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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)

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


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)

Video of the Nevada County Fair

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The 2015 Nevada County Fair begins tomorrow! Check out this cool video courtesy of

120th Miners Picnic is August 29

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Pack your picnic basket. Grab a blanket and chairs – and seize the chance to picnic on our glorious grounds. The annual Miners Picnic on August 29, from 11 a.m-4 p.m, is a summer celebration of our colorful, gold mining history.

The first Miners Picnic was held 1895 to raise money for miners’ widows and orphans, as well as injured and out-of-work miners. Today, it’s an action-packed day of fun, food, gold history, and lasting memories.

A nail-biting mine rescue reenactment at high noon is a must. Will help arrive in time to save the injured miners? Witness the event in the Mineyard, and cheer the rescue team on.

The prices are: $7 for 17 & over, $3 children 6-16, free for children under 6.

You’re also welcome to visit the old Blacksmith Shop. Our popular “smithies” always have old-west tales to tell. There is Living History at Empire Cottage – with docents portraying many of the characters who shaped our history, such as the Bourn Family, the Starrs – and chatty housekeeper, Katie Moriarty. They’ll be glad to tell you what life was like in the early 1900s.

You’ll also enjoy:

The choice of bringing your own lunch or purchasing food, drinks
and ice cream from local vendors (including the traditional miners’
favorite, Cornish pasties)
-Vintage cars
-Lavish, period costumes
-Challenging games and entertainment for children
-Learning how to pan for gold
-An old-fashioned cake walk
-Equipment exhibits
-Live music by popular, local band Rush Creek, as well as strolling musicians & entertainers
-A first-time raffle for a valuable piece of gold

(Text and photo: Empire Mine)

2015 Nevada County Fair discount tickets available now

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Tickets for the 2015 Nevada County Fair are on sale now. Purchase your admission, carnival tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save money! Fair Office to extend its hours and be open the weekend before the Fair for discounted tickets!

The Fair Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be open specifically for ticket sales on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online at

Buy your admission tickets before August 11 at 5 p.m. and get an admission ticket for $6. Or, purchase a “Be a Kid Again” adult admission ticket for Thursday of the Fair for only $4. You can also take advantage of other pre-sale offers, including a five-day Fair pass with unlimited entry for $30; an event parking pass for $25; or a carnival ride bracelet, good for unlimited rides for any one day, for $23.

Now is the time to also purchase your arena event tickets – including tickets to this year’s Destruction Derby, hosted by Nevada County’s Rotary Clubs! Tickets are now on sale for the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday and Thursday night; Monster Trucks and Tuff Trucks on Friday and Saturday night; and Rotary’s Destruction Derby on Sunday night.

There are several ways to get your Fair tickets early. Purchase them on-line at or stop by the Fair Office on McCourtney Road by Tuesday, August 11, at 5 p.m. Or you can call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 by August 10 at 5 p.m. The Fair Office at Gate 1 is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will also be open on Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

After August 11, admission for the Fair is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children
6-12, and free to children under the age of 5.

This year’s “Catch the Fair Bug!” Nevada County Fair is August 12 – 16. The Fair’s Office is located on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. The phone number is (530) 273-6217 and the website is

- Nevada County Fair

Nevada County Fair planned for August 12-16, 2015

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The Nevada County Fairgrounds confirmed this week that the 2015 Nevada County Fair will continue as planned on August 12-16, 2015.

While the Fairgrounds are currently being used for a command post and fire camp, the Fair team is busy behind the scenes preparing for its biggest event of the year – the Nevada County Fair.

“There have been rumors of the Fair’s cancellation, but that was never part of our plan,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Fairgrounds. “While we are happy to be able to assist our community and provide a place of rest for our heroic firefighters, we are still busy preparing for this year’s Fair, which opens in less than two weeks.”

To date, the Fair has received more than 7,000 entries for community exhibits, discounted tickets are being sold, and entries for special contests are being accepted.

Additionally, the Fair confirmed that Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair – will take place in the Gate 1 parking lot on Monday, August 3. This year, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Nevada County 2-1-1, Sierra Harvest, NEO, and BloodSource for Community Involvement Day. These organizations will be set-up at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 parking lot on Monday, August 3, from 1 to 6 p.m., to receive donations of items.

“The fire camp will still be on the grounds during Community Involvement Day, but we’re ready to host the event, which will cause little disruption to the fire camp,” said Callender.

While the Fair will take place as planned in two weeks, the grounds are currently closed to pedestrians and bicyclists; and RV camping is limited. The Fairgrounds will notify the community when these services are open again to the public.

The Main Office will continue to sell advanced sale Fair tickets, and continues to be open during normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

“On August 12, we will be ready to open our gates to the community and welcome them to the 2015 Nevada County Fair,” said Callender. “At that time, we’ll also take the time to celebrate our community and thank our firefighters for their efforts in keeping us all safe.

For information about the Nevada County Fair, August 12-16, call 530-273-6217 or visit

- Nevada County Fairgrounds

(Photo: Kial James)

2015 Summer Fairs, Festivals & Concerts in Nevada County

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Summer is the perfect time to visit Nevada County and enjoy one of the many fairs and festivals that are happening throughout the season. From California WorldFest to the Sierra Storytelling Festival to the annual Nevada County Fair, there is some type of fair, festival or gathering almost every weekend to delight all ages and interests. A few of the festivals are featured below.

California WorldFest
July 16-19, 2015 – Nevada County Fairgrounds
The Center for the Arts presents California WorldFest featuring eight stages of music from around the world. Visitors can also enjoy camping, workshops, international food, fine crafts and children’s programming. This year’s line-up includes diverse music such as King Sunny Ade and his African Beats, Lucinda Williams, Buffy Saint-Marie, Emisunshine, Birds of Chicago, and much more.

30th Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival
July 17-19, 2015 – North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
Set among the towering pines, sloping lawns and historic one-room schoolhouse on Columbia Hill, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is now in its 30th year. Known as “The Queen of Storytelling Festivals,” it brings a line-up of internationally recognized storytellers to the Schoolhouse stages.

Nevada County Fair
August 12-16, 2015 – Nevada County Fairgrounds
Enjoy five days of entertainment and fun for fair-goers of all ages at the Nevada County Fair. The Fair presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals and exhibits – at the “most beautiful fairgrounds in California.” This is affordable fun for the whole family.

15th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
September 10-13, 2015 – Historic Downtown Nevada City
The Nevada City Film Festival brings award-winning shorts and feature films from around the world to the historic venues of Nevada City. A four-day celebration of art, music, and independent film-making, NCFF includes screenings, workshops, special performances, parties and a live comedy show.

To view all events in Nevada County, click here.

(Source: Nevada County Tourism)