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The year of arts and entertainment

Wow, what a year.

Just when I think Nevada County has seen it all, more entertainment acts are announced, new events are created and old favorites somehow get bigger and better.

Before 2013 comes to a close, I’d like to give a shout-out to a few organizations who made this year stand out.



On the music front, the Center for the Arts, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, InConcert Sierra and Music in the Mountains have truly put Nevada County on the map. We have been graced with more talent this year than some larger cities.

From classic to world to rock ‘n’ roll music, these organizations have created buzz among artists, helping to attract a caliber of music to our little community that is often only enjoyed by the likes of San Francisco and New York.




Our community theater companies stand out among the rest as well. With no fewer than six companies, there is always a production to choose from.

Apparently this hasn’t gone unnoticed. Our community brought home eight out of 34 Ellys — from local companies, including Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, Synthetic Unlimited, Sierra Stages and Quest Theaterworks.

Hosted by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance, the annual Elly awards were given to individuals and companies from across a 10-county region.

And that doesn’t include the Elly Lifetime Achievement award for local Rodger Hoopman, who was honored at this year’s Sept. 22 ceremony. Looking ahead, there are big things on the horizon for Nevada County theater companies, including Synthetic Unlimited’s new blackbox theater space, announcements of the upcoming productions and more.

Local visual artists have also made a mark this year, with more shows, collaborations and events to drive attention to the wealth of artists we have in the county. The First Friday Art Walks in Nevada City and the Art OnSite/Tribute Trail have been a great additions to our artistic community.

The Artist Studio in the Foothills offered collaborations with local winery tasting rooms, Art Works Co-op’s benefit shows and much, much more.

Already for 2014, there is the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to on the way, along with welcoming Grammy-winning American classical pianist Emanuel Ax to town Jan. 7, thanks to InConcert Sierra (see the next issue of Prospector for full details).

Thank you to all the organizations and individuals who make our community thrive with arts and entertainment!

As you plan to send off 2013, please remember to be safe and responsible. I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I have not lost a family member or friend to drunken driving. But I have been on plenty of accident scenes where drugs or alcohol were a factor.

There’s too much to look forward to in 2014 to risk losing it on one bad decision.

As you celebrate the holidays with friends this week and make plans for New Year’s Eve, please remember that CoRR, a Coalition partner, will once again be sponsoring Safe Taxi on New Year’s Eve. CoRR granted vouchers to Macy Gold Country Cab to provide rides to residents to reduce the amount of impaired drivers on the roads. If you need a safe ride home, call 530-274-TAXI or 530-274-8294 for Gold Country Cab & Courier.

Have a happy and safe 2014!

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at bbentley@theunion.com or by calling 530-477-4219.


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