Pioneer Park Picnic Pops

Musical Safari – June 26th 5:00 – 7:oo pm

Lions, elephants, wolves… Yukon, Amazon, Africa… adventure by tall ship, caravan, or even dreaming! With the theme “Musical Safari,” this family-friendly outdoor concert will enchant with music depicting animals, locations, and adventure.

The 65-member Nevada County Concert Band always puts on a great show. You’ll hear John William’s movie themes from “Hook,” “Harry Potter,” “E.T.,” and “Indiana Jones.” And we’ll visit Camille Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” too. Jerry Foote Scholarship recipient Rebekah Shuholm will perform Leroy Anderson’s “A Trumpeter’s Lullaby.” Three of the band’s ensembles will perform songs about a frog, a crocodile, and a bass (and we’re not talking fish here). Music details are here.

Come to Pioneer Park early to enjoy your picnic dinner on the grass, or treat yourself with goodies from the hot dog or ice cream vendors. Bring your family and friends! Arrive a half-hour early, and we’ll show you how to lead the audience participation moment(s).

Our family-oriented concerts are always free, accessible, and great for all ages. Non-profit donations are accepted.

Center for the Arts Summer Camps for Kids: Circus Camp; Teen Writing Matters; Teen Songwriting & Performance Skills; Acting & Musical Theater

Circus Camp, The Art of Silliness (mornings) & Aerial Circus (afternoons)
Monday-Friday  9:00AM to 3:00PM
$250 member, $275 non-member
Age 8 to 14  Class Limit 15

June 27-July 1  This session SOLD OUT!
July 11-15  Still available
Aug 1-5  Still available

The Art of Silliness 9:00am – 12pm
Discover the Circus and your inner clown with Izzi Tooinsky.  Students explore creative expression through comedy, clowning, juggling, hooping, and stilt walking

Izzi Tookinsky is an award winning juggler, storyteller, comedian and author. He mixes wisdom and fun, intelligence and humor, laughter and education and presents at schools, festivals, and corporate events worldwide. He has written two books The Turkey Prince and Juggling Without Struggling, and published work in magazines and newspapers in America and Australia.
Aerial Circus 1pm – 3:00pm

AirAligned’s Tresa Honaker, Joe Simms, Marni Marshall, Sophie Wingerd and Cassie McAlister will teach tricks and skills on Aerial Trapeze, Aerial silks and Aerial hoops.
Fly, climb, and swing in AirAligned’s Aerial Circus 2016

Tresa Honaker is one of the founding members of The Movement Alliance and Founder and Artistic Director of AirAligned aerial dance group and AirAligned Academy. Her aerial studies include Hollywood Aerial Arts, Cirque LA, Aloft, San Francisco Circus School and Trapeze Arts. Tresa directs and performs throughout the United States for corporate, private and commercial events.

Joe Simms joined The Movement Alliance in 2002 and is now a principal performer and soloist with AirAligned. Joe has a background in Martial Arts with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Jujitsu. Master classes include: Velocity in Seattle Washington, Conduit Dance Company in Portland Oregon, The Edge in Los Angeles, aerial intensives with Ingrid Hoffman L.A. and Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Joe is currently working as a body worker, aerial and Pilates instructor and is the owner of Pilates Body in Nevada City.

Marni Marshall received her B.A. in Studio Art (Art Education emphasis) with a minor in dance, from Sacramento State (2006).  It was here that she performed and worked in Faculty and student dance shows, choreographed for fellow student art and drama projects, and was an intern for the American College Dance Festival.  Marni also earned her single subject teaching credential in Art after a two year internship with Yuba City High School and Project Pipeline (2009). After high school, where she took ballet in Stockton with Dorothy Percival, Marni’s love for dance was broadened by Lovie Bucknell’s Sierra College Modern Dance class in 1998. The Glass Bead Players, and many local Nevada County teachers have also influenced her interests in dance.  Marni is fortunate to have taken summer workshops from the Joe Goode Performance Group, Anna Halprin, Stacy Printz and Scott Wells. Marni is a co-founder of The Movement Alliance Dance Theatre Company, and has also performed and trained with Air Aligned Aerial Dance Group since 2002.  Marni has taught art at Yuba City High School, Grizzly Hill, Washington Elementary, Grass Valley Charter School, Alta Sierra Elementary. Marshall currently subsitutes at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts; and is happy to wear one more hat as the House Manager for The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.


Teen Writing Matters: A Summer Writing Camp
July 18-22  One Session ONLY!
Monday – Friday, 1 to 4PM
Class limit 20, minimum 8
Students need to bring paper and pens
Minimum age: 13
$200 members, $225 non members

Will we sing campfire songs? No. Will we write similes about the smell of a campfire, or lengthy descriptions of that one camp counselor who wears knee socks and a fanny pack? Perhaps. Join Kirsten Casey for five days of writing delight: creating poetry, characters, flash fiction pieces, and more. We will write everyday from 1-4 using a variety of prompts, strengthening our attention to detail, sharing our work, and eating candy.
Kirsten Casey400Kirsten Casey is a local California Poet in the Schools, who has been teaching creative writing to students in the area for over ten years. She earned her Masters in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, and you can find her work in the anthology Yuba Flows, and her own book of poetry, Ex Vivo: Out of the Living Body. As a teen, Kirsten kept a daily journal, wrote poetry and a play, and enjoyed quoting song lyrics. She loves working with teens because she feels like a teen trapped inside of an adult, and because she never tires of hearing the fresh perspective of teen writers.


Teen Songwrting & Performance Skills
June 27-July 1 One session only!
$200 members, $225 non-member
Monday – Friday, 1-4pm
Age 13 to 19, Class Limit 15

This songwriting class will focus on process rather than product. Not all students will write their masterpiece, but all of them will gain an appreciation for the sense of play and experimentation involved in writing lyrics and melodies.  Each student will be taught new techniques and new ways to express themselves both alone and in collaboration with other members of the class. While the art of giving and receiving friendly criticism will be emphasized, all students will be encouraged to follow their own vision. All skill levels are welcome and the ability to play an instrument is not required. A willingness and openness to sing and create, however, are essential. Our week will culminate in an open-mic style performance of new compositions for family and friends.
Instructor Thom Moore is a credentialed elementary school teacher who began writing and performing his own songs while in the fifth grade. In the thirty years since he has released several albums, mostly with his brother Greg, and the Moore Brothers have toured throughout the U.S and Europe.


Theatre Camps: Acting & Musical Theater
$195.00 (includes all scripts and handouts)  Each session will include different scene and acting material; songs may be the same as they are the foundation of the acting program and occasionally repeat in a camp.  (bring a nutritious snack and water)

Session 2:
July 18 – 22 Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 1:00 PM
Ages 10 – 14 (Younger children,* with previous class or performance experience, or attendance to first session will be accepted with approval of instructor)
Session 3:
July 25 -29, Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 1:00 PM
Ages 8*-14  Theme camp:  “Annie saves the day” This Camp will focus on performing scenes and songs from Annie and boys are definitely a big part of this story.  (Children ages 8-9 need previous class or performance experience, or attendance to one of the previous sessions, or approval of instructor.)

Class Limit 14, Minimum 8 (for individual and quality attention)
Bring your curiosity or passion for theatre and performing and come create an original show to perform for friends and family on the last day of class. We start each day exploring the “principals of good acting and character development” thru theatre games and skill development exercises with mini-plays, skits, poetry, and Broadway songs. We throw in a bit of Improv to keep us all on our toes. We spend time each day learning music, lyrics, and choreography from Broadway musicals and movies. (No formal dance or singing training is necessary, and is always welcome) By mid week, in sessions 1 and 2, a story starts to emerge around the songs, skits, scenes, and characters we have been developing and practicing. Sometimes we adapt an original scene from a Broadway play to be part of our final show as in session 3 from the broadway musical Annie. In all sessions everyone is onstage for the entire show and has the opportunity to create, develop and sustain a believable character that is part of the story. Come PLAY with us! (The final production is at 12:30 (3:30:00 in session #1) on the last class of each camp and lasts approximately 25-30 minutes)
* Younger children with two or more years of dance or theatre training will be considered for acceptance by the instructor into all sessions if there is space.

About the Instructor: Dinah Smith (Teacher/Coach, Choreographer/Director, Actor)
With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, and a California Certificated Teacher, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer and performer on stage, in film, and on TV. She has worked professionally with community and children’s theaters throughout California and Colorado.
In April, Dinah was invited to New York University as part of the Forum on Educational Theatre to present a workshop on the creating, directing, and producing of Sonja Weissman and the Miracle Play, a highly acclaimed holiday family drama, directed by Dinah two years in a row at the Off Center Stage. The production featured 9 youth ages 8-16 in the leading and supporting roles with Four supporting adult roles. Other local directing credits include: Crossroads – 2 black Comedies, for the Fringe Festival 2016, Beyond Our Mountains, Tom Sawyer and Twelfth Night.
Locally, she has choreographed Godspell for Placer Community Theatre (PCT), Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum with Sierra Stages, 70 girls 70 for Lake Wildwood Theatre, Two separate Xmas Shows for LeGacy Productions, Home For The Holidays for Synthetic Unlimited, Wizard of Oz for YRCS (also directed by), and sequences of the Nutcracker for Center Stage Dance. She has also performed with CATS, Legacy, Quest Theatre Works, Sandra Rockman Presents and PCT. Currently she is choreographing Oklahoma for PCT in Auburn which shows in July.
Beside teaching Youth Theatre Classes and camps for The Center For The Arts, she has taught at Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, The Miners Foundry, and Grass Valley Charter School. This past January she directed Crossroads (2 Black Comedies) for The Nugget Fringe Festival.

Music In The Mountains – SummerFest Concert Series

Music in the Mountains Announces Headliners for 35th Anniversary SummerFest Concert Series including

Music Legends Judy Collins & Don McLean plus a new outdoor venue!

June 22 through July 3, Music in the Mountains will launch the biggest initiative in their thirty-five year history of presenting SummerFest with an unprecedented twelve concerts, bringing the classics to life in new ways, new places and new formats.

Most notable, music legends including Grammy Award-winning singer Judy Collins and folk rock singer-songwriter Don McLean, will headline the SummerFest outdoor concerts at the new and improved Gateway Park Pavilion in Penn Valley.  The sprawling 87-acre park includes a 3,500-square-foot stage pavilion, picnic and lawn areas.

“The new venue has allowed MIM to expand its programming and patron amenities,” explained Executive Director Dr. Mieko Hatano.  “We are able to offer more premium table seating to our patrons to make SummerFest more comfortable, more festive with new food and drink options, and a truly magical musical experience.

For more than half a century, Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work.  MIM’s string quartet joins Collins as she sings the songs that have inspired three generations – “Both Sides Now”, “Send in the Clowns”, and more.

Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie“, ”Vincent”, “Castles in the Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.  Share the magic of this magnificent artist under a “Starry, Starry Night.”

The pops and classics are showcased in a major way this SummerFest with five conductors – MIM Resident Conductor Ryan Murray, MIM Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, Jeffrey Reed, Lucinda Carver, and David Lockington – taking on the sublime music of Felix Mendelssohn, a Mozart marathon featuring the Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor with special guest pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski and his epic final symphony, two of the all time great works for string orchestra including Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings and Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, and a stirring program of Russian favorites including the 1812 Overture.

Other special SummerFest programs include “From Broadway to Hollywood,” with music from the stage and screen.  “Beethoven’s Pastoral – Plus, The Planets” by Holst celebrates music under the stars. And “Pet Sounds” is a symphonic recreation of the music of The Beach Boys.  Every endless summer smash hit, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.  The season concludes with the popular Patriotic Pops program on July 3rd, conducted by Pete Nowlen.

Leading MIM in this exciting new festival experience is new Executive Director Dr. Mieko Hatano.  Dr. Hatano comes to MIM with an extensive background arts administration.  Before her move back to the West Coast, she served as Executive Director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Georgia for three seasons.  Featured as one of Musical America’s “Rising Stars in Orchestra Leadership” in 2012, Dr. Hatano led the organization to an increase in both its subscription and single ticket numbers, create the Knox Music Institute, and raise over $16 Million in a capital campaign to restore and renovate an abandoned art deco theater in downtown Augusta.

Also joining Dr. Hatano is MIM’s newly appointed Artistic Director Pete Nowlen. For the last two year’s Nowlen has been MIM’s Artistic Advisor and before that an accomplished musician in the festival orchestra.  He is also a professor at UC Davis and Sacramento State.

Finally rounding out the team is Chorus Director Ryan Murray who is highly regarded throughout California. Murray’s dynamic conducting, engaging persona and deeply held passion for the arts have allowed him to steadily build a robust career conducting professional orchestras since the age of 22.  In addition to his recent appointment as Music Director of Fresno Grand Opera, Murray is the Music Director of Townsend Opera, the Associate Conductor for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra; with whom he made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014.Tickets

Tickets for SummerFest go on sale Friday, April 1 to the public.  For more information, or to order tickets, please log onto or call the MIM Box Office at (530) 265-6124.

Fact Sheet: SummerFest

Wednesday, June 22          Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Show 3pm

Friday, June 24                  Beethoven’s Pastoral – Plus, The Planets!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Saturday, June 25              From Broadway to Hollywood

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Sunday, June 26                 A Mozart Recital

Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Show 3pm

Sunday, June 26                  All-Mozart!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Tuesday, June 28                Seductive Serenades

Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Show 3pm

Tuesday, June 28                Don McLean

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Wednesday, June 29          American Classics – Gershwin’s An American in Paris

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Thursday, June 30              An Evening with Judy Collins

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Friday, July 1                       Russian Fireworks – 1812 Overture & More!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Saturday, July 2                  Pet Sounds Live!

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm

Sunday, July 3                     Patriotic Pops

Gateway Park Pavilion, Penn Valley

Show 8:15pm






Independence Day the Nevada County Way

Each year, the Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers, along with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, come together to plan and produce the 4th of July event. This year is no exception! We invite you to celebrate Independence Day the Nevada County Way! The 4th of July Parade is in Nevada City at 11:00 am in Nevada City. Independence Day Celebration at the Nevada County Fairgrounds begins at 3:00 pm and ends after the Fireworks Spectacular!

Advance Purchase Tickets are available:


Grass Valley Chamber Visitors Center (530) 273-4667 * 128 E. Main Street, Grass Valley

Nevada City Chamber (530) 265-2692 * 132 Main Street, Nevada City

Young Composers Project

Tuesday, June 14 & Thursday, June 16, 7pm
Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main Street, Grass Valley
Tickets $10/Adults, Youth Free, One Ticket Good for Both Evenings
Tickets available at the door

A whole passel of world premieres written by some of the most talented young people in the region and performed by world class ensembles in two fabulous performances.

The Young Composers Project (YCP) teaches talented young Nevada County musicians grades junior high through college to study music software notation, melodic and rhythmic dictation, music theory and harmony, music history, conducting, public speaking and composition. It kicks off early in the school year with interested youth from 6th grade through college. The program consists of both Saturday classes and private lessons throughout the school year with composer/teacher Mark Vance. The program consists of two divisions, Beginner/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced.

This year, YCP is explored the intersection of art and music. 20 students of various ages and skill levels traveled to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. While there they were asked to choose one work of art (painting, sculpture, ceramics, etc) from more than 2000 on display. This work of art served as the inspiration for the student’s piece of composed music. Students researched their chosen artist and art. Many were very surprised by what they learned. Some even discovered that they had personal ties to the artist.

Next week on Tuesday and Thursday, a who’s who list of local Nevada County musicians plus members of Music in the Mountains Orchestra will perform each student’s composition. Their chosen art will be projected during the performance for a unique multi-media experience. See below for a few photos of the students with their inspired art.

Box Office:
530 Searls Avenue, Suite A, Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-6124
Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Theater By the Book: Much Ado About Nothing – May 18th


WHO: Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Theater By the  Book: Much Ado About Nothing

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

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

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation, Tickets are available online at, by phone (530) 265-5040 or in person at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.


Celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s life with this special Theatre By the Book reading of one of his most enjoyable comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, Wednesday, May 18, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. Theater By the Book is a series of informal play readings for the community, presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry.

Written by Shakespeare and directed by Jeffrey Mason, Much Ado About Nothing is a fast, furious, and fun evening, featuring a cast of fifteen local actors including Marcus Arellanes, Casey Burke, Micah Cone, Chase Coney, Audrey Morgan Delgado, Kate Haight, Rodger Hoopman, Brandon Johnson, Susan Mason, Ken Miele, Conor Nolan, Jori Philips, Victoria Sanders, Sharon Winegar, and Scott Young.

“Much Ado About Nothing is a marvelous comedy that works well in a reading, and its circumstances permit me to set the action in our very own Nevada City and so bring the characters and the story close to home,” explains Mason.

In Much Ado About Nothing, the main event is the battle of wits between Beatrice and Benedick, but Shakespeare frames that unique courtship with a conspiracy to sabotage the wedding of a more traditional young couple and hurl the entire community into near-tragic chaos.

But what and where is that community? Shakespeare set the action in Messina, where the locals are thrilled to host a visit by Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon. Now, it’s true that Aragon had once been a maritime monarchy that included Sicily, but it had been swept into the Kingdom of Spain well before Shakespeare was born, and as far as we know, the playwright never visited the Mediterranean.

So Messina isn’t a real place; it’s whatever we want it to be. Most immediately, it’s a destination for soldiers on leave; the action begins when Don Pedro and his officers take a break from the wars to look for a holiday.

This rendition of the play is set right here in Nevada City, the home of afternoons at the river, weekend retreats to Victorian bed-and-breakfasts, and Summer Nights on Broad Street. Don Pedro’s company slips away from the metaphorical battles of high-tech enterprise in San Francisco, and Leonato’s household makes them welcome.

Much Ado About Nothing becomes an exercise in restoring order: remembering that Don John is treacherous, verifying that Hero is innocent, and realizing that even the bewildered Dogberry sometimes gets it right. Most of all, the play takes Benedick and Beatrice on a journey from verbal fencing through a revenge compact to finally admitting that, yes, they really are in love, which is what everybody else suspected all along!

“Throughout his work, Shakespeare demonstrates marvelous insight into people, and people haven’t changed that much since he wrote his plays,” says Mason. “And let’s not forget that Shakespeare was a theatre guy, an actor, and a member of a company who knew how to connect with an audience.”

The Nevada City Film Festival recognized by Moviemaker Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Support the 2016 Nevada County 4th of July Celebration

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

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

4th of july sponsorship

Get started!

Sponsorship Application

For more information call 530-272-7765 or email

Audiences praise “The Cripple of Inishmaan”

What: Sierra Stages presents “THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN”

When: Now through March 19, 2016

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

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Information: or 530-346-3210

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

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

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


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

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

ol’ Republic Brewery 4th Anniversary Party


Saturday March 19th – Noon til Late!

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

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

Food vendors No Pho King Way and The Top Dog.

Free event for all ages!

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

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

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

TICKETS: $25/GA, $35/Limited Reserve, Available online at, by phone at 530-362-8601, or in person at Nevada City Film Festival HQ, 110 Union Street, Floor 1, Nevada City, CA.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event quickly took off with a string of sell-outs and a who’s who list of up and coming comedians. The Nevada City Film Festival comedy shows have included such famous (and infamous) comedians as Tig Notaro (This American Life, Transparent), Marc Maron (Maron Show, WTF Podcast), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League), Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job), Neil Hamburger, Natasha Leggero (Last Comic Standing), and Eric Andre (Eric Andre show), just to name a few.

Nevada County Historical Society Speaker Night March 17th

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free!

Refreshments: Yes!

Length: About 1 hour

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


Ken Hardin, friends take stage with ‘Chamber Favorites’

WHO: InConcert Sierra presents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To see the complete program, please go to

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

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

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

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


The Cripple of Inishmaan, Playing at Historic Nevada Theatre

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

What: Sierra Stages presents “THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN”
When: March 3–19, 2016
Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM
Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

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

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


Gallery Presents a New Twist on Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend in Nevada City

Relax, rewind, and skip the mall this Thanksgiving weekend. Spend time wandering the charming streets of Nevada City instead! Shop for artistic gifts at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, enjoy homemade soup & pie at the Nevada City Methodist Craft Fair & Sandwich Shoppe, and catch a live performance of “A Christmas Story” in the Nevada Theatre.

“Artisans Bounty” Show

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art
300 Spring Street
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm
(530) 265-6817

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, Nevada City’s newest gallery and artist studio will be having an opening reception for a special show on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27, 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show entitled “Artisans Bounty” will showcase contemporary nature-inspired art that will include new original paintings by LeeAnn Brook, sculptural wooden vessels by Mike Snegg, hand blown glass by Nicholson Blown Glass and Mark Einert, ceramics by Sam Tubiolo and Lynn Wood, large-scale assemblage sculptures by David Ward and jewelry by Antje Dormeyer.

Visitors can sit and enjoy the live jazz of guitarist Jim Rodney of Induction, as he plays in the courtyard of the gallery on Spring Street in downtown Nevada City. Several of the gallery artists will also be on hand throughout the weekend to talk about their work and share their process. Mike Snegg will have a special display that will demonstrate the process of his exquisite wooden bowls on Saturday, November 29 at 11:00 a.m.

Longtime Nevada City fine artist and gallery owner LeeAnn Brook will roll out her newest gift items for the holidays,  including new custom silk scarves of paintings by the artist. Other items by Brook will include signed, gift-wrapped copies of Brook’s award-winning book “Points of Inspiration: An Artist’s Journey with Painting and Photography”, a line of limited edition fine art holiday cards, limited edition giclee reproductions, and gallery gift certificates.

mike snegg

Craft Faire & Sandwiche Shoppe

NC United Methodist Church
433 Broad Street
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
(530) 265-2797

Beautiful hand crafted gifts for all ages. All proceeds go to support church ministries and community outreach programs. Stop by for delicious homemade soup and sandwiches, pie, coffee and hot spiced cider.


“A Christmas Story”

Nevada Theatre
401 Broad Street
Friday & Saturday 7:30–9:30pm
Tickets $22 ($20 in advance)
(530) 268-5419

LeGacy Presents is proud to bring back the beloved family Christmas classic…A Christmas Story to the historic Nevada Theatre from November 27th through December 27th.

Shawnna Frazer directs the Philip Grecian adaptation of the hit 1983 movie written by Jean Shepherd, whose tale of little Ralphie Parker’s Christmas wish for a Red Ryder BB gun is told with poignancy and humor, interspersed with the nostalgia of a 1939 Indiana town’s holiday season.

Thursday shows at 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2pm, with a special Christmas Eve matinee at 2pm.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Available at The BookSeller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (530) 268 5419.

Humorist/Author David Sedaris Nov 17

The Center for the Arts presents

David Sedaris
A reading followed by q/a & book signing!
Tuesday, November 17 • 7:30pm

Reserved Seats: $65 premium
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

General Admission: $45 member, $55 non-member
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

NPR Humorist and Best-selling Author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed in Flames

“Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident”  – Entertainment Weekly

“Sedaris has hit upon the narrative equivalent of Pepsi, or the PlayStation, or oxygen, or the haircut: something that others in the world might actually want and find useful. . .  He’s smart, he’s caustic, he’s mordant, and, somehow, he’s . . . well, nice.” – Toronto Globe and Mail

“Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today.” – Chicago Tribune

“Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.” – San Francisco Chronicle

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris is the author Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller.  There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.  He was the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories.  Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays.  His newest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was published in September 2010 and immediately hit the NYT Bestseller Fiction List.

He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name The Talent Family and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service.  David Sedaris’s original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ.  David Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album.  His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure (November 2009).