Arts + Culture

July 7, 2014

by Stacey A.

Arcata-based Naive Melodies is hands down my favorite cover band of all time. For brief moments during their shows (and occasionally after a few drinks), I convince myself I am actually watching Talking Heads play live. I've seen them play three times, and I cannot wait for my fourth Naive Melodies show this Friday at the Crystal Bay Club. They go on at 10 p.m. in the Crown Room, and it's free! I caught up with the band this week for a quick interview. 

When did the band form, and how has it evolved?
The band formed in early 2011, mostly just as what seemed like a fun idea to try.  We started off learning a lot of the earlier material, enjoying its edgy, upbeat quirkiness, along with other songs we happened to like.  Much like it actually was for Talking Heads, being a 3-piece posed some limitations, so we'd play songs that fit our musical arrangement, often based on how authentically we could reproduce it.  From the start, there was an overwhelmingly awesome response from the audience, inspiring us

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June 30, 2014
by Stacey A.
There is much more going on in the area this holiday weekend than just fireworks. From bluegrass to electronic to country, this week is all about the music. For some of us, it just might be better to wait until after the fireworks for our holiday celebration to begin. 
Northstar California is hosting it's 8th annual Beerfest and Bluegrass Festival from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday. For only $30, guests can enjoy a souvenir pint glass with complimentary beer tasting from 27 breweries, 21 of them based locally out of California. $1 of each ticket is donated to the Truckee Trails Foundation.
The event usually draws about 2,000 beer drinkers. The beerfest is both family and dog-friendly and is free to anyone not participating in the tastings. There will be balloon twisting for the kids as well as games like corn hole, ring toss, and other backyard games offered for a $1 donation. 
This year Stockton-based Snap Johnson & The Knock on Wood Players and Michigan-based Lindsey Lou & the Flatbellies will bring bluegrass to The Village from 3-4:30 and
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February 7, 2014

If you’re willing to brave the snow, there are several exciting art openings and receptions happening in town tonight!

Riverside Studios and the High Fives Foundation present the “Lion Heart Art Show”
4 - 8pm
Riverside Studios, 10060 Donner Pass Rd

A fundraiser for the CR Johnson Healing Center, this show will feature local artists using 12”x12” panels of wood to create masterpieces in any medium. From 4:00pm to 8:00pm during the downtown Truckee event “First Friday” all of the art will be displayed on the walls of Riverside Studios and available for purchase for $100.00 per panel on a first come first serve basis.

A portion of each panel sold will benefit the CR Johnson Healing Center – a program service of the High Fives Foundation that provides resources for athletes in recovery from sport related injuries.

The show will also feature beats from 101.5 FM Truckee Tahoe Radio’s own DJ Treez along with drinks and refreshments.

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January 7, 2014

Hard to believe it these days, but there was a time when it felt like winter around here. In case you have forgotten what that's like, below are some photos to remind you!

©2013 Nicholas Rab Photography


©2013 Nicholas Rab Photography


©2013 Nicholas Rab Photography

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July 29, 2013

Or, If Austin Powers Did Shakespeare

I like Shakespeare, I do. Really. I’ve read enough of his plays enough times to be able to follow along enough to enjoy them. For the most part. That isn’t to say that I haven’t slept through the end of the second act (ok, the whole second act) before. But, really, I do find Shakespeare quite enjoyable. And heck, throw it on a beach with view of Lake Tahoe, and it becomes pretty amazing.

So, I was looking forward to a nice, enjoyable evening when I set out with a group of friends last night to see the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But wowie, wow…I was blown away!

This ain’t the Shakespeare at Sand Harbor from my youth. I remember being a little girl curled up in a sleeping bag on the sand, drifting in and out of sleep to the sounds of the Tempest after eating too much KFC. Yes, you can still bring your own picnic and wine, and yes, if you sit waaay up high, I think you can still spread out your own blanket. But why would you want to? They have a full restaurant and bar inside the gates, and heck, you can even reserve a café table down front to wine and dine at during the play. (I didn’t realize this beforehand and brought my own sleeping bag, which did come in handy shortly after the sun went down.)

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