Arts & Culture Calendar

Scouring Japanese countryside auctions and morning temple markets in Kyoto for antique furniture, stone lanterns and ceramic vases is a passion for Kodo Arts.

Kodo Arts owners, Jake Costello and his wife Yuko, shuttle twice a year between Kyoto, Japan, where they have a country house and a warehouse, to bring their treasures to California ”We are celebrating our 11th year with our Spring show,” says Jake.

The Spring show features Japanese furniture, home décor, garden furnishings and more at its spacious warehouse at 571 Searls Ave. in Nevada City. The show is May 6-14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Mel Brooks’ musical comedy “Young Frankenstein,” based on the 1974 Oscar-nominated film co-starring Gene Wilder, is undergoing a renaissance. Originally opening on Broadway in 2007, the spoof of Mary Shelley’s monstrous classic will hit London’s West End in September.

Closer to home, the Truckee Community Theater is presenting “Young Frankenstein” on June 8-11 at the newly refurbished Community Arts Center at 10046 Church St. in historic downtown Truckee.

The show is directed by Truckee resident Carrie Sugarman Haines. Carrie had directed more than 25 stage productions in the Bay Area before relocating to Truckee. The musical director is Stephanie Fountaine and the assistant director/choreographer is John Paul Rivard. “Young Frankenstein” is suggested for ages 13 and older.
The Truckee Community Theater’s other productions this season are “Bridge to Terabithia” April 21-23; “Broadway at the Park” August 19; “Seussical the Musical” November 10-12, and “On Golden Pond” De- cember 1-3. Wine, beer and cocktails are available at intermission.

The community theater began in January 2015, thanks to an enterprising local Courtney Simson, a theater veteran who retired to Truckee with her husband, Anton, four years earlier. For tickets and more information, visit

The symphony performs “Mother’s Day Spectacular: Alpine Symphony” at the Mondavi Center in Davis. The Mother’s Day program includes “Gabrieli: Canzon XVI a 12,” where patrons can experience the type of “surround sound” created at the peak of the Renaissance, and “Grieg: Piano Concerto,” one of the most celebrated piano concertos of all time. The conductor is the symphony’s music director Peter Jaffe, and the pianist is Andrei Baumann.

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