; a Saturday clowning workshop; and yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday.

Somehow the festival’s overall theme is “Roaring ’20s World’s Fair,” and just how that works with Halloween and jam bands and yoga, you’ll have to experience for yourself.

There is a campsite contest for the site best decorated in the Roaring ’20s theme. Everyone attending is encouraged to participate in daily costume themes: “Trick or Treat!” on Friday, “Ghoulish Gatsby Get Down” on Saturday, and “Oceans of Invention: Sailing the High Seas” on Sunday.

Thursday-Oct. 27 at El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Single day passes for adults, $25-65. Multiple-day passes available. www.hangtown . The ticket helpline is (510) 547-1992.

Images celebrates

Founder and artistic director Lisa Lacy’s Images Theatre Company celebrates a new home and a new direction at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (DDSO) Parkway Theater with “Performing With A Purpose – A Celebration of Word, Music, and Song.”

Featured will be actor, comic and activist Donald Lacy, music from Images’ music director, Charles Trenell Cooper, and spoken word performances from Images’ Circle of Light Poets led by Coon The Poet, Ayla Dozier and Destiny Robbins.

Images has been commissioned by the California Black Health Network to create informational theater performances that deal with health-related issues. Those shows will tour throughout California beginning next year. Here Lacy and her crew preview that work.

Lacy was recently seen in Richard Montoya’s “The River” at Campo Santo in San Francisco.

The event is free, but space is limited. At DDSO – Adult Centers, Parkway Campus, 5051 47th Ave., Sacramento.

‘Stranger’ winds down

KOLT Creations’ “My Own Stranger” three-woman show based on the writings of Anne Sexton completes its traveling multi- gallery run with performances at 8 tonight at Gallery 2110, 2110 K St., and at 6:30 p.m Thursday at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.

Sexton was an American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book “Live or Die.”

Tickets are $20 at Gallery 2110 and free with museum admission at the Crocker, $5-$10. For more information: www.KOLTRun Creations .com .