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Twin Cities Concert Association to open season

Twin Cities Concert Association will open its season Oct. 20 with the return of classical guitarists Jose Luis Merlin from Spain and Lou V. Johnson of Grass Valley.

This concert also is the first stop on Merlin’s West Coast tour.

“Merlin and Johnson join us for a spectacular afternoon of classical guitar,” said Ken Hardin, the concert association’s artistic director. “Enjoy the collaboration of two exceptional and passionate talents combining impressions of their countries, values and beliefs while performing their own exquisite compositions, both separately and together.”

The 2 p.m. concert is at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley. A preconcert forum is at 1:15 p.m., and a complimentary reception follows the concert.

Admission is $14 adults, $12 seniors, $5 college students with ID (at door only), and free for children ages 5 to 17. Tickets are at Mailboxes, Etc., Record Connection and Harmony Books.

Call 470-9454 for more information.

In related news, Johnson’s fourth CD, “Goodbye to Mexico,” is on the Internet at

Fubar Repertory Theatre to hold open auditions

The first production of Fubar Repertory Theatre in January will double as the first performance to be presented at Center for the Arts’ Black Box performance space in the back of the venue, according to theater co-founder Alexi Bonifield.

The theater company will debut with the zany British one-act “Black Comedy” by Peter Shaffer and the dark one-act “Ventriloquism Made Easy” by Nevada County playwright John Sandoval. The show will run from Jan. 17-19 and from Jan. 24-26.

Fubar Repertory Theatre was created by local actors Bonifield and Jimmy McCammon “to appeal to a modern hip audience and will offer plays dealing with adult issues and humor, frequently R-rated,” Bonifield said.

Auditions to fill eight roles for the first production will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Sierra College Nevada County campus.

Bonifield said any adults who want “to take chances as actors and strive to provide high quality entertainment,” regardless of experience, are encouraged to audition.

Bring a monologue; cold readings will also be conducted at the auditions.

For more information, call director-producer Bonifield at 271-5955 or co-producer McCammon at 432- 2523.

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