Our Towns

THORTON WILDER’S CLASSIC “OUR TOWN”chronicles life in a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. Like the fictional Grover’s Corners in Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, our region’s small towns — Loomis and Lincoln in the valley, Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City in the foothills, and Truckee in the High Sierra — […]

Sierra Stages presents James and the Giant Peach from July 12-August 4

THIS COMING SUMMER, SIERRA STAGES is proud to present the musical “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” on four weekends from July 12-August 4 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. The musical—based on the book “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl — is guaranteed to mesmerize theatergoers of all ages. […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Chicago”: One of Sierra Stages’ best productions in its nine-year history

Our region’s arts and culture scene recently has been basking in the sunlight. In July, the California Arts Council named 14 statewide Cultural Districts, and Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee were included in the elite group. The same week the iconic California WorldFest drew big crowds to the Nevada County Fairgrounds for headliners such as […]

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

THIS SUMMER, 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. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, “Chicago” tells the story of Roxie Hart, a chorus girl who murders her lover. Desperate to avoid […]

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 […]

Exclusive: Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee recommended for designation as Cultural Districts

Grass Valley-Nevada City in the Gold Country, and Truckee in the High Sierra are among the 14 finalists recommended for designation as State Cultural Districts, a major coup for the region, Sierra FoodWineArt has learned. The recommendation was included in an agenda packet for the California Arts Council’s upcoming board meeting, which was quietly posted […]

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 […]

Sierra Stages’ “End Games”: poignant and entertaining

We thoroughly enjoyed Sierra Stages production of “End Days” this weekend at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.  “Waiting for Wednesday,” when the Rapture is supposed to arrive, has never been so funny  — and touching. In this poignant, five-cast member play — the first production of its ninth season — Sierra Stages continues to delight its […]

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