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Sierra Stages begins is 11th Season with the Black Comedy “Hand to God”

Beginning February 28 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

The Sierra Stages 2019 season opens with the hilariously twisted black comedy “Hand to God” by Robert Askins, playing for three weekends only from February 28 – March 16 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

Nominated for five Tony Awards in 2015, “Hand to God” centers on a shy, inquisitive student named Jason, who finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and—most especially—his mother are thrown into further upheaval when Jason’s hand puppet Tyrone—once soft-spoken—takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. As Tyrone’s influence over Jason steadily grows, the play explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.

Performances of “Hand to God” are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM. In addition, there is an evening performance on Thursday February 28 at 7:00 PM and a matinee performance on Sunday March 10 at 2 PM. All seating is reserved for all performances. For the first two performances on February 28 and March 1, tickets are $20 for all seats. Thereafter, ticket prices are $30 (rows A-H) and $25 (rows J-O). Tickets may be purchased with no additional charge online at www.SierraStages.org and over the phone by calling Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, subject to availability. $15 Student Rush tickets (under 25 with a valid student ID) are also sold at the door, subject to availability.

“We’re taking our biggest risk to date by including ‘Hand to God’ in our 2019 Season,” says Sierra Stages managing director Peter Mason. “We presented the play as a reading in 2017 as part of our Theater by the Book series, and we were extremely concerned that it would be too offensive for the community. We were surprised when the reading attracted a capacity crowd and more surprised (and pleased) when the audience leapt to their feet and cheered at the end! We immediately began discussing whether to do a full production amid our continuing concern that our regular audience members would be offended by the play’s raw language, adult and sexual situations, violence, and views on religion. We ultimately decided to do a full production of ‘Hand to God’ for several reasons: It is very funny and well-written; it is thoughtful in its exploration of how we confront and deal with grieving; it brings a younger demographic to the theater and further expands our audience; and it hugely fun for the actors and our production staff.”

“Hand to God” is directed by Sharon Winegar and features local actors Danny McCammon, Lois Masten Ewing, John Gardiner, Michaela King and Trevor Wade. Puppet design is by Ken Miele, scenic design is by Peter Mason and Michael Pierce, lighting design is by Les Solomon, and costume design is by Paulette Sand-Gilbert.

“Hand to God” will be followed this summer by the legendary musical for our times “CABARET” (July 11 – August 3 at the Nevada Theatre” and this fall by the intimate revue “You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow: A Stephen Sondheim Evening” (October 3 – 26 at the Off Center Stage). For its 2019 season, Sierra Stages is offering the Sierra Stages Flex Pass, which is on sale through March 1. The Flex Pass continues a ten-year tradition of the Sierra Stages Season Pass but offers greater flexibility for audience members. For $75, Flex Pass holders receive three tickets to be used in any combination for the three shows in the 2019 Season: See all three shows, any two shows, or just one show! Sierra Stages also invites everyone to become a Sierra Stages Member with a tax-deductible donation that supports quality local theater. For more information about “Hand to God”, the 2019 Flex Pass and Sierra Stages Memberships visit www.SierraStages.org or call Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

Lois Masten Ewing, Michaela King and Danny McCammon in the Sierra Stages production of the very black comedy “Hand to God” playing February 28 – March 16 at the Nevada Theatre. www.SierraStages.org (Photo by David Wong)

Michaela King and Danny McCammon in the Sierra Stages production of the very black comedy “Hand to God” playing February 28 – March 16 at the Nevada Theatre. www.SierraStages.org (Photo by David Wong)

Danny McCammon in the Sierra Stages production of the very black comedy “Hand to God” playing February 28 – March 16 at the Nevada Theatre. www.SierraStages.org (Photo by David Wong)

Know and Go:

What: Sierra Stages presents “Hand to God”

When: February 28 – March 16, 2019
Thursday (February 28) at 7:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sunday (March 10) at 2:00 PM

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA

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

WARNING: Hand to God is not for those who are easily offended by raw language, adult and sexual situations, unconventional religious themes, and violence

Cannabis Alliance Workshop January 28th

Workshop Information:
Permit Preparation, Next Steps : A Get Legit Workshop
Land Use Requirements and Regulations

Monday, January 28th 5-8pm at The Foothills Event Center, Grass Valley
**This is a must attend event for farmers seeking 2019 permits**

The following County Departments will be present:
Cannabis Compliance; Building Department; Planning Department; Environmental Health; Agriculture; Fire

Free for Associate Members
$15 for Supporting Members
$25 for Non-Members

“Modified” at the Nevada Theatre – February 24th, 2019

On Sunday, February 24th, Sierra Cinemas/Nevada Theatre Film Series presents “Modified” at 7pm at the Nevada Theatre.

Filmmaker Aube Giroux and her mother embark on a very personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Interweaving the personal and the political, Modified is anchored in the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film’s production. Their intimate mother-daughter quest for answers, fuelled by a shared love of food, cooking and gardening, reveals the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls our food policies, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system.

World-renowned chef Jacques Pépin calls the film “a very personal, tender, touching tribute and a well-researched, enlightening and powerful documentary”.

The film is being shown at 7pm (with doors opening at 6:30) and admission is $8. For more information, to view the trailer, or to purchase advance tickets, visit www.sierratheaters.com

KNOW & GO:

What:  “Modified” at the Nevada Theatre Film Series

When: Sunday, February 24th, at 7pm

Where:  The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959

Admission:  $8; doors open at 6:30pm

Information:  (530) 477-1100, or mainoffice@sierratheaters.com

Website: http://www.sierratheaters.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sierratheaters/

Upcoming Events at The Stone House

Restaurant, Bar & Event Space in historical stone building downtown Nevada City. Join us for brunch, lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday. Our kitchen is open from 11am-11pm serving organic dishes featuring local ingredients whenever possible. Enjoy happy hour in the Tavern and check out our calendar for nightly music shows and late night entertainment until 2am on Fridays & Saturdays.

http://www.stonehouse.io/entertainment

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in California!

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to California! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in March 2019!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to:

americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST. facebook: @GotAPick

Goat Fund Me Nevada City!

There is little need to stress how important it is to the safety and well being of Nevada City citizens and neighboring residents that we reduce the fire load in our surrounding forests and neighborhoods. The unprecedented fires in California, particularly in Paradise, have hit all too close to home and have become the ultimate Cautionary Tale.

Fortunately, we can do something about it and while the City of Nevada City is taking the lead by utilizing teams of goats for Prescriptive Grazing, we cannot do this alone. Whether you are a homeowner, building or business owner, we are all in the same boat together, equally at risk for catastrophic fire.  To help: www.gofundme.com/GoatfundmeNevadaCity

 

Upcoming Cheesemaking Classes at Wheyward Girl Creamery

Here’s our schedule for the first quarter of 2019:

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, 2/27 at 2:00 pm. – Feta & More

MARCH

Wednesday, 3/13 at 2:00 pm – Cheesemaking 101

Wednesday, 3/20 at 1:00 pm – Mozzarella

APRIL

Wednesday, 4/3 at 2:00 pm – Cheesemaking 101

Wednesday, 4/17 at 2:00 pm – Feta & More

Saturday, 4/20 at 1 pm – Camembert-style

These unique classes are taught by Wheyward Girl Creamery owner, Barbara Jenness. Barbara has been a master cheesemaker for over 35 years including starting the first artisan goat creamery in Michigan. She will pass on her vast knowledge of cheese and skill guiding participants through the cheese making process. Classes are hands-on, lively and full of fun. Everyone will leave with their cheese, tasting notes, and recipe suggestions.  Classes run approximately 3 hours.

PROVIDED SUPPLIES: All supplies are provided for class

SNACKS: Each class includes a beautiful cheese plate for snacking!

REGISTRATION: Please call the shop with your credit card information to guarantee your spot (530) 478-1665. Cost is $65.00 per person and is non-rrefundable.

NOTE: 
Each class has a minimum sign-up of five (5) participants. In the event the class is cancelled, all participants will be notified 24 hours in advance.

Meet Your Match Job Fair

Bring your job skills and willingness to work to the Meet Your Match Job Fair being presented on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall, located at 255 S. Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Representatives from 20+employers, including the County of Nevada, veteran’s services, non-profits, insurance and real estate services, retail, senior care, staffing agencies, construction, medical care providers and other businesses are eager to meet candidates looking for employment!

Job seeker tips to that will help maximize the Job Fair experience include the following: arrive early while employers are fresh, bring extra copies of your resume, prepare a 30-second sales pitch about your strong points, dress professionally, wear comfortable shoes, turn off your cell phone, bring a pen with you and send thank you e-mails or notes to targeted employers within 48 hours of your meeting.

The Association of Realtors, Sierra College and the Business and Career Network will be available to provide information about courses designed to teach a trade, prepare for a new career or sharpen existing job skills. If you have questions please email Susan George, sugeorge@earthlink.net or call The Union at 530-273-9561.

This is event is made possible and sponsored by: The Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Union Newspaper, Nevada County Association of Realtors and America’s Job Center of California. Meet Your Match Job Fair 2019 Vendor Application

 

Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Annual Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, February 23, from 9am to noon

On a glorious warm winter’s day last week, twenty people, ranging in age and backgrounds, came out to volunteer with the Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) to continue the organization’s collaborative efforts with the City of Grass Valley to build a trail near Wolf Creek. Volunteers were briefed on the vision for the trail, along with the day’s tasks to remove rocks and blackberry bushes; level, grade or build up the single-track trail, and shown how to use the provided tools of a Pulaski (a cross between a pick and an axe used in excavation) and a Mcleod (a two-sided rack/hoe). Four hours later, volunteers stopped for lunch to enjoy the quiet pastoral setting and for a chance to marvel at the section of trail they had just built together as a team, that will be enjoyed by trail and outdoor lovers for many years to come.

“The reason I volunteer with BYLT is the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment that I get when we turn previously inaccessible woodlands into a wonderful trail for all,” explains volunteer Bill Lawrence. “My career was in environmental public health and I feel that a walk in nature is one of the best activities that you can undertake to lessen stress and maintain a healthier lifestyle.”

Lawrence is a member of BYLT’s Trail Stewardship Team, a group that builds new trails and maintains over 30 miles of trails in Nevada and Yuba Counties. These volunteers are part of BYLT’s network of 200 active volunteers who contribute over 2000 hours each year to building trails, restoring wildlife habitat, collecting data in the field, tending pollinator gardens vegetation management, leading treks, and providing administrative assistance, among other areas.

On Saturday, February 23, from 9am to noon, BYLT will host their annual Volunteer Orientation at the Gold Miners Inn in Grass Valley. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet staff and other volunteers, learn about the organization’s extensive program and how to get involved by volunteering. BYLT also offers volunteers to take part in a reward system where they can earn complimentary tickets and passes to member’s only events, along with BYLT merchandise.

“Volunteers at BYLT come from all walks of life. There are retirees looking to give back to the community by supporting BYLT’s mission, people who just moved to the area and are looking to explore Nevada County and build a community, and people in natural resources careers who lend their expertise,” says Felicia Van Hecke, Community Engagement Coordinator. “A big draw for people who want to volunteer with BYLT is the Trail Stewardship Team. By building and maintaining trails, volunteers are able to explore new areas, hone a new skill, meet like-minded individuals, get outdoors and make their mark on the landscape in a positive way.”

In addition to the Trail Stewardship Team, BYLT offers opportunities to help with Outreach and Events such as assisting with tabling and fundraising events and the annual Open Spaces and Wild Places Gala. There is the Trail Ambassador program, which is an excellent opportunity for those who have a passion for hiking to get out onto the land and promote a local trail. For those who are fascinated with local ecosystems and organisms, have expert knowledge in a specific environmental topic or have a desire to teach youth about the environment there are the Youth Programs such as the Community BioBlitz Day and youth field trips. And finally Administrative Assistance support is always needed to help with sorting, stuffing and sending letters during a mass mailing event, calling BYLT Members, etc.

“When you volunteer with BYLT there is this satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to the long term well being of the community,” says Nadine Kapper, another member of the Trail Stewardship Team who also lends administration support. “By supporting BYLT everyone can help preserve habitat and protect natural resources for future generations.”

BYLT is a community-supported non-profit organization that exists to protect and defend the working and natural lands of the Bear and Yuba River watersheds.  Since 1990, BYLT has saved more than 15,000 acres of critical Sierra Nevada habitats in addition to building and maintaining 30+ miles of public trails enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors annually.  This has been accomplished with the support and aid of many hard-working volunteers.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Annual Volunteer Orientation

WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 9:00am-12:00pm, Please arrive around 8:45am to check in, get breakfast snacks and find a seat.
WHERE: Gold Miners Inn located at 121 Bank St in Grass Valley
INFO: Call (530) 272-5994, email Felicia@BYLT.org or sign up at www.bylt.org/events/event/volunteer-orientation/.

Upcoming Events at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center

Located in the heart of historical downtown Nevada City at 325 Spring Street, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is a living historic treasure serving Nevada County as a cultural arts and community events center. More than a venue, the nonprofit’s mission is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities in Nevada County. It is a symbol of California’s rich historical heritage, providing an educational and social bridge from our past to the present and future. The building hosts over 400 events each year, everything from weddings, festivals, concerts, theatrical and dance productions to civic events, conferences, community meetings, celebrations of life, and more! Find out how you can get involved by going to www.minersfoundry.org

Makana – Wednesday, February 20

Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $25/GA, $30/Door, All-Ages

Virtuosic and versatile, Makana’s music defies description.  His solo performance is an exhilarating ride through the breadth of slack key, folk, rock, bluegrass, ethnic and jazz and his distinctly original songs are infused with the spirit of Hawai’i.

Hailing from the isle of O’ahu, Makana is an internationally acclaimed slack-key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist, and one of Hawaii’s cultural ambassadors to the world.  He is recognized as one of the top guitarists in the United States by Guitar Player magazine and was invited for an official showcase at the renowned SXSW Musical Festival.  NPR included him on the Austin 100 list of must-see shows.  His songs range from traditional to highly original, both instrumental and lyrical, exploring a broad spectrum of themes: cultural, philosophical, sociopolitical, interpersonal, sensual, and universal, often through the lens of humor and sharp wit.  His music is featured on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the award-winning film The Descendants.

Makana concert Open Space 06-07-12

One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & the Works – Sunday, February 24, 2019,
Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm, $35/Adv, $45/Door, All-Ages
(please note this concert is at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945)

Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents the world’s premiere Queen tribute Band, Sunday, February 24, at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building. One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & the Works is a 2-hour spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time.

The show takes references from many 1980s Queen tours, using a modified custom built lighting rig, made to emulate the lighting rigs used during several Queen tours between 1980 and 1986. In an interview with Ryan Witting on the Rockin’ You All Night podcast, Mullen was quoted as saying, “We are trying to create something that you’ll never see again because you’ll never see Queen with Freddie Mercury or John Deacon.”

Fans of Queen will delight in this note-for-note experience of mega-hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Radio GaGa,” “Under Pressure,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and many others.

Zepparella – Saturday, March 2

Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $22/GA, $27/Door, All-Ages

All female Led Zeppelin powerhouse Zepparella brings their passion for the sacred music of the greatest band in the world all over the US and Canada.  Zepparella shows replicate the nuance and detail of Led Zeppelin’s catalog while honoring the powerful improvisational journeys for which Zeppelin shows were renowned.

How to honor the legacy of a band deemed sacred?  Vocalist Anna Kristina, Guitarist Gretchen Menn, Bassist Holly West, and Drummer Clementine of Zepparella know that to tread on holy ground is perilous and must be done with the intent and spirit of a disciple.  Pat attention to the intricacies of the magic, explore the far ends of the innovation, strive for ever-growing ability, and let the purity of the love for the music drive it all.  It wasn’t that long ago women rock musicians were a rare breed.  They might sign up front, or as part of a girl group, but women weren’t often seen playing rhythm or lead guitar.  Times have changed.

Zepparella photographed at Max Crace Studio, March 2018.

The Garcia Project with special guests Achilles Wheel Trio – Sunday, March 17, 2019
Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm, $25/Adv, $30/Door, All-Ages

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present The Garcia Project, performing full, classic Jerry Garcia Band set lists from 1976-1995, plus special guests, Achilles Wheel Trio, in a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Sunday, March 17, 2019. With precise arrangements and the proper instrumentation and feel for any and all given eras, The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled The Jerry Garcia Band and the fans through many years of musical bliss. Local favorites Achilles Wheel Trio features Paul Kamm, Jonny Mojo, and Shelby Snow. Food will be available for purchase, as well as a No Host Bar. The Garcia Project’s performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band. All of their shows are classic recreations of a Jerry Garcia Band set list from 1976 to 1995. For anyone who never had a chance to experience the Jerry Garcia Band or for fans that want to relive a classic show, The Garcia Project delivers. The Garcia Project has received rave reviews from the press and from fans. Touring nationally, The Garcia Project has made many Jerry Garcia fans extremely happy. It’s about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another.

Nevada City Psychic Fair – Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14
Doors 11am-6pm (Sat), 11am-5pm (Sun), $5/General Admission, All-Ages
Nevada City’s 30th Annual Psychic Fair returns to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14, 2019. The Psychic Fair is considered Northern California’s largest gathering of metaphysical teachers, seers, crafters and readers.

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. Take in a lecture or workshop and gain information and knowledge, re-kindle a past fascination, or discover a new interest.

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

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Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees do not apply for purchases made through the Miners Foundry Box Office.

Antique Western Memorabilia Show

Nevada City Elks Lodge

March 8th & 9th

This fund raising event is held at the Nevada City Elks Lodge at 518 Hwy 49 N in Nevada City. This will be our sixth annual Antique Western Memorabilia Show and Sale. This fascinating show features antique firearms, gold mining, railroad, gambling and western collectibles, including old bottles, coins, books, and Native American art and jewelry. This special event is for collectors, historians and those interested in gold country history. You won’t want to miss seeing the five foot high, thirty two foot long diorama of the City of San Francisco taken in 1878.

Show hours are Friday, March 8th Noon till 5 PM and Saturday March 9th 9 AM till 5 PM. General Admission is $5.00 and children free accompanied by an adult. Early Bird entry will be $25.00 Friday only 9 AM to 12:00 PM.

This fund raising event is presented by the Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 it’s purpose is to raise funds for our Most Valuable Student Scholarship program. For additional information contact us at 530-272-5371 or at www.nevadacityelks.com

 

Anew Day Crab Feed & Auction March 15th

On March 15, 2019 Anew Day will be holding its sixth annual Crab Feed & Auction fundraising event. Our largest organizational event of the year, the Crab Feed & Auction is expected to draw 300 guests and raise over $25,000 to support the services Anew Day provides to our community. Anew Day continues to serve as an instrumental resource for individuals and families struggling with mental illness and others facing the emotional turmoil of everyday life.

Tickets are $50 each. A table of eight may be purchased for $350. Similarly, if you or your organization would like to underwrite a table for the event, your name will be included in our marketing during the weeks leading up to and on the evening of the event and announced that night as well. A sponsorship would allow you to invite your friends and family to fill the table, or you may elect to sponsor a table that would be occupied for and available to folks in the community who might otherwise be unable to afford a ticket.

All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will be used to advance the free and low-cost services Anew Day provides to Nevada County community members. Doors open at 5:30 for registration and auction viewing. Dinner begins at 6:00. A brief presentation and live auction will take place while guests are dining. This is Anew Day’s primary fundraiser of the year.

To register or for more information visit www.anew-day.com or call 530-470-9111.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Presents JONI: Fine Art Photographs Featuring Joni Mitchell, Her Life and Work

Joni Mitchell, master storyteller and songsmith, eight-time Grammy winner and folk music pioneer is the inspiration for JONI , LeeAnn Brook Fine Art’s upcoming photography exhibit and sale opening on February 1 at 231 Broad Street in downtown Nevada City, CA. Inquisitive, compelling, and thoughtful, the featured photographs tell a story just as deep as the soulful songwriter herself. From the evocative photograph of her skating on a frozen lake for the gatefold of her Hejira album in 1976, to quiet reflections that evoke thoughtful analysis, the timeless beauty and artistry of Joni Mitchell was the inspiration of the professional photographers in this evocative show. Also featured will be new mixed media paintings by LeeAnn Brook and Deborah Bridges, and new sculptures by Heidi Murray, Jack Richardson and Mike Snegg. The show runs daily through the end of February.

In collaboration with the Morrison Hotel Gallery, the show will include the work of many top photographers including Joel Bernstein, who photographed Mitchell for 40+ years including her first concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall and for For The Roses L P (1972); Norman Seeff who captured the cover art for Joni Mitchell’s 1976’s Hejira and 1977’s Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter Jay Blakesberg, who has photographed the Grateful Dead, BB King, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones and Neil Young among others, and who took portraits of Mitchell at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco; and Henry Diltz, who was a part of the formative years that inspired Blue, the 1971 studio album widely considered Joni Mitchell’s greatest artistic achievement.

Also featured is work by Graham Nash, lifelong photographer and iconic co-founder of the rock group Crosby, Stills, and Nash; the late David Gahr, who photographed Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, and was behind the scenes at the Newport Folk Festival in 1967 when the relatively unknown Mitchell left the stage to a standing ovation and roars of cheers; and Guido Harari, who photographed her on the road, in concert, in the studio, and in her home.

“I grew up loving the music and lyrics of Joni Mitchell, and when the opportunity arose to collaborate with the Morrison Hotel Gallery to bring this exquisite show to Nevada City, I jumped at the opportunity” said LeeAnn Brook, owner of LeeAnn Brook Fine Art. “The photographs are works of art that bring back memories of this special time.”

In addition, while Joni Mitchell’s music will permeate the opening reception on February 1, a framed fine art photograph will be raffled off as part of a fundraiser for local community radio station KVMR.

Along with the on-site studio of LeeAnn Brook, the gallery features art from local and regional artists in monthly shows. Housed in a historic brick building from the 1800s, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 231 Broad St. in Nevada City, open daily from 12-5pm, Saturdays open at 11am. For more information, visit www.leeannbrookfineart.com/gallery

Joni Mitchell, photographed by Graham Nash

What: JONI—A show of iconic professional photographs spanning the career of singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell, in collaboration with the Morrison Hotel Gallery.

When: February 1-28, 2019
Gallery hours: 12-5pm daily, open 11am on Saturdays Opening Reception: February 1 from 5-7pm

Where: LeeAnn Brook Fine Art
231 Broad St., Nevada City

Contact: LeeAnn Brook 530-265-6817 leeann@brookdesign.com www.leeannbrookfineart.com

Cioppino & Pasta Feed – March 2, 2019

Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its ninth annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 2 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm and dinner service begins at 6 pm.

For the event, the Foothill Lions Club will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 109-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino, pasta, salad and garlic bread. A no-host bar will be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a live auction.

Tickets are $45 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for 8, it is $450 and includes two bottles of wine. Tickets are available by visiting the Nevada County Fairgrounds, calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217, or downloading an order form at NevadaCountyFair.com.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and its mission of supporting and improving the community’s Fairgrounds, and supporting youth in agriculture.

For more information about the Cioppino Feed or the Foundation, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

JOHNNY GOUGH – “At The Cheatin’ Heart” at Off Broadstreet Theatre

A Wacky New Musical Soap Opera, By John Driscoll & Jan Kopp

Final Week!

Johnny Gough – “At the Cheatin’ Heart” continues a six week run at Off Broadstreet Cabaret Dessert Theatre, 305 Commercial Street in Nevada City, CA. The show will play at 8:15 PM Fridays and Saturdays from January 18th through February 23rd (Admission $29) as well as Sunday, January 27th and February 10th at 2:00 PM (Admission $25). Reservations: (530) 265-8686.

After the cliff-hanger ending of last summer’s zany musical soap opera Go, Johnny Gough, OBS patrons have anticipated this sequel, which will tell “the rest of the story.” As the sequel opens, the prime suspect in the attempted assassination of notorious crime boss Frank O has
disappeared, along with the District Attorney. The case was closed and all charges dropped. And yet the mystery continues. Frank O has
been recently revived and then re-poisoned and is back in a coma.  Acting DA Mason Hart has re-opened the case, and now renowned police
Detective Johnny Gough must sort through new evidence to solve the deeper conspiracy. Is the culprit evil genius Ursel Opper, his mind-controlled wife Gina, or Frank O’s ex-wife Sheila or the new barmaid from the Bayou with a secret past?

In Johnny Gough at the Cheatin’ Heart. OBS favorites, Micah Cone, Ken Miele and Tina Marie Kelly are joined by Jay Barker, Kate Haight and Krissi DeKowzan in a brand new wacky musical mystery adventure.

With inventive choreography by Tina Marie Kelly and a varied collection of musical numbers including hits by Elvis, The Temptations, Tammy Wynette, Queen, Cher, Tom Jones, The Ronettes and other chart-topping artists of the 1960’s & ‘70’s, this talented cast will take you on a wacky, fun-filled journey of intrigue, power and mistaken identities. Johnny Gough at The Cheatin’ Heart has plenty of laughs and great music and is suitable for all ages

Pre-show entertainment provided by Chris Crockett begins one hour before show time for all performances. For further information or for show reservations, please call OFF BROADSTREET at (530) 265-8686 or (530) 478-1213 or visit the OFF BROADSTREET website at www.offbroadstreet.com.

Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition

The Center for the Arts OnTheGo series brings the Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition to Grass Valley on Saturday, February 16 featuring competition winner Bengt Washburn with special guests Christina Walkinshaw, Johnny Cardinale and MC Carlos Rodriguez.

Bengt Washburn grew up in a large Utah town (1,200 people) as the fifth child in a small Mormon family (7 children). He and his wife, a retired U.S. Air Force officer, have lived in 6 different cities, (and 2 countries) over the last 11 years. Since winning the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 2001, Bengt has performed in 48 states and 10 countries and made appearances on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen and Conan O’Brien. He recently filmed a clean comedy special “Poking the Grizzly” and a less-clean comedy special, “Hole Person.”

You may know Carlos Rodriguez from Comedy Central, Doug loves movies, and Hulu Quick laffs. Carlos was thrown into comedy, being born into a large family he quickly became a fast talking entertainer which eventually led him to comedy. Taking the stage you see the inner child come out with all the passion, excitement and energy of a new performer with the grace and comfort of a seasoned pro. He brings a clever, silly and approachable voice to comedy. In a fun and relatable way his observational humor touches beyond daily occurrences to deep rooted memories of his childhood, views on the simplest ideas and the most off beat subject matter.

Christina Walkinshaw is a Vancouver born stand up comic now living in Los Angeles. Her half-hour comedy special often repeats in the middle of the night while you’re sleeping. She’s been nominated for multiple Canadian Comedy Awards, performs on CBC’s “The Debaters,” and has a top selling album on itunes called “It’s Taking A Long Time To Become Famous…” She’s appeared at Just For Laughs, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Glasgow Comedy Festival, and has entertained troops overseas.

Johnny Cardinale has been seen on Chelsea Lately, Jimmy Kimmel and the feature film “Bobby Khan’s Ticket to Hollywood,” he’s also done seventeen tours overseas for the troops.

WHO: The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents

WHAT: Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition
Starring Bengt Washburn with special guests Christina Walkinshaw, Johnny Cardinale and MC Carlos Rodriguez

WHEN: Saturday, February 16, 8:00 PM

WHERE: Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley

TICKETS: Members: $30, General Public: $35
Tickets at:
The Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling 530-274-8384
The Center is undergoing renovation. Box Office is at The Plaza:
998 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945
BriarPatch Food Coop – 530-272-5333,
Tickets online at www.thecenterforthearts.org

“Oscar-Nominated Short Films – Animation” at the Nevada Theatre – February 17th, 2019

On Sunday, February 17th, Sierra Cinemas/Nevada Theatre Film Series presents “Oscar- Nominated Short Films – Animation ” at 7pm at the Nevada Theatre.

For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD, Magnolia Pictures and The Nevada Theatre Film Series present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, in 3 amazing programs. With all three categories offered, Live Action (Feb. 10), Animated (Feb. 17) and Documentary (Mar. 3) – this is your annual (and probably your only) chance to view these unique creative films. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 24th.

Bao – Domee Shi and Becky Neimann-Cobb, USA, 8 minutes
Late Afternoon – Louise Bagnall and Nuria Gonzalez Blanco, Ireland, 10 minutes
Animal Behaviour – Alison Snowden and David Fine, Canada, 14 minutes
Weekends – Trevor Jimenez, USA, 16 minutes
One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, USA, 8 minutes

Plus an additional selection of animated shorts; total estimated running time for all films is approximately 90 minutes.
The films are being shown at 7pm (with doors opening at 6:30) and admission is $8. For more information, to view the trailer, or to purchase advance tickets, visit www.sierratheaters.com 

 

KNOW & GO:

What:  “Oscar-Nominated Short Films – Animation” at the Nevada Theatre Film Series

When: Sunday, February 17th, at 7pm

Where:  The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959

Admission:  $8; doors open at 6:30pm

Information:  (530) 477-1100, or mainoffice@sierratheaters.com

Website: www.sierratheaters.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sierratheaters/

 

Kathy Neithercutt Art Reception

Join us Saturday February 16th from 4-7pm at Camelot Gallery in Nevada City, CA for an art reception showcasing Kathy Neithercutt’s work. Kathy’s plein air paintings detail Provençal France in a refreshingly classical and intimate approach. Enjoy an afternoon meeting the artist, whilst sipping a complimentary glass of local vintage and listen to the lilting tunes of live classical music… only at Camelot!

Camelot Gallery  225 Broad Street, Nevada City (530)265-4682  www.camelotgallery.com