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Just announced: Bill Cosby, Mary Chapin Carpenter set to perform in Grass Valley this July

“Very Funny Fellow” Bill Cosby is coming to Grass Valley.

The Center for the Arts announced Wednesday it has booked two more big-name acts for July — comedian, actor and author Cosby, and Mary Chapin Carpenter with Marc Cohn.

An Evening with Bill Cosby will be July 5 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. General admission tickets will be $55 for members, $65 nonmembers for lawn seating or $20 for youth 6-16. There are a limited number of premier seats for $85, which include parking at Lot 1.

Tickets go on sale to members of The Center for the Arts Monday and to the general public May 13.

Cosby broke television’s racial barrier with “I Spy,” becoming the first African American to costar on a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys. He created and produced the Emmy-winning cartoon “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” which began airing in the 1970s and was made into a film in 2004. The show, based on Cosby’s childhood in Philadelphia, was designed to educate and entertain, according to his biography.

He is possibly best known for the popular ’80s sitcom “The Cosby Show.”

In recent years, he has spent time speaking to groups, performing and writing. Cosby’s current best seller is “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was.”

The performance is part of the Center’s “Laughter is the Best Medicine” series supported by Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Executive Director Julie Baker said Wednesday that Mary Chapin Carpenter has been among the top requests she receives from locals when inquiring about booking shows. Drawing on a successful performance by Marc Cohn at the Center’s main stage theatre in January, Baker moved quickly to secure a date on the duo’s Summer Tour.

Carpenter and Cohn will play together on stage July 19 at Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley.

The duo will perform material spanning their vast catalogs, as well as some of their favorite songs, according to the Center.

Tickets are $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers and $65 for VIP, which includes reserved seating and parking.

As with Cosby’s show, tickets go on sale Monday to members and May 13 to the general public.

Tickets for both shows are available at The Center for the Arts Box Office, BriarPatch Co-op and online at http://thecenterforthearts.org.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be contacted at bbentley@theunion.com.


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