Two live plays premiere this weekend and so does Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’! There will also be a new nationwide ‘Star Wars’ celebration held at select libraries in the area and also a talk on “The Lord of the Rings”! All events are in Sacramento unless otherwise noted. For more details on an event, please visit the link(s) or other contact information provided.
Live theatrical premiere: ‘The Ogre’
Friday, Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m.
Big Idea Theatre
1616 Del Paso Boulevard
Phone: (916) 960-3036
Historically famous author Stephen Crane is the lead character in this live drama who lives his final days in a mansion called Brede Place. There he begins questioning whether the place is haunted or if he’s going insane when he hears screams and other mysterious sounds. The play won six 2011 Elly Awards “including Best Overall Production of a Drama,” according to Big Idea Theatre. Please visit the theatre’s website or call the number listed above for ticket information.
Live theatrical premiere: ‘Aladdin and His Magic Lamp’
Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.
The Little Theatre in the Performing Arts Center, Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Boulevard
City Theater presents this adaptation of one of the most famous tales from the “1,001 Arabian Nights” about a boy and his genie and their adventures together. The opening day performance (Saturday) will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Admission is $5 general, children ages 0-2 free.
Star Wars Reads Day
Saturday, various times and locations.
The Sacramento Public Library is participating in this first, nationwide, annual Star Wars celebration–as stated on Sac Geeks’ Meetup.com page–that promotes literacy! According to StarWars.com, select branches of the library may have “Star Wars” related authors or costumed characters from related fan clubs such as the 501st Legion Central California Garrison and the R2 Builders Club. So who knows, you may even see a life size R2-D2 replica rolling around at one of the libraries! “All events [participating libraries] will have giveaways and a raffle,” says StarWars.com.
Full Circle: An Exploration of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
Sunday 2 p.m.
828 I Street
Learn everything you wanted to know about “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy before seeing “The Hobbit” which releases in theaters this December! The topic of this Tolkien discussion series is morality in “Moral Realities of The Lord of the Rings,” a talk by CSUS Professor of Philosophy, Thomas Pyne. The moral aspects behind the trilogy will be discussed. Prof. Pyne will attempt to explain how the concept of evil is not a mere juvenile fantasy in Tolkien’s famous trilogy. The discussion series will continue with similar talks every first and third Sunday of the month until December.
Big screen sci fi/fantasy movie releases
Friday, various times and locations. Please visit Fandango.com for details.
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