Nevada City always goes all out for the holidays. Usually, at least one Christmas play is shown through the month of December. This year, we are so lucky to have two plays (both by LeGacy Presents) which are both fabulous. The first play, A Christmas Story, is playing at the Nevada Theatre. The classic comedy set in the 1930s tells the story of a boy named Ralphie who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. If you loved the movie, you’ll love the play as well. It has a great and energetic cast and a beautiful set. This play is fun for the whole family and tickets run from $15-$30. It shows Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until December 24. For more information on show times, click HERE.
The second play that LeGacy is putting on this holiday season is David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries. This one man show tells David’s story of working as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. This hilarious production is perfect for a night away from the kids. LeGacy suggests that this performance is for “mature elves only.” Playing at Off Center Stage in Grass Valley, this show is playing until December 24 as well. Tickets are around $20-$25.
You don’t want to miss either of these productions, so catch them before they leave!
We wish everyone a very happy and safe Independence Day! Looking for a way to spend the holiday? A parade begins this morning in downtown Grass Valley. Later, the fairgrounds hosts the largest fireworks show in the Sierra foothills! Read more about it HERE.
Yesterday, we went downtown to try out the newest restaurant in town, Pete’s Pizza. Their first restaurant was opened a few years ago in downtown Grass Valley and after great success, they have opened a second restaurant in Nevada City. We walked downtown and were at Pete’s in just a couple of minutes. We were going to get a small pizza, which is 12″ and just over $10. The owner talked us into getting just a slice a piece, which was the perfect size. The large slice was about $4 and we could add toppings, but opted for a simple slice of Margherita. Pete’s serves a thin, New York-style pizza with a homemade sauce and fresh toppings (they also have a Chicago deep-dish style per request). The Margherita had Roma tomatoes that were ripe and juicy with fresh basil. A slice took a little over 5 minutes and a whole pizza takes about 20 minutes. A pizza-by-the-slice place is perfect for tourists and locals alike, especially during street fairs and events. They have a whole list of toppings or you can choose from their specials, such as the Yuba or Mediterranean. If you aren’t in the mood for pizza, they have calzones (which are packed full and delicious!), salads, subs, and a list of appetizers including fish and chips, chicken tenders, garlic fries, and much more. Pete’s has yet to set hours, but for now they open at 11:30 a.m. and close late in the evening sometime. Pete’s Pizza is at 239 Commercial St. in Nevada City, CA and can be contacted by phone at 530.264.7004
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.
This past weekend, we went to the Green Life Eco Fest. We had a great time. Many local merchants and businesses were there to offer their information. The A.P.P.L.E. Center for Sustainable Living was there as well as Reinette Senum, a local who is very involved in the community, who shared her new portable shelter for the homeless. The local co-op, Briar Patch, attended and displayed the healthy food they provide in their grocery store. Nevada County Grown, a local non-profit, was there sharing their information on how they connect local farmers and ranchers to the community. There was plenty to eat at the festival, like Horn of the Bull, a local taqueria. A family-owned frozen yogurt business, Yotasia,was selling a few of their frozen yogurt treats. Each of Yotasia’s flavors are hand-crafted and homemade with no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Each of their locations is on a college campus in the dining halls. We had a great time meeting other “green” businesses and getting new ideas on what we can do to be more eco-friendly.
Nevada City was proud to announce this morning that the city would be hosting the beginning of the Amgen Tour of California. It was originally planned to start in Tahoe yesterday, but once it starting snowing, it was decided to keep the cyclists from riding in snow and possibly ice. Jeff Pelline, from FoodWineArt magazine wrote an article on his blog this morning with more information on the race. For more pictures from downtown of Amgen, pictures are posted on our Flickr.
A new store opened in downtown Nevada City this past weekend called Abstrakt. Roi Lynn Arnold and her daughter Lize Hottegindre have been working hard the past few months to put together a store of fresh and trendy clothing, plus the all the accessories (belts, purses, jewelry, scarves, etc.) to make an outfit complete. After spending quite some time in their shop, I couldn’t leave without one of the many cute things I found. The prices were very reasonable and the clothing is excellent quality. They also carry a wide variety of gifts and home goods. From the start, they aimed at providing only American-made clothing. They found it a little challenging to keep the prices affordable on merchandise made in the U.S. but still try their hardest. They also own another store, Contrast, which carries jewelry and other accessories from the U.S., France, Israel, and other countries. Contrast is located at 234 Commercial Street with the outlet store across the street. Abstrakt is located next door to Gray Goose at 228 Broad Street. For more information, click here. The pictures were taken by Lize Hottegindre and more are available on her site.