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Among the works for sale at Neighborhood Center of the Arts' "Carnival of Life" show is Brockie Ballard's interpretation of a Matisse.
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Foothill Theatre Company debuts “Grinder’s Stand (A Tragedy of Blood)” on May 3 at Nevada Theatre.

Nevada City playwright Oakley Hall III wrote the drama about the murder of famous frontiersman and explorer Meriwether Lewis, who became governor of the Louisiana Territory.



“Grinder’s Stand” runs May 3-26. Performances are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.




Admission is $17 on Thursdays and Sundays, and $21 on Fridays and Saturdays. The preview performance on May 2 is $10. There are also $5 seats available for all performances and discounts for seniors, children 12 and under, students and groups.

Nevada Theatre is at 401 Broad St., Nevada City. Call the FTC box office at 265-8587 for more details.

The fifth annual Nevada County Black and White Ball will be May 4 at Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

The Foundry and KVMR-89.5FM community radio are co-producing the fund-raiser to benefit the Nevada County Chernobyl Children’s Project.

San Francisco’s Swing Fever will start off the ball with jazz and big-band music, followed by Nevada County’s Buck Love and the Humperheads with a dose of originals and covers of world music, R&B, funk, reggae and straight-ahead rockin’ blues.

Music will run from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Included will be swing dance demonstrations and lessons by Foothill Swing Society and Jitterbugs, Inc.

Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are at Yabobo, KVMR office, Record Connection and BriarPatch.

Complimentary appetizers will be provided; wine, beer and soft drinks will be sold.

The Foundry is at 325 Spring St., Nevada City. Call 265-9073 for more information.

More than 40 artists will have ceramics, fiber arts, woodworking, jewelry, painting, and other works for sale at Neighborhood Center of the Arts’ annual spring art show, “Carnival of Life,” May 2 to May 4.

Neighborhood Center of the Arts is a nonprofit organization founded 18 years ago to serve Nevada County residents who have physical and mental disabilities. The clients are involved in art, community and vocational programs.

“Carnival of Life” viewing hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. all three days.

The center is at 200 Litton Drive, Suite 212, Grass Valley. Call 272-7287 for any questions.

The annual Pioneer Arts Membership Show is May 3-29 at Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

A public reception and raffle will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on May 5.

The center is at 314 W. Main St. Call 274-8384 for more information.

About 180 students will perform in the annual “An Evening of Dance,” presented by the Nevada Union High School dance department May 3-4 and May 9-11.

Styles represented include jazz, modern, ballet and hip-hop.

All performances will be 7:30 p.m. at Don Baggett Theatre on 11761 Ridge Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

“An Evening of Dance” usually sells out. Tickets will be sold today and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the theater’s box office and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The box office opens at 6 p.m. each performance night.

Call 273-4431, ext. 278, for details.

Fourteen area museums will participate in the inaugural Nevada County Museum Discovery Day on May 4.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.

Participating Grass Valley sites include Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley Museum, Grass Valley Video History Museum and North Star Powerhouse, Mining and Pelton Wheel Museum.

Nevada City museums are American Victorian Museum and Teddy Bear Castle Museum, Foley Library for Historical Research, Firehouse No. 1 Museum, Imaginarium of Nevada County and Searls Historical Library.

Other areas include South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park at North Bloomfield and a preview of the new Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, set to open this summer in Nevada City.

Call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 265-2692 with questions.

– Carol Feineman


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