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Next week features piano concert, singer-songwriters and two plays

Carol Feineman

Singer-songwriters Caroline Aiken from Atlanta, Noe Venable from San Francisco and Elena Powell from Nevada City will be featured June 10 at the Center for the Arts.

Aiken has a southern-influenced bluesy style, Powell has an evocative and avant-garde style, and Venable’s style has been compared by Acoustic Guitar magazine to that of Tom Waits and Radiohead.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. The Center for the Arts is at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Call 274-8384 for more information.

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Gary Wright will star in the one-man comedy, “Fully Committed,” presented by Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre June 11 through Aug. 15.

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The comic “Fully Committed” is about a harried reservation clerk at New York’s hottest four-star restaurant and the clients who make his job impossible, including foreign dignitaries, local political personalities, super models, Hollywood producers and Mafia figures.

A preview performance is June 10 at 7 p.m. All other performances are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. A pay-what-you-can performance June 16 at 7 p.m. will be a benefit for Food Bank of Nevada County, a nonprofit that collects and distributes food to needy families.

Admission is $19 Thursdays and Sundays, $23 Fridays and Saturdays, and $12 for the preview. In addition, $5 seats and discounts for seniors, children 6 to 12 years old, students and groups of 10 or more are available for all performances.

The Nevada Theatre is at 401 Broad St. in Nevada City.

Call the Foothill Theatre Company box office at 265-8587 or toll-free (888) 730-8587, or go online at http://www.foothilltheatre.org to order tickets.

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The annual Gold Country Piano Institute’s first concert kicks off at 8 p.m. June 11 at Miners Foundry Cultural Center with English pianist Andrew Wilde. A professional classical pianist, Wilde will perform works by Schubert, Beethoven (including “Moonlight Sonata”) and Chopin.

This year’s institute students include two Japanese girls; two young Croatian men; a Polish woman; a Russian studying piano in England; Illinois, Indiana, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and Vancouver youth; and Nevada County eighth-grader Jordan Thomas Rose.

The other Foundry concerts are June 20, featuring a few of the most advanced participants, and June 24 with all the Gold Country Piano Institute students. All concerts are free. Call 478-0315 for more information.

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Blake More, Jacquie Bellon and Job O Brother will read at the next Nevada County Poetry Series event, also on June 11, at the Center for the Arts.

A book signing and open mike will follow the featured readers who take the stage beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $7 general, $5 seniors and students, and $1 for anyone under 18. The price includes refreshments.

The center is at 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. Call 432-8196 or 274-8384 for any questions.

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Sam Shepard’s “True West,” presented by Full Stage Productions, will run June 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and June 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. in Grass Valley.

John Deaderick will direct John Arbaugh, Brandon Johnson, Ryan Dowling and Mara Evans in this play that includes a pair of battling brothers, stolen toasters, a pack of coyotes, chattering crickets, a couple of duffers, a Hollywood producer, two absurd screenplays, an absentee alcoholic father, an emotionally paralyzed mother and plenty of beer.

Performances are at the Off Center Stage on Richardson Street behind the Center for the Arts.


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