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Mad Dash returns to Carlos’ Restaurant

After a successful show last weekend, Mad Dash has been invited to return to Carlos Restaurant, 102 E. Main St., Grass Valley, Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Britni Fitzgerald is on vocals performing classic rock, top 40 and originals. $3 cover. 273-8111 for more information.

Ghost Riders to play at National Hotel

Ghost Riders plays at the historic National Hotel, 211 Broad St., Nevada City, Saturday and Sunday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. No cover. They will be back same time, same place on March 26 and 27. Call 265-2445 for more information.

Disabled artists show work in Benecia

Seven disabled artists from the Neighborhood Center of the Arts in Grass Valley will join with 28 other such artists Sunday, 2-5 p.m., at the public reception of their art exhibit at the Arts Benecia Gallery in Benecia.

The curated exhibit of so-called outsider art features 125 works from Northern California and runs through April 17.

Outsider art, also called raw art, is created by artists outside of mainstream, academic artistic traditions and training, and includes artists with developmental disabilities. It has grown in popularity with art collectors over the last 20 years and its selling price has increased.

The title of the exhibition, “Compelled to Create,” refers to artistic voices that come straight from their source without encountering distractions of self-consciousness or the inhibitions that mainstream artists must deal with.

The local artists include Larry Mills, Helen Powell, Roberta Beauchamp, Barbie Wilkins, Diana Bouchie, Maria Brocke and Spencer McClay.

Says NCA executive director Glen Baird, “This is a wonderful opportunity to show the Bay Area art world that the work being produced at NCA is world class. We are thrilled that our local artists have this opportunity to be exhibited alongside some of the most famous outsider artists in the world today.”

For more information, call 272-7287 or Arts Benicia at (707) 747-0131, or visit on the Web.

Swing dance Saturday at NU

Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m. the “Starlight Swing Dance” takes place in the Nevada Union High School’s multipurpose room, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. The Nevada Union Jazz Band and Ed Zubov & EZ Swing are playing.

Tickets – $15 adults, $10 student – may be purchased at the door or at the Nevada City Postal Co., and in Grass Valley at Odyssey Books and The Book Seller. Proceeds benefit the band program. Call the school, 273-4431, ext. 308, for information.

‘Young at Art’ comes to Rood Center

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, the public is invited to see the largest annual student art show in the county. Hundreds of pieces from artists K-12 can be viewed at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave. (off Highway 49), in Nevada City.

The exhibit, which continues through May 27, features painting, drawings, collage, mixed media, photography, ceramics and more.

“This is an amazing and inspiring showcase of student creativity in our schools,” says exhibition curator and Nevada County School Arts Liaison Paul Harrar. “It exemplifies the high quality of visual arts instruction students receive and our schools’ continued commitment to the arts in these disheartening budgetary times.” He suggests that parents and grandparents ask their young artists for a guided tour at the Saturday Open Gallery.

Schools in the public and private sector, home study programs, and community educational programs were invited to exhibit.

The exhibit may also be viewed during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.

‘Pirates’ at Magnolia tonight, Friday

Magnolia Intermediate School Players presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” today and Friday at 7 p.m. on the Magnolia School stage, 22431 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley.

“Pirates” is a silly romp filled with not-so-successful pirates, fair but feisty maidens, and a drill team of constables determined to return peace to the seaside village of Penzance.

Under the direction of Nicole Marcal of Auburn, with Magnolia Choir Director Anne Vaaler providing musical direction and Julia Rath providing choreography, 42 students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades are adding their own creativity to this production.

Admission is free, with seating on a first come basis. Call the school at 268-2815.

Grass Valley artists display quilts

An exhibit by quilt artists Charlotte Patera and Joan Dyer, both of Grass Valley, continues through April 7 at The Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Call 885-2787 for more information.

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