NCArts’ Salon Series returns Tuesday to continue celebrating creativity |

NCArts’ Salon Series returns Tuesday to continue celebrating creativity

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What: NCArts Salon with D.R. Wagner and Pat Grizzell

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22

Where: The Center for the Arts (Granucci Room)

Tickets: Available at the Door $10 GA; $7 members of NCArts

NCArts’ continuing Salon Series returns Tuesday with artistic luminaries D.R. Wagner and Pat Grizzell. Recognized the world over for their talents, they will appear for one night only in Nevada County.

Leading the audience on a journey of creative collaboration featuring music, poetry, prose and the discussion of the creative process, these two extraordinary artists should provide an evening of magical inspiration.

Wagner is a musician, singer-songwriter, author, textile artist, poet and professor at UC Davis. He has written more than 20 books of poetry and letters and founded two publishing houses, including the Runcible Spoon. He has read his poetry with Jim Morrison of The Doors, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael McClure and many other poets over the past 40 years. He has exhibited visual art and poetry with the likes of William Burroughs, Byron Gysin, Ian Hamilton Finlay and others at venues ranging from the Louvre to the Smithsonian. His most recent books include a collection of his poetry and photographs of his tapestries for Rattlesnake Press, entitled “Where the Stars are Kept.” Due out this year is a chapbook, “Personal Archeology,” from Bottle of Smoke press in Dover, Del.

As a visual artist, he has more than 30 solo exhibitions and more than 100 group shows. In addition to holding a professorship in the Design department of UC Davis, Wagner is also a professional musician, working as a singer-songwriter and playing both guitar and keyboards. He is currently working on a recording of his original compositions for vocal music with his band, R. Spoon.

Grizzell is a poet, songwriter and visual artist. His books include “Dark Music: Selected Poems and Stories,” “Chicken Months” and “The Goat of Esmeralda.” He collaborated with painter Jim Suzuki on a chapbook of sumi paintings and poetry entitled “Minotaure Into Night.” Grizzell was the founding member and previous director of the Sacramento Poetry Center. He has performed poetry and music with Allen Ginsburg, Gary Snyder, Leon Redbone, Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin, Taj Mahal and Anne Waldman.

He currently performs his original music both as a solo act and with his band Junkyard Burlesque.

Together, Wagner and Grizzell will create a unique evening of music and words and will engage the audience with an examination of the creative life.

NCArts is a member-supported organization facilitating collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social, and economic life of our community.

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