InConcert Sierra: A new season featuring world-class talent

INCONCERT SIERRA IS ONE OF THE area’s arts and culture pioneers. The nonprofit performing arts group was formed in the 1940s in Grass Valley. The first concert was held at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Memorial Building on October 26, 1946, featuring Charles Kullman, tenor, of the S.F. Metropolitan Opera. “It is a delight to have […]

Music in the Mountains: Bringing Music to Life

NOV. 3: A CELEBRATION OF SONG MIM presents “A Celebration of Song” at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. It is the performing arts group’s first fall choral concert and Ryan Murray’s debut as the Artistic Director and Conductor of Music in the Mountains. The MIM Chorus performs Lux Aeterna, and Liisa Davila sings music […]

Our visit to China: Pandas, Peking duck — and Mandarins

WE FEATURE THE SWEET MOUNTAIN MANDARIN in our fall issue, so it’s fitting we’re writing the introduction while vacationing in China — where a version of the seedless, easy-to-peel fruit likely originated centuries ago. It’s “fall break,” and we decided to visit this exotic destination to explore its rich culture, enjoy the cuisine and see […]

Our holiday gift ideas

EMILY’S CATERING A first-rate, full-service caterer with imaginative dishes made from scratch using fresh, local ingredients. Some of Emily’s pies were used in the 2019 film “Pie–The Movie not 3.14.” Emily’s also offers delicious homemade baked goods, desserts and gift packages at its “pop-up” bakeries: November 26-27 for Thanksgiving; and December 20-23. 421 Colfax Ave., […]

Stucki Jeweler’s “Free if it Snows” promotion: “One of our favorite things”

“Silver and gold, silver and gold. Everyone wishes for silver and gold.” —BURL IVES IMAGINE RECEIVING FREE JEWELRY IF IT SNOWS ONE INCH during any 24-hour period between December 10-31. The burly balladeer Burl Ives surely would have applauded that. For the 11th straight year, Stucki Jewelers of downtown Grass Valley, the region’s oldest continually […]

Mountain Mandarins: A Sweet Crop

WHEN ORGANIZERS IN NEWCASTLE — nestled in the foothills near Auburn — held their first Mountain Mandarin Festival 26 years ago, they never imagined that it would grow to a three-day event that now attracts up to 35,000 people from throughout the West. Visitors to the Mountain Mandarin Festival — held on the weekend of […]

Placer Arts Studio Tour: A catalyst for arts and humanities

THE 26TH ANNUAL PLACER ARTISTS STUDIOS TOUR — one of the biggest and longest running art shows in the region and presented by the Arts Council of Placer County — is November 10-12. The three-day, self-guided driving tour, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., showcases the work of 74 artists in their studios at 39 studios and […]

Sierra Stages wins nine Ellies — tops among the region’s performing arts groups

Sierra Stages, based in Nevada City, received nine Elly Awards on Sunday night — a prestigious regional honor that capped its 2018-2019 season. Sierra Stages’ production of “Hand to God” took home seven Ellys and two more for Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach!” Other highlights include two leading female Elly Awards to Lois […]

Sierra FoodWineArt’s name stowed on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover

  It’s the final boarding call for you to stow your name on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover before it launches to the Red Planet. The Sept. 30 deadline for NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign gives the mission enough time to stencil the submitted names – over 9.4 million so far – on a […]

The Center for the Arts announces inaugural season lineup for “The New Center”

The Center for the Arts announced its inaugural 2019/2020 season lineup on Monday — the first time The Center announced a full season at once. Other shows could be added later, however. Putting together an annual season of performance and visual arts can be likened to preparing a 10-course meal for royalty. Every detail must […]

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