Mark Your Calendar: Spring brings theater, dance, poetry and music
March 29-30 and April 5-7 Nevada Union Theatrical Society presents Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” at Nevada Union High School’s Blackbox Theater (Room A-1); at 7 p.m. all days with one matinee at 2 p.m. on April 7. Admission is $8 for students, $10 for adults. Call the Nevada Union Drama Department at (530)273-4431 ext. 301.
March 29 Del Oro Mural Design Fundraiser, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Del Oro Theater, 165 Mill St., Grass Valley. Tickets, available at The Book Seller and the Grass Valley Downtown Association (272 8315; credit cards accepted), are $30 per person/$50 per couple. Event includes refreshments, music by the Banner Mountain Band, talk by mural artist John Pugh and a drawing for door prizes.
March 31 Learn dances from the Caucasus and Balkan regions in a workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Nevada City United Methodist Church, at street level, 433 Broad Street. Partners aren’t needed for these circle and line dances. A donation of $5 to $10 is typical. Then, in the evening, at 7:30 p.m., the Village Folk Orkestra will play for listening and dancing, including many of the pieces from the workshop. The hall will be open all evening as local dancers invite music and dance fans to a potluck dinner at 6. Donations also requested for the evening program. Contact 272-2149 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
April 1, 15, 22 and 29 Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Nevada County Poetry Series as it holds its annual April open-mic readings at Booktown Books & Tomes. The readings are free, from 1 to 3 p.m.; the address is 107 Bank St. (where it intersects with South Auburn Street) in Grass Valley. Bill Gainer says, “Everyone is invited to bring a friend and a poem and be part of the largest annual literary celebration in the world! Booktown is a fun, safe and often enchanting place to spend a Sunday afternoon in April.” Call (530) 432-8196 or (530) 272-4655 for more information.
April 6 A Super Aphro-Beat Dance Party featuring Aphrodesia, an 11-piece San Francisco-based musical extravaganza, at Miners Foundry, Nevada City; 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for those under 18 and are at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up for alerts about future shows at http://www.NevadaCityMusicEvents.com or contact Mikail Graham at (530) 477-0929 or info@NevadaCityMusicEvents.com.
April 7 An Indie/Underground Band Showcase, featuring Grass Roots Record Co. “Family Meeting” – at least 13 bands – at Miners Foundry, Nevada City, 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for those under 18 and are available at the door. For more information, see above listing.
April 14 A coalition of area environmental and energy-conservation groups will show two climate change films – “Too Hot Not To Handle” and “Kilowatt Ours” – at the Del Oro Theater in downtown Grass Valley, followed by a rally in the afternoon. Time is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it’s free.
– The Union staff
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