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Nevada City Film Festival is September 10 – 13, 2015

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The 15th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) kicks off September 10-13, 2015 in historic downtown Nevada City, CA. Every summer, NCFF makes art into a party, bringing a regional audience of movie lovers together with emerging and top independent filmmakers to showcase award-winning short and feature length films from around the world. The four-day celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking, includes film screenings, industry panels and workshops, filmmaker Q&A’s, live music and special events.

NCFF has also been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” (Sacramento News & Review) for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing diversity, creativity and innovative storytelling and new voices in film. Each year, NCFF attends major film festivals, collaborates with top film schools, reads countless film blogs, and watches the hundreds of films submitted, to narrow it all down to the very best in independent film. From feature-length documentaries to world premiere animated shorts, NCFF brings in the buzzed-about festival winners, as well as some of independent cinema’s best-kept secrets.

“To celebrate our fifteenth anniversary, we wanted to go back to our roots and celebrate the local filmmakers who are making great films and those filmmakers that are working hard to capture the stories of our community,” explains Festival Director Jesse Locks.

This year’s opening night film is the premier of Music In Mali: Life Is Hard, Music Is Good, a feature-length music documentary about the musicians, dancers and people of Mali who every day create inspiring heartfelt music in some of the most difficult living conditions in West Africa. From the music Capital Bamako to different regions of Mali, local record label System Krush spent the last several years recording and documenting the stories, lives and music of a large group of musicians including Grammy nominated Bassekou Kouyate, Djelimady Tounkara, Grammy award winning Toumani Diabate, his brother Madou Sidiki Diabate, the late Lobi Traore and late legend Zani Diabate to name a few. Music In Mali is narrated by award-winning actor Danny Glover, directed by local filmmaker Aja Salvatore and was made by a local team of videographers. Filmmakers and special guests will participate in a Q&A following the film.

Also on opening night, NCFF brings back the Best of the Best, a who’s who list of former NCFF winners and favorite films and filmmakers over the last fifteen years to see where are they now.

“This program tells an in depth story about the various paths a filmmaker can take in the industry,” says Locks. “We have filmmakers who have gone on to have box office success, direct big budget films, make award-winning documentaries, work on television shows, teach film at the college level, or become multi-media artists. Their paths have been very different but what they have in common is that they started making short films and showing them at small supportive film festivals like NCFF. We wanted to tell that story and show audiences the importance of film festivals as a platform for filmmakers and media makers.”

Other exciting film screenings with a local connection includes the much buzzed about premier of the locally produced and shot TV pilot High Country co-written and directed by Heather Donahue and Matt Herman. The Union Newspaper and NCFF will co-present a special encore screening of Golden Stories of Our Past. The feature-length documentary directed by local filmmaker Zoe Toffaleti features many longtime community members telling the stories about the early days of Western Nevada County.

NCFF worked closely with the Academy of Motion Pictures to present two programs at this year’s festival including one about the magical and innovative world of Pixar (Toy Story, WALL-E, Cars, Incredibles, Inside Out). Audiences will learn how the films are made, enjoy film clips and hear behind the scenes commentary and stories from the artists themselves. Pixar is a CGI production company based in Emeryville, California. The studio has earned numerous awards for their feature films and other work, including 26 Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and three Grammys.

Other exciting additions to NCFF this year include pop-up film screenings in unique intimate outdoor venues including a secret garden, a stone cave, downtown balcony, and more. NEO and NCFF will present an all-night movie party for those twenty and under. The Best of the Fest party and films will be screened outdoors at Ol’ Republic Brewery on Sunday, September 13.

All of this plus close to 100 films – animation, documentary, narrative, foreign, children, comedy, sci-fi – will be screened at this year’s Nevada City Film Festival.

Films will be shown at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Haven Underground. Tickets are $8/$10 for individual screenings or $89/$99 for festival passes. Tickets online at, by phone at (530) 362-8601, in person at the NCFF Office, 110 Union Street, Nevada City (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and at Briar Patch Co-Op.

(Source: Nevada City Film Festival)

Nevada Theatre celebrates 150 years on September 12, 2015

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The Nevada Theatre Commission invites the public to attend the free Open House celebration of the 150 year old Nevada Theatre on September 12. The Nevada theatre is the oldest existing theatre building on the West Coast that continues to operate as a theatre.

From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., there will be History Tours of the building, special guests giving talks about what it takes to create a production, and a Magic Show. At 5 p.m. , the Party begins, with Then Again providing music, no-host beverages and of course, a Birthday Cake. Sign up for the tour by going to the web site, and click on Special Event.

Under the theme of History Happens Here, the semi-­‐sesquicentennial of the Nevada Theatre on Broad Street in Nevada City will be celebrated during the 2015 Constitution Day weekend.

On September 11th, 1865, our communities enjoyed the initial performance in what was then a ‘New’ building. Ever since, these walls have witnessed memorable live performances by individuals like Mark Twain and Emma Nevada, the advent of movies, the emergence of Foothill Theatre Company and Music in the Mountains, and the creativity of our current notable producers…CATS, LeGacy, Sierra Stages, and KVMR’s own Paul Emery, among many others.

Friday, September 11th at 8pm., LeGacy will launch this very special and historic weekend with for an evening of music by The Buffalo Gals plus Past Due and Playable.

Saturday the 12th, the Nevada Theatre Commission is inviting the community to a day of free tours, festivities, and a party as a thank you for being a part of what has kept this building alive for so long!

The day starts with an open house, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tours, every half hour, will take you through the building’s historic…and new…nooks and crannies, from the balcony to the basement, plus a walk through the main floor heart of the adjacent KVMR-­‐FM building. Also, Special guests John Deaderick, Danny McCammon, Diane Fetterly, and Sandra Rockman, will provide you with an ‘insiders’ view of what it takes to create a production…something you normally only see from a seat in the audience! Engineer Bill Falconi, architect Denis Kutch, and, hopefully, our resident ghost will team up to tell you about the ever-­‐changing building that has stood these many years. This mysterious side will be further enhanced by the Magicians Guild on stage. Then, Film gurus Mike and Barbara Getz will wrap up the Open House by looking both back and forward at movies in the Nevada Theatre…with some nice surprises in store!

Tour sign up is at, on the SPECIAL EVENT box, hit CLICK HERE, and go to the History Tours and Sign Up line.

At 5 p.m., the Open House atmosphere will be transformed into Party Central for our Birthday Celebration…a mixer where the public can meet the people who have combined their creative talents to bring so many great productions to our stage. Key people from the past and present production organizations, plus the Commission, will be there to meet, visit, and snack heartily with the community and with one another! Then Again will provide background music during the evening. Also, no-­‐host beverages plus commemorative wine, wine glasses and other items will be available.

Whether you’ve ever been in the Nevada Theatre or not, we hope you will avail yourselves of this opportunity to see the inner workings of where and how theatrical magic, music, and movie presentations happen, to hear and talk with people that make it happen, and to be part of this historic event…History does Happen Here.

(Source: Nevada Theatre Commission)

DANK Collective’s “Cinema” show features artwork inspired by film

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DANK Collective‘s “Cinema” show features artwork inspired by film. Exhibition and Opening Reception on September 12th mark DANK’s First Collaboration with the Nevada City Film Festival.

DANK, the seven-person artists collective based in Nevada City, is proud to present their new show, “Cinema,” at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, featuring work inspired by favorite films and filmmakers. The exhibition, which runs from September 4 to October 4, is a collaboration with the Nevada City Film Festival and aims to give both events richer context and depth.

The opening reception for “Cinema” on Saturday, September 12th from 5 to 9 p.m., will include paintings, photography, collages, installations, performance art, live music, and video that challenge the idea that film is not art. The party is free and open to the public with Reno duo “Strictly Business” performing their swamp stomp boogie from 7 to 8 p.m. Film-themed cocktails will be available for purchase, including the “Limelight”,“Redrum”, (in honor of “The Shining”) and FTS Pabst Blue Ribbon (a tip of the hat to director David Lynch.)

DANK artist and exhibition curator, Celine Adrianna Negrete, conceived the show in response to the collective’s interest in working with different themes. “’Cinema’ was the first thing that popped into my mind,” says Negrete, “because film is my most-loved art form. I was curious to see what the concept would spark in the DANK artists and I’m also interested in the bigger conversation of lack of funding for film within the arts community. To me film as art is self-evident, but when comparing support for it to opera or ballet, for example, there is a noticeable dearth that perpetuates bias and widens the gap. A show like this can reframe that bias, and that is exciting to me.”

Each DANK artist addresses the theme from their own unique perspective. Sheila Cameron is interested in David Lynch’s iconic imagery and his ability to elicit feelings of dread within the familiar. Roseanne Burke is inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” and by the director’s history of referencing art in all his films. Nancy Nelson, working from Deepa Mehta’s film “Water,” explores misogyny and the ostracism of women in rural India. Artists Moira McLaughlin and Joe Meade will also be presenting work.

“DANK is thrilled to be collaborating with the Nevada City Film Festival and Director Jesse Locks,” says McLaughlin. “We are so inspired by the passion for film that bubbles up in our town every year and feel honored to be contributing to the festivities.”

DANK is a seven-member artists collective in Nevada City, California focused on contemporary art, post-Great Recession social issues, and community-based, experimental happenings. The name DANK comes from the smell of wet wood that permeates this gold rush town situated on the banks of Deer Creek in the Sierra Foothills. It’s also a reference to cannabis, one of the area’s premier exports, and is an acronym for Do Art Now Kids.

For more information visit their Facebook page.

(Source: DANK; Artwork: Roseanne Burke, Nancy Nelson, Sheila Cameron)

Shh! This is Northern California’s best secret swimming spot

Leave a comment’s Getaways names the Yuba River in Nevada County as “Northern California’s best secret swimming spot.” Of course, we knew that all along!

“Shh! This is Northern California’s best secret swimming spot

“18 August 2015

“Who doesn’t love a good secret swim spot? There’s something extra magical about it: the cool, fresh water, the peace and quiet of the woods, the bubbling waterfalls and smooth pools… plus you don’t have to worry about getting splashed by pesky kids hopped up on sugary Popsicles doing cannonballs into the deep end. It’s how nature intended swimming to be: relaxing and refreshing. You can find them hidden in forests and parks all across America, and one of the country’s coolest is located in South Yuba River State Park.

“Of course, like most good hidden swimming holes, you’ll have to do a little work to get there, but the hike through the river is worth it– and kind of fun in its own right. The stream is strewn with boulders that make the hike an exciting challenge. These boulders and rocks are what make the swimming holes as well. Even though the park is a local favorite, especially as the dog days of summer hit, there are so many secluded spots, nooks, crannies, and coves, that you’ll feel like you discovered the place yourself!

“A few tips for hiking up the river: The best time is summer and early fall– the water will be really high and running very fast in the spring and early summer, making the hike more difficult and potentially more dangerous. Wear sturdy waterproof shoes. You’re going to be trekking through the river and up, down, over, under, and around rocks, and the right footwear can help make the hike more pleasant. You’ll also want to pack water, snacks, and sunblock, since there’s not a ton of shade along the river. And if you’re bringing a picnic, a camera, or anything else you need to keep dry, make sure to bring a waterproof bag. Also, pack as light as possible! You might find yourself regretting bringing along a huge cooler halfway through the hike. And remember to leave yourself plenty of time to hike to a good location, relax a bit, and hike back.

To see more photos and read the full article, click here.

(Source: Anna Hider,; Photos: Suzanne LaGasa/Flickr, Rick Cooper/Flickr)

Wine and food tasting abounds in Nevada County this summer

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For savory eats and award-winning wines, these festivals offer eclectic tastings, hands-on cooking demos with imaginative chefs, and breathtaking venues:


A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on “roads less traveled” in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near one another, reducing the driving time. The wineries are offering gourmet food pairings to go with their wines and music.

Sierra Vintners are situated between Sacramento and Reno with easy access off I-80.

The wineries on the July 18 wine trail are near Grass Valley and Nevada City: Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, Katoa Cellars, Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery, Nevada City Winery, Smith Vineyard and Solune Winegrowers.

The vintners on the September 26 wine trail are in South Nevada County or North Auburn: Bear River Winery, Fawnridge Winery, Lone Buffalo Vineyards & Winery, Mt. Vernon Winery, Naggiar Vineyards, Sierra Knolls Vineyards & Winery and Viña Castellano Winery.

The wineries are in picturesque settings, where you can see wildflowers, coveys of quail and other wildlife. Sierra Vintners produce a wide variety of vines, with over 45 planted varietals, ranging from Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon to Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Sangiovese and Tempranillo.

For tickets and more information, visit


Uncorked is a walk-about-town style format from 1-4 p.m. that includes 20 venues throughout downtown. Each location, whether it is a retail shop, restaurant, winery or tasting room, will includewine tasting and food sampling.

This year’s event features a farm-to-table theme between the local farmers and participating restaurants and caterers who will transform the fresh products into signature dishes. The wineries will highlight their newest release of the season in celebration of the upcoming harvest.

For tickets and information, visit


Now in its 12th year, The Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop is one of Truckee’s preeminent events. This annual favorite from noon-4 p.m. brings nearly 1,000 locals and tourists to historic downtown Truckee to sip wine, taste food samples and enjoy shopping.

Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at more than 30 locations, food tickets and a program with a map to all participating locations.

For more information, visit


Nevada City named one of the most beautiful towns on the West Coast

Leave a comment just named Nevada City to its “10 Most Beautiful Towns on the West Coast” list.

“Diverse landscapes and towns brimming with charm can be found throughout the West Coast states. From coastal gems to inland beauties, we’ve put together a list of some of the most beautiful smaller towns waiting to be photographed and explored.

Nevada City

“Brimming with charm, Nevada City is a historical gem and California gold rush town found in the idyllic setting of the Sierra Nevada Mountains’ foothills, which also makes it a great destination for outdoor lovers. Local residents are proud of their town and have taken every step to preserve the century-old Victorian buildings that dot the land. To explore this town’s narrow streets, it’s best to park the car and stroll along by foot to discover all the great finds, including beautiful art, handmade jewelry, clothes, books, other fantastic gifts, plus delicious restaurants. Must-see events take place throughout the year as well, including the Nevada City Bicycle Classic, First Friday Art Walks, and Victorian Christmas to name but a few.

Nevada City, CA, USA

To read the full article, click here. To learn more about Nevada City, click here.

(Source:; Photo: Ken Lund/Flickr)

Nevada County ranks #28 of 3,111 counties nationally

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The Washington Post published an article that ranks every county in America by scenery and climate, and Nevada County ranked #28 out of the 3,111 counties.

“Nevada County, CA: This county has extremely high natural amenities. Rank: 28 out of 3,111 counties.

“In the late 1990s the federal government devised a measure of the best and worst places to live in America, from the standpoint of scenery and climate,” the article said. “The ‘natural amenities index’ is intended as ‘a measure of the physical characteristics of a county area that enhance the location as a place to live.’

“The index combines ‘six measures of climate, topography, and water area that reflect environmental qualities most people prefer.’ Those qualities, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, include mild, sunny winters, temperate summers, low humidity, topographic variation, and access to a body of water.

“These ‘natural aspects of attractiveness,’ as the USDA describes them, are intended to be constant and relatively immutable. They’re not expected to change much over time, so the USDA hasn’t updated its data beyond the initial 1999 scoring. “Natural amenities pertain to the physical rather than the social or economic environment,” the USDA writes. Things like plants, animals or the human environment are excluded by definition.

“We can measure the basic ingredients, not how these ingredients have been shaped by nature and man.” I stumbled on these numbers after reading about a recent study linking natural amenities to religiosity. (U.S. counties with nicer weather and surroundings tend to have less religious residents.)

“I’ve mapped all the counties above according to where they rank on the natural amenities index — mouse over to check out how desirable (or not) your own county is.

“You’ll see that Sun Belt counties fare pretty well — especially ones in California and Colorado. In fact, every single one of the 10 highest-ranked counties is located in California. After Ventura County, Humboldt, Santa Barbara, Mendocino and Del Norte counties round out the top five.”

To read the full article and view the maps, click here.

(Source: Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post; Photo: Michael Weissenborn)

41st Truckee Pro Rodeo this coming weekend

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Join in on the fun and celebrate the 41st year of the Truckee Professional Rodeo on August 22 and 23, 2015 at McIver Arena in Truckee, California. Here’s this year’s schedule:

Kid’s Day at the Rodeo
Friday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of fun and FREE rodeo themed activities! Kids can learn to rope, have stick horse races, take a pony ride, have a chance to brush a horse, learn about rodeo from our rodeo queens, watch a performance by the Truckee Donner Junior Horsemen Drill Team, and enjoy a free barbeque lunch courtesy of the Truckee Donner Junior Horsemen Association. You can learn more about the Junior Horsemen and what they do here!

Team Penning and Dinner
Friday, August 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Come join us for dinner and watch some team penning! The event is free to attend and dinner tickets are $20. Rodeo sponsors receive free dinner tickets based on their sponsorship level, but are welcome to purchase additional tickets for family and friends. The dinner is also open to the public, so if you would like to watch some team penning as you enjoy a delicious dinner please come by! Dinner will be catered by a local restaurant (TBA) and tickets can be purchased at the gate. It is sure to be a great time with great food! If you would like to participate by riding in a team in team penning, please contact us at (530) 205-6275 or to express your interest. Teams are 3 people, cost is $60 per team.

Rodeo Performance
Saturday, August 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. (gates open at 3 p.m.)

In addition to the traditional rodeo events, we will also have a “boot race” for the kids, mutton bustin’, calf dressing, and a specialty act! You won’ want to miss out on the fun! We ask that you please refrain from bringing coolers into the rodeo venue, we will have libations and food available for purchase.

Rodeo Performance
Sunday, August 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. (gates open at 11 a.m.)

This will be our second rodeo performance, it will also feature the “boot race”, muton bustin’, calf dressing, and our specialty act. It is sure to be just as fun! We ask that you please refrain from bringing coolers into the rodeo venue, we will have libations and food available for purchase.

2015 Ticket Information:

Discounted presale tickets can be purchased online here or at several businesses in Truckee. Premier seating is $45; general admission is $12 for Adult, $7 for Kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

Tickets purchased at the gate are $50 for premiere seating (space limited); $15 for Adult, $11 for Students (ID required), $10 for Kids 6-12; and free for kids 5 and under.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

- Truckee Pro Rodeo Association

(Photo: Truckee Pro Rodeo Association)

New video of the 2015 Nevada County Fair

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The Nevada County Fair continues through this Sunday. Watch a video from this year’s fair, here:

(Video: Nevada County Fairgrounds)

It’s Fair time and there’s something for everyone!

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This year’s Nevada County Fair features a full line up of excitement and loud, crazy fun in the arena each night. Wednesday and Thursday night features the Flying U Extreme Rodeo, Friday and Saturday night features Tuff Trucks and Monsters Trucks, and Sunday night is the return of Rotary’s Destruction Derby.

The Flying U Extreme Rodeo, produced by Cotton Rosser and Flying U Rodeo, returns to the arena on Wednesday and Thursday night with cowboys, bull riding, wild horse races, motorcycle riding, and a parachutist. Mutton Bustin, where young cowboys and cowgirls get the chance to hop on a trusty sheep and head for the thrill of their young lives, is scheduled during the event on both nights. If you have children interested in participating in Mutton Bustin, please visit the Fair Office. New this year, on both nights, will be a Coin Dig. Sponsored by A to Z Supply, the Coin Dig, features 100 gold coins buried in the arena, and children 10 years and younger in the audience will be invited down to the arena to dig for the coins. The cost to attend the Flying U Extreme Rodeo is $6.

On Thursday and Friday night, it’s Tuff Trucks and Monster Trucks, produced by S. Miller Paving, Inc. Loud trucks, racing, and car jumping make up for this fun evening. Ticket price also includes a Meet and Greet from 5:30 to 6:30 on both nights, so you can go visit the arena floor and meet the drivers. The cost to attend the Tuff Truck and Monster Truck show is $12 for adults, and $8 for kids 12 and under.

On Sunday, it’s the crowd-favorite Destruction Derby. The popular Derby is locally produced by five of Nevada County’s Rotary Clubs – The Rotary Club of Nevada City, Rotary Club of Nevada County South, 49er Breakfast Rotary of Nevada City, Penn Valley Rotary, and Rotary Club of Grass Valley. Watch as drivers put their cars to the ultimate test and crash, smash, and ram other vehicles while trying to keep their own vehicle running! It’s demolition at its best. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under.

All arena events start at 7 p.m. For tickets to the Fair’s arena events, visit This year’s Nevada County Fair is August 12 through 16, 2015.

- Nevada County Fair