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This Week at Center For The Arts

This is a rare opportunity to have all Utah Phillips, all evening, singing, storytelling, and, as usual, charming his audience with his insights on government, the old days, and life in general.

One of the little-known facts about Phillips, says Peter Wilson of The Center for the Arts, “is that he has written so many songs that have become part of the folk tradition.” You couldn’t go to a bluegrass festival weekend without hearing three or four Phillips’ songs presented as traditional tunes, such as “Rocksalt and Nails,” “The Green Rollin’ Hills of West Virginia,” “Daddy What’s a Train,” and “Midnight on the Rails.”

Phillips toured for years with the late Kate Wolf, for whom he was a mentor and co-writer. One of the many awards he has received is the World Folk Music Association’s Kate Wolf Memorial Award in 1989 (see box for others).

Admission is $15. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.


Some of the honors conferred on Utah Phillips

1991 – Philadelphia Physicals for Social Responsibility Annual Award

1997 – The Utah Phillips Lifetime Service to Labor Award, American Federation of Musicians, Traveling Musicians Local 1000

1997 – NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors) Award for best traditional recording, with Rosalie Sorrels.

1997 – Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award (previously awarded to Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie).

Blues singer Alice

Stuart hits the stage

No less than Taj Mahal said, “Alice cut the road that Bonnie (Raitt) traveled.” A trailblazer since the 1960s, Stuart lived in this area for years, performing locally with her former partner, Prune Rooney.

A move to Seattle 10 years ago restarted her career after she took time off to raise a family. There she started a blues band and began winning awards. Her newest CD, “Can’t Find No Heaven,” released in 2002, was nominated for both a Grammy and a Handy Award (the top award for blues albums). The Washington Blues Society gave her an award for Best NW CD in 2003. In 2004, the society named her Best Songwriter, and she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Then she and her band were awarded Best Seattle Blues Band 2004 by the Seattle Weekly. Not bad for a hometown girl.

Family, friends, and all blues lovers should make this performance a real homecoming. Visit on the Web.

Admission is $12; the show starts at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Evening dedicated to sexual assault victims

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and in recognition a local organization, the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition, is presenting an evening of art, music, dance, and poetry Friday. The performance starts at 8 p.m. The healing room and art exhibit open at 7 p.m.

“From Silence to Song” is dedicated to survivors, many of whom have added a shirt depicting their personal experience to “The Nevada County Clothesline Project,” which will be showcased.

Mary Elizabeth Young of Gather the Women is the keynote speaker; the emcee is KVMR’s Carolyn Crane. Kimberly Bass, the Movement Alliance, and Saul Rayo and Cocina Del Mundo are among the performers. Also, meet the new executive director of DVSAC, Jody Anderson.

A healing room offers survivors such relaxing therapies as massage and aromatherapy at no charge.

A sobering exhibit, the Clothesline Project displays shirts, the colors of which portray the type of violence – from lavender, for women attacked because of their sexual orientation, to white for women who have died in violence. It was created as “an educational tool for ending the war against women,” say its organizers.

The admission is $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Tickets for the Utah Phillips and Alice Stuart concerts can be purchased at Music Today, (800) 594-8499; Yabobo, Nevada City, 478-9114; BriarPatch Community Market, Grass Valley, 272-5333; The Book Seller, Grass Valley, 272-2131; Cherry Records, Auburn, 823-2147. Call the Center at 271-7000 for ticket information. Tickets are sometimes available online at

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