“Beyond Karaoke” musical comedy by John Driscoll presented at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 9. $20 Fridays and $22 Saturdays. Limited seating, advance reservations recommended. 265-8686.
Eighth annual Sierra Shakespeare Festival comedies are “Much Ado About Nothing” and “As You Like It” at the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ Fred Forsman Amphitheatre. “Much Ado About Nothing” performances are Saturday, Sept. 10, 12, 16, and 18.. “As You Like It” performances are Friday, Sunday, Thursday, Sept. 11, 17, and 19. Tickets $19 for Thursdays and Sundays, $23 for Fridays and Saturdays. Discounts for seniors, children 12 and under, students and groups of 10 or more. 265-8587.
Joanna Newsom performs in a concert benefit for The Inkwell at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. Grace Totherow will also perform. $15 tickets at Love Shack Records, BriarPatch, Yabobo, The Book Seller, at the door and online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org or by calling (800) 594-8499. Information number is Literature Alive at 272-5812.
Friday Night Market concludes the season in downtown Grass Valley, 6-9:30 p.m. The event features a certified farmer’s market, Mountain Laurel bluegrass band, and merchandise, food and craft vendors. Free admission. 265-9495 or 272-8315.
Empire Mine State Historic Park Bourn Cottage tours 1 p.m., mine yard tours noon and 2 p.m. Park admission $3 for anyone 17 and older, $1 for anyone 6- to 16-years-old; free for children. Tours $1.50 per adults. Park hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 273-8522.
Nevada City Carriage Company Carriage House tours at 431 Uren St. in Nevada City. 10 a.m. today and noon Saturday. Free. 265-8778.
Avatara performs at 6:30 p.m. at the Wall Street Cafe in Grass Valley. No cover. 114 W. Main St. 274-2411.
Bucho performs Latin jazz, funk, and rock originals at 9:30 p.m. at Cooper’s saloon in Nevada City. $5-cover. 265-0116.
Cool Heat performs classic rock and soft jazz dance songs at 8 p.m. at the Stonehouse Restaurant in Nevada City. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050.
Dave Harpe performs from 6-9 p.m. at Madonna’s Kitchen in Colfax. No cover. 42 N. Main St. 346-8213.
DJ Jamal Walker spins discs at 9 p.m. at Athens Kuzina Restaurant and Sports Bar. No cover. 10100 Alta Sierra Dr. 273-5553.
Ghost Riders performs dance music at 9 p.m. at the National Hotel in Nevada City. 265-4551.
Karaoke hosted by Jake continues from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at the Holiday Cabaret in Grass Valley. No cover. 1255 E. Main. 272-6466.
Tony Lauria performs at 7:30 p.m. at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City. No cover.
Tom MacDonald, Stephan Holland and Allen Kuehwe perform Brazilian jazz from 8-11:30 p.m. at Kirby’s Creekside in Nevada City. No cover. 265-3445.
First Friday Art Sale takes place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts, 200 Litton Dr., Suite 212 in Grass Valley. Artwork includes paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, weaving and crafts. 272-7287.
Salsa Dance for Beginners takes place at Sierra Dance Institute in Grass Valley with Billy Bob and Dominique, 6:30-7:30 p.m. No partner required. $35 per person. 265-3488.
Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery downtown Grass Valley Wine Tasting Room 1st Anniversary Celebration and Recital. Recital features Sonja Harsim, and Eric Starr from 5-9 p.m. Friday and the celebration continues from noon-5 p.m. Saturday. 477-8277.
Jim Bratt performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Holbrooke Hotel, 212 W. Main St., Grass Valley. No cover. 273-1353.
Lisa Haley and the Zydacats perform cajun dance music at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. Tickets $15. 274-8384.
Miners’ Picnic is at the Empire Mine State Historic Park from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley. Activities include old-fashioned children’s games, live entertainment, a cakewalk, gold panning and living history presentations in the mine yard, Bourn Cottage and clubhouse. Park admission $3 for anyone 17 and over, $1 for children 6-16 years old, free for children under 6. Park hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 273-8522.
Sierra Knolls Vineyard and Winery barrel tasting in 50′ cave, wine tasting in the tasting room and picnic on the patio from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday near Lake of the Pines. Free. 268-9225.
Billy Bensing performs acoustic rock and folk from 8-11 p.m. at the Stonehouse Restaurant in Nevada City. No cover. 107 Sacramento St. 265-5050.
Jimmy Townsend performs from 6-10 p.m. at the Country Rose Cafe in Nevada City. No cover. 300 Commercial St. 265-6248.
Mad Dash performs classic rock, Top 40, and originals from 6-10 p.m. at Sierra Knolls Winery in Grass Valley. 268-9225.
Starthistle performs electric jazz-funk at 9:30 p.m. Cooper’s saloon in Nevada City. $5-cover. 265-0116.
“You Can Paint” art class with The Magic Palette takes place from 1-3 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Beginners welcome. 477-7843 or 274-0388.
Jim Bratt performs at the Holbrooke Hotel, 212 W. Main St., Grass Valley, starting at 7:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.
Ballroom Dancing from 7-10 p.m. at Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley. Live music. All ages welcome. Singles or couples. $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 has been extended at 8 p.m. Saturday nights. The tour departs from the corner of Broad and Nevada streets in front of Cornerstone Realty. Tickets $10-adults, $5-students 16 and under. 265-2877.
Nevada City Contra Dance at 8 p.m. at the Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall. Live music by Hot Cider, calling by Mavis McGaugh. No partner necessary; all dances taught; beginners welcome. $8-general, $7-members. 477-8103.
Nevada City Winery Tour complimentary wine tasting daily. Tours at 11:30 a.m. every Saturday. Free. Antique corkscrew collection on display. 321 Spring St. 265-9463.
Placer Nature Center’s Starlight Soiree at 6:30 p.m. the Canyon View Community Center in Auburn. An evening of food, wine, music, stargazing and more. Guest speaker is Dr. Paul Doherty of San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art and Human Percep-tion. 878-6053.
Silver Screen Classic Movies presents the 1942 comedy “Sullivan’s Travels.” Showtimes are 2 and 7 p.m. at the Beecher Room of the Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn. $5 general, $4 seniors and children. 878-7938.
South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is open daily from sunrise to sunset with the park gate opening at 10 a.m. Gold panning at 1 p.m. and local and bridge history is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Visitors Center is open daily from noon to 4 p.m. 432-2546.
“Beyond Karaoke” see 3.september listing
8th annual Sierra Shakespeare Festival Comedies see 3.september listing
Empire Mine public tours see 3.september listing
Nevada City Carriage Company Carriage House see 3.september listing
Ghost Riders see 3.september listing
Karaoke see 3.september listing
Tony Lauria see 3.september listing
Tom MacDonald, Stephan Holland and Allen Kuehwe see 3.september listing
Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery see 3.september listing
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