Events

Nevada City Dance Festival

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The Miners Foundry is pleased to present the Nevada City Dance Festival, the first festival of professional dance in Western Nevada County.  Presented with a grant from the California Arts Council, the Nevada City Dance Festival will offer master classes for local dancers, a gala reception, and two professional dance performances by visiting companies.   dawsondancesf will perform on Tuesday, November 17th and Kimberly Miguel-Mullen will perform on Thursday, November 19th.  The Box Office opens at 5:30 p.m. the night of each performance, with the theatre opening at 6:30 p.m. and the performance beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 per performance for General Admission seating, plus ticketing fees.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Festival Events

November 14 ~ Master Class
November 17 ~ Gala Reception
November 17 ~ Performance by dawsondancesf
November 18 ~ Master Class
November 19 ~ Performance by Kimberly Miguel-Mullen

 

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dawsondancesf breaks down the barriers placed on classical ballet and brings to light the strength and beauty that artists possess within themselves, allowing them to explore their voices through choreography and vision.  Through this process, artists transform themselves, audiences, and the world of dance that surrounds them.  Artistic Director Gregory Dawson formed dawsondancesf in 2007 as an outlet for his choreographic goals and vision and has choreographed a piece specifically for the Osborn/Woods Hall.

“Having created a good amount of  my larger works in unconventional spaces, I find myself attracted to the challenge.  So much so that I find myself slightly uncomfortable with the conventional proscenium.  Indeed what attracts me to those spaces is the history that lies within.  The richness of the architect, the sweat that was behind the construction of the edifice, and most definitely how lives are effected by it existence.  Having visited the Miners Foundry, I was inspired to create a composition that is intimate and inclusive, and having the structure be the gateway into the world that we will create.”  ~ Gregory Dawson

 

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Kimberly Miguel-Mullen is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and dance ethnologist who has performed in the United States, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Tobago, Cuba, and Hong Kong.  As a solo artist, she was one of a chosen few to perform with the late legendary Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella.  The Los Angeles Times has described her movement as “spectacularly supple”, a well-crafted mixture of Silvestre contemporary dance and traditional techniques from the African diaspora.  Mullen, who earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, actively pursues her interests in dance ethnography and traveling throughout the world while creating links among cultures through the expression of dance.

 

California Arts Council

California Arts Council Local Impact grants are awarded to smaller arts organizations for the purpose of providing project support add fostering equity, access , and opportunity to arts programs in smaller communities.  The Mission of the California Arts Council is to advance California through the arts and creativity.

New Year’s Eve Funk Party

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The Miners Foundry and Paul Emery Music present New Year’s Eve Funk Party on Thursday, December 31, 2015, featuring Mojo Green with special guest Whee The People.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $30 for Limited Reserve, plus ticketing fees.  General Admission tickets are for the dancing section and are not guaranteed a seat.  Limited Reserve tickets include cabaret seating.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

 

Mojo Green

Mojo Green is a seven piece, horn driven, soul funk machine playing high energy dance music, quickly becoming a Soul Funk household name.  Sharing the stage with some of the nation’s top touring bands, Mojo Green has taken their high energy, hard hitting, crazy dance party to such storied venues as Sweetwater Music Hall and the Crystal Bay Club, plus major festivals such as Burning Man and the Hangtown Halloween Ball.

 

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Whee the People songs start with a foundation of Indie Rock and Indie Pop grooves, add a ton of Funkiness and Soul, and come to life with positive and uplifting vocals.  With a funky, soul, horn section, sultry back-up girls, and hooky gang choruses, Whee the People is a journey for your ears.

Nevada City Dance Festival

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The Miners Foundry is pleased to present the Nevada City Dance Festival, the first festival of professional dance in Western Nevada County.  Presented with a grant from the California Arts Council, the Nevada City Dance Festival will offer master classes for local dancers, a gala reception, and two professional dance performances by visiting companies.   dawsondancesf will perform on Tuesday, November 17th and Kimberly Miguel-Mullen will perform on Thursday, November 19th.  The Box Office opens at 5:30 p.m. the night of each performance, with the theatre opening at 6:30 p.m. and the performance beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 per performance for General Admission seating, plus ticketing fees.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Festival Events

November 14 ~ Master Class
November 17 ~ Gala Reception
November 17 ~ Performance by dawsondancesf
November 18 ~ Master Class
November 19 ~ Performance by Kimberly Miguel-Mullen

 

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dawsondancesf breaks down the barriers placed on classical ballet and brings to light the strength and beauty that artists possess within themselves, allowing them to explore their voices through choreography and vision.  Through this process, artists transform themselves, audiences, and the world of dance that surrounds them.  Artistic Director Gregory Dawson formed dawsondancesf in 2007 as an outlet for his choreographic goals and vision and has choreographed a piece specifically for the Osborn/Woods Hall.

“Having created a good amount of  my larger works in unconventional spaces, I find myself attracted to the challenge.  So much so that I find myself slightly uncomfortable with the conventional proscenium.  Indeed what attracts me to those spaces is the history that lies within.  The richness of the architect, the sweat that was behind the construction of the edifice, and most definitely how lives are effected by it existence.  Having visited the Miners Foundry, I was inspired to create a composition that is intimate and inclusive, and having the structure be the gateway into the world that we will create.”  ~ Gregory Dawson

 

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Kimberly Miguel-Mullen is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and dance ethnologist who has performed in the United States, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Tobago, Cuba, and Hong Kong.  As a solo artist, she was one of a chosen few to perform with the late legendary Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella.  The Los Angeles Times has described her movement as “spectacularly supple”, a well-crafted mixture of Silvestre contemporary dance and traditional techniques from the African diaspora.  Mullen, who earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, actively pursues her interests in dance ethnography and traveling throughout the world while creating links among cultures through the expression of dance.

 

California Arts Council

California Arts Council Local Impact grants are awarded to smaller arts organizations for the purpose of providing project support add fostering equity, access , and opportunity to arts programs in smaller communities.  The Mission of the California Arts Council is to advance California through the arts and creativity.

Nevada City Winter Craft Fair

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The fun and festive Nevada City Winter Craft Fair returns just in time for the holiday season to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Sunday, December 13, 2015, 10am-6pm, in downtown Nevada City.  Tickets are $3, children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

The independent, juried craft fair showcases over sixty of the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, designers, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares. Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationary items as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and many more unique holiday gifts.

“The Nevada City Craft Fair features the best of the best local talent in indie design and craft. You will find beautiful and functional items, handmade with excellent craftsmanship from up and coming artists and crafters,” explains the festival’s new producer Naomi Cabral. “There is a level of modernity and fine artistry to the designs that the indie craft festival movement is known for through out the country. The Nevada City Craft Fair is no different in its depth. In fact, with its unique small mountain town setting, the originality and sustainability of the crafts you will find is even more prevalent.”

The first Nevada City Craft Festival was produced the summer of 2010 by a group of local young crafters, artists and social do-gooders who were inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents
in their community as well as the success of the Renegade Craft Fairs across the US and Europe. The bi-annual event continues to grow and to date has introduced over 9,000 attendees to more than 600 local and regional artists, designers and crafters.

The Nevada City Craft Fair is more than a holiday shopping bazaar, it is a celebration of local hardworking artists and the American craft movement. The artists showing their works are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries all the while improving our local community.

Featured Vendors:

2 Bears Woodshop
Best Supply Company
Boho Bold Jewelry 
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Carson Greyyy
Cello Chocolate
Corina Furst Jewelry
Cosmic Soaper
Dania Lukey Ceramics
Eko Kreations
Eye of the Avocado
Gary Witt Jeweler
Frontier Angel Soap
Graphic Anthology
Grinding Rock Designs
Handmade by Heather and Her Kind
Harvesting Vitality
Hollow Books
Honey Hills Farm
J and D Workshop
Juliette Williams
Kat Knits
Kelly Patton Art
Keyla Star
Krista Tranquilla
Little Hooligans Co
Louella’s Homemade Toffee
Nevada City Herb & Tea Company
Nickels Flowers
Old Tree Essentials
Pickle Pottery
Pine Street Porch
Piquant Pieces
Primal Well Body
Refunct Jewelry
Rock-It-Man Stoneworks
Scumugs
Shimmering Heart
Sierra Essentials
Smoke and Clay
Stitch Vixen Clothing Co.
Thom Boy Bags
Sleeping Phoenix
Sparrow Jewels
White Willow Creations
Why Girls Go Astray
Wild Mountain Herbals
Zoo Gang Studios

Adventures & Wine

Nevada City Rotary is hosting its 2015 Adventures & Wine Auction – A Party with a Purpose on Friday, October 23 once again at the beautiful, historic Miners Foundry in Nevada City. Doors open at 5:30pm with music by Dream & the Dreamer and auction bidding.  The silent and live auctions feature resort packages, art, jewelry, professional services, household goods, and unforgettable experiences donated by members of the Nevada City Rotary Club and our local business community.

All proceeds benefit scholarships and other youth programs sponsored by Nevada City Rotary Club.  “Young people are the focus of our community efforts and it’s rewarding to hear our youth personally share how our endeavors have impacted their lives,” says Dave Bunje, President, Nevada City Rotary Club.

This is a great evening of wine, food, fun, and charitable auctioneering.  Talented auctioneers Jay Cooper and Allison Kirk will keep the event moving and make for a fun and profitable time for all.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $20 at the door. Ticket price includes dessert and a no-host bar, fun raffles, access to bidding the live and silent auctions and music by Dream & the Dreamer. A variety of wines, brews, and food prepared by local vendors will be available for purchase.

Join the fun and make a difference. Your purchase may send a local youth to leadership camp, add to scholarship funds and much more. It will be the best Party with a Purpose of the year!

Tickets available at Harmony Books, The Bookseller, Briar Patch or from Nevada City Rotarians.

Clara and the Nutcracker

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The Miners Foundry and Holt Ballet Conservatory will present “Clara and The Nutcracker” on December 10 & 11, 2015. Enjoy a delightful evening of holiday cheer and tradition in historical Nevada City with a beautiful cast of dancers, colorful costumes, magical sets, and the wonderful music of the holidays.  The Miners Foundry offers time-honored hospitality and H.B.C. dancers bring vibrant energy and faithful dedication to the art of ballet and this classical favorite.

The evening will feature a no host bar and refreshments will be available for purchase.  The Box Office opens each night at 6:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 7:00 p.m.   Tickets are $20.00 for Reserved Seating and $16.00 for Students, and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

 

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Clara and The Nutcracker” is a delightful abbreviated version of the classic holiday tale “The Nutcracker Suite” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, featuring choreography by Royal Ballet’s famous choreographer Sir Peter Wright.  The cast runs the gamut, from youngsters making their stage debut as dancers to advanced accomplished dancers performing en pointe, and all levels in between.  Holt Ballet Conservatory’s “short story” tells the tale of Clara, whose Christmas present of a toy nutcracker solider inspires a magical dream for Clara, and an opportunity for classically trained ballet dancers to showcase and share their carefully crafted talent.  Children will be enchanted and adults will be inspired by this evening to remember!

 

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Holt Ballet Conservatory opened in 2011 and specializes in traditional classical ballet training for students age 3 to adult.

HBC offers outstanding classical ballet training by following a comprehensive syllabus endorsed by the Vaganova training method, the American Ballet Academy syllabus and the California State Framework for the arts.

 

Clara and the Nutcracker

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The Miners Foundry and Holt Ballet Conservatory will present “Clara and The Nutcracker” on December 10 & 11, 2015. Enjoy a delightful evening of holiday cheer and tradition in historical Nevada City with a beautiful cast of dancers, colorful costumes, magical sets, and the wonderful music of the holidays.  The Miners Foundry offers time-honored hospitality and H.B.C. dancers bring vibrant energy and faithful dedication to the art of ballet and this classical favorite.

The evening will feature a no host bar and refreshments will be available for purchase.  The Box Office opens each night at 6:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 7:00 p.m.   Tickets are $20.00 for Reserved Seating and $16.00 for Students, and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

 

"Clara and the Nutcracker"

Clara and The Nutcracker” is a delightful abbreviated version of the classic holiday tale “The Nutcracker Suite” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, featuring choreography by Royal Ballet’s famous choreographer Sir Peter Wright.  The cast runs the gamut, from youngsters making their stage debut as dancers to advanced accomplished dancers performing en pointe, and all levels in between.  Holt Ballet Conservatory’s “short story” tells the tale of Clara, whose Christmas present of a toy nutcracker solider inspires a magical dream for Clara, and an opportunity for classically trained ballet dancers to showcase and share their carefully crafted talent.  Children will be enchanted and adults will be inspired by this evening to remember!

 

HBC logo

Holt Ballet Conservatory opened in 2011 and specializes in traditional classical ballet training for students age 3 to adult.

HBC offers outstanding classical ballet training by following a comprehensive syllabus endorsed by the Vaganova training method, the American Ballet Academy syllabus and the California State Framework for the arts.

 

Zepparella

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Zepparella and special guest Stars Turn Me On will return to the Miners Foundry on Friday, February 12, 2016, presented by the Miners Foundry.  Zepparella is an all-girl powerhouse from San Francisco, featuring the music of Led Zeppelin.  More than just a tribute band, Zepparella shows replicate the powerful improvisational musical journey for which Led Zeppelin shows were renowned.  Stars Turn Me On is an original music project formed by Clementine, drummer of Zepparella, and guitarist Justin Caucutt. The songs are lyrically rich and musically draw on classic influences from rock, country and blues genres, as well as modern electronica and R&B.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the music starts at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 in Advance and $25.00 at the door.  Tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Zepparella

In 8 years as a band, Zepparella has released two live albums and toured throughout the United States opening for the likes of Weezer, Kiss, and Y&T.  Band members Gretchen Menn (guitar) and Angeline Saris (bass) are known internationally for their playing and have graced numerous festival stages, private parties, theatres, and down and dirty rock venues.

How to honor the legacy of a band deemed sacred?  To tread on holy ground is perilous and must be done with the intent and spirit of a disciple.  Pat attention to the intricacies of the magic, explore the far ends of the innovation, strive for ever-growing ability, and let the purity of the love for the music drive it all.  It wasn’t that long ago women rock musicians were a rare breed.  They might sign up front, or as part of a girl group, but women weren’t often seen playing rhythm or lead guitar.  Times have changed.

 

 

Stars Turn Me OnStars Turn Me On is an indie rock band formed by Clementine, drummer of Zeppelin powerhouse Zepparella, and guitarist Justin Caucutt.  Stars performs as both a full rock band, and as an acoustic duo. The songs are lyrically rich and musically draw on classic influences from rock, country and blues genres, as well as modern electronica and R&B. Clementine fronts the band as singer, and often plays the drum parts on the recordings, or creates the beats electronically.  Performing an acoustic duo, the storytelling of the songs pops out and carries the audience away. Performing with a full band, Clementine’s frontperson persona is completely arresting.

Night of Giving

For the tenth consecutive year, Mikail Graham will present an evening of top local talent to benefit Hospitality House.  A Night of Giving, a holiday party for the entire hometown community, will return to its home venue at the Miners Foundry on Saturday, December 19.  The event runs from 4:00 p.m.  – 10:00 p.m. on two stages at the Foundry.

The evening will also feature remarks from people who have benefited from and support Hospitality House since it opened its doors in 2005 to the neediest in our community.  Of note, this year’s event will be streamed online, complete with live performances and interviews with Hospitality House guests, performing artists, KVMR DJs, and others close to the shelter’s work at Utah’s Place.

The music begins at 4:00 p.m. and runs nonstop until 10:00 p.m. (or when we finish!).  Food will be available for a small donation, and drinks will be served at a no-host bar.

Through matching funds, those who make donations at Night of Giving beyond buying a ticket will be able to double their contribution, thanks to generous anonymous friends of Hospitality House.  One will match all non-corporate donations up to $200 made at the event, capping at $10,000.  The other will match donations of any amount, also capping at $10,000.

“This is the largest fundraiser of the year for Hospitality House,” said Development Director Joanna Robinson.  “We depend on the willingness of our community to contribute to our work in this season of gratitude and giving.  We’ve never been disappointed!”

Suggested donation for advance tickets is $20. Children ages 12 and younger are free.

Dustin Thomas

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The Miners Foundry is pleased to present Dustin Thomas on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.  International globe-trotter Dustin Thomas has been making waves with music lovers worldwide with his stirring voice and captivating energy.  Armed with a voice, a guitar, and universal anthems of love and war; this young artist continues to ask the hard questions and inspire hearts around the world on his mission of self discovery and world peace.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 and are available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love!  Truly a heart on a mission, Dustin Thomas took 2015 by storm, performing at music festivals all over the world and embarking on tours all across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S.  With his playful performances and soulful storytelling, Dustin Thomas invites the crowd to be more than just spectators.

 

Greg Brown

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The Miners Foundry is pleased to present Greg Brown, with special guest Karen Savoca on Sunday, March 20, 2016.  Greg Brown is a Grammy nominated, critically acclaimed songwriter and musician who has recorded more than a dozen albums.  Karen Savoca is an accomplished musician who pours her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role.   Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $45 for the Limited Reserve section, $29 in Advance for General Admission, and $34 for General Admission at the Door.  Ticketing fees may apply.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

 

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Greg Brown‘s mother played electric guitar, his grandfather played banjo, and his father was a Holy Roller preacher n the Hacklebarney section of Iowa, where the Gospel and music are a way of life.

Brown’s first professional singing job came at age 18 in New York City, running hootenannies (folksinger get togethers) at the legendary Gerdes Folk City.

Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

He has also recorded more than a dozen albums and earned two Grammy nominations.

 

 

 

Karen Savoca

Karen Savoca pours her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role.

Her songs draw you into a world of humor and compassion, shared with grace and ease, as though you’ve been invited to her table for supper.

At the age of 8, Karen asked for piano lessons and at thirteen began composing on a guitar she bought with saved birthday money.

Karen attended Syracuse University, where she studied music and elementary education.

“If [Karen Savoca] were a Native American, her name would be Sings Like Two Birds.” – Greg Brown

The Road to Mecca

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Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present The Road to Mecca on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.  The Road to Mecca, written by Athol Fugard and directed by Sandra Rockman, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

The Road to Mecca tells the story of an eccentric elderly artist facing  mounting pressure to abandon her independent life for a church retirement home.  Out of desperation, she calls upon her only confidant, a fiery young teacher from Cape Town.  When the village minister arrives to coax out her decision, the three enter a blazing showdown that pits conformity against free expression… faith in community against faith in oneself.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are a $10 suggested donation, and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

 

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Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.