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The Union StaffLeftover Salmon, a bluegrass band, will perform at Miners Foundry on Jan. 30.
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Leftover Salmon will perform at Miners Foundry Cultural Center on Jan. 30.

Formed 11 years ago, the bluegrass band incorporates Cajun, funk, Southern rock, boogie, Caribbean, Latin and jazz.

Admission to the 8 p.m. concert is $20. Advance tickets are at Briar Patch, Herb Shop Records and Harmony Books.

The Foundry is at 325 Spring St., Nevada City.

Call 583-2801 for more information.

Bruce Thornton, author of “Searching for Joaquin: Myth, Murrieta, and History in California,” will speak at Odyssey Books in Grass Valley on Jan. 30.

Thornton, a classics and humanities professor and chairman of the Foreign Language Department at California State University at Fresno, studied the life and times of Gold Rush bandit Joaquin Murrieta.

The book also addresses the myths and history associated with Murrieta, who continues today to play many roles: the chivalric outlaw who settles conflict with violence, the symbol of a simpler world where life is lived intensely and passionately and the avenging angel, who rectifies Anglo misdeeds against powerless Hispanics.

The 7 p.m. reading is free. Refreshments will be served.

Odyssey Books is at 11989 Sutton Way. Call 477-2856 for questions.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Brady will be at the Center for the Arts on Jan. 30.

One of the most influential figures in modern Irish music, the Dublin-based musician made his mark playing Irish traditional music with The Johnstons and Planxty. In 1981, he switched genres and started writing rock and pop songs.

His songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Santana, Tina Turner, Brooks & Dunn and Maura O’Connell.

Also at the Center for the Arts on Feb. 1 will be a CD release party for Joe Craven’s new CD, “Mo’ Joe.”

Craven is multi-instrumentalist of the David Grisman Quintet.

The $15 tickets for both 8 p.m. concerts are at Herb Shop Records, BriarPatch, the Book Seller and at the door.

The center is at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. The phone number is 274-8384.

Celtic harper and storyteller Patrick Ball returns to North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, this time to present his solo musical piece, “The Fine Beauty of the Island” on Jan. 31.

Admission is $10 for Schoolhouse members and $12 for nonmembers for the 7:30 performance. Tickets are at Mother Truckers, Harmony Books, BriarPatch, Book Seller and at the door.

The Schoolhouse is at 17894 Tyler Foote Road on the San Juan Ridge.

Call 265-2826 or check out for more information.

Chinese-American families will begin a weeklong celebration of the Lunar New Year with special ceremonies to create health, long life and prosperity in the upcoming year when the New Moon occurs on Feb. 1.

In honor of the Chinese New Year, Friends of the Nevada County Library will sponsor three presentations at the Nevada City Library.

Local historian Wally Hagaman will talk on Jan. 31about the cycles of the lunar New Year, special customs, traditional foods and how Nevada County Chinese during the Gold Rush celebrated the holiday.

Hagaman’s 7 p.m. discussion will be in the library’s community room, 980 Helling Way.

The library’s two other Chinese New Year presentations feature Bennett Dear, feng shui consultant, on “The Chinese Zodiac – 12 Animals, Five Elements, 60 Versions of You” on Feb. 7 and storyteller-scholar Charlie Chin on Feb. 8.

Call 265-7079 for more information.

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