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THURSDAY

The Nugget Fringe Festival — 5 p.m., Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley. Free opening night from 5 to 10 p.m. Quest Theaterworks presents The 2nd Annual Nugget Fringe Festival Jan.21-31, 2016 at locations throughout Grass Valley and Nevada City. The Nugget Fringe Festival is an un-curated collection of eclectic theater, dance, music, comedy, and spoken word. This year’s festival will include over 100 performers from Nevada County and as far as San Francisco and Los Angeles, presenting upwards of 30 distinct shows, comprising more than 120 performances over 10 days with about 5,000 seats available. This makes The Nugget Fringe Festival one of the largest indoor mountain town arts events in the region.

The Great High School Whodunit — 6 p.m., Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. The Nevada Union Theatre Society is excited to present ‘The Great High School Whodunit’, an audience participation mystery dinner theatre experience. When the fictitious Dudley High School holds an assembly to honor the prestigious Dudley family for their many generous donations to the school, all hell breaks loose. Mrs. Dudley’s diamond ring has been stolen from the school safe, and it’s up to you and your fellow students to solve the mystery by searching for clues hidden around the school. Enjoy dinner and dessert while you interact with and question the many colorful and suspicious students and staff of Dudley High. Test your powers of deduction as you and your table of eight try to gather enough information to put the brazen thief behind bars! This fun and campy show encourages each audience member to become one of the students at Dudley High as table teams try to solve the mystery of who stole the Dudley diamond. Audience members will witness many important events that will reveal clues as to the thiefs identity. But more importantly (and more FUN), table teams will have the opportunity to interrogate suspects as they wind their way through campus looking for clues that will lead them to the criminal. Following the clue hunt, tables will formulate and submit theories based on the evidence they have collected, competing against other tables for the honor of putting the thief behind bars! Tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of 8 and can be purchased online by visiting http://nutheatre.seatyourself.biz. Admission includes dinner, dessert, and beverage..



Yuba Lit — 7 p.m., The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley. A great evening of live literature as Sacramento poet Indigo Moor, Nevada City novelist Josh Weil, and Nevada City memoirist Cris Mulvey read their work. Audience members are encouraged to bring one page or one poem of their own work to share during the opening ‘flash reading’ round. $5 cover benefits the Bear Yuba Land Trust.

FRIDAY




The Nugget Fringe Festival — 5 p.m., Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley. See Thursday’s listings and Page 9 for more info.

Jewelry I and II — 6 p.m., The Curious Forge, 12400 Loma Rica Drive #5, Grass Valley. Jewelry I and II with Karen Olsen Ramsey at The Curious Forge. 2 weekends, take one weekend or both. Basic Jewelry is the first weekend, second weekend on Feb. 5 is Chasing and Repousee. Register on our website on either Jan. 22 or Feb. 5. http://www.thecuriousforge.org.

The Great High School Whodunit — 6 p.m., Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Rd, Grass Valley. see Thursday’s listing.

Etude Brut — 6 p.m, Lucchesi Tasting Room, 128 Mill St., Grass Valley. Etude Brut is an unusual instrumental collaboration, playing a fusion of Indian, Middle Eastern and modal jazz, with Arthur Gould on electric cello/bass and Robbert Trice on harmonica. From 6 till 9 p.m.

Beaucoup Chapeaux At The Classic — 6 p.m., Nevada City Classic Cafe, 216 Broad St, Nevada City. Maggie, Luke, Murray and Randy bring Parisian gypsy musical energy to the Classic for you to enjoy along with Genevieves tapas and wine. for all ages and no cover charge..

Make Your Own Art Paint Party — 6:30 p.m., Sierra Vista Art Center, 55 School St., Rm C4, Colfax. Come home with a finished painting while enjoying a glass of wine with new and old friends. Youll get guidance to create a piece of art youll make yourself. Stretched canvas and art supplies included. $30 reserved seating only. Call Connie 530-273-8886 or Tim at 530-346-8726.

Film Standing Army — 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of the Mountains, 246 South Church St., Grass Valley. The documentary film Standing Army will be shown by the Center for Peace and Justice of Nevada County. Organic popcorn & refreshments will be available. Come enjoy the film, and stay for the facilitated discussion to follow. Standing Army is a 2010 documentary film about the global network of U.S. military bases, the impact that these have on local populations, and the military-industrial complex that lies behind it. The United States has 250,000 soldiers stationed on more than 700 military bases in at least 40 countries across the globe. By donation; no one turned away. (530) 274-1519

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown — 7 p.m, Bear River High School Theater, 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley. BRHS actors and vocalists bring Charles Schulzs classic characters to life–the loveable blockhead, Charlie Brown and loud and bossy Lucy, piano prodigy Schroeder, perfectionist Sally, and blanket-toting Linus. And, of course, theres Snoopy going after the Red Baron. True to the comic strip style, brief vignettes provide glimpses into the lives of these six-year-olds, their challenges, victories, and some crazy ideas that will have the whole family chuckling. Tickets are $10 for adult general seating, $8 for seniors over 60, students and seniors.. 530.823.6782

Spiritual Cinema Movie Night, ‘Kindness Is Contagious’ — 7 p.m., Sierra Center for Spiritual Living, 119 Florence Ave., Grass Valley. This month’s film is a documentary that should be seen by every school aged child in the world, as well as their parents and grandparents. It’s about the exponential, world-altering effects of our simple, day-to-day kindness to one another. This film profiles leading-edge scientists and authors from UC Berkeley, Harvard and everywhere in between, as well as real life people whose lives illustrate their incredible discovery: That kindness is contagious. Street performers, soup kitchen volunteers, police officers, models, CEOs, baseball players, roller girls, concert pianists, artists, and many more tell you their heartfelt stories of kindness and generosity. Free organic popcorn will be available. All are welcome to attend. A Love donation is collected at the door and no one is turned away. Please park at the back of the Vets Building Parking Lot at 255 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley, and follow the path to Florence Ave. and Sierra Center. Handicapped parking is available behind the Florence St. Building..

‘Happy Birthday Janis…Again!’ — 8 pm, Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City. LeGacy brings back their sold out show from last year…’Happy Birthday Janis….AGAIN!’…celebrating the birthday of blues/rock legend Janis Joplin at the historic Nevada Theatre ONE WEEKEND ONLY..January 22 and 23 at 8pm. Starring Sue LeGate Halford in her spot on Janis impersonation, she is joined by Dave and the Cool Beans performing music of the 60’s and 70’s and beyond. Dave Halford leads up the Cool Beans with his searing vocals and rhythm guitar, backed by lead guitar Paul Turner and bass player Steve Sheppard in perfect three part harmony of the Beatles, Badfinger, Doobie Brothers, Credence, Jefferson Airplane and many more. All this to the beat of Nevada County’s virtuoso drumist John Basa. Tickets $20 available at the BookSeller, Harmony Books, online at legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419.

Dress Rehearsal 2016 – ‘Swing to Rock’ — 8:15 p.m., Off Broadstreet Cabaret Dessert Theatre, 305 Commercial St., Nevada City.

Five performers conduct the final rehearsal before the opening of their 1940s, ‘50s & ‘60s musical review in spite of numerous obstacles, including missing performers, the band, an unprepared understudy and the usual snafus that plague most ‘unseasoned’ stage performances. But the local reviewer is present, so ‘The show must go on!’ Dress Rehearsal 2016 features the talents of OBS favorites Kim Wellman, Kate Haight and Darryl Stines, as well as newcomers Ken Miele (Falsettos) and Kelly Taylor (The Producers). The show delivers colorful costumes, zany sight gags and some of the most memorable music of the mid-20th Century. Dress Rehearsal continues Fridays and Saturdays from January 15th through February 20th. Admission is $27. Reservations (530) 265-8686.

World Beatnix — 9 p.m., Elixart, 408 Broad St. #8, Nevada City. The World Beatnix are an original world music dance band. The project is an extension of work based on Michael Dimartino’s world travels and work with the University of California Dance Department in Santa Cruz. Get ready to move, sing and celebrate with a unique blend of musical styles from Afro-beat to Egyptian to the Cajun Bayou. Have fun while dancing and appreciating the rhythms of the world. Instruments include percussion, drums, bass guitar, flute, and saxophone. Shows include dancers and a multimedia presentation. Musicians Re Michael DiMartino, Kit Bailey, Ajeet Campbell, Thomas Spellman & Gary Regina. Bring your dancing shoes! 530-265-1901

SATURDAY

Cars And Coffee Grass Valley — 8 a.m., Daily Donuts-K Mart Shopping Center, Grass Valley.

The Nugget Fringe Festival — 8:30 a.m., Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley. See Thursday’s listing and Page 9 for more information.

Open Auditions for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ — 11 a.m., Sierra Stages, 343 Railroad Ave., Nevada City. Sierra Stages is pleased to announce open auditions for its summer 2016 production of the smash-hit musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, playing from July 14 August 6, 2016 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. All roles are open, including the Audrey II puppeteer. For important information about auditions and scheduling an appointment, please visit http://www.sierrastages.org/auditions.html. If there are questions, please send e-mail to auditions@sierrastages.org or call Sierra Stages at (530) 346-3210..

Basic Word — 11 a.m. Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada. Basic Word Saturday, January 23, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Are you ready to learn M/S Word? Or perhaps you’d like to pick up a few pointers? Please join us in this Basic Word class to get started on learning this very powerful program. We will cover basic word processing techniques. We will also practice using the new techniques you will be learning. No experience using Word is necessary. Bring your positive attitude, and any questions. Madelyn Helling Library, Collaborative Technology Center Class Room.

Wine & Crab Pairing Event — 12 p.m., Sierra Starr, 124 W. Main St, Grass Valley. Sierra Starr Vineyard will be pairing our great wines with tasty crab bites such as cracked crab, crab cakes and crab puffs. Tis the season for crab and we’d like to help you choose the perfect wine when enjoying crab. We’ll also be pouring our other award winning wines during this event for tasting. Stop by and enjoy. $7 for Wine Club Members, $10 General Public. 530-477-8282

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown — 2:00 pm, Bear River High School Theater, 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley. BRHS actors and vocalists bring Charles Schulzs classic characters to life–the loveable blockhead, Charlie Brown and loud and bossy Lucy, piano prodigy Schroeder, perfectionist Sally, and blanket-toting Linus. And, of course, theres Snoopy going after the Red Baron. True to the comic strip style, brief vignettes provide glimpses into the lives of these six-year-olds, their challenges, victories, and some crazy ideas that will have the whole family chuckling. Tickets are $10 for adult general seating, $8 for seniors over 60, students and seniors.. 530.823.6782

The Great High School Whodunit — 6 p.m., Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Rd, Grass Valley. See Friday night’s listings.

Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Jonny Mojo, Sumner Brothers — 6:30 p.m., Auburn Events Center, 145 Elm Ave., Auburn. Take two Americana singer-songwriters, an indie-rock veteran of a drummer, country-born bassist, and metal-bred pedal steel player, and what do you get: the rough-hewn yet driftwood-smooth; rebel-headed, but heart-of-gold, good-ole-boy sound of The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit (TGLTSO). The outfit includes singer-songwriters Chris Doud and Willy ‘T’ Taylor, drummer/artist/rancher Aaron Burtch, Taylor Webster on Bass and vocals, and multi-instrumentalists Matt Cordano and Chandler Pratt. All ages are welcome $10 Advance $15 Day of Show Tickets at Yabobo, Clock Tower Records, Cherry Records, Clock Tower Records, Dimple Records and on-line at http://www.keepsmilinpromotions.com ; phone contact 530-906-7441.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown — 7 p.m., Bear River High School Theater, 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley. See Friday’s listings.

The Center for the Arts Presents An Evening with Cowboy Junkies SOLD OUT but live-streamed on the internet (see Page 8) — 8 p.m, Center for the Arts, 314 W.Main St., Grass Valley. Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer) and Alan Anton (bassist). The Junkies first performed publicly at the Beverley Tavern and other clubs in Torontos Queen Street West, including The Rivoli. Albums like The Caution Horses (1990), Black Eyed Man (1992), Pale Sun, Crescent Moon (1993), Lay It Down (1996) and more recently, Open (2001), One Soul Now (2004), Early 21st Century Blues (2005) and At the End of Paths Taken (2007) chronicle a creative journey reflecting the independent road the band has elected to travel. – See more at: http://thecenterforthearts.org/an-evening-with-cowboy-junkies/#sthash.obLccyQt.dpuf. 6509068296

Nugget Fringe Festival presents: 7 Menus — 8 p.m., 151 Union Square, 151 Mill St., Grass Valley. This One-Act shows a round-robin of relationships at a restaurant table, as demonstrated by a group of friends that change, couple by couple and course by course, throughout several different meals. Show Dates: Jan. 23, 24, 29, and 30 @ 8pm. With the closing show on the 31st @ 2 p.m. Served with dessert.

Dress Rehearsal 2016 – ‘Swing to Rock’ — 8:15 p.m, Off Broadstreet Cabaret Dessert Theatre, 305 Commercial St., Nevada City. See Friday’s listing.

SUNDAY

The Nugget Fringe Festival — 10 a.m., Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley. See thursday’s listing or Page 9 for more information.

Sing along with the Fruit Jar Pickers! — 10 a.m., Rough and Ready Grange Hall, 14550 Rough and Ready Hwy, Rough and Ready. Tap your toes and enjoy old time Gospel, all kinds of Country, Pop, Bluegrass, and Show tunes. You won’t find something like this anywhere else! Coffee and donuts available. You might even win a prize!

Grass Valley Wedding Fair — 12 p.m, Nevada County Fair Grounds, McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley. Planning a wedding or special event? On this special day, the Main Street Center will be transformed showcasing some of the top wedding and event vendors in Nevada County. The Grass Valley Wedding Fair is returning to its original location at The Nevada County Fairgrounds after 30 years! Find everything you need in one relaxed atmosphere. Wedding shows are a great way to meet wedding vendors that will work to achieve the goals you have set for your wedding day as well as a great way to compare services, styles, and prices.

The Taming of the Shrew — 1 p.m, Sierra Cinemas, 840-C East Main St., Grass Valley. Music: Dmitri Shostakovich Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot Estimated Running time: 2 hrs and 5 minutes (125 min) Cast: Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de ballet Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshois audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoi and cannot be seen anywhere else!.

Painted Pin Shwcase — 2 p.m, Powell House, 203 S. Pine, Nevada City. Painted Pin Showcase and Silent Auction. Come see an amazing array of creatively decorated bowling pins!! This fundraising event is an opportunity to support the one on one mentoring programs provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe! The pins will be so gorgeous – you will definitely want to bid on them! Mosaics, bejeweled, fantasy and unique designs in a spectrum of colors.

MONDAY

Argentine Tango classes w/Sean & Juliana Dockery — 6:30 pm, Golden Empire Grange Building, 11363 Grange Ct, Grass Valley, CA, Grass Valley. Monday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. beginners 7:30 – 8:00 short practica 8 to 9 p.m. level two 9 to 10 p.m. practica.

The Nugget Fringe Festival — 6:30 p.m., Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley. See Thursday’s listing or Page 9 for more information.

TUESDAY

The Nugget Fringe Festival — 5 p.m., Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley. See Thursday’s listing or Page 9 for more information.

Acoustic Only Open Mic — 6 p.m., Ol’ Republic Brewery, 124 Argall Way, Nevada City. Musicians of all ages and skill levels are welcome! This is an acoustic only open mic, which means no electric guitars, amps, effects, loop pedals, computers, or prerecorded background tracks of any type. Electric pianos are welcome so long as they are played on a true ‘acoustic piano’ sound setting. Electronic pickups in acoustic instruments are highly encouraged as they make the setup time and sound quality that much better for everyone. Sign up starts at 12 noon at the brewery.

WEDNESDAY

Bible Study Fellowship — 9 a.m., Calvary Bible Church, 11481 State Highway 174, Grass Valley. Bible study of the book of Revelation..

Country Dancing and Lessons — 5 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, 11283 Grange Court, Grass Valley. Magical, fun night of country dance lessons and open dancing – no partner needed! Beginning Western Partner Dance Lessons 5-6pm – includes all Country partner dances plus Country Two Step, Night Club Two Step, Cha Cha, Waltz, Swing and more! Intermediate/Adv – Partner Lessons (announced by email each week) & Open Dancing 6-7pm Open Dancing for Couples and Line Dancers from 7-10pm. Singles welcome! Occasional line dance lessons announced by email. $7 covers the whole evening!.

The Nugget Fringe Festival — 6:30 p.m., Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley. see Thursday’s listing or Page 9 for more information.

Jazz Jam — 6:30 p.m/, The National Hotel Lobby, 211 Broad St., Nevada City. The twice-monthly Jazz Jam is happening in the lounge of the National Hotel in Nevada City on Wednesday, January 27th from 6:30 9:30 p.m. Come to play or to listen. Bring charts for the house band for a couple tunes.


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