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Ribbon Cutting Thursday January 23rd

Please join us for a ribbon cutting for Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association. We will gather at noon on January 23rd at the Tahoe National Forest Office at 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City. Please join us!!

The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Associations mission is to educate and inspire people about Eastern Sierra public lands through high quality interpretive products, exhibits, and programs. The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) is dedicated to forging strong emotional and intellectual bonds between the Sierra Nevada and visitors of this broad region. For more info: https://sierraforever.org/

Live Music This Week at the Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill

Lyrics Born with DJ Fossil and Kronosaurus Flex
Thursday, January 23
9:30pm, $25

After breaking new boundaries in the hip hop world over the last 25 years, Lyrics Born is constantly pushing ahead with new waves of innovation. Born in Tokyo and based in the Bay Area, he has been a pioneer among Asian-American artists. The self-proclaimed “funkiest rapper alive” carries on his tradition of weaving funk and soul into classic, boom-bap hip hop on his most recent album – “Quite a Life.” Lyrics Born calls upon influences such as James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins who have shaped his mentality. Coupled with his love of rap pioneers such as KRS-One, Rakim and Snoop Dogg, LB’s music is the perfect hip hop and funk-flavored gumbo.

His live shows set themselves apart as he brings a full band to “keep it all the way funky” for his audience. Lyrics Born’s level of hip hop mastery comes as no surprise. The talent of his band though is a whole other story. This is a full-fledged funk-rock explosion spearheaded by the superstar guitar and bass duo of Ben Misterka (Collectivity) and Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake). They’re going to have the place jumping!
Two of Nevada City’s most renowned turntablists, DJ Fossil and Kronosaurus Flex, set the stage for a what promises to be a legendary night. Laying down the funk with deep vinyl cuts, these cats present a masterpiece of analog mixology every time the needle drops.
https://www.lyricsborn.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-kV6TRs8PU&feature=youtu.be
https://soundcloud.com/lyricsborn
Tickets available here or at the venue: https://lyricsborngetscrazyagain.eventbrite.com

Moody Cat & Smokey the Groove
Friday, January 24
9:30pm, $10

There’s a new creature on the prowl in the local music scene. Moody Cat delves deep into the realm of funk in an alarmingly fresh way. Led by drummer David Lee of Shotgun Sawyer, this music is built upon a tight pocket of groove. Moody Cat is not a jamband but that doesn’t mean they are hesitant to stretch their claws of creativity. They’ll have the dance floor bouncing with tight compositions soaring on the wings of inspired musicianship.
https://www.facebook.com/moodycatfunk/

Smokey the Groove is a six-piece band from Chico stirring up plenty of buzz with their horn-driven, party funk, electro space grooves and free-wheeling jam escapades. It’s a crazy world out there and it’s refreshing to have a band like this that’s all about having fun. Don’t love them just because they have a three-piece horn section, are young, charismatic and know how to swing far beyond their years.
https://youtu.be/wjKxYNezxk0
https://smokeythegroove.wixsite.com/smokeythegroove/
https://www.facebook.com/smokeythegroove/
https://soundcloud.com/smokeythegroove


Todd Gardner Band
Saturday, January 25
9:30pm, $10

Rising up in the jam band scene as one of Nor Cal’s guitar heroes, Todd Gardner emerges from his years of experience fronting the Saints of Circumstance (his homage to the Dead and Jerry Garcia) with this eponymous project. He returns to the Crazy Horse bringing together some of the region’s top players to explore shimmering original compositions and familiar material alike. This is high energy psychedelic roots-rock on a course to serious improvisational lift off! While the Grateful Dead are a primary influence, this is by no means a tribute band. This is funky, soulful, Americana rock which will make you feel like you’re floating. The band will feature Jim Wendt on keys (The Nibblers, Saints of Circumstance), Kathryn Alves on vocals, Neil Campisano on drums (Saints), Ajeet Campbell on bass (The Rayos, World Beatnix), and Carlos McCoy on sax.
https://www.toddgardnerband.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epoQFOSyXuA
https://soundcloud.com/toddgardnerband/sets/todd-gardner-band-on-the-road/s-6CVf2

Paul Emery’s Nevada City LIVE! Presents

Way Old West (a reunion of the trio Way Out West)
featuring Joe Craven, Tracy Walton and Bill Edwards

Joe Craven, Tracy Walton and Bill Edwards – AKA Way Out West – return to Nevada City on their 2020 reunion tour playing American roots and swing music on Saturday, February 1 as part of Paul Emery’s Nevada City LIVE! Concert series.

The dynamic trio performed regularly from 1985-1992 playing what Craven refers to as “a multi-cultural mashup up of re-imagined covers, sparkling originals, thrift stored fashion-insulted presentation with bargain bin humor.”

They released a vinyl album in 1986 “Dancing with My Feet Off the Ground”, followed by a second release, “Twisted Roots,” which came out on cassette and later CD. “The title ‘Twisted Roots’ is sort of what we thought we were doing.” says Edwards.

Tracy Walton on vocals and guitar has played with Mumbo Gumbo, The Cups and the trio Walton, Webster and Edwards. Bill Edwards on guitar and vocals has played with Chris Webster, and “filled in with Mumbo Gumbo, though I was never a member”. Joe Craven on mandolin, fiddle, vocals and percussion was a longtime member of the David Grisman band, the leader of the Joe Craven and the Sometimers, tours occasionally with Mamajowally and has appeared on stage alongside Jerry Garcia, David Lindley and many others.

Way Out West took a break after 1992, then reunited briefly in 2006 for a date at the Strawberry Music Festival in Grass Valley. The current reunion began at the 2019 Sonora Christmas Fair on Thanksgiving weekend.

Edwards said of playing again onstage with Walton and Craven, “It feels almost like we just got together the other day. There was an unbroken connection over time. It’s pretty nice how natural it feels to get together again and play music. I feel kind of lucky.”

WHO: Paul Emery’s Nevada City LIVE! Presents

WHAT: Way Old West (a reunion of the trio Way Out West)
featuring Joe Craven, Tracy Walton and Bill Edwards

WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 8:00pm

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

TICKETS: $20 general admission, $30 reserved seating
Tickets at: BriarPatch Co-op Community Market – 530-272-5333
Tickets online at: http://www.paulemerymusic.com

WEBPAGE: http://paulemerymusic.com/
https://paulemerymusic.com/way-old-west-a-reunion-of-the-trio-way-out-west/
www.joecraven.com

Sierra Stages Announces Its 2020 Season

“Blithe Spirit” • “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” • “Escaped Alone”

2020 Season Passes & Memberships Available Now!

In 2020, Sierra Stages presents its 12th season of quality local theater in Grass Valley and Nevada City with three diverse offerings: “Blithe Spirit” by Noël Coward, “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, and “Escaped Alone” by Caryl Churchill.

Sierra Stages again is pleased to offer the Sierra Stages 3-Show Season Pass: For $85, see all three shows in the 2020 Season: “Blithe Spirit”, “Sweeney Todd”, and “Escaped Alone”. 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 the 3-Show Season Pass and Memberships, visit SierraStages.org or call 530-346-3210.

The 2020 season opens with “Blithe Spirit” by Noël Coward. After a ‘spirited’ séance goes wrong, the cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine suddenly finds himself face to face with the ghost of his deceased wife, Elvira—much to the chagrin of his current spouse, Ruth. Caught between one live wife and one dead wife, Charles thinks matters couldn’t be worse. Love and marriage quickly devolve into laughter and mayhem in this sparkling comedy classic. Written in 1941 and frequently produced over the past 78 years, “Blithe Spirit” is a fun evening at the theater, with its seances, ghosts, special effects, and amazing wordplay. Scott Gilbert directs “Blithe Spirit”, which plays from February 28 through March 21, 2020 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

Coward wrote a large number of superbly crafted comedies in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, many of which continue to be performed to this day by professionals and amateurs alike. These include such well- known titles as ‘Private Lives’, ‘Present Laughter’, ‘Hay Fever’ and ‘Blithe Spirit’. “When director Scott Gilbert suggested ‘Blithe Spirit’ and we read the script, it was immediately clear that this classic comedy – with its many laughs, amazing wordplay, and low-tech theatrical special effects – would be an entertaining evening and a great way to kick off our season,” says Sierra Stages managing director Peter Mason.

From July 17 through August 8, 2020 at the Nevada Theatre, Sierra Stages presents “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, a musical thriller with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Winner of eight Tony® Awards including Best Musical, “Sweeney Todd” is an indisputable masterpiece. Set in 19th-century London and laced with brilliant wit, diabolical humor and extraordinary music, this heart-pounding musical thriller tells the tale of an unjustly exiled barber and his quest to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family by a lecherous judge. Aided by the resourceful pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney exacts his sweet, razor-sharp revenge. “Sweeney Todd” is directed by Sharon Winegar, with music direction by Ken Getz, and dance and movement direction by Brian Arsenault.

“I have been wanting to do ‘Sweeney Todd’ ever since I saw the original production several times on Broadway in 1979 and several times in Boston (the first stop on the national tour) in 1981,” says music director Ken Getz. “Over the past 40 years, I have seen many other productions of the show and have been steadily working up the nerve to take on the challenge to music direct the show. Last summer’s experience with our production of ‘Cabaret’—an entertaining musical with dark themes—tipped the scales: I was convinced we had the talent in our community do justice to the show and that our audience would embrace a musical that not only thrills but also ends on a tragic note.” Getz adds, “In addition to all of that, we wanted to honor the composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim on the occasion of his 90th birthday in 2020 (March 22) and putting together a production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ seemed like a fitting way to celebrate this milestone and continue our journey through the Sondheim canon.” “Sweeney Todd” is the seventh Sondheim musical presented by Sierra Stages over the past 11 years, following “Side by Side by Sondheim”, “Into the Woods”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “Marry Me A Little”, “Company” and “Assassins”.

To close out the season, Sierra Stages presents “Escaped Alone” by Caryl Churchill. Set in a serene garden, three old friends are joined by a neighbor to engage in amiable chitchat—with a side of apocalyptic horror. The women’s talk of grandchildren and TV shows breezily intersperses with tales of terror in a quietly teetering world where all is not what it seems. “Escaped Alone” is an inventive and thought-provoking work. It is directed by Sands Hall and plays from October 1 through 24, 2020 at the Off Center Stage (behind The Center for the Arts) in Grass Valley.

“We are excited to have Sands Hall as our director of ‘Escaped Alone’,” says managing director Peter Mason. “An author, singer/songwriter, emeritus professor, teacher, playwright, actor and director, Sands has contributed so much to local theater and to all of the arts in Nevada County. In between her many projects over the past several years, she found time to direct three play readings for our Theater by the Book series: ‘Dear Elizabeth’ by Sara Ruhl, ‘Evermore’ by Gary Wright, and ‘Times Like These’ by James O’Keefe. Now, with her inspired choice of Caryl Churchill’s “Escaped Alone” for the final show of our season, she is pushing the boundaries of Sierra Stages and expanding the diversity of theater in our community.”

The Sierra Stages 2020 Season Pass may be purchased now through March 15, 2020 online at SierraStages.org or by calling Sierra Stages at 530-346-3210.

Know and Go

What: Sierra Stages presents its 2020 Season:
“Blithe Spirit”, “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, and “Escaped Alone”

When: “BlitheSpirit”playsFebruary28–March21,2020 Fridays & Saturdays (& Thursday March 19) at 7:30 PM Sundays at 2:00 PM

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA SierraStages.org  530-346-3210

John McEuen & the String Wizards Present “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

The Center for the Arts is offering the perfect tonic for the January Doldrums. Join Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member – John McEuen – (and the String Wizards) for a special night of music and memories of the landmark album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and the story of the NGDB’s incredible career, at the Foothills Event Center on January 25 at 8:00 pm.

The String Wizards is comprised of Les Thompson (Original NGDB member -bass, bouzouki, vocals), NGDB member from the ’70’s John Cable (mandolin, guitar, vocals), and Matt Cartsonis (mandolin, guitar, vocals), McEuen’s partner in music for over 25 years. The three seasoned musicians join host John McEuen with his banjo, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin to perform hits and stories that led to the creation of the legendary album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” The multimedia show takes you on a fifty-year journey, interwoven with Dirt Band favorites, hot bluegrass, archival photographs and film clips, and new music.

After a short career as a magician, with fellow magician (and his first banjo student) Steve Martin, McEuen’s passion for music led him to form the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966. The band rocketed to fame in 1970 with the release of their album “Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy” and the hit single “Mr. Bojangles.” In 1971, McEuen brought together the icons of Bluegrass, Country, and West Coast Country Rock, uniting Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Junior Huskey, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Six sweltering summer days of recording in Nashville produced “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a benchmark album still relevant to this day.

Rolling Stone called the album “the most important record to come out of Nashville,” and the 2004 ZAGAT survey called it “the most important record in country music.” The album was inducted into the Library of Congress in 2004 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 as an historic recording.

Appearing in several episodes of Ken Burns “Country Music,” McEuen is thought of as an integral part of the history of country music. In episode 6, titled “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” he describes the making of this milestone album. McEuen was recently inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame. His first book, The Life I’ve Picked, was published in 2018. A memoir, the book chronicles his storied career as an iconic band member and his life as a father raising six kids in the music business.

McEuen has made over forty albums (seven solo) that have earned four platinum and five gold recognition awards, Grammy nominations, CMA and ACM awards, an Emmy nomination, and an IBMA record of the year award. McEuen has performed or recorded with some of the greatest artists of all time, including Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, David Bromberg, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Bill Wyman, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Alison Krauss, Jackson Browne, Jerry Garcia, and many more.

Tickets are available at The Center for the Arts box office located in The Chamber of Commerce at 127 E. Main Street in downtown Grass Valley and online at www.thecenterforthearts.org. This show will be presented as a part of The Center for the Arts OnTheGo series and held at The Foothills Event Center on Saturday, January 25th. Doors open at 7:00 pm for the 8:00 pm show.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming. Typically, the Center presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center is currently underway in a major renovation of its multiuse 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 492-seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.

WHAT: John McEuen & the String Wizards Present “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

WHEN: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:00 PM (7:00 PM Doors)

WHERE: Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho-Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945

 WEBSITE: http://www.johnmceuen.com/

ADMISSION: $35 Members, $40 Regular, $65 Premium Box Seats

INFO: https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/john-mceuen/ | 530-274-8384

Food Too Good to Waste: BriarPatch Launches Community Education Campaign

The year-long journey includes resources, activities and social gatherings

BriarPatch Food Co-op is kicking off the new year by inviting the community to join in a year-long journey to explore and better understand the global impacts of food waste and what individuals can do to help reduce it. “Food Too Good to Waste” provides folks with a year-long calendar of helpful tools, links, resources, activities and social gatherings designed to educate and inspire manageable changes that can make a difference locally and beyond.

“We hope to feel more empowered, have fun and make a difference, as we go on this journey together,” said Marketing Manager Rebecca Torpie.

The social problems associated with food waste can no longer be ignored. Upwards of 40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted, while one in six people living in the U.S. experiences food insecurity. Of the food that is not eaten, 42 percent is wasted at home, 40 percent is wasted at retail outlets and 16 percent is wasted on farms, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition, food waste is contributing to the earth’s environmental crisis. Natural resources like water and fossil fuels that are used to grow, ship, store, and prepare food is wasted when food goes into the trash. More food is put in landfills than any other material. Food in landfills creates methane, a contributing cause of climate change. If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas contributor in the world, behind China and the U.S.

“At BriarPatch, we are taking a closer look at what we can do as a retailer to reduce food waste. Our current efforts to keep food out of the landfill includes a robust “Free for Staff” program when foods reach their best buy date. We partner with local farmers and ranchers who pick up nearly a ton of fruit and vegetable scraps each week (culls from the produce department and pulp from the juice bar) for use as compost and animal feed,” said Sustainability Coordinator Lauren Scott.

By making small shifts in daily habits like shopping, storing and preparing food, individuals can make a big difference.

To get started, BriarPatch Food Co-op’s food waste campaign includes a weekly food waste diary to help people track how much food they waste and see where it goes. Other resources include a monthly calendar with different themed activities and social events like a film night in February and mixers throughout the year. Participants are encouraged to follow the Co-op website and social media channels for updates and tips and to share challenges and successes. Look for the “Food Too Good to Waste” guide in the store or download here: FoodWasteGuide

Learn more: https://www.briarpatch.coop/food-too-good-to-waste/

BriarPatch Food Co-op is a community-owned cooperative grocery store that provides quality food and other healthy living products, supports social justice and environmental causes, and works directly with farmers and businesses committed to regenerative agriculture, sustainability, humane practices and organic principles.

Waste Management has a Service Interruption Hotline

Waste Management now has a service interruption hotline. This is a recorded generic message letting people know whether to expect any interruption in our services or not. If they are individually affected, they usually receive a personal message from dispatch based on their chosen method of contact.

The message on this line will be updated appropriately if there is any change in routes, or delays due to weather conditions and we will mention specific neighborhoods if we know the routes that are going to be impacted in advance.

Toll Free Number # 855-963-2273 or Direct Dial Number # 916-294-4037

Nevada County Schools Student Arts Competition

Sponsored by The Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee and Sierra Gold Parks Foundation

The Save our Bridge Campaign Committee and the Sierra Gold Parks Foundation are pleased to sponsor this year’s Nevada County Schools’ Student art competition. The subject of the competition is “Flowing Through History -The Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project”. This partnership with the Nevada County Schools Superintendent’s Office is a great opportunity for students throughout Nevada County to learn about the restoration of the iconic Bridge at Bridgeport, South Yuba River State Park and the significance this Bridge has in the history of California and Nevada County. Please see the Student Contest information from the Superintendent’s office below:

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools (NCSoS) is pleased to partner with the Bridgeport Restoration Celebration (BRC) Committee to help sponsor two student art competitions in celebration of the restoration and soon-to-be grand re-opening of the newly restored covered Bridgeport Bridge in Penn Valley. All students across the county are encouraged to participate in this exciting opportunity to celebrate this 158-year-old historical structure. Two challenges for students include an art, painting or collage for students in grades K-12 and the second is a short 1-3 minute YouTube video for students in grades 4-12. Students are challenged to creatively depict the history of the South Yuba River State Park and the Bridgeport Covered Bridge. One winner from every grade level will be presented with a cash award in April and all winners will be given the opportunity to be the first to walk across the bridge when it officially opens at the ribbon cutting ceremony in Fall 2020! All schools in the county have been sent the necessary information for teachers to help students submit their products by the deadline of 5:00 pm, February 28, 2020. The link provided below will take you to the site for more details on the competitions along with multiple classroom resources for teachers and students from how to make YouTube videos, the history of covered bridges to how to integrate bridge lessons across curriculum subject areas. For those interested, you may keep tabs on the progress of the restoration of the bridge by checking out the photo archive on the South Yuba River Park Association website (http://www.southyubariverstatepark.org/) and, under News, click on “Save Our Bridge Restoration”. If you have any questions about the bridge restoration project, contact the Save Our Bridge Campaign Committee at historicbridge.publicity@gmail.com. For detailed information on the student competition, please visit our Bridgeport Bridge Restoration Project Classroom Connection https://sites.google.com/nevco.org/bridgeportrestorationproject-c/student-competition and indicate your intent to participate, or contact Teena Corker at tcorker@nevco.org.

Chad Wilkins Band at Golden Mandala

Sunday January 26th – 7pm $15 Donation

One of our favorite musicians Chad Wilkins will come to soothe our souls with his sacred heartsongs Sunday January 26th. Join us!

Mystic Minstrel, Chad Elliott Wilkins, is an American/Australian singer-songwriter bringing heart-songs that reveal a better way for a generation in transitional times on our planet! From his lively, progressive grooves, to his deeply prayerful chants, spanning many genres, Chad’s rootsy folk anthems carry themes of love, gratitude, risk, honour, and pure vibrant LIFE(!) – giving voice to our cry for spiritual transformation, harmony with the Earth, and hope for a bright future.

Touring extensively, Chad’s performance style is unique and spontaneous – whether performing solo, with his full band, or anywhere in between, he guides his listeners through an interactive journey ranging from dancing celebration to mindful meditation to sing-along declarations.

Golden Mandala – 417 Broad St – Nevada City, CA

Nevada Theatre Upcoming Movies

Sun Jan 26CUNNINGHAM – 1 hr 33 min – PG. CUNNINGHAM traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. Alla Kovgan’s documentary weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, CUNNINGHAM is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists. “What Kovgan’s utterly transporting film does, through a thoughtful and dynamic combination of curated material and new performances, is radiate the rapturous power of dance.” –Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter.

  1. Sun Feb 2 – OSCAR SHORTS – LIVE ACTION
  2. Sun Feb 9 – OSCAR SHORTS – ANIMATED
  3. Sun Feb 16 – OSCAR SHORTS – DOCUMENTARY

For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. Lists of titles in each program, along with synopses and running times, will be available after the nominations are announced on Jan. 13th. The Animated program usually runs around 80 minutes, Live Action 2 hours, and Documentary is typically split up over two programs, for a total length of 2 1/2 hours (on average).

Paula Poundstone Returns to Nevada County

The Center for the Arts OnTheGo is bringing Paula Poundstone back to Nevada County. She performs live at the Baggett Theater in Nevada City on Saturday, February 15th, 2020.

Paula Poundstone is a humorist, author and comedian known for her clever, observational humor and spontaneous wit. When she isn’t collecting hotel soaps while on tour or panel-ing on NPR’s #1 show, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Paula hosts the popular Starburns Audio podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. Nobody is a comedy field guide to life complete with taste tests, cats of the weeks and leading experts in everything from beekeeping to ping pong to prosopagnosia (say that 3 times fast).

Paula’s stand-up credentials are endless: Cats, Cops and Stuff; Goes to Harvard; Look What the Cat Dragged In; and numerous television appearances including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Late Show with David Letterman. Famously, Paula provided backstage commentary during the 1992 presidential election on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and was the first woman to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

In 2017, Paula released her second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness, in which she offers herself up as a guinea pig in a series of thoroughly unscientific experiments. Kirkus Reviews called the book, “A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn’t kill the humor—delivers more than it promises.” The book debuted at #1 on the Amazon Bestsellers List in Humor, and the audiobook was one of the five finalists for 2018 Audiobook of the Year. The book was recognized as one of eight semi-finalists for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States.

Paula can be heard on the big screen as “Forgetter Paula” in Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, winner of the 2017 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. She has also starred in her own series on both HBO and ABC, is included on Comedy Central’s Top 100 Comics of All Time, and won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. In February 2019, Paula’s stand-up special, Cats, Cops and Stuff was named by TIME Magazine and Tig Notaro as one of The 5 Funniest Stand-Up Specials Ever.

Paula resides in Santa Monica, CA, where you can find her cleaning the litter boxes of her 14 cats: Clue, Oreo, Luigi, Jem, Belle, Brittle, Mrs. Feziwig, Wednesday, Severus, Tonks, Theo, Sham Wow, Harrison, and Hardy.

See Paula Poundstone live at the Don Baggett Theater in Nevada City on Saturday, February 15th as a part of The Center for the Arts OnTheGo series. The doors open at 7:00pm for the 8:00pm show. Tickets are available online at thecenterforthearts.org, at the box office located in the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and at Briarpatch Coop.

WHO: The Center for the Arts OnTheGo presents:
WHAT: Paula Poundstone
WHEN: Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 8:00pm Show (Doors at 7:00pm)
WHERE: Don Baggett Theater, 11761 Ridge Rd. Nevada City, CA
ADMISSION: $50-$65 https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/paula-poundstone/
CONTACT INFO: thecenterforthearts.org 530-274-8384.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming. Typically, the Center presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center is currently underway in a major renovation of its multiuse 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 490 seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.

Nevada City’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration —Let the Good Times Roll!

Nevada City’s annual Mardi Gras Celebration is set for Sunday, February 16, 2020. The annual event, hosted by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, features a festive parade and Street Fair throughout historic downtown Nevada City, offering up California Gold Rush scenics and spirited fun.

Nevada City California has been known to throw a party or two and its version of Fat Tuesday is no exception. People come just for this colorful annual event that lights up the streets with bright costumes, beads and a sense of playfulness that pervades both the Street Fair and Parade.

With the Street Fair on N. Pine & Commercial Streets open from 11 am-4 pm, you can find the last accessories for your perfect costume, shop hand-made gifts or pick up some extra beads for friends. Mardi Gras shirts, masks and the things that make Fat Tuesday fun will be available for sale, along with vendors selling food, drinks, crafts and more.

Spectators will crowd the streets to enjoy the floats and revelers at the annual Mardi Gras Parade, 2 pm on Broad Street, Nevada City. Everyone is encouraged to attend in festive Mardi Gras attire.

Along with the fun, Nevada City also honors noteworthy citizens for their contributions to the community. Each year the Mardi Gras Planning Committee chooses four (4) individuals that have impacted Nevada City’s community positively to serve as the Mardi Gras King and Queen and the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. The committee also honors a Grand Marshal, who leads the parade. This year’s parade royalty are Grand Marshal Mikail Graham, King Dave Robinson, Queen Stacy Drake-Robinson, Grand Duke Bill Holman and Grand Duchess Francine Holland.

Come Have Some Fun!

Mardi Gras in Nevada City – Sunday, Feb 16th, 2020

Parade 2 pm; Street Fair 11-4 pm

Historic Downtown Nevada City, California

Get more information here: https://www.nevadacitychamber.com or call 530-265-2692

Nevada City’s Mardi Gras Parade and Street Fair are February 16, 2020. Come enjoy some spirited fun with this Gold Rush town spin on New Orleans’ Fat Tuesday. Photos courtesy of Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

LeGacy Presents Happy Birthday Janis (Again!)

LeGacy Presents kicks off its 13th season of main stage productions at the Nevada Theatre with its 6th annual celebration of what would have been the late, great rock/blues queen Janis Joplin’s 77th birthday!! Sue LeGate Halford is backed up by a top notch rock band consisting of Dave Halford, Claire Turner, Paul Turner & John Basa. Special guest vocalist Kim Wellman rounds out the rocking group!! Music ranging from the 60’s to the current day (The Beatles, Sonny and Cher, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, The Coasters, Jefferson Airplane, Melanie, Tina Turner, Chris Isaak, The Moody Blues and many many more!) A true extravaganza of rock and roll through the ages!Tickets for ‘Happy Birthday Janis’ are only $20 in advance, with special reserved seating available on line or by calling box office only) General admission available online, at Harmony Books, The BookSeller, or by callling (530) 268 5419

Strings Concerts presents: David Wilcox with Peter Wilson opening

Singer/songwriter David Wilcox returns to Nevada County for a Wednesday night concert at the Nevada Theater on January 22. Opening the show will be folksinger Peter Wilson.

More than three decades into his career, singer/songwriter David Wilcox continues to push himself, just as he always has. Wilcox, by so many measures, is a quintessential folk singer, telling stories full of heart, humor, and hope, substance, searching, and style. His innate sense of adventure and authenticity is why critics and colleagues, alike, have praised not just his artistry, but his humanity, as well.

“I’m grateful to music,” he says. “I have a life that feels deeply good, but when I started playing music, nothing in my life felt that good. I started to write songs because I wanted to find a way to make my life feel as good as I felt when I heard a great song. I don’t think I’d be alive now if it had not been for music.”

An early ’80s move to North Carolina set his wheels in motion, as he started playing guitar and writing songs, processing his own inner workings. In 1987 Wilcox had released his first independent album, The Nightshift Watchman. A year later, he won the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Award and, in 1989, he signed with A&M Records, selling more than 100,000 copies of his A&M debut, How Did You Find Me Here.

In the 30 years and more than 20 records since Wilcox has continued to hone his craft, pairing thoughtful insights with his warm baritone, open tunings, and deft technique. He’s also kept up a brisk and thorough tour itinerary, performing 80 to 100 shows a year and regularly deploying his talents by improvising a “Musical Medicine” song for an audience member in need. In recent years he’s taken that process a step further, carefully writing and recording dozens of his “Custom Songs” for long-time fans who seek his help in commemorating and explaining the key milestones in their lives.

Wilcox pulled no punches on his most recent release, 2018’s The View From the Edge. Not only does the song cycle find him delving into mental health, family legacies, spiritual contemplations, and topical concerns, the song “We Make the Way By Walking” also won him the Grand Prize in the 2018 USA Songwriting Contest.

“I think the coolest thing about this kind of music is that, if you listen to a night’s worth of music, you should know that person,” he explains. “If you’re hearing a performer sing all these songs, you should know not only where he gets his joy and what he loves, but you should know what pisses him off and what frightens him and what runs him off the rails, what takes him apart and what puts him back together.”

That honesty is why Rolling Stone has written that his “ongoing musical journey is compelling and richly deserving of a listen.” It’s also why Blue Ridge Public Radio has noted that, “The connection people feel with David’s music is also the connection they feel with each other.”

But Wilcox’s unique brand of storytelling doesn’t come easily. “The time you spend immersed in the emotion of a song changes you. The song shows you the world through a particular point of view. Once you have seen the world that way, you can’t un-see it.”

Opening the show will be Grass Valley folksinger/impresario Peter Wilson. Wilson has toured and performed coffeehouses, colleges, trains and nightclubs across the US and Canada. He has opened for Robert Cray, Etta James, David Lindley, Maria Muldaur and Mose Allison as well as for folk acts like John McCutchen, Tom Paxton, Jesse Winchester and Jerry Jeff Walker.

He’s a member of the Deadbeats – a long running tip-of-the-hat to the music and songs of the Grateful Dead and a founding member of Paul Emery’s 1000 Kisses Deep – The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Wilson has also hosted radio variety shows, open mic. nights and presents concerts, events and festivals.

 

WHO: Strings Concerts presents

WHAT: David Wilcox with Peter Wilson opening

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 7:00pm

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

TICKETS: Reserved Seats $20 – $30
Tickets at: www.stringsconcerts.com
BriarPatch Food Coop – 530-272-5333

Gold Country Celtic Society Hosts 29th Annual Burns Supper

The Gold Country Celtic Society will present its twenty-ninth annual Robert Burns Dinner & Concert at the Miners’ Foundry in Nevada City on Saturday, January 25th, 2020. The “Burns Supper” commemorates the birthday of Scotland’s Poet Laureate.

Every January in Scotland and in countries around the world, people gather in homes and halls to honor Burns and his birthday. Celebrants include families proud of their Scottish heritage, as well as those of other heritages who wish to recognize this inspirational figure.
In Nevada City, the celebration will commence at 4:30 p.m. with a no-host bar and dinner seating at 5:30. A gourmet bill of fare will be presented by the well known caterer Antonio. The ceremonies will include traditional tributes and toasts, with a wee dram of whisky provided, to Burns and the Lads and Lassies, and piping in of the Haggis.

Following dinner, the traditional Celtic group Golden Bough will entertain onstage and dancing is encouraged. The Foundry is turned into a Scottish castle and the formal kilts and tartans worn by attendees is a lovely sight to see.
Good food, good whisky, good cheer and good poetry, there’s no experience quite like a Burns Night celebration. Whether you’re addressing the haggis or the lassies, or you don’t know your kilts from your ceilidhs, this is an event not to be
missed.
Advance tickets are required and sell out quickly. For information and reservations contact Carolyn Hatling, 530-346-2565.

Miners Foundry Upcoming Events

Upcoming Miners Foundry Cultural Center Events

325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees waived for purchases made by phone or in person via the Miners Foundry Box Office.  The Miners Foundry Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., (530) 265-5040.  www.minersfoundry.org

 Loudon Wainwright III – Friday, January 31

Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm, $30/Adv, $40/Door, this is a seated show

Loudon Wainwright III’s long and illustrious career is highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, Movie and TV credits, and now his new autobiography, Liner Notes (2017 Penguin/Random House). In 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. His 2012 recording, Older Than My Old Man Now, was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. September 2018, Loudon releases his 27th career album to-date, Years In The Making, a retrospective double CD with more than 45 tracks – live performances, demos, outtakes, unreleased songs spanning 50 years.

Wainwright is perhaps best known for the novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)”, and for playing Captain Calvin Spalding, the “singing surgeon”, on the American television show, M*A*S*H.

His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, and Mose Allison. He has collaborated with songwriter/producer Joe Henry, on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie Knocked Up.  Loudon penned music for the British theatrical adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Lucky You. He composed topical songs for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and ABC’s Nightline, and recorded several songs for the soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

As an actor, Wainwright has appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.

Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours – Friday, February 7

Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm $25/Adv, $30/Door, this is a seated show

Antsy McClain brings his unique blend of music and “humor with heart” to the stage, combining his original songs with a hilarious slide show, including Antsy’s own life observations, social commentary and imaginary sponsors from his home town trailer park of Pine View Heights. As a master storyteller with the likes of PBS, NPR and TEDTalks under his belt, Antsy includes humorous and serious songs in his shows. Songs such as “One Less Trailer Here in Pine View Heights,” My Baby Whistles When She Walks,” and “The Junk Drawer of Your Heart,” are keenly humorous observations about love and loss, while his more serious songs, like “Field Trip,” “I’m Everyone,” or “Falling in Love in America,” are more akin to personal journal entries written in the act of living. It’s this tightrope walk between humor and heart that makes Antsy McClain a true original.

Antsy McClain is one of those rare performers who can have you laughing hysterically and shedding a tear – often within the same song. In the last few years, McClain has been playing a lot of solo acoustic shows, but still plays with his band, The Trailer Park Troubadours, who bring their masterful touch to his live shows. Whether alone with his guitar, or with a group of other musicians, Antsy McClain creates an unforgettable night of music, theater and storytelling. Others have called him “a national treasure” (Modesto Bee), and “a creative force whose roots lie in songwriters like John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and Guy Clark” (Houston Chronicle), and “a happier, funnier Bob Dylan.” (his Uncle Fred). Whoever you think his influences might be, you will likely think of him as a friend after attending one of his concerts, due to his casual, approachable presentation and the relatable nature of his songs.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball with The Revelers – Saturday, February 15 

Doors 7:00, Show 8:00pm Tickets $30/Adv, $35/Door, $45/Reserved Seating

Miners Foundry Cultural Center is thrilled to present Grammy nominated-Louisiana band The Revelers at 8:00pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Join in on Nevada City’s Mardi Gras weekend celebrations, wear your masquerade attire and get ready to dance New Orleans-style to The Revelers!

Founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, two of the groups unquestionably at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance, have joined together on their newest project which combines Cajun, Country, Blues and Zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music straight from southwest Louisiana that’s sure to get you moving. As individuals, they are each in high demand having performed and recorded with Natalie Merchant, Linda Ronstadt, Preston Frank, Walter Mouton, Mamadou Diabate, Dirk Powell, Cedric Watson and Tim O’Brien to name a few. As a group they play with a sense of empathy and depth that can only be fostered after years of making music together. Simply put, The Revelers are the next Louisiana supergroup.

One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen and The Works – Wednesday, February 26

Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm, Tickets $30/Adv, $35/Door, $50/Meet & Greet

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. Featuring all of your favorite Queen hits including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Are The Champions”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, and many more.

John Craigie with special guests Rainbow Girls – Thursday, March 5

Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm, $20/Adv, $25/Door

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.

Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “I Am California” and “Highway Blood.” Both quickly cracked One Million Spotify streams and counting, as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.

Festival appearances also include Ohana Music Festival (CA), Mountain jam (NY), SXSW (TX), Electric Forest (MI), Summer Camp (IL), Kate Wolf Music Festival (CA), Pickathon (OR), Edmonton Folk Festival (AB), Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), Wanderlust (CA & VT), High Sierra Music Festival (CA) and more.

Rainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north of California’s Bay Area. Get ready to have a gang of sweet angels, punch you in the heart. Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, and Vanessa May -the dynamic trio known as Rainbow Girls- have emerged as a much-loved live act both abroad and on their California home turf. Rainbow Girls’ discerning sensibility in regards to living in this good ol’ U.S. of A. is acutely reflected in their impassioned debut record as a trio, “American Dream.” Their performance centers the music put forth on their recently released album highlighting their rich harmonies, ageless songwriting, and soulful, bluesy sound in its rawest form.

Skerryvore – Sunday, March 8, Door 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm

$32/GA, $79/VIP Tickets, includes admission to a pre-concert whiskey tasting event hosted by members of Skerryvore. The event includes: tastings of 4-5 types of whiskey, and an intimate acoustic performance from 5:30-6:30, as well as a Reserved Seat at the 7:30 concert. VIP Tickets are available only to our 21+ only patrons, with valid ID. More details available by calling the Box Office.

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China.

Described as ‘The sound of Young Scots Power Folk,’ (Mark Radcliff, BBC Radio 2), the band – Tiree brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (whistles & accordion), Fraser West (drums & vocals), Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass) and Scott Wood (bagpipes) – tour extensively, not only throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, but also worldwide.

The Waifs – Sunday, April 19

Door 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm, $40/Adv, $45/Door, $60/Meet & Greet

It’s 25 years since West Australian sisters Donna and Vikki Simpson (now Vikki Thorn) joined forces with Josh Cunningham to create one of the country’s best-loved bands. That cover shot, taken near Cunningham’s home on the NSW south coast, marks The Waifs’ quarter of a century together, but it’s also a nod to Australia itself, its nature and its people, essential ingredients in the extraordinary body of work The Waifs have created in that time.

Prizes & Donation Request For Installation Awards Dinner – Deadline January 25th

We are excited about our 118th annual Installation and Awards Dinner that will be held on February 1, 2020 at the Miners Foundry. We are seeking help to continue the community awards program which is where we recognize deserving people who have volunteered their time, are outstanding in the visual and performing arts and also those who build or remodel buildings in Nevada City that contribute to the ambiance of our charming town.

One of our creative ideas to fund the awards and dinners for these deserving folks is to conduct a raffle and silent auction, which will offer the chance to win one of many fabulous prizes and generate some money to recognize these outstanding citizens.

We are looking for prizes, donations, gift certificates or other creative items with a value of at least $25.

All donors will be recognized in the program, announced by the MC as the gift is chosen during the raffle/silent auction and promoted prior to the event on local radio stations and newspapers.

To ensure maximum promotional consideration, contributions must be received in the Chamber office by January 25th.  Please drop your contributions off at the Chamber during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or mail to 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA  95959.

Thank you for your continued support of your Chamber of Commerce, which continues our support of you!

Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration February 9th

The Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade welcomes the Year of the Rat, on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Chinese New Year Festivals are rare in rural communities, and CATS, along with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, are proud to present this ninth annual family-friendly celebration, honoring the early Chinese Gold Rush pioneers and railroad workers of the Sierra. There is a change in the parade route this year. The community parade begins at 12:00 noon from the Robinson Plaza on Union Street, up Commercial Street (past the Chinese Monument), left turn and down Broad Street, right turn on Bridge Street, cross Spring Street, and into the Miners Foundry, for an afternoon of entertainment, food, and fun! Free admission at the Foundry.

Our parade Grand Marshals are Erin Thiem and Dan Thiem of Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground. Parade units include Chinese ceremonial Lion Dancers and a 72’ Chinese Dragon from Eastern Ways Martial Arts of Sacramento, Grass Valley Taiko drummers, school children, and other community entries. They will spearhead an afternoon of Asian culture and entertainment at the Foundry from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Food would be available for sale by vendors at the Foundry, as well as Asian-themed arts and crafts and exhibits relevant to local and Asian-American culture and history. We are seeking parade entries, entertainers, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers. Contact Jeannie Wood at info@catsweb.org.

Just Say Know: An Update on Local, State, and Federal Cannabis Laws

Happy New Year, everyone!

With the recent holidays, it is easy to forget that this seminar coming up on Tuesday, January 21, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Courthouse, might have been overlooked. I apologize for this gentle reminder.

Just Say Know: An Update on Local, State, and Federal Cannabis Laws
By Heather Burke, Attorney

Some have signed up already. I have you down. No need to sign up again. There is still space for others. Send me an email to preregister. Arrive by 11:30 a.m. to handle payment, pick up your hand-out, and complete registration. Cost is $15 for the pubic and $30 for attorneys who will receive one hour of MCLE credit. We prefer cash or check, payable to the Nevada County Law Library. Do allow time for parking. Feel free to share the attached flyer with your colleagues.

Hope to see you there!

Jeannie Wood
Nevada County Law Librarian