26th Annual Psychic Fair Apr 11 & 12

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What: 26th Annual Psychic Fair

When: Saturday & Sunday  April 11 & 12th, 2015
Hours: Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm

Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Tickets: $5 at the door

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

Nevada City’s 26th Annual Psychic Fair returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12th with more readers, healers, and body workers than ever before.  The Psychic Fair is best known for bringing together a unique blend of alternative health professionals and metaphysicians in a warm and welcoming environment.

For people interested in alternative medicine to those curious about the mystical, this year’s Psychic Fair offers attendees an array of vendors including psychics, medical intuitives, acupuncturists, massage therapists, herbalists, and alchemists.  Attendees can also learn about other forms of alternative medicine such as Iridology, a technique that uses the patterns, colors, and other characteristics of the human iris to determine information about a patient’s systemic health.  Take in a lecture or workshop and gain information and knowledge, re-kindle a past fascination, or discover a new interest.

“It is a great opportunity to have a glimpse around the corner of your own life,” explains Marza Miller, who has produced the Psychic Fair for the last nine years.  “If you have never attended, expect to find a high caliber of skilled people in their respective fields, plus a community minded event that attracts people who are interested in exchanging ideas and looking at new perspectives in life.”

The Psychic Fair marketplace also features one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, clothes, and accessories, natural skincare products, gem essences, crystals, and much more.

On Saturday, April 11th, at 1pm, there will be a blessing ceremony for revered reader Haleakala Iolani Pule who passed away last August. Those who were touched by her are encouraged to give their prayers and share their stories.

The Psychic Fair is also a fundraiser for the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. For over 150 years the Miners Foundry has been the hub of culture, innovation, creativity, and community in Nevada County. Proceeds from this event go towards the care and preservation of this historic building.

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“Sin & Redemption” Concerts Apr 10 & 12

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WHO: Music in the Mountains Spring Concert Series
“Sin & Redemption”

WHAT: An Evening of Cabaret, Friday, April 10, 7:30pm at Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley, Tickets $42 General Admission and

The Vivaldi Gloria, Sunday, April 12, 3pm at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W Main St, Grass Valley, Tickets $35 Adult General Admission, $50 Adult Reserved, $10 Student

TICKETS: www.musicinthemountains.org

Music in the Mountains presents “Sin & Redemption” an exciting weekend of two compelling concerts showcasing the rising stars of contemporary and classical music. Beginning Friday, April 10th at the Foothills Event Center, “An Evening of Cabaret” features acclaimed opera singers Carrie Hennessey and Omari Tau, accompanied by pianist Jennifer Reason, performing in a sultry, sometimes irreverent evening of classic cabaret.  The weekend’s festivities end on Sunday, April 12th at Peace Lutheran Church, when the Music in the Mountains Chorus presents a program of sacred music featuring the Vivaldi “Gloria” with soloists Liisa Davila, David Korn, Daniel Yoder, and Matt Hildago.

For “An Evening of Cabaret”, Music in the Mountains will transform the Foothills Event Center into a glamorous Paris nightclub a la Moulin Rouge.  Carrie Hennessey and Omari Tau exhibit their incredible vocal range and tantalize audiences with a blend of cabaret and jazz classics from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and more.

Known for her purity of tone and luscious lyricism, soprano Hennessey’s emotionally charged performances are nothing short of a stunning experience. Hennessey has performed in opera, theater and with symphonies all around the world. Recent engagements include her European debut at the International Mahler Festival in Jihlava, Czech Republic, performances in Austria and Eastern Europe including Dvorak Hall in Prague, NYC debut in Poulenc’s French melodrama La Voix Humaine.  Hennessey has also performed with Grammy-Nominated Grand Rapids Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony and the Sacramento Opera.

MIM-OmariTau returns to Music in the Mountains after his much-revered role as the emcee of the festival’s Holiday Pops concert, Unwrap The Holidays.  At home in the operatic and musical theatre worlds, as well as in jazz and pop genres, Tau has proven to be a versatile performing artist, educator and director. He currently serves as Director of Opera Theatre at Sacramento State University and Assistant Professor of Music at Cosumnes River College.

On Sunday, the Music in the Mountains Chorus redeems us with the Vivaldi “Gloria”, in a sacred program celebrating the breathtaking beauty of the voice.  This joyful music has never failed to seduce and enthrall audiences around the world.  Members of the Music in the Mountains Chamber Chorus will also sing the Bach Cantata 106, considered the masterpiece of Bach’s early cantatas.

The program will feature solos from four award-winning new classical stars – Liisa Davila, David Korn, Daniel Yoder, and Matt Hildago.  Soprano Liisa Dávila has been heard as a leading opera roles with notable opera companies as Townsend Opera Players, West Bay Opera, and the Greek Opera Festival.  Countertenor David Korn was the first male soprano to be a member of the Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program.  He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Opera, and New York City Opera.  Bass-baritone, Daniel Yoder, is a native of the Sacramento area, and has performed with Sacramento Choral Society, Pocket Opera of San Francisco, Sacramento Opera, Opera Academy of California, the UC Davis Early Music Ensemble, as well as seemingly countless choral and soloist engagements throughout the region.  Matt Hidalgo, is currently the resident tenor cover for the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and performs regularly with St Mark’s United Methodist Church, Sacramento Opera, and The Sacramento Choral Society, among other groups.

The gifted organist Steven Janzen will accompany the program, which will be led by Music in the Mountains’ Resident Conductor Ryan Murray.  Murray also serves as the Music Director for the Townsend Opera, and is the Associate Conductor of the Modesto Symphony.

From Friday night’s red-hot cabaret show to Sunday’s divine performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria, “Sin & Redemption” brings together the worlds of contemporary and classical in one unforgettable weekend.

NC Elks Lodge Upcoming Events

Tacos For Tanner – April 12th

Dick’s Steak Night – April 17th

Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner – May 8th

Please see flyers below for more information about these events.

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Targeted Display 101 Seminar Apr 9

Michael Cole from Simpli.fi will present “Targeted Display 101” Thursday, April 9 from 10 to 11:30am at the Nevada County Association of REALTORS office.

This is a free event.  RSVP to Valerie Cassity at 477-4237

Simpli.fi sells online ad solutions. This seminar is intended for web advertising education for our community. Projections show more than 90% of online display ads (website advertising) in marketing will be targeted by 2018.

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2nd Location for Recreation Realty/NC Properties

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The Chamber celebrated the opening of Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties’ second location at 432 Broad Street last week with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

John Hensley (owner, pictured with scissors) was kind enough to provide light appetizers for all in attendance.

Stop by and visit the office at the top of Broad Street!

Recreation Realty/Nevada County Properties
432 Broad Street & 18848 Hwy 20, Nevada City
(530) 265-6565 • www.nevadacountyproperties.net

 

 

One Night Only! “Ordinary Days” Musical Apr 1

One Night Only: The Musical “ORDINARY DAYS” on Wednesday April 1
Marks Beginning of the Third Season of Theater by the Book Play Reading Series co-presented by Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center

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The musical “ORDINARY DAYS”
by composer/lyricist Adam Gwon

Wednesday, April 1st • Doors 7pm; Show 7:30pm

Miners Foundry Cultural Center
325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Information:  www.minersfoundry.org and www.SierraStages.org
(530) 265-5040 and (530) 346-3210

On Wednesday, April 1st, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Sierra Stages kick off the third season of Theater by the Book, a popular series of informal play readings for the community, with the critically acclaimed musical “Ordinary Days” written by composer/lyricist Adam Gwon. Sandra Rockman directs, with musical direction by Ken Getz, and featuring local Nevada County actors Jay Barker, Nancy Haffey, Jonathan Hansard, and Kim Wellman.

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Photo (l to r) Ken Getz, Sandra Rockman, Jonathan Hansard, Kim Wellman

“Ordinary Days” is a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps. It tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. “Ordinary Days” is an original musical for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place.

“Performing a one-night reading of a musical is insane, because you must rehearse it as if you were doing a full set of performances,” says Getz who will accompany the actors on piano. “All of us working on the reading truly love the show, and we all feel that audience members that give this new show a chance will love it, too.”

Washington Post theatre critic Peter Marks describes “Ordinary Days” as follows: “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. “Sort-of Fairy Tale” is the title of one of the numbers, and it identifies a wistfulness that links the alternating stories. 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.”

Nancy Haffey and Kim Wellman in a prior Theater by the Book Reading

(l) Nancy Haffey and (r) Kim Wellman in a previous Theater by the Book reading

“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. “Saturday at the Met” depicts all four characters wandering in the cavernous Metropolitan Museum of Art, where hilariously anxious Deb can’t find Warren or the Monet at which the exchange of the book is supposed to occur. 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.”

The Theater by the Book series has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for both theater buffs looking to get their mid-season fix and new audiences interested in learning more about theater. The readings are done simply with minimal sets and costumes, allowing the audience to focus on the story, the words, and in the case of “Ordinary Days” the songs. It also allows Sierra Stages to present a wider variety of plays (and musicals) for the community outside of its regular season of full productions.

“We know that most likely no one in our audience has seen the show previously (it was first performed Off Broadway in 2009), nor has anyone heard the songs,” says Getz.  “On the other hand, the music, story, and characters are so accessible that we know that the show’s unfamiliarity won’t be a hindrance to anyone’s enjoyment of this wonderful piece of theater.”

The Theater by the Book readings take place at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City.  A $10 donation is suggested at the door — doors open at 7:00 PM and the readings begin at 7:30 PM. Advance tickets are available at the Miners Foundry and BriarPatch Co-op and online at www.minersfoundry.org.

Following “Ordinary Days”, the Theater by the Book season continues with two additional plays this spring: On Wednesday, April 29, “The Trip To Bountiful” by Horton Foote, is directed by Leslie Ann Rivers, and features Karen Lewis, Wendy Willoughby, T.E. Wolfe, Kelly Taylor, Jeffrey Mason, and Kenneth Miele. The classic play is a masterpiece on the power of childhood, memory, and the undeniable, universal yearning for the warmth of home and family. On Wednesday, June 3, “Fortune” by Deborah Zoe Laufer, is directed by Robert Thomas, and features Monica McKey and Stephen Wellman. It is a contemporary, poignant love story beautifully disguised as a hilarious comedy. Two people – one, a cynical psychic whose powers are unfortunately real, and a lovelorn bachelor whose desire for romance is both unstoppable and apparently doomed – look for love in an often confusing world, where identities shift and communication can be hazardous to your mental health.

For more information about “Ordinary Days” and Theater by the Book, please visit www.minersfoundry.org or www.SierraStages.org, or call  (530) 265-5040 or (530) 346-3210.

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Winter Comedy Show Apr 4

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WHAT: Nevada City Film Festival and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center present the NCFF Winter Comedy Show with Tig Notaro and Special Guests

WHEN: Saturday, April 4, Comedy Short Films 6PM Doors / 6:30 PM Show, Live Comedy Show 8:30 PM Doors / 9:30 PM Show

WHERE:  Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

TICKETS: Comedy Short Films $7/Adv, $9/Door, Live Comedy Show $25/Adv, $30/Door. Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

INFO: www.minersfoundry.org

Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents the Nevada City Film Festival Winter Comedy Show, Saturday, April 4.  This special one-night only extravaganza features a Live Comedy Show with comedians Tig Notaro, Nick Thune, and Sara Schaefer, plus a Comedy Short Films program of episodes from popular web shows on Adult Swim plus a sneak peak at a new series.

Dubbed the “the Sundance of the Sierra” by the Sacramento News & Review, the Nevada City Film Festival is best known for bringing top independent cinema to the Sierra Nevada Foothills.  Seven years ago, the Festival introduced the Live Comedy Show during the weekend’s summer festivities at the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The event quickly took off with a string of sell-outs and a who’s who list of up and coming comedians.  The Nevada City Film Festival comedy shows have included such famous (and infamous) comedians as Marc Maron (Maron Show, WTF Podcast), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League), Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job), Neil Hamburger, Natasha Leggero (Last Comic Standing), and Eric Andre (Eric Andre show), just to name a few.

“The comedy shows organically grew out of the film festival after we hosted two editors – Doug Lussenhop (DJ Douggpound) and Jonathan Krisel (dir. Portlandia) – from Adult Swim  eight years ago.  Since then it has been a great way to attract new audiences to the film festival,” explains Jeffrey Clark, Executive Director of the Nevada City Film Festival.  “I can see this growing into its own festival in the near future; something in the winter to compliment the summer film festival, but for right now, this one-night showcase is perfect.”

Headlining the NCFF Winter Comedy Show is Tig Notaro.  Louis CK is quoted as saying she is one of the best stand-up performances he ever saw.  Notaro has been included on such lists as Business Insider’s “50 Women Who Are Changing the World” and Rolling Stone’s list of “50 Funniest People Now.”  She was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014 for her sophomore release LIVE.  During the release of LIVE, Notaro was reviewed and profiled by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, GQ Magazine, and Time Magazine amongst many others.  In 2012, Notaro was diagnosed with stage 2, bi-lateral breast cancer, with a tumor on the left hand side that was invasive. She underwent a double mastectomy.  Notaro said that the shift for her, since the cancer diagnosis, has not been to do darker comedy, but instead, to do more personal comedy. She now reflects on her childhood and her life now, “kind of anything that happens.”

Most recently, Notaro finished shooting Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro, where she performs in the actual homes, barns and rooftops of selected fans across the country, which is expected to air on Showtime in early 2015. Furthermore, she recently delivered a TED Talk which is set to air online in 2015 and is writing a memoir for Ecco Publishing, also expected out in 2015.  Notaro is next slated to appear in the feature Catch Hell opposite Ryan Phillippe along with an arc on Jill Soloway’s series Transparent for Amazon.  She is also coming off appearances in the feature “Walk of Shame”, opposite Elizabeth Banks, the Lake Bell feature “In a World”, along with guest starring roles on ABC’s Suburgatory and IFC’s Maron and Garfunkel and Oates.

Notaro remains a favorite on both Conan and This American Life and continues to host her own weekly podcast, Professor Blastoff, which ranks consistently at the top of the iTunes charts. In previous years Notaro has Guest Starred on shows such as NBC’s The Office and Community, FOX’s Bob’s Burgers, HBO’s The Life and Times of Tim, wrote for The 2011 Emmy’s with Jane Lynch and 2010 MTV Movie Awards with Aziz Ansari, and toured nationally and internationally at the most reputable comedy and music festivals around the world.

Joining Notaro is comedian and actor Nick Thune.  Thune opened up last summer’s NCFF Comedy Show with Marc Maron.  His absurdest view and deadpan wit combined with the soothing lull of his guitar, have distinguished his unique style of comedy. He has appeared on the Tonight Show 8 times, and on each occasion, he won. Thune has also appeared on Conan, The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon and has his own Comedy Central Special.

Rounding out the bill is critically acclaimed stand up comedian, writer,and producer, Sara Schaefer.  Schaefer was recently the co-host of MTV’s late night show Nikki & Sara Live.  She has also appeared on @Midnight, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Best Week Ever, and Inside Amy Schumer.  She has won two Emmy Awards for her work at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Kicking off the evening is a separate program of comedy short films. Doug Lussenhop aka DJ Douggpound (Adult Swim) presents a collection of his favorite hilarious videos made by himself and his friends.  Expect lots of sound effects, lo-fi 3D animation, and absurdity.  Attendees may also be the first to see a secret project in the works!  Lussenhop was recently named by Fast Company as Doug Lussenhop is “an innovative editor, writer, and Tim and Eric affiliate, whose career is a testament to editing as an artform unto itself.”  In addition to working on Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!, Lussenhop was the editor for the first three seasons of the popular IFC series Portlandia starring Fred Arminsen and Carrie Brownstein, and is currently a writer and editor on The Eric Andre Show.  He has toured nationally with Tim & Eric, along with John C Reilly as DJ Douggpound.

Videos of Tig Notaro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkwOrteyQtY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwFiFJn-v5w

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Alessio Bax, Piano Concert Mar 31

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What:  InConcert Sierra presents Alessio Bax, piano

When:  Tuesday, March 31, 2015
7 p.m. Concert; 6:15 p.m. pre-concert forum

Where:  Seventh-day Adventist Church
12889 Osborne Hill Road
Grass Valley, CA  95945 (off Hwy 174)

Tickets:  $45 general; $40 season ticket holders/key level donors – available at BriarPatch Co-op Community Market, online at inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990

Every so often, a young musician comes along who has everything it takes to become one of the world’s foremost performers.  On Tuesday evening, March 31, InConcert Sierra presents Alessio Bax, one of the young pianists on everyone’s radar.

“We’re very excited to hear this young performer, whose name is certain to appear in music appreciation texts for future generations. He’s that good,” says Artistic Director Ken Hardin.

Bax most recently completed a tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in February.  This past fall, Bax also discovered a natural musical kinship with star violinist Joshua Bell, the most famous violinist in the world today. After opening the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s season as soloist in a pair of Mozart concertos, Bax concertized with Bell on a U.S. tour, including stops at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Jones Hall in Houston, and the AT&T Center’s Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The pair closed out the year on an extensive European tour. Salzburg’s DrehPunktKultur summed up Bax’s tour reviews in a single sentence: “The musical partnership with Joshua Bell is perfect.”

In 2014, Bax and Joshua Bell also toured five South American countries, winning over audiences and critics. The newspaper El País in Montevideo declared: “It will be very difficult to surpass the musical quality of these two magnificent musicians. Alessio Bax was the revelation of the night. [He] deserves to be called ‘The Poet of the Piano’ in the way that Joshua Bell is ‘The Poet of the Violin.’”

The March 31 program will include Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp Minor, and Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.”

San Francisco Classical Voice hailed Bax’s Music@Menlo performance last spring of Pictures at an Exhibition and Beethoven’s Hammerklavier: “Rarely do you hear a pianist play two monumental, exhausting works back-to-back in one concert. Alessio Bax proved he had the chops, youthful stamina, and artistic insight for it.”

“This program is fantastic,” says Hardin. “One of our board members was at the Music@Menlo performance and begged us to request Alessio to play the Pictures at an Exhibition.  As for the Moonlight Sonata, we rarely get this exquisite piece on a program because it’s thought of as an old warhorse, and yet everybody loves it, especially when it’s played masterfully and with brilliant technique.  You may never have heard the Moonlight Sonata like you will at this concert.”

Bax snared Gramophone magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” award for his first recital disc titled “Baroque Reflections”. He just scored another Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” for his fall release of “Alessio Bax plays Beethoven”. Bax is a multiple award winner, with concerts taking him around the globe.  For example, since February he was in the UK, Louisiana, Florida, Maryland, Texas, Mexico City, London (again), Florida, and soon, Grass Valley.

This concert is sponsored by Dr. Dennis McShane and the Honorable Rich Gordon; and Julia Amaral and Mark Strate

Spring Cleaning in Nevada City Mar 31-Apr 2

NEVADA CITY’S 1st Annual SPRING CLEANING!
Tuesday, March 31st thru Thursday, April 2nd, 8am-Noon!

For 3 DAYS downtown Nevada City will be full of volunteers scrubbing, repairing & repainting storefronts, removing graffiti, repainting worn infrastructure & curbs, and giving a general scrubbing throughout historic Nevada City and Pioneer Park! Join this extraordinary effort and earn TimeBank Hours: where your good deeds become exchangeable! This is a concerted effort by the City of Nevada City, organizations, community volunteers, and Hour Nevada County: Nevada County’s first service exchange.

To learn about the local service exchange and to join, go to www.hournevadacounty.org.

To learn more and sign up to volunteer for the Spring Cleaning go to: Volunteerspot.com at http://vols.pt/u3yncc

Please join us! All ages welcome! All volunteers will be given a FREE INTRODUCTORY MEMBERSHIP in Hour Nevada County, Exchange Service.

Download Spring Madness FLIER

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’15 NC Film Festival Submissions Now Open

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The award-winning Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) is pleased to announce that submissions are now open.

The 15th annual NCFF kicks off September 10-13, 2015. Since 2001, NCFF has brought top independent film, music and comedy, along with attracting thousands of attendees, international filmmakers, and industry guests to the historic Gold Rush era town of Nevada City, CA.

NCFF is often referred to as the “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema that showcases innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film.  Independent films offer a necessary alternative to mainstream movies.  Independent film focus on creative and inspiring storytelling rather than box office sales and are driven by people with a pure artistic vision versus a film studio.

Independent film festivals can be a lot of fun, but they are also a living forum for new voices to be heard and new visions to be shared. NCFF brings together a likeminded community of film lovers and filmmakers where their voices and visions connect and resonate with welcoming and adventurous audiences.

NCFF is known for recognizing and supporting new talent including up and coming filmmakers such as Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), Patrick Brice (CREEP, The Overnight), Academy Award-Winning director Lucy Walker (Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, The Crash Reel), Academy Award-nominee director and animator Daisy Jacobs (The Bigger Picture), director Kat Candler (Hellion), director Rick Alverson (Entertainment), animator and performance artist Miwa Matryek, director David Zellner (Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter), animator Galen Pehrson, and directors Mark and Jay Duplass, among others.

In previous years NCFF has hosted filmmakers such as Mike Mills, Miranda July, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Cartoon Networks Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), and comedians including Nick Kroll (FX’s The League, and Comedy Central’s Nick Kroll Show), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately), and Marc Maron (WTF Podcast). Past NCFF judges have included award-winning producers and directors, plus writers from The Huffington Post, New York Times, McSweeneys, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Pop-Up Magazine.

Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit short and feature length films including documentaries, animation, narrative, and comedy.  Last year, NCFF featured over 70 shorts and 10 feature lengths from across the globe.  The festival also presents a Local Filmmakers and Student Works Showcase, along with a children’s specific program and a special repertory program that screens an iconic and classic film.

NCFF takes pride in its renowned hospitality and works hard to ensure that filmmakers have a one-of-a-kind experience when visiting. The Festival creates an easy and intimate forum of exchange and interaction between filmmakers and a supportive and enthusiastic audience. In-competition filmmakers also receive travel and accommodations to attend NCFF and every exhibiting filmmaker receives an all-access pass to screenings and events.

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

Submission fee is waived for local student filmmakers. Please contact festival directors at info@nevadacityfilmfestival.com for more information.

Regular Deadline is April 1, 2015.  Extended Late Deadline is May 31, 2015.   Save and submit early.  All filmmakers will be notified by July 15, 2015.

Submissions must be sent online at
www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com/submissions/ or call (530) 362-8601.

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Be a Sponsor of NC First Friday Artwalk

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Dear Nevada City Business Owner,

We are entering our third season of First Friday Artwalks with many exciting plans and changes for the upcoming season.  The mission of the Nevada City Artwalk is to increase awareness, appreciation and participation in the Arts in our local community while also increasing commerce for local businesses in the downtown Nevada City area.

This is a family-friendly event and will be encouraging people to shop INSIDE the stores. 

The benefits to being a participant are:

Your business name, location and logo on all Artwalk Maps printed and distributed monthly

Your business logo on Artwalk promotional canvas tote bag.

Your business name on all Artwalk banners.

Paid Artwalk ads appearing in Sierra Food Wine & Art, The Union & The Advocate

KVMR and KNCO radio interviews and PSAs.

20% commission on art sold during Artwalk by your featured Artist. (unless another arrangement has been made).

Aggressive Facebook/Instagram marketing with daily featured businesses with links to your website or Facebook page.  Even if your business is not on social media, your name is seen by thousands who are.

Stamped “passport” to drive Artwalk attendees to visit all sites listed on map.  Each participating location will stamp their logo on the map of each visiting customer.

More details and link to sign up below

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KdcoiWl4AIA0jalHLibqhTArr2iMa_-Th0wrfqBUv_s/edit

The NC Chamber has hard copy sponsorship forms available in their office.

Ananda Family Summer Programs 2015

Ananda Living Wisdom School will be hosting the Wings of Joy Family Retreat and the Inner Adventure Teen Camp this summer, July 5th-12th at the Ananda Village.

Early registration discounts offered on family programs!

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Mixer for Sierra Commons Ignitor Graduates Mar 27

The public is invited to a FREE mixer to meet the next group of Ignitor Graduates at Sierra Commons at a party on Friday, March 27th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Sierra Commons Campus located at 792 A Searls Ave in Nevada City. This exciting group of entrepreneurs includes artists, event managers, seed savers, grant writers and more!

The Sierra Commons “Business Ignitor” course is Nevada County’s premier set of classes for teaching entrepreneurs how to start a business, or how to take their business to the next level.

Please come prepared to network and to have a great time. Food and drinks will be served!

Sierra Commons hopes to offer another Ignitor Class in the summer of 2015. If you are interested in taking our class in the future and would like to be put on a contact list, please email us at info@sierracommons.org with the title “Interested in Ignitor”.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Plays Thru Mar 28

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SIERRA STAGES presents
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by Christopher Durang
2013 Tony Award® winner for Best Play
March 5 – 28 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

What: Sierra Stages presents
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

When: March 5–28, 2015

Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays (March 15 & 22) at 2 PM

Preview on Thursday March 5 at 7 PM

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

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

Sierra Stages opens its 2015 season with the hilarious Broadway comedy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, winner of the 2013 Tony Award® for Best Play. Written by Christopher Durang, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE plays at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City from March 5-28. The play is directed by Jeffrey Mason, with set design by Pamela Hodges, lighting design by Erin Beatie, and costume design by Jill Kelly. The cast includes local Nevada County actors Casey Burke, Susan Mason, Robert Rossman, Karen Leigh Sharp, Rachel Wellman, and Sharon Winegar.

Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow – and so begins an unforgettable weekend building to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret and racket.

“We’re excited to open our 7th season with VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE,” says Sierra Stages Board Member Peter Mason. “When I first read the play, I knew immediately that it would be perfect for Sierra Stages and perfect for our audience — it is funny, accessible, and poignant, and moreover, I was certain that pretty much everyone in our audience would recognize their own family dynamics as the characters of Vanya, Sonia and Masha (all in their mid to late 50’s) are thrown together for a weekend reunion and forced to confront changes in their lives. In addition, it’s a wonderfully theatrical and smart play that can be enjoyed by all audiences. One does not need to be in the least bit familiar with the plays of Anton Chekhov (or even know who Chekhov was) to enjoy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE.”

Since its debut, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE has been one of the most widely produced contemporary plays across the country, with 27 regional productions currently being performed. In addition to his Tony Award® for VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, Christopher Durang has been recognized with multiple awards and prizes for his plays, which include Sister Mary Ignatius, Beyond Therapy, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Characterized by a combination of absurdist humor and satire, his style has influenced an entire generation of playwrights. With VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, Durang has given us his most enjoyable comedy to date.

Performances of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays (March 15 & 22) at 2 PM, with a preview on Thursday March 5 at 7 PM. General Admission tickets are $25 ($15 for the preview on March 5). Reserved Seating is available for $35 (in advance), and is a great way to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages. For tickets and information, visit www.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210.

For the 7th consecutive year, Sierra Stages offers an affordable Season Pass. The Season Pass is priced at $60 and allows theatregoers to select any performance of each show in 2015: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, the Mel Brooks musical THE PRODUCERS (July 16- August 8 at the Nevada Theatre) and the William Finn and James Lapine musical FALSETTOS (November 6-22 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley). Sierra Stages invites everyone, including Season Pass holders, to become a Sierra Stages Member and support quality local theatre. Memberships begin at $25 per person and are tax deductible. Not only will Members have the satisfaction of helping support quality theatre, but with the purchase of a Season Pass, Members are able to reserve a specific seat location for all three productions. The Sierra Stages 2015 Season Pass (and Sierra Stages Memberships) may be purchased online at www.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

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 six years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 22 plays and musicals and has been recognized by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with six Elly Awards and 51 Elly Award nominations. The annual Elly Awards honor outstanding achievements of community theatres and artists in the greater Sacramento area. For more information about Sierra Stages, visit www.SierraStages.org.

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Wheyward Girl Creamery Fundraiser

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We are Wheyward Girl Creamery, a new business coming to downtown Nevada City, next to Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co, and we are getting close to completing our 21-day Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is an online crowd-funding platform that enables individuals to pool their money in support of new enterprises or businesses.

We qualified for a small business loan through a Nevada City program, but in addition, decided to launch our two and a half week-long campaign so as to raise the remaining $28,000 needed for our cheese vat. The response to our campaign has been amazing and heartening!! We have heard the message loud and clear, “We want delicious cheese!”

We hope the surrounding businesses and residents realize the incredible economic benefits a local, artisanal cheesemaking business will bring to the heart of Nevada City and its economy. Just think of what Cowgirl Creamery did for Pt. Reyes when it opened 20 years ago. If you would like to see Wheyward Girl Creamery come to fruition, please pledge today. This is an ALL or NOTHING campaign. If we don’t hit our goal, we get nothing! We have a few thousand to go and would love for folks to share this campaign and support it in whatever way possible. Our campaign ends at noon, Monday, March 23rd.

Here’s the LINK to our CAMPAIGN if you are interested in bringing cheese to the heart of Nevada City: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/146233960/wheyward-girl-creamery-local-artisan-cheese

And thank you, to all, for your incredible support!

Viva la Cheese

Join Us in Building With Our Hands, The Wheyward Girl Creamery!
Kickstarter campaign deadline is noon, Monday, March 23rd!