Bluegrass Festival on June 15-18: Grandaddy of Musical Gatherings

THE CALIFORNIA BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION presents its 42nd annual Father’s Day Festival June 15-18 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. As in year’s past, this year’s event features a lineup of top touring bluegrass bands and five of California’s best bluegrass and old-time music groups. The festival offers four days of entertainment on three […]

Strawberry Music Festival on May 25-28: Returning to Grass Valley

When Charlie Cran started the Strawberry Music Festival in 1982, “there was a bit of a tradition of camping festivals in California,” he told CelebrityAccess. “I guess, maybe, it was started by Woodstock. The Southern California bluegrass festivals had camping associated with them. There was a bluegrass festival in Grass Valley.” Cran decided to start […]

California WorldFest on July 13-16: Celebrating World Cultures

AMERICA IS HOME TO SOME ICONIC MUSIC festivals: Lollapalooza in Chicago, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Telluride Bluegrass in Colorado and Norfolk Folk Festival in Virginia, among others. In the West, the annual California WorldFest in historic Grass Valley has built a loyal following and is growing in stature. Last November, WorldFest received […]

Nevada County Arts: First Friday Art Walks, Garrison Keillor and more

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK The First Friday Art Walk celebrates Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, as well as its artistic and creative community. Participating downtown businesses are open 5-9 p.m. and many of them host receptions with local artists, trunk shows or performances. Many shops also […]

Arts & Culture Calendar

KODO ARTS SPRING SHOW, MAY 6-14 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, […]

InConcert Sierra: Pianists and pop-up dinners

PIANIST SAM HAYWOOD, WHO performed alongside renowned violinist Joshua Bell last fall at InConcert Sierra, is returning on April 30. “Joshua Bell may have found his match in Haywood who, though seated, equals him in emoting the music at hand,” wrote The Washington Post. Haywood will perform at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley. […]

Earth Art: A Year-Round Endeavor

IN THE ’60S, RACHAEL CARSON awakened environmental consciousness with her book “Silent Spring.” In the ’70s, Earth Day — on April 22 — was founded as a worldwide environmental “teach-in.” Now over 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the world’s largest civic observance. Artists have long been involved in […]

Kodo Arts features Japanese ceramics, art and more at its May 6-14 sale

Contemporary Japanese ceramics are in vogue as evidenced by numerous ongoing exhibits, such as the show at the Crocker Art Museum called “Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection.” There is a passing of the mantle in the Japanese pottery world, both traditional and modern, that goes from master to disciple, and father […]

CATS presents “The White Snake” on April 13-May 6 in Nevada City

TONY-AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT MARY ZIMMERMAN is a master at revamping literary classics and bringing them to the stage. Examples include “Metamorphoses, The Arabian Nights,” and “Journey to the West.” In 2013, Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra produced Zimmerman’s “Journey to the West,” which won five regional Elly Awards and 12 nominations. This spring, CATS […]

Art Works Gallery: A cultural experience

FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND ETSY ARE all opening up new opportunities for artists. To most art buyers, however, collecting art is more like performing arts than traditional retail. It is about an experience, not a process. Art collectors like to see the art in person, touch it—even meet the artist. They also enjoy visiting art galleries […]

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