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16. February

Goldancers Squaredance Club of Nevada City- advance workshop 6:30-7 p.m., two plus tips with one advance tip 7-9:30 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Lane, Grass Valley. Caller is Scott Pearce. 272-2111 or 272-2445.



George Souza- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Karaoke- hosted by Nichole at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.




Open Mic- for all ages hosted by Ray of Light takes place at The Beat in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

George Souza- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 6 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

John Girton- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover. 265-9093.

Kelly Fleming & Friends- perform at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 8:30 p.m. $4-cover. 265-0116.

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17. February

International Folk Dancing- takes place at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Nevada City. Doors open 7:45 p.m., dance lessons from Greece and Eastern Europe 8-9 p.m. dancing until 10:30 p.m. Visitors and beginners welcome. Partners not needed, all ages welcome. Admission by donation. 272-2149.

Wine Tasting Benefit- for Hospitality House takes place at Jason’s StudioCafe in Grass Valley, 6-8 p.m. Must be 21 or older. Free. Each attendee will get two free tastes of new wines from winemaker Alex Cose. Full glasses will be available for purchase. 134 S. Auburn St. 273-7057.

A Night in Sorento- takes place at the Gold Country Community Center, 5:30 p.m. Strolling musicians will perform during a spaghetti and meatball dinner. Tickets $12-members, $15-non members. 273-4961.

Greg Haynes- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Robert Jones- performs at The Beat in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

Karaoke- hosted by Rick continues at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

Teresita- performs regional songs from Mexico at Amigos & Company in Grass Valley, 6 p.m. No cover. 108 E. Main St.

Peter Wilson and Martin Holland- perform vocals, guitar, harmonica and electric bass guitar at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050.

Jeff Jones Band- perform at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.

George Souza- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 265-9093.

Ghost Riders- perform dance music at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 265-4551.

Lucchesi Vineyards- tastings, daily, 11 a.m.-dark, 167 Mill St., Grass Valley.

Madwoman of Chaillot- by Jean Giraudoux, directed by Sands Hall will be performed at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $12. 274-8384.

Mystery Dinner Theater- Sierra Pines Community Players presents “Reading Aunt Louise’s Will” at Sierra Pines United Methodist Church. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $18-Friday and Saturday, $12-Sunday. 268-3010.

Who The Hell Is Holly Miller?- the heartwarmingly funny musical comedy revue by John Driscoll returns to Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. Who The Hell Is Holly Miller? chronicles the rise of an unknown singing sensation from anonymity to obscurity. The action takes place during a concert tour stop in out-of-the-way Pinedale, Wyo., where Holly and her band entertain the locals with their assortment of songs. During the performance, there are flashbacks and interview sequences that tell the story of how the small town girl with big dreams got to this memorable night. Performances are 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 4, Thursday, Feb. 2, and Sunday Feb. 12. Tickets Thursday and Sunday $19, Friday and Saturday $23. Limited seating, advance reservations strongly recommended. 265-8686.

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18. February

Jaon Bechtel and Linda Cohen- will be discussing their book “Motherhood Confidential” at Book Seller in Grass Valley, 3:30 p.m. Free. Refreshments will be served. 107 Mill St. 272-2131 3:30pm – 5:00pmhttp://www.MotherhoodConfidential.com

Ballroom Dancing- 7-10 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley. Live music. All ages welcome. Singles or couples. $6. 272-4190.

Kids Movie Matinee Day- takes place at Word-A-Live! Church in Penn Valley. All ages welcome (under 5 will need a chaparone). Two full length movies on a big screen. Free. 10528 Spenceville Road. 432-9155. 1:00pm – 5:00pm

“Life Saving Adventures in Uganda”- Dr. Jean Creasey and Dr. Craig Creasey will share some of their experiences with us at Banner Grange in Grass Valley. Refreshments 9:30 a.m., program 10 a.m.

Sky Watch- 7 p.m., old Nevada City Airport.

Valentine Erotique Poetry Reading and Art Show- takes place at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Featured writers are Molly Fisk, Steve Sanfield, Jeff Kane, Kate Dwyer, Chip Spann, Max Kahn and The Ear Reverend JW Wright. Tickets $8-members, $10-general. 265-2826.

Melissa Mitchell- performs at The Beat in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

Greg Haynes- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Karaoke- hosted by Cindy Kolari and Richard Lopez takes place at Stinky Mulligan Sports Bar & Grill, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover. 10934 Combie Road. 268-4792.

Karaoke- hosted by Rick continues at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

Ghost Riders- perform dance music at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 265-4551.

Heather MacAdam- performs jazz, blues and originals at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050.

The New Up!- from San Francisco performs psychedelia, rock pop, ska and funk at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.

George Souza- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 265-9093.

Karaoke- hosted by Shari at the York’s Driftwood Inn in Smartville, 7-10 p.m. $5-cover. 10091 Mooney Flat Road. 432-6430.

Wildflower Walks- guided by Park Docents take place at the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday through Memorial Day. The park also offers miles of hiking trails and picnic area along the river and the opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the gates open at 10 a.m. The Visitor Center is open Thursday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 432-2546.

Empire Mine public tours- take place Saturdays and Sundays at the Empire Mine Historic Park. Cottage tours 1 p.m., mine yard tours are 2 p.m. 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children under 6 are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 273-8522.

Sierra Knolls Winery Wine Tasting, Winery and Cave Tours- takes place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sierra Knolls Winery, 19635 Kingswood Ct. in Grass Valley. Free use of picnic grounds and barbecue. Free. 268-9225.

Double Oak Vineyards & Winery- tasting and tours of the estate grown and produced wines noon to 5 p.m. at Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, 14510 Blind Shady Road, San Juan Ridge. Free. 292-3235.

Mystery Dinner Theater- Sierra Pines Community Players presents “Reading Aunt Louise’s Will” at Sierra Pines United Methodist Church. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $18-Friday and Saturday, $12-Sunday. 268-3010.

Madwoman of Chaillot- by Jean Giraudoux, directed by Sands Hall will be performed at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. 274-8384.

Who The Hell Is Holly Miller?- the heartwarmingly funny musical comedy revue by John Driscoll returns to Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. Who The Hell Is Holly Miller? chronicles the rise of an unknown singing sensation from anonymity to obscurity. The action takes place during a concert tour stop in out-of-the-way Pinedale, Wyo., where Holly and her band entertain the locals with their assortment of songs. During the performance, there are flashbacks and interview sequences that tell the story of how the small town girl with big dreams got to this memorable night. Performances are 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 4, Thursday, Feb. 2, and Sunday Feb. 12. Tickets Thursday and Sunday $19, Friday and Saturday $23. Limited seating, advance reservations strongly recommended. 265-8686.

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19. February

Twin Cities Concert Association- Petite Panache! feturing cellist David Eby at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Grass Valley, 2 p.m. Tickets $16-general, $14-seniors (60+), children 5-17 free with adult. 470-9454.

Circle Discussion on Native Ways and Land Restoration- with Tim and Belinda Johnson takes place at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center in Nevada City, 5 p.m. Topics to be covered are Navajo-Hopi issues, permaculture, traditional ways and restoring balance and health to all. 265-8561. 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Kelly Fleming- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Open Mic- hosted by Thomas Spellman takes place at Café Mekka in Nevada City, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 237 Commercial St. 478-1517.

John Girton- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover. 265-9093.

Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers- perform front-porch bluegrass from 10 a.m.-noon at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace, across from the Rough and Ready Market between the wedding chapel and the blacksmith’s shop in Rough and Ready. Bring your own chair. Free. 432-1501.

Wildflower Walks- guided by Park Docents take place at the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday through Memorial Day. The park also offers miles of hiking trails and picnic area along the river and the opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the gates open at 10 a.m. The Visitor Center is open Thursday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 432-2546.

Empire Mine public tours- take place Saturdays and Sundays at the Empire Mine Historic Park. Cottage tours 1 p.m., mine yard tours are 2 p.m. 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children under 6 are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 273-8522.

Sierra Knolls Winery Wine Tasting, Winery and Cave Tours- takes place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sierra Knolls Winery, 19635 Kingswood Ct. in Grass Valley. Free use of picnic grounds and barbecue. Free. 268-9225.

Madwoman of Chaillot- by Jean Giraudoux, directed by Sands Hall will be performed at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $12. 274-8384.

Mystery Dinner Theater- Sierra Pines Community Players presents “Reading Aunt Louise’s Will” at Sierra Pines United Methodist Church. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $18-Friday and Saturday, $12-Sunday. 268-3010.

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20. February

Peter Wilson- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover. 265-9093.

Lucchesi Vineyards- tastings, daily, 11 a.m.-dark, 167 Mill St., Grass Valley.

Empire Mine public tours- take place at the Empire Mine Historic Park. Cottage tours 1 p.m., mine yard tours are 2 p.m. 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children under 6 are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 273-8522.

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21. February

Social Forum Film Series- continues with “Race and Response in the Wake of Katrina.” This provocative interdisciplinary panel discussion that features Santa Barbara mayor, Marty Blum and UC Santa Barbara faculty experts was sponsored by the UCSB Black Studies Department and Center for Black Studies and examines the complex interaction of race, access to resources, and the reaction from neighboring communities and the federal and local government before and after Hurricane Katrina. The series will be shown Tuesdays at the Magic Theare in Nevada City, 7:35 p.m. $4-donation. 107 Argall St. 272-5541.

George Souza- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover. 265-9093.

Open Mic- hosted by Albert Martinez takes place at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 265-0116.

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22. February

CABPRO 2nd Annual Roast- featuring retired KNCO News Director, Jim Kerr takes place at the Gold Country Community Center in Grass Valley, 6 p.m. Event features dinner and entertainment. $50-per person. 478-1331.

Fundraiser for Vital Festive Arts- (drug free, dance and drum) takes place at 12356 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, 3- 6 p.m. Event features body works, chriopractic, yard sale and more. Like minded organizations welcome. Donations accepted. 478-9939.

Nevada County Land Trust Armchair Trek- Wilderness Emergency Medicine by Dr. Graham Billingham takes place at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, 7-9 p.m. Dr. Billingham, Emergency Medical Specialist, teacher and consultant grew up hiking and fishing in the Sierra and Trinity Alps. Enjoy hsi fast paced, entertaining and educational lecture. $5-donation. Reservations 272-5994.

Teresita- performs regional songs from Mexico at Amigos & Company in Grass Valley, 6 p.m. No cover. 108 E. Main St.

Trivia Night- takes place at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 8:30 p.m. Team contests with prizes. $3-cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

SolS- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Jonathan Meredith- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover. 265-9093 for more information.

Songwriter Showcase- featuring Christopher Taylor and Chris Pumphrey takes place at The Beat in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

Blue Turtle Seduction- from South Lake Tahoe performs bluegrass, mountain-reggae, world music, organic hip hop and funk at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 8:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.

Lucchesi Vineyards- tastings, daily, 11 a.m.-dark, 167 Mill St., Grass Valley.

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23. February

Goldancers Squaredance Club of Nevada City- advance workshop 6:30-7 p.m., two plus tips with one advance tip 7-9:30 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Lane, Grass Valley. Caller is Scott Pearce. 272-2111 or 272-2445.

George Souza- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Karaoke- hosted by Nichole at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

George Souza- performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 6 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Open Mic- for all ages hosted by Ray of Light takes place at The Beat in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

John Girton- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover. 265-9093.

Harper- from Australia performs an infectious mix of blues, soul and Brit-folk at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 8:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.

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24. February

Karaoke- hosted by Rick continues at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

Teresita- performs regional songs from Mexico at Amigos & Company in Grass Valley, 6 p.m. No cover. 108 E. Main St.

Dave and Alice Halford- perform at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Patience Yanderling and Jenn Rogar- perform at The Beat in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

George Souza – performs at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050.

Jim Bratt- performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover. 265-9093.

Ghost Riders- perform dance music at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 265-4551.

Tracorum- from San Francisco performs rock ‘n’ roll, soul Carribean, R&B, Latin, New Orleans and funk at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.

40 Something- performs country western, jazz, contemporary and more at York’s Driftwood Inn, 8:30 p.m. No cover. 10091 Mooney Flat Road. 432-6430.

Lucchesi Vineyards- tastings, daily, 11 a.m.-dark, 167 Mill St., Grass Valley.

Madwoman of Chaillot- by Jean Giraudoux, directed by Sands Hall will be performed at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $12. 274-8384.

Who The Hell Is Holly Miller?- the heartwarmingly funny musical comedy revue by John Driscoll returns to Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. Who The Hell Is Holly Miller? chronicles the rise of an unknown singing sensation from anonymity to obscurity. The action takes place during a concert tour stop in out-of-the-way Pinedale, Wyo., where Holly and her band entertain the locals with their assortment of songs. During the performance, there are flashbacks and interview sequences that tell the story of how the small town girl with big dreams got to this memorable night. Performances are 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 4, Thursday, Feb. 2, and Sunday Feb. 12. Tickets Thursday and Sunday $19, Friday and Saturday $23. Limited seating, advance reservations strongly recommended. 265-8686.

art

listings

Alta Sierra Village Deli & Market, 11882 Tammy Way, Grass Valley: On display continuously are paintings by Marilyn Skeahan. View during business hours. 273-2093.

Apple Alley Cafe, 13469 Colfax Highway, Grass Valley: Watercolors and pastels by Jean Eberhart are on display continuously. View during business hours. 273-9266.

Brunswick Veterinary Clinic, 131 Olympia Park Road, Grass Valley: Large format color landscape photography by Jay Schuff are on display continuously. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and by appointment. 477-2287.

California Gold, 300 Broad St., Nevada City: Rare collection of 19 historic photographs of the corner of Broad and Pine streets in Nevada City from 1857 to 1948. View during business hours. 265-2352.

Confectionary Mine, 236 Broad St., Nevada City: Watercolors by Loanna Beason are currently on display. View during business hours. 265-3448.

Happy Apple Kitchen, 18532 Colfax Highway, Chicago Park: Fine art paintings of Chicago Park orchards and other local landscapes by the Nevada County Plein Air Painters are currently on display. View during business hours. 273-2822.

Harmony Books, 231 Broad St., Nevada City: Watercolors by Loanna Beason are currently on display. View during business hours. 265-9564.

Herb Shop, 203 W. Main St., Grass Valley: Kwan Yin in beaded wall hangings from Bali, plus bronze sculptures from Thailand are currently on display. Also beaded figures and jewelry from the Huichol tribe and ceramic stoneware by Josh Unterman. View during businesses hours Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Indian Springs Vineyards, 303 Broad St., Nevada City: Transparent watercolor paintings by Norm Brown are currently on display. View during business hours. 478-1068.

Jerianne Van Dijk Gallery, 316 W. Main St., Grass Valley: Works in watercolor and more an ongoing display viewed in artists studio/gallery. Open Fridays 1-5 p.m., Saturdays noon-4 p.m., or by appointment. 271-0676.

John O’Dell Realty, 123 Mill St., Grass Valley: Photography by Rosanna Radding is currently on display. View during business hours. 272-2613.

Judi’s of Nevada City, 417 B Broad St., Nevada City: In the Ghidotti Building, plein air landscapes done in pastel of Nevada County and the Sierra by Jane Welles is on display continuously. View during business hours. 265-6710.

LaMirage, 17325 Penn Valley Dr., Penn Valley: Plein air and studio oil paintings of Nevada County scenes by Marilyn Rose are on display continuously. View during business hours. 432-0226.

Larry & Lena’s Pizza and Grill, 15690 Johnson Place, Grass Valley: Work by members of the Gateway Artists is on display continuously. View during business hours. 272-1094.

Las Katarinas Mexican Restaurant, 311 Broad St., Nevada City: A revolving art exhibition by Esther Escott. The exhibit highlights pastels with vivid colors of subjects from the old Spanish Colonial part of Mexico. View during business hours. 478-0275.

Lilly Vigil Gallery, 214 Broad St., Nevada City: A collection of Native American art and jewelry is on display continuously. View during business hours. 265-5790 for more information.

Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room, 167 Mill St., Grass Valley: Bird paintings by Matt Mitchell and watercolors by Virginia Holt are on display continuously. View during business hours. 273-1596.

Luna Soleil Cafe, 760 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley: A series of unique plaster, abstract paintings by John Hoft will be on continuous display. Also on display permanently etch art by Light Point Design. View during business hours. 477-0455.

Madonna’s, 42 N. Main St., Colfax: Digital photography by Annelle Boswell is currently on display. View during business hours. 346-8213.

Magic Carpet, 408 Broad St., Nevada City: “The Best of Cultural Survival and Vegetable-Dyed Rugs” is currently on display. View during business hours. 265-9229.

Mostly Clay & Fine Crafts, 227 Broad St., Nevada City: Functional pottery, sculpture and clay jewelry are featured by over 40 local artists. Handmade furniture, jewelry, weavings, turned and hand-hewn wooden bowls, blown and slumped glass, as well as art books are also on display. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Hours are often extended on Friday and Saturday evenings. 265-3535.

Mountain Song, 104 N. Pine St., Nevada City: Watercolors and spiritwood by J.T. Sterling; beaded window ornaments by Jan’s Jewels; horseshoe nail art by Sculptured Spikes & Nubbins; and handmade dolls by Laura White are currently on display. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 265-2523.

National Hotel, 211 Broad St., Nevada City: Works by Kitty Meekins will be on display. View during business hours.

Neighborhood Center of the Arts, 200 Little Dr., Suite 212, Grass Valley: “Winter Blues” exhibition showcases scenes and colors of the season will be on display through April 14. Also on display will be paintings, drawings, ceramics, weavings, woodworking and jewelry created by more than 55 NCA artists. Evening reception, Feb. 16, 5-8 p.m. View during business hours. 272-7287.

Nevada City Picture Framing, 571 Searls Ave., Nevada City: Original works and prints currently on display by Carolyn J. Cappello, Jerianne Van Dijk, Brian Slayter, Norm Brown, Linda Pearson, Ron Breeden, Mim Meakin, Christine Brisley, Lex Munson, Allen Berman, Loren Adkins, Sasha St. John, and Suzanne Olive. Hours are Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 478-1990.

New York Hotel, 408 Broad St., Nevada City: On permanent display in the main hallway are 19th and 20th century black-and-white photographs of downtown Nevada City. 265-5193.

Placer Sierra Bank, Alta Sierra Branch, 10132 Alta Sierra Dr., Grass Valley: Oil paintings by Gloria Beth Edwards are currently on display. View during business hours. 272-4235.

Posh Nosh Restaurant, 318 Broad St., Nevada City: Spontaneous paintings on canvas emerging as a result of the chi gong practice by Sarah Diaz-Bastin, and photography from the SYRCL Scenic Film Festival by John Daly Photography are on display continuously. View during business hours 265-6064.

Renaissance Beauty Skin Care and Galleria, 310 1/2 Broad St., Nevada City: “Landscape Meditations” photography by Ron Sroyer is on display continuously. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, or by appointment. 265-5084.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Outpatient Center, 155 Glasson Way, Grass Valley: Fine art by 20 Nevada County artists and photographers is on display continuously in the lobby and halls. View during business hours.

South Pine Street Café, 102 Richardson Ave., Grass Valley: “The Eyes Have It,” work by Suzanne Reynolds will be on display through March 4. View during business hours. 269-1153.

Tokis Fountain and Grill, 29375 State Highway 49, North San Juan: Ongoing display of Dutch Hunts gold, silver and stone jewelry, Charlene Welkers oil, watercolor and pastel paintings. View during business hours. 292-3344.

Twilight Shoppe & Centre, 556 Searls Ave., Nevada City: Hand carved wooden “Pan Horns” by Lebis Morning, signed watercolor prints by Nancy Bright, sculptured garden plaques depicting Celtic, Elven, Goddess and Greenman by Jon and Ann Maglinte, statues and plaques depicting Goddess/God imagery by Paul Borda, and batik banners and pennants by Karuna are on display continuously. Hours are Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m., and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. 478-1837.

The Willo, 16898 Highway 49, Nevada City: Paintings by John Rizo are on display indefinitely. View during business hours. 265-9902.

museums

& exhibits

Empire Mine State Historic Park, 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley: The park offers tours of the Mine Yard, Bourn Cottage and gardens. There is a mine history film, historical and mineral displays, and also miles of hiking trails. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $3 for 17 years and older, $1 children 6-16 years old, children under 6 are free. Tour cost is $1.50 per person (under 17 free). For specific tour times call 273-8522.

The Firehouse Museum, 214 Main St., Nevada City: The museum contains one of Nevada County’s best collections of 19th century memorabilia, a Chinese Joss House, Maidu Indian artifacts. The museum has been named as a Haunted House of California. Tours available. Sponsored by the Nevada County Historical Society, whose docents staff it. Closed until Spring. 265-5468.

Grass Valley Museum/St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley: The museum – part of the old Mount St. Mary’s Convent and Academy – contains numerous displays related to early Grass Valley and Nevada County, including a re-created doctor’s office. Also featured is a restored classroom from the 1870s, and antique furniture and paintings are also displayed. Hours are 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays all year. Also at the center is an heirloom rose garden. Donations requested. For tours, call 273-5509.

Imaginarium of Nevada County, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City: “The Return of the Dinosaurs” a special exhibit of fossils, dinosaur models and other ancient artifacts is on display through June. “Butterflies” an exhibit of live butterflies opens in April. The Imaginarium is an interactive hands-on science museum. The museum is open on weekdays by appointment only for schools and other groups. 478-6415.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, located 26 miles NE of Nevada City. Take Highway 49 to Tyler-Foote Crossing Road and drive 16 miles. The park features scenic hydraulic gold mining diggings, historic displays at the old mining town of North Bloomfield, and some of Nevada County’s best hiking trails. Camping, cabins, picnic tables and tours available. $2 car admission. 265-2740.

Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City: Inside the historic foundry building, birthplace of the Pelton wheel, is an interpretive display about the state historic landmark’s history manufacturing metal products for the mines and other businesses. Outside are various mining tools and machinery, an ore car and a Pelton wheel. Docent-led tours by appointment. Museum hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 265-5040.

Nevada County Courthouse, 201 Church St., Nevada City: The historic, award-winning art deco government building contains several intriguing collections, including a display of rare firearms, the Heritage of Gold Rush era exhibit, state fair trophies and the Wallace M. Gordon heirlooms. View 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Transportation Museum, No. 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City: Offers a collection of railroad artifacts, photographs, and documents related to the railroad that operated in Nevada County from 1876 to 1942. Exhibits include Engine 5 which appeared in many movies and television shows. The county’s first steam automobile and other examples of local transportation history are present. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday only. Free admission, donations appreciated. 470-0902.

North Star Mining Museum, Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley. The museum contains a display of mining equipment including a 30 foot Pelton wheel, shaker table, dynamite packing machine and Cornish pump. Docent available for tours, picnic area available. Donations requested. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily May through mid October. 273-4255.

Searls Historical Library, 214 Church St., Nevada City: The library contains a few historic artifacts, but is an important repository of county genealogical records, maps, photos and information on the people, mines, businesses and residences of the 1850s-present. Staffed by volunteers under the auspices of the Nevada County Historical Society. Open 1-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 265-5910 for more information.

South Yuba River State Park, Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley: The park features the longest single span wood truss bridge in the U.S. which dates to 1862. The Visitor Center is opens daily at 11 a.m. and offers exhibits and historic displays. Park hours are sunrise to sunset with the park gate opening at 10 a.m. 432-2546.

Underground Gold Miners Museum, Sixteen to One Mine, 356 Main St., Alleghany. Visit the Underground Gold Miners Museum and discover the history of hard rock mining and the Alleghany Mining District. Relive recent discoveries of gold through a video. Examine crystalline gold specimens and world-renowned gold-laced quartz jewelry. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Weekends 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Open Tuesdays through Fridays by request. Reservations or more information, call (530) 287-3330.

Watson Cabin Museum, 560 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City. Experience early 20th century life along the shores of Lake Tahoe. The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s Watson Cabin Museum is opening for the season Memorial Day weekend. The Watson Cabin is located in the heart of Tahoe City, next to commons beach. It is decorated with period furnishings and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Guided tours are available. Free admission, donations accepted. Hours are Memorial Day weekend through June 30, weekends noon to 4 p.m.; July 1 through Labor Day, noon to 4 p.m. closed Tuesdays only. 583-8717 or 583-1762.

Western SkiSport Museum, Donner Summit at the Boreal Ski Area: The museum features the development of western skiing from the California gold miners in 1853 on their 14-foot “downmountain” racing skis to present day Olympians. Vintage ski movies are shown continuously in the Ski Theatre. Other exhibits features Snowshoe Thompson, the legendary skiing mail carrier; and the 10th Mountain Division, famed “ski troopers” of World War II. Open July 12 through Labor Day Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and during the winter Wednesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 426-3313.

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American Musical Theatre of San Jose, (San Jose) “Disney’s The Lion King,” through Feb. 26; “Gypsy,” March 28-April 9; “Hairspray,” June 6-18. (888) 455-7469.

Auburn Elks Lodge, (Auburn) Mari Gras 2006, Feb. 18. 885-6635 or 368-1952.

Carmichael Elks Lodge, (Carmichael) Banjo-Rama 2006, Feb. 26. (916) 383-0108.

Chautauqua Playhouse, (Carmichael) Golf with Allan Shepard, Feb. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26, and March 3, 4, 5, 10, and 11; Hollywood Arms, March 24, 25, and 31, and April 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, and 29; Oy Vey! Broadway!, May 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, and 28, and June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17. (916) 489-7529 for more information.

City Theatre, (Sacramento) “The Women,” Feb. 24, 25, 26, and March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, and 19; “Carnival,” April 28, 29, 30, and May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 21. (916) 558-2228.

Eldorado, (Reno) Alias, through Feb. 18; Audio Boxx, Feb. 19-26; Left of Centre, Feb. 27-March 4. 800-648-5966.

Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, (Rancho Cordova) “Alice in Wonderland,” through Feb. 25; “Sleeping Beauty,” March 11-May 27; “The Princess and the Pea,” June 10- July 8; “Robin Hood,” Sept. 16-Nov. 11. (916) 985-6361.

Mondavi Center, (Sacramento) “Fears of Your Life: Study I,” presented by the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, Feb. 16-18, and Feb. 24-26. 754-2787.

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, (Reno) 5th annual Dance in Education Series “Moonlit Arabian Nights,” April 14. (877) 840-0457.

Portuguese Hall, (Newcastle) The Foothills Swing Dance Society’s 4th Saturday Swing, Feb. 25, April 22, and May 27. 478-0887.

Sierra College Library/Learning Resource Center, (Rocklin) Historian Gary Noy on Sierra Nevada History lecture, Feb. 16; Kimi Kodani Hill will speak on the life and art of artists Chiura Obsata, Feb. 23. (916) 789-2725.

UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, (Davis) Fears of Your Life: Study I, Feb. 16-18, and 24-26; “Death of a Salesman,” March 2-5, and 9-12; Theatre Festival, April 19-23; The Faith Project, May 11-13, and 19-21; The Island, May 17-21; Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass May 25-27, and June 1-4; 6th Annual UC Davis Film Festival, June 6-7. 752-5863 for more information.

By DAVID GERMAIN

AP Movie Writer

LOS ANGELES – Bad Academy Awards puns are flying. There’s the “Brokeback backlash” … the little film that “crashed” the party … the one about “Brokeback Mountain” peaking too early.

While the cowboy love story “Brokeback Mountain” has been established as a solid favorite for the best-picture Oscar, the ensemble drama “Crash” has an ardent following and some late-season momentum that could make it a surprise winner.

When there’s a clear Oscar front-runner, that film almost always goes home with the big trophy, but upsets do happen and late-surging films have pulled off come-from-behind wins.

Just look back to the 1998 awards season.

“The year of ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ everybody was certain it was a lock,” said film historian Leonard Maltin. “People thought it was a sure thing to win best picture given the subject matter (D-Day heroics) and the people behind it (Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks), until the middle of December.”

That’s when a little film called “Shakespeare in Love” showed up. Oscar voters, along with everyone else, fell in love with it, and while Spielberg won best director, “Shakespeare in Love” grabbed the top prize.

The previous 77 Oscar ceremonies have had their share of unexpected twists, mostly in the acting categories. The best-picture announcement often has proven an anticlimactic no-brainer at the end of the evening, yet a handful of unanticipated winners have shaken things up:

– For best picture of 1948, the poignant drama “Johnny Belinda,” a homegrown Hollywood production, seemed to have the edge, only to lose to a British upstart, Laurence Olivier’s “Hamlet.”

– Three years later, the song-and-dance romance “An American in Paris” pulled off a best-picture stunner over dramatic heavyweights “A Place in the Sun” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

– The next year, Gary Cooper’s Western “High Noon” looked as though it would ride into the winner’s circle, but the splashy circus tale “The Greatest Show on Earth” came out on top.

– The 1968 best-picture award went the musical route again as “Oliver!” became an upset winner over the more popular musical “Funny Girl” and the palace-intrigue saga “The Lion in Winter.”

– And one of Oscar’s biggest underdogs, the Olympics tale “Chariots of Fire,” ran off with best picture for 1981 over the historical drama “Reds” and the family story “On Golden Pond.”

This time around, most signs point to “Brokeback Mountain” – Ang Lee’s tale of two rugged Western men (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal) in a doomed love affair – as the likely best-picture champ.

Since it debuted in December, “Brokeback Mountain” has swept through awards season, winning best drama at the Golden Globes, snagging honors from top critics groups and earning prizes from guilds representing directors, writers and producers.

The film leads the Oscars with eight nominations, positioning it as the one to beat come March 5.

“Brokeback Mountain” has followed the same release pattern as 2004’s Oscar champ, “Million Dollar Baby,” starting in a handful of theaters and gradually expanding into wide release and box-office success on the strength of its awards buzz.

But “Crash” grabbed the prize for best overall cast performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, surprising some Oscar forecasters. Because of its supposed momentum, “Brokeback Mountain” had been considered a favorite there, too.

After the fact, though, the SAG honor made sense for “Crash” – its huge cast and multiple story lines are the virtual definition of an ensemble film. Directed by Paul Haggis, a 2004 Oscar nominee for the screenplay of “Million Dollar Baby,” “Crash” features Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton and supporting-actor nominee Matt Dillon among dozens of characters whose lives intersect over a chaotic 36-hour stretch in Los Angeles.

“The reason we believe we have a great chance of actually winning the best-picture Oscar is because people are passionate about the movie,” said Tom Ortenberg, president of Lionsgate Films, which released “Crash.” “With all due respect to the other best-picture nominees, all of which are terrific and of great merit, there’s a sense that people admire and respect the other nominees, but they are passionate about ‘Crash.”‘

“Crash” took an unusual route to the Oscars, emerging out of the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival, where Lionsgate snapped up the film. The movie hit theaters last May and came out on DVD in September, defying conventional wisdom that films released early in the year get forgotten by Oscar time.

Lionsgate took the singular step of providing about 100,000 DVD copies of “Crash” to SAG members to ensure that as many as possible had seen the film before voting for the guild’s awards. Distributors generally provide about 20,000 to 30,000 DVD copies of awards-contending films to academy members, key critics groups and voters in other Hollywood honors, but this was the first time a group as big as SAG was blanketed with DVDs of a movie.

Tom O’Neil of the awards Web site theenvelope.com said the SAG win was a sign that “Crash” could be picking up steam as a potential best-picture party-crasher among the Oscars’ 5,800 voters.

“Brokeback Mountain” has become a cultural touchstone for Hollywood depictions of gay love affairs, yet the hubbub over the film may be growing stale as Oscar voters cast their final ballots, O’Neil said. And while “Brokeback Mountain” has become a solid box-office success, the gay theme may be off-putting to some Oscar voters, he said.

“Statistically, we know the vast majority of Oscar voters must be straight if they’re at all representative of the general population,” O’Neil said. “As much as they admire this movie, it may not feel like it’s their movie. If there is homophobia in Hollywood, it could manifest itself there. Or they could just be sick of gay cowboy jokes.”

James Schamus – a producer on “Brokeback Mountain” and co-president of Focus Features, which released the film – declined to comment on his movie’s front-runner status or the prospects of “Crash” becoming an underdog spoiler.

Schamus, previously involved with such Oscar contenders as “The Pianist” and Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” said it’s impossible to calculate a movie’s awards fate based on such insubstantial notions as “momentum and peaking.”

“That allows us to actually pretend we have some clue of what’s going on,” Schamus said. “But if you go back and do a statistical analysis of all that talk about momentum and whatever, then line it up against the outcome of the Oscars themselves, you’ll find the relationship of those things is completely and utterly serendipitous. There’s no cause and effect. There’s no science to it.”

And of course, there are three other worthy films in the best-picture race, the Truman Capote drama “Capote,” the Edward R. Murrow tale “Good Night, and Good Luck” and the assassination thriller “Munich.”

Along with “Crash,” any one of those movies could pull off a win over “Brokeback Mountain,” Maltin said.

“Anyone who says that someone is a sure bet for an Oscar is a fool,” Maltin said. “There’s no such thing as a sure thing, least of all in a five-way vote.”


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