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January 3, 2013
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New year kicks off with wide selection of events

January is here. After most survive the physical, emo-
tional and financial onslaught of the holidays, life typically slows down.

Not western Nevada County. This week’s Prospector features a mix of great activities. Not even a week after New Year’s and there are still plenty of entertainment and arts events from which to choose. Although the Steve Earle concert at The Center for the Arts was sold out months ago, there are still the jams of San Francisco’s Moonalice and the rocking Elvis tribute with the Chillbillies to choose from in Grass Valley. For younger crowds, The Stonehouse is making a name for itself in the dance, reggae and fringe music scenes.

If you resolved to get more creative in 2013, there are classes and workshops for pottery, writing or acting. Next week, Sierra Stages will host open auditions for their summer production of the Tony Award-winning “Avenue Q.”

Sierra Cinemas and Music in the Mountains will present another opera live via The Metropolitan Opera. Local expert John Deaderick helps clue in non-aficionados on why it’s worth the trip to Del Oro Theatre Saturday morning to experience “‘Les Troyens” for yourself.

Environmental activism, which will take center stage at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival next week (Jan. 10-13), is explored by Chuck Jaffee in a review of two films that will play at the festival. Jaffee interviews Jon Bowermaster, who scripted and directed a film that uses the power of music to get New York Governor Mario Cuomo to ban fracking.

Get a glimpse of the top picks from KVMR DJs for 2012 music. Prospector and KVMR have partnered to create a new On the Air feature. It will highlight DJs, special segments and events happening at the community radio station.

Speaking of collaboration, the Artist Studios in the Foothills (ASiF) is reaching out to local businesses to expand art into the community. Check out Saturday’s Spotlight page for information.

2013 is off to a strong start. From great local musicians to art shows to events and big name acts already booked to perform in the community in the next two months, it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. It is easy to take for granted all that happens around the area. Get out and enjoy all that our community has to offer!

To contact Features Editor Brett Bentley, email or call (530) 477-4219.

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The Union Updated May 9, 2013 02:51PM Published Jan 3, 2013 07:22AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.