Invest in Arts and Heritage in the Sierra Foothills

“Green’s the color of Spring and green can be cool and friendly-like.”
We recently brought our 6th-grade son with us to hear jazz legend Wynton Marsalis perform in Grass Valley for a music appreciation experience.
When Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra played the popular Kermit the Frog sing-along “It’s not easy being green,” as [...]

CATS presents Miss Saigon from April 10-May 10 in Nevada City

FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE TONY-AWARD WINNING MUSICAL Miss Saigon is coming to the Sierra Foothills this spring. Miss Saigon is being presented from April 10-May 10 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.
“CATS is excited about bringing this musical to the foothills” for the group’s 20th anniversary production, says Executive Director Jeannie Wood.
Miss [...]

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra turns 20

FEW GROUPS EXEMPLIFY THE INVENTIVE AND visionary spirit of the region’s arts and culture scene more than Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
From modest beginnings, CATS has grown to become one of the foothills’ most respected theatre and arts and culture groups, thanks to dedication, talent and creativity.
“Finding [...]

Siteline Architecture: a fresh & local designer in Nevada County

architects, designers and builders: Bruce Olson for “old-style” Lake Tahoe; Michael Kent Murphy for historical renovation such as Auburn Alehouse; and Ward-Young Architects for the HGTV Dream Home in Truckee.
Nevada City is home to Siteline Architecture, which has been instrumental in designing new buildings and historical renovation in Nevada, Placer and [...]

Truckee Dream Home

THE HGTV DREAM HOME IS HOME & Garden Television’s annual project house and sweepstakes, held since 1996. Past locations have included towns in Florida, New Mexico and Colorado.
The 2014 Dream Home is in Truckee, a coup for the Sierra mountain town. The 3,200-sq.-ft. home is in Schaffer’s Mill, set in the Martis Valley between Truckee [...]

Nevada City School of the Arts’ “A Matter of Taste” on March 8: Whimsical & Elegant

ACROSS THE STATE, charter schools are booming and educating students with their unique traits. Celebrating its 20th anniversary starting this fall, Nevada City School of the Arts is one of the state’s first charter schools.
The school serves 350 kindergarten through eighth-grade students and is dedicated to keeping the arts in education—a real challenge to public [...]

InConcert Sierra: Your source for music in Grass Valley

MUCH LIKE THE AUBURN SYMPHONY, InConcert Sierra was born thanks to the initiative of Chamber of Commerce leaders and local music enthusiasts — in this instance, 68 years ago.
After organizing at the historic Bret Harte Hotel in Grass Valley, the group’s first concert was held at the Veterans Memorial Building in 1946. It featured Charles [...]

Arts & Culture Getaways in Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City

SMALL, PICTURESQUE TOWNS SUCH AS Ashland, OR and Telluride, CO have long been popular with arts and culture enthusiasts. Though lesser known, the Sierra foothills is a cultural destination in its own right, with world-class performers, award-winning theater, including Broadway shows, and eclectic art galleries—all within walkable, historic towns.
Dining, shopping and lodging—from B&Bs and inns [...]

Auburn Symphony: The Orchestra Next Door

THE AUBURN SYMPHONY IS PLACER COUNTY’S orchestra — and one of the nation’s finest community ensembles. It was formed 27 years ago, when Auburn musician Monroe DeJarnette met with Bruce Cosgrove of the Auburn Chamber to discuss a plan to form a community orchestra.
The concert premier, entitled The Birth of an Orchestra, took place in [...]

Art Works Gallery: Local art by local artists

Grass Valley includes some of the foothills’ most talented artists. Now in its fourth year, the gallery has grown to 37 juried visual artists.
The artists, who live and work in Nevada County, specialize in jewelry, ceramics sculpture, furniture, wood, glass and mosaics, as well as photography, collage, watercolors, oil paintings, acrylics and drawings.
Their work is [...]

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