Visit Nevada City & Grass Valley in January for an exciting month of films & theater!

If you love films and live theater, January is the month to visit! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes place January 12-16th. Following that, the Nugget Fringe Festival starts on January 19th and runs for 10-days, through the 29th.  On January 22nd, the film “The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened” shows at the Nevada Theater. And, Nevada Union Drama’s “The Addams Family Musical” plays the last weekend in January, and the first weekend of February. That’s a lot of good theater and film in the month of January!

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

January 12-16, 2017

This January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world. Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.

Considered the largest film festival of its kind, the films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see Award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival informs, inspires and ignites solutions, and creates positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities. Now known as “the next Sundance” the Wild and Scenic experience proves the power of film and passion.

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Free Events Open to the Public during the Film Festival

If you aren’t attending the film festival, there are still loads of things to do throughout the weekend. Here are some events that are free and open to the public!

Festival Street Events
All weekend long Robinson Plaza in downtown Nevada City will be full of live music, the Enviro Fair and much more! Come on out and join the party! (Will be moved to the National Hotel if raining)

Opening Art Reception
A special artist reception is open before the 3D film session at the Del Oro Theatre.
151 Union Square, Grass Valley
Thursday, January 12, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Virtual Reality Lounge at KVMR
Dive into the world of Virtual Reality with four environmental-themed experiences, including one world premiere experience of our very own Yuba River, filmed by the students of the Connected Communities Academy.
KVMR Radio
120 Bridge Street, Nevada City
Friday, January 13, 4pm-7pm
Saturday, January 14, 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
Sunday, January 15, 11am-2pm

Media Lounge
Meet filmmakers and activists in the Wild & Scenic Media Lounge hosted by Elisa Parker of See Jane Do, a social change multi-media organization. Enjoy free WiFi and a comfortable setting to meet, connect, and network. (And enjoy a glass of our local wine!)
Media Lounge at Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street, Nevada City
Friday, January 13, 4pm-7pm
Saturday, January 14, 9am-5pm
Sunday, January 15, 9am-1pm

Opening Reception – Presented by Earthjustice
Start the festival off with light hors d’oeuvres, local wine, beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. & Barefoot bubbly. You’ll be sure to run in to filmmakers, special guests and locals.
Nevada City Winery
321 Spring Street, Nevada City
Friday, January 13 4pm – 7pm

Enviro Fair
Be sure to visit our Enviro Fair on Commercial Street for more information about the organizations mentioned in many of the films and how to get involved.
Robinson Plaza, Downtown Nevada City
Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15

Activist Workshops
10 special workshops & presentations hosted in Nevada City throughout the Film Festival weekend. Learn more about the issues and what you can do, get filmmaking tips from pros, and much more.
Activist Center in City Hall
317 Broad Street, Nevada City
Saturday, January  14, 9:30am – 5pm
Sunday, January 15, 9:30am – 4:15pm

Donation-based yoga all weekend for festival attendees.
The Golden Mandala
417 Broad Street, Suite B, Nevada City
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday,
9 – 10:15 am & 3 – 4:15 pm

Coffee Talk: Bringing Salmon Back from the Brink
Join Earthjustice Wildlands Campaigner Rebecca Bowe in a conversation about the once-in-a-lifetime chance to restore iconic salmon populations.
Three Forks Bakery & Brewery
211 Commercial Street, Nevada City
Saturday, January 14, 8:30am

Youth-Driven Change: An Interactive Workshop
Join Synergia Learning Ventures’ youth staff, and community organizer Chad Nicholson (from the film, We the People 2.0) in an interactive workshop for those who care and those who are curious. We will look at the powerful force of film and storytelling, then at what youth can do to assert your rights to make the decisions that affect you, your community, and nature.
Geared toward youth, appropriate for all ages. Youth receives priority seating if venue is full.
Center for the Arts, Grass Valley
Saturday, January 14, 1pm-3pm

Fireside Chat with Jordan Fisher Smith
Jordan Fisher Smith discusses his new book, Engineering Eden, over craft cocktails. Engineering Eden has been nominated for the 2017 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and the Wall Street Journal calls it “intensely reported, rousingly readable, and ambitiously envisioned.” Book signing to follow.
Saturday, January 14, 3:30pm
The Golden Era, 309 Broad St, Nevada City

Book Signing with Jordan Fisher Smith
The Golden Era
309 Broad St, Nevada City
Saturday, January 14, 3:30pm

Book Signing with Gary Snyder and Tom Killion
Meet this year’s special guests, Gary Snyder and Tom Killion, for an art reception and book signing. Killion’s artwork will be on display all weekend long. Snyder and Killion will also be giving a special multi-media presentation on Saturday Evening at the Del Oro Theatre, showcasing Snyder’s poetry and Killion’s art.
The Alexander Gallery
225 Broad Street, Nevada City
Sunday, January 15, 11 am – 1 pm

Coffee Talk: Moving Beyond Mind
Explore the heart’s wisdom and connection to nature as a gateway to unlimited creativity. Join river activist Mark Dubois and his wife, Clare, founder, for an intimate search of the ‘through line’ through today’s whitewater.
Three Forks Bakery & Brewery
211 Commercial Street, Nevada City
Sunday, January 15, 8:30am

Fireside Chat with Chad Nicholson
Join Chad Nicholson, community organizer with CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, if you are ready to engage a different kind of activism.
The Golden Era, 309 Broad St, Nevada City
Sunday, January 15, 3pm

Eco Tours
Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for this three-mile Sunday morning stroll exploring Hirschman Trail and Pond. Located a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, this lovely trail tells the story of environmentally damaging Gold Rush hydraulic mining and how nature heals itself over time.
Trailhead on Cement Hill Road; on the right just up from the intersection with Hwy 49.
Sunday, January 15, 11am

The 3rd Annual Nugget Fringe Theater Festival

January 19-29, 2017

The Nugget Fringe Festival brings you music, performance art, talks, burlesque and theater from some of the most daring artists from the local area, as well as seasoned fringe artists from around the country. One of this year’s artists has been invited to perform all over the world!

This Year’s Shows:

  • Gold Fever
  • Inaugural Open Mic
  • The 3 Hour Plays
  • An Intimate Evening with Death, Herself
  • Based On Actual Events
  • Bodies Unbound
  • Eclectigoria Originals
  • Eclectigoria- The Monologue Show
  • A Feebleminded Dictator
  • The Good Body – by Eve Ensler
  • Hey, Hey, LBJ!
  • Law Dude
  • The Last Wolf
  • Let’s Misbehave – A Burlesque Experience
  • Live Chewed Sculptures
  • Locally Conceived
  • Man and the Moon
  • A Matter Of Minutes
  • NuJazz Alternative Virtual Orchestra/ Relaxing the Giant
  • Poetry Out Loud
  • The Sam and Adele Show
  • Seat-Down Stand-Up
  • A Sentence is Inside Itself
  • The Sierra 3
  • SierraCapella
  • Sketchy Ladies
  • Something about the French Open
  • Swing Time Jazz Combo
  • Tales of a Sexual Tomboy
  • That’s Inappropriate
  • Time Out: Don’t bring up gender, OK?
  • We’re All N.U.T.S.
  • What’s Your Nugget?
  • The Zoo Story by Edward Albee

Presented at 7 Venues in Downtown Grass Valley

Venues 1, 2, and 3
Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains
246 South Church Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Venue 4
Smith Vineyard Tasting Room
142 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA 9594

Venue 5
151 Union Square Event Center
151 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Venue 6
The Iron Door@The Holbrooke
212 W. Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Venue 7
Off Center Stage
315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

The Magic Theatre


January 13- 19, 2017


2 Hours, 10 Minutes | R |

Directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert. Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

20th Century Women

January 20 – Feb. 2

20th Century Women

1 Hour, 58 Minutes | R |

Directed by Mike Mills. Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.

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Nevada Theater Film Series

Winners and Highlights – 2017 – Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Sunday & Monday January 15 & 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.

On Sunday night SYRCL presents a selection of the 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival award winning films. In addition, the winner of the People’s Choice award will be announced at this event. Monday’s Program is a “locals appreciation night” featuring 2017 Wild & Scenic award winning films to wind down your holiday weekend. Films will be different than Sunday night’s films screened. Both of these programs are likely to sell out in advance, so purchase early. For Sunday’s program all tickets are $30 and for Monday’s program all tickets are $20. Festival passes do not include entry to this event. Tickets are available at

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7 p.m.

1hr 35 min – Not Rated. One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, Stephen Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. BEST WORST THING draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of that show’s creation –and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often unexpected consequences of those choices. Featuring exclusive appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Tickets can be purchased at Sierra Theaters.

The Addams Family Musical

January 26, 27 & 28 | February 2, 3 & 4, 2017. Showtime 7pm

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL”, a musical take on the distinguished cult-classic. General admission seating begins at 6:30pm. Door tickets sales begin at 5:45pm before each performance.

Gomez Addams is about to face every father’s nightmare: his daughter Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man… from a respectable Ohio family! And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday has invited Lucas and his parents to dinner, insisting that the Addams act “normal” for just one night. In the resulting (and not altogether unexpected) chaos, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and both families are changed forever, proving once and for all that love conquers all.

Don Baggett Theatre
11761 Ridge Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95945
$12.00/Advance, $15.00/Door