“Beyond Karaoke” the musical comedy by John Driscoll will be performed at Off Broadstreet Theater in Nevada City. 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Live music by Chris Crockett at 7:15 p.m. $20 Friday and $22 Saturday. 265-8686.
18th annual Draft Horse Classics takes place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Performances include Singles, Gentlemen, hitch type, farm wagon, tandem, log skidding eliminations, and more. Reserve seating $18 advance, $21 day of the event, $21 general admission seats are first come, first serve $15 in advance and $18-day of the event. Parking $3. 273-6217.
2004 North Columbia Folklife Festival celebrating Mexican Cultural Traditions takes place at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge. The Festival begins at 7 p.m. today. Opening Ceremony is 10 a.m. Saturday in the spiritual tradition of Aztec dancing. Tickets for the entire festival $30 adults, $13 children and includes dinner Saturday evening; Tickets for Saturday events $25 adults, $10 children includes dinner on Saturday. 265-2826
8th annual Sierra Shakespeare Festival is at the Fred Forsman Amphitheatre at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This year’s bill is “Much Ado About Nothing,” and “As You Like It.” “Much Ado About Nothing,” performance Saturday. “As You Like It” performance Sunday. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. $23 Saturday, $19 Sunday. 265-8587.
Empire Mine State Historic Park tours take place daily. Bourn Cottage tours 1 p.m., mine yard tours noon, 2 p.m. Park admission $3 for 17 and older, $1 for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 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 with an additional noon tour Saturday. Free. 265-8778.
Cool Heat performs classic rock and soft jazz for dancing at the Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento St., in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. 265-5050.
Danny Buttacavoli performs pop, rock, and Bossa Nova at Bellavista (formerly Kirby’s Creekside) in Nevada City, 8-11:30 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.
DJ Jamal Walker spins discs at Athens Kuzina Restaurant and Sports Bar, 10100 Alta Sierra Dr. at 9 p.m. No cover. 273-5553.
Heather MacAdam performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.
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.
Shakedown and Tomorrow In Review play reggae and ska acoustic rock at Cooper’s saloon in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0385.
Steve Holland is at the 5 Mile House, Highway 20 in Nevada City, 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. 470-8849.
The Lost Marbles performs at the Willo, 16898 State Highway 49, in Nevada City, from 7-10 p.m. No cover. 265-9902.
5Rhythms Classes take place at South Yuba Club in Nevada City from 5:15-7:15 p.m. $8-members, $12-non members. 265-9119.
Club Live Middle School Dance takes place at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 7 p.m. Tickets $6.
International folk dancing takes place at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Nevada City. Doors open 7:45 p.m., dance lessons 8-9 p.m. dancing until 10:30 p.m. Visitors and beginners welcome. Nominal donation. 272-2149.
Sky Show 7:30-10 p.m.,Tobiassen Park, Nevada City. Show features numerous popular celestial objects. 478-6415.
“Beyond Karaoke” see 17.september listing.
18th annual Draft Horse Classics see 17.september listing. A Day of History display of historic photos and video of Nevada County History, takes place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds during the Draft Horse Classic.
2004 North Columbia Folklife Festival see 17.september listing.
8th annual Sierra Shakespeare Festival see 17.september listing.
Cajun Festival takes place at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, 4-10 p.m. Music by Creole Belles, Mark St. Mary and the Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band. Tickets $10-advance, $8-seniors, kids under 12 free.
Empire Mine State Historic Park see 17.september listing.
Sierra Knolls Vineyard and Winery barrel tasting in a 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 at Sierra Knolls Vineyard and Winery near Lake of the Pines Free. 268-9225.
Taste of the Gold Country takes place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 1-4 p.m. Food, wine and beer tasting tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. 272-8315.
Nevada City Carriage Company Carriage House see 17.september listing.
Chicago Blues with Bob Mora and the Third Degree at Trolley Junction Restaurant on the lawn at the natural running waterfall, 6-9 p.m. $40-per person/$75-for two. Limited seating, reservations call 265-5259.
Cool Heat performs smooth jazz, R&B, funk and light rock during the Taste of the Gold Country at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, noon-4 p.m. 272-8315.
Danny Brant Band performs hot blues, soul, funk and rock at Cooper’s saloon in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0385.
Danny Buttacavoli see 17.september listing.
Dave Ricci performs acoustic rock and alternative covers at the Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento St., in Nevada City, 8 p.m. 265-5050.
Heather MacAdam see 17.september listing.
Jimmy Townsend performs at the Country Rose Cafe, 300 Commercial St. in Nevada City, 6-10 p.m. No cover. 265-6248.
Karaoke see 17.september listing.
Tom MacDonald performs at the 5 Mile House, Highway 20 in Nevada City, 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. 470-8849.
“You Can Paint” art class with The Magic Palette takes place at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 1-3 p.m. Beginners welcome. 477-7843 or 274-0388.
Ballroom Dancing from 7-10 p.m., Golden Empire Grange, La Barr Meadows Road, Grass Valley. Live music. All ages welcome. Singles or couples. $6. 272-4190.
CATS 3rd annual Picnic takes place at the grounds of “Mekhaye,” 12282 North Bloomfield in Nevada City, noon-5 p.m. Activities include Mahjong, horseshoeing, badminton, volleyball, swing dance, Taiko “jam session,” and more. $10-adults, $5-kids 5 to 11 years old, children under 5 free. 265-2990.
Cycle of Seasons for children 3-5 years old at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley, 11:15 a.m.-noon. $8.50-per class. 274-2682.
Double Oak Vineyards & Winery tours followed by tasting from noon to 5 p.m., 14510 Blind Shady Road, San Juan Ridge. Free. 292-3235.
Family Music For Babies Class for newborns to 16 months at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley, 9:30-10 a.m. $8-per class. 274-2682.
Family Music for Toddlers 16-months to 3-years-old at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley, 10:15-11 a.m. $8.50-per class. 274-2682.
Haunted Nevada City a walking tour exploring the stories behind the many colorful ghosts said still to reside among us in Nevada City takes place Saturday night at 8 p.m. Tour departs from the corner of Broad and Nevada streets in front of Cornerstone Realty. Tickets $10-adults, $5-students 16 and under. 265-6877.
Nevada City Winery Tour complimentary wine tasting daily. Tours every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Free. Antique corkscrew collection on display. 321 Spring St. 265-9463.
Salsa Dance Class with live Umbria takes place at the Gold Rush Gaming Parlor & Saloon in Grass Valley. Dance lessons 7-8 p.m., music and dancing 9 p.m. 477-6537.
South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport is open from sunrise to sunset at 10 a.m. Goldpanning at 1 p.m. bridge history from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 432-2546.
Michael Franti & Spearhead play at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S.Auburn St., at 8:30 p.m. Doors open 8 p.m. $25 in advance and $30 today, free for children under 10. Tickets at Record Connection, Love Shack Records and BriarPatch or online at highsierratickets.com or jambasetickets.com. 583-2801
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