2018 Joint Chamber Mixer Calendar
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Monday, July 16th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Nevada County Concert Band
“A Little Night Music with the Nevada County Concert Band.”
Pioneer Park, Nevada City
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September 8 – 15, 2017
The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) was recently recognized by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”.
KNOW & GO
WHO: 17th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
WHEN: September 8-15, 2017
WHERE: Historic Locations throughout downtown Nevada City, Festival HQ located at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
TICKETS: Early Bird Festival Passes (ends Aug 15) $59 includes all films, VR Pavilion, Reserved Seating and Complimentary Membership, Festival Passes (after Aug 16 $89/$79 Festival Passes, Individual Screenings Tickets $10/$8,
Advance Tickets available online at www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com, by phone at (530) 362-8601, and in person at NCFF Office, 110 Union Street, Nevada City, M-F 10am-3pm. During the Festival tickets are available at NCFF HQ at the Miners Foundry during festival hours.
This September, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) embarks on its 17th year with a seven-day voyage to explore the human experience through the best in independent cinema. Beginning with the birth of filmmaking and the rise of black and white silent films, leading into modern day talkies and ending with the future of filmmaking with Virtual Reality, festival-goers will find that the technology of how we see and experience films will change, but a beautifully crafted story will always remain timeless.
NCFF has been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film. Each year, NCFF attends major film festivals, collaborates with film schools around the world, 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.
NCFF’s Kick Off Bash on Thursday, September 7, at the Stone House, encompasses this year’s theme of exploration with a special complimentary presentation of the 1902 French silent film A Trip to the Moon directed by Georges Méliès. Widely regarded as the earliest example of the science fiction film genre and, more generally, as one of the most influential films in cinema history, this 12 minute short film not only featured lavish set designs and innovative special effects but at the time an unparalleled emphasis on storytelling. NCFF will present this film with a never before heard score written and performed by an all-star line up of some of Nevada County’s most innovative and talented musicians including Randy McKean, Callum McKean, Murray Campbell and Wes Steed.
“Our submissions nearly tripled this year and to accommodate the many amazing films we received, we doubled our programming,” says Jesse Locks, NCFF Festival Director. “We also have a three very special guests who could only make it on a certain day, so we increased the festival from four to seven days.”
Locks is speaking of Bill Nye, the Emmy Award-winning host of the popular late-nineties PBS series “Bill Nye, the Science Guy” and now host of the Netflix series “Bill Nye Saves the World, who will be in attendance at the screening of the documentary film Bill Nye: Science Guy along with co-directors Nevada City native Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado.
In the film, Nye embarks on a quest to change the world through science advocacy and education. With intimate and exclusive access, this is a behind-the-scenes portrait of “the Science Guy,” as he inspires Millennials to participate in STEM. With wonder and whimsy, the film follows Bill’s journey to change the world… with science. Bill Nye: Science Guy screens, Monday, September 11 at 5:30pm at the Miners Foundry.
“We are so proud of Jason and all that he has achieved as a filmmaker,” says Locks. “We’ve screened nearly every one of his films, from little shorts he made while at Nevada Union High School to his masters thesis from Stanford. So for us to screen this film which premiered at South by Southwest, and bring Bill Nye, the man himself, to the festival, we’ve come full circle. It’s a real treat and honor!”
Other highlights of this year’s festival include the nearly 100 award-winning shorts and feature length films, with over 35 of the film’s filmmakers traveling from around the world to attend and participate in Question & Answer’s following the films.
“As both the festival’s director and as a movie-lover, it is always fascinating to see how filmmakers are inspired by what’s happening in the world, and how these stories are told in various ways and genres – animated narratives, fictional dramas, funny and compelling documentaries or in Virtual Reality,” says Locks.
Last year, to rave reviews, NCFF launched a world-class VR Festival within the Film Festival. People traveled across the state to see the very best in VR. This year they have raised the bar and are bringing VR to all of Nevada County (well, most of it!).
They have partnered with Exit Reality VR to have their VR trucks stopping throughout Nevada County before and during the festival for individuals to experience VR for the first time. The free VR experiences last anywhere between 2-5 minutes and a location list and time will be the festival’s website for those interested to follow along.
Exit Reality VR will also take part in the VR Pavilion located at the Miners Foundry during the festival. The VR Pavilion features VR experiences from the world’s top VR creators on Facebook/Oculus VR and HTC Vive, plus live Tilt Brush demonstrations on the HTC Vive by visual artists, workshops and panel discussions, DJs and a common area for creatives to meet up, hang out, and talk about their next project.
NCFF will present a special free student workshop on Saturday, September 9, at 11am at the Miners Foundry with leading VR artist Wesley Allsbrook, one of the creators behind Dear Angelica.
From Emmy Award-winning Oculus Story Studio comes Dear Angelica, a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones. Entirely painted by hand inside of VR, Dear Angelica plays out in a series of memories that unfold around you. The immersive, illustrative short story stars Geena Davis and Mae Whitman.
“NCFF has always been committed to creative storytelling and as a staff we are naturally curious in finding ways to use technology to aid in the storytelling process,” says Locks. “We saw the premiere of Dear Angelica at Sundance and were completely amazed; it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen and experienced before.”
Speaking of students, NCFF will host nearly 400 students from Nevada City schools on Friday, September 8 for a special film presentation from Pixar Studios. NCFF will also host a free screening for children of international shorts on Saturday, September 9 at 1pm at the Miners Foundry.
NCFF has also teamed up with Music in the Mountains and InConcert Sierra to present Score: The Film Music Documentary, Saturday, September 9, 7pm at the Nevada Theatre, which brings Hollywood’s elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most international music genre: the film score. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on. The documentary contains interviews with dozens of film composers who discuss their craft and the magic of film music while exploring the making of the most iconic and beloved scores in history: “James Bond”, “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Titanic,” “The Social Network,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “Psycho.”
New to the festival is its After Dark series of live music and film experiences, visual artists, live comedy and more. Gimme Danger: A Film + Music Tribute to Iggy Pop, Friday, September 8, 7pm, at the Stone House, pays homage to one of rock’s ultimate provocateurs, Iggy Pop, with a screening of director Jim Jarmusch’s film Gimme Danger followed by music from local rock bands including Beautiful Dudes, Chat Room, My Dallas Teens, and Blake Severn + Broken Spoke.
All the Feels! An Evening for the Senses on Saturday, September 9, 6-9pm at the Osborn Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry, is a sensory event featuring visual artists Juli Elin, Rene Medina, Rahlene Weeden + Stardust Station, Jacob Goodrich, plus live VR artists, DJs and more.
Eric Wareheim returns to NCFF, Thursday, September 14, 8pm at the Stone House. The writer, comedian, director and musician is bringing his friends with him for an evening of comedy shorts, a brand new episode of Bedtime Stories, and more. Best known as one half of the comedy duo Tim & Eric, alongside Tim Heidecker, Wareheim is responsible for producing such comedy cult favorites as the Adult Swim sketch show “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!,” Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule starring John C. Reilly, Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Eric Andre Show, and Nathan For You. He currently stars with Aziz Ansari in Netflix’s Master of None.
The festival wraps Friday, September 15 with an outdoor “Best of the Fest” screening in Pioneer Park at 6pm. Attendees can enjoy delicious eats from local and regional food trucks, live music from Strictly Business, award-winning beer from Ol’ Republic and the winners of this year’s festival including the highly coveted Audience Choice Award.
“There is so much happening at the festival this year! You’re best bet is to pick up the Early Bird pass and try it ALL,” says Locks. “We’ve really tried to curate an experience that would entertain and excite all movie-lovers.”
For more information go to www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com
To see the entire list of films go to www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com/festival/films/
2017 Growers Market at The North Star House!
Come join us Saturday morning from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
The Growers Market is located at the Historic North Star House, Circa 1906, 12075 Old Auburn Road (about 1/2 mile from Nevada County Fairgrounds follow signs). We have utilized the beautiful property for our Growers market and it is a stable and permanent location.
Spring greens, strawberries, beets, fresh flowers, and so many more offerings abound. Beautiful 6-packs of vegetable starts tempt the novice as well as the veteran gardeners. Fresh Garlic! New Potatoes! Big, juicy blackberries baked in artisan pastry dough!
What else? Come take a look! At this Saturday market come enjoy with us! Our market now features fresh fruits & vegetables, flowers, eggs, lavender, lamb & beef, olive oil, plants & trees, vegetable starts, cheese, wine, honey, jams, bakery goods, metal yard art, specialty items such as hats, soap, pet treats, wine barrel furniture, breakfast burritos and more.
Live music and demos every Saturday.
Come join us for a fun-filled day!
Schedule of Events
The opening day for the 2017 Growers Market season is April to November 2017. The market will open at 8:00 am and remain open until 12:30 pm each Saturday. Come out to the market and see the progress that has been made on improving the grounds and North Star House.
Children’s Art with Mim 1st Saturday of the month. Children’s Metalworking with Jerry 3rd Saturday of the month.
North Star Historic Conservancy
12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949
After the Cleanup — Don’t miss the VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY in Pioneer Park
Registered volunteers will enjoy a delicious lunch from Christopher’s Old World Deli along with tasty treats courtesy of Briar Patch Coop, Emily’s Catering and Cakes, Cake for Giants, Summer Thyme’s Bakery, and Spring Street Market. Cozy up to the no-host beer garden with tasty brews from Matteo’s Public, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co., Jernigan’s Tap House & Grill, and Crispin Cider. Revel in great company and inspiring music by Ayla Nereo and Scott Nice. This is a beautiful and energizing community event and we want to appreciate you, our hard working volunteers! So join us at Pioneer Park, Nevada City from 1pm-5pm.
More than 850 volunteers will participate in this community-wide effort to keep 80 miles of Bear and Yuba watershed shoreline safe, healthy and trash-free. Join us!
Theme = THROWBACK!
In celebration of our 20th Anniversary of the Cleanup, this year’s theme is SYRCL THROWBACK. Do you have a vintage Cleanup or SYRCL tee? Perhaps you want to dust off your fanny pack and tube socks? Whatever you fancy, we hope you and your friends will bring your team spirit and own unique interpretation of Throwback to the Cleanup and volunteer appreciation party. Costumes are highly encouraged!
JOIN the BRING YOUR OWN Movement. Help us organize a zero-waste event. Don’t forget to bring your:
- Reusable water bottle
- Pint cup–brews are $5 with your own reusable cup!
- $ for beer garden
- Lawn chairs, picnic blankets, shade umbrellas
- Sunscreen and a sun hat
- Your SYRCL THROWBACK costume. Coordinate with your team to make a splash!
Thank you for bringing your own materials to keep event-generated waste to a minimum.
One very lucky person will win this stunning RavenWest guitar, signed by Graham Nash Generously donated by Volz Bros. with appreciation to Nina and Mike Snegg. Tickets are on sale now at $20 per ticket!
SYRCL Headquarters, 313 Railroad Ave. #101,Nevada City, CA
Volz Bros. Automotive, 12048 Charles Dr. #2, Grass Valley, CA
There will be MUSIC:
Ayla Nereo. Beauty-maker. Hymn merchant. Earth guardian. Wisdom-whisperer.
& Scott Nice. DJ. Producer. Student of the Turntable. Friend to all animals.
Ayla Nereo and Scott Nice will be the featured performers at the Volunteer Appreciation Party after the Cleanup. Ayla is a shining star armed with guitar and loop pedal, her majestic vocals soar atop sublime percussion and heart-blooming melodies. Ayla’s lucid storytelling and lyrical imagery are water for the thirsty soul. Northern California producer, DJ, Student of the Turntable, and friend to all animals, Scott brings the mind and heart of listeners into a flowing adventure through world music colors, sounds of the jungle, and dance music aesthetics.
PARKING is LIMITED:
Parking is limited at the park–please carpool. Alternative options:
- Carpool with friends from the Rood Center, 1.4 miles
- Park and walk from the SYRCL office parking lot, .4 miles
- Park and walk from the small lot at Broad St and Nevada St, .4 miles
- Park and walk from the small lot near Vets Hall off Cottage St or Commercial St, .6 miles
- Park on surrounding residential streets and walk
- Ride your unicorn!
Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, JOHN SCOFIELD is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. An artist with fan bases in many camps and forty albums to his credit, he has expressed himself in the vernacular of bebop, blues, jazz-funk, organ jazz, acoustic chamber jazz, electronically tinged groove music and orchestral ensembles with ease and enthusiasm.
His versatility and technical mastery won him early sideman gigs with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Cobham/Duke among many. Since that time he remains firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer, prominently leading his own groups in the international Jazz scene, his own albums (many already classics) including collaborations with many contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, among many jazz legends. Regardless of the stylistic setting, his distinct guitar sound and compositions are unmistakably Scofieldesque, always coupled with an improvisational excellence and dedicated to the finest in jazz tradition.
JON CLEARY is known for his salty-sweet voice, masterful piano skills, and a knack for coupling infectious grooves with melodic hooks and sharp lyrics. Born in Kent, England in 1964, Cleary steeped in the sounds of American roots music as a child via New Orleans funk and R&B 45s. Venturing to the Crescent City at 17, he quickly earned the respect of local music community. He spent the ’80s gigging as a sideman and bandleader with a rotating cast of New Orleans’ best including members of funk forefathers the Meters and delta-bluesman John Mooney. He has balanced the last few years with an international fan base as a member of Bonnie Raitt’s group and his own group (with album of the same name) Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Cleary has the self-made Moonburn (Virgin 1999), and his ode to Big Easy R&B – Alligator Lips and Dirty Rice (Ace 1994). All of Jon’s talents are manifest on Pin Your Spin, Basin Street Records produced by John Porter. His album Occapella was released in 2012. And GoGo Juice in 2016.
2016 was a great year for the recordings of these two artists. Cleary won Best Regional Roots Music Album for Go Go Juice and Scofield Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Past Present with Scofield following up in 2017 winning two additional Grammys – Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Country For Old Men and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.
Quest TheaterWorks presents Alan Ayckbourn’s Snake in the Grass
- Thursdays, Sept 14 & 21, 7:00pm
- Fridays & Saturdays, Sept 15, 16, 22, 23, 8:00pm
- Sundays, Sept 17, 24, 2:00pm
Off Center Stage
- $25 General admission
- $35 Preferred seating
- Tickets available for purchase online only
Directed by Scott Ewing
Featuring Lois Ewing, Sharon Winegar and Kimberly Ewing
Miriam has cared for her father in the family home during his vituperative last years with the help of a creepily polite nurse, Alice. On Father’s death, Miriam’s older sister, handsome, divorced Annabel, comes home after over thirty years in Tasmania to find Daddy has left the bulk of his fortune to her. Alice complains to Annabel that Miriam has sacked her and is intent upon blackmail, having evidence, she says, that Miriam did away with the old man. Miriam and Annabel join forces against Alice and the blackmailer’s body is soon hurtling down the well, but all does not end there.
“A creepily, scarily, eerily enjoyable evening.” – Sunday Times
“It’s a suspense drama about murder, blackmail and haunting; there is depth and subtlety…” – Financial Times
“Subtle and powerful.” – The Guardian