“Beyond Karaoke” musical comedy by John Driscoll presented at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. 8:15 p.m. today. $18 Sunday, $20 Fridays and $22 Saturdays. Limited seating, advance reservations recommended. 265-8686.
WinterStage presents two one-act plays by Christopher Durang, “The Actors’ Nightmare” and “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All to You” at the WinterStage Theater, 554 Searls Ave. in Nevada City. Last performance tonight at 8. 470-0700.
Eighth annual Sierra Shakespeare Festival comedies are “Much Ado About Nothing” and “As You Like It” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ Fred Forsman Amphitheatre. “As You Like It” performances are today, Friday, Sept. 5, 9, 11, 17, and 19. “Much Ado About Nothing” performances are Sunday, Thursday, and Sept. 4, 10, 12, 16, and 18. Tickets $23 Saturday, $19 Sunday. Discounts for seniors, children 12 and under, students and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.
All-Ages Punk Rock Show to benefit breast cancer survivors is at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Featuring Secretions, the Man O’Malleys and more. $8. 274-8384.
Cottage Living History at Empire Mine State Historic Park. Cottage tours are every 15 minutes from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Groups meet at the Bourn Cottage patio. Limit 25 people. The Clubhouse will also be open for Living History on Sundays during this time. 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. Park admission $3 for 17 and over, $1 for children 6-16 years old, children under 6 are free. Tour cost $1.50-per person. Park hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 273-8522.
Empire Mine public tours take place today and Sunday at the Empire Mine Historic Park. Mine yard tours are 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. Admission to the park is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children under 6 are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 273-8522.
Sierra Knolls Vineyard and Winery barrel tasting in 50-foot cave, wine tasting in the tasting room and picnic on the patio from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays near Lake of the Pines. Free. 268-9225.
Nevada City Carriage Company Carriage House tours 431 Uren St. in Nevada City at noon today. Free. 265-8778.
MoveOn benefit from 7-10 p.m. includes “The Miss Underestimated Pageant” with talent and “Tacky Evening Gown”competitions at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. Performers are Dan Scanlan, The Good Intentions Paving Company, Tome Wernigg, Marilyn Gale, Sugar Plump Fair-ies, Albert Martinez, Tom Daly, John Irving and Diane Miessler. Audience members encouraged to bring or wear gowns for competition. (888) 340-6262.
Big Fish Small Pond performs rock on the Harmony Ridge Market patio in Nevada City, 5-8 p.m. No cover. 265-0555.
Ghost Riders perform dance music at the National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m. 265-4551.
Good To Go, a five-piece classic rock band, performs at McGee’s Annex in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. 315 Broad St. $5 cover. 265-3205.
Ivan Najera performs smooth Latin jazz and flamenco music at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover.
Jimmy Townsend performs at the Country Rose Cafe, 300 Commercial St. in Nevada City, 6-10 p.m. No cover. 265-6248.
John Montgomery performs at Kirby’s Creekside in Nevada City, 8-11:30 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.
Karaoke hosted by Jake continues at the Holiday Cabaret, 1255 E. Main St. in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. No cover. 272-6466.
Saul Rayo and La Cucina Del Mundo perform world music – “back porch” blues at Cooper’s saloon in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.
Tom McDonald performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.
“Boys” Workshop on movement awareness for all males 14 and older with Alison Clancy at Sierra Dance Institute, Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 277-4567.
“You Can Paint” art class with The Magic Palette is at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 1-3 p.m. Beginners welcome. 477-7843 or 274-0388.
Second annual Mud Hut Open House at the Mud Hut Ceramics Center in Nevada City from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. features free clay play for kids, a children’s ceramics exhibit, refreshments and a Q&A with instructors about the upcoming fall classes for pre-schoolers through adults. Free. 161 Nevada City Highway (adjacent to the Imaginarium). 478-6400 extension 212.
“An Evening with the Medicine Man,” a one-man show by Richard Gill at the Nevada County Traction Company, 402 Railroad Ave. in Nevada City. 4 p.m. today. Tickets $15. 265-0896.
Ballroom Dancing from 7-10 p.m. at Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley. Live music. All ages, singles and couples welcome. $6. 272-4190.
Double Oak Vineyards & Winery tours followed by tasting of the estate grown and produced wines noon to 5 p.m. at 14510 Blind Shady Road, San Juan Ridge. Free. 292-3235.
Haunted Nevada City a walking tour exploring the stories behind the many colorful ghosts said to reside in Nevada City. Last tour at 8 p.m. tonight. The tour departs from the corner of Broad and Nevada streets in front of Cornerstone Realty. Tic-kets $10 adults, $5 students 16 and under. 265-6877.
South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport open daily sunrise to sunrise, park gate opens at 10 a.m. Gold panning at 1 p.m.; learn local and bridge history, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beaches, picnicking and hiking. Visitors center open daily noon to 4 p.m. 432-2546.
“Nutcracker” auditions 10 a.m. for 5- to 8-year-olds, 11 a.m. for 9- to 12-year-olds, 1 p.m. for 13- to 17-year-olds, 2 p.m. for adults at Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. For principle roles and dance ensemble.
The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater Company presents “Mudfire,” an acrobatic stiltwalking spectacle at the Don Baggett Theatre in Grass Valley. Doors open 6 p.m., performance 7 p.m. Tickets $10-advance, $12-at the door. 265-9195.
Eighth annual Sierra Shakespeare Festival Comedies see 28.august listing
Empire Mine State Historic Park see 28.august listing
Sierra Knolls Vineyard and Winery barrel tasting see 28.august listing
Celtic Wonder Band performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 5:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.
John Girton performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.
Leticia Ivo performs Brazilian and bossa nova at Kirby’s Creekside in Nevada City, 7-10 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.
Robert Kelaghan & the Crazy Karma Kirtan Band leads energetic and devotional chanting at Wild Mountain Yoga Center, 574 Searls Ave. in Nevada City, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Eastern and Wester traditions honored. No experience necessary. $5. 477-1651.
Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers jam, bluegrass-style, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace, across from the Rough and Ready Market. Bring your own chair. Free. 432-1501.
Guitarist/singer Tammy Moore is at Peterson’s Corner, 26130 Highway 49 on the San Juan Ridge, 6-9 p.m. No cover. 292-3311.
South Yuba River State Park see 28.august listing
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