Annual benefits return to the area
Forty-seven youth from the Nevada County Performing Arts Guild will be in “Rhythms on Broadway VI” the first two weekends in March at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.
The 8- to 15-year-olds will perform in musical production numbers and short skits and monologues. The numbers incorporate such songs as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Stars,” “Anything You Can Do,” “Cabaret,” “All That Jazz,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “The Telephone Hour” and highlights from “The Phantom of the Opera.” The short skits and monologues are from “Annie,” “Quilters” and “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” Also featured will be a male chorus line, dancing to Louis Armstrong’s “Mame.”
Mila Johansen and Paulette Rudolph co-direct, with musical accompaniment and direction by Beverly Marks.
Performances are March 5 and 12 at 7 p.m., and March 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. The Foundry is at 325 Spring St., Nevada City.
Advance admission is $8 general, $7 for seniors and students, and $4 for children 12 and under. Admission at the door is $9 general, $8 seniors and students, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are at Harmony Books, Odyssey Books, BriarPatch, The Book Seller and Record Connection. Group rates are offered for every performance.
For more information or reservations, call Rudolph at 273-4254 or 277-7100.
Several area dance groups featuring children and adults will be in the second annual “The Starz Show” March 5-6 and March 12-14. Presented by and at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, “The Starz Show” includes performances by Expressions School of Dance, Sierra Dance Institute, Lovie Bucknell’s modern dance students at Sierra College, Movement Alliance, Glass Bead Players, Earth Rhythms, Tribal Fusion, Nevada County Tommy-knocker Cloggers’ adult and youth groups, Seven Hills Middle School dance department, Venus-Serpentina, Troupe Al Alma & Moving Ground with Jacqui Bucknell, Anya Devi, Natina Pistone’s students, Jitterbugs Inc. and flamenco dancer Drea Pacot.
Sierra Dance Institute’s owner and teacher, George Jayne, is the artistic director; Jon Blinder, the center’s president of the board of directors, is producer.
Reserved seating tickets are on sale at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.
Proceeds will go to the center and a new community dance scholarship fund.
Call the center at 274-8384 for more information.
Twenty-two area restaurants and 23 area wineries will offer tastings at the annual Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on March 6.
A benefit for Music in the Mountains and the Grass Valley Downtown Association, Foothills Celebration is from 1 to 4 p.m.
Some of the venues will also host entertainment by Cool Heat (jazz), On the Loose (bluegrass), Kindred Spirit (Celtic), Foothill Express (barbershop) and Harmony & Company (country).
Other benefit components are an art show and a raffle with prizes, such as a gourmet dinner for 10 at the Swan Levine House, a bed-and-breakfast overnight stay at Piety Hill with dinner at the Swiss House and lunch at the South Pine Street Café, and two season tickets for Music in the Mountains Summer Fest plus a case of wine.
Admission includes unlimited wine-tasting, a wine glass, four food-tasting tickets and entertainment for $25 in advance or $30 that day. Additional food-tasting tickets can be purchased on March 6. Raffle tickets can be purchased before and on March 6 at Heart & Home, 124 Mill St. in Grass Valley, and at Music in the Mountains’ box office at 530 Searls Ave. in Nevada City.
Advance tickets are at all Citizens Bank branches, Grass Valley/Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Grass Valley Downtown Association, Odyssey Books, The Book Seller, Music in the Mountains office, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Pleasant Valley Pharmacy and Mike’s Alta Sierra Market. Tickets can be purchased on March 6, starting noon at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., or at the Old Post Office, 131 S. Auburn St., both locations in Grass Valley.
Call 265-6124 or (800) 218-2188 for tickets or information.
Also on March 6 will be the third annual Starlight Ball, which is the Nevada Union High School instrumental music department’s main fund-raiser.
From 6 to 10 p.m., the benefit will include a buffet dinner, dance and auction. Student ensembles perform chamber-style music during dinner, followed by two jazz bands and a jazz combo playing dance music until 10 p.m. Professional musicians Bill Douglass and Robert Claire will also present an improvisational demonstration with the jazz combo.
Admission is $25 for dinner and the dance, or $10 for the dance only. This alcohol-free event is open to all ages.
Tickets are at the Music in the Mountains box office, Nevada City Postal Company, Odyssey Books and the Book Seller.
Call 478-1109 for more information.
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