Economic Development (and Tech) Summit – April 7th

WHAT: 2016 Regional Economic Development Summit
WHEN: Thursday, April 7th 2016 – 1PM – 5:00 PM Expo & Panels, 5:30 PM VIP Dinner
WHERE: Veterans Hall for the Summit ~ Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express for the VIP Dinner
WHO: Local business leaders (like you and your peers at Nevada City Chamber)
WHY: Last year, nearly 400 business, technology, education and government stakeholders participated in the Summit. From learning about the latest local innovations to connecting with fellow influencers in the region, there’s a ton of high-impact value to be had.

The summit is an expo showcasing some of the talent and innovation our unique region has to offer AND an economic development panel composed of some of the most successful civic leaders in the United States. It will be followed by an invite-only VIP dinner to follow.

We are highlighting five categories of economic growth during the Summit – Technology, Outdoors, Talent, Art,Lifestyle. If you’re interested in attending or participating in the event as a sponsor, please get back to me as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

For a the most up to date guest list, check out the event page on our website.

HAALo Herb Shoppe

Located in Nevada City, California, HAALo serves as a community resource for healing alternatives.   Whether you are looking for chemical-free bug spray, essential oils, flower essences, soothing skin care, and other consciously-crafted items, or want to explore different paths on your healing journey, look to HAALo.  Our practitioners can offer support for any health challenges: sinus infections, menstrual cramps, migraines, EMF sensitivity, Lyme.

Audiences praise “The Cripple of Inishmaan”

What: Sierra Stages presents “THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN”

When: Now through March 19, 2016

Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

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

Audiences are praising the Sierra Stages production of the enchanting, dark comedy “THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN” by Martin McDonagh playing through March 19 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. “This is a first-rate production (another, of course) from Sierra Stages. Great acting, great set. Very well done!”, says one enthusiastic theatre-goer. Others echo this praise with comments such as “Wonderful script, staging, and acting by all,” “Totally enjoyable…even the “edgy parts,” and “Fantastic show, beautifully directed.”

“THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN” is directed by Sharon Winegar, with set design by Pamela Hodges, lighting design by Erin Beatie, and costume design by Paulette Sand-Gilbert. The cast includes local actors Alice Beloved, Chase Coney, Kim Ewing, Lois Ewing, John Gardiner, Ben Hedenland, Damiian Mario Lang, Ari Rampy, and Robert Rossman.

In this dark comedy, set in 1934 and spun in the great tradition of Irish storytelling, the impoverished island community of Inishmaan is dazzled by the “glitz and glamour” of Hollywood when a movie director visits the neighboring island to cast his upcoming film. “Cripple Billy,” who would like nothing more than to leave the cliffs of Ireland and his tedious life behind for the hills of Hollywood, hitches a ride and auditions – not knowing how this journey would affect his life and the lives of everyone around him.

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There are only a few more performances of THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN over the next week before the show closes on March 19:  Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM. General Admission is $25, and Reserved Seating (advance only) is $35.  In addition, $15 Student Rush (age 25 & under with valid student ID) is available at the door.

Following THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, the Sierra Stages 2016 Season continues with THE LAST FIVE YEARS (April 28 – May 8 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (July 14 – August 6 at the Nevada Theatre), and DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE (September 28 – October 16 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley). The Sierra Stages 2016 Season Pass may be purchased online atwww.SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

ol’ Republic Brewery 4th Anniversary Party

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Saturday March 19th – Noon til Late!

ol’ Republic Brewery will be celebrating our 4th Anniversary with a Customer Appreciation Car Showcase – all “pre-smog” cars, trucks or motorcycles welcome!

There will be a DJ all day, Olaf Jens The Vinyl Avenger from KVMR, The Shotblast Band with special guests Claire Fraser and Patrick Donohoe.

Food vendors No Pho King Way and The Top Dog.

Free event for all ages!

Famed pianist Nikolai Lugansky to perform March 14th in Grass Valley

InConcert Sierra will welcome pianist Nikolai Lugansky to the Grass Valley stage for a special concert March 14. This performance is a long awaited return for the world-renown pianist to Nevada County, where he appeared before a sold out crowd in 2011. Audiences have requested a repeat performance ever since.

“I don’t really have a favorite pianist, but if you were talking about classical music and I had to come up with one, I’d say Nikolai Lugansky. He’s amazing,” said InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin. “He is a truly poetic and gifted artist of the piano.”

Lugansky is a pianist of extraordinary depth and versatility. At the age of five, before he had even started to learn the piano, he learned a Beethoven piano sonata completely by ear and performed it from memory. He studied piano at the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow Conservatory. Lugansky regularly appears at some of the world’s most distinguished festivals, including the BBC Proms, La Roque d’Anthéron, and the Verbier, Rheingau and Edinburgh International festivals. His Grass Valley performance follows a four-day stint with the San Francisco Symphony.

The program for Lugansky’s March 14 concert will feature masterworks by Schubert, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Albéniz. See the complete program at www.inconcertsierra.org

Tickets to the 7 p.m. concert are $50 for the general public, $45 for InConcert Sierra season ticket holders and key level supporters. They are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org, in person at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley or at the door the night of the performance.

The concert will be at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley. For more information please visit www.inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990.

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WHO: InConcert Sierra presents pianist Nikolai Lugansky
WHEN: Monday, March 14, 2016
WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley
TICKETS: $50 general public, $45 for season ticket holders and key level donors, available at 530-273-3990, www.inconcertsierra.org, BriarPatch Co-op and at the door the night of the concert

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhLDse5R8dQ

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Nevada City Film Festival Winter Comedy Show presents An Evening with Maria Bamford plus special guest Jackie Kashian

WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 2016, Doors 8pm, Show 9pm

WHERE:  Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

TICKETS: $25/GA, $35/Limited Reserve, Available online at

www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com, by phone at 530-362-8601, or in person at Nevada City Film Festival HQ, 110 Union Street, Floor 1, Nevada City, CA.

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Nevada City Film Festival Winter Comedy Show presents An Evening with Maria Bamford plus special guest Jackie Kashian, Saturday, March 26, at the historic Nevada Theatre, 410 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA.

This year’s Winter Comedy Show spans two evenings, Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, and features live stand up comedy, podcasts, and more.

Over the last several years Maria Bamford has become one of the most acclaimed and original stand-up comics in the country. Described as “the most unique, bizarre, imaginative comedian out there,” by Judd Apatow, Bamford draws much of her inspiration from her Minnesotan family, as well as her own struggle with anxiety, OCD, and depression.

She is the creator and star of Maria Bamford: the special special special and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, which screened at the Museum of Art and Design. She is the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie.

Bamford voices characters on numerous animated series including BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, Legend of Korra, Puss in Boots and PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl. She can also be heard voicing lead roles on Fox’s upcoming Golan the Insatiable and Yahoo’s upcoming Talking Tom & Friends.

Bamford recurred as DeBrie Bardeaux on Netflix’s Arrested Development reboot for which she was praised as “fantastic” (Entertainment Weekly) a “standout” (TIME) and “perhaps one of the high points of the entire new season” (Black Book Magazine). She also recurred on FX’s critically praised Louis, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and USA’s Benched.

Bamford’s new Netflix series, Lady Dynamite was created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South Park). It premieres in May 2016.

Opening the show is Jackie Kashian. “Jackie Kashian’s comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered.” She is a national touring comic with a new hour standup special “This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux.” She’s appeared on the Conan O’Brien show, Comedy Central’s @midnight and has recorded This American Life with Ira Glass for NPR. Her critically acclaimed podcast, The Dork Forest, is in its 10th year. She interviews all and sundry about the things they love.

Dubbed the “the Sundance of the Sierra”, the Nevada City Film Festival is best known for bringing top independent cinema to the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Eight years ago, the Festival introduced the Live Comedy Show during the weekend’s summer festivities.

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 Tig Notaro (This American Life, Transparent), 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.

Nevada County Historical Society Speaker Night March 17th

On March 17th the Nevada County Historical Society presents retired Ranger Chuck Scimeca , who will be speaking about when California first became a state and how the miners settled their disputes as they made their way from Parks Bar up the Yuba to Bridgeport in 1848 and 1849. You will hear about the Nye brothers, the first to build a ferry across the Yuba, and, understand how Mathew Sparks, David Wood & Thomas Freeman gave birth to California’s early transportation and road system. You will learn why the Henness Pass carried more freight and passengers to the Comstock Strike in Virginia City faster than any other road in the Sierra Nevada. You will hear of the men who started PG&E and built the west’s earliest hydroelectric plant transmitting power to Nevada City & Grass Valley, located just upstream from the Hwy 49 Crossing at the South Yuba River State Park. Chuck will tell of the building of the longest hydraulic mining flume to the gold fields, the “Excelsior” and how it became part of NID and now is the Nation’s first Wheel Chair Wilderness Access Trail. This is a story that needs to be told before it is forgotten.

The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every
month except December, at 7:00 PM.

For more information, visit www.NevadaCountyHistory.org or contact Daniel Ketcham @ (530) 477-8056.

When: Thursday, March 17th 7:00 pm. Come early for a good seat.  We’ve been having standing-room-only crowds.

Where:  Madelyn Helling Library 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.  Take Hwy 49 north toward Downieville and turn right at Maidu Ave, toward the Rood Government Center, and then follow the signs to the Helling Library.

Cost: Free!

Refreshments: Yes!

Length: About 1 hour

The Nevada County Historical Society features free presentations about local history the third Thursday of every month except December at the Madelyn Helling Library.

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Ken Hardin, friends take stage with ‘Chamber Favorites’

WHO: InConcert Sierra presents

WHAT: Chamber Favorites by Local Favorites, Third Sunday Series concert

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 1:15 p.m. pre-concert forum

WHERE: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $32 for general public, youth 5-17 free with the purchase of an adult ticket, available

by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org, or in person at BriarPatch Co-op and at the venue the day of the concert.

This March, pianist Ken Hardin will mix things up in a new-yet-old style when InConcert Sierra presents a programming form of interspersing movements from a variety of composers at “Chamber Favorites by Local Favorites.”

The March 20 concert will follow in the tradition of 18th- and 19th centuries where movements were infused throughout a performance.
“The core of our concert will entail all five movements of Dvorak’s Octet/Serenade for Strings Op. 22 dispersed throughout the program,” said Aileen James, board member for InConcert Sierra.

“Interspersed with Dvorak’s work will include favorites of the chamber literature written by Schubert, a dynamic Nonet by the Czech composer Martinu, a Sextet by Poulenc, and some daring Bagatelles by the Hungarian Ligeti.” James added.

To see the complete program, please go to www.inconcertsierra.org

Hardin will be joined on stage by local favorites — violinists Richard Altenbach and Kristen Autry, Melinda Rayne on viola, Jia-mo Chen on cello, Tom Derthick on bass, Kirsti Powell on flute, Murray Campbell on oboe, Elizabeth McAllister on clarinet, Dave Riddles on bassoon and Cameron Kopf on horn.

“Last spring, Richard, Kirsti and I had a blast creating this program. Being that these local favorites who are also members of our InConcert Sierra Orchestra , are quite busy in their daily lives and careers, it’s been a challenge finding rehearsal times with all 10 of us together. When we do come together, I have to admit, it’s just magical and I’m very excited to present this unusual, whimsical and absolutely delightful program,” said Hardin.

Tickets to the 2 p.m. concert are $32 for the general public and are available by phone at 530- 273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org, in person at BriarPatch Co-op and at the box office on the day of the concert. There will also be a limited number of free youth tickets available with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

The concert will be at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, please call 530-273-3990, or visit www.inconcertsierra.org.

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Upcoming Shows at the Miners Foundry

Grammy Award-winning Reggae Legend Mykal Rose 3/18, Album Release Party for Achilles Wheel plus Grateful Bluegrass Boys 3/19, Folk Legend Greg Brown 3/20, 27th Annual Psychic Fair 4/9-4/10, Hot Buttered Rum 4/20

The Cripple of Inishmaan, Playing at Historic Nevada Theatre

Sierra Stages production of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin McDonagh, opens this week at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

What: Sierra Stages presents “THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN”
When: March 3–19, 2016
Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM
Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City
Information: www.SierraStages.org
530-346-3210

Sierra Stages opens its 2016 season this week at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City with the enchanting, dark comedy “THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN” by Martin McDonagh. “THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN”, which plays from March 3 through March 19, is directed by Sharon Winegar, with set design by Pamela Hodges, lighting design by Erin Beatie, and costume design by Paulette Sand-Gilbert. The cast includes local actors Alice Beloved, Chase Coney, Kim Ewing, Lois Ewing, John Gardiner, Ben Hedenland, Damiian Mario Lang, Ari Rampy, and Robert Rossman.

In this dark comedy, set in 1934 and spun in the great tradition of Irish storytelling, the impoverished island community of Inishmaan is dazzled by the “glitz and glamour” of Hollywood when a movie director visits the neighboring island to cast his upcoming film. “Cripple Billy,” who would like nothing more than to leave the cliffs of Ireland and his tedious life behind for the hills of Hollywood, hitches a ride and auditions – not knowing how this journey would affect his life and the lives of everyone around him.

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Gallery Presents a New Twist on Art

Imagine an artfully prepared 4-course dinner featuring seasonal food. Original artworks surround you—large colorful paintings, handcrafted sculpture and hand blown glass, with an elegant table artistically presented for its guests. In addition, food for thought: a fascinating talk about how art affects the brain—all in the inspiring setting of a small new gallery in downtown Nevada City.

This longtime vision of painter and gallery owner LeeAnn Brook will come to fruition on Friday, March 11, from 6:30 to 9 pm, as she hosts the first in a series of events at the gallery called The Food of Art. The reservation-only event will be held at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, 300 Spring Street in downtown Nevada City.

Presenting a talk entitled “Neuroplasticity: The Effect of Art on the Brain” will be featured speaker Brian Evans MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, as he shares his insights into this fascinating subject. The talk will be complemented by a 4-course dinner prepared by Emily’s Catering with wine by Nevada City Winery.

“Art surrounds us in so many ways, from the visual appeal of the food we eat, to the artistic character of the historic town we live in, to the huge scope of visual and performing artists in our community. The Food of Art event series is based on creating awareness of the importance that art plays in our lives—for both the mind and the soul” comments Brook.

Dr. Brian Evans graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Biological Sciences, and then received his medical degree at UCLA.  He went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center.  Following training, he established practice in emergency medicine at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley.  He became the medical director of the emergency department in 2009 and Chief of Medicine in 2011.  In 2013, he joined the administration as the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Sierra Nevada.  He is a frequent contributor to The Union and he hosts 3 radio programs at KNCO, including Understanding Health, Your Health Report, and Healthtalk, each designed to educate our community about relevant health issues of our time.  In addition, he maintains a primary care housecall practice for adults with mobility issues. Dr. Evans is the 2013 champion of Dancing With Our Stars, and an active board member of the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

An award-winning painter for over 40 years, Brook is a recent award recipient of the 2015 Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Artist of the Year award from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and also received the award of Best in Theme at the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival juried art competition in January.

Recently opened in July 2015, the gallery features a variety of contemporary nature-inspired art, including large format paintings by LeeAnn Brook, hand-turned sculptural wooden vessels by Mike Snegg, ceramics by Sierra College ceramics department head Sam Tubiolo and Napa artist Lynn Wood, hand blown glass by Mark Einert and Nicholson blown glass, and handmade jewelry by Antje Dormeyer.

For further information on either of these events, please visit www.leeannbrookfineart. com/news,  call 530-265-6817, or email leeann@brookdesign.com.

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Weekly Drawing Class in a Unique Setting

A new ongoing drawing class is now 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.

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Mental Health, Criminal Justice: The Cost of Homelessness

In January and February, the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County presented a two-part series on housing and homelessness in Nevada County. At our March meeting, we’ll welcome a panel addressing the cost of homelessness from mental health and criminal justice perspectives. Speakers will include Judge Thomas A. Anderson, Nevada County Superior Court; Rebecca Slade, Director, Nevada County Behavioral Health; Dr. Brian Evans, Vice President – Chief Medical Officer, Hospital Administration, SNMH; Stephanie Kreiter, Community Benefit Specialist, SNMH; and Katie Bell, Substance Use Disorders Specialist, Chapa-De Indian Health.

The program will take place on Saturday, March 12th at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Program time is 10am – 12pm, with refreshments and coffee service beginning at 9:30am.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, please visit www.lwvwnc.org.

Nevada County Gold Magazine Gives Back to the Community by Raising Funds for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Nevada County Gold Magazine recently presented a check for $2396.46 to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This amount represents the commission generated on advertising sales in the 2015-2016 Nevada County Gold Magazine. Celebrating 30 years of publication, “The Gold” has raised more than $245,000 for the Nevada County Chambers of Commerce.

Locally owned, Nevada County Gold is designated as the “Official Guide to Nevada County.” The Gold provides valuable information to its readers, and is the “go to” resource for events, maps, dining, recreation, real estate, lodging, and much more. With a yearly distribution of 85,000, Nevada County Gold is initially available at more than 600 locations including monthly distribution at Old Sacramento Visitor Center, San Francisco Visitors & Convention Center, Bay Area, Sacramento, Truckee Visitor Center, Reno/Tahoe Visitor Center, Sierra and Placer counties, and of course, Nevada County.

For information regarding reserving a space in the 2016-2017 30th Anniversary Edition, contact Cale at Nevada County Gold: Info@NevadaCountyGold.com or 530-903- 7025. All advertising in “The Gold” includes a dynamic advertising presence on NevadaCountyGold.com “The Premier Website to Nevada County!” – linked to your website and social media.

Nevada City Film Festival’s Visual Storytelling Classes Continue – March 8, 2016

WHAT: Nevada City Film Festival presents Visual Storytelling: Intro to Instagram
WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
WHERE: Nevada City Film Festival HQ, 110 Union Street, Floor 1, Nevada City, CA
TICKETS:$35, Space Limited to 40. Available online at
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visual-storytelling-intro-to-instagram-tickets-21739284786
or you can call 530-362-8601 or email info@nevadacityfilmfestival.com
INFO: www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com

The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) continues their short informal workshops on Visual Storytelling across a variety of media platforms with Intro to Instagram, Tuesday, March 8th.

Each one of us has a story to share and visual storytelling is the most powerful medium to inspire, educate, and/or entertain hearts and minds. Over 400 million users around the globe are using the photo sharing app Instagram and now is a great time to join the trend and create a presence for your business or organization.

Erin Thiem, social media maven for the Outside Inn, Inn Town Campground, and VisitNevadaCity, will begin with the basics and share tips and tools on topics including: how to set up an account, understanding hashtags, content stategies, editing your photos, learning what is share worthy content and how to further amplify what your audience is sharing the most. Also get some insight on what makes a compelling image because your content’s storytelling element is just as important as the visuals you use.

Attendees will leave with a new understanding and appreciation of the technologies changing the storytelling medium.

Feathers and Fur Art Showcase through Mar 12

The Center for the Arts will be showcasing the latest works from three local artists, Tony Machado www.TonyMachadoArt.com, Carolyn Bloom www.CarolynBloom.com, and Kathryn Wronski www.kwronski.com, in a show titled ‘Feathers and Fur’. This exciting show of original oil paintings is being held Feb 23 – March 12.

Art enthusiasts are welcome to the artist’s reception being held on Thursday Feb 25. Come and have refreshments, meet the artists, and enjoy the art!

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