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Barbershop comes to The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, May 14. Presented by the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the show, starting at 7:30 p.m., features the full chorus and several quartets of the Sierranaders, as well as “Playback,” Northern California’s hottest new quartet. Call 273-4200 for tickets at $12 per person, or get them at the door.

The Foothill Theatre Company will be holding auditions for children for “A Christmas Story” May 14 at 10 a.m. Phone Karyn at 265-9320 for an appointment. Sides from the script will be available the first week of May. Five boys and two girls needed.

At the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge, two happenings: May 14, 7:30 p.m., the Cuba and Africa sounds of Sabroso, a new 10-piece local group; Congolese and Haitian-style drumming opens; $12 at the door. Then May 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. is the free plant sale and flea market. Call 265-2826.



Party time for the community – our very own Utah Phillips is turning 70, and a birthday bash is being planned to honor him. It will be held May 17, starting at 6:30 p.m., at The Center for the Arts at 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served and, of course, there will be cake. Tickets are $10 and are available at The Bookseller and BriarPatch Market in Grass Valley and at Harmony Books and the Peace Center in Nevada City. Contact the Peace Center at 478-0699 for more information.

Lyman Gilmore Middle School is performing “All that Glitters,” a play depicting life in this area during the late 1800s, focusing on the relationship between the Chinese and other miners – May 19, 20, 26, and 27, 7 p.m., in the school’s newly remodeled multipurpose room, 10837 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley. $5 for adults and $3 for students. Call 273-8479.




The Nevada County Library Teen Film Festival takes place May 21, 6:30 p.m., at the Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City. Call 477-5790 for information.

The youngest DJ on community radio KVMR in Nevada City, Jake Michaels, is going to Spain this June with the Nevada Union Chamber Choir. He needs to make more money to do this. His musical friends are putting on an all Beatles benefit performance May 22, 2-5 p.m., at The Center for the Arts, 214 W. Main St. Grass Valley. Tickets for a $10 minimum donation can be purchased at the door and in Nevada City at Yabobo, Nevada City; in Grass Valley at BriarPatch and The Book Seller; in Auburn at Cherry Records. Call 913-5887 for more information.

The Reno Jazz Orchestra closes the three-day Lake Tahoe Jazz Festival (May 20-22), with its “Tahoe Tribute to America’s Greatest Generation” (music of Artie Shaw, Gordon Goodwin and Arthur Miller) May 22. The special ticketed Sunday night performance is free to Lake Tahoe Jazz Festival three-day pass holders. The 7 p.m. show will be at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Regency Ballroom. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Order tickets by calling (800) 468-2463 or going online at http://www.LakeTahoeJazzFestival.com

June 4 from 1-5 p.m., the wineries of the Northern Sierra Wine Country in Nevada County will gather together to host a unique wine festival at Smith Vineyard and Winery, 13577 Dog Bar Road, Grass Valley. “A Grape Affair” features wine tasting and barrel sampling, food pairing and vineyard tours. Tickets are $35. Designated drivers are $10. Call 477-8282 or 866-355-WINE or visit http://www.NevadaCountyWine.com

July 14-17, WorldFest 2005 at the Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. This year’s lineup includes Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Fiamma Fumana and Marley’s Ghost. Go online at http://www.worldfest.net for up-to-the-minute details or call 891-4098.

Thu 5.May

Deadbeats perform an acoustic show at Cooper’s Saloon in Nevada City, 8 p.m. Tickets $5-cover. 265-0116.

Empire Mine public tours take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

D’Arcana Jay Tausig, Shelby Snow and James Camblin perform at Bellavista Ristorante and Lounge in Nevada City, 7 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.

George Souza performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 6 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Humbria performs salsa music for Cinco De Mayo at the Gold Rush Gaming Parlor & Saloon in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. 106 E. Main St. 477-6537.

John Girton performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Karaoke hosted by Rick at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9 p.m-1 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

Open Mic for all ages hosted by Ray of Light takes place at the Wall Street Cafe in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

Goldancers Squaredance Club of Nevada City plus level with round between tips 7-9 p.m., advance workshop 9-10 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Lane, Grass Valley. Caller is Scott Pearce. 272-2111 or 272-2445.

Paola Gianturco author of “Celebrating Women,” will present a slide show and book signing at J.J. Jackson’s in Nevada City, 7 p.m. Free. Seating is limited. Reservations 265-2644.

Salsa Dancing for ages 16 and up takes place at Carlos’ Restaurant in Grass Valley. Introduction lesson 7:30 p.m., dancing from 8-11 p.m. $5-per person. 120 E. Main St. No cover. 273-8111.

The South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is home to the longest wood truss, single span covered bridge in the United States. The park offers miles of hiking trails and picnic area along the river and the opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the gates open at 10 a.m. The Visitor Center is open Thursday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 432-2546.

Fri 6.May

Derailed a musical comedy by John Driscoll will be performed at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. The action in “Derailed” centers around a group of homeless people in West Los Angeles. Due to lack of funding, their day center has been forced to close its doors. The street people devise a plan to save their home by secretly re-opening the center as the “First Politically Correct Church of West LA.” Performances are 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday through June 25, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Tickets $18-Thursdays and Sunday, $20-Fridays, and $22-Saturdays. Advance reservations are recommended. 265-8686.

Long Shadow performed by The Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Long Shadow tells a dramatized version of the story behind the 1944 murder of a Nevada City war hero, the dead-or-alive bounty that was placed on the suspect’s head and the effect that all of his had on the local community. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 5. Preview performance Thursday, May 5. Tickets Thursdays and Sundays $19, Fridays and Saturdays $23. Preview performance $12. $5 seats available for all performances, and discounts for seniors children 6-12, students and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon will be performed at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Three one act plays take place in “Suite” 719 at New York’s premier luxury hotel, The Plaza. Suite 719 overlooks Central Park, but Simon overlooks nothing as he unearths the most heartfelt and hilarious truths about men and women and love. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 22. 477-1924.

Deadbeats perform a fully plugged in dance show at Cooper’s Saloon in Nevada City, 9 p.m. Tickets $8-cover. 265-0116.

Empire Mine public tours take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

Isadora Duncan Dance Festival with Lori Belilove and Company at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. Tickets $20. 274-8384.

George Souza Trio performs at Bellavista Ristorante and Lounge in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.

Ghost Riders perform dance music at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 265-4551.

Jay Tausig performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover.

Jim Bratt performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Karaoke hosted by Judy Armstrong takes place at Bigley’s Market & Brass Rail Tavern in San Juan Ridge, 9 p.m. No cover. 292-3443.

Karaoke hosted by Rick continues at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

Ragged But Right Americana old-time string band performs at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 265-5050.

Ray of Light performs original acoustic music at the Wall Street Cafe in Grass Valley, 8:30 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

Beginning Line Dance Lessons with Cheryl Spangler, 10:15 a.m., Community/Senior Center. $3-members, $4-nonmembers. 273-4961.

Creative Dance for 5 year olds from 1:15-2:15 p.m. led by Marianne Reagan, Moving Ground Studio, St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, in Grass Valley. A class in movement exploration. Skill development and guided creative explorations of the elements of dance. $8. 272-4240.

Dance Fitness a fitness jazz dance class for women and teens, includes strength training and core work at Sierra Dance Institute in Grass Valley, 8:45-10:15 a.m. Bring water. $7. 913-6877.

Fabulous Food Pairing Fridays takes place at Lucchesi Vineyards tasting room in Grass Valley. A local restaurant will prepare various creations to pair with the wines. Free. 167 Mill St. 274-2164.

Intermediate Line Dancing with Cheryl Spangler, 9:15 a.m., Community/Senior Center. $3-members, $4-nonmembers. 273-4961.

The South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is home to the longest wood truss, single span covered bridge in the United States. The park offers miles of hiking trails and picnic area along the river and the opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the gates open at 10 a.m. The Visitor Center is open Thursday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 432-2546.

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7.may

Derailed a musical comedy by John Driscoll will be performed at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. The action in “Derailed” centers around a group of homeless people in West Los Angeles. Due to lack of funding, their day center has been forced to close its doors. The street people devise a plan to save their home by secretly re-opening the center as the “First Politically Correct Church of West LA.” Performances are 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday through June 25, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Tickets $18-Thursdays and Sunday, $20-Fridays, and $22-Saturdays. Advance reservations are recommended. 265-8686.

Long Shadow performed by The Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Long Shadow tells a dramatized version of the story behind the 1944 murder of a Nevada City war hero, the dead-or-alive bounty that was placed on the suspect’s head and the effect that all of his had on the local community. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 5. Preview performance Thursday, May 5. Tickets Thursdays and Sundays $19, Fridays and Saturdays $23. Preview performance $12. $5 seats available for all performances, and discounts for seniors children 6-12, students and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon will be performed at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Three one act plays take place in “Suite” 719 at New York’s premier luxury hotel, The Plaza. Suite 719 overlooks Central Park, but Simon overlooks nothing as he unearths the most heartfelt and hilarious truths about men and women and love. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 22. 477-1924.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Designer Kitchen Tour takes play from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will showcase six of the areas kitchens with unique features and designs. Tickets $20-advance, $25-day of the event. 273-2227.

Day of the Young Child takes place at the Nevada County Campus of Sierra College, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is designed for the whole family with hands-on activities, entertainment, food and information. Sponsored by Sierra College and the Gold Country Association for the Education of Young Children. Free. 477-5772.

Empire Mine State Historic Park Spring Open House and Fine Arts Show at Empire Mine State Historic Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists will showcase a wide variety of media in the gardens and grounds of the mine. There will be a mineral display and sale at the Art Show and Visitor Center. Park volunteers will dress in period costume and will recreate characters from the Empire Mine’s colorful past at the Cottage, Clubhouse, and the Mine yard. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Park hours are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. 273-8522.

Isadora Duncan Dance Festival with Lori Belilove and Company at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. Tickets $20. 274-8384.

Orchestra Arow an affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society performs “Music of the British Isles,” a concert of Renaissance, Baroque and folk music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City, 8 p.m. Tickets $10-adults, $5-children 12 and under. 477-2293.

Daniel Castro from the Bay Area performs monster blues at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5 cover. 265-0116.

George Souza Trio performs at Bellavista Ristorante and Lounge in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.

Ghost Riders perform dance music at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 265-4551.

Jim Bratt performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Karaoke hosted by Judy Armstrong takes place at Bigley’s Market & Brass Rail Tavern in San Juan Ridge, 9 p.m. No cover. 292-3443.

Karaoke hosted by Rick continues at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

Lorraine Gervais and Greg Gavin performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover.

Ragged But Right Americana old-time string band performs at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 265-5050.

Travis Shane Brandon performs Americana at the Wall Street Cafe in Grass Valley, 8:30 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

“Rugs, Women and Tibetan Education” a new rug exhibit and educational lecture at the Magic Carpet in Nevada City, 7 p.m. Free. 265-9229.

Ballroom Dancing 7-10 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley. Live music. All ages welcome. Singles or couples. $6. 272-4190.

Double Oak Vineyards & Winery tasting and tours of the estate grown and produced wines noon to 5 p.m. at Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, 14510 Blind Shady Road, San Juan Ridge. Free. 292-3235.

Nevada City Contra Dance at the Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, 8 p.m. Live music by Hot Cider, calling by Joyce Miller. No partner necessary; all dances taught; beginners welcome. This month there will be a special square-dance-only session from 4-6 p.m., with a potluck following. $8-general, $7-members. 477-8103.

Nevada City Winery Tour complimentary wine tasting daily. Tours every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Free. Antique corkscrew collection on display. 321 Spring St. 265-9463.

Silver Screen Classic Movies continues with “The General,” from 1927. In this Civil War love triangle, Buster Keaton loves beautiful Annabelle – and The General, his precious locomotive. Intent of winning Annabelle, Buster becomes a hero, enlisting The General to chase the Union army across battle lines. Showtimes are 2 and 7 p.m. Beecher Room of the Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn. Tickets $5-general, $4-seniors and children. 878-7938.

Wildflower Walks take place at the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday through Memorial Day. The park also offers miles of hiking trails and picnic area along the river and the opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the gates open at 10 a.m. The Visitor Center is open Thursday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 432-2546.

Sun 8.May

Long Shadow performed by The Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Long Shadow tells a dramatized version of the story behind the 1944 murder of a Nevada City war hero, the dead-or-alive bounty that was placed on the suspect’s head and the effect that all of his had on the local community. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 5. Preview performance Thursday, May 5. Tickets Thursdays and Sundays $19, Fridays and Saturdays $23. Preview performance $12. $5 seats for all performances, and discounts for seniors children 6-12, students and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon will be performed at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Three one act plays take place in “Suite” 719 at New York’s premier luxury hotel, The Plaza. Suite 719 overlooks Central Park, but Simon overlooks nothing as he unearths the most heartfelt and hilarious truths about men and women and love. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 22. 477-1924.

Empire Mine State Historic Park Spring Open House and Fine Arts Show take place at Empire Mine State Historic Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists will showcase a wide variety of media in the gardens and grounds of the mine. There will be a mineral display and sale at the Art Show and Visitor Center. Park volunteers will dress in period costume and will recreate characters from the Empire Mine’s colorful past at the Cottage, Clubhouse, and the Mine yard. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Park hours are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. 273-8522.

Sunday Salon Chamber Music Series takes place at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. Music from classical, light classical and musical theater repertoire will be performed by students and amateur musicians. Sponsored by Music in the Mountains. Tickets $5. 274-8384.

Celtic Wonder Band performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

John Girton performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers perform front-porch bluegrass from 10 a.m.-noon at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace, across from the Rough and Ready Market between the wedding chapel and the blacksmith’s shop in Rough and Ready. Bring your own chair. Free. 432-1501.

“The Women of Tibet – A Poetic Look” a special Mother’s Day presentation with guest lecturer takes place at the Keeping Still Mountain Tea Shop in Nevada City, 1-3 p.m. 265-9229.

Metafest takes place at Serendipity from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring Reiki, iridology, readings, massage, astrology, holistic healers, and more. $10-for each healing art, $25-for three. 274-0777.

The Dances of Universal Peace takes place at the Nevada County Library in Nevada City, sacred dancing from 6-8 p.m. No partner or experience required. Suggested donation $4-$7. Call to confirm in snowy weather. 478-5855.

Wildflower Walks take place at the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday through Memorial Day. The park also offers miles of hiking trails and picnic area along the river and the opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the gates open at 10 a.m. The Visitor Center is open Thursday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 432-2546.

Mon 9.May

“Little Red Robin Hood” a musical play will be performed by the Union Hill’s Vocal Ensemble at Union Hill School Gym in Grass Valley, 6:30 p.m. “Little Red Robin Hood” is a twisted mix of the folk tale Little Red Riding Hood and the classic adventures of Robin Hood. Tickets $3-general, $1-children 6-13. 273-8456 ext. 150.

Empire Mine public tours take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

Liz McAteer performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Mellow Monday Open Mic with Lisa Vaughan takes place upstairs at 7 p.m. at Bellavista Ristorante and Lounge in Nevada City. $3-cover. 265-3445.

Beginning Line Dance Lessons with Cheryl Spangler, 10:15 a.m., Community/Senior Center. $3-members, $4-nonmembers. 273-4961.

Creative Dance for 5-6 year olds from 3-4 p.m. led by Marianne Reagan, Moving Ground Studio, St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, in Grass Valley. A class in movement exploration. Skill development and guided creative explorations of the elements of dance. $8. 272-4240.

Creative Dance for children 3-4 years old, 3:30 p.m., Penn Valley Academy of Dance. Imaginative movements and routines introduce the art of dance in a fun and creative way. $8.50 per class. 432-8985.

Dance Fitness a fitness jazz dance class for women and teens, includes strength training and core work at Sierra Dance Institute in Grass Valley, 8:45-10:15 a.m. Bring water. $7. 913-6877.

Intermediate Line Dancing with Cheryl Spangler, 9:15 a.m., Community/Senior Center. $3-members, $4-nonmembers. 273-4961.

The South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is home to the longest wood truss, single span covered bridge in the United States. The park offers miles of hiking trails and picnic area along the river and the opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the gates open at 10 a.m. The Visitor Center is open Thursday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 432-2546.

West Coast Swing Lessons with Arny Messersmith takes place at 11283 Grange Court, Grass Valley. Beginning lessons 7 p.m., intermediate lessons 8 p.m. No partner required. $5. 470-8590.

Tue 10.May

“Little Red Robin Hood” a musical play will be performed by the Union Hill’s Vocal Ensemble at Union Hill School Gym in Grass Valley, 6:30 p.m. “Little Red Robin Hood” is a twisted mix of the folk tale Little Red Riding Hood and the classic adventures of Robin Hood. Tickets $3-general, $1-children 6-13. 273-8456 ext. 150.

Empire Mine public tours take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

Cooper’s Live Open Mic Night hosted by Albert Martinez takes place at Cooper’s in Nevada City, 8 p.m. No cover. 265-0116.

George Souza performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

James Heyser performs at Bellavista Ristorante and Lounge in Nevada City, 7 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.

“The Greatest Good” documentary will be shown at the Nevada Theater in Nevada City. Show times are 1 and 6:30 p.m. The movie chronicles the social, environmental and political history in connection to natural resource policies. It follows the history of the National Forest Service from its formation through current day. Sponsored by the Forest Services, Tahoe National Forest. Free. 265-4531.

Ballroom dance class Fox trot, waltz, swing and Latin dances, 1-3 p.m., Community/Senior Center, Gate 2. Singles and couples welcome. Beginners welcome. All ages welcome. $4-members, $5-nonmembers. 273-4961.

Capoeira Lessons at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 7-9 p.m. Brazilian art form that blends elements of dance, music, rituals, acrobatics and fighting. $8.

Creative Movement for 4 year olds from 9:30-10:15 a.m., and Creative Movement for 3-year-olds from 10:30-11:15 a.m. led by Marianne Reagan, Moving Ground Studio, St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, in Grass Valley. A class in movement exploration. Skill development and guided creative explorations of the elements of dance. $8. 272-4240.

The South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is home to the longest wood truss, single span covered bridge in the United States. The park offers miles of hiking trails and picnic area along the river and the opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the gates open at 10 a.m. The Visitor Center is open Thursday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 432-2546.

Tuesday Forum Political Film Series continues with from “Mother Wove the Morning” This one-woman play is now a film in which Carol Lynn Pearson performs 16 women throughout history, from Paleolithic (stone age) woman to modern woman, in search of the female face of God. The series will be shown Tuesdays at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City, 7:35 p.m. $4-donation. 107 Argall St. 478-0699.

Wed 11.May

Artbeat 2005 takes place at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 7-9:30 p.m. Event features dance, drama, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, music and poetry by Sierra College students and faculty. Tickets $5.

Empire Mine public tours take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

Jonathan Meredith performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Open Mic with Lisa Vaughan takes place at the bar at Bellavista Ristorante and Lounge in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. Open to all performers and artists. No cover if over 21, $3-cover if under 21. 265-3445.

Beginning Line Dance Lessons with Cheryl Spangler, 10:15 a.m., Community/Senior Center. $3-members, $4-nonmembers. 273-4961.

Creative Dance for 4-5 year olds from 10:30-11:30 a.m. led by Marianne Reagan, Moving Ground Studio, St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, in Grass Valley. A class in movement exploration. Skill development and guided creative explorations of the elements of dance. $8. 272-4240.

Dance Fitness a fitness jazz dance class for women and teens, includes strength training and core work at Sierra Dance Institute in Grass Valley, 8:45-10:15 a.m. Bring water. $7. 913-6877.

East Coast Swing and Night Club Two Step Lessons with Arny Messersmith at the Horseman’s Association, 10600 Bubbling Wells Road, Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. No partner required. $5. 470-8590.

Intermediate Line Dancing with Cheryl Spangler, 9:15 a.m., Community/Senior Center. $3-members, $4-nonmembers. 273-4961.

Pre Ballet Class for children 4-5 years old, 4 p.m., Penn Valley Academy of Dance. Specifically designed to integrate the basic foundations of ballet movement combined with creative dances to stimulate the imagination. $10 per class. 432-8985.

Recorder Playing Village Festival Recorder Orchestra, 7-9 p.m., 431 Zion St., Nevada City. All skill levels welcome. Free. 477-2293.

Storytime en español takes place at the Grass Valley Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. 207 Mill St. 477-5790.

The South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is home to the longest wood truss, single span covered bridge in the United States. The park offers miles of hiking trails and picnic area along the river and the opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the gates open at 10 a.m. The Visitor Center is open Thursday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 432-2546.

Thu 12.May

Long Shadow performed by The Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Long Shadow tells a dramatized version of the story behind the 1944 murder of a Nevada City war hero, the dead-or-alive bounty that was placed on the suspect’s head and the effect that all of his had on the local community. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 5. Preview performance Thursday, May 5. Tickets Thursdays and Sundays $19, Fridays and Saturdays $23. Preview performance $12. $5 seats available for all performances, and discounts for seniors children 6-12, students and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

Empire Mine public tours take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

Incendio performs at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. Tickets $15. 274-8384.

Jimmy Robinson and Friends perform during the Arts Council of Placer County’s Jazz at 808 series at the Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way in Auburn, 7 p.m. Tickets $20. 885-5670.

George Souza performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 6 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

John Girton performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.

Karaoke hosted by Rick at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9 p.m-1 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

Open Mic for all ages hosted by Ray of Light takes place at the Wall Street Cafe in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

Goldancers Squaredance Club of Nevada City plus level with round between tips 7-9 p.m., advance workshop 9-10 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Lane, Grass Valley. Caller is Scott Pearce. 272-2111 or 272-2445.

Salsa Dancing for ages 16 and up takes place at Carlos’ Restaurant in Grass Valley. Introduction lesson 7:30 p.m., dancing from 8-11 p.m. $5-per person. 120 E. Main St. No cover. 273-8111.

The South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is home to the longest wood truss, single span covered bridge in the United States. The park offers miles of hiking trails and picnic area along the river and the opportunity for bird watching, and wildlife viewing. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the gates open at 10 a.m. The Visitor Center is open Thursday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 432-2546.

Fri 13.May

Derailed a musical comedy by John Driscoll will be performed at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. The action in “Derailed” centers around a group of homeless people in West Los Angeles. Due to lack of funding, their day center has been forced to close its doors. The street people devise a plan to save their home by secretly re-opening the center as the “First Politically Correct Church of West LA.” Performances are 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday through June 25, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Tickets $18-Thursdays and Sunday, $20-Fridays, and $22-Saturdays. Advance reservations are recommended. 265-8686.

Long Shadow performed by The Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Long Shadow tells a dramatized version of the story behind the 1944 murder of a Nevada City war hero, the dead-or-alive bounty that was placed on the suspect’s head and the effect that all of his had on the local community. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 5. Preview performance Thursday, May 5. Tickets Thursdays and Sundays $19, Fridays and Saturdays $23. Preview performance $12. $5 seats available for all performances, and discounts for seniors children 6-12, students and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon will be performed at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Three one act plays take place in “Suite” 719 at New York’s premier luxury hotel, The Plaza. Suite 719 overlooks Central Park, but Simon overlooks nothing as he unearths the most heartfelt and hilarious truths about men and women and love. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through May 22. 477-1924.

Empire Mine public tours take place daily at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.

Billy Bensing performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.

Ghost Riders perform dance music at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. No cover. 265-4551.

Karaoke hosted by Judy Armstrong takes place at Bigley’s Market & Brass Rail Tavern in San Juan Ridge, 9 p.m. No cover. 292-3443.

Karaoke hosted by Rick continues at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.

Ray of Light performs original acoustic music at the Wall Street Cafe in Grass Valley, 8:30 p.m. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.

Stephen Holland Duo performs music with a Latin Brazilian groove at the Stonehouse in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050.

Tanya Scarlett and Mick Valentino Duo perform at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover.


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