New plays are opening; students dance at Nevada Union; and Mardi Gras coming up |

New plays are opening; students dance at Nevada Union; and Mardi Gras coming up

Two one-act plays “Wild Goose,” and “5 + 7 = 12” will be presented on the Winters Stage, Searls Center, across from Plaza Tire on Searls Avenue, Nevada City, Friday at 6 p.m. ($10) and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5, at 7:45 p.m. ($6). Call 432-0854 for information.


Nevada Union High School’s dance department will present The Annual Showcase of Student Choreography, Feb. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the high school’s Don Baggett theatre. The 10 dances are composed by advanced dance students and performed by 60 advanced and intermediate students.

Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at The Book Seller, Odyssey Books, the student store or at the door. Proceeds benefit the department. Call Gail Entrekin at 265-1996 for information.


The Foothill Theatre Company will be holding general auditions for its 2005 Season on Sunday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues, no longer than three minutes in length, total. If interested in being considered for the Lake Tahoe/Sierra Shakespeare Festivals, one of the two monologues should be in verse. Singer/Actors interested in “My Way – A Tribute to Frank Sinatra” should prepare one monologue and an accapella song in a Jazz Standard-style. Children interested in “A Christmas Story” should prepare one short spoken piece. The 2005 Season is as follows: “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Long Shadow, My Way”- A Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” “Macbeth/The Comedy of Errors,” O’Carolan’s “Farewell to Music,” and “A Christmas Story.” For more information, and to make an appointment, please phone the Foothill Theatre Company at 265-9320.


Nevada City’s third annual Mardi Gras celebration will be held Feb. 5 and 6. The event kicks off with a traditional Cajun dinner Saturday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. Stick around for the masquerade ball with the George Souza Band and Lorraine Gervais from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Dinner is $25 per person; the ball is $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door.

The bash continues Sunday with a street fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a parade along Broad Street at 2 p.m.

For more information, call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 265-2692 or visit Purchase tickets at the chamber at 132 Main St.


A new exhibition, “Self-Portraits” opens at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts, Suite 212, 200 Litton Dr., Grass Valley, beginning Feb. 10.

The exhibition will feature some of the many faces of the center’s studio artists, including Barbie Wilkins, Helen Powell and Larry Mills. Gallery works will include paintings and drawings, ceramics and fiber art, all representing the way NCA’s studio artists see themselves. More than 50 NCA artists with developmental disabilities have been sketching, painting and molding clay in front of mirrors for months, and the results range from the light-hearted to the soulful.

“Self-Portraits” opens with a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 10, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition continues through Friday, April 1. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 272-7287.


The DeadBeats are featured at an “Almost Valentines Day Dance” Feb. 11, 8 p.m., presented at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. Tickets are $12 at the door. For more information, call 478-6307.


Rising Starz Gymnastics Academy will be hosting a meet of 150 athletes ages 7-16 from across Northern California on Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Nevada Union High School wrestling gym, 11761 Ridge Rd., Grass Valley. Girls will compete in the morning (9 a.m. to noon), boys in the afternoon (noon to 9 p.m.). General Admission $5; kids to 14 and seniors, $3. Call 477-9581 for information; e-mail:


The Twin Cities Concert Association will put on its Petite Panache program featuring local orchestral musicians at 2 p.m. , Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Drive, Grass Valley. Ken Hardin and Aileen James will be on piano, joined by Phil Richardson on horn and David Thorp on viola playing works of Brahms, Schumann, Hindemith and more.


Salsa skills will be taught by Billy Bob and Dominique of Salsa Sierra in a series of workshops Saturday, Feb. 19.

• Beginning salsa. 10 a.m. -12 p.m. $20 before Feb. 12, $25 at the door.

• Intermediate and advanced salsa with instructor Emelie Brown of Yemaya Salsa. $15 each before Feb. 12 and $18 at the door. Multiple workshop discount: Three workshops for $40 before Feb. 12. $50 for three workshops at the door. The schedule is as follows:

1 p.m. – Intermediate Salsa Moves

2 p.m. – Style up your Basics

3:30 p.m. – Suave Moves with Dips

4:30 p.m. – Advanced Salsa Styling and Moves

For more information, call 477-0767 or visit

Salsa Sierra will host an evening of Salsa Saturday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. Caribbean salsa band Conjunto Alegre will set the tone for dance performances by Yemaya Salsa and Salsa Sierra.

Tickets for the show will be $15 in advance beginning in mid-January and $20 at the door.

For more information, visit salsa.


The Flying Doctors will be the recipients of a Mardi Gras fund-raiser at the Elks Lodge in Auburn, 195 Pine St., on Feb. 19, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cajun buffet, dancing to King Cotton Band, in costume, if possible. $30. Call 530-888-1273.


Self-described “rural folk piano” player George Winston returns to The Center for the Arts on Feb. 22 and 23, 7:30 p.m.; $20. Winston’s latest release is “Montana: A Love Story,” which was inspired by his childhood experiences in Montana.

For more information, visit Or, call 274-8384.


“Best of the Bioneers” on film will be presented by the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute at the Nevada Theatre, Nevada City, Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keynote speakers from the October 2004 Biological Pioneers conference will present. $20. Call 530-265-6649 for more information.


The 16th annual Mind/Body/Spirit Health Fair, is being held March 19 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), and March 20 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City, as a benefit for the Foundry. Cost is $5.

Included are the intuitive arts, complementary and integrative health fields and energy healing arts, with therapists, holistic healers, astrologers, psychic and tarot readers, aura camera, naturapaths being represented. Products will be available to buy, techniques to experience, and food to eat. Call 265-5040 for information and for vendor applications.


The Penn Valley Rodeo has been a tradition for 47 years. A citizen group has formed to continue the rodeo and will put on this year’s event. The events will be Friday, May 20, bull riding only; Saturday, May 21, events for local competitors and a rodeo at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 22, a rodeo at 1 p.m.


All Nevada Union alumni are invited to a reunion May 27 to 29. The all-classes event begins Friday with a party at the Nevada County Fairgrounds from 5 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be an all-day celebration at the fairgrounds featuring a classic car show from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The event wraps up with a no-host breakfast at Nevada Union High School campus, Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tours of the school are available. For more information, call the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (800) 655-6569.

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