The Temptations, Eve Ensler and Pink Martini to headline The Center for the Arts fall performances in Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

The Temptations, Eve Ensler and Pink Martini to headline The Center for the Arts fall performances in Grass Valley

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Grass Valley's entertainment scene will be in for a treat this fall when Motown legends The Temptations, Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler and local favorite Pink Martini come to town.

On Tuesday, The Center for the Arts announced three off-site performances scheduled for October, November and December at Grass Valley's Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The Center for the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker said in a statement that "These three shows offer something for everybody and just part of our commitment to diversity in programming. As a perk for Center members, we offer early access to tickets. Premium seating is very limited, so we encourage the community to become Center members to get tickets early."

Tickets go on sale to The Center's Encore Club on Aug. 3, to center members on Aug. 8 and to the general public on Aug. 15.

Motown Legends

For more than 50 years, The Temptations have propelled popular music with a string of smash hits. An essential component of the original Motown machine, they started in Detroit in the early 1960s. However, it wasn't until 1964 that "The Way You Do the Things You Do," written by and produced by Smokey Robinson, launched an avalanche of hits, including "My Girl," "Since I Lost My Baby" and "Get Ready."

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A night of activism

Eve Ensler is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been translated into more than 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway's Westside Theater and on London's West End. The play ran for over 10 years in the U.K., Mexico and France. Ensler's experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. In conjunction with this lecture, local group Community Beyond Violence will hold a fundraiser and performance of The Vagina Monologues with a cast of 12 local influencers on Oct. 6 at The Center for the Arts.

Back by popular demand

Unparalleled purveyors of a multilingual blend of cosmopolitan sounds, Pink Martini deliver a festive holiday concert featuring beloved songs from around the globe. With the combined power of a dozen musicians, the band brings its rollicking cross-genre mix of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop. Formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon, the group has built a monstrous fan base. Fronted by the dynamic vocalist China Forbes, Pink Martini has performed with more than 50 of the world's great orchestras and recorded seven albums.

For more information go to http://www.thecenterforthearts.org or stop by the Box Office Tuesday-Saturday Noon to 5 p.m.

The Center for the Arts

What: Fall performances

Eve Ensler, Oct. 27

The Temptations, Nov. 5

Pink Martini, Dec. 9

Where: Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Auditorium

255 S. Auburn St.

Grass Valley, CA 95945

For more info call The Center for the Arts at 530-274-8384.