Strawberry Music Festival: camping, jamming and music under the pines

THE STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTISVAL, one of the region’s premier music festivals, returns to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley May 23-26, 2019. Since 1982, the iconic festival has drawn musicians and festival-goers from all over the country. The four-day festival features a wide range of musical acts, children’s programming, workshops, and Strawberry’s legendary camp […]

Sierra Master Chorale’s new maestro: A sign of the foothills’ growing arts & culture scene

“There’s a new Who in Whoville”!  I joked to my wife Shannon at the end of Sierra Master Chorale’s engaging Spring concert in Grass Valley this afternoon. Her name is Alison Skinner, and we were we delighted to hear Alison conduct the Chorale and its Orchestra for the first time this afternoon. We have been […]

Meet Alison Skinner: Sierra Master Chorale’s new chorale director

SPRING IS THE SEASON OF RENEWAL. On Sunday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 21, InConcert Sierra presents the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra conducted by their new choral director Alison Skinner. “The spring concert program is a celebration of life,” said Skinner. “In the first half, we will perform Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Requiem,’ a work of […]

Grammy-winning artist Lila Downs coming to California WorldFest 2019

The Center for the Arts recently announced that Mexican American songstress Lila Downs (pronounced Lee-lah) will close out the 23rd Annual California WorldFest in Grass Valley taking place July 11-14, 2019. There is no question that this opera-trained, international star has a vision. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, to a Mixtec mother and an American father, […]

Acclaimed New Moon Cafe in Nevada City is up for sale

The New Moon Cafe in downtown Nevada City — one of the Sierra Foothills’ best fine-dining restaurants since the mid-’90s— is up for sale for $1.2 million. In an interview, longtime resident, chef and co-owner Peter Selaya confirmed the sale of the iconic local business: “I’ve been doing this for around 60 years and that could […]

Good eats at Lefty’s Fry House in Grass Valley

Lefty’s Fry House in Grass Valley opened this afternoon, and we were one of the first customers. We ordered “to go,” and I squeezed some details into our magazine at the 11 hour as it went onto the presses. Then we ate. The casual dining restaurant is located at 840 East Main Street, near Sierra […]

Nevada County’s arts and culture scene generates $46.9 million in economic activity, supports 869 jobs, new study shows

Nevada County’s nonprofit arts and culture sector generates $46.9 million in economic activity and supports 869 full-time equivalent jobs, making it a powerful economic engine, according to a new report titled “Arts & Economic Prosperity 5.” Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are businesses in their own right, the study said. They spent $25.7 million during […]

Sierra Poetry Festival keynote Forrest Gander wins Pulitzer Prize

Forrest Gander, the keynote speaker for the Sierra Poetry Fesival on April 27 in Grass Valley, today won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Gander won for his anthology Be With, “a collection of elegies that grapple with sudden loss, and the difficulties of expressing grief and yearning for the departed.” The prize was $15,000. “He has […]

FoodWineArt Insider: What’s Up In Our Region

CHRIS STEVENS COURTYARD A walkway in downtown Grass Valley has been dedicated in honor of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens—epitomizing the spirit of coming together in small towns. The Chris Stevens Courtyard is a 10-foot wide by 100-foot long walkway, decorated with a bronze plaque and archway, in the middle of Mill Street. The location dates […]

Ten 2019 Food Predictions: From Pacific Rim flavors to Phat Fats

SEASONED TREND-SPOTTERS FROM WHOLE FOODS Market compiled this report based on more than 100 years of combined experience in product sourcing, studying consumer preferences and participating in food and wellness industry exhibitions worldwide. TOP 10 FOOD TRENDS PACIFIC RIM FLAVORS Flavor inspiration from the Pacific Rim (think Asia, Oceania and the western coasts of North […]

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