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Poetry reading, blues legend Pinetop Perkins, Argentinean tango are all happening locally

March through Memorial Day, docent-led wildflower tours Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. at Bridgeport (South Yuba River State Park, Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley). For more information, call the Visitor’s Center at 432-2546.

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The Nevada County Poetry Series March reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 24, at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Poets Maxima Kahn, Lorenzo Baca and Sidney Stouts will be reading. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 general, seniors and students, and $1 for those under 18. Refreshments and open mike included. Call 432-8196 or 274-8384 for more information.



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Blues pianist legend Pinetop Perkins with the Willy “Big Eyes” Smith Blues Band will play March 24 at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. The 91-year-old Willy Perkins is one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen still performing and is the 2005 recipient of the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 8 p.m., $20 tickets at Music Today, (800) 595-8499.




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Classically trained in the music of India, musicians Roshan Jamal Bhartiya and Ty Burhoe will play March 24 at 7 p.m. at Phillips School of Massage, 101 Broad Street, Suite B (upstairs from the BellaVista Ristorante), Nevada City. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and are available at the BriarPatch Community Market in Grass Valley, Harmony Books and Yabobo in Nevada City, or by calling 274-1770. Bring cushions for sitting on the floor.

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The award winning documentary “Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” will be screened at 7:30 p.m., March 26, at the Del Oro Theatre, 165 Mill St., Grass Valley, as a benefit for the theater’s mural project. Present at the showing will be Judy Irving, the filmmaker; Mark Bittner, the “human subject” of the film; and Gary Snyder, local Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Rated G. Admission to this showing will be $15 per person, which includes a small popcorn, small drink and a raffle ticket. Box office information is at 273-6932.

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Tango No. 9 offers lively Argentinean tango music March 26, 8 p.m., at The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., in Grass Valley. Dancing to recorded music will follow. $15 tickets at Music Today, (800) 594-8499; Yabobo in Nevada City, 478-9114; BriarPatch Community Market in Grass Valley, 272-5333; The Book Seller in Grass Valley, 272-2131; Cherry Records in Auburn, 823-2147; or online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.musictoday.com

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The Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir will sing at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center March 27 at 4 p.m. There is no charge for this all-ages show. Call Joy Fjeldsted, 274-3507.

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A one-woman play with Sarah Melici playing Dorothy Day, champion of the homeless, and Utah Phillips singing songs and telling stories of one of her famous houses of hospitality, takes place April 1, 8 p.m., at The Center for the Arts. $12 advance tickets at Yabobo, Nevada City; BriarPatch and The Book Seller, Grass Valley; and Cherry Records, Auburn. Proceeds go to the Emergency Assistance Coalition.

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On stage, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” by Herb Robins plays two weekends at the WinterStage, 554 Searls Ave., Nevada City. April 1-3, and 8-10, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m; Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets for $18. Call 470-0700.

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Music in the Mountains begins its seven-performance 2005 Spring Fest on April 1 with an opening night preconcert party April 1 at 6 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. with “Mozart to Broadway.” At the Amaral Family Festival Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. Order tickets online at http://www.musicinthemountains.org; call 265-6124 or (800) 218-2188; or stop by the MIM office, noon-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, 530 B Searls Ave., Nevada City.

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A reception for landscape oil painter Jerry Murphy takes place April 6, 4-6 p.m., in the main gallery of The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. His show, which includes scenes of Nevada County, continues through April 17.

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Former Los Angeles television and film composer Jerry Grant and the NuJazz Alternative (symphonic, dramatic, jazz/rock, and electronic elements) appear April 9 at 8 p.m. at the Amaral Family Center, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, as part of Music in the Mountains Spring Fest. Featured is the premiere of the newly commissioned work, “Mountain Dances.” Call 265-6124 for tickets.


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