September 13

Authors, Actors, & Art: A Perfect Opening Night

September 13

What a fabulous start to the series—standing room only at the Pence! Sacramento writer Kate Asche calls the event “half-stage performance, half-literary reading—and all wonderful!” Read the full write-up at Asche’s website, an essential source for information on literary happenings in our region.

Thanks to everyone who helped make our first event a success. We hope you’ll join us on October 12 for an evening featuring Jodi Angel, author of the collections The History of Vegas and You Only Get Letters from Jail, and emerging writer Azin Arefi.


Inaugural Event Countdown


It’s less than twenty-four hours until our first event, and we couldn’t be more excited. Join us tomorrow evening to hear great stories, munch on chocolate chip cookies garnished with sea salt, sip some wine or sparkling water, and even get your book signed by Valerie Fioravanti.

You’ll also get to see paintings, mosaics, ceramics, photography, textiles, and sculpture—the Stories on Stage space is part of the Pence’s rotating art gallery, so every month you’ll discover new authors, actors, and artists.

See you tomorrow!

Featured Actors 9/14/13

Jim Lane

Jim Lane

Jim Lane will read Valerie Fioravanti’s “Garbage Night at the Opera.” Jim received his BA in theatre from CSU Sacramento in 1977. He has been acting and directing for over 50 years in Sacramento and Southern California, where he earned an MA in theatre from CSU Long Beach. Jim has worked at Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, and at Sacramento’s Music Circus, among many others. Favorite roles include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Philip Marlowe in The Little Sister, the Stage Manager in Our Town, Erronius in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Henry in Luigi Pirandello’s Enrico IV, and Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey. Jim’s screen appearances include Clint Eastwood’s Bird and Wisdom with Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore. Jim is also a film critic for the Sacramento News & Review, and he blogs on Classic Hollywood at Jim Lane’s Cinedrome.


Pam Metzger

Pam Metzger will read Michelle Woods’ “Collard Greens & Baklava.” Pam has been a voice-over talent for over 35 years. Working 20 years as a radio announcer in several different formats helped develop her skills and ability to deliver in a unique way to many different audiences. Her love of the written word makes for an interesting read, no matter what the content. Pam has two sons and is currently employed at Univision Communications as a Senior Account Executive.