Nevada City Victorian Christmas 2017

Under the Gas Lamps and String Lights of Historic Nevada City …

A Uniquely Authentic, Picturesque, Small-Town Christmas Celebration!

The 40th Victorian Christmas celebration, featuring the jubilant return of The Walking Christmas Tree, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, choirs, wandering minstrels, jugglers, Scottish Highland dancers, cloggers, brass bands, magicians, raconteurs, horn and accordion players, costumed characters – including Father Christmas, and Cecil Snow roasting chestnuts on an open fire – and over 100 vendors of jewelry, candles, pottery, dolls, perfume, exotic glass skulls, and more … all crowding the narrow streets of Historic Downtown Nevada City, aglow with over 1,000 string lights and smelling faintly of sizzling meats, sweet and savory pies, and fresh-cut pine boughs!

Wednesday, December 20th, from 5-9pm

WHERE:  Historic Downtown Nevada City, CA

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Location of the Hallmark Channel movie, The Christmas Card

61 miles from Sacramento, CA

84 miles from Reno, NV

147 miles from San Francisco, CA

WHO:  Sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 89.5 KVMR, and Waste Management.

WHY:  The holidays may be the best time to visit Nevada City – a quaint, scenic, historic, and sometimes quirky town of just over 3,000 people in the Sierra foothills. Many of the town’s residents are descendants of Gold Rush immigrants who arrived in Nevada City from Cornwall, bringing with them the tradition of lively street celebrations from Victorian England.

For more information, visit: nevadacitychamber.com

               

LeGacy Presents Rodger Hoopman’s SCROOGE

Continues December 14th through December 24th!

Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 7:30, Thursday December 21st at 7p.m.

Sunday December 24th at 2 p.m.

LeGacy Presents is proud to once again present Rodger Hoopman’s SCROOGE as their annual holiday production at the Nevada Theatre, from November 24th through December 24th.

The original production of SCROOGE opened in 1978 in Cal Expo’s Golden Bear Playhouse, directed by Gary McFadyen and featuring Rodger Hoopman as Scrooge. Since then, SCROOGE has played each holiday season to enthusiastic audiences throughout Northern California.

Directed by Sue LeGate-Halford, choreographed by Dinah Smith, with musical direction by Beverly Marks, SCROOGE is a must see this Christmas season!

With Rodger Hoopman in the title role for his 39th year, SCROOGE made its debut last year at the Nevada Theatre, and due to an overwhelming reception, is back this year. Bringing SCROOGE back was a no brainer, according to producer/director LeGate-Halford, “When an actor of Rodger’s quality says yes again, you don’t think twice. And as with any good production, you make changes to keep it fresh. New dances and a mostly new cast has added up to make this an even stronger show than last year. A few new surprises, too!”
Joining Hoopman in this delightful musical are LeGacy veterans Ward Thompson as the Ghost of Jacob Marley and the Chief Coroner, Dinah Smith as the Ghost of Christmas Past (and others) and Kris Meadows as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge’s nephew Fred and one of the very funny undertakers. More familiar faces from LeGacy productions are Chis Whitlock & Aurora Casey. Newcomers Elliot Childs & Bethany Gardner as young lovers Ebenezer and Belle. Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit and the Fezziwigs are warmly played by Berta Paradise and Steve Crandall. Rounding out the ensemble cast is Kassady Kelly, Bailey Trent, Luca LaMarca, Alexis Phillips with Mario LaMarca as Tiny Tim.

Sacramento Bee Arts Critic Robert Masullo wrote, “His Scrooge is singular. He’s irascible, inarticulate and mean. Nevertheless and remarkably, he creates something close to sympathy for Scrooge.” Bee Arts critic Alfred Kay scribed, “Like Carol Channing as Dolly Levi or Yul Brynner as the King of Siam, the local director and actor has made the role his own. He handles it with a depth of fury and bitterness that makes you wonder how Bob Cratchit ever showed up for work.”

Sacramento Union critic Richard Simon wrote, “Hoopman has polished his conception of Scrooge so the character glows with a patina akin to that of rubbed mahogany. He makes his points both as the misanthrope and miser of Christmas eve and the philanthropist of Christmas day with utmost simplicity and directness of speech and gesture.” Patricia Beach Smith, Bee Arts Critic, said, “Rodger Hoopman, as the unlikable yet redeemable title character, was a convincing Scrooge in a tour de force part, honed over many years of practice. His transformation from a persnickety old money-grabber to a generous, almost giddy everybody’s uncle, proved his mettle.”

The production includes an original musical score by Hoopman and Rob Knable (with additional music and lyrics by Warren Harrison) which, “Weaves about a dozen clever songs through the threads of the original story…making the holiday musical a delight.” (Joanne Burkett, Roseville Press Tribune).

“The set captures Dickens’ time, place and ambiance. The narrow houses line a narrow street, and though they are rendered on flat canvas, the scene evokes the comforting feeling of an advent calendar and makes one want to open the small windows for the prizes within,” said Alfred Kay of the Sacramento Bee.
Last years production by LeGacy at the Nevada Theatre earned 4 SARTA nominations (Sacramento Area Theatre Alliance) including sound, set design, light design by Les Solomon and a win for Sharon Sciabica for beautiful period costumes.
Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 7:30, Thursday December 14th & 21st at 7p.m., Sundays December 3rd, 17th and 24th at 2 p.m.

Tickets for SCROOGE are only $20 in advance, available at The Bookseller, Harmony Books, online at LeGacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419, and reserved seating is $35 available only online or through box office.

Outside Inn’s Grand Giveaway

The Outside Inn’s blog, InnSide Nevada City, is celebrating the holiday season with one very large giveaway. Put together by Erin Thiem, the owner of the Outside Inn and Inn Town Campground the crate includes prizes from 70 different businesses and organizations for a prize worth just over $3000. The InnSide Nevada City blog is a weekly blog that shares events and things to do in Nevada City & Grass Valley area. If you’re interested in entering the giveaway, go check out the blog. The winner will be announced on December 25th. There is no cost to enter.

If you haven’t subscribed to the blog, check it out online, www.outsideinn.com/blog

Grass Valley’s Wedding Fair January 21, 2018

Planning a wedding or special event? Please join us for on Sunday January 21, 2018 for Grass Valley’s Premier Wedding Fair produced by Joy of Life Events at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. On this special day, the Main Street Center will be transformed showcasing some of the top wedding and event vendors in Nevada County. The Grass Valley Wedding Fair in Nevada County {Truckee, Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley} is blessed with the advantage of celebrating four distinct seasons, offering unlimited possibilities when creating a wedding or special event. Be it winter, spring, summer, or fall, each seasonal transition in the foothills displays unique and endless possibilities for that special day. Mark your calendars; this is truly a day not to be missed! Find everything you need in one relaxed atmosphere. Wedding shows are a great way to meet wedding vendors that will work to achieve the goals you have set for your wedding day as well as a great way to compare services, styles, and prices.

Show Highlights:

Free Admittance + All Vendors are Offering Show Discounts!!! Colorful Jute bags for all Brides, Styled Booths, Light bites & Sparkling beverages, Live Music, Vintage Rentals & Bridal Toss Giveaways every hour! More information: www.joyoflifeevents.com/grass-valley-wedding-fair/

Wine Down Wednesday At Nevada City Winery

Every Wednesday from 4 to 6pm Nevada City Winery is holding Wine Down Wednesday, a wine happy hour. There are weekly wine specials ($3 a glass on selected wines and 25% off on a bottle) and live music. Music runs the gambit from jazz to folk to holiday.

Music line up:

December 20th – Nevada Union Choir Holiday Concert

December 27th – Steven Holland

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

Stone House Entertainment Line-Up for December

The newly renovated Stone House is now open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Offering locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, outdoor patio seating and free live music weekly during dinner service and Sunday brunch. The Historic Stone House can also host special events and weddings of all sizes. For more information visit www.stonehouse.io

December Events

Wednesday December 20th

The Stone House is offering FREE LIVE MUSIC in observance of Victorian Christmas street fair featuring Kelly & Kellie 6-9pm

Kelly Fleming & Kellie Garmire

Natural-born, self-taught musicians, Fleming and Garmire have been a regular at Nevada City bars and restaurants for years. With a huge lifetime repertoire to draw from and a broad musical range, they are intimate and engaging and a natural choice for fine dining accompaniment.

Thursday December 21st

The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Tom McDonald 6-9pm

Singer, songwriter Tom McDonald has been a professional musician for over 40 years, and began his musical life in Brazil as a teenager and developed into a full career upon his return to America. Tom currently performs all over the Western United States and has opened for major acts such as Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Maria Muldar, and Three Dog Night.

Friday December 22nd

The Stone House presents Jazz Friday’s Dinner Series featuring Gary & Eva Jazz Quartet 6-9pm

The Gary and Eva Quartet explore the vocal and instrumental sides of jazz standards, bossa nova, and pop tunes. The group consists of Eva Bagno on vocals and flute, Gary Parks on acoustic guitar and vocals, Scott Rogers on bass, and Roy Kaufmann on drums.

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Saturday December 23rd

The Stone House will be closed during brunch service for a private party

Saturday December 23rd

The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Valerie V. 6-9pm

Sensitive, sensual, warm and engaging, Valerie is one the premier jazz vocalist in the greater Sacramento area specializing in music ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Frank Sinatra.

Wednesday December 27th

The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Michael Kinzel 6-9pm

Michael Kinzel is a singer songwriter and a Northern California native. Writing and performing for over two decades, his influences vary from Bob Dylan to Jack Johnson to James Brown. Offering a variety of unique covers and original pieces, his music is both engaging and entertaining.

Thursday December 28th

The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Steve Holland 6-9pm

Stephen has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe, performing and collecting songs. The music of Brazil and the romantic Spanish-American authors of Nueva Cancion have informed his work, as has the ancient traditions of the French Troubadours, traditional Japanese Danmono-Ryu and poetry, the drummers of West Africa and the Middle East, Appalachian hill songs, the beauty of Lightin’ Hopkins, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Mercedes Sosa, Andres Segovia, and Odetta, strong coffee, and late night conversations with friends.

Friday December 29th

The Stone House presents Jazz Friday’s Dinner Series featuring Sacramento Jazz Quintet with T. Jackson 6-9pm

The Sacramento Jazz Quartet plays a variety of Jazz including funk, soul, and standards from the rhythm and blues and jazz repertoire. The band features Tim Geach on piano, Charles Ross on tenor and alto sax, David Clouse on drums and is featuring special guest Bill Douglas on Bass. Members have been active in the Northern California Jazz scene and have played in a variety of funk, jazz, fusion, americana, rock, dixieland, gospel and big bands and with many of the top musicians including guitarist Steve Holman, bassist Jerry Pineada, jazz vocalists Shirley Rowoldt, Erin Cordova, and T. Jackson.

Saturday December 30th

The Stone House presents Live Music Dinner Series featuring Sierra 4 w/ Randy McKean 6-9pm

The Sierra Four is one of the premier jazz ensembles in Nevada County and features John Girton and Bill Douglass, two of the most esteemed musicians in Nevada County.

Sunday December 31st

The Stone House presents Live Music Sunday Brunch featuring Z Cabarnet Duo 11am-2pm

Z CABERNET DUO is an instrumental violin-piano duo, known locally for their eclectic sound and repertoire. Musical genres include Jazz, Blues, American standards, grammy-winning songs by Adele, Sheeran, and Maroon 5, and Classic Rock, Country and TV/Movie Themes. Carol ‘Cookie’ Fernandes was a pianist for the NYC Ballet and Daniel ‘Zorro’ Zuckerman has played for a multitude of entertainers such as Liberace, Cher, and the Rat Pack, and is currently a member of the Music in the Mountains orchestra.

 

 

Time to Register for Sierra College Spring 2018 Classes, Nevada County Campus!

Courses include Small Business Management (BUS 140), traditionally offered in the fall only, but now also available in the spring. Small Business Management is part of two new Sierra College Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Certificate programs and focuses on the practical aspects of starting, buying, and managing a small business, including home-based, service, “bricks and mortar,” and e-businesses. Natasha Palumbo, an experienced entrepreneur, teaches this class.

Additional Spring 2018 Nevada County campus courses to assist you with your business include:

Business Law (BUS 48)
Financial Accounting (BUS 1 & 2)
Oral Communication (BUS 85)
Interpersonal Communication (COMM 8)
Publication Design (AAD 52)
Digital Design (AAD 70)
Applying Computer Software (CIS 50)
Agricultural Business & Economics (AGRI 215)

…. And many more classes are offered to meet your interests and needs, not only in Career and Technical Education areas, but also across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences!

Classes begin Monday January 22, 2018. Register now while space is available.

Admission is open to all adults.

Visit: www.sierracollege.edu

Catalog: http://catalog.sierracollege.edu

Spring 2018 Class Schedule:
https://ssb.sierracollege.edu:8810/PROD/pw_sigsched.p_Search

Sierra College Locations: https://www.sierracollege.edu/about-us/visit/index.php

Bear Yuba Land Trust Offers “Wild Grown” Holiday Trees to Raise Money for Land Conservation

Did you know you can support land conservation by purchasing a “wild grown” holiday tree from Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT)? Last week, Helen Crawford and Brent McDermott donated a truckload of beautiful trees harvested from their high elevation property, Clear Creek Preserve.

Folks can choose from white fir for $8 per foot and red fir or “silver tip” for $10 per foot (trees above eight feet are $12/ per foot). All the proceeds from tree sales benefit BYLT’s “Save Land” campaign.

“Much of the Sierra is over-crowded because of fire suppression and horrible environmental abuses over the last 150 years.  We are only removing trees which are being thinned for forest health—not tree health but forest health. The heart of the woods lies in its whole ecology.  We are dedicated to this.  All of the trees we are cutting are wild and organic.  We have an easement on the property to prevent any cutting of trees EXCEPT for forest health,” said Helen Crawford.

Brent and Helen came to BYLT to preserve their land and enforce their forest stewardship ethic. So, they generously donated a Conservation Easement for 107 acres of high-elevation forest near Bowman Lake Road in 2012, to be protected forever.

In recent years, Crawford and McDermott have been making brush piles for wildlife, sowing native wildflower seeds, thinning trees out of crowded areas, burning slash, preparing to plant seedlings specifically grown from seeds acclimated to the same elevation.

The couple has ordered Ponderosa, Jeffrey, blister-rust resistant Sugarpine, and Douglas Fir. It takes a lot of work to prepare for planting. Some trees were cut down and moved while others like dead snags remain to provide wildlife habitat. Excessive brush was cut back, structured burn piles were built. Once they receive burn permits they wait for the right day to burn. They are equipped with rakes, a burn torch, pitch forks, and a water tank backpack for any run away burning.

They have started restoring the small meadow area and next year will expand it. All the hard work is paying off.

“We have a beautiful new open area of tree seedlings with wonderful southern exposure where we hope to replace the under-represented tree species and, of course, create animal habitat. The birds are loving the opened up mountain area and grasses have been showing themselves. We have seen some elderberry provide fruit this year and we hope that can expand naturally once we have more openings.

More ground animals have moved in. We had a red-tail hawk hunting there and I found a skink for the first time. We had a forest raptor diving into a brush pile, probably a sharp-shinned hawk. We did not see the band-tailed pigeons this year but last year I saw them fly over every morning I was there on their way to the oaks on the western ridge,” said Helen McDermott.

Stop by the Land Trust office, 12183 Auburn Road, Grass Valley (in the Gardener’s Cottage of the North Star House property) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. On weekends, call 530-913-3067 to learn about Get them while supplies last!

#KeepItWild #ProtectOpenSpace #DonateToSaveLand 

Learn more: www.bylt.org

Photo credit:  Erin Tarr

New Years Eve at the Miners Foundry

New Year’s Eve Bash

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Paul Emery Music and the Miners Foundry will present Earles of Newtown with special guests the Bob Woods Trio at the New Year’s Eve Bash, Sunday, December 31, 2017. Earles of Newtown is a powerhouse Americana band, crafting tight arrangements of infectious original music around early era Harlem, New Orleans and “Hot” Jazz, along with Texas and Western Swing. Bob Woods is a Western Swing Hall of Fame Inductee who has been playing music since 1971.

Tickets $30/General Admission, $40/Reserved Cabaret, Reserved Cabaret tickets include a reserved cabaret table and a complimentary glass of champagne.

 

“Night of Giving” Brings Together Music and Holiday Cheer

A Musical Party Featuring Over 35 Of Nevada County’s Favorite Performers

On Saturday, December 16, Mikail Graham will present the twelfth annual Night of Giving, a benefit for Hospitality House featuring 39 favorite local musicians and bands. Performers at the event, which will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in both halls at the historic Miners Foundry in Nevada City, include local favorites like The Deadbeats, Lolo Gervais, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Beaucoup Chapeaux, Cassidy Joy, Cousin Cricket, Shay Dillion, Kimberly Bass, Barwick & Siegfried, Rob & Christine Bonner, Nevada Union Choir, Sierra Capella, Golden Shoulders, Brett Shady and many more.

“Nevada County is a cultural hotbed of musical talent and I wanted the community to meet local musicians and sample their music all in one place. And we all want to help Hospitality House get people back on their feet,” explains Graham. KVMR deejays will announce the acts and Hospitality House guests will talk about their experience with homelessness.

Dinner at the Night of Giving, prepared by students and graduates of the Hospitality House Serves culinary job-skills training program, will be available for $5, and there will be a no-host bar. Event-goers can also check out exclusive local jewelry and musical instruments at a silent auction table and shop for curated vintage items at a special Bread & Roses Thrift corner set up at the Foundry for the evening.

Suggested donation for tickets is $20, but no one will be turned away. Children ages 12 and younger are free. Every donation given at the event, beyond the ticket purchase, will be tripled by anonymous donors. So $100 becomes $300 to benefit the shelter. The performances will also be live-streamed on Facebook throughout the evening.

Tickets are available at Bread & Roses Thrift, BriarPatch Community Co-Op, hhshelter.org and at the door. Generous sponsors include Coldwell Banker Grass Roots, YubaNet, Sierra Central, BriarPatch, Nevada County Association of Realtors, The Union Sweetland Garden Supply, InterWest Insurance Services agent Chip Arenchild, Western Sierra Medical, Port O Subs, Network Real Estate agents Michelle Homan and Dana Frederick, Placer Title, B&C Hardware and Caliber Collision.

For over a decade Mikail Graham has presented an evening of top local talent to help spread the good news about all the many services Hospitality House offers to homeless residents of Nevada County. Musician/producer Graham is a third-generation native of Nevada City and a founding broadcaster of KVMR. He has been coordinating musical events since the early 1970s and is currently the house sound manager for The Center For The Arts and a member of the Hospitality House Board of Directors.

Hospitality House Mission Statement

The mission of Hospitality House is to bring homeless people in Nevada County into a circle of community caring that offers shelter, sustenance, medical care, advocacy, opportunity, dignity, and hope as we assist them in transitioning from homelessness to housing. The community shelter moved into its year-round facility at Utah’s Place in December 2013. For more information about Hospitality House, go to: http://hhshelter.org

KNOW AND GO
WHAT: Mikail Graham’s 12th Annual Night of Giving, a holiday musical benefit for Hospitality House Community Shelter.
WHEN: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, December 16
WHERE: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City.
WHO: Presented by Mikail Graham and Hospitality House
ADMISSION: Suggested donation: $20. No one will be turned away.
Tickets available at Bread & Roses Thrift, BriarPatch Co-Op, hhshelter.org and at the door

INFORMATION: http://hhshelter.org

Annual Holiday Concerts Celebrates Christmas Around World

What does Christmas mean to you? That’s the question InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin had in mind when he created the program for this season’s Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra Holiday concerts, set for Dec. 16 and 17 in Grass Valley.

Hardin selected a program that captures the beauty of the holidays, as celebrated worldwide. From African to Bohemian carols, from Hanukkah to time-honored Christmas carols, there will be new discoveries and old favorites to savor the season this year.

“Ken Hardin has done a terrific job of choosing a musically diverse repertoire that not only celebrates the spirit and meaning of Christmas but also shows the holiday season from the perspective of different geographic regions and religions,” said choir member Bruce Lattyak, MD.  “This year, more than ever, the program broadens our horizons and reflects our rich multicultural community – there is truly something for everyone!”

The program includes “Christmas Day” by Gustav Holst, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morton Lauridsen, “Shalom!” by Elio Bucky, “We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman, “A Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen” by Vijay Singh, and many more, including well known carols that Ken Hardin invites the audience to join in singing with the chorale. Both concerts will wrap up with “Sing Songs of Joy,” an arrangement of carols, complemented with original music by local composer Jerry Grant, arranged and written specifically for these performances.  

“Sing Songs of Joy,” is Grant’s 12th choral work in his storied six-decade musical career. Grant, who resides in Nevada County, has scored more than 500 television episodes and a half-dozen features. He has conducted film scores along with composing and conducting for jazz orchestras, along with many more accomplishments in the music industry.

The Sierra Master Chorale is a 75-member auditioned choir under the direction of Ken Hardin that features singers from around Nevada County. The chorale will perform with 28 members of the ICS Orchestra, which is comprised of professional local and regional musicians.

Since it was established in 2008, the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra has developed a reputation for varied, high quality programming that creates exciting musical experiences for both the audience and choristers alike.

The holiday concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Sunday’s performance is already sold out, but tickets for Saturday are still available. Tickets are $35 for adults, $17 for youth ages 5-17 and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org (ticketing fees will apply) or in person at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley.

“If you’re looking for holiday cheer with something for everyone, you’ve found it,” said Julie Hardin, Executive Director and chorister. “We look forward to these concerts each year and many have made it their holiday tradition to attend!”

The Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra performs at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley. For more information, please call 530-273-3990.

“Loving Vincent” – December 17th

On Sunday, December 17th), the Nevada Theatre Film Series will present “Loving Vincent”, a film about the final days of painter Vincent van Gogh. This unique film is the first fully painted animated feature and each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting created using techniques similar to Van Gogh.

In making the film, directors Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela first created live-action footage with actors playing their roles on specially constructed sets or in front of green screens. Digital software was then used to incorporate the paintings as well as other computer animation. The film took seven years to make.

Sierra Cinemas owner Mike Getz says, “As January 2018 approaches, I realize that I’ve been operating the Nevada Theatre Film Series for almost 40 years.  Our goal has always been to bring unusual movies to our local community; movies that weren’t being shown in the big commercial theaters. We have always shown highly regarded foreign films, documentaries, films by unknown directors and, I have to admit, films that I was just curious to see.” 

“One such film coming up is ‘Loving Vincent’.  This film not only speculates about how Vincent van Gogh met his untimely death, but it tells the story with an innovative filming technique that required every frame of the film to be hand painted. Our local audiences have always been particularly interested in films that have to do with artistic accomplishments, so we are very pleased to be showing ‘Loving Vincent’ on two consecutive Sundays.”

Both showings begin at 7pm (with doors opening at 6:30) and admission is $8.

 

KNOW & GO:

What:  “Loving Vincent” at the Nevada Theatre Film Series

When: Sunday, December 10th and Sunday, December 17th, at 7pm

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

Who: Sierra Cinemas

Admission:  $8; doors open at 6:30pm

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

Website: http://www.sierratheatres.com

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

Trailer: http://www.lovingvincent.com

 

Polly’s Paladar “Matur”

noun, Icelandic – 1.meal, food
December 15th & 16th, 2017

Polly’s Paladar, your Nevada City supper club, presents another exceptional night of specially curated elements composed to provide any sensory loving individual with an engaging and delightful culinary experience. Join us for a traditional Icelandic holiday dinner artistically handmade by Chef Ben Spiegel of Bay Area’s “Water 2 Table”, live ambient electronic music with Mobil Ave, earthen arrangements by Karouna Thompson, and a photography art show by Lucia LaFerme. Beverage pairings from Frenchtown Farms will be provided by SYRCL and proceeds go toward the courageous work they are doing to educate organizations who are invested in the Centennial Dam being built on the Bear River. This was a previously sold out event that we had to reschedule due to the event of the North Bay fires in October. Do not hesitate to grab your tickets today at https://pollyspaladar.tocktix.com.

Nevada City Winery Artist of the Month: Daniel Brooks

For many years Daniel Brooks was our December Artist of the Month. Most of you are probably aware that he recently passed away. We are following tradition one last time with a tribute art exhibit and reception. The art will hang in early December and be on display through the month. The reception will be held during Victorian Christmas on Sunday, December 10th from noon to 6. There will be art for sale, no host bar, music by SoundSpeak L.C., and of course, chocolates!

Railroad Museum Hosts Annual Christmas Party

The all-volunteer staff at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum has been busy preparing for Santa’s visit to their annual Christmas celebration, to be held this year on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With twinkling lights, festive decorations, and multiple Christmas trees in place, the museum is ready to welcome visitors to the event which includes a silent auction, door prizes for the children, a raffle and refreshments. Weather permitting, free rides on the popular Railbus will also be available. Of course, the highlight of the day is the opportunity for children to chat with Santa while their parents take pictures. Admission is free.

The NCNGRR Museum also features a gift shop that is well stocked with items for holiday shopping that are sure to appeal to train enthusiasts and casual visitors alike. Located at 5 Kidder Court in Nevada City near the intersection of Bost and New Mohawk, the museum and gift shop are open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, please call 530-470-0902 or visit the museum’s website: www.ncngrrmuseum.org.

26th Annual Nevada County Food & Toy Run

We are a small charity that raises food and toys for local Head Start, Big Brothers Big Sisters and low income families at Christmas.  You may check us out: www.facebook.com/NevadacountyFoodAndToyRun, or: www.toyrun.org and on Instagram. We are supported by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, the city councils of Nevada City and Grass Valley, as well as all four branches of law enforcement.  This year’s Toy Run will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.  We are a rain or shine event. All motorcycles are welcome, there is no charge.

Music in the Mountains presents Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 9, Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm, & Sunday, December 10, Doors 1:00pm, Show 2:00pm

Special for the Kids! MIM will once again present a free shortened version of Happy Holidays (45-minutes) special for children and families, Saturday, December 9 at 11am.

This December, the Music in the Mountains Orchestra and Chorus kicks off “the most wonderful time of year” with Happy Holidays, a festive, family-friendly concert that features traditional holiday classics, favorite sing-a-long carols, special guest soloists, and the region’s premier of Ottorino Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity.

Regarded as one of the region’s premier holiday concerts, Music in the Mountains transforms the Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds into a gorgeous vision of holiday splendor while the twenty-five piece professional orchestra and eighty member Chorus entertains and inspires listeners with such beloved songs as “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “First Noel”, “Hark the Herald”, “Carol of the Bells” “O Holy Night” and “Chalom Chaverim”.

“It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the magic of the season through the songs that we all know and love,” explains Dr. Mieko Hatano, Executive Director of Music in the Mountains. “Music in general, but especially holiday music, has the ability to transcend everything and bring us together.”

This year’s concert is once again led by Music in the Mountains Resident Conductor and Choral Director, Maestro Ryan Murray. It is Murray’s tenth holiday concert and he promises audiences will enjoy their traditional favorites along with several new pieces, performances and performers.

“I am fairly certain the little known, but exquisite Christmas cantata “Laud to the Nativity” by Ottorino Respighi, will be an area premier,” says Murray.  “It will be sung in English and Italian.”

“Laud to the Nativity” (Lauda per la Natività del Signore) is the only sacred choral piece composed by famed Italian violinist, composer and musicologist Ottorino Respighi. In this song of praise to the miracle of Christmas, majestic sounding choral passages alternate with the soloistic roles of Maria, the Angel and the shepherd, accompanied by the sound of pastoral instruments. The music is varied, containing stylistic elements ranging from the late romantic to neo baroque, as well as echoes of Gregorian chant. And towering above all is Respighi’s trademark: the art of orchestration.

This year’s concert also features a lineup of world-class soloists including soprano Kathleen Magee Querec, mezzo-soprano Danielle Bond, and tenor Jonathan Hansen.

Kathleen Magee Querec’s voice “brings to mind rivers in the Rockies, with clarity and crispness underlying her instinctive tender performance style” (Contra Costa Times). She made her Lincoln Center debut with New York City Opera singing Yvette in Puccini’s La Rondine in 2003.

Ms. Magee Querec most recently sang the role of Berta in The Barber of Seville with Townsend Opera at The Gallo Center in Modesto, after working with Maestro Ryan Murray in Music in the Mountains Choral and Orchestra Spring Concert as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. Having a love of new music, she has performed many new compositions for Music In The Mountains Young Composers Project. Over the past three seasons, she made multiple appearances with Music in the Mountains and the Nevada County Composers Cooperative singing settings of Shakespeare’s Sonnets 64 and 65 for voice and harp by Jozi Gullickson. Kathleen sang an encore performance of Kia Montana Smith’s Mewlips at the Music In The Mountains Summerfest, mainstage concert in June, 2016. 

Mezzo-soprano Danielle Marcelle Bond’s rich, expansive voice is beautifully matched with her engaging acting abilities and musical intelligence. She was part of the Grammy Award winning cast for 2017’s Best Opera Recording as Witness 3 in LA Opera’s Ghosts of Versailles and sang on the Grammy award event in 2017.

​She has been hailed by the LA Times with a “Brava!” for her performance in Long Beach Opera’s production of John Adams’ “Death of Klinghoffer”.  She has charmed audiences in roles such as Carmen, for which Singerpreneur praised her “luscious voice that filled the theater, her intense middle voice ringing with the freedom of her technique.”  Her solo concert work includes Verdi’s Requiem, JS Bach’s Mass in B Minor, the Magnificats of JS & CPE Bach, Handel’s Messiah and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. 

Tenor Jonathan Hansen performs frequently in the area as both a soloist and chorister. He has performed principal roles for the Sacramento Philharmonic Opera and Village Opera. He has been active in the opera program of California State University, Sacramento as well. An actor before he was a singer, Mr. Hansen also appears occasionally in non-musical productions, including the role of Cletis in Resurrection Theater’s production of Lonestar, Joseph Conrad in Big Idea Theatre’s production of Don Nigro’s The Ogre, Lieutenant Lustig in California Stage’s radio broadcast of Ray Bradbury’s Mars is Heaven, and the Voice of the Book in Lightning Rod Radio’s production of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: the Complete Radio Scripts. In addition to this, Mr. Hansel also co-hosts the weekly improv-comedy podcast Wasting ALL the Time.

There are two opportunities to see Happy Holidays, with an evening concert Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm and a matinee on Sunday, December 10 at 2:00pm.

On Saturday, December 9 at 11am, MIM will also present a free shortened version of Happy Holidays (45-minutes) special for children and families. Each performance welcomes the entire family to celebrate in the magic of the holiday season through the beauty of its music.

KNOW & GO

WHO: Music in the Mountains presents Happy Holidays

WHEN: Saturday, December 9, Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm, & Sunday, December 10, Doors 1:00pm, Show 2:00pm

Special for the Kids! MIM will once again present a free shortened version of Happy Holidays (45-minutes) special for children and families, Saturday, December 9 at 11am.

WHERE: Amaral Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 1

TICKETS: $25-$55, Tickets are available online at www.musicinthemountains.org, by phone (530) 265-6073, or in person at Music in the Mountains, 530 Searls Ave, Nevada City.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Holiday Craft Fair at the Rood Center

Friday, December 8, 9 am – 2 pm

Rood Center lobby Gov’t. Bldg, Hwy 49 Nevada City

 Crafts by employees & employee families! Come on down & see their handiwork of great gifts & stocking stuffers.

For more information call Connie Alexander, 530/478-5744

      

 

 

Heartland Holiday at Off Broadstreet

A Musical Comedy Revue By John Driscoll & Jan Kopp

Friday & Saturday 8:15 PM November 17th through December 23rd (Also Sunday, Nov 19th & 26th at 2:00 PM)

Operators of Radio Station KEEN in Keene, CA (pop. 431) hope that their annual Christmas Eve broadcast will carry a message of unity that will grow from their tiny foothill community near Bakersfield, “The Heartland of California,” and spread good will across the nation. Through their unique broadcast, they celebrate not just Christmas, but also Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, The Hindu Festival of Lights, St. Lucia’s Day and other Winter Solstice observances that can trace their roots back to our primitive ancestors. Their message is simple: People are the same the world over.

Jed Dixon, Micah Cone, Heather Dixon, Tina Marie Kelley and Kim Wellman bring their vocal and comedic talents to this hilarious and heartwarming event. Scenes re- enacted during the broadcast recall such holiday traditions as “Christmas Dinner,” “Last Minute Gift Shopping” and the creation of that special low-budget holiday treat, “The Christmas Surprise Loaf.” Exciting songs made famous by ABBA, Alabama, Billy Joel, Bing Crosby, Chuck Berry, The Dixie Chicks, Eartha Kitt, Elvis, The Blues Brothers and many more, along with Tina Marie Kelley’s imaginative choreography, make this a memorable way to celebrate the holiday season. You may just want to see it more than once!

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