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Evening offers close-up look at creative process

Friday is the evening to join an intimate setting as musicians in the Nevada County Composer’s Cooperative perform and discuss their “Works in Process.”

Held at Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring St. Nevada City, at 7, the evening includes five of the county’s most creative, innovative composers – “an oddly heterogeneous group,” says one of them, Jay Sydeman, that includes “Mark Vance with his finely crafted neo-romantic flavor; Jerry Grant with his extensive film background; Mikail Graham, who is ‘Mr Technological- innovation himself’; Randy Mckean, whose literary and musical inventions seem boundless; and yours truly, who, after 50 years has tried it all and just keeps on trying.”

Sound like fun? If selling out is any indication, yes, as these gatherings mostly do. People love to ask questions and get an up-close and personal look into the creative process. So best call (530) 478-0983 for reservations now. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 students and includes wine and appetizers.

Maggie McKaig and band to appear at 2 area concerts

Maggie McKaig and her band Storm Session are getting around these days. They played at BriarPatch’s Harvest Fair recently and now are heading out of town to play in Chico tonight, Mount Shasta Friday and Weaverville Saturday.

“Storm Sessions” is the band’s latest CD. McKaig herself plays guitar and sings harmony with flutist Mary Youngblood.

One of the two concerts the musicians will play at in the area is Save Ourselves: 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m. Call (916) 984-9379 or go to for details (also on the Web at

The other concert is on Nov. 6, 7 p.m., at the Sacramento City College Cultural Awareness Center. Call (916) 558-2575 for information or go online at

– The Union staff

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