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Swing lessons, honky-tonk, ‘Dorothy Day’ coming up

Dance teacher Arny Messersmith is giving ongoing lessons in West Coast Swing at the Grange Hall, 11283 Grange Court off La Barr Meadow Road, Grass Valley. Mondays at 7 p.m. are for beginners; 8 p.m for intermediate. All lessons are $5, and no partner is required. Starting in April and in May, he will teach East Coast Swing and Night Club Two Step at the Horsemen Association, 10600 Bubbling Wells (Brunswick & Town Talk), Grass Valley. Call 470-8590 for dates and times.

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Glen Earl Brown Jr and The Dickens play pre-1970 Nashville- and Bakersfield-style country and honky-tonk with a twang at Cooper’s Saloon, Nevada City, March 31, 8:30 p.m.



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Talented brother-and-sister team Kort and Beth McCumber bring their virtuosity in rock, traditional Irish and bluegrass, folk, tight harmonies, and skill with many instruments from the harmonica to the bouzouki to the BellaVista Ristorante, 101 Broad St., Nevada City, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.




See their latest CD “Until I Return” at http://www.kortmusic.com on the Web.

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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 in Nevada City; at BriarPatch and The Book Seller in Grass Valley; and at Cherry Records in 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.” The event will be 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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DeMania, a trio that plays Thelonious Monk to J.S. Bach, India to Appalachia, and Hendrix to nursery rhymes, performs at 8 p.m. at The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, April 2. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at the door or by calling the box office at 271-7000. Visit http://www.thecenterforthearts.org/ for more information.

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April 2 is the date for the next Nevada City Contra Dance, with live caller and music. No partner is necessary and all dances are taught, so beginners are welcome. Contra dancing is an easy-to-learn community-style dance form rooted in the New England folk tradition. The Nevada City dance happens the first Saturday of every month at 8 p.m. in the Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St., Nevada City. Newcomer orientation at 7:30. $8 ($7 with membership). For more information, visit http://members.aol.com/foothilldancers or call 477-8103.

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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, 8 p.m., at the Amaral Family Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in 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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For children 6 and older, The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will perform “The Sword in the Stone” at the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room April 9 at 10 a.m. No charge. Call Librarian Sushila Mertens at 477-5790 for more information.

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The 15th annual Arts & Flowers Gala to benefit hospice will open from 4 to 8 p.m. April 15 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and continue April 16 from noon to 7 p.m. $3 donation includes raffle ticket for art. Call Sandra at 432-5966.

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“Listening to the Wild,” the annual celebration of nature in poetry, prose, song and dance, will take place April 15 at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, Grass Valley, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general, $7 senior, $5 student at the door or in advance at The Book Seller, Harmony Books or Odyssey Books. The evening is presented by Literature Alive and the South Yuba River Citizens League. For more information, call 272-5812 or visit http://www.litalive.org.


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