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The Russians are coming!

Carol Feineman

Maxim Gorky Theatre’s troupe members from Vladivostok, Russia, will perform “Ivanov” in their native language at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City from May 27 to 30.

Foothill Theatre Company will present the troupe’s performance with simultaneous English translation transmitted via headphones. During the last decade, actors, directors, designers and playwrights from the two theaters have worked together in special projects. Foothill Theatre Company artists traveled to Vladivostok to work in productions there, and Russian artists visited Nevada City to work in productions here.

“Ivanov,” Anton Chekhov’s first full-length play, is about Nikolai Ivanov, a non-Jew who defied the society of those times by marrying a Jewish woman, convinced that he could live on love alone and change the world by doing so. With middle-age fast approaching, his love has cooled and Ivanov re-examines his desires, haunted by what he has done and even more by the things he hasn’t accomplished.

Showtimes are May 27 at 7 p.m., May 28 and May 29 at 8 p.m., and May 30 at 2 p.m. Nevada Theatre is at 401 Broad St.

Admission is $25 general, $23 for seniors, $20 for students and $12 for children. Discounts for groups of 10 to 29 are $19 per ticket and for groups of 30 or more $16 per ticket.

Call Sharyn Cleary at the Foothill Theatre Company business office at 265-9320 or e-mail sharyn@foothilltheatre.org for group discount information. Call the Foothill Theatre Company box office at 265-8587 for individual ticket reservations or information.

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The second annual Ananda Storytelling Festival on May 28 and 29 will highlight stories and music of inspiration and courage.

All events will be at the outdoor amphitheater overlooking Lotus Lake. Ananda Village is at 14618 Tyler Foote Road on the San Juan Ridge.

Admission is $10 adults and $5 children per event with discounts offered for the entire weekend.

Call 478-7640, extension 4, for more information.

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Chris Cain and his band play in a blues dance party May 29 at the Center for the Arts.

Cain takes the stage at 8 p.m.

Admission is $15. Advance tickets are at Love Shack Records, Yabobo, BriarPatch and The Book Seller, or by calling (800) 594-8499.

The center is at 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Call 274-8384 for more information.

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At least 50 artists will display their works during the 22nd annual Sierra Festival of the Arts in downtown Grass Valley on May 30 and 31.

The festival also includes art demonstrations, ongoing entertainment, food booths and children’s activities.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days on Mill Street.

Admission is free to the Grass Valley Downtown Association-sponsored event.

Call 272-8315 for more information.


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