A “super bloom” of wildflowers this spring

This spring is going to be a “super bloom” of wildflowers, thanks to welcome El Niño rains after a prolonged drought. The biggest explosion of wildflowers in a decade is expected at Death Valley, one of the hottest and driest places on Earth.
In April, orange-and-gold California poppies carpet the hillsides in the foothills around Auburn, [...]

Sierra Master Chorale presents “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” on May 15, 17

“THE ARMED MAN: A MASS FOR PEACE” was commissioned for the millennium by the U.K. Royal Armouries. The hope was that performances would encourage young people to think about “the vital issues of war and peace.”
The composer is Welsh-born Sir Karl Jenkins, known for his brilliant music (and a robust mustache). “As I started composing [...]

Sierra Stages presents “The Last Five Years” in spring and “Little Shop of Horrors” in summer

THIS SPRING AND SUMMER, Sierra Stages continues its 2016 season with two diverse musicals that have developed a popular following since debuting Off-Broadway. “The Last Five Years” plays at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley April 28-May 8, and “Little Shop of Horrors” plays at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City July 14-August 6.
From [...]

Ellu Gallery: “Life is drab without art”

ELLU GALLERY OFFERS AN EXCITING approach to viewing, buying and living with art. The 5,000 sq.-ft. modern and contemporary art gallery opened quietly in late 2015 in Grass Valley. The Gallery hosts events, impromptu small-scale musical performances and other gatherings.
It epitomizes the booming art gallery scene in our area, which includes Art Works Gallery and [...]

California WorldFest turns 20 in Grass Valley

CALIFORNIA WORLDFEST BEGAN IN 1996 to showcase the world’s finest artists performing music and dance. The summertime jam at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley was founded by longtime Chico residents Dan DeWayne and Christine Myers.
The couple also co-founded the popular Strawberry Music Festival and pioneered the concept of bringing the Bluegrass festival formula, [...]

Strawberry Music Festival returns to Grass Valley on May 26-29

The iconic Strawberry Music Festival is returning to the Nevada County Fairgrounds on May 26- 29. It features four days of music, camping and recreation and draws thousands of musicians, entertainers and music enthusiasts from across the United States.
The festival features a wide range of music, including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, swing, rock, Cajun, Celtic [...]

Arts & Culture: An economic engine in Nevada County, CA

A HALF CENTURY AGO, NEVADA County— long known for its rich gold mines and Wild West feel—experienced an arts and culture revolution that has reshaped the local economy well into the 21st century. The county also continues to influence the statewide arts scene.
Starting in the ’60s, Beat Generation member and “deep ecology” poet Gary Snyder, [...]

Nevada County Fairgrounds hosts signature musical events

THE NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN GRASS Valley is home to the annual Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, and the Country Christmas Faire. Located under tall pine trees, the fairgrounds are commonly referred to as “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds.”
But that’s not all: the Fairgrounds also host some of the region’s signature music festivals and [...]

Art events: What’s new this spring in the Sierra Foothills

LEEANN BROOK FINE ART
■ April 22 “Where on Earth,” opens on Earth Day, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery and studio, 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City. The show highlights largescale sculptural wooden vessels by Mike Snegg, complemented by mixed media drawings and paintings by LeeAnn.
■ LeeAnn teaches [...]

Spring events: Amgen bike race in Tahoe, art & wine walks, Nevada City soapbox derby, tulips

Springtime Events
Nevada City
April 9-10, 16-17
Springtime at Ananda
The annual event has become a Northern California tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to see the more than 16,000 tulips and flowering trees, set amid mountain vistas at Ananda Village near Nevada City.
CrystalHermitage.org
June 5
Nevada City Soapbox Derby
Cars compete on creativity and team spirit, not just speed. Teams race nearly [...]

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