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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

CATS presents M. Butterfly from April 11-May 4 in Nevada City

FOR ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra presents David Henry Hwang’s “M. Butterfly” from April 11-May 4 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. “M. Butterfly” opened at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., in 1988, transferred to Broadway and ran for an impressive 777 performances. It received the Tony Award […]

InConcert Sierra: An imaginative 2019 lineup

INCONCERT SIERRA BEGINS THE new year with a world-renowned pianist, a unique combination of musicians working together, a popular string quartet, and a Grammy Award-winning organist. Jan. 20: Marc-André Hamelin Pianist Marc-André Hamelin is ranked among the elite of world pianists for his unrivaled blend of brilliant musicianship and stunning virtuosity in the great works […]

Winter 2019 Arts & Culture: Auburn Symphony, Music in the Mountains and more

AUBURN SYMPHONY The Auburn Symphony celebrates its 31st season with an impressive lineup. Under maestro Peter Jaffe, the “orchestra next door” is attracting talented guest musicians. Upcoming concerts include: Jan. 20: Rising Star Amaryn Olmeda, violin Wagner, Bruch and Prokofiev Feb. 2: Music in Motion Parker Van Ostrand, piano 2018 Young Artists Competition Winner March […]

Winter 2019: WinterWonderGrass, Tahoe Snowfest and more

WinterWonderGrass The 5th annual WinterWonderGrass returns to Squaw Valley March 29-31, featuring over 20 bluegrass and roots artists on three heated tent stages and one outdoor main stage. Enhancing the music will be tastings of California local brews, ciders and eats. Headliners include Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon and the Sam Bush Band. […]

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