CineCafé: Nevada County’s first dine-in movie theater

DINNER AND A MOVIE HAS BEEN AN American entertainment tradition for decades. Now the quintessential “night out” is getting a makeover: dinner at the movies, with fresh, made-to-order food, friendly service, craft beer, and eclectic wine lists. Dine-in theaters, where guests can nibble on small plates and sip wine or beer while watching a flick, […]

Sierra Theaters in Grass Valley: local entrepreneurs since 1979

VINTAGE MOVIE THEATERS HAVE helped define the charm of Gold Country towns for decades, including ones in Angels Camp, Colfax, Auburn and Grass Valley. But in an era of Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV, movie theater owners face challenging times. Few have done a better job of upgrading their theaters to attract the iGeneration and […]

Sierra Stages’ new season includes Broadway hit “Chicago”

FOR ITS NINTH SEASON OF award-winning local theater in Nevada County, Sierra Stages presents three exceptional shows, including the hit musical “Chicago” by Fred Ebb, John Kander, and Bob Fosse, the irreverent comedy “End Days” by Deborah Zoe Laufer, and the funny musical “Ordinary Days” by Adam Gwon. The 2017 season opens with “End Days,” […]

Tasting Notes: Andis, Avanguardia, Nevada City Winery & Sierra Starr

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 16th year, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food tasting events. Participants gather on Saturday, March 4, from 1-4 p.m., to sip wine from more than 20 foothills wineries while sampling delicacies from local restaurants, including favorite nibbles from their menus. […]

Son-in-law of Grass Valley restaurateur is link to the Space X launch

A Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space X lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, with 5,500 pounds of supplies, experiments and cargo headed to the International Space Station. The Dragon cargo capsule is expected to arrive at the Station on Wednesday. “I feel very confident of 2018,” Musk said on Twitter. […]

Grass Valley officials to consider 1849 Brew Pub proposal on Tuesday

The City of Grass Valley planning commission will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to consider a brewery, wine tasting room and outdoor beer garden in the empty space where The Union used to print its community newspaper before outsourcing the printing to the Sacramento Bee. The 1849 Brew Pub at 464 Sutton Way— previously reported […]

InConcert Sierra: Year-round classical music

DON’T BELIEVE THE CLASSICAL MUSIC naysayers: This genre of music is basking in the glory of popular American culture— locally and nationwide. Last winter, Super Bowl 50 featured the San Francisco Symphony in a “concert of champions.” Last fall, the Sacramento Kings’ first game at the Golden 1 Center showcased a performance by the Sacramento […]

Winter Events in Tahoe-Truckee, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Lincoln

TAHOE-TRUCKEE March 9-12 Audi FIS World Cup World Cup ski racing returns to California for the first time in 19 years. The event includes concerts, a festival village and a women’s Giant Slalom and Slalom at Squaw Valley. SquawAlpine.com/worldcup March 3-12 North Lake Tahoe SnowFest North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, […]

Gold Rush towns: Pairing food and wine with winter sports

THOUGH MOUNTAIN RESORTS ARE appealing, some people would rather stay out of the deep snow and take easy day-trips to the slopes. In Colorado, Après Ski Denver now has a following. Here’s a locals’ secret in the Sierra foothills—historic towns such as Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Sutter Creek and Plymouth are all less congested […]

Cooking classes abound at Tess’, BriarPatch and Wheyward Girl

“No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.”—JULIA CHILD Winter is an ideal time to sign up for a cooking class in the foothills. We’re indoors more, thanks to the wintry weather, and a cooking class helps you master new recipes, perhaps with the kitchenware you received for the holidays—French cookware, a […]

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