Michael Moore to Skype with film audience at KVMR fundraiser
The Bridge Street Project — the collaborative effort to build a new station for KVMR 89.5 Community Radio and a backstage for the historic Nevada Theatre — celebrates its 1st anniversary with a couple of premier fundraising events.
Michael Moore’s latest film, “Where to Invade Next,” will be presented in a special showing on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley. Moore will be available afterward for questions via Skype.
And on March 16, live radio theater returns to the Nevada Theatre featuring another production by Joe and Paula McHugh of Raven Radio Theater.
Proceeds from both events go to the Bridge Street Project, an 8,000-square-foot building in downtown Nevada City that features a vintage exterior, while inside are modern broadcast studios, a community room and an expansive back stage.
The new building first went “on mic” Feb. 25, 2015 and has since presented a host of events from a fire safety seminar to live music in the studios and community room to use of the backstage to seat the orchestra during the theater’s production of “The Producers.”
The Michael Moore movie, which is sponsored for this showing by Sweetland Garden Mercantile, is an expansive, humorous and subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of “invader,” visits other nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects.
Moore is the creator of a number of controversial and “eye-opening call-to-arms” films, from “Fahrenheit 9/11” to “Bowling for Columbine.”
Tickets are $20 and are available at the Sierra Cinemas website, http://www.sierracinemas.com or at the Del Oro box office.
When the building opened last year, a packed house watched while hundreds listened over KVMR as the project presented radio theater in the Nevada Theatre the first time.
On March 16, another production will include more than 20 community volunteers who will perform an old-fashioned live radio drama broadcast, circa 1940, complete with period microphones and an assortment of engaging hand-operated sound effects.
This year’s drama is based on an ancient Celtic myth, The Black Knight, an allegorical tale about a King and his three sons. It will be an adventure full of magic cloaks and singing harps, talking trees and sudden storms. This event is in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
The Bridge Street Project, which has been toured by hundreds of people and has become a “must see” in historic downtown Nevada City, recently received the Chamber of Commerce Construction Award.
Architect Jeff Gold designed the building at the corner of Bridge and Spring streets to mimic where three dilapidated tin barns once stood. Landmark Construction was the general contractor of what has already become a new city landmark.
Repurposing tin and timbers from the old barns, the building design preserves and enhances the historical integrity of downtown Nevada City. The collaboration between KVMR and the Nevada Theatre has helped to create a new performing arts district for the community.
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