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‘Around the World in 80 Days’ and ‘Nunsense’ to grace local stages

Foothill Theatre Company launches the 2005 season with “Around the World in 80 Days.” A preview show is March 10; the play opens March 11 and runs through April 17 at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City.

Performance times: Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets prices are $19 on Thursdays and Sundays, $23 on Fridays and Saturdays, and $12 for the preview performance. Also available are $5 seats for all performances and discounts for seniors, children 6 to 12 years old, students, and groups of 10 or more. Call the box office at 265-8587 or toll free 1 (888) 730-8587 or go online at http://www.foothill theatre.org.

For the March 11 gala of the 2005 season opener, “Around the World in 80 Days,” the Foothill Theatre Company will conduct a whirlwind tour of Nevada City hot spots. We’re going Around the Town in 80 Minutes! Participants in this one-of-a-kind event will purchase a passport, which will admit them to a total of four party destinations around town.

Travelers will journey to three exotic locales before the show (for wine and gourmet nibbles), then to the Nevada Theatre for the Opening Night performance, and finally, after the show, to one last destination for espresso and dessert. With a 20-minute stay at each spot, you really will sail Around the Town in 80 Minutes! Ports of call include Java John’s, Friar Tuck’s, Las Katarinas, Country Rose, Citronee, New Moon Cafe, Mowen/Solinsky Gallery and the Indian Springs Tasting Room! The tour begins Friday, March 11, promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Why is this the best trip you’ll take all year? No visa required; no shots, either; no Dramamine; no jet lag; no bags to check; no anti-American sentiment; you can leave your shoes on; you can drink the water! Black tie invited, but not required. Only a limited number of passports are available at the box office (265-8587), so don’t leave your travel plans till the last minute!


An award-winning comedy, “Nunsense,” begins a six-week run on March 11 at Off Broadstreet, 305 Commercial St., Nevada City.

Showtimes are 8:15 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening through April 16 with the exception of Easter weekend, March 25 and 26.

Also, one Thursday night performance is scheduled for March 31 at

7:15 p.m. and one Sunday matinee on April 10 at 2 p.m. Admission is $18 on Thursdays and Sundays, $20 on Fridays, and $22 on Saturdays. For advance reservations, call 265-8686 or visit http://www.offbroad street.com/


The 15th Annual Bioneers Conference on Film with representative films from the 2004 Conference takes place at Nevada Theatre, 410 Broad St., Nevada City, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 12. Sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute, the conference fee is $20 adult, $10 students. For more information, contact 265-6649, info@sndei.org.


March 12, an all-day event celebrating St. Piran’s Day, is being held downtown Grass Valley. Pasty Olympics, luncheon and tea at the Grass Valley United Methodist church, and more. Tickets $10 at the Book Seller, 107 Mill St. Call 272-2131 for more information.


Celtic Wonder Band invites everyone to “come sing, dance, and party” at the Halla Na Cloch Pub, March 17, 6:30 p.m., Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. $15 adult, $8 children 12 and under. Call 272-4695 or online at http://www.celticwonderband.com.

Tickets at Yabobo in Nevada City, and at BriarPatch and The Book Seller in Grass Valley.


Open mike at The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, Tyler Foote Road, San Juan Ridge, March 18 at 7 p.m. $ 3 Donation. For more information, call 265-2826 or e-mail ncscc@nccn.net


A Joni Mitchell Tribute at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley is set for March 18 and 19 and is a Saul Rayo production. $18 admission.


The 16th annual Mind/Body/Spirit Health Fair is being held March 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and March 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City, as a benefit for the Foundry. Cost is $5. Included are the intuitive arts, complementary and integrative health fields and energy healing arts, with therapists, holistic healers, astrologers, psychic and tarot readers, aura camera and naturapaths being represented. Products will be available to buy, techniques available to experience and food to eat. Call 265-5040 for more information and for vendor applications.


Blues pianist legend Willy “Big Eyes” Smith Blues Band will play March 24 at the Center for the Arts, Grass Valley. The 91-year-old Willy Perkins is one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen still performing and is the 2005 recipient of the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 8 p.m., $20 tickets at Music Today, (800) 595-8499.


April 1-3 is the 22nd annual Teddy Bear Convention at the Miners Foundry, Nevada City. Check online at http://www.teddybearcastle.com.


Music in the Mountains begins its seven-performance 2005 Spring Fest on April 1 with an opening night preconcert party April 1, 6 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. with “Mozart to Broadway” at the Amaral Family Festival Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. Order tickets online http://www.musicinthemountains.org, by calling 26506124 or (800) 218-2188, or at the MIM office, noon-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, 530 B Searls Ave., Nevada City.

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