Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Legacy Continues at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort with the Voice of Mötley Crüe, Vince Neil

JACKSON, CA- Vince Neil, legendary front man of Mötley Crüe, will rock the stage of Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s Grand Oak Ballroom on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

Starting out as a teenager playing in local rock bands, he soon found his passion as a singer and performer. After starting the popular band Rock Candy, he reunited with high school buddy Tommy Lee in 1981, and Mötley Crüe was born. His remarkable voice and captivating stage presence contributed to Mötley Crüe’s epic 34-year run, including countless multi-platinum releases, selling over 100 million albums, global tours, and more than 22 hit singles, which have been the rock anthems for generations of fans. The big hair may not have survived past the 80’s, but hits like “Shout at the Devil”, “Girls, Girls, Girls”, and “Home Sweet Home” are still blowing out speakers today!

Vince Neil is not only an international superstar and rock legend, but he’s also an accomplished businessman, philanthropist, and celebrity icon. Along with appealing to the masses with his continued performances of classic Mötley Crüe hits and those from his three solo albums, he also manages several restaurants, produces his own brand of tequila and vodka, and raises millions of dollars for The Skylar Neil Memorial Foundations, a non-profit organization in honor of his daughter who lost her fight with cancer in 1995.

With no signs of slowing down, Vince Neil, will rock our audience as he brings “The Legacy Continues” tour to our Grand Oak Ballroom stage. Don’t miss your chance to see this rock legend live!

Tickets are on sale now starting at $50 for Dreamcatcher’s Club® members, available only at the Casino Cashier’s Cage, and starting at $55 for non-Dreamcatcher’s Club® members, available at the Casino Cashier’s Cage or online at JacksonCasino.com. Will Call opens at 5 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m. Beer, wine, and food will be available for purchase. 
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA 95642. For more information, call 800-822-9466 or visit JacksonCasino.com.

Amador Gourd Artists: Gourd Ornament Workshop - Sat Oct 20

The Amador Gourd Artists, established in 1998 in Amador County, is dedicated to promoting interest in all activities relating to gourds: cultivation, gourd show competition, craft-work, artistic decoration and preserving the history of the hard shelled gourd. One of their objectives is to further the arts in Amador County through the funding of scholarships. The annual Ornament Workshop is one of the ways monies are raised.

The workshop is designed for beginners as well as experienced gourders. Participants will take home three completed projects, learning wood-burning, painting and other techniques in gourd work. All materials are provided in the $45.00 class fee; just bring a sack lunch. The workshop is Saturday, October 20,  9:00-3:00 (or whenever projects are completed) at the Ione Memorial Hall, 207 S. Amador St. Ione. To register, send your check for $45, with your name, address, phone, and email to: Carole Meltzer, 1925 Gold Strike Rd. #705 San Andreas, CA 95249.

The Amador Gourd Artists meet monthly at the Dept. of Agriculture Building 12200 “B” Airport Rd. Jackson CA 95642 from 9am – 12noon. (August and December meetings are held off-site, as might other months.) Meetings have 3 main elements: Business, Gallery (Members sharing their work), and Activity (A hands-on or demonstration of a technique) and are open to all who are interested and all levels of ability. For more information regarding the workshop or the Gourd Club, call Carole at 209-743-9258.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Creative Writing Class begins Oct 12

Creative Writing
An adult Creative Writing class, as instructed by Victoria O’Kane
The Health & Human Service Building (10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek)
 5:30pm-7:30pm, Friday Evenings, October 12th – November 9th
 $69 for 5-week course
For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email Barbara at barbara.nichols3@gmail.com, or message our Facebook page at facebook.com/goacra. Visit our website at GoACRA.org.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

ArtMix Amador: A Celebration of 36 Years of the Arts in Amador - Sat Sept 15

“ArtMix Amador” on Saturday September 15 will be a celebration of Amador County’s 36 years of having the arts as a cultural catalyst in the region. Starting at 5:00 pm and going until 9:00 pm, be a part of an incredible evening of art demos, performances, DIY murals, live dance music, fire dancer, a flash mob and more…a family-friendly party to end all art parties.

Crazy interactive art experiences and exhibits will span from the Garden Terrace to the Grand Oak Ballroom of the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. hese will include many unique types of creativity, a community mural, community poetry, and more. See what the sizeable Amador County arts community has to offer, including performances by students from Amador, Argonaut, and Independence High Schools, as well as home schools, who have amazing talents in poetry, music, theater, and dance. You’ll see a sampling of art teachers who normally share their expertise in local schools thanks to the Arts Education Program of AmadorArts.

The naming of the first-ever Poet Laureate of Amador County will be announced, after a recent nomination and selection process. This honorary 2-term position will go to a local outstanding poet, whose task will be to integrate poetry into the community, including young people.

Live dance music begins at 7:00 pm with local favorite, Darin Sexton and the Highway 49 Band.  Even a fire dancer and a Flash Mob surprise will entertain.  Enjoy all this, along with the 36 years of memories, with food, and thirst quenchers, too, since concessions and bars will be open adjacent and available for purchases.

Open to the public, the $10 tickets available at JacksonCasino.com or at the Cashier’s Cage in the Casino. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit Amador County Arts Council.

Celebrate what the non-profit Amador County Arts Council, aka AmadorArts, has done since 1982 providing Arts Education, free concerts and support to arts organizations, funded by contributions from the community and as a annual recipient of grants from the California Arts Council, a state agency.  The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is located at 12222 New York Ranch Rd., Jackson, CA, best approached by taking the main entrance off Highway 88.

Darin Sexton & Highway 49 Band will perform starting at 7 pm.
A fire dancer will brighten the Sept. 15 celebration.
Interactive art invites guests to create.
Bruce Peccianti, a beloved teacher of art in schools and the community,
will be teaching Chinese painting.
You can see how to create in chalk and pastels.
Examples of what 6th graders have created in AmadorArts classes

Office of AmadorArts Now Located in Jackson

A larger space with lots of windows has beckoned the organizational needs of AmadorArts. Not only that, but Meghan O’Keefe, Executive Director, says that in Jackson they will be closer to city and county governments, the school district, the newspaper,  the radio station, and others with whom the non-profit conducts on-going business. The move from a tiny spot in Sutter Creek to the Mother Lode Plaza at 617 South Highway 49 will equate to more small events, meeting space, a safe and creative free place for student artists, and wall grids showcasing the latest art made by local youth in their schools.

Situated in the back corner next to the Highway House Banquet Room, there will be plenty of free parking for visitors in the huge lot of the Mother Lode Plaza. O’Keefe acknowledges the generosity of Stan Lukowicz in helping AmadorArts achieve its many community goals.

On a recent Friday, a large crew of volunteers helped move the office equipment and furniture into the space, and others have been on ladders transforming the spacious interior into a working arts center.  If you have any art supplies to donate for the drop-in studio for school-age kids, call AmadorArts.

The phone and email stays the same:  209-267-9038, amadorarts@gmail.com.   At least for now, the mailing address also remains at P.O. Box 206, Sutter Creek 95685. A Grand Opening is scheduled to be during the annual Holiday Mixer, always on the first Thursday of December, or Dec. 6.  The Jackson office is now open to the public. The new hours of AmadorArts are to be open five days, Mondays through Fridays, 10 am to 2 pm, however, on Mon. and Fri. the office will close at noon.

CAPTIONS: Super wide interior shot of AmadorArts' new office; The new office is at 617 South Highway 49 in Jackson; Crew of AmadorArts volunteers who helped make the move from Sutter Creek to Jackson; Volunteer Robert Lockhart at work hanging the grids for artwork displays; The Mother Lode Plaza is at the south end of Jackson on Highway 49

Crew of AmadorArts volunteers who helped make the move from Sutter Creek to Jackson

The new office is at 617 South Highway 49 in Jackson
Volunteer Robert Lockhart at work hanging the grids for artwork displays

Super wide interior shot of AmadorArts' new office

Friday, August 31, 2018

Grammy award winner Willie Watson to play Feist Wines - Sept 21 & 22

On Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 at 7 p.m., Grammy award winner Willie Watson returns to Feist Wines.

For nearly two decades, Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present.

In his new album Folksinger Vol. 2 he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.

And what a singer he is. With a quick vibrato and rich range, he breathes new life into classic songs. His new album arriving three years after Folksinger Vol. 1 — his first release since parting ways with the Old Crow Medicine Show, whose platinum-selling music helped jump start the 21st century folk revival — Vol. 2 expands Watson’s sound while consolidating his strengths.

“I’m not trying to prove any point here,” he insists, “and I’m not trying to be a purist. There’s so much beauty in this old music, and it affects me on a deep level. It moves me and inspires me. I heard Leadbelly singing with the Golden Gate Quartet and it sounded fantastic, and I thought, ‘I want to do that.’ I heard the Grateful Dead doing their version of ‘On the Road Again,’ and it sounded like a dance party in 1926, and I wanted to do that, too. That’s the whole reason I ever played music in the first place — because it looked and sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun.”

Wood fired pizza and small plates will be available starting at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for general admission and are available at feistwines.com or in the tasting room.

NOTE: Watson's prior shows at Feist sold out quickly.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Feist Wines: Music all weekend in Downtown Sutter Creek - Aug 31 & Sept 1

SUTTER CREEK, CA - Feist wines summer music series continues this labor day weekend. The craft winery in downtown Sutter Creek produces award winning small lot wines.

Friday at 6 p.m.  Two for the Road perform. The duo play a mix of Latin, jazz, Americana, blues and swing as well as originals.   

Gypsy jazz trio Jazz Gitan plays Saturday evening at 6 p.m.  The band plays once a month at Feist and the music is profoundly sophisticated. All three band members are skilled and professional knocking out the French jazz of the thirties in an authentic manner. This music is reminiscent of Django Rhinehart.

“I feel humbled to be surrounded by so many excellent musicians.” says owner Susan Feist. The venue has attracted a constant stream of bands on their way up as well as top local acts. The first show at Feist was Mandolin Orange who were named to Rolling Stones list of top fifty country bands in 2017.

Both shows will be outside on the covered patio. Feist’s final summer concerts are September 21 and 22 when Grammy award winner Willie Watson again takes the stage at Feist Wines.

Wood Fired Pizza and small plates such as artisan cheeses ($14) charcuterie ($12) and mixed local greens ($7) are available starting at 5 p.m.

Small lot wines can be purchased by the bottle or glass. General admission is $5 for both shows and tickets can be purchased at feistwines.com or at the tasting room.


Monday, August 27, 2018

🌛 Laugh your way through "Escanaba in ‘da Moonlight"...only 2 more weeks! 🌜

Looking for something to do Labor Day weekend?
Enjoy a hilarious evening in 'da moonlight at Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, as MSTW presents Jeff Daniel's "Escabana in 'da Moonlight"
Bring your family and friends.
Only 2 weekends left! 

Get your tickets now!

Come experience Escanaba in ‘da Moonlight 
at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre
In this crazy comedy by Jeff Daniels, the Soady clan reunites at their cabin for Opening Day of deer season. Eldest brother, Rueben, has never brought home a deer, and if he doesn't this year, he'll be the oldest Soady to never "bag a buck." But Rueben's brought more than ammo with him this year. . .

Join us at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson for a beautiful evening under the stars. Escanaba in ‘da Moonlight, by Jeff Daniels, directed by Julie Anchor runs Fridayand Saturday nights through September 8th.

We first produced this show at the Amphitheatre in 2006, and it was a roaring success. Julie Anchor directed it then and she’s directing it again with a stellar cast, two of which were in the original production ~ Earl Victorine as Rueben Soady, and Anthony Scoggins as Ranger Tom.

You won't want to miss this hilarious production!

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

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

Fridays & Saturdays through September 8th!

Get your tickets now!

Fall Show ~
October 20th & 21st, 2018

The 39 Steps

A live reenactment performance by the
MSTW Mercury Theatre Radio Players

Native Son's Hall, Sutter Creek

Saturday and Sunday Matinee 2:00pm (doors open 1:15)

Saturday evening 8:00pm (doors open 7:15)

This show is guaranteed to sell out so get your tickets now! 



Plan a perfect fundraiser or outing for you or your company!
We can comfortably accommodate up to 200 people.
GROUP DISCOUNTS for 20 or more.
For details or to make your reservations, contact 
Teresa Guidi atteresa@kvgcradio.com or call 209-295-4499.


Gift Certificates Available

See you at the Theatre!

Copyright © 2018 Main Street Theatre Works, All rights reserved.

Local Author Meet & Greet: Kathy Allen, Modern Scot Patchwork - Sat Sept 8

Come meet Kathy Allen, author of Modern Scot Patchwork, on Saturday, September 8, 2018 11:00-3:00pm at MiY Studio in Martell, in the SaveMart Shopping Center. Scottish Tea and Treat.

C&T Publishing has recently released Modern Scot Patchwork by Kathy Allen. In her book, Kathy takes seven historic tartan patterns and turns them into modern quilts, sized from table runners to king. An eighth pattern, entitled "Amador" in honor of the foothill community Kathy calls home, is also included. Patterns are available for both beginner and expert quilters.

In your visit with Kathy, she can show you how to select fabric for modern tartan quilts. It’s all about value—lightness and darkness, rather than the color. In fact, she often selects fabrics that would be considered incompatible under normal circumstances. The math to do these quilts can be daunting. But Kathy has done ALL the math. All the quilter has to do is cut and sew—and put the pieces together in the right order. These quilts can be made fairly quickly.

Tartans are an important part of Scotland’s colorful history. Come and enjoy stories about the patterns, and experience a bit of Scotland’s culture. Kathy will be teaching classes in making these modern quilts in October at MiY Studio in Martell. Sign up sheets will be available.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Mother Lode Friends of Music: Chamber Music Concert - Sun Sept 30

Mother Lode Friends of Music presents their first concert of the 2018-2019 season, ”Autumn Romance,” on Sunday, September 30, 2018, 3:00 pm at the Sutter Creek Theatre, Main Street, Sutter Creek.

The program will feature chamber music from the early 20th century. Works include the sensuous song cycle "Chansons Madécasses" by Maurice Ravel, and the extraordinary "Trio in C Major, Opus 29" by Croatian composer Dora Pejačević.

Featured performers include the brilliant Biljana Bojović on cello, and the Mother Lode Friends of Music (MLFM) debut of mezzo-soprano, Karen Lyman.  Returning MLFM performers are Corina Stoian, violin; Ron Brickman, piano; and Sandra Betti, flute.

“These works are quite exotic and romantic,” says MLFM Artistic Director Sandra Betti. “Both composers were inspired by indigenous music and folk tunes for these compositions. Pejačević is Croatian, and that influence is strong in her Trio in C Major.  Ravel is a well-known French composer, but this particular work uses sounds and poetry from Madagascar.”

Mezzo-soprano Karen Lyman performs with professional opera companies and orchestras; most recently in Handel's Messiahwith the Solano Chamber Orchestra and the role of Jack in Nevada Opera's production of Jack and the Beanstalk. She lives in Sutter Creek with her husband and three boys.
Mezzo-soprano Karen Lyman
Cellist Biljana Bojović is a performer, composer and music educator. A native of the Balkans, for many years she had a very active musical life in the Indianapolis area and performed in many different venues as a soloist, in chamber groups and orchestras. She and her husband now live in Jackson where she continues to play and write music.

Cellist Biljana Bojović
Pianist Ron Brickman is a long-time MLFM member who frequently performs as a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist with orchestra. He has also performed in several regional concert series and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brickman lives in West Point, CA.

Flutist Sandra Betti, Sonora, has performed with major orchestras and toured Europe with classical guitarist Sergio Funes.  Locally, she has become a major figure in musical circles; teaching, directing the Sonora Bach Festival and playing principal flute in the Mother Lode Friends of Music Orchestra.

Corina Stoian was a leading concert violinist in her native Romania and in Germany before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. She was for many years the concertmaster of the Folk Chamber Orchestra in Essen, Germany, and won several international prizes. Since moving to the states she has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the region.

The Sutter Creek Theatre (44 Main Street, Sutter Creek) is an intimate setting for this accomplished group of musicians to launch MLFM’s 2018-19 concert season. Admission to the concert is free.

For more information, visit the Friends of Music’s website at mlfm.org or call (530) 676-5396.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

AmadorArts: Diane Olsen named Patron of the Arts for 2018

Each year since 1999, the Amador County Arts Council, aka AmadorArts, has recognized community members who have contributed their time and energy to promote, encourage and support the arts in Amador County by awarding deserving individuals the Patron of the Arts award. On August 17th at last TGIF concert of the summer, this prestigious award was presented to Diane Olsen of Sutter Creek who has contributed to the arts in our community since 1976.

Diane’s love of the arts began when she attended Chabot College and Cal State Hayward. While there she enrolled in numerous art classes including, pen and ink drawing, stain glass and clay sculpture.

In 1976, she moved to Amador County where she continued her love of the arts by creating a studio in her home where she conducted step-by-step stain glass workshops for her friends. She soon became involved with the Volcano Theater Company and performed in several plays including Harvey, Blithe Spirit and Night of January 16th. Diane also volunteered for the FAME school program (Fine Arts Mini-Experience) where she would go into classrooms to familiarize students with well-known artists, composers, and their works.

Diane Olsen, 2018 Patron of the Arts
In 2008, Diane became an AmadorArts Director. While a director, she worked tirelessly to help raise funds for the AmadorArts programs. Diane hosted the popular Garden Party for several years, volunteered at the T.G.I.F. summer concert series, was a classroom volunteer for the Arts in Education Program, helped with registration for a Taste of the Arts, and was the decoration committee chairperson for Winefest, the annual arts fundraiser held the second Saturday of November.  Diane continues to be an active volunteer for AmadorArts. She loves to travel and enjoys the arts where ever she goes.