KVMR’s Big Day of Giving is May 3rd

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KVMR, whose mission is to entertain, inform and challenge its listeners with a diverse mix of music, news, opinion and information is participating in Big Day of Giving – part of a National Day of Giving brought to you by your local community.

This year, our goals are to engage 500 donors and raise $25,000 on May 3rd. With your support we plan to expand our community reach by hosting forums (ex. water, veterans, aging and fire safety), improving our coverage in the areas we serve and enhancing the functionality on our digital platform.  Please help us meet our goals!

How you can help on May 3rd:

1) Make a donation (starting as small as $25) to KVMR at https://bigdayofgiving.org/npo/kvmr

2) Spread the word. Tell your friends, post on Facebook, and tweet about it. This is an opportunity to be part of something really big. Help us get there!

Join us for “pop-up” Live Broadcasts throughout the day at SPD, downtown Nevada City (outside Nevada City Chamber) and BriarPatch!

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our community; together, we can make a BIG impact!

The Nevada City Film Festival recognized by Moviemaker Magazine

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The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) was recently recognized by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”. Other distinguished film festivals on the list include Palm Springs International Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, DC Shorts International Film Festival and SlamDance Film Festival, among others. Winners were selected out of thousands of entries based upon each festival’s unique location, audience and experience.

NCFF’s “picturesque historic mining town”, “intimate experience”, and “range of fun activities” helped secure the festival’s spot on the list.

“These are the festivals that will, most likely, form the backbone of your journey on the circuit this year. Careers have been forged in their fires. Your film will find an intelligent, engaged audience who really gets it. Your social media accounts will blow up with future collaborators. You’ll party with crowds you never thought you’d meet, in locales you never thought you’d visit, with drinks you never thought you’d be sipping. And you may well find distribution along the way,” wrote Moviemaker Magazine editors.

The 16th annual Nevada City Film Festival runs September 8-11, 2016. The festival continues to bring together an ever-expanding regional audience of movie lovers with emerging and top independent filmmakers to showcase award-winning international short and feature length films. The four-day celebration of art, music, technology, and independent filmmaking, includes film screenings, industry panels and workshops, filmmaker Q&A’s, live music, hackathons, and other special events.

“We are humbled to be included in this list of world-renowned film festivals and honored to be recognized for being a valuable platform in launching the careers of independent filmmakers,” said Festival Director Jesse Locks.

Film submissions are now open. Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit short and feature length films in a variety of genres including but not limited to documentaries, animation, narrative, comedy, multi-media, experimental, music videos, virtual and augmented reality.

All short films are eligible for the Festival Jury Award – $1,500 and all films are eligible for the Audience Choice Award – $500.

The submission fee is waived for local filmmakers (Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sierra and Sacramento Counties). Please contact festival directors at info@nevadacityfilmfestival.com for more information and a waiver code.

Save and submit early. Regular Deadline is May 1, 2016, and Late Deadline is June 1, 2016. All filmmakers will be notified by July 15, 2016.

To submit your film, go to www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com or call (530) 362-8601.

Upcoming Events at the Miners Foundry

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Spring Acting Classes with Sandra Rockman
May 3 @ 1:00 am – 3:30 pm

Movement Dynamics Dance Class
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Congolese Dance Class
May 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Engage the Arts
May 6 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Mother’s Day Plant Sale
May 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Save the Elephants
May 15 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Much Ado About Nothing
May 18 @ 7:30 pm

Miners Foundry Events

The 24 Hour Plays Aim to Capture Lightning in a Bottle, Again!

 

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WHO: Miners Foundry and Sands Hall present The 24 Hour Plays: Nevada City

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, Doors 6pm, Show 7pm

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

TICKETS: $15, and are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op. Ticketing fees may apply.

“Because it’s just so much fun.”

Sands Hall is explaining, or perhaps rationalizing, why she would take on, once again, the exciting, creative whirlwind of producing the global phenomenon of The 24 Hour Plays in Nevada City.

“The event is a fantastic community builder, “ says Hall. “It brings talented local actors, writers, and directors together with a live theatre audience, and we all get to have a pretty magical experience.”

Fear not, The 24 Hour Plays are not a 24-hour play! It is, rather, six short plays written, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours. Six writers, six directors, and twenty-odd actors work literally round the clock to bring this intense and creative process to fruition.

It goes something like this:

Twenty-three hours before the performance begins, actors, directors, and writers gather. Actors present something about themselves to inspire the writers, and then actors and directors depart for hopefully a good night’s rest. While the others are sleeping, writers vie for the actors they want to use in their plays—all actors must be used, and each only in one play—and start conjuring. The plays must be finished by 6:00 a.m., and then the directors arrive, read the scripts, and decide who directs which play. At 8:15 am, the actors show up and discover their roles. By 8:30 a.m. everyone is hard at work rehearsing, work that goes on all day—including learning lines and creating needed technical aspects—until 6:00 pm, when the audience begins to arrive. At 7:00 pm, lights go up and the six plays unfold over the next hour or so, and voila! Final lights fade approximately twenty-four hours after that group of creative artists first convened.

“Going through such an intense and sustained creative process gives rise to an enormous feeling of accomplishment, stronger creative relationships, and a renewed sense of self-confidence,” explains Hall. “It’s a perfect challenge for the diverse theater artists that grace this area.”

Hall, who is an author and a singer/songwriter, as well as an actor and director, was introduced to The 24 Hour Plays while teaching at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She’s participated as both a writer and a director and thought the concept both “preposterous and fabulous.”

In 2013, Hall approached Gretchen Bond, Executive Director of the Foundry, with the idea of presenting it in Nevada County as a fundraiser for the Foundry’s theatre programming, which includes their drama and literature series, Theater by the Book, and Readers Theatre.

That first Nevada City production of The 24 Hour Plays sold out, and received overwhelmingly positive reviews. In fact, it was so successful that Hall was reluctant to attempt to catch lightning in a bottle for the second time.

“But I miss doing theatre, and this gives me an opportunity to feel that blood in my veins,” says Hall. “In addition, a number of people were asking when we’d do it again. And I wanted those who missed the event three years ago to have a chance to celebrate this incredible creative collaboration.”

This time around Hall found herself not only faced with the daunting task of selecting playwrights, directors, and actors from such a wide and talented group—there was also an influx of new interested participants ready to play. She decided that her goal would be to include a diverse range of styles, experience, ages, and voices. This year’s participants range from the age of nine to seventy, and include Gary Wright, Micah Cone, Kim Culbertson, Lindsay Dunckel, Ariana Rampy, Ryen McNamara, T.E. Wolfe, Scott Ewing, Sandra Rockman, John Deaderick, Kate Haight, Susan Mason, Heather Donahue, Sharon Winegar, and Michael Moerman, among many.

The events of the day happen at a breakneck speed and is only possible with weeks of preparation by Hall and her devoted group of production volunteers, including Jailyn Tafola, Stage Manager; Tom Taylor, Techincal Director; and Peter Mason, Production Manager. “It’s a whole lot more than 24 hours as far as they’re concerned!” Hall says.

“We’re really just creating theatre—that live, wacky, miraculous thing—just doing it in a lot less time,” says Hall. “I also see this wonderful event as a celebration of, and for, our amazing community.”

The evening features a no host bar, as well as a reception following the performance, when attendees can gather with the actors, writers, directors, and staff to celebrate the extraordinary feat that is The 24 Hour Plays: Nevada City.

New and Renewing Members

New:

One Stop Business & Career Network

Renewing:

Reverend Karen Stone

Hospice of the Foothills

Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties, John Hensley

Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties, Laurie McIntosh

Chapel of the Angels Mortuary

Piety Hills Cottages, Motel and B&B

Katie White Photography

Emma Nevada House

 

Railroad Book, Photos and Art sale at the Railroad Museum

May 6-10

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum celebrates the opening of our summer season with a gigantic book and art sale.

This five-day sale offers great prices on beautiful, gently used, railroad themed books.  There are hundreds of titles available for historians, hobbyists, and booksellers.  All used books are priced at $5.00 or less.  Included for sale are framed original photographs and artwork that many collectors love to browse through.

The Gift Shop is also offering 10% off on selected new books!

Summertime hours begin Sunday, May 1, 2016.  The Museum will be open Friday through Tuesday, 10:00am-4:00pm.  We are located at 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City.

Please call for more information at (530) 470-0902 or email us: Contact@ncngrrmuseum.org

Now Accepting Applications for First Friday Art Walk 2016

Our 2016 First Friday Art Walk season is about to begin and we need YOU!

This year’s events will be held on May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st and August 5th, 2016. First Friday Art Walks begin at 5:00PM and continue until 9PM (sometimes 10PM, depending on the performances at The Boardwalk Stage). These events are family friendly and all ages are welcome. Now, here’s where you come in.

We are now accepting sponsor, business, artist, crafter, and musician applications for First Friday Art Walk Nevada City’s 2016 Season. Please review the instructions below for information on how to apply.

FOR PARTICIPATION IN MAY 6TH ART WALK – Submittals are due by April 25th, but the sooner we can get your information, the sooner we can begin to highlight your business and your work on Facebook and Instagram.

Guests:
Save the date for May 5th, June 3rd, July 1st and August 5th. For all those friends and family who say they want to come up and visit?…This is the perfect way to show them how great our community is. Tell everyone to come up, have a great time, and spend their dollars with us. Life is short. Buy the art and eat the dessert!

Sponsors: 
If you’re interested in becoming a Sponsor for First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City, please contact us at artwalknc@gmail.com. Please provide us with the best time and phone number to reach you at, so that we may speak with you directly about the different sponsorship levels and benefits available.

Participating Businesses:
For those businesses interesting in supporting First Friday Art Walk or hosting an artist for First Friday Art Walk, please contact us at artwalknc@gmail.com. Please provide us with the best time and phone number to reach you at, so that we may speak with you directly about the options and participation fees available to you.

Visual, Spoken word and Musical Artists:
Please send an E-mail to artwalknc@gmail.com with Art Walk Submission in the subject line. You will receive a form to complete so that your work may be considered for partnership with a local business at First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City.

Lower Commercial Street Crafters and Artists:
Please submit an e-mail to artwalknc@gmail.com with Lower Commercial Street in the subject line. You will receive a form to complete so that you may submit your $30 booth fee for First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City.

Boardwalk Stage Performers:
Send an e-mail to artwalknc@gmail.com with Boardwalk Stage in the subject line. You will receive a form to complete so that you may be considered for one of our four 2016 Boardwalk Stage Concerts at First Friday Art Walk, Nevada City. Boardwalk Stage Musicians and Performing Artists will be paid based on a pre-determined fee structure.

Performing Artists.
We are now accepting proposals for performing artists of all kinds. If you have a wild talent, a side show act, something spectacular that you can do, email us your idea at artwalknc@gmail.com with Performing Artists in the subject line. Include a bio, a link to your talent and your proposal for the show. Boardwalk Stage Musicians and Performing Artists will be paid based on a pre-determined fee structure.

To see photos from previous First Friday Art Walks…

Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FirstFridayArtWalkNevadaCity/

Follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artwalknc

4th of July – Craft Vendors, Food Vendors, and Parade Entrees

Be a part of the Fourth of July Celebration!

Craft Vendors and Food Vendors

Craft and Food vendors are invited to participate in this one-day event that attracts approx. 7,000 people.

DATE:  July 4, 2016 (Monday)
TIME:   3pm -10pm
ENTRY FEE:  Craft Vendors $85, Food Vendors $250  (Cash/Check/MO only)
BOOTH SPACE:  10’ x 10’
PLACE:   Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley

Send Application, Proof of Insurance & Payment by June 9, 2016

Craft Vendor Application

Food Vendor Application

Parade Entrees

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The 2016 July 4th Parade will be held on Monday, July 4th at 11:00 a.m. in Nevada City.  The theme of the Parade will be:  Independence Day the Nevada County Way!

You are invited to participate in this patriotic celebration.  There will be a $25.00 entry fee for nonprofit organizations and/or political candidates, or individual entries. There will be a fee for commercial parade entries of $50.00 for a single unit entry with each additional entry being $25.00. Youth groups (under 18) and bands are exempt

Please complete the entry form, along with applicable fees by June 15, 2016

4th of July Parade Application

Oriental Rug Appraisal Weekend and Exhibit

May 7-8, 2016

Free verbal rug appraisals by appointment 1:30pm-3:30pm both days

Tour of the “Woven Splendor” exhibit Saturday, May 7, 7:00pm-8:00pm

The Magic Carpet Gallery
408 Broad St., Nevada City, CA

We are excited to invite you to The Magic Carpet’s Oriental Rug Appraisal Weekend, May 7 and 8, 2016, and to the “Woven Splendor” rug exhibit. Join us from 1:30 to 3:30 on Saturday and Sunday and take advantage of a special opportunity to get a free verbal Oriental rug appraisal. Certified appraiser Paul Jorgensen will assess your rug’s value and share his expertise with you. Call early to reserve your spot at (530) 265-9229.

We also invite you to come enjoy our extraordinary “Woven Splendor” exhibit and tour, showcasing a selection of our finest vegetable dyed, hand-knotted rugs. Learn about what goes into the creation of an Oriental rug, and why masterpieces of “art under foot” like these have been so highly valued for over 2,500 years! The tour is on Saturday, May 7, 7:00pm-8:00pm. The exhibit will be on display through May.

In addition, we are offering a new hand picked collection of Tibetan artifacts from Paul and Eileen Jorgensen’s recent journey to India which includes nine-metal singing bowls, pendulums, dorjes, bells, healing sticks, crystals, and a unique assortment of handmade jewelry.

All events are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you!

Stunning blue Khotan rug at The Magic Carpet.

Stunning blue Khotan rug at The Magic Carpet.

Lefty’s has New Dining Room and Full Bar

Lefty’s Grill Adds Room with A View

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NEVADA CITY, Calif., APRIL 15, 2016—Lefty’s Grill just acquired an 1,100 sq. ft. dining area, called the Deco Room, which offers a light, lovely view of Deer Creek. The full service dining area adds to the less formal dining room in the bar upstairs and, weather permitting, dining on the upper and lower decks. “We always envisioned having the full upstairs for dining, and this season, we realize our dream with not only the wine bar upstairs, but a new full dining area,” states left-handed partner and chef, Chris Duncan.

As part of Lefty’s expansion, they now have a full liquor license and a mixologist to prepare daily drink specials, from exotic to routine drinks with a gourmet twist. “Try our Bloody Mary and see if you can name the secret ingredients—these special fresh herbs and spices are bound to make this one of our most asked for drinks,” says left-handed partner and chef, John Cammack. “We add things to the traditional recipe that make our Bloody Mary a real thirst quencher with a spicy kick, and a surprising complexity.”

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The dining area downstairs is now available for banquets as well as special events. Coming soon is a Bourbon and Food Pairing as well as Craft Beer and Food Pairing events. Easily accommodating up to 80 guests, this is a new and needed event venue for Nevada City’s core historic district.

“The Nevada City Chamber is always excited to hear of local businesses expanding. Lefty’s new, highly visible dining room is an asset, but best of all, Nevada City now has a much needed new banquet and event destination in the Historic District.”—Cathy Whittlesey, NC Chamber, Executive Director

Lefty’s will continue their tradition of offering special holiday menus, including an upcoming Mother’s Day special for May 8. Reservations now being accepted, call 530-265-5838. Learn more about Lefty’ Grill by visiting www.LeftysGrill.com.

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The Union recently published an article on Lefty’s expansion. http://www.theunion.com/news/localnews/21709672-113/leftys-grill-in-nevada-city-adds-room-with

First Friday Art Walk begins on May 6th

Our 2016 First Friday Art Walk season is about to begin!

This year’s events will be held on May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st and August 5th, 2016. First Friday Art Walks begin at 5:00PM and continue until 9PM (sometimes 10PM, depending on the performances at The Boardwalk Stage). These events are family friendly and all ages are welcome.

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To see photos from previous First Friday Art Walks…

Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FirstFridayArtWalkNevadaCity/

Follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/artwalknc

Eye to Eye at the Granucci Gallery at The Center For The Arts

Artist Reception: Friday, May 6th 5-8 PM
Monday, April 25th- Sunday, May 15th, 2016

314 W. Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Eye to Eye presents portrait work by local artists Ruth Chase, Dee Anne Dinelli, Claudia Jeffers, Giulia Sbernini, and Alicia Vandevorst that explores how we look, our vantage points. The pieces in this show develop that theme in several directions, addressing how to see the integrity of a life, retrospectively and in the moment, in the spheres of social justice, psychology, and philosophy. All five of these artists are especially excited by the sort of looking that helps each person to accept and welcome what is or has been, even what might seem unpleasant or disturbing at first glance. They are interested in what brings us ‘eye to eye’.

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Gold, grit and gratitude at Empire Mine’s Mother’s Day Springtime Event

Event: Mother’s Day Springtime Event
Date: Sunday, May 8th, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Empire Mine State Historic Park
10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley, CA 95945
Cost: $7 ages 17 & over, $3 ages 6 – 17, FREE admission for children under 6 and grandmothers, FREE parking
Information: (530) 273-8522 or visit http://www.empiremine.org

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Visitors may be surprised to discover the feminine side of Empire Mine on Sunday, May 8th, when a special Mother’s Day Springtime Event is planned. The famous gardens should be glorious – and beautiful, early 1900s Downton Abbey-style costumes will be worn by docents portraying the colorful characters who shaped Northern California’s gold-mine history. They’ll be available for a friendly, informative chat in picturesque Empire Cottage.

Complimentary cups of tea and traditional cookies will be served in the special tea garden – an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the live music nearby. Singer/guitarist Heather MacAdam will perform vintage classics. Carol Meals will play her ukulele, and sing many songs from the 1920s. Later in the afternoon, popular local band BluRoc will perform country/rock classics, many from the 1950s (when Empire Mine was in its final years of operating as a gold mine). Near the Visitors Center, children will enjoy the potting bench, where they can make little, living gifts and cards to touch their mothers’ hearts.

The Lambs Choir, comprised of children from five to ten years old, will perform bluegrass, gospel and Celtic music.

“Although it’s a special day for moms, and all women who make life special,” said Event Chair Bob Jennings, “there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We recently refurbished the old Two-stamp Stamp Mill in the mine yard – and we’re now giving short demonstrations that offer visitors first-hand experience of its rumbling, crushing power. “ No visit to the mine yard would be complete without stopping by the old blacksmith shop. With forges blazing and hammers clanging, Empire Mine’s “smiths” always have a tale or two about the good, old days.

Bluegrass duo Fire in the Kitchen will also be performing old-time tunes in the mine yard in the afternoon. There’s another special activity for children near the clubhouse. For the first time, kids can learn the basics of juggling, thanks to Bernard Bradshaw’s entertaining skills. Hot dogs, ice cream, coffee and pastries will be available for purchase from local vendors. However, visitors are also welcome to pack a lunch, and picnic on the magnificent grounds. Bring your own blankets and chairs – and celebrate Mother’s Day surrounded by history at its most beautiful.

“The gift shop will be open,” Jennings added. “It’s full of unusual items for all budgets, including inexpensive mementos to remind every mother of her magical day at Empire Mine State Historic Park.”

The Mother’s Day Springtime Event will be held on Sunday, May 8th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Empire Mine is located at 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. Admission prices are $7 for ages 17 and over, $3 for ages 6 – 16. Children under 6 are admitted FREE – and so are grandmothers. Parking is FREE as well. Tickets may be purchased on the day at the Visitors Center. For further information, phone the Visitors Center at (530) 273-8522 or visit http://www.empiremine.org

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Photos by Richard Bannister

Sierra Stages Presents “The Last Five Years”

When: April 28 – May 8, 2016 Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM

Where: Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley

Information:  www.SierraStages.org or 530-346-3210

There are two sides to every love story, as evidenced in the upcoming Sierra Stages production of “THE LAST FIVE YEARS”, an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about the ups and downs of a relationship and marriage between two 20-somethings (Cathy, an aspiring actress, and Jamie, an aspiring writer) over the course of five years in New York City. The show plays for eight performances only from April 28 through May 8 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley, and is directed by Susan Mason, with musical direction by Ken Getz, who conducts the 6-person band. The cast includes local actors Jonathan Hansard and Tinley Ireland.

“THE LAST FIVE YEARS” is written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, one of the leading composers and lyricists writing for the American musical theatre today. He has been hailed as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim.” His other theatre works include “Parade” (which won the Tony Award for Best Score in 1999), “Songs for a New World”, “13”, “The Bridges of Madison County”, and “Honeymoon in Vegas”.

“THE LAST FIVE YEARS” is both instantly accessible for the audience, and extremely difficult for the performers, according to musical director Ken Getz. Getz says, “It’s funny, sad, touching, and sweet, all in the space of 90 minutes. We have a knockout cast, a great director, and a professional band recreating the original orchestrations, which include two cellos, violin, bass, guitar and piano.”

“We’ve been planning for a production of this show for at least the last three years, and finally the stars aligned and everything came together,” says Sierra Stages board member Peter Mason. Mason says, ‘THE LAST FIVE YEARS’ is a musical that appeals to both musical theatre folks and non-musical theatre folks alike, largely owing to the intelligence and unique voice of Jason Robert Brown. The 14 songs that make up the show are strongly rooted in the tradition of the American musical theatre, but they also have a strong ‘pop’ component in their structure, subject matter, and sound. Add to this, a universally recognizable story about two people trying to make a relationship work and Brown’s unique and fresh way of telling this story, and the result is a thrilling piece of theatre that should satisfy audience members with a broad range of tastes.”

Though Brown claims “THE LAST FIVE YEARS” is not autobiographical, the story is loosely based on his first marriage. Of the reverse chronology used in the show (as the story begins, Jamie is at the beginning of the relationship and Cathy is at the end – through inter-cutting scenes, Jamie moves forward in time as Cathy moves backward), Brown has said, “it seemed like the perfect way to tell the story, both because it solved the problem of the audience getting ahead, and because on a metaphorical level, it said exactly what I wanted the show to say: these are two people who were never really in the same place at the same time.”

“THE LAST FIVE YEARS” is Brown’s most popular musical theatre work. The show has risen to cult fame since its world premiere in 2001 outside of Chicago, where it earned much critical acclaim, broke box office records, and Time magazine named it one of the top 10 shows of 2001. The show debuted Off-Broadway in 2002 and earned Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics. Over the next decade and a half, enthusiasm for “THE LAST FIVE YEARS” has grown with thousands of regional and worldwide productions. In 2013, Brown himself directed a successful Off-Broadway production, and in 2014, a film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, was made and released. Interestingly, there was a production in Sacramento earlier this year, and beginning May 11, A.C.T. will mount its own production in San Francisco.

Performances of “THE LAST FIVE YEARS” are Thursdays at 7 PM. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. Both General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets are available. For tickets and information, visitwww.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

Following “THE LAST FIVE YEARS”, Sierra Stages presents another cult favorite “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” from July 14 through August 6 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City, and a quirky, contemporary comedy “DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE” from September 29 through October 16 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. A 3-Show Season Pass and Sierra Stages Memberships may be purchased online at www.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

Support the 2016 Nevada County 4th of July Celebration

Every year, the Greater Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers of Commerce’s and the Grass Valley Downtown Association join forces to bring Western Nevada County a 4th of July Celebration that we have all grown to love. This years festivities will start with a hometown parade in downtown Nevada City, followed by a day of family fun & a fireworks blast off at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

To assist with funding, the 4th of July Committee is seeking donations from local businesses and organizations. The cost to produce this long-standing event has increased over the years and there are many things to pay for such as rental of the fairgrounds, the Fire Marshal’s time, Fireworks, golf carts, security, cleanup – the list goes on and on. As you can see – it’s an expensive undertaking for us to provide a hometown parade and a safe fireworks show for our community. We understand that this year may be difficult and we need your financial help to continue the tradition.

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Get started!

Sponsorship Application

For more information call 530-272-7765 or email taradwalters@conceptadept.com.

NUHS Theatrical Dance presents “Dancing into the Woods”

Nevada Union High School Theatrical Dance proudly presents Dancing Into the Woods, a dance production inspired by the classic fairytale characters from the musical Into the Woods. Audience members of all ages will delight in this playful interpretation of familiar characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel, the Wicked Witch, Jack and the Beanstalk with his tap-dancing cow, Milky White,  and of course Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.

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Dancing Into the Woods public performances are April 28, 29, and 30 at 7:00 p.m. and one matinee performance on Saturday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the Don Baggett Theatre, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, California 95945. Ticket prices are $10, $12, or $15, depending on seating location. All seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nevadauniondance.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Don Baggett Theatre lobby on Saturday, April 16th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 22nd 4:00-5:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 26th 4:00-5:30 p.m. Remaining tickets will be sold at the box office 2 hours before the show. Please note: online sales close at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the show to prepare for box office sales. Questions: contact the dance department at (530) 273-4431 ext. 2103 or email us at nuhsdance@gmail.com.

Chinglish at the Nevada Theatre – April 7-30

Playing April 7 to April 30 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City with various show times. Produced by Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS). Mixing Chinese and English gives you Chinglish! An adult comedy about love and culture lost in translation.

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Synopsis: An American businessman travels to China hoping to launch a new enterprise for his firm. But he can’t speak the language. He can’t learn the customs. He doesn’t understand the culture. His interpreter is of no use, and he is captivated by Xi, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk — but what is she saying, anyway?? ‘A razor-sharp comedy; laughs and sexual pleasure in translations.’ (Chicago Tribune). Chinglish is written by Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang and directed by Annie Lareau. Rated PG-13.

Open seating. Discount shows: Thursday, April 7 (Final Dress; all tickets $10); Friday, April 8 (Preview; all tickets $15). Other shows: advance and door prices. See www.catsweb.org. Show times: Thursday (7pm), Friday (8pm), Saturday (8pm), and Sunday (2pm). Saturday, April 9, is Opening Night with Gala Reception.

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The Union’s 31st Annual Home Garden & Lifestyle Show

Sat. April 23rd 10-5pm
Sun.April 24th 10-4pm

Nevada County Fairgrounds FREE Admission!

Everything for your home and garden—in one place!

Vendor Categories Include:
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Drawing Class Thursday Evenings at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery & Studio

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A new ongoing drawing class continues to be offered at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery & studio in downtown Nevada City. Teaching drawing techniques with various mediums, the class covers still life drawing as well as figure drawing, all in a gallery setting. By advance registration only, the ongoing class for all levels meets weekly on Thursday evenings, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery & studio, 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City. For further information please visit www.leeannbrookfineart.com. For reservations, Brook may be contacted at 530-265-6817 or by email, leeann@brookdesign.com.