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‘Woody Guthrie’s American Song’ opens; Glass Bead Players presents new works

“Woody Guthrie’s American Song” opens Foothill Theatre Company’s 2004 season with a preview performance Feb. 26 in Nevada City.

Adapted by Bay Area theater artist and teacher Peter Glazer, the musical features the music and writings of folk legend Woody Guthrie, a perennial champion of the American laborer. “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” debuted in 1988.

The cast includes local actors Sands Hall and Stan Thomas-Rose along with Sam Misner (Petaluma), Megan Smith (San Francisco) and Victor Ballasteros (Mill Valley). The band is composed of local musicians Rick Toles, Barry Angel and Rudy Darling.



A “pay-what-you-can” benefit performance on March 3 at 7 p.m. will benefit the nonprofit Hospice of the Foothills.

“Woody Guthrie’s American Song” opens Feb. 27 and runs through April 11. Performances are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances are at Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., in Nevada City.




Admission is $19 Thursdays and Sundays and $23 Fridays and Saturdays. The preview performance is $12. In addition, $5 seats and discounts for seniors, children 6 to 12 years old, students and groups of 10 or more are available.

Call the Foothill Theatre Company box office at 265-8587 for ticket information.

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The Glass Bead Players will present new dance theater works in four performances Feb. 27-29 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.

Included in the show called “Transformations” is the culminating performance of a six-week community performance workshop begun in early January and directed by Glass Bead Players Bill Dufford and Azriel Getz.

A gala reception follows the 8 p.m. show Feb. 27 ($15 admission). Other performances are 7:30 p.m. ($10) and 9:30 p.m. ($5 at the door only) Feb. 28, and 3 p.m. Feb. 29 ($10).

Advance tickets at Herb Shop Records are $2 off the admission price.

The Off Center Stage is at 315 Richardson Street, in back of Center for the Arts.

Call 477-7577 for more details.

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The third annual Sound & Vision Festival on Feb. 27-Feb. 29 will feature works by composers W. Jay Sydeman, Terry Riley, Mikail Graham, Jerry Grant and Mark Vance at the Magic Theatre.

Presented by the Nevada County Composers Cooperative, the festival is an interactive collaboration between local filmmakers, artists and new music composers.

Admission is $12 general and $6 for students.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and Feb. 28, and 3 p.m. Feb. 29.

The Magic Theatre is at 107 Argall Way in Nevada City. Call 478-0983 for reservations or information.

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Multigenre pianist George Winston will perform in a guitar benefit for and at the Center for the Arts Feb. 28.

Winston performs up to 15 guitar concerts annually for service groups and arts organizations. On guitar, he predominantly plays Hawaiian slack key and Appalachian/American folk music.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Advance tickets are at Herb Shop Records, Yabobo, BriarPatch, Book Seller or by calling (800) 594-8499.

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


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