Sierra Stages & Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the Book: Stage Kiss

On Wednesday, October 25, Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present, Stage Kiss, as part of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Jeffrey Mason, Stage Kiss is a charming tale about when art imitates life and life imitates art.

“Stage Kiss is irresistible because it’s about theatre,” explains Mason. “The two main characters—known simply as He and She—are seasoned professionals in mid-career who had a torrid love affair some years earlier.  They both end up in the play-within-a-play that’s the project for Act One, and they resume their love affair in spite of He having a steady girlfriend and She being married.”

Stage Kiss had its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in 2011 and its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons in 2014.

Ruhl, an acclaimed playwright, professor, and essayist, intended to be a poet, but was persuaded in college to pursue playwriting. She has since had two of her plays finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has also received a nomination for Tony Award for Best Play. Her singular voice shines in Stage Kiss, with a script that is full of theatre bits, jokes, and situations.  

“We see the theatre from the point of view of experienced actors, less experienced actors, a director who’s much less capable than he wants everyone to believe, and a couple of family members who are NOT theatre people, but are compelled to tolerate the life,” says Mason about why he loves the play so much.

Sharon Winegar reads the part of She and opposite her is Jon Enos as He. Joining them are Casey Burke, Scott Young, Catie Cleary and Michele Nesbit.

Now in its fifth season, Theater By the Book is an opportunity for local theatre artists and audiences to enjoy material that would otherwise be unavailable.  The beauty of the reading format is that it offers the text – the playwright’s words – but without making the demands that is routinely necessary for a full production.  All that is needed for a reading is a director, a cast of actors whose rehearsal commitment is quite brief, and the audience’s imagination! 

“When any of the local companies considers a play or a musical for a full production, they’re always facing the questions of how well they can pull it off and whether or not enough people will want to see it,” explains Mason.  “For Theater by the Book, the stakes are much lower and the challenges much simpler, circumstances that open the door to wonderful, compelling pieces that might not seem practical for the much greater commitment of the full production.  So we all benefit from these opportunities.”

Wednesday night’s performance is the final 2017 offering of Theater By the Book. Readings will continue in 2018.

KNOW & GO

WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the Book: Stage Kiss

WHEN: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City      

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

INFO: www.minersfoundry.org

Mane Event Salon – Ribbon Cutting Thursday, October 19th at Noon

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce & the Mane Event Invite You……

Come join us for a ribbon cutting at the Mane Event, a new business in the 7-Hills Business District! Everyone’s invited to welcome the Mane Event to our business community. See you there!

Mane Event Salon, 538 Searls Avenue  Nevada City  530/477-8866

The Hair Lounge & Nevada City Chamber Invite You to a Ribbon Cutting October 30th

Join Us At NOON on October 30th!!

The Hair Lounge – 305 Railroad Avenue #10, Nevada City

Come and see the brand new Hair Lounge full service salon and barber shop where modern meets industrial in a relaxing urban setting. Upscale and affordable for Men and Women. Offering all hair and barbering services along with skin care and waxing. Monat…a full line of botanical based vegan hair care products are available for purchase.

Nevada City Tree Tour Map Now Available – Just in Time for Fall Color!

The newly updated Nevada City Tree Tour map is now available online. Check it out by visiting the Nevada City Chamber website, (you’ll find it under ‘Maps’), or if you’d like, come by the Chamber of Commerce office and pick-up a few of the postcards, which include a scannable QR code, which makes it quick and easy to find and use the map on a smartphone. The newly updated map also includes a link to Google Earth and a downloadable PDF, which can be printed or used as a guide on a tablet or smartphone.

Thank you sponsors! The production of the Nevada City Tree Tour has been supported by California ReLeaf, Pacific Gas & Electric, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, with the sponsorship of Acton Arboriculture, Inc., Byers LeafGuard, Gold Creek Inn B&B, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co., and GoFundMe.com donations.

What’s next? Each point on the Tree Tour map could use numbers to for easy route planning, and we would also like to reach out a more of the community, letting them know about the map, so we need just a bit more of a boost to get there. Six website sponsors are now available. This means your business could have its logo and name included in the Tree Tour Map page on the Nevada City Chamber website for at least 24 months for just $100. Donations can still be made to the Nevada City Tree Tour CrowdFund account at www.gofundme.com/NCC-tree-tour

Here are a few tips on using this new digital map on a smartphone.

1. Scan the QR code with a QR reader on your smartphone.
2. Click the icon on the far left of the screen to see a list of trees on the tour.
3. Click the box icon on the far right on the screen to open the map in Google Maps.
4. Once open in Google maps, below destination, select the walking icon for your route.

Visit www.nevadacitychamber.com/nccc-trees

 

The Stone House Presents Jazz Dinner Series

 

Upcoming Jazz Dinner Series at The Stone House

Enjoy live Jazz every Friday evening while dining on exquisite cuisine at the historic Stone House in Nevada City

For reservations please call 530.265.5050

Friday October 27 Jazz Quartet “Tumble”

Tumble is an adventurous quartet influenced by the many musical traditions originating in Africa. Robert Heirendt provides the core of the group’s sound on the mbira, the Zimbabwean instrument sometimes referred to as the thumb piano. Heirendt is joined by Sean Kerrigan on guitar, Randy McKean on saxophone and clarinets, and Bill Douglass on acoustic bass.
They weave musical influences including traditional Zimbabwean trance music, modern improvisation, jazz, Afro pop, and experimental compositional structures. These diverse influences collide and tumble into one another in a subtle and refined manner.

 

Fright Night with Zepparella, Achilles Wheel and Novelists

Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents FRIGHT NIGHT, Nevada County’s largest Halloween bash, Saturday, October 28th 

The legendary Halloween party now in its thirty-ninth year, promises another infamous evening of brilliant costumes and decorations, an epic dance party, and good ole’ fun rock n’ roll music.

This year’s FRIGHT NIGHT features live music from Zepparella, an all-female powerhouse from San Francisco, who explores their own improvised magic within the framework of Led Zeppelin’s mighty songs.

In nine years as a band, Zepparella has released two live albums and toured throughout the United States opening for the likes of Weezer, Kiss, and Y&T.  Zepparella are known internationally for their playing and have graced numerous festival stages, private parties, theatres, and down and dirty rock venues.

Drummer Clementine is the founding member of Zepparella. From the beginning of her musical career, her goal has been to be onstage every night. The pursuit of that goal has led Clementine to constantly tour the US and Europe in projects as diverse as Bottom, AC/DShe, The House Of More, The Solid, Francis Bakin, and Stars Turn Me On. She tackles the best rock drumming ever written with her own emotionally powerful style, bringing the Motown influence of the Bonham groove to the forefront. The profound musical connection established with Gretchen, Angeline, and Noelle, creates the bond required to do this great music justice.

It was under the tutelage of classical guitarist Phillip DeFremery, a student of Andrés Segovia, that guitarist Gretchen Menn began her path on the instrument. Playing with tireless passion and constantly seeking out new challenges, her projects are often unconventional, genre-bending expressions combining elements of classical, rock, progressive, jazz, and metal. On influences, Gretchen has never tired of her initial inspirations—Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Frank Zappa, and Jeff Beck. But she has loved Jimmy Page’s guitar playing longer than she has played the guitar. It was through the music of Led Zeppelin that she found a gateway into music that resonated deeply with her, creating a love for guitar-oriented music, and, ultimately, the guitar.

Bassist Angeline Saris has musical passions that span jazz to speed metal, R&B to rock, Cuban to hip-hop, and flamenco to rockabilly. Angeline has done it all – and does it extremely well. It is this versatility, her rock-solid time, tastefully crafted bass lines, and unequivocal skills that give her the ability to bring cohesion to the eclectic Zeppelin catalog. Angeline credits John Paul Jones as a main influence, so it is no surprise that she shines as she interprets his thunder.

Finally, former Zepparella singer Anna Kristina will be stepping in for lead singer Noelle Doughty. Anna is a velvety vocal powerhouse who is like Joss Stone meets Ann Wilson meets Eva Cassidy. She is soulful, fiery and rocking yet uniquely warm and genuine. Her original style came from an organic combination of her natural soulful sound, her wide range of musical influences, and her ability to sing anything from swingin’ jazz and R&B, to ballads and bluesy soul, to gritty rock.  To top it off, Anna is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose pants-clad slinky strutting stage presence captivates and commands audiences worldwide.

Roots rock band Achilles Wheel returns to FRIGHT NIGHT this year hot off opening gigs with Phil Lesh and Friends, and performances at High Sierra Music Festival and the Four Peaks Music Festival. The Achilles Wheel sound comes across as both Old School and New School and is riddled with great songwriting. The band features Jonny Mojo Flores on lead guitar and vocals, Paul Kamm on guitar and vocals, Shelby Snow on bass and vocals, Ben Jacobs (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield) on keyboards, Mark McCartney on drums and vocals and Gary Campus on drums and percussion.

Opening the show are The Novelists. Equally comfortable acoustic or electric, The Novelists showcase cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers, and their signature four-part harmonies. The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits and are planning several national tours throughout 2017.  They’ve shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis).

Some of the many highlights of FRIGHT NIGHT include a spectacular light show by Mark Jacoby, old monster movies projected in the foyer, plus the entire Foundry, with its beautiful stone halls and high wood beam ceilings, festively decorated. Food will also be available for purchase. 

This local tradition dates back to 1978 when Bobby Angel coined the name and produced the first five FRIGHT NIGHT’s at the American Victorian Museum as a fundraiser for community radio station KVMR. The first FRIGHT NIGHT was $2 with costume; simulcast live on KVMR and featured Mighty Dread, Harry Harpoon and the House Wreckers, plus a special appearance by the Phantom of the Opera.

Thirty-nine years later, FRIGHT NIGHT has gone through many producers including artists and visionaries David Osborn and Charles Woods, KVMR, and Foothill Theatre Company, and it is now considered one of the Miners Foundry’s largest annual fundraisers.

KNOW & GO

WHO: Fright Night with Zepparella, Achilles Wheel and Novelists

WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2017, Doors 7:0pm, Show 8:00pm

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, ‪325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA

TICKETS: $25 in Advance, $30 at the Door and available online at

‪www.minersfoundry.org, by phone at ‪(530) 265-5040, or in person at

Miners Foundry or Briar Patch Co-Op

INFO: ‪(530) 265-5040 or ‪www.minersfoundry.org

 

Oink-a-Ween at Animal Place – Saturday October 28th

“Looking for family-friendly Halloween fun? Join Animal Place for our 3rd annual Oink-a-Ween celebration on Saturday, October 28th from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Come in costume and bring a pumpkin! Guests will make and give treats to our rescued chickens and rabbits, and watch as the staff treat the rescued pigs with pumpkins. Finish the morning off with trick-or-treating and games for the kids. Get your $5 ticket today at http://bit.ly/2fU16zp. See you there!”

October Ghost Tours

2017 Ghost Tours are happening the last three Fridays & Saturdays in October

Grass Valley Tour on Fridays

Meet at the Grass Valley Library, 7:30 p.m.

Tour lasts about 2 hours

Cost is $10 for Adults, $5 For children 12 and under

Children under 5 are Free

Nevada City Tour on Saturdays

Meet at the Alpha Building – (across from the National Hotel), 7:30 p.m.

Tour lasts about 1 ½ hour

Cost is $10 for Adults, $5 For children 12 and under

Children under 5 are Free

For more information: www.nevadacitychamber.com

 


Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Search for 2018 Fair Slogan

Submit the winning slogan and win a prize package to the 2018 Nevada County Fair

Peaches, plums, cherries, pears, and apples – the 2018 Fair theme is all about orchards – and the Fairgrounds is hosting a contest to find the winning “orchard” slogan for the 2018 Fair. Do you have a catchy or fun slogan that features orchards that you think would be perfect for the 2018 Nevada County Fair? If so, submit it!

Visit the Fair’s website at NevadaCountyFair.com and submit a slogan about orchards. Be creative and have fun! If the slogan you submit is selected, you win. The winner will receive a 2018 Nevada County Fair package that includes two free admission tickets for each day of the Fair, a 5-day parking pass for the Fair, and ride coupons.

Submissions must be five words or less and no trade-marked slogans will be considered. The contest is open to Nevada County residents only. The contest runs now through November 10, 2017. For those without access to the Internet, entry forms are available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds office, or information can be mailed to the Fairgrounds at P.O. Box 2687, Grass Valley, CA 95945. No phone entries will be accepted.

Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and on social media; and is used to determine special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the annual Fair.

The 2018 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 8 – 12. For a complete list of contest rules or information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

A Sense of Belonging | Making Art on the Earth – FREE EVENT

Saturday Nov 4, 10am – 2pm

A guided workshop by Ruth Chase creating an art installation in nature that expresses a group idea. The focus is on looking at our environment to communicate a sense of belonging. This will be an inspiring outdoor event making Land Art.

NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED

4-hour workshop with break for lunch
Ages 10 – 16 allowed with adult chaperone
All materials are provided

WHAT to BRING
> Bag lunch
> Water Bottle
> Good walking shoes
> Sun / bug protection
> Notebook optional
> Gardening gloves optional
> Camera optional, consider submitting a photo of your Land Art for the BELONGING Exhibition: May 2 – July 30

RSVP: www.eventbrite.com

Sierra Stages Concludes its 9th Season with the musical “Ordinary Days”

October 5 – 28 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley

This fall, Sierra Stages concludes its ninth season with the critically acclaimed musical “Ordinary Days” written by composer/lyricist Adam Gwon. Sandra Rockman directs, with music direction by Ken Getz, and featuring local Nevada County actors Jay Barker, Nancy Haffey, Jonathan Hansard, and Kim Wellman.

From one of musical theatre’s most exciting new composers comes “Ordinary Days”, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps. In the bustle and routine of New York, “Ordinary Days” tells the story of four everyday people discovering that their dreams, their passions, and their struggles are anything but ordinary. This intimate musical – about finding the beauty and the extraordinary in the everyday – has been called “a quietly affecting show” by the New York Times and “arrestingly poetic” by the Los Angeles Times.

“‘Ordinary Days’ is an incredibly compelling musical,” says music director Getz, who also accompanies the actors on piano during performances. “Our director (Sandra), our four actors (Jay, Nancy, Jonathan and Kim), and I worked on a one-night reading of the show as part of our Theater by the Book play reading series in the spring of 2015 and we all truly loved the show, so much so that we began looking for a way to do a full production and explore the characters and songs in greater depth. When we were putting together our season for 2017, we thought that an intimate four-person musical with solo piano would perfectly complement our very large 20-person/16-musician summer musical, Chicago.”

The New York Times review of the original Off-Broadway production proclaimed: “‘Ordinary Days’ introduces a promising newcomer to our talent-hungry musical theater, the composer and lyricist Adam Gwon. Mr. Gwon writes crisp, fluid and often funny lyrics that reflect the racing minds of the four New Yorkers on a nervous search for their immediate futures.”

The Washington Post review called the musical “a sweet and tender survey of four New Yorkers, fighting through the emotional noise and dramatic traffic to arrive at a clearer sense of who they are and what they want to be. It’s a beguiling little tale, set to composer Adam Gwon’s effervescent, urban-romantic melodies.”

The Post review continued: “Gwon’s 19 songs are the evening’s sole engine. They’re lyrically witty and rich enough in narrative and character detail to power the dual plots of the musical. One tale revolves around strangers and the other, around lovers. In the former, a connection is made after Warren finds Deb’s misplaced treasure, the book containing all of the notes for her dissertation on Virginia Woolf, and arranges to give it back to her. In the latter, cohabiting Jason and Claire learn that building a city nest requires more compromise and patience than they bargained for. The two stories converge only tangentially, in that random way people in a large metropolis might brush past each other, once or maybe as many as 100 times, in a Starbucks, a park, or a museum. Incidentally, the Warren-and-Deb plot is about friendship, not romance. It’s one of the refreshing dichotomies constructed by Gwon, who can invest a platonic story with as much meaning as one about passion.”

“When we did the one-night reading of ‘Ordinary Days’ almost three years ago now, we had no idea whether anyone would show up because virtually no one had ever heard of the show, the songs, or the composer/lyricist,” says Getz. “We were pleasantly surprised that night to have an overflow crowd, all of whom were immediately engaged by the music, story and characters. We’re hoping those folks will come see our full production with sets, lights, costumes, and even more deeply drawn characters and even more nuanced singing of the songs by our terrific cast, and will tell their friends to come as well and experience this moving, thoughtful, and funny show.”

“Ordinary Days” plays for four weekends only from October 5 – 28 at the Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley. Performances are Thursdays (October 5 and October 26) at 7 PM; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; and Sundays (October 8 and October 15) at 2 PM. General Admission is $25; Reserved Seating is offered at $35 and is available for audience members who wish to select specific seat locations in advance and provide additional financial support to the production and Sierra Stages. $15 Student Rush tickets (for students age 25 and under with a valid student ID) are offered at the door beginning ½ hour before each performance, subject to availability. For tickets and information, visit www.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210. There are NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES for purchasing tickets online.

Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began in 2008, Sierra Stages has presented 32 plays and musicals at various venues in Grass Valley and Nevada City.

In addition, Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center co-present Theater by the Book, a series of informal play readings throughout the year. This fall, the fifth season of this popular series concludes with “Stage Kiss” by Sarah Ruhl on Wednesday, October 25. The readings are free, with a suggested $10 donation. For more information about Sierra Stages, visit www.SierraStages.org or call (530) 346-3210.

 

What: The musical “Ordinary Days” by composer/lyricist Adam Gwon
When: October 5-28 Thursdays (October 5 and October 26) at 7 pm; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays (October 8 and October 15) at 2 pm
Where: Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley
Information: www.SierraStages.org or call (530) 346-3210

Paint n’ Sip | FunRaiser for BELONGING

Paint Kandinsky with Denise Wey – Sunday Nov 5th, 3-5pm

Summer Thyme’s Bakery, 231 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley,

Behold Kandinsky’s Vibrant Landscapes!

You’ll paint your very own landscape using acrylics on canvas and be guided step-by-step in the process. Come enjoy a fun night with friends in our community. Artist Ruth Chase invites you to a BELONGING workshop taught by Nevada County’s very own Denise Wey.

Take away your own masterpiece. Paint an easy Kandinsky-style landscape! Cocktails, beverages, and food are not included in the price. Enjoy an evening with friends in a relaxing and inspiring atmosphere! Your donation supports the arts and the BELONGING project by artist Ruth Chase. All materials are included. You Can Paint! Give yourself permission! Beginners welcome!

RSVP: www.eventbright.com

What is Belonging? Belonging is led by Nevada County Arts Council Artist-in-Residence, Ruth Chase. Ruth and Cinematographer Radu Sava are creating a series of paintings and a short film that tell the story of diverse residents in Nevada County and their relationship to the land. These will be displayed publicly in Spring 2018 at Summer Thyme’s in Grass Valley. A series of public events.
Why is Belonging Important? Belonging reveals the vital role artists play in healthy communities. Being artist-driven, community participation plays a fundamental role and draws on the experiences and lives of community members to portray what it means to ‘belong’ here in Nevada County.

Chase says: “I hope that people will find a better sense of connection—not only with each other, but with the land we share. Every move I make will be focused on accomplishing this.”

Learn More About Belonging www.RuthChase.com/belonging

 

 

 

New Work at The Alexander Gallery: PERSONA

Deborah Bridges, Local Artist, Nationally Recognized

Show dates: September 28-November 12, 2017

Deborah Bridges is a Northern California native residing in Grass Valley, CA. Deborah’s art education began in a studio specializing in monumental scale bronze sculpture. She established a career in classical bronze figuration, and then developed a line of garden sculpture that is currently being carried in galleries across the U.S.  These days Deborah is creating thought provoking ceramic figurative sculpture, teaching advanced sculpture,  and running a studio that includes three apprentices.  Her work has won awards from the Off-Center International Ceramic Competition, The Utah Arts Festival and La Quinta Arts.  The Alexander Gallery in Nevada City, CA represents Deborah.

Statement on current “Persona” series 2017
“So what is it I am expressing in the serious faces with clown-like paint and doll-like bodies? I love the incongruity of them. I love the complicated and mysterious humanity of them. When I was younger all of my work pointed to transcendence, a message of rising above and beyond this mortal existence.  I am 61 years old now and feel much more drawn to fully inhabiting my body and this life.  My figures are grappling with the full range of human experience, the dark as well as the light.

The clown faces point to the masks we wear as we try to hold on to the stories of our selfhood, our personas.  The articulation of the bodies, as well as the contortion, speaks to our awkward attempts to be taken seriously as separate individuals in a mistakenly perceived world of separation.”  www.thealexandergallery.net