Boomtowns: Redefining the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe region

IN THE PAST DECADE, SACRAMENTO HAS been emerging from San Francisco’s shadow. Once dubbed a “cow town,” it has become known as “America’s farm to fork capital,” showcasing the region’s agricultural bounty and some stellar restaurants and craft breweries. The new Golden 1 Center, whose food concessions are locally sourced, and adjacent Kimpton Sawyer Hotel […]

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art: Exemplifies our vibrant art scene

NEVADA CITY-GRASS VALLEY AND Truckee were named among 14 California Cultural Districts thanks to “a generous base of artists and makers,” as the California Arts Council said last summer. Contemporary landscape painter LeeAnn Brook is one of the leading examples. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, at 300 Spring Street in historic Nevada City, is among the […]

Sierra Stages celebrates its 10th anniversary

THIS YEAR MARKS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY season of Sierra Stages, an award-winning community theatre group in western Nevada County that has helped shape the area’s designation as a statewide cultural district. The 10th anniversary season includes two musicals and one classic American comedy: The zany and heartbreaking musical “A New Brain” by William Finn and […]

Insider: Old meets new in Grass Valley and Nevada City

OLD MEETS NEW IN GRASS VALLEY & NEVADA CITY The iconic Nevada County Bank building in downtown Grass Valley has sold, and the new owners have imaginative plans for the historic building. We’re excited about the potential for 131 Mill St., widely considered the second-most architecturally unique building in all of downtown Grass Valley behind […]

California Cultural Districts

THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL’s cultural districts program aims to assist Californians in leveraging the state’s considerable assets in the areas of culture, creativity, and diversity. A CULTURAL DISTRICT IS GENERALLY UNDERSTOOD AS A WELL-DEFINED GEOGRAPHIC AREA WITH A HIGH CONCENTRATION OF CULTURAL RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES. “State-level designation of Cultural Districts, with California’s diverse geography and […]

Below the ski belt: Satellite ski towns

“Unless you have a family inheritance, or somehow snagged one of the few affordable rentals, living in a traditional ski town is a less viable option than ever,” observes Powder Magazine. “Unable to afford the old ones, young, adventurous people are making new ones.” Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski […]

Ski Resorts 2.0: Resorts reinvent themselves

LIKE A NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTING, the old-school ski experience — focused on skiing all day, in deep snow, and après ski in long johns — has become a thing of the past. Ski resorts are reinventing themselves in the face of global warming, competition and changing demographics. More of them are “weatherproofing” their businesses to […]

CATS presents “South Pacific” in Nevada City on April 12-May 5

COMMUNITY ASIAN THEATRE OF THE SIERRA presents Rogers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” April 12-May 5 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City, kicking off its 23rd season of theater and cultural enrichment programs in the foothills. “South Pacific” premiered in 1949 on Broadway. It won ten Tony Awards and resulted in a 1958 film […]

Nevada County Arts presents the Sierra Poetry Festival on April 28

NEVADA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL presents the 2018 Sierra Poetry Festival all day on April 28 at Sierra College in Grass Valley. Activities include a keynote address by national Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis, author of Voyage of the Sable Venus, winner of National Book Award for Poetry. Three other California poet laureates, and […]

Nevada City School of the Arts presents “A Matter of Taste” on March 16

THE BREADTH OF ARTS AND culture in the Nevada City-Grass Valley Cultural District extends to education, not just entertainment. One of the first public charter schools in California, Nevada City School of the Arts serves a diverse population of over 400 kindergarten-to-eighth grade students in western Nevada County. Its vision is to provide a rigorous […]

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