Local Pride

WE RECENTLY ENJOYED A “STAYCATION” in Sacramento, spending a few days at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel next to the gleaming Golden 1 Center. Our room had a picture-perfect view of the iconic Tower Bridge, home of the annual Tower Bridge Dinner on September 30. And as if on cue, The New York Times published […]

Miners Foundry presents Squirrel Nut Zippers on March 7

The year 2016 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot.  Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut The Inevitable and featured the popular singles “Hell”, “Put a Lid On It” and “Blue Angel”.  Thanks to early support from NPR, […]

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 […]

All the World’s a Stage: The Center for the Arts, Nevada Theatre and Stages at Northstar

IN THE EARLY ELIZABETHAN ERA, English acting troupes performed in inns, college halls and private homes. Then along came London’s Globe Theater in 1599, showcasing Shakespeare’s best-known plays. Theater became a popular pastime. Good performing arts have always been good for the economy. In September, we visited Ashland, Oregon, jokingly called the “town that Shakespeare […]

‘Tis The Season: Events Calendar, Oct.-Dec. 2017

40TH ANNUAL VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17, 1:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 13 & 20, 5-9 p.m. Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card […]

“Our Sierra Stages”: A catalyst for economic growth

IN THE EARLY ELIZABETHAN ERA, English acting troupes performed in inns, college halls and private homes. Then along came London’s Globe Theater in 1599, showcasing Shakespeare’s best-known plays. Theater became a popular pastime. Good performing arts have always been good for the economy. In September, we visited Ashland, OR, jokingly called the “town that Shakespeare […]

Our region’s leaders embrace state Cultural District honor: “A coming of age for us”

Our region’s civic, business and elected leaders embraced the statewide Cultural District honors for Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee in a joint statement on Thursday, calling it a “coming of age for us.” It pointed to the Nevada County Arts Council and cities “working as one,” adding that the designation officially makes the County “a […]

Grass Valley and Nevada City: A Cultural District that rivals a big city

THOUGH IT’S A RURAL REGION, western Nevada County, anchored by historic Grass Valley and Nevada City, is a cultural district that rivals a much bigger city. Nevada City has more than 100 arts and cultural organizations; arts venues that attract the likes of jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, violinist Joshua Bell and singer-songwriter Willie Nelson; famous […]

Sierra Stages presents “Chicago” from July 13-August 5 in Nevada City

SIERRA STAGES BRINGS THE excitement of the hit musical “Chicago” to Nevada City with an all-local Nevada County production playing July 13-August 5 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Originally premiering on Broadway in 1975, “Chicago” is a modern classic of the American musical theatre, with a catchy score by John Kander and […]

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