“Tibet through the Red Box” by CATS will be performed at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. today. Tickets $15 adults in advance, $17 adults at the door, $10 17 and under in advance, $12 17 and under at the door. 273-6362.
“Midnight At Mel’s” the 1950s musical comedy by Off Broadstreet returns to the cabaret dessert theater located at 305 Commercial St. in Nevada City. 8:15 p.m. today. $22. 265-8686.
Casino Night takes place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Main Exhibit Building, 7-10 p.m. No host cocktails 6:30 p.m., and live music by Kurtis Bershaw. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.
Empire Mine State Historic Park tours take place daily. Bourn Cottage tour 1 p.m., mine yard tour 2 p.m. Park admission is $3 for 17 and older, $1-for children 6 to 16 years; children are free. Guided tours are $1.50 per tour for adults. Park hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Weather permitting. 273-8522.
Mardi Gras Celebration in Nevada City. This year’s theme is “Moulin Rouge.” Activities begin Saturday with a traditional Cajun seafood dinner from 6-8 p.m. and Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Miners Foundry, and features a no-host bar for ages 21 and over. Music by the George Souza Band with Lorraine Gervais. Sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. Tickets $25-per person for dinner, and $15-advance for ball, or $20-at the door for ball. Continues Sunday with the Mardi Gras Street Faire from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and the Mardi Gras Parade at 2 p.m. in downtown Nevada City. 265-2692.
Rex Richardson performs at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 8 p.m. Tickets $15. 274-8384.
Buck Love & The Humperheads perform world beat, R&B jams and more at Cooper’s saloon in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. $5-cover. 265-0116.
Dave Ricci performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 7:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.
Ivan Najera performs Latin jazz at BellaVista Ristorante and Lounge in Nevada City, 7:30-11:30 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.
Jim Bratt performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 7:30 p.m. No cover.
Jim Lowe performs on the piano at the 5 Mile House, Highway 20 in Nevada City, 6:30-9:30 p.m. No cover. 18851 Highway 20. 470-8849.
Karaoke continues at the Holiday Cabaret, 1255 E. Main St., in Grass Valley, 9:30 p.m-1:30 a.m. No cover. 272-6466.
Mad Dash performs at Carlos’ Restaurant, 120 E. Main St., in Grass Valley, 9 p.m. No cover. 273-8111.
Paul Ong performs at the 5 Mile House, Highway 20 in Nevada City, 6:30-10 p.m. No cover. 470-8849.
Rocky the one-man band performs dance music from the ’50s and ’60s and contemporary at the historic National Hotel in Nevada City, 9 p.m-1 a.m. No cover. 265-4551.
Shay Dillon’s Blues Band performs at Peterson’s Corner in Nevada City, 9:30 p.m. No cover. 26130 Highway 49. 292-3311.
Stephen Holland Trio performs Brazilian groove at the Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento St., in Nevada City, 8 p.m.-midnight. No cover. 265-5050.
Double Oak Vineyards & Winery tasting and tours from noon to 5 p.m. at 14510 Blind Shady Road, San Juan Ridge. Free. 292-3235.
“A Single Woman,” performed by members of the Nevada Shakespeare Co., will be performed at Banner Grange in Grass Valley, 2 p.m. “A Single Woman,” is an inspiring story of the first woman elected to Congress from Montana. Advance tickets $10. 274-1018.
Bob Marley Birthday Celebration takes place at Willow Springs in North San Juan, 6 p.m. Performers include Rocker T, Jah Light, Sista Kat, and I Word. Tickets $12. 292-4315.
Empire Mine State Historic Park see 5.february listing.
Mardi Gras Celebration see 5.february listing.
Celtic Wonder Band performs at the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley, 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. 273-1353.
Jam Session with Jim Bratt and Friends takes place at Bellavista Ristorante and Lounge in Nevada City, 4:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. 265-3445.
John Girton performs at Friar Tuck’s in Nevada City, 6:30 p.m. No cover.
Rocky see 5.february listing.
Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers perform bluegrass from 10 a.m.-noon at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace, across from the Rough and Ready Market. Bring your own chair. Free. 432-1501.
A Fireside Serenade takes place at 7 p.m. with Ralph Williams performing a mixture of English chants with themes of spirituality and loving kindness. No cover, but donations are welcome. 274-7629.
Sierra Celebration Meditation at the Humbug Trail Waterfall. Meet at Edward’s Crossing 10:45 a.m. Attuning to nature, spirit, and our highest selves through a silent hike, short meditation, and creative sharing together. Bring warm clothing, towel or blanket and anything to share such as poetry, writing, a favorite reading passage. 274-7629.
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