The Center for the Arts announces inaugural season lineup for “The New Center”

The Center for the Arts announced its inaugural 2019/2020 season lineup on Monday — the first time The Center announced a full season at once. Other shows could be added later, however. Putting together an annual season of performance and visual arts can be likened to preparing a 10-course meal for royalty. Every detail must […]

Grass Valley: Revitalizing the historic downtown

NOWHERE IS THE THEME “what’s old is new again” more prevalent than in Grass Valley, the Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills. The Center for the Arts and historic Holbrooke Hotel are undergoing major renovations. Another historic building, the Nevada County Bank Building, is being transformed into a retail center, and new businesses are […]

Music in the Mountains joins The Center’s “Company in Residence” program

THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS are collaborating in a new program that gives MIM a brand new home for some of its classical music programs. The pioneering deal between the region’s two arts and culture stalwarts underscores growing collaboration among our performing arts groups, providing an economic benefit. The Center’s […]

The Center for the Art’s Renovation

Since 2000, the nonprofit Center for the Arts has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming. The Center typically presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. It is now undergoing a $4.3 million renovation of its multi-use 21,000-sq.-ft. facility […]

California WorldFest: A Journey Around the World

CALIFORNIA WORLDFEST, THE ANNUAL celebration of global music, offers an ideal setting to discover new cultures through music. Now in its 23rd year, the music festival returns to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on July 11-14 with a stellar lineup. More than 50 artists from around the world perform music on eight different […]

Visit Grass Valley: A postcard-perfect Gold Rush town

NESTLED IN THE HEART OF the Sierra Foothills, Grass Valley is a postcard-perfect historic Gold Rush town. It offers a window into the past while featuring the best of the present: unique stores, wine and beer tasting, art galleries and top- notch restaurants and entertainment. The central streets are Mill and Main, anchored by the […]

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, […]

Below the snow belt: Satellite ski towns

“SATELLITE SKI COMMUNITIES ARE THE new dream,” according to Powder magazine Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski towns still have easy access, a vibrant cultural scene, and are more affordable. The foothills is blessed with an abundance of them: AUBURN ExploreAuburnCa.com Auburn helped bring skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn […]

Hotels & Wineries Double as Art Galleries

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites is becoming an “art hotel.” Embracing the recent state Cultural District designation, the owners plan to display local artwork throughout the hotel, including at its 1,300-square- foot event center. Each month, the hotel will feature a different artist or collaboration of artists. It also will host artist receptions. “We’re thrilled to […]

Meet the Rainmakers: People who are bolstering our food, wine & art economy

Our small towns are thriving, thanks to some innovative entrepreneurs, chefs, winery owners, arts leaders and dealmakers. JORDAN FIFE The ebullient hotelier is helping to revitalize the National Hotel in Nevada City and The Holbrooke in Grass Valley — two of our region’s most historic hotels. “We are excited to be entrusted with the restoration […]

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