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!Akimbo plays dance music at Cooper’s Friday

!Akimbo plays world fusion dance music with Caribbean/African and Latin rhythms, perfect for all-ages outdoor events.

The eclectic group has eight years of experience playing at clubs, private events and festivals throughout the state.

The group plays Friday at Cooper’s Saloon at 235 Commercial St. in Nevada City. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and will go until about 1 a.m.

Their CD’s include: “!Akimbo” in 1996; “Here With Us” in 2000; and “Bones Don’t Lie” in 2003.

Benefit helps Dyken band member

Saul Rayo and Cocina Del Mundo will be hosting a benefit for Clan Dyken band member Gary Dyken and his wife, Linda, whose house burned down last year.

The all-ages event will be held at Seaman Lodge in Nevada City’s Pioneer Park from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Performers include Saul and Cocina Del Mundo, Bodhi Busick and Cosmic Wobble.

There is a suggested donation of $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, call 913-6397.

‘The Man Show’ exhibit continues through Feb. 4

“The Man Show” exhibition from the men of the Neighborhood Center of the Arts continues through Feb. 4.

Exhibitors include Larry Mills, whose art has been in many U.S. shows and in Brussels, Belgium; and Spencer McClay, well known for his work with fiber.

The gallery is at 200 Litton Drive, Suite 12, in Grass Valley and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 272-7287 for more information.

Special Community Spirit Dance scheduled

The South Yuba Club has cancelled Michael Stone’s classes for Jan. 14 and the Sweat Your Prayers for Jan. 16. Therefore, this crisis is being turned into an opportunity by presenting this special event, a Special Community Spirit Dance.

The Elks Club has the only truly sprung wood floor in the area. If you have never danced on one, this is your chance. It is a beautiful large hall that holds up to 400 people. The event is Friday at the Elks, 109 School St. in Grass Valley.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with an introduction; registration and potluck dinner are at 7 p.m.; dancing begins at 8:30. For more information, call 477-7757.

S.F. band Syncrosystem plays in support of debut album

Syncrosystem, a five-piece world fusion band from San Francisco, will be performing at Cooper’s Saloon located at 235 Commercial St., Nevada City, Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Syncrosystem is playing in support of its debut album titled “Bodies in Motion.”

The group features guitarist Peter Gross, a member of Oakland-based Otis Goodnight and a former member of the Alice DiMicele band, and percussionist and Putamayo recording artist Julian Gerstin, formerly of Kotoja and Zulu Spear. It also features up and coming instrumentalist Christian Runge on Lap Steel and mandolin.

For more information, go to http://www.syncrosystem.net or call Christian Runge at (415) 794-1416.

Impressionist details recent American past

Wendy Detweiler was always an active person, so when she became disabled in 1997, the lack of vitality got to her.

Fortunately for the art world, she turned to painting and startled herself when she sold one of her first works early on. Those works come from the mental pictures of the United States she absorbed during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, which she now paints in a folk-art style.

“I do people, places and things,” she said, and you can see 23 of her paintings now through Jan. 24 for free at The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

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