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Faces of the Foundry – Jeffrey Dupra

Jeffrey Dupra

 

Jeffrey Dupra could be described as a true Renaissance man of Nevada County.  A talented writer, artist, performer, and musician, he generously spends much of his time volunteering for many local organizations, including the Miners Foundry.   Today he shares his love of the Yuba, history, and Iris Dement.

Are you originally from Nevada County?  If not, why did you decide to move to Nevada County?  Where are you from originally? 

I am from Rochester New York originally. I discovered Nevada County via a teammate on my College Track and Field team who was from Grass Valley. One look at the Yuba River and I knew I was coming back.

How did you first discover the Miners Foundry?

The first time I ever set foot inside the Foundry I saw a Michael Franti and Spearhead show, about the best introduction one could have.

What were your initial impressions of the Foundry?   

I love history- particularly living history as embodied by the Foundry; it was a beautiful old building with great energy and on the night I first saw it the Foundry was filled to the roof with beautiful people.

What do you like the best about the Miners Foundry?

The Foundry holds an energy and a place in the Nevada City community that is inspiring and accessible; my favorite thing about the Foundry is that it is available as an artist, to rehearse, to practice, to create.

How did you become involved with Beyond Fire Tribe?

Along with Jesse Churchill, Aeron Miller, Isaiah Duseljee, and Jessica Wadatz, I am one of the OG members of the tribe. We started as a small, close group of friends who liked to burn.

What types of Foundry events do you most enjoy? 

The Foundry is a great place for diversity; personal favorites include Burnal Equinox, Iris Dement, Greg Brown, and the Psychic Fair and Fright Night.

Would you encourage others to become involved with the Miners Foundry?  Why? 

The Foundry is a hub for creativity, art, expression, and is a great place to be, feel, and get connected to the community at large, so  YES- I would encourage anyone to step in and be involved in whatever capacity fits their vision and need for creative outlet. I would recommend that people volunteer at the Foundry. There is a palpable sense of creativity in our community and performing and creating artistically is just one part of this whole- volunteering supports others doing the same thing and really gives a sense of investment and responsibility in not just creating that vibe but sustaining it as well.

 

New Music Monday – Grateful Bluegrass Boys

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New Music Monday is all about sharing the good tunes of new bands that we love and/or coming to the Foundry soon! We are loving the Grateful Bluegrass Boys, who are co-headlining with Achilles Wheel on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Foundry.

Grateful Bluegrass Boys is a string band that plays traditional Bluegrass versions of Classic Rock favorites from bands such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles, Rolling Stones and more.

These songs, combined with classic Bluegrass and Country tunes, consistently have audiences singing and dancing along the whole show.

The band is made up of an all-star cast of veteran bluegrass players including Aaron Redner (Hot Butter Rum), David Thom (David Grisman), Isaac Cantor (Dusty Green Bones Band), Ben Jacobs (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Achilles Wheel), and a rotating cast of bass players that include Bryan Horne (Hot Buttered Rum), Aspen Stevenson (Poor Man’s Whiskey), Pam Brandon (Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys), and Russel Simon (Rusty Stringfield).

The Grateful Bluegrass Band came to life when David joined forces with fellow Sonoma resident Redner, and they decided to combine their two musical passions: bluegrass and The Grateful Dead.

Win A Year-Round Pass for Two to the Miners Foundry!

Why is the Miners Foundry Important to You?

Share Your Story and Win a Year-Round Pass for Two!

In the video below, local artists, non-profit organizations, business owners, government officials, and community members share “Why the Miners Foundry is important to them!”  Now it’s your chance to share your story!  Share why the Miners Foundry is important to you on our Facebook or Instagram either in a post or video and be entered to win a year-round pass for two to every event presented by the Foundry!  Wow!  That’s right, enjoy rock concerts, theater productions, dance performances and more, for an entire year!  Deadline to submit is May 29th.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #minersfoundry in your post.

Iris DeMent & Special Guest Pieta Brown ~ Thursday, October 23, 2014


Iris DeMent ~ “Go On Ahead and Go Home”

Iris PosterThe Miners Foundry Cultural Center is thrilled to welcome back one of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day, singer/songwriter Iris DeMent with special guest, Pieta Brown.   At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music; during her teenaged years, however, she was first exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. DeMent first began composing songs at the age of 25.

Honing her skills at open-mic nights she won almost universal acclaim thanks to her pure, evocative vocal style and spare, heartfelt song craft.

Doors open at 6:30 and the music begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

 

Tickets are $28.00 Advance General Admission, $32.00 Door General Admission, and $40.00 Limited Reserve.  Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

General Admission

Limited Reserve

 

Iris DeMent 5.jpg“She’s the best singer I’ve ever heard.”  ~ Merle Haggard

Iris DeMent was born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, immersed in gospel music and traditional country.  Her latest release, Sing the Delta, presents twelve self-penned compositions from an artist whose first three albums established her as one of the most beloved and respected writers and singers in American music.

With her first album, Infamous Angel, Iris DeMent was immediately proven to be a promising and talented artist.  Her 1994 follow up, My Life, earned a Grammy  nomination in the Contemporary Folk category.  Her 1996 release, The Way I Should, addressed political as well as personal themes and earned a Grammy nomination as well.

 

 

Pieta BrownPieta Brown‘s early upbringing was in a rural outpost in Iowa with no furnace, running water, or TV. From an early age she was exposed to traditional and rural folk music through her father, Greg Brown, the beloved Midwestern folk singer.

Emerging from a disjointed and distinctly “bohemian” upbringing, Pieta began performing live and making independent recordings soon after teaching herself to play guitar.

Continually revealing new layers as both a songwriter and performer, Pieta is being recognized as one of modern Americana’s true gems.

 

 

 

Akim Aginksy

Akim Aginksy

 

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Tribe of the Red Horse Celebrating the Music of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Saturday, July 20

Celebrate the music of Neil Young and Crazy Horse this Saturday, July 20th at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center with the Sacramento-based group Tribe of the Red Horse.  Much more than a tribute or cover band, Tribe of the Red Horse delivers the guitar tone, harmonies, and raw energy that Neil Young and Crazy Horse are known and loved for.

The band is comprised of guitarist / vocalist Wayne “Tex” Whitzell, guitarist Frank Kenney, bass player Charles Williams, and drummer Ernie Belles.  Tex Whitzell has spent the last decade playing Texas blues and N’awlins funk with bands such as San Francisco’s Bodacious and Sacramento’s Cold Sweat.  An in demand acoustic player, Frank Kenney has a reputation for solid skills and a driving rhythm style. Charles Williams is a full-fledged funk-punk cowboy who has the chops and the wardrobe to play almost any kind of music.  Ernie Belles keeps the rhythm seated and the groove groovin’, but his high vocal harmonies are what bring sweet texture to the Tribe of the Red Horse sound.

“After playing blues and folk music for over a decade, I wanted to do something different.  Neil Young was a major reason why I picked up a guitar,” explains Whitzell when asked why he felt the urge to perform
the music of Neil Young.  “It is the kind of music that every generation needs to hear.”

Since forming in the summer of 2011, Tribe of the Red Horse has performed throughout Northern California at well known venues such as the Sutter Creek Theater, Marilyn’s on K in Sacramento, the Sacramento Music Festival and Creekside Friday’s in Mill Valley all the while steadily growing a fan base that Whitzell says appeals to both boomers and twenty-somethings who have discovered the music of Neil Young on their own.

“It is amazing to look out from the stage and see such a diverse group of people all grooving on the same music.  It is a true testament to the power and importance of Neil’s music,” says Whitzell.

Tribe of the Red Horse will perform two fifty minute electric sets with an intermission in between.  The set list reaches deep into the archives with a blend of feel good songs and Young’s more political songs. Throughout the performance the band also plays audio clips from well-known performances by Young including Woodstock.

“I consciously chose the “Live Rust” as the epicenter of the show because it is a seminal moment for Neil and then we go back to “Zuma” and then forward to “Freedom” and radiate from there,” explains Whitzell.  “We want to take a snap shot in time of different eras and reproduce them with accuracy.”

Live Rust is the live album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, recorded during his fall 1978 “Rust Never Sleeps” tour.  The album features the well-known tracks “Sugar Mountain”, “My, My, Hey Hey”, “Cinnamon Girl” and “Like a Hurricane.”  Zuma was Young and Crazy Horse’s seventh album that was released in 1975 and has an overall more upbeat, country-tinged rock vibe.  Released in 1989, Freedom  was Young’s 18th studio album.  The album effectively relaunched Young’s career and brought about commercial success with the single “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

“There are other Neil Young tribute bands, but the major difference between them and us is the guitar tone.  I’ve personally spent a lot of time to replicate that sound and with the help of my guitar tech Don Lopez at Uptown Music in Millbrae who has customized my guitars, I can,” says Whitzell.  “Tribe of the Red Horse is not a caricature of Neil Young, we are not dressing up to play the music; we are
celebrating the music.”

KNOW & GO
What: Tribe of the Red Horse celebration of the music of Neil Young
and Crazy Horse
When: Saturday, July 20, 2013, Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Tickets: $16/Adv, $20/Door, and are available online, by phone (530)
265-5040, in person at the Miners Foundry, or at Briar Patch Co-Op.
Information: www.minersfoundry.org

Miners Foundry Manifesto

We believe history is important AND cool!

We believe you cannot forge a positive, bright future without paying homage and respect to the past.

We believe cultural centers make for smarter kids, happier adults, and stronger economic and social communities.

We believe cultural centers are more than performance venues; they are where life happens.

We believe that art, music, theater, and dance matter.

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We believe that your wedding should one of the happiest days of your life.

We believe that there is magic between our Stone Walls.

We believe a sense of place is essential to everyone

We believe we are in honorable competition with our ancestors to preserve and keep this great building intact to hand it down to the next generation.

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Colorado’s Whitewater Ramble Announces Nevada City Album Release Party w/ Absynth Quintet 4/11

Whitewater Ramble & Absynth Quintet – Thurs, April 11

Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street Nevada City, CA
ALL AGES, Doors: 7:30 PM, w/ Absynth Quintet: 8:30 PM, w/ WWR: 10:00 PM
Tickets: $12 ADV / $15 DOS, Available online at www.minersfoundry.org or at The BriarPatch Co-op

Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, Whitewater Ramble (WWR) bring their “High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass” to the Miners Foundry, Thursday, April 11th.  This is a special album release party is in support of the national release of their second studio album Roots & Groove. The band has welcomed back Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth as producer for the second time. Carbone worked with the band on their genre-bending debut release All Night Drive in 2010. Joining them are special guests Absynth Quintet for Humbolt County.

Whitewater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft it’s sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana.  The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres and to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations.

WWR has had the privilege of supporting, touring with and sharing stages with Railroad Earth, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dark Star Orchestra, Little Feat, Papa Mali, The New Mastersounds, The Gourds, The David Grisman Quintet, Jerry Douglas, Lotus, Splitlip Rayfiled, The Motet, Tea Leaf Green, Henry Butler, Vince Herman and Great American Taxi, Peter Rowan, Tony Furtado and many more.

The Miners Foundry had the opportunity to ask WWR’s Patrick Sites (mandolin, vocals) a few questions before the group rolls into town on Thursday.

When did you realize bluegrass was the genre of music for you? 
Not sure we’ve ever realized that…. We love bluegrass, but it’s only a portion of what we use in our sound.  We pull a lot from rock, jazz, jam and improve, even some reggae.

What is it about bluegrass you live so much?
Bluegrass at its core is pure and simple, which lends itself to cross-pollination of other forms and genres and blurring the lines of form.

How did you all meet?
Probably not enough time or ways to describe how this group has come together, but jams, parties, open mics, friends of friends,  What is special about this group?   One minute, we are playing and singing a traditional bluegrass number, the next minute, the bassist is standing on top of his bass playing a synthesizer while the drummers drops dance beats…… all in the same song

What is it like to look out from stage and see entire room dancing to your songs?
It’s the personal goal of everyone in our group, we love artistry, but we love when artistry meets dance party.   In other words, it’s extremely satisfying and rewarding, it’s the goal of our live performances each and every night.

What are some of your musical influences?
Diverse, Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Sound Tribe, String Cheese, Railroad Earth, Gillian Welch…..

How do they reflect in your music?
Some influences are reflecting in writing and lyric only, others in our own playing of each instrument, other reflections in our arrangements.

Your dream musical collaboration?
Any remaining members of the Grateful Dead

What’s it like being a band on the festival circuit?
Fun, fun and more fun.  Still work, long hours of travel, but certainly the best part of our year is at festivals.

Is it hard to come home?
Yes and no, it’s still travel and time away from our personal lives but it’s great to walk a proper balance as well.

For someone who has never seen or heard you what should they expect when they come to the show? 
Diversity in styles and sound, drinking more than they expected and dancing more than they expected.

What is the secret component of a great string band?
Having drums.

 

Q&A with Grant-Lee Phillips on Life After The Gilmore Girls, Walking In the Green Corn and Performing Solo

This Friday, March 29, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is proud to announce a special evening with acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Grant-Lee Phillips.  Best known for his versatile voice, intense lyrical narratives and dexterity on the acoustic twelve-string guitar, he has been called “one of the most gifted songwriters of his generation” by ABC News and in 1995 named “Male vocalist of the year” by Rolling Stone.  We had a moment to speak with the talented musician from his home in Los Angeles.

MF:  Tell us about the documentary film that is being made about you.

GLP: I was approached by a group of documentarians out of Utah that have created a number of mini docs, including one on Sara Watkins from Nickel Creek.  They were interested in following me around; getting a feel of what I’m all about, and I suggested they come to Stockton and then up to Nevada City for the show.

MF:  What do you hope the documentary will show? 

GLP:  I think it will be interesting to show folks what it was like growing up in the Delta. (GLP grew up in Stockton, CA)  I always find that I’m writing about the water, maybe because of the time I spent out on it with my dad.  I had somewhat of a Huckleberry Finn youth.

MF:  Your new album, “Walking In the Green Corn”, was inspired by your personal past and ancestry.

GLP:  It was inspired by my ancestral connection (GLP is Muskogee (Creek), and the Native American myths I was told growing up.  It has always been salt and peppered in my work, and I wanted to bring the stories to the forefront.  It is very much a solo album with just vocals, guitars and a fiddle; it is the kind of album that is fun to take out and play live.  There is nothing to hide behind.

MF:  Is it more difficult to perform solo or with a band?

GLP:  I’ve embraced the freedom of playing on my own.  It allows me to go to places on my own.  Performing with Grant Lee Buffalo there was never that pressure to play.  When everything is stripped away, and you have the whole night on your own, it really reconnected me to those roots of performing on stage as child.  I know what it is like to be on stage without a guitar and it is a lot scarier.

MF:  Have you always been interested in your Native American heritage or was it a renewed interest after the birth of your first child?

GLP:  It has been a growing curiosity.  I was aware of my heritage growing up.  For my mother and grandmother it is a big part of their identity.  And once I became a father five years ago, I became more and more interested with the culture and history.  It is an ongoing pursuit.

MF:  What does it mean to walk in the green corn?

GLP:  The title is from the green corn dance, a tradition unique to tribes of the southeast.  It is during late summer, a time of renewal and purification.  I liked that idea, given the trials of the nation, the idea of looking forward to better times, a way to tap into something in keeping with this theme in a subtle way.

MF:  Many people know you as the beloved troubadour on The Gilmore Girls.  How did that ever come about?

GLP:  It was pure serendipity.   The Gilmore Girls approached me in 2001.  They were fans of Grant Lee Buffalo, and mine, and in keeping with their sense of humor, producers wanted to throw a curve to their audience.  Afterwards folks like Sonic Youth and Sparks played on the show.  I was very fortunate they asked me to do that that time in my career.  It led to more openings then ever to try new things.  When I first came to LA I enrolled in film school, and wanted to be a director.  I quickly found that I was more comfortable performing than being behind the camera.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Tickets are $18.00 in Advance and $22.00 at the door.  Tickets are available online, in person, or by phone at the  Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Click here to purchase your tickets. 

Miners Foundry Open House & Community Party for the New Floor – February 15th

Celebrate the new wood floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall with live music from the Deadbeats, yoga & dance demonstrations, food & drink, plus more!

On Friday, February 15, 2013, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center will host an Open House and Community Party at the historic venue to celebrate the new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall and recognize those that have contributed to make this major, yet necessary, facility upgrade a reality.

Attendees are welcomed and encouraged to stroll through the Foundry, taking in the historic artifacts, beautiful stone walls, hand hewn wood beams, and of course the new wood floor.  They can also watch and participate in yoga, swing, salsa, and dance demonstrations from local instructors and organizations.  And finish the evening dancing on the new floor with old and new friends to the music of the Deadbeats and other local acts who have donated their time and talents to the cause. Food and a full no-host bar also available.

For the last year, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been hard at work quietly raising funds for a new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall, one of their two great halls.  A new wooden floor was needed in the Osborn/Woods Hall because the existing floor was rough, industrial concrete left over from the time when the room was a machine shop.  It was also uncomfortable for standing and dancing.  A new wood floor will beautify the hall – lighten the room, improve acoustics, attract more musical events that involve dancing, provide an elegant space for dinner dances, night-club-style events and dinner theatre, expand rental business to include more daytime uses such as exercise or dance classes and the floor will fulfill the vision outlined in Miners Foundry Strategic Plan of  becoming a first-class venue!
With the support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Foundry has raised 95% of their goal and hope the Open House and Community Party will help with the final amount needed.  Last week the new wood floor was installed by Youngs Carpet One.  Youngs Carpet has been instrumental in helping the Foundry select the new wood floor.  With their guidance the Foundry selected a Kahrs Activity Floor.  In addition to installing the floor, Youngs sealed and leveled the existing concrete floor and installed a moisture barrier.

“The Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s programs and historic preservation are funded, in part, by revenue generated from building rentals, however, individuals also play an essential role in maintaining our existing programming, expanding our offerings and ensuring the Foundry continues to enrich us for many decades to come,” explains Gretchen Bond, Executive Director.

There is still time for individuals, families, and businesses interested in donating $1,000 or more to have their named imprinted on the floor for generations to see and enjoy.

To make a tax-deductible donation you can do so online at www.minersfoundry.org or simply call (530) 265-5040. You can also mail in your donation to Miners Foundry, attn: Osborn/Woods Hall Floor, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959. For questions or additional information please contact Gretchen Bond at (530) 265-5040 or Gretchen@minersfoundry.org

KNOW & GO

What: Miners Foundry Cultural Center Open House and Community Party
When: Friday, February 15, 2013, Doors 5:30pm, Demonstrations 6:30pm, Music 8pm
Where: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: Suggested Donation of $10 at the door, no one will be turned away, children 13 and under FREE
Info: www.minersfoundry.org

The Miners Foundry Needs YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last year, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been hard at work quietly raising funds for a new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall, one of their two great halls.  With the support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce they have raised 85% of their goal.  The Miners Foundry is reaching out to help make this much needed facility improvement a reality for the community to use and enjoy for generations to come.

A new dance floor means more dancing, more events, more workshops, more fun for the entire community!

DEADLINE: Hurry! Donations of any amount are welcome. There is a deadline of February 4th for those who donate $1,000 or more and will have the name of their choice imprinted on the floor.

Every little bit helps in making this floor a reality for the community. Everyone who donates will be invited to the Miners Foundry Open House & Party for the Floor.

MILLENNIUM CLUB MEMBER ($1,000)

  • Your named on the floor
  • One Osborn/Woods Poster
  • Two tickets valued $20 each to any Foundry-produced performance
  • An invitation to the Miners Foundry Open House for the Floor
  • You will be included in all Miners Foundry signage thanking our sponsors of this important Dance Floor project
  • The personal satisfaction of helping improve the historic treasure that is the Miners Foundry

To make a tax-deductible donation you can do so online here or simply call (530) 265-5040. You can also mail in your donation to Miners Foundry, attn: Osborn/Woods Hall Floor, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959. For questions or additional information please contact Gretchen Bond at (530) 265-5040 or Gretchen@minersfoundry.org

Why we need a new floor:

A WOODEN FLOOR IS NEEDED IN THE OSBORN/WOODS HALL BECAUSE:

  • The existing floor is rough, industrial concrete left over from the time when the room was a machine shop
  • The concrete is dark and uncomfortable for standing and dancing

A WOOD FLOOR WILL:

  • Beautify the Hall – lightening the room, improve acoustics
  • Attract more musical events that involve dancing
  • Provide an elegant space for dinner dances, night-club-style events and dinner theatre
  • Expand rental business to include more daytime uses such as exercise or dance classes
  • The floor will fulfill the vision outlined in Miners Foundry Strategic Plan: Become a first-class venue

WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF THE FLOOR PROJECT?

  • Seal and level the existing concrete floor
  • Installing a moisture barrier
  • Installing Kahrs Activity Floor

WHO WILL PERFORM THE WORK?

  • Youngs Carpet One will install the floor, The Board of Trustees will manage the campaign

Labyrinth – Fun Facts, Trivia & Video Clips

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival presents “Labyrinth” (rated PG) the Jim Henson cult classic starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, Friday, October 19 at the Miners Foundry.  To get you in the mood we’ve compiled some fun facts and trivia about Labyrinth the movie and labyrinths in general. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing popular films with a fun and unique dining experience. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the film beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 for Miners Foundry or Magic Lantern Film Society members, and $15.00 for non members, $5 for kids under 12.  Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.  The ticket price includes one drink ticket.  Enjoy and we’ll see you on Friday!  Get your tickets here! 

The screenplay for Labyrinth was written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones!

 

The “upside-down staircase” ending of Labyrinth is inspired by an MC Escher painting.

The seven Jareth faces are supposed to signify him being all knowing and all seeing.  See if you can spot them all.

15 years later, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop did special effects work on “Harry Potter & The Sorcere’s Stone”, and certain links can be found between this film and Labyrinth.

Michael Jackson and Sting were also considered for the role of Jareth.

Jennifer Connelly was only 14 years old when she played the role of Sarah.

When recording the Magic Dance song for the Labyrinth Soundtrack, the baby wouldn’t provide the necessary coos and giggles. David Bowie ended up making the baby sounds himself!

 

What’s the major difference between a maze and a labyrinth?

A labyrinth only has one path that winds around. Labyrinths are thousands of years older than mazes and although historians and anthropologists debate their original purpose, most cultures share the same basic design and layout for labyrinths. The first recognizable labyrinths date to 2500 BC, though some historians say that cave drawings in Australia and Greece, of spirals and labyrinthine structures, predate that time by 1000 years or so.

A labyrinth is a combination of what two shapes?

Circle and spiral. The earliest recognizable pictures of labyrinths appear on caves in Sardinia dated to 2500 BC. Older spirals that hint of labyrinths appear in Australian aboriginal pictographs and in caves in the American southwest.

Mamma Mia! Soundtrack List for Friday, September 21

Do you love ABBA as much as we do?  Well get ready, Friday, September 21st, right after the Food & Film Series presents “Mamma Mia!” starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried, we will host an ABBA dance party.  Based on the hit play which wowed audiences in more than 170 cities worldwide, “Mamma Mia!” the musical film features 17 catchy tunes by ABBA including Dancing Queen and SOS performed by the actors.  The evening also features a no-host full bar, plus Mediterranean dishes and Greek wines.  Let us know if you have any other ABBA songs you’d like to add to the list before and we’ll see you Friday, September 21st!

 
Doors 5:30pm, Film 6pm, Food, Full Bar and ABBA dance party 8pm Food will be available for purchase along with a full bar Tickets are $12.00 for Magic Lantern Film Society and Miners Foundry Members and $15.00 for Non Members. The ticket price includes one complimentary drink ticket.  Tickets are available online here, in person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

Mamma Mia! Soundtrack List:

1) Honey, Honey – (Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall)
2) Money, Money, Money – (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
3) Mamma Mia – (Meryl Streep)
4) Dancing Queen – (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
5) Our Last Summer – (Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Amanda Seyfried & Meryl Streep)
6) Lay All Your Love on Me – (Dominic Cooper & Amanda Seyfried)
7) Super Trouper – (Meryl Streep, Julie Walters & Christine Baranski)
8) Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! – (Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel McDowall)
9) The Name of the Game – (Amanda Seyfried)
10) Voulez-Vous – (Full cast, Philip Michael, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters & Stellan Skarsgard)
11) SOS – (Pierce Brosnan & Meryl Streep)
12) Does Your Mother Know – (Christine Baranski & Philip Michael)
13) Slipping Through My Fingers – (Meryl Streep & Amanda Seyfried)
14) The Winner Takes It All – (Meryl Streep)
15) When All is Said and Done – (Pierce Brosnan & Meryl Streep)
16) Take a Chance on Me – (Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth, Philip Michael & Christine Baranski)
17) I Have a Dream – (Amanda Seyfried)

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