Art Works Gallery: winning regional honors for its local artwork

ARTWORK IS MORE WIDELY available than ever, revealing new and up-and-coming talent. Arts education also is on the rise. The California Arts Council, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016 (see box), is investing millions of dollars in communities across California, including our region.
Nevada County is a growing arts hub: It has more artists [...]

InConcert Sierra’s new season includes pianist Nikolaï Lugansky on March 14

INCONCERT SIERRA RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR with a stellar lineup of performers, including pianist Sean Chen on January 17, the Cavatina Duo on February 21 and pianist Nikolaï Lugansky on March 14. It comes on the heels of violinist Joshua Bell’s sold-out performance last fall.
From the grand Russian school of piano playing, Lugansky returns [...]

The Center for the Arts bringing more world-class talent to the foothills this season: Jewel, Cohn, DiFranco and Cray

The Center for the Arts is bringing more world-class talent to Grass Valley this winter and spring. Some examples:
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter JEWEL will perform at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley on May 14. “It was the time in my life to do this,” the Alaskan-born music icon says bluntly, reflecting on her decision [...]

Popular Broadway musical Hamilton coming to San Francisco in March 2017

The blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton is coming to the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco in March 2017 as the anchor of its 2016-2017 season. The San Francisco performance is part of a national tour.
The show features book, music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of [...]

What’s new in Placer County and Nevada County CA in Winter 2016

Lake Tahoe
Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 4: Friday Night Tubing
Tube under the lights this winter at Tahoe Donner Snowplay until 6:30 p.m. TahoeDonner.com
March 3-13: North Lake Tahoe SnowFest
North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, a 10-day event TahoeSnowFestival.com
April 1-3: WinterWonderGrass Festival
Music, brews and mountains is the theme for the WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Festival, [...]

Sierra Stages: An imaginative 2016 season

FOUR CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED PLAYS and musicals — “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin McDonagh, “The Last Five Years” by Jason Robert Brown, “Little Shop of Horrors” by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl— make up Sierra Stages’ eighth season.
The 2016 Season opens with an enchanting, dark comedy, “The Cripple [...]

California Arts Council turns 40: foothills’ poet Snyder was first chair

IN 2016, THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL in Sacramento celebrates 40 years. Much of its success comes from the involvement of Nevada County’s artistic community.
In the ‘70s, Governor Jerry Brown

North Lake Tahoe celebrates its 35th annual SnowFest on March 3-13

NORTH LAKE TAHOE CELEBRATES its long winter season with SnowFest, a 10-day event and one of the region’s most beloved annual family celebrations. SnowFest is set for March 3-13, 2016, and is being held at a variety of venues throughout North Lake Tahoe.
SnowFest is celebrating its 35th year and is expecting to draw thousands of [...]

Chinese New Year Festival February 21 in Nevada City

COMMUNITY ASIAN THEATRE OF THE SIERRA presents the Nevada City Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and Parade on Sunday, February 21, from noon-4 p.m., to welcome the Year of the Monkey.
Chinese New Year Festivals are rare in rural communities, and CATS presents this fifth annual celebration, honoring the Chinese pioneers of the Sierra Foothills. [...]

Adventure Towns: The new tech hubs

“MOUNTAIN BURGS AND CITIES WITH the perfect work-life balance aren’t just good for skiing, biking and hiking,” writes Outside magazine. “For years, these areas have reinvented themselves as outdoor-friendly tech alternatives to Silicon Valley.”
Outdoor-friendly tech towns with the lure of a work-life balance, along with a growing culinary and arts scene, offer the special ingredients [...]

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