Nevada City Winter Craft Fair is Dec.13 at Miners Foundry

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The fun and festive Nevada City Winter Craft Fair returns just in time
for the holiday season to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Sunday,
December 13, 2015, 10am-6pm, in downtown Nevada City.

The independent, juried craft fair showcases over sixty of the local
region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, designers, do-it-yourself
crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed
art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares. Attendees can
also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationary items as well as
children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and many more unique
holiday gifts.

“The Nevada City Craft Fair features the best of the best local talent
in indie design and craft. You will find beautiful and functional
items, handmade with excellent craftsmanship from up and coming
artists and crafters,” explains the festival’s new producer Naomi
Cabral. “There is a level of modernity and fine artistry to the
designs that the indie craft festival movement is known for through
out the country. The Nevada City Craft Fair is no different in its
depth. In fact, with its unique small mountain town setting, the
originality and sustainability of the crafts you will find is even
more prevalent.”

The first Nevada City Craft Festival was produced the summer of 2010
by a group of local young crafters, artists and social do-gooders who
were inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents
in their community as well as the success of the Renegade Craft Fairs
across the US and Europe. The bi-annual event continues to grow and
to date has introduced over 9,000 attendees to more than 600 local and
regional artists, designers and crafters.

The Nevada City Craft Fair is more than a holiday shopping bazaar, it
is a celebration of local hardworking artists and the American craft
movement. The artists showing their works are creating beautiful,
inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries all the while
improving our local community.

A few of this year’s artists include The Cosmic Soaper, a boutique
body care company based in Fair Oaks specializing in handcrafted vegan
soap made with organic, locally purchased ingredients and scented only
with natural essential oil blends to stimulate your mood and
well-being. Marty May Press & Stitchery, is an independent operation
in the heart of downtown Sacramento. Using traditional screen
printing methods, environmentally friendly water-based inks and
American made shirts, Marty May’s shirts both look and feel amazing.
Pickle Pottery, is created with high fire clay and high quality
glazes, each hand made, dipped and designed by Stephanie Adams in her
studio in Nevada City. J&D and the Workshop is another locally based
designer. J&D uses recycled silver and ethically sourced stones as
much as possible in her jewelry, which features modern shapes and
clean lines. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of this year’s

Emily’s Catering and Cakes will be serving a wide range of warm and
delicious food, along with cookies, cupcakes and other holiday sweets.
A no-host full bar serving seasonal favorites will also be available.

What: Nevada City Winter Craft Fair
When: Sunday, December 13, 2015, 10am-6pm
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: $3, Children 12 and under Free
For more information go to or call (530) 265-5462

(Photo: Akim Aginsky)

—Miners Foundry

Sierra Master Chorale holiday concerts

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Get enveloped in the magic of the season as the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra perform two holiday concerts, Dec. 19 and 20 in Grass Valley.

The 70-member auditioned choir and 26-member orchestra are conducted by InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin. This December, Hardin has created a program that will weave “Stories of the Season” to capture the joy of the holidays.

From holiday classics such as “For Unto Us a Child is Born” by George F. Handel, “The Little Drummer Boy” arranged by Mark Hayes, “Joy to the World,” to more contemporary works, such as “Bethlehem Rejoices,” by local composer Mark Vance and “The Very Best Time of the Year” by John Rutter. In keeping with tradition at these concerts, Hardin and the Sierra Master Chorale will encourage the audience to join along for a few favorite songs. The program also includes works by Bach, Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Overture” — which will be performed by the orchestra. For complete program information, go to

Tickets to both performances are $32 for general admission, $16 for youth and are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at or in person at BriarPatch Co-op. The Saturday, Dec. 19 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 concert is at 2 p.m. The Sierra Master Chorale will perform at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, in Grass Valley.

Many have made the Sierra Master Chorale concerts part of their holiday tradition each December. Come experience the warmth and emotion of “The Very Best Time of the Year” with the Sierra Master Chorale.

For more information, please go to or call 530-273-3990.

(Source: InConcert Sierra)

2015 Country Christmas Faire Nov. 27, 28 & 29

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Mark your calendar for the 31st annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 27, 28 and 29. Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state, as well as from Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and New York.

Exhibit buildings will be filled during the Thanksgiving weekend, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping with quality hand-made holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, hand-woven baskets, stained glass, candles, beadwork, and dozens of other unique gifts.

Visitors to the Faire will enjoy strolling live entertainment, festival foods, the magical Gingerbread House exhibit, errand elves, and a community bon-fire. Wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered; and Victorian singers, the bell ringing RiverBells, and the Sierra Symphony quartet will perform throughout the event.

Santa will be available each day until an hour before the event closes, so bring your camera to capture that special photo with Santa. Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit, so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be available to assist shoppers throughout the event.

On Sunday of the Faire, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will partner with Grass Valley Elks for a canned food drive. Bring a can of food on Sunday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and receive $1 off Sunday’s admission price (one coupon per person). All food donated is collected by the Grass Valley Elks and used in their Christmas baskets that they hand out in December.

The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 27, and runs through Sunday,
November 29. Admission is $4 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. Parking is free. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, off Highway 49. For more information, visit the Fairgrounds’ web site at or call (530) 273-6217.

(Source: Nevada County Fairgrounds)

2nd Annual Nugget Fringe Festival

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Chicago and San Francisco have one, New York has several, Edinburgh’s is the biggest, and now, so does Nevada County. What are we talking about? Fringe Festivals of course. These exciting, envelope pushing, raucous, large, multi-arts festivals are popping up all over the world to the delight of theater hungry audiences. Quest Theaterworks presents The 2nd Annual Nugget Fringe Festival January 21-31, 2016 at locations throughout Grass Valley and Nevada City, CA.

The Nugget Fringe Festival is an un-curated collection of eclectic theater, dance, music, comedy, and spoken word. This year’s festival will include over a hundred performers from Nevada County and as far as San Francisco and Los Angeles, presenting upwards of thirty distinct shows, comprising more than one hundred and twenty performances over ten days with about five thousand seats available. This makes The Nugget Fringe Festival one of the largest indoor mountain town arts events in the region.

“Fringe Festivals are known for exposing audiences to progressive, contemporary performance art that stretches the imagination and defies expectation,” explains Scott Ewing, founder of Quest Theaterworks and The Nugget Fringe Festival. “It also nurtures emerging and established performing artists in our community who are looking to push the boundaries of art.”

Wild, weird, refreshing, experimental, off-the-wall, innovative and fearless are all words that have been used to describe The Nugget Fringe Festival. This year’s lineup continues where last year’s festival left off, with an unparalleled cross section of Nevada County’s finest actors and experimenters, along with opportunities for new, up and coming performers to independently produce theatrical works in the true spirit of the international “Fringe” movement.

“Events such as The Nugget Fringe are crucial,” says John Deaderick, local veteran actor, director and educator, who will also be performing in the festival. “They allow artists to take risks with actor-focused, experimental material. This enlarges the theatrical experience for both performer and audience in ways otherwise not feasible.”

A few of this year’s confirmed shows include:

Richard Winters’ “Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed” takes audiences on an epic yet all-too relatable journey – exploring the secret life of a newly divorced man.

Damiian Lang returns with his new show, “How To Make Love in Traffic.” “I want it to provoke feelings, inspire action, and create more equanimity, harmony, beauty and loving friendships between the sexes. I want to make em laugh, hit em in the gut, kiss their heart and make it all better – a bit of sensual, sexual, emotional, mental, spiritual enlightenment swimming in heart vibrating synchronicity.”

“Songs to My Soul, A Musical Memoir” For decades, Cynthia Waring has written songs about her life. At 68, she has found the courage to sing them. “This show is about never giving up. It speaks of me as a woman, trained to be a seductress, finally learning to love from the depth of my sou …”

“Tomorrow the World” – Enjoy the standup stylings of pretty boy Danny McCammon, gammon boy Casey Burke, Matt “The Stick” Teff, John “Beard or no beard?” Bivens and Kenneth “J” Greer. You’ll slap your knee and jerk your neighbor in this madcap roundup of everything from corn to Roundup. See them now because Tomorrow The World.

“American Cosmonauts”, the KVMR radio show starring Casey Burke, John Bivens, and Matt Teff. We are working on a potential live broadcast from KVMR for that performance. Four years ago, Eugene and Leo were just two broke American citizens. In a moment of desperation they got very drunk. At some point, during their stupor, Leo convinced Eugene that their best opportunity for fame and fortune lay in signing up to be cosmonauts… Now in the present, these two have been marooned miles above the Earth in the station Sputnik 8. Having realized too late that there is no such thing as a rich or famous cosmonaut, Eugene and Leo turned to the next best star making medium… radio.

“Eh, Joe?” – Paul Micsan and Lois Ewing team up to present Samuel Beckett’s most accessible short piece, “Eh, Joe?” A lonely man seals himself in to fight off his demons. He appears safe enough. He has made precautions. Alas, as he readies himself for rest, he is taunted by the voice of a woman he once knew. A stunning look at how we are all taunted by our past, by the voices in our heads, and by the thoughts stirred when we reflect.

Selected as “Best of the Fest” for the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival, Last of the Knotts is a one man comi-tragedy and the story of poet-hipster, Doug Knott’s irreverent and thorny battle with becoming a father… or Knott!

“The Nugget Fringe Festival really is theater for all hair colors.” says Ewing. “It’s not just for older or younger audiences. It is for anyone who loves art and having a good time.”

Tickets for The Nugget Fringe Festival go on sale December 1st at

(Source: Nugget Fringe Festival)

Nevada City Dance Festival Nov. 14-19, 2015

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The Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents the Nevada City Dance Festival, November 14-19, the first-ever festival of professional dance in Western Nevada County. Presented with support from the California Arts Council (CAC) and local sponsors, the Nevada City Dance Festival offers master classes for local dancers, a gala reception, and two professional dance performances by visiting companies including the exciting contemporary San Francisco ballet company, dawsondancesf on Tuesday, November 17, and the internationally renowned Afro-Cuban dancer, Kimberly Miguel-Mullen on Thursday, November 19.

Last August, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center was awarded a grant by the CAC to be used to support the production of the festival. These grants were awarded to smaller arts organizations for the purpose of providing project support and fostering equity, access and opportunity to arts programs in smaller communities.

“Although our area hosts a range of professional level arts experiences, never in the history of Western Nevada County has there been a dance festival” said Karen Attix, Miners Foundry dance consultant and choreographer. “This is not for lack of interest,” she continued. “We have a large community of dancers, dance educators, choreographers and dance students here, including six dance studios, two high school dance programs, all pursuing a wide range of dance forms”.

Artistic Director Gregory Dawson formed dawsondancesf in 2007 as an outlet for his choreographic goals and vision. dawsondancesf has steadily delivered risk-taking, muscularly elegant performances since its establishment. The company breaks down the barriers placed on classical ballet, and brings to light the strength and beauty that artists possess within themselves. dawsondancesf has been described as “raw, chilling physicality” and “So You Think You Can Dance” on steroids.” For the November 17th performance, Dawson has choreographed a piece specific for the Miners Foundry’s Osborn/Woods Hall.

“Having created a good amount of my larger works in unconventional spaces, I find myself attracted to the challenge. So much so that I’m slightly uncomfortable with the conventional proscenium,” said Dawson. “What attracts me to the space is the history that lies within. The richness of the architecture, the sweat that was behind the construction of the edifice, and most definitely how lives are effected by its existence. Having visited the Miners Foundry, I was inspired to create a composition that is intimate and inclusive, and having the structure be the gateway into the world that we will create.”

Kimberly Miguel-Mullen is an acclaimed choreographer and dance ethnologist. The Los Angeles Times has described her movement as “spectacularly supple,” a well-crafted mixture of Silvestre contemporary dance and traditional techniques from the African diaspora. She is considered one of the world’s best Afro-Cuban dancers and has performed in the USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Hong Kong.

On November 19th, Mullen will perform Yemanjá: Mother of the Deep, an inspirational performance piece; a creative interplay of live music, song and dance that will engage and transport its audience on a journey that evokes the transformative spirit of the sea. The audience will dive into the mythical and legendary world of Yemanjá, the revered water goddess and universal mother figure set to the eclectic soundtrack of driving polyrhythms, ethereal harmonies and Mullen’s solo dance performance. Music composed by producer and Grammy Award-winner Alberto Lopez will accompany texts penned by critically acclaimed songstress Mia Doi Todd. Also featured will be the musical talents of extraordinary Brazilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento, percussionists Evan Greer and Kahlil Cummings, among others.

“Historically speaking, the local music and dance community in Nevada City is reputable for their efforts in painting a strong African/Afro-Diaspora cultural arts presence,” explained Mullen who has for the last four years made Nevada City one of her main flagship cities for her dance residencies and intensives in California. “Karen Attix approached me about the possibility of performing my full-length concert show for the festival with the concept of exposing audiences to two California native artists whose contrast in artistic dance styles both exemplify high art at its best. The contrast between Contemporary Ballet and AfroCuban/AfroBrazilian Dance – each form requiring a life-time commitment to learning, training, and developing a specific skill set. Karen’s vision to juxtapose these two different forms as both examples of high art is a progressive and innovative concept that speaks on the standard of what is considered high art in the dance world.”

“The mission of the Miners Foundry is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities in our community,” stated Gretchen Bond, Miners Foundry executive director. “With the support of the community, we have been working for a number of years to enhance the Osborn/Woods Hall to better support a diverse selection of performing arts programs,” she continued. “With the completion of the installation of the professional dance floor in the winter of 2013, we are now able to welcome professional dance companies to perform, and to develop ongoing professional dance residency programs to our community. We are very grateful to our local sponsors and for the award of the CAC grant funds which will enable us launch this new long-term program.”

All dance activities will take place at the Miners Foundry and at the dance studio at Nevada Union High School. The Foundry has also partnered with local dance studios; Holt Ballet Conservatory, KSK Dance Collective and the Nevada Union Theatrical Dance Department, in the promotion of the festival, and support of the week-long events including the Opening Night Gala Reception.

Event Activities include the following:

A Gala Reception at the Miners Foundry on November 17th
Two dance master-classes (November 14 & November 18)
Three technical and dress rehearsals (November 15, 16 & 19)
Two professional dance performances by the visiting companies (November 17 & 19)

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

(Source: Miners Foundry Cultural Center)

Donner Lake Turkey Trot

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The ASC Training Center, based on Donner Summit, will host the Donner Lake Turkey Trot, a run or walk which begins and ends at Truckee’s West End Beach and goes all the way around Donner Lake. This year the Turkey Trot will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

The seven-mile events begin at 9:30 a.m. with the non-competitive walk. At 10 a.m. participants can compete in the “Mash Potato Mile,” a one-mile fun run that also starts and finishes at West End Beach. The official seven-mile Turkey Trot race will begin at 10:30 a.m. Pumpkin pies, turkeys, and other Thanksgiving-themed prizes will be raffled off after the racers have finished (timing ends at noon). There will also be lots of great raffle prizes sponsored by the Tahoe Sports Hub. The overall male and female winners will take home prizes and all kids in the Mashed Potato Mile will receive awards as well.

The event, now in its 39th year, is a fundraiser for the ASC Training Center Junior Cross Country skiing programs. Pre-registration is open online (; costs are $25 for adults, $15 for kids ages 18 and under, and $10 for the Mashed Potato Mile. Online registration closes at 4 p.m. on the 14th. Participants can still register at West End Beach on race day from 8:30 am to 9 am. Race day registration is $40 for adults, $25 under age 18, and $20 for the Mashed Potato Mile. The Tahoe Sports Hub will also be hosting in store registration Thursday November 5th and Friday November 6th.

According to race founder Peter Werbel, the Turkey Trot was started as a purely “for the fun of it” event that always happened, rain, snow, or shine. The first race attracted 96 runners in 25-degree weather and Bob Woodcliff was the winner with a time of 43 min, 35 sec. Last year’s winner was Anthony Ocegueda, from Sparks, NV, he had a finishing with a time of 40 min, 48 sec. The female winner was Anja Gruber of Truckee, CA with a time of 46 min, 02 sec. More than 250 people are expected to enter the 2015 events, carrying on the tradition of fun for participants and spectators of all ages and abilities.

The ASC Training Center and its programs are open to everyone. ASC grooms 20 km of cross country ski trails in the winter, which are open to members and the public, Wed. – Sun., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ASCTC is well known for its high quality grooming and as an amazing race venue. In addition to cross country ski programs, ASCTC offers snowboarding, alpine gate training, and year-round biathlon programs to participants of all levels.

For more information about
 program and activities please visit, email: or call 530-426-3313.

(Source: Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce)

Create a Gingerbread House and win!

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Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about the creation of a magical Gingerbread House to enter into the 13th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire, held November 27, 28, and 29 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Houses, bungalows, cottages, and castles fashioned from spicy gingerbread will be displayed for holiday shoppers to enjoy during the Thanksgiving weekend festivities.

Competitors may enter any of the many categories, including children, teens, adults, special needs, families, and groups. There’s even a category for children under 8 years of age who want to enter a house made by a kit. All those who enter a Gingerbread House exhibit will receive two free passes to the Country Christmas Faire.

Ribbons are given to all winners, and the Best of Show winner will receive $100. A special gift basket from Tess’ Kitchen Store will also be awarded to the Best of Show winner and the People’s Choice Award winner.

Entry forms must be received at the Fairgrounds between now and Friday, November 20 by 4 p.m. The actual gingerbread house entry must be delivered to the Fairgrounds on Tuesday, November 24 between the hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ponderosa Hall. The cost is $2 to enter, and all Gingerbread House exhibitors will receive two free passes to the Country Christmas Faire.

Entry forms and a complete list of rules can be picked up at the Fairgrounds office on McCourtney Road, or downloaded from the Fair’s website at

The Country Christmas Faire features talented artisans who fill the Fairgrounds exhibit buildings with quality hand-made crafts and unique gifts, so you can get all your holiday shopping done in one location. Visitors to the Faire will enjoy strolling live entertainment, festival foods, wagon rides, and a community bon-fire. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet children, so bring your camera to get that special photo. Santa will be available each day until an hour before closing time.

Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be available to assist shoppers throughout the event.

The 31st annual Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 27, and runs through Sunday, November 29. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults, and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free. On Sunday, if you bring a can of food, you’ll receive $1 off admission. All food donated is collected by the Grass Valley Elks and used in their Christmas baskets that they hand out in December.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

(Source: Nevada County Fairgrounds)

Nevada County Fairgrounds winter 2015 hours

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Nevada County Fairgrounds begins winter hours, effective November 2, 2015 with the inner-grounds and gates to be locked at 4:30 p.m. and closed on weekends.

The inner-grounds and gates will remain open during the week to walkers and bicyclists, but all must be off the grounds before the gates lock at 4:30 p.m.

The winter hours only affect the inner-grounds and gate closures; it does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the RV Park at the Fairgrounds will remain open, and the gates and inner-grounds will remain open for any events that are taking place on the grounds during the winter months.

The Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours beginning May 1, 2016. For more information about the Nevada County Fairgrounds, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

(Source & Photo: Nevada County Fairgrounds)

Hallmark Channel’s “The Christmas Card” to air Nov. 31, 2015

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Hallmark Channel’s “The Christmas Card,” filmed in Nevada City, tells the story of a soldier, Cody Cullen, with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply. The movie will air on the Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 9 p.m. PST.

While on leave back home, he travels to Nevada City, the picturesque town from which the card was sent. Once there, Cody meets and falls in love with beautiful Faith Spelman, who sent the card, and quickly becomes a cherished member of the Spelman family.

Yet romance for Cody and Faith seems out of the question, because she has a boyfriend and is about to become engaged.

You can visit the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street, Nevada City, for a map to see some of the local filming spots, as well as a DVD of the movie.

A video trailer is here:

(Video & Photo: Hallmark Channel)

Pink Martini with Storm Large to perform in Grass Valley

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Pink Martini and Storm Large come to Grass Valley for international holiday show. Unparalleled purveyors of a multilingual blend of cosmopolitan sounds, Pink Martini will deliver a festive holiday concert featuring beloved songs from around the globe during a special Grass Valley show presented by The Center for the Arts on Dec. 4.

This performance will feature tracks from their 2010 holiday album, Joy to the World, with classics like “White Christmas” alongside Hebrew prayers, Chinese New Year tunes and a samba-inspired version of “Auld Lang Syne.”

“I love the holidays and all the music that goes with it. We strove to make an inclusive and non-denominational album that could be played anywhere in the world. There are 14 songs on Joy to the World including well-known traditional holiday songs like Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’ sung by China Forbes in English and by the incredible Saori Yuki, ‘the Barbra Streisand of Japan,’ in Japanese,” said Bandleader Thomas Lauderdale.

Led by Lauderdale and vocalist Storm Large, the “little orchestra” draws inspiration from music all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop.

Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America.

Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden.

Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011; four sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia; multiple sold-out appearances, and a festival opening, at the Montreal Jazz Festival, two sold-out concerts at Paris’ legendary L’Olympia Theatre in 2011; and Paris’ fashion house Lanvin’s 10-year anniversary celebration for designer Alber Elbaz in 2012.

In its twentieth year, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Pink Martini’s debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 on the band’s own label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog), and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000.

The band has collaborated and performed with numerous artists, including Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Henri Salvador, Chavela Vargas, New York performer Joey Arias, puppeteer Basil Twist, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Courtney Taylor Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, clarinetist and conductor Norman Leyden, Japanese legend Hiroshi Wada, Italian actress and songwriter Alba Clemente, DJ Johnny Dynell and Chi Chi Valenti, Faith Prince, Mamie Van Doren, the original cast of Sesame Street, the Bonita Vista High School Marching Band of Chula Vista, California, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and the Pacific Youth Choir of Portland, Oregon.

Singer Storm Large began performing with Pink Martini in March 2011, when China Forbes took a leave of absence to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Forbes made full recovery and now both she and Large continue performing with Pink Martini.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Watch a video of Storm Large performing with Pink Martini here:

(Source: The Center for the Arts; Video: Tyler Kalberg)