Musical Energy in Full Bloom with Spring Concerts

What better way to welcome Spring days than with music that makes you feel good! InConcert Sierra presents the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra conducted by Ken Hardin Sunday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 22. This is the choir’s 10th annual spring performances.

Music Director and conductor Ken Hardin has created a program that explores a variety of ways composers have considered the timeless texts of the ‘mass’ throughout history. In the first half, the choir and orchestra perform a “Kyrie” by Anton Bruckner, “Gloria” by Franz Schubert, “Sanctus” by Gabriel Fauré, “Credo” by Joseph Haydn, and the “Cum Sanctu Spiritu” by Antonio Vivaldi.”

The program also focuses on choral works of great composers such as Johannes Brahms’ “Schicksalslied,” Frederic Handel’s exciting and enthusiastic “Zadok, the Priest,” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ruins of Athens.” The program concludes with a centennial birthday celebration of Leonard Bernstein with his classic inspirational work, “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide,” which will “leave the audience walking on air,” says Hardin.

The 75-member all-volunteer Sierra Master Chorale rehearses for 13 weeks prior to the performances including two rehearsals with the orchestra, which consists of thirty local and regional professional musicians.

“The music is challenging and absolutely beautiful,” said Hardin. “The choir is going to shine brightly on this program.”

Hardin always encourages people to hear choral music with orchestra in live performance, “because the texture of the music builds on the lyrics and stories you hear. The energy on stage is palpable, and the music strikes something deeply visceral, physical and emotional in all of us. I think this is one of those programs that is going to give everyone goosebumps. I started getting them halfway through rehearsals,” he added.

Sierra Master Chorale has received several accolades from the Sacramento Choral Calendar Review. “The name of this group was well chosen. The performers are indeed masterful,” wrote Nancy Bramlett.  Reviewer Dr. Robert M. Johnson commented, “Having never heard the ensemble before, I was completely unprepared for the poise and professionalism of both choir and orchestra under the leadership of Conductor, Ken Hardin.”

Tickets to the May 20th and 22nd performances are $35 for general admission, and youth ages 5-17 are $17.  Tickets are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at or in person at BriarPatch Co-op and at the door the day of the concert.

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


WHO: InConcert Sierra presents

WHAT: a performance by the Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22

WHERE: 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $35 general admission, $17 youth (ages 17 and under); available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at, in person at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley or at the door on the day of the concert

INFO: 530-273-3990 or visit

DREAMS, a New Show at Osborn Woods Gallery

A beautiful new show opens Friday, May 4 at the Osborn Woods Gallery. 16 artists, several of them new to exhibiting in Nevada County, will show their work with the new theme, DREAMS. From incredible new photography, marble sculptures and paintings to multimedia sculpture and jewelry, this show is like walking into a jewel box. Come out to the opening and meet the artists, Friday May 4 from 6 to 9 PM!


Blue Marble Jubilee Saturday, May 12th

The Blue Marble Jubilee will return this year bigger and better than before. The all ages event takes place from 12-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, with a mission to “Connect – Explore – Celebrate.” A colorful, village-style one-day festival, the Blue Marble Jubilee is an Earth-centered event to inspire, educate and empower people to make a difference in the community and our world. Plus, the day will be filled with fun! Spend a spring day at “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds” enjoying live music, great food, and fun activities for the entire family. Dance under the pines to Earles of Newtown, the Achilles Wheel Trio, and more. Enter the Jubilee Playhouse, which will have fun-filled demos, workshops, and performances throughout the event. Relax with some delicious refreshments including craft beer and wine, and a signature sangria. Cool off with a root beer or 50/50 float – a kid-friendly version and a spiked version for adults! A variety of local food trucks offer something for everyone’s tastes.

Peruse the booths of local environmental and community organizations along with vendors peddling environmentally-focused products. Get active with lawn games, crafts and adventure activities for all ages, including a rock wall. Tickets are available at Grass Valley Charter School, located at 225 S. Auburn St., or by visiting the event website at

Nevada Union Joint School District’s Career Tech Program and Nevada City Film Festival Present

Career Tech Talks: Careers in Film

Nevada City Film Festival and Nevada Union Career Technical Education Program presents Career Tech Talks: Careers in Film with special guest award-winning filmmaker and Nevada Union High School alumnus Jason Sussberg, Friday, May 4 at the Don Baggett Theatre at Nevada Union High School.

“Career Tech Talks” is a series of TED like talks with industry professionals, offering students in Nevada County an overview of the career opportunities in a variety of industries that compliment and enhance the Career Tech program.

“We want students to know their options; that if they love math, engineering, business, management, art, electronics, music, food, computers, carpentry and even animals, there are jobs in the film industry for them,” says Scott Mikal-Heine Career Technical Education Coordinator.

Jason Sussberg is a documentary filmmaker who grew up in Grass Valley.  After attending Nevada Union High School, he went on to study film at the University of California at Santa Cruz and receive his MFA in Documentary Film at Stanford University. His focus in filmmaking has been on the art and humanity in STEAM. He, along with fellow director David Alvarado, founded Structure Films and have produced the feature science documentaries “The Immortalists” and “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” the most successful documentary film in crowd funding history.  In 2017, “Bill Nye: Science Guy” premiered at SXSW Film Festival and went on to screen at 30 film festivals around the globe including the San Francisco International Film Festival, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, Los Angeles Film Festival and Nevada City Film Festival.  The New York Times called the film a “delightful, revealing documentary”, Variety lauded it as “beguilingly absorbing… thought-provoking” and The Hollywood Reporter wrote it was “an engaging portrait of the man behind the lab coat.” The film created a bidding war among distributors, but in the end Sussberg and Alvarado believed the film needed to be on PBS for everyone to enjoy.

“Jason has always been passionate about filmmaking,” explains Jesse Locks NCFF Festival Director. “He’s a filmmaker’s kind of filmmaker, meaning he is going to use film and media to share stories that will inform and change the world. I can’t think of a better person than Jason to kick off this series and to inspire a new generation of storytellers.”

The production and distribution of motion pictures and television shows is one of the nation’s most valuable cultural and economic resources. The American film and television industry supports 2.1 million jobs in all 50 states, paying $139 billion in wages to actors, writers, make-up artists, set builders, special effects technicians, accountants, dry cleaners, cinema ticket takers, and many more. The industry also pays out $49 billion per year to more than 300,000 businesses – 87 percent of which are small businesses that employ fewer than 10 people. In California alone, the motion picture and television industry is responsible for: 198,203 direct jobs, $21.02 billion in wages, and 142,454 production related jobs.

Attending students will also learn that they can set their sights on far away schools and cities, or look for something a little closer to home.  Nevada County is home to Video Valley, a robust telecommunications community that began in 1950s with Grass Valley Group, and has grown to include companies such as AJA, Telestream, Gyro-Stabilized Systems, and Black Magic; two award-winning film festivals – the international and independent Nevada City Film Festival and the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival; and numerous film and media professionals working in a variety of mediums.

The event is closed to the public, but interested teachers, students and organizations can contact Mikal-Heine about attending and getting more information on the Career Tech program.

WHO: Nevada Union Joint School District’s Career Tech Program and Nevada City Film Festival present
WHAT: Career Tech Talks: Careers in Film
WHEN: Friday, May 4, 9am
WHERE: Don Baggett Theatre, Nevada Union High School
INFORMATION: Scott Mikal-Heine,, (530) 273-4431 x2092 or Jesse Locks,, (916) 548-7716

Photo credit: Kial James

Photo credit: Kial James



“Itzhak” at the Nevada Theatre – May 6th

On Sunday, May 6th, Sierra Cinemas presents “Itzhak” at 7pm at the Nevada Theatre – a documentary about Israeli-American violinist, conductor and music teacher Itzhak Perlman.

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability.

Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

“A joyous film about a joyous man” –Matt Zoller Seitz,

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


What:  “Itzhak” at the Nevada Theatre Film Series

When: Sunday, May 6th, at 7pm

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

Who: Sierra Theaters

Admission:  $8; doors open at 6:30pm

Information:  (530) 477-1100, or


Open Auditions for “You Can’t Take It With You”




Sierra Stages is pleased to announce open auditions for its fall production of “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, playing from September 20 through October 6, 2018 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. The director is Scott Gilbert.

Kaufman and Hart’s batty reflection on the madness of sanity in a mad world remains as insightful and delightful as when it first graced the stage. Tony, young son of the unhappily affluent Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the joyous and quirky Sycamore home on the wrong evening. In a household where one does as one likes, the Kirbys encounter the wide circle of Sycamore family and friends – novel novelist, devoted dancer, ballet master, ex-Grand Duchess waitress, amateur printer, tax evaders, society shirkers and free thinkers – and the evening explodes into hysterical, and all too real, fireworks.

There are two opportunities to audition: Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Auditions on both dates are at the Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio, 343 Railroad Avenue in Nevada City. (Directions are on the Sierra Stages website.) All roles are open. All roles are unpaid. For important information about auditions and scheduling an appointment, please visit If there are questions about auditions, please send e- mail to or call Sierra Stages at (530) 346-3210.

“You Can’t Take It With You” is a classic American stage comedy that deftly blends elements of farce, slapstick, whimsical humor, social commentary, and romance, together with a generous dash of good-natured optimism about the human condition.

Sierra Stages is a nonprofit community theater based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began ten years ago, Sierra Stages has presented 33 plays and musicals and 30 informal play readings (as part of Theater by the Book co-presented with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. For information about Sierra Stages, visit or call 530.346.3210.

Hike Like A Girl Weekend – Saturday May 5th

Bear Yuba Land Trust, The Friendship Club and Folk Trails Hiking Club have teamed up to celebrate the national event Hike Like A Girl Weekend, Saturday, May 5, to encourage females of all ages to walk or hike this weekend and every day. Founded by Teresa Baker of African American National Parks Event, Hike Like A Girl also aims to unite participants by sharing their experiences on social media using the hastag #HLAG2018.

The event offers the community a safe, supportive and fun-filled day that begins with complimentary snacks and coffee provided by BriarPatch Co-op along with an inspiring trail talk and photo presentation on Around Lake Tahoe in 15 Days and 165 Miles on the Tahoe Rim Trail and ends with local hikes guided by the Bear Yuba Land Trust, Sierra Club: Sierra Nevada Group, California Native Plant Society, Wendy Riley of MOMs on the Mountains and MOVE Fitness Studio, 49th Gold Country Scout Group and Folk Trails in and around Nevada City and Grass Valley including Empire Mine, Tribute Trail, Independence Trail, Hirschman’s Pond and Woodpecker Reserve, among others.  On the hikes, participants will learn more about local natural history, meet new friends and reconnect with old ones, and gain some basic outdoor skills to use on their next hike.

“The benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature are immense, especially for young women and girls who experience a boost in confidence and leadership skills,” explains Erika Seward, Bear Yuba Land Trust Co-Executive Director.

In addition to being empowering, hiking outdoors has plenty of other perks: nice views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature. It’s also extremely good for the overall health of both adults and children, by helping to improve muscular fitness, better bone health, stress reduction, balance, and weight management, among other things.

Attendees should bring good walking shoes, water, snacks, sun protection and extra layers.

“The event isn’t about how fancy your gear is or how many miles you can hike. It’s about trying something new – something that seems outside your limits – and building a supportive and healthy community around that,” says Jesse Locks, Folk Trails Hiking Club Founder.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Bear Yuba Land Trust and Friendship Club.  Bear Yuba Land Trust is a private, non-profit, membership-supported organization that works to promote voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural legacy. For the last 37 years, the Bear Yuba Land Trust has provided a lasting community heritage by protecting and enhancing meadows, watersheds, forests, farms and ranches, trails and parks. Founded in 1995, The Friendship Club provides a comprehensive, year-round program aimed at developing the whole girl. Not just the academic, social, responsible, or creative part of the girl, but all of those. They serve between 75-100 girls in 6th-12th grades annually. It is a long-term prevention program designed to meet the needs of growing teenage girls, and their comprehensive approach is not only unparalleled in Nevada County, it is unique enough to be considered a model for rural communities across the country.


WHO: Hike Like A Girl

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8:30am Doors, 9-10am Welcome plus Presentation on Trail Talk: Around Lake Tahoe in 15 Days and 165 Miles on the Tahoe Rim Trail, 11am-3pm Hikes

WHERE: Gold Miner’s Inn, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $15/Adults, Free for 18 & Under. All monies go to Bear Yuba Land Trust and The Friendship Club. Advance tickets are available online at or Limited space available.



First Annual Nevada City Village Market Day

Nevada City’s Downtown MeetUp and The Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the first annual Nevada City Village Market Day which will take place throughout downtown Nevada City, California on Sunday May 20th 2018 from 11 AM to 5 PM. This event has branched off from the     annual Sidewalk Sale of Downtown Nevada City, a collaborative effort of downtown businesses who’ve strived to see their community grow through the years.

In light of our city being endowed with a California Cultural District Designation we’d like to celebrate our vibrant and creative shopping district by including special gallery exhibits, restaurant specials and street musicians that will join antique and vintage vendors to bring Nevada City to life        on a Sunday afternoon in Spring. A map will be provided to lead your way through the fun activities throughout downtown.

Nevada City’s Village Market Day will coincide with the 8th annual Nevada City Craft Fair taking place on the same day at The Miners Foundry Cultural Center from 10 AM to 6 PM. This beloved fair is a local tradition and will feature over 70 local makers with their handmade crafts. Nevada City Craft Fair guests will be able to enjoy specials and discounts with participating businesses of Nevada City Village Market Day.

We look forward to seeing you!

For more information contact: (530) 265-2692 or


SYRCL Expands Outdoor Programs for Youth

Applications Due April 30 for Free Summer Science Field Experience

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) is offering a free week-long summer science program for high school students to learn about meadow ecosystems and assess meadow health.

Thanks to a grant from the National Forest Foundation, SYRCL is launching a new summer youth program this July. SYRCL’s Youth Outdoor Leadership Opportunity (YOLO) engages students in understanding how meadows function, collecting scientific data, and determining how people can most effectively manage and restore a headwater meadow ecosystem.

“Loney Meadow in the Tahoe National Forest is SYRCL’s first major meadow restoration project and we are very excited to train the next generation of Yuba watershed stewards while discovering the impact of our restoration work there,” said Betsy Harbert, River Science Project Manager.

Participants will work alongside SYRCL River Science staff to study the impacts of human activity on meadow health and discover how meadows can be restored. Participants will conduct biological surveys to assess meadow species richness and diversity, hydrologic regime, and meadow restoration success.

“This is a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in authentic scientific research conducted in the headwaters of the Yuba River watershed. Experiences such as this aid students in standing out on college and university applications while providing valuable training in the field of restoration ecology,” said Rachel Hutchinson, River Science Director.

For more information contact Megan Learned, or (530) 265-5961 x218

Program Details:
Choose from one of three, 1-week sessions:
July 9-13, 2018
July 16-20, 2018
July 23-27, 2018
Most of the time will be spent outdoors at Loney Meadow in the Tahoe National Forest. Physical work and hiking are expected.
Participants will meet at the SYRCL office at 8 AM and return at 5 PM. Transportation to and from the program site will be provided by SYRCL. Lunch and snacks will be provided. A mandatory orientation will be held from 9 AM – 3 PM on June 2nd and 3rd. Preference given to students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors for the 2018-19 school year.
Applications can be found at The application deadline is April 30, 2018

About SYRCL: The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL, pronounced “circle”) is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River watershed. Founded in 1983 through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community organization with over 3,500 members and volunteers based in Nevada City, CA. See:

About the National Forest Foundation: The National Forest Foundation’s mission is to engage Americans in promoting the health and public enjoyment of our National Forests.

Nevada County Arts Council Presents the Work of Ruth Chase

…in an artist-led community exhibition

This exhibition is the culmination of a year’s work—traveling, interviewing, painting, organizing, documenting. Alongside Ruth’s large-scale acrylic paintings will be a meaningful collaboration of work from the community: paintings, drawings, sculpture, letters, poetry, photography and video. A short film by Ruth Chase and Radu Sava will emerge as the centerpiece of this year-long inquiry of what it means to belong to the land in Nevada County. The exhibition runs through July 30th.

BELONGING is about our vulnerable mountain home. Ruth worked with the people who tend it, love it and depend on it, mobilizing perspectives to create a deeper sense of connection between the members of our community and the land we all share. Belonging is an initiative of Nevada County Art Council led by Artist Ruth Chase, generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists Activating Communities Program.

Through social media, Ruth posted a weekly Saturday morning question that engaged the community in finding a sense of belonging here in Nevada County. The interactions and responses of this group informed the project’s outcome. In addition, ten featured participants were interviewed by Ruth about their direct relationship with the land in Nevada County. In the short film by Ruth and Radu, each person reflects on their connection to the land and how it relates to their sense of belonging. Lori Lachman followed the project, taking photographs of the people and of the places that Ruth and Radu traveled throughout the year of the Belonging project. These photographs will be on display during the exhibition.

Ruth Chase lives and works in Nevada County. In 2017, Ruth completed the West of Lincoln Project that was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for Art in Action. She was also awarded a grant to an individual artist from the Carl Jacobs Foundation. She was granted a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts in NY, was published in Professional Artist Magazine, Catapult Art Magazine and Huffington Post, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum, and she was a featured sketch artist on the Dead Files television program. Most recently she was awarded an Artist-in-Residence at Nevada County Arts for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for the BELONGING project. Ruth is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute.

May 2 – July 30
Summer Thyme
231 Colfax Ave, Grass Valley, CA

Sunday, May 20 3-5p

Sunday, May 20 2-3p
With filmmaker Radu Sava, Ruth Chase and featured participants of the film: Rick Berry, Jeff Brown, Jonathan Collier, Shelly Covert, Philip Oyung, Nancy Tiken Lopez, Elisa Parker, Aimee Retzler, Mike Stewart and Rob Thompson.

CATS Presents South Pacific – Final Week!

Bali Ha’i is Calling!

An all-time favorite beckons you to the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City runs Thursday, April 12 –  May 5. CATS opens its 24th Season with the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s award-winning musical on James Michener’s stories of the South Pacific during World War II. CATS welcomes the return of directors and musical directors Jeffrey Mason and Susan Mason (who were at the helm of Miss Saigon). I know many in the audience will not be able to resist “humming along” with Some Enchanted Evening, There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame, Bali Ha’i, A Wonderful Guy, and I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair, and more! South Pacific has it all — not one, but TWO love stories, a breath-taking set, a nine-piece orchestra, great singers and actors of all ages, comedy, drama, and, a timely message on race and prejudice. Even though South Pacific first premiered on Broadway almost seventy years ago, it’s message is still relevant today.

Tickets are selling fast! See or at the Briar Path Co-op in Grass Valley. See you at the show!

Photos by David Wong

Sierra Harvest Presents Spring Plant Sale

Grow a bountiful garden this year! Purchase certified organic and beautiful fruit, vegetable and flower transplants for your garden on Saturdays from 9am – 12:30pm on May 5th and 12th at the annual Food Love Farm plant sale located at 16200 Lake Vera Purdon Rd., Nevada City. Bring the entire family and take a tour of our educational farm serving more than 2,000 students annually. For more go to

Gourmet Gravel Nevada City – Saturday May 12th

Do you like Craft beer and Gourmet cuisine? How about riding bicycles on miles and miles of pristine gravel and dirt roads that are easily accessible from downtown Nevada City?

On May 12, 2018, Gourmet Gravel will partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe for the 2nd annual Gourmet Gravel Nevada City on May 12, 2018. The mixed terrain bicycle ride offers two distances over some of Nevada County’s finest gravel roads, easily accessible by bike from downtown Nevada City. Gourmet cuisine and craft beer, both made and brewed right in Nevada City, courtesy of ol’ Republic Brewing Company awaits all participants at the finish.

With a start/finish at the ol’ Republic Brewery taproom in the Seven Hills Business District, participants can choose from two scenic and challenging routes that pass over the majestic South Fork of the Yuba river at both Edwards and Purdon crossings (yes, there are bridges) while exploring the Tahoe National Forest on Nevada County roads. The rides are fully supported with multiple aid stations, staffed by friendly volunteers and sponsored by both Osmo and Gu Energy.

There will be a post ride party and raffle hosted at the ol’ Republic Taproom. For the entire day of May 12, 2018, ol’ Republic Brewery has pledged to donate 15% of all sales (pints, merchandise, growlers, etc.) to Big Brothers Big Sisters. This way, friends and family who may not ride can still enjoy the party, patronize our sponsors and help support a great organization.

All High School (and younger) students, entry fees are just 50% of the standard entry fee and our event sits perfectly between the final NorCal High School league race and the State finals. Do your final tune up in Nevada City and bring your parents!

For more information including links to enter and donate please see the Gourmet Gravel and Big Brothers Big Sisters event pages.

All entry fees and donations are 100% tax deductible through the 501(c)3 of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County & N. Lake Tahoe. Tax ID number 94-2768855

Here are all the event related links in one location:

Gourmet Gravel – website
Gourmet Gravel – events page
Gourmet Gravel – Mother Lode route
Gourmet Gravel – Nugget route
Gourmet Gravel – Nevada City 2018 registration
Gourmet Gravel – Facebook
Gourmet Gravel – Instagram
Gourmet Gravel – Twitter
Gourmet Gravel Nevada City 2018 – Facebook event
Gourmet Gravel NC for Big Brothers Big Sisters – Donate via PledgeReg

Kasuri Textiles on Display; “Japanese Inspired” Debuts

Kodo Arts Warehouse Show


LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Hosts Exhibition & Sale “Japanese Inspired”

Kasuri is the Japanese word for textiles that have been woven with fibers that have been dyed explicitly in order to create geometric patterns and images in the fabric. It is the Japanese method for the ikat technique. Very earthy and organic, the indigo dyed blue and white patterns are amazingly art deco and were used for work coats and pants by farmers in the countryside, cotton kimonos, futon covers and daily fabrics in the home. Even diapers in the old days.

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques has been collecting Japanese Kasuri textiles for the past 30 years and will have a display from their collection for exhibition and sale at their upcoming show MAY 5-MAY 13, 2018 at the Kodo Arts Warehouse in Nevada City, CA.

In modern Japan, home weaving is a forgotten talent and now days kasuri textiles are dyed and woven only in a few arts and crafts workshops, encouraged with the aid of government subsidies. Some of the kasuri textile artists have been designated “living national treasures”. Antique kasuri textiles, hand woven from hand spun thread and dyed with natural indigo are becoming more difficult to find as time presses. In the not too distant future, we may only rarely see exceptional kasuri textiles in museums and private collections.

The few remaining antique kasuri textiles that still trickle out of the Japanese grandmother’s cedar chest are truly rare and represent rapidly vanishing treasures from a glorious past. Kodo Arts will be open from 10am-6pm daily during their spring Japanese Antiques Show MAY 5-MAY 13, Mother’s Day. The Kodo Arts Warehouse is open to the public only twice a year. Located at 571 Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959. 530-478-0812.

Concurrently with the Kodo Arts Warehouse Show, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art in downtown Nevada City will be hosting an exhibition and sale called “Japanese Inspired” featuring contemporary and classic pottery pieces from the Kodo Arts Japanese Antique ceramic collection May 4-27. The show will include the ceramics curated with Ikebana designs (Japanese floral arrangements), mixed media paintings by LeeAnn Brook, and large format Japanese calligraphy art by Miyu Tamamura. Opening reception is Friday, May 4, from 5-7 p.m., with Japanese ceramics expert Larry Ortiz giving a brief talk at 6 p.m. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City, open Wed.-Sun., 12-5 p.m. or by appointment.

Opened in 2015, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is one of the first artist-owned gallery and on-site studio in Nevada County, California. The gallery features Brook’s mixed media paintings, sculpted wood vessels, ceramics, textiles, handblown glass, handcrafted furniture and Japanese antiques. The gallery incorporates the working studio of LeeAnn Brook, where visitors can see paintings in progress and discuss the art with the artist firsthand.

NCNGRR Railbus Rides Happening on Saturdays for the Summer!

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s summer season has just begun with the annual commencement of the popular railbus rides. In celebration of the museum’s 15th year, plans are in place to operate both of the museum’s fully-restored railbuses, the Donna Jeanne and the recently refurbished Sarah Kidder.

The Donna Jeanne, also known as #97, has been in service for several years, taking passengers along Gold Run Creek past the Inn Town Campground to the Northern Queen, paralleling a portion of the original route of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. During much of the time that Donna Jeanne has been in service, Sarah Kidder was in the restoration shop getting a makeover.

Originally used as a shuttle vehicle at the Westside & Cherry Valley Railway, the Sarah Kidder is an open-air railbus with polished wood bench seating, meticulously lettered signs, and brass accents that give it a style reminiscent of times gone by. The railbus is named for Sarah Kidder, the former president of the NCNGRR from 1901-1913, and the first female president of a railroad in the United States.

Railbus rides are approximately 35 minutes in duration and are offered on Saturdays only during the summer season. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be arranged by calling the museum during normal business hours at 530-470-0902. The timetable of departures is available on the Museum’s website:

Summer season museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. Docent-led tours of the museum, including restored rail cars in the yard and the restoration shop with its works in progress, are available. There is no charge to visit the museum or ride the railbus, but donations are always gratefully accepted. The museum is located at 5 Kidder Court at the intersection of Bost and New Mohawk in Nevada City.

The Sarah Kidder (left) and Donna Jeanne railbuses stand ready to take passengers on rides at the NCNGRR museum.

“Leaning into the Wind” – April 29th, 2018

On Sunday, April 29th, the Nevada Theatre Film Series will present “Leaning into the Wind”, a film about the British sculptor, photographer, and environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy.

In 2001, filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer made “Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy,” a captivating, visually rich documentary about the British sculptor known for land-art creations and museum installations. “Leaning Into the Wind” catches up with the sculptor 15 or so years later, still foraging quarries, meadows, bogs and forest floors for his materials, still creating disruptions within built and natural environments that feel both organic and shocking.

The film is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and Thomas Riedelsheimer’s exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world.

“Nature Is the collaborator in Andy Goldsworthy’s marvelous Leaning into the Wind,” Alan Scherstuhl, LA Weekly.

The film is being shown at 7pm (with doors opening at 6:30) and admission is $8.


What:  “Leaning into the Wind” at the Nevada Theatre Film Series

When: Sunday, April 29th, 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



32nd Annual Nevada City Spring Run/Walk

The 32nd Annual Nevada City Spring Run/Walk presented by the Nevada City United Methodist Church will be held on Saturday, April 28. It is the fourth race in the Gold Country Grand Prix. This race is the oldest footrace in Nevada County.

All runners and walkers will receive a vegetable starter from Weiss Brothers Nursery. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the church: 433 Broad Street. Registration information is also available on our church website:
or download the  attached registration form.  Spring Run 2018 Registration Form

THE FUR TRADER’S Sandals Have Arrived

…. with a New Twist YOU Haven’t Seen Before!

The Fur Traders Have in Stock their NEW 2018 Summer Sandal Collection for Men and Women! From styles with Heels, Flats, Slip-ons, Slide-ins, Tie-ups, and Strap-downs, The Fur Traders can assure that YOU will find a style for your Footsies. Our incredible huge collection consists of sizes 5-12 for women, and sizes 8-16 for Men in our Classic brands like Merrell, Mephisto, UGG, Born, Taos, Minnetonka, Spring Step, L’artiste, Telic, and Rockport and Many More made in Italy with Beautiful Hand-crafted Leather. Plus, Check out the Whole NEW Line of Summer Hiking Shoes and Sandals with Vibram Soles.

Along with The Fur Traders New Shoe Brands, we are introducing the First Reversible Sandals with A Twist! These high-quality Sandals are Made for Women by A Woman. They are Transformable Footwear in a Luxury Convertible sandal with a Reconfigurable Upper which allow for many Different looks for any Out-fit or Occasion. And Without Having to Sacrifice Looks for Comfort, This Collection Proves to be an All DAY (or Night) Wearer. Come see, and try, for yourself at The Fur Traders, in Historical Downtown Nevada City, Open 7 Days a Week from 10am-6pm at 303 Broad Street. (530)265-2000.