Raising Appalachia performs in Grass Valley October 29 & 30, 2015

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Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith bring their band Rising Appalachia to The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley for two nights October 29 and 30.

Rising Appalachia was voted “Green Album of the Year” by the Huffington Post and Atlanta’s Best Folk Act by the Creative Loafing. Their tours have taken them across Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, the Indian subcontinent, and across the United States. They are committed to keeping their work accessible at the local level and expanding to larger audiences abroad. They have maintained autonomy by self managing, recording, producing and creating their work.

Joined full-time by their band, Biko Casini on percussion, and David Brown on stand up bass and baritone guitar, expect everything from folk standards to jazz, to New Orleans soul, to old mountain traditionals, to activist anthems, as their style redefines folk music as a truly living art.

Rising Appalachia have toured over 25,000 miles across the US from community collective events to the Kennedy Center. They’ve been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, E-town, The School of America Vigil, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Emory University Shwartz Center, The Beacon Theater NYC, The Lake Eden Arts Festival, Radio Popular Verona, Italy, Guerilla Radio Amsterdam, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Highlander Center 75th Reunion, Burning Man, Urkult (Sweden), and Festa Del Fuoco (Stromboli Italy) and many more.

They’ve independently released six full length albums, including their brand new album Wider Circles. Having been raised in the American South with Appalachian lullabies at night and soul music for breakfast, Leah and Chloe draw inspiration from the global community. Their mother and father claimed art and music as a full part of their lives and the girls have been shaped by the sounds of the South.

“Music is the tool with which we wield political prowess. We are building community and tackling social injustice through melody. It is taking its own personality, carrying us all along the journey down the damp and strange alleyways and cryptic coded pathways to poetic observations, social change, lyrical messages, political rage, symphonic coercing, ferocious bantering, bicycles and train tracks, primal will, fresh air intoxicants, harmony and alliteration, noise and something sweeter than words can ever touch.” says Leah Song.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit TheCenterForTheArts.org.

(Source: The Center for the Arts)

29th annual Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

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Awards for the 29th annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 24 – 27 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced. Albert Cleve of Farmington, Missouri, judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show. Dwight Gilbert from Nevada was the judge of the pulling contest; and Robbie Mederos from Danville, CA was the horseshoe competition judge.

More than 50 Draft Horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Colorado, and Idaho – competed for approximately $30,000 in premium awards. The competitions took place during six performances over the four-day event.

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch competition was Wayne Wareing of Wareing Shires, from Blackfoot, Idaho.

Audrey Popoff of Unhitched Ranch, from Colton, CA was recognized as the outstanding lady driver, accumulating high points to win the Susan Parnell High Point Perpetual Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Deb Luis, an honor bestowed upon her by the voting of her fellow teamsters. Luis is from Debzdrafts in Marysville, CA. The Andy Amsbaugh Teamster Award went to Steve Smith of Quail Creek Percherons, Carmichael, CA; and Dakota Shinn of Shinn Ranch Percherons, Placerville, CA, won the Youth of the Show award.

The Overall Supreme Champion horse, GT Bold Adventure, is owned by Thiel Family Percherons of Pleasant Grove, CA, and shown by Jason Bexon. The Grand Champion Stallion, Rolling Acres Tyrane, is also owned by Thiel Family Percherons.

The Grand Champion Mare, Noodle, is owned by Top Hand Ranch and shown by Crystal Newborn of Elverta, CA.

The winner in the 2015 Edward Martin Perpetual Horseshoeing Competition was Lance Yohe of Elk Grove, CA.

At the Harvest Fair, with more than 800 items entered, the Best of Division in the Scarecrows went to Sierra View Manor in Grass Valley; and the People’s Choice award for the Scarecrows went to Nicholas Husak of Grass Valley.

A complete list of 2015 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is on the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ website at NevadaCountyFair.com.

The 2016 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 22 – 25. Tickets will go on sale on May 2, 2016. Visit NevadaCountyFair.com for more information.

(Source: Nevada County Fairgrounds)

Music in the Mountains annual Home Tour

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Music in the Mountain’s Home Tour on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, allows visitors to take a peek at Lifestyles of the Gold Country.

From Queen Anne and King George to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, this year visit six of the most elegant and interesting homes in the county. Enjoy refreshments provided by the MIM Alliance Volunteers and Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets phone (530) 265-6124 or visit MusicInTheMountains.org.

2015 Fall Colors Open Studios Tour of Nevada County

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This October 70+ local artists will welcome the public to 46 studios and art galleries during a free tour spanning two weekends. The Center for the Arts with support from Nevada County Arts presents the Fall Colors Open Studios and Art Tours 2015 held on October 10 & 11 and 17 & 18. It’s an event that showcases a thriving arts community, two walkable historic downtowns and nearby nature trails in a blaze of fall color.

The tour kicks off with a free-for-all-ages Preview Exhibit and Artist Reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 8 at The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley. Stop by The Center to meet local artists and view their work, plan a weekend tour, buy art, preview upcoming shows and check out youth workshops.

Throughout the tour, the public will get the chance to meet artists and view new work and buy original art in a wide range of media and styles. The tour allows art lovers the chance to see the artists’ workspace – the place where art is made – watch live demonstrations, and learn about the art process from concept to completion.

This year’s tour features painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, designers, woodworkers and more. Up to 27 locations on the tour will offer demonstrations and special projects.

Participants are encouraged to experience all that the community has to offer by checking out local shops and restaurants and community events like the First Friday Art Walk and the Saturday Farmers Market.

To plan a tour, look for the Fall Colors Tour Guide Companion that will include: artist information, maps, nature trails, weekend events, live music and a list of tasting rooms and restaurants.

New this year The Center for the Arts will offer an opportunity to win gift certificates for a show. Everyone that visits 5 or more studios will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate for a show, and everyone that visits 10 or more studios will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate for a show.
The person that visits the most studios will win a grand prize.

To be eligible for all prizes, bring your marked Open Studios guide back to The Center of the Arts
by October 31 during business hours Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Copies of Fall Colors tour guides are available at: The Center for the Arts, Art Works Gallery, ASIF Studios, BriarPatch Co-op, Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers, Alexander Gallery, Summer Thyme’s, and The Artist Workshop.

For latest updates, online maps and a downloadable guide visit: openstudiostour.org.

For more information call: 530-274-8384

(Source: The Center for the Arts)

2015 Celtic Festival and Marketplace is October 2, 3 & 4

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The 19th annual KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace mixes Celtic music and magic October 2, 3 & 4 in Grass Valley, California at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, a bucolic setting on 100 acres among giant ponderosa pines. There are eight stages and performance areas. Our main stage hosts many of the best Celtic musicians on the world stage.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is transformed into a Celtic Village and headline concert venue. World-famous Celtic musicians perform on our main stage to. Mainstage musical headliners for this year include Galician piper Carlos Nuñez, Irish squeeze box master Sharon Shannon, Irish sister quartet Screaming Orphans, Boston fiddler Hanneke Cassel, Irish singer/songwriters Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, Celtic rockers Dàimh, California duo Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Sacramento’s own One Eyed Reilly and many more.

Shopping and dining opportunities abound with over 50 vendors and a complete Irish Pub. Hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds.

We will again be offering our Free Friday Youth Arts Program, giving local students ages 10-18 the opportunity to participate in workshops with headline performers. Also returning will be the Friday night Ceilidh – a Celtic party with music, dancing and revelry under the stars.

Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in with jam sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend. History buffs can explore several encampments of “Guilds” who re-create points and places in time. Exciting and educational, the Celtic Animals exhibit houses falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, sheep and ponies.

Revelers make music into the night in the campgrounds complete with tall trees and a lake. Camping and RV hookups are available on-site.

Amateur and professional athletes test their strength and skill in Scottish Games. Children are kept engaged with arts and crafts, story telling, and romping on the straw bales.

We hope you and your family will join us for this year’s KVMR Celtic Festival.


Friday, October 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. the Celtic Festival’s Friday Youth Arts Program has grown to be a wonderful afternoon of music, magic, dance and arts instruction for aspiring artists. Participants, ages 10-18, learn from world-class artists and festival headliners. Youth participants in the program can take 1-3 consecutive workshops of their choice.

The FREE program includes workshops and a discounted youth day pass for attendees.

Friday, October 2 from 7:30 p.m. this year the KVMR Celtic Festival will get a running start on Friday night with our first-ever Friday Night Ceilidh – an evening of Celtic music and dance featuring Reel of Seven and internationally acclaimed dance caller Linda Henderson.

Reel of Seven is considered one of the country’s premier Celtic dance bands featuring Andy Imbrie on piano, fiddler Deby Benton Grosjean, cellist Renata Bratt, with percussionist Gary Campus keeping the beat. They’ve released two CDs and have collectively performed throughout USA and abroad.

There’ll be line, circle, and couple dancing for all ages and abilities. No need to come with a partner – it’s a great way to socialize and meet friends.

The Friday Night Ceilidh will be held at the Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds with indoor space for dancing, an outdoor deck with food and a full service pub, and beautiful garden space for relaxing and enjoying the evening.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit KVMRCelticFestival.org.

(Source: KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace)

A preview of performances at Miners Foundry Cultural Center

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TONIGHT – MarchFourth!
Thur, Sept 17
Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm
Tickets $22/Adv, $26/Door

MarchFourth! A SteamFunk Rock-n-Roll
Circus Party!

With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers, and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma!

This is not a band that simply “puts on a show”. MarchFourth! delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience for those who are lucky enough to be in attendance.

Theater by the Book presents
Wed, Sept 23
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
Tickets $10 Suggested Donation

Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry will present “Phyro-Giants!” on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. “Phyro-Giants!”, written by Michael Blieden and directed by T.E. Wolfe, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

“Phyro-Giants!” explores the phenomenon of restaurant intimacy – that strange sense of comfort and honesty experienced at a dinner with acquaintances who, for one night, become a person’s closest confidants. Wine flows, desserts are shared, and four loosely connected individuals share their hopes, dreams, fears, fantasies, and secrets in this in this modern day fable told in real time. Funny, poignant, and graphically honest – no relationship is left unexamined. Love, hate, marriage, infidelity, romance, pornography, the supernatural, education, and ignorance are all given equal time in this late night hilarious comedy.

(((folkYEAH!))) and Miners Foundry present
Bonnie Prince Billy
Tue, Sept 29
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Tickets $25/adv, $30/door

The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema.

With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonny one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths.

Readers Theatre
Sun, Oct 4
Doors 3:30pm, Show 4:30pm
Tickets $10

Readers Theatre is Story Time for Grown Ups, or Theatre of the Mind, and gained popularity during World War II when large stage plays were too expensive to produce. Using minimal props, the actor and your imagination illustrate the story.

This installment of Readers Theatre will feature stories by Zadie Smith, O.A. Lindsey, Will Mackin, Lorrie Moore, and Bret Anthony Johnston. Local professionals generously volunteering their time for this production include Director Tim O’Connor, and Actors David Iorns, Gaylie Bell-Stewart, Lindsay Dunckel, Kimberly Ewing, and Bruce Kelly.

Get the Led Out
“The American Led Zeppelin”
Wed, Oct 7
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
Tickets $27/Adv, $32/Door,
$37 Limited Reserve

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical,
Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Israel Vibration &
Roots Radics
Thur, Oct 15
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Tickets $25/Adv, $30/Door

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, in association with Jah Mikey One, Good Vibes Security, and Git Split Records, is proud to present Israel Vibration and Roots Radics in a local stop on the Play It Real Tour on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

This all ages show features a celebration of music, food, drink, and vendors. Jah Mikey One and DJ Redlocks will provide pre-show music.

Israel Vibration is an iconic reggae group formed in the 1970′s, hailing from Kingston, Jamaica. Israel Vibration’s career shows no signs of slowing, and the group has firmly carved a secure niche out of what once seemed an impenetrable surface. Their popularity assured, they remain a vibrant live act and an always intriguing studio group.

Roots Radics are the premier session band in Jamaica. In addition to touring and recording as Gregory Isaac’s backup band, the group has collaborated with a lengthy list of artists including Bunny Wailer, Israel Vibration, Sugar Minott, the Wailing Souls, On-U-Sounds, Creation Rebel, and Prince Far-I.

Theater by the Book presents
Wed, Oct 21
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
Tickets $10 Suggested Donation

Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry will present
“Art”, written by Yasmina Reza, directed by Jeffrey Mason, and featuring Paul Micsan, T.E. Wolfe, and Scott Young, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Three longtime friends find their friendship challenged when one of them indulges a penchant for modern art by spending a fortune on a very expensive – and very white – painting. The purchase prompts the friends to explore – and disagree – about what constitutes “art”.

Fright Night with Achilles Wheel, The Soft Bombs & Scary Little Friends
Sat, Oct 31
Doors 8:30pm
Tickets $25/Adv, $30/Door

Fright Night, Nevada City’s Halloween tradition returns to the Miners Foundry on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Fright Night 2015 features music by Achilles Wheel, The Soft Bombs, and Scary Little Friends plus food and drinks available for purchase and a live costume contest with cash prizes.

Don’t miss the creative new presentations by the Motion Graphic Artists of the Nevada City Film Festival, back by popular demand.

All concerts are at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, CA. For more information or to purchase tickets to any of these shows, visit MinersFoundry.org.

(Source: Miners Foundry Cultural Center)

2015 Bridgeport Fall Festival is October 25

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The 2015 annual Bridgeport Fall Festival takes place October 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Yuba River State Park. The day is fun for the whole family with hayrides, gold panning, food & drink, frozen yogurt, barn tours, children’s games & crafts, pumping painting, music and live bands, and more!

Admission is free, parking is $5. The park is located at 17660 Pleasant Valley Road in Penn Valley, CA.

For more information phone (530) 432-2546 or visit SouthYubaRiverStatePark.org.

2015 Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair in Grass Valley

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Join the beautiful Draft Horses for the 29th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, happening September 24 – 27, 2015 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six performances by the beautiful Draft Horses, this event has grown to become the premiere Draft Horse show in the western United States.

The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, rigs and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules. The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

Like last year, we’ve kept lower pricing on adult admission tickets for evening performances, and we’ve also continued the discounted pricing for the morning performances and children’s tickets.

In between classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts. New this year, enjoy Gladius the Show, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists, fire, and Roman riding. There’s also the California Cowgirls, chariot and chuck wagon races, and the Gold Rush Fire Brigade.

Also taking place at the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic is the Harvest Fair, which features musical entertainment, a clogging jamboree, food vendors on Treat Street, Art at the Classic, horse shoeing demonstrations, a chance to visit with the horses, guided barn tours, and hundreds of community exhibits.

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 24 – 27 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 or visiting NevadaCountyFair.com.

(Source: Nevada County Fairgrounds; Photo: Gena Tharp)

Guided barn tours offered at this year’s Draft Horse Classic

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Get behind-the-scenes and meet the stars of the Classic – the beautiful Draft Horses

Guided Barn Tours will be offered to visitors to this year’s Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair – giving them an up close and personal visit with the magnificent Gentle Giant Draft Horses. The behind-the-scenes Guided Barn Tours, led by teamster Eleanor Roberts, are another way for visitors to be able to meet and talk with Draft Horse exhibitors, as well as meet the stars of the Classic.

Barn tours will be held on Friday, September 25, at 3 p.m. and Saturday, September 26, at 2 p.m. Advance reservations are recommended, as there are a limited number of openings for each tour. The cost for the tour is $10 per person, and advance reservations can be made by calling the Fair Office at 530-273-6217. If there is still availability, tickets may also be purchased the day of the event at the Arena box office.

Each tour will last about 45 minutes and will include meeting the exhibitors and learning about how they got involved with Draft Horses; discussing and seeing the different Draft Horse breeds; a show-and-tell of Draft Horse equipment, and a discussion about the training of Draft Horses and what it takes to put a team together. You’ll also get to roam to the various barns on the Fairgrounds to meet the beautiful Draft Horses!

The 29th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair starts Thursday, September 24 and runs through Sunday, September 27 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Draft Horse Classic features six stunning performances in the arena. If you can’t make it to a guided barn tour, the barns are always open for viewing the horses throughout the event in between performances. Additionally, live entertainment at the Pine Tree Stage, a world class art show, Treat Street goodies, vendors with western wear and items, a clogging jamboree, and a live horse shoeing competition are all part of the Harvest Fair, which takes place at the Fairgrounds during all four days of the Classic.

For tickets to the Draft Horse performances or tickets to the Barn Tours, call the office at 530-273-6217 or visit NevadaCountyFair.com for information about Draft Horse Classic.

(Source: Nevada County Fairgrounds; Photo: Katy Hight)

VIA Magazine recognizes Truckee as Tahoe’s Trendy Hot Spot

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VIA magazine promoted Truckee in its “Seven Reasons Truckee is Tahoe’s Trendy Hot Spot” earlier this year.

Seven Reasons Truckee is Tahoe’s Hot Spot
“Food, art and fun – it’s boom time again in this railroad town

“Under the craggy peaks of Donner Summit, the town of Truckee is as plucky now as it was when 19th-century lumberjacks and rail workers roved its streets. Recently, new restaurants, shops, and facilities have put a shine of sophistication on the town’s original grit. Area code is 530.

“Truckee’s colorful past flourishes on Commercial Row, where independent shops in picturesque railroad town storefronts showcase regional talent and a new gallery work space called Atelier offers weekly “social sketch” meet-ups. The gallery also hosts art classes, such as bookbinding, spoon carving, and cheese making, and sells original prints, paintings, and designer art wares. 10128 Donner Pass Rd., 386-2700, ateliertruckee.com.

“Once jammed with saloons, Truckee now hosts many stylish restaurants and cafés. Seated in the intimate booths or along the lively bar at Pianeta, guests savor dishes rooted in the flavors of Northern Italy such as house-made tagliatelle with a mix of Tuscan and spicy fennel sausages. 10096 Donner Pass Rd., 587-4694, pianetarestauranttruckee.com.

“At the Red Truck on the Runway café inside the airy Truckee-Tahoe Airport, daily specials include butternut panang curry soup and chicken vindaloo samosas with fig chutney dip. The savory curried lamb naanwich combines rich labneh yogurt, carrot, mustard seed salad, and hummus on house-made naan. 10356 Truckee Airport Rd., 587-1394, redtrucktahoe.com.

“A glass of Miso Hoppy—a cheery beer brewed with Japanese hops—and a plate of nachos with black beans and smoky roasted salsa make a perfect afternoon repast on the patio at FiftyFifty Brewing Co. The brewery’s masterpiece is Eclipse, a chocolaty, espresso-like imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels. 11197 Brockway Rd. No. 1, 587-2337, fiftyfiftybrewing.com.

“The newly extended Truckee River Legacy Trail meanders from downtown along the splashing river that guided pioneers through one of the West’s most rugged mountain ranges. Along it, walkers and bicyclists enjoy views of the willows and sagebrush in Martis Valley, which stretches out beneath the area’s highest peak, Mount Rose. townoftruckee.com.

“Glittering Donner Lake offers all the swimming, boating, and scenery of Lake Tahoe, in a less crowded setting. Nearby, the new Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center, which opens June 6, displays a topographic relief map of historic travel routes and a cedar bark hut in the style of the Washoe people. 12593 Donner Pass Rd., 582-7892, parks.ca.gov.

“In April, Stella transformed itself from a traditional restaurant into Stella Culinary, a teaching kitchen where chef Jacob Burton shares the techniques that have won him a cult following. In hands-on classes he teaches skills such as making sausage and improvising with farmers-market fare. A series of monthly pop-up dinners unveil Burton’s latest recipe research, ranging from ramen to stone-oven pizzas. 10918 Brockway Road, 582-5655, stellaculinary.com.

To read the full article, click here.

(Source: Laura Read, VIA Magazine)