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The Center for the Arts presents Canadian pianist Mimi Blais in a return appearance Friday. Blais has some fascinating nicknames: The female Victor Borge, the Céline Dion of the keyboard, the French Canadian Liberacette … but the one she’s proud to wear for the past 15 years is “The New Queen of Ragtime.”

While she’s been classically trained and has spanned musical traditions with her playing, it is her skill at ragtime that has brought her invitations and ovations.

But that’s not all; she’s funny too, a comedian who sings and plays and keeps everyone in high spirits.



The venue for this performance is Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be bought online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.musictoday.com or call 800-594-8499. Tickets can also be purchased at Yabobo, Nevada City, 478-9114; BriarPatch Community Market, Grass Valley, 272-5333; The Book Seller, Grass Valley, 272-2131; Cherry Records, Auburn, 823-2147. Call the Center at 271-7000 for more ticket information.

Wisdom’s hip hop returns to area




Coming off a successful western states tour, the Wisdom Creations Band returns to Nevada City, playing Cooper’s, at 235 Commercial St., Friday, 9:30 p.m.

The combination of Wisdom’s conscious positive message, fused with hip hop, reggae and Latin rhythms, appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

The band features vocalist, lyricist and composer Tevya Jones (known to his fans as Wisdom); keyboardist Gabriel Butler; bass prodigy and son of Tito Garcia (former lead singer of Santana) Luis Garcia; world-renowned percussionist Mingo Lewis Jr.; underground lyricist JC; and 1998 California state Gospel Drumming Champion Thomas McCree.

Having performed at several festivals, including Cyberfest 2004 and Earthdance International Festival, the group received high praise after its appearance at the Reggae on the River Festival. Said the producer of that legendary gathering, Carol Bruno, “Conscious, lyrical, cutting edge hip-hop laced with reggae dancehall beats … Look out for these guys!”

There is a $5 general admission. For more information, call 265-0116.


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