Sierra Storytelling Festival

Tomorrow is the start of the 26th annual Sierra Storytelling Festival. The family-fun event is in North San Juan (about 30 minutes from Broad Street Inn–Google Map) and is from July 22-24. The stories are from African, Jewish, and Native American traditions as well as heart-warming folk tales. Nationally and internationally known storytellers present at the festival, including Antonio Sacre, Farrell Cunningham, and Awele Makeba. New to the festival is a Story Slam, which is similar to an open mic, and each teller has 5 minutes to tell a story (plus a one minute grace period to wrap up). The full schedule for the weekend is available HERE. The festival takes place at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on Tyler Foote Road with an outdoor amphitheater and old schoolhouse as a beautiful setting.

Now Playing: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Sierra Stages is putting on a production of the comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” starting this Thursday, July 14, at Nevada Theatre. We saw the production and were laughing the whole time. It’s great for the whole family, although older kids might enjoy it more. The music was catchy and upbeat and the costumes were fun and colorful. The Stephen Sondheim musical, which has a live orchestra, will be playing every weekend through August 7. Visit SierraStages.org, call the box office at 530-346-3210, or stop by BriarPatch Co-op or The Book Seller for tickets. Don’t forget to look for Sierra Stages’ “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” coming in October, playing at the Miners Foundry.

Advance Ticket Prices for “Forum”:
July 14 & 15 Preview Performances: $15
Thursday Performances at 7 PM: $20
Friday and Saturday Performances at 8; Sundays at 2: $25

Read more about the production HERE.

Busy Father’s Day Weekend in Nevada City!

It’s a busy weekend in Nevada City. The 36th annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival is going on all weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Today, the 4th annual Nevada City Farmers’ Market is from 8:30-12:30, and is every Saturday until November 12. The very first Nevada City Soapbox Derby is taking place today on Nimrod Street to support Pioneer Park. Tomorrow is the 51st annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic bike race that goes right by the inn! The first weekend of Music in the Mountains‘ SummerFest is this weekend at the Miners Foundry. Events take place at various venues until July 3rd. We have just updated our events page on our website! Also, the Nevada City Chamber has a great events blog.

The Full Monty playing in Nevada City

The Full Monty (a musical edition) opened at the Nevada Theatre last weekend. Put on by Ewing Ventures, this comedy tells the story of a few friends who are unemployed from the steel mill and can’t find good paying jobs where they live in Buffalo, New York. One night they see tons of women going to see Chippendale dancers. They figure if they put on a show, they too can make a lot of money. The three friends decide they need six men to put on a good show and go on a challenging search for men to join their show. All six have their problems that get resolved as the play goes on. Since the men are no Chippendale dancers, they have to find a way to get people to come to their show, so they decide to go “the full monty”. The Full Monty is playing until June 23, 2011 so go enjoy the show before it’s gone! (Due to adult content, only patrons 18 years or older are admitted.)

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Once known as the Bailey House Hotel, the Nevada Theatre was built in an attempt to have a theater that wouldn’t burn to the ground (like a lot of Nevada City, including the Bailey House Hotel, had in the beginning). Mark Twain and Emma Nevada both performed on the Nevada Theatre stage. The Nevada Theatre has gone through many ownership changes. It was once a movie theater known as the Cedar Theater from 1909 until 1958 when televisions took away business from the movie theater.  Just a few years ago, the Foothill Theatre Company went out of business. The company put on most of the plays at Nevada Theatre, along with C.A.T.S. (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra), for many  years. When Foothill Theatre Company stopped producing plays, many believed that the Nevada Theatre was also closing. The Nevada Theatre is still running and has recently gone under some big changes such as a new roof and a heating and air conditioning system. The interior walls were revamped, and the exterior got a fresh coat of paint and major repairs were made to the brick and mortar. The theater is now used mostly by LeGacy Productions, C.A.T.S., and on Sunday nights by the Nevada Theatre Film Series. The theatre is also used for special events and for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival held by S.Y.R.C.L. (South Yuba River Citizens League) and the Nevada City Film Festival.

Copa Banana: Now playing at Off Broadstreet

Off Broadstreet Theater is now showing Copa Banana. We saw the comedy musical a few nights ago with a group of friends. If you want a good laugh, this is the place to go. The theater always puts on great shows filled with fun music. Copa Banana is about four people in a small town in Mexico who are trying to attract more tourists. In an attempt to gain Oprah’s attention, they take out-of-focus videos of them performing as Elton John, Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Cher, Donnie and Marie Osmond, and many other performers. The desserts at Off Broadstreet are freshly made by local restaurants. Our group tried a few different ones and each were fabulous. We had a great time and highly recommend!

Now Showing at the Nevada Theatre: The King and I

Thursday was opening night for CATS‘ (Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra) production of The King and I playing at the Nevada Theatre. It was an incredible performance and has an excellent cast. The music was phenomenal with a live orchestra. Besides the great production, the theater is a great way to keep warm and dry in this rainy weather. Tickets range from $15-$30 and are available at the door or in Nevada City at Gold Mountain and the Nevada City Postal Company.

Anna and the King dancing. Courtesy of CATS website, www.catsweb.org