Friday, May 25, 2018

MSTW opens their 15tth Summer Season with “Mama Won’t Fly” - June 22 thru July 21

JACKSON, CA  – This year, Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) celebrates its 15th Year at the beautiful Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson. Kicking off their 2018 Summer Season, MSTW presents Mama Won’t Fly, by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, and directed by Allen Pontes, who brought you last year’s huge hit Doublewide, Texas, also by Jones, Hope & Wooten.

Mama Won’t Fly is a hilarious, family-friendly comedy, that will have you laughing your way across the USA. Savannah's brother is getting married in four days and she's trying to get Mama to the big day ~ from Alabama to California. But things get complicated when Mama won't fly. Amador local, Mitch Alaire plays feisty Mama Norleen Sprunt, who manipulates an unexpected road trip with her daughter Savannah (Kelley Ogden) and future daughter-in-law, Hayley (Janey Pintar). It’s a race against the clock, met with every conceiveable, and inconceivable mishap available, including a car theft, a near-fatal visit to the Underwear Museum, a hijacked eighteen-wheeler and a detour to Vegas that ends in a brawl with an ordained showgirl/minister. Over twenty different characters are played by five different actors (Amanda Aldrich, Lee Marie Kelly, Janet Motenko, Brandon Rapoza, & Scott Taylor) in this fast-paced tour across America.

Mama Won’t Fly runs June 22nd - July 21st. 

Main Street Theatre Works is a professional, non-AEA theatre company, performing in the heart of Amador County. Now entering its 24th season, MSTW continues to be dedicated to bringing professional-quality artists together to produce plays that stimulate both artists and audiences.

Patrons walk past an old tailing wheel (used when the mine was in operation), across a bridge, and onto a grass-covered, terraced bowl. There the stage is set for picnicking and quality theatre under the stars. You are truly sitting on a gold mine.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, with gates opening at 6:30, show starting at 8:00. Patrons are encouraged to come early with picnics, chairs and jackets. Only service animals allowed. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located at 1127 N. Main Street in Jackson.

Performance Dates and Times
Fridays and Saturdays
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnics. Show starts at 8:00pm.

Mama Won’t Fly
June 22nd - July 21st

Ticket Prices
Adults - $20.00
Seniors: $17.50
Youth 18 & under - $12.00
Family Pack (2 adults/2 students) - $54.00

Tickets available at the gate, Hein & Company in Jackson, or on-line at

Brandon Rapoza and Janet Motenko as multiple characters, Kelley Ogden as Savannah

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

AmadorArts Free Summer TGIF Concerts Kick-off June 8

The summer tradition of going to free concerts every Friday evening in Amador County is about to begin. The first TGIF concert will be June 8, from 6 to 8 pm, in the Volcano Amphitheatre and will feature all-time favorites “Four For the Road.” This innovative, easy to enjoy band is comprised of Adam Gottstein on guitar, Joe Bellamy on keyboard, Allan Alexopulos on percussion, and Klaudia Promessi on woodwinds. Together, their sound is original whether they perform the songs they wrote or selected cover songs.

This will be the 20th anniversary of AmadorArts putting on these concerts, so expect a line-up of great music reflective of the quality and longevity of this series.  Surprises will be in store as the county celebrates this vibrant summer tradition. New bands to our community will be featured, in addition to highlighting excellence in local music. 

Starting June 8 and running until August 17, the concerts will move each week to a different outdoor park and feature a different band each time to deliver passion and excitement to your Friday evening outings. Be sure to be there if you have a goal of making it to ALL ten of this season’s concerts. The music starts at 6:00 pm, but people of all ages start to arrive earlier to set up picnics and to meet and chat with friends. This is, after all, the weekly fun thing to do for hundreds of Amador residents.  Out-of-towners too have discovered TGIF as a great way to jump start a weekend in the foothills. AmadorArts, aka Amador County Arts Council, is the 36-year-old non-profit organization that also brings arts education to local schools and the community and acts as a regional catalyst for all the arts.

For more details, visit or you can listen to samples of each week’s TGIF bands on the Saturday before the Friday concert on KVGC Hometown Radio at 9:00 am. The show is “Arts Around Amador.”

Save the dates on your calendars. Lots of fun in store for the 20th annual summer music event. Remember to bring your low-back chairs or blankets and picnics.

Here is the schedule of the 2018 TGIF Free Summer Music Series:

June 8—Volcano Amphitheatre, Four for the Road (Local Soft Rock)
June 15—Hanford Courte, Big City Swing Committee (Los Angeles Swing band)
June 22—Preston Castle, Slade Rivers (Local Country)
June 29—Detert Park, On Air (Sacramento's #1 Band, 12 piece cover band with horn section)
July 6—Pine Grove Park, Wicked Sisters (Local Folk)
July 13—Minnie Provis Park, Twilight Drifters (Nationally Touring Rockabilly)
July 20—Plymouth Park, Old Soles (Local Americana)
August 3—Kennedy Gold Mine, Orquesta Taino (Sacramento Salsa Band)
August 10—Mollie Joyce Park, Black Irish Band (Tuolumne World Music Band)
August 17—Terra d’Oro, Primitivo, (Local Latin Jazz)

Monday, May 14, 2018

AmadorArts: Open Mic Night is Thursday May 17

Sid Cohen, Amador HS Senior
MC of Open Mic Night
Everyone is welcome to perform at the Third Thursday Open Mic Night in Jackson. That’s May 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the recently-opened Mountain Ice & Coffee at 42 Main St.  AmadorArts, presenters, hopes to see older semi-professional folks to jam and share at this one since many young people will be occupied on this night at a high school art show.
Fine culinary arts will be present such as Temple Coffee, roasted in Sacramento, Dreyers Ice Cream, and Kneading Dough’s locally baked goods.  
Invited to this free event are individuals who feel they’re ready for an audience to perform dance, singing, musical theatre, Shakespeare, poetry, oratory, instrumental music, stand-up, and improv.  Equally important are people IN the audience who appreciate seeing
​those ​
who have entertainment gifts to share.

Group Art Analysis also is a fun monthly part of Open Mic, in which a local visual artist brings in an artwork and guests take a stab at discussing it, all in fun.

The atmosphere is relaxing with comfy couches and chairs. Sign-ups are first-come-first-served, starting at 5:30 pm. Mountain Ice & Coffee phone number is 209-256-8005. Regular hours are: Wednesday thru Sunday from 7am to 7pm. AmadorArts is 209-267-9038, email

Friday, April 20, 2018

New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Jane Austin Book Club Comes to Gold Country Saturday May 5

APRIL 2018 – Mokelumne Hill, California: The Gold Rush Writers’ Conference opens to the public its guest speaker event featuring Karen Joy Fowler (pictured left) New York Times best-selling author of The Jane Austin Book Club. Fowler, the author of six novels and three short story collections has written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction. Her most recent novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.

“It’s been years since I’ve felt so passionate about a book. When I finished at 3 a.m., I wept, then I woke up the next morning, reread the ending, and cried all over again.” says—Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being. For more information on Karen Joy Fowler, see:

Join us for a special presentation by Karen Joy Fowler, where she will speak about: Coping with the Bleak, Bracing Inevitability of Rejection on Saturday, May 5
Presentation = $10 begins at 7:30 PM
Dinner and Presentation = $35 begins at 6 PM
Order tickets for An Evening with Karen Joy Fowler through at:

For other offerings at Gold Rush Writers Conference, see:

Gold Rush Writers’ Conference was founded in 2005 by New York Times best-selling author and Mokelumne Hill resident Antoinette May with the help of a dedicated group of fellow writers. The goal of the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference is to provide creative writers of all levels a chance to participate one-on-one with established professionals through workshops, lectures, panels and readings. In January 2017, Arnold resident, Sally Kaplan, came on board as the CoDirector of Gold Rush Writers’ Conference with the goal of widening its appeal.

Kaplan states, “For nearly twelve years, the Gold Rush Writer’s Conference has been a bit of secret gem. Now we continue to bring the Conference out of hiding to share with a wider public the riches offered by world-class authors who attend the event.”

An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Karen Joy Fowler
Presented by The Gold Rush Writers’ Conference
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Dinner at 6:00 PM)
Hotel Leger Ballroom
8304 Main St, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245
(209) 286-1401.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit: or call Sally Kaplan at 310 927-6929.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Annual AmadorArts Student Arts Showcase - May 8 & 9

A free community event with complimentary refreshments will be happening Tuesday, May 8, and Wednesday, May 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. It’s the popular annual AmadorArts Student Arts Showcase, the time to view a wildly creative cross-section of art created by local elementary school students.  Also, check out the two award-winning short videos on “Why the Arts Matter” by students from Amador and Argonaut High Schools. The Heart and SOUL Studio at 21 Badger Street, one block off Main, in Sutter Creek will be the place to go, thanks to owner Priscilla Carpenter who’s donated her ample space.

Each year AmadorArts brings in-depth standards-based instruction by professional artists into all of our local elementary schools. In the current school year, 1,500 students will participate in arts classes facilitated by the non-profit organization. Classes included: Kindergarten Color Wheel, 1st grade Adventures with George the Dot, 2nd grade Doodle Art, 3rd grade Matisse-inspired Paper Collage, 4th grade Watercolor Technique, 5th grade Chalk Pastel, and 6th grade Chinese history and art.  Each of the participating children has been invited and will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
This year's Arts Education programs are made possible by a generous donation from Stan Lukowicz.
Works created in Pam Sharp’s Children’s Studio will be on exhibit as well. Plus, doodling, collage and watercolor art created by about 10 young men from the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp will also be up for viewing. For the past several months, members of AmadorArts have been giving classes there. 
No matter the age, arts education not only enhances students' understanding of the world around them, but it also gives them a sense of emotional satisfaction when they are involved in making art. They have control over the materials they use, making decisions about form, color, etc.  And, it brings joy.
The mission of AmadorArts is “Encouraging, Supporting, and Promoting the Arts in Our Schools and Community.”  This Arts in Education annual Program Finale gives the public a chance to see the positive results of this goal and what happens when the arts are in embedded with our youth. Visit for all the latest arts-related info in the region. Phone 209-267-9038 with questions.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Open Mic Night’s Inaugural at Mountain Ice & Coffee is April 19

The new home for the Third Thursday Open Mic Night is in the recently-opened Mountain Ice & Coffee at 42 Main St., Jackson.  From 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 19, AmadorArts is excited to present this new venue that will be serving up some fine culinary arts such as Temple Coffee and Kneading Dough locally baked goods.  
Besides featuring the talented family-friendly performers of all ages who show up, this April 19 event will have a screening of the two short winning films created for the Student Voices Campaign by students of Amador and Argonaut High Schools. The evening will also feature super-entertaining scenes performed by drama students from both high schools as they prepare for the Mother Lode Drama Festival coming up that weekend. 
Invited to this free event are individuals who feel they’re ready for an audience to perform dance, singing, musical theatre, Shakespeare, poetry, oratory, instrumental music, stand-up, and improv.  Equally important are people IN the audience who appreciate seeing who have entertainment gifts to share.

One of the newer traditions at Open Mic will continue: Group Art Analysis in which a local guest visual artist brings an artwork to Open Mic and an AmadorArts Student Director leads the group in a detailed analysis of the piece. It’s a fun thing, and the group element has proven to unite the crowd and make friends out of strangers.

Mountain Ice & Coffee provides a relaxing atmosphere with comfy couches for lounging as you enjoy Open Mic. Sign-ups are first-come-first-served, starting at 5:30 pm. Mountain Ice & Coffee phone number is 209-256-8005.
Regular hours are: Wednesday thru Sunday from 7am to 7pm.
AmadorArts is 209-267-9038, email 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Amador Choraliers Present: "That's Entertainment" - May 3, 5 & 6

It's nearly time once again for the Amador Choraliers' spring concert.  This year "That's Entertainment" will take you back in time with "Singin' in the Rain", "Begin the Beguine" and "Over the Rainbow" as well as bring you into the 21st century with hits such as "City of Stars" from  the movie "La La Land".

Please note that all concerts this year are at new venues. Thursday, May 3, the group will be performing at 7:30 at the Ione Memorial Hall, 207 S. Amador St., Ione. Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, will find them performing at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center, 975 Broadway, Jackson.  Show time for both days is 3 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before concert times.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at, or at the door as seats are available. These new venues are smaller and seating is limited. You are encouraged to buy your tickets in advance on-line.

Amador Choraliers have been entertaining audiences in the Mother Lode for over 50 years.  We are proud to carry on the tradition and are looking forward to seeing you at our concerts. For more information on the concerts, becoming a Foundation Member or Sponsor (get free tickets!) or joining the chorus as a singer, pianist or lights and sound technician, go to their website or call Carole 209-743-9258.