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‘Self Portraits’ exhibit, music events coming up

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

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The Deadbeats will host an “Almost Valentine’s Dance Party” on Feb. 11 at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. High energy, great dancing, and lots of fun is promised. 8 p.m. $12; for will-call tickets, call 265-5040.

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Spiritual teacher Adyashanti will give a satsang (spiritual gathering) on Friday, Feb. 11, 7-9 p.m., and a day-long intensive on teachings – which have been compared to those of the early Zen masters – Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Both events to be held at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley. Friday’s fee is $15; Saturday’s is $110. Call Catalina at 272-8122 for more information.

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Sacred Music Events presents singer Steven Walters at a special house concert Saturday, Feb 12, at 8 p.m. at 1167 Loma Rica Drive in Grass Valley. $15. 530-613-1865.

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Rising Starz Gymnastics Academy will host a meet of 150 athletes, ages 7-16, from across Northern California on Saturday, 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 is $5; kids to age 14 and seniors, $3. Call 477-9581 for more information or e-mail gym@risingstarzgymnastics.com.

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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 to 11 p.m. Cajun buffet, dancing to King Cotton Band, in costume, if possible. $30. Call 888-1273.

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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 in Grass Valley. Ken Hardin and Aileen James will be on piano and will be joined by Phil Richardson on horn and David Thorp on viola playing works of Brahms, Schumann, Hindemith and more.

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George Winston returns to the Center for the Arts Feb. 22 and 23 and will play on Music in the Mountain’s beautiful Steinway grand piano. Winston was among the earliest and most successful proponents of the genre of contemporary instrumental music later dubbed New Age. The extreme seasonal changes he experienced growing up in Montana greatly influenced the pastoral feel of his music and led to a release of “Montana: A Love Story from 2004.” 8 p.m.; admission is $20.

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V-Day Nevada County presents a benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler on Feb. 26, 8 p.m., at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Proceeds will benefit local organizations working to end violence against women and girls. Get your $25 tickets early; last year’s performance sold out. Call 265-8648.

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A former Grass Valley resident, singer/songwriter Dolli Melaine, returns here to The Center for the Arts Feb. 27 from Vienna, Austria, where she now lives. She offers a unique vocal and performing experience of modern electronic music from Europe. Joining her is longtime Nevada City resident Tilden Thorne, who performs an eclectic collection of his down tempo electro compositions in his darkly underground style. 8 p.m. $10 admission.

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Slack key guitarist extraordiniare Led Kaapana comes to the Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley on March 6, 4 p.m. Named by Chet Atkins and Bob Dylan as the best musician alive in Hawaii, Kaapana has recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and Ricky Skaggs. Call (800) 594-8499 or purchase the $15 tickets online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org.

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Open Mike Nights at North Columbia Schoolhouse, 17894 Tyler Foote Rd. on the San Juan Ridge, March 18, 7 p.m. Music, poetry, stories, songs or whatever. $3. 265-2826

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4th Annual Taste of the Foothills Celebration, a benefit for Music in the Mountains and the Grass Valley Downtown Association, is taking place March 5, 1-4 p.m. Stroll around Grass Valley’s shops and check out tasting rooms and restaurants while listening to live music. Tickets include unlimited wine tasting, a wine glass, four food tasting tickets (additional food tasting tickets can be purchased) and all entertainment for only $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event. Call 265-6124 or (800) 218-2188 for tickets or information; order on-line at http://www.musicinthemountains.org.

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“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, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keynote speakers from the October 2004 Biological Pioneers conference will present. $20. Call 265-6649 for more information.

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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 more information and for vendor applications.


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