The Center for the Arts: Fall Family Fun & More!

Fall Family Fun at The Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts invites the public to the Fall Edition of Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 26th, 2019. There will be Halloween-themed arts and crafts, face painting, and balloons, as well as music by essence, magic with Nick Fedoroff, and the storytelling of Susan J. Gilman.

Susan J. Gilman never set out to write books that made people laugh. Her main love has always been literary fiction. However, even with her most serious work, people would always tell her that parts of it were funny. Gilman taught writing and literature at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Susan loves telling stories and has wanted to be an author since she was a child. Susan will be telling stories at 11:00.

More than just tricks and illusions, Nick Fedoroff creates an atmosphere of wonder and astonishment in which entertainment, spectacle, and excitement conjoin. When Fedoroff is in the house, reality is suspended and expectations are exceeded. His unique approach to magic blends extraordinary illusions with an unforgettable presentation that continues to inspire long after the festivities end. Magic with Nick starts at 11:45.

In addition to writing folk/americana, pop, and rock songs, essence expanded her repertoire by creating a collection of charming, catchy tunes inspired by her son that turned out to have a life of their own becoming favorites of families nationwide, loved equally by parents and children alike. Her children’s album, A Dog Named Moo is a multi-media project featuring a collection of 13 songs, a “T REXXXX” book, a smartphone app, and several music videos. essence is developing an educational curriculum based on the project. A Dog Named Moo was voted Top Kids Album of the Year by Daily Candy. Essence takes the stage at 12:30.

The whole family will enjoy the performances, as well as balloons, face painting, crafts, and more from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th! No tickets are required; you may RSVP on the Facebook event page. It’s happening at The Plaza Gallery, 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.

WHO: The Center for the Arts presents:
WHAT: Family Fun Day

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
WHERE: 998 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945
ADMISSION: Free Family Event
INFO: 530-274-8384.





Essence photographed in San Francisco, CA October 25, 2012©Jay Blakesberg



Rodney Crowell – November 9th

The Center for the Arts OnTheGo proudly presents Rodney Crowell, a legend praised as a hit songwriter, as a chart-topping singer, and as a gruffly grinning member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Now you get to see him live at The Foothills Event Center on November 9th!!

Classics can become cliches. And cliches, like whiskey, nostalgia, and orthodoxy, will deaden the mind. We can’t learn from what we know. It doesn’t work that way. But if what we know morphs and changes, and whittles itself down to truthful essence, then we can find delight and inspiration.
That’s what’s going on here, in Rodney Crowell’s most unusual of retrospectives. These are songs he wants to sing and play, performed as he wants to sing and play them.

This is nothing like a summation of an extraordinary life in songwriting, and the very act of releasing an album of “classics” that doesn’t include “’Til I Gain Control Again,” “Voila, An American Dream,” “Song for the Life,” “Stars on the Water,” “Ashes by Now,” “Bluebird Wine,” “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream),” and all the others is either an act of humility or a chest-thump.

Hard to say, and maybe it doesn’t matter. As always, Crowell is running toward his true self, even as he assures us he’s not running fast enough.

“I’ve heard it said a thousand times, to thine own self be true,” he sings. “Well, it’s not for lack of trying, that this is something I can’t do.”

Check this out . . . he sings that on a song called “Shame on the Moon Redux.” It’s a retrospective reinvention of “Shame on the Moon,” a song Crowell wrote and Bob Seger recorded to grand success. The original was a hit. It was a smash. Crowell never liked the last verse, about stepping light on old toes.

“I used to let a lot of stuff go by,” he says. “I didn’t put in the work at the time to make that song be all that it could be.”

And so, by way of an apology to a chart-topping song, Crowell re-wrote it as confession and admission.

“I was late in my twenties, and hungry for praise,” is what he sings. “And waxing like crazy when I wrote down that phrase/ ‘Oh, blame it on midnight . . . ooh, shame on the moon.’”

Crowell is no longer hungry for praise. We’ve been praising him for forty years, since the days when Guy Clark — the emphatic and acerbic father figure to several musical generations — pointed out the ebullient genius in “Bluebird Wine,” a song that would become the first song on Emmylou Harris’s first major label album. We’ve praised Crowell as a hit songwriter, as a chart-topping singer, and as a gruffly grinning member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

We’ve praised him to the point of satiation, and now Crowell’s bouncing poetry is its own reward. Another poet, Donald Hall, identified writing’s most sinful characteristics as being “tired, ordinary, trite, or false.” Rodney Crowell would not be convicted of these crimes by a jury of peers.

This album of classics is not a victory lap. It’s a field sprint, followed by a campfire circle. It’s Rodney Crowell playing guitar and singing with friends, live and in real time. The revelations are in the reveling, and in Crowell’s joyful ownership of songs that have become dear companions. We arrive as honored guests, here to listen to an artist’s true self.

The Center for the Arts and Chris Perondi, the “Stunt Dog Guy”

™ Present The Stunt Dog Experience ™

The Center for the Arts is brings The Stunt Dog Experience ™ to the Veterans Auditorium in Grass Valley for two performances on Friday, November 22nd 2019.

Chris Perondi is the Stunt Dog GuyTM and his famous stunt dogs are out of this world! Director Chris Perondi has been entertaining audiences of all sizes since 1999. He has produced over 9,000 shows in his career. Over 4,500 have been stage shows for performing arts theaters and for major theme parks including Knotts Berry Farm and Six Flags of America.

The Stunt Dog GuyTM has a cast of performers and dogs will delight audiences of all ages. He guarantees high-energy excitement from beginning to end. During this “Stunt Dog Experience” you will witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs. The experience has amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and is the most entertaining show of its kind.

The show is one-of-a-kind and brings forth pet adoption awareness. All the dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. The mission is to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, encourage spay & neutering, and encourage people to spend more time with their pets.

Don’t forget “Diggy the Dog” the human sized canine mascot! Diggy is always trying to be a part of the show in some silly way. He will try to convince everyone that he is the real star of the show. During the process you will laugh as he tries his paws at jumping rope like the four legged stars. He will also beg to do Perondi’s famous daredevil stunt. Can Diggy jump as high as the four-legged stunt dog? You will soon find out!

Every show also includes interactive crowd participation. It’s not just a show, it’s an experience! Audience members will chant “Higher” and “Dog gone fun!” and be involved in the excitement of the production. The audience will even be split into two teams and everyone will cheer on their team of dogs during the “Golden Bone Showdown”. The trick dog challenge will be judged and won by audience applause; and the athletic challenges will be won based on speed, accuracy, and leaping ability. From world class Frisbee catching dogs, the three sport “Stunt Dog Triathlon”, and weave pole racing, to the famous high-jumping phenomenon. You will be blown away by the most agile dogs in the world!

These stars have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, David Letterman, the Tonight Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Queen Latifah show, Animal Planet’s Pet Stars, worldwide during the annual Rose Parade, the CBS Early Show, and much more. They have also starred in commercials and have been featured on the news and in magazines across the country. The Stunt Dog GuyTM truly delivers a theater masterpiece.

The Center for the Arts presents “Stunt Dog Experience” at the Veterans Auditorium on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley for two performances on Friday, November 22nd 2019. There is a matinee at 1:00 p.m. and an eventing show at 7:00 p.m. Doors open one hour before each show. Tickets are available online at and at The Center for the Arts box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. Discounted tickets available for children 13 and under.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming. Typically, the Center presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center is currently underway in a major renovation of its multi-use 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 490 seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.

WHAT: Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience ™
WHEN: Two Shows on Friday, November 22nd at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
WHERE: Veteran’s Memorial Building S Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
WHO: The Stunt Dog team includes Chris Perondi, wife Suhey Perondi, son Anthony Perondi.
ADMISSION: Youth $15 (children 13 and under) / Members $25 / Public $30