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 […]

Celebrities praise Nevada County restaurants

WHEN HE WAS GOVERNOR THE FIRST time, Jerry Brown and singer Linda Ronstadt would eat at The Willo Steakhouse, a Nevada County institution on historic Hwy. 49. The Willo has served more than 1 million choice New York steaks, carefully aged and cut daily. Comedian Andy Samberg also is a regular diner in our region. […]

Joanna Newsom and all enjoy Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra holiday concert

We enjoyed the Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra’s holiday concert on Sunday afternoon in Grass Valley. It was a sellout and the guests included harpist and singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom, a Nevada City native whose mom sings in the chorus. We visited briefly with Joanna at intermission; talked about her enjoyment of the New Moon Cafe; […]

Daniel Tosh, Andy Samberg, Bobby Flay, Jerry Brown and other notables enjoy dining in our region

When he was governor the first time around, Jerry Brown and singer Linda Ronstadt would eat at the Willo Steakhouse, a Nevada County institution on State Highway 49. The Willo has served more than 1 million choice New York Steaks, carefully aged and cut daily. Comedian Andy Samberg also is a regular visitor to our […]

Nevada County’s music scene this summer: Benoit to Baez

LANDING THE ICONIC STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL at its Fairgrounds in September is a major coup for Nevada County. While extraordinary, the local arts and culture community already deserves credit for establishing the County as a year-round arts and music destination, thanks to its performing-arts nonprofits and many others. The music scene includes: The Center for […]

Nevada City singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom marries comedian Andy Samberg in Big Sur

Well, it’s official now: singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom, who grew up in Nevada City, married comedian Andy Samberg on Saturday in Big Sur, at the Post Ranch Inn. Samberg, 35, is the former Saturday Night Live Star and star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Newsom, 31, is an accomplished pianist and harpist, as well as a singer and […]

Help well-known Nevada City harpist Lisa Stine recover her harps

“Lisa Stine has been a loving and giving member of the Nevada County community for decades. She has played for many non-profit groups and youth, cancer survivor and educational events,” according to a flyer we received and correspondence with one of her friends. “This is a tragedy for her. Let’s help her restore her spirits […]

Nevada City musician Joanna Newsom and comedian Andy Samberg set wedding date (but nobody’s telling)

Joanna Newsom, the accomplished harpist, pianist, vocalist and songwriter from Nevada City, is marrying Andy Samberg, the comedic actor from Saturday Night Live, as we have said previously. Now the couple has officially set the date. “The comedian revealed to Life & Style that he and his fiancée, Joanna Newsom, have decided when they’ll have […]