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‘Fantasy of Stars’ returns, Valentine celebrations begin

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Acoustic guitarists/singer-songwriters Chuck Brodsky and Keith Grenninger will be featured at the 8 p.m. KVMR nightLive on Feb. 13.

Admission is $14. Tickets are at Herb Shop Records, BriarPatch, Book Seller and at the door or by calling (800) 594-8499.

The Center for the Arts is at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

Call 274-8384 for more information.

Bear River High School presents the 14th annual “Fantasy of Stars” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. Bear River’s award-winning Starlite Express and Jazz Unlimited will perform at all three jazz and pop shows.

The new 13-voice female vocal jazz group Dash of Jazz will also perform with the Magnolia Starmakers on Feb. 14.

Starmakers return to the Feb. 15 matinee with award-winning Cal Poly Jazz Choir; that night’s performers will include Bear River High School Jazz Band and Cal Poly.

Entertaining between each main act will be several solo and specialty acts from Bear River High School. For the 14th consecutive year, KNCO radio host Jim Kerr will emcee.

All seats are reserved. Admission is $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are at the Bear River High School student store, Real Estate Center and Foothill Mercantile.

“Fantasy of Stars” will be held at the Nevada Union High School’s Don Baggett Theater, 11761 Ridge Road in Grass Valley.

For more information, call Cherry Hayes at 268-3700, ext. 4833, or Patti Ehlers in the student store, ext. 4826.

North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center’s annual “Valentine Erotique 2003” falls this year on the actual holiday (Feb. 14).

For adult audiences only, the 7:30 p.m. event includes erotic prose, poetry and art.

Featured performers are Jacquie Bellon, Theckla Clemens, Gail and Charles Entrekin, Christine Irving, Maxima Kahn and emcee Jeff Kane.

Admission is $6 for Schoolhouse members and $8 for nonmembers.

North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center is at 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road on the San Juan Ridge.

Call 265-2826 for more information.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and to benefit the Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation, Nevada City poet Molly Fisk will present “Poems & Prose on Sex & Clothes” Feb. 15 in Grass Valley.

The event will feature racy poems and humorous essays on topics such as car sex, the nature of beauty, and the essence of Victoria’s real secret.

Ludi Hinrichs plays jazz piano before and after the 7 p.m. reading, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center at 410 S. Church St. Admission is $10, which includes a decadent dessert buffet. A no-host bar will be available.

Fisk, author of “Listening to Winter,” “Terrain” and “Salt Water Poems,” will read from her own work and that of others, including U. S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Sharon Olds, Dorianne Laux and Robert Wrigley.

The Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides free comprehensive support services to area residents living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Due to the reading’s adult content, children will not be admitted.

Call Fisk at 470-0188 or the foundation at 477-5551 for more information.

A revised “Reach for the Stars” community dance performance will be at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, and 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Center for the Arts.

In addition, a free open house in honor of the center’s recent renovations, including the new Off Center Stage theater and Sierra Dance Institute’s studios, will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 15. The open house includes entertainment, refreshments and guided tours.

Call 274-8384 for more information about “Reach for the Stars” or the open house.

– Carol Feineman

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