Nevada City’s Spring St. Neighborhood: An Emerging Arts District

LAST YEAR WE WROTE ABOUT an emerging food lovers’ neighborhood on lower Commercial Street in downtown Nevada City, anchored by the farmers market, annual farm-to-table banquet, the Boardwalk and the new Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.
In the new year, across town, the Spring Street neighborhood is being revitalized. This includes a new building for [...]

KVMR & Nevada Theatre: The Bridge Street Project

KVMR 89.5 Community Radio and the Nevada Theatre Commission, assisted by the community at large, collaborated to build an 8,000 sq.-ft. building behind the historic theater at the corner of Bridge and Spring streets in Nevada City. It creates a new home for the award winning radio station and adds needed backstage space to California’s [...]

A night out in Auburn: Carpe Vino and Auburn Symphony

WHEN YOU THINK OF DINING at a four-star restaurant, going to the symphony and strolling amid festive holiday displays, a “big city” experience comes to mind. But look no further than Auburn, which has all of the above.
CARPE VINO RESTAURANT
Under Chef Eric Alexander, Carpe Vino has been honored with some of the nation’s most [...]

“Free if it snows” and “Spring bling tour” to Europe at Stucki Jewelers

Stucki Jewelers of Grass Valley, the region’s oldest continuously operating jewelry store, is 5,400 miles from Antwerp, Belgium, the world’s diamond capitol.
But typically twice a year, owners James and Nicole Arbaugh travel to Antwerp to hand-select precious gems for their customers, accepting preorders. James is a graduate gemologist, and the trip exemplifies the store’s focus [...]

Artisans Festival is November 28-29 at Miners Foundry

THIS YEAR MARKS the 40th anniversary of the Artisans Festival, November 28-29 on Thanksgiving weekend, at the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City. The ‘70s saw an arts and cultural renaissance in Nevada City, and the Artisans Festival at the Miners Foundry was at the center of it.
This is one of the longest running holiday [...]

InConcert Sierra launches an exciting new season

NAYSAYERS SAID MANY THINGS WOULD “kill classical music”: In 1324, it was “popular music.” In 1827, it was Beethoven himself; “The writings of Beethoven on the art must, I fear, be considered injurious,” wrote a London reviewer. In 1906, it was the player piano; in 2013, it was YouTube; and in 2014, it is an [...]

Foothills Event Center: An elegant, new venue

OUR REGION HAS SOME EXQUISITE places for wedding receptions, anniversaries, reunions and other gatherings. The choices range from historic Miners Foundry and Empire Mine to hotels, inns, private estates and restaurants all around Grass Valley, Nevada City and Auburn. More are being planned, such as renovating historic North Star House.
The Foothills Event Center is Nevada [...]

Strawberry Music Festival comes to Nevada County Fairgrounds

NEVADA COUNTY HOSTS THE STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL in Grass Valley is home to the Nevada County Fair and the Draft Horse Classic. Located under tall pine trees, the fairgrounds are often referred to as “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds.”
But it also is gaining stature as a gathering place for music festivals and world-famous musicians. Two summers [...]

Foothills’ theater groups stand out in Elly nominations

Sierra Stages, Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, Synthetic Unlimited, Quest Theaterworks and LeGacy Presents all received multiple nominations for Elly Awards on Sunday night in Sacramento.
Nevada City-based Sierra Stages’ “Avenue Q” won more nominations (12) than any other production in the Sacramento region — a major coup for the foothill community theater scene. All [...]

InConcert Sierra: from orchestral favorites to pianist Alessio Bax

INCONCERT SIERRA HAS BEEN INNOVATING since it began in 1946. The group has traveled many paths—from a community concerts program, to a large series of concerts, to a small chamber ensemble presenter. Four years ago, Twin Cities Concert Association’s name became InConcert Sierra.
All of the various incarnations have helped this venerable organization evolve into one [...]

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