Calendars 2018-02-23T13:01:00+00:00

Chamber & Business
Events Calendar


Joint Chamber Mixer

Thursday, March 8th, 5:30 to 7:00 PM

314 W. Main Street, Grass Valley

Ribbon Cutting & Open House Celebration

Thursday, March 29th, 5:30 to 6:30 PM

535 Mill Street, Grass Valley

 Arts & Cultural
Events Calendar


2018 Joint Chamber Mixer Calendar

Thursday, March 8th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Center for the Arts
314 West Main Street, Grass Valley
(530) 274-8384


Thursday, March 22nd
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Body Logic
715 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley
(530) 272-7306


Thursday, April 5th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

104 New Mohawk Road, Nevada City
Ramona Howard
(530) 272-8862


Thursday, April 26th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley
Kathy Hinman
(530) 272-2627


Thursday, May 10th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

KMVR & Nevada Theater
401 Broad Street, Nevada City
Cynthia Tweed
(530) 362-7005


Thursday, June 7th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Wells Fargo Bank
214 Mill Street, Grass Valley
Jami Serenbetz
(530) 273-8195


Thursday, June 28th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Empire Mine State Historic Park
10791 E Empire Street, Grass Valley
Steve Sanchez
(530) 273-8522


Thursday, September 13th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Lake Wildwood Association
11255 Cottontail Way, Penn Valley
Bob Mariani
(530) 432-1152


Thursday, September 20th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

C21 Cornerstone Realty
101 Boulder Street, Nevada City
Linda Kankeko
(530) 265-7947


Thursday, October 18th
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Byers Enterprises
115 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley
Penny Silva
(916) 717-2905


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CFA Presents: The People Need to Laugh! Sunday Comedy Matinee Series @ Off Center Stage
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Center For The Arts Presents

The People Need to Laugh! Sunday Comedy Matinee Series

Sundays, February 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 2:00pm

Off Center Stage

  • $20 members
    $22 general public


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

SF Comedy Festival has been growing their fan base in Nevada County for the past decade, with nearly 10 consecutive years of bringing their comedy competition to the Foothills. Following the success of the sold-out 42nd annual SF Comedy Competition and the 2017 Best Of SF Comedy, The Center for the Arts and SFC are excited to team to bring you a 4-part comedy series because let’s face it, The People Need To Laugh! Four consecutive Sunday afternoons in February and March we’ll be shaking things up and transforming the Off Center Stage into a comedy club! Each showcase will feature 3 comedians, hosted by special guests.

Sunday, February 11
Myles Weber, Shawn Felipe, & Clara Bijl

Sunday, February 18
Jim Short
With special guests to be announced.

Sunday, February 25
Auggie Smith
With special guests to be announced.

Sunday, March 4
Alex Elkin
With special guests to be announced.

Sunday, February 11
Myles Weber

Myles Weber is a Comedian on a mission. He handily took first place in the 40th Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition. (Past competitors include Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad, Ellen Degeneres, Louis CK, and Dane Cook.) Weber was the second youngest to win the competition and one of only two comics to ever sweep the whole thing. He has also fared well in festivals, having been voted “Best of The Fest” at the Burbank and San Luis Obispo Comedy Festivals.

Myles has appeared on MTV’s Greatest Party Story Ever and hosted for Portico TV and Popular Science. A writer as well, Myles wrote for and Smosh Pit Weekly on Smosh’s YouTube Channel. (The biggest gaming channel in the world.)

Blending together silly mannerisms, honest material, positive crowd interaction and storytelling, seeing Myles Weber means you will never see the same show twice.


Shawn Felipe

Honolulu, Hawaii comedian, actor and personality, Shawn Felipe is known for his laconic and clever real-life stories as they expand internationally. His live, Stand-Up Comedy stretches around the globe from the USA to Countries overseas such as Singapore, Canada, Japan, Korea and the Middle East. He is no stranger to colleges and universities Nationwide along with adding color to an array of corporate industries. Performance has earned him a nomination for Best New Artist in the Hawaii Music Awards, Best Take Out Comic in Hawaii, And the Most Recognized Comedy Competition in the USA. Shawn was also noted the Top 7 Comic at the World renowned 36th Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition.

Shawn’s Stand-Up Comedy has been featured on various international networks including WorldAsia TV, AZN TV, IA TV, TFC Channel, Sprint Comedy, Time Network, and National Lampoons Comedy Radio. Shawn has also been a guest star on NBC’s cop TV series “Hawaii” and has been on several national commercials. Not to forget mentioning, Shawn was a part of a team to win first place on Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race!” He and his team, Aloha Plate, won $50k and a State of the Art Food Truck that is now in operation.


Clara Bijl

Clara is an internationally-unknown stand-up comedian: one of the few humorists to be unknown in the entire world! Clara was raised in both the French Alps and Germany before she attended college in South Carolina; as you do when you come from France.

Clara’s humor is witty and observational and comes with a European twang. Clara has appeared in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, SF SketchFest, the Charleston Comedy Festival, the Montreux Comedy Festival, the San Diego Comedy Festival.

She’s performed with Richard Lewis, Dana Gould, Jake Johannsen, Patrick Timsit, Gad Elmaleh, Anne Roumanoff, Robin Williams, Tom Papa, Paul Reiser, Laurie Kilmartin & many more.

Clara’s a contributing writer to several humorous websites like her Twitter account, her Instagram account or her Medium account. She wrote for “Le Petit Silvant Illustré,” a successful French/Swiss TV comedy for several years and worked with Jack Burditt in punching up the pilot episode of his sitcom “Last Man Standing.” She wrote and directed a mockumentary reality TV comedy show about two refugees “The Refugees; a sitcom,” she created a French comedy series, “Le Shrink,” and even more recently she produced “My Review of Your Yelp Review.”

She was once stranded for hours on a broken escalator due to a power outage.


February 18
Jim Short

Jim Short was born in Australia, moved to Texas where he began his stand-up career and worked for years in San Francisco and now lives in Los Angeles.

Jim’s television credits include Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” “The Late Show with David Letterman” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and NBC’s “Late Friday”.

Jim Short has appeared at the Montreal International Comedy Festival in 1998 and 2003 and the 2004 Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Jim is the winner of the 2004 San Francisco International Comedy Competition.


February 25
Auggie Smith

When Auggie takes the stage, audiences across the country quickly realize that they’re in for an evening of riveting, take-no-prisoners stand-up comedy. During Auggie’s set, pop culture and political targets are dissected piece by piece into intelligently written manic rants. His seamless rapid-fire style has developed a loyal following across the country. He has spent most of the last two decades keeping a constant road schedule honing his craft and creating a truly memorable, relevant, and constantly evolving live experience.

At the age of 19, Auggie Smith moved from Billings, Montana to Portland, Oregon to pursue a career in stand up comedy. After a few years of toil and struggle, he first achieved acclaim by winning the 1994 Sam Adams Comedy Contest, whose prizes earned him his first national exposure on the television show Evening At the Improv. Auggie truly found his comedy voice in 1997, when he placed second in the Seattle Comedy Competition to legendary comic Mitch Hedberg. This earned him an invitation to the 1998 Montreal Comedy Festival, where he performed a remarkable 12 shows, including New Faces, Danger Zone, and The Nasty Show.

Keeping a continuous road schedule of clubs across the nation, Auggie introduced himself to a new legion of fans in January of 2004, with a now legendary appearance on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. The morning was a mix of signature rants and brilliant improv highlighting his sharp point-of-view. His outstanding debut has become one their most replayed treasures.

This led to performing in theaters across the country on the very popular Bob & Tom Comedy Tour, where audiences quickly became aware that the only thing better than listening to Auggie on the radio was sharing the energy he creates in his live performance.

“His energetic, hysterical rants leave audiences breathless with laughter.” – The Oregonian

“When Auggie Smith takes the stage, get ready for a non-stop barrage of fantastic rapid-fire comedy. Auggie’s show is always filled with raw-edged, intelligent laughs… The man whose cult following and comedy are quickly giving birth to a new religion.” – Comedyspeak.com

“Auggie Smith resuscitates stand-up with a dose of pop culture and jaded hip…his style will be part of a youth movement attracting younger, hipper crowds to stand-up.” – Willamette Week

“Brilliant, non-stop laughs!” – Seattle Times

“Auggie Smith is probably one of the most vitriolic, sharp-witted comedians on the circuit right now, melding political and social commentary with a clarifying view of where our collective actions may lead us if we let them.” – The Plain-Dealer


March 4
Alex Elkin

Winner of the 2016 San Francisco Comedy Competition, Alex Elkin started his comedy career in the clubs of Hollywood California before he was old enough to be allowed in the front door. At age 18 he took on the wilds of the Jungle Cruise as a skipper for the Disneyland Resort cracking jokes on and off the boat. He was selected as a finalist in the Laugh Factory’s International Donald Trump Impersonator contest. Headlining clubs alongside national acts such as Carlos Mencia, Joe Rogan, Judd Apatow and Bill Burr, Alex Elkin is creating a buzz in the comedy world. Alex Elkin has been seen on Inside Edition, CNN, E!’s The Simple Life Season 5, TNT’s LEVERAGE, NBC’s GRIMM as well as heard regularly on XM Sirius’ Raw Dog comedy channel.


CFA Presents: Pug Skullz @ Off Center Stage
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Center For The Arts Presents

Pug Skullz with Red Pills, The Has Beens, Captain CutiePie, Jesus and the Dinosaurs

Saturday, March 10th, 7:00 PM, Off Center Stage

  • Tickets $5 at the door
  • No advance ticket sales

Pug Skullz is a three-piece punk band from the backwoods of Nevada County, California. Members include Trevor on percussion, Jarade on bass/vocals and Doug on guitar/vocals.

In the spirit of punk ancestors like 7 Seconds and Stiff Little Fingers, Pug Skullz music is catchy, loud, fast and simple, and their lyrics carry a contemplative message of surprising depth. Songs cover topics ranging from political prisoners, government spying, corporate dominance in culture, deep ecology, metaphysical spirituality, sabotage, introspection and other fun human games. ‘The Vinyl Avenger’ calls Pug Skullz music, “…late 70’s, early 80’s, honest, raw, fast and loud, in-your-face punk rock. Just the way we like it here!”

Pug Skullz have played all over northern California, yet are especially proud of their shows with Bad Daddies at Stockton’s Plea for Peace Center, Aberzombies and The Left Hand at Matthew Marrujo’s Colony in Sacramento and numerous dates with Slutzville. Pug Skullz closing of the Far West Punk Fest at The Where House? in February marked the apex of freedom of expression in south Sacramento’s warehouse district. Their radio performance for KVMR radio’s ‘Vinyl Avenger’ was well received by some very strange people around the planet.

Jarade also has deep roots in northern California punk, having played with Free Radical and Thanx For Nuthin’, making it all the way to the legendary venue, 924 Gilman. He and Doug met while hanging around with a bunch of local anarchists in mid-2011.

Doug is from Montana and has been obsessed with punk since the 20/20 with Hugh Downs news show announced the Sex Pistols North American tour in 1978. His former band, El Dorko, released ‘Squatter’s Inc.,’ a well-received, hopelessly out-of-print, 17-song political hardcore LP in 1996. He occasionally writes about real, raw rock for the blog 50thirdand3rd, and his own blog, Punk Retrospective and enjoys playing and working with computers, wood and paint. “No image, just expression.”