Nevada City Featured in Sunset Magazine

nevada city featured in sunset magazineSunset Magazine: November 2011By Alison Bing, photographs by David Fenton

Why go now: A slew of galleries, bookstores, and locavore bistros shows off this town’s wild imagination.

Back in 1850: It was the center of the California Gold Rush and the third largest town in the state. And now? Most of the action takes place along Broad Street, downtown’s 4-block main drag, dotted with specialty stores, stamp mills, and an old mining equipment foundry turned artist studio.

The vibe: Laidback times 10, with a spritz of patchouli. Catch a show: Built in 1865, the Nevada Theatre is the state’s fi rst big-time theater, and has staged shows by everyone from Mark Twain to Mötley Crüe.

Power couple: Don’t be surprised if you bump into singer-songwriter and Nevada City native Joanna Newsom with her longtime boyfriend, Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg.

Don’t miss winter: Tahoe is 90 or so minutes away, but you can find more creative thrills at the annual environmental Wild & Scenic Film Festival (Jan 13–15; from $27; and psychedelic Mardi Gras celebration (Feb 18–19;

download full article

Closing Weekend “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”

Synthetic Unlimited presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” playing through September 17 at the Nevada Theatre.  Don’t miss this beautiful, riveting comedy filled with astounding performances from an outstanding cast.  Directed by Jimmy McCammon and Iona Swift.

With a few exceptions, shows run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.
Go to http://syntheticunlimited.​org/page5.php for detailed performance schedule.

Call 530-430-SHOW for tickets!


Looking for NJUHSD Graduates!

Nevada Joint Union High School Foundation Seeks Alumni Contact Information

The NJUHSD Foundation has contracted with School World Alumnae database in an effort to gather contact information from anyone who graduated from the local high schools.

There has never been a data base that includes contact information from all former NJUHSD students. With new technology the Foundation feels that this would be an ideal way to gather and update information. The data base is an excellent resource to inform former students about programs and educational opportunities at NJUHSD. It will also be useful to all class reunion committees when planning their celebrations.

The information will be used only by the Foundation for pertinent information about the schools. The lists will not be given or sold to any other entity.

If you are a graduate of any of the following Schools, please log onto and provide the requested information: Bear River, Ghidotti Early College High School, Nevada Union, Park Avenue Alternative Education, Sierra Mountain High School/Adult Education, Silver Springs, Grass Valley and Nevada City.

CATS Presents “9000 Needles”

9000 Needles
Sunday, August 28, at 2:00 PM
at the Nevada Theatre

Discover the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, its history and philosophy, and the future it plays in modern day healing.

On Sunday, August 28, at 2pm at the Nevada Theatre, CATS, as part of their cultural enrichment series, presents the award-winning documentary, 9000 Needles, by Doug Dearth, who meticulously filmed the recovery process of his stroke-ridden brother, whose treatment consisted of both western and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Meet the filmmaker and the inspiration behind the film. Learn about the centuries old practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbs from our speakers Drs. Gang Zhao Dong and Michelle Lau, both renowned Doctors of Oriental Medicine and Licensed Acupuncturists.

Tickets Available Now

Tickets on sale in Grass Valley at the Briar Patch Market and the Book Seller, and in Nevada City at Gold Mountain and the Nevada City Postal Company, & online Advance $15 and $18 at the door.

Please contact Executive Director, Jeannie Wood, at or call 530-265-2990 for more questions and group rates.



Nevada City Film Festival August 18-21

Once again another perfect summer will come to a close with the hugely anticipated, fun-filled, four-day weekend that is the Nevada City Film Festival. The 11th Annual Nevada City Film Festival presented by AJA Video Systems, will run Thursday, August 18 through Sunday, August 21, 2011 in historic downtown Nevada City, CA. This year, over 60 films – both short and full length independent dramas, comedies, documentaries and animation films from around the world – will screen in beautiful art house theatres and charming historic buildings.

In addition to screening award-winning films, the Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show returns this year with the wickedly funny DJ Douggpound (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), Brent Weinbach (Lopez Tonight, Comedy Central,, Brendan Walsh (Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, HBO), Eric Andre (Lopez, Comedy Central), and Chelsea Peretti (Sarah Silverman, Adult Swim, Comedy Central, and Parks and Recreation). Local comedy group Best Friends Club will open the show.

NCFF began as a film festival created by filmmakers for filmmakers. Since 2001, NCFF has brought top independent cinema to the foothills of Northern California. Combining stellar programming of short and full length films, great audiences and a truly festive environment makes NCFF one of the most innovative, exciting, and fun events on the left coast.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to

Download Poster

Nevada City Uncorked August 6th

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners are proud to announce their first collaboration in presenting the upcoming Nevada City Uncorked, Wine & Food Experience, Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 1-4pm in historic downtown Nevada City.

Enjoy a robust sampling of local Foothill wines and food from 20 wineries and restaurants. From vintage cabs and buttery chardonnays to delicious crepes and creative California cuisine, there is something for everyone.

Visit local businesses, tour historic locations like the National Hotel and Emma Nevada House, chat with merchants, and learn the history of our charming town all the while enjoying the very best of wine and food from the Foothills. Locations are all within walking distance on Spring, Pine, Broad and Commercial Streets.

Patrons enjoy local wine at Nevada City Winery. Photo by David Preston

Participating merchants, restaurants and wineries include: Szabo Winery, Friar Tucks, Chacewater, Las Katarinas, Utopian Stone, Emma Nevada House, the National Hotel, The Old 5 Mile House, Matteo’s Public, Jerrigan’s Taphouse, Jim E’s Catering, Emily’s Catering & Cakes, Treats, Indian Springs, Nevada City Winery, JJ Jackson, Deer Creek Inn, Nevada City Classic Cafe, The Stonehouse, Nevada City Marketplace, Coufos Cellars, Avanguardia Wines, Pilot Peak Winery, Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery, Bent Metal Winery, Solune Winegrowers, Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, BYOB, Fox Barrel Cider Company and more.

Tickets are $30adv/$40day of and $25 for Wine Club members (wine club members should contact their respective winery for their reduced ticket). This includes a commemorative wine glass to use at each wine tasting plus 5 food tickets. Attendees can purchase additional food tickets for 2/$5 or 5/$10. Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets.

Check In and Pick Up Your Wine Glass and food tickets at The Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City, Open at Noon. Enjoy live music, art, food and wine while there.

Purchase tickets online at

For questions contact the Chamber Office at 530-265-2692 or

Download poster NCUncorked

Download the 2011NCUncorkedProgram

Foreign Car Show & Wine Stroll June 4th

We are proud to announce the inaugural Nevada City Foreign Car & Motorcycle Show, taking place on June 4, 2011 from 10am – 3pm in the beautiful town of Nevada City, CA! Accompanying our event will be the Nevada City Wine Stroll taking place from 12pm – 3pm, and advance tickets to this event can be purchased with your registration at a discounted pre-registration price of $15 per person. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event for $20 per person. Local wine vendors and shops will be helping host the wine stroll for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. At the event there will also be live music, a raffle drawing and award ceremony for the People’s Choice winners of top car and top motorcycle. There will also be a raffle going on with some really excellent prizes that will be up for grabs.

Sierra Sports Car Group is hosting this car show to benefit two local non-profit groups, United Way of Nevada County and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. This classic gold rush town is the perfect setting for our event, and we are looking forward to all of the visitors we hope to see at the show.

Sherlock Holmes Closing Weekend

This is the last week to see SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY, by Katie Forgette, presented by LeGacy Productions, in association with Chatauqua Playhouse, at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.  The show plays Thursday at 7pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2 pm.

Admission is $18 in advance, and $20 at the door.  Tickets are available at the Briar Patch and the Bookseller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, or online at

Beautiful actress Lillie Langtry is seeking help from the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes in a small matter involving blackmail, some missing jewels and the royal family.  Our hero gets some help from his sidekick, Watson, and the famous Oscar Wilde as the evil Professor Moriarty tries yet again to foil the day.

The show is directed by Warren Harrison, featuring a talented cast including Walter Thompson, Julie Bock, Michael Walker, Rodger Hoopman, Shawn O’Neal, Chris Whitlock, Alvis LeGate (LeGacy co-founder and producer) and Jimmy McCammon.  Set design is by Rodger Hoopman and costumes are by Meghan Bice.  Light design is by Don Myers.

Bruce Kelly Quartet plays Mostly Mercer May 7th

Mostly Mercer…The music of Johnny Mercer.  The Bruce Kelly Quartet will be performing the music of Johnny Mercer and others in the ambience of the elegant nightclubs of days gone by.  His quartet includes a trio of seasoned jazz players whose collective resumes run the gamut of jazz musicians and singers they have worked with, from Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Buddy Rich and Jimmy Smith to Lou Rawls and Herbie Hancock.  The concert will be preceded by a sit down dinner prepared by Chef Austin Farrar.  There will be a full no host bar.  Bar opens at 6pm, dinner seating at 7; show starts at 8pm.

Hear such Johnny Mercer classics as Blues in the Night, Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, Dearly Beloved, My Shining Hour and many more!

The event takes place on May 7th, Mother’s Day Eve, at The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City.

Tickets are $25 for concert only; $55 for dinner & concert (Reservations required).  Tickets available at The Nevada City Postal Company, or at the door.   Reservations deadline is May 4th.

For ticket and other information or to make reservations for dinner and show call (530) 273-0507.

The Magic Carpet Celebrates 31 Years May 7

“Timeless Beauty in a Changing World”

May 7 at 7PM.  Free public event

The Magic Carpet is celebrating 31 years with a guided tour of exhibit, open house and old rug pillow give-a-way and refreshments.

The Magic Carpet
408 Broad St.
Nevada City, Ca 95959
530 265-9229

“The Christmas Card” in Nevada City

“The Christmas Card”; filmed in Nevada City, tells the story of a soldier, Cody Cullen, with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply. While on leave back home, he travels to Nevada City, California, the picturesque town from which the card was sent. Once there, Cody meets and falls in love with beautiful Faith Spelman, who sent the card, and quickly becomes a cherished member of the Spelman family. Yet romance for Cody and Faith seems out of the question, because she has a boyfriend and is about to become engaged.

Screenwriter Joany Kane had never even heard of Nevada City when she wrote the screenplay for “The Christmas Card.” The story was originally set in a mill town in Vermont. Budget constraints led the production team to look for sites in California, and one of the producers, Lincoln Lageson, suggested Nevada City. He was familiar with the town because his parents grew up in Nevada City. Alice Evans (who portrayed Faith in the movie) talks about Nevada City:

Faith Spelman (Alice Evans) and Cody Cullen (John Newton) seem to be hitting it off as they work at her father’s Christmas tree stand. Unbeknownst to her, he is the recipient of a Christmas card she sent to “a member of the U.S. Army.”

“But there is one that looks even better; so perfectly preserved and warm and welcoming that you have to pinch yourself the first time you take that walk up the hill towards the church, just to make sure it’s real.

“Well, this town turned out not only to be the perfect town, but to have the perfect inhabitants, who were delighted not only to welcome “The Christmas Card” to their town, but also to loan out their diner, hotel, church and of course their people, who served as the most brilliant supporting artists all through the film.”

“It was a match made in heaven,” Kane said. “The city really is a character in the movie.”

This December “The Christmas Card,” the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original film of all time, will be aired on the following dates (Pacific Time):

*** be sure to check your local cable guide for the exact times***

December 10th at 6 p.m.,
December 11th at 10 a.m.
December 25 at 8 p.m.
December 26th at 10 a.m.
December 31st at 4 p.m. and 12 a.m.

For more information visit Hallmark Channel’s Website.

Experience the magic of Nevada City first hand at Victorian Christmas. This annual, family tradition takes place in December and features holiday activities for all ages: childrens’ pony rides, carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas! This year the event will be held Wednesday nights, Dec. 1, 8, and 15, from 5-9 p.m., and on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, from 1:30-6 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Lodging: Overnight visitors are encouraged to book local accommodations early. A dozen historic and charming bed & breakfast inns and several comfortable hotels and motels are located within walking distance of downtown Nevada City, or a short drive from nearby Grass Valley.

For more information contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or toll-free (800) 655-NJOY.