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 […]

Julie Baker Projects growing; and The Center’s “Julie Baker Innovation Fund”

Julie Baker, the former executive director of The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, continues to sign up clients for her new Julie Baker Projects consulting agency. Meanwhile, The Center has announced the “Julie Baker Innovation Fund” in honor of her ” leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and risk taking” during her tenure as executive director from 2009-2017.  Baker’s […]

Exclusive: Big plans for iconic Nevada County Bank building in downtown Grass Valley

The iconic Nevada County Bank building in downtown Grass Valley has sold, and the new owners have imaginative plans for the historic building, Sierra FoodWineArt magazine has learned. The new owners are longtime locals Craig Hamilton and Lore Reynolds-Hamilton. The husband-and-wife team have a knack for renovating historic residences and commercial buildings in our area […]

Arts Calendar: Evolution of Organic, Pink Martini, and Wild & Scenic Art

EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC FILMMAKER MARK KITCHELL (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) presents a new film “Evolution of Organic,” Monday, October 23, at 7:45 p.m. at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. “It’s the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual […]

The Center for the Arts’ plan for a dynamic, $3.8 million makeover

FRESH FROM HELPING NEVADA COUNTY become a prestigious state Cultural District, The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley is launching its first-ever capital campaign to transform its downtown facility into a dynamic, state-of-the-art performance center that maintains an intimate ambiance, our magazine has learned. The improvements, estimated to cost $3.8 million, will help cement […]

“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 […]

David Lance Goines illustrated cookbooks for Alice Waters

Legendary restaurateur and chef Alice Waters and renowned graphic artist David Lance Goines met during the Berkeley Free Speech Movement in the ‘60s, and the two have remained close friends. Goines has created commemorative posters for Waters’ Chez Panisse restaurant and illustrated many of her cookbooks. Some of his Chez Panisse posters are in the […]

Alice Waters’ call to support our farmers

Restaurateur and chef Alice Waters “Tweeted” a few words for Amazon’s CEO in the wake of its $13.4 billion buyout of Whole Foods Market: Dear Jeff Bezos, With the acquisition of Whole Foods — and the ubiquitous network of Amazon – you have an unprecedented opportunity to change our food system overnight. It is time […]

Center for the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker to step down

The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley (“the Center”) today announced that Executive Director Julie Baker has decided to step down on September 15. After 8 years of overall leadership of the non-profit organization, Julie is looking forward to focusing on her passion for the arts without day-to-day management responsibilities. The Center’s Board of Directors […]

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 […]

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