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Ribbon Cutting

S&S Tree Service
Thursday, April 9th
5:30 to 6:30 PM
128 E. Main Street
Grass Valley

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2020 Chamber Mixer Calendar

Thursday, March 26th

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

NEO Youth Center
139 Joerschke Dr.
Grass Valley

 Lynn Skrukrud
(530) 470-3869

Thursday, April 23rd
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Nevada County Media
355 Crown Point Circle
Grass Valley

 Ramona Howard
(530) 272-8862

Thursday, May 14th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Rotary Clubs
The North Star House
12075 Auburn Road
Grass Valley

 Jonathan Walker
(415) 298-1489

Thursday, June 25th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Sierra Gold Parks Foundation
Empire Mine State Historic Park
10791 E. Empire St.
Grass Valley

 Steve Sanchez
(510) 673-3741

Thursday, August 27th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Headshots & Handshakes
Gold Miners Inn
121 Bank Street, Grass Valley

Joy Porter
(530) 913-6045

Thursday, September 17th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

C21 Cornerstone
Chili Cook-Off!

101 Boulder Street
Nevada City
Mike Bainbridge
(530) 265-5885

Thursday, October
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

ReMax Performance
776 Freeman Lane
Grass Valley
Jennifer Seim
(530) 682-2000

Thursday, November 12th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

River Valley
Community Bank

580 Brunswick Road
Grass Valley
Stacia McCroskey
(530) 798-2690

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CFA Presents: Curious Forge – Forging Ahead @ Curious Forge
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm

The Center For The Arts Presents

Curious Forge – Forging Ahead

  • November 7-30
    Tuesday-Friday, Noon-5:00pm
    Artist Reception
    Thursday, November 15, 6:00-8:00pm

This is a multimedia group exhibition by selected artists from the Curious Forge Makerspace! The exhibition features painting, glass blowing, metal, wood, jewelry, ceramics, mosaic, and more!

The Curious Forge is a nonprofit 501(c)3 and LLC MakerSpace located at 13024 Bitney Springs Rd in Nevada City, California. The Curious Forge is a 20,000+ sq/ft space, where members have access to training and a wide variety of over $100,000 in equipment from traditional to advanced. Most of all we are a community of builders, tinkerers, artists, and professionals who love to make. Think of it as an artistic, technical and industrial playground.

Mission: To provide access to traditional and advanced tools, a large space and a variety of skill sets in a collaborative and innovative environment that enables the members to create what matters to them.

CFA Presents: The Second City’s Improv All Stars @ Foothills Event Center
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Center For The Arts Presents

The Second City’s Improv All Stars

Thursday, November 8th, 8:00 PM

Foothills Event Center

400 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley

Members: $35
General Public: $40


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(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

“Second City does the comedy of shared experience more quirkily and savvier than most.” – Chicago Tribune

“A temple of Satire…” – Time Magazine

“The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City.” – The New York Times

“The troupe that gave us SCTV and inspired Saturday Night Live and Whose Line is it Anyway?!” – Chicago Tribume

“Legendary” – The New York Times

Chicago’s legendary comedy theater returns to Grass Valley with The Second City: Improv All-Stars, an irresistible hour of improvised comedy. The masters of the form will astound you with their talent, skill and wit – all without the aid of scripts or sets.

Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and has launched the careers of legends like Tina Fey, Stephen ColbertSteve CarellGilda RadnerBill Murray and more.

CFA Presents: StringShot featuring Badi Assad, Roy Rogers & Carlos Reyes @ Grass Valley Elks Lodge
Nov 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Center For The Arts Presents

StringShot featuring Badi Assad, Roy Rogers & Carlos Reyes

Saturday, November 10th, 8:00 PM

Grass Valley Elks Lodge

$30 seated general admission
$45 Premium reserved seats
General Public:
$34 seated general admission
$50 Premium reserved seats
First 50 premium ticket buyers to receive CD of Stringshot!


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(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

These three artists have joined together to form a musical “tour-de-force”, blending their artistry and talents to create a new synthesis of Blues and Latin music. This unique combination of musicians – all virtuosos in their own right – features an amazing interplay and repertoire that promises to dazzle audiences!

Roy Rogers is one of the world’s great slide guitarists – an 8 time Grammy-nominated producer and recording artist – renowned for his live performances around the world as well as his collaborations with John Lee HookerBonnie Raitt and Ray Manzarek, among others.

Badi Assad (from Brazil) was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the world’s great guitarists. Classically trained, she has received numerous international awards in her prolific career. As a vocalist and percussionist, she is a true innovator, not only in technique but in performance. She has appeared in a variety of musical settings – from classical concerts with The Assad Brothers to jazz festivals with Pat Metheny and Larry Coryell.

Carlos Reyes is well known for his supreme virtuosity, not only on the violin but on the Paraguayan stringed harp. Classically trained as well, he has performed in many diverse genres of music worldwide – with his own band, in symphonies and featured with such artists as Steve Miller and Arturo Sandoval.


Foothills Event Center & MIM Present: Pete’s Corner – Conducting 101 @ Foothills Event Center
Nov 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Foothills Event Center & Music in the Mountains Welcomes Pete’s Corner – Conducting 101

November 16!

Pete’s Corner
4:00pm, Free to the Public, No Host Bar
Pete Nowlen, Music in the Mountains Artistic Director, welcomes music lovers of all ages for a series of fun and informal talks about classical music.

Gain insight on the conductor’s role in rehearsal and performance, and launch your technical training to take the podium.


CFA Presents: Chris Isaak: Holiday Tour 2018 @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents

Chris Isaak: Holiday Tour 2018

Friday, November 16th

8:00 PM

Veterans Memorial Auditorium

  • Reserved Seating $42 to $97
  • On sale to:
    Encore Club Tuesday, October 9, 10:00am
    Center Members Tuesday, October 16, 10:00am
    General Public Tuesday, October 30, 10:00am
  • For the best seats, get tickets early!
    Click HERE to become a member.


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(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Presented with support from

In the course of Chris Isaak’s career, he has released nine extraordinary albums, twelve singles, been nominated for two Grammy awards, acted in several motion pictures and starred in his own critically acclaimed TV series. His legendary shows with his longtime band Silvertonehave entertained tens of thousands of people for over two decades. Even his hair has its own fan club. And yet, this highly praised herald platinum-selling artist has never released a greatest hits album.

Hard to believe, no? Well, unlike some artists who roll out a greatest hits package after, say, their second album, Isaak waited until he actually had enough hits to legitimately describe the collection as such.

“Shouldn’t a greatest hits collection after two records be called ‘Greatest Hit’?” Isaak asks. “I guess I’ve just always been too busy making records. Plus, it takes a while before you really want to compile everything. But after going through all the songs to make the Best Of, I feel like we have good stuff.”

Good stuff. That’s typical Isaak self-deprecation— it’s much more than good stuff. Best Of Chris Isaak—the CD and accompanying DVD, which features 18 video clips by such esteemed directors as Gus Van Sant, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Mary Lambert and Jean-Baptiste Mondino—take listeners on a gratifying musical journey through the Stockton, Calif., native’s two-decade career, showcasing his stellar songwriting; smooth, dusky baritone (and tender falsetto that will alert your dog); and effortless brand of stylish retro-cool.

The album displays Isaak’s many different musical personas: the rockabilly rebel (“Dancin’,” “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing,” “Speak Of The Devil”), the brokenhearted crooner (“Wicked Game,” “Somebody’s Crying”), and the breezy acoustic storyteller (“San Francisco Days,” “Two Hearts”). It includes two brand new songs, the elegant “King Without A Castle” and the break-up exhortation “Let’s Have A Party,” as well as two covers: Cheap Trick’s power-pop anthem “I Want You To Want Me,” a live favorite previously unavailable on any of his CDs (“It’s kind of fun to do something a little different for me,” Isaak says), an inspired version of his hero Roy Orbison’s classic lovelorn ballad “Only The Lonely,” and a stirring never before heard acoustic version of “Forever Blue.”

“What a sweet guy Roy was,” Isaak says. “We opened for him one time and after the show I said to him, ‘I don’t know if I write hits or not,’ and he said, ‘You write hits, you just don’t know it.’ It was exactly what I needed to hear at the time to keep me going for another year.”

That was before noted director David Lynch used “Wicked Game,” a spare, moody ballad from Isaak’s third album, Heart-Shaped World, in the film Wild At Heart. The song went Top Ten in 1991, and the video, a steamy Herb Ritts-directed clip featuring the singer rolling around on the beach with a topless Helena Christensen, made Isaak a star. “‘Wicked Game’ really put us out there,” he says. “We were on the road at the time, and got to ditch our van and get into a bus. For the first time in years, we got some sleep!”

Another significant hit included on Best Of is the south-of-the-border-flavored ballad “Somebody’s Crying” from 1995’s Forever Blue (both the single and album were nominated for Grammy awards in 1996). “I wrote that song in a closet,” Isaak says. “I had just broken up with someone and hadn’t been out of the house much. A friend of mine was having a party and as soon as I arrived I realized I didn’t want to be there. The house had this big walk-in closet in the hallway, so I went in, shut the door, and sat down underneath the coats. There was a guitar leaning against the wall in the back. I started tuning it up and wrote ‘Somebody’s Crying.’”

Then there’s the swaggering, bluesy rocker “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing” (also from Forever Blue), which can be heard in Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. The director asked Kidman what music she wanted to rehearse the movie’s striptease scene to. “Nicole had been listening to the track and brought it in to run through for her rehearsal,” Isaak recalls. “Stanley said, ‘I love it,’ and put it in the film. I owe Nicole Kidman a full body massage.”

So what were Isaak’s criteria for a song’s inclusion on the album? “I wanted it to be a record that people want to listen to over and over,” Isaak says. “I tried to pick songs that people request most when we play live, and then make sure it was balanced between slow and fast tunes.”

While reviewing tracks, some going back to the mid-’80s, Isaak says what struck him most was how lucky he has been to have the people he works with around him, such as producer Erik Jacobsen (“who taught me everything I know about making records, but not everything he knows”), longtime engineer Mark Needham, and his Silvertone bandmates, drummer Kenney Dale Johnson, bassist Rowland Salley, and guitarist Hershel Yatovitz, who have been with Isaak for years. “People see my picture on the album covers and think, ‘Chris goes into a room and he makes an album.’ But I go into a room and make it with these guys, who’ve been supportive, and have good ideas and good energy.”

And to what does he attribute the longevity of his career? “You know, I’ve never tried to jump on a trend, and I’ve never had to jump off of one,” he says. “I try to do what feels right for each song. So I never have to go, ‘Well, no more disco for me.’”

Foothills Event Center Presents: The Rita Hosking Trio @ Foothills Event Center
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

It’s Happening at The Foothills Welcomes The Rita Hosking Trio

November 17th!

Join us for another night of Tunes, Tales and Ales, this time with The Rita Hosking Trio gracing the Foothills Event Center stage. Northern California’s Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, dishes, black holes and hope. An award-winning and prolific songwriter characterized as “here and now” by The Observer, she’s recently released her seventh album, For Real. Her stories, songs and soul-stirring, country-folk voice are partnered with multi-instrumentalist Sean Feder on dobro, banjo and guitar, and Bill Dakin on the upright bass. Together, they deliver what Acoustic Magazine calls “timeless, unhurried elegance.”

Tickets $20

CFA Presents: Mojo Green and Kadija @ Grass Valley Elks Lodge
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Center For The Arts Presents

Mojo Green and Kadija

Saturday, November 17th, 8:00 PM

Grass Valley Elks Lodge

  • Funk Soul Dance Party
    $20 members
    $25 general public
No Seating – Please Bring Your Own Chair or Blanket!


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(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

“Awesome show and Mojo killed it! They are a great band. Thanks for everything.” – Sandpoint Summerfest

“Boise LOVED this band! They packed the house and the dance floor to capacity. A Festival favorite and Highlight.”
– Tree Fort Fest

Mojo Green is a 7-piece, female-fronted, horn-heavy funk band from Reno featuring a high energy, hard-hitting horn section. Performance highlights include: The Great American Music Hall, The Independent, The Chapel, The Boom Boom Room, The Viper Room, Sweet Water Music Hall, Mateel Music Fest, TreeFort Fest, Hangtown Halloween, For The Funk Of It, Squaw Valley Funk Fest, The Bounce, Ridgestock, Burning Man, Guitarfish, Enchanted Forest Gathering, Off Beat Music Fest, Spookadelic Halloween Funktacular, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Sandpoint Summerfest, Concerts At Commons Beach and Live at Lake View Tahoe.

Recent shared the stage with Lyrics Born, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lettuce, The Funky Meters, The Motet, Trombone Shorty, Orgone, Dumstaphunk, Galactic, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Turkuaz, The Monophonics, Rusted Root and Poor Man’s Whiskey.

“We loved hosting them- and the audience loved them too. We’ll definitely do something again.” – Mateel Summer Arts & Music Fest

“Mojo Green delivered the goods. I had so many people tell me how much they loved their set.” – Spookadelic Funktaculuar

“Yeah man, the crowd loved them! Super great vibe.” – Mountain Town Music Series


Kadija is musical duo musician/producer Aja Salvatore and singer/songwriter Melike Konur. Kadija is diaspora music- funk/soul/jazz heavily inundated with breakbeats and African rhythms sprinkled with heart opening and soul reaching lyrics.

CFA Presents: Family Fun Day! @ Grass Valley Elks Lodge
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents

Family Fun Day

Saturday, December 1st

10:00 AM

Grass Valley Elks Lodge

109 S School St, Grass Valley, CA 95945

  • FREE

10:00-11:00am: Face painting, Arts & Crafts, Balloons
11:00-11:45am: Timothy James – Illusionist/Magician
12:00-1:00pm: Face painting, Arts & Crafts, Balloons
1:00-2:00pm: Sierracapella/NU Chamber Choir

Doors open at 10AM to begin the fun and get settled in for the first performance. The event ends at 2PM.

Timothy James is a sleight-of-hand artist with a knack for reading thoughts, predicting futures, and uncovering strange coincidences that defy explanation.

He’s performed for fortune 500 companies, cruise ships, comedy clubs and performing art centers across the country. He’s also entertained celebrities such as Oscar winning actress Geena Davis, movie star Shia LaBeof, Journey Bass Guitarist Ross Valory, and the Oakland A’s.

He is the winner of numerous awards for sleight of hand and variety entertainment including the Lance Burton Award of Excellence from the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.

When not traveling and performing, he is creating new illusions and routines focusing on sleight of hand and audience participation.

He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from CSU Hayward, enjoys writing and drawing, and is the creator of three indy comic books.

Presented in coordination with Downtown Grass Valley’s Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Face Painting: Lucy Galbraith
Arts & Crafts: Nancy Schaefer

Foothills Event Center Presents: Lacy J Dalton @ Foothills Event Center
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

It’s Happening at The Foothills Welcomes Lacy J Dalton

December 15th!

It’s Happening at the Foothills Event Center welcomes country music legend Lacy J Dalton and the Gang to perform music from throughout her career as well as Christmas favorites.
Lacy is one of the most instantly recognizable voices in music. From the first time Dalton caught the public’s ear, that soulful delivery, full of texture and grit, has been a mainstay of Country Music.
Lacy’s success was powered not just by the artist’s recordings, but by a stage show that truly electrifies audiences.

Tickets $25

CFA Presents: Con Brio @ Grass Valley Elks Lodge
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Center for the Arts OnTheGo Presents

Con Brio

Friday, December 28th

8:00 PM

Grass Valley Elks Lodge

  • $20 members
    $25 general public
    Dance Event with limited seating


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(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

There’s a moment before each Con Brio show — before the backflips, the guitar solos, the buoyant horn lines over bass, drum and synth — when all seven band members come in for a huddle. It’s a way to say grace; an acknowledgment of live music as a team sport; a moment of stillness before they explode.

“Let’s work,” they say, their heads bowed together. And then they do.

Named for an Italian musical direction meaning ‘with spirit,’ Con Brio is a San Francisco Bay Area band that plays soul, psych-rock and R&B as fresh and freethinking as the place they call home. With charismatic singer Ziek McCarter bringing “the dance moves, splits and all, of James Brown” (KQED) and a band that “comes across like a party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone” (Consequence of Sound), Con Brio is known to convert anyone who sees their electric live show.

Founded in 2013 by veteran players with vastly different musical backgrounds*, the band quickly became a favorite up and down the West Coast, then across the U.S., and then overseas in places like Japan and the Netherlands. In 2016, Con Brio’s debut LP Paradise paired uplifting dance party-starters (and some psychotropic electric guitar work from Benjamin Andrews) with powerful lyrics about inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement, instantly putting the band on the map for their earnest, inspiring, and thoroughly American ethos.

Explorer, out on July 6th, both builds on the success of Paradise and serves as a travelogue of sorts — a reflection on the two years of nearly nonstop touring that followed their first record’s success. (The band, known in the industry for their tireless work ethic, has played high-profile sets at Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Austin City Limits, Japan’s Fuji Rock, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Australia’s Bluesfest Byron Bay, and the Netherlands’ North Sea Jazz Festival, to name just a few.)

Having proved themselves on an international stage, Con Brio breaks new ground on Explorer, expanding beyond raw energy and retro sounds toward a more contemporary, layered production style, all delivered with road-tested confidence.

On “I Wanna” — a lusty, mischievous ode to the art of catching a stranger’s eye across a crowded club — McCarter pours his voice, richer than ever, over a thick, irresistibly danceable rhythm from Jonathan Kirchner (bass) and Andrew Laubacher (drums). “Body Language” slows that theme to a simmer, with a nimble, lyrical horn line from Marcus Stephens (saxophone) and Brendan Liu (trumpet) front and center.

Songs like “United State of Mind” and “Royal Rage,” meanwhile, reflect on America’s current political moment, urging strength and perspective in the face of cynicism and apathy. Over a cheerful guitar lick from Andrews, the former track sings the praises of travel, the ways it can make the world feel bigger and smaller all at once — and how sometimes you have to leave home to see it with fresh eyes. “Rage” is a rally cry, a call to resistance, with Laubacher’s kick drum leading the march: “Feeling the world pulling apart, where is the we in who we are?” asks McCarter. “When will it end, where do we start?’

Then there’s Con Brio’s tendency to upend expectations: they’ve never been afraid of a little genre-bending. “Heart Shaped Box” began as a fun cover the band arranged on a whim on a rare day off on tour; within weeks it became one of the most exciting moments in the band’s live show. On the record, it’s a playful yet potent tribute, served surprisingly well by horns and a smart, slinky synth line from Patrick Glynn.

Ultimately, Explorer is a leap for Con Brio in more ways than one. It’s a big record, with plenty of joy, a few growing pains, and more questions than answers. What does it mean to be an American band traveling the world in the year 2018 with a message of hope and tolerance? The record sounds, unsurprisingly, like a band on the verge.

Wherever Explorer takes them, they go with open eyes. They’re ready to huddle up, take the stage, and get to work — where they’ve found that, night after night, the things that divide us don’t stand a chance on the dance floor.