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‘Fall Fest’ concerts begin; Kenyan Masai warrior visits

Music in the Mountains’ “Fall Fest” concerts Nov. 7 to Nov. 16 will be in the Amaral Family Festival Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The Jim Martinez Jazz Quartet will perform Nov. 7; Switzerland’s Casal String Quartet with Los Angeles pianist Timothy Durkovic will be featured Nov. 8-10; past winners of the annual MIM Young Musicians Competition, accompanied by MIM’s artistic director Paul Perry on piano, will perform Nov. 14.

Classical guitarist Gyan Riley and his internationally recognized pianist-composer father, Terry Riley, take the stage Nov. 15.



Closing the festival on Nov. 16 is Matthew Darling, principal percussionist of the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra joined by the Percussion Ensemble from California State University at Fresno.

Performances are at 8 p.m., except Nov. 10’s 3 p.m. matinee.




For tickets, call 265-6124, (800) 218-2188 or visit the Web site of http://www.musicinthemountains.org or the MIM box office at 530 Searls Ave., Nevada City.

Ledama OleKina, a Masai warrior from Kenya, will give a presentation on his culture at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley; and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road on the San Juan Ridge.

OleKina will also appear at area schools during his visit here.

He gives Masai culture presentations at schools and community centers throughout the world.

Suggested donation at either venue is $8 to $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Call 292-0203 for details.

A new company of area dancers and choreographers, “Movement Conspiracy Alliance Dance Theatre,” will present “Light Waves” on Nov. 7 and 8 as a benefit at and for Center for the Arts.

Featured choreographers are Marianne Reagan, Lovie Bucknell, Marnie Marshall, Theresa Honaker and the Glass Bead Players.

The show starts at 8 p.m. both nights.

Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door and $5 in advance for dance students. Advance tickets are at Herb Shop Records, BriarPatch, Natural Selection, Mother Truckers and Book Seller.

Call 470-0788 or 478-1680 for more information.

As a benefit for the nonprofit organization, Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute will present “Ecology of the Soul,” celebrating the human soul’s connection to the Earth, on Nov. 9.

“Ecology of the Soul” includes dance troupe Anima Mundi interpreting Gary Snyder’s “Mountains and Rivers Without End” epic poem, a lecture by University of California at Berkeley professor Carolyn Merchant, local poet and sculptor Richard Gill performing “Signs of Our Times,” and dancing to the Bodhi Busick Band.

The benefit begins at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute members, $5 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12.

Tickets are at the Nevada County Arts Council office, BriarPatch, Odyssey Books and online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org.

Call the arts council at 271-5955 or the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute at 265-6649 with questions.

Foothills Swing Society will hold its first anniversary celebration dance Nov. 9 at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

The Bay Area’s Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums will provide dance music from 8 p.m. to midnight.

David Frutos and Kim Cleaver, 1999 U.S. Open champions of swing, will judge the inaugural Foothills Swing Dance Contest. First prize is $200.

Admission is $15 in advance and $17 at the door for adults, and $12 in advance and $14 at the door for children under 16.

Tickets are at Adrianna’s, BriarPatch and Harmony Books.

The vets hall is at 255 S. Auburn St.

Call 478-0887 or e-mail

– Carol Feineman


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