40th Anniversary of Fright Night

Miners Foundry Cultural Center in partnership with Sleazy Action Booking presents FRIGHT NIGHT, Nevada County’s largest Halloween bash, Saturday, October 27th.

The legendary Halloween party celebrates its 40th anniversary with an all-star local and semi-local line up of bands including Destroyer, the West Coast’s premiere KISS tribute band; Steady Static performing the songs of Siouxie & The Banshees; Just Like Heaven, the ultimate tribute to the Cure, and Joan Jett & The Glitterhearts. The evening also features the Vixens of Vinyl, DJ’s Owen & Sugartroll (Shocks & Struts), Gary The Clown, Hare In the Moon reading tarot, and Daughters of Diablo Burlesque.

Headlining FRIGHT NIGHT is Destroyer, a KISS tribute band that has opened for the real KISS and GWAR, and has also been written about in Rolling Stone, SPIN and even Metal Edge Magazines. Their exciting and thrilling tribute show to the greatest rock and roll band in the world is a show not to miss. Even Peter Criss’ first wife Lydia flew from New York to see these guys do their show. Their drummer received a big KISS from her for singing “Beth” to her at that show!

Wearing early era costumes, Destroyer ensures the crowd to be captivated and also intrigued by their sing-along set of classic KISS tunes that everyone enjoys. Hear your old favorite KISS tunes like “Deuce”, “Strutter”, “C’mon” and “Love Me, I Was Made For Loving You”, and many more!

The local tradition dates back to 1978 when Bobby Angel coined the name and produced the first five FRIGHT NIGHT’s at the American Victorian Museum as a fundraiser for community radio station KVMR. The first FRIGHT NIGHT was $2 with costume; simulcast live on KVMR and featured Mighty Dread, Harry Harpoon and the House Wreckers, plus a special appearance by the Phantom of the Opera.

Forty years later, FRIGHT NIGHT has gone through many producers including artists and visionaries David Osborn and Charles Woods, KVMR, and Foothill Theatre Company, and it is now considered one of the Miners Foundry’s largest annual fundraisers.


WHO: 40th Anniversary of Fright Night

WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 2018, Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm

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

TICKETS: $22 in Advance, $27 at the Door and available online at

‪www.minersfoundry.org, by phone at ‪(530) 265-5040, or in person at

Miners Foundry or Briar Patch Co-Op. Ages 16+

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

Polly’s Paladar’s to Host Stag Dining Group

Polly’s Paladar, Nevada City’s legendary supper club, is honored to host the Stag Dining Group, a full-service events company founded in San Francisco in 2010. The Mariscos Paladar will be their fifth time returning to the foothills, a Paladar record. Yes, we love them THAT much. These culinary superstars have become a beautiful addition to the world of Polly’s Paladar. In other words, they are our supper club brothers. Stag carries a flair for innovation and profound reverence for the natural world they bring to their thematic suppers uniting San Francisco’s best food and beverage industry talents, artisans, and artists. Partners include Ram’s Gate Winery, Scribe Winery, Heath Ceramics, Almanac Beer, celebrity chefs Jacques Pépin, Dominique Crenn, and author Hank Shaw. Every Paladar is unforgettable, but Stag’s dinners are passionate, tender, sentimental, wild, adventurous, daring, vibrant, and created with an exceptional devotion to detail. Please join us for a Mexican feast featuring sustainable seafood.

Marsicos will feature fiber art by Sierra Stitchcraft, a blossoming handmade artist collective based in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, greenery by Hex Botanicals, a lifestyle boutique based in Grass Valley, and our non-profit partner for the this quarter, Sierra Harvest, an organization with a mission dedicated to educating, inspiring, and connecting western Nevada County’s families to fresh, local, seasonal foods. This Paladar will be beautiful to behold, delicious, and sincere in its mission. An all-around feel-good moment to add to the books. See you at the table.

Shishito peppers, Peanut Salsa Seca
Shrimp Chicharrones and Guacamole
Bivalve Mixto Cocktail
Cornmeal Crusted Anchovy Caesar, Shaved Parmesan, Cilantro, Lime
Tomato and Cucumbers, Queso Fresco, Red Onion, Chapulines
Crispy Oregon Bay Shrimp Tacos, Avocado, Sal De Gusano, Cilantro, Finger Lime, Serrano Chili
Mackerel A La Parilla Tacos, Tomatillo Salsa, Chipotle-Roasted Tomato Salsa
Fig Leaf Rice Pudding, Caramelized Fig, Honey, Rum Soaked Raisins

Don’t forget that you can win two seats to #MARISCOS by following @pollyspaladar on Instagram and reading the #pollyspaladarseatcontest rules described therein! Good Luck!

Nevada City Winery Artist of the Month – Tricia Burbank

Ceramic wall pieces and alcohol ink drawings for small spaces & ceramic jewelry

For her ceramic wall and jewelry pieces Tricia has chosen the Mandala imagery for its sacred symbolism, balance and harmony. Her ink drawings pieces embrace a looser and more playful style. The exhibit will hang in the Winery Gallery for the month of October. The winery is open daily with extended hours on Wine Down Wednesday as well as Fridays and Saturdays.

Nevada City Winery – 321 Spring Street, Nevada City (530) 265-9463

Join Us for Open Studios at Osborn Woods Gallery

Please join us at Osborn Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City – for Open Studios! We are stop #44, and will have 6 artists working and showing their work! We’ll also have music, snacks, a wine bar and lots of friendly faces – it will be a lot of fun!

Osborn Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Let Grass Valley Courtyard Suites Make Your Holidays Bright!

“This year let Grass Valley Courtyard Suites make your holidays bright! With reasonable rates on a fully customizable space, now is the perfect time to start your holiday party planning. Book by November 1st we’ll give you 10% off – Book a January event for 15% off – or combine the two for 25% off!!! Make your holiday a unique boutique experience & book your party today.”

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites & Spa  210 N.Auburn St, Grass Valley, Ca 95945
(530)272-7696 www.gvcourtyardsuites.com

“Generations” show Opens at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

A father and son show featuring the work of Mike and Marc Snegg will be at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art for the month of October. “Generations”, will feature drawings and paintings by Marc Snegg, as well as wood vessels, slab tables and totem sculptures by Mike Snegg. Also featured will be “The Color of Trees”, new large format mixed media paintings by LeeAnn Brook. Opening Reception is Friday, October 12th, 5-7pm at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, 231 Broad Street, Nevada City. Live music by Michael Padilla. Mike Snegg Open Studio will be October 13, 1-5pm. Please visit LeeAnn Brook Fine Art at 231 Broad St., Nevada City for directions. Read more….

Cannabis Bookkeeping & Taxes: A Get Legit Workshop

Learn the essential financial tools to manage and grow your farm and business! Topics will include: Introduction to accounting and bookkeeping, federal tax filings including 280e, payroll, corporation vs sole prop vs LLC, outsourcing vs in-house, and more! Free for Alliance Associate Members, $10 for Supporting Members, $25 for Non-Members

Event Information:
“Cannabis Bookkeeping & Taxes: A Get Legit Workshop”
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 5:00- 6:30pm
The Foothills Event Center – 400 Idaho Maryland, Grass Valley, CA

Nevada City Photo Walk October 13th

Join Erin Thiem of the Inn Town Campground/Outside Inn and Kial James of Nevada City Scenics for a photo walk in downtown Nevada City.

Meet at the Nevada Street Municipal Parking lot, across the street from the Deer Creek Inn at 9am on Saturday, October 13th. We’ll walk up the hill and around, finishing in the Nevada City Farmers Market, so lots of great photo opportunities. The photo walk is free and welcoming to all photo enthusiasts.

Discover Malakoff! Historic Cemetery Tour & Stories around the Campfire Set for October 13th

The Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins and California State Parks Sierra Gold sector have scheduled a very special Discover Malakoff! event for Saturday, October 13, from 4-7 pm. This interpretive program, the latest in the Discover Malakoff! monthly series, is specially designed to bring new visitors to this remote state park throughout the entire year. The goal of the monthly series of special events and activities is to ignite interest and support for the wide spectrum of resources and activities available to the public at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
October’s event will feature Chris Ward*, author of Cemeteries of the Western Sierra. Chris will lead a special seasonal tour through the historic North Bloomfield cemetery and share special stories extracted from the headstones and markers remaining in the still-operating cemetery. Established in the mid-1800’s, this plot of land is dedicated to the memories surrounding the early settlement of this hub of exploration and innovation.
“Cemeteries are more than final resting places for the dead; they are gateways to an area’s shared history.”
Following the 1-hour cemetery tour, we will gather at the recently upgraded Environmental Living Center campfire circle for more stories and some special readings highlighting some of the local ghostly and haunting legends. Bring your questions, your curiosity, and a picnic dinner or snacks to enjoy around the campfire after the tour.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Car pooling is encouraged. We will meet at the historic North Bloomfield cemetery. Accessing the park from Tyler Foote Road is recommended, as the shortest route via North Bloomfield Road is very rough, and unpaved from Edwards Crossing.
What can I bring into the event?
Bring a question! Your curiosity! Bring your camera, picnic supper, if you wish to eat after the tour, water bottle, and dress in layers, to accommodate the changeable foothill autumn weather. Hats, gloves, umbrellas, and scarves can help make a chilly afternoon enjoyable. Bring a small backpack to store your un-used articles.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call the park at 530-265-2740 if you have questions. Leave a message, if no one answers. We will get back to you! Or email: discovermalakoff@gmail.com.
Can I update my registration information?
Please do RSVP, and update, if you need to change your plans. We will maintain a wait list. This event is limited to 30 participants.
How can I learn more about Malakoff?
Visit www.malakoffdigginsstatepark.org to learn more about the park and about the Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins.
Also visit www.parks.ca.gov

Presented by the Friends of North Bloomfield & Malakoff Diggins and
California State Parks Sierra Gold Sector
For more information about the October 13, 2018 cemetery tour email: discovermalakoff@gmail.com



WHEN: 4PM-7PM OCTOBER 13, 2108

WHERE: Historic North Bloomfield Cemetery, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, 23579 North Bloomfield Road, Nevada City, CA 95959. (Via Tyler Foote Road.)

COST: Free for tour; $5 day-use parking fee using self-pay envelopes. Pre-registration requested, limited to 30 participants. Register/RSVP using this link: www.eventbrite.com

Holiday Craft Fair at Hilltop Commons

Saturday, Nov. 3rd 10am – 2pm

Many local artisans displaying their new handmade creations and merchants’ unique items for this year’s holiday gift giving!

Admission and parking are FREE

A donation of a nonperishable food item for Interfaith Food will be greatly appreciated!

Upcoming Movies at the Nevada Theatre

“Deconstructing the Beatles 1963 Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” at the Nevada Theatre– October 14th, 2018

On Sunday, October 14th, Sierra Cinemas/Nevada Theatre Film Series presents “Deconstructing the Beatles 1963 Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” at 7pm at the Nevada Theatre. After years of touring the country performing his dynamic lectures live in cinemas, composer/producer Scott Freiman has recorded his second series of programs about the early days of the Beatles.  “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” covers that period in late 1962, when the Beatles stepped into EMI studios for the first time, met producer George Martin and began an unparalleled and remarkable recording career.  Over the next 18 months, they would release four number one singles and two number one albums while becoming worldwide superstars.  In this segment, Scott Freiman explores the music that helped launch Beatlemania.

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


What:  “Deconstructing the Beatles 1963 Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” at the Nevada Theatre Film Series

When: Sunday, October 14th, at 7pm

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

Admission:  $8; doors open at 6:30pm

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

Website: www.sierratheaters.com  


“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Nevada Theatre – October 19th, 20th and 21st, 2018

The Sierra Cinemas/Nevada Theatre Film Series presents “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Nevada Theatre on three consecutive nights – Friday,October 19th; Saturday, October 20th; and Sunday, October 21st.

The Nevada Theatre Film Series and Nevada City Live collaborate with Untamed Productions to present this cult classic film complete with a live all-star shadow cast on stage at the Nevada Theatre.  This is the film that launched the Nevada Theatre Film Series in January 1979, and they’ve been bringing it back since 2015 to sell-out crowds.

Sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, seek help at the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a flamboyant transvestite scientist.  Seductive temptations surround them and Brad and Janet lose their innocence in this houseful of wild characters.  Accompanied by elaborate dances and catchy rock songs, Frank-N-Furter reveals his latest creation – Rocky!

Tickets are $20 general admission and $30 for reserved seats.  Advance tickets are available at BriarPatch or online at www.paulemerymusic.com.  This is a movie that has to be seen on the big screen!


What:  “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Nevada Theatre Film Series

When: Friday, October 19th, at 8pm; Saturday, October 20th, at 7:30pm and 10:30pm; and Sunday, October 21st, at 7pm

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

Admission:  $20 general admission; $30 reserved seating

Tickets: Available at Briarpatch or online at www.paulemerymusic.com

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

Website: http://www.sierratheaters.com

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



The Center for the Arts Presents: Fall Colors Open Studios & Art Tour

In the heart of Grass Valley, you will find Ellu Gallery, an artists’ collective that opened its doors last year. A fine art gallery hosting local artists from the Nevada County area, founder and creator Ryan McVay has, in a short amount of time, formed a micro-culture around the idea that “Life is Art.” He and his fellow artists are bringing people together through art, music, unique events & community engagement. They inspire & connect visitors with a range of artistic styles, including Zen Surrealism, Expressionism and Abstract works.

Ellu Gallery is one expression of the vibrant art culture that is so important to Nevada County. With a colorful, open space representative of the area’s diverse artistic community, Ellu Gallery is the ideal location to host the preview exhibition for this year’s Fall Colors Open Studios and Art Tour. Produced by The Center for the Arts, the Open Studios tour takes visitors on an inspiring journey through Western Nevada County where people of all ages are given the opportunity to “enter the world of a visual artist to experience how, why and where art is created.”

The Center for the Arts has organized over 200 artists at 54 locations on a self-guided tour that will take place October 13, 14, 20, & 21 throughout Nevada City and Grass Valley. They have also printed 4,000 free copies of the tour guide to make it accessible for art lovers to explore the creativity and process of the artists that call Gold Country home.

Brynn Farwell, who produces the event for The Center for the Arts, says it is nearly impossible to see every artist in the two weekends of the tour. To help visitors navigate, all 54 studios on the tour will be exhibiting a piece of art at Ellu Gallery for the month of October. This will introduce participants to the broad range of artworks represented, and allow them to decide which studios they simply can’t miss!

Nevada County is home to a large concentration of artists of all mediums, many of which are internationally renowned. Farwell says the tour’s purpose is to highlight the important role of the arts within the county’s culture and community. She hopes that visitors will gain a “deeper understanding and connection to the art in Nevada County.”

“It’s a pretty unusual experience to see the art from start to finish, how creativity comes to fruition and…to be able to connect with artists on such an intimate and personal level,” she says.

With a shared vision to spread awareness of the necessity of art in today’s culture, Ellu Gallery and The Center for the Arts are perfect partners in hosting the preview for Open Studios. They invite you to help them kick off the tour at the Open House Preview on October 11, from 6-8:30 pm. Ellu Gallery will host a night of live music, fine art, delicious food and the meaningful opportunity to meet local artists and learn about their work.

More information at www.openstudiostour.org or by emailing openstudios@thecenterforthearts.org

WHO: The Center for the Arts Presents

WHAT: Fall Colors Open Studios & Art Tour

WHEN: Preview and Opening Reception: October 11th, 6PM-8:30PM – Tour Dates: October 13-14 & 20-21 10am-5pm

: Ellu Gallery, 342 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Art Walk Tour: Studios and artist exhibits throughout Western Nevada County; The Center for the Arts HQ is Ellu Gallery, where you can preview a piece from every participating artist before setting out on your tour!

TICKETS: Completely FREE event

TOUR GUIDEBOOK/MAP: www.openstudiostour.org

Silent Movies with Walt Strony presents: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Nationally acclaimed organist Walt Strony performs live music to accompany “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” the 1923 silent film starring Lon Chaney, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in Grass Valley.

Silent Movies with Walt Strony presents “Hunchback” for free at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown. A free wine-and-cheese reception follows.

Strony will perform original compositions as part of the score he has assembled to evoke the action and emotions viewers see on the screen. One original work is the theme Strony plays when Quasimodo makes his appearance ringing church bells. “I couldn’t think of anything already written that would work for this, so I wrote my own,” he explained.

Strony’s score also features French, Romantic-era composers including Camille Saint-Saëns and Cesar Franck. “Since the story is set in 1482, I’ll also include much earlier music that sets the tone for the era,” he added

In addition, Strony will perform on his own, personal instrument. “I designed this organ for the Allen Organ Co.” Strony said. “It’s the only one in California of its type.”

Strony’s goal, he added, is to recreate the experience of watching silent movies the way they were originally intended.

More at www.PeaceLutheranGV.org/hunchback

Annual Friendship Club Fundraiser at Judi’s – Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Judi’s of Nevada City will be hosting a special fundraising event for The Friendship Club (TFC) on Saturday, October 13th, from 10am until 6pm. At this event, Judi’s will be offering a 5% discount on all merchandise (including sale merchandise) while donating a percentage of all sales to The Friendship Club. The doors will open at 10am and complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day. Staff and board members from The Friendship Club will be on hand throughout the event.

This is the 24th anniversary of TFC helping at-risk adolescent girls in Nevada County with a year-round program of educational activities, emotional support and community involvement.

The Friendship Club is supported primarily by the generosity of the community and private grants. Executive Director Jennifer Singer said “ We are so grateful for Judi and Bob Weiner’s continued support of The Friendship Club. It’s a fantastic way for TFC to gain exposure, and in addition to Judi’s generous donation, we always get new donors and volunteers who come to know us through Judi’s shopping event.” Judi Weiner, the proprietor of Judi’s, has long supported the mission of TFC, and views her support as an investment in the future of our community.

Judi’s carries a wide selection of beautifully designed contemporary clothing and accessories including Alembika, Angela Mara, Comfy, Cut Loose, Dolcezza, Habitat, FDJ Jeans, Jag Jeans, Johnny Was, Renuar, Latico and Maruca handbags- and a selection of jewelry and accessories created by international designers as well as local artisans.

The Friendship Club Fundraiser is a great way to enhance your wardrobe with Judi’s fabulous fashions, get started on your holiday shopping, and support a very worthwhile local cause – everyone wins!


What:  The Annual Friendship Club Fundraiser at Judi’s of Nevada City; Judi’s will be offering a 5% discount on all regularly priced merchandise and donating a percentage of all sales to The Friendship Club

When: Saturday, October 13th, 2018, from 10am until 6pm

Where: Judi’s, 246 Commercial Street, Nevada City

Who: This event is hosted by Judi’s of Nevada City

Admission:  Free

Information:  Call Judi Weiner at (530) 265.6710 or email her at judi@judisofnevadacity.com

Music in the Mountains Presents the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Featuring Angelo Xiang Yu

Thursday, October 18 at the Don Baggett Theatre in Grass Valley, Music in the Mountains will launch their 2018-19 Classics Series season with one of the greatest violin concerto’s ever written – Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – featuring violin virtuoso Angelo Xiang Yu along with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera led by the captivating Andrew Grams.

“It is one of the most difficult pieces to perform,” explains Yu from his hotel room in Columbia, South Carolina, just hours before he will perform that evening at the Koger Center. “The technical demand is huge; you not only need the perfect mental concentration, but the physical stamina to perform it non-stop for the majority of the piece.”

The sensational circumstances surrounding Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major are well known: the composer took solace in writing following his disastrous three-week long marriage and subsequent suicide attempt. When he showed the result to his friend Leopold Auer, who was the Czar’s Court Violinist, Auer declared the lightning quick passages in the first and third movements unplayable. It took three years before another Russian violinist, Adolf Brodsky, premiered the work. It’s now become a favorite for virtuosos such as Angelo Xiang Yu.

The work is filled with lyric melody suggestive of the Slavic and Russian folksong that so often found its way into Tchaikovsky’s ballets. Despite the difficulties of the solo part, the violin focuses on decorating the themes rather than on presenting purely technical virtuosity. In the lively finale, the influence of folksong is most strongly heard. Taken as a whole, the work turned out to be one of Tchaikovsky’s most creative works.

“It is fascinating to hear such a large-scale concert in the intimate venue of the Don Baggett Theater,” says Pete Nowlen, MIM Artistic Director. “I can’t think of any other place where an audience member can be guaranteed to be closer to a world-class violin soloist like Angelo, who plays with major orchestras all over the world AND the priceless 1729 Stradivarius Violin that he performs on.”

Growing up in Inner Mongolia China, Yu always dreamed of becoming a soloist, but never imagined he would end up performing alongside many of the world’s leading orchestras. At the age of four, Yu’s parents quickly realized he had perfect pitch and when he turned 11, the family moved to Shanghai to continue his training at the Shanghai Conservatory. Ten years later he moved to the United States and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was the recipient of the Irene M. Stare Presidential Scholarship in Violin. He was the only instrumentalist invited to be a candidate for NEC’s most prestigious Artist Diploma, which he was awarded in May 2014.  Since then he has gone on to win numerous professional awards including First Prize at the prestigious Bach and Audience Prizes at the Menuhin Competition.

“Angelo is such a talented young man with a very special sound and a stage presence that immediately connects with the audience,” says conductor Andrew Grams. “I’ve never seen anything like it in all of my years.”

Yu explains that the connection with the audience comes from his desire to “speak to them through the music.” Every note he plays must mean something, emphasizing that by revealing his own vulnerability to the audience, they too will feel something.

“It’s not important to me if the audience knows what year the composer was born or the history of the piece; you don’t need to know that,” says Yu. “If you find the music beautiful and it causes you to fall in love with it, and that love brings you to the next concert, I’m happy.”

To conclude this beautiful and compelling program, Grams will lead the orchestra in Schumann’s passionate Fourth Symphony, the astounding result of a 10-year compositional odyssey for one of the great composers and thinkers of 19th century Germany.


WHO: Music in the Mountains presents the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Angelo Xiang Yu

WHEN: October 18, 2018, Doors 7pm, Concert 7:30pm

WHERE: Don Baggett Theatre, Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road, Nevada City

TICKETS: $60/Premium Seating, $40/GA Open Seating, Youth, ages 17 and under are FREE, Make Your Own (MYO) Series by Purchasing 4 or More Concerts at the Time and save 10%.
To purchase tickets or for more information call (530) 265-6124, go online at www.musicinthemountains.org or visit the Box Office in person at 530 Searls Avenue, Nevada City, Tuesday- Friday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.






Spooky is on Tap – Outlandish Experiences Unveils New Fall Line-up

As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, the first chill of fall is creeping in with the shadows. Ready for haunting stories of the supernatural, spellbinding magic shows, fortune-telling witches, and eerie ghost photography?

Outlandish Experiences, a Nevada City-based online platform for local tour guides, is unveiling a full Autumn calendar of spooky and harvest season experiences for the whole family now through Thanksgiving weekend.

This fall, visitors and residents can choose from activities led by real-life witches, a magician, a dramatic storyteller with tales from the grave and a photographer who specializes in capturing the spirit world.

A lover of all things quirky, Outlandish Founder Robert Trent says the line-up with a paranormal theme is a natural fit for local talent and audiences looking for something fun and different.

“Outlandish is offering people of all ages genuine Halloween-inspired adventures that go beyond eating gobs of cheap candy or watching a campy horror flick. The guides we select all have their own unique flair and are offering experiences that reflect their passions and talent. Our goal is that every Outlandish Experience immerses guests into the true spirit of the holiday,” said Robert Trent.

H-A-Double-L-O-W-Double-E-N spells Halloween!

Actor, storyteller, and playwright Mark Lyon will lead a tour, “Legendary Tales Of Ghosts And The Supernatural” at Treats ice cream parlor Oct. 28, 29 and 30. Huddled around the fire in an old Victorian living room, Lyon will bring haunting stories of ghosts, ghoulies and the paranormal to life for small groups of fear-seekers. Devilishly decorated, spine-chilling ice cream creations will be included and help calm jittery nerves. With his blend of song and story, Lyon has enchanted audiences in Orlando, Florida; Victoria, British Columbia and in castles in Ireland. For more than a decade he has led ghost tours in Nevada City and Grass Valley.

Local Magician Nick Federoff will share a world of magic in an intimate courtyard setting behind a toy store, a brand new show exclusively created for Outlandish Experiences, Sept. 27 through Thanksgiving weekend.

“I’ve made an unusually strong effort to involve the audience as participants rather than just onlookers, and hopefully that means they will walk away with a powerful memory and a wider perspective,” said Federoff.

A master of elegant old-school magic enhanced with a contemporary spin, Federoff has performed magic throughout the U.S. and abroad. He offers a little bit of mentalism and an unending supply of illusions, balancing it all with a sprinkling of humor and an abundance of audience interaction. His shows are designed for people of all ages.

“Magic is the only way I know of to get fully back into a state of child-like delight. When you see something that you know, absolutely know, is outside the realm of reality and possibility there is no other option than to enjoy it in the same way a child would,” said Federoff.

Another master of illusion, Douglas Hooper, an official photographer of Burning Man, will offer nighttime photographic portraits for his Outlandish Experiences tour, “Ghost Photography Adventure.” Participants can choose from downtown settings with historic architecture as the backdrop or one of the area’s old graveyards. Everyone will leave the tour with a digital image to post to social media and share with friends. An award-winning photographer, Hooper is the president of the Nevada County Camera Club.

Fortune telling witches from Grass Valley store, Cult of Gemini will offer three unique experiences to reveal people’s past and future. The store, a place where light and dark are held in equal favor, is owned by self-proclaimed local witch Rachel “Ginger” Lazarus.


Outlandish Experiences launched in August and features a growing collection of outings and experiences as varied as the guides who lead them with themes like ‘Nature and Outdoors,’ ‘Arts and Entertainment’ and ‘Offbeat.’ Coming soon, Outlandish will offer harvest season-themed experiences like a Nevada City foodie crawl, farm tours, and more outdoor adventures.

Besides offering opportunities for local guides, Outlandish Experiences’ affiliate program supports small town businesses and rural economic ecosystems. Businesses such as Bed and Breakfasts, hotels, Airbnbs, entertainment venues, and others can earn 10 percent of experiences they help sell when they sign up for the Outlandish Experiences Affiliate Program.

To learn more about the fall schedule and to book an adventure, visit outlandishexperiences.com.

Folks interested in becoming an Outlandish Experiences guide or affiliate can contact info@OutlandishExperiences.com for more details.

Upcoming Events at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center

Tickets for all events are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op. Ticketing fees waived for ticket purchases made by phone or in person through the Miners Foundry Box Office.

Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa – October 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tickets $30/Adv, $35/GA, and $40/Limited Reserve.  Seated show.  Limited reserve seats are the first several rows closest to the stage.  Hawaiian musical legend and National Heritage Fellow Ledward Kaapana is unrivaled in his exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, and his baritone to falsetto vocal range.  He is a delightful performer with rascal charm.  Led will be joined by Mike Kaawa, Hawaii’s finest 12-string guitar player.


Marjorie Prime – October 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tickets $10 Suggested Donation. Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Marjorie Prime on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.  Marjorie Prime, written by Jordan Harrison and directed by Sandra Rockman, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community. It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion programmed to help her recount the distant, fading memories of her life.  What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the choice?

Fright Night 2018 – October 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Tickets $22/Adv, $27/GA. Fright Night, Nevada City’s Halloween tradition returns to the Miners Foundry on Saturday, October 27, 2018.  This year, the Miners Foundry is partnering with Sleazy Action Booking to present Nevada City’s 40th annual Fright Night celebration!  A full night of entertainment featuring Destroyer, Steady Static as Siouxie & The Banshees, Just Like Heaven, Joan Jett & The Glitterhearts, Vixens of Vinyl, DJ’s Owen & Sugartroll (Shocks & Struts), Gary The Clown, Hare In the Moon, and Daughters of Diablo Burlesque.  Food will be available for purchase as well as a No Host Full Bar.  Ages 16+.  Standing / Dancing show with limited seating.

The Polish Ambassador – October 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tickets $27/Adv, $32/GA. The Miners Foundry is pleased to present The Polish Ambassador and The Diplomatic Scandal on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, with special guest Grandfather Gold.  Pulling from over a decade of musical styles and nuances explored by TPA, combined with the lush instrumentation of 3 seasoned instrumentalists, The Polish Ambassador and The Diplomatic Scandal are closing the gaps between live and electronic music.

Haunted Nevada City and Grass Valley

As darkness falls and shadows lengthen, Nevada City, illuminated by flickering gas lamps, and Grass Valley, its storefronts concealing dark secrets behind their attractively painted exteriors, become the perfect setting for a ghost story. Or, perhaps, one should say ghost stories for Nevada County harbors more than its fair share of lingering spirits and for the fifteenth year, actor, writer and storyteller, Mark Lyon, will again offer his Haunted Nevada City and Haunted Grass Valley historical walking tours exploring the stories behind the many ghosts said still to reside among us.

“One of the joys of conducting these tours is the opportunity to offer an element of street theatre in my telling of our local stories,” states Lyon, who has enchanted audiences from Orlando, Florida to Victoria, British Columbia and across the Atlantic in stately castles in Ireland with his original one-man plays and who has shared true ghost stories on television and radio shows across the United Sates.

“Each year the tours change a little as I learn new stories which keeps the tours fresh,” continues Lyon. “Although due to circumstances beyond my control, I will no longer be able to conduct public tours through the interior of the Holbrooke Hotel on my Grass Valley tour, I will, however, still be sharing a wealth of stories about what I believe may well be the mot haunted hotel in the world while standing across the street.”

As the number of attendees on both tours seems to increase with each successive year, Lyon suggests that guests wishing to avoid a crowd consider choosing one of the earlier tour dates.

Haunted Grass Valley tours will depart from the Grass Valley Library at 207 Mill Street on Friday, October 12th, 19th ans 26th at 7:30 pm. Haunted Nevada City tours will depart from 210 Broad Street (directly across the street from the National Hotel) Saturday, on October 13th, 20th and 27th and on Halloween at 7:30 pm.
Admission is $10, $5 for children 12 and under while children 5 and under are admitted free. Reservations are not taken. Guests need merely to show up at the tour departure location at the time of the tour. Private tours at other dates and times may be obtained upon request.

For further information call 530-265-6877 or email: mlyon@hauntedisles.com.