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Jazz, poetry and Mardi Gras festivities are coming up

Joanne Kyger, author of more than 19 books, will be the featured reader Feb. 20 at the Nevada County Poetry Series in Grass Valley.

Active in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene for 40 years, Kyger frequently teaches at the Jack Kerouac School of Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colo., and the New College of San Francisco.

An open mike will follow Kyger’s presentation, which begins 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St.

Admission is $7 general, $5 seniors and students, and $1 for anyone under 18.

Call 432-8196 or 274-8384 for more information.


Magnolia Intermediate School Rattler Jazz Band’s second annual Tasty Jazz Concert will include a guest appearance by professional guitarist and alumnus Matt Baldoni Feb. 20.

The Rattler Jazz Band is an audition-only performance group of 18 sixth- through eighth-graders. Baldoni’s musical credits include recording and performing with Busta Rhymes, Run DMC, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Chaka Kahn, John Mayer and Arrested Development, as well as Grammy-winning jazz artists Mindi Abair, Keiko Matsui and Ronnie Laws. Two summers ago, Baldoni was bandleader, composer and arranger for Fox Sports Net’s “The NFL Show.”

The Feb. 20 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s gym. Cheesecake, cookies, gourmet coffee and beverages will be served at intermission.

Admission is $5 per individual or $20 for a family of four or more. Tickets are at Magnolia Intermediate School, Weiss Brothers Nursery and the Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, or can be purchased from any Rattler Jazz Band member. Concert proceeds will go toward the Rattler Jazz Band’s upcoming trip to the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival and Competition at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

The Magnolia Intermediate School is at 22431 Kingston Lane, near Lake of the Pines.

Call 268-2815 for more information.


With a “Babes in Toyland” theme this year, Mardi Gras will be celebrated Feb. 21 and 22 in downtown Nevada City.

Festivities include the second annual Mardi Gras traditional Cajun Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m., Feb. 21, at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The all-you-can-eat dinner is $35. Also that night, from 8 to midnight, is the annual Masquerade Ball at the Miners Foundry, open to the 21-and-older crowd. Admission is $15. Tickets for both events are on sale at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce office at 132 Main St.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22, a street fair featuring food booths, speciality coffees and crafts and clothing vendors will be on North Pine and Commercial streets. The Mardi Gras parade begins at 2 p.m. at the top of Broad Street. Masked societies and float participants will toss beads, coins, trinkets, bangles and Moon Pies along the parade route.

A free shuttle will run Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. between the Nevada County Government Center and downtown Nevada City.

Call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 265-2692 for more details.

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