Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 5
Write Out Loud: California Gold
Short stories are minidramas, made so by language alone. So, asked the founders of Write Out Loud, why not assemble a troupe and read them in public? That idea has grown into a popular event. These aren't staged readings, with little advance preparation. Local actors rehearse a story as they would a script, emphasizing style and meaning. As in the old days of radio, regular attendees often close their eyes and listen. California Goldpresents "treasured stories of our state great and small," including works by Steinbeck, Saroyan, and Jeffers.
Worth a try.